Friday, August 26, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert August 27 – September 2, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert August 27 – September 2, 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] "Meet me in the middle" – Aug. 27
6] Film “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA” – Aug. 27
8] Rally 4 Refugees – Aug. 28
9] “Scared and Sacred Score the Same in Scrabble” – Aug. 28
10] Picnic to Strengthen Rent Control – Aug. 28
11] International Day Against Nuclear Testing – Aug. 29
12] Pentagon Vigil – Aug. 29
13] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Aug. 29 – Sept. 2
14] The Defense [sic] Budget – Aug, 29
15] I want a president – Aug, 29
16] Film MAKING A KILLING – Aug. 29
17] Get answers about birth control – Aug, 30
18] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Aug. 30
19] "No Drone Research at JHU" – Aug. 30
20] Black Freak Mosh Heaven – Aug. 30
21] National Sexual Assault Conference – Aug. 31 – Sept. 2
22] Take Me Out to the Ballgame – deadline Aug. 31

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] – Come "meet me in the middle" of Baltimore on Sat., Aug. 27 at 10 AM for Communities United's citywide general meeting! Communities United's eastside family is meeting up with the westside family at St. Vincent de Paul Church at President and Fayette Streets (across from the Shot Tower subway stop). Come out and help fight for decent housing, peace in our neighborhoods, opportunities for youth and ex-offenders, the schools our kids deserve, and MORE!  Go to

6] – See a screening of Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA” on Sat., Aug. 27 from 6 to 9 PM at the CODEPINK House, 1241 Evarts St. NE, WDC 20018. Contact Martha Durkee-Neuman ( The Robert Greenwald film tells the stories of how guns - and the billions made off of them - affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims' families. The film exposes how powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit - and thereby putting people in danger.

After 2 long years of deliberations at the international level, African-descended people in Honduras, known as the Garifuna, have won a groundbreaking legal victory. In 2016, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled against the government in a landmark case that will lead to reparations and land returns for the Garifuna, who have suffered displacement, political violence, and repression by leaders of the Honduran state. Hear from public scholar Jeanette Charles who will share firsthand accounts of how Garifuna movements envision and practice autonomy. How might we use the Garifuna experience to inform our own fight for economic and political liberation in the USA? Charles is a daughter of the Haitian diaspora and was raised in working class Los Angeles, CA. She has done extensive work across the Americas focusing on African and Indigenous histories of resistance as well as women, queer, and youth organizing. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to  

8] – A Rally 4 Refugees will take place at the Washington National Monument, The National Mall, WDC, on Sun., Aug. 28 from 10 AM  to 2:30 PM.  Go to  Join together steps from the White House and U.S. Capitol and stand against intolerance, raise awareness, educate, offer tools and resources for those who wish to help, and raise funds. Be one of the voices telling our government that we reject the atrocities and lack of human rights occurring and want more direct action taken to help alleviate the suffering.

The rally will raise awareness about the global refugee crisis, and urge U.S. action -- at home and overseas -- to alleviate suffering through relief efforts and refugee resettlement. Everyone is encouraged to attend the historic rally, buy a T-shirt to help support the costs of the rally, and to spread the word using #DCRally4Refugees and #StandForHumanity, to stand in solidarity with refugees and displaced people worldwide. DCRally4Refugees is 100 percent dependent on individual contributions.

Call on the U.S. to safely resettle more refugees and provide increased support to relief efforts overseas. The Rally will offer resources for those who wish to help and raise a collective voice against intolerance. There are 65 million refugees and displaced persons worldwide—the largest displacement crisis on record. As fellow human beings, Americans have a responsibility to bear witness, amplify refugee voices, and support refugees as they dare to hope against all odds. People can learn the facts, get involved, support, and join DCRally4Refugees.

9] – 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. 28, the topic of discussion is “Scared and Sacred Score the Same in Scrabble” with Charles Shafer.  Shafer assumes a variety of quirky characters who have religious encounters of various sorts, including, a lovely but lonely young lady, a loudmouth know-it-all, and a rabbi/teacher/CEO along with Jesus and God himself. They appear in a variety of madcap scenes including a bizarre college class, a film noir adventure and a frantic attempt to avoid calamity.

