Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert October 29 - 31, 2014

37] "Preventing Nuclear Terrorism Globally: Results and Remaining Challenges" – Oct. 29
38] Get Green – Oct. 29
39] Morality of nuclear weapons – Oct. 29
40] Reed Broody at AU – Oct. 29
41] Colombia’s LGBTI community – Oct. 29
42] Zimbabwe Human Rights – Oct. 29
43] Webinar on Carbon Pollution – Oct. 29
44] Webinar: Faith Perspectives on Pentagon Spending – Oct. 29
45] Racism and the U.S. Immigration Enforcement System – Oct. 29
46] Film “Koch Bros. Exposed” – Oct. 29
47] "Love Like the Prophet" – Oct. 29
48] National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers – Oct. 30
49] Labor trafficking abuses – Oct. 30
50] Protest on behalf of Mexican students – Oct. 30
51] "A Nuclear Deal with Iran? – Oct. 30
52] Turkish foreign policy – Oct. 30
53] The 9/11 Unity Walk dinner – Oct. 30
54] Mario Cardozo, Colombian Conscientious Objector – Oct. 30
55] The genocide case in a holding pattern – Oct. 31
37] – On Wed., Oct. 29 from 9 to 11 AM at the Foreign Policy Initiative, the topic of conversation will be "Preventing Nuclear Terrorism Globally: Results and Remaining Challenges" with five speakers at SAIS, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 500, WDC. Register at

38] – On Wed., Oct. 29 from 9 AM to 9 PM at Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE, WDC, move your congregation forward this fall! Whether you’ve just started taking leadership at your congregation or you’re well into a decade of hard work, Interfaith Power & Light-DMV wants to help with whatever project you’re implementing or whatever problem you’re facing. With years of experience helping green leaders work with their congregations, Joelle sets aside time each month to meet with green leaders and provide dedicated 1-on-1 support. Book a time to talk with Joelle Novey by phone or in person now! Email Maria Langholz at

39] – On Wed., Oct. 29 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, John Steinbruner, University of Maryland, Richard Pates, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Stephen Colecchi, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, are taking on "U.S.-Iranian Religious Leaders’ Dialogue: The Relevance of Moral Questions Related to Nuclear Weapons." The panel is sponsored by Arms Control Association and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and takes place at the Carnegie Endowment, Choate Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

40] – In the McDowell Formal Lounge, American University Center, WDC, on Wed., Oct. 29 at noon, Reed Brody, Counsel and Spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, will speak. His work as lead counsel for the victims in the case of the exiled former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré – who faces trial in Senegal – and in the cases of Augusto Pinochet and Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier has been featured in four films, including “The Dictator Hunter.” He is author of four Human Rights Watch reports on U.S. treatment of prisoners in the “war on terror” and the book “Faut-il Juger George Bush?” Visit RSVP at or call 202-885-3847.

41] – Get over to Global Rights, 1200 18th St. NW, Suite 602, WDC, on Wed., Oct. 29 from noon to 1:30 PM, hear the discussion, “The Greater the Visibility, the Greater the Risk,” with Caribe Afirmativo. The 50-year-old Colombian conflict has had a disproportionately negative effect on the country’s minority groups, including Colombia’s LGBTI community. Almost since the conflict erupted in the mid-1960s, LGBTI people have been subject to violence, mass displacement and other forms of persecution. Caribe Afirmativo, an influential LGBTI-rights organization based in Cartagena, has issued a new report that details the continued state- and non-state-sponsored violence against LGBTI people and the impunity with which perpetrators operate. Go to

42] – At the Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, on Wed., Oct. 29 at noon, Arthur Gwagwa, a human rights attorney who heads the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, based in London, will speak. In the nineties, he was among the first lawyers to offer pro bono representation to victims of rights violations through the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights network. In 2002, Arthur fled to the United Kingdom, into exile, when his work of representing the politically persecuted and excluded during elections and the dispossessed commercial farmers during the land invasions brought him to the adverse attention of the authorities. Email The event is sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy and the University Chaplain at the American University.

43] – On Wed., Oct. 29 at 1 PM EST, people around the world are coming together in a digital day of action to remember these super storms, discuss the impacts of carbon pollution on our weather, and demand solutions to climate change. As part of this day of action, The Climate Reality Project is hosting a free informational webinar Carbon Pollution, Our Changing Climate, and What You Can Do to highlight the connection between dirty energy from fossil fuels and the extreme weather devastating our cities. You will be informed how you can speak out against carbon pollution that gives this “weather on steroids” its strength. Register at

44] – On Wed., Oct. 29 from 3 to 4 PM, there is a webinar: Faith Perspectives on Pentagon Spending. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL, the Quakers) will host this event. Join policy experts from national faith advocacy organizations in a discussion about U.S. Pentagon spending and federal budget priorities. As members of the faith community, FCNL’s engagement with policy is rooted in spiritual conviction. In seeking a world that is free from war and the threat of war, its true costs must be examined. Register at

45] – Elizabeth Vaquera, University of South Florida, will speak about Living in Fear: Latino/a Undocumented Young Adults' Experiences with Racism and the U.S. Immigration Enforcement System on Wed., Oct. 29 at 4 PM in Mergenthaler 266 on JHU’s Homewood Campus. Mergenthaler is on the north side of the upper quadrangle, between the library and Gilman Hall (the building with the clock tower). It is sponsored by the JHU Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS). Email .

