19] SUPPORT AMAZON WORKERS OF CONSCIENCE. – Mar. 11
20] Just Economy Conference – Mar. 11 – 13
21] How Pakistan Navigates the Saudi Arabia-Iran Rivalry – Mar. 11
22] China: Kidnapped by the Communist Party – Mar. 11
23] March for Our Schools Rally – Mar. 11
24] PeaceSeekers Monthly Meeting – Mar. 11
25] The Hill Has Eyes: Congressional Oversight of Intelligence – Mar. 11
26] Get the Money Out conference call – Mar. 11
27] Reducing Food Loss and Waste – Mar. 12
28] Finland is Combating Nuclear Terrorism -- Mar. 12
29] Nazi Ideology and Racism in the Jim Crow South – Mar. 12
30] Peace Vigil – Mar. 12
31] No Drone Research DEMO – Mar. 12
32] See the film COINTELPRO 101 – Mar. 12
19] -- SUPPORT AMAZON WORKERS OF CONSCIENCE. We are in a deep struggle to support conscience within the high tech community, which may be the only way to prevent a major leap into artificial intelligence warfare that we see the beginnings of in the expanding global U.S. drone war system. This may be of particular interest to Johns Hopkins' Navy-funded researchers, some of whom have been working on swarming drone technology.
These are not major asks and can be a powerful reinforcement of conscience at an extremely critical moment. Please consider circulating this link to your lists encouraging people to sign the linked RootsAction petition - https://www.knowdrones.com/blog/2019/3/6/support-amazon-workers-who-dont-want-to-work-for-war and leafletting Whole Foods in your areas. This is a link to the leaflet -- https://gallery.mailchimp.com/dd110b000ca250d868d4f419b/files/107fc695-8af9-4f7e-a523-ecd1d1dfd28f/Wholefoods_Leaflet.pdf. Should you have interest in circulating the links and possibly leafletting, contact Nick Mottern at nickmottern at gmail.com.
20] -- On Mon., Mar. 11 at 8 AM through Wed., March 13 at 5 PM, attend the 2019 Just Economy Conference, hosted by the NCRC at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20009. Get tickets at ncrc.org. This will be one of the largest national gatherings of community nonprofits, policymakers, government officials, small business, media and academia. Network and engage with community leaders across the country focused on creating a more just economy. There will be a broad selection of sessions, plenaries, access to experts, innovative ideas and more. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/268812400384177/.
21] – On Mon., Mar. 11 from 1 to 2:30 PM, find out about How Pakistan Navigates the Saudi Arabia-Iran Rivalry, hosted by United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Tickets can be had at www.usip.org. The deepening relationship between Pakistan and the Gulf states comes at a period of high tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, whose border with Pakistan has also been the site of periodic clashes and whose past efforts to launch a gas pipeline project linking the two countries remains stalled. While Prime Minister Khan has professed a desire to serve as a mediator between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Pakistan faces an increasingly challenging diplomatic balancing act. RSVP at https://www.usip.org/events/how-pakistan-navigates-saudi-arabia-iran-rivalry. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2246371608716438/.
22] – On Mon., Mar. 11 from 4 to 5 PM, catch up with China: Kidnapped by the Communist Party, hosted by The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St. NW, WDC 20036. The Chinese Communist Party has ruled China for decades, bringing untold disaster upon the Chinese people. Why is it so tenacious, and why do democratic nations continue to engage with it? With decades of experience facing off against communist authorities, human rights activist Chen Guangcheng illuminates the structure of the party-state system in China and its disastrous impact on both Chinese citizens domestically and democratic nations abroad.
Guangcheng, known to many as "the barefoot lawyer," was born and raised in a poor, remote village in Shandong, China. Blind since infancy and barred from school until his late teens, he nonetheless taught himself law as a young adult and became a committed advocate for the poor, disabled, and persecuted. His work drew the ire of the authorities, leading to over seven years of harassment including repeated house arrests, detention in black jails, and over four years in prison. After twenty months of brutal isolation in his own home, on April 20, 2012, he made a dramatic escape that caught the attention of international media. The American embassy in Beijing secured his temporary safety before high-level diplomatic negotiations enabled his exodus to the US. Since beginning his advocacy work, Mr. Chen has been the recipient of numerous awards including Time Magazine 100 Most Influential List (2006), The Ramon Magsaysay Award (2007), The Lantos Human Rights Prize (2012), the UK Parliament’s Westminster Award (2013), and the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy Courage Award (2014). See https://www.facebook.com/events/2133080913670595/.
