Monday, December 3, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 3 - 4, 2018

18] Air Quality and Community Health – Dec. 3
19] Water Accountability and Equity Act Introduction Dec. 3
20] Solving Our Climate Crisis – Dec. 3
21] Get the Money Out – Dec. 3
22] Get on the board of the AIUSA – Dec. 3
23] Project on Nuclear Issues conference – Dec. 4
24] Campaign to End Life Imprisonment – Dec. 4
25] Voices of the Afghan People Dec. 4
26] Food Rescue – Dec. 4
27] The United States and the Two Koreas in the Trump Era – Dec. 4
28] Peace Vigil – Dec. 4
29] No Drone Research DEMO – Dec. 4
30] North Korean propaganda posters – Dec. 4
31] DC Vote Celebration – Dec. 4
32] Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement – Dec. 4
33] See film "Fail State" – Dec. 4
34] Making All Black Lives Matter – Dec. 4
35] Hear from Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman – Dec. 4
18] – On Mon., Dec. 3 from noon to 1:30 PM, come to an EJLT Briefing: Air Quality and Community Health, hosted by Maryland Environmental Health Network, 2 E. Read St., Baltimore 21202.  Join the Environmental Justice Legislative Team with special guests Mike Ewall, Executive Director of the Energy Justice Network. Dive into the environmental health and justice issues related to hyperlocal air issues that impact the most vulnerable. This event will feature residents, and advocates who are considering the ways natural resource policy shapes health in our state.  Register at  See

19] – On Mon., Dec. 3 from 4 to 5 PM, be there for Baltimore’s Water Accountability and Equity Act Introduction, hosted by Jews United for Justice - Baltimore at Baltimore City Hall, 4th Floor, in front of the Council Chambers, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202. Join City Council President Jack Young and the Baltimore Right to Water Coalition for the introduction of a monumental piece of legislation, the Water Accountability and Equity Act!  We all know that unaffordable and incorrect water bills have been an immense burden on our community for far too long. There has not been any real accountability with the Department of Public Works.  The Water Accountability and Equity Act is a comprehensive solution to these problems plaguing our system. It creates a Water-for-All Discount Program to ensure water bills are affordable for low-income households, and it creates the Office of the Customer Advocate to provide an effective, timely and accountable process to resolve billing disputes. Visit

20] –  On Mon., Dec. 3 from 7 to 8:30 PM, be a part of a Solving Our Climate Crisis: A National Town Hall, hosted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the United States Capitol Visitor Center, E Capitol Circle, WDC 20003. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will host the town hall aimed at addressing the global threat of climate change and exploring solutions that can protect the planet from devastation and create tens of millions of good-paying jobs. He will be joined by founder and author Bill McKibben; actress, activist and Our Revolution board member Shailene Woodley; CNN host and author Van Jones; Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY); Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez; Union of Concerned Scientists Director of Climate Science Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel; Dale Ross, mayor of Georgetown, Texas; and Dr. Camilla Bausch, President of Ecologic Institute. TO WATCH ONLINE: Go to at 7 PM ET on Dec. 3.  The event will be in the Visitors' Center Congressional Auditorium (CVC-200).  Enter through the main CVC entrance at First St. and East Capitol St.  No posters, signs, food, drink or large bags will be permitted. Go to

21] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Dec. 3 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.  Call 605-475-6711, code 1136243#.  Work only on brainstorming ideas for participation in the upcoming General Election.

22] – Amnesty International USA is seeking applicants to serve a three-year term beginning Fall 2019 on the AIUSA Board of Directors. An intensive, nationwide search is being conducted to assemble a qualified, diverse, and representative slate of candidates for the Board of Director selection. Individuals who are willing and able to dedicate considerable time and energy to upholding the AIUSA mandate and growing the human rights movement are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have insight into domestic and international human rights trends and issues with particular interest in those relevant to AIUSA; a thorough understanding of legal and ethical expectations for a 501(c)(3) organization; previous involvement in management and/or governance; experience in financial and budget review processes and have knowledge of the mission and vision of AIUSA. Applicants must be members of AIUSA in good standing at the time of the application deadline.

Interested applicants should submit an application questionnaire (see link below) and résumé or curriculum vitae by December 3, 2018 to Aashka Merchant, Executive Operations Specialist, at A cover letter is optional. Please contact your regional representative of the AIUSA Nominating Committee (list below) if you have any questions about the application process. Here is a link to the application questionnaire:  Here is a link to the job description for Board members:

23] – On Tues., Dec. 4 from 8 AM to 5 PM, attend the PONI 2018 Winter Conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC 20036.  This is the 3rd Project on Nuclear Issues conference, and it will feature presentations from emerging nuclear experts covering topics such as nuclear policy and strategies, arms control and proliferation challenges, and deterrence. Register at

24] –  On Tues., Dec. 4 from 9 to 11:30 AM, take in the Campaign to End Life Imprisonment Launch Event, hosted by The Sentencing Project at Public Welfare Foundation Inc., 1200 U St. NW, WDC 20009.  The Sentencing Project and Public Welfare Foundation are pleased to invite you to the Campaign to End Life Imprisonment launch event, featuring the release of “The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences” authored by Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis. Kirkus Reviews describes the book as “a riveting, passionate case against lifetime incarceration and a plea for criminal justice reform.” The forum will also premiere Brave New Films’ examination of the impact of life sentences.

