Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 18 - 19, 2017

28] Vigil for Liliana – May 18
29] Protect Our Internet Sit-In – May 18
30] They Protect the Forest – May 18
31] Film on Salvador’s civil war – May 18
32] Water: Will There Be Enough? – May 18
33] Honor the life of Berta Cáceres – May 18
34] Current situation for immigrants and refugees – May 18
36] Truth & Justice for Grave Human Rights Violations – May 19
37] Peace vigil at White House – May 19
38] WIB peace vigil – May 19
39] Release Aging People in Prison meeting – May 19
40] Black Lives matter vigil – May 19
28] – Join the Vigil for Liliana at 2675 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax, VA 20598, on Thurs., May 18 from 8 AM to 2 PM, hosted by CASA and others. People scheduled for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) check-ins are at risk for being taken into custody and deported. The presence of faith leaders, congregants, and allies at these check-ins can lead to a better outcome. There will be a vigil at the Fairfax ICE office for Liliana, who is scheduled for her check-in. Folks will stand in solidarity outside, as a few clergy accompany her to the appointment.  Register--and please encourage others to participate as well. Connect at

29] -- Protect Our Internet Sit-In at FCC Public Meeting, 445 12th St. SW, WDC, on Thurs., May 18 from 9 to 11 AM, hosted by Protect Our Internet.  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he will begin the process of dismantling #NetNeutrality at THIS PUBLIC MEETING! A UN Report classified internet access as a human right back in 2011. The vast majority of voters on BOTH sides of the aisle support Net Neutrality. This is a free speech issue, a civil rights issue - a human rights issue. Join in a nonviolent sit-in to let everyone at the FCC know that the people are NOT OK with being sold out to big Telecoms and we are prepared to stand and sit in the way of anything that takes away human rights, civil rights and free speech and expression! Spread the word and #SaveTheInternet.  Meet at the grassy area near the FCC on 12th & D St. SW.  Connect at

30] – Amazon Watch invites you to a "Green Bag" presentation: They Protect the Forest. Who Protects Them?  The Human Rights of Forest Defenders in Peru, a report of findings from a case study by four students from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. It will happen on Thurs., May 18 from 12:30 to 2 PM at Amazon Watch / CIEL Conference Room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100, WDC. 

31] – See a screening and panel discussion on El Salvador's civil war at the Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., May 18 from 5 to 8 PM, hosted by the Due Process of Law Foundation.  The Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), and the Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program at The George Washington University invite you to a screening of Marcela Zamora’s award-winning documentary on the legacy of the internal armed conflict in El Salvador, “Los Ofendidos.” The film features Marcela Zamora’s father, Rubén Zamora, a key political leader and current Salvadorian Ambassador before UN, who was captured and tortured during El Salvador’s civil war. Bringing to light his story as well as that of others who suffered equally horrible torments in candid interviews, Zamora has created a documentary that gives voice to those stories many would prefer to keep silent. RSVP at  Connect at

32] – On Thurs., May 18 from 6:30 to 8 PM go to hear Water: Will There Be Enough? This is a talk by Sandra Postel at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia 19103.  Register at

33] – On Thurs., May 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Witness for Peace is co-hosting a presentation by two Honduran activists honoring the life of Berta Cáceres. Afro-Indigenous autonomous feminists, poets, and writers Melissa Cardoza and Karla Lara, who voice resistance through song and writing, will perform stories from Melissa's book "13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance," about women resisting brutal repression and finding unyielding hope. A post-performance dialogue will examine parallels between current struggles in Honduras and the U.S. Come to the Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20009. Call 202-547-6112 or email or visit

34] – On Thurs., May 18 from 7 to 8:30 PM. please join in a panel discussion on the current situation concerning immigrants and refugees and ways we can help. Speakers will be Angela Edman, staff attorney, Justice for Our Neighbors, Jigger Kratz, speaking about Emmanuel Episcopal Church's sponsorship of a family of Syrian refugees, and Karen Gonzalez, volunteer for the DC Detention Visitation Network.  There will be 15 to 20 minute presentations, followed by questions and answers and discussion.  The program will take place in the Sunday Room at St. John's of Baltimore City United Methodist Church, 2640 St. Paul St. Please enter through the 27th St. door, by the ramp. Parking is available on the street and in a small parking lot behind the church off 27th St. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Kim Leith at

35] – On Thurs., May 18 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, hear LOVE POEMS FOR BRESHA. Bresha Meadows is a 15 year old Black girl currently incarcerated in Ohio for defending her family against her abusive father. A black girl survivor of domestic violence, Bresha’s story is all too common. Black girls are 2 to 3 times more likely than their white counterparts to be criminalized. On May 22nd, Bresha will go to trial for daring to survive. Help build a powerful space of love for all Black girls fighting to live in a world that doesn’t see them, and send love to Bresha. Bring your favorite poems and songs of love, joy and survival by Black women, non-binary and femme identified writers to share. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

36] – Truth & Justice for Grave Human Rights Violations will be discussed at the Due Process of Law Foundation, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 710, WDC, on Fri., May 19 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, hosted by the Due Process of Law Foundation.  Connect at

The issue is Violations in Latin America: Reflections on the past, lessons for the future.  The opening remarks from Thomas Buergenthal, former member of the UN Truth Commission for El Salvador and DPLF Founder, and Katya Salazar, DPLF Executive Director. The panel will include Helen Mack and Ambassador Rubén Zamora. 

37] – On Fri., May 19 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. 

38] – On Fri., May 19 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. 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. Just send an email that you need a ride [].  Peace signs will be available. 

39] – On Fri., May 19 from 3 to 4:15 PM, D.C. Release Aging People in Prison [RAPP] will hold a meeting at the BF Senior Wellness Center, 3531 Georgia Ave., WDC 20010.  The group is working together with other campaigns, groups, and organizations to take on the crucial issue of people aging and dying in prison without justification. There are elderly DC prisoners who are trapped in the federal prison system due to denials of parole, compassionate release, and clemency. Come out to the next coalition meeting to learn more about this issue; DCRAPP plans to usher in change; and learn how you can become involved in the campaign. Email or go to

40] – There is usually a silent vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends Meeting, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on May 19. Black Lives Matter.  

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; 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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