Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 11 & 12, 2013

50] Support the Covington 7 – June 11

51] Natural Resources and International Conflicts – June 11

52] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – June 11

53] National Day Laborers Organizing Network – June 11

54] No drone research at JHU – June 11

55] Bill Hartung in Silver Spring – June 11

56] “We Are The Clash: The Last Stand Of A Band That Mattered” – June 11

57] Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum – June 12


59] Public School Reform: The New Inequality in Education – June 12

60] El Salvador: Then & Now – June 12

61] Nia Vardalos Book Tour – June 12

62] Turkey in the Streets – June 12

63] The Healthcare Movie – June 12

64] Torture is a Moral Issue: Our Issue – June 12

50] – The Campaign for a Fair Settlement asks you Take Action to Support the Covington 7 on Tues., June 11 at 10 AM. These Home Defenders - six of them grandmothers whose lives have been impacted by the mortgage crisis – were arrested conducting a peaceful sit-in at the entrance to the office of the Covington & Burling law firm, one of the major representatives of Wall Street banks in Washington, D.C. during the Wall Street Accountability Week of Action.

Be in the courtroom at 9:30 AM--Moultrie Courthouse, Courtroom C-10, 500 Indiana Ave. NW, WDC 20001. Visit http://www.campaignforfairsettlement.org/. RSVP at http://www.campaignforfairsettlement.org/covington_seven_hearing?utm_source=fairsettlement&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cov7_hearing&recruiter_id=82650.

51] – The Stimson Center presents the 2013 Environment and Security Discussion Series. The first in the series is Natural Resources and International Conflicts, taking place on Tues., June 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at The Stimson Center, 1111 19th St. NW, 12th Floor, WDC. The speakers are Jeffrey Colgan, assistant professor, School of International Service, American U., and David Michel, director, Environmental Security Program, Stimson Center. Colgan is an expert on oil geopolitics and author of the newly published "Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War" (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Michel is the co-author/editor of several recent reports on natural resource challenges in the Middle East, South Asia, and the Indian Ocean. The event’s discussion will center on how states’ development of natural resources impacts their foreign policy, human security, and political and social stability. Contact Russell Sticklor at rsticklor@stimson.org or 202-464-2667.

52] – 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 June 4. Call 215-426-0364. Call 410- 230-0450 or go to http://www.redemmas.org.

53] – Son Cosita Seria and Sin Fronteras Collective invite you to a night of dinner and live music at Haydees Restaurant, 3102 Mount Pleasant St. NW on Tues., June 11 from 5:30 to 8 PM to welcome friends from the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON) and raise some much-needed funds for the national #Not1More campaign to halt deportations. See https://www.facebook.com/events/451153838307795//.

54] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 34th & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil. The next vigil is June 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

55] – William Hartung’s book Prophets of War is an exposé of America's largest military contractor, Lockheed Martin. Hartung’s meticulously researched history follows the company's meteoric growth and explains how this arms industry giant has shaped US foreign policy for decades. Lockheed Martin’s world headquarters is located in Bethesda-- come hear the truth behind this behemoth company!

On Tues., June 11 from 7 to 9 PM at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Plaza, near the corner of Fenton and Ellsworth, Fund Our Communities is sponsoring a talk by national expert William Hartung on Lockheed Martin. His book is "Prophets of War." Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin will participate in our discussion as we consider how to successfully confront the military industrial complex.

William Hartung is the director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and the Nation. Sponsored by the Maryland coalition to Fund Our Communities, Not the Pentagon. Contact Rick Sullivan at sullir@verizon.net.

56] – “We Are The Clash: The Last Stand Of A Band That Mattered” is happening on Tues., June 11 from 7 to 9 PM at St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. “We Are The Clash” is a book-in-progress that excavates the often dismissed last two years of The Clash, after the controversial ejection of Mick Jones and Topper Headon from the band. The book challenges existing interpretations of this period, resurrecting the dramatic last stand of one of the few rock bands that truly mattered. Mark Andersen (Positive Force DC/We Are Family) shares rare Clash footage, music, and stories in this advance peek into a book-in-progress. Email wearefamilydc@gmail.com or call 202-277-2715 or go to www.wearetheclash.com.

57] – PLAN TO ATTEND OR WATCH THE LIVE WEBCAST of the 16th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum on Wed., June 12 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Cannon House Office Building, Caucus Room (#345) & Veterans Affairs (#340), U.S. House of Representatives, Independence Ave. and New Jersey Ave., S.E., WDC 20515. In cooperation with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses, and in partnership with the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, Congressional Energy Savings Performance Contract Caucus, High Performance Building Caucus, Green Schools Caucus, and Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Caucus, the Sustainable Energy Coalition will host, and webcast live, the 16th annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum.

