Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - July 8 - September 22, 2015

38] Donations needed at ASPCA – through July 11
39] Peace Vigil at the White House – July 10
40] Virtual forum on pollution – July 10
41] International Al-Quds Day – July 10
42] Silent Quaker vigil – July 10
43] Film BLACK AND WHITE – July 10
44] Ballroom Dancing – July 10
45] “It’s What We Do: A Play About the Occupation” – July 10
46] Play: THE PAPER GAME – July 10
47] Commemorate Hiroshima & Nagasaki – August 6 & 9
48] Climate chaos, poverty & war actions – Sept. 22
49] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
50] Join Fund Our Communities
51] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
52] Do you need any book shelves?
53] Join Global Zero campaign
54] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


38] – Bring your yard sale donations to the MD SPCA. On Sat., July 11 there is a Summer Lovin' Extravaganza from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Maryland SPCA campus, 3300 Falls Rd., Baltimore 21211.  Meet adoptable pets from the MD SPCA and other local shelters and rescue groups (BARCS, Baltimore Humane Society, Baltimore County Animal Services, Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne's County, AARF, MAS Rescue, Saving Grace Rescue, Tails of Hope and Kids-4-K9s, Inc.), and browse through the yard sale.  The MD SPCA is waiving the adoption fee for adult large dogs and adult cats all month long! Enjoy dishes from the Green Bowl food truck and the Snack Shack Truck; and meet the expert trainers who will be providing training demos and answering behavior questions.

Donate Yard Sale Items this Week--unwanted pet and household items to the Maryland SPCA. Drop-off is this week during regular adoption hours.  Contact Tami Gosheff at tgosheff@mdspca.org or at 410-235-8826 x138.

39] – On Fri., July 10 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 @ artlaffin@hotmail.com or at 202-360-6416.

40] – The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences will host a virtual forum on near roadway pollution and health on Fri., July 10. The event will be webcast live from 2 to 3 PM EDT and will feature a panel of air pollution experts who will take questions.

Exposure to air pollution is widely recognized as a contributor to adverse health outcomes. In the last five years, the international research community has had a greater focus on the role and effects of near roadway pollution on human health. In this virtual forum, you will hear from scientists who have been actively involved in understanding the relationship between exposure to near roadway pollution and human health. Go to http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/community/communityforums/pollution/index.cfm#.VZV6GYt5Un0.mailto.

41] -- Come to the International Al-Quds Day, Dupont Circle, WDC on Fri., July 10 from 3:45 to 6 PM.  Join in the annual QUDS DAY PROTEST AND RALLY. Email Reza Saidi .

42] – There is usually a silent peace vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on July 10. Black Lives Matter. 

43] – Movies That Move Us is a Film Series to Promote Conversation About Race and build the beloved community.  Come to the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW, WDC on Fri., July 10 from 6 to 9 PM.  This month's movie is “Black and White.”  The series is sponsored by the On the Damascus Road, a group of people who are dedicated to addressing institutional and systemic racism. Their roots are in the Church of the Saviour, thus they are guided by the teachings of Jesus. They are open to all spiritual teachings that lead toward justice, healing, forgiveness and reconciliation. Contact Ernest Crosby, 202.345.5362 or coachcrozz@gmail.com, or stop by the Festival Center on Tuesdays between 12 & 5 PM to use the resource center and talk.

44] – 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 July 10. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

45] – See “It’s What We Do: A Play About the Occupation.” There will be five performances with the first on Fri., July 10 and the last on July 25.  Join Jewish Voice for Peace - DC Metro Chapter. 

The play is based on the testimonies of Israeli soldiers’ collected by the Israeli group, Breaking the Silence. These soldiers have dared to speak out against the Occupation policies they enforce and what they have to say is POWERFUL!

You can order tickets at https://www.capitalfringe.org/events/572-it-s-what-we-do-a-play-about-the-occupation.  Award-winning independent filmmaker and theater director (recipient of 3 Fulbright grants), and JVP-DC Metro Steering Committee member, Pam Nice, is the playwright, producer and director of “It’s What We Do.” The performances will be at the Atlas Theatre Lab II, 1333 H St. NE, WDC 20002.

Help us distribute "It's What We Do" postcards at the many Fringe Festival performances throughout July to encourage festival audiences to attend this play -- contact Linda at lblh98@aol.com. Visit www.iwwdplay.org.

46] – As part of the 2015 Capital Fringe Festival, catch “The Paper Game” at Sprenger - Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE, WDC.  There will be five performances with the first on Fri., July 10 at 10:45 PM and the last on Sat., July 25 at 2:30 PM.  If you've ever quietly seethed while waiting in a doctor's office or emergency room; if you've ever engaged in an argument about how #YesAllWomen is a thing; if you've ever raged over the fact that in 2015 #BlackLivesMatter is even an issue, this play is for you. A satirical look at the maze we all must navigate regardless of the particulars of the system, The Paper Game will touch everyone who's ever had to call a 1-800 number and then dedicate what seems like the rest of their life to trying to get the right person to tell them the right thing to make everything work out right. Tickets are $17.

47] – 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. 

48] -- 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. We will occupy Rep. Paul Ryan’s office.

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.

49] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email: info@washingtonpeacecenter.org.

50] -- 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 www.OurFunds.org. 

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

52] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

 53] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.

54] – 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 http://prop1.org; 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] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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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