Friday, January 23, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - January 23 - 30, 2014

21] Vigil for peace at White House – Jan. 23
22] Take poems to DOJ – Jan. 23
23] Silent Peace Vigil – Jan. 23
24] See the film OMAR – Jan. 23
25] See the film BULLY – Jan. 23
26] Dinner with Liz Collier? – Deadline Jan. 23
27] Ballroom Dancing – Jan. 23
28] Job opportunity with We Are Cove Point – deadline Jan. 23
29] The 5th Annual Progressive Ed Summit – Jan. 24
30] West Chester, PA demo – Jan. 17
31] Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. – Jan. 24
32] See short films created in response to recent incidents of police brutality and protest – Jan. 24
33] See DIRT THE MOVIE – Jan. 24
34] “Creating a More Welcoming and Caring Community at BES” – Jan. 25
35] "Liberating the Holy Name: A Free-Thinker Grapples with the Meaning of Divinity" -- Jan. 25
36] "How Judaism and Islam [Have] Informed Our Views on Contemporary Issues” -- Jan. 25
37] “Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits–And Won” -- Jan. 25
38] Hawks, Doves, Or Ostriches? Who Will Determine Israel's Future? -- Jan. 25
39] Honor Leslie Feinberg – Jan. 25
40] Film A PATH APPEARS – Jan. 25
41] Pentagon Vigil – Jan. 26
42] David Barrows on trial – Jan. 26
43] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 26 – Jan. 30
44] Fair Budget Coalition – Jan. 26
45] Getting government documents – Jan. 26
46] "A Force More Powerful" – Jan. 26
47] See “Stealing a Nation” – Jan. 26
48] Human trafficking of domestic workers – Jan. 26
49] HandsUpDC at DOJ – Jan. 26
50] Pledge of Resistance/FOC meeting – Jan. 26
51] Job opportunity with ILRF – deadline Jan. 29
52] Degrading ISIS?? – Jan. 30
53] Donate to help Eva
54] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
55] Join Fund Our Communities
56] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
57] Do you need any book shelves?
58] Join Global Zero campaign
59] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
60] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
21] – On Fri., Jan. 26 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.

22] – Get over to 950 Pennsylvania Ave., WDC, on Fri., Jan. 23 from noon to 1 PM, and help Split the Rock deliver poems to the Department of Justice. The criminalization, brutalization, and mistreatment of Black Americans by police and justice systems nationwide is utterly deplorable and unacceptable.

23] – 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. 23 vigil will remind us that War Is Not the Answer and that there is the need to stop torture, and prosecute the torturers.

24] – See a screening of the Palestinian film OMAR by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, followed by a discussion, on Fri., Jan. 23 at 6:30 PM. Check out the trailer at This is a fundraiser for the Baltimore Palestine Solidarity Coalition. The evening will include food and drink at 402 Evesham Ave., Baltimore 21212. The suggested donation is $25 for the fully employed; $15 for artists, activists and students. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

25] – On Fri., Jan. 23 from 7 to 10 PM, see the documentary BULLY at a location near Dupont Circle NW, WDC. Use the Red Line Metro. There will be an open dialogue afterwards. RSVP at, and you will be notified of the location.

26] – Are you interested in having dinner with LIZ COLLIER on Sat., Jan. 24 at 7 PM at a particular restaurant. She will be speaking the next morning at the Baltimore Ethical Society. Call Emil Volcheck at 443-791-9910 if you’d like to come.

27] – 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. 23. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

28] -- 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.

