Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - August 14 -17, 2014

20] NRA Gun Violence Prevention Vigil – Aug. 14
21] Religion and Diplomacy – Aug. 14
22] Israeli Apartheid – Aug. 14
23] Embrace the Jewish ritual of shiva – Aug. 14
24] Remember victims of police brutality – Aug. 14
25] Vigil for peace at White House – Aug. 15
26] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – Aug. 15
27] Silent peace vigil – Aug. 15
28] Barkaritaville – Aug. 15
29] Ballroom Dancing – Aug. 15
30] Breakfast with the Animals – Aug. 16 - 17
31] Olney Peace vigil – Aug. 16
32] West Chester, PA demo – Aug. 16
33] Silent peace vigil – Aug. 16
34] Learn organizing skills – Aug. 16
35] Ronda Cooperstein on social media
36] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
37] Join Fund Our Communities
38] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
39] Do you need any book shelves?
40] Join Global Zero campaign
41] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
42] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
20] – On Thurs., Aug. 14 from 10 to 11 AM there is a monthly NRA Gun Violence Prevention Vigil (in remembrance of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings on Dec. 14, 2012) and in front of the NRA Headquarters, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.

21] – At the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, on Thurs., Aug. 14 from 10 to 11:30 AM, hear how diplomacy and religion can take on high operational importance. In his remarks at the launch of the State Department's Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, Secretary of State John Kerry admonished, "We ignore the global impact of our peril," and told Foreign Service officers "to go out and engage religious leaders and faith-based communities in our day-to-day work." At a time when religious violence inflames much of the Middle East, What is the Department of State doing to fulfill Secretary Kerry's instructions? What are the scope and limits of cooperation? Presentations will be made by Jerry White (Conflict and Stability Operations, Department of State) and Arsalan Suleman (Organization for the Islamic Conference, Department of State), followed by comments from Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering (former Undersecretary of State). MEI Scholar and retired Foreign Service officer Allen Keiswetter will moderate the panel. Contact the Programs Department at the Middle East Institute at or call 202-785-1141, ext. 243.

22] – Get over to the Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037 on Thurs., Aug. 14 from 1 to 2 PM and learn about Israeli Apartheid. Using the term "apartheid" when speaking of Israel evokes much debate and emotion. Proponents note that Israel is a state that affords a hierarchy of rights and privileges based on religion and ethnicity, and uses violence and segregation to enforce these. On the other hand, detractors note a number of notable differences between South African apartheid and Israel today. Are comparisons between the apartheid regime of South Africa and Israel today justified and useful? How might we understand Israel as a system of organized exclusion?

Samer Abdelnour will explore the topic of Israel and the apartheid analogy, and present a novel framework through which to better understand and challenge the complex nature of Israeli apartheid. Go to

23] – Join If Not Now, When? DC on Thurs., Aug. 14 at 6 PM at 2000 Q St. NW, outside of the Q street entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro station. Embrace the Jewish ritual of shiva, a mourning period, to mourn the loss of over 1,900 Palestinian lives and 67 Israeli lives since the beginning of the Israeli military air and ground invasion known as "Protective Edge." This will be a safe space to mourn, say the Kaddish, discuss recent events, and play a part in creating a new Jewish space in D.C. that is open and welcoming to the entire Jewish community. While many major American Jewish institutions claim to speak for all Jews, they know that they do not speak for Jews devoted to peace and human rights for all Israelis and Palestinians. See

24] – Gather in Malcolm X Park, 16th and Euclid Sts. NW, on Thurs., Aug. 14 at 7 PM for a moment of silence for those who have been victims of police brutality throughout the U.S. Bring posters and signs w/the names and pictures of victims. Visit

25] – On Fri., Aug. 15 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! The vigil takes place at the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact Art @ or at 202-360-6416.

26] – 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

27] – There is usually a silent peace vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, outside the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and St. Paul St. The Aug. 15 vigil, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, reminds us that War Is Not the Answer and that there is the need to stop torture.

28] – Join Maryland SPCA for "Barkaritaville," the final happy hour of the season! Wine & Wag is hosted right on the beautiful SPCA campus, 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore 2121, on Fri., Aug. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Guests are encouraged to dress in tropical attire! Dogs will do off-leash play in the fun runs, bobbing and paw painting. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, courtesy of Village Square Cafe, and "Barkaritaville" live music by The Rhythmcats. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. MD SPCA Lifesavers receive free admission! Just RSVP in advance to

29] – 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 Aug. 15. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

30] – Breakfast with the Animals is an opportunity to enjoy an al fresco breakfast experience next to your favorite zoo animals and their keepers on various weekend mornings throughout the summer. Tickets for breakfast include same-day zoo entrance. The breakfast will continue on Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 20, 8:30 to 10:30 AM at the Maryland Zoo, 1876 Mansion House Drive. Call 410-366-7102 or go to

31] – 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 Aug. 16. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

32] – 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

33] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Aug. 16. 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

34] – On Sat., Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 PM at the Potomac Gardens Community Center, 700 12th St. SE, there will be reaching out and talking to neighbors, as a key to creating a cohesive community that can advocate for itself and respond to potential threats -- such as unwanted development or the selling of public property. Join Empower D.C. for an Empowerment Circle to learn how to do effective outreach, followed by the opportunity to put your skills to practice in the Potomac Gardens public housing community and the surrounding neighborhood. Youth are encouraged to attend. Go to

35] -- Ronda Cooperstein has taken to social media, and is recording her opinion pieces on You Tube. Check out her latest essay - THE WASHINGTON POST WITH TOAST:

36] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email:

37] -- Fund Our Communities campaign is a grass roots movement to get support from local organizations and communities to work together with their local and state elected officials to pressure Congresspersons and senators to join with Congresspersons Barney Frank and Ron Paul, who have endorsed a 25% cut to the federal military budget. Bring home the savings to state and county governments to meet the local needs which are under tremendous budget pressures. Go to

38] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

39] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

40] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees. This is an historic window of opportunity. With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

41] -- WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER signs from Friends Committee on National Legislation are again for sale at $5. To purchase a sign, call Max at 410-366-1637.

42] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

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

"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

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