Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 20 - 21, 2017

24] Support Houston’s animals
25] First day to ratify Nuke Ban treaty – Sept. 20
26] Protest FERC – Sept. 20
27] Film THE SETTLERS – Sept. 20
28] Protest the Air Force Association “Arms Bazaar” – Sept. 20
29] Film about bomb trains– Sept. 20
30] Baltimore Veg/Vegan Group Monthly Meetup Sept. 20
31] Mass Incarceration Potluck and Discussion – Sept. 20
32] Social Justice through Economic Resistance conference – Sept. 21
33] Senate Health Care Lobby Day – Sept. 21
34] Transform Now Plowshares honored – Sept. 21
35] Debate war or peace – Sept. 21
36] Film CHE, Part 1 -- Sept. 21
37] Film "Equal Justice in Occupied Palestine" – Sept. 21
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24] – As you know Climate Chaos is on full display in Houston and other places in Texas.  There are many organizations seeking donation to help those most affected by the Chaos.  The intrepid Virginia Rodino is urging us to remember that animals are also bearing the brunt of Harvey.  If you are inclined to support the animals, consider going to http://www.houstonpetsalive.org/. She has done research and heard from a co-worker in Austin that Houston Pets Alive is a good organization. So she is promoting it and donating to it. 

25] – Wed., Sept. 20 is the first day for States Parties to sign on to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the annual United Nations General Assembly. Go to http://www.icanw.org/.

26] – On Wed., Sept. 20 from 9 AM to 5 PM, get over to a FERC Protest in D.C., hosted by Stop the Pipelines and Delaware Riverkeeper Network.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 1st St NE, WDC 20426.

27] – On Wed., Sept. 20 at 4:15 PM, as part of the Israel/Palestine Film Series, see “The Settlers” at Swarthmore College, Lang Performing Arts Center.  Go to http://blogs.swarthmore.edu/academics/pcs/2017/08/02/israelpalestine-film-series-fall-2017/http://blogs.swarthmore.edu/academics/pcs/2017/08/02/israelpalestine-film-series-fall-2017/.

28] – Protest the Air Force Association “Arms Bazaar” on Wed., Sept. 20 from 6 to 7:30 PM. Join a Nonviolent Vigil and Prayer Service for Peace during the AFA $300+ per plate banquet (please bring a candle). This is done in solidarity with Campaign Nonviolence, which will be sponsoring a week-long series of actions nationwide from September 18-25. See http://www.paceebene.org/programs/campn-nonviolence
 The vigil will be outside the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD 20745.  Gather at the corner of Waterfront St. and St. George Blvd., directly across from the Gaylord National Resort. The protest is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Contact Art Laffin – 202-360-6416, artlaffin@hotmail.com.

   From September 18-20, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is once again playing host to the Air Force Association (AFA) “Air, Space and Cyber Conference” what we call an “Arms Bazaar.” The AFA, according to its web site, is “the voice for aerospace power and the Air Force family.” To mark its 70th anniversary the theme for this year’s AFA Arms Bazaar is: “Breaking Barriers: Heritage to Horizons.”

29] – Did you know that downtown Baltimore is in the crude oil train “blast zone” - including this church? Bring your friends and neighbors and come learn about crude oil trains, how local activists have been fighting back - and winning! - And how you can help protect our city from fossil fuels and other sources of pollution. See the “Bomb Trains: The Crude Gamble of Oil by Rail” on Thurs., Sept. 21 from 6 to 8 PM at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 W. Hamilton St. Parish Hall (entry off N. Charles St. behind the Sanctuary).  Contact Taylor Smith-Hams at taylor@chesapeakeclimate.org or (650) 704-3208.

30] – The Baltimore Vegan Group Monthly Meetup is on Wed., Sept. 20 at 7 PM at Mr. Chan, 1000 Reisterstown Road, across the street from the Pikes Theater. There is often street parking available. And there is free parking behind the restaurant, and a public parking area adjacent to that lot. This is a Combined Veg/Vegan Meetup.

It is a people-friendly group, which welcomes all who are interested in learning a healthier and more peaceful way of eating and living. If you are not already a member, you might also like to join one or both of the monthly discussion groups that I host - the Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup group http://www.meetup.com/vegetarian-9/and/or the Baltimore Vegan Meetup group http://tinyurl.com/22lsyt7.

