Monday, June 26, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert June 26 - 30, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert June 26 - 30, 2017

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.
The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski [at]

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  
4] Two friends are looking to buy a house in Baltimore
5] Pentagon Vigil – June 26 
6] Peace Camp – June 26 – 30
7] Marc Steiner on WEAA – June 26 – June 30
8] Demand a safety review – June 26
9] Philly peace vigil – June 27
10] Stop JHU’s drone research – June 27
11] City Council vote on Paris Agreement – June 27
12] Represent.Maryland kick off – June 27
13] On Civil Disobedience – June 27
14] Teachers' Democracy Project – June 27
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski at  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe.  It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing.  To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at

4] – Janice and Max are looking to buy a house in Baltimore.  Let Max know if you have any leads—410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

5] -- There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is June 26, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr. 

6] – The next Peace Camp is from Mon., June 26 through Fri., June 30, and the fee is $295.  Each day is from 9 AM to 3 PM, and lunch will be provided.  It is happening at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA.  The theme is Peace Begins with Me.  Register at

7] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday fr6m 10 AM to noon on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at

8] –  On Mon., June 26 from noon to 2 PM, there is an Emergency Rally for a Safety Study of Cove point, hosted by We Are Cove Point.  Rally in Lawyers Mall, Bladen St., Annapolis 21401.Visit[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22dashboard%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22calendar_tab_invitation%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D]%2C%22ref%22%3A1%2C%22source%22%3A2%7D.

9] –  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 June 27.  Call 215-426-0364.

10] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on June 27 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607. 

11] –    On Tues., June 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, participate in Lawyer Up: Who will Monitor this Consent Decree? It is hosted by the Baltimore Action Legal Team, and will take place at the Ruth M. Kirk Recreation and Learning Center, 122 N. Vincent St., Baltimore 21223. Under the terms of the City of Baltimore Consent Decree, an Independent Monitor is selected to assess and report on whether the requirements of this Agreement have been implemented. Between June 16th and July 17th residents are able to review and comment on the monitor applications.  BALT is hosting a community education workshop to discuss how residents can be involved in selecting the monitor.

12] – Represent.Maryland is launching anti-corruption initiatives in FOUR different jurisdictions across Maryland! These are in addition to the Baltimore City campaign that has been underway for some time.  On Tues., June 27 get to the Queen Anne’s County Kick Off from 6 to 8 PM at the Centreville Library.  RSVP at

More people than ever are waking up to the fact that our federal government, and often our local governments, work for "the highest bidder" and not the people of this county. 76% of Americans believe there are major problems in Congress, but they don't know what to do to fix it. Represent.Maryland and Represent.Us have a plan! By creating a cross partisan network of anti-corruption voters in Maryland, it is possible to place pressure on elected officials to vote in favor of anti-corruption measures to stifle corporate abuse.

13] –The Norfolk Catholic Worker celebrates Thoreau's 200th Birthday with a public reading of "On the Duty of Disobedience," followed by a discussion. Contact Kim and Steve Williams-Baggarly at <> See  This could be done in other locales.

On Tues., June 27 at 6:30 PM, the reading of Henry David Thoreau's masterpiece at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Norfolk. The reading is sponsored by the Norfolk Catholic Worker in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Thoreau's birth on July 12, 1817. For 170 years Thoreau's essay has influenced people around the world resisting injustice and oppression, including Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

14] –  On Tues., June 27 from 6 to 8 PM, catch 20 years of forgotten history: Why organizing is our only chance, hosted by the Teachers' Democracy Project at Impact Hub Baltimore, 10 E. North Ave., Baltimore 21202. Go to An analysis by Corey Gaber--a Baltimore City teacher--of how Maryland has systematically ignored court decrees calling for significant increases in funding for districts with concentrated poverty. Corey’s presentation will be followed by an introduction by David Hornbeck (a retired state superintendent and education activist) to an emerging statewide movement to support full funding of the Kirwan Commission recommendations (a statewide group currently studying adequacy of funding for education). This workshop is designed to bring teachers and community members up to speed on the historical context and practical ways we can help influence future funding.

