Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - December 2 - 4, 2014

23] Die-in at GWU – Dec. 2
24] Syria Speaks – Dec. 2
25] Protest Qatar’s mistreatment of migrant workers – Dec. 2
26] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Dec. 2
27] No JHU Drone Research – Dec. 2
28] What future Palestine? – Dec. 2
29] Disability Justice – Dec. 2
29] Protest Qatar’s mistreatment of migrant workers – Dec. 2
30] Talk Environment – Dec. 2
31] See “TOMORROW WILL COME: Getting Justice in Kenya” – Dec. 2
32] See THE BLACK CANDLE – Dec. 2
33] Ferguson, the State of Black America, and Where Do We Go From Here?" – Dec. 2
34] "Ferguson: After the Verdict" – Dec. 2
35] The Iran Talks – Dec. 3
36] Support Peggy Young – Dec. 3
37] Boycott RE/MAX – Dec. 3
38] Baltimore-Mexico Solidarity – Dec. 3
39] Sustainable Food Supply – Dec. 3
40] Stop Rape – Dec. 3
41] Take on the Drug War and ruling class in Mexico – Dec. 3
42] Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas – Dec. 3
43] Help Palestine – Dec. 3
44] Divestment Webinar – Dec. 3
45] Support homecare workers – Dec. 4
23] – At George Washington University, Kogan Plaza, 2121 I St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Dec. 2 from noon to 4:30 PM, there will be a die-in. Events in Ferguson over the past few months are just one symptom of racism in police forces and communities. A black person is shot by law enforcement every 28 hours, and there is no civilian oversight at any major police department in the US. The time to act on this is now-towns across the country have organized protests, and GW students are about to do the same. The die-in will be four and a half hours long-the amount of time Mike Brown’s body was left in the street after he was shot. You are welcome to come and go at any time during the protest. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/830452110310888/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited.

24] – Get over to the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20036, on Tues., Dec. 2 from noon to 1:30 PM as the Middle East Institute is hosting the U.S. launch of “Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline” (Saqi Books, 2014), winner of the English Pen Award. It is a unique anthology showcasing the work of over 50 artists and writers challenging the culture of violence in Syria.

Syrian cinematographer and writer Khalil Younes will be joined by Syria Speaks co-editors: Zaher Omareen Syrian writer and filmmaker, and Malu Halasa, London based writer, for a presentation of four different events featuring readings, film screenings, and reflections on the role of art and culture as a critical line of defense against tyranny and extremism. A testament to the courage, creativity and imagination of the Syrian people, Syria Speaks is a celebration of a people determined to reclaim their dignity and right to self-expression.

The program will also include films from the Syrian documentary collective Abounaddara, winner of the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics (2014), and from the first-ever Syria's Mobile Phone Film Festival recently held inside the country. A light lunch will be served at 11:45 AM. See http://www.mei.edu/events/syria-speaks-literature-art-and-cinema-syrias-civil-disobedience.

25] – Be at the Embassy of the State of Qatar, WDC, on Tues., Dec. 2 at 3 PM, and join ADHRB, Amnesty International USA, ITUC, MENA Solidarity Network-US & Georgetown Human Rights Action on the United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Protest the abuse & trafficking of migrant workers in Qatar around the 2022 World Cup. Appeal to the Qatari government to improve its protections for migrant workers. Either Qatar protects migrant workers or it forfeits the rights to host the World Cup 2022. Sign their Change.org petition here: https://www.change.org/p/fifa-call-on-qatar-to-protect-migrant-workers-or-forfeit-the-right-to-host-the-world-cup-in-2022.

There is widespread abuse of migrant workers in Qatar. Qatari labor law incorporates the archaic and regressive system of kafala, creating contracts akin to indentured servitude between the migrant workers and their employers. Under this system, workers are not permitted to change jobs and work for another employer without the permission of their current employer. Employers do not pay migrant workers a minimum wage; sometimes, they do not pay them at all. Oftentimes, employers make migrant workers live and work in horrific, unsafe conditions; by the time the World Cup begins, it is estimated that at least 4,000 migrant workers will have died after working long hours in extremely high temperatures, without adequate nutrition and rest. See https://www.facebook.com/events/761017620633286/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited.

26] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine. The next vigil is Dec. 2. Call 215-426-0364.

27] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Dec. 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

28] – Georgetown Students for Justice in Palestine invite you to a dinner and lecture with former UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, Professor Richard Falk who will address "What Future for Palestine?" He is a distinguished legal scholar and professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University. He recently completed his term as special rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories for the United Nations Human Rights Council (2008-2014). Falk will be speaking about his new book, "Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope," a compilation of his writings about Israel-Palestine and his experience as UN rapporteur. In his book, he argues that the Palestinians’ struggle over recent years has transformed into a struggle for legitimacy, similar to that pursued by all the anti-colonial movements of the twentieth century. The event will be at Georgetown University, Copley Formal Lounge, 3700 O St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Dec. 2 at 7 PM. Email lss54@georgetown.edu.

29] – On Tues., Dec. 2 from 6 to 7:30 PM, there will be a Lecture & Performance Series on Disability Justice with Disability Studies Scholars & Activists at Georgetown University, White Gravenor 405, WDC. Guests are asked to refrain from wearing scented/perfumed/fragranced products. The impetus behind the series is to promote critical discussions and dialogue about disability as a diversity and social justice issue, especially in ways that connect disability to other movements for social justice and marginalized communities through an intersectional lens. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/400908280059685/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited.

30] – Congressperson John Sarbanes will join Talk Environment, hosted by Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, on Tues., Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 PM at De Kleine Duivel, 3602 Hickory Ave., Baltimore. It's time to roll up our sleeves and get prepared for the next Maryland General Assembly Session. We've got a new governor and a record number of new legislators, we will need you more than ever.

The beginning of the Session, January 14th, is just around the corner and with it brings new legislators to educate and persuade. The decisions made by the General Assembly affect all of us and we've only got 3 short months until Session ends. Meet the folks who represent you in Annapolis and mingle with your neighbors over food and drink on these important issues! RSVP at https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/288/personal2.asp?formid=meetedfund&c=4557085&aacwc=371562889112534051553159068113. Call 410-280-9855 or go to www.mdlcv.org.

31] – At Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Dec. 2 at 7 PM, see “TOMORROW WILL COME: Getting Justice in Kenya.” After the film, participate in a discussion. Email info@bloombars.com. Following disputed presidential election results in Kenya on Dec. 27, 2007, violence erupted which killed more than 1,300 people and displaced several hundred thousand people from their homes. After more than a year, Kenyan authorities still had not investigated the crimes. Finally, in 2009 the Kenyan parliament voted for the International Criminal Court (the ICC) to step in and bring justice for the victims of the violence. On Dec. 15, 2010, the ICC brought charges against six high-ranking Kenyan officials and politicians, to prosecute them for crimes against humanity. This film looks at the reaction of the Kenyan public on these developments and their view on whether to use the ICC or local tribunals. See https://www.facebook.com/events/582228225256598/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited%20.

32] – The National Black United Front (NBUF) invites you to a Kwanzaa Film Discussion on “The Black Candle,” which uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to explore and celebrate the African-American experience, at the Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Dec. 2 at 7 PM. Narrated by Maya Angelou and directed by author and filmmaker M. K. Asante, the film is about the struggle and triumph of African-American family, community, and culture. Come learn about Kwanzaa, the N'guzo Saba and more. Email nbufdc@gmail.com or call 301-836-1826.

33] – "Ferguson, the State of Black America, and Where Do We Go From Here?" will be discussed on Tues., Dec. 2 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. Join Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, assistant professor of Communications at Loyola University Maryland, and Rev. Heber Brown III, pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, for a Community Teach-In. Call 443-602-7585. Go to http://www.redemmas.org.

