Baltimore Activist Alert April 2 - 4, 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.
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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] “The Good News About Racism!” – Apr. 2
6] Grounding For Civil Disobedience – Apr. 2
7] Lenten Exploration of Anti-Semitism - Apr. 2
8] Deep Canvassing – Apr. 2
9] Holy Land Film Series – Apr. 2
10] Info sessions for grantees – Apr. 2 & 19
11] Pentagon Vigil – Apr. 3
12] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Apr. 3 – Apr. 7
13] Stop the Wall -- Apr. 3
14] "Nuclear Proliferation: The Case of North Korea" – Apr. 3
15] Documentary “Disturbing the Peace” -- Apr. 3
16] Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow – Apr. 3
17] Film FROM WAR TO WISDOM – Apr. 3
18] State Violence, ICE, and the "Muslim Ban" – Apr. 3
19] Get Money Out of Maryland conference call – Apr. 3
20] Filibuster Gorsuch – Apr. 4
21] "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence" -- Apr. 4
22] Afghanistan: The Reconciliation Option -- Apr. 4
23] No Nukes --- Apr. 4
24] Philly peace vigil - Apr. 4
25] Rally for Racial Justice & Workers' Rights – Apr. 4
26] Stop JHU’s drone research -- Apr. 4
27] Remembering Past Wars – Apr. 4
28] Asia Policy Under Trump – Apr. 4
29] Ryan Harvey in Action – Apr. 4
30] No DAPL – Apr. 4
31] Building Resistance – Apr. 4
32] Science Café – Apr. 4
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., Apr. 2, the Sunday Platform Address is “The Good News About Racism!” There is a reason why the valiant efforts to address racism and improve race relations have been only marginally successful. The “good news” about the increased visibility of racism is that the door is open for frank and direct conversations about racism and white supremacy that allow us to finally address the core issue. This presentation offers solutions to the problem and will empower each individual with a foundation for direct action. “The Good News About Racism!” was selected for inclusion in the 2016-2017 post-graduate curriculum at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The presentation elevates this critical conversation from hatred to understanding, from fear to courage, and from blame to responsibility. is a nationally acclaimed Empowerment Specialist. Learn more at .Call 410-581-2322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6] – On Sun., Apr. 2 from 2 to 6 PM, come to a Nonviolent Direct Action Training: Grounding For Civil Disobedience. The struggle for justice is not a sprint. Learn more about what grounds us for the long haul, how to escalate, and how to keep your power in civil disobedience at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia 19102. This training is open for all who are ready for bold and grounded action for justice. The training team is Rhetta Morgan and Matthew Armstead! Go to or to https://us.eventbu.com/philadelphia/grounding-for-civil-disobedience-nonviolent-action-training/2003684.
7] – A Lenten Exploration of Anti-Semitism in the Trump Era will be discussed at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC 20010, on Sun., Apr. 2 from 2 to 5 PM, hosted by St. Thomas' Parish. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1410041659026836/.
8] -- Deep Canvassing will happen at the UUCF-Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA, on Sun., Apr. 2 from 2 to 7 PM. Join @SURJNoVA and @SURJDC to have important conversations with residents about race and racial justice. SURJ is applying long-term, research-based strategies designed to push neighbors to collectively re-think their support for systemic white supremacy. RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/94S3jvuqbY0gu2mw2. Before canvassing, participants will learn about how to ask questions and listen to other white folks who are conflicted about race. The day starts with lots of support, a training on the theory behind the strategy, and practice with a partner and script. Participants knock on doors and then come back so we can learn together about what worked and what didn't. Research has proven this strategy can actually move people but it's new to the movement for racial justice. See http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/10/magazine/how-do-you-change-voters-minds-have-a-conversation.html.
9] – See a Holy Land film on Sun., Apr. 2 at 2:30 PM at the National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, WDC 20016. See the film “East Jerusalem: Six Voices,” a project produced by Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem and the Guardian newspaper, bringing together video diaries from four Palestinians and two Israelis living in the embattled neighborhood of the title. Zuheir a-Rajabi, who has set up CCTV cameras around his home to document the frequent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers and security forces. Abd al-Fatah is a farmer camping on annexed West Bank land owned by his family. Thaer Qirresh is a teenage boy living in a building in the Old City of Jerusalem that's been taken over by a settler organization. Yonathan Mizrahi is an archeologist. Sara Benninga is an activist in the Sheikh Jarrah solidarity movement. Finally, Muna and Muhammad al-Qurd are 12-year-old twins from Sheikh Jarrah. The other film to be shown is "The Living of Pigeons," which offers "a haunting glimpse of everyday life at a checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem." Contact Janice Buckley at Janicebuckley1@gmail.com or (571)239-3792.
