Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- March 6 - 28, 2019

25] Maryland Food Bank Benefit – through Mar. 28
26] Come to Witness Wednesday – Mar. 6
27] Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform Lobby Day – Mar. 6
28] Hate Has No Home Here Coalition -- Mar. 6, 7 & 19
29] School of Food and Food Rescue Baltimore – Mar. 6
30] India's Energy and Climate Policy – Mar. 6
31] Film “Naila and the Uprising” – Mar. 6
32] Volunteer for National March on Washington: Hands off Venezuela! -- Mar. 6
33] How to Start and Maintain a Nonprofit – Mar. 6
34] Celebrate the Baltimore Clean Air Act – Mar. 6
35] Health Disparities and Other Inequities – Mar. 6
36] Feminism for the 99% -- Mar. 6
37] Beatrice Fihn, the executive director of ICAN, at Johns Hopkins – Mar. 6
38] Korea Arts -- Mar. 7
39] Support the Ulster Project Delaware Spring Social & Fundraiser – Mar. 7
40] Students Against Private Police – Mar. 7
41] Film “Cubanas: Mujeres en Revolución” – Mar. 7
42] Celebrate Eddie Conway – Mar. 7
43] Film NOWHERE TO HIDE – Mar. 7
44] Progressive Cheverly's monthly forum – Mar. 7
25] – On Wed., Mar. 6 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 https://www.admiralfell.com/en-us/packages/maryland-food-bank-holiday-giveback-special?page_id=4266673. Call (410) 534-5555. See https://www.facebook.com/events/349755175583179/.

26] – 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 act.fcnl.org. 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/170498007153740/?event_time_id=170498023820405.

27] -- On Wed., March 6 from 10:15 AM to 1 PM, join the Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform Lobby Day.  Meet in House Office Building Room 142, 6 Bladen St, Annapolis 21401. RSVP at https://mailchi.mp/bb7da029ca6b/lobby-day-2019-march-6th?e=7c13ef6760.

28] – On Wed., Mar. 6 from 1 to 2 PM, Thurs., Mar. 7 from 6:30 to 8 PM, and Tues., Mar. 19 from 9 to 10:30 AM, come to House Meetings & Meals hosted by the Hate Has No Home Here Coalition at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson 21286. Share a meal and organize ahead of the meeting with the County Executive about how to respond to increasing hate crimes and bias incidents in Baltimore County. Choose one event to attend, and RSVP by emailing Pastor David at david@mpchurch.org. Vegetarian and Vegan options will be provided. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/392986831486000/?event_time_id=392986841485999.

29] – On Wed., Mar. 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/.

30] –  On Wed., Mar. 6 from 5 to 7 PM, find out about India's Energy and Climate Policy, hosted by ERE - Energy, Resources & Environment and Johns Hopkins SAIS Asia Programs in the Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 500, WDC 20036. Hear from Johannes Urpelainen, Director, Energy, Resources, and Environment Program and Founding Director, Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) and Charles K. Ebinger, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council; former director, Energy Security Program, Brookings and former SAIS Adjunct.  India is the third largest CO2 emitting country in the world behind the U.S. and China. Its population is growing rapidly and is forecast to surpass that of China in 2022. India relies on coal for most of its power generation. Despite impressive economic growth rates, a large part of India’s population lives in poverty and 300 million people have no access to electricity. Historically, this has led India to give priority to economic growth over environmental concerns.  However, India did sign the Paris Agreement and has pledged to reduce greenhouse gases. Its INDC includes ambitious goals to expand renewable energy, energy efficiency and nuclear power. But reliance on fossil fuels will continue.   RSVP is required. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/293715727960340/.

31] – On Wed., Mar. 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, see the film “Naila and the Uprising” at Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE, WDC 20017.  Tickets are at www.classy.org. In celebration of International Women's Day, the film will be followed by a discussion with Just Vision's Executive Director, Suhad Babaa, and Anera Board Member, Sanaa Abouzaid.  The documentary shows that a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. The film chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh and a fierce community of women at the frontlines, whose stories weave through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history – the First Intifada in the late 1980s.
The film was directed by award-winning filmmaker and Just Vision’s Creative Director, Julia Bacha, director of BUDRUS, and produced by Just Vision’s Education and Public Engagement Manager, Rula Salameh and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi. See more at https://www.facebook.com/events/640785876339766/.

32] – Volunteer for the National March on Washington: Hands off Venezuela!  The Work Session will occur Wed., March 6 at 6 PM at the Justice Center, 617 Florida Ave. NW, WDC 20001.  Use the Shaw/Howard Metro (Green/Yellow Lines).  Join the ANSWER Coalition to continue organizing and working toward the National March: Hands Off Venezuela on March 16! See https://www.facebook.com/events/1788488964584140/.

