Friday, November 4, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - November 4 - 6, 2016

34] Peace vigil at White House – Nov. 4
35] WIB peace vigils – Nov. 4
36] Nuclear Learning - Nov. 4
37] Black Lives Matter vigil – Nov. 4
38] See the film WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS – Nov. 4
39] Film IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH -- Nov. 4
41] U.S. military destruction in the Middle East – Nov. 4
42] Ballroom Dancing – Nov. 4
43] Building Peace in Our Schools – Nov. 5
44] BDS workshop – Nov. 5
45] National Conference on Gentrification/Destruction of Black D.C. – Nov. 5 - 6
46] West Chester peace vigil – Nov. 5

34] – On Fri., Oct. 28 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. 

35] – On Fri., Oct. 28 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. 

36] --- Nuclear Learning: A Luncheon Conversation with Amandeep Gill, Indian Joint Secretary for Disarmament and International Security Affairs, is happening on Fri., Nov. 4 from 12:30 to 2 PM at The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036. Michael Krepon and Sameer Lalwani will serve as hosts and moderators. RSVP at

37] – 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 Nov. 4. Black Lives Matter.

38] –  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., Nov. 4 see "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State" [USA, 2013], a documentary by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Foundation.  It highlights cases where American government employees and contractors took to the media to expose fraud and abuse. In all cases the whistleblowing was to the detriment of their professional and personal lives. With President Obama's commitment to transparency and the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, there was hope that whistleblowers would finally have more protection and encouragement to speak up. However, times have never been worse for national security whistleblowers.  Appearing in the film are Glenn Greenwald, Seymour Hersh, Jane Mayer, and whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Thomas Tamm. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at

39] – On Fri., Nov.  4 at 7 PM get over to the First-Friday Film at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA. See “In the Valley of Elah” which stars Oscar winners Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon in a film that Time critic Richard Schickel called “a spare, taciturn, devastating account of what happens to the souls of soldiers forced to fight wars for which not even phony or temporary justifications are offered them.”  The film’s title refers to the biblical valley where the battle between David and Goliath took place. Based on the accounts of a true murder case, the film is about a military father's search for his son and, after finding his scorched and dismembered body, the hunt for his son's killers.

“In the Valley of Elah” raises themes including the reality of war in Iraq, abuse of prisoners, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following situations of extreme violence, and how we face, as a nation, the reality of war and responsibility for war crimes. It was written and directed by Paul Haggis. The evening is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. Visit or call 610-544-1818. Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments.
40] – There is a Book Talk on Fri., Nov. 4 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. SHAN will introduce WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE BLACK? If you're lucky, you've already managed to snag a copy of local photographer Shan's lovely new photo book, What Does It Mean to Be Black? If you haven't, you should. See an exhibition of Shan's arresting images in the store all throughout November.  Enjoy the release celebration for the publication featuring performances by Kondwani Fidel, Mohamed Tall, and Neptune, and Shan in conversation with Bilphena Yahwon, as well as readings from some of the responses to the question, "What does it mean to be black?" Call 443-602-7585.  Go to  

41] – On Fri., Nov. 4 at 7:30 PM at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010, hear What role has U.S. military intervention played in destabilizing the Middle East? How has U.S. bombings, sanctions, occupation and torture in Iraq helped create the conditions for the formation of ISIS? What does the recent $38 billion U.S. military aid package to Israel over the next decade mean for peace prospects in the region? How has U.S. military intervention in the Middle East contributed to the refugee crisis in Europe and elsewhere? What are some of the nonviolent solutions to help bring about peace in the Middle East? 

Raed Jarrar will address these and other related questions regarding the role the U.S. has played in destabilizing the Middle East. Raed serves as AFSC’s Government Relations Manager at the Office of Public Policy and Advocacy in Washington, D.C. Since his immigration to the U.S. in 2005, he has worked on political and cultural issues pertaining to U.S. engagement in the Arab and Muslim worlds. He is widely recognized as an expert on political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East. He has testified in numerous Congressional hearings and briefings, and he is also a frequent guest on national and international media outlets in both Arabic and English. He also attended the historic Nonviolence and Just Peace conference at the Vatican this past April.

Born in Baghdad to an Iraqi mother and a Palestinian father, Raed Jarrar grew up in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Iraq. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Baghdad, and his master's degree in architecture, with a specialty in post-war reconstruction in Iraq, from the University of Jordan.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at 202-882- 9649 or

42] – 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 Nov. 4. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

43] – On Sat., Nov. 5 from 9 to 11 AM participate in Building Peace in Our Schools: Restorative Practices and Trauma-Informed Care, at Saints Andrew and Matthew, 719 Shipley St., Wilmington, DE. It is hosted by Movement for a Culture of Peace. Go to

44] –   If you're a member of a UCC church--but even if you're not--on Sat., Nov. 5 from 10 AM to noon at Rockville United Church, 355 Linthicum St., Rockville, MD 20851--you won't want to miss the second in a timely three-part workshop series on the topic, "Doing Justice, Achieving Peace: Challenging Ourselves to Implement the Exciting New UCC Resolution (and similar resolutions) on Palestine-Israel."  This is for justice-minded folks who are looking for ways to implement their own denomination's boycott, divestment, and sanctions resolutions and decisions in their own congregation. Contact Paul Verduin at  or 301-518-5551.  RSVPs are greatly appreciated, but not necessary!

45] – The National Conference on Gentrification and the Destruction of Black Washington, D.C. takes place at Columbia Heights Educational Center, 3101 16th NW, WDC, on Sat., Nov. 5 at   9 AM through Sun., Nov.  6 at 9 PM. The Coalition for Protecting Black Lives along with Black Lawyers for Justice will promote a two-day Powernomics Weekend to encourage Black citizens to support Black businesses and buy Black products in Washington, D.C. and throughout the nation. Go to

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

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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