Friday, January 31, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 31 -- February 1, 2020

71] Jill P. Carter For Congress -- Jan. 31
72] Rally for a strong Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Jan. 31
73] Peace and justice vigil – Jan. 31
74] Community Meeting on Public Safety -- Jan. 31
75] Phone banking for Bernie – Jan. 31
76] The Legacies of Walter Rodney – Jan. 31
77] Ballroom Dancing Jan. 31
78] SURJ Power Hour – Feb. 1
79] Congressional District 7 Forum – Feb. 1
80] Compost Workday – Feb. 1
81] Day of Action for Jill Carter – Feb. 1
82] Tree Maintenance – Feb. 1
83] Co-Canvass hosted by Ryan Dorsey and Jill P. Carter – Feb. 1
84] Meet me in the Middle meeting – Feb. 1
86] Public Safety Community Workshop – Feb. 1
87] Canvass for Bernie – Feb. 1
88] Town Hall Meeting – Feb. 1
89] Write letters supporting the Plowshares
90] Two Berrigan Books still in print
91] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
92] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
93] Do you need any book shelves?
94] Join the Global Zero campaign.
95] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
71] – On Fri., Jan. 31 from 10 AM to 8 PM, check out Office Hours at Jill P. Carter For Congress, 3549 Chestnut Ave., Baltimore 21211-2520.  Stop by and canvass/phone bank! See

72] – On Fri., Jan. 31 from 1 to 4 PM, the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Draft Plan Public Meeting, hosted by the Maryland Dept. Of The Environment, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore 21230.  The MDE has drafted a plan to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. The MDE 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 MDE has been undertaking a public process to provide opportunities for citizens, to comment on the draft plan. Information on the draft plan and how to submit comments is at  Comments on the draft plan can be sent to  Visit
The Sierra Club is hosting a 12:30 PM rally and urging people to pack the room! Tell the MDE that the Draft Climate Plan is weak! Joining the Sierra Club is Chesapeake Climate Action Network. In October 2019, the MDE released its 2019 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Draft Plan to lay out how Maryland plans to cut climate pollution across our entire economy. This plan falls ways short of what Maryland needs to fight climate change and promote vibrant and healthy communities. Pack the room at MDE's public engagement session on the draft plan to tell MDE that Marylanders deserve bold and ambitious action on climate change! The 12:30 PM rally will be across the street in Carroll Park, near the intersection of S. Monroe Street and Washington Boulevard. Look at and

73] – There is usually a silent peace and justice 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 Jan. 31. Black Lives Matter.

74] – On Fri., Jan. 31 from 6 to 7:30 PM, go to a Community Meeting on Public Safety, hosted by Sen. Mary Washington for Mayor at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5701 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21239. Washington wants to hear your thoughts and feedback on her public safety proposal because the community should be at the center of this conversation. Check out and

75] – On Fri., Jan. 31 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at 110 W. 39th St., (Hopkins House Apartments), Baltimore 21210, do phone banking for Bernie.  If you'd like to learn about more opportunities to help elect Bernie Sanders as the next president, contact or visit  Check out

76] – On Fri., Jan. 31 from 7 to 10 PM, hear about The Legacies of Walter Rodney in Baltimore and Beyond at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Catch a panel discussion on the work of revolutionary scholar Walter Rodney, and the continuing legacy of his work for Baltimore and beyond.  He was born in Georgetown, Guyana on March 23, 1942. He developed into an intellectual and scholar and is recognized as one of the Caribbean’s most brilliant minds. Rodney combined his scholarship with activism and became a voice for the under-represented and disenfranchised – this distinguished him from his academic colleagues. His interest in the struggles of the working class began at a young age with an introduction to politics by his father, and continued with his involvement in debating and study groups throughout his student years. In 1968, while a professor in Jamaica, he joined others to object to the socio-economic and political direction of the government. Rodney’s activities attracted the Jamaican government’s attention and after attending the 1968 Black Writers’ Conference in Montreal, Canada he was banned from re-entering the country.

