Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - July 12, 2016

17] The Iran Deal – July 12  
18] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – July 12
19] Protest JHU drone research – July 12
20] Film CITY OF TREES – July 12
21] Rally to Disarm Hate – July 12
22] COVERT CAPITAL – July 12
23] Film “The Secret to Effective Nonviolent Resistance” – July 12 
24] Speak out against anti-union legislation – July 12
17] – On Tues., July 12 from 10 AM to noon, Stephen Mull, State Department, Ilan Goldenberg, Center for a New American Security, John Hannah, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Ray Takeyh, Council on Foreign Relations, will tackle "Opportunities and Challenges in Implementing the Iran Deal" at the Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 1000, WDC. Register athttp://bpcevents.cloudapp.net/Pages/Home.aspx?eventid=%7b62155D6F-D53E-E611-80E9-C4346BDC92C1%7d&_cldee=bXN0dWJlbEBiaXBhcnRpc2FucG9saWN5Lm9yZw%3d%3d.

18] – 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 July 12.  Call 215-426-0364.

19] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on July 12  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

20] –  See the film "City of Trees" at the Takoma Busboys & Poets, 235 Carroll St. NW, WDC, on Tues., July 12 from 6 to 8 PM. The film, presented by the DC Labor FilmFest, is directed by Brandon Kramer, and produced by Lance Kramer.  Since 1990, nonprofit Washington Parks & People has tried to reduce poverty and violence in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods by improving parks. At the height of the recession, the organization received a stimulus grant to create a "green" job-training program in communities hardest hit. They had two years to help unemployed people find jobs and improve parks in their neighborhoods.

What sounds like a simple goal — putting people back to work by planting trees — becomes complicated by a community’s distrust of outsiders and a fast-approaching deadline before the grant money runs out. Filmed in an unflinching and compelling vérité approach over the course of more than two years, the movie thrusts viewers into the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes change makers face in urban communities every day. Bread & Roses is a monthly labor series that features a variety of events focused on workers and organized labor. Bread & Roses is held on the second Tuesday of every month at Busboys and Poets, Takoma.

21] –  The Inaugural Monthly Rally to Disarm Hate takes place at 410 1st St. SE, WDC, on Tues., July 12 at 6:30 PM.  Honor Orlando with action! Join Project End Gun Violence in a loud DEMAND to the NRA to stop thwarting sensible gun safety legislation. Meet in front of the NRA's lobbying office on Capitol Hill for a surprise action. BRING SIGNS! Rally EVERY MONTH ON THE 12TH! Got more information: #DisarmHate #OnePulse#WhateverItTakes.  Some of the sponsors are Project End Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign/Million Mom March Chapters. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/250719541977679/.

22] –  “Covert Capital” is an Author Event with Andrew Friedman at The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Tues., July 12 from 7 to 8 PM.  The book has a provocative COVERT CAPITAL: LANDSCAPES OF DENIAL AND THE MAKING OF U.S. EMPIRE IN THE SUBURBS OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA.  The capital of the U.S. Empire after World War II was not a city. It was a suburb. In this innovative and timely history, Friedman chronicles how the CIA and other national security institutions created a U.S. imperial home front in the suburbs of Northern Virginia. In this covert capital, the suburban landscape provided a cover for the workings of U.S. imperial power, which shaped domestic suburban life. The Pentagon and the CIA built two of the largest office buildings in the country there during and after the war that anchored a new imperial culture and social world. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/551004715102411/.

23] –  See the Film of the Week “The Secret to Effective Nonviolent Resistance” on Tues., July 12 at 7 PM  at the Meeting Room adjacent to Rodney Chapel, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington, DE. We're not going to end violence by telling people that it's morally wrong, says Jamila Raqib, executive director of the Albert Einstein Institution. Instead, we must find alternative ways to conduct conflict that are equally powerful and effective. Raqib promotes nonviolent resistance to people living under tyranny — and there's a lot more to it than street protests. She shares encouraging examples of creative strategies that have led to change around the world and a message of hope for a future without armed conflict. "The greatest hope for humanity lies not in condemning violence but in making violence obsolete," Raqib says.

24] – Pack the house to stop attacks on our collective bargaining rights.   Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen’s Bill 24-16 is an egregious attack on unions. She claims to want to make the process for negotiations fairer, but that’s false. The bill would weaken your voices, making it harder for your union to represent you. It’s a clear attempt to erode workers’ rights and tip the scales in the favor of the employer.  Attend the public hearing on the bill and put a stop to her attacks on workers’ rights. Pizza will be available for those who won't have time for dinner! Vilifying public employees is a favorite sport for the Koch Brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and their friends on Wall Street. This bill takes a page from their playbook – in fact, some of the language in this bill is identical to a piece of ALEC model legislation – and goes even further. Council President Floreen is going against democratic principles and attacking worker rights.   Come to the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville on Tues., July 12 at 7 PM.  Sign up outside the COB café. RSVP To Alicia Valentin @ 301-977-2447 or avalentin@mcgeo.org

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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