Thursday, January 8, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - January 9 - 15, 2015

17] Vigil for peace at White House – Jan. 9
18] Protest drone command center – Jan. 9
19] Silent Peace Vigil – Jan. 9
20] Film RABBIT-PROOF FENCE – Jan. 9
21] BlackLivesMatter movement benefit – Jan. 9
22] Ballroom Dancing – Jan. 9
23] Tour of homes and offices of famous torturers – Jan. 10
24] Lobby training for bills to reduce incarceration in Maryland and be “smart on crime” – Jan. 10
25] Legislative breakfast -- Jan. 10
26] Protest drone strikes & torture at the CIA – Jan. 10
27] West Chester, PA demo – Jan. 10
28] Rally to close Guantánamo, & march to the Department of Justice – Jan. 10
29] "Is Torture Ever Justified?" -- Jan. 10
30] Stand Up for Transgender Rights in Memory of Leelah Alcorn -- Jan. 10
31] Humanitarian Respite Center at Sacred Heart Church -- Jan. 10
32] D.C. Ferguson events-- Jan. 10, 13 & 15
33] From Ferguson to Guantánamo: Institutionalized Brutality & Torture -- Jan. 10
34] “Ethical Policing” – Jan. 11
35] Winter Poetry & Conversation – Jan. 11
37] Film INCIDENT AT OGLALA – Jan. 11
38] Pentagon Vigil – Jan. 12
39] Witness Against Torture Day of Action in Washington, D.C. – Jan. 12
40] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 12 – Jan. 16
41] "The Endgame: Success or Failure in Iran Nuclear Talks?" – Jan. 12
42] Pledge/FOC meeting – Jan. 12
43] Job opportunity with We Are Cove Point – deadline Jan. 23
44] Job opportunity with ILRF – deadline Jan. 29
45] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
46] Join Fund Our Communities
47] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
48] Do you need any book shelves?
49] Join Global Zero campaign
50] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
51] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
17] – 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.

18] – On Fri., Jan. 9 from 4 to 5 PM, Stand for Schools...Not Billion$ for War and the PA Drone Murder Command. Today, every U.S. war is a drone war. The Drone War Command at Horsham PA Air Guard Station is to be 'Operational' in 2015, closer every day to remote-controlled killing from PA. Join the demonstration to stop the drone war command center on the west side of Phila. City Hall/SEPTA entrance, NW corner at 15th & Market Sts. Contact Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or go to

19] – 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. 9 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.

20] – 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??? On Fri., Jan. 9, see the RABBIT-PROOF FENCE [Australia, 2002]. Directed by Phillip Noyce, it tells the true story of three aboriginal girls, all untrained actors, who are forcibly taken from their families in 1931 to be trained as domestic servants as part of an official Australian government policy. They make a daring escape and embark on an epic 1,500 mile journey to get back home - following the rabbit-proof fence that bisects the Australian continent - with the authorities in hot pursuit. Also in the movie are Kenneth Branagh and David Gulpilil. The screenplay by Christine Olsen is based on a book by Doris Pilkington, which tells the story of the experiences of her mother, Molly, her aunt Daisy and their cousin Gracie. At the time of the adventures in the movie, Molly (Everlyn Sampi) is 14, Daisy (Tianna Sansbury) is 8 and Gracie (Laura Monaghan) is 10. 9] – 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. 2. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

21] – The Lamont Street Collective, 1822 Lamont St. NW, WDC, is hosting a benefit on Fri., Jan. 9 at 8 PM in support of DC organizers & activists in the BlackLivesMatter movement to provide jail expenses. Performing will be Mallory, the radical folk collective. It is a dispersed collective of musicians that found itself coagulated momentarily in the hills of Western Massachusetts.

22] – 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. 9. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

23] – On Sat., Jan. 10, join CodePink for a tour of homes and offices of famous torturers. Meet at 8 AM at Frying Pan Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171.