31] – On Wed., Sept. 20 at 7 PM, there will be a Mass Incarceration Potluck and Discussion at 406 71st Ave. , Capitol Heights 20743.  RSVP to Krystal Oriadha at krystal.oriadha@yahoo.com

32] –  On Thurs., Sept. 21 through Sun., Sept. 24 at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA , attend Social Justice through Economic Resistance conference examines how economic resistance tools have been used successfully to achieve greater justice and equality and how they can be applied to the particular challenges of the 21st century.  Register at https://pendlehill.org/events/social-justice-through-economic-resistance/#.WcHKfHaGOUl.

33] – There is a Senate Health Care Lobby Day on Thurs., Sept. 21 at 11 AM in the Dirksen Senate Cafeteria, Dirksen Senate Office Building, WDC 20510.  Help deliver letters against Graham-Cassidy to key Republican senators. RSVP to Andrea Miller at andrea@peopledemandingaction.org.

34] – The Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest cordially invites you to attend the annual Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage Ceremony and Reception on Thurs., Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 8 PM at the Carnegie Institution Building, 1530 P St. NW, WDC.  The 2017 Award Recipients are as follows: Joel Clement. Upholding the highest standards of his civil service oath as a senior federal official, he blew the whistle on the Trump Administration’s Interior Department for using personnel reassignment to shut down climate change programs, muzzle scientists and undermine subject matter experts. And Megan Rice, Michael R. Walli, Greg Boertje-Obed. courageous activists who waged peace against nuclear weapons by taking their nonviolent message of conscience inside the highly-guarded Y-12 Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, TN.  RSVP at http://mailchi.mp/csrl/the-2017-joe-a-callaway-award-for-civic-courage-ceremony-and-reception?e=7b87950d5c or call (202) 387-8030,

35] – David Swanson will debate the justness of wars at the University of Pennsylvania, the Penn Newman Center, 3720 Chestnut St., Philadelphia 19104, on Thurs., Sept. 21 from 6 until 8:30 PMThe Penn Newman Center invites you to A PEACEFUL CONVERSATION ABOUT WAR in Recognition of the U.N. International Day of Peace – see InternationalDayofPeace.org. David with WorldBeyondWar.org will debate Ronald Granieri, internationally recognized US foreign policy expert – see FPRI.org.  The moderator is Deacon William Senft, Penn Newman Center.  The QUESTION PRESENTED is Are America’s wars in Syria and Afghanistan just and necessary or have we lost our way in the use of military force, including drone weaponry, in conducting US foreign policy?  A light dinner and refreshments will be provided at 6 PM with the program starting at 6:30 PM.

36] – Go to see a Film Screening to Support the Baltimore Che Brigade, hosted by Socialists4Baltimore on Thurs., Sept. 21 at 6:30 PM at the Harriet Tubman Solidarity Center, 2011 North Charles St., Baltimore 21218. You will see Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” Part 1, a critically acclaimed 2008 film that portrays Che's role in the Cuban Revolution in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Che Guevara and in support of local brigade members who will be traveling to Cuba for the “International Brigade/In the Footsteps of Che.” Meet the Baltimore delegation, a group of mostly young people who will be participating in the brigade.  The Cuban Friendship Institute – ICAP (Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos) has invited delegations from around the world to participate and mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Che Guevara. Funds raised will help to pay the costs of local brigade members.  The requested donation is $5 to $10.  Go to https://www.meetup.com/Socialists4Baltimore/events/243348714/?rv=me1.

37] – On Thurs., Sept. 21 from 7 to 9 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington, see "Equal Justice in Occupied Palestine," a short video, followed by discussion led by Mike and Rob Abel.  The event is sponsored by Pacem in Terris Palestine Israel Human Rights Initiative and the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Email mg@depaceminterris.org.

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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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


Monday, September 18, 2017

After Failing to Prosecute Bankers, Obama Cashes In With Wall Street Speeches

Monday, September 18, 2017

After Failing to Prosecute Bankers, Obama Cashes In With Wall Street Speeches

The former president is reportedly raking in $400,000 per speech to massive financial firms



Less than a year has passed since he departed from the White House, and former President Barack Obama has already joined the "well trod and well paid" Wall Street speaking circuit, a decision many argued will negatively impact the Democratic Party's credibility as it attempts to fashion a message around taking on corporate monopolies, tackling income inequality, and loosening the insurance industry's control over the American healthcare system.

