Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 12 - 13, 2018

34] How should the trans-Atlantic alliance counter Russian aggression? – Dec. 12
35] Food Rescue – Dec. 12
36] Redefining North Korea's Place in the World – Dec. 12
37] Food Rescue – Dec. 12
38] Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Oversight Hearing -- Dec. 12
39] Our Uncertain Nuclear Future – Dec. 12
40] Holiday Happy Hour Dec. 12
41] Your Brain on Catastrophic Risk – Dec. 12
42] The Clean Air Baltimore Coalition meeting -- Dec. 12
43] Envisioning Water Justice Dec. 12
44] Love has no borders candlelight vigil Dec. 12
45] White Supremacy, Power, and the Role of Interfaith -- Dec. 12
46] Bill Fletcher wrote a novel -- Dec. 12
47] Paris to Pittsburgh -- Dec. 12
48] Ellen & Max in court -- Dec. 13
49] North Korea Sanctions Enforcement -- Dec. 13
50] Film 1971 – Dec. 13
51] Food Rescue – Dec. 13
52] Charting the Course for Environmental Change -- Dec. 13
54] Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis meeting -- Dec. 13
34] -- On Wed., Dec. 12 at 10 AM at the Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20036, get an answer of an expert panel How should the trans-Atlantic alliance counter Russian aggression? See  The West is searching for a response to Russia’s ongoing malfeasance, including its recent attack on Ukraine in the Black Sea and its just-revealed effort to “muck around” in U.S. 2018 midterm elections. These are the latest in a long sequence of transgressions on the part of the Kremlin, ranging from the invasion of Georgia, to the violation of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, to interference in the democratic processes of NATO member states, perhaps most dramatically seen in Putin’s assault on the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As a result, on both sides of the Atlantic, democratic values and institutions—and the trans-Atlantic alliance predicated upon them—are at risk.

35] – On Wed., Dec. 12 at noon and every Wednesday until Feb. 6, 2019, get food at the Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211. This is hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Visit

36] – Sponsored by Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA), Beyond Summit Diplomacy: Redefining North Korea's Place in the World will happen on Wed., Dec. 12 from noon to 2 PM in Room 505, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E. St. NW, WDC 20052. The lecture is by Jenny Town about North Korea, following the Panmunjom, Singapore, and Pyongyang summits and redefining its place in the world. Lunch will be provided and the event is free and open to the public.  This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.  Town is a Research Analyst at The Henry L. Stimson Center and the Managing Editor and Producer of “38 North,” a web journal that provides policy and technical analysis on North Korea. RSVP at ttps://

37] – On Wed., Dec. 5 at 2 PM, and every Wednesday until July 24, 2019, School of Food and Food Rescue Baltimore will give out food at 1412 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore 21213. Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. See

38] – On Wed., Dec. 12 from 2:30 to 5:30 PM, get over to the Watch Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Oversight Hearing, hosted by the New Mexico Women’s March.  Watch online to watch the Senate Indian Affairs Oversight Committee Hearing on “Missing and Murdered: Confronting the Silent Crisis in Indian Country.” The Indian Affairs Committee’s oversight hearing entitled “Missing and Murdered: Confronting the Silent Crisis in Indian Country” will be held in the Dirksen Office Building, room 628.  Watch the online livestream of the hearing here:  NAMED FOR MURDERED NATIVE WOMAN – SAVANNA’S ACT PASSES U.S. SENATE at

The U.S. Senate passed the Savanna’s Act. Named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was abducted and tragically killed last year in Fargo, North Dakota. Introduced by U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), the bill would establish best practices guidelines for law enforcement agencies to respond to and solve more cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women.  Visit

39] – On Wed., Dec. 12 at 4 PM, catch Our Uncertain Nuclear Future: How Do We Proceed if Treaties are Trashed? Donald Trump’s announcement of intent to withdraw from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty constitutes another severe blow to a treaty-based system of nuclear arms and threat reduction. One last treaty governing formal, verifiable draw-downs of nuclear forces remains -- the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Mr. Trump has vacillated wildly in his comments on the future of U.S. strategic forces, ranging from an expressed interest in deep cuts to significant arms build-ups. For now, he has declined Vladimir Putin’s offer of extending New START. Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, might be expected to seek withdrawal from New START, and he might well succeed, rather than to leave the decision of its extension and further reductions to the winner of the next presidential election. Join a discussion of our nuclear future with Nina Tannenwald, Jon Wolfsthal and Lynn Rusten. The speakers will address the following questions: What role will norms play in our nuclear future? What role will treaties play, with specific reference to New START? Will we be entering a future of “arms control without agreements"? If so, what might this look like? Stimson’s Co-founder, Michael Krepon, will moderate the discussion at The Stimson Center, 8th Floor, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20036.  Visit

