Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- August 29 -- September 1, 2019

44] Clip boarding for Bernie – Aug. 29
45] DSA Happy Hour – Aug. 29
46] Voters & Elections in Latin America – Aug. 29
47] Move Beyond Coal – Aug. 29
48] Effective Testimony and Letter Writing 101 workshop – Aug. 29
49] Council President's Legislative Town Hall – Aug. 29
50] Meeting of the Baltimore County Progressive Democrats Club -- Aug. 29
51] Elephants Up Close & Personal – Aug. 30
52] Maryland Vegan Restaurant Weeks – Aug. 30 – 31
53] Food Rescue – Aug. 30
54] White House vigil– Aug. 30
55] WIB peace vigils – Aug. 30
56] Black Lives Matter/Peace & Justice Vigil – Aug. 30
57] Salvadoran Women at the Forefront of Struggle – Aug. 30 
58] Labor Day Retreat – Aug. 30 – Sept. 1
59] Greenbelt Labor Day Festival -- Aug. 30
60] Ballroom Dancing – Aug. 30
44] – Clip boarding for Bernie is hosted by Terps for Bernie 2020 on Thurs., Aug. 29 at 1 PM and noon on Fri., Aug. 30 at the University of Maryland, College Park 20742.  Get tickets at  Join Terps for Bernie to clipboard-field canvass and engage student voters about Bernie Sanders and the 2020 election! If you're new to Terps for Bernie, sign up to join and RSVP for the event here:  If you're a current member of Terps for Bernie, you may RSVP for the event here: Visit

45] On Thurs., Aug. 29 from 5 to 8 PM, come to a New Member Happy Hour, hosted by Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America at Laughing Pint, 3531 Gough St., Baltimore 21224.  Bring your roommates, your friends, your kids - all are welcome!  Get to know each other, talk a bit about the organization and its work, and have some laughs!  Email Go to

46] – On Thurs., Aug. 29 from 6 to 8 PM, catch Voters & Elections in Latin America: How Much Choice is Too Much, hosted by Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame, 1400 16th St. NW, Suite 120, WDC 20036.  Citizens in Ecuador, El Salvador, and Honduras now face the nearly impossible task of voting for up to 24 different candidates for congress. Join a discussion with a panel of experts sharing surprising new research and experience from the field about the advantages and limits of open electoral systems.  View the panelists and RSVP at  Go to

47] – On Thurs., Aug. 29 from 6 to 8 PM, get over to Move Beyond Coal: SMECO Member Meeting, hosted by Southern Maryland Sierra Club at  Middleton Hall, 4045 Renner Road, Waldorf 20602. Tickets are at  Each year, SMECO holds a Member Meeting, where customers can speak directly to the Board of Directors and the President and CEO, ask questions and make their voices heard.  Take this opportunity to elevate the need for a just and equitable transition from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy sources.

  SMECO has taken many environmentally friendly actions recently, including applying for grants for electric vehicle infrastructure for the region, which will help reduce emissions from our transportation sector. This is a praiseworthy action, and we need to show SMECO’s leadership that we appreciate their environmentally friendly moves.  Stress to SMECO the importance of moving away as rapidly as possible from dirty fossil fuels like Coal. Currently, 15% of all energy distributed by SMECO comes from Coal. Urge a policy of total divestment from Coal and a matching investment in clean renewable energy sources.  Look at

48] – On Thurs, Aug. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, the Howard County Sierra Club is hosting an Effective Testimony and Letter Writing 101 workshop at the Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City 21042.  Contact Patricia Soffen at or (410) 869-0552.  Do you want to make a difference in Howard County Legislation and Policies, but don't know where to start? Learn about local legislation that is up for consideration in September by the County Council, along with how best to write and/or read testimony to the County Council. Council Member Liz Walsh will be speaking about the CB-38 that she introduced to the council. CB-38, The Patapsco Lower North Branch Bill, aims to protect and preserve our trees, forests, waterways, neighborhoods, and historic areas in this watershed. The public hearing for CB-38 will be held on September 16th at the George Howard Building and the Council vote will take place on October 7th.

49] – On Thurs., Aug. 29 from 6:30 to 8 PM, come to the Council President Brandon M. Scott's Legislative Town Hall at the Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries, 6000 Radecke Ave., Baltimore 21206.  RSVP at*.  On July 31, Council President Scott released a legislative and policy proposal for the Baltimore City Council to clean up city government, build safer and stronger neighborhoods, invest in youth, and bring an equity framework to governance. The Council President is taking that proposal out of City Hall and into neighborhoods across Baltimore.

