Friday, March 21, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - March 21-24, 2014

35] Support the Guantanamo Hunger Strikers – Mar. 21
36] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – Mar. 21
37] Struggle for Truth & Justice in El Salvador – Mar. 21
38] Silent peace vigil – Mar. 21
39] D.C. Mayoral Candidate Forum on Sustainability – Mar. 21
40] Artist Talk: Portraits of Denial & Desire – Mar. 21
41] Film "Long Distance Revolutionary" – Mar. 21
42] Ballroom Dancing – Mar. 21
43] Freedom to Assemble – Mar. 22
44] Jenin Freedom Theatre – Mar. 22
45] Olney Peace vigil – Mar. 22
46] West Chester, PA demo – Mar. 22
47] Medea Benjamin on drones – Mar. 22
48] Silent Vigil at Capitol – Mar. 22
49] Empty Bowls Baltimore 2014 – Mar. 22
50] FCNL Spring Lobbying – Mar. 22
35] – Support the Guantanamo Hunger Strikers--Close Guantanamo & End Indefinite Detention! No More Torture! No More War! Join the vigil on Fri., Mar. 21 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 Contact Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at 202-360-6416 or

36] – 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

37] – On Fri., Mar. 21 at 3 PM at the Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the Office of the University Chaplain at American University and others invite you to join them for Peace in the Balance: The Struggle for Truth & Justice in El Salvador, an event featuring Wilfredo Medrano of Tutela Legal Maria Julia Hernandez and Bethany Loberg of SHARE El Salvador. In September 2013, the Archbishop of San Salvador suddenly closed Tutela Legal, the Archdiocese´s human rights legal aid office, saying it no longer had a reason to exist. The victims Tutela Legal worked with raised an outcry, along with human rights organizations nationally and internationally – highlighting the ongoing deep need for truth and justice. Tutela Legal accompanied victims of horrendous human rights violations from its founding in 1983 until the moment of its closure, representing major cases of violation in national and international courts and promoting human rights education. The lawyers of Tutela Legal have founded a new, independent organization to carry on this work. Tutela Legal is one of eight member organizations of the Pro-Historical Memory Commission that struggle alongside the victims for justice.

Twenty-two years after the Peace Accords and U.N. Truth Commission Report, Salvadorans struggle to build true peace in a society steeped in violence and impunity. While victims of human rights violations have worked tirelessly for truth, justice, and reparations, accompanied by the Pro-Historical Memory Commission, the current government has been the first to acknowledge and apologize for the active role of the government in repressing, disappearing, and massacring civilians, and to take initial steps towards reparations. The 1993 Amnesty law continues to block the road to justice. Email

38] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., Mar. 21 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.

39] – Get over to the D.C. Mayoral Candidate Forum on Sustainability, Clean Water, and Environmental Health on Fri., Mar. 21 at 6 PM at Ideaspace, 300 Tingey Street in the Yards (just behind the twin USDOT buildings and adjacent to the Navy Yard). Many environmental groups will host a D.C. mayoral candidate forum. Contact Kelsey Kerle-O’Brien at or 706-570-1860.

40] – Be at the Artist Talk: Portraits of Denial & Desire on Fri., Mar. 21 from 6 to 8 PM at The Jerusalem Gallery, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. Indigenous Palestinians have faced an ongoing cultural genocide over the past 65 years and continue to experience a forced odyssey that has been characterized by repeated cycles of catastrophic displacement, debilitating deprivation, tenacious resistance and admirable resilience.

Palestinian refugees have become the forgotten survivors of the world. Their experiences in exile have been deliberately ignored and their voices repeatedly silenced. Portraits of Denial & Desire is a multidisciplinary project that attempts to make the images and narratives of Palestinian refugees indelible, and their personal experiences in exile unforgettable. Visit

41] – See the film "Long Distance Revolutionary" on Fri., Mar. 21 at 6:30 PM at the Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St, NW. Why is Mumia Abu-Jamal the most famous prisoner in the world? The film by Stephen Vittoria (Street Legal Cinema in association with Prison Radio) explains why. Go to Email

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 Mar. 21. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

43] – Freedom to Assemble Against the NSA is happening on Sat., Mar. 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM at McPherson Square, 15th and K Sts. NW. If you think no one but the NSA is listening to your concerns you are correct. For decades there has been a concerted, ever increasing effort by an elitist group of very rich and very powerful people to marginalize and mute the public will. As their influence has grown, the average person's say over his own destiny and wellbeing has been squelched. As more people find it necessary to raise their voices in protest, in frustration, and in anger, it becomes apparent just how loud is the white noise of political and, of course, corporate indifference. It also becomes apparent the magnitude of forces aligned to stifle citizen discontent. Contact Ed Edwards at

44] – Join the Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre and Busboys and Poets for a discussion with Nabeel Al-Raee, the artistic director of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Palestine on Sat., Mar. 22 from 10 to 11:30 AM. The Middle East Cafe presents Freedom Theatre: The Art of Resistance at Busboys and Poets, 5th & K Sts. RSVP at

45] – 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 Mar. 22. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

46] – 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

47] – Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK and author of “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control,” will be in Crystal City at 11 AM on Sat., Mar. 22 at the Ecumenical Advocacy Days National Gathering! Medea's talk will focus on the proliferation of drones in Africa and will take place at the Double Tree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive in Arlington, Virginia. Register to attend at Check out Medea's full national tour calendar: booktour.

48] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Mar. 22. 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

49] – Empty Bowls Baltimore 2014 is St. Vincent de Paul's annual fundraiser to benefit the hungry. Participants are given a handmade ceramic bowl, representing struggling Maryland residents, to try different soups from some of Baltimore's top restaurants. On Sat., Mar. 22 from noon to 2:30 PM and from 5 to 7:30 PM at the Timonium Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road. Call 410-252-0200. The price is $20.

50] – The Friends Committee on National Legislation is hosting its Spring Lobby Weekend 2014 from Sat., Mar. 22 at noon through Tues., Mar. 25 at 3 PM at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St. NE. In 2001, Congress gave the president a "blank check" to conduct a global war on terror. This is the year to start ending the endless war. Ask Congress to repeal the blank check that provides cover for drone strikes, expanding military action around the world, NSA spying and much more.

Join the FCNL, a Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest, for a weekend around Endless War and Killer Robots. Enjoy workshops, trainings and lobbying. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL's nonpartisan, multi-issue advocacy connects historic Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity, and truth with peace and social justice issues. Go to Register at

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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