Sunday, February 23, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 24 - 25, 2020

21] Pipeline Protest at Supreme Court -- Feb. 24
22] Support Julian Assange -- Feb. 24 - 28
23] State must Declare Climate Emergency Now! – Feb. 24
24] Fighting Fox with Fire - Protest/Press Conference -- Feb. 24
25] Baltimore Teachers Union Lobby Night – Feb. 24
26] Maryland Sierra Club Annual Lobby Night -- Feb. 24
27] Legislative Night, hosted by PG County Public Schools -- Feb. 24
28] Mayoral Debate – Feb. 24
29] "Yesterday's Man: The Case Against Joe Biden" – Feb. 24
30] See “The Illusionists” – Feb. 24
31] See "For Sama" – Feb. 24
32] Moving at the Speed of Democracy – Feb. 24
33] Get Money Out – Maryland call Feb. 24
34] Transit Choices Meeting – Feb. 25
36] Trump administration's proposal to gut NEPA -- Feb. 25
36] See "For Sama" – Feb. 25
37] Slavery and Jesuit Universities – Feb. 25
38] Protest killer drone research at JHU – Feb. 25
39] Film "The Rape of Recy Taylor" – Feb. 25
40] Legal Implications of Baltimore's Surveillance Plane -- Feb. 25
41] Bernie Debate Watch Party – Feb. 25
42] Democratic Debate Watch Party, World Day of Social Justice – Feb. 25
21] – On Mon., Feb. 24 from 9:30 AM to noon, there is a No Pipelines action at the Supreme Court,  1 1st St. NE, WDC 20543.  The court will consider the future of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The Court will hear oral arguments in a case to determine if the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) can cross the Appalachian Trail. This is the first time the Supreme Court has heard a case about a pipeline in years — and a major opportunity to put a meaningful check on the power of pipelines and the fossil fuel industry. Demonstrate outside the Court.  This is an open call to all pipeline fighters, mountain defenders, water protectors and climate resisters. Look at

22] – On Mon., Feb. 24 at noon through Fri., Feb. 28 at 4 PM, join the support to prevent Julian Assange’s deportation, hosted by Unity4J joining forces with #Action4Assange and #VeteransForPeace for peaceful protests during the opening week of Julian Assange’s extradition case.  Please come for as many events as you can, and bring BIG signs and wear #WikiLeaks gear (that goes for wherever you are!).  On Feb. 24 at noon, march from White House to Trump Tower to DOJ HQ; on Feb. 25 at noon, protest outside offices of mainstream media outlets; on Feb. 26 at noon, protest at the Truesdale Detention Center in Alexandria VA, where Chelsea Manning & Jeremy Hammond are imprisoned; on Feb. 27 at noon, protest outside Capitol Hill & The Supreme Court; and Feb. 28 at noon, march from the White House to Trump Tower to DOJ HQ.  Look at

23] – On Mon., Feb. 24 from 4 to 6 PM, Extinction Rebellion Baltimore is concerned about Annapolis Underwater! The group believes that the State must Declare Climate Emergency Now!  Rally in Lawyers Mall, Bladen St., Annapolis 21401.  Pressure the legislature to declare a climate emergency in Maryland! Bring attention to the 'Climate Emergency and Implementation of a Climate Mobilization Effort Bill' which has its hearing on the House floor at 2 PM on February 24th. Be there to initiate public support, and reinforce the message that we are truly in the midst of an ecological crisis.

Come wearing blue, some scuba gear or dress like a fish! Bring a sign and be ready to express your passion for building a sustainable future based on climate justice! More information can be found here:  See

24] – On Mon., Feb. 24 from 4 to 5 PM, go to Fighting Fox with Fire - Protest/Press Conference, hosted by at 2000 W. 41st St., Baltimore 21211-1420.  Also the ValueMyVote2020 team has helped organize this protest and press conference against Fox45 Baltimore.  Call attention to the Fake News being reported on by Fox45, including allowing one mayoral candidate to appear almost on a daily basis while refusing to allow others to obtain that same on-air time, violating the FEC Equal Time rule under the Communications Act of 1934. See

