Friday, December 6, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 6 - 8, 2019


50] Bike Leaders Breakfast – Dec. 6
51] Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit – Dec. 6 & 7
52] Becoming Jane Exhibition – through Summer 2020
53] Never Again Action – Dec. 6
54] Mutt Mart – Dec. 6
55] Covering the North Korean Nuclear Program – Dec. 6
56] Climate Strike – Dec. 6
57] Paul Hawken at Swarthmore – Dec. 6
58] Peace and justice vigil – Dec. 6
59] Film "SOPHIE SCHOLL: The Final Days" – Dec. 6
60] War on Creation – Dec. 6                                                         
61] Ballroom Dancing – Dec. 6
62] ACLU legislative training – Dec. 7
63] Adoption Event at Petco – Dec. 7
64] DRONE DEATH WALK/VIGIL – Dec. 7
65] Cats, Coffee, & Cookies – Dec. 7
66] Zoo Bites – Dec. 7
67] DC Labor Chorus – Dec. 7
68] Healthcare is a Human Right – Dec. 8
69] Write letters supporting the Plowshares
70] Two Berrigan Books still in print
71] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
72] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
73] Do you need any book shelves?
74] Join the Global Zero campaign.
75] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
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50] – On Fri., Dec. 6 from 7:45 AM to 9:45 AM, get over to the Bike Leaders Breakfast, hosted by Bikemore, 2209 Maryland Ave., Baltimore 21218.  This is a monthly informal get together! Coffee and some snacks and a space to chat will be provided for those interested in biking in Baltimore. Check www.bikemore.net/calendar or https://www.facebook.com/events/430689030899755/.

51] – On Fri., Dec. 6 and Sat., Dec. 7 from 8 AM to 5 PM, visit the Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit, hosted by the New Village Press, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052-0041.  November 15, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War Mobilization March on Washington, a gathering of over half a million demonstrators against the war. The George Washington University offers a series of events to educate students and the general public about often overlooked facets of the history of US involvement in Vietnam, including the impact that antiwar GIs and veterans had on ending the war. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/508974299680430/?event_time_id=513544722556721.

52] – On Fri., Dec. 6 from 10 AM to 6 PM, check out the Becoming Jane Exhibition, hosted by the Jane Goodall Institute at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW, WDC 20036.  Tickets are at www.nationalgeographic.org. The exhibition will continue through Summer 2020. Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, braved the unknown to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives: chimpanzees. In this hands-on, transportive multimedia exhibition celebrating her extraordinary life and work, you’ll explore Dr. Goodall’s early years through iconic images and a multiscreen experience and venture on a 3D exploration of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park where she did her famous behavioral research on chimps. You’ll also see a life-size hologram of Dr. Goodall, enter a replica of her research tent, and learn about her current role as a leader in community-centered conservation and youth empowerment. Before you leave, you will find out what you can do today to make a positive impact in the world. 

The museum is open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day) from 10 AM to 6 PM (last ticket sold at 5 PM daily.) Groups of 20 or more receive discounted museum admission. Contact groupsales@ngs.org to book your group visit today. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/977953615906486/.

53] – On Fri., Dec. 6 from 11:30 AM – 4 PM, get with a Never Again Action, hosted by Jedidjah de Vries at McPherson Square Park.  Jews, immigrants and allies are going after ICE and their enablers with everything they have got.  RSVP at https://forms.gle/rCb443idxXYUM8Q16 on https://www.facebook.com/events/280558402848221/.

54] – On Fri., Dec. 6 from 5 to 8 PM, get with a Yappy Hour Pop Up with MAS Rescue, hosted by Mutt Mart, 2904 Hamilton Ave., Baltimore 21214. Join in for a busy night of puppy kisses, sipping, & shopping! Meet adoptable animals from MAS Rescue while you shop from over a dozen local vendors in the Holiday Pop Up shops. This night only, Dogs of Charm City will pop up with their adorable dog - themed shirts and gifts. A portion of all pop up sales will benefit MAS Rescue, so it's a great night to shop for good! Complimentary snacks will be served. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2336884566610440/.

55] – The GW Institute for Korean Studies and the East Asia National Resource Center present a Korea Policy Forum “The Crisis that Has Defied Five Presidents: Covering the North Korean Nuclear Program for Three Decades" on Fri., Dec. 6 from noon to 2 PM at the Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, the George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052. 

