Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 23, 24, 2013

40] Demo against and hearing about killer drones – Apr. 23

41] Comparing Revolutionary Change – Apr. 23

42] Philadelphia Peace Vigil - Apr. 23

43] War Is Not the Answer – Apr. 23

44] Activate Your Inner Citizen Briefing – Apr. 23

45] Promoting Sustainable Development in Indonesia – Apr. 23

46] Montgomery County Young Democrats Membership Meeting – Apr. 23

47] Boundaries of Religious Pluralism & Freedom -- Apr. 24

48] U.S. Air Force and Drone Policy – Apr. 24

49] Support the Wal-Mart Workers – Apr. 24

50] Confronting Intolerance Today -- Apr. 24

51] RFK, Jr. at Goucher - Apr. 24

52] Film “Girl Model” -- Apr. 24


54] Music for Peace – Apr. 24


40] – Code Pink is mobilizing around the Tues., Apr. 23 hearing on the use of drones abroad at 4 PM at Hart Senate Office Building Room 216. Rally outside 3 to 4 PM, the Constitution Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counter-terrorism Implications of Targeted Killing.” The hearing will "focus on the constitutional and statutory authority for targeted killings; the scope of the battlefield and who can be targeted as a combatant; and establishing a transparent legal framework for the use of drones."

Amnesty International is calling on all activists and interested individuals to raise their voices and join our call of action by demanding an end to the use of drones for unlawful killings. Since 2004, less than 2% of all individuals killed by drones were high profile targets. The rest were civilians (http://drones.pitchinteractive.com/). Amnesty International activists will stage an action on Capitol Hill to remember the victims of unlawful drone attacks, to highlight the unlawful use of drones, and demand an end to such human rights violations. Contact Jiva Manske at jmanske@aiusa.org or at 202-509-8151.

Here is the official hearing notice and witness list, with link to the webcast:


Yemeni youth activist Farea al-Muslimi, who recently wrote an op-ed in Al-Monitor about a drone strike in his home village (#10 below), will be one of the witnesses. For the Congressional Drone Hearing, here are Four Questions and a Subpoena, http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/a16-drone-hearing. The members of the subcommittee are listed here:


41] – Join The American University Arab Studies Program for "From the Balkans to North Africa: Comparing Revolutionary Change and Transitioning Nations" on Tues., Apr. 23 from 4 to 8 PM at McDowell Hall Formal Lounge - located across from the Kogod Building. Visit http://www.american.edu/cas/news/arab-sudies-events-2013.cfm.

42] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th Street & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine. The next vigil is Apr. 23. Call 215-426-0364. Call 410- 230-0450 or go to http://www.redemmas.org.

43] – 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 Apr. 23 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

44] – CPHA will be hosting an Activate Your Inner Citizen Briefing on building healthy communities. A panel discussion, moderated by WBAL's Jayne Miller, will take place at War Memorial Hall on Tues., Apr. 23 from 6:30 to 8 PM. The doors will open at 5:30 pm and citizens will have the opportunity to explore informational displays on health initiatives going on in our communities. Email melf@cphabaltimore.org.

45] – Beyond the Classroom presents "The Role of NGOs & Civil Society in Promoting Sustainable Development in Indonesia" on Tues., Apr. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at 1104 South Campus Commons, Building 1, College Park. This is part of the Spring 2013 Series on "People Power: Activism for Social Change." Go to www.BeyondTheClassroom.umd.edu.

Join Dr. James V. Riker, director of the Beyond the Classroom Program for a discussion on the roles of NGOs in Indonesia. He has led multi-stakeholder consultation processes involving civil society leaders, scholars, and policy-makers, and served as a consultant to several organizations. He previously served as co-founder and chair of the Global Development Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) and was a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia. He presently serves as an advisory board member for the International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID), the leading development and human rights network in Indonesia. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/367607350025264/.

46] – There’s a Montgomery County Young Democrats Membership Meeting on Tues., Apr. 23 from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Silver Spring Civic Center-Ellsworth Room, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring 20910. There will be an analysis of the Legislative Session's big wins and temporary setbacks, followed by a membership social at McGinty's. The featured guests are State Senator Brian Frosh and State Delegate Al Carr. Contact Nik Sushka at nik.sushka@mcyd.org.

