Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 9 -10, 2018

24] Say no to a CIA torturer – May 9
25] Cash Transfer Program – May 9
26] The NPT States--- May 9
27] Baltimore State's Attorney Candidate Forum – May 9
28] 100% Renewable Maryland – May 9
29] PFLAG National 45th Anniversary Celebration – May 9
30] Learn to Speak Fluent Kitten – May 9
31] Wear Orange Planning Meeting – May 9
32] Instruments of Peace and Justice – May 10
33] Protest MedStar – May 10
34] The Nonproliferation Act 40 Years On -- May 10
35] John Dear Tour – May 10
36] Mothers of the Movement Speak – May 10
37] Former prisoner speaks – May 10
38] Spontaneous Combustion-- May 10
24] –   On Wed., May 9 from 8:30 to 9:30 AM, there will be a protest against the appointment of Gina Haspel to head the CIA.  T will occur at the Hart Senate Office Building, 120 Constitution Ave. NE, WDC 20002, as the Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a confirmation hearing. Say no to promoting a torturer to head the CIA. RSVP at Call 202.522.7408 or email

25] – On Wed., May 9 from 9:30 to 11 AM, Can the Cash Transfer Program Help Reform the Humanitarian System?  This discussion is hosted by Center for Global Development, 2055 L St. NW, Floor 5TH, WDC 20036.  Tickets are available at  Join the Center for Global Development and The Cash Learning Partnership for the US launch of The State of the World’s Cash report.  In recent years, cash transfer programming (CTP) has emerged as one of the most significant innovations in international humanitarian assistance. The Cash Learning Partnership estimates that $2.8 billion was spent on cash and voucher programming in 2016, up 40% from 2015 and nearly double since 2014. Cash and voucher programming has demonstrated positive outcomes in addressing food security, access to education, healthcare, and economic recovery, in addition to supporting choice and dignity among affected populations.

While CTP is widely recognized as a crucial tool in humanitarian response, there are still several hurdles to further scaling up its use. We will explore these obstacles, possible solutions, and more, including how donors and aid groups can work together toward a common vision and deployment of cash transfers. Go to

26] –  On Wed., May 9 from 12:30 to 2 PM, multiple speakers will address "Bridging the Growing Divide Among NPT States with the “Strategic” Elimination of Nuclear Weapons" at Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC. RSVP at

27] – On Wed., May 9 from 6 to 7:30 PM, attend the Baltimore State's Attorney Candidate Forum, hosted by Baltimore Women United and Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance at Peabody Heights Brewery, LLC, 401 E 30th St., Baltimore 21218. At the Forum, DBFA will amplify the importance of the role of the office of the state’s attorney by providing voters a platform to engage with the three candidates running for this position.  Joshua Harris will be moderating this discussion with candidates focused on matters of importance to Baltimore's children and families. There will also be Q & A sessions with each candidate.  Visit

28] – On Wed., May 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, hear a talk 100% Renewable Maryland: Exploring our Clean Energy Future. Join 100% Renewable Maryland to kick off the 100 for MD Event Series. The event is co-sponsored by Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, and will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, 10309 New Hampshire Ave., 20903. RSVP here. Socialize with your friends and colleagues, hear from experts, and receive information on what you can do to help. Let's do everything we can to address climate chaos. Learn about our plan to move Maryland off fossil fuels and become a 100% clean electricity state with equity for all.  Hear from Tim Whitehouse, Executive Director, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Delegate Jheanelle K. Wilkins, House of Delegates, District 20, Al Bartlett, MD, Board Member, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Arjun Makhijani, PhD, President, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. 

29] – On Wed., May 9 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, check out the PFLAG National 45th Anniversary Celebration, hosted by Straight For Equality at PFLAG National, 1828 L St. NW, Suite 660, WDC 20036.  Tickets are available at Celebrate decades of saving lives, one family at a time. When PFLAG’s founder, Jeanne Manford, walked with her gay son, activist Morty Manford, in the Christopher Street Liberation Day March in 1972, she didn’t know that her simple message of calling on families to support their LGBTQ children would eventually lead to a groundswell in parent advocacy and a revolutionary reshaping of LGBTQ family life.  In the months following the march, in a Greenwich Village church basement, PFLAG was born. On March 11, 1973, a small group of parents, family members, and gay young people committed to a then-radical notion: family love and acceptance can heal family ruptures and save LGBTQ lives. Forty-five years later, that wild notion has been data-proven, and PFLAG has catalyzed a movement of loving LGBTQ families and supportive allies in the United States and around the world.  Go to

30] – On Wed., May 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Learn to Speak Fluent Kitten, hosted by The Humane Society of Harford Count, 2208 Connolly Rd., Fallston 21047.  Tickets are available at  Are you a Crazy Cat Lady (or Gent) who'd like to learn about fostering neonatal/bottle baby kittens? The Humane Society of Harford County has an awesome foster network for bottle baby kittens, and they are gearing up for kitten season 2018. This class will be led by HSHC's foster mentor & vet tech, Erin M., inside the shelter's meeting room. Space is very limited, so please RSVP at! Check out the events calendar for more dates:
31] – On Wed., May 9 from 7 to 9 PM, come to a Wear Orange Planning Meeting, hosted by Moms Demand Action – MD at Anne Arundel County Public Library, 25 Stepney Lane, Edgewater 21037. Tickets are available at New members are welcome at the meeting. RSVP at  Visit

32] – On Thurs., May 10 from 10 AM to noon, hear a talk Instruments of Peace and Justice by  Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon speak to laity and clergy about the present situation in the Holy Land at Westminster Church, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington. RSVP at

33] – On Thurs., May 10 from 11 to 12:30 PM, Put Patients Over Profit Rally, hosted by Healthcare is a Human Right – Maryland at 3333 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21218-2850. MedStar recently dropped a beloved and long-time primary care doctor without cause from their insurance plans, immediately terminating half of the patients in his practice and virtually pressuring him to leave. Why? Because he provided the same compassionate, non-discriminatory care to everyone, rich or poor, black, brown or white, young or old, and was aspiring to give the best care to his patients that he could. There were never any complaints against him, and his patients frequently brought family and friends to see him.  MedStar reassigned his Medicare patients to an adult care clinic at MedStar and reassigned his Medicaid (poor) patients to an outside inner-city clinic. This is blatant discrimination.

