Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day: Remembering 70 U.S. Wars, Big and Small

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Memorial Day: Remembering 70 U.S. Wars, Big and Small

By Clancy Sigal [1] / AlterNet [2]

May 23, 2014

  Except for mourning family members and Boy Scouts loyally placing tiny flags on veterans’ gravestones, hardly anyone knows anything about Memorial Day except that it’s a day off. It’s the saddest of the military holidays, invented after the Civil War, supposed to help us honor, or at least pause to remember, all the American dead from all  our wars. That’s a lot of men and some women to remember going back, well, how far?

Big and small, we’ve “done” about 70 wars starting with the mid-18th century so-called French and Indian wars where George Washington was blooded and when we got our first taste of industrially massacring Native Americans, mainly Ojibwas and Algonquins who sided with the French against our British masters.

Before penicillin, it’s hard to get an accurate sum total figure of all those combat deaths because so many men died of disease and what was later called shell shock.

In our thirteen major and 60 or so “minor” wars, let’s call a round figure of one and a half million dead.  Compared to the mass war slaughter in, say, Russia or China, that’s small potatoes, but big potatoes for us.  Our dead include wars you never heard, such the “Quasi War” with the French, the First Sumatran Expedition and Sheepeater Indian War plus, of course, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan.  A large number of U.S. wars were fought against our own Native Americans  (Modocs, Nez Perce, serial Seminole wars etc.) and other “colored” peoples in China, the Philippines, Haiti, central America, Mexico etc.

This doesn’t and shouldn’t take away from the genuine valor of so many American soldiers who fought, died, massacred others and were scalped in return.

Sadly or inspiringly, the truth is men and now women sometimes like to go to war.  To do one’s patriotic duty can be exciting as well as deadly. You get a sense of purpose and usefulness, possibly your own worth by being in uniform.  Personally, I liked being in the military including its chickenshit.

It’s also thrilling to watch war movies.  To “celebrate” Memorial Day, Turner Classics on TV is throwing shot and shell at us for a solid four-day, 72-hour marathon starting Saturday.  The lineup includes 34 “classics” from the Civil War on.  Unless my eyes deceive me Turner is not showing, or avoiding, some fine anti-pro-war films, Renoir’s Grand Illusion and Kubrick’s Paths of Glory as well as All Quiet On The Western Front and Howard Hawks's The Road To Glory (co-written by William Faulkner). Turner’s bias is toward blood-and-guts “combat” stories, comedies and “touching stories of the families who wait at home”. [TCM did show THE RACK with Paul Newman, and it shows the effect of war on so many not on the battlefield.  Max]

In the midst of all the testosterone-laden, gut-wrenching 'kill, kill, kill' is some real quality that fails in the mission of sending men off to war.  If you can make your way past The Dirty Dozen and Kelly’s Heroes, there’s The Best Years of Our Lives, the Quaker-friendly Friendly Persuasion, Sidney Lumet’s brilliant exposure of military sadism in The Hill, the German-made Westfront 19l8, and John Huston’s butchered but decent The Red Badge of Courage.

Missing, thank heaven, are Ronald Reagan’s favorite Patton and Katherine Bigelow’s “ballsy” recruiting poster The Hurt Locker.   But I’m sorry we won’t see Clint Eastwood’s Letters From Iwo Jima, a surprise masterpiece telling the battle from a Japanese point of view.

What’s not to love about war movies?  Vivid images of men shooting the crap out of each other heats my blood.  The gore of “this is how it is” is ultimately romantic and seductive.  Most war movies can’t help but call us to arms.  Rat tat tat to Black Watch bagpipe music.

Some movies, like Catch-22M*A*S*H* and Tony Richardson’s The Charge of the Light Brigade, which also are not on Turner’s list, make an attempt to lower the testosterone level with some humor and cynicism.  But in the end it’s almost impossible to outshout Objective, BurmaThe Dawn PatrolWhere Eagles Dare and Twelve O’Clock High.

