Baltimore Activist Alert February 18 - 21, 2017
"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.
The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.
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1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists
4] Two friends are looking to buy a house in Baltimore
5] See the film SILKWOOD -- Feb. 18
6] “Coming of Age in the Other America” – Feb. 19
7] Makeout at the Trump Hotel -- Feb. 19
8] Nonviolent Direct Action Training -- Feb. 19
9] “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” – Feb. 19
10] See the film "Two Blue Lines" -- Feb. 19
11] Equality on Trial: Bail Reform for Maryland – Feb. 19
12] See the film 13th – Feb. 19
13] Revote the elections -- Feb. 19
14] Pentagon Vigil – Feb. 20
15] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Feb. 20 – Feb. 24
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17] Sierra Club Lobby Night – Feb. 20
18] See “A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans” – Feb. 20
19] “Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis" – Feb. 20
20] Get Money Out of Maryland – Feb. 20
21] Refugee Crisis -- Feb. 21
22] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Feb. 21
23] Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" – Feb. 21
24] Screening of 13th – Feb. 21
25] Support ACA – Feb. 21
26] Protest Gen. Dempsey-- Feb. 21
27] Which Way Under President Trump? – Feb. 21
28] Book talk about “Splinterlands” – Feb. 21
29] Junk Economics -- Feb. 21
30] Malcolm X and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement – Feb. 21
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available. “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.
2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/. Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.
3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR]. It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed. It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq.
To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski at Verizon.net. Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.
THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe. It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing. To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed. If you have problems, please write to the list manager at email@example.com.
4] – Janice and Max are looking to buy a house in Baltimore. Let Max know if you have any leads—410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.
5] – February 19 will mark what would have been nuclear whistleblower Karen Silkwood's, 71st birthday. Silkwood died in a still mysterious car accident on her way to deliver information to the New York Times about the health and safety of workers at the Kerr-McGee nuclear facility where she worked. Silkwood's willingness and courage to stand up and speak out against corporate malfeasance resonates strongly today. On Sat., Feb. 18 at 7:30 PM, The Nuclear-Free Takoma Park Committee will mark that anniversary with a free screening of the 1983 biographical feature film, SILKWOOD, starring Meryl Streep, followed by a panel discussion. Come to the Takoma Park City Auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park 20912. The panelists are Kitty Tucker, founder of Supporters of Karen Silkwood, Howard Kohn, journalist for Rolling Stone's "The Nuclear Industry's Terrible Power and How It Silenced Karen Silkwood,” and Jodi Eisenberg, DC labor activist and early Silkwood campaigner. Refreshments will also be served. Email Beyond Nuclear firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.BeyondNuclear.org. The power - and danger - of resistance.
6] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon. On Sun., Feb. 19, the Sunday Platform Address is about the book “Coming of Age in the Other America,” by Stefanie DeLuca and colleagues which reveal some surprising factors associated with resiliency and upward mobility in a large proportion of disadvantaged youth, despite overwhelming odds. Ten years of fieldwork with families in Baltimore public housing (among the nation’s poorest neighborhoods) revealed that those able to move to better neighborhoods achieved much higher rates of high school completion and college enrollment than their parents. About half the youth reported being motivated by an “identity project” or a strong passion such as music, art, or a dream job – to finish school and build a career. Factors associated with lack of success included neighborhood violence, weak labor markets, exploitative for-profit trade schools and under-funded community colleges. The authors identified initiatives to support these ‘identity projects’ which motivate youth to stay in school, as well as greater regulation of for-profit schools and increased college resources. This is a story of a generation of underprivileged but ambitious Baltimoreans that challenges long-held myths about inner-city youth, and how becoming stuck in the same place as one’s parents – is far from inevitable. is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Johns Hopkins University. Call 410-581-2322 or email email@example.com.
7] – There is a LGBTQI+ Makeout at the Trump Hotel, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Sun., Feb. 19 from 1 to 4 PM. This is a spinoff of the Trump Tower event. Keep it about love and affection, rather than violence or hatred. RSPV at https://www.facebook.com/events/1211670288947062/?active_tab=about.
