Wednesday, March 21, 2018

'Blood of Thousands on Their Hands': 55 Senators Vote To Continue US-Backed Carnage in Yemen

'Blood of Thousands on Their Hands': 55 Senators Vote To Continue US-Backed Carnage in Yemen

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"The U.S. must stop literally fueling the deliberate killing and starvation of countless civilians in Yemen, and support a peaceful solution to end this crisis."

Yemeni children hold pictures of victims of airstrikes as they take part in a rally staged against the ongoing 1000-day war on Yemen by the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition outside the United Nations Office on December 21, 2017 in Sana’a, Yemen. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images)

  While 44 U.S. Senators on Tuesday were applauded by peace groups for voting in favor of a resolution that would have allowed Congress to begin reclaiming its war-making authority and ended the U.S. military's backing of Saudi Arabia's assault on Yemen, it was ultimately not enough to overcome entrenched opposition from the 45 Republicans and 10 Democrats who voted against it.

   "55 senators will have the blood of thousands, who will die as a result of US support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, on their hands." —award-winning journalist Iona Craig Introduced by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah), the resolution (SJ Res. 54) would have ended the tacit military support—including targeting assistance, refueling, and intelligence sharing—of the Saudi's campaign to wage war on Yemen, a nation currently embroiled in a civil war and experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises on the planet.

  The final tally was 55-44 against the resolution, with only Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) not casting a vote. While five Republicans voted for the measure, the 10 Democrats senators who joined with the Republican majority to block it were: Coons (D-DE); Cortez Masto (D-NV); Donnelly (D-IN); Heitkamp (D-ND); Jones (D-AL); Manchin (D-WV); Menendez (D-NJ); Nelson (D-FL); Reed (D-RI); and Whitehouse (D-RI).   

  Iona Craig, the foreign correspondent who this year won a prestigious George Polk Award for her coverage in Yemen, said that those who voted against the effort will now have the "blood of thousands" of Yemenis on their hands as the war continues and the crises worsens.
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The US Senate held the fate of millions of Yemenis in its hands. By voting to table #SJRes54 they’ve not just killed a resolution. Those 55 senators will have the blood of thousands, who will die as a result of US support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, on their hands.

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  Anti-war groups, while disappointed with the outcome, celebrated the vote and heralded it as an important step in terms of getting congressional lawmakers to final assert themselves against an executive branch that has been allowed to wage war with nearly no restraint over the last 17 years.

   "Because of the leadership put forth by Sens. Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy — and the tireless advocacy of hundreds of thousands of Americans — the U.S. Senate was today finally forced to confront America’s unauthorized role in Yemen’s deadly civil war," Kate Kizer, policy director for Win Without War, in a statement

   "We commend the 44 Senators who agreed that U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition is unconstitutional, counterproductive, and doesn't serve U.S. national security interests," she added. "Today's vote should serve as a sober reminder to Saudi Arabia that it must immediately move to resolve this conflict diplomatically, and that American support for its war in Yemen is not unlimited."

   Kate Gould, legislative director on Middle East policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), said that despite the resolution's failure, the "groundswell of grassroots activism to end this war is not going to let up until this illegal war ends, and U.S. pilots stop fueling U.S.-made bombers to rein down U.S.-made bombs on schools, hospitals and neighborhoods. The U.S. must stop literally fueling the deliberate killing and starvation of countless civilians in Yemen, and support a peaceful solution to end this crisis."

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Baltimore Activist Alert - March 21 - 22, 2018

27] Housing Lobby Day – Mar. 21
27] Hidden Wounds: Trauma and Civilians in the Syrian Conflict – Mar. 21
29] Meet Progressive Maryland Montgomery members – Mar. 21
30] National Meat Out Day – Mar. 21
31] Protest Saudi Prince's visit – Mar. 21 - 22
32] Baltimore County Waste Management Plan Public Hearing – Mar. 21
33] Support BICO Kids Outdoors with Trivia Night -- Mar. 21
34] Documentary “Rodents of Unusual Size” – Mar. 21
35] See "The Uprising Plays" – Mar. 22
36] A Proposed Framework for the Trump-Kim Summit – Mar. 22
37] Conversation with Women of Courage – Mar. 22
38] Youth Against Violence – Mar. 22
39] Sierra Club meeting – Mar. 22
40] "Secret Life of Muslims" – Mar. 22
41] Listening Session to End Mass Incarceration – Mar. 22
27] – On Wed., Mar 21 from noon to 4 PM, check out the 2018 Housing Lobby Day in Our Nation's Capital, hosted by Housing & Community Development Network of NJ.  Concerned About Federal Housing Issues?  Come & Be Heard in Washington, DC! The Network is organizing New Jersey advocates and consumers to meet with our Congressional representatives about housing issues. As the new Congress begins, it is critical that New Jersey’s delegation hear directly from Garden State residents about ways the federal government can help solve the housing crisis. Sign up for Lobby Day by emailing  View

