Sunday, February 17, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 18 -- March 28, 2019

18] Protest Trump – Feb. 18
19] Students Reclaim Their Future – Feb. 18
20] Catholic Teach-in & Climate Action – Feb. 18
21] Fight for $15 – Feb. 18
22] Represent Maryland Lobby Night – Feb. 18
23] PeaceSeekers monthly meeting – Feb. 18
24] Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow – Feb. 18
25] Confronting Racism in Healthcare -- Feb. 18
26] Honest Conversations on Immigration -- Feb. 18
27] Special Meeting about JHU Police Department -- Feb. 18
28] State of the Bay Report – Feb. 18
29] For Us, Not Amazon Community Forum – Feb. 18
30] Beyond Bars – Feb. 18
31] Andrew Yang is running for president. – Feb. 18
32] Get the Money Out conference call – Feb. 18
33] Bike Maryland Symposium -- Feb. 19
34] Clean Energy Jobs Act Lobby Night – Feb. 19
35] Forgotten History of the Car Barn – Feb. 19
36] Migration and Security in the Age of Climate Change -- Feb. 19
37] Peace Vigil – Feb. 19
38] No Drone Research DEMO – Feb. 19
40] Meeting of American Promise Delaware – Feb. 19
41] THICK – Feb. 19
42] Maryland Food Bank Benefit through Mar. 28
43] Come to Witness Wednesday – Feb. 20
44] Green Amendment movement – Feb. 20
45] How Much Should Medicare Pay for Drugs? – Feb. 20
46] Gentrification & Affordable Housing -- Feb. 20
47] The 'New Cold War' Metaphor Makes No Sense -- Feb. 20
48] Hate and Its Impact – Feb. 20
49] School of Food and Food Rescue Baltimore – Feb. 20
50] “Mapping Baltimore Apartheid and Civil Rights” – Feb. 20
51] The Great Firewall – Feb. 20
52] PG County Budget Meeting – Feb. 20
53] Occupation Free DC Meeting – Feb. 20
56] Stop US war on Venezuela – Feb. 23
18] -- Join a Presidents Day Protest against Trump's fake emergency on Mon., Feb. 18 at noon on the sidewalk in front of Whole Foods on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, MD.  Donald Trump has declared a #FakeNationalEmergency—an illegal power grab from an unhinged man to push his racist, dangerous policies

19] -- On Mon., Feb. 18 from 1:30 to 2 PM, join Students Reclaim Our Future, hosted by RELEaF at the Maryland House of Delegates, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401.  Students from around our state are gathering at the Maryland State House to call for bold action to protect our future and our climate. Please come to Annapolis to strike with me to alert state leaders that youth demand action. Join with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA), Maryland Environmental Health Network, Maryland LCV and Moms Clean Air Force to enhance the lives of our children.  Now is the time to pass a Healthy Green Amendment to guarantee a healthy environment as a constitutional right and the Clean Energy Jobs Act to ensure a clean and renewable energy future and help create sustainable jobs in our state. Check out

20] – On Mon., Feb. 18 from 2:30 to 5 PM, come to a Catholic Teach-in & Climate Action, hosted by Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA) at Seelos Hall, St. John Neumann Catholic Mission, 620 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis 21401.  RSVP at  Catholics from all over Maryland will gather to connect Catholic tradition, climate justice, and advocacy. This is an event of Maryland Catholics for Our Common Home, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community, Franciscan Action Network (FAN), Chispa Maryland, and Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA).  Learn about Catholic tradition on the environment, hear from fellow community members about their experience with climate change, and pray together for Our Common Home. The program will close at 4:15 PM with a procession to the Maryland State House.

  After the program, participants will join the Maryland Climate Coalition’s Maryland Climate Lobby Night for the Clean Energy Jobs Act until 8 PM.  If you RSVP for the lobby night, you will be sent more detailed information. More info is available here:   See

   Clean Energy Jobs Act Lobby Night Is taking place on Mon., Feb. 18 from 4:30 to 8 PM in the Maryland House of Delegates Building, Room 145, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis 21401. Register at  Urge the Maryland General Assembly to pass Maryland’s top climate bill: Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act. Carpooling is available at  For parking locations, visit Contact Emily Frias at

21] – On Mon., Feb. 18 at 5:30 PM, get over to the Fight for $15 Lobby Night with the Justice & Peace Committee, St. Ignatius Parish, Baltimore. Lobby to raise the minimum wage in Maryland to $15! Respond to Terry Cavanagh at or 202-368-4814. St. Ignatius will be providing transportation to and from the event. Leave from St. Ignatius at 4:30 PM and return around 8:30 PM.

