Baltimore Activist Alert July 8 to 10, 2018
"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.
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Marta left Honduras in order to support her son Osman, who is severely disabled in Honduras. Marta—who has lived for over ten years in a home she owns in New Carrollton, and who is legally employed with a work authorization card—sends $600 to Honduras to pay for Osman’s medical care every month. In addition to Osman, she has five other children who live in the DC area with her, who will be left without their primary caretaker if she is detained. Marta is deeply-rooted in the DC area and would be devastated to be separated from her children and community.
Nelson Gbohoutou is a DREAMer and an asylum seeker, and brother to Prince Gbohoutou, who was detained by ICE on April 19. Their father was a diplomat from the Central African Republic who brought him to the U.S. as a young teen. Their father's asylum claim was denied and, as a result, young Nelson was ordered deported. Just like his brother Prince, Nelson has built a life for himself here and fears for his life if returned to the Central African Republic.
The Baltimore ICE field office has jurisdiction over all three of these cases, and can make the right decision to allow both Marta and Nelson to walk out of the building after their check-ins and return to their families and communities, and to release Prince back to his. As we stand with Marta and Nelson as they go to their check-ins, we will also be using this opportunity to continue to demand that Prince Gbohoutou, who remains in ICE custody following a harrowing, failed deportation attempt, be released immediately. See https://www.facebook.com/events/598330203871311/.
19] – On Mon., July 9, 16 and 23 at noon, attend the Canvassing Training for a Better Budget, hosted by Better Budget Baltimore and Communities United, 2221 Maryland Ave., 2nd floor, Baltimore 21218. Tickets are at membershipdrive.secure.force.com. It is time for an open and inclusive budgeting process for Baltimore. Push for a charter amendment to allow City Council to add to the budget! Learn how to get signatures and to put the initiative on the ballot! See https://www.facebook.com/events/582487802150692/.
20] – On Mon., July 9 from 6 to 9 PM, there is a Protest Health & Safety Training, hosted by Baltimore Street Medic Collective and Baltimore Peoples Climate Movement at 1808 Pennsylvania Ave., Baltimore 21217. This is a training on how to stay healthy & safe at protests and political actions. Learn skills to care for yourself physically & emotionally before, during, and after a protest so you can stay in the streets! This training is free but please consider making a donation to the Baltimore Street Medic Collective at https://www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/74847. Go over to https://www.facebook.com/events/2071554693084752/
21] – On Mon., July 9 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, get over to the Profs & Pints Workshop: Grassroots Organizing at La Pop DC, 1847 Columbia Road NW, WDC 20009. Tickets are at profsandpintsgrassroots.brownpapertickets.com. The workshop "Grassroots Organizing: Strategies, Tools, and Techniques" will be run by Joshua Habursky, adjunct professor of strategic communication at West Virginia University and founder of the Grassroots Professional Network. How are movements created? Why do people come together to support social and political goals? With important elections coming up, how can you make a difference? Learn the basic reasoning and techniques behind grassroots organizing and activism from Joshua Habursky, founder and chairman of the Grassroots Professional Network, an organization with more than 15,000 advocacy, grassroots, and lobbying professionals as members. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. Those who live more than 10 miles away from the District of Columbia can attend via Skype by emailing Joshua Habursky at firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2006176009644857/.
22] – On Mon., July 9 from 8:30 to 10:30 PM, Rally against Trump's Supreme Court nominee, hosted by Health Care Voter and others at the Supreme Court of the United States. PLEASE NOTE: REGARDLESS OF THE TIME, THIS EVENT WILL START AT THE STEPS OF THE SUPREME COURT 30 MINUTES AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCES HIS PICK. On July 9, President Trump will announce his pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, a move that threatens to shift the balance of power on the Court to the far-right and ensure that Trump’s extreme views are imposed on our country not just for four or eight years, but for decades to come. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/247629795823053/.
GMOM Teleconference: Monday, July 9, 8:30- 9:30 pm., 605-475-6711, code 1136243#.
We will work only on brainstorming ideas for our participation in the upcoming General Election. Early voting goes from Thursday, October 25, through Thursday, November 1 (8 days), and Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.
23] – On Tues., July 10 from 10 to 11:30 AM, catch A Year in the Life of a Peace Teacher, hosted by the United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Get tickets at www.usip.org. At a time when violent international conflict and the threat of extremism loom large, four high school teachers in Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, and Florida have spent the last year taking part in a U.S. Institute of Peace program to help their students gain the knowledge, skills and perspectives they need to work toward a more peaceful world. Three of USIP’s 2017 Peace Teachers will share how they advanced their students’ understanding of conflict and the possibilities of peace in ways that aligned with their existing curriculum. Their stories will reveal how students from very different communities across the U.S. make sense of the world and what they were inspired to do over the past year as part of this USIP program. RSVP at https://www.usip.org/events/year-life-peace-teacher. See https://www.facebook.com/events/254305181989295/.
24] – On Tues., July 10 from 2 to 3:30 PM, be with Families for Justice Reform Now at the United States Capitol, Washington, District of Columbia 20515. Tickets are at support.famm.org. Reform can’t wait—we need it now. The rally will bring families and advocates together to ensure criminal justice reform will be a reality in 2018! Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/811574855700370/.
25] – On Tues., July 10 from 7 to 9 PM, there is a Migrant Justice Community Convening, hosted by Jews United for Justice – Baltimore at the Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Ln., Baltimore 21210. Tickets are at jufj.org. The last few weeks have been full of anger, rage, and protest after we were bombarded with horrifying images of children being separated from their parents, and families being thrown into cages. People took to the streets, the airports, and detention centers, in a renewed call for immigrant justice. Join JUFJ-Baltimore for its monthly community convening and a night of group learning, strategizing, and organizing to take action. Learn about a long history of racist immigration policy in this country, and learn how you can get involved as Jews in the important work that needs to happen right here in Baltimore and the state of Maryland. RSVP at jufj.org/event/baltimore-convening-july/.