Friday, October 16, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 16 - 17, 2015

50] Communicate well – Oct. 16
51] Depopulation of Palestine – Oct. 16
52] Black Lives Matter – Oct. 16
53] Book “Greening of Africana Studies” – Oct. 16
54] Support SOA Watch – Oct. 16
55] Honor Grace Lee Boggs – Oct. 16
56] Steven Salaita at Red Emma’s – Oct. 16
57] Ballroom Dancing – Oct. 16
58] Out with ICE. – Oct. 17
59] Day of Reflection with Pax Christi – Oct. 17
60] Reunion's Monthly Community Meeting – Oct. 17
61] West Chester peace vigil – Oct. 17
62] Empower D.C. – Oct. 17
63] Teach-In on Gaza – Oct. 17
64] Energy, Health, & Climate Expo – Oct. 17
65] Support Palestinians Rally – Oct. 17
66] Ryan Harvey in D.C. – Oct. 17
68] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
69] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
70] Do you need any book shelves?
71] Join the Global Zero campaign
72] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
50] – Come to the Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, WDC, on Fri., Oct. 16 from 12:30 to 2 PM and  join the Progressive Communicators of Washington, D.C. for a brown bag discussion with Jennifer Farmer and Victoria Wenger of Advancement Project. This talk is based on the new publication, “The Progressive Phrase Guide: Five Guidelines for Socially Conscious Communications,” from Advancement Project and The Opportunity Agenda. Jennifer Farmer is also the author of the forthcoming book, “Striking While the Iron is Hot: Principles for Promoting Your Issue, Candidate or Grassroots Campaign.” Bring a brown bag lunch.

Are you a media watchdog? They can walk through some real life examples of how media coverage can get it wrong. Bring and share a news story you've seen that reduces its subjects to “less than” status.

Progressive Communicators of Washington, D.C. is an informal network of 1,200+ people working in communications who are committed to progressive causes. Their goal is to improve the ability of the network’s members to serve progressive organizations by sponsoring trainings and speakers; sharing tips, strategies and best practices; and providing forums for progressive communicators to share information, including a Yahoo Group email list. To join the PCDC Yahoo Group email list, send an email to

51] – A dramatic transformation took place in the landscape and demography of Israel after the 1948 war, as hundreds of Palestinian villages throughout the country were depopulated, and for the most part physically erased. How has this transformation been perceived by Israelis? At the Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037, on Fri., Oct. 16 from 1 to 2 PM,  Noga Kadman suggests some answers, based on a research that systematically explores Israeli attitudes concerning the depopulated Palestinian villages. She focuses on the most ordinary, everyday encounters of Israelis with the memory of the villages, their representations and their physical remains, exploring the naming and mapping of village sites and the ways depopulated villages are dealt with in tourist sites and Jewish communities established on their remains. Aided by statistics, original quotes, photos and maps, she will discuss her findings, which reveal a consistent pattern of marginalization of the depopulated Palestinian villages in the Israeli discourse, in the context of the formation of collective memory and of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A light lunch will be served at 12:30 PM, and the lecture at 1 PM. Visit

 Kadman is an Israeli researcher in the field of human rights and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, whose main interest is to explore the encounter between Israelis and the Palestinian presence in the landscape and history of the country. Copies of her book “Erased from Space and Consciousness: Israel and the Depopulated Palestinian Villages of 1948” will be available for purchase. 

52] – 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 Oct. 16. Black Lives Matter. 

53] – At Sankofa Books & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Oct. 16 from 6 to 7 PM, Rubin Patterson, Professor & Chair, Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Howard University will discuss his new book, “Greening of Africana Studies: Linking Environmental Studies with Transforming Black Experiences.”  He is also a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has published essays on transnationalism and environmental issues in various journals, including Social Forces, Globalizations, the Journal of Black Studies, and the Journal of Industrial Ecology. He served for ten years as the founding editor of the journal Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. Go to

54] – Come to 1114 Girard St. NW, WDC, on Fri., Oct. 16 from 6 to 10:30 PM and join SOA Watch's 1st Annual Game Night!  Bring your favorite games/game ideas, or come ready to play in different game rooms! There will be a casino room with card games and a room for board games along with a cash bar for refreshments, snacks, and drinks. Prizes will be given to all of the night’s winners! The suggested donation is $5, and proceeds go towards the 25th Anniversary Vigil at the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia – Nov. 20 to 22.  See

55] – The Washington Peace Center, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Fri., Oct. 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM will honor Grace Lee Boggs, who said "We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it's never a question of 'critical mass.' It's always about critical connections. “This intimate gathering will celebrate her life and legacy through reflection, dialogue, and poetry and be a night of healing and relationship building in the spirit of a revolutionary. Go to

56] – On Fri., Oct. 16 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, Steven Salaita will discuss his book “Uncivil Rights: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom.” Haymarket Books and Red Emma's present this discussion with Steven Salaita on academic freedom, free speech on campus, and the movement for justice in Palestine.  In the summer of 2014, renowned American Indian studies professor Steven Salaita had his appointment to a tenured professorship revoked by the board of trustees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Salaita’s employment was terminated in response to his public tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s summer assault on Gaza.

