Thursday, September 3, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 3 - 4, 2015

21] Understanding the Iran Deal – Sept. 3

22] Film SON HOMBRE – Sept. 3

23] Limiting Nuclear Weapons – Sept. 4

24] Protest Saudi Arabia – Sept. 4

25] Peace vigil at the White House– Sept. 4

26] Black Lives Matter Vigil – Sept. 4

27] Film CHOCOLATE CITY – Sept. 4

28] Film MATEWAN – Sept. 4

29] Ballroom Dancing – Sept. 4


21] – Understanding the Iran Deal with Zia Mian is happening on Thurs., Sept. 3| at 7 PM at the Germantown Friends School, Yarnall Auditorium, 31 West Coulter St., Germantown/Philadelphia 19144. What are the major parts of the Iranian nuclear deal agreement and what would they accomplish?  What are the agreement's implications for nuclear weapons nonproliferation in the Middle East and the long term prospects for peace in the region? What if the agreement crashes and burns in the U.S. Congress.

Mian, a physicist and peace activist at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, will be addressing these concerns directly under the auspices of the Germantown Friends Meeting’s Adult Class Committee.  The talk is sponsored by numerous groups, including American Friends Service Committee & the Brandywine Peace Community.  Go to

22] See director Cary Fukunaga’s film SON HOMBRE [Mexico/USA, 2009,  96 mins.] on Thurs., Sept. 3 at 7:30 PM at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224.  Sayra (Paulina Gaitan), a Honduran teen, hungers for a better life. Her chance for one comes when she is reunited with her long-estranged father, who intends to immigrate to Mexico and then enter the United States. Sayra's life collides with a pair of Mexican gang members (Edgar Flores, Kristyan Ferrer) who have boarded the same American-bound train. Tickets in advance are $10 or $7 for members.  At the door, tickets are $12 and $9.  This screening is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Despues De La Frontera/After the Border on view at the Creative Alliance through Sept. 26. To schedule a tour, email curator Tanya Garcia at

23] – On Fri., Sept. 4 from 9 to 11 AM, Sharon Squassoni, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Andrew Kuchins, CSIS, Steven Pifer, Brookings Institution, Guy Roberts, former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Weapons of Mass Destruction Policy, NATO, and retired Col. Jeff MaCausland, will tackle "Limiting Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons: Results of a Track II Dialogue." At CSIS, Second Floor Conference Room 212-B, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

24] – Come to the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Sept. 4 at 10:30 AM as the Saudi government is relentlessly bombing the country of Yemen, killing thousands of people. In Saudi Arabia, horrific punishments from beheading to lashings are routinely carried out by the government. It’s time to break the cozy relationship between our government and the Saudi regime!

There will be a march to the Ritz Carlton down the street at 11:30 AM where a day-long gathering of Saudi leaders will be taking place. A new coalition of human rights organizations--composed of the Institute for Gulf Affairs, CODEPINK, the Middle East Crisis Committee (Connecticut) and Peace Action (Massachusetts)--is calling on the United States to end its alliance with the absolute monarchy. Go to or

25] – On Fri., Sept. 4 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.

26] – 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. 4. Black Lives Matter. Though this is the First Friday, there will not be a potluck or a film.  The potluck dinner will occur on September 11, followed by a viewing of WALL-E.

27] –  Come to the ATU Union Hall, 2701 Whitney Place, Forestville, on Fri., Sept. 4 from 5 to 9 PM, as ATU Local 689 will be having a Cocktail Hour/Movie Night. Enjoy light refreshments and at 7 PM a movie called "Chocolate City."

"In 2003, over 400 families from the Arthur Capper's housing project in South East Washington DC were forced from their homes as part of a massive nation-wide redevelopment program.  "Chocolate City" explores the rapid gentrification of Washington DC through the eyes of a group of local women who are fighting to return to their neighborhood. Although living in the shadows of power, their story celebrates the strength of communities and the capacity of art to inspire change."

This event is open to EVERYBODY, please feel free to attend if you would like to have a drink, get to know members (and vice versa) and watch a really cool movie about organizing in D.C. and the strength of communities. Visit

28] –  Go to the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064 for the First-Friday Free Large Screen Film Series on Fri., Sept. 4 at 7 PM to see a special Labor Day weekend showing of a film classic, MATEWAN, based on a true story of  justice and struggle. A union organizer comes to an embattled mining community dominated by a mining company and its hired thugs.   Written and directed by John Sayles, the film stars Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell and David Strathairn. The screening is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. Go to or call 610-544-1818.

29] – 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. 4. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

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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