On Friday, June 13, 1980, Rodney was assassinated by a bomb in Georgetown, Guyana. He was 38 years old.  Though Rodney lived with constant police harassment and frequent threats against his life he nonetheless managed to complete four books in the last year of his life: “An academic work: A History of the Guyanese Working People, 1881-1905; A political call to action; People’s Power, No Dictator,” and two children’s books:” Kofi Baadu Out of Africa and “Lakshmi Out of India.” Visit and  

77] – 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 Jan. 31. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email

78] –  On Sat., Feb. 1 from 9 AM, attend a SURJ Power Hour, hosted by SURJ Annapolis at  Cakes and Confections Bakery CafĂ©, 342 Ritchie Hwy., Suite B, Severna Park 21146.  This is a chance to meet fellow members and be a part of planning the next actions (including the quarterly educational workshops and diving into existing asks from accountability partners). These meetings take place on the first Saturday of each month at 9 AM and last about an hour. Look at

79] – On Sat., Feb. 1 from 9:30 to 11 AM, come to a Congressional District 7 Forum, hosted by the Howard County Democratic Party at Linden Hall, 4765 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City.  Tickets are available for purchase. Please remember that if you are a member of any of the local democratic clubs, entrance is free. If you previously purchased a ticket for the forum that was canceled due to inclement weather, it will be honored. If you would like to submit a question ahead of the forum, please visit  See

80] – On Sat., Feb. 1 from 10 AM to noon, get with a  Compost Workday, hosted by Sisson Street Community Park, 2701 Sisson Street, Baltimore 21211.  Time to turn the compost! Help mix up the pile to keep it cooking, and spread the finished compost in the garden beds this spring.  This is also a good chance to learn about adding your kitchen scraps to the compost. Visit

81] On Sat., Feb. 1 from 10 AM to 2 PM, get with a Day of Action for Jill Carter for Congress with Our Revolution Baltimore at 3549 Chestnut Ave., Baltimore 21211-2520. Help send a champion to Congress who will fight for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, free public college, criminal justice reform, racial and economic justice, an end to endless wars, and more. State Sen. Jill Carter is that champion, and Our Revolution Maryland has endorsed her as the most progressive candidate in the race for the late Elijah Cummings' seat in Maryland's 7th Congressional District. Canvass for Jill Carter for Congress. This is an all hands on deck moment. This canvassing event is only 3 days before the special election primary on February 4! Phone banking is also available in the office. If you plan to phonebank, please bring headphones.  If you plan to attend, email so the campaign can get you set up in advance. See

82] – On Sat., Feb. 1 from 10 AM to 1 PM, get with Tree Maintenance, hosted by Gunpowder Valley Conservancy at the Loch Raven Reservoir, TowsonCheck out Newly planted trees need TLC to survive. Spend several hours to help young trees grow into healthy forests! Tree maintenance involves removing invasive plants, checking planted trees to see if the shelter needs to be removed and removing if necessary, digging out the planting tube, and making sure the plant is upright. Community service learning hours available. Go to

83] – On Sat., Feb. 1 from 10:30 AM to 1 PM, join a Co-Canvass hosted by Ryan Dorsey and Jill P. Carter For Congress starting at Zeke's Coffee, 4719 Harford Road, Baltimore 21214. February 1st is just 3 days before the special election here in Maryland. Go to

84] – On Sat., Feb. 1 from 11 AM to 1 PM, come to the Meet Me in the Middle meeting hosted by Communities United at 120 N. Front St., Baltimore 21202-4804. Communities United meets every first Saturday in the middle of Baltimore City at St. Vincent de Paul's (at the corner of Fayette and President Street, across from the Shot Tower Metro Stop) for the monthly public meeting. Coffee and light fare provided. Visit

