Thursday, April 24, 2014

'Straight from the Horse's Mouth': Former Oil Exec Says Fracking Not Safe

Published on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Common Dreams
'Straight from the Horse's Mouth': Former Oil Exec Says Fracking Not Safe

Retired Mobil VP confirms technology is dangerous and untested
- Lauren McCauley, staff writer

In a message "straight from the horse's mouth," a former oil executive on Tuesday urged New York state to pass a ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, saying, 'it is not safe.'

"Making fracking safe is simply not possible, not with the current technology, or with the inadequate regulations being proposed," Louis Allstadt, former executive vice president of Mobil Oil, said during a news conference in Albany called by the anti-fracking group Elected Officials to Protect New York.

Up until his retirement in 2000, Allstadt spent 31 years at Mobil, running its marketing and refining division in Japan and managing Mobil's worldwide supply, trading and transportation operations. After retiring to Cooperstown, NY, Allstadt said he began studying fracking after friends asked him if he thought it would be safe to have gas wells drilled by nearby Lake Otsego, where Allstadt has a home. Since that time, he's become a vocal opponent of the shale oil and gas drilling technique.

"Now the industry will tell you that fracking has been around a long time. While that is true, the magnitude of the modern technique is very new," Allstadt said, adding that a fracked well can require 50 to 100 times the water and chemicals compared to non-fracked wells.

He also noted that methane, up to 30 times more potent of a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, is found to be leaking from fracked wells "at far greater rates than were previously estimated."

In response to Allstadt's statement, the environmental group Food & Water Watch tweeted:

Elected Officials to Protect New York held the news conference to promote local initiatives to ban the practice in the state and to call on officials to push for more renewable energy sources. Protesters in New York have been pressuring Governor Andrew Cuomo not to lift the state moratorium on fracking, a move he said he would consider by Election Day 2014.
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Baltimore Activist Alert - Aprol 24-25, 2014

36] Film WISDOM TO SERVE – Apr. 24
37] Building Peace from the Ground Up in Medellin – Apr. 24
38] Global Day of Action: PAY UP! Justice Now for Rana Plaza Survivors – Apr. 24
39] Tibet in Crisis? – Apr. 24
40] Fighting for People, Planet and Peace over Profit – Apr. 24
41] "WHY PEACE IS POSSIBLE: EXPLORING THE ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE AND WAR" – Apr. 24
42] Webinar: Speaking Out, Faithfully – Apr. 24
43] Wage Theft Teach-In – Apr. 24
44] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – Apr. 25
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36] – On Thurs., Apr. 24 from noon to 1:30 PM, Beyond the Classroom is presenting the film “The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community” at 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, University of Maryland, College Park. This film accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people.

Among those featured are Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Roger Payne, Richard Heinberg, Gus Speth, Stephanie Kaza, Nikki Cooley and Ben Falk.
“The Wisdom to Survive” is both instructive and inspiring. It combines incisive scientific and social analysis regarding anthropogenic climate change, while raising important existential and ethical questions. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1442778289300149/.

37] – Building Peace from the Ground Up in Medellin will take place on Thurs., Apr. 24 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM at the Washington Office on Latin America. WOLA and Fundación Mi Sangre invite you to a discussion featuring Catalina Cock, executive director, Fundación Mi Sangre and moderated by Adam Isacson, senior associate, WOLA. As Colombia seeks to negotiate an end to its half century of conflict, it is increasingly evident that a lasting and inclusive peace will only be achievable in cooperation with a robust civil society. Founded in 2006 by the recording artist Juanes to support victims of anti-personnel mines in Colombia, Fundación Mi Sangre has since expanded its work to include psychosocial support to conflict victims, education in peace and citizenship, and efforts to expand opportunities for at-risk youth in Medellín and elsewhere. Contact Adam Schafer at aschaffer@wola.org or 202-797-2171.
38] – There is a Global Day of Action: PAY UP! Justice Now for Rana Plaza Survivors on Thurs., Apr. 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at the Children's Place Store, 3100 14th St. NW. Join workers and consumers around the world in a day of action to stand in solidarity with garment workers in Bangladesh. One year after the Rana Plaza building collapse killed at least 1,138 people and injured more than 2,500 in the worst garment industry catastrophe in history, concerned citizens around the world will demand that The Children’s Place, Wal-Mart, Benetton, and other apparel brands and retailers pay full and fair compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza collapse. See https://www.facebook.com/events/213881798811040/. Contact Abby Mills, International Labor Rights Forum, abby@ilrf.org.
39] -- Tibet in Crisis? A conversation on the state of Tibetan human rights and Sino-Tibetan affairs is happening on Thurs., Apr. 24 from 7 to 9 PM at the Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 113, 1957 E St. NW. This year, Amnesty International USA has highlighted Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen’s prisoner of conscience case. In light of the anniversary of his 2008 arrest on March 26, GW Amnesty International will show a short documentary (BBC, “The Human Torches of Tibet”). It will be followed by a panel, with backgrounds in advocacy, research, and media and representing both Tibetan and Chinese perspectives. This event will be cosponsored by Organization for Asian Studies, Insight to North Korea, Asian Student Alliance, Students for Justice in Palestine, and Liberty in North Korea. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1392031441076899/.

40] – Participate in From the Plains to the City, Fighting for People, Planet and Peace over Profit on Thurs., Apr. 24 from 7 to 9 PM at La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. The movement for democracy and justice is sweeping the globe – from democracy revolutions to occupy protests, movements for the rights of workers, students, immigrants, women and Indigenous peoples; resistance to NSA spying, endless war, prison pipelines, tar sands, fracking, nuclear power, GMOs and more. The accelerating climate disaster – now predicted to dismantle civilization as we know it as soon as 2050 - intensifies all these struggles, and provides new urgency for collaboration and unified action. Clearly there is no time to lose.

A tremendous amount of money continues to go towards war, dirty jobs, pipelines, etc. These investments have no forward thinking for the future of our society and planet. This has not gone without a fight. Coming to D.C. this week is the Cowboy-Indian Alliance, an alliance of American Indians, ranchers, and farmers, is coming to D.C. April 22-27 to pressure the government to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, which would damage our lands in many ways. Join a panel discussion that will touch on the fight for American Indian rights, Green jobs and how we need to put people and the planet over profits. We can only win by building a grassroots Global Justice Movement. Jill Stein was the presidential nominee for the Green Party in the 2012 election. She is a longtime activist and has been leading the charge for the Global Climate Convergence. Brian Ward is an activist based in Washington, D.C. He has worked and organized with indigenous people in North, South and Central America in their struggle for liberation. He is a member of System Change Not Climate Change and the International Socialist Organization.

41] – On Thurs., Apr. 24 from 7 to 8:45 PM, hear "WHY PEACE IS POSSIBLE: EXPLORING THE ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE AND WAR" with PAUL K.CHAPPELL. Chappell, West Point graduate (2002), Iraq War veteran, and former captain in the US Army - now turned fulltime international peace builder and educator - was invited to speak under the auspices of the Little Friends for Peace at The Perry School, 128 M St. NW, WDC.

Paul is the author of a growing shelf of books, including The Art of Waging Peace, Peaceful Revolution, and The End of War. He has trained other peace builders stateside and overseas, including recent work in Uganda. You can learn more about him and his work by visiting his site, and at the site of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, or NAPF, where he serves as Peace Leadership Director. Visit http://paulkchappell.com/ and http://www.lffp.org.

42] – There is a Webinar: Speaking Out, Faithfully on Thurs., Apr. 24 from 7:30 to 9 PM. What does it mean for congregations to not only educate about climate change in the communities and operate facilities in a green way, but also to speak out as a public voice for climate justice? What does it look like when people of faith are called to advocate in the public square for the well-being of all people, all living beings, and our planet? On our April Green Sheep webinar, we'll hear about why it's critical for congregations to include environmental advocacy among their green initiatives, and how they can make the biggest impact.

The speakers are as follows: Jose Aguto is the legislative secretary on sustainable energy and the environment at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and is working with religious communities, nationally and internationally, to raise climate change as a moral issue. Jose attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria. Evonne Marzouk created a local Jewish sustainability circle which successfully convinced a key Maryland Delegate to support the offshore wind bill. Evonne is also the executive director of Canfei Nesharim, which provides educational resources to the Jewish community on taking an active role in protecting the Earth. And Joelle Novey, the director of Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), has led the religious outreach for numerous local advocacy efforts including the Maryland Climate Coalition's victorious offshore wind campaign.

43] – Get over to a Wage Theft Teach-In on Thurs., Apr. 24 at 8 PM at the Marvin Gelman Library, Teamsters Archive, 7th Floor, 2130 H St. NW. Last week the D.C. City Council Committee on Business, Consumer & Regulatory Affairs unanimously passed the Wage Theft Prevention Act. Join the GWU Progressive Student Union in welcoming Hannah Kane from the D.C. Employment Justice Center for a teach-in about wage theft, and learn how to take action on this important issue. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/734338826630456/.

44] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, across from Israeli Consulate. It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email cswartz@pil.net. Go to http://phillyjewishpeace.org/.

To be continued.

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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jury Awards $3 Million in First Fracking Case

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/23276-jury-awards-3-million-in-first-fracking-case

Demelle reports: "The pollution from natural gas production near the Parrs' Wise County home was so bad that they were forced to flee their 40-acre property for months at a time."

Bob, Lisa and Emma Parr on their wedding day. (photo: TXsharon)
Jury Awards $3 Million in First Fracking Case
By Brendan Demelle, DeSmogBlog
23 April 14

A jury in Dallas, TX today awarded $2.925 million to plaintiffs Bob and Lisa Parr, who sued Barnett shale fracking company Aruba Petroleum Inc. for intentionally causing a nuisance on the Parr's property which impacted their health and ruined their drinking water.

The jury returned its 5-1 verdict confirming that Aruba Petroleum “intentionally created a private nuisance” though its drilling, fracking and production activities at 21 gas wells near the Parrs' Wise County home over a three-year period between 2008-2011.

Plaintiffs attorneys claimed the case is “the first fracking verdict in U.S. history.”
The trial lasted two and a half weeks. Aruba Petroleum plans to appeal the verdict.
The pollution from natural gas production near the Parrs' Wise County home was so bad that they were forced to flee their 40-acre property for months at a time.

The Parrs were represented by attorneys David Matthews, Brad Gilde and Rich Capshaw.
“They’re vindicated,” said Mr. Matthews. “I’m really proud of the family that went through what they went through and said, ‘I’m not going to take it anymore. It takes guts to say, ‘I’m going to stand here and protect my family from an invasion of our right to enjoy our property.’ It’s not easy to go through a lawsuit and have your personal life uncovered and exposed to the extent this family went through.”

According to Mr. Matthews' blog post, the verdict included $275,000 for the Parr’s property loss of market value and $2 million for past physical pain and suffering by Bob and Lisa Parr and their daughter, $250,000 for future physical pain and suffering, $400,000 for past mental anguish.

The Parrs' petition to the court is attached below. The case was Parr v. Aruba Petroleum, Inc., No. 11-1650 (Dallas Co. Ct. at Law, filed Mar. 2011)

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28 Years After Chernobyl: ‘Ecological Collapse’?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2014

4:47 PM CONTACT: Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

28 Years After Chernobyl: ‘Ecological Collapse’?

WASHINGTON - April 22 - This Friday, April 26th, is the 28th anniversary of the nuclear reactor explosion at Chernobyl, Ukraine.
LINDA GUNTER, linda at beyondnuclear.org

Gunter is founder and international specialist of Beyond Nuclear. The organization recently released the piece, “Chernobyl No ‘Eden’ Say Beyond Nuclear Experts” which states, “A newly published study has uncovered alarming indications of biological loss and ecological collapse in the area around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor that exploded in Ukraine on April 26, 1986.

“Nuclear boosters have long claimed that the superficial appearance of teeming wildlife in the approximately 1,000 square mile Chernobyl exclusion zone indicates an Eden-like outcome. But the study observed a frightening halt to organic decay and the disappearance of important microbes that indicate the steady advance of a potential ‘silent spring.’

“‘Highly Reduced Mass Loss Rates and Increased Litter Layer in Radioactively Contaminated Areas,’ published in Oecologia, March 4, 2014, by Mousseau, Milinevsky, Kenney Hunt and Møller, found that the natural cycle of decay of organic materials around Chernobyl is largely dependent on microbial communities which have been significantly reduced in these radioactively contaminated zones.”
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Baltimore Activist Alert - April 23-24, 2014

23] Logging Concessions Enable Illegal Logging Crisis in the Peruvian Amazon – Apr. 23
24] Accountability for Drone Strikes – Apr. 23
25] Rana Plaza factory & Wal-Mart – Apr. 23
26] NSA Surveillance and Ongoing Revelations – Apr. 23
27] Meet Brian Frosh – Apr. 23
28] The Palestinian Struggle – Apr. 23
29] Watch BORDERLAND – Apr. 23
30] Climate Change’s effects on the poor -- Apr. 23
31] Tyler Vile at Red Emma’s – Apr. 23
32] Candidates Forum -- Apr. 23
33] Faith In Equality – Apr. 24
34] Humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons – Apr. 24
35] Stand with culinary workers – Apr. 24
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23] – On Wed., Apr. 23 from noon to 1:30 PM, Amazon Watch Invites You to a "Green-Bag Lunch" presentation: Logging Concessions Enable Illegal Logging Crisis in the Peruvian Amazon. Matt Finer, Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) , and Melissa Blue Sky, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), will be the speakers at Amazon Watch / CIEL conference room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW #1100 (South Dupont, above Panera/Cosi). Despite major efforts to achieve sustainability, including a modern Forestry Law and an important Forestry Annex in the US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement, illegal logging continues to plague the Peruvian Amazon. Matt and Melissa have a new peer-reviewed paper out today that presents evidence that the legal logging concession system is in reality enabling an illegal logging crisis in the Peruvian Amazon despite the important reform efforts. As a consequence, logging is not contained to concessions and instead threatens all forested areas, including protected areas and indigenous territories. They will present the findings of the study and discuss the conservation and policy implications.

24] – Accountability for Drone Strikes is happening on Wed., Apr. 23 from 2:30 to 5:15 PM at American University, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Watch a screening of Robert Greenwald's documentary "Unmanned: America's Drone Wars" as part of an international effort to expose the financial & humane costs of the U.S. military industrial complex. Greenwald will provide opening remarks, and there will be a post-screening discussion.

25] – One year ago from Thursday, the Rana Plaza factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 garment workers and injuring thousands more. The factory produced clothing for many of the world's retail giants - including Wal-Mart. Yet Wal-Mart has failed to fairly compensate the families of the workers killed or injured, and it continues to refuse to sign onto the legally-binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety. It is the largest retailer on earth, with more than 10,000 retail locations and $15 billion in annual profit. Its labor practices and standards affect the lives not only of its 2.2 million direct employees, but also of millions more workers in its global supply chain. And while Wal-Mart claims its "Standards for Suppliers" keep supply chain workers safe, workers themselves and the Rana Plaza tragedy tell a different story. On Wed., Apr. 23 at 6 PM, D.C. Jobs with Justice will lead a community and worker delegation to deliver a letter to a local Wal-Mart store manager demanding that Wal-Mart take responsibility for the safety and dignity for workers in each facet of its supply chain. Around the country, other JWJ coalitions will hold similar delegations as part of a national Week of Action. Visit http://www.dcjwj.org/ or 202.543.1540. Contact the organizers for Location at info@dcjwj.org or 202.543.1540.

26] – The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, WDC 20071, will host "Behind the Headlines: NSA Surveillance and Ongoing Revelations" on Wed., Apr. 23 at 6:30 PM. Join the journalists behind the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage as they pull back the curtain on the most compelling angles of the scandal. The building is three blocks east of the Farragut North Metro (Red Line), and two blocks north of the McPherson Square Metro (Orange and Blue Lines). To RSVP and submit a question for the panel, email behindtheheadlines@washpost.com.

27] – Wendy Rambo Shuford [mailto:ramboshuford@gmail.com] wrote that she is hosting a Meet and Greet to learn about Brian Frosh, candidate for Attorney General, on Wed., Apr. 23 at 7 PM. She added that this is not a fundraiser.

28] – You are invited to an update of the Palestinian struggle on Wed., Apr. 23 at 7 PM at 810 Winston Ave., Baltimore 21212. Ellen Barfield made a solidarity trip to Palestine with Veterans For Peace last November. With photographs and in words, she will describe the Palestinian resistance and acquaint us with the liberation fighters whom she met. Start with a potluck dinner at 7 PM with the presentation at 7:45 PM. RSVP to Cindy at 443-604-2298.

29] – The D.C. Fair Food goes to watch Al Jazeera America present's BORDERLAND, a film at the Newseum on Wed., Apr. 23 at 7 PM at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20001. A number of activists appear in this documentary series, including Lis-Marie Güegüense. See https://www.facebook.com/events/242759179242459/?source=1.

30] – On Wed., Apr. 23 from 7:30 to 9 PM, St. Raphael’s Earth Community presents “A Challenge of our Faith: Climate Change and the Effects on the Poor and the Common Good” at its Duffy Center, Falls and Dunster Rds., Rockville 20854. The presenter is Daniel Misleh, director, Catholic Climate Covenant. He will elucidate the science of climate change and ways we can integrate into our lives an attitude that will, in the words of Pope Francis “consider nature a gracious gift we must care for, and set at the service of our brothers, including future generations."

