Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - August 26 - 28, 2014

18] National Dog Day – Aug. 26
19] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Aug. 26
20] No Drone Research at JHU – Aug. 26
21] See the film THE HERO – Aug. 26
22] Rally at the Justice Department for Mike Brown and Against Police Brutality and Militarization – Aug. 27
23] Human Rights Rally in Annapolis – Aug. 27
24] ISIS, Radicalization, and the Politics of Violence and Alienation – Aug. 28
25] Support the union at WYPR – Aug. 28
26] Direct Action Everywhere at Red Emma’s – Aug. 28

18] – Tuesday, August 26 is National Dog Day.

19] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine. The next vigil is Aug. 26. Call 215-426-0364.

20] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on August 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

21] – On Tues., Aug. 26 from 7 to 9 PM, see THE HERO, which tells the story of Angola, a nation attempting to reconstruct itself after 40 continuous years of anti-colonial and civil warfare, through the story of a veteran who has lost his leg, a prostitute who has lost a child and an orphaned boy. The screening will be at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW, followed by a Q&A discussion hosted by Mwiza Munthali, host of the radio show "Africa Now." The suggested donation is $10. The proceeds support BloomBars. Enjoy free organic popcorn.

BloomScreen Indie Film Night is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts and other guests. See https://www.facebook.com/events/786433211376897/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited.

22] – Join a Rally at the Justice Department For Mike Brown And Against Police Brutality and Militarization on Wed., Aug. 27 from 4 to 5 PM on Constitution Ave. NW between 9th and 10th Sts. in front of the Department of Justice. The rally will include speakers such as legal experts and community organizers. From there march across town to the Busboys and Poets Town Hall at the restaurant, 14th & V Sts. Some action sponsors include the No FEAR Coalition, CODEPINK and WPFW Radio.

The Town Hall is entitled “Ferguson and Beyond - The Way Forward.” Join CODEPINK and other concerned citizens at this meeting as part of A Continuing Talk on Race (A.C.T.O.R). A panel of esteemed speakers will have an open dialogue about militarized police and the racial tensions that remain prominent in our country. Go to http://www.busboysandpoets.com/events/event/ferguson-and-beyond-the-way-forward-a-town-hall-meeting-on-police-killings.

23] – Join United Workers and Healthcare is a Human Right - Maryland in a solidarity action with allies in the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina in partnership with the Anne Arundel NAACP, Caucus of African American Leaders, and Local Clergy. The groups will rally around inequality, healthcare, paid sick leave, and the environment on Wed., Aug. 27 at 4 PM for a Human Rights Rally in Lawyer's Mall, 100 State Circle, Annapolis. Go to www.unitedworkers.org.

This past February members of the Healthcare Is a Human Right campaign traveled to North Carolina where they joined over 100,000 people protesting political corruption, the lies of austerity, the cuts to education and healthcare and the massive tax breaks to the wealthy. 500,000 Marylanders are still without healthcare and thousands more are unable to afford private insurance, 700,000 Marylanders are without paid sick leave, environmental catastrophes such as Cove Point and the proposed incinerator in southern Baltimore are very real, and racism is still painfully present in Maryland's communities. Call Matt Quinlin at 410-236-5489 or email justsociety@unitedworkers.org.

24] – CSID cordially invites you to a panel discussion on ISIS, Radicalization, and the Politics of Violence and Alienation on Thurs., Aug. 28 from noon to 2 PM at the National Press Club, The Holeman Lounge, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, WDC 20045. A light lunch will be available between noon and 12:15 PM on a first come first served basis. The speakers are John Esposito, Georgetown University, Michael O’Hanlon, the Brookings Institution, Michelle Dunne, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Shadi Hamid, the Brookings Institution. The moderator is William Lawrence, Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy. The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) has overtaken vast areas in Iraq and Syria and shocked the conscience of the world with its slaughter of thousands of civilians and the crime of beheading of James Foley, a U.S. journalist covering the Syria conflict. ISIS promises to spread its reign of terror and brutal methods to the entire Middle East region and beyond. The rise of radicalism in Iraq and Syria has many causes, but a key element is the failure of national governments and regional and global powers to address core political issues and grievances. The new radicals are not terrorists on the old model, but a well-funded, advanced military force with well developed command and control and large ambitions. Their members hail from dozens of countries where democratic transitions have stalled or failed, corruption is rampant, and authoritarian leaders privilege political and economic “stability” control over freedom, democracy and accountability. Now increasing numbers of alienated young people, some of the same youth that spearheaded the Arab spring three and a half years ago, are drawn to this new cause.

To address these issues, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) is organizing a panel on ISIS, radicalization, and the politics of violence and alienation to address the policies and policy failures that have led to this dark new challenge to the region and the global community. CSID has invited some of the leading American experts on Islamic world and U.S. foreign policy to present their views on these critically important issues. Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/.

25] – On Thurs., Aug. 28 from noon until 1 PM, join activists supporting a union at WYPR, Baltimore’s NPR Station. Gather in front of YPR, 2216 N. Charles Street to urge station management to accept a SAG-AFTRA union to represent the workers. Station President Anthony Brandon has hired the notorious law firm Jackson Lewis, known nationally for its anti-union perspective. It has played a controversial role in countless labor-management struggles. Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at Verizon.net

26] – On Thurs., Aug. 28 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, in the Free School Classroom, hear from Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) co-founders Wayne Hsiung, former behavioral law and economics scholar and long-time social justice activist, and Ronnie Rose, cinema expert and student of critical theory. They are in the East Coast to answer this question: What if everything we think we know about social change... is wrong?

The growth of the Arab Spring, global LGBTQ rights, and the animal rights movement are powerful examples of sudden and systemic change. The speakers will discuss what DxE has learned from successful movements to create empowered activist networks… and push toward real and permanent change. Call 443-602-7585. Go to http://www.redemmas.org.

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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