Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

47] Russian security – Mar. 6

48] Skillshare training – Mar. 6

49] Understanding the ongoing financial crisis -- Mar. 6

50] Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf at Goucher – Mar. 6

51] Maryland Senate to vote for repeal of death penalty– Mar. 6

52] "What Should Obama do on North Korea?" – Mar. 7

53] Films “Directing Dissent” and “Mr. Stokes’ Mission” – Mar. 7

54] Israeli Apartheid: Occupation, Discrimination, and Segregation -- Mar. 7

55] International Women’s Day Film Festival – Mar. 7

56] Lenten prayer and reflection - Mar. 7

57] Asylee Women Enterprises talk - Mar. 7

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

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


61] Support Red Emma’s in its move

62] Symposium needs support

63] Do you possess any Tom Lewis artwork?

64] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

65] Join Fund Our Communities

66] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader

67] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

68] Do you need any book shelves?

69] Join Global Zero campaign

70] Digital Information and the Criminal Justice System

71] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

72] Click on The Hunger Site

73] Fire & Faith

74] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

47] – On Wed., Mar. 6, from 12:30 to 2 PM, Celeste Wallander, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, will address "Russian Security and Defense Policy: Why Russia Is Not Stuck in the Cold War, and Why that Is a Problem," at SAIS, Rome 812, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP to

48] – The March Trainers' Network Skillshare is on Wed., Mar. 6 at 6:30 PM at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC. Hosted by the Washington Peace Center, this skillshare will explore tools you can use to effectively approach conflict resolution in training and facilitation settings. When are the moments to process within in and with the entire group, and when is it appropriate to separate a conflict from the larger group setting? How does one turn conflict into teachable moments that support the learning of the entire group? What conflict resolution tools can one add to the toolkit, and when are they appropriate to use? Call 202-234-2000 or email

49] – On Wed., Mar. 6 and Wed., Mar. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at The Village Learning Place, 2521St. Paul St., attend a class on Economics, Finance, Trade, and National Sovereignty: Understanding the ongoing financial crisis. Dr. David Viel teaches a free class. Go to

50] – As part of the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies 25th Anniversary Speaker Series, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will speak on the key tensions and conflicts between Islam and how they shape Muslim relations with the Western world on Wed., Mar. 6 at 7:30 PM at Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road. Call 410-337-6333.

51] – It is expected that the Maryland Senate will vote for the repeal of the death penalty on Wed., Mar. 6, weather permitting. MD Case can be reached at

52] – On Thurs., Mar. 7 from 9 to 10:30 AM, Victor Cha, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Gen. Walter Sharp, former commander, U.S. Forces Korea, and Joseph DeTrani, former special envoy for Six Party Talks with North Korea, will debate "What Should Obama do on North Korea?" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, B1 Conference Center, Room A/B, 1800 K St., NW, WDC. RSVP to

53] – See the films “Directing Dissent” and “Mr. Stokes’ Mission” on Thurs., Mar. 7 from 6:30 to 9 PM at THE GOETHE INSTITUTE, 812 7th St. NW. The D.C. International Film Festival will show these documentaries which look at the civil rights movement as a local phenomenon. The directors of both films will be present for a question and answer following the screenings.

“Directing Dissent” is a film about John Roemer, dynamic teacher and social activist, and the historic circumstances that led him to live outside the law. He was a director of the Maryland ACLU, and someone who played a pivotal role in the fight to integrate Maryland. Set in Baltimore, a city with a turbulent history of charged race relations, the film not only shows Roemer’s distinctive and unconventional style of teaching, but uses it as a framework within which to explore his past. The film is a character study of a loved and respected rebel, as well as an exploration of the philosophy behind civil disobedience.

“Mr. Stokes Mission” tells the viewer that on April 23, 1951, as senior class president of Robert Russo Moton High School in Prince Edward County, Farmville Virginia, John A Stokes helped organize a walkout by over 400 fellow African American students to protest segregated school conditions. This strike led to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court desegregation decision Brown v. Board and the resulting response of the five year closing of Prince Edward public schools under massive resistance. As the only case in Brown v. Board initiated by students, the film portrays civic engagement in a personal context and Mr. Stokes’ life’s work for equality. Tickets are $12. Go to

54] – Catch a panel discussion on Israeli Apartheid: Occupation, Discrimination, and Segregation on Thurs., Mar. 7 at 7 PM at GW Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW. Join the 2013 DC Israeli Apartheid Week for a discussion on Palestine and Israel. With apartheid growing into a gruesome reality for more than 5 million Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Territories of Palestine, the discussion with Sherry Wolf and Noura Erakat will help inform the public and fight for change. Go to

55] – There is an International Women’s Day Film Festival on Thurs., Mar. 7 from 7 to 9:30 PM at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224. Ticket prices are $12, while members get in for $7. See “Victory for Change,” a documentary by Baltimore's Gregory Marsh about two Indian activists fighting for a community's basic rights; “Fruits of our Labors” are three shorts from Afghanistan, by grass roots film makers, part of Community Supported Films; and “Mothers of Martyrs,” a MICA-connected documentary about the Nicaraguan Revolution's mothers, 30 years later. Go to

56] – On Thurs., Mar. 7 at 7 PM, Little Friends for Peace will hold a Lenten prayer and reflection at the Perry School Center, 128 M St. NW. They will also meet on Mar. 14. Call 301-927-5474 or email to Visit

57] – On Mar. 7 at 7:30 PM, Molly Corbett of AWE (Asylee Women Enterprises) will speak at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 6701 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD. AWE helps women seeking asylum to rebuild their lives and spirits and provides transitional housing, companionship and community by offering a safe and nurturing home, opportunities to connect with women in the larger community and each other. Go to Contact Christy Gordon at The event is sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi Pax Christi.

58] – 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

59] – 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

60] – Are you LOOKING FOR AN ORGANIZING JOB? The Zero Waste Maryland Campaign is hiring a Baltimore organizer to help stop the nation's largest waste incinerator from being built in Baltimore, and promote zero waste alternatives. Visit Call 301-891-3680.

61] – 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

62] – 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

63] – 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.

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

65] – 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

66] – 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

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

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

69] – 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.

70] – 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.

71] – 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.

72] – 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.

73] – 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

74] – 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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