Friday, August 10, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - August 10, 2018

56] Train the Trainers Workshop – Aug. 10
57] WIB peace vigils – Aug. 10
58] White House vigil – Aug. 10
59] Solidarity with Immigrants Aug. 10
60] Teach-in & Interfaith Vigil – Aug. 10
61] Black Lives Matter – Aug. 10
62] Refugee Stories – Aug. 10
63] Ballroom Dancing – Aug. 10
56] – On Fri., Aug. 10 from 10:30 AM to noon come to the Working Matters Train the Trainers Workshop covering the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (earned sick and safe leave) in Capitol Heights, MD with Progressive Maryland at Clout Workspace, 922 Hampton Overlook, Capitol Heights, MD. RSVP to Sulma at 

57] – On Fri., Aug. 10 from noon to 1 PM, join a Women in Black peace vigil. A vigil will take place in McKeldin Square at the corner of Light and Pratt Sts.  STAY FOR LUNCH at Baba's Kitchen.  Warm-up, dry off, and enjoy a vegetarian chili lunch and lots of good conversation. Bring a side or topping for the chili.  There are still places at the table; invite a friend to come along with you.

  Another vigil is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St, Baltimore. 21211. However, if weather is iffy, contact Anne at  Lunch will take place at 1 PM at the RPP Café, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore 21211.

  A third vigil will be in Chestertown, Kent County at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row.  This vigil is looking for more peace bodies on the Eastern Shore.  Welcome to the network, Chestertown Women in Black.

Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather.  Peace signs will be available. When there are others to stand with, you don't need to carry the burden alone. Do this to be in solidarity with others....when everything around us says “Be afraid of the stranger.” Carpool and parking available. Just send an email that you need a ride to:

58] – On Fri.,  Aug. 10 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! This vigil will take place at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contract Art @ or at 202-360-6416. 

59] – On Fri., Aug. 10 from 3 to 5 PM,  get involved with Solidarity with Immigrants Picket, hosted by Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America at 3701 Koppers St., Halethorpe, MD 21227-1024. The US Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) is the federal agency that administers the newly-formed "denaturalization task force," whose purpose is to revoke the citizenship of immigrants who are already naturalized US citizens. Stand in solidarity with all immigrants and in opposition to the deportation machine. We join the #AbolishICE movement in calling for amnesty for all undocumented people. We call on USCIS in particular to end the denaturalization task force, and to end its participation in this administration's racist attacks on immigrant rights.  Visit

60] – On Fri., Aug. 10 from 3 to 7:15 PM,  participate in a Teach-in & Interfaith Vigil with Reps. Jamie Raskin and Eleanor Holmes Norton at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW, WDC 20016. This Teach-In on Effective Community Responses to Hate & White Supremacy will be held from 3 to 6 PM, and followed by an interfaith vigil until 7:15 PM. Reverend William J. Barber, II, president and lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, will deliver the keynote address, and Leonard Zeskind, Founder of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, will explain the current context of far-right organizing and vigilante violence. 

The teach-in will feature a panel discussion, entitled “Developing Effective Responses to Eliminate Hate.” The panel will feature Dr. Wes Bellamy, Vice Mayor, Charlottesville, VA; Dr. Randy Blazak, Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crime; Lecia Brooks, Outreach Director, Southern Poverty Law Center; Monica Hopkins, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, D.C.; and Tony McAleer, Board Chair, Life After Hate.  Refreshments will be served throughout the teach-in and vigil.

Parking is available at Annunciation Church, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016.  Please call Rep. Raskin’s D.C. office at 202-225-5341 with any questions. See

61] – There is usually a silent vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends Meeting, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on August 10. Black Lives Matter.   

62] –  On Fri., Aug. 10 from 7 to 9 PM,  check out The Refugee Stories Library, hosted by The Omi Collective at Femme Fatale DC Pop-Up Store, 4620 Wisconsin Ave. NW, WDC 20002. General Admission is $10. Join in for an evening of storytelling and community building: Listen to the enthralling stories of refugee storytellers, engage in one-on-one conversations, and learn why people are forced to flee their homes.  

The Refugee Stories Library gives voices to different perspectives and humanizes the roots and routes of the migration experience. The personal stories of refugees presented through the Refugee Stories Library Project challenge the simplistic refugee narrative that categorizes refugees into worthy and unworthy victims. By fleeing their home and becoming refugees, they are deprived of their identity as individuals. In addition, by the media, politicians, and the public there is a tendency to depict refugees in categories of two extremes, enemies to national security or victims that were mistreated. In the current environment, a sense of humanity and social agency is often absent in the depiction of refugees.

ALL PROCEEDS of the event will go to the Women’s group of the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), one of the organizations resettling refugees to the DMV area. The Women’s group empowers newly arrived refugee women in Northern Virginia and Maryland to navigate the challenges of their new life here in the U.S. See

63] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be on August 10. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

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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