Monday, February 6, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 6 - 8, 2017

12] Blueprint Communities Symposium – Feb. 6
13] Stop the attack on the First Amendment – Feb. 6
14] Oppose Betsy DeVos – Feb. 6
15] No New MPD Rally -- Feb. 6
16] Dead Man Walking-- Feb. 6
17] Get Money Out Maryland conference call – Feb. 6
18] Global Leadership Symposium – Feb. 7
19] Maryland Voices for Animals Day – Feb. 7
20] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Feb. 7
21] Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" – Feb. 7
22] No Child Behind Bars -- Feb. 7
23] Civil Rights Coalition General Meeting – Feb. 7
24] Polystyrene Phase-Out – Feb. 8
25] “Labyrinth Path to Light and Peace” -- Feb. 8
26] Trump’s approach to Asia – Feb. 8
27] Economic Democracy workshop – Feb. 8
28] Wandering Song Book Launch – Feb. 8
29] See 'If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front' – Feb. 8
12] -- On Mon., Feb. 6 from 8:30 AM to 1 PM, get over to the Blueprint Communities® DE Symposium, Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St., Wilmington. Contact Roger Hesketh, U of DE Center for Community Research & Service, at 302-573-4475.

14] – On Tues., Feb. 7, the U.S. Senate will vote to confirm—or reject—Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. On Mon., Feb. 6 from 4:30 to 7 PM, parents, students, educators and the community will rally on Upper Senate Park, Capitol Hill to tell the Senate to reject this unqualified and dangerous nominee. Go to  DeVos’ Senate testimony showed just how unqualified she is and how little she cares about or understands public education. In fact, her record shows she is overtly hostile to public education. That’s why people have flooded the Senate with calls and emails expressing their opposition, even shutting down the switchboard multiple times.

15] – Get over to the No New MPD Rally to Defeat Bill to Hire More Police at the John A Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Mon., Feb. 6 from 6:30 to 8 PM.  On Feb. 7, the DC Council will vote on the “Force of 4,200 - Police Officer Recruitment and Retention Emergency Act of 2017.” Because this is emergency legislation, there will be no public hearing. D.C. residents MUST speak out and collectively #Resist acting out of fear in response to intracommunity violence. The Council spent months, hours, weeks, meeting, talking to the community, doing the research on other cities' successful programs, visiting other cities, and then created and unanimously passed the NEAR Act. Join BLM DC and Stop Police Terror Project DC to demand the council vote NO on the 7th and to ensure the NEAR Act is fully funded in the next budget. RSPV at

16] – On Mon., Feb. 6 from 7 to 8:30 PM attend Dead Man Walking: Religious Leaders Dialogue on the Death Penalty at the Washington National Cathedral. Join Catholic Mobilizing Network, Washington National Cathedral, and Washington National Opera for a powerful evening of music and reflection from prominent faith leaders. It will feature Sr. Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” and EJ Dionne Jr., Washington Post Political Columnist, as moderators. The program will include arias from Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s opera “Dead Man Walking,” which will run at the Kennedy Center Opera House from Feb. 25 through Mar. 11. It is free. RSVP at

17] – 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

18] – Come to the Global Leadership Symposium: Embracing Disruption at The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC, on Tues., Feb. 7 from 9 AM to 5:30 PM. The Symposium is the first convocation of the McCain Institute’s first 44 global Next Generation Leaders (NGLs) around their diverse leadership action topics. The Symposium will draw attention to leadership challenges and solutions, engage NGLs, guest speakers, program partners, and The McCain Institute team. We will host a spirited discussion of pressing questions that face today’s character-driven leaders in business, civil society, women’s empowerment, good governance, youth development, politics. The Next Generation Leaders Program is The McCain Institute’s flagship activity, designed to identify, train, network and empower a diverse group of emerging, character-driven leaders through one year of targeted professional and personal development. With a core focus on values, ethics and leadership, the goal of the program is to create a capable and lasting global network of character-driven leaders who shape the world we will inhabit in the future. RSPV at

19] -- Maryland Voices for Animals Day is happening on Tues., Feb.7 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Maryland State Capitol, Lowe House Office Building, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401. RSVP at

20] – 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. 7.  Call 215-426-0364.

21] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Feb. 7  from 5 to 6 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

22] – The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights is hosting No Child Behind Bars: Living Resistance from the U.S. to Palestine on  Tues., Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC 20010. This is the DC stop of a national tour organized by Friends of Sabeel- North America. Combining grassroots community engagement with municipal boycotts, community actions, testimony, and education campaigns, the tour--No Child Behind Bars: Living Resistance From the US to Palestine--explores state violence, particularly the criminalization and detention of youth in Palestine and the US. The tour focuses on the interests and powers that reinforce these systems, with the goal of destabilizing them and breaking them down. The tour will feature three speakers: Ahed Tamimi, 15 years old from Nabi Saleh, Occupied West Bank: Amanda Weatherspoon is a Unitarian Universalist minister and Black liberation activist in the Bay Area; and Nadya Tannous, a writer and organizer in the Bay Area who has researched the detention of Palestinian minors since 2013. Go to

23] – The Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition will hold its General Meeting on Tues., Feb. 7 from 7 to 9 PM at Montgomery Blair H.S. cafeteria, 51 University Blvd. E, Silver Spring. Hear from experts on our county's sanctuary status, police reform, fighting Islamophobia, and surveillance. Break into working groups on each issue to develop plans to Strengthen sanctuary in the county, its cities, and the state to protect our neighbors from Trump's draconian immigration policies; Challenge county programs that promote Islamophobia; promote police reform by improving accountability, and ending discriminatory profiling and excessive militarization, and Get transparency on what surveillance tools local police forces are using, and what information about us they are sharing with state and federal agencies. Go to

24] – Attend the 2017 Annapolis Lobby Day: Polystyrene Phase-Out on Wed., Feb. 8 from 8 AM to 2 PM.  Meet at the Canton Waterfront Park, 3001 Boston St., Baltimore 21224. Hop on a bus to Annapolis to help phase-out polystyrene (Styrofoam) in Maryland! Your legislators want to hear from you.  Register for the FREE bus at  Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Free parking is available.  You will have an opportunity to learn about the legislative process and do some touring.  Also you will have a chance to meet with these legislators: Baltimore State Delegation District 45 (Del. Talmadge Branch, Del. Cheryl Glenn, and Del. Cory McCray) & 46 (Del. Luke Clippinger, Del. Robyn Lewis, and Del. Brooke Lierman). Thanks to Delegate Brooke Lierman, Trash Free Maryland and Blue Water Baltimore for partnering to make this event possible. See

25] –A “Labyrinth Path to Light and Peace” is a Book of Art and Poetry By Sandra Wasko-Flood. It will be featured at the upcoming AWP-Association of Writers and Writing Programs—at the Washington DC Convention Center & Washington Marriott Marquis, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW, WDC 20001. From Wed., Feb. 8 through Sat., Feb. 11. This book represents her life-long dreams and dedication to the inspiring of healing and transformation within and among people through labyrinth creation and education in the schools and the communities. After walking the labyrinth, many students feel much more calm and harmonious, and they also reported that they enjoy their education with a deeper sense of satisfaction and self-awareness. All profits will go to support a national nonprofit organization: Living Labyrinths for Peace. Go to

26] – Risks & Rewards: Examining Trump’s New Approach to Asia will occur on Wed., Feb. 8 from 2 to 4 PM at The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.RSVP at Questions linger about the U.S.’s approach to China and the Asia-Pacific region under the new Trump administration. Looking beyond the recent sharp rhetoric between Washington and Beijing, what substantive actions might the Trump administration take toward China, and how might Beijing respond? How will this rising tension in U.S.-China relations impact U.S. engagement with allies and partners in the region? Please join Stimson experts for an on-the-record conversation examining the implications and consequences of the Trump administration’s potential new approach toward China and the Asia-Pacific. The event marks the launch of a new Stimson initiative examining the impact of the evolving relationship between Washington and Beijing, and the potential strategic, economic, and security implications for the Asia-Pacific region.

27] – On Wed., Feb. 8 at 6 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, join The Baltimore Round Table for Economic Democracy for a workshop focused on building internal governance and decision making structures for emerging cooperatives. This workshop is open and free to anyone no matter your level of involvement in co-ops. So whether you are building your own cooperative or just generally interested in democratic process this workshop will be useful to you! Stick around afterwards for drink specials and informal chatting with other cooperators from around the region. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

28] -- The Wandering Song Book Launch will take place at Busboy's and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC, on Wed., Feb. 8 from 6 to 8:30 PM.  This is Central American Writing in the United States, edited by Leticia Hernández Linares, Rubén Martínez, and Héctor Tobar.  Join Split This Rock and Tia Chucha Press as we present this brand-new anthology of Central American writers living in the United States. The Wandering Song features work that captures the complexity of a rapidly growing community that shares certain experiences with other Latino groups, but also offers its own unique narrative. This is the first-ever comprehensive literary survey of the Central American diaspora by a U.S. publisher, perfect for high school, college, or university courses in U.S. literature, Latino Literature, Multicultural Studies, and Migration Studies. Visit

29] –The acclaimed documentary 'If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front' will be shown as part of the Charm City Film Series on Wed., Feb. 8 at 6:30 PM at the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Baltimore 21201. The documentary is directed by Marshall Curry.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; 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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