Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

43] Women's rights in Iran – Apr. 3

44] War Is Not the Answer – Apr. 3

45] Short films RENEWAL -- Apr. 3

46] Palestine Reportback – Apr. 3

47] Do Yoga – Apr. 3

48] Healthcare and other realities in Cuba – Apr. 3

49] Civil rights meeting – Apr. 3

50] Social forum – Apr. 4

51] Muslim Brotherhood in D.C. – Apr. 4

52] Film IN MY LIFETIME - Apr. 4

53] Philadelphia peace vigil – Apr. 4


43] – Post-Revolutionary Women's Rights in Iran: Unlikely Feminists takes place on Tues., Apr. 3 at 2 PM at Georgetown Univ., 3700 O St. NW--Bunn Intercultural Center-ICC 260.  With the fall of the Shah and the Islamization of society under the Khomeini regime, Iranian feminists have been in debates on the role of women in Islamic society. Dr. Shireen T. Hunter will shed light on some of these debates as she discusses the status of post-revolutionary women's rights in Iran.  She is a visiting professor at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding with which she has been associated since 2005. Go to http://acmcuiranfeminists.eventbrite.com/.

44] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road. Join this ongoing vigil.  The next vigil is Apr. 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

45] – BloomScreen presents: "Renewal – Stories of Faith-based Environmentalism" on Tues., Apr. 3 from 7 to 9 PM at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW, WDC 20010.  RENEWAL (2008), by Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller, presents different stories about America's growing faith-based environmental movement.  Each story is set in a different faith tradition and each story addresses a different environmental concern. Offering a profound message of hope, it shows people inspired by their diverse spiritual and faith convictions, being called to re-examine what it means to be human and how we live on this planet.

After the screening there will be a panel discussion facilitated by climate activists Nils and Yiming of the DC Citizens Climate Lobby.
The suggested donation is $10 to support BloomBars. Free Popcorn and refreshments provided. Email jonathan@bloombars.com.  Go to Herehttps://www.facebook.com/events/324128730967496/.

46] – Come on down to Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., for Ben Lorber's Palestine Reportback at 7 PM.  The presentation is called "Building Bridges, Not Walls: Thoughts on the Occupation of Palestine." He spent 4 1/2 months in the West Bank as an activist and journalist, and 1 1/2 months in a yeshiva in Israel as well. Go to http://www.facebook.com/events/259695990782981/.


47] – FOUNDATION OF YOGA starts with a free lecture on Tues., Apr. 3 from 7 to 8:30 PM at 4217 East West Hwy., Bethesda MD 20814. The simple but effective methods of Yoga teach you how to increase your health and happiness. Improve flexibility, strength, and reduce stress. 


Thereafter, class meets each Tuesday for five weeks for asanas. Ideal for beginners, renewers, and anyone interested in learning better diet, breathing, exercise, relaxation, and meditation/ positive thinking. (These are the Five Pillars of Hatha Yoga as taught by Vyasa Deva.) It is $100 for five weeks includes CD for home practice, and text book. Pre-register by calling 301-654 4899.  Visit www.schooloflife.org.

48] –  "Healthcare and other realities in Cuba" With Drs. Lindsay Beane and Jeffrey Boutwell takes place on Tues., Apr. 3 at 7 PM with refreshments, and at 7:30 PM the program will begin.  The event takes place at Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21044.  Lindsay Beane, DrPH, is a public health expert with over 30 years experience in needs assessment, human service program development, fundraising, and coalition building around issues of poverty, drug recovery, and HIV/AIDS.

Jeffrey Boutwell, Ph.D, is a consultant on international security issues, having worked for the Pugwash Conferences on Science and

International Affairs and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. While with the Pugwash Conferences, Jeffrey organized three

international scientific workshops in Cuba, from 1998 to 2004, on public health and biotech issues.  In addition, Mavis Anderson, Senior Associate, Latin America Working Group (LAWG) will be available to assist with questions on U.S. Policy toward Cuba. Sponsored by Howard County Friends of Latin America, call Leslie Salgado at 410-381-4899.


49] – The Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition meetings are the first Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is Apr. 3 from 7 to 9 PM at 8630 Fenton Ave., Suite 524, Silver Spring, MD.  The office houses both "Peace Action" (listed tenant in the lobby) and "Defending Dissent." Email Thomas Nephew at thomasn528@gmail.com.


50] – The Social Forum at the National Occupation of Washington, DC continues. The workshops, Wed., Apr. 4 and Thurs., Apr. 5 and Tues., Apr. 10 through Thurs., Apr. 13 will be held at Friends Meeting of Washington, DC, 2111 Florida Ave., NW near DuPont Circle.  Visit www.NOWDC.org.


On Apr. 4, there are several workshops.  More than one takes place 9 to 11 AM, 11 AM to 1 PM and 2 to 4 PM.  RSVP at rsvp@nowdc.org.


51] – Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding is hosting an official delegation of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and its Freedom & Justice Party (FJP) on Wed., Apr. 4 at 12:30 PM at Georgetown Univ. ICC 270, 37th and O Sts. NW, WDC 20057.  Go to http://acmcu.georgetown.edu.  RSVP at http://acmcuegyptianmbevent.eventbrite.com/.

The discussion will be in the Lohrfink Auditorium, Rafik B. Hariri Building (2nd floor).   See a map at http://maps.georgetown.edu/rafikbhariribuilding/.

52] – On Wed., Apr. 4 from 3 to 5 PM, see a screening of IN MY LIFETIME at the Goethe Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW, WDC. A discussion will follow. Go to http://thenuclearworld.org/category/screenings/


"In My Lifetime" is meant to be a wakeup call for humanity, to help develop an understanding of the realities of the nuclear weapon, to explore ways of presenting the answers for "a way beyond" and to facilitate a dialogue moving towards resolution of this Gordian knot of nuclear weapons gripping the world. The documentary's characters are the narrative voices, interwoven with highly visual sequences of archival and contemporary footage and animation. The story is a morality play, telling the struggle waged over the past six and half decades with the last act yet to be determined, of trying to find what is "the way beyond?"


53] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Apr. 4. Call 215-426-0364.


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

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