Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - March 2 - 30, 2016

29] Volunteers needed – Mar. 2
30] Trees are us – Mar. 2
31] Better Facilitation workshop – Mar. 2
32] Joe Hill – Mar. 2
33] Justice without Jails – Mar. 3
34] Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Exhibition - through Mar. 30
29] – Please volunteer, as there is lots of work to do to get lots of people to come to the Fulfill the Promise rally.  Enjoy pizza, drinks and positive vibes provided! Do you love making phone calls? There is a job for you. You hate making phone calls? There is also a job for you! Meet people who love affordable housing and ending homelessness. Come to WeWork Wonder Bread Factory, 641 S St. NW, WDC, on Wed., Mar. 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Go to

30] – Get over to a D.C. Science Café Event: Three Trillion Trees at 1025 5th St. NW, 5th & K Sts., WDC on Wed., Mar. 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  For each of the 7.2 billion people on the planet, there are hundreds of trees. Their importance in ecological systems cannot be overstated. And many of them face novel threats as the human touch on the planet gets ever heavier.  Join University of Maryland remote-sensing scientist Matthew Hansen, arborist Earl Eutsler, Deputy Director of DC’s Urban Forestry Administration, and science journalist Gabriel Popkin for a discussion about trees that will sweep from a global perspective on the state of trees in a climate-changing world, to a local effort to increase tree coverage in the District of Columbia, to a tale illustrating the diversity of challenges our arboreal partners face today. Contact Ivan Amato at  Go to

31] – Participate in Building Change Through Better Facilitation: WPC March Skillshare at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Wed., Mar. 2 from 7 to 9 PM. Come to an interactive training on facilitation tools and agenda creation for activists and social justice workers! Hear about tools that facilitators can use in big or small groups to have inclusive, dynamic meetings that get things done. Discuss the components of a great agenda and what should happen before and after gatherings to ensure that meetings help you achieve the goals you're working towards. The workshop will be facilitated by Sonia Silbert of the Washington Peace Center and Noor Mir of Amnesty International. It is asked that all participants refrain from wearing any scented products or washing with them on the day of the skillshare to ensure access for people who experience chemical or fragrance sensitivity. Email Darakshan at or call (202) 234-2000. RSVP at

32] –On Wed., Mar. 2 at 7:30 PM come to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, to hear FRANKLIN ROSEMONT'S JOE HILL, WITH DAVID ROEDIGER & KATE KHATIB.  “A pamphlet, no matter how good, is never read more than once, but a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over; I maintain that if a person can put a few cold, common sense facts into a song, and dress them up in a cloak of humor to take the dryness off of them, he will succeed in reaching a great number of workers who are too unintelligent or too indifferent to read a pamphlet or an editorial on economic science.”  —Joe Hill

Joe Hill—Wobbly labor organizer, nomadic musician, and revolutionary—is one of the great martyrs of American working class struggle. And the late Franklin Rosemont's sprawling biography—Joe Hill: The IWW and the Making of a Revolutionary Workingclass Counterculture—is the definitive archaeological excavation of Hill's life and spirit, and of the milieu of wild working-class creativity and global solidarity in which his songs were born. In this special event to celebrate the new edition of Franklin's book, we'll be joined by his collaborator and accomplice David Roediger, one of our favorite antiracist historians, who will illuminate the history of Joe Hill's life, death, and legacy, as well as by Red Emma's own Kate Khatib, who worked closely with Franklin in his last years, and who will situate Joe Hill within Franklin's larger Surrealist project to explode the continuum of history. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

33] – Justice Without Jails: Building Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration for Criminal Justice-Involved Women is happening at American University, Abramson Family Founders Room, SIS Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Mar. 3 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. The Exploring Social Justice Series, a program cosponsored by the American University Library, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center, brings to campus exemplary leaders from diverse backgrounds who have advocated for various human rights and social justice issues. This event will feature Georgia Lerner, Executive Director of Women’s Prison Association. 

The Women's Prison Association's (WPA) new and innovative alternative to incarceration (ATI) program, JusticeHome, is a testament to every woman's capacity for resiliency and the culmination of our effective gender-specific and evidence-based interventions and programming. WPA's Executive Director, Georgia Lerner, will present on how and why WPA developed this unique, home-based ATI structure and how it differs from other common ATI models. Ms. Lerner will identify the components of the JusticeHome model that help women achieve sobriety, increase family stability, and reduce the risk of recidivism, while avoiding incarceration and remaining in the community. A JusticeHome graduate profile will give audience members a closer look at how the program works. Ms. Lerner will also discuss how WPA plans to improve and expand JusticeHome so other nonprofits and agencies can replicate and/or incorporate resiliency-building elements of the program. Visit

34] – Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Exhibition is a project that began as a call from Beau Beausoleil in 2007 for writers which quickly moved on to incorporate artists, artist books and now includes printmakers all who are responding to bear witness to a tragic loss of a center of literacy and humanity in Iraq. One of the purposes of this project is to let those in the Iraqi Arts Community know that we will not let them endure the destruction of Iraqi culture in silence, that we have a collective voice and we will use it. This was a street of booksellers, printers, and readers. This was a street where people still felt "safe" among all the words and books. How can we not see the commonality between al- Mutanabbi Street and any street in the world that holds a bookshop or cultural institution? This is the starting point: where language, thought, and reality reside; where memory, ideas, and even dreams wait patiently in their black ink.

A diverse coalition of DC-area universities and arts and literary organizations will present Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016, a book arts and cultural festival through Sat., Mar. 5 throughout the Washington, D.C., area. Major exhibitions, programs, and events will commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street, celebrate the free exchange of ideas and knowledge, and stand in solidarity with the people of Iraq. Exhibitions of artwork created in response to the bombing will be featured at multiple venues, including the George Mason University School of Art Gallery, Atrium, Fenwick Library and the Workhouse Art Center, Gelman Library and the Corcoran School of Art and Design at The George Washington University, the Brentwood Arts Exchange, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, McLean Project for the Arts, Northern Virginia Community College, Olly Olly Gallery, and the Smithsonian American Art/Portrait Gallery Library.

 The exhibitions that are featured at the School of Art Gallery, the Fenwick Library, the Mason Atrium Gallery, and the Workhouse Art Center (plus partners) include three components: Letterpress Printed Broadsides; Artist Books; and Absence and Presence (a call to printmakers). Additionally, each gallery provides new interpretive documentary materials, hands-on workshops, and panels and conversations that will be built around the exhibitions. For a complete list of sites and dates and times go to

This is a list of some of the sites.  You can see the exhibit, for example, at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St., WDC, through Wed., Mar. 30.  It is entitled “Night and the Desert Know Me,” and the curators are Shanti Norris and Spencer Dormitzer.  The exhibit at the Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD 20722, runs through Sat., Mar. 12 -- “Selections from Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here.” The curator of the exhibit is Phil Davis.  Also see the exhibit at the Tyler Gallery, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, 500 17th St. NW, WDC, through Sun., Mar. 20--“Al-Mutanabbi Street in Books, Prints & Poetry.” Enjoy a reception on Fri., Mar. 4 from 1 to 2:30 PM.  Also you can see this exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art/Portrait Gallery, 750 9th St. NW, Room 2100, WDC 20001-4505 through Wed., Mar. 30 -- “Come Together: American Artists Respond to Al-Mutanabbi Street.” The curator is Anne Evenhaugen.

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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