Monday, January 14, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 14 -- 15, 2019

18] Fight back against Anti Sanctuary City legislation! – Jan. 14
19] Food Rescue – Jan. 14
20] U.S. Withdrawal from Syria – Jan. 14
21] Hawaii Nuclear Missile Scare – Jan. 14
22] Taking the Fight for a Raise to Annapolis!  – Jan. 14
23] No More Cash for Burning Trash – Jan. 14
24] City Council Resolution to Stop Tax Sale for Water – Jan. 14
25] Fight for $15 press conference – Jan. 14
26] Pacem PeaceSeekers Meeting – Jan. 14
27] “Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment” – Jan. 14
28] Sierra Club Maryland Priority Legislation -– Jan. 14
29] Get the Money Out conference call – Jan. 14
30] Global Economy in 2019 –Jan. 15
31] Peace Vigil – Jan. 15
32] No Drone Research DEMO – Jan. 15
33] How to Start and Maintain a Nonprofit Organization – Jan. 14
34] Stop and Frisk – Jan. 15
35] American Promise Delaware meeting – Jan. 15
36] Rohingya Refugee Crisis – Jan. 15
18] – On Mon., Jan. 14 at 7:30 AM, fight back against Anti Sanctuary City legislation!  This is hosted by VACIR - Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights at 900 E. Main St., Richmond. Senator Dick Black has sponsored dangerous, anti-immigrant legislation for years and one of his newest attacks on the immigrant community, S.B. 1156, is up to be heard in committee this Monday at 8AM. Mobilize and pack the hearing in Senate Committee Room A, Pocahontas Building. You can come and sit in the audience to show your opposition! If you are interested in speaking on the issues, please email who can help get you prepared to testify! Sanctuary policies will be prohibited. The bill provides that no locality shall adopt any ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws. See

19] – On Mon., Jan. 14, and every Monday until Feb. 4, 2019, at noon, there will be a Food Rescue at Land of Kush, 840 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201. Food Rescue Baltimore is honored to partner with The Land of Kush each and every Monday to bring access to free vegan/plant-based food in the community. Bring a bag. Take what you want from noon to 1PM or while supplies last. No purchase is necessary to take advantage of the Food Rescue Baltimore give away. Items from The Land of Kush's menu are not included in the give-away but will be available for sale. See

20] – On Mon., Jan. 14 from 2:30 to 4 PM, discuss the U.S. Withdrawal from Syria, hosted by The SETA Foundation, 1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20036. On Dec. 19, 2018, President Trump announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. The decision has led to a wide ranging debate on the US goals in Syria as well as what to do next. The withdrawal decision led to the resignation of the Secretary of WAR and it has many implications for the region, in particular for Turkey. While the U.S. and Turkey work together to prevent a potential power vacuum, the two NATO allies are not in agreement on significant issues, including the PKK-linked YPG. As the US and Turkey try to chart a new strategy in northern Syria, the impact of President Trump's decision for the course of the conflict as well as the region remains uncertain.   See

21] – On Mon., Jan. 14 at 3 PM at the Wilson Center, 5th Floor, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004, catch up with Lessons from the Hawaii Nuclear Missile Scare. See This event is co-sponsored by the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project.  Against the backdrop of escalating tension with North Korea and unraveling U.S.-Russia nuclear treaties, the January 2018 Hawaii false missile alert came as a shocking reminder of the reality of a nuclear threat. Cynthia Lazaroff and Bruce Allyn experienced the alert firsthand, which drove home the importance of their research and interviews with leading Russian and American nuclear experts. They will share their findings and some possible steps to reduce today’s nuclear danger.  Read Lazaroff’s account of the incident here:

22] – On Mon., Jan. 14 from 3:30 to 8:30 PM, get involved with Taking the Fight for a Raise to Annapolis!  This is hosted by AFSCME Maryland in the House of Delegates, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401-1912. In 2019, AFSCME Maryland members REFUSE to settle!  Last year, Governor Hogan and his administration refused to bargain. This is our last chance to show him what we're willing to do for a real raise. If more money is important to you, you NEED to be in Annapolis. Maryland has a budget surplus over $500 million dollars. Take the fight to Annapolis. If the Governor won't return to the table with an offer, AFSCME members will continue the fight! Rides available from Baltimore, Jessup, Western MD and the Eastern Shore. Check out

23] – On Mon., Jan. 14 from 4 to 5 PM, shut out No More Cash for Burning Trash! Rally at City Hall, hosted by Clean Water Action Maryland, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202.  Did you know that the state of Maryland calls trash incineration clean energy - and subsidizes it just the same as wind and solar? Baltimore's trash incinerator, BRESCO, has received more than $10 million in subsidies in six years. Baltimore is ready to move toward a zero waste future, but we can't do that with the state propping up trash incineration.  At its first meeting of the year, the Baltimore City Council will vote on a resolution calling for the state to stop subsidizing trash incineration by passing the Clean Energy Jobs Act, legislation that will also put Maryland on the path to 100% clean energy and invest $27 million in workforce development for green careers. Join Council members, faith leaders, and community residents in front of City Hall before the Council meeting to send a clear message to Annapolis: no more cash for burning trash! Then attend a lobby training on Sat., Jan. 19, and you will receive all the skills you need to effectively lobby legislators on this issue:  Go to

24] – On Mon., Jan. 14 from 5 to 6 PM,  Support the City Council Resolution to Stop Tax Sale for Water, hosted by Baltimore Right to Water Coalition at Baltimore City Hall, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202.   Join in for the introduction and passage of Councilwoman Shannon Sneed's resolution calling on the Maryland General Assembly to pass the Water Taxpayer Protection Act. This legislation, to be introduced by Senator Mary Washington and Delegate Nick Mosby will ensure that nobody in Baltimore City loses their homes or places of worship because of unaffordable and incorrect water bills!  Currently in our city, as little as $750 in outstanding water bills can send a home or place of worship to tax sale which can mean property removal. Skyrocketing water rates, as well as erroneous water bills, have left families with little ability to pay. In 2017, a total of 10,839 homes were sent to tax sale and legal advocates estimate that between 70-80% of tax sales involve water bills.

