Sunday, September 27, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert – September 27 – 29, 2020

 Baltimore Activist Alert – September 27 – 29, 2020

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

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

 If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to Max Obuszewski, BNC, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net.

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Get involved with NCNR   

4] Progressive Democrats of America need your help

5] Walk for Change – Sept. 27

6] “Environmental Info Wars” – Sept. 27

7] No Confirmation until Inauguration Rally at the Supreme Court – Sept. 27

8] Healthcare Emergency Town Hall Sept. 27

9] Protect Creatures and Natural Places – Sept. 27

10] Join a BREONNA TAYLOR ACTION – Sept. 27

11] SISTERHOOD SUNDAYS – Sept. 27

12] Promise to Protect coalition partners are hosting a webinar – Sept. 27

13] Fund Healthcare not Warfare – Sept. 27

14] See a screening of "Necessity" – Sept. 27

15] Pentagon Peace Vigil – Sept. 28

16] Land of Kush Food Rescue – Sept. 28

17] Food Truck Monday – Sept. 28

18] Environmental Justice Task Force – Sept. 28

19] Achieving Police-Free Schools -- Sept. 28

20] ICE detention centers – Sept. 28

21] Trump Brings America’s Dirty Wars Home – Sept. 28

22] SPECIAL PRE-DEBATE CALL – Sept. 28

23] Get Money Out of Maryland Sept. 28

24] Bill Barry will be teaching course on the Second New Deal – Sept. 29 – Oct. 20

25] Environmental Justice in Baltimore City Panel Discussion -- Sept. 29

26] Human Rights Defenders in Iran – Sept. 29

27] Outside Bread for the Journey Soup Kitchen – Sept. 29

28] Baltimore County Council Work Session – Sept. 29

29] Endurance, Escape & Rockville's Underground Railroad – Sept. 29

30] Pre-debate virtual happy hour – Sept. 29

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1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

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

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

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

4] – Election Day is coming up in less than two months. Progressive Democrats of America need your help now. Sign up at mikefox@pdamerica.org to make phone calls.

5] – On Sun., Sept. 27 from 8:15 to 10:30 AM, Walk for Change in Old Town, Alexandria.  Start at Misha's Coffeehouse, 102 S. Patrick St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Every Morning, Walk. Wear shirts or carrying signs with positive messages of Equality. The only prerequisite is an able body, loving heart and a dedication to ACTION for change and EQUALITY. Each member has taken action and contributed $ to a BLM cause and continues to keep the MOVEment alive through Daily Walks. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/2508407094

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6] - 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. 27, the platform address is “Environmental Info Wars.” Michael Moore has a well-earned reputation for rocking the boat – for challenging the NRA, the healthcare industry, General Motors, and capitalism in general. But he, along with director Jeff Gibbs, outraged many progressives when he criticized the environmental movement in his 2019 documentary, Planet of the Humans. Given the urgency of environmental stewardship, Hugh Taft-Morales investigates this controversy. Did Moore do a public service by creating this work, or did the film set environmentalism back through its claim that environmental groups were in the pocket of financiers from corporate America?

Hugh Taft-Morales 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. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. Email ask@bmorethical.org. Visit https://bmorethical.org/?post_type=dd_events&p=4228.

7] – On Sun., Sept. 27 from 2 to 3 PM, join the No Confirmation until Inauguration Rally at the Supreme Court of the United States, hosted by Demand Justice. Demand that senators wait until after the inauguration to confirm a new Supreme Court justice who could kick millions off their health care.  Where have they been on COVID relief, justice for Breonna Taylor, gun violence prevention, and climate? The people demand that OUR NEEDS ARE MET before the Senate entertains the idea of confirming a new justice days before the most important presidential election of our lifetime.  All event participants are expected to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and follow all local safety guidelines.

8] – As we passed the 200K mark in total COVID-19 deaths -- many of which were totally preventable -- Progressive Democrats of America held vigils in the street, contacted Congress and other elected officials, and now ask you join its Healthcare Emergency Virtual Town Hall on Sun., Sept. 27 at 4 PM ET.  Discuss ways to stay healthy, and the road to healthcare as a human right.  RSVP and receive the secure codes: mikefox@pdamerica.org. Dr. Bill will be joined by Dr. Pam Gronemeyer -- rural Illinois physician and Medicare for All activist -- and Executive Director of People Demanding Action, Andrea Miller.

9] – Protect Creatures and Natural Places by Rediscovering Wonder in our local Nature Parks on Sun., Sept 27 at 4 PM.  Local nature enthusiasts and members of Prince George’s Sierra Club gathered in a virtual outing in August to explore the local parks, preserves, and natural areas in Prince George’s County. Join the next "More Nature Finds near Home" this Sunday. Contact Janet Gingold, Chair, Prince George's Group at janet.gingold@mdsierra.org or (301) 814-1223.

