Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - November 8 - 10, 2017

32] United not Blighted – Nov. 8
33] Winona LaDuke is at Hopkins – Nov. 8
34] Talking About Race: Race, Identity, and Sports – Nov. 8
35] Socialism Study Group -- Nov. 8
37] Rethinking Anti-Racism – Nov. 9 - 10
38] Understanding Trauma in Refugee Youth – Nov. 9
39] Health consequences of fossil fuels – Nov. 9
40] Progressive Victory – Nov. 9
41] MAGLEV discussion – Nov. 9
43] Honor Dr. Ira Helfand – Nov. 9
32] ––  On Wed., Nov. 8 at 11 AM, get involved in the 20/20 Campaign Budget Kickoff outside the Baltimore City Hall, 100 Holiday St., Baltimore 21202.   Since May of this year, United Workers has gathered more than 16,000 petition signatures from city residents in support of 20/20.  Demand money in the budget every year for projects that deconstruct vacants, create community green spaces, and employ residents to redevelop housing that stays affordable forever. Help kick off Baltimore City's budget process and remind the Budget Director that we are #UnitedNotBlighted! The priorities are clear: we want to live in communities that are healthy, affordable, and safe. We want redevelopment in our neighborhoods that is directed by us, not outsiders. We want to put people first, not profit. Together we will deliver 20,000 petition signatures to Andrew Kleine and kick off #AutumnofAccountability- demanding that our leaders create a budget that meets our needs. Transportation can be provided. Please dress for the weather. Our priorities are clear: we want to live in communities that are healthy, affordable, and safe. We want redevelopment in our neighborhoods that is directed by us, not outsiders. We want to put people first, not profit. Email Amanda at amanda@unitedworkers.org.  Go to http://www.unitedworkers.org/.

33] – On Wed., Nov. 8 at 6 PM, as part of the JHU Forums on Race in America with Winona LaDuke at John Hopkins University, Mason Hall, Homewood.  LaDuke, a Native American activist and advocate for environmental, women's, and children's rights will discuss environmental racism. A reception will begin at 6 PM, followed by a talk at 7 PM.  LaDuke's talk will be shown live online on the JHU Ustream channel starting at 7 PM: www.ustream.tv/channel/johnshopkinsu.  See map: https://www.jhu.edu/maps-directions/.

34] – On Wed., Nov. 8 at 7 PM, catch Talking About Race: Race, Identity, and Sports at University of Baltimore School of Law (Official), Baltimore.  The controversies around Colin Kaepernick and widespread protests in the NFL have brought to the surface ever-present tensions, often ignored or glossed over, about the role race plays in sports. Examine those tensions and how to build on them with a truly remarkable panel: Kevin Merida, the founder of The Undefeated, ESPN’s platform for discussions of race, sports, and culture; Tanisha Wright, a 12-year WNBA veteran, now an assistant coach at the University of Charlotte, who led her New York Liberty teammates in protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement; John Angelos, executive vice president of the Baltimore Orioles, who was outspoken after the death of Freddie Gray and the recent NFL protests. Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/talking-about-race-race-identity-and-sports-tickets-38043733832

35] –– On Wed., Nov. 8 at 7 PM, get involved with the Socialism Study Group: The Bolsheviks and the Seizure of Power.  The Russian Revolution ‘shook the world’ in 1917. It was the first time a socialist revolution had taken and held power, putting the workers in control and seizing private property and society’s productive capacity. In this first session in a series on the Russian Revolution, study and discuss the Bolshevik party in the period before the revolution, through to the seizure of power. The Socialism Study Group is a chance for progressive people interested in socialism to come together to learn about world history and discuss current events with like-minded people.

36] -- On Wed., Nov. 8 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for GETTING TOUGH: WELFARE AND IMPRISONMENT IN 1970S AMERICA with Julilly Kohler-Hausmann who will discuss her book. The book examines the politics that led to the unprecedented growth of the penal system and the evisceration of the nation's welfare programs in the late 20th century.  She explores how key welfare, crime, and drug policy in the 1970s helped empower the penal system, discredit “rehabilitation” and social welfare programs, and cast blame for the era's social upheaval on racialized groups that the state was not accountable to serve or represent. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org.

37] –– On Thurs., Nov. 9 at 10 AM through Fri., Nov. 10 at 6 PM, tune in to Rethinking Anti-Racism: Fractals, Embodiment, and Transformation, hosted by The Well Examined Life at the New Community Church, 614 S St. NW, WDC 20001.  Get tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com.  Rebecca Mintz [SURJ-DC] and Aaron Goggans [BLM-DC] will be presenting a two day long workshop on rethinking anti-racism. The workshop will focus on re-thinking anti-racism by moving from an ally-ship model based on privilege politics towards a new model based on transformative relationships and collective liberation rooted in a trauma informed Black Radical Tradition. The workshop will focus on the construction of race as a political tool of division while introducing participants to tools of solidarity, radical narrative creation and liberatory structural organizing. The workshop hopes to connect personal transformation to organizational change to building the institutions of the world we want.

