Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert -- September 12 -- December 31, 2018

30] Undesign the Redline exhibit – through Dec. 31
31] Steny Hoyer puts foot in mouth – Sept. 12
32] "North Korean Human Rights and Transnational Advocacy" – Sept. 12
33] Food Rescue – Sept. 12
34] Protest Saudi Arabia and then enjoy a potluck dinner Sept. 12
35] Phone Bank for Johnny O – Sept. 12 & 13
36] Climate Action Summit – Sept. 12
37] Fundraiser for climate hawks – Sept. 12
38] Meeting of the Baltimore County Green Party – Sept. 12
39] Rental housing teach-in Sept. 12
40] "State of the Bay, 2018" – Sept. 12
41] Prison Reform Panel – Sept. 12
42] GIVE US THE FREEDOM! – Sept. 12
43] Putin On Ice – through Oct. 7
44] Food Rescue Friday – Sept. 13
45] Housing Committee Meeting -- Sept. 13
46] “Playing the Taar” – Sept. 13
47] Race & Nature – Sept. 13
48] Equal Rights for Women – Sept. 13
49] Evicted – Sept. 13
50] WHOSE STREETS – Sept. 13
51] “Reinventing Power: America's Renewable Energy Boom” – Sept. 13
30] – At 10 AM through December 31, check out Undesign the Redline exhibit, hosted by Choose Civility, HCLS Central Branch. Look for tickets at  This interactive exhibit explores the history of structural racism and classism, how these designs compounded each other from redlining maps until today, and how we can come together to undesign these systems with intentionality.  Tours, reading lists, events, and more details are at See

31] – On Wed., Sept. 12 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) will deliver a speech in the Columbus Club at Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, WDC 20002, on reforming government and making it more responsive, representative, and effective for the people it serves. The speech, hosted by End Citizens United Action Fund, will lay out ways that a House Democratic Majority would return the country to a government that is of, by, and for the people by overhauling our campaign finance system, renewing Congress’s oversight role, restoring voting rights, engaging in national redistricting reform, strengthening ethics standards, and modernizing government technology. 

In 2016, Whip Hoyer delivered a speech at Georgetown Law School where he laid out ways to renew the people’s faith in government. Building on that, he will present additional ideas that House Democrats could pursue in the first few weeks of a Democratic-led Congress. For tickets, go to  See

32] – On Wed., Sept. 12 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at the Lindner Family Commons, the George Washington University, 1957 E St., Room 602. NW, WDC 20052, hear from Andrew Yeo, Associate Professor, Department of Politics, Catholic University of America, Celeste Arrington, Korea Foundation Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, The George Washington University and discussant Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. This book talk "North Korean Human Rights and Transnational Advocacy" is hosted by GW Institute for Korean Studies.  Register at

In a recent book edited by Andrew Yeo and Danielle Chubb, "North Korean Human Rights: Activists and Networks" (Cambridge University Press 2018), a team of scholars trace the emergence and evolution of North Korean human rights activism and challenge existing conceptions of transnational advocacy, how they operate, and why they provoke a response from even the most recalcitrant regimes. In this event, two contributors to the book and a leading figure in the North Korean human rights campaign share insights into the politics, strategy, and policy objectives of North Korean human rights activism in both domestic and transnational contexts.

33] – On Wed., Sept. 12 at noon at the Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore, get some free rescued food.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious food home. The food rescue will continue every Wednesday until Feb.  6, 2019.

34] –  On Wed., Sept. 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, protest Saudi Bombings of Yemen, hosted by CODEPINK: Women For Peace at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, 601 New Hampshire Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Saudi Arabia dropped a bomb on a Yemeni school bus, killing 340 children. The bomb that was used was made by US weapons manufacturer, Lockheed Martin. This heartbreaking incident is just one example of the destruction and deviation the Saudi-US coalition has inflicted on Yemen.  Call for an end to the war on Yemen and an end to US weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. Visuals will include 40 backpacks to memorialize the children that were murdered.  See

There is a CODEPINK Potluck on Wed., Sept. 12 from 7 to 10 PM at the CODEPINK House, 1241 Evarts St. NE, WDC.  Celebrate the beginning of a new season of political activism (not that we took the summer off!). Let’s eat, drink, be merry—and talk politics. Bring a dish or snack or drinks to share.

