Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 4

55] LGBTI refugees – May 17

56] Bill of Rights Defense Committee benefit – May 17

57] Marxism and Anarchism – May 17

58] Nonviolent direct action – May 17

59] Statehood concert – May 17

60] Turkey & the bomb – May 18

61] Economic Summit – May 18

62] Save a rec center – until June 8

63] Job with SOA Watch


65] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

66] Join Fund Our Communities 

67] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

68] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

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

70] Join Global Zero campaign

71] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

72] Click on The Hunger Site 

73] Fire & Faith  

74] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


55] – Join Human Rights First for the launch of its new report, The Road to Safety: Strengthening Protection of LGBTI Refugees in Uganda and Kenya on Thurs., May 17 at 3:30 PM.  Human Rights First is pleased to partner with the Human Rights Campaign for a discussion of the challenges facing gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, and intersex refugees.


Anne Richard, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, Joe Solmonese, president, Human Rights Campaign, and others will address the report at 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC.  The discussion is also available via live webcast at  RSVP at] On Thurs., May 17 at 7 PM, there is a Peace Action Montgomery meeting at the home of one of the members. All welcome. For directions, email  Go to


56] – Madam's Organ Blues Bar is a restaurant and night club located at 2461 18th St. NW, WDC in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Every Thursday evening, from 5 to 9 PM, the bar generously hosts "Nonprofits Profit at Madam's Organ."  On Thurs., May 17, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee will be the beneficiary of this weekly event.  RSVP at

57] – Marxism and Anarchism: Assessing Strategies for Radical Change takes place on Thurs., May 17 from 7 to 9 PM at La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, WDC.  The rise of the Arab Spring and Occupy movement has created a new opening for radical and revolutionary politics. A new generation of young people is coming to anti-capitalist conclusions and are seeking to figure out the meaning of revolution. Debates are emerging among new radicals about the most effective politics and strategies for bringing revolutionary change, as a result Anarchism and Marxism are experiencing a growth in popularity and interests. Though many currents of Anarchism recognize the need for radical change, their understanding of society and how to transform it are insufficient to the task at hand.

Join the D.C. ISO for an educational meeting on Marxism and Anarchism.  Those who attend are strongly encouraged to read selected articles in preparation for the discussion:;;; and


58] – Working for Peace through Nonviolent Direct Action takes place on Thurs., May 17 at 7 PM at  The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20009. Missy Lane is an activist in the anti-war and Palestinian solidarity movements. She was a member of the 2011 youth flotilla that sought to raise awareness about the human rights crisis stemming from the blockade of Gaza.  Call 202-328-0072.


59] – AN EVENING WITH LEONARD, COLEMAN AND BLUNT is on Thurs., May 17 from 8 to 10 PM in the Grand Ballroom of the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, WDC.  This is for the launch of the D.C. Statehood Teach In & Concert Tour. This event showcases the remarkable and magnificent individual and collective talents of DC's Own: "Living Legends" ... Leonard, Coleman, and Blunt... (LCB) with the Presentation of the Official D.C. Statehood Song!! Note the musical talent: Glenn Leonard, former lead, Temptations, Joe Coleman, former lead, Platters, and Joe Blunt, former lead, Drifters.

The versatility of nationally acclaimed Ayanna Gregory, daughter of Dick Gregory, is a chance to witness history in the making, in her continual Ascension to National Stardom!!  The Porch Pickers Brigade will get everyone on the dance floor. Tickets are $35 in advance, and $45 at the door.  Go to

60] – Can Turkey Live Without the Bomb? Turkey is becoming an increasingly important player in regional and global nuclear diplomacy. What key considerations are likely to influence Turkey's future nuclear policies? Will a nuclear-armed Iran change Ankara's position? Sinan Ülgen and George Perkovich will try to answer these questions on Fri., May 18 from 9 to 10:30 AM at 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20036.  Contact Zoe Benezet-Parsons at 202-939-2261.  Registration is required to attend this event:


61] –  There is an OCCUPY G8 PEOPLE'S ECONOMIC SUMMIT on Fri., May 18 at 10 AM at  C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 East Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701.  Eight topics will be discussed, including concentrated wealth and impact on policy, consequences of wealth inequality and ending poverty.  At 2:30 PM, march through downtown Frederick to Baker Park for a rally from 3 to 4 PM.  Enjoy music by Ryan Harvey.  At 4PM, there will be a General Assembly.  Then from 6 to 11 PM, there will be a live music show and party.  Visit

62] – Help rally Baltimore citizens to support the DeWees Recreation Center for the opportunity to win $50,000 worth of renovations. The Rec Center is one of the oldest community centers in the city and offers an array of activities including sporting events, community meetings, homework assistance, acting courses, arts and crafts, water aerobics, cooking and nutrition classes, computer education, and photography classes to the Baltimore community. Viewers can vote online for one of 10 community centers, and the top three will receive renovations.  This will continue until Fri., June 8 at midnight.  Go to

63] – There is a job opening with SOA Watch.  The organization seeks a full-time Operations and Development

Coordinator in the Washington, DC office. Go to  The candidate should be someone with background dealing with finances, and with a strong commitment to the grassroots movement to close the SOA. See for the job description, requirements and information on how to apply.


64] – 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:  


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


66] – 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      


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


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


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


70] – 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.  


71] – 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.


72] – 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.  


73] – 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


74] – 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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