Sunday, May 6, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

28] Women as Peacemakers – May 6

29] Petition against NDAA – May 6

30] Get on Bridge for Peace – May 6

31] Help build a home – May 6

32] Sustainability issues – May 6

33] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – May 6

34] Just Economy – May 6

35] Pentagon Vigil – May 7

36] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 7 – May 10

37] Protest the death penalty – May 7

38] Freedom at Free School – May 7 and 21

39] Book talk - "The Night Wanderers" May 7

38] Nuclear weapons spending – Apr. 30

40] I am Egyptian – May 7

41] New Economy – May 7

42] Film BETTER THIS WORLD – May 7

43] Celebrate Karl Marx – May 7

44] Support Fund Our Communities resolution – May 7

45] Support NDAA resolution – May 7

46] Pledge/Fund Our Communities meeting – May 7

47] Witness to Atrocities – May 7

48] Summit on Military Sexual Violence – May 8

49] Who needs nuclear weapons? – May 8

50] Will you protest JHU's killer drone research? – May 8


28] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore, MD 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.  On Sun., May 6, the topic is "The Role of Women as Peace Makers," which will be addressed by Susanne Riveles, PhD., sociologist and human rights activist.  Riveles will describe her involvement in education and advocacy that have advanced women's participation in peace negotiations and also political decision making in general. Particular focus will be placed on her work with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. This Resolution, passed unanimously just over a decade ago, is notable as the first to have specifically acknowledged that war impacted women and asserted the necessity of women's participation and empowered involvement in sustainable peace building and security maintenance.


Her family suffered severely at the hands of the Nazis; her father was executed for his role in resistance activities. She has worked with Amnesty International and led the Southern Africa Coordination Group in the defense of prisoners of apartheid. Call 410-581-2322 or visit


29] – The Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition is doing petitioning against the NDAA on Sundays in April from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Farmers Market, Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, MD.  Email Thomas Nephew at


30] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis.  Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole.   If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or]. Go to


31] – The Bethesda Jewish Congregation, Idara-e-Jaferie Mosque and the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, in continuation of their partnership efforts over the past several years, have assisted in the coordination of a very worthy interfaith project—in July, Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County (HFH-MC) will start building 19 homes on the Maple Hill site in Gaithersburg. HFH-MC has reserved one home to be sponsored and built by the Montgomery County Interfaith Community.  In order for the project to succeed, it will require plenty of volunteer labor, as well as funds for materials and specialized contractors, hence we need to have maximum involvement in this project from other houses of worship in the community.


The above congregations hope that you and interested members of your congregation, if you belong to one, will join them at a community informational event on Sun., May 6 at 4 PM at BJC/BHPC, 6601 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, to hear more about the project. Contact HFH-MC representative Amanda Fein at 301-990-0014 or


32] – On Sun., May 6 from 4 to  6 PM at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4099, join for a conversation on Sustainability issues and help with your input about short and long term goals to be of real service to the community. Email


33] – Every Sunday, 4 to 5 PM, there is a Quaker Peace Vigil at Independence Mall, N. side of Market between 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-421-5811.


34] – Reimagining a Just Economy takes place on Sun., May 6 at 5 PM at the Tabard Inn, 1739 N St. NW. What should freedom mean in America? What new forms of "democratized ownership" might be possible? And what safeguards are needed to ensure everyone has a fair chance to succeed? Truthout invites you to join radio and TV host Thom Hartmann, economist Gar Alperovitz and Truthout columnist Dina Rasor at the beautiful Tabard Inn, right near DuPont Circle.  These three leading progressive thinkers and Truthout contributors will share their ideas about how to create a more equal and democratic society. Go to


35] – 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. 30, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


36] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at   


37] – There is usually a vigil to abolish the death penalty every Monday from 5 to 6 PM, outside the prison complex and across the street from Maryland's Super Max Prison, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in Baltimore.  Maryland's death row was moved out of Baltimore, but it was decided to continue the vigil. The next one is scheduled for Mon., May 7. Call 410-366-1637.


38] –  

"Freedom" is central to many people's lives and politics, but what is it? In this class, Freedom: Metaphysical, Social, and Political Issues, you will learn about and explore freedom as a metaphysical puzzle, a social status, and political ideal. The class will meet Mondays May 7 and 21 at 6:30 PM at the Baltimore Free School, 512 W. Franklin St.  Call 202-641-8209.  See

39] – Human Rights Journalist Wojciech Jagielski will be at Busboys & Poets, 5th & K NW, WDC, on Mon., May 7 at 6:30 PM. The author will be promoting his book "The Night Wanderers," about Ugandan refugees.  Fleeing the aggressive reach of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and their brutal leader Joseph Kony, on an average night in northern Uganda tens of thousands of children head for the city centers to avoid capture. They find refuge on the floors of aid agencies or in the streets. In recent years, the civil society was almost completely destroyed by the LRA, itself made up almost entirely of kidnapped children.
Jagielski portrays Uganda through their eyes as well as his own. Carrying on the rich tradition of Ryszard Kapuściński, Jagielski digs himself deep into the Ugandan landscape and emerges with a compassionate, incisive, painful, magisterial account of a world that is just starting to pull itself out of the horrors of war.  This event was organized with the help of the Polish Cultural Institute of New York  RSVP at

40] – On Mon., May 6 at 7 PM, the Ana-Masry (I am Egyptian) Foundation is sponsoring performances with special guests at George Washington's Lisner Theater.  Tickets are available at Lisner Theater Box office or by calling 800-746-3000.  The performances are set in a symbolic Tahrir square where, being geographically in the middle of Cairo, Egypt, Tahrir (Arabic for "Liberation"), was also the heart of where the Egyptian revolution took place. Here, Egyptians revived the historical and cultural bonds which unite and have given new meaning being Egyptian. Ana-Masry celebrates this event through the quintessential Coptic Christian, Islamic Sufi, and Nubian traditions that comprise Egypt.


