Saturday, March 18, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert March 19 - 21, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert March 19 - 21, 2017

"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] Call Sen. Mike Miller to tell him pass a fracking ban
6] D.C. Environmental Film Festival through Mar. 26
7] Autocracy in Turkey - Mar. 19
8] Action and Advocacy Fair – Mar. 19
9] Unity Rally --- Mar. 19
10] SURJ Moco Mass Meeting – Mar. 19
11] A Beautiful Renaissance – Mar. 19
12] Jewish Voice for Peace Seder– Mar. 19
13] Pentagon Vigil – Mar. 20
14] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 20 – Mar. 24
15] Protest endless wars -- Mar. 20
16] Film “Fix It – Healthcare at the Tipping Point” – Mar. 20
17] Peoples Climate Movement conversation -- Mar. 20
18] Take money out of Wells Fargo -- Mar. 20
19] Proposed Sanctuary City Ordinance --- Mar. 20
20] Get Money Out of Maryland conference call – Mar. 20
21] DMV Sanctuary Congregations Network Launch – Mar. 21
22] Philly peace vigil - Mar. 21
23] Stop JHU’s drone research -- Mar. 21
24] Bread & Roses – Mar. 21
25] See the film “What Happened Ms Simone?” – Mar. 21
25] PART 3 Interfaith Dialogue – Mar. 211
27] Film “Roadmap to Apartheid” – Mar. 21
28] Theatre of the Oppressed– Mar. 21
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] – Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility has asked for help.  We must ban fracking in Maryland. However, a few senators appear to be the main obstacles to a ban.  Call Senator Mike Miller at 1-888-997-5380 and tell him you support a fracking ban.

6] -- The D.C. Environmental Film Festival continues at locations throughout D.C. and in Maryland through Sun., Mar. 26 at 10:30 PM.  See environmental films at over 50 venues. 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., Mar. 19, the Sunday Platform Address is “Autocracy and Populism on the Rise: Lessons from Turkey in the Trump Era” with journalist Mahir Zeynalov.   The American immigration ban is seen in Turkey and elsewhere as discrimination against Muslims, complicated by President Trump’s business interests in Istanbul. As one of the United States’ most strategic allies, Turkey is critical in the fight against ISIS, and has NATO’s second largest army. Yet with the recent rise in authoritarianism, relations with the U.S. are deteriorating.

  Zeynalov is the first Turkish journalist to be deported from Turkey, and the first that President Erdogan sought to have imprisoned. He rose to international prominence documenting the recent media crackdown in Turkey. He worked for Turkey’s leading English-language daily until it was shut down by the government in 2016.
Call 410-581-2322 or email 

8] – On Sun., Mar, 19 from 1 to 3PM, get over to the Action and Advocacy Fair  organized by Women's March Sussex County and Action Together DE, at the  Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave, Lewes, DE19958. Go to

9] – On Sun., Mar. 19 from 2 to 3 PM, come to a Unity Rally to contest  threats of violence, deportation of area Hispanic community members, racial tension in the African American community, and racial profiling in the Muslim community, etc. The Unity Rally, which demonstrates that we stand together, at the Siegel Jewish Community Center, 101 Garden of Eden Rd, Wilmington. Register at

10] --  Get over to the SURJ Moco Mass Meeting at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, on Sun., Mar. 19 from 3 to 5 PM.  This is the first mass meeting of the newly-formed Montgomery County chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. SURJ mobilizes White people to work for racial justice, but all who are interested in working for a more just society are welcome. RSVP at

11] – On Sun., Mar. 19 at 3 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, is celebrating A Beautiful Renaissance, the third issue of Gods and Radicals.  Spend the evening with the editor, artists, and writers of the journal for readings and discussion regarding the future of paganism and leftism as empire crumbles around us. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

12] --  On Sun., Mar. 19 from 5 to 8 PM,  Jewish Voice for Peace – DC Metro invites you to take part in their third annual interfaith Passover Seder, dedicated to freedom for everyone. Looking to be part of a movement in the Age of Trump and Netanyahu? Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is a movement fighting for justice in all of our communities, both here and in Israel-Palestine.  This third annual interfaith Passover Seder is dedicated to freedom for everyone. We will use a blend of traditional and contemporary readings, poems, and songs to shed new light on Passover as the story of a liberation struggle relevant to oppressed people the world over.  Rabbi Joseph Berman of JVP will preside. Rev. Graylan Hagler of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ and Imam Ali Siddiqui of Interfaith Action for Human Rights will also preach, along with other clergy at Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW, WDC 20001.  The nearest Metro is Gallery Place / Chinatown.  The suggested donation is $7 in advance, or $10 at the door. No one will be refused due to lack of funds.  The Seder will include a Pot Luck Dinner. Bring a vegetarian dish, dessert or beverage to share in the Passover tradition. No bread or baked goods made with flour please.  RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED. RSVP

13] – 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 Mar. 20, 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. 

14] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Frida 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., Mar, 20, through Tues. Mar.21, attend the 2017 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. It will bring together over 800 experts and officials from more than forty-five countries and international organizations.  The conference takes place on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’s conclusion. Most observers credit the treaty with playing a pivotal role in stemming the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Today, however, its continued efficacy is in doubt as disagreements grow over the implementation of each of its three main “pillars”—nonproliferation, disarmament, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The time seems ripe, therefore, for an assessment of the treaty and its prospects. To this end, a number of panels at the conference will focus on debates surrounding treaty’s core articles, as well as on questions of how to manage its nonmembers and sole former member. Other panels will consider the future of global nuclear order, as well as emerging trends in deterrence, disarmament, nonproliferation, nuclear security, and nuclear energy. Email if you are interested in attending. Go to

15] – On Mon., March 20 United for Peace and Justice is calling for protests to resist endless war and to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. No matter how many times we’re told “mission accomplished” the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq continues to this day. Many other conflicts in the region are a direct result of the 2003 invasion. Host a protest, vigil or meeting to mark the 14th anniversary. Add your event to the UFPJ calendar at

16] – THE REPUBLICAN HEALTHCARE PLAN, WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU?  It means higher Insurance premiums and out of pocket expenses are coming! Worried about the loss of healthcare protections, increasing costs, medical bankruptcy, losing Medicare? Have health insurance but can’t afford to use it? The House Republicans have released their proposal to replace the ACA (Obamacare) and we are following it closely. We will share the latest information and how it will affect you and members of your family.   The newly proposed legislation is very controversial as it takes away many of the benefits of the ACA and will make access to healthcare more difficult for many of us.  Yet, the ACA already left 30 million without insurance and many more underinsured because of high out of pocket expenses. Join Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland for a screening and discussion of “Fix It – Healthcare at the Tipping Point”. On Mon., Mar. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia 21044. 

After the documentary, explore the real solution to the healthcare crisis, HR676 – Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, a national single-payer system, and show how it can provide world-class healthcare for every resident of the U.S.A. while reducing costs for individuals, healthcare providers and businesses.  Contact

17] – The organizing continues for the Peoples Climate Movement. The first step is to join the DC kickoff meeting on Mon., Mar. 20 at 6:30 PM. Join in conversation with faith, labor, environmental justice and student leaders in the area — and then let's mobilize around local issues for the People's Climate March on April 29. RSVP at

18] –  The DCReInvest from Wells Fargo Rally, calling for the closing of accounts, will happen at 1700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Mon., Mar. 20, from 4 to 5 PM. Join DC Re(sponsible) Investment Coalition: #DCReInvest as they support and cheer on several fellow community members in closing their Wells Fargo accounts.  This action is part of a larger call for our city and our communities to end their relationships with DAPL investors, starting with Wells Fargo. Lay the groundwork for DC to establish socially just, responsible investing practices that ensure our city does not endorse projects like DAPL in the future. Stand with Standing Rock and all who are showing up to protect indigenous sovereignty and the land and water. Join up:

19] – There is a Proposed Sanctuary City Ordinance which the county will discuss establishing Hyattsville as a Sanctuary City during the regular Council meeting on Mon., Mar. 20 at 8 PM. Public comment is encouraged and will be heard at approximately 8 PM in Council Chambers, third floor of the City Building, 4310 Gallatin St., Hyattsville 20781.  City Council Meetings are broadcast live on cable television channel 71 (Comcast) and channel 12 (Verizon) and streamed online at Go to

20] – Get Money Out of Maryland has a weekly teleconference, every Monday evening at 8:30 PM.  Call 605-475-6711, and use the Code 1136243#.  Go to

21] – The DMV Sanctuary Congregations Network Launch  will happen at the Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Mar. 21 from 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM.  Come to the launch of a new network of congregations in the DC/MD/VA region working to provide support and solidarity to neighbors, friends and family who fear being detained, deported or profiled. Faith will not let us permit the criminalization and scapegoating of immigrants and people of color. This is hosted through a partnership between Sanctuary DMV and PICO National Network.  Go to

22] – 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 Mar. 21.  Call 215-426-0364.

23] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Mar. 21  from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

24] – Bread and Roses i: happening at Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW, WDC, on Tues,, Mar, 21 from 6 to 8 PM.  Bread & Roses is a monthly labor series that features a variety of events focused on workers and organized labor. Each month brings a new topic through interactive discussions, film screenings, and performances. The hope for these events is that attendees walk away with a greater understanding of organized labor, its role in shaping history and current relevance. The name "Bread & Roses" was inspired by a poem/song written by James Oppenheim that appeals for both fair wages and dignified conditions.

25] – On Women's History Month Film Night, see “What Happened Ms Simone?,” at We Act Radio, 1918 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, WDC, on Tues., Mar. 21 from 6 to 8:30 PM.  The film is about the life and legend Nina Simone, a singer, pianist, and revolutionary human rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul" and respected throughout the African world.  Light refreshments will be provided.  This event is organized by the Pan-African Community Action.  Go to  or @PACAdmv.

26] – On Tues., Mar. 21 from| 6:30 to 9 PM participate in the PART 3 Interfaith Dialogue in the Cathedral Nave at the Washington National Cathedral.  The theme is Faith Over Fear. Welcoming the Stranger. Go to or   

27] – Baltimore Palestine Solidarity presents “Roadmap to Apartheid” on Tues., Mar. 14 with the doors opening at 6:30 PM at  Homewood Friends Meetinghouse,  3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  The film starts promptly at 7 PM.  Apartheid is a word most commonly associated with the system of racial segregation in South Africa. The same word has also been applied to describe the State of Israel.  See what apartheid looks like in both cases, the similarities and differences between the two, and how boycott, divestment and sanctions can play a role in ending this system of oppression. Homemade Arabic food will be available before and after the film.  The suggested donation is $5. Go to

28] –Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed takes place at 641 D St NW, WDC, on Tues., Mar. 21 from 7 to 10 PM. The DC Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice Winter Workshop Series continues. Join coalition co-founder Annalisa Dias for an interactive session that introduces the variety of techniques of theatre of the oppressed, focusing most time on game play and Forum Theatre format. Sometime will be spent on theory, but most of the time will be spent actively playing games and building short Forum Theatre scenes. Register at

To be continued.

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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