25] – On Mon., Feb. 24 from 4 to 9 PM, join the Baltimore Teachers Union for Lobby Night in Annapolis. The BTU is partnering with brothers and sisters from the Prince George's County Educators Association (PGCEA. This powerful collaboration will be the first of its kind, and offers an opportunity to advocate side-by-side with PGCEA members for the resources our students deserve via equitable Kirwan legislation, as well as other legislative priorities.  Get a free lobbying training to prepare for Lobby Night, and dinner and transportation will be provided. Confirm you attendance at  Email Corey Gaber at with questions. See

26] – Attend the Maryland Sierra Club Annual Lobby Night on Mon., Feb. 24 from 4 to 9 PM  at the Miller Senate Office Building, East Room, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis 21411.  Contact Mark Posner at or 301-277-7111.  Join with hundreds of other Maryland Sierra Club volunteers to lobby to pass the Sierra Club priority bills. The legislative agenda this year aims for concrete, significant actions to mitigate the climate crisis and reduce plastic pollution.

27] - On Mon., Feb. 24 from 6 to 8 PM, come to a Legislative Night, hosted by Prince George's County Public Schools at 6 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401-1912. JOIN CEO Dr. Monica Goldson, the Board of Education, labor partners and state lawmakers in Annapolis to support Maryland Kirwan Funding for Public Education! Visit…/Join-Us-for-PGCPS-Legislative-Nigh…/ and

28] – On Mon., Feb. 24 at 6 PM, get over to a 2020 Mayoral Forum on Environment & Equity at the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, 2821 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore 21215, hosted by Baltimore Blue Green Just.  Hear from Charm City mayoral candidates and their visions regarding environmental and social justice issues in Baltimore. The moderators are local radio host Tom Hall and UMD associate dean Dr. Sheri Parks. Register at

29] – On Mon., Feb. 24 from 6:30 to 8 PM, discuss the book “Yesterday's Man: The Case Against Joe Biden,” hosted by Jacobin magazine and The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC 20009. Hear a discussion on how the Democratic establishment triangulated themselves into defeat.  Branko Marcetic's new book exposes the forgotten history of Joe Biden, one of the United States’ longest-serving politicians, and one of its least scrutinized. Over nearly fifty years in politics, the man called “Middle-Class Joe” served as a key architect of the Democratic Party’s rightward turn, ushering in the end of the liberal New Deal order and assisting the political takeover of the radical right.

Marcetic is a staff writer for Jacobin magazine and a 2019–2020 Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Fellow at In These Times. Check out

30] – On Mon., Feb. 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, se “The Illusionists” by Rock Recovery at the Viva Center, 1731 Connecticut Avenue NW, WDC 20009.  Tickets are $15. This is an eye-opening documentary that turns the mirror on media, exposing the harmful effects of beauty standards across the nation.  Due to some of the images shown, this screening is not suitable for guests under the age of 18 years. This viewing is in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2020.  The documentary explores society’s obsession of chasing “the perfect body”. The film brings to light the alarming lack of body diversity and acceptance in the beauty industry, with a focus on how the messages are beginning to shift to target children and men.  Look at

31] - On Mon., Feb. 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, see a film screening and hear a discussion of "For Sama," nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Documentary Feature.  The film is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.  Syrian activist, Sana Mustafa is the Associate Director of Partnership and Engagement at Asylum Access, an international organization works on challenging legal barriers that keep refugees from living safely, moving freely, working and attending school.  She will be in the discussion. The screening will take place in the ICC auditorium on Georgetown's Main Campus, 3700 O St. NW, WDC 20057.  Visit

32] - On Mon., Feb. 24 from 7:30 to 8:45 PM, check out Moving at the Speed of Democracy, hosted by the College Park Scholars at Antonov Auditorium, Brendan Iribe Center. In conversation with Scholars Public Leadership director Susannah Washburn, Rep. Jamie Raskin, who represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, will discuss his journey from student to teacher of law to maker of laws; his role—as a member of the House Judiciary Committee and a scholar of constitutional law—in the impeachment of President Donald Trump; and his thoughts on the current state of American democracy. Reserve your spot:  Look at

33] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Mon., Feb. 24 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.

