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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Baltimore Activist Alert - November 12 -15, 2015
39] FCNL annual meeting – Nov. 12 - 15
40] Race and Justice in America – Nov. 12
41] Cost of food–
42]Nuclear Weapons and International
Stability – Nov. 12
43] Million Student March is coming – Nov. 12
Health, & Climate Expo –
46]Middle East Institute's 69th Annual Awards Banquet – Nov.
47]Baltimore Rising – Nov. 12 & 14
48] Syrian Refugee Crisis – Nov. 12
49] Harvard’s hidden history – Nov. 12
50] Pledge meeting – Nov. 12
51] We too sing – Nov. 12
52] GMOM conference call –Nov. 12
53] Stifled Verse – Nov. 12
54] Middle East Institute's annual conference – Nov. 13
55] Peace vigil at White House – Nov. 13
39] – From Thurs., Nov. 12 through Sun., Nov. 15, the
Friend Committee on National Legislation (Quakers), will hold its annual
meeting at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, WDC.
For Building Pathways to Peace go to http://fcnl.org/events/annual_meeting/2015/. Each day begins with breakfast at 7 AM. On
Thursday, the day ends at 7 PM with the opening plenary --"From War Is Not
the Answer to Peacebuilding." On
Friday, the day’s conclusion is a panel at 7 PM -- "Creating the
Structures to Support Peacebuilding."
On Saturday, the evening concludes at 7 PM with a plenary: "The
World We Seek: Now Is the Time."
The annual meeting will close at noon on Sunday.
40] –Race and Justice in America:
An Atlantic Summit is happening at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW, WDC on
Thurs., Nov. 12 from 10 AM to 4 PM. In his October 2015 cover story,
"The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” Ta-Nehisi Coates
explores the devastating impact decades of mass incarceration has had on
African-American families. A
breakthrough event pegged to this landmark piece will provide a definitive
exploration and razor-edged analysis of the complicated history of the nation’s
justice system and the future of prison reform. RSVP at http://www.theatlantic.com/live/events/race-and-justice-in-america-an-atlantic-summit/2015/.
41] – Come to the Founders Room,
American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Nov. 12 from
10:30 AM to noon to hear about the cost of food. Imagine if the price you paid for a hamburger
included factors such as heart disease, the number one cause of death worldwide;
or the runoff of manure spread on fields from concentrated animal feeding
operations; or injuries to workers in slaughterhouses and processing plants; or
the poor animal welfare practices in livestock operations. It would certainly
be more than US$.99 and would not be part of the value menu. True Cost Accounting assigns value to the
social, environmental, and health impacts of producing food. This fall, Food
Tank is hosting a special event on True Cost Accounting with the Union of
Concerned Scientists and GRACE Communications Foundation.
“It’s not an accident that we grow so much corn
and soybean commodity crops. It’s not an accident that we only use two percent
of land for fruits and vegetables,” said Jenn Yates of the Union of Concerned
Scientists. This special event will spotlight the external costs of producing
food and prove there is no such thing as cheap food. In fact, True Cost
Accounting has the potential to make industrial food production seem extremely
harmful and overly expensive, while sustainable food production is not only
necessary, but more affordable. Go to
Join a meeting of UDC's Million Student March and demand an end to oppressive
student debt, high tuitions, and financial reform on Thurs., Nov. 12 from
2 to 4 PM at 4200 Connecticut Ave., Building 39, 2nd Floor Windows
Lounge, WDC. The march is calling for
the following demands: a. National Student Debt Cancellation, b. Free Tuition
at Public Universities, c. 15 dollar living wage for campus workers and d. UDC
Financial Aid Reform. Email Gary.saucedo@UDC.edu.
Goodell is a contributing editor with Rolling Stone Magazine writing on energy
and climate change. He most recently interviewed President Obama in Alaska
about the role United States can play in combating climate change. In the
Abramson Family Founders Room, SIS Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC,
on Thurs., Nov. 12 from 2:30 to 4 PM, enjoy a conversation with the
journalist, moderated by Professor Paul Wapner of the Global Environmental
Politics Program in the School of International Service. Professor Wapner
researches global environmental politics, environmental thought, transnational
environmental activism, and environmental ethics. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/986008898129769/.
