Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - Nov. 20 -21, 2014

52] National Transgender Action Day – Nov. 20
53] FCNL annual meeting – Nov. 20 – 23
54] United Workers Happy Hour – Nov. 20
55] Maryland Education Coalition meeting – Nov. 20
56] Support Mexican students – Nov. 20
57] See BULLY – Nov. 20
58] What’s Next? – Nov. 20
59] GMOM meeting – Nov. 20
60] Police Brutality – Nov. 20
61] Rory Fanning book talk – Nov. 20
62] Muslim women – Nov. 20
63] Militarized Border Patrol – Nov. 20
64] Japan’s Nuclear Fuel cycle – Nov. 21
65] Catholic Social Thought – Nov. 21
66] Vigil for peace at White House – Nov. 21
67] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – Nov. 21
68] Punish Palestinians – Nov. 21
52] – How can I participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance? Participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance by attending or organizing a vigil on Thursday, November 20 to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence that year. Vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBT organizations, and held at community centers, parks, places of worship and other venues. The vigil often involves reading a list of the names of those who died that year. Attend an event--check out the full list of events at If your event is not listed, please submit it to

53] – On Thurs., Nov. 20, FCNL will host its annual general meeting at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW, starting with breakfast at 7 AM. It will continue through Sun., Nov. 23 ending at noon. On Fri., Nov. 21 some of the activities will shift over to the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE, WDC. The Quaker Public Policy Institute will organize citizen advocates to urge members of Congress to let diplomacy work on the eve of the deadline for a final U.S.-Iran nuclear deal. A policy briefing on Iran will feature Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (retired). Register online at

54] – United Workers [] are holding its First Happy Hour @ Joe Squared Pizza, 133 W. North Ave., on Thurs., Nov. 20 from 5 to 7:30 PM. Celebrate the hard work and commitment of everyone who participated in or donated to this year's running race. UW exceeded its fundraising goal of $12,000. Enjoy food, fun, and awards for this year’s runners/walkers. Joe Squared has generously pledged to donate a portion of the evening's proceeds to United Workers. Visit

55] – The Maryland Education Coalition invites you to attend the Annual Meeting on Thurs., Nov. 20 from 6 to 8 PM at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore City. The Future of Maryland's Public Schools is at stake. The Maryland General Assembly required a follow up study of the adequacy of education funding in the State. This study has recently begun, led by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). See RSVP at

56] – On Thurs., Nov. 20 at 6 PM at the White House, the group Global Action for Ayotzinapa is holding a vigil in solidarity for a global action demanding accountability for the 43 students who have disappeared. Go to

57] – On Thurs., Nov. 20 at 6:30 PM, see a film screening of BULLY followed by a discussion with Dr. David Hall of Physicians for Social Responsibilty at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St,, Philadelphia The documentary focuses on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across the United States. Go to

58] – What’s next will be at the Hunan Dynasty, 215 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Ste 1, WDC, on Thurs., Nov. 20 at 6:30 PM. Rev. Graylan Hagler, at-large candidate for the D.C. City Council during the 2014 election, has agreed to attend this salon to discuss the election and what local progressives should/can do next. Andrea Miller, a dynamic long-time organizer with Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), has agreed to share PDA's views on the national election results and what comes next for progressives. Call 202-546-6161.

59] – The next meeting of the Baltimore City area team of "GMOM" - Get Money Out - Maryland (, aka the Maryland affiliate of, will include food and drink. Hear a short presentation on what happening, and how to win. GMOM is focusing on arranging meetings with state legislators and doing phone bank training. RSVP to joeadamsmd {at} or 1-410-231-3323.

The meeting is on Thurs., Nov. 20 from 6:30 to 8 PM at 3400 Norman Ave, Baltimore 21213 (at the Maryland State Boy Choir). Enter through the front glass doors at the foot of the bell towers. Go up the stairs to the Board Meeting Room. Call 1-410-231-3323. Ask your state legislators to support and co-sponsor the resolution for the Democracy Amendment, SJ6 and HJ7 from last year.

