Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 12 - 13, 2018

34] How should the trans-Atlantic alliance counter Russian aggression? – Dec. 12
35] Food Rescue – Dec. 12
36] Redefining North Korea's Place in the World – Dec. 12
37] Food Rescue – Dec. 12
38] Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Oversight Hearing -- Dec. 12
39] Our Uncertain Nuclear Future – Dec. 12
40] Holiday Happy Hour Dec. 12
41] Your Brain on Catastrophic Risk – Dec. 12
42] The Clean Air Baltimore Coalition meeting -- Dec. 12
43] Envisioning Water Justice Dec. 12
44] Love has no borders candlelight vigil Dec. 12
45] White Supremacy, Power, and the Role of Interfaith -- Dec. 12
46] Bill Fletcher wrote a novel -- Dec. 12
47] Paris to Pittsburgh -- Dec. 12
48] Ellen & Max in court -- Dec. 13
49] North Korea Sanctions Enforcement -- Dec. 13
50] Film 1971 – Dec. 13
51] Food Rescue – Dec. 13
52] Charting the Course for Environmental Change -- Dec. 13
54] Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis meeting -- Dec. 13
34] -- On Wed., Dec. 12 at 10 AM at the Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20036, get an answer of an expert panel How should the trans-Atlantic alliance counter Russian aggression? See  The West is searching for a response to Russia’s ongoing malfeasance, including its recent attack on Ukraine in the Black Sea and its just-revealed effort to “muck around” in U.S. 2018 midterm elections. These are the latest in a long sequence of transgressions on the part of the Kremlin, ranging from the invasion of Georgia, to the violation of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, to interference in the democratic processes of NATO member states, perhaps most dramatically seen in Putin’s assault on the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As a result, on both sides of the Atlantic, democratic values and institutions—and the trans-Atlantic alliance predicated upon them—are at risk.

35] – On Wed., Dec. 12 at noon and every Wednesday until Feb. 6, 2019, get food at the Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211. This is hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Visit

36] – Sponsored by Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA), Beyond Summit Diplomacy: Redefining North Korea's Place in the World will happen on Wed., Dec. 12 from noon to 2 PM in Room 505, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E. St. NW, WDC 20052. The lecture is by Jenny Town about North Korea, following the Panmunjom, Singapore, and Pyongyang summits and redefining its place in the world. Lunch will be provided and the event is free and open to the public.  This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.  Town is a Research Analyst at The Henry L. Stimson Center and the Managing Editor and Producer of “38 North,” a web journal that provides policy and technical analysis on North Korea. RSVP at ttps://

37] – On Wed., Dec. 5 at 2 PM, and every Wednesday until July 24, 2019, School of Food and Food Rescue Baltimore will give out food at 1412 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore 21213. Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. See

38] – On Wed., Dec. 12 from 2:30 to 5:30 PM, get over to the Watch Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Oversight Hearing, hosted by the New Mexico Women’s March.  Watch online to watch the Senate Indian Affairs Oversight Committee Hearing on “Missing and Murdered: Confronting the Silent Crisis in Indian Country.” The Indian Affairs Committee’s oversight hearing entitled “Missing and Murdered: Confronting the Silent Crisis in Indian Country” will be held in the Dirksen Office Building, room 628.  Watch the online livestream of the hearing here:  NAMED FOR MURDERED NATIVE WOMAN – SAVANNA’S ACT PASSES U.S. SENATE at

The U.S. Senate passed the Savanna’s Act. Named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was abducted and tragically killed last year in Fargo, North Dakota. Introduced by U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), the bill would establish best practices guidelines for law enforcement agencies to respond to and solve more cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women.  Visit

