Monday, October 10, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 11 - 13, 2016

18] Iran Agreement – Oct. 11
19] Nuclear Debates in Asia – Oct. 11
20] East Asia and the Korean Peninsula – Oct. 11
21] The Current State of U.S.-Russian Relations -- Oct. 11
22] Protest Fleet Week’s Welcoming Ceremony – Oct. 12
23] Green Party meeting – Oct. 12
24] See the film SALT OF THE EARTHOct. 12
25] Racist ideas in America – Oct. 12
26] Missing tax dollars in Afghanistan -- Oct. 13
27] North Korea – Oct. 13
28] Dams in Laos – Oct. 13
29] Pardon Chelsea Manning – Oct. 13
30] Book talk EVO’S BOLIVIA – Oct, 13
31] Radical democracy in Venezuela -- Oct. 13
18] – On Tues., Oct. 11 from noon to 2 PM, David Albright, Institute for Science and International Security, will tackle "The Iran Agreement" at George Washington University, Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052. RSVP at

19] –  On Tues., Oct. 11 from 12:45 to 2:30 PM, Mike Mochizuki, George Washington University,  Deepa Ollapally, George Washington University, and Scott Snyder, Council on Foreign Relations, will discuss "Nuclear Debates in Asia: The Role of Geopolitics and Domestic Processes" at George Washington University, Room 505, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052.  RSVP at

20] – On Tues., Oct. 11 from noon to 3:30 PM, Kurt Campbell, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Peter Hoekstra, former Chairman, House Committee on Intelligence, will talk about "East Asia and the Korean Peninsula: The Prospective Policies of a Clinton or Trump Administration" at the Korean Economic Institute, 1800 K St. NW, Suite 1010, WDC. RSVP at

21] – On Tues., Oct. 11 from 4:30 to 6 PM, Sergey Kislyak, Russian Ambassador to the United States, will explain "The Current State of U.S.-Russian Relations" at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Kenney-Herter Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

22] – The Port of Baltimore will be the site of the Commissioning Ceremony for the most powerful, technologically-advanced, United States Destroyer in history – USS ZUMWALT DDG 1000 on Sat., Oct. 15, 2016 at 5 PM.  According to the propaganda, “This FIRST IN CLASS ship introduces major innovations in design: stealth profile, small crew size, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, state-of-the-art electric propulsion and the latest long-range gun and missile weaponry. The USS ZUMWALT is unlike any warship that has ever sailed the seas.”  If you can believe this, the ship’s motto is PAX PROPTER VIM – “PEACE THROUGH POWER.”  

 The commissioning is part of Fleet Week.  The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore and the Jonah House have organized a vigil to protest the warmongering on Wed., Oct. 12 at 4 PM.  This vigil and leafletting will occur during the Welcoming Ceremony.  Join us at Calvert and Pratt Streets.  RSVP to Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

23] --- Each Wednesday, including Oct. 12, between now and the election the Baltimore Green Party will be having joint campaign meetings at the office at 100 E. 23rd St., Baltimore 21218.  The agenda is as follows -- 6 PM -- training and work sessions; 7 PM work for candidates; and 8 PM planning meeting.  Get involved at

24] – There is a free screening of the acclaimed documentary THE SALT OF THE EARTH, as part of the Charm City Film Series, on Wed., Oct. 12 at 6:30 PM.  See it at the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Baltimore 21201. Go to

25] – There is a Book Talk on Wed., Oct. 12 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  IBRAHM X. KENDI PRESENTS "STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF RACIST IDEAS IN AMERICA."  An ambitious and magisterially executed history of the idea of race in America, exploring both the intellectual trajectory of white supremacy as well as the work of thinkers of color to push back and contest these ideas. Kendi’s deft analysis of key thinkers from Cotton Mather to Angela Davis illustrates how racial thought, specifically debates about racial difference, take shape across space and time and influence racial policies and the persistence of racial discrimination. This book is a must read for those interested in working to unearth the foundational ideas and practices that hinder true racial progress.” Call 443-602-7585.  Go to  

