Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 7 - 9, 2016

20] Phone call for Bernie – June 7
21] Faux feminist Hillary -- June 7
22] See NORMA RAE – June 8
23] Hear FINDING TIME -- June 8
24] Peggy Browning Awards – June 8
25] See the film ROSHIMA – June 8
26] "The Zero Marginal Cost Society" – June 8
27] See the film ‘Orwell Rolls In His Grave’ – June 8
28] Peace group meeting – June 9
20] – Tuesday, June 7, marks the largest set of primaries and caucuses in the Democratic nomination process with six states voting for president and 694 pledged delegates up for grabs. Pundits and the political press want to call this race early before every last person votes. That threatens to suppress voter turnout in New Jersey, California, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and New Mexico. Help defy the pundits once more and reach for the kind of high voter turnout that will again shock the establishment. Call voters by heading over to the California phone banking page.  I'M READY TO CALL CALIFORNIA VOTERS! Go to https://go.berniesanders.com/page/content/caphonebank.

Send the establishment a message they can’t ignore: we won’t settle for the status quo. We won’t settle for a rigged economy held in place by a corrupt system of campaign finance. We won’t settle for a fossil fuel industry hell-bent on harming our planet to pad their profits. We won’t settle for a health system that doesn’t cover everyone. Let’s make our voices heard loud and clear once more in the six states voting Tuesday. Please make calls to get out the vote for Bernie in California. In California, a high voter turnout won’t just mean a victory for our movement. With large numbers of young people hitting the polls, help boost so many Democrats in major primaries that right-wing Republicans will be locked out of general election ballots for some of the most important House and Senate races of the fall.

21] –  As the Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders competition comes down to the wire in the final Super Tuesday of the election season, join author Liza Featherstone and CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin for a feminist critique of the current Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton on Tues., June 7 from 6 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets Shirlington, 4251 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206. This is a brilliant new book that presents a hard-hitting feminist critique of the current Democratic front-runner. Contributors Benjamin and Maureen Tkacik, editor Liza Featherstone, Electronic Intifada's Rania Khalek, and feminist comedian and radio host Katie Halper will lay out a progressive feminist critique of Clinton's record, and what a Clinton presidency might look like.

22] – The DC Labor FilmFest is showing NORMA RAE at 200 M St. SE, WDC, on Tues., June 7 from 7 to 10 PM.  This free film screening is at the Capitol River waterfront, and is presented by the National Labor Relations Board Professional Association; co-sponsored by the DC Labor FilmFest. Come early to hear attorney Mike Wolly speak about the JP Stevens contempt and appeals cases he worked on as a board attorney that ultimately got Crystal Lee Sutton, the real “Norma Rae,” reinstated.

23] – Hear about “Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict” at 815 16th St. NW, WDC, on Wed., June 8 from noon to 2 PM.  While employers today are demanding more and more of workers’ time, public policy has failed to provide the safeguards necessary for families to achieve work-life balance. This has sparked a national conversation about how best to give working people more control of their daily lives. In “Finding Time,” Heather Boushey argues that resolving these conflicts is as vital for individuals and families as it is essential for realizing the country’s productive potential. She presents detailed innovations to help workers find the time they need and help businesses attract more productive workers. RSVP at www.aflcio.org.

24] – Attend the Peggy Browning Awards at 815 16th St. NW, Gompers Room, WDC, on Wed., June 8 from 5:30 to 8 PM.  The award is presented annually to social justice champions who have distinguished themselves with passion and dedication to the rights and needs of workers and their families. This year’s honorees are Larry Cohen, past president of CWA; Richard Brean, GC of the Steelworkers; and Elisabeth Bunn Director of Organizing for the AFLCIO.  Check out http://www.dclabor.org/calendar.html.

25] – Check out ROSHMIA at the Voices on Palestine: Summer Film Series 2016 at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC, on Wed., June 8 at 6 PM. This documentary follows an elderly couple, Yousef and Amna, in their final stand-off with Israeli authorities to keep their rustic home, a shack in the Roshmia valley in Haifa. A friend encourages them to leave and works to secure municipal compensation for the couple, but tensions grow between Yousef, who refuses to leave his home, and Amna, who seeks to move on. Rarely do we see the elderly in such a predicament, and the starkness of this portrait reminds us that there is no humane compensation for the loss of home and homeland. It is by Salim Abu Jabal | Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, Syria, United Arab Emirates / 2014 / 70 mins.  Refreshments will be served at 5:30 PM. RSVP is requested: http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/events/upcoming/summer-film-series-roshmia-salim-abu-jamal.

26] – Hear the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences 2016 Conference Keynote Address: "The Zero Marginal Cost Society" at the Ward Circle Building, Room 1, American University, WDC, on Wed., June 8 at 6:30 PM.  It will be by Dr. Jeremy Rifkin making a presentation The Zero Marginal Cost Society.  Dr. Rifkin is a prolific and bestselling author, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, and advisor to the European Union on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security.

27] – On Wed., June 8 at 6:30 PM see a free screening of the acclaimed documentary ‘Orwell Rolls In His Grave’ at the Congress Hotel, first floor, 306 W. Franklin St., Baltimore 21201Starring Charles Lewis, John Nichols, Robert McChesney, Mark Crispin Miller, Senator Bernie Sanders, Michael Moore, Mark Lloyd, Greg Palast, Vincent Bugliosi and Aurora Wallace, the film is directed by Robert Kane Pappas.  It is the consummate critical examination of the Fourth Estate, once the bastion of American democracy. Has America entered an Orwellian world of doublespeak where outright lies can pass for the truth? THE CHARM CITY FILM SERIES is hosted by the Baltimore Ethical Society.
RSVPs are appreciated
.  Email Charm-City-Film-Series-announce@meetup.com.

28] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will meet on Thurs., June 9 at 7:30 PM at Max’s residence.  The agenda will include Freddie Gray & local organizing, killer drones and Obama, the action at the State of the Union, Bernie’s phone, Hiroshima-Nagasaki, the unending wars and the annual visit to the National Security Agency. RSVP at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at verizon.net to get the address of the meeting site.

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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