Monday, April 15, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- April 16 - 17, 2019

27] See film MAESTRA – April 16
28] Peace Vigil – April 16
29] No Drone Research DEMO – April 16
30] The Power of the Baltimore Mayor – April 16
31] Slavery, Underground Railroad & Emancipation in DC Walk – April 16
32] Free Speech Rights of Incarcerated Americans – April 16
33] American Promise meeting – April 16
34] Reading & Discussion with Azar Nafisi – April 16
35] Law & Social Movements – April 16
36] Law as a tool of race equity – April 17
37] School of Food and Food Rescue Baltimore – April 17
38] Reducing Inequities in Health & Well-being – April 17
39] Is a Treaty-Based System Sustainable?  – April 17
40] Baltimore Sustainability Open House – April 17
41] Housing Rights in DC – April 17
42] 51st State Solar Co-op Information Session – April 17

27] – On Tues., April 16 from noon to 3 PM, Maestra Comes to Yale, hosted by The Literacy Project, 3311 Rhode Island Ave., Mount Rainier 20712.  In Cuba, 1961, 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old. Over half were women.  MAESTRA explores this story through the personal testimonies of the young women who went out to teach literacy in rural communities across the island - and found themselves deeply transformed in the process.  Go to

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 April 16.  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 April 16 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

30] – On Tues., April 16 from 6 to 8:30 PM, catch up with Real Talk Tho 3: The Power of the Mayor, hosted by The Real News Network and Ida B's Table, 235 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202. In the third newsroom in the community series, tackle the city’s all powerful mayor system with Sheila Dixon, Former Mayor of Baltimore City, Bill Henry, Baltimore City Council, District 4, Lawrence Brown, Associate Professor, School of Community Health & Policy, Morgan State University, and moderator Eddie Conway, Executive Producer, The Real News Network.  Discuss how it gives the city’s top official complete control of Baltimore, and why it may be the root cause of the recent Healthy Holly scandal. Real Talk Tho is an opportunity for people to discuss and debate real solutions to our city's intractable problems. What would effective policy look like and how do we get it implemented? Join us in the search for solutions, develop the editorial work of The Real News and eat some great modern soul food. Real Talk Tho takes place every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Ida B's Table. Doors open at 6 PM, and the program starts at 7 PM.  See

31] – On Tues., April 16 from 6 to 8 PM, join the Slavery, The Underground Railroad & Emancipation in DC Walk, hosted by the Underground Railroad Tours, starting at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, 950 Independence Ave., WDC 20560.  To celebrate Emancipation Day take a FREE two-hour walk through the streets of Washington, DC. The focus of the program will be Underground Railroad activities in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland, in addition to local slavery and emancipation history, both of which provide an important context for understanding the Underground Railroad.

Group discussion and participation is welcomed and encouraged! This program will be led by Robert Kelleman, the founder of Washington, DC History & Culture, a non-profit community organization “bringing people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.” Additional speakers will also potentially be presenting. The Ending Point is the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Email

32] – On Tues, April 16 from 7 to 9 PM, catch The Free Speech Rights of Incarcerated Americans, hosted by Georgetown University Prisons and Justice Initiative in Gaston Hall, 3700 O St. NW, WDC 20007.  The Free Speech Project and the Prisons and Justice Initiative at Georgetown University are proud to announce this major public forum focusing on the free speech rights of incarcerated Americans. The program will address such issues as the censorship of thousands of books from prison libraries, restrictions on mail and other information and materials that prisoners can receive or obtain, and limitations on what incarcerated authors can write and publish. Panelists will discuss the challenge of balancing fundamental First Amendment rights with legitimate concerns about public safety, victims' rights, and the overall security of the residents and staff within each correctional facility.

Light food and refreshments will be served at 6 PM on the 2nd floor of Healy Hall, and the program will begin at 7 PM in Gaston Hall on the third floor. Visit

33] – On Tues., April 16 from 7 to 8:30 PM, get over to an American Promise meeting, Room 25, First Unitarian Church, 730 Halstead Rd., Wilmington, DE. American Promise Delaware promotes a 28th Constitutional amendment to get Big Money out of politics.  Or you could join on-line via ZOOM: click on a few minutes before 7 PM!

