16] Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition activities – June 21 - 23
17] Stop the Republican attack on healthcare – June 21
18] Stand up for Medicaid and SNAP – June 21
19] Film “Now Is The Time” – June 21
20] Film "THE PRISON FACTORY – June 21
21] THE CHANGING SITUATION ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA – June 22
22] Pray for Peace – June 22
23] BEYOND RESPECTABILITY: THE INTELLECTUAL THOUGHT OF RACE WOMEN – June 22
16] – You are invited to join the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) for the 19th Annual June Survivors Week from Wed., June 21 through Fri., June 23 in Washington, D.C. See the full schedule of the week’s events at https://www.tassc.org/19th-annual-june-survivors-week. It begins with a Human Rights Conference on June 21 at the American University Law School, 4300 Nebraska Ave. NW (near the Tenleytown Metro). This year the conference theme will be Embracing Torture Survivors, Refugees and Immigrants under the Trump Administration. Hear from congressional staff, human rights activists, immigration attorneys and a Muslim torture survivor who will discuss the “Muslim ban.”
Training for Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill is in the afternoon following the conference. On June 22, survivors and TASSC supporters will visit congressional offices to discuss human rights in Africa, the need for the U.S. to speak out strongly against torture, political repression and other human rights abuses, and for America to remain a country that welcomes immigrants, especially those fleeing persecution.
On June 23rd TASSC will hold a Vigil & Rally in Lafayette Park, opposite the White House. Join us as we stand in solidarity with all immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of torture around the world. Hear survivor testimonies and live music, followed by a march to protest Trump Administration policies and demand an end to torture. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and affiliation.
17] – Join Progressive Maryland on Wed., June 2 from 11 AM to 1 PM on the US Capitol East Lawn on the Senate side across from the Supreme Court to show how OUTRAGEOUS the American Health Care Act, or the AHCA bill, currently in the Senate is for people of Maryland and all over the country. Hundreds of thousands of Marylanders are at risk of losing coverage. This bill would take healthcare insurance from 23 million people nationwide, allow insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions and older people more for healthcare and end the Medicaid as we know it for seniors, kids, people with disabilities--all to give billions in tax breaks to the rich and corporations. Rally at Capitol Hill before going on Legislative Visits! Meet at 10:30 AM at the Capitol South Metro Station, 355 First St. SE, WDC 20003. Before attending the lobby visits, reconvene at the intersection of New Jersey & Independence Aves SE at 1 PM. RSVP at http://www.progressivemaryland.org/rally_at_capitol_leg_visits?utm_campaign=6_21_hc_actions&utm_medium=email&utm_source=progressivemaryland. Contact: Beth Landry - (443) 366 – 9402.
Are you a resident of Congressional District 1? Rally at the Salisbury District Office of Rep. Andy Harris, 100 E Main St., Suite 702, Salisbury 21801. Contact Michael Feldman - (443) 366 – 6719. RSVP at http://www.progressivemaryland.org/rally_at_harris_office?utm_campaign=6_21_hc_actions&utm_medium=email&utm_source=progressivemaryland.
18] – A storm is brewing on Capitol Hill. Stand up for Medicaid and SNAP! It’s clear that many of our leaders are unaware of how many families turn to these programs to keep their families afloat. Join in a Capitol Hill event on Wed., June 21 at 11 AM to help deliver booklets of stories on Medicaid and SNAP to members of Congress as a way of speaking up for moms, children, and families around the country! RSVP at http://action.momsrising.org/survey/June21_RSVP/?t=5&akid=9280.2411466.qdFU0-. There will be a speak-out first, then visits to the Senate offices to deliver Medicaid and SNAP storybooks. Meet in the grassy area in front of the Supreme Court, 1st and Constitution Ave. The closest Metro stops are Union Station and Capitol South.
19] – On Wed., June 21 from 7:30 to 9 PM, the Montgomery County HCHR/Healthcare NOW presents “Now Is The Time,” plus live jazz music at Rhizome DC, 6950 Maple St. NW [use Takoma Metro], WDC 20012. Email email@example.com. This documentary delves into what single payer healthcare is, how it saves money, and what behind-the-scenes heroes are doing to clear the fog of misperception that keeps us from moving forward (running time: 35 min). The movie will be followed by a musical performance by the trio of Carl Cornwell (reeds), Luke Stewart (bass), and Tony Green (drums).
20] – See the film "THE PRISON FACTORY" on Wed., June 21 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. How did a group of inmates organize the single-largest prison strike in US history? Join producers of the Emmy-winning documentary series Fault Lines, for a screening of their new film, an investigation of prison conditions inside the Alabama Department of Corrections. Drawing on exclusive interviews and cellphone footage filmed by inmates, "The Prison Factory" goes inside solitary confinement, where leaders of the Free Alabama Movement have been held for years in retaliation for their organizing efforts. Those efforts peaked last September when inmates across the country went on strike to protest what they call “cruel and unusual” forms of punishment – including labor for little or no pay. Using smuggled cell phones to organize, prisoners in 50 prisons in two dozen states went on strike. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org.
21] – On Thurs., June 22 from 8 AM to 6 PM, THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON KOREAN STUDIES jointly with KOREA ECONOMIC INSTITUTE OF AMERICA AND COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTH KOREA present THE CHANGING SITUATION ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA: CHALLENGES FOR NEW PRESIDENTS IN 2017 at the Korea Economic Institute of America, 1800 K St. NW, Suite 1010, WDC 20006. RSVP at http://www.keia.org/event/changing-situation-korean-peninsula-challenges-new-presidents-2017-0.
22] – The Interfaith Peace Partners will be meeting to Pray for Peace at St. Ignatius’ Church, 740 North Calvert St., Baltimore at 7:30 PM on Thurs., June 22. Contact The Rev. Charles Cloughen, Jr., Interfaith Peace Service Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-321-4545.
23] – On Thurs., June 22 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, BEYOND RESPECTABILITY: THE INTELLECTUAL THOUGHT OF RACE WOMEN will be discussed on Thurs., June 22 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's. In the late nineteenth century, a group of publicly active African American women emerged from the social and educational elite to assume racial leadership roles. Their work challenged thinking on racial issues as well as questions about gender, sexuality, and class. “In Beyond Respectability,” author and co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective Brittney C. Cooper charts the development of African American women as public intellectuals and the evolution of their thought from the end of the 1800s through the Black Power era of the 1970s. Eschewing the Great Race Man paradigm so prominent in contemporary discourse, Cooper looks at the far-reaching intellectual achievements of female thinkers and activists like Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, Fannie Barrier Williams, Pauli Murray, and Toni Cade Bambara. Cooper delves into the processes that transformed these women and others into racial leadership figures, including long-overdue discussions of their theoretical output and personal experiences. As Cooper shows, their body of work critically reshaped our understandings of race and gender discourse. Cooper's work, meanwhile, confronts entrenched ideas of how--and who--produced racial knowledge. 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