Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- April 23 - 25, 2019

23] Separate and still unequal April 23
24] Peace Vigil – April 23
25] No Drone Research DEMO – April 23
26] Race, Equity & the 2019 Legislative Session Apr. 23
27] Diversity Speaker Series – April 23
29] Food Rescue – April 24
30] Putin's Foreign Policy: The Case of BRICS Apr. 24
31] Nigeria’s Energy Future – April 24
32] School of Food and Food Rescue Baltimore – April 24
33] American Hate – April 24
34] LGBTQ Homelessness in Baltimore – April 24
35] Baltimore City Fy2020 Budget – April 24
36] Poor Peoples Campaign meeting – April 24
37] Mass Transit Options – April 24 & 25
38] Venezuelan Humanitarian and Refugee Crisis – April 24
39] Occupation Free DC meetings – April 24
23] – On Tues., April 23 from noon to 2 PM, check out Separate and Still Unequal: Race in America's Schools at the JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004.  This spring marks the 65th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. the Board of Education decision. In recognition of this occasion, ASCD--a nonprofit membership organization devoted whole child education--will be holding a special live event in our nation's capital to explore challenges and opportunities surrounding race in America's school today. This month, ASCD published a special issue of Educational Leadership, its flagship publication, on the theme of “Separate and Still Unequal: Race in America's Schools.” The issue, which will be available for attendees of the event, will include articles by Pedro Noguera, Vanessa Siddle Walker, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Monique Morris, Mathew Kay, and H. Richard Milner IV.

Founded in 1943 and dedicated to ensuring that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged in school, ASCD has a long history of supporting equity and cultural diversity in U.S. education. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1677993159013594/.

24] –  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 23.  Call 215-426-0364.

25] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. The next vigil will be on April 23 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

26] – On Tues., April 23 from 6 to 9 PM, catch up with Race, Equity & the 2019 Legislative Session, hosted by the NAACP - Baltimore City Branch at the Greater Baltimore Urban League, 512 Orchard St., Baltimore 21201.  Every year the MD General Assembly passes a new budget and dozens of new laws. How did Baltimore fare this year? Join for a recap of the session and what we need to get ready for the next session.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/267616684165980/.

27] – On Tues., April 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, get over to the Diversity Speaker Series featuring Melissa Harris-Perry, hosted by the Center for Student Diversity and Towson University, University Union, Suite 313, 8000 York Road, Towson 21252.  For questions or accommodations, contact diversityworks@towson.edu or 410-704-2051. Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. Committed to diversifying American journalism and mentoring emerging public voices, Professor Harris-Perry has developed and implemented innovative mentoring efforts including the Elle.com scholars program centering the stories of women and girls of color and BLACK ON CAMPUS, a national student journalism program in partnership with The Nation. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2112912458789836/.

28] – On Tues., April 23 from 7 to 9 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201, the discussion is RACISM, PRISONS, AND EMPIRE: WHAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS HAVE IN COMMON.  Despite clear (and important!) differences, as well as notable exceptions, the bulk of our two party system is in profound agreement on maintaining a racialized status quo, a carceral state, and American imperialism. Democrats and Republicans largely share a bipartisan commitment to the military-industrial complex and US Empire. Together, they inspired and shaped the bipartisan commitment to mass incarceration. Conservatives and liberals have shared a commitment to markets and private property that has allowed and fostered persistent racial segregation and inequality—even in the absence of any formal or explicit codification of that inequality, except as guided by longstanding ideologies of paternalism. Call (443) 602 7611 or go to https://www.redemmas.org/.

29] -- Wednesdays at the Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211 by Food Rescue Baltimore continue on Wed., APR 24, May 1 & May 8 from noon to 1 PM. Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. See  https://www.facebook.com/events/2335352913149645/?event_time_id=2335353063149630.

30] – On Wed., April 24 at 12:30 PM, hear about Putin's Foreign Policy: The Case of BRICS with Dr. Rachel Salzman, Johns Hopkins SAIS; US Department of Commerce, hosted by Professor Charles Gati in Conference Room 806, 1619 Mass. Ave. NW. See https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ees-russia-eurasia-forum-tickets-55100583328.

31] –  On Wed., April 24 from 12:30 to 2 PM, hear about Nigeria’s Energy Future, hosted by SAIS ERE - Energy, Resources & Environment in the Rome Building, Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20036. Nigeria is Africa’s biggest country and biggest economy. Yet, per capita electricity consumption is the lowest in the world relative to income—nearly 80 percent below where it should be given other economic conditions. Residential access to electricity is just 59 percent, while nearly all businesses have to rely on generators for power. At the same time, Nigeria is a major energy producer and is forced to flare gas. Successive presidents have promised to solve the country’s electricity problem, but progress has been utterly dismal. Todd Moss will highlight the key issues affecting Nigeria’s energy future—and why failing to solve this conundrum will have profound consequences for the country, region, and far beyond.  Moss is founder and executive director of the Energy for Growth Hub. He is also a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development, a nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute, and a fellow at the Colorado School of Mines’ Payne Institute. RSVP at https://isepmoss.eventbrite.com.  Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/579472465795100/.

