Monday, June 17, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 17 - 19, 2019

20] Poor People’s Moral Action Congress – June 17 - 19
21] Food Rescue Pop-Up at Flourish – June 17
22] Anacostia River Keeper Boat Tour – June 17
23] Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow meeting – June 17
24] See the film "Purgatorio" – June 17
25] Quakers Got Talent –- June 17
26] Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference – June 17
27] Capitol Hill Advocacy Day – June 18 - 19
28] Peace vigil – June 18
29] Protest killer drone research at JHU – June 18
30] Biodiversity: Is there hope?  – June 18
31] The Bay Area Reduced Murders – June 18
32] America and the Palestinians – June 18
33] Climate Colonialism – June 18
34] “Movement for No Society” – June 18
35] Discussion on the nuclear ban treaty and divestment –- June 18
36] Film Dark Money – June 18
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20] – The Poor People’s Moral Action Congress is being organized at Trinity Washington University from Mon., June 17 at 11 AM through Wed., June 19 at 5 PM. Nearly one thousand poor people, moral leaders, activists, and advocates from over 40 states across the country will convene on Washington DC for three days to strategize, learn and build power together. During the Congress, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will launch the Poor People’s Moral Budget that shows concretely how to enact the demands of the Campaign. There will be a Forum with 2020 Presidential Candidates when poor people from across the country will ask questions about the issues that impact their lives and there will also be a chance to hear from those most impacted by systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of Christian nationalism who are coming together to organize a movement. On the second day of Congress, participants will join workshops or longer tracks to learn how and why to build a moral fusion movement.

Come join a fusion movement that is building in more than 40 states and Washington DC – shifting the narrative, impacting policies, and building power among the 140 million poor people in the United States.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/335790947108140/. Tickets are at www.poorpeoplescampaign.org.

21] –On Mon., June 17 from 3 to 4 PM, there is a Food Rescue Pop-Up at Flourish, 3418 Belair Road, Baltimore 21213-1233.  Bring a bag, and take home healthy, free food! View https://www.facebook.com/events/301851223848295/?event_time_id=301851250514959
This will continue into the future.

22] – On Mon., June 17 from 6 to 8 PM, get on the Anacostia River Keeper Boat Tour, hosted by Surfrider Foundation - DC Chapter at the Yards Marina, 1492 4th St. SE, WDC 20003. Learn about the Anacostia River’s history, wildlife, the environmental threats it faces, and the solutions helping it realize its full potential. BYOB and Food! Afterwards head to Whaley's for a late happy hour!  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2316249738642229/.

23] – On Mon., June 17 from 6 to 7:30 PM, the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow will host a Juneteenth Celebration – Year of the Drum at the New Elizabeth AME Church, 250 Corporate Blvd., Newark, DE 19702. See https://endnewjimcrowde.org/.

24] – On Mon., June 17 at 7 PM, the “Reel & Meal” film series features "Purgatorio" at the New Deal CafĂ©, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. The Rodrigo Reyes 2014 documentary depicts the humanitarian crisis on our southern border, near Tijuana into southern Texas, with shots of beautiful scenery juxtaposed with images of desperate poverty on one side of the border and protectionism on the other side.  The Prince George's County Peace & Justice Coalition presents the film. Contact Donna Hoffmeister at donna.hoffmeister@verizon.net.

25] – On Mon., June 17 from 7:30 to 10:30 PM, realize that Quakers Got Talent, hosted by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at the Kurtz Center For The Performing Arts, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia 19129. Tickets can be had at secure.acceptiva.com. Tickets are $35 or pay your age. There will be a limited number of silent auction items available for bidding. Proceeds will benefit Pennsylvania Yearly Meeting programming. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/424964674721690/.

26] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Mon., June 17 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.

27] – On Tues., June 18 at 9 AM through Wed., June 19 at 5 PM, get involved with the Capitol Hill Advocacy Day #SaveUighur #Save Rohingya #SaveKachin, hosted by the Burma Task Force. Start in the Cannon House Office Building, WDC 20515. Look at www.stopgenocide.org.  Join advocates from around the country to stop genocide of Rohingya, Kachin, Karen, Chin people in Burma, and stop genocide of Uighurs and other Turkic minorities in China. On June 18 from 12:30 to 6 PM. attend a Training at the Diyanet Center of America.  Then on June 19, use the training. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/414527645996010/.