34] – In light of the Ferguson grand jury decision and the continued efforts of the community to challenge systemic brutality against black men and women in America, Busboys and Poets and the Institute of the Black World 21st Century invite you to take part in a special town hall forum entitled, "Ferguson: After the Verdict." The discussion will focus on how we can move forward in constructive ways after the non-indictment of police officer Darren Wilson and the collective anger surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown and countless other young black men around the country.

The town hall will be at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW, WDC, on Tues., Dec. 2 from 8 to 10 PM and will provide an opportunity for your voice to be heard. Go to http://busboysandpoets.com/events/event/after-the-verdict-our-community-responds.

35] – On Wed., Dec. 3 from 9:30 to 11 AM, George Perkovich, Carnegie Endowment, Karim Sadjadpour, Carnegie Endowment, Daryl Kimball, Arms Control Association, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Center for New American Security, and Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association, will address "The Outcome of the Iran Talks and the Next Steps." Sponsored by the Arms Control Association and Carnegie Endowment, the event is at Carnegie Endowment, Choate Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at http://carnegieendowment.org/events/forms/?fa=registration&event=4658&lang=en.

36] – No worker should ever have to choose between her job and jeopardizing her pregnancy. Stand with Peggy Young and all pregnant workers by joining Alliance for Justice at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First St. NE, WDC, or online at a virtual rally at #StandWithPeggy! on Wed., Dec. 3 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. The Supreme Court will hear Peggy Young’s case, Young v. UPS, to decide whether UPS violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act by refusing to offer her the same accommodations it made available to non-pregnant workers with similar limitations.

When Peggy Young, a delivery driver for UPS, found out she was pregnant, her doctor recommended that she avoid lifting more than 20 pounds. UPS made accommodations in the past for employees with disabilities or on-the-job injuries. They even accommodated people who lost their drivers’ licenses because of drunk driving. But they would provide no accommodation for Peggy Young. The company refused to put her on “light duty.” Instead, she was pushed onto unpaid leave for the duration of her pregnancy, and lost her UPS-provided health benefits. Contact Erik Lampmann at erik@afj.org.

37] -- Boycott RE/MAX: No Open House on Stolen Land Campaign is happening on Wed., Dec. 3 at 4 PM. This is a national BDS effort, to get RE/MAX to pull back from its complicity in the sale of Palestinian land in the Occupied Territories. The office is at 220 7th St. SE, WDC. Join Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine, and CODEPINK to protest RE/MAX sales of settlement homes in Palestine. This new campaign targets the Denver-based real estate company RE/MAX for selling homes in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. We will visit a DC office to call on RE/MAX to cut ties with franchises profiting from the sale of settlement homes and displacement of the Palestinian people. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/364101463757899/.

38] – A Baltimore México Solidarity Teach-in & Skill Share is taking place on Wed., Dec. 3 at 7 PM @ in the Free School Classroom at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. The murders of 43 students on 9/26 in México has put in stark relief the violence sponsored by the Mexican and U.S. governments in that country. Join a Teach-in and Skill Share on resisting state violence from México to Baltimore. After introductory remarks and a Q & A, those with shareable skills on resisting state violence will facilitate small break out groups. If you would like to facilitate a group, please email owen.s.andrews(at)gmail.com. The event will follow a 5:30 PM march from Penn Station to the Drug Enforcement Agency's office, 200 St. Paul Place, for a vigil ending at 6:30 PM, one of 50+ coordinated actions taking place in cities across the U.S. Call 443-602-7585. Go to http://www.redemmas.org.

This national day of action for peace in Mexico calls for the stop of the US Government's Deadly "Plan Mexico." Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1498337150419609/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited.

39] – At the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St. NW, WDC, on Wed., Dec. 3 from 6 to 9 PM, Dreaming Out Loud will host the third annual fundraising event, When Dreams Emerge. This year's theme is Building an Equitable Food System, highlighting their accomplishments and laying out a vision for bringing about a more sustainable D.C. Their guest honoree, Andy Shallal -- the artist, activist, and entrepreneur that founded Busboys and Poets -- will speak and discuss the changing landscape and impact of a sustainable food system. Enjoy live music from artist Christen Hill, great food, and great people. RSVP at http://www.dreamingoutloud.org/event/when-dreams-emerge-a-farm-to-table-fundraiser/.

