Sunday, June 9, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 9-11, 2013

36] Film “Harvest of Empire” – June 9

37] Being Queer and Secular in the Sexuality and Gender Minority Community – June 9

38] Peace & Pancakes – June 9

39] Discussion about killer drones – June 9

40] March for Bradley Manning – June 9

41] Meet and Greet with Delegate Heather Mizeur – June 9

42] Boycott SodaStream Action – June 9

43] Documentary SILENT SCREAMS – June 9

44] Peace vigil at the Pentagon – June 10

45] Bradley Manning’s court martial continues – June 10

46] Marc Steiner on WEAA – June 10 – June 14

47] Book talk about “Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya” – June 10

48] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities goes to the movies – June 10

49] Envisioning a "Jewish and Democratic State" – June 11

36] – On Sun., June 9 at 10:15 AM and 2:30 PM, there will be two showings of the film “Harvest of Empire” at St. Rose of Lima Church, 11701 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg. The film will be shown in Lewis Rooms No. 1 and 2 in the Parish Center. The film’s producer, Wendy Thompson Marquez, will also speak and answer questions about the film. The film tells the untold story of the Latino migration to the United States from about eight countries in the Caribbean and in Central America.

37] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. On Sun., June 9, the Platform Address is Being Queer and Secular in the Sexuality and Gender Minority Community. Lucas McCahill, lead organizer LGBTQ HC and BES Member, will speak about being queer and an atheist and what religion means in the sexuality and gender minority community. He will talk about working on Equality For All, about the hypocrisy of religion with minorities, why moving towards a more secular presence in this civil rights movement benefits its authenticity, and about the importance of using science in explanations to the overall community and to the opposition. Go to Email

38] – Join the Kadampa Meditation Center for Peace and Pancakes on Sundays at 10:30 AM at KMC Maryland, 2937 North Charles St. All are invited to participate in guided meditation and chant praying for world peace. There will be a talk based on Buddhist thought followed by brunch. Call 410- 243-3837. Brunch is $5.

39] – Join St. John's of Baltimore City United Methodist Church, 2640 St. Paul St., on Sun., June 9 for a talk on drone research at Johns Hopkins University. Joel Andreas, associate professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins, will present an overview of drones and opposition to drones. Political Science grad student Derek Denman will speak about the history of the Applied Physics Laboratory in relation to drones. The talks will start at 12:15 PM, and will be preceded by a free, mostly vegetarian brunch, open to all at 11:45 AM. RSVP for brunch, but not required, at 410- 377-7606. Use the 27th St. entrance, and go to the Sunday Room, just to your right.

40] – On Sun., June 9 at noon, support Bradley Manning in the Philadelphia Gay Pride Parade. The Payday Men's Network and Queer Strike will be marching to support Bradley Manning. The parade starts at 13th & Locust Sts. The Support Bradley Manning contingent will meet on the sidewalk @ 243 South 13th St. starting @ 11:30. Go to

Bradley Manning is currently on trial facing life imprisonment for telling us the truth. In a statement he read in court on 28 February 2013, Bradley proudly admitted having leaked information to WikiLeaks in order to inform the public of US war crimes. He faces charges that carry the threat of up to life in prison.

41] – There is a Meet and Greet with Delegate Heather Mizeur on Sun., June 9 from 1 to 3 PM at 9 S. Linwood Ave., Patterson Park. The hosts are Kimi Aghevli and Robbyn Lewis. Hear from Heather about her vision for Maryland as she considers a run for Governor in 2014. Email Twice named a Top 100 Woman and a Health Care Hero by the Daily Record, Del. Mizeur has worked to expand health coverage, create jobs, protect the environment, and invest in transportation. The Baltimore Sun called her “one of the leading environmental advocates in the General Assembly," and has featured her plans on how to rebuild Baltimore City schools, expand low-income family planning access, and reform the criminal justice system.

42] – Join the Boycott SodaStream Action on Sun., June 9 from 2 to 5 PM at the Columbia Heights Mall, 3100 14th St. NW. Come and stand in solidarity with this BDS Action (Boycott Divestment Sanctions). Boycott SodaStream, a product made in the illegal settlements in the West Bank, next to Ma'aleh Adumim. The product supports the economy of the Israeli occupation and additionally utilizes Palestinians as a source of cheap and expendable labor.

Tell D.C. shoppers to stop buying SodaStream products and tell store managers of Bed, Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Staples, and Target (all located in Columbia Heights Mall) to stop stocking them! The protest action will feature live music, with lyrics, signs and slogans that highlight the need to end the occupation. The action is sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, D.C. Metro Chapter, and endorsed by Sabeel DC Metro and the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace. Email Visit

43] – On Sun., June 9 at 4:30 PM, enjoy the Brandywine Peace Community Monthly Potluck Supper & Program at the University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104. Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. At 5:30 PM, see the documentary SILENT SCREAMS by Karla Hansen. On the third night of a seven week stay in Iran in a tiny Kurdish village near the Afghan border, Hansen, a social worker and peace activist from Iowa, woke in a startle from a dream of disturbing visions of drones bombing the engagement celebration which she and her Iranian husband had attended just a few hours earlier...This short documentary interweaves the lives of Iranian, Afghani, and Pakistani villagers with hardships of countless Americans, also victims of U.S. war making and economy. Go to

Also part of the program will be a discussion on drone warfare and the planned drone war command in Horsham, PA. Go to or call 610-544-1818.

44] – 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 10, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email or call 202-882-9649.

45] – Bradley Manning’s court martial continues on Mon., June 10. Vigil from 7 to 8:30 AM outside the Fort Meade Main Gate, Reece Road and U.S. 175. 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] – 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 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

47] – There is a book talk about “Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya” on Mon., June 10 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW. TransAfrica welcomes author Horace Campbell to discuss and sign his book with a subtitle “Lessons for Africa in the Forging of African Unity.” Call 202-223-1960 ext. 137 or visit

48] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. There will not be a meeting on Mon., June 10. Instead Pledge members will go to the Charles Theatre at 6:30 PM to leaflet on behalf of Bradley Manning. At 6:55 PM, they will go to see WE STEAL SECRETS, THE WIKILEAKS STORY. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

49] – Envisioning a "Jewish and Democratic State" That Promotes Peace Discussion takes place on Tues., June 11 from 9 to 10:30 AM at New America Foundation, 1899 L St. NW, Suite 400. WDC 20036. The creation of Israel in 1948 and its unresolved conflict with the Palestinians, Israel's post-1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and Israeli settlement and control of those territories have raised profound religious and political issues in Israel and Palestine, the Jewish Diaspora, and among Jews and non-Jews throughout the world. Rabbi Arik Ascherman will discuss the current situation and the religious dimensions of achieving peace, security, human rights and mutual respect between Israelis and Palestinians. He will describe his vision of what a Jewish and democratic state entails and how this should translate into mutually accepted policies of control and governance over land and people, freedom, and human rights on both sides of the Green Line. Visit

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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