Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 4

67] Support Postal Workers – Apr. 18

68] Green Bag Lunch – Apr. 18

69] March against fracking – Apr. 18

70] Philadelphia peace vigil – Apr. 18

71] Tell Sarbanes Vote No for war funding & for Medicare For All – Apr. 18

72] Support Bottle Tax – Apr. 18

73] Book CRUSADE 2.0 -- Apr. 18

74] Film BLOOD ON THE MOBILE – Apr. 18

75] WIB Frederick vigil – Apr. 18

76] Bayard Rustin's life – Apr. 18

77] Trayvon Martin meeting – Apr. 18

78] Green Currency Meeting -- Apr. 18

79] Chestnut Hill peace vigil – Apr. 18

80] Action against agribusiness -- Apr. 19



67] – On Wed., Apr. 18 at 7 AM, join a protest to Support Postal Workers. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe will be speaking in Baltimore, at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, 100 International Dr., Baltimore, MD 21202.  Greet him with a picket line to let him know that the people support our postal workers – No cuts in services!  No post office closings!  Stop the loss of 200,000 jobs!  Reopen the Frederick processing plant!  Call Rich Shelley, APWU Local 181, at 443-980-5586.  Occupy 4 Jobs will be there.


68] – Amazon Watch's Spring 2012 "Green-Bag Lunch" Series continues at noon on Wed., Apr. 18 at the CIEL conference room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100 (south Dupont, above Panera/Cosi), WDC, with Julia Urrunaga, Environmental Investigation Agency, who will lecture on "The Laundering Machine: How Fraud and Corruption in Peru's Concession System are Destroying the Future of its Forests." Bring your lunch. Email andrew@amazonwatch.org. 

69] – Occupy Earth Week - March & Action Against Hydrofracking is happening on Wed., Apr. 18 at 3:30 PM at McPherson Square, 15th and K Sts. NW. This event will be surrounding the use of hydrofracking as a means of acquiring more natural resources for energy consumption. Get to www.odcearthweek.herokuapp.com or email occupyearthweekdc@gmail.com.

70] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Apr. 18. Call 215-426-0364.


71] – On Wed., Apr. 18 at 4:30 PM,  the Pledge of Resistance will go to Rep. John Sarbanes' office, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Baltimore, MD 21204.  While inside, we will deliver a letter to urge the representative to pledge to vote against further funding of wars.  We will also let him know that he should sign on to the following legislation: HR 780, the Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act, and HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.  From 5 to 5:30 PM, we will demonstrate on Bosley Ave against U.S. wars in the Middle East. 


Let Max know if you can go to Sarbanes' office.  You can reach him at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

Progressive Democrats of America, CODEPINK and others are holding brownbag vigils outside (or inside) offices of members of the House of Representatives.  Brownbaggers are demanding commitments to vote against more money for war and for progressive legislation. Hands off Medicare! Hands off Medicaid! Hands off Social Security! END CORPORATE WELFARE! Go to http://tinyurl.com/brownbagvigil.

72] – City Council is preparing to take on the bottle tax for school construction.  The Baltimore Education Coalition and Transform Baltimore will be there to show that fixing our crumbling school buildings is of utmost importance for city students, teachers, and neighborhoods.  The bottle tax revenue alone can be leveraged to borrow an estimated $155 million city school construction - this means 5-6 new LEED-certified elementary schools like the one planned for Waverly, air-conditioning installed in half of the city schools that need it, OR new windows in almost all city school buildings.  The bottle tax is part of the Mayor's school construction plan (which includes a portion of the projected slots revenue and state education aid earmarked for school construction) that is estimated to generate $300 million in up front borrowing for school construction.    Be There -- Bottle Tax for School Construction – on Wed., Apr. 18 at 5 PM, Taxation, Finance, and Development Committee, City Hall, 4th Floor. Email transform.bmore@gmail.com.


73] – On Wed., Apr. 18 from  6 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC, in CRUSADE 2.0 John Feffer discusses the influence of three "unfinished wars"—the Crusades, the Cold War, and the current "war on terror." He presents a timely, concise and provocative look at current events in the context of historical trends and goes beyond a "clash of civilizations" critique to offer concrete ways to defuse the ticking bomb of Islamophobia. Visit http://www.ips-dc.org/.


74] – On Wed., Apr. 18 at 6:30 PM at the Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, see the film "Blood in the Mobile," which shows how mobile phone users are complicit in the exploitation of Congolese children who mine the mineral cassiterite, used in virtually every handset on the planet. Go to www.dclabor.org/ht/d/EventDetails/i/101142.


75] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., Apr. 18 from 6:30 PM to 7 PM at the intersection of Martin & Patrick Sts in downtown Frederick.  Wear black, but bring no additional signs. Call 301-834-7581 or wibfrederick@mizmail.com.


76] – On Wed., Apr. 18 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., Michael Long presents "I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life In Letters."  Published on the centennial of his birth, and in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, here is Bayard Rustin's life story told in his own words.


Bayard Rustin has been called the "lost prophet" of the civil rights movement. A master strategist and tireless activist, he is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the U.S. He brought Gandhi's protest techniques to the U.S. civil rights movement and played a deeply influential role in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., helping to mold him into an international symbol of nonviolence.


Despite these achievements, Rustin often remained in the background. He was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era. Call 410-230-0450 or go to http://redemmas.org.


77] – Baltimore and Maryland joined the fight for Trayvon Martin!  The Justice-4-Trayvon Martin, Maryland Local Organizing Committee, is meeting on Wed., Apr. 18 for a volunteers meeting at 7 PM at 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  On Tues., Apr. 24, people from across the country including Danny Glover will be at the Justice Department in Washington D.C. (see www.OccupytheJusticeDepartment.com) on Mumia Abu Jamal's birthday to express grievances around the issues of denied justice. There will be a "Trayvon Martin Is All of Us" contingent for the Tuesday protest--a very visible vocal car and bus caravan down Route 1, as a moving protest all the way to Washington D.C.   The caravan will leave the Solidarity Center at 9 AM.  Email apcbaltimore@pipeline.com to reserve your seat.  Call 410-500-2618. 


78] – The Baltimore Green Currency Association meets every Wednesday at 7 PM at Breathe Books, 810 W 36th St. # A, Baltimore, MD 21211-2554.  Call 410-235-7323.


79] – Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is Apr. 18. Call 215-843-4256 or email nwgreens@yahoo.com.

80] – Occupy Earth Week – there's an Action Against Corporate Agribusiness on Thurs., Apr. 19 at 8 AM at McPherson Square, 15th and K Sts NW. This action will target members of corporate agribusiness. Following the action at 1 PM, there will be community gardening at Wangari Maathai Garden, Kenyon & Park Place NW. Go to www.odcearthweek.herokuapp.com or email occupyearthweekdc@gmail.com.

To be continued


Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/


"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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