24] -- On Sat., Jan. 10 from 9 AM to 1 PM, the Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform (MAJOR) is hosting a lobby training for bills to reduce incarceration in Maryland and be “smart on crime” at the MOVE Training Center, 1450 Mercantile Lane, #157, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. See

25] – The Interfaith Action for Human Rights [] is promoting a legislative breakfast on Sat., Jan. 10 from 9 AM to noon when constituents will have an opportunity to meet with the state senators and delegates from Baltimore. The breakfast is sponsored by the League of Women Voters. If you need any information about the event or want to get materials (e.g. factsheets) to bring with you, contact Susan Kerin at (301) 675-9518 or It will take place at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1900 Saint Paul St., Baltimore 20218. Free parking is located at St. Paul and 20th St. See

26] – On Sat., Jan. 10 from 10 to 11:30 AM, join the monthly CIA Drone Protest (bus transportation to and from available), 900 Dolley Madison Blvd. [Route 123], 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. THIS MONTH, MEMBERS OF WITNESS AGAINST TORTURE WILL ATTEND.

27] – 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

28] – On Sun., Jan. 11 at 1 PM at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20500, there is an Interfaith Prayer Vigil sponsored by NRCAT and Interfaith Action for Human Rights. Then at 1:30 PM, rally to close Guantánamo and end the practice of torture and indefinite detention, followed by a march to the Department of Justice. Despite the recent release of some detained men, more than 100 remain imprisoned, including dozens who are cleared for transfer. While we celebrate the freedom of those released, we cannot stand idly by waiting for executive action to determine the fate of those still in Guantánamo.

Let Suzanne O'Hatnick know if you plan to attend--443-721-6518 or Generally, Suzanne takes the MARC train, and then uses the Metro from Union Station. But there might be a carpool. Members of the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will carpool. Go to

29] – The first meeting of Café Philo DC in 2015 will take place on Sat., Jan. 10 from 1 to 3 PM in the Large Meeting Room at the Tenley-Friendship Branch of the DC Public Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., directly across the street from the Tenleytown Metro Station on the Red Line. On-street parking is also available in the vicinity of the facility. The topic "Is Torture Ever Justified?" will be moderated by Jim Frazer, and relevant but optional background material will be available. Feel free to consult an affiliated Yahoo discussion list, Café Philo DC Dialogue, at for possible exchanges on this and other topics. To post messages on this discussion list, you must have a Yahoo membership account.

30] – D.C.-area residents to protest on Sat., Jan. 10 at 2 PM in Mount Vernon Square to Stand Up for Transgender Rights in Memory of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teenage girl who recently took her life. “Leelah Alcorn’s death is a tragedy brought about by a culture which normalizes hatred and violence against transgender women,” says organizer Lex Matthews, who uses he/him pronouns. “In order to prevent more deaths like this, we need serious societal change.” The action will include a march to the Department of Justice to read the list of demands. Contact Jes Grobman, organizer, at or 847-287-2218.

31] – On Sat., Jan. 10 from 4 to 5:15 PM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 3513 N. St. NW, WDC, Missionaries of Jesus Sister Norma Pimentel, the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley (CCRGV), Texas will speak. She will describe the origins of the Humanitarian Respite Center at Sacred Heart Church (McAllen, Texas) and how CCRGV, the city of McAllen, and volunteers from faith ministries from across the Valley and the country continue to provide compassionate care to primarily Central American refugees seeking asylum in the United States.

These efforts continue to capture the world’s attention, drawing news media from around the globe to the Rio Grande Valley, to cover the plight of these desperate Central American refugee families, and compelling thousands of individuals from this country and others, to contribute their time, talents, and treasures to serve and support them. Contact Kate Tromble, Pastoral Associate for Social Justice, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, at 202-903-2809 or

32] – D.C. Ferguson has a number of events planned. On Sat., Jan. 10 at 7 PM, meet at the Congress Heights station to gather signatures for the jump-out petition. On Tues., Jan. 13 at 5 PM, meet at the Rhode Island Avenue station to flyer for an upcoming action on Thurs., Jan. 15. On that day at 7 AM, meet at Mt. Vernon Square Park to shut down the downtown! Go to

33] – On Sat., Jan. 10 at 8 PM attend From Ferguson to Guantánamo: Institutionalized Brutality & Torture--A Panel Discussion at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 4th & E Sts. NW. The discussion will feature activists and attorneys involved in the struggles against police violence, racial profiling, and US detention policies. Use the Judiciary Square Metro stop on the Red Line. Experts will connect the dots between the police killing of unarmed African Americans in the U.S. and the brutal treatment of Muslim men imprisoned at Guantanamo. The panelists include Kathy Kelly (Voices for Creative Nonviolence), Marsha Coleman-Adebayo (DC Hands-Up Coalition), Salim Adofo (#FergusonDC) and a Center for Constitutional Rights attorney. The Peace Poets from New York will begin and end the evening with performances.

