24] Redevelopment and Justice in Baltimore Forum -- Apr. 18
25] Keep Maryland Frack Free -- Apr. 18
26] PMD Montgomery is hosting a Happy Hour – Apr. 18
27] Run for Tyrone West --- Apr. 18
28] Baltimore's Strange Fruit – Apr. 18
29] Civilian Review Board Community Meeting – Apr. 18
30] Writers LIVE is hosting Tom Pelton -- Apr. 18
31] Restorative Justice – Apr. 18
32] Baltimore's Strange Fruit – Apr. 19
33] Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Environment & Public Health – Apr. 19
34] Climate Change Refugees – Apr. 19
35] Legislation & Elections – Apr. 19
36] Eloquent Rage -- Apr. 19
24] – On Wed., April 18 from 4 to 5:30 PM, come to the Redevelopment and Justice in Baltimore Forum, hosted by Dresher Center for the Humanities at Albin O. Kuhn Gallery, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore 21250. Focus on Gentrification in Baltimore. Gentrification has long been a watchword for neighborhoods facing redevelopment and the many social and economic changes it brings. How can Baltimore neighborhoods renew themselves without forcing out local residents or homogenizing diverse populations? This expert panel will focus on key questions linking gentrification and social justice, from the reasons why black neighborhoods and immigrants matter to the role of arts and entertainment districts in the process of redevelopment. Attention will be paid to the Vital Signs report, issued by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, which provides data on quality of life in Baltimore communities. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1809072729124230/.
25] – On Wed., April 18 from 5 to 6:30 PM, Rally to Keep Maryland Frack Free, hosted by We Are Cove Point and Stop the Machine! Create a New World. It is happening at the Maryland Dept. Of The Environment, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore 21230. One year ago, Maryland banned fracking! But in that year, new fracking infrastructure has been built in our state, and corporations like Dominion Energy and TransCanada are asking for permits to build more.
Fracking infrastructure in Maryland, like pipelines, export terminals and compressor stations, drive more fracking in our neighboring states that harm communities there. Pollution in the air and water from those states doesn't stop at our borders. And the infrastructure in Maryland directly threatens the health and safety of Marylanders. Currently, AMP Creeks Council is fighting a large compressor station that Dominion Energy wants to build to drive fracked gas from out of state to the gas refinery and export terminal in Cove Point to sell overseas. The Charles County Board of Appeals denied the zoning permit, but the Maryland Department of the Environment is moving ahead with their permit anyway. We must stop this facility! See https://www.facebook.com/events/134042544101144/.
26] – PMD Montgomery is hosting a Happy Hour on Wed., Apr. 18 from 6 to 8 PM at Nando's Peri-Peri, 924 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring 20910. Connect with your local progressive network and find out how you can help PMD Montgomery! RSVP to Garrett Mannchen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
27] – On Wed., April 18 from 6 to 8 PM, join the R4J West Wednesday Run, hosted by Runners4Justice. Start at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Waverly Branch, 400 East 33rd St., Baltimore 21218. As we approach the 3-year anniversary of the Uprising, this month's run is dedicated to the issue of police brutality and its impact on Black families and communities. Join us for a run followed by the weekly West Wednesday rally with Tawanda Jones and the West Coalition. Tawanda's brother, Tyrone West, was killed by Baltimore City police on July 18, 2013. Since that day, Tawanda has held a rally every Wednesday calling for justice for her brother and all victims of police brutality.
There will be a 3-mile run to start the conversation around the Uprising and the on-going fight for justice and accountability. Finish at 33rd & Greenmount Sts. around 6:30 PM to join the 247th West Wednesday. See https://www.facebook.com/events/2057760941214115/.
28] – Come see a showing "Baltimore's Strange Fruit: A Story of Food Apartheid and the Struggle for Sovereignty" at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, SMC Campus Center, 621 West Lombard St., Baltimore 21201, co-hosted by Student Government Association, OASIS Student Group, and Social Work Community Outreach Services, on Wed., April 18 from 6 to 9 PM. This is a documentary film produced by Black Yield Institute, directed by Eric Jackson and Maddie Hardy. The film explores the intersections of food, land, and race and class politics through personal narrative and social commentary. The film journeys through the historical woes and triumphs of people of African Descent within the food system, while highlighting contemporary efforts to address the complex nature of food apartheid in Baltimore. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/baltimores-strange-fruit-screening-avenue-engagement-center-tickets-43335511682.
29] – On Wed., April 18 from 6 to 8 PM, come to a Civilian Review Board Community Meeting in Cherry Hill, hosted by Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement at 2700 Spelman Rd., Brooklyn 21225-1523. This event is a meet and greet, for Baltimore City residents to meet the members of the Civilian Review Board, find out about how to file a complaint and ask any questions they may have. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/486584551808649/.
30] – On Wed., Apr. 18 from 7 to 9 PM, Writers LIVE is hosting Tom Pelton with Johns Hopkins University Press at George Peabody Library, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore 21202. A crossroads of life and culture, the Chesapeake Bay straddles the North and the South, mixes salt water with fresh, and is home to about 18 million people and 3,500 species of animals and plants. Although recent cleanup efforts have improved its overall health, they have not been enough to save this national treasure. In The Chesapeake in Focus, award-winning writer Tom Pelton examines which environmental policies have worked and which have failed.
