Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - August 9 - 11, 2016

23] "Do Guns Make Us Free?" – Aug. 9
24] Nagasaki Commemoration – Aug. 9
25] Affirmative Action discussion – Aug. 10 
26] Film BROOKLYN CASTLE – Aug. 10
27] Seditious Feast – Aug. 10
28] Emerging Racial Justice Agenda – Aug. 11
29] Disarm Hate Rally Meetup – Aug. 11
23] – The 32nd annual NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION will begin at 5:30 PM with a potluck dinner on Tues., Aug. 9 , 2016 at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St.  At 7 PM, the program will begin.  David Eberhardt will again read some poetry.  Then Firmin DeBrabander, a professor of philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art and author of "Do Guns Make Us Free?" (Yale University Press, 2015) will discuss The Madness of Gun Violence in the USA. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at Verizon.net.

24] – The annual Frederick, Maryland Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration will occur at the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, 15 West Church St., Frederick, on Tues., Aug. 9 at 7 PM.  The event, which will include Hibakusha/Downwinder testimonies, is sponsored by Frederick Women in Black. Contact John Steinbach at 703-822-3485 or johnsteinbach1@verizon.net.

25] – Not Your Wedge: A Brown Bag Briefing on the Effects of Affirmative Action on the AAPI Community will happen at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 1620 L St. NW, #1100, WDC 20036, , on Wed., Aug. 10 from noon to 2 PM.  In 51 pages, Justice Alito refers to Asian Americans 40+ times in an attempt to paint Asian Americans as the victims of Affirmative Action. But we are not your wedge and there are no 'victims.' Join Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC for a conversation on how Affirmative Action affects the AAPI community. A panel of leading experts will provide a brief update on Affirmative Action, and then the remaining time will be devoted to Q&A. RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/T9lmZLksvL7rBGRn1.

26] –  “Brooklyn Castle,” as part of the Charm City Film Series, will screen on Wed., Aug. 10 at 6:30 PM at the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Baltimore 21201.  This public-school powerhouse in junior high chess competitions has won more than 30 national championships, the most of any school in the country. Most astoundingly, I.S. 318 is a Brooklyn school that serves mostly minority students from families living below the poverty line. The film is the exhilarating story of five of the school's aspiring young players and how chess became the school's unlikely inspiration for academic success. THE CHARM CITY FILM SERIES hosted by the Baltimore Ethical Society.  Enjoy refreshments as well as the discussion following the screening. Go to http://www.meetup.com/Charm-City-Film-Series/events/230350734/?rv=me1.

27] – Come to Seditious Feast #10 In Solidarity with Incarcerated Workers at 4518 14th St. NW, WDC, on Wed., Aug. 10 from 7 to 11:30 PM.  This will be a potluck style social event with a very brief presentation and Q&A on the IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC).   There will also be information on how you can become involved independently or with a group. Help is needed to get information to prison workers, and which is done by hosting envelope stuffing and letter writing nights. There are also solidarity events being planned in the area in conjunction with a planned nationwide prison worker strike on the anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising 45 years ago. Members of the IWW have created the IWOC, the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, which functions as a liaison for prisoners to organize each other, unionize, and build solid bridges between prisoners on the inside and fellow workers on the outside. Go to https://iwoc.noblogs.org/about/.

A Nationally Coordinated Prisoner Workstoppage for Sept 9, 2016 has been announced by Incarcerated Workers. Read their statement here https://iwoc.noblogs.org/post/2016/04/01/announcement-of-nationally-coordinated-prisoner-workstoppage-for-sept-9-2016/.  The 'Seditious Feast' is a roving potluck that happens on the second Wednesday of every month, and it's for everyone! If you want to host one at your house, please tell the organizers! Rules: potluck is vegan/vegetarian, booze is welcome, invite and bring a friend! RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1743110515937372/.

28] – The Emerging Racial Justice Agenda is the topic of discussion at the Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Aug. 11 from noon to 2 PM.  Join IPS in honoring and examining the just-released "Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom & Justice” by the Movement for Black Lives. Over the course of the last year, over 30 groups from across the country have come together through the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table to form a united front and development a platform that intervenes in this political moment, advances a more radical Black centered policy vision, and addresses the systemic devaluing and destruction of Black lives. The result is the newly released “Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom & Justice,” a set of 40 comprehensive and visionary policy demands that extend beyond the police killing of Black people to reflect the Movement for Black Lives’ determination to address state violence that appears in many forms — from failing schools that criminalize our children to the poisoning of our water. The panelists are Charlene A. Carruthers, National Director, BYP 100 (via Skype). Janae Bonsu, Intern IPS’ Criminalization of Race and Poverty and BYP 100 National Policy Director, and Marc Bayard, IPS Associate Fellow and the director of IPS’s Black Worker Initiative. The event will be moderated by Netfa Freeman, IPS Events Coordinator and organizer with Pan-African Community Action. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1792419310979885/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1470440380098777.

29] – Join a Moms Meetup on Thurs., Aug. 11 from 2 to 4 PM to prepare for the Disarm Hate Rally on Sat., Aug. 13 at the. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE., WDC,  MomsRising is honored to co-host the Disarm Hate Rally where the LGBTQ+ community, allies, advocates, celebrities, religious leaders, and families from around the country will gather on the National Mall to call for equality, justice, and commonsense gun laws. Make signs and decorate Statue of Liberty crowns for the event? RSVP at  http://action.momsrising.org/survey/DisarmHateDCMomsMeetup/?t=6&akid=8154.2411466.fGOH_g

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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