Thursday, June 19, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 19 - 22, 2014

29] Harnessing the Political Power of Black Women – June 19
30] Soup volunteers needed – June 19
31] See "We Are The Giant” – June 19
32] See “The Ivory Tower” – June 19
33] NO U.S. ATTACK ON IRAQ! – June 19
34] Progressivism on Tap! – June 19
35] Early voting ends at 8 PM/Join Tom Hucker et al. – June 19
36] See the film E-TEAM – June 19
37] "Health Impacts Reported by Families Residing near Hydro Fracking Operations" – June 19
39] Vigil for peace at White House – June 20
40] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – June 20
41] Go to offices of legislators – no intervention in Iraq – June 20
42] PeaceQuest 2014 – June 20 - 22
43] See “Misconception” – June 20 & 22
44] Silent peace vigil – June 20
45] Film “Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa” – June 20
46] Film “The War Around Us” – June 20
47] Ballroom Dancing – June 20

29] – BlackWomenLead: Harnessing the Political Power of Black Women is happening at the Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, WDC, on Thurs., June 19 from noon to 1:30 PM. Black women drive the economic and the electoral power of Black communities. They spend 85 cents to every dollar in the Black community and make up 59% of the Black elected. Yet, the nearly 22 million Black Women are being under represented in every field. With this issue in mind, the Center for American Progress and Higher Heights are holding a panel discussion on developing and implementing a long-term strategy to build, expand, and support a leadership pipeline at all levels and in all areas for Black women. Panelists will discuss the implications of this study on the economy, reproductive health, education, and voting rights, as well as the impact of the Black woman vote on the 2014 and 2016 election cycles. RSVP at

30] – The School of Life is seeking volunteers on Thurs., June 19 at 4 PM to help prepare the blessed soup for the solstice celebration. RSVP to Gayatri at or call 240 483 9458.

31] – AFI DOCS is a 5-day international documentary film festival that takes place at landmark venues in Washington, D.C. and the world-class AFI Silver Theatre, the independent film hub of the metropolitan region. With the presence of artists, audience members and political leaders, AFI DOCS shines a bright light on documentary film and harnesses the power of this important art form and its potential to inspire change. The American Film Institute is currently hosting the AFI Documentary Film Festival. See the film “We Are The Giant” at the AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, on Thurs., June 19 at 4 PM. The recent Arab Spring uprisings were often organized by young people who embraced the tools of social media to communicate and call for lasting change within their governments. This film explores what drives these young activists to go forward despite great personal risk. There will be a second showing on Sat., June 21 at 9 PM. See

32] – See “The Ivory Tower” at the Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., WDC 20004, on Thurs., June 19 at 4:15 PM. Over the past 30 years the cost of higher education has increased at an alarming rate along with the mounting burden of student loan debt needed to fund a traditional college experience. Filmmaker Andrew Rossi probes the future of higher education and investigates alternatives to the traditional four-year university. Visit

33] – NO U.S. ATTACK ON IRAQ! DON'T DOUSE FIRES OF IRAQ WITH GASOLINE... [BOMBS, HELLFIRE MISSILES, AND DRONE STRIKES]. Call the White House NOW, (202) 456-1111. Contact your senators and representative, (202) 224-3121. Join an Emergency Response on Thurs., June 19 at 4:30 PM at 15th and Market Sts., Philadelphia. Be with Brandywine Peace Community and other organizations. Call 610- 544-1818.

34] – Busboys & Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW, on Thurs., June 19 from 6 to 8 PM, will host with the Center for American Progress Progressivism on Tap! Sheryll Cashin's “Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America” will be the topic of discussion. In her new book, she argues that the declining influence of race-based affirmative action-the percentage of four-year public colleges that consider racial or ethnic status in admissions has fallen from 60 percent to 35 percent and only 45 percent of private colleges still explicitly consider race-is not entirely bad news since affirmative action as currently practiced does little to help disadvantaged people. Go to

35] – You can do Early Voting in Maryland until 8 PM on Thurs., June 19. Tom Hucker is inviting you to join him and special guests Sen. Brian Feldman, Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez, and Councilmember Marc Elrich this evening at Ghar-E-Kabob from 6 to 8 PM at 944 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring 20910. Tom is running for County Council in District 5. Email him at

36] – At the Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Sts. NW, WDC 20004, on Thurs., June 19 at 7 PM, watch the film E-TEAM. With international conflicts raging, Human Rights Watch sends its specially-trained Emergencies Team to the frontlines of Syria and Libya to document human rights abuses and capture the world’s attention. These courageous and fiercely dedicated individuals regularly risk their lives to report on atrocities that would otherwise go undocumented. The second showing will be on Sat., June 21 at 1:15 PM at AFI Silver Spring. See

37] – Physicians for Social Responsibility [] is hosting a webinar "Health Impacts Reported by Families Residing near Hydro Fracking Operations" on Thurs., June 19 from 8 to 9 PM ET. As natural gas consumption displaces coal in the United States, the health issues of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") are moving front and center.

