Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 5 - December 31, 2018

31] Undesign the Redline exhibit – through Dec. 31
32] Monarch Tag & Release – Sept. 5
33] Stop the Kavanaugh nomination – through Sept. 7
34] Food Rescue – Sept. 5
35] Support Prisoners Outreach Day Sept. 5
36] Fight for 15 -- Sept. 5
32] Phone Bank for Johnny O Sept. 5 & 6
38] Author Talk about Frederick Douglass – Sept. 5
39] Chris Hedges at the Pratt – Sept. 5
40] Solar Community – Sept. 5
41] Film BROTHER – Sept. 5
42] Film THE OSLO DIARIES Sept. 5
31] – At 10 AM through December 31, check out Undesign the Redline exhibit, hosted by Choose Civility, HCLS Central Branch. Look for tickets at  This interactive exhibit explores the history of structural racism and classism, how these designs compounded each other from redlining maps until today, and how we can come together to undesign these systems with intentionality.  Tours, reading lists, events, and more details are at See

32] – On Wed., Sept. 5 at 10 AM attend a Monarch Tag and Release Program, hosted by the Baltimore County Master Gardeners of University of Maryland, 1114 Shawan Rd., Cockeysville 21030.  This occurs every Wednesday until Oct. 31. Meet in the demonstration garden and learn how to protect monarchs by raising larvae and tagging adults. Watch newly emerged monarchs take to the skies. Monarchs do not fly in colder temperatures or the rain. Check out

33] –  On Wed., Sept. 5, join a Rally to #StopKavanaugh, hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) at the United States Capitol, WDC 20515.  Donald Trump had two litmus tests for his Supreme Court nominee: A commitment to gut Roe and to undermine the Affordable Care Act, taking away health care protections from millions. Trump found his man in Brett Kavanaugh, a nominee so extreme he believes presidents can be above the law. With our rights on the line, with the President implicated in a serious crime, this is no time to be silent or apathetic. The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on Kavanaugh's nomination September 4-7. Come rally on Wed., Sept. 5 to demand our senators #StopKavanaugh!  Go to 

It’s time for the Senate to feel the heat.  In addition, folks will be engaging in a peaceful protest at the Hart Senate Office Building, 120 Constitution Ave. NE each day this week, Tuesday through Friday from 11 AM to 1 PM.

34] – On Wed., Sept. 5 at noon at the Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore, get some free rescued food.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious food home. The food rescue will continue every Wednesday until Feb.  6, 2019.

35] – On Wed., Sept. 5 from 4 to 9 PM, as part of the Monthly Workers Solidarity, Support Prisoners Outreach Day by joining a Rally hosted by the Peoples Power Assembly from 4 to 5:30 PM at Lexington Market, Lexington & Eutaw Sts.  Then come to 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218 for refreshments.  From 7 to 9 PM, there is a work session to write letters to prisoner and plan for Prisoners Solidarity Committee activities. Call 410-218-4835 or visit

36] – On Wed., Sept. 5 from 4 to 7:30 PM, Fight for 15: Yes We Can(vass), hosted by Fight for $15 Maryland at Harford Park, 2501 Linwood Rd., Parkville 21234-7016. The Fight for 15 Coalition is calling all allies for a volunteer canvass in Baltimore County to grow the list of community supporters. Raising the minimum wage has been proven to reduce economic hardship by lifting families out of poverty while also increasing consumer demand for goods and services, benefiting both businesses and the community at large. Since it is an election year, it’s crucial that we make sure the Fight for 15 is front and center so we can urge candidates to take a stand for working families and ultimately elect candidates who will champion this issue.  There is a great opportunity to pass a $15 minimum wage in the state of Maryland because of our continually growing support base of legislatures, businesses, faith leaders, community organizations and working families all over the state. Go to

37]   On Wed., Sept. 5 and Thurs., Sept. 6 at 5:30 PM and continuing until November 5, do phone banking with Team O!, hosted by Johnny Olszewski for Baltimore County Executive, 4050 North Point Blvd., Dundalk 21222.  Join a people-powered campaign to build a better Baltimore County!  Contact Team O's Brad at 410-371-9731 or at  Look at

