Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 19 -- December 31, 2018

27] Undesign the Redline exhibit – through Dec. 31
28] Responding to Venezuela’s Exodus Sept. 19
29] Compost demonstration – Sept. 19
30] Food Rescue – Sept. 19
31] A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle Sept. 19
32] End of war in Syria? – Sept. 19
33] Film THE WAR AROUND US – Sept. 19
34] Phone Bank for Johnny O – Sept. 19 & 20
35] Populist explosion – Sept. 19
36] Protect the Arctic Refuge from drilling. Sept. 19
37] Dealing with North Korea Sept. 20
38] Food Rescue – Sept. 20
39] History of redlining – Sept. 20
40] Take Action Anne Arundel County Meeting – Sept. 20
41] Vigil for Puerto Rico – Sept. 20
42] Constitution Day – Sept. 20
43] Sierra Club Meeting – Sept. 20
44] Boricuas Remember -- Sept. 20
45] Putin On Ice – through Oct. 7
27] – 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

28] – On Wed., Sept. 19 from 10 AM to noon, hear about Responding to Venezuela’s Exodus, hosted by Washington Office on Latin America – WOLA at Georgetown University, 3700 O St. NW, WDC 20057. This is a conversation on the roots of the crisis in Venezuela, the humanitarian situation, the regional reactions so far, and policy recommendations for a coordinated and humanitarian response to the ongoing migration crisis.  Check out

29] – On Wed., Sept. 19 at 11 AM, there will be a Compost Demonstration, hosted by The Friends of Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis 21403.  Master Gardeners maintain the Composting and Native Gardens site at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. They give hour-long compost demonstrations twice a month. The talks are given by those on the team that are Master Composters. Attendees receive a free compost bin, provided by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recycling and information (goodie) bag filled with printed materials explaining various ways of composting. Visit  Email

30] – On Wed., Sept. 19 at noon at the Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore, get some free rescued food.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious food home. The food rescue will continue every Wednesday until Feb.  6, 2019.

31] – On Wed., Sept. 19 from noon to 2 PM, get over to hear A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW, WDC 20004. Tickets are at In the fall of 1982, President Ronald Reagan authorized one of the most successful intelligence operations during the Cold War, which has important implications for today’s situation with Russia. Join Seth G. Jones, the Harold Brown Chair and Director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, as he reveals the CIA’s operations in Poland which produced a landmark victory for democracy during the Cold War.  For his new book “A Covert Action,” Jones conducted in-depth interviews and mined recently declassified evidence to capture the sophisticated intelligence campaign, code-named QRHELPFUL, which kept the budding Polish liberal opposition movement alive. 

32] – On Wed., Sept. 19 from 12:30 to 2 PM, come to the Palestine Center 2018 Edward Said Memorial Lecture, at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037.  Visit Lecture– “Historic Turning Points in the Middle East: The End of the War on Syria and the Deal of the Century”—will be presented by Dr. Sami J. AlBanna,  RSVP at  The war on Syria is ending. Between defeat in Iraq and the loss of its war on Syria, the US imperial dreams of regime-change, and domination in the region are coming to end. Iraq and Syria paid the price for these US-led adventures. The ‘Deal of the Century’ which was formulated as way to end the rights of Palestinian on Israeli terms, and to create a new power block of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Gulf states to confront the emergent Russian-Iranian block, is progressing but facing rejection from all Palestinian political forces and Arab countries like Jordan, Egypt, and recently, Saudi Arabia. These two important transformations are setting the stage for a new era in the struggle for justice, peace, and equality in the Middle East. In this talk, Dr. Sami AlBanna will explore avenues of struggle and prospects for justice, equality, and democracy in the Middle East.

Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Dr. AlBanna holds a Doctor of Engineering Science degree (with honors) from Columbia University, New York; a Master of Science in engineering (with honors) from the University of Rhode Island; and, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Cum Laude, from the Al-Hikma University in Baghdad, Iraq. See

33] –  On Wed., Sept. 19 at 4:15 PM, checkout the film “The War Around Us,” as part of the Israel/Palestine Film Series at The Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema, Swarthmore College. Visit

34]   On Wed., Sept. 19 and Thurs., Sept. 20 at 5:30 PM and continuing until November 5, do phone banking with Team O!, hosted by Johnny Olszewski for Baltimore County Executive, 4050 North Point Blvd., Dundalk 21222.  Join a people-powered campaign to build a better Baltimore County!  Contact Team O's Brad at 410-371-9731 or at  Look at

35] – On Wed., Sept. 19 from 7 to 8 PM, participate in Foreign & Domestic: A Policy Book Club - The Populist Explosion, hosted by Solid State Books, 600 H St. NE, WDC 20002. Hear from policy enthusiast Chris Watson for a discussion of “The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics” by John B. Judis.  In the United States, two populist candidates - Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump - have taken on their party's establishment. Something similar has been going on in Europe for over a decade. How did the Great Recession help reawaken such a disparate but powerful framework of political appeal on both sides of the Atlantic? 

