Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

46] Support Bradley Manning – Jan. 16

47] Congress letter drops – Jan. 16

48] Iran discussion – Jan. 16

49] Visit Rep. Sarbanes’ office – Jan. 16

50] Gang peace in El Salvador – Jan. 16

46] – Bradley Manning's court proceedings are slated to start at 9:30 AM on Wed., Jan. 16. So members of the Bradley Manning Support Network will vigil from 7:30 to 9 AM outside the main gate to Fort Meade, 175 Maryland and Reece Road, Odenton, Maryland. Afterwards go inside to the courtroom. Email

47] – Mike Hersh reports that Progressive Democrats of America is doing its Monthly Educate Congress letter drops (formerly Brown Bag Lunch Vigils), delivering a letter outlining support for Healthcare Not Warfare and Prosperity Not Austerity, as well as progressive positions on issues of war and peace, healthcare, jobs, revenues, and more. The aim is to do more than 100 letter drops on Wed., Jan. 16 at noon. Email See

48] – On Wed., Jan. 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM, Adm. William Fallon (retired), former Commander of U.S. Central Command; Lt. Gen. Frank Kearney (retired), former Deputy Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command; and Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (retired), former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, will explore "The Iran Nuclear Challenge: Exploring Policy Options" at the American Security Project, 1100 New York Ave. NW, Suite 710W, Conference Room E, WDC. RSVP at

49] – On Wed., Jan. 16 at 4:30 PM, the Pledge of Resistance will go to Rep. John Sarbanes’ office, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Baltimore, MD 21204. While inside, we will deliver a letter outlining support for Healthcare Not Warfare and Prosperity Not Austerity, as well as progressive positions on issues of war and peace, healthcare, jobs, revenues, and more.

Finally, we are seeking an end to the use of killer drone strikes, which we believe to be illegal and unconstitutional. Let Max know if you can go to Sarbanes’ office--410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

50] – The Power of Dialogue: Peace From Unexpected Places and Unexpected People takes place on Wed., Jan. 16 from 6 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. After 9 months El Salvador continues to experience record lows in the homicide rate of the country as a result of a truce between MS-13 and 18th Street, facilitated through former congressperson Raul Mijango and Monsignor Fabio Colindres in March of 2012. As a result of this historic miracle, a multi-disciplinary group of experts in the fields of gang intervention, economic development, mental health, human rights, post conflict work, gang prevention, public safety, arts and culture, and gang truce work formed an 11 member delegation to El Salvador to meet with multiple stakeholders for peace in El Salvador that includes the following: the gang leadership, the mediators, the government, civic society, victims, and NGO's. This delegation went to El Salvador at the request of Monsignor Colindres, the leadership of both gangs, as well as the government. In October, the Transnational Advisory Group in Support of the Peace Process in El Salvador (TAGPPES) released a report on their findings of the truce and its impact on both El Salvador and the United States.

This report back is free and open to the public, but a suggested donation of $5 is requested to help with costs. No one will be turned away. Go to

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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