Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - March 9, 2016

32] Gun Sense in Annapolis - Mar. 9
33] Discussion on Islam – Mar. 9
34] Storytelling as Resistance – Mar. 9
35] Film I AM DIVINE – Mar. 9
36] Doing time in prison – Mar. 9
37] Book BITTER IS THE WIND – Mar. 9

32] – Gun safety advocates from across Maryland are gathering to help pass stronger public safety laws. Will you be one of them? On Wed., Mar, 9, lawmakers will be discussing a comprehensive package of gun safety bills recently introduced in the General Assembly.  Show your support!  RSVP at http://act.everytown.org/signup/moms-hearing-rsvp-MD/?source=emne_moms-hearing-rsvp-MD&utm_source=em_n_&utm_medium=_e&utm_campaign=moms-hearing-rsvp-MD&t=1&akid=3376.1092246.r1BrES,  and an organizer will reach out with more details and will prepare you to help make a difference in our fight to end gun violence in Maryland. Be at Maryland Gun Sense Advocacy Day on Wed., Mar. 9 @ 9:30 AM at the Maryland State House, 100 State Circle, Annapolis 21401.

33] – Come to the Old Council Chambers, 441 4th St, NW, WDC, on Wed., Mar. 9 from 6 to 8 PM as the DC Office of Human Rights, in partnership with Shoulder-to-Shoulder, will present a free panel discussion with diverse Muslim faith and community leaders to help attendees better understand the Muslim faith, the experiences of DC Muslim residents, and how to be effective allies to the Muslim community.  Attendees will leave the training with concrete steps they can take to counter Islamophobia and increase mutual understanding and respect in the District.  Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/standing-with-our-muslim-neighbors-a-workshop-for-allies-in-dc-tickets-21563595294?aff=efbnreg.

34] – On Wed., Mar. 9 from 6 to 8 PM, catch Storytelling as Resistance at the Wright Theater, University of Baltimore Student Center, 5th floor 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. Storytelling is a powerful act of resilience and witness for survivors. Join an incredible night of poetry, storytelling and song from survivors and supporters. There will be an opportunity for audience members to share their own testimonies through art and other mediums. Performers include Baltimore’s own vocalist J Pope, award winning poet Tafisha Edwards, The Sons of Baldwin: Spoken Word Collective, and Ama Chandra’s Music. An open mic will follow.

35] – See a free screening on Wed., Mar. 9 at 6:30 PM of “I AM DIVINE” at the Congress Hotel, 1st floor, 306 W. Franklin St., Baltimore 21201. Packed with great interviews and clips, this dynamic, fun and often poignant portrait of the legendary Divine brings to life a complex understanding of John Waters’ favored muse Divine, aka Harris Glen Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to an internationally recognized drag superstar. THE CHARM CITY FILM SERIES is hosted by the Baltimore Ethical Society. RSVPs are appreciated (not mandatory) at http://www.meetup.com/Charm-City-Film-Series/events/228646703/. A donation is suggested. A DISCUSSION will follow.  Enjoy pizza and beverages.

36] –Shaka Senghor, author of “Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, And Redemption In An American Prison” will be at BUSBOYS & POETS,  14TH & V Sts., 2021 14th St. NW, WDC, on Wed., Mar. 9 at  6:30 PM .  At age thirty-eight, Senghor was released from prison, where he’d served for nineteen years—seven of them in solitary confinement, which he describes in this powerful memoir. Senghor, whose childhood goal was to become a doctor, read, meditated, and wrote during his time behind bars; once free, he acted on what he’d learned about atonement and forgiveness, becoming a mentor to youth at risk for drugs or crime, and working for social change with organizations including the MIT Media Lab and the Atonement Project. He is currently the director of Strategy and Innovation with #cut50, whose goal is to reduce the U.S. prison population safely and responsibly by 2025. http://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/busboys-and-poets-14th-v-shaka-senghor-writing-my-wrongs-life-death-and-redemption.

37] –At Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th St. NW, WDC, on Wed., Mar. 9 from 7 to 9 PM, help author and attorney Jim McDermott in celebrating the launch of his novel “Bitter is the Wind.” McDermott is a nationally recognized business litigation attorney based in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He has worked on an assembly line and also represented multinational corporations. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Virginia Law School. This is a coming of age novel that traces the lives of George Johnson, Jr. and his father from the rural blue collar landscape of upstate New York in the 1970s to the halls of Wharton Business School and the heights of Wall Street. After a family tragedy strengthens their familial bond, the Johnsons contend with assembly line monotony, unfulfilled dreams of baseball stardom, and they learn what it means to be tempted, trapped, jailed and ignored by a seemingly uncaring God.

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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