Thursday, October 1, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 30, 2015

33] Green Working Group meeting – Oct. 1
34] See the O’s – Oct. 1 & 4
35] Islamic Discourse – Oct. 1
36] Remember Edward Said – Oct. 1
37] Hear from Angela Davis and others – Oct. 1
38] Palestinian Film Festival – Oct. 1 - 4
39] Grant submission training – Oct. 1
40] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Oct. 1

33] – At 727 15th St. NW, 6th floor conference room, WDC, on Thurs., Oct. 1 from 10 to 11:30 AM, join the Green Working Group for the October meeting of the Coalition for the Non-Profit Housing and Economic Development. Note that the Green Working Group has changed its monthly meeting to the first Thursday of each month due to parking restrictions in the late afternoon at CNHED's new location. The agenda will include evaluation of Green Communities and Water trainings, planning for future trainings and the legislative agenda.  Visit

34] – The O's Public Defender Nights at Camden Yards has one last fundraiser game on Thurs., Oct. 1 and some tickets to the season-ending grand finale bobblehead giveaway game on Sun., Oct. 4.  On Oct. 1 at 12:05 PM, see the O's play the Toronto Blue Jays, the division champions. The seats are upper reserved, Section 340 above and behind home and cost $13. This is a benefit for Legal Aid, PJC, MPILP, UBSPI, other justice groups! On Oct. 4 at 3 PM, see the Os play the New York Yankees, and sit in upper reserved Section 328 above/behind home looking at third base. Tickets are $26 for a game at which you can get a Steve Pearce bobblehead. Call 410-209-4437.

35] – Austria was the first Western European country to legally recognize Islam in 1912 and was for a long time known for its tolerant policies towards the Muslim community. After 9/11, the far right has discovered the topic of Islamophobia and used it strategically in election campaigns. When the 1912 Islam-law was renewed in 2015, the dominant Islamophobic discourse had made its imprint on public debates about the 2015 Islam-law. On Thurs., Oct. 1 from 12:30 to 2 PM at Georgetown University, ICC 270, 37th and O Sts. NW, WDC, Farid Hafez gives an overview over the most contested issues throughout the debate, the various stances of the parties in power and in opposition as well as the many possible implications of the law for the future of the Austrian Muslim community. Hafez is a researcher at the Department of Political Science at the University of Salzburg and is the editor of the German-English Islamophobia Studies Yearbook, ( Go to

36] – At the First Congregational United Church of Christ,  945 G St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Oct. 1 at 5 PM, attend a lecture by Dr. Cornel West (Professor of Philosophy & Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus, Princeton University) about Edward Said. As the Palestine Center’s Edward Said Memorial Lecturer this year, Dr. West will discuss the profound legacy of Edward Said in social and political thought. He will explore Dr. Said’s role as an “engaged intellectual” whose voice provoked introspection, deep questioning, dialogue, and enduring change. Dr. West's lecture will be also be livestreamed for those unable to attend. Edward Said, an internationally venerated intellectual and an illustrious figure in Palestinian history, culture, and politics, was a distinguished professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. He was an acclaimed literary and music critic and theorist whose seminal work, Orientalism, influenced generations of academics and scholars on the Middle East and other non-western societies. A few days after Dr. Edward Said’s untimely death, Dr. Cornel West described him as follows: “Edward Said was the last great humanist. He was a literary genius. He was an intellectual giant. He was part of the tradition that goes from Erasmus to Vico, from Swift to Cesare, from Auerbach to Lionel Trilling.” See

37] – On Thurs., Oct. 1 at 6:30 PM, join Busboys and Poets, 5 & K Sts., 1025 5th St., WDC, and an elite group of panelists for a discussion on the "Black Lives Matter" movement.  Hear from Angela Davis, political activist, scholar, and author, Eugene Puryear, a D.C.-based activist and graduate of Howard University, who ran for an open seat on the D.C. Council as the endorsed nominee of the D.C. Statehood Green Party, Erika Totten, a wife, mother, educator, healer, spiritual life coach, and community organizer who continues to work tirelessly in the fight for Black liberation, and Kymone Freeman, poet, playwright, activist, father, and director of the National Black LUV Festival (NBLF). Go to

38] -- Get over to the Goethe Institut, 812 7th St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Oct. 1 at 7 PM to Sun., Oct. 4 at 9 PM.  The Institute for Policy Studies proudly joins the fifth annual DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DCPFAF). This year’s program includes an opening reception, several feature-length and short films, in addition to panels with filmmakers, photographers and novelists. The four day festival will kick off with the Washington, DC premiere of Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan’s critically acclaimed film, “The Wanted 18,” at E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, WDC 20004 on Thurs., Oct. 1 at 7 PM. A reception and Q&A with co-director Amer Shomali will follow the screening. “The Wanted 18” tells the story of a Palestinian village’s defiance, ingenuity and resilience during the 1987 intifada. Shomali and Cowan bring the one-of-a-kind story to life through a unique combination of stop-motion animation, interviews, drawings and archival material. Most recently, the film won Best Documentary Film Award at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival in early August. Go to!press-release/c1vys.

39] -- The deadline for Research Associates Foundation (RAF) grant submissions is Fri., Oct. 23, 2015.  This is an excellent opportunity for Baltimore-based activists, both individuals and organizations, to get up to $2500 to fund transformative social change projects.  Go to to see the guidelines and download applications.  RAF is offering TWO information sessions for prospective grant applicants.  The first is on Thurs., Oct. 1 at 7 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  The session will be facilitated by RAF board members Kevin James and Barbara Larcom. The second is on Tues., Oct. 13 at 7 PM at a location to be announced, and it will be facilitated by RAF board members Lester Spence and Mike McGuire. Email

40] – 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. 1 at 7:30 PM.  The agenda will include 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

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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