Saturday, January 31, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - January 31 - February 13, 2015

43] Bhopal film at JHU – Jan. 31
44] “For Holocaust Remembrance Day: Lessons from Lithuania” – Feb. 1
45] Art-Part'heid: Bridging the Gap of Disparities in the Baltimore Art Scene – Feb. 1
46] Assata Shakur – Feb. 1
47] 2015 National Membership Meeting of Jewish Voice for Peace – Feb. 1, registration deadline
48] Pentagon Vigil – Feb. 2
49] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Feb. 2 – Feb. 6
50] HandsUpDC at DOJ – Feb. 2
51] Hear from Matt Wuerker, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist – Feb. 2
52] Prison Industrial Complex – Feb. 2
53] Film THE NEW BLACK – Feb. 2
54] Raise your voice for marijuana reform! – Feb. 2
55] Pledge of Resistance/FOC meeting – Feb. 2
51] Job opportunity with ILRF – Feb. 2
56] From Mississippi to Ferguson – Feb. 5
57] Silent peace vigil -- Feb. 6
58] See the film AMERICAN GUN -- Feb. 6
59] Witness for Peace is leading a delegation Cuba -- Feb. 13 through Feb. 23
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
43] – Catch the Baltimore premier of "Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain," which exposes the shocking events that led to the biggest man-made industrial disaster in history, when as many as 10,000 people were killed in one night. Hear from Dr. Patricia Santosham, Baltimore physician and executive producer of the film, and Sanjay Verma, Bhopal disaster survivor, activist and photographer for the Bhopal Medical Appeal and The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.

The documentary will be screened on Sat., Jan. 31 from 2 to 5 PM at the The Arellano Theater in Levering Hall on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. Starring Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Kal Penn and a powerful ensemble cast, and directed by Ravi Kumar, is an epic ‘whodunit’ that exposes the shocking events that led to the biggest man made industrial disaster in history. Even for those who survived, the tragedy had just begun. A donation to the Bhopal Medical Appeal will be gratefully received. Email

44] – 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 Feb. 1, the platform address is “For Holocaust Remembrance Day: Lessons from Lithuania” by author Ellen Cassedy. She set off into the Jewish heartland of Lithuania to connect with her Jewish forebears. But what had begun as a personal quest expanded into a larger exploration. Probing the terrain of memory and moral dilemmas, Cassedy offers a close-up view of how an Eastern European nation is encountering the complex history of the Holocaust, World War II, and the Soviet era that followed. She conveys a cautious message of hope, with implications far beyond Lithuania. The author of “We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust” is a former speechwriter in the Clinton Administration and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Her articles, essays, and Yiddish translations have appeared in numerous publications. Her roots in Ethical Culture go back three generations. Visit her website at Call 410-581-2322 or email

45] – On Sun., Feb. 1 at 3 PM at 2640, 27th & St. Paul Sts., participate in Art-Part'heid: Bridging the Gap of Disparities in the Baltimore Art Scene, a panel discussion and community dialogue on race, power, privilege, exclusion and shared wealth. Mia Loving, curator and founder of Invisible Majority, a creative community incubator, Michelle Gomez, independent curator who works collaboratively with under-represented audiences on community-focused exhibitions in Baltimore, Sophia Mak, artist, dancer, performer, educator, and activist, and Abdu Ali, artist and musician, will lead the discussion. Contact Conscious A. Ware at Snacks and refreshments will be served.

46] – A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race) presents Assata in Her Own Words - A Discussion on the Life and Legacy of Assata Shakur at Busboys & Poets, 14th & V Sts., Langston Room, WDC, on Sun., Feb. 1 from 5 to 7 PM. In light of the recent foreign policy shift with Cuba, A.C.T.O.R. takes a look at the life and legacy of Assata Shakur - one of the most famous members of the Black Liberation Army. On May 2, 1973, three Black Panther activists including Assata Olugbala Shakur, AKA Joanne Deborah Chesimard, were stopped by two members of the New Jersey State Police. In the ensuing shootout, a police officer was killed, another wounded. A Panther was killed, she was shot and another was captured. Assata spent six and a half years in prison under alleged brutal circumstances before escaping out of the maximum security wing of the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey in 1979 and moving to Cuba. Check out "An Open Letter to the Media" from Assata Shakur. Visit

47] – You must register by Sun., Feb. 1 for the 2015 National Membership Meeting of Jewish Voice for Peace, the pro-justice Jewish answer to the negatives of AIPAC. Go to The conference will take place in Baltimore from March 13 to the 15. Speakers include Rabbi Brant Rosen, Angela Davis, Sa'ed Atshan, Andrea Smith and reps from the Israeli fact-finding group Zochrot and the Palestinian research organization Badil.

