Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 16-18, 2014

24] John Judge, presente – Apr. 16
25] The Memorial to the Lost – through Apr. 18
26] Impact of Harsh Sentencing on Communities of Color – Apr. 16
27] ForestDefender – Apr. 16
28] Benefit at the ballpark for law students – Apr. 16
29] Cuba and the U.S.: What's Next – Apr. 16
30] Lobby Rep. Sarbanes -- Apr. 16
31] The Jet that Ate the Pentagon – Apr. 16
32] Free legal advice for homeowners -- Apr. 16 & Apr. 24
34] Film THICK – Apr. 16
35] Street Harassment Panel – Apr. 16
36] Green GW Food Desert Panel – Apr. 16
37] Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation – Apr. 17
38] Bound As Fast In Wedlock As A Slave Can Be – Apr. 17
39] InterFaith Tour Program – Apr. 17
40] After Cannabis Prohibition – Apr. 17
41] “Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy” – Apr. 17
42] D.C. Sustainability and Social Enterprise Summit goes – Apr. 18
24] – With sadness, I am reporting that long-time D.C. activist John Judge died in the early morning of Wed., Apr. 16. John had suffered a stroke in March, and was eventually able to find a hospital bed at the Washington Center for Aging Services. It is unclear what caused his death, so an autopsy will be performed. At some future date, there will be a memorial service.

25] – The Memorial to the Lost will be on display outside of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church until Fri., Apr. 18. Stop by anytime you are driving on Connecticut Ave. and pass by the Chevy Chase Circle. The Memorial To the Lost will display 176 t-shirts, noting those people who died in the greater Washington D.C. area in 2013 to gun violence, and will be planted in the church yard to draw attention to 'too many gun deaths' and asking all to act to stem the flow of illegal guns.

26] – Low-Level Crime, Maximum Time: The Impact of Harsh Sentencing on Communities of Color will be discussed on Wed., Apr. 16 at 11:45 AM at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 1629 K St. NW, 10th Floor. In the last three decades, state and federal prison populations have skyrocketed, due largely to the War on Drugs and the rise of so-called “get tough” initiatives – like mandatory minimum sentencing for low-level offenders – that result in huge racial disparities in our prison system. Join The Leadership Conference Spring Interns for a panel discussion about mandatory minimum sentences, the adverse effects these policies have on communities of color, and efforts that are underway to correct this injustice. See

27] – On Wed., Apr. 16 from noon to 1:30 PM, Amazon Watch Invites You to a "Green-Bag Lunch" presentation: ForestDefender: A Legal Web tool to Support Communities and Indigenous Groups in Protecting Their Rights and Their Forests by Allison Silverman, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) at the Amazon Watch / CIEL conference room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100 (south of Dupont Circle, above Panera / Cosi), WDC 20036. ForestDefender is a new legal web tool to empower indigenous peoples and other local communities to defend their rights and their forests. It provides users with a rights-based approach to evaluating whether forest governance activities respect international rights. It increases access to information and improved comprehension of such information which will support real progress towards stronger laws, safeguards and enforcement related to forest protection in REDD+ priority countries. It is a tool that allows CIEL to leverage its expertise in international environmental and human rights law and to expand our reach beyond our current partners to other lawyers, activists and community members around the world. Silverman is an attorney with CIEL's Climate and Energy Program. Her practice focuses on strengthening forest governance by working with local communities and indigenous peoples to defend their rights and forests. She advocates for international climate change policies that incorporate human rights to safeguard communities and ecosystems, working closely with partners from other civil society groups and local communities.

28] – Get a ticket at CAMDEN YARDS for the Orioles versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Wed., Apr. 16 at 12:30 PM in Section 332 [Upper Reserved] for $13. Contact Lou Curran at or 410-499-8899. The net proceeds of the ticket sales will equally benefit MPILP and UBSPI, two non-profit groups providing UB and UMd law students with paid summer clerkships in non-profit public interest organizations and select government agencies in Maryland.

