Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 21 - 23, 2014

19] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Oct. 21
20] No JHU Drone Research – Oct. 21
21] Campaign Against Police Abuse – Oct. 21
22] Protest Sabra – Oct. 21
23] Central American children – Oct. 22
24] No to Silencing Prisoners' Speech – Oct. 22
25] Catholic Ecology – Oct. 22
26] Report back from Ferguson – Oct. 22
27] Teaching the Second Vatican Council – Oct. 22
28] Pray for Peace – Oct. 22
29] Immigrant Film Fest – Oct. 23
30] Richard Falk book talk & signing – Oct. 23
31] Explore "Israel and the Region" – Oct. 23
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 Oct. 21. 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 Oct. 14, but note today demonstrators will be there from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

21] – On Tues., Oct. 21 from 6 to 8 PM, come get your questions answered by joining the Campaign Against Police Abuse for their first public meeting at the Lamont Street Collective, 1822 Lamont St. NW, WDC 20009. Recent events in Ferguson have again exposed the injustice and discrimination of the police system, and its inability to protect all members of our communities. Do you want to find out how you can empower yourself and your community against racist police abuse through grassroots organizing? Would you like to know more about what a Copwatch program can do to ensure police accountability? Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1488964978034676/ or email CAPAfordc@gmail.com.

22] – On Tues., Oct. 21 from 6:30 to 8 PM, gather outside Sabra (Hummus), 1254 Wisconsin Ave. NW, WDC, a new pop-up store in Georgetown to consider opening a permanent storefront. Sabra (The Sabra Dipping Company) is half-owned by the Israeli Strauss Group, a company that proudly boasted on its website of supporting the Israeli army's Golani brigade. In addition to being at the forefront of the Israeli army's military occupation and its invasions into the Gaza Strip, the Golani brigade may have become most notorious for their racist t-shirts (http://mondoweiss.net/2009/03/racist-and-sexist-military-shirts-show-the-fruits-of-israeli-militarism) including one featuring a pregnant Muslim (presumably Palestinian) woman in crosshairs with the caption "1 shot, 2 kills."

Before Strauss removed the English-language page (remains in Hebrew) on their site declaring their sponsorship of the brigade, the page stated the following: “Our connection with soldiers goes as far back as the country, and even further. We see a mission and need to continue to provide our soldiers with support, to enhance their quality of life and service conditions, and sweeten their special moments. We have adopted the Golani reconnaissance platoon for over 30 years and provide them with an ongoing variety of food products for their training or missions, and provide personal care packages for each soldier that completes the path.” Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/774995299224782/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited.

23] – On Wed., Oct. 22 at 10 AM at the Institute for Policy Studies' conference room, 1112 16th St. NW, Ste. 600, WDC 20036, hear about Newly arrived Central American children: The role of U.S. policy in the current situation from Érika Patricia Guerra Escalante, formerly with the Honduran office of Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (Jesuit Migrant Service, or SJM, by its Spanish acronym). She will discuss how U. S. policy has contributed to insecurity in Honduras and in other Central American countries, which forces children out of their home countries to embark on the treacherous journey north. The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns is a cosponsor of this event, along with Witness for Peace and the Institute for Policy Studies. RSVP to ogc@maryknoll.org.

24] – Tell Philadelphia: No to Silencing Prisoners' Speech. Wednesday, October 22 is national day of action against police brutality and mass incarceration. In Philadelphia a protest is set for 4 to 5 PM at City Hall. Then there will be a town hall meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at 11th St. and Berks Ave., Gladfelter Hall, Temple University, Room 24. The Pennsylvanian governor is expected to sign the "Revictimization Relief Act," which affords virtually unlimited discretion to district attorneys and the state attorney general to silence prisoner speech, by claiming that such speech causes victims' families "mental anguish." Politicians are claiming a power that if granted to them will be difficult if not impossible for citizens to check.

Victim relief is not served by denying fundamental rights to those convicted, especially because prisoner freedom of speech is crucial for redressing wrongful convictions and the current crisis of harsh sentencing that is often disproportionate to alleged crimes. Our society is currently engaged in a full-scale debate on the problems of mass incarceration that could not have developed without prisoners' voices. Contact the RootsAction.org Team at www.RootsAction.org.

25] – On Wed., Oct. 22 at 7 PM in the Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount College, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207, hear about Catholic Ecology – Faith, Security, Health and Advocacy – from Drew Christensen, SJ, Rear Admiral David W. Titley, Laura Anderko, PHD, RN and Lonnie Ellis, OFS. The discussion will include Catholic Theology, Climate Security, Environmental Health and the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Call 703-522-5600.

26] – REPORT BACK FROM FERGUSON NATIONAL PROTESTS & NEXT STEPS BALTIMORE is happening on Wed., Oct. 22 at 7 PM at 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. Call 443-221-3775. Join the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, FIST youth group and others for a report back on Baltimore activists involvement in the protests in Ferguson and St Louis. Participants ranged from 5 years old to 65; they'll tell you about their experiences. Also see photo slide show. Come prepared to ask questions and to discuss what's on your mind. Following this discussion, two questions will be explored--How does one deal with police violence in Baltimore and what else can be done to support the people of Ferguson and St. Louis. Visit www.RiseUpBaltimore.org. You can Google a picture album at https://plus.google.com/photos/113106493719751062238/albums/6069808811180014753.

27] – On Wed., Oct. 22 at 7 PM, Catholic Tipping Point welcomes Fr. Tony Flannery, Founder of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland. Fr. Tony Flannery is a founder of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), a grassroots group which acts to provide priests with an opportunity and a voice to engage in the debates taking place in Irish society and which advocates for a “full implementation of the vision and teaching of the Second Vatican Council.” Father Flannery made international news, when in 2012, he was ordered to silence by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, on account of some of his writings. After a period of failed negotiations with the CDF, Fr. Flannery felt he had to speak out. He wrote of his experience in “A Question of Conscience.”

Father Flannery will speak about the role or conscience in faith life and the path for reform in the Catholic church at Augustana Lutheran Church, 2100 New Hampshire Ave. NW, WDC 20009. Contact Katie Breslin at 202.203.0931 or kbreslin@catholicsforchoice.org.

28] – Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Wed., Oct. 22 at the Church of the Nativity, 419 Cedarcroft Road, Baltimore--corner of Cedarcroft and York Road. Direct correspondence to Charles Cloughen, Jr., Interfaith Peace Partners coordinator, at ccloughen@episcopalmaryland.org or call 410-321-4545. The preacher will be the Rt. Rev. Heather Cook Bishop, suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

29] – The new Greater Washington Immigration FilmFest will be staged over four days from Thurs., Oct. 23 through Sun., Oct. 26. Thirteen feature films that entertain, educate, and inspire will be shown at 12 locations in Washington and around the Beltway. Reserve your free tickets now at http://imfilmfest.eventbrite.com (corrected). Contact John Campbell at 202.713.5457 or jcampbell AT geofinity. Com.

30] – On Thurs., Oct. 23, Richard Falk will be launching his new book, Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope, at the Jerusalem Fund, Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Call 202.338.1290. Use the Foggy Bottom Metro stop. Sandwiches will be served at 12:30 PM, and the lecture begins promptly at 1 PM. The event is free to attend and will be livestreamed. The book will be available for purchase, and Falk will sign it. Register at http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/EventDetails/i/47227.

31] – On Thurs., Oct. 23 from 1 to 2 PM, Yossi Alpher, former Mossad official, will explore "Israel and the Region" at the Wilson Center, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at http://pages.wilsoncenter.org/102314YossiAlpher_MexicoEventInvitation.html.

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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