Thursday, May 1, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 1-3, 2014

29] May Day March Against Deportations – May 1
30] Baltimore’s May Day demonstration – May 1
31] Philadelphia’s May Day demonstration – May 1
32] D.C May Day – May 1
33] See “Five Broken Cameras” – May 1
34] Book talk “No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes” – May 1
35] “End Poverty Radio” podcast – May 1
36] Conscientious Objection and the Just War Theory – May 1
37] Vigil at the White House – May 2
38] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – May 2
39] Silent Peace Vigil & First Friday potluck dinner – May 2
40] DVD screening of “UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS” – May 2
41] Film “Iron Jawed Angels” – May 2
42] Vegetarianism & Nonviolence – May 2
43] Ballroom Dancing – May 2
44] Meditation workshop – May 3
45] “One Orthodox Priest’s Reflection on Roman Catholicism – May 3
46] Olney Peace vigil – May 3
47] West Chester, PA demo – May 3
48] Silent peace vigil – May 3
49] Silent Anti-War/Anti-Drone Death Walk – May 3
50] World Labyrinth Day – May 3
51] Pax Christi Regional Meeting – May 3
52] Protest killer drones at the NSA – May 3
53] May Day Party – May 3
54] Nicaragua Sister Parish at Ascension Lutheran – May 3

29] – The May Day March Against Deportations is happening on Thurs., May 1 from 2 to 6 PM. Meet at Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, before marching towards the Capitol, ending at the White House at 3 PM. TWO MILLION IS TOO MANY! #MAY1DC #NOT1MORE. March with CASA de Maryland, Jobs with Justice, SEIU 32bj, and supporters on May 1st to demand the president stop his senseless deportation policies, support workers' rights and protest Congress' failure to pass reform! On International Workers’ Day, stand in solidarity with workers around the globe in calling for justice for immigrant workers and for an end to deportations! See

30] --Baltimore’s May Day demonstration will take place at McKeldin Square at 4 PM on Thurs., May 1. Information on the rally and the Worker’s Assembly can be found on the Worker’s Assembly’s website at or by calling the Worker’s Assembly at (410) 218-4835. The demonstration seeks to advance a number of labor rights issues in Baltimore City, including a request for a raise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

While Maryland’s minimum wage is now set to rise to $10.10 an hour by 2018, workers who currently rely on similar wages say a larger increase is needed. The demonstration is being organized by the "We Deserve Better" Baltimore and Maryland Worker’s Assembly, a volunteer organization of community and labor organizers operating in Baltimore. Demand an end to poverty wages.

31] – On Thurs., May 1, MAY DAY, International Workers Day, join the demonstration in Philadelphia. Stand up for justice. Many suffer, so very, very few may profit. Resist the 1% super rich... March through Center City (with rally stops en route) starting at 4 PM at 15th & Market Sts. Go to

32] – At 5 PM on May Day 2014, Thurs., May 1, gather in Malcolm X Park, 16th & U Sts. NW. Join efforts with millions of workers globally and march with the D.C. community in an expression of international solidarity. May Day began as a commemoration of the Haymarket Massacre and has since continued to celebrate the international labor movement and raise awareness about the struggles and injustices existent today. March on May Day to end racist unemployment, stop mass deportations, end mass incarceration, to stop all wars, to fight sexism, to demand health care and education for all. Go to or email

33] – See “Five Broken Cameras” on Thurs., May 1 at 5:30 PM at the University of Maryland College Park Campus, Art-Sociology Building, Room 3217. The critically-acclaimed film is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and nonviolent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. 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. See

34] – On Thurs., May 1 from 5:30 to 7 PM, take in “No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes” at New America Foundation, 1899 L St. NW, Suite 400, WDC 20036. How did the conflict dubbed "the good war" go so disastrously wrong? It's a question that haunted many following the U.S.-led efforts in Afghanistan in the years after the 9/11 attacks- and one that by 2008 drove Anand Gopal to drop his studies in New York and set out, as a journalist, to answer to himself.

What followed was a expedition across Afghanistan documenting lives caught at the heart of the war: the U.S.-backed warlord who uses the American military to gain personal power and wealth; the Taliban commander who abandoned the movement after the invasion, only to be provoked by corruption and civilian killings to join again; and the village housewife who discovers the devastating cost of neutrality.
Join New America for a conversation with Anand Gopal, author of the new book “No Good Men Among the Living . . .” See Contact Liana Simonds at New America at 202-735-2829 or

35] – At 2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218 (Sunday Room) on Thurs., May 1 at 6 PM, the United Workers Media Team is officially launching the United Workers “End Poverty Radio” podcast. Watch videos, the new podcast, and a series of photo essays with United Workers leaders. Local artists will perform, including Double Impact and DJ / United Workers leader Emanuel McCray. This exciting moment is the culmination of many years of work in which the Media Team has been documenting the untold stories that thousands face every day across Baltimore and Maryland. It is also the close to the fundraiser to raise money for the media team to acquire new equipment. See

36] – On Thurs., May 1 at 7:30 PM, Conscientious Objection and the Just War Theory will be presented by Maria Santelli, executive director, Center on Conscience and War in the rectory basement of St. Francis of Assisi Church, 6701 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD. The event is sponsored by the St. Francis of Assisi Pax Christi group.

