Baltimoreans will get to hear local activist leaders and experts share their thoughts on Donald Trump’s new immigration orders early next week at a rally organized by hometown hero and Baltimore writer and producer David Simon and a D.C.-based tech activist group.
Simon announced via Twitter today that “City of Immigrants: A Night of Support” will take place on Monday, Feb. 13, at Beth Am Synagogue in Reservoir Hill. His company, Blown Deadline Productions, and D.C. Tech Solidarity, an activist group made up of tech workers, are sponsoring the event. The rally caters to “Baltimoreans united against fear, nativism and the immigration ban,” according to the event page on Simon’s website.
Notable speakers will include “The Wire” creator himself, as well as Baltimore-based Black Lives Matter leader DeRay Mckesson, folk singer, writer and actor Steve Earle, civil rights historian Taylor Branch and “House of Cards” writer and producer Beau Willimon. All are big names, though Simon seems most elated about Earle’s scheduled acoustic performance:
https://t.co/m5OHIFhYnC I always wanted to get Steve Earle, the finest redneck mensch on the planet, inside a working synagogue.
— David Simon (@AoDespair) February 8, 2017
Entry is free, but guests are obligated to make a donation of any amount to be divided among the National Immigration Law Center, the ACLU Foundation of Maryland, the Tahirih Justice Center and the International Rescue Committee, all of which assist immigrants and refugees. Simon said his company will match up to $100,000 in donations.
“City of Immigrants: A Night of Support” will run from 7-8:30 p.m. at Beth Am Synagogue, located at 2501 Eutaw Place. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.