To be continued.

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"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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Russo-US Dog Fights Over Syria?

Russo-US Dog Fights Over Syria? 
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A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in the Mediterranean Sea, June 28, 2016. (photo: Ryan U. Kledzik/Reuters)
A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in the Mediterranean Sea, June 28, 2016. (photo: Ryan U. Kledzik/Reuters)
Russo-US Dog Fights Over Syria?

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment
20 June 17 Bayoumi at Reuters reports on the complicated minuet being danced by Russia, the Syrian Air Force, and the United States.

  The Syrian Air Force was bombing positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US euphemism for the leftist Kurds of the YPG. The US Air Force shot down the plane (apparently the pilot was able to eject and survive). The US is depending on the Syrian Kurds to take Raqqa city, where they already hold a few neighborhoods. It is the so-called capital of ISIL (ISIS, Daesh). Of all the military forces in the region, only the Kurds have been willing to provide ground forces to roll up ISIL in eastern Syria, with the help of US and coalition air support. If the US proved unable to protect the YPG Kurdish fighters from the regime and from ISIL, they would peel off.

   The Kurds are generally considered neutral as between the Bashar al-Assad regime and the mostly Sunni fundamentalist rebels challenging him. The Syrian Kurds want at the least more ‘states’ rights,’ from the regime, but for the moment they enjoy semi-autonomy given that the regime is weak and bogged down in the fight against the rebels. The YPG Kurds have some Arab allies, but most of the fundamentalist Arab militias hate them, partly for being Kurds and partly for being secular leftists.

  It is not clear why the Syrian regime chose to bomb the Kurds. It likely fears that the latter are taking over Raqqa province permanently, despite its large Arab population. After ISIL is defeated, Damascus is not going to be sanguine about an expanding Kurdistan that permanently detaches large swathes of Syria from its government. The US military make be sanguine about a Kurdish semi-autonomous zone stretching south from Hasaka all the way down to the borders with Jordan and Iraq. But this development is not acceptable to the Syrian regime.

   The development is also not acceptable to Turkey, which has also bombed the Kurds allied with the US, despite Turkey being a member of NATO and a US ally. It is possible that Ankara and Damascus are coordinating in hopes of rolling back up the Kurdish fighters as the war winds down and the US becomes restless and leaves.
The problem with the US shooting down that Syrian plane is that the Syrian Air Force is allied with the Russian Federation, and the Russian Aerospace forces often fly alongside the Syrian pilots.

   The Russians complain that the US did not warn them before bombing in east Syria, and they should have under the agreement between Washington and Moscow.

   And, Russia announced that it would possibly shoot down any US air craft operating in western Syria.

   Those are about the most dangerous words I’ve heard in decades, since the era of the Cuban missile crisis or the dark Cold War film Fail Safe (1965) .

     BBC Monitoring translated a statement of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:

“Regarding what is happening ‘on the ground’ in Syria, it is necessary to completely respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. So any actions ‘on the ground’ – and there are many participants, including those who conduct military operations – must get Damascus’ approval.” Source: TASS news agency, Moscow, in Russian 0555 gmt 19 Jun 17.

   For its part the US military issued a statement saying it has no ambitions in Western Syria, doesn’t intend to fight there, and is not intent on ousting Bashar al-Assad:

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This is an unbelievable statement. Policy implications are profound

The US said late Monday that it would try to reestablish “deconfliction” with the Russians. A lot is riding on whether they do.

C 2015 Reader Supported News

Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Review: Dave Eberhardt's "For All the Saints" by Frank Cordaro, Plowshares activist

Dave was a member of the Baltimore 4 (poured blood on draft files in '67 with than Father Phil Berrigan) and did a couple of years of prison. Now, after all these years, he has written a short, 125 page, very personal account of his peace movement and jail experiences.

