Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

53] Drone protest – Feb. 20

54] Riot for Rights! – Feb. 20


56] What’s To Be Done? – Feb. 20

57] Panel Discussion on the Cuban 5 – Feb. 20

58] Drone protest at DOJ – Feb. 21

59] Forum on the “Black Messiah” – Feb. 21

60] Propaganda & Culture – Feb. 21

61] Film "Within the eye of the storm" – Feb. 21

62] Forum on the Prevention of Gun Violence – Feb. 21

63] “Vagina Monologues” – Feb. 21-23

64] Gun violence prevention rally - Mar. 1

65] “Prosperity Not Austerity" bus tour – Mar. 23

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

67] Support Red Emma’s in its move

68] Symposium needs support

69] Do you possess any Tom Lewis artwork?

70] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

71] Join Fund Our Communities

72] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader

73] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

74] Do you need any book shelves?

75] Join Global Zero campaign

76] Digital Information and the Criminal Justice System

77] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

78] Click on The Hunger Site

79] Fire & Faith

80] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

53] – On Wed., Feb. 20 at noon in the atrium of the Senate Hart Building, human rights activists will denounce the covert drone program with compelling visuals, and will visit Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office to demand an accounting of civilian casualties caused by CIA drones. Email

54] – Riot for Rights! Gather for the 1-Year Anniversary of Pussy Riot Concert at Christ the Savior Cathedral on Wed., Feb. 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the Embassy of Russian Federation, 2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Join Amnesty International for the commemoration of Pussy Riot's protest by calling for their immediate and unconditional release, and demanding that Putin respect free expression and human rights. Re-enact the performance and dance in solidarity with Russian human rights defenders to raise the call again: Free Pussy Riot! Today, two of the women arrested in connection with the Pussy Riot performance are still held in infamous Siberian labor camps far from Moscow, while the third faces restrictions on her freedom of movement and speech. Visit

55] – On Wed., Feb. 20 from 6:30 to 8 PM, The Baltimore MoveOn Council presents Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD 3rd Dist) and Charlie Cooper of Get Money Out – Maryland for a discussion of MONEY IN POLITICS at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Pkwy., Baltimore 21218-2437. Go to

56] – On Wed., Feb. 20 from 7 to 9 PM, hear details about the Report on 2012 IFPB Delegation to Palestine/Israel& a discussion on What’s To Be Done. Philip Farah, co-leader of the IFPB delegation will conduct a PowerPoint presentation of what the delegation saw and on what we heard from Palestinian and Israeli activists. He will also lead a brainstorming discussion of how solidarity groups in the U.S. can respond to the calls from Palestinian and Israeli activists. This event is intended primarily for persons already involved in Palestine/Israel peace & justice solidarity work, and follows several public presentations to diverse audiences in the Washington & Cleveland Metro areas on the May 2012 delegation. It will be held in the "Parlor" Room, Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, 1 West Moreland Circle, Northwest Bethesda, MD 20816. RSVP at or 703-593-7982.

57] – Catch a Panel Discussion on the Cuban 5 on Wed., Feb. 20 at 7 PM at UMD College Park. The speakers are Bill Norris, trial and appeals attorney for Ramón Labañino, Kurt Schmoke, former dean, currently General Counsel, Howard Univ. School of Law, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report, Brian Becker, coordinator, ANSWER Coalition, and José Pertierra, attorney for Venezuela in Posada extradition matter. Email

58] – On Thurs., Feb. 21 at noon, get over to the Department of Justice, Constitution Ave. between 9th and 10th Sts. CODEPINK will bring a giant replica of the U.S. Constitution to the Justice Department, demanding that the Justice Department start respecting the document. Join them in exposing the illegality of drone strikes and pressuring the DOJ to release all legal opinions on targeted killing. CODEPINK will also deliver a petition to Attorney General Eric Holder. Email

59] – Hear a forum on The “Black Messiah” The Life and Assassination of Malcolm X. Who Killed Him and Why? It takes place on Thurs., Feb. 21 from 6 to 9 PM at Blackburn Center, Room 155, Howard University. This forum will also cover the extensive programs, like COINTELPRO and CHAOS run by government agencies from the 1950s forward to neutralize, disrupt and destroy the leadership for social change in the United States, and the role of political assassinations in shaping the politics of America and the world. Email

60] – The Free School & Peace House present Propaganda & Culture session led by Prof. Chris Simpson on Thurs., Feb. 21 from 7 to 9 PM at the Peace House, 1233 12th St. NW. The session includes high theory, low politics, a bit of history and an opportunity for you to plot an imaginary new phase in world domination by the forces of evil -- as well as the means to resist. Costumes welcome. Go to

