Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - March 29 - 31, 2016

24] Nuclear security excellence – Mar. 29
25] Book discussion on Aaron Schwartz – Mar. 29
26] Finding grants – Mar. 30
27] Plutonium Buildup in East Asia – Mar. 30
28] Housing Advocacy training – Mar. 30
30] Activist Awards – Mar. 31
31] Coup in Brazil? – Mar. 31
32] Phone bank for Bernie – Mar. 31
33] Caring for Creation – Mar. 31
34] Film THE SAME HEART – Mar. 31
35] Revolutionary Mothering – Mar. 31
36] Grant workshop – Mar. 31

24] – On Tues., Mar. 29 from 9:45 AM to noon, Jongsook Kim , Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation; Yosuke Naoi, Japan Atomic Energy Agency; and Zhenhua Xu, China State Nuclear Security Technology Center, will deal with "Beyond the Nuclear Security Summits: The Role of Centers of Nuclear Security Excellence." Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington. RSVP at PPP@csis.org. There is a webcast on the CSIS website: http://csis.org/event/beyond-nuclear-security-summits-role-centers-nuclear-security-excellence.

25] –FRANK PASQUALE AND JAMES GRIMMELMANN PRESENT - AARON SWARTZ: THE BOY WHO COULD CHANGE THE WORLD on Tues., Mar. 29 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  In his too-short life, Aaron Swartz reshaped the Internet, questioned our assumptions about intellectual property, and touched all of us in ways that we may not even realize. His tragic suicide in 2013 at the age of twenty-six after being aggressively prosecuted for downloading materials off the JSTOR database shocked the nation and the world.  Here for the first time in print is revealed the quintessential Aaron Swartz: besides being a technical genius and a passionate activist, he was also an insightful, compelling, and cutting essayist. With a technical understanding of the Internet and of intellectual property law surpassing that of many seasoned professionals, he wrote thoughtfully and humorously about intellectual property, copyright, and the architecture of the Internet. He wrote as well about unexpected topics such as pop culture, politics both electoral and idealistic, media and journalism, and education. Including two in-depth and previously unpublished essays about education and congressional politics, “The Boy Who Could Change the World” contains the life’s work of one of the most original minds of our time. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to http://www.redemmas.org.

26] – Come to Intro to Finding Grants on Wed., Mar. 30 from 10 AM at 1627 K St. NW, Third Floor, WDC. Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this newly revised class. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including. An optional 30 minutes will be provided after class for guided online grant research. It is advisable, but not necessary, to bring a laptop/tablet for this portion of the class. Call (202) 331-1400. For a recorded, closed captioned video of this class, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_3r_CjeMn4.  To register go to http://grantspace.org/training/calendar/washington-dc/introduction-to-finding-grants-2016-03-30-washington-dc?utm_medium=email&utm_source=librarylists&utm_campaign=dcnews20160226.

27] – On Wed., Mar. 30 from 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM, Robert Gallucci, former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs; Robert Einhorn, former Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation; William Tobey, former Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration; and Henry Sokolski, former DOD Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy, will tackle "The Coming Plutonium Buildup in East Asia: Why America Should Worry." Sponsored by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, it will take place in B-339, Rayburn House Office Building, WDC. A light lunch will be provided.  Call (571) 970-3187 or email events@npolicy.org. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZTh5YwzlpAQ0vEpJKN5BTKpc0ticXV6TbFB5ya3ADkc/viewform.

28] – There is CNHED Housing Advocacy Training at WeWork, 641 S St. NW, WDC, on Wed., Mar. 30 from 6 to 8 PM.  Do you want to speak out for affordable housing? Want a hands-on training to make you a better advocate? Each week will focus on a new area of how to speak out and tell your story. Learn about the DC’s budget process, elected officials and their roles, practice writing and giving testimony, and meet other advocates.  Childcare and Spanish interpretation available upon request. These sessions will be offered twice, once on four consecutive Wednesdays. It is recommended to attend as many as possible as they build on each other. RSVP to Elizabeth Falcon, Housing For All at (202) 745 -0902 x205.  Go to https://www.cnhed.org/housing-for-all-campaign/campaign-events/?utm_source=CNHED+List&utm_campaign=4a483c6d44-H4A+Writing+Competition+and+lunch+%28free%29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cb8a4cc81a-4a483c6d44-74687889.

29] – On Thurs., Mar. 31 at 2 PM come to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, to hear  MAI’A WILLIAMS, ALEXIS PAULINE GUMBS, AND CHINA MARTENS PRESENT - MOTHERFUL REALITY: AN ALL-AGES COLORING WORKSHOP. The Sisterhood of Black Single Mothers decided to change the language in the 1980's.  Instead of describing non-patriarchal families as "fatherless" they described them as "motherful" families.  Riffing on the genius of those mamas the Revolutionary Mothering crew is creating Motherful community events around the country, which are open to everyone!  We will bring the crayons and revolutionary activities, you bring your generations of brilliance and you'll leave with intergenerational learning tools to keep the revolution alive! Call 443-602-7585.  Go to http://www.redemmas.org.