John B. Judis, one of America's most respected political analysts, tells us why we need to understand the populist movement that began in the United States in the 1890s and whose politics have recurred on both sides of the Atlantic ever since. The Populist Explosion is essential reading for anyone hoping to grasp a global political system that is only just beginning what will be a long-running and highly consequential readjustment.  The book is 10% off through August and September. Go to

36] – On Wed., Sept. 19 at 8 PM ET, join a national webinar on how to protect the Arctic Refuge from drilling. Late in 2017, Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke opened the Arctic Refuge to oil leasing. Now, they're rushing to drill in the Refuge before a new administration can reverse their deeply unpopular decision -- and the next few months are crucial. To keep oil rigs out of the Arctic, keep pressure on Zinke, the oil companies eyeing the Refuge, and the banks funding these projects. The webinar will feature in-depth information from organizers in Alaska, along with a presentation from Bernadette Demientieff of the Gwich’in Steering Committee.  Contact Alli Harvey at RSVP at

37] – On Thurs., Sept. 20 from noon to 1:30 PM, Chun Yungwoo, Korean Peninsula Future Forum; Laura Rosenberger, Alliance for Securing Democracy, Kathleen Stephens, Korea Economic Institute of America; will  discuss "Developing Negotiating Strategies for Dealing with North Korea" at the Korea Economic Institute, 1800 K St. NW, WDC. RSVP at

38] – On Thurs., Sept. 20 from 4 to 5 PM, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore, every Thursday until Feb. 7, 2019 at the Dovecote Café, 2501 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Visit

39] – On Thurs., Sept. 20 from 6 to 8 PM, attend a SNTL Lecture: Baltimore's History of Redlining and Vacancies, hosted by Station North Tool Library, 417 E Oliver St., Baltimore 21202.  Tickets are at This event is free, but consider making a $10 donation to support this & future events!  RSVP at

How long has Baltimore had a problem with vacant houses? It may be longer than you think. The history of abandoned and vacant buildings in Baltimore is not only a story about people losing their jobs and moving away after World War II.

Eli Pousson, a historian and preservationist at Baltimore Heritage, shares the surprising and frustrating century-long history of how sprawling development and racism have combined to create the vacant housing problem Baltimore—and continue to shape what we are doing about vacant houses today. Go to

40] – Take Action Anne Arundel County is meeting on Thurs., Sept. 20 at 7 PM at the Edgewater Community Library.  Its first action is focused on Funding Education. The Education Lockbox Amendment is on the November 6 ballot. Voters will be deciding whether the state constitution is amended to require the state to use casino revenue to supplement the education budget. Volunteers are needed to help get the word out to registered voters.

Anne Arundel County is moving to an elected school board for the first time.  Take Action Anne Arundel County plans to have Candidate Forums for Board of Education candidates in County Districts 4, 5 and 7.  There is a need for a Canvass Captain, canvass hosts, canvassers and phone bankers. RSVP here

41] – On Thurs., Sept. 20 from 7:30 to 10:30 PM, Vigil for Puerto Rico in Baltimore, hosted by CASA at the Bilingual Christian Church of Baltimore: 6000 Erdman Ave,, Baltimore 21205. CASA and Bilingual Christian Church of Baltimore members will participate in a Vigil and Press conference to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Maria. Family members of affected members will be present; and the Bilingual Christian church will make an announcement regarding the trip to Puerto Rico with Pastor Nunez set for Oct. 1, 2018. Visit

42] – Join in for an intersectional discussion about Women’s Rights in the Age of Gender Inequity, MeToo, and Trump on CONSTITUTION DAY, Thurs., Sept. 20 at 7 PM at Maryland Institute College of Art, Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 West Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Speakers are Mónica Ramírez, activist, leader and lawyer working to overcome gender-based violence, particularly on behalf of Latinas and farmworkers; Kalima Young, lecturer at Towson University and Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at University of Maryland College Park, whose work explores the impact of race and gender-based trauma; and Carolee Scheeman, artist whose work explores gender, sexuality, and the human body. Dr. Sheri Parks, vice president of strategic initiatives at MICA, and professor of American Studies, will be the moderator.  RSVP

43] – Come to the Sierra Club Greater Baltimore Group Executive Committee Meeting on Thurs., Sept. 20 at 7 to 9 PM at the Sierra Club, Baltimore Office, 3000 Chestnut Ave., Suite #202, Baltimore. Join this creative, grassroots process that requires input and participation from members. RSVP at Contact