10] – Join a BREONNA TAYLOR ACTION IN SOLIDARITY WITH LOUISVILLE.  There is a Solidarity March on Sun., Sept. 27 at 4:30 PM starting at the Park near the MICA train station.  This is organized by Baltimore Action Movement (BAM).

11] – You can help engage other women to defeat Trump starting each Sunday from 3 to 5 PM ET, until Nov. 3.  Join these SISTERHOOD SUNDAYS where people will make phone calls to get out the vote. Join this Sunday to make phone calls to other Women’s March members. Sign up at https://act.womensmarch.com/signup/09102020_sisterhood-sunday-form?source=em20200918&t=2&akid=371%2E508952%2EHq5HVp. 

12] – Promise to Protect coalition partners are hosting a webinar on Sun., Sept. 27  from 5 to 6 PM ET to provide a Keystone XL status update, and offer testimony tips for the upcoming tele-public hearings on proposed Clean Water Act permits for the pipeline scheduled for next week. Folks working on the ground to stop the pipeline will give an update on organizing, and ongoing legal challenges. You may join either via your computer, or dial-in to a phone number provided upon registration. REGISTER at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I9NU2wK8TqeSisdDhyyqtQ?link_id=1&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-invite-webinar-for-kxl-update-army-corps-permit-hearings&email_referrer=email_935721&email_subject=invite-webinar-for-kxl-update-army-corps-permit-hearings.

13] – Check out Healthcare Needs in the Pandemic: Fund Healthcare not Warfare on Sun., Sept. 27 from 7 to 8:30 PM. Across the nation millions of healthcare workers are under great stress and direct danger, desperately in need of increased resources, investment and income. Hundreds of articles, interviews, webinars and broadcasts call attention to the nation’s failure to properly invest in the healthcare and public health systems. But silence on the diversion of trillions of taxpayers’ dollars to the war machine continues. The Covid pandemic has highlighted existing societal issues regarding access to healthcare, income inequality, racial inequities, and a poorly-equipped public health system. It is clear, we need increased funding for public health and healthcare needs RSVP at http://masspeaceaction.org/event/healthcare-needs-in-the-pandemic-fund-healthcare-not-warfare/?emci=6db8015b-30fc-ea11-96f5-00155d03affc&emdi=35bff806-32fc-ea11-96f5-00155d03affc&ceid=269591.

14] – See a screening of "Necessity"--a documentary on climate chaos resistance-- and hear a panel discussion with filmmakers, attorneys with the Climate Defense Project, and an anti-pipeline advocate.   Michele Naar-Obed from the Hildegard House Catholic Worker will be part of the panel talking about the Four Necessity Valve Turners action. Watch the film at your leisure, and Join the discussion on Sun., Sept. 27 at 8 PM EST via Zoom! In addition to your ticket purchase, donate generously at checkout to support both NECESSITY outreach and the work of the Climate Defense Project!!  NECESSITY traces the fight in Minnesota against the expansion of pipelines carrying highly toxic tar sands oil through Native lands and essential waterways in North America. This feature-length documentary follows Indigenous leaders and white allies, using direct action to protect the sacred and demand justice. Legal experts discuss the record of disparate treatment in the justice system and the legal strategy of the necessity defense, which makes a moral case for acts of civil disobedience. Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/necessity-documentary-screening-climate-defense-project-fundraiser-tickets-119548311217?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch.

15] – 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. 28, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.  

16] – On Mon., Sept. 28 from 11 AM to 1 PM, there is a Food Rescue at Land of Kush, 840 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201.  This will continue each Monday through Oct. 26. Get some free vegan and plant-based food for the community. Bring a bag, take what you want as supplies last. Items from The Land of Kush's menu are not included in the give-away but will be available for sale. See https://www.facebook.com/events/950858858703919/?event_time_id=950858865370585.

17] – On Mon., Sept. 28 from 5 to 8 PM, get with Food Truck Monday at Mt. Zion Church, 1643 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air 21015. Mt. Zion Church is hosting Food Truck Mondays! Each week, through October 26, a few different local food trucks will be featured. Proceeds will benefit Children of Zion Village in Namibia. Food truck lineups will be posted weekly! Each event will be held rain or shine. Skip cooking and come have dinner with us to support a great cause. https://www.facebook.com/events/626485358235756/?event_time_id=626485391569086.

18] – The Environmental Justice Task Force continues its fight to shut down the BRESCO incinerator on Mon., Sept. 28 from 6 to 7:30 PM. Political pressure is growing for the Mayor to stop his secret talks with BRESCO, and it is essential to keep the momentum going.  The Wheelabrator incinerator must close when its contract with the city ends next year. RSVP at https://secure.everyaction.com/kaoTh1Eb1kGeD-zB5zBmQw2?emci=99bf6b77-6ffe-ea11-96f5-00155d03affc&emdi=f6c76b65-72fe-ea11-96f5-00155d03affc&ceid=136680Climate chaos and environmental issues often hurt those who are already marginalized in our society. Poor and Black and brown communities often face the harshest effects.  

