Thursday, November 2, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - November 1 - 5, 2017

28] First Hydrogen Bomb Test by U.S. – Nov. 1
29] “Confessions of a City” – Nov. 1
30] "GCAN Priority Setting Session" -- Nov. 1
31] Asks for Congress to Stop US War on North Korea – Nov. 1
32] Remember Alonzo (Zo) Smith – Nov. 1
33] Meet Del. Jimmy Tarlau – Nov. 1
35] Quaker Public Policy Institute -- Nov. 2 - 5
36] Jobs Fair in Silver Spring – Nov. 2
37] Christians Living Under Occupation – Nov. 2
38] Single Payer? – Nov. 2
39] Baltimore Ceasefire – Nov. 2
28] – Wednesday, November 1 is the 65th anniversary of the world's first hydrogen bomb test by the United States, Ivy Mike. The test was 700 times the size of the Hiroshima bomb and vaporized the island of Elugelab, Marshall Islands.  It’s time to mobilize to avert a catastrophe of global proportions.

29] – On Wed., Nov. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, catch a Malcolm X Talk: “Confessions of a City,” hosted by Olu Butterfly and Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle at the Real News Network, 231 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202.  Olu will be facilitating a dynamic presentation on Baltimore’s sordid history with the enslavement of African people through “Confessions of a City.” This is an un-sanitized interpretive multimedia exhibit and discussion series promoting a dialogue on race. Long-time residents and transplants alike will be exposed to illuminated triumphs, uncomfortable truths, contemporary complex challenges, alternative perspectives on common topics and surprising facts about Baltimore City. “Confessions of a City is a funded project of the Maryland Humanities Council.

30] – On Wed., Nov. 1 from 7 to 9 PM, Greenbelt Climate Action Network will do a discussion on "GCAN Priority Setting Session." What are the legislative and action priorities at city, county and state levels will be discussed at the Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114, 15 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD.  Get agenda details from and updates on the Facebook event page:  

31] -- On Wed., Nov. 1 at 7 PM there will be a webinar with Erica Fein, Win Without War, Dan Jasper, American Friends Service Committee. And Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action.  This Teach In promises to offer Concrete Asks for Congress to Stop US War on North Korea." RSVP at  This educational series will culminate with a week of actions, including teach-ins, visits to local congressional offices, and protests. 

32] -- Two Year Anniversary Candlelight Vigil and Balloon Release for Zo at 7 PM on Wed., Nov. 1 in Marbury Plaza,  Washington. Alonzo (Zo) Smith was a 27 year old DC resident, an exceptional youth educator at a VA school, a father, poet and portrait model. On November 1, 2015 Alonzo was killed unarmed at Marbury Plaza apartments in Southeast, Washington. He was found handcuffed in the custody of private security guards known as “special police,” who are armed, have arrest powers and are licensed by the District.

33] -- On Wed., Nov. 1 at 7 PM, be at a  Legislative Briefing with Del. Jimmy Tarlau at the IBEW Local 26, 4371 Parliament Pl., Lanham. What are the concerns and issues that face us and the Prince George’s community?  Come meet & greet Delegate Tarlau (D-47th Dist.) to discuss advancing a progressive legislative agenda in the Maryland General Assembly in 2018 and the potential impact various measures being considered might have upon the state and our county.  Panelists will pose questions about labor rights, criminal justice reform, defense of immigrants, campaign finance reform, protecting the environment, advancing the cause of peace.  This event is sponsored by Prince George's Democratic Socialists of America, Progressive Prince George's County, Prince George’s Peace and Justice Coalition and Our Revolution PG.   Go to

34] – On Wed., Nov. 1 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for JUMPING AT SHADOWS WITH SASHA ABRAMSKY. In this day and age, perhaps the thing that binds Americans together most strongly is the fact we're afraid. But are we afraid of the right things? Ebola, a disease that killed only a handful of Americans, provoked widespread panic and reactionary policies, but the flu- which kills tens of thousands each year- is hardly taken seriously as a fatal threat. In “Jumping At Shadows,” Abramsky sets his sights on the citizen's most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. Abramsky delivers an eye-opening analysis of our misconceptions about risk and threats, and how our brains interpret them, both at a neurological level and at a conscious one. What emerges is a journey through a political and cultural landscape that is defined by our fears- fears that in many cases are a by-product of our deeply ingrained racism, classism, xenophobia, and susceptibility to the toxic messages of demagogues.  Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

35] – Starting Thurs., Nov. 2 through Sun., Nov. 5, come to a Quaker Public Policy Institute to learn how to effectively lobby, and then lobby your congressional delegation.  The event will be held in the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, WDC 20001.  Friends Committee on National Legislation has reserved a block of rooms at the Washington Court Hotel. If you already have a room or would like to find a roommate, there is a Spaceshare portal you can use to find a match. Call, with questions on logistics, Andrew Silva at 202-903-2526or by email,  As for lobbying, contact Julia Neumann at 202-903-2565 or  Go to

36] – Congressperson John Sarbanes is inviting you to a  Jobs Fair on Thurs., Nov. 2 from 3 to 7 PM at the East County Community Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring 20904. Call (410) 832-8890. Register at  Attendees will learn about creating a resume, could get interview skills, practice to do a federal jobs search and hear about starting a small business.

37] – On Thurs., Nov. 2 at 7 PM hear about Christians Living Under Occupation with  Dr. Sa’ed Atshan, Swarthmore College professor, at the St. Joseph Family Center, 10 Old Church Rd., Greenville, DE 19807.  The event is hosted by Pacem in Terris, Palestine-Israel Human Rights Initiative, DE Churches for Middle East Peace, and DE Episcopalians for Middle East Peace. RSVP at

38] – On Thurs., Nov. 2 at 7 PM, Progressive Cheverly is hosting a forum: Can Single-Payer Health Care Really Work and Will It Work For Me? Listen in at the Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria), 2300 Belleview Ave., Cheverly, MD 20785 (Parking Available) The Affordable Care Act is in serious trouble because of White House and Congressional efforts to kill it. But there is a renewed interest in Single-Payer or a Medicare for All approach. Come hear the speakers: Dr. Margaret Flowers, pediatrician and co-chair of the Maryland chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, and Maryland State Senator Paul Pinsky. They will discuss what is meant by a single-payer health system, how it might function in the US, what is happening here in Maryland, and how to build a movement to support single-payer, including its role in the 2018 and 2020 elections.

39] -- On Thurs., Nov. 2 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for CEASEFIRE! A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE AND INTERVENTION IN BALTIMORE. As Baltimore struggles with a record setting murder rate during a national epidemic of gun violence, a surgeon and surgical critical care fellow Dr. Simon Fitzgerald presents a history of violence and anti-violence interventions in Baltimore.  Following that short presentation, activists and organizers with Baltimore Ceasefire 365 and Baltimore Peace Challenge will hold a panel discussion on the second Baltimore Cease Fire call for a weekend free from violence in Baltimore, from Friday November 3-Sunday November 5. Baltimore Ceasefire 365 is a city-wide call-to-action for Baltimore City residents to avoid murder and affirm life. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [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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