Friday, February 14, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - Feb. 14-15, 2014

28] V-Day in its One Billion Rising For Justice – Feb. 14
29] National Preach-In on Climate Change – Feb. 14 - 16
30] Bridges to the World International Film Festival – Feb. 14
31] One Billion Rising Supreme Court Rally – Feb. 14
32] Justice in Palestine/Israel – Feb. 7
33] Support the Guantanamo Hunger Strikers – Feb. 7
34] "The Korean Peninsula Issues and United States National Security" – Feb. 14
35] Share the Love Valentine's Day at Busboys and Poets – Feb. 14
36] Silent peace vigil – Feb. 14
37] "Sex at the Zoo" -- Feb. 14
38] International Solidarity with Black America – Feb. 14
39] Letter writing party for IMPRISONED TRUTH-TELLERS – Feb. 14
40] "Sex at the Zoo" -- Feb. 14
41] "Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome" – Feb. 14
42] Ballroom Dancing – Feb. 14
43] "An Affair of the Heart Part 2" fundraiser – Feb. 14
44] Two Room Valentines Benefit for Moveable Feast – Feb. 14
45] Nicaraguan CULTURAL TOUR – Feb. 15
46] Valentine's Enrichment Day – Feb. 15
47] Olney Peace vigil – Feb. 15
48] West Chester, PA demo – Feb. 15
49] Silent vigil at Capitol – Feb. 15
50] Anti-Oppression 103 - Collective Liberation – Feb. 15
51] Film ENEMY OF THE REICH: The Noor Inayat Khan Story – Feb. 15
28] – Join V-Day in its One Billion Rising For Justice campaign on Fri., Feb. 14, and dance to demand an end to violence against women and girls. RISE, RELEASE, DANCE, and demand JUSTICE! CODEPINK will address the need to RISE for JUSTICE for incarcerated and exiled whistle-blowers who have exposed the truth with the I Heart The Truth message! Whether it's releasing the Iraq war logs or documents on NSA domestic spying, the whistle-blowers seeking corporate and government transparency have endured severe consequences. CODEPINK will RISE this February 14 to celebrate the courage of imprisoned transwoman Chelsea Manning! We will also RISE for whistle-blowers Edward Snowden, John Kiriakou and Jeremy Hammond. Will you RISE with CODEPINK? Use Hash tag #Rise4Justice on 2/14!

29] – Local congregations of many faiths are saving energy, going green and responding to climate change. Register for the 2014 National Preach-In on Climate Change at Join with thousands of religious communities across the country over Valentine's Day weekend to raise up climate change as a moral issue and express love for Creation. Call 202-709-7641 or email

30] – Bridges to the World International Film Festival includes foreign films from Kenya, Chile, Ukraine, Slovenia and Indonesia. They will be shown at various venues in Annapolis, Cumberland, Salisbury, St. Mary's City, and Towson. The embassy chooses the film, and a professional in the field will present it. After the screening a discussion will follow. See films on the following Fridays: Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Feb. 28 & Mar. 7. Go to

31] – One Billion Rising Supreme Court Rally is happening on Fri., Feb. 14 at noon in front of SCOTUS, 1 First St. NE. Come Rise for Justice in front of the Supreme Court! March down Independence Avenue to the bottom of the Capitol. Whatever you rise for or against, band together to make the movement strong! Visit

32] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, across from Israeli Consulate. It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email Go to

33] – Support the Guantanamo Hunger Strikers--Close Guantanamo & End Indefinite Detention! No More Torture! No More War! Join the vigil on Fri., Feb. 14 from noon to 1 PM at the White House-North side on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The vigil is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and Witness Against Torture. Visit

34] – On Fri., Feb. 14 from 1:15 to 4:30 PM, David Helvey, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia, and Sydney Seiler, director for Korea, National Security Council, will address "The Korean Peninsula Issues and United States National Security." It is sponsored by the Institute for Korean-American Studies, and takes place at B-318 House Office Building, WDC. RSVP online

35] – Share the Love Valentine's Day at Busboys and Poets on Fri., Feb. 14 at 5 PM at all Busboys and Poets locations. Busboys will donate a percentage of all dinner entree sales to the Wanda Alston Foundation! It is dedicated to ensuring that LGBTQ youth have access to services that will improve their overall quality of life. It advocates for increased resources for youth while providing programs including: housing, life skills training, linkages to other social services and capacity building assistance for other community allies. See

36] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., Feb. 14 from 5 to 6 PM outside the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and St. Paul St. The vigil, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, will remind us that War Is Not the Answer. Stop torture.

37] – The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore presents "Sex at the Zoo," a discussion about animal mating at the zoo and appropriate adults on Fri., Feb. 14 from 6 to 9 PM at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1876 Mansion House Drive. Call 410-366-7102. See The cost is $80, with couples paying $130.

