Monday, February 25, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

36] U.S. nuclear exports – Feb. 25

37] Iran nuclear talks – Feb. 25

38] Film "Eye of the Storm” – Feb. 25

39] "Ring Out for Justice in Annapolis Day" – Feb. 25 & Mar. 1

40] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Feb. 25 – Feb. 28

41] Rally for Schools – Feb. 25

42] "We Are Wisconsin” – Feb. 25

43] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – Feb. 25

44] Support Bradley Manning – Feb. 26


46] Film "Within the Eye of the Storm" – Feb. 26

47] New Israel Map – Feb. 26

48] Film PROMISES TO KEEP – Feb. 26

49] “Assassination on Embassy Row” – Feb. 26

50] Philadelphia peace vigil – Feb. 26

51] War Is Not the Answer vigil – Feb. 26

52] Money in Politics – Feb. 26

53] Film “Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever” – Feb. 26

54] Rally at Supreme Court – Feb. 27

55] Cut Pentagon Pork – Feb. 27


36] – On Mon., Feb. 25 from 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM, hear Jay Solomon, Wall Street Journal, Jack Spencer, Heritage Foundation, Jodi Lieberman, American Physical Society, and Don MacDonald, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, talk about "After North Korea and Iran: How Much More Say Should Congress Have on U.S. Nuclear Exports?" in 2200 Rayburn House Office Bldg., WDC. You can RSVP for the event, sponsored by Nonproliferation Policy Education Center and Foreign Policy Initiative, at

37] – On Mon., Feb. 25 from 2 to 3:30 PM, Thomas Pickering, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Princeton University, and Alireza Nader, RAND, will discuss "Iran Nuclear Talks - What Can Be Achieved in 2013?" Sponsored by Arms Control Association at the Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, you can RSVP at

38] – See the film “Within the Eye of the Storm" on Mon., Feb. 25 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM at the Capitol Hill Cannon Office Bldg., Room 121, Independence Ave. & 1st St. SE (South Capital Metro). Peace X Peace invites you to a free screening and to meet Bassam, Rami, and the film's director, Shelley Hermon. This is a new documentary about a Palestinian father, Bassam Aramin, and an Israeli father, Rami Elhanan, whose young daughters were killed by the conflict. See how these enemies reached across the deepest of wounds to become friends and break the cycle of retaliation. Email

39] – "Ring Out for Justice in Annapolis Day" on Mon., Feb. 25 at 5 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, 171 Duke of Gloucester St. Hear a Briefing on the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 by Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, followed by a light supper. At 6:30 PM, there will be a Litany for Peace & Legislative Visits, which will be set up in advance. Register online at Carpooling and parking information is available on The day is sponsored by the Presbytery of Baltimore and Central Maryland Ecumenical Council.

On Fri., Mar. 1, members of the legislature will meet for the first time to debate the governor’s common-sense proposals to reduce gun violence. There will be a rally at 10:30 AM, and buses will leave from Faith Presbyterian Church, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd. To register for a seat, email Call Central Maryland Ecumenical Council at 410-464-6194 or email, See

40] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at

41] – Support House Bill 860 and Senate Bill 743, which would provide a $1.1 billion investment in the rebuilding of Baltimore City school buildings over 4 Years - 65 new and fully renovated schools - 48% of all city school buildings. Will you join Transform Baltimore and the Baltimore Education Coalition to make this happen? Contact the governor, Senate President Miller, House Speaker Busch and your senator and delegates to urge their support.

