Thursday, October 11, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 5

80] Book OUR HARSH LOGIC – Oct. 11

81] Label GMO’s – Oct. 11

82] Korean Peninsula Issues – Oct. 11

83] Chestertown phone bank for Marriage Equality – Oct. 11

84] Hyattsville phone bank for Marriage Equality – Oct. 11

85] Film WE’RE NOT BROKE – Oct. 11

86] Film DEAR MANDELA – Oct. 11

-87] Interfaith Works’ celebration – Oct. 11

88] Support Dream Act – Oct. 11

89] MUPJ Conference – Apr. 12 & 13, 2013

90] Make donation to allow others to buy a book

91] Gimme Shelter seeks performers

92] Do you possess any Tom Lewis artwork?

93] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

94] Join Fund Our Communities

95] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader

96] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

97] Do you need any book shelves?

98] Join Global Zero campaign

99] Digital Information and the Criminal Justice System

100] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

101] Click on The Hunger Site

102] Fire & Faith

103] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


80] – On Thurs., Oct. 11 from noon to 1:30 PM, the book “Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers Speak Out about the Truth of the Occupation” will be discussed at the Carnegie Conference Center, Root Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The many soldiers who have spoken out have taken aim at a silence of complicity, both within Israel and in the wider world that perpetuates the justification for occupation. In the process, they have created a gripping and immediate record of oppression. Powerful and incontrovertible, Our Harsh Logic is a supremely significant contribution to one of the world's most vexed conflicts. In this landmark work, which includes hundreds of soldiers' testimonies collected over a decade, what emerges is a broad policy that is anything but defensive. In their own words, the soldiers reveal in human and vivid detail how the key planks of the army's ostensibly protective program—"prevention of terror," "separation of populations," "preservation of the fabric of life," and "law enforcement"—have in fact served to accelerate acquisition of Palestinian land, cripple all normal political and social life, and ultimately thwart the possibility of independence ( book description). RSVP to

81] – On Thurs., Oct. 11, representatives from the Organic Consumers Association will deliver more than 202,000 signatures to a representative for Michelle Obama at the White House. The event will take place at 3 PM, following a press conference at the National Press Club at 1 PM. The petitions ask Michelle to remind President Obama of his campaign promise to label GMOs, and specifically ask the President to endorse Prop 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.

To attend the press conference, assemble at 12:40 PM at the National Press Club, Zenger Room, 529 14th St. NW, WDC, 20008. To join us at the White House, arrive at 2:40 PM on the Lafayette Park side of the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. The petitions will be delivered at 3 PM to Stephanie Valencia, deputy director, Office of Public Engagement. Email

82] – On Thurs., Oct. 11 from 1:15 to 4:30 PM, Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for Asia and Pacific Affairs; Alexis Dudden, University of Connecticut; and Douglas Paal, Carnegie Endowment, will tackle "Korean Peninsula Issues." The event is sponsored by the Institute for Coren-American Studies and takes place in B318 Rayburn House Office Building, WDC. RSVP at

83] – Protect Marriage Equality in Maryland by participating in the Chestertown phone bank on Thursdays from 4 to 8 PM at 106 Spring Avenue. RSVP to

84] – Protect Marriage Equality in Maryland by participating in the Hyattsville phone bank on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 PM at 4301 Garden City Dr. RSVP to

85] – On Thurs., Oct. 11 at 6:30 PM, see the documentary, WE'RE NOT BROKE, the story of how U.S. corporations have been able to hide over a trillion dollars from Uncle Sam, and how seven fed-up Americans from across the country take their frustration to the streets ... and vow to make the corporations pay their fair share." The screening is free, and will be followed by a Q&A with film director Victoria Bruce and tax expert Rebecca Wikins. Be at the Howard County Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21044. Come see how big money manages to skirt its tax obligations, and find out what U.S. taxpayers are doing about it. Contact Jenny Levin, Maryland PIRG State Advocate, at

86] – United Workers are hosting a screening of DEAR MANDELA on Thurs., Oct. 11 with the doors open at 6:30 PM, followed by a Housing is a Human Right discussion at 2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218. The event starts at 7 PM. RSVP at The suggested donation is from $5-10; all funds will be donated to Abahlali baseMjondolo. The film tells the story of the social movement for Housing as Human Right on South Africa. When Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, his government was faced with a seemingly insurmountable task: providing a better life for those who had suffered under apartheid. The cornerstone of Mandela’s ‘unbreakable promise’ was an ambitious plan to ensure housing for all. Eighteen years later, as the number of families living in slums has doubled, a frightening tale of betrayal is unfolding.

