Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

40] Communication Management Units – Apr. 10

41] Containing Iran – Apr. 10

42] Film AMERICAN BLACKOUT – Apr. 10

43] March for Trayvon – Apr. 10

44] War Is Not the Answer – Apr. 10

45] Film BULLY -- Apr. 10

46] Meet a climate rider – Apr. 10

47] Story of Ahmed Abu-Ali – Apr. 10

48] Torture in a Modern Democracy – Apr. 10

49] Democracy in Burma? – Apr. 11

50] Green Bag Lunch – Apr. 11

51] Shia-Sunni conflict – Apr. 11

52] Community Based Accounting – Apr. 11

53] Operation Cast Lead – Apr. 11

54] Philadelphia peace vigil -- Apr. 11

55] Occupy Faith meeting -- Apr. 11

56] Film YASMIN – Apr. 11

57] Conflict Transformation - Apr. 11

58] Resistance in Bolivia – Apr. 11

59] Green Currency Meeting -- Apr. 11

60] Chestnut Hill peace vigil – Apr. 11

61] Film on Abu-Jamal – Apr. 11



40] – Join the Center for Constitutional Rights and the University of Maryland School of Law for a critical discussion on "Guantánamo North": Examining Secretive Communication Management Units in the US Prison System on Tues., Apr. 10 from noon to 1 PM.  Peter G. Danchin, International Law Professor at UMD will moderate a discussion with Alexis Agathocleous, CCR staff attorney, Avon Twitty, former CMU inmate, and Carrie Johnson, NPR investigator. Lunch will be provided. Visit www.ccrjustice.org or call 212-614-6464.


41] – On Tues., Apr. 10 from 1 to 2:30 PM., Michael Doran, Suzanne Maloney and Shibley Telhami, Brookings Institute will look at "Campaign 2012: The Challenge of Containing Iran" at the Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20036.  RSVP at  https://www.cvent.com/events/campaign-2012-the-challenge-of-containing-iran/registration-ecc5d6ef084947ebbc78a7cddad22b9d.aspx


42] –Join former Congresswoman and presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney for 4 or 5 clips from an award-winning documentary, AMERICAN BLACKOUT, which deals with Silencing People of Colors' Vote and Voice in America.  It takes place on Tues., Apr. 10 from 4 to 6 PM at UDC-DCSL, Room 312, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008.  Contact Eva Seidelman at evaseidelman@gmail.com or 914-316-7901


43] – Join a March and Youth Assembly for Trayvon Martin at 5 PM on Tues., Apr. 10.  Gather at the site of the proposed youth jail, Madison St., between Forrest and Grave Sts and then march to City Hall. No decision has yet been made to charge the killer of Trayvon Martin.  So far, the only people arrested in this case are the six brave young people who were arrested in front of the Sanford police station.  The organizers of Tuesday's march are demanding that charges be dropped. JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED! Call 410-500-2168 or visit www.Justice-4-Trayvon.org.  High school & college students, employed and unemployed, young mothers and fathers join the March and Speak Out.  There's an open mic for youth! 


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. 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


45] – See a screening of BULLY on Tues., Apr. 10 at 6 PM at the National Education Association Auditorium, 1201 16th St. NW, WDC. The film is co-hosted by the AFT and NEA. The movie highlights the importance of safe and healthy learning environments for students and promotes discussion of how adults can help address this continuing human rights issue. BULLY takes an in-depth look at the lives of youth who are harassed by their peers and analyses the root causes of the aggressive behavior. It intends to bring the problem of youth violence into the national consciousness and challenges viewers to address the cruelty pervasive in modern American society. Go to  http://thebullyproject.com/indexflash.html.

