Government Meetings and Activist, Social Justice Events—4/17-4/24

Courtesy Baltimore Free Farm

Wednesday, April 17.

Community Relations Commission Meeting: The Baltimore City Community Relations Commission is a City Agency that investigates claims of discrimination and assists people who have been discriminated against by enforcing the laws that protect them. Noon, Office of Civil Rights, 7 E. Redwood.

Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee Meeting: The Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee’s April meeting. 6:30-8 p.m., Humanim, 1701 N. Gay St.

West Wednesday and JHU Sit-In Rally and March: Third West Wednesday collaboration with the JHU student Sit-In demanding accountability for Tyrone West and victims of police brutality and and end to Johns Hopkins University militarization. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Harriet Tubman Grove, Wyman Park. 

Thursday, April 18.

Baltimore Think-A-Thon: Baltimore Think-a-thon brings together creative thinkers, practitioners, and activists from throughout the region to network, brainstorm, and collaborate on solutions to benefit Baltimore residents. 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. MICA Bbox Gateway.

Redlining and Gentrification in Baltimore: Free, one-day symposium explores how redlining and gentrification shaped neighborhoods in Baltimore. 10 a.m – 5 p.m. Morgan State University, 5201 Perring Parkway.

Rally at Marriott Waterfront: One Job Should Be Enough: Baltimore hotel workers rally for increased minimum wage, affordable health benefits, and more. 3:30-5 p.m. Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna St.

Is Justice Just? Perspectives on Community Policing: A conversation on policing featuring Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, Crime Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, Vera Institute of Justice’s Rebecca Neusteter, Director of Policing, and RaShall Brackney, Chief of the Charlottesville Police Department. 7-9 p.m., Falvey Hall – MICA Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Friday, April 19.

Charm City Stories Exhibition: A live poetry reading, a gallery walk around of contributing artwork, and free print copies of Charm City Stories magazine. 7-8:30 p.m., Johns Hopkins Center for the Visual Arts, 3300 N. Charles St.

Saturday, April 20.

Charm City Smoke Fest: Cannabis festival features music, speakers and more. Noon-midnight. 1901 N. Charles St.

Penn Ave. Community Trash Clean-up: Join the Be More Yoga Community as they clean up trash on Penn Ave. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Avenue Engagement Center, 1808 Pennsylvania Ave.

Sunday, April 21.

WOO Turns 2: Second anniversary celebration for A Workshop of Our Own. 1-5 p.m., A Workshop of Our Own, 1780 Union Ave.

Plants and People Sunday Free Educational Program Series: interactive, informal and experiential opportunities for visitors to learn about plants, Baltimore gardening, and the conservatory environment. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Rawlings Conserevatory and Botantical Gardens, 3100 Swann Dr.

Monday, April 22.

Earth Day Bird Banding with BMore Food Parks: Help band local birds and then observe the birds in public green spaces and vacant lots. 9 a.m. – noon. Baltimore Free Farm, 3510 Ash St.

Poets and Their Worlds: A Night of Poetry: A collaborative showcase of work created by Johns Hopkins students and Baltimore City high school students. 6-8 p.m. Bird in Hand Charles Village, 11 E. 33rd St.

Tueday, April 23.

Race, Equity, and the 2019 Legislative Session: Recap the last legislative session and prepare for the next one. 6-9 p.m., Greater Baltimore Urban League, 512 Orchard St.

Census 2020 Open House: Review Baltimore’s Action Plan for getting the best Census count, ask questions, and hear from the Baltimore City Complete Count Committee. 6-8 p.m., Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, 1400 W. Coldspring Lane.

Racism, Prisons, & Empire: The Bipartisan Consensus: Panel will explore the deep affinities for warmaking, racism, and incarceration at the heart of official U.S. politics, and chart a course towards alternatives. 7-9 p.m., Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St.

Wednesday, April 24.

LGBTQ Homelessness in Baltimore: Folks with Lived Experience: A conversation about how to improve current conditions, and eventually end homelessness for the LGBTQ community in Baltimore City. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chase Brexton Healthcare, 1111 N. Charles St.

The Necessity of Tomorrow(s): Boots Riley and Mickalene Thomas:
Hear critically acclaimed rapper, activist, and director of Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley, in conversation with internationally renowned artist Mickalene Thomas. 6-10 p.m., The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive.

Charm City Spec: Justina Ireland, Arkady Martine, And Sarah Pinsker: Monthly speculative fiction reading series. 7 p.m. Bird in Hand, 11 E. 33rd St.