40] – On Wed., Dec. 12 from 5 to 9 PM, enjoy a Holiday Happy Hour Fundraiser, hosted by the Baltimore Housing Roundtable at the United Workers, 2640 Saint Paul St., Baltimore 21218.  Tickets are at Peabody Heights Brewing has committed to donating 15% of all proceeds from the Holiday Happy Hour to support Charm City Land Trusts very first community-owned home. CCLT is aiming to raise 20,000 dollars to renovate the house AND make it affordable to a long-term McElderry Park resident at around $500/month. This is less than half of what community members currently pay in rent!  Come help support the community land trust movement in Baltimore. See

41] – On Wed., Dec. 12 from 5 to 6:30 PM, listen in on Your Brain on Catastrophic Risk with Dr. Moran Cerf, Professor of Neuroscience and Business, hosted by Ernest J. Moniz, Co-Chair and CEO of Nuclear Threat Initiative, 1776 Eye St. NW, Suite 600, WDC.  A reception will follow after the discussion. Dr. Cerf will discuss how the brain processes risk, especially catastrophic risk, and take questions from the audience. He is a professor of neuroscience and business, spending time between the Kellogg School of Management, the MIT Media Lab, and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s Department of Neurosurgery. Additionally, he is science consultant for various Hollywood films and TV shows, and is the Sloan screenwriting professor at the American Film Institute. Go to

42] – The Clean Air Baltimore Coalition meeting is open to all community organizers, activists and residents interested in supporting clean air efforts in Baltimore City. Learn about the progress of the Clean Air Act and how to best to support efforts moving forward on Wed., Dec 12 at 6:30 PM @ Thrive Baltimore, 6 E Lafayette Ave., Baltimore.  Email

43] – You are invited to A Night Envisioning Water Justice for All Marylanders on Wed., Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Barnes Memorial Church, 3000 Hillen Road, Baltimore  21218.  The gathering is hosted by Pastor Mark James at his church, which he almost lost at tax sale, in part due to a water bill. Celebrate the water-victories this year and talk about the work moving forward. Enjoy light bites, drinks and a discussion about water for all Marylanders. At 7 PM, there will be remarks by Rianna Eckel and Mitch Jones with Food & Water Watch, as well as several community partners

Believe in a future where families don’t have to choose between buying groceries or paying the water bill, where people don’t have to worry about an outstanding water bill costing them their home or church, where the quality of our water isn’t impacted by dangerous industries, and where private corporations cannot profit off our water. Spend an evening with Food & Water Watch staff, organizers, and community partners to celebrate recent victories, and learn about the work that supporters make possible. RSVP at

44] – There is a Love has no borders candlelight vigil on Wed., Dec. 12 at 7 PM with the American Friends Service Committee.  It will take place at 920 Broadway in Fells Point. Show your solidarity with immigrants & honor Charm City's proud immigrant heritage. Dress warm, bring a friend & candle or two!  Visit

45] --  On Wed., Dec. 12 from 7 to 8:30 PM, find out about White Supremacy, Power, and the Role of Interfaith, hosted by Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Tickets are at From slavery and the Holocaust to Charlottesville and the Pittsburgh shooting, how are anti-black racism and anti-Semitism related in the contemporary U.S. context? Dr. Beverly Mitchell explores 21st century challenges facing minorities in the wake of an emboldened sense of white supremacy and xenophobic nationalism. Free. Open to all. Go to

46] – On Wed., Dec. 12 at 7 PM, hear Bill Fletcher, Jr. talk about his novel "The Man Who Fell From the Sky" at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Call (443) 602 7611 or go to In 1970, a sniper’s bullet shocks the sleepy Cape Cod village of Osterville. David Gomes, a young reporter for the Cape & Islands Gazette covers the story, thinking his reporting might lead to a job with a major metropolitan newspaper. With protests against the Viet Nam war and the rise of the Black Panthers roiling the public, the murder investigation becomes deeply personal when Gomes, a Cape Verdean American, encounters the smoldering racial antagonism between the descendants of Cape Verde and African-Americans, as well as the deep-seated hatred toward all people of color among some members of the white community.

Fletcher, the author of “They're Bankrupting Us! “(Beacon Press, 2012), and co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided (UC Press, 2009), is a long-time racial-justice, labor, and international activist, scholar, and author. See

47] – Watch "Paris to Pittsburgh" on the National Geographic Channel on Wed., Dec. 12 at 9 PM ET.  Two alarming new scientific reports have been released in the last few months that further reveal the scope of the serious and widespread impacts we are already feeling from climate change. Yet, there is an alarming lack of honesty and leadership on climate change from President Trump and many other national leaders in the U.S.  But as we see in the powerful new documentary, many cities and communities across the country are stepping up and taking the lead on climate change and clean energy. Visit to watch a trailer and send a message to your mayor supporting local action on climate change.