33] – On Wed., Mar. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, be at How to Start and Maintain a Nonprofit Organization, hosted by the Community Law Center, Inc., Second Floor Conference Room, Baltimore 21211.  The cost is $75.  The two hour workshop includes a copy of the manual: How to Start a Nonprofit in Maryland and is taught by an attorney with experience in nonprofit law. Class sizes are small to allow time for individual attention. PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE TICKETS FROM INDIVIDUALS CLAIMING TO HAVE EXTRA TICKETS. That is very likely a scam, and only tickets to be purchased directly from our office or through Eventbrite will be honored. Call 410-366-0922 and visit www.communitylaw.org. See https://www.facebook.com/events/331005597507227/.

34] -- Celebrate the Baltimore Clean Air Act and also plan the next steps -- for a Just Transition to Clean Energy and Zero Waste from 6:30 to 9:30 PM on Wed., Mar. 6 at Thrive Baltimore, 6 E. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21202.  RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/362215127843312/. Feel free to bring refreshments to share. Drinks and snacks are available.  The Baltimore Clean Air Act will likely force the closure of the city's two large waste incinerators, possibly as soon as September 2020. Discuss how to use this opportunity for a just transition to clean energy, zero waste, and the many more jobs that come with it! Read more about the Act, info debunking Wheelabrator's lies, and tons of media coverage at www.cleanairbmore.org/cleanairact/.

35] – On Wed., Mar. 6 from 7 to 8:30 PM, join a Discussion Forum: Health Disparities and Other Inequities Among, hosted by the Woman's Democratic Club of Montgomery County, Maryland at the 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring 20910.  Hear from two leading experts on the grave disparities for women in Montgomery County from Dr. Travis Gayles, County Health Officer and Chief of Public Health Services and Diana Rubin, 2nd Vice President, Montgomery County Commission for Women.  Montgomery County faces stubborn and, in some cases, worsening patterns of inequity across race, economic status, gender, and geography. Two troubling reports that detail uneven access and unequal outcomes across core issues such as health, education, economic security, and more. Read the population health report here (https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/Resources/Files/Reports/PopHealthReportFINAL.pdf) and the status of women report here -- https://stat.montgomerycountymd.gov/stories/s/2018-Status-of-Women-in-Montgomery-County/as7x-56qj/.  The presentation will be followed by a moderated Q&A, and suggestions for engagement on these critical challenges to the community. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/315935942391526/.

36] –  On Wed., Mar. 6 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM, get involved with Feminism for the 99%, hosted by Baltimore Socialists - International Socialist Organization and JhToo - A Call to Action against Sexual Violence at Johns Hopkins.  This is happening at 526 Mergenthaler Hall, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus. Are you interested in socialism or feminism? Come learn more about both from organizers in the feminist movement!  With International Women's Day taking place on Fri., March 8, the hosts want to encourage everyone to learn about and get involved in organizing on feminist issues, whether or not you are a socialist (though we think you should be one, too!).  JhToo - A Call to Action against Sexual Violence at Johns Hopkins led to a historic decision by the Homewood Academic Council to revoke Professor Juan Obarrio's tenure and terminate his employment with Johns Hopkins University after he assaulted and sexually harassed a student last May.

Speakers will include Haley Swenson, member of the International Socialist Organization, as well as Heba Islam from #JHToo. They will share their experiences on organizing on and off the Johns Hopkins campus, as well as how feminism must be central to all our struggles against oppression and exploitation. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/239730756979587/.

37] - On Wed., March 6 from 7 to 8:30 PM at JHU’s Shriver Hall, 3400 North Charles St., Baltimore, the Foreign Affairs Symposium will be hosting Beatrice Fihn, the executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). In 2017, ICAN was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to "draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons." It is free and open to the public.  Call 443-997-9906 or email jrosen@jhu.edu.

