Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 23 - 24, 2016

21] U.S. drone policy – Feb. 23
22] Police reform – Feb. 23
23] Israeli settlements – Feb. 23
24] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Feb. 23
25] Protest JHU drone research – Feb. 23
26] No back door rally at the FBI – Feb. 23
27] Naomi Klein at JHU – Feb. 23
28] Pollinator Protection Act – Feb. 24
21] –  In June 2014, the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy released its report and recommendations to support a transparent and accountable U.S. drone policy that is consistent with long-term U.S. national security goals, foreign policy ideals, and commercial interests. Stimson is now releasing its follow up report, “Grading Progress on U.S. Drone Policy,” which analyzes the administration’s progress towards implementing the recommendations of the task force. The report contains a detailed report card to “grade” this progress and describes the steps taken by the administration to address existing shortcomings in U.S. law, policy, and practice. With less than a year until a new administration takes office, the report provides suggestions on future policy development to fulfill the task force’s recommendations and promote a more comprehensive and transparent U.S. drone policy.

Join the Stimson Center for the launch of the Report Card on the "Recommendations and Report of the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy" on Tues., Feb. 23 from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036. The speakers are Amb. Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., Board Chairman, Stimson Center; member of Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy; Rosa Brooks, Professor of Law, Georgetown University; Co-Chair of Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy; Rachel Stohl, Senior Associate, Stimson Center; and Craig Whitlock, Staff Writer, Washington Post. Use #StimsonToday to join the conversation.

22] – Maryland is at the crossroads for police reform.  Hearings on a multitude of police reform bills will happen on Tues., Feb. 23 starting at 1 PM in the Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis.  The Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability will mark the occasion with an 11 AM rally in the Baltimore City Delegation Room (Room 145); and police reform advocates will then pack the House Judiciary Committee hearing room. Check for details and updates at https://www.facebook.com/events/1556523481331220/. For more on the bills involved -- especially HB1016, the leadership bill, and HB760, Delegate Carter's better bill – see https://www.facebook.com/events/1556523481331220/.

23] – Urge members of Congress and their staff to attend this important briefing on Israeli settlement expansion and the plight of Palestinian village Wadi Foquin in Rayburn House Office Bldg., Room B338, on Tues., Feb. 23 from noon to 2 PM.  INTERFAITH PARTNERSHIP CALLS ON US POLITICAL LEADERSHIP TO ADDRESS CONSEQUENCES OF SETTLEMENT EXPANSION.  The panelists are Ahmad Sokar, mayor of Wadi Foquin, Kifah Manasra, Ph.D., Al Estiklal University, Shukri Radaydeh, director, Bethlehem Local Governorate, and The Rev. Dr.  Susan Henry-Crowe, general secretary, United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society.  Go to www.friendsofwadifoquin.com.

24] – 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. 23.  Call 215-426-0364.

25] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Feb. 23  from 4:45 to 5:45  PM.  The vigil will start early so that the vigilers can go see Naomi Klein at Shriver Hall. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

26] – On Tues., Feb. 23 at 5:30 PM, there will be a rally at the FBI Building, 935 Pennsylvania Ave. and 9th St. NW, WDC urging the federal government: Don't Break Our Phones! The FBI has obtained a court order to force Apple to provide a "back door" to an iPhone used by one of the perpetrators of the San Bernardino shootings.  The problem is, that's a back door to everyone else's iPhone as well - a terrible idea for your own security, for civil liberties, and for human rights here and abroad.  If you go, take pictures and send them, your story, and your reason for joining the rally to mococivilrights@gmail.com.

27] – Come to Shriver Hall on JHU’s Homewood Campus at 6 PM to hear from Naomi Klein, an environmentalist and the author of “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate,” one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014. The Foreign Affairs Symposium, founded in 1998 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.

28] – There have been two encouraging hearings in the Maryland General Assembly about the Pollinator Protection Act (SB 198 & HB 211). Now legislators need to hear from their constituents. You're invited to come to Annapolis on Wed., Feb. 24 & 8 AM for Pollinator Protection Act Lobby Day.  Enjoy coffee, snacks and training on how to deliver a message and how to urge legislators to vote for the Pollinator Protection Act. Meet inside the Maryland House of Delegates, 6 Bladen St., Room 43, Annapolis 21401. RSVP at http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2155/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=85331. Maryland needs to pass the 2016 Pollinator Protection Act (SB 198 & HB 211) to take toxic neonics off the shelves, and let consumers know when they are buying plants or seeds treated with them. These reasonable steps will help protect the health of Maryland's people and pollinators.

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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