Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - July 27 - August 14, 2016

34] Party with the Washington Peace Center – July 27
35] Support the National Prisoner Work Stoppage – July 27
36] Housing in D.C. – July 28
37] Black Liberation – July 28
38] Protest at Sidwell Friends School -- July 29
39] Peace vigil at White House – July 29
40] WIB peace vigils – July 29
41] Black Lives Matter vigil – July 29
42] Ballroom Dancing – July 29
43] West Chester peace vigil – July 30
44] Join a Cecil 2016 Rally – July 30
45] Protest at the HORSHAM Drone War Command Center – July 30
46] Affordable Housing Trust Fund on ballot – deadline Aug. 8
47] Hiroshima commemoration – Aug. 7
48] Nagasaki Commemoration – Aug. 9
49] Pax Christi National Conference – Aug. 12 - 14
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
34] – Goodbye Sonia, Hello Party! Come to Zeba Bar, 3423 14th St. NW, WDC, on Wed., July 27 from 5 to 9 PM, and join the Washington Peace Center for a joyful goodbye and thank you to Sonia Silbert, after eight fantastic years. And meet the new co-directors, Darakshan Raja and Dia Bui, and find out what is next for WPC! Read about the co-directors at here:http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50174/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1351265. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/496037087261942/.

35] – Support the National Prisoner Work Stoppage.  Get over to 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Wed., July 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  In coordination with the increasing resistance among incarcerated people, prisoners from Virginia to Oregon have called for a national prison work stoppage. This historic event will take place on September 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica Uprising. Local groups have formed around the country to support the strike. Join members of DC Stampede, the Industrial Workers of the World, and other prisoner support groups and write to incarcerated people. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1743293239281397/.

36] –  At PNC Bank, 800 17th St. NW, 12th floor, WDC, on Thurs., July 28 on noon to 2 PM, CNHED will host the Director of the Office of Planning, Eric Shaw, at its monthly meeting as he begins the community engagement process for revising the District’s Comprehensive Plan. Over the next year, the Office of Planning will ask community members to provide input on revising the Plan, and ultimately the future of the District’s development and neighborhoods! Changes to the Plan will impact housing, commercial corridors, large scale economic development, the District’s density, zoning, public spaces and the arts, environment, transportation, and more.  RSVP at https://www.cnhed.org/news-events/monthly-meetings/july-monthly-meeting-dc-office-of-planning-comprehensive-plan/?utm_source=CNHED+List&utm_campaign=aa3436b6b2-Weekly+FYI+-+July+11%2C+2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cb8a4cc81a-aa3436b6b2-74697961&utm_source=CNHED+List&utm_campaign=dff0e3eff8-July_Monthly_Meeting_CNHED_Office_of_Planning&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cb8a4cc81a-dff0e3eff8-74687889.

37] – Join the book discussion of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, 2nd Floor. WDC, on Thurs., July 28 at 7 PM.  The book talk is hosted by DC Socialists. Come discuss mass incarceration, police brutality, the effects of the Obama administration and the Black Lives Matter movement, all contained in the book (available from www.haymarketbooks.org).

38] – PROTEST AGAINST SIDWELL FRIENDS' SALE OF THE WASHINGTON HOME.  Go to Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., July 29 from noon to 2 PM.  The DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition sincerely hopes you can attend and invite as many as possible.  The sale of the Washington Home must be stopped and your efforts can help, by showing opposition for the sale and resultant displacement of residents. Also this will show support for UDC's lawsuit claiming denial of tenants' rights to long-term, permanent care residents.  Contact TENAC DC at tenacdc@yahoo.com or at (202) 288-1921.

39] – On Fri., July 29 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 @ artlaffin@hotmail.com or at 202-360-6416. 

40] – On Fri., July 29 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 [mailto:wibbaltimore@peacepath911.org].  Peace signs will be available. 

41] – There is usually a silent 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 July 29. Black Lives Matter.

42] – 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 July 29. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

43] – 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 www.ccpeace.org. Email ccpeacemovement@aol.com.

44] – Join a Cecil 2016 Rally at the National Sylvan Theater, 2 Fifth St. NW, WDC, on Sat., July 30 from 2 to 11 PM.  Since the death of Cecil the Lion, the world has become aware of the horrors of Trophy Hunting and Poaching. Many people across the world have taken to the streets to speak up for the voiceless and challenged law makers in their countries to change. Many countries hosted massive rallies numbering in the thousands with Israel and Spain's rally topping at a record number of 15,000 each.  It's time for U.S. people to SHINE and join the movement. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cecil-2016-rally-tickets-21643932585 and https://www.facebook.com/Cecil2016/.

45] –  Protest at the HORSHAM Drone War Command Center at the Horsham PA Air Guard Station, Route 611/Easton Road and County Line Road, in Horsham, PA at noon on Sat., July 30 and Ignite Peace.  End Drone Terror, Say NO to the killer drone. These monthly demonstrations in Horsham occur the last Saturday of the month. Go to www.brandywinepeace.com/events or call 610-544-1818.

46] – Betsy Krieger wrote to say that there is an affordable housing crisis in Baltimore City- with vacant properties and unaffordable rents.  The good news is there is a solution that has been used successfully in other cities—an Affordable Housing Trust Fund. An Affordable Housing Trust Fund can make Baltimore more livable for everyone.  How can we make this happen? By passing an amendment to the City Charter. 

Consider giving a few hours of your time on Sun., July 31 at a church to collect signatures to put this on the ballot. 10,000 signatures of Baltimore City voters are needed by August 8 to get this on the ballot!  People are happy to sign; they just need to be asked. Go to http://housingforallbaltimore.org/#volunteer. Visit www.housingforallbaltimore.org or contact Rebecca at info@housingforallbaltimore.org.

On any given night, 3000 people, including children and their families, are homeless.  25,000 Baltimore City households, more than half with children, are on the waiting list for desperately needed federal housing assistance, where they will wait as much as ten years.  Volunteers are needed, but you can get paid.  People who are able to work 10-40 hours/week between now and Aug. 8 can be paid $12.50/hr. You must be 18 or over, but no experience required! Please share this opportunity.

47] – 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 Verizon.net.

48] – 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 Verizon.net.

49] – This is the very first time that the Pax Christi USA National Gathering/ National Assembly will be in Baltimore.  The cost is $275.  Go to https://paxchristiusa.org/programs/nationalgathering2016/.

The cost of the HOTEL per night is $115, which includes a Friday dinner and reception, a Saturday breakfast and lunch (box lunch), and Sunday breakfast.  To register for the National Gathering: you must fill out the registration form-- available on the Pax Christi USA website-- and mail it in to the Pax Christi USA national office. BUT this registration does not reserve your hotel room at the Double Tree Hotel.

To reserve the hotel room you must contact the hotel directly—by phone 1-888-370-0998 or go online and type “BWIBADT-PAX-20160807” into your browser ---to reserve at the Pax Christi USA block rate. Again, your credit card will be accepted to reserve your hotel room. These two things will complete your registration and reserve your hotel room. And these two things must be completed by July 18. There will be no on-site registrations taken at the National Gathering.  The national gathering goes from Aug. 12 – 14, 2016.

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

51] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

52] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

53] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.

54] – 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 http://prop1.org; 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] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

“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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