Thursday, June 20, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 20 -- 21, 2019

46] What do we do about sanctions? -- June 20
47] World Refugee Day at Clavel – June 20
48] Communities United Committee Night Potluck -- June 20
49] Latino Racial Justice Circle – June 20
50] Transforming Community with Food – June 20
51] “Strike Wave: Educators Revolt, from West Virginia to Baltimore” – June 20
52] CODEPINK at the State Department – June 21
53] White House vigil– June 21
54] WIB peace vigils – June 21
46] – On Thurs., June 20 at noon, join CODEPINK and other activists, analysts, and researchers in the Rayburn Office Building Cafeteria, 45 Independence Ave. SW, WDC,  to continue the discussion on sanctions and what we can do about it. You can get lunch and eat while brainstorming. The Center for Economic Policy Research event on Sanctions and the Cost of War will be at the Rayburn Building #2253 from 10 to 11 AM.  RSVP to This event, Sanctions and the Cost of War:  Examining the Human and Economic Costs of US Economic Sanctions on Civilian Population, will focus on the sanctions in Iran and Venezuela, their impact, rationale, legality, and alternatives.

47] – On Thurs., June 20 from 5 to 10 PM, enjoy World Refugee Day at Clavel, 225 W. 23rd St., Baltimore 21211, hosted by the Refugee Youth Project. On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.  Clavel will donate 50% of proceeds to Refugee Youth Project, based right here in Baltimore. See

48] – On Thurs., June 20 at 6 PM, start with a Communities United Committee Night Potluck at 2221 Maryland Ave., Baltimore 21218. Some of the issues for discussion -- Naloxone training, summer youth organizing and other interest areas yet to be determined. Email

49] – On Thurs., June 20 from 6 to 7:30 PM,  Have Honest Conversations: Faith Community Dialogues on Immigration, hosted by Latino Racial Justice Circle,  at the Enoch Pratt Free Library-SE Anchor Branch, 3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224.  All are welcome to this PUBLIC TALK about the Honest Conversations: Faith Community Dialogues on Immigration and Race. You will hear from Dr. Felipe Filomeno and Dr. Tania Lizarazo (UMBC) about how religion, race and immigration have intersected in Baltimore communities. There will be a screening of testimonials by members of faith communities that hosted the Honest Conversations project.   Registration is not required. Attendance is free. Light refreshments will be provided. Email Look at

50] – On Thurs., June 20 from 6 to 8 PM, get with Transforming Community with Food, hosted by the United Way of Central Maryland, Humanim, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore 21213.  Our Emerging Leaders United Influencer Speaker Series brings together dynamic social, community and business leaders to share their insights and lessons learned on their personal and professional journeys. Local industry leaders will talk about building and transforming communities with food.  From 6 to 6:30 PM, check-in, decompress, nourish and network; from 6:30 to 7 PM, welcome, influencer panel discussion and Q&A and from 7 to 8 PM, there is an Optional tour of City Seeds and chance to reflect & connect.  Park in the free lots to the right and the back of the American Brewery Building. See

51] – On Thurs., June 20 from 7 to 9 PM, hear about a book “Strike Wave: Educators Revolt, from West Virginia to Baltimore” at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  Eric Blanc presents his brand new book on the wave of teacher-led agitation against austerity and for education for all, with special guests from 5 school districts in Maryland to discuss social justice educator organizing in their school districts and statewide.  Thirteen months after Trump allegedly captured the allegiance of “the white working class,” a strike wave—the first in over four decades—rocked the United States. Inspired by the wildcat victory in West Virginia, teachers in Oklahoma, Arizona, and across the country walked off their jobs and shut down their schools to demand better pay for educators, more funding for students, and an end to years of austerity.

Confounding all expectations, these working-class rebellions erupted in regions with Republican electorates, weak unions, and bans on public sector strikes. By mobilizing to take their destinies into their own hands, red state school workers posed a clear alternative to politics-as-usual. And with similar actions now gaining steam in Los Angeles, Oakland, Denver, and Virginia, there is no sign that this upsurge will be short-lived.  Visit

52] – On Fri., June 21 at 10:30 AM, Join CODEPINK to deliver petitions to the State Department and then protest outside! Meet at the U.S. State Department, 2201 C St. NW, WDC 20009. Tell Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that if he wants genuine talks with Iran, he must lift economic sanctions and end the threat of war. The Trump administration has been ratcheting up its maximum pressure campaign against Iran, which is pushing us closer to another dangerous and unnecessary war in the Middle East. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims to be open to talks, yet continues to impose brutal sanctions on Iran and threats of military action. For a true no-conditions approach, the U.S. needs to stop its unilateral coercive economic warfare and preparations for war.

After we hand in our petition, we will be outside of the State Department calling for no sanctions and no war with Iran to counter the big rally by the Mujahideen-e-khalq’s (MEK) that will be taking place. The MEK is an exiled Iranian cult group that has little to no support inside Iran because of the alliance it had with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein during the bloody Iraq-Iran. The group supports brutal sanctions and regime change in Iran. Despite having been previously listed as a terrorist organization in the U.S., the MEK has cultivated close ties with members of the Trump administration having paid $140,000 in speaking fees to National Security Advisor John Bolton.  RSVP at

53] –   On Fri.,  June 21 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.

54] – Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE take place on Fri., June 21 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.  45] – On Fri., June 21 enjoy an AFTER VIGIL LUNCH at the Inner Harbor.  Bring Your Own Sandwich or stop by one of the food trucks in the McKeldin Square.

  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

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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