30] – The annual Activist Awards Grassroots Gala will be held at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Mar. 31 from 6:30 to 10 PM.  For the 11th year, celebrate DC activists' hard work and successes in creating a more just and peaceful world. Wear your favorite activist fashion gear or whatever makes you feel powerful because there will be great music and performances, fun dancing, free food, cash bar, awesome silent auction baskets and lots of inspiring progressive activists who deserve a night to party. Pull out your favorite dress, suit, t-shirt, or favorite pair of jeans, because this is a Grassroots Gala. Please join us as we honor our fantastic awardees! Tickets are $15 to 200 on a sliding scale.  BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE at http://ow.ly/WMbRv.
31] – Brasil: There won't be a coup! is happening at the Consulate General of Brazil, 1030 15th St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Mar. 31 at 6:30 PM.  Can we permit another coup d'etat in Latin America? Can we allow the right-wing media to manipulate the Brazilian public and foment violence as it did in 1964, overthrowing another democratically elected government? We need more democracy and more international solidarity with the people of Brazil. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/553407744827579/.

32] – Phonebank at Joe's House on Thurs., Mar. 31 from 7 to 9 PM at 1405 Berwick Rd., Towson 21204.  Please try a few calls on your own before coming if you can; it's self-explanatory on the website.  Must disable popup blockers beforehand, it explains how on the Bernie website. You MUST bring laptop with Chrome, Firefox or Safari, AND a phone and charger. Enjoy refreshments and camaraderie.  FEEL THE BERN! Email Joe Adams [mailto:joeadamsmd@gmail.com]. 

33] –  Dr. William Blair will speak on "Caring for Creation: the Bible Speaks, the Earth Speaks...Is Anyone Listening?" on Thurs., Mar. 31 at 7 PM at St. John's United Methodist Church, 2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, in the Sunday Room. Dr. Blair is an astrophysicist and research scientist at JHU. He is a member of the Creation Care Group of the Baltimore Presbytery, and is speaking at St. John's thanks to Interfaith Power and Light, which helps congregations of all faiths throughout the area to save energy, go green, and respond to climate change. Everyone is welcome. Email Kim Leith [mailto:leith92@yahoo.com].

34] –   On Thurs., Mar. 31 at 7 PM at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW, WDC 20001, see the D.C. premiere of “The Same Heart,” the new documentary film from Len and Georgia Morris that explores a wide range of problems children face around the world. The documentary proposes a solution to help combat these problems -- a financial transaction tax that would provide billions of dollars in resources. There will be a Q&A session after the screening with noted economist Dean Baker. Wrapping up the evening will be an Afro Dance Party featuring Awa Sangho, and other performances by Charnett Moffett and Volker Goetze. 

Tickets are available at the Howard box office or through http://www.ticketmaster.com/Howard-Theatre-tickets-Washington/venue/172555#focus_event_table. Use the discount code "thesameheart" to purchase $20 tickets. The evening is sponsored by Media Voices for Children, Motema Music and Blue Note Entertainment Group. 

35] – Catch the Author Talk... “Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines” at 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Mar. 31 at 7 PM.  This author talk with Alexis Pauline Gumbs is part of the Gender + Justice Events Series: Through films, discussions & author talks, this series seeks to center a feminist lens on the shared perspectives, experiences and voices of women in social movements. The book is an anthology that centers mothers of color and marginalized mothers’ voices – women who are in a world of necessary transformation. The challenges faced by movements working for antiviolence, anti-imperialist, and queer liberation, as well as racial, economic, reproductive, gender, and food justice are the same challenges that marginalized mothers face every day. Gumbs was the first person to dig through the archives of several radical black feminist mothers including June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Lucille Clifton, and Toni Cade Bambara while writing her dissertation We Can Learn to Mother Ourselves: The Queer Survival of Black Feminism, a 500-page work. See https://www.facebook.com/events/238963693110001/.

36] – Research Associates Foundation announces the next grant cycle to continue funding of Baltimore-based progressive projects and groups.  The deadline for the upcoming grant cycle is April 29, 2016.  For more information, and to download the appropriate application for your project or organization, go to www.RAFbaltimore.org.  There is an information session to assist you in completing applications and to answer your questions: Thurs., Mar. 31 from 7:30 to 9 PM at St. Peter Claver Church (main office), 1526 N. Fremont Ave., Baltimore 21217.  It will be hosted by RAF board members Rob Helfenbein and Kostis Papadantonakis.

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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