Sunday, March 22, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - March 23 - 29, 2015

30] Environmental Film Festival – continues through Mar. 29
31] Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference – Mar. 23
32] Restaurant Opportunities Center meeting – Mar. 23
33] Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations – Mar. 23
34] Caravana 43 at UDC – Mar. 23
35] Global Indifference, Solidarity and Development – Mar. 23
36] Labor Committee of the NAACP meeting – Mar. 23
37] See CITIZEN KOCH – Mar. 23
38] Pledge of Resistance/FOC meeting – Mar. 23
39] Jerusalem - Mar. 24
40] Exxon Valdez oil spill remembered – Mar. 24
41] Protest drone strikes and war – Mar. 24
42] No JHU Drone Research -- Mar. 24
43] Black Men Against Domestic Violence – Mar. 24
30] –DC's Environmental Film Festival continues through Sun., Mar. 29. Go to

On Tues., Mar. 24 from 6 to 9 PM, there is a special program at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW, WDC, as part of the Environment Film Festival which brings together two wonderful films and their filmmakers, Gary Marcuse and Kalyanee Mam, along with Evan Osnos, winner of the 2014 National Book Award for "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China." Searching for “Sacred Mountain” explores how an unlikely partnership between religion and government may hold the answer to China's growing environmental crisis. “Fight for Areng Valley” looks into a remote valley in Cambodia, where a group of young monks joins the Chong people in a fight to protect their forests, livelihood and heritage from the looming construction of a hydroelectric dam. There will be a discussion led by filmmakers Kalyanee Mam and Gary Marcuse, and Evan Osnos. Jon Sawyer will moderate. The event is free, with reception to follow. Visit

31] – From Mon., Mar. 23 (all day) through Tues., Mar. 24 (all day) at the Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, attend the 2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference. The conference will bring together over 800 experts and officials from more than 45 countries and international organizations to discuss emerging trends in nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament, deterrence, and nuclear energy. Advance registration is now closed, however there will be an option to register on-site at the conference for an additional cost. For updates about the conference, follow the Nuclear Policy Program on Facebook and Twitter @carnegienpp, and join the conversation with #nukefest2015. For registration and more info, visit

In celebration of World Water Day, join Oxfam America, Food & Water Watch, the Center for international Environmental Law (CIEL), the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), the Washington Ethical Society - Global Connections, and Sister of Mercy - Justice Team for a conversation with Vidalina Morales from the Social and Economic Development Association of Santa Marta (ADES), a local organization working to defend the rights of community members in the region of Cabañas. The event on Mon., Mar. 23 from noon to 1 PM is at Oxfam America Office, 1101 17th St. NW, Suite 1300, WDC. Use the Farragut North Metro stop.

A broad coalition of environmental, religious, campesino/a, and labor organizations is trying to get ratified a Constitutional Amendment (Article 69) that that would define both water and food as human rights to be protected in El Salvador. This landmark reform would serve as a critical safeguard against privatization and corporate control and help to address the severe inequality that exists in El Salvador today in access to these essential resources. It would also serve as a supportive legal framework for several other bills supported by civil society movements, including the General Water Law, a Food Security and Sovereignty Law and a ban on metallic mining. Come learn about the diverse coalition that has united behind this demand and urgent actions that US and international organizations can take to support the ratification of this landmark reform.

32] – Go to the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC (ROC-DC), 1100 Florida Ave. NW, WDC 20009 on Mon., Mar. 23 at 1 PM and meet a group of restaurant industry folks looking to make the restaurant industry a better place! The Center is hosting its monthly community meet up. See

33] – On Mon. Mar. 23 from 3:30 to 5 PM, listen in on Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: Learning from 2013-2014 & Looking Ahead. President Obama has raised the possibility of another push for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement before he leaves office. With stability on the ground already severely at stake, it is imperative that any renewed attempt take account of lessons learned from last year's round of failed talks. What suggestions and recommendations can we draw from a process that built upon and at times diverged from the path of previous diplomatic efforts? How can they be leveraged by the U.S., the international community and the parties themselves to move forward constructively toward a peace agreement?

Join the U.S. Institute of Peace, , 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037, and the Center for a New American Security for a discussion with Ilan Goldenberg, the chief of staff to the U.S. special envoy during the previous talks and author of the new report "Lessons from the 2013-2014 Israeli-Palestinian Final Status Negotiations ." Goldenberg will be joined by a panel of experts who will offer an assessment of the report's findings and recommendations, particularly in light of lessons learned from earlier rounds of negotiations. Other speakers include William B. Quandt, Professor Emeritus, Department of Politics, University of Virginia, Co-author, The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011. Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution; and Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen, Moderator, Director of Arab-Israeli Conflict Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace. RSVP at

34] -- Parents and Family Members of the Missing 43 Ayotzinapa Students from Mexico are in Washington, D.C. Contact Arturo J. Viscarra,, 617-820-3008.Almost six months after the disappearance of 43 students from the Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa in the State of Guerrero, the Mexican government has provided no credible evidence or explanation as to the events of September 26, 2014, and has sought to once again sweep the crimes under the proverbial rug, leaving the Ayotzinapa 43 cases in impunity. As a result, family members, classmates, and attorneys of the 43 missing students have embarked on a U.S. speaking tour, Caravana 43, to speak about their children's experience, demand accountability from the governments of Mexico and the U.S., and discuss the overall state of the current humanitarian crisis in Mexico.

