Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 7 - 9, 2014

23] "Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation"– Oct. 7
24] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Oct. 7
25] No JHU Drone Research – Oct. 7
26] Campaign Against Police Abuse meeting – Oct. 7
27] DC System Change not Climate Change meeting – Oct. 7
28] Medea Benjamin in Philadelphia – Oct. 7
29] Monthly pet bereavement support group meeting – Oct. 7
30] Film “The Milk of Sorrow” – Oct. 7
31] "Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture” – Oct. 7
32] Police Oversight hearings – Oct. 8 – 16
33] The Philippines and Climate Chaos – Oct. 8
34] Helen Caldicott at Busboys – Oct. 8
35] Safe Streets Arts Foundation meeting – Oct. 8
36] “The Great Grisby" Launch Party – Oct. 8
37] Climate chaos conference call – Oct. 8
38] Film “15 to Life: Kenneth's Story” – Oct. 8
39] Arresting Citizenship – Oct. 8
40] Youth savings accounts – Oct. 9
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month! Give your pooch an extra hug today.
23] – On Tues., Oct. 7 from 3:30 to 5 PM, Alexander Glaser, Princeton University, and Zia Mian, Princeton University, will address "Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation" at the Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at http://carnegieendowment.org/events/forms/?fa=registration&event=4573&lang=en.
24] – 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. 7. Call 215-426-0364.
25] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Oct. 7, but note today demonstrators will be there from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.
26] – The Campaign Against Police Abuse (CAPA) is a Washington, D.C.-based grassroots organization dedicated to building a movement against police abuse of power. Their next meeting is at 6:30 PM on Tues., Oct. 7 in the Northeast Neighborhood Library, NOE Conference Room Mezzanine, 330 7th St. NE, WDC. See https://www.facebook.com/pages/Campaign-Against-Police-Abuse/577341152389357.

27] – At the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Oct. 7 at 6:30 PM, join DC System Change not Climate Change to debrief and assess the historic People's Climate March, the inspiring Flood Wall Street action and what that means for the movement generally and for D.C. activists. The People's Climate March was inspiring with over 400,000 people coming to New York to stand for Climate Justice. In the D.C. Metro area there are amazing campaigns from the fight at Cove Point to stop LNG exports, to stop trains holding coal from coming into the city, the fight for a living wage, to divest this city from the fossil fuel industry and much, much more. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/747772538616883/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited.

28] – Drone warfare: what should the faith community be saying? On Tues., Oct. 7 at 7 PM, hear from Medea Benjamin about "Peacemaking In An Era of Drone Warfare" at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia (located 2 blocks west of the Fairmount stop on the Broad Street subway). Her talk is sponsored by the Philadelphia Interfaith Network Against Drone Warfare which includes American Friends Service Committee, Brandywine Peace Community and many other groups. Benjamin is an international peace activist, anti-war challenger of presidents and generals alike in Washington, DC, co-founder of CodePink and Global Exchange, and author of “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.”

Watch “Wounds of Waziristan,” 20 min., http://woundsofwaziristan.com/trailer/. Listen to religious voices for justice and peace, music, spoken word and drumming. Find out What You Can Do to End Drone Warfare and to stop the drone war command center from being established at the Horsham Air Guard Station. Go to www.brandywinepeace.com/events or http://nodronespennsylvania.blogspot.com/.

29] – Andrew Mazan leads a free monthly pet bereavement support group that meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 PM at Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road. RSVP at 410-833-8848. Private counseling is also available. Go to http://www.baltimorehumane.org.

30] – On Tues., Oct. 7 from 7 to 9 PM at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW, WDC, see the film “The Milk of Sorrow” (2009, 94 min), by Claudia Llosa. Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped (in times of terrorism, in Peru) during or soon after pregnancy. While living in constant fear and confusion due to this "disease," she must face the sudden death of her mother. She chooses to take drastic measures to not follow in her mother's footsteps. Visit http://tinyurl.com/milk-of-sorrow-trailer.

Between 1980 and 1992, Peru experienced a period of very hard violence, particularly in the Andean region, because of the uprising of the Maoist group Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) and the actions of the paramilitary and state armed forces. By 1990 the conflict finally reached Lima, the capital city of Peru. Claudia Llosa refers in her film to the folk belief that the trauma experienced by women who were raped by members of security force was passed on to their children through the milk from their breasts. Thus, this period of violence continues to affect not only those who experienced it, but also the next generation. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Milagros Deza and Cesar Cancho of the Peruvian NGO ANKAY. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1455732791338143/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_edited.

31] – Justin McGuirk presents "Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture" on Tues., Oct. 7 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. What makes the city of the future? How do you heal a divided city? In his book, McGuirk travels across Latin America in search of the activist architects, maverick politicians and alternative communities already answering these questions. From Brazil to Venezuela, and from Mexico to Argentina, McGuirk discovers the people and ideas shaping the way cities are evolving. Call 443-602-7585. Go to http://www.redemmas.org.

32] – Are you concerned about the lack of police oversight in your community? If so, share your concerns with the D.C. City Council at upcoming hearings on Wed., Oct. 8 and Oct. 16. Councilmember Tommy Wells, chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, will convene a public oversight hearing on Wed., Oct. 8 at 6 PM at the Howard University School of Business Auditorium, located on the second floor of 2400 6th St. NW, WDC, 20059. The hearing will reconvene Thurs., Oct. 16 at 11:30 AM in the Council Chamber, Room 500, of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004. If you are unable to testify at the public hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made part of the official record if submitted by 5 PM on Mon., Oct. 27, 2014 to Ms. Goines, Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, Room 109, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, WDC 20004, or via email at ngoines@dccouncil.us.