46] – Everyone loves a good party- but a party with a purpose is even better. On May 19, 2012, hundreds of cyclists will set out on a 300-mile, five-day ride from New York City to Washington D.C. as part of Climate Ride 2012 to raise awareness for sustainability and renewable energy. One of the cyclists pedaling for the environment and representing Green for All is Kendall Dorman. Be at a Climate Ride Meet and Greet with Kendall on Tues., Apr. 10 from 6:30 to 9 PM at 410 GooDBuddY Art Space, 410 Florida Ave. NW, WDC 20001. RSVP at Cheryl@greenforall.org. You can support Kendall by donating at http://climateride.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=1601.

47] – Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: The Story of Ahmed Abu-Ali is on Tues., Apr. 10 from 7 to 9 PM at American Univ., 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Sports Center-Palmer-Kettler Lounge.  Ahmed is a U.S. Citizen who was wrongly detained and tortured in a foreign prison in a US proxy detention case, held without charges for 2 years, and then convicted in a US court with the only evidence a tortured & fabricated confession tape. He was sentenced to life in solitary confinement. A panel will examine this tragedy. It is sponsored by Amnesty International @ AU.

48] – On Tues., Apr. 10 at 7 PM, Kristian Williams will discuss Torture in a Modern Democracy at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St.  How is it possible that torture still exists in our 21st century democracy? It seems almost unfathomable, yet the reality is that torture - physical, emotional, and psychological abuse used to teach lessons, gain information, or punish those judged to have done wrong - still exists as a part of our modern system of domination. HURT: NOTES ON TORTURE IN A MODERN DEMOCRACY is Portland activist Kristian Williams' collection of articles and interviews on the history, psychology, and current state of torture in democratic societies. Williams, author of Our Enemies in Blue and American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination, has pulled together a vast and comprehensive resource on this abominable act, intended to serve as a how-to manual on fighting and understanding torture—a piece of the struggle itself. Go to http://www.facebook.com/events/142619865863947/. Email info@redemmas.org or call 410-230-0450.


49] – There is a lunch and discussion with Stacy May, Presidential Management Fellow of the US Department of State, and Jennifer Quigley, Advocacy Director of the US Campaign for Burma on Wed., Apr. 11 at noon at the Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC.  The Table Talk Lunch Series continues with "Burma: Ready for Democracy?" RSVP at kslc@american.edu.


50] – Amazon Watch's Spring 2012 "Green-Bag Lunch" Series continues at noon on Wed., Apr. 11 at the CIEL conference room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100 (south Dupont, above Panera/Cosi), WDC, with Julia Urrunaga, Environmental Investigation Agency, who will lecture on "Forest crime in your wood flooring? Illegal logging, associated trade and forest governance in Peru." Bring your lunch. Email andrew@amazonwatch.org. 

51] –The Regional Implications of Shia-Sunni Sectarian Conflict in the Middle East and South Asia will be studied on Wed., Apr. 11 from noon to 12:30 PM at Georgetown Univ., 37th and O Sts. NW, WDC 20057.  Over the past decade sectarianism has emerged as a major fault line in Middle East politics. Tensions between Shias and Sunnis have found new meaning in light of the Arab uprisings of the past year to define regional rivalries from the Levant to the Persian Gulf. The conflict in Syria, tensions in Bahrain, Lebanon and Yemen, simmering violence in Iraq and the larger regional rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia all tell of the growing importance of the sectarian divide. Go to http://acmcu.georgetown.edu/about/contact/.

52] –Community-Based Accountability and Restorative Justice in the Occupy Movement will be examined on Wed., Apr. 11 from 2 to 4 PM at Friends Meetinghouse, 2111 Florida Ave. NW (near DuPont Circle).  It's no secret that factionalism, oppression, and direct violence have threatened the Occupy movement from within while state force threatens it from without. This workshop is about addressing internal conflict in a constructive and nonviolent way that is non-reliant on state structures. We will focus on efforts that have thus far been made at Occupy D.C. as well as the potential to expand this work to other Occupy locations and to the broader progressive community. The facilitators are Matt Johnson, Jenn Polish, Makeda Crane & Walda Katz Fishman. Register at rsvp@nowdc.org.  The Social forum is free but organizers do encourage you to make a donation.  Go to www.nowdc.org.

