Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - July 11 - 12, 2018

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29] Stabilizing the Fertile Crescent – July 11
30] Rally to Keep Families Together – July 11
31] Panel Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform – July 11
32] D.C. Climate Change Photo Exhibit Reception – July 11
33] Focus on Justice Reform July 11
34] How to Start and Maintain a Nonprofit Organization -- July 11
35] See the documentary “1968: Une Jeunesse Allemande” – July 11
36] "Next Steps on North Korea" – July 12
37] Housing Committee Meeting – July 12
38] Doctors Without Borders Recruitment Info Session – July 12
39] See “The Brainwashing of My Dad” – July 12
40] Rally for Palestinians’ Right of Return July 12
41] People’s Town Hall – July 12
42] Shutting Down the Baltimore Incinerator: Kickoff Meeting -- July 12
43] “Give People Money” – July 12
29] -- On Wed.,  July 11 from noon to 1:45 PM, catch a talk Stabilizing the Fertile Crescent After the Fall of the Caliphate, hosted by the Foreign Policy Research Institute at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, WDC 20045. Tickets are at fpri.z2systems.com.  In 2014, the United States stated its intention to “degrade and destroy” ISIS. Since then, a diverse array of forces has worked tirelessly to liberate key territories in Iraq and Syria from ISIS’s Caliphate. Now, in the summer of 2018, ISIS’s Caliphate largely has been dismantled as a territorial entity. However, the group is far from destroyed, and its ability to maneuver is much improved as it reverts to an insurgency. What’s more, there is very little to prevent yet another non-state armed group from retaking the very same lands that ISIS once held. Accordingly, American diplomacy, military strategy, and intelligence collection likely will focus on Iraq and Syria for many years to come. Thus, the question for policymakers is how the U.S. can prevent non-state armed groups from regaining a territorial foothold, further destabilizing these territories, and ultimately threatening U.S. interests in the region. Relatedly, the question of what to do about the likes of al-Qaeda and ISIS even if they do not hold territory remains equally pressing.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/298436517361444/.

30] – On Wed., July 11 from noon to 2 PM, there will be a talk The Future of US-Turkish Relations, hosted by EMET - Endowment for Middle East Truth at Rayburn House Office Building, WDC 20003.  Check out emetonline.org.

Join EMET on Capitol Hill as it hosts Congressperson Gus Bilirakis, FDD scholar and former Turkish parliament member Dr. Aykan Erdemir, the pro-Kurdish opposition US representative of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Giran Ozcan, and EMET’s Director of the Kurdistan Project, Diliman Abdulkader. The panel will analyze the implications of the June 24th Turkish elections called by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The panel will also examine the outcome of the elections, what Turkey’s future holds under Erdogan and how this will affect US-Turkish relations.  Lunch to be served. All dietary laws observed.  RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/yctrcfso, and visit https://www.facebook.com/events/702029810144841/.

31] – On Wed., July 11 from 5:30 to 8 PM, come to the Weissberg Panel Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform, hosted by Beloit College’s Weissberg Program in Human Rights at Solid State Books, 600 H St. NE, WDC 20002.  Hear from 2017/18 Weissberg Chair Steven Hawkins, Beloit College President Scott Bierman, and Beloit College faculty for a discussion of criminal justice reform. Remarks begin at 6 PM, followed by a Q&A and informal conversation.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/390109804816037/.

32] – On Wed., July 11 from 6 to 8:30 PM, get over to the D.C. Climate Change Photo Exhibit Reception, hosted by Sustainable D.C. at the HI Washington, D.C. Hostel, 1009 11th St. NW, WDC 20001. See www.eventbrite.com.  The local community is invited to the opening reception of the D.C. Climate Change Photo Exhibit. The networking event will aim to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on the local community and Sustainable DC 2.0 plan, which was launched by the Department of Energy and Environment to help DC become the greenest and healthiest city in the U.S.  Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  THE EVENT IS FREE, BUT RSVP IS REQUIRED. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/655832698083163/.

33] – On Wed., July 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, get over to Focus on Justice Reform, hosted by DC for Democracy at The Big Board, 421 H St. NE, WDC 20002. Join Eugene Puryear, Greg Montross (Stop Police Terror Project) and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Anthony Lorenzo Green (7C04) for a discussion about recent controversies involving Metropolitan PD. There will be an update on the implementation of the NEAR (Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results) Act, which seeks to take a public health approach to prevent crime. See https://www.facebook.com/events/195313521181508/.

