Thursday, June 4, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 5 - 7, 2015

51] Chavez Schools Public Policy Symposium – June 5
52] D.C. Green Festival – June 5
53] WPFW needs volunteers – June 5 - 7
54] Peace Vigil at the White House – June 5
55] Protest at the Chamber of Commerce – June 5
57] Peace vigil – June 5
58] Film SPECIEISM – June 5
59] See the documentary Shadows of Liberty” – June 5
60] See the film RISERS and meet undocumented youth – June 5
61] “Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile” – June 5
62] Ending the Crime of Torture – June 5
63] Ballroom Dancing – June 5
64] Our City Festival – June 5 - 7
65] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
66] Join Fund Our Communities
67] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
68] Do you need any book shelves?
69] Join Global Zero campaign
70] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
51] –Each year, every Chavez senior scholar presents and defends thesis findings on some of our nation’s most pressing public policy issues. This process is the culminating event of their high school experience and three students are chosen to present their thesis at the Public Policy Symposium. Now in its fourth year, the Chavez Schools Public Policy Symposium is a dynamic event that illustrates the powerful impact of our school’s mission, and provides a highly inspirational and educational experience for both the attendees and the scholars chosen to participate. Local and national policy makers, civic leaders, and business leaders attend and witness firsthand how scholars apply critical thinking skills to complex public policy issues.
On Fri., June 5 from 9:30 to 11AM, Chavez is welcoming an esteemed panel of experts to the Symposium who will engage with the presenting scholars on current pressing policy issues at Georgetown University Rafik B. Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium, 37th and O Sts. NW, WDC 20007. Visit
52] –On Fri., June 5 from noon to 6 PM and Sat., June 6 from 10 AM to 6 6 PM and Sun., June 7 from 10 to 5 PM,  get inspired about Creation Care at the DC Green Festival, held at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, WDC (Mt. Vernon Square Metro; free bike valet). Green Festival brings together renowned authors, leaders, and educators; great how-to workshops; cutting-edge films; fun activities for kids; organic beer and wine; delicious vegetarian cuisine and live music. Shop in a unique marketplace of over 300 eco-friendly businesses — everything from natural body care products and organic cotton clothing to Fair Trade gifts and housewares made from renewable resources. See the most recent developments in renewable energy and green technology; sample Fair Trade chocolate, tea, and coffee; and learn how to invest in your community, green your home, and avoid products made in sweatshops. For tickets go to
53] –WPFW will once again have a table at the Green Festival Expo (  The station is looking for two volunteers per shift for a total of eight volunteers to represent and promote WPFW at this event. Also needed is somebody to pick up/drop off WPFW material on June 5 and bring back WPFW material after the event either the day of or the next day. Email or leave a message at 202.588.0999 x360. Go to
54] – On Fri., June 5 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.
55] -- On Fri., June 5 from 12:15 to 1:15 PM, worker safety advocates will deliver to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW, WDC, a crucial message to the blue suits: Stop Blocking OSHA’s new silica rule. Silica dust, a silent killer, is a widespread hazard in construction, foundries, masonry, hydraulic fracking and other industries. Exposure can lead to lung infections, tuberculosis, silicosis, lung cancer and other potentially fatal conditions.
The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) is sponsoring this delegation to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Workers, safety advocates and health professionals are invited to send an important message to the business community: We won’t stand for dishonesty or delays that put workers’ lives at risk. The June 5th delegation is a follow up to the National Conference on Worker Safety and Health, held June 2 to 4 at the Maritime Training Center. See
56] – THE ROOTS PROJECT: BRINGING TOGETHER ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS with Ali Abu Awwad and Rav Hanan Schlesinger.  Coexistence and Hope in the Heart of the Conflict is on Fri., June 5 at 3 PM at the US Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC 215, 1 First St. NE, WDC.  Palestinian and Israeli conflict transformation activists Ali Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger work courageously in the heart of the West Bank/Area C/Gush Etzion.  Don't miss this opportunity to meet them, to hear and discuss how these "neighbors" work to break down barriers to build a future for both peoples. .To attend, a RSVP is required:
On the East Plaza of the Capitol (off 1st Street NE), walk down to the main Visitor Center entrance.  Tell security that you are registered for the event in HVC 215 on the second floor.  You will be directed [to the] second floor and go to the Appointments Desk to the right.  They will sign you in and direct you to HVC 215. Visit
 The conversation with the two activists will continue on Sat., June 6 at 1 PM at the Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW, WDC.  See
ALI ABU AWWAD is a leading Palestinian non-violent peace activist who teaches his countrymen non-violent resistance and reaches out to Jewish Israelis at the heart of the conflict.  He tours the world to tell his riveting story of past violent activism, imprisonment, bereavement, and discovery of the path of non-violent resistance.  Ali says, "The path to Palestinian freedom should run through Jewish hearts and minds."
