Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 10 - September 22, 2015

35] Come to ONE DC June 10
36] Civil hacking – June 10
37] The danger of coal plants – June 10
38] Write to Political Prisoners – June 10
39] Phone bank for DCFerguson – June 10
40] American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee conference June 11 - 14
41] Campaign for paid sick days – June 11
42] ACLU at Red Emma’s – June 11
43] Remember Walter Scott – June 11
44] Cuban party at the White House -- June 11
45] Justice for Muslims – June 11
46] CASA Justice Awards Night – June 11
47] Respect Chagossians right of return – June 11
48] Interdependence Day – July 4
48] Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration – August 6 & 9
50] D.C. Action – September 21 or 22
51] Max is looking for a used van
52] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
53] Join Fund Our Communities
54] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
55] Do you need any book shelves?
56] Join Global Zero campaign
57] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

35] -- Come to ONE DC, 614 S St. NW, Carriage House, WDC, on Wed., June 10 on 6 to 8 PM to join the Spring Member Orientation. Everyone's talents and time are essential to make ONE DC a viable and powerful organization because of direct involvement in the work. The Member Orientation is designed to allow people to identify exactly what activities they want to devote their time and energy to, engage with staff and member-leaders, and join other members to keep the work strong and growing. Visit

36] – Code for DC is the DC chapter of Code for America Brigade – a national network of "civic hackers" who contribute their skills toward using the web as a platform for local government and community service. We're building new tools and liberating data to help DC work better. Come to the Impact Hub DC, 419 7th. NW, 3rd Fl., WDC on Wed., June 10 from 6 to 9:30 PM and help.  Visit

37] – Dr. Gwen DuBois and MD Sierra Club Chapter Director Josh Tulkin will be on Midday with Dan Rodricks, and they will be discussing the deleterious effects of coal-fired power plants. Josh will come at 1 PM, and Gwen will appear at 1:20 PM. Tune in to 88.1 FM WYPR or listen online at To call in during the show, dial 410-662-8780 locally, or call toll-free at 1-866-661-9309.

38] – On Wed., June 10 at 7 PM, join DC Stampede at The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd, NW, WDC, for the next night of solidarity with the people in movements who have had their freedom taken from them. All the materials will be provided--a list of prisoners from various radical movements with short bios, and a quick “how to” for anyone who would like some guidance. Government repression, as animal activists well know, has long attempted to chill dissent and divide movements. Spend the evening fighting back against the state’s attempts to divide communities. Visit

39] – On Wed., June 10 at 7 PM, join DCFerguson to phone bank for the June 16 rally. The phone banking will be at the Justice Center, 617 Florida Ave. NW, WDC.  On Tues., June 16, the DCFerguson Movement will protest against racist, militarized policing in Washington, D.C. and across the country. June 16 was selected because on that day in 1976 twenty-thousand Black students took the streets of South Africa to protest the imposition of the racist language Afrikaans in their schools. Their protests were met with bullets by the Apartheid government killing hundreds of youth. Oppression, however, breeds resistance.

The murders of those students jumpstarted the movement against Apartheid as thousands upon thousands of Black (and white) South Africans actively joined the struggle, swelling the ranks of the Liberation Movement. Black youth have led the way and kicked off a powerful movement against racism, police murders and poverty.  On June 16th at 7 PM, meet in Mt. Vernon Square Park. DCFerguson seeks to honor those who lost their lives in Soweto Township in 1976, who gave everything to be liberated. This uprising must turn into a liberation movement that uproots racist oppression. They will march to commemorate the lives of the lost martyrs in both struggles and in the memory that through struggle comes sacrifice, but also victory.  Email DCFerguson Movement <>.

40] – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) will be celebrating 35 years of commitment to civil rights (1980-2015) at this year's ADC National Convention at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW, WDC, from Thurs., June 11 (all day) through Sun., June 14 (all day).  See

41] – Come to 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville on Thurs., June 11 at 9 AM to join a MoCo Paid Sick Days working group. The HHS Committee will debate the policy - but one way or another, no one should have to choose between their health and their job. There is a need for a strong community voice supporting workers' dignity and well-being. Pack the room with supporters of paid sick days to show that the people of Montgomery County support passing a strong bill. Can you come? Simply showing up will speak volumes, especially for the 700,000 Maryland workers who need our county to set an example for the state. Go to

42] – Join the ACLU on Thurs., June 11 from 5 to 7 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 West North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  The 2015 General Assembly session has ended, so what's going on with the ACLU? Whether it’s demanding police accountability, establishing new privacy protections from government surveillance, ending mass incarceration, preserving the right to vote or have an abortion, or supporting full equality for the LGBT community, we take up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. Come meet ACLU staff, learn more about our work and upcoming events, and find out ways that you can get involved. RSVP at Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

