Monday, December 10, 2018

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


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

December 6, 2018

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

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal

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

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

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

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

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

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

  How might a comparable strategy be implemented today?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert December 9 -- 11, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert December 9 -- 11, 2018

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at]

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Get involved with NCNR   
4] Buy an Anti-War Veteran hat  
5] Transcribe Dorothy Day’s diaries
6] Redlining – through Dec. 31
7] “Do You Listen to Your Conscience?”  -- Dec. 9
8] Poor People's Campaign/Carroll County meeting – Dec. 9
9] CHERRY HILL -- Dec. 9
11] Black Lives Matter demo – Dec. 9
12] ERA conference call – Dec. 9
13] Advent Prayer Service -- Dec. 9
14] Love Knows No Borders Vigil -- Dec. 9
15] Free Mohamed Harkat – Dec. 10
16] Protest at the Pentagon Dec. 10
17] Training Disrupted – Dec. 10
18] Food Rescue – Dec. 10
19] Communities United’s Annual Holiday Party – Dec. 10
20] Nomi Prins speaks Dec. 10
21] Honoring Muslim Human Rights Defenders – Dec. 10
22] America As a Refuge – Dec. 10
23] Free screening of “What Lies Upstream” – Dec. 10
24] Get the Money Out – Dec. 10
25] Vegan Drinks Holiday Party – Dec. 11
26] Stall 11 Veg Food & Animal Activist Meetup Dec. 11
27] Food Rescue – Dec. 11
28] Nuclear Security in the Black Sea Region – Dec. 11
29] Peace Vigil – Dec. 11
30] No Drone Research DEMO – Dec. 11
31] Jews United for Justice meeting – Dec. 11
32] “Decriminalizing Domestic Violence” – Dec. 11
33] Juvenile Justice System Reforms – Dec. 11
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to U.S. wars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is Dec. 10, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29] –  Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is Dec. 11.  Call 215-426-0364.

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

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

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

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

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

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

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] Go to

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 5 - 6, 2018

36] The ABCs of Cooperative Impact – Dec. 5
37] Food Rescue – Dec. 5
38] 21st Century of Policing -- Dec. 5
39] Food Rescue – Dec. 5
40] China's Military and Geopolitical Rise Dec. 5
41] Civil Rights Legacy of the Kerner Commission Dec. 5
42] ACLU Executive Director Dana Vickers Shelley -- Dec. 5
43] Battle for a better Baltimore Police Department Dec. 5
44] Great Education Funding Struggle Dec. 5
45] MeToo -- Dec. 5
46] Prevent Violence against Women and Girls -- Dec. 6
47] Food Rescue – Dec. 6
48] Is America Becoming Less Democratic? -- Dec. 6
49] 2018 Human Rights Awards -- Dec. 6
50] Montgomery County Solar Celebration -- Dec. 6
51] DMV General Assembly -- Dec. 6
52] Progressive Caucus meeting -- Dec. 6
53] See the film "Woman At War" -- Dec. 6
54] Women and the Vote -- Dec. 6
55] Moms Demand Action -- Dec. 6
36] – On Wed., Dec. 5 from 9 to 11 AM, be at The ABCs of Cooperative Impact, hosted by the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International, 1775 Eye St. NW, WDC 20006.  Learn about the impact cooperatives have on local economies, community vitality and worker well-being at this free event hosted at NCBA CLUSA offices.  While interest in cooperatives is growing, evidence of their unique contributions to economic activity, community vitality and worker well-being is still emerging. To better understand cooperatives and their link to healthy, equitable and sustainable communities, the Cooperative Development Foundation and NCBA CLUSA engaged the Urban Institute to develop a shared framework for assessing impact—on cooperative enterprises, their members and the communities they serve. The work was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

This presentation will discuss the Urban Institute's report, "The ABCs of Cooperative Impact," its seven-point framework for evaluating the economic and social influence of cooperatives, and examples of cooperatives that are responsive to member and community needs.  Visit

37] – On Wed., Dec. 5 at noon and every Wednesday until Feb. 6, 2019, get food at the Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211. This is hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Visit

38] –  On Wed., Dec. 5 from 1 to 3 PM, consider The Challenges of the 21st Century of Policing, hosted by Blue Jay Families at 3509 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218-2404. The 3rd and final discussion series, Root Causes of Crime and Solution-Oriented Strategies-A Public Health Perspective will take place at the Bunting Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center. We encourage people to register here for the event. The third discussion will feature five panelists and Lisa Cooper as moderator, the James F. Fries Professor of general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor who focuses on America’s health disparities—the ways race and socioeconomic factors shape them, and the ways our health systems might help eliminate them.