This year’s EXPO will bring together more than fifty businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, government agencies, and energy policy research organizations to showcase the status and near-term potential of the cross-section of renewable energy (biofuels/biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) and energy efficiency technologies. The morning program will feature Members of the U.S. Congress and throughout the day speakers will discuss - in person and via live webcast - the role sustainable energy technologies can play in meeting America’s energy needs. Contact Ken Bossong, Sustainable Energy Coalition, at 301-270-6477 x.11 or kbossong614@yahoo.com. Visit http://www.eesi.org/expo2013.

58] – The National Religious Campaign Against Torture urges you to commemorate Torture Awareness Month. TORTURE IS A MORAL ISSUE. On Wed., June 12 at 7:30 PM at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD, there will be a panel discussion and a short film screening of NRCAT’s "Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever." Featured speakers include Dr. Stephen Colecchi, D.Min, director of the Office of International Justice and Peace for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; and Col. Morris Davis (ret.), former chief prosecutor at the Guantanamo Detention Facility. Email campaign@nrcat.org or go to www.tortureisamoralissue.org.

59] – Public School Reform: The New Inequality in Education is the topic of a discussion with Junius Williams, noted attorney, educator, musician and community advocate on Wed., June 12 from noon to 1:30 PM at the Institute for Policy Studies Conference Room, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600. Join IPS for a brown-bag event, as Williams will lead a discussion on school reform based on his experience of resource deprivation and privatization of schools in Newark. Go to http://www.ips-dc.org/events/public_school_reform_the_new_inequality_in_education.

60] – El Salvador: Then & Now will be discussed on Wed., June 12 at 1 PM at the AFL-CIO Goldberg Room, #6027. RSVP to Julia at jkann@dclabor.org. How has El Salvador – and its relationship with the United States – changed since 1980? Metro Council President Jos Williams – who joined a labor delegation to El Salvador in 1983 in the midst of their violent civil war – and Assistant Mobilizer Julia Kann – who traveled there as a part of a CISPES labor delegation last month – will share first-hand reports, including lessons learned from successful mass mobilizations against privatization and opportunities to support emerging cross-border labor campaigns.

61] – The Nia Vardalos Book Tour is coming to the Latin American Youth Center, at 3047 15th St. NW, WDC 20009, on Wed., June 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. The Center is proud to announce that it will host the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actress and writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. An alumnus of The Second City comedy theater, she also starred in and wrote Connie and Carla and I Hate Valentine's Day, starred in My Life In Ruins, and co-wrote Larry Crowne with Tom Hanks. Born and raised in Canada, Vardalos now resides in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter and many pets, and is currently working on balancing her acting and writing career with motherhood and adoption advocacy. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/272890656191031/.

62] – Turkey in the Streets: A Two-City Video Dialogue on the Uprising in Taksim Square is on for Wed., June 12 at 7 PM at Space Jam – 1, 313 Delafield Pl. NW, WDC. Basak Durgun, a Turkish cultural studies grad student teacher at George Mason University, will be broadcasting from Istanbul, where she grew up. This event will be held in two separate locations in Richmond and D.C. and connected via video conference so we can come together in solidarity with those who are in the struggle against growing authoritarianism in Turkey. In both locations, there will be filming of short video clips for a Solidarity Video Collage. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/257636507695017/.

63] -- See "The Healthcare Movie," a good learning tool and focus for discussions about single-payer. Healthcare-NOW! of Maryland has a copy that's licensed for public showings; if you want to set up a showing, call Sergio at 240-478-8193.

This 65 minute documentary reveals the intensity of the political struggle that led to Canada's universal medical care system, and exposes public relations campaigns that have been prevalent in the U.S. since the early 1900's to dissuade the American public from supporting national health care. The film will be shown on Wed., June 12 at 7:15 PM at Episcopal Diocese Center, 4 East University Parkway, Baltimore 21218. After the movie, representatives of the Healthcare is a Human Right! Campaign in Maryland will discuss the ongoing work to achieve a truly universal healthcare system, everybody in, nobody out. Go to www.MDSinglePayer.org or email info@mdsinglepayer.org.

64] – Torture is a Moral Issue: Our Issue takes place on Wed., June 12 at 7:30 PM at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (Parish Center), 6701 Muncaster Mill Rd, Derwood. Featured speakers will include Dr. Stephen Colecchi, Director of the Office of International Justice and Peace for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Colonel Morris Davis, former Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo. Colonel Davis resigned his position after learning that the evidence he received was obtained through torture. Email skerin1@msn.com.

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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