Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

54] Conference on Turkey -- June 27

55] Be at the BDC -- June 27

56] Nuclear Security – June 27

57] Philadelphia peace vigil – June 27

58] Film A SONG FOR WARRIORS – June 27

59] Film THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN – June 27

60] Book THE OBAMIANS – June 27

61] Peace on Earth – June 27

62] Music for Peace – June 27

63] Green Currency Meeting – June 27

64] Chestnut Hill peace vigil – June 27

65] New Jewish Agenda – June 27

66] Where Egypt Is Heading – June 27

67] Summer Lecture Series – June 27

68] Securing Fissile Materials – June 28


54] – The Middle East Institute's Third Annual Conference on Turkey takes place on Wed., June 27 from 8:45 AM to 5 PM at the National Press Club Ballroom, 13th Floor, 529 14th St. NW, WDC 20045. The rise of Turkey as a significant power in the world has raised a lot of questions about its international and national political convictions and actions. Specifically, commentators have become increasingly focused on Turkey's ambition to join the EU, treatment of its Kurdish population, and it's increasingly secular politics. The Middle East Institute will host its third annual conference on Turkey to discuss many of the aforementioned topics about Turkey, and panelists will include journalists from Al-Jazeera and research fellows at the Center for American Progress. There is no charge, and one can register at

55] – "UNITED WE BARGAIN, DIVIDED WE BEG." Rally on Wed., June 27 at 11 AM at the BDC office, 36 S. Charles, at Lombard. Take action against Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), SuperBlock Partnership, and the Dawson Company. The SuperBlock is a $152 million project that is slated to have 296 residential rental units, 217,444 square feet of retail space, and a 650-space parking garage set to be built in the Lexington Market area. Atlanta- based Dawson Co, who will be the "GC" on this project, has asked the city for a tax break (PILOT). On May 10th the Planning Commission recommended adoption of the PILOT, but with the stipulation that would include "an expectation of jobs for city residents." At stake according to BDC's analysis is, 634 construction jobs, as well as 2300 other jobs related to the finished product. This project is slated to last at minimum, 24 months. The Board of Estimates and City Council will have the final say in regards to inserting a local hiring standard as part of the PILOT agreement. There is a demand to include the people in the development of this project. Contact Richie Armstrong at or 443-469-4700, organizer, Community Churches United.

56] – On Wed., June 27 from 1 to 2:30 PM, Khammar Mrabit, International Atomic Energy Agency, will address "Nuclear Security: Why it Matters" at the International Peace Institute, 777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor, WDC. RSVP to Beatrice Agyarkoh at

57] – 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 June 20. Call 215-426-0364.

58] – The Saul Landau Film Series continues with “A Song for Dead Warriors ” on Wed., June 27 from 6 to 8:30 PM at IPS Conference Room, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, WDC. The film examines the reasons for the Wounded Knee occupation in the spring of 1973 by Oglala Sioux Indians and members of the American Indian Movement (AIM). The film captures the conflict between AIM, the Sioux militants, the government's Bureau of Indian Affairs and those allied with the US government. It was the winner of the Ann Arbor Film Festival. These screenings are free and open to the public but a suggested $5 donation will be appreciated. Popcorn and beverages will be provided. RSVP to

59] – Voices of Palestine Summer Film Series continues with "The Kingdom of Women: Ein El Hilweh" on Wed., June 27 at 6:30 PM at The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. The Jerusalem Fund and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University are pleased to present their annual summer film series highlighting recent documentary and feature films from and about Palestine that explore the social, cultural and political complexities of Palestinian life and identity. The film tells the story of the women of Ein El Hilweh refugee camp between 1982 and 1984 is an important chapter in the history of Palestinian refugee women in Lebanon. After the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, the camp was destroyed and its men were imprisoned. Go to Call The Jerusalem Fund at 202-338-1958 or email

60] – James Mann, formerly a writer of 20 years for the Los Angeles Times, has a new book “The Obamians: How a Band of Newcomers Redefined American Power.” He explores the Obama administration's struggle to enact a coherent foreign policy in a time of global turmoil. Don't miss this fabulous event! You can download the book at Hear Mann on Wed., June 27 at 6:30 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Call 410-396-5430. Go to

61] – On Wed., June 27 at 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Peace on Earth Begins With Me. Join discussions on the costs of war, alternatives to conflict, and building peace at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 3304 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201--2 blocks from the Clarendon Metro. Contact Marisa Vertrees at 703-527-5500 x 24. Families and individuals can interact with families from Migration & Refugee Services and enjoy a potluck supper.

62] – Music for Peace takes place at 7 PM on the last Wednesday of the month, and it is an opportunity to discover music as a means to communicate and connect across cultures. Listen, play, or learn. The event will feature an open mic forum, guitar lessons, and the chance to meet people to HI Baltimore Hostel, 17 W. Mulberry St. Call 410-576-8880 or visit

63] – 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.

64] – 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 June 27. Call 215-843-4256 or email

65] – On Wed., June 27 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., hear about "Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue: A History of New Jewish Agenda.” This is a people's history of 1980's Jewish activism, published by independent literary press Thread Makes Blanket. Author Ezra Berkley Nepon critically studies the New Jewish Agenda, a national organization from 1980 to 1992 with the slogan "a Jewish voice among progressives and a progressive voice among Jews." NJA also practiced participatory grassroots democracy with over 45 local chapters and 5,000 members, as well as organized a progressive Jewish voice for every political issue of their decade. Email or call 410-230-0450.

66] – Catch the open discussion at the Al-Hewar Center Event: "Where Egypt is Heading After the Presidential Elections.” It takes place on Wed., June 27 at 7:30 PM at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna, VA 22180. Members of the Egyptian media and activists will participate. Email

67] – A Summer Lecture Series will be given by St. John's College faculty and guest lecturers, and topics will vary from Machiavelli, Einstein, and Socrates. It goes through Aug. 1 on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM at St. John's College, 60 College Ave. Call 410-263-2371 or go to

68] – On Thurs., June 28 from 10 to 11:30 AM, Richard Burt, Global Zero USA, Jan Lodal, Atlantic Council, and Joan Rohlfing, Nuclear Threat Initiative, will talk about "A Next Step in Nuclear Arms Control: Securing Fissile Materials" at the Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20036. RSVP at Call 202-797-6105.

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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