Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 23 -- 24, 2019

37] Protest the Shutdown – Jan. 23
38] North Korea in 2019 – Jan. 23
39] Food Rescue – Jan. 23
40] School of Food and Food Rescue Baltimore – Jan. 23
41] Poor People’s Campaign Meeting -- Jan. 23
42] NVDA Training - Extinction Rebellion DC – Jan. 23
43] Safe Haven Rapid Response & Sanctuary – Jan. 23
44] Montgomery County Budget Review – Jan. 23
45] Jason Rezaian the Prisoner – Jan. 23
46] Jose Antonio Vargas, Dear America – Jan. 23
47] Korean Peninsula Issues and U.S. National Security Jan. 24
37] – Show up at the Hart Senate Office Building at noon on Wed., Jan. 23 to send a message to the Senate to end the shutdown NOW. American Family Voices and a coalition of labor, activist groups, and federal employees will #OccupyHart to protest the shutdown. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/310768219561217/ or email admin@americanfamilyvoices.org.

38] – Catch this Soh Jaipil Circle on Contemporary Korean Affairs lecture "North Korea in 2019: More of the same, or a historic opportunity?" David C. Kang, USC Korean Studies Institute, will offer his opinion on Wed.,  Jan. 23 from 4 to  5:30 PM at the Elliott School of International Affairs, B17, The George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17_jCRLt9QkYFTHNPrPfoHlmpu56OZREo6SgxWoxYr3A/viewform?edit_requested=true.   Many in the U.S. are deeply skeptical of North Korea’s intentions. There is a conventional wisdom that Kim will never denuclearize, he can’t be trusted, and that the dramatic moves of the past year are simply yet another episode of North Korean manipulation and deception. Is this the case? Or, do North Korean leader Kim, South Korean leader Moon, and U.S. president Trump have an historic opportunity to make genuine change on the peninsula? What are the issues and stakes in 2019? In this talk, Professor Kang will explore these issues and put the current situation in a broader historical and political context.

39] – On Wed., Jan. 23 at noon and every Wednesday until Feb. 6, 2019, get food at the Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211. This is hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/327125147795282/.

40] – On Wed., Jan. 23 at 2 PM, and every Wednesday until July 24, 2019, School of Food and Food Rescue Baltimore will give out food at 1412 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore 21213. Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. See https://www.facebook.com/events/2105994779640314/.

41] – Join the Baltimore Poor People’s Campaign for the monthly General Meeting on Wed., Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 PM at 2239 Kirk Ave., Baltimore 21218 (Oak Hill Center).  Every year on MLK Day, political leaders and pundits pay lip-service to the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while the realities of injustice and exploitation surround us and consume our lives. We don’t need another commemoration of Dr. King, we need a ‘re-consecration’ of his final vision of a Poor People’s Campaign, a radical transformation of values from “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. The General Meetings are an opportunity for new and already involved participants of the Baltimore PPC to stay connected with each other and the campaign. We will build relationships and community, develop our analysis of the problems we face and how we build power, hear report-backs from the working groups, and develop action plans. It will be part fellowship, political education, and practical organizing planning. Check-out our https://www.facebook.com/events/1297585310384287/?active_tab=about. Contact Adriana Foster - adriana@unitedworkers.org.

42] – On Wed., Jan. 23 from 6 to 8:30 PM, go to NVDA Training - Extinction Rebellion DC at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC 20010.  Join the Extinction Rebellion in DC for an introduction to Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA). At this training we will do a briefing about the Rebellion and go through some theory and practice of nonviolent action. This training is free and open to all. This training will be focused on preparation for our action on January 26th, but it will be a great opportunity to generally find out more about the Extinction Rebellion and help get us prepared for upcoming actions in 2019. See https://www.facebook.com/events/333673593888684/.

43] – On Wed., Jan. 23 from 6:15 to 9 PM, participate in a Safe Haven Rapid Response & Sanctuary DMV Accompaniment Training, hosted by Sanctuary DMV at Unity in Frederick ~~ A Spiritual Community, 5112 Pegasus Ct., Suite E, Frederick 21704. REGISTER FOR THIS TRAINING HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/ECbyULXNQ1pmVGrr1.  The rapid response training portion of the training will be led by Safe Haven of Frederick. It will prepare volunteers to act as witnesses in the event of an ICE raid.  The accompaniment portion of the training will be led by Sanctuary DMV. It will prepare volunteers to accompany undocumented immigrants to ICE check-ins and other types of appointments. On numerous occasions, migrants have been detained during a routine check-in with ICE. They literally disappear without being allowed to inform their friends or relatives, creating panic among their loved ones.

By volunteering to accompany migrants to ICE check-ins, immigration court hearings, and other appointments where there is a risk of detention or other cause of fear, you are showing solidarity and helping to ease the anxiety of interacting with the legal system, reducing the likelihood of detention with your presence, and keeping relatives or lawyers informed in case the person with you is detained. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/231059044482027/.

44] – On Wed., Jan. 23 at 7 PM, come to the Mid-County Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring 20906 to discuss the FY20 Operating Budget Forum.  Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is holding five budget forums to seek input from residents about the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Operating Budget priorities.  The County Executive will announce his Recommended FY20 Operating Budget on March 15.  The County Council approves the operating budget at the end of May.  Sign language interpreter services will be provided only upon request with notice as far in advance as possible, but no less than 72 hours prior to the event.  If these or other services or aids are needed to participate in this activity, call 240-777-6507, Maryland Relay 711 or email a request to Karen.falcon@montgomerycountymd.gov.

45] – On Wed., Jan. 23 from 7 to 9 PM, hear from Jason Rezaian at GW Betts Theatre, hosted by Politics and Prose Bookstore, 800 21st St. NW, WDC 20052.  Tickets are at www.politics-prose.com. Hear him talk about his book “Prisoner,” his memoir about life and imprisonment in Iran, while in conversation with Frank Sesno of the School of Media & Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/962232760654595/.

46] – On Wed., Jan. 23 from 7 to 9 PM come to the Writers LIVE: Jose Antonio Vargas, Dear America, hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library and The Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210.  In 2011, Jose Antonio Vargas became America’s best-known undocumented immigrant when The New York Times Magazine published his story about his life in the United States after arriving from the Philippines in 1993 at the age of twelve. By coming out publicly as undocumented, he was risking everything he had built in the United States. In “Dear America:” Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, Vargas examines not only the facts of immigration but also the searing emotional reality of living for twenty-five years as a contributing member of a country that does not consider him one of its own.  The evening will be introduced by Valerie Twanmoh, the director of Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Center for the past 7 years. Prior to joining Esperanza, she was a trial attorney for over 20 years before joining the staff of U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski as Projects Director and then Deputy State Director. Greedy Reads will have copies of the book for sale at a book signing following the program. See https://www.facebook.com/events/600199843752738/.

47] -- On Thurs., Jan. 24  at 1:30 PM, attend this Institute for Corean-American Studies Winter Symposium Prologue, The Korean Peninsula Issues and U.S. National Security, at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, South Tower, 1800 M St. NW, WDC 20033.  You must register, otherwise you will not be admitted into the symposium. Register at https://www.icasinc.org/2019/2019w/2019wpro.html.

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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