Thursday, October 13, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 13 - 17, 2016

32] Political Thought in Contemporary Iran -- Oct. 13
33] Book talk FRACKOPOLY – Oct. 13
34] Book talk about Afghanistan -- Oct. 13
35] Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation Awards Banquet -- Oct. 14 - 15
36] Democracy in the Arab World: The Obama Legacy & Beyond – Oct. 14
37] Peace vigil at White House – Oct. 14
38] WIB peace vigils – Oct. 14
39] Support Green Party candidates – Oct. 14
40] Black Lives Matter vigil – Oct. 14
41] End the Occupation National Conference – Oct. 14 - 17
42] Yes to A! Campaign – Oct. 14
44] Ballroom Dancing – Oct. 14
45] SALT Fall Advocacy Training Conference – Oct. 15
46] West Chester peace vigil – Oct. 15
47] See the documentary LOM NAVA LOVE – Oct. 15
48] Solitary from the Inside Out -- Oct. 15
49] Book talk about a cyberpunk novel – Oct. 15
50] Call for the pardon of Ed Snowden – Oct. 15
51] Simon Shaheen Benefit Concert – Oct. 15
52] Room for rent
53] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
54] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
55] Do you need any book shelves?
56] Join the Global Zero campaign
57] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
32] – Political Speaker Series: Political Thought in Contemporary Iran will be discussed at Georgetown University-Intercultural Center (ICC #450), WDC on Thurs., Oct. 13 from 5 to 6:30 PM.  The Political Speaker Series is a workshop for scholars at Georgetown and beyond working on the intersections of political theory, hosted by the Department of Government. After the paper’s author briefly introduces the work, a discussant will offer comments before opening to discussion and feedback.

  This workshop features Nura Hossainzadeh, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Georgetown University's Department of Goverrnment. Hossainzadeh is a 2016 graduate of UC Berkeley's Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on Islamic political thought and comparative political theory. Her current book project is on the political thought of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the most prominent leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, and the ways in which both reformist and conservative contemporary thinkers engage Khomeini's legacy and deploy it to justify or criticize democratic elements in Islamic governance. She teaches classes on cross-cultural political theory, the history of political thought, and American government and politics. Go to

33] --There is a Book Signing with Photojournalist Paula Bronstein at BUSBOYS AND POETS at 14TH & V Sts., 2021 14th St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Oct. 13 from 6 to 8 PM.  The International Women’s Media Foundation presents this award-winning photojournalist who will discussed her new book “Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear” (University of Texas Press, August 2016).  In the fall of 2001, Bronstein traveled to Afghanistan on assignment for Getty Images to document the U.S-led “Occupation Enduring Freedom” in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Captivated by the indomitable resilience and spirit of the Afghan people and the rugged beauty of their country’s landscape, Bronstein has made Afghanistan her mission ever since. She has returned to the country repeatedly over the past 15 years to document the lives of the Afghan people against the backdrop of a brutal and protracted war. Moderated by Indira Lakshmanan, Bronstein will be speaking about her work and experiences, as well as signing copies of the book for sale. All ticket proceeds will be going to the IWMF Emergency Fund.  See

34] --- As part of Writers LIVE, Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, will discuss her new book “Frackopoly,” on Thurs., Oct. 13 at 7 PM at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 Charles St., Baltimore 21201.  In her book, she argues that the rush to fracking is dangerous to the environment and treacherous to human health. Go to

35] –  On Fri., Oct. 14 and Sat., Oct. 15, get over to the Annual Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation Awards Banquet and Conference at the Washington Marriott Georgetown, 1221 22nd St., WDC. The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), invites you to forge a new bond of solidarity with your Palestinian Christian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. Go to

36] –  Democracy in the Arab World: The Obama Legacy & Beyond is the topic of discussion at JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004, on Fri., Oct. 14 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Arab Center Washington DC is pleased to host its first annual conference in partnership with the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.  As the Arab world remains in a downward spiral more than five years after the Arab Spring, Arab Center Washington DC is convening distinguished scholars and experts to critically examine the state of democracy in the Arab world, assess the factors that contributed to the failure of Arab democratic transition, and evaluate Obama’s foreign policy and legacy in the region providing recommendations to the next administration for serious promotion of Arab democracy. Email

37] – On Fri., Oct. 14 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. 

