Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 30, 2015

27] Remember Tyrone West – Sept. 30

28] Palestinian cry for reconciliation – Sept. 30

29] Conference call on Maryland climate legislation – Sept. 30

30] The pope’s encyclical – Sept. 30

31] Cry of the Earth – Sept. 30

32] Legislators talk about the climate – Sept. 30


27] – The family of Tyrone West has been showing up every week in protest of police brutality for more than two years.  Stand with them on Wed., Sept. 30 at 6:30 PM in Baltimore. Go to

28] – Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek is speaking on Wed., Sept. 30 at 7 PM!  Dr. Ateek, author of “Justice and Only Justice, A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation,” and co-author of the Kairos Palestine document, will talk at 7 pm on "The Israeli Right and Palestinian Christians."  Canon Ateek, the renowned Palestinian Episcopal minister and author, will share with us how the Christian community in the Holy Land copes with the increasing religious fundamentalism in Israeli society.  This event takes place in the sanctuary of St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW--just a block west of Wisconsin Ave. and the Tenleytown Metro Station (Red Line)--in Washington, DC 20016.  Limited street parking is available in the neighborhood near the church, which is elevator-accessible via the street-level entrance just to the left of the sanctuary's main entrance.  Naim's presentation on Sept. 30 is the first in a series of four consecutive Wednesday night presentations taking place at 7 PM at St. Columba's.  Call 301-518-5551. This is part of the Holy Land, Holy Hopes series at St. Colomba’s Episcopal Church. 

29] – Environment Maryland invites you to a conference call to hear a preview of its 2016 legislative campaign in Annapolis.  Environment Maryland and the Maryland Climate Coalition are holding the conference call on Wed., Sept. 30 from 7 to 8 PM. From making Maryland a leader in solar and off-shore wind energy to reducing energy costs for low-income families, the call will preview what's in store for 2016 and what opportunities are there to get involved in the movement for clean energy and climate solutions in Maryland. RSVP at david@environmentmaryland.orgYours, Call 410-467-0439.

30] – On Wed., Sept. 30 at 7 PM - Responding to Climate Change as People of Hope: Pope Francis’s Call to Action – will be a reflection on Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment and his visit to the U.S.  Learn how and why the Church is drawing attention to the moral dimensions of climate change, and be inspired to take action to care for our common home as people of hope.  The presenter will be Lonnie Ellis, Associate Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant.  Gather at the Brown-McCarthy Auditorium at St. John Neumann Church, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, VA 20191.  This is sponsored by the SJN Pax Christi, Pro-Life, and JustFaith ministries.

31] – On Wed., Sept. 30 at 7 PM go to St. Vincent’s Speaker’s Series: The Cry of the Earth - How Pope Francis Calls Us to Action on Saving Our Common Home.  The first of three talks will be by Stephen Scharper, University of Toronto, on science and climate change, and will be held at St. Vincent DePaul Church, 120 N. Front St., Baltimore 21202.

Climate change science has emerged in the last three decades as one of the most vexed and contentious areas of contemporary research. From the muzzling of environmental scientists in Canada to the censorship of leading climate change researchers in the United States, politics has tinctured, tethered, and at times eclipsed scientific data on one of the most important issues of our times. In his pioneering encyclical “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis takes on the climate change issue, directly utilizing contemporary scientific research on climate change and its effects, such as global warming, rising sea levels, the acidification of oceans, and species lost. This talk explores a series of questions:

▪ What role can a Catholic voice play in the science climate change debate?

▪ Does Pope Francis have unique credentials for addressing climate change science?

▪ Does climate change science challenge people of faith to a deeper understanding of their relationship to and responsibilities for creation?

Dr. Scharper has been an important voice in the discussion of religion and the environment since the publication of “The Green Bible,” which he co-wrote with his wife Hilary Cunningham in 1992. Since then, he has thought deeply and taught widely in the areas of religion, ethics, ecology and the environment, sharing his ideas as a professor, lecturer, columnist, television commentator and author. His most recent book, For Earth’s Sake: Toward a Compassionate Ecology” (available for sale at the event), explores the notion of how we are being called to develop an affective relationship with the natural world in light of contemporary ecological challenges.

32] – On Wed., Sept. 30 at 7:30PM, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters is co-sponsoring an 8th District Congressional Candidate Forum focusing specifically on environmental issues. It is taking place at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veteran's Place, Silver Spring. The following candidates for the 8th District seat have already accepted an invitation to participate: Delegate Kumar Barve, Valerie Ervin. Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez, Will Jawando, Kathleen Matthews and Sen. Jamie Raskin.

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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