Monday, February 25, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 25 - 26, 2019

13] Students Reclaim Their Future – Feb. 25
14] Hearing on Gun Bills – Feb. 25
15] Pursuit of Justice: Past, Present, and Future – Feb. 25
16] Plastic Pollution and Zero Waste – Feb. 25
17] Maryland Sierra Club Annual Lobby Night – Feb. 25
18] Homeless Period Campaign – Feb. 25
19] The Sunrise Movement – Feb. 25
20] Maryland Muslim Lobby Day – Feb. 25
21] Impeachment Town Hall – Feb. 25
22] Honest Conversations on Immigration – Feb. 25
23] Background Checks Now – Feb. 25
24] Foreign Affairs Symposium is hosting Solmaz Sharif – Feb. 25
25] Get the Money Out conference call – Feb. 25
26] Communities United Lobby Day -- Feb. 26
27] Using Sanctions Against Human Rights Abusers and Kleptocrats -- Feb. 26
28] Peace Vigil – Feb. 26
29] No Drone Research DEMO – Feb. 26
30] Endangered Species Protection Network – Feb. 26
31] Focus on all things water -- Feb. 26
32] Displaced Persons of East Asia Panel -- Feb. 26
33] New Year, New Money – Feb. 26
34] The Monocacy River Plan – Feb. 26
35] Connecting Faith & Justice – Feb. 26
36] Black History -- Feb. 26
37] Calvert County Comprehensive Plan Commission Meeting – Feb. 26
13] – On Mon., Feb. 25 from 9 AM to noon, OilMoneyMitch: Look us in the eyes, hosted by the Sunrise Movement. ACTION DAY begins at Union Station at 9 AM. REGISTER HERE:  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced he’s rushing the Green New Deal resolution to a vote in the Senate as early as next week. He's wagering that this will kill our momentum.  On Monday Feb 25, young people from Kentucky – McConnell's home state – are planning to confront him in DC. SEE

14] -- On Mon., Feb. 25 from 9:30 AM to 5 PM, come to Annapolis for a House Judiciary Hearings for Gun Bills hosted by Moms Demand Action in the Maryland House of Delegates Office Building, 6 Bladen St., Rooms 170 & 180, Annapolis 21401.  See  Pack the hearing room when the bills we're supporting -- to regulate ghost guns and require background checks on private sales of long guns -- are heard on "Gun Day" in the House Judiciary Committee! Be in the lobby outside of the Judiciary Committee Meeting Room at 9:30 AM, as the hearing begins at 10 AM and will continue all day until all bills are heard. Wear your Moms Demand Action shirts or anything red! RSVP at Check out

15] -- On Mon., Feb. 25 from noon to 1 PM, catch the Pursuit of Justice: Past, Present, and Future, hosted by the University of Maryland School of Nursing, 655 W. Lombard St., Baltimore 21201.  Join UMSON for its Black History Month Celebration, including a presentation by Heather Booth, civil rights activist, organizer, and strategist, a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session.  Focus on how coalitions and organizing efforts have been and continue to be a critical strategy for achieving civil rights goals.  A reception will follow. RSVP at Visit

16] – On Mon., Feb. 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, attend a HOT TOPIC LUNCH: Plastic Pollution and Zero Waste at Michaels Restaurant, 1000 Churchman's Rd., Newark, DE 19713There is a $15 buffet lunch. RSVP at See

17] – On Mon., Feb. 25 from 4 to 8 PM, come to Maryland Sierra Club Annual Lobby Night in the Miller Senate Office Building, East Room, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis 21411. Tickets are at  Attend the largest annual gathering of Maryland Sierra Club volunteers to bring the voice of constituents to our legislators' offices. The legislative agenda this year packs a punch because of how important this moment in time to create real, tangible change to better protect and preserve our environment. You will get to personally lobby your elected officials -- it is one of the most powerful actions you take to make positive change for our environment!

Get Maryland on the pathway to 100% clean energy, Move our state beyond coal in a responsible way, Ban foam food containers to combat our severe plastics pollution problems, Protect our waterways from the dangers of fracked gas pipelines, and Tell the state YES to clean transportation and NO to highway expansion. RSVP at Go to

18] – On Mon., Feb. 25, Tues., Feb. 26 and Wed., Feb. 27 at 4 PM, be a part of a Homeless Period Campaign, hosted by Project PLASE, Inc., 1814 Maryland Ave., Baltimore 21201.  Tickets are at Join @Project PLASE in raising awareness and funds to help homeless individuals and their #homelessperiod.  Make a donation at  Challenge a friend, organization or group to show their support for the #homelessperiod and to keep the challenge going.  Post into your social media posts to keep the challenge going.