38] – On Fri., Oct. 14 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. 

39] – On Fri., Oct. 14 from 4 to 6:15 PM at North Ave. and Howard St., join other Greens in promoting local city/state candidates -- Ian for 12, Harris for Mayor & Flowers for Senate.  Signs will be provided.  This event WILL NOT be cancelled unless it's seriously raining. Go to

40] – 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 Oct. 14. Black Lives Matter.

41] – From Fri., Oct. 14 through Mon., Oct. 17, go to the End the Occupation National Conference.  This is an opportunity for US Campaign member groups, supporters, and Palestinian rights activists to gather to network around how we can all strengthen our work for freedom, justice, and equality. This year's conference will include plenaries, workshops, a lobby day, and a performance by musician and composer Simon Shaheen!

The conference will take place at the Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 North Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22203. It will start around 6 PM on Friday, and end around 6:30 PM on Sunday.  Finally, there will be a lobby day on Monday, October 17. Registration is at a sliding scale of $90-$250 and includes entrance to all conference events, breakfast and lunch Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Scholarships will be available to help cover part of the cost of registration. Email for more information. Go to

42] – Come to a house party on Fri., Oct. 14 from 6:30 to 8 PM and meet Ben Jealous, former president and CEO of the NAACP, and engaged residents from Howard County and beyond. Talk about the Yes on A! Campaign, and the steps Marylanders can take to reclaim our democracy from big money interests.  Ben understands that "we are facing a dual attack on our democracy - everyday voters are being disenfranchised while corporations are being hyper-enfranchised. We need to fix the fundamentals of our political system if we want to get down to solving our long-term problems.” Howard County residents will have the chance to Vote Yes On A in order to create a Fair Elections program that would reduce the barriers to running for office and increase the influence of every day citizens. 

   Question A, a Charter amendment, would allow for the creation of a Citizens’ Election Fund that would empower citizen voices and reduce the influence of big-money corporations and developers whose preferences so often overshadow the will of the people.  If Question A succeeds, Howard County will join Montgomery County in leading the charge across Maryland to restore our democracy and the voice of American voters. RSVP at

43] – There is a Book Talk SAM DOLGOFF AND THE U.S. ANARCHIST MOVEMENT: 1920s -1980s on Fri., Oct. 14 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  Dolgoff, a house painter by trade, was at the center of American anarchism for seventy years. His political voyage began in the 1920s when he joined the Industrial Workers of the World. He rode the rails as an itinerant laborer, bedding down in hobo camps and mounting soapboxes in cities across the United States. Self-educated, he translated, edited, and wrote some of the most important books and journals of twentieth-century anti-authoritarian politics, including the most widely read collection of Mikhail Bakunin's writings in English. Yet the movement changed in important ways during Sam’s long tenure, as anarchists engaged with events and social forces such as the rise of the welfare state, atomic warfare, the black freedom struggle, and a succession of youth countercultures.

  Historian Andrew Cornell explains how anarchism evolved from the creed of poor immigrants militantly opposed to capitalism early in the twentieth century to one that today sees resurgent appeal among middle-class youth and foregrounds activism around ecology, feminism, and opposition to cultural alienation, while Dolgoff's son, Anatole, conjures images of a lost New York City—the Lower East Side, the strong immigrant and working-class neighborhoods, the blurred lines dividing proletarian and intellectual culture, the union halls and social clubs, the brutal cops and bosses, and the solidarity that kept them at bay. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to  

44] – 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 Oct. 14. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

45] –      Social Action Linking Together (SALT) will sponsor the SALT Fall Advocacy Training Conference on Sat., Oct. 15 from 9 to 11:30 AM at Virginia International University (VIU), Conference Room (VD-102), 4401 Village Dr., Fairfax, VA.  Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network, will be the keynote speaker.  Mark is the son of the late Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver.  He is the author of “A Good Man,” an inspirational and deeply personal story about a son discovering the authentic meaning of his father's legacy.