34] –On Wed., July 11 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, attend a workshop How to Start and Maintain a Nonprofit Organization, hosted by the Community Law Center, Inc., Second Floor Conference Room, Baltimore 21211.  Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com.  Understand the legal and practical considerations of running a nonprofit. This is a live workshop with limited registration to allow time for questions and individual attention. The $75 price of the workshop includes refreshments and a copy of the How to Start a Nonprofit in Maryland manual.

Who should attend?• Community leaders who are currently members of – or plan to start – a small nonprofit organization• Any organization seeking legal assistance through Community Law Center with an issue related to organizational formation, attendance at the workshop is required before the organization will be assigned an attorney through the Community Law Center.  Each attendee must register and pay the fee.  If someone from your organization has already paid the full price for the same workshop, additional attendees from the same organization may sign up for a discounted rate! After the first person has registered, contact Ingrid Hitchens at 410-366-0922 to obtain a link to register additional persons from the organization for $35 each if they want to attend the workshop without their own copy of the book.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/266424497437546/.

35] – See the documentary “1968: Une Jeunesse Allemande” on Wed., July 11 from 6:30 to 9 PM Goethe-Institut, 1990 K St. NW, Suite 03, WDC 20006.  It is written and directed by Jean-Gabriel Périot--France/Switzerland/Germany 2015, 93 min. An introduction to the film will be provided by Sarah Diligenti, Executive Director of the Alliance Française and partner on the exhibition 1968: A Time of Uproar in the Europe and the US at the Goethe-Institut.

In the 1960s, the conflict between the state and the Red Army Faction (RAF) caused major turmoil in Germany. It not only led to an increase of violence in the population, but also to a war in media coverage. In his first feature-length film, the French director Jean-Gabriel Périot shows the different perspectives of the film scene of the era by placing archival material in a cinematic montage alongside clips from movies and documentaries. In doing so, he provides a sharp commentary on violence and history. See www.goethe.de/washington.  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.

36] – On Thurs., July 12 from 9 to 10:30 AM, Patrick Cronin, Center for a New American Security; Katrin Katz, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Kim Seok Hwan, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy; and Kim Yong Hyun, Dongguk University; will tackle "Next Steps on North Korea: Denuclearization and Building a New Relationship" at Korea Economic Institute, Suite 300, 1800 K St. NW, WDC. RSVP at http://www.keia.org/webform/rsvp-event.

37] – On Thurs., July 12 from 6 to 8 PM, there is a Housing Committee Meeting, hosted by Communities United, 2221 Maryland Ave., 2nd floor, Baltimore 21218.  Tickets are at membershipdrive.secure.force.com.  The Housing Committee is a part of Communities United focused on improving the quality of housing in Baltimore City and the State of Maryland. It organizes directly impacted residents to demand safe, affordable, healthy homes. This includes hosting meetings and events that spread awareness and raise up leadership for legislation and other policy changes to improve housing conditions in our communities.  In the past, residents of public housing sued for the "sex for repairs" scandal, led 1-2 unit rental reform in Baltimore City, and advocated on the state level for tenant protections. Plan the next campaign! Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/175195463347413/.

38] – On Thurs., July 12 from 6 to 7:30 PM, there is a Doctors Without Borders Recruitment Info Session at the Enoch Pratt Free Library-SE Anchor Branch, 3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224.  Doctors Without Borders aid workers from around the world provide assistance to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe—treating those most in need regardless of political, religious, or economic interest. Whether an emergency involves armed conflicts or epidemics, malnutrition or natural disasters, Doctors Without Borders is committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis. Medical and non-medical professionals are invited to join an evening presentation to learn more about how you can join Doctors Without Borders’ pool of dedicated aid workers. An aid worker and Field Human Resources Officer will discuss requirements and the application process, and you'll meet experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers from the area and hear their firsthand stories of "life in the field." The presentation will last 90 minutes, including Q&A. Get your tickets at https://www.facebook.com/events/2089696027919969/.

39] – On Thurs., July 12 from 6 to 9 PM, see “The Brainwashing of My Dad,” followed by a Q&A with Jen Senko and hosted by Woman's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW, WDC 20036. Tickets are at events.r20.constantcontact.com. In her widely acclaimed film, Senko explores the rise of the right-wing media in the United States through the lens of her World War II veteran father, who transforms from a life-long, non-political Kennedy Democrat to an angry, far right fanatic after his discovery of talk radio during a new hours-long commute to work. In Senko’s attempt to understand how her father’s transformation takes hold, she discovers that this phenomenon is happening in other families across the US. She comes to a startling realization about the relentless, calculated, and intentional agenda of this right-wing media that has dominated the public airwaves over the last 30 to 40 years and, by fiat, American political discourse and family relationships.