  "This is a really crappy thing to do to the people who poured their hearts into his campaigns and administration."
—Matt Stoller, Open Markets Institute According to a Bloomberg report published Monday, Obama has in the last month delivered two speeches to massive financial firms—Northern Trust Corp and the Carlyle Group—for around $400,000 a pop, and he is slated to attend a three-day conference hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald next week, for which he will make another $400,000.

  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced a wave of intense criticism following her paid speeches to Wall Street during the 2016 presidential campaign, and later conceded that they weren't politically wise.

   Obama, however, doesn't appear to harbor any concerns about the political impact his speeches may have—a fact that could be problematic for the Democratic Party, Bloomberg's Max Abelson notes.
"While he can't run for president, he continues to be an influential voice in a party torn between celebrating and vilifying corporate power," Abelson writes. "His new work with banks might suggest which side of the debate he'll be on."

  News of Obama's decision to "cash in" following his eight-year presidency drew significant ire, particularly given his administration's failure to enact sufficient structural changes to the financial system following the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.

   As Abelson observes, Obama's "Justice Department prosecuted no major bankers for their roles in the financial crisis, and he resisted calls to break up the biggest banks, signing a regulatory overhaul that annoyed them with new rules but didn't stop them from pulling in record profits."

   Responding to Bloomberg's report, a Twitter user asked Ryan Cooper, national correspondent for The Week, what a person could do in order to receive $400,000 for a single speech.
Cooper responded with a two-step plan:


1) become president
2) do not enforce laws against securities or mortgage fraud https://twitter.com/maxbsawicky/status/909782618631294977 …

Others reacted similarly to the former president's lucrative speeches, noting that given Obama's continued power over the direction of the Democratic Party—which was demonstrated in his successful push for former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to become chair of the Democratic National Committee over Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)—is reason enough for him to abandon the Wall Street circuit.
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This quote from Revolving Door Project's @jeffhauser points to why these speeches will be an ongoing issue for Dems.

"This is a really crappy thing to do to the people who poured their hearts into his campaigns and administration," concluded Matt Stoller, a fellow at the Open Markets Institute. "Hillary Clinton publicly talking about why she lost [the 2016 election] is far healthier than private speeches to the Carlyle Group."

For investigative journalist Nomi Prins, Obama's Wall Street speeches are indicative of the deep, inescapable influence the nation's largest financial institutions exert over political discussion and policy in the United States.

"Wall Street knows no party," Prins concluded.

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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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert September 17 – 19, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert September 17 – 19, 2017

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com.  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net.

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  
4] Two friends are looking to buy a house in Baltimore
5] Peace Week Delaware – Sept. 17
6] Peace Flotilla – Sept. 17
7] Diversity in Art – Sept. 17
8] Mass Incarceration canvas – Sept. 17
9] Protest at the Pentagon – Sept. 18
10] Cooperative Threat Reduction – Sept. 18 - 19
11] Rally for Kurdish Independence – Sept. 18
12] US-Taiwan Relations – Sept. 18
13] Baltimore SURJ Meeting -- Sept. 18
14] Know Your Rights presentation by the ACLU – Sept. 18
15] National Briefing Call on the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty– Sept. 18
16] Sanctuary meeting – Sept. 19
17] Education in D.C. charter schools -- Sept. 19
17] Dismantle the New Jim Crow meeting -- Sept. 19
18] Peace vigil – Sept. 19
19] Protest drone research – Sept. 19
20] FCNL workshop – Sept. 19
21] Zoning Rewrite presentation – Sept. 19
22] Medicare for All – Sept. 19
23] Book talk on Sex Workers – Sept. 19
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1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski at Verizon.net.  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe.  It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing.  To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to ncnrnotices-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at ncnrnotices-admin@lists.riseup.net.

4] – Janice and Max are looking to buy a house in Baltimore.  Let Max know if you have any leads—410-323-1607 or mobuszewski 2001 at comcast dot net.

