Thursday, May 15, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 15-17, 2014

26] Attacks on Medical Care in Syria – May 15
27] Housing for All – May 15
29] Book talk "The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business" – May 15
31] Hybrid novella talk “Yabo” – May 15
32] Vigil at the White House – May 16
33] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – May 16
34] Stop the Drone War Command Center – May 16
35] Silent Peace Vigil – May 16
37] Ballroom Dancing – May 16
38] Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run! --- May 17
39] “From Just War to Just Peace in the age of Pope Francis” – May 17
40] FARM TOUR – May 17
41] Endangered Species Day – May 17
42] Going Forth With Francis to the Holy Land – May 17
43] Olney Peace vigil – May 17
44] West Chester, PA demo – May 17
45] Remember Catonsville Nine/See HIT AND STAY – May 17
46] Silent peace vigil – May 17
47] NO to Dirty Fuel and YES to Clean Energy! – May 17
49] Meet D.C. Statehood Green Party Candidates – May 17
50] Mother Earth Poetry Vibe – May 17
26] – On Thurs., May 15, from 10 to 11:30 AM, Physicians for Human Rights is hosting a briefing on Attacks on Medical Care in Syria at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, SVC-215, First St. SE, WDC 20004. Join PHR for the launch of the Syria Mapping Project, an interactive tool that documents attacks against health professionals, facilities, patients, and transport in Syria. This online map contains comprehensive, real time, quantitative and qualitative data highlighting more than 150 targeted attacks against the medical community in Syria. These crimes are egregious violations of medical neutrality – the principle that obligates states and armed groups to protect medical personnel in both times of war and peace and compels health care providers to treat all individuals regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or political affiliation.

Speakers will analyze the magnitude of attacks on medical care in Syria and discuss the broader context in which these crimes are being committed. Speakers are Erin Gallagher, Director of Emergency Investigations and Response, Physicians for Human Rights; Francois Stamm, Head of U.S. Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross; Dr. Zaher Sahloul, President, Syrian American Medical Society; and the moderator Rhoda Margesson, Specialist in International Humanitarian Policy, Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division, Congressional Research Service. RSVP required--contact Anahid Matossian at

27] – On Thurs., May 15 from 10 AM to noon at the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, join Housing for All in a call for a comprehensive approach to address homelessness in D.C. that meets the long- and short-term needs of families, individuals, and youth in this year's budget. There will also be a gallery in the Wilson building atrium from 10am - 5pm showcasing homelessness in the DC Metro Area. Visit

28] – On Thurs., May 15 at 4 PM, there is A CALL FOR SOLIDARITY WITH THE GLOBAL FAST FOOD WORKERS STRIKE! Join the Baltimore ‘Walk 4 Justice’ at the McDonald’s at Light & Baltimore Sts. Come to stand up for a livable wage and workers’ rights for all! There will be music, singing and fun. Call 410-218-4835. See

29] – Author Christopher Leonard will discuss his book, "The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business" on Thurs., May 15 at 7 PM at the Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. The investigative reporter reveals how a handful of companies have seized the nation's meat supply and created a system that puts farmers on the edge of bankruptcy, hikes up grocery bills, and places the greatest capitalist country in the world under an oligarchy controlling much of the food we eat.

He is the former national agribusiness reporter for the Associated Press and a fellow with The New American Foundation in Washington, D.C. Marc Steiner (The Marc Steiner Show, WEAA-FM) will moderate the conversation. The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of the book for sale at the program. Call 410-396-5430.

30] – On Thurs., May 15 from 7:30 to 9 PM, ALICE ROTHCHILD will present her new film, VOICES ACROSS THE DIVIDE at the Bethesda Women’s Club,
5500 Sonoma Road
(at Old Georgetown Road across from NIH), Bethesda 20817. It is sponsored by the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church and others. She is a physician, Middle East peace activist, co-chair of Jewish Voice for Peace Boston, author & film-maker. The film explores the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through rarely heard personal stories. It follows Rothchild’s personal journey to understand the Palestinian narrative, as well as the implications and contradictions of deeply held cultural beliefs in the Jewish community. Through open dialogue grounded in mutual respect, understanding, and political activism, Rothchild strives to build bridges of understanding on the journey to peace.

31] – Alexis De Veaux, author of a hybrid novella “Yabo,” will be at Red Emma's, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, on Thurs., May 15 at 7:30 PM. See Yabo ... like a Mingus composition: Pentecostal, blues-inflected, full of wit and that deep literacy of the black diaspora. Alexis De Veaux laces together the past and the present with poetic elegance in an intricate and delicate pattern of call and response. Call 410-230-0450. Go to

32] – On Fri., May 16 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.

33] – 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

34] – Stop the Drone War Command Center at Horsham Air Guard Station, in Horsham, Montgomery County, PA. This Fri., May 9 from 4 to 5 PM in Philadelphia, do Rush Hour Leafleting w/banners and signs at the Bellevue Hotel, (SE PA Office of PA Gov. Corbett, head of PA Air Guard), 200 S. Broad St., Broad & Walnut Sts., Phila., 19102. YO Gov! Pull the Plug on Drone War Command Center...Not In Our Backyard (or anyone else's). These brief, generally small, Center City Philadelphia 2nd Friday of the month leafleting, banner and sign, sessions alternate between Broad & Walnut Streets and the 15th & Market Streets SEPTA entrance.

35] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., May 9 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.