RABBI HANAN SCHLESINGER divides his time between Israel and the USA.  He serves as Executive Director and Community Rabbinic Scholar for the Jewish Studies Initiative of North Texas, which he founded in 2010.  In this capacity he teaches adult education classes on Judaism and spearheads interfaith projects throughout the greater Dallas area.  In Israel he serves as the president of the Memnosyne Institute's chapter in Israel, which he founded at the beginning of 2014.  In this capacity he is active in a number of interfaith and peace building initiatives, bringing together Jewish Israelis and Palestinians, both Muslim and Christian. 
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. 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.
59] -- Go to the AFL-CIO, 815 16th St. NW, WDC on Fri., June 5 at 5:30 PM to see the documentary “Shadows of Liberty” which reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, coverups and corporate control. Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes an intrepid journey through the darker corridors of the American media landscape, where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades, their overwhelming influence has distorted news journalism and compromised its values.  In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.  Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, “Shadows of Liberty” poses a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news? See
60] -- On Fri., June 5 at 7 PM, see RISERS, a short film and portrait series which explores the cultural identity of young undocumented immigrants in Washington, D,C., at Hierarchy, 1847 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC. Not knowing whether their immigration status shall be legalized, they embark on their college educations and careers. The film centers around Brenda Perez Amador and Gerson Quinteros as they deliver a presentation on how to navigate these challenges. Their audience, a high school class made up of immigrants who are new arrivals to the United States, eagerly listen to their consultation. As they empathically present to them, the viewer witnesses how two young inspirational youth activists can not only rally their peers, but also educate us all on the challenges and complexities of undocumented life. The film includes original poetry by Aura Alvarez. Her poems are observations on the contemporary immigrant experience. Douglas Mijo provides a spiritual perspective to the immigrant experience. Go to
61] -- Get over to the John F. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, WDC on Fri., June 5 at 7:30 PM to catch “Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile,” the creation of Amer Zahr, a Palestinian-American comedian, writer, speaker and professor. He has performed on stages throughout America and the Arab world. In addition to his on-stage experience, Amer has produced numerous comedy productions, including three of his own tours and the annual 1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
A trio of other Palestinian-American comedians will also perform: Said Durrah, Mike Easmeil and Mona Aburimshan. Durrah is based in the Washington, DC metro area and has been performing comedy for over six years around the United States. Easmeil is based in Virginia Beach, VA and has been performing for over 20 years. Aburimshan is based in Chicago and has been performing for over five years. All three of them have performed with Amer on numerous occasions. Go to
62] – Ending the Crime of Torture with Herman Wainggai is happening on Fri., June 5 at 7:30 PM at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010. Herman Wainggai, is a visiting scholar at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Fairfax, Virginia. He is a politician, diplomat and a leader in West Papua’s self-determination struggle. And he represents the Federal Republic of West Papua at the United Nations in New York. Herman is also member of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC) and will speak about his experience as a torture survivor. The mission of TASSC, the only organization founded by and for torture survivors, is to end the practice of torture wherever it occurs and to empower survivors, their families and communities wherever they are.
Join TASSC in celebrating its 18th Annual June Torture Survivors' Week from June 24-27th. Support the TASSC vigil on June 27th at Lafayette Park across from the White House. Go to Contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at 202-882-9649.
63] – 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 June 5. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.
64] – On Fri., June 5 at 8 PM through Sun., June 7 at 5 PM, enjoy the Our City Festival, a celebration of DC through film, music and literature, operated by DC based PR firm, KRPR, in partnership with the DC Public Library Foundation. Films will be shown at various sites, including at the Goethe Institut, 812 7th St. NW, WDC. Go to
The Our City Festival was originally founded in 2008 as the Our City Film Festival to encourage pride in Washington, DC by screening films that told the story of the city's cultures, history and people, and to bring communities together. Expanding from the back room of Busboys and Poets in its first year to the Atlas Performing Arts Center in it's sixth, the "Our City" concept proved that Washington, DC residents were eager to come together to learn more about the city they call home. In an effort to encourage even more sharing of DC's stories, KRPR decided to expand the concept to include music and literature.
65] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email:
66] -- 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 
67] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at
68] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at
69] -- 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.
70] – 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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