Saturday, August 20, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert August 21 - 23, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert August 21 - 23, 2016

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

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

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  
4] Two friends are looking to buy a house in Baltimore
5] “What is Nuclear Medicine?” – Aug. 21

6] Sunday Kind of Love – Aug. 21
7] Black August – Aug. 21
8] Peace Camp – Aug. 22
9] Pentagon Vigil – Aug. 22
10] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Aug. 22 – Aug. 26
11] In Baltimore and Beyond: Dashiell Hammett” – Aug, 22
12] Death Penalty meeting – Aug, 22
13] Pray for peace – Aug, 22
14] From the Mekong to the Mississippi – Aug. 23
14] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Aug. 23
16] Understanding the Effects of Trauma – Aug. 23
17] "No Drone Research at JHU" – Aug. 23
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

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

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

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

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

4] – Janice and Max are looking to buy a house in Baltimore.  Let Max know if you have any leads—410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

5] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon.  On Sun., Aug. 21, the topic of discussion is “What is Nuclear Medicine?” with Gabriel Soudry, M.D., director, Section of Nuclear Medicine, Medstar Health. Dr. Soudry has made this statement:  “When I meet new people and say that I am a Nuclear Medicine specialist, most have no idea of what I do. Yet 17 millions of Nuclear Medicine procedures are performed every year in the United States. I will explain in simple terms the basic principles of Nuclear Imaging. Then I will show a few examples of commonly performed studies and what unique information they bring to the diagnosis of the patients. I will keep the presentation short to allow ample time for questions.” Call 410-581-2322 or email

6] – Come to Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC, on Sun, Aug. 21 from 5 to 7 PM, as Split This Rock hosts its monthly Sunday Kind of Love Reading & Open Mic. Sunday Kind of Love offers a stage for emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. The featured poets for August are Safia Elhillo and Oliver Baez Bendorf. This event requires a $5 admission fee. Visit

7] – On Sun., Aug. 21 from 6 to 8 PM, come to the Harriet Tubman Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, for a joint collaboration: program on "Black August."  Lee Patterson, community organizer with the Peoples Power Assembly and Workers World Party, will do a presentation. See this short promo This event will include a film screening.  Go to

8] – Register Your Child for the Little Friends for Peace Peace Camp at the Christ Congregational Church, Silver Spring, from Mon., Aug. 22 through Fri., Aug. 26.  Parents should enroll their children for one week of learning conflict resolution, self-confidence and collaborative play. Call (240) 838-4549 or email

9] – 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 Mon., Aug. 22, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr. 

10] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday fr6m 10 AM to noon on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at

11] – Bill Barry will do Lunch and Learn “In Baltimore and Beyond: Dashiell Hammett” at CCBC-Owings Mills on Mon., Aug. 22 from 10:30 AM to noon.  Enjoy lunch at the Glyndon Grill.  Hammett grew up on Stricker St. in Baltimore, went brief to Poly, and worked for the Pinkerton Detective Agency in the Continental Building, which became the basis for his first "private eye" novel, the Continental Op. He then became famous (and very rich for the 1930s) as the creator of Sam Spade and the Thin Man, served during two wars in the US military, went to jail for refusing to provide information to the House Un-American Activities Committee and was the friend, lover and inspiration for Lillian Hellman. The cost for the whole program is $59 for county residents, $69 for out-of-county. To register, contact Helene Waranch at (443) 840-4477.

12] – On Mon., Aug. 22 at 5:30 PM, there is a meeting of the Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty at the Wilmington Friends Meeting House, 401 N. West St., Wilmington 19801. Contact Medard Gabel [].

13] We will meet to Pray for Peace on Mon., Aug. 22 at the Peace  Chapel at the Cathedral of the Incarnation , 4 East University Parkway, Baltimore at 7:30 PM ( corner of University Parkway and Charles Street). Direct all correspondence to Charles Cloughen, Jr., Interfaith Peace Partners coordinator, or call 410-321-4545.

14] – Sustainable Development & River Basin Management: From the Mekong to the Mississippi is a discussion on Tues., Aug. 23 from 2 to 4 PM at 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Fl., WDC 20036. RSVP at

Hydropower development in the Mekong basin has long been contentious as six riparian countries pursue individual, project-by-project development schemes for use of the river’s water. China’s existing cascade of dams upstream in Yunnan province and Laos’ plans for nine mainstream dams on the lower Mekong generate significant political fault lines in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam over the impacts of hydropower on fisheries and agricultural yields. Here in the U.S., the development of America's rivers, past and present, has run into similar challenges of balancing the needs of a wide variety of national, state, and local stakeholders in the face of climate change impacts and ongoing concerns about the sustainable utilization of water across multiple sectors. 
Under the Lower Mekong Initiative, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has supported the Mekong-Mississippi Sister River Partnership since 2011 to enhance the sharing of best practices between the Mekong River Commission and the Mississippi River Commission. In the days leading up to this panel, the Mekong River Commission will tour some of the Mississippi River Commission’s projects in Louisiana and Mississippi.

This panel discussion brings the CEO of the Mekong River Commission and ministerial officials from the government of Laos together with representatives from U.S. river basin management agencies to exchange ideas and best practices on transboundary river management. Equally important, this event seeks to improve understanding of the development challenges in the Mekong and provide an update on the status of the Mekong River Commission. This will be the first public appearance of the Mekong River Commission's new CEO Pham Tuan Phan in the United States. CEO Phan is the first CEO of the MRC to come from a Mekong riparian country.

15] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is Aug. 23.  Call 215-426-0364.

16] – Understanding the Effects of Trauma on Those We Serve is a discussion at Johns Hopkins University at Shady Grove, Gilchrist Hall, Room 106, 9601 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, on Tues., Aug. 23 from 5 to 8:30 PM.  This event is hosted by The Upper Room and One by 1, Inc. This is being provided by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The presentation will address the widespread impact of trauma in our society, help the audience understand the potential paths for healing and suggest techniques to reduce the likelihood of re-traumatization. Participants will learn what trauma is, how it affects individuals – psychologically, developmentally, and neurobiological. Go to

17] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Aug. 23  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at]

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

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