Friday, May 13, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 13-14, 2016

31] Nakba commemoration – May 13
32] Peace Vigil/Black Lives Matter – May 13
33] Maryland Legislative Wrap-Up – May 13
34] Amy Goodman in D.C. – May 13
35] Targeting Muslims at Home and Abroad – May 13
36] Ballroom Dancing May 13
37] Service Day – May 14
39] Labor history bike tour – May 14
40] West Chester peace vigil – May 14
41] "Peace, Jobs and Justice" concert – May 14
43] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
44] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
45] Do you need any book shelves?
46] Join the Global Zero campaign
47] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
31] – Come to a Nakba Day Commemoration at The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., May 13 from 11 AM to 4:30 PM.  This is a day-long series of events, including interactive ones, readings of poetry and original stories, film screenings, and olive oil tastings. Go to

32] – 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 May 13. Black Lives Matter. 

33] – Baltimore Racial Justice Action will host the 2016 Maryland Legislative Session Wrap-Up at the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business,  11 W. Mount Ave., Baltimore, on Fri., May 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Racial Justice Action is partnering with Associated Black Charities and the University of Baltimore's College of Public Affairs to present this session.  Find out what advocacy efforts were successful and which ones were stalled.  Ultimately, the event will seek to answer if any real change was accomplished, and will look forward to the 2017 session for what progress can be made.  While the event is free, you must register to attend.  Register at

34] – Amy Goodman is doing a Benefit for WPFW at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 N. Capitol St. NE, WDC, on Fri., May 13 at 6:30 PM. She will be signing copies of her new book. She is an award-winning investigative journalist, syndicated columnist, author, and the host of Democracy Now!, an independent, global daily news hour. She is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize” for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” Amy is on a 100-city tour of North America to celebrate twenty years of the Democracy Now! news hour and raise awareness and funds for independent media. Her new book is called "Democracy Now! Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America." See

35] – Dr. Maha Hilal presents Targeting Muslims at Home and Abroad at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC, on Fri., May 13 at 7:30 PM.  Islamophobia is on the rise! In response to recent attacks in Paris, San Bernardino and Brussels, Muslims are being targeted and demonized at home and abroad. In the US, Republican presidential candidates want to restrict the entry of Muslims, increase security and surveillance where Muslims reside, and authorize torture. Abroad, the US has waged an unrelenting war against Muslims, through bombings, occupation and the use of killer drones, as well as the unjust detention of Muslim men at Guantanamo. Join Dr. Hilal, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, as she provides context for this growing threat to Muslim communities. Call the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at (202)-360-6416.

36] – 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 May 13. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

37] – On Sat., May 14 from 10 AM to 2 PM, join the Arab American Institute, 1600 K St. NW, #601, WDC 20006, and the Network of Arab-American Professionals DC Chapter for National Arab American Service Day. Help make sandwiches and put together hygiene kits that will be donated to Martha's Table, a local nonprofit that is dedicated to fulfilling the needs of low-income and homeless children, families and individuals.  Also consider donating food and hygiene items for Service Day; email Yasmin Hussein at

38] – Get over to the DC LABORFEST (history/art): BEN SHAHN WPA FRESCOS/MURALS at Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW, WDC, on Sat., May 14 at 10:30 AM.  Use the Federal Center SW Metro Station (Blue/Orange/Silver). Walk north for two blocks.  Artist Ben Shahn’s stunning frescos are as vibrant and meaningful today as when he created them in 1942. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see these amazing artworks up close.  Originally created for the Social Security Administration’s headquarters, the massive multi-paneled fresco in the Wilbur J. Cohen building (which is now home to the VOA) is entitled “The Meaning of Social Security” and includes “Work, the Family, and Social Security” on the west wall, and “Child Labor, Unemployment, and Old Age” on the east wall. You’ll also get a chance to see a huge mural by Philip Guston, titled “Reconstruction and the Wellbeing of the Family,” in the auditorium at the Cohen building, which is not a part of the general public tour.  The tour will be led by Chris Garlock with George Mackenzie.  RSVP to attend the exhibit:

39] As part of DC LaborFest take the DC Labor History Bike Tour starting at Freedom Plaza, 14th and Pennsylvania Sts. NW, WDC, on Sat., May 14 from 10:30 to 1:30 PM.  Join this rollicking ride by bike through DC's history of working-class struggle, the tour will highlight sites and stories of resistance from the distant past to recent events, some memorialized in stone, others paved over and nearly forgotten.  Tour pamphlets (complete with a route map) will be provided so you can follow along, as well as a commemorative spoke card for all participants. A $10 donation is requested - benefits DC Jobs with Justice - but no one will be turned away because of inability to pay.  See

40] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email

41] – On Sat., May 14 at 7:30 PM at the Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW, WDC 20012, two of DC's premier singing groups, the DC Labor Chorus and Not What You Think, will join forces in solidarity for "Peace, Jobs and Justice," a concert of their best songs! Get over to Tickets available at

42] – JEWELLE GOMEZ PRESENTS THE GILDA STORIES: EXPANDED 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION on Sat., May 14 at 7:30 PM, at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. This remarkable novel begins in 1850s Louisiana, where Gilda escapes slavery and learns about freedom while working in a brothel. After being initiated into eternal life as one who "shares the blood" by two women there, Gilda spends the next 200 years searching for a place to call home. An instant lesbian classic when it was first published in 1991, “The Gilda Stories” has endured as an auspiciously prescient book in its explorations of blackness, radical ecology, redefinitions of family, and yes, the erotic potential of the vampire story. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

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

44] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at 44] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

45] -- 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.

46] – 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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