As is typical with MedStar, this was done without warning. To make it worse, MedStar sent letters to the doctor's patients making it sound like he dropped them instead of MedStar dropping him. His patients were not only confused, disappointed and upset, but were also terribly frustrated. They feel violated and that their basic right to keep their doctor was taken away. They are not going to be silent about this. Patients value the sacred, long-term relationship they have had with their doctor for well over a decade. They refuse to be pawns in Medawar’s ruthless tactics. Please attend this action to support the patients as they demand MedStar let them see their doctor and keep him in the community.

He is not the only one being treated this way. We need to send MedStar a strong sign that community hospitals are there to serve the healthcare needs of EVERYONE in the community. They are not profit centers to make a few people wealthy. Health care is a human right, not a commodity.  Go to

34] – On Thurs., May 10 from 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM, catch Mark Holt, Congressional Research Service; Tom Karako, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Greg Weiner, Assumption College; and Leonard Weiss, Private Consultant, share thoughts on "The Nonproliferation Act 40 Years On: Can it Deal with the Middle East?" at the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, 2200 Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave. SW, WDC 20515. Go to  To RSVP, contact Maya Hardimon at or at 571-970-3187.

35] – On Thurs., May 10 from 7 to 9 PM, catch the John Dear Tour - Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change, hosted by The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20009.  In this landmark work, “They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change,” author, activist, and Nobel peace prize nominee Father John Dear connects the way of active nonviolence with solidarity with Creation, and shows how our global epidemic of violence and war could only lead to catastrophic climate change.

In this time of terrifying climate chaos, John Dear shares his own personal journey from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to the high desert of New Mexico where he now lives off the grid on a remote mesa. He shares his experience serving as a pastor in the mission church at Yosemite; encounters with New Mexican indigenous women who live at one with the earth while resisting nuclear weapons production at Los Alamos; his experience at Standing Rock in North Dakota, resisting the pipeline; reflections on the work of environmental leader Bill McKibben and Pope Francis’ monumental encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si; and ends with suggested steps forward into conscious, mindful solidarity with all creatures and Mother Earth through active, steadfast nonviolence, what he calls, “eschatological nonviolence,” walking the earth in the footsteps of the nonviolent Jesus into the Kingdom of God.  Go to

36] – On Thurs., May 10 from 7 to 9 PM, tune into Mothers of the Movement Speak, hosted by Baltimore Ceasefire 365 and Open Society Institute-Baltimore at the H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, University of Baltimore, 1545 Maryland Ave., Baltimore.  Tickets are available at  Also involved is the University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs in this Talking About Race event, which is a town hall discussion led by mothers who have lost children to police and gun violence.  The event will feature a panel discussion and Q&A with Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Marion Gray-Hopkins, mother of Gary Albert Hopkins, Jr. and director of Movement of Concerned Mothers; and special guest Tawanda Jones, who has led protests against police brutality since her brother was killed during an encounter with the Baltimore Police Department in 2013. Bakari Kitwana, author and founder of Rap Sessions, will moderate. Participants will then break into smaller groups for more in-depth discussions, moderated by Baltimore Ceasefire.  Register at

37] – On Thurs., May 10 from 7 to 10 PM, hear about Countering State Repression With Daniel McGowan, hosted by Defend J20 Resistance and Support for Daniel McGowan at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC 20010. In the early 2000s we saw the US government crackdown against environmental and animal activists/movements in what was known as the Green Scare. The Green Scare was an intensive period of repression that sought to impede a growing radical environmentalist movement.  McGowan, a former prisoner, will speak about his experiences.  In the J20 case, 59 people who arrested during a violent counter-inaugural protest, still face trial. Visit

38] – On Thurs., May 10 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, be careful with SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION by AK THOMPSON.  Why, at given historical moments, do rebellions seem to erupt synchronously around the globe? In the new edited collection Spontaneous Combustion, authors draw upon George Katsiaficas' notion of "the Eros effect" to make sense of this phenomenon. Through case studies, analytic elaborations, and critical rejoinders, Spontaneous Combustion unearths the erotic dimensions of global revolt. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at

39] – On Thurs., May 10 from 8 to 10 PM, see “Dr. Strangelove,” as part of the Science on Screen Series, hosted by Old Greenbelt Theatre, 129 Centerway, Greenbelt 20770. An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals who frantically try to stop. Hear a post-screening discussion by Stephen Young, senior analyst of the Global Security Program for the Union of Concerned Scientists.  Mr. Young lobbies administration officials, members of Congress, and journalists to advance UCS security-related campaigns, largely focusing on arms control, nuclear weapons policy, missile defense, and nuclear threat reduction programs. He also works with scientists across the country to help amplify their concerns on critical national security policies.

The screening is free, funded by the Sloan Foundation and administered by the Coolidge Corner Theatre.  See

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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