Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 13 - 30, 2017

26] Support Houston’s animals
27] Too Dirty, Too Dangerous – Sept. 13
28] "Nuclear Balancing Act in Japan after 2018" – Sept. 13
29] End War & Racism – Sept. 13
30] Standing with Dreamers – Sept. 13
31] Willa’s Art Exhibition – Sept. 13
32] Stone Hill, a neighborhood – Sept. 13
33] National Security – Sept. 13 & 14
34] "America's and Japan's Other Emerging Nuclear Problem" – Sept. 14
35] "Losing an Enemy--Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy" – Sept. 14
36] Maggie’s Farm – Sept. 14
37] Teacher Appreciation Happy Hour – Sept. 14
38] Peace Academy courses – Sept. 14 & 30
39] Stop fracked gas pipeline – Sept. 14
40] Healthcare in Cuba – Sept. 14
26] – As you know Climate Chaos is on full display in Houston and other places in Texas.  There are many organizations seeking donation to help those most affected by the Chaos.  The intrepid Virginia Rodino is urging us to remember that animals are also bearing the brunt of Harvey.  If you are inclined to support the animals, consider going to She has done research and heard from a co-worker in Austin that Houston Pets Alive is a good organization. So she is promoting it and donating to it. 

27] – Tune in on Wed., Sept. 13 from noon to 1 PM for PSR's webinar, Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why Health Professionals Reject Natural Gas.  Fracked gas is being hyped as a replacement fuel for coal-fired power plants. But we're being sold a false hope. The truth is, methane is too dirty and too dangerous to be an appropriate choice for the future of our energy system.  In this webinar, sponsored by Halt the Harm, will summarize recent medical and scientific studies on the dangers of fracked gas, including the associations between proximity to fracking sites and premature births; the leakage of toxic gases from pipelines and compressor stations and methane's extreme impacts on climate change.   Join Barbara Gottlieb, author of the PSR report Too Dirty, Too Dangerous, and her colleague Chad Oba, a member of the Advisory Committee for PSR in Virginia, to learn how to make a strong health-based case against fracked gas and reserve our options for a nationwide transition to clean, safe, healthy renewable energy. Go to

28] – On Wed., Sept. 13 from 1 to 3 PM, the  Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will present "Nuclear Balancing Act in Japan after 2018" with five speakers at CSIS, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDD. RSVP at

29] – David Swanson will be speaking at George Mason University on Ending Racism and War: “What It Would Take to End Racism and War.”  The School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution invites you to come for a discussion on Wed., Sept. 13, at 1:30 PM in the Georges Room in the Johnson Center. Swanson, author, activist, Charlottesville resident, director of World Beyond War, and former board member of the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, will speak on the state of the struggles against racism and militarism and how the two relate. Swanson will discuss his books “War Is Never Just” and “War Is A Lie,” and welcome questions from all perspectives. Email Samantha Borders-Shoemaker at

30] – On Wed., Sept. 13 participate in Standing with Dreamers: Keep DACA at 5:30 PM, Bishop Square Park · Baltimore.  The Cathedral of the Incarnation will host a community rally to speak up and stand with the #Dreamers and to show that Cathedral of the Incarnation and the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland supports keeping #DACA. Speakers will include Bishops Eugene Sutton and Chilton Knudsen Dean Rob Boulter Miguel Carmona-Romero (Youth Missioner from St. Bartholomew's). Following the rally, a march to the Cathedral of the Incarnation for a teach-in about #DACA and some experiences of those #Dreamers who have been helped by it, which will be followed by a prayer service to share in the love and diversity of our beloved community. Bring signs, placards and banners with you!

31] – On Wed., Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 PM, there will be an Art Exhibit Opening at Zella’s Pizzeria, 1145 Hollins St., Baltimore.  It will feature the paintings of Mary Beth Akre, associate professor of Fine Art at Loyola Universality of Maryland, and Willa Bickham, Viva House Catholic Worker.

32] – On Wed., Sept. 13 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, catch a book talk on STONE HILL: A BALTIMORE ORAL HISTORY WITH GUY HOLLYDAY. The story of the little neighborhood of Stone Hill starts with the emergence of Baltimore as a major port; the voracious need for canvas in the age of sail; the assemblage of capital to harness water power, build mills, install machinery; and to construct housing for the workers who operated that machinery. These forces also swept jobs away as synthetics created new challenges and spinning and weaving moved south.  Hollyday understands and tells the big story of Stone Hill from early in the 20th century through a series of changes that influenced the community, including the boom years of the World Wars, the privation of the Depression, and the closing of the mills in 1972. Trains chugged along Stony Run, and then they didn't. Open fields became houses. One by one small grocery stores opened, one by one they closed. The oldest interviewees remember a period of company-owned housing, no indoor plumbing, and ill-heated, crowded houses. Guy is an old-timer in a neighborhood that continues to evolve. In the 21 years since the publication of the first edition of this book, Stone Hill has continued to change, to grow more affluent, and more a part of the city as the old mills along the Jones Falls Valley are converted to apartments, offices, artist studios, and restaurants. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

33] –  NATSECDEF is an annual conference organized by attorneys of the Military Commissions Defense Organization, the National Coalition for the Protection of Civil Freedoms, and Witness Against Torture. NATSECDEF 2017 is the third annual meeting of the minds from the fields of law, community activism, religion, national security, and journalism. The relationship between national security and human rights is a delicate balance, as consistently illustrated through the Guantanamo Bay military commissions. This conference will bring together experts, scholars, advocates, and activists to discuss the most pressing national security issues, how they are being constructed and addressed, and how to maintain the balance between effective security and the human rights protections necessary to a democratic United States.

