Monday, July 8, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - July 8-10, 2013

27] Marc Steiner on WEAA – July 8 – July 12

28] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – July 8

29] DREAM Act Graduation & Wedding -- July 9

30] Protect Our Water from Power Plant Pollution – July 9

31] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – July 9

32] No drone research at JHU – July 9

33] "U.S.-Russia Plutonium Disposition: Adventures with MOX" – July 9

34] "10th Anniversary of the Proliferation Security Initiative" -- July 9

35] An Explosion of Fracking? -- July 9

36] "Will U.S.-China Relations in Space be Cooperative or Competitive?" -- July 9

37] “The Broken Senate: Restoring Democracy and Fixing the Filibuster” – July 10


27] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 AM 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

28] – 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., July 8. The proposed agenda will include the July 4 demo against NSA spying and the support vigil for Bradley Manning, a letter to Putin and other ways of supporting Ed Snowden, DIRTY WARS and Hiroshima-Nagasaki activities. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

29] – The 2013 National DREAM Act Graduation & Wedding is happening on Tues., July 9 from 11 AM to 7 PM at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. The DREAM Graduation is an annual event symbolizing the thousands of undocumented youth who aren't able to go to school or get legal status. This year's DREAM Wedding will symbolize the thousands of same-sex couples who are going to be left out of the immigration debate. From 11 AM to 2 PM, attend the graduation + wedding ceremony; from 2 to 3 PM, march to the Supreme Court & Capitol; from 3 to 5 PM, lobby your legislator; and from 5 to 7 PM catch a special Undocu-Nation. Email RSVP

30] – Tell the EPA: Protect Our Water from Power Plant Pollution on Tues., July 9 at 1 PM at the EPA East Building, Room 1153, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW. New guidelines released by President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June proposed the first-ever limits on the amount of toxins power plants can dump into our water. Polluters are already trying to block and weaken these guidelines, but we have a chance to speak up. The EPA is holding a hearing to listen to comments from the public, especially from citizens impacted by nearby power plants. RSVP at

31] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th Street & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine. The next vigil is July 9. Call 215-426-0364.

32] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 34th & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil. The next vigil is July 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

33] – On Tues., July 9 from 2 to 3:30 PM, Jeffrey Smith, Center for Public Integrity, Douglas Birch, Center for Public Integrity and Frank von Hippel, Princeton University, will take on "U.S.-Russia Plutonium Disposition: Adventures with MOX" at the Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW, WDC. RSVP at

34] – On Tues., July 9 from 3:30 to 5 PM, Ryszard Schnepf, Polish ambassador to the United States, Rebecca Hersman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, Vann Van Diepen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, and Susan Koch, National Defense University, will take on "10th Anniversary of the Proliferation Security Initiative" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K St. NW, B1C Conference Room, WDC. RSVP at

35] – On Tues., July 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, look at An Explosion of Fracking? What you can do to Impact the Biggest Trade Deal Ever? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive “free trade agreement” that could impact nearly every aspect of our lives, from the food we eat to the air we breathe to the quality of our jobs. One of the impacts of the TPP would likely be a substantial increase in U.S. natural gas exports to countries in the Pacific Rim from right here in Maryland, paving the way to more fracking across the United States.

Despite the huge impact the agreement would have on our communities and the environment, the TPP is being negotiated in near complete secrecy. Please join us to learn more about the TPP and its impacts on the environment. After an overview of the TPP, discussants will focus on how the TPP could expand fracking and natural gas exports. Pizza will be served from 6:30 to 7 PM. The event will start at 7 PM and be sponsored by Public Citizen, the Maryland Sierra Club, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County. It will be held at the Howard County Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042.

You will also learn about you can influence these critical trade talks. Discussants Include: Lacey Kohlmoos, Senior Field Organizer, Public Citizen: Lacey joined Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch (GTW) Field Team in January 2013. Her work with GTW focuses on raising awareness of the TPP and mobilizing people against it through public education events, online organizing, and art activism. Ilana Solomon, Trade Representative, Sierra Club: Ilana joined the Sierra Club in early 2012 to lead the Club's work on responsible trade. Ilana works to create public support for trade and investment rules that protect the environment and to shed light on the environmental threats posed by our current global trading system. Leslie Morrison, Healthy Communities Campaign Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network: Leslie has been organizing with CCAN since the Fall of 2009. As part of the Healthy Communities Campaign, Leslie works to clean up polluting facilities and hold them to existing environmental laws. One of Leslie’s focuses this year is on natural gas infrastructure, including the proposed export facility at Cove Point in Calvert County. The program is free but RSVP at

36] – On Tues., July 10 from 12:30 to 2 PM, Michael Nacht, University of California, will explore "Will U.S.-China Relations in Space be Cooperative or Competitive?" His talk is at Stimson Center, 1111 19th St. NW, 12th Floor, WDC. RSVP

37] – Join Nan Aron at a panel discussion on “The Broken Senate: Restoring Democracy and Fixing the Filibuster,” on Wed., July 10 at 10 AM at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, in the First Amendment Lounge. She will be participating in the panel along with Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America; Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research; and Stephen Spaulding, staff counsel for Common Cause. RSVP to Chloe Hwang 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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