Attend the BEC Rally in Annapolis on Mon., Feb.25 at 6 PM outside the State House in Annapolis to show that our students, teachers, and neighborhoods must come first. Bus transportation will be provided from locations throughout the city (leaving around 4:30 to 5 PM). To sign up for a bus, visit You can also contact or visit

Come to Lobby Day in Annapolis on Mon., Feb. 18 at 6 PM at Lawyer's Mall, 100 State Circle, Annapolis (in front of the State Capitol). Join the American Civil Liberties Union and others in the Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality Lobby Day. RSVP to Joanna at

42] – "We Are Wisconsin: This Is What Democracy Looks Like" will be screened on Mon., Feb. 25 from 7 to 9 PM at 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, as part as Beyond the Classroom Living & Learning Program. The film follows the day-to-day unfolding of public outcry against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s controversial budget-repair bill, focusing on the human story behind a remarkable popular uprising forged on the floor of the Madison Capitol. The film asks the question “Why should we care about what’s going on in Wisconsin?,” on multiple levels, through an in-depth profile of six leading individuals central to the story: a UW- Madison student leader, a county social worker, a nurse, a high school teacher, a police officer and a union electrician who come out to protest what they see as a direct attack on their livelihood. They all meet inside the capitol over the course of what became an historic eighteen days, February-March, 2011. The film amplifies why Wisconsin has become ground zero for so many disparate groups, awakening a sleeping giant of collective voices, alarmed and angry at the new hyper-conservative wave of local government sweeping the Midwest. At a time when mass demonstrations have become increasingly rare in America, this film explores what it takes to spark a social movement. Some are calling what happened in Wisconsin an Egypt-like uprising in American politics, where collective public outrage transforms a nation! Visit

43] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings now take place at Max’s residence. The next meeting takes place on Feb. 25. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions. The agenda includes the Bradley Manning support activities, the anti-pork gatherings in Annapolis and Washington, drone protests, the March 23 Peace Bus, the Fund Our Communities letter and legislative activities in Annapolis.

44] – Join us at the Fort Meade hearings to stand with Bradley Manning during the next set of hearings starting Tues., Feb. 26 through Fri., Mar. 1. Each morning there will be a vigil from 7:30 to 9 AM. Then many will attend the hearings. The Fort Meade Main Gate is at Reece Road and US 175. Email

45] – Join USAction and Progressive Maryland for PEOPLE over PENTAGON PORK. Congress has a clear choice: protect vital domestic programs OR Pentagon CEOs. So join a press briefing, lobby visits and delivery of pulled pork sandwiches on Tues., Feb. 26 at 11:30 AM in the Montgomery County Delegation Room #170, 170 Lowe House Office Bldg., Annapolis, MD 21401. The idea is to urge Maryland Senators and Delegates to weigh in with Maryland's Congressional Delegation in Washington, DC to protect the programs that Marylanders depend on. Call 202.263.4520. Email

46] – See "Within the Eye of the Storm" on Tues., Feb. 26 from noon to 2 PM at the Dumbarton United Methodist Church. 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. Peace X Peace invites you to a free screening and to meet Bassam, Rami, and the film's director, Shelley Hermon. This documentary tells the story of a Palestinian father, Bassam Aramin, and an Israeli father, Rami Elhanan, whose young daughters were killed by the conflict. See how these enemies reached across the deepest of wounds to become friends and break the cycle of retaliation. RSVP 202-232-7363 x3003. Email

47] – On Tues., Feb. 26 from noon to 1:30 PM at the Carnegie Conference Center, Choate Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the Foundation for Middle East Peace and Middle East Policy Council invites you to attend Israel Needs a New Map with Dr. Ian Lustick, professor, University of Pennsylvania. The Zionist ideology proposed establishing a Jewish state in Palestine as a solution to the great crisis of European Jewry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Once established, Israel was perceived as the vanguard of a Europeanized democratic Middle East. In the twenty-first century, however, Israel’s continued settlement expansion, onslaughts against the Gaza Strip Palestinians and Lebanon, and aggressive rhetoric towards Iran have triggered waves of international sympathy and mobilization for the Palestinians and cemented Israel’s global reputation as defiant, belligerent, and dangerous. Professor Lustick will offer his analysis about how the underlying assumptions and ideas of Zionism, which were successful in the creation of Israel, have become outdated and now present an obstacle to Jewish welfare and security. A light lunch will be served. RSVP at or call 202-835-3650 or

