Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - January 26 - 28, 2017

22] Equity in Education Summit -- Jan. 26
23] Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit – Jan. 26
24] No Muslim Ban -- Jan. 26
25] ONE DC Black Workers Center – Jan. 26
26] "Remake the World" -- Jan. 27 - 28
27] Recovery of Misappropriated Nuclear Goods -- Jan. 27
28] Peace vigil at White House – Jan. 27
29] WIB peace vigil – Jan. 27
30] Black Lives Matter vigil -- Jan. 27
31] Screening of “Before the Flood” – Jan. 27
32] Challenges of surviving Donald Trump as president – Jan. 27
33] Ballroom Dancing – Jan. 27
34] West Chester peace vigil – Jan. 28
35] VEDIC MEDITATION COURSE – Jan. 28
36] Engage in a Conversation Surrounding Keith Davis Jr. – Jan. 28
37] TASSC’s Annual Open House -- Jan. 28
38] Protest Trump's Pipelines Executive Order – Jan. 28
39] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
40] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
41] Do you need any book shelves? 37]
42] Join the Global Zero campaign
43] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
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22] – The Community College of Baltimore County is hosting its first Equity in Education Summit at the Dundalk Campus, 7200 Sollers Point Road, Baltimore 21222-4649, on Thurs., Jan. 26 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM with registration opening at 8:45 AM.  The morning will include the keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Gorski, a leader and activist for equitable education.  After his presentation, there will be a discussion-based breakout session, followed by lunch at noon.  At 12:45 PM (after lunch), a panel of activists will do presentations about activism.  I will be one of the activists. This would be followed by a Q & A.  The hope of the summit is that through the presentations and the power of stories, folks will be moved to become activists in some way.  See the directions:  http://www.ccbcmd.edu/about-ccbc/locations. Call 443-840-2222.

23] --On Thurs., Jan. 26 from 4 to 6 PM in the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis, come to the 2017 Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit! Learn more about the top environmental issues this session (including the fracking ban!) and hear from the keynote speaker, Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore, Dr. Leana Wen. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1815118012059515/. Rianna Eckel [mailto:reckel@fwwatch.org] is offering rides to the Summit.  Meet at the Food &Water Watch office, 3121 St Paul St., Baltimore 21218, at 2:15 PM. 

24] – On Thurs., Jan. 26 from 4:30 to 6 PM, since Trump Is After Us, Stand Up For Us-Rally at the D.C. Council, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004.  The event is hosted by Muslim American Women's Policy Forum.  Turn out against Trump's "Muslim Ban" policies to remind the D.C. Council that they must take a clear stance that they will not throw our communities under the bus. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1244986592255256/.

25] – Come to the ONE DC Black Workers Center at the New Community Church, 614 S St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Jan. 26 from 6 to 8 PM.  ONE DC presents the DC Black Workers Center, a resident-led space that creates and maintains racial and economic justice through popular education, direct action and the creation of worker-owned alternatives.  It is a center for finding and creating positive, dignified Black work and training and an incubation space for alternatives to low-wage work, such as worker cooperatives, collectives, and small businesses created, owned, and operated by Black workers. There is easy access from the Howard/Shaw Metro Station. Go to http://www.onedconline.org/.

26] – On Fri., Jan. 27 through Sun., Jan. 29, go to the Al-Islam in America Conference, "Remake the World", at the Muslim Center of Wilmington, 2102 Northeast Blvd., Wilmington, DE. Email rmuneebah1126@yahoo.com.

27] – On Fri., Jan. 27 at 9 AM., Leonard Spector, Center for Nonproliferation Studies,  will deliver a talk "Outlawing State-Sponsored Nuclear Procurement Programs & Recovery of Misappropriated Nuclear Goods" at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 1400 K St., Suite 1225, WDC. Go to http://www.nonproliferation.org/25-outlawing-state-sponsored-nuclear-procurement-programs-recovery-of-misappopriated-nuclear-goods/.

28] – On Fri., Jan. 27 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 @ artlaffin@hotmail.com or at 202-360-6416. 

29] – On Fri., Jan. 27 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. 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.” Carpool and parking available at both locations. Just send an email that you need a ride [mailto:wibbaltimore@peacepath911.org].  Peace signs will be available. 

30] – There is usually a silent vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends Meeting, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on Jan. 27. Black Lives Matter.