28] – On Wed., Mar. 21 from 2:30 to 4 PM, hear about the Hidden Wounds: Trauma and Civilians in the Syrian Conflict, hosted by the United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037.  Tickets are available at Seven years of conflict in Syria have exacted an enormous human toll and led to widespread physical destruction. The psychological impact of the war, although less visible, has been just as devastating. The levels of trauma and distress impacting Syrian civilians, especially children have been staggering with nearly 500,000 killed, half the population displaced and more than 13 million Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance. The traumatic impact of the Syrian conflict is less often acknowledged, but could significantly impair the ability of Syrian civilians to recover and build a more peaceful future.

Syrian doctors and humanitarian relief experts have increasingly engaged on this issue and are developing new and innovative approaches to help address and heal these invisible wounds. Please join USIP and specialists from the Syrian American Medical Society, the U.S State Department and Save the Children for a panel discussion, addressing an aspect of the Syrian conflict that often receives less attention than it deserves. Visit  Check out

29] – On Wed., Mar. 21 from 6 to 8 PM, meet with fellow progressives at Republic, 6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park 20912,  to discuss what's going on in Montgomery County and Maryland. Find out how you can get involved in your community and with Progressive Maryland Montgomery.  CONTACT Garrett Mannchen at RSVP at

30] –   On Wed., Mar. 21 from 6 to 8 PM, join up with National Meat Out Day, hosted by Main Street Takoma at Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW, WDC 20012. Meat Out is the world's largest grassroots diet education campaign. The 'Great American Meat Out' began in 1985 to encourage people, their friends, families, and communities to "kick the meat habit” and explore a wholesome, diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. See

31] – On Wed., Mar. 21 at 6 PM. protest Saudi Prince's visit to Washington, DC, hosted by CODEPINK: Women For Peace in front of the Kennedy Center during Saudi Arts and Cultural event in honor of the Prince's visit. Go to Contact Ariel at 510 599 5330 or Then protest on Thurs., Mar. 22 at 11:30 AM during a private luncheon for Saudi Arabia. Meet in front of the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.  And later on Thurs., Mar. 22 at 6:30 PM protest during a gala dinner for the Prince. Meet in front of the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW.

Focus on bin Salman’s key role in the bombing of Yemen, which has created the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis. Also debunk the notion that the Crown Prince is a reformer who is fighting corruption and bringing a new age of enlightenment to the kingdom.

32] – Come to a Baltimore County Waste Management Plan Public Hearing on Wed., Mar. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the  Baltimore County Historic Courthouse Council Chambers, 400 Washington Ave., Towson. This hearing will examine the 10 year solid waste management plan. Use your voice to urge the county to adopt more aggressive recycling and composting goals AND to phase out its reliance on the polluting Baltimore BRESCO incinerator. RSVP at  Contact Crystal Hall at or (860) 942-6644.  

33] Support BICO Kids Outdoors with Trivia Night on Wed., Mar. 21 from 7 to 10 PM at Sammy's Trattoria, 1200 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201.  Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors is a community outreach program providing opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world. Baltimore Inspiring Connections Outdoors (BICO) Baltimore Inspiring Connections Outdoors was founded in 1999 with the goal of providing under-served Baltimore City youth with educational, enjoyable, and safe outdoor experiences at no cost to them.

34] – On Wed., Mar. 21 from 7 to 9 PM, Se the documentary “Rodents of Unusual Size” at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival at the Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, WDC 20004.  There will be a post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers. Tickets are available here:  The documentary is directed by Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer, narrated by Wendell Pierce with original music by Lost Bayou Ramblers.

Hard headed Louisiana fisherman Thomas Gonzales doesn't know what will hit him next. After decades of hurricanes and oil spills he faces a new threat - hordes of monstrous 20 pound swamp rats. Known as "nutria," these invasive South American rodents breed faster than the roving squads of hunters can control them. And with their orange teeth and voracious appetite they are eating up the coastal wetlands that protects Thomas and his town of Delacroix Island from hurricanes. But the people who have lived here for generations are not the type of folks who will give up without a fight. Thomas and a pack of lively bounty hunters are hell-bent on saving Louisiana before it dissolves beneath their feet. It is man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win.  See

35] – On Thurs., Mar. 22 from 11:10 AM to 1:30 PM, see "The Uprising Plays" hosted by Performing Arts at CCBC, 7201 Rossville Blvd., Baltimore 21237.  Baltimore playwrights reflect on the death of Freddie Gray, the popular uprising that followed, and the impact of both since 2015.Visit