19] – On Mon., Sept. 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, check out Achieving Police-Free Schools, hosted by ACLU of the District of Columbia. RSVP at https://action.aclu.org/.../dc-achieving-police-free-schools.  D.C. Public School students should learn in an environment that is safe and free from harm. But DCPS currently pay millions of dollars to staff schools with police officers who, contrary to making schools safer, cause more harm.  Past data analyzed by the ACLU shows that schools with police reported 3.5 times as many arrests of children as schools without police, and have higher rates of suspensions and expulsions. These harms disproportionately impact Black and Brown students (Black girls especially), students with disabilities, and LGBTQ students.

20] – Recently, a whistleblower shocked the world with horrifying revelations about human rights abuses in ICE detention centers in Georgia, including the performing of hysterectomies without proper consent. The whistleblower, Dawn Wooten, is a nurse and is being represented in her complaint in part by Project South.  Join Defending Rights & Dissent board member and Project South’s Legal and Advocacy Director Azadeh Shahshahani to learn what’s really happening in ICE detention. In addition to representing Ms. Wooten, Azadeh has long been involved in documenting human rights abuses at Georgia’s ICE detentions and organizing against.  In this special 15 minute update on Mon., Sept 28 at 7 PM, Azadeh will explain what the whistleblower revealed, how it fits into the larger picture of abusive ICE detention, and what activists are doing about it.  RSVP at https://rightsanddissent.org/live/ice-detention-whistleblower/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=79ea5bd7-cc45-4001-85fa-8b57d8bad1e0.

21] – Tune in to Trump Brings America’s Dirty Wars Home on Mon., Sept. 28 from 7 to 8:30 PM.  To join this online event go to http://masspeaceaction.org/event/trump-brings-americas-dirty-wars-home/?emci=d99f4557-abeb-ea11-8b03-00155d0394bb&emdi=704ab18d-7eec-ea11-8b03-00155d0394bb&ceid=269591.  What are the roots of American police repression and what kind of movement could change it? Join a conversation with Stuart Schrader, a young scholar who locates the roots of America's militarized police practices in our half century of counter-insurgency and empire as the U.S. sought to control dozens of countries across the world through a combination of policing, irregular armed groups, and military force. He is a Lecturer / Assistant Research Scientist in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, teaching in Africana Studies, International Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. He is also the Associate Director of the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship. His PhD is in American Studies, from NYU, in 2015.  He has also taught at Harvard and NYU.

22] – Our Revolution is holding a SPECIAL PRE-DEBATE CALL on Mon., Sept. 28 at 8:30 PM ET, ahead of Tuesday’s first Presidential debate in Ohio. Speak out about how Trump betrayed workers in Ohio, Michigan and other battleground states. These Monday virtual calls will continue through November 2.   Expose Trump’s Lies to U.S. Workers, and hear from laid-off workers and union leaders from Ohio and other battleground states who’ll talk about how Trump and Pence are lying about saving 5,000 jobs at Ohio’s GM Lordstown plant and stopping plant closures in the Midwest.  RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/ourrevolution/event/148017/?akid=492.8252965.Xd-W6M&rd=1&t=9.

23] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Mon., Sept. 28 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.  There are two ways to join the conference: Dial 1 929 205 6099, and then use meeting ID: 512 862 260. Or Click on your device if you have downloaded the app from Zoom. The focus will be on organizational sign-ups, public relations, and logistics for lobbying in Annapolis.

24] – Bill Barry will be teaching an exciting, and timely course, on the Second New Deal for JHU-Osher, every Tuesday through Oct. 20 from 10 AM to noon.  The course will cover social and political movements, as well as New Deal legislation. The course will be done on Zoom and will feature some exciting guest speakers. To register, go to https://aapnoncredit.jhu.edu/wconnect/osher/CourseStatus.awp1?&course=20FB519.

25] – On Tues., Sept. 29 from 10:30 AM to noon, catch up with the Environmental Justice in Baltimore City Panel Discussion, an Online Event, hosted by JHU Sustainability.  Register at http://bit.ly/bmoreejpanel2020. This event seeks to bring together practitioner and community voices from the Baltimore City to discuss the intersection of social justice and climate/environmental concerns. This event invites four Baltimore City community organizers and public servants to participate as panelists.