The Council President wants your feedback on the City Council's priorities through 2020 and to hear your ideas. Your input will shape the policy proposal moving forward. You may also email with your feedback and ideas. You can view the Legislative & Policy Proposal at  To view the other scheduled Legislative Town Hall events, visit  Go to

50] – On Thurs., Aug. 29 from 7 to 9 PM, check out the monthly meeting of the Baltimore County Progressive Democrats Club at 301 Allegheny Ave., Towson 21204-4258. Hear a report from the HOME Act coalition and on what state/county election data shows about 2020 and beyond--leading to new MDP statewide field program. There will be a panel discussion on lessons learned from running for office (Del. Shelly Hettleman, MDP's Ben Smith, Sachin Hebbar, and Sheila Ruth).  See

51] –  On Fri., Aug. 30 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM, get the word on Elephants Up Close & Personal,  hosted by Catonsville Senior Center Council, 501 N. Rolling Rd., Catonsville 21228.  Center members Larry & Hilde Martin will discuss their re- cent trip to Kenya for an up close and personal look at the elephant conservation efforts of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.  It was founded in 1977 and a pioneer in the rescue and hand rearing of orphaned baby elephants. Over a 10 day period in August 2018, the Martins were immersed in The Orphans Project, visiting the nursery unit in Nairobi and all three reintegration units in Tsavo National Park.  Visit

52] –On Fri., Aug. 30 from 11 AM to 11 PM and on Sat., Aug. 31 from 10 AM to 11 PM, Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week continues with Wicked Sisters and Maryland Vegan Eats at 3845 Falls Road, Baltimore 21211. The Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week will continue until Sept. 1.  You can make reservations in advance by going to Look at

53] – On Fri., Aug. 30 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

54] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Aug. 30 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649,  

55] – Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE take place on Fri., Aug. 30 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 from the food trucks in 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 from noon to 1 PM. Lunch in the Bistro 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

56] – 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 Aug. 30. Black Lives Matter.

57] – On Fri., Aug. 30 from 6 to 9 PM, hear from Salvadoran Women at the Forefront of Struggle, hosted by DC CISPES at 1525 Newton St, NW, WDC 20010-3103.  The long legacy of Salvadoran resistance in the face of colonial, imperialist, and capitalist exploitation guides today’s struggles against escalating attacks. The Salvadoran and global elite continue to push the same kinds of destructive profit-driven economic and political models that their predecessors pushed during the country’s military dictatorships and the Salvadoran social movements continue to fight back!

Join us for a night of community learning to build local and international solidarity. We will be joined by water defense and labor rights activistas and feminist political leaders from El Salvador AND by local Guatemalan activist and organizer with La ColectiVA and the For Us, Not Amazon coalition, Yolanda Corado Cendejas. Yolanda will share about their important anti-gentrification and immigrant rights work at the local level. Look at
58] – The Labor Day retreat will be held Fri., Aug. 30 through Sun., Sept. 1 in Camden, NJ. Sisters Ardeth and Carol are lined up to do a presentation on the wonderful work they’ve been doing with the U.N. nuclear weapon abolition treaty. Brendan Fay, a gay activist working on the St. Pat’s For All campaign in NYC, may do a presentation on the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Another possibility might be Norman Lowry speaking on his work resisting military recruiting, and his recent stint in prison for same. Finally, Bill Hartman and Joe Byrne hope to do a session on The Work That Reconnects, an eco-project of Buddhist activist Joanna Macy.  There will also be, of course, shared prayer, shared meals, and a talent show!

Email Jonah House [] to indicate if you plan on attending the retreat, and how many will be in your group. Can you prepare a meal for the retreat community?  Or you willing to coordinate child care?  Can you help plan the Bible Study/Liturgy on Sunday.  The proposal is that the retreat will begin on Friday and end at mid-day on Sunday, which means not staying on until Monday, which is Labor Day. However, the retreat center will be available until Monday mid-day.  So there is a possibility of some folks remaining behind to do support work for the Kings Bay Plowshares. Keep in your thoughts and prayers friends who are dealing with cancer (Heidi Hynes and Lin Romano), recovering from accidents (Scott Schaeffer-Duffy), and recovering from acts of nature (friends at Anathoth Farm, in Wisconsin, who recently were hit by a devastating tornado).

59] –   Go to the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, hosted by Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt Democratic Club, P.O. Box 824, Greenbelt 20770.  Tickets are at  Sign up on the website to volunteer at the Funnel Cake Booth during the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival. A portion of the money from the funnel cake booth goes to the Roosevelt Democratic Club:  Volunteers are needed to help out at the Funnel Cake Booth--Saturday from 1 to 3:30 PM and 3:30 to 6 PM, Sunday from 8 to 10 PM; and on Monday from 11 to 1 PM and 5 to 6 PM. If you are able to help out during any of those times, email the Club President at Look at

60] – 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 Aug. 30. 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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