Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 23-25, 2013

29] Buy Nicaragua – June 23


31] Report about Bradley Manning’s court martial – June 23

32] The SOUL KITCHEN is open – June 23

33] “Love Free or Die” – June 23

34] Peace Delegation Returns from Yemen – June 23

35] Pentagon Vigil – June 24

36] Marc Steiner on WEAA – June 24 – June 28

37] Human Rights Advocacy Training – June 24

38] Talk with President and CEO of American Petroleum Institute – June 24

39] Support Lynn Stewart – June 24

40] Protest Turkish repression – June 24

41] Screening of "Taita Boves" – June 24

42] Celebrate TASSCs 16th Anniversary – June 24

43] "The United States of ALEC!" – June 24 & 27

44] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – June 24

45] Support Bradley Manning – June 25

46] Lobby to end U.S. torture – June 25

47] Say No to Dirty Extreme Energy – June 25

48] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – June 25

49] No drone research at JHU – June 25

50] Healing a Culture of Torture – June 25

51] Hear the Soldier's Heart Tour – June 25


29] – Friends of Nicaragua, on Sun. June 23, noon to 6 PM at Baltimore's 33rd annual LatinoFest in Patterson Park, Casa Baltimore/Limay and Nicaraguan Cultural Alliance are sharing space featuring beautiful oil paintings and pottery, carved soapstone (marmolina) from Baltimore's sister city San Juan de Limay and more! Proceeds will benefit development and aid projects in San Juan de Limay, as well as the promotion of Nicaraguan culture in the U.S. Vendor tables will be located somewhere near Linwood and Eastern Aves. Call Barbara at 443-676-1852 to find the table.

30] – The POOR PEOPLES CAMPAIGN MARCH REUNION & CELBRATION -- COOK OUT & KICK OFF – takes place on Sun., June 23 from 2 to 6 PM at Druid Hill Park, Baltimore 21217 – right off of Swann Dr. and Druid Hill Park Dr. Kick Off Freedom Summer for “We Deserve Better” Workers Assembly and National Peoples Power and Tribunal to Stop Police Killings and Mass Incarceration.

Hear about Bentonville/OUR Wal-Mart campaign and fight for voter’s rights – Selma, Alabama. Join us for a cookout, music, fun, food and all at the Chinese Pavilion – immediately on the left hand side as you turn on Swann Dr., close to the playground and within sight of the lake. If you have trouble, call 410-500-2168. Bring a dish to share or just come--rain or shine. The celebration is under a large pavilion if it rains.

31] – Report back about Bradley Manning’s Ongoing Court Martial at Busboys & Poets, 5th & K Sts. on Sun., June 23 from 5 to 6:30 PM. Court reporter Nathan Fuller and Campaign Organizer Emma Cape will give a half-hour presentation about the trial and its implications, followed by an audience-driven Q&A and discussion. RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/624399514238782.

Both the defense attorney and the prosecution summarized their arguments in the first week of the trial. In week 2, the discussion focused on forensics experts. In week 3, Original Classification Authority witnesses discussed what released information was classified, why it was classified, and what damage could have been done at the time of release. After a short presentation from the Bradley Manning Support Network (BMSN) staff on the first three weeks of legal developments, questions will be accepted from the audience on the trial and BMSN's work more generally.

32] – 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., June 24. 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. This happens on the 4th Sunday of the month. To arrange to make a tax-deductible or an in-kind donation, call Rev. Tom Harris, pastor, at 410-435-9188. Go to govanspres.org/govanspres/welcome.

33] – See the film “Love Free or Die” on Sun., June 23 from 5 to 7 PM at Busboys and Poets, 14th and K Sts. NW. Bishop Gene Robinson who’s featured in the film will be the special guest at the ITVS Community Cinema presentation of the film. Retired from the Diocese of New Hampshire in January 2013, Bishop Robinson is currently a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Directed by Macky Alston, LOVE FREE OR DIE follows Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christianity. His 2003 elevation, in the Episcopal diocese of New Hampshire, ignited a worldwide firestorm in the Anglican Communion that has threatened schism. Even as he has pushed for greater inclusion within his own church, Bishop Robinson has become a standard bearer in the fight over the rights of LGBT people to receive full acceptance in church and state. Go to http://www.ips-dc.org/events/film_love_free_or_die.

34] – A Peace Delegation Returns from Yemen, Now Ground Zero for Guantanamo Bay Prisoners, and provides an update at Busboys & Poets, 5th & K Sts., on Sun., June 23 from 7 to 9 PM. Hear stories from Yemen with video footage from families of drone survivors and families with loved ones languishing in Guantanamo Prison. The speakers include Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans and Tighe Barry from Codepink, former U.S. Army Col. Ann Wright, independent journalist Pam Bailey, and Solidarity Hunger striker, Diane Wilson. RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/453878458042140/.

