Monday, October 10, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 9 - 11, 2016

11] Watch the debate! – Oct. 9
12] Israel’s Colonial Tide – Oct. 10
13] Indigenous People's Day – Oct. 10
14] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Oct. 11
15] Protest drone research at JHU Oct. 11
16] Ian Schlakman, Green Party candidate, fundraiser – Oct. 11
17] “Stamped from the Beginning” – Oct. 11
11] – The Presidential Debate Watch, Pre-debate Conversation, and Drink Specials will be available at Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Sts.,  2021 14th St NW, WDC 20009, on Sun., Oct. 9.  At 6:30 PM, the Debunking the Presidential Debate Part 2 will begin. A pre-debate conversation with Steve Cobble (Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, co-founder of Progressive Democrats of America) and Phyllis Bennis (Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, director of The New Internationalism Project) who can give the audience insight on what to listen for, what to expect, etc.  At 9 PM, watch the debate at all Busboys and Poets locations. Email

12] – Hear the discussion Against Israel's Colonial Tide: Palestinian Initiatives to Shape Their Future at The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC, on Tues., Oct. 1 from 12:30 to 2 PM. This panel examines the intersection of Israeli policies of occupation and containment which prevent Palestinian self-determination, with a focus on the experience for Palestinians of living under occupation in Jerusalem and Gaza and the ways Palestinians and their supporters are organizing politically, economically and culturally to protect their human rights and work towards a different future. The panelists are all contributors to Al Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Policy Fellow Nur Arafeh will examine Israel’s plans for Jerusalem and its “vision” for the city by mid-century, as well as the ways in which Jerusalemites are organizing and the support they need. This will be followed by Policy Fellow Tareq Baconi, who will address Israel’s siege of Gaza, the predicament of Hamas, and the role of regional actors, and also suggest ways forward. Executive Director Nadia Hijab will then discuss Israel’s measures against the occupied territories and the Palestinian citizens of Israel, including its draconian attacks on human rights defenders, and examine counter-measures by the Palestinian and international actors. RSVP at

13] – Catch Indigenous People's Day Movie Screening and Discussion at 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Mon., Oct. 10 from 2 to 5 PM.  You are invited to spend part of "Indigenous People's Day" (a reclamation of "Columbus Day") deepening your understanding of the struggles of the indigenous peoples of America, with a specific focus on the free and independent Lakota Oyate who continue more than 125 years of resistance to colonial settlement in Lakota territory. This summer thousands of indigenous peoples and their allies have come together to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in protecting their beloved, life-enabling Mni-sose (Missouri River) from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Watch part of the feature length documentary film "Red Cry," which chronicles the lives of Lakota Elders and Oyate (people) in the face of ongoing oppression.  A guided conversation will be led by Eleanor Hancock (member of SURJ DC steering committee, and director of White Awake) and Hanna Mahon (member of SURJ DC and Resource Generation). Because one of the facilitators is sensitive to chemicals, you may be asked to leave if you come with strong fragrance on your body or clothes.  Email

14] – 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. 11.  Call 215-426-0364.

15] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Oct.11  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

16] – On Tues., Oct. 11 at 7 PM, Ian Schlakman, Green Party candidate, for Baltimore City Council 12th District, invites you to a fundraiser at 405 E. Oliver St, Baltimore 21202.. Go to

17] – “Stamped from the Beginning,” an author Talk with Ibram Kendi, will happen at 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Tues., Oct. 11 from 7 to 9 PM.  Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America--more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.  Visit

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]

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