61] – On Thurs., Feb, 21 at 7 PM, see the film "Within the eye of the storm." Bassam and Rami, a Palestinian and Israeli, were once dedicated fighters willing to kill and be killed by one another for the sake of their nations. Yet each one of them came face to face with the price of war when their daughters were killed in the conflict. There will be a screening at Dumbarton UMC, DuPont Circle, 3133 Dumbarton Circle NW. Go to

62] – On Thurs., Feb, 21 at 7 PM, attend a Community Forum on the Prevention of Gun Violence at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852. The forum, hosted by both the church and Congregation Beth El Synagogue, is expected to include remarks from state Sen. Bill Ferguson (D-Dist. 46); state Del. Bill Frick (D-Dist. 16); Montgomery County Councilwoman Nancy Floreen; Douglas Steel, with the Montgomery County Public Schools safety and security division; Montgomery County Assistant Police Chief Russell Hamill; and Dr. Gayle Jordan-Randolph, deputy secretary for behavioral health and disabilities in the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Contact Jennifer Carr at

63] – THE 2013 VAGINA MONOLOGUES will be performed at American University on Thurs., Feb. 21 at 8 PM in Mary Graydon Center rooms 3, 4, and 5, Fri., Feb. 22 at 8 PM in Mary Graydon Center rooms 3, 4, and 5 and Sat., Feb. 23 at 1PM in the Kay Spiritual Life Center. The theater piece, presented by Women's Initiative and VDay American University, is celebrating its 15th anniversary of a series of monologues written by Eve Ensler.

Tickets cost $8 for AU students with ID and $10 for non-AU students. All proceeds from the show will benefit RAINN (, AYUDA (, H.I.P.S. ( and VDay International ( Go to

64] – 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. Help represent what the vast majority of Marylanders want--sensible gun violence prevention measures. The rally will begin at 10:30 AM in Lawyers Mall, 100 State Circle, Annapolis (in front of the State Capitol), and buses are available from Baltimore. Go to

65] – Fund Our Communities will begin its “Prosperity Not Austerity" bus tour/car caravan in Baltimore on Sat., Mar. 23. You can join the tour for the entire day, beginning at 9 AM, or you can participate by coming to one of the stops, each of which will include a program focused on different community needs. The tour will emphasize that we have tremendous unmet needs in our communities, while we are wasting many billions in unneeded military spending.

The tour schedule is as follows: 9 a.m.: Dallas F. Nicholas Senior Elementary School, 201 East 21st St, Baltimore. Address education funding need. 10:20: Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 2424 McElderry St., Baltimore. Address food and health issues. 12:20: Prince Georges Social Services Office and Prince Georges Community College, Dept of Social Services, 6505 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville. Address funding needs for college students, jobs training, Medicaid, cash assistance for need. 2 p.m.: Silver Spring Library, 8902 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Address services for all citizens, including libraries, parks, roads, public health, crisis services. 3:10: Hughes Neighborhood Housing, 10720 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Address care of the most vulnerable, and in particular housing. 5 p.m.: U.S. Capitol—Rally. See also

66] – 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

67] – Red Emma's is in the process of closing down the location at 800 St. Paul St., and reopening in a much larger new space on North Avenue in the fall. The collective is seeking your help. It's time to reinvent the project started in 2004 to build a self-sustaining progressive space in Baltimore, committed to providing a daily reminder that another world was possible and that there were people working in the city to build it.

Here's how you can help: donate money, buy books at the current store, provide skilled help, and share these needs. Email or go to

68] – The campaign has been extended to raise funds for the Symposium ‘Equitable and Sustainable Development: a Path Forward’ another two weeks. One of the presenters will be Donald Gresham from Community Housing and Relocation Working Group, a resident of the current unfair redevelopment in East Baltimore who continues to challenge EBDI, Hopkins, the Casey Foundation, and city and state official to come to the table and negotiate a community benefits agreement. Go to

69] – Stephen Kobasa is hoping to do an exhibit of the work of Tom Lewis opening in May 2013 in New Haven, 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.

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

71] – 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. Plan to join FOC on the March 23 Peace Bus from Baltimore to D.C. Go to

72] – MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. Baltimore's Indypendent Reader is looking for individuals interested in creating media - written, photo, audio, or video - that relates to issues like...economic justice, race, prisons & policing, environment, gender & sexuality, war & peace and more! If you would like to create social justice media, then email Visit

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

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

75] – 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.

76] – 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.

77] – 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.

78] – 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.

79] – 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

80] – 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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