It’s a dilemma.  How to pay tribute to the war dead while giving pause to young men and women who may be thinking about stepping into the dead soldiers’ combat boots?
Clancy Sigal is a novelist and screenwriter in Los Angeles. His latest book is Hemingway Lives! [3] (OR Books). He can be reached at clancy@jsasoc.com [4].
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

No president — especially Trump — should have sole authority to use nuclear weapons

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By Diane Russell, Special to the BDN
Posted May 18, 2017, at 10:06 a.m.
When I was 8 years old, another rural Maine girl just two years older than me made international headlines when she had the audacity to write the Soviet premier and ask him if he was going to go to war against the United States. When her letter went around the world, Maine’s “fearless girl,” Samantha Smith, created space for world leaders to negotiate a de-escalation of the Cold War. The courage she showed resulted in three decades of nuclear arms control with what is now Russia, including treaties to reduce the number of nuclear weapons.
President Donald Trump’s erratic behavior, Twitter tirades and general instability has followed him off the campaign trail and into the White House, jeopardizing the relative progress we have made to reduce the dangers posed by nuclear weapons. Despite the U.S. intelligence community’s reports that Russia interfered in the election to swing it in Trump’s favor, tensions between these two nuclear-armed nations remain worryingly high. Moreover, Trump’s rhetoric and posturing toward North Korea are increasing the risk of nuclear conflict on the Korean peninsula. A war with North Korea would be catastrophic.
With that in mind, Maine’s own Stephen King recently sent out a pointed tweet: “That this guy has his finger on the nuclear trigger is worse than any horror story I ever wrote.”
That this guy has his finger on the nuclear trigger is worse than any horror story I ever wrote.

I couldn’t agree more.
Trump’s sole control of the United States nuclear arsenal is worse than any nightmare King could turn into a novel. But the real danger lies in the fact he can launch thousands of our nuclear weapons within the time it takes to order a cup of coffee — and there are no checks and balances in place stop him.
The framers of our Constitution purposefully gave the legislative branch of government the power to declare war because, as James Madison put it, the executive was not “ safely to be trusted with it.” American democracy is built on a system of checks and balances, ensuring that no one entity retains absolute power. But in a shocking disregard for this principle, ultimate authority over whether nuclear weapons are used rests solely with the president.
It takes approximately five minutes to launch a nuclear weapon. Once the president gives the order to launch, the Pentagon and everyone down the chain of command must comply with the commander-in-chief’s directive. Short of disobeying a direct order or an outright coup, no mechanism exists as a stopgap on this power.
This is, at its core, completely undemocratic. The decision to use nuclear weapons should be undertaken only with the utmost caution and not left up to any single individual, let alone one so erratic.
Growing alarm over this very real possibility isn’t isolated, and it isn’t occurring in a vacuum. Earlier this month, former nuclear commanders around the world launched a crisis group to serve as a “shadow security council” in order to advise world leaders in reducing the growing danger of a nuclear conflict. In January, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock, which signals how close humanity is to destruction, closer to midnight. And former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry, who oversaw the U.S. nuclear arsenal for decades and played a supporting role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, continues expressing his alarm over the skyrocketing risks of a nuclear exchange.
Several members of Congress also have taken note of the great power that is vested in the executive branch when it comes to nuclear weapons. In February, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, and U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-California, introduced the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, which would prevent any president from launching nuclear weapon in a pre-emptive first strike without congressional authorization. The legislations is backed by at least 500,000 Americans who signed a petition calling on all members of Congress to co-sponsor it.
We have an opportunity to write a new page in the American history books for the courage of Maine leaders in reducing the threat of nuclear weapons. Let Stephen King write the horror stories. If U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King co-sponsor this common-sense legislation, they would be acting to uphold Samantha Smith’s legacy of preventing nuclear war.
Diane Russell served eight years in the Maine House of Representatives. She currently serves as the national security political director at Women’s Action for New Directions. Follow her on Twitter: @MissWrite.
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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


Syrians roll back extremism in Idlib without military intervention

Syrians roll back extremism in Idlib without military intervention
Syrians roll back extremism in Idlib without military intervention

