Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 6 - 7, 2017

14] Support the animals in Houston
15] Landowners vs. FERC – Sept. 6
16] Drive for Our lives on the National Mall -- Sept. 6
17] Re-instate DACA – Sept. 6
18] March against Racism -- Sept. 6
19] No to DeVos – Sept. 6
20] Support dreamers – Sept. 6
21] Clean Energy Jobs Initiative – Sept. 6
22] Immigration – Sept. 6
23] Book talk on ASSEMBLY – Sept. 6
24] Stop DeVos – Sept. 7
25] Emergency protest at the Myanmar Embassy – Sept. 7
26] Vote against more military spending – Sept. 7
27] Ceasefire – Sept. 7
28] “Open Doors, Open Minds and Open Hearts” – Sept. 7
29] Forum on Returning Citizens and our Community – Sept. 7
30] Real "Father" of the Constitution – Sept. 7
31] Book talk McMansions– Sept. 7
32] Bo Stolen Sisters – Sept. 7
14] – 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 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. 

15] – On Wed., Sept. 6 at 11 AM, the call is Landowners vs. FERC: No Eminent Domain for Private Gain at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, WDC.  Landowners sued FERC to Stop Abuse of Eminent Domain for Private Gain for Proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Fracked Gas Pipelines.  Attend the press conference outside FERC offices which will feature landowner-plaintiffs and their attorney, regional organizers and climate advocates. 

16] – The Drive for Our Lives bus has already traveled nearly 7,000 miles from coast to coast, and folks across the country -- from Tucson to South Bend to New York City -- have been fighting back to #ProtectOurCare. On Wed., Sept. 6 at 11:30 AM the bus will make its 30th and final stop in D.C. Health care activists, supporters, and elected officials are gathering at the National Mall to speak out against President Trump and Congressional Republicans' recent efforts to sabotage our health care. Join the bus tour for its final stop on the National Mall, 7th St. & Constitution Ave., WDC.  RSVP at

17] – On Wed., Sept. 6 at 11:30 AM, Organize, Mobilize, Resist Trump's Decision to End DACA, hosted by Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), 815 16th St. NW, 4th Floor WDC 20006.  LCLAA will join with members of the labor, immigrant rights and civil rights movements to hold a rally, protest, and march in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of community members who have been impacted by the Trump Administration’s decision to end the DACA Program.

18] – On Wed., Sept. 6 from 3 to 6 PM, there is a Welcome Rally for #Cville2DC, hosted by Resist Here in Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22209.  Then there is a march to the MLK memorial in the district.  Register at

19] – On Wed., Sept. 6 at 3:30 PM, join a rally to say Dear Betsy: Keep Your Hands Off Title IX at the U.S. Department of Education, WDC. The Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will make a major announcement about Title IX on Thursday. Since taking office DeVos has made it clear she plans to roll back Title IX enforcement as well as protections that ensure that every student can access an education free from gender-based violence. Weakening Title IX enforcement would be devastating for students especially those who are LGBT and of color. Survivors and our allies across the country are coming together to ask Education Secretary DeVos to listen to survivors, keep students safe, and enforce protections Title IX has long provided. Join Know Your IX, the National Women's Law Center, End Rape On Campus, American Association of University Women, and Girls Inc to deliver thousands of petitions asking Betsy to uphold the Department of Education’s guidance documents clarifying schools’ legal responsibilities to prevent and address sexual harassment under Title IX.

20] – On Wed., Sept. 6 at 7 PM, get involved with Organizing beyond DACA at Sagrado Corazon de Jesus/ Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baltimore.  After the president's announcement regarding DACA, DREAMERs from the Baltimore region will come together to debrief the announcement, what it means for our families, and how we organize for the fight ahead. If you are motivated to fight for DREAMers and their families, join us.

21] – On Wed., Sept. 6 from 7 to 9 PM, the Greenbelt Climate Action Network will tackle “Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative” and outline CCAN’s plan and legislative proposal to boost clean energy jobs and increase Maryland’s use of renewables to 50% by 2030. Liz Lee, director of volunteer outreach for CCAN, headlines the meeting at Greenbelt Community Center.

22] – There is a Friends Committee on National legislation Conference Call on Immigration on Thurs., Sept. 7 at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time.  To join the call, dial 1-888-585-9008. When prompted, enter conference room number 474-922-828. Get the latest update on President Trump's action on DACA, what Congress is doing on immigration, and more. Go to

23] – On Wed., Sept. 6 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, catch a book talk on ASSEMBLY with Michael Hardt.  This critical philosopher co-authored the book with Italian autonomist thinker, Antonio Negri. With the rise of right-wing political parties in many countries, the question of how to organize democratically and effectively has become increasingly urgent. Although today's leaderless political organizations are not sufficient, a return to traditional, centralized forms of political leadership is neither desirable nor possible. Instead, as Hardt and Negri argue, familiar roles must be reversed: leaders should be responsible for short-term, tactical action, but it is the multitude that must drive strategy. In other words, if these new social movements are to achieve meaningful revolution, they must invent effective modes of assembly and decision-making structures that rely on the broadest democratic base. In the present moment, the call to radically rethink the politics of assembly is a welcome invitation.
Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

