Thursday, March 13, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - March 13-14, 2014

18] Marijuana Reform Rally – Mar. 13
19] "Nuclear Materials Attractiveness" – Mar. 13
20] BWI Workers Rights Rally and March – Mar. 13
21] "Divided Society and the Democratic Ideal" – Mar. 13
22] "Nuclear Weapons Gone Missing: What Does History Teach Us?" – Mar. 13
23] Film “Coal Country” – Mar. 13
24] Film “Inequality for All” – Mar. 13
25] “Restoring Joy in America's Sorted Out Cities” – Mar. 13
26] Rally and Hearing on the Wage Theft Prevention Act – Mar. 14
27] Interfaith Power & Light meeting – Mar. 14
28] “Getting Back to Full Employment” – Mar. 14
29] Support the Guantanamo Hunger Strikers – Mar. 14
30] Vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel – Mat. 14
31] "Nuclear Security and Japan’s Plutonium Path” – Mar. 14
32] Stop the Drone War Command Center – Mar. 14
33] Silent peace vigil – Mar. 14
34] International Monetary Fund (IMF) Protest Coordination Meeting – Mar. 14
35] “Book of Ice” – Mar. 14
36] Ballroom Dancing – Mar. 14

18] – There is a rally with Heather Mizeur on Thurs., Mar. 13 from 11 AM to noon in Lawyers Mall in Annapolis. This week, Maryland can take another step forward to reform its broken marijuana laws at a Marijuana Reform Rally? The General Assembly will consider a range of marijuana reform bills – including Heather’s first-step legislation to decriminalize possession.

Our marijuana laws ruin lives, are enforced with racial bias, and distract law enforcement from more serious crime. Legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana is the sensible approach for our communities. RSVP at

19] – On Thurs., Mar. 13 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM explore the issue "Nuclear Materials Attractiveness" at George Washington University, Room 602, Lindner Family Commons, 1957 E St. NW, WDC. RSVP to Joseph Glaser at

20] – There is a BWI Workers Rights Rally and March on Thurs., Mar. 13 at noon at Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West St., Annapolis. Non-tipped concessions workers at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport earn a median wage of $8.50 per hour. Only 17% of surveyed workers reported that they received health insurance through their jobs. Only 10% of surveyed workers reported that they received paid sick day. The lowest paid employees of the Maryland Aviation Authority receive $13.45 per hour. They are guaranteed health insurance, paid sick days, and a pension. The Thurgood Marshall Equal Pay Act creates a wage equity supplement whereby the state of Maryland will temporarily make up the difference between the wages of concessions workers and those of the lowest-paid employees of the Maryland Aviation Authority. Go to

21] – The CISSM Forum is a weekly policy forum held on Thursdays, from 12:15 to 1:30 PM, in room 1203 Van Munching Hall, University of Maryland. College Park 20742. The CISSM Forum is open to the public (no RSVPs required) and is supported by the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Policy Research. CISSM also sponsors special events on campus and in downtown Washington, D.C. On Mar. 13, the forum focus will be "Divided Society and the Democratic Ideal" with Glenn C. Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics, Brown University. Call 301- 405-7601.

22] – On Thurs., Mar. 13 from 3:15 to 5 PM, Henry Sokolski, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, Charles Ferguson, Federation of American Scientists, Edwin Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Jodi Lieberman, American Physical Society, will address "Nuclear Weapons Gone Missing: What Does History Teach Us?" The talk is sponsored by Nonproliferation Policy Education Center in Room HC-8, Capitol Building, WDC. RSVP to Monica Herman at

23] – The Baltimore area is home to the last two large coal-fired power plants in the Mid-Atlantic still lacking plans to install modern pollution safeguards or commitments to retire. These plants pose a significant and urgent health threat to residents, especially children, asthmatics, and the elderly. They pollute our air and water and contribute to climate disruption. See the film “Coal Country,” a documentary about Mountaintop Removal (MTR) coal mining, and then discuss what actions we can take in Baltimore to create healthier communities that don't rely on dirty coal energy. Be at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. on Thurs., Mar. 13 at 6 PM. Help Maryland move beyond coal and have fun socializing with other Sierra Club supporters. RSVP at Go to

24] – See the film “Inequality for All” on Thurs., Mar. 13 from 6:30 to 9 PM at True Reformer Building Auditorium, 1200 U St. NW, courtesy of D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. The recent Robert Reich documentary provides insight into the widening income gap in America and its impact on the economy. The District of Columbia has greater income inequality than most major US cities and this fiscal year 2015 budget kick-off event will explore ways we can use the budget to decrease inequality in DC. Visit

25] – On Thurs., Mar. 13 at 7 PM at Red Emma's Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, Mindy Fullilove, author of the new book “Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted Out Cities” and the classic account of the psychological and social costs of urban displacement Root Shock, will be joined by local anti-displacement activist and public health theorist Marisela Gomez, author of “Race, Class, Power and Organizing in East Baltimore” for a discussion cities, inclusion, and economic and racial justice. Red Emma's, 30 W. North Ave. Call 443-602-7585. This is co-sponsored by Baltimore Racial Justice Action! Go to

26] – Join the Rally and Hearing on the Wage Theft Prevention Act on Fri., Mar. 14 from 8:30 to 11:30 AM at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Everyone deserves fair pay for a day’s work! Workers in the District are organizing and fighting back against the all too common practice of wage theft. After months of hard work, there is a bill before the city council, called the Wage Theft Prevention Act, that will strengthen protections against wage theft in the city.

