Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 16 - 19, 2019

50] Monthly Legal Clinics for Restaurant Workers – May 16
51] Water Accountability and Equity Act May 16
52] Communities United May Committee Night Potluck – May 16
53] Dine for a Cause – May 16
54] Support Tahirih Justice Center -- May 16
55] The 19th Amendment – May 16
56] Baltimore Birding Weekend – May 17 - 19
57] Celebrate ACLU’s 100th birthday – May 17 -- 19
58] WIB peace vigils – May 17
59] White House vigil May 17
60] Black Lives Matter – May 17
50] – On Thurs., May 16 from 1 to 5 PM, get over to the Monthly Legal Clinics for Restaurant Workers organized by the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC (ROC-DC).  The clinics will continue at 1 PM on Thurs., June 20 and Thurs., July 18.  Tickets can be gotten at RSVP at  Visit

51] – On Thurs., May 16 from 5 to 8 PM, get over to the Public Hearing: Water Accountability and Equity Act, hosted by Baltimore Right to Water Coalition at the Baltimore City Hall, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202. This public hearing for the Water Accountability and Equity Act will have a positive impact for Baltimore City AND County residents!  Arrive by 4:30 PM to sign in to testify, and wear blue to show your support for affordable water!

  The Water Accountability and Equity Act, introduced by Mayor Jack Young, is a comprehensive solution to problems plaguing our water system. It creates a Water-for-All Affordability Program to ensure water bills are affordable for low-income households, and it creates the Office of the Customer Advocate to provide an effective, timely and accountable process to resolve billing disputes.  The bill will be heard in the Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee.  It is expected that the Department of Public Works will attempt to weaken the bill. Show that there’s overwhelming public support for strong legislation that will correct Baltimore’s water woes and bring more accountability and equity into the water billing system. Contact Rianna Eckel - 410-394-7652, See

52] –The Communities United May Committee Night Potluck is on Thurs., May 16 at 6 PM at the CU office, Second Floor, 2221 Maryland Ave., Baltimore 21218. Celebrate recent successes and make plans that build toward future ones. Make new friends over good food!  Throughout the evening, be part of a video testimonial urging Mayor Jack Young to amend former Mayor Pugh's budget to be a moral one. Prepare for the City Council's Taxpayer Night on May 29. Make sure these voices are loud and clear as this year's budget is finalized. Share summer plans, including a summer session of a Youth Organizing Leadership Academy and working with the BRIDGES Coalition, organizing pop-up sites across the city to educate neighbors about overdose prevention and overall harm reduction strategies. Learn about fundraising efforts for a trip to Detroit in late July for the national People's Convention. Email

53] – On Thurs., May 16 from 6 to 9 PM, Dine for a Cause, hosted by Stella Kocharyan, Realtor at the Syriana Cafe & Gallery, 8180 Main St., Ellicott City 21043.
Tickets are at Baltimore, Maryland - Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief Invites you to DINE FOR A CAUSE! Enjoy your delicious 3 course dinner to help raise money to support Armenian Orphans in Javakh Summer Camp, Armenia! See

54] – On Thurs., May 16 from 6 to 9 PM, Bmore Together unites for Tahirih Justice Center at the Wayward Smokehouse, 1117 S. Charles St., Baltimore 21230.  Since 1997, Tahirih has been providing free legal and socials services to immigrant women and children fleeing violence. A portion of the food and beverage proceeds will go to Tahirih. Come ready to bid on a few silent auction items and bring clothing donations as well. Check out

55] – On Thurs., May 16 from 7 to 8:30 PM, get with The 19th Amendment, Power, Media, and the Making of a Movement, hosted by the US National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004.  Tickets are at What methods did suffragists use to communicate their message, and how did public representations of women shape the battle for the 19th Amendment? Moderated by Tamara Keith, NPR White House Correspondent and co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast, panelists Rebecca Boggs Roberts, author of "Suffragists in Washington, DC"; Elisabeth Griffith, author of "In Her Own Right"; and Linda Lumsden, professor of journalism, University of Arizona, will discuss the unparalleled communications machine of the suffrage movement and how that struggle in the early 1900s continues to shape the women’s movement today. This is presented in partnership with the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative and the National Women’s History Alliance.  "Rightfully Hers," a new exhibit to mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment, will open this year.  Go to

56] –  Registration is open for the 3rd annual Baltimore Birding Weekend, an important fundraiser for the Patterson Park Audubon Center from Fri., May 17 through Sun., May 19. Audubon’s award-winning urban birding festival will consist of an exciting itinerary of bird watching field trips entirely in and around the city limits of Baltimore. Some of the field trips include Patterson Park, Fort McHenry, a boat & bus trip to Hart-Miller Island and a hike through historic Green Mount Cemetery! The purpose of Audubon's Baltimore Birding Weekends is to provide guided experiences that connect people to the city's waterfront and green spaces, highlight the incredible wildlife diversity that can be discovered in our urban parks, wetlands, and ecological restoration sites, and have a fun time birding in and exploring Charm City. 135 species were tallied during our 2018 event!  Register at

57] – The ACLU100 Experience is happening starting on Fri., May 17 from 10 AM to 8 PM.  It continues on Sat., May 18 from 10 AM to 8 PM and Sun., May 19 from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Celebrate the ACLU's 100th birthday at 700 F St. NW.  There will be delicious food, free Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and much more. RSVP at

58] – On Fri., May 17 from noon to 1 PM, join a Women in Black peace vigil. A vigil will take place in McKeldin Square at the corner of Light and Pratt Sts.  STAY FOR LUNCH at Baba's Kitchen.  Warm-up, dry off, and enjoy a vegetarian chili lunch and lots of good conversation. Bring a side or topping for the chili.  There are still places at the table; invite a friend to come along with you.

Another noon vigil is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St, Baltimore. 21211. However, if weather is iffy, contact Bob at Even if there is no vigil, lunch will take place at 1 PM at the Greenway Room, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore 21211.

A third vigil will be in Chestertown, Kent County at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row.  This vigil is looking for more peace bodies on the Eastern Shore.  Welcome to the network, Chestertown Women in Black.

Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather.  Peace signs will be available. When there are others to stand with, you don't need to carry the burden alone. Do this to be in solidarity with others....when everything around us says “Be afraid of the stranger.” Carpool and parking available. Just send an email that you need a ride to:

59] – On Fri.,  May 17 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! This vigil will take place at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contract Art @ or at 202-360-6416.

60] – There is usually a silent vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends Meeting, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on May 17. Black Lives Matter.  

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] 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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