29] – On Wed., Apr. 16 from 4 to 6 PM, catch Cuba and the U.S.: What's Next at American University, Hughes Formal Lounge in Hughes Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. This panel discussion is organized by participants of the Alternative Break Program at American University, who recently returned from Havana, Cuba. See

30] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually delivers a letter to Rep. John Sarbanes’ Towson office on the third Wednesday of the month at 4:30 PM. On Apr. 16, help deliver the letter to Suite 303, 600 Baltimore Ave., Towson 21204. This month’s letter asks Sarbanes to support portions of the Better Off Budget: Rep. Keith Ellison's Inclusive Prosperity Act (H.R. 1579) to create a tiny sales tax on speculative Wall Street trades; Rep. John Conyers' Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act (H.R. 1000); Rep. Barbara Lee's Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (H.R. 198) to reverse Public Law 107-40 that has been used to justify open-ended foreign military operations; and Rep. Jerrold Polis' BREATHE Act (H.R. 1154) to amend the Clean Air Act by eliminating special loopholes exploited by oil and gas companies. Finally, we are urging Rep. Sarbanes to speak out against the use of killer drone strikes. Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

31] – As part of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, find out about the Jet That Ate the Pentagon on Tues., Apr. 15 from 4:45 to 7 PM at Veterans Park, Bethesda at the intersection of Woodmont and Norfolk. The street theatre will bring attention to the need to cut Pentagon spending and instead fund jobs, community services, and carbon-free energy. The group plans on “flying” a mock F-35 that will fall apart. The F-35 is the poster child for wasteful Pentagon spending: during its life, it is projected to cost $1.5 trillion, which is more than the combined spending on the Korean and Vietnam Wars (in inflation-adjusted dollars)—and it doesn’t even work. Contact Jean Athey at or 301.570.0923.

32] – There is a workshop for free legal advice for homeowners who are behind on property taxes and water bills on Wed., Apr. 16 from 5 to 8 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Pennsylvania Ave. Branch, 1531 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21217. Also the same program is available on Thurs., Apr. 24 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, South East Anchor Branch, 3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224. Call 443-703-3052.

33] – On Wed., Apr. 16 from 7 to 8:30 PM, there is a very CRITICAL MONTHLY MEETING at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210. There will be a de-briefing from the legislative session, sharing war-stories, revealing which legislators showed strong support for Get Money Out of Maryland, and discussing how to increase our power and win in 2015. Enter from E. Melrose Ave., just north of the church. If coming from the south (Northern Pkwy), turn right. If coming from the north (Stevenson Ln,), turn left. Go to

34] – On Wed., Apr. 16 at 7 PM at Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Sts. NW, Busboys and Poets' ZAMI and Tagg Magazine present the film screening of "THICK," followed by a Q&A with filmmaker and actors to benefit the Wanda Alston House, the only dedicated space in D.C. for homeless LGBTQ youth and Tagg Fest, a day of events for everyone under the Tagg rainbow. A concoction of ABC's current hit "Scandal," HBO's seminal show "The Wire," The Godfather Trilogy, and Showtime's cult classic "The L Word," the film has the ingredients to be a captivating fan favorite Visit

35] – The GWU Feminist Union is hosting a Street Harassment Panel on Wed., Apr. 16 at 7 PM at Monroe Hall, Room B32, 2115 G St. NW. It will feature representatives from Stop Street Harassment and Collective Action for Safe Spaces. Discuss what street harassment is, who is affected and how we can fight back! See

36] – The Green GW Food Desert Panel is on Wed., Apr. 16 at 8 PM at the Elliott School of International Affairs, Room B17, 1957 E St. NW. To help celebrate Earth Month Green GW is hosting a panel of speakers to talk about food deserts in the DMV area. Learn about what food insecurity is, what effects it has on human health and on the environment. You will learn some healthy quick recipes. Go to

