Friday, February 20, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 21, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 21, 2015

39] Organic farmers get together – Feb. 21
40] West Chester, PA demo – Feb. 21
41] United Workers for Leadership Day – Feb. 21
43] "Malcolm X Black Power Conference" – Feb. 21
44] Black Lives Matter rally – Feb. 21
45] The anti-poverty "action/2015" – Feb. 21
46] Save the life of Rodney Reed – Feb. 21
47] Film THROWAWAYS – Feb. 21
48] Demystifying Syria – Feb. 21/postponed until April 11
49] Benefit for the parents of the Ayotzinapa's 43 disappeared students – Feb. 21
39] – The Maryland Organic Food & Farming Association (MOFFA) is holding its 2015 Winter Meeting on Sat., Feb. 21 from 8 AM to 5 PM. This informative and engaging event connects farmers, consumers, advocates, and national organic program members to learn, network, and participate in a delicious homegrown 'Eat Local' potluck lunch and seed swap. Speakers will cover the UN International Year of Soils and soil health; pollinators in peril; how farmers can connect with chefs and distributors; social justice at farmers' markets, reduced tillage and cover crop residues to manage weeds; draft horse systems; food and faith communities; and more. The meeting will take place at the Maryland Dept. of Agriculture, 50 Harry S Truman Pky., Annapolis 21401. The cost is $5 for members and $20 for non-members! Registration is at the door. Go to

The meeting will feature a video and discussion with long-time farmer and activist Michael Tabor: Outreach to Low & Moderate Income Shoppers at Farm Markets. He'll be speaking right after the delicious farm-fresh potluck lunch.

40] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email

41] – Join United Workers for Leadership Day on Sat., Feb. 21 from 1 to 4 PM to celebrate an amazing victory--stopping the incinerator--and keep building momentum for Fair Development at 2640 St. Paul St. Baltimore 21218. Register at
42] – There is a TOUR OF THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS MANSION on Sat., Feb. 21 at 1:30 PM organized by the Frederick Douglass Humanist Society (FDHS). The residential mansion in Anacostia is called "Cedar Hill." Honor the internationally renowned slavery abolitionist and human rights leader who was born in slavery, escaped, and dedicated the remainder of his life working toward Humanist ideals of justice and equality for all people at great personal risk. RSVP to Khandra Sears at

43] – The Institute for Policy Studies' Netfa Freeman moderates a session of the "Malcolm X Black Power Conference" that highlights the international struggle for reparations on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. It is happening at Howard University, Armor J. Blackburn Center, 2400 6th St. NW, WDC 20059, on Sat., Feb. 21 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. Join this cutting edge and challenging forum that is part of the Malcolm X Black Power Conference, organized by the National Black United Front, featuring Omowale Clay of the December 12th Movement and Dr. Ray Winbush, Professor at Morgan State University and Director of Morgan’s Institute for Urban Research. See

44] – On Sat., Feb. 21 at 2 PM, come out to the rally for Ralphael Briscoe, organized by Black Lives Matter DMV at 2430 Elvans Rd. SE, WDC. Visit

45] – Join the Baltimore County launch of "action/2015" - a new global movement backed by ONE and over 1,000 other organizations. This year, world leaders are making new global poverty plans in an attempt to end extreme poverty for good. The launch is happening on Sat., Feb. 21 at 4 PM at Baltimore County Public Library- Cockeysville Branch, 9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville 21030. RSVP here for this special presentation --

46] – On March 5, the State of Texas may execute an innocent man. In 1998, Rodney Reed was convicted by an all-white jury in Bastrop, Texas, of the murder of Stacey Stites. Although prosecutors connected Rodney to the murder through semen DNA evidence, no other evidence linked him to the crime. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals both denied Reed the chance to present this evidence in open court. At Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC 20009, on Sat., Feb. 21 at 5 PM, see a screening of the film “State vs. Reed,” and find out what you can do to stop this travesty of justice NOW.

47] – On Sat., Feb. 21, see the film THROWAWAYS at St. Matthew Catholic Church Hall, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21235, at 7 PM. Continue a conversation about racism, racial profiling, discrimination, and white privilege. This film is hosted by the St. Matthew’s Catholic Community, along with Racial Justice Circles of CTA MD. The film is by Bhawin Suchak & Ira McKinley, and both co-producers will be present to lead a community conversation. The film is free and so are the refreshments. Donations will be accepted. Go to Contact: Ryan Sattler at 443-275-1180 /

48] – Learn more about the bitter and largely misunderstood situation on the ground in Iraq and Syria-- Demystifying Syria - The Real Story Behind ISIS A Forum with World Renowned Experts. On Sat., Feb. 21 at 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, hear from Phyllis Bennis, Younes Benab and Raed Jarrar. Following the presentations and Q&A, refreshments will be served providing you an opportunity to talk informally with the speakers and the other members of the audience.

Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and is a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. Dr. Younes Parsa Benab is retired dean and professor of political science, Strayer University. An active member of the Iranian diaspora, he is author of the two volume book: “One Hundred Year History of Iranian Political Parties and Organizations (1904-2004)” and over a hundred other articles about Iran and the world in Persian and English. Raed Jarrar serves as AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator at the Office of Public Policy and Advocacy in Washington, D.C. Since his immigration to the U.S. in 2005, he has worked on political and cultural issues pertaining to U.S. engagement in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

The event is sponsored by Peace Action Montgomery, and cosponsored by many groups. Go to RSVP at

49] – Get over to the Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW, WDC, on Sat., Feb. 21 from 7:30 to 10 PM to help bring the mothers and family of Ayotzinapa's 43 disappeared students to Washington, D.C. DJ "Rockactivo" will be playing a variety of Latino hits: rock en español, cumbia, salsa and merengue. After 10, another DJ will play 80s hits till closing! There will be a $10 cover/suggested donation at the door. Many groups are involved in this fundraiser, including SOA Watch. Go to

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] Go to

"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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