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. 11, the platform address is “Ethical Policing” by Hugh Taft-Morales, leader, Baltimore Ethical Society. In 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. cried out, “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.” Today many Americans are speaking out against police actions involved in the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice. Communities of color have declared their mistrust and fear of men and women sworn to protect them. What can Ethical Humanists do to help restore justice and rebuild trust? What can we do to demand ethical policing?

Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. Call 410-581-2322 or email

35] – On Sun., Jan. 11 from 2 to 3:30 PM at the Central Library, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201, enjoy Winter Poetry & Conversation. Hear Elmaz Abinader, an award-winning author, poet, and playwright whose works are inspired by the dislocation of her parents from Lebanon to the US, as well as dislocations, occupations, and disenfranchisement of other people in the Arab World and Diaspora, and Kim Jensen, a writer, educator, and political activist whose books include “The Woman I Left Behind,” “Bread Alone,” and “The Only Thing that Matters.”

Abinader has been a Fulbright Scholar to Egypt, has conducted writing workshops in Palestine, and has toured several countries with her one-woman plays. She is also a Professor of English at Mills College in Oakland, CA, where she specializes in creative nonfiction/memoir, poets of color, and pedagogy. Her recent doctoral dissertation in creative writing is a post-September-11th novel called “Forget Jerusalem.”

Active in the peace and justice movement for many years, especially the struggle for Palestinian liberation, Kim is associate professor of English at the Community College of Baltimore County where she is the founding director of the Community Book Connection, an interdisciplinary literacy initiative that demonstrates the vital connection between classroom learning and broader social issues. Poet Naomi Shihab Nye wrote "Kim Jensen’s poems are searing and spare. They will haunt you and stretch your vision. You won’t be the same person after reading them that you were before.” Visit

36] – On Sun., Jan. 11 at 3 PM at National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, WDC 20005, "Remember! Celebrate! Act!" King’s Legacy of Courage For Our World. Come celebrate MLK's peace and reconciliation at a unique MULTIFAITH MLK PRAYER SERVICE, coordinated by the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. BE INSPIRED BY excerpts of "I Have a Dream" speech delivered by Mr. Calvin Woodland, and reflections by SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL, executive director of Network—a Catholic social justice lobby--and leader of “Nuns on the Bus.” Also enjoy lots of music. Contact Andra Baylus at Go to

37] – On Sun., Jan. 11 at 4:30 PM there is the Brandywine Peace Community Monthly Potluck Supper/Program at the University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., 19104. Bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share. At 5:30 PM the program begins. Watch INCIDENT AT OGLALA, (1988, 90 mins., produced and narrated by Robert Redford, directed by Michael Apted). This film tells the story of an American Indian, Leonard Peltier, who has been imprisoned since 1976. Peltier was part of the American Indian Movement (AIM), and there was a shoot-out with FBI agents on the reservation. Two agents and one Native American were killed. Due to the injustice in the justice system, Peltier was convicted, and is now in the Lewisburg, PA Federal Prison. See

After the film, there will be a discussion with Ed Nakawatase, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) National Representative for Native American Affairs (from 1974 to 2005), and on the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. To get to the University Lutheran Church, go to Call Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or go to

38] -- 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. 12, 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.

39] – On Mon., Jan. 12, there is a Witness Against Torture Day of Action in Washington, D.C. at a site to be determined. See Witness Against Torture’s website - Support from the D.C. community is greatly welcomed to help encourage President Obama to completely carry out his promise in 2009 to close Guantanamo. WAT is looking for 64 people to join in on January 12. Email Go to

40] – 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

41] -- On Mon., Jan. 12 from 4:30 to 6 PM, Bill Luers, Columbia University, Paul Pillar, Georgetown University, Robin Wright, journalist, will discuss "The Endgame: Success or Failure in Iran Nuclear Talks?" at Georgetown University, Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N St. NW, WDC. RSVP at

42] – 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. 12. 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 and a talk about ISIS. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

43] -- 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.

44 – 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.

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

46] -- 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

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

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

49] -- 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.

50] -- 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.

51] – 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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