Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 19 -- December 31, 2018

27] Undesign the Redline exhibit – through Dec. 31
28] Responding to Venezuela’s Exodus Sept. 19
29] Compost demonstration – Sept. 19
30] Food Rescue – Sept. 19
31] A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle Sept. 19
32] End of war in Syria? – Sept. 19
33] Film THE WAR AROUND US – Sept. 19
34] Phone Bank for Johnny O – Sept. 19 & 20
35] Populist explosion – Sept. 19
36] Protect the Arctic Refuge from drilling. Sept. 19
37] Dealing with North Korea Sept. 20
38] Food Rescue – Sept. 20
39] History of redlining – Sept. 20
40] Take Action Anne Arundel County Meeting – Sept. 20
41] Vigil for Puerto Rico – Sept. 20
42] Constitution Day – Sept. 20
43] Sierra Club Meeting – Sept. 20
44] Boricuas Remember -- Sept. 20
45] Putin On Ice – through Oct. 7
27] – 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

28] – On Wed., Sept. 19 from 10 AM to noon, hear about Responding to Venezuela’s Exodus, hosted by Washington Office on Latin America – WOLA at Georgetown University, 3700 O St. NW, WDC 20057. This is a conversation on the roots of the crisis in Venezuela, the humanitarian situation, the regional reactions so far, and policy recommendations for a coordinated and humanitarian response to the ongoing migration crisis.  Check out

29] – On Wed., Sept. 19 at 11 AM, there will be a Compost Demonstration, hosted by The Friends of Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis 21403.  Master Gardeners maintain the Composting and Native Gardens site at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. They give hour-long compost demonstrations twice a month. The talks are given by those on the team that are Master Composters. Attendees receive a free compost bin, provided by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recycling and information (goodie) bag filled with printed materials explaining various ways of composting. Visit  Email

30] – On Wed., Sept. 19 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.

31] – On Wed., Sept. 19 from noon to 2 PM, get over to hear A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW, WDC 20004. Tickets are at In the fall of 1982, President Ronald Reagan authorized one of the most successful intelligence operations during the Cold War, which has important implications for today’s situation with Russia. Join Seth G. Jones, the Harold Brown Chair and Director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, as he reveals the CIA’s operations in Poland which produced a landmark victory for democracy during the Cold War.  For his new book “A Covert Action,” Jones conducted in-depth interviews and mined recently declassified evidence to capture the sophisticated intelligence campaign, code-named QRHELPFUL, which kept the budding Polish liberal opposition movement alive. 

32] – On Wed., Sept. 19 from 12:30 to 2 PM, come to the Palestine Center 2018 Edward Said Memorial Lecture, at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037.  Visit Lecture– “Historic Turning Points in the Middle East: The End of the War on Syria and the Deal of the Century”—will be presented by Dr. Sami J. AlBanna,  RSVP at  The war on Syria is ending. Between defeat in Iraq and the loss of its war on Syria, the US imperial dreams of regime-change, and domination in the region are coming to end. Iraq and Syria paid the price for these US-led adventures. The ‘Deal of the Century’ which was formulated as way to end the rights of Palestinian on Israeli terms, and to create a new power block of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Gulf states to confront the emergent Russian-Iranian block, is progressing but facing rejection from all Palestinian political forces and Arab countries like Jordan, Egypt, and recently, Saudi Arabia. These two important transformations are setting the stage for a new era in the struggle for justice, peace, and equality in the Middle East. In this talk, Dr. Sami AlBanna will explore avenues of struggle and prospects for justice, equality, and democracy in the Middle East.

Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Dr. AlBanna holds a Doctor of Engineering Science degree (with honors) from Columbia University, New York; a Master of Science in engineering (with honors) from the University of Rhode Island; and, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Cum Laude, from the Al-Hikma University in Baghdad, Iraq. See

33] –  On Wed., Sept. 19 at 4:15 PM, checkout the film “The War Around Us,” as part of the Israel/Palestine Film Series at The Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema, Swarthmore College. Visit

34]   On Wed., Sept. 19 and Thurs., Sept. 20 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

35] – On Wed., Sept. 19 from 7 to 8 PM, participate in Foreign & Domestic: A Policy Book Club - The Populist Explosion, hosted by Solid State Books, 600 H St. NE, WDC 20002. Hear from policy enthusiast Chris Watson for a discussion of “The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics” by John B. Judis.  In the United States, two populist candidates - Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump - have taken on their party's establishment. Something similar has been going on in Europe for over a decade. How did the Great Recession help reawaken such a disparate but powerful framework of political appeal on both sides of the Atlantic? 

