Thursday, April 21, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 21 - 24, 2016

35] Support gyrocopter pilot – Apr. 21
36] Hydrogen Society – Apr. 21
37] Eliminate Syria’s Chemical Weapons – Apr. 21
38] Picket Verizon – Apr. 21
39] Nonproliferation talk -- Apr. 21
40] Phonebank and canvass for Bernie – Apr. 21 - 24
41] Happy Hour for the animals – Apr. 21
42] The BDS movement – Apr. 21
43] "A Surrogates Foreign Policy Debate" – Apr. 21
44] Genocide in Iraq – Apr. 21

35] – Support Gyrocopter Guy Doug Hughes at his Court Sentencing! He is the brave (former) postal worker who flew his gyrocopter from Pennsylvania all the way to the steps of the US Capitol Building to deliver 535 letters to Congress calling for money out of politics. Support Doug as he goes before court and faces the possibility of 10 months of jail time. Doug will be appearing at E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse - 333 Constitution Ave., NW - Courtroom 28A, Floor 6 on Thurs., Apr. 21. Arrive by 8 AM. Make sure to bring a photo ID with you to the courthouse or you will not be let in!  Email

36] – Catch the talk The Road to a Hydrogen Society: Prospects for Developing Zero-Emission Fuel and Outlook for U.S.-Japan Cooperation at the Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 6th floor conference room, WDC, on Thurs., Apr. 21 from 9 to 10:30 AM.  Dubbed “the energy of the future” by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan has been investing heavily on the potential of hydrogen as an alternative energy source. But from advancing the technology to developing the needed infrastructure, the cost to make hydrogen society a reality is high.  Join us for a discussion ahead of Earth Day on the prospects of using hydrogen energy, and the outlook for cooperation between the United States and Japan to make hydrogen society a reality. Registration begins at 8:45 AM.  A light breakfast will be served. RSVP at

37] – On Thurs., Apr. 21 at noon, Amy Gordon, Georgetown University, will discuss "Snatching Victory From the Jaws of Defeat: U.S.-Russia Cooperation to Eliminate Syria’s Chemical Weapons" at the University of Maryland, 1203 Van Munching Hall, College Park. Go to

38] – Picket Verizon with Striking Workers on Thurs., Apr. 21 at noon outside Verizon Wireless, 1314 F St. NW, WDC.  36,000 employees at Verizon have been on strike since last Wednesday. The company walked away from the bargaining table on Friday. So now's the time to support our friends at Communications Workers of America Local 2336 as they keep fighting for a fair contract.  Wear red in solidarity! Contact Ari from DC Jobs with Justice at

39] – On Thurs., Apr. 21 from 1 to 3 PM, Thomas Countryman, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation; Edward McGinnis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy; and Robert Galluci, Georgetown University; and Sharon Squassoni, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) "U.S. Policy Directions in Limiting Enrichment and Processing." CSIS, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington. RSVP at See

40] – Phone Bank at the Baltimore Field Office at the Freddie Gray Empowerment Center, 1505 Eutaw Place, Baltimore 21217 on Thurs., Apr. 21 from 4 to 8 PM. Call 404-615-4136. Join other volunteers in your area to make phone calls for Bernie. This is a great opportunity to meet other Bernie supporters, make calls to voters, and help make a big impact in our campaign for President. Please bring a laptop, phone, chargers, and any extra batteries you have. RSVP at

On Fri., Apr. 22 from 10 AM to 9 PM at the Freddie Gray Empowerment Center, 1505 Eutaw Place, Baltimore 21217, you're invited to join with other volunteers to knock on the doors of supporters and undecided voters. You will be provided with a script, a list of voters that you'll be talking to, and a map of where to go. RSVP at

Join other volunteers in the area to help get out the vote for Bernie. You’ll get training, materials, and anything else you might need to put Bernie over the top in the upcoming election. On Sat., Apr. 23 come for as many shifts as you can do -- 9 AM, noon, 3 PM and 6 PM – at the Baltimore Field Office, 1505 Eutaw Pl., Baltimore 21217.  RSVP at

Get Out the Vote For Bernie! Join other volunteers in the area to help get out the vote for Bernie. You’ll get training, materials, and anything else you might need to put Bernie over the top in the upcoming election. This is the final push, so let’s give it all we’ve got! On Sun., Apr. 24 at 9 AM, noon 3 PM & 6 PM starting the Baltimore Field Office, 1505 Eutaw Pl., Baltimore 21217.  RSVP at

41] –    Enjoy Happy Hour and a "Maryland SPCA Pizza" at Joe Squared in Station North, 33 W. North Ave. in the BASEMENT bar only on Thurs., Apr. 21 from 5 to 8 PM.  This is a fundraiser to help the animals! Eat, drink and be merry as 15% of all food and drink sales will be donated to the 2016 March for the Animals. In addition to the Happy Hour, Joe Squared created a Maryland SPCA pizza available throughout the month of April at both locations. Not only is the pizza delicious -- butternut squash cream sauce, roasted red peppers, artichokes, fresh mozzarella, ricotta and basil  -- it also supports homeless pets. That's right, 10% of the sales from this pizza will be donated to the Maryland SPCA. Go to

The 21st Annual March for the Animals is happening on Sun., Apr. 24 from 10 AM to 1 PM.  Your participation in the March for the Animals helps the Maryland SPCA care for more than 15,000 homeless pets each year. As the Maryland SPCA’s largest fundraiser, the March for the Animals is an annual 1.5 mile walk-a-thon in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park. For more than 20 years, this spring event has been a staple on the calendars of committed animal lovers throughout Maryland.
Every step that’s taken and every dollar that’s raised helps to rescue, shelter and aid the homeless pets in our community. This is a critical event for the Maryland SPCA -- funding from the March supports nearly 10% of the Maryland SPCA’s annual budget. See more at

42] – Get over to The Palestine Center at The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Apr. 21 from 5:30 to 7 PM. This panel seeks to examine the current context of and challenges faced by the BDS movement with analysis provided by Omar Shakir from the Center for Constitutional Rights and Rahul Saksena from Palestine Legal. Shakir will focus on the historical, comparative, and theoretical context of BDS, addressing how and why the movement developed, how other movements have deployed it to challenge institutional discrimination, and why it is such a powerful tool. Saksena will cover past and current legislative efforts to suppress and punish BDS activism in the United States. He will give an overview with a legal/constitutional analysis of the kinds of anti-BDS legislative initiatives that have been introduced, and will provide examples of organizing and advocacy efforts aimed at defeating the anti-BDS bills. Go to

43] – On Thurs., April 21 from 6:30 to 8 PM, Lawrence Korb, a foreign policy advisor and surrogate for the Bernie Sanders Campaign, and Derek Chollet, a foreign policy advisor and surrogate for the Hillary Clinton campaign, will participate in "A Surrogates Foreign Policy Debate" at University of Maryland, School of Public Policy Atrium, Van Munching Hall, College Park. See a webcast on the university's website: Go to

44] – BEARING WITNESS TO GENOCIDE: THE PLIGHT OF ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN IRAQ is to be discussed on Thurs., Apr. 21 from 7 to 9 PM at the Annenberg Theater, Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20001. Registration is required:

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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