Sunday, September 25, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert September 25 - 26, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert September 25 - 26, 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] Support Joshua Harris – Sept. 25
6] Build a Better Community – Sept. 25
7] Smoking Grass – Sept. 25
8] Peace Camp – Sept. 25
9] Concert End Gun Violence -- Sept. 25
10] Plan for pentagon Protest – Sept. 25
11] Community Talk on Mass Incarceration – Sept. 25
12] Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline – Sept. 25
13] An Interfaith Conversation – Sept. 25
14] International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons – Sept. 26
15] Pentagon Vigil – Sept. 26
16] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Sept. 26 – Sept. 30
17] Voices from Japan – Sept. 26
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] – On Sun., Sept. 25 from 8 AM to noon, volunteers will meet at the JFX Sunday Farmer's Market, E. Saratoga and Holliday Sts., Baltimore 21202, to campaign for Joshua Harris for Mayor.  CONTACT Vincent Tola at Go to

6] – How Your Savings Dollars Can Build a Better Community takes place at 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Sun., Sept. 25 at 9:15 AM.  Few people realize you have the opportunity to use your investment dollars to have a positive societal impact.  Whether it is through your office 401(k) or an old IRA, investment dollars can help promote social change, here in Washington as well as across the nation.  William Bruno of Green Eagle Financial Services and Jeremy Cullimore of the not-for-profit Washington Area Community Investment Fund will discuss strategies for pursuing change and describe how the faith-based community has been in the forefront of these efforts. William Bruno is on the Episcopal Diocese of Washington’s Committee on Sustainable and Responsible Investing, (as is St. Stephen’s own Bill MacKaye).

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. 25, the topic is “Legalization of Marijuana in Maryland” with John Mello, director, Maryland Chapter of NORML. The Maryland state chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) educates the public and grows the movement toward marijuana legalization in the state of Maryland. They provide education and resources to empower the citizens of Maryland to work with the General Assembly to ensure proper cannabis legalization for adults. Maryland NORML is a member of the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland.

Maryland NORML is working with a coalition of cannabis advocates to legalize cannabis in Maryland. John served as deputy director of Housing and Building Energy Programs at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Call 410-581-2322 or email

8] – On Sun., Sept. 25 from 1 to 4:30 PM, Little Friends for Peace and the DC Peace Team offer an Adult Mini Peace Camp.  It will be held at Perry School 128 M St. NW, WDC 20001.  Experience relations-building circles, Win-Win games, Share & dramatize stories, Transform conflicts with the Peace Train, and enjoy Snacks & drinks.   Contact MJ Park at at 240-838-4549.

9] – On Sun., Sept. 25 at 3 PM, enjoy s Concert Across America To End Gun Violence at the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church, 1701 Fifteenth St. NW, WDC   20009.  The afternoon will include musical entertainment as well as opportunities to purchase BBQ sandwiches, bid in the Silent Auction, and purchase items from the Flea Market table.  There is no cost for the program; there will be a free will offering taken up to benefit the cause if you choose to donate.  Donations will go to Heeding God’s Call, WDC Chapter.  Email or call 301-661-3154.

10] – It’s time to protest war at the Pentagon. On Sun., Sept. 25 from 2 to 4 PM, there is a Planning/Training Session for the Next Day’s Nonviolent Action. Meet at American University Kay Center Chapel. This meeting is part of a conference that is full to capacity, but this and other events Sunday afternoon and evening have extra space. Events in the Founders Room are full, but workshops and events in other locations are not.  On Mon., Sept. 26 at 9 AM be at the Metro Entrance to the Pentagon. The gathering will begin n near the top of the Metro subway escalators (the Pentagon stop) next to the bus bay. Bring your signs and banners and join a spirited nonviolent witness against war! A petition will be delivered to the Pentagon calling for the closure of Ramstein Air Base in Germany, as U.S. whistleblowers and Germans together deliver it to the German government in Berlin. This action is one of over 650 nonviolent actions planned around the country this week. See the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions at  Go to Beyond War's events page:

11] – A Community Talk on Mass Incarceration will take place at 5301 N Capitol St. NE, WDC, on Sun., Sept. 25 from 1 to 3 PM. Learn about issues mass incarceration, its impact on our community, and concrete actions we can take to heal and transform from its devastating effects.

12] – There is a Capitol Innovation Forum: Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline at Impact Hub DC, 419 7th St. NW, 3rd floor, WDC, on Sun., Sept. 25 from 6 to 8 PM. In some communities, students are spending more time in the juvenile justice system than a classroom. Zero-tolerance and other discipline policies negatively and disproportionately impact students of color, making them more likely to be suspended, expelled, and incarcerated. Join panelists as they explore ways to disrupt the school to prison pipeline.  Event is free for Impact Hub members.  To buy tickets, go to

13] – On Sun., Sept. 25 from 2 to 5 PM, get over to Faithful to Peace: An Interfaith Conversation with representatives from twelve different faith traditions who will lead conversations about peacemaking through their sacred texts, communities, traditions, and experiences. Each participant will be able to choose to lead two small group discussions. The event will open with a short interfaith devotional service and include a time of fellowship and refreshments before and during a break in the middle.  It happens at the Hanover Presbyterian Church, 1801 N. Jefferson St., Wilmington 19802.  Email

14] – On Monday, September 26, commemorate International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

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., 19, 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. 

16] – 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

17] – Voices from Japan, part of the  National Security Speaker Series, is happening on Mon., Sept. 26 from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.  RSVP at

"Voices from Japan: National Security Speaker Series" is an annual public symposium that brings high-profile, senior-level Japanese individuals to Washington, D.C. for discussions about how the U.S. and Japan can tackle today's global security challenges under the US-Japan alliance and in partnership with like-minded nations. It provides a unique platform for senior-level Japanese officials to share their insights and concerns on a range of international issues.

The Honorable Masanori Nishi, former Vice Defense Minister and currently Special Advisor to the Ministry of Defense, will speak on "The Third Offset Strategy and the U.S.-Japan Alliance." Led by Senior Associate Yuki Tatsumi since 2004, Stimson's Japan program seeks to deepen the understanding of Japan's evolving role in international community and its implication for the U.S.-Japan alliance. The program continues Stimson's 25-year tradition of providing expert analysis on key global security issues.

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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