Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 26 - 27, 2016

21] Protest Trump Hotel opening -- Oct. 26
22] Food Disrupters – Oct. 26
23] Gender Gap Oct. 26
24] Military Budgets in India and Pakistan – Oct. 26
25] Improving CITIStat – Oct. 26
26] Green Party visibility event -- Oct. 26
27] A water price hike – Oct. 26
28] “A Deeper Black: Race in America" – Oct. 26
29] Hungry for change – Oct. 26
30] Energy efficiency webinar -- Oct. 26
31] Help Green Party – Oct. 27
32] Get Money Out – Oct, 27
33] Iran Nuclear Deal – Oct. 27
34] Iran Data Report - Oct. 27
35] Lead exposure workshop -- Oct. 27
36] Jack Sharp Awards Dinner – Oct. 27
21] – Protest the "Ribbon Cutting Grand Opening" at the Trump Hotel in D.C. on Wed., Oct. 26 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004.  Join the ANSWER Coalition and others to call out Trump's bigotry toward Mexicans, Muslims, the Black community, immigrants, refugees, women and people with disabilities.  If you're interested, after the "Grand Opening" there will be a picket line outside the Trump hotel from noon to 2 PM.  Visit

22] – The Stimson Center's is hosting Food Disrupters and the Future of Food on Wed., Oct. 26 from 9:30 to 11 AM at 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036. The food industry is being revolutionized by entrepreneurs using food technology in innovative ways to address some of the most pressing threats to our modern society. Unprecedented integration of communities that traditionally stove piped development, policy-making, scientific, and venture capitalists has led to an era of food disruption. These “disrupters” have moved beyond mass production to food start-ups and impact investing. Today new actors form the private sector will play an increasingly important role in ensuring the world develops additional food resources to keep pace with a burgeoning population. At this event co-hosted by the Stimson Center and Halcyon Incubator, Stimson board member Kris Balderston will moderate a discussion between leaders in the food industry on the role of food disruption in addressing the challenges of ending hunger and providing equitable access to food in the developing world. See

23] – The gender pay gap is real: A 360 degree look at what it is and why it matters is taking place on Wed., Oct. 26 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM at the Economic Policy Institute, 1225 Eye St. NW, WDC 20005. The Economic Policy Institute is presenting new research on the gender wage gap at a panel discussion on how to address the wage gap and achieve more broadly shared prosperity.  Panelists will also discuss how to provide a better infrastructure to help workers balance work and family. Lunch will start at 11:15 AM, and the program will start promptly at 11:30 AM.  RSVP at

24] – The Stimson Center's South Asia Program is hosting Military Budgets in India and Pakistan: Trajectories, Priorities, and Risks on Wed., Oct. 26 from 12:30 to 2 PM at 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036. Join the Stimson Center for the release of its latest report, written by Research Associate Shane Mason, which examines trends in military spending in India and Pakistan, explores the strategic implications of those trends, and outlines the consequences for regional stability. The program will consist of a panel discussion moderated by Michael Krepon and Sameer Lalwani, with Shuja Nawaz, Nilanthi Samaranayake, and Shane Mason serving as discussants. Lunch will be served. RSVP at

25] – Citizens Planning and Housing Association has finalized the panelists for the next forum which will be on improving the CITIstat Program on Wed., Oct. 26 from 4 to 6 PM at the John and Frances Angelos Law Center, 1401 North Charles St., Room 202, Baltimore 21201. Register at

26] --- Help Margaret Flowers and other Green Party Candidates earn more votes: On Wed., Oct 26 from 4 to 6 PM, there is a visibility event for Margaret, Josh Harris for Mayor and Ian Schlackman for Baltimore City Council District 12 at the intersection of Route 40 and Broadway Avenue in Baltimore CitySigns and shirts will be provided. Contact if you can help out. Go to
27] – The City Council Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee is hosting a public hearing on water affordability in order to hear the experiences and concerns of residents on Wed., Oct. 26 at 5 PM at the Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th Floor, City Hall, 100 N Holliday St., Baltimore 21202.  Baltimore deserves safe, affordable water. Water rates have more than tripled over the last 15 years and the burden of these price increases is falling unfairly on low income residents. The City Council Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee is hosting a public hearing on water affordability in order to hear the experiences and concerns of residents.

