Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - August 29 - 31, 2017

22] Support the animals in Houston
23] Challenge Gov. Hogan – Aug. 29
24] See a film about oil bomb trains – Aug. 29
25] Dinos to D.C. – Aug. 30
26] Ceasefire – Aug. 30
27] Heritage Unbound Lecture Series – Aug. 30
28] Tuition Free – Aug. 30
30] Book talk GUERRILLAS OF DESIRE– Aug. 30
31] Challenge Cardin about Anti-BDS bill – Aug. 31
32] No Room for Hate – Aug. 31
22] – As you know Climate Chaos is on full display in Houston and other places in Texas.  There are many organizations seeking donation to help those most affected by the Chaos.  The intrepid Virginia Rodino is urging us to remember that animals are also bearing the brunt of Harvey.  If you are inclined to support the animals, consider going to http://www.houstonpetsalive.org/. She has done research and heard from a co-worker in Austin that Houston Pets Alive is a good organization. So she is promoting it and donating to it. 

23] – Maryland's Governor Larry Hogan was elected to represent ALL Marylanders. As our state’s top elected official, Gov. Hogan should work for ALL of us!  However, since February he has repeatedly denied requests to host town halls where his constituents can voice their concerns. When his constituents turn to his public Facebook page to express their views there, he blocks individuals who criticize him and his policies. While Hogan has not made time for many of us, he has found the time to raise money both for himself and fellow conservative candidates.

Members of Progressive Maryland have made hundreds of phone calls to Governor Hogan demanding he take a leading role in opposing any cuts to healthcare, prompting him to come out publicly with a statement that was critical to the Senate's inability to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act! Taker action to insist he meet with constituents.  Constituents shouldn’t have to pay $250 at a fundraiser in order to speak with their governor about healthcare, the environment, or Maryland's economy and more. The Governor's office does not even have a public schedule. Join a peaceful demonstration in the grassy area beside the street outside the ‘Associated Builders & Contractors Fundraiser for Hogan.  RSVP at http://www.progressivemaryland.org/speakouttohogan?utm_campaign=hoganspeakout&utm_medium=email&utm_source=progressivemaryland. On Tues., Aug. 29 from 5 to 8 PM, gather with members of Progressive Maryland and the Free State Progressives in a Resistance Summer event on the sidewalk outside of Homestead Gardens, 743 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, MD 21035.  Park at United Methodist Church, 819 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville.

24] – On Tues., Aug. 29 from 6 to 8 PM, watch a movie about Bomb Trains, followed by a discussion, hosted by Clean Water Action Maryland and Chesapeake Climate Action Network at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 2424 McElderry St., Baltimore 21205.  Did you know that parts of East Baltimore are in the crude oil train “blast zone?” Bring your friends and neighbors and come learn about crude oil trains, how local activists have been fighting back - and winning! - and how you can help protect our city from fossil fuels and other sources of pollution.  The film is “Bomb Trains: The Crude Gamble of Oil by Rail.”  Contact Taylor Smith-Hams at taylor@chesapeakeclimate.org or (650) 704-3208.

25] – On Wed., Aug. 30 from 7:30 to 10:30 AM, join the Dinos in DC to Stop National Service Extinction. Tickets are available at www.about.serviceyear.org.  Service year supporters, advocates, and alums are taking to the streets of Washington, D.C., dressed in inflatable dinosaur costumes and Service Year t-shirts to tell Congress to Stop National Service Extinction and #LetUsServe!  President #DonaldTrump's budget threatens to make national service programs like #AmeriCorps go extinct. We're taking action to stop national service extinction.  RSVP to get your free dino costume: http://about.serviceyear.org/dc_dinos?recruiter_id=469623.

26] – On Wed., Aug. 30 from 5 to 8 PM, join Ceasefire 365 Volunteer Call – II, hosted by Baltimore Ceasefire 365 at 1900 E. Monument St., Baltimore 21205-2113. Ticket information is at www.eventbrite.com.  The event is at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health building.  You MUST register to attend.  Space is limited to the first 40 EventBrite registrations. You MUST present valid State ID to enter the building.