28] –  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 June 18.  Call 215-426-0364.

29] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. The next vigil will be on June 18 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

30] – On Tues., June 18 from 5:30 to 8 PM, find out about Biodiversity: Is there hope?  It is hosted by the French Embassy in the U.S., 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW, WDC 20007. The Embassy of France in the United States and Smithsonian Conservation Commons are pleased to invite you to a French-American Climate Talk on Biodiversity (FACT-B) in Washington, D.C. on "Biodiversity and People." Nature plays a critical role in providing food, energy, medicines, and a variety of aspects that are central to our quality of life and cultural integrity. A landmark assessment released in May in Paris revealed that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history. This report, conducted by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), concludes that “transformative change is needed” to halt the loss of biodiversity and maintain the healthy functioning of ecosystems that underpin all dimensions of human life.

A growing movement has been emerging that seeks to catalyze such transformative change: Earth Optimism documents and magnifies stories of conservation actions that are working, across sectors and locations, and builds a global community of practice to scale up science-based conservation solutions. In this spirit, French and American biodiversity experts will share innovative success stories and discuss how more people may be engaged in France, in the United States and around the globe, with the mission to jointly build a sustainable future for our planet.  The panel discussion will be followed by a reception in the Maison Française Ballroom from 7 PM.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/452629405304997/.

31] -- On Tues., June 18 from 6 to 9 PM, check out Real Talk Tho: The Bay Area Reduced Murders, Can Baltimore? It is hosted by The Real News Network at Ida B's Table, 235 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202. This is the 7th installment of the newsroom in the community show, Real Talk Tho.  The San Francisco Bay Area is fighting gun violence and winning. Why did gun deaths drop in the Bay Area, and are there lessons for Baltimore?

Tougher gun laws, criminal justice reform, and well-funded violence reduction programs are being credited with a significant drop in shootings in the Bay Area. Could it work in Baltimore? And what impact is rising gentrification and inequality having on violence? People who have worked with similar initiatives like Safe Streets in Baltimore will speak, and also hear from activists in San Francisco.  Doors open at 6 PM, while the program starts at 7 PM.  Real Talk Tho takes place every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Ida B's Table. See https://www.facebook.com/events/915738772102648/.

32] – On Tues., June 18 from 6:30 to 9 PM, hear about America and the Palestinians, hosted by the Arab American Institute, 1600 K St. NW, Suite 601, WDC 20006.  Tickets are at www.aaiusa.org. Join a conversation about U.S. policy towards the Palestinians with Brookings Fellow Khaled Elgindy, author of the new book "Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians, From Balfour to Trump."  A light dinner & refreshments will be served. RSVP required: https://www.aaiusa.org/america_and_the_palestinians.  Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/487720158634493/.

33] – On Tues., June 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, Profs & Pints  will host The Green New Deal and Climate Colonialism at La Pop DC, 1847 Columbia Road NW, WDC 20009.  Look at profspintsgreennewdeal.brownpapertickets.com.  Hear from Olufemi Taiwo, assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown University and scholar of environmental-justice issues.

The Green New Deal has changed the conversation among progressive Democrats about how to deal with climate change, shifting the focus from simply managing a disaster to using an existential threat to build a more just society. Should this legislative concept be transformed into actual policies, however, some of the solutions it engenders could make global inequality worse. It could even exacerbate “climate colonialism,” or the domination of less powerful countries and peoples through initiatives meant to slow the pace of global warming.

To understand why this is the case, we need to understand colonialism differently. We often imagine the most direct forms of colonialism, where the imperial power has a strong military and administrative presence. However, historically, the British, German, and French empires often have preferred to engage in more indirect forms of colonial domination in much of Africa and South Asia. The Green New Deal would give birth to a massive policy initiative by the world’s most powerful nation that could spawn new forms of indirect colonial domination.

Join Olufemi Taiwo, a scholar of issues related to environmental justice, as he discusses the potential hazards. He’ll describe how the clearest threats of climate colonialism stem from proposals dealing with land use and the potential to reserve large tracts of land for the development of renewable energy, carbon removal, reforestation, or greener agricultural methods. Much of the world's available land is in poor countries and inhabited by the world's most politically marginalized people, and our efforts to mitigate climate change could very well come at their expense. European demands for “carbon offsets” in Uganda and Tanzania have shown this possibility is not simply imagined.  Advance tickets are $12. At the doors, $15. Save $2 with a student ID. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/659176831186943/.