Communities United is gearing up for significant action in February! On Mon., Feb. 18 at 5:30 PM, Communities United is urging you to join the Fight for $15 Lobby Night in the House of Delegate Building.  RSVP by email at or by calling 410-775-6673.

22] – On Mon., Feb. 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, there is a Represent Maryland Lobby Night 2019 in the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401. Join other #AntiCorruptionVoters to lobby MD lawmakers for a #ProDemocracy solutions! Discuss Ranked Choice Voting, Public Election Funds and more!  Meet at 5:30 PM in the lobby of the Miller Senate Office Building for a brief overview/training and to pair up, then get going! Reconvene between 8 and 8:30 PM for a report back then move over to 49 West for an informal "Happy Hour." There will be a SECOND meet up/training time at 7 PM for anyone who cannot make it at 5:30 PM. Sign up at

23] – On Mon., Feb. 18 from 6 to 7:30 PM, get over to the PeaceSeekers monthly meeting at Pacem in Terris, 401 N. West St., Wilmington, DE. All welcome.

24] – On Mon., Feb. 18 from 6 to 7:30 PM. catch up with Black History Matters with Syl Woolford, hosted by The Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow, at the Prayer Temple Ministries, 49 New London Rd., Newark, DE. Visit

25] – On Mon., Feb. 18 from 6:30 to 9:45 PM, get over to Confronting Racism in Healthcare, Past & Present, hosted by Healthcare is a Human Right - Maryland at the Old Greenbelt Theatre, 129 Centerway, Greenbelt 20770.  Tickets are at  Join Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland and Reel and Meals dinner for a special showing of POWER TO HEAL, a new PBS documentary about the untold story of how the implementation of Medicare was used to desegregate America's hospitals.  The New Deal Cafe will be offering a delicious vegan buffet for $14. RSVP at The New Deal is just across the plaza from the Theatre at 113 Centerway. The film itself is free (donations are welcome) and will start promptly at 7:45 PM.  Following the movie, there will be a panel-led discussion about inequality in healthcare today and the movement for universal healthcare. Find out more about the film here:  See

26] -- On Mon., Feb. 18 from 6:30 to 8 PM, get involved in an Honest Conversations on Immigration hosted by the Latino Racial Justice Circle.  There will also be a meeting on Mon., Feb. 25 at 6:30 PM.  These meetings will be at 528 E. 22nd St., Baltimore 21218-5405.  The Latino Racial Justice Circle (LRJC) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) will hold a series of community dialogues on religion, race and immigration at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Baltimore. The goal is to promote mutual understanding and collaboration between immigrants and people born in the United States.  Registration is required and free. Contact Dr. Felipe Filomeno at

  This project is made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the Honest Conversations do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Maryland Humanities. See

27] -- On Mon., Feb. 18 from 6:30 to 8 PM, attend Special Meeting about JHU Police Department, hosted by Harwood Community Association at the 29th Street Community Center, 300 E 29th St., Baltimore 21218. JHU has requested community feedback about their proposal to create a university police department, which was introduced before the Maryland General Assembly on Feb. 4.  The Community Association will meet to discuss thoughts and questions about the proposal and how it will affect the community. The meeting will decide its position on the proposal and feedback will go directly to JHU and to Maryland legislators.  Go to

28] -- On Mon., Feb. 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, attend a Baltimore Chapter Meeting of the CCA Baltimore Chapter at Little Havana, 1325 Key Hwy., Baltimore 21230.  Capt. John Page Williams will present Chesapeake Bay Foundations 2018 State of the Bay Report --  This is the first of an educational series. Go to

29] --On Mon., Feb. 18 from 6:30 to 8 PM, be at the For Us, Not Amazon Community Forum at the Cafe Sazon, 4704 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204.  In November, Amazon announced its plans to take over part of Arlington for its new headquarters. Instead of taking steps to protect Virginians from the threat of displacement and skyrocketing housing prices, local and state officials negotiated a backroom deal to pay $750 million in taxpayer dollars to one of the wealthiest corporations in the world, leaving many of our community members out of the process.  For Us, Not Amazon coalition believes that our neighbors should be able to afford to stay in the community and that the power to decide what progress and development looks like belongs to the people. Come to the forum to learn more about what we want to see from county and state officials and how you can join the effort to ensure that investments are made with and for us -- the people, Not Amazon. Check out

