Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - March 7 - 10, 2018

28] Yemen Peace Room – Mar. 7
29] Join Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform in Annapolis – Mar. 7
30] Support of Congressional Candidates of Color – Mar. 7
31] Webinar "Methane Pipelines: Dangers to Health" – Mar. 7
32] What is the future for the European Court of Human Rights?  – Mar. 7
33] See a screening of “Stitching Palestine“– Mar. 7
34] Democratic National Committee meeting – Mar. 8, 9 & 10
35] International Women's Day – Mar. 8
36] Oppose anti wind power legislation – Mar. 8
37] Japan-Korea Relations – Mar. 8
38] Canvass Participant Recruitment Phone Bank – Mar. 8
39] International Women's Day Celebration with Dr. Nina Daoud – Mar. 8
40] Ulster Project Delaware – Mar. 8
41] International Women's Day Panel on North Korean Women – Mar. 8
42] Rights of Immigrant Students in Maryland Public Schools – Mar. 8

28] – The Yemen Peace Room is open on Wed., Mar. 7 and Thurs., Mar. 8 from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Dirksen Senate Building Cafeteria, 2nd St. NE, WDC 20002.  Help urge senators to support SR 54 (the Yemen War Powers Resolution), a joint resolution introduced by Senators Sanders, Lee, and Murphy calling for the removal of all U.S. armed forces from the illegal war in Yemen.  Since 2015, the US has supplied fuel, weapons and tactical support to Saudi Arabia for its assault on Yemen. The consequences of this conflict include the most deadly outbreak of cholera in modern history. Congress never authorized U.S. involvement in Yemen, yet our tax dollars continue fueling this humanitarian catastrophe.  You will be given a list of senators to call directly from the cafeteria! Participants will have the option to call offices or engage in some creative lobbying as well as engage in discussions with guest speakers on how to effectively end U.S. complicity in the Saudi-led war on Yemen. At noon on Wednesday, Sama'a Al-Hamdani, a Yemeni researcher, analyst and expert on Yemen's politics and women's affairs will join the efforts. RSVP at  Go to

29] – Join Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform on Wed., Mar. 7 from 10:15 AM to 1 PM in the House Office Building Room 142, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401,  to urge our legislators to support critical initiatives. SUPPORT: Correctional Education legislation as a better, less costly and proven means of reducing recidivism. (HB291/SB1137 and HB295/SB1113).  SUPPORT: Pretrial Services Program Grant Fund (HB447/SB1156). Bring all counties up to a higher standard of Pretrial Services.

OPPOSE: Governor Hogan's "Tough-on-Crime" legislation, which works against the Justice Reinvestment Act's policies. (HB100/SB199, HB101/SB197, HB102/SB198). Register at

30] –  Join Jeff Johnson, Stefanie Brown James, DeJuana Thompson, Jessica Byrd, Ravi Gupta and Quentin James for "Underfunded: A Report Release and Discussion on the Inequitable Funding & Institutional Support of Congressional Candidates of Color" in the First Amendment Lounge of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, WDC 20045 on Wed., Mar. 7 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. You'll hear from experts who have done extensive research on funding of congressional candidates during the 2016 cycle, hear from experts working directly with various candidates from throughout the nation who are facing structural and institutional barriers in their efforts to run to office, and be the first to hear the national appeal progressive organizations are making to every major organization affiliated with Democratic Party, including the DNC, DCCC, DSCC, DGA, DLCC, NCDM, DMO and others, this week during the DNC's meeting in Washington.  RSVP at

31] – On Wed., Mar. 7 from 1to 2 PM EST, Physicians for Social Responsibility will hold a webinar "Methane Pipelines: Dangers to Health."  Methane pipelines are the vital link that carry fracked gas from well sites and processing plants to destinations hundreds of miles away, including to export facilities that ship it overseas. They carry some of the harmful toxics associated with fracking, exposing communities located far away from fracking wells. They pose a risk of explosions and fires. And they leak.  Register at

Methane pipelines are a critical link in the methane supply chain, carrying gas from well sites and processing plants to power plants, homes, and export facilities. That means, whether you're concerned about fracking, methane-fired power plants, exports of liquefied natural gas, or about climate change, you need to know about pipelines. Learn more, and how you can help PSR fight fracked-gas pipelines, on this webinar.

32] – On Wed., Mar. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, listen to a talk What is the future for the European Court of Human Rights?  Hosted by Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the event is at American University Washington College of Law, Faculty Lounge, Y112, 4300 Nebraska Ave. NW, WDC 20016.  The lecturer is Philip Leach- Professor of human rights law and Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), School of Law, Middlesex University, UK. RSVP at  A light lunch will be served.

33] – On Wed.,  Mar. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, see a screening of “Stitching Palestine, “ hosted by Anera at Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE, WDC 20017. In the spirit of International Women’s Day, join ANERA in celebrating the strength of Palestinian women. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Wafa Ghnaim, author of “Tatreez & Tea,” and Sanaa Abouzaid, ANERA Board Member. 

Directed by award-winning documentary film maker Carol Mansour, and produced by Muna Khalidi, the film focuses on twelve Palestinian women, who sit before us and talk about their lives before the Diaspora, of their memories and of their identity. Their narratives are connecting by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery. Buy your tickets in advance here --> ANERA addresses the development and humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees and other marginalized communities across the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon.

    Each project is planned in consultation with the communities that ultimately benefit - an approach that ensures relevancy and commitment, and secures the long-term viability of the projects.  Visit

34] – The full Democratic National Committee will meet in D.C. on March 8, 9 and 10 -- and the agenda includes action on the recommendations of the Unity Reform Commission. They include decreasing the number of undemocratic “super delegates” by 60 percent and increasing financial transparency. These potential reforms are in danger from entrenched corporate interests.  If you'd like more information on how you can participate in what is planned, send an email with “DNC” in the subject line -- to

35] –   You are invited to the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC on Thurs., Mar. 8 from 9:30 AM to noon for a special program on International Women's Day to celebrate stories of women's leadership through film, "How Film Captures the Role of Women in War and Peace."  Executive Director, Suhad Babaa, will join Abigail Disney, President and CEO of Fork Films, Jamie Dobie, Executive Director of Peace is Loud, Michelle Bekkering, Executive Director of U.S. Agency for International Development, Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Executive Director of International Civil Society Action Network and Maria Stephan, Senior Advisor on Nonviolent Action for the U.S. Institute of Peace, to discuss how storytelling has been used as an innovative tool for catalyzing movements into action and translating policy frameworks into social change.

The event will feature a keynote address from Abigail Disney, followed by a panel showcasing film excerpts, including scenes from Just Vision's new documentary, Naila and the Uprising, which highlights the women activists who organized on the frontlines of the First Intifada. Email

36] – Oppose this legislation -- Offshore Wind Projects - Distance Requirements (SB1058/HB1135).  This set of bills would increase the distance from the shoreline required for offshore wind projects. Instead of being able to construct these projects between 10 to 30 miles from the State shoreline, the projects would be prohibited from being less than 26 miles from the shoreline. The bills would also place restraints on the Public Service Commission’s ability to approve offshore wind projects by implementing strict rules surrounding type and installment of wind turbine. There is a first reading for HB 1135 in Economic Matters on Thurs., Mar. 8 at 1 PM.  Then there will be a hearing on Fri. Mar. 10 at 1 PM. Visit

37] –   On Thurs., Mar. 8 from 2 to 7 PM, Douglas Paal, Carnegie Endowment, and two panels with eight speakers will address  "Japan-Korea Relations 20 Years After the Kim-Obuchi Summit" at the Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at Registration is required to attend this event. A valid email address is required—a confirmation email and other updates on the event will be sent to the address supplied.  Call 202-939-2340.  Nearly twenty years ago, the leaders of Japan and South Korea raised hopes for “a new Japan-Korea partnership for the twenty-first century,” backed by an action plan to foster broader cooperation and closer people-to-people ties.

38] – Get involved with the Canvass Participant Recruitment Phone Bank, hosted by Progressive Maryland from 5 to 8 PM on Thurs., Mar. 8 at 35 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring 20901.  You will need a charged Wi-Fi-capable laptop and mobile phone, with charging cords as needed. RSVP at CONTACT Beth Landry ·

39] – On Thurs.,  Mar. 8 from 6 to 8 PM, catch the International Women's Day Celebration with Dr. Nina Daoud,  hosted by Justice for Muslims Collective and Institute for Policy Studies at IPS, 1301 Connecticut Ave., WDC 20036.  As part of Justice For Muslims Collective's Muslim Women's Wellness and Resistance program, celebrate with networking, food, and a thought-provoking presentation by the amazing Nina Daoud titled "All the Muslims are Brown, All the Blacks are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Towards a Black Muslim Woman Politic." Go to

40] – On Thurs., Mar. 8 from 6 to 9 PM, attend the Spring Social and fundraiser for Ulster Project Delaware at the Dead Presidents Restaurant and Pub, 618 N. Union St., Wilmington. See Project Delaware promotes peace in Northern Ireland by hosting eighteen Catholic and Protestant teens from the N.I. towns of Banbridge, Coleraine, and Portadown in Delaware homes for a month of reconciliation, tolerance, service, friendship and fun during July of each year.

41] – Come to International Women's Day Panel on North Korean Women by Working Group on North Korean Women on Thurs, Mar. 8 from 7 to 9 PM at the Marvin Center Betts Theatre, 800 21st Street NW, WDC 20052.  Register at GW THiNK is proud to present its third annual International Women's Day panel discussion focusing on the problems faced by North Korean women in the DPRK and as refugees in China. Two North Korean women will testify about their experiences. There will also be a moderated discussion and Q&A session. This is part of a series of events presented in collaboration with the Working Group on North Korean Women, the North Korea Freedom CoalitionNKinUSATeach North Korean Refugees, and North Koreans in America.

These two women will go on to give their testimonies in multiple venues, including on the opening day of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Yoon Seo Lee grew up in rural North Korea and worked on a farm with her family. The food they grew was taken for the soldiers and the people of Pyongyang. Her mother ate only one meal a day and eventually fell ill. They also suffered from the famine and her sister was malnourished. She was accepted at a university, but was unable to attend because her family lived in extreme poverty and couldn't afford the books or the food she was required to give to the professors. Yoon Seo left North Korea and traveled to China, Laos, Thailand, and eventually South Korea to pursue her dream of attending university.

May Joo was born in Pyongyang but her family was ordered to leave the city and forced to move to the countryside when she was young. While in Pyongyang, she received food from the government, but she received no support after leaving the capital. She was married when she was 22 and had two children. She was beaten by her husband and lost one child in a train accident. Her other child suffered severe burns in another accident. May went to China to find work so she could afford medical treatment for her child. Instead, she was sold as a bride to a Chinese farmer. She had a daughter with this man, but has no legal custody of the child. She arrived in the United States in 2012. She has survived cancer twice since arriving.

42] – On Thurs.,  Mar. 8 from 7 to 8:30 PM, enjoy Rights of Immigrant Students in Maryland Public Schools, hosted by Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 N. Charles St,, Baltimore 21210.  Immigrant children and English Learners often face barriers in gaining entry to public schools and participating in school activities. In this presentation, Roger Rosenthal, Executive Director of the Migrant Legal Action Program (MLAP), discusses the rights of immigrant children (and their families) in Maryland public schools. RSVP  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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