Sunday, October 2, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 3 - 15, 2016

14] Lead in the Water? – Oct. 3
15] Protest death of Terrence Sterling – Oct. 3
16] Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation – Oct. 3
17] Virginia Immigrant Advocates Summit – Oct. 4 - 5
18] Reykjavik and arms control – Oct. 4
19] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Oct. 4
20] Protest drone research at JHU Oct. 4
21] Film “The Muslims Are Coming!” – Oct. 4
22] DC Palestinian Film and Arts – Oct. 5 - 9
23] See the film FAIR GAMEOct. 7
24] Call for the pardon of Ed Snowden – Oct. 8
25] Aviva Chomsky will speak about immigration -- Oct. 8
26] Protest Fleet Week – Oct. 12 & 15
14] – There is a Community Meeting on Lead in D.C.’s  Drinking Water at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW, downstairs in meeting room, WDC, on Mon., Oct. 3 from 6:30 to 8 PM.  Join Green Neighbors for a conversation about lead in the D.C. water system. Is there lead in your drinking water? How can you tell and what can you do about it? How serious is the problem in DC? Go to

15] – There is a #TerrenceSterling Protest at 300 M St. NW, WDC, on Mon., Oct. 3 at 7 PM. Join #BlackLivesMatterDC and local community members to protest the death of Terrence Sterling by Metro Police.

16] – There is a From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation Author Talk at The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Mon., Oct. 3 from 7 to 9 PM. The author is Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor.  The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The Black Lives Matter movement has awakened a new generation of activists. Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation. Taylor is assistant professor in the department of African American Studies at Princeton University.  Go to

17] – The 7th Virginia Immigrant Advocates Summit is happening at 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on Tues., Oct. 4 at 9:30 AM to Wed., Oct. 5 starting at noon.  Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO) is pleased to announce the upcoming Summit which will bring together advocates from across the state to learn about, discuses and move forward on issues impacting immigrant communities residing in Virginia. The year’s tumultuous presidential race and recent U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked decision on the Obama administration’s deferred action programs, DAPA and Extended DACA, illustrate how the stakes for immigrant communities could not be higher. It is imperative to continue with collective efforts in order to push forward in defense of and support for the rights of hard working immigrants and their families living and working in the Commonwealth. To register, contact the VACOLAO at or 703-772-1555.

18] – On Tues., Oct. 4 from 2 to 5 PM at the Brookings Institution., Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, catch the discussion "Reykjavik and arms control in U.S.-Soviet/Russian relations" with seven speakers. Go to

19] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is Oct. 4.  Call 215-426-0364.

20] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Oct. 4  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

21] – See a screening on Tues., Oct. 4 at 6:30 of “The Muslims Are Coming!” It will be followed by a conversation at the Healey Family Student Center (Social Room), 37th & O Sts. NW, WDC. Islamophobia got you down? Is anti-Muslim political rhetoric during this U.S. presidential cycle finally getting to you? Ready for a great laugh, thought-provoking conversation about anti-Muslim stereotypes, mass media, law and politics - not to mention a really good movie?

Join The Bridge Initiative, the sponsors of the screening and a moderated discussion featuring CNN commentator, former attorney and American Muslim comedian Dean Obeidallah and Georgetown University Professor, Dr. John L. Esposito! See

22] – The 2016 DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival takes place starting on Wed,, Oct. 5 (all day) and continuing through Sun., Oct. 9 (all day).  The DCPFAF showcases the work of Palestinian artists in Palestine and in the diaspora. The stories shared in this festival are not necessarily about the Palestinian experience in relation to the Israeli occupation and apartheid, nor are the stories necessarily about Palestinians. They are stories told by Palestinians that reflect the dynamic formation of a transnational identity common to Palestinians and diasporic communities in general. The festival also aims to bring DC’s various communities together through art and catalyze invigorating and productive discussions about film and culture, utilizing the lens of Palestinians filmmakers as an entry point.  Go to

23] –  The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility are continuing the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES.  The DVDs will be shown at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, usually on the First Friday.  After the Black Lives Matter vigil, there will be a potluck dinner. At 7:15 PM, from September through December, a DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  The series theme is REACTING TO WARS ON CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS, PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

On Fri., Oct. 7 see FAIR GAME [USA, 2010] which is ripped from the headlines. Directed by Doug Liman and starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, it is based on Valerie Plame's memoir, “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House,” and Joseph C. Wilson's memoir, “The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir.”  Penn, as Wilson, travels to Niger to see if yellowcake uranium is being provided to Iraq for use in nuclear weapons. He determines that it is not.  George W. Bush, though, justifies an invasion of Iraq in a 2003 State of the Union address by alluding to the uranium's use in Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, Wilson submits an op-ed piece to The New York Times, stating this is untrue. Scooter Libby then betrays Plame’s covert identity, and the couple suffer the consequences. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at

24] – Keep Space for Peace Week -- International Days of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space is happening from Sat., Oct. 1 through Sat., Oct. 8.  Go to The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will do its annual Keep Space for Peace Week protest at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland at 11 AM on Sat., Oct. 8.  We will be promoting a pardon for Edward Snowden.  Rides will be available. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

25] – Immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky, a professor of history and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University, will talk about her book "UNDOCUMENTED How Immigration Became Illegal."  With a focus on US policy, her book shows how "illegality" and "undocumentedness" are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit, and how and why people, especially Mexicans and Central Americans, have been assigned this status. Dr. Chomsky's book will be available for sale and for her autograph at the event. Meet Ms. Chomsky on Sat., Oct. 8 from 7 to 9 PM at Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltowne Drive, Ellicott City. Call Leslie at 410-381-4899 or e-mail Go to www.friendsoflatinamerica.org

26] – 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.  If you believe that we must protest the commissioning of this war ship, let me know if you are available to attend a planning meeting sometime this week. Contact me at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net. We intend to protest both the Commissioning and Welcoming on Oct. 12 at 4 PM.  Join us.

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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