Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 28 - June 30, 2016

24] Social Resiliency in the Built Environment -- June 28
25] Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty – June 29 – July 2
26] "The JCPOA: Looking Ahead After One Year – June 29
27] Tacos for Tails -- June 29 
28] "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future" – June 29
29] Ban fracking – June 29
30] Teaching for Change Celebration – June 29
32] Anti-apartheid book signing – June 30
33] Fight for $15 – June 30
34] National Lawyers Guild Gala – June 30
35] The Poverty Industry – June 30
24] – Social Resiliency in the Built Environment, hosted by AIA Baltimore, is happening on Tues., June 28 from 6 to 8 PM at the Impact Hub Baltimore, 10 East North Ave., Baltimore 21218.  This Conversation will begin a series on designing Resilient Communities for Baltimore. A definition of Social Resiliency is the result of several community factors working in synergy to create a healthy and resilient society that can withstand disruption. The panelists will discuss public health, community development and involvement, and local job creation. It will be demonstrated how these three components are strongest when building on the natural capacity of the neighborhood by engaging citizens to partner in the creation of their own healthy economic and physical social resiliency. As architects, designers, developers and engineers it is their ethical imperative to design communities and homes that integrate the existing social resources and infrastructures and provide healthy, low energy building options to obtain Social Resiliency in the Built Environment. Go to http://www.aiabaltimore.org/organizer/ or call 410.625.2585.

25] –  The annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty will take place outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C. from Wed., June 29 (all day) to Sat., July 2 (all day). STARVIN' FOR JUSTICE 2016 is the 23rd annual event. Online registration is at http://www.abolition.org/fastandvigil/register.html. Join the nearly 100 anti-death penalty activists who come regularly from across the U.S. and Canada - from Florida to Alaska and everywhere in-between - to vigil outside the Supreme Court.   Participation can be intermittent.  Some people come for all four days. Some locals come for a few hours here and there. Some just attend the evening teach-in programs outside the court.  Some fast, some do not. For the full schedule of events, including details on lodging, travel and other logistics, visit http://www.abolition.org/fastandvigil/. To help with funding, or to volunteer, please contact the Abolitionist Action Committee at 518-768-1867 or aac@abolition.org.

26] –   On Wed., June 29 from 10 AM to 2 PM, William Burns, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, and seven other speakers, will tackle "The JCPOA: Looking Ahead After One Year" at the Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at http://carnegieendowment.org/events/forms/?fa=registration&event=5295&lang=en.

27] – Tacos for Tails takes place on Wed., June 29 from 11 AM to 9 PM at l JR's Bar & Grill in Locust Point.  The day will feature all-day food and drink specials with a portion of proceeds going to BARCS!  Come for lunch or dinner. And from 6 to 8 PM, there will be a yappy hour, featuring fun doggie activities! Yes, you can bring your dogs! Guest bartenders are donating all tips to BARCS! Go to http://baltimoreanimalshelter.org/events/2016/06/29/tacos-for-tails.

28] – On Wed., June 29 from 2 PM to 4:15 PM, Matthew Kroenig, Georgetown University, and three other speakers, will address "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future." Sponsored by the National Bureau of Asian Research, the event will take place at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-report-launch-approaching-critical-mass-asias-multipolar-nuclear-future-registration-25824850824.

29] – MDE Fracking Regulations Public Meeting #3 will take place on Wed, June 29 from 5:30 to 8 PM from Garrett College, 687 Mosser Rd., McHenry, MD 21541,  The Sierra Club, Maryland Chapter, is organizing a rally outside at 5:30 PM to call for a ban on fracking! At 6 PM, folks will go in to attend the hearing.  Contact Zack Gerdes at zack.gerdes@mdsierra.org or (301) 717-1972.  Tell MDE how dangerous fracking is and that the people of Maryland want it banned!  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1615129258800864/?notif_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1466894673619846.