Join workers and allies for a rally in front of the D.C. Council and for the hearing on the Wage Theft Prevention Act. D.C. passed a higher minimum wage, and now it's time to back that up with real, meaningful enforcement of our wage laws. See or contact Maxwell Hellmann at or 202-630-3181.

27] – On Fri., Mar. 14 from 9 AM to 5 PM get over to the Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE, WDC (near Union Station). Whether you’ve just started taking leadership at your congregation or you’re well into a decade of hard work, Interfaith Power & Light-DMV wants to help with whatever project you’re implementing or whatever problem you’re facing. With years of experience helping green leaders work with their congregations, Joelle Novey sets aside time each month to meet with green leaders and provide dedicated 1-on-1 support. Book a time with Joelle by phone or in person now! Email Elizabeth at

28] – Engage in a Book Discussion “Getting Back to Full Employment” on Fri., Mar. 14 from noon to 2 PM at AFL-CIO 815, 16th St. NW, WDC. We all know high levels of employment are good for job-seekers—but they’re also essential for improving pay and working conditions for low-wage workers. In this follow-up to their 2003 book, “The Benefits of Full Employment,” economists Dean Baker and Jared Bernstein document the dependency of wage growth on low unemployment and present policy options for boosting economic growth and lowering unemployment. Go to

29] – Support the Guantanamo Hunger Strikers--Close Guantanamo & End Indefinite Detention! No More Torture! No More War! Join the vigil on Fri., Mar. 14 from noon to 1 PM at the White House-North side on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The vigil is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and Witness Against Torture. Visit Contact Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at 202-360-6416 or

30] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, across from Israeli Consulate. It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email Go to

31] – On Fri., Mar. 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, Douglas Birch, Center for Public Integrity, Matthew Bunn, Harvard University, and Nobuyau Abe, Japan Institute of International Affairs, will discuss "Nuclear Security and Japan’s Plutonium Path" at the Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20036. RSVP at

32] – Stop the Drone War Command Center at Horsham Air Guard Station, in Horsham, Montgomery County, PA on Fri., Mar. 14, 4 to 5 PM in Philadelphia for Rush Hour Leafleting w/banners and signs at the Bellevue Hotel, SE PA Office of PA Gov. Corbett, head of PA Air Guard), 200 S. Broad St., Broad & Walnut Streets, Phila., PA 19102. Bring whistles or favorite noisemaker.

These Center City Philadelphia 2nd Sunday of the month leafleting, banner and sign sessions alternate between Broad & Walnut Sts. and the 15th & Market Sts. SEPTA entrance. This is organized by the Brandywine Peace Community. Call 610-544-1818 or go to

33] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., Mar. 14 from 5 to 6 PM outside the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and St. Paul St. The vigil, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, will remind us that War Is Not the Answer. Stop torture.

34] – There is an International Monetary Fund (IMF) Protest Coordination Meeting on Fri., Mar. 14 from 7 to 9 PM at The Peace House, 1233 12th St. NW. Each spring, thousands of government officials, the private sector, journalists, academia, civil society representatives, and other interested observers gather in Washington, D.C. for the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. At the heart of the gathering are meetings of the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee and the joint World Bank Group-IMF Development Committee, which discuss progress on the work of the IMF and the World Bank Group. See

35] – On Fri., Mar. 14 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's, hear a talk about Antarctica, the only uninhabited continent, which belongs to no single country and has no government. While certain countries lay claim to portions of the landmass, it is the only solid land on the planet with no unified national affiliation. Drawing on the continent’s rich history of inspiring exploration and artistic endeavors, Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky has put together his own multimedia, multidisciplinary study of Antarctica. “Book of Ice” is one aspect of this ongoing project.

In light of climate chaos and tireless human enterprise to be present everywhere on the planet, Miller uses Antarctica as a point on entry for contemplating humanity’s relationship with the natural world. The two additional contributors to “The Book Of Ice” - Columbia University's Brian Greene, best-selling author of The Elegant Universe, and Ross A. Virginia, director of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College, a world renowned expert on Antarctica - add several layers of analysis to the books exploration of the theme of science and graphic design. Miller ponders how Antarctica could liberate itself from the rest of the world.

36] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM. Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St. Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be Mar. 14. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

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] 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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