Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

30] Protest at WPFW – Mar. 12 - 16

31] Environmental Film Festival – Mar. 12 – Mar. 24

32] “Doctrine, Capabilities, and (In)stability in South Asia” – Mar. 12

33] Women in Turkey – Mar. 12

34] Philadelphia peace vigil – Mar. 12

35] War Is Not the Answer vigil – Mar. 12

36] Chavez Memorial Service – Mar. 12

37] David Cobb Move to Amend – Mar. 12

38] Protest Papal Conclave – Mar. 12

39] Peacebuilding course – Mar. 13

40] “The Case of Arctic Yellowcake" -- Mar. 13

41] “U.S.-South Korea Civil Nuclear Agreement" -- Mar. 13

30] – JOIN WPFW CONCERNED MEMBERS & SUPPORTERS at 8403 COLESVILLE ROAD (SILVER SPRING METRO exit near East/West Highway) on a picket line from Tues., Mar. 12 through Fri, Mar. 15, 8 to 10 AM & 4 to 7 PM. There will also be a picket line on Sat., Mar. 16 from noon to 3 PM as well. WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED! …into bed with Clear Channel. NO LEASE AGREEMENT WITH CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS. There will be a press conference on Tues., Mar. 12 at 5 PM. THE FUTURE OF WPFW IS AT STAKE PICK ONE OR MORE DAYS THIS WEEK AND JOIN THE PICKET LINE. Call 301-681-4327.

Clear Channel’s 1,200 radio stations and 40 TV. outlets are avowedly conservative and pro war – WPFW is founded on the principles of pacifism. Founder Lew Hill refused to serve in the military during WWII. Hill would be turning over in his grave if the network he founded was funneling money to Clear Channel.

Ultra right wing talk radio hosts infamous for their homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, racist political rants find a cozy home on Clear Channel stations nationwide. It’s a ‘Who’s Who’ of rabid prominent conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, George Noory and Glenn Beck.

Clear Channel is anti labor. A tiny 2.8% of its’ 1,239 radio stations have union representation. Their aggressive consolidating labor practices results in dramatic job loss, overworking remaining employees with additional tasks and eliminating higher paying ‘on air’ positions through use of voice tracking. Clear Channel was purchased by the infamous Bain Capital (Mitt Romney’s former company) in 2012 and due to its highly controversial status was forced to be converted to a private company.

WPFW, the jazz and justice station is founded on the principles of free speech and cultural diversity in programming whereas Clear Channel issued a memo in 2001 after the September 11th attacks banning a list of songs termed as ‘lyrically questionable’ including songs like Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin on Heaven’s Door’ and Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World.’

31] -- The 21st annual Environmental Film Festival takes place starting Tues., Mar. 12 through Sun., Mar. 24. It opens at noon on March 12 with SPOIL about heavy crude oil extraction from the northern Alberta tar sands, arguably one of the world’s most environmentally devastating industries. It is directed by Trip Jennings, and can be seen at the National Geographic.

With 190 films (and most of them are free!) there's something for everyone of every age. The theme of this year's festival, a variety of films focus on the vital role of rivers in our global environment, such as "Lost Rivers," which journeys into the vast underground museum of hidden river networks, and "Amazon Gold," which documents a trip down the Madre de Dios River to reveal the savage unraveling of the pristine Amazon rainforest as narrated by Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock. Email info@saveourenvironment.org. Go to http://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/.

32] – The Henry L. Stimson Center, 1111 19th St. NW, 12th Floor, WDC 20036, presents “Doctrine, Capabilities, and (In)stability in South Asia” with Vipin Narang, a Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and Christopher Clary, a PhD Candidate in Political Science at MIT, who previously served as country director for South Asia in the Office of the Secretary of War. The event takes place on Tues., Mar. 12 from 1 to 2:30 PM. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15rFMN2SwQ4Xi4Lvurl1sRD8UHhtME039kr0wSpM0CmY/viewform. Email Julia Thompson at jthompson@stimson.org.