44] – On Thurs., Sept. 20 from 8 to 10 PM, Boricuas Remember, hosted by Power4PuertoRico and Latino Victory at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., WDC 20500.  Hurricane Maria survivors, along with advocates and allies, will be staging mass vigils across the country to mourn the victims of Hurricane Maria and demand justice for Puerto Rico. Protest the Trump administration’s callous indifference to Puerto Rican suffering, calling for accountability from members of Congress, and urge our supporters to remember how elected officials treated us like second-class citizens when they vote in November.  See

45] – On Thurs., Sept. 20 and Fri., Sept. 21, see Putin On Ice (that isn't the real title of this show), by Lola B. Pierson,  directed by Yury Urnov and co-produced by The Acme Corporation and Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Suite 1200, Baltimore 21218.  There are 16 dates through Oct. 7. Performances from Thursdays through Saturdays are at 8 PM, and on Sundays at 3 PM, Tickets are at  

Everything that happens on stage is a lie. This spectacle is a fantastical new portrait of Vladimir Putin. This ostentatious piece blends counterfeit ancient texts, falsified scientific data, and manipulated video evidence to create something entirely new and thrillingly strange. Putin is elevated from man to myth, stretching through time to become more deity than dictator. You are free to leave at any time. Pay-What-You-Can Previews are September 12 and 13.  A limited number of $10 tickets will be available for purchase at the door on the day of the performance. The box office opens one hour before the show, at which point these tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis.  See

To be continued.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Free Press Advocates Alarmed by US Government's "Terrifying" Secret Rules for Spying on Journalists

Free Press Advocates Alarmed by US Government's "Terrifying" Secret Rules for Spying on Journalists

"It makes me wonder, what other rules are out there, and how have these rules been applied?"

September 17, 2018

  Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released document srevealing the U.S. government's secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations "important" and "terrifying."

  The documents—obtained and released by the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University through an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed last November—confirm long held suspicions that federal officials can target journalists with FISA orders.

  The two 2015 memos from former Attorney General Eric Holder to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lay out procedures to ensure that the attorney general or deputy attorney general signs off on any FISA applications "targeting known media entities or known members of the media."

  These secret rules, as Cora Currier reported for The Intercept, "apply to media entities or journalists who are thought to be agents of a foreign government, or, in some cases, are of interest under the broader standard that they possess foreign intelligence information."

  "There's a lack of clarity on the circumstances when the government might consider a journalist an agent of a foreign power," Ramya Krishnan, a staff attorney with the Knight Institute told Currier. "Think about WikiLeaks; the government has said they are an intelligence operation."

  Additionally, even if they aren't personally targeted by FISA orders, Krishnan pointed out that "journalists merely by being contacted by a FISA target might be subject to monitoring—these guidelines, as far as we can tell, don't contemplate that situation or add any additional protections."

   Freedom of the Press Foundation executive director Trevor Timm noted that while "the fact that these were kept secret during the Obama administration is cause for great concern," President Donald Trump "has repeatedly stated his hatred for the media, and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions has already tripled the amount of leak investigations since the Obama era (when they were already at an all time high)."

    "This is critically important information at a time when press freedom has been under threat from the government, and its role in our democracy has never been more important," Timm added, calling on the DOJ to disclose how often journalists have been subjected to FISA court orders, and why the rules were kept secret until this suit.

   "It makes me wonder, what other rules are out there, and how have these rules been applied?" Victoria Baranetsky, general counsel with the Center for Investigative Reporting, previously of Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, told Currier. "The next step is figuring out how this has been used."

    The DOJ's rules for obtaining a FISA court order to target a journalist, Timm explained, "are entirely separate from—and much less stringent—than the rules for obtaining subpoenas, court orders, and warrants against journalists" detailed in the DOJ's "media guidelines," which Holder "strengthened in 2015 after several scandals involving surveillance of journalists during the Obama era."

   However, Holder's guidelines still concerned media advocates, Currier noted, "because they left room for the use of National Security Letters," which "are administrative orders with which the FBI can obtain certain phone and financial records without a judge's oversight." Currier previously reported on the FBI's 2013 rules for such orders, and concerns about them, in 2016.

You can read the DOJ's rules for targeting journalists with FISA court orders here.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Letter delivered to Representative John P. Sarbanes.

600 Baltimore Ave # 303
Towson, MD 21204

September 13, 2018

Dear Representative Sarbanes:

  As members of Prevent Nuclear War Maryland, we are writing to express my concerns, most of them are also the group’s concerns.  First, let us inform you that on August 6, Hiroshima Day, the Baltimore City Council unanimously passed a Back From the Brink Resolution, the first large city in the USA to take a stand for preventing Nuclear War.  BFTB is a national grassroots campaign seeking to fundamentally change U.S. nuclear weapons policy by laying out five common-sense steps that the United States should take to reform its current policy.

