Friday, January 16, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - January 16 - January 30, 2015

26] Vigil for peace at White House – Jan. 16
27] Silent Peace Vigil – Jan. 16
28] Free Raif Badawi! – Jan. 16
29] Remember Martin Luther King – Jan. 16
30] DC Trans Power – Jan. 16
31] "Places, People, & Prayers, 2015" – deadline Jan. 16
32] Ballroom Dancing – Jan. 16
33] Cuba: Built to Last: An Exploration of Sustainability in Cuba – from Jan. 23 through Feb. 2, 2015
34] Talking Transition DC Town Meeting Film – Jan. 17
35] Strategic Dialogue – Jan. 17
36] MLK Day action – Jan. 17
37] West Chester, PA demo – Jan. 17
38] Nonviolent Direct Action Training – Jan. 17
39] Benefit for Net Neutrality -- Jan. 17
40] From Mississippi to Ferguson -- Jan. 18
41] “Empowering Students to be the Leaders of their Education” -- Jan. 18
42] MLK Tribute -- Jan. 18
43] Read “Mornings in Jenin” – Jan. 18
44] BlackLivesMatter – Jan. 18
45] Sports and activism – Jan. 18
46] “The Internet’s Own Boy” – Jan. 18
47] Pentagon Vigil – Jan. 19
48] National Day of Service – Jan. 19
49] Teach-in with #BlackLivesMatter activists – Jan. 19
50] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 19 – Jan. 23
51] MLK celebration – Jan. 19
52] March with the Pledge of Resistance – Jan. 19
53] MLK march – Jan. 19
54] Martin Luther King DAY OF ACTION – Jan. 19
55] See SELMA – Jan. 19
56] The Case For Reparations – Jan. 19
57] Job opportunity with We Are Cove Point – deadline Jan. 23
58] Job opportunity with ILRF – deadline Jan. 29
59] Degrading ISIS?? – Jan. 30
60] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
61] Join Fund Our Communities
62] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
63] Do you need any book shelves?
64] Join Global Zero campaign
65] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
66] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

26] – On Fri., Jan. 19 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.

27] – There is usually a silent peace vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St. The Jan. 16 vigil will remind us that War Is Not the Answer and that there is the need to stop torture, and prosecute the torturers.

28] – Join Amnesty International and other human rights advocates on Fri., Jan. 16 at 6 PM outside the Saudi Embassy, 601 New Hampshire Ave., WDC, to say Free Raif Badawi! The protest will take place during a dinner reception at the embassy. The day also holds significance because Raif will endure his second set of lashes (sets of 50 with a 1000 lashes total) that Friday, in public, at the al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah. This is a flagrant abuse of human rights and Raif must not endure another day of lashings, and must be released immediately. Raif and his family, including his 3 little children, are in pain. Meet AI at 6 PM at 601 New Hampshire Ave. NW, WDC. Go to

29] – On Fri., Jan. 16 from 7 to 9:30 PM, join the Party for Socialism and Liberation at 617 Florida Ave. NW, WDC, to remember Martin Luther King and to talk about what it will take to build the next revolution, including a presentation and discussion on Dr. King's radical history and what it means for the movement today. In official commemorations of his birthday today, Martin Luther King Jr.'s ideas and positions have been stripped of their potency. He is remembered for having a dream of a “color blind” country when, in fact, he had an expansive definition of justice for Black people and all poor people. He is rarely remembered for his evolving critique of the U.S. economic system, his dedication to uplifting the poor, his opposition to the Vietnam War, and his view that mass social movements were needed to continue to transform society. Call 202-234-2828 or go to or email

30] – On Fri., Jan. 16 at 7 PM, join DC Trans Power at the Lamont Street Collective, 1822 Lamont St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20010. This event is an opportunity to create a safe space for transgender, non-binary, and allied organizers and interested parties to come together and get to know each other. Build a community of solidarity and care for each other if we wish to successfully fight for justice for transgender and non-binary people everywhere. Work together on combating issues like trans suicide, homelessness, and the cost of transition. Visit

31] – Last-minute registrations are welcomed for "Places, People, & Prayers, 2015" (April 30-May 23, 2015), sponsored by Eastern Mennonite Seminary and co-led by Dorothy Jean Weaver (Prof. of NT) and Kevin A. Clark (EMS Campus Pastor). This trip provides a rich and varied opportunity to see biblical sites and to connect with the people of Israel/Palestine. It is open to all interested travelers and available with/without academic credit. The deadline is Fri., Jan. 16. Contact Dorothy Jean Weaver at (540) 432-4276 (o) or at (540) 433-3336 (h). Go to

