Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Oct. 30-31, 2013

31] Social Security Conference – Oct. 30 32] Fund Our Communities Q & A – Oct. 30 33] Raise Maryland's Minimum Wage – Oct. 30 34] WELCOMNG THE STRANGER AMONG US – Oct. 30 35] Film “abUSed: the Postville Raid” – Oct. 30 36] Book "Our Political Nature," – Oct. 31 ------ 31 ] – On Wed., Oct. 30 at 11:15 PM, several of the country's top experts will come together at the Social Security Conference in Washington, D.C. to discuss the importance of protecting and expanding Social Security for future generations. The conference will be in the Hart Senate Office Building. RSVP at http://act.boldprogressives.org/survey/rsvp_ss_conference/?akid=15893.29875.yIeRSU&rd=1&source=e1-rsvp&t=1. 32 ] – On Wed., Oct. 30 at 10:30 AM, the Fund Our Communities coalition will answer questions on a new campaign to pass legislation in the 2014 Maryland General Assembly to establish a Futures Commission, the purpose of which would be to explore ways to replace the state's economic dependence on federal military spending with investments in human services, infrastructure improvement, reindustrialization, clean energy, etc. Once established, the Commission will hold public hearings, produce reports, and advise the governor and state legislature. A similar bill was passed in Connecticut last year with a good amount of labor support. The coalition is organizing a Q and A session at the Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia 21044, and Progressive Maryland Board members are invited to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the proposed legislation and the political campaign necessary to get it passed. Email Jean Athey at jeanathey@verizon.net if you are interested in attending. 33 ] – Get over to an Organizing Meeting to Raise Maryland's Minimum Wage on Wed., Oct. 30 at 7 PM at the United Food & Commercial Workers Union, 4301 Garden City Dr., Suite 40, Hyattsville, MD. On the day before Halloween, join Prince George's County Young Democrats, as well as other members of the Raise Maryland Coalition to put together a grassroots campaign to push for an increase in Maryland's minimum wage! Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1380092932227592/. 34] – On Wed., Oct. 30 at 7:30 PM hear WELCOMNG THE STRANGER AMONG US: A Discussion on Immigration Reform – featuring Bishop Francisco Gonzalez, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington and Salvador G. Sarmiento, Advocacy/Legal Officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, will make a presentation and lead a discussion at the St. Francis of Assisi Church Parish Center (church basement), 6701 Muncaster Mill Rd Derwood, MD 20855. The discussion is sponsored by the St. Francis of Assisi Pax Christi group. 35 ] –Beyond the Classroom presents “abUSed: the Postville Raid” on Wed., Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 PM at 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, Calvert Hall, College Park. This documentary presents the devastating effects of U.S. Enforcement Immigration policies on communities, families and children. The film tells the gripping personal stories of the individuals, the families and the town that survived the most brutal, most expensive and largest immigration raid in the history of the United States and serves as a cautionary tale of government abuses. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/536634569746660/. 36] – On Thurs., Oct. 31 from noon to 1:30 PM, explore The Science of Political Orientation at the Berkley Center, 3307 M St. NW, Suite 200. Lunch will be provided. "Our Political Nature," a new book from Avi Tuschman, explores the science underlying political orientation. The book examines how political views arise from three clusters of measurable personality traits, which entail opposing attitudes toward tribalism, inequality, and differing perceptions of human nature. This groundbreaking work is based on new interdisciplinary insights from the fields of primatology, genetics, neuroscience, and anthropology. RSVP at http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events/rsvp?id=the-science-of-political-orientation&utm_source=BC+Master+List&utm_campaign=6ca4511ee5-Oct_31_2013+event+announcement&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_66160ba037-6ca4511ee5-263757. To be continued. Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.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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