Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - December 7 - 8, 2016

23] Demonstration against Dollar Diplomacy -- Dec. 7
24] "U.S.-Russian Relations in the Next Administration" – Dec. 7
25] "How the Trump Administration Should Address North Korea" – Dec. 7
26] Regional Cooperation for Stability & Growth in the Middle East -- Dec. 7
27] De-Risking Development Finance – Dec. 7
28] Leonard Peltier Press Conference – Dec. 7
29] Ethical Endowment at Georgetown – Dec. 7
30] CASA Holiday Party - Dec. 7
31] Black & Pink Holiday Card Party – Dec. 7
33] The President, Pardons, A Push Toward the Vision for Black Lives – Dec. 8
34] "U.S.-Russia Policy for the Next Administration" – Dec. 8
35] "Convincing China to Coerce North Korea" – Dec. 8
36] LGBTI Caucus of the Refugee Congress – Dec. 8
23] – Join in the Demonstration against Dollar Diplomacy at the Trump International Hotel, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Wed., Dec. 7 from 11:30 AM to 2 PM.  The Bahraini government will be holding a reception at the Trump International Hotel to mark the Kingdom’s national day and the anniversary of King Hamad’s accession to the throne. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) will be holding a protest outside the hotel to call attention to this unethical conflict of interest that further legitimizes the United States’ complicity in the ongoing human rights abuses in Bahrain. By holding the event at the President-elect’s hotel, it paints a clear picture that Bahraini authorities are willing to use their money to silence any sort of calls for reform. This mixture of money and politics is dangerous, potentially illegal, and further undermines US credibility in the international arena. Go to

24] – On Wed., Dec. 7 from noon to 1:15 PM, Chris Miller, Yale University; Angela Stent, Georgetown University; and Derek Chollet, German Marshal Fund will opine about "U.S.-Russian Relations in the Next Administration" at the German Marshal Fund, 1744 R St. NW, WDC 20009. Go to

25] –  On Wed., Dec. 7 from noon to 1:30 PM, David Straub, former senior U.S. foreign service officer, will offer his opinion about "How the Trump Administration Should Address North Korea" at the Korea Economic Institute, 1800 K St. NW, Suite 1010, WDC. RSVP at

26] - Advancing Regional Cooperation for Stability & Growth in the Middle East will happen at Johns Hopkins SAIS- Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, on Wed., Dec. 7 from noon to 1:30 PM. A special MEI series of policy papers this year by renowned scholars examined how to foster cooperation between states of the Middle East on economic and environmental challenges, domestic security and political stability, and in military matters. Experts from the United States, Europe, and the region contributed to the series' provocative examination of the possibilities and obstacles for a more collaborative Middle East.

The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Conflict Management Program of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are pleased to host five of the contributing authors, Anthony Cordesman (CSIS), Shahrokh Fardoust (College of William and Mary), Querine Hanlon (Strategic Capacity Group), Ross Harrison (MEI), and Jean-Francois Seznec (MEI & SAIS), for a discussion of opportunities in regional cooperation and the costs of the prevailing competition and rivalries between states. Paul Salem (MEI) will moderate the discussion. Go to

27] – On Wed., Dec. 7 from 12:30 to 2 PM at Amazon Watch / CIEL Conference Room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100, (Above Cosi, Dupont Circle South), WDC, get over to a  Green Bag lecture - De-Risking Development Finance: A Human Rights Perspective by Mac Darrow is the Washington, DC Liaison Office Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.  In 2015, the international community reached two potentially important agreements on sustainable development and financing with human rights at their core: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Agenda for Action. The opportunities presented by these agreements are significant, but so are the risks. Global goals, it is sometimes said, are "easily set but seldom met." Increased infrastructure investment is part of this package, moving from "billions to trillions." But what are the potential trade-offs involved? How can the infrastructure needs of developing countries be met while at the same time protecting and promoting the human rights of the most vulnerable population groups and those suffering discrimination? What are the responsibilities of states, international organizations, and businesses in this regard? The OHCHR Liaison Office was established recently in order to strengthen OHCHR's engagement on human rights issues relating to financing for development in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

28] – There is a Leonard Peltier Press Conference at the National Press Club, Zenger Room, 13th Floor, 529 14th St. NW, WDC 20045, on Wed., Dec. 7 at 1 PM. A spotlight will be on the case of Native American activist and federal prisoner Leonard Peltier and his pending application for Executive Clemency. The panel will include Martin Garbus, lead counsel for Leonard Peltier; Cynthia Dunne, attorney for Leonard Peltier and former federal prosecutor; Bruce Ellison, long-time attorney for Leonard Peltier; Justin Mazzola of Amnesty International-USA; John Dulles, former Regional Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; and Jean Roach and Norman Brown, survivors of the deadly June 26, 1975 firefight on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota that led to the decades-long imprisonment of Leonard Peltier. The panel will be joined by Peltier family members and other invited guests. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session. Contact Peter Clark at the Indigenous Rights Center at or 505-750-7347.

