Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 6, 2019

36] Call in for $15 minimum wage – Feb. 6
37] JHU Walkout for Immigrant Lives – Feb. 6
38] Food Rescue – Feb. 6
39] Ban on polystyrene foam foodservice products – Feb. 6
40] School of Food and Food Rescue Baltimore – Feb. 6
41] Thrive DC Monthly Dinner – Feb. 6
42] Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit – Feb. 6
43] Peace-Building on the Korean Peninsula -- Feb. 6
44] City Council Monthly Oversight Hearing -- Feb. 6
45] Global LGBT Civil Rights Policy – Feb. 6
36] – On Wed., Feb. 6 & 13 from all over Maryland. These are Call-in days for a $15 Minimum Wage! Call 800-492-7122 to ask to speak with your Senator and Delegates. Visit https://maryland.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=177afa87a67746a4ac5496b2d0897fb7 to use your street address to find who represents you. Tell them to pass a “clean” $15 minimum wage bill with “NO exemptions” for youth, rural Maryland.

37] – On Wed., Feb. 6 from 11 AM to 1 PM, join the JHU Walkout for Immigrant Lives!  It is hosted by Hopkins Coalition Against ICE in the Brody Learning Commons, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. During the summer of 2018, it became known that JHU is being paid millions of dollars to provide leadership and medical training to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers - the same agency that has torn thousands of immigrant families apart.  This is a campus-wide walkout followed by a rally with community members to demand that Johns Hopkins END THESE SHAMEFUL CONTRACTS that enable and encourage the detainment, deportation, and traumatization of innocent people seeking a better life!  JHU argues that by providing training to ICE officers the university is actually helping immigrants. This statement will sound outrageous to anybody familiar with the agency's endless history of human right violations - from sexual abuse, to medical neglect, to the disgraceful policy of family separation under the Trump administration.  To this day, thousands of immigrant children have been separated from their families, so many that the number is still unknown (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/us/family-separation-trump-administration-migrants.html). For more information as to how JHU instructors (professors, TAs) can participate in the walkout, check out the following link: https://bit.ly/2Uvle9y.  Take in https://www.facebook.com/events/2049919015307299/.

38] – On Wed., Feb. 6 at noon, 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/327125147795282/.

39] – Get over to the hearing on House Bill 109 -- Ban on polystyrene foam foodservice products on Wed., Feb. 6 at 1 PM In the House of Delegates Environment and Transportation Committee.  Go to http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=hb0109&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2019RS. It is sponsored by Delegate Lierman.

40] – On Wed., Feb. 6 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/2105994779640314/.

41] – On Wed., Feb. 6 from 2 to 4 PM, join in the Thrive DC Monthly Dinner, hosted by CREW DC at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC 20010.  Find tickets at crewdc.org. Volunteers are needed to serve dinner to Thrive DC's clients, the 1st Wednesday of every month. Pre-register at www.thrivedc.org.  Volunteer to serve dinner, coordinate shower & laundry schedules and to pass out hygiene supplies to clients. Thrive DC's dinner program offers a safe peer supported environment for women and children. This includes a warm nutritious dinner, crisis intervention services and physical fitness/therapeutic activities. Seek out https://www.facebook.com/events/2206201502938180/.

42] – On Wed., Feb. 6 at 4 PM, come to the Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit in the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401.  The CCE (Citizen Campaign for the Environment) is hosting an environmental legislative summit. The CCE is an informal group of environmental advocacy organizations who work together to define and support key environmental legislation during the General Assembly.  RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSepyEfhVm4MjyF0lq5GSEKIZcaxkO8pQpfo7gGup8Q-v9vzDA/viewform. Join the Environmental Community in Annapolis to learn about our 2019 Environmental legislative priorities, hear from elected officials, community leaders, and connect with your neighbors about environmental issues affecting all Marylanders. This year our legislature will decide about important bills that will address climate change and move Maryland to clean renewable energy.  The keynote speaker of next week’s Legislative Environmental Summit will be Destiny Watford, winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize (known as the “Green Nobel”).  As a high school student in a low income neighborhood of Baltimore, Destiny led her community in stopping construction of yet another polluting incinerator in her neighborhood.  She has become recognized nationwide as a leader in combining a visionary approach to a clean energy future with practical approaches to getting it done. 

43] – On Wed., Feb. 6 from 4:30 to 6 PM, catch up with Peace-Building on the Korean Peninsula: Does Multilateralism Matter?  It is hosted by Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at the Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 500, WDC 20036.  Dr. Jae-Seung Lee is Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in Division of International Studies and Director of Nordic-Benelux Center at Korea University. He has also served as Policy Advisor to the Foreign Ministry of Korea and Chairman of Asia-Europe Energy Policy Research Network (AEEPRN). As a scholar in international political economy, Prof. Lee has authored a number of books and articles on energy security and European affairs. His current research also includes regional cooperation in Northeast Asia and foreign policy of Korea. Prof. Lee holds a B.A. in Political Science from Seoul National University, M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. He joined Johns Hopkins University-SAIS (2015-16) and Stanford University (2011-12) as a visiting scholar. He has contributed op-ed articles to major Korean newspapers and commented on international affairs for BBC, CNN and Korean broadcast stations.

  The Korean Peninsula is undergoing a crucial political transition with a series of bilateral talks. While North Korea’s actual steps for denuclearization remains uncertain, there are simultaneously hopes and fears for the future progress of détente. Successful peace-building, however, would also require multilateral frameworks to lock-in denuclearization and possible economic initiatives. This lecture explores the utility and limitation of multilateralism toward peace-building on the Korean Peninsula. The role of broader stakeholders including the EU and international institutions will also be discussed. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1091724041034536/.

44] -- On Wed., Feb. 6 from 5 to 9 PM, come to a City Council Monthly Oversight Hearing of the Baltimore Police Dept., hosted by Councilperson Eric T. Costello and Councilperson Brandon M. Scott at Baltimore City Hall, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202. If you can't make it to City Hall, you may watch on Comcast channel 25 and the hearings will also be streamed live on: www.charmtv.tv/watch-live.   Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/619807928435775/.

45] –  On Wed., Feb. 6 from 5  to 6 PM, be at Global LGBT Civil Rights Policy at McCourt School of Public Policy, OLD N, WDC 20007. The last two years of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) civil rights policy under the Trump administration have been regressive in light of progress made in recent decades. While there was a blue wave in the House of Representatives, it was accompanied by a more colorful rainbow wave. The 2018 Midterms marked an unprecedented gain of political representation for the LGBT community. Sexual minorities made history in Congress and in Governors houses, while transgender people made history in state legislatures across the country. This has obvious implications for LGBT civil rights policy in the United States, but what are the implications of this representation for LGBT asylum seekers and governments across the globe? This discussion centers its focus on LGBT asylum seekers, family and LGBT children. See https://www.facebook.com/events/329326921014022/.

To be continued.

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