Thursday, April 13, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 13 - 29, 2017

38] Documentary “National Bird”   – Apr. 13
39] Peace vigil at White House – Apr. 14
40] WIB peace vigil – Apr. 14
41] Protest Lockheed Martin – Apr. 14
42] Stations of the Cross for Justice and Peace – Apr. 14
43] Black Lives Matter/"Taxes for peace, not war" – Apr. 14
44] Poetry at Red Emma’s – Apr. 14
45] Ballroom Dancing -- Apr. 14
46] Global Days of Action on Military Spending – Apr. 15 - 28
47] Deep Canvassing in Virginia – Apr. 15
48] Baltimore Tax March – Apr. 15
49] March for the Animals -- Apr. 15
50] West Chester peace vigil – Apr. 15
51] MD Legislative Wrap-Up -- Apr. 15
52] Underground Railroad Workshop – Apr. 15
53] National Tax March -- Apr. 15
54] Sacred Rivers – Apr. 15
55] U.S. THAAD deployment in Korea – Apr. 15
56] NAFTA Replacement -- Apr. 15
57] Attend the PSR dinner – Apr. 15
58] Dollars Against Deportation – Apr. 15
59] Join CODEPINK – Apr. 22 & Apr. 29
60] Interested in getting involved in a Peace Trail  
61] Support the Wheeler family who lost their home in a fire
62] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
63] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
64] Do you need any book shelves?
65] Join the Global Zero campaign
66] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
38] – See the documentary “National Bird” (2016 USA – 1 hr. 32 min.) directed by Sonia Kennebeck on Thurs., Apr. 13 from 7 to9 PM at Bryn Mawr Film Institute. 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.  Call 610-527-4008 x. 109.  Register at With unique access to a drone-target analyst and a retired intelligence officer, this in-depth investigation about the U.S. drone war documents two courageous women as they connect with a former NSA analyst and risk backlash as whistleblowers on the drone program. Part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up series, this screening is free for all who would like to attend. A discussion with Kimberly Dunbar, mother of one of the main subjects in the documentary, Peter Lems, Peace Building Officer with the American Friends Servicing Committee, and Robert Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community will take place after the screening.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships.  

39] – On Fri., Apr. 14 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. 

40] – On Fri., Apr. 14 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. 

41] – IGNITE PEACE @ Lockheed Martin on Good Friday, Apr. 14, at noon.  Engage in the Stations of Justice, Peace, and Nonviolent Resistance to Lockheed Martin. 230 Mall Boulevard (Mall & Goddard Boulevards) King of Prussia, PA (directly behind the King of Prussia Mall, and across from the UA King of Prussia movieplex).  Bring an umbrella in case of rain. Call the Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148 and if need be, leave a message, if you plan to face arrest by participating in nonviolent resistance. There will be an on-site meeting at 11 AM for those risking arrest.  Your participation on Good Friday at Lockheed Martin assumes a commitment to nonviolent discipline (refraining, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "from the violence of fist, tongue, and heart"). Go to

42] – The annual Stations of the Cross for Justice and Peace in downtown Baltimore, sponsored by Pax Christi Baltimore, will take place on Good Friday, Apr. 14 at noon.  The annual procession will start at City Hall, and process through the downtown area, stopping at various sites. Return to City Hall at 2 PM. This will be the 31st year that Pax Christi has organized this event.  Contact Chuck Michaels at 443-846-5207 (cell).

43] – 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 Apr. 14. Black Lives Matter/"Taxes for peace, not war."  

44] – On Fri., Apr. 14 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, find out that poetry is a coping mechanism, which can be used to express oneself within this fast-paced hectic world. Thus, it is extremely important to come together and celebrate language and its power to craft community. Fourteen student poets from Maryland Institute College of Art create both visual art and write poems. Chezia Thompson Strand is the featured author who will be reading from her book “When Divas Speak in Tongues” and “Live from Mississippi” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders, which will be available to purchase. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

45] – 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 Apr. 14. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

46] –From April 15 to 28, Make Plans for Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS). This Tax Day, April 15, join or host a demonstration in your community. Unite around new priorities, protest the war-economy, and promote policies based on peace, diplomacy, and funding human needs. This year’s Global Days of Action Against Military Spending span U.S. tax day to the release of the annual world military expenditure figures by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).  Go to

47] – Deep Canvassing in Virginia will begin at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2907 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton, VA 22124, on Sat., Apr. 15 from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Join SURJ NoVA and SURJ DC to have important conversations with Northern VA residents about race and racial justice. Apply long-term, research-based strategies designed to push our neighbors to collectively re-think their support for systemic white supremacy. RSVP at  Before canvassing, learn about how to ask questions and listen to other white folks who are conflicted about race. Learn more about deep canvass, read this article from the NYT:  See