The North Korean nuclear drama often seems like a movie in constant re-runs: A set of actions in Pyongyang creates a crisis; the crisis generates threats and sanctions, and then a spate of diplomacy as one American president after another promises to deal with the problem, once and for all. And yet, for all the noise, the North Koreans appear to be on a steady track toward building their nuclear arsenal, and the missile capability to deliver it. David E. Sanger, who has covered these issues since the late 1980's, talks about what is the same now and what is quite different—and poses the question of whether there is a way out of this continuous loop. He will also address the North's growing cyber capability, and why it offers the country leverage and capability that nuclear weapons do not. Light lunch will be served.

Hear from David E. Sanger, National Security Correspondent and Senior Writer, The New York Times. In a 36-year reporting career for The New York Times, he has been on three teams that have won Pulitzer Prizes, most recently in 2017 for international reporting. His newest book, “The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age,” examines the emergence of cyber-conflict as the primary way large and small states are competing and undercutting each other, changing the nature of global power. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Vxu084ptTyrNbEcFPIS5KvHxsj3GYsqPk5Js6mjRCUs/viewform?edit_requested=true.

56] -- The Baltimore Climate Strike takes place on Fri., Dec. 6 from noon to 2 PM at the War Memorial Plaza, 100 Holliday St.  Double down on demanding action from our elected officials! We have less than 11 years to totally transform our society towards sustainability, and that won't happen without YOU standing up and getting involved! Visit http://bit.ly/2CQxWcc. Email sunrisemovementbaltimore@gmail.com.

There is a Climate Strike on Fri., Dec. 6 at 3:30 PM at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, #100, Ellicott City 21043. Email hocosunrise@gmail.com.  There is another on Fri., Dec. 6 at 11 AM at the Whitmore Park, 43 Calvert Street, Annapolis 21401. Email fff.annapoliss@gmail.com.

57] – On Fri., Dec. 6 from 4:30 to 6 PM, hear from noted environmentalist, entrepreneur, author, Paul Hawken at Swarthmore College at the Science Center, Room 101, Whittier Place entrance, on Project Drawdown, a comprehensive research project into climate solutions. He is the principal author of the book, “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.” See https://swatcentral.swarthmore.edu/#/?i=5.

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

59] – On Fri., Dec. 6 at 7 PM, see the film "SOPHIE SCHOLL: The Final Days."  This is the true story of a young woman who did what few in Nazi Germany dared even think.  The film, the 2005 Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language film, will be screened at the First-Friday Free Large-Screen Film Series held at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA. Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments.

In 1943 in Nazi Germany, twenty-one year old Sophie Scholl and her brother, Hans, both leaders of the White Rose nonviolent student resistance group, are arrested after being caught simply placing anti-Nazi leaflets around their university. She has but six more days to live, from arrest to brutal show trial and execution, during which Sophie, a Christian, delivers passionate and hauntingly timeless and timely arguments for freedom, decency, and personal responsibility in the face of totalitarian evil.

It stars Julie Jentsch, and is directed by Marc Rothermund in the German language with English subtitles. The First-Friday free film series at the Peace Center of Delaware County is organized monthly by the Brandywine Peace Community.  For directions to the Peace Center or more information, visit www.delcopeacecenter.org or call 484-574-1148.

60] –  War on Creation: The Story of Global Warming with Nathan Albright will take place on Fri., Dec. 6 at 7:30 PM at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Road NW, WDC, 20010.  From the early science of global warming to the apocalyptic warnings in the media this year, take a broad look at the climate crisis and how it has come to threaten all life on earth. Draw from historical documents, scientific records, and contemporary political analysis to try to make sense of the crisis and ask ourselves: what can we do?  Nathan Albright, a member of the Catholic Worker in New York City, is an editor at The Flood, an online publication about radical politics and spirituality. See: http://www.thefloodmag.com/  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at 202-882-9649 or artlaffin@hotmail.com.

61] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be on Dec. 6. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email eneergdivad@gmail.com

62] – On Sat., Dec. 7 from 10 AM to 2 PM, join the ACLU of Maryland Annual Grassroots Legislative Leadership Day at The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia 21045. Tickets are at action.aclu.org. Make your voices and experiences heard in our State Capital in 2020. Food/refreshments will be provided. No cost childcare can be provided but you must RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/457896404846275/.

