Thursday, May 19, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 19 -21, 2016

34] Challenge the Big TIF – May 19
35] March with Verizon workers – May 19
36] Documentary ''When Droplets Become Rain'' – May 19
37] “Hands on the Freedom Plow” – May 19
38] History of Sparrows Point – May 20
39] Peace vigil at White House – May 20
40] WIB peace vigils – May 20
41] Peace Vigil/Black Lives Matter – May 20
42] Labor’s Fight Back – May 20
43] Ballroom Dancing May 20
44] Gaza 5K – May 21
45] Green Pathway – May 21
46] West Chester peace vigil – May 21
47] Charm City Labor Chorus Concert – May 21
48] Benefit Concert for Amara Legal – May 21
49] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
50] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
51] Do you need any book shelves?
52] Join the Global Zero campaign
53] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
34] – On Thurs., May 19 at 4 PM, the City Council's Finance Committee will hold an informational hearing on the use of TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) for development projects.  Join progressive groups and citizens from around the city at 3 PM to demand that the fast-tracking of the Port Covington TIF be slowed down to allow for transparency and a substantial public input process in the City Council’s consideration of the deal. The public needs the opportunity to learn more about the project and ensure that it is a good deal for all of Baltimore’s citizens, not just the multi-billionaire developer, Kevin Plank of Under Armour.

At $535 million, the Port Covington proposal is the largest TIF in US history. In a recent Baltimore Sun article, Muni-Cap, the city’s own advisors, suggest that the real cost to Baltimore will add up to more than $2 billion over the next 30 years. At this tremendous cost, we simply can’t afford to force it through without public scrutiny and assurance that it will truly benefit all Baltimoreans. Stand with us to demand that this deal stops being fast-tracked.  Citizens Planning and Housing Association can be reached at or 410-539-1369 x101.  Go to

35] – March to the White House with Striking Verizon Workers from the Verizon Wireless store, 1314 F St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., May 19 at 3:30 PM. Join these workers fighting to stop the company from sending jobs overseas and end its continued intimidation of their workers. Nearly 40,000 union workers are entering their 5th week on strike. Call CWA Local 2108 at 301-595-2108. Wear red!

36] – See the documentary ''When Droplets Become Rain'' at Bolivarian Hall, 2445 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20008, on Thurs., May 19 at 7 PM.  The documentary is about social movements in Spain and their struggle against a plan of austerity and structural reforms imposed by the Government, the Troika (European Commission, European Central Bank and The International Monetary Fund) and the ''markets.'' After the screening, they will have a conversation with Enrique Gonzalez, who is from Spain and is the producer of the film. He will put the documentary into context and share the current political situation in Spain. When the rich get richer and the poor, poorer, when governments rescue banks and evict people, when they want to relegate human rights to the dustbin of history, the people will begin to organize and mobilize. This is what happened in Spain during the economic crisis that is still going on.  Email

37] – Come to The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Thurs., May 19 from 7 to 9 PM for “Hands on the Freedom Plow” - Author Panel Discussion. This author talk is part of the Gender + Justice Events Series: Through films, discussions & author talks, this series seeks to center a feminist lens on the shared perspectives, experiences and voices of women in social movements. Join Potter's House for an inspiring evening as they gather four contributors to “Hands on the Freedom Plow,” Joyce Ladner, Betty Garman Robinson, Judy Richardson and Jean Smith Young in conversation about their work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement. In the book, fifty-two women--northern and southern, young and old, urban and rural, black, white, and Latina--share their courageous personal stories of working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement. Go to

38] – Bill Barry [] will do a slide show on the history of Sparrows Point, and present a discussion of what we could have done to keep it open on Fri., May 20 from 10 AM to noon at the Glenwood 50+ Center in Cooksville (Howard County).

39] – On Fri., May 20 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! This vigil will take place at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contract Art @ or at 202-360-6416. 

40] – On Fri., May 20 from noon to 1 PM, join a Women in Black peace vigil. A vigil will take place in McKeldin Square at the corner of Light and Pratt Sts., and another will take place outside Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St., across from the Rotunda.  Stay for as long as you can. Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather. Bring your own poster or help with the "NO WAR IN MY NAME" banner.  When there are others to stand with, you don't need to carry the burden alone. Do this to be in solidarity with others....when everything around us says “Be afraid of the stranger.”

41] – There is usually a silent peace vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on May 20. Black Lives Matter. 

42] – Attend the PSL Community Forum: "The Fight for $15 and the Verizon Strike: Labor's Growing Fight Back." It is taking place at 617 Florida Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., May 20 at 7 PM. Labor is fighting back — from the Verizon Strike to the fight for a $15/hr minimum wage to the organizing among low-wage workers at Walmart, McDonalds and beyond.  It is clear that working people are standing up to underpay, poor working conditions and job insecurity. Join the PSL for a report on new developments in the labor and low-wage workers’ movement, including the prospects for improving living conditions, the struggle against racism, sexism, anti-LGBTQ bigotry and other forms of bigotry and the possibility that labor and low-wage workers can organize to win.  RSVP at

43] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at  8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be May 20. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

44] – The Arab American Institute [] is hosting a 2016 Gaza 5K benefiting UNRWA USA on Sat., May 21 at 7 AM in Rock Creek Park, 16th and Kennedy Sts. NW, WDC 20011.  Email Go to

45] On Sat., May 21,if there is good weather, meet at Fremont and W Baltimore Sts. for a walking tour in the morning, 10 to 11 AM, followed by cleanups from 11 AM to noon.  Check the status of the State of MLK JR BLVD Green Pathway. Videos, pictures, and statements will be documented, and then sent to influence makers of the community. From noon to 2 PM, there will be a collective gathering together of concerned community residents, community associations, speakers, activists, volunteers, nominated and elected government leaders, academic representatives, students, environmentalists, bicyclists, walkers, runners, musicians, dancers, futurists and any others, who will step up to express their views of a major green pathway through a significant part of Baltimore City, that can link to other pathways of the municipal area. Contact Eugene Balbierz at

46] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email

47] – The Charm City Labor Chorus's 7th Annual Concert, "Rise Up Singing" will be held on Sat., May 21 at 7:30 PM at the Baltimore Museum of Art Auditorium. The 33-member Chorus, which is directed by Darryl! L.C. Moch, sings music of the labor, social justice, environmental and civil rights movements. This concert includes songs from the union organizing struggles of the 1930s to the Black Lives Matter movement of today, and from the Venezuelan barrios to Mandela’s South African townships.  Tickets are $15 ($12 BMA members; $5 for students) at> and at the door. Half-price parking vouchers ($4) for the underground JHU South lot just off Wyman Park Drive are also available online. Go to

48] – Christa Gniadek, Josh Tarp and others will perform in a Benefit Concert for Amara Legal at 2325 18th St. NW, WDC, on Sat., May 21 from 8:30 to 10:30 PM. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly towards providing free legal services to individuals whose rights have been violated through involvement in commercial sex.  Amara was founded to fill a gap for FREE state-level legal services to domestic survivors of sex trafficking in the D.C. metropolitan area. We provide trauma-informed services for anyone whose rights have been violated through commercial sex, whether their involvement was by coercion, necessity, or choice.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Visit and

49] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email:

50] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at 44] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

51] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

52] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

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

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan 

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