37] – There is a panel discussion: Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation on Thurs., Apr. 17 from 12:15 to 2 PM at Moot Courtroom, 5th Floor, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC. Join UDC David A. Clarke School of Law for a presentation on the current state of litigation/restitution in the class action suit against the US Department of Agriculture for lending discrimination against Black Farmers. The panel will include presiding federal judge Hon. Paul Friedman, Class Co-Counsel Andy Marks of Coffey Burlington, and Deputy Ombudsman for the Black Farmers’ Settlement, Alva Waller. Attendance is free of charge, but advance registration is required at

38] – On Thurs., Apr. 17 from 6 to 7:30 PM hear about "'Bound As Fast In Wedlock As A Slave Can Be': African-American Marriage, Slavery, and Freedom” at City View Room, 1957 E St. NW, WDC. The Africana Studies Program presents George Washington University’s third annual Emancipation Day Celebration featuring Tera Hunter, Professor of History and African American Studies at Princeton University. Professor Hunter is author of the acclaimed To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors after the Civil War (Harvard, 1998) and is working on a book exploring the history of marriage among African-Americans in the 19th century (forthcoming, Harvard). The event will include a book signing and Q&A. See

39] Learn about the InterFaith Tour Program on Thurs., Apr. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at George Washington University, Funger Hall Room 220, 2201 G St. NW. The InterFaith Tour program is organized by five French students from different faiths (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, agnostic and atheist) who all belong to COEXISTER - The French InterFaith Youth Movement. Since they started 9 months ago, they've been to more than 45 countries and have met religious leaders such as Pope Francis (private audience). The students will discuss their journeys. See

40] – The topic “After Cannabis Prohibition: Investigating What Comes Next for the Economy, Public Safety, and America's Families” will be examined on Thurs., Apr. 17 at 6:30 at Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. Join the newly formed DC-MD-VA Cannabis Coalition for an evening that brings together policy reform advocates, legislators, and the simply curious to celebrate progress and discuss cannabis law reform in the Mid-Atlantic region. The DMVCC will present awards recognizing the contributions of three individuals who have been instrumental in making progress in the cause.

Keynote speaker Doug Fine will round out the evening with a rollicking and inspiring presentation culled from his years of investigative research into the policies, economics, and sustainability of cannabis and hemp. After 40 years and over a TRILLION taxpayer dollars, the end of cannabis prohibition is near. According to Gallup, 58% of Americans now favor marijuana legalization, and more and more states are pressuring the federal government to follow their lead as America's longest war winds down. Bestselling investigative journalist Doug Fine, author of “Too High to Fail and Hemp Bound,” will tell stories and present images from the front lines in North America, South America, and Europe. He will focus on the real world economic benefits of cannabis and hemp, which he has been studying from the fields for five years. Visit

41] – Saskia Sassen presents “Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy” on Thurs., Apr. 17 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. Soaring income inequality and unemployment, expanding populations of the displaced and imprisoned, accelerating destruction of land and water bodies: today’s socioeconomic and environmental dislocations cannot be fully understood in the usual terms of poverty and injustice, according to Saskia Sassen. They are more accurately understood as a type of expulsion—from professional livelihood, from living space, even from the very biosphere that makes life possible.

This hard-headed critique updates our understanding of economics for the twenty-first century, exposing a system with devastating consequences even for those who think they are not vulnerable. From finance to mining, the complex types of knowledge and technology we have come to admire are used too often in ways that produce elementary brutalities. These have evolved into predatory formations—assemblages of knowledge, interests, and outcomes that go beyond a firm’s or an individual’s or a government’s project. Sassen's research and writing focuses on globalization (including social, economic and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), the new technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. Call 410-230-0450. Go to

42] – The DC Sustainability and Social Enterprise Summit goes from 9:15 AM to 4 PM on Fri., Apr. 18 at the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Co-sponsored by UnSectored, UDC, Three Birds, Sustainable DC, this year's Summit is focused on accelerating impact through cross-industry and cross-sector collaboration. Keynote speakers include Seth Goldman of Honest Tea and Aaron Hurst of the Purpose Economy. Early bird ticket prices are $10 for students & $20 for professionals. Regular ticket prices are $20 for students and $40 for professionals. Go to

To be continued.

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"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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