Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- July 31 -- August 1, 2019

30] Are Sanctions working? – July 31
31] Whistleblower Summit Panel on Dialysis – July 31
32] Food Rescue – July 31
33] Who Gets to Live Where? – July 31
34] What DC Do You Live In? – July 31
35] Physical Sanctuary Readiness Workshop – July 31
36] Poets in Protest – July 31
37] Watch Party – July 31
38] CODEPINK watch party – July 31
39] Larry Hogan vs. Free Speech – Aug. 1
40] What is a community school? – Aug. 1
41] Extinction Rebellion meeting – Aug. 1
42] Hometown News – Aug. 1
43] Celebration of Local Food & Community – Aug. 1
44] How recycling works – Aug. 1
45] Sierra Club meeting – Aug. 1
30] – On Wed., July 31 from 9 to 11:45 AM, hear a discussion of Are Sanctions Working?  It will take place at Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 2nd Floor, WDC 20036. Go to  Two of the discussants will be Under Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelkar and Peter Flanagan, Covington & Burling LLP. Whether more robust sanctions regimes have won any clear victories is a matter of debate.   In the last three years, U.S.-imposed unilateral and secondary sanctions regimes have sought to influence North Korea, Russia, Iran, and Venezuela.  But countries that have been subject to sanctions for years have found ways to adjust to U.S. moves.  This conference will review the efficacy of the new style of U.S. sanctions, understand what is contributing to their success or failure, and gauge their future.  Speakers will also explore how sustained use of sanctions is impacting one universally important sector: the energy sector.

31] – On Wed., July 31 from noon to 1 PM, catch the Whistleblower Summit Panel on Dialysis, hosted by GenoMed, Inc. Go to GenoMed will be at the 8th Annual Whistleblower Summit testifying that dialysis should be obsolete:  See

32] -- Wednesdays at the Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211 by Food Rescue Baltimore continue on Wed., July 24 from noon to 1 PM. Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. See

33] –On Wed., July 31 from 6 to 8 PM, get answers to Who Gets to Live Where? with “The Lines Between Us” author Lawrence Lanahan, hosted by Impact Hub, 10 East North Ave., Baltimore 21202.  There will be a panel with Adriana Foster, Matt Hill & Johnette Richardson (Bio's below) with an opportunity for a Q & A & book signing. Stable, affordable housing is foundational to community wealth building. It never comes easy. In “The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide” Lanahan asks three Baltimoreans how they are helping renters and owners to live where they choose, build wealth in a community they care about, and fight outside pressure on affordable housing.   Hill is an attorney with Public Justice Center; Foster is a leadership worker with United Workers. Richardson is the deputy director of Neighborhood Housing Services Baltimore and the former executive director of Belair Edison Neighborhoods, Inc. Lanahan was a producer at WYPR’s Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast from 2009 to 2013. See

34] – On Wed., July 31 from 6 to 8 PM, check out What DC Do You Live In? This is a Workshop about Gentrification, Displacement & Race, hosted by the YWCA National Capital Area at Franklin D. Reeves Municipal Center, 2000 14th St. NW, WDC 20009. Washington, D.C. is struggling to integrate new development and residents into long standing communities and culture. These changes cause disruption, displacement, and disdain. This real conversation about gentrification and race will be focused on how displacement impacts schools, communities, families, businesses and individuals, along with giving time for dialogue and sharing. We want all voices heard and encourage you to bring diverse thoughts to the table.  The nearest Metro is U St. /African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Station Center. Look at

35] – On Wed., July 31 from 6:30 to 9 PM, there is a Physical Sanctuary Readiness Workshop, hosted by Congregation Action Network and Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda 20814.  Enjoy a light supper and social time. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ATTENDANCE.  Registrants must be affiliated with a faith community or group doing work in immigration justice.

The calls for physical sanctuary in the DC Metro area are increasing as the administration's immoral policies put more and more people at risk of detention and deportation. ​Threats of mass deportations continue this weekend despite the 2-week hiatus. A call from ICE for thousands more detention beds across the nation, including within 50 miles of local ICE field offices underlines the administration's aggressive detention-to-deportation program. ​​Our immigrant siblings are under siege across the region and the Nation.  The ​Congregation Action Network and Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church - the sanctuary home of Rosa Gutierrez Lopez - are offering a workshop for regional faith communities that have already declared their intention to provide physical sanctuary, those still contemplating it, and those congregations that would like to support sanctuary congregations. We'll go in depth to answer your questions, what's involved, how to get organized, and offer various models for hosting an immigrant or immigrant family in protective residence when they otherwise are facing immediate deportation.  See

36] – On Wed., July 31 from 7 to 8 PM, get over to Poets in Protest: Tyler French + Regie Cabico, hosted by Loyalty Books, 827 Upshur St. NW, WDC 20011.  French and Cabico will be in conversation with Malik Thompson.  Thompson invites local and national poets to Loyalty to discuss their work and acts of resistance through their work. Cabico has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, TEDx Talk and NPR's Snap Judgement. French is a writer, organizer, and public humanist living in Washington, D.C. Look at

