Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 5, 2013

35] Hear from people of Afghanistan -- June 5

36] Protest the Koch Brothers – June 5

37] Domestic child sex trafficking – June 5

38] "Missiles in South Asia: Deterrence Stability on the Subcontinent" – June 5

39] Film “Occupied Palestine” -- June 5

40] Human Costs of The Prison Industrial Complex – June 5

41] Facilitating Multilingual Spaces -- June 5

42] Coalition to Stop Gun Violence – June 5

43] Dialogue on Religious Intolerance – June 5

35] – On Wed., June 5 at 10 AM, the American Friends Service Committee invites you to join in a series of conversations exploring key issues for Afghans. Get details at

Hear panelists in Kabul and Washington, D.C., in a conversation moderated by AFSC’s Peter Lems about Afghan perspectives on the strategic partnership now being negotiated between the governments of the U.S. and Afghanistan. After hearing what security looks like for Afghans, the discussion will look at the regional dynamics of an ongoing U.S. presence, the need for assistance that supports civil society initiatives, and the broader question of accountability. Hear about the goals of Afghan civil society and the type of relationship Afghans would like to see with the U.S. Go to

36] – The union-busting, Tea Party-funding Koch brothers are attempting to buy the Baltimore Sun. On Wed., June 5 at noon, protest the potential sale of the Baltimore Sun to the right-wing Koch brothers. Meet in front of the Sun to deliver over 500,000 petitions demanding the Tribune Company halt the sale. Bring signs and friends! It will take place in front of the Baltimore Sun offices, 501 N. Calvert St. Newspapers need to serve the public interest, not the corporate interest. RSVP at

37] -- On Wed., June 5 from 12:15 to 1:15 PM, the women of the U.S. House of Representatives, along with Rights4Girls and Google, will host an event to draw attention to the complex issue of domestic child sex trafficking — the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of American children all across this country. Women on both sides of the aisle will be encouraged to take leadership positions to discuss and share the “Our Daughters Are Not For Sale” Proclamation. To find out the location, contact Brenda Arredondo at or 202- 587-4945.

38] – On Wed., June 5 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM, Rob Williams, director of National Intelligence South Asia Office, and Dinshaw Mistry, University of Cincinnati, will address "Missiles in South Asia: Deterrence Stability on the Subcontinent" at the Stimson Center, 1111 19th St. NW, 12th Floor, WSC. RSVP at Contact Julia Thompson at or 202-478-3432.

39] – See an “Occupied Palestine” Screening on Wed., June 5 from 12:30 to 2 PM at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. Long before the first intifada drew international media to focus on Palestinian life under Israeli rule, David Koff produced, in 1981, this detailed portrait of the daily conflict being waged in Palestine/Israel. With a combination of candid interviews and remarkable historic footage, the film unpicks the strategic and ideological motors of colonization in Palestine. Initially banned and pulled out of film festivals, this film is still highly relevant today, and accordingly was selected to screen at the Palestine Film Foundation festival in London, in April 2013. Email

40] – The Human Costs of The Prison Industrial Complex will be explored on Wed., June 5 from 6 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. "More than 2.2 million men, women and children live behind bars in the U.S. The overuse and abuse of incarceration is one of the most pressing human rights concerns of our time." - The Correctional Association of New York. Family & Friends of Incarcerated People and the Institute for Policy Studies host this second forum of a two part series focused upon exposing the impact of the Prison Industrial Complex on individuals, families and communities.

This second forum will focus on the impact of mass incarceration on communities, using short video and a panel discussion with the insights of formerly incarcerated men who are now giving back to their communities in profound ways. The panel will also feature people to discuss ways to formulate and move some national legislation addressing mass incarceration. Email

41] – The June Trainers Network will focus on Facilitating Multilingual Spaces on Wed., June 5 at 6:30 PM at St. Stephens Church, 1525 Newton St. NW (one block west and three blocks north of the Columbia Heights Metro, also accessible via H2, H4 & H8, S1, S2 & S4 , 52 & 54 buses). Have you ever found yourself struggling to include native speakers of various languages in the same setting? Anna Duncan from the D.C. Interpreters Collective & Sapna Pandya from Many Languages One Voice will explore language justice, and the roles that facilitators and trainers can play. Email

42] – On Wed., June 5 from 6 to 8 PM, the program begins at 6:45 PM. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Join the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence for a special evening to celebrate recent successes and hear from their talented staff and special guests how you can help get lifesaving gun violence prevention legislation through Congress. The two senators from Connecticut will talk about the amazing developments of what is now a broad-based focused movement to prevent gun violence. Please contribute $82 to honor the 82 gun violence victims killed each day in the USA. Make a gift through the secure website at or mail your gift to 1424 L St. NW, Suite 2-1, WDC 20005. RSVP to Chelsea White at or 202-408-0061 x1005.

43] – Participate in A Dialogue on Religious Intolerance with former Chief Rabbi of Ireland David Rosen. He will offer the Jewish perspective on religious pluralism and intolerance in the wake of events in Boston, Syria and Afghanistan. His talk, 'From Religious Intolerance to Creative Engagement,' is part of the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies’ 25th Anniversary Speaker Series. It takes place on Wed., June 5 at 7:30 PM at Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave. Call 410-494-7161 or go to

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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