5] – Starting Sun., Sept. 17 through Sun., Sept. 24, get involved in Peace Week Delaware. The OPENING Ceremony, a Pacem Youth Peace Art Exhibition, will be at The Delaware Contemporary. Meet the artists. Go to http://depaceminterris.org/project/youth-peace-art/.  On Tues., Sept. 19 at 7 PM as part of the Pacem in Terris 100 Years of Peace and Justice Speaker Series, Bill Frelick, director, Refugee Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, speaks on Humanitarian Rights for All at Wilmington Friends Meetinghouse, 401 N. West St., Wilmington. This is part of Peace Week DE. Go to http://www.peaceweekdelaware.org/.

6] – Join the flotilla for environment & peace in front of the Pentagon on Sun., Sept. 17 at 10 AM, one week before the #NoWar2017: War and the Environment conference, World Beyond War will work with the Backbone Campaign and other allies to organize a flotilla for the environment and peace, bringing kayaktivism to Washington, D.C. Pentagon war making is a leading cause of world-wide environmental degradation — and of pollution of the Potomac River.  The kayaking will conclude at 2 PM.  The Pentagon Lagoon is right in front of the Pentagon at Columbia Island Marina, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington, VA 22202.  Go to https://actionnetwork.org/events/join-the-flotilla-for-environment-peace-in-front-of-the-pentagon.

7] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon.  On Sun., Sept. 10, the Sunday Platform is “Finding A Better Balance: Diversity in the Arts” by Nate VashtiBlue Couser.  His discussion points are Defining Diversity, the Dividing Starts with the Education System, Creating Resources That Seek to Bridge Our Community Instead Of Dividing It, Spotlight What Is Working and Strengthen What Isn’t, Eliminating The Road Blocks Artists Of Color Face As They Create and Power Struggle /Defining What Is Good Art. Nate VashtiBlue Couser was raised in Baltimore City. He was educated in both the Baltimore City and Private school system. He went to Coppin State University and majored in Urban Arts and Production, with a concentration in Acting. Nate has worked in various sections of the arts. He is an Actor, Director, Radio Personality, Jewelry Designer, Teaching Artist and Curator. His mission is to build a stronger and more diverse arts community in Baltimore City. Ten years ago, Nate created ‘The Artist Exchange’ as a networking tool for his fellow Urban Arts majors at Coppin State Univ. Over the years, as he has grown as an artist, the group has also grown to over 4000 active members from all over the world. The mission of The Artist Exchange, like Nate’s personal mission, is to create opportunities and platforms for artists of all cultures and backgrounds. This group focus is to build sustainable life long careers for artists. Call 410-581-2322 or email ask@bmorethical.org.

8] – On Sun., Sept. 17 from 3 to 7 PM, Progressive Prince George’s will conduct Canvass on Mass Incarceration at 406 71st Ave. Capitol Heights, MD. 20743. Contact Krystal Oriadha at krystal.oriadha@yahoo.com.

9] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is Sept. 18, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.

10] – On Mon., Sept. 18 and Tues., Sept. 19, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC) is hosting "Symposium to Update Cooperative Threat Reduction for the Next Ten Years and Beyond" at the NAS Keck Center, 500 5th St. NW, WDC. RSVP to Committee on International Security and Arms Control at cisac@nas.edu.

11] – There is a Rally for Kurdistan's Independence Referendum on Sun., Sept. 17 at 1 PM at 2050 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20006. Join the Kurdistani diaspora and friends of Kurdistan at the Washington Monument on the National Mall to show your support for the September 25th referendum on independence. Come celebrate Kurdistan’s exercise of self-determination with live Kurdish music and dancing. Bring your Kurdistan flag! Please do not bring flags of political parties or images. Click here to sign up to volunteer - http://bit.ly/DCrallyvolunteer.

12] – You are invited to a discussion The Impact of the Trump Administration on US-Taiwan Relations on Mon., Sept. 18 from 2 to 3:30 PM at The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.  This is an on the record seminar on the Trump administration’s impact on U.S.-Taiwan relations in the context of “America First” policies. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdleAyolOVN3q-gxSUSfhNnwobkNIa4hatSqfnJFvRtGBfESg/viewform.

During the election campaign and in his inaugural address, Donald Trump declared that he would make American interests and national security the top priorities in all foreign policy decisions. While some Americans expressed dismay at such statements, the new president’s comments align with the view of some international relations scholars that all states care only about their own self-interests and their survival in an anarchical world. It is within this context that Dr. Hung-jen Wang of National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan will assess the potential impact of Trump administration policies on future U.S.-Taiwan relations, taking into account the critical factor of evolving U.S.-China relations.