31] -- You are invited to a screening of “Before the Flood” on Fri., Jan. 27 at 6:30 PM at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, hosted by the Green Sanctuary Committee of the Maryland Presbyterian Church. Go to http://www.towsonuuc.org/index.php/ct-menu-item-33/ct-menu-item-43/icalrepeat.detail/2017/01/27/3946/-/before-the-flood-movie-and-potluck. Here is a link to a Wikipedia article about the film:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Before_the_Flood_(film). The church is located at 710 Dulaney Valley Rd, Lutherville 21093.  There is a potluck meal at 5:30 PM.  The snow/ice date is February 10.

32] –The Festival Church, Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW, WDC 20009, invites the public to the Jerry S. Parr Lecture/Dialogue Series on Fri., Jan. 27 at 6 PM for a reception, followed by an address at 7 PM.  Wes Granberg-Michaelson will address the challenges of surviving with spiritual integrity and a resonant witness within the United States with Donald J. Trump as president. 

For nearly five decades, Wes Granberg-Michaelson has been a widely respected voice at the intersection of faith and politics in the life of the nation. Beginning as the chief legislative assistant to Sen. Mark Hatfield during the time of the Vietnam War, and then becoming an associate editor at the founding of Sojourners Magazine, Wes has given voice to how Christian faith expresses a faithful witness around pressing issues of peace, justice, and the integrity of creation. His years of membership in the Church of the Saviour shaped his future pilgrimage, which led him to be Director of Church and Society for the World Council of Churches, and then General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America for 17 years. He is the author of six books, hundreds of articles, and a leader in ecumenical efforts around the world. His most recent book is “From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church.”

33] – 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 Jan. 27. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

34] – 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 www.ccpeace.org. Email ccpeacemovement@aol.com.

35] – Engage in a Conversation Surrounding Keith Davis Jr. on Sat., Jan. 28 from noon to 3 PM at the Alternative Press Center, Baltimore.  Listen and learn about Keith through the lens of family, friends and journalists. Enjoy light refreshments.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/371036569930638/.

36] – School of Life is hosting a VEDIC MEDITATION COURSE on Sat., Jan. 28 and Sun., Jan. 29, conducted by Dr. Gyanendra Mahapatra, MD.  RSVP at shantiyoga2@earthlink.net. There is no special religion, belief system, diet or lifestyle requirement for one to learn Vedic Meditation.  “This Vedic Meditation is so simple, so easy and so natural. One learns how to dive deeply into oneself and fully know oneself. What could be more easy and natural than to experience one’s own nature?” says Dr. Mahapatra. Go to http://vcetiner.wix.com/vedic-meditation-homepage. On Saturday the course goes from noon to 5:30 PM with 15 minutes break. On Saturday, participants should bring with them four to six fruits of any kind except avocado or tomato, six to eight flowers of any kind, and one brand new (not used and cleaned) white handkerchief. There is no charge for this course, but donations are encouraged to support Dr. Mahapatra’s work. Please bring your donation in an envelope with your: full name, phone number, and email address clearly written.

On Sunday, the course goes from 9:30 to 11:30 AM.  Come to Shanti Yoga Ashram, 4209 East-West Highway, Chevy Chase 20815. Parking in front of the house. The site is Metro accessible--four blocks from the Bethesda Station on the Red Line, and also the J-2 and J-4 bus.

37] – On Sat., Jan. 28 from 2 to 5 PM at the TASSC Office, 4121 Harewood Rd. NE, Suite B, WDC 20017, come to TASSC’s Annual Open House to celebrate another successful year at the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition! This will be a wonderful time for TASSC survivors, friends and supporters to hear the personal testimonies of survivors, listen to East African-inspired music from members of the Kino Musica band, hear talented survivors sing and play traditional African instruments, and watch African folk dances.  And enjoy delicious snacks and wonderful conversation.  Honor members of Congress and their staff for their strong and ongoing support for human rights in Africa.  RSVP to Kelsey Fisher (Kelsey@tassc.org).   

38] – On Sat., Jan. 28 from 2 to 4 PM, protest Trump's Keystone & Dakota Pipelines Executive Order at the Edward A. Garmatz Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Baltimore 21213.  Stand with "Standing Rock" and demand that these polluted pipelines be halted. Support the sovereignty of the Indigenous Nations. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1311309085571404/.

39] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email: info@washingtonpeacecenter.org.

40] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

41] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

42] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.

43] – 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 http://prop1.org; 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] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.


“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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