35]   On Wed., Sept. 12 and Thurs., Sept. 13 at 5:30 PM and continuing until November 5, do phone banking with Team O!, hosted by Johnny Olszewski for Baltimore County Executive, 4050 North Point Blvd., Dundalk 21222.  Join a people-powered campaign to build a better Baltimore County!  Contact Team O's Brad at 410-371-9731 or at  Look at

36] – On Wed., Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 PM, attend the Montgomery County Global Climate Action Summit Community Briefing (MCGCAS), hosted by One Montgomery Green at the Montgomery County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville 20850.  On August 14th, One Montgomery Green, Integrative Strategies Forum, Poolesville Green and Councilmember Tom Hucker organized a public meeting at the Silver Spring Civic Building called "Leading the Way--Montgomery County Confronts Climate Change." Its purpose was to share what local organizations are doing to address climate change, review the county's programs as reported in its Climate Mobilization Report, and discuss programs and policies participants feel the county should expand or create to help address climate change and meet the county's ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gases. The event was organized in conjunction with the Global Climate Action Summit as a local, affiliate event.

More than 80 county residents, specialists, stakeholders and public officials attended and reflected expertise in many different aspects of the climate change challenge. After welcome remarks from Councilmember Hans Riemer and a keynote address by Patty Bubar, Deputy Director or the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, the participants broke into small groups to discuss several thematic topics, including -- Land and Ocean Stewardship, Healthy Energy Systems, Sustainable Communities, and Climate Change Economics. The resulting discussion points and suggestions from the thematic groups will serve to inform the outcome document that will be presented to county leaders and released to the public at this public briefing.  Visit

37] – On Wed., Sept. 12 from 6 to 9 PM, Climate Hawks Vote and the CleanTech party are doing a fun gathering to raise money for four strong climate leaders running in tough Congressional districts, all of which will flip red seats blue. RSVP at Speakers Will Include Climate Hawks Vote board member Jigar Shah, candidates Jennifer Wexton and Elaine Luria, and solar leader Katherine Hamilton, and the event is at the Atlas Brewery Works, 2052 West Virginia Ave, NE, #102, WDC 20002. This is for anyone who believes our next Congress needs more leaders with clear ties to the clean energy industry and who will prioritize bold action on climate. You can learn more about the candidates and the event at

38] – On Wed., Sept. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, be at the meeting of the Baltimore County Green Party at 320 York Rd., Towson 21204-5121.  Join the Party in its work for racial, ecological, and economic justice in Baltimore County, state-wide, nation-wide, and worldwide. Check out

39] – Do you know someone who rents in Baltimore? Do you live in a rental property in Baltimore? Come learn more about the new rental housing laws in the city from the experts at a Communities United rental housing teach-in on Wed., Sept. 12 from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Lillian Jones Rec Center, 1310 N. Stricker St. Go to

40] – On Wed., Sept. 12 at 7 PM, the Physicians for Social Responsibility Harrisburg will hold a public meeting with a featured speaker, Harry Campbell, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, who will address "State of the Bay, 2018" at the Polyclinic Hospital, 2501 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg 17110.  Check out
41] – On Wed., Sept. 12 from 7 to 9 PM, hear from a Prison Reform Panel, hosted by Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC 20009.  Welcome Clint Smith, Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Marc Mauer, and Paul Butler to discuss their books and race, class, and the criminal justice system.  Free Minds Book Club is an organization that uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken D.C. youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential. Visit

42] – Attend a film screening and discussion on the Prisoners Strike on Wed., Sept. 12 from 7 to 9 PM at the Harriet Tubman Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  Check out Socialists4Baltimore. GIVE US THE FREEDOM! Is a 15 min. film by Rasika Ruwanpathirana.  On February 2nd, inmates from James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware took three correctional officers hostage demanding better conditions and stop abuse by violent prison guards.  Go to

43] – On Wed., Sept., 12, Thurs., Sept. 13 and Fri., Sept. 14, see Putin On Ice (that isn't the real title of this show), by Lola B. Pierson,  directed by Yury Urnov and co-produced by The Acme Corporation and Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Suite 1200, Baltimore 21218.  There are 16 dates through Oct. 7. Performances from Thursdays through Saturdays are at 8 PM, and on Sundays at 3 PM, Tickets are at  

Everything that happens on stage is a lie. This spectacle is a fantastical new portrait of Vladimir Putin. This ostentatious piece blends counterfeit ancient texts, falsified scientific data, and manipulated video evidence to create something entirely new and thrillingly strange. Putin is elevated from man to myth, stretching through time to become more deity than dictator. You are free to leave at any time. Pay-What-You-Can Previews are September 12 and 13.  A limited number of $10 tickets will be available for purchase at the door on the day of the performance. The box office opens one hour before the show, at which point these tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis.  See

44] – On Thurs., Sept. 13 from 4 to 5 PM, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore, every Thursday until Feb. 7, 2019 at the Dovecote Café, 2501 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Visit

45] – Communities United will hold a Housing Committee Meeting on Thurs., Sept.  13 at 6 PM at the Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 1121 W. Lanvale St.