38] – On Wed., Sept. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, enjoy an Author Talk with Celeste-Marie Bernier: “If I Survive” - Frederick Douglass, hosted by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E Pratt St., Baltimore 21202. Get tickets at While there have been many public Frederick Douglasses – the abolitionist, the statesman, the orator, the editor, the politician – it is now time to trace the many private lives of Douglass as a family man. Sharing untold stories, this talk traces the activism, artistry and authorship of Frederick Douglass not in isolation but alongside the sufferings and struggles for survival of his daughters and sons. Working with unpublished writings, letters and speeches and photographs, learn that the fight for freedom was a family business to which all the Douglasses dedicated their lives. A book signing will follow with the author. See

39] – On Wed., Sept. 5 from 6:30 to 8 PM, catch Writers LIVE with Chris Hedges, hosted by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  In his new book, “America: The Farewell Tour,”  Hedges provides a provocative examination of America in crisis, where unemployment, deindustrialization, and a bitter hopelessness and malaise have resulted in an epidemic of diseases of despair -- drug abuse, gambling, suicide, magical thinking, xenophobia, and a culture of sadism and hate. According to Hedges, America is convulsed by an array of pathologies that have arisen out of profound hopelessness, a bitter despair and a civil society that has ceased to function. The opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling to cope with economic distress, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the celebration of sadism, hate and plagues of suicides are the physical manifestations of a society that is being ravaged by corporate pillage and a failed democracy. As the society unravels, we also face global upheaval caused by catastrophic climate change.

Hedges argues that neither political party, now captured by corporate power, addresses the systemic problem.  The book seeks to jolt us out of our complacency while there is still time. Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for 15 years for The New York Times. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is the author of many books, and Marc Steiner will moderate the conversation with Chris Hedges.  The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of the book for sale at a book signing following the program. See

40] – On Wed., Sept. 5 from 7 to 9 PM, the Greenbelt Climate Action Network presents Community solar – a new way to support local, clean energy at the Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, 20770. Visit  Community solar projects are accepting customers now and spots are filling up fast. How is it different than buying wind power, or other clean energy options? Find out your options and all the latest on this brand new program that’s rapidly changing how we buy solar power in Maryland.  Contact Lore Rosenthal, Greenbelt Climate Action Network, at or 301-345-2234.

41] –  On Wed., Sept. 5 from 7 to 9 PM, join No One Left Behind at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center for a screening of the documentary film, "Brother." U.S. Army Captain Matt Zeller and Janis Shinwari had only recently met when Janis, an Afghan translator for the Army, saved Matt's life by spotting and shooting two Taliban fighters who had pinned Matt down in a vicious firefight. This short documentary by The Perennial Plate follows their journey of patriotism, brotherhood, and an incredible cross-cultural friendship.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with those from the film, to include discussion of the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program which provides US visas for Afghans and Iraqis who helped the military and allies abroad.  No One Left Behind’s mission is to help America’s Wartime Allies with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States. It bridges the gap that exists between current State Department and NGO refugee relief programs, and provide assistance with housing, employment and cultural adaptation. The screening is at The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, North Orientation Theater, First Street Northeast, WDC 20515.

 The film, a True Story of a US Soldier and his Afghan Interpreter, is by Kristin Kennedy.  See

42] – On Wed., Sept. 5 from 7:30 to 10:30 PM, see “The Oslo Diaries,” hosted by the Washington Jewish Film Festival at the Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, WDC 20004. Get tickets at In 1992, with Israeli-Palestinian relations at an all-time low and any communication between the two sides punishable by jail time, a small group of Israelis and Palestinians gathered secretly in Oslo for a series of meetings that came to be known as The Oslo Accords and dramatically changed the political landscape of the Middle East.  Articulated through readings of the participants’ diaries from the time and airing on the 25th anniversary of the Accords, this geopolitical story features never-before-seen archival footage and exclusive interviews with key players, including the last on-camera conversation with former Israeli president Shimon Peres. A riveting account of talks that spanned a period of 1,100 days, the film offers a resonant portrait of diplomacy and the delicate nature of peace.  The screening is followed by a conversation with directors Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan, and producers Hilla Medalia and Ina Fichman. See

To be continued.

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"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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