Thursday, February 16, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 16 - February 19, 2017

35] Stop Republican War on Workers – Feb. 16
36] Effective Advocacy – Feb. 16
37] A Day with No Immigrants Baltimore – Feb. 16
38] Fight for $15 -- Feb. 16
39] Phone bank for fracking ban – Feb. 16
40] Populist explosion -- Feb. 16
41] African-American Test-Case of U.S. Democracy – Feb. 16
42] Peace with Justice Forum – Feb. 16
43] Broken Bail System -- Feb. 16
44] Baltimore Vegan Weekend – Feb. 17 - 19
45] Great Backyard Bird Count 2017 – Feb. 17
46] Labor History Lunch/Tour -- Feb. 17
47] Baltimore Strike4Democracy – Feb. 17
48] Peace vigil at White House – Feb. 17
49] WIB peace vigil – Feb. 17
50] DCRAPP (Release Aging People in Prison) Meeting – Feb. 17
51] Black Lives Matter vigil -- Feb. 17
52] Ballroom Dancing Feb. 17
53] West Chester peace vigil – Feb. 18
54] Effects of Mass Incarceration – Feb. 18
55] Support the Wheeler family who lost their time in a fire
56] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
57] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
58] Do you need any book shelves?
59] Join the Global Zero campaign
60] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

36] – Effective Advocacy in Today's DC will be on the agenda at the DC Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Feb. 16 from noon to 2 PM. With local budget advocacy season fast approaching, and particularly given the new federal political landscape, the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development offers a timely and compelling February monthly meeting on Advocacy.  Hear from a guest speaker, Dr. Patrick Griffin, academic director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, as he shares ways in which District residents and organizations can successfully advocate for our priorities.  A light lunch will be provided for those who RSPV at

37] – A Day with No Immigrants Baltimore is happening on Thurs., Feb. 16 from 1 to 4 PM at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224. Across the country, immigrants will walk off their jobs and classes, and will do an economic boycott. Here in Baltimore, the Artesanas Mexicanas invite all to show that united we are strong and that this society cannot do without immigrants. Start in front of Creative Alliance, and make a stop in Patterson Park. Do not buy anything on February 16. Visit

38] – On Thurs., Feb. 16 from 6 to 8 PM, join the Fight for $15 Baltimore Kick Off Rally, hosted by Fight for $15 Baltimore.  Gather at the New Waverly United Methodist Church, 644 E 33rd St., Baltimore 21218. Are you sick of what’s happening to our country? Then fight back, get involved and help to make life better for thousands in Baltimore.  Say NO to the Trump administration’s war on working people. Help us win a livable minimum wage in Baltimore City. Food and drink will be provided. See

39] – Rianna Eckel [] is inviting folks to come to the Come to the Food & Water Watch office, 31st & St. Paul Sts., on Thurs., Feb. 16 at 6:30 PM for phone banking. Sen. Conway is still pushing her bill forward, the most important thing to do now is to get calls into her office to tell her to support a ban on fracking instead. Also Rianna can set up the system remotely, if you can’t come into the office.  RSVP at 410-394-7652 or 978-835-6230.

40] – Hear from John B. Judis about “The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics” at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Feb. 16 from 7 to 9 PM. Selected by The New York Times as one of “Six Books to Help Understand Trump’s Win,” this primer by the former editor of The New Republic illuminates the resurgence of populism on both the right and the left. Finding the roots of today’s movement in the 1890s, Judis, author of books including “The Folly of Empire” and “Genesis,” puts both the election of Donald Trump and the outpouring of support for Bernie Sanders in historical context. Yet as recent elections in nations ranging from Greece to Britain to Switzerland show, populism is also a global phenomenon, and Judis links the rejection of the neoliberal agenda to the 2008 financial crisis and other worldwide events. Go to

41] – Come to the Black History Month presentation at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, 430 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore 21212, on Thurs., Feb. 16 from 7 to 9 PM with "pre-event" activities at 5:30 PM.  Enjoy dinner for $10 and observe exhibits, and make a free will offering. Hear from James Early, a board member of the Institute for policy Studies; and Estevan Bassett-Nembhard, a New York State organizer for the Communist Party USA.  The theme is African-American Test-Case of U.S. Democracy. Finally, enjoy a dance performance by Latiesha Melvin.   Email

42] – Attend a Peace with Justice Forum, "Advocacy Together," at St. John's of Baltimore City United Methodist Church, 2640 St. Paul St., on Thurs., Feb. 16 from 7 to 9 PM in the Sunday Room.  The evening will include a short advocacy training and planning in small groups on issues of concern. The event will open and close with a short interfaith worship. Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be served. Please use the 27th St. door (by the ramp). Contact Kim at 410-377-7606.

44] – Enjoy the Baltimore Vegan Weekend, hosted by PEP Foods and Baltimore Vegan Drinks, from Fri., Feb. 17 at 7 AM through Sun., Feb. 19 at 9 PM. Go to Enjoy 3 days of exploring delicious vegan food & drinks, partying at the new Thrive Baltimore resource center and, of course, Mac ‘n Cheesy goodness!!  Enjoy a Baltimore Vegan Food Crawl. Sample a wide variety of delectable vegan dishes at more than 25 restaurants, cafes and bars around Baltimore! Enjoy everything from burgers to crab cakes, curries to cheesesteaks, pizzas to cupcakes – all delicious and all VEGAN!  The 2nd Annual Vegan Mac 'n Cheese Smackdown will be at the Baltimore City Community College, Athletics Building, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave., Baltimore 21215.