30] -- On Mon., Feb. 18 from 7 to 9 PM, hear about Beyond Bars, hosted by They/Them Collective at the William Penn House, 515 E Capitol St. SE, WDC 20003.  Friends and comrades come to a panel discussion with prisoners fighting for liberation beyond prison bars, at the intersections of race, class, religion, mass incarceration, and indigenous movements. Go to

31] -- On Mon., Feb. 18 from 7 to 9 PM, hear from Andrew Yang who is running for president. He will speak at Charm City Meadworks, 400 East Biddle St., Baltimore 21202. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang (D) is running to give The Freedom Dividend - $1,000 a month - to every American adult.  With automation threatening one-third of all jobs, we need a plan for a radically different future. You can learn more about Andrew's platform at Local food trucks will be on site with food for purchase and free tours of Charm City Meadery will be available! Go to

32] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Feb. 18 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.

33] –  On Tues., Feb. 19 from 8 AM to 3:30 PM, come to the 2019 Bike Maryland Symposium at Bike Maryland, 1415 Bush St., Baltimore 21230.  Tickets are at  The Bike Maryland Symposium is a day in Annapolis where you can network with like-minded Maryland cyclists and advocates and your Maryland legislator to discuss Maryland cycling issues that matter to you.  See

34] – Don’t miss this opportunity to support the Clean Energy Jobs Act by joining a solar rally and lobby day in Annapolis!  On Tues., Feb. 19, meet at 9 AM at 191 Main St., # 200, Annapolis 21401. This will be base camp that day. There will be coffee and a light breakfast provided. Meet with legislators throughout the day.  The Maryland General Assembly is deliberating on a measure that would grow Maryland’s in-state solar generation nearly seven-times as part of an ambitious plan to meet 50% of our energy needs from renewables by 2030. The Clean Energy Jobs bill (SB 516) is our best chance to make a meaningful impact on the Maryland solar market this year.  RSVP at  You will be given materials, talking points, and a brief training, but the key to making the day a success will be to tell your story as a solar supporter and why the expansion of solar in our state is important to you. Snacks and drinks will be available during the day as well! 

35] –  On Tues., Feb. 19 from 2 to 3:30 PM, go to The Forgotten History of the Car Barn, hosted by Georgetown Center for Latin American Studies, Copley Formal Lounge, 3700 O St. NW, WDC 20007. From late 1963 through 1975, the Car Barn was home to the International Police Academy, which trained thousands of police from around the world. Under the auspices of the Agency for International Development, the IPA offered training in topics from riot control to traffic management, personnel management to forensics. The Academy touted its results: many of its graduates went on to high-ranking positions in governments of their home countries. But there was a dark side to this success. Accusations surfaced in these countries and among activists in the US that the training participants learned methods of surveillance, torture, and even bomb-making. Graduates were linked to death squads in El Salvador, genocide in Guatemala, and the brutal Idi Amin regime. This public lecture will discuss the Academy’s history, explaining how it emerged, what occurred within the Car Barn’s walls, and how political protests led to its abrupt closure.  Email See

36] –  On Tues., Feb. 19 from 2 to 3 PM, get over to Migration and Security in the Age of Climate Change, hosted by American Security Project, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 520, WDC 20004.  In 2018, more people were displaced from their homes worldwide than ever before, including post-World War II. Already, studies have linked that surge of refugees to a changing climate. As the effects of climate change worsen, the numbers displaced could surge.  How will the world prepare for the anticipated influx of people on the move? What does that mean for the communities that hold them? And what security consequences could arise?  Join ASP for a discussion on the future of climate change, migration, and security and how we can begin to build resiliency both from the ground up and top down. See

37] –  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 Feb. 19.  Call 215-426-0364.

38] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. The next vigil will be on Feb. 19 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

39] -- There is a WHUT: Film Screening - "Backs Against the Wall" (Howard Thurman
Story) on Tues., Feb. 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. A Panel Discussion will follow.  The event is hosted in conjunction with The Howard University, Andrew Rankin Chapel.  The documentary chronicles the extraordinary life of theologian Howard Thurman, a poet and “mystic” who used a religious expression to help ignite sweeping social change. Thurman was born the grandson of slaves in segregated Daytona, Florida. Despite the circumstances of his upbringing, he went on to become one of the great spiritual and religious pioneers of the 20th century, whose words and influence continue to echo today. His landmark book, "Jesus and the Disinherited," was the first to state that Jesus Christ — who was born in poverty as part of a powerless minority — lived a life that spoke directly to black Americans. In his own time, Thurman was a celebrated religious figure with profiles in major magazines such as LOOK, Ebony and others. His efforts at the height of World War II to create the nation’s first interfaith, interracial church stands as a precursor for many contemporary faith communities. And for millions today who consider themselves “spiritual but not religious,” Thurman’s poetry, meditations, sermons and prayers continue to be wildly popular.  See the documentary at Howard University Law School - Dunbarton Chapel, 2900 Van Ness St. NW, WDC 20008.  View

40] -  On Tues., Feb. 19 from 7 to 8:30 PM, attend the meeting of American Promise Delaware, which promotes a 28th Constitutional amendment to get Big Money out of politics, in Room 25 at the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, 730 Halstead Rd. All welcome. See

41] – On Tues., Feb. 19 from 7 to 9 PM, TRESSIE MCMILLAN COTTOM PRESENTS "THICK" at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Call (443) 602 7611 or go to  In these eight piercing explorations on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom—award-winning professor and acclaimed author of “Lower Ed” embraces her venerated role as a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is wrong with this thing we call society.  An intrepid intellectual force hailed by the likes of Trevor Noah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Oprah, Tressie McMillan Cottom is “among America’s most bracing thinkers on race, gender, and capitalism of our time” (Rebecca Traister). This stunning debut collection—in all its intersectional glory—mines for meaning in places many of us miss, and reveals precisely how the political, the social, and the personal are almost always one and the same.

42] – On Wed., Feb. 20 through Sun., Mar. 31, 2019, there is a Maryland Food Bank Benefit, hosted by The Admirals Cup - Fells Point, Baltimore, 1647 Thames St., Baltimore 21231. Do we give so we shall receive, or give because it feels good?  Giving has never felt better or made a more significant impact than this unique opportunity. The Maryland Food Bank and Harbor Magic Hotels presents “HOLIDAY GIVEBACK.”   Experience the adventures of the Fells Point at one of the two beautiful Harbor Magic Hotels: The Admiral Fell Inn or the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf.  Gracefully awaken to the aromas and tastes of a fabulous breakfast and set sail on your day in one of the most amazing places in America. Harbor Magic is donating 10% of dollars generated from this promotion to benefit the Maryland Food Bank. BOOK NOW at Call (410) 534-5555. See

43] – On Wed., Feb. 20 from 9 to 11 AM, come to Witness Wednesday at Friends Committee on National Legislation – FCNL,  245 2nd St. NE, WDC 20002.  Tickets are at Be at the Quaker Welcome Center every Wednesday for Witness Wednesday!   On Wednesday mornings, people can participate in a lobby training and talk to an FCNL staff person who will be on hand to help people prepare for lobby visits. RSVPs are strongly encouraged.  Then from 5:15 to 6 PM, there will be silent reflection.  This is in keeping with the Quaker practice of silent worship. The Quaker Welcome Center is located through the garden to the right of FCNL's office building. Visit

44] – On Wed., Feb. 20 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, tune in to the American University Exploring Social Justice Series, hosted by Delaware Riverkeeper Network and Green Amendments For The Generations at The Gianni Lounge (Mary Graydon Conference Room 200), 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016-8002. Join veteran environmentalist and original petitioner and leader of the Green Amendment movement, Maya van Rossum, at American University's Exploring Social Justice Series, as she discusses her new book, “The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment,” followed by Q&A and a signing.  Registration is required for this event:  In the decades long fight for a cleaner environment, we’ve been fighting a losing battle. The sad truth is, our laws are designed to accommodate pollution rather than prevent it. People feel powerless when it comes to preserving the quality of their water, air, public parks, and special natural spaces.  The solution, argues Delaware Riverkeeper Maya K. van Rossum in a path-breaking book, is to bypass the laws and turn to the ultimate authority, our state and federal constitutions. In 2013, van Rossum and her team won a watershed legal victory that not only protected Pennsylvania communities from ruthless frackers, but affirmed the constitutional right of people in the state to a clean and healthy environment.

