Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert April 27 - 29, 2016

28] Release the 28 pages – Apr. 27
29] Fundraiser for the United Palestinian Appeal – Apr. 27
30] The Journey of John Lewis – Apr. 27
31] Write letters to political prisoners – Apr. 27
32] Queer literature – Apr. 27
33] Join Bernie’s conference calls – Apr. 27 - 28
34] Culture for the revolution – Apr. 28
35] Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform meeting – Apr. 28
36] "The Key to Nuclear Restraint" – Apr. 28
37] Peace group meeting -- Apr. 28
38] “African Americans Against the Bomb”– Apr. 28
39] "Chinese and U.S. Nuclear Strategies” – Apr. 29
28] – Hear about Members of the 28 Pages Task Force and others will hold a banner and signs across the street from the Longworth House Office Building on Wed., Apr. 27 at 5 PM.  The banner will say: “Open the 28 Pages” with smaller letters under it: “”. Posters will say: “Royal Threats Show Saudi Guilt”, “Call Saudis’ Bluff!”, “Saudis Threaten to Shoot Their Foot”, “Saudi/US Money Tied, thus Empty Threat”, “Tail Wags Dog?”, “Diplomatic Immunity for Royal Terrorists is not National Security”, “9/11 Families say ‘Open 28 Pages’” and “Support HR-14 and S-1471.” Gather at the corner of Independence and New Jersey Aves. SE, WDC. This action is endorsed by Code Pink and Popular Resistance. Contact Richard Ochs 443-846-6638 textable.  

29] – Come to La Tasca, 722 7th St. NW, WDC 20001, on Wed., Apr. 27 from 5 to 7:30 PM for a fundraiser for the United Palestinian Appeal (UPA), which works to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. Learn more about UPA's most recent projects that are improving the physical and emotional health of thousands of Palestinian children, and much more. Come enjoy yummy Spanish tapas and drinks/refreshments of your choice. A percentage of all purchases will be donated to support UPA's programs. Email or call (202) 659-5007. RSVP at

30] – See "Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis," a documentary, at the CVC Orientation Theater South, US Capitol Visitor's Center, WDC, on Wed., Apr. 27 at 6 PM. Hosted by Rep. Steny Hoyer for members of Congress, their staff and policy makers, this event is open to the public.  Following the film, there will be a panel discussion with Rep. Hoyer and Congressman John Lewis moderated by Hilary Shelton, Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau on expanding voter participation, combating voter suppression and improving the administration of elections. The discussion will focus on H.R. 12, the Voter Empowerment Act, which is a comprehensive voting rights bill to modernize our voter registration system and ensure equal access to the ballot box for all Americans.   RSVP at

31] – Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night - No Borders is happening at The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Wed., Apr. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Join DC Stampede to celebrate May Day and international solidarity! This month, write to those inside immigration detention centers, whose crime is crossing an invisible line on a map. Organizers will provide a list as well as "how-to" information if you haven't written to a prisoner before.  Just as prison walls cut through our communities, borders divide us from family members, friends, neighbors, and our fellow workers. With this letter-writing night and the May Day celebrations to follow over the weekend, push back against these barriers with acts of solidarity. Visit

32] -- On Wed., Apr. 27 at 7:30 PM, come to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, ERICA KUDISCH PRESENTS - THE BACKUP: LABELS AND LIMITATIONS IN QUEER LITERATURE.  The author will discuss her debut release, “The Backup,” and the difficulties of promoting a story that defies categorization in an industry that relies on labels and brand recognition. In the current market, LGBT stories, and those by women in particular, come already packaged with an expectation of romance. But is there room for other stories--affirming and uplifting without being romantic, or dysfunctional without being necessarily tragic--about the queer community? And if we can carve this space out of the existing literary order, what would it look like? Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

34] – Sustaining the Political Revolution: How Poetry, Policy, and the Playwriting Dance for Change will take place at Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 600, WDC, on Thurs., Apr. 28 from noon to 1:30 PM.  The Institute for Policy Studies is not just a think tank for ideas and policy — it’s also a place for artistic action. For many years, IPS has been a home for radical poets, hosted political plays, and has brought together visual artists, musicians, and novelists. From Split This Rock to their latest venture, Epicenter, IPS has been at the forefront of radical culture. Come and meet IPS and the artists they are working with to help build a better world.  See  

35] –  The Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform (MAJR) is holding a general meeting on Thurs., Apr. 28 at the Annapolis Friends Meeting, 351 Dubois Road in Annapolis.  If you wish, bring food to share at 6:30 PM, and the meeting will start at 7 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to assess the recently ended session of the Maryland General Assembly (and celebrate successes!) and to look forward.  Visit

36] – On Thurs., Apr. 28 from 3:30 to 5 PM, Thomas Jonter, Stockholm University, and Christian Ostermann, Wilson Center, will tackle "The Key to Nuclear Restraint" at the Wilson Center, Sixth Floor, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

37] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will meet on Thurs., Apr. 28 at 7:30 PM at Max’s residence.  The agenda will include Freddie Gray & local organizing, killer drones and Obama, an action at the State of the Union, Bernie’s phone, Annapolis legislation, and the unending wars and JHU’s May 18 graduation. RSVP at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at to get the address of the meeting site.

38] – On Thurs., Apr. 28 at 7:30 PM, join Dr. Vincent Intondi for a book talk on "African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement," at Takoma Park City Hall, Azalea Room, 7500 Maple Ave. The book looks at the history of Black resistance to nuclear weapons and the push by African Americans for nuclear disarmament. Visit

39] – On Fri., Apr. 29 from 10 to 11:30 AM, Robert Litwak, Wilson Center; Charles Glaser, George Washington University; Taylor Fravel, MIT; and Caitlin Talmadge, George Washington University, will address "Chinese and U.S. Nuclear Strategies in a New Era of Great Power Competition" at the Wilson Center, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

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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