Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - May10 -12, 2017

19] Insider Threats – May 10
20] Laugh In – May 10
21] GrandRally 2017 – May 10
22] Digging where we stand -- May 10
23] “Doughnut Economics” -- May 10
24] Media Workshop – May 10
25] World Keffiyeh Day -- May 11 -12
26] Take the city back from polluters – May 11
19] –  On Wed., May 10 from 10 AM to noon, Matthew Bunn, author, Scott Sagan, Stanford University, and Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Harvard University, will participate in a book launch "Insider Threats: A Worst Practice Guide to Preventing Leaks, Attacks, Theft, and Sabotage" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at https://www.csis.org/events/book-launch-insider-threats.

20] – On May 3, CODEPINK members Desiree Fairooz, Tighe Barry, and Lenny Bianchi were found guilty of disorderly conduct for their presence in the confirmation hearing of Senator Jeff Sessions on January 10, 2017. The charge against Desiree Fariooz was brought on account of her emitting a reflexive gasp/laugh upon hearing Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) say Mr. Session's record of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.”  It is absurd that they are each facing 12 months in jail, up to $2,00 in fines, or both! In the past, charges like this would have been thrown out. But Trump and his Justice Department are going out of their way to crackdown on dissent, especially in the form of nonviolent protests.  Come to a Laugh-In and Press Conference on the Steps of the U.S. Justice Department, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20530, on Wed., May 10 from noon to 1 PM.  Show that truth -and laughing- is not a crime as we call for these charges to be dropped! RSVP at http://www.codepink.org/.

21] – Get over to the GrandRally 2017: Building a Community of Hope on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building, WDC, on Wed., May 10 from 1 to 2:30 PM, hosted by the Children's Defense Fund. Join grandparents and other relatives raising children on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol to celebrate the critical role relative caregivers play in providing safe, loving, permanent families for children. For relative caregivers from across the country this is an affirmative opportunity to meet each other and know you are not alone. After the rally, state delegations will meet with their Senators and Representative and to talk about policy help relative caregivers need to effectively support children. Learn more about the event at https://grandrally2017.org/about/. Register at https://www.facebook.com/events/1287959377918846/.

22] – Digging Where We Stand: Uncovering Our Own Local Labor Histories will happen at the  Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th St. NE, WDC 20002, on Wed., May 10 from 6 to 8:30 PM.  AFSCME Councils 20 and 26 proudly present this unique exploration of a century of library union history at the Library of Congress and the District of Columbia Public Library. Join AFSCME Local 1808 President Anntoinette White-Richardson and librarian and AFSCME Local 2910 Steward Director David Fernández-Barrial --and others-- for a lively exploration of the local history of workers providing library and information services which are vital to the existence and functioning of a democratic republic. Contact AFSCME Local 1808 at http://districtcouncil20.org/local-1808/.

23] – How to think like a 21st Century Economist--Kate Raworth discusses “Doughnut Economics” at 1025 5th St. NW, WDC, on Wed., May 10 from 6 to 7:30 PM. The Next System Project is thrilled to welcome author and economist Kate Raworth at Busboys & Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW, to discuss a new economic model. Co-Chair of the Next System Project, Gar Alperovitz will give opening remarks.  The ideas that shape mainstream economic thought are centuries out of date: the leaders of 2050 are being taught an economic mindset rooted in the textbooks of 1950, which in turn are rooted in the theories of 1850. Is it any wonder that those ideas fail to address today’s real needs, and that students and citizens around the world are vociferously rejecting them? 

  It’s time for a set of economic rules fit for the 21st century, a set of rules that can guide the global economy and help tackle challenges from climate change and inequality to financial instability. In “Doughnut Economics” she lays out seven key ways to fundamentally re-frame our understanding of what economics is and does, and draws on the best emerging ideas to explain how we can turn economies that need to grow, whether or not they make us thrive, into economies that make us thrive, whether or not they grow. See www.kateraworth.com and @KateRaworth.

24] – Attend a Workshop ~ Presswork, Media, and Finding Your Voice at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Wed., May 10 from 7 to 9 PM, hosted by Resistance Wing/ DC Resistance Media Collective.  Learn the basics of presswork and how to find your voice. Organizers are hoping this workshop will reach progressive and radical groups, organizations, and individuals who may want to get some press.  Resistance Wing / DC Resistance Media Collective is organized based on anarchist horizontal organizing principles. This event will cover the basics of how to reach out to mainstream press to get them to cover your event or issue. Participants will go over how to write a press release or media advisory and get it sent out. They will conduct an exercise on the ABCs of giving an interview to the press and staying on message, even when a reporter is trying to steer you away from your message. You'll leave with tools in hand to empower you to start doing your own presswork.  The Workshop Facilitators are Priya Reddy, Lacy MacAuley, and Dereck Marwa. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/167937273733445/Hi.

25] – On Thurs., May 11 at 6 AM participate in World Keffiyeh Day – 2017 until Fri., May 12  at 8:30 AM, in solidarity with Palestine.  Wear your Keffiyeh, and remember the Nakba.  BE A PART OF A GLOBAL MOVEMENT. #KeffiyehDay.

26] -- Join a Campaign Launch & Rally to "Put A Price On It D.C." at the John A. Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., May 11 from noon to 1 PM, Urge the City Council to support and pass a strong, equitable price on carbon pollution. Get on the steps of City Hall for a strong showing of support!  Take the city back from polluters by hitting them where it hurts the most: the unjust profits of their bulging pocketbooks. Carbon pricing proceeds *can* come right back to our families, neighbors, and communities. Contact Jeremiah Lowery at jeremiah@chesapeakeclimate.org or 240-475-4009. RSVP at http://bit.ly/2p1qhTZ.

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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