My favorite part of his book is his account and description of his relationship with my hero & Dave's, Phil Berrigan. The book delves more deeply into Dave's and others' motives from one person's perspective, a player who was there. He tells numerous prison tales - many of them humorous. Other saints include Dan Berrigan, Art Laffin, Medea Benjamin, Brendan and Willa Walsh, Bill Davidon.

  He also gives Dorothy Day's take on the draft file actions too."  Dave has already written 3 books of poetry and worked for 33 years at the Baltimore City Jail, as Director of Offender Aid and Restoration.

Attached photo by line" 1967, after Balt. 4 Blood Spilling Draft Board action, Dave Eberhardt and wife Louise in apartment. Dave is holding a fellow Balt. 4 member, Tom Lewis' No More War "poster.

From Marjorie Melville, wife of fellow Catonsville 9 member, Tom Melville: ”THANK YOU! Received your opus. So welome…as I sit beside 
Tom’s bed as he slowly fades. So many memories of Saints, yes. So grateful for being a part- small- of what I believe is our real task as
humans…appreciate your memories so well told of actions and prisons I do well identify and recall from my time at Alderson prison and visiting Tom at the Farm. You so well- in my mind- recall Phil and Dan and George and all that transpired. We are blessed to have been
associated with so many SUPER persons. Thank you for your well phrased prose.”
Dave Eberhardt, a friend of Viva House for half a century, shares his unique insights on the costs required when someone nonviolently resists our “filthy rotten system.” When he poured blood on Baltimore City draft records (aka killing licenses) Dave began an unwavering commitment to risk, struggle and all the consequences. He shares his journey with us in his thoughtful
book, FOR ALL the SAINTS. Take the journey. Brendan Walsh June, 2017
“Movie cowboys and wild west sheriffs shoot from the hip. Poet David Eberhardt writes from the hip. “For All the Saints” is a chronicle of a restless soul who has battled war, seen the world from the other side of prison bars, and never closed his eyes to the down-and-out.” – Jim Forest, Milwaukee 14

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Baltimore Activist Alert - June 23 - 24, 2017

24] Peace vigil at White House – June 23
25] WIB peace vigil – June 23
26] Black Lives Matter vigil – June 23
27] Land Justice - June 23
28] Film “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point” -- June 23
29] Ballroom Dancing – June 23
30] Green Party State Assembly – June 24
31] West Chester peace vigil – June 24
33] “Aphro-Ism” – June 24
34] Support the Wheeler family who lost their home in a fire
35] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
36] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
37] Do you need any book shelves?
38] Join the Global Zero campaign
24] – On Fri., June 23 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. 

25] – On Fri., June 23 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. 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. Just send an email that you need a ride [].  Peace signs will be available. 

26] – There is usually a silent vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends Meeting, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on June 16. Black Lives Matter.  

27] – Fri., June 23 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, catch the author talk – “Land Justice: Reimagining Land, Food, and the Commons in the United States.” This celebrates Food First's new book! In recent decades, the various strands of the food movement have made enormous strides in calling attention to the many shortcomings and injustices of our food and agricultural system. However, the movement for fairer, healthier, and more autonomous food is continually blocked by one obstacle: land access. With a panel of land justice organizers, farmers, families and community leaders explore the legacies of white-settler colonialism in the southwestern United States, making the case that to move forward to a more equitable, just, sustainable, and sovereign agriculture system, the various strands of the food movement must come together for land justice. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

28] – On Fri., June 23 at 7:30 PM, see a film “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point., followed by a discussion on a “Medicare for All”  Healthcare System, at the Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114, 15 Crescent Rd. # 200, Greenbelt 20770.  Email

Learn how a single-payer U.S. public health insurance system would advance social justice and economic efficiency and why many consumers and businesses like this proposed reform.  Discussion will cover ways we can engage now in making this vision a reality.  The event is co-sponsored by Healthcare is a Human Right-Prince George’s County and Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition.