34] – On Tues., June 18 from 7 to 9 PM, hear about a book “Movement for No Society” at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  This is a book that examines the division between leftist and anarchist approaches to radical politics in Philadelphia and traces its history and implications for the broader contemporary situation. As activism and electoral politics gain currency amongst radicals, the authors look to the insurgent history of this area for less compromised inspiration. “Movement for No Society” explores the current possibilities of direct struggle, which grounds direct action in autonomous self-organization and attack. In this presentation, we will delve into the history of local struggles in Philadelphia (including indigenous, black, and anarchist resistance) to consider the broader lessons and implications. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/2254823288167198/.

35] – You are cordially invited to a discussion on the nuclear ban treaty and, more specifically, divestment from corporations that profit from nuclear weapons.  The discussion will be led by NuclearBan.US founders Timmon Wallis and Vicki Elaos.  It will be on Tues., June 18 from 7 to 9 PM at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.

The event is cosponsored by the Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood Friends, Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland, and all of the local Peace Action chapters in Maryland.  We envision this as a meeting of activists, with the opportunity for everyone to understand just what a divestment campaign in Maryland might look like and whether or not it is something we should initiate.

36] – On Tues., June 18 at 7 PM Get Money Out Maryland (GMOM) will show a film at the Greenbelt Community Center Multi-Purpose Room.  The featured film is "Dark Money," in cooperation with Point of View.  See www.pbs.org/pov/. It can be argued that this is the best film ever about money in politics, as it reveals vivid examples of corruption in election cycles and the impact of big money on parties and policies. Susan Ogden will lead discussion on how to reclaim democracy so it works for all and thus serves as a foundation of peace.  The event is also coordinated with the Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition. Contact Susan at susanfogden@gmail.com.

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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert – June 16 – 17, 2019


Baltimore Activist Alert – June 16 – 17, 2019

"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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com.  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] comcast.net.

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] Lawyers Against War
6] “Explore & Live Palestine” from July 11 through July 25, 2019
7] SUPPORT AMAZON WORKERS OF CONSCIENCE
8] Global Solutions Lab Where are the children? – June 16 - 24
9] 28th Annual Walk for the Animals – June 16
10] Tour the AVAM -- June 16
11] Sanctuary DMV Accompaniment Training -- June 16
12] Baltimore Pride Festival – June 16
13] Person a booth at the Pride Festival – June 16
14] Adoption Sunday June 16
15] Impeachment Rally – June 16
16] On the Call for the ERA – June 16
17] See the film “The Serengeti Rules” – June 16 – 20
18] Pentagon Protest – June 17
19] Food Rescue – June 17
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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 http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

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] – Jeff Ross, an attorney in Maryland, is interested in gathering with other lawyers to discuss ways in which the legal profession and the law generally can be conceptualized as a peace-building and war-resisting institution and redirected to these ends. Areas to explore might include: 1) ways in which this group could support with legal analysis/writing those lawyers who are representing peace-builders/war-resisters in criminal prosecutions; 2) ways in which, from a more theoretical perspective, the law might be grounded in an ethic of non-violence; and 3) ways in which law students and young lawyers might be exposed to a non-violent vision of the law. All religious, philosophical, and critical perspectives on the law are welcome. The group might want to call itself Lawyers Against War. Jeff can be reached at 443-690-6872 and jross50@hotmail.com.

6] – If you are 18 to 35, don't miss this unique opportunity to visit Palestine! Registration is Now Open at https://kthps.org/join. For more information, please visit: https://kthps.org/.  Know Thy Heritage, Inc. is offering a Leadership Initiative “Explore & Live Palestine” from July 11 through July 25, 2019.  This is a program of The Arab American Institute.  Visit http://www.aaiusa.org/.

7] -- SUPPORT AMAZON WORKERS OF CONSCIENCE.  We are in a deep struggle to support conscience within the high tech community, which may be the only way to prevent a major leap into artificial intelligence warfare that we see the beginnings of in the expanding global U.S. drone war system.  This may be of particular interest to Johns Hopkins' Navy-funded researchers, some of whom have been working on swarming drone technology.

