Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 18-29, 2013

40] Support Lynn Stewart – June 18

41] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – June 18

42] No drone research at JHU – June 18

43] Build a Healthier America – June 19

44] Stand For Service D.C. – June 19

45] Visit Rep. Sarbanes’ office – June 19

46] Freedom to Work, Freedom to Live – June 19

47] GREEN FORUM supports Waterkeeper – June 19

48] Marxism in the Moment – June 19

49] Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee Meeting – June 19

50] "Nuclear Famine: A Billion People at Risk” – June 19

51] "1963: The Music and the Movement." – June 19

52] SOA Watch Mailing Party – June 19

53] Documentary “Unacceptable Levels” – June 20

54] Survivor Community of Healing Meeting – June 21


56] Max is seeking a place to live after June 30

57] Support the Transform Now Plowshares

58] Student looking for an internship

59] Drones Quilt Project

60] Support Red Emma’s in its move

61] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

62] Join Fund Our Communities

63] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader

64] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

65] Do you need any book shelves or file cabinets?

66] Join Global Zero campaign

67] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

68] Fire & Faith

69] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


40] – Support Political Prisoner Lynn Stewart on Tues., June 18 at noon at the Federal Bureau of Prisons Headquarters, 320 1st St. NW. Demand compassionate release for Lynn Stewart, political prisoner suffering from stage 4 cancer who needs immediate medical treatment. Email louw7@live.com.

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

42] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 34th & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil. The next vigil is June 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

43] – Build a Healthier America on Wed., June 19 at 9 AM at Columbus Club, Union Station, Washington, D.C. Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America as it hears testimony from leading experts regarding how best to support health in communities and during early childhood. The Commission is charged with identifying actions the nation should take now to improve health. Additional information, including the Commission's 2009 report and recommendations, may be found at this website. http://www.rwjf.org/en/about-rwjf/newsroom/features-and-articles/Commission/commission-meeting.html.

44] – Stand For Service D.C. is organized by ServiceNation, AmeriCorps Alums, & The National Peace Corps Association for Wed., June 19 from 7:30 to 9 AM on the corner of 1st St. and C St. SE, just outside the Capitol South Metro station. Go to http://stand4service-dc.eventbrite.com/#.

The Peace Corps is not the only service program facing challenges as Congress considers federal spending in Fiscal Year 2014. Our brothers and sisters who volunteer here at home through programs of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) also face significant – if not bigger – challenges. CNCS estimates that the recent across-the-board spending cuts implemented by Congress could eliminate as many as 4,000 Americorps and 14,000 Senior Corps positions this year. At the same time, as Congress begins to consider spending for FY 2014 – which begins in October – the budget proposed in the House of Representatives calls for the complete elimination of CNCS programs.

45] – As part of the national "Educate Congress" Campaign Letter Drops, on Wed., June 19 at 4:30 PM, the Pledge of Resistance will go to Rep. John Sarbanes’ office, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Baltimore, MD 21204. While inside, we will deliver a letter outlining support for major cuts to the Pentagon budget, but not to food stamps. The letter also calls for an end to the use of killer drone strikes, which we believe to be illegal and unconstitutional. Let Max know if you can go to Sarbanes’ office--410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net. Are you a constituent?

46] – Freedom to Work, Freedom to Live: Solidarity rally with Nationals Stadium and Verizon Center workers on Wed., June 19 at 5 PM at Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Join with UNITE HERE Local 23 members from across the D.C. metro area and their allies, to demand that food workers employed in the City’s largest and most famous sports venues are free to work and live in D.C. The more than 1200 food service jobs inside the sports facilities have a huge impact on our communities. For the sake of families and neighborhoods, these jobs should be a pathway out of poverty, a source of hope for families and strength for our communities. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/558541254189170/.

47] – The BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM is hosting its annual Social Gathering and Celebration on Wed., June 19 from 6 to 8 PM at Bo Brooks! This year, instead of the usual pot luck gathering, the group will gather with other GREENS for a fun night of drinks and food at Bo Brooks outdoor tiki bar, overlooking the Harbor, 2780 Lighthouse Point (in the 2700 block of Boston Street), Baltimore 21224. Tina Meyers, Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, was the speaker at the most recent meeting (May 19), and this is an opportunity to support her fundraiser. Tickets are $20. All proceeds benefit the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper’s work to clean up Baltimore’s streams and Harbor. Your ticket ($25 at the door) gets you a free signature drink and hot appetizers. Space is limited to 50! Contact Tina Meyers at 410-254-1577 x112 or Sam Hopkins at 410- 554-0006. Write to baltimoregreenforum@gmail.com, call 410-554-0006, or visit www.baltimoregreenforum.org.

