Friday, October 24, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 24 - December 15, 2014

42] Help the Yezidis – Oct. 24
43] The destruction of the Gaza Strip – Oct. 24
44] Vigil for peace at White House – Oct. 24
45] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – Oct. 24
46] The German military – Oct. 24
47] Silent peace vigil – Oct. 24
48] Hear from an El Salvador ambassador – Oct. 24
49] David Rovics concert – Oct. 24
50] See CITIZEN 4 – Oct. 24
51] Ballroom Dancing – Oct. 24
52] Peace Brigade International – Oct. 25 – 26
53] Women and Genocide - Oct. 25
54] Protest killer drones – Oct. 25
55] Olney Peace vigil – Oct. 25
56] West Chester, PA demo – Oct. 25
57] Silent peace vigil – Oct. 25
58] Vegan SoulFest – Oct. 25
59] Protest drone war center – Oct. 25
60] Fall of the Berlin Wall – Oct. 25 – Dec. 15
61] Help the Congo – Oct. 25
62] Kronos Quartet – Oct. 25
63] Ronda Cooperstein on social media
64] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
65] Join Fund Our Communities
66] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
67] Do you need any book shelves?
68] Join Global Zero campaign
69] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
70] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
42] – On Fri., Oct. 24 at noon, the Yezidis will gather at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, to remember terror attacks against them in Iraq. They will protest to beg for help for those who are suffering in Iraq. See

43] – On Fri., Oct. 24 from noon until 6 PM, there will be a series of workshops to discuss Israel's bombardment of Gaza which killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, injured thousands more, and reduced much of the Gaza Strip to rubble. Why? Come learn about what happened, the history of Israel's settler colonial project and military occupation, and how it impacts you in Baltimore. The event will begin in Hodson 210, JHU’s Homewood Campus. At 12:15 PM, catch the first panel--Gaza & Operation Protective Edge. The second panel starts at 2 PM– Settler-Colonialism & Military Occupation. Finally at 4:30 PM, a roundtable discussion–Boycott as Resistance & Academic Freedom—will occur in Krieger 205. The participants are Steven Salaita, independent scholar, Sami Hermez, Global Studies Center Affiliate, University of Pittsburgh and Bruce Robbins, Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University. There are several groups involved in organizing this event, including the Students for Justice in Palestine and the Human Rights Working Group. Visit

44] – On Fri., Oct. 24 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.

45] – 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

46] – Vice President of the German Bundestag and former Federal Minister of Research and Education Edelgard Bulmahn has been involved in conflict resolution and peacebuilding during her long career as a Member of Parliament. She is also personally committed to the issues of peacekeeping and peacebuilding. On the occasion of her visit in Washington, the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW, WDC, will host her talk on Fri., Oct. 24 from 5 to 7 PM. Germany’s civilian power paradigm appears to be moving towards a more active military engagement.

With this panel discussion, the Goethe-Institut intends to contribute to a necessary discussion both here in the United States and at home about the implications of the changing German role in conflicts. How can the US avoid a full militarization of the conflict in the Middle East? Is there still sufficient room for peacebuilding? How can cultural dialogue help to redirect politics into a more peaceful approach to conflict resolution? What are the cultural competencies needed to move from cultural activities for peacekeeping to cultural activities for peacebuilding? What role could culture (theater, arts, music, etc.) play in post-conflict humanitarian efforts? Can or should cultural interaction with refugees play a role in cultural activities and programs for their home countries? RSVP at

47] – 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 Oct. 24 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.

48] – On Fri., Oct. 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) is hosting a reception for Juan José Figueroa, El Salvador’s Ambassador to Nicaragua. Come find out more about what the Salvadoran government is learning from the Sandinistas’ successes in Nicaragua, from “Zero Hunger” agricultural initiatives to community-policing. There will be refreshments (and Spanish-English interpretation). Contact Alexis at (202) 521-2510 ext. 205 or

49] – There is a David Rovics Concert on Fri., Oct. 24 from 7 to 10 PM at St. Stephen's Church Auditorium, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC [corner of 16th and Newton Sts. NW] The church is four blocks from Columbia Hts. Metro, and can be reached via S2, S4, 42 bus lines. Catch Controlled Demolition with Barry Kissin & Richard Ochs before Rovics takes the stage. The concert is a benefit for EUGENE PURYEAR who is running for the D.C. Council At-large as part of the DC Statehood Green Party. The suggested donation is from $15 to $25. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Call Patrick at 202-560-4823.

