Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - November 18 - 19, 2014

28] Survey of the people of Afghanistan – Nov. 18
29] WPB mailing party – Nov. 18 - 19
30] Book talk with David Hartsough – Nov. 18
31] Colombia’s growing extractive industries sector – Nov. 18
32] Religious Freedom – Nov. 18
33] Tracking Climate Chaos – Nov. 18
34] Support Mexican Students – Nov. 18
35] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Nov. 18
36] D.C.’s Pot Law – Nov. 18
37] No JHU Drone Research – Nov. 18
38] Youth worker from El Salvador speaks – Nov. 18
39] WAGING PEACE – Nov. 18
40] Fight for Housing – Nov. 18
41] Iran Nuclear Talks – Nov. 19

28] – With the conclusion of the first democratic transition of power in the country's history and the continuing drawdown of foreign troops, what do the people of Afghanistan think are the most critical issues facing the country? The Asia Foundation's 2014 Survey of the Afghan People, based on face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of nearly 9,300 Afghan citizens, reveals their views on security, national reconciliation, the economy, development and essential services, governance and political participation, corruption, justice, gender equality and access to information.

Join a presentation on Tues., Nov. 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM of the findings of the survey with Dr. Andrew Wilder, vice president, Center for South and Central Asia, U.S. Institute of Peace; David D. Arnold, president, The Asia Foundation; NajlaAyubi, Deputy Country Representative in Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation; Zach Warren, Survey and Research Director in Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation; and Scott Smith, director for Afghanistan & Central Asia, U.S. Institute of Peace. It will be held at the U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037. RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-asia-foundations-2014-survey-of-the-afghan-people-tickets-13923596853.

29] – Help out at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Nov. 18 from 11 AM to 9 PM. Join the Washington Peace Center for its end of the year mailing party! Stuff some envelopes, eat some pizza, listen to great music, and hang out with your activist friends. This will be an all day event, and it will be happening on Wed., Nov. 19 as well!

30] – Get over to Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, 900 Hungerford Dr., Room #110, Rockville, on Tues., Nov. 18 from 11 AM to noon to hear from a lifelong peace activist, David Hartsough, the director of Peaceworks, an advocacy organization based in San Francisco. His book “Waging Peace” is an account of his activism around the world, sometimes in dangerous circumstances. It is meant to empower all by showing ways that everyone can work to end the scourge of war. The event is presented by the Montgomery College Peace and Justice Studies Community. Contact Prof. Alonzo N. Smith at 240-567-7283 or Alonzo.smith@montgomerycollege.edu.

31] – Go to 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, WDC, on Tues., Nov. 18 from 12:30 to 2 PM, as the Institute for Policy Studies and the Colombia Human Rights Committee will host a delegation from Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris in Colombia. After 50 years of conflict, the Colombian government is negotiating with the largest guerrilla movement in Colombia and may soon negotiate with other guerrilla movements. One key negotiating point might be the fate of Colombia’s growing extractive industries sector. As foreign companies profit off of Colombia’s natural resources, how can policies ensure that the wealth stays in Colombia and benefits communities? As the global community grapples with how to address climate change, what policies does Colombia need to ensure its extractive industries do not contribute to climate change and can in fact mitigate its worst impacts? See http://www.ips-dc.org/events/extractive-industries-quest-peace-colombia/.

32] – On Tues., Nov. 18 from 12:30 to 2 PM, Andrew Bennett, Canada’s first Ambassador for Religious Freedom, will offer reflections on the different ways religion is instrumentalized to advance geopolitical aims, including justifying extremism and employing religiously-oriented propaganda in conflicts. Ambassador Bennett has recently returned from Ukraine, and he is closely involved in the dynamic of Iraq and Syria, both conflicts with strong religious dimensions. This event will also explore the rise of extremism linked to religion and the policy options that relate to advancing religious freedom. The Berkley Center's Timothy Shah and José Casanova will comment on the religious freedom agenda. Come to the Berkeley Center, 3307 M St. NW. Go to http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events/the-instrumentalization-of-religion-in-geopolitical-conflicts?utm_source=Berkley+Center+Master+List&utm_campaign=bbb1eaead6-Event_announcement_11_18_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_66160ba037-bbb1eaead6-354093.

