Saturday, February 21, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 21 - March 6, 2015

50] Demystifying Syria – Feb. 21/Postponed until April 11
51] “The Tao of Ethical Culture” – Feb. 22
52] Interfaith Community visit – Feb. 22
53] Malcolm X Black Power Conference – Feb. 22
54] Obama’s Cuba Policy: An End to the Embargo? – Feb. 22
55] Save Barry Farm – Feb. 22
56] Jews United for Justice meeting – Feb. 22
57] Baltimore Green Forum – Feb. 22
58] Malcolm X Remembered – Feb. 22
59] Film “American Denial” – Feb. 22
60] D.C. Ferguson march – Feb. 22
61] Pray for Peace – Feb. 22
62] Pentagon Vigil – Feb. 23
63] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Feb. 23 – Feb. 27
64] Nixon and detente – Feb. 23
65] Clean Energy Rally and Lobby Night – Feb. 23
66] Green Neighbors meeting – Feb. 23
67] Documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” – Feb. 23
68] Solutions for Economic and Community Empowerment – Feb. 23
69] Budget Engagement Forum – Feb. 23
70] Labor Committee of the NAACP Labor Branch – Feb. 23
71] Israeli apartheid – Feb. 23
72] Pledge of Resistance/FOC meeting – Feb. 23
73] Film LIONS FOR LAMBS –Mar. 6
74] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
75] Join Fund Our Communities
76] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
77] Do you need any book shelves?
78] Join Global Zero campaign
79] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
80] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
50] – Learn more about the bitter and largely misunderstood situation on the ground in Iraq and Syria-- Demystifying Syria - The Real Story Behind ISIS A Forum with World Renowned Experts scheduled for Feb. 21. Because of the weather report, this event is postponed until April 11.

51] – 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. 22, the platform address is “The Tao of Ethical Culture” by Hugh Taft-Morales, leader, Baltimore Ethical Society. Both Ethical Culture and the broader tradition of Humanism in general use reason to liberate us from superstition so we can build a better world. Sometimes, however, we can get sucked into overly intellectualized debates about how many atoms fit on the head of a pin. This is why, the Taoist sage Laozi reminds us to think less and simply “be.” What would the founder of Ethical Culture, Felix Adler, think of such wisdom? In trying to answer this question, Hugh Taft-Morales relies on Benjamin Hoff’s “The Tao of Pooh” in an attempt to keep things simple.

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. Call 410-581-2322 or email

52] – On Sun., Feb. 22 at 11:15 AM, the Montgomery County Interfaith Community will visit the Bethesda Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The visit will finish by about 2 PM. Email The Community is a grassroots movement that provides opportunities for people of all faiths to share religious ideas and practices that engender mutual respect and appreciation for the diversity of religious expression, encourage personal spiritual exploration and discovery, and build a just and peaceful society.

53] – As part of the Malcolm X Black Power Conference at Howard University Blackburn Center, 2400 Sixth St. NW, WDC, on Sun., Feb. 22 at noon, see the film COINTELPRO 101, which will be followed by a discussion with Marshall Eddie Conway, Dequi Kioni Sadiki, Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, Yasmina Mrabet, DCFerguson, and Johnathan Stith, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. Go to

54] – Obama’s Cuba Policy: An End to the Embargo? What does this really mean? Get answers and refreshments on Sun., Feb. 22 from 1:30 to 4 PM at the Elkridge Library, Elkridge Meeting Room, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge 21075. Join renowned Cuban-American law attorney José Pertierra and discuss Obama’s opening relations with Cuba. In addition to representing many Latino immigrants in Washington, D.C. for the past four decades, Pertierra represented: Juan Miguel González in his battle to return to Cuba with his 7 year old son, Elián; and Jennifer Harbury in the case of her husband Efraín Bámaca Velásquez--a Guatemalan guerrilla commandante who was disappeared in 1992, and found to be captured, tortured and killed by a paid CIA source.

Pertierra was awarded the American Immigration Lawyers Association´s (AILA) National Human Rights Award in 1996, and the Hispanic Democratic Club of Maryland´s Law and Justice Award in 1999. AILA further recognized him in 2001 with a special commendation for his work on behalf of undocumented immigrants. And in 2011, the Union of Journalists in Cuba gave Mr. Pertierra the Félix Elmuza Distinction for a series of articles written about the trial of Posada Carriles. Contact Leslie Salgado at 410-381-4899 or This talk is sponsored by Howard County Friends of Latin America.