48] – Ellen Barfield and Max Obuszewski will appear in U.S. District Court on Lombard St. in Baltimore on Thurs., Dec. 13 at 9 AM.  When they tried to deliver a letter to the new director of the National Security Agency, they were arrested and charged with failure to obey a lawful order and attempting to enter protected property. Of course, they will contest the charges and seek to set up a motions hearing.  Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.

49] –  On Thurs., Dec. 13 at noon at CRDF Global, 1776 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22209, find out about North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Challenge: Avoiding Financial Derisking.  Check out  As UN Security Council Resolutions targeting North Korea's nuclear weapon and missile programs evolve and expand, many countries are challenged to build robust compliance programs across a range of industries. Developing countries often find themselves caught in the crossfire when sanctions and other forms of economic leverage are deployed to pressure countries of proliferation concern. Their ability to develop robust compliance frameworks can factor heavily in their ability to maintain access to the global financial system, as banks in the United States and Europe work to reduce their potential exposure to penalties for noncompliance. Sanctions, while well-intended from an international security perspective, can negatively affect progress towards other international development goals – including financial inclusion for women and other disadvantaged populations. Lunch will be provided starting at noon. The event will start promptly at 12:30 PM. Contact Timothy Westmyer at CRDF Global (

50] – On Thurs., Dec. 13 from 4 to 7 PM, see the film 1971, a documentary about eight ordinary citizens who broke into an FBI office in Media, PA, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of citizens exercising their First Amendment rights.  See it at Stokes Auditorium, Haverford College. Check out

51] – On Thurs., Dec. 13 from 4 to 5 PM, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore, every Thursday until Feb. 7, 2019 at the Dovecote CafĂ©, 2501 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Visit

52] – On Thurs., Dec. 13 from 6 to 9 PM, you can get involved with Charting the Course for Environmental Change in Maryland, hosted by Repair The World: Baltimore at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore 21202.  Tickets are at  Join your peers, learn from trusted environmental advocates and plot your course for advocating in Maryland’s upcoming legislative session.  Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided. Dietary laws will be observed. Register at  See

53] – On Thurs., Dec. 13 at 7 PM, check out AN EVENING WITH SILVIA FEDERICI at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Call (443) 602 7611 or go to  This is a special event with feminist and anti-capitalist organizer, theorist, and historian Silvia Federici.  One of the organizers of the Wages for Housework campaign, and the author of the modern classic “Caliban and the Witch,” Silvia will be in Baltimore to present two new books—“Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women” and “Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons.”

54] --On Thurs., Dec. 13 at 7 PM, come to the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis meeting at the Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse, 351 Dubois Rd., Annapolis 21401. See Phil Ateto will talk about thinking strategically to create effective activism.  Look at tactics to get climate change on the agenda for public discussion and collective action.

To be continued.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Have you seen Bernie Brown?/Camden 28 revisit court where they were tried for ’71 break-in to protest Vietnam War


  Our colleague Bernie Brown was last seen on Saturday night.  We are looking for him.

   Did you have any contact with Bernie on Sunday or Monday?  We are quite concerned.

Kagiso, Max

Camden 28 revisit court where they were tried for ’71 break-in to protest Vietnam War

December 6, 2018

Father Michael Doyle talks about his role in the Camden 28, a group of activists who in 1971 broke into a draft board office to destroy the records of draft registrants in protest of the Vietnam War.
Monsignor Michael Doyle talks about his role with the Camden 28, a group of activists who in 1971 broke into a draft board office to destroy the records of draft registrants in protest of the Vietnam War. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
Nearly 50 years after breaking into the Camden draft board and destroying records to protest the war in Vietnam, members of the Camden 28 took to the stand in the federal courtroom where they were tried. This time, it was to tell their story for future generations.
Joan Reilly read the names of those who didn’t live long enough to return to the courtroom that was packed Thursday with high school and Camden County College students.
A lifelong Catholic, Reilly said her faith led her and her sister Rosemary to oppose the Vietnam war, and move from Long Island to join the resistance in Camden.
“It was ordinary people who said ‘not in our name, not on our watch.’ We took great risk and worked in collective action, and I very much believe that’s what helped to end this war,” said Reilly, who was in her early 20s at the time.
“My parents have both died, and they kept the letters I sent to them. Now I can see the fire that burned within me about the injustices I saw happening,” she said.
In the weeks before the 1971 raid, rioting was regular in Camden.
Keith Forsyth, who moved from Ohio to be a part of the anti-war movement, said demonstrators knew the risks. “It was like the Boy Scout motto, ‘Always be prepared.’ We were ready to go to jail,” he said.
In Camden, they met the Rev. Michael Doyle, one of four priests and one Presbyterian pastor charged with felonies related to the raid. Now Monsignor Doyle and pastor of Sacred Heart Church in South Camden, he said he wouldn’t change a thing, though at the time his politics meant few churches would employ him to celebrate Sunday Mass.
“No congressman’s son died in Vietnam because they never got sent to the front. But the poor kids of Camden, they were sent to the front,” said Doyle. “It’s outrageous. And then you say, ‘There’s no point in writing a letter to those [politicians],’” he continued.
As casualties mounted, several draft board raids occurred throughout the country. But the Camden 28 case was the only one where all defendants were acquitted.
Despite evidence that the FBI aided the raid through a paid informant, attorney David Kairys didn’t try to prove entrapment. Instead, the 28 defendants represented themselves as co-counsel, giving each a chance to address the jury directly.
Eugene Dixon said the idea was to appeal to the people, not the law.
“I was just an ordinary working stiff, but, of course, the politics of the war were always in front. And the idea of massive violence being perpetrated on people was one that struck home with me,” said Dixon.
“I loved being on trial,” said Doyle to laughter from the room. “We talked a lot and Judge Fisher, he had a great sense of humor. I was a felon, but he was so nice to me. And to be able to cross-examine FBI agents — imagine that! I was a peasant from Ireland doing that, and I loved it.”
Complementing the event was a screening of a documentary by Anthony Giacchino, which is available online. Giacchino grew up attending church at Sacred Heart and his parents are active in the parish.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal

Although a widespread movement has developed to fight climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster—yet
In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that “humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war.” 

    Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger―exemplified by the collapse of arms control and disarmament agreements, vast nuclear “modernization” programs by the United States and other nuclear powers, and reckless threats of nuclear war―has stirred remarkably little public protest and even less public debate during the recent U.S. midterm elections.
Of course, there are peace and disarmament organizations that challenge the nuclear menace. But they are fairly small and pursue their own, separate anti-nuclear campaigns. 
   Such campaigns―ranging from cutting funding for a new nuclear weapon, to opposing the Trump administration’s destruction of yet another disarmament treaty, to condemning its threats of nuclear war―are certainly praiseworthy. But they have not galvanized a massive public uprising against the overarching danger of nuclear annihilation. 

   In these circumstances, what is missing is a strategy that peace organizations and activists can rally around to rouse the public from its torpor and shift the agenda of the nuclear powers from nuclear confrontation to a nuclear weapons-free world. 

   The Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, launched decades ago in another time of nuclear crisis, suggests one possible strategy. Developed at the end of the 1970s by defense analyst Randy Forsberg, the Freeze (as it became known) focused on a rather simple, straightforward goal: a Soviet-American agreement to stop the testing, production, and deployment of nuclear weapons. 

   As Forsberg predicted, this proposal to halt the nuclear arms race had great popular appeal (with polls showing U.S. public support at 72 percent) and sparked an enormous grassroots campaign. The Reagan administration, horrified by this resistance to its plans for a nuclear buildup and victory in a nuclear war, fought ferociously against it. But to no avail. The Freeze triumphed in virtually every state and local referendum on the ballot, captured the official support of the Democratic Party, and sailed through the House of Representatives by an overwhelming majority. 

   Although the Reaganites managed to derail it in the Senate, the administration was on the defensive and, soon, on the run. Joined by massive anti-nuclear campaigns in Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world, the Freeze campaign forced a reversal of administration priorities and policies, leading to previously unthinkable Soviet-American nuclear disarmament treaties and an end to the Cold War.

  How might a comparable strategy be implemented today?

   The campaign goal might be a halt to the nuclear arms race, exemplified by an agreement among the nuclear powers to scrap their ambitious nuclear “modernization” plans. Although the Trump administration would undoubtedly rail against this policy, the vast majority of Americans would find it thoroughly acceptable. 

   An alternative, more ambitious goal―one that would probably also elicit widespread public approval―would be the ratification by the nuclear powers of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This U.N.-brokered treaty, signed in July 2017 by the vast majority of the world’s nations and scorned by the governments of the United States and other nuclear-armed countries, prohibits nations from developing, testing, producing, acquiring, possessing, stockpiling, using, or threatening to use nuclear weapons.

   The second stage of a current campaign strategy, as it was in the strategy of the Freeze, is to get as many peace groups as possible to endorse the campaign and put their human and financial resources behind it. 

   Despite some possible qualms among their modern counterparts about losing their unique identity and independence, working together in a joint effort seems feasible today. Some of the largest of the current organizations―such as the American Friends Service CommitteePeace ActionPhysicians for Social Responsibility, and Veterans for Peace―are thoroughly committed to building a nuclear weapons-free world and, therefore, might well be willing to embark on this kind of coalition venture.

   The third stage of an effective strategy is winning the battle for public opinion. In the case of the Freeze, this entailed not only holding lots of gatherings in people’s living rooms, but introducing Freeze resolutions at conventions of religious denominations, unions, professional associations, and the vast panoply of voluntary organizations, where they almost invariably passed. 