These are not major asks and can be a powerful reinforcement of conscience at an extremely critical moment.  Please consider circulating this link to your lists encouraging people to sign the linked RootsAction petition - https://www.knowdrones.com/blog/2019/3/6/support-amazon-workers-who-dont-want-to-work-for-war and leafletting Whole Foods in your areas. This is a link to the leaflet -- https://gallery.mailchimp.com/dd110b000ca250d868d4f419b/files/107fc695-8af9-4f7e-a523-ecd1d1dfd28f/Wholefoods_Leaflet.pdf. Should you have interest in circulating the links and possibly leafletting, contact Nick Mottern at  nickmottern at gmail.com.

8] – On Sun., June 16 through Mon., June 24, get with the Global Solutions Lab at the United Nations and at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia. Participants from Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Georgia, Singapore, South Africa, Ghana, DR of the Congo, Pakistan, etc. will be participating. Register at http://designsciencelab.com/.

9] --  On Sun., June 16 from 10 AM to 2 PM, get over to the 28th Annual Walk for the Animals, hosted by the SPCA of Anne Arundel County in Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis 21403.  Walk through Quiet Waters Park with your family and friends (2 or 4 legged) at your own pace.  Join a team and fundraise with your friends. Stroll through Vendor Village and meet the wonderful Veterinary Hospitals, clothing providers, Artisans, Home Remodeling, and many other vendors who love animals just as much as you do! Register at http://aacspca-walk-for-the-animals-2019.everydayhero.do.  All dogs must be leashed, preferably on a non-retractable leash. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1202475266593430/.

10] – 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.  However, on Sun., June 16, there will be a Field Trip to the American Visionary Art Museum instead of a platform presentation.  Carpool from the Ethical Society at 10:30 AM or meet at the AVAM lobby at 11 AM to start the tour.  Pre-register by emailing Joanna108@yogahealth.us so that at least 10 adults sign up so that the group rate is available: $10 for an adult, $8/college student, $6/students and ages 5 and under are free.  The exhibit is titled Parenting: An Art Without A Manual.  It focuses on what might be humanity’s most essential performance art — the transformative and complex art of parenting. Artists express the good, bad, horrific, and/or sublime of being a parent, or of being parented, alongside humor, the latest scientific research, and globally-sourced wisdoms. Call 410-581-2322 or email ask@bmorethical.org

11] – On Sun., June 16 from 11:30 AM to 2 PM, participate in a Sanctuary DMV Accompaniment Training at the Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037. FACEBOOK RSVPs ARE NICE, BUT PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS TRAINING HERE https://forms.gle/rNJsSPAxLwNPTzaYA.  This training is for volunteers who would like to stand in solidarity with immigrants going through ICE check-ins or other stressful and dehumanizing processes. The training will be a block from the Foggy Bottom Metro. Language skills other than English, and access to a car, are useful but by no means necessary.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/1115538011971394/.

12] – On Sun., June 16 from noon to 6 PM, attend Baltimore Pride 2019 at Druid Hill Park, between Swann Drive and the Sundial Pavilion. The Pride Festival will celebrate families and children with a kid-friendly environment including music and entertainment stages, exhibitors, and local food trucks. Visit http://baltimorepride.org/pride2019/. See the Sunday Schedule: http://baltimorepride.org/pride2019/#SundaySchedule.  Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/1639541446178614/.

13] – On Sun., June 16 from 11 AM to 6 PM, see the Booth at Baltimore Pride, hosted by Americans United for Separation of Church and State - Maryland Chapter in Druid Park, 967-999 Druid Park Lake Drive, Baltimore. Get tickets at www.meetup.com.  The group needs a few people to talk to people and distribute brochures. If you are uncomfortable talking to people, you can help by bringing food and water, or you can assist with setup or cleanup. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1678995372245835/.

14] –  On Sun., June 16 from noon to 3 PM, attend Adoption Sunday at Howl, hosted by Howl and Moorhouse Training at 3531 Chestnut Ave., Baltimore 21211.  The Baltimore Humane Society will be bringing animals for adoption at Howl!  Since they were founded in 1927 by Elsie Seeger Barton, the Baltimore Humane Society has provided for the care of suffering and homeless animals. It is a No Kill shelter that also provides low cost wellness, spray and neuter center, and a cemetery with bereavement services. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2438815589740073/.

