Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - December 6 - 8, 2017

26] Protest tax legislation – Dec. 6
27] Hearing on Gun Safety – Dec. 6
28] Clean Dream Act – Dec. 6
29] Nuke Ban Treaty – Dec. 6
30] Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence – Dec. 6
31] Stop the Potomac Pipeline – Dec. 6
32] Dealing with Darkness – Dec. 7
33] Hearing on police killings – Dec. 7
34] Protest for Net neutrality at a Verizon store – Dec. 7
35] Voting reform in Delaware – Dec. 7
36] Baltimore LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW – Dec. 7
37] Fair Elections Town Hall Meeting -- Dec. 7
38] Take Action AAC's December meeting -- Dec. 7
39] Abraham’s Tent – Dec. 7
40] Justice Reading Circle – Dec. 7
41] Leftwing Publications’ Legacy – Dec. 7
42] Celebrate the Nobel Peace Prize – Dec. 8
26] – The U.S. Senate acted like Scrooges when they voted for their no good, very bad, awful, stinky, terrible, horrible tax and Trumpcare bill. MomsRising is on HIGH ALERT and needs YOUR help! Join them on Capitol Hill on Wed., Dec. 6 at 10 AM for a press conference with Leader Pelosi and to deliver letters, stories, and the strong message that this bill is a lump of coal for America’s families! Help deliver stockings of chocolate coal to key members of the House of Representatives! RSVP at in the U.S. Capitol building. Capitol South will be the best Metro stop.

27] – Join MomsRising at a Congressional Hearing on Gun Safety on Wed., Dec. 6 at 10 AM in Dirksen Senate Building, Room 226, First Ave. NE, WDC 20002.  In the wake of the Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs shootings, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on gun policy, including fixing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), and regulating bump stocks (an accessory that enables guns to fire like machine guns). Help pack the room to show Congress that gun safety remains a priority for moms and families. RSVP at

28] – On Wed., Dec. 6 there is a DACA TPS Action with CASA from 11 AM to 3 PM at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda 20814.  The event hosted is by SURJ MoCo.  RSVP at   CASA will be holding a noon rally on Capitol Hill to fight to #SaveTPS and ensure the passage of a #CleanDREAMAct before the end of this legislative session.

Come to the United States Capitol, East Capitol St. NE & First St. SE, WDC 20004 on Wed., Dec. 6 at noon to protect immigrant youth.  Over 800,000 immigrant youth are losing their DACA protections -- and there are nearly 2 million who would benefit from the Dream Act. We need a Clean Dream Act before the 2017 ends.

29] – On Wed., Dec. 6 from noon to 2 PM, Barry M. Blechman, Stimson Center, Amb. James E. Goodby, Hoover Institution, and Mallory Stewart, Stimson Center, will tackle "The Nuke Ban Treaty: Now What?" It is happening at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC. RSVP at

30] – The 5th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence will take place at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE, WDC 20003, on Wed., Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 PM.  On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook shootings, please join MomsRising and the Newtown Foundation, the charitable arm of the Newtown Action Alliance, for this national vigil service of mourning and loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy and Representative Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut; Chris Hurst, former TV anchor whose girlfriend Alison Parker was killed on live television in 2015; and musician Natalie Merchant are just a few of the special guests who will gather with families and survivors of gun violence and gun safety advocates for this powerful and moving event. RSVP at

31] – On Wed., Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 PM, Stop the Potomac Pipeline, hosted by the Greenbelt Climate Action Network at the Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt.  Go to  TransCanada, the same company that just weeks ago spilled 210,000 gallons of oil on South Dakota land, is proposing a fracked-gas pipeline from Bedford County PA, through Hancock Maryland, underneath the Potomac River, and in to Berkeley County, WV. West Virginia landowners like Patricia Kesecker are being forced to give up their land through eminent domain. A blow out or spill could affect 100,000 residents in Washington and Berkeley Counties, who depend on the Potomac River for their drinking water. Join Brooke Harper from CCAN (Chesapeake Climate Action Network) to learn how to get involved in the Potomac Pipeline Campaign. Contact Lore Rosenthal, Greenbelt Climate Action Network at or 301-345-2234.

32] – On Wed., Dec. 6 at 7 PM, come to Dealing with Darkness at Stony Run Friends Meetinghouse,  5116 N. Charles St, Baltimore 21218.  As Friends, they hold each other and the world in the Light. But there also seems to be much that is dark in the world—and in ourselves. How do we face dark events and political forces without feeling overwhelmed? How do we avoid being sucked into dark emotional reactivity? And how do own up to our own “shadow side” rather than demonizing others? If we learn to deal well with darkness we will more effectively let the light shine through us.  Call 443-703-2590 or email

33] – On Thurs., Dec. 7 from 12:15 to 1:15 PM, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a preeminent regional human rights body that is part of the Organization of American States, will hold a hearing on impunity for police killings across the United States. Relatives of victims, civil and human rights activists, and Trump administration officials will give statements and answer questions. The hearing is open to the public and will be Live Streamed on the Commission's homepage at

If any organizations would like to submit written testimony or resources to the Inter-American Commission, please feel free to contact Wade H. McMullen, Jr., Managing Attorney, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, at  The meeting is at Room A, Ruben Dario Room, 8th floor, 1889 F St. N.W. WDC 20006.