29] – 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 June 23. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

30] –  On Sat., June 24 from 10 AM to 4 PM, attend the Maryland Green Party 2017 State Assembly, hosted by Baltimore County Green Party at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 Saint Paul St., Baltimore 21218. Go to

31] – 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

32] – IGNITE PEACE in HORSHAM, PA on Sat., June 24 from noon to 2 PM. Protest the drone war command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station, outside of Philadelphia at the intersection of  Route 611/Easton & County Line Roads.  This recurring protest in Horsham, now in its 4th year, occurs from noon to 2 PM on the last Saturday of the month. Go to…-in-horsham-pa-3/.

33] – On Sat., June 24 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, get over to an author talk – “Aphro-Ism” with Aph and Syl Ko. In this lively, accessible, and provocative collection of essays, the sisters provide new theoretical frameworks on race, advocacy for nonhuman animals, and feminism. Using popular culture as a point of reference for their critiques, the Ko sisters engage in groundbreaking analysis of the compartmentalized nature of contemporary social movements, present new ways of understanding interconnected oppressions, and offer conceptual ways of moving forward expressive of Afrofuturism and black veganism. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

34] – Activists Joyce and Tim Wheeler now live in Sequim, Washington, but their son, Morgan and his family have lived in the Wheeler’s Baltimore home, 816 Beaumont Avenue for some time.  Tragically, at 3 AM on February 4, the home was burned beyond recognition.  Morgan was able to get his family out, but the house and its contents are totally destroyed.  Morgan's daughter, Erin, has created a Go Fund Me page which you can access below.  Anything you are able to contribute to support Morgan and his family would be greatly appreciated. Go to 


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

38] -- 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.

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“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

Thursday, June 22, 2017



   The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will do its annual Interdependence Day visit to the National Security Agency.  We will depart at 10:15 AM on July 4 for Fort Meade, and then vigil at the NSA from 11 AM to noon.  We will then have a 6 PM potluck picnic. RSVP to me at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at  I will inform you as to where we are meeting to carpool to the NSA and the site of the picnic.  Get to know better the government agency which is keeping close attention to you.

Kagiso, Max


June 19, 2017/3 Comments/in FISA /by emptywheel

   I’m working my way through the FISA related documents released last week. And I wanted to point out something that happened around October 2010: the NSA tried to turn 702 into a domestic surveillance program.
  First, some background. Before 2011, it appears the government got 702 certificates approved every six months. Also, because the initial certificates were approved a month apart (in part because the initial PAA certificates were also approved a month apart for some really interesting reasons), the government submitted two sets of documents. That’s what explains the nearly identical pairs of documents released last week (Documents 11 and 5 approve 2009 certs, and Documents 4 and 2 approve 2010 certs).
  Sometime in late summer to fall 2010, the government submitted a pretty dramatically altered request (see Document 16). [Update: This targeting certificate from 2010 was submitted on July 16, though that feels like odd timing and none of the targets are described as including US persons.]
As part of that, the government defined one of the targets to include US persons (albeit ones apparently located overseas).
Moreover, the government has defined the term [redacted] to include US persons, which raises the question whether permitting the intentional acquisition of communications of US persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States is consistent with the requirements of 50 U. S.C. § 1881 a(b)(3).

