Thursday, September 15, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 15 - 17, 2016

42] Support progressive candidates – Sept. 15
43] SNOWDEN opens at the Charles Theatre -- Sept. 16
44] What is BDS? – Sept. 16
45] Peace vigil at White House – Sept. 16
46] WIB peace vigils – Sept. 16
47] DCRAPP Monthly Meeting -- Sept. 16
48] Women are marching – Sept. 16
49] Black Lives Matter vigil – Sept. 16
50] Green Party rally – Sept. 16
51] Repression in Egypt – Sept. 16
52] Film “The Occupation of the American Mind” – Sept. 16
53] Ballroom Dancing – Sept. 16
54] Donate to the poor in foreign countries -- Sept. 17
55] Hackathon for Social Good -- Sept. 17
56] West Chester peace vigil – Sept. 17
57] Fundraiser for Casa Baltimore/Limay – Sept. 17
58] Charm City Labor Chorus performs – Sept. 17
59] Room for rent
60] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
61] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
62] Do you need any book shelves?
63] Join the Global Zero campaign
64] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
42] – Sharon Black is running for City Council President.  She hopes to defeat Jack Young & Big Money in 2016 – Baltimore needs real change! Donations are needed:  Call: 410-218-4835. Sharon believes it is critical that Jack Young is ousted on November 8th.  She argues he has consistently stood with the banks, businesses and contractors on every important issue facing poor and working class people in Baltimore. She points this out:  “Jack Young voted against the $15 minimum wage and says hard working Baltimoreans are worth only $11.50 an hour and that they should wait until 2022; he has supported Port Covington, a bad deal for poor and working class people, that will increase segregation and fuel racism, division, and poverty but a good deal for billionaire Kevin Plank; and he [ Mr. Young] has virtually abandoned the Eastside community to the big developers and Johns Hopkins,” stated City Council President candidate, Sharon Black.

Come to the “Meet & Greet Our Candidates Event” on Thurs., Sept. 15 at 7 PM at Mi Comalito Restaurant, 2101 N. Charles Street, Baltimore 21218.  This is a great Salvadoran restaurant (but you do not have to purchase food or drinks). On the second floor, meet the candidates: Andre Powell for Mayor, Sharon for City Council President; Nnamdi Scott, for City Council in the 7th District and Ian Schlakman, Green Party candidate for the 12th District.  Min. Sherelle Witherspoon and Cortly ‘CD’ Witherspoon, candidate for President of the Baltimore NAACP will help facilitate the evening.  Go to

43] – SNOWDEN OPENS Fri., Sept. 16 at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N Charles St., Baltimore 21201. Academy Award -winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.

44] – What Is BDS? A Capitol Hill Briefing is happening at 45 Independence Ave. SW, Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-338, WDC, on Fri., Sept. 16, 2016 at noon. In this first-of-its-kind briefing on Capitol Hill, hear from organizers campaigning for BDS on campus, in churches, in boardrooms, and in support of Americans' constitutionally-protected right to do so. Hear from actual practitioners of BDS what the movement is about, why certain corporations and institutions are targeted for BDS actions, and the goals of the BDS movement.  The briefing is sponsored by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.  See

45] – On Fri., Sept. 16 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. 

46] – On Fri., Sept. 16 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 signs will be available. 

47] –  Consider going to the DCRAPP (Release Aging People in Prison) Monthly Coalition Meeting at the BF Senior Wellness Center, 3531 Georgia Ave., WDC 20010, on Fri., Sept. 16 from 3 to 4:15 PM. DCRAPP is working together with other campaigns, groups, and organizations to take on the crucial issue of people aging and dying in prison without justification. There are elderly DC prisoners who are trapped in the federal prison system due to denials of parole, compassionate release, and clemency. Email Visit www.

48] – 100 Women 100 Miles Anniversary Procession will begin at the Supreme Court of the United States, 1 First St. NE, WDC, on Fri., Sept. 16 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM.  One year ago, 100 women from all over the country set out from a detention center in Pennsylvania on a 100 mile pilgrimage inspired by Pope Francis’ call for “nations that welcome the stranger.”  Time and time again, immigrant women have demonstrated their resilience and power, with monthly walks for migrant dignity in cities across the country, and actions at the Supreme Court, the White House, and the U.S.-Mexico border. We Belong Together will walk from the Supreme Court to the White House, because the Supreme Court continues to block the relief that would have been provided to some families through DAPA and DACA+. Immigrant women from around the country will once again unite to walk, pray, and call on elected leaders to take action now to uphold the dignity of all migrants. Go to

49] – 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 Sept. 16. Black Lives Matter.

