Baltimore Activist Alert December 11 – 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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com. 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] verizon.net.
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] “Pre-trial Detention in Maryland Due for Reform” – Dec. 11
6] Counter-inaugural meeting – Dec. 11
7] Sustainable Gift Fair – Dec. 11
8] Ban fracking meeting -- Dec. 11
9] Liberation Takes Generations – Dec. 11
10] Pentagon Vigil – Dec. 12
11] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Dec. 12 – Dec. 16
12] Protest Muslim registry – Dec. 12
13] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Dec. 13
14] Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" – Dec. 13
15] Environmental Legislative Briefing – Dec. 13
16] Gun violence Town Hall – Dec. 13
17] What are we teaching our children? – Dec. 13
18] New book, “Born on Third Base” – Dec. 13
19] Green Party meeting – Dec. 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 http://thomas.loc.gov/. Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.
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 Verizon.net. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed. If you have problems, please write to the list manager at email@example.com.
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., Dec. 11, the platform address is “Pre-trial Detention in Maryland Due for Reform.” Many citizens who pose no threat to society spend prolonged periods in prisons awaiting trial without seeing a judge, particularly those who cannot afford bail. Excessive use of pretrial detention is destructive to families and may increase costs of criminal justice systems as a whole. Innovative reform proposals will be a hot topic in the Maryland General Assembly this year. Tara Andrews Huffman, Esq. is the Director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program, Open Society Institute-Baltimore. Previously, Huffman provided coaching and consulting services to non-profit leaders and organizations—including to the Greater Baltimore Grassroots Criminal Justice Network. Before that, she served for five years as the Deputy Director for Policy and Programs at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice in Washington, D.C. There, she managed a project to advocate for national standards to reduce incarceration and criminalization of juvenile status offenders. Active in the community, Huffman has a deep commitment to reforming policies and practices that contribute to racial disparities, an over-reliance on incarceration, blocked opportunities, and unrealized potential. Call 410-581-2322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6] – There is a Mass Meeting: Organizing against Trump's Inauguration on Sun., Dec. 11 from noon to 7 PM. RSVP here for address and directions -- http://www.disruptj20.org/events/spokes-council/. The DC Counter-Inaugural Welcoming Committee is coordinating plans to shut down the inauguration of Donald Trump. This spokescouncil is open to individual activists, organization staff, affinity groups, collectives, artists, medics and healers, and anyone else who wants to help shut down the inauguration. Law enforcement and media are not welcome.
7] – On Sun., Dec. 11 from 2 to 6 PM, attend the 7th Annual Wilmington in Transition Sustainable Gift Fair with local handicrafts, artists, herbalists, artisan goods, local healthy food options, live music and more! Come to the Silverside Church, 2800 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1729485487375857/.
8] – On Sun., Dec. 11 from 2 to 3 PM, come to a meeting to prepare to lobby Senator Joan Carter Conway for a frack-free future for Maryland at 4 E University Pkwy., Baltimore 21218. Maryland's moratorium on fracking will expire in October of 2017. This upcoming legislative session will be the last chance that Maryland will have to ban fracking before that expiration. Activists across the state have been working with the "Don't Frack Maryland Coalition" to build growing support for a permanent state-wide ban. The key target in this fight is Senator Conway, as she is the head of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee that will decide whether or not to send the ban bill to the Senate for a vote. During the previous moratorium campaign, Senator Conway weakened the moratorium bill significantly reducing the moratorium from 8 years to 2.5 years and eliminated any language that would have required health studies. Instead she put forward a bill that called for draft regulations to be written that would permit fracking in Maryland. Brooke Harper from CCAN (Chesapeake Climate Action Network) will talk about the current state-wide efforts, what folks in the western part of the state are saying and what we need to say to Senator Conway. RSVP to Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin at email@example.com.
9] – Liberation Takes Generations is the discussion topic on Sun., Dec. 11 from 5 to 7 PM at Busboys & Poets (5th & K), 1025 K St. NW, WDC 20001. Elle Hearns, Organizing Coordinator for Black Lives Matter National, and Ramona Africa, Minister of Information for the MOVE Organization, join Practice Makes Progress to give a master class on grassroots organizing while Black. Get the inside story on Black liberation, its history, and the future from this intergenerational, intersectional conversation among Black women in leadership. Hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages included in ticket price. Go to http://www.busboysandpoets.com/about/5th-k.
10] – 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 Dec., 11, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
11] – 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 www.weaa.org. The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to email@example.com. All shows are also available as podcasts at www.steinershow.org.
12] – As 2016 draws closer to the end, we as a community will need to keep marching, to keep rallying, and to keep protesting against hate, oppression, and the deliberate denial to collective liberation. We will need to keep organizing, strategizing and building side by side. On Mon., Dec. 12 from 1 to 3 PM, there will be a march and rally in front of the U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave NW, WDC 20530, for Muslims and allies to declare resistance towards a Muslim registry. Join Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM) and Moveon.org to shut down an already-existing Muslim registry program (NSEERS) before Donald Trump is inaugurated. The Washington Peace Center signed on as a partner.
13] – 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 Dec. 13. Call 215-426-0364.
14] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Dec. 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.
15] – There is an Environmental Legislative Briefing on the upcoming Maryland State 2017 Legislative Session with the Sierra Club on Tues., Dec. 13 from 6 to 7:45 PM at the Enoch Pratt Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore 21231. Mark Posner, Legislative Chair, Sierra Club Maryland Chapter will give an overview of the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter's environmental priorities and provide an update on the Feb. 20th Sierra Club lobby night. RSVPs welcome but not necessary. Go to http://www.sierraclub.org/maryland/calendar.
16] – On Tues., Dec. 13 from 6:30 to 8 PM, the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence is holding a Town Hall—Goals for 2017 and Beyond. There will be a panel discussion with members of the General Assembly at the Unitarian Church, Newark, 420 Willa Rd., Newark, DE. Go to http://decagv.org/.
17] -- ACTION for BALTIMORE RACIAL JUSTICE is asking What are we teaching our children? The discussion will be happening on Tues., Dec. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore 21213. In Baltimore, and across the country, we are seeing videos on social media of teachers making racialized statements and hearing how administrations are responding. But the question remains: what are our responses teaching our children? Are we teaching them to think about the issues and systemic complexities -- or are we teaching them to scapegoat? Go to www.bmoreantiracist.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
18] --There is an Author Talk with Chuck Collins at 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Tues., Dec. 13 from 7 to 9 PM. The conversation will be about Collins’ new book, “Born on Third Base.” With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, inequality expert Chuck Collins upends our assumptions about America’s deep wealth divide—one that, for the first time in recent history, locks the nation’s youth into a future defined by their class and wealth at birth; limits our ability to address crises like climate change; and creates a world that no one, not even the rich, will ultimately want to live in. Collins calls for an end to class war, busts the myths that define our views of rich and poor, and offers bold new solutions for bridging the economic divide and re-engaging the wealthy in rebuilding communities for a resilient future. See http://pottershousedc.org/event-blog/2016/10/27/born-on-third-base-author-talk-with-chuck-collins.
19] – The Baltimore County chapter of the Green Party will hold its second membership meeting at 7 pm on Tues., Dec. 13 at the Green Party Headquarters, 100 East 23rd St. Baltimore 21218. At this meeting, the group will cover a few organizational matters and begin planning actions for 2017. All Baltimore County Green Party supporters are invited to attend and to bring a friend. Go to http://www.baltimoregp.org/.
To be continued.
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"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