    The five steps are as follows: Renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first; Ending the sole, unchecked authority of any U.S. president to launch a nuclear attack; Taking U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert; Cancelling the plan to replace its entire nuclear arsenal with enhanced weapons: and Actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals. On August 8, Los Angeles passed a similar resolution.

  The Council’s resolution breaks down the cost to taxpayers: “Whereas just in the past year, Baltimoreans averaged $175 per capita for a ‘nuclear weapons war tax’ paying a collective “$107.5 million in federal taxes toward the cost of producing, deploying and maintaining nuclear weapons. Marylanders as a whole averaged $244 per capita, with the state collectively paying an estimated $1.45 billion in 2017 federal taxes toward our country’s cost of nuclear weapons.”  These are tax dollars wasted on weapons which can never be used.  Please consider entering Baltimore’s resolution in the Congressional Register.  

  On July 7, 2017 the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations. While the United States was not a signatory, our government must be pressured into reducing the risk of nuclear war. 
On July 24, you wrote this: “You will be pleased to know that I am a cosponsor of H.R. 669.” Yes, we and the group are very pleased.   You also wrote about your support for the Iran nuclear agreement.  And again we thank you for this.  Please continue to be an advocate for the elimination of nuclear weapons. 

  Another concern is U.S. involvement in ongoing wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Not one of these wars was authorized by Congress under the War Powers Act.  Of most immediate concern is U.S. support for the Saudi Arabia/United Arab Emirates disastrous attacks on the people of Yemen.  You are aware of the cholera epidemic and the famine taking place in Yemen. 

       Please do everything you can to stop the carnage, some of which is caused by military contractors like Lockheed Martin which provides bombs which are then used indiscriminately. Become a co-sponsor of H.Con.Res.81 - Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to remove United States Armed Forces from unauthorized hostilities in the Republic of Yemen.

As I am a constituent, I was tremendously disappointed that you voted for the NDAA, which gave the Trump Administration more dollars for warmongering than requested.  This along with the massive tax cuts is a declaration of war on the poor and the middle class.  Spending 60% of the discretionary budget on the military is money taken away from social services and infrastructure.

As you are aware, the Pentagon has not been audited since, I believe, 1961.  Why is this agency rewarded with so many tax dollars which then cause us to be less safe?

Some of the rhetoric coming out of the White House is dangerous saber-rattling aimed at Syria.  The situation in Idlib needs a strong U.S. government response to an impending offensive by the Syrian government and its allies.   The United States should be supporting U.N. efforts to avoid a showdown in Idlib. The U.N. Secretary General called on the world community to prevent a full-scale battle that “would unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood soaked Syria conflict.” He called on all countries to support Turkish efforts for a complete ceasefire. In addition to supporting a ceasefire in Idlib, the U.S. can push for safe passage for civilians from areas engulfed in the fighting and for humanitarian access for organizations providing medical and food aid. The U.S. should also help provide aid funding for basic services including healthcare, education and clean water. The United States should also lift its woefully low caps on refugees from the region.  

Another powder keg is John Bolton’s defamation of the International Criminal Court.  There are 124 member countries of the international legal body.  U.S. forces are alleged to have committed war crimes in Afghanistan, and Palestinians have called for an investigation of alleged crimes committed by Israeli forces during the 2014 attack on the Gaza Strip. Besides attacking the ICC, Bolton has been instrumental in punishing the Palestinians.  Please endorse the ICC, and the right of Palestinians to ask for an ICC investigation.

CodePink has published a new report, War Profiteers: The U.S. War Machine and the Arming of Repressive Regimes, a handy guide to the companies that manufacture weapons. The report is primarily focused on Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon—the largest military manufacturers in the U.S., and their deals with Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Egypt.

I have been impressed by your resolve for campaign finance reform.  As you are aware, there is a corrupting influence on Congress when military contractors make campaign donations to make members of Congress acquiescent to corporate interests. Please condemn the sales of U.S. weapons to acknowledged human rights abusers.

  Thank you for understanding our concerns.  We look forward to meeting with you in conversation about these extremely important issues.