85] – On Sat., Feb. 1 from 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM, come to Center City Philadelphia at 12th & Arch Streets to participate in the DRONE DEATH WALK/VIGIL.  Wear BLACK in public mourning. Organizers will bring plain white masks, banners, and signs.  Call Marge Van Cleef at 203-804-3013 if you have questions.  Visit

86] – On Sat., Feb. 1 from noon to 2 PM, attend a Public Safety Community Workshop: We want to HEAR FROM YOU!  This is hosted by Friends of Tori Rose, a candidate for District 7 City Council at F.A.C.E. Headquarters, 1645 N. Calhoun St., Baltimore 21217-2804. Rose invites you to an interacting workshop with Baltimore mayoral candidate, Senator Mary Washington!!  Washington wants to hear your thoughts and feedback on her public safety proposal because community should be at the center of this conversation.  Look at

87] – On Sat., Feb. 1 from 12:30 to 4 PM, get with the DSA for Bernie Canvass in Arlington, VA!  The Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America will meet at One Courthouse Metro, 2200 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201.  There is ONE MONTH until Super Tuesday, so make sure Virginia shows up for Bernie! Help reach the goal of knocking on 5,000 doors in Virginia during the month of February. Gather at a bar afterwards to chat about how the canvass went and discuss future events for Bernie!  Bring along snacks and water. Download the MiniVAN app ahead of the canvass and make sure your phone is fully charged! Check out

88] – On Sat., Feb. 1 from 1 to 4 PM, attend Town Hall Meeting (Open Forum), hosted by the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City at Heritage United Church of Christ, 3110 Liberty Heights Ave., Baltimore 21215. All candidates present will have the opportunity to speak for at least 5 minutes to share their vision and platform positions, and to answer general questions from the audience. See

89] The PLOWSHARES SENTENCING is PENDING, so please WRITE THE JUDGE. Now is the time to write letters to Judge Lisa Godbey Wood regarding her sentencing of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. The group is collecting letters, especially from those who know the defendants, testifying to their character and the good work that they are doing in their communities which will not be done if they are serving long terms in prison. These letters are not the forum to criticize the law, the legal process or government policies. Rather it is the place to point out positive things about the defendants that should mitigate a harsh sentence.  Letters should be sent to defense attorney Bill Quigley at the address below. He will compile them and distribute to various defendants' attorneys for delivery to Judge Wood. The attorneys suggest it would be helpful to get these done by Thanksgiving or the week after in order to get processed and delivered. Sentencing may be in January or possibly February.   The best letters are simple, polite, and tell good things about the person you are writing to support.

The suggested format is as follows:
Sender’s Name
Sender’s Address
Judge Lisa Godbey Wood
C/o Bill Quigley
Loyola University New Orleans Law Clinic
Campus Box 902
7214 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Regarding Sentencing of: Mark Colville [or] Clare Grady [or] Martha Hennessy [or] Fr. Steve Kelly SJ [or] Elizabeth McAlister [or] Patrick O’Neill [or] Carmen Trotta (or all seven of the Kings Bay Plowshares)
Dear Judge Wood,
Suggested outline for the letter:
- Explain who you are.
- Explain who you are writing about, how you know them, and what good they do for their community.
- Explain why the Judge should not send them to jail.
- Thank the Judge for reading your letter.
For more ideas and details for your letters, you are welcome to see the defendants' biographies here:
Thank you for your attentiveness to the trial, your support for the defendants and their families, and your focus on the issue of the abolition of nuclear weapons.
As Fr. Steve Kelly says, "The nuclear weapons won't go away by themselves." We do this work together.

90] – Two books by Fred Wilcox are still in print.  The first one is “Fighting the Lamb's War Skirmishes with the American Empire” by Philip Berrigan and Fred A. Wilcox with a FOREWORD by Tripp York.  It can be purchased by Wipf and Stock:  It is a Memoir in paperback/ISBN: 9781532660078/240 pages/republished 8/21/2018/ Retail Price: $26.00/and Web Price: $20.80.

