Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 19 - 20, 2017

29] Stabilizing Iraq and the Gulf Region – Apr. 19
30] Town hall with Rep. John Sarbanes – Apr. 19
31] "Food, Farmers, & Climate” -- Apr. 19
32] "Nuclear Colonialism" – Apr. 19
33] Peace Week Delaware – Apr. 19
34] Film "Immigrants for Sale" – Apr. 19
35] Young, LGBTQ and Homeless – Apr. 19
37] Survivor of the Cambodian genocide – Apr. 19
38] Drop the Charges Rally – Apr. 20
39] Fired Up & Ready to Go – Apr. 20
40] Black Lives matter meeting – Apr. 20
41] Getting a grant information session – Apr. 20
42] Peace with Justice Poetry Open-Mic – Apr. 20
43] Bread and Puppet Theater Presents Faust 3 – Apr. 20
44] Standing with Immigrants & Refugees – Apr. 20
45] Why I Am Not a Feminist -- Apr. 20
29] -- The Difficult Road Ahead: Stabilizing Iraq and the Gulf Region is an event with an on-the-record expert discussion examining what the U.S. and its regional partners in the Middle East can do to support Iraq in a way that will help ensure durable peace and stability. Breakfast will be served. It will happen on Wed., Apr. 19 from 9 to 10:30 AM at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.  It will feature Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfied, Jr., Distinguished Fellow and Chairman Emeritus, Stimson Center, Ellen Laipson, Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus, Stimson Center, and Richard Burchill, Director of Research, TRENDS Research & Advisory.  While the tide seems to be turning against ISIS, the security situation in Iraq and the Gulf region remains tenuous. ISIS was able to grow and develop largely due to the inability of Iraq to control its territory, and to establish effective and inclusive government to integrate Iraq’s diverse constituencies. In the context of the ongoing instability in Iraq, Iran has increased its involvement in the region’s conflicts and has been able to assert a great deal of influence over Iraqi politics.  RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkO35nH6qM4meby_v0YRL8lX0L98cg_Gr6zmKFLgXtq3T5vQ/viewform.

30] – The first Resistance Recess in February was a huge success, and constituent activity has been widely credited with building the power to stop Trump and Ryan from taking away our health care. As Trump remains under investigation and as Congress continues to push Trump's unconstitutional and dangerous agenda, we must make sure that no one allows the passing of time to normalize this president and his harmful policies. There is another Resistance Recess, from April 8 to the 23, when members of Congress are back home for two weeks for their "spring break."  Attend their town hall meetings, organize “constituent town halls” and invite members of Congress if they fail to plan their own, and show up everywhere else they do, so that they understand our message of resistance.

Meet with Rep. Sarbanes’ staff on Thurs., Apr. 20 at 11 AM at the Praisner Community Recreation Center, Burtonsville 20866.  Democrats and others need to stand up and stop the normalization of Trump and his disastrous agenda. Come have your voice heard about concerns you have in your community.  RSVP at https://www.resistancerecess.com/event/resistance-aprilrecess/10591/signup/?akid=180961.8595732.RPXlUc&zip=&source=.

31] -- You're invited to hear Cynthia Rosenzweig talk about "Food, Farmers, & Climate: Report from the AGMIP on Wed., Apr. 19 from 12:30 to 2 PM at Johns Hopkins University Rome Auditorium,  1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Auditorium, WDC. Dr. Rosenzweig is a climatologist and Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, where she heads the Climate Impacts Group. She was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is currently a Professor at Barnard College and Senior Research Scientist at the Earth Institute of Columbia University. She is Co-Chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, and she co-led the Metropolitan East Coast Regional Assessment of the US National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change. She founded AgMIP, a major international collaborative effort to assess the state of global agricultural modeling. Lunch will be provided.     An RSVP is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dr-cynthia-rosenzweig-on-food-farmers-climate-report-from-the-agmip-tickets-32735532860?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTE3MjIwMjAvamJvcnJhenpvQHVzYWlkLmdvdi8w&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&ref=enivtefor001&utm_term=attend.