In peace,

Janice Sevre-Duszynska

Max Obuszewski, Apt. 206, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Baltimore, MD 21212 
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Protest the AFA "Arms Bazaar!!!/Yemen war a 'living hell' for children, Unicef says

Protest the Air Force Association "Arms Bazaar" on Mon., Sept. 17 from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD 20745. Meet for the vigil at the corner of Waterfront St. and St. George Blvd., directly across from the Gaylord National Resort. Bring a candle to this Nonviolent Vigil and Prayer Service for Peace during the AFA’s $300+ per plate banquet. This vigil is in solidarity with Campaign Nonviolence, which is sponsoring a week-long series of actions nationwide during this time, including a special action in WDC on Sept. 22. See:  The protest against the Arms Bazaar is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Contact Art Laffin at 202-360-6416 or

Take 395 South (off of New York Ave. or Constitution Ave. at 9th St. NW) Merge onto 295 South via exit on left (crossing into Maryland) - 7.4 miles. Take the exit toward National Harbor. Take ramp to National Harbor Blvd. Bear left on National Harbor Blvd. and go two blocks to St. George Blvd. Make a right on St. George Blvd. Go to one block before Waterfront St. and look for street meter parking. Also St. George Parking Garage is on right in case you can't find street parking (just past the cross street called Mariner Passage). The garage is one block before Waterfront St., where the Gaylord National Resort is located. We will meet for the vigil at the corner of Waterfront St. and St. George Blvd. on the sidewalk in front of the Gaylord National Resort. If you are coming from Maryland or Virginia use Map Quest for the most precise route to the Gaylord.

  If you would like to use public transportation, take the Green Line to Branch Ave. Get off at Branch Ave. and take the NH1 National Harbor bus line. This bus takes you to the corner of St. George Blvd. and Waterfront St. across from the Gaylord National Resort. Call 202-637-7000 and select “ride guide” for best directions. Or go WMATA web site.

Yemen war a 'living hell' for children, Unicef says

Organisation says an estimated 1.8 million children are malnourished, as hospitals treat toddlers with protruding rib cages and skeletal limbs
Unicef said more than 11 million children are facing the threat of food shortages, disease and displacement (Reuters)
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Friday 14 September 2018 11:35 UTC

In the malnutrition ward of a hospital in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, doctors weigh toddlers with protruding rib cages and skeletal limbs.
Twenty children, most under the age of two, being treated at the ward in Sabaeen Hospital are among hundreds of thousands of children suffering from severe malnutrition in the impoverished country that has been ravaged by a more than three years of war.
"The conflict has made Yemen a living hell for its children," Meritxell Relano, Unicef representative in Yemen, told Reuters news agency.
Relano said more than 11 million children, or about 80 percent of the country's population under the age of 18, were facing the threat of food shortages, disease, displacement and acute lack of access to basic social services.
"An estimated 1.8 million children are malnourished in the country," she said.
"Nearly 400,000 of them are severely acute malnourished and they are fighting for their lives every day."

Children continue to be killed in #Taiz, in #Hodeida, in #Marib. In Saada the authorities buried on Monday 37 children, and here are still children disappeared and body parts in the morgue. This war needs to END

In addition every year in #Yemen 66,000 children under 5 years of age are dying of preventable diseases. Half of them during birth or in the first month of life and the others of diseases that are preventable such as diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition related causes.

Relano said last month that 66,000 children under five die each year in Yemen from preventable diseases, half during child birth or in the first month of life and others from malnutrition related causes.
A coalition of states led by Saudi Arabia, intervened in Yemen's war in 2015 against the Houthi rebels, after the latter drove the government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi out of Sanaa.
The war has unleashed the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis in the nation of 28 million, where 8.4 million people are believed to be on the verge of starvation and 22 million people are dependent on aid.
The coalition has imposed stringent measures on imports into Yemen to prevent the Houthis from smuggling weapons, but the checks have slowed the flow of commercial goods and vital aid into the country.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates say they are providing funds and supplies to support aid efforts in Yemen.
The Houthis blame the coalition for choking off imports into the country.
In Sabaeen hospital, a toddler in a diaper lay wrapped in blankets with a tube inserted in the child's nose. Another child cried while being lowered on to a scale to be weighed.
The families of the children declined to speak to the media.

The war has unleashed the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis (Reuters)