26] – 'Money as a Weapon' Works in Afghanistan - Assessing the Impact of U.S. Commanders' Reconstruction Projects will be discussed on Thurs., Oct. 13 from 10 to  11:30 AM at the U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037.  Authors of a new report, along with other experts, will assess the role in Afghanistan of the Commander's Emergency Response Program (CERP)-and reflect on ways that such programs can be improved. See

27] – On Thurs., Oct. 13 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Wilson Center, hear about "The Future of U.S. and ROK Policy Toward North Korea" at the Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

28] – Letters from the Mekong: A Call for Strategic Basin-Wide Energy Planning in Laos will take place on Thurs., Oct. 13 from 10:30 AM to noon at 1211 Connecticut Ave, NW, 8th Floor, , WDC 20036. RSVP

Preparatory work for the next big dam on the Mekong – Pak Beng – has begun. This news supports the widespread narrative that Laos’s plans to become the “Battery of Southeast Asia” by building more than 100 dams on its portions of the Mekong basin is moving full steam ahead. In actuality, the future of the Lower Mekong is still very much uncertain, and risks to hydropower development in Laos and the region continue to rise. The Lao government is faced with increasing challenges in managing its existing dams; economic slowdown in the region puts a damper on financing options for dam projects and has a downward effect on energy demand; and the devastating 2016 drought has renewed the call from downstream countries like Cambodia and Vietnam for a more coordinated approach to regional water management. This new publication and the following discussion with the Stimson Southeast Asia team will explore how these challenges point to a much needed shift for strategic basin-wide planning. The team will also discuss how the external donor community can better guide Laos toward that shift by, among other approaches, supporting a modern national power grid that would more efficiently transfer power throughout the region and integrate renewables such as solar or wind as a replacement to building all of the proposed dams.

29] – After a suicide attempt Chelsea Manning is facing the possibility of indefinite solitary confinement as a punishment for her desperate act.  The government continues to severely punish her for reporting war crimes.  President Obama is pardoning a record number of prisoners as his tenure as president wanes.  We say Pardon Chelsea Manning.  The idea is to do a weekly vigil as long as Obama remains in office. Obama can pardon anyone right up until his last hours in office.  The White House Committee to Pardon Chelsea Manning invites you on Thurs., Oct. 13 from 5 to 7 PM to stand in front of the White House from 5 to 7 PM.  Call on President Obama to pardon Chelsea Manning.  Go to

30] --- There is a Meet and Greet with Linda Farthing on Thurs., Oct. 13 from 6 to 8 PM in the LA Room 4310, Towson University. Although Linda is from Philadelphia, she has long lived in La Paz, Bolivia and has written several accessible books about the developing democracy that is Bolivia.  For example, Bolivians have five active political parties on their Presidential ballots; they vote on Sundays, so there is less conflict with work schedules; and ELECTIONS are a separate section of their Constitution--and a separate branch of government.  Linda is co-author with Benjamin Kohl of “Evo's Bolivia: Continuity and Change.”  She will talk about this compelling and comprehensive look at the rise of Evo Morales and Bolivia's Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS).

31] – There is a Book Talk on Thurs., Oct. 13 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER PRESENTS "BUILDING THE COMMUNE: RADICAL DEMOCRACY IN VENEZUELA."  Ciccariello-Maher is one of the foremost scholars of how popular movements have driven and shaped the contours of Venezuela's dramatic experiments in counter-hegemony and radical democracy. In his new book for Verso's series produced in collaboration with Jacobin, he offers a much-needed celebration and critical evaluation of the self-organized communes within the Bolivarian revolution.  While media coverage in the US fixates on the leaders in positions of traditional top-down political power and highlights the reactions of the antisocialist opposition, Ciccariello-Maher's new book underscores the deeply and directly democratic experiments in the barrios, at the base of the revolutionary process in Venezuela. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to  

To be continued.

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