In addition to dealing with the everyday hardships that come with homelessness, people who menstruate have an additional level of hardship each month. With the lack of resources to buy menstrual products, they must choose between spending money on these products, or eating. The #HomelessPeriod Campaign is a fundraiser organized by Project PLASE in accordance with the Why Women Cry Conference. It intends to raise funds to create menstrual hygiene kits that can be given to PLASE clients and homeless people. The kits will be distributed by Project PLASE staff and volunteers. Homelessness brings trauma and health issues into one’s life. We believe menstruation care should not be a secondary choice for people, and that all people deserve equal access to period product. Please join Project PLASE in the #homelessperiod Campaign to provide everyone with equitable menstrual care. Visit

19] –The Sunrise Movement is supporting the Green New Deal on Mon., Feb. 25 at 4 PM in Rep. Steny Hoyer’s office, 1705 Longworth House Office Building.  Then go to the Senate offices.  See

20] – The Maryland Muslim Lobby Day is Mon., Feb. 25 from 5 to 8 PM at the House of Delegates (Lobby), 6 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401.  Register at as pre-registration is required. All ages are welcome. CONTACT CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062, PGCMC President Jameel Johnson,  Lobby Day participants will meet with lawmakers and their staff to discuss issues that impact the Maryland Muslim community such as increasing hate crimes, workplace discrimination and immigration policy. Visit

21] – On Mon., Feb. 25 from 6:15 to 8 PM, attend an Impeachment Town Hall in Baltimore with Tom Steyer in the Assembly Room, 316 Guilford Ave., Baltimore 21202. Rep. Cummings led the charge on investigations the past two years as ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Steyer believes it’s time for him to use his influence as chair to hold Donald Trump accountable and support impeachment hearings — now.  RSVP here to reserve your space:  A reception will begin at 6:15 PM, and the program will begin at 7 PM.  Email Visit  See

22] -- On Mon., Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 8 PM, get involved in an Honest Conversations on Immigration hosted by the Latino Racial Justice Circle.  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

23] – On Mon., Feb. 25 from 7 8 PM, get over to the Background Checks Now: A National Town Hall, hosted by Senator Chris Murphy in the Hart Senate Office Building, 2nd St. NE, WDC 20002. Join gun violence advocates from across the country for Background Checks Now, a national town hall on the need for universal background checks. The event will take place as the House prepares to vote on the bipartisan Background Checks Act - a step 97% of Americans support.  Also attending are Congresswoman Lucy McBath (GA-06), Jaclyn Corin (March for Our Lives), Pastor Brenda Mitchell (Everytown Survivor Network), David Chipman (Former ATF agent, Giffords) and Mark Barden (Sandy Hook Promise).  TO WATCH ONLINE, go to at 7 PM ET on Monday, February 25th.  The event will be held live in Senate Hart Building Room 216. Register here:  Go to

24] – On Mon., Feb. 25 from 8 to 9 PM,  the Foreign Affairs Symposium is hosting Solmaz Sharif at the Arellano Theater, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  In co-sponsorship with the Johns Hopkins Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, the Foreign Affairs Symposium is excited to present to you the second speaker of our 2019 lineup, Solmaz Sharif. Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif’s astonishing debut collection LOOK (Graywolf Press) was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 PEN Open Book Award. In LOOK, she recounts some of her family’s experience with exile and immigration in the aftermath of warfare—including living under surveillance and in detention in the United States—while also pointing to the ways violence is conducted against our language. The former managing director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Sharif’s work has been recognized with a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, scholarships the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a winter fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, an NEA Fellowship, and a Stegner Fellowship. She is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.  Doors open at 7:30 PM. Email See

25] – 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.

26] -- On Tues., Feb. 26 get with the Communities United Lobby Day.  There is a van to Annapolis leaving from Historic Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary, 507 W. Preston St. at 7:30 AM and at Eutaw-Marshburn, 1624 Eutaw Place at 8 AM.  The vans will return about 4 PM. Push for adequate and equitable school funding, overdose prevention sites/harm reduction, and $15 minimum wage. Register by calling Tia at 443-965-8725 or emailing

27] – On Tues., Feb. 26 from 1 to 2 PM,  attend Using Sanctions Against Human Rights Abusers and Kleptocrats, hosted by Atlantic Council, 1030 15th St. NW, WDC 20005. Tickets are at This is a public discussion with Andrea Gacki, Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).  He will be joined in conversation by Atlantic Council Visiting Senior Fellow Samantha Sultoon to discuss the Global Magnitsky's uses, misuses, and lessons for business.  The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi thrust the Global Magnitsky sanctions program in the spotlight. This event is intended to build an understanding of the Global Magnitsky sanctions tool and outline the authority's implications for both international businesses and human rights groups. Tune into

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 Feb. 19.  Call 215-426-0364.

29] – 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. 

30] -- On Tues., Feb. 26 from 6 to 8 PM, get over to reintroduction efforts for two critically endangered amphibian species, hosted by Endangered Species Protection Network at Defenders of Wildlife, 1130 17th St. NW, WDC 20036.  Hear a lecture by Blake Klocke on amphibian conservation with the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project!  There will be a short Q & A.  Then regroup at Madhatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave. NW for happy hour with Blake!  The Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project’s mission is to safeguard Panama’s most endangered amphibian species by establishing colonies in captivity. Among the most susceptible species are the Harlequin frogs, six species which once occurred in Panama. The Chiriqui Harlequin frog has not been seen since 1996 and is likely extinct. The Panamanian Golden frog, the national symbol of Panama, has not been seen in the wild for about a decade, but populations are secured in captivity along with the other four species of Harlequin frogs from Panama. See

31] -- Bill Henry is hosting another district meeting, and it will focus on all things water: water billing, water system maintenance, and upcoming water legislation. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.  It takes place on Tues., Feb. 26 from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Leith Walk Elementary, 1235 Sherwood Ave., Baltimore 21239.  To RSVP, email or call 410 396-4830.