   In addition, the government requested to keep and disseminate any US person or domestic data it found “to the extent reasonably necessary to counter any imminent threat to human life or the national security that is related to the target.”
Another significant change to the minimization procedures relates to the provisions that allow NSA to retain, process, and disseminate any communication acquired while a target of 702 collection was inside the United States or after a target has been determined to be a United States person, “to the extent reasonably necessary to counter any imminent threat to human life or the national security that is related to the target, including obtaining authorization against the target pursuant to another section of the Act.” NSA Minimization Procedures at 7-10.
Whereas later minimization procedures have language about protecting imminent threats (defined broadly to include property), this request included vague “threat to national security” language.
Finally, John Bates implied that the submission implicated some prior court decision(s), including one by the FISCR.
Remarkably, these prior decisions (as well as the name of the target that includes US persons) were redacted with the b(7)E law enforcement technique exemption, not the b(1) or b(3) that covers most of the other redactions in these memos. I can’t recall any other b(7)E redaction in all the FISA orders I’ve read.
Also note, that in 2010, there were only two known FISCR opinions, the one tearing down the wall in 2002, and the one authorizing PRISM in 2008; this may be an as yet unidentified FISCR opinion.
By all appearances, in fall of 2010, the government tried to get approval to use 702 against US persons.
In response to this request, Bates basically said, “submit a legal justification.”
To date, the government has not provided the Court with an adequate legal basis upon which to undertake this review and make the required findings. Therefore, and in accordance with Rule 10(a)(ii) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Rules of Procedure, the Court hereby ORDERS the government to file a written memorandum of law that addresses the legal issues identified in this Briefing Order and any others that have not previously been presented to the Court.
Document 4 and Document 2 reveal that the government submitted that memorandum. But after the court saw it and discussed it, the government basically said, “um, nevermind”
The government timely filed its Memorandum of Law on [redacted] 2010.
The Court then discussed the issues presented with representatives of the government on [redacted] 2010, at which time the Court identified certain concerns regarding the government’s submissions. On [redacted], 2010, the Attorney General and the DNI executed two amendments regarding the [redacted] Submission, which were filed with the Court as part of the [redacted] Submission. These amendments have the effect of reverting to the use of targeting and minimization procedures previously approved by the Court in the context of prior certifications.
Just to make sure the government got the message, Bates emphasized that his 2010 approvals were limited to non-US persons outside of the US.
Like the acquisitions approved by the Court in all of the Prior 702 Dockets, acquisitions under are limited to “the targeting of non-United States persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States.”
This all had to have happened after July 2010 (because the approvals cite Bates July 2010 opinion restarting the PRTT dragnet). But the approvals almost certainly happened in November, because the government submitted its reauthorization applications on April 20 and 22 the following year and they were still doing reauthorizations every six months with applications submitted a month in advance.
So in 2010, the government asked to use 702 to spy on Americans, Bates called them on it, and they backed down.
Sort of. On May 2, the government confessed for the first time that it had been collecting US person data all along.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 21 - 23, 2017

16] Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition activities – June 21 - 23
17] Stop the Republican attack on healthcare – June 21
18] Stand up for Medicaid and SNAP – June 21
19] Film “Now Is The Time” – June 21
20] Film "THE PRISON FACTORY – June 21
22] Pray for Peace – June 22
16] – You are invited to join the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) for the 19th Annual June Survivors Week from Wed., June 21 through Fri., June 23 in Washington, D.C. See the full schedule of the week’s events at    It begins with a Human Rights Conference on June 21 at the American University Law School, 4300 Nebraska Ave. NW (near the Tenleytown Metro). This year the conference theme will be Embracing Torture Survivors, Refugees and Immigrants under the Trump Administration. Hear from congressional staff, human rights activists, immigration attorneys and a Muslim torture survivor who will discuss the “Muslim ban.”

Training for Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill is in the afternoon following the conference. On June 22, survivors and TASSC supporters will visit congressional offices to discuss human rights in Africa, the need for the U.S. to speak out strongly against torture, political repression and other human rights abuses, and for America to remain a country that welcomes immigrants, especially those fleeing persecution.

On June 23rd TASSC will hold a Vigil & Rally in Lafayette Park, opposite the White House. Join us as we stand in solidarity with all immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of torture around the world. Hear survivor testimonies and live music, followed by a march to protest Trump Administration policies and demand an end to torture. RSVP to with your name and affiliation.

17] – Join Progressive Maryland on Wed., June 2 from 11 AM to 1 PM on the US Capitol East Lawn on the Senate side across from the Supreme Court to show how OUTRAGEOUS the American Health Care Act, or the AHCA bill, currently in the Senate is for people of Maryland and all over the country. Hundreds of thousands of Marylanders are at risk of losing coverage.  This bill would take healthcare insurance from 23 million people nationwide, allow insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions and older people more for healthcare and end the Medicaid as we know it for seniors, kids, people with disabilities--all to give billions in tax breaks to the rich and corporations.  Rally at Capitol Hill before going on Legislative Visits!   Meet at 10:30 AM at the Capitol South Metro Station, 355 First St. SE, WDC 20003.  Before attending the lobby visits, reconvene at the intersection of New Jersey & Independence Aves SE at 1 PM.  RSVP at  Contact: Beth Landry - (443) 366 – 9402.