The Baltimore Green Forum is an enthusiastic
partner in this Expo. The Expo will feature dozens of organizations and green
businesses that can help you save energy and money by going green at home,
including: The Empowers: energy-saving superheroes! * Mom’s Clean Air Force *
Groundswell clean energy purchasing groups * Ranger Rick & The National
Wildlife Federation * Breathe Easy Home * ZeroDraft Energy Efficiency * Blue
Water Baltimore * Baltimore Green Forum * Physicians for Social Responsibility
* Gunpowder Valley Conservancy * Interfaith Power & Light * Interfaith
Partners for the Chesapeake * Maryland Sierra Club * Pearlstone Center’s
Community Sustainability Program * Baltimore Metropolitan Council’s Air Quality
and Bike Safety Program * Maryland Working Families * Institute for Policy
Studies * and more!
46] – Register for the Middle East
Institute's 69th Annual Awards Banquet on Thurs., Nov. 12 from 6 to 8 PM at the
Capital Hilton Hotel, 1101 16th St. NW,
WDC. The banquet will honor
Egyptian-American global financial thought-leader Mohamed A. El-Erian with the
MEI Visionary Award and Emirati curator and arts educator Sheikha Hoor al
Qasimi with the Issam M. Fares Award for Excellence. General admission tickets
are $200, with discounted rates for Patron, Sustaining, and Contributing
Members of MEI.
El-Erian is the chief economic advisor at
Allianz, a global financial services company, and former CEO of PIMCO. The
chairman of President Barack Obama's Global Development Council, El-Erian has
been named to Foreign Policy's list of "Top 100 Global Thinkers" for
four consecutive years. His 2008 book, “When Markets Collide,” is a New York
Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
is president of the Sharjah Art Foundation, which supports arts in the Gulf by
nurturing artistic opportunities and promoting cultural exchange. She is the
director of the Sharjah Biennial, one of the most celebrated cultural events in
the region, which showcases the work of local and international artists. See http://www.mei.edu/Banquet.
47] – April’s uprising revealed deep injustices in
Baltimore: prevailing structural racism and economic inequality. We also saw a
growing movement demanding to be heard. United Workers took action with the
labor union UNITE HERE, talking with over one thousand residents in East and
West Baltimore. There were repeated demands for sustainable communities,
affordable housing, and local jobs. So committees were formed in East and West
Baltimore to build on this program. It is time to launch a grassroots campaign
to demand a Fair Development Future that meets the needs for housing, jobs and
sustainable, safe communities.
East Baltimore District 13 Platform Launch takes place on Sat., Nov. 14 from 11
AM to 1 PM at St. Wenceslaus Church, 2100 East Madison St., Baltimore
21205. RSVP at
Risinhttp://www.unitedworkers.org/baltimore_rising_district_13_platform_launch?utm_campaign=platform_launch&utm_medium=email&utm_source=unitedworkers. Go to www.unitedworkers.org.
48] –Come to a forum The Syrian Refugee
Crisis & the U.S.: What is Our Responsibility? Three experts on the
Syrian crisis will address the issues faced by refugees, the role of the U.S.
in creating and solving this crisis, and what the U.S. can do to assist and
welcome Syrian refugees. Speakers include Pam Bailey, human rights activist and
journalist; Phyllis Bennis, author of numerous books and articles on U.S.
policy in the Middle East; and Rafif Jouejati, Syrian activist and director of
FREE-Syria. The forum will be moderated by Andy Shallal, activist and owner of
Busboys and Poets. The forum starts at 7 PM on Thurs., Nov. 12 at the
Takoma Park Busboys and Poets, 235 Carroll St. NW, WDC 20012. Go to http://www.peaceactionmc.org/?utm_campaign=call_re_syria&utm_medium=email&utm_source=fundourcommunities.
Katsiaficas is author or editor of eleven
books, including “The Imagination of the New Left: A Global Analysis of 1968,”
the first book to place sixties movements in their worldwide context. Born in
North Carolina, Trumpbour earned a BA in history at Stanford University and
later received a PhD in history at Harvard. He edited ”How Harvard Rules: Reason in the Service of
Empire” (South End Press) and is the author of “Selling Hollywood to the World:
U.S. and European Struggles for Mastery of the Global Film Industry, 1920–1950”
(Cambridge University Press), which won the Allan Nevins Prize from the Society
of American Historians. He is currently Research Director for the Labor and
Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. Go to
50] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore now
meets on Thursdays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s
residence. There will be a meeting on Thurs., Nov. 12 at 7:30 PM. The agenda will include Freddie Gray &
local organizing, killer drones and Obama, the Drone Report, the Green Party,
the $2.7 billion blimps and the unending wars. Call 410-366-1637 or email
mobuszewski at verizon.net.