31] – Tyler Vile reads at Red Emma's, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, on Wed., Apr. 23 at 7:30 PM in the Free School Classroom. This will be a night of poems, stories, and radical ramblings. Her tales of coming out and coming of age with a disability in the Baltimore punk scene are irreverent, heartfelt, and hard-won. With influences ranging from Helen Keller to Laverne Cox, a wild-eyed taste for the surreal, and a healthy dose of punk attitude, her syllables will send her stumbling into your memory. She is a physically disabled queer transwoman who writes poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, and much more and maintains a blog, tylervile.wordpress.com. Call 410-230-0450. Go to http://www.redemmas.org.

32] – On Wed., Apr. 23 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, there will be a Montgomery County Executive Candidates Forum at the Shrine of St. Jude, Thaddeus Room, 12701 Veirs Mill Rd., Rockville. It is sponsored by the Montgomery County Justice and Advocacy Council and moderated by Msgr. John Enzler, CEO of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Washington. This event will feature all four candidates running for Montgomery County Executive. The major ISSUES are 1) budget competition for scarce resources; 2) vision for regional cooperation amid displacement due to Purple Line; 3) affordable housing; 4) workforce issues; and 5) funding for mental health. Contact Tony Bosnick at 301-853-5340 or abosnick@adw.org.

33] – On Thurs., Apr. 24 from 9:15 to 11:45 AM, the topic to be explored is Faith In Equality: Economic Justice and the Future of Religious Progressives. The religion, policy and politics project at The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, will host a forum to release a major new report, “Faith In Equality: Economic Justice and the Future of Religious Progressives.” The report discusses particular challenges facing the religious movement for social justice, including the decline of congregations and unions and the challenge of coalition building. Brookings Senior Fellow, E.J. Dionne, will present the report. Gary Dorrien, Union Theological Seminary, will offer an historic perspective.

A second panel, including Jennifer Butler, Rev. Gabriel Salgeuro and Dorian T. Warren will focus on the current landscape and provide a look forward. Sr. Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and author of “A Nun on the Bus” (HarperCollins, 2014), will provide closing remarks. This event will be live webcast. Register at http://connect.brookings.edu/register-to-attend-faith-in-equality%20.

34] – On Thurs., Apr. 24 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM, join Jon B. Wolfstahl from the Monterey Institute, Andrew Kanter from Physicians for Social Responsibility, Walter Pincus from the Washington Post and numerous leaders from faith-based and secular advocacy groups, including Marie Dennis, Co-International President of Pax Christi International, and government leaders who will come together for an in-depth discussion of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. Is there a Muslim viewpoint on nuclear arms? A Buddhist one? Does the US budget process offer new opportunities to address our national priorities and move in a more humane direction? Come to the United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC., for this conversation, sponsored by Saka Gakki International. The conference is free, but registration is required. Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e8zfdpssb08f9b5e&c=8eedc610-8542-11e3-8b15-d4ae52843d28&ch=8f199100-8542-11e3-8b19-d4ae52843d28.

35] – Stand with Seasons Culinary Workers on Thurs., Apr. 24 from noon to 1 PM at the National Education Association Building, 1201 16th St. NW
The company, Seasons Culinary, is not meeting the standard for food service workers in this city. Join these workers as they fight for a fair contract that meets the standard for food service workers across the city. Go to http://www.dcjwj.org/events/stand-with-seasons-culinary-workers-in-the-nea-cafeteria/.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - Apr. 20 - Aug. 10, 2014

58] An Enlightened Future -- Apr. 20
59] Peace and Pancakes – Apr. 20
60] Seder in the Streets – Apr. 20
61] Baltimore Parenting Beyond Belief meetup – Apr. 20
62] Nontheistic Passover Seder -- Apr. 20
63] Roy Zimmerman concert -- Apr. 20
64] Pentagon Vigil -- Apr. 21
65] Job with United Workers -- Apr. 23
66] Save the date! - Aug. 10
67] Max is seeking a place to live
68] Ronda Cooperstein on social media
69] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
70] Join Fund Our Communities
71] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
72] Do you need any book shelves or file cabinets?
73] Join Global Zero campaign
74] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
75] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


58] -- Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon. On Sun., Apr. 20, the platform address is “An Enlightened Future for All, but When?” It will be delivered by Stuart Jordan, president, Institute for Science and Human Values. This country was born at the height of the Enlightenment, yet outside of educated circles we seldom hear of this great humanistic movement today. The central idea of the Enlightenment was progress, especially toward a better world for people everywhere. Dr. Jordan will discuss how well we have progressed and where we have stumbled, concluding that societal progress will continue, but only if universal education in critical thinking and civic mindedness are significantly improved.

Jordan is a retired NASA Senior Staff Scientist and holds a Ph.D. in physics and astrophysics. He has held leadership positions in three humanist organizations, and he is author of the recently published book “The Enlightenment Vision–Science, Reason, and the Promise of a Better Future” (Prometheus Books). Read more at http://ishv.net. Call 410-581-2322 or email ask@bmorethical.org.

59] -- Join the Kadampa Meditation Center for Peace and Pancakes on Sundays at 10:30 AM at KMC Maryland, 2937 North Charles St. All are invited to participate in guided meditation and chant praying for world peace. There will be a talk based on Buddhist thought followed by brunch. Call 410- 243-3837. Brunch is $5.

60] -- There is a Seder in the Streets: Jews in Solidarity with the #Not1More Deportation Hunger Strikers on Sun., Apr. 20 from 11 AM to 1 PM in Lafayette Park, across from the White House. Each day more than 1,000 people are deported from the U.S. They are torn apart from family, community and loved ones. By the end of this month, two million people will have been deported by the Obama Administration, amid Congressional inaction on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The President can take concrete, bold and necessary actions to turn back the deportation dragnet. We must act not out of charity, not out of guilt, but from a place deep inside our hearts that tells us that this injustice is too close to home to remain silent. Use this moment to hear the stories of people fighting for their liberation today. Join the hunger strikers for a Seder in the Streets to send the message to Obama say #Not1More Deportation! See https://www.facebook.com/events/229762073891967/.

61] – There's a full day of activities this Sunday at the Baltimore Ethical Society for those who seek an alternative to traditional religious celebrations. At 3 PM, join the Baltimore Parenting Beyond Belief meetup for a family board game party. Details at http://meetu.ps/2jCKHC .

62] – At 5:30 PM, the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah will hold a nontheistic Passover Seder at Prologue in Pikesville. If you are curious about how a humanistic Seder can emphasize culture without prayers, this is your chance. The pot-luck Seder is free. RSVP to Bob Jacobson at bobboj@aol.com .

63] – At 8 PM, join the Baltimore Coalition of Reason to hear a concert by singer/songwriter Roy Zimmerman at the Baltimore Ethical Society. A social hour starts at 7PM. The world is full of funny songs, but Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive originals are also incisive calls to action, smart, savvy and undeniable. The “Blue Dot Tour” is ninety minutes of these songs - funny songs like “The Faucet’s on Fire!” and “I Want a Marriage Like They Had In the Bible,” heartfelt songs like “Hope, Struggle and Change” and “I Approve This Message.” The cost is from $5 to $25, and BES will accept BNotes at the door. There is a sliding scale, pay what you can. Visit the Baltimore Coalition of Reason at http://BaltimoreCoR.org/.

64] -- There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop. The next vigil is Mon., Apr. 14, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email artlaffin@hotmail.com or call 202-882-9649.

The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro. By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area.

By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr., and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM. No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.

65] – The United Workers is looking to hire a Leadership Organizer, who will specialize on communications and organizing. The salary is $40,000, and the application deadline is Wed., Apr. 23. To apply, download the application at http://unitedworkers.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/UWJobApplication_2014.pdf. Complete the application, and send it, together with a cover letter and resume to info@unitedworkers.org or to United Workers, PO Box 41547, Baltimore, MD 21203. If you are sending this via email, you should include your last name and “Leadership Organizer Position 2014” in the subject line. In your cover letter, tell a story about yourself, and how you found out about this opportunity and why you are called to be a Leadership Organizer.

UW seeks the unique person whose skills and experiences are in both storytelling and organizing. As a storyteller, s/he is someone who can write the story as well as push it in the press, asserting the narrative frame, and helping to shape public discourse and policy debate. As an organizer, s/he is someone who has experience in community organizing, base-building, and leadership development. Leadership Organizers must be highly self-managing and committed to the vision and values of the organization.

66] – SAVE THE DATE!!!!! Get over to "Family Fun" night to raise funds for Dr. Mutulu Skakur and the development of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to free our Political Prisoners/Prisoners of War. It will take place at Skateland North Point, 1113 Old North Point Rd., Baltimore 21222, on Sun., Aug. 10 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM. Admission is $10 which includes skate rental. Contact Abdul-Jabbar at 610.621.0699 (Maryland State Jericho). Go to http://mutulushakur.com/site/.

67] -- Max is seeking a place to live. Let him know of any possibilities. He can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.dot net.

68] -- Ronda Cooperstein has taken to social media, and is recording her opinion pieces on You Tube. Check out her latest essay - THE WASHINGTON POST WITH TOAST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffj-Scno-5Q

69] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email: info@washingtonpeacecenter.org.

