Monday, May 16, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 17 - 21, 2016

19] Inequality and Presidential Politics – May 17
20] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – May 17
21] Protest JHU drone research – May 17
22] Police community relations – May 17
23] Chemical weapons in the Middle East – May 18
24] Iron Workers History Tour – May 18
24] Hand out peace diplomas – May 18
27] D.C. Dumps Trump – May 18
28] Volunteer at the Belltower – May 19 – June 1
29] Come to the signing of the Justice Reinvestment Act – May 19
30] Struggle for Territorial Control – May 19
31] Support Verizon workers – May 19
32] Remembering Malcolm X – May 19
33] Charm City Labor Chorus Concert – May 21
19] – SUSTAINING THE POLITICAL REVOLUTION - Inequality and Presidential Politics: Opportunities for Changing the Game is the topic of discussion at the Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 600, WDC 20036, on Tues., May 17 from 12:30 to 2 PM.  Candidates Sanders, Clinton, and Trump have each brought inequality into the heart of the presidential debates in very different ways.  How can progressive people seize this moment to put forward game-changing ideas that build power and engage the public in game-changing campaigns that address inequality? Join some of IPS’s economic policy experts as we discuss game-changing rules to reverse runaway inequality. Visit

20] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is May 17.  Call 215-426-0364.

21] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on May 17  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

22] – Policing in the Post-Ferguson World: A roundtable on police community relations takes place at the Silver Spring Civic Center - 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring 20910, on Tues., May 17 from 7 to 10 PM. The SPEAKERS are Montgomery County Police Chief, Thomas Manger, and Montgomery County Police Academy Director, Captain Mark Plazinski. They will discuss police training, mental health, drugs, and gangs. Then the Vice President of the African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County, Gabriel Acevero, will join a roundtable on police community relations with representatives from the police force.  The program is being brought to you by many co-hosts, including the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County et al. There is free parking in the lot across the street. Register with Lucy Freeman at or 301-654-8115.

23] –As part of the DC Laborfest there is an Iron Workers History Tour at 1750 New York Ave. NW (meet in lobby), WDC, on Wed., May 18 at noon. Attend this exclusive guided tour of the Iron Workers headquarters, featuring handmade motorcycles, a wall mural, historic tools, photos, convention paraphernalia, World Trade Center mementos and more! Go to

24] – On Wed., May 18 from 2 to 4 PM, Wa'el Alzayat, U.S. Mission to the U.M., Mohamad Katoub, Syrian American Medical Society; and additional speakers will address "Chemical Weapons in the Middle East: Accountability and Deterrence" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Second Floor, WDC 20036. RSVP at

25] – Can you help to distribute a Peace Diploma at John Hopkins University’s commencement on May 18? The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore annually distributes peace diplomas at Johns Hopkins University’s graduation ceremonies.  This year's JHU commencement ceremony will take place at the Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore 21201, on Wed., May 18.  The procession begins at 4 PM.  We would distribute peace diplomas form 3 to 4 PM, and transportation can be provided. RSVP at 410-323-1607 or email mobuszewski at

26] – Transvisibility: The T's Not Silent is happening at The Hamilton Live DC, 600 14th St. NW, WDC, on Wed., May 18 at 6 PM. Join the National Center for Transgender Equality at Transvisibility: The T's Not Silent, the National Center for Transgender Equality's 13th anniversary event!  As trans issues and individuals are seen in the White House, media and Hollywood, Transvisibility is at its peak. NCTE is celebrating these successes while preparing for future challenges. Come to a reception and presentation to learn about, celebrate, and support NCTE's 13 years of being the loudest and most effective trans voice in Washington. See

27] – DC Dumps Trump at BUSBOYS @ 14TH & V  Sts., 2021 14th St. NW, WDC, on Wed., May 18 from 6:30 to 9 PM. Donald Trump essentially secured the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Don't sit around any longer hoping that his campaign fueled by bigotry, racism, and misogyny will fizzle out on its own.  In Virginia low voter turnout in constituencies that Trump’s policy agenda would hurt most will be key to winning the state, and ultimately the national election. Starting this month, DC Unite Against Hate will be registering voters to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to cast a ballot in November. Later, they'll be mobilizing volunteers from the District to plug into campaigns up and down the ballot to make sure Donald Trump and other hateful candidates don't win. Whether you #feelTheBern, are #withHer, or just plain hate hate, now is not the time for political apathy. They're kicking off this initiative with a night of drinks, poetry, comedy and action! Visit