32] – 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 Jan. 16. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

33] – Sign up for a trip with Witness for Peace -- Cuba: Built to Last: An Exploration of Sustainability in Cuba – from Jan. 23 through Feb. 2, 2015. The delegation coordinator is Susan Letendre. Call 401-268-9810 or email Go to

34] – On Sat., Jan. 17 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM, there is a Talking Transition DC Town Meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, WDC 20001. Enjoy a FREE LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS. It’s important that District residents come together and help create a common vision for our future. Join an interactive, high tech Town Meeting that will bring together hundreds of residents from all eight wards to talk about the important issues facing Washington, D.C. All the results will be shared with Mayor Muriel Bowser and members of her new administration. REGISTER TODAY! SEATING IS LIMITED! Go to

35] – On Sat., Jan. 17 from 10 AM to 3 PM, support the Baltimore Youth Movement for Environmental Justice, a winning coalition to stop the incinerator, replace it with a renewable source of energy and work towards zero waste. There’s a Fair Development Strategic Dialogue at Benjamin Franklin High School, 1201 Cambria St., Baltimore 21225. Register at

Email Mike Ewall . The high school student group in Curtis Bay, in Southeast Baltimore, is leading an inspiring campaign to win Fair Development and stop a plan for the nation's largest waste incinerator within a mile of their school. Their campaign for healthy and sustainable communities is gearing up for a major Strategic Dialogue this Saturday on renewable energy and zero waste solutions. The inspiring student group, Free Your Voice, has been leading this campaign for human rights and fair development, alongside United Workers. The dialogue will include case studies of successful models and potential applications for Baltimore and the state/region. Help develop a robust agenda for the city, state/region.

36] -- On Martin Luther King Day, Sat., Jan. 17 at noon, honor Dr. King and his message of nonviolent action for justice and peace. LIVES MATTER; DAMN THEIR WAR PROFITS is A Time of Nonviolent Resistance at Lockheed Martin, world’s #1 war profiteer. Gather at Mall & Goddard Boulevards, behind the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania Mall. Call the Brandywine Peace Community if you plan on participating in the civil resistance/disobedience and please attend the onsite briefing meeting at 11 AM.

The voice of Dr. King will echo. A bell will be tolled. Songs will be sung. There will be a couple customary banners on stakes and a heavy wooden sign, with Lockheed Martin logo, reading "we're making a killing!" All attending should hold the same sign with the same message, clear to passersby. Let the message be simple and unified - LIVES MATTER; Damn Their War Profits. See the movie SELMA. It will remain with you! Call 610-544-1818 or visit

37] – 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

38] – The Washington Peace Center will be hosting Black Lives Matter DMV on Militant Nonviolent Direct Action Training on Sat., Jan. 17 from 3 to 7 PM at St. Stephen’s, 1525 Newton St., WDC. Learn more about the following: History and Effectiveness of Nonviolent Direct Actions, Conflict Exploration, Stop Action Role Plays, Affinity Action Groups, Street Safety During Actions and much more! Go to

39] – On Sat., Jan. 17 at 7 PM Positive Force DC presents a benefit show for Net Neutrality at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC 20010. Several groups will perform, and admission is from $5 to $15 to benefit Free Press. After a year of intense activism and public pressure, the FCC is poised to vote on Net Neutrality rules in February. What the agency decides will determine the fate of the greatest communications medium in history.

Serving as a platform to anyone with an idea, the open Internet empowers freedom of speech and freedom of expression and its impact on the creative community cannot be overstated. It has enabled artists to connect directly with each other and with audiences. It has eliminated the barriers of geography and taken collaborations to new levels. And it has allowed people - not corporations - to seek out the film, music and art that moves them. See

40] – On Sun., Jan. 18 at 10:30 AM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, hear From Mississippi to Ferguson: Still Struggling for Racial Justice by Larry Rubin who will share his experiences as a white, Jewish civil rights activist. In the 1960s, Larry was a SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) organizer, a voting rights activist and a union organizer. He will discuss how lessons learned in the 60's civil rights movement inform the struggle for racial justice today. He teaches Creative Writing to high school and middle school students in D.C.

His talk is sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah (BJCC) and Jews United for Justice (JUFJ). The BJCC is Baltimore's only secular humanist Jewish organization. JUFJ leads Jews in the Baltimore-Washington region to act on our shared Jewish values by pursuing justice and equality in our local communities. Go to Call 443-602-7585. Go to

41] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon. On Jan. 18, the platform address is by O'Shai Robinson, facilitator, Baltimore Algebra Project, and is entitled “Empowering Students to be the Leaders of their Education.” The education system in this country is long overdue for a profound change. As laws, projects, and new innovations are implemented within schools; we often overlook the most important factor, the students. We will explore and discuss how the education system grooms students to be passive participants in their education, while wrestling with ideas of how to improve the learning experience.