13] – On Mon., Sept. 18 at 6:30 PM, Baltimore SURJ is holding  a Legislative Meeting at 2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore.  The Baltimore Showing Up for Racial Justice Legislative team is going to be meeting on the 3rd Monday of every month. Upcoming initiatives may include the DREAM act, water affordability, transit equity, mandatory minimums, education funding, and the monitoring process for the consent decree. There is a need for volunteers who are willing to closely follow one of these issues. Also needed is help building a database to contact people by legislative district--an extremely important function. Work in conjunction with SURJ chapters from other parts of the state in order to impact different legislators. Everyone is welcome regardless of your level of experience with the legislative process. We are all learning and making the path as we walk! Email sandyrobson@gmail.com.

14] Babcock Presbyterian Church, 8420 Loch Raven Blvd., is hosting a Know Your Rights presentation by the ACLU of Maryland on Mon., Sept. 18 at 6:30 PM. Call 410-323-8564.

15] -- There is an United For Peace and Justice National Briefing Call on the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty on Mon., Sept. 18 at 8:30 PM ED.  RSVP at http://www.unitedforpeace.org/2017/09/12/national-briefing-call-nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty/?source=direct_link&.  The presenters are Dr. John Burroughs, Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy in New York City, and Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation.

On July 7, 2017, at the United Nations, the majority of the world’s countries adopted a historic treaty to prohibit the possession, development, testing, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons. The vote, by 122 to 1, unambiguously demonstrates that most of the world has indeed come to its senses regarding nuclear weapons. The treaty opens for signature on September 20 at United Nations headquarters in New York, during the High-Level Segment of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, where heads of state, foreign ministers and other representatives of governments are expected to publicly sign the treaty. Fifty countries must sign and ratify the treaty for it to enter into force.

16] – The next meeting of the Sanctuary Coalition of Central Maryland is on Tues., Sept. 19 from noon to 2 PM in St. Matthew Church hall, 5403 Loch Raven Boulevard, Baltimore 21239. Call 410-323-8564.

17] – Nationally, educators and activists have begun to renew and strengthen conversations about school diversity and desegregation. Prior to the end of his tenure, the US Department of Education under Secretary John King pushed both grants and legislation that would have funded and supported local efforts to create and sustain diverse schools. But like most of the United States, Washington, D.C. still has highly segregated schools, with nearly 71 percent of black public school students attending schools that are either over 99 percent minority students or are entirely non-white. With over 40 percent of D.C.’s student population attending public charter schools, charters are both an important part of the district’s educational landscape and a critical aspect in maintaining or dismantling school segregation.

On Tues., Sept. 19 from 4 to 6 PM at The Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW, WDC 20036, The Century Foundation and Learn Together, Live Together invite you to come hear D.C.’s education, civil rights, and charter school leaders discuss what role charter schools should play in promoting diversity. Should Charter Schools Help Integrate Washington, D.C.? This event is part of The Century Foundation’s Think. Drink. Mingle series, which brings together leading experts and advocates from various backgrounds to discuss our nation’s most pressing public policy issues. From expanding opportunity at home to strengthening democracy abroad, these events seek to foster the dialogue, diversity, and collaboration that is essential to achieving progressive change. Go to www.tcf.org/events.

18] –  Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is Sept. 19.  Call 215-426-0364.

19] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Sept. 19 from 5  to 6 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607. 

20] – You're invited to a workshop with the Friends Committee on National Legislation to learn critical advocacy skills and meet a community of advocates ready to stand alongside you for peace and justice. The Annapolis Advocacy Workshop is on Tues., Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 9 PM at 333 Dubois Rd., Annapolis.  There is a light meal at 5:30 PM.  RSVP at https://act.fcnl.org/event/advocacy-teams/151/signup/?t=13&utm_campaign=event&utm_source=ak&utm_medium=email&akid=7478%2E148132%2EI4zdMq. On Tues., Sept. 12 at 6:30 PM, attend the Baltimore County Green Party General Meeting at the Towson Branch Library.  Mobilize and continue to gain momentum. Members of the Baltimore County Green Local will make critical decisions regarding endorsements of candidates, leadership, events, and actions to promote racial, economic, and ecological justice and peace in Baltimore County, Maryland, nationally and internationally. Childcare is provided.