35] – 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., June 24, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email artlaffin@hotmail.com or call 202-882-9649.

36] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 AM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at www.weaa.org. The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to steinershow@gmail.com. All shows are also available as podcasts at www.steinershow.org.

37] –The 16th ANNUAL SURVIVOR WEEK ACTIVITIES continue through June 26. The events are in Commemoration of the United Nations Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

On Mon., June 24, there will be Human Rights Advocacy Training from 9 AM to noon. Call for Ending Mandatory Detention of Survivors and Asylum Seekers. According to the NY Times (4/1/13), "ICE's detention system - which handles 34,000 people a day and 400,000 a year - is not a model of humane incarceration.....many detainees are victims of political oppression or human trafficking...These are people America should be sheltering, not arbitrarily brutalizing." The training will focus on ending mandatory detention of torture survivors and asylum seekers. TASSC is currently working with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee on a project focusing on this goal along the border in Texas and Arizona.

From 1to 4 PM, the training will focus on Ending US Sponsored Torture at Home and Abroad, including on U.S. sponsored torture of post 9/11 detainees. Advocacy will focus on urging the Senate Intelligence Committee to release its report on CIA torture, closing Guantanamo, ending the use of prolonged solitary confinement in US prisons and urging President Obama to sign the Optional Protocol for the Convention on Torture. Email tasscinfo@gmail.com.

38] –Public Citizen Hosts Talk with President and CEO of American Petroleum Institute on Mon., June 24 from noon to 1 PM at 1600 20th St. NW. Jack Gerard represents the influential energy trade association with some 400 corporate members nationwide. The organization represents the economic interests of the oil and gas industry. Public Citizen and API are at odds on key issues, including positions on addressing climate chaos, the roles for conservation and energy efficiency measures in national energy policy and tax reform. Gerard's talk and the follow-up discussion will offer an opportunity to hear contrasting views. There is limited seating. RSVP at bholzer@citizen.org.

39] –TAKE ACTION FOR LYNNE STEWART on Mon., June 24 from noon to 1:30 PM, JOIN Dick Gregory, Ramsey Clark, Sara Flounders, Louis Wolf and other activists at a press conference and vigil at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, 320 1st St. NW, WDC (corner 1st and Indiana) to demand Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart.

MARCH afterwards to the White House with Lynne Stewart's husband Ralph Poynter to stand with him as he enters the second week of his vigil for the release of the imprisoned people's attorney. TELEPHONE the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Charles E. Samuels, Jr. at 202.307.3250 on Monday. Ralph Poynter has called upon people to also call President Barack Obama at 202.456.1414 and Attorney General Eric Holder at 202.514.2001. Sign the PETITION at www.lynnestewart.org.

Eight weeks have elapsed since Warden Jody Upton of FMC Carswell recommended compassionate release for Lynne based upon medical findings of Stage 4 cancer in her scapula, lymph nodes and lungs. Filing the necessary motion for Compassionate Release with Judge John Koetl, the sentencing judge, awaits solely the ratifying signature of Bureau of Prisons Director Samuels, on whose desk Stewart’s application has languished for weeks. Every minute's delay compromises Lynne Stewart's life and her access to the loving care of her family and the comprehensive treatment plan prepared for her at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

40] –Amnesty International is holding a Vigil Outside the Turkish Embassy, 2525 Massachusetts Ave. NW, on Mon., June 24 from 5 to 6 PM. Participants will be holding signs to show their concern over the treatment of Turkey’s peaceful protesters. Since May 31, thousands of protesters in Istanbul and neighboring cities have been the victims of tear gas, water cannons and other forms of abuse by Turkish forces. Amnesty International is concerned about the crackdown of freedom of expression in Turkey. Email ssingh@aiusa.org, call 202-675-8579 and tweet @AIUSAmedia.

41] – See a screening of "Taita Boves" on Mon., June 24 at 5 PM at the embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, 1099 30th St. NW, WDC. In commemoration of the Battle of Carabobo and Armed Forces Day in Venezuela, the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington invites the public to a screening of the film “Taita Boves” at its cultural space, the Bolivarian Hall, at 6:30 pm on Monday, June 24. The film, by director Luis Alberto Lamata, portrays Venezuela’s struggle for independence in the 1800s through the figure of José Tomás Boves and his army of escaped slaves that fought against Spanish rule. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/192920754200187/.

42] – On Mon., June 24, celebrate TASSCs 16th Anniversary from 6 to 10 PM at Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville. Join survivors and supporters of TASSC for an evening of solidarity in the Howard Zinn Room. Email tasscinfo@gmail.com.