While violent crime has generally declined for the past 25 years, the number of people serving life has continued to rise due to policy changes that lengthened sentences, delayed parole hearings and reduced parole grants. Join us at the historic True Reformer Building in D.C. for a thoughtful conversation about the consequences of life imprisonment, including its impact on families, public safety and the movement to end mass incarceration.  Go to

25] – On Tues., Dec. 4 from 10 to 11:30 AM, hear about Voices of the Afghan People, hosted by United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037.  Get tickets at  Afghanistan is at an important moment in its history. Despite a persistent insurgency that continues to control and destabilize roughly half of the country, high levels of voter enthusiasm in the recent parliamentary elections demonstrated that the people of Afghanistan remain invested in the future of their democracy. Amid a renewed focus on political reconciliation and the upcoming presidential elections in April, citizens face important choices about Afghanistan’s future stability and prosperity. 

These and other pressing issues facing Afghanistan are the subject of The Asia Foundation’s 2018 Survey of the Afghan People. RSVP at  Go to

26] – On Tues., Dec. 4 at noon, join Food Rescue at YO! Baltimore West, 1510 W Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21217-2131.  This will occur every Tuesday, until Jan. 1, 2019.  Get fresh, delicious, and free food. Bring a bag. Bring a friend! Take what you want. See

27] – On Tues., Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 6 PM, Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, Korea Economic Institute, will address "The United States and the Two Koreas in the Trump Era: Prospects for Denuclearization, Peace, and the Alliance" at Father O'Connell Hall 109, McInerney Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE, WDC. Check out

28] –  Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is Dec. 4.  Call 215-426-0364.

29] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Dec. 4 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

30] Join The Stimson Center for a unique insight into a private collection of North Korean propaganda posters over the span of 50 years from 1963 to 2013 depicting North Korean domestic initiatives. The reception will be complemented with remarks by Jenny Town, Stimson Research Analyst & Managing Editor of 38 North, who will share the collector's thoughts and discuss how the posters tie into the activities of the 38 North program. Food and beverage will be provided!  This is happening on Tues., Dec. 4th from 5:30 to 8 PM at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, Floor 8, WDC 20036.  See

31] – Forward to 51: A DC Vote Celebration will happen on Tues., Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 PM to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of DC Vote and to move forward on a path to fully equality for the residents of Washington, DC.  One of the Special Guests is Mayor Muriel Bowser. The celebration will be at the new Eaton Workshop Hotel, 1201 K St. NW, WDC.  Call Bo Shuff, Executive Director, at 202-462-6000.  Visit

32] -- On Tues., Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 8 PM, come to the Brown Lecture with Matthew Horace, hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  Using gut-wrenching reportage, on-the-ground research, and personal accounts garnered from interviews with over 100 police and government officials around the country, Horace presents an insider's examination of police tactics, which he concludes is an "archaic system" built on a "toxic brotherhood" in “The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement.” He dissects some of the nation's most highly publicized police shootings and crimes to explain how these techniques have had detrimental outcomes to the people that they serve. Horace provides fresh analysis on communities experiencing police brutality and disparate imprisonment rates due to racist policing such as Ferguson, New Orleans, Baltimore, and Chicago.  The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of the book for sale at a book signing following the program.  See

33] – On Tues., Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 9 PM , the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition MCRC is co-hosting a FREE screening of a documentary film produced by Dan Rather called "Fail State" at Morgan State University, Student Center Theater. Watch the trailer:  Over five years in the making, "Fail State" is a gripping investigation of the predatory for-profit college industry and the decades-long reports of student loan abuse within the sector. The film's central thesis: aided by a cabal of politicians, nationwide disinvestment in public colleges and universities, and an unscrupulous desire to maximize profits at all costs, for-profit colleges have exploited millions of low-income and minority students, leaving them with worthless degrees and drowning in student loan debt. With echoes of the subprime mortgage crisis, director Alexander Shebanow traces the rise of the for-profit college industry in American higher education and uncovers a story that will leave you ready to take action and fight for Maryland students.

This screening will be followed by a panel of experts who delve into actionable steps to improve student outcomes and protect learners in Maryland.  Get tickets at

34] – On Tues., Dec. 4 at 7 PM, hear Barbara Ransby present "Making All Black Lives Matter" at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. The breadth and impact of Black Lives Matter in the United States has been extraordinary. Between 2012 and 2016, thousands of people marched, rallied, held vigils, and engaged in direct actions to protest and draw attention to state and vigilante violence against Black people. What began as outrage over the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin and the exoneration of his killer, and accelerated during the Ferguson uprising of 2014, has evolved into a resurgent Black Freedom Movement, which includes a network of more than fifty organizations working together under the rubric of the Movement for Black Lives coalition. Employing a range of creative tactics and embracing group-centered leadership models, these visionary young organizers, many of them women, and many of them queer, are not only calling for an end to police violence, but demanding racial justice, gender justice, and systemic change.

In the book, award-winning historian and longtime activist Ransby outlines the scope and genealogy of this movement, documenting its roots in Black feminist politics and situating it squarely in a Black radical tradition, one that is anti-capitalist, internationalist, and focused on some of the most marginalized members of the Black community. From the perspective of a participant-observer, Ransby maps the movement, profiles many of its lesser-known leaders, measures its impact, outlines its challenges, and looks toward its future.

Ransby is a historian, author, and longtime activist. See Call (443) 602 7611 or go to

35] – On Tues., Dec. 4 at 7 PM., join J Street Baltimore to hear from Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman with introductory remarks by former Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski. Sherman will discuss her new book – “Not For the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power and Persistence:” -- and explore her experience as lead negotiator of the Iran Deal and how being a woman in diplomacy and politics has shaped her worldview.  As the Trump administration continues to wage war on diplomacy, truth and women's empowerment, Sherman will be at Schafler Auditorium, located on the main entrance level of the Bloomberg Center, Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.  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

"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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