Sunday, September 20, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 21 - 22, 2015

15] Pentagon Vigil – Sept. 21

16] No more gun violence – Sept. 21

17] Healing from violent conflict – Sept. 21

18] What is justice? – Sept. 21

19] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Sept. 21 – Sept. 25

20] How hard is peace? – Sept. 21

21] Don’t nuke the climate – Sept. 21

22] Free Trade & Humanitarian Intervention? – Sept. 21

23] Discussion on the pope – Sept. 21

24] Letters to Palestine – Sept. 21

25] Hind Khoury to speak in D.C. – Sept. 21

26] The future is bleak. – Sept. 21

27] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Sept. 21

28] International Peace Partners is looking for a site to Pray for Peace – Sept. 22

29] Sowing the Seeds of Change – Sept. 22

30] Best Practices in Law Enforcement – Sept. 22

31] Film “Stealing a Nation” – Sept. 22

32] Vigil with the Nuns on the Bus – Sept. 22

33] March with the immigrant women – Sept. 22

34] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Sept. 22


15] -- 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., Sept. 7, 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. 

16] – On Mon., Sept. 21 from 9 AM to 4 PM – join Heeding God’s Call to Prevent Gun Violence in its International Day of Peace vigil.  Heeding God's Call Memorial for the Lost T-shirt memorial will be at the No. Va. Mennonite Church, 3729 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030.  White "peace doves" will be handed out to folks passing by or visiting.  Read the names of those who died in 2014 due to gun violence and the stories of their death, sing songs, read poetry, read scripture, pray, etc.  The Church will be open during the day for rest breaks. ALL ARE WELCOME TO STOP BY FOR A FEW MINUTES OR A HALF HOUR OR MORE.   Contact Lisa Delity -

17] – On the United Nations-declared International Day of Peace, September 21, the U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, from 10 to 11:15 AM, will highlight an essential process for any country to heal from a violent conflict: reconciliation. USIP is convening this reconciliation discussion as part of a daylong celebration of the international day of peace. If you would like to take some action for peace, share it with us at #PeaceDayChallenge.

For a society that has lived through war or other violent conflicts, a reconciliation process is fundamental to finding a way to live in lasting peace. Reconciliation allows grievances to be heard and addressed, and the social contract to be renewed. A forum led by USIP President Lindborg will explore how collaborative reconciliation processes can ensure a more inclusive peace for the community and for individuals. USIP practitioners will discuss their recent reconciliation work, which combines the Institute’s research and thought leadership with work alongside its partners in conflict zones. Go to RSVP at

18] – Come to the Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Mon., Sept. 21 from 10 to 11:15 AM.  As citizens flood the streets with chants of “No Justice, No Peace,” a discussion will ask “What exactly is Justice?” Join DC Justice First founder and BlackLivesMatters activist Eugene Puryear, ONE DC Resource Organizer Dominic Moulden, and Code Pink's Medea Benjamin for a discussion on the current justice system in the USA, alternative justice systems globally, and how exactly to link together a larger movement towards Justice and Peace.

19] – 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  

20] – At Songbyrd Record Cafe, 2475 18th St. NW, WDC, on Mon., Sept. 21 from 12:30 to 1:45 PM, there is a Brown Bag Lunch: "How Hard is Peace?" Do you want peace but are unsure of how to work towards it?   Join Stuart Anderson, the founder and executive director of Family and Friends of Incarcerated People, and Chic Dambach, peacebuilder and author of Exhaust the Limits, for a discussion on how to build political, social and economic movements that resolve conflict and build peace.  Feel free to bring your lunch.

21] – At Constellation headquarters, 750 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, tell EDF on Mon., Sept. 21 at noon: Don’t Nuke the Climate! The French power company, EDF (Electricite de France), is pushing for subsidies for nuclear power here and around the world, falsely pitching it as a solution to the climate crisis. EDF is the largest nuclear power company in the world, and owns part of five reactors in the U.S., including Maryland's Calvert Cliffs. Come out for an international day of action to expose EDF’s lies. Email  Go to

22] – On Mon., Sept. 21 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM, Vijay Prashad will speak on Free Trade & Humanitarian Intervention: The Conundrums of US Foreign Policy, and it will be followed by a Q&A.  The event will be at American University - SIS Founders Room - 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC.  Go to  This is part of Human Rights Week with events each day:

23] – Come to the Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, WDC, on Mon., Sept. 21 from 3 to 4:30 PM to hear a discussion on Pope Francis.  Since his installation in March 2013, he Francis has inspired and fascinated people across the globe. Simultaneously humble and prophetic, Pope Francis is changing the face of the Catholic Church and the way that millions of people view it.

