Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- July 25 - 28, 2019

53] Public Work Session – July 25
54] Expand Social Security – July 25
55] Human Trafficking conference – July 25 – 27
56] The Color of Money – July 25
57] Russia and Arms Control – July 25
58] Animal Rights 2019 National Conference – July 25 - 28
59] One Montgomery Green – July 25
60] Creative Forms of Resistance – July 25
61] What’s Next? – July 25
62] No ICE Camps & Prisons in Baltimore – July 25
63] Commemorating the Stonewall Uprising – July 25
64] Rally for Sudan and Yemen!  – July 26
65] Food Rescue – July 26
66] White House vigil– July 26
67] WIB peace vigils – July 26
68] Black Lives Matter/Peace & Justice Vigil – July 26
70] Food Matters – July 26
71] Ballroom Dancing – July 26
53] – On Thurs., July 25 from 10 AM to noon, attend a Public Work Session: Water Accountability & Equity Act!  This is hosted by the Baltimore Right to Water Coalition at Baltimore City Hall, Council Chambers, 4th Floor, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202.  This is the first work session for the Water Accountability & Equity Act!  The Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee is holding the first work session, which is the next step after the May committee hearing.  The Department of Public Works (DPW) will present their amendments to the bill. Dir. Rudy Chow’s DPW opposes the bill, so show up and show strong support!  Say NO to weakening amendments so there is water justice for all Baltimoreans. Look at

54] – On Thurs., July 25 from 10 AM to noon, Expand Social Security at a Hearing on Social Security 2100 Act, hosted by Social Security Works and Latinos for a Secure Retirement in Room 1100, House Ways and Means Committee, Longworth House Office Building, WDC. See

55] – On Thurs., July 25 at 10 AM through Sat., July 27 at 3 PM at Silver Spring 20910, attend the 2019 international "Human Trafficking & Migrants Smuggling Eradication Workshop." If you have even the slightest passion or interest in eliminating the Human Trafficking and Migrants Smuggling (modern day slavery) epidemic particularly, those that involves children, you can't afford to miss-out on this event. This is a purposefully designed actionable workshop which is redefining the future of the international efforts to guard against the deadly phenomenon that has become a blot on the conscience of humanity.  The hidden tragedy of Human Trafficking and Migrants Smuggling (undocumented, irregular and forced migration), widely acclaimed to be the second largest underground criminal industry that is not just destroying and devastating so many lives, families and communities within originating countries but also victims within countries of transit and final destination. See or

56] – On Thurs., July 26 from noon to 1:30 PM, the Economic Policy Institute, 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 600, WDC 20005, come to a talk The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap with Mehrsa Baradaran.  Baradaran challenges the long-standing notion that black banking and community self-help is the solution to the racial wealth gap. These initiatives have functioned as a potent political decoy to avoid more fundamental reforms and racial redress. Examining the fruits of past policies and the operation of banking in a segregated economy, she makes clear that only bolder, more realistic views of banking’s relation to black communities will end the cycle of poverty and promote black wealth. Lunch will be served.  Register at

57] – On Thurs., July 25 at 2 PM, there will be a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment Hearing on Russia and Arms Control in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building, WDC 20515.  Speakers are Thomas Countryman, Arms Control Association; Brian McKeon, Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement; Madelyn Creedon, The Brookings Institution; and Thomas Karako, Center for Strategic and International Studies.  The title of the discussion is Russia and Arms Control: Extending New START or Starting Over?

58] – On Thurs., July 25 at 4 PM through Sun,, July 28 at 10 PM, get over to the Animal Rights 2019 National Conference, hosted by Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)and Compassion Over Killing at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, VA 22311. Since 1981, the Animal Rights National Conference has brought together a diverse group of people bonded in their commitment to animal rights, social change, and sustainable living. See

59] – On Thurs., July 25 from 5:30 to 8 PM, come to an event hosted by One Montgomery Green. Join other members of the community who want to thrive in environmentally sustainable communities. It’s all about Healthy Streams and Water Quality. Speakers will be Caitlin Wall of Potomac Conservancy and Trey Sherard of Anacostia Riverkeeper. The Suggested Donation is $10.  Look at

