Thursday, February 16, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

58] Reflections on Combat – through Feb. 17

59] Windows & Mirrors exhibit at Goucher – through Feb. 22

60] Engaging North Korea -- Feb. 16

61] Red Line Flash Mob -- Feb. 16

62] Bill Barry's teaching a course on the 30s – Feb. 16

63] Race & Child Welfare -- Feb. 16

64] Afro descendants exhibition -- Feb. 16

65] Occupy Global Network – Feb. 16

66] Meaning of Black Power – Feb. 16

67] Book talk on debt crisis – Feb. 16

68] Volunteers needed for MUPJ Conference – Apr. 20-21

69] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

70] Fund Our Communities campaign

71] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

72] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

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

74] Join Global Zero campaign

75] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

76] Click on The Hunger Site 

77] Fire & Faith  

78] Seeking students for a peacemaking summit

79] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


58] Friends School of Baltimore, 5114 N Charles St., is presenting an exhibit "Reflections on Combat: The Work of the Combat Paper Project" in the Forbush Building's ground floor gallery (located outside the Learning Center) through Fri., Feb. 17.  Featuring artworks produced by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Combat Paper Project engages veterans in cathartic paper-making, writing and printmaking workshops to help them reconcile and share their combat experiences through the creative process. The paper used in the artwork is created from the soldiers' own combat uniforms, which are torn and mashed into a pulp that is then formed into canvas-like sheets. The project's Friends School show is made possible by The Jay Katz '45 Art Fund. Go to


59] There is a TRAVELING EXHIBIT at GOUCHER: Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, which will continue through Wed., Feb. 22 in the Lenrow Gallery, 4th floor, Athenaeum. The war in Afghanistan is now the longest in U.S. history, yet for many of us it has been rendered largely invisible. Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan is an invitation to reflect upon the impact of this war on a civilian population caught in the crossfire. This exhibit of murals by Afghan and American artists and students memorializing Afghan civilian deaths and the daily reality of life in Afghanistan is on loan from the American Friends Service Committee. Visit


 Student volunteers are needed to staff the exhibit as well as to lead and participate in February 21st's discussion.  Training will be provided! To volunteer, contact Ann Duncan, Dept. of Philosophy and Religion, at or Gary Gillespie, Baltimore College Peace Network,  at For directions and a campus map, visit These events have been organized and sponsored by the Goucher Quakers and the Goucher Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the Baltimore College Peace Network


60] On Thurs., Feb. 16 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM, Stephen Bosworth, Tufts University, and George Lopez, Univ. of Notre Dame, will address "Sanctions, Incentives and Denuclearization: Options for Engaging the Kim Jong-un regime in North Korea." Sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Fourth Freedom Forum, the event will take place at the Fourth Freedom Forum, 1111 19th St., NW, 12th Floor, WDC. RSVP to Linda Gerber-Stellingwerf at


61] Join the flash mob in Harbor East from 5 to 5:30 PM as the Red Line Now PAC is planning this on Thurs., Feb. 16. Be at the corner of Central Ave. and Fleet St. and wear something red and help spread awareness about the future Red Line and its stations. This Flash Mob is concurrent to Montgomery County's Purple Line event. Email


62] – Bill Barry is teaching a 3-credit course on the 1930s, covering Black Thursday to Pearl Harbor at CCBC-Essex. It continues on Thurs., Feb. 16 5:45 to 8:40 PM.  He sees a lot of comparisons between That Depression and This Depression, and how people and the government responded. See great videos and listen to guest speakers on this period of our history. This is a 3-credit college course but you can audit or just--in the spirit of the 30s--sit in. Anyone over 60 gets free tuition. Email


63] The Impact of Race on Child Welfare is the topic sponsored by Maryland CASA Association, which supports and advocates for Maryland's abused and neglected children. This town hall meeting will address the overrepresentation of children of color in the child welfare system. Oronde Miller, senior associate with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, will discuss factors that contribute to children entering foster care and possible reasons why children of color are overrepresented and have poorer outcomes than white children. The town hall meeting is part of Maryland CASA's Black History Month celebration. In February, the non-profit seeks to recruit a minimum of 28 black volunteers. The non-profit also will feature several black volunteers on its web site and build partnerships with black organizations, professional associations, fraternities, and sororities that share its commitment to ensuring that every child has someone advocating for their best interests. The town hall will take place on Thurs., Feb. 16 at 6 PM at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road.  Call 410-828-6761. 


