Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

54] Bill Barry seeks poll watchers – Nov. 8

55] Occupy Philly – Nov. 8

56] Hopkins researcher to promote killing of children – Nov. 8

57] War Is Not the Answer – Nov. 8

58] Guatemala human rights leader in D.C. – Nov. 8

59] PBS series WOMAN WAR PEACE – Nov. 8

60] [Un]Secure Communities Forum – Nov. 9

61] Film CONVICTIONS – Nov. 9

62] Volunteer with D.C. Hunger Solutions -- Nov. 9

63] Faith Communities support Occupation D.C. – Nov. 9

64] Philadelphia peace vigil – Nov. 9

65] Celebrate Community Law Center – Nov. 9

66] Offshore Wend Town Hall – Nov. 9

67] Afghanistan: Faces from the front – Nov. 9

68] "Consuming the Congo" – Nov. 9

69] Jeffrey Sachs at UB -- Nov. 9


71] Green Currency Meeting -- Nov. 9

72] Chestnut Hill Peace Vigil – Nov. 9

73] Limits of Palestinian Economy – Nov. 10

74] Donate to Riseup

75] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

76] Fund Our Communities campaign

77] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

78] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

79] Do you need a television and/or a computer?

80] Join Global Zero campaign

81] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

82] Publish your peace article

83] Click on The Hunger Site 

84] Fire & Faith  

85] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


54] – Bill Barry is seeking help at the polls on Tues., Nov. 7 for a few hours, especially in the morning from 7 to 9 AM and in the evening from 5 to 8 PM.  Email Bill at wbarrymd at hotmail.com. 


55] – OCCUPY PHILLY, www.occupyphilly.org, continues at Phila. City Hall, 15th & Market Sts. We Are The 99% Demanding Economic Justice, Democracy, and Peace on Tuesdays at 4:30 until 6 PM, Phila. City Hall.  Join the Brandywine Peace Community and other peace and anti-war activists at Occupy Philly. Call Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818 or go to www.brandywinepeace.com.


56] – If you can believe it, Jay Moore, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, will promote the use of an indiscriminate weapon of war, the drone, on Tues., Nov. 8 from 5 to 6 PM in Gilman Hall, Room 50, JHU Homewood campus.  "This talk will present work at The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab on swarming multi-vehicle control systems that allow operators to control a large collection of vehicles by assigning high-level objectives to the swarm as a whole. Using stigmergic potential fields, a completely decentralized process inspired by both insect colonies and charged particles, the vehicles in the swarm collaborate to fulfill the operators' tasking. A particular strength of this approach is its robust response to changing conditions, such as temporary loss of communications or vehicles joining and leaving the swarm." It astonishes me that a Hopkins professor will speak in public about such awful research.  Imagine Dr. Mengele discussing his research conducted in a Nazi concentration camp. Go to http://nodrones.com/pdf/click9.pdf.  Let Max know if you can attend this lecture: 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.


57] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road. Join this ongoing vigil.  The next vigil is Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


58] – On Tues., Nov. 8 from 7 to 8 PM, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA presents its Fall 2011 Speaker's Tour with Maria Cuc Choc, a Mayan activist and community leader from Guatemala. She will speak on Tues., Nov. 8 at 7 PM at American Univ., Hurst Building, Room #10, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016.  Maria and Kelsey Alford-Jones, director of GHRC, will be doing a series of exciting and informative events together in Washington, DC.  This is an opportunity to meet an inspiring member of Guatemala's indigenous community and spread awareness about the current human rights situation in Guatemala.  Maria is Maya Q'eqchi and has been struggling for indigenous rights, land rights and women's rights in her community - and regionally - for many years. She will be speaking about these struggles in the current context of increasing violence and a new administration taking office. Her brother, Ramiro Choc, is one of Guatemala's most high profile political prisoners. Director Kelsey Alford-Jones will be accompanying her to translate, give historical context, and talk about what we can do here in the US to educate ourselves and support human rights in Guatemala.  Go to http://www.ghrc-usa.org/


59] – CODEPINK informs us that the fourth of five segments of Women War & Peace will be aired on PBS on Tues., Nov. 8.   


60] – There will be an (Un)Secure Communities Forum on Wed., Nov. 9 from 12:15 to 1:45 PM at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law - Bldg. 52 Room 312, 4340 Connecticut Ave., NW 20008. Use the Van Ness Metro.  The DC council is considering legislation that further protects DC residents and builds off of the Mayor's executive order. Use this forum to compel action from the Council to prevent a harmful federal deportation program on DC.


Secure Communities, a mandatory federal deportation initiative of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), searches fingerprints collected by local law enforcement agencies against immigration databases. It has had serious implications on public safety and civil rights across the U.S. A recent study by the Berkley Law Warren Institute found that thousands of US citizens have been unlawfully arrested under the program.


61] – Sisters Carole Gilbert and Ardeth Platte present CONVICTION, a documentary about their peace work, on Wed., Nov. 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in Knott Hall, Room 309, Loyola College, with a reception to follow.  Three Dominican nuns "occupy" a missile silo in Colorado.  For them, protesting the US stockpile of nuclear weapons was a sacred act; but for the U.S. government, it was something much, much different. Fanatics? Joans of Arc? Criminals? Or just people trying to make the world better? Ask these ex-cons yourselves! Contact Gary Gillespie, coordinator, Baltimore College Peace Network at 443-847-8989 or garygillespie@collegepeace.org.


62] – D.C. Hunger Solutions needs your help on Wed., Nov. 9 from 6 to 8 PM for a training session on doing research on the cost of groceries and how adequately SNAP/Food Stamp benefits meet a family's food needs.  Volunteer to survey 1-2 grocery stores in the District or nearby in Maryland.  Each survey takes about one hour.  If interested, contact Kristin Roberts - kroberts@dchunger.org - at D.C. Hunger Solutions.


