14] Philly peace vigil - May 16
15] Stop JHU’s drone research – May 16
16] BLM DC Open House – May 16
17] BNI’s Annual General Meeting -- May 16
18] See the film “Eyeless in Gaza” -- May 16
19] Slavery’s Past and Its Continuing Futures -- May 16
20] “Competing Fundamentalisms” – May 16
21] Strategic Competition in Southern Asia – May 16
22] Hear the scoop how fracking was banned in Maryland – May 17
23] Emerging Threats to the AAPI Community -- May 17
24] Celebrate Chelsea Manning's Liberation -- May 17
25] Be at the Wells Fargo Rally – May 17
26] 2017 Activist Awards Gala -- May 17
27] Net Neutrality Rally at FCC – May 17
14] – 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 May 16. Call 215-426-0364.
15] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on May 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.
16] – Consider going to the BLM DC Open House at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ, 3845 South Capitol St. SW, WDC, on Tues., May 16 from 6 to 9 PM. Learn about BLM DC's work and how you can get involved! BLM DC has made a BIG shift from being a small collective to expanding and working to help foster the growth of a BLM ecosystem of organizers, activists, artists, advocates, healers and community members. Food and childcare will be provided. Connect at https://www.facebook.com/events/744803755695494/.
17] – On Tues., May 16 at 6 PM for a business meeting, followed by a reception and silent auction, Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. (BNI), Maryland's oldest fair housing organization founded in 1959, will host its 58th Annual Meeting at Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore 21208. This year, BNI's Dickens Warfield Fair Housing Award will honor Antonia Fasanelli of the Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc., C. Matthew Hill of the Public Justice Center, and Odette Ramos of the Community Development Network for their dedication and commitment to fair housing for all Marylanders. Tickets are $50, students get in for $25, and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bni-2017-annual-meeting-fun-raiser-tickets-33216415192. Call 410-243-4468 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
18] – See “Eyeless in Gaza” with Bassem Eid at the National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th St. NW, WDC, on Tues., May 16 from 6:30 to 9 PM, hosted by HonestReporting and The Philos Project. After the screening of the award-winning documentary, hear from a panel discussion on journalistic ethics and the international conversation on the Arab-Israeli conflict. This documentary follows journalists who covered the 2014 Gaza conflict, exposing the biased narrative told by international media through authentic footage, and interviews of journalists who reported the conflict. Eid is the founder and former director of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG). Connect at https://www.facebook.com/events/439745163037564/.
19] – Slavery’s Past and Its Continuing Futures will be examined at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts., WDC, on Tues., May 16 from 7 to 9 PM, hosted by The Brown Club of DC. See https://www.facebook.com/events/818780454940632/. Ten years ago, the Brown University Committee on Slavery & Justice issued its landmark report, drawing a national response that continues to reverberate throughout higher education (most recently here in DC at Georgetown University). The program will bring together leading curators and public historians to discuss how museums and universities have addressed the history and legacies of slavery over the last decade.
20] – “Competing Fundamentalisms” by Sathianathan Clarke is the first book to examine violent extremism in all three religions together. It draws on studies in sociology, psychology, culture, and economics—while focusing on the central role of religious ideas—to paint a richer portrait of this potent force in modern life. Clarke argues that the forces of globalization fuel the aggression of these movements to produce the competing feature of religious fundamentalisms, which have more in common with their counterparts across religious lines than they do with the members of their own religions. Clarke will be at 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC on Tues., May 16 at 7 PM. He proposes ways to deescalate religious violence in the service of peacemaking. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1704041749894638/.
21] – The Stimson Center invites you to Strategic Competition in Southern Asia—Is this an Arms Race or Modernization? This is a conference on competitive strategic developments on the subcontinent, including relevant drivers, dynamics, and potential effects. This will happen at Wed., May 17 from 10 AM to 2 PM at The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZHz3jfJd7D7-sxQtDJLAiMu9W3AeonzCs5L1GwDbq2zQORA/viewform.
22] – On Wed., May 17 at noon E.T. you will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear from health professionals and health advocates who were part of the successful movement to ban fracking in Maryland. Learn from the panelists about their experiences in this effort, and to engage with other audience members and the presenters on how to channel this success into a larger movement moment. Register for the Webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6961581343276430593.
23] – Emerging Threats to the AAPI Community will be discussed at the United States Capitol Visitor Center, First St at E Capitol St. NE, WDC, on Wed., May 17 at 2:30 to 4:30 PM, hosted by the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, join in "Emerging Threats to the AAPI Community: A Civil Rights and Immigration Discussion." The discussion will feature notable panelists and speakers and cover pressing issues facing these communities. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-ncapa-discussion-on-civil-rights-and-immigration-tickets-33783236570.
24] – Celebrate Chelsea Manning's Liberation, after Seven Years Locked Down, but Her Prison Door is Set To Open on Wed., May 17. Join the Celebration in Philadelphia on Wed., May 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at 15th St. & JFK Blvd., across from the NW corner of City Hall. Visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelsea_Manning. On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Chelsea be released, as her 35-year sentence was commuted by Barack Obama. A victory for Chelsea, of course, but also for all of us around the world who supported her and benefited from her courageous whistle-blowing,
This celebration is also an occasion to defend the thousands of whistle-blowers who are persecuted for disclosing abuse and corruption in every institution. WikiLeaks, who made public Chelsea’s disclosures, is now in greater danger after the US attorney general declared the arrest of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was a “priority”, at a time when Trump has made torture “legal*. According to Jean Ziegler from the Consultative Committee of the UN Human Rights Council, ‘Trump has ratified the 2002 Bush’s executive order legalizing torture “against ‘terror suspects.” You can tweet her at @xychelsea,
25] – Be at the Wells Fargo Rally: DC ReInvest In the People starting at 1100 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC, on WDC, on Wed., May 17 from 5 to 6 PM, hosted by DC ReInvest. Connect at https://www.facebook.com/events/1715267378772222/. Help continue to generate awareness of the DC ReInvest Coalition's campaign to get DC to sever its ties from Wells Fargo. The resolution was introduced on 3/21/17 by CM Grosso with 5 co-sponsors. It lies in the Finance and Revenue Committee, under CM Jack Evans, who finally heard or testimonies, including from three DC 3rd graders on 5/4/17 at the Budget and Financial Plan Public Oversight Hearing where he was asked to schedule a hearing for this resolution!
26] – Are you going to the 2017 Activist Awards Gala: Keep Fighting DC? It will take place at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Wed., May 17 from 6:30 to 9 PM. The theme is keep fighting DC! Celebrate DC activists' hard work, resistance, and victories in the face of escalating oppression. Enjoy performances, free food, and a room full of inspiring activists and the movement family. Go to https://keepfightingdc.wixsite.com/2017activistawards. Tickets are $25-200 sliding scale. BUY TICKETS ONLINE at https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50174/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=94760.
27] -- A Rally to Save Net Neutrality will be at the Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th St. SW, WDC, on Thurs., May 18 from 10 AM to noon, hosted by Free Press. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/935253946578128/. FCC Chairman Pai is moving ahead with his plan to gut Net Neutrality. At a meeting on May 18 he will officially release his awful proposal — and Free Press will be there to represent millions of people who need Net Neutrality and will fight for it. The rally will feature speeches by Net Neutrality champions, music and chanting. People depend on the open Internet, but Pai refuses to hear the people his agency is supposed to serve. Instead he wants to hand over the internet to his corporate friends at AT&T, Comcast and Verizon and continue the Trump administration’s authoritarian, white-nationalist assault on people around the country.
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