Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - December 2 -3, 2015

22] Support paid family leave – Dec. 2
23] Knesset member to speak – Dec. 2
24] The Nuclear Brink – Dec. 2
25] Conference on Turkey -- Dec. 3
22] – Come to the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Wed., Dec. 2 at 10 AM as a diverse panel of D.C. community leaders will testify before the DC Council about the paid family and medical leave bill. The speakers will be both supportive of and opposed to the bill, so it's critical to pack the room to show the strength of paid leave's supporters.  The hearing will last about four hours.  Register at https://www.facebook.com/events/1644302552507104/.

23] – On Wed., Dec. 2 from 1 to 2 PM at the Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037  presents Palestinian Citizens of Israel Lead Toward Justice, Freedom, and Equality with Ayman Odeh, member of the Israeli Knesset and chair of the Joint List.  A light lunch will be served at 12:30 PM.  RSVP at http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/EventDetails/i/56712 now!.  Call 202-338-1958.  The Metro to use is Foggy Bottom. 

Odeh will speak on today's landscape and the prospects for Palestinian citizens of Israel to build political power and lead the region. MK Odeh is the head of the third largest political party in the Knesset, representing Israel's Palestinian citizens, who account for one-fifth of the country's population. This presentation will be conducted in Arabic with simultaneous English translation.

MK Ayman Odeh has served as Secretary General of the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality (Hadash) political party since 2006. As leader of the Joint List - an alliance of four predominantly Palestinian parties - he represents Israel's Arab Palestinian citizens. He currently serves on the Knesset House Committee and the Knesset Committee on Labor, Welfare, and Health, and is chairman of the Cultural Affairs Caucus.  Odeh was born and raised in Haifa. At the age of 23, he was elected to represent Hadash on the Haifa City Council, where he served for five years, from 1998 to 2003. A lifelong advocate for equality and civil rights, MK Odeh worked as a project director for Sikkuy, the Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality, from 2003 to 2006. He is also a member of the board of the Mahmoud Darwish Foundation and is a former board member of Al-Midan Theater. He holds a law degree from Mihai Eminescu University and passed the Israeli bar in 2001. 

24] – On Wed., Dec. 2 from 4 to 6 PM, William Perry, former Defense [sic, War] Secretary,  former Sen. Sam Nunn, Nuclear Threat Initiative, David Hoffman, Washington Post, and Allison Macfarlane, George Washington University, will tackle "My Journey at the Nuclear Brink" at George Washington University, Lehman Auditorium, 800 22nd St. NW, WDC. RSVP at https://www.tfaforms.com/397590line.

25] – At the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, WDC, on Thurs., Dec. 3 from 9 AM to 4:15 PM attend the MEI's 6th Annual Conference on Turkey, in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, which will feature three exceptional panels examining the country's tumultuous domestic politics and regional role in a period of unprecedented change. Register at http://www.mei.edu/events/6th-annual-conference-turkey.

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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