Monday, March 18, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

36] Film "Out of Cordoba: Averroes and Maimonides in Their Time and Ours" – Mar. 18

37] "Until We Find Them: The Disappeared in Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico" – Mar. 18

38] Syrian activists at Busboys -- Mar. 18

39] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 18 – Mar. 25

40] Protest death penalty– Mar. 18

41] Vigil at REALCO Guns – Mar. 18

42] Israel Apartheid Week – Mar. 18 - 22

43] Witnesses to Fracking – Mar. 18


45] Knesset member to speak – Mar. 18

46] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – Mar. 18

47] Shock & Awe - Mar. 18

48] "Globalizing Reagan’s INF Treaty: Easier Done Than Said?" – Mar. 19

49] The Right to Heal Initiative – Mar. 19

50] Philadelphia Peace vigil – Mar. 19

51] War Is Not the Answer vigil – Mar. 19

52] Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013 – Mar. 20

53] Black Communities for Immigrant Justice Rally – Mar. 20

54] Film "Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel," Part 2 – Mar. 20


36] – See the film "Out of Cordoba: Averroes and Maimonides in Their Time and Ours" on Mon., Mar. 18 at 12:15 PM at Georgetown Univ., 3700 O St. NW. Bunn Intercultural Center (ICC), Suite 270. ACMCU and the Medieval Studies Program Georgetown University present a this documentary, directed by Jacob Bender and produced by Bender and MLK Producciones of Malaga, Spain, that explores some of the most vexing questions of our time. Is there a “clash of civilizations” between the West and the Islamic world? Are Jews and Muslims eternal enemies, incapable of peaceful coexistence? Does religious faith lead inevitably to xenophobia and violence? RSVP at

37] – "Until We Find Them: The Disappeared in Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico" is a Brown Bag Lunch Discussion on Mon., Mar. 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at the Washington Office on Latin America, 1666 Connecticut Ave. NW, 4th Floor Conference Room, WDC. The Latin America Working Group Education Fund, the Washington Office on Latin America, the U.S. Office on Colombia, and the Guatemala Human Rights Commission USA are the hosts. Disappearances are not just a past human rights tragedy; they are an ongoing crisis in some Latin American countries. During Guatemala’s internal armed conflict, an estimated 45,000 were disappeared by state forces; family members continue to search for their loved ones and seek justice. Over 26,000 people have disappeared in Mexico since 2006, according to a government database. And in recent decades, over 60,000 people have been disappeared in Colombia, including 7,500 in 2012. Beyond the terrifying statistics, the impact of disappearances on families is profound: “To the torment of absence is added the sorrow of doubt,” in the words of Colombian scholar Alfredo Molano. RSVP at the Guatemala Human Rights Commission website

38] – Three Syrian nonviolent activists (Dr. Haytham Manna, Dr. Rim Turkmani, and Riad Drar) are coming from the United Nations to Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Sts. NW on Mon., Mar. 18 at 5 PM.

39] – 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

40] – There is usually a vigil to abolish the death penalty every Monday from 5 to 6 PM, outside the prison complex and across the street from Maryland’s Super Max Prison, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in Baltimore. Maryland’s death row was moved out of Baltimore, but it was decided to continue the vigil. Join us on Mar. 18. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

41] – On Mon., Mar. 18 from 5 to 6 PM help end gun violence by joining the Washington Chapter of Heeding God’s Call at its weekly vigil at REALCO Guns, 6108 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD 20747. This is an effort to convince the gun shop owner to sign the 10-Point Code for responsible gun dealers based on the one signed with Wal-Mart by Mayors against Illegal Guns. According to The Washington Post, Realco Guns in District Heights sold 86 guns linked to homicides within the last twenty years with 300 guns sold there being linked to non-fatal shootings, as of 2010. In that article Major Andy Ellis is quoted as saying, “I can only imagine how much lower our violent-crime rate would be if Realco sold shoes instead of guns.” Go to

42] – Israel Apartheid Week at American University takes place Mon., Mar. 18 at 5:30 PM through Fri., Mar. 22 at 8 PM at American Univ., 400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016. On Wed., Mar. 20, for example, from 7 to 9 PM at Ward Circle Building Room 2, see the film “Roadmap to Apartheid.” In this award-winning documentary, the first-time directors take a detailed look at the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Narrated by Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple), the documentary is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them. Go to

43] – Witnesses to Fracking is taking place on Mon., Mar. 18 from 6 to 8 PM in Annapolis, Maryland. House of Delegates building room 318. Join a panel of landowners, farmers, and others who have experienced fracking first-hand. This event will be a rare opportunity for lawmakers, reporters and activists to have an actual conversation with a number of Pennsylvanians who are on the front-lines of fracking. Environment Maryland, Food & Water Watch, and other co-sponsoring groups are hosting this panel to help educate Marylanders. Contact Environment Maryland.

