Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - January 10 - January 31, 2018

23] Use the Enoch Pratt Free Library – through Jan. 31
24] The 15th annual Annapolis Summit – Jan. 10
25] Voting Rights Rally – Jan. 10
26] Clean Energy Jobs Campaign -- Jan. 10
27] U.S. Arms Sale – Jan. 10
28] PG County Co-Op next steps – Jan. 10
29] Free Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian prisoners – Jan. 10
30] Oyster Restoration – Jan. 10
31] Witness Against Torture activities -- Jan. 10 - 11
32] Past and Future of South Asian Crises -- Jan. 11
33] Rally for Earned Sick Leave -- Jan. 11
34] Protest US war on Yemen/Support Healthcare Not Warfare – Jan. 11/12
35] Hearing on the Clean Power Plan – Jan. 11
36] Growth Development in Anne Arundel County – Jan. 11
37] Progressive Victory -- Jan. 11
38] Turkish Coffee Night-- Jan. 11
39] Political Prisoners Night – Jan. 11
23] –   The Enoch Pratt Free Library FINALLY won State funding from the Maryland General Assembly in 2016 to expand branch hours beginning July 1, 2017.  The State considered withdrawing the already-approved, much-much-needed funds in early 2017.  Nonetheless, the funding went through for the 1st year, with the funding for the 2nd through 5th years contingent upon Pratt Library showing a higher utilization than before the increased hours.

The statistics used to judge usage of Enoch Pratt Free Library are from the month of January 2018.  THIS is the month to reserve books, to go and check out books, and use any branch of Pratt Library.  Circulation is significant, and the main collection of Central Pratt is in an alternate property for several years of renovating Central Pratt Library.  IF books are not on the shelf of any branch that you visit, they have to be requested from a warehouse on Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in S.W. Baltimore -- but do NOT let that discourage you from HELPING  TO  IMPROVE  LIBRARY  USAGE  STATISTICS  THE  VERY  MONTH  THEY  COUNT.

24] – The 15th annual Annapolis Summit will take place on Wed., Jan. 10 from 7:30 to 9:30 AM at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. Marc Steiner will talk with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch, and the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions as well. Visit http://thedailyrecord.com/annapolis-summit/ to purchase your ticket.

25] –   On Wed., Jan. 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM gather on the steps of the Supreme Court, 1 First St. NE, WDC 20543, for a Voting Rights Rally, while the nine justices hear oral arguments for Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute.  The case will determine whether or not Ohio violated the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, also known as The Motor Voter Act, which requires states to improve opportunities to register to vote and specifies that states cannot remove, or initiate removing, a registered voter from the rolls based on inactivity. Click to RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/1801181473508150/.

Before the 2016 presidential election, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted purged hundreds of thousands of "inactive" voters from the voter rolls, leaving them unable to cast their vote in the election. The ACLU and partner organizations sued Husted, arguing that the state was violating the National Voter Registration Act, which prohibits states from striking registered voters “by reason of the person’s failure to vote.”

26] – Join solar supporters and community advocates from around the state on Wed., Jan.  10 from 11 AM to noon at Lawyer's Mall, 100 State St., Annapolis 21401!  Solar United Neighbors is joining hundreds of groups from across the state in supporting the Clean Energy Jobs Campaign. The campaign will significantly expand solar produced right here in Maryland while creating jobs and reducing our reliance on imported fossil fuels that pollute our communities.  Show support for Clean Energy Jobs on the first day of the new General Assembly Session. Show our representatives that we want to expand solar and Clean Energy Jobs now!  The campaign supports legislation that will require 50% of our energy to come from renewable sources by 2030 and significantly expands solar energy produced right here in Maryland. Increasing the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) from 25% to 50% will spur growth in our economy (especially in the solar industry), create jobs, help more Marylanders go solar, and reduce our reliance on imported fossil fuels that pollute our neighborhoods. RSVP at http://chesapeakeclimate.org/event/kickoff-rally-for-2018-maryland-legislative-session/.

27] – With Great Power: Modifying U.S. Arms Sales to Reduce Civilian Harm is an on-the-record discussion on the gaps and opportunities to mitigate the risk of harm for civilians in places where the U.S. sells conventional weapons. This is happening on Wed., Jan. 10 from 1 to 2:30 PM at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.  RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScleC5dTpWrjvKOmGnsVF29-5Pg3uVtcm_p1WNCJJ__gDS7cg/viewform. It will feature Dan Mahanty, Director, U.S. Program, Center for Civilians in Conflict and Rachel Stohl, Senior Associate and Director, Conventional Defense Program, Stimson Center.  Additional panelists will be confirmed. Use #StimsonNow to join the conversation.  In the new report, With Great Power: Modifying US Arms Sales to Reduce Civilian Harm, a joint project from the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) and the Stimson Center, authors Mahanty and Stohl evaluate gaps and opportunities to mitigate the risk of harm for civilians in places where the US sells conventional weapons.