55] – On Sun., Feb. 22 from 2 to 5 PM, Barry Farm residents and allies will continue to fight the displacement of more than 400+ African American families from one of D.C.'s last traditional public housing communities. Join Empower DC and the community of Barry Farms to strategize and brainstorm at the Anacostia Public Library. 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE, large conference room, WDC. Dinner will be served, and childcare will be provided. See

56] – Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) was founded in April, 1998, by a small group of Jews in the greater Washington, D.C. area. In September, JUFJ expanded to Baltimore! The mission is to lead Jews in the Baltimore-Washington region to act on their shared Jewish values by pursuing justice and equality in the local community. They strive to be agents of change, repairing the world by organizing in solidarity with those most directly affected by local issues of social, racial, and economic injustice...and WINNING. There is a meeting on Sun., Feb. 22 at 3 PM at the Beth Am Synagogue in Baltimore. See

57] – The BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM, a monthly environmental education and discussion forum, will occur on Sun., Feb. 22 starting at 4 PM at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson 21286. What is killing the bees? What can we do about it? Josephine D. Johnson, Ph.D. will explain how pollinator declines worldwide have raised concern for future food security. In the case of bees, factors such as invasive mites, pesticides, pathogens, nutritional status and management practices have been implicated as causes of declines. The neonicotinoid class of pesticides has received attention in Europe, Canada, and the US as being especially toxic to bees. Dr. Johnson will explain rudimentary bee biology, the issues of declines, the toxicity of the neonicotinoids, some of the positive and negative outfalls of banning the use of these pesticides, and what the consumer can do to help.

Dr. Johnson graduated with a degree in toxicology from the Univ. of MD, Baltimore in 2012. For her doctorate she studied the sub lethal effects of several pesticides (with an emphasis on the neonicotinoid imidacloprid) on honey bees at the USDA lab in Beltsville under the mentorship of Dr. Jeff Pettis. She established her own company, Cullaborate, in 2014 to research pollinator health and raise pollinator awareness. Currently she is working on projects to increase pollinator friendly habitat in Maryland, to study urban pollution using honey bees as environmental samplers, and to investigate the biophysical properties of plants during the pollination event.

The Forum seeks to educate and stimulate dialogue about what humans can do to make modern civilization more sustainable, including adjusting to finite resource limits and preserving biodiversity and a healthy environment. This is done through 8 monthly meetings a year. The topics are far ranging. They vary from local to planetary and from philosophical to scientific to very practical. The Meeting Format: There is a speaker and Q&A from 4-5:15 PM. Then there are brief announcements by representatives of other organizations that also seek sustainability and environmental protection. The idea is to promote collaboration among these organizations. Next, there is an optional roundtable discussion until 6:30 PM. Finally, there is often a small gathering at a nearby restaurant.

BGF is open to the public and is free of charge, but donations to Maryland Presbyterian Church are collected during the meeting to thank the church for their generous gift of the space to us. Call Sam Hopkins at 410 554 0006 or email Visit http://www.baltimoregreen

58] -- The Peoples Power Assembly is holding a Malcolm X BHM Forum on Sun., Feb. 22, starting with a light dinner at 4:30 PM. COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ASSASSINATION OF MALCOLM X – THE LEGACY OF MALCOLM X & THE UPRISING AGAINST POLICE TERROR AND BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT. The special guest speaker is Larry Holmes, and the event takes place at 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. The evening is sponsored by the Workers World Party & FIST Youth Group. Holmes is the first secretary, Workers World Party. He has written extensively and is published in “Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle.” He is a leader in the Peoples Power Assembly movement in New York City and nationally, and was radicalized as a young GI during the Vietnam War. Holmes spent 6 months in the stockade for resisting the imperialist war and became an organizer with the American Servicemen’s and Women’s Union. Visit or call 443-221-3775.

59] – Catch the film “American Denial” on Sun., Feb. 22 at 5 PM at the Busboys & Poets, 14th & V Sts., 2021 14th St. NW, WDC. The Institute of Policy Studies and Community Cinema [DC] are hosting the showing of this film, which uses research footage, newsreels, home movies and modern short films to expose some of the potential underlying causes that continue to affect implicit racial biases inherent in American institutions. Visit

60] -- Go to Congress Heights Metro Station, WDC, on Sun., Feb. 22 at 6 PM to join #DCFerguson in a march to the 7th District Police Station. Bring more awareness to the "Jump Outs," a military style tactical unit within the Metropolitan Police Department. Stand in solidarity with the Rafael Briscoe family and the sisters and brothers that are continuing to protest and resist the police murders of Black and Latino people every 28 hours in America. Go to Call Salim Adofo at 301-836-1826.

61] – Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Sun., Feb. 22 at St. Thomas’ Church, 1108 Providence Road, Towson, ( 100 yards north of 695, exit 28 . ) Contact Charles Cloughen, Jr., Interfaith Peace Partners, coordinator, at or at 410-321-4545.

62] -- 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., Feb. 23, 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.

