Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert -- October 3 - 7, 2018

28] Leaflet for Pat Elder – Oct. 3
29] Ban the Box – Oct. 3
30] Monarch Tag and Release Program – Oct. 3
31] Who is Kirk Bloodsworth? – Oct. 3
32] Food Rescue – Oct. 3
33] Film OMAR Oct. 3
34] Baltimore City Canvass – Oct. 3
35] Phone bank for Johnny O – Oct. 3 & 4
36] Film MY DEAR CHILDREN Oct. 3
37] Film “50 Years Fighting Against Poverty” Oct. 3
39] Hear from candidate Pat Elder – Oct. 4
40] Can Creative Diplomacy Keep the Bomb at Bay? – Oct. 4
41] Cancel Kavanaugh – Oct. 4
42] Korean Peninsula Issues Oct. 4
43] China & North Korea – Oct. 4
44] Meet & Greet Pat Elder -- Oct. 4
45] SURJ Baltimore Community Meeting Oct. 4
46] Introduction to Human Trafficking – Oct. 4
47] PG county campaign reform – Oct. 3 & 4
49] Putin on Ice – through Oct. 7
28] – On Wed., Oct. 3 at 7 AM, leaflet for Pat Elder for Congress at the New Carrollton Metro (Orange Line), 4700 Garden City Drive, New Carrollton 20784.  See https://www.wmata.com/rider-guide/stations/new-carrollton.cfm. Email elderforcongress@gmail.com.

29] – On Wed., Oct. 3 from 10 AM to noon, there is a Ban-The-Box Senate Panel, hosted by From Prison Cells to PhD at United States Capitol Visitor Center, SCV-201-00, First St NE, WDC 20003. Join in for a panel discussion on removing the criminal conviction question in the college application process.  RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-the-box-panel-tickets-50342921032

Obtaining higher education reduces recidivism by 43% and costs five-times less than re-incarceration. However, application rejection rates for individuals with convictions can be as high as 13% more than for those without. And potential applicants with convictions failed to complete their applications at a rate that was 41.5% higher than for those without felony convictions.  Maryland and Louisiana were the first states to “ban the box” on college applications. The panelists were the leaders from those efforts. In addition, Senator Schatz was instrumental in getting the Common App to remove the criminal convictions question. He introduced the Beyond the Box for Higher Education (S. 3435) to provide guidance, training, and technical assistance to colleges and universities as they make these policy changes.  See https://theconversation.com/i-went-from-prison-to-professor-heres-why-criminal-records-should-not-be-used-to-keep-people-out-of-college-97038 and https://www.facebook.com/events/699680937071654/.

30] – On Wed., Oct. 3 at 10 AM, join the Monarch Tag and Release Program, hosted by Baltimore County Master Gardeners of University of Maryland, 1114 Shawan Rd., Cockeysville 21030.  Meet us in the demonstration garden and learn how to protect monarchs by raising larvae and tagging adults. Watch newly emerged monarchs take to the skies.  This is weather permitting, as monarchs do not fly in colder temperatures or the rain. See https://www.facebook.com/events/303683490424821/.

31] – On Wed., Oct. 3 at 11 AM to 1 PM, as part of the One Maryland One Book Author Tour: Tim Junkin will be hosted by the Prince George's County Memorial Library System and Anne Arundel County Public Library, Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Road, Bowie 20715. Junkin is the author of this year's “One Maryland One Book, Bloodsworth.” Charged with the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1984, Kirk Bloodsworth was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in Maryland’s gas chamber. Maintaining his innocence, he read everything on criminal law available in the prison library and persuaded a new lawyer to petition for the then-innovative DNA testing. After nine years in one of the harshest prisons in the country, Kirk Bloodsworth became the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence. He was pardoned by the governor of Maryland and has gone on to become a tireless spokesman against capital punishment. Bloodsworth’s story speaks for hundreds of others who were wrongly convicted and have since been released, and for the thousands still in prison waiting for DNA testing.

Junkin is an attorney with thirty years of experience as a trial lawyer and advocate of civil rights, an award-winning writer, and a teacher. He spent much of his boyhood in Talbot County, graduating from Easton High School. Today he lives on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Junkin is the author of “The Waterman, Good Counsel, and Bloodsworth.” He also founded Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy—which became ShoreRivers, a Maryland river protection nonprofit—and has received several environmental awards. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1973 and completed his law studies at Georgetown University Law Center in 1977. He has taught at American University, Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard University Law School, and the Bethesda Writer’s Center. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/677920779228139/.

32] – On Wed., Oct. 3 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.

33] –  On Wed., Oct. 3 at 4:15 PM, checkout the film OMAR, as part of the Israel/Palestine Film Series at The Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema, Swarthmore College. Visit https://blogs.swarthmore.edu/academics/pcs/2018/08/27/ip-film-series-f2018/.