37] – On Fri., May 2 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.

38] – 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

39] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., May 2 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.

40] – Following the vigil on May 2, there will be a potluck dinner at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. Then see a DVD screening of “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.

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

41] – See a screening of “Iron Jawed Angels” on Fri., May 2 at 7 PM at the Peace Center of Delaware County. The First-Friday Large Screen Film Series takes place at 1001 Old Springfield Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments. Participate in the after-film discussion. Visit or call 610-544-1818. The film is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.

“Iron Jawed Angels” was released in 2004, and is directed by Katja von Garnier. It stars Hilary Swank, Frances O'Connor, Julia Ormond and Anjelica Huston. It tells the little-known story of a group of dynamic young women, led by Alice Paul (portrayed by two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank) and her friend Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor), who put their lives on the line in the early part of the 20th Century fighting for women's right to vote in the United States. Male supremacists of the time infamously labeled the women "iron-jawed angels."

42] – On Fri., May 2 at 7:30 PM, Bruce Friedrich, former Catholic Worker and Plowshares activist, will speak at the monthly Clarification of Thought series at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010. The topic of discussion is Vegetarianism & Nonviolence. Bruce will argue that vegetarianism is an essential ingredient in lived nonviolence. He will explain that the contributions of modern agriculture led to environmental problems, global poverty, and cruelty to animals, after which he hopes for a spirited discussion. Bruce lived at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker from 1990-1996 and was a member of the Pax Christi-Spirit of Life Plowshares action, for which he spent 15 months in prison. Contact Art at or at 202-360-6416.

43] – 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 May 2. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

44] – You are invited to attend a Training the Mind workshop led by Vyasa Deva (Victor Landa) on Sat., May 3 from 8:15 AM to 5 PM at 4217 EAST WEST HWY. Email or call 301-654-4899. Meditation has been praised and proven as a wonderful remedy for stress and relief of stress related problems. It is also the most effective method of spiritual development and a source of inner peace. This workshop offers an in-between approach, by giving instructions on how to train the mind to be more apt for meditation, and how to purify the mind to make it more acquiescent to our command. Materials are included in the tuition of $50- a book and CD along with handouts make the follow-up work at home promising and appealing.

45] – On Sat., May 3 at 10 AM hear Going Forth With Francis to the Holy Land – “One Orthodox Priest’s Reflection on Roman Catholicism” by Rev. Dr. Patrick Viscuso, member, Orthodox Delegation, North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation. He will speak at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE, WDC 20017. Go to

46] – 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 May 3. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

47] – 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

48] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., May 3. 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

49] – On Sat., May 3 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. Saturday's Silent Death Walk will be in solidarity with the Right to Peace Walk, April 26 - May 3, from Fort Benning to the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech), another point of drone research.

50] – Living Labyrinths for Peace, Inc. and Peaceful Endeavours Labyrinths invite you to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 4940 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224, on World Labyrinth Day, Sat., May 3, to join people throughout the world to “Walk as One” for peace. The Bayview labyrinth will be open from noon to 2 PM with the chief ceremony at 1 PM when people in their time zones worldwide will walk labyrinths. Contact Sandra Wasko-Flood at or 410-243-1189.

51] – On Sat., May 3 from 12:30 to 4:30 PM, there will be a Pax Christi Regional Meeting with PCUSA Executive Director, Staff and Board Members. All Pax Christi members or people interested in joining Pax Christi are invited to this meeting at the Center of Concern, 1225 Otis St. NE, WDC 20017.

52] – The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance is organizing a protest at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade at 1 PM on Sat., May 3 to protest killer drone strikes. RSVP to Max at 410-426-3966 or mobuszewski at

53] – The annual May Day party will be on Sat., May 3 starting around 5 PM. Bring something to eat or drink for six people. It's a great chance to catch up with all of your friends and celebrate another year. The Jerome Fix Group will be playing again, as will several other friends. Joan Jacobson, Bill Barry and Willie and Alex welcome you to 4204 Elsrode Ave. in Baltimore City. Park on Overland. Call 410-426-3966.

54] – On Sat., May 3 at 7 PM, the Nicaragua Sister Parish at Ascension Lutheran, 7601 York Road in Towson (near Towson Univ.) is having its annual fundraiser Variety Show. A lot of the collection of voluntary donations will go to support earthquake relief efforts being led by its partner in Nicaragua, Fe y Esperanza Iglesia Luterana. There'll be some good music and dancing, including the Apollo Singers of the Baltimore Friends School, Flutopia, and the DaRoLi Motivational Dance Team. Also, there's a pot luck dinner before the show at 6 PM in the Great Hall with a reception afterwards. Go to Que viva la solidaridad con Nicaragua!

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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