Friday, February 28, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 28 - 29, 2020

57] Challenge Mike Pompeo Feb. 28
58] Embassy Defenders in court – Feb. 28
59] White House vigil – Feb. 28
60] WIB peace vigils – Feb. 28
61] Prevent Julian Assange’s deportation Feb. 28
62] STOP most medical debt lawsuits – Feb. 28
63] Civic Legacies and Immigrant Incorporation in Asian Democracies – Feb. 28
64] Peace and justice vigil – Feb. 28
65] Fracking & Radioactivity – Feb. 28
66] Phone Bank for Bernie – Feb. 28
67] "China: Beyond the Propaganda" – Feb. 28
68] Discuss "All-American Nativism" – Feb. 28
69] Ballroom Dancing Feb. 28
70] One bird, one vote Feb. 29
71] Baltimore Archdiocesan Social Ministry Convocation – Feb. 29
72] Join Garden Day Feb. 29
57] – On Fri., Feb. 28 from 7:30 to 10:30 AM, Pack the Hearing: Pompeo is a war criminal! Hosted by CODEPINK: Women For Peace, gather in Room 2172, Rayburn House Office Building, WDC 20515. Hearing begins at 8:30 AM, so line up at 7:30 AM when the building opens. .Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be testifying on: "Evaluating the Trump Administration's Policies on Iran and Iraq and the Use of Force."  Peace with Iran t-shirts to be provided.  Look at and

58] – The hearing for the Embassy Defenders will take place Fri., Feb. 28 at the Prettyman Courthouse, Courtroom 22-A, 333 Constitutional Ave., WDC.

59] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Feb. 28 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649,  

60] – Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE take place on Fri., Feb. 28 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

61] – On Fri., Feb. 28 at noon, join the support to prevent Julian Assange’s deportation, hosted by Unity4J joining forces with #Action4Assange and #VeteransForPeace for a peaceful protest as Julian Assange’s extradition case was heard.  March from White House to Trump Tower to DOJ HQ.  Look at

62] – On Fri. Feb. 28, legislation to STOP most medical debt lawsuits will be heard by the House of Delegates Health and Government Operations Committee! Come to the Press Conference on Medical Debt Protection Legislation with Delegates Lorig Charkoudian and Robbyn Lewis on Fri., Feb. 28 from noon to 12:30 PM at the House Office Building – Room 145, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401.  The Committee Hearing on HB1081 and HB1420 will start at 1 PM in Room 240 (HGO Hearing Room).  If you are available but need a ride, contact From: Cara Bates [mailto:CBates@CalNurses.Org]. 

63] -- The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC) and the GW Institute for Korean Studies present “Civic Legacies and Immigrant Incorporation in East Asian Democracies" at George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, Room 505, WDC 20052, on Fri., Feb. 28 from 12:30 to 1:45 PM. How do we explain divergent patterns of immigrant incorporation in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan given the similarities between each country’s immigration and citizenship policies, their overlapping immigrant populations largely from neighboring Asian countries, and their common dilemmas of accommodating social diversity while adhering to liberal democratic principles? Based on over 150 in-depth interviews with immigrants, pro-immigrant activists, and government officials and 28 focus groups with the major foreign resident groups in each country, this book prioritizes the role played by civil society actors—including migrants themselves—in giving voice to migrant interests, mobilizing migrant actors, and shaping public debate and policy on immigration.   The author, Erin Aeran Chung, Associate Professor of East Asian Politics, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, will speak.  RSVP at

64] – 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 Feb. 28. Black Lives Matter.

65] – On Fri., Feb.  28 at 6 PM at the Friends Center, MLK Room, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, hear about Fracking & Radioactivity, The Downstream Dirt – Pipelines, Compressor Stations, Gas Power Plants & Cracker Plants. Please join Physicians for Social Responsibility - Philadelphia for a presentation featuring speakers Justin Nobel and Sharon Kelly, Rolling Stone Magazine. Look at

66] – Get over to a Bernie 2020 Phonebank on Fri., Feb. 28, 6:30 to 9:30 PM at Homewood Friends Meeting House, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  Join the Baltimore Bern Unit for the next Call to Win Party, featuring a relational organizing primer, Bernie Dialer training, phonebank, and local election update!  You will need to feel comfortable calling early primary state voters – ANY TIME FROM ANYWHERE – using the Bernie Dialer! Also space will be set up for experienced phone bankers to go straight to work. The Educate 'n' Debate series of updates on crucial Baltimore-area races will continue. Learn where candidates stand on the issues that define the new progressive majority, and how to get connected to the campaigns.

In addition to a cell phone, please bring a laptop or tablet.  Safari and Apple iOS tablets are NOT compatible with the Dialer at this time. Download Chrome or Firefox beforehand if you can!  Headphones or a headset are recommended. See

67] – On Fri., Feb. 28 at 7 PM at the Justice Center, 617 Florida Avenue NW, WDC 20001, participate in the second part of a three-part series which looks past the propaganda to examine the truth about China. No prior reading is required, and questions and discussions are encouraged. "China: Beyond the Propaganda" is a 3-part series to understand U.S.-China relations, China's role in the world and the Chinese economy. Recently, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called China the "central threat of our times." Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has called for Trump to promote "maximum pressure" against the Chinese economy. Look at

68] -- On Fri., Feb. 28 from 7 to 9 PM, Daniel Denvir will discuss "All-American Nativism" with Christy Thornton, hosted by Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  This is a major recasting of American history from the vantage of immigration politics.  It is often said that with the election of Donald Trump nativism was raised from the dead. After all, here was a president who organized his campaign around a rhetoric of unvarnished racism and xenophobia. Among his first acts on taking office was to issue an executive order blocking Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. But although his actions may often seem unprecedented, they are not as unusual as many people believe. This story doesn’t begin with Trump. For decades, Republicans and Democrats alike have employed xenophobic ideas and policies, declaring time and again that “illegal immigration” is a threat to the nation’s security, wellbeing, and future.

Denvir is a Visiting Fellow in International and Public Affairs at Brown University’s Watson Institute, a writer in residence at The Appeal, and the host of The Dig podcast on Jacobin Radio. Thornton teaches sociology and Latin American studies at Johns Hopkins University. See

69] – 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 Feb. 28. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email

71] – It's time for the Annual Baltimore Archdiocesan Social Ministry Convocation. This will be the 41st Annual Convocation, and it is on Sat., Feb. 29 from 8 AM to 3:30 at Mercy High School, 1300 East Northern Parkway, Baltimore 21229. The theme for this year is Who Is My Neighbor? The keynote speaker will be Ansel Augustine, Ph.D., the former Director of Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Associate Director of the Young Adult Ministry Office. He is also on the faculty at Xavier University of Louisiana. He is a renowned presenter and has published many articles on ministry.  There will be an opening prayer service, a dozen workshop topics, a social ministry fair, and awards. Coffee and juice are available in the morning and lunch is included in your registration. Registration is only $15. Register at

72] --   On Sat., Feb. 29 from 11 AM to 1 PM, get over to a Garden Work Day, hosted by the Baltimore Free Farm, 3510 Ash. St., Baltimore 21211. The work will be done by the greenhouse at the corner of Everhart and Yeager Streets, across the street and up the hill from 3510 Ash Street.  Bring a bottle for water. You will be given gloves, tools, and tea for your work!  Look at

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

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