Monday, February 10, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 10 - 11, 2020

20] All Eyes on Wet'suwet'en -- Feb. 10
21] Racial Justice Summit -- Feb. 10
22] Pesticide Lobby Night & Training to Ban Chlorpyrifos Feb. 10
23] Dinner for Blessing in a Backpack – Feb. 10
24] Three Tenors of Climate Change – Feb. 10
25] We Are Rising – Feb. 10
26] Historically Speaking: Thurgood Marshall-- Feb. 10
27] Maryland Domestic Violence Memorial Service -- Feb. 10
28] Prosecuting Defenders of Sovereignty – Feb. 10
29] Get Money Out – Maryland call – Feb. 10
30] Embassy Protectors go on trial – Feb. 11
31] DC Statehood NOW – Feb. 11
32] Break Free From Plastic Pollution Bill Launch – Feb. 11
33] Food Rescue at YO! Baltimore West – Feb. 11
34] Prevent Maryland police from collaborating with ICE -- Feb. 11
35] Protest killer drone research at JHU – Feb. 11
36] Join Maryland Muslims – Feb. 11
37] Sunrise Meeting – Feb. 11
38] Lobby training – Feb. 11
39] Fun with Rain Barrels – Feb. 11
20] – On Mon., Feb. 10 from 8 to 9:30 AM, get over to All Eyes on Wet'suwet'en at the Canadian Embassy, WDC 20024.  Early in the morning on February 6th, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) raided a camp of Wet'suwet'en supporters, arrested six people, and have now begun a full scale invasion of the Wet'suwet'en territories. Under the Canadian government's own law, under the United Declaration of Indigenous Peoples Rights, and most importantly under Indigenous law, the Wet'suwet'en Heredity Chiefs have every right to stop RCMP and Coastal Gaslink from operating on their land. As the climate crisis worsens every day, there is a need to hold governments accountable and resist the fossil fuel and pipeline industries at every turn. Indigenous communities are on the forefront of the struggle for climate justice and supporting their fight against the Coastal Gaslink pipeline, and all pipelines, is vital!  The Canadian government has shown that they fully support the Coastal Gaslink pipeline and are willing to violate Indigenous sovereignty in order to build this pipeline. Visit and

21] – On Mon., Feb. 10 from 9 AM to 5 PM, attend a Racial Justice Summit and Congressional Briefing, hosted by National Organization for Women (NOW) at the Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave. SW, Rooms 2044 & 2045, WDC 20515.  The briefing theme is Addressing the Intersects of Health, Economics, Violence, and Race.  This event will host speakers and panelists that will foster dialogue between Congressional members, constituents, and stakeholders of all different backgrounds regarding racial justice. The summit will include topics such as intersectional and racially inclusive feminism, immigration rights issues, maternal mortality, voter suppression and economic justice.  Look at

22] – Attend the Pesticide Lobby Night & Training to Ban Chlorpyrifos on Mon., Feb. 10 from 4:45 to 8 PM, organized by the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter, Room 145, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401. Contact Ling Tan at or 301-277-7111.  The Maryland Smart on Pesticides Coalition is holding a training and lobby night to promote a bill to ban chlorpyrifos. Training will last 1 hour (with food) and then lobby teams will disperse for meetings and to drop off informational packets in legislative offices.

23] – On Mon., Feb. 10 from 5 to 7 PM, get over to a Spaghetti Dinner for Blessing in a Backpack, hosted by WOTM Frederick Chapter 347, 828 E. Patrick St., Frederick 21701.  Blessings in a Backpack -Frederick mobilizes our local community, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends and during school breaks for local school children who might otherwise go hungry. Our mission is to raise awareness of childhood hunger and improve the lives of local children who depend on school meals as their primary source of nutrition, by providing food when school meals are not available. See and

24] – On Mon., Feb. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, check out Three Tenors of Climate Change - A Climate Story Discussion, hosted by O Street Museum in The Mansion on O, WDC 20037.  Tickets are $10.  Science is about facts, and scientific fact is at the center of climatologist Dr. Ben Santer’s work on global warming. The esteemed scientist from Lawrence Livermore Labs will join Milwaukee-based filmmaker Chip Duncan and global health expert Dr. Hernando Garzon from California’s Kaiser Permanente for an evening of discussion about receding glaciers, global climate modeling and the long term health consequences facing a warming world. Using personal stories, long term study and decades of documentation and participation, Santer, Duncan and Garzon have teamed up to bring their climate story to audiences across the U.S. Duncan begins the evening with a discussion of his documentation of North America’s iciest landscapes going back to 1991. Santer tells the story of a warming climate through computer modeling and satellite imagery accented by personal stories that begin with his participation in the 1995 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This report reached the historic conclusion that “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate.” Considered one of the world’s leading experts on global disaster response during the past generation, Garzon weaves a personal story that begins with his work navigating crises like 9/11, the Haitian earthquake and West Africa’s Ebola crisis while addressing a noticeable shift to climate-related disasters such as Puerto Rico, New Orleans, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Ayerwaddy Delta region of Burma.