29] -- The 5th Annual Progressive Ed Summit is happening on Sat., Jan. 24 from 8:30 to 4 PM at the City Neighbors Campus, 5609 Sefton Ave., Baltimore 21214. The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Howard Fuller. “When can we declare that equity has been achieved? What does it look like? For me, the quest for equity is an eternal struggle that manifests itself in the push for respect, for dignity, for influence, and for self-determination.” The Summit is hosted by City Neighbors Foundation. Register at

30] – 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

31] – On Sat., Jan. 24 from 3 to 4 PM in downtown Silver Spring in the open space near the Civic Center and the ice rink, the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition is hosting a sit-in demonstration to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and to show elected officials that people will not rest until police brutality ends. Visit

32] -- Come over to Bloombars, 3222 11th St NW, WDC on Sat., Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 PM, BloomBars and DC Moving Pictures will again present this collection of experimental documentary short films created in response to recent incidents of police brutality and protest. In 2014, filmmaker Can Tuzcu, and other independent filmmakers, joined together to create “Now!” - a collection of avant-garde documentary short films that engage current political events and provide a militant call to action - to end police violence NOW! See

After the screening, there will be an audience discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Can Tuzcu, and Chris Rue, of DC Moving Pictures – a movie screening project dedicated to showcasing great movies and great filmmakers at local spaces in and around the District. The suggested donation is $10. Proceeds support BloomBars. Enjoy free organic popcorn. BloomScreen Indie Film Night is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts and other guests.

33] – The Baltimore Documentary Film Series presents: DIRT! The Movie on Sat., Jan. 24 at 7:30PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, it brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil. But more than the film and the lessons that it teaches, it is a call to action. “When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked.”

There will be a brief discussion after the event on the basics of soil structure, and an opportunity to share projects or ideas for building soil heath in your area. Check out the trailer at Call 443-602-7585. You can pre-register for free gift bags at The film is co-sponsored by the Baltimore Free School. Go to

34] – 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. 25, the platform address is “Creating a More Welcoming and Caring Community at BES” with Elizabeth Collier, American Ethical Union Mossler Fellow. Following her platform in November 2013 on young adult engagement in Ethical Culture, Collier returns to closely examine two characteristics young adults look for in humanist groups such as BES. This interactive platform will give each person a chance to practice how they describe Ethical Culture and BES to their friends. It will also examine how everyone at BES can create a more welcoming and caring community towards each other and the rest of the world.

Elizabeth Collier was raised in Ethical Culture at the Ethical Society of Northern Westchester. She was a founding member of the Future of Ethical Societies, a group for young adults to stay connected to Ethical Culture. Call 410-581-2322 or email

35] – At noon on Sun., Jan. 25th, Dan Spiro will be giving a book talk and leading a discussion about my newest book, "Liberating the Holy Name: A Free-Thinker Grapples with the Meaning of Divinity" at the Muslim Community Center, 15200 New Hampshire Ave. NE, Silver Spring The author will explore, among other things, how the Name of God has become such a polarizing force in our society, why so many people are losing interest in God, and what we can do to make the Holy Name more relevant in the contemporary world. Email <>.

36] – On Sun., Jan. 25 at 2:30 PM, catch a JIDS dialogue entitled "How Judaism and Islam [Have] Informed Our Views on Contemporary Issues (issues involving homosexuality, abortions, etc.)." The speakers are scholars, Gideon Amir and Imam Haytham Younis. Most of that session will be spent in small-group dialogues, so everyone will have a chance to talk about these issues. The dialogue will be at the joint home of the Shirat HaNefesh Congregation and the North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase.

37] – 2014 was certainly an exciting year for all at Freedom to Marry. The movement won marriage in 18 new states and set the stage for a national resolution via a Supreme Court decision. There is a book talk about “Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits–And Won” by Marc Solomon. The book is a testament to all of the courageous advocates who have taken a stand for the freedom to marry, including those in Maryland and Washington, D.C. who fought years-long battles to end marriage discrimination.

The event is presented by Denizens Brewing Company and BBQ Bus, two LGBT-owned businesses, and will take place on Sun., Jan. 25 from 3 to 5 PM at the Brewing Company, 1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring. RSVP at Enjoy complimentary food and drinks.

38] – Hawks, Doves, Or Ostriches? Who Will Determine Israel's Future? A look at Israel's upcoming elections and prospects for peace with American University Professor Guy Ziv takes place on Beth El Congregation, Kolker Room, 8101 Park Heights Ave. (at the Beltway), Baltimore, Maryland 21208, on Sun., Jan. 25 at 3 PM. Register at Professor Ziv will discuss how Israeli leaders' thinking about peace and war has evolved over time and what that means for their nation's future. This talk couldn't be more relevant, as Israelis go to the polls on March 17 to choose a new government. Will they choose a bold new direction, or validate the status quo? Will they choose hawks, doves...or ostriches?