36] – On Thurs., Mar. 22 from noon to 1:30 PM, Stephen Blank, American Foreign Policy Council, will dissect "A Diplomatic Path Forward: A Proposed Framework for the Trump-Kim Summit" at the Korea Economic Institute of America, 1800 K St. NW, WDC 20006. RSVP at

37] –  On Thurs., Mar. 22 from 2:30 to 4 PM deal with Overcoming Violence: A Conversation with Women of Courage, hosted by United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037.  Tickets are at  Women are struggling every day for peace and security in their communities, whether as parliamentarians seeking to preserve the constitutional rights of marginalized groups or as filmmakers prompting change through challenging community discourse. To amplify these voices, the U.S. Institute of Peace, with the U.S. Department of State, will host an event featuring three of the 2018 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage awardees. Participants will hear firsthand the paths these women of courage have taken to lead for positive change. This event will feature three women working across varied sectors – including politics, rule of law and the media – to advance social justice for all. In order to achieve positive, nonviolent change, entire communities must be engaged – and women and girls are critical to this process. Visit or

38] – On Thurs., Mar. 22 from 6 to 9 PM, get over to Youth Against Violence— The Power of Peer Pressure at Reeds Refuge, 1601 N. Pine St, Wilmington. Visit

39] – Come to Greater Baltimore Group Executive Committee Meeting on Thurs., Mar. 22 from 7 to 9 PM at the Baltimore Sierra Club Office, 3000 Chestnut Ave., Suite 202, Baltimore 21211.  Catch an overview and discussion of environmental priorities and upcoming events. RSVP at Contact Debbie Kleinmann at

40] – Catch a FILM " Secret Life of Muslims" & a PANEL DISCUSSION with Negin Farsad (comedian), Joshua Seftel (filmmaker) and Khalil Ismail (musician) on Thurs., Mar. 22 of 7 PM at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224. This film uses humor and empathy to subvert stereotypes and reveal the truth about U.S. Muslims: fascinating careers, unexpected talents, and inspiring accomplishments. The evening is presented in partnership with the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies. The cost is $10, and $7 for members (plus $3 at the door).  Fifteen years after 9/11, Muslims still face an uphill battle in the national imagination. The current political climate spurred on by constant fear mongering during this election cycle, as well as the saturation of negative stereotypes that flood the news and media continue to make Muslims the target of suspicion and hostility. Go to or

41] – There is a Listening Session to End Mass Incarceration in PG County on Thurs., Mar. 22 from 7 to 10 PM at the Greater Beulah Baptist Church, 6056 Central Ave., Capitol Heights 20743.  CONTACT at Qiana Johnson at or 240-845-4007. The purpose is to come up with a People's Agenda in PG County and craft community solutions.  RSVP at

To be continued.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018


Photo courtesy of Bob Graf,


Adam RoganADAM ROGANMARCH 16, 2018
Milwaukee isn't really known as a protest city. But for a few months during the height of the Vietnam War, 14 protestors were the talk of the town.
In broad daylight on Sept. 24, 1968, 14 young men broke into what is now the Germania Building. Back then, it housed Milwaukee’s selective service office. Their target: 1-A draft records, 10,000 thousand of them, containing the names and health status of the boys and men most likely to be drafted into service in Vietnam.

   They pushed past two maids and filled burlap sacks with files. The papers were carried across the street to a small park near the corner of Plankinton Avenue and W. Wells Street. There, the bags were doused in homemade napalm and set aflame. The men danced and prayed around their makeshift bonfire as the news teams they invited arrived on the scene, followed closely by law enforcement.
These men wanted the attention. They knew that destroying a few measly files wouldn’t end the Vietnam War, but their goal had been to send a message. That message was effectively spread, receiving coverage from the Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal, WTMJ, and other local outlets, and later receiving national attention from magazines, collections and books.

  The Milwaukee 14 wasn’t the first such protest, and it wouldn’t be the last. The 14 were inspired by groups like The Baltimore Four and Catonsville Nine, who performed similar draft-defiling protests. Many of the protests were led by members of what was known as the “Catholic Left Movement” — five of the Milwaukee 14 were ordained priests.

   The Catholic Left’s pacifistic resistance came amidst rapidly growing opposition to the Vietnam War. When the Baltimore Four protest took place in October 1967, about 46 percent of Americans thought sending troops to Vietnam had been a mistake. Within a year, disapproval was up to 58 percent.

Civil Disobedience on Trial

  For two weeks in May 1969, 12 of the Milwaukee 14 stood trial, having been gleefully arrested the day of the napalming. They would all be found guilty and each served at least a year behind bars. (The other two were foreign-born and tried in federal court; both were eventually deported. One of them was Father Michael Cullen, who founded the Casa Maria Catholic Worker House on the West Side.)

  One of the protestors, an award-winning biographer named Jim Forest, typed out a full transcript of the trial. He included penned annotations and a brightly hand-drawn cover page. The abridged version is 219 pages long.