Senko argues if it were not for right-wing media, we would not have President Trump today. She further argues that Trump and his supporters are manifestations of the successfully orchestrated right-wing media machine and the ideology behind it. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Her documentaries focus on socio-political themes with the intent of inspiring discussion and fomenting change. Her previous documentary, “The Vanishing City,” exposes gentrification’s dire consequences in New York City, which are typical of cities around the world.  Tickets with hors d’oeuvres are $20 for members, and $25 for non-members.  To see just the movie, the cost is $10. See https://www.facebook.com/events/651448751856830/.

40] – On Thurs., July 12 from 6 to 7:30 PM, join a Rally for Palestinians’ Right of Return, hosted by CODEPINK: Women For Peace at Jared Kushner’s House, 2449 Tracy Place NW, WDC.  RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/223994021571334/.

Palestinian organizations, including the Gaza Great Return March, are calling for people around the world to take action in solidarity with Palestinians’ right of return. Join us in support of the Palestinian people by telling Jared Kushner that his proposed peace plan will not bring peace if it gives away Palestinians’ right to Jerusalem, does not include an end to the siege of Gaza, and denies Palestinians their essential right of return.  Meet on the corner of Massachusetts Ave, and Belmont Road, beside the Islamic Center of D.C., and then walk the two blocks together to Jared Kushner’s residence. The action will include visuals of the Palestinians who were killed by Israeli soldiers for defending their rights.  Since the start of the Great March of Return, over 135 unarmed protesters have been shot dead and more than 14,000 wounded by the occupation forces, including children, medical staff, journalists, and the disabled. Join in support of the Palestinian people by telling real estate mogul/senior advisor Jared Kushner that Palestine is not for sale and that his proposed peace plan will not bring peace. 

41] – On Thurs., July 12 from 6 to 8:30 PM, come to a People's Town Hall, hosted by Campaign for Justice, Safety & Jobs and CASA at 1219 Druid Hill Ave., Baltimore 21217-3032.  Join community members from all around Baltimore City to reflect and provide input on the latest Consent Decree updates’; the next Baltimore City Commissioner; the draft report of Recommendations released June 30th by the Community Oversight Task Force, community testimonies, concerns, and general feedback regarding policing in Baltimore.  The Campaign for Justice, Safety, and Jobs is a diverse group of community, faith, civil rights, and community leaders and organizations who have come together to raise our voices together in a call for Justice, Safety, and Jobs. The group convened in April of 2015 in the wake of Freddie Gray’s murder at the hands of Baltimore Police officers to address the systemic issues that were unearthed in Freddie Gray’s death and the subsequent uprising throughout the city. To date, the campaign includes over 30 powerful organizations representing thousands of Marylanders from Baltimore, including a diverse combination of local grassroots youth organizations, policy advocates, faith instructions, and labor unions. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1963496353707272/.

42] -- On Thurs., July 12 from 6:30 to 9 PM, come to Shutting Down the Baltimore Incinerator: Kickoff Meeting, hosted by Thrive Baltimore at Thrive Baltimore, 6 E. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21202.  Interested in a green revolution in Baltimore? Join in for a campaign kickoff meeting...with free food, of course! Discuss Wheelabrator Baltimore, the city's largest air polluter, how to fight it, and how you can get involved! See https://www.facebook.com/events/193306011333882/.

43] – On Thurs., July 12 from 7 to 8 PM, Annie Lowrey will discuss “Give People Money” at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008.  A system of unconditional, regular income given by the government to every citizen, universal basic income (UBI) has been praised as the cure for increasing inequality and persistent poverty as well as condemned as a give-away that would discourage people from working. In her comprehensive report on this hotly-debated idea, Lowrey, the economy columnist for New York, considers the potential of UBI and assesses its challenges in a variety of contexts, including Kenya, where a UBI is helping to stabilize the lives of the very poorest; India, where a UBI could balance the inefficient programs now failing the poor; and Silicon Valley, where the heads of big technology are financing UBI pilots in anticipation of AI replacing human workers. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/531062227306036/.

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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