"The situation of the families without jobs, without income and in the middle of the war, is catastrophic," Relano said.
She said Unicef had provided more than 244,000 severely malnourished children under the age of five with therapeutic treatment since the beginning of 2018, in addition to micronutrient treatment to over 317,000 children under five.
"The human cost and the humanitarian impact of this conflict is unjustifiable," UN humanitarian coordinator Lise Grande said in a statement on Thursday.
"Parties to the conflict are obliged to do absolutely everything possible to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and ensure people have access to the aid they are entitled to and need to survive."
Hodeidah fears
Grande highlighted the situation in the rebel-held port city of Hodeidah, where fighting nearby has raged in recent days as coalition forces seized rebel supply routes into the city.
Hundreds of thousands of civilian lives "hang in the balance," she said, with families living in fear of shelling and air strikes.
"The situation has dramatically deteriorated in the past few days... people are struggling to survive," Grande said.
Doctors and medics in two hospitals in Hodeidah province said on Thursday that 50 people have been killed in the past 24 hours, seven of them pro-government fighters, AFP news agency reported.
More than a quarter of children are malnourished, 900,000 people are desperate for food and 90,000 pregnant women "are at enormous risk", Grande said.
The situation would be exacerbated if the fighting compromises mills and stores in Hodeida province.
"We're particularly worried about the Red Sea mill, which currently has 45,000 metric tonnes of food inside, enough to feed 3.5 million people for a month," Grande said.
"If the mills are damaged or disrupted, the human cost will be incalculable."

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Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 16 to 18, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 16 to 18, 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] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  
4] Pat Elder for Congress
5] Buy an Anti-War Veteran hat  
6] Canvass for Ben Jealous – Sept. 16
7] “Poetry heals” – Sept. 16
8] Gun Sense meeting Sept. 16
9] Abell Community Street Fair Sept. 16
10] Immigration Advocacy – Sept. 16
11] Youth Peace Art Exhibition – Sept. 16 -- 23
12] Canvass in District 42 – Sept. 16
13] Meet candidate for Baltimore County Executive, Johnny O! – Sept. 16
14] Pass the ERA – Sept. 16
15] Baltimore County Progressives Fall Picnic – Sept. 16
16] Mountain Gorillas -- Sept. 16
17]Protest at the Pentagon Sept. 17
18] Children at the Border -- Sept. 17
19] Food Rescue Baltimore – Sept. 17
20] Turning the Tide on Police Surveillance – Sept. 17
21] Phone Bank for Johnny O – Sept. 17
22] "19-The Musical" – Sept. 17
23] How to lobby your members of Congress – Sept. 17
24] Jews United for Justice meeting – Sept. 17
25] Get Money Out of Maryland conference call – Sept. 17
26] Milwaukee 14 Today-50 Year Celebration – RSVP by Sept. 17
27] Peace Vigil – Sept. 18
28] No Drone Research DEMO – Sept. 18
29] Solar Co-op Information Session – Sept. 18
30] Phone bank for Ben Jealous – Sept. 18 & 20
31] Why should Peacemakers be Concerned About Palestine/Israel?  – Sept. 18
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 the war in Iraq.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email 6address to mobuszewski at  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe.  It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing.  To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at

4] – Green Candidate Pat Elder is Running against Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer -- Elder is a life-long peace and justice activist, who will be on the ballot in November. He is a great progressive.  Elder calls for shutting down the Chalk Point and Morgantown coal-fired stations in the 5th district. Pat is opposed to Dominion Energy’s terminal at Cove Point and other projects in the 5th. He also demands a cessation of weapons testing in the Potomac and an immediate cleanup of Superfund sites at the Indian Head Naval Warfare Center and Patuxent River Naval Air Station. He calls for subjecting the military’s ongoing environmental degradation to state oversight. 

Pat supports Medicare for all, public financing of elections, free community college. Elder supports a living wage; strong measures to correct racial injustice; eliminating the Social Security taxable maximum of $128,400; He advocates for meaningful cuts in military spending and increasing the top tax for folks making more than $2 million to 50%. That’ll pay for everything. Pat supports non-violent, multilateral solutions to the problems facing our country.

Pat plans to capture 5% of the vote and expects to open the political debate. Pat expects to run the most successful Green Party congressional campaign ever. It shouldn’t be too tough. Hoyer is awful. Spread the message on social media. Send in a dollar or two if you can.

5] – 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.

6] – The Baltimore City Canvasses for Ben Jealous, hosted by Baltimore City Democratic Party, will continue until Oct. 28.  Canvass on Sun., Sept. 16 at 10 AM and 1 PM at 1023 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201-5403. Tell voters why Ben Jealous is the best gubernatorial candidate for our City! Canvass every Saturday and Sunday with launches at 10 AM and 1 PM! 

If you've never canvassed before, it's easy! You'll have talking points on hand, and plenty of seasoned volunteers to support you as you engage with our neighbors across Baltimore. Volunteering is the most important thing we can do to make sure our state has the leadership it needs in Annapolis, and with your help, we'll get that new leadership in November!  Go to

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., Sept. 16, the topic is “Performance Poetry Heals the Grieving Heart” with Join Gayle Danley who will do an electrifying 40-minute performance featuring her original poetry expressing and sharing her experience with grief and loss. This cathartic performance will feature raw emotion and foster a sense of community and hope among all attendees. Following the presentation, Gayle will host an informative question and answer session.