39] – On Wed., Dec. 12 at 4 PM, catch Our Uncertain Nuclear Future: How Do We Proceed if Treaties are Trashed? Donald Trump’s announcement of intent to withdraw from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty constitutes another severe blow to a treaty-based system of nuclear arms and threat reduction. One last treaty governing formal, verifiable draw-downs of nuclear forces remains -- the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Mr. Trump has vacillated wildly in his comments on the future of U.S. strategic forces, ranging from an expressed interest in deep cuts to significant arms build-ups. For now, he has declined Vladimir Putin’s offer of extending New START. Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, might be expected to seek withdrawal from New START, and he might well succeed, rather than to leave the decision of its extension and further reductions to the winner of the next presidential election. Join a discussion of our nuclear future with Nina Tannenwald, Jon Wolfsthal and Lynn Rusten. The speakers will address the following questions: What role will norms play in our nuclear future? What role will treaties play, with specific reference to New START? Will we be entering a future of “arms control without agreements"? If so, what might this look like? Stimson’s Co-founder, Michael Krepon, will moderate the discussion at The Stimson Center, 8th Floor, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20036.  Visit

40] – On Wed., Dec. 12 from 5 to 9 PM, enjoy a Holiday Happy Hour Fundraiser, hosted by the Baltimore Housing Roundtable at the United Workers, 2640 Saint Paul St., Baltimore 21218.  Tickets are at Peabody Heights Brewing has committed to donating 15% of all proceeds from the Holiday Happy Hour to support Charm City Land Trusts very first community-owned home. CCLT is aiming to raise 20,000 dollars to renovate the house AND make it affordable to a long-term McElderry Park resident at around $500/month. This is less than half of what community members currently pay in rent!  Come help support the community land trust movement in Baltimore. See

41] – On Wed., Dec. 12 from 5 to 6:30 PM, listen in on Your Brain on Catastrophic Risk with Dr. Moran Cerf, Professor of Neuroscience and Business, hosted by Ernest J. Moniz, Co-Chair and CEO of Nuclear Threat Initiative, 1776 Eye St. NW, Suite 600, WDC.  A reception will follow after the discussion. Dr. Cerf will discuss how the brain processes risk, especially catastrophic risk, and take questions from the audience. He is a professor of neuroscience and business, spending time between the Kellogg School of Management, the MIT Media Lab, and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s Department of Neurosurgery. Additionally, he is science consultant for various Hollywood films and TV shows, and is the Sloan screenwriting professor at the American Film Institute. Go to

42] – The Clean Air Baltimore Coalition meeting is open to all community organizers, activists and residents interested in supporting clean air efforts in Baltimore City. Learn about the progress of the Clean Air Act and how to best to support efforts moving forward on Wed., Dec 12 at 6:30 PM @ Thrive Baltimore, 6 E Lafayette Ave., Baltimore.  Email

43] – You are invited to A Night Envisioning Water Justice for All Marylanders on Wed., Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Barnes Memorial Church, 3000 Hillen Road, Baltimore  21218.  The gathering is hosted by Pastor Mark James at his church, which he almost lost at tax sale, in part due to a water bill. Celebrate the water-victories this year and talk about the work moving forward. Enjoy light bites, drinks and a discussion about water for all Marylanders. At 7 PM, there will be remarks by Rianna Eckel and Mitch Jones with Food & Water Watch, as well as several community partners

Believe in a future where families don’t have to choose between buying groceries or paying the water bill, where people don’t have to worry about an outstanding water bill costing them their home or church, where the quality of our water isn’t impacted by dangerous industries, and where private corporations cannot profit off our water. Spend an evening with Food & Water Watch staff, organizers, and community partners to celebrate recent victories, and learn about the work that supporters make possible. RSVP at

44] – There is a Love has no borders candlelight vigil on Wed., Dec. 12 at 7 PM with the American Friends Service Committee.  It will take place at 920 Broadway in Fells Point. Show your solidarity with immigrants & honor Charm City's proud immigrant heritage. Dress warm, bring a friend & candle or two!  Visit

45] --  On Wed., Dec. 12 from 7 to 8:30 PM, find out about White Supremacy, Power, and the Role of Interfaith, hosted by Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Tickets are at From slavery and the Holocaust to Charlottesville and the Pittsburgh shooting, how are anti-black racism and anti-Semitism related in the contemporary U.S. context? Dr. Beverly Mitchell explores 21st century challenges facing minorities in the wake of an emboldened sense of white supremacy and xenophobic nationalism. Free. Open to all. Go to

