Thursday, May 26, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 26 -June 3, 2016

37] Protest to support people of Okinawa – May 26
38] Screening of "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA" – May 26
39] See the film "Apocalypse Africa: Made in America" – May 26
40] Peace vigil at White House – May 27
41] WIB peace vigils – May 27
42] Peace Vigil/Black Lives Matter – May 27
43] Ballroom Dancing May 27
44] Register for Bread for the World Lobby Day -- May 27
45] Islamic Circle of North America conference – May 28 - 30
46] Ride for CISPES – May 28 - 30
47] Benefit Concert for Amara Legal – May 28 - 30
46] Challenge the Big TIF – May 28 -30
48] West Chester peace vigil – May 28
49] See film THE GROUND TRUTH' – June 3
50] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
51] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
52] Do you need any book shelves?
53] Join the Global Zero campaign
54] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

37] – There is a Peace Vigil and Action for Okinawa at Union Station in Washington, D.C. on Thurs., May 26 at 5:30 PM.  CODEPINK will hold a silent vigil in protest of the U.S. military’s ongoing presence in Okinawa, Japan, and the crimes that U.S. military personnel have been committing against the island’s women for more than 70 years. The peace vigil will be held in silence to reflect the silence felt by women around the world because of violence perpetrated by staff of U.S. military bases in the countries they occupy.  On April 28, a former U.S. Marine and current civilian employee of the U.S. military base in Okinawa raped and murdered a 20-year-old Okinawan woman and confessed to the crimes on May 21, just days ahead of President Obama’s visit to Japan, prompting Okinawan Governor Takeshi Onaga to request a meeting with the President to discuss the violence committed by U.S. military men working at the base. Okinawa houses about two-thirds of the 50,000 U.S. troops currently stationed in Japan, and a large majority of Okinawans have opposed the bases’ continued presence in their homeland, due mostly to the high frequency of sexually violent crimes perpetrated by base personnel against Okinawan women.  Go to

38] – See a screening of "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA" at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE, WDC, on Thurs. May 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.  Join the Timothy Dawkins-EL Project as they present this film that describes the stories of how guns - and the billions made off of them - affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims' families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit - and thereby putting people in danger. The film looks into gun tragedies including unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings, and trafficking - and what we can do to put an end to this profit driven-crises. Visit

39] – See the film "Apocalypse Africa: Made in America" at 1301 Connecticut Ave., Suite 600, WDC, on Thurs., May 26 at 6:30 PM.  Secret recordings. Once classified films. Hidden documents. From inside the archives of the United States government comes a story of racism and manipulation that reveals how the actions of a nation ultimately brought about the collapse of a continent. In honor of African Liberation Day 2016, Thought in Action Consulting will host a viewing of the film, followed by a discussion led by Netfa Freeman about the Pan-African context of the film and its relevance for contemporary transcontinental connection building. With powerfully haunting images, this controversial film exposes the story of Africa's collapse and will fill you with an intense passion for the importance of human life. This is a free event, but a suggested donation of $10 will be requested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

40] – On Fri., May 27 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. 

41] – On Fri., May 27 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.” Carpool and parking available at both locations. Just send an email that you need a ride [] /.  Peace cranes and peace signs will be available.  If you don't speak Japanese, LET PEACE be the first word you learn.

42] – 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 27. Black Lives Matter. 

43] – 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 27. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

45] – Registration for Bread for the World's annual Lobby Day ends on Fri., May 27. Tues., June 7 is the day to lobby Congress for an end to maternal and child hunger. Register at

46] –On Sat., May 28 from 8 AM through Mon., May 30 at 6:30 PM, join CISPES this Memorial Day weekend for the annual Solidarity Cyclers Ride. Challenge yourself to ride 180 miles to help CISPES raise funds to challenge imperialism.   Whether you mainly ride your bike around town but have dreams of riding further or you are an experienced long distance rider you will enjoy the rolling hills and beautiful views of the area around D.C. Visit

47] – The ASSOCIATION FOR INDIA’S DEVELOPMENT ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2016 is happening at the University of Maryland, College Park campus, on Sat., May 28 from 8:30 AM through Mon., May 30 at 1 PM.  Volunteers of AID-DC metro chapter are excited to invite you to this conference. In this glorious Silver Jubilee year of AID, they are elated to organize it in the same place where it all began 25 years ago, the University of Maryland, College Park campus!   The Keynote speaker is Medha Patkar. Over the last quarter of a century, Medha Patkar has come to symbolize the voice of people struggling for a just, sustainable and peaceful society. She gave up her position as a faculty member at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and immersed herself in the struggles of the indigenous communities in the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. She started the Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save Narmada Movement) which has been at the forefront of the struggle to uphold the lives and lands of the people of the Narmada valley, which is threatened with submergence by the mega Sardar Sarovar dam project. Since then, she has directly led several important people’s struggles across India including Lavasa, Golibar slum demolition, Adarsh land scams among many others. She is the recipient of several awards, including Amnesty International’s Human Rights Defender Award and the BBC Green Ribbon Award for the best international political campaigner. Go to

48] – 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

49] –  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 June 3 see THE GROUND TRUTH [USA, 2006] Filmmaker Patricia Foulkrod examines the experiences of Iraq War veterans and the plight of the military. She documents stories of human wreckage arising from the horrors of war and the dehumanizing military training. Some ten veterans discuss how their time in Iraq changed their lives irrevocably.  Regarding basic training, they discuss desensitization and depersonalization. The accounts given for their experiences in Iraq highlight both physical and mental injuries. After they were discharged, they had adjust and adapt to a civilian world.  Of course, many of them are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and amputated limbs. Call 410-323-1607 or email mobuszewski at

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

51] -- 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

52] -- 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.

53] – 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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