These sessions will be open to the public, recorded, and live-streamed, with relevant information and materials posted to this website: Go to

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

40] –  On Wed., Dec. 5 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM, check out China's Military and Geopolitical Rise and its Challenge to the US, hosted by The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St. NW, WDC 20036.  Xi Jinping, China's Communist Party Chairperson and President, has ambitious plans to make China a global power. This lecture will discuss the plans to rebuild ancient trading routes with new infrastructure that can become military bases or ports. The lecture also will cover China's plans for a modern, powerful military that can project expeditionary forces to defend China's new, far-flung interests.

 Dr. Larry M. Wortzel served for 32 years in the United States Armed Forces, three years in the Marine Corps followed by 29 years in the Army. A graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Wortzel earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Dr. Wortzel’s military experience includes seven years in the infantry as well as assignment in signals intelligence collection, human source intelligence collection, counterintelligence, and as a strategist. He served two tours of duty in Beijing, China, as a military attachĂ© and spent twelve years in the Asia-Pacific Region. See

41] – On Wed., Dec. 5 from 5 to 8 PM, catch Fulfilling the Civil Rights Legacy of the Kerner Commission, hosted by GW's Graduate School of Education & Human Development, Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW, WDC 20052.  Conversations that the 1968 Kerner Commission report provided explosive evidence about racism, systemic discrimination and inequality in the United States. Why then, fifty years later, do social and economic inequalities continue to grow, despite better and more nuanced data? And if the evidence is not enough, what will it take to generate the political will and policy agenda to make real progress?
GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development, in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation, invites you to an evening of conversation with experts about what can be done to strengthen public will and how we can use evidence to spur political action in a deeply divided society.  Register at and visit

42] – On Wed., Dec. 5 at 6 PM, catch the live show with ACLU Executive Director Dana Vickers Shelley, hosted by Elevate Maryland at 10215 Wincopin Cir., Columbia 21044.  Welcome Dana to the show! Topics will include ACLU’s legislative agenda, their race and equity work, and more!  Shelley became the Executive Director of the ACLU of Maryland in June of 2018.  She has advised and worked at the NAACP, Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, Black Entertainment Television (BET) Networks, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Go to

43] --  On Wed., Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 PM, listen in on Open data & the battle for a better Baltimore Police Department, hosted by Open Justice Baltimore at the William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, 11 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore 21202.  Tickets are at  The discussion will be led by the Baltimore Legal Hackers Meetup. Go to

Data rules everything around me, but can it fix the Baltimore Police Department? Open Justice Baltimore joins us to answer this question.  The project BPD Watch aims to improve civilian oversight of the Baltimore City Police Department through information requests and crowdsourced data. The group is using this information to build profiles of officers, to create much needed transparency.  Learn about Case Harvester, an open source tool designed to mine the Maryland Judiciary Case Search.  Open Justice Baltimore (OJB) develops open source data projects to increase transparency of the Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City officials. OJB aims to work with community organizations, lawyers, journalists, educators, and researchers to create tools for the benefit of an educated and empowered public.  See

44] – On Wed., Dec. 5 from 6:30 to 7 PM, listen to The Great Education Funding Struggle Panel Discussion, hosted by The 29th Street Community Center, 300 E. 29th St, Baltimore 21218.  Tickets are at Visit  The Gertrude S. Williams Speaker Series will feature Alvin Thornton, Mary Washington, Matthew Hornbeck, and Bebe Verdery.

45] – On Wed., Dec. 5 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, attend MeToo: Past, Present and Future, hosted by Not Without Black Women at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  One in 3 women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, regardless of age, background or country. Hear a discussion about the past, present and future on ending misogyny and sexual violence in Baltimore. Panelists will share their stories, discuss the most recent, traumatic events that have taken place in response to survivors, how to better support them and how to take action during the 2019 Maryland General Assembly.  Before the panel discussion, there will be a pizza reception featuring music.  Doors open at 5:30 PM with music at 6 PM, and hear the panel at 7:30 PM. 