24] – On Thurs., Sept. 7 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Stop DeVos - Protect Title IX, hosted by SurvJustice is happening at 3301 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22201-4426. Join SurvJustice to protest DeVos' announcement to rollback Title IX protections that survivors rely upon for justice! Go to

25] – On Thurs., Sept. 7 at noon, there is an emergency protest at the Myanmar Embassy, 2300 S St. NW, WDC 20008-4016, to #SaveRohingyaMuslims. Join this emergency rally to protest the brutal, barbaric killings of innocent Rohingya people, including children and women, in Myanmar. Visit

26] – Come to the Wilmington City Council City chambers, Louis Redding City/County Bldg., 800 N. French St., 1st floor, on Thurs., Sept. 7 at 6 PM.  The Council will consider a Pacem in Terris initiated resolution to oppose cutting funding for human and environmental needs in favor of military budget increases. Go to

27] – On Thurs., Sept. 7 at 7 PM, come to a Ceasefire 365 Public Meeting at the Living Well Center, Baltimore.  Learn about the Baltimore Ceasefire 365 movement, what the City of Baltimore has been able to accomplish, and what new goals residents have set for Baltimore. Meet the organizing team and learn how you can help to #PushBaltimoreForward.  Learn more about The Living Well at  It is a community development entity that uses art as a vehicle for individual and community change and empowerment.  The focus is on building social capital while using business principles to create economic outcomes.

28] – The American Turkish Friendship Association (ATFA) and Rumi Forum of Maryland are proud to kick off its year-round Abraham’s Tent program with the motto “Open Doors, Open Minds and Open Hearts” starting with the occasion of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) celebration. This initiative aims to provide space for people of different religious and cultural traditions to get-to-know one another and seeks to build community through conversation and friendship on Thurs., Sept. 7 at 7 PM at 6470 Dobbin Rd., Suite C, Columbia, MD, 21045.  This is across from Columbia MVA.  A panel discussion will begin at 7:30 PM. Email

29] –There is a Progressive Cheverly event on Thurs., Sept. 7 at 7 PM at  Cheverly United Methodist Church, Fogle Hall, 2801 Cheverly Ave. Parking is available in a parking lot behind the church. It is called Forum on Returning Citizens and our Community.  Last spring a large number of Cheverly residents objected to the placement of a halfway house in town.  Yet the fact remains that formerly incarcerated persons live in Cheverly as they do elsewhere in Prince George's County and very few public services are offered to help this vulnerable population.  

This forum will present experts and activists who will examine the public policy steps we can take to help reintegrate them into civic life upon their return as well as look at the public policy choices that result in so many of our fellow citizens being locked up in the first place. We will also look at action steps we can take going forward. 

30] –On Thurs., Sept. 7 at 7:30 PM, learn about the Real "Father" of the Constitution at the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium, WDC.  Despite his modern anonymity, at the 1787 constitutional convention, Gouverneur Morris (not James Madison) led the debates, and wrote much of the final document. Morris wanted a constitution that would reign in the wealthy, protect the people, and end slavery. And he attempted to create a new kind of institution to accomplish these goals. During his lecture, Chris Bissex will highlight some of Morris's successes and failures at the convention, and show how his ideas help us understand our current historical moment. Bissex received his doctorate from Baylor University in 2014, with a dissertation titled "Institutionalizing Class Conflict: Gouverneur Morris on Class Warfare and Separation of Powers."

31] – On Thurs., Sept. 7 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, catch a book talk MCMANSIONHELL LIVE!  Kate Wagner's McMansionHell blog, fresh off a fair-use legal challenge from Zillow, is a brutally snarky but deeply informed attack on the aesthetics of the US housing market, tearing down the shoddy design choices of the "McMansion"—and the logic of pointless accumulation behind it that inflates housing bubbles and produces the space of suburban neoliberalism. Kate is also the communications chair for the Baltimore chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the quickly growing and refreshingly non-sectarian socialist organization that's working to make electoral socialism a threat again by supporting candidates like khalid kamau.  There is a special democratic socialism happy hour with DSA starting at 6:30 PM. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

32] –On Thurs., Sept. 7 at 8 PM come to No More Stolen Sisters: Justice for Savanna & Ashley #WearRed.  It will be in Farragut Square, WDC.  WEAR RED!!! This event is to HONOR the Indigenous women who have gone missing, who have been murdered, and who are assaulted. People have organized and mobilized to march from Charlottesville to DC, to raise awareness of racism, and how White Supremacy needs to go, and honoring those who were brave enough to stand up to White Supremacists on August 12. While many are fighting for racial justice, this issue, Violence on Indigenous Women, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, is part of the racial justice conversation and fight. This is to gather, offer singing and drums of healing, to send prayers and positive thoughts to the family of Savanna Greywind, who was murdered when she was 8 months pregnant, in North Dakota. This is also for Ashley Loring-HeavyRunner from Montana, who has been missing since June. This is to shine light on an issue Indigenous communities face. Indigenous people, prior to Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), didn't have the power to exercise Tribal law on offenders, on their own land. So basically, you can get away with murder, or anything, if committed on Tribal lands. VAWA is a step in the right direction, but still has so much to be improved upon in the 2018 re-authorization, including protections on children (yeah, that wasn't included in VAWA 2013).

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] Go to

"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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