The second one is “Uncommon Martyrs The Berrigans, the Catholic Left, and the Plowshares Movement” by Fred Wilcox, who profiles members of this anti-war movement, whose Christianity compels them to acts of civil disobedience against the military industrial complex.  The ISBN is 0201522314/$6.50 for a hardcover, and it can be purchased at Powell's Books.  See

91] –   The Trump Administration is again beating the war drums.  Most recently, the target is Iran.  Should the Trump administration initiate an act of war against Iran, consider joining us. It is a violation of U.S. law for the Trump Administration to attack a country that has not attacked us, as only Congress can declare war. The Trump administration is nevertheless beating the war drums for war against Iran and Venezuela. Should a war criminal, John Bolton, convince Trump to attack either of these countries, such a military strike would demand an immediate and unequivocal response from us to show that we will not tolerate his abuse of power.

Let's mobilize to show that we the people will not tolerate another military adventure, which would be bound to have profound negative consequences. If a military strike against Iran or Venezuela takes place, then meet at 33rd and N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. If the attack is before 2 PM local time, then the event will begin at 5 PM, local time. If the attack occurs after 5 PM local time, then the event will begin at 5 PM, local time, the following day. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.   

92] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs, records, tarps and table cloths, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at

93] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1637 or mobuszewski2001 at

94] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

95] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] Go to

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 30 - 31, 2020

57] Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day – Jan. 30
58] LGBTQ+ Lobby Day – Jan. 30
59] How to Communicate When It Really Matters – Jan. 30
60] Food Rescue at the Enoch Pratt Free Library – Jan. 30
61] Candidate Forum – Jan. 30
62] Pope Francis’ Vision of Peace – Jan. 30
63] Youth Voice 2020 – Jan. 30
64] 15th Annual Peace Vigil – Jan. 30
65] Literary mix tape of queer voices out of 1990s Portland – Jan. 30
66] The Pope and the Bomb -- Jan. 30
67] Bernie Sanders (MFBS) in a phone banking effort – Jan. 30
68] White House vigil – Jan. 31
69] WIB peace vigils – Jan. 31
70] Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula – Jan. 31
57] – On Thurs., Jan. 30 from 9 to 11 AM, get with the Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day at the House of Delegates, 6 Bladen Street, Room 180, Annapolis 21401. Visit There will be a rally and press conference with bill sponsors, a training on how to have a great meeting with a legislator and meetings with legislators in small groups to ask for their support for common sense efforts to strengthen Maryland gun laws.

58] – On Thurs., Jan. 30 from 9:30 AM to 1 PM, go to LGBTQ+ Lobby Day, hosted by FreeState Justice in Annapolis.  Speak directly with legislators to call for their full support for equality in Maryland. Check out

59] – On Thurs., Jan. 30 from 10 AM to 4 PM, get over to Conversations & Confrontations: How to Communicate When It Really Matters, hosted by Direct Marketing Fundraisers Association (DMFA) as part of the Human Rights Campaign.  See  Being able to deliver a message clearly, succinctly, and purposefully is a critical leadership skill. Whether we are leading a team meeting, speaking to a colleague or providing performance feedback, it’s critical that we communicate in a way that gets our point across—and is understood by the receiver in the way we intended. In this part-day workshop you will learn how you can assess, improve, and delivery your personal message within the workplace. This session is open for anyone that communicates with colleagues, clients, and constituents! Visit

60] – There is a Food Rescue at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore 21231 on Thursdays from noon to 1 PM.  The last two are on Jan. 30 and Feb. 13. Food Rescue Baltimore partners with Baltimore’s esteemed Enoch Pratt Free Library at the Orleans Street Branch. Come to the library, bring a bag, and take home delicious free food. Look at

