Thursday, June 13, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 13 -14, 2019

45] Building Worker Power – June 13
46] Film PRETTY UGLY – June 13
47] Poor Peoples Campaign meeting – June 13
48] Discussion on Black People and Criminal Justice – June 13
50] Reset Retirement – June 14
51] White House vigil– June 14
52] WIB peace vigils – June 14
53] “Temporary Protected Status” – June 14
45] – On Thurs., June 13 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, hear about Strategies for Building Worker Power, hosted by the Economic Policy Institute, 1225 I St. NW, #600, WDC 20005. A growing body of research shows the systematic erosion of workers' bargaining power over the past 40-plus years is at the root of wage stagnation for working people and rising inequality. If policymakers wish to address these issues, they must look to policies that build up worker power. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP at

46] – On Thurs., June 13 from 6 to 8 PM, See the film “Pretty Ugly,” as part of a Fundraiser Party at the Brookeville Beer Farm, 20315 Georgia Ave., Brookeville 20833. Support a powerful new documentary about toxic chemicals in personal care products and cosmetics. Watch an extended excerpt of the film. Discover tools to avoid harmful ingredients in a post-screening discussion with the filmmaker, and discover Beautycounter, a skincare and cosmetics company whose mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone.  Look at

47] – On Thurs., June 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, attend the Montgomery County Regional Monthly Meeting - Poor People's Campaign at the Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW, WDC 20012. Light refreshments and hot beverages will be served. See

48] – On Thurs., June 13 from 7 to 9 PM, catch the When They See Us Community Discussion on Black People and Criminal Justice, hosted by the Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network at George Mason's University School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, 3434 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington 22201. Have you seen the series When They See Us? Has it stirred up strong emotions? Go to

49] – On Thurs., June 13 from 7 to 9 PM, BEN DANGL PRESENTS "THE FIVE HUNDRED YEAR REBELLION" at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  After centuries of colonial domination and a twentieth century riddled with dictatorships, indigenous peoples in Bolivia embarked upon a social and political struggle that would change the country forever. As part of that project activists took control of their own history, starting in the 1960s by reaching back to oral traditions and then forward to new forms of print and broadcast media. This book tells the fascinating story of how indigenous Bolivians recovered and popularized histories of past rebellions, political models, and leaders, using them to build movements for rights, land, autonomy, and political power. Drawing from rich archival sources and the author’s lively interviews with indigenous leaders and activist-historians. The book describes how movements tapped into centuries-old veins of oral history and memory to produce manifestos, booklets, and radio programs on histories of resistance, wielding them as tools to expand their struggles and radically transform society. Dangl has a PhD in Latin American history from McGill University and has worked as a journalist throughout Latin America for over fifteen years, covering politics and protest movements for outlets such as The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The Nation, Salon, Vice, and NACLA Report on the Americas.

50] –   Reset Retirement: Solutions for the 21st Century will be promoted by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Director, Retirement Security, EPI, and Teresa Ghilarducci, Schwartz Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research, on Fri., June 14 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM at the Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325), Russell Senate Office Building, 2 Constitution Ave. NE, WDC 20002.  There will be panel discussion which will examine key policy solutions for the ongoing retirement crisis. Reform the current system to ensure all workers can breathe easy in old age. This event will be followed by a delicious lunch. The discussion will be led by Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers, Tony James, Executive Vice Chairman, Blackstone and co-author of “Rescuing Retirement,” and others.  Register at

51] – On Fri.,  June 14 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.

52] – Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE take place on Fri., June 14 from noon to 1 PM.  One is at McKeldin Square, corner of Light and Pratt Sts., in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore.  Use the purple circulator line.    Another is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore.  Free Parking available. Vigil at noon. Lunch in the Greenway Room is at 1 PM. If there's a storm, there is no vigil, but there will be lunch. Contact Anne:  The final vigil is in Chestertown, Kent County on the Eastern Shore at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row. Email

53] – On Fri., June 14 from 2 to 3:30 PM, catch a briefing Partially Protected? Non-Asylum Protection in the U.S. and E.U., hosted by the U.S. Helsinki Commission in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2237.  Tickets are at  The United States and the European Union give legal protection to some people who flee armed conflict or natural disaster, but do not qualify them as refugees. In the United States, the Secretary of Homeland Security designates countries of origin for “Temporary Protected Status” (TPS), enabling their nationals to legally remain in the United States and work until and unless the Secretary terminates the designation. Approximately 417,000 individuals from 10 countries currently have TPS, living in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. commonwealths and territories. In 2018, more than 100,300 people were granted similar non-asylum protection, on an individual basis, across the 28 countries of the European Union.

Since 2017, the United States has extended TPS for Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, and announced terminations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. Lawsuits have challenged the terminations. To date, Members of Congress have introduced at least 10 TPS-focused bills in the 116th Congress. This briefing will explore the background and implementation of non-asylum protection in the United States and Europe—including whether some European Union Member States are according this protection even when asylum claims are credible—legislative and legal responses, and implications for policy, law, and protection. See ttps://

To be continued.

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"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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