63] – On Sat., Dec. 7 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM, get with the Adoption Event at Petco, 10383 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills 21117, hosted by The Feline Rescue Association. Meet cats who need homes. This will continue until Sat., Dec. 28. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/608172806298242/?event_time_id=661037984345057.

64] – On Sat., Dec. 7 from 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM in the Center City Philadelphia at 12th & Arch Streets, join a DRONE DEATH WALK/VIGIL. Wear BLACK in public mourning. Organizers will bring plain white masks, banners, and signs.  Call Marge Van Cleef at 203-804-3013.  HONK TO  STOP TRUMP'S WARS & WALLS OF HATE.  Go to www.brandywinepeace.com.

65] – On Sat., Dec. 7 from noon to 3 PM, get over to Cats, Coffee, & Cookies, hosted by Passport Animal Rescue, Inc. at Petco, 1719 York Rd., Lutherville 21093. Spend quality time at the Lutherville/Timonium Petco every Saturday with adoptable cats and kittens! Enjoy coffee, juice, cookies, treats, and a whole room available for you to play with cats.  This will continue until Sat., Dec. 28. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/138383510382707/?event_time_id=138383660382692.

66] –On Sat., Dec. 7 from 1 to 1:30 PM, check out Zoo Bites: Animal Nutrition Tour by The Maryland Zoo, 1 Safari Place, Baltimore 21217. Tickets are at www.marylandzoo.org.  Ever wonder what it takes to feed the more than 1,500 birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles at the Zoo? Take part in an exclusive one-of-kind experience inside the Maryland Zoo’s commissary complex.   This 25-30 minute guided tour will take you through the behind-the-scenes areas where we prepare our daily animal diets, order and store the items, and discuss the important role that diets play in animal welfare. During the tour, take part in preparing a special treat for one of the animals and learn more about how the Zoo in participating in conservation and how you can help at home!  This tour has no interaction with zoo animals. See https://www.facebook.com/events/355383548459720/?event_time_id=355383575126384.

67] –The DC Labor Chorus presents an Evening of Favorite and Sacred Songs Concert on Sat., Dec. 7 at 7:30 PM at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20015. The performance is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. Visit www.laborheritage.org.

68]–  Healthcare is a Human Right - Howard County is hosting a Future of Healthcare Town Hall on Sun., Dec. 8 from 1:30 to 4 PM at Miller Branch of Howard County Library System, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City 21042. Healthcare in America is expensive and confusing. At the Town Hall, get answers to questions and hear from a panel of speakers including medical, insurance, and pharmaceutical experts and your State Representatives.  The Town Hall will emphasize the ACA as a working transition, Medicare for All, elements of Medicare that need enhancement, confronting Big Pharma, and much more. Register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/future-of-healthcare-town-hall-howard-county-tickets-76351883539here.

69] The PLOWSHARES SENTENCING is PENDING, so please WRITE THE JUDGE. Now is the time to write letters to Judge Lisa Godbey Wood regarding her sentencing of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. The group is collecting letters, especially from those who know the defendants, testifying to their character and the good work that they are doing in their communities which will not be done if they are serving long terms in prison. These letters are not the forum to criticize the law, the legal process or government policies. Rather it is the place to point out positive things about the defendants that should mitigate a harsh sentence.  Letters should be sent to defense attorney Bill Quigley at the address below. He will compile them and distribute to various defendants' attorneys for delivery to Judge Wood. The attorneys suggest it would be helpful to get these done by Thanksgiving or the week after in order to get processed and delivered. Sentencing may be in January or possibly February.   The best letters are simple, polite, and tell good things about the person you are writing to support.

The suggested format is as follows:
Date
Sender’s Name
Sender’s Address
Judge Lisa Godbey Wood
C/o Bill Quigley
Loyola University New Orleans Law Clinic
Campus Box 902
7214 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Regarding Sentencing of: Mark Colville [or] Clare Grady [or] Martha Hennessy [or] Fr. Steve Kelly SJ [or] Elizabeth McAlister [or] Patrick O’Neill [or] Carmen Trotta (or all seven of the Kings Bay Plowshares)
Dear Judge Wood,
Suggested outline for the letter:
- Explain who you are.
- Explain who you are writing about, how you know them, and what good they do for their community.
- Explain why the Judge should not send them to jail.
- Thank the Judge for reading your letter.
Valediction,
Signature
For more ideas and details for your letters, you are welcome to see the defendants' biographies here: https://kingsbayplowshares7.org/about/bios/.
Thank you for your attentiveness to the trial, your support for the defendants and their families, and your focus on the issue of the abolition of nuclear weapons.
As Fr. Steve Kelly says, "The nuclear weapons won't go away by themselves." We do this work together.