28] –At the Lincoln Memorial / Vietnam Memorial Installation on Thurs., May 19  (all day) to Wed., June 1 (all day) see Swords to Plowshares Memorial Belltower-/STP Volunteer Call.  The 24 foot tall touring tower is covered with over a thousand silver wind-blown 'bricks' made from recycled beer and soda cans. It was created by volunteers and dedicated by Veterans For Peace to ALL victims and veterans of war, regardless of race, faith or nationality. Wherever the tower has appeared, visitors have added personal inscriptions to the cans, rung the bell, and shared stories about how they have suffered from war. It was inspired by a WWI-Era belltower in Raleigh, NC with the inscription, “And They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares.”

The permit requires the organizers to maintain a 24 hour vigil at the Belltower. This is a huge opportunity with thousands of visitors to the area around Memorial Day, but it is also a huge challenge. Please consider doing a shift.  The installation is being planned in conjunction with the arrival of Sam's Ride for Peace, Veterans For Peace lobby days and Vietnam Full Disclosure's Memorial Day 'Letters to the Wall” Effort. Visit

29] – It is my great pleasure to announce that Governor Hogan will sign SB 1005 – the Justice Reinvestment Act on Thurs., May 19 at 10:30 AM in the Governor’s Reception Room. The Justice Reinvestment Act represents the most comprehensive criminal justice reform in a generation and is a piece of legislation we can all be proud of. Contact Christopher Shank at <>.

30] –The Association of U'wa Traditional Authorities and Councils (ASOU'WA) and Amazon Watch invite you to a "Green Bag" presentation: "Our Sacred Mountain Is a Territory of Life, Not a Commercial Zone" The U'wa Indigenous Struggle for Territorial Control in Colombia takes place on Thurs., May 19 from 12:30 to 2 PM in Amazon Watch / CIEL Conference Room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100, (above Cosi, Dupont Circle South), WDC.  Many majestic natural attractions and tourist destinations, like Colombia's snow-capped El Cocuy Mountain, were originally and continue to be sacred sites for indigenous peoples. Colombia's U'wa people, in recent decades a global reference point in the fight for collective rights, are now leading a grassroots movement to regain control of the resting place of their ancestors, Mount Zizuma (El Cocuy). Their protests, launched in March, have garnered international attention and high-level government meetings. They have also resulted in serious threats against the U'wa from unknown armed actors. Hear the latest updates in this cutting-edge campaign from Aura Tegría, an extraordinary indigenous youth lawyer who helped stop a fracking project in U'wa territory and successfully had the U'wa case admitted before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights as of 2015.

31] –There is a Benefit for Striking Verizon Workers at Hot Tub House, 4320 8th St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., May 19 at 6 PM.  Verizon workers have been on strike for a fair contract for a month. Come out for some music, and support the strike fund for workers who are standing up for good jobs! 7-$20 The Sliding Scale Suggested Donation is from $7 to $20. Drinks will be sold.  All proceeds benefit the Verizon strikers. Go to

32] –REMEMBERING MALCOLM X - ((El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) will happen at the Diyanet Center of America, 9704 Good Luck Road, Lanham. MD, on Thurs., May 19 at 7 PM. "May 19th is the birth date of one of the 20th Century's most exceptional and celebrated personalities, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (aka, Malcolm X). The Aafia Foundation (TAF) will host a special forum in the auditorium of the beautiful Diyanet Center of America. The forum will begin with a short documentary on this world renowned Muslim activist-leader, followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion with a number of special guests. In the spirit of Malcolm, the May 19th forum will be followed by community-based initiatives in Washington, DC's inner city over the weekend (insha'Allah). The Program is FREE, but donations are appreciated. See

33] – The Charm City Labor Chorus's 7th Annual Concert, "Rise Up Singing" will be held on Sat., May 21 at 7:30 PM at the Baltimore Museum of Art Auditorium. The 33-member Chorus, which is directed by Darryl! L.C. Moch, sings music of the labor, social justice, environmental and civil rights movements. This concert includes songs from the union organizing struggles of the 1930s to the Black Lives Matter movement of today, and from the Venezuelan barrios to Mandela’s South African townships.  Tickets are $15 ($12 BMA members; $5 for students) at> and at the door. Half-price parking vouchers ($4) for the underground JHU South lot just off Wyman Park Drive are also available online. Go to

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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