26] – On Tues., Sept. 29 from noon to 1:30 PM, hear about Courage & Repression: Human Rights Defenders in Iran on Facebook Live, hosted by Front Line Defenders and Iranwire English.  Reporter and student Sepideh Gholian was just 23 years old when she was arrested alongside other human rights defenders for reporting on a peaceful protest by sugar mill workers in Iran over unpaid wages in late 2018. For 30 days she was brutally tortured by Iran’s intelligence services. Sepideh was later sentenced to 18 years in prison and first reported to Sepidar Women’s Prison in Ahvaz, Iran before being transferred to the notorious Evin Prison. Temporarily released during the coronavirus pandemic, Sepideh was able to share her prison diaries and drawings with the world. Although the author is now back behind bars, these have been published in Farsi and English translation. Join us for an update on Sepideh’s situation and work, a reading of excerpts from her memoir and a discussion on the situation faced by human rights defenders in Iran today. Join in for an update on Sepideh’s situation and work, reading of excerpts from her memoir and a discussion of the situation for human rights defenders in Iran today, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages through the country and as the Iranian government targets any activist who speaks out in defense of fundamental human rights. 

27] – On Tues., Sept.  29 from 1:30 to 2 PM, check out Outside Bread for the Journey Soup Kitchen individual lunches given out by Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Baltimore.  This Tuesday soup kitchen will until Dec. 1. The church is at 2424 McElderry St., Baltimore 21205.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/602052220539690/?event_time_id=602052307206348.

28] – Get over to a Baltimore County Council Work Session on Tues., Sept. 29 from 4 to 6 PM ET.  Following the tabling of the police accountability bill #73-20, Councilperson Julian Jones will introduce a new set of bills in the Council meeting; and this work session will work on these bills. They will codify and strengthen police accountability measures, and take other Councilmembers' concerns into account. It will also allow for more public involvement, by requiring two civilians to serve on the County's Police Hearing Board. Attend this work session and testify if you are able to show your support!  You will receive call-in instructions via email after you RSVP at https://jufj.org/event/baco-work-session/?emci=d512f178-26f9-ea11-99c3-00155d039e74&emdi=eb0bf9d4-acf9-ea11-99c3-00155d039e74&ceid=3403859.

29] – Forging Freedom: Endurance, Escape & Rockville's Underground Railroad is happening on Tues., Sept. 29 at 7 PM on Zoom.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/forging-freedom-endurance-escape-and-rockvilles-underground-railroad-registration-121229389367.  

   September is Underground Railroad Month! To make the exhibit more accessible, Peerless Rockville is offering it as a presentation online on Zoom.  This is the story of Rockville in the era of the Underground Railroad, when slavery cast a shadow over life in this farming town, and separatist tensions steadily propelled the nation towards war. Come learn about the brave fugitives who fled slavery in Rockville, the abolitionist network that helped, and the endurance of the enslaved community.  Upon registration, you will receive the link to the Zoom broadcast.

30] – The Chesapeake Climate Action Network Action Fund is hosting a pre-debate virtual happy hour on Tues., Sept. 29 at 7:30 PM ET!  Before the Presidential debate on Tuesday, join us for drinks and music and some really cool election actions. You bring the drinks. CCAN will bring the live music, inspiration, and fun.  Want to learn how to write “Dump Trump” postcards through the Sunrise Movement? You will be told how. Want to call voters in North Carolina? You will be shown what to do. Along the way, for sixty minutes on Tuesday night, you’ll laugh and tap your toe and be glad you came. RSVP at https://act.ccanactionfund.org/page/22630/data/1?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=utm_ftv&utm_content=FTV-HappyHourwinner&ea.url.id=602533.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

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

Friday, September 25, 2020

The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in Baltimore/Why Is Barr Prosecuting Catholic Peace Activists?

 The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons has been observed annually since 2014. Pursuant to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Member States, the United Nations system and civil society, including non-governmental organizations, academia, parliamentarians, the mass media and individuals are encouraged to commemorate and promote the International Day through enhancing public awareness and education about the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and the necessity for their total elimination.

   To observe the International Day, the United Nations is supporting events both in New York and Geneva. United Nations Information Centres around the world are encouraged to raise awareness to the observance of International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

 Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center in a Vigil to celebrate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on Sat., Sept. 26 from noon to 1 PM at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. What better place than across the street from Johns Hopkins University, a major weapons contractor. You may consider contacting President Ron Daniels and telling him that the university should reject all military contracts, including those for killer drone and nuclear weapons research.  The president’s mailing address is Office of the President, 242 Garland Hall, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218.  You can also reach his office by Phone: (410) 516-8068, Fax: (410) 516-6097 or email: president@jhu.edu. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

 http://accuracy.org/release/why-is-barr-prosecuting-catholic-peace-activists/

 Why Is Barr Prosecuting Catholic Peace Activists?

September 24, 2020

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   On Wednesday at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Attorney General William Barr denounced “a new orthodoxy that is actively hostile to religion,” arguing that “militant secularists” are trying to move religion out of the public square and out of conversations on the common good. Trump also spoke and Barr accepted an award from the group. The event was held online and was delayed from its originally scheduled date in March.

 The Catholic News Agency reported: “‘Separation of church and state does not mean — and never did mean — separation of religion and civics,’ said Barr, as he insisted Catholics should be more involved in public life through advocating for religious freedom.”