8] – On Sun., Feb. 19 from 2 to 6 PM at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, take Nonviolent Direct Action Training: Taking Control of the Streets. Gain skills in filling action roles to be strong and safe in the streets. This training is open for all who are ready for bold action for justice. Visit http://www.pym.org/event/nonviolent-direct-action-training-taking-control-streets/.
9] – See a film “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E Pratt St., Baltimore 21202, starting at 2 PM on Sun., Feb. 19. Go to www.lewismuseum.org. Follow the 18 African American athletes who defied Adolf Hitler and Jim Crow to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympics. Though the world remembers Jesse Owens, this film shines a light on the other 15 men and two women - Tidye Pickett and Louise Stokes - who collectively changed the world of sports forever and created a seminal moment in the fight for equality and civil rights. The documentary is narrated by Blair Underwood. A post-discussion with filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper and Susan Bachrach, curator from the National Holocaust Museum, follows. This screening is a part of the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, organized by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Baltimore. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/627377987460836/.
10] – See a Holy Land film on Sun., Feb. 19 at 2:30 PM at the National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, WDC 20016. See the film "Two Blue Lines," as part of the 3rd Annual Voices From the Holy Land Film Series. Call 301-518-5551 or visit voicesfromtheholyland.org. "Two Blue Lines" examines the human and political situation of the Palestinian people from the years prior to the creation of Israel to the present day. The film splices together dueling creeds of Zionist settlers’ and Palestinians’ claim to the land. The Zionist say that the land is their territory returned by God. Palestinians assert that the Israelis are trespassing. Human rights’ advocates counter such maxims deploring the contradiction between a “Jewish” state and a democracy with equality for all.
11] – On Sun., Feb. 19 from 3 to 6 PM at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, hear about Equality on Trial: Bail Reform for Maryland -- why we need it now. The Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee presents a panel of guest speakers to address the issues in Maryland courts and bills up for a vote in the Legislature this session. The speakers are Phil Caroom (MAJR: Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform), Zina Makar (OSI Fellow and co-director, UB Pretrial Justice Clinic), Dayvon Love (director of public policy, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle), and Debbie Ramsey (BQPJC Court Watch project).
12] -- On Sun., Feb. 19 at 3 PM, come to a screening & a discussion of 13th at the Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore 21210. Ava DuVernay's film is an in-depth look at the U.S. prison system and how it reveals our nation's history of racial inequality. Even if you've already watched the film, come for the discussion in the last hour! RSVP at http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5483/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=85105.
13] – Get involved in Supreme Actions to Overturn 2016 Elections at 1 First St. NE, WDC, on Sun., Feb. 19 at 6 PM and on Mon., Feb. 20 at noon. THOUSANDS are EXPECTED TO GATHER at the U.S. SUPREME COURT ON PRESIDENT'S DAY WEEKEND TO SUPPORT a CASE CALLING FOR a REVOTE OF the 2016 PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTIONS. A case sits before the U.S. Supreme Court that could nullify and void 2016 primary and general elections. The case--conceived of and wholly written by Jerroll M. Sanders, a non-attorney legal strategist on a citizen team--asserts that citizen were denied their right to a democratic Presidential election in 2016. The appeals court has labeled the case as containing novel constitutional issues, also known as a case of first impression. Constitutional lawyers, political leaders, and political news commentators are labelling the writ of mandamus revote case ingenious. Visit www.Revote.info or call 202.817.1331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
14] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop. The next vigil is Feb. 20, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email email@example.com or call 202-882-9649. The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro. By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr., and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM. No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.
15] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday fr6m 10 AM to noon on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at www.weaa.org. The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All shows are also available as podcasts at www.steinershow.org.
17] – Attend Maryland Sierra Club Lobby Night on Mon., Feb. 20 from 5 to 8 PM in the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis, 1st floor East. Lobby for critical environmental issues in Annapolis. On lobby night you will get briefings on each issue and someone will join you at your meetings. The top priorities for 2017 are passing a permanent ban on fracking, increasing renewable energy by passing the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which passed, keeping Antibiotics Effective by limiting overuse of antibiotics in livestock, and protecting Maryland's nationally recognized energy efficiency program, known as "Empower MD." Check out the legislative priorities at https://www.sierraclub.org/maryland/legislation. RSVP for Lobby Night at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmdbWMM5m460E4P1NW0R8Qfc1kpUnvUuGplXIkWnJ1khh7iA/viewform?c=0&w=1.