48] – Enjoy a Movie And A Meal presented by SHARC on Tues., Feb. 26 from 1 to 4 PM at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial library, Room A-5 (Ground Floor). “Promises to Keep," a 58-minute documentary of the struggle by Mitch Snyder and many homeless people to have a vacant federal building converted into a homeless shelter, will be shown. Then there will be a speech by and discussion with Charles Crews, who is running for the D.C. Council at-large seat on a poverty platform. Email Eric Sheptock, chair of SHARC, at

49] – A talk with Saul Landau-the first foreign orchestrated terrorists attack on U.S. soil” is on Tues., Feb. 26 from 3:30 to 5 PM in the IPS Conference Room, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, WDC. Hear about the history and lessons from the 1976 assassinations of Landau’s IPS colleagues, Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt, by agents of the Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet. Landau led an investigation into the murders and co-authored the book “Assassination on Embassy Row” with John Dinges. The investigation led to the killers, and brought a measure of justice in this case. IPS Fellow Sarah Anderson will moderate the event. Visit

50] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq inside, during the winter, the Suburban Station, 16th Street & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine. The next vigil is Feb. 26. Call 215-426-0364.

51] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road. Join this ongoing vigil. The next vigil is Feb. 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

52] – Big money in politics threatens our democracy and exposes us to risks of climate change, war, environmental destruction, joblessness, rising inequality and more. In 2010 and 2011, the 1% got EVERY PENNY of growth in personal income, and the 99% got less than nothing. On Tues., Feb. 26 from 6:30 to 8 PM, attend a general meeting of Get Money Out - Maryland (GMOM): PRESENTATION / DISCUSSION ON MONEY IN POLITICS: ‘OPPORTUNITIES FOR REFORM FROM DC TO ANNAPOLIS.’ The meeting will take place at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore 21218-2437. The speakers are Jennifer Bevan-Dengal, executive director, Common Cause – Maryland, and Michael W. Lore, citizen activist with ties to Common Cause, Public Citizen, Rootstrikers and the Maryland General Assembly. Email or 410-849-0670. Go to

53] – Catch a screening of “Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever” on Tues., Feb. 26 at 7 PM at Electric Maid, 268 Carroll St. NW, WDC 20012, a block from the Takoma Metro station. The movie was produced for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) as part of its “Fact not Fiction” campaign. In just twenty minutes, the movie presents a compelling case against torture, both as a moral outrage and as a practical failure. As a discussion guide puts it, the documentary “describes the torture practices of the U.S. government since 9/11, portrays the lasting effects on the survivors of torture around the world, and offers perspectives from a variety of faiths.” The discussion of the film will be led by the president of NRCAT, Linda Gustitus, former chief of staff to Armed Services Committee chair Sen. Carl Levin (MI) and a professor and lecturer at American and Georgetown Universities. Go to

54] – Rally with the Alliance for Justice to Protect the Voting Rights Act on Wed, Feb. 27 at 9 AM on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Building, 1 First St. NE. The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy. For nearly half a century the Voting Rights Act has been the keystone in the arch of civil rights protection for people of color. Now, a key section of the Act is being challenged before the Supreme Court. Oral arguments will be heard inside the court on Feb. 27. We will be heard outside the court that same day.

After the rally, visit AFJ's Justice Watch Blog for comprehensive analysis of arguments presented in the case. Guest bloggers include Professors Franita Tolson of Florida State University, William Yeomans of American University and Bertrall Ross of the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Go to

55] – On Wed., Feb. 27 at noon at Center City Office of Sen. Robert Casey, 2000 Market St., Philadelphia 19103. Demand real cuts to the Pentagon (and its war profiteers - e.g. Lockheed Martin, Boeing). Demand justice; protect our communities from killer cuts human needs spending. Call the Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818. SIGN the petition at

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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