Thursday, July 7, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - July 8 - 10, 2016

24] International Court states nuclear weapons are illegal – July 8, 1996
25] Save Our Schools – July 8 - 10
26] Peace vigil at White House – July 8
27] WIB peace vigils – July 8
28] Black Lives Matter vigil – July 8
29] Vigil for Black Lives – July 8
30] Fracking Ban Kickoff – July 8
31] Ballroom Dancing – July 8
32] Film “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relation's War in the U.S.”  – July 8
33] West Chester peace vigil – July 9
34] Protest NATO – July 9
35] Mind, Body and Spirits – July 9
36] Film UP.RISE -- July 9
37] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
38] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
39] Do you need any book shelves?
40] Join the Global Zero campaign
41] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
24] – International Court of Justice advisory opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons -- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons was an advisory opinion delivered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 8 July 1996. The initial request for an advisory opinion by the ICJ was presented by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 3 September 1993, but the ICJ did not render an opinion on this request because the WHO was ultra vires, or acting outside its legal capacity. Another request was presented by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1994[3] and accepted by the Court in January 1995. The ICJ handed down an advisory opinion on 8 July 1996 the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons case. The decision provides one of the few authoritative judicial decisions concerning the legality under international law of the use or the threatened use of nuclear weapons.  Beyond the central question, many more general issues were touched upon by the Court or raised in the pleadings. These included institutional issues such as the proper role of international judicial bodies, and the ICJ's advisory function. The main substantive issues regarded sources of international legal obligation and the interaction of various branches of international law, particularly the norms of international humanitarian law (jus in bello) and the rules governing the use of force (jus ad bellum). In addition, the proceedings explored the status of "Lotus approach," and employed the concept of non liquet. There were also strategic questions such as the legality of the practice of nuclear deterrence or the meaning of Article VI of the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The Hypothetical possibility of outlawing the use of nuclear weapons in an armed conflict was raised as early as June 30, 1950, by the Dutch representative to the International Law Commission (ILC) J.P.A. François, who suggested this "would in itself be an advance." In addition, the Polish government requested this issue to be examined by the ILC as a crime against the peace of mankind. However, the issue became moot due to Cold War tensions. [Wikipedia]

25] – Save Our Schools: Coalition for Action will be at the Lincoln Memorial, 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW, WDC, from Fri., July 8 (all day) through Sun., July 10  (all day).  Stand and march for Full, equitable funding for all public schools, Safe, racially just schools and communities, Community leadership in public school policies, Professional, diverse educators for all students, Child-centered, culturally appropriate curriculum for all, and No high-stakes standardized testing. The general schedule is a Rally & March on July 8, a National & International Summit with family and kid-friendly events on July 9 and a Coalition Congress where member organizations meet to plan next steps for the movement on July 10.  Go to visit

26] – On Fri., July 8 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. 

27] – On Fri., July 8 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. 

28] – 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 July 8. Black Lives Matter.
29] – On Fri., July 8 from 6 PM  to 7:30 PM, gather at McKeldin Square, Pratt & Light Sts., downtown Baltimore to demand justice for those killed by the police.  Go to Demand justice for Alton Sterling and for all victims of police terror from Baton Rouge to Baltimore. We want to express our solidarity with the Black community in Baton Rouge over the senseless killing of another Black person by the hands of the police. Join a vigil and rally to remind the powers to be that Black Lives Do Matter!

30] – Get over to the Fracking Ban Kickoff - Central Maryland on Sat., July 9 from noon to 3 PM, organized by the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter, at Glory Days Grill, 10035 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City 21042.  The event will provide the inside scoop on the politics of fracking in Maryland, an update on the newest science on health and environmental impacts, and tips on what you can do to be part of this important fight. Featured speakers include Dr. Gina Angiola, board member of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Maggie Henry, Pennsylvania organic farmer and anti-fracking activist, and Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club. Go to  Contact Zack Gerdes at or (301) 717-1972.

31] – 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 8. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

32] – Join the Baltimore Palestine Solidarity for the first of their monthly film screenings! Through film, both documentary and fiction, BPS hopes to educate people on the Palestinian struggle for liberation. This month's film is “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relation's War in the U.S.”  Go to

The film will start promptly at 8 PM, and refreshments will be available before and after the film. Parking is free after 7 on 3000 St. Paul, 31st St., 32nd St. and the side street in front of Friends. Buses 003, 011, 061 and the Purple Circulator all stop at 31st and Charles St. See

33] – 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

34] – On Sat., July 9 at 2 PM, protest NATO at the Army Recruiting Center in Times Square, 200 W. 43rd St., NYC 10036.   United National Antiwar Coalition, along with Veterans for Peace, Code Pink, and several other groups, has initiated a call for a rally, while NATO is meeting in Warsaw, Poland, to protest NATO and its aggressive expansion.  Visit¬if_id=1466348341431509.

35] – Mind, Body and Spirits is at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC, on Sat., July 9 from 5 to 7 PM.  Hosted by Busboys and Poets, this is an interactive workshop series that shows the connection between different faiths and the path to holistic health.  Drop in at Busboys and Poets to decompress and center after a long day, and enjoy happy hour specials and good company afterward.  Visit:

36] – On Sat., July 9 from 7 to 10 PM at the Harriet Tubman Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, see the film UP.RISE and welcome the film makers--Rebecka Jackson and Rasika Ruwanpathirana. Rasika will be preparing special dishes from his home country of Sri Lanka, and other refreshments will be available. Rebecka, who recently returned from South African working on a play on Mariam Makeba, will speak briefly on “Revolution and Art.” Go to

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

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

39] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

40] -- 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.

41] – 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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