60] – The explosive Baltimore Sun report stating that Baltimore City has paid out $5.7 million dollars in police brutality settlements since 2011 sent shock waves throughout the city - and highlighted Baltimore's need for a changed BPD. Could a Police Civilian Review Board with real power be an answer? Should the community control the police? The Real News Network is holding a town hall bringing together members of the police department, public officials, activists and community members who are gathering to discuss and debate effective solutions on Thurs., Nov. 19 at 7 PM at The Real News Network, 231 N. Holliday St. The event will be moderated by Marc Steiner and broadcast at a later date. RSVP at

61] – On Fri., Nov. 20 at 7 PM at District 1199C National Union of Hospital & Health Care Employees auditorium, 1319 Locust St., Philadelphia 19107. Catch the book release celebration with Afghan War veteran and resister, Rory Fanning. A donation is requested. Fanning is the author of “Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger's Journey Out of the Military and Across America” (Haymarket Books, 2014). Also speaking is Anand Gopal, journalist and author of “No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes” (Henry Holt, 2014.) The Brandywine Peace Community endorses this gathering along with May Day USA Coalition, Philly Against War, ISO, and Philly Socialists. See

62] – On Thurs., Nov. 20 at 7:30 PM at the Elliott School, GWU, Room 113, 1957 E St. NW, WDC, MAWPF, MuslimGirl.Net, and Amnesty International's George Washington University chapter are excited to host an event on the unique challenges Muslim women face as organizers and activists in the United States. Muslim women's voices are constantly overlooked and their contributions are minimized. This event will feature Muslim women who are social justice organizers that work across social justice issues to amplify communities. Commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Visit

63] – Be at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Nov. 20 from 8 to 9:30 PM for a book talk. Armed authorities watch from a military-grade surveillance tower as lines of people stream toward the security checkpoint, tickets in hand. Few seem to notice or care that the U.S. Border Patrol is monitoring the Super Bowl, as they have for years, one of the many ways that increasingly militarized forces created to police the borders are now being used to survey and monitor the whole of American society. “In Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Homeland Security” journalist Todd Miller tells, with graphic detail, an alarming story of the U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security’s ever-widening, militarized and dehumanizing reach into the lives of American citizens and immigrants. See

64] – On Fri., Nov. 21 from 9 to 10:45 AM, Nobumasa Akiyama, Hitosubashi University, Emma Chanlett-Avery, Congressional Research Service, Steve Fetter, University of Maryland, and Sharon Squassoni, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), will address "The Nonproliferation Implications of Japan's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Decisions" at CSIS, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at A webcast can be watched at

65] – The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at Catholic University of America is a community of scholars and researchers engaged in the analysis of public policy issues related to Catholic social thought. Organized in 1974 and well known for many years under its former name, the Life Cycle Institute, this academic think tank taps the knowledge and experience of the 40 renowned researchers, scholars, and policy experts who are its fellows. Renamed the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies in 2009, the Institute continues to bring rigorous academic research to bear on contemporary questions of public policy and religion. Learn more at the Catholic University of America, Edward J. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room B, WDC, on Fri., Nov. 21 at 10 AM. See

66] – Go to the SEIU Building, 1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Nov. 21 from noon to 2:30 PM. As the movement for Palestinian rights grows in size and diversity in the US, individuals speaking out against Israeli human rights violations and American involvement in Israel’s discriminatory policies are increasingly facing intense backlash, smear campaigns, threats to their employment and reputation, legal bullying, censorship and punishment. The panelists will discuss the criminalization of Palestinian advocacy and the targeting of individual Palestine activists for surveillance, investigation, and criminal prosecution, referencing the cases against longtime Chicago activist Rasmea Odeh, the so-called Holy Land Five (Ghassan Elashi, Shukri Abu-Baker, Mufid Abdulqader, Abdulrahman Odeh, and Mohammad El-Mezain), and former University of South Florida Professor Sami al-Arian.

The panel will be moderated by Journal of Palestine Studies Editor, Rashid Khalidi and feature a distinguished panel of experts including, civil rights attorneys Andrew Dalack, Dima Khalidi, Yaman Salahi and Professor Steven Salaita, who’s recent firing by the University of Illinois has drawn increased attention to the aggressive silencing of pro-Palestinian voices in the US. Visit

67] – On Fri., Nov. 21 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! The vigil takes place at the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact Art @ or at 202-360-6416.

68] – 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

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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