21] – On Tues., Sept. 19, there is a Zoning Rewrite presentation at 6:30 PM at Colmar Manor Town Hall & Community Center, 3701 Lawrence Street, Colmar Manor, MD. This is an open meeting of the Port Towns Community Development Corporation to hear about and discuss the Prince George’s County Zoning Rewrite progress. The MNCCPC staffers Brittney Drakeford and Chad Williams will present how the changes might affect the 47th district and in the Port Towns area. RSVP at denisehamler@gmail.com.  Enjoy light refreshments at 6:30 PM, and at 7 PM hear the presentation. 

22] – On Tues., Sept. 19 from 7 from 9 PM, Progressive Maryland, along with the NAACP, 1199 SEIU, and Maryland Healthcare for All are sponsoring a Public Forum on Medicaid at the Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring 20910Join MD CD 8 Representative Jamie Raskin and Director of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Uma Ahluwalia at this forum! RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtCWZ5Vqf-3vsTvWM9L1BnO12glzCqv0KBFUZkVSZfpUeHWA/viewform.

23] – On Tues., Sept. 19 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, hear about CHALLENGING PERSPECTIVES ON STREET-BASED SEX WORK WITH KATIE HAIL-JARES.  Hail-Jares is the editor of the recently released "Challenging Perspectives on Street-Based Sex Work." As a student, Katie spent six years volunteering with the mobile syringe exchange and harm reduction service, HIPS, in Washington, DC. Those experiences inspired her bring together researchers, sex workers, and others whose lives are involved in the policing and regulation of sexual exchange in conversation on the gap between academia and reality. At Red Emma's, Katie will talk about her experiences getting the volume published, challenges she faced along the way, and her own research into how gentrifiers respond to sex work, and what to do to improve those relationships.

Challenging Perspectives on Street-Based Sex Work is a new volume from Temple University Press. The volume brings sex workers, public defenders, police and researchers together  to challenge the normal research topics on sex work and instead discuss topics such as media representation of SBSW during an age of anti-trafficking, motherhood and abortion, international aid, trans rights, gentrification, and the legality of solicitation statutes. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org.

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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.


"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

NAACP Dismayed by DOJ’s Failure to Prosecute Police Officers in Freddie Gray Case

NAACP

For Immediate Release Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 4:15pm

Organization Profile: NAACP

Contact: Malik Russell: mrussell@naacpnet.org

NAACP Dismayed by DOJ’s Failure to Prosecute Police Officers in Freddie Gray Case

  Baltimore, MD - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, is disappointed by the decision by President Trump’s Department of Justice not to bring civil rights charges against the six Baltimore Police officers who were associated with the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. The NAACP, as well as its Maryland State Conference and Baltimore City Branch, issued the following statement: 

   “The Department of Justice let Freddie Gray’s family, Baltimore residents, and the entire nation down by deciding not to charge the police officers involved with Freddie Gray’s death. While we aren’t surprised by the DOJ’s decision – especially considering President Trump’s statement that police officers should not be ‘too nice’ when transporting those held in police custody – we had hoped that the case would have turned out differently,” said Ngozi Ndulue, Senior Director of Criminal Justice Programs at the NAACP. “The Justice Department had a real chance to demonstrate its commitment to police accountability. Instead, the DOJ’s decision reiterates what we already know—the threat of federal charges against individual officers is insufficient to ensure constitutional policing. Without meaningful avenues for police accountability, the status quo prevails; communities of color are vulnerable to civil rights violations from disreputable police officers with little repercussion.”

   "The way the Justice Department is handling this case illustrates a deliberate weakening of civil rights enforcement under Attorney General Jeff Sessions. This decision by the DOJ highlights the need for national, state and local policing reforms to ensure that officers are held accountable if they violate constitutional rights. The NAACP will continue to fight for this step forward and advocate for the anti-racial profiling bills for which we have long championed," said Gerald Stansbury, President of the NAACP Maryland State Conference.