32] – On Wed., Apr. 19 at 4:15 PM in Maryland 109 on JHU’s Homewood Campus, hear from WGS Distinguished Visiting Professor Gabriele Schwab who will present a lecture in her series "Radical Ghosts: Haunted Ecologies and Nuclear Necropolitics." This lecture is titled "Nuclear Colonialism."

The lecture will explore the manifold legacies of the Manhattan Project in textual and visual representations of nuclear disaster sites generated by nuclear war, nuclear accidents and the storage of nuclear waste.  Such sites include the contaminated nuclear borderlands of the American Southwest, Pine Ridge and the Second Wounded Knee, Hiroshima after the Bomb, Hanford, Chernobyl and Fukushima.  Focusing on subjectivity, community, and a nuclear ecology of mind, Radioactive Ghosts explores the emergence and production of gendered and racialized nuclear subjectivities as well as communal and trans-species relationships.  It analyzes issues such as radioactive colonization and environmental racism, epistemologies of deceit, haunting from the future, psychic toxicity, phantasms of the mutant body, male phantasies and war machines, and, more generally, the transgenerational nuclear trauma that marks individuals, communities and cultures alike.

33] -- On Wed., Apr. 19 from 6 to 7:30 PM come to a kick-off meeting at St. Stephens Lutheran Church (in the Chapel, enter right side of church), 1301 N. Broom St., Wilmington, for Peace Week Delaware 2017. Go to http://www.peaceweekdelaware.org/blog/2017/04/06/peace-week-kickoff-meeting-april-19/.

34] – Attend a screening of "Immigrants for Sale" on Wed., Apr. 19 at 6 PM at the Woodlawn Branch - Baltimore County Public Library, Woodlawn, MD 21207. RSVP at http://act.democracyforamerica.com/event/immigrants-sale-screenings/4215/signup/?akid=9122.1107696.cf16CT&zip=. This screening is arranged by SING (Support Immigrant Neighbors Group) of the St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 4711 Edmondson Avenue, Baltimore. Participate in a discussion of Brave New Film's powerful 2015 documentary.

35] – Get over to the Spring Symposium: Young, LGBTQ and Homeless at George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW, WDC 20052, on Wed., Apr. 19 from 6 to 8 PM.  This is part of an annual Education and Advocacy Symposium: Young, LGBTQ and Homeless.  This year’s discussion will center on the local and national challenges of homelessness among LGBTQ youth, and what organizations like Friendship Place are doing to ensure these individuals have a place to call home.  The moderator will be Ray Suarez, former host of Al Jazeera America's Inside Story and PBS News Hour.  There are a number of speakers.

36] – See the film “This Changes Everything” at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, on Wed., Apr. 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, hosted by Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment. In celebration of Earth Day, see the film which features international author and activist Naomi Klein in a story that re-imagines the vast challenge of climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein's international non-fiction bestseller “This Changes Everything” presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana's Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein's narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system the put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting ideas: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.  The film will start at 7:30 PM, and the suggested donation for this event is $10 per person ($5 for students). Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.  All proceeds benefit ACE's local conservation efforts.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1876393932641957/.

37] – On Wed., Apr. 19 from 7 to 9 PM, Arn Chorn-Pond, human rights activist and musician who survived the Cambodian genocide-- with a message of hope, endurance, survival, and the power of the arts, at Wilmington Friends School, 101 School Rd., Wilmington, DE.  Register at https://www.wilmingtonfriends.org/page/Home.

38] – Drop the Charges Rally is outside the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse, 500 Indiana Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Apr. 20 from 8 to 9 AM, hosted by American Muslims for Palestine and IfNotNow.  Show support to AMP staffers Taher Herzallah and Kareem El-Hosseiny before their status hearing.  The goal is to make noise to pressure the US Attorney into dropping these criminal charges.  Palestinian flags and posters will be available. For Taher and Kareem's sake, it is imperative to stick to this messaging: #DroptheCharges and #SelectiveProsecution. If you bring your own poster, please do not use any inflammatory language.  There are several speakers, including Ann Wilcox, NLG lawyer.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/447661078910527/.