The government is trying to ‘eradicate the slums’ by evicting shack dwellers from their homes at gunpoint, in scenes eerily reminiscent of apartheid-era forced removals. Determined to stop the bulldozers that are destroying homes and communities, a new social movement made up of the nation’s poorest is challenging the evictions on the streets and in the courts. DEAR MANDELA is the remarkable story of Abahlali BaseMjondolo – Zulu for ‘people of the shacks’. It is considered the largest movement of the poor to emerge in post-apartheid South Africa. The film brings us into the everyday lives of three dynamic leaders of the movement. Determined to stop the evictions, Mazwi, Zama and Mnikelo met with their communities by candlelight to study and debate new housing legislation. The shack dwellers discovered that the innocuous-sounding Slums Act legalized mass evictions and violated the rights enshrined in the country’s landmark Constitution. They challenged the Slums Act all the way to the highest court in the land – the hallowed Constitutional Court.

After the screening, meet Zodwa Nsibande and Mnikel Ndabankulu – two members of Abahlali baseMjondolo who are in the US for a tour of the film. Go to

87] – Interfaith Works’ 40-Year Anniversary Celebration, Fables & Tables, is happening on Thurs., Oct. 11 at 6:30 PM at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center, 11810 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854. The cost is $40/adult, $15/children under 12, or $350/congregation/group purchase of 10 or more. Visit

88] – On Thurs., Oct. 11 at 7 PM, "Support the Dream Act - We are One Family Under God" takes place at Bishop McNamara High School in the Theater of Fine Arts Building. For more information on the Dream Act, go to For information about the event, contact Jim Monahan at

89] – The 28th Annual Maryland Peace, Justice and the Environment Conference [] will take place Fri., Apr. 12 and Sat., Apr. 13 at the Turner Memorial AME Church, 7201 16th Place, Hyattsville. Save these dates. Email

90] – Marisela Gomez's book "Race, Class and Power in East Baltimore" will soon be released. She tells the story of the dislocation of over 800 families from the historic community of Middle East Baltimore, and has the unique perspective of someone who has an M.D. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins as well as the experience of working as the director of SMEAC. SMEAC was the community organization that rose up to fight for justice for the families who were about to lose their homes and their connections to a community that, while abandoned and depressed, was still vibrant with social and economic relationships that nurtured those who stayed in a neighborhood through rough times and were now being ejected against their will.

The publisher has priced the book out of reach of most people. Marisela is determined to correct this yet-one-more-injustice by finding a way to make the book available to the very people whose stories it tells. Please contribute what you can. Go to

91] – Stephen Kobasa is hoping to do an exhibit of the work of Tom Lewis opening in May 2013 in New Have, CT. It would include a variety of his paintings, drawings, silkscreen prints, book illustrations, posters, banners and sketchbooks. This would not only be a display of objects on a gallery wall, but would also involve events which would return Tom's art to the streets where it was originally meant to make conscience visible.

Contact Stephen if you are in possession of original work and would consider loaning it for a month long display. You can reach him at stephen.kobasa at or 203-500-0268.

92] – Gimmie Shelter Productions is looking for performance artists in all disciplines i.e. poets, dancers, singers and musicians in all art forms who are willing to make a prolonged commitment. Gimmie Shelter does periodic benefits for the homeless and the shelters that serve them. It also participates in a monthly dinner for the homeless and needy at the Govans Presbyterian Church. There is a need there for musical entertainment.

Potential candidates should send non-returnable hard copies on compact disk in either MP3 form or regular disk format. Dancers should send any thing they have on a DVD. Include any hard copies on paper of your writing. Add biography and a short statement saying why you want to help the homeless. Include an optional picture, a phone number and e-mail. This call is not only for those willing to perform but for those who want to help promote the events and to attend events of Gimmie Shelter Productions. All serious applications should be mailed to Alan Barysh, 5849 B Western Run Drive, Baltimore 21209. If you have drug or drinking problems or are a drama king or queen don't even bother! This is for serious creative people!

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

94] – Fund Our Communities campaign is a 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

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

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

97] – Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

98] – 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.

99] – Visit the Digital Information and the Criminal Justice System at This link presents a wide range of insightful articles for criminal justice and legal professionals, both current and future. The project aims to be an objective, authoritative resource in the ever-changing court system.

100] – 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.

101] – 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.

102] – 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

103] – 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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