Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 5 - 6, 2018

36] The ABCs of Cooperative Impact – Dec. 5
37] Food Rescue – Dec. 5
38] 21st Century of Policing -- Dec. 5
39] Food Rescue – Dec. 5
40] China's Military and Geopolitical Rise Dec. 5
41] Civil Rights Legacy of the Kerner Commission Dec. 5
42] ACLU Executive Director Dana Vickers Shelley -- Dec. 5
43] Battle for a better Baltimore Police Department Dec. 5
44] Great Education Funding Struggle Dec. 5
45] MeToo -- Dec. 5
46] Prevent Violence against Women and Girls -- Dec. 6
47] Food Rescue – Dec. 6
48] Is America Becoming Less Democratic? -- Dec. 6
49] 2018 Human Rights Awards -- Dec. 6
50] Montgomery County Solar Celebration -- Dec. 6
51] DMV General Assembly -- Dec. 6
52] Progressive Caucus meeting -- Dec. 6
53] See the film "Woman At War" -- Dec. 6
54] Women and the Vote -- Dec. 6
55] Moms Demand Action -- Dec. 6
36] – On Wed., Dec. 5 from 9 to 11 AM, be at The ABCs of Cooperative Impact, hosted by the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International, 1775 Eye St. NW, WDC 20006.  Learn about the impact cooperatives have on local economies, community vitality and worker well-being at this free event hosted at NCBA CLUSA offices.  While interest in cooperatives is growing, evidence of their unique contributions to economic activity, community vitality and worker well-being is still emerging. To better understand cooperatives and their link to healthy, equitable and sustainable communities, the Cooperative Development Foundation and NCBA CLUSA engaged the Urban Institute to develop a shared framework for assessing impact—on cooperative enterprises, their members and the communities they serve. The work was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

This presentation will discuss the Urban Institute's report, "The ABCs of Cooperative Impact," its seven-point framework for evaluating the economic and social influence of cooperatives, and examples of cooperatives that are responsive to member and community needs.  Visit

37] – On Wed., Dec. 5 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

38] –  On Wed., Dec. 5 from 1 to 3 PM, consider The Challenges of the 21st Century of Policing, hosted by Blue Jay Families at 3509 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218-2404. The 3rd and final discussion series, Root Causes of Crime and Solution-Oriented Strategies-A Public Health Perspective will take place at the Bunting Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center. We encourage people to register here for the event. The third discussion will feature five panelists and Lisa Cooper as moderator, the James F. Fries Professor of general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor who focuses on America’s health disparities—the ways race and socioeconomic factors shape them, and the ways our health systems might help eliminate them.

These sessions will be open to the public, recorded, and live-streamed, with relevant information and materials posted to this website: Go to

39] – 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

40] –  On Wed., Dec. 5 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM, check out China's Military and Geopolitical Rise and its Challenge to the US, hosted by The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St. NW, WDC 20036.  Xi Jinping, China's Communist Party Chairperson and President, has ambitious plans to make China a global power. This lecture will discuss the plans to rebuild ancient trading routes with new infrastructure that can become military bases or ports. The lecture also will cover China's plans for a modern, powerful military that can project expeditionary forces to defend China's new, far-flung interests.

 Dr. Larry M. Wortzel served for 32 years in the United States Armed Forces, three years in the Marine Corps followed by 29 years in the Army. A graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Wortzel earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Dr. Wortzel’s military experience includes seven years in the infantry as well as assignment in signals intelligence collection, human source intelligence collection, counterintelligence, and as a strategist. He served two tours of duty in Beijing, China, as a military attaché and spent twelve years in the Asia-Pacific Region. See

41] – On Wed., Dec. 5 from 5 to 8 PM, catch Fulfilling the Civil Rights Legacy of the Kerner Commission, hosted by GW's Graduate School of Education & Human Development, Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW, WDC 20052.  Conversations that the 1968 Kerner Commission report provided explosive evidence about racism, systemic discrimination and inequality in the United States. Why then, fifty years later, do social and economic inequalities continue to grow, despite better and more nuanced data? And if the evidence is not enough, what will it take to generate the political will and policy agenda to make real progress?
GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development, in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation, invites you to an evening of conversation with experts about what can be done to strengthen public will and how we can use evidence to spur political action in a deeply divided society.  Register at and visit

42] – On Wed., Dec. 5 at 6 PM, catch the live show with ACLU Executive Director Dana Vickers Shelley, hosted by Elevate Maryland at 10215 Wincopin Cir., Columbia 21044.  Welcome Dana to the show! Topics will include ACLU’s legislative agenda, their race and equity work, and more!  Shelley became the Executive Director of the ACLU of Maryland in June of 2018.  She has advised and worked at the NAACP, Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, Black Entertainment Television (BET) Networks, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Go to

43] --  On Wed., Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 PM, listen in on Open data & the battle for a better Baltimore Police Department, hosted by Open Justice Baltimore at the William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, 11 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore 21202.  Tickets are at  The discussion will be led by the Baltimore Legal Hackers Meetup. Go to

Data rules everything around me, but can it fix the Baltimore Police Department? Open Justice Baltimore joins us to answer this question.  The project BPD Watch aims to improve civilian oversight of the Baltimore City Police Department through information requests and crowdsourced data. The group is using this information to build profiles of officers, to create much needed transparency.  Learn about Case Harvester, an open source tool designed to mine the Maryland Judiciary Case Search.  Open Justice Baltimore (OJB) develops open source data projects to increase transparency of the Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City officials. OJB aims to work with community organizations, lawyers, journalists, educators, and researchers to create tools for the benefit of an educated and empowered public.  See

44] – On Wed., Dec. 5 from 6:30 to 7 PM, listen to The Great Education Funding Struggle Panel Discussion, hosted by The 29th Street Community Center, 300 E. 29th St, Baltimore 21218.  Tickets are at Visit  The Gertrude S. Williams Speaker Series will feature Alvin Thornton, Mary Washington, Matthew Hornbeck, and Bebe Verdery.