61] – On Thurs., Jan. 30 from 1 to 2 PM, get over to a Candidate Forum, hosted by Richard DeShay Elliott at 1050 E 33rd St., Baltimore 21218-3636.  Stadium Place is a national exemplar community that serves 400 older adults (62+) with mixed incomes by providing affordable housing with supportive services. The residents are very much interested in the increase in crime in our city, education for their grandkids and the overall well-being of our city. See

62] --  On Thurs., Jan. 30 at 5 PM, hear Pope Francis’ Vision of Peace on Disarmament, Development, and Inclusiveness in the Catholic Conception of Just Peace - A Lecture by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi at Georgetown University, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, 3307 M Street NW, Suite 200, WDC 20007. Go to  In this lecture, which will be introduced by Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, Archbishop Tomasi will discuss the Catholic Church’s role in the movement to abolish nuclear weapons, including the pope’s teaching, Vatican diplomatic initiatives in support of disarmament, and the responsibilities of Catholics in this current effort. Archbishop Tomasi will be joined by leading experts for a moderated conversation and audience Q&A following his lecture

63] – On Thurs., Jan. 30 from 5 to 8 PM, check out Youth Voice 2020: Baltimore Youth Town Hall, hosted by Jerrell Bratcher at 615 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore 21205-2103.  This is happening at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Sommer Hall, with a focus on Violence, Food Insecurity, Education, and Economic Opportunities for youth. The purpose of the Youth Town Hall meeting is to provide a space for Baltimore City Mayoral Candidates to be engaged in conversation with some of Baltimore’s youth about the city’s most pressing issues.  Most of the decisions made in Baltimore City about youth are decided without youth voice. RSVP to Keniera Wagstaff at  Go to

64] – On Thurs., Jan. 30 from 5:30 to 8 PM, attend the 15th Annual Peace Vigil, hosted by the Baltimore Community Mediation Center, 3333 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore 21218.  In January of each year, BCMC honors the light of those lost to violence in our city the previous year. Celebrate each individual's light with libation, performances, and community members' reading each of last year's 348 victims' names and ages. This year's theme is the four elements of life: earth, water, air, and fire.  Feel free to bring a potluck item. Visit

65] – On Thurs., Jan. 30 from 7 to 10 PM, Claire Rudy Foster presents "Shine of the Ever: Short Stories" at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  Hear about a literary mix tape of queer voices out of 1990s Portland. This collection of short stories explores what binds a community of queer and Trans people as they negotiate love, screwing up and learning to forgive themselves for being young and sometimes foolish. Foster is a queer, non-binary single parent in recovery. The short story collection, “I’ve Never Done This Before,” was published to warm acclaim in 2016. Claire lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. Go to

66] Pope Francis has condemned nuclear deterrence, ratified the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, and been a leader in the campaign for a world without nuclear weapons. In an address in Hiroshima November 24, 2019, he declared that “the use of atomic energy for purposes of war is today, more than ever, a crime not only against the dignity of human beings but against any possible future for our common home.” Come to a workshop The Pope and the Bomb: Beyond Deterrence which will address the current state of nuclear geopolitics, alternative approaches to nuclear disarmament, and moral and pastoral implications of the Catholic Church’s evolving position on deterrence and nuclear disarmament on Fri., Jan. 31 from 8:45 AM to 5:45 PM at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, McCarthy Hall McShain Lounge, 3307 M Street NW, Suite 200, WDC 20007. Go to

67] – On Thurs., Jan. 30 from 7 to 8:45 PM, get with Maryland for Bernie Sanders (MFBS) in a phone banking effort, hosted by Our Revolution Howard at the Elkridge Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge 21075. There will be experienced volunteers there to help you get set up. IMPORTANT: In addition to a cell phone, you will need a laptop or tablet to use "the Bernie Dialer." Headphones are HIGHLY recommended.  Bring some snacks; bring a friend! RSVP at  Look at

68] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Jan. 31 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649,  

69] – Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE take place on Fri., Jan. 312 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

