Thursday, October 6, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 7- 15, 2016

43] Peace vigil at White House – Oct. 7
44] WIB peace vigils – Oct. 7
45] 2016 Edward Said Memorial Lecture – Oct. 7
46] Black Lives Matter vigil – Oct. 7
47] See the film FAIR GAMEOct. 7
48] Film A BETTER LIFE -- Oct. 7
49] Ballroom Dancing – Oct. 7
50] Public Anthropology Conference – Oct. 8 - 9
51] Peace Academy Course -- Oct. 8
52] West Chester peace vigil – Oct. 8
53] Call for the pardon of Ed Snowden – Oct. 8
54] Aviva Chomsky will speak about immigration -- Oct. 8
55] Protest Fleet Week – Oct. 12 & 15
56] Room for rent
57] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
58] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
59] Do you need any book shelves?
60] Join the Global Zero campaign
61] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

43] – On Fri., Oct. 7 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. 

44] – On Fri., Oct. 7 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. 

45] – The 2016 Edward Said Memorial Lecture with Professor Wadie Said will occur at The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Oct. 7 from 12:30 to 2 PM.  A light lunch will be served at 12:30 PM with the talk beginning at 1 PM.  The Jerusalem Fund is pleased to present Professor Wadie Said who will deliver the 2016 Edward Said Memorial Lecture. Just as the late Dr. Edward Said struggled tirelessly in his scholarship and humanities projects to challenge and dispel dominant misperceptions of the East, Arab society, and the modern Palestinian predicament, his son Wadie engages a similarly noble pursuit: confronting the issue of terrorism and the ways in which it is produced and dealt with in the U.S. legal system.

The post 9/11 terrorism prosecution reveals a great deal about what the U.S. government views as a threat, and which groups and ideologies represent that threat. By analyzing the laws, tactics, and practices that go into prosecuting individuals for crimes related to terrorism, we come to understand how broadly certain populations are tarred with the brush of terrorism. In an era in which the phenomenon of Islamophobia has loomed large in public debates about the national security challenges that confront the United States, terrorism laws and prosecutions mirror those debates, but they also raise essential questions as to the sacrificing of constitutional rights and protections that is done in the name of security.  Said is Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and human rights law. RSVP at

46] – 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. 7. Black Lives Matter.

47] –  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

48] –  Go to the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064 for the First-Friday Free Large Screen Film Series on Fri., Oct. 7 at 7 PM to see  “A Better Life,” a film that Trump and such would not want you to see! A poignant,
multi-generational story drawn from the everyday lives and struggles of
undocumented workers to make something better for their children. Directed by Chris Weitz, it stars Demian Bichir. Carlos is an undocumented Mexican immigrant, a gardener tending the landscapes of Los Angeles residents who are rich, from his point of view. Carlos lives from hand to mouth, day to day, in a tiny house with a garden used to raise starter plants for his clients. His wife left years before, and he’s raising his 15-year-old son, Luis, by himself, desperately trying to keep him from the lure of drugs and gangs.

  Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments.  Call (610) 544-1818 or visit  The screening is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.

49] – 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. 7. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

50] –The American University 13th Public Anthropology Conference--Creating Dialogues between Social Movements & Academia—is happening on Sat., Oct. 8 from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sun., Oct. 9 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM at the Mary Graydon Center, American University, WDC.  A forum Transcending Historical Oppression and Injustice through Agents of Change and Imagination from Palestine to Colin Kaepernick to American University will take place at Mary Graydon Center, American University, WDC, on Sun., Oct. 9 from 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM. Come out to this interactive dialogue with change agents who are transcending narratives and histories of oppression by using imagination and justice to create identities that empower and return peoples to their humanity.  Register at

51] – Peace Academy Fall 2016 Course Options are available for teachers, parents, coaches, social workers, mentors, and any adult who wants to experience, learn, and practice peace. Must be in college or older. Continuing Education Credits (CECs) are available. Live Peace, Teach Peace: Best Practices and Tools Level I is taking place on Sat., Oct. 8 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM at the Peace Oasis, 15400 Old Marshall Rd., Accokeek, MD 20607.  Register online at or contact MJ Park at

52] – 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

53] – 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.

54] – 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

55] – 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.

56] – 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.

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

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

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

60] -- 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.

61] – 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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