Monday, October 14, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Oct. 11-13, 2013

39] End the Shutdown – Oct. 11 40] Funeral of Agnes Mac McAvinue – Oct. 11 41] Support Gitmo prisoners – Oct. 11 42] Justice in Palestine/Israel – Oct. 11 43] Korean Peninsula Issues – Oct. 11 44] Institute for Policy Studies 50th Anniversary – Oct. 11 45] Protest drones – Oct. 11 46] Silent peace vigil – Oct. 11 47] Film INVISIBLE WAR – Oct. 11 48] The Ideas into Action Festival – Oct. 11-13 49] The Government Shut Down – Oct. 11 50] Film FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS – Oct. 11 51] Ballroom dancing – Oct. 11 52] Protest at CIA – Oct.12 -- 39] – SHUT DOWN RACISM, WAR, JOBLESSNESS & LOW WAGES NOT GOVERNMENT WORKERS AND PEOPLES SERVICES! Express your anger and outrage at the government shut down! PROTEST on Fri., Oct. 11 from noon to 3 PM at the west front of the U.S. Capitol, E. Capitol St. & First St. NW--parking is available at Union Station. The Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly and the “We Deserve Better” Workers Assembly have endorsed the protest called by Local 17 of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). See People from Baltimore will be leaving at 10:30 AM from 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. Reserve a seat by calling 410-218-4835. Those who would like to help make signs, come to 2011 N. Charles St. on Thurs., Oct. 10 from 7 to 9 PM. 40] – On Fri. Oct. 11 at 11 AM, the funeral of Agnes Mac McAvinue will be held at St. Matthew's Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore. 41] – Support the Guantanamo Hunger Strikers--Close Guantanamo & End Indefinite Detention! No More Torture! No More War! It is Day 4291 since first detainees brought to Guantanamo; Day 246 of Hunger Strike; and 16 Detainees Still on Hunger Strike and being Force-Fed. Be at the White House on Fri., Oct. 11 from noon to 1 PM and join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and Witness Against Torture. Go to or 42] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia (across from Israeli Consulate. It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email Go to 43] – On Fri., Oct. 11 from 1:15 to 4:30 PM, Ho Youg Ahn, South Korean ambassador, David Helvey, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia, Joseph DeTrani, Intelligence and National Security Alliance, will look at "The Korean Peninsula Issues and U.S. National Security." Sponsored by the ICAS Liberty Foundation, the discussion will be at Georgetown University, Mortara Center Conference Room, 3600 N St. NW, WDC. RSVP at 44] – Starting on Fri., Oct. 11 at 3 PM, be at the Institute for Policy Studies 50th Anniversary. For 50 years, the Institute for Policy Studies has provided exceptional scholarship and creative leadership for the movements of our time – economic justice, environmental sanity, peace and disarmament, and civil and human rights. The extravaganza goes through Oct. 13. RSVP at 45] – On Fri., Oct. 11 at 4 PM, make some noise during Philly PM rush hour. Make the demand to stop drone war command center at Horsham Air Guard Station! Drone War: Not In Our Name...Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA; Not In Our Background (or anyone else's). On the 2nd Friday of the Month, the Rush Hour demonstration is in Center City Phila. outside Hyatt at The Bellevue Hotel (office within of PA Governor, and head of PA Guard/Air National Guard, Thomas Corbett), 200 S. Broad St. and median strip at Broad & Walnut Streets, Phila., PA 19102. The Broad St. Subway stop is Walnut/Locust. Available are banners, signs and drone strike victims' silhouettes. Bring whistles and noisemakers, and umbrella/rain suit in the event of rain which is in the forecast. 46] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., Oct. 11 from 5 to 6 PM outside the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and St. Paul St. The vigil is sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, and was recently moved because of the construction on Charles St. War Is Not the Answer. Stop bullying. 47] – See a screening of "Invisible War" on Fri., Oct. 11 at 6 PM at 1525 Newton St. NW. Join Amnesty International Columbia Heights and Cleveland Park groups as they spotlight sexual assault on service personnel in the U.S. military. A discussion featuring Miranda Petersen from Protect Our Defenders will follow the film. 48] – The Ideas into Action Festival is from Fri., Oct. 11 at 6 PM through Sun., Oct. 13 at 2 PM at Liaison Hotel, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. The Festival will feature fast-paced, inclusive dialogue with notable activists, interactive workshops, forums, artistic expressions, and more. Activities will be ongoing both inside and outside forum rooms. This will be a "pay-what-you-can" event and will feature two-days of dynamic conversation on the past, present, and future of social movements. The Festival will conclude with an innovative "Ideas Slam" at noon on Sunday, which will provide a chance for new and experienced activists to present their ideas to change the world in brief, entertaining bursts and win cash prizes! Go to or call Rachel Queirolo at 202-787-5237. 49] – The Government Shut Down in the Wealthiest Country in the World - Why? Get answers on Fri., Oct. 11 at 7 PM at 617 Florida Ave. NW, Shaw/Howard University Metro (Yellow/Green Line). Why have 800,000 federal workers been furloughed (i.e., laid off)? Because the Republican-led House of Representatives is outraged that 50 million people will have access to health care starting in 2014. President Obama and the Democratic Party could have made an appeal in recent weeks for millions of people to go into the streets and protest against the imminent mass layoff of workers. But instead, they gave progressive-sounding speeches while cutting funding for programs that serve poor and working people in their own budget proposals. Go to 50] – Meaningful Movies Olney is showing on Fri., Oct. 11 at 7:30 PM FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS. The critically-acclaimed 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. It will be screened at the Re/Max Buffington Building, 3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney 20832. There is no charge. Contact Jean Athey at 301-570-0923 or Shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel, the film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. The filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village upheaval. As the years pass in front of the camera, we witness Gibreel grow from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him with the astute powers of perception that only children possess. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify and lives are lost in this cinematic diary and unparalleled record of life in the West Bank. 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production. 51] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM. Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St. Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be Oct. 11. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725. 52] – On Sat., Oct. 12 from 10 to 11:30 AM, continue to join the monthly vigil against the use of armed drones by the CIA and the U.S. military that are killing innocent people including children. DRONE WARFARE IS IMMORAL AND ILLEGAL. NO MORE WAR, STOP ARMED DRONES NOW! Protest at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, 900 block of Dolley Madison Blvd., Langley, VA. As of January 2013 the United Nations has launched a special investigation into the US killer drone program. Leading the UN investigation is Ben Emmerson the UN rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights. He said "The exponential rise in the use of drone technology in a variety of military and non-military contexts represents a real challenge to the framework of established international law," The US Military & Central Intelligence Agency drones have maimed & killed thousands including innocent people in Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, & Pakistan without charge, trial or conviction of crime. This year alone there have been over 362 + strikes in Pakistan. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports on estimates up to 3461 people killed and 891 injured in Pakistan, in Yemen 1112 killed and 178 injured in these two countries alone by CIA drone strikes. Contact Jack McHale: 703-772-0635. 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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