Thursday, March 16, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - March 17 - April 29, 2017

44] Peace vigil at White House – Mar. 17
45] WIB peace vigil – Mar. 17
46] Come to a book signing of “When the Rules Aren't Right” -- Mar. 17
47] Release Aging People in Prison meeting – Mar. 17
48] Production of ¡Óyeme! – Mar. 17
49] Black Lives Matter vigil -- Mar. 17
50] Ballroom Dancing – Mar. 17
51] Rally for Housing and Ending Homelessness – Mar. 18
52] West Chester peace vigil – Mar. 18
53] FCNL "Spring Lobby Weekend on Economic Justice" – Mar. 18 – 21
54] Celebrate accomplishments of Dr. Halim Barakat – Mar. 18
55] Book talk NEVER CAUGHT – Mar. 18
56] Positive Force meeting – Mar. 18
57] No Muslim Ban at Dulles Airport – Mar. 18  
58] DMV Spokes Council meeting – Mar. 18
59] Turning Point: Organizing Muslim Communities – Mar. 18
60] Dick Gregory in Baltimore – Mar. 18
61] See a screening of “The Sultan and the Saint” – Mar. 18
62] Attend the PSR dinner – Apr. 15
63] Join CODEPINK – Apr. 22 & Apr. 29
64] Interested in getting involved in a Peace Trail  
65] Support the Wheeler family who lost their home in a fire
66] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
67] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
68] Do you need any book shelves?
69] Join the Global Zero campaign
70] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
44] – On Fri., Mar. 17 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! This vigil will take place at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contract Art @ or at 202-360-6416. 

45] – On Fri., Mar. 17 from noon to 1 PM, join a Women in Black peace vigil. A vigil will take place in McKeldin Square at the corner of Light and Pratt Sts. Stay for as long as you can. Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather. Bring your own poster or help with the "NO WAR IN MY NAME" banner.  When there are others to stand with, you don't need to carry the burden alone. Do this to be in solidarity with others....when everything around us says “Be afraid of the stranger.” Carpool and parking available. Just send an email that you need a ride [].  Peace signs will be available. 

46] – Come to a book signing of “When the Rules Aren't Right” at American Federation of Teacher, 555 New Jersey Ave. NW, WDC 20010, on Fri., Mar. 17 from  11:45 AM to 1:30 PM. Join AFT leaders Randi Weingarten and Mary Cathryn Ricker for lunch when they introduce author Leslie Tolf's new graphic novel on union history and social activism. They will be joined by special guests and also be announcing a Share My Lesson plan contest. Now more than ever, this important book shows there is strength in numbers, purpose in speaking truth to power, and joy in knowing you’re not alone in the struggle. Tolf, past president of Union Plus, has spent nearly two decades working for social justice. RSPV at

47] – Attend a DCRAPP (Release Aging People in Prison) Coalition Meeting at the BF Senior Wellness Center, 3531 Georgia Ave. NW, WDC 20010, on Fri., Mar. 17 from 3 to 4:15 PM. RAPP will share a bit about their work to get aging prisoners back to their families and communities. Come out to the next coalition meeting to learn more about this issue; and how you can help advocate for the release and return of aging people in prison to their families and communities. DCRAPP plans to usher in change. Email or go to

48] – On Fri., Mar. 17 at 4:15 PM, the Imagination Theatre presents ¡Óyeme! at the Beautiful at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD   20879. ¡Óyeme! is a collaborative project that responds to the surge of refugee children fleeing violence in Central America who have arrived in Montgomery County. Many of the children have experienced horrific circumstances in their country of origin as well as in the migration here. The project partners include Imagination Stage, The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), Montgomery County Department of Recreation, Councilmember Nancy Navarro, and the Department of Health and Human Service’s Street Outreach Network (SON). Go to

49] – There is usually a silent vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends Meeting, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on Mar. 3. Black Lives Matter.

50] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at  8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be Mar. 17. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

51] – There is a Rally for Housing and Ending Homelessness at the Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW, WDC, on Sat., Mar. 18 from 10 AM to noon. CNHED’s Housing For All Campaign is excited to be joining The Way Home Campaign for a joint rally! Through the broad and diverse support our Campaigns, they have led District officials to make unprecedented investments in programs that build and preserve affordable homes, end chronic homelessness, and create new opportunities for home ownership. The program will include winners of the 2017 Housing For All Art Competition, resident testimony, and comments and Q&A with elected officials. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Children are welcome.  RSPV or sign up to volunteer at

52] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email

53] – From Sat., Mar. 18 at noon through Tues., Mar. 21, attend the Friends Committee on National Legislation "Spring Lobby Weekend on Economic Justice" at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW, WDC.. Register at On Mar. 21, the activities switch to the Lutheran Church, 212 East Capitol St. NE, from 8:30 AM to 4 PM.