Danley is a championship poet and grief writer who has won both the national and international poetry slam titles. Her passion is teaching kids, through slam poetry, how to soothe their wounds. Danley traces her love for words, especially spoken word, to her childhood in Georgia, where she soaked up encyclopedias and carried around a book of rhymes (“Jack Sprat could eat no fat…” “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear…”) because she adored how silly they were.  Danley has been named the Maryland Library Association’s Poet of the Year for 2018, the Young Audiences of Maryland Artist of the Year, and Young Audiences National Artist of the Year. Call 410-581-2322 or email

8] – On Sun., Sept. 16 from 11 AM to 1 PM. there is a GOTV for Gun Sense Meeting with Rep. Jamie Raskin, hosted by Moms Demand Action from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Executive Office Building Auditorium, 101 Monroe St., Rockville 20850. Tickets are at  Hear why it's so important to elect gun sense candidates to Congress in November, and to roll out a strategy for the election season. There will be opportunities to sign up for GOTV events. View

9] – On Sept. 16 from noon to 5 PM, attend the 2018 Abell Community Street Fair, hosted by Abell Improvement Association at 3000-3200 Abell Ave., Baltimore. In addition to great live music, the fair features tons of local art, a bake sale, a silent auction, the return of The Clothing Swap, free books from The Book Thing of Baltimore, local craft beer from Peabody Heights Brewery, LLC, a feast and the children's parade.  This year's theme for the children's parade is 'Abell A-buzz,' and will be about all the busy bugs of Abell and surrounding areas. Sign up to volunteer: or Visit

10] – On Sun., Sept. 16 at 12:30 PM, check out Immigration Advocacy & Action Events at ERICA (Aug.-Oct. 2018) in the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway, Baltimore 21218. Learn more about the continued need for response to the family separation, detention, and reunification issues. Speak one on one with those engaged in public witness and direct support of children and families. Go to and

11] – Peace Week Delaware includes a Youth Peace Art Exhibition from Sun., Sept. 16 through Sun., Sept. 23 at The Delaware Contemporary, 200 S. Madison St, Wilmington, DE 19801. The opening, where you can meet the artists, is Sun., Sept. 16 at 1 PM.  Go to

12] – On Sun., Sept. 16 from 1 to 4 PM, canvass in District 42 for Ben Jealous, Robbie Leonard, Johnny O' and Sachin Hebbar in District 42B! See

13] – You're invited to join the Sierra Club on Sun, Sept. 16 from 2 to  4 PM  for an afternoon with endorsed candidate for Baltimore County Executive, Johnny Olszewski, Jr! Johnny O will be meeting & greeting Sierra Club Members at the home of some favorite Catonsville Friends.  RSVP at The event will be held in Catonsville and the exact street address will be sent upon your sign up. Activity is held rain or shine, but may be altered due to inclement weather!  Contact Charlotte Galley at or 443.691.0089.

14] – On Sun., Sept. 16 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  

15] – On Sun., Sept. 16 from 4 to 8 PM, go to the Baltimore County Progressives Fall Picnic at Meadowood Regional Park, 10650 Falls Rd.  For all Baltimore-area progressives and state and local Democratic candidates, the Baltimore County Progressive Democratic Club invites you to its fall picnic. Candidates, please put this on your calendars and bring your supporters and signs. All, please bring a dish/drinks/etc. See or

16] –  On Sun., Sept. 16 from 6:30 to 9 PM, hear Field Talks: Mountain Gorillas, hosted by The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1 Safari Place, Baltimore 21217.  Tickets are at  This special Field Talk will take you into the wild for a discussion of Mountain Gorilla conservation efforts. Dr. Mike Cranfield, Africa Director of Gorilla Doctors, will speak about the status of wild mountain gorillas and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. Learn what field experts are doing to conserve these majestic animals and how the Maryland Zoo is helping to support conservation efforts.  See

17] – 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 Sept. 17, 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.

18] –  On Mon., Sept. 17 from noon to 1:20 PM, hear a lecture Separated: Children at the Border A Health and Human Rights Perspective, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe St., E2014, Baltimore 21205.  The speakers are Eric Schwartz, President, Refugee International, George Escobar, Chief of Programs and Services, CASA de Maryland, Colleen Kraft, President, American Academy of Pediatrics and Paul Spiegel, Director, Center for Humanitarian Health, JHSPH.  The moderator will be Josh Sharfstein, Vice Dean, JHSPH.  For those who can't attend in person, live-streaming is available the day of the event. Click the link to watch online:  Check out

19] – On Mon., Sept. 17, 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

20] – On Mon., Sept. 17 from 12:15 to 2 PM, catch up with Turning the Tide on Police Surveillance, hosted by the ACLU of the District of Columbia at New America, 740 15th St. NW, WDC 20005. Tickets are at  Cities are Finally Starting to Rein in Cops and the Proliferation of Spy Tech.   In Baltimore, the police department secretly deployed Stingrays to track the phone calls of residents in primarily black neighborhoods. In New Orleans, the police entered into a six-year contract with data mining firm Palantir to conduct predictive policing. When residents found out, their opposition was so fierce that within two weeks, the city canceled the agreement. And in cities and towns all over the country, police departments are tracking people’s movements with surreptitiously installed automatic license plate readers.

