Friday, September 11, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 11 - 22, 2015

46] Peace vigil at the White House – Sept. 11
47] Pew Foundation report – Sept. 11
48] Support beaten worker – Sept. 11
49] Black Lives Matter Vigil – Sept. 11
50] See the film WALL-E – Sept. 11
51] Race & Ethnicity discussion – Sept. 11
52] Dalit Women’s Movement – Sept. 11
53] Promise of Anarchism – Sept. 11
54] Hear Eugene Puryear – Sept. 11
55] See an Orioles game – Sept. 11
56] Freddie Gray’s Baltimore – Sept. 11
57] Ballroom Dancing – Sept. 11
58] Peace conference – Sept. 12
59] West Chester peace vigil – Sept. 12
60] Support Syrian refugees – Sept. 12
61] Remember Jay Marx – Sept. 12
62] Pax Christi Wine & Cheese --- Sept. 12
63] Climate chaos, poverty & war actions – Sept. 22
64] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
65] Join Fund Our Communities
66] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
67] Do you need any book shelves?
68] Join Global Zero campaign
69] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
46] – On Fri., Sept. 11 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.

47] – The Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council is meeting on Fri. Sept. 11 at 2:30 PM in the Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis 21401. The PEW Foundation will give a report to assess the situation in Maryland.  This will allow for an introduction to policy discussions. This is a public meeting and you are invited.

48] – Come to the Bestway Super Store, 8457 Richmond Hwy. Alexandria, VA on Fri., Sept. 11 from 3 to 5 PM in a show of solidarity. Jose Angel Diaz, a worker at the Mt. Vernon Bestway Supermarket, was physically assaulted by a store manager. Mr. Diaz went to the hospital and thankfully he is doing better but this behavior is unacceptable. UFCW Local 400 is asking folks show support and solidarity by standing with Mr. Diaz at a rally for justice and respect for all workers. Email

49] – There is usually a silent peace vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on Sept. 11. Black Lives Matter. Though this is not the First Friday, there will be a potluck followed by a film. 

50] –  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.  The DVDs will be shown at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, usually on the First Friday.  After the peace vigil, there will be a potluck dinner. At 7:15 PM, from September through December, a DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. The series theme is CAN WE HAVE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE?

On Fri., Sept. 11 see the film WALL-E (USA, 2008, 98 min.), an-animated comedy produced by Pixar Animation Studios.  Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a robot named WALL-E, who is designed to clean up an abandoned, waste-covered Earth far in the future. He falls in love with another robot named EVE, who also has a programmed task, and follows her into outer space on an adventure that changes the destiny of both his kind and humanity. The film is seen as a critique on larger societal issues. It addresses consumerism, corporatism, nostalgia, environmental problems, waste management, human impact on the environment, and risks to human civilization and the planet Earth. Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

51] – On Fri., Sept. 11 from 6 to 9 PM, a conversation on race and ethnicity continues at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, Charles and Franklin Sts. Baltimore.  Featuring the consulting leadership of Paula Cole Jones, with congregational facilitators Melissa Feliciano and Rev. David Carl Olson, this is a recurring event on the 2nd Friday of the month. This gathering will explore implicit racial bias. UUs and non UUs are welcome.

52] – On Fri., Sept. 11 at 6:30 PM, come to the Washington Peace Center,  1525 Newton St. NW, WDC to meet Dalit women activists from the Dalit Women's Self-Respect movement, India’s largest historic challenge to caste-apartheid and caste-based sexual violence. The All India Dalit Women's Rights Forum (All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch) activists who have had enough of India’s epidemic of caste violence, jumped into jeeps, cars, bikes, and rickshaws traveling state to state in the largest freedom ride to demand an end to caste based violence in Indian history. At each stop activists comforted survivors, confronted perpetrators, and called out corrupt public officials and the State who are responsible for this violence.  This evening will feature a night of personal testimonies, songs, performance, film and discussion. Visit

53] – Come to the Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Fri., Sept. 11 at 7 PM for the To Change Everything U.S. Tour: The Promise of Anarchism, an International Panel Discussion.  This panel brings together organizers from Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and North America to discuss the significance of anarchist ideas and tactics in the 21st century. The participants will compare experiences from the wave of protests and uprisings that has swept the world since 2010—exploring the role of demand-based politics in both catalyzing and limiting movements, examining a variety of forms of repression, and critically evaluating experiments with direct democracy. They will conclude by assessing the prospects of contemporary struggles for self-determination in an era of globalized capitalism and state control. See or