70] -- Fund Our Communities campaign is a grass roots movement to get support from local organizations and communities to work together with their local and state elected officials to pressure Congresspersons and senators to join with Congresspersons Barney Frank and Ron Paul, who have endorsed a 25% cut to the federal military budget. Bring home the savings to state and county governments to meet the local needs which are under tremendous budget pressures. Go to www.OurFunds.org.

71] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

72] -- Can you use any book shelves? Can you use any file cabinets? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

73] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees. This is an historic window of opportunity. With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

74] -- WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER signs from Friends Committee on National Legislation are again for sale at $5. To purchase a sign, call Max at 410-366-1637.

75] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to http://prop1.org; call 202-682-4282.

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"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

Don't Let the Torturer Play Censor/Civilians Dead in US Bombing: Afghan Officials

Published on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Blog of Rights / ACLU
Don't Let the Torturer Play Censor
by Noa Yachot

In a matter of weeks, the public could finally have access to information the CIA has been trying to keep secret for years. That is, unless the CIA decides otherwise.

The summary of a Senate report documenting the CIA's use of torture is now with the Executive Branch for declassification. We have been told that the report provides the most detailed account yet of what the CIA did to detainees in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantánamo, and the CIA's secret prisons overseas.

But while President Obama has authority to decide how much the public gets to see, he has given the CIA the lead on redacting the summary report.

It's hard to overstate how wrong that is. The agency charged with brutally torturing prisoners, lying about it to every oversight mechanism, and spying on the Senate committee charged with investigating it – that same agency is getting to decide which information about its illegal conduct will be released to the public?

Here's what we might be left with if the CIA redacts the torture report:

Redaction, when undertaken responsibly, keeps legitimate national security information secret. But not only have we been fooled too many times by the CIA to trust that it will redact responsibly, it flies in the face of transparency, oversight, and basic common sense to allow the torturers to dictate the terms of the conversation we're going to have about torture.

Earlier this month, Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council said:

Having prohibited these practices upon taking office, the President believes that bringing this program into the light will help the American people understand what happened in the past and can help guide us as we move forward, so that no Administration contemplates such a program in the future.

We couldn't have said it better ourselves. If you agree, join our call to President Obama to take the report out of CIA hands and into the light.

© 2014 ACLU

Noa Yachot is a communications strategist for the ACLU

Source URL: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/22-6

Published on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Common Dreams

Civilians Dead in US Bombing: Afghan Officials

Tragedy comes amid climbing civilian deaths in US and UK drone war

- Sarah Lazare, staff writer

A U.S. air strike on a village in Eastern Afghanistan killed three civilians—a woman and two children—the Afghan president's office revealed Tuesday.

Local officials say a NATO aircraft fired at a family in the Nadir Shah Kot district of Khost Province, killing three and wounding one man, The New York Times reports.
The attack occurred late Monday night and prompted an immediate condemnation from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who slammed the attack as a "violation of agreements," Reuters reports.

NATO, which is led by the U.S., released a statement claiming it is investigating the incident.

The loss of life comes amid mounting civilian deaths from U.S. and British covert drone strikes on Afghanistan.

According to a recent report by UN special rapporteur on human rights Ben Emmerson, data for 2013 shows that drone strikes in Afghanistan accounted for 40 percent of civilian deaths by pro-government forces, marking a three-fold increase since 2012. According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, in 2013 at least 45 civilians died in drone strikes in Afghanistan.
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Source URL: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/16-1

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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

Inside the Brutality of Egypt's New Regime: 2,500 Killed, 16,000 Political Prisoners, Torture Allegations Are Widespread

Published on Alternet (http://www.alternet.org)

AlterNet [1] / By Medea Benjamin [2], Kate Chandley [3]
Inside the Brutality of Egypt's New Regime: 2,500 Killed, 16,000 Political Prisoners, Torture Allegations Are Widespread

April 21, 2014 |

After a recent CODEPINK delegation to Egypt ended up in deportations and assault [4], we have become acutely aware of some of the horrors Egyptians are facing in the aftermath of the July 3 coup that toppled Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi. Over 2,500 civilians [5]have been killed in protests and clashes.
Over 16,000 [5] are in prison for their political beliefs and allegations of torture [6] are widespread. Millions of people who voted for Morsi in elections that foreign monitors declared free and fair are now living in terror, as are secular opponents of the military regime, and the level of violence is unprecedented in Egypt’s modern history. With former Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi set to become the next president in sham elections scheduled for May 26-27, the Egyptian military is trampling on the last vestiges of the grassroots uprising that won the hearts of the world community during the Arab Spring.

The most publicized case is the trial of the three Al Jazeera journalists and their co-defendants, charged with falsifying news and working with the Muslim Brotherhood. On April 10, there was a ludicrous update in the trial, when the prosecution came to courtpresenting a video that was supposed to be the basis of their case
[7] but consisted of family photos, trotting horses, and Somali refugees in Kenya. The judge dismissed the “evidence” but not the charges.

The high-profile case is just a taste of wide-ranging assault on free expression. The government has closed down numerous TV and print media affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist currents. The Committee to Protect Journalists named [8] Egypt the third deadliest countries for journalists in 2013, just behind Syria and Iraq.

An incident that shows how the judicial branch is now working hand-in-glove with the military is the horrific March 24 sentencing of 529 Morsi supporters to death in one mass trial [9]. The entire group was charged with killing one police officer. The trial consisted of two sessions, each one lasting less than one hour [10]. Secretary of State Kerry said that the sentence “defies logic [11]” and Amnesty International called the ruling “grotesque [12].”

And if you think that a US passport entitles a prisoner to due process, look at the tragic case of 26-year-old Ohio State University graduate Mohamed Soltan [13]. Soltan served as a citizen journalist, assisting English-speaking media in their coverage of the anti-coup sit-in at Rabaa Square that was violently raided by police and resulted in the death of over 1,000 people. In jail for over 7 months, Soltan has been on a hunger strike since January 26 and is now so weak he can’t walk. His situation in prison has been horrifying. When he was arrested, he had a wound from being shot that had not yet healed. Prison officials refused to treat him, so a fellow prisoner who was a doctor performed surgery with pliers on a dirty prison floor [14], with no anesthesia. His trial has been postponed several times, and there is no update on when it might actually take place. (Activists in the US are mobilizing on his behalf [15].)

Female activists also face dehumanizing experiences. In February, four women who were arrested for taking part in anti-military protests say they were subjected to virginity tests [16]while in custody--a practice that coup leader Abdel al-Sisi has supported [17]. In addition to the horror of virginity tests, Amnesty International has also reported that women in prison in Egypt face harsh conditions [18], including being forced to sleep on the floor and not being allowed to use the bathroom for 10 hours from 10pm to 8am every day. Egyptian Women Against the Coup and the Arab Organisation for Human Rights has reported beatings and sexual harassment [19] of female prisoners.

The internal crackdown may be getting worse, not better. New counter-terrorism legislation [20]set to be approved by Egypt’s president would give the government increased powers to muzzle freedom of expression and imprison opponents. Two new draft laws violate the right to free expression, including penalties of up to three years’ imprisonment for verbally insulting a public employee or member of the security forces. They broaden the existing definition of terrorism to include actions aimed at damaging national unity, natural resources, monuments, communication systems, the national economy, or hindering the work of judicial bodies and diplomatic missions in Egypt. “The problem with these vaguely worded ‘terrorist offenses’ is that they potentially allow the authorities to bring a terrorism case against virtually any peaceful activist [20],” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui of Amnesty International.

The draft legislation also widens the scope for use of the death penalty to include “managing or administering a terrorist group.” The Muslim Brotherhood was labelled a terrorist group [21] by the Egyptian authorities in December (though no factual evidence was provided that it is engaged in terrorist attacks).

The US government refuses to call Morsi’s overthrow a coup [22], and has continued to give Egypt $250 million in economic support, as well as funds for narcotics controls, law enforcement and military training. But the bulk of the foreign military funding of $1.3 billion has been suspended.

On March 12, Secretary of State Kerry indicated that he wanted to resume the aid [23] and would decide “in the days ahead.” Egypt has long been one of the top recipients of US aid because of its peace treaty with Israel, its control over the Suez Canal and the close ties between the US and Egyptian militaries. To renew the funding, Kerry must certify that Egypt is meeting its commitment to a democratic transition and taking steps to govern democratically. The constitutional referendum was held January 14-15, but opponents werearrested for campaigning [24] for a “no” vote. The May presidential election, taking place under such repressive conditions with the main opposition group banned [25], will certainly not be free and fair. The same can be said for the parliamentary elections that are expected to occur before the end of July.

“The question is no longer whether Egypt is on the road to democratic transition, but how much of its brute repression the US will paper over,” said Human Rights Watch Middle East Director Sarah Leah Whitson [26]. “An accurate appraisal of Egypt’s record since the military-backed overthrow of President Morsi would conclude that, far from developing basic freedoms, the Egyptian authorities are doing the opposite.”

