Monday, February 4, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

37] Fracking vote at City Council – Feb. 4

38] Remember Vernon Dobson – Feb. 4

39] Trainers Workshop – Feb. 5

40] Palestinian film – Feb. 5

41] Palestinian film – Feb. 5

42] Animal Bereavement – Feb. 5

43] Defending Public Services – Feb. 5

44] "Dealing with a Nuclear Iran: Redlines and Deadlines" – Feb. 6

45] "What to do about Nuclear Outliers Iran and North Korea?" – Feb. 6

46] Tackle Box Rally – Feb. 6

47] Learn about Hizmet – Feb. 6


37] – The Baltimore City Council is addressing fracking in the meeting on Mon., Feb. 4 at 5 PM. Fracking is a dangerous gas drilling practice that has been linked to drinking water contamination, air pollution, and even earthquakes. CCAN, the NAACP, Interfaith Power and Light, and other organizations are calling for a legislative moratorium on fracking. The City Council will vote on a resolution to support this bill in Annapolis. This could convince Baltimore state legislators to vote to protect the people of Maryland from the dangerous impacts of fracking. The chairs of both the House and Senate committees that deal with fracking bills are from Baltimore.

Can you be at City Hall for the meeting? RSVP at

38] – There is a Workers World Party Forum and Discussion on Mon., Feb. 4 from 7 to 9 PM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. Hear Rev. Cortly CD Witherspoon, president SCLC Baltimore Chapter, discuss THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF REV. VERNON DOBSON – CIVIL RIGHTS ICON. During Black History Month, the Workers World Party is hosting relevant forums and discussions. Call 443-221-3775.

39] – There is a Trainers Network Skillshare: Dealing With Difficult Behaviors Edition on Tues., Feb. 5 at 6:30 PM at The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia RD. NW. Rebecca Mintz and Rachel Clement will facilitate a rousing skillshare aimed at helping us all learn effective techniques for staying on track and addressing issues as they come up at February's Trainers Network Skillshare! When is it appropriate to address difficult behaviors in the group? When do we defer to participants? When do we pull people aside to identify the behavior?

The DC Trainers’ Network monthly skillshare is a structured, interactive space where people can share skills and gain confidence in their training abilities and everybody is both a teacher and a learner. Call 202-234-2000 or email

40] – See the ffilm "Kings and Extras: Digging for a Palestinian Image" on Tues., Feb. 5 at 6:30 PM at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. The films of the PLO Media Unit were supposed to show a self-determined image of Palestinian reality - and they went missing during the Israeli invasion of Beirut in 1982. In a 'road movie' from Palestine to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, the director Azza El Hassan follows the contradicting and confusing clues as to the whereabouts of the lost archive. Go to Call The Jerusalem Fund at 202-338-1958 or email

41] – See "Restored Pictures" on Tues., Feb. 5 at 6:30 PM at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. This is “A search for individual biographic details of a life, traces erased through displacement and dispossession that mirrors the collective fate of Palestinian culture; this short documentary film attempts to uncover more information about Karima Abboud, the first professional, female photographer in Palestine, and to discover what kind of life she lived and what kind of photographs she took during the pre-Nakbah days of Palestine" (Arab Film Festival). This is followed by a short talk with Rev. Dr. Mitri Rehab, author who appears in the film. Go to Call The Jerusalem Fund at 202-338-1958 or email

42] – There is Free Pet Bereavement Counseling at Baltimore Humane Society at 7 PM on the first Tuesday of the month.

Andrew Mazan leads a pet bereavement support group that meets at the Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road. Call 410-833-8848 or go to

43] – Defending Public Services: from DC to San Salvador! is the topic of discussion on Tues., Feb. 5 from 7 to 8:30 PM at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. Jaime Rivera, leader from the Salvadoran Electrical Workers' Union, will discuss Why the US is pushing a massive privatization law in El Salvador that puts municipal services, ports, airports, electricity, higher education and MORE on the chopping block. Donations will be taken to support the Salvadoran Union Front. Go to

44] – On Wed., Feb. 6 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, hear Gen. James Cartwright, former vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and seven other speakers take on "Dealing with a Nuclear Iran: Redlines and Deadlines" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K St. NW, WDC. RSVP at

45] – On Wed., Feb. 6 from noon to 1:30 PM, Robert Litwak, Wilson Center, will look at "What to do about Nuclear Outliers Iran and North Korea?" at George Washington University, Linder Family Commons, 1957 E St. NW, Room 602, WDC. RSVP

46] – There is a Tackle Box Rally on Wed., Feb. 6 at noon at the Tackle Box, 3245 M St. NW. Every week at the Workers' Rights Clinic, EJC volunteers encounter numerous cases of wage theft. The cases coming out of the popular Georgetown seafood restaurants Tackle Box and Hook were especially fishy. The owner, Jonathan Umbel, wrote bad checks to at least three workers resulting in over $4,000 in unpaid wages. Contact Jamie at or 202-670-2194.

47] – Catch a presentation of "Hizmet: A Transnational Social Movement with Participants in Turkey, the US, and around the World" on Wed., Feb. 6 at 12:15 PM at Georgetown University-ICC 270, 37th & O Sts. NW. This presentation will review a social movement originated by observant Muslims around the ideas of Turkish scholar, preacher and social advocate Fethullah Gulen. The movement combines personal spiritual development with social responsibility. Primary areas of activity include education, dialogue, media, healthcare, and disaster relief. Recently the movement and its source of inspiration Mr. Fethullah Gulen attracted attention due to political developments in Turkey and the controversy around public schools in the U.S. In Turkey, the struggle for democratization brought the movement to the limelight as many adherents of the historically authoritarian military-judicial tutelage system were brought to civilian courts by alleged Gulen sympathizers. This presentation will examine the history, activities, organizational nature and motivational factors within the movement and respond to some of the questions and allegations regarding what appeared in the mass media. RSVP at

48] – JERUSALEM - PULLING THE CITY BACK FROM THE BRINK is the topic of discussion on Wed., Feb. 6 from 12:30 to 2 PM at the Carnegie Endowment, Root Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The event will feature a screening of Just Vision's newest short film "My Neighbourhood," directed by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi (25 minutes). This will be followed by a briefing and conversation about the urgent situation in East Jerusalem, the policies that have led to the current crisis, the efforts of Palestinian and Israeli activists to pull the city back from the brink, and the role of the Obama Administration in preventing developments in Jerusalem from destroying the chance for an equitable, sustainable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A light lunch will be served. Email or call 202 835 3650.

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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