70] – 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.

71] –   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.   

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Ukraine? Yes. But Trump Must Also Be Impeached for Obstruction


Wednesday, December 04, 2019


Ukraine? Yes. But Trump Must Also Be Impeached for Obstruction

This is about the specifics of a constitution that can only work if the president cooperates with congressional investigations.



When the House Judiciary Committee was preparing to vote on articles of impeachment against a sitting president in the summer of 1974, a former justice of the peace from Watertown set the stage when he declared, "President Nixon's conduct in office is a case history of the abuse of presidential power."

   Congressman Robert Kastenmeier, by then a senior member of the Judiciary Committee and one of its most respected members, was not merely focusing on the most obvious high crimes and misdemeanors that had been uncovered during the Watergate inquiry. He was speaking of the attempts by Nixon and his aides to thwart that uncovering.

   This is important to remember as the House Judiciary Committee now turns its attention to the question of whether to impeach another president. As with Nixon, the abuses of office that President Trump has engaged in are dramatic. He stands accused of blocking aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to get that country’s government to launch an inquiry aimed at embarrassing a key rival to Trump’s 2020 re-election run, former Vice President Joe Biden.

   But Kastenmeier, who left the committee in 1991 and passed away in 2015, at age 91, would undoubtedly remind his successors to pay close attention to Trump’s attempts to meddle with, undermine and prevent the current inquiry. It is often said of Nixon’s downfall that “the cover-up was worse than the crime.” The same holds for Trump.

   It now seems clear, a number of Judiciary Committee Republicans who are willing to suspend the system of checks and balances in order to serve their political master.

   Trump and Nixon are, to be sure, different figures in our history. Nixon was a former member of the U.S. House and Senate who had served as vice president. He knew the ways of Washington and thought he could game the process by obstructing it. But, like Trump, he got caught when his own aides began to testify against him. What they revealed was, in the words of former White House counsel John Dean, “a cancer growing on the presidency.”

   Dean recalled suggesting to Nixon that “if the cancer was not removed the president himself would be killed by it.” But, in a very real sense, the cancer that extends from efforts to obstruct legitimate investigations into wrongdoing by the executive is more than that. It is a threat to the presidency itself, to the system of checks and balances, and to the constitution that the founders of the American experiment established 232 years ago.

   The first article of impeachment against Nixon recognized this. It explained that “in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” Nixon had “prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice.”

  Specifically, he was charged with “interfering or endeavoring to interfere with the conduct of investigations by the Department of Justice of the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the office of Watergate Special Prosecution Force, and congressional committees.”

  It was well understood then—among both Republicans and Democrats—that "interfering or endeavoring to interfere with the conduct of investigations" of alleged wrongdoing by a president and those around him constituted an impeachable offense. And it should be well understood now.

   If a president can get away with obstructing an inquiry, he can avoid accountability. If that prospect exists for a president, any president, then the system of checks and balances collapses.
This is a point that Kastenmeier made to the Judiciary Committee in regard to the refusal of the Nixon White House to cooperate with congressional subpoenas. “Without the power to subpoena papers, materials, things necessary, the Congress cannot meet its constitutional responsibilities. I submit that for the chief magistrate to prevent the Congress from meeting its congressional duty, its constitutional duty, is no different than when the president himself violates the Constitution. The offense is just as grave.”

   What the Judiciary Committee must recognize this week, as it ponders the evidence against Trump, is that it must look beyond the Ukraine scandal. There has to be a consideration of all the issues raised by Trump’s refusals to cooperate, his witness tampering, and all the other evidence of obstruction. And that evidence must be gathered together and presented to the full Congress in articles of impeachment.

     There will be, it now seems clear, a number of Judiciary Committee Republicans who are willing to suspend the system of checks and balances in order to serve their political master. But that cannot change the truth that is self-evident: Donald Trump engaged in a pattern of conduct that invites comparison with the conduct that led the House Judiciary Committee to approve articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon. Democrats on the committee (and any responsible Republicans who might finally feel the call of conscience) must shoulder the burden of the present and the future by taking obstruction issues seriously, and by addressing them in articles of impeachment.