  “The fact that we’re living in a country where the death of a young man can go unanswered is heartbreaking. Our tax dollars in Baltimore are supposed to ensure our law enforcement ‘protects and serves’ not ‘hunts and catches,’” said Tessa Hill-Aston, President of the Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP. “I have great respect for the Baltimore Police Department – and I know many of them personally – but I am disgusted by the actions taken by the individual police officers who were involved with Mr. Gray’s death and further outraged by the DOJ’s decision not to press charges against the accused officers. This case is part of a much bigger narrative about the value of Black lives and the willingness of our justice system to actually seek justice for Black families.”
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Founded Feb. 12. 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots–based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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Team Trump’s Hostility Toward Science Is No Hoax

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Team Trump’s Hostility Toward Science Is No Hoax


Klaus Marre and Donkeyhotey

Sunday, September 10, 2017
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   A picture says more than a thousand words — and sometimes it speaks volumes. 

  That was the case when photographers captured Donald Trump looking at the sun without protective glasses during the recent solar eclipse. It pretty much sums up the president’s expressed dismissive attitude about science.

   The vast majority of Americans don’t share his sentiment. And for good reason. 
  
   First, millions of them reveled in the spectacle of the eclipse making its way across the US. Most were smart enough to heed the advice of experts who urged people not to look directly at the sun. And why wouldn’t they listen? After all, scientists had predicted the precise date of the eclipse decades ago.

   Then, within a fortnight, the country’s shores were hit by two powerful and unprecedentedly devastating hurricanes. Days in advance, scientists warned of the intensity of these storms and the destruction they would cause. Fortunately, most people paid attention. Though lives were lost, science saved many others.
Unfortunately, while Americans overwhelmingly trust experts when it comes to hurricanes and solar eclipses, a too-large percentage stops believing in science when it conflicts with their political views.

  Climate change is Exhibit A, which is particularly ironic because climate-change deniers cast a skeptical eye on some of the same scientists who predicted the arrivals of Harvey and Irma with such accuracy. More than 95% of these experts believe that the planet is warming and that human activity is at least partially to blame. They also think that if something is not done quickly to reverse the warming trend, the consequences for humanity will be devastating.

  One of the counter-arguments used by the deniers is that these scientists have to go along with what Trump calls a “hoax” because otherwise they would no longer get any funding for their research. Yet it is the fossil fuel industry that is spending incredible sums of money to fund the handful of studies that challenge the reality of human-caused global warming.

  And no sane person would say climate scientists are making up major hurricanes only because they are in the pocket of the plywood industry. Oh, wait — that’s what Rush Limbaugh says.

  On his show of September 5, Limbaugh asserted that meteorologists usually predicted that hurricanes hit major population centers to scare people into believing in global warming, and made a connection to the home improvement and bottled water industries. Limbaugh later decided to evacuate his Florida home before the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

   So on the one side of this “debate” you have the large majority of climate scientists and on the other you have a talk radio host and the very few scientists willing to take fossil-fuel money.

Unfortunately, under Trump, non-scientists are increasingly holding key positions in government; indeed, denying the existence of climate change seems to be a prime job qualification.

  In July, the president nominated Sam Clovis to the top science job [1] at the Department of Agriculture. Clovis does not hold a scientific degree but he was — you guessed it — a conservative talk radio host, who supported Trump during the Republican primary, and is a climate change sceptic.

  He is not alone.

  Earlier this week, Trump chose Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to run NASA. Bridenstine also forcefully backed the president during the campaign and is a climate change sceptic.

   Sadly, it’s not difficult to find Republican lawmakers in Congress who have no scientific background at all but are gladly substituting their political views for those of experts.

   Perhaps the most egregious example is Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), a leading climate change sceptic who chairs the House Science Committee. Smith recently penned an op-ed in which he touted the benefits of a warming climate.

   With people like Smith and, pending confirmation, Clovis and Bridenstine in key positions and with Trump at the helm, it’s not surprising that the US is increasingly isolated on the issue of climate change. That might result in a short-term boon to the fossil fuel industry, but over the long run it’s as foolish as looking into the sun for too long without protective glasses.

  The cartoon above was created by DonkeyHotey for WhoWhatWhy from these images: Lamar Smith caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0 [2]), bishop (Terry Robinson / Wikimedia – CC BY-SA 2.0 [3]), hearing room (US House [4]), fabric 1 (Budlee Fabrics / Flickr – CC BY-SA 2.0 [5]), fabric 2 (Naberacka / Flickr – CC BY-SA 2.0 [6]), and fabric 3 (Elusive Muse / Flickr [7]).

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