Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 23 - June 2, 2017

30] Resist Trump – May 23
31] Consumer Town Hall – May 24
32] International Labor Rights Forum – May 24
33] Intersectionality 101 -- May 24
34] Climate March Meeting -- May 24
35] Hear from young writers – May 24
36] Business and Human Rights -- May 25
37] Change development in Baltimore -- May 25
38] Forward Together – May 25
39] New Silk Road Empire? -- May 26
40] Peace vigil at White House – May 26
41] WIB peace vigil – May 26
42] Swords into Plowshares -- May 26 - 30
43] Introduction to Permaculture – May 26
44] Black Lives matter vigil – May 26
45] This is an Uprising – May 26
46] Ballroom Dancing – May 26
47] Solidarity Cyclers Ride -- May 27 - 29
48] West Chester peace vigil – May 27
49] Protest the drone war May 27
50] Vegan Potluck Picnic – May 27
51] Build the Left, Fight the Right! – May 27
52] “Remembrance Sunday” – May 28
53] Resourcing our Resistance – May 28
54] Film NO GOD, NO MASTER – June 2
56] Positive Force DC Organizing Meeting -- May 20
57] Indigenous Art Party and Jam – May 20
58] A Night for Syria – May 20
59] Support the Wheeler family who lost their home in a fire
60] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
61] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
62] Do you need any book shelves?
63] Join the Global Zero campaign
64] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

30] – On Tues., May 23 RESIST TRUMP outside Sen. Cardin’s office, 100 S. Charles St., Baltimore 21201, from noon to 1 PM.  THE RESISTANCE CONTINUES!  This week’s theme is DEMOCRACY!

31] – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) plays a big role in defending Virginians from unfair banking practices. Want to learn more? You’re invited to a Consumer Protection Town Hall on Wed., May 24 from 1:30 to 3 PM in Arlington, VA at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 2700 19th St. S, Arlington, VA 22204.  The CFPB has returned nearly $12 billion to almost 29 million unfairly treated Americans since it was founded five years ago in reaction to the financial meltdown. In an effort to increase public knowledge of available resources, this town hall will include remarks by CFPB Director Richard Cordray and financial educational tips from the Consumer Bureau and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office. Learn about state and federal services available to Virginians who have been impacted by unfair banking practices. This will be followed by an opportunity to share comments and questions with the Consumer Bureau, the attorney general’s office and event conveners Fair Share and U.S. PIRG. RSVP at https://uspirg.webaction.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=521&utm_source=Salsa&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=USP4-SCON:FINREFORM-0517&utm_content=EM5:01A:0GH-OON&uid=239620.

32] -- The International Labor Rights Forum [mailto:laborrights@ilrf.org] is hosting the 2017  Labor Rights Defenders Awards on Wed., May 24 from 5:30 to 8 PM at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW, WDC 20005. This year ILRF will honor two labor rights organizations in the agricultural sector, one domestic and one international, both adamant in their pursuit of justice for workers. The growing farmworkers’ union from Washington State, Familias Unidas para la Justicia (Families United for Justice), and STAS, a Honduran, majority-women, agricultural union, will both be honored during the Awards ceremony at 7 PM. ILRF will also honor the path breaking work of Eve Ensler, prominent playwright, actor, and founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising. Eve will receive the 2017 Visionary Leadership Award for her global work in advocating for an end to violence against women and girls.  Tickets are available at www.laborrights.org/2017awards.  Contact Jesus Arzola-Vega at jesus@ilrf.org.

33] – Get over to a Teach-In: Intersectionality 101 at the Impact Hub, 419 7th St. NW, WDC 20004, on Wed. May 24 from 6 to 8:30 PM. RSPV at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teach-in-intersectionality-101-tickets-33804776998. Intersectionality. Feminism. Womanism. After this year's Women's March, these terms are gaining traction in everyday conversations, but what do they mean exactly? If you're passionate about ensuring equality for everyone, regardless of gender, you will not want to miss this teach-in which will explore the importance of keeping feminism intersectional. Krystal Leaphart, a recent Boss Girl awardee, will lead this dynamic workshop so you can emerge as a stronger, informed ally and feminist activist.