28] – On Wed, Jan. 10 from 6:30 to 8 PM, come to the PG Co-Op Member Next Steps Session at Clout Workspace, 9221 Hampton Overlook, Capitol Heights 20743.  Go to http://www.progressivemaryland.org/pg_nextsteps?utm_campaign=wkmemjan82018&utm_medium=email&utm_source=progressivemaryland. CONTACT Seanniece Bamiro at seanniece@progressivemaryland.org or 240-245-0268.

29] – Join CODEPINK's action on Wed., Jan. 10 at 5:15 PM at Union Station in Washington, D.C. to free Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian prisoners.  The event will start with a rally to free Ahed and all Palestinian prisoners. During the rally, you can write a letter to Ahed in prison.  Israeli forces arrested Ahed on Dec. 19, 2017. The 16 year old now faces years in prison. Israel is the only country in the world that subjects children like Ahed to its military court system, which convicts Palestinians at a rate of 99.7 percent. Go to http://www.codepink.org/freeahed.

30] –Come to the Science Cafe at the Oliver Brewery, 4216 Shannon Drive,  with Alex Jansen who will address Coastal Archaeology and Oyster Restoration, as part of the Natural History Society of Maryland, on Wed.,  Jan. 10 at 6 PM.  Jansen will examine Today’s Oyster Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay.  RSVP at https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/S_RF1CUeakjiBREBqYBFOdh3KolG_Phx41m... Visit https://www.meetup.com/marylandnature/events/246128413/?https=on&_af=event&_af_eid=246128413.  Tickets are $5. 

31] – On Wed., Jan. 10 from 6 to 8 PM, attend a book talk THERE IS A MAN UNDER THAT HOOD: CLOSING GUANTANAMO AND ENDING TORTURE at the Impact Hub, 419 7th St. NW, Suite 300, WDC 20004.  Join in for a performance, speakers, and book launch.  The book sets the words of Luke Nephew’s (Peace Poets) remarkable poem of that title to images of anti-torture demonstrations. The photographs were taken or curated by Justin Norman (WAT). The afterword is written by Omar Farah, Senior Staff Attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights.

On Thurs., Jan. 11 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM, RALLY TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO AND STOP TORTURE outside the White House, Lafayette Square, WDC 20006. Join human rights activists, torture survivors, Guantánamo attorneys, 9-11 family members, ex-military officials, and members of diverse faith communities on the 16th anniversary of the opening of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, as they rally to close the prison, end indefinite detention, dismantle Islamophobia, and call for the immediate transfer of the cleared detainees.

On Thurs., Jan. 11 from 2:30 to 4 PM, hear about GUANTANAMO UNDER TRUMP at New America, 740 15th St. NW, Suite 900, WDC 20005, with ANDY WORTHINGTON – KAREN GREENBERG – THOMAS B. WILNER – and MODERATED BY PETER BERGEN. Email witnesstorture@gmail.com or go to www.witnessagainsttorture.com

32] – The Past and Future of South Asian Crises is an on-the-record panel discussion of the launch of its latest publication, Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories, edited by Sameer Lalwani and Hannah Haegeland. This will occur on Thurs., Jan. 11 from 9 AM to noon at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.  RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfjqNFWx2qGVTgNLV0IVpyX-dUCX4OqKbw7_HEDemuEqSS9Yg/viewform.   At 8:30 AM enjoy Coffee and Breakfast.  At 9 AM, hear Opening Remarks by Brian Finlay, President & CEO, Stimson Center.  At 9:05 AM, the Keynote Address will be presented by Congressperson Ami Bera, Vice Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  From 9:30 to 10:45 AM catch Panel 1: Lessons Learned and Future Risks? Reflections from the Subcontinent with Ambassador Riaz Khan, former Foreign Secretary, Pakistan, Ambassador Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary, India, Polly Nayak, Independent Consultant, Sameer Lalwani, Senior Associate & Co-Director, South Asia Program, Stimson Center.  From 10:45 AM to noon, the Panel 2 discussion is How Do We Anticipate and Manage Crises? Approaches by Third Parties with Ambassador Richard Verma, former U.S. Ambassador to India, Yun Sun, Senior Associate, East Asia Program, Stimson Center, Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President, Asia Center, United States Institute of Peace, and Hannah Haegeland, Research Analyst, South Asia Program, Stimson Center.

Two decades after India and Pakistan tested nuclear weapons, South Asia remains one of the most crisis-prone regions in the world with some of the highest levels of contested borders, militarized interstate disputes, and terrorist attacks. The potential costs of a new crisis escalating remain high. The 2017 South Asia strategy review revealed the United States maintains high stakes in the region. South Asia hosts thousands of U.S. troops, with more on the way. It plays a critical node in the administration’s “Indo-Pacific” strategy. And early 2018 foreign policy statements indicate the subcontinent will continue to be high on the agenda.

33] –Join the Rally for Earned Sick Leave on Thurs., Jan. 11 at 10 AM in  Lawyers Mall in Annapolis on the second day of the legislative session to urge an override of Gov. Hogan’s veto of the healthy Working Families Act. RSVP at http://action.momsrising.org/survey/MD_HB1Rally/?t=6&akid=10141%2E2545036%2EGRkLmJ.

34] – Please note that the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance will organize on Thurs., Jan. 11 a visit to the office of Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, 1705 Longworth House Office Building, WDC 20515 to Say No US Support for Saudi Arabia’s Assault on Yemen.  We will first gather at 11:30 AM at the White House to join Witness Against Torture in calling for the closing of the prison at Guantanamo.  At 1:30 PM, we will gather in the Longworth Cafeteria. After that meeting, we will deliver a letter to Hoyer’s office.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net if you want to sign the letter.

  On Fri., Jan. 12 at 11 AM, we will deliver a Healthcare not Warfare petition to Captain Mark A. Kobelja, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 8901 Rockville Pike, Bethesda 20889.  We are still gathering signatures on our petition.  If you want to sign it, please provide name, hometown and your organization to Max. RSVP to Max if you can join NCNR on Jan. 11, Jan. 12 or both days.  

35] – The Office of the Attorney General is holding a hearing on the Clean Power Plan on Thurs., Jan. 11 from 1 to 4:30 PM in the Joint Hearing Room, Legislative Services Building. As you may have heard, the Trump Administration is gutting the Clean Power Plan, and in essence throwing out an affordable, flexible life-saving plan to cut carbon pollution in an effort to support industry to continue polluting our air and climate without meaningful limits while our families pay the price. The Clean Power Plan protects the health of our families and communities by curbing dangerous, climate-disrupting carbon pollution that is exacerbating extreme weather events, as well as reducing other harmful pollutants that contribute to dangerous smog and soot, causing heart attacks, respiratory illnesses, and even premature deaths.

  The Administration is not just ignoring the deadly cost of the climate crisis to our communities in the form of extreme storms like Harvey, Irma, and Maria -- they are ignoring the clean energy economy that is rapidly creating jobs across the country. No matter who is in the White House or in the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator’s office, the EPA is legally required to limit dangerous carbon pollution, and the Clean Power Plan is a flexible, affordable way to do that. Visit https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-additional-public-listening-sessions-proposed-repeal-clean-power-plan. Email info@mdlcv.org.

36] – On Thurs., Jan. 11 from 6 to 8 PM, there is a Listening Session for the Growth Development Plan  at the Annapolis High School cafeteria, 2700 Riva Road, Annapolis 21401.   The AACO General Development Plan Listening Tour, hosted by Anne Arundel County Young Democrats and Anne Arundel County Democratic Party, is an opportunity to inform Anne Arundel County with citizen input in creating the Growth Development Plan. There are upcoming listening sessions at Northeast High School on Jan. 29 and Southern High School on February 8. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2055378271356575/.

37] – On Thurs., Jan. 11 from 7 to 10 PM, join Progressive Victory, every 2nd Thursday of the month, at Pho & Bahn Mi Wheaton, 11232 Grandview Ave., Silver Spring 20902. This is a Progressive Coalition Meeting MeetUp for MoveOn, MCPA, DFMC, PDA, and more.  The restaurant is a short walk from the Wheaton Metro. The agenda has a local, state, and federal action flavor. Pressure non-progressive officials to enact the policies we need! RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/progressive-victory/events/246535759/. Please contribute $15 to keep this meetup going. Pay online: http://www.meetup.com.

38] – The American Turkish Friendship Association and Rumi Forum of Maryland invite you to "Turkish Coffee Night" on Thurs., Jan. 11 at 7 PM to offer a cross-cultural friendship. Explore Dr. King`s "Beloved Community" concept and discuss his six principles of nonviolence and six steps for nonviolent social change. RSVP at http://bit.ly/turkishcoffee-01-11-18. Go to www.rumiforum.org. Coffee night will be at 6470 Dobbin Rd., Suite C, Columbia 21045. ATFA/MARTI is across from Columbia MVA. Email maryland@atfa.us.

39] – On Thurs., Jan. 11 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for a FREEDOM FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS NIGHT. This is a launch of the 2018 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar! Former political prisoner and Real News Network producer and host Eddie Conway and Morgan State University professor and journalist Dr. Jared A. Ball will lead a discussion on political prisoner David Gilbert's new book, "Looking at the US White Working Class Historically," and also point out the importance of supporting political prisoners, past and present. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org

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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