38] –– On Thurs., Nov. 9 from 4 to 5:30 PM attend Understanding Trauma in Refugee Youth, hosted by Bridging Refugee Youth & Children's Services (BRYCS), 3211 4th St. NE, WDC 20017.  Refugee youth often face multiple traumatic experiences due to forced migration throughout their resettlement journey. With the aim of better understanding refugee trauma and mental health, this presentation will offer a foundational knowledge of relevant theories; case vignettes illustrating refugee youth in the community, family, and school; and school-specific considerations. Presenters are as follows: Jenny Lange, MSW, Director, The National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT), -Goli Amin Bellinger, MSW, LICSW, University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work, Julie Baker, Education Program Manager, Refugee Center Online (RCO), and Ossob Issa, MSW, Boston Children's Hospital, Refugee Trauma & Resilience Center (RTRC). Register at https://survey.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etX3iVGQaTnZm4t.

39] – Attend the workshop Understanding the Health Consequences in Maryland of Electricity Produced From Fossil Fuel on Thurs., Nov. 9 at Med Chi, 1211 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  This workshop will address available information on air emissions and water discharges from coal-fired and natural gas-fired power plants and natural gas infrastructure in Maryland, the methods used by the state and federal governments to collect information on air emissions and water discharges in Maryland and how the public can access and interpret this information, and information gaps. It will provide participants with an understanding of the health consequences of using fossil fuels to produce electricity and a specific call to action for participants.  Enjoy dinner and social time from 5:45 to 6:30 PM. The workshop is 6:30 to 8:30. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-the-health-consequences-in-maryland-of-electricity-produced-from-fossil-fuel-tickets-38856070553.

40] – Join Progressive Victory on Thurs., Nov. 9 at 7 PM at Pho & Bahn Mi Wheaton, 11232 Grandview Ave., Silver Spring 20902. This is a Progressive Coalition Meeting MeetUp for MoveOn, MCPA, DFMC, PDA, and more. Meet on SECOND THURSDAYS.  The restaurant is a short walk from the Wheaton Metro station.  There is a local, state, and federal action agenda. Your active participation can make a real difference. Pressure non-progressive officials to enact the policies we need.  RSVP and please contribute $15 to keep this meetup going: http://www.meetup.com... or bring to a meeting.

41] –– On Thurs., Nov. 9 at 7 PM, hear the 2017 Heritage Lecture: Keeping History Above Water at the First Unitarian Church, Baltimore.  The recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma are painful reminders that we are living in an age of increasing risks posed by climate change. The risks are to people and places, including historic cities like Baltimore and around the country and world. Ms. Lisa Craig, Chief of Historic Preservation for Annapolis, has been a national leader in planning for protecting historic places and cultural heritage in the face of rising waters and heightened storm events in coastal cities. One look at a flood plain map of Baltimore shows why Hurricane Isabel in 2003 caused so much flooding from Fell’s Point to the Middle Branch. Ms. Craig will discuss her work in Annapolis on the Weather It Together initiative and nationally on Keeping History Above Water in developing approaches that are being implemented in places like Annapolis and Newport, Rhode Island. From hazard mitigation planning to flooding adaptation strategies to 3D modeling and hurricane case studies, Ms. Craig will share with us the leading edge of thinking on how to protect historic neighborhoods and communities from a future of rising tides. Also enjoy a wine and cheese reception following the talk. The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is an historic treasure of its own. Built in 1818 and designed by noted architect Maximilian Godefroy (who also designed Baltimore’s Battle Monument on Calvert Street), the church is the oldest Unitarian building still being used in the country.

42] – On Thurs., Nov. 9 from 7 to 9 PM, join a MAGLEV discussion at Parkdale High School, 6001 Good Luck Road, Riverdale, MD.  Del. Alonzo Washington is messaging constituents “Please join me and the District 22 Team for a Community Meeting to discuss the MAGLEV high-speed train proposal.”  Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/CitizensAgainstSCMaglev/permalink/501222706904623/.

43] –  Join Physicians for Social Responsibility in recognizing Dr. Ira Helfand, whose tireless efforts to help people understand the devastating health impacts of nuclear weapons for nearly 40 years.  He is a PSR board member and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear Weapons co-president, There will be a Celebration of Visionary Leaders on Thurs., Nov. 9 from 6 to 8:30 PM at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St NW, WDC. Toast both the nuclear ban treaty and Dr. Helfand's work. Hear from members of the international community who were instrumental in pushing the treaty through. Attendees will have the chance to network with other PSR members, elected officials, and advocacy leaders from across the country. Purchase a ticket at https://secure.psr.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1898&ea.campaign.id=75568&ea.tracking.id=1710A&ea.url.id=1104120.

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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