63] – 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

64] – On Mon., Feb. 23 at 10 AM, Phil Odeen, Jan Lodal, David Aaron and Winston Lord, former members of President Nixon's National Security Council staff, will address "Nixon Legacy Forum: Detente and Arms Control with the USSR" at the National Archives Museum, McGowan Theater, Constitution Ave. between Seventh St. and Ninth St. NW, WDC. RSVP at

65] – On Mon., Feb. 23, there is Training and Registration from 5 to 6 PM in the House of Delegates Building. Then from 5:30 to 7 PM, there will be lobby visits in both the House of Delegates Building and the Senate Building. Then rally in Lawyer's Mall, 100 State Circle, Annapolis until 8 PM. Call 410-467-0439. This Clean Energy Rally and Lobby Night is being done to support the Maryland Clean Energy Advancement Act. This bill will help move Maryland forward by doubling the clean energy standards. By 2025, 40 percent of our energy would come from clean sources of energy like wind and solar, if we pass this bill. If you plan to come to the rally, RSVP at

66] – Due to the President's Day holiday, Green Neighbors will meet on Mon., Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW, downstairs in the conference room. The main topics of discussion are the PEPCO-Exelon merger and a solar energy event.

67] – On Mon., Feb. 23 from 7 to 9 PM, Beyond the Classroom, University of Maryland, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, College Park, is doing a Seminar Series on "People Power: Activism for Social Change!" See the documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” (USA, 2014). Programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz has his fingerprints all over the internet—he was integral to the development of the basic Internet protocol RSS and co—founded the global social news and entertainment website Reddit. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two—year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his life at the age of 26. Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY is a personal story about what we lose when we ignore the implications of technology and its relationship to our civil liberties. Visit and

68] – Go to the Greater Washington Urban League, 2901 14th St. NW, WDC 20009, on Mon., Feb. 23 at 7 PM for a seminar Solutions for Economic and Community Empowerment. Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs and advocates, focused on raising the profile and success of black businesses. All participants will walk away with action steps to increase their support of black business and raise the economic base of the community. See

69] – On Mon., Feb. 23 from 7 to 8:30 PM, Mayor Muriel Bowser will host a Budget Engagement Forum at the Dunbar High School, 101 N St. NW, WDC. The forum is designed as an interactive discussion where D.C. residents can provide input to help shape priorities. Visit

70] – The Labor Committee of the NAACP Labor Branch is hosting an open meeting for anyone interested in getting involved in the committee at the NAACP Financial Freedom Center, Thurgood Marshall Center, Lower Level, 1816 12th St. NW, WDC, on Mon., Feb. 23 at 7 PM. The Committee functions as the labor wing of the NAACP D.C. branch. Exciting things planned for this year. RSVP at

71] – On Mon., Feb. 23 from 7 to 8:30 PM in the Charles Commons Barber Room, Students for Justice in Palestine are hosting a panel featuring Reverend Heber Brown III of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, JHU Professor Floyd Hayes III, and American University's Professor Cathy Schneider. There will be free food!

Rev. Brown works alongside a variety of community organizations that address issues such as homelessness, poverty, racism, worker’s rights, environmental justice, peacemaking, and national/international social justice concerns. Dr. Hayes is a senior lecturer and coordinator of programs and undergraduate studies in the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. During the fall 2008 semester, he was scholar-in-residence in African and African American studies and the African American Cultural Center at Towson University. Schneider is an Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University. She writes and teaches on urban politics, comparative social movements, collective violence, urban policing, criminal justice, immigration and racial and ethnic discrimination in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Go to

72] – 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. 23. The proposed agenda will include anti-drone activities, including getting a resolution passed in Baltimore’s City Council, lobbying in Annapolis, a march from the EPA to the Pentagon, lobbying John Sarbanes, the ongoing wars, the crisis in Greece and upcoming court cases. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

73] – 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. On Fri., Mar. 6 at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, around 7:15 PM, LIONS FOR LAMBS [USA, 2007] 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 film directed by Robert Redford makes a connection between a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, a U.S. senator, Tom Cruise, a reporter, Meryl Streep, and a California college professor, Redford. It is a critical look at the U.S. government's prosecution of the wars in the Middle East, and does this by telling three different simultaneous stories. The film’s Web site asks a question one must answer before one can enter: what do you stand for? The film itself asks a bigger question: What are you willing to do for what you believe? The title of the film comes from a comment a German general offered in a letter during World War I. Impressed by the bravery of the British soldiers, if not their officers, who were often given their commission because of social ranking, not military prowess, he wrote, “Never have I seen such Lions led by such Lambs.”

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

75] -- 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

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

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

78] -- 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.

79] -- 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.

80] – 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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