    This is not about the specifics of what has been learned and what has not been learned by the impeachment inquiry up to this point. This is about the specifics of a constitution that can only work if the president cooperates with congressional investigations. As Kastenmeier explained to the committee 45 years ago, when it was considering an article of impeachment dealing with Nixon’s refusal to provide materials subpoenaed by the House. “This committee said at the time we needed this material,” he said. “The president at the time said he would refuse to turn the material to us. We measure this particular article in the time in which it is seen, not in terms of whether subsequent to that fact we have or have not acquired sufficient evidence to make the determinations we are set upon today.”

  Robert Kastenmeier and his colleagues on a committee that focused serious attention on obstruction issues got it right in 1974. Now, his successors on the Judiciary Committee must do the same.

© 2019 The Cap Times


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

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




Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 4 - 6, 2019


32] Climate Action Coffee – Dec. 4
33] Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit – Dec. 4 & 5
34] Food Rescue at the Free Farm – Dec. 4
35] Hearing on the New START Treaty – Dec. 4
36] Coalition for a Humane Hopkins meeting – Dec. 4
37] Delaware Coalition for Open Government – Dec. 4
38] Food Rescue at the Enoch Pratt Free Library – Dec. 5
39] Protest LUSH – Dec. 5
40] Food Rescue at Dovecote Café– Dec. 5
41] Impeachment & Politics – Dec. 5
42] Progressive Cheverly forum – Dec. 5
43] Training for action at Sen. Cardin’s office – Dec. 5 & 6
44] Holiday Pot Luck – Dec. 5
45] Naomi Klein on Climate Justice, Palestine and White Supremacy – Dec. 5
46] Last day to sign up for training – Dec. 6
47] Fire Drill Friday – Dec. 6
48] White House vigil – Dec. 6
49] WIB peace vigils – Dec. 6
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32] – On Wed., Dec. 4 from 7:30 AM to 9 AM, get over to Climate Action Coffee with Takoma Park Mobilization at Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW, WDC 20012.  The Climate Action Coffee is an every-Wednesday gathering at Busboys and Poets Takoma, a cooperative production of Busboys and the Takoma Alliance for a Local Living Economy (TALLE), a working group of the Takoma Park Mobilization. It runs through Dec. 18.

This weekly series is meant to provide an organizing workspace with action-oriented discussion circles focused on building the kinds of markets, society, food systems and resiliency that we want for our region; raising watershed and environmental justice consciousness; and following youth climate leaders in taking immediate action to reverse the dramatic disruption of our climate systems. Bring your vision and passion for reshaping our communities and local economies in the service of resiliency, racial equity, and carbon-neutrality. More info at http://tpmobilization.org/talle.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2536864976380836/?event_time_id=2536864993047501.

33] On Wed., Dec. 4 and Thurs., Dec. 5 from 8 AM to 5 PM, visit the Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit, hosted by the New Village Press, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052-0041.  November 15, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War Mobilization March on Washington, a gathering of over half a million demonstrators against the war. The George Washington University offers a series of events to educate students and the general public about often overlooked facets of the history of US involvement in Vietnam, including the impact that antiwar GIs and veterans had on ending the war. This will continue until December 12. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/508974299680430/?event_time_id=513544722556721.

34] – On Wed., Dec. 4 from noon to 1 PM,  get over to Food Rescue Baltimore at Baltimore Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211.  The long-time Wednesday Food Rescue at the Baltimore Free Farm continues. Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. This will continue until February 19, 2020. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2335352913149645/?event_time_id=2335352959816307.

35] – On Wed., Dec. 4 at 2 PM at 2172 Rayburn House Office Building, there is a House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on the New START Treaty.  Those testifying are Admiral Michael G. Mullen, USN (ret.), Nuclear Threat Initiative; Rose Gottemoeller, Former NATO Deputy Secretary General; and Pranay Vaddi, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Check out https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearings?ID=0A4EE853-5C2A-4EC4-A98A-4A4F09927B83.

36] – The Coalition for a Humane Hopkins is meeting on Wed., Dec. 4 at 6 PM at the National Nurses United, 1 N. Charles St., Suite 1900, Baltimore 21201. Contact National Nurses United Organizer Chris Novoa at 818-319-2853.