 As Attorney General, Barr has continued to prosecute seven Catholic activists who attempted to fulfill the Biblical calling to turn swords into plowshares. At their trial last year, they were prevented from mounting a series of defenses, including invoking the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Six of the defendants have sentencing dates currently scheduled for Oct 15 and 16.

 MARK COLVILLE, markcolville9761@gmail.com@amistadobrero

One of the seven Catholic Plowshares activists, Colville is co-founder of the Amistad Catholic Worker House in New Haven with his wife Luz Catarineau. In late December, the New Haven Register wrote: “For their sustained, compassionate approach to building and supporting their community and for their lived opposition to war and violence, the Colvilles are the New Haven Register’s Persons of the Year.”

 Colville, with the other six activists — known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 — entered a major nuclear weapons facility in Georgia on April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. They were protesting U.S. nuclear weapons policy and sought to “nonviolently and symbolically disarm the Trident nuclear submarine base at Kings Bay.” Colville used a hammer made from melted-down guns to smash parts of a shrine to nuclear weapons at the facility.

 One of the seven, Father Steven Kelly, a Jesuit priest, is in jail, where he has been for 29 months. Others, like Elizabeth McAlister, the elderly widow of Philip Berrigan, spent over 17 months in jail prior to trial with little media attention. Colville spent over a year in jail. The other defendants are Clare Grady of Ithaca, New York, Martha Hennessy from Vermont (the granddaughter of Dorothy Day who founded the Catholic Worker movement), Carmen Trotta from New York and Patrick O’Neill of North Carolina — who gave oral arguments regarding religious freedom.

They were supported in their efforts by many in the clergy, including Rev. Desmond Tutu of South Africa.

Said Colville: “The Trident Submarine is an idolatrous blasphemy against God. It’s mere existence refutes all of the basic tenets of faith that I have embraced as a Christian. While our leaders frequently invoke Christianity as this nation’s heritage, they wantonly violate its most basic command, namely, that we are to place our ultimate security in God alone, not in a weapon or a nation. Trident is an omnipresent threat to all life on the planet, and it has never been more urgent that the human community, and particularly the people of the United States, confront exactly what that reality means: We stand poised to murder our own children, for no other reason than to preserve our nation’s dominance in the world. This is the definition of idolatry. This is the definition of insanity.”

 Bill Ofenloch, billcpf@aol.com@kingsbayplow7

Mary Anne Grady Flores, gradyflores08@gmail.com

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/

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

U.S. War Crimes in Yemen: It’s Time to Stop Looking the Other Way

Friends,

  After the State of Maryland refused to provide us with detailed information about weapons shipments being loaded on Saudi ships at the Port of Baltimore, Janice and I each filed separate FOIA requests with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in an attempt to obtain such data.  Should we receive such information, and that is unclear if we will, we hope to publicize that U.S. corporations and the Port of Baltimore are complicit in war crimes being committed by Saudi Arabia.  Read below about legal reports on this matter produced for the State Department.  These reports have yet to be made public. Stay tuned for future updates.

Kagiso, Max

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/09/24/u-s-war-crimes-in-yemen-its-time-to-stop-looking-the-other-way/

SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

U.S. War Crimes in Yemen: It’s Time to Stop Looking the Other Way

by ANDREA PRASOW

    The longstanding involvement of the United States in the conflict in Yemen is facing renewed scrutiny. On September 16, State Department officials testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about whether the State Department misled Congress — and the American people — by circumventing controls designed to limit arms sales and ensure congressional oversight.

   The crimes occurring in Yemen are serious — and the responsible parties demonstrably unwilling or unable to address them. The most recent report by the United Nations Group of Eminent and International Regional Experts on Yemen described “an acute accountability gap” and recommended that the UN Security Council refer the situation in Yemen to the International Criminal Court.

    A State Department Inspector General report found that “the department did not fully assess risks and implement mitigation measures to reduce civilian casualties and legal concerns associated with the transfer” of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

    Much of the hearing focused on whether the subsequent firing of the inspector general was appropriate. But some members used the opportunity to draw attention to the tens of thousands of civilians who have died since the Saudi-led coalition began an aerial bombardment campaign in Yemen in March 2015.

    Media reports have detailed the suppression of an internal State Department analysis that U.S. personnel could be legally liable for war crimes in Yemen because of continued U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Some members of Congress raised this during the hearing. The State Department’s acting legal adviser acknowledged civilian casualties were a concern, but refused to say whether he believed U.S. personnel could be held culpable for war crimes in Yemen.

   The latest revelations are hardly that, though they are painful to read when compiled in such a stark narrative. Back in November 2015, less than a year into the conflict, Human Rights Watch warned that the U.S. might be liable for laws-of-war violations in Yemen. We had examined 10 apparently unlawful airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition that killed at least 309 civilians and wounded more than 414 in the period from April to August 2015.

   Saudi Arabia assembled its coalition to support Yemen’s government against the Houthi forces who had taken control of part of the country, including the capital. Six years later, the fighting has continued and taken a brutal toll on Yemeni civilians.