34] – On Wed., Oct. 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, there is a Baltimore City Canvass for the general election with Progressive Maryland Baltimore. Mobilizing the vote in Baltimore City and Baltimore County is one of the most crucial steps to getting Ben Jealous elected in November. Support other local progressive candidates in the districts of the canvass! Come help make the blue wave happen and meet your fellow voters!  RSVP at https://www.pmdbaltimore.org/10-3-canvass?utm_campaign=wkmemoct12018&utm_medium=email&utm_source=progressivemaryland.  This is one of the re-occurring Baltimore City canvasses, and the location to be announced. CONTACT Michael Feldman at michael@progressivemaryland.org.

35]   On Wed., Oct. 3 and Thurs., Oct. 4 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 brad@gojohnnyo.com.  Look at https://www.facebook.com/pg/JohnOlszewskiJr/events/.

36]   The Center for Jewish Civilization invites you to a film screening with co-producer, co-director and writer, Leann Dance, of "My Dear Children" which follows one woman’s quest to unravel a family mystery. It is a journey that reveals a heartbreaking and little known humanitarian tragedy. One hundred years ago, Jews in what is today Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus suffered through what scholars now call “the holocaust of its day,” Pogroms that swept the region from 1917-1921 killed some 250,000 Jews, perhaps many more. Using a letter describing those horrific events, Judy Favish, a 61-year-old South African Jew traces the tragedy that tore apart not only her family, but also tens of thousands of others. It is a story shared by Jews the world over. Dance is an award winning television producer and groundbreaking investigative reporter who began her career more than 25 years ago. She has worked as a freelancer in East Africa and as a producer with CNN’s investigative and documentary unit. She now has her own boutique production company outside Washington, D.C. "My Dear Children" is her first independent documentary production. RSVP is encouraged at cjcinfo@georgetown.edu. .

37] Around the world, 767 million people live in extreme poverty with less than $1.90 per person per day. These statistics need to be fought and to discuss this, the Alliance Française in partnership with NYU-DC, and thanks to their generous support, bring you the English version of Caroline Glorion & Gerard Lemoine's 2007 documentary "50 ans de combat contre la misère".(50 Years Fighting Against Poverty). Dave Meyer, Special Projects and Outreach Manager with ATD Fourth World, and Jean-Michel Giraud, President and CEO of Friendship Place in DC, will be in conversation after the movie to talk about Poverty and Social Justice.

Meyer is the Special Projects & Outreach Manager for ATD Fourth World USA. Formerly Director of Communications and Stop Poverty Campaign Manager for ATD Fourth World international, Dave Meyer has first-hand experience of ATD’s work around the world, as well as here in the United States. ATD Fourth World, founded by Joseph Wresinski, a Catholic priest known in his lifetime as “the priest of the low-lives,” has grown from being a group of homeless families to maintaining a grassroots presence in over 30 countries around the world and a consultative status at the UN, EU, ILO, and within other international bodies.

 Jean-Michel Giraud has worked in a variety of community-based settings including intellectual disabilities, autism, mental health, dual recovery and homeless services. During his tenure as President and CEO of Friendship Place, the organization has grown from a neighborhood association into a regional homeless services provider with a national reach through best-practices. This documentary follows the steps of the international nonprofit ATD Fourth World (ATD Quart Monde) from the slums outside Paris in the 1950's to the United Nations today. The movie will start at 6:45 PM on Wed., Oct. 3 at NYU - DC Campus, 1307 L St. NW, WDC 20005.  This is a FREE Event but an RSVP is mandatory. Consider making a donation to ATD-Fourth World.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/50-years-fighting-against-poverty-screening-discussion-tickets-49902803629?ref=eattnewsrecs&utm_source=strongmail&utm_medium=discovery&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=EBrecommend&utm_term=eventcard&afu=219117122755&rank=1&aff=eattnewsrecs#tickets.

38] – On Wed., Oct. 3 at 7 PM, see a film “Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom,” organized by the Sierra Club’s Prince George's County Group.  Reinventing Power takes us across the country to hear from the people making our clean energy future achievable. It underscores that we don’t have to sacrifice jobs for a clean environment.  This 50-minute Sierra Club film will be shown at Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114, 15 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770.  Contact Lore Rosenthal at simplicitygroupsmd@gmail.com or 301-345-2234.  RSVP at https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000002B3YaQAK. 

39] – On Thurs., Oct. 4 at 10 AM, Thursday, meet in front of the Martin Luther King Communication Arts Center on the campus of Bowie State University. Park in Lots B, C, or D. See https://www.bowiestate.edu/files/resources/bsu-campus-map-2018-hires-2.png. Come out to support Pat Elder.  Email elderforcongress@gmail.com.

