Friday, June 8, 2012

19] OccuPride – June 9

20] Book SO RICH, SO POOR – June 9

21] No mass incarcerations – June 9

22] Workshop & Concert – June 9

23] Criminal Justice Reform – June 10

24] Leaflet at Capital Pride – June 10

25] Peoples Assembly – June 10

26] Remember JFK Speech – June 10

27] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – June 10

28] Journey to Justice – June 10

29] Peoples Assembly – June 10

30] Red Emma’s meeting – June 10

31] Pentagon Vigil – June 11


19] – OccuPride Capital Pride Parade is happening on Sat., June 9 at 4:30 PM at Dupont/Logan Circles NW, WDC. This annual parade travels through Dupont Circle, down 17th St., and across to Thomas Circle.

20] – On Sat., June 9 at 6 PM, go to Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, for a discussion with Peter Edelman about his book SO RICH, SO POOR: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America. The U.S. GNP is over $14 trillion. If it were evenly divided across the population, every American would be middle class. But the reality is an income disparity larger than at any time since the Great Depression. With these facts as a point of departure, Edelman, who has spoken out about poverty from his days with Robert Kennedy to his current position at Georgetown Law, goes behind the statistics to examine what this situation means for low-income citizens. Email Mike Giarratano at

21] – No More Mass Incarceration! Drop Rhymes and Beats for Our Liberation is taking place on Sat., June 9 from 7 to 10 PM at Occupy Peace House, 1233 12th St. NW, WDC 20005. Two and a half million people are currently incarcerated in the United States, more than in any other country in the world. While the U.S. has only 5% of the world’s population, it has 23% of the world’s prisoners. There are more Black men under correctional supervision—in prison, on probation, or on parole—than there were slaves in 1850. And the total number of people under correctional supervision in the U.S.—over seven million—is greater than were in Stalin’s Gulag at its height. Join us, for this amazing Kick off event, with musical performances, speakers, poets and revolutionaries, and say no! SPECIAL GUEST RADIO RAHIM! Go to

22] – Award-Winning Activist Songwriters Concert & Workshop with Emma's Revolution will happen on Sat., June 9 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, 10309 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Emma's Revolution is composed of activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O. Based in the Washington DC area, the duo won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for "If I Give Your Name", about the families of undocumented workers killed on 9/11. "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" is sung around the world and has been called the "anthem of the anti-war movement."

There is a "Finding Harmony" workshop at 1 PM. The concert is at 7:30 PM. The cost of the workshop is $15. Concert tickets are $18 in advance, and $20 at the door. But students and fixed income get in for $15. Tickets available at UU Church of Silver Spring and at Email .

23] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore, MD 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. On Sun., June 10, the topic is “Seeking Criminal Justice Reform,” and Hugh Taft-Morales, BES leader will conduct a discussion of criminal justice reform as considered by Michelle Alexander in her book THE NEW JIM CROW and as addressed specifically by a growing coalition of Baltimore organizations working to transfer money from prisons to recreation centers and other services that provide positive opportunities for the youth of our city. Call 410-581-2322 or visit

24] – Leaflet at DC Capital Pride on Sun., June 10 from 11 AM to 6 PM on Pennsylvania Avenue, WDC. RSVP

25] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis. Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole. If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or]. Go to

26] – The 49th Anniversary Commemoration of JFK Speech "And We Are All Mortal..." can be observed on Sun., June 10 at noon at American Univ., 4800 Nebraska Ave. NW, southwest end of Reeves football field, below radio tower. Join the Coalition on Political Assassinations in commemorating the 49th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's historic speech calling for an end to the Cold War and the nuclear arms race and for world peace. It was given as a commencement address to the graduating class at American U. on June 10, 1963, only months before his assassination that November in Dallas. In COPA's view, it was one of the causes of his death. If you have not read JFK AND THE UNSPEAKABLE by Jim Douglass, please do.

American U. installed a memorial plaque to JFK and the speech at the site and COPA meets there annually to read and commemorate the speech. This will be followed by lunch and discussion with researchers who are part of the Coalition on Political Assassinations. They will also discuss the birth of the Museum of Hidden History. RSVP at

27] – Every Sunday, 4 to 5 PM, there is a Quaker Peace Vigil at Independence Mall, N. side of Market between 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-421-5811.

28] – On Sun., June 10 at 4:30 PM, enjoy the Brandywine Peace Community Monthly Potluck Supper & Program @ University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., PA. (Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share). At 5:30 PM, there will be a presentation "Journey to Justice” by Ed Nakawatase, from WWII Japanese-American Internment to AFSC Third World Coalition. Ed left college to work at the Atlanta office of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1963, and, in the summer of 1965, worked as a community organizer with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in the anti-poverty program in Southern New Jersey, where he served as an area director there for a three county anti-poverty agency from 1967-68. He helped organize the Tri-County Mobilization against the war in Vietnam in 1969, and the Mobilization to End the War until 1973. Ed served as a committee member for the Community Relations Division at AFSC for two years and was the first staff of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Third World Coalition, an internal caucus of people of color, from 1972-73, and was the AFSC National Representative for Native American Affairs from 1974 until 2005, when he retired. Call 610-544-1818 or go to

29] – There’s a DC People's Assembly on Sun., June 10 at 6 PM at Luther Place, 1226 Vermont Ave. NW. This is an opportunity for people to hear what is going on and how to plug in. Go to

30] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers. Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email The next meeting is June 10. There is no meeting on the first Sunday of the month. Call 410-230-0450. If you would be interested in volunteering or becoming a collective member of 2640, send an email to

31] – 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 Mon., June 4, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.

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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