70] – On Fri., Jan. 31 from noon to 1:30 PM at the Stimson Center 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036, hear about Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula: Different Ways, Same Goal. The issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula faces diverse challenges, as the US and North Korea are driven by their own strategic goals and perspectives on how to achieve them. Further complicating this issue are the different interpretations and policy solutions by South Korean and US experts. In this time of diplomatic impasse, join experts from the Stimson Center and Korea Nuclear Policy Society for this timely discussion on how to move forward in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. View

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

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 29, 2020

42] Support the Embassy Protectors -- Jan. 29
43] Background Checks on Long Guns House Vote – Jan. 29
44] Poor People's Campaign – Jan. 29
45] Demand a real impeachment trial – Jan. 29
46] Korean Politics 2020 – Jan. 29
47] Remain in Mexico policy – Jan. 29
48] Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit – Jan. 29
49] A Tale of Two Letters – Jan. 29
50] Climate Reporting – Jan. 29
51] The Legislative Briefing – Jan. 29
52] 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment – Jan. 29
53] Baltimore City Candidates Forum – Jan. 29
54] "Our Plan to win a Green New Deal: JHU Launch Party" – Jan. 29
55] Community Choice Energy Act!  – Jan. 29
56] 1989 Howard U Protest – Jan. 29
42] – The Embassy Protectors Defense Committee informs us that the lawyers for the Trump Administration’s prosecution of the four Venezuelan Embassy Protectors who were arrested last May are asking the court to make sure the jury is kept ignorant about the facts and circumstances surrounding the actions of the protectors.  In a recently filed motion by government lawyers, state prosecutors are seeking to severely restrict what can be discussed during the trial scheduled for February 11. Judge Beryl Howell will hear arguments on the motion at the pre-trial hearing on Wed., Jan. 29. What does the prosecution want to repress? Everything that might give the defenders the ability to challenge the state’s case. The prosecutors do not want jurors to know that Nicolas Maduro is the democratically-elected president of Venezuela. They also do not want the illegitimacy of the failed coup leader Juan Guaido to be known to the jurors as the eviction and arrest of the four was based on the direction of a fake ambassador, Carlos Vecchio, who is wanted for violent crimes in Venezuela and is allied with Guaido.  The Trump prosecutors do not want the jury to know that the Embassy Protectors were inside the embassy with the permission of the elected government of Venezuela that is recognized under Venezuelan law and by the United Nations.

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, Adrienne Pine, and David Paul are asking for your support as they could be sentenced for up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine each. Attend the January 29 pre-trial hearing.  Judge Howell will determine whether the Embassy Protectors can introduce evidence that explains why they took the action. This will largely determine the outcome of the trial. The hearing starts at 9:30 AM at the Prettyman Courthouse, 333 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC, room 22-A.  The February 11 trial starting at 9 AM may last several days in room 22-A. See

43] -- On Wed., Jan. 29 from 9:30 AM to noon, get over to House Bill 4 Background Checks on Long Guns House Vote – Annapolis, hosted by Moms Demand Action at the Maryland State House, 100 State Circle, Annapolis 21401.  Join Maryland Moms in the House Chamber to help move HB4 one vote closer to becoming a law. Moms (and dads and others) in red should show legislators that we are serious about requiring background checks on all gun transfers. Meet on the steps of the State House to greet our delegates and encourage them to vote for HB4 and then sit in the House Gallery to watch the vote. RSVP at  Go to

44] -- The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival [] is gathering on Wed., Jan. 29 from 10 to 11 AM for a press conference at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE, WDC 20003 to share plans to engage historic numbers of poor and impacted people for the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington on June 20, 2020. Following the press conference, join the partners at the Center for Popular Democracy to Swarm the Capital to demand a fair impeachment trial.  Meet at noon in the Hart Atrium!  Finally, in the evening many faith, labor, student, and organizational partners will come together for a Moral March, gathering at 5:30 PM at the John Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC.  At 5:45 PM, march to the Mass Meeting at the Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW, WDC 20005. For those not in the area, follow along on livestream at