The Obama Administration should insist that political dissidents be released, laws restricting public assembly be lifted, the Muslim Brotherhood be declassified as a terrorist organization and allowed to participate in all aspects of public life, and criminal investigations be launched into the unlawful use of lethal force and abuse of detainees by security officials. Only when the Egyptian junta lifts its iron curtain should the US consider resuming military aid.

Source URL: http://www.alternet.org/world/behind-egyptian-juntas-iron-curtain

Links:
[1] http://alternet.org
[2] http://www.alternet.org/authors/medea-benjamin
[3] http://www.alternet.org/authors/kate-chandley
[4] http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=6653
[5] http://carnegieendowment.org/2014/03/24/egypt-s-unprecedented-instability-by-numbers/h5j3?reloadFlag=1
[6] http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/11/us-egypt-torture-idUSBREA1A0O220140211
[7] http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/11/world/middleeast/egypt-prosecutors-fail-to-produce-evidence-against-jailed-journalists.html?smid=tw-nytimes
[8] https://cpj.org/reports/2013/12/syria-iraq-egypt-most-deadly-nations-for-journalis.php
[9] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/medea-benjamin/egypt-kangaroo-court-sent_b_5022795.html
[10] http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/25/world/middleeast/529-egyptians-sentenced-to-death-in-killing-of-a-police-officer.html
[11] http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/03/223967.htm
[12] http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/egypt-more-500-sentenced-death-grotesque-ruling-2014-03-24
[13] http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/03/14/221317/for-american-jailed-in-egypt-a.html
[14] http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/letter-to-obama-from-american-detained-in-egypt/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
[15] http://codepink.org/article.php?id=6694
[16] http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/21/world/meast/egypt-virginity-testing-shahira-amin/?hpt=bosread
[17] http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/sep/03/virginity-test-to-power
[18] https://www.amnesty.org/en/news/egypt-women-imprisoned-2013-11-28
[19] https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/9647-female-prisoners-tortured-and-sexually-abused-in-egypts-jails
[20] https://www.amnesty.org/en/news/egyptian-president-must-reject-flawed-anti-terrorism-laws-2014-04-09
[21] http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/25/world/africa/egypt-muslim-brotherhood-terrorism/
[22] http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-26/white-house-shields-aid-to-egypt-by-avoiding-talk-of-coup.html
[23] http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/12/us-usa-egypt-aid-kerry-idUSBREA2B1Y420140312
[24] http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/01/13/egypt-activists-arrested-no-campaign
[25] http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2014/04/16/Egypt-bans-Muslim-Brotherhood-candidates-from-elections/6061397657589/
[26] http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/04/03/egypt-failure-meet-us-aid-conditions

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Pledge celebrates Save the Earth Day on the Wyman Park Bridge/Oklahoma Will Charge Customers Who Install Their Own Solar Panels

Six members of the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore celebrated Save the Earth Day on the Wyman Park Bridge this morning from 8 to 9 AM as thousands drove into Baltimore City. There was enthusiastic support from many of the travelers. The signs were as follows: Out of Iraq, Peace Is Patriotic, Peace Is Patriotic, War Is Idiotic, Bring the Troops Home Now, Peace for Earth, Save the Earth Day, #1 Polluter – Pentagon, and Eyes On the Prize Earth Earth Earth.

Kagiso,

Max

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/23257-oklahoma-will-charge-customers-who-install-their-own-solar-panels

Kroh reports: "Oklahoma residents who produce their own energy through solar panels or small wind turbines on their property will now be charged an additional fee, the result of a new bill passed by the state legislature and expected to be signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R)."

In Oklahoma you will have to pay to install your own solar panels. (photo: Shutterstock)

Oklahoma Will Charge Customers Who Install Their Own Solar Panels

By Kiley Kroh, ThinkProgress
22 April 14

Oklahoma residents who produce their own energy through solar panels or small wind turbines on their property will now be charged an additional fee, the result of a new bill passed by the state legislature and expected to be signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R).

On Monday, S.B. 1456 passed the state House 83-5 after no debate. The measure creates a new class of customers: those who install distributed power generation systems like solar panels or small wind turbines on their property and sell the excess energy back to the grid.

While those with systems already installed won’t be affected, the new class of customers will now be charged a monthly fee — a shift that happened quickly and caught many in the state off guard.

“We knew nothing about it and all of a sudden it’s attached to some other bill,” Ctaci Gary, owner of Sun City Oklahoma, told ThinkProgress. “It just appeared out of nowhere.”

Because the surcharge amount has not been determined, Gary is cautious about predicting the impact it will have on her business. She has already received multiple calls from people asking questions about the bill and wanting to have solar systems installed before the new fee takes effect. “We’re going to use it as a marketing tool,” Gary said. “People deserve to have an opportunity [to install their own solar panels] and not be charged.”

“It is unfortunate that some utilities that enthusiastically support wind power for their own use are promoting a regressive policy that will make it harder for their customers to use wind power on their own,” said Mike Bergey, president & CEO of Bergey Windpower in Norman, Oklahoma, in a statement. “Oklahoma offers tax credits for large wind turbines which are built elsewhere, but wants to penalize small wind which we manufacture here in the state? That makes no sense to me.”

The bill was staunchly opposed by renewable energy advocates, environmental groups and the conservative group TUSK, but had the support of Oklahoma’s major utilities. “Representatives of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma said the surcharge is needed to recover some of the infrastructure costs to send excess electricity safely from distributed generation back to the grid,” the Oklahoman reported.

“We’re not anti-solar or anti-wind or trying to slow this down, we’re just trying to keep it fair,” Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman Kathleen O’Shea told the Oklahoman. “We’ve been studying this trend. We know it’s coming, and we want to get ahead of it.”

But distributed energy sources also provide a clear value to utility companies. Solar generates during peak hours, when a utility has to provide electricity to more people than at other times during the day and energy costs are at their highest. Solar panels actually feed excess energy back to the grid, helping to alleviate the pressure during peak demand. In addition, because less electricity is being transmitted to customers through transmission lines, it saves utilities on the wear and tear to the lines and cost of replacing them with new ones.

As the use of solar power skyrockets across the U.S., fights have sprung up in several states over how much customers should be compensated for excess power produced by their solar panels and sold back to the grid — a policy known as net metering. Net metering laws have come under fire from the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group backed by fossil fuel corporations, utility companies, and the ultra-conservative Koch brothers. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have net metering policies in place and ALEC has set its sights on repealing them, referring to homeowners with their own solar panels as “freeriders on the system.” ALEC presented Gov. Fallin the Thomas Jefferson Freedom award last year for her “record of advancing the fundamental Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty as a nationally recognized leader.”

Oklahoma “could be the first complete defeat for solar advocates in their fight against utility efforts to recover costs lost to DG [distributed generation] use,” writes Utility Dive. Net metering survived attacks in Colorado and Kansas and Vermont recently increased its policy in a bipartisan effort. Last year, Arizona added what amounts to a $5 per month surcharge for solar customers, a move that was widely seen as a compromise, particularly after ALEC and other Koch-backed groups got involved.

While any extra charge placed on potential customers is a concern, Gary hopes that like Arizona, Oklahoma’s fee is modest enough to protect her business from serious damage.

© 2014 Reader Supported News

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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

Monday, April 21, 2014

Earth Day on Wyman Park Bridge/Rancher-Indigenous Alliance Stands the Line in DC Against Keystone XL

Join the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore for our annual Earth Day on the Bridge on Mon., April 22 from 8 until 9 AM. Be on the Wyman Park Bridge to make the connection between Pentagon warmongering and the destruction of Mother Earth. RSVP to Max at mobuszewski at Verizon.net or 410-366-1637.

http://truth-out.org/news/item/23223-rancher-indigenous-alliance-stands-the-line-in-dc-against-keystone-xl

Rancher-Indigenous Alliance Stands the Line in DC Against Keystone XL
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:20 By Anne Meador and John Zangas, DC Media Group | Report

(Photo: Bold Nebraska)

On Earth Day, April 22, ranchers and members of native communities along the proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline will arrive in Washington, DC to reject the pipeline and protect their land. The coalition, called the Cowboy Indian Alliance, will set up an encampment on the National Mall through April 27 to oppose the pipeline that would transport dilbit from the tar sands of Canada to the refineries of the Gulf Coast. “Reject and Protect,” as it is called, promises to be yet another major anti-Keystone XL protest.

The Cowboy Indian Alliance created this crop art image in Nebraska directly on the proposed path of Keystone XL. (Photo: Bold Nebraska)

The builder of the Keystone XL, TransCanada Corp., has applied to the State Department for a cross-border permit. Final approval rests with President Obama. “We want to tell the President that this is much bigger than protecting unions or environmentalists. It’s about protecting land, water, and homes,” says Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska, one of the sponsoring organizations.

