Saturday, April 27, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 27-29, 2013

28] Concert by the Charm City Labor Chorus – Apr. 27

29] See THE CARETAKER – Apr. 27 – May 25

30] Book talk “Behind the Kitchen Door” – Apr. 28

31] Catonsville Nine bus tour – Apr. 28

32] “Roadmap to Apartheid” – Apr. 28

33] Baltimore Green Forum - Apr. 28

34] Fundraiser CEASEFIRE – Apr. 28

35] Fundraising Banquet for CAIR-MD – Apr. 28

36] Soul Kitchen - Apr. 28

37] Red Emma’s meeting – Apr. 28

38] Pentagon Vigil – Apr. 29

39] The Media & Iran’s Nuclear Program – Apr. 29

40] "Dealing With North Korea’s Increased Belligerence" – Apr. 29

41] D.C. Justice for Janitors Celebration – Apr. 29

42] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Apr. 29 – May 2

43] Jerry Scahill at Busboys and Poets – Apr. 29

44] "Rhythms of Rebellions: Artists Creating Dangerously for Social Change – Apr. 29

45] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – Apr. 29

28] –“Stand Together, Sing Together,” a concert by the Charm City Labor Chorus, will be presented on Sat., Apr. 27 at 7:30 PM in the Recital Hall of Morgan State University’s Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Drive. The chorus, founded in 2008, sings music of the labor, civil rights and social justice movements. This is its fourth annual concert. Email

29] – See “The Caretaker, ”Harold Pinter's 1960's play about a homeless man (played by Marc Horwitz) who is invited by two working class brothers to stay in a dilapidated London flat that begins a war of treachery, dominance, and mystery. It will be performed through May 25, Sundays, 3 PM, Fridays-Saturdays, 8 PM, May 2, 8 PM, May 16, 8 PM, and May 23, 8 PM, at the Performance Workshop Theatre, 5426 Harford Road. Call 410-659-7830. See The ticket price is $22, but students pay $15.

30] – Author and academic Saru Jayaraman will be discussing and signing copies of her book, “Behind the Kitchen Door,” on Sun., Apr. 28 from 1 to 2 PM at the Barnes and Noble at Johns Hopkins, 3330 St. Paul St. In this book, Jayaraman follows the lives of restaurant workers from around the country and explores the political, economic, and moral implications of eating out. Call 410-662-5850 or go to

31] – UMBC is happy to be hosting two events commemorating the 45th Anniversary of the Catonsville Nine action. In addition to being one of the pivotal anti-war actions of the Vietnam era, this local event inspired a movement of similar actions around the country that many argue led to the end of the military draft in the U.S. It is also noteworthy for the thoughtfulness and diversity of its participants, whose experiences and trial statements spanned issues from urban poverty and racism in America, to human rights abuses in Africa and Latin America. As a case study it remains a powerful and provocative story with deep implications for today's discussions of ethics, citizenship, faith, and social change.

The first event takes place on Sun., Apr. 28 from 1 to 4 PM leaving and returning from UMBC Commons Circle. Take the bus tour of local sites related to the Catonsville Nine and Baltimore Four actions. Seating is limited, so RSVP to

32] – “Roadmap to Apartheid” is an award-winning documentary exploring the striking parallels between South African and Israeli apartheid, and it will be shown on Sun., Apr. 28 at 2 PM at the Miller Branch, Howard County Library, Ellicott Meeting Room, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City 21042. The film, narrated by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alice Walker, puts archival footage and interviews with South Africans alongside similar material showing what life is like for Palestinians under Israeli occupation. It is co-directed by South African-born Ana Nogueira and Israeli-born Eron Davidson. Why did the African National Congress vote to support the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel? “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”— Nelson Mandela, 1997. Leading the audience discussion after the film will be Laila El-Haddad, author, blogger, political analyst and social activist. The screening is free, and it sponsored by the Committee for Palestinian Rights (Howard County). Email

33] – The next Baltimore Green Forum is on Sun., Apr. 28 from 4 to 5:30 PM at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286, and the theme will be Challenges for Sustainability. The Baltimore Green Forum is a monthly environmental and discussion forum held usually on the last Sunday of each month. It is open to the public and is free of charge, but donations to Maryland Presbyterian Church are greatly appreciated. For questions, to co-sponsor, or to RSVP, contact or 301-345-2234. Go to

The presentation will be by Nancy Wallace. She is a Maryland environmental and progressive activist for 40 years. Degrowth is a call for a radical break from traditional growth-based models of society, no matter if these models are "left" or "right", to invent new ways of living together in a true democracy, respectful of the values of equality and freedom. The approach is based on sharing and cooperation, with sufficiently moderate consumption so as to be sustainable.

