Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 13 - 15, 2016

23] Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline -- Sept. 13
24] Film BLOOD ON THE MOUNTAIN – Sept. 13
25] DOJ Report on Baltimore police -- Sept. 13
26] Celebrate climate victories – Sept, 13
27] NATSECDEF 2016 – Sept, 14
28] Protest pipeline – Sept, 14
29] Palestine in the Democratic Party Platforms: 1988 and 2016 – Sept, 14
31] BLOOD IN THE WATER – Sept, 14
32] Learn about Syria – Sept, 14
33] State of Muslims in America – Sept. 15
34] Reform the criminal justice system – Sept. 15
35] The Future of Arms Control and Strategic Stability -- Sept. 15
36] How Everything Became War – Sept. 15
37] Future of Nuclear Security – Sept. 15
38] Are you a socialist? – Sept. 15
39] Constitution Day – Sept. 15
40] We Stand with the Oceti Sakowin – Sept. 15
41] Defend Solar Energy – Sept. 15
23] --- Protest to tell President Obama: Stop The Dakota Access Pipeline on  Tues., Sept. 13 from 5 to 6 PM at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC.  People around the country are taking part in a day of action in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Call on President Obama to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the permits for this dirty oil pipeline! Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/336913836658578/.

24] --- See “Blood on the Mountain” at Takoma Busboys & Poets, 235 Carroll St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Sept. 13 at 6 PM.  A searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from industrial control in West Virginia. This brand-new feature documentary details the struggles of a hard-working, misunderstood people, who have historically faced limited choices and have never benefited fairly from the rich, natural resources of their land. The film delivers a striking portrait of a fractured population, exploited and besieged by corporate interests, and abandoned by the powers elected to represent them. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-blood-on-the-mountain-tickets-27034006441.

25] --- WHAT NEXT? DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REPORT AND BALTIMORE is a discussion taking place on Tues., Sept. 13 at 6:30 PM at the American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore 21213.  The event is hosted by Baltimore Racial Justice Action.  Visit https://signedevents.com/united-states/baltimore/what-next-department-of-justice-report-and-baltimore/.

26] --- On Tues., Sept. 13 from 7 to 9 PM in the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring 20910, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network will celebrate the big gains the clean energy revolution has made in our region and honor the key legislators whose support made those gains possible. Join them for a chance to clink glasses with some of our region’s leading elected officials and climate champions, meet other passionate climate activists like yourself, and leave inspired build on this year’s victories in the months and years to come, all while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres,  All proceeds support CCAN and our work to bring new wind and solar power to our region’s homes and businesses, shut down the dirtiest coal plants, and protect our communities from major new dirty energy sources liked fracked gas. Register at https://org.salsalabs.com/o/423/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=13818.

27] – NATSECDEF 2016: Defending Human and Civil Rights in a Growing National Security State will take place at the Rafik B. Hariri Bldg., 37th & O Sts. NW, WDC, on Wed., Sept. 14 from 9 AM to 3 PM.  The relationship between national security and civil rights is a delicate balance, as consistently illustrated through the Guantanamo military commissions. Beyond the commissions, however, U.S. policies ranging from extraordinary rendition to domestic surveillance have raised debates regarding the effectiveness of “counter-terrorism policy” and the toll on the international human rights and domestic civil rights regimes. Further, many U.S. policies almost exclusively focus on Muslims and Muslim Americans, thus buttressing existing societal Islamophobia. This conference will bring together experts, scholars, advocates, and activists to discuss the most pressing national security issues and how they are being constructed and addressed. Moreover, the goal of the conference will be to make cross-disciplinary connections in order to propose challenges to combat the national security state that exists in contradiction to a democratic United States.  RSVP at natsecdef@gmail.com.

28] – DC #NoDAPL Solidarity Action is happening at 16 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Wed., Sept. 14 from 11 AM to 2 PM.  Stand in solidarity with the Red Warrior and Sacred Stone Camps fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Organizers with BeyondExtremeEnergy.org invite you to join in responding to the call to action from those on the frontline of this fight (www.nodaplsolidarity.org). They will rally in Lafayette Park before marching to a nearby bank branch identified in the call to action as a major financial backer of the Dakota Access Pipeline. They will picket the bank and flier people on the street.  Participants are asked to bring signs and noise-makers! Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/103962623396410/.

