Saturday, March 19, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - March 19 - 23, 2016

10] Phone banking for Bernie – Mar. 19 – Mar 23
11] Revolution continues – Mar. 19
12] Meet Margaret Flowers and other Green Party candidates – Mar. 19
13] Black liberation film – Mar. 19
14] Fundraiser for Democracy Spring – Mar. 19
15] Play THERE IS A FIELD – Mar. 19
16] “Can We Keep Our Democracy?” – Mar. 20
17] Protest AIPAC – Mar. 20
18] Film SONIC SEA – Mar. 20
19] Four lynchings in Georgia – Mar. 20
10] –   Phone bank for Bernie on Sat., Mar. 19 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Westminster Public Library, small meeting room, 50 E Main St., Westminster 21157. Go to  RSVP to volunteer with Shane Stewart at 617-688-8147.

Banking for Bernie is on for Sun., Mar. 20 from noon to 3 PM at Rose' and Stokes, 12803 Buckingham Drive, Bowie 20715. Call Matthew Redabaugh at 240-281-8596.  Go to

Phone banking for Bernie on Mon., Mar. 21 from 6 to 9 PM at Jodi’s place, 4505 Beechwood Road, College Park, MD 20740. Go to

Join Bobby's Bernie Phonathon on Tues., Mar. 22 from 5 to 7 PM in North Patterson Park, 100 Rochester Place, Baltimore 21224. Call 570-506-3007. RSVP at

Phone Banking will take place at 44 Pennsylvania Ave., Apt. 1, Westminster 21157, on Wed., Mar. 23 from 6 to 9 PM.  Go to

Phone bank parties are a fun and important way to help elect Bernie. Whether you’re phone banking in a campaign office or at your own home, you’re making a huge impact by identifying Bernie supporters. Please click here to review the phone banking resources. Remember, you'll need a reliable phone, plus a computer, laptop or tablet.

11] – The Revolution Continues: A Conversation with Yassin Al Haj Saleh is happening at 419 7th St., NW, WDC, on Sat., Mar. 19 at 2 PM.  Saleh known as "the conscience of Syria" will discuss Syria, the Syrian Revolution 5 years on, the current rebirth of the protest movement, and what next steps should be.  He will be speaking via Skype. RSVP at  

12] – On Sat., Mar. 19, the Baltimore Green Party will be hosting a candidate Meet and Greet at its office, located just downstairs from the Flowers Community Engagement Center, 100 E 23rd St., Baltimore 21218. Come meet Margaret and all the Green Party's candidates in this year's City elections.  RSVP  Doors open at 3:30 PM, and the Meet and Greet will end at 7 PM.  Email or call 240-285-0843.  On Sun., Mar. 20 from 2 to 4 PM, Margaret will participate in a Senate candidates forum at the Muslim Community Center, 15200 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring 20905.  RSVP at

13] – Come to The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC, on Sat., Mar. 19 at 6:30 PM for a community discussion and screening of “Self Respect, Self Defense & Self Determination.” This is a film from Freedom Archives which shows an event held at the First Congregational Church in Oakland on Sunday, March 14, 2004 with Mabel Williams and Kathleen Cleaver, welcomed and introduced by Angela Davis. These two inspiring women of the 60s Black liberation struggle met to share their personal experiences - resisting the KKK and police repression, forced into exile by government repression, and their international experiences in Third World nations. Mabel Williams, with her late husband Robert F. Williams, met with Malcolm X, Ho Chi Minh, Che Guevara and Mao Tse Tung to help internationalize support for the Black Liberation Movement. Kathleen Cleaver was Communications Secretary and the first woman on the Central Committee of the Black Panther Party. Go to

14] – Come to the Artist/Activist House Show for Democracy Spring, 4528 4th St. NW, WDC, on Sat., Mar. 19 from 7 to 10 PM.  Gather and share songs, spoken word, and art for a just, equitable world in which everyone has a voice in our political system!  This is a fundraiser for the efforts to organize an enormous week of civil disobedience to get money out of politics at the Capitol in April, known as Democracy Spring. This is about achieving justice for all, not just a few. See