18] – See a screening of “A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans” at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts., WDC, on Mon., Feb. 20 from 6 to 8:30 PM. The documentary is the untold story of almost 200 years of the contributions of those who immigrated to the United States from the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf have made to the U.S. fabric. The film vividly paints a portrait of the Arab-American immigrant experience through the stories of people who, like all citizens, immigrated in pursuit of the American Dream, including Senator George Mitchell, Jamie Farr, General John Abizaid, Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter Anthony Shadid, Helen Thomas, racing legend Bobby Rahall and more. With historical immigration patterns as background, the film explores the personal stories of Arab-Americans and how they have contributed to the collective American experience. At a time when the media tends to paint Arab peoples and culture with the broad brush of terrorism and distrust, it is increasingly important to present a positive image of the many people of Middle Eastern, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula who have made America their home, and highlight their American journey as an important part of the larger American Experience. Visit http://busboysandpoets.com/events/event/screening-of-a-thousand-and-one-journeys-the-arab-americans.
19] – University of Maryland’s Beyond the Classroom, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, 4250 Lehigh Road, College Park, on Mon., Feb. 20 from 7 to 9 PM, as part of the Spring 2017 Series on "People Power: Activism for Social Change," presents the new documentary "Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis" (USA, 2016). "The way of love is a better way, the way of peace is a better way," John Lewis stated at a recent MLK Day breakfast. Congressperson Lewis' words are more important now than ever. An American icon, Lewis is an advocate of peaceful protests, and is an important figure in the African American Civil Rights Movement.
In 1965, the historic Selma March known as Bloody Sunday was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. John Lewis—now a revered U.S. Congressman, then a young student—co-led hundreds of peaceful marchers seeking voting rights for African Americans in the South. This biographical film about John Lewis’ personal journey of courage, searing disappointments and hard-won triumphs will inspire others to stand up and Get in the Way. RSPV at https://www.facebook.com/events/223925118068269/.
20] – Get Money Out of Maryland has a weekly teleconference, every Monday evening at 8:30 PM. Call 605-475-6711, and use the Code 1136243#. Go to http://www.getmoneyoutmd.org/.
21] -- Enjoy the Table Talk Lunch Series "For I Was A Stranger"-- The Refugee Crisis and Our Response at the Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, on Tues., Feb. 21 from noon to 1:15 PM. This lunchtime panel discussion on refugees will feature Tazreena Sajjad, SIS Professor in Global Governance, Politics, and Security, Camille Torres, AU Student & Director of Partnerships for No Lost Generation, and Jeania Ree Moore, director of Civil Rights, General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church. There is a free lunch for students, and a $5 contribution is asked from community members, faculty, and staff. RSVP to KSLC@american.edu or call 202-885-3321.
22] – 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 Feb. 21. Call 215-426-0364.
23] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Feb. 21 from 5 to 6 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.
24] –Bread and Roses presents a screening of 13th at Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Feb. 21 from 6 to 8 PM. Bread & Roses is a monthly labor series that features a variety of events focused on workers and organized labor. Each month brings a new topic through interactive discussions, film screenings, and performances. The hope for these events is that attendees walk away with a greater understanding of organized labor, its role in shaping history and current relevance. The name "Bread & Roses" was inspired by a poem/song written by James Oppenheim that appeals for both fair wages and dignified conditions. This month see Ava DuVernay's (Selma) film, which explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. The film will be introduced by Carmen Berkley, Civil, Human and Women's Rights Director at the AFL-CIO. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bread-and-roses-screening-of-13th-tickets-31540034091.
25] – Come to a Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (ACA)Educational Forum on Tues., Feb. 21 at 6:30 PM, hosted by Harford Community College, Darlington Hall, Room 202, Bel Air, MD 21015. This is a Resistance Recess: Save our Healthcare, our Communities and our Democracy. Republicans continue to call for the repeal of the ACA with no plan to keep coverage for millions of Americans. Come have your voice heard about concerns you have in your community. RSVP at https://www.resistancerecess.com/event/resist-recess/?source=aflcio&link_id=0&can_id=9c5bbb0ed9159a7bb5318410d9b7fb18&email_referrer=health-care-for-millions-is-on-the-line&email_subject=health-care-for-millions-is-on-the-line.
