Sunday, July 24, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - July 25 -August 9, 2016

19] Register Your Child for Peace Camp! – July 25 - 29
20] Democracy Spring in Philadelphia – July 25 - 28
21] Progressive for Palestine – July 25 
22] March for Our Lives – July 25  
23] Socialist Convergence – July 25 - 28
24] An anti-racist, anti-poverty, pro-justice agenda – July 25
25] Resistance through Publication & Expression” -- July 26
26] Black DNC Resistance – July 26
27] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – July 26
28] Protest JHU drone research – July 26
29] Film "All Guantánamo is Ours" – July 26
30] Film “Do the Math, The arithmetic of climate change” – July 26
31] Port Covington TIF – July 26
32] Hiroshima commemoration – Aug. 7
33] Nagasaki Commemoration – Aug. 9
19] – Register Your Child for Peace Camp at the American Legion Hall in Cheverly from Mon., July 25 through Fri., July 29.  Parents should enroll their children for one week of learning conflict resolution, self-confidence and collaborative play. Call (240) 838-4549 or email

20] – ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE: TELL THE DNC: DEMOCRACY OR BUST.  Last April, Democracy Spring organized the largest American civil disobedience action of this century, calling on Congress to take action to end to the corruption of big money in politics and ensure free and fair elections. Now, we demand that the Democratic Party implement the political revolution that millions of its voters are calling for and pledge to pass reforms to make this the last corrupt, billionaire-dominated, voter suppression-marred election in our nation.  Unless the Democrat's presidential nominee and Congressional leaders publicly commit to pass sweeping democracy reforms to overturn Citizens United, establish publicly funded elections, and ensure comprehensive voting rights protections for all Americans within the first 100 days of a new administration AND abolish super-delegates now, we will engage in mass civil disobedience at the DNC in Philadelphia from Mon., July 25 through Thurs., July 28. We the People must nonviolently disrupt business-as-usual until we have a democracy that works for all. Go to

21] – On Mon., July 25 from 11 AM to 1 PM at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, catch a roundtable discussion Progressive for Palestine: Is the U.S. ready to rethink policy on Israel? Participants include Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Linda Sarsour, co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York, and James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute. 

22] – On Mon., July 25 at 2 PM, the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign will do a March for Our Lives from City Hall to FDR Park.  From 5 to 7 PM, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Contract will demonstrate at Marconi Plaza.  From 5 to 8 PM, there will be a Green Party Jill Stein Rally at FDR Park.

23] –   On Mon., July 25 through Thurs., July 28 from 5 to 8 PM, the Socialist Convergence will gather at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St.

24] –    On Mon., July 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia., Dr. Rev. William Barber II, from the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina, Rev. James Forbes, Traci Blackmon, and others will propose how to mobilize multiracial coalitions of faith communities and people of conscience to give moral voice to the call for an anti-racist, anti-poverty, pro-justice agenda to invest in impoverished communities. Local coalitions and campaigns will be featured, with a call for follow-up actions in September.

25] –  “Overcoming Restrictions: Resistance through Publication & Expression” with Leila El-Haddad & Dr. William Youmans will take place at The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC, on Tues., July 26 from 12:30 to 2 PM.  Join The Jerusalem Fund for the final event of the 2016 Summer Intern Lecture Series, “Mobility: Israel’s Structural Restrictions and Palestine’s Resistance” on July 26, 2016. Panelists Leila El-Haddad and Dr. William Youmans will examine and discuss the less concrete but equally powerful restraints on the mobility of ideas in the Palestinian context. These include Israel’s suppression of political and literary expression, manipulation of the news, media blackouts, and outright censorship. The panelists are writers and social media experts, and offer their experiences in the use of written and electronic media as a powerful tool in the spread of ideas and resistance to Israel’s polities.  Visit

26] –    On Tues., July 26 at 2 PM, join the Black DNC Resistance: March Against Police Terrorism and State Repression at Broad and Diamond Sts., followed by a march to City Hall. Go to . At 4 PM, Shut Down the DNC Rally and March starts at Thomas Paine Plaza (across from City Hall) followed by a combined march with Black DNC Resistance down Broad Street to the Wells Fargo Center where the DNC is being held. Visit

27] – 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 July 26.  Call 215-426-0364.

28] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on July 26  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

29] –  The International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity is hosting  a showing of "All Guantánamo is Ours" on Tues., July 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW, WDC 20009. Coinciding with the celebration of July 26, marking the anniversary of the beginning of the Cuban Revolution, the Committee along with other organizations will be featuring the new Cuban film which is 37 minutes in length. You will have an opportunity for people to learn about how the Cuban people feel about the US Naval base in Guantanamo and their desire for its return.  After the film, there will be a panel discussion. The new documentary is directed by Colombian journalist and writer Hernando Calvo Ospina.

  The word Guantánamo was popularized world-wide in 2002 when the U.S, Government opened a detention camp at the military base to detain more than 1,000 suspected terrorists there. Few know that the territory is a piece of land that belongs to Cuba, but that has been illegally occupied since 1903 and remains a present impediment from achieving the normalization of relations between the two countries.  The viewing will be followed by a fun popular education exercise and lively discussion with a panel of experts on the state of prisoners detained on the base, U.S. Cuba relations, the prospects of returning the territory, and what it will take to make that happen. This is event is free and open to the public, but a $10 suggested donation is requested to defray costs. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Only cash donations will be accepted at the door.  The panelists are Sue Udry, Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation, and Mavis Anderson, Senior Associate, Latin American Working Group, and the moderator is Netfa Freeman from the Institute for Policy Studies and the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.  Go to

30] – On Tues., July 26 at 7 PM, as part of Pacem in Terris Summer Film Series, see “Do the Math, The arithmetic of climate change.” While the numbers we need to get to if we want to avoid climate catastrophe are stark, the movie is ultimately hopeful and centered on what each of us can do to help protect the future. Call 302-656-2721.

31] – PUSHING BACK AGAINST THE PROPOSED PORT COVINGTON TIF Is taking place on Tues., July 26 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  Why are hundreds of millions of dollars of public money slated to be poured into constructing an enclave of privilege in Port Covington while East and West Baltimore continue to struggle against disinvestment and decay?  What would Baltimore City's development policies look like if we truly grasped the lessons of last April's uprising after the killing of Freddie Gray?  Why is this unprecedentedly large subsidy deal being rushed through with limited opportunities for public comment? The evening before the City Council begins its hearings on the proposed public financing of Kevin Plank's mini-city, join a discussion highlighting the reasons why Port Covington is a bad deal for a city that desperately needs more equitable development.  Hear Charly Carter, Executive Director, Maryland Working Families, Greg LeRoy, Executive Director, Good Jobs First,  Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, and Barbara Samuels, Managing Attorney for ACLU of Maryland's Fair Housing Project. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to   

32] – The 32nd annual HIROSHIMA COMMEMORATION will begin on Sun., Aug. 7 at 5:30 PM at 33rd & N. Charles Sts. Demonstrate against Johns Hopkins University’s weapons contracts, including research on killer drones, commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and remember Fukushima, Japan.  At 6:30 PM, march to the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  Joseph Byrne, from Baltimore’s Jonah House, will perform some dulcimer music.  David Eberhardt, a member of the Baltimore Four, will read some poetry.

  Mr. Toshiyuki Mimaki, a Hiroshima Hibakusha (Atomic Bomb Survivor), will relate his experience from August 6, 1945 and call on the nations of the world to abolish nuclear weapons so that the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is never repeated. The Hibakusha’s greatest fear is that when they are gone, the memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will disappear and nuclear weapons will be used again, this time threatening life itself. Their prophetic voices remind us of the need to speak out against oppression and injustice, and to work for nuclear disarmament.  Mimaki is vice president of Hiroshima Prefectural Hibakusha Organization and a former executive board member of Nihon Hidankyo (The Japan Confederation of A & H Bomb Sufferers Organizations). 

At 8 PM we will enjoy dinner at the Niwana Restaurant, 3 E. 33rd Street.  All are welcome to come for food, drink and conversation. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at

33] – The 32nd annual NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION will begin at 5:30 PM with a potluck dinner on Tues., Aug. 9 , 2016 at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St.  At 7 PM, the program will begin.  David Eberhardt will again read some poetry.  Then Firmin DeBrabander, a professor of philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art and author of "Do Guns Make us Free?" (Yale University Press, 2015), will discuss The Madness of Gun Violence in the USA. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at

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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