Thursday, November 13, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - November 13 -14, 2014

45] Protesting JHU’s drone research – Nov. 13
46] The Legacy of the Berlin Wall – Nov. 13
47] Party at the FCC – Nov. 13
48] Neoliberalization of healthcare – Nov. 13
49] Liberals built Prison America? – Nov.13
50] Criminalizing environmentalism – Nov. 13
51] Persistence of the Palestinian Struggle – Nov. 14
52] Save the Post Office – Nov. 14
53] South Korea's Nonproliferation Culture – Nov. 14
54] Vigil for peace at White House – Nov. 14
55] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – Nov. 14 –
45] – Tune in to WPFW, 89.3 FM, at 11 AM to hear Community Watch & Comment with Esther Iverem. She will air an interview with anti-killer drone protesters at 33rd & North Charles Street in Baltimore. The interview took place on Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014, as the group was demonstrating against Johns Hopkins University’s drone research.

46] – At the School of International Service, American University, New Mexico and Nebraska Aves., WDC 20016, on Thurs., Nov. 13 from 3:30 to 5 PM, catch the Dean's Discussion--The Legacy of the Berlin Wall: Twenty-Five Years Later. The speakers are Hope Harrison, George Washington University, Jackson Janes, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, and Sarah Snyder, SIS. The event will take place in the Abramson Family Founders Room.

47] – Party at the FCC, 445 12th St. SW, WDC, on Thurs., Nov. 13 from 6 to 9 PM. Bring Cell phones & tablets with loaded, glow sticks, beach balls, party props, costumes, dancin' shoes. There will be a Live DJ! Pizza! Coffee! Fun! Help keep the Internet free! There was a major victory for online free speech by protesting hard enough to get POTUS to support real Title II net neutrality. Let Chairperson Tom Wheeler know that the friends of the Internet are never backing down. See

48] – The Ebola virus is ravaging Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, with a terrifying death rate among some of West Africa's most vulnerable populations. Yet instead of sending massive medical aid and preparing our own health care workers adequately, U.S. politicians are reacting with unnecessary travel limitations and quarantines of returning health care workers.

Join the ISO to dig deep into these issues and read several articles in preparation, including Sean Petty's in-depth look at the ACA and the neoliberalization of healthcare in the US, and others. Get over to the La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Nov. 13 from 7 to 9 PM. Visit

49] – Naomi Murakawa presents "The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America" on Thur., Nov. 13 at 7:30PM @ Red Emma’s. The explosive rise in the U.S. incarceration rate in the second half of the twentieth century, and the racial transformation of the prison population from mostly white at mid-century to sixty-five percent black and Latino in the present day, is a trend that cannot easily be ignored. Many believe that this shift began with the "tough on crime" policies advocated by Republicans and southern Democrats beginning in the late 1960s, which sought longer prison sentences, more frequent use of the death penalty, and the explicit or implicit targeting of politically marginalized people. The author inverts the conventional wisdom by arguing that the expansion of the system that disproportionately imprisons blacks and Latinos-was, in fact, rooted in the civil-rights liberalism of the 1940s and early 1960s.

Murakawa traces the development of the modern American prison system through several presidencies, both Republican and Democrat. Responding to calls to end the lawlessness and violence against blacks at the state and local levels, the Truman administration expanded the scope of what was previously a weak federal system. Later administrations from Johnson to Clinton expanded the federal presence even more. Ironically, these steps laid the groundwork for the creation of the vast penal archipelago that now exists in the United States.

50] – On Thurs., Nov. 13 at 7:30 PM, come out for an evening to learn about the green scare and ag-gag laws and how environmentalism and animal rights activists are being criminalized. This is an amazing opportunity to hear award-winning journalist Will Potter provide an insightful presentation on his book and his most recent project involving flying drones over factory farms to document the pollution from these farms, and share some hors d'oeuvres with him afterwards. This event is brought to you by the GW Animal Advocates, sponsored by The Pollination Project and Peta2, and the GW Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, with support from The Progressive Student Union and Green GW. Go to GW Law School Conference Center, WDC. See
51] – On Fri., Nov. 14 from 8 AM to 4 PM, attend a conference "From Local to Global: The Persistence of the Palestinian Struggle." From 8 to 9 AM, one can register. The first of four panels begins at 9:15 AM--Palestinian Refugees: Waiting to Return. The other panels are as follows: BDS: Activism and Strategy for Change, U.S. Mediation and the Future of Palestine, and Jerusalem: A Core Issue. Register at The conference is to be held at the Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Use the Foggy Bottom Metro. Call 202-338-1958.

52] – On Fri., Nov. 14 from 8 to 10 AM, there is a National Day of Action. Join an event to demand that mailings aren't delayed near you. One such event is at the USPS Headquarters, 475 L'Enfant Plaza, WDC 20536. Contact Dena Briscoe at Go to

53] – On Fri., Nov. 14 from noon to 1:30 PM, Young Sup Han, Korea Nuclear Policy Society, will address "South Korea's Nonproliferation Culture and its Implications for the U.S.-ROK 123 Agreement" at the Global America Business Institute, 1001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 435, WDC. RSVP to Alan Ahn at

54] – On Fri., Nov. 14 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.

55] – 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

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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