Thursday, May 28, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 28 - June 5, 2015

52] Support David Barrows – May 28
53] Hear the Labor Chorus – May 30
54] Film SPECIEISM – June 5
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52] – From: Debby Hanrahan [] Come Out to Support David Barrows at His Trial This Thursday, May 28; Spread the Word to Get Good Turnout.
Please pass on this email to people, organizations and appropriate listservs that could come out in support of David. We had a good turnout for a status hearing on David's case earlier this month, and hope to have even more people in the courtroom to support him for his trial. Details below:

WHEN: Thursday, May 28, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: D.C. Superior Court,
                500 Indiana Avenue, NW
               Courtroom 218, Judge Neil Kravitz
To friends, comrades and supporters of David Barrows:

We want to urge you to turn out beginning Thursday, May 28, for the trial of David Barrows, who faces a misdemeanor charge of disrupting a U.S. House of Representatives hearing last year.

The offense charged comes under a D.C. -- not federal -- statute and relates to David’s nonviolent redress of grievances at a hearing on ISIL before the House Armed Service Committee on September 18, 2014. Specifically, he is charged with “unlawful conduct in violation of D.C. Code & 10-503.16(b)(4).” David faces up to 6 months in jail and/or a $500 fine, if convicted on the charge.

David's trial is scheduled to begin this Thursday at 9:30 a.m. with jury selection before Judge Neal Kravitz, in courtroom 218 of D.C. Superior Court. The judge indicated that after the jury is selected, he will likely recess the case until Monday, June 1. We urge everyone to turn out on May 28 and for all subsequent days of the trial.

In addition to jury selection on Thursday, Judge Kravitz indicated he will at that time rule on a government motion that seeks to prohibit David from explaining his motives for his redress of grievances at the September 2014 House hearing.

As specific intent has to be proven by the government, David must be able to explain his specific intent in order to attain a fair trial. If justice is to prevail, the judge should not be able to convict David before the trial begins by allowing government prosecutors to withhold exculpatory evidence. If prosecutors get their way, the government would be able to censor David’s motives -- with the jury not able to hear the whole truth and with the jury unaware of such censorship.  

At a status hearing earlier this month, David won an important victory as Judge Kravitz rejected a government motion that sought to have a single trial to combine David's September 2014 case with another case in which David faces a similar charge of disrupting a Senate committee hearing in February of this year. Judge Kravitz ruled that joining the two cases would prejudice David's defense. Instead, David will face a separate trial on the Senate case at a not yet determined later date. 

David’s redress of grievances at the September 2014 hearing consisted of a minute or so. He spoke against escalating U.S. military involvement in the Middle East. In the February 2015 incident at a Senate hearing, David spoke against the deliberate misrepresentation of the situation of prisoners held at Guantanamo who had been cleared for release five years ago.


David will be representing himself (pro se), with attorney Mark Goldstone as his courtroom legal adviser.

As we have previously noted, David has expressed at congressional hearings what so many of us think and feel about U.S. militarism and our endless wars. Now we need to thank him by supporting him at his trial.

Please make every effort to support David by coming to D.C. Superior Court on Thursday, May 28, and on subsequent days as the trial progresses. And get the word out! Thank you.

Debby and John Hanrahan

53] –  "SONGS IN THE KEY OF JUSTICE,” the Charm City Labor Chorus’ 6th annual concert, will be presented at 7:30 PM on Sat., May 30 in the auditorium of The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore 21218. The Chorus is committed to performing music of the labor, social justice, and civil rights movements.  This year, the concert program includes history, humor (Tom Lehrer’s “Pollution”) and songs from many traditions, including a Yiddish Anarchist chant. Now, more than ever, let us be in solidarity as we hear (and sing together) songs of the Struggle and of our victories! 

Special guest soloists Lea Gilmore, the internationally acclaimed blues, gospel and jazz singer, and Ruth Pelham, renowned folk singer, will also perform.  The Charm City Labor Chorus is directed by Darryl! L.C. Moch and accompanied by pianist Chester Burke, Jr.


Tickets are $15 ($12 for BMA members; $5 for students) and are available at and at the door.  For more information, email You can get a half-price parking voucher ($4) for the underground JHU South lot just off Wyman Park Drive at


54] – 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. SPECIEISM: The Movie [USA, 2013] will be shown around 7:15 PM with a discussion to follow on Fri., June 5 at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at
This documentary, by director Mark Devries, explores the concept and practice of speciesism, the assignment of value to beings on the basis of species membership. Its definition, the idea that humans are the most superior being, leads to the cruel and unjust treatment of other beings. If also includes believing that one specie is more valuable than another, for example a dog being more valuable than a hen.  Obviously, being above all other beings leads to mistreatment. Animals are exploited everyday by humans who justify such behavior with the belief of superiority.  This paradigm has led to the extinction of massive numbers of species.
The film features interviews with, among others, Peter Singer, Richard Dawkins and Steven Best, along with material shot in and around factory farms in the United States. During the making of the film, Devries became a vegan, and his documentary offers suggestions for taking action.
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