Thursday, November 6, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - November 7 - 9, 2014

44] Amnesty International conference – Nov. 7
45] See CITIZENFOUR – Nov. 7 - Nov. 13
46] Rebuilding Re-entry – Nov. 7 - 9
47] Silent peace vigil – Nov. 7
48] Film THE TILLMAN STORY – Nov. 7
49] Join the DREAMers Moms USA at the White House – Nov. 7
50] Reclaiming Africa’s Destiny – Nov. 7
51] Film CESAR CHAVEZ – Nov. 7
52] Mubarak Award at Dorothy Day – Nov. 7
53] Hear about FORCE – Nov. 7
54] Ballroom Dancing – Nov. 7
55] Protest Female Genital Mutilation – Nov. 8
56] "Stop the Incinerator strategy session" – Nov. 8
57] Protest CIA Drone Strikes – Nov. 8
58] Olney Peace vigil – Nov. 8
59] West Chester, PA demo – Nov. 8
60] Silent peace vigil – Nov. 8
61] Climate Leadership Summit – Nov. 8
62] MUPJ meeting – Nov. 8
63] Emma’s Revolution in Baltimore – Nov. 8
64] The Berlin Wall came down – Nov. 9
65] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
66] Join Fund Our Communities
67] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
68] Do you need any book shelves?
69] Join Global Zero campaign
70] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
71] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
44] – On Fri., Nov. 7 at 1 PM through Sun., Nov. 9 at 4 PM, Join Amnesty International (Mid-Atlantic) for the most exciting and enriching Regional Conference yet: Bringing Human Rights Home! Learn how to excel at social media in one room and expand your knowledge about reproductive rights and freedom of expression in the next, all while meeting and connecting with activists and passionate human rights advocates from around the region and the globe. The event will include a march and rally at the White House, and a Community Town Hall on Saturday evening. REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE, taking place at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, WDC, at For an AI member, the cost is $35; for a non-member, the price is $40; for student AI member, it is $20; and other students it is $25.

45] – CITIZEN FOUR is being shown at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., from at least Nov. 7 through Nov. 13. The show times are 1:35 and 6:50 PM. Call 410-727-FILM.

46] – Get over to the IMPACT Hub DC, 419 7th St. NW, WDC, on Fri., Nov. 7 on 3 PM until Sun., Nov. 9 at 4 PM for a national dialogue around a very important topic that we all pay for, whether we see the costs or not. Government and legal partners, data geeks, first-time coders, nonprofit and social justice leaders, and everyone in between will gather to face the challenges of re-entry. The overall mission is to get solutions that will improve the prison re-entry process. Rebuilding Re-entry is about coming together to collaborate for one weekend and share knowledge and skills while building a network in this critical social issue. Go to

47] – 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 Nov. 7 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.

48] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility are continuing the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. After the peace vigil, there will be a potluck dinner at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St. Then at 7:15 PM, a DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow. There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.

The series theme is SEEKING THE TRUTH. On Fri., Nov. 7, see THE TILLMAN STORY [USA, 2010]. This documentary, directed by Amir Bar-Lev, is about the 2004 killing of U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, the cover-up of how he died, and his family's struggle to unearth the truth. The Pentagon knew that the former NFL player was killed by friendly fire, but decided for propaganda reasons to lie about the circumstances. Tillman enlisted after 9-11, but slowly became disgusted with U.S foreign policy. The documentary makes the point there is nothing truthful about a war. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

49] – On Fri., Nov. 7 at 5:30 PM, partake in a silent candlelight vigil at the White House, Lafayette Square, H St. between 15th and 17th Sts. NW, WDC. DREAMers Moms USA, We Belong Together and undocumented mothers who are bravely fasting all week in front of the White House invite you to this. Visit

50] – The Fifth Annual Dyer Lecture Reclaiming Africa’s Destiny will be held at Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW, WDC, on Fri., Nov. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. This event is free (donations are welcome), but space is limited. Refreshments will be served. RSVP at

51] – There is a First-Friday Free Large Screen Film Series at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. On Fri., Nov. 7 at 7 PM see CESAR CHAVEZ (2014, 102 mins., PG 13 for some language and violence). Directed by Diego Luna, it stars Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich. The United Farm Workers (UFW) union and its supporters in the 1960s and 1970s organized migrant farm workers from Mexico to gain better living and working conditions in the grape and lettuce fields of California. At risk to himself, Chavez faced the strong arm of the growers and the police, who were at the growers’ beck and call.