54] – Join the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) for a discussion about the state and revolution based on our new book, “Revolution Manifesto: Understanding Marx and Lenin's Theory of Revolution” at 617 Florida Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Sept. 11 at 7 PM.  The featured speaker is EUGENE PURYEAR, representative of Stop Police Terror Project - D.C. In the last year, there has emerged a nationwide movement protesting racist police murders and brutality. The state's coercive power and authority to use violence manifests itself most dramatically in the cold-blooded killing of civilians, and daily in the routine use of force by police throughout the country. Contact the Party for Socialism & Liberation at 202-234-2828 or

55] – On Fri., Sept. 11 at 7 PM, come to Camden Yards for the baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals.  Fans will receive an adult hoody.  Seats are in Section 330, and tickets are $13.  Contact Lou at 410-499-8899.  Ticket sales benefit MPILP, UBSPI, Md Legal Aid Bureau, Public Justice Center, MCDAA, NACDL's Foundation for Criminal Justice, the Association for the Public Defender - Maryland (APDMd) and a memorial educational trust fund for the children of the late ex-APD Norm "Stormin' Norman" Usiak.

56] – Freddie Gray’s Baltimore with Brendan Walsh and Willa Bickham is happening on Fri., Sept. 11 at 7:30 PM at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010.  Why did Baltimoreans rise up after the police murder of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015? Brendan and Willa, who founded the Viva House Catholic Worker in west Baltimore 47 years ago, will discuss Freddie Gray’s death, the subsequent uprising it spurred, the pervasive racism and the myriad of problems plaguing Baltimore that his death magnified. Articles by and about Walsh and Bickham’s response to the Baltimore riots have appeared in the New York Catholic Worker and the National Catholic Reporter. See June/July 2015 issue of the New York Catholic Worker, and riots. Contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at 202-882-9649.

57] – 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 Sept. 11. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

58] –   The 5th Annual Peace Conference aims to raise awareness about women's empowerment and social norms in developing countries, the key role of youth leadership in social change, and police brutality in the United States. To that end, the conference features experts in human rights activism, social impact, advocacy, conflict resolution, and civil rights activism. The partner organizations are Peace Corps and the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. The conference begins on Sat., Sept. 12 at 10 AM at the Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars, 1005 3rd St., NE, WDC 20002. The admission fee (which includes breakfast, lunch and a raffle ticket) is $7.  Contact Fatimata Gakou at or 202 737 2333 ext. 107.

59] –  Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email

60] – Gather at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., WDC, on Sat., Sept. 12 at noon.  The U.S. must play its part in alleviating the Syrian refugee crisis. Since the conflict began the U.S. has taken in just 1,434 Syrian refugees. As refugees risk their lives every day to reach Europe, gather to let them know that they are welcome here and call upon the government to resettle more Syrian refugees in the United States.

There are more than 4 million refugees that have fled the war in Syria. Lebanon, which has a population of 4 million people, currently has over 1 million Syrian refugees. Turkey also has over 1 million refugees. Germany estimates that it will have 800,000 refugee arrivals this year. The UN high commissioner for refugees has called upon industrialized countries, including the US, to accept 130,000 refugees in the next two years. The US must live up to its responsibility and create a fast, simple, and easy process for refugees from Syria to resettle in the United States. Sign this petition calling on the Obama administration to resettle Syrian refugees in the US:  Go to

61] – Peace activist Jay Houston Marx was working on a peace demonstration on the Union Square of the US Capitol Grounds on the National Mall when he passed away this summer. Seeking to share a vision of what an economy built on peace looks like, Jay picked Sept. 12 for GEL - a Gathering of Everything that's Left. Be at the US Capitol Building, 1st Street NE, WDC 20004, on Sat., Sept. 12 at noon.  Hear speakers, artists, poets, and musical acts share their visions of peace and their talents. Go to

62] –  The next 30th anniversary event is a Wine & Cheese reception on Sat., Sept. 12 at Chuck and Pat Frascati’s house, 9110 Topwood Court, Baltimore 21234, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. This event is free. And the only “purpose” is socializing with fellow chapter members and friends of Pax Christi Baltimore. Email Chuck Michaels [].

63] -- The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance is planning an action on September 22 in the D.C. area. We will gather at 10 AM in Rep. Paul Ryan’s office to challenge him that the wars must end, that Mother Earth must be saved and that we must eliminate income inequality. We will occupy Rep. Paul Ryan’s office.

After delivering a letter and speaking with staff members, we will next gather for a rally in Murrow Park, before arriving at 1 PM at the White House.  There we will try to deliver a letter to the White House, raise the same issues and risk arrest. Let Max know if you can join us in D.C. for this action. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

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

65] -- 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 former 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

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

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

68] -- 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.

69] – 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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