Planned Parenthood of MD Volunteer Holiday/Thank You Card Making Party

Dec. 14

Planned Parenthood employees provide necessary healthcare for people who can’t afford it otherwise, and do so while under constant threat from the GOP and anti-choice activists. The failed Republican healthcare bill included language taking away PP’s federal funding, and then there are literal threats against the lives of abortion providers and the groups who make it their business to harass anyone entering a Planned Parenthood facility. Give them a little bit of holiday cheer by writing and decorating cards to be delivered to health center staff in seven Planned Parenthood of Maryland locations. Supplies will all be provided, so all you have to bring is your smiling, thankful self. 6-9 p.m., Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069,, free. (Lisa Snowden-McCray)

Community Events Dec. 13-20

West Wednesdays. Tawanda Jones, the sister of Tyrone West, a man killed in police custody in July 2013, has been gathering every Wednesday with other activists in the city to call attention to West’s death and police brutality in Baltimore. Dec. 13 and 20. Usually held at the intersection of 33rd and Greenmount Avenue, check for details.

Trauma Convening. Leaders from various sectors meet to create a citywide strategy for addressing trauma in Baltimore. Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-noon, Baltimore Community Mediation Center, 3333 Greenmount Ave.,

Baltimore Youth Sexual Health and Leadership Conference. Music, panel discussions, workshops, and more aimed at people aged 14-24. Dec. 16, 10 a.m.–5:15 p.m., Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road,

FAFSA Forward. Financial aid officers and volunteers answer questions and help students and parents complete the FAFSA. Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., War Memorial Plaza, 100 Holiday St.,

Holiday Party for the Homeless. Guests will receive cold weather gear and toiletries, and win door prizes. Dec. 16, Pratt Hall, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, 12 W. Franklin St.,

Substance Abuse Talk. Joseph McCray hosts the first in a series of information sessions about substance abuse disorders. Dec. 16, 1-2 p.m., Johns Hopkins Broadway Center for Addiction. 911 N. Broadway, (410) 955-5439,

Protest Betsy DeVos. Organized by GLSEN Maryland, students and others protest U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at the University of Baltimore’s graduation ceremony. Dec. 18, noon-3 p.m., The Modell Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave.,

SURJ Baltimore Legislative Team Meeting. Legislative team meeting for SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice). Dec. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Johns United Methodist Church,

Transportation and Infrastructure MBE Summit. Business leaders and policy experts discuss current and future large-scale infrastructure projects. Dec. 18, 6-8 p.m., Earl Graves Business School, Morgan State University, 4200 Hillen Road, contact or (410) 465-8259 for more information, register by Dec. 15.

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