   Despite U.S. denials, we considered the U.S. to be a party to the conflict because of the direct role U.S. forces played in specific military operations, and that this participation might implicate U.S. forces in violations by coalition forces.

  The numbers we put forward in 2015 seem almost quaint now. Nearly six years later, the Armed Conflict and Event Data Project estimates that 112,000 people have died from the hostilities, including 12,000 civilians. Millions more suffer, or have perished, from hunger caused by the Saudi-led coalition’s blockade and the Houthis’ massive restrictions on aid delivery, a situation that’s been exacerbated in recent months by COVID-19..

    Human Rights Watch isn’t alone in raising concerns about potential U.S. liability for war crimes over the years. In September 2016, Ryan Goodman, a former Defense [sic] Department lawyer and New York University professor, laid out the case for legal liability for U.S. personnel in a blog post. Though he took no position on the facts, he concluded that a state assisting another state or a nonstate armed group faced “substantial legal risk that aiding and abetting liability for war crimes would be found under international law even absent any intent or purpose to promote the crimes.”

   The media have reported that in 2016, a State Department lawyer concluded that Americans could potentially be charged with war crimes for conduct in Yemen, though it has been reported that the letter was never sent to the secretary’s office. Its existence, however, was known, and in October 2018, Congressman Ted Lieu wrote to the State Department inquiring about it. The department refused to comment on any specific legal advice that might have been given.

    How did we get here? For years, the Defense [sic] Department has claimed that U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen saves lives. Congress disagrees. Twice, it has voted to ban weapons sales to Saudi Arabia because of its poor track record on protecting civilians; twice, President Trump has vetoed the ban. Though congressional interest in the ban increased following the murder of U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudis, war crimes in Yemen remain a key area of congressional concern.

  It doesn’t help that Defense [sic] Department officials have misled Congress about their ability to track and analyze coalition strikes in Yemen. If testimony from officials on September 16 is any indication, near unequivocal support of Saudi Arabia — including continued arms sales — remains a top State Department priority.

   What was largely missing from the congressional hearing was a focus on true accountability. The risks of government responsibility for arms sales in the face of mounting evidence of war crimes, or individual criminal liability for aiding and abetting, should be of serious concern to U.S. lawmakers.

   But the U.S. government should also be seeking to hold to account those directly responsible for targeting civilians, torturing detainees, enforced disappearances, and other crimes detailed in the Group of Experts report. Instead, the decision to continue to arm Saudi Arabia and look the other way as each school bus, hospital, or wedding party is bombed, may say more about U.S. culpability than any technical argument buried in a State Department legal memo.

Andrea Prasow is the Washington director at Human Rights Watch.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/

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

 

 

Baltimore Activist Alert -- September 26, 2020

75] Introduction to Nonviolent Communication training -- Sept. 26

76] Celebrate a Nuclear Weapon Free World -- Sept. 26

77] Remember Harold Nelson -- Sept. 26

78] Oust Trump -- Sept. 26

79] International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons -- Sept. 26

80] Town hall meeting to talk about how to fight for rural America -- Sept. 26

81] Join the We Must Do MORE campaign -- Sept. 26

82] Call for cuts to the Pentagon budget -- Sept. 26

83] Learn more about the fragility of the health care system -- Sept. 26

84] Connect about the global COVID crisis -- Sept. 26

85] Hear from Cuban Health Professionals -- Sept. 26

86] Read Dave Eberhardt’s book "For All the Saints- a Protest Primer"

87] Ted Glick has written a book

88] New Book: “Confessions of a Radical Academic”

89] Two Berrigan Books still in print

90] Contribute to the Lin Romano Peace and Justice Scholarship

91] Do you need a doctor?

92] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  

93] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

94] Do you need any book shelves?

95] Join the Global Zero campaign.

96] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

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75] – On Sat., Sept. 26 from 10 AM to noon, get with an ONLINE Introduction to Nonviolent Communication training.  REGISTER at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfROsyjtgijrf1IVKcmLxhrREFJ3a9cgyHS8W-RxI4lAfMoNw/viewform. Payment is requested on a sliding scale. Please consider $35-$75 to support the work and help better serve the community. It is FREE for students. No one will be turned away for lack of payment. Please submit payment today-- https://dcpeaceteam.com/donate/; or checks can be written out to DC Peace Team and mailed to Eli McCarthy, 7305 Baylor Ave., College Park, MD 20740.

76] – On Sat., Sept. 26 at 11 AM, celebrate a Nuclear Weapon Free World: Global Civil Society Commemoration of the U.N. Day for Nuclear Abolition. This is the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (UN Nuclear Abolition Day).  This is organized by #WeThePeoples2020, an initiative of over 100 participating organizations, to promote and engage in the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and key UN days and events. Click here for the full program: https://www.unfoldzero.org/event/nuclear-weapon-free-world-global-civil-society-commemoration-of-the-un-day-for-nuclear-abolition/.

