Thursday, December 4, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - December 4 - 7, 2014

46] Migration of children study – Dec. 4
48] Winter Masquerade Ball—Scrooge of the Year – Dec. 4
49] Discussion on Mexico – Dec. 4
50] Labor and capital – Dec. 4
51] Vigil for peace at White House – Dec. 5
52] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – Dec. 5
53] AU welcomes Richard Falk – Dec. 5
55] Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship Holiday Roundtable – Dec. 5
56] Silent peace vigil – Dec. 5
57] See THE GHOSTWRITER – Dec. 5
58] History of South Africa – Dec. 5
59] See “On the Side of the Road” – Dec. 5
60] Panel discussion on anthropology – Dec. 5
62] People's Power Assembly Organizing Meeting – Dec. 5
63] Case for Peace--A Veteran's Perspective – Dec. 5
64] Ballroom Dancing – Dec. 5
65] "Peace on Earth & The Politics of Christmas" – Dec. 6
66] Christmas simulcast – Dec. 6
67] Spread Holiday Cheer with Peace Gifts – Dec. 6
68] Olney Peace vigil – Dec. 6
69] West Chester, PA demo – Dec. 6
70] Silent peace vigil – Dec. 6
71] Anti-Drone Silent Death Walk – Dec. 6

46] – On Thurs., Dec. 4 from noon to 2 PM, join researchers from AU's Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) at the American University Kay Spiritual Life Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, who will present findings from their study exploring the factors behind the migration of Central American children and families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. This report is part of a Ford Foundation-supported initiative to inform advocates and practitioners working on behalf of these new arrivals. RSVP to

47] – Join the PROTEST--HANDS UP! GIVE WORKERS $15 & A UNION--on THURS., DEC. 4 at noon at Lexington & Eutaw Sts. Fast food workers around the country will strike again on Dec. 4, to demand $15 an hour and the right to a union. From Ferguson to Baltimore – It’s the same struggle – It’s about respect & justice. Hands up – give workers $15 & a union. Gather at the Lexington Market, and then march to various low wage work places. Action sponsored by a variety of groups including Peoples Power Assembly, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others. See¬if_t=plan_user_joined.

48] – On Dec. 4 at 7 PM, DC Jobs With Justice is holding its Winter Masquerade Ball. Each year, DC Jobs With Justice "honors" the Scrooge of the Year: the person or company who did the most dastardly deeds to working people in the past year. Visit

49] – At La Casa Community Church, 3166 Mt. Pleasant Rd. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Dec. 4 at 7 PM, join a discussion about how MEXICO IS being shaken to the core by large protests and student strikes over the disappearance of 43 students after their bus caravan was attacked by municipal police in central Mexico. Express solidarity with the people of Mexico. Go to

50] – On Thurs., Dec. 4 at 7:30 PM, the DC Jacobin and the Society for the Anthropology of Work are hosting a discussion of Harry Braverman's “Labor and Monopoly Capital” on the fortieth anniversary of its publication in 1974. The discussion will be at 1822 Lamont St. NW, WDC 20010. Go to

51] – On Fri., Dec. 4 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.
52] – 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

53] – At the American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Dec. 5 from 1 to 3 PM, the Ethics, Peace & Global Affairs Master's Program will be hosting Professor Richard Anderson Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Falk served on a three person Human Rights Inquiry Commission for the Palestine Territories that was appointed by the United Nations, and previously, on the Independent International Commission on Kosovo. Professor Falk will be discussing the state of U.S. democracy and whether the citizens have evolved to subjects.

54] – On Fri., Dec. 5 from 4 to 8 PM, Sat., Dec. 6 from 10 AM to 6:45 PM and Sun., Dec 7 from 11:45 AM to 2 PM, there is a PALESTINIAN CRAFT SALE at the Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, at the intersection of Massachusetts and Western Aves. Folk Art Mavens, a company that markets handcrafted gifts from threatened communities, will hold the sale, which will include embroidery, ceramics, glass, jewelry, olive wood, and more -- made by women's cooperatives, non-profits, and small family-owned businesses. Folk Art Mavens donates 10% of gross proceeds to causes that benefit Middle East refugees or students. Parking is available in a small lot north of the church and on nearby streets. Call 301-229-7766 or go to

55] – Engage in a program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship Holiday Roundtable: Living “Hopkins” in Baltimore, An Immigrant City, on Fri., Dec. 5 from 4 to 6 PM in the Sherwood Room, Levering Hall. You are invited to join an informal roundtable discussion on the intersections of race, migration, and citizenship in Baltimore City. Where are the immigrants in this city? Where are the so-called neighborhood folk? Is the Johns Hopkins campus a neighborhood campus? Catering will be provided by Blacksauce Kitchen. RSVP to

56] – There is usually a silent peace vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, outside the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and St. Paul St. The Dec. 5 vigil, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, reminds us that War Is Not the Answer and that there is the need to stop torture. Afterwards, since this is First Friday, there will be a potluck dinner at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.

57] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility are continuing the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. After the potluck dinner at 3107 N. Charles St., around 7:15 PM, a DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow. There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

See THE GHOST WRITER [French-German-British, 2010], directed by Roman Polanski, and adapted from a Robert Harris novel, THE GHOST. It stars Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan and Kim Cattrall. An unnamed ghostwriter, McGregor, is recruited to complete the memoirs of former Prime Minister Adam Lang (Brosnan). His predecessor on the project died in an apparent accident. Lang is soon accused of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA. Lang faces prosecution by the International Criminal Court. The writer, as part of his research, discovers evidence, which then makes him a target.

