Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - January 3 - 14, 2018

17] South African ambassador speaks – Jan. 3
18] Friends of Barclay Meeting – Jan. 3
19] Finalize plans for MLK Awards Dinner – Jan. 3
20] Hearing on Townhouse Plan -- Jan. 3
21] 2018 Legislative Priorities -- Jan. 3
22] York Road Partnership--General Meeting – Jan. 3
23] Whooping Crane Conservation in North America – Jan. 3
24] Workforce Development Forum – Jan. 4
25] First Herding of 2018 – Jan. 4
26] Food for Thought Donations -- Jan. 4
27] Book Talk – LAVENDER AND RED – Jan. 4
28] Whole-Person Integrative Healthcare – Jan. 4
29] Students for A New American Politics happy hour – Jan. 4
30] Book talk “State of Terror: How Terrorism Created Modern Israel” – Jan. 4
31] Chesapeake Climate Action Network conference call -- Jan. 4
32] Montgomery County Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions meeting -- Jan. 4
33] Can you help out with baked goods, housing and coffee and tea? -- Jan. 12 - 14
17] –   On Wed., Jan. 3 from 6 to 9 PM, hear a presentation by Ambassador of South Africa, hosted by International Club of Annapolis at DoubleTree by Hilton, 210 Holiday Ct., Annapolis 21401.  To obtain a ticket, go to icannapolis.org.  This event is for ICA members. To become a member, please visit https://icannapolis.org/membership.
His Excellency Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa, started his public life in the late 1960s when he was elected President of the Student Christian Movement in the then Eastern Transvaal. From 1973 to 1976 he served as Assistant Secretary of the Transvaal United African Teachers Association. He played a critical role in the formation of the first democratic South Africa as Co-Chairperson of the Congress for Democratic South Africa and the Multiparty Negotiation Forum and in 1994 joined the National Assembly as a representative of the African National Congress. In 2002 he was elected Permanent Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces and elected Chairperson in 2005, serving in that role until 2014. He has represented South Africa in many international platforms, including the UN and G20 and as leader of South Africa’s delegation to the Pan-African Parliament.

18] – On Wed., Jan. 3 from 6 to 7 PM, get over to the Friends of Barclay Meeting, hosted by Friends of Barclay Elementary/Middle School at Peabody Heights Brewery, LLC, 401 E. 30th St., Baltimore 21218.  Discuss what informational content will appear on the FOB one page flyer and brainstorm fun spring event ideas for the four communities within Barclay school zone. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/131454990861028/.

19] –     On Wed., Jan. 3 from 6 to 8 PM, the board of directors of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee is meeting to finalize the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Dinner, scheduled for Fri., Jan. 12 at 5 PM. The meeting is at La Fontaine Bleue, 7514 Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie 21061.  Visit www.mlkjrmd.org. Tickets for the dinner are now on sale. Call Arlene Jackson at 301-538-6353 or 410-760-4115 extension 0. Seating is on a first come-first seated basis. 

20] – On Wed., Jan. 3 at 6 PM, there is a Public Hearing on Townhouse Plan for Minnesota Ave. and 27th St. SE at the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, WDC.  The hearing on the selection of the Neighborhood Development Corporation (NDC) will focus on developing the land into 24 unit townhomes. The land was offered as part of a Solicitation for Offer (SFO) in May 2016; the competitive process resulted in NDC's selection. NDC’s proposal will invigorate the Twining Neighborhood and build on its continued economic growth East of the River. Twelve of the townhouse units will be offered to families earning no more than 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) ($55,150 in 2017); six units will be offered at no more than 60 percent AMI ($66,180) and the remaining six units will be offered at market rate. NDC also plans a community garden for residents. The public hearing is being conducted to ensure that citizens are informed about the disposing and development of the property and can present their views. Citizens who would like to present oral testimony are encouraged to register in advance. If you have questions about presenting testimony, contact Ms. Chantese Rogers at chantese.rogers@dc.gov or 202-478-1355. 

