Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- April 17 - 18, 2019

44] Redlining and Gentrification in Baltimore – April 18
45] Critical Perspectives on Family Diversity: Race, Immigration, Sexuality, and the Law -- April 18
46] Instructional Spending in Higher Ed – Apr. 18
47] The Case for Substantial Gun Control – April 18
48] Communities United meeting – April 18
49] Wear Orange Planning Meeting – April 18
50] Speaking Science to Power – April 18
51] A double header of poetry -- April 18
52] Is Justice Just? -- April 18
43] – On Wed., April 17 from 7 to 9 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201, MATHANGI SUBRAMANIAN PRESENTS "A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF HEAVEN."  The book has a politically driven graffiti artist, a transgender Christian convert, a blind girl who loves to dance and a queer daughter of a hijabi union leader. These are some of the young women who live in a Bangalore slum known as Heaven, young women whom readers will come to love in the moving, atmospheric, and deeply inspiring debut novel. Call (443) 602 7611 or go to https://www.redemmas.org/.

44] – On Thurs., April 18 from 10 AM to 5 PM, catch up with Redlining and Gentrification in Baltimore, hosted by Baltimore - Rotterdam Sister City Committee at Morgan State University - School of Architecture + Planning, CBEIS Building, Room 235, 5201 Perring Pkwy., Baltimore 21214.  This is a FREE ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM.  Check out https://baltimoresymposium-april2019.eventbrite.com.  Explore how redlining and gentrification shaped neighborhoods in Baltimore / America.  The KEYNOTE will be by Antero Pietila (author of “Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City.” See the COMPANION EXHIBITION: Undesign the Redline (by Designing the WE) RSVP at https://baltimoresymposium-april2019.eventbrite.com. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/242462976526704/.

45] – On Thurs., April 18 from 11 AM to 5 PM, get over to the 6th Annual Parren J. Mitchell Symposium, hosted by Critical Race Initiative at The Stamp (Adele H. Stamp Student Union), 3972 Campus Drive, College Park 20742. Tickets are at criticalraceinitiative.weebly.com. The theme this year is "Critical Perspectives on Family Diversity: Race, Immigration, Sexuality, and the Law." RSVP at go.umd.edu/PJM19. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/635937240163121/.

46] – The Century Foundation is offering An Introduction to Instructional Spending in Higher Ed on Thurs., April 18 from 2 to 3 PM at the U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center, First Street NE, HVC Room 201 A & B, WDC 20515.  As the Higher Education Act (HEA) is being discussed in the House and Senate, many are calling for new policies that would give students and taxpayers a better return on their investment. In an effort to better understand how well schools are currently putting their resources towards helping students succeed, The Century Foundation, Third Way, and Veterans Education Success are coming together to pull back the curtains on instructional spending in higher education, dive into why it matters, and explore how best it could be used.

The event will kick off with a brief overview of how to think about instructional spending, followed by opportunities to interact with the data (think science fair!). There will be something for everyone – no prior knowledge of instructional spending needed. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-introduction-to-instructional-spending-in-higher-ed-tickets-59954661005.

47] - On Thurs., April 18 from  4 to 6 PM, attend the Evelyn Barker Memorial Lecture with David DeGrazia, hosted by Dresher Center for the Humanities at the Albin O. Kuhn Gallery, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore 21250.  DeGrazia, Elton Professor of Philosophy, George Washington University, will argue The Case for Substantial Gun Control.  This talk will make the case that the U.S. needs stronger gun control measures--tighter restrictions concerning who may acquire and use guns, restrictions on the types of weaponry that are available, and the involvement by the federal government in promoting gun safety, among other measures. The lecture will make a consequentialist argument that appeals to public safety as well as a rights-based argument that takes on the strongest gun rights case. It will also address some of the leading objections to gun control and sketch some policy implications for the future.

   This event is free and open to the public. Email dreshercenter@umbc.edu.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/2051801835079592.

48] – Join Communities United on Thurs., April 18 from 6 to 8:30 PM for the monthly Committee Night & Potluck at the office, 2221 Maryland Ave., 2nd floor, Baltimore 21218. The potluck is at 6 PM, the meeting starts at 6:30 PM with breakouts at 7 PM. Agenda items are Stabilizing Housing with Rent Control, Attending a National People’s Convention, and Medicare For All. Email jane@communitiesunite.org.

49] – On Thurs., April 18 from  6 to 8 PM, come to a Wear Orange Planning Meeting, hosted by Moms Demand Action at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1251 Light St., Baltimore 21230. Tickets are at act.everytown.org.  Plan for National Gun Violence Awareness (Wear Orange) weekend, June 7 - 9. Everyone is welcome and, if you are a member of an organization that would like to collaborate for an amazing Wear Orange weekend, please come and share your ideas! Get an update on progress made during the 2019 legislative session. RSVP at https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/21788/Causes.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/616282872171077/.
50]- On Thurs., April 18 from  6 to 8 PM, get with Speaking Science to Power, hosted by American University Graduate Leadership Council and AU School of Communication Graduate Student Council in the Bender Library, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016.  Tickets are at www.surveymonkey.com. This panel will be moderated by GLC Alumni Affairs Liaison Maggie Clifford and panelists will include John Cook, PhD at George Mason University, Saif Shahin, PhD at AU's School of Communications, and Todd P. Newman, PhD at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/309444509714249/.

51] – On Thurs., April 18 from 7 to 9 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201, hear from MALCOLM FRIEND and S. BROOK CORFMAN. A double header of poetry with Friend presenting “Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple” and Corfman presenting Luxury, Blue Lace.  Friend’s collection is politically charged. Corfman shapes a story of unique gender experience and transformation in this extraordinary debut. The collection was chosen by Richard Siken for the Autumn House Rising Writer Prize, which is notable because Corfman sews something delicate from a similarly dreamlike fabric of longing.  Call (443) 602 7611 or go to https://www.redemmas.org/.

52] -- On Thurs., April 18 from  7 to 9 PM, get involved with Is Justice Just?: Perspectives on Community Policing, hosted by Maryland Humanities and Choose Civility at Falvey Hall - MICA Brown Center, 1301 West Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore 21217.  It is free, but reservations are required. Tickets can be had at www.mdhumanities.org.  Whether your community is urban, suburban, or rural, headlines abound with stories of anxious, dangerous or even deadly encounters between law enforcement and civilians. While there remains much respect for police officers and the difficulty of their work, tensions with communities across the country have been on the rise.

Join a conversation between Justin Fenton, Crime Reporter, The Baltimore Sun; Wesley Lowery, National Correspondent, Washington Post; Rebecca Neusteter, Director of Policing, Vera Institute of Justice; and RaShall Brackney, Chief of the Charlottesville Police Department that will touch on the history of law enforcement, effective models of community policing, and the role of both police and the public in this heightened time of mistrust in law enforcement. A member of the law enforcement community will also join the panel. Andrew Green of The Baltimore Sun will moderate the conversation.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/403886770170813/.

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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