   The speakers are donating their time for this appearance. Proceeds of this event will go to support the programs at O Street Museum in The Mansion.  See

25] – On Mon., Feb. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, be at We Are Rising: African American Women & The Vote, hosted by Prince George's County Memorial Library System at the Beltsville Public Library, 4319 Sellman Road, Beltsville 20705.  Join historian CR Gibbs as he presents a lecture celebrating the centennial of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote and the 2020 national Black History Month theme of "African Americans and the Vote." Learn the astounding but little known struggle of black women to get the vote. Learn more at Visit

26] –On Mon., Feb. 10 from 7 to 9 PM, check out Historically Speaking: Thurgood Marshall, hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20004.  Tickets are at  Acclaimed historian, and NMAAHC interim director, Dr. Spencer R. Crew will be interviewed by Juan Williams, co-host of FOX News Channel's The Five, about his recently published biography of America's first black Supreme Court justice. Entitled “Thurgood Marshall: A Life in an American History,” the book chronicles Marshall's legendary career as a civil rights litigator and founder of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Go to

27] – On Mon., Feb. 10 from 7 to 8 PM, attend a Maryland Domestic Violence Memorial Service 2020 at the Legislative Services Building, Joint Hearing Room, 90 State Circle, Annapolis 21401-1914. Join community members and leaders throughout Maryland in remembering those whose lives were lost as a result of domestic violence, bringing awareness to the problem of domestic violence in Maryland, and proposing legislative changes to support survivors.  RSVP is encouraged but not required. Bring a photo ID to enter the building. Parking available in Gott’s Court Garage, 25 Northwest St., Annapolis, for a nominal fee. Look at

28] – Prosecuting Defenders of Sovereignty: A People’s Briefing will take place on Mon., Feb. 10 from 7 to 8 PM at the Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, 6th Floor, WDC 20036. This briefing is on the eve of the first day of the trial to learn about the details of this case and the crucial campaign to defend The Embassy Protectors, the result of which will inevitably have serious impact on the future course of our government and country. See

29] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Mon., Feb. 10 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 lobbying in Annapolis.

30] – 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 filed a motion to make sure the jury is kept ignorant about the facts and circumstances surrounding the actions of the protectors.  Judge Beryl Howell agreed with the motion.

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, Adrienne Pine, and David Paul are asking for your support as they go on trial at 9 AM at the Prettyman Courthouse, 333 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC, room 22-A.  See

31] – On Tues., Feb. 11 from 10 AM to 2 PM, get over to H.R. 51 Markup/Committee VOTE, hosted by DC Vote!  It takes place at the Rayburn House Office Building, WDC 20515.  On September 19, 2019, democracy loving people filled the halls of the Rayburn Office Building, filled two overflow rooms, and filled a park outside with a huge screen to witness the Oversight Committee hearing of the Washington DC Admission Act, HR 51. All to make clear: we want DC Statehood NOW. We must follow through to see our bill clear the final hurdle before the full House vote. Look at

32] – On Tues., Feb. 11 from 11 AM to noon, listen in to Break Free From Plastic Pollution Bill Launch, hosted by Environment America at the U. S. Capitol East Front.  Every day, Americans throw away tons of plastic "stuff." But it doesn't actually go away. Instead, it washes into our waterways, where it harms our wildlife and pollutes our oceans, rivers, and lakes. The Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act is the first comprehensive federal plan to protect public health, wildlife, and wild places from the plastic waste. It’s the kind of groundbreaking legislation we need to manage our plastic pollution crisis and put wildlife over waste. Hear from speakers, including the bills authors, Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Alan Lowenthal, about their work to protect the environment and public health from plastic pollution. Listen to advocates and lawmakers talk about the need to reduce the amount of plastic we create and use. Take photos with some fantastic plastic pollution props at the U.S. Capitol to share on social media. Together, we can spread the word to stop plastic pollution.  The rain location is the Capitol Visitor Center, room SVC 215. Learn more about the bill: Go to

33] -- On Tues., Feb. 11 from noon to 1 PM, Food Rescue at YO! Baltimore West, 1510 W. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21217.  The final Food Rescue at YO! Is on Feb. 11. Get fresh, delicious, free food. Bring a bag. Bring a friend! Take what you want. Visit

34] – Both the Senate and the House voted to override Governor Hogan's veto of education access for immigrant Marylanders. On Tues., Feb. 11 from 1 to 4 PM, there will be a hearing on HB388, Lowe House Office Building, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401, preventing Maryland police from collaborating with ICE.  Anti-immigrant forces will be out in large numbers, so get over to the hearing to show support for welcoming immigrants and want nothing to do with the brutal deportation system. Call 202-408-1423. 

35] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. on Tues., Feb. 11 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

36] -- Join Maryland Muslims on Tues., Feb. 11 from 5 to 9 PM to learn about legislative priorities for our communities, and to speak with lawmakers about issues that affect you and your families. Come to the Miller Senate Office Building (President's Conference Center West), 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis 21401.  Free parking is available after 4 PM at the Calvert Street Garage located at 19 St. Johns Street, Annapolis. Participation is free, but registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. CONTACT Rizwan Siddiqi at 443.739.9234. Email RSVP at

37] – On Tues., Feb. 11 from 6:30 to 8 PM, attend a Hub Meeting - Sunrise Movement Baltimore at Avenue Engagement Center, 1808 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore 21217. Go to

38] – On Tues., Feb. 11 from 7 to 9 PM, come to the Annapolis Action Night Prep Meeting at Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place, Baltimore 21217.  Visit  Building a more just Maryland means taking our values to Annapolis to tell legislators what matters to the Jewish community. Come to a Community Convening to prepare for this year's Annapolis Action Night. Practice talking with representatives and get ready for the logistics of Annapolis. Dinner will be provided.

39] – On Tues., Feb. 11 from 7 to 8:30 PM, have Fun with Rain Barrels at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  Harvesting rainwater from your roof not only saves money on your water bill, but it also helps your downstream neighbors! Learn all about the benefits of rain barrels with Blue Water Baltimore. Learn how to build and install a rain barrel, and provide info on how you can purchase a fully assembled barrel or a DIY kit through a native plant nursery. Call Gary at 443-208-2757or email  Visit

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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