63] – Faith-Based Communities are supporting the Occupy Movement in Washington, D.C. on Wed., Nov. 9 from 6 to 8 PM at the All Souls Church, Unitarian, 2835 16th St. NW, WDC 20009.  Representatives and leaders of Mosques, Temples, Churches, Synagogues, Interfaith and Ecumenical bodies, and other faith-based institutions & organizations who have come together to stand with the Occupy Movement as they work towards the goals of economic justice & inclusion for everyone in our nation. Email nspwashingtondc@gmail.com or call 410-262-8365.


64] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Nov. 9. Call 215-426-0364.


65] – The Community Law Center celebrates 25 years of providing legal services to neighborhoods and nonprofits on Wed., Nov. 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at Westminster Hall, 519 W. Fayette St. Call 410-706-2072 or go to http://asylumeclectica.com/sightseer/us/md/poe/grave.htm. The price is $65.


66] – On Wed., Nov. 9 from 6 to 9 PM, attend an Offshore Wind Town Hall and help move Maryland toward a clean energy future at Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Temple Hills, MD 20748. 


67] – Afghanistan: Voices from the Front with Tom Bowman, Pentagon correspondent for National Public Radio, will address the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs on Nov. 9 at 6 PM at the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St.  Reservations are required--410-727-2150 or bcfaprograms@verizon.net or online at www.bcfausa.org.  Business attire is suggested.  The event is free to Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs members, but non-members would pay $25.


68] – On Wed., Nov. 9 at 6:30 PM at Bus Boys and Poets, 14th & V Sts., 2021 14th St. NW, WDC, join the Friends of the Congo who are hosting the author of "Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the World's Deadliest Place," Peter Eichstaedt. He will engage in an exchange and dialogue with the executive director of Friends of the Congo, Maurice Carney.  The book explores how a dozen years of war over tin and coltan mines -- minerals vital to modern technology -- has created the largest humanitarian tragedy in modern history. Yet, it has gone largely ignored, despite the fact millions of people have died needless deaths and rape and brutality against women is rampant.


69] – The Merrick Speaker Series presents Jeffrey Sachs, the director of The Earth Institute and author of "The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity" on Wed., Nov. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Univ. of Baltimore Student Center, 21 Mount Royal Ave.  Call 410-837-4200 or go to http://www.ubalt.edu/studentcenter.


70] – See the documentary "The Interrupters," on Wed., Nov. 9 at 6:30 PM at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224.  Ticket prices are $10, and $5 for members.  THE INTERRUPTERS tells the moving and surprising story of three dedicated individuals who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.  Call 410-276-1651 or go to www.creativealliance.org.


71] – The Baltimore Green Currency Association meets every Wednesday at 7 PM at Breathe Books, 810 W 36th St. # A, Baltimore, MD 21211-2554.  Call 410-235-7323.


72] – Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is Nov. 9. Call 215-843-4256 or email nwgreens@yahoo.com.  


73] – Palestine: The Israeli Occupation and the Limits of the Palestinian Economy is to be discussed on Thurs., Nov. 10 from 12:30 to 2 PM with Dr. Oussama Kanaan,  IMF Chief of Mission for the West Bank and Gaza at The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037.  RSVP at info@palestinecenter.org. The IMF, World Bank and UN have recently concluded that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is now able to conduct the sound economic policies expected of a future well-functioning Palestinian state, given its solid track record in reforms. However, several recent developments have posed serious risks to the PA's state-building capacity, and are also jeopardizing social stability in the Palestinian territories. These risks include shortfalls in crucial donor aid and persistence of Israeli restrictions on the movement of goods and people within the Palestinian territories and across its borders. Dr. Kanaan, Chief of Mission for the West Bank and Gaza, presents an analysis of these factors and sheds light on what needs to change to promote growth and development of the Palestinian economy.


74] – Consider making a donation to Riseup.  It provides a valuable service for progressive nonprofit groups, such as the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance.  It does a great job maintaining NCNR's list serves. Go to https://riseup.net/donate.


75] – The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email: info@washingtonpeacecenter.org.

76] – Fund Our Communities campaign – is a new grass roots movement to get support from local organizations and communities to work together with their local and state elected officials to pressure Congresspersons and senators to join with Congresspersons Barney Frank and Ron Paul, who have endorsed a 25% cut to the federal military budget.  Bring home the savings to state and county governments to meet the local needs which are under tremendous budget pressures.  Go to www.OurFunds.org.      


77] – The new Indypendent Reader is seeking articles for its web site at http://www.indyreader.org.  Submit an article.  


78] – If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net. 


79] – Can you use a television set and/or a computer, monitor etc.? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net. 


80] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.  


81] – WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER signs from Friends Committee on National Legislation are again for sale at $5.  To purchase a sign, call Max at 410-366-1637.


82] – Publish Your Peace Article. Daniel Frasier is soliciting peace articles for the biweekly series of commentaries Paths to Peace in the Frederick News Post Religion and Ethics section. For details, email path2peace07@yahoo.com.


83] – The Hunger Site was initiated by Mercy Corps and Second Harvest, and is funded entirely by advertisers.  You can go there every day and click the big yellow "Give Food for Free" button near the top of the page; you do not have to look at the ads. Each click generates funding for about 1.1 cups of food.  So consider clicking.  


84] – Go online for FIRE AND FAITH: The Catonsville Nine File. On May 17, 1968, nine people entered the Selective Service Offices in Catonsville, Maryland, and burned draft records in protest against the war in Vietnam. View http://www.prattlibrary.org/digital/.


85] – 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 http://prop1.org; 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] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.


"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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