Monday, April 18, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 18 - 19, 2016

19] Peace Through Art in Pakistan – Apr. 18
20] Demand real investigation of Berta’s murder – Apr. 18
21] Help the Homeless – Apr. 18
24] Hear from Israeli refuseniks – Apr. 19
19] – Supporting Peace Through Art in Pakistan is happening on Mon., Apr. 18 from 10 to 11:30 AM at U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC.  The terrorist attacks that regularly dominate news coverage of Pakistan have overshadowed deeper trends that constrain the space for political, social and religious diversity within the country. How can the arts and music bridge divisions and contribute to peacebuilding in Pakistan? The U.S. Institute of Peace will host a forum on this question to hear how artists and other practitioners see themselves playing this role. Pakistan and elsewhere, the U.S. Institute of Peace has supported programs to promote tolerance of diversity and to reclaim public space. These include projects such as street theater, film, public art displays, and other forms of artistic expression. In this conversation, practitioners from Pakistan and its region, including street artist Shilo Shiv Suleman and rock musician Salman Ahmad, will join diplomats and analysts to discuss the intersection of arts and peacebuilding, the role of the Pakistani artists’ community in the national discussion on peace and conflict, and how these efforts can best be supported. Join the conversation on Twitter with#PakistanArts. RSVP at
20] – Gather on Independence Ave. and 1st St. SE (outside Cannon House Office Building, WDC, on Mon., Apr. 18 from 12:30 to 1 PM.  Bring pots, pans and instruments!  Hillary Clinton has recently been criticized for her role as Secretary of State during the 2009 military coup in Honduras. She should be held responsible for the violence, impunity, and hyper-exploitation that has resulted. But so should other Washington power-players that enthusiastically defended the coup. Join SOA Watch for a creative action calling them out and calling for an independent investigation into the assassination of Berta Cáceres and a CUT OFF of all U.S. "Security Aid" to the criminal Honduran regime. The closest Metro stops are Capitol South (Orange Line) or Union Station (Red Line). See a full list of demands by COPINH and the family of Berta at

21] – On Mon., Apr. 18 at 5 PM there is a rally for the homeless and to promote the H.O.M.E. Act at Calvary Baptist Church, 120 West Pennsylvania Ave., Towson 21204. The rally will continue to the Baltimore County Council meeting room at the Historic Courthouse for a County Council meeting at 6 PM. There will be a light dinner back at Calvary Baptist after the meeting. Receive a Rally T-shirt with a $10 donation to BCCH. If you would like to renew your BCCH Membership ($25 for individuals) you may do so at the meeting and receive a t-shirt. Contact Fred Weimert at or call 443-799-3760.

22] –On Mon., Apr. 18 from 7 to 9 PM, Beyond the Classroom at the University of Maryland, College Park, South Campus Commons, Room 1104, Building 1, for another installment of their Spring 2016 Series on "People Power: Activism for Social Change." This installment will feature a screening of “This Changes Everything!" (Global, 2015). To celebrate Earth Day, see a special documentary to understand the dynamics shaping the growing global movement to solve one of the most daunting challenges of our time – global climate change! What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. RSVP at

23] – Get over to Sidwell Friends, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW, WDC, on Mon., Apr. 18 at 7 PM.  Wayne Pacelle is president and CEO of the Humane Society, the nation’s largest animal protection organization. In “The Humane Economy” (his second book following the New York Times bestseller, “The Bond”), Pacelle surveys the history and economics of animal exploitation to show how systemic shifts can promote animal well-being—and that of the humans who share their planet. Whether it's a move from whale oil to coal, an individual's decision to avoid products whose manufacture harms habitat, or choosing to adopt pets from shelters, The Humane Economy shows us how our daily choices can have a major impact on our shared world, can benefit the environment, and why these decisions make economic sense as well. Pacelle will be in conversation with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, former mayor of Newark and author of “United.” Go to

21] – On Tues., Apr. 19, Khaled Farrag and Yasmin Yablonko will be in Baltimore. Refuser Solidarity Network and American Friends Service Committee are organizing their tour. Khaled works with Urfud, an organization that provides support to Druze refusers, and Yasmin is active in the Jewish Israeli community. In addition to discussing his reasons for refusing military service, Khaled will talk about Druze history and discuss the ways internal Israeli politics impact his community. Yasmin will talk about the refusal movement in Israel both past and present, and about the effects of militarism and mandatory military service on Israeli society. Yasmin will also discuss her work with Mesarvot, a newly founded coalition of refuser groups supported by both AFSC and Refuser Solidarity Network. Sahar Vardi, AFSC’s Israel Program Coordinator, will accompany them throughout the tour.

Their Baltimore schedule is as follows:

11 AM: Interview on Steiner Show, tune to 88.9, WEAA.

4 to 5:30 PM: Panel presentation and Q&A at Loyola University, Sullenger VIP Lounge on the 4th floor in the Student Center.

7 to 9 PM: "Uniting Women's Struggles: Resisting Supremacist Regimes” A panel discussion by women activists and advocates hosted by the Johns Hopkin’s Africana Studies Center, in the Barber room of Charles Commons building.

9 PM: Social happy hour, a casual get together will be held in the evening to schmooze and end imperialism. Contact for location and information.

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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