Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- April 25 - 26, 2019

41] Protect the Venezuelan embassy – April 25 -- ?
42] Korean women documentaries – April 25
43] Fund Our Future Rally – April 25
44] Fueling Jihadi Fires – April 25
45] Movie Night for Charity -- April 25
46] SURJ Legislative Wrap Up – Apr. 25
47] Beyond Coal meeting – April 25
48] Green Dems April Meetup – April 25
50] WIB peace vigils – April 26
51] White House vigil April 26
41] – This is an urgent call for activists to come to the Venezuelan embassy, 1099 30th St. NW.  Over the past two weeks, there have been 24/7 vigils inside the embassy. The U.S. State Department has said the remaining Venezuelan diplomats from the Maduro government must leave the country by Wednesday, April 24, paving the way for the illegitimate Guiado opposition to move into the embassy on Thursday. Many will refuse to leave the building and some are willing to risk arrest. Contact Medea at | 415 235 6517.  On March 18, the Venezuelan opposition took over the military attaché building on 2409 California St. in Washington DC, with the help of the DC Police and Secret Service. On that same day, the opposition also took over the Venezuelan Consulate in New York City.

42] – The Institute for Korean Studies and the Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program Present “Korean Women, Argentine Documentaries: A Look at "La chica del sur" (2012) and "Una canción coreana" (2014).  The speaker is Chisu Teresa Ko, Associate Professor of Spanish, Ursinus College.  Hear the lecture on Thurs,, April 25 from 1 to 3 PM in the Conference Room 503, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 1957 E Street NW, WDC 20052.  Register at  Light refreshments will be served.

This talk examines two recent Argentine documentaries focused on Korean women. "The Girl from the South," 2012) by José Luis García features the iconic South Korean student activist, Lim Su Kyung, who shocked the world in 1989 by visiting North Korea for the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students, a transgression for which she would be sentenced to five years in a South Korean prison. "A Korean Song," 2014 by Yael Tujsnaider and Gustavo Tarrío sets out to depict the daily life of Ana Jung, a Korean immigrant in Buenos Aires, as she works on her artistic, business, and familial pursuits.

43] – On Thurs., April 25 from 4 to 6 PM, get involved in the Fund Our Future Rally, hosted by the Washington Teachers' Union and AFT - American Federation of Teachers in Freedom Plaza, 14th St., WDC 20004.  Parents, students and all those who care about DC public schools are joining the Washington Teachers' Union in a rally to demand that the DC Council fully fund public schools.  See

44] - The COMMITTEE FOR THE REPUBLIC is hosting Fueling Jihadi Fires: How the U.S. and Saudi Arabia Relationship Stirs Up Global Conflicts.  This is a      book party for Terence Ward, moderated by Chas Freeman on Thurs., April 25 from 6 to 8 PM, hosted by John Henry and Ann Crittenden, 3412 Lowell St. NW, WDC 20016.   RSVP at  It is said that war is how Americans learn foreign geography and history, now that our schools no longer teach much of either. Since 9/11, the American people have become aware that the split between Shi`ism and Sunni Islam is an important element in the animosity between Saudi Arabia and Iran and a driving factor in the savage civil strife in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. But few understand the schism in contemporary Sunni Islam, which is experiencing divisions reminiscent of those that catalyzed the Thirty Years War in Christendom. Wahhabism — the ultra-conservative doctrine of Saudi Arabia – parallels and in some ways inspires the Salafist (“originalist”) theologies of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Boko Haram, though these Jihadi movements have distinctive origins, histories, and goals. Does this make Saudi Arabia a potential ally or a hidden enemy in international efforts to hold Islamist terrorism at bay? Terence Ward’s new book "The Wahhabi Code: How the Saudis Spread Extremism Globally" takes a critical look at the role of Saudi Arabia in fostering Salafist extremism in the Muslim world. It asks questions like: Will Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (aka MBS) face a Muslim as well as a Western backlash from the Khashoggi murder, the war in Yemen, and the imprisonment of women activists? Will MBS bring about a more moderate Islam or is he setting the stage for a conflict with Iran that could plunge America into yet another unconstitutional forever war? Go to