53] –On Wed., Apr. 11 from 3 to 6 PM at CCAS Boardroom, 241 Intercultural Center (ICC), Georgetown Univ., 37th & O Sts. NW, WDC, Dr. Mads Gilbert, following a book signing and reception:, will address the US role in Israel's "Operation Cast Lead," the use of illegal weapons on a civilian population; the ethics of weapons' sales to countries that have used or tested weapons illegally; the aftermath of Cast Lead and the continuing siege and blockade of the Gaza Strip 3 years on. It will include details of Dr. Gilbert's January 2012 visit to Gaza - to see friends and colleagues - 3 years later, and will also look at the broader, regional context of the Israeli-Palestinian struggle within the "Arab Spring." RSVP http://madsgilbert.eventbrite.com/.


54] – 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. 11. Call 215-426-0364.


55] – On Wed., Apr. 11 from 6 to 8 PM, Occupy Faith will meet to discuss its plans and priorities for 2012 and to organize the Occupy Faith DC's "Economic Inequality and Social Justice Weekend" from May 18 through May 20 with faith communities from across the DC region.  Occupy Faith is a coalition comprised of representatives, members and leaders of Mosques, Temples, Churches, Synagogues, Interfaith and Ecumenical bodies, and other faith-based institutions & organizations who have come together to stand with the Occupy Movement as it works towards the goals of economic justice & inclusion for everyone.  The group works to support the Occupy movement as it enters a new phase of activism.  Email nspwashingtondc@gmail.com or call 410-262-8365.  This meeting will be held at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW, WDC 20005.  The Metro stops are Orange & Blue Lines - McPherson Square; RED, Orange & Blue Lines - Metro Center.  RSVP nspwashingtondc@gmail.com. 


55] –The 2012 CLA International Film Series continues with YASMIN, a look into the cultural dilemmas of Muslims post-9/11, on Wed.,  Apr. 11 at  6:30 PM at  Towson Univ., College of Liberal Arts Room 1201, 8000 York Road, Towson 21252. There will be a post-screening discussion will follow. Go to http://events.towson.edu/


56] –On Wed., Apr. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, there is a presentation on Conflict Transformation with Lauren Brunner. It takes place at the George Washington Univ., Phillips Hall Rm. 109, 801 22nd St. NW, WDC 20052. The study of Conflict Transformation is vital to survive in the world and to create a peaceful society. Conflict Transformation, which is usually intermingled with the word conflict resolution, is an art that differs dramatically from "resolving conflict". This training will focus on what Transformation means in terms of conflict in addition to the definition, causes, escalation and cultural components of conflict. Brunner has received her master's degree in Conflict Transformation from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she learned about global studies, intercultural communication and training design for experiential learning. Email SIETAR-DC at sietardc@gmail.com or go to http://www.sietardc.org.

57] –Filmmaker and student, Stefanie Mavronis, will present her documentary "Resistance: Audiovisual Tools in Bolivia" which seeks to highlight the creativity of resistance to neocolonialization in Bolivia through the usage of community media and film. This event is happening on Wed., Apr. 11 at 7 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 800 St. Paul St. Call 410-230-0450 or go to http://redemmas.org.

58] – The Baltimore Green Currency Association meets every Wednesday at 7 PM at Breathe Books, 810 W 36th St. # A, Baltimore, MD 21211-2554.  Call 410-235-7323.


59] – Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is Apr. 11. Call 215-843-4256 or email nwgreens@yahoo.com.

60] – On Wed., Apr. 11 from 7:30 to 10 PM at Sankofa Bookstore, 2714 Georgia Ave. NW, see the film "Justice on Trial - Mumia Abu-Jamal." It can be argued that Abu-Jamal is the most recognized death row inmate in the world today. In 1982, he was tried and convicted for the murder of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Since then, the Abu-Jamal trial proceedings have come under scrutiny and today his case is one of the most contested legal cases in modern American history. The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal is a microcosm of greater problems in the criminal justice system in the United States today. Go to www.sankofa.com.

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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