38] – The History of International Solidarity with Black America will be discussed on Fri., Feb. 14 at 7 PM at 617 Florida Ave. NW. Since the founding of the U.S., the voices for progressive change across the globe have criticized its brutal racism, from slavery to Jim Crow to the police violence epidemic. Some of the loudest voices have been those of socialists, and their support has helped rally people in support for the oppressed in the US. Join the ANSWER Coalition for this special Black History Month presentation and discussion. Email

39] – There is a letter writing party for IMPRISONED TRUTH-TELLERS on Fri., Feb. 14 from 7 to 9 PM at the CODEPINK house, 1241 Evarts St. NE (near the RI Metro stop on the Red Line)! See This is the perfect opportunity to drop in, visit with (or join!) the community of activists, and make a valentine for an admirable individual who told the truth! Art supplies will be supplied, but individuals are more than welcome to bring more. Also bring a snack or drink to share with the group.

40] – Date Night at the National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St., is a night of live music, exhibits, food, and refreshments for couples 21 and older. Aquarium experts will discuss aquatic animal sexuality on Sat., Feb. 15 from 7 to 10 PM. Call 410-576-3833 or go to The cost is $99, and $69 for member couples.

41] – On Fri., Feb. 14 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's, 30 W. North Ave., Sarah Richardson presents "Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome." What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a critical scientific exploration of the way social understanding of gender has influenced our genomic conception of sex? Human genomes are 99.9 percent identical—with one prominent exception. Instead of a matching pair of X chromosomes, men carry a single X, coupled with a tiny chromosome called the Y. Tracking the emergence of a new and distinctive way of thinking about sex represented by the unalterable, simple, and visually compelling binary of the X and Y chromosomes, Sex Itself examines the interaction between cultural gender norms and genetic theories of sex from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present, postgenomic age.

42] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM. Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St. Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be Feb. 14. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

43] – Sisters Together and Reaching, Inc. presents "An Affair of the Heart Part 2" fundraiser featuring the Charles Arnette Jazz Ensemble. Adults only are admitted on Fri., Feb. 14 from 8 PM until midnight at the Inn at the Colonnade, 4 W. University Parkway. Call 410-235-5400 or go to A single ticket is $75, while couples pay $125.

44] – Participate in a Two Room Valentines Benefit for Moveable Feast at 1910 N. Charles St.--the Gold Bar and the Crown--on Fri., Feb. 14 at 9 PM. The suggested donation is from $5 to $8.

45] – A Nicaraguan CULTURAL TOUR is happening from Sat., Feb. 15 through Sun., Feb. 23. The city of Granada is preparing to host its Tenth International Poetry Festival, featuring artists from around the world – poets, musicians, dancers – and people like you who appreciate them. The Nicaraguan Cultural Alliance invites you to join the tour of the shores of beautiful Lake Nicaragua. The tour includes all in-country travel (& does not include international travel). The cost is $1,195 for double occupancy or $1,395 single occupancy. Email Barbara ASAP at Call 1-800-746-1160.

46] – The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore presents the Valentine's Enrichment Day where zookeepers will discuss how they add enrichment to the lives of the animals on Sat., Feb. 15 from 10:30 AM to 3 PM at 1876 Mansion House Drive. Call 410-366-7102 or visit Prices are as follows: $8.75, $7.25 for seniors and $6.25 for children.

47] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. [Route 97] in Olney, MD. The next vigil is Feb. 15. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

48] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email

49] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Feb. 15. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It.--Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to or email

50] – The D.C. Free School has a course Anti-Oppression 103 - Collective Liberation on Sat., Feb. 15 from 2 to 4 PM at the Peace House, 1233 12th St. NW. This is part 3 in the Free School's anti-oppression classes. This class will focus on how to resist oppression and explore the process of liberation for an individual, within a group, and in society as a whole. Please attend this class only if you have done previous studying in anti-oppression (attending one of the free school's previous anti-oppression classes is enough). Go to

51] – On Sat., Feb. 15 at 7 PM, catch the world premiere of ENEMY OF THE REICH: The Noor Inayat Khan Story. This docudrama film from Unity Productions Foundation with executive producers, Alex Kronemer & Michael Wolfe, will be shown at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St., WDC--13th St., between E & F Sts. NW. Discounted tickets are available by using UPF Coupon Code 804upf215. Throughout the 1930's, Hitler's Third Reich terrorized its way to domination. During these tumultuous times, a young Muslim woman living in Paris found her calling. Noor grew up in a home that fostered faith and hope. Leading with her heart, she overcame her quiet nature and joined Winston Churchill's covert operation to give the Allies a new chance at victory. BUY TICKETS HERE:

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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