   The Milwaukee 14 were defended by William Kunstler, a “civil rights lawyer” notable for also defending Communists, the Black Panthers and the Catonsville Nine during the 1950s and 60s.

Photo courtesy of Bob Graf,

  The Court wanted the case to be focused on the specific actions of the men being tried for burglary, arson and theft.

  Kuntsler and the defendants had other plans. They wanted to turn attention to the questionable morality and rationality of war and the draft.

   Nationally renowned writers and philosophers, including award-winner Howard Zinn, were flown in as expert witnesses for the defense. The goal was to give credibility to the protestors’ clearly unlawful action of destroying government property.

   “The tradition of civil disobedience goes as far back as Thomas Jefferson and it comes right up to today,” Zinn said on the stand, “…people distinguished in the field of law and philosophy recognize that there’s a vast difference between a person who commits an ordinary crime and a person who commits an act which technically is a crime, but which in essence is a social act designed to make a statement—”

 Zinn had intended to expand on what he was saying, but was interrupted by cheers from a gallery that was filled with Milwaukee 14 supporters.

  Looking at the transcript, the accused enjoyed testing courtroom protocol, intentionally chiding the judge and prosecution throughout. They hadn’t given up on civil disobedience.

“The Trial of the Catonsville Nine” movie poster

  One of the most memorable moments came after the guilty sentences were delivered. A spectator, identified in Forest’s transcript as Sister Joanne Malone, interrupted the judge and proclaimed, “I want to thank you, men and women of the jury, for finding Jesus Christ guilty again.” The embattled judge then threatened to clear the room when the room erupted in applause.

  “It was a big, dramatic trial,” remembers Bob Graf, one of the Milwaukee 14 who can still be seen around Milwaukee protesting violence in pretty much all of its forms.

  Graf claims the trial was going to be made into a movie, but it never came to fruition. The Trial of the Catonsville Nine did become a play and later reached the silver screen, produced by Oscar-winner Gregory Peck. However, the film reportedly tanked; political furor doesn’t always translate into a blockbuster.

The 14… 50 Years Later

  When they were arrested, the average age of the Milwaukee 14 was 25. Now, 50 years later, only half of them are still alive. The survivors cling to the memory and their message.

  Graf speaks with as much gusto now as he did then. He’s been arrested a number of times since 1968 and is almost proud of his status as a felon.

   In 1969, he testified as one of the Milwaukee 14: “I guess it’s like the stories you hear when someone is drowning and someone runs out to save him, his arm, his body, his whole body gets tired in the act of saving the drowning person. That’s how I felt, my arm, my body was at full extent of physical exertion in order to get those records out.”

   In 2018, he’s already been kicked off the Marquette campus at least once for protesting the university’s ROTC program, touting signs that read “MU be faithful to the gospel,” “MU teach war no more” and “Stop hosting military training.” He was technically banned from the campus (his alma mater) in 2013 for his continual protests.

  “The connection with the military is just dominant in our lives,” the now 75-year-old says. “We don’t even think about it anymore.”
Photo courtesy of Bob Graf,
He jokes about still being “a pain in the ass,” knowing the headaches he and his protesting cohorts cause Marquette security. His fellow protesters are similar to him, mostly older Catholics.

  It’s not like it used to be, he says. “The young people are different in Milwaukee.”

   He talks about “us” and “them” a lot, “them” being the mainstreamers who have lived to be OK with war, “us” being those who still protest.

  For the 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee 14, coming this September, Graf hopes to reunite the survivors once more. “The spirit is what I try to keep alive,” he says.

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How Southern Taxpayers are Spending Millions to Subsidize Gunmakers

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How Southern Taxpayers are Spending Millions to Subsidize Gunmakers

Chris Kromm
March 16, 2018
Facing South

  On Jan. 9, 2018, the town of Troy, Alabama, and the state's governor had a big announcement: Kimber Manufacturing, a gun manufacturer based in New York, was expanding — and it had picked Troy to build a $38 million plant that would create 366 jobs.

  Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey revealed in her State of the State speech that day that the deal had been finalized, enthusing that the gun production facility's arrival was in Alabama was about more than economics:

  There are good, high-paying jobs, and will enable more of our citizens to provide for their families while taking part in the rich history of the Second Amendment. We are proud and honored to welcome Kimber to Alabama!

  Why did a Northern-based gun company choose a small Alabama town south of Montgomery to double its production capacity of pistols, revolvers and rifles? Kimber's chief operating officer Greg Grogan said that "Troy offers us expansion with a passionate workforce, extraordinarily low utility costs, a pro-business environment" and "experienced local job training support."

  Another key to the deal was money. The executive noted that Kimber was lured to Alabama by "long-term incentives from the state and local government alike." Although it's hard to find precise details about the incentive package Kimber received, reports of the total cost of local and state subsidies range from $24 million to $50 million — a hefty sum in a state that ranks 38th nationally in school spending per pupil.