39] – Baltimore Workers World Party is honoring Leslie Feinberg on Sun., Jan. 25 at 5 PM at 2011 N. Charles St., 1st Floor, Baltimore 21218. Pay tribute to someone who self-identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, She died on Nov. 15 from complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease. Leslie revolutionized the understanding of trans oppression by using revolutionary Marxist analysis that traced the roots of LGBTQ oppression to women's oppression. Call 443-221-3775.

40] – At Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Sts. NW, WDC, on Sun., Jan. 25 from 5 to 7 PM, see “A Path Appears,” which investigates young women in America forced into a life of prostitution and the innovative programs that have evolved to achieve remarkable results in empowering their lives. In the second part, the series continues around the globe tracking children in Haiti, living in abject poverty after years of political corruption during times of violent protest and captures the transformation of Kenya’s most notorious slum through expanded education for girls. The series uncovers the roots behind the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. From the creative team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the four-hour series A Path Appears will air on PBS as a special presentation of Independent Lens in early 2015 as part of the Women and Girls Lead initiative. With Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and a number of celebrity activists as guides — including Malin Akerman, Jennifer Garner, Mia Farrow, Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, and Alfre Woodard, each with painful stories from their own pasts. Go to

41] -- 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. 26, 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.

42] – On Mon. Jan.26 beginning around 9 AM, David Barrows will be on trial in Room 218 of D.C. Superior Court at 500 Indiana Ave. NW for speaking out at a House Armed Services Committee hearing with Secretary Hagel discussing US strategy in dealing with "terrorists." This will be a jury trial and they may spend the morning on jury selection with the trial itself starting later in the day. Try to attend the trial and support David, who has always been a strong voice crying out for peace and justice and I am proud to know him. He could use our support as he stands before judge and jury. You can see David speaking for truth and justice in the video below at around 23 minutes--

43] – 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

44] – On Mon., Jan. 26 from 10 AM to noon, at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., Room 123, WDC, join members of the Fair Budget Coalition and D.C. Councilmember David Grosso and others for the release of the annual budget report. It will suggest how to make D.C. a more just and inclusive city by protecting workers, getting residents into affordable and dignified housing, and getting more residents the jobs and incomes they need to support themselves.

Immediately following the press conference, there will be a panel discussion about The State of Poverty in the District. How can the budget be a tool to lift people out of poverty? Visit

45] – On Mon., Jan. 26 at 6 PM at 3260 R St. NW, WDC, Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish will discuss the ways in which the U.S. Government Printing Office and the Federal Depository Library Program support Federal Government transparency by keeping us informed. The presentation will include a demonstration of GPO's discovery and access tools that aid the public in finding the government information they need. 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. Go to

46] – Beyond the Classroom: U of MD, 1104 South Campus Commons, Building 1, WDC, will show a classic documentary on Mon., Jan. 26 at 7 PM. "A Force More Powerful" is a documentary on one of the 20th century’s most important and least-known stories – how nonviolent power overcame oppression and authoritarian rule. In South Africa in 1907, Mohandas Gandhi led Indian immigrant in a nonviolent fight for rights denied them by white rulers. The power that Gandhi pioneered has been used by underdogs on every continent and in every decade of the 20th century to fight for their rights and freedom. In the 1960s, Gandhi’s nonviolent weapons were taken up by Black college students in Nashville, Tennessee. Disciplined and strictly nonviolent, they successfully desegregated Nashville’s downtown lunch counters in five months, becoming a model for the entire Civil Rights Movement. In India in the 1930s, after Gandhi had returned from South Africa, he and his followers adopted a strategy of refusing to cooperate with British rule. Through civil disobedience and boycotts, they successfully loosened their oppressors’ grip on power and set India on the path to freedom. In 1985, a young South African named Mikhuseli Jack led a movement against the legalized discrimination known as Apartheid. Their campaign of nonviolent mass action, most notably a devastating consumer boycott in the Eastern Cape Province, awakened whites to black grievances and fatally weakened business support for Apartheid. Reviewing a century often called the most violent in history, this documentary tells the story of millions of people who chose to battle the forces of brutality with nonviolent weapons – and won. See