15] -- A Rally to Impeach Trump will take place on Sun., June 16 at 4 PM in Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring 20910.  This rally is to demonstrate the goal to impeach president Trump. Speakers include Sara Yaseen, Author and Singer of “Democracy Raps,” Alan Howe, armed services veteran, community organizer and author and tireless defender of democracy; John Gartner, psychologist, political activist, and author.  There are four immediate, specific threats to our nation.  The Duty To Warn organization of mental health professionals who advocate Trump's removal on the grounds that he is psychologically unfit, recently published this op-ed which was #1 in USA Today last week: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/05/31/donald-trump-should-impeached-because-his-bad-mental-health-column/1260781001/.  RSVP at https://www.impeach.org/event/impeachment_day_of_action_june15/125001/signup/?akid=&zip=&source=dailykos.

16] – On Sun., June 16 from 4 to 5 PM, get on The CALL - ERA Education Program at Katrina's Dream, PO Box 32003, WDC 20007.  Tickets are at www.katrinasdream.org.  Please come each Sunday and 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.

The CALL IN NUMBER is 563.999.2090, the CONFERENCE NO: 898879#.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1710130249022424/?event_time_id=1710130255689090.

17] – On Sun., June 16 and through Thurs., June 20 at 7:15 PM, see “The Serengeti Rules” at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring 20910. Tickets can be had at silver.afi.com.  Discover one of the most important, untold science stories of our time—a tale with profound implications for the fate of life on our planet. There will be a Q&A with award-winning biologist and author Sean B. Carroll following the show on June 14, as part of Science on Screen.  Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth—from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to re-imagine the world as it could and should be.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/319149058998040/?event_time_id=319149062331373.

18] – 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 June 17, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com 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.

19] – On Mon., June 17 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/415842178868197/.

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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 14 - 20, 2019


54] Tell Steny Hoyer Medicare for All June 14
55] Honk to Stop Trump’s wars – June 14
56] Black Lives Matter – June 14
57] See the film “The Serengeti Rules” – June 14 – 20
58] Ballroom Dancing – June 14
59] Peoples Power Assembly at Pride – June 15 - 16
60] Baltimore Reclaiming at Pride – June 15
61] Fold-In at the White House – June 15
62] Movement Leadership Training June 15
63] Peace Vigil – June 15
64] Party for Socialism and Liberation at Pride – June 15
65] D.C. Statehood – June 15
66] Baltimore Pride 2019 – June 15 - 17
67] Our Revolution Baltimore meeting – June 15
68] Juneteenth Events in D.C – June 15 & 19
69] ANSWER Coalition at Juneteenth – June 15
70] Eyewitness Palestine – Application deadline is June 15, 2019.  
71] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
72] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
73] Do you need any book shelves?
74] Join the Global Zero campaign
75] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
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54] – The Medicare for All Emergency Ambulance Tour will be at Steny Hoyer's Bull Roast in Mitchellville, MD to "urge" him to co-sponsor H.R. 1384 - the Jayapal/Dingell Medicare-for-All bill. Be there at 4 PM on Fri., June 14 at the Newton White Mansion, 2708 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville 20721.  Livestreaming will begin at 4:30 PM. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1MAo1L8UNo5fAPWXS0LreQAhUqb-LTzqdrodabdE8W0KtLw/viewform.

55] –  – HONK TO  STOP TRUMP'S WARS & WALLS OF HATE on Fri., June 14 at 4 PM at a Philly Anti-War 'Reach Out' @ SEPTA entrance, 15th & Market Sts., across from Phila City Hall west side.   Hold a sign or a banner or a poster or leaflet. Bring an umbrella in case of rain. Call 484-574-1148 or see www.brandywinepeace.com.  Reach-Out to people because only we together can stop endless war, Lockheed Martin (#1 war profiteer from drone warfare to nuclear weapons) and the drone war command operation in Horsham.  Only we can stop Trump, the hate, the violence, the lies and militarism of these deadly times. Only people can do it.  So reach-out!  These 2nd Friday of the month Philly Anti-War ‘Reach-Outs’ alternate between the 30th Street Train Station and the SEPTA entrance at 15th & Market Streets, across from Phila. City Hall west side.

56] – There is usually a silent vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends Meeting, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on June 14. Black Lives Matter.  