But what is it like to actually live next door to a fracking well? Learn about the awful smells, the nosebleeds, the vicious headaches, the cancers, the undiagnosed illnesses, the traffic accidents from ceaseless traffic of heavy trucks on narrow country roads, and the social stressors resulting from industrialization of a rural community. In the third and final PSR webinar on hydraulic fracturing, a panel of health practitioners examines the experience of residents in the heavily fracked state of Pennsylvania. Go to

38] – Participate in CRYSTAL HEALING LIGHTS on Fri., June 20 and Sat., June 21 at 4217 East- West Highway, Bethesda 20814. Appointments can be made from 8 AM to 8 PM. Michael Quinn will be bringing his crystal healing lights and the healing energies from la Casa in Brazil. To make appointments, email Call 301 654 6759 or visit

39] – On Fri., June 20 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.

40] – 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

41] – On Fri., June 20 at noon get over to the district office of Rep. Patrick Meehan (R, #7) 940 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064, corner of State & Sproul Roads. Call 610- 544-1818. No intervention in Iraq.

42] – PeaceQuest begins on Fri., June 20 from 4 to 6 PM with registration in the Stony Run Meetinghouse Library. Many of the events will take place at the Stony Run Meetinghouse, 5116 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210. Then from 7 to 9 PM, there will be a program. Carl Wilkens will give a keynote address, “Experiences in Rwanda,” followed by a reception in the Friends School Dining Hall. Wilkens was the last remaining U.S. citizen in Rwanda during the genocide.

The program on Sat., June 21 goes from 9:45 AM to 5:30 PM. Then from 7 to 9 PM, enjoy a World Music Celebration in the Stony Run Meeting Room featuring Elikeh, an Afro-pop band, Go to On Sun., June 22, the day begins at 9 AM. And PeaceQuest concludes from noon to 1:15 PM with a simple lunch in the Stony Run Dining Hall.

Join Peace Activists from across the globe, and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Friends Peace Teams. There will be over 20 workshops exploring themes and techniques for personal, local and global peacemaking initiatives. There is a fee to register. Learn more at

43] – See “Misconception” on Fri., June 20 at 4:30 PM at AFI Silver Theatre at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or on Sun., June 22 at 7:30 PM at the Naval Heritage Center Theatre, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004. For almost 50 years, the world's population has grown at an alarming rate, raising fears about strains on the Earth's resources. But how true are these claims? Taking cues from statistics guru Hans Rosling, the film offers a provocative glimpse at how the world—and women in particular— are tackling a subject at once personal and global. Following three individuals, director Jessica Yu focuses on the human implications of this highly charged political issue, inspiring a fresh look at the consequences of population growth. Both screenings will be followed by a Q & A with director Jessica Yu & Producer Elise Pearlstein. For tickets, RSVP to Laura Kim/ or 310-623-4971.

44] – There is usually a silent peace vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, outside the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and St. Paul St. The June 20 vigil, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, reminds us that War Is Not the Answer and that there is the need to stop torture.

45] – At the Alliance for Justice, 11 Dupont Circle NW, 2nd Floor, WDC, on Fri., June 20 from 5:30 to 7 PM, meet filmmaker Abby Ginzberg who will discuss and screen her latest film “Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa.” The film follows the story of Sachs' life as a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter who played a pivotal role in the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Shining a spotlight on Albie’s story provides a prism through which to view the challenges faced by those unable to tolerate a society founded on principles of slavery and disempowerment of South Africa’s majority black population. Refreshments will be served. RSVP at

46] – The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., June 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, watch “The War Around Us,” a true story of the only two international journalists on the ground in Gaza as Israel bombarded and invaded in 2008-9. Al Jazeera’s Cairo-born, Arab-American Ayman Mohyeldin and Arab-British Sherine Tadros reported from Gaza City throughout the devastating 22-day assault. This riveting and introspective award-winning film chronicles the bonds of friendships under stress, the ethics of journalism in conflict, and people’s resilience during war. 75. Go to

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 June 20. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

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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