As part of the Caravana 43 events, the Washington DC organizing committee #Ayotzi43DC (SOA Watch, Mexicanos Sin Fronteras, USTired2, and Son Cosita Seria) will be hosting a series of activities to continue to express solidarity with the parents and family members of the missing 43 as well as the movements in Mexico, the U.S., and Latin America as they continue in their struggle to seek justice, and an end to the rampant violence being suffered throughout the region due to the "Drug War." On Mon., Mar. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, the lead attorney for the families of the Ayotzinapa 43, Vidulfo Rosales, and their Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval, a professor at and parent of a student currently attending the Ayotzinapa Rural School, will speak with members of the Legal Community at the University of District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, Room 528, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW.

35] – Global Indifference, Solidarity and Development is happening on Mon., Mar. 23 from 5 to 6:30 PM in the ICC Auditorium, Georgetown University. A Global Futures Dialogue will be on Pope Francis, Catholic Social Thought, and Authentic Development. Pope Francis has warned against the "globalization of indifference." A Georgetown University Dialogue will address how solidarity and development can overcome indifference. Remarks will be made by Archbishop Bernardito Auzais, the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and the Organization of American States. He previously served as the apostolic nuncio to Haiti. Reflections on Putting Principles into Practice will be by David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. Finally, Michele Broemmelsiek, vice president of overseas operations at Catholic Relief Services, will provide examples of Solidarity in Action. The program will end with brief reflections on how Georgetown University and local communities of faith can replace indifference with solidarity and development. This Dialogue is organized by the Life at Georgetown University and is part of the Global Futures Initiative, a university-wide exploration of pressing global issues through teaching, research, and dialogue with world leaders in the public sector, business, and civil society. RSVP at

36] – The Labor Committee of the NAACP DC Branch is hosting its monthly meeting and welcomes your participation on Mon., Mar. 23 at 7 PM at the NAACP Financial Freedom Center, Thurgood Marshall Center, Lower Level, 1816 12th St. NW, WDC. The Labor Committee’s mission is to secure, protect and promote workplace equality for minorities in the D.C. metro area.

37] – Beyond the Classroom: University of Maryland, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, College Park 20742, on Mon., Mar. 23from 7 to 9 PM, see “Citizen Koch” (USA, 2014) as part of a Seminar Series on People Power: Activism for Social Change. With the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling opening the floodgates for unlimited political spending, it’s now easier than ever to buy an election. But what happens when the voters realize that the billionaires and corporations doing the buying do not have the people’s best interests at heart? This question is at the core of CITIZEN KOCH, the new documentary from the Academy Award®-nominated directors of “Trouble the Water,” Carl Deal and Tia Lessin.

CITIZEN KOCH tells the story of the changing American political landscape through the eyes of three Wisconsin state employees, all lifelong Republicans, who suddenly find their party taking direct aim at them, stripping away the economic ground their families have built and depended on for generations. Aided by a PR blitz by out-of-state Tea Party groups, Walker successfully shifts the blame for the country’s financial problems away from Wall Street’s wild west practices and onto school teachers, sanitation workers, prison guards and nurses – many of whom were the very voters who elected him to office. After Walker rams through his “reforms,” a bi-partisan grassroots movement to recall him begins. But the recall movement collides with the Tea Party-aligned “Americans for Prosperity,” founded and lavishly financed by the world’s richest men — billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, who are among Scott Walker’s biggest financial supporters. As Republican working class voters witness the Tea Party takeover, they are torn between loyalty to the GOP and the realization that their own party has made them the enemy. Go to

38] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. The next meeting will be on Mon., Mar. 23. The proposed agenda will include anti-drone activities, lobbying in Annapolis, the Spring Rising, a march from the EPA to the Pentagon and dealing with ISIS. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

39] – Hear from Yudith Oppenheimer from Israeli NGO Ir Amim as she outlines key findings from a report, “Jerusalem: The Rising Cost of Peace,” a longitudinal mapping of developments on the ground from the introduction of the Clinton Parameters in 2000 until today. In context of the findings, Yudith will discuss the current forecast for a political resolution on the city and be joined by Nava Sheer (Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights), who outline the challenges facing those who advocate for the development of planning policies and practices that are more just and respectful of human rights, and responsive to the needs of local communities in Jerusalem. It is happening at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Choate Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC on Tues., Mar. 24 from 9:30 to 11 AM.

Israel has controlled East Jerusalem for almost 50 years. During that time, Israeli authorities have been responsible for municipal services, housing, and urban planning for Jerusalem’s more than 300,000 Palestinian Arabs. Yet even as Israeli politicians proclaim that Jerusalem will never be divided, the contrast between its Jewish and Palestinian neighborhoods is starker than ever. The poverty rate for Palestinians in East Jerusalem is near 80%, physical infrastructure in Palestinian neighborhoods is poor, public facilities are few and far between, and a chronic housing shortage leads Palestinians to resort to unpermitted construction, for lack of alternatives. RSVP at

40] – On Tues., Mar. 24 from 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM, be at the White House on the anniversary of the catastrophic Exxon Valdez oil spill. Join together with others who want to protect the Arctic and the climate from the threats of oil drilling and say NO to allowing Shell to drill there this year, or ever. An interactive gallery of images will be on display to remind us of the damage caused by the Exxon Valdez spill and the opportunity we have to protect this region that is so important to its residents, to wildlife, and to the planet. See

41] – 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 Mar. 24. Call 215-426-0364.

42] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Mar. 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

43] – The National Black United Front presents Black Men Against Domestic Violence: Learn what we can do to heal our community at the Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC on Tues., Mar. 24 at 7 PM. Call 301-836-1826 or email Visit

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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