·         Julia Taleb

·         May 23, 2017
Syrian women protest extremists in Idlib City
Syrian women protesting against the oppressive practices of extremist armed groups in Idlib City. (WNV/Shadi Zidani)
The U.S. airstrikes in response to the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province last month triggered calls for greater outside military force against the Assad regime by some of the Syrian opposition. Yet, in a country exhausted by armed struggle and the presence of extremist groups, local civil initiatives have proven to be more effective at building peace than increased military involvement. In Idlib City, ordinary citizens have shown that they are capable of managing their civil affairs, alleviating suffering at the local level and rolling back extremism by themselves.
On March 3, 2015, an umbrella group of Islamic armed factions called Jeish al-Fateh expelled the Syrian government from Idlib City, sparking an ongoing struggle by citizens and civil resistance groups to gain control of the city’s administration. After it took control of the city, Jeish al-Fateh — which includes Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formally known as al-Nusra Front, a group affiliated with al-Qaeda — formed a Shura Council to manage the city’s military and civil affairs. The armed group appointed its members and loyalists to administer the city without paying attention to qualifications or proper recruitment procedures. A state of repression was imposed, and there were continuous violations of basic human rights and freedoms under the pretext of applying proper Islamic Sharia law.
This brought activists and civil organizations into direct confrontation with the armed group, which assumed the administration of all public services, including education, health, security and justice. In response, residents and civil resistance groups have been working to establish a local council of qualified civilians to prevent military factions from interfering in civil affairs and protect peoples’ rights and freedom.
Protesters call for estabishing local council in Idlib City
Residents in Idlib City show their support for the local council and the people of Khan Shaykhoun in April 2017. (WNV/Shadi Zidani)
“We wanted to prove our commitment to our initial goal of revolting against all type of corruption and injustice,” said Sakhr Baath, a lawyer and member of Idlib Youth Group, which was established by activists at the early stages of the Syrian uprising in 2011 to galvanize citizens against the regime and now the inhuman practices of Jeish al-Fateh’s leadership. The group also initiated relief and humanitarian projects, including the rehabilitation of schools and the formation of volunteer teams to direct traffic and crowds. “These activities helped them [the civil organizations] gain a great reputation and the community’s support,” Baath added.
Idlib City was one of the first cities after the uprising began to show open and organized civil resistance, even in the presence of the government. The city’s professionals established the National Opposition for Idlib Intellectuals in August 2011 to find solutions to sectarian divisions that plague Syrian society. According to Baath, the group used to host meetings and invite government figures and supporters to discuss their views with the community. At that time, activists — with the support of Syrian expatriates — began to self-manage areas outside of the government’s control, provide humanitarian assistance, guard the city at night and control traffic.
Established six months after Jeish al-Fateh took control of the city, Al-Idlibi House became the largest civil organization in Idlib, with more than 400 activists and members. They met every Thursday to discuss the city’s affairs and decide on the best tactics to pressure armed factions to hand over civil administration to the community. They organized media campaigns, public demonstrations and sit-ins to demand civil rights and express their opposition to the control of the city by extremist groups.
“We established Al-Idlibi House to unite the voices of the people and have a body to negotiate with the Shura Council on behalf of the community,” said Abd al-Latif Rahabi, the head of Al-Idlibi House management.
The security forces of Jeish al-Fateh worked hard to disperse demonstrations and damage their reputation by calling them secular or anti-Islam. “However, as the number of protesters increased and reached the main squares of the city,” Baath explained, “it was impossible for them [Jeish al-Fateh] to control public frustration or ignore their demands.”
Protester carries sign in Idlib for people's revolution.
At a demonstration in Idlib City in February 2017, a protester carries a sign that reads, “The revolution is a people’s revolution, not an armed faction revolution.” (WNV/Shadi Zidani)
Women were also active in this struggle and established many groups and humanitarian organizations, including Women’s Fingerprints, Glimmer of Hope, and the Association of Educated Women. These organizations raised awareness of women’s role in building society, and provided educational and vocational courses. They also established orphanages and care centers for people with special needs, and initiated projects involving sewing and producing homemade food for women who could not leave their homes.
