Saturday, April 13, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 13, 14, 15, 2013

27] Money Owns Washington – Apr. 13

28] Nuke waste strategy meeting – Apr. 13

29] "We Have Not Forgotten and Demand Action" – Apr. 13

30] Film “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot” – Apr. 13

31] Cuban Rice & Beans Dinner – Apr. 13

32] Truth Tour: Lakota Grandmothers – Apr. 13

33] North America Nuclear Policy Conference – Apr. 14

34] Artists Against Gun Violence – Apr. 14

35] Ethical Ecology and Indigenous People – Apr. 14

36] Peace and Pancakes – Apr. 14

37] Economic Democracy – Apr. 14

38] Boycott SodaStream – Apr. 14

39] Soul Kitchen – Apr. 14

40] Youth Film Festival – Apr. 14

41] Red Emma’s meeting – Apr. 14

42] Pentagon Vigil – Apr. 15

43] Connecting Black Communities to the Green Economy -- Apr. 15

27] – On Sat., Apr. 13 you are needed in D.C. to march from K Street to the Capitol dressed in body-size $100 bill costumes because... Money Runs Washington! It's D.C.'s "K Street 5k." Go to Ben & Jerry's is providing FREE ice cream to all participants at the finish line as part of their "Get the Dough Out" campaign; Dr. Bronners Soap is giving out FREE samples to help "Clean Up Dirty Money;" Raw Revolution is bringing FREE energy bars at the start of the 5k to help power up people; and the Rude Mechanical Orchestra will help make some noise along the route. Gather at 2 PM at Farragut Square. Email Josh Silver at

28] – On Sat., Apr. 13 from 3 to 5 PM at PUBLIC CITIZEN -- Hill Office -- 215 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, there will be a meeting to strategize about nuclear waste. RSVP to Mary Olson at 828-242-5621. There will be a report from the retreat on BRC's "consent" issue -- and the Grassroots Statement of Principles on INFORMED [title to be determined]. Go to

29] – Mayors Against Illegal Guns are organizing "We Have Not Forgotten and Demand Action" events with Organizing for Action. Get over to "We Have Not Forgotten" on Sat., Apr. 13 at 4 PM at Baker Park Bell Tower, 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick. RSVP at

30] – See the film “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot” and participate in a facilitated dialogue on Sat., Apr. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Baltimore Racial Justice Action and YWCA Greater Baltimore are hosting the evening at Church of the Holy Comforter, 5513 York Road, Baltimore 21212. Email

31] – There's still time to schedule dinner with the Latin America Working Group on Sat., Apr. 13 for a Cuban Rice & Beans Dinner and Discussion on U.S.-Cuba Relations. The event will go from 6:30 until 9 PM in the Dasher Green Room, Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045. Tickets are a donation of $15 per person, $25 for a couple, and $35 for a family.

The program will include dinner and a screening of excerpts from the Saul Landau film “Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?” Leslie Salgado will moderate a discussion of opportunities for engagement on U.S.-Cuba relations and current efforts to remove Cuba from the Terrorist List by LAWG's Mavis Anderson and Jeffrey Boutwell, Pugwash Conf. on Science and World Affairs. Contact Leslie, Howard County Friends of Latin America (HoCoFoLa), at or at 410-381-4899.

32] – Get over to the Truth Tour: Lakota Grandmothers Take Back Their Strength on Sat., Apr. 13 at 6:30 PM at the Baltimore American Indian Center, 113 S. Broadway, Baltimore 21231. Join the Strong Heart Lakota Solidarity Project as traditional Lakota elders from Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota speak out on the world stage to end the genocide of their people and reclaim their traditional matriarchal leadership. Listen to the elders share their stories of resistance. Learn the truth from Lakota elders and activists in the groundbreaking documentary “Red Cry” about genocide in “America.” Visit

33] – DC Days, Alliance for Nuclear Accountability's annual grassroots lobby event, will take place from Sun., Apr. 14 at 9 AM through Wed., Apr. 17 at 10 PM at the Equality Center, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Supporters from across the country come to D.C. to meet directly with policy makers. The agenda will be packed with educational opportunities, advocacy, and social time with other disarmament and environmental activists. Visit

34] – ART=AMMO Artists Against Gun Violence will gather on Sun., Apr. 14 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Lincoln Memorial/Reflecting Pool. Promote awareness of the devastating effects of gun violence. Together they will freeze frame with their hands in the air... Then, in a singular movement, they will slowly sink to the ground. Quickly, they'll trace each other's body outline with chalk and write a word or statistic inside the body chalk line...a victim's age, a name, 'enough', 'gun', '30,000 deaths', 'loophole', 'mom', 'cop', '85 a day'... etc. Then they'll walk away leaving a visceral, expressionistic, literary reminder of lives lost. Go to

35] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. On Sun., Apr. 14, enjoy the platform address by Hugh Taft-Morales, BES leader: Ethical Ecology and Indigenous People.” As we approach our 43rd Earth Day April 22, the tragic irony of our nation’s relation with American Indians is clear: a most abused cultural group, marginalized and segregated, holds the key to our survival and the future or our land, water and air. Without a revolution of respect toward nature, we may be committing suicide of the species. How can we better integrate the people and the wisdom of indigenous populations so as to acknowledge the past and save the future? How can Ethical Culture’s commitment to relationships contribute to this cause? Hugh Taft-Morales explores these questions and share appreciation for indigenous people of the Chesapeake. Go to Call 410-581-2322 or email

36] – Join the Kadampa Meditation Center for Peace and Pancakes on Sundays at 10:30 AM at KMC Maryland, 2937 North Charles St. All are invited to participate in guided meditation and chant praying for world peace. There will be a talk based on Buddhist thought followed by brunch. Call 410- 243-3837. Brunch is $5.

37] – There is an Economic Democracy Talk with Dada Maheshvarananda on Sun., Apr. 14 at 11:30 AM at the Shanti Yoga Center, 4217 East-West Highway. Global capitalism, based on corporate power and militarism, is destroying our economy, our society and our planet. Economic democracy that economically empowers people and communities allows us to share the resources of the planet for the welfare of everyone. Discover positive examples of economic democracy that are taking place in Latin America and in the United States. Dada Maheshvarananda is a yogic monk, activist and writer. His most recent book is After Capitalism: Economic Democracy in Action, with a contribution by Noam Chomsky. In 2007 he founded the Prout Research Institute of Venezuela, an independent, not-for-profit foundation located in Caracas, Venezuela, where he serves as director. Email

38] – Join the Boycott SodaStream Action on Sun., Apr. 147 from 2 to 5 PM at the Columbia Heights Mall, 3100 14th St. NW. Come and stand in solidarity with this BDS Action (Boycott Divestment Sanctions). Boycott SodaStream, a product made in the illegal settlements in the West Bank, next to Ma'aleh Adumim. The product supports the economy of the Israeli occupation and additionally utilizes Palestinians as a source of cheap and expendable labor.

Tell DC shoppers to stop buying SodaStream products and tell store managers of Bed, Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Staples, and Target (all located in Columbia Heights Mall) to stop stocking them! The protest action will feature live music, with lyrics, signs and slogans that highlight the need to end the occupation. The action is sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, D.C. Metro Chapter, and endorsed by Sabeel DC Metro and the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace. Email

39] – The SOUL KITCHEN is open. Gimmie Shelter Productions in conjunction with the Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212 is hosting a meal for the needy and homeless on Sun., Apr. 14. To help with the serving or cooking of the food, arrive at the church at 5 PM. If you are able to provide musical entertainment, call Alan Barysh at 443-239 5325. To arrange to make a tax-deductible or an in-kind donation, call Rev. Tom Harris, pastor, at 410-435-9188. Go to

40] – The 3rd Annual "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" Film Festival Screening is happening on Sun., Apr. 14 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Sidwell Friends School, Robert L. Smith Meeting Room, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW, WDC 20016. What would you do with a trillion dollars for your community, nation or world?

Join American Friends Service Committee and National Priorities Project for this “National Youth Film Festival!!! Over 50 young filmmakers in D.C. will attend, and all 25 festival videos will be screened! See the presentation of the IHTD 2013 Awards! Email

41] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers. Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email The next meeting is Apr. 14. There is no meeting on the first Sunday of the month. Call 410-230-0450. If you would be interested in volunteering or becoming a collective member of 2640, send an email to

42] – 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. 15, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email or call 202-882-9649.

43] – Bridging the Gap: Connecting Black Communities to the Green Economy takes place on Mon., Apr. 15 from 8 AM to 10 PM at Washington Hilton Hotel, Columbia Room, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. The NAACP is excited to organize this event as a pre-conference to the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference taking place in Washington, D.C., Apr. 16 to Apr. 18. The conference is a solutions focused day of strategy discussions on how to build just and sustainable pathways to connect black communities to the Green Economy while protecting the environment and our communities. The cost is $40 (regular), $20 (students/low-income); and free through scholarships. Contact Kristie Dalesandro at or 202-478-6403.

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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