Thursday, September 11, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 11 -13, 2014

44] Explosión Negra – Sept. 11
45] Emergency Action - Say No to a new war in Iraq AND Syria – Sept. 11
46] Jews United for Justice Community Meeting – Sept. 11
47] “Zealot: The Life and Time of Jesus of Nazareth" – Sept. 11
48] Solidarity with the Cuban 5 – Sept. 11
49] Screening of COWSPIRACY – Sept. 11
50] Vigil for peace at White House – Sept. 12
51] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – Sept. 12
52] Picket at White House on behalf of the Cuban Five – Sept. 12
53] "Ending Nuclear Explosive Testing" – Sept. 12
54] Discussion on the Coalition of Cambodia Apparel Workers Democratic Union – Sept. 12
55] Book talk - “Complexity and the Art of Public Policy: Solving Society’s Problems from the Bottom Up” – Sept. 12
56] Stop the Drone War Command Center – Sept. 12
57] Silent peace vigil – Sept. 12
58] Youth Equality Alliance Discussion – Sept. 12
59] Reception to examine Cuban Five case – Sept. 12
60] The Ferguson Rebellion – Sept. 12
61] Book talk - “Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations" – Sept. 12
62] Creative Destruction – Sept. 12
63] Ballroom Dancing – Sept. 12
64] Breakfast with the Animals – Sept. 13 - 14
65] Conference on hunger – Sept. 13
66] Give items to the needy – Sept. 13
67] We Are Women gathering – Sept. 13

44] – The Washington Office on Latin America, Global Rights, and the National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES) are pleased to invite you to an event featuring Explosión Negra on Thurs., Sept. 11 from 9 to 10:30 AM at the WOLA office, 1666 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 400. The group (Black Explosion) interprets fusions of urban music ranging from hip hop and reggae to dance hall and raggamurphy, mixing it with traditional Afro-Colombian Pacific coast and African cultural rhythms. Members have worked with this type of fusion for five years, seeking to recover their ancestral afrodescendant culture and combine it with modern urban rhythms. Their work offers a way to combat racism, violence, and exclusion in their societies as well, offering alternatives to conflict for young men and women along Colombia’s Pacific coast.

The group will present their work and explain how it has been influenced by their experience being displaced by the conflict. They will outline how the music has offered a sustainable way to survive in the city and present a sample of their work, as well as how it can continue to engage Colombia's youth. Go to RSVP to Adam Schaffer at 202-797-2171 or

45] – Stop the U.S. War in the Middle East! In an Emergency Action - Say No to a new war in Iraq AND Syria on Thurs., Sept. 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Gather at Centre and Charles Sts., downtown near the Washington Monument. Join with the International Action Center, Baltimore Pledge of Resistance, FIST and many others for an emergency action to Say No to U.S. War in the Middle East. Call 443-221-3775.

46] – On Thurs., Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 9 PM. There will be a Jews United for Justice Community Meeting at HRC Equality Center, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC 20036. The group brings the local Jewish community together to take action together to win on social justice issues. Sign up for the meeting, and help select the next campaign. RSVP to Monica Kamen at

47] – At Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW, on Thurs., Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 8 PM, join Dr. Reza Aslan and The Washington Post's Sally Quinn for a discussion on religion/faith, politics and Aslan's book, “Zealot: The Life and Time of Jesus of Nazareth" From the internationally bestselling author of “No God but God” comes a provocative and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. See There is a $5 cover charge.

48] – On Thurs., Sept. 11 from 7 to 8 PM, enjoy an evening of Solidarity with the Cuban 5 at the Casa Rutilio, 102 Park Ave., Takoma Park, Maryland.

49] – Maryland Veg Events and others present COWSPIRACY: THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET on Thurs., Sept. 11 at 7:30 PM at AMC Owings Mills 17 Theater. You can purchase tickets at Enjoy free raffles after the film. This documentary uncovers the destructiveness of an industry which slaughters cows to feed those addicted to meat.

50] – On Fri., Sept. 12 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.

51] – 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

52] – On the 16th anniversary of the arrest of the Cuban Five, there will be a picket line at the White House, across the street from Lafayette Park on Fri., Sept. 12 at noon. Bring your signs and banners. See

53] – At George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW, Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, WDC on Fri., Sept. 12 from noon to 2 PM, Amb. Thomas Graham will discuss "Ending Nuclear Explosive Testing." RSVP to Brian Rose at

54] – APALA-DC, International Union League for Brand Responsibility and the South Asia Labor Watch will be joining in a discussion on the Coalition of Cambodia Apparel Workers Democratic Union (C.CAWDU)’s campaign to raise the national minimum wage to $177 month. The current minimum wage is only $100/month, and food prices have been rising, leading to mass fainting in factories because workers don’t have enough to eat. Get over to the Communications Workers of America, 501 3rd St. NW (located near the Judiciary Square Metro Station on the Red Line), on Fri., Sept. 12 from noon to 1 PM. RSVP to

55] – In the 6th Floor Board Room, Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC on Fri., Sept. 12 at 12:30 PM, Public Engagement in an Age of Complexity is proud to host economist David Colander M to discuss the ideas in his new book, “Complexity and the Art of Public Policy: Solving Society’s Problems from the Bottom Up,” co-written with Roland Kupers. The book has received rave reviews: economist Herb Gintis called it “marvelous and compelling . . . the best book on public policy in years,” while Bloomberg View columnist Mark Buchanan said it “ought to be on every policymaker’s reading list.” RSVP at

