Sunday, October 27, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Oct. 28-29, 2013

15] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Oct. 28 – Nov. 1 16] Vigil at REALCO Guns – Oct. 28 17] "Ensuring a World Fit for Children" – Oct. 28 18] Envisioning a World Beyond Hate – Oct. 28 19] Alternative Histories Film Series – Oct. 28 20] Upcoming elections in Honduras and El Salvador – Oct. 29 21] Book talk "My Voice Sought the Wind" – Oct. 29 22] Colombia: Dismantling Paramilitary Structures -- Oct. 29 23] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Oct. 29 24] Protest JHU’s drone research – Oct. 29 25] P. Francis Murphy Initiative fundraiser – Oct. 29 26] Nonprofit Happy Hour – Oct. 29 27] Protest the occupation of Palestine – Oct. 29 28] Documentary “The Stones Cry Out” – Oct. 29 29] Climate Change, Public Health Impacts – Oct. 29 30] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – Oct. 29 ----- 15] – 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 16] – On Mon., Oct. 28 from 5 to 6 PM help end gun violence by joining the Washington Chapter of Heeding God’s Call at its weekly vigil at REALCO Guns, 6108 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD 20747. This is an effort to convince the gun shop owner to sign the 10-Point Code for responsible gun dealers based on the one signed with Wal-Mart by Mayors against Illegal Guns. According to The Washington Post, Realco Guns in District Heights sold 86 guns linked to homicides within the last twenty years with 300 guns sold there being linked to non-fatal shootings, as of 2010. In that article Major Andy Ellis is quoted as saying, “I can only imagine how much lower our violent-crime rate would be if Realco sold shoes instead of guns.” Go to 17] – Beyond the Classroom is continuing the "Ensuring a World Fit for Children" Series on Mon., Oct. 28 at 7 PM at 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, University of Maryland. This seminar and discussion looks at the realities confronting America’s children today from healthcare, to homelessness, hunger, and educational issues. And it will examine promising solutions to improving the welfare and well-being of all children in America today. Go to 18] – To Achieve and Cherish a Just and Lasting Peace: Envisioning a World Beyond Hate is the subject of discussion on Mon., Oct. 28 at 7 PM at Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Hosted by BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner featuring youth from the DC Youth Slam Team, the Trevor Project, and Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders. The discussion will be split into two areas: 1] Innovative Paths to Change: featuring Split This Rock Poet Thomas "Vocab" Hill; Kye Allums, a former college basketball player at GWU and the first openly transgender NCAA Division 1 college athlete; Jeremy Johnson, a naval officer and one of the first to re-enlist after being discharged from the Navy under DODT; and TJ Brown, current GWU student and NROTC member who serves on the executive board of GWU's Allied in Pride; 2] the Importance of Allies and Safe Spaces in Academic Settings: featuring Diana Bruce, DCPS Director of Health and Wellness Office of Youth Engagement; and Chris Obermeyer, who coordinated the first DCPS Youth Pride Event at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School. Visit 19] – Check out a Film Series: Alternative Histories. Imagine a world in which computers run our lives, food comes only in processed packets, and authoritarian governments pit people against each other in bloody battles. Wait, that sounds too familiar. Towson University professors present films dealing in worlds that are almost real to us, that start from a real point in history and go off on an alternate track. Some of the films are "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Robocop" and "Battle Royale." Each week a different professor introduces the film, and each screening is followed by a discussion. The films will be shown on Mondays at 7:30 PM through Nov. 25 at Towson University, 8000 York Road. See 20] – On Tues., Oct. 29 at 10 AM in the Cannon House Office Building, Room 421, WDC, a panel of human rights defenders and country experts will share their analysis of what is at stake in the upcoming elections in Honduras and El Salvador, what issues require attention both during the campaign and on election day, and how the U.S. government – long-involved in the internal politics of both nations – can play a constructive role in ensuring that these elections contribute to strengthening democracy, rather than undermining it. Email 21] – "My Voice Sought the Wind" by author Susan Abulhawa is the subject of a book talk on Tues., Oct. 29 from 12:30 to 2 PM at the Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. An RSVP is required-- Abulhawa was born to refugees of the 1967 Six-Day War. She moved to the United States as a teenager, where she got a graduate degree in biomedical science from the University of South Carolina and established a successful career in medical science. In 2001, she founded Playgrounds for Palestine, an NGO that builds playgrounds in occupied territories and UN refugee camps to uphold the Right to Play for Palestinian children. She is a signatory to and active participant in the BDS campaign, which calls for an economic and cultural boycott of Israel. 