58] – At Busboys & Poets, 14th & V Sts. NW, WDC, on Fri., Dec. 5 at 5:30 PM, hear from Phil Portlock, a photographer, writer and producer of numerous video productions on African and African-American history. Through narration, music and vivid images, this moving one-hour presentation traces South Africa’s unique history from 1652 with the arrival of the Dutch East India Company, Black South Africa’s struggle and victory over the vicious system of apartheid, and the triumph of Nelson Mandela’s 1994 election as this nation’s first truly democratically elected president. Contact Phil Portlock at 202 529-8286 or

59] – On Fri., Dec. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in Hodson 213 on JHU’s Homewood campus, Hopkins Students for Justice in Palestine are holding a Film Screening and Discussion with the director of “On the Side of the Road.” Former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky looks at Israelis’ collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees. She follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying to uncover their denial of the war that changed the region forever. Tarachansky then turns the camera on herself and travels back to her settlement where that historical erasure gave birth to a new generation, blind and isolated from its surroundings. Attempting to shed a light on the country’s biggest taboo, she is met with outrage and violence. RSVP to

60] – A panel discussion of anthropology is taking place on Fri., Dec. 5 at 6:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. Anthropology offers several angles of insight into political revolution. Observers have called for an anthropological role in examining the cultural construction of politics, the ritualistic nature of revolutionary actions, and the lived experience of revolutionary events. Anthropologists have increasingly been on-the-scene in major upheavals including Latin American revolts against neoliberalism and regime-unseating protest movements in distinct geographical locations. Arguably, this new engagement with the experience and process of revolution is now bearing fruit.

The ethnographers on this panel will reflect on the following questions: How is new ethnographic engagement with disruptive politics and political turning points changing our view of revolution? Is contemporary revolution a different social object than in previous decades? Is revolution undergoing a change in form and meaning as it becomes more approachable? What theoretical reflections emerge from a closer engagement between ethnographers and revolution? What is the place of ethnographic reportage in the swirling processes of communication through which on-the-ground events become a society-wide revolution and a worldwide spectacle? Participants in this panel have engaged ethnography with revolutionary moments in Latin America, the Middle East and the United States. Come hear their thoughts and participate in an important conversation about Revolution in the 21st Century. Call 443-602-7585. Go to

61] – There is a First-Friday Free Large Screen Film Series at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. On Fri., Dec. 5 at 7 PM see FRUITVALE STATION (2013. 85 mins.) directed by Ryan Coogler from his original screenplay. It stars Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz and Octavia Spencer, and was produced by Forest Whitaker. In the early hours of Jan. 1, 2008, a white transit police officer shot and killed an unarmed young black man, lying face down at an Oakland, CA transit stop. His name was Oscar Grant, and he was just 22 years old. The film is a dramatic telling of the actual incident, captured on video by onlookers, inciting protests, unrest, and argument across the country.

Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments. There will be a short after-film discussion. Go to or call 610-544-1818. The film series is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.

62] – A People's Power Assembly Organizing Meeting with a Ferguson update, a call to support low wage workers week, a demand to stop water privatization & a guest report about the situation in Detroit is happening on Wed., Dec. 5 at 7 PM at 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. Call 410-218-4835. Go to

63] – On Fri., Dec.5 @ 7:30 PM at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010, hear from Matt Southworth, a 2004 veteran of the Iraq War, who is working with the Friends Committee on National Legislation. He will make the Case for Peace--A Veteran's Perspective, and share what has led him to make the case for peace. Contact the Catholic Worker at 202-882-9649 or

64] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM. Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St. Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be Dec. 4. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

65] – On Sat., Dec. 6 at 9:30 AM participate in "Peace on Earth & The Politics of Christmas," a workshop and discussion about Christmas for our times, sponsored by the Alternative Seminary at PROJECT HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Phila., PA 19130. Will O’Brien, coordinator of The Alternative Seminary, will conduct a workshop on the “nativity narratives” and how they express core biblical themes of justice and prophetic confrontation with empire. A light breakfast will be served. A $5 donation (or whatever you can afford) is requested to cover costs. This event is co-sponsored by The Simple Way, the House of Grace Catholic Worker and the Brandywine Peace Fellowship. Call Will O’Brien at 215-842-1790.

66] – On Sat., Dec. 6 from 10 AM to noon, there will be a Christmas simulcast from St. Jude Church, Rockville, MD and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The simulcast will include a congregation here, such as the parishioners, dignitaries, including Bishop Barry Knestout, the ambassador, esteemed speakers, guests and choirs and the same configuration in Bethlehem. A social will follow. Come to the Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church, 12701 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville 20853.

67] – Spread Holiday Cheer with Peace Gifts. Give the gift of peace this season at the 16th Annual Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair on Sat., Dec. 6 from noon to 4 PM at the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, 310 Tulip Avenue, Takoma Park MD 20912-4399. Contact Mimi Ikle-Khalsa at Also there is the Mount Rainier's 20th Annual Craft Fair, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier, MD, on Sat., Dec. 6 from 12 to 4 PM. You can also support Little Friends For Peace and spread peace with its new book, the Peace Train magnets, adorable peacemaker onesies, and an LFFP sweatshirt. All these LFFP gifts will be available at both events. Can't wait for your sweatshirt? Order one at

68] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. [Route 97] in Olney, MD. The next vigil is Dec. 6. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

69] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email

70] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Dec. 6. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It.--Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to or email

71] – On Sat., Dec. 6 from noon to 1 PM, join the monthly Center City Anti-War/Anti-Drone Silent Death Walk/Vigil at 12th & Market Sts. in Philadelphia. Wear black. Signs and white masks will be provided. RSVP to Marge Van Cleef at 267-763-1644.

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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