Women also challenged female preachers recruited by armed factions to impose strict Sharia law, which prohibits women from walking outside without men or showing their faces. “Last year, when a preacher harassed my cousin for wearing makeup and not covering her face, more than 200 men gathered in less than 20 minutes and began protesting against the preacher and armed factions’ oppression,” said Shadi Zidani, a member of Idlib Local Council. “Repeated incidents like this and women’s resistance have always triggered demonstrations and by the end of last year, we were able to expel all female preachers from the community.”
Female preachers were also reaching out to poor and vulnerable women to convince them to comply with Sharia law. “We formed volunteer groups of female psychologists and sociologists to visit vulnerable women and raise their awareness of basic rights and freedoms to counter the extremists’ views,” Zidani said.
Local civil efforts persisted for about a year and a half, using all possible means and tactics. In August 2016, Al-Idlibi House, with the support of other civil organizations, formed a committee to represent the community in their negotiation with Jeish al-Fateh. “With our continuous pressure, they [Jeish al-Fateh] had to give in to the public’s demand that they elect a local council.”
According to Rahabi, Al-Idlibi House’s committee nominated a group of lawyers and judges to establish rules and regulations to manage the electoral process, protect the right of voters to freely choose their representatives, and ensure candidates’ rights to monitor the election. Al-Idlibi House, with the support of the community’s members, established and equipped an electoral center with ballot boxes and private rooms for those wishing to vote secretly. On January 17, about 900 people voted, including 43 women. Eighty-four people were nominated for 25 spots on the council. All stages of the electoral process on election day were filmed and documented — by the media, community activists, and groups of lawyers and judges — to ensure that the process was legitimate, Zidani said.
Man votes for local council at election center in Idlib City.
Residents vote at the electoral center in Idlib City on January 17, 2017. (WNV/Shadi Zidani)
Those organizing civil activities faced many challenges, including regime airstrikes on the city, continuous fighting between armed factions and regime forces, and pressure from Islamists who tried to disrupt and discredit their efforts. “Despite all of the hardships, we continued with our regular meetings, demonstrations, sit-ins and media campaigns until we got what we wanted,” Zidani said.
Three month after its establishment, the local council is managing most services, including water, electricity, bakeries, civil defense, firefighting, and the directorates of transportation, communications, agriculture and environment. With their vibrant activities, women’s organizations are participating in the council’s activities, voicing their concerns and suggesting solutions.
The tale of civil resistance in Idlib has not ended. “Our next goal is to pressure armed factions to abandon the courts and security services and hand them over to civil entities, along with the rest of the directorates, including the civil and private land registries,” Rahabi said. “We are working on uniting all local groups and organizations under one body to make our voice even stronger.”
While many international organizations and donors refuse to work in places under the control of Islamic armed factions — fearing that funds could end up in the hands of extremists — one of the most important tactics to fight extremism is to support civil organizations and initiatives. As evidenced by these civilian efforts, such initiatives are effective, and they are bringing peaceful and constructive changes into their communities.
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Julia Taleb is a senior consultant with over eight years of international experience covering aspects of programme development, monitoring and evaluation, good governance, social cohesion and peacebuilding. Bilingual in Arabic and English, her writings are published by think tanks and media in both Canada and the United States.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert May 29 - June 2, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert May 29 - June 2, 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 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] Pentagon Vigil – May 29 
6] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 29 – June 2
7] Potluck to Welcome Solidarity Cyclers Home – May 29
8] "North Korea: boom or bust?" – May 30
9] No more war rally – May 30
10] The Syriza Wave– May 30
11] Philly peace vigil - May 30
12] Wilmington Memorial Day Parade – May 30
13] Stop JHU’s drone research – May 30
14] John Bonifaz in Wilmington – May 30
15] Film NO GOD, NO MASTER – June 2   

