Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 11 - 15, 2016

22] Who Watches the Watchmen? – May 11
23] "Nuclear Illusions and Protectorate Reality" – May 12
24] Political Theology of ISIS – May 12
25] Book BASE NATION – May 12
26] Immigration Issues – May 12
27] Nakba activities – May 12 & 15
28] Afghanistan Reforms – May 12
29] Peace vigil at White House – May 13
30] WIB peace vigils – May 13

22] – Who Watches the Watchmen? The New Intelligence Oversight will be taking place on Wed., May 11 from 10 to 11 AM at the Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 6th Floor Boardroom, WDC.  Out now from Oxford University Press, “Global Intelligence Oversight: Governing Security in the Twenty-First Century” is a look at the ways that nations around the world supervise their spies. The product of a partnership between NYU School of Law and the Wilson Center, this volume offers case studies that stretch from Israel to Australia, alongside essays on key emerging topics in intelligence, including the rise of powerful, privacy-minded technology companies. Join in a conversation with co-editors Zachary Goldman and Samuel Rascoff who will discuss the book, the future of oversight, and the changes now sweeping world intelligence communities. Visit

23] – On Thurs., May 12 from 3:30 to 5 PM, Andreas Lutsch, Stanford University, and Christian Ostermann, Wilson Center, will tackle "Nuclear Illusions and Protectorate Reality" at the Wilson Center, Fifth Floor, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

24] –The Annual Keynote Lecture: The Political Theology of ISIS is happening at Merten Hall, formerly University Hall, 1202, George Mason University. 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA on Thurs., May 12 from 5 to 8 PM.  The Middle East and Islamic Studies Program presents its annual lecture with Ahmad Dallal. Just a few years after their beginning, it now appears that the bold hope engendered by the Arab uprisings is being replaced by fear of the seeming endless slide towards utter devastation and senseless cruelty. More than any other actor on the contemporary Arab political landscape, ISIS embodies this fear. Dallal is Professor of History in the Department of History and Archeology at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He previously served as Provost of AUB and held positions at Smith College, Yale University, Stanford University, and Georgetown University. Go to

25] – David Vine author of “Base Nation” will be at The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Thurs., May 12 at 7 PM.  The event is co-hosted by Young Professionals in International Affairs (YPIA).  American military bases encircle the globe. More than two decades after the end of the Cold War and nearly three-quarters of a century after the last battles of World War II, the United States still stations troops at some eight hundred locations in foreign lands. These bases are usually taken for granted or overlooked entirely, a little-noticed part of the Pentagon’s vast operations. But, in an eye-opening exposé, Base Nation shows how this global base network causes an array of ills—and undermines national security in the process. Vine is Associate Professor of Anthropology at American University in Washington, DC. He is the author of “Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia.” His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Mother Jones, the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.  Go to

26] – Attorney Angela Edman will be speaking about immigration issues at St. John's United Methodist Church, 2640 St. Paul Street, on Thurs., May 12 at 7 PM. The talk will take place in the Sunday Room (please enter from 27th St.). Everyone is welcome. Contact Kim Leith at

27] – On Thurs., May 12 at 8 PM, join the Baltimore Palestine Solidarity at the Point in Fells, 1738 Thames St., Baltimore 21231, to commemorate the Nakba and protest Charm City Tribe's Celebration of Israeli Independence Day. See  Email

On Sun., May 15 at 6 PM, as part of the Nakba commemoration activities, Baltimore Palestine Solidarity and Firebrand Records are hosting a powerful night of music featuring local musician Ryan Harvey and British Palestinian musician Kareem Samara. See Email for the location.

28] – Afghanistan's First Lady Rula Ghani will talk about Advancing Reforms at the U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., May 13 from 10:30 to 11:45 AM. Ghani will discuss her country’s history of violent conflict and recent progress and challenges in reforming the justice sector, including for women. Mrs. Ghani’s mission, according to her office, is “to foster a positive environment in which every citizen of Afghanistan can achieve his/her potential…” Strengthening the rule of law after four decades of war and unrest is critical. At USIP, Mrs. Ghani will speak about Afghanistan’s efforts in that direction. She then will join a discussion moderated by USIP’s Vice President for Asia Programs Andrew Wilder. Wilder, Belquis Ahmadi and Hodei Sultan will be available after the event for comment and analysis. Visit

29] – On Fri., May 13 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. 

30] – On Fri., May 13 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.”

To be continued.  

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