47] – A Common Word: The Boundaries of Religious Pluralism & Freedom: The Devil is in the Detail is happening on Wed., from 9 AM to 5 PM at Georgetown University, ICC Auditorium, Intercultural Center. For a map, visit http://maps.georgetown.edu/interculturalcenter/. As the official representative of A Common Word in North America, ACMCU is joined by the Georgetown University Office of the President to host this conference on the fifth anniversary of the historic Common Word initiative. The program is a follow-up to A Common Word: A Global Agenda for Change, held in October 2009 and Responding to the Challenges of Religious Pluralism & Conflict Resolution, held in April 2011. This year’s conference will explore the challenge of religious pluralism and intercommunal conflicts in Christian-Muslim relations today in post Arab Spring governments in Egypt and Tunisia, and their impact on religious freedom, civil liberties and security, equality of citizenship, and gender relations. Free and open to the public. RSVP at http://commonword2013.eventbrite.com/#. Visit http://acmcu.georgetown.edu/commonword/.

48] – The Stimson Center's The Managing Across Boundaries Initiative cordially invites you to the U.S. Air Force and Drone Policy--a conversation with Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, U.S Air Force, and Rachel Stohl, senior associate, Stimson Center, on Wed., Apr. 24, from 9:30 to 11 AM at the Stimson Center, 1111 19th St. NW, WDC. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ItHTBejXYgWBpN7ntLgrJ7BSBJkGyX9yxb8Yl0Kl_sM/viewform. Contact Alexander Georgieff at (ageorgieff@stimson.org).

49] – Support the Wal-Mart Workers on Wed., Apr. 24 at 11 AM at Capital Plaza, 6210 Annapolis Rd., Landover Hills, MD. Join community and faith leaders, supporters and Wal-Mart members to call on the company to make changes so associates can get the hours they need. RSVP at http://www.corporateactionnetwork.org/events/give-walmart-workers-in-the-dmv-the-hours-they-need-to-survive. Contact Mike Wilson at organizer@respectdc.org.

50] – Join The Congressional Caucus on the Netherlands, he Anne Frank Center USA, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for a Panel Discussion: Confronting Intolerance Today: Lessons from Anne Frank on Wed., Apr. 24 from 3:30 to 5 PM at the Library of Congress Members Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, First Floor, Room LJ162.

The Anne Frank Center USA received 11 saplings to donate to worthy educational organizations across the United States. Over the next 18 months, the saplings will be planted at various sites with institutions selected based on their ability to demonstrate how nurturing a sapling as a living icon of tolerance will help perpetuate Anne's legacy. The winning locations were selected because they embody Anne's unwavering belief in equality; because they demonstrate the horrific consequences of intolerance in all of its forms; or because they showcase historic events in civil rights and social justice in the United States. Now, these powerful stories will come together in a common initiative. Email saplingproject@annefrank.com to RSVP.

51] – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. hosts a fundraiser to highlight the accomplishments of Civic Works in honor of its 20th anniversary on Wed., Apr. 24 at 5:30 PM at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road. His talk is “Civic Works & The Green Economy.” Call 410-337-6333.

52] – The Baltimore Ethical Society hosts the Ironweed Film Club. Contact Emil about free membership in the club, which meets every fourth Wednesday, at volcheck@acm.org, or 410-929-3399. On Wed., Apr. 24 at 7:30 PM see a screening of “Girl Model” from the award-winning PBS Point-of-View documentary series. It reveals complicated truths about the world of modeling, the relationships between wealthier and poorer nations, and a seemingly insatiable craving for young girls in many different societies. This is a rare inside look that strips away the façade of the modeling industry telling the story of the deeply conflicted Ashley, a former model who now scouts for a behemoth Russia agency, and thirteen-year-old Nadya, whom Ashley has plucked from a remote Siberian village and promised a lucrative career in Japan.

53] – Attend a REMEMBRANCE OF THE HOLOCAUST, AN INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE. You are invited to join the Deacon Class and the Community of Seminarians and Seminary Faculty on Wed., Apr. 24 at 7:30 PM in Laubacher Hall, St. Mary's Seminary, 5400 Roland Ave., Baltimore 21210.

From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews were systematically singled out and executed in Nazi Germany in what has come to be known as The Holocaust, or in Hebrew, the Shoah ("The Day of Destruction"). From 1945 on, the memory of those whose lives were is honored in the Yom HaShoah Memorial. Come pray, light the Holocaust Menorah, read Scripture and listen to a cantor sing the Kaddish for the Dead. "Let us remember. Let us not forget." See http://www.geotrees.com/ftp/SMS-Remembrance-2013_.pdf.

54] – Discover music as a means to communicate and connect across cultures. Listen, play, or learn. The event will feature an open mic forum, guitar lessons, and the chance to meet and connect with other musicians in the city. Music for Peace takes place at 7:30 PM on the last Wednesday of the month at the HI Baltimore Hostel, 17 W. Mulberry St. Call 410-576-8880 or go to http://www.baltimorehostel.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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