Sunday, December 15, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 16 - 18, 2019

17] Plastic Pollution Coalition – Dec. 16
18] Hear from Jacob Tobia, author of “Sissy” -- Dec. 16
19] Food Rescue Pop-Up at Flourish – Dec. 16
20] Educational meeting about Policy Advocacy – Dec. 16
21] Our Revolution meeting – Dec. 16
22] The Coup in Bolivia – Dec. 16
24] I-495 / I-270 Rally – Dec. 16
25] Get Money Out of Maryland – Dec. 16
26] DC Statehood Phone Bank – Dec. 17
27] Food rescue at YO – Dec. 17
28] Jane Fonda at the National Press Club – Dec. 17
29] Protest killer drone research at JHU – Dec. 17
30] Children's Christmas at the Franciscan Center – Dec. 17
31] Impeach and Remove Rallies – Dec. 17 - 17
32] Caroling Action Calling Out Marriott as a Tax Scrooge – Dec. 17
33] Greater Baltimore Sierra Group meeting – Dec. 17
34] 2019 GGRA Draft Plan Public Meeting – Dec. 17
35] Lessons from the Streets to the Streets – Dec. 17
17] – On Mon., Dec. 16 from noon to 1 PM, hear from Plastic Pollution Coalition at a D.C. Luncheon at 1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 200, WDC 20036.  Check out  This will be a lively discussion about topics related to plastic pollution and its toxic impacts. This month's event will feature Rachel Belkin and Arslan Ahmad of National Geographic. Rachel will discuss the Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge, and Arslan will share updates on the next Plastics RFP grant opportunity, focusing on funding research in rivers, lakes, and other freshwater ecosystems, as well as within the communities that depend on them.

You will have to check in at the lobby reception desk with a photo ID, and this can take several minutes. Space is limited, and a RSVP is required: Plastic Pollution Coalition is a project of Earth Island Institute.  Visit

18] – On Mon., Dec. 16 from noon to 1:30 PM, hear from Jacob Tobia, Writer, Producer, and Author of “Sissy,” hosted by the Human Rights Campaign. This is an Equality Forum.  Tobia is the author of the national bestselling memoir “Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story.”  Jacob will be sign books after the discussion. Go to

19] -- On Mon., Dec. 16 from 3 to 4 PM, get with a Food Rescue Pop-Up at Flourish, 3418 Belair Road, Baltimore 21213-1233.  Bring a bag, take home healthy, free food! Check out

20] – On Mon., Dec. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, attend an educational meeting about Policy Advocacy, hosted by the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, 116 E 25th Street, Baltimore 21218. Discuss the legislative process, learn about various harm reduction groups' plans for this year, strategize your involvement, discuss other policy advocacy beyond Annapolis, and more! Snacks will be provided! You must go up the stairs holding on to the handrail.  If you can get to the office at 5 PM, you help set up. See

21] -- Our Revolution is meeting on Mon., Dec. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Roland Park Library, and the topic is Local Level Environment/GND.  The time for aggressive climate action is now, not just for future generations, but for our own safety and prosperity today! Coastal cities and states like Baltimore and Maryland are on the front lines of rising sea levels, extreme weather, and other climate stressors. Hear from Steve Lafferty - Baltimore County Chief Sustainability Officer and Joshua Harris - Vice-Chair of NAACP Baltimore.  Email

22] – On Mon., Dec. 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, hear about The Coup in Bolivia (Socialist Night School), hosted by Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library.  On November 10, 2019 the Bolivian military forced the country’s elected president Evo Morales to resign. While this resignation followed allegations of electoral irregularity promulgated by the Organization of American States, experts have called into question the basis for the OAS’s claims. Following Morales’ resignation, Bolivia has been ruled by the government of unelected, far-right interim president Jeanine Añez. When Añez assumed power, she announced “the bible has returned to the government palace,” a clear attack on the nation’s indigenous population. The coup in Bolivia has been condemned by both the national Democratic Socialists of America and Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America. For this Socialist Night School, experts from the Center for Economic and Policy Research will discuss the background of the coup and the ongoing situation in Bolivia. Visit