48] -- 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.

49] – 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

50] – On Mon., Feb. 2 from 4 to 6 PM, join the weekly peaceful Department of Justice Vigil, same day, same time, same place and same demand. The Hands Up Coalition DC condemns the Ferguson Grand Jury Findings, and calls on the Justice Department to intervene and adopt six urgent demands. To see the demands, go to

51] – At the 11 Dupont Circle NW, 2nd Floor, WDC, on Mon., Feb. 2 at 5:30 PM, hear from Matt Wuerker, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist from Politico, the 2010 Herblock Prize Winner, and winner of the 2010 Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for editorial cartooning. He will speak to the Alliance for Justice (AFJ), a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's and consumer advocacy organizations in the USA. RSVP to Leah Salgado at or at 202-464-7390.

52] – On Mon., Feb. 2 from 7 to 10 PM, the Institute for Policy studies joins UDC David A. Clarke School of Law to bring you another look at the Prison Industrial Complex and the way it extends into our communities. The District of Columbia has approximately 660,000 residents. An estimated 60,000, nearly 10%, have a criminal history. Join IPS and the School of Law to discuss reforms that could break a cycle that prevents residents from becoming self-supporting citizens at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC. There will be a long list of speakers, including Shelley Broderick, Dean and Professor of Law, as the moderator, Andy Shallal, proprietor of Busboys and Poets and Institute for Policy Studies board member, D.C. Councilmember David Grosso, Teresa Hodges, returning citizen, and Jared Ball, professor, Communication Studies, Morgan State University. See

53] – Beyond the Classroom: U of MD, 1104 South Campus Commons, Building 1, WDC, will show a documentary on Mon., Feb. 2 at 7 PM. “The New Black” tells the story of how the African-American community in Prince George’s County, Maryland is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage, and it examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church. It also reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda. The film takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community. Go to

54] – ACLU of Maryland is urging you to raise your voice for marijuana reform! Join the organization for Lobby Night in Annapolis on Mon., Feb. 2 at 5 PM. Sign up to meet your legislators, educate them and share your story. Maryland should fully decriminalize, tax and regulate marijuana. RSVP for Lobby Night at

The Maryland General Assembly took a step forward last year when it decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, but more reform is needed. Join the Marijuana Policy Coalition in the House Office Building, Room 170, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis. The night will begin with a welcome and briefing, and then legislative meetings will be from 6 to 8 PM.

55] – 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., Feb. 2. The proposed agenda will include anti-drone activities, including getting a resolution passed in Baltimore’s City Council, protesting Colin Powell, lobbying in Annapolis, a march from the EPA to the Pentagon, the talk about ISIS and “From Mississippi to Ferguson.” Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

56] – "From Mississippi to Ferguson, Lessons Learned, the Road Ahead" is happening on Thurs., Feb. 5 at 7 PM at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, 430 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore 21212. Doors open at 6:30 PM, and refreshments will be available. Tie in lessons from SNCC tactics of the 1960s to today's upsurge against police violence and injustice. The speakers, Larry Rubin and Courtney Mercado, have been/are deeply involved in today's struggles and their history. The Charm City Labor Chorus will enhance our program through song. RSVP to Cindy at 443-275-1095.

57] – 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 Feb. 6 vigil will remind us that War Is Not the Answer and that there is the need to stop torture, and prosecute the torturers. Following the vigil, there will be a potluck dinner and a DVD screening.

58] – 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 dinner at 3107 N. Charles St., around 7:15 PM, a DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow. There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

The series theme is CAN WE SAVE THE PLANET??? See AMERICAN GUN [USA, 2005]. The film centers around three stories dealing with the results of gun use. One story is about an inner city school principal, Forest Whitaker, in Chicago, who threatens one of his most promising students with expulsion after catching him with a handgun. In Oregon, a single mother, Marcia Gay Harden, tries to protect her son, after a Columbine-like massacre. Finally, an A student at the University of Virginia, Linda Cardellini, who works at her family's gun shop gets a gun after his best friend’s near rape at a fraternity house. Also starring are Donald Sutherland, Amanda Seyfried and Tony Goldwyn. The screenplay was written by Steven Bagatourian and Aric Avelino, and directed by Avelino in his debut. The film was influenced by stories about how students brought guns to school, not necessarily to use them, but as protection because of the dangerous neighborhoods they live in or have to walk through. Contact

59] – Witness for Peace is leading a delegation Cuba: The Good Food Revolution: Strengthening Community Through Sustainable Agriculture from Feb. 13 through Feb. 23. The delegation coordinator is Kristin Stuchis, and she can be reached at 218-340-8079 or

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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