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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 ncnrnotices-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at ncnrnotices-admin@lists.riseup.net.

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] -- 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 May 29, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com 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. 

6] – 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 steinershow@gmail.com. All shows are also available as podcasts at www.steinershow.org.

7] – Enjoy a Potluck to Welcome Solidarity Cyclers Home at 1318 Ingraham St. NW, WDC, on Mon., May 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, hosted by CISPES. Connect at https://www.facebook.com/events/303319623413782/. Come help celebrate the victorious return of the Solidarity Cyclers!! After 180 miles they will be ready to relax with friends and celebrate the end of the journey. Bring a dish to share with lots of hungry riders and enjoy the beginning of summer with your El Salvador solidarity community!! (Email laura@cispes.org to let her know what you're bringing or ask for suggestions.)  The 2017 Solidarity Cyclers are raising funds for the CISPES campaign against US-pushed border militarization in Mexico and Central America.

8] – On Tues., May 30 from 10 to 11:30 AM, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) will host "North Korea: boom or bust?" with four speakers at 2121 K St. NW, Suite 801, WDC. RSVP at http://www.iiss.org/en/events/events-s-calendar/north-korea-boom-or-bust-0cdb.

9] – On Tues., May 30 at 11 AM, veterans and supporters will mass at the Lincoln Memorial. Speakers include Veterans For Peace President Barry Ladendorf, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, David Swanson, Medea Benjamin, Chris Hedges, Brian Becker, Col. Ann Wright, Mara Verhayden Hilliard, Michael McPhearson, and Matt Hoh. Music will be provided by Lyla June Johnston, Pat Scanlon, Ariel Zevon, and the Fugs, who will lead an attempt to exorcise the White House as they did 50 years ago.

Veterans For Peace President Barry Ladendorf has sent a letter to President Trump requesting a meeting to discuss military policy and to refocus spending on peace and issues at home.  After the rally, veterans and allies will march down Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues to the White House, where they will present a list of ten demands for peace at home and abroad.  

10] – Helena Sheehan, author of the important new book “The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left” will speak on Tues., May 30 at 2 PM in  Philadelphia at Drexel University, Room 114 PSA Building, 3240 Powelton Ave. She is also speaking on Tues., May 30 at 7 PM in Philadelphia at the Wooden Shoe Bookstore, 704 South St. See https://www.facebook.com/events/296598337444433/.

  Beginning as a strong Syriza supporter, Sheehan sees Syriza transformed from a horizon of hope to a vortex of despair. But out of the dust of defeat, she draws questions radiating optimism. Just how did what was possibly the most intelligent, effective instrument of the Greek left self-destruct? And what are the consequences for the Greek people, for the international left, for all of us driven to work for a better world? The book is a page-turning blend of political reportage, personal reflection, and astute analysis.  Sheehan is Professor Emerita at Dublin City University, where she taught history of ideas and media studies.

11] –  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 May 30.  Call 215-426-0364.

12] – On Tues., May 30 at 5:15 PM, attend the Wilmington Memorial Day Parade, and join Pacem in Terris in the parade. Meet at Delaware Ave. and Woodlawn. Go to http://depaceminterris.org/.

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

14] – On Tues., May 30 at 7 PM, as part of the Pacem in Terris 50th Anniversary Speaker Series, John Bonifaz, Constitutional attorney and president of Free Speech for People will speak on We the People: The Movement to Reclaim our Democracy and Defend our Constitution at Westminster Church, 1506 West 13th St., Wilmington, DE.  Visit http://depaceminterris.org/.

Bonifaz is an attorney specializing in constitutional law and voting rights. He is president and co-founder of Free Speech for People, a national campaign that works to renew democracy and our United States Constitution for we the people, not big money and corporate interests. He received a MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the "genius award," and is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.

15] -- The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility are continuing the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES.  The DVDs will be shown at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, usually on the First Friday.  After the 5 PM Black Lives Matter vigil, there will be a potluck dinner. At 7:15 PM, on June 2, a DVD of NO GOD, NO MASTER will be shown with a discussion to follow.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  

NO GOD, NO MASTER is a 2012 USA independent crime suspense thriller directed, written, and produced by Terry Green. The film stars David Strathairn, Ray Wise, Sam Witwer, Alessandro Mario and Edoardo Ballerini. It was filmed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The story includes references to the 1914 Ludlow Massacre as well as depictions of the Sacco and Vanzetti trial and the 1920 Wall Street bombing.  When a series of package bombs show up on the doorsteps of prominent politicians and businessmen in the summer of 1919, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Agent William Flynn (Strathairn) is assigned the task of finding those responsible. He becomes immersed in an investigation that uncovers an anarchist plot. Based on true events of the 1920s, the film sets the stage for a timely drama with resoundingly similar parallels to the contemporary war on terrorism and the role government plays to defeat it. Call 410-323-1607 or email mobuszewski [at] verizon.net for further information.   

