Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

81] Shut down BP – Apr. 19

82] Financialization of Nature – Apr. 19

83] Bill Barry's teaching a course on the 30s – Apr. 19

84] John Lewis is speaking – Apr. 19

85] Katrina vanden Heuvel interviewed – Apr. 19

86] Build your skills – Apr. 19

87] Film "Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up" – Apr. 19

88] U.S. Weapons to Israel – Apr. 19

89] March Against Big Oil – Apr. 20

90] Max has table at JHU Spring Fair – Apr. 20 - 22

91] Volunteers needed for MUPJ Conference – Apr. 20-21

92] Peace essay contest for middle school students – through Apr. 30

93] Sponsors needed for Theater of the Oppressed – May 12


95] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

96] Join Fund Our Communities 

97] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

98] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

99] Do you need a television and/or a computer?

100] Join Global Zero campaign

101] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

102] Click on The Hunger Site 

103] Fire & Faith  

104] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil



81] – SHUT DOWN BP on Thurs., Apr. 19 at 1 PM in Freedom Plaza, D.C. April 20 is the two-year anniversary of the BP oil spill. In response to that tragedy, Occupy will be protesting them.  Go to

82] – Financialization of Nature: A Roundtable Discussion is on for Thurs., Apr. 19 from 1 to 3 PM at the IPS Conference Room, 112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, WDC.  Many investors see increasing scarcity in a number of natural resources as an opportunity to reap those large profits and have begun to take over food, energy and metal markets. Not satisfied with these essential markets, investors are working with national governments and international agencies to create new markets for other aspects of nature. Water, land, carbon, species, habitats and biodiversity markets are being created, not so much to protect natural resources, but to provide new ways for the financial sector to profit.

With the upcoming Rio+20 Earth Summit focusing on building a "green economy" and institutions like the World Bank developing ways to put a price on nature, this discussion is more relevant than ever. Panelists and participants will examine the ways that nature is being "financialized" and the growing international reaction from civil society. By highlighting on-the-ground examples the roundtable will question whether commodification and financialization is the best way to manage local resources globally.  RSVP to Noel Ortega,, and get a webcast access code.


83] – Bill Barry is teaching a 3-credit course on the 1930s, covering Black Thursday to Pearl Harbor at CCBC-Essex. It continues on Thurs., Apr. 18 from 5:45 to 8:40 PM.  He sees a lot of comparisons between That Depression and This Depression, and how people and the government responded. See great videos and listen to guest speakers on this period of our history. This is a 3-credit college course but you can audit or just--in the spirit of the 30s--sit in. Anyone over 60 gets free tuition. Email


84]   Catch a Conversation with Civil Rights Icon and Congressperson John Lewis on Thurs., Apr. 19 from 6 to 9 PM at The Arc, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE, WDC 20020.  He will discuss his involvement in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, its relevance to the present day and where we are now as a culture.  The event will also feature, inspirational entertainment, a showing of the short documentary, "John Lewis - An American Hero," a discussion between Denise Rolark Barnes and Congressman Lewis, and presentation of the Washington Informer Humanitarian Award. A catered reception in the lobby will take place from 6-7 PM. RSVP at


85] On Thurs., Apr. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, award-winning author and poet E. Ethelbert Miller interviews Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel on the state of the world, the nation, the elections, the 99% spring, and the right battles for change.  Her latest book is "The Change I Believe In: Fighting for Progress in the Age of Obama." E. Ethelbert Miller is the Board Chair of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and author of "The 5th Inning" (Busboys and Poets Press). The event co-sponsored by IPS is at Busboys and Poets, 5th & K Sts., 1025 5th St NW, WDC.  Call 202-789-2227.

86] – Build Your Skills: Nonviolent Street Smarts and Effective Action on Thurs., Apr. 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Washington Peace Center, St Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW.  Use the Columbia Heights Metro, Green Line.  This is a hands-on nonviolent direct action training with the Washington Peace Center and DC Learning Collective.  Contact Sonia Silbert at or 202-234-2000.

87] – At Howard University, see a screening: "Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up" on Thurs., Apr. 19 from 7 to 9 PM.  IPS fellow Saul Landau's latest film documents the fact that the United States sponsors terrorism. This is an in-depth peek at US-Cuba politics through the story of the Cuban 5.

