Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 11 - 12, 2018

29] Register for the Festival of Animals – Apr. 11
30] Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace – Apr. 11
31] Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reform – Apr. 11
32] The Political Landscape: Dealing with Hate and Bias in Washington -- Apr. 11
33] Heroes Against Hunger Awards Reception – Apr. 11
34] Rally for criminal justice reform – Apr. 11
35] Seeking Global Citizenship – Apr. 11
36] American Missiles and the Mysteries of the Marshall Islands -- Apr. 11
37] "Fracking Near and Far" – Apr. 11
38] "Science and Technology in North Korea“– Apr. 12
39] People's Tribunal on Abuse in ICE Detention Apr. 12
40] U.S. - Russia Arms Control and Strategic Stability Talks – Apr. 12
41] Immigrant Achievement Awards – Apr. 12
42] Ethical Representation, Power, Privilege, and Advocacy -- Apr. 12
29] –    The Maryland SPCA just received 20 tickets to Luminate, a teched-out audio and visual dance experience in conjunction with Light City at the Maryland Science Center on Sat., Apr. 21. The tickets are being given away to 10 people at random who register for the Festival for the Animals presented by M&T Bank. Register through Mon., April 16, and your name will be entered into the drawing for a pair of tickets.  Register at http://support.mdspca.org/site/TR/Events/TeamRaiserWorkshop?pg=entry&fr_id=1090.  Call 410-235-8826.

30] – The Alliance for Peacebuilding, United Nations Association-National Capital Area, and the Stimson Center invite you to The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 to participate in a discussion on complex and timely issues before this month’s UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace on Wed., Apr. 11 from 9:30 to 11 AM. Enjoy coffee, fruit, and pastries at 9 AM. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScoW2Tpv9dAHHL6su1AZs1CdZyZ9NewUy50ZVdqsGVQ5nqMJA/viewform

The UN's New "Sustaining Peace" Agenda: Will it help to reduce violence in fragile and conflict-affected countries?  From North Africa and the Middle East to South Sudan, Ukraine, and Afghanistan, the past several years have witnessed a marked uptick in political violence within states, reversing the trend recorded since the end of the Cold War. In 2016 alone, more countries experienced violent conflict than at any time in nearly 30 years, including the continued sharp rise in terrorist attacks.  This panel discussion will explore whether and how best the UN’s new “Sustaining Peace” Agenda can help to reduce violence substantially in fragile and conflict-affected countries, while building more just, inclusive, and resilient societies. The session will include highlights and recommendations from the recent Doha Regional Dialogue on Sustaining Peace and D.C. Experts Dialogue on the Emerging UN Sustaining Peace Effort, as well as the findings and proposals advanced by the new World Bank-UN Pathways for Peace report.

31] – On Wed., Apr. 11 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, learn about Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reform in the U.S., hosted by American University Center for Diversity & Inclusion at the American University Library, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016.  Ticket information is at www.eventbrite.com.  Marc Schindler, executive director of the Justice Policy Institute, will talk from his perspective as an attorney, researcher, and former juvenile corrections administrator, about the justice reform landscape in the United States. Issues covered will include how to break America’s addiction to incarceration and help build safer and stronger communities.

Schindler is Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a national research and policy organization dedicated to reducing the use of incarceration in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Prior to joining JPI in 2013, Marc was a partner with Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), a philanthropic investment organization funding youth programs in the National Capital Region. The Exploring Social Justice Series, a program cosponsored by the American University Library, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center, brings to campus exemplary leaders from diverse backgrounds who have advocated for various human rights and social justice issues.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/125659388006997/.

32] – On Wed., Apr. 11 from 5:30 to 7 PM, hear Arts & Humanities: Courageous Conversations with Mara Liasson, hosted by University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities at the Gildenhorn Recital Hall, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 8270 Alumni Drive, College Park 20742.  Tickets are available at www.arhu.umd.edu.  Join the UMD College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) for the third conversation in the 2017-18 Arts and Humanities Dean’s Lecture Series (DLS), focused on 'The Political,' with Liasson, award-winning journalist and National Public Radio (NPR) political correspondent with over 30 years of experience reporting on the White House and Congress.  She will present “The Political Landscape: Dealing with Hate and Bias in Washington.” Admission is FREE, but tickets are required. For more information, and to reserve tickets, visit: go.umd.edu/liasson or call 301.405.ARTS. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1555769884477774/.

33] –  Come to the Heroes Against Hunger Awards Reception, hosted by Manna Food Center on Wed., Apr. 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring 20910.  Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com. This reception recognizes community champions in the fight against hunger in three categories – Individual Hero, Corporate Hero & Community Hero. The award winners, selected by Manna’s Volunteer Board of Directors, demonstrate a true passion for fighting hunger and feeding hope in Montgomery County. Manna Food Center’s singular mission is to eliminate hunger in Montgomery County.  The reception features delicious food, drink, a dynamic silent auction and a short, meaningful program.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/498817217186629/.

34] – Ben Jealous and Senator Cory Booker will rally for criminal justice reform on Wed. April 11 at 7 PM at Busboys and Poets Hyattsville, 5331 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, Maryland 20781.  RSVP at http://act.benjealous.com/page/s/criminal-justice-rally?source=EMD04078A.