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

Past Month 'Deadliest on Record' for Syrian Civilians Killed in US-Led Air Strikes

An F/A-18F Super Hornet lands on the U.S. Navy's super carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. (photo: Getty)

An F/A-18F Super Hornet lands on the U.S. Navy's super carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. (photo: Getty)

Past Month 'Deadliest on Record' for Syrian Civilians Killed in US-Led Air Strikes

By Bethan McKernan, The Independent
26 May 17

Total of 225 people, including 36 women and 44 children, killed by friendly fire in the last four-week period, monitor says

 Air strikes carried out by the US and its coalition partners in Syria have killed the highest number of civilians on record since the bombing campaign began, a war monitor has said.
A total of 225 civilians, including 36 women and 44 children, were killed in the period between 23 April to 23 May, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The toll is the highest number of recorded deaths since the international air campaign against Isis began in September 2014.

   “The past month of operations is the highest civilian toll since the coalition began bombing Syria,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP news agency.
“There has been a very big escalation.”

    At least 122 Isis fighters and eight members of militias loyal to the Syrian government were also killed in the same period, the Observatory said.

   The strikes are conducted without the consent of the Syrian government, with which the US does not have official diplomatic ties, and have long been criticised by Damascus and Syria’s allies in Moscow and Tehran for causing unnecessary loss of life.
One incident in 2016 a strike designed to take out Isis weapons depots and other positions near Deir Ez Zour in the north of the country accidentally targeted Syrian army positions instead, killing 62 soldiers.

 However, since US President Donald Trump entered office in January this year there has been a marked uptick in civilian deaths in bombing operations against Isis across both Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

   In March, the US was accused of killing around 300 civilians alone after one strike which hit a mosque in Aleppo province and two incidents in the fight for Isis-controlled neighbourhoods of the Iraqi city of Mosul.

    Earlier this month, the US military said that coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria had ”unintentionally“ killed 352 civilians since the campaign began, but rights groups have blasted the estimate as too low, saying the US is guilty of not taking “sufficient precautions” to avoid civilian deaths.

   SOHR’s own estimate is that 1,481 people, among them 319 children, have been killed by US-led air operations since 2014.

   US investigations into the three March incidents are still underway.

   The Pentagon has denied there has been any significant change in US-led bombing strategy since former President Barack Obama left office.

   On Friday, however, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Mr Trump has “directed a tactical shift from shoving Isis out of safe locations in an attrition fight to surrounding the enemy in their strongholds so we can annihilate [them].

   ”The intent is to prevent the return home of escaped foreign fighters,“ he added.
Isis now holds onto just a fraction of the territory under its control at the height of the group’s powers in 2014.

   Twin US-backed campaigns to oust fighters from their last urban strongholds - Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq - are underway, led by local forces on the ground assisted by 5,000 US military advisors.

  The complex Syrian civil war has killed almost 500,000 people, the UN says, and is now in its seventh year.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Huge Increase in Anti-Trump Protest: 5 Signs Resistance Is Growing Stronger

Published on Alternet (http://www.alternet.org)

Huge Increase in Anti-Trump Protest: 5 Signs Resistance Is Growing Stronger

By Alexandra Rosenmann [1] / AlterNet [2]
May 22, 2017

As co-director of the Crowd Counting Consortium [3], Erica Chenoweth has been collecting political crowd data since the Women's March in January. She also produces a monthly breakdown for the Washington Post [4] on political activism trends based on the numbers. Based on Chenoweth's data for April, here are five signs indicating engagement in the resistance to Trump is on the rise.

1. The reported crowd size increased more than 60 percent.
According to Chenoweth's report, "April had a 62 percent increase over the number of reported crowds in March [as well as] a major increase in participation—between eight and 13 times greater than the estimated number who participated in March."
The largest event was the March for Science, in which approximately half a million Americans participated.