29] – Palestine in the Democratic Party Platforms: 1988 and 2016 will be discussed at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037, on Wed., Sept. 14 at 12:30 PM. In 1988 and 2016 the issue of Palestinian rights factored into the internal Democratic Party platform debate. In both instances the efforts were led by progressive presidential candidates – Jesse Jackson in 1988 and Bernie Sanders in 2016 – both of whom had galvanized significant multi-ethnic, multi-racial coalitions. Dr. James Zogby will discuss why it is imperative to examine these experiences comparatively in terms of their commonalities, their differences, and the lessons that can be learned from each of the two campaigns.

Dr. James J. Zogby is the founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a Washington, D.C.-based organization which serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab American community. Since 1985, Dr. Zogby and AAI have led Arab American efforts to secure political empowerment in the United States. He was recently appointed to the Democratic Party’s platform drafting committee by Senator Bernie Sanders. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee, co-chair of the party’s Resolutions Committee, and Chair of its Ethnic Council. In September 2013, President Obama appointed Dr. Zogby to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. Dr. Zogby was reappointed to a second term in 2015. Visit  http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/events/upcoming/palestine-democratic-party-platforms-1988-2016.

30] –   A free screening of the acclaimed Oscar-winning documentary 'Searching For Sugarman,' as part of the Charm City Film Series, will happen on Wed., Sept. 14 at 6:30 PM at the Baltimore Ethical Society, Congress hotel, 306 W. Franklin St., Baltimore 21201. RSVPs are greatly appreciated, but not mandatory: http://www.meetup.com/Charm-City-Film-Series/events/233706151/.

31] – HEATHER ANN THOMPSON PRESENTS "BLOOD IN THE WATER: THE ATTICA PRISON UPRISING OF 1971 AND ITS LEGACY" on Wed., Sept. 14 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. The Attica uprising ended with law enforcement shooting scores of unarmed men. No one has ever been held accountable for these killings. Her new book presents a gripping account of the rebellion behind the Attica prison walls 45 years ago this September, and the subsequent brutal retaking of the prison by law enforcement. Drawing on documents never before seen by the public, she paints the fullest picture to date of the state violence—including outright extrajudicial killing of prisoners—that was used to crush the uprising, and the depths to which the state went to cover up these facts and protect the officers involved. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to http://www.redemmas.org.  

32] – Learn more about Syria: join a call with Phyllis Bennis sponsored by Progressive Democrats of America on Wed., Sept. 14 at 9 PM EST. Call 605-562-3140.   The access code is 952870#. Progressive Democrats of America as part of End Wars and Occupations is hosting a webinar The Many Wars of Syria with Phyllis Bennis on Wed., Sept. 14 at 9 PM EST.  Call 605-562-3140, and then use this access code - 952870#.

33] – State of Muslims in America, What is Happening? is the theme of the discussion on Thurs., Sept. 15 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave. NE, WDC 20002.  Join in a monthly conversation series to update fellow Muslims and fellow Americans about the current issues and possible solutions. Zaki Barzinji is charged with the big task of engaging the Muslim community across North America.  He is the Associate Director of Public Engagement and serves as the White House liaison to Muslim-American communities and other faiths, including Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus, and others. Go to http://www.AmericanMuslimInstitution.org/events.  RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-muslims-in-america-tickets-27394463578

34] – As part of Maryland’s efforts to reform the criminal justice system, Gov. Hogan started an initiative to study the consequences of incarceration for former inmates. In December 2015, he directed the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention to create a working group to study the legal and regulatory barriers many ex-offenders face when they are released from prison. “These consequences have a lasting impact, making it more difficult for ex-offenders to re-enter society, find a job, and fully engage in the community,” said Governor Hogan. The workgroup must submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the Governor in December 2016.

This working group met for the first time on Sept. 1, 2016. The workgroup is planning two stakeholder meetings in which stakeholders, such as returning citizens and the people who help them find employment, can give input. Locations will be announced on the workgroup’s website. Here are the dates: Thurs., Sept. 15 from 12 to 3 PM, location in Annapolis to be announced; and Fri., Oct. 14 from 1 to 3 PM, location in Baltimore to be announced.  The workgroup plans three more meetings, all of which are open to the public. All will be in Annapolis, most likely in the Legislative Hearing Room: Mon., Sept. 26, 12 to 3 PM, Mon., Oct. 31, 10 AM to 1 PM, and Tues., Nov. 15 from 12 to 3 PM.  Complete notes from the first meeting are available at http://www.ma4jr.org/workgroup-0901/.

