Sunday, February 3, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 4 - 5, 2019

17] Food Rescue – Feb. 4
18] America’s Border Wars – Feb. 4
19] North Syria at a Crossroads – Feb. 4
20] Baltimore Night in Annapolis – Feb. 4
21] End to Zero Tolerance – Feb. 4
22] Clean+Green Meeting with the Mayor's LGBTQ liaison – Feb. 4
23] Transit Equity Day – Feb. 4
24] FY20 Montgomery County Operating Budget forum – Feb. 4
25] Get the Money Out conference call – Feb. 4
26] “Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers“– Feb. 5
27] Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War -- Feb. 5
28] Peace Vigil – Feb. 5
29] No Drone Research DEMO – Feb. 5
30] Climate Reality DC Meeting – Feb. 5
31] See the film “The Howard Thurman Story” – Feb. 5
32] See the film “Fahrenheit 11/9” – Feb. 5
33] Mass Meeting of the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network – Feb. 5
34] Sunrise House Parties – Feb. 5
35] State of the Union Watch Party – Feb. 5
17] – On Mon., Feb. 4 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

18] -- On Mon., Feb. 4 from 1 to 3 PM, hear the discussion America’s Border Wars: Inside the Constitution-free Zone, hosted by The Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20001.  Tickets are at The New Year began with America’s immigration debate at white-hot intensity. President Trump’s demand for a border wall and the House Democratic majority’s refusal to give him money for one sparked the longest government shutdown in decades. American troops remain at the border, raising the level of militarization of the border region to dangerous new heights. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents remain in conflict with residents in border communities, and CBP checkpoints throughout the country continue to stop and detain motorists on mere suspicion.  Is there a way to end America’s “Border War” and restore constitutional norms within the border region? Join a group of distinguished experts who will address that and related questions.

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 #CatoImmigration. Look it over at

19] – On Mon., Feb. 4 from 2 to 4 PM, hear about After ISIS? North Syria at a Crossroads, hosted by the American Rojava Center for Democracy at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, WDC 20004. Tickets are available at The territorial defeat of the Islamic State in Syria by the global coalition led by the United States and the Syrian Democratic Forces heralds a new era in American and Syrian relations. What are the implications of a drawdown of U.S. forces in the region? How will an insurgency by ISIS be thwarted? Without security, how can refugees and internally displaced people return? If there is to be safe zone in northern Syria, how will it be configured? How will reconstruction of Syria proceed? How will the ongoing threats towards the communities of the Syrian Democratic Council be addressed? The YPG/YPJ won the ground war against ISIS, but can the Syrian Democratic Council win the peace? Hear from Ilham Ahmad, co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council.  Visit

20] – On Mon., Feb. 4 it is Baltimore Night in Annapolis from 6 to 8 PM in the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis. Mayor Pugh will be joined by the Baltimore City State Delegation and City Agency Directors. Delegation Members will be available to discuss funding and local legislative efforts for the 2019 Session. Transportation will be provided, with buses at the Mondawmin Mall, Westside Skill Center, City College and Canton Waterfront Park.  Buses will leave each location at 4:45 PM and return at 8:45 PM. See

21] – On Mon., Feb. 4 at 6 PM, get over to End to Zero Tolerance: Creating Restorative Culture in Schools, hosted by Howard County Black Lives Matter in Our Schools Week of Action at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045.  Racial Justice NOW! Invites you to join an interactive presentation on the disastrous effects of Zero Tolerance policies and punitive practices, and how Restorative Justice can help transform a school community. The presentation will be followed by an amazing panel discussion with students from Wilde Lake High School, Reservoir High School, and more!  Also featured will be Black owned businesses in Howard County! Go to

22] – On Mon., Feb. 4 from 6 to 7 PM, there is a Clean+Green Meeting with the Mayor's LGBTQ liaison, hosted by Hampden Community Council at the Cafe Hon, 1002 W. 36th St., Baltimore 21211. A meeting of a different color, Jabari Lyles, the mayor's LGBTQ liaison, will discuss how the City is interacting with the community as well as the usual chat on local environmental issues. Attendees get seed packs to get a start on a butterfly garden too. Check out

23] – On Mon., Feb. 4 from 6 to 8 PM, participate in Transit Equity Day, a collaborative effort to promote public transit as a civil right and strategy to combat climate change. Here you’ll learn about the vision for a robust, equitable and sustainable transportation system and provide input on how we create such a system. Come to the Montgomery County Executive Office Building, Auditorium, 101 Monroe St., Rockville 20850. Email Visit

24] –Progressive Maryland Montgomery is encouraging folks to attend the FY20 Montgomery County Operating Budget forum on Mon., Feb. 4 at 7 PM at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East West Hwy., Bethesda. Visit

25] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Feb. 4 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. 5 from noon to 1 PM, get over to “Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers,“ hosted by the U.S. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004.  Tickets are at Who was Ernest Withers? Most Americans may not know his name, but they know his photographs, which are some of the most iconic images of the civil rights movement. In "Bluff City," author Preston Lauterbach examines the career of Ernest Withers, an African-American photographer who traveled extensively with Martin Luther King, Jr. during his public life. What no one knew at the time was that Withers was an informant and an essential asset to the FBI. G to