Donations are highly encouraged. Visit

46] -- On Thurs., Dec. 6 from 2 to 4 PM, hear about What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls?  It is hosted by The Global Women's Institute at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, 950 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Room B100B, WDC.  Five years into this global research and implementation collaboration, the UKAID funded What Works programme invites you to a learning event on what works to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) across Africa and Asia and in humanitarian contexts. This event will include an interactive panel discussion featuring talks by researchers and implementers of prevention programs in Rwanda, Tajikistan, Zambia and Nepal followed by Q&A.  The event will be held from 2 to 3:30 PM with light refreshments to follow. Check out

47] – On Thurs., Dec. 6 from 4 to 5 PM, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore, every Thursday until Feb. 7, 2019 at the Dovecote CafĂ©, 2501 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Visit

48] –On Thurs., Dec. 6 from 4:30 to 6 PM, catch the discussion Is America Becoming Less Democratic? (Berman & Vaidhyanathan), hosted by the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, 133 S. 36th St., Room 250, Philadelphia 19104-3210.  Discussants are ARI BERMAN, Mother Jones, and SIVA VAIDHYANATHAN, University of Virginia, and the moderator is MARC MEREDITH, University of Pennsylvania.  IN THE WAKE OF THE SUPREME COURT'S rollback of supervision under the Voting Rights Act, and in light of controversies in Georgia, Florida and elsewhere over voting access during the midterms, how should we assess the impact of widespread efforts to limit the franchise? Read essays by the panelists at  Check out

49] – On Thurs., Dec. 6 from 5 to 8 PM, attend the 2018 Human Rights Awards, hosted by United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) at the National Education Association, 1201 16th St. NW, WDC.  Tickets are available at  In honor of the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNA-NCA will recognize individuals and organizations working to improve human rights in their communities and around the world. See

50] – Come to the Montgomery County Solar Celebration on Thurs., Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 8 PM at the Waredaca Brewing Company, 4017 Damascus Road, Gaithersburg 20882. Solar United Neighbors invites you to celebrate solar successes in Montgomery County. Learn about exciting new ways to get involved with Solar United Neighbors and connect with fellow co-op participants, solar homeowners, and residents who are interested in solar. RSVP at

51] – On Thurs., Dec. 6 from 6 to 8:30 PM, get over to the Sanctuary DMV General Assembly at Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW, WDC 20036. This is one of the semi-regular general assemblies, open to anyone interested in getting more involved with Sanctuary DMV. RSVP HERE:  Spend some time talking about recent developments relating to immigrant rights, dig deeper into some key questions around the criminalization of immigrants, how to work with other movements, and more. Food, child care and English-Spanish interpretation will all be provided.

Please note: Sanctuary DMV is a separate entity from the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network. The congregations will be holding their own mass meeting in January. That said, all are welcome! See

52] – There is a Lower Shore Progressive Caucus meeting on Thurs., Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 PM at the Wicomico Public Library, 122 S. Division St.. Salisbury 21801. RSVP at CONTACT Jared Schablein at 443-669-4444.

53] – On Thurs., Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 9 PM, catch the European Parliament LUX Film Night 2018, hosted by European Parliament Washington DC, 555 11th St. NW, WDC 20004.  See the film "Woman At War," a 2018 environmental-themed and feminist comedy-drama film by Benedikt Erlingsson.  Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla's actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter in the mountains. But, right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Visit

54] – On Thurs., Dec. 6 from 7 to 8:30 PM, come to Women and the Vote: Opposition to Women's Equality, hosted by 2020 Women's Vote Centennial Initiative at the National Archives Building, WDC 20004. Get tickets at In partnership with the National Archives, the Equal Rights Coalition, and the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative, the National Woman’s Party presents a panel discussion on the powerful forces that have come together to work against the equal protection of women under the law since the 1900s. From the liquor lobby, which campaigned against women’s suffrage in the 1910s to prevent “dry ladies” from having access to the vote, to the conservative women’s rights movement of the 1970s that organized to prevent the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), this panel explores the ways in which the feminist movement in the United States has been shaped and changed by the systems, institutions, and individuals working against women’s equality.

Panelists include Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour (slated to become a TV series produced by Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg), Marjorie J. Spruill, author of Divided We Stand, and Carol Robles-Roman, CEO and Co-President of the ERA Coalition. The "Women and the Vote" series honors women’s suffrage history leading up to the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020. Book signings will follow the program. This event is free and open to all. Registration is encouraged but not required --

55] --Don’t miss the Howard County December Member Meeting, hosted by Moms Demand Action – MD on Thurs., Dec. 6 at 7 PM at the Howard County Public Library – Elkridge, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge 21075.  Tickets are at Celebrate midterm Gun Sense victories and preview plans for 2019 legislative work. Thee featured presentation will provide guidance on how to talk with family and friends about gun safety during the holidays. Join the non-partisan movement of citizens demanding reasonable solutions to address our nation’s culture of gun violence. See

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