44] – The Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign is showing at 7 PM on Mon., Mar. 18 THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE, sponsored by Reel & Meal. The screening will be at the New Deal Cafe, Roosevelt Center, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD 20770. Call 301-474-5642. Admission is free. Beginning at 6:30 PM, an optional vegan buffet meal is offered by Chef Karim for $13.

This is an excellent documentary that compares the Canadian and American healthcare systems; it tells personal stories and goes through the history of how two countries with virtually identical healthcare systems in 1970 ended up in such different places. The U.S. has the most expensive healthcare system in the world and poorer outcomes than Canada.

45] – On Mar. 18 at 7:30 PM, join J Street at Adat Shalom for a special presentation from one of Israel's up and coming politicians. Tamar Zandberg was elected to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) on the Meretz list in Israel's stunning January elections, one of a record-setting number of new women legislators. MK Zandberg is a strong advocate for a two-state solution and was a leader of Israel's social justice protest movement. She will discuss her views on Israeli social issues, the peace process, and President Obama's upcoming trip to Israel at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, 7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda.

46] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. There will be a meeting on Mon., Mar. 18. The agenda will focus on the March 23 Peace Bus. We will make posters to take on the bus tour. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

47] – Robert Shetterly, an award winning painter whose work is in collections all over the U.S. and Europe, for more than 10 years has been painting the series of portraits Americans Who Tell the Truth. Shetterly will be unveiling his latest portrait, that of David Swanson, on Mon., Mar. 18 from 8 to 10 PM in the Langston Room at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Sts. NW, WDC. RSVP at

Ten years after the latest U.S. assault on Iraq began with a campaign of "Shock and Awe," stop to consider where we've been and where we should be heading. Join three leading peace activists at the event: Leah Bolger, board member and past president of Veterans For Peace, Andy Shallal, artist, peace and social justice activist and entrepreneur, is the founder of Busboys and Poets, and David Swanson, an author whose books include Daybreak (2009), War Is A Lie (2010), When the World Outlawed War (2011), and The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012).

48] – On Tues., Mar. 19 from 9 to 10:30 AM, David Cooper, US Naval War College, will discuss "Globalizing Reagan’s INF Treaty: Easier Done Than Said?" The talk is sponsored by the Monterey Institute and The Nonproliferation Review, and takes place at George Washington Univ., Lindner Family Commons, 1957 E St. NW, Sixth Floor, WDC. RSVP at

49] – The Right to Heal Initiative is being launched on the 10 year Anniversary of the Iraq Invasion on Tues., Mar. 19 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the White House, Pennsylvania Ave. NW & Jackson Place NW, WDC. Join U.S. veterans, Iraqi human rights organizations and their allies for the launch of the Right to Heal initiative, a new joint project to ensure the U.S. takes concrete steps for health care, accountability and reparations. Come join The Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq, Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Center for Constitutional Rights, MADRE, War Resisters League and others! Testimony will also be provided by the Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions in Iraq. Contact the Center for Constitutional Rights, and join the Facebook event:

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 Mar. 19. 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 Mar. 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

52] – There is a hearing on the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013 on Wed., Mar. 20 at 10 AM at the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Room 500. D.C. is an expensive place to live, but some of the largest, richest retailers in the world still only pay their employees the minimum wage, $8.25/hour. As President Obama pointed out in his State of the Union address, this is not enough to take care of yourself and your family. Many minimum wage workers have to take second and third jobs or rely on government assistance, forcing the District and other local governments to subsidize the poor wages paid by these large companies. Support the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013. Contact

53] – Gather for a Black Communities for Immigrant Justice Rally on Wed., Mar. 20 from 11:30 AM to 2 PM at the United States Capitol. STAND WITH OVER 500 BLACK IMMIGRANTS FROM THE CARIBBEAN, AFRICA AND AROUND THE GLOBE IN SUPPORT OF JUST IMMIGRATION REFORM! Visit

54] – See a film "Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel," Part 2 on Wed., Mar. 20 at 12:30 PM at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. "As ordinary people voice their own memories, contradictory beliefs and contrasting opinions in Khleifi and Sivan’s masterful film, the historical truth of Palestine- Israel is gradually revealed like never before in a documentary. The screening is free. Go to Call The Jerusalem Fund at 202-338-1958, or email

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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