21] – On Wed., Jan. 3 at 7 PM, catch a talk about 2018 Legislative Priorities at the Greenbelt Community Center.  The focus of the presentation will be on Environmental Issues.  Mark Posner, Legislative Chair, Maryland Sierra Club, will discuss the Sierra Club's priority bills in the 2018 session: a protecting of Maryland's forests, banning foam food containers & loose fill packaging, dedicated public transportation funding for the Metro, and reforming the Public Service Commission reviews of proposed new gas infrastructure. He also will discuss clean energy bills and the status of Maryland's offshore wind power projects. Contact Lore Rosenthal, Greenbelt Climate Action Network, at lore@simplicity-matters.org or 301-345-2234.

22] –   On Wed., Jan. 3 from 7:15 to 8:30 PM, attend the York Road Partnership--General Meeting at St. Mary of the Assumption-Govans, 5502 York Road, Baltimore 21212.  Join neighbors and friends from the 20+ community organizations working toward a vibrant, connected corridor. Start the New Year with getting involved!  See https://yorkroadpartnership.org/.

23] –    On Wed., Jan. 3 from 7:30 to 9 PM, hear a talk about Whooping Crane Conservation in North America, hosted by Southern Maryland Audubon Society (SMAS) at North Point High School, 2500 Davis Rd., Waldorf 20603.  John B. French, JR., Ph.D. Director, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, will cover the history of Whooping Crane Conservation from early 20th century to present day and the challenges ahead for continued conservation. Enter front doors of school and follow signs to staff development room.  Light refreshments and mingling starts at 7 PM. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1521333527962163/.

24] – On Thurs., Jan. 4 from 8:30 AM to noon, attend the 2018 Prince George's County Workforce Development Forum with the Job Opportunities Task Force at Prince George’s Community College Largo Student Center.  From 8:30 to 9 AM, register and enjoy breakfast. This workforce convening will highlight some of the existing challenges and opportunities to connect local residents to skills training and job opportunities in the area.  Join this stimulating conversation with workforce development leaders, state and local representatives, and workforce advocates. Lunch will also be provided.  Contact Lee Domeika at Lee@jotf.org.  Go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSb7wisT4daKos93cqNQJepQt3ucoFJZHwBG14CZyxtaK20A/viewform.

25] –  On Thurs., Jan. 4 from 10:30 AM to noon, attend the First Herding of 2018, hosted by Herd on the Hill in the Hart Senate Office Building, Constitution Ave., WDC 20002.  Join in for visits to Congressional offices to help constituents tell their elected officials how they feel about the tax bill, funding for children's health care, the Dreamers, and more. Come amplify the voices of people across the country.  The meeting point is inside the Hart Senate Office Building, on benches by The Mountain sculpture. (It’s huge, you can't miss it!).  RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/148354059220090/.

26] – On Thurs., Jan. 4 from noon  to 11:59 PM, help out with Food for Thought January Donations, hosted by Havenwood Presbyterian Church, 100 E Ridgely Rd, Lutherville 21093.  See the recurring event at https://www.facebook.com/events/422631021485567/?event_time_id=422631034818899.

27] –    On Thurs., Jan. 4 from 6:30 to 8 PM, hear about “Lavender and Red,” an author talk with Emily Hobson, hosted by The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20009.  LGBT activism is often imagined as a self-contained struggle, inspired by but set apart from other social movements. The book recounts a far different story: a history of queer radicals who understood their sexual liberation as intertwined with solidarity against imperialism, war, and racism. This politics was born in the late 1960s but survived well past Stonewall, propelling a gay and lesbian left that flourished through the end of the Cold War. The gay and lesbian left found its center in the San Francisco Bay Area, a place where sexual self-determination and revolutionary internationalism converged. Across the 1970s, its activists embraced socialist and women of color feminism and crafted queer opposition to militarism and the New Right. In the Reagan years, they challenged U.S. intervention in Central America, collaborated with their peers in Nicaragua, and mentored the first direct action against AIDS. Bringing together archival research, oral histories, and vibrant images, Emily K. Hobson rediscovers the radical queer past for a generation of activists today.  She is Assistant Professor of History and of Gender, Race, and Identity at the University of Nevada, Reno. See https://www.facebook.com/events/150717875558145/.

