Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - March 31 - April 2, 2016

37] Iran Nuclear Deal – Mar. 31
38] Stop Coal Subsidies – Mar. 31
39] Lobby Like a Pro – Mar. 31
40] Peace group is meeting – Mar. 31
41] Rally for Zero – Apr. 1
42] Boris Nemtsov’s Murder – Apr. 1
43] Peace vigil at White House – Apr. 1
44] WIB peace vigils – Apr. 1
45] Go after Big Pharma – Apr. 1
46] Witness Against Torture retreat – Apr. 1 - 3
47] Peace Vigil/Black Lives Matter – Apr. 1
49] Ballroom Dancing Apr. 1
50] Theater about public housing – Apr. 1
51] Canvas for Bernie – Apr. 2
52] Canvass for Donna Edwards – Apr. 2
53] Job available with Little Friends For Peace
54] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
55] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
56] Do you need any book shelves?
57] Join the Global Zero campaign
58] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
37] – On Thurs., Mar. 31 from 10 to 11:30 AM., Ebrahim Mohseni, University of Maryland; Iris Bieri, The Iran Project; Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council; and Nancy Gallagher, University of Maryland, will discuss "The Implications of Iranian Elections on the Iran Nuclear Deal.” The event, sponsored by the University of Maryland, will be held in Room 385, Russell Senate Office Building, WDC.  Go to

38] – On Thurs., Mar. 31 at noon, join a Stop Coal Subsidies Rally at the  Japanese Embassy, 2520 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC.  Go to Join Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club and Oil Change International to protest a horrific coal project in Indonesia that the Japanese government might finance while Japanese Prime Minister Abe will be in Washington, DC. Now is the time to act and demand Japan move beyond coal!  Friends of the Earth (FOE) Japan and FOE Indonesia have asked for help to put public pressure on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while he's in town next week for the Nuclear Security Summit. Demand that he reject financing a harmful coal project already plagued by human rights violations that's proposed to be built in Central Java, Indonesia.

39] – Lobby Like a Pro 2016 continues on Thurs., Mar. 31, and then ends on Apr. 14.  These classes will be in the form of a webinar by phone. Do you feel that the legislative session is a mysterious process in which you have little meaningful access? Have you come to town for a rally or a lobby day, but left feeling you would like to do more you just don’t know how? Then “Lobby Like a Pro” is for you!

This course will give you a deeper understanding of how the session works, and how to influence legislation through the process. The training will cover every aspect of how a bill becomes a law, demystifying the process and giving you the tools and confidence to really make a difference. The course is free and open to anyone whether you have never been to Annapolis before or have done some lobbying work but want to know more. Participants who are not a member of Common Cause Maryland are encouraged to make a donation to support our work. The course will include seven trainings. Notes will be sent out after each training, so if you miss one do not despair! The classes will start at 7:15 PM for questions and discussion, and the training will begin at 7:30 PM and last until 8:45 PM.  Register at

40] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore meets on Thursdays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings usually take place at Max’s residence.  However, the meeting on Thurs., Mar. 31 will be at an alternate site.  The agenda will include Freddie Gray & local organizing, killer drones and Obama, an action at the State of the Union, the refugees, lobbying Rep. Sarbanes, Bernie’s phone, Annapolis legislation, and the unending wars. RSVP at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at to get the address of the meeting site.

41] – Rally for Zero in McPherson Square, WDC, on Fri., Apr. 1 at noon.  On March 31 & April 1, world leaders are convening in D.C. to talk nuclear security. Not on the agenda are nuclear weapons. That has to change. There are 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world today, thousands ready to fire at a moment’s notice. Nuclear weapons jeopardize global security - not strengthen it. Join as Global Zero rallies to show world leaders that 15000 ≠ security. It’s time they take action for zero. The rally will feature a life-size inflated nuclear missile and Global Zero movement leaders. Email RSVP at

42] –  Become enlightened by “Solved?”: Investigating Boris Nemtsov’s Murder at Atlantic Council, 1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevators), WDC, on Fri., Apr. 1 from noon to 2 PM.  Join the McCain Institute, the Atlantic Council, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Institute of Modern Russia for a panel discussion on the current status of the investigation into the assassination of Boris Nemtsov and the need for international oversight of the investigation. One year after the public assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, the head of Russia’s Investigative Committee, General Alexander Bastrykin, has announced that the case has been “solved.” However, the legitimacy of the investigation is questionable.  RSVP at

43] – On Fri., Apr. 1 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. 

44] – On Fri., Apr. 1 from noon to 1 PM, join a Women in Black peace vigil. A vigil will take place in McKeldin Square at the corner of Light and Pratt Sts., and another will take place outside Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St., across from the Rotunda.  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.”

