Thursday, September 24, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 24, 2015

45] Action for Climate justice – Sept. 24

46] Collect climate petitions – Sept. 24

47] Discuss economic issues – Sept. 24

48] Discuss Ferguson – Sept. 24

49] Workers coops – Sept. 24

50] Washington Peace Center volunteer orientation – Sept. 24

51] Human rights in Mexico – Sept. 24

45] – Come to the National Mall between 4th & 7th Sts. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Sept. 24 at 7 AM.  On this historic day, as Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress, gather in support of his call for urgent action to address the climate crisis and create a new future of economic equality, social justice, and environmental equity. It is our Moral Duty to Take Action for Climate Justice, Now! President Obama: Commit to a binding international climate treaty and pledge drastic reductions in carbon emissions – doubling the current U.S. commitment – to ensure a livable planet.  The U.S. Congress: promptly ratify a strong climate treaty and pass legislation that will facilitate a responsible, just and worker-friendly transition from a dirty fossil-fuel economy to one powered by clean, safe renewable energy.  To the People: Commit to making lifestyle changes that reflect an awareness of and respect for all people and our shared global environment. Visit

On Thurs., Sept. 24 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM on the National Mall join the Moral Action on Climate Justice Rally, as Pope Francis addresses Congress. CREDO is an activist organization, and we work with all kinds of allies who can help advance our progressive agenda.  In the tradition of our partnerships with groups like J Street, American Friends Service Committee, Pax Christi, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Catholics for Free Choice, Sojourners, Faithful America and other progressive religious groups, we are inviting climate activists in the DC area to support the Pope's plea for climate justice in person.

   The Pope's landmark encyclical Laudato Si' was a powerful moral call for action against the urgent threat of climate change.  It should especially be a wakeup call to Republicans in congress who claim to seize the mantle of religion even as their actions put the fossil fuel industry ahead of the safety and well-being of all living things on Earth. At the rally, organizers will broadcast the Pope's speech to Congress on a massive jumbotron so everyone can follow along.  After the speech, he'll come out of the Capitol and make an appearance directly to the crowd gathered on the Mall.   Rally speakers include Archbishop Pedro Jimeno Barreto, Dolores Huerta, and Rev. Dr. William Barber, and will feature musicians Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, and Sean Paul. RSVP at

46] – On Thurs., Sept. 24 from 7:30 AM to noon, can you collect signatures on the Papal Climate Change Petition.  If available, contact Bob Cooke ( or Jason Miller ( or copy petitions from and bring a pen and clipboard to solicit signatures in the John Marshall Place Park area (or elsewhere). 

47] – Come to the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center, 2730 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE, WDC 20032, on Thurs., Sept. 24 at 8:30 AM for the third in a series of conversations about economic issues affecting individuals and families in the community. This meeting will consider current research and best practices, address what it means to be “unbanked” or “underbanked,” and discuss ways to empower low- and moderate-income individuals in the District of Columbia.  Participants can expect a robust discussion about cross-sector credit strategies that can contribute significantly to a more inclusive, equitable DC economy.  

Program begins promptly at 9 AM. A networking lunch catered by Union Kitchen will be served at noon. This event is hosted by Capital Area Asset Builders, Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, Comptroller of the Currency, Corporation for Enterprise Development, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Visit  

48] – Come to American University, Kay Lounge, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Sept. 24 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM to meet Rev. Cori Bush, a leader of nonviolent protests in Ferguson, a health professional, a Nursing Supervisor at an area hospital, a pastor, and a mother of two teen boys, who has been harassed and beaten repeatedly by police. She has received death threats, been evicted from her home by a St. Louis corporation because her "grass was too long", and followed by police nightly because she has demanded transparency and integrity in governance and police operations. Also meet Dr. Dave Ragland, a native of Ferguson who founded the Truthtelling Project. See

49] – Be at the United Black Fund, 2500 MLK Jr. Ave, SE, WDC, on Thurs., Sept. 24 at 6 PM and hear about creating worker coops in DC. In spring of 2015, ONE DC members traveled to Baltimore, New York City, and Philadelphia to visit and learn from established worker-owned cooperatives. A Black Workers Center is a Black resident-led space that seeks to create & maintain racial & economic justice through popular education, direct action & the creation of worker-owned alternatives. Go to

50] – Are you interested in fighting against war, racism, and supporting building a stronger grassroots movement in DC? Are you interested in meeting other activists and building a local community? If so, come out to the volunteer orientation on Thurs., Sept. 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at 1525 Newton St., WDC.  RSVP to Darakshan Raja by sending an email with subject line: RSVP for volunteer orientation at

51] – On Thurs., Sept. 24 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, hear from Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez, a human rights defender that works as the principal attorney that gives legal advice at the front desk of the Fray Bartolomé Human Rights Center (FrayBa) in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. As an indigenous, Tzotzil woman from the highlands of Huixtan, Chiapas, Guadalupe knows well the context of socio-political struggle against the political class' development plans that threaten communities in her state. For this reason, she has been accompanying indigenous communities in their pursuit of justice for over 10 years. In the past year alone, Guadalupe attended to more than 1,300 denouncements of human rights violations. The work she and her coworkers do is powerful, unique, and inspiring. This 7-minute documentary gives a brief explanation of their work. Call 443-602-7585.  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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