   Kimber's expansion in Alabama is the latest in a series of recent moves to the South by leading gun manufacturers, shifting the center of firearm production from the Northern "Gun Valley" in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York that has dominated the industry for over a century towards low-wage and gun-friendly Southern states.

   The costly Alabama deal — announced just weeks before the tragic Parkland, Florida, school shooting, which has launched a vibrant gun reform movement led by teen survivors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — also highlighted the tens of millions of dollars that taxpayers, especially in budget-strapped Southern states, are paying to gunmakers to do business.

Big gun dealers

  The big-ticket deal to land Kimber, whose Troy plant is expected to open in early 2019, isn't the first or most expensive package Alabama has used to lure a gunmaker. That distinction goes to Remington Arms, the country's oldest gun manufacturer.

  Headquartered in North Carolina but owned by the sprawling equity firm Cerberus Capital Management of New York, Remington was enticed by Alabama's $68.9 million incentive package in 2014 to lay off more than 100 unionized workers in New York and shift production to a non-union facility in Huntsville.

   Remington's plant in Huntsville builds the Bushmaster AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle, a gun that has been used in several mass shootings and is similar to the one used by the Parkland school shooter.

   Due to their frequent use in public shooting sprees and limited value for hunting and other civilian applications, AR-15 style rifles were banned in 1994. But gunmakers tweaked their specifications to continue selling them, and Congress allowed the ban to sunset a decade later.

   Alabama's generous giveaways to lure Kimber and Remington are part of a larger shift — backed by millions in taxpayer money — to entice gunmakers to the South. The fast-growing gun industry had been eyeing Southern states for years due to their pro-business generosity, low labor costs and gun-supportive politicians.

   The 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, which saw 20 children and six adults killed, was a key turning point: The tragedy led states like Connecticut and New York to pass more stringent gun control laws, which leading gun companies based in those states thought created a hostile climate for their businesses.

  Capitalizing on the situation, Southern lawmakers pushed a series of deals to lure gunmakers South. Aside from the big-ticket Alabama projects, this included:
  • In 2014, Sturm, Ruger & Co. passed on expanding its factory in New Hampshire and instead opened a new facility in Mayodan, North Carolina. According to the Associated Press, the gunmaker "dangled the possibility it could still go elsewhere," causing state and local officials to up their incentives until the deal was done. The final price tag: $15.5 million in tax breaks, employee training and infrastructure improvements.
  • When Maryland passed new gun laws in 2013, Italian gunmaker Beretta announced it would close its plant there and open a new operation in Tennessee, a state which Beretta's attorney said showed "consistent, strong support for Second Amendment rights." Tennessee also showed Beretta lots of money: More than $10.4 million in state and local incentives.
  • Kentucky's history with subsidizing gun manufacturing dates back further. Since 1998, Smith & Wesson has received more than $6 million in giveaways, including $4.5 million for the expansion of its plant in Graves County.
What kind of jobs?

   While Southern leaders and gun manufacturers wrap these deals in the rhetoric of defending the Second Amendment, at bottom the giveaways to lure firearms manufacturers have a similar economic purpose to other big-ticket development projects in the South: to create jobs at a low cost.

   In moving South, the gun industry has shed unionized jobs in the North for the promise of cheap and union-free labor. In 2013, automatic rifle maker PTR Industries announced it was leaving Connecticut and moving to Aynor, South Carolina, helped by a combination of state and local giveaways including a $350,000 grant from the state's "closing fund."

   At a press conference announcing the deal, then-Gov. Nikki Haley declared, "I am always proud to say, we don't have unions in South Carolina, because we don't need unions in South Carolina. Our companies take care of those that take care of them, and I have no doubt that PTR is gonna do a great job with their associates." Haley then looked to the PTR executives surrounding her and said:
I work for you. My job is to make sure business is easy for you … We support them with everything they need, we support them in every way.

  But after a lull in semi-automatic rifle sales, PTR faltered. The 145 promised jobs didn't appear, and layoffs and pay cuts were announced across the company. PTR struggled to pay even the reduced rent Horry County had offered on its facility.

   The volatility of the gun business has helped sink other big deals. In 2011, Florida shoveled $1.6 million to Connecticut-based Colt Manufacturing for a facility in Osceola County that never got off the ground. Lawmakers are now trying to claw back the money. When gun sales plummeted after the election of President Donald Trump, Remington's fell 27 percent in the first nine months of 2017, pushing the gunmaker into bankruptcy proceedings.

