Sunday, October 26, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 27 - 28, 2014

19] Hearing on police procedures – Oct. 27
20] One Baltimore rally – Oct. 27
21] Protest IDF Fundraiser – Oct. 27
22] Get Money Out meeting – Oct. 27
23] Support Central American children – Oct. 27
24] “Ensuring a World Fit for Children?” – Oct. 27
25] Pledge/FOC meeting – Oct. 27
26] Creating Peace on the Ground in Two of Colombia’s Conflict Hot Spots – Oct. 28
27] Ask Larry Hogan about gun control – Oct. 28
28] Film PRETTY VILLAGE – Oct. 28
29] Indo-Pak Peace Panel – Oct. 28
30] Human Rights careers – Oct. 28
31] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Oct. 28
32] No JHU Drone Research – Oct. 28
33] Human Rights Aren't For Us: Disability & Legalized Abuse – Oct. 28
34] “Mainstreaming Torture – Oct. 28
35] Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defender’s Award – Oct. 28
36] See Mambo film – Oct. 28
19] – On Mon., Oct. 27 at 11:30 AM in Room 412, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., WDC, there is a hearing to discuss the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) policies and procedures regarding stopping and detaining individuals. Topics will include stop and frisk, jump outs, traffic stops, and use of SWAT-like teams. Visit
20] – Here's a new initiative uniting people in Baltimore working for justice. There's a rally on Mon., Oct. 27 at 4 PM starting at McKeldin Square and followed by a march to City Hall at 4:30 PM. One of the immediate issues on the table is the threat of water privatization but the bigger issues of housing, education and jobs are in the forefront as well. Charm City Labor Chorus is singing. RSVP at
One Baltimore is coming together for a rally to show the power of the people of Baltimore. One Baltimore is a coalition of community, faith and labor organizations standing together for One Baltimore where elected officials put Baltimore families first. Stand for a better Baltimore for all, where everyone has permanent affordable housing, a quality education, good jobs with opportunity, safe neighborhoods and strong public services. Water privatization would take one of our city's most vital resources from the public and turn it over to a large corporation. These large corporations, motivated by profit, have a track record of treating employees poorly, raising rates for consumers and actually costing the city money. Call 443-948-1678.
21] – Join Baltimore Palestine Solidarity and Baltimore Jewish Voice for Peace for a vigil in protest of the Friends of the IDF fundraiser on Mon., Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Congregation Beth Tfiloh, 3300 Old Court Road, Pikesville. The cross street is Torah Drive. Park a block south of Beth Tfiloh on Lightfoot Drive.

The “Friends of the IDF” (Israeli Defense Forces) are holding a “lavish cocktail” fundraiser celebrating the “Brave Women of Operation Protective Edge.” Go to The destruction of Gaza is nothing to celebrate. Killing civilians is nothing to celebrate. Occupation and military blockades are nothing to celebrate. This will be a somber vigil to protest the Friends of the IDF fundraiser and to stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine. Help read the names of the women and girls who were killed by the IDF during this last summer’s war. Wear black. Bring signs.
22] – Get Money Out - Maryland is meeting on Mon., Oct. 27 at 6:30 PM at 1800 E. 30th St., Baltimore 21218--at a volunteer’s home). RSVP to joeadamsmd {at} or 410-231-3323. Visit over to a meeting with WINE AND CHEESE TASTING, AND PRESENTATION, ON A NEW APPROACH TO GETTING BIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS Baltimore near Lake Montebello, hosted by
The old way to fight corruption in Congress was to ask Congress to pass a law or propose a constitutional amendment. HA! The new way is to propose a constitutional amendment through individual state legislatures, including Maryland. Vermont and California just became the first two states to pass such a resolution, Maryland is well on the way, with similar efforts in 45 states. Once resolutions are passed in two thirds of state legislatures, the constitutional amendment would limit money in elections (now unlimited) and establish that corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights as if they were people.
23] – At St. John's Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW, WDC, on Mon., Oct. 27 at 6:30 PM, join a vigil started by the DMV Coalition for the Defense of Children Fleeing Violence. Stand in solidarity with children fleeing violence in Central America, and advocate for immigration justice, and effective change. Join AU Students in Solidarity for Immigration Justice at Monday. March from the church to the White House. There will be speakers, personal testimonies, and music. Sarah is leaving from the Tenleytown Metro at 5:45 PM. Call/text to meet her—804-356-1616. Go to

24] – Beyond the Classroom presents “Ensuring a World Fit for Children?” This is sponsored by Beyond the Classroom Living & Learning Program, and the Office of Undergraduate Studies, at the University of Maryland, College Park on Mon., Oct. 27 from 7 to 9 PM at 1104 South Campus Commons, Building 1, College Park 20742. Fifty million people in the United States – one in four children – do not know where there next meal is coming from. How do we make healthy, nutritious choices to overcome the difficulties of poor and hungry people struggling with food insecurity and health issues such as obesity, hypertension and other diseases? 5 A DAY CSA based in Beltsville, MD works to stamp out hunger in our local community. See Call 301-314-6621 or email at

25] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. The next meeting will be on Mon., Oct. 27. The proposed agenda will include anti-drone activities, including a drone law passed in Baltimore’s City Council, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine, KILL THE MESSENGER & CITIZEN FOUR, a march from the EPA to the Pentagon, Palestine and One Baltimore. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

26] – Creating Peace on the Ground in Two of Colombia’s Conflict Hot Spots Chocó and Buenaventura will be explored at 1666 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 400, WDC, on Tues., Oct. 28 at noon. The Washington Office on Latin America and other groups invite you to the event. RSVP to Adam Schaffer at +1 (202) 797-2171 or A live stream will be available (Spanish only) at

27] – On October 14, seven women and two children--under the banner of Moms Demand Action--presented Larry Hogan with a letter asking him to clarify his position on enforcing the Firearm Safety Act. See the WBAL coverage: Mr. Hogan claims he supports the bill, though six months ago he told Republicans the bill ‘went too far.’

The protesters will return on Tues., Oct. 28 hoping Hogan explains how his current support aligns with his previous statements and his 91% rating from the NRA! The carpool leaves Baltimore at 11 AM and returns by 1:30 PM. Email and let her know if you can join them. The voters deserve to know if the Republican candidate for Governor is on the voters’ side or the side of the NRA.

28] – On Tues., Oct. 28 from 2 to 4:30 PM, see the Post-War Reconciliation Screening of Bosnian Film "Pretty Village," a documentary which is more than a film about one Bosnian village. Its stories can be universally recognized in any society torn apart by conflict. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring protagonist and producer Kemal Pervanic, and is sponsored by the U.S. Institute for Peace. RSVP at

29] – On Tues., Oct. 28 from 2:30 to 5 PM, an Indo-Pak Peace Panel will try to enhance the spirit of harmony and peace between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Republic of India at JC Cinema, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax 22030. The idea is to use Peace Education, a universally accepted and practiced doctrine to encourage an open and honest dialogue. The goal of the program is to promote an intercultural and interfaith dialogue amongst the two sides. This open forum will be led by Dr. Elavie Ndura, Ed.D., Professor of Education & candidate for Education, Peace Education, and Conflict Analysis and Resolution. See

30] – On Tues., Oct. 28 from 2:45 PM at the Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW, Room 113, WDC, GW Amnesty International is holding its second panel-style event on human rights careers! With this year’s event, it is aimed to have a conversation that is both clarifying and critical of the vast spectrum of Western-based human rights work that operates in today’s world. Points of discussion may include universal human rights in an intensely diverse world; issues of power, paternalism, and exclusion in advocacy and development; dispossession of local/indigenous practices or systems of knowledge; culture and human rights, etc. Go to

31] – 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. 28. Call 215-426-0364.

32] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Oct. 28, but note today demonstrators will be there from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

33] – The topic Human Rights Aren't For Us: Disability & Legalized Abuse will be explored on Tues., Oct. 28 from 6 to 7:30 PM in Walsh 499, Georgetown University, 1221 36th St. NW. This panel discussion explores the intersections of race, class, mental illness, disability & public policy. Each of the speakers is disabled, with two of them attorneys whose work has focused on abuse in institutional settings, and the third a survivor of several years of abuse at a particularly notorious facility. The speakers will be discussing a history of abuse and violence in institutions for people with mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities (formerly called mental retardation), and developmental disabilities (such as autism or cerebral palsy); connections between institutionalization of disabled people and social control mechanisms targeting low-income people and people of color; and legal and policy responses to such abuses. Contact Lydia Brown at or at 202-618-0187.

34] – On Tues., Oct. 28 from 6:30 to 8 PM, there is a book event “Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States” at Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, at V St., WDC. Author Rebecca Gordon will discuss and sign her new book in which she argues that September 11, 2001 did not, as some have said, “change everything.” In fact, institutionalized state torture remains as wrong and as relevant today as it was on the day before those terrible attacks. Contact Katie Hunter at or 202-547-1920.

35] – Get over to St Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Oct. 28 from 7 to 8:30 PM for the Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defender’s Award, which recognizes an individual, organization, or community demonstrating a commitment to the defense of human rights through nonviolent methods, and for which they have been exposed to threats, violence, or other attacks. The award serves as a means to highlight the struggle of the recipient on an international level and represents a commitment by Guatemala Human Rights Commission to provide ongoing support.

GHRC selected the Human Rights Law Firm for its unparalleled defense and promotion of human rights through its work accompanying victims and challenging injustice. The mission of the firm, founded by Edgar Pérez in 2009, is to provide professional and dignified legal representation and to promote human rights. Email, and RSVP at

36] – On Tues., Oct. 28 from 7 to 9 PM, see MAMBO MENTARY, an Emmy-Award winning film by Miriam Machado-Luces which explores the marriage of rhythm & movement, beats & steps, Clave & Latin dance, and the social evolution of Latino culture in the United States. The story of Latin Dance starts in Africa, seeds in the Caribbean but then blooms & explodes in the Americas. Pasos Lations: A ‘Mambo-Mentary’, tells that story. The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the filmmaker. The screening will be at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW, followed by a Q&A discussion. 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

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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