51] – On Thurs., Nov.
12 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore
21201, Deepa Iyer presents “We Too
Sing America.” Fourteen years
after 9/11, our country continues to contend with public policies and
misleading media narratives that have scapegoated South Asian, Arab, Muslim and
Sikh immigrant communities. We have "yet to fully confront the scope and
effects of racial anxiety, Islamophobia and xenophobia," writes Iyer in
her new book, “We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh
Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future” (The New Press).
Iyer’s book weaves stories of young activists who work across
intersections of race, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation,
and faith in order to push back against the issues that are making news
headlines today. Iyer’s book also places post 9/11 America in a larger context
- that of America’s changing racial demographics. As communities of color grow
in population size, how will they gain economic, political and cultural power
and equity? What are the roles of South Asian, Arab and Muslim immigrants in
fostering multiracial unity by centralizing Black liberation? Iyer’s book
examines these questions in light of post 9/11 America, the changing racial
landscape, and today’s people-centered movements for social change. Go to www.deepaiyer.com.
She tweets at @dviyer. Call 443-602-7585. Go to
52] – Members
of Get Money Out of Maryland will attend League of Women Voters meetings
throughout the State to explain why the Article V resolution is a great way to
build a movement for the 28th Amendment.
Contact GMOM for a schedule of meetings --
http://www.getmoneyoutmd.org/. The Weekly GMOM Conference Call will take place
on Thurs., Nov. 12 at 8 PM. Call
302-202-1092, code 1136243#. The agenda has two items: 1) ongoing actions
regarding SB 340/HB 980 and the League of Women Voters meetings; and
2) planning for GMOM events this fall, including petitioning in Annapolis
on Black Friday.
53] –Come to Busboys & Poets, 5th & K Sts. NW,
WDC, on Thurs., Nov. 12 from 8 to 10 PM for Stifled Verse, Free
Verse: An Evening of Poetry and Solidarity.
Join Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) and
Split This Rock for a night of poetry in protest of restrictions on free and
artistic expression in the Middle East and North Africa. The evening honors the
imprisoned Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami, who is currently serving a 15-year
prison sentence for the contents of his poetry. Attendees will have an
opportunity to sign a petition for his release. Featured poets include Rasha
Abdulhadi, Sarah Browning, Zein El-Amine, Amin Drew Law, and Joseph Ross.
is a non-profit organization that seeks to foster awareness of and support for
democracy and human rights in Bahrain and the Middle East. Split This Rock
cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and
provokes social change. It calls poets to a greater role in public life and
fosters a national network of socially engaged poets. Go to
54] –At the Capital Hilton Hotel, 1101 16th St. NW,
WDC, on Fri., Nov. 13 from 9 AM to 5 PM for the Middle East
Institute’s 69th Annual Conference. The event will bring together prominent
Middle Eastern and U.S. experts and foreign policy practitioners to delve into
the many questions and challenges that face the region during this period of
unprecedented change. Experts from across the region and the U.S. will examine
Middle Eastern states’ pursuit of security out of the current disorder, the
policy imperatives that will confront the next U.S. president, strategies for
empowerment, inclusion, and equity in Arab societies, and the trends and
channels in which youth are challenging the societal and political order.
Register at http://www.mei.edu/events/2015-annual-conference.
10:45 to 12:15 PM, hear a panel dealing with the violent conflicts in
Syria, Iraq, and Yemen which have drawn regional rivals Turkey, Iran, and Saudi
Arabia deeper into their struggle for power and influence. How will the nuclear
agreement with Iran impact the balance of power? Can the region's main actors
work together toward stability, or will their competition make heightened
sectarianism and conflict unavoidable?
55] –On Fri., Nov. 13 from noon to 1 PM, join the
Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war
and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close
Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community!
This vigil will take place at the White House on Pennsylvania Ave.
NW. Contract Art @ email@example.com or at 202-360-6416.
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
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