The 18-member group of young and old, men and women, Christian, Muslim and Nubian, will be joined by the internationally acclaimed and legendary Diana Calenti and the very funny Said Durrah. Calenti spent years choreographing and performing with famed dance troupes and was appointed Director and Choreographer of the Modern Folkloric Egyptian Dance Company by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. Durrah is an up-and-coming comedian.

41] – The Emerging New Economy is the topic of discussion on Mon., May 7 at 7 PM at 2640, 27th & St. Paul Sts.  The challenge is urgent: build a more equitable & more sustainable world with an economic system designed to work for the common good instead of a system designed to maximize corporate profits.


The speakers are GAR ALPEROVITZ, Lionel R. Bauman professor of political economy at the University of Maryland, the author of "America Beyond Capitalism;" JAMIE RASKIN, a state senator who sponsored Maryland's trailblazing legislation—the first in the US—which would create the "benefit corporation" or B corp; and Daphne Wysham, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and the founder of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN). The event is co-sponsored by Red Emma's and the Baltimore Higher Education Alliance for Real Democracy (B-HEARD).

42] –  As part of "People Power: Activism for Social Change" see BETTER THIS WORLD on Mon., May 7 from 7 to 9 PM at Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1. How did two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas wind up arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican Convention? The film follows the journey of David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23) from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists with a particular focus on the relationship they develop with an FBI informant Darby Tillis in the six months leading to their arrests. A dramatic story of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal, Better This World goes to the heart of the War on Terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America. Call 301-314-6622 or email

43] – All Peoples Congress & Workers World Community Forums are gathering on Mon., May 7 from 7 to 9 PM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218 to celebrate a belated Karl Marx birthday! See a video, and then participate in a discussion on "Marxism, Liberation, and Revolution on Karl Marx's birthday." There will be an update on the Baltimore campaign to stop police brutality and information about upcoming protests around NATO and the G8. Call 443-469-7265.


44] – Fund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home has been asking people, especially Takoma Park residents, to come to the Takoma Park City Council meetings on Mon., May 7 to support a resolution urging Congress to reorder federal budget priorities by cutting the military budget and using the money to fund human needs at home. This resolution is similar to the resolution that was to have been voted on by the Montgomery County Council last fall but was squelched by Lockheed Martin. Each Council session begins at 7:30 PM with a public comment period, and Takoma Park residents may also say a few words (under 3 minutes) in support of the resolution. Hold a small sign that says Bring the War Dollars Home. Call 240-463-5995.


45] –  Support NDAA resolutions in Montgomery County by joining the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition 7:30 PM on Mon., May 7 in the Takoma Park City Council room, 7500 Maple Ave. and hold up a small "SAVE DUE PROCESS" sign. Email contact or go to

Urge repeal of the NDAA's "indefinite" or "preventive detention provisions," and call for city agencies not to cooperate with federal officials acting under the NDAA. You can show support at the meeting by holding up this flyer: If you prepare a statement, please consider sharing it with us at, for publication in the blog. Starting times for public comment occasionally vary, but 7:30 PM is the usual time. Go to

46] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings now take place at Max's residence.  The next meeting takes place on May 7.  Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.


The proposed agenda will include reports on the anti-drone organizing, the May 8 protest at Johns Hopkins Homewood campus and the upcoming trial of the fourteen defendants arrested at the National Security Agency on May 29.  Let Max know of any additional agenda items. for directions. We need your help in alerting citizens from Dutch Ruppersberger's Congressional district that he supports the use of drones.  Go to


47] – On Mon., May 7 at 8:30 PM, author Jonathan Randal is sharing the stage with Phyllis Bennis for a look at "Witness to Atrocities, Let's not forget: the Vulnerability of Palestinian refugees," at Busboys & Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW, WDC.  This is co-organized by Busboys and the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

48] – Truth and Justice: The 2012 Summit on Military Sexual Violence takes place on Tues., May 8 from  7 AM to 5 PM at Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, WDC.  This conference will give survivors the opportunity to share their stories with congress members, policy experts and the general public, coupled with key panels by military law and policy experts on major topics involving military sexual violence and survivors' access to justice. It will be the first time in history that survivors of military sexual assault and their families gather collectively to organize for institutional change. This Summit will provide key momentum to drive tactics for reform of Department of War and Department of Veterans Affairs policies as well as providing opportunities for oversight and action by elected officials. Email or

49] – On Tues., May 8 from 8 to 9 AM, Christopher Ford, Hudson Institute, and Janne Nolan, George Washington Univ., will examine "Nuclear Deterrence: Who Needs Nuclear Weapons and Why" at Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE, WDC. It is sponsored by the British American Security Information Council and Hudson Institute. RSVP to Brendan McGovern at


50] – On Tues., May 8 from 8 AM to noon, join members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 North Charles St., Baltimore 21218 as they prepare for a visit to Johns Hopkins University to seek a meeting with the president, Ron Daniels, to discuss the university's research on killer drones.  Let Max know if you can join the group at Homewood or later at JHU's Homewood campus—410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at  Can you provide housing to a protester housing on Monday night?

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] Go to


"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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