37] – On Wed., Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 9 PM, the Delaware Coalition for Open Government will host its Annual Meeting with Speaker Kathy Jennings, Delaware Attorney General at Widener University Delaware Law School, 4601 Concord Pike, Room #119, Wilmington, DE 19803.  The topic of discussion is Criminal Justice Reform and Department of Justice priorities for 2020. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ag-kathy-jennings-criminal-justice-reform-and-doj-priorities-for-2020-tickets-81099882933. Call 302-368-1823 or email delcogdata@aol.com.

38] – There is a Food Rescue at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore 21231 on Thursdays from noon to 1 PM.  Food Rescue Baltimore partners with Baltimore’s esteemed Enoch Pratt Free Library at the Orleans Street Branch. Come to the library, bring a bag, and take home delicious free food. It continues until February 13, 2020. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/567424937414955/?event_time_id=567425064081609.

39] – On Thurs., Dec. 5  from noon to 1 PM, CODEPINK will be hosting a demonstration in front of the Georgetown Lush Cosmetics, 3066 M St. NW, WDC 20007 to say it’s time for Lush to close its stores in bloody Saudi Arabia. RSVP at https://www.codepink.org/dc_lush_out_of_saudi_dec_5. The Saudi regime is using Lush and other trendy, “socially conscious” products to whitewash its human rights abuses. By expanding its presence in Saudi Arabia, Lush is going against its stated values and telling the people of Yemen that their suffering can be ignored for a profit. It’s time for Lush Cosmetics to stop normalizing the Saudi monarchy’s behavior.

40] – On Thursdays from 4 to 5 PM, Food Rescue Baltimore is working with Dovecote Café, 2501 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/2095151417235683/?event_time_id=2095151543902337.

41] –  The COMMITTEE FOR THE REPUBLIC is hosting Impeachment & Politics with Bruce Fein & Richard Ben-Veniste on Thurs., Dec. 5 at 6:30 PM at the Woman’s' National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW, WDC 20036.  Tickets are $25.  Register at democraticwoman.org/events.

Committee Board member Bruce Fein and Richard Ben-Veniste will address the definition of an impeachable offense, the prior impeachment ordeals of Presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Bruce and Richard will explore potential articles of impeachment, the legal and political strategies of the two parties, and the implications for our constitutional dispensation and separation of powers. Bruce, an associate deputy attorney general under President Reagan and founding partner of Fein & DelValle, PLLC, participated in the impeachments of Nixon and Clinton, and has drafted a 12-count impeachment article against Mr. Trump. Richard, a partner with the law firm of Mayer Brown, focuses on complex civil litigation and advises organizations and individuals involved in congressional investigations. Email James@committeefortherepublic.org.

42] – On Thurs., Dec. 5 at 7 PM, attend a Progressive Cheverly forum, The School to Prison Pipeline.  It will explore the school-to-prison pipeline’s nature, impacts and solutions with experts Karen Dolan, IPS director studying Criminalization of Race and Poverty who explains zero tolerance effects and restorative justice remedies; and Dana Coles of Key Bridge Foundation Center for Conflict Resolution currently working in Prince George’s for alternatives to criminalization of behavior. Hear them in the multipurpose room of Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School, 3324 64th Ave., Cheverly.

43] – On Fri., Dec. 6 join the Climate Strike.  There is an Action Training on Thurs., Dec. 5 from 7 to 9 PM at JHU Remsen Hall, Room 233, Homewood Campus. On Fri., Dec. 6 around 8:30 to 9 AM until about 5 PM. Dependent upon the response, you may be asked to attend instead the noon rally at City Hall. Priority will be given to youth and frontline voices. The strike team has planned an escalated action.  Sunrise has been pressuring Senator Cardin to support the Green New Deal.  If invited, show up at his downtown office.  The details will depend on whether we can get in the office or not, any interaction with him before hand, etc. It will likely look like an office sit-in or something similar. Contact Amy at Sunrise Movement Baltimore info@email.actionnetwork.org.

44] –    There is a Sierra Club Howard County Holiday Pot Luck gathering on Thurs., Dec. 5 from 7 to 9 PM at 7649 Woodstream Way, Laurel 20723.  Enjoy food, conversation, and a guest speaker, Josh Feldmark, Director of the Howard Co Office of Community Sustainability. Find out what the Group has been up to this year and hopes to accomplish in 2020! Contact Patricia Soffen at patricia.soffen@gmail.com and (410) 869-0552.  