  Gun industry observers predict that the Parkland tragedy and ensuing aggressive calls for gun reform will fuel another burst in gun sales, as has been the case after past mass shootings. But as scrutiny of the firearms business grows, so too will calls for public officials to refrain from subsidizing gun industry profits. As Cathie Whittenburg of the group States United to Prevent Gun Violence said after the Sandy Hook tragedy:

  I think it would be disturbing to people to know that they are essentially subsidizing the manufacture of these guns. It's certainly not something I want to be doing.

  Chris Kromm is executive director of the Institute for Southern Studies and publisher of the Institute's online magazine, Facing South.

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Baltimore Activist Alert March 18 to March 20, 2018

"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.

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6] Wilmington Gun Violence – Mar. 18
7] “The Hidden Logic of Bad Decisions” – Mar. 18
8] Congo Solidarity Service – Mar. 18
9] Candidates Forum -- Mar. 18
10] Global Call for Peace -- Mar. 18
11] Kathy Kelly in Philadelphia – Mar. 18
12] Protest at the Pentagon – Mar. 19
13] Balancing Between Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament -- Mar. 19
14] Stop the War in Yemen -- Mar. 19
15] "North Korea's Missiles: Past, Present, and Prospects" – Mar. 19
16] Celebrate No Bomb Trains in Baltimore – Mar. 19
17] Anne Arundel County Council Meeting --- Mar. 19
18] Play THIS EVIL THING – Mar. 19
19] Protest the Saudi Crown Prince's meeting with Trump – Mar. 20
20] Principled Engagement with North Korea – Mar. 20
21] Hearing on SB 1188 Wireless Facilities - Permitting and Siting – Mar. 20
22] Peace Vigil – Mar. 20
23] North Korea & Human Rights – Mar. 20
24] No more Drone Research at JHU – Mar. 20
25] Korea at the Cross Roads – Mar. 20

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4] – Janice and Max are looking for experienced movers to bring furniture from PODS into a house.  Also let them know if you are working with a reliable handyperson. Let Max know if you have any suggestions—410-323-1607 or mobuszewski 2001 at comcast dot net. 

5] –  On June 3, 2017 Reality Leigh Winner was arrested and jailed and later charged under the Espionage Act for allegedly releasing a top-secret document to a media outlet, The Intercept.  The document analyzed information about Russian online intrusions prior to the 2016 presidential election. Reality had been employed by a contract agency and worked at the NSA in Augusta, Georgia following her honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in December of 2016.  Reality has pleaded not guilty to this one charge, and her defense team is working furiously to defend against the Espionage charge, but the Court in Georgia continues to rule against Reality at every turn.  Reality has been denied pretrial bail and awaits trial in a small county jail in Lincolnton, Georgia.

The impact this has had on Reality and our entire family is devastating.  Because of her special diet, Reality’s nutritional and medical needs are not met in jail.  She has been spontaneously denied mail, books, and visits.  In order to assist in her defense, she must be transported to the Federal Courthouse in Augusta, Georgia and spends up to 12 hours in full shackles and is strip-searched multiple times during the day. Please write to Reality at Reality L. Winner, Inmate # 3342, Lincoln County Jail, PO Box 970, Lincolnton, GA 30817.

6] – On Sun., Mar. 18 at 10 AM at the Community Hall, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W. 13th Street, Wilmington, DE, attend the Wilmington Gun Violence: A Sunday Seminar Series with  Rob Prestowitz from UrbanPromise.  He will share how pursuing mutually transformative relationships, in a structured program, empowers youth to achieve sustained positive outcomes, despite surrounding violence.  Check out

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., Mar. 18, the Sunday Platform is “The Hidden Logic of Bad Decisions.” This is a look at how Evolution and Development Shape Personality and Life Choices.  Humans often engage in behaviors that seem misguided or short-sighted. Many people act in ways that are impulsive, aggressive, or promiscuous despite negative consequences, and some are more prone to these behaviors than others. New research on developmental biology combined with evolutionary theory suggests that such traits may represent adaptations to conditions in the early environment.

  Michael J. Frederick is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences at the University of Baltimore. He received his Ph.D. in Biopsychology with an emphasis in evolutionary psychology from the University of Albany. His research examines behaviors that seem maladaptive or counterintuitive, but that might serve an adaptive function in certain evolutionary contexts. Call 410-581-2322 or email

8] – Join the Congo Solidarity Service on Sun., Mar. 18 from 11 AM to 1 PM at  Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304.  See  The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Kabila ratcheted up violence this New Year’s Eve when his security forces began firing into churches, killing youth and the faithful for gathering to protest the lack of elections in their country. The Catholic Church has thrown its full support behind the peaceful youth calling for elections, now over one year delayed with little hope the budding dictator will cede his power.

The Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury added their full support for the nonviolent youth movement, calling on Congolese officials and security forces to act for the “common good.” “The shooting, beating, and arbitrary arrests of peaceful churchgoers by Congolese security forces violated the rights to freedom of worship, expression, and peaceful assembly, Human Rights Watch reported. Email

9] – On Sun., Mar. 18 at 1 PM,  Frederick County Progressives will be hosting a forum with State and County candidates who will be running in 2018 primary elections. The forum will be held in the Thurmont Regional Library. Email RSVP at

10] -- Tensions between the United States and North Korea have put us on the brink of nuclear war, putting millions of lives at risk. Now, there is an unprecedented opportunity for the leaders of the United States and North Korea to enter into direct talks. Will these talks be able to open a path to peace, or become another excuse for the nations to saber rattle?

We don't have time to wait to find out. That's why you should sign up with Senator Bernie Sanders and co-sponsoring organizations for the Global Call for Peace on Sun., Mar. 18 at 2 PM ET.  On March 18—just two days before the 15th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq—thousands of people from many nations will gather for a live video call to discuss our common situation and how we can tip the balance toward peace.

11] –  On Sun., Mar. 18 at 3 PM, international peace activist and war resister, Kathy Kelly, will speak at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia. The Brandywine Peace Community can be reached at 484-574-1148 or 

Believing that “where you stand determines what you see", Kathy Kelly has traveled to areas impacted by violence and U.S. wars, and has engaged in numerous acts of nonviolent direct action across for which she has been arrested and jailed.  Her words are infused with compassion for bombed-out, starved, and forgotten peoples in, for example, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Gaza,

This is an opportunity to hear a spiritual force of nature for justice and peace.  You will be inspired!  SINGER-SONGWRITER TOM MULLIAN WILL PERFORM SONGS FROM HIS LATEST ALBUM, "OUT OF BABYLON."

12] – 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 Mar. 19, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email 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.

13] – Come to an on-the-record launch of Balancing Between Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament, a volume of policy briefs examining Japan’s ability to pursue both disarmament and deterrence in an increasingly complex security environment. RSVP at It will take place on Mon., Mar. 19 from 1 to 2:30 PM at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036. The discussion will feature MASAHIRO KURITA, Fellow, National Institute for Defense Studies, WAKANA MUKAI, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of International Relations, Asia University, MASASHI MURANO, Research Fellow, Okazaki Institute, MASAHIRO OKUDA, Ph.D. Candidate, Takushoku University, HEIGO SATO, Vice President of the Institute for World Studies, Takushoku University, and YUKI TATSUMI, co-Director of the East Asia Program, Stimson Center.

14] –   On Mon., Mar. 19 from 2:30 to 4 PM, tell Congress to Stop U.S. Participation in Saudi-led War in Yemen, hosted by MPower Change at the U.S. Capitol Building, West Lawn, WDC 20004. 5,000 flowers will be laid on the Capitol lawn in memory of Yemeni children killed or injured as a result of a devastating Saudi-led air war on Yemen, which has been carried out with unauthorized U.S. military participation and led to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.  Senators Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy have introduced a resolution (S.J.Res. 54) invoking the War Powers Act to stop U.S. military participation in this inhumane war. The vote is expected on Tuesday. This will be the first-ever Senate vote to end an unauthorized U.S. war. The time to act is now. Join us in front of the Capitol Building to make your voice heard.  Go to

15] – On Mon., Mar. 19 from 3:30 to 5 PM, as part of the GWIKS Institute for Korean Studies  Lecture Series, hear Cho Hong-Je, Senior Research Fellow, Korea National Defense University's Research Institute for National Security Affairs, Visiting Scholar, Space Policy Institute at Elliott School of International Affairs, discuss "North Korea's Missiles: Past, Present, and Prospects" at Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 505, the George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW, Room 505, WDC 20052.  Register at Email

  In recent years, North Korea has repeatedly developed and launched several missiles. In September 2017, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test with the 'hydrogen bomb for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)'. North Korea, which announced upcoming ICBM tests in Kim Jong Un's New Year's Address in January 2017, conducted two ICBM tests in July 2017 and another in November 2017. Then, Kim Jong Un declared to the world that "the achievement of the historical cause of the nation's nuclear armed forces and the achievement of the rocket-powered nation" were achieved. In context of this situation, we should analyze the technological level of North Korea's ballistic missiles, and the prospects for the near future as North Korea tries to complete its nuclear program and SLBM/ICBM launch this year. It is important to evaluate the technology and limitations of North Korea's missiles and predict North Korea's future actions. This talk will make an effort to analyze North Korea's technological problems and credibility. Lastly, we anticipate that North Korea will cease launching nuclear tests and ICBM tests and come to the negotiation table. However, there is a contradictory view that North Korea will continue to pursue nuclear and missile capabilities. In this context, the presentation briefly assesses North Korea's missile capability and technological limitations and predicts whether or not North Korea will conduct an ICBM test this year. 

