Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 24 - 25, 2016

29] "Muslim minority: State Relations- Violence, Integration and Policy” – Feb. 24
30] Discussion on film SPOTLIGHT – Feb. 24
31] See SELMA – Feb. 24
32] Solitary confinement – Feb. 24
33] Book UNSETTLED – Feb. 24
34] Sudanese refugees – Feb. 24
35] Book "Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality" – Feb. 25
29] – Come to PRINCE ALWALEED BIN TALAL CENTER FOR MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING, Bunn Intercultural Center (ICC), Suite 260, 3700 O St. NW, WDC, on Wed., Feb. 24 from 12:30 to 1:45 PM for the launch of "Muslim minority: State Relations- Violence, Integration and Policy." The author Robert Mason will speak on Muslim minorities in Europe, Asia and Africa and the lessons learned there. Mason is a lecturer from the British University in Egypt, and has been as well as a visiting research fellow in the King Faisial center for Research in Riyadh in 2011, a visiting fellow at London school of Economic Studies in 2014-15, and more.  Email RSVP at

30] – Come to the Doyle/Forman Theater in AU School of Communication, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, on Wed., Feb. 24 at 6:15 PM to see "Spotlight" movie clips and catch a behind-the-scenes interview and discussion with Martin Baron, the Washington Post executive editor who is portrayed in the film. "Spotlight" is being hailed as one of the best movies of the year for its depiction of the investigation of the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal by the Boston Globe. Baron--who was the editor of the Boston Globe and spearheaded the investigation--was directly involved in the making of the film, which raises important issues across media. SOC Journalism Professor Jane Hall will moderate the interview and student Q&A. his event is sponsored by AU’s School of Communication, the Investigative Reporting Workshop and the Center for Media and Social Impact.   Contact Jennifer Baron Knowles at, Assistant Director, Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University.

31] – Come to the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA, on Wed., Feb. 24 at 6:30 PM to see SELMA, which chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. While the movie is free, moviegoers are used to bring nonperishable food items (no glass please) to donate to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).  Donations will be taken to help families in need around the area. Go to

32] – On Wed., Feb. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM learn about the abuse of Solitary Confinement at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring with Rabbi Charles Feinberg, Executive Director of IAHR, Diamonte Brown, Executive Director of Out for Justice, and Returning Citizens.  Learn about the abuse of solitary confinement in Maryland State Prisons.  Rabbi Feinberg will discuss the policy issues.  Ms. Brown and the returning citizens will share their personal experiences in Maryland prisons.   Visit

33] – After surviving the Khmer Rouge genocide, followed by years of confinement to international refugee camps, as many as 10,000 Southeast Asian refugees arrived in the Bronx during the 1980s and ‘90s. The book “Unsettled” chronicles the unfinished odyssey of Bronx Cambodians, closely following one woman and her family for several years as they survive yet resist their literal insertion into concentrated Bronx poverty.  At Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC, on Wed., Feb. 24 at 7 PM, Eric Tang tells the harrowing and inspiring stories of these refugees to make sense of how and why the displaced migrants have been resettled in the “hyperghetto.” He argues that refuge is never found, that rescue discourses mask a more profound urban reality characterized by racialized geographic enclosure, economic displacement and unrelenting poverty, and the criminalization of daily life.  The book views the hyperghetto as a site of extreme isolation, punishment, and confinement. The refugees remain captives in late-capitalist urban America. Tang ultimately asks, What does it mean for these Cambodians to resettle into this distinct time and space of slavery’s afterlife? Go to

34] – At the Mosaic Theater Company DC, 1333 H St. NE, WDC, on Wed., Feb. 24 at 8 PM, Safia Elhillo will respond to The Promised Land, a play about Sudanese refugees in Israel by Shahar Pinkhas and Shay Pitovsky, running through Feb. 28. Elhillo, working with Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, is Sudanese by way of Washington, D.C.  A Cave Canem fellow and poetry editor for Kinfolks Quarterly, a journal of black expression, she received an MFA in poetry from the New School. Safia is the winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets for her manuscript, Asmarani. Go to Split This Rock can be reached at

35] – Join American University for a breakfast discussion & book launch of "Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality" in the D.C. Founders Room, School of International Service (SIS), American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Feb. 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. The book uncovers and explains the dynamics that have influenced the contemporary economic advancement of Washington, D.C. The book talk will feature co-editors Derek Hyra and Sabiyha Prince, as well AU's Dr. Brett Williams.  This volume’s unique interdisciplinary approach using historical, sociological, anthropological, economic, geographic, political, and linguistic theories and approaches, captures the comprehensive factors related to changes taking place in one of the world’s most important cities. “Capital Dilemma” clarifies how preexisting urban social hierarchies, established mainly along race and class lines but also along national and local interests, are linked with the city’s contemporary inequitable growth. Breakfast will be served.  Contact Statia Thomas at or 202-885-2440. See

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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