After the competition, join the PEP Foods Collective and Baltimore Vegan Drinks for the Smackdown After Party at Thrive Baltimore, from 7 to 11 PM at 8 E. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21202, the new community resource center. There will be music by special guest DJ Jay Rags, dancing, and, of course, delicious vegan cuisine prepared by PEP Foods available for purchase! On the menu at the Afterparty: Vegan Cheesesteaks, Vegan Nachos (gf), Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies, and drinks.

On Sunday, enjoy a B'More Vegan Brunch at one of the participating restaurants and cafes! From vegan waffles, pancakes & crepes to meatless sausages and eggless scrambles –Baltimore’s got you covered! Wrap up this vegantastic weekend with a delicious brunch – and maybe a mimosa or two! Listing of participating restaurants: Call (443) 863-8652. Go to

45] – On Fri., Feb. 17 from 8 to 9:30 AM attend the Great Backyard Bird Count 2017!  It is hosted by Patterson Park Audubon Center, 2901 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore 21224.  Participate on your own or join PPAC for a special expert-guided walk in Patterson Park. Meet at the fountain closest to the intersection of E. Lombard St. and S. Patterson Park Ave. Email if you would like to borrow binoculars - adult or kid sizes! In 2016, over 160,000 Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 130 countries counted 5,689 species of birds! If you'd like to participate on your own, you can do so for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 17-20, 2017, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish! Get started at

46] – Baltimore Strike4Democracy is happening on Fri., Feb. 17 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at McKeldin Square, 101 E. Pratt St, Baltimore. Go to  This is a National Day of Action to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles, and over 100 strike actions are planned across the United States.  Plan for a series of mass strikes to stand up for America’s democratic principles. As the nation suffers through ICE raids, travel bans, Trump’s mobilization on the border wall, as well as attacks on the rights of workers, women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and our environment, February 17th provides a beacon to those who are searching for a way to protect and defend our shared humanity. People across the country have begun to realize that we must diversify tactics, as protests and marches are only the first step. Strike4Democracy amplifies a new chapter of nonviolent resistance ushered in over the last six weeks.  Rise up in local communities on February 17th to hold events that build towards a series of mass strikes. The first mass strike is planned on March 8, organized by International Women’s Day and The Women’s March. Anticipate a strike on May Day and a heightening resistance throughout the summer. Go to

47] – Do the Labor History Lunch/Tour, RSPV required, starting at the AFL-CIO Headquarters, 815 16th St. NW, WDC, on Fri., Feb. 17 from noon to 1 PM.  RSVP at  Anyone interested in learning how to lead DC labor history tours is especially encouraged to attend. Calling all DC labor history buffs. This is a chance for labor history professionals and interested amateurs to connect, with the immediate goal of coordinating 2017 DC LaborFest labor history-related activities like the D.C. Labor History Walking Tour and a longer-term goal of developing DC labor history-related programming throughout the year. Contact the AFL-CIO at

48] – On Fri., Feb. 17 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! This vigil will take place at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contract Art @ or at 202-360-6416. 

49] – On Fri., Feb. 17 from noon to 1 PM, join a Women in Black peace vigil. A vigil will take place in McKeldin Square at the corner of Light and Pratt Sts. Stay for as long as you can. Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather. Bring your own poster or help with the "NO WAR IN MY NAME" banner.  When there are others to stand with, you don't need to carry the burden alone. Do this to be in solidarity with others....when everything around us says “Be afraid of the stranger.” Carpool and parking available. Just send an email that you need a ride [].  Peace signs will be available. 

50] – Get over to the DCRAPP (Release Aging People in Prison) Coalition Meeting at the Bernice Fontenau Senior Wellness Center, 3531 Georgia Ave. NW, WDC  20010, on Fri., Feb. 17 from 3 to 4:15 PM. DCRAPP is working together with other campaigns, groups, and organizations to take on the crucial issue of people aging and dying in prison without justification. There are elderly DC prisoners who are trapped in the federal prison system due to denials of parole, compassionate release, and clemency. Come out to the next coalition meeting to learn more about this issue; DCRAPP plans to usher in change; and learn how you can become involved in the campaign. Email Go to

51] – There is usually a silent vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends Meeting, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on Feb. 17. Black Lives Matter.

52] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at  8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be Feb. 17. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

53] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email

54] – The Effects of Mass Incarceration on the African American Community will be the topic at the Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church, 3000 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, WDC 20009, on Sat., Feb. 18 from 1 to 4 PM, sponsored by the Washington Bar Association, Knowledge is Power Committee. Email

55] – Activists Joyce and Tim Wheeler now live in Sequim, Washington, but their son, Morgan and his family have lived in the Wheeler’s Baltimore home, 816 Beaumont Avenue for some time.  Tragically, at 3 AM on February 4, the home was burned beyond recognition.  Morgan was able to get his family out, but the house and its contents are totally destroyed.  Morgan's daughter, Erin, has created a Go Fund Me page which you can access below.  Anything you are able to contribute to support Morgan and his family would be greatly appreciated. Go to 


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59] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

60] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] Go to

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

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