35] – On Thurs., Sept. 15 from 3to 5 PM, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is hosting a discussion  "The Future of Arms Control and Strategic Stability" with 10 speakers at 1179 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at http://carnegieendowment.org/2016/09/14/future-of-arms-control-and-strategic-stability-event-5358.  Fragile states may seem like a distant and abstract concern. They are not. They are at the center of much of today’s regional disorder and global upheaval.

36] – On Thurs., Sept. 15 from 12:15 to 1:45 PM at New America, 740 15th St. NW, Suite 900, WDC 20005, hear How Everything Became War, featuring Rosa Brooks @brooks_rosa - author, “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything.” She is senior fellow, New America International Security Program.  Her talk will be moderated by Peter Bergen @peterbergencnn, director, New America International Security Program.
Today, military personnel don’t just “kill people and break stuff.” Instead, they analyze computer code, train Afghan judges, build Ebola isolation wards, eavesdrop on electronic communications, develop soap operas, and patrol for pirates. You name it, the military does it. In her new book, the author traces this seismic shift in how America wages war and its consequences. RSVP at https://newamerica.cvent.com/events/how-everything-became-war/registration-0f2a400896584946a6d1c1f911c19a7d.aspx?i=d3ff04f0-ab13-4827-8d8b-2b6f580c9491.

37] – The CISSM Forum/Development Circle “The Future of Nuclear Security" is on Thurs., Sept. 15 from noon to 1:15 PM with Nickolas Roth, CISSM Research Fellow, and Research Associate at the Project on Managing the Atom in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University. His research focuses on nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear security, and the nuclear policy-making process. Before coming to Harvard, he spent a decade in the NGO world working on nuclear policy. He served as a policy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, where he wrote extensively about long-term U.S. plans to modernize the U.S. nuclear stockpile and its supporting industrial infrastructure. Mr. Roth also served as the Program Director for the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, where he helped create legislation to improve accountability and project management within the Department of Energy. The CISSM Forum is held in 1203 Van Munching Hall, College Park, MD 20742. It is open to the public (no RSVPs required) and is supported by the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Policy Research. Email cissm@umd.edu. Go to http://cissm.umd.edu/events/cissm-forumdevelopment-circle-%E2%80%9C-future-nuclear-security.

38] – If you are interested in being part of a campaign to elect socialist and independent candidates in Baltimore, or just want to know what’s happening in the struggle, join the Baltimore and Maryland Socialists MeetUp on Thurs., Sept. 15 at 7 to 10 PM at Mi Comalito (upstairs bar area), 2101 N Charles St., Baltimore 21218. Enjoy delicious Salvadoran food and drinks from the bar or choose not to eat/drink. No pressure.  Call 410-218-4835.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/684333941723916/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1473207009215446. Visit www.BaltimoreCampaignfor PeoplesPower.org or email Julie Macgregor at juliemacg99@gmail.com.

39] – Catch the Constitution Day panel on Thurs., Sept. 15 at 7 PM at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. ACLU of Maryland and Maryland Institute College of Art sponsor the annual Constitution Day symposium. The topic is “Immigration, Racism, and the Changing Face of the Nation.” Panelists are E. J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist; Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center; and Margarita Cabrera, Mexican-American artist. Admission is free but arrive early to get tickets, because the event has been full in the past. See http://www.meetup.com/humanism-194/events/233959348/.

40] – We Stand with the Oceti Sakowin on Thurs., Sept. 15 at 8 PM at the Harford County Public Library, Havre de Grace, 120 Union Ave., Havre de Grace, MD 21078.  President Obama, Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Go to https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/nodapl-day-of-action-tuesday-sep-13?referrer=CREDO&zipcode=21212&country=US.

41] – Help defend solar energy! Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/438594465660321538. Solar energy needs to be affordable and available if we’re to transition off of the dirty fuels that sicken us and damage the climate. Find out how to remove the barriers and support the growth of rooftop solar energy. Participate in a Physicians for Social Responsibility webinar The Fight for Solar on Thurs., Sept. 15 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM. ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is introducing legislation in multiple states to squelch rooftop solar. One example is the spate of proposed laws to undercut "net metering," the requirement that utilities reimburse fairly the electricity that solar panel owners put back into the electrical grid.

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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