26] – Join activists from the Phil Berrigan Memorial Veterans For Peace, Chapter 105, Baltimore Women in Black, and other justice groups on Tues., Feb. 21 at 7 PM outside the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201, to tell Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Martin Dempsey that war is not entertainment; war is not fun; war is hell! Dempsey is doing a speaking tour around the mid-Atlantic, and Veterans For Peace chapters in the area are bird-dogging him. He will appear in Baltimore as part of the Stevenson University Baltimore Speakers Series, invitees for which are sadly often pretty right wing. Recent ones have been former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and former US Secretary of War Leon Panetta. Protest against the Military Industrial Complex and its spokesperson as his audience arrives. Contact Ellen Barfield [mailto:email@example.com].
27] – Which Way Under President Trump? Hear a debate between Cornell West and Malik Zulu Shabazz at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Feb. 21 from 7 to 8:30 PM. Trump won a mere 8% of the Black vote and three-quarters of those voters believe race relations will worsen during his presidency. The national importance of the debate dialogue is to engage conversation about major points of anxiety justifiably articulated by Black American people such as Trump’s New Deal for Black America, nationwide gentrification, Black economics, education, urban communities’ safety and prison reform, unemployment and the labor market, justice and legal issues, immigration and the imposed travel band across America. In July 2016, during the height of the RNC, Dr. Malik Z. Shabazz organized and convened the Convention of the Oppressed in Cleveland (OH). The four-day anti-Trump convention focused on police brutality, Black economic empowerment, and legal training. Mr. Shabazz, a nationally known police abuse litigator and National President of Black Lawyers for Justice is heavily involved in the movement for justice and the Black Movement in America.
“Donald Trump is a threat to the judiciary; attacking judge’s racial background in an unprecedented and shocking manner. Trump’s proposed foreign and domestic policies are detrimental to Black, Brown and Red people’s international and domestic relations. Mr. Trump’s stance on police brutality, free speech, immigration, and race relations must be opposed and stopped.” – Malik Zulu Shabazz. Go to http://www.cleveland19.com/story/32446140/group-holds-counter-convention-speaks-out-against-police-brutality-donald-trump.
Dr. Cornel West, a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual, led the massive rally and delivered a powerful message during the convention. He is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. “…We are witnessing the postmodern version of the full-scale gangsterization of the world. The reign of Obama did not produce the nightmare of Donald Trump – but it did contribute to it. And those Obama cheerleaders who refused to make him accountable bear some responsibility.” – Dr. Cornel West. Go to https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/09/barack-obama-legacy-presidency. Contact Malik Z. Shabazz, Esq. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.513.5445.
28] – Attend an author talk with John Feffer at the Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Tues., Feb. 21 from 7 to 9 PM. “Splinterlands,” Feffer’s new dystopian novel, looks backward from the year 2050 at what went wrong. How did the world – and one man’s family – fall apart? From Brexit to Hurricane Donald to tomorrow's headlines, the novel describes a fictional future that is fast becoming fact. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1775621475788726/.
29] – Join economist Michael Hudson as he discusses his new book, “J is for Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception,” at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts., WDC, on Tues., Feb. 21 from 7 to 9 PM. In this follow-on to his “Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroyed the Global Economy (2015),” Hudson discusses how mainstream economic vocabulary has been contorted to obscure the way financial giants extract wealth from rest of the economy. This A to Z user's guide is critical reading for understanding the broader economic system during this new "post-fact" era. A former Wall Street analyst, government adviser, and fierce critic of neoliberal economic order, he is a Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and Professor of Economics at Peking University in China. He is the author of many books on the global economy, with a focus on financial history, debt, land tenure and related economic institutions from antiquity to the present. Register at http://busboysandpoets.com/events/event/author-event-michael-hudson-discusses-j-is-for-junk-economics-a-guide-to-re.
30] – On Tues., Feb. 21 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, catch Malcolm X and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement. In Fighting for Our Place in the Sun, Richard D. Benson II examines the life of Malcolm X as not only a radical political figure, but also as a teacher and mentor. The book illuminates the untold tenets of Malcolm X’s educational philosophy, and also traces a historical trajectory of 1960's Black activists that sought to create spaces of liberation and learning that are free from cultural and racial oppression. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org.
To be continued.
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"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