56] – Demonstrate to stop the drone war command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station in Center City Philadelphia on the second Friday of the month, from 4 to 5 PM. These rush hour sign bearing and leafleting sessions alternate between the SEPTA entrance, NW corner at 15th & Market Sts., and the Bellevue Hotel, SE PA office of PA Gov. Corbett, head of PA Air Guard), 200 S. Broad St., Broad & Walnut Sts., Philadelphia PA. On Sept. 12, the demo is outside the Bellevue Hotel. Pull the Plug on Drone Warfare and the Drone War Command Center... Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or

57] – 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 Sept. 12 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.

58] – There is a Youth Equality Alliance Discussion on Fri., Sept. 12 from 5 to 7 PM at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave. The nonprofit focuses on the problems faced by LGBT youth and promotes a discussion about their plans to reach equality and provide support to its members. Call 410-244-8855 or go to

59] – On Fri., Sept. 12 at 6 PM at IMPACT Hub D.C., 419 7th St. NW, WDC, there will be a reception with poetry and music, update of the Cuban Five case and a 30-minute video about the London Commission of Inquiry. Visit

60] – Visit the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC [use Columbia Heights Metro (Yellow/Green Lines)] on Fri., Sept. 12 from 7 to 9 PM and join the Party for Socialism and Liberation for eyewitness reports from the August 30 National March on Ferguson and for a discussion on what the Ferguson Rebellion means for activists, organizers and revolutionaries in the fight against police brutality and for Black national self-determination. Hear from Eugene Puryear, Howard University alumnus, national organizer with the ANSWER Coalition, co-founder of the Jobs Not Jails Coalition, and Kashara White, Temple University student and organizer, demonstrator at August 30 National March on Ferguson. The event was sponsored by the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Call 202-234-2828 or email,

61] – “Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations" is now in a second printing! Meet the author Jeff Clements on Fri., Sept. 12 at 7 PM at George Mason University Arlington Campus, Metropolitan Building, Room 5183, 3434 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA. He is the co-founder of Free Speech for People, and the Progressive Democrats of America and Move To Amend are proud to co-sponsor Jeff's appearance. If you want to know how to save our democracy, you must read this book. Clements tells how the logic of “corporate personhood” has allowed corporations to trump the rights of people. Best of all, he paints a compelling picture of what “we the people” can do to win back our democracy. RSVP to The closest Metro stop is Virginia Square-GMU on the Orange and Silver Lines. Parking is also available.

62] – CREATIVE DESTRUCTION: The Smyth Brothers is a collection of art about the horrors of capitalism and creating art where there isn't any. See the exhibit on Fri., Sept. 12 at 8 PM at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave. Call 410-244-8855. Go to

63] – 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 Sept. 12. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

64] – Eat breakfast alongside some of your favorite animals, including penguins, giraffes, and elephants. A same-day entry to the zoo is included with ticket price. The Breakfast with the Animals takes place through Sept. 20, Saturdays & Sundays, 8:30 to 10 AM at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1876 Mansion House Drive. Call 410-366-7102 or see The cost for non-members is $65, and children under 2 get in for free.

65] – On Sat., Sept. 13 at 8:30 AM, attend Mass at St. Anthony Church in Falls Church, 3305 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church, VA 22041. Then at 9:30 AM, the program starts in the gymnasium. The Diocese of Arlington Peace and Justice Commission's fall conference is on the topic of hunger in our area. Speakers will include Rev. David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World, Kathy Saile, Associate Director for Government Affairs, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Art Bennett, president and CEO, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington. Email Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to those in need.

66] –Pass on your no longer needed items to the needy. The following can be distributed to the needy in Africa, Latin America and inner-city Baltimore: eyeglasses, cell phones, hearing aids, musical instruments, portable sewing machines, adult and children’s bikes, women’s purses/pocketbooks, baseball/football/basketball equipment. The sewing machines and musical instruments need to be in working condition; the other items need not be. The collection will be Sat., Sept. 13 from 9 AM to 1 PM in the parking lot of the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., in Columbia, MD. Tax receipts will be given. Call Tom McCarthy at 301-774-7069 or Brian Costello at 410-730-3244.

67] –The We Are Woman coalition will be rallying on Capitol Hill on Sat., Sept. 13 to call for Equal protection for women under the law and equal economic opportunity, the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and protection of voting rights for all people. This day-long event will feature a wide variety of speakers including Eleanor Smeal of the Feminist Majority Foundation, Anise Jenkins of Stand Up! for Democracy in DC, and Jessica Neuwirth of the ERA Coalition. Liberty Tree is proud to participate via its president, Ben Manski, who was invited by the organizers to speak on the need for a broad alliance to win the Equal Rights Amendment, Right to Vote Amendment, and the We the People Amendment championed by Move to Amend. RSVP at Go to

At 9:30 AM, the program begins on the West Lawn of the Capitol, and catered breakfast is delivered. At noon, a catered lunch is delivered. Between 4 and 5 PM, the formal event will end, and the cleanup begins. Informal networking/socializing begins off-site.

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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