46] – On Wed., Dec. 12 at 7 PM, hear Bill Fletcher, Jr. talk about his novel "The Man Who Fell From the Sky" at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Call (443) 602 7611 or go to In 1970, a sniper’s bullet shocks the sleepy Cape Cod village of Osterville. David Gomes, a young reporter for the Cape & Islands Gazette covers the story, thinking his reporting might lead to a job with a major metropolitan newspaper. With protests against the Viet Nam war and the rise of the Black Panthers roiling the public, the murder investigation becomes deeply personal when Gomes, a Cape Verdean American, encounters the smoldering racial antagonism between the descendants of Cape Verde and African-Americans, as well as the deep-seated hatred toward all people of color among some members of the white community.

Fletcher, the author of “They're Bankrupting Us! “(Beacon Press, 2012), and co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided (UC Press, 2009), is a long-time racial-justice, labor, and international activist, scholar, and author. See

47] – Watch "Paris to Pittsburgh" on the National Geographic Channel on Wed., Dec. 12 at 9 PM ET.  Two alarming new scientific reports have been released in the last few months that further reveal the scope of the serious and widespread impacts we are already feeling from climate change. Yet, there is an alarming lack of honesty and leadership on climate change from President Trump and many other national leaders in the U.S.  But as we see in the powerful new documentary, many cities and communities across the country are stepping up and taking the lead on climate change and clean energy. Visit to watch a trailer and send a message to your mayor supporting local action on climate change.

48] – Ellen Barfield and Max Obuszewski will appear in U.S. District Court on Lombard St. in Baltimore on Thurs., Dec. 13 at 9 AM.  When they tried to deliver a letter to the new director of the National Security Agency, they were arrested and charged with failure to obey a lawful order and attempting to enter protected property. Of course, they will contest the charges and seek to set up a motions hearing.  Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.

49] –  On Thurs., Dec. 13 at noon at CRDF Global, 1776 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22209, find out about North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Challenge: Avoiding Financial Derisking.  Check out  As UN Security Council Resolutions targeting North Korea's nuclear weapon and missile programs evolve and expand, many countries are challenged to build robust compliance programs across a range of industries. Developing countries often find themselves caught in the crossfire when sanctions and other forms of economic leverage are deployed to pressure countries of proliferation concern. Their ability to develop robust compliance frameworks can factor heavily in their ability to maintain access to the global financial system, as banks in the United States and Europe work to reduce their potential exposure to penalties for noncompliance. Sanctions, while well-intended from an international security perspective, can negatively affect progress towards other international development goals – including financial inclusion for women and other disadvantaged populations. Lunch will be provided starting at noon. The event will start promptly at 12:30 PM. Contact Timothy Westmyer at CRDF Global (

50] – On Thurs., Dec. 13 from 4 to 7 PM, see the film 1971, a documentary about eight ordinary citizens who broke into an FBI office in Media, PA, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of citizens exercising their First Amendment rights.  See it at Stokes Auditorium, Haverford College. Check out

51] – On Thurs., Dec. 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

52] – On Thurs., Dec. 13 from 6 to 9 PM, you can get involved with Charting the Course for Environmental Change in Maryland, hosted by Repair The World: Baltimore at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore 21202.  Tickets are at  Join your peers, learn from trusted environmental advocates and plot your course for advocating in Maryland’s upcoming legislative session.  Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided. Dietary laws will be observed. Register at  See

53] – On Thurs., Dec. 13 at 7 PM, check out AN EVENING WITH SILVIA FEDERICI at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Call (443) 602 7611 or go to  This is a special event with feminist and anti-capitalist organizer, theorist, and historian Silvia Federici.  One of the organizers of the Wages for Housework campaign, and the author of the modern classic “Caliban and the Witch,” Silvia will be in Baltimore to present two new books—“Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women” and “Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons.”

54] --On Thurs., Dec. 13 at 7 PM, come to the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis meeting at the Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse, 351 Dubois Rd., Annapolis 21401. See Phil Ateto will talk about thinking strategically to create effective activism.  Look at tactics to get climate change on the agenda for public discussion and collective action.

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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