Additionally, there will be a presentation by Sen. Barbara Favola, 31st Senate District, Arlington, about the Report on the Commission on Youth, TANF Subcommittee.  Senator Favola represents Virginia's 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County.  She served on the Arlington County Board for fourteen years (1997-2011) and chaired that body three times.  During her service with the County, Senator Favola was the Board's leading advocate for children, youth and families, and her contributions to the community include establishing mental health services in the public schools. 

Come early for the book signing by the keynote speaker and to meet and greet other social justice advocates in the community.  Contact John Horejsi at jhorejsi AT cox. net or visit the SALT web site at, Upcoming Events page.

46] – 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

47] – See the documentary LOM NAVA LOVE on Sat., Oct. 15 at 1 PM at the Cherry Hill Homes Recreation Center, 844 Roundview Rd., Baltimore 21225. CULTURE! COMMUNITY! FAMILY! MS. V. BLACK AND PROUD IN BALTIMORE'S CHERRY HILL HOMES COMMUNITY CENTER. Visit 15th at

48] – Solitary from the Inside Out is happening at The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC, on Sat., Oct. 15 from 2 to 5 PM.  This is an opportunity to hear from first-hand accounts of solitary confinement and leaders in the national movement to end it.  Participate in a virtual reality experience of solitary confinement, and in an orientation to Lifelines to Solitary, a program to bring a spark of human contact into the living tombs of solitary confinement through on-going correspondence. RSVP

49] – There is a Book Talk on Sat., Oct. 15 at 7:30 PM in the Free School Classroom at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. T. C. WEBER presents SLEEP STATE INTERRUPT - A CYBERPUNK NOVEL THAT PITS BALTIMORE ACTIVISTS AGAINST A GLOBAL MEDIA CORPORATION. In the novel a giant media corporation has taken over the Internet, created an addictive virtual reality called BetterWorld, and controls nearly all information. Politicians do their bidding and a brainwashed humanity serves a privileged few. Waylee Freid, an unemployed Baltimore journalist with ever-worsening bipolar disorder, is the only hope for a brighter future. She and her countercultural friends bust a notorious teenage hacker out of jail and sneak into a closed presidential fundraiser at the Smithsonian castle, where they hope to record incriminating admissions that will wake up the world. Hunted by Homeland Security, Waylee and her friends must reach a sufficient audience by broadcasting their video during the Super Bowl. But to do so, they'll have to break into one of the most secure facilities ever built. Don't miss this reading by local author, T.C. Weber! Visit Call 443-602-7585.  Go to  

50] –You're invited to a Dance2Divest with 350MoCo on Sat., Oct. 15 at 8 PM at the Rivendell Center, 9339 Fraser Ave., Silver Spring 20910.  Email  Join 350MoCo for its Fall kickoff event and fundraiser as the divestment campaign goes into full swing. The goal is simple and clear – we want our County to STOP investing our public pension dollars in the fossil fuel companies who are fighting against the change we need on climate. Come dance the night away, learn about the work, and become part of the climate solution for Montgomery County!  Suggested contribution at the door is $20 adults/$10 youth but don’t stay away - please just pay what you can. All money collected defrays party expenses and supports the work for a fossil free Montgomery County. Guests include Chesapeake Climate Action Network Director, Mike Tidwell and a special video message from Bill McKibben! Food and drinks will be served.  Call 301.977.2447 or go to

51] –The Simon Shaheen Benefit Concert will take place at the Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 N Glebe Rd., Arlington,  on Sat., Oct. 15 from 8 to 11 PM.  The concert will benefit the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.  Simon Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musician, performer, and composer of his generation. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music, while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. This unique contribution to the world of arts was recognized in 1994 when Shaheen was honored with the prestigious National Heritage Award at the White House. RSVP at

52] – 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 a month and the splitting of gas & electric bill. Call Lynn at 410-960-3008.

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

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

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

56] -- 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.

57] – 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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