Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 8, 2019

34] Bike Rally for Clean Energy – May 8
35] North Africa: Prospects and Obstacles for the Next Generation – May 8
36] Food Rescue – May 8
37] BARCS Fundraiser May 8
38] Meet South Korean Peace Leader Lee Taeho – May 8
39] School of Food and Food Rescue Baltimore – May 8
40] Perry Hall Green New Deal Town Hall – May 8
41] National Lawyers Guild Happy Hour – May 8
42] Benefit for Refugees and Immigrants – May 8
43] Day of Unity 2019 – May 8
44] Quaker Change Maker series event – May 8
45] Book talk What is democracy? – May 8
46] Video: "From Paris to Pittsburgh: The Climate for Change is Now" – May 8
47] Gun Violence Prevention Forum – May 8
34]  – On Wed., May 8 from  10:15  to 11:15 AM, get over to the Bike Ride Kickoff Rally, hosted by CCAN Action Fund at the Annapolis City Dock, Dock St, Annapolis 21401.  The Clean Energy Jobs Act has PASSED the Maryland state legislature - with a supermajority in both houses! The bill will increase our renewable electricity standard to 50% by 2030 and put us on the path to 100% by 2040. Now it is on to Governor Hogan's desk for signature. Activists Vinny and Jamie DeMarco will be embarking on a bike ride from the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis to Ellicott City to symbolize how Maryland residents are connected in the fight against climate change, from the communities hardest hit to the decision makers in Annapolis.

  Join CCAN, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, and Interfaith Power & Light DMV for a send-off rally in Annapolis with the message: "Hogan, Sign it for the Climate!" RSVP here:  This bill isn't perfect. This year our legislature failed to remove incineration from the state's renewable electricity policy (incineration makes up about 3% of the state's current standard; wind, solar and hydro make up 87%). But as a whole, the Clean Energy Jobs Act is a remarkable bill, which takes huge and historic steps to fight climate change and create jobs. And we have no time to delay on serious climate action. See

35] – On Wed., May 8 from noon to 4 PM, catch North Africa: Prospects and Obstacles for the Next Generation, hosted by the Middle East Institute, 1319 18th St. NW, WDC 20036.  Tickets are at  The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Southern Methodist University Tower Center for Political Studies are pleased to host a half-day conference on the ongoing turmoil in North Africa and its implications for the region's future. Two keynote addresses and three panels will delve into the democratic transitions across the region, prospects for regional coordination in trade and diplomacy, and the role of the public and private sectors in encouraging economic growth. This event is free and open to the public. Register at Visit

36] -- Wednesdays at the Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211 by Food Rescue Baltimore continue on Wed., May 8 from noon to 1 PM. Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. See

37] –   On Wed., May 8 at 11 AM, be at the BARCS Fundraiser at the Abbey Burger Bistro, 1041 Marshall St., Baltimore 21230.  The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) treats 11,000 unwanted, abused and stray animals enter the doors  each year – dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, even wildlife and exotic animals. BARCS is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization operating Maryland’s largest open-admission animal shelter and adoption center, nestled in downtown Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood. Mention ‘BARCS’ and 15% of your sales will be donated! See

38] – On Wed., May 8 from  2 to 4 PM, meet South Korean Peace Leader Lee Taeho, hosted by Korea Peace Network and Peace Action, 1957 E. St. NW, WDC 20052-0041.  The conversation is entitled People Power: The Role of South Korean and US Civil Society in Building Peace on the Korean Peninsula.  Taeho is part of the South Korean Peace Movement and a Candlelight Revolution Leader.  Go to

39] – On Wed., May 8 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] – The Perry Hall Green New Deal Town Hall is on Wed., May 8 at 2 PM in the Baltimore County Public Library - Perry Hall Branch, 9685 Honeygo Boulevard, Perry Hall 21128. Call 443-900-3236.

41] – On Wed., May 8 at 5:30 PM,  join the Maryland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild for a Happy Hour at the bar at Ida B's Table, 235 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202.  Help celebrate the end of the school year for law students, and the end of law school for the Spring 2019 Juris Doctorate candidates. Food will be available, and law students get one free drink. Check out

42] – On Wed., May 8 from 6 to 8 PM, get over to Journey to Jobs Happy Hour benefiting the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), 1785 Florida Ave. NW, WDC 20009-2657.  The Committee has a Livelihoods Program in El Salvador! Through this program, USCRI helps young adults who have been deported to receive job training, counseling, legal assistance, and employment opportunities.  A ticket is $20. All donations and proceeds from the night will directly benefit USCRI's Livelihoods program.  Throughout its 100-year history, thousands of immigrants, refugees, and uprooted people have been helped to build dignified lives with their rights respected and protected. Learn more at Visit

43] -- On Wed., May 8 from  6:30 to 8:30 PM, get over to a Day of Unity 2019, hosted by Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC, 3520 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008.  In observance of the 2019 Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington’s Day of Unity, members of the Shambhala and Shirat HaNefesh communities will join together to get acquainted and learn about asylum-seeking in the US. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE OFFERED. Visit

44] – The next Quaker Change Maker series event is on Wed., May 8 at 6:30 PM at 235 2nd St. NE, WDC 20002.  Friends Arthur Meyer Boyd and Margaret Boyd Meyer will talk about their experiences in Palestine and Israel.  Despite the military occupation, a Quaker school is thriving in Palestine. How are Quaker values providing hope and building a foundation for a peaceful, just future? How does the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affect daily life in Israel and Palestine? What might the future hold for this troubled region? Attend in person or virtually to hear from Meg and Arthur Boyd who recently spent six months at Ramallah Friends School in Palestine. This talk will be preceded by silent worship at 5:15 PM. Register at

45] – On Wed., May 8 from 7 to 9 PM, Astra Taylor discusses her book "Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone" at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. What is democracy really? What do we mean when we use the term? And can it ever truly exist?  There is no shortage of democracy, at least in name, and yet it is in crisis everywhere we look. From a cabal of thieving plutocrats in the White House to rising inequality and xenophobia worldwide, it is clear that democracy—specifically the principle of government by and for the people—is not living up to its promise.  Astra Taylor shows that real democracy—fully inclusive and completely egalitarian—has in fact never existed. In a tone that is both philosophical and anecdotal, weaving together history, theory, the stories of individuals, and conversations with such leading thinkers as Cornel West, Danielle Allen, and Wendy Brown, Taylor invites us to reexamine the term. Is democracy a means or an end, a process or a set of desired outcomes? What if the those outcomes, whatever they may be—peace, prosperity, equality, liberty, an engaged citizenry—can be achieved by non-democratic means? Or if an election leads to a terrible outcome? If democracy means rule by the people, what does it mean to rule and who counts as the people? Call (443) 602 7611 or go to

46] – On Wed., May 8 from 7 to 9 PM, see a Video: "From Paris to Pittsburgh: The Climate for Change is Now" presented by the Greenbelt Climate Action Network (GCAN) in the Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt 20770. This 78-minute film shows how mayors, governors, community groups, businesses, and others are stepping up, embracing solutions like renewable energy and reaping benefits. This is a National Geographic documentary from 2018 Go to

47] – On Wed., May 8 from 7 to 9 PM, come to a Gun Violence Prevention Forum - Montgomery County, hosted by Moms Demand Action at Earle B. Wood Middle, 14615 Bauer Dr., Rockville 20853.  Tickets are at  This Gun Violence Prevention Forum will include Congressperson David Trone with Special Guest Congresswoman Lucy McBath!  RSVP at

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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