34] – On Wed., May 24, People's Climate March: What's Next in DC? Hosted by 350 DC, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at 1 St Matthews Ct. NW, WDC 20036. Visit https://www.facebook.com/350DC/.

35] – On Wed., May 24 at 6:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, YOUNG WRITERS PRESENT! BY WRITERS IN BALTIMORE SCHOOLS. The readings will feature young writers from Margaret Brent, Calverton, and Barclay middle schools! These 6 - 8th grade students attend weekly in-school or after-school creative writing groups, which are taught by Johns Hopkins and University of Baltimore MFA students. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org.

36] – Amazon Watch invites you to a "Green Bag" presentation: Business and Human Rights Under the Trump Administration, threats and opportunities in the new political context on Thurs., May 25 from 12:30 to 2 PM in the Amazon Watch / CIEL Conference Room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100, WDC.  Donald Trump's presidency has not only disrupted the domestic and geopolitical environment, but also the world of corporate accountability and human rights. What are the implications of the first four months for the next four years of his administration for this agenda? What is already under attack, where will the next battles be, and what can be defended? What should be the responsibility of companies amidst the turbulence – and what opportunity if any is there for the human rights community and its allies amidst the storm? What should our purpose and strategy be?

37] – Work to change development in Baltimore to meet our basic needs took a big step forward. United Workers is building the movement across the City for a Baltimore that is United Not Blighted. Help hit the streets, petitioning, planning town halls, and much more! Join to make this happen: United Not Blighted: Rising Up Summer 2017. It is getting started on Thurs,, May 25 at 6 PM at 2640 St. Paul St. RSVP to Amanda at amanda@unitedworkers.org. Go to http://www.unitedworkers.org/.

38] – Forward Together: NCTE Celebrates 14 Years at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., May 25 from 6 to 9 PM.  Connect at https://www.facebook.com/events/199699040517988/. Trans issues are center stage in the news and in popular culture. As more attacks on trans people are committed across the nation, it is even more important to work together to move trans rights forward. Join NCTE, the trans community, and allies for a reception to celebrate successes, honor leaders in the movement, and prepare to continue the fight for trans equality.

39] – Come to China’s Belt and Road Initiative: A New Silk Road Empire? This is a panel discussion with Tom Miller, author of “China’s Asia Dream,” and Stimson experts on the implementation and implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on Fri., May 26 from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.  RSVP at   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXASU-0fSoyR3frmqQCkKRMb1CRg2gdTbMdtVUuvKNAerkXQ/viewform.

40] – On Fri., May 26 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 @ artlaffin@hotmail.com or at 202-360-6416. 

41] – On Fri., May 26 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 [mailto:wibbaltimore@peacepath911.org].  Peace signs will be available. 

42] -- Swords to Plowshares Belltower Memorial at Lincoln Memorial needs VOLUNTEERs and VISITORS.  It is at 3 Daniel French Dr. SW, WDC, on Fri., May 26 (all day) to Tues., May 30 (all day), hosted by Veterans for Peace. Veterans for Peace will once again fill a void in the National Memorial space by offering thousands of people an opportunity to bear witness on this touring memorial to ALL the costs of war on ALL sides.  Not only do we lack a memorial to all the US combat dead in Iraq and Afghanistan and other post-Vietnam wars, but we lack a monument to the many suicide deaths, and families torn by the many traumas of exposure to war. Most grievously, most monuments fail to acknowledge the death and suffering of civilians and combatants on the 'other side' of American wars. 

