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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Baltimore Activist Alert - November 11, 2015
26] Protest missile “defense” – Nov. 11
27] Israel’s occupation–
28] Captive Nation – Nov. 11
Rock 'n Roll and Human Rights – Nov. 11 - 15
30] End racism, poverty and violence – Nov. 11
31] WPC mailing party – Nov. 11
32] We Too Sing – Nov. 11
33] 350 D.C. meeting –
34] The death pf Natasha McKenna– Nov. 11
35] Letter writing night – Nov. 11
36] Peace Academy courses -- Nov. 11
37] Valley of Fear discussion – Nov. 11
38] Harvard’s hidden history – Nov. 11
members of the Pledge of Resistance in protesting a misguided and wasteful missile
defense project on Armistice
Day, Wed., Nov. 11 at noon at Aberdeen Proving Ground, 2 Halls Cross Roads, Aberdeen, MD 21005.
a ridiculous missile “defense” project was installed at the Aberdeen Proving
Ground. It was a classic case of Pentagon waste, fraud and abuse This project
costing $2.7 billion consisted of two blimps aimed at preventing a cruise
missile attack on the northern United States, including Maryland. Rather
than protecting U.S. citizens, one of the balloons involved in this cockamamie
protect recently got loose and traveled 150 miles into Pennsylvania.
Miraculously no one was killed, but power lines were damaged until the blimp
had to be shot down. Members of the Pledge intend to protest this boondoggle. World Beyond War is calling for
demonstrations on Armistice Day. So the Pledge decided to get involved,
and it was clear where to hold the demonstration. This bogus surveillance
system built by Raytheon was to look out for a cruise missile attack.
This boondoggle is just one of many orchestrated by the Pentagon, and is a
classic example of wasteful military spending. Money needed for social
services is wasted on a pet project for certain members of Congress. To
the credit of the Army, it wanted to kill the project. Contact Max at
727-543-3227 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.
27] – Join
Dr. Rebecca Stein for a discussion about how Israel's occupation has been
transformed in the social media age at
the Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037, on Wed., Nov. 11
from 1 to 2 PM. Over the last
decade, military rule in the Palestinian territories grew more bloody and
entrenched. In the same period, Israelis became some of the world's most active
social media users. In Israel today, violent politics are interwoven with
global networking practices, protocols, and aesthetics. Israeli soldiers carry
smartphones into the field of military operations, sharing mobile uploads in
real-time. Official Israeli military spokesmen announce wars on Twitter. And
civilians encounter state violence first on their newsfeeds and mobile screens.
Across the globe, the
ordinary tools of social networking have become indispensable instruments
of warfare and violent conflict. Dr. Rebecca Stein traces the rise of Israeli
digital militarism in this global context - both the reach of social media into
Israeli military theaters and the occupation's impact on everyday Israeli
social media culture. Today, social media functions as a crucial theater in
which the Israeli military occupation is supported and sustained. RSVP at
28] – Historian Dan
Berger will give a lecture “Prisons, State Violence, and the Organizing
Tradition" on Wed., Nov. 11 at 6 PM in the Batza Room, Athenaeum Library,
Goucher College. Berger’s most recent
book is “Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights
Era,” and he will explore some of the themes in the book. However, he will speak more broadly about his
research and organizing. People in prison
played a central role in the civil rights and Black Power movements of the
mid-twentieth century and continue to influence racial justice campaigns
today. They challenged the endemic racism of U.S. prisons long before the War
on Drugs gave the United States the world's largest prison population. In this
talk, the historian traces the long arc of black campaigns against prisons and
police violence. He shows how these activists transformed prisons into sites of
organizing and how their efforts inform contemporary activism against police
violence and mass incarceration.
Berger is an assistant professor of
comparative ethnic studies at the University of Washington Bothell and an
adjunct assistant professor of history at the University of Washington Seattle.
He studies race, prisons, and social movements in U.S. history. A widely
published author, Berger’s most recent book won the 2015 James A Rawley Prize
from the Organization of American Historians. He is a co-founder
of Decarcerate PA, a campaign working to end mass incarceration in
Pennsylvania, and an active member of the Critical Prison Studies Caucus of
the American Studies Association. California. Call 410-337-3036.
29] – Ron Kipling Williams
will perform Dreadlocks Rock 'n Roll and Human Rights at the Charm City Fringe
Festival! It is happening at the Mercury Theater, 1823 N. Charles St. The
following are the performance dates and times: Wed., Nov. 11 at 6:15 PM, Fri.,
Nov. 13 at 7:30 PM, Sat., Nov. 14 at 8:45 PM and Sun., Nov. 15 at 2 PM. For
more information on tickets, festival passes, and buttons, visit www.charmcityfringe.com.