Councilwoman Sneed's resolution will help show overwhelming support for removing water bills from the tax sale process. Call your Councilmember and ask them to support this resolution before the vote on Monday! The introduction and vote on the Resolution in Support of the Water Taxpayer Protection Act will take place in Council Chambers on the 4th floor. See

25] – On Mon., Jan. 14 from 6 to 7 PM, there is a Fight for $15 press conference, hosted by Fight for $15 Maryland in the House of Delegates Building, 6 Bladen St., Room 145, Annapolis.  See

26] – On Mon., Jan. 14 at 6 PM, there will be a Pacem PeaceSeekers Meeting at the Pacem office, 401 N. West St., Wilmington. Visit

27] – On Mon, Jan. 14 at 6:30 PM at the Landmark's West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW, WDC 20037, see the film “Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment,” directed by Konrad Wolf. Adapted for the screen by Konrad Wolf and Angel Wangenstein (based on the novel by Lion Feuchtwanger). This film is a 1971 production by the German Democratic Republic / Soviet Union in German with English subtitles.  An introduction to the film will be provided by Sky Sitney, co-director of film festival Double Exposure and Assistant Professor in the Film and Media Studies program at Georgetown University. A discussion will follow the screening.  Francisco de Goya enjoys great wealth and status as a court painter of King Carlos IV. But as the brutality of the Spanish Inquisition intensifies, Goya must decide where his loyalty truly lies: with the throne and the church, or with the Spanish people.  Go to

28] -- On Mon., Jan. 14 from 7 to 8:30 PM, get over to the discussion 2019 Sierra Club Maryland Priority Legislation, hosted by Sierra Club Howard County at the Howard County Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia 21044. Tickets are at The Maryland Chapter’s Political Committee will be presenting. Go to

29] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Jan. 14 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.

30] – On Tues., Jan. 15 from 9:30 to 11 AM, catch the Global Economy in 2019: What Policymakers Need to Know, hosted by the Center for Global Development, 2055 L St. NW, Floor 5, WDC 20036.  Global growth is expected to slow down over the next two years. Trade and investment flows are likely to be more moderate and access to finance more difficult. Risks to the global economic outlook include greater volatility in financial markets, trade tensions, and heightened policy uncertainty.  Given these challenges, policymakers in emerging market and developing economies need to strengthen monetary and fiscal policy frameworks that will help them to cope with these uncertainties. At the same time, they must also focus on long-term growth prospects by taking steps to improve competitiveness, adaptability to technological change, and trade openness.  Join experts from the World Bank, the IMF, and CGD in exploring how global policymakers can best manage economic challenges in the coming year.  Visit

31] –  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 Jan. 15.  Call 215-426-0364.

32] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. The next vigil will be on Jan. 15 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

33] – On Tues., Jan. 15 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, get over to How to Start and Maintain a Nonprofit Organization, hosted by Community Law Center, Inc., 3355 Keswick Rd., Second Floor Conference Room, Baltimore 21211.  Understand the legal and practical considerations of running a nonprofit. This is a live workshop with limited registration to allow time for questions and individual attention. The $75 price of the workshop includes refreshments and a copy of the How to Start a Nonprofit in Maryland manual.  Registration is closed once the workshop is at capacity. If registration is full you may sign up for the waitlist. If a space opens up, you will be notified and will have limited time to register for the open space. Please call Ingrid Hitchens at 410-366-0922 if you have any questions about the waitlist.
Attorneys interested in representing nonprofits in obtaining 501(c)(3) status should consider joining Community Law Center’s Pro Bono Program by registering as a volunteer attorney. For more information about the Pro Bono Program, please click here

34] –    On Tues., Jan. 15 at 7 PM, there is an ANC 6B MPD Briefing on Stop and Frisk of Black Boys, hosted by Black Lives Matter DC at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, WDC 20003.  Tickets are In response to the post and video (links below) of three Black boys being stopped, detained, and frisked in Capitol Hill while cold and scared, MPD will be at the regularly scheduled ANC 6B meeting (Open to the public) to provide a briefing.  The issue of Stop & Frisk has (finally) started getting the District wide attention it deserves. This may be the first time many people have become aware of the routine interactions Black children in DC live with, but for a great many Black DC residents this is simply reality.

Please come out to this meeting to show support for the children and their family, show MPD that they can no longer keep saying these are “isolated incidents” because we know stop and frisk is routine policing for MPD and that 8 out of 10 people stopped by MPD in DC are Black despite being only 47% of the population, and to connect with others to rise to action and work toward justice and ending these practices moving forward.  Go to or

35] – On Tues., Jan. 15 from 7 to 8:30 PM, American Promise Delaware, which promotes a 28th Constitutional amendment to get Big Money out of politics, meets in Room 25, First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, 730 Halstead Rd., Wilmington. For background on topic of getting money out of politics, see this article: After Citizens United, a Vicious Cycle of Corruption. See

36] – On Tues., Jan. 15 at 7:30 PM, catch the presentation by Bill Frelick, director of Human Rights Watch's refugee program, on Bangladesh is Not My Country: the Rohingya Refugee Crisis, at Upper Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden, Wilmington, DE. Go to

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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