Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Baltimore Activist alert - May 3 - 6, 2017

27] No nuclear war – May 3
28] Say no the death penalty – May 3
29] Fight against vandalism – May 3
30] Training How to Advocate to the DC Government – May 3
31] National Day of Prayer – May 4
32] Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism – May 4 - 6
33] Building an Inclusive Baltimore – May 4
34] A Refugee Reality – May 4
35] Benefit Concert for #Sanctuary DC – May 4
27] –  Starting a Nuclear War Shouldn't be Easy will happen at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562, WDC, on Wed., May 3 from noon to 1 PM.  Someone as erratic and dangerous as Donald Trump should not have the unrestricted power to start a nuclear war. It is important to make sure Congress agrees. Join Senator Ed Markey, Rep. Ted Lieu, and others to speak out about Trump’s finger on the button -- and to help pass legislation to make it illegal for Trump to unilaterally start a nuclear war. Nearly half a million Americans signed petitions calling on the rest of Congress to defend our democracy and support this legislation. It’s clear the American public is calling for an end to this nuclear madness. Now, make sure Congress reins in Trump’s absolute control over America’s nuclear arsenal.

This campaign is being spearheaded by: CREDO Mobile, Daily Kos, Win Without War, Ploughshares Fund, Women's Action for New Directions, Global Zero, Union of Concerned Scientists, Progressive Congress Action Fund, Public Citizen, Watchdog.net, RootsAction, Peace Action, Just Foreign Policy, Council for a Livable World, United for Peace and Justice, American Friends Service Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Arms Control Association. Email ldaigle@globalzero.org.

28] – On Wed., May 3 at 2:30 PM there is a hearing of House Bill 125 "The Extreme Crimes Protection Act" a.k.a. the death penalty bill in the House chamber in Legislative Hall. Be there. Testify. If you want to do so, contact Molly Keogh, President Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty, at mlkeogh@aol.com.

29] -- The vandalism at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and at the Little River United Church of Christ is the latest in a string of similar incidents throughout the region has left many feeling disheartened and upset. In response, there is WIROC, a regional, multi-faith network that will fight back against vandalism and all others displays of bigotry through rapid response and pro-active community building.  As a congregation or an individual, you can join the Solidarity Congregation or Solidarity Neighbor network. As a university campus organization or college student, you can join the Solidarity Campus Organization or Campus Solidarity Ally network. To learn more about these designations, visit www. ifcmw.org.

The first public meeting is on Wed., May 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5460 Western Ave. NW, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. RSVP at here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wiroc-public-meeting-tickets-33474651584. 

30] –There is a DCTN Resistance Training How to Advocate to the DC Government at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Wed., May 3 from 7 to 9 PM.  How does a bill become a law in Washington, D.C.? Who makes decisions? Learn the basics of D.C. government advocacy to help hold elected leaders accountable and make D.C. a better place to live and grow.  The training will be facilitated by DC Jobs with Justice executive director Elizabeth Falcon who has worked on DC budget and legislative advocacy on a variety of campaigns since 2010.  The DC Trainers’ Network monthly skillshare is a structured in an interactive space where people can share skills and gain confidence in their training abilities and everybody is both a teacher and a learner. This skillshare is part of the new Resistance Training Series to strengthen the skills of people in the movement.  Email Darakshan@washingtonpeacecenter.org or go to https://www.facebook.com/events/724172804436295/.

31] –  There is a National Day of Prayer - Inter-Faith Prayer, Unity and Hope at the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, VA, from 1:45 to 3 PM on Thurs., May 4. Loudoun Pastors and Inter-faith Leaders from across the county will lead the prayer. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1324086664349957/. In attendance will be Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Mormon, Bahai, Sikh, Hindu, and Native American Leaders. Go to www.adamscenter.org.

32] -- On Thursday through Saturday, May 4 at 5:30 PM through 5 PM on May 6, attend a conference Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia. Register at http://www.pym.org/event/understanding-analyzing-systemic-racism-workshop/?instance_id=694.

33] – On Thurs., May 4 catch Building an Inclusive Baltimore: A New Lens for Inclusion at 6:30 PM at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Hear from leaders in conflict resolution, behavioral science, and the arts as they share the drivers of exclusion and the ways people consciously and unconsciously act. The event seeks to apply these insights to spark strategies for cultural organizations to more meaningfully engage with and reflect their communities. Speakers and moderators include: Carrie Mae Weems, Contemporary Artist, MacArthur Genius Award recipient, Mark Muller, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Envoy to Syria, Kibibi Ajanku, director of Equity and Inclusion, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Timothy Phillips, Co-Founder/CEO of Beyond Conflict ▪ Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Activist/Former South African Ambassador to the U.S., Rebecca Saxe, Principal Investigator, SaxeLab for Social Cognitive Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Go to https://artbma.org/.

34] – A Refugee Reality: Resettling in the DMV will occur at the Miracle Theater, 535 8th St. SE, WDC, on Thurs., May 4 from 7 to 8:30 PM, hosted by National Community Church. Folks are fleeing their homes due to war, famine, and fear of persecution. What is it like to become a refugee? Where are refugees coming from? Why do they get settled in the United States? National Community Church (NCC) takes a look at these questions, and others, by hearing from a newly resettled refugee friend and some local professionals intimately involved in the resettlement process.

35] –  Get over to the Benefit Concert for #Sanctuary DC at the Rock And Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE, WDC, on Thurs., May 4 from 7 to 11:30 PM. Local D.C. bands will perform with the proceeds supporting the work of Many Languages One Voice (MLOV), a Mt. Pleasant-based movement organization led and comprised by immigrants. Particularly in this current scary political climate, these bands are proud to support MLOV in this work! Visit www.mlovdc.org!  Connect at https://www.facebook.com/events/1385456604827259/.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; 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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