29] – Join GU F.R.E.E. (Georgetown University Forming a Radically Ethical Endowment) for the kick off of its campaign for justice on campus. There will be a rally at Georgetown University's Red Square, 3700 O St. NW, WDC on Wed., Dec. 7 at 4 PM to present demands. GU F.R.E.E. will then deliver a letter to the president asking if Georgetown invests in specific companies that profit off of the private prison industry and human rights violations in Occupied Palestine. Email

30] – Get over to the CASA Holiday Party, 7701 Takoma Ave., Takoma Park, on Wed., Dec. 7 from 7 to 9 PM. The suggested minimum donation is $50.  Go to

31] – The DC Black & Pink Holiday Card Party will be at the DC Center for the LGBT Community, 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105, WDC, on Wed., Dec. 7 from 7 to 10 PM.  Support incarcerated LGBTQ folks behind bars this holiday season by taking some time to write them holiday cards. This is the 4th annual Black & Pink international holiday card writing movement! Go to  Please bring $5 to help with postage! RSVP at

32] – On Wed., Dec. 7 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, hear about IT'S NOT OVER: LEARNING FROM THE SOCIALIST EXPERIMENT WITH PETE DOLACK.  Dolack discusses and analyzes the history of socialist experiments with a concentration on the Soviet Union, but includes analysis of the failed German Revolution, the Prague Spring and the Sandinista Revolution. This is history that can be applied to today’s struggles to shape our world, in which new ideas are emerging to bring about the economic democracy that is indispensable to a rational and sustainable future. The book concludes with a final chapter that looks to the future. This is history that was shaped by flesh-and-blood human beings — leaders of movements and uncounted men and women in the streets and in the workplaces motivated by a desire to create a better world. With capitalism in deep crisis with no answer for working people, the time is now for us to think about the contours of a better world. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to  

33] –  On Thurs., Dec. 8 from noon to 1:30 PM catch The President, Pardons, A Push Toward the Vision for Black Lives at the Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 600, WDC 20036. This event will include a short video excerpt from the new movie 13th, and examine instructions offered in the A Vision for Black Lives; Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom & Justice. It’s time for President Obama to take swift and substantial Executive Action- so what issues should we focus on in these last 100 days? Visit

34] – On Thurs., Dec. 8 from noon to 1:30 PM, Matthew Rojansky, Wilson Center; James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Marc Schleifer, Center for International Private Enterprise, will tackle "U.S.-Russia Policy for the Next Administration" at the American Security Project, 1100 New York Ave. NW, #710W, WDC 20005.  RSVP at

35] – On Thurs., Dec. 8 from noon to 1:30 PM, the Cato Institute is hosting "Convincing China to Coerce North Korea" with four speakers at Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

36] – On September 10, 2014, the LGBTI Caucus of the Refugee Congress organized a symposium entitled “Hear Our Voices". The event held at the Human Rights Campaign Headquarters in Washington, D.C. brought together refugees, asylees and asylum seekers from the LGBTI Community along with representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations. The symposium's purpose was to identify some of the key protection gaps and barriers facing LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S. and overseas, as well as LGBTI refugees in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. During 2015, the LGBTI Caucus of the Refugee Congress has worked with refugee and asylee service providers, LGBTI community organizations and local refugee community associations to encourage dialogue and collaboration. This effort has emphasized the involvement of LGBTI community-based organizations so as to increase their awareness of the U.S resettlement program and encourage their active involvement in welcoming refugees. With this in mind, the LGBTI Caucus invites you to join in on Thurs., Dec. 8 from 2:30 to 5 PM at the Cannon House Office Building, Room 121 to review progress made so far, and identify new joint actions as we move toward the end of 2016. Call Tel (702) 752 8809.

37] – On Thurs., Dec. 8 at 7 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, TEACHING IN THE CLASSROOM POST TRUMP will be heard.
Is there conflict arising in your classroom, are there bias incidents or hate crimes happening in your schools, or are students or faculty feeling just fearful and not sure what to do? Baltimore's K12 teachers and area university professors discuss how they are approaching teaching now that the election is over. The event will feature Kim Mooney from Roland Park Elementary/Middle, Jesse Schneiderman from Frederick Douglass, and Dr. Kaye Whitehead from Loyola University. Dr. Jessica Shiller, from Towson University, will moderate. The event is co-sponsored by the Teachers Democracy Project and Towson University's social justice collective. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to  

To be continued.

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"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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