  Having a concrete, common-sense proposal to support―one coming up at a church conclave, in a town meeting, at a union assembly, or on the ballot―activists engaged in a widespread conversation on a key political issue with friends, neighbors, and members of mainstream organizations. It’s the kind of grassroots educational opportunity that peace and disarmament advocates should welcome today. 

  A final stage involves turning the objective into government policy. The Freeze campaign found that many politicians were delighted to adopt its program―in some cases even a bit too eager, bringing it to Congress before full public mobilization. Similarly, at present, some key Democrats—including the chair of the incoming House Armed Services Committee and likely Democratic presidential candidates are already gearing up an attack upon the Trump administration’s nuclear “modernization” program, its withdrawal from disarmament treaties, and its eagerness to launch a nuclear war. Consequently, if a major public campaign gets rolling, substantial changes in public policy are within reach. 

   To be fully effective, such a campaign requires international solidarity—not only to bring domestic pressure to bear on diverse nations, but overseas pressure as well. The Freeze movement worked closely with nuclear disarmament movements around the world, and this international coalition produced striking results. The power of the anti-nuclear movement within nations allied with the U.S. government led to their governments constantly pressing the Reagan administration to temper its bellicose ambitions and accept nuclear disarmament. 

   Similarly, Eastern Bloc officials found themselves forced to scramble for the support of other governments and, even worse, forced to deal with protest campaigns erupting within their own countries. These kinds of international pressures, enhanced by the current strong dissatisfaction of non-nuclear nations with the escalation of the nuclear arms race and the related dangers of nuclear war, could play an important role today.

Of course, this proposal suggests only one of numerous possible ways to develop a broad anti-nuclear campaign. Even so, there should be little doubt about the necessity for organizing that campaign. The alternative is allowing the world to continue its slide toward nuclear catastrophe.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert December 9 -- 11, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert December 9 -- 11, 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.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  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]

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Get involved with NCNR   
4] Buy an Anti-War Veteran hat  
5] Transcribe Dorothy Day’s diaries
6] Redlining – through Dec. 31
7] “Do You Listen to Your Conscience?”  -- Dec. 9
8] Poor People's Campaign/Carroll County meeting – Dec. 9
9] CHERRY HILL -- Dec. 9
11] Black Lives Matter demo – Dec. 9
12] ERA conference call – Dec. 9
13] Advent Prayer Service -- Dec. 9
14] Love Knows No Borders Vigil -- Dec. 9
15] Free Mohamed Harkat – Dec. 10
16] Protest at the Pentagon Dec. 10
17] Training Disrupted – Dec. 10
18] Food Rescue – Dec. 10
19] Communities United’s Annual Holiday Party – Dec. 10
20] Nomi Prins speaks Dec. 10
21] Honoring Muslim Human Rights Defenders – Dec. 10
22] America As a Refuge – Dec. 10
23] Free screening of “What Lies Upstream” – Dec. 10
24] Get the Money Out – Dec. 10
25] Vegan Drinks Holiday Party – Dec. 11
26] Stall 11 Veg Food & Animal Activist Meetup Dec. 11
27] Food Rescue – Dec. 11
28] Nuclear Security in the Black Sea Region – Dec. 11
29] Peace Vigil – Dec. 11
30] No Drone Research DEMO – Dec. 11
31] Jews United for Justice meeting – Dec. 11
32] “Decriminalizing Domestic Violence” – Dec. 11
33] Juvenile Justice System Reforms – Dec. 11
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  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

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 U.S. wars.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

4] – Get a good-looking black hat which says Anti-War Veteran in the front and Viva House 50th in the back.  The cost is $10. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

5] – Want an opportunity to work with scans of Dorothy Day's diaries? The Guild for the Canonization is looking for volunteers to help them transcribe all her diaries and letters! Several Catholic Workers are already helping and you can, too!  Contact Jeff Korgen at or call him 862-485-5807.

6] – At 10 AM through December 31, check out Undesign the Redline exhibit, hosted by Choose Civility, HCLS Central Branch. Look for tickets at  This interactive exhibit explores the history of structural racism and classism, how these designs compounded each other from redlining maps until today, and how we can come together to undesign these systems with intentionality.  Tours, reading lists, events, and more details are at See

7] –  Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion at 10:30 AM.  On Sun., Dec. 9, the platform address is “Do You Listen to Your Conscience?”  As children we often experience an inner voice – messages from our psyche reminding us to act ethically toward others. Most of our lives we try to have a clean conscience. Politicians talk of “voting their conscience.” What is this thing we call conscience? Although it is clearly aroused when we witness injustice, can we nurture it so that it more consistently and smoothly guides our behavior? Can conscience be as effective at nurturing goodness as it is in identifying evil? In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”  Hugh Taft-Morales who joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader, will lead the discussion. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. Call 410-581-2322 or email