21] – On Mon., Sept. 17 at 5:30 PM and continuing until November 5, do phone banking with Team O!, hosted by Johnny Olszewski for Baltimore County Executive, 4050 North Point Blvd., Dundalk 21222.  Join a people-powered campaign to build a better Baltimore County!  Contact Team O's Brad at 410-371-9731 or at  Look at

22] – On Mon., Sept. 17 at 7 PM, get over to the Reel and Meal at the New Deal, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt for the 11th Anniversary Celebration with a live reading of "19-The Musical" --  the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, the suffragists and their fight to get women the right to vote — the 19th Amendment. This special live production is performed by local award-winning theater, film and media company Through the 4th Wall. There is an optional vegan meal for $14 at 6:30 PM.  The performance is free.  Go to

23] – Want to learn how to build a team in your community to lobby your members of Congress all year long?  Join a conference call on Mon., Sept. 17 from 8 to 9 PM ET. Friends Committee on National Legislation will share with you how you can mobilize your community to effectively act for peace through its Advocacy Teams program. Join the Cal at

24] – Johns Hopkins University has s contract with ICE.  In response, there will be a rally on Fri., Sept. 21 at 9 AM on the Homewood campus. A group of parent organizers have been doing this at ICE offices and contractors around the country all year to some success. Young kids and their parents will gather for a half hour then march to deliver this petition to the president.  Check out  The goal is to embarrass JHU by showing the faces of families with young kids who are proxies for those affected by ICE policies.  Jews United for Justice, which will participate in the rally will hold a meeting on Mon., Sept. 17 at 7:45 PM.  Contact Bennet Wilcox, Baltimore Community Organizer, at 513-659-1446.  Go to

25] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Sept. 12 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. Early voting goes from Thurs., Oct. 25 through Thurs., Nov. 1 (8 days), and Election Day is Tues., Nov. 6. 

26] – Welcome to the Milwaukee 14 Today-50 Year Celebration, Sept. 21-24th.  You will be joined by over 100 persons of all ages from Milwaukee and beyond.  The schedule of events is available on the website.  If you have not made reservations for the Reunion Dinner ($16 per person) please do so by Mon., Sept. 17.   Special name tags indicating your dinner reservation will be available at the Friday or Saturday gatherings or at the dinner on Saturday night.  Thank you to those who have sent additional contributions with dinner reservations.  Thanks also to those who have offered to help out during the weekend.  More volunteers are needed to help with Saturday lunch, to provide transportation to and from the airport, and to help out with registration, book and memorabilia tables on Saturday and Sunday.  If you can help, email  This is a grassroots event. Visit

27] –  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 Sept. 18.  Call 215-426-0364.

28] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Sept. 18 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

29] – There is a Howard County Solar Co-op Information Session on Tues., Sept. 18 @ 6 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia 21045.  Neighbors across Howard County can join the Howard County Solar Co-op. Co-op participants work with the help of Solar United Neighbors to make it easier to save money on the purchase of solar panels, while building a community of local solar supporters. Learn about solar energy, as well as how the co-op simplifies the process of going solar while providing a discount through its bulk purchasing power.  Go to

30] – On Tues., Sept. 18 and Thurs., Sept. 20 at 6 PM, and continuing until Sept. 27, get involved with Baltimore City Phone Banks for Ben Jealous, hosted by the Baltimore City Democratic Party at the 1199 SEIU Maryland/DC, 611 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201.  Call voters across Baltimore, and tell them why Ben Jealous is the best candidate for our City! Phone bank every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 PM.  You'll have talking points on hand, and plenty of seasoned volunteers to support you as you engage with neighbors across Baltimore. Just bring a cell phone and a charger! Go to

31] – On Tues., Sept. 18 from 7 to 8:30 PM, be at a talk Why should Peacemakers be Concerned About Palestine/Israel?  The presentation is by Mike and Rob Abel of Delaware Physicians for Human Rights at the Westminster Church, 502 W. 13th St., Wilmington. The 70-year occupation of Palestine has trampled human rights, and we should all be concerned.  Go to

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