43] – Go to the Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW, WDC on Thurs., June 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM for an event which happens every Thursday. Participants will hold signs with the names of people who were killed by police, #BlackLivesMatter signs, and other messages.  There will be a Person of the Week-- Walter Scott; April 4, 2015, West Ashley, SC --that will be studied and remembered. While holding signs, participants are encouraged to share what they learned about this person.  Visit

44] –Join CODEPINK in front of the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., June 11 at 5:30 PM for a fun-filled night of Cuban music and salsa dancing to celebrate and further promote the improvement of US-Cuba relations! Go to

45] – On Thurs., June 11 at 6 PM, join a demonstration in front of the Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC to protest and demand justice for Muslim victims of state violence. For example, there were the recent killings of Feras Morad and Usaama Rahim by law enforcement agencies. Islamophobia in the United States has made national news recently but little attention has been given to how anti-Muslim sentiments are perpetuated as part of U.S. policies such as the War on Terror and to justify U.S. wars. The case of Usaama particularly highlights this and is a tragic example of the double burden of Islamophobia and racism and the intersectionality of state violence targeting marginalized groups.

The demands are as follows: 1) End all extrajudicial and state-sanctioned killings whether by police here or the military abroad; 2) End the separate system of justice for Muslims that assumes innocence until proven Muslim; 3) There must accountability and justice for all victims of state violence; and 4) An end to entrapment, surveillance, profiling and other War on Terror policies that have disproportionately impacted Muslims. Go to

46] –  Come to the Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St. NW, WDC 20009, on Thurs., June 11 from 6 to 8 PM as CASA will proudly host its third-annual Justice Awards Night.  This year’s Justice Awards Night will be extra special as CASA celebrates 30 years of fighting for the rights of immigrants.  The night will include appearances from many special guests, along with hosted cocktails and hors d’oeuvre, live Latin music, and networking opportunities. The keynote speaker is Congressperson Chris Van Hollen and the 30th Anniversary guest speaker is Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and former CASA board member. All proceeds from the event will benefit CASA’s services for immigrant families and its advocacy for social justice. Get tickets at

47] – The U.S. military has over 800 bases abroad, while the rest of the world's countries combined have no more than 30. But who pays for this kind of massive military presence? 'Stealing A Nation' is a 2004 documentary film that chronicles the expulsion of the Chagossian people from their homeland on the Chagos Archipelago in the late 1960s and early 1970s by the U.S. and U.K. to make way for a U.S. military base on Diego Garcia. To this day, the Chagossians have been prevented from returning to their rightful home. After over four decades of struggle, the Chagossians have a renewed chance at victory, as the Pentagon enters into negotiations with the U.K. to renew the lease for the Diego Garcia military base. Come find out how DC-based activists are working to pressure the U.S. government to respect Chagossians right of return and how you can get involved.  Get over to 1916 10th St. NW, WDC on Thurs., June 11 at 7:30 PM and hear anthropologist and activist David Vine who will lead a discussion following the film. Vine is the author of "Island of Shame," which fully chronicles how the Pentagon and U.K. officials expired to exile the Chagossians, and of the forthcoming "Base Nation", a book that sheds light on the expansive base apparatus the U.S. is using to occupy the world. Go to

48] -- The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will do its annual Interdependence Day visit to the National Security Agency.  We will depart at 10:15 AM on July 4 for Fort Meade, and then vigil at the NSA from 11 AM to noon.  We will then have a 6 PM potluck picnic. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

49] – The annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration will begin on Thurs., Aug. 6 with a 5:30 PM demonstration at 33rd & North Charles Streets to call for the abolition of nuclear weapons and a ban on killer drone strikes and research.  Visitors from Japan will speak, and then we would eat dinner at a Japanese restaurant.

On Sun., Aug. 9, we will enjoy a potluck dinner at 6 PM.  Then Ralph Moore, a long-time Baltimore activist, will address the problems facing Baltimore.  If you are in a social change organization, you would be welcome to inform the gathering about your accomplishments. We are seeking performers.  Let Max know if you have any suggestions. 

50] -- The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance is planning an action on September 21 or 22 in the D.C. area. We will gather at 10 AM in the office of a member of the House of Representatives to challenge him/her that the wars must end, that Mother Earth must be saved and that we must eliminate income inequality. Let Max know if you have a suggestion as to which office we should visit—Boehner, Ryan or ?.

After delivering a letter and speaking with staff members, we will next gather at 1 PM at the White House.  There we will try to deliver a letter to the White House, raise the same issues and risk arrest. Let Max know if you can join us in D.C. for this action.

51] – Max’s mechanic has told him it is time to replace his van.  If you have any leads on a used van, let Max know at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at 

52] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email:

53] -- Fund Our Communities campaign is a grass roots movement to get support from local organizations and communities to work together with their local and state elected officials to pressure Congresspersons and senators to join with Congresspersons Barney Frank and Ron Paul, who have endorsed a 25% cut to the federal military budget.  Bring home the savings to state and county governments to meet the local needs which are under tremendous budget pressures.  Go to

54] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

55] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

56] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

57] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

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

"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan


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