Thursday, October 8, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 8 -9, 2015

33] Cost of Nuclear Forces – Oct. 8

34] Chinese Nuclear Thinking – Oct. 8

35] Ecuador’s oil extraction – Oct. 8

36] Protest attack on the hospital – Oct. 8

37] Nixon’s Nuclear Specter – Oct. 8

38] Iran Deal – Oct. 8

39] New demographics – Oct. 8

40] Paid Family Leave – Oct. 8

41] Justice or Else – Oct. 8


43] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Oct. 8

44] Peace vigil at the White House – Oct. 9

45] Meet & Greet with Donna Edwards – Oct. 9

46] Black Lives Matter Vigil – Oct. 9

47] Ballroom Dancing – Oct. 9


33] – On Thurs., Oct. 8 from 10 to 11 AM, Todd Harrison, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Evan Montgomery, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, will discuss "The Cost of U.S. Nuclear Forces: From BCA to Bow Wave and Beyond" at Heritage Foundation, Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, WDC. RSVP at

34] – On Thurs., Oct. 8 at 10:15 AM, Fan Jishe, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Li Bin, Carnegie Endowment; and Pan Zhenqiang, Central University of Finance and Economics (Beijing), will tackle "Chinese Nuclear Thinking" at the University of Maryland, 1203 Van Munching Hall, College Park. Visit

35] -- Amazon Watch invites you to a "Green-Bag Lunch" Presentation: "Environmental Attitudes in a Climate-Vulnerable State: Self-Interest Challenges To Post-Materialist Values along Ecuador's Oil Extraction Frontier" with Prof. Todd Eisenstadt, American University on Thurs., Oct. 8 at 12:30 PM to 2 PM in the Amazon Watch / CIEL Conference Room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100, (above Cosi, Dupont Circle South), WDC.

There is little evidence of what motivates environmental concern in developing countries like Ecuador. In contrast to the value-driven post-materialist argument that environmental issues are a concern only of the relatively affluent in advanced democracies, there is an argument based on self-interest.  Eisenstadt is Professor of Government at American University. He and his co-author, Karleen West (of SUNY-Geneseo), conducted a national survey of Ecuadorans funded by National Science Foundation Awards #1324158 and #1457861.

36] -- Voices for Creative Nonviolence Calls for Emergency Protest of Airstrike on Afghanistan Hospital.  Voices ( is mobilizing activists to gather in front of hospitals across the U.S. and beyond, with the message, Dropping Bombs Here would be a War Crime! and The same is true in Afghanistan. On Thurs., Oct. 8 from 3 to 4 PM, the Phila. Area Anti-Drone Network (PAAN), including the Brandywine Peace Community and other groups or organizations will hold a vigil at Hahnemann Hospital, Broad and Vine Sts., Philadelphia.   Use the Race-Vine stop on the Broad St. subway. Bring signs or banners which could say:  Dropping Bombs Here Would Be a War Crime, US Bombed Afghan Hospital, Killing 22, Surgical Strike?, or War Crime: U.S. Bombs Afghan Hospital.  Contact Marge Van Cleef at 203-804-3013. 

37] – On Thurs., Oct. 8 from 4 to 5:30 PM, William Burr, National Security Archive, and Jeffrey Kimball, Miami (OH) University will talk about "Nixon's Nuclear Specter--The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War" at Wilson Center, Sixth Floor, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

38] – On Thurs., Oct. 8 from 4:30 to 6 PM, Joe Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund, and Bernadette Meehan, State Department, will address "The Policy and Politics of the Historic Agreement with Iran" at Georgetown University, McGhee Library, ICC301, 37th and O Sts. NW, WDC. RSVP

39] -- Come to Local 16, 1602 U St. NW, WDC on Thurs., Oct. 8 from 6 to 8 PM, join the Brennan Center for Justice and Vox for a candid conversation about what the shifting demographic landscape means for grassroots movements, political action, and civic engagement.  How can we shape our democracy into one that is truly representative of the people being governed?  By the year 2043, current minority groups and people of color are expected to be a majority of the population in the United States. As the country undergoes this historic demographic shift, what will the new majority look like? How can movements around critical issues such as restrictive voting laws and the corruptive influence of money in politics utilize the momentum and energy of this new demographic? And what role can/should millennials play as some of the newest members of the nation’s electorate?  Contact Jafreen Uddin at or 646.292.8345.

40] -- No one should have to choose between caring for their family and earning a living, however, that's the reality for too many people who don't have access to paid family or medical leave insurance. That's why Jews United for Justice is calling on the DC City Council to #LeadOnLeave and pass legislation ensuring paid family and medical leave for EVERYONE who lives or works in the District.

Join Jews United for Justice for a Campaign Action Meeting to learn, strategize, and plan for action at the Quaker Meeting House, 2111 Florida Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Oct. 8 from 6 to 9 PM.  Everyone is welcome, and dinner will be provided. Childcare available if requested. See

41] -- At the Plymouth Congregational Church, 5301 N. Capitol St. NE, WDC, on Thurs., Oct. 8 from 6 to 9 PM, celebrate black lives and get excited for the upcoming Justice or Else Million Man March on Saturday with a pre-rally by the Women for Justice or Else Committee! There will be vending, concession, spoken word, musical selections & more. Call Ayo Handy at 202-667-2577.

42] – On Thurs., Oct. 8 from 7 to 10 PM at 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, Diana Block presents her book “Clandestine Occupations - An Imaginary History.” When San Francisco activist Luba Gold goes underground in 1984 to support the Puerto Rican Independence movement, a far-flung network of women is confronted with the risks of prison, the terrible costs of betrayal, and the exhilarating possibilities of love through struggle. Based on lived experience, Diana Block's bold new novel spans two generations of radical women, their lovers, children and friends. This is revolutionary feminism in epic form, from the passions of Solidarity to the awakenings of Occupy and even beyond--to a beautifully imagined insurgency of the Future. Block has been an activist since the 1970s and a founding member of San Francisco Women Against Rape, Prairie Fire Organizing Committee, and California Coalition for Women Prisoners. She is the author of the memoir “Arm the Spirit: A Woman’s Journey Underground and Back.”

43] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore now meets on Thursdays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence.  There will be a meeting on Thurs., Oct. 8 at 7:30 PM.  The agenda will include Keep Space for Peace Week, Leon Panetta, killer drones, Gilmore Homes scandal, a protest at McKeldin Square on Oct. 4 and the Sept. 22 action in D.C. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

44] – On Fri., Oct. 9 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! This will be a Keep Space for Peace vigil, and will take place at the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 

Keep Space for Peace Week is an international week of protest to stop the militarization of space. The major issues being protested at this event are as follows: Stop Drones Surveillance & Killing, No Missile Defense, No to NATO, End Corporate Domination of Foreign/Military Policy, Convert the Military Industrial Complex, and Deal with climate change and global poverty.  To learn more about this event, you can email your questions to Contact Art @ or at 202-360-6416. 

45] -- On Fri., Oct. 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Donna Edwards is hosting a meet and greet at the Liberty Pavilion, Liberty Heights Ave. & Auchentoroly Terrace, Baltimore 21217. She will give an update about her campaign for U.S. Senate, and wants to hear what you have to say. Discuss the local issues that matter to you and the possible solutions. RSVP at

46] – 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. 9. Black Lives Matter. 

47] – 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. 9. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

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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