Thursday, April 10, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 10 - 20, 2014

29] Memorial to the Lost – through Apr. 18
30] Death, Taxes, and Social Services in D.C. – Apr. 10
31] Buddhism – Apr. 10
32] “Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology”– Apr. 10
33] Logic & Rhetoric Pt. 4 – Apr. 10
34] Remembering Sparrows Point – Apr. 10
35] It's A Tough Economy – Apr. 10
36] Introduction to Worker Cooperatives – Apr. 10
37] Preventing and Mitigating Conflicts – Role of International Courts – Apr. 11
38] Vigil at the White House – Apr. 11
39] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – Apr. 11
40] John Kerry's Initiative: Bumps in the Road or End of the Road? – Apr. 12
41] Evaluating Afghanistan's Presidential Elections – Apr. 11
42] Protest Drone War Command Center – Apr. 11
43] Silent peace vigil – Apr. 11
44] Potluck dinner/Film BLOODY SUNDAY date change – Apr. 11
45] IMF/World Bank Protest and Resistance – Apr. 11-13
47] Ballroom Dancing – Apr. 11
49] Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance Training – Apr. 12
50] Meta Peace Team – Apr. 12
51] Union Rally Supporting Veronica Turner – Apr. 12
52] Protest CIA drone strikes – Apr. 12
53] Why We Can’t Wait – Apr. 12
54] Olney Peace vigil – Apr. 12
55] West Chester, PA demo – Apr. 12
56] Silent peace vigil – Apr. 12
57] Vegan Living Program – Apr. 12
58] Anti-Drone Death Walk – Apr. 12
29] – The Memorial to the Lost will be on display outside of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church until Fri., Apr. 18. Stop by anytime you are driving on Connecticut Ave. and pass by the Chevy Chase Circle. The Memorial To the Lost will display 176 t-shirts, noting those people who died in the greater Washington D.C. area in 2013 to gun violence, and will be planted in the church yard to draw attention to 'too many gun deaths' and asking all to act to stem the flow of illegal guns.

30] – Death, Taxes, and Social Services in D.C. are to be discussed on Thurs., Apr. 10 at 7 PM at 565 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Apartment 814. For years D.C. has faced staggering cuts to healthcare, affordable housing and services for low income people in the city, pushing more families out on the street and making people choose between paying rent, keeping their utilities on, or eating. So why is it the District considering cutting taxes on the rich, which fund what's left of these vital programs? Come learn about how you can help create a D.C. that honors the human right to healthcare, education, and housing. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP at

31] – The Bethesda-Rockville Interfaith Group is hosting a speaker on Buddhism on Thurs., Apr. 10 at 7 PM at 600 Jefferson Plaza, 5th Floor, Rockville 20852. The Montgomery County Family Justice Center is a comprehensive one stop shop for victims of intimate partner violence and their children. The center co-locates multiple agencies to provide coordinated advocacy, law enforcement, civil legal services and social services for wrap-around support for families.

There are no fees for services. SAFETY is the first priority, and the goal is to help you in a specially designed facility where you and your children can feel safe and comfortable. Call 240-773-0444 or email

32] – On Thurs., Apr. 10 from 7 to 9 PM at St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7001 Harford Rd., Baltimore, how can we make "Good Food" choices that nourish our bodies, our communities and our planet? Reflect on what it means to eat well with Dr. Jennifer Ayres, the author of “Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology” and an assistant professor at Emory University. Join the Baltimore Food & Faith Project for the first of a four-part speaker series. The Good Food Gatherings bring together religious communities and others who are working toward a just healthy and trustworthy food system. RSVP at Call 202-709-7641 or email

33] – Logic & Rhetoric Pt. 4 - Common Statistical Fallacies & Ad Hominem Relative to Activism – will be examined on Thurs., Apr. 10 from 7 to 9 PM at the Peace House, 1233 12th St. NW. Is it possible to argue privilege theory without resorting to common statistical fallacies or ad hominem? This course will examine both sides of the perspective, and will seek to help construct arguments relative to privilege that do not rely on ad hominem relative to the denier or perceived ''misuse'' of statistics. We will examine various arguments, both sociological/psychological and philosophical in an attempt to assert the existence of privilege and avoid any breakdowns in communication. Go to

34] – On Thurs., Apr. 10 at 7:30 PM, see two films about Remembering Sparrows Point, followed by a discussion exploring the importance of the steel mill. Recently closed, the Sparrows Point Steel Mill helped to shape the lives of hundreds of thousands of steelworkers and associated personnel for over 125 years. To keep its memory alive, Creative Alliance will screen “Mill Stories” and “Life After Steel,” and present a reading by Deborah Rudacille, author of “Roots of Steel: Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town.” Former Sparrows Point workers will attend at 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224. Call 410 276 1651.