54] – On Sat., Mar. 18 from 12:30 to 2 PM, join the Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037 in celebrating the accomplishments of Dr. Halim Barakat, retired member of the Palestine Center Committee, retired Research Professor of Society and Culture at The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and a vital contributor to the establishment of the Palestine Center. Remarks will be delivered by Dr. Michael C. Hudson and Dr. Edmund Ghareeb with Dr. Barakat in attendance. RSVP’s are required – no walk-ins -

55 – “Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge,” will be discussed at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC, on Sat., Mar. 18 from 1 to 2:30 PM.  “Never Caught” is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington's runaway slave who risked it all to escape the nation's capital and reach freedom. So, when the opportunity presented itself one clear and pleasant spring day in Philadelphia, Judge left everything she knew to escape to New England. Yet freedom would not come without its costs.  At just twenty-two-years-old, Ona became the subject of an intense manhunt led by George Washington, who used his political and personal contacts to recapture his property.  Historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar weaves a powerful tale and offers fascinating new scholarship on how one young woman risked it all to gain freedom from the famous founding father. Go to

56] – There is a Positive Force DC Organizing Meeting on Sat., Mar. 18 from 3 to 5 PM at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC 20010.  How do we support and protect our communities and the marginalized people within them against the rising tide of hatred? Let's plan and strategize. As always, bring your friends and ideas! Snacks will be provided! Go to

57] – No Muslim Ban 2.0: Rally at Dulles International Airport, 1 Saarinen Cir., Chantilly, VA, on Sat., Mar. 18 from 4 to 7 PM.  This event is hosted by the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition, UNITE HERE! (Unite Here Local 23) & SURJ Northern Virginia for an emergency rally at Dulles Airport's International Arrivals Terminal, Door 1.  The second Executive Order, also known as Muslim Ban 2.0, will go into effect on March 16th, throwing into tumult and despair again, communities that are directly impacted by the ban. When the last Executive Order went into effect (January 27), thousands of people across the country rallied at airports. Bring pots and pans, signs and your loudest voices. Visit

58] –  The DisruptJ20 crew has seen and heard a need to pull local groups together to coordinate during this time of widespread resistance to deepen our connections and amplify each other’s work. They are organizing a monthly spokes council for DC-area organizations and affinity groups to come together and share what they’re organizing around, what their needs are, and to ask questions of each other. RSVP at accessibility needs:  Organizations and affinity groups are invited to send representatives to the spokes council. Unfortunately, no unaffiliated individuals will be allowed to take part in the process, but they are welcome to attend and observe. There is a DMV Spokes Council meeting at 1640 Columbia Rd, NW, WDC, on Sat., Mar. 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. RSVP at

59] –  Turning Point: Organizing Muslim Communities for Change at Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave. NW, WDC, on Sat., Mar. 18 at 6:30 to 9:30 PM.   The event is tailored for organizing within Muslim communities, but allies are always welcome. RSVP at

60] –  On Sat., Mar. 18 from 7 to10 PM, Dick Gregory will discuss Corrupted Politics: the Election of Donald Trump and scandals in the world Today at the Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 1121 W. Lanvale St., Baltimore 21217.  Tickets available at in advance are $25.  At the door, the price is $30.Visit Call 410 303 4120 or visit

61] – On Sat., Mar. 18 at 7 PM see a screening of “The Sultan and the Saint” at Georgetown University, followed by al discussion.  Learn about St. Francis' encounter with the Sultan during the Crusades and how their story of peace and friendship is important in our world today. Go to  The screening is free, but RSVP

62] – The Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility Annual Dinner will take place on Sat., Apr. 15 from 6 to 9 PM at the Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore.  The guest speaker is  Dr. Ira Helfand, co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.   He will speak on the growing danger of nuclear war and what we can do about it. The suggested donations are $20, $30, $50 or $100. Register at or by emailing

63] – There is still room available from time to time at the CODEPINK activist house in DC. Perhaps you want to join the Scientists March on April 22 or the Climate March on April 29? Contact Paki at

64 – Doug Retzler. 410-598-8409 0r, wrote this: "A close friend of mine, Dave Goldsmith, put in an inquiry last Fall with the state about putting up a historic marker at the site of the Catonsville 9 action. He's supposed to get word back about it by this Summer.   His initiating that idea made me start thinking about creating a series of sites in focus as a "Peace Trail"-  activist activities & sites in promotion of human rights, environmental justice & peace -The Patapsco C.O. camp building a hydroelectric generator  in 1941 seems another good candidate."  If you have any interest in getting involved in this project, contact Doug.
                                                                                                                                                                    65] – Activists Joyce and Tim Wheeler now live in Sequim, Washington, but their son, Morgan and his family have lived in the Wheeler’s Baltimore home, 816 Beaumont Avenue for some time.  Tragically, at 3 AM on February 4, the home was burned beyond recognition.  Morgan was able to get his family out, but the house and its contents are totally destroyed.  Morgan's daughter, Erin, has created a Go Fund Me page which you can access below.  Anything you are able to contribute to support Morgan and his family would be greatly appreciated. Go to 


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67] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at

68] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

69] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

70] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

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

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

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