Baltimore Activist Alert August 6 – August 9, 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.
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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] D.C. Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemorations – August 6 & 9
6] “Emotions in Ethical Life and Moral Philosophy” – Aug. 6
7] Adopt an animal – Aug. 6
8] Baltimore Ceasefire Peace Walk & Vigil – Aug. 6
9] Laurie Penny at Red Emma’s – Aug. 6
Seventy-two years ago, on August 6 and 9, the U.S. Government did the "unspeakable: and dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, thus beginning the Nuclear Age. As a result of these bombings, it is estimated that over 135,000 people died in Hiroshima and more than 64,000 in Nagasaki. In the subsequent months and years, many more have died from the effects of burns, radiation sickness and other injuries.
The U.S. has never repented for the use of these weapons of indiscriminate mass murder. Moreover, it has continued to build even deadlier weapons which endanger all of creation. Today the U.S. possesses nearly 7,000 nuclear weapons, many of which are on hair-trigger alert, and proposes to spend an estimated $1 trillion over the next 30 years to modernize its existing nuclear arsenal.
On Sun., Aug. 6 at the White House from 7:30 – 8:30 AM, There will be a Nonviolent Witness and Prayer Service of Repentance outside the White House. Meet on north side of White House on Pennsylvania Ave.--across from Lafayette Park. (8:15 AM is the exact time that the bomb was dropped in Hiroshima).
On Wed., Aug. 9 at Pentagon from 12:30-1:30 PM, There will be a Nonviolent witness and Prayer Service of Repentance at the Pentagon. For those driving, please meet on corner of Army-Navy Drive and Fern St. at 12:15 PM and process to vigil site at 12:20 PM. If you are coming by metro, please get off at Pentagon stop--Yellow Line. Take south exit coming out of metro. When you reach the top of escalator go left and then right on the sidewalk going away from building toward South Parking lot. Vigil site is down on the left side behind a bicycle fence. call Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at 202-360-6416 or email email@example.com.
6] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon. On Sun., Aug. 6, the Sunday Platform is “Emotions in Ethical Life and Moral Philosophy.” People often associate Western philosophy with a passionless, logical approach to problem solving. Philosophers like Kant, Bentham and others described rational principles as the sole judge of right and wrong, and emotions as morally irrelevant. But Aristotle, Spinoza and others believed that logic and emotion were intimately connected and equally important for ethics. Dom Eggert will tell this story as he investigates the question: What role should emotions play in ethical life? studied philosophy for nearly a decade at Pennsylvania State and Vanderbilt Universities and still practices philosophy as a hobby. Call 410-581-2322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
7] -- Come to the Adoption Event at PetValu on Sun., Aug. 6 at 11 AM at 2570 Quarry Lake Dr., Baltimore 21209-3759. Baltimore County Animal Services will be having an adoption event through 2 PM. Meet some adoptable animals there hoping to find a home as well as some information about our shelter. Stop by to talk to us about programs and services.
8] -- On Sun., Aug. 6 at 1 PM, attend the Baltimore Ceasefire Peace Walk & Vigil starting at the Phoenix Shot Tower. This signifies the last day of the Baltimore Ceasefire, and continue to call for peace, and make a commitment to do the work required to heal our city. In calling for peace, we will remember those who have lost their lives to violence. Take a short walk from the Shot Tower to City Hall. Carry pictures of loved ones you have lost to violence. At City Hall, call out the names of the people Baltimore has lost to violence from January 1st through August 6, 2017.
9] – On Sun., Aug. 6 at 3 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, meet Laurie Penny and her collection of essays. The essays take an unflinching look at the definitive issues of our age, from the shock of Donald Trump's election and the victories of the far right to online harassment and the transgender rights movement. Penny is lyrical and passionate in her desire to confront injustice, and she's writing at the raw edge of a revolution-hungry zeitgeist, a time when it has never been more vital to actively question and fiercely dispute all forms of complacency, including social norms. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org.
16] – On Tues., Aug. 8 at 7 PM, attend the Pacem in Terris Film Series— The Best Peace and Justice Films of the Last 50 years—and see “ Schindler’s List” at Westminster Church, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington. The discussant is Polly Zavadivker, director, University of Delaware, Jewish Studies Program. The film portrays the efforts of German industrialist Oskar Schindler, who arrives in Krakow, Poland in 1939 to profit from World War II. In this epic historical drama directed by Steven Spielberg, Schindler, a rather greedy businessman who joins the Nazi Party for ease of work, becomes an unlikely humanitarian by staffing his factory with displaced Polish-Jewish refugees as workers. His efforts saved more than 1,000 individuals, yet heartbreakingly hoped he could have helped more. Throughout the film, we see Schindler’s protection of his workers along with his shielding them from the Nazis, led by the evil Amön Göth. The film, which is celebrated as one the best of all time, is memorably shot in black and white as Spielberg wanted to present it as a documentary.
HIROSHIMA-NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE, 325 East 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218 Ph: 410-323-1607 Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] Comcast dot net
To be continued.