If you want to share your experience regarding the lack of low income assistance, rate hikes or any other complications related to the water service in the city, or want to stand in solidarity with our community members, come to the hearing to demand the City Council protect our right to safe, affordable water service. Wear blue to show support for water for all! RSVP at

28] – On Wed., Oct. 26 at 6 PM, Ta-Nehisi Coates will address “A Deeper Black: Race in America" at Temple University, Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St., Philadelphia 19122.  Go to

29] – On Wed., Oct. 26 from 7 to 8:30 PM at Loyola University McGuire Hall (in the Andrew White Student Center) catch “Hungry For Change: How Our Daily Bread Transforms Lives.”  This is an event celebrating the 35th year of Our Daily Bread.  A shuttle will be available from parking at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen parking lot. The keynote speakers are Kathryn Edin, Ph.D.,  Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of “2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America,” and Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director, Pax Christi USA.  Other speakers are Hal Smith, former Executive Director of Catholic Charities who oversaw the opening of Our Daily Bread, and Jackie Spelman, a 25-year volunteer at Our Daily Bread. The event is sponsored by Catholic Charities.  To register, visit

30] – Sign up for a Physicians for Social Responsibility webinar on Wed., Oct. 26 at 8 PM EST  to learn how energy efficiency in the home reduces hospital emergency room visits and missed days of school and work, while providing safer, more affordable housing for families. Tune in to hear presenters from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative describe how improving the energy efficiency of our homes helps break the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy families. Go to

31] – On Thurs., Oct. 27 early voting starts!  There will be canvassing at early voting poll locations across the state to tell voters about their options!  Need volunteers to place signs and talk to voters (electioneering)Shifts are self-assigned and can take place at any of the 69 early voting locations across the state, between 8 AM and 8 PM through Nov. 3. For locations in Baltimore City, email Cristi@FlowersForSenate.orgFor locations in MoCo or PG Counties, contact Melanie Oringer at For locations on the Eastern Shore, contact Harry Isaksson at For any location not listed above, contact

32] -- VOLUNTEER to Petition Early Voters in Annapolis from Thurs., Oct. 27 to Thurs., Nov. 3.  Get Money Out is building early momentum for the 2017 legislative session by collecting petition signatures in the Annapolis area.  Every time a Maryland resident signs, emails are sent to his or her representatives in Annapolis supporting the Democracy Amendment Resolution.  There is a staffing plan to petition early voters at a key polling place in Annapolis.  You can help by volunteering to cover one of the shifts. Volunteers will work in pairs or small groups; all necessary materials and training will be provided.  Contact Bill Conner at  Go to

33] – On Thurs., Oct. 27 from noon to 1:15 PM, Lowell Schwartz, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will address "Congress and the Future of the Iran Nuclear Agreement."  At the University of Maryland, 1203 Van Munching Hall, College Park 20742. This is part of the CISSM Forum/Development Circle.  Schwartz is a senior professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  He is responsible for all issues related to non-proliferation (including Iran and North Korea), arms control and international security issues.  As part of his responsibilities he reviews, conducts oversight, formulates and shepherds Committee legislation on Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs, U.S. military and civilian nuclear cooperation agreements, and bilateral and multi-lateral arms control treaties and agreements. The Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland can be reached at 301-405-7601.  Go to

34] – On Thurs., Oct. 27 at 1:30 PM., Peter Harrell, Center for New American Security; Amir Bagherpour, Chief Analytics Officer, Office of the Secretary of State; and Amy Nelson, Stimson Center, will tackle "Iran, JCPoA New Data Report." At the National Press Club, Murrow Room, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, WDC. Hear answers about the recent findings with the author of this report and commentary by former government officials and experts. RSVP tot Morad Ghorban at Go to

35] – Lead exposure remains one of the most prevalent health concerns in Baltimore and Maryland, with acute and long-lasting effects on children's health, learning and behavior. According to the Maryland Department of Mental Hygiene, there are many new exposures and "persistently elevated blood lead levels from previous exposures" in Maryland children. At Maryland State Medical Society, Osler Hall, 1211 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201 on Thurs., Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, take a Workshop - Understanding Lead Poisoning in Baltimore and Maryland.  This workshop will examine the latest science on the toxicity of lead, with an emphasis on the developmental effects on children and implications in later life. Participants will learn about current policies and programs for medical and environmental interventions in Maryland and Baltimore, and have an opportunity to discuss what is known about sources and routes of exposure and blood lead levels in children. Participants and speakers will help identify information, data and knowledge gaps in current surveillance and intervention efforts. Register at

36] --- On Thurs., Oct. 27 at 6 PM, get over to the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council’s Rev. Jack Sharp Fall Awards Dinner at St Matthew Catholic Church Hall, 5401 Loch Raven Boulevard.  A Buffet Dinner will be served.  Tickets are $40. Go to

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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