Sunday, July 5, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - July 5 - 7, 2015

15] Cornel West & Bob Avakian July 5
16] What Is Race? – July 5
17] Pentagon Vigil – July 6
18] Marc Steiner on WEAA – July 6 – July 10
19] Pledge of Resistance/FOC meeting – July 6
20] Activists on trial – July 7
21] Support Allen Bullock July 7
22] Peace vigil – July 7
23] No JHU Drone Research – July 7
24] Support D.C. Central Kitchen – July 7

14] – 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 July 5, the platform address is “A Life Reclaimed.”  BES member Uta Allers met Mr. Saleem while volunteering at Second Chance. She was inspired by his life story. After over 40 years of incarceration, he found employment with Second Chance and is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community. He will share his inspiring story. Call 410-581-2322 or email

15] – At the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St. #102, on Sun., July 5 from 1 to 3 PM, see excerpts from a film of the November 2014 historic dialogue on a question of great importance in today's world between the Revolutionary Christian Cornel West and the Revolutionary Communist Bob Avakian.  A discussion will follow.  Call 443-240-9972 or email

16] Come to BUSBOYS, 14TH & V Sts., 2021 14th St. NW, WDC on Sun., July 5 at 5 PM to discuss What is Race? A.C.T.O.R (A Continuing Talk on Race) welcomes Dr. Frances Cress Welsing to discuss Rachel Dolezal, "Passing" and racial identity.  Dr. Welsing is an African American psychiatrist practicing in Washington, D.C.  She is noted for her "Cress Theory of Color Confrontation," which explores the practice of white supremacy. She is the author of The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors (1991).

The A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race) open discussion series is hosted by Busboys and Poets as a community service. It provides the opportunity for people to come together and speak openly and honestly about issues of race. The intent is that each person walks away from the discussion feeling something: challenged, educated, uncomfortable, enlightened, refreshed, reassured and hopefully inspired and moved to action! Each month there is a new topic for discussion. Go to

17] -- 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., July 6, 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. 

18] – 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  

On the Marc Steiner Show, people of opposing views actually listen to each other; on the video linked below, you see the humanity of Freddie Gray's neighbors and friends.  I think the Marc Steiner Show is important for Baltimore, and important for our racial divide in other towns in our country too.  The Show is on an expansion drive; can you contribute?  See

19] – 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 is on July 6. The proposed agenda will include Witness Against Torture activities, anti-drone activities, Freddie Gray, John Sarbanes/Ben Cardin, the annual July 4 visit to the NSA, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration and a September action in D.C. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

20] – Four activists will stand trial on Tues., July 7 on the charge of unlawful entry, which carries a maximum sentence of 6 months in prison. The four were arrested on Apr. 24, 2015 at the Embassy of El Salvador where they staged a sit-in to call attention to a group of Salvadoran women currently serving extreme 30-year prison sentences for having had miscarriages. They will appear at 8:45 AM in Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave. NW, WDC.  Email Hendrik Voss at

21] – The Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee (a joint committee of Homewood and Stony Run) is following the case of Allen Bullock.  Bullock is the young man whose bail was set at $500,000 after he turned himself in for smashing a traffic cone against the window of a police car.  His arraignment is on Tues., July 7 at 9:30 AM in Circuit Court, Courtroom 509 East, Fayette and Calvert Sts., before Judge Williams. Email Ken Stockbridge <>.

22] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is July 7.  Call 215-426-0364.

23] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on July 7  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637

 24] –Individuals observing Ramadan this year will abstain from food and drink from 4 AM to 8:30 PM for thirty days. Inspired by the Se7enFast campaign, a few local interfaith friends are inviting people of different religious and non-religious backgrounds to fast and raise money for a shared cause in solidarity with the Muslim community on one of those days.  On Tues., July 7 from 8 to 9:45 PM at the Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, you are encouraged to bring the money that you would have spent on food that day to donate to a collection for the DC Central Kitchen.  RSVP at

 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] Go to

 "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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