The pope’s visit to the United States this month will include visits with immigrants, prisoners, and low-income families, along with Mass celebrations for thousands of people. Pope Francis will also address a joint meeting of Congress—the first pope in history to do so—where he is expected to bring his call for justice and dignity for all people to the power center of U.S. politics.

The Center for American Progress will host a panel of faith-based advocates and experts for a conversation about the papal visit and its implications for politics, policies, advocacy, and action. Following the panel, Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) will give remarks on the opportunity that the pope’s teachings provide for conversations about the challenges of climate change and finding ways for everyone to cooperate in the care of creation. Copies of John Gehring’s book, “The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church,” will be available. One of the panelists will be Gehring, Catholic Program Director, Faith in Public Life.  RSVP at  Contact Chelsea Kiene at 202.478.5328 or

24] – On Mon., Sept. 21 from 6 to 7:30 PM hear a talk “A Year After the Assault: One More Letter to Palestine” featuring Vijay Prashad, editor – “Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation.”  It will be held at the Abramson Family School of International Service Founders Room / SIS Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC.   RSVP at  Refreshments will be served. The talk is sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, DC Metro WIAMEP, Students for Justine in Palestine-AU, AU’s Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs Program.


Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s seven-week bombing campaign and ground invasion of Gaza in the summer of 2014, resulted in half a million displaced Gazans, tens of thousands of destroyed homes, and more than 2,000 deaths—and, yet, it was only the latest in a long series of assaults endured by Palestinians isolated in Gaza. But, following the conflict, polls revealed a startling fact: for the first time, a majority of U.S. citizens under thirty found Israel’s actions unjustified.

This book traces this swelling American recognition of Palestinian suffering, struggle, and hope, in writing that is personal, lyrical, anguished, and inspiring. Some of the leading writers of our time, such as Junot Díaz and Teju Cole, poets and essayists, novelists and scholars, Palestinian American activists like Huwaida Arraf, Noura Erakat, and Remi Kanazi, give voice to feelings of empathy and solidarity—as well as anger at US support for Israeli policy—in intimate letters, beautiful essays, and furious poems. This is a landmark work of controversial, committed literary writing.

Parking in the SIS garage is free after 5 PM. The entrance to the garage is at the traffic light at the intersection of Nebraska Ave. and New Mexico Ave. NW. Additionally, individuals can take the Metro to Tenleytown-AU Station (Red Line). The AU shuttle picks up right near the intersection of Albemarle and 40th St. No ID is needed to take the shuttle. Email or visit

25] – Coinciding with the World Council of Churches World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, Hind Khoury will be at Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW, WDC, on Mon., Sept. 21 at 7 PM, as part of a U.S. speaking tour organized by United Methodist Kairos Response.  Khoury is a Palestinian Christian, an economist, a former ambassador, and the newly appointed General Secretary of Kairos Palestine, an organization of Palestinian Christians which in 2009 issued an urgent call to the churches of the world (signed by 3,000 Palestinian Christians) asking the churches to take tangible actions like boycott and divestment to help end the Israeli occupation of their land.

Khoury is the president of the Bethlehem Rotary Club and an executive board member of Bethlehem Bible College. She is president of the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ); vice-president of the Arab Thought Forum; serves as a consultant to MASARAT, a research center on Palestinian strategic directives, and served as vice president of Sabeel Ecumenical Palestinian Liberation Theology Center. Go to

26] – Beyond the Classroom, University of Maryland Series on "Ensuring a World Fit for Children?" presents a special seminar on: "The Future Is Worse Than You Expected: What You Can Do to Save the World!" It takes place at 1104 South Campus Commons, UMD, College Park, on Mon., Sept. 21 from 7 to 9 PM.

Humanity faces daunting challenges that will affect the future prospects for life on the planet. Global climate change, nuclear proliferation, poverty and other key issues are shaping the future for people today and for generations to come. 2015 is a pivotal year for the United Nations and the global community to take action on these issues! What prospects do children born today face around the world? What is required to ensure a world fit for children? How can the international community strengthen its commitment to children’s welfare, well-being, and life opportunities around the world? What can citizens do to take action on these issues? Join a special seminar to learn about these challenges and what steps you can take to improve the lives of children today and for the future! See

27] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings have taken take place at Max’s residence.  However, the group will meet on Thursdays starting Oct. 1.  So there will be a meeting on Mon., Sept. 21 at 7:30 PM.  Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

28] – Interfaith Peace Partners are looking for a site to Pray for Peace on Tues., Sept. 22. It also needs your help in arranging a place for r services for October and November. A sample service can be provided, but each congregation can tailor their own service. Please check with your priest, minister, rabbi, imam and ask if they can host. Direct your correspondence to Charles Cloughen, Jr., Interfaith Peace Partners coordinator, at or 410-321-4545. 

