Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 14 - 15, 2018

26] Vigil hosted by PeaceSeekers – Feb. 14
27] Water for People, Not for Profit – Feb. 14
28] Rally Against the Trump Budget – Feb. 14
29] Corean-American Studies Winter Symposium – Feb. 14
30] Small and Independent Film Entities Tax Credit (HB 616) -- Feb. 14
31] "The Implications of the Trump Nuclear Posture Review" – Feb. 14
32] No fracking pipeline – Feb. 15
33] Progressive Maryland Needs You – Feb. 15
34] Take Action AAC meeting – Feb. 15
35] Iranian artist Shirin Neshat discusses her work – Feb. 15
36] Celebrate Susan Goering’s work – Feb. 15
26] – For Hearts and Ashes, come to a Valentine's Day/Ash Wednesday Vigil hosted by PeaceSeekers from noon to 1 PM in  Rodney Square, Wilmington, DE.   Love meets mortality. Love confronts ashes to ashes. Pacem in Terris PeaceSeekers is holding this vigil for love/against fear; against obscene military expenditures/for investment in human needs. Visit

27] – On Wed., Feb. 14 from noon to 1 PM, join the rally and press conference Water for People, Not for Profit, hosted by Jews United for Justice in the War Memorial Plaza, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202.  Join the Millions of Jobs Coalition’s nationwide day of action against Trump’s infrastructure plan. Here in Baltimore, help flush Trump’s privatization scam (down a gilded toilet) and say NO to water privatization!   There is a bevy of speakers.

Trump’s leaked infrastructure plan provides a blueprint for handing over public water to Wall Street and water corporations. He wants corporations to make a profit off of our water— and for the public to pay the costs. Water bills would need to skyrocket to allow Wall Street to profit, leading to even more unaffordable bills, shutoffs and tax sales.  His pro-corporate, anti-community infrastructure plan comes just as French multinational Suez and Wall Street firm KKR are aggressively pitching Baltimore’s city officials to try to privatize our water through a 50-year lease.  A privatization deal would cause water rates to skyrocket, decrease public accountability, limit the city council’s ability to set up affordability programs, and lead to the firing of local workers. While Suez and KKR would profit, Baltimore low-income families, working families, and communities of color would suffer.  Stand united to ensure that our drinking water is kept in public hands. There are many measures the city council, Mayor Pugh, and the Maryland General Assembly must take to address Baltimore’s water affordability crisis — all of these would be undermined if the city leases off our public water system to profiteering multinationals and Wall Street.  Contact Rianna Eckel (, 410-394-7652) with any questions.

28] – On the heels of the massive tax cuts handed to big corporations and the wealthiest Americans, this new budget is devastating for our health care. It slashes funding for Medicaid, nutrition assistance, affordable housing, and other vital programs that millions of American families depend on. On Wed., Feb. 14 at 12:30 PM join other health care advocates, members of Congress, and progressive leaders at the Capitol to fight back. Rally Against the Trump Budget in Zone 9, Senate side lawn (east) of U.S. Capitol Building. RSVP at

29] – On Wed., Feb. 14 from 1 to 5 PM, come to the Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS) Winter Symposium, Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004.  RSVP at

30] – Small and Independent Film Entities Tax Credit (HB 616) would alter the Film Activity Tax Credit to provide funding and eligibility requirements for small and independent filmmakers.  There is a hearing on Wed., Feb. 14 at 1 PM before the Ways & Means Committee. Contact Mary Washington at 410-841-3476 or

31] – On Wed., Feb. 14 from 4 to 5:30 PM, hear from Amb. Linton Brooks, Center for Strategic and International Studies, about "The Implications of the Trump Nuclear Posture Review" at George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052. RSVP at

32] – Tell Gov. Hogan to Keep His Fracking Promise on Thurs, Feb. 15 at 6 PM, organized by the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club at Lawyer’s Mall, 100 State Circle, Annapolis 21401, and then march to Gov. Hogan’s mansion. RSVP to Deirdre Lally at or 240-284-9771. Gov. Hogan is set to allow a dangerous fracked gas pipeline under the Potomac River. In March, only 40 days away, Maryland will decide if TransCanada will build this pipeline. The Maryland Department of the Environment, however, still has not indicated if they will review how the pipeline will impact our water quality. The pipeline builder, TransCanada, is the company that recently spilled over 200,000 gallons of oil from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota.1 Should we really blindly trust them to pump fracked gas under the C&O Canal and the Potomac River?

33] – Progressive Maryland is looking for people to help with both issue and electoral campaigns to win victories in Maryland. In preparation for the June Primary, Alexiss Kurtz is building Movement Politics teams all around the state to be leaders around data, canvassing, voter registration, training, and recruitment. If this sounds interesting to you, then complete the Movement Politics Team survey --   In addition to this survey, dive deep into working on campaigns at the first Movement Politics Interest Meeting. Movement politics is the process of fighting for a democracy where people - not corporations - set the agenda, and where we all have a voice. In towns and neighborhoods across the country, we hold conversations with voters about the issues of the day and the world we’re fighting to build. Volunteers are needed to knock on neighbors’ doors and transform their communities into a force at the polls. Help leaders in the movement transition from community activists to elected office, transforming the political system town by town and state by state. Talk about volunteer and leadership opportunities in this Movement at The Startup Nest, 1401 Severn St., Baltimore 21230. On Thurs., Feb. 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, there is an in- person meeting on Movement Politics mobilization. RSVP to Alexiss Kurtz at or 301-684-6715.

34] – On Thurs.,  Feb. 15 from 7 to 8:30 PM, come to the February Chapter Meeting, hosted by Take Action AAC at the Edgewater Community Library, 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater 21037.  The meeting will focus on planning actions for the 2018 Legislative Session, Issue and Election Canvassing, and Local Community Issues. Go to

35] – Enjoy an Artist Talk: Shirin Neshat with Christopher Bedford, hosted by Maryland Institute College of Art Photo, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave,, Baltimore 21217, on Thurs., Feb. 15 from 7 to  8:30 PM. The multidisciplinary Iranian artist Shirin Neshat discusses her work, whose themes include gender, identity, politics and contrasting life between the West and Muslim countries, with Baltimore Museum of Art Director Christopher Bedford. Presented as part of MICA’s Mixed Media Series, the event is free and open to the public in Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 W, Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore 21217. Go to

36] – On Thurs., Feb. 15 from 7 to 9 PM, Celebrate Susan Goering’s Legacy at the ACLU of Maryland at 4915 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore 21209-4642.  Find tickets at On the occasion of her retirement, join an uplifting evening to recognize ACLU of Maryland Executive Director Susan Goering and her unwavering commitment to equitable education funding, fair housing, and criminal justice reform.  The special evening will feature many speakers talking about Susan's commitment to equality and social justice, including Judge Robert Wilkins, Dr. Alvin Thornton, and the ACLU of Maryland's Legal Director, Deborah Jeon, and General Counsel, Andrew Freeman. The event will also feature a video honoring Susan's legacy from Wide Angle Youth Media. The event is free to attend. See

To be continued.

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"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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