23] -- On Mon., Dec. 16 from 6 to 8 PM, COMMUNITIES OF THE STONY RUN will meet at Cafe Azafran, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore 21210. This is a public meeting and brainstorming session regarding the urban history, social life, and community relevance of the Stony Run stream and watershed in Baltimore. The Stony Run unites many neighborhoods of North Baltimore, but much of the stream is buried underground and invisible. Throughout the fall of 2019, undergraduate students in the “Social Ecology” course taught by Professor Anand Pandian have been working together with Friends of Stony Run to develop interpretive strategies and resources to better integrate the stream and its history with the lives of local communities. There is free parking directly across the street in the JHU physics building garage.   Light refreshments will be served. Contact Anand Pandian at Look at

24] – On Mon., Dec. 16 from 7 to 8:30 PM, come to a I-495 / I-270 Rally, hosted by Tom Hucker at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring 20910.  Join Councilmember Tom Hucker, Citizens against Beltway Expansion, the Maryland Sierra Club, and many others to be announced for a rally to oppose the amendments that MDOT has asked the Board of Public Works to approve on Wednesday, December 18th. Read more here:

Montgomery County Council President Sidney Katz and Vice President Tom Hucker have called an emergency rally to speak out against the negative impact MDOT's proposed amendments would have. The negative environmental impact of this project must be properly assessed and mitigated and the cost sharing agreements cannot be unilaterally changed. See

25] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Mon., Dec. 16 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.  There are two ways to join the conference: Dial 1 929 205 6099, and then use meeting ID: 512 862 260. Or Click on your device if you have downloaded the app from Zoom. The focus will be on organizational sign-ups, public relations, and logistics for the January 20 observance.

26] –  Can you participate in a DC Statehood Phone Bank on Tues., Dec. 17 from 10 AM to 6 PM at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004 in room G-9. Join the Washington, DC Statehood Office for a DC Statehood Phone Bank. Call state legislatures across the US to raise awareness of DC residents' lack of full and equal voting representation in Congress.   Phones, scripts, materials, and light refreshments will be provided. The Phone Bank continues each Tuesday. See

27] – On Tues., On Dec. 17 from noon to 1 PM, Food Rescue at YO! Baltimore West, 1510 W. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Get fresh, delicious, free food. Bring a bag. Bring a friend! Take what you want. Visit

28] – On Tues., Dec. 17 from 12:30 to 2 PM, attend the NPC Headliners Luncheon with Jane Fonda at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, WDC 20004. The actor and activist will speak about her movement to push for political action on climate change.  Inspired by young climate activist Greta Thunberg, Fonda has held a “Fire Drill Friday” climate change protest on Capitol Hill every Friday since Oct. 11, 2019. On Thursday nights, before each protest, Fonda hosts a “teach-in” with a panel of experts. The “Grace & Frankie” star has pledged to continue the strikes every Friday through January to demand action by political leaders to address what she called a “climate emergency.”  Lunch will be served in the Club’s Ballroom at 12:30 PM. Remarks begin at 1 PM, followed by a question-and-answer session. Tickets cost $25 for National Press Club members (members may purchase two tickets at this rate) and $39 for all other non-member tickets. Email Tickets must be paid for at time of purchase.  To submit a question in advance for the speaker, put FONDA in the subject line and email to The deadline for submitting questions in advance is 10 AM on the day of the luncheon.  Go to

29] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

30] – On Tues., Dec. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, come to a Children's Christmas at the Franciscan Center,  101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore 21218.  Enjoy Wonderful Food, Fantastic Fun, Beautiful Music, and Smiles Galore. Go to

31] – There are many Impeach and Remove Rallies on Tues., Dec. 17.  There is one at 6 PM at the Gaithersburg City Hall, Gaithersburg 20877.  In Baltimore, it is on Tues., Dec. 17 at 6 PM at McKeldin Square, Baltimore 21230. On Tues., Dec. 17 at 5:30 PM get In front of the office of the late Elijah Cummings, 754 Frederick Road, Catonsville 21228. There is another at 5:30 PM in Columbia 21044. Parking is available at Columbia Mall. There is another at 5:30 PM in downtown Bel Air 21014, across from Cong. Andy Harris's Office. There is another at 5:30 PM in Olney Manor Recreational Park, Olney 20832. Finally, there is one on Wed., Dec. 18 at 9 AM near the US Capitol in WDC 20543.