48] – Marxism in the Moment: Revolutionary Process is happening on Wed., June 19 from 7 to 9 PM at the Peace House, 1233 12th St. NW. This study group will read about and discuss Marxism, which has been the basis for many revolutionary movements over the last hundred years. Marxism provides explanation on the nature of the world which is critical of capitalism and counter to the status quo. Contemporary Marxists also give explanation for our present day economic crises; explanation that is not widely known. Whether or not you take a Marxist perspective, we can learn about it and have fun while doing it. This meeting will focus on the meaning of revolution and reform, the process of revolution, and how a revolutionary process might develop. Readings are as follows: The Burning Question for Revolutionaries: What is the Path to Victory?--http://www.lrna.org/2-pt/articles/v19ed2art3.html. The Future is up to Us: A Revolutionary talking politics with the American People: http://www.marxists.org/history/erol/ncm-2/future.pdf. Note, this is the whole book, so look only at the chapter "Introduction." Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/585554358144355/.

49] – The Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee Meeting takes place on Wed., June 19 at 7 PM at First Congregational Church, 10th & G Sts. NW. Discuss the June 30th community-wide meeting, Anna's trip to Japan, the August events, the September 21st event at AU, and the upcoming visit of Japanese guests to All Souls Church. Call 703-822-3485.

50] – On Wed., June 19 at 7:30 PM, Catherine Thomasson, Physicians Social Responsibility, will discuss "Nuclear Famine: A Billion People at Risk" at the Polyclinic Hospital Cafeteria, 2501 N. Third St., Harrisburg, PA. RSVP to Robert Little at rlittle@verizon.net.

51] – On Wed., June 19, at 7 PM at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224, enjoy an evening of inspirational music and compelling conversation hosted by WEAA's Robert Shahid: "1963: The Music and the Movement." The event features an esteemed panel of history and music experts, including Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the trilogy America in the King Years; Sheila Ross of the girl group the Royalettes; Milton Dugger, long-time Baltimore music promoter; Dr. Lester K. Spence, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Jelani Favors, historian and professor at Morgan State University. Songs from the era will accent the panel's dialogue.

Then Baltimore actor and writer Keith Snipes will reenact the speech that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave at the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival. To close out the evening, Baltimore jazz musician Craig Alston gathers an all-star band performing music from the era. The event is presented by WEAA 88.9 FM and the Creative Alliance in partnership with the Baltimore Jazz Alliance and the Baltimore City branch of the NAACP. Go to http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2013/1963-music-and-movement. Tickets are $10, but members of the Creative alliance or WEAA get in for $5. Email info@creativealliance.org or call 410-276-1651.

52] – Be at the SOA Watch Mailing Party on Thurs., June 20 from 6 to 11 PM at 5525 Illinois Ave. NW. When SOA Watch says "Mailing PARTY," they mean it! Meet up with great people, pizza, beer, music and drinks! See https://www.facebook.com/events/506220309431252/.

53] – The Washington, D.C. premiere of an Award-Winning Documentary “Unacceptable Levels” is happening on Thurs., June 20 at 7 PM at the E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. It will be followed by a Q&A with Director Ed Brown and special guests from the film, including Devra Lee Davis, Environmental Health Trust, Andy Igrejas, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council. Go to http://unacceptablelevelsdc.bpt.me/.

54] – There is a Survivor Community of Healing Meeting on Fri., June 21 from 9 AM to 4 PM at TASSC Office, 4121 Harewood Road NE, WDC. The meeting is open to all survivors of torture. Email TASSCinfo@gmail.com.

55] – On Sat., June 29 at 3 PM, PROTEST US KILLER DRONES at CIA Headquarters, 900 block of Dolley Madison Blvd., Langley, VA. As of January 2013, the United Nations has launched a special investigation into the US killer drone program. Leading the UN investigation is Ben Emmerson, the UN rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights. He said "The exponential rise in the use of drone technology in a variety of military and non-military contexts represents a real challenge to the framework of established international law." The US Military & Central Intelligence Agency drones have maimed & killed thousands in Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, & Pakistan without charge, trial or conviction of crime. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports on estimates up to 3461 people killed and 891 injured in Pakistan, in Yemen 1112 killed and 178 injured in these two countries alone by CIA drone strikes. US killer drone strikes are illegal, immoral, and must stop now! The vigil and letter delivery is organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance. Email Max at mobuszewski at verizon dot net.

56] – Max is seeking a place to live. Let him know of any possibilities. He can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.dot net.

57] – You can support the Transform Now Plowshares resisters by writing the judge and the prisoners. Greg Boertje-Obed, Michael Walli and Megan Rice are currently in the Irwin County Detention Facility in Ocilla, GA, awaiting their sentencing on September 23, 2013. The three were found guilty by a jury in Tennessee in May on two counts. Judge Amul Thapar revoked their pre-trial release saying they were technically guilty of a crime of violence and must be held.