57] – On Fri., June 14, Sat., June 15, Sun., June 16 and through Thurs., June 20 at 7:15 PM, see “The Serengeti Rules” at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring 20910. Tickets can be had at silver.afi.com.  Discover one of the most important, untold science stories of our time—a tale with profound implications for the fate of life on our planet. There will be a Q&A with award-winning biologist and author Sean B. Carroll following the show on June 14, as part of Science on Screen.  Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth—from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to re-imagine the world as it could and should be.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/319149058998040/?event_time_id=319149062331373.

58] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be on June 14. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email eneergdivad@gmail.com.

59] – The Peoples Power Assembly will participate in the Pride March on Sat., June 15. The group will be named the "Chelsea Manning and Marielle Franco Contingent."  Marielle is the LGBTQ Afro-Venezuelan, active in the fight against police brutality, who was murdered.  The PPA will have a table at the Festival at Druid Park on Sun., June 16.  If interested in marching or tabling, email Sharon Black [mailto:sharonmarieblack@gmail.com] or call 410-218-4835. 

60] – On Sat., June 15 from 10 AM to 3 PM, Baltimore Reclaiming will march in Pride 2019! Gather at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  All witches and the witch-curious are invited to march. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/533082987223289/.

61] – On Sat., June 15 from 10 AM to noon, join a Fold-In at the White House, Lafayette Square Historic District, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20006.  Hosted by Searching for Eon, this Fold-In is a participatory art-as-protest performance piece that needs YOU. In Japan there is a tradition that says if you dedicate yourself to folding 1,000 paper cranes the gods will grant you one wish. Come dressed in a monochromatic outfit (all red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet from head to toe) and you will sit down next to strangers who can teach you how to fold origami cranes.

Together hold space as a literal rainbow in front of the White House to celebrate Trans and non-binary members of our community, remember those we have lost, and engage in old fashioned conversation with passersby about the queer members of our community that we cherish and love.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/328130341201090/?event_time_id=328130357867755.

62] – There is a Movement Leadership Training at which participants will learn the basics of Progressive Maryland's organizing methodology.  Folks who are seriously interested in developing their personal leadership and building community power to improve collective living conditions are encouraged to apply and attend.  The training is $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and FREE for a small number of training volunteers. It is happening on Sat., June 15 from 10 AM to 6 PM at Salisbury University, Room Henson 103, 1101 Camden Ave., Salisbury 21801.  CONTACT Alexiss Kurtz at alexiss@progressivemaryland.org or 301-684-6715.

63] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to www.ccpeace.org. Email ccpeacemovement@aol.com

64] – On Sat., June 15 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, march with the Party for Socialism and Liberation - PSL in the Baltimore LGBTQ Pride 2019! This year, the PSL contingent at Baltimore Pride will be honoring this history of LGBTQ resistance. 50 years later, the LGBTQ community has made many strides despite widespread repression, homophobia, transphobia and biphobia -- but many of these forces still oppress LGBTQ people today. Meet at 11:30 AM near N. Charles St. and 33rd St. The PSL contingent is position 82 in the lineup. Call 202-556-1651 or go to https://www.facebook.com/events/973930642998351/.

65] – On Sat., June 15 from noon to 2 PM, hear from Congresswoman Norton about DC Statehood, hosted by The Ward 8 Democrats at the United Medical Center, 1310 Southern Ave. SE, WDC 20032.  Congresswoman Norton will provide congressional updates followed by policy and grassroots efforts supporting the DC Statehood movement. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/2259824857601453/.

66] – On Sat., June 15 at noon through Mon., June 17 at 9 PM, get over to Baltimore Pride 2019 at 2530 N. Charles St., 3rd Floor, Baltimore 21218.  Each year in June, The PRIDE Center of Maryland kicks off Pride Month in celebration of Baltimore’s vibrant Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) community that culminates into Pride Weekend. The Weekend kicks off with Twilight on the Terrace on Friday June 14 followed with the block party and legendary parade on Saturday and Sunday’s festival at Druid Hill Park. Baltimore Pride is now in its 44th year! Visit http://baltimorepride.org/pride2019/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/1639541446178614/.

67] – On Sat., June 15 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library - Canton Branch, 1030 S. Ellwood Ave., Baltimore 21224, come to an Our Revolution Baltimore monthly membership meeting with the theme of Equitable Housing with Lisa Hodges, Baltimore NAACP Housing Committee Chair, Zafar Shah, Staff Attorney, Public Justice Center, and Adriana Foster, Charm City Land Trusts.  As always, the meeting will be a pot luck, so bring a dish, snack, or beverage to share. See https://www.facebook.com/events/375296019935303/.