8] – The Maryland Poor People's Campaign Carroll County will have a meeting on Sun., Dec. 9 from 2 to 3:30 PM at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 17 Bond St., Westminster 21157. Discuss how the Maryland Poor People's Campaign will grow in Carroll County. Steven Merrick, activist and organizer with SEIU 1199, will speak about Fair Wages and the Fight for $15 in Maryland. Visit

9] – On Sun., Dec. 9 at 2 PM, hear LINDA MORRIS PRESENT "CHERRY HILL: RAISING SUCCESSFUL BLACK CHILDREN IN JIM CROW BALTIMORE" at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Call (443) 602 7611 or go to Thousands of Black children grew up in Cherry Hill, a post WWII planned suburban community containing a public housing project on a southeastern peninsula of Baltimore City. In an era of public investment in quality housing, these children had a sense of being loved, being free, being safe, and above all, having the space they needed to stretch out and enjoy small town living. They could play all day with their friends, skate and ride their bikes all over town, and chase the ice cream man’s truck, with the admonishment to be home by the time the streetlights came on. The author was one of those children, and she rallied sixty or so of her Cherry Hill contemporaries to share what life was like for them in what they know to be a special place and time.

10] – On Sun., Dec. 9 from 3 to 5 PM, get over to ECONOMIC CAUSE OF VIOLENT CRIME in Wilmington, which is a talk by Dr. Yassar Payne, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1901 BAYNARD BLVD. WILMINGTON, DE. This event is hosted by the Delaware Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow.  Visit

11] – On Sun., Dec. 9 from 4 to 5 PM, attend a Black Lives Matter monthly vigil at Governor Warfield Parkway and Windstream Drive in Howard County. This vigil is the last one of the hear9. Join a public witness to remind the community that all lives will matter when black lives matter. Show up to tell the world that injustice will not be ignored in Howard County or anywhere else. Check out

12] – On Sun., Dec. 9 at 4 PM, join The CALL - ERA Education Program, hosted by One Rural Woman at Katrina's Dream, PO Box 32003, WDC 20007.  Get tickets at  Help build the groundswell. The collaboration of grassroots organizers, lobbyists, and professionals is dedicated to promoting and educating folks across the United States of America to empowering women around the world.  PASS THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT.

There is a NATIONAL WEEKLY SUNDAY CALL at 4 PM with E.R.A. ADVOCATES -- CALL IN NO: 563.999.2090 CONFERENCE NO: 898879#.  Go to

13] – On Sun., Dec. 9 from 5 to 6 PM, the Advent Prayer Service starts at St Vincent DePaul Church, 120 N. Front St., Baltimore.  There will be a short reception following the service.  The theme is: “Inner Peace In Violent Times,” and the speaker is Audrey Rogers, a compelling speaker.  Call 443-846-5207 (cell).

14] – On Sun., Dec. 9 and Mon., Dec. 10, The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, Kairos Center and Repairers of the Breach will join the American Friends Service Committee in San Diego and hold an interfaith service, calling on faith leaders, poor people and all people of conscience to take action together. With December 10 being International Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we will demand the demilitarization of border communities and the absolute protection of migrants seeking refuge.

There is a Love Knows No Borders Vigil on Sun., Dec. 9 at 6:30 PM hosted by Wesley United Methodist Church, 15 E. North St., Dover, DE 19901.  You are invited to lift up prayers and strategies for response. The vigil will kick off a week when communities across the U.S. will be calling for an end to border militarization and for humane immigration policies that respect the rights and dignity of all people.

15] -- December 10th is International Human Rights Day. Ironically, it was also on this day, in 2002, that Ottawa refugee Mohamed "Moe" Harkat was arrested. He continues to be persecuted by the Canadian state, and has never been charged with, let alone convicted of, a crime. Now, 16 years later, he faces deportation to torture in Algeria.  On Monday, December 10 (or anytime leading up to that date if you cannot do this on Monday), please take two minutes to make a call and send a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to end the illegal and immoral deportation to torture proceedings against Ottawa refugee Mohamed Harkat.

Call the Prime Minister at 613-992-4211: "Hello Prime Minister Trudeau. My name is ______________ and I'm calling from ______________.  I'm calling about the case of Mohamed Harkat. He is a refugee in Canada facing deportation to torture in Algeria. Mr. Trudeau, you have said no one should ever be tortured. That should be true for Moe, too. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has the power today to allow Moe to stay in Canada. Please speak with Minister Goodale, live up to your word, and make the right decision: let Moe Harkat stay in Canada. Thank you."