45] -- On Wed., Jan. 29, activists will swarm the U.S. Capitol to demand a real impeachment trial. Republican Senators are trying to brush off the latest revelations from John Bolton, but we can’t let them get away with this cover-up. It’s time to show up. RSVP at  At 10 AM, come to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE, WDC 20003 for an Orientation and Training.  At noon be at the Hart Senate Building Atrium, 120 Constitution Avenue NE, WDC 20002 for a powerful silent formation. Wear t-shirts, buttons, and stickers with strong, clear Remove Trump and “No Cover-Up” messaging. Many people will wear black.  At 1 PM, proceed to the Capitol Steps, followed by mass nonviolent civil disobedience.  At 2 PM at the Capitol Visitors Center, First St. NE, WDC 20515, line the hallways outside the Senate gallery and elsewhere with bodies, messages, and a call for witnesses, documents,

46] -- The George Washington Institute for Korean Studies and the East Asia National Resource Center present Korea Policy Forum “Korean Politics 2020 - Korean Security Issues and Challenges."  It takes place on Wed., Jan. 29 from 10 AM to noon at the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 1957 E Street NW, Room 505, WDC 20052. Domestic Politics is a key factor in shaping security and foreign policy of states. South Korea is no exception. In the South Korean case, the dynamic domestic political geography plays a significant role in Seoul’s strategies with North Korea and the U.S-ROK Alliance. With the upcoming general elections in April, the political landscape in South Korea will be shifting in the coming months, leading to a potential repositioning of South Korea’s foreign and security policy. Dr. Young-jun Kim and Dr. Sang-hyun Lee, current and former policy advisors for the ROK government respectively, including the President's Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Defense, will discuss the prospects of a new domestic political geography in South Korea and its potential impact on Seoul’s foreign and security policy. Look at

47] -- Jan. 29 marks one year since the first person was returned to Mexico under the “Remain in Mexico” policy. As part of the #Faith4Asylum campaign you are invited to the United Methodist Building (100 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002) on Wed., Jan. 29 from 11 AM to noon for a prayer vigil calling for policies that ensure the care and humanity of people fleeing danger and seeking asylum, and calling for an end to policies like “Remain in Mexico” that keep asylum seekers in harm’s way. This event is hosted by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition and others. The "Remain in Mexico"/Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) policy forced 57,000 asylum-seekers into homelessness and danger.  More than 800 people have been attacked in Mexico while awaiting their court dates, including over 200 children, according to Human Rights First.  Vigil against this horrible policy. Visit

48] -- On Wed., Jan. 29 from 4 to 8 PM, come to the Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit in Annapolis, hosted by the Miles Wye Riverkeeper at the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis. Come for an informative afternoon with the Maryland environmental community! Hear from advocates and elected officials about Maryland's environmental legislative priorities. Register at  Continue the Conversation immediately following the Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit at Green Drinks at the Annapolis Market House. Learn how you can stay informed and involved on upcoming environmental bills.  A $10 donation to Annapolis Green is most appreciated.  See…/green-drinks-annapolis-contin…/ or

49] –    On Wed., Jan. 29 from 5 to 6:30 PM, catch A Tale of Two Letters: Scholarship & Responsibility in Times of Retrenchment, hosted by Program in Racism, Immigration and Citizenship Johns Hopkins University in the Glass Pavilion, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore 21218. Professor Nathan Connolly received two letters last semester. One was threatening, the other beseeching. They had in common an expectation about the civic responsibility of scholars. They defied, too, any notion that digital analytics or social media can capture the fullness of academics' social impact in our current day and age. Informed by the civic and scholarly mission of Hopkins’s Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship, Connolly will discuss the expectations and responsibilities taken up by and placed upon scholars, both historically and in contemporary times. After Connolly's remarks on these and related questions, there will be a town-hall-style public discussion on the role universities and their researchers play in the furtherance of ethical policy and informed public debate. Register at Look at