60] – On Thurs., July 25 from 6 to 7:30 PM, hear a Panel Discussion: Creative Forms of Resistance, hosted by The Jerusalem Fund & Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Tickets are at  Catch Zena Agha, Nehad Khader, and Rasha Abdulhadi, who will discuss the position and perceptions of gender within creative forms of Palestinian resistance, including through film, art, music, and poetry. The speakers will also discuss their own creative work and its location within resistance discourse. This event is part of the Palestine Center's 2019 Summer Intern Lecture Series, “Resist, My People, Resist Them”: Centering the Voices of Palestinian Women in Resistance. This summer lecture series focuses its attention on the genealogical transformation of Palestinian women’s resistance. A light snack will be served at 6 PM.  Visit

61] – On Thurs., July 25 from 6 to 8 PM, DOJ Presents: What's Next? This is hosted by Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings at the Christina Cultural Arts Center, 705 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.  "What's Next?" is a panel discussion around re-entry, tailored for families of returning citizens transitioning out of prison. This event is free and open to the public, but register for a free ticket. Visit

62] -- On Thurs., July 25 from 6:30 to 8 PM, get over to a Sign-Making & Planning to say No ICE Camps & Prisons in Baltimore!  This is hosted by ICE Out of Baltimore and Youth Against War and Racism at 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218-5927. This planning session will be to take action against ICE building a new detention center for immigrants and refugees in Baltimore!  On July 18, the Baltimore Sun announced that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is looking to open a new detention center around Baltimore City. Maryland already has three ICE detention centers in Howard, Worcester, and Frederick counties.  See

63] – On Thurs., July 25 from 7 to 8:30 PM, join the Commemorating the Stonewall Uprising: LGBTQ+ Activism at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008. June 28 marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, nearly a week of unrest sparked by a police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The uprising is often cited as the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. How did the events in New York City affect the gay rights movement in Washington, D.C.? Did they have an effect on the LGBTQ+ resistance in our city? Register at Look at

64] – On Fri., July 26 from 10 AM to noon, Rally for Sudan and Yemen!  This is hosted by Amnesty International USA at 601 New Hampshire Ave. NW, WDC 20037-2405. March from the Embassy of Saudi Arabia to the US Department of State.  Commemorate those who have died during these two conflicts and those who continue to fight for human rights.  Expose the destructive role that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have played in enabling human rights violations.  See

65] – On Fri., July 26 from noon to 1 PM, Fridays at Grace Baptist Church, 3201 The Alameda., Baltimore 21218, are by Food Rescue Baltimore.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Look at

66] –   On Fri.,  July 26 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.

67] – Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE take place on Fri., July 26 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.  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

68] – 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 July 26. Black Lives Matter.

69] – On Fri., July 26 from 6 to 8 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201, hear about On the Wind: east and west coast houseless activists.  Houseless activists from HOUSING OUR NEIGHBORS (HON - Baltimore, MD), RIGHT 2 SURVIVE (R2S - Portland, OR), & PICTURE THE HOMELESS (PTH - NYC) will convene for a public dialogue. These groups are leading a national movement for SLEEP NOT SWEEPS, HOUSE KEYS NOT HANDCUFFS, & THE RIGHT TO REST. Meet leaders from HON, R2S, and PTH. * Learn about serious challenges people are facing across the US, such as police & vigilante violence, exposure to environmental hazards, & more. * Find out about the ingenious ways people are working together to survive. Go to

70] –  On Fri., July 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, get with Food Matters: Foodie Fridays, hosted by Montgomery Parks, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Silver Spring 20902-1369.  Food Recovery and Community Impact features Cheryl Kollin, Program Director, Community Food Rescue, at Brookside Gardens' visitor center. She will talk about food recovery as a way to fight hunger in Montgomery County and decrease food waste at the landfill. Complimentary food and beverages provided. Register at

Kollin is principal of Full Ventures, a business consulting firm. Food Matters is an informative speaker series, sponsored by Montgomery Parks, featuring storytelling from farmers, educators, chefs, community organizers, business professionals and food lovers. Go to

71] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be on July 26. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email

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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