Here are the addresses: Gregory Boertje-Obed 22090 Irwin County Detention Center 132 Cotton Drive, Ocilla, GA 31774 ***Michael Walli 4444, Irwin County Detention Center, 132 Cotton Drive, Ocilla, GA 31774. Megan Rice 22100, Irwin County Detention Center, 132 Cotton Drive, Ocilla, GA 31774. You must make sure to include your entire return address on the outside of the envelope. No staples or paperclips can be included in your mail; no oversized envelopes. Magazines and books must be sent directly from the publisher or bookstore/Amazon. Photocopies of brief articles are likely to be permitted (based on our past experience). If you include inappropriate material or fail to comply with these rules, your mail will not get through—it will be returned to you.

The second thing you can do is send a letter to Judge Thapar. We have suggested guidelines for your letter, and we are asking people to send their letter to Bill Quigley, lawyer for Mike Walli (address below), so they can be collected and delivered to the judge. If you want to send a copy of your letter to us, that would be great—our address is also below. Invite Judge Thapar to think about sentencing in light of the fact that this was an act of nonviolent civil disobedience intended to awaken the conscience of the nation, and no evidence was presented that it was an act of terrorism meant to harm anyone. You could write that you share the court's concern that Congress would write a law that wouldn’t allow a judge to distinguish between peace activists and terrorists, and are disturbed that the government defines the crime they stand convicted of as a violent "crime of terrorism.” As testimony of the defendants showed during trial, they carried out their action in a spirit of nonviolence and hope. Without making it the focus of the letter, you could mention that the action was carried out with the clear understanding of the illegality and immorality of nuclear weapons, and intent to uphold higher laws. Encourage him to consider downward departures from the high guidelines for the charges, and to use his discretion at sentencing to bring more justice into the situation by recognizing that the defendants are NOT violent terrorists as the government has implied through its interpretation of the crime; and remind him of the intentions of the three nonviolent activists: to follow the words of the prophet Isaiah to beat swords into plowshares, and build a safer and more secure world for all. Our purpose with these letters is not to reargue the case, nor is it to condemn nuclear weapons production—the judge is not engaging those issues at this time. Our purpose is to address the legal system’s distortion of the nonviolent action of the TNP resisters and to provide support to the judge for a sentencing decision that takes into account the nature of their action and their nonviolent behavior throughout their action.

Letters should be sent to US District Judge Amul R Thapar, c/o Professor Bill Quigley, Loyola Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice, 7214 St. Charles Ave., Campus Box 902, New Orleans, LA 70118. If you care to send a copy to OREPA that would also be appreciated--orep@earthlink.net or OREPA, PO Box 5743, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.

58] – "Anna Wijatyk graduated in May with a biochemistry degree and is pursuing an MD/MPH. She speaks four languages (English, French, Polish, and Spanish), and, last year, she spent 7 months volunteering as a hospital assistant and community health education assistant in Chad, Africa. In Chad, Anna came to understand the influence that a physician can have by having knowledge of public health. She hopes to obtain a public health internship this summer to allow her to build on her prior experience, and to explore how she can make a difference in the fields of maternal and child health and international development."

59] – The launch of the website to support the U.S. version of the Drones Quilt Project was developed to memorialize the victims of U.S. combat drone strikes. Leah Bolger has about 185 names, and at present there are over 40 completed blocks. Soon the blocks will be sown together to create panels of quilt blocks. She will create educational information about killer drones to accompany the quilts as part of a traveling exhibit. To support the project visit www.dronesquiltproject.wordpress.com. The completed blocks are shown on the web site. The web site also contains information about creating a block, anti-drone resources and endorsing organizations. Follow the project on Twitter: @dronesproject.

60] – Red Emma's has closed the location at 800 St. Paul St., and is reopening in a much larger new space on North Avenue in the fall. The collective is seeking your help. It's time to reinvent the project started in 2004 to build a self-sustaining progressive space in Baltimore, committed to providing a daily reminder that another world was possible and that there were people working in the city to build it. Here's how you can help: donate money, provide skilled help, and share these needs. Email john@redemmas.org or go to http://indiegogo.com/redemmas2.

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

62] – 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.

63] – MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. Baltimore's Indypendent Reader is looking for individuals interested in creating media - written, photo, audio, or video - that relates to issues like...economic justice, race, prisons & policing, environment, gender & sexuality, war & peace and more! If you would like to create social justice media, then email indypendentreader@gmail.com. Visit http://www.indyreader.org.

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

65] – Can you use any book shelves? Can you use any file cabinets? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

66] – 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.

67] – 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.

68] – 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/.

69] – 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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