39] –On Thurs., Apr. 19 at 6 PM get Fired Up & Ready to Go: People’s Climate March by joining the Maryland Environmental Health Network at the 2640 Space, 27th and St. Paul’s Sts., Baltimore.  Attend an evening with Center for Emerging Media (featuring Marc Steiner) for a timely discussion on the links between climate, health and how it is changing Maryland. Come out and get fired up about impacts to the air, land, and livelihoods of our communities and get your marching orders before the People’s Climate mass action on April 29 in Washington, D.C. The program will include a PREVIEW of the documentary "High Tide in Dorchester," a Photo Exhibition by the Environmental Integrity Project: The Human Cost of Energy Production.  Marc Steiner will moderate a panel discussion on climate change and Maryland followed by audience Q&A.   See https://www.facebook.com/events/237637549976144/.

40 – There’s a M4BL General Assembly at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Apr. 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, the third General Assembly of the year.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1644594172217472/?active_tab=about. Here you will be able to plug into advocacy, organizing and policy teams: Divest from the police and Invest in Sanctuary. This is hosted by The Movement for Black Lives DC (M4BL DC), which is a coalition of many groups. Food and childcare will be provided. This event is a multi-racial, Black led space open to every interested person, regardless of identity.

41] – The deadline for Research Associates Foundation (RAF) grant submissions is Monday, May 1, 2017.  This is an excellent opportunity for activists, both individuals and organizations, to get up to $2500 to fund transformative social change projects in the Baltimore, MD area.  Go to www.rafbaltimore.org to see the guidelines and download applications.  There is an information session scheduled for prospective grantees on Wed., Apr. 19 at 7 PM at Terra Cafe, 101 E. 25th Street, Baltimore 21218. Email info@rafbaltimore.org.

42] – There will be Peace with Justice Poetry Open-Mic, on Thurs., Apr. 20 from 7:30 to 9 PM at St. John's of Baltimore City United Methodist Church, 2640 St. Paul St. in Charles Village. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Sign up to read starts at 7:10 PM; each reader will have up to 5 minutes. Poems may be written by anyone, as long as the theme is related to any aspect of peace or social justice.  There is parking on 27th and St. Paul Streets, and also a small parking lot off of 27th St., behind the church. Please use the 27th St. entrance to the building, by the ramp.

43] -- On Thurs., Apr. 20 at 7 PM, the Bread and Puppet Theater Presents Faust 3 at 2640 St. Paul.  Faust 3 is a proletarian rumination on displacement, heaven, and satisfaction in the tradition of Medieval Faust puppet shows and Goethe’s epic verse drama. As thematically and formally diverse as Goethe's Faust 1 and 2, Bread and Puppet’s Faust 3 draws its public through a dreamlike succession of scenes depicting various aspects of proletarian experience in our time: from refugee migration, to the ubiquity of the gun; from the hunger that accompanies food product diversity, to the daily experience of factory workers, the rebellion of prisoners, and the adoration of the sun. The suggested donation is from $5 to $20, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. A portion of proceeds will benefit Tubman House, a community space founded by local organizations to serve the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in "a city-owned building previously on the docket for demolition (one of 16,000 buildings currently vacant in the city)... Tubman House provides services where the city has failed, including community.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/613349048858757/.

44] – Standing with Immigrants & Refugees is hosted by Beth Am Synagogue on Thurs., from 7 to 9 PM at 2501 Eutaw Place, Baltimore 21217. Explore the ultimate Passover story through a series of programs focusing on the immigrant & refugee experiences with a Jewish lens... Learn with speakers from Esperanza Center, Immigration Outreach Service Center, and the International Rescue Committee.  RSVP to: Josh@bethambaltimore.org.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/260791234332642/?active_tab=about.

45] – On Thurs., Apr. 19 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, hear Why I Am Not a Feminist with Jessa Crispin.  Are you a feminist? Do you believe women are human beings and that they deserve to be treated as such? That women deserve all the same rights and liberties bestowed upon men? If so, then you are a feminist . . . or so the feminists keep insisting. Crispin demands more. She accuses the feminist movement of obliviousness, irrelevance, and cowardice—and demands nothing less than the total dismantling of a system of oppression.  Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org.

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] 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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