Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 27 - 28, 2015

20] REUNION breakfast – Oct. 27
21] Protest at RNC – Oct. 27
22] Stop Fukushima Freeways – Oct. 27
23] Gender through the United Nations – Oct. 27
24] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Oct. 27
25] Vigil against JHU’s drone research – Oct. 27
26] Animal advocacy – Oct. 27 - 28
27] Film PRISONS FOR PROFIT – Oct. 27
28] Legislative Preview – Oct. 27
29] Book on homelessness industry – Oct. 27
30] Get rid of racist name for D.C. football team – Oct. 27
31] Protest Killer Drones – Oct. 27
32] Peace Academy course – Oct. 27
20] – On Tues., Oct. 27 at 8 AM enjoy REUNION’s Re-entry and Reconciliation Roadmap Breakfast.  REUNION - Ending Mass Incarceration Through Relationships and Commitment - is an interfaith community dismantling the crippling injustices of mass incarceration. This is happening at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20001. RSVP to reunionofficedc@gmail.com or 202-387-8001.
21] –  Get over to the Republican National Committee Headquarters, 310 First St. SE, WDC, on Tues., Oct. 27 at 11 AM because the RNC’s Unwillingness to Condemn Hateful Speech is Unacceptable.  Immigrant Rights advocates, including several people who fasted last week in New Orleans, will deliver over 30,000 petition signatures to the RNC calling on Chairman Reince Priebus to take a strong and public stance against bigotry by denouncing any presidential candidate who targets immigrant communities for racist attacks as a way to appeal to voters, and by denying funding for their campaigns.  Contact Carlos Vogel at 202-239-2133 or cvogel@communitychange.org.

22] –  Join the Crabshell Alliance and the Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility in Baltimore.in the STOP FUKUSHIMA FREEWAYS CAMPAIGN on Tues., Oct. 27 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM outside the CSX Tunnel, Howard and Lombard Streets, near Camden Yards, where a chemical fire burned out of control in 2001.  Besides the radiation emitted by nuclear reactors, there is a major environmental woe created by nuclear waste.  No one has been able to come up with a safe plan to transport the more than 70,000 tonnes of the highest radioactive waste. Yet some in government want to revive these plans. Recent maps show Baltimore and other major cities on the path of these shipments.

   If the controversial Yucca Mountain site were to open, transporting the nation's nuclear waste stockpile there would involve more than 12,000 shipments on roads and railways, making accidents a statistical certainty. We must not forget the Howard Street Tunnel fire. Contact Dr. Gwen DuBois at 410-615-0717. Go to www.crabshellalliance.org.

23] –   Global Security: What Does Gender Have To Do With It? Celebrate 15 Years of UNSCR 1325 on Tues., Oct. 27 from 2 to 5:30 PM.  The imperative for women to participate fully in decisions about peace and security won unprecedented recognition 15 years ago with the U.N. Security Council's adoption of Resolution 1325 calling for members to craft national plans to accomplish that objective. Now, the new U.N. Strategic Development Goals declare women's equality as a precondition to resolving many of the world's national and regional crises. Join the U.S. Institute of Peace and the five Nordic Embassies for a discussion with Nordic representatives that have helped pave the way on the connections between gender and security.  This is happening at the United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave, NW, WDC 20037.  Call (202) 457-1700.  Go to http://www.usip.org/

24] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is Oct. 27.  Call 215-426-0364.

25] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Oct. 27  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

26] – Mark your calendars, animal advocates! You're invited to special animal advocacy meetings across Maryland this fall to discuss hot topics—including puppy mills and dog fighting—and give you insider tips on how you can make Maryland a more humane state. The first two meetings are as follows.  On Tues., Oct. 27 from 6 to 7:30 PM at the La Plata Library Meeting Room, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata, MD.  The special guest is Ed Tucker of Charles County Animal Control. Then on Wed., Oct. 28 from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Towson Library, Wilson Room, 320 York Rd. The special guests include Delegate Dana Stein, Lisa Radov of Maryland Votes for Animals and Julianne Brown of ReLove Animals. RSVP at http://www.aspca.org/fight-cruelty/advocacy-center/maryland-were-coming-your-town-fall?ms=em_ade_MD-advocate-for-animals-meetings-article-advocacy-alert-20151026&initialms=em_ade_MD-advocate-for-animals-meetings-article-advocacy-alert-20151026&utm_source=MD-advocate-for-animals-meetings-article-advocacy-alert-20151026&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=advocacy. Contact Chloe Waterman at chloe.waterman@aspca.org.