Over a dozen tribes—including Sioux, Rosebud, Crow, and Yankton—will pitch fifteen tipis in front of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. A covered wagon will represent ranchers. Organizers expect more than 5,000 people to join the Cowboy Indian Alliance for a ceremonial procession around the Capitol on Saturday, April 26. They will then present a hand-painted tipi to the National Museum of the American Indian as a gift symbolizing their hopes for protected land and clean water. The tipi canvas and liner will be painted with tribal symbols and the finger-print signatures of tribal leaders and elders. The tipi will be formally named after the two tribal names that have been given to President Obama.

“Reject and Project” coincides with Earth Day, but it was also timed to pressure Obama just before the announcement of his long-awaited final decision on Keystone XL. But late on Friday, the State Department said that it would be delayed yet again, largely due to a Nebraska court decision invalidating legislation that empowered the governor to approve the pipeline’s path through the state. The expiration of its permit in South Dakota in June further complicates TransCanada’s bid to get the pipeline route green-lighted.

If approved, the Keystone XL would cross the Canadian border into Montana and pass through the states of South Dakota and Nebraska to join the southern leg of the pipeline in Kansas. It would traverse privately owned ranches and farms and come within yards of native lands. Crucially, it would pass over the huge Ogalalla aquifer, a major source of fresh water for drinking and irrigation. Opponents of the Keystone XL say that accidents would be a catastrophe, releasing the toxic slurry of tar sands mixed with petroleum components known as bitumen. If spilled, bitumen could despoil the land and water, ruining it for generations to come.

Among all the First Amendment assemblies on the National Mall over the decades, “Reject and Protect” may stand out as unique. For one, it will be memorable because of the participants: two groups previously at odds with each other, coming together in common cause to rout a mutual enemy, TransCanada.

A tar pit of bituminous sands. (Photo: Garth Lenz)

“We are writing a new history by standing on common ground by preventing the black snake of Keystone XL from risking our land and water,” says Faith Spotted Eagle of the Yankton Sioux.

The event is also significant because of its connection to past pilgrimages by Native tribes to the nation’s capital. Once again, they are coming to Washington to ask that government honor promises broken so many times in the past.

“We have thousands of Native sacred sites that will be adversely affected. The Americans facing eminent domain now know what it felt like for us to lose land to a foreign country,” Faith Spotted Eagle says.

The pipeline would cross the Ponca Trail of Tears, considered by indigenous people as sacred land. Tribes have legal rights to access water there under an 1868 treaty, according to Kleeb.

Gary Dorr of the Nez Perce tribe succinctly expresses their resolve. “We will Stand the Line,” he says.

Native Americans and ranchers of the Cowboy Indian Alliance are not only protecting their own interests. In opposing the Keystone XL, they are defending all global citizens from the perils of climate change. Extraction and combustion of tar sands, the dirtiest fuel source on Earth, releases at least three times more global warming pollution than conventional oil. Chief Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader among the Dakota, Lakota, Nakota people, calls the tar sands “the biggest cancer spreading upon Mother Earth.”

“There is no price for our water and lands,” says Chief Reuben George of the Tsleil-Waututh. “The lessons we receive from Mother Earth is to become better human beings. We give back to the earth and the land. The pipelines do not do that.”

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license.

John Zangas is a contributor to DC Media Group.

Anne Meador is a writer, editor and photographer. The Occupy movement inspired her to start blog Cool Revolution and learn photography. Her interests include human rights, civil rights and global warming.

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April 28, 2014

Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers
Director, National Security Agency
Chief, Central Security Service
National Security Agency
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755

Dear Admiral Rogers:

As members of peace and justice groups with grave concern for the National Security Agency’s role in the invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Yemen, we are writing to request a meeting. We are deeply concerned about our government’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, to assassinate people in the countries listed above. As you know the NSA is involved in this assassination program by providing potential targets for the president's "kill list."

We are aware that the NSA is open 24 hours a day,7 days a week. Therefore, we are suggesting a meeting at the NSA on Saturday, May 3, 2014. We are confident that someone in a policy-making capacity will be available to meet with us and to arrange a subsequent meeting due to the important nature of our concern.

At the meeting, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance representatives will urge you to support an end to this assassination program which we believe to be illegal. Please confirm that a meeting can take place on May 3.

In 2011 in Yemen, CIA drone attacks were used to kill, first, Anwar Al-Awlaki and weeks later his son. They were U.S. citizens, who were never charged, brought to trial, or convicted of any crime. In fact, four other U.S. citizens have been assassinated by killer drone strikes without any pretense of due process.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights brought a lawsuit in US federal court against the Obama Administration regarding the assassination of Al-Awlaki. The suit was lost on procedural grounds; however, the judge in the case stated "Can the executive order the assassination of a US citizen without first affording him any form of judicial process whatsoever, based on the mere assertion that he is a dangerous member of a terrorist organization?"

The killer drone strikes only promote more terrorism directed at the US. This point was made by Malala Yousafzai when she met with President Obama and his family. On Oct. 11, 2013 Philip Rucker of THE WASHINGTON POST wrote this: “Yousafzai said she was honored to meet Obama and that she raised concerns with him about the administration's use of drones, saying they are ‘fueling terrorism.’”

We are also disturbed by the lack of transparency and oversight by congress. In spite of assurances from President Obama that the victims of drone strikes are surgical targets, it has been reported that hundreds of victims who are innocent of crimes against the US have been killed including civilian men, women, and children. These people have names and families who love them.

According to a report, “US: Reassess Targeted Killings in Yemen,” released on October 21, 2013 by Human Rights Watch “United States targeted airstrikes against alleged terrorists in Yemen have killed civilians in violation of international law." The report added that the strikes are creating a public backlash that undermines US efforts against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

We hope that you will take our concerns seriously, as it is our position that killer drone strikes are wrong on many levels: the illegality and immorality of assassinations, the violation of international law and the constitutional protection of due process, the targeting of civilian populations, and the disregard of sovereignty. We have great concern for people caught up in conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia and Yemen. We believe the US killer drone program must be brought to an end immediately.

Please respond to our request to meet and to discuss your role in terminating the National Security Agency's role in this assassination program. This is an opportunity to consider our proposal of reconciliation and diplomacy rather than pernicious killer drone strikes. A U.S. policy of endless wars must be placed in the dustbin of history. We look forward to your response.

In peace,

Max Obuszewski

On behalf of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance

Did Israel Steal Bomb-grade Uranium from the United States?

Published on Portside (https://portside.org)

Did Israel Steal Bomb-grade Uranium from the United States?

http://thebulletin.org/did-israel-steal-bomb-grade-uranium-united-states7056

Victor Gilinsky and Roger J. Mattson

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Last month the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), the nation's highest classification authority, released a number of top-level government memoranda [1] that shed additional light on the so-called NUMEC affair, "the story that won't go away - the possibility that in the 1960s, Israel stole bomb-grade uranium from a US nuclear fuel-processing plant [2]."

The evidence available for our 2010 Bulletin article persuaded us that Israel did steal uranium from the Apollo, Pennsylvania, plant of the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC). We urged the US government to declassify CIA and FBI documents to settle the matter. In releasing the current batch - the release being largely due to the persistent appeals of researcher Grant Smith [3] - the government has been careful to excise from all the released documents the CIA's reasons for fingering Israel. Despite this, the documents are significantly revealing. For one thing, the excisions themselves are a backhanded admission of the persuasiveness of the CIA's evidence. (Why these excisions are legally justified is not apparent - after nearly 50 years, the "sources and methods" issues have long ago dissipated.)

While we still don't know exactly what the CIA told high government officials, we do know from the released memoranda that top officials thought the CIA's case was a strong one. Also, as described in our earlier article, one of us was present at the CIA's February 1976 briefing of a small group at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). At that session Carl Duckett, then-CIA deputy director for science and technology, told the NRC group the CIA believed the missing highly enriched uranium ended up in Israel.

The newly released documents also expose government efforts, notably during the Carter administration, to keep the NUMEC story under wraps, an ironic twist in view of Jimmy Carter's identification with opposition to nuclear proliferation.

The context of NUMEC. A bit of background is in order here. After a 1965 inventory, NUMEC was found to be missing about 100 kilograms of bomb-grade uranium, even after accounting for all processing losses. The close personal and commercial ties to Israel of the plant owners and operators raised suspicions that remained unresolved. The affair of the missing bomb-grade uranium was revived in 1976. The newly formed NRC was in the process of writing licensing regulations for commercial fuel firms - of which NUMEC was one - and had heard rumors of possible theft in the 1960s from NUMEC's Apollo facility.

The NRC asked for a CIA briefing. Duckett startled the NRC group with CIA's conclusion that the missing uranium was in Israeli bombs. The NRC chairman informed the White House, and President Ford took an interest in the case. Ford's Attorney General, Edward Levi, discovered that the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), the NRC predecessor nuclear licensing agency, had previously convinced the FBI not to open a criminal investigation into the material's disappearance. The AEC was concerned that the public revelation of the NUMEC case would draw attention to its lack of control over nuclear bomb materials in the hands of private firms, and thus undermine the commission's efforts to get nuclear power programs underway. In addition, then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was not eager to get into a technical area with which his agents were unfamiliar. Levi gave the FBI its first instruction to investigate the material's disappearance, a decade after the 1965 inventory that was the object of concern. In fact, although they attracted little attention, NUMEC inventories through 1968 showed even larger unexplained losses.