22 ] –A Challenge for Peace in Colombia: Dismantling Paramilitary Structures is the topic on Tues., Oct. 29 at 4 PM at the Washington Office on Latin America, 1666 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 400, WDC 20009. The Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) and WOLA invite you to this discussion featuring Danilo Rueda, Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace, and Rafael Barrios, José Laver Rest repo Lawyers’ Collective. The event will be both in English and Spanish. Contact Adam Schaffer at 202-797-2171 or Visit 23] – 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 Oct. 29. Call 215-426-0364. 24] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 34th & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil. The next vigil is Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637. 25] – On Tues., Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 PM, join the P. Francis Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace at Ryan’s Daughter, Belvedere Square, in Baltimore for a night of food, fellowship and fundraising. Ryan’s Daughter will donate 10% of your total check to the Murphy Initiative--enjoy some delicious food, all while raising money for peace and justice. Go to 26 ] –Join Unionized Nonprofit Workers and Union Staff for a Nonprofit Happy Hour on Tues., Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Billy Goat Tavern, 500 New Jersey Ave. Have you ever considered organizing a union at your nonprofit? See 27] – The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) is holding a fundraising gala on Tues., Oct. 29 at Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Pikesville. Join Baltimore Jewish Voice for Peace to say Baltimore does not support the occupation of Palestine! Bring signs, banners and noise makers, and meet by the entrance on Stevenson Road to greet gala visitors as they come into the parking lot at 5 PM. The IDF's violations of Palestinian human rights are notorious and well documented. While Israel shuts down Palestinian and international humanitarian aid organizations, more land and resources are stolen in the West Bank, Gaza is under siege, and the Israeli Knesset votes to forcibly relocate tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens of Israel from their traditional lands. All the while, Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian civilians. Directions: From Baltimore/East, take I-695 west towards Pikesville. Take exit 21: Stevenson Road. Turn right at the stop sign onto Stevenson Road and Chizuk Amuno is immediately on the left. From Columbia/West, take I-695 east towards Towson. Take exit 21: Park Heights Avenue/ Stevenson Road. Cross Park Heights Avenue to the service road that parallels I-695 (Brooks Robinson Drive). Proceed to the next light, Stevenson Road. Turn left onto Stevenson Road. Turn left into the Chizuk Amuno entrance. RSVP at 28] – On Tues., Oct. 29 from 7 to 9 PM see a screening of “The Stones Cry Out,” followed by a conversation with director Yasmine Perni and the Rev. Sari Ateek. The viewing is free and open to the public, and takes place at Perry Auditorium (7th Floor), Washington National Cathedral. It is sponsored by Palestine Israel Advocacy Group, Washington National Cathedral Congregation. Email 29] – Climate Change, Public Health Impacts, Emerging Diseases, and Healthy Solutions will be discussed on Tues., Oct. 29 at 7 PM at 12717 Greenbriar Rd., Potomac, MD 20854. Join Physicians for Social Responsibility member Dr. Wendy Ring for dinner as she completes her cross-country bicycle tour, giving educational presentations on climate chaos in communities from coast to coast. RSVP is required: contact Melanie Straessle at 203-273-0595 or 30] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. However, there next meeting will be on Tues., Oct. 29. The proposed agenda will include a report on anti-drone activities, the trial of the CIA Six, a possible meeting with Rep. Elijah Cummings and a visit to Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s office to demand a copy of the “classified” torture report. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions. 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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