Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 30, 2015

24] Land claims in the Amazon – Sept. 30

25] Film PRISON KIDS – Sept. 30

26] Save Affordable Housing – Sept. 30


24] -- Amazon Watch and the Amazon Conservation Team Invite You to a "Green-Bag Lunch" Presentation: Indigenous Land Claims in the Colombian Andes-Amazon Transition Region with Brian Hettler. Amazon Conservation Team, on Wed., Sept. 30 at 12:30 PM to 2 PM in the Amazon Watch / CIEL Conference Room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100, (above Cosi, Dupont Circle South) , WDC.

25] -- At the CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER, First Street Southeast Room, SVC 200-201, WDC, on Wed., Sept. 30 from 3 to 4 PM, Fusion is hosting a screening of the documentary “Prison Kids” and a discussion on juvenile justice in America with Sen. Cory Booker, Mark Holden (Koch Industries), Van Jones (#cut50), Jennifer Bellamy (ACLU), Christine Leonard (Coalition of Public Safety), and Five Mualimm-ak (Incarceration Nation Inc.).  RSVP at

26] -- On Wed., Sept. 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, stand with the 302 families of Museum Square Apartments who are fighting to preserve their Section 8 affordable housing units! On the eve of the Section 8 contract expiring on October 1st, all DC residents who care about affordable housing and diverse communities should come out in solidarity with the Chinese & African-American families at risk of displacement for a community rally and a short march through the neighborhood to say loud & clear: "We Need to Preserve Affordable Housing in Washington DC!"

In alliance with the Museum Square Tenants Association, the National Alliance of HUD Tenants, and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, DC residents are calling for:

1. Bush Companies to extend the Section 8 contract, stop the proposed demolition of these 302 homes, and offer a fair price to the tenants to buy their homes for the permanent preservation of Museum Square.

2. The DC Council to pass permanent TOPA (Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act) legislation that requires all property owners to offer a bonafide price to tenants to buy their buildings to preserve their homes that includes Museum Square, and the DC government to exercise DOPA (District Opportunity to Purchase Act) and work with nonprofit developers to acquire Museum Square.

3. HUD to require voucher landlords to issue form letters to tenants informing them of their rights in their primary language, and to implement fines on owners who violate rights, to prevent misleading and illegal tactics by landlords to illegally push out low-income, immigrant and elderly residents.

The Bush Companies owner of the building would like to demolish the building to replace these families with 825 luxury condos and apartments only affordable to the wealthy. Displacement of 200 Chinese immigrants & 100 African-American residents, mostly seniors and children, and small businesses would cause economic hardship, further isolation, decimate Chinatown even further, and dramatically reduce the remaining affordable housing stock in DC.

Meet in front of Museum Square, 401 K St. NW, WDC, for a rally at 4:30 PM, and for a short march through the neighborhood at 5:45 PM to say: Save affordable housing in DC! See

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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