Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - November 28 to December 30, 2017

22] Support Dream Act – Nov. 28
23] Healthcare Telephone Town Hall -- Nov. 29
24] KING OF SPIES -- Nov. 29
25] Prayer Walk for Peace -- Nov. 29
26] Unite for Our Schools – Nov. 29
27] Food and Water Watch community meeting – Nov. 29
28] Book talk of “Hue 1968” – Nov. 29
29] Office of Sustainability speaker – Nov. 30
30] United for Puerto Rico – Nov. 30
31] Town Hall in Harlem Park – Nov. 30
32] Catch a screening of “The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bombs" – Nov. 30
33] Nuclear Renaissance in India??? – Nov. 30   
34] Film for Thought – Nov. 30
35] Combating the Rising Tide of Antisemitism– Nov. 30
36] See the film I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO – Dec. 1
22] – Some ten thousand immigrant youth have lost their protection from deportation, and another 122 will join them on Tues., Nov. 28. Despite these growing numbers, Congress has yet to act. But on the 28th, Democratic & Republican leadership will meet behind closed doors at the White House to talk about a funding bill which must be passed this December to keep the government running. Make the following message clear to Congress: Any spending bill that does not include the Dream Act, is a vote for the deportation of immigrant youth. Support the #DreamActNow before the end of 2017 on Tues., Nov. 28 at 2 PM, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20500.  RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/129081617786791/. On Tues., Nov. 28 hear about environment issues by Sacoby Wilson, PhD, MS, Associate Professor and Director, Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, at a Colmar Manor Town Hall, Lawrence Street in Colmar Manor, MD.  Come at 6:30 PM for refreshments, and the meeting will start at 7 PM.  RSVP to denisehamler@gmail.com.

23] – On Wed., Nov. 29 at 10 AM, get involved in a Healthcare Telephone Town Hall with Sen. Chris Van Hollen.  AARP Maryland is holding a special telephone town hall to talk about the healthcare concerns of Marylanders aged 50+ and their families, including Medicare. Sign up to receive a call when the tele-town hall begins by visiting the registration page: https://vekeo.com/event/aarpmaryland-35359/.

24] –– On Wed., Nov. 29 from 3:30 to 5 PM, attend the book talk with author  Blaine Harden of The Washington Post, and Patrick McEachern of the Wilson Center: “King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America's Spymaster in Korea."  The talk will happen at the Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., WDC.  The Woodrow Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program welcomes New York Times bestselling author Blaine Harden for a discussion of an untold story of one of the most powerful spies in American history, whose hidden work was key to U.S. military engagement in the Korean War, and its historical legacy today.  This is the story of U.S. Air Force Major Donald Nichols, an intelligence agent who operated in Korea for 11 secret years with his own army of spies, his own base, and his own murderous rules. RSVP at http://pages.wilsoncenter.org/20171129BlaineHarden_Registration.html.

25] – On Wed., Nov. 29 at 5:30 PM, join a Prayer Walk for Peace at Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, 2111 Ashland Ave., Baltimore.  Bishop Denis J. Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, will lead the Prayer Walk for Peace in the “Middle East” neighborhood of Baltimore immediately surrounding St. Wenceslaus Church and in the “shadow” of Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Begin with a light meal served in the St. Wenceslaus Lyceum, 2100 Madison St. Then walk together for about an hour, during which time prayer will happen at significant sites! Violence in our city is a concern for all of us. Call the parish office at St. Wenceslaus (410-675-7304).  You may email the Pastor, Friar Timothy, at <<timothy.dore@archbalt.org>>.

26] –On Wed., Nov. 29 at 6 PM at 2900 Barclay St, Baltimore, MD 21218-4117, participate in Unite for Our Schools, hosted by Baltimore Education Coalition and Loyola CCSJ.  Baltimore’s schools are in a crisis due to significant UNDERFUNDING, and city students are expected to meet state standards (Common Core/PARCC) without being given the resources that is guaranteed to them by the state constitution. WE NEED ACTION NOW!  Go to www.strongcitybaltimore.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/2088661531362707/.

27] – On Wed., Nov. 29 from 6 to 7 PM, attend a Food and Water Watch community meeting as part of the OFF (Off Fossil Fuels) campaign at the Spauldings branch of the Prince George’s libraries, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights, MD 20747. Go to https://www.foodandwateractionfund.org/content/fossil-fuels.

28] – On Wed., Nov. 29 from 7 to 9 PM, Writers LIVE of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will host Mark Bowden to speak about his book “Hue 1968” at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210.  Not since his New York Times best seller “Black Hawk Down” has Mark Bowden written a book about a battle. His most ambitious work yet, his latest book is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam.  With unprecedented access to war archives in the U.S. and Vietnam and interviews with participants from both sides, Bowden narrates each stage of this crucial battle through multiple points of view. Played out over 24 days of terrible fighting and ultimately costing 10,000 combatant and civilian lives, the Battle of Huế was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave.

Bowden, author of thirteen books, was a reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and other magazines. He is also the writer in residence at the University of Delaware. Bowden will be in conversation with journalist Steve Luxenberg, a long-time Washington Post editor currently on book leave.  The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of the book for sale at a book signing following the program. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1277765608996172/.

29] – On Thurs., Nov. 30 at noon, the Office of Sustainability will host Anne Draddy at the Impact Hub Baltimore, 10 East North Ave,, Baltimore 21202.  Draddy has worked for Baltimore City government for 17 years. Since last year, she has been City’s Sustainability Coordinator overseeing the update of the 2009 Sustainability Plan. Prior to that she was at the City’s Energy Office and before that, she jump-started the TreeBaltimore campaign, where during her 2-year tenure, she formed close to 100 partnerships and facilitated the planting of 12,000 trees. Because of Anne’s work, she was named Best Do-Gooder by the Baltimore City Paper. Anne managed the Jones Falls Trail, re-ignited the very-active Friends of Druid Hill Park and co-authored the book, Druid Hill Park the Historic Heart of Baltimore. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1953586734894377/.

