Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 12 -27, 2015

36] D.C. Tenants’ Rights 101 – May 12
37] Film ”Handsworth Songs” – May 12
38] Saudi women speak on issues – May 13
39] Swords to Plowshares Belltower – May 14 through May 27
40] Arms Control Association annual meeting – May 14
41] Hear from Professor Naseer Aruri – May 14
42] "Workshop on Radiological Security and Public Health" – May 14
43] Wake Up, Pakistan – May 14
44] Black Lives Matter – May 14
45] International Conscientious Objectors' Day – May 14


36] – Come to the OTA conference room, Reeves Center, Suite 300 North, 2000 14th St. NW, WDC on Tues., May 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM as the D.C. Office of the Tenant Advocate will present two city-wide education trainings during May. This first session, D.C. Tenants’ Rights 101, is a comprehensive overview of tenant rental housing rights and responsibilities. Who should attend – renters, housing advocates, ANCs, social services staff that deal with housing issues, and tenant association representatives. To register, call OTA at 202-719-6560 or email delores.anderson@dc.gov.
37] – At Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW, WDC 20010, on Tues., May 12 from 7 to 9 PM, BloomScreen and DC Moving Pictures present a film essay on race and disorder in 1980’s Britain by John Akomfrah, the renowned director of “Seven Songs for Malcolm X” called ”Handsworth Songs” (1986, 61 min).  It is an experimental film essay which examines the 1985 race riots in Handsworth and London, interweaving archival photographs, newsreel clips, and home movie footage. This remarkable film feels especially relevant today, with the scenes of Baltimore and Ferguson appearing eerily reminiscent to those in Handsworth. Both triggered by police violence, and both denounced as senseless acts of criminality by much of the mainstream press. Go to http://tinyurl.com/handsworth-songs-trailer.  The screening will be followed by audience discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Can Tuzcu 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, and the 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. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/834876226598903/.

38] – Go to the Rayburn House Office Building, Room #2456, WDC on Wed., May 13 at 3:45 PM and join Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) and Human Rights First for a discussion on the ongoing discriminatory practices the government of Saudi Arabia uses against women in the country. The event panel will include a number of Saudi women who will be speaking on issues such as the Saudi guardianship system, family law, women human rights defenders and the ban on women driving. Go to http://adhrb.org/2015/05/upcoming-event-discrimination-against-women-in-saudi-arabia/.

39] – Come to the National Mall on Thurs., May 14 at noon through Wed., May 27 at noon to witness the Swords to Plowshares Belltower.  Mourn ALL the Dead and Wounded. Rid the Earth of the Waste of War. Beat Swords into Plowshares. Let Peace and Freedom Ring. Contact Roger Ehrlich at progerehrlich@gmail.com

40] –  On Thurs., May 14 from 9 AM to 3 PM, there will be an Arms Control Association annual meeting at the Carnegie Endowment, Root Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. Register at https://www.armscontrol.org/civicrm/event/register?id=38&reset=1. The keynote will be by Alexander Kmett, Austrian Director of Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament. The closing keynote is by Colin Kahl, National Security Adviser to the Vice President. The panel discussions are as follows: "The Big Chill: Russia, the West and the Future of Nuclear Arms Control," "Mid-Life Crisis? The Future of the NPT," and "The P5+1 and Iran and the Comprehensive Nuclear Deal."

41] – On Thurs., May 14 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM,  the Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037, invites you to meet Chancellor Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, Professor Naseer Aruri, an internationally recognized scholar-activist and expert on Middle East politics, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and human rights. He was also a leading advocate in the U.S. on behalf of the rights of the Palestinian people. A former member of the Palestinian National Council, the parliament-in-exile of the Palestinian people, Dr. Aruri was a founding member and twice served as President of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates (AAUG). He lectured and published far and wide in newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals throughout the world and was the author/editor of more than a dozen books, chiefly on the subject of American foreign policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His many publications include books Dishonest Broker: the U.S. Role in Israel and Palestine (South End Press 2003), and Palestine and the Palestinians: A Social and Political History (Westview Press) co-authored with his colleague, the late American University (DC) Professor Samih Farsoun. See http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/EventDetails/i/51205. Call 202-338-1958 or email info@thejerusalemfund.org.

42] – On Thurs., May 14 from 1:30 to 5 PM, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the Stanley Foundation present "Workshop on Radiological Security and Public Health" at CNS, 1400 K St. NW, Suite 1225, WDC. RSVP to Donna Vandygriff at dvandygriff@stanleyfoundation.org or at (563) 264-6858. Catch a webcast on the CNS website--http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/technology/help/mediaserv/stream.

43] – On Thurs., May 14 from 3 to 4:45 PM at The Century Foundation, 1333 H St., 10th Floor, WDC 20005 attend the launch of Wake Up, Pakistan, a new report by The Century Foundation's International Working Group on Pakistan, chaired by Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and comprised of prominent citizens, Pakistanis, and internationals, many of whom will speak at this important event. RSVP for both general and webcast admission at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wake-up-pakistan-tickets-16444004460.  Email events@tcf.org.

    Over the past two years, South Asia has gone through several overlapping transitions: new governments in Islamabad, Kabul, and New Delhi; the drawdown of the bulk of U.S. and international troops from Afghanistan; and an increasingly active role by China. These transitions have taken place at a time when Pakistan faces an array of critical challenges, from internal militancy to struggles with economic and human development to debates over political legitimacy.  The Century Foundation's International Working Group believes it is time for Pakistan to wake up to its present predicament and begin a serious reassessment of the fundamental policy challenges it faces. Copies of Wake Up, Pakistan will be available at the event.

44] – Go to the Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW, WDC on Thurs., May 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM for an event which happens every Thursday. Participants will hold signs with the names of people who were killed by police, #BlackLivesMatter signs, and other messages.  There will be a Person of the Week--Aiyana Jones, 7, Detroit, killed May 16, 2010--that will be studied and remembered. While holding signs, participants are encouraged to share what they learned about this person. At 6:15 pm we will do a short go-round where we share a thought about the person and what we have learned. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1655768397990657/.

45] – On Thurs., May 14 from 7 to 9 PM, the Center on Conscience & War (CCW), with Veterans for Peace, is hosting an event for International Conscientious Objectors' Day. Enjoy the inspiring and fun music by Emma's Revolution, and celebrate brief reflections from a few local Conscientious Objectors to war. The event is free, but offerings in honor of CCW's 75th birthday and in support of our ongoing work with Conscientious Objectors will be most welcome. "War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige as the warrior does today." – JFK.  Let's bring that "distant day" a little closer by celebrating this international holiday in honor of conscience! The celebration will be held at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V. Sts., WDC. Visit http://www.busboysandpoets.com/events/event/international-conscientious-objectors-day.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs 


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