10] – The deadline for Research Associates Foundation (RAF) grant submissions is Monday, May 1, 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for activists, both individuals and organizations, to get up to $2500 to fund transformative social change projects in the Baltimore, MD area. Go to www.rafbaltimore.org to see the guidelines and download applications. Two information sessions have been scheduled for prospective grantees. The first is on Sun., Apr. 2 at 7 PM at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224. The second will be on Wed., Apr. 19 at 7 PM at Terra Cafe, 101 E. 25th Street, Baltimore 21218. Email email@example.com.
11] – 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 Apr. 3, 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.
12] – 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.
13] – Trump proposed that U.S. taxpayers spend $3 billion to terrorize immigrant communities. But it's Congress who will make the decision on whether to pass that budget. Several key senators have the power to block funding for Trump's wall and his massive deportation force. On Mon., Apr. 3 at 11 AM, tell senators to reject Trump’s $3B budget plan! Gather at Columbus Circle NE & First St. NE, WDC 20544. RSVP At https://action.unitedwedream.org/. Join United We Dream, CREDO, and ACLU by delivering over 290,000 petition signatures to Congress to demand they reject Trump’s budget to terrorize immigrants.
14] – On Mon., Apr. 3 from 5 to 7 PM, Jonathan Pollack, Brookings Institution, will discuss "Nuclear Proliferation: The Case of North Korea." At 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. Go to http://www.ncnk.org/event-calendar/upcoming-events.
15] – University of Maryland’s Beyond the Classroom, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, 4250 Lehigh Road, College Park, on Mon., Apr. 3 from 7 to 9 PM, as part of the Spring 2017 Series on "People Power: Activism for Social Change," presents a documentary “Disturbing the Peace” (Israel, Palestinian Territories, 2017). In a world torn by conflict--in a place where the idea of peace has been abandoned--an energy of determined optimism emerges. When someone is willing to disturb the status quo and stand for the dream of a free and secure world, who will stand with them? This is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities. The documentary follows former enemy combatants--Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison--who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say "enough." RSPV at https://www.facebook.com/events/216147325456270/.
16] – On Mon., Apr. 3 at 7 PM, the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow will hold a Special Meeting. This meet and greet new organizations which was recently formed to bring the "change we want" at Trinity Church, 1118 N Adams, Wilmington. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, Go to https://endnewjimcrowde.org/meetings/monthly-meetings/.
17] – On Mon., Apr. 3 at 7 PM, see the Delaware premiere of a new documentary, “From War To Wisdom,” at the Theatre N, 1007 N Orange St., Wilmington 19801. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/274632596305138/.
18] –Catch the Town Hall: State Violence, ICE, and the "Muslim Ban" at the Copley Formal Lounge, 3700 O St. NW, WDC, on Mon., Apr. 3 from 8 to 9:30 PM. Join CCAS for a student-led town hall exploring the intersections of US foreign policy and the influx of refugees and immigrants hoping to resettle in the US, state-sanctioned violence and Islamophobia, and immigration enforcement in communities of color. The speakers include Darakshan Raja, Co-Director of the Washington Peace Center, who has worked on a range of issues including organizing against anti-Muslim racism and state violence, gender-based violence, human rights abuses and the national security system, and the criminal justice system; and Dr. Maha Hilal, a senior researcher with Reprieve. .C. Her area of research interest is in the field of human rights, with a focus on survivors of human rights abuses and the adverse consequences they face post-abuse. See https://www.facebook.com/events/673181232866258/.
19] – 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 http://www.getmoneyoutmd.org/.
20] – On Tues., Apr. 4 from noon to 1 PM, gather to tell Sen. Cardin to Filibuster Gorsuch! This is part of #ResistTrumpTuesdays. The event is hosted by Baltimore Resist Trump Tuesdays and Maryland Working Families. Meet at 100 S. Charles St, Baltimore 21201. MD Senators (Ben Cardin & Chris Van Hollen) have NOT committed to supporting a filibuster against SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch - the most extremely conservative SCOTUS pick in a generation, even more than Scalia. We Marylanders will gather outside Sen Cardin's office, and demand a stronger opposition than the wishy washy response we've heard so far! Bring signs, noisemakers, and stories to share at our community open mic! Go to https://peoplesdefense.org/gorsuch/. Stay for a lunch meeting after to discuss the future of #BaltimoreResistTrumpTuesdays. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/405396139827527/?active_tab=about.
21] – The Washington Peace Center will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence" at Georgetown University, 37th and O Sts. NW, WDC, on Tues., Apr. 4 from noon to 9 PM. RSVP at april4atgu.eventbrite.com. Georgetown University's Program on Justice and Peace and Center for Social Justice invite you to events marking the anniversary. What is the role of the University in breaking the silence on what Dr. King described as the “giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism”? Email email@example.com.