48] –The Baltimore Tax March is on Sat., Apr. 15 at 10 AM at McKeldin Square, Pratt & Light Sts., Baltimore 21202.  March to demand that Donald Trump release his tax returns. Also it must be raised that some 55 percent of the federal discretionary budget is spent on militarism.  RSVP at

49] – The Maryland SPCA 2017 March for the Animals presented by M&T Bank will take place at Camden Yards Sports Complex outside of M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park on Sat., Apr. 15 from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Enjoy FREE PARKING, food from some of the most paw-some food trucks around town, live music, plenty of animal-friendly vendors, fun family activities, two photo booths, contests and prizes! Also added is a hilarious new animal/human look-a-like contest so order your matching outfits now.  NEW THIS YEAR: There will be "After Paw-ty" specials at local bars and restaurants for any guests wearing their March for the Animals t-shirt.  Call 410-235-8826.

50] – 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

51] – The 3rd Annual Clubs of Color MD Legislative Wrap-Up is happening at 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, on Sat., Apr. 15 from 11 AM to 2 PM, hosted by Clubs of Color.  Come for a #LegislativeWrapUp of the 2017 Maryland General Assembly session. This is a collaboration with organizations concerned about issues impacting residents in Montgomery County. The Clubs of Color consisting of the Association of Black Democrats of Montgomery County, The Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats and The Latino Democratic Club of Montgomery County), in partnership with Woman's Democratic Club of Montgomery County, Maryland, Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA), NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, and Montgomery County Young Democrats. To ensure a robust discussion, senators and delegates will sit on each panel joined by a community leader and moderated by an issue expert. Go to

52] – On Sat., Apr. 15 from noon to 2 PM, attend an Underground Railroad Workshop, and learn about local heroines of the UGRR and the unique challenges faced by female Freedom Seekers, held at Wilmington Friends Meeting House, 401 N. West St. Wilmington. Email

53] –The National Tax March is on Sat., Apr. 15 at noon, hosted by MoveOn, will take place at the U.S. Capitol West Front Lawn, Washington, DC 20510.  March to demand that Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, release his tax returns.  Also it must be raised that some 55 percent of the federal discretionary budget is spent on militarism.  Go to

54] –Honoring our Sacred Rivers--Anacostia River with Emily Franc is taking place at 1520 1st St. SE, WDC, on Sat., Apr. 15 from 1 to 5 PM. Do you know your rivers? Come and learn the history and challenges our rivers face from Riverkeepers who protect them. Join artist Caryl Henry Alexander in creating art to express our rivers stories. Give honor and gratitude in ceremony with Spring of Light to heal the rivers. Join from 1 to 5 PM for a fun filled day of art, education and ceremony around our beautiful DC Rivers. Caryl Henry Alexander will also be making signs for the People's Climate March on April 29th. RSPV at

55] – A Seongju resident's story: The fight against U.S. THAAD deployment in Korea will happen at the Justice Center, 617 Florida Ave. NW, WDC 20001, on Sat., Apr. 15 from 2 to 4 PM.  The speakers are Sounghey Kim, Co-Chair of the Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment, and Hyun Lee, Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea and Zoom in Korea editorial team. RSVP at

The U.S. and South Korean governments are trying to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in South Korea – despite the daily protests against it.  Villagers in Seongju and Gimcheon, South Korea have been protesting every day since July 2016 when the plan was announced, as their farms, homes and livelihoods are endangered. Their daily protests against THAAD in South Korea have helped to impeach the current South Korean president, Park Geun Hye.  Learn more about THAAD at  Email or call 202-265-1948.

56] – NAFTA Replacement: Taking On Trump is the topic at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Sat., Apr. 15 from 4 to 6 PM.  This is an interactive workshop on the impacts of NAFTA and what a good replacement – that puts people and the planet first – would look like. As NAFTA negotiations are set to begin imminently, make sure Trump’s billionaire buddies can't make the deal even worse for working people and the environment in all three countries. This workshop is being hosted by Global Trade Watch, the Washington Peace Center, DC Jobs With Justice, and School of Americas Watch.  Go to

57] – 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, 5603 N. Charles St.,
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

58] – On Sat., Apr. 15 at 8 PM get over to Dollars Against Deportations at Joe Squared · Baltimore. Come out for a night of music to help raise money to support people locally who have been impacted by the unjust ICE detentions and deportations. Music from numerous performers.  Go to

59] – 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

60] – 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.
                                                                                                                                                                     61] – 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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63] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at

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

65] -- 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.

66] – 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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