40] – Come join the Roosevelt Institute, Students Against Sexual Assault, Progressive Student Union, Students for Justice in Palestine and Association for Queer Women and Allies on Wed., Dec. 3 starting at 6 PM for a week of events talking about rape culture on campus and in society! As part of GW Roosevelt Institute's Rape Culture Awareness week, PSU will be screening the film "The Invisible War" in George Washington Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC), 2127 G St. NW, Room 209, WDC.

This 2012 documentary takes an in depth look at sexual assault in the United States' military, interviewing veterans about their own experiences within the system. See https://www.facebook.com/events/568695159929343/.

41] – The enforced disappearances of 43 protesting students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico has touched off an unprecedented rejection of the Drug War and the ruling class in Mexico. Now it's the turn of those living in the U.S., the primary backer of the Drug War in Latin America, to demand an end to the insane status quo at Columbia Heights Community Marketplace, 14th St. & Park Road NW, WDC, on Wed., Dec. 3 at 6 PM. D.C. is one of 43 cities participating in the December 3rd national day of action for Peace in Mexico: "Protesters will take to the streets to demand the US government to abide by the Leahy Law and to stop military assistance to the Mexican government, which flagrantly violates human rights with total impunity. Join in sending two powerful messages to Mexico: To the people of Mexico, you are not alone. To the Mexican government, the world is watching you." Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1500016563599811/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited.

42] – Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas is a talk scheduled for Wed., Dec. 3 at 6 PM in LA 4310 at Towson University. Linda Farthing, who arranged the educational portion of the National Lawyers Guild delegation to Bolivia this past October, and Neil Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, will speak about the effects of the War on Drugs in Baltimore and Latin America. Contact Niki at nfabricant@towson.edu.

43] – The year 2014 brought intensified destruction in Gaza, land confiscation in Jerusalem and the West Bank, along with heightened violence and extremism throughout Israel/Palestine. A distinguished panel of experts will review the current situation, share their thoughts on what to expect in 2015, and discuss strategies for changing the untenable status quo at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE, WDC, on Wed., Dec. 3 from 7 to 9 PM. See https://www.facebook.com/events/577243005739717/577243012406383/.

44] – Are you part of a faith community? Interested in how the climate movement can join with faith communities to work toward a just and livable future? Religious organizations of all stripes are a big part of the fossil fuel divestment movement. From working to divest the Vatican, to leading a wave of divestment commitments across the world -- people of faith have faith in divestment. There is a Having Faith in Divestment Web Workshop on Wed., Dec. 3 at 8:30 PM ET. RSVP at http://act.350.org/signup/webinars_faith/?akid=5641.75494.001BTf&rd=1&t=1. This panel will include two remarkable members of the faith divestment movement. Rev. Fletcher Harper is an Episcopal priest and GreenFaith’s Executive Director. GreenFaith’s Divest & Reinvest Now Campaign has supported faith-based divestment organizing internationally, and coordinated a statement in support of divestment and reinvestment signed by over 80 leading theologians and ethicists internationally. Jay Carmona is the Community Divestment Manager at 350.org and a lifelong Quaker.

45] – On Thurs., Dec. 4 at 9 AM, the public is invited to stand with D.C. homecare workers as they file the first in a series of lawsuits for unpaid wages, unpaid sick time and other damages that have led to hardships for thousands of these caregivers. Gather in front of the D.C. Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave. NW, WDC.

The homecare workers began organizing in July to address how many are owed unpaid wages, unpaid sick time and are not receiving the city’s living wage to which they are entitled under law. In addition, up to 6,000 DC homecare workers have faced hardships since their employing agencies were cut off from Medicaid funding during the district’s fraud investigation earlier this year. When agencies were cut off from funding, some, in turn, refused to pay the homecare workers, even while insisting that workers continue to work without pay or risk losing certification. Many workers faced eviction, lost other possessions and faced family disruption and dislocation. Go to WECAREFORDC.ORG or call 1-800-956-8918.

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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