After the 1976 election, the Ford White House alerted the incoming Carter administration to the NUMEC affair.

In December 1976, according to a July 1977 National Security Council memorandum, then-CIA Director George H.W. Bush briefed President-elect Carter on the case. Congress had been pressing for public disclosure of records of large unexplained losses of bomb-grade material (in government parlance, "material unaccounted for,"or MUF) from the government's nuclear weapons complex. The White House feared the story was sure to hit the headlines if there were any suggestion of Israeli theft from the NUMEC facility. And any disclosures about Israel's bomb program would of course have threatened the Carter administration's Middle East policies.

Carter instructed his national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, to deal with the NUMEC matter in the context of the impending public release of MUF data.

Brzezinski's staffers John Marcum and Jessica Tuchman posed questions to the CIA about the NUMEC affair. Ted Shackley, then-CIA's deputy director for covert operations, called Marcum on a secure line on July 28, 1977, to provide answers. Marcum's entire two-page description of the call in his memorandum to Tuchman is blanked out in the version just released by ISCAP. As noted in our earlier article, other evidence suggests that the next day Shackley briefed senior officials of the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA), the principal successor agency to the AEC. He told them that environmental samples taken by the CIA in Israel in 1968 contained highly enriched uranium, whose enrichment level was so high it pointed to the Portsmouth, Ohio, uranium enrichment plant as the source. Portsmouth was where NUMEC obtained uranium stock for its naval fuel products. We don't know whether this information is in the excised portion of Marcum's memorandum. We do however now have Marcum's unredacted conclusion: "The CIA case is persuasive, though not conclusive." Marcum preceded his conclusion with the pregnant observation, "At this point, despite the FBI clean bill of health, I do not think the president has plausible deniability."

The unusual Brzezinski interlude. The matter passed up to Brzezinski, who submitted a memorandum to the president on August 2, 1977. (The president's diary records a discussion on NUMEC the same day.) Brzezinski summarized for President Carter the views of ERDA, the FBI, and the CIA regarding Israeli involvement. His characterization of the CIA's views is excised in the version just released. His descriptions of the other agencies' views omit important evidence. For example, the memorandum understates by about a factor of six the unexplained amount of missing uranium - more than 330 kilograms by 1968 [2], or enough to make over a dozen Hiroshima-yield bombs. He reported ERDA's statements that there was "no evidence" of theft, adding that the agency had no basis for that conclusion. Nevertheless, when it came to his conclusion for the president, he used the same formulation (with our emphasis): "while a diversion might have occurred, there is no evidence - despite an intensive search for some - to prove that one did. For every piece of evidence that implies one conclusion, there is another piece that argues the opposite. One is pretty much left with making a personal judgment - based on instinct - as to whether the diversion did or did not occur." Leaving aside the contradiction between saying there is no evidence of theft and then saying there is more or less equal evidence on each side of the case, there was in fact a great deal more evidence of Israeli involvement already available in ERDA, FBI, and CIA records that Brzezinski apparently did not take the trouble to look into.

Brzezinski took at face value the AEC's claim that it had investigated the NUMEC affair. As we showed in our 2010 article, however, the commission's inquiries into the NUMEC affair were mainly designed to exculpate NUMEC and the AEC itself from any charges of wrongdoing. In evaluating these past so-called investigations, Attorney General Levi wrote President Ford on April 22, 1976 that federal officials might have violated criminal statutes, including those that cover accessory after the fact and failure to report a felony.

Brzezinski also passed off the FBI's findings as amounting to no more than confirmation that the president of NUMEC, Zalman Shapiro, had frequent contacts with Israeli officials, including a science attaché "thought to be an intelligence officer," and received unexplained VIP treatment in Israel. In fact, Shapiro was by then known to have had contacts with

Israel's head of military intelligence and the head of its nuclear weapons program. He later acknowledged knowing Binyamin Blumberg, head of Israel's "bureau of scientific liaison," which engaged in high-risk intelligence capers. On one strange occasion in 1968, Shapiro hosted an Israeli intelligence foursome at the Apollo plant. One was the Mossad agent who headed the team that spirited former Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann out of Argentina and who later ran Jonathan Pollard's spying on the United States for Israel. (Mossad is the Israeli agency that handles foreign intelligence collection and covert action.) Another was that agent's deputy in the Eichmann kidnap, who went on to become head of Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service. A third was Mossad's director of technical services. The last was Israel's science attaché, who had held a senior position in Israel's nuclear weapons program.

The FBI, Brzezinski told Carter, had just concluded its latest investigation and "was unable to uncover any evidence of theft, although the interviews included many current and former NUMEC employees." In fact, the FBI investigation continued for two more years, and its interviews of NUMEC employees revealed many suspicious circumstances concerning NUMEC shipments to Israel.

The last part of the Brzezinski August 1977 memorandum to President Carter is the most revealing of the Carter administration's intentions regarding the NUMEC affair: "We face tough sledding in the next few weeks (particularly in view of [Secretary of State Cyrus Vance's] Mid-East trip) in trying to keep attention focused on ERDA's technical arguments and, if necessary, on the FBI investigations, and away from the CIA's information."

Time for real transparency. It's fair to ask, in view of the other losses in the US nuclear weapons complex, why the CIA and others singled out NUMEC for grave suspicion as the source for Israeli bomb-grade uranium. In brief, the reasons are these: NUMEC's unexplained losses were a significantly larger proportion of its throughput of highly enriched uranium than was the case for other firms that dealt with nuclear materials. Sloppy accounting and lax security made the plant easy to rob without detection. NUMEC had commercial relationships with Israel's defense and nuclear establishments and regularly made sizeable nuclear shipments to Israel, which at that time were not checked by the AEC. NUMEC's owners and executives had extremely close ties to

Israel, including to high Israeli intelligence and nuclear officials. Israel had strong motives to obtain the highly enriched uranium before it was producing enough plutonium for weapons. High-level Israeli intelligence operatives visited the NUMEC plant. Israeli intelligence organizations were used to running logistically complicated, risky operations to support nuclear weapons development, and it would have been very much out of character for them to pass up an opportunity like this. On top of all this, records show the CIA believed its 1968 environmental sample taken in Israel evidenced an enrichment level unique to Portsmouth.

Nearly 50 years have passed since the events in question. It is time to level with the public. At this point it is up to the president himself to decide whether to declassify completely the NUMEC documents, all of which are over 30 years old. He should do so. We know that is asking a lot given the president's sensitivity about anything involving Israel, and especially anything relating to Israeli nuclear weapons. But none of his political concerns outweigh his responsibility to tell the US public the historical truth it deserves to know.

[Victor Gilinsky is a physicist, an independent consultant, and advised Nevada on matters related to the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. His expertise spans a broad range of energy issues. From 1975 to 1984, he served on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, having been nominated by President Gerald Ford and renominated by President Jimmy Carter. Earlier in his career he worked at Rand Corporation; he was also an assistant director for policy and program review at the Atomic Energy Commission.

Roger J. Mattson is a mechanical engineer who consults on safety matters with NRC licensees and Energy Department contractors. From 1967 to 1974, he was on the Atomic Energy Commission technical staff. In 1976, he led an NRC task force that addressed the Apollo/NUMEC affair. He left government service in 1984.]

Source URL: https://portside.org/2014-04-19/did-israel-steal-bomb-grade-uranium-united-states

Links:
[1] http://www.archives.gov/isoo/policy-documents/cnsi-eo.html
[2] http://thebulletin.org/2010/march/revisiting-numec-affair
[3] http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/secrets-about-suspected-israeli-theft-of-us-weapons-grade-nuclear-material-declassified---irmep-252658041.html

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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 21 -22, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert Apr. 21 – Apr. 27, 2014

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.
The initiative to stop it must be ours." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center. Go to www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com. If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at] verizon.net.

Tune into the Maryland Progressive Blog at http://mdprogblog.org.

1] Books, buttons & stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists
4] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLa
5] "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race" – through Apr. 30
6] Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity – through Aug. 31
7] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Apr. 21 – Apr. 25
8] Voices from Public Housing in Baltimore City – Apr. 21
9] See the film “Inequality for All” – Apr. 21
10] Baltimore Green Week - Panel Discussion – Apr. 21
11] Student Movement to Solve the Global Climate Crisis – Apr. 21
12] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – Apr. 21
13] Earth Day on Wyman Park Bridge – Apr. 22
14] Reject and Protect – Apr. 22
15] Media and Civil Society in Syria's Evolving Conflict – Apr. 22
16] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Apr. 22
17] Condemn drone research at JHU – Apr. 22
18] "Make a Plan. Build a Kit. Help Each Other" – Apr. 22
19] Act on Climate Campus Tour – Apr. 22
20] Documentary "Semper Fi: Always Faithful" – Apr. 22
21] Pray for Peace – Apr. 22
22] Surveillance, Secrets, & Whistleblowing in the Security State – Apr. 22

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1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available. “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Donate your books to Max. Call him at 410-366-1637.