36] – THE BALTIMORE ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE takes place on Fri., May 16 from 7 to 9 PM and Sat., May 17 from 9 AM to 4 PM. There is no charge for attending these events but registration is necessary. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at as space is limited. Indicate which days you will be attending and which tracks/sessions you would like to sit in on in the comments field. On Friday, get over to the Town Hall space at The Real News Network, 235 Holliday St., Baltimore, MD 21202 (two blocks from City Hall). On Saturday, the conference is at the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, 525 West Redwood St., Baltimore, MD 21201. All over the country people are fed up with living crisis to crisis. They are learning how to make a new economy – one that is designed to build wealth for our communities and families.

37] – 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 16. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

38] – On Sat., May 17 at 8 AM, join the third annual Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run! The participants have already helped raise almost $100,000 for UNRWA's Community Mental Health Program to support thousands of refugee children in Gaza affected by PTSD and other psychological trauma. Join in on a morning of fun, friendship, family, and fundraising at Rock Creek Park, 16th & Kennedy St. NW. Go to

39] – On Sat., May 17, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, join with Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore at Lower Commons Area, Gonzaga College High School, 19 Eye St. NW, WDC 20001, to hear “From Just War to Just Peace in the age of Pope Francis” by several speakers: Rev. Drew Christensen, S.J., Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Global Development in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and also co-director of the Program on the Church and the World at the Berkley Center, where he is a senior research fellow; Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, Associate Professor of International Relations in the Politics Department of The Catholic University of America, who serves on the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ International Justice and Peace Committee, the Advisory Board of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, and the board and Communications Committee of Jesuit Refugee Service; and Elizabeth Beavers, Legislative Associate for Militarism and Civil Liberties, Friends Committee on National Legislation, where she focuses on the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force and Guantanamo Bay. She was previously the Foreign Policy Program Assistant with FCNL. Registration is $30 or $5 for students. Scholarships are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To register online: Go to and click on “Donate.” On the next screen, enter the dollar amount and log in to PayPal if you have an account. (If you don’t have a PayPal account, click on “Continue” to the left of the login box, enter the requested information, and click on “Review Donation and Continue.”) On the next screen, click on the “Add special instructions to the seller” link; and in the box that opens, type “Registration.” Then click on the “Donate” button at the bottom of the screen.

40] – On Sat., May 17 take a FARM TOUR in Kimberton, PA. This is an all day event visiting the CSA Biodynamic farm and the dairy and bakery at Camphill Village. plus a visit to 7 Stars producers of yogurt. Meet at 8:30 AM at 4209 East-West Highway, Bethesda, and return about 7 PM. RSVP at 301-654-4899 x5 or

41] – On Endangered Species Day, help the Maryland Zoo raise awareness and chat with zookeepers on Sat., May 17 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1876 Mansion House Drive. Call 410-366-7102 or visit

42] – On Sat., May 17 at 10 AM check out Going Forth With Francis to the Holy Land –“From Conversion to Conciliation: The Mission of Francis of Assisi and His Followers in the Holy Land” by Rev. Michael F. Cusato, OFM. It takes place at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE, WDC 20017. See

43] – 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 17. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

44] – 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

45] – On Sat., May 17th, the 46th anniversary of the Catonsville Nine action, the Baltimore Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter of Veterans For Peace and friends will vigil and hand out leaflets from 11 AM to noon at the Catonsville Post Office at 1001 Frederick Rd, and briefly rally on the Knights of Columbus parking lot where the files were burned. Call Ellen Barfield at 410-243-5876.

At Stony Run Friends Meetinghouse, 5116 N. Charles St., the Baltimore Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter of Veterans For Peace will commemorate its namesake and the other eight who burned Viet Nam War draft files by showing at 1 PM on Sun., May 18 the documentary Hit and Stay. The film relates the history of Viet Nam era anti-war actions invading draft boards and destroying files so as to make a good number of potential draftees unfindable. These actions started with the Baltimore Four blood-pouring, followed by the Catonsville Nine on May 17, 1968. Co-director Joe Tropea will be there to answer questions.

46] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., May 17. 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

47] – On Sat., May 17 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM protest with CODEPINK at the Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, to Say NO to Dirty Fuel and YES to Clean Energy!

48] – Join the Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia and SAY NO! TO KILLER DRONES on Sat., May 17 (Armed Forces Day) from 1 to 3 PM with a special guest speaker, Medea Benjamin, inter-national peace activist, co-founder of Code Pink, and author of DRONE WARFARE: Killing By Remote Control. Be at Independence Mall Visitor's Center lawn area, 5th & Market Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-896-9839 or 267-253-7849.

49] – On Sat., May 17 from 5 to 7 PM at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Sts., 2021 14th St NW, meet and greet Puryear and Schwartzman, DC Statehood Green Party Candidates, two Howard University Alumni on the ballot for the November 4th Election. Enjoy food and drinks and have an opportunity to raise your concerns and ask questions! Contact David Schwartzman at

50] – Get over to the Mother Earth Poetry Vibe on Sat., May 17 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, Enjoy a poetry/spoken word open mic of justice, liberation, real life, spirituality, family, what moves you to hold on and advance! In the tradition of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth magazine, come drop some progressive “fiyah,” or contribute just with your presence and energy! By the way: this ain’t the erotica session or the sexy love night—except for the realization that justice is sexy and, as Che Guevara said, “the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.”

The featured poet is Justin Woo, a Rutgers graduate, a Jersey City resident, and a Chinese-American poet, theatre artist, and DJ! He has performed at universities, theaters, and slam venues in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, including the 2007 NYC Fringe Festival and the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theatre. He also performs with The Fractal Ensemble, an experimental spoken word rock band based out of New York/New Jersey. He has collaboratively created several multidisciplinary spoken word theatre pieces, and is currently writing “System Failure,” a science fiction play. Justin’s goal is to encourage positive social and political change through the creation and performance of startling, extraordinary poetry and theatre! Call 410-230-0450. Go to

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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