35] – On Thurs., Apr. 10 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Free School Classroom, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, Jarrod Shanahan, writer and zinester out of Brooklyn NY, and artist Nate MacDonough present their new illustrated novella, It's A Tough Economy, about the surreal experience of being an unwanted worker in a world of abundance. Call 410-230-0450. Go to

36] – Also on Thurs., Apr. 10 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma’s, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, catch Introduction to Worker Cooperatives. Curious about the theory and practice of democratic workplaces? Want an overview of the financial and legal implications of working without bosses? As part of the Red Emma's training program for new worker-owners, there are a series of introductory workshops on the politics and processes. The introduction to worker cooperatives is the first in the series, with more to come! Call 410-230-0450. Go to

37] – On Fri., Apr. 11 from 9:30 to 11:15 AM, the topic Preventing and Mitigating Conflicts – Role of International Courts will be heard at the U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037. International courts are intended to prevent conflict and settle international disputes, both by holding to account those alleged to have committed international crimes and by developing applicable international law. Their role is an essential but under-examined aspect of international conflict management. This event, convened by the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and The Hague Institute for Global Justice, will offer an opportunity for dialogue with four senior international jurists, including three judges of the International Court of Justice and a prosecutor-- Judge Joan Donoghue, expert panelist, International Court of Justice; Judge Xue Hanqin, expert panelist, International Court of Justice, and Judge Julia Sebutinde, expert panelist, International Court of Justice; and prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, expert panelist, International Criminal Court;

This event, held with the support of the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the American Bar Association - ICC Project, will center on the role of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) within the international political and legal system. The focus of the discussion will be on the role of the courts based in The Hague (The Netherlands) in preventing and resolving conflicts, in accomplishing accountability for war crimes, and on the contribution of women to peaceful settlement of disputes and strengthening the international rule of law. Dr. George Lopez will welcome attendees. Professor Jane Stromseth, Georgetown Law Center and U.S. Department of State, will give concluding remarks.

38] – On Fri., Apr. 11 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! The vigil takes place at the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact Art @ or at 202-360-6416.

39] – 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

40] – Ziad Abu Zayyad and Hillel Schenker will take a crack at John Kerry's Initiative: Bumps in the Road or End of the Road? This is happening on Fri., Apr. 11 at noon at the Carnegie Endowment, Choate Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Zayyad is a Palestinian co-editor and publisher of the Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture, which he co-founded in 1994 together with the Israeli journalist Victor Cygielman. He is also a weekly columnist at the Al-Quds Arabic daily newspaper, and a former Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Schenker is a co-editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture, and is a co-founder of the Peace Now movement, served as a spokesperson for the Israeli branch of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and is a board member for the Global Major Center for Non-Violent Conflict Resolution at the Monetary Institute of International Studies. Email or call 202.835.3650.

41] – Evaluating Afghanistan's Presidential Elections will take place on Fri., Apr. 11 from noon to 1:30 PM at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The Middle East Institute's Louis R. Hughes Lecture Series is pleased to present former Afghan Interior Minister Ali A. Jalali, first hand election observer Andrew Wilder, veteran journalist Amanullah Ghilzai, and former Afghan diplomat Amb. Omar Samad for a panel discussion on Afghanistan's presidential election and its implications for the country's political future. Drawing on their collective experience observing Afghanistan's society and electoral politics, this distinguished group of panelists will address the election's outcome, its bearing on chances for Afghan democracy. See

42] – On Fri., Apr. 11 from 4 to 5 PM, think Drone War: Not In My Name; Drone War Command Center, Horsham, PA: Not In My Backyard (nor anyone else's). Be at the SEPTA entrance at 15th & Markets Sts, (NW corner), Phila., PA. Hold banners and signs, and leaflet. This demo happens on the 2nd Friday of the month during Rush Hour in Center City Philadelphia to stop the Drone War Command Center at Horsham Air Guard Station; it alternates between SEPTA entrance at 15th & Market Sts. (NW corner) and outside the Hyatt at The Bellevue Hotel (office within of PA Governor and head of Air National Guard, Thomas Corbett) at Broad & Walnut Sts. Go to or call 610-544-1818.

43] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., Apr. 11 from 5 to 6 PM outside the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and St. Paul St. The vigil, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, will remind us that War Is Not the Answer. Stop torture.

44] – Following the vigil on Apr. 11, there will be a potluck dinner at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. Then see a DVD screening of BLOODY SUNDAY (Ireland, 2002). This is a dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on Jan. 30, 1972, directed by Paul Greengrass. Irish Catholics led by an Irish member of Parliament (James Nesbitt) try to emulate Martin Luther King and have a peaceful march for civil rights in their own country. But the English riot police think there's no such thing as peaceful when any Irish march, be they IRA or otherwise, and so they plan for a riot. And the IRA warned the local Irish pol that the English would fire on them and that's just what happened. Although no one fired on the English police and no English police were killed, the Irish lost over 30 lives with many more wounded. Children and seniors were among the victims. When the English couldn't find any weapons among the Irish, they just made stuff up to justify their murderous rampage. They were not only excused, they were honored by the Queen!