Bring a dish to share!  Drive up the private shared drive all the way up to the house, following the Sierra Club signs. Drop off your dish to share and any passengers you have, and there will be help to find parking. Carpooling is recommended due to limited parking. Interested in carpooling? Go to https://bit.ly/2rePUm1.

45] – On Thurs., Dec. 5 from 8 to 9:30 PM, hear from Naomi Klein on Climate Justice, Palestine and White Supremacy, hosted by Chesapeake Education, Arts, and Research Society (CHEARS) at the Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt. Join Klein for a web briefing brought to you by Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). At the conclusion of Klein’s talk on Zoom, those present are invited to engage in conversation about the issues addressed.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/2408249876091545/.

46] – An Action Corps Training Application is due on Fri., Dec. 6.  Action Corps will hold a 4-day training in Washington, DC, starting Sat., Jan. 18 at 9 AM, and ending Tues., Jan. 21 at 3 PM after a Lobby Day. Please read the description below and answer the questions by December 6 to apply. The questions will take about 20 minutes for most people to complete. See https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfP0P0ExaHikLrvbBEsqXtRkrb_MjXsh5V-OxSLbONFoDKdeA/viewform.  Applying earlier may increase your chances of being selected to attend. Young people and people whose families have been directly affected by climate disasters and/or genocide/war are particularly encouraged to apply.

The PURPOSE of the training is to build people power for global justice, and specifically equip people with the skills, knowledge and opportunities they need to effectively agitate and advocate to support a progressive U.S. foreign policy agenda in solidarity with people most affected by climate disasters and violent conflict. In particular, you will learn tools to help stop the war in Yemen, end the genocide of ethnic minorities from Myanmar/Burma, and act in solidarity with people bearing the brunt of climate change. This training is an opportunity for activists to meet in-person, advocate with Congressional offices on Capitol Hill, and build community and commitment to our work. The training is free. You will have introductions to inspiring activists, and a network of support and guidance. Action Corps participants will be asked to pay for their transportation to the gathering, lodging and meals. A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available. Participants will be asked to commit and average of 5-10 hours per week, after they return home, as volunteers throughout the next 12-24 months leading a local Action Corps group. Action Corps will provide information about campaigns, guidance, and access to other organizers. Your job will be to convert this into local action for progressive foreign policy campaigns.

47] – Inspired by the Swedish student, Greta Thunberg, the student strikers and Naomi Klein's new book "On Fire: The Burning Case for the Green New Deal," Jane Fonda decided to upend her life, left her comfort zone and move to Washington, D.C. for four months to focus on climate change. As Greta said, "This is a crisis. We have to act like our house is on fire, because it is.”  So, every Friday she will host an action called — Fire Drill Friday.  On Dec. 6 at 11 AM, meet at Franklin Square and MOBILIZE FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE & IMMIGRANT RIGHTS at 1332 I St. NW, WDC 20005.

Here’s the deal: We are living at the last possible moment in human history when we can do something about climate change or fail to do so, thereby denying hundreds of millions of people a livable future. Last year, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its regular report which stated in no uncertain terms that given the worsening disasters we’re already seeing and the additional warming that is already baked in because we didn’t act 30 years ago, we do not stand a chance at changing course in time without profound, systemic economic and social change in the next 11 years. Visit https://www.codepink.org/firedrillfridays.

48] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Dec. 6 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649, artlaffin@hotmail.com.  

49] – Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE take place on Fri., Dec. 6 from noon to 1 PM.  One is at McKeldin Square, corner of Light and Pratt Sts., in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore.  Use the purple circulator line.  Enjoy an AFTER VIGIL LUNCH from the food trucks in the Inner Harbor.  Bring Your Own Sandwich or stop by one of the food trucks in the McKeldin Square.

 Another is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore.  Free Parking available. Vigil from noon to 1 PM. Lunch in the Bistro at 1 PM. If there's a storm, there is no vigil, but there will be lunch. Contact Anne: awyattbr@gmail.com.  The final vigil is in Chestertown, Kent County on the Eastern Shore at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row. Email wibbaltimore@peacepath911.org.

To be continued

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

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