Saturday, September 10, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert September 10 - 13, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert September 10 - 13, 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] Health Fair for the Homeless – Sept. 10
6] Support the women’s prison strike – Sept. 10
7] “John Lovejoy Elliott and a Ministry to Man” – Sept. 11
8] Unity Walk 2016 – Sept. 11
9] Commemorate Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt – Sept. 11
11] Pentagon Vigil – Sept. 12
12] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Sept. 12 – Sept. 16
13] Moral Monday in Dover – Sept. 12
14] Moral Monday in D.C. – Sept. 12
15] "Lessons Learned from Eliminating WMD" – Sept. 12
17] The United States and the Future of the CTBT – Sept. 13
18] The Way Forward on the Korean Peninsula – Sept. 13
19] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Sept. 13
20] "No Drone Research at JHU" – Sept. 13
21] Film "Fracking Western Maryland?" – Sept. 13
23] FCNL is strengthening the Quaker lobby – Sept. 13
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] –  Join a Health Fair for the Homeless, Governor's Day To Serve Event, on Sat., Sept. 10 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Fallsway and East Centre St., Baltimore 21202. The goal of the health fair is to mobilize and bring together youth volunteers, health education volunteers and health care professionals to provide free medical screenings, personal hygiene kits and nutritional snack bags to homeless men and women in their own location. Everyone should bring their own chairs and tables and set up at 9 AM. To confirm what services you can provide; your participation level, or to donate toward supplies, please respond at Call 410-466-8686 or email

6] –  There’s a Protest & Noise Demo at Maryland Women's Correctional Center (MCI), 7943 Brock Bridge Rd., Jessup 20794 on Sat., Sept. 10 from 2 to 5 PM.  Engage in the struggle and demonstrate your support for striking prisoners by joining a protest and noise demo.  Go to

7] – 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., Sept. 11, the topic is “John Lovejoy Elliott and a Ministry to Man.”  Felix Adler, the founder of Ethical Culture, chose as his first lieutenant someone quite different from himself. John Lovejoy Elliott did not display the academic precision or vigor of his mentor Adler. Instead Elliott was best known for building caring relationships and friendships that served the marginalized for New York and other urban centers. Elliott’s focus on developing the skills and confidence of young people was particularly legendary. As the Ethical Society strives to grow its mission, what can we learn from one of our most beloved Ethical Culture leaders? Hugh Taft-Morales explores this question. Call 410-581-2322 or email

8] –  Unity Walk 2016: Know Your Neighbor begins at Washington Hebrew Congregation, Macomb St. and Massachusetts Ave. NW, and will include a program at The Islamic Center at 4:15 PM on Sun., Sept. 11 from 1:30 to 5 PM. People of all faiths and cultures will walk down Massachusetts Ave. and visit houses of worship and other religious centers in a public celebration of unity and support for everyone within our diverse community. Today, more than ever, the message of friendship and solidarity is critical. This year, there will also be a pre-walk art contest for children 18 years old and younger and a poetry contest for children 12 or older on the theme: Know Your Neighbor. There is a suggested donation of $20 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, and those of limited income. Register at

9] –  At Kay Spiritual Life Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, on Sun., Sept. 11 at 2 PM. Join American University Museum at the Katzen Center, Institute of Policy Studies, Latin American Youth Center, and Aviva Kempner for an afternoon of music, poetry, art, and inspired conversation in memory of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt.  The mural installation Todas las Manos commemorates the 40th anniversary of the assassinations of Francisco's father, former Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier, and co-worker Ronni Karpen Moffitt. Letelier, an internationally renowned muralist based in Venice, California, and LAYC young artists began working on the installation in early August, which be on exhibit through October 23, 2016.  Todas Las Manos depicts Orlando Letelier, Ronni Karpen Moffitt, Rodrigo Rojas, and other victims of Pinochet's dictatorship. Rodrigo Rojas was a young photographer who was burned alive during a street demonstration against the dictatorship. Rodrigo was a student at Wilson High School in northwest Washington and an art and media program participant at the Latin American Youth Center, as are the young people working with Francisco Letelier on the mural.  RSVP at

10] – Declare UNARMED TRUTH UNCONDITIONAL LOVE on Sun., Sept. 11 at 7 PM. There will be a 9/11 + 15  solemn vigil and quiet witness at the Market Street Bridge,
corner of Market Street and Schuylkill Ave., across from 30th Street Station (east side), with intoning of the peace bell, your quiet readings and prayers, and songs by Tom Mullian (latest CD “Out of Babylon”) and Melissa Elliott. Visit or call 610-544-1818.