Robinson has worked with the Baltimore Algebra Project since 2006 in several capacities including tutor, president, and board member. He is also a graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, and will be receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Business Technology Administration and a minor degree in Music. With his work with the Baltimore Algebra Project he has helped to improve the quality of education through tutoring and organizing of students. The organization has been instrumental in extending the time limit for public transportation for students and stopping construction for city’s Youth Jail. Now the organization is rallying around the Ten Year Plan, which would ultimately close over 20 schools in the city while renovating others. Within the Clifton Park community, they are organizing people around the idea of “Black Control” over the future of the school. Call 410-581-2322 or email

42] – On Sun., Jan. 18 at 11 AM, participate in a special birthday tribute and church service to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 N. Capitol St. NE, WDC. Use this occasion to 1) worship, 2) celebrate Dr. King's birthday in a most relevant way, in light of the times in which we live, making connections between the struggle against police brutality in the U.S. and the just struggle of the Palestinian people that live and resist a brutal occupation, and 3) affirm our solidarity with our Palestinian sisters and brothers. The special guest speaker is a Pittsburgh, PA-based hip hop artist, Jasiri X, fresh and on fire from his recent travels to Ferguson and Palestine. Call at 202-723-5330 or email

43] – Librarians and Activists with Palestine is sponsoring an international “One Book” campaign, aimed at bringing people all over the world together to talk about a common book. The book which has been selected is “Mornings in Jenin,” by Susan Abulhawa, a Palestinian-American author. It is available at our libraries and on Amazon. It is a family saga through four generations of Palestinian history, starting before 1948 and ending with the invasion of Jenin in 2002. The main character is a woman named Amal, and the story takes her from before birth through adulthood. Her brother is taken from his mother's arms during the 1948 Nakba and is raised by an Israeli family. It's really the story of a Palestinian family, and through that, Israeli characters are also involved.

The Committee for Palestinian Rights is participating in this campaign, scheduled for Sun., Jan. 18 at 2 PM, and the location is David’s Natural Market Café, 5410 Lynx Lane, Columbia 21044. (Plan to arrive a bit early if you would like to have a sandwich, salad or sushi from the Cafe.) If you would like to join this international campaign, read this book (322pp.) and be prepared to meet and discuss it on January 18th.

44] – Get over to the Impact Hub, 419 7th St. NW, Suite 200, WDC, on Sun., Jan. 18 from 1 to 5 PM for an interactive training, where allies will learn and practice how to effectively amplify the voices and re-center the lives of Black people while standing in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The central focus will be on building awareness of how race-based privilege shapes our assumptions, intentions, expectations, and responses when interacting with people--whether through personal interaction, hearsay or media--who do not share that privilege. The suggested donation is $10 to $30. See

45] – WEAA's 2015 lecture series will begin at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21202 with a panel discussion broadcast live from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on Sun., Jan. 18. Hosts and veteran journalists Jerry Bembry and Ali Danois will moderate a discussion on athletes' response to and activism against social injustice. It will include contemporary athletes and their response to Ferguson, and activists from the Civil Rights era, such as Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. One Night in Miami playwright Kemp Powers will be joined by other panelists for the discussion. RSVP at

46] – On Sun,, Jan. 18 at 8:30 PM, as part of the D.C. Public Library's series of events on government transparency and personal privacy in the digital age, D.C.’s iconic Black Cat Nightclub, 1811 14th St. NW, WDC, will host a free screening of “The Internet’s Own Boy,” the inspiring documentary about the life of Internet activist and political organizer Aaron Swartz.

This program is the part of the Orwellian America series of events running between Jan. 18 and Jan. 31. For more about Orwellian America: Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age, visit These programs are made possible thanks to a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Visit

47] -- There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop. The next vigil is Mon., Jan. 19, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email or call 202-882-9649. The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro. By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr., and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM. No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.

48] – Monday, Jan. 19 (Martin Luther King Day) is deemed a National Day of Service. The Holy Land Peace Fellowship Foundation has identified Ardmore Elementary School, 9301 Ardwick -Ardmore Road, Springdale, MD in Prince Georges County, as its partner school for this day. The school will be assisted by building 27 vegetable beds for the students' home room gardens. These vegetable gardens will be as a year round project, that every student will participate in and take ownership of. This will introduce the students to agriculture and promote healthy eating; these gardens will be integrated into the curriculum and become a year round project. There is a need for volunteers and financial donations to make this event possible.