27] – On Wed., Aug. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, come to a Heritage Unbound Lecture Series with Kimberly Bender, hosted by Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave, NW, WDC 20036.  Tickets are available at www.hh392.z2systems.com. Bender will discuss the legacy of Myrtilla Miner, who founded a teaching school for free African-American women in Washington, D.C. before the Civil War. The discussion is part of an ongoing series of educational programs at the Heurich House Museum that focus on the multi-layered history of the museum’s site, called Heritage Unbound. The museum is open for regular public events and public tours Thursday through Saturday at 11:30 AM, 1 and 2:30 PM. Private tours and event rentals are also available. Go to visitheurichhouse.org or call 202-429-1894.

Born in 1815, Ms. Miner grew up in the then-wilderness of New York State and overcame illness and financial hardships to become a schoolteacher. During her first assignment in Mississippi, she witnessed the horrors of slavery first-hand, an experience that inspired a life-long mission to educate enslaved African-Americans to teach themselves. Her “Normal School for Colored Girls” was once located on the current site of the Heurich House Museum and was funded in part by the proceeds of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The school eventually evolved into Miner Teachers College and finally merged with another school to become today’s University of the District of Columbia. Tickets for Heritage Unbound are $5 and include snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Students use code “STUDENT” for free entry with valid student ID. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visithttp://bit.ly/HU17Myrtilla.

28] – On Wed., Aug. 30 from 6 to 8 PM, Make Montgomery College Tuition-Free! This is a Petition Launch Party, hosted by Chris Wilhelm for County Council at Bump 'n Grind, 1200 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring 20910. Find tickets at www.eventbrite.com. Cities and states all over the country are taking action to make community college tuition-free; Montgomery County and Maryland should be next!  $10 is the suggested donation, includes one drink. Free coffee for high school and MC students!

29] – On Wed., Aug. 30 from 7 to 9 PM, the PMD Montgomery Chapter Meeting will address progressive issues in Montgomery County. If you're interested in learning more about PMD Montgomery, and want to contribute to the fight for a living wage, come to Marvin Memorial United Methodist Church, 33 University Blvd. E., Silver Spring 20901.
RSVP at http://www.progressivemaryland.org/pmd_montgomery_chapter_meeting?utm_campaign=wkmem_aug_21&utm_medium=email&utm_source=progressivemaryland.

30] – On Wed., Aug. 30 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, attend a book launch for GUERRILLAS OF DESIRE with KEVIN VAN METER. Behind the smiling faces of cashiers, wait staff, and workers of all sorts, a war is going on, usually without the knowledge of official political and labor organizations. Guerrillas of Desire maps these undercurrents, documenting the history of everyday resistance under slavery, in peasant life, and throughout modern capitalism, while showing that it remains an important factor in revolution and something radicals of all stripes must understand. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org.

31] – On Thurs., Aug. 31 from 6 to 8 PM, resist Ben Cardin's Attack on Free Speech & Palestinian Rights at Johns Hopkins Montgomery County, 9601 Medical Center Dr., Rockville 20850.  US Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced a bill (S720) which is an attempt to squelch dissent when we need resistance most. Read all about it here: https://theintercept.com/2017/07/19/u-s-lawmakers-seek-to-criminally-outlaw-support-for-boycott-campaign-against-israel/.  If passed, the possible felony charges Palestine solidarity activists face could in the future be extended to other grassroots activists, who are using the powerful boycott, divestment, sanctions tactic to hit agents of injustice where it hurts, in the pocket book.  An injustice to one is an injustice to all. The intersection of the Palestinian struggle with other international and local movements’ demands we turn out and speak up!  Cardin's Town Hall Meeting will begin at 7 PM.

32] – On Thurs., Aug. 31 from 7 to 9 PM, join the No Room for Hate in 21228 (and surrounding communities), hosted by Jacqueline Seiple at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1905 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville 21228. Catonsville and surrounding communities will join together at a peaceful vigil/rally to remember those who died or have been affected by White Nationalists, Neo-Nazis, KKK and other hate groups. This event is in response to the deaths of Richard William Collins III, and recently Heather Heyer who died speaking out against inequality. Let us join our fellow clergy and community leaders to stand against racism, homophobia, islamophobia, anti-Semitism and any form of hate against our neighbors who live in our wonderful & diverse nation. A speaker list is forthcoming. Please bring flashlights, battery operated or real candles to the outdoor vigil.  Represent equality, liberty, and justice for all!

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.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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