46] – On Thurs., Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 PM, see screening of “Playing the Taar” by Roya Sadat, hosted by Free Women Writers at Lapis, 1847 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20009.  Roya Sadat is an award-winning Afghan filmmaker, and the collective hosting the film wants to promote gender equality and social justice in Afghanistan. There will be a short discussion, a poetry reading, and a Q&A.  Free Women Writers' books and merchandise will be available for sale. All proceeds go to the all-volunteer team's advocacy work and making more literature and resources available to women in Afghanistan.  Email  RSVP at

47] – On Thurs., Sept. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, come to hear about Race & Nature, hosted by Baltimore Racial Justice Action at Humanim, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore 21213.  RACE & NATURE: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A NATURAL DISASTER. Acts of God? Or something else? What does race have to do with natural disasters? Look at racism and its relationship to nature. Guests include Matthew Mulcahy, American History professor at Loyola University Maryland, and, Robert Ferrell, organizer with Black Leaders Organizing for Change, who has family in the Virgin Islands and has organized conversations from the personal perspective of victims about disaster relief post-Hurricane Irma.  Go to

48] – On Thurs., Sept. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, catch Equal Rights for Women: One State Away?  This is hosted by Woman's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW, WDC 20036.  Get tickets at

Ninety-five years after it was first introduced in Congress, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) guaranteeing women Constitutional equality is just one state away from ratification! A vibrant campaign is underway for Virginia to become the 38th and final state needed to ratify the ERA. The distinguished panelists include ERA warriors Ellie Smeal, who spearheaded the ratification efforts in the 70s and 80s, Eileen Davis, state-level strategist and advocate in Virginia, Andrea Miller, Congressional-level expert and advocate, and Wendy Murphy, national legal expert on Women and the Law. The panelists will review the history of the ERA and why we still need Constitutional equality, and update us on the new developments in Virginia and nationally. The panel will provide a concrete call to action for attendees to get involved in ERA ratification and inspire a true inter-generational effort to create a permanent national standard for eliminating sex discrimination. See  There is a cost to attend.

49] –  On Thurs., Sept. 13 from 6:30 to 8 PM, get over to a Book Talk about “Evicted,” hosted by the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW, WDC 20001.  Get tickets at  How can we address the eviction crisis in America? Author and Eviction Lab founder Matthew Desmond transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems.  The Evicted exhibition, a collaboration with Desmond, will be open before the program. Desmond will sign copies of his book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” Reserve your copy when reserving your free ticket:

50] – As part of the WHUT Community Film Series, see WHOSE STREETS on Thurs., Sept. 13 from 6:30 to 9 PM at the Studio, 2222 4th St. NW, WDC 20059. Refreshments will be served! WHUT – Howard University Television – is screening this unflinching look at the Ferguson, Missouri uprising as told by the activist leading the movement.  This is the second film in the Community Film Series. Log on to today!

51] – The is a Film Screening—“Reinventing Power: America's Renewable Energy Boom” on Thurs, Sept. 13 from 7:15 to 9 PM, organized by the Prince George's County Group at Lakeside Commons (Encore Theater), Riderwood Village, 3150 Gracefield Rd., Silver Spring 20904. Contact Martha Ainsworth at or (301) 262-8389.  The Sierra Club documentary takes us across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. These individuals are working to rebuild what’s broken, rethink what’s possible, and revitalize communities. Their stories are proof that America does not need to choose between keeping our lights on and protecting our communities. Critically, Reinventing Power underscores that we don’t have to sacrifice jobs for a clean environment. Supporting a clean energy future means building a better, more prosperous future for everyone. Over the film’s 50 minutes, you’ll meet people in eight states whose lives were changed by the renewable energy industry while exploring various aspects of the clean energy industry from innovation to installation.

  The film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Alfred Bartlett.  A retired pediatrician and public health physician, Dr. Bartlett has become actively engaged in fighting climate change, focusing on the development of clean renewable energy (offshore wind and solar).  He is a member of the Board of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter, the Steering Committee of the Chapter’s Energy Committee, and the Public Service Commission’s working group on Community Solar.  He is also co-lead of the Maryland Sierra Club’s campaign for 100% clean renewable energy by 2035.  RSVP at,

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

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