Are you a resident of Congressional District 1? Rally at the Salisbury District Office of Rep. Andy Harris, 100 E Main St., Suite 702, Salisbury 21801.  Contact Michael Feldman - (443) 366 – 6719. RSVP at

18] – A storm is brewing on Capitol Hill. Stand up for Medicaid and SNAP! It’s clear that many of our leaders are unaware of how many families turn to these programs to keep their families afloat. Join in a Capitol Hill event on Wed., June 21 at 11 AM to help deliver booklets of stories on Medicaid and SNAP to members of Congress as a way of speaking up for moms, children, and families around the country! RSVP at will be a speak-out first, then visits to the Senate offices to deliver Medicaid and SNAP storybooks. Meet in the grassy area in front of the Supreme Court, 1st and Constitution Ave. The closest Metro stops are Union Station and Capitol South.

19] – On Wed., June 21 from 7:30 to 9 PM, the Montgomery County HCHR/Healthcare NOW presents “Now Is The Time,” plus live jazz music at Rhizome DC, 6950 Maple St. NW [use Takoma Metro], WDC 20012.  Email This documentary delves into what single payer healthcare is, how it saves money, and what behind-the-scenes heroes are doing to clear the fog of misperception that keeps us from moving forward (running time: 35 min). The movie will be followed by a musical performance by the trio of Carl Cornwell (reeds), Luke Stewart (bass), and Tony Green (drums).

20] – See the film "THE PRISON FACTORY" on Wed., June 21 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. How did a group of inmates organize the single-largest prison strike in US history? Join producers of the Emmy-winning documentary series Fault Lines, for a screening of their new film, an investigation of prison conditions inside the Alabama Department of Corrections. Drawing on exclusive interviews and cellphone footage filmed by inmates, "The Prison Factory" goes inside solitary confinement, where leaders of the Free Alabama Movement have been held for years in retaliation for their organizing efforts. Those efforts peaked last September when inmates across the country went on strike to protest what they call “cruel and unusual” forms of punishment – including labor for little or no pay. Using smuggled cell phones to organize, prisoners in 50 prisons in two dozen states went on strike. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at


22] – The Interfaith Peace Partners will be meeting to Pray for Peace at St. Ignatius’ Church, 740 North Calvert St., Baltimore at 7:30 PM on Thurs., June 22. Contact The Rev. Charles Cloughen, Jr., Interfaith Peace Service Coordinator, at or 410-321-4545.

23] – On Thurs., June 22 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, BEYOND RESPECTABILITY: THE INTELLECTUAL THOUGHT OF RACE WOMEN will be discussed on Thurs., June 22 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's. In the late nineteenth century, a group of publicly active African American women emerged from the social and educational elite to assume racial leadership roles. Their work challenged thinking on racial issues as well as questions about gender, sexuality, and class. “In Beyond Respectability,” author and co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective Brittney C. Cooper charts the development of African American women as public intellectuals and the evolution of their thought from the end of the 1800s through the Black Power era of the 1970s. Eschewing the Great Race Man paradigm so prominent in contemporary discourse, Cooper looks at the far-reaching intellectual achievements of female thinkers and activists like Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, Fannie Barrier Williams, Pauli Murray, and Toni Cade Bambara. Cooper delves into the processes that transformed these women and others into racial leadership figures, including long-overdue discussions of their theoretical output and personal experiences. As Cooper shows, their body of work critically reshaped our understandings of race and gender discourse. Cooper's work, meanwhile, confronts entrenched ideas of how--and who--produced racial knowledge. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

To be continued.

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"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