Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - March 4-7, 2014

24] Stop the Deportations – Mar. 4
25] Nuclear Abolition and the Catholic Peace Tradition – Mar. 4
26] Ash Wednesday at the White House – Mar. 5
27] "Iran's Nuclear Deal: The Road Ahead" – Mar. 5
28] Instructed Ash Wednesday Service – Mar. 5
29] “Prospects for Curbing Mideast WMD Proliferation" – Mar. 6
30] Teach-in on Environmental and Climate Justice – Mar. 6
31] National Summit to Reassess the US-Israel Special Relationship – Mar. 7
32] Beit Midrash Jewish Learning Retreat – Mar. 7
33] Beyond Religion: Ethics for the Whole World – Mar. 7
34] The 2015 Defense [sic] Budget" – Mar. 7
35] Nigeria Global Day of Action – Mar. 7
36] No Keystone XL – Mar. 7
37] Vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel – Mat. 7
38] Silent peace vigil – Mar. 7
39] Film THE CAMDEN 28 – Mar. 7
40] Film "Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North" – Mar. 7
41] World International Film Festival – Mar. 7
42] Film DIRTY WARS – Mar. 7
43] Two events at AFSC - Philadelphia – Mar. 7
44] Film SHADOWS OF LIBERTY – Mar. 7
45] Fracking with Heather Mizeur -- Mar. 7
46] Take the Message to Jerusalem – Mar. 7
47] Ballroom Dancing – Feb. 28


24] – On Tues., Mar. 4 at 4 PM EST, be on the United Methodist Church call - open to people of all faiths –for a discussion on recent protests and upcoming actions to call for an end to deportations. There will be a continuing effort to end deportations until just and humane immigration reform is passed. The call-in number is 1-800-920-7487, Code 76723736. Hear a reflection from Bishop Minerva Carcaño on the recent protest where a group of faith leaders knelt down and prayed in front of the White House, protesting the 2 million deportations under President Obama (http://day1.org/302-bishop_minerva_carcano) and plan for a coordinated action with other faith groups for Prayer Vigils to Stop Deportations for the weekend of April 3 to 5. Go to the Mennonite Central Committee web site at http://washington.mcc.org/issues/immigration.

Moveon.org asks you to sign a petition asking Minority Leader Pelosi to try to force a vote on immigration reform in the House - http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/democratic-leader-pelosi?source=mo&id=92221-27456293-hfZFifx.

25] – On Tues., Mar. 4 from 4:30 to 6 PM find out about Nuclear Abolition and the Catholic Peace Tradition by Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J. who will explain his work in the Berkley Center's new Church and the World Program in light of his life as a Jesuit “on the boundary” between the Church and the world. In particular, he will discuss Georgetown's Catholic Nuclear Threat Initiative and its parallel sources in Catholic social teaching and in US policy. He will trace the roots of recent Catholic advocacy for abolition of nuclear weapons in Catholic theology, the Church’s commitment since Pacem in Terris to the promotion of human rights, and the Vatican’s “diplomacy of conscience.” A RSVP is required - http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events/rsvp?id=nuclear-abolition-and-the-catholic-peace-tradition. The event will be held at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Third Floor Conference Room, 3307 M St., Suite 200, WDC 20007, Call 202.687.5119 or email berkleycenter@georgetown.edu.

26] – On Mar. 5, noon to 1 PM, there will be an Ash Wednesday Witness of Repentance at the White House, sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. People from the faith-based peace and justice community in the D.C. area will hold a prayer service in front of the White House to call for repentance and conversion of ourselves, our society and our churches to the Gospel way of justice, nonviolence and a reverence for all life and creation. Call for an end to all war and the elimination of all weapons--from guns, to killer drones, to nuclear weapons. Call, too, for an end to corporate domination, justice for the poor and all immigrants, and for the conversion of our war-based economy to one centered on serving the common good, alleviating poverty and protecting the environment. Ashes will be blessed and distributed. Contact Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at 202-360-6416 or artlaffin@hotmail.com. "The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel." (Mk.1:15).

27] – On Wed., Mar. 5 from noon to 1 PM, Michael Adler, Wilson Center, and Reza Marashi, National Iranian American Council, will examine "Iran's Nuclear Deal: The Road Ahead" at the Wilson Center, Fifth Floor, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP http://pages.wilsoncenter.org/022514IransNuclearDeal_ModelEvent_ModelEvent_Registration.html.

28] – Join an Instructed Ash Wednesday Service at the Episcopal Church of Ascension, 633 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring 20874 on Wed., Mar. 5 at 7 PM. This is the start of the Christian sacred season, the penitential season of Lent. Bring a notebook to jot down questions about what you may see and hear. The reception follows with coffee and dessert and a Q & A session. This is a very somber start to a somber season and will not be something that children can easily sit through.