77] – D.C. activist Harold Nelson passed away on August 26.  He did not want a memorial service of any kind.  Nevertheless, you are invited to a Zoom Storytelling arranged by the Assisi Community to remember and celebrate Harold’s life on Sat., Sept. 26 at 11 AM ET. Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pdO2vqDkjEtcqgykCqgACuGGplPdyOVR9.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

78] – On Sat., Sept. 26 from noon to 2 PM shout out OUST TRUMP [Vote 11/3].  Do 'Bell-Tolling/Shout-Out' for Justice at Market Square Park, Germantown Ave. & Schoolhouse Lane, Historic Germantown, Philadelphia. Signs and banners will be provided. Mask-wearing is mandatory, and practice nonviolent discipline with 6 feet social distancing.  This is happening every Saturday through October.  See www.brandywinepeace.com or call bob (215) 843-4827.

79] –The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons has been observed annually since 2014. Pursuant to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Member States, the United Nations system and civil society, including non-governmental organizations, academia, parliamentarians, the mass media and individuals are encouraged to commemorate and promote the International Day through enhancing public awareness and education about the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and the necessity for their total elimination.

  To observe the International Day, the United Nations is supporting events both in New York and Geneva. United Nations Information Centres around the world are encouraged to raise awareness to the observance of International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

 Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center in a Vigil to celebrate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on Sat., Sept. 26 from noon to 1 PM at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. What better place than across the street from Johns Hopkins University, a major weapons contractor. You may consider contacting President Ron Daniels and telling him that the university should reject all military contracts, including those for killer drone and nuclear weapons research.  The president’s mailing address is Office of the President, 242 Garland Hall, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218.  You can also reach his office by Phone: (410) 516-8068, Fax: (410) 516-6097 or email: president@jhu.edu. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

80] –Our rural communities are some of the most misunderstood places in the country. The truth is, despite the narrative we see too often in corporate media, small town folks are deeply involved in fights for clean water, racial justice, immigrant rights, climate justice, and more. On Sat., Sept. 26 at 1 PM, People’s Action and Bernie Sanders are holding a town hall meeting to talk about how to fight for rural America. RSVP at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/fighting-for-rural/register?link_id=1&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-fighting-for-rural-america-2&email_referrer=email_935145&email_subject=youre-invited-rural-town-hall-with-bernie-and-peoples-action.

81] - Join the We Must Do MORE campaign to mobilize, organize, register and educate voters for the upcoming election. There is a national training on Sat., Sept. 26 at 3 PM ET. Any individual can register for this training. Organizations and faith communities are encouraged to participate as well, by getting trained and taking the Prophetic Pledge.  Sign up here https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/voting/more-registration/?link_id=6&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-crusade-for-freedom-and-human-dignity-5&email_referrer=email_930496&email_subject=our-voices-have-power.

82] – There will be a demonstration outside Representative Kweisi Mfume’s office, 1010 Park Ave., Baltimore on Sat., Sept. 26 at 3 PM.  Participants will be calling for massive cuts in the Pentagon budget.  Email Malachy at mailto:malachykilbride@gmail.com.

83] – COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of the U.S. Healthcare system and the systemic inequalities that exist within it. Right now, 27 million Americans are at risk of losing their health insurance due to job loss. The Black and Latinx communities are facing higher rates of infection, complication, and death than their white counterparts due to COVID-19. Progressive Maryland’s healthcare and COVID response organizing during this extremely difficult time has increasingly centered on racial justice. The black and brown community has long been underserved by a broken system. The problems are not new--COVID-19 has only revealed the disparities and racism that exist within our healthcare system.  Join a webinar on Sat., Sept. 26 at 5 PM to learn more about this urgent social justice matter. Sign up here https://www.mdphcoalition.org/covid_19_and_racism.  A panel of local and national experts are coming together for this important event: American Healthcare's Dual Epidemics: COVID-19 and Racism. You can stream it LIVE as well on www.facebook.com/mdphcoalition.

84] – Join Action Corps‘vigil on Sat., Sept. 26 at 8 PM ET to connect about the global COVID crisis.  This is a Virtual Vigil for Justice & Solidarity: Facing COVID Together. RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/virtual-vigil-for-justice-solidarity?link_id=1&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-co-sponsor-sat-vigil-for-globalcovidresponse&email_referrer=email_934157&email_subject=co-sponsor-sat-vigil-for-globalcovidresponse.  As we approach the election, over 200,000 people in the U.S. have died of COVID. Meanwhile, many people around the world are unable to protect their families from this disease and hunger. Nations face economic collapse. Meanwhile, some members of Congress are discussing powerful solutions. Join to hear from other people around the U.S. to action for a global COVID response.

