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Progressive Activism Calendar for D.C. - January 2009


Progressive Activism Calendar for D.C. - January 2009

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Progressive Activism in Washington D.C.


  • 1/19-20 Be prepared to react to Bush pardoning crimes that he himself authorized. This will be unprecedented and unConstitutional. See here for more activism details.

  • 1/20 McPherson Square: rally for peace and justice sponsored by the Washington Peace Center and Peace Action.

  • 1/20 Protest of Rick Warren at the Martin Luther King Church from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Also, read Barack Obama and Rick Warren - Public History of the Pastor and the Politician.

  • 1/20 Smithsonian National Postal Museum: Inaugural Peace Ball, An alternative to the Inaugural War Ball — President-elect Barack Obama is set to host the Commander-in-Chief's inaugural ball, an event that honors the country's active duty and reserve military. It's a tradition started in 2005 by President Bush.

  • 1/20 Neighborhood Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.

  • 1/21 Bring the Guard Home: It's the Law. Press Conference at National Press Club Zenger Room at 1:30 p.m., and Launch Party at Busboys and Poets at 14th and V Northwest at 6 p.m.

  • 1/21 Day of Action for Immigrant Rights, Moratorium on Raids and Deportations, Just and Humane Immigration Reform, Health Care for All, and Worker Justice, Organized by the National Capital Immigrant Coalition.

  • 1/21 James Yee, former Army Chaplin who served as Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo, will tell his story at 7 p.m. at George Washington University. This event is co-sponsored by Witness Against Torture and GWU Muslim Law Students Association.

    While ministering to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Captain Yee advised camp commanders on detainee religious practices and objected to the cruel and degrading abuses to which the prisoners were subjected. Chaplain Yee's gripping account of his Guantanamo experience and struggle for justice is entitled "For God And Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire."

  • 1/25 Text messaging for peace at DC Peace Mural from 3 to 8 p.m. See here for organizing info.

  • 1/25 Vigil at Walter Reed Hospital, organized by Code Pink for Peace.

  • 1/26 The Case of Guantanamo vs. The Constitution at 7 p.m. at Huong Peace Art Mural, 3336 M Street, NW, Washington, DC. An Evening with Center for Constitutional Rights Lawyers.

    This evening's event will feature an overview the campaign to shut down Guantanamo as well as speakers from the Center for Constitutional Rights who will address the matter of legal representation of Guantanamo detainees.

  • 1/27 "Still Tortured by What I Saw in Iraq": an afternoon with Matthew Alexander. Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies, Lower Level, 3600 N. St. NW, Washington, DC 20007.

    Matthew Alexander led an interrogations team assigned to a Special Operations task force in Iraq in 2006. Writing under a pseudonym for security reasons, Alexander is the author of "How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq."

  • 1/28 Book Party for "Witness Against Torture Book" at 7 p.m. at Church of the Savior Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW, Washington DC 20009.

    As "Witness Against Torture" enters what it hopes will be Guantanamo's final chapter, the grassroots movement shares the story of its work.

    The book presents the writings of the detainees and their lawyers, the pleas for an end to cruelty and for the restoration of habeas corpus, and it chronicles the requisite actions taken when those pleas fell on deaf ears in the nation's corridors of power: the marches, street theater, civil disobedience, and jailings.

  • 1/28 War, Memory and Representation: The Visual Arts, War and Peace at 7 p.m. at the Institute for Policy Studies.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON ALL EVENTS, see AfterDowningStreet.org.

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