35] – On Wed., April 11 from 7 to 9 PM, hear Seeking Global Citizenship: What are the academic and activist questions that are raised through the intellectual and applied work of seeking global citizenship? See a short film followed by discussion at KINSC, Zubrow Commons, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA 19041. See https://www.haverford.edu/peace-and-global-citizenship/news-events/seeking-global-citizenship-symposium.

36] – Hear about American Missiles and the Mysteries of the Marshall Islands on Wed., April 11 from 7 to 9 PM at the Village Learning Place Library, 2521 Saint Paul St. Baltimore  21218.  Award winning author Ron Tanner, Writing Professor at Loyola University, Maryland, will do a slide show and readings with the impact of colonialism and global warfare on natives of a small Southeast Asian islands and American military personnel stationed there.  Go to http://www.villagelearningplace.org/events/2nd-wednesdays-american-missiles-and-the-mysteries-of-the-marshall-islands-a-talk-by-ron-tanner/.

37] – On Wed., April 11 at 7 PM,  Physicians For Social Responsibility--Harrisburg will hold a Public Meeting at Polyclinic hospital board room, 2501 N Third St. The speaker is Dr. Alan Peterson, Emeritus Director of Environmental and Community Medicine, Lancaster General Health. He will speak on "Fracking Near and Far." The public is welcome. Go to http://www.psr.org/chapters/harrisburg/events/psr-harrisburg-public-meeting-1.html.

38] –  On Thurs., April 12 from noon to 1:15 PM,  Joshua Pollack, Middlebury Institute for International Studies, will tackle "Science and Technology in North Korea“ at the University of Maryland Center for International and Security Studies, 4113 Van Munching Hall, College Park 20742.  Visit http://cissm.umd.edu/events/cissm-global-forum-science-and-technology-north-korea.  The CISSM Global Forum is held from noon to 1:15 PM in 1203 Van Munching Hall College Park, MD 20742. It is open to the public (no RSVPs required) and is supported by the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Policy Research. For further information about the CISSM Global Forum contact cissm@umd.edu. 

39] –   On Thurs., Apr. 12 from noon to 2 PM, be at the People's Tribunal on Abuse in ICE Detention, hosted by La ColectiVa at the National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20408. Immigrant rights activists, community leaders, and people who have survived sexual abuse in the immigration detention system will gather in front of the National Archives Building for a people’s tribunal to hold ICE accountable for the systemic sexual and physical abuses in their detention facilities and their culture of secrecy. During this tribunal, people who have survived abuse in ICE detention will share their testimonies and issue their judgment and demands.

This tribunal will be held exactly one year after Freedom for Immigrants (formerly known as CIVIC) filed a complaint in April 2017 to the Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties detailing the prevalence of reports of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment in ICE detention facilities and the lack of adequate government investigation into these reports. Read more about the civil rights complaint here:www.freedomforimmigrants.org/sexual-assault

Subsequently, in August 2017, ICE petitioned the National Archives and Records Administration for permission to start routinely destroying records of abuses in ICE detention, including deaths in custody, solitary confinement and sexual assault. In response, Freedom for Immigrants and the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center immediately sent ICE a litigation hold letter to prevent the destruction of these records. Read more here: www.thenation.com/article/ice-wants-to-destroy-its-records-of-in-custody-deaths-sexual-assault-and-other-detainee-files.  Go to www.baji.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/557836974594962/.

40] –   On Thurs., April 12 from 5 to 6:30 PM, Lynn Rusten, Nuclear Threat Initiative and Sergey Rogov, Institute of U.S. and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Science, will comment on "U.S. - Russia Arms Control and Strategic Stability Talks: At a Crossroads?" at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, George Washington University, Lindner Family Commons (Room 602), Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW, WDC. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZvGf-XioudYM7ehmfdQ5klGWqE_TbUO8vB8Nmax-_frPXqw/viewform.

41] –   On Thurs., Apr. 12 from 6 to 8 PM, be a part of the Immigrant Achievement Awards, hosted by the American Immigration Council at the Capitol View at 400, 444 N. Capitol St. NW, WDC 20001. Tickets are available at secure.everyaction.com. Celebrate the accomplishments of immigrants and their champions.  Enjoy the spectacular view from one of Washington's premier rooftop venues, taste appetizers and drins – all while networking with fellow immigration attorneys, advocates, and policymakers.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/1668825456514469/.

42] – On Thurs., April 12 from 7 to 9 PM, catch Seeking Global Citizenship: Ethical Representation, Power, Privilege, and Advocacy at KINSC, Zubrow Commons, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA 19041. See https://www.haverford.edu/peace-and-global-citizenship/news-events/seeking-global-citizenship-symposium.

43] – On Thurs., Apr. 12 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, catch WALLACE LANE PRESENTS: JORDAN YEAR.  Dubbed as a popular social media hashtag, one commemorating millennials celebrating their 23rd year of life, poet and writer Wallace Lane put a spin on the term “Jordan Year” and wrote an honest reflection about his journey of growing up in West Baltimore-- a journey in his case like an in depth mixtape, beginning with the birth of his son and rewinding as far back to the 90’s where monumental milestones and struggles could only be told from the mouth and lenses of a black boy in urban America. “Jordan Year is a big step for writer and poet Wallace Lane, as it’s the author’s first book; it’s self-published and in some weaving in-and-out-method-of-narration, between his life and other black boys he has mentored and taught in Baltimore City. It’s auto-biographical, and it’s a collection of poetry that holds a certain significance for Wallace. 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: 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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