23] – On Mon., Mar. 11 from 6 to 9 PM, attend the March for Our Schools Rally, hosted by Baltimoreans for Educational Equity – BEE at the Maryland State House, 100 State Circle, Annapolis 21401. The Kirwan Commission and its reforms are a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the education landscape in Maryland. Check out From March for our Schools at https://marchforourschools.com. Maryland legislators have the historic chance to fix the $2.9 billion funding gap impacting Maryland’s schools — an average of $2 million in every school across the state. But now some leaders in Annapolis are saying educators and students have to wait ANOTHER YEAR before they finally fix this problem. The kids can’t wait. It’s time to give them the support they deserve. See https://www.facebook.com/events/785286925137808/. Progressive Maryland will also be there to stand with educators, parents, and students from across the state to demand fully funded and equitable public schools! Visit https://www.mobilize.us/progressivemaryland/event/87504.
24] – On Mon., March 11 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. http://depaceminterris.org/fw-event-slug/peaceseekers-meeting/.
25] – On Mon., Mar. 11 from 6:30 to 9 PM, check out The Hill Has Eyes: Congressional Oversight of Intelligence at the International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004. Register for your free ticket at https://the-hill-has-eyes.eventbrite.com. Join the Schar School of Policy and Government for a panel discussion on congressional intelligence oversight. Part of the Hayden Center's Accountability of Intelligence Series, this discussion will feature former members of the Senate and House intelligence committees, who will deliberate how congressional oversight has improved the IC's performance over the years, the limitations of today’s oversight committees, and what can be done to improve oversight going forward. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/316358595748688/.
26] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Mar. 11 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.
27] – On Tues., Mar. 12 from 9:30 to 11 AM, consider Reducing Food Loss and Waste – Making it Personal, hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), 1201 I St., WDC 20005. Breakfast will be provided starting at 9 AM. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/310235426516041/.
28] – On Tues., March 12 from noon to 2PM, go to Finland is Combating Nuclear Terrorism - Learn How at The Stimson Center 1211 Connecticut Ave, NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036. The Government of Finland has emerged as a new information hub around nuclear and radiological security activities to elevate the importance of nuclear and radiological security. Hear how from Ambassador Jari Luoto of Finland. Seek out https://www.stimson.org/content/finland-combating-nuclear-terrorism-learn-how.
29] – On Tues., Mar. 12 from 1 to 2:30 PM, look at Nazi Ideology and Racism in the Jim Crow South, hosted by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20024. Tickets are at www.ushmm.org. Racism—racial antisemitism—was the core of Nazi ideology and the driving force behind the Holocaust. Although Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South were different, Nazi leaders learned from racist thought and practices in the Jim Crow South. Take a look at how racism and antisemitism were linked in this era and what the implications are today.
This event is the second in the two-part Hate and Its Impact series. The first program, Hate and Its Impact: Sowing the Seeds of Global Antisemitism, focused on the roots of antisemitism and the continued global impact they have today. Reservations are required. Email email@example.com. Tune in live at ushmm.org/watch to join the conversation on social media using #AskWhy and #USHMM. See https://www.facebook.com/events/348232272694249/.
30] – 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 Mar. 12. Call 215-426-0364.
31] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. The next vigil will be on Mar. 12 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.
32] -- On Tues., Mar. 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, see the film COINTELPRO 101, hosted by the National Black United Front (NBUF) at the Emergence Community Arts, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC 20001. There will also be a letter writing campaign to political prisoners. An F.B.I. report leaked in October and scrutinized during an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee warns of an emergent domestic terror threat sweeping the nation and threatening the lives of law enforcement officers: the “Black Identity Extremist” (“B.I.E.”) movement. This designation, just recently invented by the F.B.I., is as frightening and dangerous as the bureau’s infamous Cointelpro program of the 1960s and ’70s, under which J. Edgar Hoover set out to disrupt and destroy virtually any group with the word “black” in its name. Today, entirely nonviolent black activists face violations of their civil liberties and even violence if they’re deemed part of B.I.E.
COINTELPRO may not be a well-understood acronym but its meaning and continuing impact are absolutely central to understanding the government’s wars and repression against progressive movements. COINTELPRO represents the state’s strategy to prevent movements and communities from overturning white supremacy and creating racial justice. COINTELPRO is both a formal program of the FBI and a term frequently used to describe a conspiracy among government agencies—local, state, and federal—to destroy movements for self-determination and liberation for Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous struggles, as well as mount an institutionalized attack against allies of these movements and other progressive organizations.
This is a 56-minute educational film that will open the door to understanding this history. This documentary will introduce viewers new to this history to the basics and direct them to other resources where they can learn more. The intended audiences are the generations that did not experience the social justice movements of the sixties and seventies. See https://www.facebook.com/events/395046647733187/.
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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.
"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