37] – On Wed., July 31 from 7:30 to 10:30 PM, watch the 2nd Democratic Presidential Debate, hosted by Mobtown Shank and Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Rd., Baltimore 21211. Watch Night 2 at Eightbar. It's first come, first served. But it is capped at 30 people. Look at

38] – Come to a 2020 Democratic Debate Watch Party, Night 2, on Wed., July 31 at 8 PM at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Sts.  CODEPINK does not expect the candidates to spend as much time as they should discussing important foreign policy issues — preventing a war with Iran, ending US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula, stopping US support for Israel's war on Palestinians — but the group is looking forward to seeing what they say and where they stand on the issues. Check out the President for Peace materials, and watch the debates together. Go to or email

39] – On Thurs., Aug. 1 at 4 PM, hear about Larry Hogan vs. Free Speech.  COME AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT for our right to demonstrate and protest using boycotts, divestment and sanctions without government interference. The House of Delegates in Annapolis REFUSED to sanction those who participate in boycotts, Governor Hogan took matters into his own hands, penalized the action by Executive Order. Ali v. Hogan has been set for a hearing before Judge Catherine Blake, Courtroom 7D, US DISTRICT COURT,  101 W Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201.  Arrive one hour early at 3PM. and bring a photo Identification for entrance to the courthouse. Laptops, cell phones, other electronics are not allowed in the building. READ MORE ON THIS case and others in the USA at

40] –   What is a community school? How will it impact next school year? How is it different from our current schools? Come out to the next civic academy on Thurs., Aug. 1 at 5 PM with the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools Prince George's County and PGCEA and learn everything that you need to know about community schools. A light dinner will be provided.  RSVP at Learn more about the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools at

41] –  On Thurs., Aug. 1 from 5:30 to 7:15 PM, come to an XR August Meeting, hosted by Extinction Rebellion Baltimore at Zen And The City Massage And Wellness Boutique, 811 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201. Reflect on some recent actions, plan upcoming actions, and also discuss how to navigate the climate crisis. Part of the discussion will involve this paper:  Some light, plant-based snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring a dish/snack you love, preferably plant-based! Check out

42] – On Thurs., Aug. 1 from 6 to 7:30 PM, check out How will America's hometowns get news from the Capitol? This is hosted by the National Press Club Journalism Institute. Tickets are $5 to $10.  What’s next for regional reporting: How to produce meaningful journalism in an era of shrinking newsroom budgets, diminished public trust and fake news.  The regional reporters who cover the nation’s capital for audiences outside the Beltway today face a host of challenges: Shrinking newsroom budgets have closed or decimated many D.C. bureaus, leaving those reporters who remain under major pressure to fill the gaps. The nation’s federal offices are more opaque than ever, making it difficult for journalists to hold them accountable on behalf of the public. And the public itself has become increasingly skeptical of–and sometimes hostile toward–the news media. How can regional reporting adapt to, and once again thrive in, this environment?

Hear a conversation among four distinguished panelists with distinct perspectives on the topic: Veteran regional reporter Jerry Zremski will discuss how his job has changed after three decades in Washington and his biggest challenges as he seeks to keep his readers informed about what their representatives are doing in D.C; the Pew Research Center’s Michael Barthel will share his research about the local news landscape and public trust in journalism; and former U.S. Reps. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., and Jim Moran, D-Va., will talk about their experiences being covered by local and regional reporters and how the changing face of the news media impacted the way their constituents engaged with them.  The program will be held in the First Amendment Lounge, and registration is required. The cost is $5 for members of the National Press Club and $10 for non-members. Please register at

43] – On Thurs., Aug. 1 from 6 to 8 PM, enjoy a Celebration of Local Food & Community with Patagonia DC, hosted by PAKKE at Common Good City Farm, 300 V St. NW, WDC 20001. Get tickets at This is a farm to table dinner at Common Good City Farm to celebrate local food and enjoy a night of community togetherness, and to benefit Honeyflower Foods who will create a menu from locally-sourced food to share. Come enjoy a night on the farm with good food, good drinks from Right Proper brewing Co, Lubanzi Wines, and Blue Ridge 'Bucha all for a good cause.

44] –    On Thurs., Aug. 1 from 6:30 to 8 PM, get an answer to How Recycling Really Works (The Basics & Beyond), hosted by Recycling in Frederick County at Frederick County Public Libraries, 110 East Patrick St., Frederick 21701. Tickets are at  Sign up for this free program to learn how what you do at home is part of a complex global industry. This crash course, led by staff of the County Office of Recycling, will cover: how to recycle effectively, what can (and can't) be recycled in Frederick County (and why), and describe the impact that “wish-cycling” of non-recyclable materials has on the program. Please note: this class is geared towards adults. Participants may bring in packaging or material samples they have questions about. Look at

45] – Attend a Sierra Club/Washington County Members Meeting on Thurs., Aug 1 from 6:30 to 8 PM, organized by Catoctin Group at 18047 Oak Ridge Drive, Hagerstown 21740. Contact Douglas Arnall at or 301-991-6323.  There will be a presentation on Monarch Butterflies by Sandy Sagalkin, co-director of The Monarch Alliance. Also to be discussed is helping on a Street Tree Survey for the City of Hagerstown.

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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