Once you have made your call, please visit to send a letter to a MP, the PM and federal ministers, asking them to act now. Sign this petition:

16] – 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 Dec. 10, 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.

17] – On Mon., Dec. 10 from 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM, learn about Training Disrupted—The Future of Workplace Credentials, hosted by Third Way at 421 7th St. NW, WDC 20004.  Disruption isn’t just happening in our politics—it’s happening across our economy. And millions of Americans wonder whether they will have the opportunity to earn a good life in the decade ahead. One key to ensure they do? Expanding access to modern and high-quality credentials and training.

Luckily for US workers, healthy disruption is also creeping into the skills and education arena. Join us for a conversation over lunch focused on the future of workforce credentials—specifically, innovative opportunities to train workers in the decades ahead. Leading innovators who are working to expand training opportunities to new sectors, using new technology, and reaching more diverse communities will be there. Lunch will be available starting at 11:45 AM with a discussion to start at noon.  Check out

18] – On Mon., Dec. 10, and every Monday until Feb. 4, 2019, at noon, there will be a Food Rescue at Land of Kush, 840 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201. Food Rescue Baltimore is honored to partner with The Land of Kush each and every Monday to bring access to free vegan/plant-based food in the community. Bring a bag. Take what you want from noon to 1PM or while supplies last. No purchase is necessary to take advantage of the Food Rescue Baltimore give away. Items from The Land of Kush's menu are not included in the give-away but will be available for sale. See

19] – Communities United’s Annual Holiday Party is on Mon., Dec. 10 from 6 to 9 PM at the Douglas Memorial Community Church, 1325 W. Madison Ave., Baltimore (enter from Madison Ave., street level). This is a Communities United tradition! Join for food, friendship and fun, including toys for the kids.  Contact Jane Henderson [].

20] – Hosted by The Committee for the Republic, on Mon., Dec. 10 at 6:30 PM at the Metropolitan Club, 1700 H St. NW, WDC 20006 [in the Empire Salon], hear from Nomi Prins, former Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns executive, author, journalist, public speaker, TV and radio commentator. She is one of the leading critics of too-big-to-fail banks and the Federal Reserve. In “All The Presidents’ Bankers,” she unearths the backroom deals that make the big banks America’s greatest practitioners of crony capitalism. In her latest book, “COLLUSION”, Prins exposes how the 2007-2008 financial crisis turbo-boosted the influence of central bankers in the global economy. She addresses the elephant in the living room: the Federal Reserve’s underwriting of our warfare state by printing money in lieu of taxes. To RSVP or if you have questions, email

21] – Get over to the Honoring Muslim Human Rights Defenders in the DMV: A Benefit Dinner. Email Dr. Maha Hilal <>.  This is organized by the Justice for Muslims Collective on Mon., Dec. 10 on the UN Human Rights day at 6:30 PM at the Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th St. NW, WDC 20009.  At this inaugural event, a Muslim human rights defender who exemplifies the spirit of Islam in the form of resisting and challenging oppression and injustice and working for the inclusion of all marginalized communities will be honored. Moreover, this award will be given to a Muslim human rights defender who has faced challenges because of his/her identity as Muslim and a rising climate of Islamophobia, but perseveres nonetheless.  RSVP at

22] – On Mon., Dec. 10 from 7 to 10 PM, ne a part of America As A Refuge, hosted by We Are All America in Lafayette Park, Pennsylvania Ave. NW & 16th St. NW, WDC 20001. U.S. forces fired tear gas on women and children seeking asylum at the border. It was a sad attempt to criminalize refugees fleeing some of the most violent conditions around the world. Simply put, it was a complete betrayal of U.S. values. Remind this administration that we are a country built by refugees and immigrants fleeing poverty and persecution, coming to a place once seen around the world as a beacon of hope and liberty. See

23] – See a free screening of “What Lies Upstream” on Mon., Dec. 10 at 7PM, hosted by the Maryland Sierra Club & Howard County Sierra Club. The documentary tells incredible stories of how a vast array of toxic chemicals got into the drinking water of thousands of people in West Virginia, how the drinking water in Flint, Michigan became contaminated with lead, and how the disposal of wastewater residuals such as bio-solids on agricultural land is introducing thousands of chemicals into our water supply through run-off.

See it at the Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge 21075. RSVP to Zack Gerdes at or 240-764-5402. “What Lies Upstream” premiered on PBS’s Independent Lens series in April 2018. Produced by investigative journalist Cullen Hoback, the documentary tells incredible stories of how a vast array of toxic chemicals got into the drinking water. It shines a light into the swamp of factors that the Sierra Club is facing daily in its work – how money, governmental negligence, regulatory failures, bureaucratic malpractice, general scientific illiteracy, and industry promotion of “fake science,” shape outcomes that harm the environment and threaten human health. Go to

24] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Dec. 10 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.  Call 605-475-6711, code 1136243#.  Work only on brainstorming ideas for participation in the upcoming General Election.