34] -- Protest outside Verizon store, 1002 Fleet St., Baltimore 21202, against the rollback of net neutrality protections on Thurs., Dec. 7 at 4 PM.  Join other Team Internet members at the protest. Internet users outraged by top Verizon lawyer turned FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut net neutrality are planning to protest at Verizon retail stores across the country on Thursday, December 7th, one week before an expected vote at the FCC. Protesters will make it clear to members of Congress that the time is now to stand for net neutrality, not Verizon’s bottom line. And please remember, this event is about protesting actions of Verizon executives, lobbyists and their supporters in Washington, not the employees at these stores. RSVP AT HTTP://ACT.DEMANDPROGRESS.ORG/EVENT/TEAM-INTERNET_ATTEND/1952/?SOURCE=TAF&REFERRING_AKID=.1599171.NDTCU3.

35] –On Thurs., Dec. 7 from 5:30  to 7 PM, come to the ACLU series: Sussex Series #1: Voting Reform in Delaware & Social Media Lobbying at Fish On,17300 N. Village Main Blvd., Lewes, DE 19958. Go to

36] – YOU'RE INVITED to a Baltimore LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW.  Maryland LCV has partnered with Preservation Maryland for the Legislative Previews to give you the environmental and preservation update for the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session.  It is happening on Thurs., Dec. 7 from 6 to 7 PM at the National Aquarium, 501 E Pratt St., Baltimore 21202.  The featured speakers are Kristen Harbeson, political director, Ben Alexandro, water policy advocate, and Nicholas A. Redding, Preservation Maryland. Go to

37] – On Thurs., Dec. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, get over to the Prince George's County Fair Elections Town Hall Meeting in the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington 20744. Join Fair Elections Maryland and Councilmembers Obie Patterson (D-8), Mary Lehman (D-1) and Mel Franklin (D-9) and guest speakers for a Prince George's County Town Hall! In recent years, many residents of Prince George's County have felt that their voices are being increasingly drowned out by the flood of big money into local elections, and guest speakers will address this issue: Jennifer Bevan-Dangel (Common Cause of Maryland), Delman L. Coates, Ph.D. (Our Revolution Prince George's), Larry Stafford (Progressive Maryland), and panel moderator Joe Brice (President, Prince George's Civic Federation). Find out how small donor empowerment programs put voters back in the driver's seat of our elections by providing matching funds for small contributions to candidates who reject large and corporate contributions. This system allows candidates relying on small donors to compete with big money candidates by appealing to everyday constituents.  Get Money Out of Prince George's Politics! RSVP at or at

38] – On Thurs., Dec. 7 at 6:30 PM, Take Action AAC will be hosting a chapter meeting at the Anne Arundel County Public Library, 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Want to be effective in creating change in the county? Do you know what it means to build power? Join the conversation at Take Action AAC's December meeting.  Meet in the conference room. The discussion topic is base building in 2018. Join the conversation with Take Action AAC. RSVP at

39] – The American Turkish Friendship Association (ATFA) and Rumi Forum of Maryland are inviting you to the second Abraham’s Tent program of the year with the motto “Open Doors, Open Minds and Open Hearts”. This initiative aims to provide space for people of different religious and cultural traditions to get-to-know one another and seeks to build community through casual dialogue. Explore and underline the meaning of service, importance of taking care of the poor and needy in Abrahamic faiths on Thurs., Dec. 7 at 7 PM at 6470 Dobbin Rd., Suite C, Columbia 21045 (ATFA/MARTI is across from Columbia MVA). Email  RSVP at

40] – On Thurs., Dec. 7 join a Justice Reading Circle: White Supremacy & Antisemitism  from 7 to 9 PM, hosted by SURJ MoCo at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda 20814. Visit  Join Jews United for Justice, SURJ MoCo, and Cedar Lane's Social Justice Ministry for a discussion of Eric K. Ward's "Skin in the Game: How Antisemitism Animates White Nationalism." Read the article in advance at Email

41] -- On Thurs., Dec. 7 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for FINALLY GOT THE NEWS: THE PRINTED LEGACY OF THE RADICAL LEFT with Brad Duncan (Editor).  The book uncovers the hidden legacy of the radical Left of the 1970s, a decade when vibrant social movements challenged racism, imperialism, patriarchy and capitalism itself. It combines written contributions from movement participants with original printed materials—from pamphlets to posters, flyers to newspapers—to tell this politically rich and little-known story. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

42] – On Fri., Dec. 8 from 5 to 6:30 PM, Celebrate the Nobel Peace Prize going to ICAN, hosted by the Baltimore Nonviolence Center at Centre and Charles Streets in Baltimore. On December 10th, ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, will receive the Nobel Peace Prize for their work leading to the United Nations Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons. In July of 2017, 122 nations called for the elimination of all nuclear weapons by adopting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Go to On September 20th, the treaty was opened for signatures and ratification. Immediately 53 nations signed and 3 have ratified (including The Holy See). This treaty comes into force 90 days after 50 nations ratify. Contact Max at 410-323-1607or mobuszewski2001 [at] Go to

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

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