30] – On Thurs., Nov. 30 at 6 PM, come to United for Puerto Rico at The Charles Theater Baltimore.  The Charles with the sponsorship of the University of Maryland Alumni Association, is hosting a fundraiser supporting Puerto Rican relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Maria has had lasting impact on the island and Puerto Rico continues to need our support.  Proceeds from a Happy Hour will go to Unidos por Puerto Rico, and tickets cost $35. The link to the UMD Alumni Association registration page for advance ticket sales is https://alumni.umd.edu/events/united-puerto-rico. Tickets can also be purchased on site at The Charles.

31] – On Thurs., Nov. 30 from 6 to 8 PM, attend a Community Town Hall in Harlem Park, hosted by Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement,  at Metropolitan United Methodist Church-Lafayette Square, 1121 W Lanvale St., Baltimore 21217.  Due to recent concerns and inquiries received from the community regarding recent police activity in Harlem Park, this Town Hall meeting will be used to introduce the community to the new Civilian Review Board and explain the CRB process.

32] – On Thurs., Nov. 30 from 6 to 8:30 PM, catch a screening of “The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bombs" at the Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1530 P St. NW, WDC.   RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screening-the-nuns-the-priests-and-the-bombs-tickets-38158868202.  Physicians For Social Responsibility is hosting the film produced by Helen Young, an Emmy award-winning news producer and filmmaker, who will be on hand to participate in a panel discussion after the film.    

The film tells the story of a community of nuclear disarmament activists who are willing to endure long prison sentences—and even risk their lives—because of their deeply held conviction that nuclear weapons are immoral and pose an existential threat to humanity. Learn about Sister Megan Rice, the 82 year old Catholic nun who broke into America's "Fort Knox of Uranium" at Oak Ridge and was convicted of sabotage. The film also follows the story of 5 activists (including two priests and a nun in her 80's) who broke into the Trident nuclear submarine base at Bangor, Washington (the largest concentration of active nuclear weapons in the U.S.). Are they criminals or prophets sending a wake-up call to the world? The film also follows the story of ICAN's successful campaign for a nuclear weapons ban treaty at the United Nations.  The Q & A will include Rice, Young, Martin Fleck, PSR Security Program Director, and William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy.

33] – You are invited to an in depth discussion on Human Rights, Climate Justice, and the New Nuclear Renaissance in India on Thurs., Nov. 30 from 6 to 8 PM at Busboys and Poets, 235 Carroll St. NW, Takoma Park 20012.  Activists and experts will explore grassroots climate justice movements in India. The COP23 global climate summit just concluded – with corporate-friendly actors like Trump and Russia threatening to derail the Paris agreement with a dirty energy agenda. In India, indigenous communities and environmental activists are resisting nuclear power projects promoted as climate solutions by the US, Russia, France, and Japan. With the signing of the 2008 US-India Nuclear Deal, the government of India opened its doors to a global nuclear industry hungry for new markets, touting new nuclear agreements as key to boosting development and electrifying its hinterlands.

The speakers are Kumar Sundaram, editor of DiaNuke.org, one of the go-to sites for independent information on nuclear power in India, and ann-elise lewallen, associate professor at UC Santa Barbara studying Japan’s transnational reactor export agreements with India, as well as environmental justice impacts on indigenous communities. Go to http://www.busboysandpoets.com/events/event/not-in-the-name-of-climate-human-rights-climate-justice-and-the-new-nuclear.

34] -- On Thurs., Nov. 30 at 6:30 PM, get over to Film for Thought: A movie night and roundtable discussion on food, justice, and the power of community at the Seat Pleasant Community Center, 5720 Addison Rd., Capitol Heights 20743, Movie night is organized by the Food Justice Coalition and Progressive Maryland. See a documentary on cooperative business and how we can reclaim power in our neighborhoods. After the film, discuss how to make it a reality for ourselves. Children are welcome, and refreshments will be served! A $5 donation is suggested if possible, but not required. CONTACT Chloe Marshall at fjc20743@gmail.com at (240) 257-5363.  RSVP at http://www.progressivemaryland.org/coop_movienight?utm_campaign=wkmem11_20_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=progressivemaryland.

35] – On Thurs., Nov. 30 from 7 to 9 PM, be at the SURJ MoCo discussion Combating the Rising Tide of Antisemitism.  Rebecca Ennen from Jews United for Justice will indicate how we can identify and effectively fight against antisemitism at Cedar Lane UUC, Room 32-35 (lower level), 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdu5Z2xHphpNynZkEFeBv7e2MC4BUYk8EpLndtjp69rqzlQ9Q/viewform. Email at surjmocomd@gmail.com.

36] – The First Friday Movie Nights will continue at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St. on Dec. 1 with I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO and on Fri., Jan. 5 with CHASING CORAL.  The film will begin at 7:15 PM, following the vigil from 5 to 6 PM and a potluck meal from 6 from 7 PM. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is about the life of the prophet James Baldwin, and it features interviews and performances by one of this country’s greatest writer. There will be snacks and some discussion after the film. "Chasing Coral" (postponed from Nov. 3) is an award-winning documentary showing the beauty of undersea gardens and their decline. Enjoy a visual tropical get-away in the middle of winter! Contact Megan Shook <mega330@comcast.net>.

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] comcast.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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