38] – On Thurs., March 7 from 2 to 3:30 PM, get over to “Paintings, Songs, and Board Games: Travels to Kŭmgangsan in Late Chosŏn Korea (1600-1900)”at Elliott School of International Affairs Room 505, the George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052. As part of the GWIKS Lecture Series, the speaker is Maya Stiller, Assistant Professor of Korean Art and Visual Culture at the University of Kansas.  Kŭmgangsan, also known as the Diamond Mountains, has a vibrant and rich history as one of the most famous mountains in Korea. In the late Chosŏn period, sophisticated knowledge about the mountain was a prerequisite to being considered cultured. Therefore, (aspiring) elite groups used a variety of virtual options such as travel accounts, folding screens, board games and songs to travel to the mountain and acquire knowledge about Kŭmgangsan. These forms of virtual travel have an organizing principle in common that reveals pre-modern understandings of the arrangement of places and their histories to optimize the memorization of important cultural sites. Combining the study of visual, literary, sonic, and haptic dimensions of Kŭmgangsan, this research complements previous art history scholarship which focused primarily on the mountain’s depiction in landscape paintings. Register at https://gwiks.elliott.gwu.edu/2019/01/15/mayas/.

39] – On Thurs., March 7 from 6 to 9 PM, support the Ulster Project Delaware Spring Social & Fundraiser with jive music at Dead Presidents Restaurant, 618 N. Union St., Wilmington. Order your shamrock at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3_CTrMvWxoiZUdnAwGBXV-UhJ2S3hkmlrBYrehZlXC3f0Pg/viewform.

40] – On Thurs., Mar. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, check out Alternatives: A Community Panel and Meeting, hosted by Students Against Private Police at Space 2640, 2640 Saint Paul St., Baltimore 21218.  The panel will discuss alternatives to policing in Baltimore City. Discussants will address the proposed Hopkins police. This event will provide students, faculty, staff and neighborhood residents the opportunity to hear from the leaders of progressive political and social movements serving Baltimore’s neediest communities and pioneering innovative solutions to unemployment, mass incarceration, criminal justice reform and youth violence. Panelists will present their work, followed by questions, testimonies, and conversation. Lawrence P. Jackson, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Director of the Billie Holiday Project, will moderate.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/601252770300507/.

41] – On Thurs., Mar. 7 from 6:30 to 9 PM, see the film “Cubanas: Mujeres en Revolución,” hosted by Institute for Policy Studies at the True Reformer Building, 1200 U St. NW, WDC 20009.  Tickets go from free to $15. See www.eventbrite.com. On the eve of International Women’s Day, don’t miss the DC Premiere of this documentary by Maria Torrellas. It is a 90 minutes film with English subtitles. This film evokes the continuous role of women in the Revolution, both in the guerrilla struggle and in the construction of the new Cuban society, through the testimonies of heroines such as Vilma Espín, Celia Sánchez and Haydée Santamaría, the founding figures of the Revolution, and also of contemporary women from different sectors of Cuban society.  A donation is requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Reserve your ticket at https://cubanasmovieindc.eventbrite.com.

The film will be followed by a dynamic panel of internationalist women moderated by Violeta Curiel, IPS Development Assistant. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2257393730972540/.

42] – On Thurs., Mar. 7 from 7 PM to 9 PM, celebrate 5 years of freedom for Eddie Conway!  This is hosted by Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  Conway spent four decades behind bars. A member of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party, he was incarcerated in 1971 after he was convicted of killing a police officer. During his prison time, he was an organizing force behind bars, agitating for the rights of prisoners and building networks of mentorship, education, and healing with the Friend of a Friend initiative. Released in 2014, he continued this organizing work, as a leader in the Tubman House project to reclaim land for community self-determination in West Baltimore, and as a producer for the Real News Network. See https://www.facebook.com/events/343279572952523/.

43] –  On Thurs., March 7 from 7 to 9:30 PM, see the film NOWHERE TO HIDE, as part of the Social Justice Film Series at Haverford College, VCAM Screening Room. The event is hosted by Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and asks the question How Do Survivors of Violence and Wars Narrate their Experiences through Documentaries? This documentary follows nurse Nori Sharif through five years of dramatic change, providing unique access into one of the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible areas – the “triangle of death” in central Iraq. Initially filming stories of survivors and the hope of a better future as American and Coalition troops retreat from Iraq in 2011, conflicts continue with Iraqi militias, and the population flees accompanied by most of the hospital staff.

Nori is one of the few who remain. When ISIS advances on Jalawla in 2014 and takes over the city, he too must flee with his family at a moment’s notice, and turns the camera on himself. Contact Stephanie Keene at sdkeene@haverford.edu. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/288959701800451/.

44] –  On Thurs., March 7 at 7 PM, Progressive Cheverly's monthly forums resume with a discussion on policing in Cheverly with Sgt. Jarod J. Towers, Acting Police Chief since October 2018. He will share his vision for Cheverly and its Police Department, followed by a Q&A. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. The forum will be at the Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria), 2300 Belleview Ave. Visit https://www.progressivecheverly.org/.

To be considered

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

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