Donations should be made as soon as possible. Checks should be made payable to Holyland Peace Fellowship Foundation, 1515 Colony Rd., Oxon Hill 20745. To sign-up, contact the program director, Victoria Brown, at Use the subject heading: MLK National Day of Service. Or call her at 240-501-0533.

49] – At WPFW Radio Studio, 1819 L St. NW, WDC, on Mon., Jan. 19 from 9 AM to noon, there will be a teach-in with #BlackLivesMatter activists and organizers for the larger community about actions and next steps. Visit

50] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday from 10 AM to noon on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at

51] – On Mon., Jan. 19 at noon, join a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, and honor our most prominent Civil Rights leader with storytelling, a capella, drum and poetry performances, and a round table discussion about national healing after the racial injustices in Ferguson. It all takes place at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. Call 443-263-1800 or go to The cost is $5.

52] – On Mon., Jan. 19 at noon, the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will join Veterans for Peace and march in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. Women in Black will march with the puppets down Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday. Gather at Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Eutaw St. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

53] – On Mon., Jan. 19, come out to commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday at 2500 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, WDC. The assembly will begin at 10 AM and the parade will take place from noon and 2 PM. See

54] – The Martin Luther King DAY OF ACTION, RESISTANCE & EMPOWERMENT begins with a 1:30 PM rally on Mon., Jan. 19 at 440 N. Broad St. in Philadelphia, followed by a march to City Hall, 15th & Market Sts., and on to Independence Mall, 6th & Market Sts. Demands are: (1) End stop-and-frisk policies of the Philadelphia Police Department; (2) Institute a $15/hour minimum wage, with a right to form unions; and (3) Fund public schools fairly. Donations of gift cards will be collected for homeless people. The event is organized by POWER and a coalition of more than 35 anti-racist groups in Philly, including the Brandywine Peace Community. Go to and then reclaim Martin Luther King Day for resistance, action, and empowerment.

55] – On Mon., Jan. 19 at 4 PM, join JUFJ at the Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14, 707 Seventh St. NW, for a screening of the movie SELMA, an intense movie with a lot of content to process. After the screening, come to the Penn Quarter Teaism, 400 8th St. NW, next to the Archives Metro stop, and near the theatre and order tea and snacks before going downstairs to join a facilitated discussion about the movie. The cost of the film is $12 through JUFJ, and full price through the theatre. For Teaism, people will be there from 6 to 8 PM. Go to

56] – On Mon., Jan. 19 at 5 PM, be at The Case For Reparations: A Discussion With Ta-nehisi Coates. In honor of Dr. King’s birthday, writer and Baltimore native Coates will discuss the USA’s moral debts at Loyola University, McGuire Hall, 4501 N. Charles St. Call 410-617-2261 or visit Go to,0,231974,full.story#sthash.O89SSopf.dpuf.

57] -- We Are Cove Point is looking for a paid organizer to start work on or about February 1. Applications and resumes are due by January 23. Email to Steven Norris,, and include a concise statement of why you would like this job, and why you think you would be good at it. If you need more information about Cove Point or Dominion Resources, please check out There's additional information on the Indiegogo campaign page You can call Steve at 828-777-7816.

58 – The International Labor Rights Forum in Washington, D.C. is hiring a Senior Development Officer with an application deadline of January 29, 2015. It is a full-time, exempt, 12-month term position. It could be extended, funding permitting. Submit your resume, cover letter, and fundraising writing sample to ILRF ( works for a world where everyone is free from child labor, forced labor, and discrimination; a world where workers have the power to speak out and organize to defend and advance their rights and interests; and a world where workers have the right to form unions and bargain collectively to secure a safe and dignified life for themselves and their families.

The Cotton Campaign ( is a global coalition of labor, human rights, investor and business organizations dedicated to ending forced labor in the cotton sector in Uzbekistan. The person hired would be a visionary storyteller, with stellar financial acumen, who will create meaningful, authentic and long-lasting connections between the complementary ILRF and Cotton Campaign missions on the one hand and those who seek to support worthy causes on the other.

59] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore is hosting Jim and Deborah Fine who will address Why the U.S. will have difficulty “Degrading & Defeating ISIS” on Fri., Jan. 30 at 7:30 PM in the Free School Classroom, Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. The couple recently returned from Erbil, Iraq after working there for five years with the Mennonite Central Committee. Their principal work was with refugees fleeing the various conflicts, including the Yezidis terrorized by ISIS. The Fines have also worked with the American Friends Service Committee for years in the Middle East. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

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

61] -- 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

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

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

64] -- 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.

65] -- 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.

66] – 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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