Following this victory, van Rossum inaugurated the Green Amendment movement, dedicated to empowering every American community to mobilize for constitutional change. In The Green Amendment, van Rossum lays out an inspiring new agenda for environmental advocacy, one that will finally empower people.  Purchase a copy of The Green Amendment here: Maya K. van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper and leader for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.  The Delaware Riverkeeper Network works throughout the four states of the Delaware River watershed (NY, NJ, PA & DE) and at the national level using advocacy, science and litigation. See

45] – On Wed., Feb. 20 from noon to 1 PM, get an answer to this question How Much Should Medicare Pay for Drugs?  This discussion is hosted by The Cato Institute in 2045 Rayburn House Office Building.  Tickets are at  In response to bipartisan outrage over drug prices, which have risen dramatically in recent years, the Trump administration has proposed adjusting rules that determine how much the Medicare program and Medicare enrollees will pay for pharmaceuticals.  Some conservatives oppose these changes and defend the current pricing system on free-market grounds, arguing that reducing drug prices will necessarily reduce innovation.  What is the “right” price for prescription drugs? What is the price Medicare should pay? Hear panelists as they explain the current drug pricing system, the Trump administration’s efforts to reform it, and bipartisan ways to address the problem.  REGISTER at  If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at and join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoHillEvents. See

46] – On Wed., Feb. 20 from noon to 2 PM, hear about Gentrification & Affordable Housing: the Good the Bad & the Ugly, hosted by Law Offices of Ann Wilcox, DC Bar Headquarters, 901 - 4th St. NW, WDC.  This program will discuss the economics of housing policy in D.C., the impact of current policies on gentrification and the availability of affordable housing, and what might be done going forward.   This is open to the public, but a fee may apply.  You may register at the door or in advance at  See

47] – On Wed., Feb. 20 at 12:30 PM, hear from Mark Kramer, Harvard University, on why The 'New Cold War' Metaphor Makes No Sense.  This is part of A Russia Eurasia Forum at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Rome Building, conference room 806, 1619 Mass Ave, NW, WDC 20036. European and Eurasian Studies Program cordially invites you to hear from an expert in the field to share research, professional experiences and personal insight with students and guests. The series is led and moderated by Professor Charles Gati and EES faculty as noted.  RSVP at Contact Cristina Benitez at

48] – On Wed., Feb. 20 from 1 to 2:30 PM, check out Hate and Its Impact: Sowing the Seeds of Global Antisemitism, hosted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, WDC 20024.  Tickets are  Anti-Semitic rhetoric, symbols, and ideology that were once on the fringes and largely invisible from mainstream society are increasingly visible and commonplace today throughout the world. This panel discussion will examine how age-old myths and lies like "blood libel" and Jewish world domination, as well as widely recognized symbols like the swastika, have been reframed to stoke public fear and perpetuate modern forms of antisemitism.

Expert panelists will discuss where antisemitism began, how it laid the groundwork for the Holocaust and became state policy in Nazi Germany, and why antisemitism continues to be a divisive and destructive force globally. They'll also look at what we can learn from history to combat the current increase in anti-Semitic beliefs and violence.  The event is the first in the two-part Hate and Its Impact series. The second program in the series, Hate and Its Impact: Nazi Ideology and Racism in the Jim Crow South, will explore the link between racism and antisemitism and how pervasive they still are in America today.  This program is free and open to the public but reservations are required. Email See

49] – On Wed., Feb. 20 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

50] – On Wed., Feb. 20 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM, get over to Can We Talk: “Mapping Baltimore Apartheid and Civil Rights,” hosted by the Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement at the Baltimore City Hall, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202.  Morgan State University Professor, Dr. Lawrence Brown, Ph.D., will be the first speaker in new series of community dialogues sponsored by the Baltimore’s Office of Civil Rights Baltimore. The first dialogue of the “Can We Talk?” series will be in the Curran Room at Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday St., and the event is open to the public.  Dr. Brown is the co-founder of the environmental justice initiative, #BmoreLEADfree.  His research examines the impact of historical trauma on community health. A Q&A session with Dr. Brown will follow.  Call 410-396-8858 or go to

51] – On Wed., Feb. 20 from 6 to 8 PM, hear about The Great Firewall: The Effects of China’s Internet Policies, hosted by the Asia Society Policy Institute at The Loft at 600 F St. NW, WDC 20004.  Tickets are at  China’s efforts to restrict internet access and freedom has created what has been called a “great firewall” for Chinese internet users. It’s also created a conundrum for global technologies companies seeking to invest in China—as highlighted in the recent uproar over Google’s Project Dragonfly. The Dragonfly incident is a reminder that China’s censorship and internet surveillance policies have global implications. As China further expands the reach of its domestic cyber regime, it’s worth asking what impact these policies could have abroad. Are other countries modeling their own cyber regimes after China?  And how will China’s approach to online privacy and internet freedom influence global cyber norms and internet freedom?