32] – On Tues., Feb. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM,  come to Displaced Persons of East Asia Panel, hosted by American University Amnesty International at American University McDowell Formal Lounge, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016. The fate of an estimated one million people is unknown and most of the detainees’ families have been kept in the dark. China has intensified its campaign of mass internment, intrusive surveillance, political indoctrination and forced cultural assimilation against the region’s Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups. The Rohingya people in Myanmar are being subjected to a devastating campaign of ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Myanmar military. More than 688,000 people have fled Myanmar since August 2017, with several hundred continuing to flee every week to neighboring countries including Bangladesh, India, and Thailand. An unknown number have been killed, women and girls have been raped, at times in front of their families, and entire villages have been burnt to the ground–human rights violations amounting to crimes against humanity. Myanmar’s authorities have confined the Rohingya to what is effectively an open-air prison through a vicious system of institutionalized discrimination and segregation that severely restricts their human rights-treatment amounting to apartheid. Since the Myanmar military unleashes of its brutal campaign, Myanmar’s security forces are building on entrenched patterns of abuse to silently squeeze out of the country as many of the remaining Rohingya as possible. Discussing this horrible situation will be Prof. Barbara Wien, Prof. Justin Jacobs, Human Rights Activist Mr. Omer Kanat, and Mary Marston. A reception will follow, where attendees will have the chance to talk with the panelists and members, learn about Amnesty International and sign up for our newsletter.  For accommodations, contact Visit

33] – On Tues., Feb. 26 from 6 to 8 PM, check out New Year, New Money!  This is hosted by Baltimore Peoples Climate Movement at Thrive Baltimore, 6 E. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21202.  Join the Baltimore Peoples Climate Movement for a FREE training on grants!  Do you have a neighborhood project, advocacy initiative, or nonprofit organization in need of financial support? Learn about foundations and the grant process from experts at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG). The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers is the region’s premier resource on philanthropy with a mission to maximize the impact of giving on community life through a growing network of diverse, informed and effective philanthropists.  See

34] -  On Tues., Feb. 26 from 7 to 9 PM, speak up at The Frederick County Council public hearing to protect this critical resource for the region at Winchester Hall, 12 E. Church St., Frederick 21701.  The Monocacy River Plan should chart a course for actually improving the River’s health as a drinking water supply, recreational resource, and wildlife habitat corridor.  The Council will hear public comments, and the Sierra Club Catoctin Group - Frederick County urges you to speak.  Contact Harry George at  This is an important session where folks should turn out in numbers to demonstrate to the CC continued environmental group support; ideally, attendees would comment on one or more elements of the draft 2018 Plan.  Visit

35] – Connecting Faith & Justice: Critical Conversations will take place on Tuesdays Feb. 26, Why and how can faith shape our engagement in public affairs?,  Mar. 26, Immigration and Refugees, Apr. 30, Opioids, and May 28 at 7 PM, The Lines That Divide Us--Housing, Race, Transit, Safety in the Baltimore region, at Zion Lutheran Church, 400 E. Lexington St., Baltimore 21202.  This is a series of panel discussions and community conversations for community members interested in the intersection of faith & justice. Each evening will feature a panel of speakers to help us engage more thoughtfully on the topic for the night; transition from a series of prepared questions into open conversation, and close with time to discuss next steps that we might take, as individuals or as organizations, to move forward in that area of concern. Visit

36] – On Tues., Feb. 26 from 7 to 9 PM, catch up with Black History: A Celebration, Lament and a Path Forward, hosted by Behind the Seen at Mindspace, 1301 K St. NW, WDC 20071.  Black history is American history—and we have an incomplete understanding of our past if we fail to acknowledge the totality of the black experience in America. Join Behind the Seen podcast co-hosts Mark Bauer and Branden Stephon Polk at Mindspace for an evening celebrating Black History, lamenting the ignorance that perpetuates dehumanization of the black community, and a look forward to a future of justice and unity. Hear from Dr. Karen Wilson on "The Power of the Story That Is Not Told: Manipulation Through the Erasure of American Memory." Dr. Wilson has spoken on the intellectual and cultural life in the African American Slave Quarter Community across the United States. Her research interests include African cultural and religious history, as well as the philosophies and theologies of Africans and their descendants in the Western Hemisphere as identified through their song, story and dance. See

37] –  Get with the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan Commission Meeting on Tues., Feb. 26 at 7 PM organized by the Sierra Club Southern Maryland Group.  The location is Calvert Pines Senior Center, 450 W Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick 20678.  Contact Rosa Hance at or (240) 808-4233.  Our children deserve to enjoy the beautiful rural countryside that generations of Calvert County residents have cherished. Voice opposition to the latest draft Calvert County Comprehensive Plan, which would open up the county to unbridled growth.

To be continued.

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