Thursday, October 3, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Sept. 27-29, 2013

48] Max is selling books at the Baltimore Book Festival – Sept. 27-29 49] Support Gitmo prisoners – Sept. 27 50] Justice in Palestine/Israel – Sept. 27 51] No War/No Gun Violence – Sept. 27 52] Pluralism in the Religions – Sept. 27 53] Medea Benjamin at Book Festival – Sept. 27 54] Syria: What's Coming Next? – Sept. 27 55] THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI – Sept. 27 56] Film DETROPIA – Sept. 27 57] Film INEQUALITY FOR ALL – Sept. 27 58] Ballroom dancing – Sept. 27 59] Peace Retreat -- Sept. 28 60] Olney Peace vigil – Sept. 21 61] West Chester, PA demo – Sept. 21 62] D.C. VegFest -- Sept. 28 63] Silent vigil at Capitol – Sept. 28 48] – Max will be selling books, buttons, bumperstickers, vinyl and other paraphernalia at the Baltimore Book Festival at the Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility booth [S20] located just south of the Washington Monument on Charles St. by the Peabody Conservatory. The Festival hours are as follows: Fri., Sept. 27 and Sat., Sept. 28 from noon until 8 PM, and on Sun., Sept. 28 from noon to 7 PM. The Festival takes place in Mt. Vernon Place, centered around 600 North Charles St,, Baltimore 21201. Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net. The Baltimore Ethical Society is seeking volunteers to help out at the Baltimore Book Festival! Go to Get over to the Radical Bookfair Pavilion at the Baltimore Book Festival. Email 49] – Support the Guantanamo Hunger Strikers--Close Guantanamo & End Indefinite Detention! No More Torture! No More War! It is Day 4277 since first detainees brought to Guantanamo; Day 225 of Hunger Strike; 19 Detainees Still on Hunger Strike; and 18 Force-Fed. Be at the White House on Fri., Sept. 20 from noon to 1 PM and join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and Witness Against Torture. Go to or 50] – 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 51] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., Sept. 27 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. End gun violence. 52] – On Fri., Sept. 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, hear Rabbi Gerry Serotta examine Pluralism in the Religions Descended from Sarah & Haggar, and the International Peace Work of Clergy Beyond Borders. Meditation will begin at 5 PM. This event is happening at 4209 East West Highway, Bethesda 20815. Use the Bethesda Metro or park at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. Serotta is the co-founder and current executive director of Clergy Beyond Borders. Email 53] – Medea Benjamin presents “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control” on Fri., Sept. 27 at 6:30 PM in the Radical Bookfair Pavilion at the Baltimore Book Festival Outdoors in Mount Vernon Place on the East side of the monument! “Drone Warfare” is the first comprehensive analysis of one of the fastest growing—and most secretive—fronts in global conflict: the rise of robot warfare. In 2000, the Pentagon had fewer than fifty aerial drones; ten years later, it had a fleet of nearly 7,500, and the US Air Force now trains more drone “pilots,” than bomber and fighter pilots combined. Drones are already a $5 billion business in the US alone. What is the human cost? Drone strikes have killed more than 200 children alone in Pakistan and Yemen. Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of both CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. Her book, Drone Warfare, is the first comprehensive analysis of one of the fastest growing—and most secretive—fronts in global conflict: the rise of robot warfare. The US Air Force now trains more drone “pilots”; than bomber and fighter pilots combined. Drones are already a $5 billion business in the US alone. What is the human cost? Drone strikes have killed more than 200 children alone in Pakistan and Yemen. Check out 54] – Syria: What's Coming Next? Takes place on Fri., Sept. 27 at 7 PM at 617 Florida Ave. NW. Join the Party for Socialism and Liberation to hear Brian Becker, national coordinator, ANSWER Coalition. He has just returned from the Arab International Forum Against U.S. Aggression on Syria, which took place in Beirut, Lebanon. Contact the PSL at 202-234-2828 or 55] – Conscientious Objection, Then and Now – can be seen through the eyes of Muhammad Ali and the Center on Conscience & War on Fri., Sept. 27 at 7:15 PM at the E St. Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject's life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. CCW staff Bill Galvin and Maria Santelli will lead a discussion after the 7:10 PM screenings on Fri., Sept. 27 and also on Tues., Oct. 1, when they will be joined by Daniel Mach, former CCW board member and director of the ACLU's Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief. Call 202-483-2220. 56] – She the film “Detropia” on Fri., Sept. 27 from 7:30 to 10 PM at Buffington/REMAX Building Community Room, 3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD 20832. Detroit's story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of the U.S. over the last century— the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now . . . the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. Contact Jean Athey at (301)-570-0923. 57] – See INEQUALITY FOR ALL on Fri., Sept. 27 at 7:30 PM at the following locations: E Street Cinema, 1155 11th St. NW, Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., and Angelika Mosaic Fairfax, 2911 District Ave. Starring UC Berkeley professor and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, the new Sundance-award winning documentary INEQUALITY FOR ALL helps us understand how the extreme inequality we are now facing 58] – 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 Aug. 16. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725. 59] – Maryland Peace Retreat takes place on Sat., Sept. 28 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM, sponsored by Maryland United for Peace & Justice, at MJ & Jerry Park’s Little Friends for Peace Oasis, 15400 Old Marshall Hall Road, Accokeek, MD 20607 (15 miles south of the Beltway). You or your organization is invited to participate in a retreat for Maryland Peace Organizations. Contact Tony Langbehn at 301-390-9684 or MJ Park at 240 838-4549 or A suggested donation of $20 to ‘Little Friends for Peace’ will cover snacks and lunch. 60] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. [Route 97] in Olney, MD. The next vigil is Sept. 28. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 61] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email 62] – On Sat., Sept. 28 Open the Cages will table at the D.C. VegFest, a vegan festival presented by Compassion Over Killing. The festival will take place at Yards Park (near Nationals Stadium) on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 from 11 AM to 6 PM. This annual celebration is a free outdoor festival featuring over 100 exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, speakers, free food samples, and more. It’s dog-friendly and there’s also a kid’s activity area. If you're interested in joining OTCA for tabling, email 63] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Sept. 28. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It.--Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to or email 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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