John B. Judis, one of America's most respected political analysts, tells us why we need to understand the populist movement that began in the United States in the 1890s and whose politics have recurred on both sides of the Atlantic ever since. The Populist Explosion is essential reading for anyone hoping to grasp a global political system that is only just beginning what will be a long-running and highly consequential readjustment.  The book is 10% off through August and September. Go to

36] – On Wed., Sept. 19 at 8 PM ET, join a national webinar on how to protect the Arctic Refuge from drilling. Late in 2017, Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke opened the Arctic Refuge to oil leasing. Now, they're rushing to drill in the Refuge before a new administration can reverse their deeply unpopular decision -- and the next few months are crucial. To keep oil rigs out of the Arctic, keep pressure on Zinke, the oil companies eyeing the Refuge, and the banks funding these projects. The webinar will feature in-depth information from organizers in Alaska, along with a presentation from Bernadette Demientieff of the Gwich’in Steering Committee.  Contact Alli Harvey at RSVP at

37] – On Thurs., Sept. 20 from noon to 1:30 PM, Chun Yungwoo, Korean Peninsula Future Forum; Laura Rosenberger, Alliance for Securing Democracy, Kathleen Stephens, Korea Economic Institute of America; will  discuss "Developing Negotiating Strategies for Dealing with North Korea" at the Korea Economic Institute, 1800 K St. NW, WDC. RSVP at

38] – On Thurs., Sept. 20 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

39] – On Thurs., Sept. 20 from 6 to 8 PM, attend a SNTL Lecture: Baltimore's History of Redlining and Vacancies, hosted by Station North Tool Library, 417 E Oliver St., Baltimore 21202.  Tickets are at This event is free, but consider making a $10 donation to support this & future events!  RSVP at

How long has Baltimore had a problem with vacant houses? It may be longer than you think. The history of abandoned and vacant buildings in Baltimore is not only a story about people losing their jobs and moving away after World War II.

Eli Pousson, a historian and preservationist at Baltimore Heritage, shares the surprising and frustrating century-long history of how sprawling development and racism have combined to create the vacant housing problem Baltimore—and continue to shape what we are doing about vacant houses today. Go to

40] – Take Action Anne Arundel County is meeting on Thurs., Sept. 20 at 7 PM at the Edgewater Community Library.  Its first action is focused on Funding Education. The Education Lockbox Amendment is on the November 6 ballot. Voters will be deciding whether the state constitution is amended to require the state to use casino revenue to supplement the education budget. Volunteers are needed to help get the word out to registered voters.

Anne Arundel County is moving to an elected school board for the first time.  Take Action Anne Arundel County plans to have Candidate Forums for Board of Education candidates in County Districts 4, 5 and 7.  There is a need for a Canvass Captain, canvass hosts, canvassers and phone bankers. RSVP here

41] – On Thurs., Sept. 20 from 7:30 to 10:30 PM, Vigil for Puerto Rico in Baltimore, hosted by CASA at the Bilingual Christian Church of Baltimore: 6000 Erdman Ave,, Baltimore 21205. CASA and Bilingual Christian Church of Baltimore members will participate in a Vigil and Press conference to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Maria. Family members of affected members will be present; and the Bilingual Christian church will make an announcement regarding the trip to Puerto Rico with Pastor Nunez set for Oct. 1, 2018. Visit

42] – Join in for an intersectional discussion about Women’s Rights in the Age of Gender Inequity, MeToo, and Trump on CONSTITUTION DAY, Thurs., Sept. 20 at 7 PM at Maryland Institute College of Art, Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 West Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Speakers are Mónica Ramírez, activist, leader and lawyer working to overcome gender-based violence, particularly on behalf of Latinas and farmworkers; Kalima Young, lecturer at Towson University and Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at University of Maryland College Park, whose work explores the impact of race and gender-based trauma; and Carolee Scheeman, artist whose work explores gender, sexuality, and the human body. Dr. Sheri Parks, vice president of strategic initiatives at MICA, and professor of American Studies, will be the moderator.  RSVP

43] – Come to the Sierra Club Greater Baltimore Group Executive Committee Meeting on Thurs., Sept. 20 at 7 to 9 PM at the Sierra Club, Baltimore Office, 3000 Chestnut Ave., Suite #202, Baltimore. Join this creative, grassroots process that requires input and participation from members. RSVP at Contact

44] – On Thurs., Sept. 20 from 8 to 10 PM, Boricuas Remember, hosted by Power4PuertoRico and Latino Victory at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., WDC 20500.  Hurricane Maria survivors, along with advocates and allies, will be staging mass vigils across the country to mourn the victims of Hurricane Maria and demand justice for Puerto Rico. Protest the Trump administration’s callous indifference to Puerto Rican suffering, calling for accountability from members of Congress, and urge our supporters to remember how elected officials treated us like second-class citizens when they vote in November.  See

45] – On Thurs., Sept. 20 and Fri., Sept. 21, 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

To be continued.

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"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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