33] – The Philippines was devastated last year by the strongest storm ever to make landfall, which obliterated whole towns and reminded the world about a possible common future for everyone, without action today. From that disaster an extraordinary book has emerged - about climate change, people, what is, what was, and what might be. Come to a book talk about “Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change” on Wed., Oct. 8 from 6 t o 8 PM at Busboys & Poets, 5th & K Sts., 1025 5th St. NW, WDC.

Join Oil Change International, Sierra Club, and the Institute for Policy Studies and Busboys & Poets for the U.S. book launch of “Agam.” The book represents story-telling at its best, composed of original creative narratives by 24 Filipino writers, minus the crutch of scientific and NGO jargon. The presentation will be by contributor Renato Redentor Constantino, executive director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities in the Philippines.

34] – On Wed., Oct. 8 at 6:30 PM, Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Sts. NW, WDC, welcomes Helen Caldicott, editor of the new book, “Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe.” Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear will introduce Caldicott. Another sponsor of the event is Physicians for Social Responsibility. Call (301) 270-2209 ext. 1 or email kevin@beyondnuclear.org. Go to www.beyondnuclear.org. Beyond Nuclear aims to educate and activate the public about the connections between nuclear power and nuclear weapons and the need to abandon both to safeguard our future. Beyond Nuclear advocates for an energy future that is sustainable, benign and democratic.

35] – Safe Streets Arts Foundation announces its next meeting of volunteers to review new inmate art and manuscripts and answer letters from prisoners across America takes place on Wed., Oct. 8 from 7 to 8:30 PM at St. Mary's Court, 725 24th St. NW, WDC 20037. The location is close to one of the prison art sales outlets, the Watergate Gallery in the historic Watergate complex. Free parking, training, materials and refreshments will be provided. You can contact the foundation at staff@safestreetsarts.org or 202-393-1511. Visit http://www.SafeStreetsArts.org.

36] – Get over to the Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, for the “The Great Grisby" Launch Party on Wed., Oct. 8 at 7 PM. Mikita Brottman's book is about the bond between dog and owner. Call 410-377-2966. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month! Give your pooch an extra hug today.

37] – Are you ready to transfer the buzz and spirit of New York into real and exciting action right here at home? If the answer is yes, then join the Maryland post-NYC climate action conference call on Wed., Oct. 8 at 7 PM. You’ll learn how you can help Maryland lead the way on wind and solar, keep fracking out, and fight dirty coal and incineration. You will get the inside scoop on the next steps to fight fracking and the proposed fracked gas export terminal at Cove Point. And perhaps most importantly, you’ll learn about a plan to truly put Maryland on the cutting edge of clean energy. Join the Maryland post-NYC phone conversation by going to http://org.salsalabs.com/o/423/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=82640.

38] – As part of the 15th Annual Human Rights Film Series, there will be a screening of “15 to Life: Kenneth's Story,” a film about youth incarceration, in the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater on the second floor of the McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, on Wed., Oct. 8 at 7 PM. Visit http://www.american.edu/provost/human-rights/film-series/.

39] – Vesla Weaver presents "Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences of American Crime Control" on Wed., Oct. 8 at 7:30PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. The numbers are staggering: One-third of America’s adult population has passed through the criminal justice system and now has a criminal record. Many more were never convicted, but are nonetheless subject to surveillance by the state. Never before has the American government maintained so vast a network of institutions dedicated solely to the control and confinement of its citizens. The author argues that the broad reach of the criminal justice system has fundamentally recast the relation between citizen and state, resulting in a sizable—and growing—group of second-class citizens. From police stops to court cases and incarceration, at each stage of the criminal justice system individuals belonging to this disempowered group come to experience a state-within-a-state that reflects few of the country’s core democratic values. Through scores of interviews, along with analyses of survey data, Amy E. Lerman and Vesla M. Weaver show how this contact with police, courts, and prisons decreases faith in the capacity of American political institutions to respond to citizens’ concerns and diminishes the sense of full and equal citizenship—even for those who have not been found guilty of any crime. Call 443-602-7585. Go to http://www.redemmas.org.

40] – The New America Foundation, 1899 L St. NW, Suite 400, WDC 20036, is hosting on Thurs., Oct. 9 from 10 to 11:30 AM a panel discussion to explore a range of questions related to the use of youth savings accounts as a poverty alleviation tool in the developing world. What is the connection between youth financial inclusion and poverty alleviation? What role, if any, can/will financial institutions play? How can regulatory environments better foster youth financial inclusion?

In a global context in which adolescents and youth consistently capture policymakers’ attention as potentially politically and economically problematic, global advocates urge countries to view the life-stages of adolescence and youth—and large youth cohorts in the developing world—as an economic and social opportunity. Financial inclusion, and particularly access to savings, has been suggested as one tool that can support adolescents and youth in successfully navigating the transition to adulthood in the developing world. Visit http://newamerica.net/events/2014/global_poverty_alleviation.

To be continued.

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"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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