45] – The April Fool's "It’s No Joke, We Need Access to Medicines" rally is happening at PhRMA, 950 F St. NW, WDC, on Fri., Apr. 1 at 12:30 PM.  It's time to unveil the wizard behind the screen and deflate the myths of medicine pricing in collaboration with UAEM, SGAC, ACT UP, Treatment Action Campaign and many others in a grand global unveiling of Pharma's Greed! Bring your banners and voices to the PhRMA headquarters building to tell the United States Congress to stop being a puppet - Demand that Congress reject the TPP, which will only facilitate high pricing of medicines. Tell them that we need public discussion of a Global Research and Development (R&D) Agreement at the 2016 World Health Assembly, which would ultimately foster increased transparency concerning the cost of drug R&D and the pricing of medicines.  Email  Go to

46] – You are invited to the Witness Against Torture Retreat and Planning Session from Fri., Apr. 1 at 3 PM through Sun., Apr. 3 at 12:30 PM in Cleveland, Ohio. Every spring, WAT members gather to reflect on the year’s work and plan how to continue moving forward. There is simple housing available for those that are coming. RSVP by Fri., Mar. 25 to

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 Apr. 1. Black Lives Matter.  Since this is a First Friday, there will be a potluck dinner afterwards, followed by a DVD showing.

48] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility are continuing the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES.  The DVDs will be shown at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, usually on the First Friday. At 7:15 PM, from January through June, a DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. The series theme is CHANGE IS INEVITABLE.  

On Fri., Apr. 1 see GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK [USA, 2005], a historical drama, directed by George Clooney, and starring David Strathairn, Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr.Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels. The movie was written by Clooney and Grant Heslov (both of whom also have acting roles in the film) and portrays the conflict between veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, especially relating to the anti-communist senator's actions with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The movie, although released in black and white, was filmed on color film stock but on a greyscale set, and was color corrected to black and white during post-production. It focuses on the theme of media responsibility, and also addresses what occurs when the media offer a voice of dissent from government policy. The movie takes its title (which ends with a period or full stop) from the line with which Murrow routinely signed off his broadcasts. GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best PictureBest Director for Clooney and Best Actor for Straithairn. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski [at] for further information.     

49] – 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 Apr. 1. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

50] –  Get over to On My Mind / In My Heart: The Voices of Women in Public Housing which is taking place at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE, WDC, on Fri., Apr. 1 from 8 to 9:30 PM.  Six women from different DC communities are inviting you to hear some of their personal stories, hoping that you will walk away with a greater appreciation for the people who call public housing home.  Their stories have been woven together with the expert assistance of playwright Caleen Jennings and are brought to the stage under the brilliant direction of Goldie Patrick. The event includes music by Ron dj'Rbi Brown and a short discussion with the audience facilitated by Empower DC's public housing organizer Schyla RedBlackngreen. This event is FREE.  Contact Parisa at (202) 234-9119 x 100 or  Visit

51] – The revolution needs you at a Towson Area Canvass for Bernie Sanders on Sat., Apr. 2 at 10 AM.  There will be two canvasses--10 AM to 1 PM and 1 to 4 PM.  Meet in the parking lot outside the Fresh Market, 838 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson 21204.  You're invited to join your neighbors and supporters to knock on the doors of supporters and undecided voters. You will be given a script, a list of voters, and a map of where to go. You will be trained to use your time effectively out in the field.

52] – On Sat., April 2 at 10:30 AM, meet at 810 Winston Ave., Baltimore 21212, for coffee, tea and bagels and to get instructions at 11 AM.  Then go door to door with a targeted list to cavass for Donna Edwards from 11:30 AM to 1 PM.  Voter registration forms for the Winston-Govans community will be available. 

One of the main purposes in talking about Donna Edwards is to find people who will commit to poll watching during early voting from April 14-21 and on Election Day, April 26.  If you are able to donate a few hours towards this effort, please call 410-433-3269.  RSVP if you can help out on Saturday.  It's an important campaign as you know--to help put into the US Senate the only African American woman senator, a woman who has the backs of U.S. working class families.

53] – Little Friends for Peace is seeking an Associate Director! See  The new Associate Director position is a giant step toward achieving a strategic goal of building capacity to make a greater impact on the communities and expand outreach to new unserved communities. Reporting to the Executive Director (MJ Park), the Associate Director will share strategic and operational responsibility for LFFP's staff, programs, mission execution, and expansion. For the full Associate Director job posting and instructions on how to apply, click here:

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55] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at

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

57] -- 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.

58] – 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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