This event is open to all, although pre-registration is strongly encouraged due to space constraints. Register at

On Thurs., Sept. 14 at 9 AM, the conference will begin at The Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, 2000 H St. NW, WDC 20052. It will continue on Fri., Sept. 15, starting at 9 AM, and will conclude at 3 PM.  Contact Dr. Maha Hilal at innocentuntilprovenmuslim@gmai  Go to or

34] – On Thurs., Sept. 14 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, will examine "America's and Japan's Other Emerging Nuclear Problem" at the Rayburn House Office Building 2172, WDC. RSVP to Bianca Zhang at

35] – On Thurs., Sept. 14 from noon to 1:15 PM, Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council, will tackle "Losing an Enemy--Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy" at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland, 4113 Van Munching Hall, College Park, MD. Visit

36] – On Thurs., Set. 14 at 5 PM, check out at Maggie’s Farm, Baltimore.  Help raise money for Moveable Feast. To find out more about this fantastic charity visit Heather and Richard will be the ambassadors and can help answer any questions you have.  Enjoy Drink and Dinner Specials all evening! Maggie's Farm will be donating 25% of the evening’s proceeds to Moveable Feast to help FEED people, FIGHT disease and FOSTER hope! Make your Reservations Today by using Yelp or calling 410-254-2376. You have to eat, so please come out and have a meal so others may eat too. If you can't make it to Maggie's Farm please check out this list of participating restaurants close to your neighborhood: #DOFLBMORE #MaggiesFarm.

37] – ReLove Animals Inc. and the Maryland SPCA are holding a teacher appreciation happy hour on Thurs., Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the MD SPCA's Headquarters House, 3300 Falls Road!  Teachers are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while learning about the ReLove Animals Inc. Education for Responsibility program and the MD SPCA's Beyond the Classroom program. Teachers who have already signed up will receive their class materials. It's sure to be a paw-some time! RSVP at

38] – The Peace Academy is here.  Come out to the Little Friends for Peace’s training program that offers a variety of short workshops, multi-session certificate courses, and long-term, hands-on teaching opportunities.  Continuing Education Units are available. The first date is Thurs., Sept. 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM and the second is on Sat., Sept. 30 from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Both trainings will be at 128 M St. NW, WDC.  Contact

39] – Did you know that our region's drinking water is threatened from a proposed fracked gas pipeline coming through our area? There is currently a proposed pipeline that would transport fracked gas underneath the Potomac River. The Eastern Panhandle Pipeline Expansion would run fracked gas from Pennsylvania to West Virginia. The pipeline would enter Maryland northwest of Hancock and go under the Potomac River and the C&O Canal before terminating in West Virginia. It does nothing for Maryland -- but it puts Maryland's natural resources, and the drinking water of millions downstream, at risk.

Fortunately, Governor Hogan has the authority to stop this pipeline. He can direct the Maryland Department of the Environment to deny a special water quality certification under the Clean Water Act. On Thurs., Sept. 14 at 7 PM, learn more about the project and how to get involved. Brent Walls of Potomac Riverkeeper will present background information on the project with public discussion and questions immediately following at JOHN WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH, 129 North Potomac St., Hagerstown 21742. Contact Shirley Lamdan at or (301) 992-6118. 

40] – Especially in the face of the Trump administration's rollbacks, make sure you kn0w that the third annual Days of Action Against the Blockade runs through September 16. Organized by the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, these days focus on the blockade’s ramifications on the quality of healthcare available to people both in the U.S. and Cuba. Catch the program on Wed., Sept. 13 at 7 PM at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, 2218 6th Street Northwest, WDC 20059.  The speaker is Dr. Jesus de los Santo Reno Cespedes, Head of Pediatrics at the National Institute of Oncology and Radiology Havana, Cuba. 

On Thurs., Sept. 14 at 7 PM at the Calvary Baptist Church, Woodward Hall, 755 8th St. NW, WDC 20001, the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity and the Institute for Policy Studies present “In Cuba Health Care is a Human Right, why not in the United States.”  This is a discussion bridging 90 miles and 58 years.  Music will be performed by Crank LuKongo.  The special guest is Jose Ramón Cabañas, Cuban Ambassador to the United States.  Also attending will be a representative from National Nurses United.  The moderator is Stephen Kimber, and the panelists are Jesus de los Santo Reno Cespedes, Head of Pediatrics at the National Institute of Oncology and Radiology Havana, Cuba, and Dr. Margaret Flowers, co-director of Popular Resistance, and Health Over Profit for Everyone Campaign Coordinator. Contact Witness for Peace at 202-547-6112 or

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [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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