Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - March 27 - 29, 2018

23] Beyond the Nuclear Issue in North Korea – Mar. 27
24] Preventing Escalation in the Baltics – Mar. 27
26] Human Trafficking in Our Area – Mar. 27
27] Stories from a Fallen World – Mar. 27
28] Using Citizen Science to Guide Your Gardening Practices – Mar. 27
29] Resounding Silence – Mar. 27
31] Women in Constitution-Making – Mar. 28
32] These Borders are Not Our Borders -- Mar. 28
33] “In the Shadow of Statues” – Mar. 28
34] The 1968 Strike in Memphis – Mar. 28
23] – The Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) []  invites you to Beyond the Nuclear Issue in North Korea on Wed., Mar. 28 from 8 AM to 5:30 PM in the Lindner Commons, Room 602, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052.  This conference is co-sponsored by The National Committee on North Korea and the GW Institute for Korean Studies.  RSVP at Email

24] – Attend Preventing Escalation in the Baltics: A NATO Playbook. Registration is required to attend this event. Register at   Hear from Ulrich Kühn & James M. Acton at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20036-2103, on Wed., Mar. 28 from 10 to 11:30 AM.  Contact Erin McLaughlin at 202-939-2306.  In a conflict between Russia and NATO in the Baltic, the risks of escalation leading to nuclear use—deliberately, inadvertently, or accidentally—would be dangerously high. NATO must enhance deterrence against Russia while simultaneously pursuing resilience and risk-reduction measures.

25] – BE A FAIR ELECTIONS AMBASSADOR. On Wed., Mar. 28 at 6:30 PM at the Clout Workspace, 9221 Hampton Overlook, Capitol Heights, MD 20743, attend a Prince George's County Ambassador Meeting.  The Prince George’s County Council is considering a program that will put the people of the County back in power. They’re considering CB-4 for the Fair Election Fund which would create a small donor empowerment program that would elevate the voices of everyday citizens and reduce the influence of large donations. Ambassadors are stakeholder who agrees to contribute resources to public education and field efforts in Prince George's County. They serve as eyes and ears in the county and are provided with opportunities to represent the coalition in the community. They help with strategy and ensure the voices of Prince George's County residents are heard throughout the campaign to pass CB-4 for the Fair Election Fund.  Email Charles at

26] – On Wed., Mar. 28 at 6:30 PM, go to It Can Happen Here: Human Trafficking in Our Area, hosted by Anne Arundel County Commission for Women at 2624 Annapolis Rd., Severn 21144-1626.  Join us for a panel discussion on human trafficking, local efforts to combat it, and ways to support survivors. Featured guests include three leading advocates against human trafficking, Anne Arundel County Police Captain Katie Goodwin, Dash 4 Dignity 5k Race Director Althea Whieldon, and the Anti-Trafficking Program Director for the Salvation Army of Central Maryland Shamere McKenzie.  Bring voluntary donations of toiletries for survivors of trafficking.  Go to

27] -- On Wed., Mar. 28 at 7 PM, hear Stories from a Fallen World: A Tribute to Denis Johnson, hosted by The Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE, WDC 20540.  Tickets are available at  Authors Jonathan Franzen, Elliot Ackerman, Sam Quinones, and writer/producer Elizabeth Cuthrell will join writer and Library of Congress Literary Advisor Marie Arana to discuss intersections of war, addiction, and discontent in the work of Denis Johnson, 2017 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner. Book sales and signing will follow. The event is free, but tickets are required, and there may be special restrictions.  Visit

28] – On Wed., Mar. 28 at 7:30 PM,  there is a workshop Using Citizen Science to Guide Your Gardening Practices, hosted by Clarksville Commons and University of Maryland Extension Howard County Master Gardeners at Clarksville Commons, Clarksville 21029.  There are dozens of Citizen Science projects begging for backyard data you can provide, like bird counts, butterfly appearances, and when your flowers bloom. Join local Master Gardener Ann Coren to learn how you can use the data you collect to improve your garden, as well as benefit scientific research. She’ll explain Project Bud Burst, Project Feeder Watch, Monarch Watch, and Million Pollinator Gardens, among others. The workshop is free, and will be held in the Community Room on the second floor of the north building; entrance off the plaza. Pre-register at

29] – On Wed., Mar. 28 at 7:30 PM catch Resounding Silence, hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  This is about Recognizing and Addressing Intimate Partner Violence within LGBTQ+ Relastionships. Have you ever been worried about a friend in an abusive situation, but didn’t know how you could help? As part of #LGBTQHealthAwarenessWeek, joinThe LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care and House Of Ruth Maryland, Inc. for a panel discussion and Q&A at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse that will highlight the dynamics of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the LGBTQ community from an intersectional framework, resources for those currently in an abusive or unhealthy relationship, and resources for survivors of IPV. This discussion will be facilitated by Kate Bishop of Chase Brexton and FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. Panelists include Randall Leonard and Lauren Vaszil from Chase Brexton and Sean Smith from House of Ruth Maryland. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at

Although LGBTQ+-identified individuals experience IPV at rates similar to or slightly higher than their heterosexual counterparts, they routinely face a plethora of specific challenges and barriers in seeking services. As a community, we deserve space to engage in transparent, culturally targeted, and safe dialogue, fostering a layered awareness about the prevalence of IPV and LGBTQ-affirming resources available to victims and survivors.