43] – You're invited to two special screenings of "The United States of ALEC!" Join Common Cause Maryland and Progressive Maryland for the screenings of the Bill Moyers documentary, and get a detailed look at what ALEC is and does. The documentary will be shown on Mon. June 24 at 7 PM at the Howard County Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21044, and Thurs., June 27 at 7 PM at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912. ALEC calls itself a "nonpartisan public-private partnership." It is actually an organization that writes and works behind the scenes through its legislator-members to pass "model legislation" on a variety of topics. ALEC’s bills, often tailored to advance the private interests of the corporations that bankroll it, touch on critical parts of American life: education, health care, the environment, voting rights, etc. Watch the documentary and join in a discussion of the impact ALEC's work in Maryland and across the nation. ALEC is working to give corporations a voice and a vote on legislation here in Maryland and across the state. Come and learn about their agenda and help us make sure that your voice is louder than theirs! RSVP at http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5206/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=384957.

44] – 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., June 24. The proposed agenda will include the Tour de Peace, the anti-drone action at the CIA, the July 4 demo against NSA spying, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Hiroshima-Nagasaki. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at verizon.net for directions.

45] – Bradley Manning’s court martial continues on Tues., June 25. Vigil for Army whistleblower PFC Bradley Manning on Mondays during the court martial from 7 to 8 AM. On Tues., June 25 at 7 AM, join the vigil in front of the Fort Meade Main Gate, Reece Road and U.S. 175. Afterwards, consider going to the court martial (via the Visitor Control Center). Bradley is on trial after exposing war crimes in the Middle East and other government misconduct around the world. The outcome of the trial, which began on June 3, is expected in August.

To get inside the court martial, drive to the Fort Meade Visitor Control Center at the Fort Meade Main Gate (all the other gates are for military ID holders only), Reece Road and U.S. 175. The multiple layers of security take time to navigate, and procedures often change from day to day. Each person will need a valid state or federal photo ID such as a driver’s license, state photo ID card, or passport. Foreign passports are accepted. Anyone driving on to Fort Meade will be required to submit their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and printed (not digital) proof of insurance. Your vehicle will be subject to search, and you may be required to cover over political bumper stickers on your vehicle. Consider walking on base if there are any questions at all regarding your vehicle and paperwork.

The proceedings will be held at the Magistrate Court, 4432 Llewellyn Ave, Fort Meade, MD 20755 (this is one mile from the Visitor Center). Electronic devices, including cell phones, computers, cameras, are not allowed in the courtroom, and should be left in your vehicle. There are no pre-registration requirements for the public to attend the proceedings. However, those wishing to attend as credentialed media should contact the US Army Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office at 202-685-4645.

46] – On Tues., June 25, be part of Congressional Advocacy Day, join survivors and supporters from TASSC International, religious leaders from the National Religious Campaign against Torture (NRCAT), and student interns from The Washington Center in visiting Congressional representatives to advocate for an end to U.S.-sponsored torture at home and abroad, and an end to mandatory detention of survivors and asylum seekers in U.S.-immigration detention centers. From 8:30 to 9:30 AM, convene at the Methodist Building across from the Supreme Court. Afterwards until 3 PM, attend Congressional appointments.

47] – Say No to Dirty Extreme Energy on Tues., June 25 at noon at the Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/263586880446837/#!/photo.php?fbid=135022893359306&set=oa.582870361744334&type=1&theater. Fearless Summer has called for a week of action against extreme energy. Join D.C. Rising Tide in turning up the heat on the corporations behind climate change. Meet at the Canadian Embassy to protest its role in trying to build the Keystone Pipeline. From there march to the location of a major greenhouse gas polluter.

48] – 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 25. Call 215-426-0364.

49] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 34th & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil. The next vigil is June 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

50] – On Tues., June 25 from 6:30 to 9 PM, get over to Healing a Culture of Torture with Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture at the Church of the Reformation, 213 E Capitol St. NE, WDC 20003. Join torture survivors from TASSC, faith-based members of the National Religious Campaign against Torture and human rights supporters for an evening with UN Special Rapporteur, Juan Mendez. Email tasscinfo@gmail.com.

The event starts with a reception at 6:30 PM. A panel discussion will happen from 7 to 9 PM with Mendez, Aileen Bacalso, secretary general of the International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances, and Zeke Johnson, director, Security & Human Rights Program, Amnesty International. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/152357474948068/.

51] – Hear the Soldier's Heart Tour on Tues., June 25 from 7 to 9 PM at The Lamont Street Collective, 1822 Lamont St., WDC. Jacob David George an Afghanistan veteran and member of IVAW will perform a two hour show of storytelling and song that explore his Soldier's Heart. His soulful bluegrass explores his "moral wounds" from war and his experience in trying to heal. He will perform songs from his new album mixed with stories from his journeys. The Soldier's Heart tour is a bicycle tour across the US raising awareness about moral wounds and raising money for reconciliation trips of Afghan veterans returning to work with Afghans. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/139599069571459/.

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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