30] – Come to OpenGov Hub, 1110 Vermont Ave. NW,
Suite 500, WDC, on Wed., Nov. 11 from 6:30 to 9 PM for a panel
discussion featuring three distinguished guests: Anita Shelton (Chair of
the DC Coalition to End Violence), Ron Hampton (Retired MPD Officer) and
Trayon WardEight White (Ward 8 Community Leader) for a discussion
about violence and police-community relations in D.C.; how they connect
to racism and poverty; multifaceted and community-oriented approaches
to ending violence; the Mayor's new crime proposal; and how we
as community activists can get involved.
DC for Democracy political director Jerry Clark is the moderator, and
Kendrick Jackson of General Assembly will also say a few words to introduce the
location and General Assembly's community engagement activities. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/900402950039803/.
31] – Join the
Washington Peace Center mailing party at 1525 Newton St., WDC, on Wed., Nov. 11
from 6:30 to 9 PM. Help send
letters to the donors who help sustain the organization and support the larger
grassroots movement in DC! Come hang out and meet local activists and get free
food! RSVP to Darakshan Raja at Darakshan@washingtonpeacecenter.org.
32] –On Wed., Nov. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30
PM at Busboys & Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE, WDC, come out to welcome
Deepa Iyer's book, “We Too Sing America: South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh
Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future.” After the book talk, there will be a
discussion with local community activists, and a book signing. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/782015205254904/.
33] – Join 350 DC at 1
St. Matthew's Court NW, WDC on Wed., Nov. 11 at 7 PM for a meeting to plan
Washington DC's action for the Global Climate March.
34] – At 3421
Franconia Rd., Alexandria, VA, on Wed., Nov. 11 at 7 PM hear the story of Natasha
McKenna, a 37-year-old mother who was killed by Taser at Fairfax Adult
Detention Center in February. Come learn what local organizers are doing to
seek justice for Natasha McKenna and find out how to get involved. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/133023553720886/.
35] – On Wed., Nov. 11from
7 to 9 PM at Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, DC Stampede will
host a letter writing night. This
happens the second Wednesday of every month. This month, they will write people
who are in prison for their involvement with indigenous peoples' movements and
land sovereignty. All the materials will be provided, as well as a quick “how
to” for anyone who would like some guidance. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1510760475905594/.
36] – The Peace Academy had four course offerings ranging
from family peace-keeping strategies to nonviolent communication tactics. Each was
to be conducted at The Perry School, 128 M St. NW, WDC, or interested parties
can arrange a course at their particular sites. Registration can be completed
online at www.lffp.org or by contacting MJ Park at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-838-4549. Details for the last course
are listed below.
On Wed., Nov. 11 from 7 to 8:30 PM, you
could attend Course IV: Resolve Conflicts -- Session I: Using the Peace Train on Wed., Nov. 11, from 7 to 8:30
PM. Session II Using the Peace Table is on Wed., Nov. 16 from 7 to 8:30 PM. The
cost is $45 per session.
the first meeting of the Labor History
Book Club on Wed., Nov. 11 at 7 PM in the Free
This informal group--open to everyone-- will gather regularly to discuss
various books about labor history, with an emphasis on Baltimore. The first
book is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The
Valley of Fear, in which Sherlock Holmes investigates a brutal
murder related to the Molly Maguires. A unique novel, anti-immigrant and
anti-union, and provocative. This book is available on-line in many editions.
The participants will select future books. Contact Bill Barry at email@example.com.
38] – On Wed., Nov. 11 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore
Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, George
Katsiaficas presents "Verita$: Harvard's Hidden History" by Shin
Eun-jung. A critical examination
of Harvard’s monumental but disconcerting global influence and power, this book
examines aspects of Harvard’s history not generally known. The “hidden history”
announced in the book’s title begins with analysis of Harvard’s involvement in
the Salem witch trials and the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti. Similarly
disquieting, Harvard provided students as strikebreakers in both the 1912 Bread
and Roses textile workers strike and the 1919 Boston police strike. Harvard
administrators and scientists promoted eugenics in the early twentieth century
and had a deep impact on Nazi Germany’s race theories. Its contemporary ties to
U.S. foreign policy and neoliberalism are also profound. Harvard’s management
of Russian economic reform left nightmarish memories, and the university was
compelled to pay more than $26 million after the U.S. government sued it. The
book also examines Harvard’s investment policy for its massive endowment, its
restrictive labor polices, and its devastation of the adjoining
Allston-Brighton neighborhood into which it is expanding.
motto is “Veritas,” which means “truth” in Latin. As the author reviews
Harvard’s history, she questions the real meaning of truth and changes the
letter “s” to “$” to emphasize the ways that Harvard has pursued money and
power above its quest for truth. Shin
Eun-jung was born in Gwangju, South Korea, in 1972. Her hometown’s
historic uprising in 1980 had a profound effect on her life. A student
activist, she later worked as a television news writer for nine years. Call 443-602-7585. Go to http://www.redemmas.org.
be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD
21218. Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.net. Go to
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