40] – On Thurs., Oct. 4 from noon to 1:15 PM, Sara Kutchesfahani, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, will discuss "Can Creative Diplomacy Keep the Bomb at Bay?" at the University of Maryland, Van Munching Hall, Room 1107, 7699 Mowatt Ln., College Park. Go to http://cissm.umd.edu/events/cissm-global-forum-can-creative-diplomacy-keep-bomb-bay%E2%80%9D.

41] – On Thurs., Oct. 4 from 12:30 to 3:30 PM, Cancel Kavanaugh: Believe Survivors, hosted by the Women's March at 333 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20001-2804. One week after #ChristineBlaseyFord bravely testified before the Senate Judiciary, and white male Senators apologized to her abuser and dismissed her testimony. March from Brett Kavanaugh’s current courthouse to the court he hopes to join. Do what can be done to make sure he doesn’t get there.  Rise up. #CancelKavanaugh #BelieveSurvivors.  Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/190719465177341/.

42] – On Thurs., Oct. 4 from 1:30 to 5 PM, Daniel Russel, Asia Society Policy Institute, and Atman Trivedi, Hills and Company will be involved with "2018 Fall Symposium: The Korean Peninsula Issues and United States National Security" at the Institute for Corean-American Studies, Capitol Hill, WDC. RSVP online to receive location details at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/icas-fall-symposium-tickets-50143122429.

43] – On Thurs., Oct. 4 from 3:30 to 5 PM, Zhihua Shen, East China Normal University, Danhui Li, East China Normal University, Yafeng Xia, Long Island University, Gregg Brazinsky, George Washington University, will tackle "China’s Alliances with North Korea and the Soviet Union: A Conversation with China’s Leading Historians" at the Wilson Center, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at https://engage.wilsoncenter.org/onlineactions/vL5BLls_XkWUpbY2iHWs9g2. 

44] – On Thurs., Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, meet & greet Pat Elder at the home of Barbara Bowman, 18110 Bowles Rd., Lexington Park, Email elderforcongress@gmail.com.

45] – On Thurs., Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, come to a SURJ Baltimore Community Meeting at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 2638 E. Baltimore St. (corner of Baltimore & Lakewood Sts.), Baltimore 21224. Get tickets at actionnetwork.org. Get updated on what SURJ Baltimore is focusing on this fall, learn more about on-going campaigns from accountability partners, ways to plug in, and meet new folks who are excited to do this work together.  Look at the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition's campaign to bring equitable public transit to Baltimore.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/287783715158932/.

46] – On Thurs., Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Awaken: Introduction to Human Trafficking will be hosted by Araminta Freedom Initiative, Inc. and Cornerstone Community Church, 2907 Mountain Rd., Joppa 21085. Tickets are at aramintafreedom.org; and sign up at aramintafreedom.org/training.  This is part 1 of a 3-part series designed to AWAKEN individuals to the reality of child sex trafficking in Maryland. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Human Trafficking/Domestic Child Sex Trafficking and be challenged and encouraged to participate in a community based response to the injustice.  Participants must be at least 15 years old and accompanied by a parent/legal guardian if under 18. The event is free and open to the public. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/280711862660599/.

47] –FIGHT TO SAVE PRINCE GEORGE’S FAIR ELECTIONS BILL, and attend a community meeting on Wed., Oct. 3 at 7 PM Community Meeting to discuss how to support this legislation at the Hyattsville City Building, Prangley Room -- 2nd Floor, 4310 Gallatin St.

48] – On The Other Side of Freedom Tour is an opportunity to meet Deray Mckesson with special guest D. Watkins, in partnership with Ivy Bookshop on Thurs., Oct. 4 at 7 PM at 124 Market Place, Baltimore 21202.  Call 410.244.0057.  Admission is $22. Mckesson, a recognized civil rights organizer and host of the podcast Pod Save the People, will converse on culture, social justice, and politics. Drawing from his own experiences as an organizer, educator, and public official, DeRay will explore the issues of the day and discuss the subtle structures and inherent biases that impact our communities. The conversation will also examine the core themes of DeRay’s upcoming first book, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM: The Case for Hope, a meditation on resistance, justice, and freedom, and an intimate portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement from the front lines. DeRay will be joined by special guests in each market for a live, no-holds-barred conversation about inclusion, community, and progress designed to empower a new generation of leaders. He started his career as an educator and came to prominence for his role in documenting the Ferguson protests and the movement they birthed and for publicly advocating for justice and accountability for the victims of police violence and the end of mass incarceration. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM: The Case for Hope is his first book.

49] – On Thurs., Sept. 27, Fri., Sept. 28 and Sat., Sept. 29, 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 singlecarrot.com.  

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/315083085719600/.

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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