34] – On Tues., April 16 from 7 to 9 PM, catch a Reading & Discussion with Azar Nafisi, hosted by Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210. NDMU welcomes author Azar Nafisi for the inaugural Eichner Women Writers series, hosted by the S. Maura Eichner Endowed Professorship of English. Dr. Nafisi is known for her national bestseller, "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books," which electrifies its readers with a compassionate and often harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students.  The reading and discussion will take place in LeClerc Auditorium.  Look at

35] – On Tues., April 16 from 8 to 9:30 PM, there is a panel on Law & Social Movements, hosted by Foreign Affairs Symposium at Johns Hopkins University Shriver Hall Auditorium, Baltimore 21218. Tickets are at  Featured are the ArchCity Defenders, the Immigrant Defense Project, the Lakota People's Law Project, and The Sentencing Project.  Most Western democracies have few or no people serving life sentences, yet here in the United States more than 200,000 people are serving such prison terms. Ashley Nellis, co-author of The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences, will discuss the major developments in life sentencing the United States, including patterns over time, the individuals affected, and how policies rather than crime trends caused these disturbing trends. The Sentencing Project recently launched a nationwide campaign to end life sentences based on practical and moral grounds. Sentences longer than 20 years have shown little effect on crime rates and place undue burdens on limited state and federal budgets. Extreme punishments also have an inflationary effect on sentences across the spectrum, helping to account for severe mandatory minimums and other harsh punishments. Go to

36] – On Wed., April 17 from 8:15 to 9:30 AM, get involved with Law as a tool of race equity, hosted by Public Justice Center and Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP, 120 E Baltimore St., Suite 1700, Baltimore 21202. Racism has long permeated the policies and institutions that shape the lives of people of color, from how people are paid to where people can live. Given the legal dimensions of inequity, lawyers can bring their advocacy skills to efforts to dismantle racial disparities. April’s Justice for Breakfast will feature a panel discussion exploring how law can be a tool of race equity. We’ll hear how PJC advocates are advancing race equity in the fight against wage theft in the home care industry, through impact litigation and appellate advocacy, and in policy advocacy for renters’ rights. We’ll explore how lawyers can work for change alongside people whose lives are most affected by racial and economic inequities. Reservations requested: or (410) 400-6944.

Bring a photo ID for the building security. See

37] – On Wed., April 17 from 9 AM to 4 PM, hear about Reducing Inequities in Health & Well-being by Addressing Structural Racism in the U.S., at The Tower at STAR Audion, 100 Discovery Blvd., Newark, DE, hosted by the Partnership for Healthy Communities and Partnership for Arts & Culture and DE State University. Register at

38] – On Wed., April 17 at 12:30 PM, catch up with the Future of Nuclear Arms Control Series: Is a Treaty-Based System Sustainable?  It will take place at the Stimson Center, 8th Floor, WDC.  Participants are Mort Halperin, Open Society Foundation; Michael Krepon, Stimson Center; and Elizabeth Talerman, Nucleus Strategy.  The Trump administration and the Kremlin have given notice of intent to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. New START may be next on the chopping block. Where do we go from here? If the process of nuclear arms control as we have known it isn’t sustainable, what might take its place? Stimson is convening a series of brainstorming sessions on our nuclear future and how best to shape it.  RSVP at

39] – On Wed., April 17 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

40] – On Wed., April 17 from 6 to 8 PM, go to the Baltimore Sustainability Open House 2019, hosted by the Baltimore Office of Sustainability at the Baltimore War Memorial, 101 North Gay St., Baltimore 21202.  This is a free event, open to all who are interested in learning more about how we can work together for a Baltimore that prioritizes our people, our planet, and our shared prosperity. Free food, parking, and trees will be available, along with displays and activities from the office and dozens of partners from around the city. See

41] -- On Wed., April 17 from 6 to 8 PM, Housing Rights in DC: Connecting Past and Present Struggles, hosted by Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum, 2004 Martin Luther King, Junior Avenue Southeast, WDC 20020.  As Washington, DC experiences a deepening housing crisis—with significant affordability issues and displacement of longtime residents—join an intergenerational conversation with housing organizers and advocates about the past and future of struggles for housing rights in the city.  This program is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and in partnership with Busboys and Poets.  See

42] -- On Wed., April 17 from 6:30 to 8 PM, attend the 51st State Solar Co-op Information Session, hosted by Solar United Neighbors, Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th St. NE, WDC 20002.  Tickets are at This is a FREE information session to learn about the benefits of going solar in the District and how the 51st State Solar Co-op can help! Solar co-ops allow neighbors to go solar together, simplifying the process while providing a discount through bulk purchasing power.  The co-op will focus on expanding access to solar for low- and moderate-income households, but is open to all District homeowners, no matter their income or neighborhood. See

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] Go to

"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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