22] – Afghanistan: The Reconciliation Option is an on-the-record discussion with Amb. Richard Olson to examine U.S. strategy and policy options in Afghanistan. The discussion will be on Tues., Apr. 4 from 12:15 to 2 PM at The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdi6FEBWft7KfwcIm67XW4b50RQ_XZgDkC2MvAUlYGOj68KlA/viewform. Olson was the U.S. Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan from Nov. 2015 to Nov. 2016. Prior to that, he was U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan from 2012 to 2015, served as the Coordinating Director for Development and Economic affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul from 2011 to 2012, and was U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2008 to 2011. Three others make up the panel.
23] – On Tues., Apr. 4 at 3 PM, Rep. Hank Johnson (4-GA) will tackle "Everything You Treasure - For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons" at 2138 Rayburn House Office Building, WDC. RSVP to Danny Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
24] – 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 Apr. 4. Call 215-426-0364.
25] – On Tues., Apr. 4 at 5 PM, join a Rally for Racial Justice & Workers' Rights, which commemorates the 49th Anniversary of the Assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This will happen at the Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia 19102. This is sponsored by the Philly MLK D.A.R.E Coalition. See www.brandywinepeace.com/events or call 484-574-1148.
26] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Apr. 4 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.
27] – Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next is an event to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I, and 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech against war. A new movement to end all war is growing. On Tues., Apr. 4 from 6 to 8 PM at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW, WDC. Speakers include Medea Benjamin, David Swanson, and others. The event is sponsored by World Beyond War, and Center on Conscience and War. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1921028831463009/.
28] – There will be a panel discussion on Asia Policy Under Trump at Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Apr. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, hosted by #J20 #OccupyCourts Trial. Panelists include Col. Ann Wright (Code Pink), Hong Kong human rights activist Johnson Yeung, and John Feffer of the Institute for Policy Studies (Foreign Policy in Focus). The introduction will be by Ann Wilcox. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/724514594376309/.
29] – On Tues., Apr. 4 from 7 to 9 PM, hear from Ryan Harvey about Intersections Between Art, Activism, and Journalism: Why Our Stories Matter, hosted by Community Arts at MICA PLACE, at Community Arts at MICA, 814 N. Collington Ave., Baltimore 21205. Ryan is an international artist based in Baltimore who blends music, story-telling, and political activism. He has performed his songs in 22 countries and usually combines his touring with grassroots journalism, sharing stories from the places he visits while sharing his stories with them. Ryan co-owns Firebrand Records with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and regularly coordinates collaborations between musicians and political activist groups and causes. He has recently returned from his second trip doing direct solidarity and interviews with refugees arriving across the Aegean Sea to the Greek islands. Go to http://ryanharveymusic.com/. This event is supported by MICA Making Democracy and the MFA in Community Arts: Power Series. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1841031389504115/?active_tab=about.
30] – Attend the NoDAPL Divestment Campaign / Educational Event at the Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Tues., Apr. 4 from 7 to 8:30 PM. SURJ DC is working with a coalition of organizations including Rising Hearts, Black Lives Matter DC, and 350 DC as part of a divestment coalition to push for divestment from financial institutions funding the construction of DAPL and other disastrous big oil projects that threaten indigenous lives and communities. SURJ DC invites you to learn about and discuss divestment and indigenous sovereignty and how you can contribute to the movement. Email email@example.com. SURJ DC is a local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice - a national network of white people organizing ourselves to stand up for racial justice and combat white supremacy.
31] – Building Resistance in Montgomery County is a meeting taking place in the cafeteria at Richard Montgomery High School, 1700 Yale Pl., Rockville, on Tues., Apr. 4 from 7 to 10 PM, hosted by the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition. Brandon Anderson of raheem.ai will talk about "Raheem," an app for reporting police encounters that can help improve accountability. This meeting continues building on the other meetings where police reform, Islamophobia, sanctuary/immigrant rights, and surveillance committees were formed and are actively planning next steps. Work to pass local and state laws to reign in the surveillance state, improve police accountability, and prevent our police from being used by the Trump administration against immigrants, Muslims and other targets of hate. Go to mococivilrights.wordpress.com, and sign up for email alerts at http://eepurl.com/gUoCj. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/192729201216048/.
32] – On Tues., Apr. 4 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, THE BRIDGE PROJECT hosts THE SCIENCE CAFÉ with ANDRE PORTER who will inform HOW SCIENCE RESEARCH BECOMES GOVERNMENT POLICY. Now more than ever the interface of science and politics has become a topic elevated to the forefront of political discourse. Partisan issues and uninformed decisions bring to light the role that opinions can have on the nation’s security and economy. Whether it be climate change or stem-cell research it is important to make sure that legislators and government officials put forward bills and policies that are driven by factual information. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at http://www.redemmas.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