The Asia Society Policy Institute is pleased to host Tiffany Li, a Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and head of the Wikimedia/Yale Law School Initiative on Intermediaries and Information, for a discussion of these and other issues at the next installment of ASPI’s AsiaX speaker series. Tiffany will draw on her background as a technology attorney and legal scholar to explore how Chinese internet and privacy law could impact global internet norms and what can be done to protect free speech online.  Go to

52] – Each year, the PG County Executive hosts listening sessions so that citizens can provide their input as she develops her FY2020 budget. The meetings are held at locations around the county. The 2020 Fiscal Year starts on February 20, 2019.  On Wed., Feb. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Charles Herbert Flowers High School, 10001 Ardwick Ardmore Road, Springdale 20774.  See People who are interested in testifying must pre-register online or by calling 301-952-4547 / 301-985-3894 TDD Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. Testimony will be limited to 3 minutes per presenter and one speaker per organization. Written testimony will be accepted in lieu of, or in addition to, oral comments.

53] –  There is an Occupation Free DC Meeting  is hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace - DC Metro on Wed., Feb,  20, Wed., Mar. 13 and Wed., Apr. 3 at 7 PM .  RSVP at, and receive the address of each meeting.  It's an exciting time to join the Occupation Free DC campaign, as the group just launched a petition and video! Learn how to help build power for the campaign to end DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) participation in US-Israel police exchanges. SIGN at  See a VIDEO:  Real safety means investing in the community, not in biased police trainings. Investing in the community is the only path toward real safety, and that's why it's so important that the campaign makes sure that occupation is no model for DC! Learn more about the campaign at  See

54] – On Wed., Feb. 29 from 7 to 9 PM, MAX FOX PRESENTS GUY HOCQUENGHEM'S "THE AMPHITHEATER OF THE DEAD" at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Call (443) 602 7611 or go to  He will be in conversation with Todd Shepard, JHU scholar of imperialism and sexuality. “The Amphitheater of the Dead” is a lightly science-fictionalized memoir by the French thinker Guy Hocquenghem, written in the last months of his life with the intention of prolonging it. “Writing saves,” he writes. “Each time that I started work on a book, I knew I would get to the end. That’s the challenge that I launch with this one, one more time.” From May to the end of June 1988, Hocquenghem worked on this last book, writing in pen from his bed until complications from AIDS developed into paralysis and “his hand no longer responded to commands from his brain,” as his comrade Roland Surzur writes in the preface. He did not get to the end. Set in 2018, the novel dramatizes the task of living with death, imagining a future of chronic deferral remarkable for depictions of AIDS at the time.  Fox is a writer and translator, an editor of the New Inquiry, and a founding editor of Pinko Magazine. He lives in Philadelphia.

55] –CATHOLIC WORKERS AND THE PEACE MOVEMENT: AN EVENING With DAVE EBERHARDT, BRENDAN WALSH, AND WILLA BICKHAM is happening on Fri., Feb. 22 at 7PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Café, 1225 Cathedral St., across from the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.  Join Dave Eberhardt, author of “For All the Saints: A Protest Primer” and Brendan Walsh and Willa Bickham of Viva House, authors of “The Long Loneliness in Baltimore” for an evening celebrating the intersections of faith and resistance.  Call 410-235-7507 or email

56] –  Baltimore will join dozens of cities nationwide to protest U.S. threats to Venezuela on Sat. Feb. 23 at 4 PM at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. at 4 PM with signs and banners, bull horns and chants.  It is sponsored by the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Baltimore Peace Action and Peoples Power Assembly.  Please promote this event.  There will be a meeting of Baltimore Peace Action on Thurs., Feb. 21 at 7 PM at a place to be determined to make signs and banners. Contact Dick Ochs at 443-846-6638 [textable]. 

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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