The film is the inspirational true story of the civil rights and union leader who rose from the fields to organize, along with Dolores Huerta, the UFW and thousands of unrepresented dirt-poor Latino and Filipino workers in an historic nonviolent struggle for dignity and justice that spread as supporters nationwide engaged in consumer boycott tactics. Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments. There will be a short after-film discussion. Go to or call 610-544-1818. The film series is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.

52] – On Fri., Nov.7 @ 7:30 PM at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010, here from Dr. Mubarak Awad, the founder and national president of the Youth Advocate Program, which provides alternative foster care and counseling to "at risk" youth and their families. He is also the founder of the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence in Jerusalem, and was deported by the Israeli Supreme Court in 1988 after being jailed for organizing activities involving nonviolent civil disobedience. Dr. Awad has since formed Nonviolence International, which works with various movements and organizations across the globe. See Contact the Catholic Worker at 202-882-9649 or

53] – Hear about FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture which will explain How to Build a Community of Support For Survivors of Rape and Abuse on Fri., Nov. 7 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. This interactive presentation, part talk, part training, will center on what we can do to build a culture of support for survivors of rape and abuse in our own communities. Building off the project The Monument Quilt, the training will give attendees ideas and tools for creating safe space for survivors, how to use art and activism for healing, and how to use the quilt to transform local community response to rape. The Monument Quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of stories from survivors of sexual abuse. By stitching our stories together, we are creating and demanding public space to heal. The Monument Quilt is a platform to not only tell our stories but work together to change how communities respond to rape. The quilt is creating a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed. Call 443-602-7585. Go to

54] – 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 Nov. 7. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

55] -- Rally at the Washington Monument Grounds on the Mall on Sat., Nov. 8 at 8:30 AM against female genital mutilation, an intentional removal of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. At least 8,000 girls are mutilated daily in the world. Many girls die daily as a result of FGM. 85% of maternal and infant mortality in Africa is the result of FGM. Now, FGM is being practiced here on American soil. Go to

56] – On Sat., Nov. 8 there's a "Stop the Incinerator strategy session" from 11 AM to 3 PM in Curtis Bay in Southeast Baltimore. It's with United Workers and the Free Your Voice group, the high school kids of color who have been working to stop the nation's largest waste incinerator from locating within a mile of their school. Call 410-230-1998 or email

57] – On Sat., Nov. 8 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.

58] – 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 Nov. 8. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

59] – 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

60] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Nov. 8. 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

61] – At 2111 Florida Ave. NW, WDC 20008, on Sat., Nov. 8 at 1 PM from Sun., Nov. 9 at 6 PM, participate in the Climate Leadership Summit, an event to bring communities together from across the region for an innovative visioning, strategic development and skills gathering. Strengthen and grow local groups and prepare their movement to take action together, with their end goals in mind. This event is organized by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN).Visit

62] – Maryland United for Peace and Justice is holding a Peace Conference Organizing Committee meeting on Sat., Nov. 8 at 3 PM at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 1930 Brookdale Road, Woodlawn, MD 21244. Get directions at Contact Paulette Hammond at .

63] – Emma's Revolution -- Pat Humphries & Sandy O -- passionate activists in addition to being incredibly beautiful people and singer-songwriters, will perform their songs about peace, justice, climate change, organizing, and much more. If you go to their web site home page, you can listen to the song that Pat wrote after being at Pete Seeger's bedside when he died. They come each year to the School of the Americas vigil in Georgia, and bring their music to a host of rallies across the country.

The "Love Reaches Out!” Benefit Concert for the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland ( is happening on Sat., Nov. 8 at 8 PM at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, 10 W. Franklin St. Tickets are available at First Unitarian Church and online. The cost is $22 in advance/$25 at the door. Go to

64] – The Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW, WDC, will be open all day on Sun., Nov. 9. November 9, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which will be commemorated by exploring the role of arts and culture within the context of walls around the world before and after 1989. For American artists of different generations, genres, and cultural backgrounds, the Berlin Wall has been a pivotal site and symbol for weighing global forms of division, including those within the United States. These artists have time and again returned to the Berlin Wall to ponder political borders worldwide and social boundaries back in the United States, especially those connected to matters of race, gender, sexuality, class, and national belonging. See Call + 1 (202) 289-1200 or email

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

66] -- 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

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

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

69] -- 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.

70] -- 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.

71] – 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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