85] – Hear from Cuban Health Professionals Working on the front lines of the Pandemic in Barbados, Belize and Jamaica. Join in to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Henry Reeve Brigade on Sat., Sept. 26 at 8 PM EST.  Henry Reeve was a 19-year-old American who left his home in Brooklyn, New York to join the Cuban struggle for liberation against the Spanish in the late 1800s. The Brigade named after him was inaugurated by the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro on September 19, 2005 after the US rejected an offer to send 1,500 Cuban doctors to provide assistance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Instead, the Henry Reeve Brigade was redeployed to other countries in need, notably to help after a massive earthquake in Pakistan in October of that same year.  Indian historian and journalist Vijay Prashad will be conversing with panelists about their experiences. REGISTER at https://www.cubanobel.org/webinar_09262020?utm_campaign=webinar_09262020_speakers&utm_medium=email&utm_source=codepink.

86] – David Eberhardt was a member of the Baltimore Four with Father Philip Berrigan, Tom Lewis and Rev. James Mengel.  The group poured blood on draft files on October 27, 1967.  They would be convicted and sentenced to prison. Dave has written a book "For All the Saints- a Protest Primer"- documenting the Baltimore Four action and many others up to and including the most recent Plowshares action – Kings Bay Plowshares 7.  Phil Berrigan’s wife, Elizabeth McAlister, is a member of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7.  Dave’s book is available for $20 by contacting him at mozela9@comcast.net. He prefers that you DO NOT order the book from Amazon.

87] –  Ted Glick has written a book about his years of active draft resistance during the Vietnam War, and published by PM Press! It’s entitled “Burglar for Peace: Lessons Learned in the Catholic Left’s Resistance to the Vietnam War. The book is part history, part autobiography and may be a valuable source of ideas and inspiration for today’s organizers against injustice, oppression, war, ecological devastation and the bad guys! Frida Berrigan has written a wonderful intro. The paperback book, all 220 or so pages, will cost $20, but if you order it now, you can get a 20% discount if you use the code “Burglar” when you do so.  Go to: https://www.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1093 and click 'Add to Cart'. In the coupon code area be sure to put: Burglar to get the discount.

88] – Check out a New Book: “Confessions of a Radical Academic: A Memoir by Fred L. Pincus,” now available from Adelaide Books (https://adelaidebooks.org/collections/latest-releases/products/confessions-of-a-radical-academic) or from Amazon.  Fred taught sociology at UMBC for more than 40 years and is on the board of Research Associates Foundation.  His memoir details his struggles to have a successful career while keeping true to his radical principles and activism.  One major theme is his struggle with race and racism both on and off campus. Go to www.fredlpincus.com.

89] –Two books by Fred Wilcox are still in print.  The first one is “Fighting the Lamb's War Skirmishes with the American Empire” by Philip Berrigan and Fred A. Wilcox with a FOREWORD by Tripp York.  It can be purchased by Wipf and Stock: https://wipfandstock.com/fighting-the-lamb-s-war.html.  It is a Memoir in paperback/ISBN: 9781532660078/240 pages/republished 8/21/2018/ Retail Price: $26.00/and Web Price: $20.80.

  The second one is “Uncommon Martyrs The Berrigans, the Catholic Left, and the Plowshares Movement” by Fred Wilcox, who profiles members of this anti-war movement, whose Christianity compels them to acts of civil disobedience against the military industrial complex.  The ISBN is 0201522314/$6.50 for a hardcover, and it can be purchased at Powell's Books.  See https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/book-reviews/view/7094/uncommon-martyrs.

90] – Consider making a donation to a scholarship in her honor that would be most welcome.  Contributions to the Lin Romano Peace and Justice Scholarship can be made online via https://www.ndm.edu/lin-romano-peace-and-justice-scholarship or by check made out to Notre Dame of Maryland University (Memo line: Lin Romano Peace and Justice Scholarship) and mailed to Notre Dame of Maryland University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210.

91] Yousef Zarbalian [mailto:yzarbali@gmail.com] started his own medical practice in December before the pandemic hit. It is called East-West Medicine and Rheumatology, and its website is EastWestMD.com.  Yousef is licensed in Maryland and Virginia. He is doing primary care as well as rheumatologic care (focusing on joint problems and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and sjogren's).  He is offering telemedicine visits, and he has very reasonable rates for uninsured individuals.  He makes use of herbs (which can be sent directly to patients from the herbal dispensary) as well as prescribing medications to their local pharmacy if needed.  

92] – The Trump Administration is again beating the war drums.  Most recently, the target is Iran.  Should the Trump administration initiate an act of war against Iran, consider joining us. It is a violation of U.S. law for the Trump Administration to attack a country that has not attacked us, as only Congress can declare war. The Trump administration is nevertheless beating the war drums for war against Iran and Venezuela. Should a war criminal, John Bolton, convince Trump to attack either of these countries, such a military strike would demand an immediate and unequivocal response from us to show that we will not tolerate his abuse of power.

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

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

94] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

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

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

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

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