Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

53] Nuclear Famine briefing – May 1

54] May Day at Georgetown – May 1

55] Economy for All – May 1

56] MayDay D.C. – May 1

57] War Is Not the Answer – May 1

58] May Day in Baltimore – May 1

59] Briefing on Rec Centers – May 1

60] Radical Bike Tour – May 1

61] Film THE LAST MOUNTAIN – May 1

62] Green Bag Lunch – May 2

63] Philadelphia peace vigil – May 2

64] Taxpayers Night – May 2

65] Eyes on Nigeria – May 2

66] Green Currency Meeting – May 2

67] Chestnut Hill peace vigil – May 2

68] Arab Spring – May 3


53] – On Tues., May 1 from 10:30 AM to noon, Ira Helfand, Physicians for Social Responsibility, will give a briefing on the report, "Nuclear Famine: A Billion People at Risk" in 122 Cannon House Office Building, WDC.  Call PSR at 202.667.4260. 

54] – Celebrate May Day with Georgetown University Occupy! The celebration is on Tues., May 1 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at Healey Lawn, Georgetown Univ., 37th St. and O St. NW. Otherwise known as International Worker's Day, May Day represents an historic day for the left, labor, women, the LGBTW community, and other traditionally marginalized groups. As such, GU Occupy feels that May Day 2012 would be a perfect opportunity for progressive voices across campus and DC to celebrate this beautiful, symbolic occasion but also to get together to discuss visions, priorities, and initiatives for the year ahead. Email gu-occupy@googlegroups.com.

55] – Democracy and An Economy for All: From Protests to Strategies for Change is on for Tues., May 1 from 2  to 7:30 PM at the  Communications Workers of America, 501 3rd St.  NW, WDC.  This is a May Day Forum, bringing together change-makers, labor organizers, occupiers, and students to meet with labor leaders from Asia, Latin America and the U.S. who are using innovative strategies to win better conditions for workers. Your donation of $35 will cover the registration for a low-income grassroots activist. For $100, you will be listed as a supporter in the Freedom at Work publication. Even a $5 contribution will help grow the transportation fund. Give at the level that you can.  Go to   http://laborrights.org/events/ilrf-spring-forum-democracy-and-an-economy-for-all.

56] – MAYDAY DC March and Festival takes place on Tues., May 1 from 3:30 to 9 PM in Malcolm X Park, 16th and Euclid NW. There will be music, theater, a puppet show, photo exhibition, teach-ins, food, and other performances. Want to perform an act? Contact Ash at ashblauth@gmail.com. The march will leave from Malcolm X Park at 6 PM and go to the White House.


57] – 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 May 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


58] – Bill Barry will be speaking at an Occupy/May Day event at the McKeldin Fountain on May Day—Tues., May 1 at 5:30 PM. He will start with a brief history of the 1877 railroad workers strike and the lessons we should learn: 1. workplace organizing, 2. community organizing and 3. independent political action.  He will stress that we need to get out of our social/intellectual gated communities so all three movements join together. Other groups, like the postal workers and civil rights groups, will be making presentations.


59] – Several speakers, including Chief of Recreation, Bill Tyler, will speak at CPHA's Briefing on Rec Centers on Tues., May 1 from 6 to 8 PM at the War Memorial Hall.  Attend this briefing as an investment in Baltimore City's youth, elders and families.  Learn what the City is planning for each recreation center, and what alternatives exist to shutting down, privatizing and otherwise altering this important resource to our community. Email info@cphabaltimore.org.

60] – Radical History Bike Tour of Washington D.C. is part of the May Day commemoration on Tues., May 1 from 6 to 8 PM at Malcolm X Park, 2500 16th St. NW, WDC 20009. Join a celebratory bicycle ride through the streets of D.C. to highlight various historical landmarks and sites relevant to people's liberation struggles, labor, civil rights, and other social movements. The ride will end at the White House and join the May Day march.  Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/273769566046782/

61] – BloomScreen and Citizens Climate Lobby present THE LAST MOUNTAIN on Tues., May 1 from 7 to 9 PM at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. Join BloomBars and Citizens Climate Lobby for a film that looks at coal energy and controversial methods of coal mining. The 2011 film (trailer: http://tinyurl.com/last-mtn-trailer) focuses on the devastating effects of mountaintop removal in West Virginia and the David vs. Goliath battle of local residents against the power of Big Coal mining corporations.

After the film, join a discussion on the fight for the last great mountain in Appalachia and a battle for the future of energy that affects us all.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/235136719926867/.

62] – Amazon Watch's Spring 2012 "Green-Bag Lunch" Series continues at noon on Wed., May 2 at the CIEL conference room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100 (south Dupont, above Panera/Cosi), WDC, with Omaira Bolaños, Rights and Resources Initiative – "The Fight for Land: indigenous rights and land titling battles in Latin America." Bring your lunch. Email andrew@amazonwatch.org.


63] – 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 May 2. Call 215-426-0364.


64] – On Wed., May 2, attend the City Council's Taxpayers' Night to have your say on the Proposed FY2013 city budget. It takes place at 5 PM in Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall, 100 Holliday St.

65] – Eyes on Nigeria: Panel Discussion and Screening of POISON FIRE on Wed., May 2 from 5:30 to 7 PM at Amnesty International Washington D.C. office, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SW.  In the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, oil companies have been extracting oil from the land for many years but not without catastrophic consequences. In August and December 2008, two major oil spills disrupted the lives of the 69,000 people living in the town of Bodo. Both spills continued for weeks before the company stopped the flow.

The oil company Shell has had a disastrous impact on the human rights of the people living in the Niger Delta in Nigeria. Tens of thousands of people have been directly affected by the spills and the ongoing pollution. Many worry about their health. They are now afraid to eat locally caught fish or to drink water from streams or even rain water. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/438776452803821/.

66] – 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.


67] – 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 May 2. Call 215-843-4256 or email nwgreens@yahoo.com.

68] – The Arab Spring: Getting It Right is the topic of discussion on Thurs., May 3 at 11:45 AM as part of the Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID) at its 13th annual conference at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NWWDC 20004.  The Middle East is not the only thing being rocked by the "Arab Spring."  So are preconceptions about Arab and Muslim-majority countries in general.  For years, political analysts accounted for the lack of representative governance in many Arab and Muslim countries with alleged incompatibilities between Islam and democracy, and affinities between Arabs and authoritarianism.  Time and events are proving them wrong.  Email conference2012@islam-democracy.org.

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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