15] – See THERE IS A FIELD at the St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Sat., Mar., 19 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. THERE IS A FIELD is a play about Aseel Asleh, a 17-year old Palestinian citizen of Israel killed by police in October 2000. Based on interviews and primary sources collected over 15 years, the play offers a uniquely personal lens for understanding inequality as the root of state violence and impunity. Audiences throughout the United States will find particular resonance with themes raised by Aseel’s life and murder, and post-play discussions and actions will create space to further explore connections and build solidarity across universal struggles for liberation and equality. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $20 on a sliding scale, but no one turned away.  The performance is sponsored by the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace and others.  Go to

16] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon. On Mar. 20, the topic is “Can We Keep Our Democracy? (Or, Can We Get it Back?)” Ms. Susan Ogden, V.P. of GMOM, an activist, retired teacher, child welfare advocate, and long-time member of the Washington Ethical Society, will address the issue. Princeton political scientists recently demonstrated that the U.S. functions as an oligarchy. Unlimited campaign money, the corruption of our political system by the donor class, systematic voter suppression, and voter cynicism conspire to challenge what’s left of our Democracy. Reform efforts are growing, and Get Money Out-MD (GMOM) may be on the verge of passing, in the Maryland legislature, a state resolution to overturn ‘Citizens United’ through a U.S. constitutional amendment, including a guaranteed right to vote. An unprecedented direct action for Democracy, including civil disobedience, is planned in Washington by hundreds of groups this spring (Democracy Spring/Awakening).
Call 410-581-2322 or email

17] – Come to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Sun., Mar. 20 at noon and join Al-Awda, The Palestinian Right to Return Coalition and the ANSWER Coalition who are co-sponsoring the National March to Support Palestine and Protest AIPAC. Organizers are expecting hundreds of organizations and individual leaders to endorse this activity and join the effort!   At 1 PM, march to the Washington, D.C. Convention Center to protest AIPAC and support Palestine! RSVP to If you're interested in going with the Baltimore Palestine Solidarity, email

18] – See a free screening of "Sonic Sea" hosted by the Natural Resources Defense Council on Sun., Mar. 20 at 4 PM at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20560. Reservations are encouraged.  To reserve tickets and learn more, you can visit the National Museum of Natural History's "Sonic Sea" page -- Contact Rhea Suh at  This entry (USA, 2015, 60 min.)  in the Environmental Film Festival informs us that a century ago the seas were silent.  Now humans fill them with an unbearable cacophony – the sonic “bombs” of oil prospectors, the whirr of freight ships, the shrieks of military sonar – driving whales to death and disorientation. “Sonic Sea,” narrated by Rachel McAdams and featuring Sting, tells the story of Ken Balcomb, a former Navy officer who solved the tragic mystery of a mass stranding, and the global network of scientists working to limit our deadly clamor. 

19] – On Sat., Mar. 20 at 6 PM come to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, to hear KAREN BRANAN present THE FAMILY TREE: A LYNCHING IN GEORGIA.  In the tradition of “Slaves in the Family,” the provocative true account of the hanging of four black people by a white lynch mob in 1912—written by the great-granddaughter of the sheriff charged with protecting them.  Branan is the great-granddaughter of that sheriff. She spent nearly twenty years combing through diaries and letters, hunting for clues in libraries and archives throughout the United States, and interviewing community elders to piece together the events and motives that led a group of people to murder four of their fellow citizens in such a brutal public display. Her research revealed surprising new insights into the day-to-day reality of race relations in the Jim Crow–era South, but what she ultimately discovered was far more personal. As she dug into the past, Branan was forced to confront her own deep-rooted beliefs surrounding race and family, a process that came to a head when Branan learned a shocking truth: she is related not only to the sheriff, but also to one of the four who were murdered. Both identities—perpetrator and victim—are her inheritance to bear.  Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

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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