Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - July 31 - Aug. 8

16] “Iranian Public Opinion and the Rowhani Presidency" – July 31 17] HR 676 briefing – July 31 18] Nuclear Threat Initiative – July 31 19] Exile and Palestinian Consciousness – July 31 20] Student Activist Training – July 31 21] Book Event with Rosalie Riegle – July 31 22] View '5 Broken Cameras' – Aug. 1 23] Stop the Hate on the Yemeni People – Aug. 1 24] WRL conference – Aug.1 - 4 25] Practice a pitch to state legislators – Aug. 1 26] Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemorations – Aug, 6 & 8 16] – On Wed., July 31 from 10 to 11:30 AM, Ebrahim Mohseni, University of Tehran Polling Center, will discuss "Attitudes from Tehran: Iranian Public Opinion and the Rowhani Presidency" at the New America Foundation, 1899 L St. NW, Suite 400, WDC 20036. RSVP at 17] – On Wed., July 31 at 11 AM, catch Gerald Friedman’s Congressional Briefing on Student Activist Training. Be at a Congressional Briefing on Gerald Friedman’s new HR 676 Economic Impact Study, sponsored by Physicians for a National Health Program. Afterwards there will be a press conference outside the Capitol with Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Bernie Sanders for Medicare’s Anniversary. We need single-payer activists to bring signs of support for Improved Medicare for All. The briefing is in Cannon Room 121 (South of the Capitol bounded by Independence Ave., First St., New Jersey Ave., and C St. SE. The press conference is at 1 PM at the House Triangle (located just outside the Capitol Visitor’s Center. Call Healthcare-NOW at 800-453-1305. 18] – On Wed., July 31 from noon to 1:30 PM, John Carlson, Nuclear Threat Initiative, will speak about "Pyroprocessing Safeguards: Technical-Institutional Measures and Nonproliferation Implications" at Global America Business Institute, 1001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 435, WDC. RSVP at 19] –The 14th Annual Summer Intern Lecture Series: Exile and Palestinian Consciousness is happening on Wed., July 31 from 12:30 to 2 PM at The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. This panel will feature local Arab art experts, Ms. Ikram Lakhdhar and Ms. Manal Deeb, for a discussion about art, resistance and exile. Art plays a unique role in shaping national consciousness and preserving Palestinian identity, serving to both inform and reflect national movements, from the Arab Spring to the Palestinian experience. Drawing on knowledge from personal experience as well as research, each of the panelists will offer insight into the importance of art for people of all nationalities, and especially for Palestinians, for whom art is a link to a lost homeland and a historical narrative that will not be erased. See 20] – Participate in a Student Activist Training With Public Citizen on Wed., July 31 from 2 to 5 PM at the Public Citizen Offices, 1600 20th St. NW. The goal is to educating students about the effects of money in politics and about the student movement to create a democracy of, for and by the people. Open to both DC area students as well as reach out to those that work with students (internship employers, etc. Students will learn the most effective activist and leadership skills including volunteer recruitment, outreach and communications, and working with the media. Students will also have a chance to network with peers and with nonprofit professionals who have influenced the D.C. area and the nation. Email or call 202-588-7717. 21] – Get over to a Book Event with Rosalie Riegle on Wed., July 31 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets, 5th & K Sts., Cullen Room, WDC. The co-sponsors are Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, War Resisters League, Jonah House and the Murphy Peace Institute. Go to Rosalie Riegle is the author of “Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family, and Community” and “Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace.” Rosalie will be joined by several narrators featured in her work. 22] – View '5 Broken Cameras' on the AIPAC HQ Building on Thurs., Aug. 1 at 12:30 PM at 251 H St. NW. Join CODEPINK DC as they screen Emad Burnat's '5 Broken Cameras' on the outside wall of AIPAC's (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) HQ. Bring your lawn chairs, popcorn, and bug spray for this drive-in style screening projected right onto the building of the Israel lobby's HQ itself! Go to 23] – Join a rally Stop the killing, Stop the Hate on the Yemeni people on Thurs., Aug. 1 at 1 PM at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Hold President Hadi and President Obama accountable. President Obama will be meeting with Yemeni President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi at the White House. According to the White House press release, the two will be discussing the Yemen-US partnership and shared interest in the stability of Yemen, the Yemeni counter-terrorism partnership, and the Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay who have been designated for transfer. If the US is serious about supporting a democratic transition of Yemen then both President Obama and President Hadi must respect the Yemeni people's right to self-determination. President Hadi and President Obama must fully respect the rule of law and the human rights and dignity of the Yemeni people. Bring home Guantanamo prisoners and End the Drone War. See 24] – The War Resisters League's 90th Anniversary Conference is taking place on Thurs., Aug. 1 from 5 PM through Sun., Aug. 4 at 10 AM at Georgetown University. See Speakers at the conference will include Barbara Ehrenreich, Winona LaDuke, Phyllis Bennis, Sachio Ko-Yin, David Swanson, Arun Gupta, Bruce Gagnon, Leslie Cagan, David McReynolds and others. Register at 25] – On Thurs., Aug. 1 at 7 PM at Noel Levy's house in Pikesville, practice a spiel and prepare for meetings with state legislators. Newbies welcome. Practice a pitch to state legislators on why the Maryland General Assembly needs to pass a resolution for a ‘Convention of the States’ (‘Article V Convention’) to propose the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. The amendment is for Free and Fair elections and overturning the ‘Citizens United’ Supreme Court decision (getting money out of politics). RSVP required at 410-849-0670 (leave a message) or The location is 11 Windsong Court, Pikesville, 21208, just off Keyser Road, which is between Woodvalley Road and Stevenson Road. It’s north of the Beltway, between exits 21 and 22. Noel’s number is 410-486-1541 if you need to call. 26] – For the 29th year, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee will remember the atomic bombings of Japan on August 6 & 9, 1945, which killed more than 200,000 people. Other organizations involved in the commemorations are Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Crabshell Alliance and Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore. The HIROSHIMA COMMEMORATION is on Tues., Aug. 6, and starts at 33rd & N. Charles Sts. at 5 PM. Demonstrate against Johns Hopkins University’s weapons contracts, including research on killer drones, commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and remember the nuclear energy disaster at Fukushima, Japan. At 6 PM, there will be a potluck dinner at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles Street. At 7 PM, a Hibakusha guest, Setsuko Thurlow, will speak about the atomic bombing. At 7:30 PM, there will be a performance of an anti-killer drone strike play – THE PREDATOR by Jack Gilory. The NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION is on Thurs., Aug. 8 at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St. At 7 PM, remember Nagasaki with the DVD showing of THE MAN WHO SA VED THE WORLD, followed by a discussion led by Dr. Art Milholland. At 8:30 PM, join a discussion of the nuclear energy disaster at Fukushima. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski 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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