2. Violence was extremely rare. 
"At more than 930 events (98 percent), no arrests were made," reported Chenoweth. And there were even fewer arrests reported in April than in March (201 to 160). That's a huge blow to a long-held right-wing theory, which resurfaced during April's notorious "free speech" brawl at Berkeley [5]. 

3. Actions had solid non-partisan support.
The Consortium estimates that 78 percent of political activities (including the March for Science) were held in opposition to Trump. The Tax Day marches, the second largest day of activity in April, called on Trump to release his tax returns. Nearly three-quarters [6] of Americans believe he should release his returns.

4. There was a sharp drop in actions in support of Trump. 
"Just over 2 percent of the events we recorded, or 22 gatherings, were rallies supporting the president and his policies," said Chenoweth. "This is a decrease from prior months, where we saw about 12 percent to 15 percent of the crowds representing pro-Trump claims," she added. 

5. Protests took place far and wide. 
Not a single state was left out of the tally of 950 protests, demonstrations, marches, sit-ins and rallies. 

"Our conservative guess is that between 637,198 and 1,181,887 people showed up at these political gatherings, although it is likely that there were far more participants," Chenoweth explained, with caveats resulting from the media's lack of thorough reporting on local, nonviolent action. 

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor [7].
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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

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 23 - June 2, 2017

30] Resist Trump – May 23
31] Consumer Town Hall – May 24
32] International Labor Rights Forum – May 24
33] Intersectionality 101 -- May 24
34] Climate March Meeting -- May 24
35] Hear from young writers – May 24
36] Business and Human Rights -- May 25
37] Change development in Baltimore -- May 25
38] Forward Together – May 25
39] New Silk Road Empire? -- May 26
40] Peace vigil at White House – May 26
41] WIB peace vigil – May 26
42] Swords into Plowshares -- May 26 - 30
43] Introduction to Permaculture – May 26
44] Black Lives matter vigil – May 26
45] This is an Uprising – May 26
46] Ballroom Dancing – May 26
47] Solidarity Cyclers Ride -- May 27 - 29
48] West Chester peace vigil – May 27
49] Protest the drone war May 27
50] Vegan Potluck Picnic – May 27
51] Build the Left, Fight the Right! – May 27
52] “Remembrance Sunday” – May 28
53] Resourcing our Resistance – May 28
54] Film NO GOD, NO MASTER – June 2
56] Positive Force DC Organizing Meeting -- May 20
57] Indigenous Art Party and Jam – May 20
58] A Night for Syria – May 20
59] Support the Wheeler family who lost their home in a fire
60] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
61] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
62] Do you need any book shelves?
63] Join the Global Zero campaign
64] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
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30] – On Tues., May 23 RESIST TRUMP outside Sen. Cardin’s office, 100 S. Charles St., Baltimore 21201, from noon to 1 PM.  THE RESISTANCE CONTINUES!  This week’s theme is DEMOCRACY!

31] – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) plays a big role in defending Virginians from unfair banking practices. Want to learn more? You’re invited to a Consumer Protection Town Hall on Wed., May 24 from 1:30 to 3 PM in Arlington, VA at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 2700 19th St. S, Arlington, VA 22204.  The CFPB has returned nearly $12 billion to almost 29 million unfairly treated Americans since it was founded five years ago in reaction to the financial meltdown. In an effort to increase public knowledge of available resources, this town hall will include remarks by CFPB Director Richard Cordray and financial educational tips from the Consumer Bureau and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office. Learn about state and federal services available to Virginians who have been impacted by unfair banking practices. This will be followed by an opportunity to share comments and questions with the Consumer Bureau, the attorney general’s office and event conveners Fair Share and U.S. PIRG. RSVP at https://uspirg.webaction.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=521&utm_source=Salsa&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=USP4-SCON:FINREFORM-0517&utm_content=EM5:01A:0GH-OON&uid=239620.