32] – On Tues., Dec. 17 at 5:45 PM, join Communities United for a Caroling Action Calling out Marriott as a Tax Scrooge. Marriott is one of several international corporations headquartered in Maryland that pay NO state income tax, thanks to state loopholes and giveaways. Gear up to change Maryland’s tax laws during the 2020 General Assembly session to require corporations and the wealthiest Marylanders to pay their fair share to increase school funding as outlined by the Kirwan Commission. Gather out front of the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna St. before walking inside together to sing from 6 to 6:30 PM. Song sheets will be provided. Get in the holiday spirit with a twist on the traditional – “Corporations pay your share. Fa la la la la la la la la. . .” Carolers will also be at other locations around Maryland. Contact See

33] – The Greater Baltimore Sierra Group is hosting a meeting at the Employee Owned Baltimore Bicycle Works (BBW) on Tues., Dec. 17 from 6 to 7:30 PM at 518 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore 21212. Share some conversation, drinks, food, and hear Bernardo on BBW & Employee Ownership, and Sierra Club experts Nina and Lindsey on Employee Ownership and Transportation. Circulating business earnings within communities is a proven strategy to build assets for workers and retain jobs.  Employee-owned enterprises also perform better in terms of productivity and sales growth. They tend to be greener and more socially just than traditional businesses because employees live where they work and care about their communities. But most important for Maryland, they are less likely to relocate out of state and more likely to maintain employment during downturns. This is a potluck event, so bring something to share. Available will be drinks, a vegetarian pizza and hummus.  RSVP to Charlotte Galley at or (443) 691-0089. 

34] – On Tues., Dec. 17 from 6 to 8:30 PM, come to the 2019 GGRA Draft Plan Public Meeting, hosted by the Maryland Dept. of the Environment, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore 21230.  The Department has drafted a comprehensive, economy-wide plan to dramatically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. The draft plan will set Maryland on an ambitious path and serve as a model for how the nation can respond to climate change while also supporting economic growth. The Department is required by the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act – Reauthorization to develop a statewide greenhouse gas reduction plan. The department developed the draft plan in coordination with other state agencies and stakeholders, including the bipartisan Maryland Commission on Climate Change. The law also requires the department to solicit public comment on the draft plan from interested stakeholders and the public before adopting a final plan.

The draft plan will achieve a 44% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, surpassing the 40% reduction goal required by state law. In addition to reducing emissions that contribute to climate change, the draft plan will also promote better air quality by reducing emissions that contribute to ground-level ozone and fine particle pollution. It will also improve water quality through reductions in nitrogen pollution to the state’s waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay. Public engagement meetings are being scheduled across the state to seek broad and diverse views on how best to achieve this ambitious and balanced goal. Information on the draft plan and how to submit comments is at  Comments on the draft plan can be sent to  Check out

35] – On Tues., Dec. 17 from 6 to 8 PM, figure out Can We Talk? These are Lessons from the Streets to the Streets, hosted by the Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement, 7 E. Redwood St., Baltimore 21202.  The Office’s monthly dialogue will feature a frank discussion on street violence from Baltimore's best known, and most successful violence interrupters the men of "Safe Streets." Featured speakers will be Dante Barksdale and Aaron “Sherm" Fennell. They'll lead a conversation on what's causing the violence on the streets of Baltimore, how to reduce it, and how to avoid it.

OCR's Special guest will be Maurice 'Peanut “King (former Baltimore “Drug King Pin") recently released from federal prison and currently engaged in "community building" who will be interviewed by OCRWE Director, Darnell E. Ingram, Esq. A Q&A session will follow the presentations. Go to

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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