30] –  This is a SPECIAL INVITATION TO HOLY THURSDAY (MARCH 29) & GOOD FRIDAY(MARCH30) FAITH AND RESISTANCE RETREAT & NONVIOLENT WITNESS, starting at 1 PM on Thurs., Mar. 29 through Good Friday at 1 PM. Please join in a time of prayer, reflection, community building and acts of nonviolent resistance to commemorate the Last Supper, arrest, torture, trial and crucifixion of Jesus, and what it means for us today. There will be two nonviolent actions on Good Friday, early morning at the Pentagon and noon at the White House.  Gather at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church (Auditorium), 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC 20010 (corner of 16th St. and Newton). Please bring bedding, and food for a pot-luck breakfast.

There is no parking in the St. Stephen Parking lot. There is some unrestricted parking on side streets north of the church. Please make sure to check street signs.  The CLOSEST METRO is Columbia Heights-Green Line. This retreat/public witness is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. As in year’s past, students from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa will join the retreat. Contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at 202-882-9649 or

31] – On Thurs., Mar. 29 at 10 AM, get involved with Securing Their Roles: Women in Constitution-Making at United States Institute of Peace,  2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037.  As actors from Syria, Libya, and other countries marked by violence are taking steps towards building new constitutions, USIP and Inclusive Security are convening a panel to draw out lessons for policymakers by discussing women’s roles in constitution-making, gender equality in constitutional provisions - including in relation to constitutions developed with an Islamic identity - and their implications for long-term, inclusive peace and security. While there have been slow increases in the number of women involved in constitution-making processes since the end of the Cold War, women still must overcome discrimination and perceived illegitimacy once they have a seat at the negotiating table. Drawing on in-depth case studies, research, and personal experiences, panelists will offer insights on how early action and alliance building have proven useful strategies for overcoming such obstacles, and recommendations for supporting and empowering women in constitution building in the future. Visit and

32] – On Thurs., Mar. 29 from 4 to 6 PM, the Migration Exchanges Series presents Annelise Orleck, hosted by Center for Global Migration Studies, 2110 Taliaferro Hall, College Park 20742.  The talk is entitled: "These Borders are Not Our Borders: Uprisings of the Landless, Global Labor Migration, and the 21st Century Food Revolution." Dr. Orleck is Professor of History at Dartmouth College, and author of four books, including her newest: "'We Are All Fast Food Workers Now': The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages."  Light refreshments will be provided.  Go to

33] – On Thurs., Mar. 29 at 7 PM, Mitch Landrieu will discuss his book “In the Shadow of Statues” at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008.  Mayor Landrieu’s removal of four Confederate statues from New Orleans was an important act of resistance, and his May 2017 speech about his decision has moved and inspired millions of people. Writing with the same eloquence and conviction that made his address so powerful, Landrieu examines both his personal history and the nation’s legacy of racism to show how misplaced nostalgia, willful misunderstanding, or sheer indifference have for too long masked the true virulence of these Confederate monuments. Carrying on the spirit of his father, Moon Landrieu, who fought for civil rights in the 1960s and ‘70s, Landrieu urgently demands that white people face their role in slavery and its socio-economic consequences rather than tacitly letting the inequalities continue.  Landrieu will be in conversation with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic.  Go to

34] – On Thurs., Mar. 29 at 7:30 PM, hear about MLK, Jr. and the Memphis Strike, at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. In March of 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. travelled to Memphis to support striking sanitation workers demanding union recognition and higher wages. The strike is perhaps best remembered as the precursor to King's assassination: on April 4, at the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis. But the Memphis Sanitation Strike is also a critical example of the power and fearlessness of black workers to stand up and demand recognition, and to win, against all odds. In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the strike, see a screening of the excellent film “At the River I Stand,” and then hear a talk by Austin Veale, a Baltimore resident who traveled to Memphis in 1968 as the president of the AFSCME State Workers Council to support the strikers. The event will be moderated and introduced by local labor historian Bill Barry.  Visit Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at

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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