Friday, June 24, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 24 - 25, 2016

34] Fundraiser for Lebanon refugees – June 24
35] Peace Vigil/Black Lives Matter – June 24
36] Wine & Wag – June 24
38] See "Mariposa & the Saint" – June 24
40] Ballroom Dancing – June 24
41] Activist Initiators Breakfast – June 25
42] Reaching Beyond Our Differences – June 25
43] West Chester peace vigil – June 25
44] Torture Survivor Awareness Week White House Vigil – June 25
45] How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City -- June 25
46] Remember Ali Iftar -- June 25
47] THE COOK UP – June 25
48] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
49] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
50] Do you need any book shelves?
51] Join the Global Zero campaign
52] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
34] – An Open House Fundraising on Behalf of Refugees in Lebanon is happening on Sat., June 25 from 4 to 8 PM at XOL Gallery, 830 Park Ave., Baltimore 21201.  Contact Ronda Cooperstein at (410) 486-6307.  All funds will benefit refugees via the work of Ellen Siegel in coordination with  Every year, Ellen Siegel returns to Lebanon to assist Palestinian refugees living in the camps.  This year, in Baltimore, we are raising funds that will go directly to families in need of assistance.  Ellen will travel to Lebanon in September, on this 34th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, to deliver the funds and to provide support to families in the camps. The event is free, and the gallery will be showing the work of a Ramallah artist.  To see the gallery, go to

35] – 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 June 24. Black Lives Matter.

36]You and your tail-waggin' friends are invited to join  special host Hayley on Fri., June 24 at 5:30 PM at the Maryland SPCA for the 2nd Wine & Wag Happy Hour of the season. Music will be provided by the talented Jordan August. Wine & Wag admission is $10 online and $15 at the door per person. Go to;jsessionid=00000000.app334a?view=Tickets&id=100082&NONCE_TOKEN=CC73783B9B72A78F250524A6D0852623.  Just Ice Frozen Desserts are coming with delicious sorbet and frozen treats. If you bring your dog on a retractable leash, please keep the leash completely retracted at all times. Baltimore City law requires that dogs be leashed at all times. Contact Lisa Kenney at or 410-235-8826, ext. 135.

37] – FAITHFUL WITNESS IN A TIME OF ENDLESS WAR is happening on Fri., June 24 from 7 to 9 PM and Sat., June 25 from 8 AM-to noon at the Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, 1000 Forty Foot Road, Lansdale, PA 19446.  The main focus will be on Drone Warfare and God’s Call to Peacemaking.  The gathering will culminate with participation in a protest at the: Drone War Command Center/Horsham Air Guard Station, County Line & Easton Road, Horsham, PA 19044. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9).

 There are many speakers including Christopher Aaron, who spent two years working at the CIA on the predator drone program, and a total of five years in US intelligence agencies. He was an army chaplain who served in Afghanistan and resigned due to moral objections to Drone Warfare. Also speaking is Medea Benjamin, best known for co-founding Code Pink.  She is the author of the book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.

Robert M. Smith, Brandywine Peace Community staff and organizer of the campaign to stop the drone war command center in Horsham, PA, will also share his thoughts and inspiration.  Contact Peace Action Education Fund/Coalition for Peace Action at (609) 924—5022. Register at

38] – See "Mariposa & the Saint," a play about the horrors of solitary confinement at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave., NW, WDC, on Fri., June 24 at 7 PM. Longtime friends and collaborators, Mariposa Fonsenca and Julia Steele Allen, wrote a play through a prison wall after Mariposa had been sentenced to fifteen months of solitary confinement. Over the course of three years, they wrote letters to each other, which resulted in this story depicting the horrors of solitary confinement. The show was favorably reviewed this past October in The New Yorker.  A promotional video can be found at There will be a 45-minute panel discussion where one of the panelists will be Roach Brown (, a prison reform advocate. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the Tickets tab at General admission is $30, seniors and students, $27.  Formerly incarcerated individuals may see this for free by contacting

39] – CRAIG LEWIS presents  BETTER DAYS: A MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY WORKBOOK on Fri. June 24, 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201Much of mental health and support care falls along authoritarian and coercive lines, however there are some anarchist anti-authoritarians doing the work of building better and brighter models that identify the unique intersections of our experiences and the oppressive systems in which we live. This book helps those aspiring toward recovery and wellness and also those in recovery, because it addresses and challenges the individual - in very real, basic and honest ways - to make significant cognitive adjustments in how they live their lives. This book is for any person who struggles with their mental health and who wants to live a happier life as well as for any person who wants to improve their quality of life, how they deal with stress, obstacles, difficulties and other people and live a happier, healthy and much more stable life.  Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

40] – 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 June 24. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

41] – The Activist Initiators Breakfast is at the Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC, on Sat., June 25 from 9 to 11 AM.  Juliana Barnet will host. RSVP at

42] Reaching Beyond Our Differences is the topic of discussion at the Bethesda Jewish Congregation, 6601 Bradley Boulevard,  Bethesda 20817, on Sat., June 25 from 10:30 AM to 3 PM. For five years, the interfaith community has welcomed young adults from Israel and Palestine to teach about their experiences in the renowned New Story Leadership (NSL) program.  NSL is an organization that brings to the D.C. area 10-12 young-adult Israelis and Palestinians “every year for an intensive program of workshops, conferences, seminars, professional work exposure, cultural immersion and team training”.  The goal is that, with the help of NSL, these young men and women will become outstanding leaders who will be invaluable agents of change when they return to their homes in cities such as Jerusalem, Haifa, Nablus and Gaza City. This year, the students will be joining the Shabbat morning service at 10:30 AM and will be offering the morning sermon.  Following the service, there will be a luncheon and presentation from 12:30 at 3 PM.  The cost of the luncheon is $10. Go to

43] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email

44] – The Torture Survivor Awareness Week White House Vigil will take place at Lafayette Park, 16th St. & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Sat., June 25 from 11 AM to 4 PM. Commemorate victims of torture by keeping vigil, celebrating life, remembering lost friends and family, and renewing our commitment to a world where torture is banned forever. Listen to music, poetry, survivor testimonies and statements of solidarity from human rights groups and interfaith allies who are part of this ongoing struggle. Email

45] – Join a discussion with Antero Pietila, author of “Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City, at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601 E. North Ave, Baltimore 21213 on Sat., June 25 at 1 PM.  Afterwards there will be a guided tour at 2 PM.  The book shows how continued discrimination practices toward African Americans and Jews have shaped the cities in which we now live.  The cost of the bus tour will be $20, but museum members pay $15. Call 410-563-3404.

46] On Sat., June 25 from 7 to 9 PM, the Fawakih Institute Sponsored Iftar will honor the Legacy of Muhammad Ali at the America's Islamic Heritage Museum, 2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE,  WDC 20020. Email aihm @ muslimsinamerica. Org.

47] – D. WATKINS & the TAHARKA BROTHERS present THE COOK UP on Sat., June 25 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201Watkins has a brand-new memoir out, and he will read from it.  He will discuss his personal transformation from the streets to the classroom. And, just to make the story a little sweeter, Watkins teamed up with local youth-led ice cream coop Taharka Brothers to produce a brand-new flavor based on the book! Get a signed copy of D's book, and sample the new Taharka Brothers ice cream flavor too! Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

48] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email:

49] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at 44] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

50] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

51] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

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

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan  

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