34]  On Tues., Feb. 25 from 8 to 9:30 AM, go to the Transit Choices Meeting at the Impact Hub Baltimore, 10 E North Ave., Baltimore 21202.  After a busy summer and fall of public engagement, corridor analysis, and strategic action identification, the RTP Project Team is now working to synthesize this information into a draft Plan. MDOT MTA Deputy Administrator Holly Arnold will review the proposed plan format and components, as well as highlight key themes and goals in the Plan’s Strategic Actions for the region. 

Councilperson Ryan Dorsey, Baltimore's 3rd District, who chairs the Baltimore City Council's Transportation Committee will give a presentation: "Region-Centered, People-Centered near-term transportation vision for Baltimore City." Look at

35] – On Tues., Feb. 25 at 9 AM, get with a Lobby Day for End-Of-Life Option Act. Compassion & Choices is dedicated to passing the Maryland Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End of Life Option Act (HB643) and companion bill SB 701, which would authorize medical aid in dying in Maryland. See

36] - The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a bedrock environmental and civil rights law that protects communities from dangerous, rushed or poorly planned projects and gives the public an opportunity to comment on major federal projects like roads, bridges, and pipelines. In many cases, it’s the ONLY law that provides local communities the ability to weigh in on federal projects impacting their health and safety. For more than 50 years, NEPA has served as the foundation of reasonable, balanced and transparent protections for our communities and the environment, and a forum for public input into government decisions. Our health, safety, and environment depend on it, yet the Trump administration is seeking to gut the protections NEPA offers us. Now, it’s under attack. In January, the Trump administration proposed sweeping rollbacks to the law that would make it easier to rubberstamp projects for corporate polluters, entrench the administration’s denial of climate science, and severely restrict public input in federal decision-making. We can’t let that happen.

On Tues., Feb. 25, the second of only two public hearings on the Trump administration's proposal to gut NEPA will take place. Rally to Protect Your Voice / Protect NEPA, hosted by the Sierra Club DC Chapter from noon to 1:30 PM at Rawlins Park, 1900 E. St. NW, WDC 20415. The park is across the street from the Department of the Interior.  The official hearing on the proposed changes will take place throughout the day inside of the Department of the Interior building (in the Yates Auditorium); and speaking slots for registered speakers are in 3 sessions between 9 AM to 8 PM. Check out

37] – On Tues., Feb. 25 from 4 to 9 PM, hear about Slavery and Jesuit Universities, hosted by the Georgetown University History Department at the Edward B. Bunn S.J. Intercultural Center, ICC 662.  This is a GIGH US History Workshop with Elsa Barraza Mendoza.  Visit

38] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. on Tues., Feb. 25 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

39] – On Tues., Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, see the 2018 film "The Rape of Recy Taylor" and hear author Danielle L. McGuire who penned the book on which the film is based: "At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power" (Knopf, 2010).  Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in Alabama in 1944. Common in the Jim Crow South, few women spoke up about these crimes in fear for their lives—but not Recy, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. The Rape of Recy Taylor exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Ms. Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor.

40] – On Tues., Feb. 25 from 7 to 9 PM, hear about the Legal Implications of Baltimore's Surveillance Plane, hosted by Brandon Soderberg at the University of Baltimore School of Law, 1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201.  Baltimore Legal Hackers hosts an event about Baltimore's “spy plane” set to fly over the recording everybody all of the time in May.  Hear from defense attorney Ivan Bates and reporter Brandon Soderberg about how the spy plane works and the legal—and political—implications of its use. RSVP at

Read "Baltimore defense attorneys claim surveillance plane footage contradicts law enforcement account of police shooting:"  Visit

41] – Join DSA for Bernie Debate Watch Party on Tues., Feb. 25 from 7:30 to 10 PM, hosted by Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America at Penn Social, 801 E St. NW, WDC 20004. The South Carolina primary will be right around the corner on the 29th, and then Super Tuesday. THEN GOTV in Northern Virginia for the last canvass between Super Tuesday!  See

42] – On Tues., Feb. 25 from 7:30 to 10 PM, get over to a Democratic Debate Watch Party, hosted by the Sunrise Movement Baltimore at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  The debate is in Charleston, South Carolina, as a lead-up to the primary!

Enjoy delicious Red Emma's snacks and debate bingo for all. Read the Sunrise Movement's full statement on the endorsement of Bernie Sanders:  Look at

To be continued

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