47] – At American University, Mary Graydon Center 200, WDC, on Mon., Jan. 26 at 7 PM, see “Stealing a Nation,” written and directed by John Pilger, tells the story of the Chagossian people – a group of islanders forcibly exiled from their ancestral home in the late 1960s by the governments of the U.S. and the U.K. In their place, one of the most strategically important U.S. military bases was established and remains there to this day on the island of Diego Garcia.

Since that time, the Chagossians have been fighting for their right to return home; meanwhile both governments abdicate responsibility for their crimes. This film features interviews with first-generation Chagossians recounting the initial forced-relocation and the subsequent years they have spent fighting for justice.

The UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic in AU’s Washington College of Law, along with the graduate students in the Anthropology of Militarism Clinic, present this film, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. The panel will feature David Vine, AU anthropology professor, Ali Beydoun, WCL professor and Executive Director/Supervising Attorney at UNROW, and Sean Goldhammer, AU law student and student of the UNROW clinic, and is moderated by graduate students in the Anthropology of Militarism clinic. Snacks will be provided. Go to

48] – Join the National Domestic Workers Alliance and host AFL-CIO on Mon., Jan. 26 from 12:30 to 2:00 PM in the AFL-CIO Room 7012, 815 16th St. NW, WDC, for a brown bag discussion about Beyond Survival, NDWA’s new campaign aiming to build a survivor and worker voice in the fight against human trafficking of domestic workers.. Additionally, NDWA will launch its new campaign report with policy recommendations, and announce its new survivor fund. RSVP to Tiffany Williams at or 202-503-8604.

49] – Join the HandsUpDC coalition at the DOJ, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., WDC, on Mon., Jan. 26 from 4 to 5:30 PM to demand (1) that federal charges be brought immediately against the officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, (2) that findings about these and similar cases be released, (3) that there is an immediate end to DoJ funding of militarized policing, and that the DOJ reopen the Michael Brown case because of improper handling of the grand jury. See

50] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. The next meeting will be on Mon., Jan. 26. The proposed agenda will include anti-drone activities, including getting a resolution passed in Baltimore’s City Council, the MLK parade, lobbying John Sarbanes, preparing for legislation in Annapolis, Witness Against Torture activities, a march from the EPA to the Pentagon, supporting GMOM on January 27 in Annapolis and a talk about ISIS on January 30. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

51] – 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.

52] – 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

53] – Walking outside her home to get ready to go to work, a Good Samaritan found Eva, an innocent, three-month-old puppy, lying on the sidewalk. Eva was kicking only her hind legs and crying-out in agonizing pain. It was immediately evident that something was terribly wrong with Eva's front legs. She was unable to walk, or even lift her head from the ground. The bottom of her tiny chin was also scraped, from trying to propel herself towards help using only her back feet. Both of her legs appeared to be broken. Although very scared, Eva was trusting enough to allow her rescuer to pick her up and bring her to the Maryland SPCA for help.

Eva was rushed to our exam room where vet staff immediately took action to make her more comfortable as her injuries were assessed. X-rays confirmed that both of Eva's front legs were badly fractured and, after consulting with a local orthopedic specialist, determined that she will need two extensive surgeries to mend her bones.

The cost to provide the medical and life-changing surgeries Eva needs to walk pain-free is $4,500. This is a timely matter and we need your help TODAY to raise these funds. Please help us and support Eva and her urgent medical needs. The MD SPCA receives no operating funding from the government or the ASPCA. We are able to help pets like Eva because of community support and donations to our KB Fund, a 100% donor-funded program for emergency medical care. To donate, go to

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

55] -- 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

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

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

58] -- 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.

59] -- 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.

60] – 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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