The Cuban 5 are serving long sentences, yet Luis Posada Carriles, Orlando Bosch, and others who have acknowledged perpetrating acts of terrorism in Cuba as "freedom fighters." Go to


88] – You're Invited to "Armed and Dangerous: U.S. Weapons to Israel" at University of Maryland, Stamp Student Union, Charles Carroll Room, on Thurs., Apr. 19 at 7:30 PM. Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation will be addressing the crucial issue of U.S. weapons transfers to Israel and their impact on Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation. Hear the political, strategic, economic, legal and human rights rationale for ending U.S. aid to Israel, and ways in which you can get involved in our ongoing campaign to end U.S. military aid to Israel. This event is put on by the University of Maryland Students for Justice in Palestine.  Call 202-332-0994. Email USCAMPAIGN@ENDTHEOCCUPATION.ORG. Go to WWW.ENDTHEOCCUPATION.ORG.


89] Occupy Earth Week - March Against Big Oil on Fri., Apr. 20 at 8 AM at  McPherson Square, 15th and K Sts. NW. Visit or email


90] – Max will be selling used books, buttons, bumperstickers, CDs, DVDs, videos and vinyl at the JHU Spring Fair from noon until 7 PM on Fri., Apr. 20, from 11 AM until 7 PM on Sat., Apr. 21 and noon until 7 PM on Sun., Apr. 22.  His booth should be located in the upper quad.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


91] – Volunteers are needed to help with the 27th Annual Maryland Peace and Justice Conference to be held on Friday and Saturday, April 20 & 21 at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore, 21218. The theme is: "Peacemaking in the 21st century; 25 years of working for peace and justice in Maryland."  Contact Paulette Hammond, secretary, MUPJ, at 410-747-3811 or or


92] – Maryland middle-schoolers, Anne Arundel Peace Action is calling all students to enter a writing contest focusing on the themes of peace and social justice. For more information, call 410-263-7409, or e-mail  Essays must be submitted thru Mon., Apr. 30.


93] – On May 12, there will be a free community event held at Latin Palace--a showing of a Theater of the Oppressed play by El Taller's traveling theater group out of Puebla, Mexico.  This Spanish language interactive play will address issues of social justice and feminism.  The organizers of the event are looking for ways to promote community organizations in Baltimore serving Latino audiences.  If you are interested in sponsoring, helping spread the word or holding an information table at our event please contact Laura at


94] – HELP MAKE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST! Since a civil war in 1974 the island of Cyprus has been divided in two with a United Nations patrolled border.  Turkish/Muslim Cypriots are in the north; Greek/Christian Cypriots are in the south.  Animosities and prejudices run deep. Children throw rocks at each other across the border.  Experts believe that Cyprus is at a crossroads between renewed conflict or becoming an example in the Middle East of how two such cultures can live in peace.


The Cyprus Friendship Program, based on the successful model that helped build peace in Northern Ireland, brings over a Muslim and Christian teen to stay with an American host family for the month of July (or ½ month if paired with another host family). This bonding experience in a neutral environment almost always results in a strong friendship. Programming here and after their return to Cyprus turns them into peace builders who are trained in how to influence their peers.  The teens are chosen for their maturity, leadership potential, and English speaking ability. You choose the gender and age (from 15 to 17). To learn more contact Tom McCarthy at 301-774-7069 or


This video is only 3 minutes long but gives a good overview of the program. It was made by the US State Department This video is about 8 minutes, gives more info on some of their activities while here, and was made in part by the teens:  


95] – The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email:


96] – 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      


97] – The new Indypendent Reader is seeking articles for its web site at  Submit an article. 


98] – If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at 


99] – Can you use a television set and/or a computer, monitor etc.? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at 


100] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: 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.  


101] – 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.


102] – The Hunger Site was initiated by Mercy Corps and Second Harvest, and is funded entirely by advertisers.  You can go there every day and click the big yellow "Give Food for Free" button near the top of the page; you do not have to look at the ads. Each click generates funding for about 1.1 cups of food.  So consider clicking.  


103] – Go online for FIRE AND FAITH: The Catonsville Nine File. On May 17, 1968, nine people entered the Selective Service Offices in Catonsville, Maryland, and burned draft records in protest against the war in Vietnam. View


104] – 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; call 202-682-4282.


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


"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

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