Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 10 -11, 2016

37] Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Exhibition - through Mar. 30
38] See film CITIZENFOUR – Feb. 10
39] Nonproliferation Treaty – Feb. 11
40] Oppression of African people – Feb. 11
41] Justice in Kenya – Feb. 11
42] Peace group meeting – Feb. 11
43] DON’T LOSE TRACK – Feb. 11
37] – Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Exhibition is a project that began as a call from Beau Beausoleil in 2007 for writers which quickly moved on to incorporate artists, artist books and now includes printmakers all who are responding to bear witness to a tragic loss of a center of literacy and humanity in Iraq. One of the purposes of this project is to let those in the Iraqi Arts Community know that we will not let them endure the destruction of Iraqi culture in silence,  that we have a collective voice and we will use it. This was a street of booksellers, printers, and readers. This was a street where people still felt "safe" among all the words and books. How can we not see the commonality between al- Mutanabbi Street and any street in the world that holds a bookshop or cultural institution? This is the starting point: where language, thought, and reality reside; where memory, ideas, and even dreams wait patiently in their black ink.

A diverse coalition of DC-area universities and arts and literary organizations will present Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016, a book arts and cultural festival through Sat., Mar. 5 throughout the Washington, D.C., area. Major exhibitions, programs, and events will commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street, celebrate the free exchange of ideas and knowledge, and stand in solidarity with the people of Iraq. Exhibitions of artwork created in response to the bombing will be featured at multiple venues, including the George Mason University School of Art Gallery, Atrium, Fenwick Library and the Workhouse Art Center, Gelman Library and the Corcoran School of Art and Design at The George Washington University, the Brentwood Arts Exchange, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, McLean Project for the Arts, Northern Virginia Community College, Olly Olly Gallery, and the Smithsonian American Art/Portrait Gallery Library.

 The exhibitions that are featured at the School of Art Gallery, the Fenwick Library, the Mason Atrium Gallery, and the Workhouse Art Center (plus partners) include three components: Letterpress Printed Broadsides; Artist Books; and Absence and Presence (a call to printmakers). Additionally, each gallery provides new interpretive documentary materials, hands-on workshops, and panels and conversations that will be built around the exhibitions. For a complete list of sites and dates and times go to http://www.amsshdc2016.org/contact-us.html

This is a list of some of the sites.  You can see the exhibit, for example, at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St., WDC, through Wed., Mar. 30.  It is entitled “Night and the Desert Know Me,” and the curators are Shanti Norris and Spencer Dormitzer.  The exhibit at the Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD 20722, runs through Sat., Mar. 12 -- “Selections from Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here.” The curator of the exhibit is Phil Davis.  Also see the exhibit at the Tyler Gallery, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, 500 17th St. NW, WDC, through Sun., Mar. 20--“Al-Mutanabbi Street in Books, Prints & Poetry.” Enjoy a reception on Fri., Mar. 4 from 1 to 2:30 PM.  Also you can see this exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art/Portrait Gallery, 750 9th St. NW, Room 2100, WDC 20001-4505 through Wed., Mar. 30 -- “Come Together: American Artists Respond to Al-Mutanabbi Street.” The curator is Anne Evenhaugen.

38] –  Come to see the film CITIZENFOUR on Wed., Feb. 10 at 6:30 PM at the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201.  This is a free screening.  Go to http://www.meetup.com/Charm-City-Film-Series/events/225320978/.  The director is Laura Poitras, recipient of the MacArthur Genius Fellowship and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. This thriller is a gripping, behind-the-scenes chronicle which follows Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s remarkable encounters with the whistle-blower Edward Snowden as he hands over classified documents that provide evidence of illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA

39] – The State of the Comprehensive Test Ban and Non-Proliferation Treaties will be discussed on Thurs., Feb. 11 from 12:30 to 2 PM. RSVP at  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10EyRxm6QMX7cBZ1wlbTVVLFhXsvPyHPbLytHIoK67zU/viewform.  The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was indefinitely extended in 1995. The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty was negotiated in 1996. Two decades later, both treaties are not in good shape. The CTBT remains in limbo, shackled by a provision designed to delay its entry-into-force. The health of the NPT requires strong bonds between states recognized by the Treaty as possessing nuclear weapons and non-nuclear-weapon states. The divide between these camps is growing, and future NPT Review Conferences may well exacerbate these divisions.

Where do we stand? And where do we go from here? The Stimson Center and the Arms Control Association invite you to attend a luncheon meeting to address these questions at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.  It will feature Ambassador Susan Burk, U.S. Ambassador to the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, David Koplow, Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, and Michael Krepon, co-founder of the Stimson Center, will moderate.

40] – Come to the NOVA Alexandria Campus, 5000 Dawes Ave., Bisdorf Bldg., room 127, Alexandria 22311, on Thurs., Feb. 11 from 2 to 4 PM at a film screening followed by a discussion with Pan-African activist and IPS Events Coordinator Netfa Freeman about the contributions of Africans worldwide and the tendency of capitalism toward the socio-economic oppression of African people globally. Go to http://www.ips-dc.org/events/film-and-discussion-concerning-vio/ or email netfa@ips-dc.org.

41] – On Thurs., Feb. 11 from 2 to 3:30 PM, the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) cordially invites you to a roundtable event entitled “Using Alternative Justice Systems in Kenya to Address Accountability Gaps."  The roundtable at PILPG’s office, 1455 Pennsylvania Ave., 4th Floor, WDC, will feature PILPG’s Kenya Chief of Party, Atieno Odhiambo. PILPG's Kenya program strengthens domestic accountability for election-related and politically-motivated human rights abuses.  In late 2007, tensions arising from the disputed Kenyan elections erupted into violent conflict, leaving more than 1,100 people dead and 300,000 people displaced.  Today, several years after the post-election violence, few individuals have been held accountable for their crimes. 

One component of PILPG’s Kenya program pilots the use of alternative justice systems (AJS) to address post-election crimes.  The project plans to establish AJS councils in select communities that were affected by the crimes.  The AJS councils will focus on adjudicating post-election violence crimes.  PILPG is also working with local partners and judicial actors to produce an AJS framework to guide Kenyan communities in establishing their own AJS councils. During the roundtable, Ms. Odhiambo will discuss the AJS component of the program, the challenges faced, and respond to questions from participants.  In addition to her experience working in traditional justice in Kenya, Ms. Odhiambo was a judicial law clerk to the Chief Justice for the Supreme Court of Kenya, where she advised the Chief Justice on cases filed at the Supreme Court.  RSVP to Chloe O'Kelly at cokelly@pilpg.org.

42] – 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., Feb. 11 at 7:30 PM.  The agenda will include Freddie Gray & local organizing, killer drones and Obama, an action at the State of the Union, the refugees and the unending wars. Call 410-323-1607 or email mobuszewski at verizon.net.

43] –  On Thur., Feb. 11 at 7:30 PM come to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, as Jordannah Elizabeth will present her collected works - "Don't Lose Track." She is a musician, entertainment journalist, author, model and the founder of ​the literary nonprofit, Publik / Private.   Elizabeth is also a civil rights and feminist writer who often offers commentary on racial and gender issues in America. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to http://www.redemmas.org.

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] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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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