16] – On Mon., Mar. 19 from 6 to 8 PM, come to a celebration No Bomb Trains in Baltimore hosted by CCAN Action Fund at Ottobar, 2549 Howard St., Baltimore 21218, to thank everyone who has worked tirelessly to #StopOilTrains for the past three years. The City Council voted 14-1 to pass a bill banning new crude oil terminals in the city, and now call on Mayor Pugh to sign the bill.  For the past three years, Baltimoreans have been fighting against crude oil trains that endanger our neighborhoods and our climate. On March 12, the City Council voted 14-1 for the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition, Baltimore's best option for stopping this dangerous practice. Now it's up to Mayor Pugh to sign it into law.

Join blast zone residents, climate advocates, community leaders, and Council members to celebrate the incredible progress Baltimore has made to 
#stopoiltrains and call on Mayor Pugh - who has been invited - to complete that work and protect Baltimore from crude oil train explosions and climate change. Visit

17] – Take Action Anne Arundel County is attending on Mon., Mar. 19 at 7 PM the Anne Arundel County Council Meeting  at 44 Calvert St., Annapolis 21401. Take Action is opposing Bill 11-18 Ordinance which will exempt leases with terms of three years or more for small cell systems from the requirement of approval by ordinance of the County Council. Go to

18] – On Mon., Mar. 19 at 7:30 PM, see the play, This Evil Thing, a one-man production which investigates how conscientious objectors were treated during World War I, at the Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 6376 City Ave., Philadelphia 19151. Go to

19] – Protest the Saudi Crown Prince's meeting with Trump on Tues., Mar. 20 from 11 AM to noon in front of the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., WDC 20050, hosted by CODEPINK: Women For Peace. The "visionary" Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is visiting D.C. to tighten his ties with Trump and US industries- like weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Join in a protest calling for a halt of weapon sales to Saudi Arabia and an end to US complicity in the Saudi-led war on Yemen! See

20] – Recognizing a pivotal moment in the U.S. relationship with North Korea, Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) is hosting a multi-event series on Principled Engagement with North Korea. The 2018 series will culminate in a day-long conference in March.  On Tues., Mar. 20 from noon to 2:30 PM, participate in Prospects and Challenges for Principled Engagement with North Korea with Keith Luse, National Committee on North Korea.  It will take place at The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052. Email

21] –On Tues., Mar, 20 at 1 PM in the Senate, there is a hearing on SB 1188 which is about Wireless Facilities - Permitting and Siting.  The bill will allow mini cell towers in front of our homes, remove public notice and public hearings, preempt our local zoning ordinances AND cap the rates that governments can charge. Join Take Action Anne Arundel County and testify about your opposition to this bill that removes public notice and hearings for placement of these mini cell towers.

22] –  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 Mar. 20.  Call 215-426-0364.

23] – On Tues., Mar. 20 from 5 to 6:30 PM, hear a talk North Korea & Human Rights  by a N. Korean defector, JI SEONG-HO, at University of Delaware Mitchell Hall, 134 The Green, Newark, DE 19716.  Go to

24] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Mar. 20 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

25] – Go to Korea at the Cross Roads: War, Peace, and Prospects for the Future with South Korean Assemblyman Kim Jong-Hoon on Tues., Mar. 20 from 6 to 8 PM at the Brookland Busboys and Poets, 625 Monroe St. NE. WDC 20017.  We are in a moment of a potential historic breakthrough on the Korean peninsula. The leaders of North and South Korea will meet at the end of April, and President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in May. 

Hear the views of Kim Jong-hoon, South Korean National Assemblyman and Co-chair of the Minjung Party of South Korea, a grassroots progressive party of workers, farmers and the urban poor that emerged out of the "candlelight revolution" that ousted former South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Achieving complete and irreversible peace in Korea is its top priority. Representative Kim Jong-hoon is a long-time labor activist-turned-lawmaker and represents the district of Ulsan, the stronghold of South Korea's industrial labor movement.  Go to

26] –  On Tues., Mar. 20 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for THE GREAT UPRISING: RACE RIOTS IN URBAN AMERICA DURING THE 1960s.  Between 1963 and 1972 America experienced over 750 urban revolts. Considered collectively, they comprise what Peter Levy terms a 'Great Uprising'. Levy examines these uprisings over the arc of the entire decade, in various cities across America. He challenges both conservative and liberal interpretations, emphasizing that these riots must be placed within historical context to be properly understood. By focusing on three specific cities as case studies - Cambridge and Baltimore, Maryland, and York, Pennsylvania - Levy demonstrates the impact which these uprisings had on millions of ordinary Americans. He shows how conservatives profited politically by constructing a misleading narrative of their causes, and also suggests that the riots did not represent a sharp break or rupture from the civil rights movement. Finally, Levy presents a cautionary tale by challenging us to consider if the conditions that produced this 'Great Uprising' are still predominant in American culture today. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at

To be continued.

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