68] – Get over to Juneteenth Events in D.C. with ONE DC. On Sat., June 15 from 1 to 5 PM, there will be a festival at the ONE DC Black Workers Center Lot, 2500 MLK Jr. Ave. SE. Celebrate liberation with live music, local vendors, food, live art, and education on Juneteenth history and ways to get involved in organizing in DC! On Wed., June 19 from 6 to-9 PM, enjoy a Juneteenth Community Learning Event at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW, Peter Marshall Hall. This event will feature historians, community organizers, and artists speaking about the history and significance of Juneteenth, as well as about the current struggles of liberation today.  Juneteenth is an annual celebration to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved Black people in Texas on June 19, 1865. This is a time for us to reflect on our collective history of fighting for emancipation and equity, to celebrate and be joyful about our triumphs, and to recommit with passion and discipline to the current struggle for liberation. RSVP at juneteenthdc.org. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1011995232328911/?event_time_id=1011995235662244.

69] – Join the ANSWER Coalition at several Juneteenth events. The group will be at the DC Festival on Sat., June 15 from 1 to 5 PM, adjacent to Black Workers & Wellness Center, 2500 MLK Jr. Ave. SE, WDC.  Use the Anacostia Metro (Green Line).  Tickets are required, from $0 to $20.  Get your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juneteenth-in-dc-festival-2019-tickets-58396643934.  Juneteenth is an annual celebration to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved Black people in Texas on June 19, 1865. This is a time for us to reflect on our collective history of fighting for emancipation and equity, to celebrate and be joyful about our triumphs, and to recommit with passion and discipline to the current struggle for liberation.

70] -- In August 2019, join Eyewitness Palestine to explore the creative ways Palestinian communities employ arts and culture as a means of resilience and resistance. Meet Palestinians and Israelis making and using visual art, performance art, and more. And learn about the importance of other creative tools for community resilience, such as farming, technology, and education.  You will also meet additional Palestinians and Israelis working for peace and justice and visit important historical and religious sites. Scholarships are available.  Application deadline is June 15, 2019.  Visit EyewitnesspPalestine.org.

71] – It is a violation of U.S. law for us to attack a country that has not attacked us, as only Congress can declare war. The Trump administration is nevertheless beating the war drums for war against Iran and Venezuela. The Mueller investigation is tightening the vise, and could cause Trump to attack those countries in order to divert attention from Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Such a military strike would demand an immediate and unequivocal response from us to show that we will not tolerate his abuse of power.

Let's mobilize to show that we the people will not tolerate another military adventure, which would be bound to have profound negative consequences. If a preemptive military strike against Iran or Venezuela takes place, then meet at 33rd and N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. If the attack is before 2 PM local time, then events will begin at 5 PM, local time. If the attack occurs after 5 PM local time, then events will begin at 5 PM, local time, the following day. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

72] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs, records, tarps and table cloths, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

73] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1637 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

74] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

75] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to http://prop1.org; call 202-682-4282.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan


Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 13 -14, 2019


45] Building Worker Power – June 13
46] Film PRETTY UGLY – June 13
47] Poor Peoples Campaign meeting – June 13
48] Discussion on Black People and Criminal Justice – June 13
49] "THE FIVE HUNDRED YEAR REBELLION" – June 13
50] Reset Retirement – June 14
51] White House vigil– June 14
52] WIB peace vigils – June 14
53] “Temporary Protected Status” – June 14
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45] – On Thurs., June 13 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, hear about Strategies for Building Worker Power, hosted by the Economic Policy Institute, 1225 I St. NW, #600, WDC 20005. A growing body of research shows the systematic erosion of workers' bargaining power over the past 40-plus years is at the root of wage stagnation for working people and rising inequality. If policymakers wish to address these issues, they must look to policies that build up worker power. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/329727644377057/.

46] – On Thurs., June 13 from 6 to 8 PM, See the film “Pretty Ugly,” as part of a Fundraiser Party at the Brookeville Beer Farm, 20315 Georgia Ave., Brookeville 20833. Support a powerful new documentary about toxic chemicals in personal care products and cosmetics. Watch an extended excerpt of the film. Discover tools to avoid harmful ingredients in a post-screening discussion with the filmmaker, and discover Beautycounter, a skincare and cosmetics company whose mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone.  Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/915499021954203/.