33] – Tues., Nov. 18 from 2 to 4:30 PM, as the world's climate changes the need to track, predict and assess potential risks is increasing, the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars are hosting a public forum to explore ways in which crowd-based approaches, such as citizen science and community-based monitoring, are and can be used to track climate change and support indicators or indicator systems. One such indicator system, proposed through the USGCRP, will use information from the physical, natural, and social sciences to communicate about and inform decisions related to climate change, impacts, vulnerabilities, and responses. Join them at One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, WDC, to hear from notable academics, practitioners and federal employees about how to realize this vision. RSVP http://pages.wilsoncenter.org/index.php/email/emailWebview?ftf=true&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRovuanLZKXonjHpfsX56uwrW6SylMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ATsNlN6%2BTFAwTG5toziV8R7LEJc1tzMAQXRXh.

34] – On September 26, 43 student-teachers from La Escuela Normal de Ayotzinapa went missing in the custody of the Mexican police. They were protesting cuts to funding rural school. It was not until recently that it came out that they were actually given to a cartel that incinerated their bodies. There has been no justice for the students and their families and the country. The people of Mexico have taken the streets seeking justice for these students and justice in a country with blatant government corruption.

As members of a university that is committed to social justice, AU students believe that it is their social duty to stand in solidarity with these students! On Tues., Nov. 18 at 2: 15 PM in the American University Quad, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, join them in raising awareness of the issue and standing in solidarity with the victims and their families. Email AUJustice4Ayotzinapa@gmail.com.

35] – 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 Nov. 18. Call 215-426-0364.

36] – Many D.C. voters who took to the polls framed their support of the initiative in terms of social justice, saying they favored legalization because it would bring an end to arrests and discrimination against marijuana users, specifically young black men. There will be a panel discussion, moderated by Sanho Tree of IPS’ Drug Policy Project on next steps for DC’s marijuana legalization initiative at Busboys & Poets, 5th & K Sts., 1025 5th St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Nov. 18 at 5 PM. Call (202) 234-9382 or email info@ips-dc.org.

37] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Nov. 18, but note today demonstrators will be there from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

38] – On Tues., Nov. 18 at 6 PM at Coalition in Solidarity with El Salvador, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, CISPES is proud to host Roberto Escobar, a youth worker from El Salvador’s revolutionary government for a discussion about how young people in El Salvador are addressing the root causes of forced migration through youth participation, community action and violence prevention. Call (202) 521-2510 or email info@cispes.org.

39] – On Tues., Nov. 18 at & 7 PM at the University of Maryland, 1104 South Campus Commons, Building 1, College Park 20742, Beyond the Classroom presents author David Hartsough and his book WAGING PEACE. Call 301-314-6621 or email at btcinfo@umd.edu. Hartsough’s stories inspire, educate, and encourage readers to find ways to work for a more just and peaceful world. Inspired by the examples of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., he has spent his life experimenting with the power of active nonviolence. “Waging Peace” is a testament to the difference one person can make; however, it is more than one man’s memoir: it shows how this struggle is waged all over the world by ordinary people committed to ending the spiral of violence and war.

40] – On Tues., Nov. 18 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, catch Fighting for Housing from Baltimore to the Bay Area. James Tracy presents "Dispatches Against Displacement," a special event celebrating the release of an essential new book on the brutal back story behind the hypercharged gentrification associated with Silicon Valley's colonization of San Francisco. Joining the author will be organizers and members of both the Right to Housing Alliance, which is building power to fight for the rights of residents in Baltimore public and low-income housing, and the United Workers, whose grassroots community land trust campaign is laying the foundation for permanently affordable housing in Baltimore. Housing is a human right—and organizing is how we defend it!

San Francisco is being eroded by waves of cash flowing north from Silicon Valley. Recent evictions of long-time San Francisco residents, outrageous rents and home prices, and blockaded “Google buses” are only the tip of the iceberg. Tracy’s book focuses on the long arc of displacement over almost two decades of “dot com” boom and bust, offering the necessary perspective to analyze the latest urban horrors. A housing activist in the Bay Area since before Google existed, Tracy puts the hardships of the working poor and middle class front and center. These essays explore the battle for urban space—public housing residents fighting austerity, militant housing takeovers, the vagaries of federal and state housing policy, as well as showdowns against gentrification in the Mission District. Call 443-602-7585. Go to http://www.redemmas.org.

41] – On Wed., Nov. 19 from noon to 1 PM, Patrick Clawson, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Fred Fleitz, former CIA analyst, and Henry Sokolski, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, take on "The Iran Nuclear Talks: Problems and Prospects" at the Heritage Foundation, Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, WDC. RSVP at http://www.heritage.org/events/2014/11/iran-nuclear-talks. It will be webcast on www.heritage.org.

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] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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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