Monday, May 4, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 4 - 6, 2015

41] Radiation Threats – May 4
42] Film “Cesar’s Last Fast” – May 4
43] Pledge of Resistance/FOC meeting – May 4
44] Film “After Winter, Spring Forging the Future” – May 4
45] Book talk about “Children of the Stone” – May 4
46] Mondragon International – May 4
47] Peace vigil – May 4
48] No JHU Drone Research – May 4
49] Fundraiser for Justice for Freddie Gray – May 5
50] Film THE LAST DRAGON – May 5  
51] Sponsor a Spring Program. – May 6 

41] – Join Physicians for Social Responsibility for a Round Table Discussion--Fukushima: Case Study for Radiation Threats from Nuclear Power on Mon., May 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW (entrance faces Lamont, NW). Dr. Ian Fairlie is an expert on radiation and health and served for years with MedAct—the United Kingdom affiliate of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). Go to  RSVP at

42] – Beyond the Classroom: University of Maryland, 1104 South Campus Commons, Building 1, College Park 20742, on Mon., May 4 from 7 to 9 PM, check out Seminar Series on People Power: Activism for Social Change.  Beyond the Classroom presents “Cesar’s Last Fast” (USA, 2014).  This project is more than just a film. It is a powerful tool to engage people and organizations to participate in social justice movements using Cesar Chavez’s inspiring story as a model for how individuals and communities can address the inequities they confront every day. To carry out this social impact initiative, the filmmakers will partner with national civil, labor, human rights, and faith-based organizations. These partner groups will organize community-based screenings and incorporate the film into their social justice campaigns. This strategy will ensure the film reaches a new generation of immigrant workers who may not know Chavez’s story and his impact on Latino civil and labor rights in the United States.

“Cesar’s Last Fast” is a multi-platform feature documentary film about the private sacrifice and spiritual conviction behind Cesar Chavez’s struggle for the humane treatment of America’s farm workers, and the impact Chavez’s legacy has on today’s generation of organizers fighting for farm worker rights. The film is built around powerful, never-before-seen footage of Chavez’s 1988 “Fast for Life,” a 36-day act of penance for not having done enough to stop growers from spraying pesticides on farm workers. The story of this water-only fast is the film’s dramatic arc into which the filmmakers interweave the historic events that defined the life mission of America’s most inspiring Latino leader and the struggles confronting today’s farm workers. See

43] – 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., May 4.  The proposed agenda will include anti-drone activities, Freddie Gray, May Day, MUPJ conference, Tom Hayden and Hiroshima Commemoration. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

44] – Go to the Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC on Mon., May 4 at 8 PM for a film “After Winter, Spring Forging the Future” and discussion.  Tickets are $12 to $15.  Call 1 (202) 966-3464 or email Look at

45] – On Tues., May 5 from 1 to 2 PM at the Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037, the Palestine Center invites you to a book presentation “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land” with author Sandy Tolan.  From the author of “The Lemon Tree, comes a moving story of music as a means of empowerment and healing. The book is the incredible story of Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, a child of Palestinian refugee camps who was caught by a photographer hurling a rock at an Israeli tank in 1988 in the West Bank. The snapshot, which appeared around the world, showed a fragile 8-year-old with fear and anger in his eyes. The image came to symbolize the rage and frustration of the intifada. Ten years later, Aburedwan laid down the stones when he discovered the viola - he was awed by the power of music to lift himself and others out of despair. See Call 202-338-1958 or email

46] – Come to the IPS Conference Room, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, WDC on Tues., May 5 from 1 to 2 PM and join a discussion with the president of Mondragon International about a “multi-localization” approach to globalizing factory-based production that creates domestic employment with higher wages. Go to

47] – 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 May 5.  Call 215-426-0364.

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

49] – On Tues., May 5 from 5:30 to 8 PM, there will be a fundraiser for Justice for Freddie Gray at the Impact Hub, 419 7th St. NW, Suite 300, WDC 20004.  Visit Planning for this event is moving very quickly, so please stay tuned for more!

50] – At Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW, WDC 20010, on Tues., May 5 from 7 to 9 PM, BloomScreen celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the greatest Kung Fu movie ever! “The Last Dragon” (1985, 109 min), by Michael Schultz showcases Leroy Green (Taimak), a young martial artist living in New York City, who trains tirelessly to attain the same level of mastery as the great Bruce Lee. One night, his life changes forever when he rescues television personality Laura Charles (Vanity) from evil businessman Eddie Arkadian. Impressed by Leroy's bravery, Laura falls for Leroy -- but to keep her safe, he will have to defeat a gang leader named Sho'nuff, the self-styled Shogun of Harlem. See The screening will be followed by a discussion with Khalil Shahyd, a New Orleans native and a PhD candidate in Urban Political Ecology. The suggested donation is $10, and the proceeds support BloomBars. Enjoy free organic popcorn. BloomScreen Indie Film Night is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts and other guests. See

51] – Sponsor a Spring Program.   There is a Meditation Workshop with the children of Mary House on Wed., May 6 co-led by Andrew Stern, Mary House staff. Mary House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing transitional housing services for economically disadvantaged families in Northeast D.C. See

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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