Friday, June 27, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 27-28, 2014

50] Taking Action for Animals – June 27 - 30
51] “Considerations for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Multilateralization, National Perceptions and Confidence Building” -- June 27
52] Nonviolent Peaceforce -- June 27
53] Witness Against Torture in D.C. – through June 30
54] Stand Up Against Cove Point – June 27
55] Pax Christi USA Momentum 2014 – June 27
55] Taking Action for Animals -- June 27 - 30
56] Olney Peace vigil – June 28
57] West Chester, PA demo – June 28
58] Silent peace vigil – June 28
59] Stop the Drone War Command Center – June 28
60] See “12 Years a Slave” – June 28
61] Film “Peace Unveiled” – June 28
62] Fast to abolish the death penalty - June 28
50] – Are you going to Taking Action for Animals from Fri., June 27 through Mon., June 30? If so, stop at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine exhibit table at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, WDC 20001. The focus will be on animals used in experiments. See the Tail of Toxics animation about the inherent flaws of animal tests and the modern testing paradigm that will produce safer chemicals and a healthier environment. One lucky visitor to the booth will win a cruelty-free gift basket! Call 202-686-2210, email or visit

51] – On Fri., June 27 from 8:30 to 11 AM, hear a discussion with Hossein Mousavian, former head of Foreign Relations Committee of Iran’s National Security Council, Yun Zhou, Harvard University, and Christopher Paine, Natural Resources Defense Council, about “Considerations for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Multilateralization, National Perceptions and Confidence Building.” The event is sponsored by the Global America Business Institute and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and will take place at the Quincy Hotel, 1823 L St. NW, WDC. RSVP to Alan Ahn at

52] – The need for violence prevention and peacekeeping responses continues to rise in conflict situations around the world. One of the cutting edge, evidence-based practices in the field is unarmed civilian peacekeeping by non-governmental organizations. Mel Duncan from Nonviolent Peaceforce will reflect on the experience, opportunities, and need to support this practice on Fri., June 27 from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Stimson Center, 1111 19th St. NW, 12th floor. Karen Volker from Cure Violence will then offer a public health perspective and discuss the technique of “violence interruption.” RSVP to Eli McCarthy at

53] – Witness Against Torture is in Washington, D.C. through Mon., June 30. WAT members are sleeping at Saint Stephens on Fri., June 27. There is the Friday Fast for Justice, and WAT members will be at the White House at noon to vigil with the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. On Sat., June 28, there will be a 24-hour vigil at the White House. The group will stay at The Peace Oasis from Saturday at 6 PM until Sunday evening. Call 216-496-2637.

On Sat., June 28 after the White House vigil, the WAT crew will move to the Peace Oasis. On Sun., June 29, the group will move back to St. Stephens. On Mon., June 30 the WAT people will join the Pentagon action with the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Go to

54] – Join the Faith Community to Stand Up Against Cove Point on Fri., June 27 from noon to 1:30 PM at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St. NE, WDC. Use the Union Station Metro stop. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Environmental Assessment claimed that the liquified natural gas project at Cove Point would have no "significant" impacts on the environment or human health. Over the last few weeks, 150,000 people across the country spoke out against the proposed facility and demanded a full Environmental Impact Statement to ensure real scrutiny of this project's impacts. RSVP at The protest is a project of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. Call 202-709-7641 or email

55] – On Fri., June 27 from 6 to 9 PM, get over to Pax Christi USA Momentum 2014 featuring Mary Meg McCarthy, director of the National Immigrant Justice Center and Pax Christi USA’s 2013 Teacher of Peace recipient, and Sr. Simone Campbell of Network, who will be doing a presentation on immigration reform. And DREAMERS will share their experiences. This event will be held at Trinity University, 125 Michigan Ave. NE, WDC. A $50 contribution is asked of each person, and this includes dinner. Register at

56] – 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 June 28. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

57] – 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

58] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., June 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

59] – Stand against U.S. military action in Iraq and the engulfing fires of war...the threat of air strikes and drone attacks commanded from the continental U.S. and sites like the one being established in Horsham, PA. Iraq is on the brink of drone strikes. Don't add fuel to the fires in Iraq! Stand against the drone war command center in Horsham as each day brings us closer to it being fully 'operational': remote controlled killing. Is this what we've become? NO! We can do better.

Demonstrate to Stop the Drone War Command Center at the Horsham Air Guard Station on Sat., June 28 from noon to 2 PM at Route 611/Easton Road and County Line Road, Horsham, PA. The vigil takes place on the last Saturday of the month. Go to or call 610-544-1818.

60] – The Organization of United People will feature “12 Years a Slave” with a discussion to follow. Refreshments will be served during the film at St. Stephens Church, 1525 Newton St. NW on Sat., June 28 from 1 to 4 PM. Email

61] – Be at the Southeast Library, 403 7th St. SE (Eastern Market Metro, Orange/Blue Line) on Sat., June 28 from 3 to 5 PM to see the screening of the documentary film “Peace Unveiled” and enjoy a discussion with Zohra Rasekh, an author and accomplished public health, human rights, and foreign policy expert who was Afghanistan’s first ever representative to the U.N.’s committee overseeing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The film and discussion is hosted by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) U.S., D.C. Branch. Refreshments will be provided. Contact Rachel Nagin at or 216 965 6235.

When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. The film follows three women (a savvy parliamentarian in Herat, a women’s rights advocate in Kandahar, and a young activist living in a traditional family in Kabul) who immediately began to organize to make sure that women’s rights don’t get traded away in the deal. Convinced that the Taliban will have demands that jeopardize women’s hard-earned gains, they maneuver against formidable odds to have their voices heard.

62] – On Sat., June 28 at 9:30 PM, the Death Penalty Abolitionist Action Group will have a "Last supper" at Kelly's Irish Times, 14 F St. NW, WDC 20001. All Fast and Vigil participants are responsible for paying for their own food and drink. This is a gathering for an evening of food and drink before fasting starts. Everyone is welcome, including event participants, fasters, non-fasters, and guests and friends that you want to invite. RSVP at

Then at 11:40 PM head over to the Supreme Court for a midnight opening gathering to start the fast together. The Court is a half-mile walk (10 minutes) from the last supper venue. The Fast continues through July 2.

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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