32] – On Wed., April 24 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/.

33] –  On Wed., April 24 from 4 to 6:30 PM attend an author talk and workshop on American Hate, hosted by Teaching for Change at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore 21202. Meet the author of "American Hate: Survivors Speak Out", Arjun Singh Sethi, and receive a free copy of the book, and learn about a lesson you can use to bring stories of hate crime survivors to the classroom.  This is a free event. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4ajKO6ZCwOHtAnYe_8EB9R3OX3OfBQzz3vjRxM9L-4v1NMQ/viewform.  This workshop will also be held in Washington, D.C. on May 9 (https://www.dcareaeducators4socialjustice.org/events/american-hate-author-talk-and-workshop-1).  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/842936779377846/.

34] --On Wed., April 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, check out LGBTQ Homelessness in Baltimore: Folks with Lived Experience at Chase Brexton Health Care, 1111 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201.  Are you someone, or do you know someone in the LGBTQ community who is currently experiencing, or has previously experienced homelessness? A task force of organizations and individuals working in housing, human services, public health, law and government are coming together to tackle homelessness in the LGBTQ community. Dinner will be provided. Join a conversation about how to improve current conditions, and eventually end homelessness for the LGBTQ community in Baltimore City.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/348414072479491/.

35] --On Wed., April 24 from 6 to 7:30 PM, go over the Baltimore City Fy2020 Budget at a Public Forum, hosted by Councilperson Eric T. Costello at Eutaw-Marshburn, 1624 Eutaw Place, Baltimore 21217.  Want to learn more about Baltimore City's budget? Curious about where taxpayer dollars are being spent and what new initiatives the City is rolling out this year?  Please join Councilman Eric T. Costello, Chair of the Budget & Appropriations Committee and Baltimore City Bureau of the Budget Director Bob Cenname for a presentation on the City’s Proposed FY2020 Budget.  If you can't make it, please note there will be another forum the following evening, on Thursday, April 25th, at Digital Harbor High School, details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/408023973085949/.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2271313673092014/.

36] – The Baltimore Poor People’s Campaign is holding its next General Meeting on Wed., April 24 from 6 to 8 PM at the Oak Hill Center, 2239 Kirk Ave., Baltimore 21218. If you can attend, have any questions, need a ride (or can give a ride), or would like to help bring food, please email ashley.hufnagel@gmail.com! Look back at the work the Baltimore PPC Committee has done over the last year. A big task is creating an organizing plan for the summer!

37] – MDOT-SHA recently roused anger by dropping mass transit options from plans for Larry Hogan’s pet project, private toll lanes on I-494 and I-270. The agency has scheduled new informational meetings, and there are four in Montgomery County on Wed., April 24 at 6:30 and then at 7:30 PM at Eastern Middle School, 300 University Blvd. E., Silver Spring 20901 on Thurs., April 25 at 6:30  and 7:30 PM at Thomas Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville 20850. Visit https://495-270-p3.com/your-participation/upcoming-events/.

38] – On Wed. April 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, hear about the Venezuelan Humanitarian and Refugee Crisis, hosted by No Lost Generation at American University, American University School of Communication, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016.  Hear from three panelists, one from The Brookings Institution, another from the Organization of American States (OAS), and the last from the Washington Office on Latin America. They will speak about the humanitarian and refugee crisis that is on-going in Venezuela and the surrounding countries. Enjoy a catered reception featuring traditional Venezuelan food following the event. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2250956518555847/.

39] – There are Occupation Free DC meetings hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace - DC Metro on Wed., April 24 and on Wed., May 15 at 7 PM. Contact the group via Facebook Messenger or info@occupationfreedc.org to RSVP and receive the address of each meeting. It's an exciting time to join the Occupation Free DC campaign! Help build power for a campaign to end DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) participation in US-Israel police exchanges. Newcomers are always welcome!  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2254594541451285/?event_time_id=2254594574784615.

40] – The Century Foundation is offering Restoring the Promise of Community Colleges on Thurs., April 25 from 9 to 11 AM at The National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, WDC 20045.  How can we ensure that community colleges—America's quintessential institutions for the aspiring middle class—receive the funding and support they need to provide students an adequate education? That's the question a working group of twenty-two of the nation's leading experts, convened by The Century Foundation, has tackled over two years of in-depth exploration, culminating in a final report to be released later this month. Former U.S. secretary of education John B. King, Jr. and a panel of experts, including Sara Goldrick-Rab, Gail Mellow, Adam Gamoran, Bruce Baker, and more, will discuss the challenges that America’s community colleges face and what we can do to fix them. 

The title of the discussion is Restoring the Promise of Community Colleges. The event will coincide with the release of a new report by an expert panel of more than 20 education leaders and researchers who have been studying community college funding for the past two years.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-introduction-to-instructional-spending-in-higher-ed-tickets-59954661005.

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

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