Thursday, February 18, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 18 - March 30, 2016

42] Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Exhibition - through Mar. 30
43] Meet the candidates for mayor – Feb. 18
44] Peace vigil at White House – Feb. 19
45] WIB peace vigil – Feb. 19
46] “Where to Invade Next” -- Feb. 19 – 25 [at least]
47] Black Lives Matter – Feb. 19
48] HIPS Happy Hour – Feb. 19
49] Social Justice Mixer – Feb. 19
50] Ballroom Dancing – Feb. 19
51] Youth Summit – Feb. 19
52] Peace Education training – Feb. 19
53] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
54] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
55] Do you need any book shelves?
56] Join the Global Zero campaign
42] – 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

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.

43] – Maryland League of Conservation Voters invites you to LIVABLE BALTIMORE - Vision for a Healthy Environment on Thurs., Feb. 18 from 6 to 7:30 PM at Mt Lebanon Baptist Church, 2812 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore 21215. This Mayoral Candidates’ Forum will be moderated by Tim Wheeler, Managing Editor, The Bay Journal, and former Baltimore Sun Environmental Reporter. Doors will open at 5:30 PM for light refreshment.  Register at

44] – On Fri., Feb. 12 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 vigil will take place at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contract Art @ or at 202-360-6416. 

45] – On Fri., Feb. 19 from noon to 1 PM, join Women in Black peace vigil. This vigil will take place at the corner of Light and Pratt Sts.  Stay for as long as you can. Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather. Bring your own poster or help with the "NO WAR IN MY NAME" banner.  When there are others to stand with, you don't need to carry the burden alone. Do this to be in solidarity with others....when everything around us says Be afraid of the stranger.

46] –Note that Michael Moore is ill, and unable to promote his latest film “Where to Invade Next.”  So we must promote it.  It opens at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., Baltimore, on Fri., Feb. 19, and the show times are as follows: 1:40 PM, 4:10 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:25 PM.  It will at least stay at the Charles until Thurs., Feb. 25.  Of course, the run can be extended if the crowds turn out.  Call 410-727-FILM or email

47] –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 Feb. 19. Black Lives Matter. 

48] – Come to Lyman's Tavern, 3720 14th St. NW, WDC 20011, on Fri., Feb. 19 from 6 to 8 PM to celebrate HIPS candy drive. HIPS is hosting a happy hour! Two bags of candy or a ten dollar donation at the door will be your ticket to discounted drinks, HIPS trivia, and best of all, the beautiful people that make up the HIPS community! Go to HIPS promotes the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. HIPS provides compassionate harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement that is respectful, non-judgmental, and affirms and honors individual power and agency. 

49] -- On Fri., Feb. 19 at 6:30 PM come to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, attend a Come Together Social Justice Mixer hosted by Qiara Butler. This is a monthly social justice networking event that will allow for the community building that so many of us look to achieve. Mix, mingle, and network with other local activists and nation builders. Each month a different organization, representing a variety of areas of social justice, will come and present who they are, what they do, and how you can get involved. A donation will be taken each month for that organization to show the strength we have with our own resources. Come and finally meet your social media community face to face! Bring cards, flyers, a friend, and a smile! Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

50] – 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 Feb. 19. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

51] – As part of Black History Month event series, One Common Unity has joined up with the Prince George's County Circuit Court to host a Teen Domestic Violence: Youth Summit at Charles H. Flowers High School, 1001 Ardwick Ardmore Rd. , Springdale, MD, on Sat., Feb. 20 from 9 AM to 2:30 PM. This event consists of two main portions: "Youth Speak" and "Cycles of Violence." “Youth Speak!” is a performance by the youth of One Common Unity who will express their thoughts and feelings about how domestic violence has touched their lives through a spoken word performance. For Anger Management:  Overcoming Cycles Of Violence, students will view and discuss selected portions of the award-winning documentary “Fly By Light,” in which youth confront the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect cycles of their past and explore the chaotic, confusing, and emotional journeys to rewrite their futures. Go to

52] – You are invited to join this Peace Education training offered by Little Friends for Peace.  Peace Education is an experience of encouragement and mutual achievement. It builds trust, pride, compassion, and self-confidence to disarm one another when conflict arises. It reverses violence that arises out of isolation, fear, and injustice, and will take place at Perry School, 128 M St. NW, 2nd Floor near Little Friends for Peace office, WDC, on Sat., Feb. 20 from 10 AM to 2:30 PM.  This training is great for young adults, teachers, parents, counselors, coaches, youth, and many others.  Healthy and filling snacks will be provided. This training is being offered by the DC Peace Team which is an organization committed to cultivating peacemakers through regular peacemaker skill training, peace education, inspiring speakers, restorative justice, and unarmed civilian peacekeeping. See Contact Eli McCarthy at or 510-717-8867.  Go to

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

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

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

56] -- 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.

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

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; 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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