46] – See the film “Koch Bros. Exposed” on Wed., Oct. 29 at 5:45 PM at the Roland Park Library, 5108 Roland Park Ave., Baltimore 21210. RSVP at rdbtenor@gmail.

47] – At Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th St. NW, WDC, on Wed., Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 PM, enjoy the "Love Like the Prophet" Dinner + Discussion presented by Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. This is a pay-for-your-own dinner, discussion and celebration of the Prophet's (PBUH) traditions of love and harmonious families. A scholarly perspective of the prophetic model of relationships in Islam will be provided, focusing on ways to discuss problems, take action, and resolve conflicts. Also to be discussed will be the available social services in the Washington, DC area. See

48] – October 30 is National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers.

49] – A new report from the Urban Institute and Northeastern University documents labor trafficking abuses occurring in major US industries: agriculture, domestic work, hotels, restaurants, and construction. The report finds that loopholes in labor and immigration laws and gaps in local and federal law enforcement are part of the problem. Join the Urban Institute and its panel of experts on Thurs., Oct. 30 from 9:30 to 11 AM at 2100 M St. NW, 5th floor, WDC, to discuss labor trafficking in America and next steps for policy and practice. Breakfast is served at 9 AM. Go to

50] – At the Inter-American Commission, 1889 F St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Oct. 30 at 11 AM, JOIN Mexican demonstrators once again to make your presence felt this to send a message to the Mexican government, which will have a series of hearings at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. They will be there just 30 minutes before heading into the hearings, so arrive right at 11 AM.

Mexican demonstrators continue to demand the government immediately locate the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teaching school in Guerrero, Mexico. The students disappeared after police ambushed a caravan of students heading to a march. A total of six persons were killed immediately, and one was with visible signs of torture. The investigations (a result of massive public pressure) have unearthed nearly a dozen mass graves nearby and a deep level of collusion between the government and drug cartels. Visit

51] – On Thurs., Oct. 30 from 2 PM until 3 PM, David Albright, Institute for Science and International Security, and George Perkovich, Carnegie Endowment, take on "A Nuclear Deal with Iran? Weighing the Possibilities “at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 17th St. NW, 12th Floor, WDC. RSVP at

52] – On Thurs., Oct. 30 at 2:30 PM, the Center for Turkish Studies at The Middle East Institute is pleased to present Dr. Özgür Özdamar (Bilkent University) at The Middle East Institute, 1761 N St. NW, WDC, for a discussion about the current direction of Turkish foreign policy and competing visions of Turkey's role in the region going forward. In recent years, Turkey has sought to be a regional power, serving as "the bridge between east and west" and acting as a regional mediator. Look at

53] – The 9/11 Unity Walk brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and faiths to learn to respect each other through a framework of experiential education, compassionate leadership and intentional service. Unity Walk seeks to create a world where everyone is united, rather than divided, by many faiths. Whether you're a first time walker or a long time volunteer, on Thurs., Oct. 30 from 7 PM at 2815 36th St. NW (at Garfield), WDC, join Unity Walk as they meet face-to-face, share a meal and walk stories. This is also a time to thank the volunteers and community groups that made the Unity Walk possible. RSVP to

54] – On Thurs., Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 PM, the Center on Conscience & War, the Peace Tax Foundation, and FOR Peace Presence invite you to a talk and performance with Mario Cardozo, Colombian Conscientious Objector and winner of the 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award, at the Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave. NW, WDC.

Cardozo declared himself as a Conscience Objector at the age of 18 and in June 2014. After completing political science and law degrees, he became the first Conscientious Objector recognized in Colombia for non-religious reasons. Together with Acción Colectiva des Objetores y Objetoras de Concernía (ACOOC), he was awarded the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award 2014 for promoting “the right to be a conscientious objector in one of the most militarized countries in the world, while generating life-affirming, creative, nonviolent collective actions to promote peace and social justice.” You can check out this video by Mario about his work and the tour through the US this fall: Go to Call 202-483-2220.

55] – On May 10, 2013, the ex-dictator of Guatemala José Efraín Ríos Montt was sentenced to 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity for his role in the extrajudicial execution of 1,771 indigenous Ixil Mayans between 1982 and 1983. Just ten days later, the Constitutional Court, under pressure from business and military sectors, overturned part of the proceedings, thereby nullifying the verdict. Since then the genocide case has been in a holding pattern. The tribunal now in charge of the case announced last year that it would reopen the case in January 2015. The world will be watching as Guatemala struggles to pursue accountability for the crimes of the past.

At the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2nd floor, Room B and C, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Oct. 31 from 9:30 AM to noon, members of Guatemalan civil society and former Attorney General of Guatemala Claudia Paz y Paz will speak. She created space in the Public Prosecutor’s Office for victims of Guatemala’s armed conflict to access truth and justice after more than three decades. The speakers will discuss the legal status of the genocide proceedings, the political environment and how it influences the legal situation, the effects of the stalled proceedings on the victims, and the status of the petition filed by the victims before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. RSVP to Ashley Davis at +1 (202) 797-2171 or The event will be held in Spanish.

To be continued.

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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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