50] – Get over to the Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, WDC, on Fri., Oct. 24 at 7 PM to see the new movie CITIZEN 4 about Edward Snowden. "Stop Spying" glasses will be provided! Visit

51] – 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 Oct. 24. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

52] – Go to an orientation for a phenomenal introduction to Peace Brigade International’s work! Peace team work – whether with Peace Brigades or other sister organizations operating around the world – is a serious endeavor that requires studied consideration before jumping in. The Orientation Weekend from Sat., Oct. 25 from 9 AM to Sun., Oct. 26 at 3 PM is designed to offer a strong sense of how PBI operates, what the current situation is on the ground, and diverse perspectives about what you might expect to experience as a human rights accompaniment volunteer. The registration fee is $50. Register at

53] – The Darfur Women Action Group, in partnership with Genocide Watch, invites you to the Third Annual “National Symposium on Women & Genocide in the 21st Century: The Case for Darfur.” By addressing genocide and its impact on women, the symposium will define challenges and develop strategies for ending violence against women and the use of rape as a weapon of war. Registration is $50 for the event at the IMPACT Hub, 419 7th St. NW, WDC, on Sat., Oct. 25 from 9 AM to 5 PM. Register at

54] – On Sat., Oct. 24 at 10 AM, join an Anti-drone Vigil at the Mall entrance to the Air and Space Museum. Stand with those opposing CIA & U.S. military drones used in extrajudicial killings. U.S. killer drone strikes are illegal, immoral, and must stop now! This is an extension of the monthly CIA drone protest supported by Pax Christi Metro DC, Northern Virginians for Peace & Justice, Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker of DC, Code Pink, Nova Catholic Community, Peace & International Outreach Committee of Langley Hill Friends, Washington Peace Center, Peace Action Montgomery, Little Friends for Peace, Maryland United for Peace & Justice.

55] – 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 Oct. 25. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

56] – 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

57] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Oct. 25. 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

58] – Enjoy the Vegan SoulFest on Sat., Oct. 25 from noon to 5 PM at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N. Howard St., Baltimore 21201. Admission is free. Go to The event features vegan food, nutrition experts, vegan cooking demonstrations and more. Brenda Sanders, director of the Better Health Better Life organization, is a co-organizer of the Vegan SoulFest with Naijha Wright, co-owner of Land of Kush vegan soul food restaurant.

59] – On Sat., Oct. 25 from noon until 2 PM, protest the establishment of the Drone War Command Center at the Horsham Air Guard Station, Route 611/Easton Road and County Line Road, in Horsham, PA. The demonstrations are scheduled for the last Saturday of the month. FLY KITES not DRONES. Bring your kite, as a symbol of peace, to fly in Horsham (or hold). There will be plenty signs to hold, and banners, speakers and music to hear. Go to The protest is organized by the Brandywine Peace Community. See, or call (610) 544-1818.

60] – Nov. 9, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 7th St. NW, WDC, commemorates this historic moment by exploring the role of arts and culture within the context of walls around the world before and after 1989 from Sat., Oct. 25 from 2 PM to Mon., Dec. 15 at 6 PM. For American artists of different generations, genres, and cultural backgrounds, the Berlin Wall has been a pivotal site and symbol for weighing global forms of division, including those within the United States. These American artists have time and again returned to the Berlin Wall to ponder political borders worldwide and social boundaries back in the United States, especially those connected to matters of race, gender, sexuality, class, and national belonging-- Call + 1 (202) 289-1200 or email

61] – Join Friends of the Congo during Congo Week 2014 in the fight against the atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where more than 6 million lives have been lost since 1996. Come out for a film screening and panel discussion on the implications of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the embattled nation at the IMPACT Hub DC, 419 7th St. NW, WDC, on Sat., Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 PM. Speakers will also address the increasing waves of widespread youth-led civil protests against intransigent leaders occurring throughout the African continent. From Senegal to Uganda, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, down to the heart of Africa in the Congo, there is growing dissatisfaction among the people, particularly the young. What do these protests mean for the African continent and how might this influence U.S. Foreign Policy towards Africa? RSVP at email

62] – On Sat., Oct. 25 at 8 PM, hear the Kronos Quartet's performance of the anti-war piece, Prelude to a Black Hole and Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 at the University of Maryland Clarice Smith Center, College Park. This piece reflects on World War I. It is followed by a film of actual World War I footage. There is also an art exhibit "After the War Is Over" about the aftermath of war at the Michele Smith Performing Arts Center. Check out the

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

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

65] -- 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

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

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

68] -- 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.

69] -- 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.

70] – 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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