Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 16 - 17, 2016

23] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Feb. 16
24] Protest JHU drone research – Feb. 16
25] "Locked Down, Locked Out” – Feb. 16
26] Film "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" – Feb. 17
27] Challenge the media coverage – Feb. 17
28] Talk with Colombian human rights activists – Feb. 17
29] Lobby Rep. Sarbanes – Feb. 17
30] Film CARTEL LAND – Feb. 17
31] Homeless Primary – Feb. 17
32] Talk on Tunisia – Feb. 17
33] Ed Snowden at JHU – Feb. 17
23] – 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 Feb. 16.  Call 215-426-0364.

24] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Feb. 16  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

25] –   On Tues., Feb. 16 at 7:30 PM come to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201,  Maya Schenwar presents "Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better." The book looks at how prison tears families and communities apart, creating a rippling effect that touches every corner of our society. Through the stories of prisoners and their families, as well as her own family’s experience of her sister’s incarceration, Schenwar shows how the institution that locks up 2.3 million Americans—and decimates poor communities of color—is shredding the ties that, if nurtured, could foster real collective safety. The author profiles community-based initiatives that foster antiracist, anticlassist, and prohumanity approaches to justice. These programs successfully deal with problems—both individual harm and larger social wrongs—through connection rather than isolation. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to http://www.redemmas.org.

26] – "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" will premiere on PBS Independent Lens during Black History Month on Tues., Feb. 16 at 9 PM EST. Check your local listings.  The Black Panthers is a historical documentary that enables deeper understanding of the contemporary social justice issues we face today. Join the live conversation on Twitter via #BlackPanthersPBS. 

27] – Gather at 455 Massachusetts Ave. NW, #600, WDC, on Wed., Feb. 17 from 10:30 AM to noon to challenge media coverage painting African American and Latino youth in a negative light. From the portrayal of protestors as violent to characterizing youth of color as troubled and in need of harsh discipline in schools, young people of color endure the effects of criminalizing narratives daily. They do this all while navigating a society where they are viewed with skepticism based on implicit bias, stereotypes and narratives perpetuated in media. Join Advancement Project and Media Matters for America for a panel discussion on strategies to not only end criminalizing portrayals of youth of color, but share accurate and authentic stories of their success and triumph. Hurry over to http://www.advancementproject.org/content/home.

28] – There is a Lunch Talk with Winners of the Colombia National Human Rights Prize in 2015 at American University, Kay Spiritual Life Center Office Lounge, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC on Wed., Feb. 17 at noon. The talkers are Francia Elena Márquez Mina, Luz Elena Galeano- Mujeres Caminando por la Verdedad, Fabián Laverde- COS-PACC, and William Rivas- COCOMACIA. Visit http://www.american.edu/ocl/kay/.

29] – As part of the national "Educate Congress" Campaign Letter Drops, on Wed., Feb. 17 at 4:30 PM, the Pledge of Resistance will go to Rep. John Sarbanes’ office, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Towson, MD 21204, to deliver a letter.  The letter urges him to vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and speak out against killer drone strikes. Let Max know if you can sign on to the letter and go to Sarbanes’ office--410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net. Are you a constituent?

30] – At 1104 South Campus Commons, Building One, College Park on Wed., Feb. 17 from 7 to 9 PM, come watch CARTEL LAND. Join Beyond the Classroom for another installment of their Spring 2016 Seminar Series on "Rethinking Human Security: Beyond the immigration and Refugee Crises!" In this Sundance award-winning film, Director Matthew Heineman and Executive Producer Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”, “Zero Dark Thirty”) gain unprecedented, on-the-ground access to the riveting stories of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy— the murderous Mexican drug cartels. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/217445251935976/.

31] – Come to the Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW, WDC, Wed., Feb. 17 at 7 PM through Thurs., Feb. 18 at 9 AM to vote in our nation's first "Homeless Primary." The Homelessness Marathon, a national radio broadcast, will originate from outside the church and run overnight for 14 hours.  The entire broadcast will be heard on WPFW (89.3 FM) and dozens of stations elsewhere. Enjoy hot coffee -- as well as donuts or cookies or pizza or whatever -- outside the church, and have a "street mic" for anyone who wants to talk. There will also be a roving unit, so they can talk with homeless people in the area around the White House. The broadcast will end with a rally from 8 – 9 AM in Lafayette Park. Right before it goes off the air, they'll ask participants – homeless and housed – to join together, face the White House and sing the Star Spangled Banner. Call-in to the Homelessness Marathon broadcast at 866-533-8688.

32] – Join a Conversation with the New Ambassador of Tunisia, Faysal Gouia (in Arabic), at the Vienna Arts Society, 115 Pleasant St. NW, Vienna, VA on Wed., Feb. 17 from 7:30 to 10 PM.  The talk is titled "Tunisia Five Years After the Revolution." Call 703-281-6277 or visit http://www.alhewar.com/newevents.html.

33] – Come to Shriver Hall on JHU’s Homewood Campus at 8 PM to hear from Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor, responsible for the biggest intelligence leak in U.S. history. He will headline the 2016 Foreign Affairs Symposium with a broadcast discussion titled "A Live Virtual Discussion with Edward Snowden." In 2013, the computer analyst leaked thousands of classified NSA documents on U.S. government surveillance to The Guardian.  Snowden currently resides in Russia, where he has temporary asylum. His discussion will be broadcast live to an audience at Shriver Hall. The [Foreign Affairs Symposium, founded in 1997 by a group of undergraduate students, brings speakers to campus to discuss and debate global affairs and international issues.  This event is free and open to the public, though reserved seats are available for $25 and can be purchased in advance through jhutickets.com.

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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