Based on Pelton's extensive experience as a journalist and as the host of "The Environment in Focus" on WYPR, this sweeping book takes readers on a tour of the histories of the Chesapeake, as well as the ecological challenges faced by its major tributaries. It details the management of blue crabs. Striped bass, and other delicious wildlife, profiles leaders and little-known characters involved in the restoration campaign, and warns of the dangers of anti-regulatory politics that threaten to reverse what has been accomplished. Looking to the future, Pelton offers a provocative vision of the hard steps that must be taken if we truly want to save the Bay. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/432738953853982/.
31] – On Wed., Apr. 18 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, catch RESTORATIVE JUSTICE IN A POST-UPRISING CITY WITH ERRICKA BRIDGEFORD AND DR. LAWRENCE BROWN. What does justice look like in a post-Uprising city? Does the community hold the power to affect meaningful, positive change? In an effort to co-power members of the community, Restorative Response Baltimore (RRB) presents a night of collaborative storytelling.
The evening will offer information on Restorative Response Baltimore's Community Conferencing and restorative practices efforts throughout the city. Hear some of the storytelling by those who’ve used Community Conferencing to resolve their conflicts. Baltimore Ceasefire’s Erricka Bridgeford will also join us to share the story of the community-driven anti-violence effort and its connection to RRB's mission, and Dr. Lawrence Brown will discuss what a Baltimore Peacebuilding Authority could be and how it could bring restorative justice in a post-uprising city. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org.
32] – Come see a showing "Baltimore's Strange Fruit: A Story of Food Apartheid and the Struggle for Sovereignty" at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore 21250 on Thurs., April 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. This is a documentary film produced by Black Yield Institute, directed by Eric Jackson and Maddie Hardy. The film explores the intersections of food, land, and race and class politics through personal narrative and social commentary. The film journeys through the historical woes and triumphs of people of African Descent within the food system, while highlighting contemporary efforts to address the complex nature of food apartheid in Baltimore. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/baltimores-strange-fruit-screening-avenue-engagement-center-tickets-43335511682.
This event is hosted in collaboration with the Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program and Charm City Connection. It is free, and the public is welcome! If you plan to attend from off-campus, please note that metered parking can be found in the Commons Ave, Drive Garage which is a 5 minute walk from the Public Policy Building!
33] – On Thurs., April 19 from 6:30 to 8 PM, there will be a Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Environment & Public Health, hosted by Maryland Matters at Peabody Heights Brewery, LLC, 401 E. 30th St., Baltimore 21218. Other hosts are Maryland League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club Maryland Chapter. The event will aim to highlight environmental positions held by each of the gubernatorial candidates from across the party-spectrum. The forum is a nonpartisan event and all candidates running in the primary election for Governor will be invited. Topics will be drawn from responses to candidate questionnaires collected from Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club Maryland Chapter and Clean Water Action Maryland. Submit your questions to: https://goo.gl/forms/8pEdKPY0NCsulOdm2.
34] – Here from Climate Change Refugees on Thurs., April 19 at 6:30PM at the East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045. The speakers are from Nicaragua and Haiti. Enjoy refreshments at 6:30 PM, and the presentation and the Q&A will take place from 7 to 8:30 PM. The event is organized by the Friends of Latin America (Formerly Howard County Friends of Latin America); visit www.friendsoflatinamerica.org.
The environmental destruction and migration in Nicaragua and Haiti will be discussed with Marcel Garcon (Peasant Movement of Gros Morne, Haiti) and Miguel Marin (Federation of Campesionos, Nicaragua). Donations are appreciated. Contact Leslie Salgado at 410-718-0630 or email@example.com
35] – On Thurs., April 19 from 7 to 8:30 PM, hear about Legislation & Elections: The Political Tango, hosted by Take Action AAC at Anne Arundel County Public Library (Edgewater Community Library), 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater 21037. Join in a discussion of the dance between seeking legislative change and having the right legislators in power to make change happen. Discussion topics will include: Recap of state legislative session and the campaign by SEIU Local 500 to end the choke hold that Senate President Mike Miller has on bringing legislation to vote in committee, Electoral Politics – The endorsement process and canvassing for candidates who share our values, and School Board Elections – what issues do you care about as a parent or resident? Take Action Anne Arundel County is putting together a candidate survey for Anne Arundel School Board. See https://www.facebook.com/events/410353766043908/.
36] – On Thurs., Apr. 19 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, catch ELOQUENT RAGE: A BLACK FEMINIST DISCOVERS HER SUPERPOWER. In the tradition of bell hooks, Roxane Gay and Audre Lorde, America’s leading young black feminist celebrates dissent—both personal and public. So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In her book, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting.
Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of democracy. But “Eloquent Rage” shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women’s eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It’s what makes Beyoncé’s girl power anthems resonate so hard. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon. 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