The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee and others are continuing the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The DVDs usually are shown at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse on the First Friday. At 7: 15 PM, a DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow. There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

45] – The IMF/World Bank Protest and Resistance will go from Fri., Apr. 11 at 5:30 PM through Sun., Apr. 13 at 1 PM in Edward R Murrow Park, H and 18th Sts NW. There will be a Delegate Meet & Greet, a Mobile Die In and March. Go to

46] – On Fri., Apr. 11 at 7 PM, watch a free showing of the film “UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS,” which investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through interviews with both experts and victims and through never-before-seen footage from the tribal regions in Pakistan. Particularly moving are the interviews with a former American drone operator and with Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress. “Unmanned” reveals that these covert military actions are often imprecise and result in creating more enemies for the United States. Top military officials warn against blowback from the loss of innocent life as the result of drone strikes. This important film describes the brutal reality of drone attacks ordered during the Obama Administration.

All films in this series are shown on Fridays at 7 PM at the Buffington Building Community Room, 3300 Olney Sandy Spring Road, between Ricciuti’s Restaurant and Bank of America. There is no charge to see the film, but donations are appreciated to support the film series. Visit

47] – 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 Apr. 12. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

48] – On Sat., Apr. 12 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Rockville United Church,355 Linthicum St., Rockville 20851(Conn. Ave. > Veirs Mill Rd.}, be at the SABEEL D.C. METRO ALL-DAY SPRING WORKSHOP--“Zionism Unsettled: A New Congregational Study Guide”- - featuring three of the illustrated guide's most prominent authors: Rev. Dr. Walt Davis - professor of the Sociology of Religion (emeritus) San Francisco Theological Seminary, Dr. Pauline Coffman - professor/director (Ret.) School of Adult Learning, North Park University, Rev. Dr. Donald E. Wagner - former professor of Middle Eastern Studies - North Park University & currently National Program Director, Friends of Sabeel-North America. Drs. Davis and Wagner are co-editors of the forthcoming book, “Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land.” Registration is required, and the $35 cost, includes Middle Eastern lunch. Go to or contact Paul Verduin at or 301-518-5551.

49] – There is a Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance Training for Action Leaders from Sat., Apr. 12 at 9 AM through Sun., Apr. 13 at 9 PM at a location to be announced, The training is for people to lead, plan, and launch civil disobedience actions to stop the pipeline. Over the last year, Rainforest Action Network has worked with CREDO and the Other 98% to build a network of local civil disobedience teams. Over 100 actions are planned already, set to launch if the State Department determines that Keystone XL passes the president’s climate test and is in the national interest. If President Obama moves to approve Keystone XL, he will become the target of the largest wave of civil disobedience in recent memory. You need to come to both days of the training, be firmly committed to principles of nonviolence, and be ready to take a lead role in organizing a civil disobedience action where you live (with the ongoing support of a training coach). RSVP to

50] – On Sat., Apr. 12 from 9 AM to 5 PM, the Meta Peace Team from Detroit, MI will offer an advanced peace team training at Catholic University (close to a Metro stop). This workshop is free and open to the public; and no previous training is required. Pre-registration is required. RSVP to Eli McCarthy at

51] – There is a Union Rally Supporting Veronica Turner on Sat., Apr. 12 from 10 AM to noon at Painters DC 51, 4700 Boston Way, Lanham, MD. Turner, the labor-endorsed candidate for District 26 Senator, is holding a rally. Contact Rick Powell at 202-974-8154 or

52] – On Sat., Apr. 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. This marks the first anniversary of the monthly anti-drone vigil at the CIA. 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. The vigil is supported by Pax Christi Metro DC, Northern Virginians for Peace & Justice, and many others. Contact Jack McHale at 703-772-0635.

53] – On Sat., Apr. 12 at 10 AM at New Community Church, 614 S St. NW, WDC 20001, meet with Why We Can’t Wait – Conversations with CCA. This must be stopped--the privatized prison industry and the Corrections Corporation of America. Discern how to bring other stakeholders and decision makers to the table to implement change. Why We Can’t Wait is an ecumenical church movement to meet the challenge of Mass Incarceration and the New Jim Crow in the D.C. region.

54] – 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 Apr. 12. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

55] – 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

56] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Apr. 12. 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

57] – The Vegan Living Program is a multi-week program that meets once a week to discuss environmental, ethical, and nutritional aspects of vegan living. The last class is open to the public on Sat., Apr. 12 from 3 to 5 PM at the Mobtown Ballroom, 859 Washington Blvd. Call 425-218-8197 or There is no charge.

58] – On Sat., Apr. 12 from noon until 1 PM, join the monthly (1st Saturday) Center City Phila. Silent Anti-War/Anti-Drone Death Walk...Stop Drone Research at UPenn. Now in its fourth year...banners, signs, and white masks will be provided. Gather at University of Pennsylvania, 34th & Walnut Streets, Phila., PA 19104. RSVP to Marge Van Cleef at 203-804-3013.

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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