Anyone who visits the Belltower is invited to add an inscription to one of the wind-blown aluminum-can plaques, share their story, and ring the bell.  Thousands of people from around the country and the world appreciate the more redemptive and inclusive opportunity for mourning that the Belltower presents.  Organizers have interested many people in Veterans for Peace's efforts to heal and prevent future trauma who probably would not react as positively if they were not invited to bear witness to their own losses and grief.  YOU ARE NEEDED!   Keeping night vigil in the large tent saves a night's hotel expense. Set-up and take-down is fun physical work. Daytime shifts are guaranteed to involve deeply meaningful interactions. Contact Roger Ehrlich if you might be available and/or have questions about lodging, parking, etc... (progerehrlich@gmail.com, (919) 696-5995).

43] – Introduction to Permaculture, a free workshop, at 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Hyattsville, on Fri., May 26 from noon to 1 PM, hosted by Community Forklift, which can be reached at http://communityforklift.org/.  Join Community Forklift's own Jane Matt as she teaches the basics of Permaculture and food forest design. She'll discuss techniques and design principles which can be used for all types of landscapes: large and small; urban and rural. Through this workshop, Jane hopes to inspire participants to do further research and create their own "yardens" and food forests. She'll also help guide attendees toward viewing the world with Permaculture in mind, and recognizing how everything is interconnected, and how humans play a large role in sustainability, while at the same time growing a lot of our own food and harvesting rainwater to recharge our aquifers and help our watershed. Attendees will learn some of the basic skills and techniques needed to create a sustainable habitat for both humans and wildlife in their own unique backyards or larger properties.

44] – 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 May 26. Black Lives Matter.  

45] – This Is An Uprising! Nonfiction Reading with SURJ NoVa at Wegmans (Fairfax, VA), 11620 Monument Dr., Fairfax, VA, on Fri., May 26 from 7 to 9 PM. Connect at https://www.facebook.com/events/1220543198068116/. The SURJ NoVa nonfiction reading group is continuing their reading and discussion of "This is An Uprising" by Mark & Paul Engler.  The reading this month is Chapter 2.  Last fall, after watching the PBS documentary adaptation of Douglas Blackmon's "Slavery By Another Name," this group read Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow" in light of the more recent Movement for Black Lives' platform. Their reading of "This is An Uprising" follows on Alexander's insistence that a mass movement rather than minor legal tweaking will be necessary to dismantle the current system of racial control known as mass incarceration. You're invited to join in.

46] – 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 May 26. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

47] -- The Solidarity Cyclers Ride will cover the District, Maryland, Virginia and a little bit of West Virginia on Sat., May 27 from 8 AM to Mon., May 29 at 6 PM, hosted by the Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES).  Challenge yourself to ride 180 miles to help CISPES raise funds to challenge imperialism.  Whether you mainly ride your bike around town but have dreams of riding further or you are an experienced long distance rider you will enjoy the rolling hills and beautiful views of the area around D.C. This ride starts and ends in D.C. Connect at http://www.washingtonpeacecenter.org/node/19263.

48] – 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 www.ccpeace.org. Email ccpeacemovement@aol.com.

49] – On Sat., May 27 from noon to  2 PM, protest the drone war command center at Horsham Air Guard Station, Route 611/Easton Road & County Line Road. Now fully operational,  along with other U.S. drone command centers across the domestic U.S., which means that drones and the Hellfire missiles they a carry are being directed from the drone war command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station killing people thousands of miles away.  There is recommended parking in the Regal Cinemas Warrington Crossing on Route 611 just beyond County Line Road.  Go to http://truth-out.org/news/item/29466-are-pilots-deserting-washington-s-remote-control-war.