11] – 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., 12, 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. 

12] – 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

13] – On Mon., Sept. 12 at 11 AM, there is a National Day of Moral Monday Action in Dover, DE, in front of the capitol. You are invited to join a Moral Revolution for a Reset of Our Nation’s Values; people of faith & moral courage will gather at state capitols in 25 states to deliver the “Higher Ground Moral Declaration”, which calls on governors, senators, state legislators and candidates for office to move away from extremist politics and policies that benefit the few and move toward policies and laws that are just and fair and guarantee a better life for the majority of the people.

14] – On Mon., Sept. 12 at 11 AM, join to demand a moral agenda from elected leaders.  In 25 state capitols, faith leaders from diverse traditions, people impacted by poverty, racism, and injustice, advocates, and activists will come together to rally and deliver the Higher Ground Moral Declaration to elected leaders and candidates. Call on governors, senators, state legislators and candidates for office to move away from extremist politics and policies that benefit the few and move toward policies and laws that are just and fair and guarantee a better life for the majority of the people. Join in this historic national Moral Day of Action at the John A. Wilson Building, City Hall, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004. 

At each rally on Sept. 12, the Moral Declaration will be read, proclaimed, and delivered at the steps of each participating state capitol. Sing the same opening and closing songs, recite the same litany, and the same chants in marching around the State Houses, acting as one to send the same message: It is time for a moral revolution of values that challenges the narrow construct of those who purport to represent the so-called "religious right." Forward Together! Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.  Go to

15] – On Mon., Sept. 12 from 1 to 3 PM., Rose Gottemoeller, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security; Rebecca Hersman, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Robert Peters, National Defense University; and Philipp Bleek, Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), will tackle "Lessons Learned from Eliminating WMD" at CNS, 1400 K St. NW, Suite 1225, WDC. RSVP at

16] – On Mon., Sept. 12 at 7 PM, George Lakey speaks about his new book, VIKING ECONOMICS: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can too, at Kendal Continuing Care Retirement Community, Kendal Auditorium, Kendal Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Email

17] – On Tues., Sept. 13 from 9 to 10:30 AM, Rose Gottemoeller, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security; Adam Scheinman, Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation; Mitsuru Kitano, Japanese Ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna; and Kairat Umarov, Kazak Ambassador to the United States, will examine "20 Years Later: The United States and the Future of the CTBT." Sponsored by the Stimson Center and Arms Control Association, the talk will take place at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, Eighth Floor, WDC. RSVP

18] – On Tues., Sept. 13 from noon to 2 PM, several groups including the American Friends Service Committee is hosting "New Approaches, New Policies: The Way Forward on the Korean Peninsula" at the Elliott School of International Affairs,

19] – 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 Sept. 13.  Call 215-426-0364.

20] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Sept. 13  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

21] – See a film "Fracking Western Maryland?" on Tues, Sept. 13 at 7:30 PM at Old Greenbelt Theater, 129 Centerway, Greenbelt  20770. Contact Zack Gerdes at at (240) 764-5402. The film is a compelling documentary by Mike Wicklein who captured the issues related to the fracking moratorium bill passed in 2015 and the film features many familiar faces in Garrett County and legislators in Annapolis who advocated for and fought against the bill.  The director will join the discussion.  Go to

22] – CRISIS AND CLASS STRUGGLE IN TODAY'S VENEZUELA will be discussed on Tues., Sept. 13 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. The mass media present contemporary Venezuela as a world of massive shortages and government mismanagement, while some on the left are questioning their solidarity with a political process that today -- with the loss of the historical leader Hugo Chávez and rock-bottom oil prices -- seems to have run out of steam. 

In this talk Chris Gilbert and Cira Pascual Marquina, professors of Political Science at the Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela and producers of the Marxist television program "Escuela de Cuadros", will put the current Venezuelan crisis in context, explaining its long-term roots in a dependent capitalist economy. In fact, the problems that Venezuela faces are shared by other countries in the region and in the Global South more generally. The solution to these problems, far from requiring foreign intervention, would necessarily involve Venezuela and the Latin American region striking its own course and further distancing itself from the dictates of global capitalism. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to  

23] – Join a webinar featuring Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Through the efforts of its capital campaign, The World We Seek: Now Is the Time, FCNL is strengthening the Quaker lobby, developing programs that engage Young Adults, and expanding its presence on Capitol Hill. FCNL is excited to share stories of its current legislative successes, in addition to its vision for the future. The Webinar is on Tues., Sept. 13 at 8 PM Eastern. Register at

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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