29] – On Tues., Sept. 22 from 9 AM to 2 PM, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance and Campaign Nonviolence are organizing “SOWING THE SEEDS OF HOPE: FROM CONGRESS TO THE WHITE HOUSE.”  Meet in the cafeteria of the Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515 at 9 AM.  This will be a planning meeting to prepare for the two planned actions. We will go to Rep. Paul Ryan's office, 1233 Longworth HOB, at about 10 AM.  Bring packets of seeds and photos or news articles of issues you would like to address i.e. war, climate crisis, poverty, institutionalized violence, etc.   A letter was sent to Ryan requesting a meeting, so there will be an attempt to speak with someone in authority. We will occupy Rep. Paul Ryan’s office until 11 AM.

  Then we will attend a noon rally at Edward R. Murrow Park, 1800 block of Pennsylvania Ave. NW.  At 12:45 PM we will depart for the White House.  There we will try to deliver a letter to the White House urging the president to listen to Pope Francis who has condemned rampant income inequality, militarism and the destruction of Mother Earth.  Let Max know if you can join us in D.C. for this action. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at Visit

 For this planet, the war-ravaged, and the poor, it is time to sow the seeds of hope for peace.

Guided by conscience, reason, and deeply held convictions, there is a call upon people of good will to come to Washington, DC on Tuesday September 22, 2015 to actively participate in a witness of nonviolent civil resistance calling on Congress and the White House to take meaningful action to confront the climate crisis, the unending wars, the root causes of poverty, and the structural violence of the military-security state.  Pope Francis will meet with President Obama on September 23.

30] – The Speaker of the House of Delegates has appointed Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk as a member of the Public Safety and Policing Workgroup, which is tasked with looking into police accountability in Maryland.  There was an organizational meeting on June 8.  There will be monthly meetings in Annapolis, which are open.  The next meeting will be on Tues., Sept. 22 at 1 PM in the Joint Hearing Room, Legislative Services Building focusing on Best Practices in Law Enforcement in Maryland. Email

31] – Come to American University - Kay Lounge - 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, WDC, on

Tues., Sept. 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM to watch “Stealing a Nation,” a documentary written and directed by John Pilger. It tells the story of the Chagossian people—a group of people in the Indian Ocean forcibly exiled from their ancestral home in the late 1960s by the U.S. and the British governments. In the Chagossians’ place, the governments built one of the most strategically important U.S. military bases in the world on the island of Diego Garcia. Since that time, the Chagossians have been living in impoverished exile, fighting for their right to return home. Both governments have abdicated responsibility for their crimes. This film features interviews with Chagossians recounting their deportation and the years they have spent living in exile, fighting for justice. The film will be followed by a discussion led by David Vine, AU Anthropology Professor. Go to

32] – On the Mall at 4th St. (between Madison & Jefferson), WDC, on Tues., Sept. 22 at 2 PM, join NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus when the bus rolls in to D.C. By listening to the people and letting their stories break open hearts, Nuns on the Bus and you can develop solutions that meet the real needs of people and prioritize the common good. It's necessary to seek out the stories and share them. Demand a new political reality and help the nation bridge the harmful divisions between people. Thousands of people will arrive in Washington, D.C. to welcome Pope Francis. If you happen to be one of those people, you're invited. Pope Francis's radical call is to change politics, not just policies. Go to

33] – On Tues., Sept. 22 at 4 PM at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE, WDC, join the vigil - the evening before the Pope begins his visit in DC - with 100 women who have walked 100 miles carrying their stories, hopes, and prayers, and echoing his message of dignity for migrants. On Sept. 15, one hundred women embarked on a 100 mile pilgrimage from a detention center in York, PA to D.C. to share their stories and hopes for migrant women, families, and communities with Pope Francis as he visits the United States. Go to

The women are immigrants, domestic workers, faith and movement leaders. Most of them have their own immigration story to tell and hope that their sacrifice will inspire the Pope to put immigration at the center of his meetings and address in DC. Following the vigil, walk the final miles of the pilgrimage into Washington, D.C. in a candlelight procession. See

34] – 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 Sept. 22.  Call 215-426-0364.

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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