Saturday, September 13, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 13 - September 23, 2014

68] Feeding the Hungry: The Needs and Root Causes – Sept. 13
69] Protest CIA Drone Strikes – Sept. 13
70] Olney Peace vigil – Sept. 13
71] West Chester, PA demo – Sept. 13
72] Silent peace vigil – Sept. 13
73] Edward Said Memorial Lecture – Sept. 13
74] See the movie “PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes” – Through Sept. 18
75] "Model cities" in Honduras – Sept. 13
76] Report back from Ferguson – Sept. 13
77] Evening of Solidarity with the Cuban Five – Sept. 13
78] Constitution Day – Sept. 17
80] People’s Climate March – Sept. 21
81] At the White House – Sept. 23
82] Ronda Cooperstein on social media
83] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
84] Join Fund Our Communities
85] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
86] Do you need any book shelves?
87] Join Global Zero campaign
88] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
89] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
68] – On Sat., Sept. 13 at 9:30 AM, the Peace and Justice Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington invites you to a forum titled Feeding the Hungry: The Needs and Root Causes. Rev. David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World, will talk about the biblical basis for advocacy against hunger and suggest what each of us can do — today, right now — to help end hunger in the United States and around the world. He will also share Bread for the World’s ambitious but achievable goal to end extreme hunger by 2030. Then several leaders will share their perspectives about how we can respond to hunger through service and action for justice. The forum will be happening at St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Anthony Gym, 3305 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church, VA 22041. Arrive at the church by 8:30 AM for Mass with Bishop Paul S. Loverde.

Registration is on-site, and the event is free and open to the public. Contact

69] – On Sat., Sept. 13 from 10 to 11:30 AM, join a CIA Drone Protest (bus transportation to and from available), 900 Dolley Madison Blvd., Langley, VA. Oppose CIA & U.S. Military drones used in extrajudicial killings. US killer drone strikes are illegal, immoral, and must stop now! The protest is supported by Pax Christi Metro DC, Northern Virginians for Peace & Justice, Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker of DC, Code Pink, Nova Catholic Community, Peace & International Outreach Committee of Langley Hill Friends, Washington Peace Center, Peace Action Montgomery, Little Friends for Peace and Maryland United for Peace & Justice.

70] – 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 Sept. 13. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

71] – 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

72] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Sept. 13. 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

73] – On Sat., Sept. 13 from 12:30 to 2 PM, catch the 2014 Edward Said Memorial Lecture "What is the value of Palestinian lives?" with Dr. Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature & Critical Theory, University of California, Berkeley, at The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037. The bombing of civilian targets in Gaza has raised the question of whether Israel has committed massacres in clear violation of International law. But to prosecute such a crime, it is necessary to establish that there are civilian lives in Gaza. The argument that Hamas has turned its civilian population into human shields promotes the view that civilians have become instruments of war. What are the best ways to counter this view, given the differential value accorded to Palestinian and Israeli lives? Against what forms of racism and demonization must the value of Palestinian lives be asserted? Register at Call 202.338.1290.

74] – Through Thurs., Sept. 18, the movie “PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes” will be screened at the Angelika Pop-up, 550 Penn St. NE (just off New York Ave.), WDC. Driven to make the world a better place for his newborn daughter, John Ennis looks for ways out of our system of pay-to-play politics. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. The film is the layperson’s guidebook to returning the United States government to its People, and features Robert Reich, Noam Chomsky, Lawrence Lessig, Jerry Springer, John Nichols, Van Jones, Marianne Williamson, Jack Abramoff, Thom Hartmann and Bob Edgar. See a trailer at

75] – At 1809 Monroe St. NW, WDC on Sat., Sept. 13 at 5 PM, Beth Geglia will be giving a report-back at her house on the research she did this summer in Honduras. She will be taking a look at the development of "charter cities" or "model cities" in Honduras, formally called Special Economic Development and Employment Zones (ZEDE's). After the coup, these zones became a major project of the Honduran oligarchy and foreign (mostly U.S.) economists and investors interested in controlling parts of Honduran territory with greater autonomy. The original law was struck down by the Honduran Supreme Court in 2012, changed form, passed again, and is now being implemented with an enormous amount of secrecy. Beth first joined up with a National Lawyers Guild delegation and then spent two months on her own in the regions where the first two ZEDEs are being planned in order to get a better sense of what is going on.