45] – On Wed., Dec. 5 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, attend MeToo: Past, Present and Future, hosted by Not Without Black Women at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  One in 3 women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, regardless of age, background or country. Hear a discussion about the past, present and future on ending misogyny and sexual violence in Baltimore. Panelists will share their stories, discuss the most recent, traumatic events that have taken place in response to survivors, how to better support them and how to take action during the 2019 Maryland General Assembly.  Before the panel discussion, there will be a pizza reception featuring music.  Doors open at 5:30 PM with music at 6 PM, and hear the panel at 7:30 PM. 

Donations are highly encouraged. Visit

46] -- On Thurs., Dec. 6 from 2 to 4 PM, hear about What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls?  It is hosted by The Global Women's Institute at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, 950 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Room B100B, WDC.  Five years into this global research and implementation collaboration, the UKAID funded What Works programme invites you to a learning event on what works to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) across Africa and Asia and in humanitarian contexts. This event will include an interactive panel discussion featuring talks by researchers and implementers of prevention programs in Rwanda, Tajikistan, Zambia and Nepal followed by Q&A.  The event will be held from 2 to 3:30 PM with light refreshments to follow. Check out

47] – On Thurs., Dec. 6 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

48] –On Thurs., Dec. 6 from 4:30 to 6 PM, catch the discussion Is America Becoming Less Democratic? (Berman & Vaidhyanathan), hosted by the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, 133 S. 36th St., Room 250, Philadelphia 19104-3210.  Discussants are ARI BERMAN, Mother Jones, and SIVA VAIDHYANATHAN, University of Virginia, and the moderator is MARC MEREDITH, University of Pennsylvania.  IN THE WAKE OF THE SUPREME COURT'S rollback of supervision under the Voting Rights Act, and in light of controversies in Georgia, Florida and elsewhere over voting access during the midterms, how should we assess the impact of widespread efforts to limit the franchise? Read essays by the panelists at  Check out

49] – On Thurs., Dec. 6 from 5 to 8 PM, attend the 2018 Human Rights Awards, hosted by United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) at the National Education Association, 1201 16th St. NW, WDC.  Tickets are available at  In honor of the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNA-NCA will recognize individuals and organizations working to improve human rights in their communities and around the world. See

50] – Come to the Montgomery County Solar Celebration on Thurs., Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 8 PM at the Waredaca Brewing Company, 4017 Damascus Road, Gaithersburg 20882. Solar United Neighbors invites you to celebrate solar successes in Montgomery County. Learn about exciting new ways to get involved with Solar United Neighbors and connect with fellow co-op participants, solar homeowners, and residents who are interested in solar. RSVP at

51] – On Thurs., Dec. 6 from 6 to 8:30 PM, get over to the Sanctuary DMV General Assembly at Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW, WDC 20036. This is one of the semi-regular general assemblies, open to anyone interested in getting more involved with Sanctuary DMV. RSVP HERE:  Spend some time talking about recent developments relating to immigrant rights, dig deeper into some key questions around the criminalization of immigrants, how to work with other movements, and more. Food, child care and English-Spanish interpretation will all be provided.

Please note: Sanctuary DMV is a separate entity from the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network. The congregations will be holding their own mass meeting in January. That said, all are welcome! See

52] – There is a Lower Shore Progressive Caucus meeting on Thurs., Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 PM at the Wicomico Public Library, 122 S. Division St.. Salisbury 21801. RSVP at CONTACT Jared Schablein at 443-669-4444.

53] – On Thurs., Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 9 PM, catch the European Parliament LUX Film Night 2018, hosted by European Parliament Washington DC, 555 11th St. NW, WDC 20004.  See the film "Woman At War," a 2018 environmental-themed and feminist comedy-drama film by Benedikt Erlingsson.  Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla's actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter in the mountains. But, right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Visit

54] – On Thurs., Dec. 6 from 7 to 8:30 PM, come to Women and the Vote: Opposition to Women's Equality, hosted by 2020 Women's Vote Centennial Initiative at the National Archives Building, WDC 20004. Get tickets at In partnership with the National Archives, the Equal Rights Coalition, and the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative, the National Woman’s Party presents a panel discussion on the powerful forces that have come together to work against the equal protection of women under the law since the 1900s. From the liquor lobby, which campaigned against women’s suffrage in the 1910s to prevent “dry ladies” from having access to the vote, to the conservative women’s rights movement of the 1970s that organized to prevent the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), this panel explores the ways in which the feminist movement in the United States has been shaped and changed by the systems, institutions, and individuals working against women’s equality.

Panelists include Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour (slated to become a TV series produced by Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg), Marjorie J. Spruill, author of Divided We Stand, and Carol Robles-Roman, CEO and Co-President of the ERA Coalition. The "Women and the Vote" series honors women’s suffrage history leading up to the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020. Book signings will follow the program. This event is free and open to all. Registration is encouraged but not required --

55] --Don’t miss the Howard County December Member Meeting, hosted by Moms Demand Action – MD on Thurs., Dec. 6 at 7 PM at the Howard County Public Library – Elkridge, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge 21075.  Tickets are at Celebrate midterm Gun Sense victories and preview plans for 2019 legislative work. Thee featured presentation will provide guidance on how to talk with family and friends about gun safety during the holidays. Join the non-partisan movement of citizens demanding reasonable solutions to address our nation’s culture of gun violence. See

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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