2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/. Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR]. It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed. It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq. To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski at Verizon dot net. Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.

THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe. It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing. To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

4] – You can help safeguard human rights and fragile ecosystems through your purchase of HOCOFOLA Café Quetzal. Bags of ground coffee or whole beans can be ordered by mailing in an order form. Also note organic cocoa and sugar are for sale. For more details and to download the order form, go to http://friendsoflatinamerica.typepad.com/hocofola/2010/02/hocofola-cafe-quetzal-order-form-2010.html. The coffee comes in one-pound bags.

Fill out the form and mail it with a check made out to HOCOFOLA on or before the second week of the month. Be sure you indicate ground or beans for each type of coffee ordered. Send it to Adela Hirsch, 5358 Eliots Oak Rd., Columbia, MD 21044. Be sure you indicate ground (G) or bean (B) for each type of coffee ordered. The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up. Contact Adela at 410-997-5662 or via e-mail at adela4peace@verizon.net.

5] – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's production, "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race" will be exhibited at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at University of Maryland, Baltimore, Frieda O. Weise Gallery, 601 W. Lombard St. The exhibition will feature photos, films, testimonials and other documentation of Nazi racial experimentation and theories. The exhibit will continue through April 30. Call 410-706-7545. See http://hshsl.umaryland.edu/gallery/.

6] – See the exhibit Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity, which
delves into the various ways technology affects lives through the perspective of inventors, futurists and 40 plus visionary artists. The intent is to bring new thoughts on artificial intelligence, robotics, genetics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, and big data, and you can see it through August 31 at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy. Call 410-244-1900. Go to http://avam.org. A ticket costs $20.

7] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 AM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at www.weaa.org. The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to steinershow@gmail.com. All shows are also available as podcasts at www.steinershow.org.

8] – There is a Community Dinner and Roundtable: Voices from Public Housing in Baltimore City on Mon., Apr. 21 at 6 PM @ Red Emma's, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. Call 410-230-0450. Go to http://www.redemmas.org. As Baltimore moves to privatize 40% of its remaining public housing with public officials united in their claim that there is no other way to "save" affordable housing than through the complicated federal RAD program, the voices of those most affected by the sweeping changes—the residents and workers—seem to be the voices least present in the conversation.

Start with this pay-what-you-can community dinner, and then at 7 PM hear a panel of public housing residents, as well as union workers whose jobs stand to be eliminated and restructured under the RAD plan. Moderated by Marc Steiner, the event will explore the uncertainties introduced by this wave of privatization.

9] – See the film “Inequality for All” on Mon., Apr. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Busboys & Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW. The film, a passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, features Robert Reich—professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member—as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the U.S. economy. It is also an intimate portrait of a man who's overcome a great deal of personal adversity and whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. In this INCONVENIENT TRUTH for the economy, Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of economic inequality affects each and every one of us. See https://www.facebook.com/events/300621880093347/.

10] – The Baltimore Green Week - Panel Discussion is hosted by The Nature Conservancy on Mon., Apr. 21 from 7 to 9 PM at 700 Aliceanna St., Baltimore 21202. In honor of Baltimore Green Week, Conservancy staff members and other experts will answer this question: Do you know where your water comes from? Go tohttp://baltimoregreenworks.com/events/baltimore-green-week/ for a list of other activities.

11] – The Student Movement to Solve the Global Climate Crisis is taking place on Mon., Apr. 21 from 7 to 9 PM at the University of Maryland, 1104 South Campus Commons, 4230 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740. Hear a panel discussion involving climate change and student activists to understand the dynamics shaping the growing global movement to solve one of the most daunting challenges of our time – global climate change! The panel will focus on the largest youth-led environmental protests in the United States in the 21st century that led to the arrest of 398 students and youths in March 2014 who were protesting the proposed Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Project that would ship carbon-intensive oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout Maryland, students have mobilized to raise awareness and to mobilize citizen action against the proposed Cove Point Energy Project in southern Maryland. At the same time, students on a number of university campuses have mobilized support for divestment of all university endowment funds invested in fossil fuel companies. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/691027990957593/.

12] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. The next meeting will be on Mon., Apr. 21. The proposed agenda will include a report on the appeal of conviction of the CIA Five, anti-drone activities, including the Spring Actions, the May 3 demo at the NSA, a report on the NSA discussion at JHU and the visit to Sarbanes’ office, Earth Day, and May Day. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at verizon.net for directions.

13] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will do its annual Earth Day on the Bridge on Mon., April 22 from 8 until 9 AM. Be on the Wyman Park Bridge to make the connection between Pentagon warmongering and the destruction of Mother Earth. RSVP to Max at mobuszewski at Verizon.net or 410-366-1637.

14] – Reject and Protect will take place on Tues., Apr. 22 at 11 AM through Sun., Apr. 27 at 7 PM at the White House. An alliance of tribal leaders, ranchers and farmers called the “Cowboy Indian Alliance” will ride into Washington, D.C. on horseback. For five days they will set up camp near the White House, performing daily ceremonies and holding events that will send a clear message to President Obama: “reject the Keystone XL pipeline,” and “protect our land, water, and climate.” On Apr. 27, you are invited to join frontline leaders organizing the encampment to march together to the White House to send a final, powerful statement to President Obama to reject Keystone XL and protect our land, water and climate. Visit http://rejectandprotect.org/.

15] – On Tues., Apr. 22 from 12:30 to 2 PM, catch Media and Civil Society in Syria's Evolving Conflict at New America Foundation, 1899 L St. NW, Suite 400, WDC 20036. The conflict in Syria is being presented to the international community through a complex mix of state, opposition, international and local media sources. Individuals and NGOs in Syria have also effectively used social media to show the world the horrors of the conflict. As the crisis has evolved, so too have the ways in which activists have deployed the media available to them.

Discuss the evolution of media throughout the conflict with award-winning filmmaker and activist Orwa Nyrabia, an independent documentary film producer, filmmaker, actor, writer, and former journalist. He is in the forefront of efforts to illuminate the ongoing destruction of Syrian creative culture. In addition to focusing on developments in the independent media sector, Mr. Nyrabia will also discuss how civil society groups are struggling to navigate the dynamics of conflict. Mr. Nyrabia will present a selection of video clips to frame the discussion. Also participating is Leila Hilal, director, Middle East Task Force, New America. RSVP at http://www.newamerica.net/events/2014/media_in_syrias_evolving_conflict. Contact Liana Simonds at New America at 202-735-2829 or simonds@newamerica.org.

16] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th Street & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine. The next vigil is Apr. 22. Call 215-426-0364.

17] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Apr. 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

18] – "Make a Plan. Build a Kit. Help Each Other."
The Baltimore Office of Sustainability will host an instructional seminar on how to build an emergency survival kit for the home to be used in times of crisis on Tues., Apr. 22 from 5:30 to 8 PM at Humanim - American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay St. See http://www.humanim.com.
19] – As part of the Hip Hop Caucus tour of six HBCU campuses, on Tues., Apr. 22 at 6:30 PM, the Act on Climate Campus Tour will be coming to Howard University, The Howard Theater, 620 T St NW, to make its message known that our political leaders must create realistic solutions on the issue of climate change. Famous recording artists, cultural leaders, academics and political influencers will be joining the tour to reach out to thousands of young people and campaign for clear and effective solutions to climate change.
The Act On Climate Campus Spring Tour is a voice out for sustainable solutions that can clean the planet and make it a better place to live for future generations. Go to http://climate.hiphopcaucus.org/
20] – On Tues., Apr. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Beyond the Classroom is hosting a special screening of the documentary "Semper Fi: Always Faithful" to help the University of Maryland community more fully understand the importance of an upcoming Supreme Court case. The screening will be happening at the University of Maryland, 1104 South Campus Commons, Building 1, College Park, Maryland. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/459629574163568/.
This is part of Civic Leadership for Government Accountability Event, Day 1. On Wed., Apr. 23, attend the Supreme Court case "CTS Corp. v. Waldburger." Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1389512364660604/.

21] – Meet to Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Tues., Apr. 22 at St. Thomas’ Church, 1108 Providence Road, Towson, (exit 28 on 695). Contact Charles Cloughen, Jr., Interfaith Peace Partners, coordinator, at ccloughen@episcopalmaryland.org or at 410-321-0199.

22] – Beyond Orwell: Surveillance, Secrets, & Whistleblowing in the Security State is the topic on Tues., Apr. 22 at 7 PM at Georgetown University, Gaston Hall, 37th and O Sts. NW. Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice is proud to announce its Matters of Urgency event for spring 2014, which will feature Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Thomas Drake, Ray McGovern, Jesselyn Radack, Coleen Rowley, and Anthony Arnove. See acmcu.georgetown.edu.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs