Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 25 - 26, 2018

19] Protest Trump's Muslim Ban -- Apr. 25
20] Enough is Enough Summit – Apr. 25
21] N St. Village Fundraising Happy Hour – Apr. 25
22] Public forum on homelessness – Apr. 25
23] Malcolm X Talk -- Apr. 25
24] Maryland Historical Society 'Structure and Perspective' Tour -- Apr. 25
25] Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism – Apr. 25
26] Film TREE OF LIFE--- Apr. 25
27] Free State Justice Fundraiser – Apr. 25
28] Anti-War Movement and Role of the Church – deadline Apr. 25
29] "Nuclear Escalation and Deterrence in East Asia" -- Apr. 26
30] Yappy Hour to benefit the Maryland SPCA's Festival for the Animals – Apr. 26
31] Baltimore's Strange Fruit – Apr. 26
32] Film MARX RELOADED – Apr. 26
33] Raising the Risk of Nuclear War – Apr. 26
34] Moms Demand Action – Apr. 26
35] Men of Mobtown – Apr. 26
19] – On Wed., April 25 at 8:30 AM come to the Supreme Court, as the justices will hear arguments in Hawaii v. Trump, and decide whether one of Trump's latest Muslim Bans—Muslim Ban 3.0, which permanently bans nationals from six Muslim-majority countries—violates federal law because it's an overreach of a president's authority and the Constitution because it discriminates against a particular religious group.

When the first version of Trump's Muslim Ban went into effect last year, thousands of us flooded the airports and streets to protest. Since then, numerous federal courts have largely rejected each iteration of these bans and directly affected communities have fought back. Now it's time to have a visible, strong presence outside of SCOTUS so the justices and the American public knows that this matters to the Muslim community as well as the many others under attack by this administration and those who fight alongside them! Say #NoMuslimBanEver.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/442545896184308/.

The ACLU of Maryland has called the NO MUSLIM BAN EVER RALLY at the Supreme Court, 1 First Street NE, WDC 20543.  RSVP at https://go.peoplepower.org/event/action/13252?ms_aff=MD&initms_aff=MD&ms=180419_MuslimBan_&initms=180419_MuslimBan_&ms_chan=eml&initms_chan=emlP

20] – On Wed., April 25 from 9 AM to 5 PM, get over to the Enough is Enough Summit & Congressional Briefing, hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) and others at the United States Capitol Visitor Center, WDC 20003.  Tickets are available at salsa.wiredforchange.com. Thanks to a few brave whistleblowers, thousands of women and men have come forward to say #MeToo and #TimesUp. Enough is Enough to sexual harassment and assault. The National Organization for Women and partners Feminist Majority, Legal Momentum, National Congress of Black Women, Unite Here, National Council of Jewish Women, and Alianza Nacional de Campesinas have joined together to hold a Summit. The Enough is Enough Summit and Congressional Briefing will present a series of panel discussions featuring women from all walks of life--legislators, activists, academics, and survivors--exploring various facets of sexual violence in workplaces and in schools.  RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/195104421277065/.

21] – On Wed., April 25 from 4 to 7 PM, come to the N St. Village Fundraising Happy Hour, hosted by Declaration, 804 V St. NW, WDC 20001.  N Street Village empowers homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. to claim their highest quality of life by offering a broad spectrum of services, housing, and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Help women achieve stability and make meaningful gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery. To learn more go to: www.nstreetvillage.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/178400342793304/.

22] – Participate in a public forum on homelessness on Wed., April 25 from 6 to 8 Pm at Brown Advisory, 901 S. Bond St., Baltimore 21231. Learn more about how residents and business owners can better engage with people experiencing homelessness. Hear from speakers from Healthcare for the Homeless, Waterfront Partnership, and the Mayor’s Office of Human Services.  RSVP at https://tockify.com/fellspointmainstreet/detail/11/1524693600000https://www.facebook.com/events/185302205430744/.

23] – On Wed., April 25 from 6 to 8 PM, be at the Malcolm X Talk: 2018 MD General Assembly Wrap-Up, hosted by Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle at the Real News Network, 231 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202.  Get a complete report on what happened during the 2018 MD General Assembly--mandatory minimums, the bail industry, and marijuana legalization.  Also hear about how the session considered other issues that impact the community. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/168295853877524/.

24] – On Wed., April 25 from 6 to 8 PM, the Maryland Historical Society 'Structure and Perspective' Tour is hosted by FreeState Justice at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore 21201.  All proceeds support FreeState's work.   Vice President of Collections and Interpretation Alexandra Deutsch will lead a curatorial tour of the exhibition Structure and Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland’s Social Landscape. MDHS commissioned works by Maryland born David Brewster and then paired them with objects from the collection to explore contemporary themes such as gender, race, urban decay, suburban sprawl, environmental conditions, and current political tensions. Brewster was born in Glyndon, Maryland in 1960. His earliest childhood works reveal his interest in structure and perspective. A fascination with depicting houses in cross-section echoes his later interest in rendering architectural structures within urban and rural landscapes. As a young man Brewster struggled with the expectations of his community while coming to terms with his own sexual identify. Throughout this exhibit, Brewster draws on his past as he explores the present through works such as Boy Toy depicting a worker waiting for clients beneath a massive highway flyover or Legislated Peephole addressing the absurdity of the government peering into people’s private business specifically bathroom access for transgender people. Come see the new direction of the Maryland Historical Society and lend your own perspective to this provocative show! Go to https://www.mdhs.org/structure-and-perspective or https://www.facebook.com/events/345163879224526/.

25] – On Wed., April 25 from 6 to 8 PM, be at a talk Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism at Busboys and Poets, 5th & K Sts., 1025 5th St. NW, WDC 20001. Welcome Dalia F. Fahmy and Daanish Faruqi and the Center for Global Policy.  In their latest book, they investigate the about-face of a critical mass of prominent Egyptian liberal activists and intelligentsia, who despite spending full careers pursuing progressive reform under Mubarak ultimately came to support the counterrevolutionary forces that culminated in the military coup of July 2013. Joined by moderator Dr. Shadi Hamid (contributing writer for The Atlantic, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution), Fahmy and Faruqi will spending the evening piecing together the Egyptian liberals’ systematic failure, at its institutional, ideological, and philosophical levels. In concluding that the liberal experiment in Egypt is beset by inherent contradictions that make the results of 2013 less than fully surprising, they will move on to rethink how to resuscitate liberalism in Egypt in light of its most recent setbacks. Their discussion will thus carry key stakes not only for Egypt, but the status of globalized liberalism more broadly – particularly in the age of Trump, and the liberal reaction to it. Come join for a scintillating discussion. Go to https://www.cgpolicy.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/2476768929214003/.

26] – On Wed., April 25 from 6 to 9 PM, join the CUA Contemporary Catholic Writers Group for a discussion of THE TREE OF LIFE (2011).  From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as “Badlands,” “Days of Heaven” and “The Thin Red Line,” the film is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick's signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.  This CCW event is free and open to everyone. BYOD = Bring your own dinner! Some snacks and drinks will be provided.  It will be shown at the Keane Auditorium in McGivney Hall, The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave. NE, WDC 20064. See a campus map at https://www.catholic.edu/res/docs/cuamap.pdf.

27] –  On Wed., April 25 from 7 to 11 PM, there is a Free State Justice Fundraiser, hosted by Nicky Stacy Live and others at Joe Squared, 33 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. FreeState Justice is a legal advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives of low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (“LGBTQ”) Marylanders. Despite recent, incremental judicial victories for the national LGBTQ community, the low-income LGBTQ population continues to struggle with legal challenges such harassment, complex family law issues, and anti-LGBTQ discrimination in employment, housing, foster care, healthcare and public accommodations. In addition to needing attorneys with specific knowledge of how the law affects LGBTQ citizens, LGBTQ clients need attorneys who will treat them with respect and understanding. FreeState’s mission is to combine direct legal services with education and outreach to ensure that the low-income LGBTQ community Maryland receives fair treatment in the law and society. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2059711441021401/.

28] – The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and the Office of the Provost announce the Social Determinants of Health Symposium -- Anti-War Movement and Role of the Church on Mon., Apr. 30 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM in the Turner Auditorium, 720 Rutland Ave., Baltimore 21205. Register Now, as the registration will close on Wed., Apr. 25, at http://urbanhealth.jhu.edu/SDH_Symposium/2018.html. Willa Bickham and Brendan Walsh, co-founders of Viva House and Ralph Eugene Moore Jr., community advocate and GED Prep Instructor will discuss and reflect on the role of religious leaders in the anti-war and social justice movements. Register for the Social Determinants of Health Symposium to hear about their experiences during 1968 and now. Seating is limited, and the fee is $15.

29] – On Thurs., April 26 from 9 AM to 2:45 PM hear a lecture "Nuclear Escalation and Deterrence in East Asia" with multiple speakers at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Lindner Commons, 6th Floor, 1957 E St. NW, WDC. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNKWXDOh1XNbh2CIVeF40rOHTLsMO476h014MHajfe3OcILw/viewform.

30] – On  Thurs., April 26 from 5 to 10 PM, come to the Union Craft Brewing Fundraiser, hosted by UNION Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Ave., Suite D, Baltimore 21211.  Join a Yappy Hour to benefit the Maryland SPCA's Festival for the Animals March and Music Celebration presented by M&T Bank on May 5!  Get food from the Wilde Thyme food truck, and play game. Bring cash or card to enter into a dog or cat raffle basket ($5 for 6 tickets, $10 for 12 tickets), and stay tuned for pictures!  Adoptable animals will arrive at 5 PM. The outside of the brewery is pet-friendly. See https://www.facebook.com/events/366810653832414/.

31] – Come see a showing "Baltimore's Strange Fruit: A Story of Food Apartheid and the Struggle for Sovereignty" at Towson University, hosted by the College of Liberal Arts' Cultural Studies Department on Thurs., April 26 from 6 to 9 PM at 8000 York Road, Towson 21252. This is a documentary film produced by Black Yield Institute, directed by Eric Jackson and Maddie Hardy. The film explores the intersections of food, land, and race and class politics through personal narrative and social commentary. The film journeys through the historical woes and triumphs of people of African Descent within the food system, while highlighting contemporary efforts to address the complex nature of food apartheid in Baltimore. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/baltimores-strange-fruit-screening-avenue-engagement-center-tickets-43335511682.

32] –There is a film series CINEMARX: Films about Marx from the GDR to the present day.  On Thurs., April 26 from 6:30 to 9 PM, the Goethe-Institute Washington, 1990 K St. NW, Suite 03, WDC 20006, is examining Karl Marx, exploring the environment under which his works were created, his followers and critics, and how his theories can be applied to the questions facing us today. You can see “Marx Reloaded” [Germany, France, Belgium 2011, 52 Min., director: Jason Barker.]  It is a cultural-economic documentary, which examines Karl Marx’s ideas and their relevance in understanding the global economic and financial crisis of 2008-2009. Both leading Marx experts and critics of the current Marx-Renaissance are interviewed for this documentary, which questions whether communism can provide solutions to the growing economic and environmental challenges facing the planet. As director, producer, and writer of “Marx Reloaded,” Jason Barker, a professor and philosophy theorist, teams up with many of the most renowned philosophers of the day to create this intense, economic documentary intercut with animated parody of The Matrix film series.

  This event is part of the Goethe-Institut’s MarxNow programming, an international event series tied with the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, which seeks to revisit Marxism in the light of contemporary discussions.  Go to www.goethe.de/washington. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. Tickets are not guaranteed.  Entrance is located on 20th Street, midway between I and K Sts.

33] –On Thurs., April 26 from 7 to 9 PM, focus on “Raising the Risk of Nuclear War: the US, Russia, North Korea & Iran” with Zia Mian at the Germantown Friends School, Yarnall Auditorium/Sharpless Building, 31 West Coulter St., Philadelphia 19144.   Mian is a physicist and co-director of Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security. He received the 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award for his accomplishments as a scientist and as a peace activist in contributing to the global effort for nuclear disarmament and for a more peaceful world.  Last year 122 countries adopted the United Nations treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons. The United States and the other eight nuclear weapon states stayed away, and all of them are modernizing arsenals. while US- Russian Cold War arms control treaties are unraveling and tensions are growing. US plans to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran will trigger a new crisis in the Middle East, and the nuclear crisis with North Korea is not over yet.  Follow up at http://www.icanw.org/.  Call 215-848-1715.

34] – On Thurs., April 26 from 7 to 8:45 PM, get over to a Howard County - Membership Meeting, hosted by Moms Demand Action – MD at the Charles E. Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City 21042.  Tickets are available at northeast-moms.ngpvanhost.com.  Join Howard County Moms Demand Action and discuss updates on state and federal legislation, the National Gun Violence Awareness Day and how you can take action in the fight to prevent gun violence. New members are welcome!  RSVP at https://northeast-moms.ngpvanhost.com/ngpvanforms/12958.

35] – On Thurs., Apr. 26 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, catch Adam Malka talk about THE MEN OF MOBTOWN, What if racialized mass incarceration is not a perversion of our criminal justice system’s liberal ideals, but rather a natural conclusion? Adam Malka raises this disturbing possibility through a gripping look at the origins of modern policing in the influential hub of Baltimore during and after slavery’s final decades. He argues that America’s new professional police forces and prisons were developed to expand, not curb, the reach of white vigilantes, and are best understood as a uniformed wing of the gangs that controlled free black people by branding them—and treating them—as criminals. The post–Civil War triumph of liberal ideals thus also marked a triumph of an institutionalized belief in black criminality. Mass incarceration may be a recent phenomenon, but the problems that undergird the “new Jim Crow” are very, very old. As Malka makes clear, a real reckoning with this national calamity requires not easy reforms but a deeper, more radical effort to overcome the racial legacies encoded into the very DNA of our police institutions. Don't miss this important event!  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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