50] – Get over to a Vegan Potluck Picnic with FARM in Rock Creek Park, 1800 Beach Dr. NW, WDC, on Sat., May 27 from 4 to 6:30 PM.  Join staffers from FARM for a vegan picnic in the park. This is a fun opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and try new vegan recipes and old vegan favorites. If you can, please bring a non-vegan friend to introduce them to animal-free fare! Please bring a dish to share that contains NO animal products (no meat, no dairy, no eggs, no honey, and no gelatin). Please bring an ingredient card so those with allergies or food sensitivities will be aware. It's always a good idea to put your name on your dishes/serving utensils/containers to ensure that you get them back! (Masking tape makes a handy label for this purpose.)  To make this event even MORE Earth-friendly, please bring reusable plates/cutlery/cups or bottles to reduce waste! The picnic will be at picnic spot #1 along the river. Plenty of parking & wheelchair accessible. Dogs welcome on a leash. See a map here: http://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/upload/ROCRmap1.pdf.

51] – Build the Left, Fight the Right! S17 Fundraising will take place at 4625 9th St. NW, WDC 20011, on Sat., May 27 from 8 to 11:45 PM, hosted by DC Socialist ISO, for a house party & fundraiser for the 2017 Socialism conference!  The closest Metro is Petworth/Georgia Ave.- Red Line.  There is a $5 donation at the door. All proceeds will be used to cover the costs of D.C. activists to travel to the four day Socialism conference in Chicago, IL, July 6 through 9. Go to https://socialismconference.org/.

52] –  Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon.  On Sun., May 28, the Sunday Platform Address is “Remembrance Sunday.” Memorial Day Sunday offers BES members and guests a chance to celebrate people who have died but left us with gifts that enrich our lives. Whether the person was a family member or a historical figure, we owe so much to those no longer with us. We miss their living presence but take solace in the work, ideals, friendship, and love they offered to the world. In our quest to live more meaningful and ethical lives, we can turn to those who have gone before for inspiration, guidance and strength. During this platform program, members and guests are free to remember someone important in their lives. Karen Elliott and Hugh Taft-Morales will preside.  Call 410-581-2322 or email ask@bmorethical.org.

53] – Resourcing our Resistance, Nurturing our Connections is happening at Crispus Attucks Park, Crispus Attucks Ct. NW, WDC, on Sun., May 28 from noon to 3:30 PM, hosted by DC TimeBank.  Join the DC TimeBank and local change makers for a day in the park at the second Movement Makers Fair.  This will be a place to share and develop skills for resistance, self-determination, inspiration, and healing. Stay tuned for the full schedule of skillshares such as digital security, urban farming, timebanking, and massage! Attendees will have the opportunity to propose and lead their own skillshare topics the day of the event during the Learning Marketplace. Help nurture individual and collective resistance for 2017 and beyond! Connect at https://www.facebook.com/events/203649210135649/.

54] -- The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility are continuing the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES.  The DVDs will be shown at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, usually on the First Friday.  After the 5 PM Black Lives Matter vigil, there will be a potluck dinner. At 7:15 PM, on June 2, a DVD of NO GOD, NO MASTER will be shown with a discussion to follow.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  

NO GOD, NO MASTER is a 2012 USA independent crime suspense thriller directed, written, and produced by Terry Green. The film stars David Strathairn, Ray Wise, Sam Witwer, Alessandro Mario and Edoardo Ballerini. It was filmed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The story includes references to the 1914 Ludlow Massacre as well as depictions of the Sacco and Vanzetti trial and the 1920 Wall Street bombing.  When a series of package bombs show up on the doorsteps of prominent politicians and businessmen in the summer of 1919, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Agent William Flynn (Strathairn) is assigned the task of finding those responsible. He becomes immersed in an investigation that uncovers an anarchist plot. Based on true events of the 1920s, the film sets the stage for a timely drama with resoundingly similar parallels to the contemporary war on terrorism and the role government plays to defeat it. Call 410-323-1607 or email mobuszewski [at] verizon.net for further information.   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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 https://www.gofundme.com/a7y7m-fire-leaves-family-with-nothing?ssid=904794688&pos=2.



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56] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email: info@washingtonpeacecenter.org.

57] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

58] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

59] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.

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/.

“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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