Salaita’s firing generated a huge public outcry, with thousands petitioning for his reinstatement, and more than five thousand scholars pledging to boycott UIUC. His case raises important questions about academic freedom, free speech on campus, and the movement for justice in Palestine.  Salaita currently holds the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. Author of six previous books, he is a regular columnist for Electronic Intifada and a member of the Organizing Committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI). Call 443-602-7585.  Go to 

57] – 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 Oct. 16. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

58] – On behalf of NDLON and Trabajadores Unidos of DC, you're invited to participate on Sat., Oct. 17 from 9 AM to 2 PM in a popular assembly against the racism that today resurges across the country. The objective is to better organize in the DC metropolitan area, and send a clear message: In with the people, out with the hate, out with ICE. The asamblea will be followed by a public activity at 3 PM. Go to

59] – Members and Friends of Pax Christi Baltimore are invited on Sat., Oct. 17 to attend  a Day of Reflection from 9:30 AM to 1 PM at  St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, 120 N. Front St.., Baltimore 21202.  The main speaker is Sr. Patricia Chappell, executive director of Pax Christi USA. Her reflection will be on the theme “Peace In Our City/ Peace In Our Lives.” Allow EXTRA TIME TO GET TO THE ST. VINCENT DEPAUL PARISH PARKING LOT, AS THE BALTIMORE RUNNING FESTIVAL IS DOWNTOWN ON THAT SAME MORNING! Contact Chuck Michaels [].

60] – On Sat., Oct. 17 at 10 AM, be at Reunion's Monthly Community Meeting at New Community Church, 614 S St. NW.  At Reunion's monthly meeting, help determine the next steps in Reunion's Strategic Initiative #2:  Implementing restorative justice practices in DC's sentencing structure.

61] –  Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email 

62] – Go to the Union Temple Baptist Church, 1225 W St. SE, WDC, on Sat., Oct. 17 from 11 AM to 2 PM to join, support & grow Empower DC! Founded in 2003, Empower DC is on the front lines of fighting displacement of DC residents. The annual meeting will include a report on organizational growth & direction. Dues-paying members will also vote to elect members of the Board of Directors. Be at the 11th Annual Membership Meeting, which will feature THIS IS HOW WE ORGANIZE & FIGHT GENTRIFICATION & DISPLACEMENT! Contact Parisa at (202) 234-9119 x 100 or  Visit

63] – At the Bunn Auditorium, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th St. NW, WDC, on Sat., Oct. 17  from noon to 4 PM, the Jerusalem Fund’s educational program, The Palestine Center, is pleased to cosponsor Teach-In on Gaza: History, Politics, and Economics presented by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.  Register at

Speakers will examine the current devastation in Gaza and the prospects for the future of a region that UN reports warn will be uninhabitable by 2020 if the current trends continue. Doctoral student Seraje Assi starts our public event with a lecture on the condition of Gaza under the British Mandate by drawing on the works of Palestinian Historian Aref al Aref, who had also served as the Official District of Gaza during the period between 1939 and 1943. Following Assi, Professor Noura Erakat will walk the audience through a history of Gaza from 1948 to present day, illuminating Israel’s larger project of settler-colonization. Professor Erakat’s lecture challenges the notion that Israel has Gaza specific problem as she ties together policies afflicting Palestinians throughout the state.

Finally, Professor Sara Roy, will discuss her most recent research on the political economy of de-development in Gaza and the necessity for freedom rather than aid alone. The program concludes with a series of videos on innovative approaches to improving life in Gaza, introduced and facilitated by Professor Rochelle Davis.

64] – Come to the next Maryland Climate Coalition at the Energy, Health, & Climate Expo: Renewing Maryland Together on Sat., Oct. 17 from 1 to 4 PM at the College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Road, Room BI113, La Plata, MD 20646.  RSVP at (optional). 

The Baltimore Green Forum is an enthusiastic partner in this Expo. The Expo will feature dozens of organizations and green businesses that can help you save energy and money by going green at home, including: The Empowers: energy-saving superheroes! * Mom’s Clean Air Force * Groundswell clean energy purchasing groups * Ranger Rick & The National Wildlife Federation * Breathe Easy Home * ZeroDraft Energy Efficiency * Blue Water Baltimore * Baltimore Green Forum * Physicians for Social Responsibility * Gunpowder Valley Conservancy * Interfaith Power & Light * Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake * Maryland Sierra Club * Pearlstone Center’s Community Sustainability Program * Baltimore Metropolitan Council’s Air Quality and Bike Safety Program * Maryland Working Families * Institute for Policy Studies * and more!
65] – The situation in Palestine, especially in Jerusalem, is extremely unfair and intolerable for its inhabitants due to the terror of the occupation and the Israeli settlers' aggression recently reaching a boiling point. Yet the United States condemns the Palestinians for aggression against Israeli civilians.  Join the American Palestinian Community in Northern Virginia at the White House, Pennsylvania Ave. and 15 St., 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20500, on Sat., Oct. 17 from 1 to 3 PM.

Stand with the Palestinian people in their quest for human rights and freedom, Demand that the United Nations interfere to end to Israel's war crimes against civilians, -Demand that the U.S. stops using our tax dollars to send military aid to Israel,-Work to cease U.S. economic support to Israeli war crimes, and Support the Palestinian people to end the occupation achieve their freedom. Go to

66] – Ryan Harvey's lyrics are situated between the street protest, the radical bookstore, and the basement punk show. Touring extensively since 2011, he has shared his insightful acoustic songs and powerful stories in 19 countries, visiting many epicenters of recent uprisings; Cairo, Athens, Reykjavík, and his hometown, Baltimore. A founding-member of the Riot-Folk Collective in 2004, Ryan has now launched Firebrand Records with former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello to promote & support revolutionary musicians around the world. Hear Ryan at the Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Sat., Oct. 17 at 7 PM.

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

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

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

70] -- 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.

71] – 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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