50] -- On Wed., Jan. 29 from 6 to 8 PM, Read All About It - Climate Reporting and Sifting Through the Science, hosted by Citizens Climate Lobby DC at Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW, WDC 20012.  With such an extraordinary amount of information bombarding us every day, it can be hard to choose reliable, evidence based news sources when it comes to climate change reporting. Similarly, mountains of data can be hard to distill down to a few key findings for the general public. Reporters can face harassment and intimidation for probing the most egregious climate offenders, and stories that take months of hard work to research and write can be trampled over in the blink of an eye by soundbites, scandals and clickbait. How do we, as readers, determine what constitutes good, honest climate journalism, and how do hard-working climate reporters combat the opaqueness of their subjects?

After the panel, stay with friends at the Sunrise Movement on the Green New Deal. This 30-minute presentation, starting at 8 PM, will be followed by open discussion--what is the Green New Deal, and what is the Sunrise Movement's plan to win it this year? All are needed, all are welcome. Together we can make this the year climate action goes mainstream. Check out

51] – On Wed., Jan. 29 from 6 to 8:30 PM, the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund presents The Legislative Briefing at Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville 20781.  Want the inside scoop on the 2020 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session and the 2020 Prince George's County Council Session? See

52] – On Wed., Jan. 29 from 6 to 8 PM, come to A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, hosted by Maryland Women's Caucus at the President's Conference Center West, Miller Senate Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis.  This evening reception will include a panel discussion moderated by Sheila Kast, the award-winning host of On the Record at WYPR and will feature Dr. Martha Jones, John Hopkins University, and Elaine Weiss, the Baltimore-based and author of “The Women's Hour.” Look at

53] – On Wed., Jan. 29 from 6:30 to 9 PM, come to a 2020 Baltimore City Candidates Forum, hosted by Charles Village Life at Saints Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, This forum will allow community members to gain insight into Baltimore City candidates in preparation for the April 2020 primary election. Candidates should contact Sandy Sparks at See

54] – On Wed., Jan. 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, check out "Our Plan to win a Green New Deal: JHU Launch Party," hosted by Refuel Our Future in Remsen 140 on the Homewood campus. 2020 will be a turning point for our future. Anyone is welcome to come. Gather to watch and discuss two new films from the Sunrise Movement about the Green New Deal and what we need to do in 2020 to win it, and then together we can figure out what we need to do to make this year count.  RSVP at Call (484)557-5318.  Visit

55] – On Wed., Jan. 29 from noon to 1 PM, get over to the Community Choice Energy Act Introduction and Press Conference, hosted by Food & Water Watch - Maryland at the Maryland House of Delegates, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401.  Hear the introduction of Senator Pam Beidle and Delegate Charkoudian's Community Choice Energy Act!  The Community Choice Energy Act will give municipalities and counties control over where their energy comes from, and the power to negotiate lower rates for customers! Our climate crisis needs urgent action, and with Community Choice Energy Maryland's municipalities and counties can lead the way to 100% clean, renewable energy while ensuring energy equity.  See

56] – On Wed., Jan. 29 from 7 to 10 PM, hear from Joshua Meyers- "We Are Worth Fighting For" which is a focus on 1989 Howard U Protest.  Joshua will be at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  This is the first history of the 1989 Howard University protest. The three-day occupation of the university’s Administration Building was a continuation of the student movements of the sixties and a unique challenge to the politics of the eighties. Upset at the university’s appointment of the Republican strategist Lee Atwater to the Board of Trustees, students forced the issue by shutting down the operations of the university. The protest, inspired in part by the emergence of “conscious” hip hop, helped to build support for the idea of student governance and drew upon a resurgent Black Nationalist ethos.  Look at

To be continued

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