50] –  Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka Rally and Party takes place on Fri., Sept. 16  at 6:30 PM at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N. Howard St., Baltimore 21201. RSVP at Go to

51] – REPRESSION & DISAPPEARANCE IN EGYPT: A FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF LIFE & ACTIVISM UNDER GENERAL SISI will be exposed on Fri., Sept. 16 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. Since 2015, according to NGOs and watchdog groups, hundreds of people (3-4 everyday) are forcibly abducted and disappeared by special police every day in Egypt, and spend many months in detention with no legal recourse or contact with outside world. Often, such prisoners spend months blindfolded, handcuffed, and being physically tortured, sometimes to the point of false-confessions. These prisoners are political activists, protesters, student organizers, and other dissidents. Their crimes are speaking out, attending a demonstration, writing critical statements about the government, or being suspected of participating in banned organizations. They are the revolutionaries who have tried to keep the flame lit after the Egyptian military overthrew the democratically-elected government in 2013, only a year and a half after the famed revolution overthrew General Hosni Mubarak.

What is happening in Egypt today, and how can we stand in solidarity with those brave Egyptians organizing and fighting back under a brutal, repressive regime? Mariam, a feminist and political activist visiting Baltimore from Cairo, will speak about her experiences with the regime and the situation facing Egyptian activists as they find ways to continue pushing against the regime. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

52] – On Fri., Sept. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, The Jerusalem Fund,  2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC, is hosting a film screening of “The Occupation of the American Mind,” a film narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The film explores how Tel Aviv, Washington, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel’s favor. The Occupation of the American Mind provides a sweeping analysis of Israel’s decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people — a battle that has only intensified over the past few years in the face of widening international condemnation of Israel’s increasingly right-wing policies.  The co-directors are Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp.  A light snack is served at 5:30 PM, and the screening begins promptly at 6 PM, followed by Q/A with Sut Jhally. Go to

53] – 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 Sept. 16. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

54] – These items are wanted: Eyeglasses; Musical Instruments; Hearing Aids; Adult & Children’s Bicycles; Portable Sewing Machines; Cell Phones; Women’s Pocketbooks; and Baseball Equipment. The churches of Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia will send your no longer wanted items listed above to a needy family in Latin America, Africa or inner-city Baltimore. The sewing machines and musical instruments need to be in working order; the other items need not be.  Drop them off at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center parking lot, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia, MD 21044 on Sat., Sept. 17 from 9 AM to 1 PM.  Tax receipts will be given.  Call Tom McCarthy at 301-774-7069.

55] – Thriving Cities Innovation Showcase + Hackathon for Social Good will be at UNITE Here Local 25, 901 K St. NW, Suite 200, WDC, on Sat., Sept. 17 from 9:30AM to 3 PM.  Join IMPACT as they host the event in support of Black social good innovators during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference (CBCF ALC). Leveraging technology, IMPACT aims to help solve challenging social issues that continue to disproportionately Black and Brown communities among other disadvantaged populations. This is the first in a series of hackathons, bringing together local stakeholders from the business, advocacy, and tech communities to solve transportation, education and criminal justice issues plaguing historically underserved and minority communities. IMPACT hopes to build on 10 years of facilitating conversations and highlighting young leaders to inspire even more meaningful progress for the community. In the wake of the horrific and unjust murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, a movement in the Black community has emerged highlighting the need to support Black-owned companies and invest in Black banks. Visit

56] – 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

57] – On Sat., Sept.17 [Rain or Shine] from 5 to 10:30 PM, go to a fundraiser to benefit Casa Baltimore/Limay sister-city project-scholarships, farm animals, food for the elderly, medical fund, preschool/ nutrition center, well repair, & microcredit in Limay, Nicaragua.  The fundraiser will be at the home of Joanne Capizzi and Howdy Burns, 5 Candlestick Drive, Lutherville 21093.  Enjoy the tranquility of Dipping Pond Run, a beautiful trout stream in a gorgeous valley. Recharge your energy!  Renew your faith in the universe!  Join in music- and merry-making! No donation too large, but no one turned away! Bring checkbook. Donations are also taken online at  BRING Lawn Chair, Blanket, Swim Suit, Towel, Wading Shoes, Hiking Shoes, Long Pants, and a Musical Instrument.  Live music will be provided by YOU & others. RSVP and carpool info at 410-444-1023 or

58] – On Sat., Sept. 17 from 6 to 10 PM, check out the Charm City Labor Chorus Concert and Reception Fundraiser, hosted by Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Rd., Baltimore 21212.  The Charm City Labor Chorus performs at 6:30 PM. There will be a Gourmet Reception and Raffle after the concert.  Prizes include gift cards from local restaurants and Senator Theater passes. Tickets are $15 minimum donation. Buy them at the door or online at  All proceeds go to support the Soul Kitchen, the weekly free community meal served at Govans Presbyterian Church.

59] – There is a furnished room for rent with private bath in a nice, quiet Lutherville neighborhood, not far from the light rail and 83, 15 minutes from Towson Town Center and various shops on York Road.  Rent, which includes cable, Wi-Fi, kitchen privileges and the use of washer and dryer, is $650.00 a month and the splitting of gas & electric bill. Call Lynn at 410-960-3008.

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

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

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

63] -- 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.

64] – 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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