Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 4

67] "Nukes, Missiles and the Truth" – May 24

68] Iran Nuclear Talks – May 24

69] Litigating Indigenous Rights – May 24

70] David Harvey's in Baltimore – May 24

71] Yoga & meditation – May 24

72] Save a rec center – until June 8

73] CCAN internships

74] Job with SOA Watch


76] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

77] Join Fund Our Communities 

78] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

79] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

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

81] Join Global Zero campaign

82] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

83] Click on The Hunger Site 

84] Fire & Faith  

85] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


67] –  On Thurs., May 24 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM, Walter Pincus, Washington Post, will comment on "Nukes, Missiles and the Truth" at the American Security Project, 1100 New York Ave. NW, Suite 710W, Conference Room E, WDC. RSVP at events@americansecurityproject.org.

68] – On Thurs., May 24 from 2 to 3 PM, P.J. Crowley, former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, George Perkovich, Carnegie Endowment, Bijan Khajehpour, Atieh International, and Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center, will expound on "The Day After Baghdad: Assessing the Iran Nuclear Talks" at the National Iranian American Council. 101 Constitution Ave. NW, Capitol View Conference Room, Seventh Floor, WDC. RSVP at http://www.niacouncil.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8238.

69] – The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the American Univ.'s Washington College of Law presents a panel discussion: Litigating Indigenous Rights in the Americas on Thurs., May 24 from 3:30 to 5 PM at American Univ. Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 603, WDC. Joining a distinguished panel of human rights experts, DC Advocacy Coordinator Andrew Miller will discuss the case of the Kichwa community of Sarayaku in Ecuador. For a decade, Amazon Watch has been privileged to accompany Sarayaku, an inspiring example of indigenous territorial defense against extractive encroachment. Andrew will outline Amazon Watch's experience complementing legal efforts for indigenous rights protection with other strategies like grassroots mobilization, corporate campaigns, and media work.


70] – The Ric Pfeffer Lecture will feature David Harvey who will speak about "Seizing the Time for Anti-Capitalist Struggle" on Thurs., May 24 at 7 PM at 2640 (27th & St. Paul St.).  The lecture commemorates the life and work of Ric Pfeffer, a committed social justice activist and advocate who passed away in 2002.  For this year's Lecture, which will commemorate the tenth anniversary of Ric's passing, Harvey will return to Baltimore, where he developed his ideas around the geography of anticapitalism to a large extent during his extended residence in the city. He is a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and director of The Center for Place, Culture and Politics.  In 1982, while professor at Johns Hopkins, he was one of the founders of the Progressive Action Center. In the same year he published "The Limits to Capital." With the publication of this work and 14 more, Harvey developed a Marxian theoretical approach he calls "historical-geographical materialism."  Harvey gave the first Pfeffer memorial lecture in 2002, where he spoke about "The New Imperialism." He is returning 10 years later for the culminating lecture of the series to discuss the dynamics of resistance against the dominance of finance capital as in the Occupy Wall Street Movement. His forthcoming book is "Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution."


The Ric Pfeffer Lecture Fund was established in memory of Ric Pfeffer, former Johns Hopkins professor, attorney in the field of worker health and safety, activist in the peace and civil rights movements, and founding member of the Progressive Action Center. The Fund honors his legacy by providing support for radical and progressive lectures that analyze current conditions and promote activism. The event will be free, but donations to the lecture fund—a project of the Research Associates Foundation are always welcome. Call 410-338-0640 or go to http://rafbaltimore.org/category/ric-pfeffer-memorial-lecture-fund.



71] – Tune into Humble Warrior-Radical Yoga by Cecilia Quiroga on Thurs., May 24 from 7 to 8:30 PM at Radical Space, 5525 Illinois Ave. NW, WDC.  Is capitalism stressing you out?  Yoga is an empowering skill that can be adapted to everyone's lifestyle. It improves your overall health and has wide array of benefits. Enjoy mediation & beginner yoga. Bring comfy clothes.  RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Radical-Space-DC/289683364411902.

72] – 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 http://maxwellhouse.com.

73] – Do you want to fight global warming while gaining valuable grassroots organizing knowledge and experience? If yes, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network has the perfect internship for you. The group is currently hiring interns for the summer to work out of its Takoma Park and Richmond offices.   For ten years, CCAN has been working in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. to fight climate change by standing up to polluters and working to pass clean energy policies. Bill McKibben called CCAN "the best regional climate organization in the world."  You can contact Chesapeake Climate Action Network by emailing info@chesapeakeclimate.org or at P.O. Box 11183, Takoma Park, MD 20913 or at 240-396-1981.

74] – 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 http://soaw.org/about-us/employment#Operations.  The candidate should be someone with background dealing with finances, and with a strong commitment to the grassroots movement to close the SOA. See http://SOAW.org/work for the job description, requirements and information on how to apply.


75] – 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 Thomas.McCarthy@RaymondJames.com.


This video is only 3 minutes long but gives a good overview of the program. It was made by the US State Department

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8rSmOKgY_4. This video is about 8 minutes, gives more info on some of their activities while here, and was made in part by the teens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egcM0Fnj2YA.  


76] – The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email: info@washingtonpeacecenter.org.


77] – 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 www.OurFunds.org.      


78] – The new Indypendent Reader is seeking articles for its web site at http://www.indyreader.org.  Submit an article. 


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


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


81] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.  


82] – 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.


83] – 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.  


84] – 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 http://www.prattlibrary.org/digital/.


85] – 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 http://prop1.org; 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] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.


"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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