27] –  On Tues., Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 PM, join American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation's Capital (ACLU-DC) & George Washington University School of Law ACLU-DC Student Club for a screening of “Prisons for Profit,” a short documentary chronicling the first 18 months in the life of the nation's first state prison sold to a for-profit corporation. The screening and the discussion which will follow is at GWU, 650 20th St. NW, Tasher Great Room, WDC.  What impact will privatization have in the District? Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-happens-when-prisoners-become-dollar-signs-tickets-18802765578.

28] – The Maryland League of Conservation Voters Legislative Preview is happening on Tues., Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore 21292.  Join advocates, elected officials, and conservation-minded voters in a discussion of some of the most important environmental issues of the 2016 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session.  RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/986227188107165/.  Go to www.mdlcv.org.

29] – At the Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Tues., Oct. 27 at 7 PM, Crig Willse traces the emergence and consolidation of a homeless services industry. How to most efficiently allocate resources to control ongoing insecurity has become the goal, he shows, rather than how to eradicate the social, economic, and political bases of housing needs. Drawing on his own years of work in homeless advocacy and activist settings, as well as interviews conducted with program managers, counselors, and staff at homeless services organizations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, Willse provides that first analysis of how housing insecurity becomes organized as a governable social problem. His book “The Value of Homelessness” offers new ways for students and scholars of social work, urban inequality, racial capitalism, and political theory to comprehend the central role of homelessness in governance and economy today.  Willse is assistant professor of cultural studies at George Mason University.

30] – On Tues., Oct. 27 from 7 to 9 PM, come to an educational forum at Temple Shalom, 8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase, featuring Tara Zhaabowekwe Houska, tribal rights lawyer, and Mike Wise, currently with ESPN and a former sports columnist with the Washington Post.  The controversy surrounding the name of Washington's football team is not going away and will remain a topic of debate in these dynamic cultural times.  The nation has experienced historic changes regarding civil rights, including a seminal Supreme Court ruling on single-sex marriage.  Are names and symbols important in this context?  Pejorative labels for gays and lesbians that were commonplace are no longer tolerated.  Confederate flags are beating a retreat from flagpoles to museums. To many, the name and logo of the Washington football team is a relic of a segregationist and oppressive past. 

31] – Protest Killer Drone Speaking Event on Tues., Oct. 27 from 7 to 8:30 PM on the National Mall side of the Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave. SW, WDC 20560. The museum is sponsoring an event called “Predator: Transforming Modern Warfare with Drones” with speaker James G. “Snake” Clark, who personally oversaw killer drone operations.

Killer drones have murdered thousands of innocent people in Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Recently, the Drone Papers revealed by The Intercept showed that the terror (and inaccuracy!) drones have wrought has spread anti-American sentiment throughout the world, and their use has created a state of perpetual war with minimal transparency and accountability. Join us to protest outside the Air & Space Museum to tell them to stop glorifying these horrible tools of war! Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/736569696471412/.

32] – The Peace Academy has four course offerings ranging from family peace-keeping strategies to nonviolent communication tactics. Each is to be conducted at The Perry School, 128 M St. NW, WDC, or interested parties can arrange a course at their particular sites. Registration can be completed online at www.lffp.org or by contacting MJ Park at mjpeace@gmail.com or 240-838-4549. Details for the first course is listed below.

On Tues., Oct. 27 from 7 to 8:30 PM, you could attend Course III: Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Children, Session I: Practicing LFFP strategies, games and tools with other parents to use with family members at home. The cost is $45 per person.

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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