76] – A report back from Ferguson will be happening at the Peace House, 1233 12th St. NW, WDC on Sat., Sept. 13 from 5 to 7 PM. This will be an open forum discussion with a Q&A to follow.

77] – On Sat., Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 PM at 1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, participate in an Evening of Solidarity at SEIU featuring the opening of a new art exhibit ‘Absolved by Solidarity,’ paintings by Antonio Guerrero, one of the Cuban 5. At 7 PM hear the panel discussion with Jose Ramon Cabañas, Chief of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., Yeidckol Polevnsky, former Vice President of the Mexican Senate, Ann Wright, anti-war activist, former United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official and others. Local artists will recite poetry. Visit

78] – On Wed., Sept. 17, the ACLU of Maryland and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) present “One Nation Under Watch: Surveillance, Privacy and National Security in America” for Constitution Day 2014. Reserve your FREE ticket for Constitution Day at This year’s annual symposium will center on the trade-off between government surveillance and civil liberties, one of the most complex and controversial issues facing society today. It takes place at the Brown Center at the Maryland Institute College of Art, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore. Speakers are Daniel Ellsberg, author, former U.S. military analyst and one of the most prominent political whistleblowers in U.S. history; Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty project at the ACLU of Massachusetts; and Dr. Hasan Elahi, interdisciplinary artist whose work has explored the implications and consequences of surveillance. The moderator is Aaron Henkin, producer of The Signal on 88.1 FM WYPR.

79] – On Sat., Sept. 20 at 3:30 PM, the Committee for Palestinian Rights invites you to the Howard County East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045, for GAZA: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Discussion themes are Israel’s Assault – the Role of the United States – How We Can Take Action. The featured speakers are Laila El-Haddad, Palestinian author, blogger, political analyst and social activist, and Mark Gunnery, Jewish Voices for Peace, activist and reporter. Email

80] – Join an historic march for climate action on Sun., Sept. 21 in New York City. Next month, President Obama, along with hundreds of other heads of state from around the world, will attend the UN Climate Summit 2014 in New York City. Demand that our leaders commit to bold action to address the climate crisis. The People’s Climate March on Sept. 21 will be the largest mobilization to date for climate action. There will be a bus from Baltimore. To reserve a seat contact Regina at rminniss at

81] – ANOTHER WAY IS POSSIBLE! On Tues., Sept. 23 at 1O AM at the White House, concerned citizens will seek a meeting with President Obama or a member of his staff about such concerns as climate chaos and environmental degradation, militarism and poverty. This action IS JUST one OUT OF 150 ALL AROUND THE US! SOME OF the CONCERNS are as follows, climate change/chaos, environmental degradation, poverty, militarism, a living wage for all, a new Middle East Policy, NSA-US Government-corporate spying, TORTURE, Shutting down Guantanamo, and ending the US drone program NOW!

We, the people, have been excluded from the decision-making about how our resources have been used, and ignored when we speak out. As a result we are faced with the destruction of our environment and the continued influence of the fossil fuel industry, the continuing wars of aggression and the bloated Pentagon budget, the profiteers of war and torture and the violations of human rights. We have been dismissed while poverty grows and human need is ignored at the expense of the wealthy corporate financial interests. ANOTHER WAY IS POSSIBLE! Email or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance.

82] -- Ronda Cooperstein has taken to social media, and is recording her opinion pieces on You Tube. Check out her latest essay - THE WASHINGTON POST WITH TOAST:

83] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email:

84] -- Fund Our Communities campaign is a grass roots movement to get support from local organizations and communities to work together with their local and state elected officials to pressure Congresspersons and senators to join with Congresspersons Barney Frank and Ron Paul, who have endorsed a 25% cut to the federal military budget. Bring home the savings to state and county governments to meet the local needs which are under tremendous budget pressures. Go to

85] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

86] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

87] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees. This is an historic window of opportunity. With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

88] -- WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER signs from Friends Committee on National Legislation are again for sale at $5. To purchase a sign, call Max at 410-366-1637.

89] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

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

"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

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