Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 21, 2016

22] International Day for peace -- Sept. 21
23] How Nations Survive -- Sept. 21
24] 40th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards – Sept. 21
25] Support the immigrants -- Sept. 21
26] Islamophobia – Sept. 21
27] Practicing Peace in Daily Life – Sept. 21 & 28
28] March for Peace – Sept. 21
29] MAJR General Meeting – Sept, 21
30] John Dear in Wilmington – Sept, 21
31] Peoples Power Assembly – Sept. 21
32] Hear about the Sierra Club – Sept. 21
33] War on Poverty??? – Sept. 21
22] --- September 21, 2016 is INTERNATIONAL DAY OF the UNITED NATIONS FOR PEACE!

23] --- On Wed., Sept. 21 from noon to 1:30 PM hear about “The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline” with author Jonathan Tepperman, Editor, Foreign Affairs and moderator Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America.  We’ve all heard the bad news. The heady promise of the Arab Spring has given way to repression, civil war, and an epic refugee crisis. Income inequality is rising around the world. And the threat of ISIS and other extremist groups keeps spreading. We are living in an age of unprecedented, irreversible decline—or so we’re constantly told.

Tepperman presents a very different picture— the often-overlooked good news stories, offering a provocative, unconventional take on the answers hiding in plain sight. Pulling examples of successful programs from nations around the world, Tepperman proposes global solutions to the biggest challenges we face today.

This event will be held in New America’s Independence Conference room (740 15th Street NW, Suite 900, WDC 20005). Copies of the book will be available for purchase via credit card or check. A light lunch will be served.  RSVP at

24] -- The 40th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards is happening on Wed., Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 9 PM at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW, WDC 20005.  The Institute for Policy Studies is proud to present an inspirational film project by Grassroots Media DC featuring past award-winners from far and wide. Join IPS and MC’s Jodie Evans of CODEPINK and Larry Stafford of Progressive Maryland to hear these human rights champions reflect on how the Letelier-Moffitt Award impacted their work, and what gives them hope during challenging times.  Visit

25] -- Come to the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 PA Ave. NW, Room 120, WDC, on Thurs., Sept. 22 from 3 to 5 PM.  After nearly 2 years of work from DC's immigrant communities and advocates, Many Languages One Voice's amendment to strengthen the Language Access law will soon be marked up by the Judiciary, then set to move to the entire council.  Go to

26] -- Islamophobia in Focus: Muslims & the Media will be discussed at the Newseum, Knight Conference Center, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Sept. 22 from 3 to 4:30 PM.  Research shows that 9 in 10 of all news reports about Muslims, Islam, and Islamic organizations are related to violence – war or terrorism. In fact, most Muslim newsmakers are warlords or terrorists. Alarmingly, media representations of Islam were worse in 2015 than any other time since 9/11. Are such portrayals representative of today’s global realities? Are Muslims simply over-sensitive? Are concerns with media depictions of Muslims and Islam in the West reflective of a liberal culture obsessed with political correctness?  Go to

27] –  Attend a Peace Academy Fall 2016 Course Practicing Peace in Daily Life on Wed., Sept. 21 & Wed., Sept. 28 from  6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Perry Community Center, 128 M St. NW, 2nd floor, WDC 20001. Email to schedule a course.
28] --- On Wed., Sept. 21 at 4 PM get involved in March for Peace in Rehoboth for Peace Week Delaware. Meet at Grove Park, just as you enter Rehoboth.  A group will organize with posters and banners; the march will proceed to Rehoboth Band Stand near the ocean; followed by Celebration of Peace Week Delaware and Dedication of Peace Pole; at Grove Park, Columbia Ave. & Grove St., Rehoboth 19971.  The event is sponsored by Lewes-Rehoboth Coalition for Peace Week Delaware. Email At 5 PM, there will be a dedication of the Peace Pole.  Also there will be a brief program acknowledging the importance of peace-making in all major faiths at Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, 1 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth 19971.

29] --- There is a Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform MAJR General Meeting on Wed., Sept. 21 at 6:30 PM at the People for Change Coalition, 9500 Arena Dr., Suite 460, Largo, MD 20772.  Continue planning for the 2017 legislative session and for monitoring progress of the newly-created Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board.  Food will be provided to those who RSVP to Patience Schenck at Visit:

30] – FATHER JOHN DEAR will speak on INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE, Wed., Sept. 21 at 7 PM at the First Unitarian Church, 730 Halstead Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. Father Dear has spent over three decades speaking to people around the world about the Gospel of Jesus, the way of nonviolence and the call to make peace. He has served as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the United States. He has traveled in war zones around the world, including Iraq, Palestine, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, and Colombia; lived in El Salvador, Guatemala and Northern Ireland; been arrested over 75 times in acts of civil disobedience against war; and spent eight months in prison for a Plowshares disarmament action.

He will be bringing copies of his ‹new book: Meditations on the Beatitudes, Peacemaking and the Spiritual Life. Jimmy Carter says of the new book: "The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount are Jesus' blueprint for peace. Everyone should study John Dear's beautiful reflections and join the campaign of peace and nonviolence." For more about John, go to Call June Eisley at 302-475-0407.

31] --- The Peoples Power Assembly Community Organization will meet on Wed., Sept. 21 at 7 PM at 2011 North Charles St., Baltimore 21218. The Assembly meets at 7 PM on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Call 443-221-3775.

32] --- Sierra Club National Director Michael Brune will be at a Meet and Greet on Wed., Sept. 21 from 7:30 to 9 PM at Kaldi's Social House, 918 Silver Spring Ave., Silver Spring 20910.  Learn about Maryland's critical role in Sierra Club's national climate strategy. Also attending will be Sen. Paul Pinsky, sponsor of the Maryland Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act. Purchase a ticket at  All proceeds will benefit the Maryland Sierra Club's work to transition Maryland from coal and fracking gas to clean renewable energy.

33] – ELIZABETH HINTON PRESENTS “-FROM THE WAR ON POVERTY TO THE WAR ON CRIME: THE MAKING OF MASS INCARCERATION IN AMERICA" on Wed., Sept. 21 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. We've been told that the roots of mass incarceration lie with conservative backlash and the Reagan Republican War on Drugs—but, as Elizabeth Hinton shows in her new book, the roots of mass incarceration are older and deeper, grounded in the liberal response to urban crisis, and specifically to the way federal support for increasingly militarized policing arose during LBJ's war on poverty.  In an era where urban unrest among Black Americans demanding justice is once again foregrounding the depths of poverty in communities of color across the country, this is a vital cautionary tale about the unintended or unnoticed consequences of policies that purport to offer solutions but are really grounded in an agenda of control. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to  

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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