Thursday, December 11, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - December 11 -12, 2014

37] Frida Berrigan talks about her book – Dec. 11
38] End Gun Violence – Dec. 11
39] Protest Police Brutality – Dec. 11
40] Activist Awards Celebration – Dec. 11
41] “Drug War Capitalism” – Dec. 11
42] Ferguson and beyond -- Dec. 11
43] Frida Berrigan talks about her book – Dec. 11
44] "From Ypres to Damascus: 100 Years of Chemical Warfare and Disarmament" – Dec. 12

37] – As part of the CMEC LUNCHEON SERIES, you are invited to IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY, a TALK BY FRIDA BERRIGAN on Thurs., Dec. 11 from noon to 1:30 PM at the Diocesan Center, 4 E. University Parkway. She has written a new book, “It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals And Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood.” The book is about how parents can create lasting and meaningful bulwarks between their kids and the violence endemic in our culture. It is also about Frida growing up at Jonah House here in Baltimore, her journeys and being a mother herself in New London Connecticut. She is the daughter of Phillip Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister.

Bring your lunch and a drink. Contact Gary Gillespie at garygillespie80 at

38] – On Thurs., Dec. 11 from 3 to 4:30 PM, the Newtown Foundation in partnership with the Washington National Cathedral, States United to Prevent Gun Violence and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence will host a National Vigil to #EndGunViolence at the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, WDC 20016. Meet in loving remembrance of victims and in determination to save lives moving forward. This event will kick off a weekend of over 100 local vigils and related activities nationwide. Join families of victims of gun violence and special guests in honoring all citizens affected by gun violence to help make this country safer for our children and our families.

By December 2014, the 2nd anniversary of the Newtown shootings, more than 60,000 people nationwide will have died from gunshot wounds. We are all affected by gun violence. Keep the focus on the shame and tragedy of gun violence in our nation and why we must ask our leaders to take action. RSVP at

39] – Be at the Baltimore Penn Station on Thurs., Dec. 11 at 5 PM for a rally and a march to an action. Details will be given when one gathers! Bring your signs, your drums, your friends and your comrades. March to say POLICE Brutality can and will end in Baltimore!!

40] – Get over to St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Dec. 11 from 6:30 to 11 PM for the annual Washington Peace Center Activist Awards Grassroots Gala. Celebrate the activists' hard work and successes in creating a more just and peaceful world. This is the 10th year of the Activist Awards! See

41] – On Thurs., Dec. 11 at 7 PM, SOAW asks you to join with Dawn Paley, a freelance journalist, who has recently released a book, “Drug War Capitalism,” after many years of research. She has done extensive reporting from across the Americas, and her work has been published in the Guardian, the Nation, Ms. Magazine and NACLA, to name only a few. The book release is at the Impact Hub, 419 7th St. NW in Chinatown. Go to

42] – Police routinely murder Black and Brown people across the U.S. without facing consequences. In fact, the number of people killed by police last year was the highest number in 20 years, according to the FBI. In response to this horror, there has been a tremendous outpouring of protest following both the Ferguson and Staten Island decisions. A new movement is in the making! But what kind of movement do we need to build if we are going to win our demands? Join organizers and activists from the D.C. area in a discussion of strategies and tactics to end police terror at the Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Dec. 11 at 7 PM. Visit

43] – Frida Berrigan presents "It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing into Rebellious Motherhood" on Thurs., Dec. 11 at 7:30PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. Parenting is hard. So is being a peacemaker in a violent world. This is a book about how parents can create lasting and meaningful bulwarks between their kids and the violence endemic in our culture. It posits discipline without spanks or slaps or threats of violence, while considering how to raise thoughtful, compassionate, fearless young people committed to social and political change — without scaring, hectoring or scarring them with all the wrongs in the world.

Frida Berrigan is a mother and stepmother, wife and daughter. Her parents, Phil Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister, were a former priest and nun who became nationwide icons for their prophetic witness against war and nuclear weapons, which sometimes resulted in long jail sentences. Berrigan grew up in the community they helped found, Jonah House in Baltimore, and becoming a parent herself has forced her to come to terms with her own upbringing in new ways. Expanding on the stories in her popular column for the website Waging Nonviolence, Berrigan has crafted a welcome antidote to the various parenting fads currently on offer from French moms and tiger moms and mean moms. She offers a unique perspective on parenting that derives from hard work, deep reflection, and lots of trial and error. Call 443-602-7585. Go to

44] – On Fri., Dec. 12 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, the Arms Control Association is hosting "From Ypres to Damascus: 100 Years of Chemical Warfare and Disarmament" with Bonnie Jenkins, coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, State Department, Laura Holgate, senior director for Weapons of Mass Destruction, Terrorism and Threat Reduction, National Security Council, and other speakers at the Carnegie Endowment, Root Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

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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