33] – A forum Women in Turkey: New Opportunities, New Challenges is happening on Tues., Mar. 12 from 1:15 to 3:15 PM at the SEIU Building, 1800 Massachusetts Ave., NW, WDC. The Middle East Institute is proud to host three women changemakers in Turkey for a discussion about women in business and women's rights. In recent years, women in Turkey have made inroads in fields where women have not traditionally been present. They are now successful business owners, managers, entrepreneurs, politicians, engineers, and academics. Their voices have become part of the public debate as they increasingly participate in all aspects of public life. Despite increasing opportunities, however, women in Turkey still face many challenges, including gender discrimination and income inequality. Register at http://www.mei.edu/events/women-turkey-new-opportunities-new-challenges.

34] – 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. 12. Call 215-426-0364.

35] – 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. 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

36] – There is a Memorial Service for President Hugo Chavez on Tues., Mar. 12 at 6:30 PM at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC 20010. The inter-faith, social justice and solidarity community of the Washington DC metro area invites you to this memorial service. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/401900193239301/.

37] – David Cobb speaks on corporate power/U.S. elections on Tues., Mar. 12 6:30to 8:30 PM as part of the Move to Amend Barnstorming Tour. The talk will take place at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, 12 W Franklin St., Baltimore MD 21201.

Move to Amend national spokesperson David Cobb, attorney and lifelong activist, will be touring the northeast this September, in an effort to build connections, inspire activism, and reveal the origins of corporate power in America.

Move to Amend is a national coalition of over 258,000 people and organizations whose goal is amending the United States Constitution to end corporate rule by building a multiracial, cross-class democracy movement. David's presentations are part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action! "Challenging Corporate Rule & Creating Democracy" aims to help local folks understand how they can work to abolish corporate personhood and establish a government of, by, and for the people.

This event is being co-sponsored by Get Money Out - MD (GMOM). This event is free and open to the public. But donations to help us finance these tours would be appreciated, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Email admin@GetMoneyOutMD.org or call 410-849-0670 or go to ‘Get Money Out Maryland’ on Facebook.

38] – On Tues., Mar. 12 at 7 PM, join local Women’s Ordination Conference members and allies for a prayerful action to bring attention to the lack of women's voices at the Papal conclave, and protest the ban on women from all leadership and decision-making positions in the Catholic Church. This vigil is part of an international series of protest vigils in response to the male-only conclave deciding the next Pope. Raise pink smoke as a witness to the voices of the Catholic church that go unheard. Please consider wearing PINK clothes!

Gather at St. Matthew's Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC. CONTACT Jeannette Mulherin, WOC Board Member, at oneirishjem@aol.com. RSVP at https://ssl.cato.org:8443/catopublic/#MtgDetail/00000442.

39] -- There is a course on trauma and peacebuilding at the US Institute of Peace on Wed., Mar. 13 from 9 AM through Thurs., Mar. 14 at 5 PM at 2301 Constitution Ave. NW. Learn about the physiology of trauma and how this manifests itself in human behavior. Develop skills in recognizing trauma-affected behavior and strategies and tools to effectively work with these populations. Go to the USIP website http://www.usip.org/education-training/courses/trauma-and-peacebuilding. You must register through the USIP website to attend the training. For more information about the instructor, Nina Sughrue, visit http://www.usip.org/experts/nina-sughrue.

40] – On Wed., Mar. 13 from 9 to 10:30 AM, Cindy Vestergaard, Danish Institute for International Studies, will discuss "Uranium is Not Just a Rock: The Case of Arctic Yellowcake" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, B-1 Conference Center, Room C, 1800 K St. NW, WDC. RSVP at jgreenberg@csis.org.

41] – On Wed., Mar. 13 from 10 to 11:30 AM, Duyeon Kim, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, and Fred McGoldrick, Bengelsdorf, McGoldrick, and Associates, will examine “Renewing the U.S.-South Korea Civil Nuclear Agreement: What it Means for Future Relations" at the Korea Economic Institute, 1800 K St. NW, Suite 1010, WDC. RSVP at http://www.keia.org/webform/rsvp-event.

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] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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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