Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - August 12 -14, 2015

23] Book talk on China’s Internet with Liz Carter – Aug. 12
24] Interfaith fundraiser for Black Lives Matter DMV – Aug. 12         
25] Community Land Trusts – Aug. 13
26] Ari Berman & voting rights – Aug. 13
27] Discuss anti-Blackness – Aug. 13
28] Stop police brutality – Aug. 13
29] See “Bloodsworth - An Innocent Man– Aug. 13
30] Peace vigil at the White House– Aug. 14

23] – Come to BUSBOYS & POETS @ 14TH & V Sts., 2021 14th St. NW, WDC on Wed., Aug. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM to hear Liz Carter as she discusses her new book “Let 100 Voices Speak: How the Internet Is Transforming China and Changing Everything.”  A regular contributor to Foreign Policy and The Atlantic, Carter is the former managing editor of the China blog, “Tea Leaf Nation,” and her close observations of Chinese use of the Internet show a country on the cusp of major changes. China has some 560 million Internet users, ranging from ordinary citizens to activists to cultural luminaries; the sheer numbers alone challenge the state’s ability to censor opinion and herald an era of greater freedoms. Visit

24] – On Wed., Aug. 12 from 7 to 9 PM, there will be an interfaith fundraiser at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue 600 I St. NW, WDC, to rebuild the Black churches that burned down in the South; and to support the work of Black Lives Matter DMV. Hear from local Black leaders and activists, reflect on sanctuary, create art, write to DC council members, and raise funds. Come together to respond to the call from Black organizations for solidarity; to create a space for collective mourning for the loss of sanctuary; to reflect on sanctuary as religious space, community, neighborhood, homes, sense of safety, and what else it means; and to contribute funds to rebuilding Black churches and local Black-led organizing around ending racial violence and structures. Get over to

25] – Join United Workers and the Housing Roundtable at a special informational hearing on Thurs., Aug. 13 at 2 PM in the City Hall, Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor,  100. N. Holliday St., -- Legislative Oversight: LO15-0135. Educate the City Council on the Housing Campaign, and the need for permanently affordable housing in Baltimore.  Make the case for community land trusts, which make it easier for communities to take back vacant properties, to create affordable homeownership opportunities, and to have more green space and places for children to play. 

Come to listen to a panel of community members speak on their efforts to build CLTs in Baltimore including representatives from the Housing Roundtable Policy Committee, the North East Housing Initiative, and City First Homes, a shared-equity housing project in Washington, DC.  The public is welcome to provide testimony. Contact Rachel Kutler if you want to submit testimony ( or 443-745-8950.  See

26] – Come to BUSBOYS & POETS @ 14TH & V Sts., 2021 14th St. NW, WDC on Thurs., Aug. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM to hear Ari Berman.  Join Advancement Project and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law for an author reading and panel discussion celebrating the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, featuring The Nation’s Ari Berman and the country’s top voting rights experts.

The event will feature a reading by  Berman, contributing writer for The Nation magazine and author of “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,” chronicling what happened after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the continued struggle to guarantee equal access to the ballot box. A panel discussion, featuring voting rights experts, will follow on the impact of the Voting Rights Act and current eff orts to weaken the right to vote. Space is limited. RSVP to Eduardo Zerbe at

27] –  Get over to the American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, on Thurs., Aug. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM and join Baltimore Racial Justice Action (BRJA) for a discussion on race and racism.  The one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri and the recent disclosure of Rachel Dolezal as a white woman passing for Black offer an opportunity to discuss numerous issues.  It seems there is a possible trend for some whites to appropriate aspects of Black culture while also denigrating Black people. Join a BRJA panel to discuss anti-Blackness in the context of Black cultural appropriation, within a structural racism framework. This will be an adult-centered discussion but all ages are encouraged to attend. Kid’s books and coloring activities will be provided. See

28] – Come to The Peace House, 4219 12th Pl. NE, WDC on Thurs., Aug. 13 from 7 to 9 PM and help plan different actions around the D.C. area.  October 22 is the annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. The question is Are we going to stand up and loudly say NO MORE to these horrors, or will they be allowed to continue? Visit

25] – See “Bloodsworth - An Innocent Man” at The Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St.,  on Thurs., Aug. 13 at 7 PM.  The film about Kirk Noble Bloodsworth was directed by Gregory Baynes.  Both of them will be there for a Q&A.  Kirk was convicted in 1985 of sexual assault and pre-meditated first-degree murder for the rape and murder of a young girl in Rosedale.  He was exonerated by DNA evidence in 1993.  The film follows Bloodsworth back in 2013 as he tries to have Maryland’s repealed.  Bloodsworth was the first death-row prisoner to be exonerated by DNA evidence. Reserve your tickets at… Note tickets aren't available directly via the box office, but the filmmaking team will have a spot inside the theater for those who need to purchase tickets the day of the screening. Call 410-727-3464. 

30] – On Fri., Aug. 14 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.

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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