29] – The CISSM Forum is a weekly policy forum held on Thursdays, from 12:15 to 1:30 PM in room 1203 Van Munching Hall, College Park, Maryland. The Forum is supported by the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Policy Research. On Mar. 6, Chen Kane, Monterey Institute, will discuss "Prospects for Curbing Mideast WMD Proliferation." Dr. Kane is the Middle East projects manager and senior research associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). She focuses on projects related to reducing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the projected expansion of nuclear energy with a particular focus on the Middle East. Dr. Kane served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces and holds a PhD from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and MA and BA from Tel Aviv University. Visit http://cissm.umd.edu/forum/display.php?id=610.

30] – Closing the Gap: a Teach-in on Environmental and Climate Justice will happen on Thurs., Mar. 6 from 7 to 10 PM at the Peace House, 1233 12th St. NW. West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT for Environmental Justice) is a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low-income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. As a result of their ongoing works to educate and mobilize the more than 630,000 residents of Northern Manhattan on environmental issues affecting their quality of life, WE ACT has become a leader in the nationwide movement for environmental justice, influencing the creation of federal, state and local policies affecting the environment. In 2011, WE ACT for Environmental Justice opened a D.C. office which focuses on ensuring climate and environmental justice at a federal and state policy level. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/270574709771317/ .

31] – The National Summit to Reassess the US-Israel Special Relationship occurs on Fri., Mar. 7 at 8 AM at the National Press Club. U.S. support for Israel has grown significantly and steadily the past 60 years. However, the huge public backlash against Israel lobby-generated momentum for U.S. attacks on Syria and Iran indicates that Americans are concerned about the direction of US foreign policy. This historic summit will provide an in-depth multi-faceted inquiry into this critical subject matter. Sponsored by If Americans Knew, CNI, IRmep and the Washington Report for Middle East Affairs, the event requires one to register. See http://natsummit.org/register.htm. Email Delinda C. Hanley at news_editor@wrmea.org.

32] – From Fri., Mar. 7 through Sun., Mar. 9, Journey Through Creation at the 6th Annual Beit Midrash Jewish Learning Retreat - Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD. Join IPC for an inspirational Shabbaton weekend filled with Jewish learning, communal prayer and groundbreaking thought. Be a part of an intergenerational, pluralistic community of Jewish farmers, rabbis, educators, learners and scholars from across the country for an in-depth exploration of creation, one day at a time, using traditional texts to uncover contemporary issues and values.

Come learn about “Valuing Biodiversity,” take “A Guided Tour of the Seven Heavens” and explore “Gender in the Genesis Narrative.” Teachers include Interfaith Power & Light's own Joelle Novey and Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb. Retreat includes comprehensive programming for kids 12 and under. Registration rates start at $250 for overnight guests, but commuter rates are available as well. There is limited financial aid is available. Register with Neely Snyder at nsnyder@pearlstonecenter.org.

33] – Beyond Religion: Ethics for the Whole World takes place on Fri., Mar. 7 at 9:30 AM at The Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The Dalai Lama will share his vision and path to leading an ethical, happy, and spiritual life and offer a road map to building a more compassionate and peaceful world. The program will also include a conversation between His Holiness and Cathedral Dean Gary Hall about the pursuit of peace. A question and answer session with the public will conclude the program. Tickets are required. Go to http://www.nationalcathedral.org/events/HHDL2014.shtml?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Weekly%20National%2020140130%20(1)&utm_content=#.UuvewT1dWP0.

34] – On Fri., Mar. 7 from 10 to 11:30 AM, Gordon Adams, American University, and Russell Rumbaugh, Stimson Center, will address "Issues and Insights on International Security: The 2015 Defense [sic] Budget" at the Stimson Center, 12th Floor, 1111 19th St. NW, WDC. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Spn6xPUEVdFZ1X-E4H3ot2mDu-IQsVO5_ZjOvu3f0cI/viewform.

35] – There is a Nigeria Global Day of Action on Fri., Mar. 7 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Nigerian Embassy, 3519 International Ct. NW. On Jan. 14, 2014, Nigeria passed into law a bill that criminalizes same sex relationships, & imposes a 14 year prison sentence for LGBT Nigerians. Since the passage of the law, a number of people have been arrested and mob violence against LGBT people in Nigeria has increased. Today, the Nigerian LGBT community and their friends, families and allies live in an atmosphere of fear and insecurity. The Solidarity Alliance, Nigeria calls on the world to join in a Global Day of Action to stand against violent and legalized homophobia, social injustice and systematic violation of fundamental human rights Visit

36] – Delivering Our National Interest Determination: No Keystone XL! is happening on Fri, Mar. 7 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the U.S. Department of State, 2201 C St. NW. The State Department has released its FINAL environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. This kicked off a 30 day comment period. It is the LAST time where the public weighs in on the process and can voice their concerns over this dirty & dangerous pipeline. Hundreds of thousands of people are speaking out and calling on Secretary Kerry to recommend that President Obama reject Keystone XL by submitting comments. Energy Action Coalition is showing up to the State Department on the last day of the comment period to deliver their comments and make sure that Kerry hears them loud and clear: NO KEYSTONE XL. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/442434432554172/ or contact Kendall Mackey at kendall@energyactioncoalition.org or at 913-908-6072.

37] – 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 cswartz@pil.net. Go to http://phillyjewishpeace.org/.

38] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., Mar. 7 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] – Since this is a First Friday, on Feb. 7 at 6:30 PM there will be a potluck dinner at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218 after the vigil. Then there will be a film screening. The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee and others are continuing the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The DVDs will be shown at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse on the First Friday. At 7: 15 PM, a DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow. There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.

See THE CAMDEN 28 [USA, 2007], a documentary by Anthony Giacchino is about one of most important draft board raids. On Aug. 22, 1971, then-FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and Nixon Attorney General John Mitchell announced that 20 antiwar activists had been arrested the previous night attempting to break in and vandalize a Camden, New Jersey draft board office. Five days later, eight more plotters were indicted. Charged with conspiracy to remove and destroy files from draft, FBI and Army intelligence offices, destruction of government property and interfering with the Selective Service system, members of the "Camden 28" faced up to 47 years in federal prison. Included in the group were four Catholic priests, a Lutheran minister and 23 members of the "Catholic Left."

The Camden 28 held strong religious motives, and the FBI recognized their sway on public opinion. The film illustrates how far the government was prepared to go after the Catholic Left. This draft board raid is a prominent part of Betty Medsger’s new book THE BURGLARY, which is the “never-before-told full story of the history-changing break-in at the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania . Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at Verizon.net.

40] – See the film "Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North" on Fri., Mar. 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW. This 2008 documentary film, directed by Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan, and Jude Ray, is about the wealth generated across largely white America by the enslaving of peoples from Africa, starting with the Middle Passage. Contact Louisa at 703/860-1203.

41] – 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 a film on the last Friday, Mar. 7. Go to http://www.activesurvivor.org.

42] – See a screening of DIRTY WARS on Fri., Mar. 7 at 7 PM at the Peace Center of Delaware County. The First-Friday Large Screen Film Series takes place at 1001 Old Springfield Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments. Participate in the after-film discussion. Visit www.delcopeacecenter.org or call 610-544-1818. The film is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.

The showing of the Oscar Nominated "Best Documentary Film" is directed by Richard Rowley from a screenplay by David Ricker and Jeremy Scahill. Based on Scahill’s book “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” the film follows the journey of acclaimed author and investigative journalist, Jeremy Scahill, uncovering the hidden truth of America’s expanding, covert wars in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and other targets in the U.S. “war on terror.”

43] – Join the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) on Fri., Mar. 7 and Sat., Mar. 8 at the CENTER, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia 19102. The events are part of AFSC’s Corporation meeting, an annual gathering of Quakers from around the U.S. who make up AFSC’s largest governing body. Working for Peace and Justice in Israel/Palestine: Telling Stories to Inspire Action takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on Mar. 7. Participate with activists Sandra Tamari and Dalit Baum on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. RSVP at http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50601/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=76319.

See a screening of “5 Broken Cameras” and discuss the issue with Iyad Burnat, who is featured in the documentary, from 7:15 to 9:45 PM on Mar. 8. The film is about nonviolent resistance in the West Bank. RSVP at http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50601/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=76320.

44] – The Real News Network screens “Shadows of Liberty” on Fri., Mar. 7at 7:30 PM at the Real News Media Center, 231 N. Holliday St., Baltimore 21202. Join filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay et al. for a pay what you can special screening. The film reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover‐ups and corporate control. The filmmaker takes an intrepid journey through the darker corridors of the American media landscape, where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades, their overwhelming influence has distorted news journalism and compromised its values. In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone. The documentary features Danny Glover, Julian Assange, Dan Rather, Amy Goodman, David Simon, Daniel Ellsberg and many more. See a trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SAUborWbPw&feature=c4-overview&list=UU03hWohkXnD212MZ1LRetTA. Go to http://www.shadowsofliberty.org. Contact Debra Brown at debra@docfactory.org or 720-917-4900.

45] – There is an educational meeting on Fracking with Heather Mizeur on Fri., Mar. 7 at 3:30 PM at the Waldorf West Library. Go to www.MizeurCoates.com/. RSVP to Aaron Jarboe at 301-328-5841 or ajarboe@heathermizeur.com.

46] – On Fri., Mar. 7 at 7:30 PM, Take the Message to Jerusalem at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010, as part of the Clarification of Thought Series with Emmanuel Charles McCarthy. He is a Catholic priest of the Eastern Rite whose entire adult life has been used to call all the Churches of Christianity back to following the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels and His Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies. Fr. McCarthy will share his belief that in the teaching of Jesus the kingdoms of this world are not objects of redemption. They operate by violence. Violence is part of their very DNA. As Carl J. Friedrich, Eaton Professor of Government at Harvard, writes in his The Pathology of Politics: "Our analysis has shown that politics needs all these dubious practices; It cannot be managed without violence, betrayal, corruption, secrecy and propaganda." Jesus taught that violence belongs to the reign of Satan. Wanting to get one's hands on the levers of state power or wanting to control those who have their hands on the levers of state power is not the means to bring about the revolution initiated by Jesus. It is the means to non-revolution. Contact Art at or at 202-360-6416.

47] – 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. 7. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

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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