45] -- On Thurs., April 25 from 6 to 9 PM, get over to a Movie Night for Charity, hosted by Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association, 1830 Building, West Lecture Hall, Wood Basic Science Building, G level, Monument St., Baltimore 21217.  See "A Separation," an Oscar winner and rated 8.3 on IMDb! Enjoy free pizza, snacks and drinks.  The purpose of this movie night is to support a local charity organization, so make a donation! Go to

46] – On Thurs., April 25 from 6 to 8 PM, get over to the SURJ Legislative Wrap Up, 2108 Erdman Ave., Baltimore 21218-3111.  SURJ members who were involved in the Legislative Session will come together to assess what we accomplished, how many folks we engaged, what we struggled with, and how we can improve next year. Another major discussion point will be: where do people want to go from here? There's still plenty of organizing that can happen between legislative sessions, and many different ways to do it. Join us to share what you are interested in, and how to take the skills learned from the leg session with you. Look at

47] – On Thurs., April 25 from 7 to 9 PM, there is a Baltimore County Beyond Coal House Meeting, hosted by Sierra Club Maryland Chapter in Towson. Tickets are at  Did you know Maryland still has six dirty, polluting coal fired power plants? Join the Maryland Sierra Club in Towson at the home of a Sierra Club member for a conversation about how we can move Maryland Beyond Coal. You can RSVP here  Our coal power plants still produce 9 million metric tons of CO2 annually, equivalent to nearly 2 million passenger vehicles. The Sierra Club is undertaking a coal community transition campaign to retire the remaining coal fleet in the next decade, while ensuring there is state funding to support impacted workers and communities. Learn more about this exciting campaign, and how you can be involved. Address will be provided upon RSVP. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Matt Dernoga at  See

48] – On Thurs., April 25 from 7 to 9 PM, get over to a Green Dems April Meetup, hosted by Montgomery County Green Democrats at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville 20852.  A lot has changed since the time two years ago that Mike Ewall first came to speak to a Montgomery County Green Democrats meeting about our county's dirtiest polluter, Covanta's incinerator in Dickerson. Mike returns this month to share news of some recent clean air victories in nearby counties and states as well as the inside scoop on progress towards closing the Covanta facility.

Andy Banks lives in our area but works around the country on strategic organizing for the Teamsters Union. Andy will join us to talk about efforts to bring a state-of-the-art recycling facility to Montgomery County and the important role that a coalition of labor organizers and environmentalists can play in making this happen. Meetings of the Green Democrats are open to any interested members of the public, so bring along a neighbor or friend! Check out

49] – On Fri., April 26 at noon, come to the Penn/Relays, University of Pennsylvania, 34th & Walnut Streets, Phila., PA and demand  CUT PENN'S TIES TO ENDLESS WAR  (& Penn Wharton School grad Trump is bringing on his Wars and Walls of Hate).  Did you know that Penn president, Amy Guttman, is on the board of the Vanguard Group, the $3 trillion investment firm whose top beneficiary is the world's #1 war profiteer, Lockheed Martin, and she receives $3.4 million a year from the university and another $1.2 million from Vanguard?  As in the past, let the thousands coming to the Penn Relays on April 26 Know. Make a noise!  Call the Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148.

50] – On Fri., April 26 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 LUNCH at Baba's Kitchen.  Warm-up, dry off, and enjoy a vegetarian chili lunch and lots of good conversation. Bring a side or topping for the chili.  There are still places at the table; invite a friend to come along with you.

Another vigil is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St, Baltimore. 21211. However, if weather is iffy, contact Anne at  Lunch will take place at 1 PM at the RPP Café, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore 21211.

A third vigil will be in Chestertown, Kent County at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row.  This vigil is looking for more peace bodies on the Eastern Shore.  Welcome to the network, Chestertown Women in Black.

Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather.  Peace signs will be available. 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 to:

51] – On Fri.,  April 26 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.

To be considered

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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