27] –On Tues., Feb. 5 at 10 AM, catch the Book Launch: “On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War” by former Pentagon insider and Korean security expert Van Jackson.  He analyzes the U.S. response to North Korea's increasing nuclear threat in the context of Trump's aggressive rhetoric, prior U.S. policy failures, the geopolitics of East Asia, and North Korean strategy, including the acceleration of its nuclear program under Kim Jong Un. He argues that the Trump Administration's policy of "maximum pressure" brought the world much closer to nuclear war than many realize, and charts a course for the prevention of future conflicts. The talk is at the Wilson Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004-3027. Look over

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. 5.  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. 5 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

30] -- On Tues., Feb. 5 from 6 to 7 PM, come to the February Climate Reality DC Meeting at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 8th and F Sts. NW, WDC 20001. Learn about active campaigns and Climate Leadership in DC! Meet in the atrium.  Go to

31] - On Tues., Feb. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, there is a Backs Against the Wall Film Screening with a Panel Discussion, hosted by Journey Films at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW, WDC 20005.  The film is “Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story,” co-sponsored by the McClendon Scholar Program at the church and the Howard University School of Divinity. The program will begin at 6:30 PM in the sanctuary of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. The panel discussion will feature four local pastors who have been impacted by the life and teachings of Howard Thurman. The filmmaker, Martin Doblmeier of Journey Films, will also be present to talk about the film and answer questions. Free snacks and refreshments will be available at 6 PM with free parking nearby. See

32] – On Tues., Feb. 5 at 6:30 PM, check out the Pacem Winter Film Series, Film #3 “Fahrenheit 11/9,” at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W. 13th St. Wilmington, DE. The film is a 2018 American political documentary by filmmaker Michael Moore about the 2016 United States presidential election and the subsequent presidency of Donald Trump. The film had its world premiere on September 6, 2018 at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. The film is a provocative and comedic look at the times in which we live, referring to the 2016 United States presidential election and the subsequent presidency of Donald Trump. The documentary also explores two questions: How the US progressed to the Trump presidency and how to “get out” of the era of the Trump administration. See

33] – On Tues., Feb. 5 from 6:30 to 9 PM, attend a Mass Meeting of the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network, hosted by the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda 20814.  Join the meeting to Give Feedback on Strategic Direction, Mission, Growth, and Funding.  This past year was both fruitful and challenging. The ongoing solidarity with and support for Veronika, Lilliana, Roxana, Prince, Marta, Nelson, Yeslin, Clarivel, and now, Rosa, showed why this faith-based approach to deportation defense is essential.  These efforts have helped others reopen asylum cases and delay deportations.  To effectively meet the needs in the community, about 30 Network clergy and lay leaders have been hard at work over the last 4 months drafting a strategic direction for the Network moving forward. This includes planning around mission, vision, governance, structure, expansion, and fundraising. Meet Rosa Gutierrez Lopez, a brave friend who lives in sanctuary at Cedar Lane UU. See

34] - On Tues., Feb. 5 from 7 to 9:30 PM, go to the Baltimore Watch Party: 2019 Green New Deal Launch, hosted by the Sunrise Movement Baltimore at United Workers, 2640 Saint Paul St., Baltimore 21218. Hubs and homes across the country will host livestream watch parties where the Sunrise team will lay out the details of the Green New Deal Strategy and officially launch the 2019 campaign to make it a reality.  Strengthen our community and learn how to take action to make a Green New Deal a reality! We encourage you to bring some snacks to share if you would like. Take this in

There is also a Green New Deal House Party, hosted by Chesapeake Education, Arts, and Research Society (CHEARS) from 7 to 9:15 PM at 56 Lakeside Drive, Greenbelt 20770.  Contact Lore Rosenthal at or 301-345-2234. In 2019, the Sunrise Movement is building the public support for the Green New Deal so that we can elect candidates that will champion it in 2020, and make it law in 2021. Livestream watching parties will take place across the country in February in order to bring even more people into the movement and get everyone ready to move forward together. RSVP at See

  On Tues., Feb. 5 from 7:15 to 9 PM, there is a HoCo Sunrise Watch Party, hosted by Iris 4 Action, at the Town Center Community Association, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia 21044. Take action to make a Green New Deal a reality! Bring some snacks to share if you would like. Go to

35] – Get over to the State of the Union Watch Party and bingo on Tues., Feb. 5 from 8 to 11 PM at Busboys and Poets, 450 K St. NW, WDC.  Join actor Danny Glover, cultural educator James Early, Busboys owner Andy Shallal, CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin and DC movement leaders for a State of the Union Watch party, bingo game, and discussion. Catch a pre-discussion about OUR view of the State of the Union. Then watch Trump's speech (playing SOTU bingo to keep sane) and the response afterwards from the wonderful Stacy Abrams. Then share ideas and campaigns to truly improve the union. Email Or check out 

To be continued.

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"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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