30] –25 Live: A Teaching for Change Celebration is going to be at 625 Monroe St. NE, WDC, on Wed., June 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Join Teaching for Change for fun, food, and fellowship as we celebrate our 25th anniversary year and honor key allies. Hear from noted educators Greg Carr (Howard University) and Enid Lee (co-editor of Beyond Heroes and Holidays). Honorees include renowned children’s book author Eloise Greenfield, school principals Marta Palacios and Carmen Shepherd, and the SNCC Legacy Project. Special guests also include legendary go-go performers Ju-Ju and Sweet Cherie. Bring books for signing because in addition to Enid Lee and Eloise Greenfield, attendees include James Loewen (Lies My Teacher Told Me) and Marita Golden (Long Distance Life.)  Visit https://www.teachingforchange.org/donate/25-live-celebration.

31] – RON KIPLING WILLIAMS will talk about his book BLACK FREAK MOSH HEAVEN on Wed., June 29 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. This is a poetic autobiography about a black youth who rocks and rolls to his own beat and is forced to battle racism, stereotypes and ignorance. It is a thought-provoking tale of a man who struggles against society's intolerance and fights to create a world of acceptance. It is a literal companion to his autobiographical one man show, Dreadlocks, Rock 'n Roll & Human Rights. Ron weaves poetry and memoir about his life as an awkward black youth living in middle class Washington, DC; his tumultuous familial relationships; his passion for rock and roll and his subsequent foray into the alternative and punk scene; his conflicts between his role within the race and class system and his staunch resistance to it; and his emergence as a free thinking human in a hegemonic society. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to http://www.redemmas.org.

32] – You are invited to the Book Signing ceremony for  Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo’s book   "The  Bryants' Anti-Apartheid Prophetic Activism" hosted by the Honorable South African Ambassador Mniwa J Mahlangu. at his residence on Thurs., June 30 at 10 AM . Bishop John Bryant will be present. For the ceremony, come to  4847 Parkway, NW WDC 20016. RSVP to mankekolo@aol.com or 410-233-4649 or 443-739-1217.

33] – Join the Economic Policy Institute on Thurs., June 30 at 10 AM for an important forum outlining innovative strategies that are employed in the fight for economic justice. SEIU 775 Founder and President, David Rolf, leader of the successful living and minimum wage campaigns in SeaTac and Seattle, Washington will present his new book, “The Fight for Fifteen: The Right Wage for a Working America.”  A panel will discuss the future of the economic justice movement. This is happening at the Economic Policy Institute, 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 600 Wellstone Room, WDC, on Thurs., June 30 from 10 to 11:30 AM. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-we-can-learn-from-the-fight-for-15-registration-26156615140?utm_source=Economic+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=c2b595e560-Hacker_Event_Invite_06_13_20166_13_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7c5826c50-c2b595e560-58410017 .

34] – The National Lawyers Guild Gala will be at the Mulebone Restaurant, 2121 14th Street NW, WDC on Thurs., June 30 from 6 to 8 PM.  Celebrate the successes of the progressive legal movement with the DC National Lawyers Guild and its allies at the lovely Mulebone. Join with fellow friends of the Guild at this second annual DC NLG reception featuring food, drinks, conversation, and solidarity.  The DC National Lawyers Guild is honored to recognize two great individuals who have dedicated their lives to the overall mission of the National Lawyer Guild, that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests: Eugene Puryear, activist, community leader, and author of “Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America;” and Michael E. Tigar, Emeritus Professor of Law at Duke University and American University Washington College of Law, author of thirteen books and veteran human rights attorney whose past clients include Angela Davis, Leonard Peltier, and Isabel Letelier.

35] – Daniel L. Hatcher brings his book THE POVERTY INDUSTRY: THE EXPLOITATION OF AMERICA'S MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS on Thurs., June 30 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201Baltimore is a city of great poverty and great wealth. How do institutions of the state profit from and deepen structural inequality and economic exclusion? Hatcher exposes how state governments and their private industry partners have turned America’s most vulnerable populations into sources of revenue. The poverty industry is taking billions in federal aid and other funds from impoverished families, abused and neglected children, and the disabled and elderly poor. As policy experts across the political spectrum debate how to best structure government assistance programs, a massive siphoning of the safety net is occurring behind the scenes. In the face of these abuses of power, Hatcher offers a road map for reforms to realign the practices of human service agencies with their intended purpose, to prevent the misuse of public taxpayer dollars, and to ensure that government aid truly gets to those in need. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to http://www.redemmas.org.   

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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