47] – On Thurs., June 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, attend the Montgomery County Regional Monthly Meeting - Poor People's Campaign at the Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW, WDC 20012. Light refreshments and hot beverages will be served. See https://www.facebook.com/events/303352030597626/.

48] – On Thurs., June 13 from 7 to 9 PM, catch the When They See Us Community Discussion on Black People and Criminal Justice, hosted by the Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network at George Mason's University School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, 3434 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington 22201. Have you seen the series When They See Us? Has it stirred up strong emotions? Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2323285481326550/.

49] – On Thurs., June 13 from 7 to 9 PM, BEN DANGL PRESENTS "THE FIVE HUNDRED YEAR REBELLION" at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  After centuries of colonial domination and a twentieth century riddled with dictatorships, indigenous peoples in Bolivia embarked upon a social and political struggle that would change the country forever. As part of that project activists took control of their own history, starting in the 1960s by reaching back to oral traditions and then forward to new forms of print and broadcast media. This book tells the fascinating story of how indigenous Bolivians recovered and popularized histories of past rebellions, political models, and leaders, using them to build movements for rights, land, autonomy, and political power. Drawing from rich archival sources and the author’s lively interviews with indigenous leaders and activist-historians. The book describes how movements tapped into centuries-old veins of oral history and memory to produce manifestos, booklets, and radio programs on histories of resistance, wielding them as tools to expand their struggles and radically transform society. Dangl has a PhD in Latin American history from McGill University and has worked as a journalist throughout Latin America for over fifteen years, covering politics and protest movements for outlets such as The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The Nation, Salon, Vice, and NACLA Report on the Americas.

50] –   Reset Retirement: Solutions for the 21st Century will be promoted by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Director, Retirement Security, EPI, and Teresa Ghilarducci, Schwartz Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research, on Fri., June 14 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM at the Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325), Russell Senate Office Building, 2 Constitution Ave. NE, WDC 20002.  There will be panel discussion which will examine key policy solutions for the ongoing retirement crisis. Reform the current system to ensure all workers can breathe easy in old age. This event will be followed by a delicious lunch. The discussion will be led by Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers, Tony James, Executive Vice Chairman, Blackstone and co-author of “Rescuing Retirement,” and others.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reset-retirement-solutions-for-the-21st-century-tickets-60889488098.

51] – On Fri.,  June 14 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! This vigil will take place at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contract Art @ artlaffin@hotmail.com or at 202-360-6416.

52] – Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE take place on Fri., June 14 from noon to 1 PM.  One is at McKeldin Square, corner of Light and Pratt Sts., in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore.  Use the purple circulator line.    Another is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore.  Free Parking available. Vigil at noon. Lunch in the Greenway Room is at 1 PM. If there's a storm, there is no vigil, but there will be lunch. Contact Anne: awyattbr@gmail.com.  The final vigil is in Chestertown, Kent County on the Eastern Shore at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row. Email wibbaltimore@peacepath911.org.

53] – On Fri., June 14 from 2 to 3:30 PM, catch a briefing Partially Protected? Non-Asylum Protection in the U.S. and E.U., hosted by the U.S. Helsinki Commission in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2237.  Tickets are at www.csce.gov.  The United States and the European Union give legal protection to some people who flee armed conflict or natural disaster, but do not qualify them as refugees. In the United States, the Secretary of Homeland Security designates countries of origin for “Temporary Protected Status” (TPS), enabling their nationals to legally remain in the United States and work until and unless the Secretary terminates the designation. Approximately 417,000 individuals from 10 countries currently have TPS, living in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. commonwealths and territories. In 2018, more than 100,300 people were granted similar non-asylum protection, on an individual basis, across the 28 countries of the European Union.

Since 2017, the United States has extended TPS for Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, and announced terminations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. Lawsuits have challenged the terminations. To date, Members of Congress have introduced at least 10 TPS-focused bills in the 116th Congress. This briefing will explore the background and implementation of non-asylum protection in the United States and Europe—including whether some European Union Member States are according this protection even when asylum claims are credible—legislative and legal responses, and implications for policy, law, and protection. See ttps://www.facebook.com/events/2547696295263204/.

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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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