Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 12, 2020

40] Defining a Progressive U.S. Policy for the Middle East -- Feb. 12
41] 2020 Human Trafficking Panel of Speakers – Feb. 12
42] Pruning Party for Strong Trees – Feb. 12
43] Support a slew of progressive tax bills – Feb. 12
44] Transit Day of Action – Feb. 12
45] “The Long Haul” - A Human Rights Film Screening – Feb. 12
46] "The Science Behind Drawdown Solutions on Renewable Energy” – Feb. 12
47] Our Revolution Howard County Monthly Meeting – Feb. 12
40] -- On Wed., Feb. 12 from 8:30 to 11 AM, look at After Trump: Defining a Progressive U.S. Policy for the Middle East, hosted by The Century Foundation at the Capitol Visitor Center, 78 First St. NE, WDC 20515. Approaching the brink of war with Iran in early 2020 has highlighted the risks of not pursuing a progressive U.S. policy approach to the Middle East. This event seeks to set forth a sustainable alternative U.S. foreign policy. Examine the animating principles and resulting policies of a more progressive approach for the Middle East. Progressive Middle East policy remains a contested concept among both policymakers and the American public: to some, it means an end to overly militarized policies and reducing U.S. commitments to avoid war; to others, it means greater U.S. investments in solving overseas conflicts, acting to prevent atrocities, and advancing human rights. Still others define it in terms of rethinking U.S. partnerships with authoritarian regimes. The Keynote Speakers are Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT) and Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA).  See

41] – On Wed., Feb. 12 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM, check out the 2020 Human Trafficking Panel of Speakers, hosted by the Women's Council of Realtors Howard County at the Howard County Library System, 9411 Frederick Road, Ellicott City 21042.  Tickets are at Come and hear how this important topic affects the Real Estate Industry and how you can be prepared to spot the signs in your community and the homes you are entering every day.  The guest speakers will include Linda Blackiston, the Samaritan Woman Shelter, and Andrea Nunez, Howard County Office of Human Trafficking.  See

42] – On Wed., Feb. 12 from noon to 3 PM, there is a Pruning Party for Strong Trees, hosted by Blue Water Baltimore and Herring Run Nursery, 1440 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore 21209. Tickets are at  Have you ever wanted to learn how to properly prune a tree so that it stays healthy and grows tall and strong? Join Blue Water Baltimore for a ‘Pruning Party’ this winter; a little care goes a long way! REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER HERE  Help prune and maintain some of our recently planted trees on the campus of Baltimore Poly Tech High School. Novice volunteers and expert TreeKeepers alike are welcome! Please be prepared for working outdoors in cold weather. Wear lots of layers, warm boots, and gloves. Hats and sunglasses are also strongly encouraged. Don’t forget a reusable water bottle, too!  Park in the lot on the western side of the school building. Look at

43] – On Wed., Feb.12 from 12:30 to 4 PM, Our Revolution is urging you to come to Annapolis and support a slew of progressive tax bills which are scheduled for a hearing at 1 PM in the House Ways and Means Committee. A legislative ally Julie Palakovich Carr sits on the committee and requests Our Revolution support. Progressive Vaughn Stewart is sponsoring one of the bills that is being debated. While in Annapolis, you'll have a great chance to say hi to new delegate Sheila Ruth - Co-Chair Our Revolution Baltimore.  Go to Maryland General Assembly, 90 State Circle, House Ways and Means Committee, Annapolis 21401. RSVP at

44] -- On Wed., Feb. 12 starting at 3:30 PM with a rally on Transit Day of Action.  Then participate in the Transit Caucus and Lobby Night for MTA Funding.  Go to the House Office Building, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis. Email Look at  From this year the state delegation joined with elected officials across Maryland to form a transit caucus in Annapolis.

45] -- On Wed., Feb. 12 from 5:30 to 7:15 PM, get over to “The Long Haul” - A Human Rights Film Screening, hosted by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, Ceremonial Classroom (NT01).  The movie was inspired by Nigel Rodley, the first legal adviser to Amnesty International who devoted his life to fight for human rights around the world.  A discussion will follow with expert panelists. Check out

46] -- "The Science Behind Drawdown Solutions On Renewable Energy"  is hosted by the Greenbelt Climate Action Network on Wed., Feb. 12 from 7 to 9 PM at the Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114, Greenbelt 20220.  See energy has been a focus for implementing many of the drawdown solutions to reduce carbon emissions and minimize the effects of global warming and climate change.  This presentation will introduce some of the scientific concepts behind renewable energy processes that apply to several of the drawdown solutions. They include photovoltaics, chemical energy storage and delivery, the electrical grid, nuclear, wind, geothermal, and hydroelectric. The goal of the evening is to instill a sense of scientific literacy and confidence when approaching the drawdown solutions related to renewable energy. Vijay Parameshwaran is a scientist and Greenbelt resident who has worked on research in renewable energy for a decade. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering, with a minor in materials science and engineering, from Stanford University in 2015. Contact Lore Rosenthal,, 301-345-2234.  

47] -- On Wed., Feb. 12 from 7 to 8:45 PM, attend an Our Revolution Howard County Monthly Meeting at the Howard County Library East Columbia Branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045.  This meeting is regularly held on the evening of the second Wednesday of each month. (In February, we meet at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Library, Clifton Room.)  Discuss Medicare for All, Environmental/Climate-change issues (including Green New Deal and the need to declare a "Climate Emergency" in Howard County), the latest developments in the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign, immigrant support, and plans for new officers and priorities for the rest of 2020 and into 2021. Go to

48] -- On Thurs., Feb. 13 from 4 to 5:30 PM, hear about THE AGE OF HIROSHIMA: THE NUCLEAR REVOLUTION ON THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATOMIC BOMBINGS at the Wilson Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004.  On August 6, 1945, in the waning days of World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The city’s destruction stands as a powerful symbol of nuclear annihilation, but it has also shaped how we think about war and peace, the past and the present, and science and ethics. “The Age of Hiroshima,” published by Princeton University Press in January 2020, traces these complex legacies, exploring how the meanings of Hiroshima have reverberated across the decades and around the world.  The book’s editors Michael Gordin and John G. Ikenberry, as well as contributor Alex Wellerstein, will discuss how the bombing of Hiroshima gave rise to new conceptions of our world and its precarious interconnectedness, and how we continue to live in its dangerous shadow today. Toshihiro Higuchi and Jessica Mathews, in commenting on the volume, will offer their own perspectives on Hiroshima as an historical event and a cultural phenomenon. Look at

To be continued

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