Shafer, a law professor, is interested in the use of comedy to explore social issues. This is his first solo show. He says, “I want to present a very funny show that has embedded within some questions about god and religion. But I have to be honest, being entertaining and having a good time myself is number one goal.” Call 410-581-2322 or email

10] – There is a Picnic to Strengthen Rent Control on Sun., Aug. 28 from 2 to 5 PM at 2400 15th St. NW, WDC. While the DC Council is on recess, there is a need to build power and rev up to pressure on councilmembers upon their return. Join Jews United for Justice on the north side of Malcolm X Park (Meridian Hill) to reconnect with JUFJ friends, hear an update about the rent control campaign, make political art, and help pass two pieces of legislation that provide greater protections for DC renters. Visit

11] – August 29 is International Day Against Nuclear Tests. The international instrument to put an end to all forms of nuclear testing is the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which has however yet to enter into force.

On Dec. 2, 2009, the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests by unanimously adopting resolution 64/35. The resolution calls for increasing awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.” The resolution was initiated by the Republic of Kazakhstan, together with a large number of sponsors and cosponsors with a view to commemorate the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site on 29 August 1991. The Day is meant to galvanize the United Nations, Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, youth networks and the media to inform, educate and advocate the necessity of banning nuclear weapon tests as a valuable step towards achieving a safer world.

12] – 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. 29, 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. 

13] – 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

14] – On Mon., Aug. 29 from 10 to-11:30 AM, Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institute, and three other speakers, will tackle "The Defense [sic] Budget, Overseas Contingency Operations, The Budget Control Act, and Beyond," at the Brookings Institute, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20036. RSVP at

15] – "I Want a President.." Writing Workshop is happening at The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Mon., Aug. 29 from 6 to 8 PM.  What do you want in a president? What experiences should be reflected? What do you wish to see in government that seems impossible from where we stand now?  Join Natalie Campbell & Saisha Grayson in a writing workshop and discussion, engaging with and adapting a 1992 text by artist and activist Zoe Leonard listing demands for a new U.S. president. The adapted texts from the workshop will be archived online and will culminate in a public collective reading on Oct. 16 at 5:30 PM in front of the White House. Register at

16] --- On Mon., Aug. 29 at 7 PM, as part of the Pacem Summer Film Series, see “Making a Killing” at Theater N, 1007 N. Orange St., Wilmington, DE. Call (302) 656-2721.

17] – On Tues., Aug. 30 at 2 PM EDT Your Birth Control Coverage Questions will be Answered.  RSVP at   As the National Women's Law Center's birth control experts, Brandie Temple and Mara Gandal-Powers [] will be answering all of your birth control coverage questions in real time on Facebook Live. Learn more about the event, submit your question in advance, or sign up to get a reminder so you don't miss out!

The health care law, also known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, requires health insurance plans to cover certain preventive health services and screenings without out of pocket costs, including birth control. That means if you have health insurance through your job, your parents, your spouse, your school, or the health insurance marketplace, your birth control should be covered without a co-pay. Some people have trouble getting their preferred method of birth control covered even though the law requires all FDA-approved birth control methods to be available without out-of-pocket costs.

18] – 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. 30.  Call 215-426-0364.

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

20] – On Tues., Aug. 30 at 7 PM at The Potters House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW,WDC, Ron Williams will do an author talk Black Freak Mosh Heaven.  It is a poetic autobiography about a black youth who rocks and rolls to his own beat and is forced to battle racism, stereotypes and ignorance. It is a thought-provoking tale of a man who struggles against society's intolerance and fights to create a world of acceptance. It is a literal companion to his autobiographical one man show, Dreadlocks, Rock 'n Roll & Human Rights.  Go to

21] –  There is a National Sexual Assault Conference 2016 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW, WDC, from Wed., Aug. 31 (all day) through Fri., Sept. 2 (all day). The Conference is an annual two and a half day, advocacy-based conference providing advanced training opportunities and information regarding sexual violence intervention and prevention. The theme for this year’s conference is “Hopeful Future, Honored Past.” Visit

22] – On Tues. Sept. 20th, a peace delegation will be going to the Oriole-Red Sox game at Camden Yards.  A young peace loving Oriole fan, Carlos Laffin, and a lifetime Oriole fan, from his days growing up in Salisbury, MD, Johnny Zokovitch, will be honored.  If you would like to join the delegation, contact Bob Cooke at 301-661-0449 (cell), no later than Wed., Aug. 31.  All tickets will be in the same section, and the cost of the tickets should probably be in the $16 to $24 range.

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

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