64] There is a photograph exhibition "Afro descendants, Guanabacoa, Cuba" that will open at 6 PM on Thurs., Feb. 16 at 6 PM at the GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, WDC 20010. Come celebrate the opening as part of the Cuban program to celebrate the International Year for Afro descendants, 2011, designated by UNESCO.  The documentary "I am Tata Nganga" will also be shown, followed by a reception. RSVP to


65]  On Thurs., Feb. 16 from 6:30 to 8 PM, Occupy Global Africa will take place at the IPS Conference Room, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600,

WDC. On the Washington stop of her U.S. speaking tour, Affoing L. Affiong will discuss the challenges of a Pan-African vision for the 21st Century. A wave of mass organization and resistance is smashing barriers of fear, isolation and apathy.


Affiong is executive director of the Moyo Pan Afrikan Solidarity Centre based in Accra and London, and is co-founder of Moyo wa Taifa, a Pan African Women's Network created to establish links between African women on the Continent and in the Diaspora. Born in Nigeria, Affiong's political life began as a student activist at the University of Ibadan, where she graduated with a BSc Hons degree in Political Science. She obtained a second degree in Law from the University of Lagos, where she developed her work as a student leader and political organizer in the Students Representative Council and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). She was arrested and incarcerated with other student leaders by for challenging and mobilizing mass support against the military government's attempts repress the independent student union movement. RSVP to Netfa Freeman at


66] The Meaning of Black Power in the Age of Obama will take place on Thurs., Feb. 16 at 6:30 PM at Busboys & Poets @ 14th and V Sts. NW.  The Obama presidency represents a major milestone in black history and the struggle for political, economic and cultural equality in the United States. But how--if at all--has the first black presidency helped move things forward for people of color? Has it delivered the "change we can believe in" and "deepening of democracy" that communities of color organized around? How has the reality and image of a black First Family impacted American culture? What lessons from past struggles can be applied to this unique historical moment to advance multicultural democracy in the U.S.? Answering these questions will be Joanne Griffith, editor of the book, "Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America."


67] In his book "In Paper Promises: Debt, Money, and The New World Order," Philip Coggan argues that debt is not a unique problem in the U.S. and has become a defining feature of the current international economic order. Mr. Coggan believes that this situation is unsustainable and, barring change, could lead to a global fiscal panic and meltdown. On Thurs., Feb. 16 from 6:30 to 8 PM, join the World Affairs Council—Washington, DC and Mr. Coggan for a stimulating presentation and discussion about the history of currency and debt, the economic ramifications of global interconnectedness, the rise of crippling debt around the world, and possible courses of action for the future.  Coggan will speak at UC-Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave, NW, WDC 20036. Go to or or call 202-293-1051.


68] – Volunteers are needed to help with the 27th Annual Maryland Peace and Justice Conference to be held on Friday and Saturday, April 20 & 21 at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore, 21218. The theme is: "Peacemaking in the 21st century; 25 years of working for peace and justice in Maryland."  Contact Paulette Hammond, secretary, MUPJ, at 410-747-3811 or or


69] – The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email:

70] – 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      


71] – The new Indypendent Reader is seeking articles for its web site at  Submit an article. 


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


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


74] – 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.  


75] – 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.


76] – 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.  


77] – 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


78] – Greetings from the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking. G. Simon Harak S.J., director, is seeking your assistance. The Center for Peacemaking, the Marquette faculty and administrators are committed to supporting students' knowledge and research, especially in the area of peacemaking.  At the Center, "peacemaking" in the broadest sense, means studying the structure and dynamics of conflicts and their consequences (physical, psychological, religious/spiritual, gender, familial, sociological, political, cultural, environmental, etc.), learning and testing the strategies of conflict resolution and their effectiveness in certain types of conflict and finally, working to form sustainable and stable communities where justice is fostered and truth can be pursued, so that peace can flourish.

In light of this goal, Simon requests your help. On March 30, 2012 the Center for Peacemaking will be hosting the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies' [WIPCS] day-long undergraduate conference on the theme, "Negotiating in a Polarized Society" here at Marquette University's Alumni Memorial Union (AMU). Can you help increase student participation in this conference by a) encouraging students to submit a paper they may have written, b) recommending students submit a project proposal, and c) inviting students to attend? Email


79] – 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; 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] Go to


"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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