Monday, June 12, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 13 - 28, 2017

13] Rally Against Oil Trains – June 13
14] Climate, Conflict, & Refugees – June 13
15] Philly peace vigil – June 13
16] Stop JHU’s drone research – June 13
17] Self Care for Activists – June 13
18] Anti-corruption meeting – June 13
19] Frederick Douglass for Tea June 14
20] UN conference to ban the nukes – June 15 – July 7
21] Film "From the Ashes" – June 15
22] Meet Australia’s Ambassador to the U.S. – June 15
23] Havana Lyceum Orchestra tour – June 15, 17, 18 & 28
24] Takoma Park Mobilization Book Study Group – June 15
25] Write Letters to Incarcerated People - June 15
27] Montgomery Green Democrats June Meeting - June 15
28] Democracy for America meeting- June 15
13] – On Tues., June 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM at 1400 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201-5703, Rally Against Oil Trains, hosted by Clean Water Action Maryland and Chesapeake Climate Action Network. On June 13, 2016, a southbound freight train carrying acetone and other hazardous substances derailed inside the Howard Street Tunnel beneath Cathedral and Preston Streets. Fortunately, no one was hurt, no fire or explosion followed, and the cars were removed without incident - but if any of those cars had contained crude oil, the resulting explosion could have burned MICA, the University of Baltimore, the Meyerhoff, and countless homes, schools, and businesses. And one year later, neither Baltimore City nor the State of Maryland has taken action to address the public safety threats that crude oil trains pose to our city. Parking is available in the MICA Station Building parking lot, down the driveway from Cathedral Street.  See

14] – On Tues., June 13 at 1 to 2:30 PM at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036, catch the talk Climate, Conflict, & Refugees: Examining the Impact of Environmental Change on Human Security. Go to

15] –  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 June 13.  Call 215-426-0364.

16] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on June 13 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607. 

17] – SURJ D.C. is hosting Self Care for Activists at All Souls Unitarian, 1500 Harvard St. NW, WDC, on Tues., June 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  SURJ DC is a local chapter of Showing up for Racial Justice - a national network of white people organizing to stand up for racial justice and combat white supremacy.  Special guest Elizabeth Lakshmi Kanter of Full Heart Yoga will offer some expertise! Go to Lakshmi will be drawing on her yogic healing practice to lead participants in a variety of self-care practices. Work together will include breathing techniques, gentle movement, emotional awareness, progressive relaxation, guided meditation, self-inquiry, deep listening, intention setting, and group sharing.  Call: 202-332-5266, and staff will open the doors for you!

18] – More people than ever are waking up to the fact that our federal government, and often our local governments, work for "the highest bidder" and not the people of this county. 76% of Americans believe there are major problems in Congress, but they don't know what to do to fix it. Represent.Maryland and Represent.Us have a plan! By creating a cross partisan network of anti-corruption voters in Maryland, it is possible to place pressure on elected officials to vote in favor of anti-corruption measures to stifle corporate abuse.

Represent.Maryland is launching anti-corruption initiatives in different jurisdictions across Maryland! On Wed., June 14 get to the Talbott County Kick Off from 6 to 8 PM at Idlewild Park. RSVP at

19] – Mr. Frederick Douglass for Tea in the Village Learning Place Garden, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore, on Wed., June 14 from 7 to 9 PM. Storyteller Bill Grimmette portrays the life of Baltimore civil rights leader Frederick Douglass in a living history presentation.  In case of rain, the event will be held inside the library. Visit

20] – On Thurs., June 15 through Fri., July 7 in New York City, there is an United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.

21] – Attend a special preview of the film, "From the Ashes," in advance of the National Geographic global broadcast, on Thurs., June 15 at 6:30 PM at 2640 Space, 2640 St Paul St., Baltimore 21218.  Can we move beyond coal to improve the health of our communities, increase economic security for all families, and preserve our planet for future generations? Now that President Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, local action for clean energy and climate protection is more important than ever.  This new film, produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, captures communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry, and what its future might be under the Trump Administration.  Attend a special preview of the film on June 15 in Baltimore, MD in advance of the National Geographic global broadcast premiere, and discuss what you can do to protect your family, our communities, and the nation as we move beyond coal.

From Appalachia to the West's Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the "war on coal" to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what's at stake for our economy, health, and climate.  You'll meet Misti from Dallas, TX, whose two children suffer from severe health problems caused by coal pollution. You'll also meet Regina from Lincoln County, WV, a region whose economic stability is directly linked to profitable coal mining. Both of these individuals, and many others you'll meet in the film, are fighting for their lives and their livelihood. You'll also see our very own Mike Scott from eastern Montana, Mary Anne Hitt from West Virginia, and several other folks you may recognize from Sierra Club. From the Ashes invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives. RSVP to Seth Bush, Sierra Club, at

22] -- Join the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036, on Thurs., June 15 from 1 to  2 PM for an on the record strategic conversation with the Honorable Joe Hockey, Australia’s Ambassador to the U.S., and Brian Finlay, President and CEO of the Stimson Center. Ambassador Hockey will deliver a keynote address on the importance of the U.S.-Australia bilateral relationship, which will be followed by a discussion examining transnational issues facing Australia, the U.S., and the international community. RSVP at

23] – Simone Dinnerstein is organizing a tour for the Havana Lyceum Orchestra.  The orchestra will perform at several sites, including at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia on Thurs., June 15 in Fairfax, VA.  Go to Sat., June 17 the group will be at Longwood Gardens, near Philadelphia.  Visit
On Sun., June 18 catch the performance at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall in Fairfax, VA.  See  The concert in College Park is on Wed., June 28 at 8 PM with a pre-concert event at 7 PM in the Spark Lounge. At the pre-concert event it says: Musicians from Havana will tell stories about being new visitors to the U.S. and what it's like to study music in Cuba. Hosted by The Clarice's engagement manager Jane Hirshberg. The pre-concert event is free. It looks like the tickets are $27 plus a $2 service charge for just the concert.  Or, you can get a next Level subscription for 6 concerts for $150 at the Clarice Center See and

24] – The Takoma Park Mobilization Book Study Group is happening in Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, on Thurs., June 15 from 6 to 8:30 PM.  Discuss Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” RSVP at

25] – Write Letters to Incarcerated People on Thurs., June 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at 2011 N. Charles St, Baltimore 21218. Join Peoples Power Assembly and Baltimore's Prisoner Solidarity Committee in writing letters to the incarcerated! Go to

26] – On Thurs., June 15 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, hear about QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE.  World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Welcome author Sarah Prager as she delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

27] – The Montgomery Green Democrats June Meeting will have a focus on Transit! It will occur at the Rockville Regional Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, on Thurs., June 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.  By 2040, Montgomery will have 70% more congestion, 40% more jobs and 20% more residents. In 2013, Montgomery County approved a plan for an 81-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) network.  Pete Tomao of the Coalition for Smarter Growth will update the status of the BRT plan and outline next steps for keeping the project moving. Go to or

28] – It's time for Democracy for America to get organizing in Montgomery County! On Thurs., June 15 at 7:30 PM, come to the Pho & Banh Mi Wheaton, 11232 Grandview Ave., Wheaton 20902, a few blocks from the Wheaton Metro Station (Red Line). There is free parking on the street and across the steer in a public lot. DFA is making endorsements for our state elections, and we can get involved helping progressives win here and elsewhere. Write letters to fellow progressives in Georgia's 6th Congressional District to let them know we're rooting for them and encourage them to go all out to elect Jon Ossoff on June 20. There will be a training on organizing an effective petition delivery.  RSVP at Http://

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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