Thursday, June 23, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 23 - 24, 2016

23] Dealing with North Korea -- June 23
24] Racial justice -- June 23
25] Movement for Black Lives – June 23
26] See the film SOLITARY -- June 23
27] Confronting the New Islamophobia – June 23
28] Film FLY BY NIGHT – June 23
30] Benefit Iftar – June 23
31] Reentry and the Road Home – June 24
32] Peace vigil at White House – June 24
33] WIB peace vigils – June 24
23] – On Thurs., June 23 from noon to 1:30 PM, Dursun Peksen, University of Memphis, will tackle "Are Sanctions the Right Tool for the Job Against North Korea?" at the Korea Economic Institute, 1800 K St. NW, Suite 1010, WDC. RSVP at

24] – There is a Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development Racial Justice & Community Development Monthly Meeting on Thurs., June 23 from noon to 2 PM at DC Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Ave. NW, WDC. The June monthly meeting on the intersection of racial justice and community development will feature special guest speakers from the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC). Learn how PACDC has integrated racial justice into their policy framework, and how that has shaped their strategies to capitalize on the city's growth in a way that is equitable and inclusive of all its residents in all of their neighborhoods. 

25] –  There is a Movement For Black Lives Steering Committee General Assembly Meeting at the Benning Neighborhood Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE, WDC, on Thurs., June 23 at 6:30 to 9 PM. The Movement is going to host its first General Assembly of the year. This will be a chance to hear updates from the steering committee members and see how you can get plugged into the movement locally. There will be a time for building with folks and the last hour will be spent on training folks to have political education circles based on a new curriculum that is being created.  Visit

26] – See a screening of SOLITARY at AFI Docs at the Landmark 6, 555 11th St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., June 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. There are 100,000 US citizens in solitary confinement across the country, a staggering number prompting comment from both President Obama and the Pope. Situated in rural Virginia, 300 miles from any urban center, Red Onion State Prison is one of over 40 Supermax prisons across the US built to hold prisoners in eight-by-ten-foot cells for 23 hours a day. With unprecedented access, director Kristi Jacobson offers a revealing and moving portrait of life inside solitary confinement. Filmed over the course of one year, this eye-opening film braids stark prison imagery, stories from correction officers, and intimate reflections from the men who are locked up in isolation. The inmates share the paths that led them to prison and their daily struggles to maintain their sanity. Visit:

27] – On Thurs., June 23 at 7 PM, at Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, hear a talk Confronting the New Islamophobia.  Call (443) 885-4440 or go to Recent mass shootings like the ones in Orlando and San Bernardino are becoming sickeningly routine. So has the wave of fear and hatred towards the Islamic community that seems to follow. Hear poet and City Paper contributor Tariq Touré, senior fellow at The Center for Social Inclusion Deepa Iyer, Muslim Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania Kameelah Rashad, and more speak about ways to stop the hate. There will be food, provided by Cazbar, to conclude the Ramadan fast.

28] – Catch a Special Screening of Award-Winning Documentary Film "Fly By Light" at 1964 Independence Ave. SW, WDC 20024, on Thurs., June 23 from 7:30 to 10 PM. One Common Unity is partnering with The Memorial Foundation to host a special screening. This unique event will be held at the memorial for one of our nation's greatest civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A performance by One Common Unity's youth performance troupe will proceed the screening, and a Q&A with youth featured in the film as well as the producer and co-founder of One Common Unity, Hawah Kasat, and director of the film, Ellie Walton. It is recommended bringing blankets and/or lawn chairs to sit on, as well as picnic-style food to munch on, to best experience & enjoy the evening.  RSVP at

29] – VINCENT INTONDI presents AFRICAN AMERICANS AGAINST THE BOMB on Thurs., June 23 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201Well before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out against nuclear weapons, African Americans were protesting the Bomb. Historians have generally ignored African Americans when studying the anti-nuclear movement, yet they were some of the first citizens to protest Truman's decision to drop atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The book tells the compelling story of those black activists who fought for nuclear disarmament by connecting the nuclear issue with the fight for racial equality. Intondi shows that from early on, blacks in America saw the use of atomic bombs as a racial issue, asking why such enormous resources were being spent building nuclear arms instead of being used to improve impoverished communities. Black activists' fears that race played a role in the decision to deploy atomic bombs only increased when the U.S. threatened to use nuclear weapons in Korea in the 1950s and Vietnam a decade later. For black leftists in Popular Front groups, the nuclear issue was connected to colonialism: the U.S. obtained uranium from the Belgian controlled Congo and the French tested their nuclear weapons in the Sahara. 

By expanding traditional research in the history of the nuclear disarmament movement to look at black liberals, clergy, artists, musicians, and civil rights leaders, Intondi reveals the links between the black freedom movement in America and issues of global peace. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

30] – Come to the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, 1100 16th St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., June 23 from 8 to 10 PM for a Benefit Iftar. Join ANERA for a special iftar which will raise funds to send food packages and relief to refugees and poor families in Palestine and Lebanon. A full course dinner will be included! Palestinian comedian Amer Zahr will be performing! TICKETS ARE REQUIRED: $40 in advance | $45 at the door | $35 student. Contact Hani at or Skylar Lawrence at (202) 266-9729. For tickets, visit

31] – Come to the Reentry and the Road Home at the Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, WDC, on Fri., June 24 from 10 to 11 AM. Join the Center for American Progress for an exclusive conversation on criminal justice, featuring U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. These distinguished panelists will discuss new and existing programs and initiatives by each of their agencies that are aimed at addressing the importance of reentry—supporting the transition that formerly incarcerated individuals experience as they return to life in their communities upon release, and ensuring a second chance for people with criminal records and their families. The event will be moderated by Daryl Atkinson, a Second Chance Fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice, with an introduction by Carmel Martin, Senior Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress. RSVP at

32] – On Fri., June 24 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! This vigil will take place at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contract Art @ or at 202-360-6416. 

33] – On Fri., June 24 from noon to 1 PM, join a Women in Black peace vigil. A vigil will take place in McKeldin Square at the corner of Light and Pratt Sts., and another will take place outside Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St., across from the Rotunda.  Stay for as long as you can. Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather. Bring your own poster or help with the "NO WAR IN MY NAME" banner.  When there are others to stand with, you don't need to carry the burden alone. Do this to be in solidarity with others....when everything around us says “Be afraid of the stranger.” Carpool and parking available at both locations. Just send an email that you need a ride [].  Peace cranes and peace signs will be available. 

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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