The degrowth movement began in Europe 10 years ago. It brings a principle of vigorous discussion and full participatory engagement in creating new solutions to the fundamental structural problems of current civilization, on the political and economic level as well as individual. The premise is that even “green” or “socially just” capitalism in its current, growth-based form is not sustainable. Other popular green solutions of sustainable development and population stabilization at current levels are not sustainable as well. Degrowth includes solutions such as "frugal innovation," i.e. innovations that integrate limits, and First Nation/indigenous examples of cultures integrating limits. Visit or Go to

34] – On Sun., Apr. 28 at 4:30 PM get over to the fundraiser CEASEFIRE, a Showcase of Jewish Youth Artists to End Gun Violence, at the Takoma Park Auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 20912. Celebrate the passing of state gun control legislation with guest speaker, Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin. It is sponsored by the Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community and the City of Takoma Park, and the suggested contribution is $15. All proceeds will support the work of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign. The performances will include original music, poetry, drama and dance. Call 301-587-6943.

35] – The Inaugural Fundraising Banquet for CAIR-MD takes place on Sun., Apr. 28 at 5 PM with registration at Martin's Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt 20770. Then the program starts at 6 PM.

36] – 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. 28. 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

37] – 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. 28. 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

38] – 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. 29, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email or call 202-882-9649.

39] – On Mon., Apr. 29 from 9 to 10:30 AM, John Steinbruner, University of Maryland; Susan Moeller, University of Maryland; Reza Marashi, National Iranian American Council, and Walter Pincus, Washington Post, takes a look at "The Media & Iran’s Nuclear Program: An Analysis of U.S. and U.K. Coverage, 2009-2012." It will take place at the Wilson Center, Fifth Floor, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

40] – On Mon., Apr. 29 from noon to 2 PM, Gordon Flake, Mansfield Foundation; Paul Haenle, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center; Jin Canrong, Renmin University; Zhang Chuanjie, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center; and Zhu Feng, Peking University, will discuss "Dealing With North Korea’s Increased Belligerence" at the Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

41] – There is a D.C. Justice for Janitors Celebration on Mon., Apr. 29 from 1 to 5 PM at Lohrfink Auditorium, Rafik B. Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O Sts. NW. Since 2010, at Georgetown, Justice for Janitors has been collecting the stories of DC Justice for Janitors—union activists, politicians, employers, community leaders, and janitors themselves. They've dug up old newspaper clippings and video footage and collected photographs and flyers, and assembled all of it into a digital history website. At the celebration, the group will launch “Justice for Janitors DC: A Digital History Project.” Contact Jennifer Luff at Visit

42] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at

43] – Teaching for Change and Busboys & Poets host a talk and book signing with Jeremy Scahill on Mon., Apr. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Sts., 2021 14th St NW. Scahill will discuss his new book, “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield,” about the heart of the U.S. War on Terror. Call 202-387-7638 or visit

44] – Beyond the Classroom presents "Rhythms of Rebellions: Artists Creating Dangerously for Social Change" by Susie Erenrich on Mon., Apr. 29 from 7 to 9 PM at University of Maryland, 1104 South Campus Commons, Building 1, 0200 Calvert Hall, College Park, Maryland 20742. She is the executive director of the Cultural Center for Social Change. This is part of the Spring 2013 Series on "People Power: Activism for Social Change." Go to

45] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. There will be a meeting on Mon., Apr. 29. The agenda will focus on Fund Our Communities, Michael Klare talk at the Pratt, the Transform Now Plowshares, the Congressional drone forum, Bradley Manning and an action at the CIA. Let me know about additional agenda items. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

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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