28] –    On Thurs., Jan. 4 from 7 to 8 PM, Urge Congress to Advance Whole-Person Integrative Healthcare, hosted by Integrative Health Policy Consortium – IHPC at 712 H St.t NE, Suite 1108, WDC 20002.  Visit ihpc.rallycongress.net.

29] – On Thurs., Jan. 4 from 7 to 9 PM, get over to the SNAP PAC in D.C. New Year Kickoff, hosted by Students for A New American Politics at the Tenley Bar & Grill, 4611 41st St. NW, WDC 20016.  Come meet other young progressives and hear how they are changing political campaigns in 2018! RSVP at www.snappac.org/rsvp. Students for a New American Politics (SNAP) PAC is a Yale student-run political action committee which provides fellowships for underrepresented students to work on progressive congressional campaigns. Through the work since 2006, progressive leaders have been elected to Congress.

30] – On Thurs., Jan. 4 from 7 to 10 PM, hear about “State of Terror, “ a book talk with author Thomas Suárez, hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace - DC Metro at Busboys and Poets, 5th & K Sts., 1025 5th St. NW, WDC 20001.  The complete book title is “State of Terror: How Terrorism Created Modern Israel.”  Suárez has uncovered documents in the British archives, many revealed for the first time, which detail the twenty-year campaign of terror waged by Zionist militias against the British government, the indigenous Palestinians, and even dissident Jews, as a means of conquering the land for a Jewish state. The famous Israeli historian Ilan Pappé calls the book, “a tour de force ... the first comprehensive and structured analysis of the violence and terror employed by the Zionist movement and later the state of Israel against the people of Palestine.” Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/728169070707367/.

31] – On Thurs., Jan. 4 from 7 to 8 PM, join the Call to Double Renewable Energy in MD, hosted by Chesapeake Climate Action Network.  Go to org.salsalabs.com.  Join CCAN and special guest Heather Mizeur, CCAN director, Mike Tidwell, Maryland organizer, Liz Lee, and dozens of activists from across Maryland for a grassroots conference call to get ready for our upcoming fight for solar and wind power in Maryland!  RSVP for the conference call at http://bit.ly/jan-conference-call.  Last February, we made history by overriding Governor Hogan’s veto to expand Maryland’s requirement of electricity from renewable sources! With the Trump administration rolling us back on climate policy on the federal-level, we’re back on the state-level, fired up to fight for solar and wind power and clean energy jobs in Maryland!  And save the date for January 10th, as CCAN will kick off the first day of the 2018 Maryland legislative session with a huge rally to show our lawmakers on their first day back that we mean business.

32] – On Thurs., Jan. 4 from 7:30 to 9 PM, come to the Montgomery County Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions meeting, hosted by The Climate Mobilization Montgomery County Maryland at Kol Shalom, 9110 Darnestown Rd., Rockville 20850.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1873839472930242/.

33] – Can you donate cookies or baked goods?  Can you host an attendee? Finally, we are in need of a shop or organization to provide coffee and tea in the mornings of the conference.  Do you have any suggestions?

  Attend a Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases from Fri., Jan. 12 through Sun., Jan. 14, 2018 at the University of Baltimore, Learning Commons Town Hall, 1415 Maryland Ave., Baltimore 21201, hosted by the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases.  Prior to the conference opening on Fri., Jan. 12, there will be a demonstration from 3 to 5 PM at Centre & Charles Sts. in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore.

Thirteen prominent peace and justice organizations in the United States are collectively organizing this conference.  Some of the groups are Black Alliance for Peace, CODEPINK, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Popular Resistance, Veterans For Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and World Beyond War.  The conference will feature national and international experts. Several expert panels will discuss the economic, political, environmental and health costs and impact of U.S. foreign military bases in various regions of the world, including South America, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. The conference will be live streamed for the international audience.  For more information and to register for the conference, go to http://noforeignbases.org/conference-on-u-s-foreign-military-bases/?epl_action=process_cart_action&cart_action=add&event_id=723&_rand=59d50af323702.

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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