25] -- On Tues., Dec. 11 from 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM, enjoy a Vegan Drinks Holiday Party with the Animals Returns, hosted by Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary and Eco-Retreat (BMASER) and Baltimore Vegan Drinks, 3950 White Rose Way, Ellicott City 21042. Tickets include a hot meal (caterer TBA); hot cider/water/tea to drink; a moonlight tour of the grounds/meet the animals; door prizes. There is the usual CASH BAR - and all cash goes to the animals winter care as a donation. Get in the vegan cookie swap and vegan white elephant gift exchange. NO REFUNDS, ALL SALES FINAL. If you buy a ticket and can't make it, you can likely find someone on the event page who wants it, as long as it's soon enough before the event. Due to the nature of paying for catering and all the other event expenses, we cannot offer a child's rate for this event, so sorry!  Friends, only 50 tickets will be sold, as that is the legal capacity. Sign up at

26] – On Tues., Dec. 11 from noon to 1:30 PM, get over to Stall 11 Veg Food & Animal Activist Meetup,  hosted by The Humane League - DC at 301 W. 29th St., Baltimore 21211-2910.  Enjoy vegan food & meet animal activists in Baltimore to help millions of animals on factory farms through the campaign! Go to

27] – On Tues., Dec. 11 at noon, join Food Rescue at YO! Baltimore West, 1510 W Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21217-2131.  This will occur every Tuesday, until Jan. 1, 2019.  Get fresh, delicious, and free food. Bring a bag. Bring a friend! Take what you want. See

28] On Tues., Dec. 11 at 4 PM, take in Nuclear Security in the Black Sea Region at George Washington University, Room 602, Lindner Commons, WDC. George Washington University's Institute for International Science and Technology Policy is hosting Ian Anthony, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, and Vitaly Fedchenko, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Go to

The Nuclear Policy Talks (NPT) is a conversation about the dangers posed by nuclear weapons and appropriate responses for the 21st Century. Previous talks in the past have been co-hosted with other institutes at the university, the Elliott School, and other nuclear policy-centered organizations. This facilitates and inspires collaboration among scientists, policy experts, government and industry leaders on science and technology related issues. The Center collaborates with international governmental research institutes and agencies on advances in scientific and technological policy making. The Institute conducts cutting-edge research on the policy issues that affect science and technology around the world.

29] –  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 Dec. 11.  Call 215-426-0364.

30] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Dec. 11 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

31] – On Tues., Dec. 11 from 7 to 9 PM, there is a Strategic Plan Release Party! - a monthly community convening hosted by Jews United for Justice - Baltimore at the Bolton St. Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore.  See  Keep the light going into the New Year and the upcoming legislative season. Honor the community's social and economic justice work in the past year, engage in fun activities, and celebrate the release of JUFJ's new strategic plan. Bring your friends and family, to share in live music, fun, nosh, and reflective engagement. This is an all-ages kid-, tween-, and teen-friendly event with music and games in which children are welcome to participate. There will be a kids’ corner set up for younger children.  RSVP at  Visit

32] – On Tues., Dec. 11 at 7 PM, hear Leigh Goodmark talk about “Decriminalizing Domestic Violence” at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Call (443) 602 7611 or go to

The book asks the crucial, yet often overlooked, question of why and how the criminal legal system became the primary response to intimate partner violence in the United States. It introduces readers, both new and well versed in the subject, to the ways in which the criminal legal system harms rather than helps those who are subjected to abuse and violence in their homes and communities, and shares how it drives, rather than deters, intimate partner violence. The book examines how social, legal, and financial resources are diverted into a criminal legal apparatus that is often unable to deliver justice or safety to victims or to prevent intimate partner violence in the first place. Envisioned for both courses and research topics in domestic violence, family violence, gender and law, and sociology of law, the book challenges readers to understand intimate partner violence not solely, or even primarily, as a criminal law concern but as an economic, public health, community, and human rights problem. It also argues that only by viewing intimate partner violence through these lenses can we develop a balanced policy agenda for addressing it.

Goodmark is Professor of Law and Director of the Gender Violence Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and the author of A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System. See

33] – On Tues., Dec. 11 from 7 to 8 PM, get caught up with Juvenile Justice System Reforms, hosted by SBNA - South Baltimore Neighborhood Association, 1439 S. Charles St., Baltimore 21230-4401.  The Juvenile Justice System, unlike the adult system, is designed to help at risk and troubled youth become functioning adults. State Delegate Luke Clippinger will provide an overview of the juvenile justice system and the legislation that was introduced in the 2018 session to improve its ability to help at risk and troubled youth. The discussion will also cover new legislation expected to be introduced in the upcoming 2019 legislative session. Focus on

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] Go to

"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