Monday, July 20, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - July 20 -21, 2015

16] Celebrate Cuba – July 20         
17] When will nuclear weapons be abolished? – July 20
18] Pledge of Resistance meeting – July 20
19] "Iran and the Future of the Regional Security and Economic Landscape" – July 21
20] Apache Stronghold protest – July 21
21] "Negotiating the Gulf: How a Nuclear Agreement Would Redefine GCC-Iran Relations" – July 21
22] Evidence-based Grassroots Advocacy with Drones, GPS and Smartphones – July 21
23] "From Sea Denial to Nuclear Deterrence: India's Quest for a Nuclear Submarine" – July 21
24] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – July 21                                      
25] No JHU Drone Research – July 21
26] Korean reunification? – July 21
27] Webinar: We Have an Iran Deal! Now What? – July 21
16] – On Mon., July 20 from 5 to 8 PM, history will be made. After 54 years, Cuba and the US are restoring diplomatic relations. Celebrate with a big party outside the Embassy, 2630 16th St NW, WDC.  Bring instruments, flowers, cards, snacks, or anything to share! Make the Cubans feel love; someone from the Embassy will come out to greet the revelers.  Go to

17] – On Mon., July 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Ira Helfand, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, will address "Nuclear Weapons: Where Are We Now?" His talk is sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility Philadelphia, and it will be at the Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St., Philadelphia. RSVP at

18] – 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 is on July 20. The proposed agenda will include torture, anti-drone activities, Freddie Gray, John Sarbanes/Ben Cardin, Greece, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration and a September action in D.C. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

19] – On Tues., July 21 from 9 AM to noon, Colin Kahl, National Security Adviser to the Vice President, with six other speakers, will tackle "Iran and the Future of the Regional Security and Economic Landscape." Sponsored by the Center for a New American Security, the event will be at NYU Washington DC, Abramson Family Auditorium, 1307 L St. NW, WDC. RSVP at

20] – Come to the National Mall on Tues., July 21 at 9 AM to join the Apache Stronghold for a protest to Save Oak Flat.  A sacred run will take place in the morning, leaving from Rock Creek Park and arriving at the National Mall. Be there to meet the runners as they arrive after traveling all the way from Oak Flat in Arizona.

21] – On Tues., July 21 from noon to 2 PM., Suzanne DiMaggio, New America, Jamal Khashoggi, Al Arab News Channel, Nadim Shehadi, Tufts University, and Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Texas A&M University, will comment on "Negotiating the Gulf: How a Nuclear Agreement Would Redefine GCC-Iran Relations" at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, Suite 1060, 1050 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

22] – Amazon Watch Invites You to a "Green-Bag Lunch" Presentation: Evidence-based Grassroots Advocacy with Drones, GPS and Smartphones.  Gregor MacLennan, Digital Democracy, will discuss the subject on Tues., July 21 from 12:30 to 2 PM at the Amazon Watch / CIEL conference room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100, (South Dupont, above Panera / Cosi), WDC.  Technology doesn't change the world, it's how people use it. Smartphones, GPS, drones, satellite imagery, maps, photos, and video can strengthen and support community advocacy efforts to fight environmental destruction and human rights abuses. Unfortunately in many cases technology is used for communities rather than by them, further disempowering already marginalized communities.

MacLennan has worked with indigenous communities throughout the Amazon Basin for the past 15 years on land rights issues, the impacts of extractive industries, and supporting indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination. Gregor previously worked as Peru Program Director at Amazon Watch and is now Program Director at Digital Democracy, which works to empower marginalized communities to use technology to defend their rights.

23] – On Tues., July 21 from 1 to 2 PM, Yogesh Joshi, Jawaharial Nehru University, and Christian Ostermann, Wilson Center, will comment on "From Sea Denial to Nuclear Deterrence: India's Quest for a Nuclear Submarine" at the Wilson Center, Sixth Floor, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at 

24] – 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 July 21.  Call 215-426-0364.

25] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on July 21  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637

26] –   Come to Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Sts., 2021 14th St. NW, WDC on Tues., July 21 from 6 to 8 PM to hear from Gloria Steinem, WomenXDMZ organizer Christine Ahn, CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin, Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung, retired Colonel Ann Wright, and Brinton Lykes. Medea will report back on their historic trip across the Demilitarized Zone from North Korea into South Korea in May 2015. The remarkable 30-person delegation of international women made the journey for the reunification of families divided by the Korean War, for the replacement of the 1953 armistice with a peace treaty and for the full participation of women in the peacemaking process. These women will share the lessons learned from their journey including the tremendous desire for peace and reconciliation among the Korean people on both sides of the border and how US policy towards the Koreas can and should shift to create pathways for peace. Email Alli McCracken at

27] –   On Tues., July 21 at 8 PM, Physicians for Social Responsibility [] is hosting a Webinar: We Have an Iran Deal! Now What? Join PSR Security Program for a webinar to understand the details of the Iran Deal and what you can do to keep the deal safe from Congress.   The webinar will feature Theresa Shaffer, Security Program Associate, as host and Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, as guest speaker. Kelsey provides research and analysis on the nuclear and missile programs in Iran, North Korea, India, and Pakistan and on nuclear security issues. She holds a master's degree in peace studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She also provides commentary for TV and radio outlets including, BBC, CNN International, Al Jazeera, Voice of America and Channel News Asia.  Register at

 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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