32] -- The International Labor Rights Forum [mailto:laborrights@ilrf.org] is hosting the 2017  Labor Rights Defenders Awards on Wed., May 24 from 5:30 to 8 PM at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW, WDC 20005. This year ILRF will honor two labor rights organizations in the agricultural sector, one domestic and one international, both adamant in their pursuit of justice for workers. The growing farmworkers’ union from Washington State, Familias Unidas para la Justicia (Families United for Justice), and STAS, a Honduran, majority-women, agricultural union, will both be honored during the Awards ceremony at 7 PM. ILRF will also honor the path breaking work of Eve Ensler, prominent playwright, actor, and founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising. Eve will receive the 2017 Visionary Leadership Award for her global work in advocating for an end to violence against women and girls.  Tickets are available at www.laborrights.org/2017awards.  Contact Jesus Arzola-Vega at jesus@ilrf.org.

33] – Get over to a Teach-In: Intersectionality 101 at the Impact Hub, 419 7th St. NW, WDC 20004, on Wed. May 24 from 6 to 8:30 PM. RSPV at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teach-in-intersectionality-101-tickets-33804776998. Intersectionality. Feminism. Womanism. After this year's Women's March, these terms are gaining traction in everyday conversations, but what do they mean exactly? If you're passionate about ensuring equality for everyone, regardless of gender, you will not want to miss this teach-in which will explore the importance of keeping feminism intersectional. Krystal Leaphart, a recent Boss Girl awardee, will lead this dynamic workshop so you can emerge as a stronger, informed ally and feminist activist.

34] – On Wed., May 24, People's Climate March: What's Next in DC? Hosted by 350 DC, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at 1 St Matthews Ct. NW, WDC 20036. Visit https://www.facebook.com/350DC/.

35] – On Wed., May 24 at 6:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, YOUNG WRITERS PRESENT! BY WRITERS IN BALTIMORE SCHOOLS. The readings will feature young writers from Margaret Brent, Calverton, and Barclay middle schools! These 6 - 8th grade students attend weekly in-school or after-school creative writing groups, which are taught by Johns Hopkins and University of Baltimore MFA students. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org.

36] – Amazon Watch invites you to a "Green Bag" presentation: Business and Human Rights Under the Trump Administration, threats and opportunities in the new political context on Thurs., May 25 from 12:30 to 2 PM in the Amazon Watch / CIEL Conference Room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100, WDC.  Donald Trump's presidency has not only disrupted the domestic and geopolitical environment, but also the world of corporate accountability and human rights. What are the implications of the first four months for the next four years of his administration for this agenda? What is already under attack, where will the next battles be, and what can be defended? What should be the responsibility of companies amidst the turbulence – and what opportunity if any is there for the human rights community and its allies amidst the storm? What should our purpose and strategy be?

37] – Work to change development in Baltimore to meet our basic needs took a big step forward. United Workers is building the movement across the City for a Baltimore that is United Not Blighted. Help hit the streets, petitioning, planning town halls, and much more! Join to make this happen: United Not Blighted: Rising Up Summer 2017. It is getting started on Thurs,, May 25 at 6 PM at 2640 St. Paul St. RSVP to Amanda at amanda@unitedworkers.org. Go to http://www.unitedworkers.org/.

38] – Forward Together: NCTE Celebrates 14 Years at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., May 25 from 6 to 9 PM.  Connect at https://www.facebook.com/events/199699040517988/. Trans issues are center stage in the news and in popular culture. As more attacks on trans people are committed across the nation, it is even more important to work together to move trans rights forward. Join NCTE, the trans community, and allies for a reception to celebrate successes, honor leaders in the movement, and prepare to continue the fight for trans equality.

39] – Come to China’s Belt and Road Initiative: A New Silk Road Empire? This is a panel discussion with Tom Miller, author of “China’s Asia Dream,” and Stimson experts on the implementation and implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on Fri., May 26 from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.  RSVP at   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXASU-0fSoyR3frmqQCkKRMb1CRg2gdTbMdtVUuvKNAerkXQ/viewform.

40] – On Fri., May 26 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 @ artlaffin@hotmail.com or at 202-360-6416. 

41] – On Fri., May 26 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 [mailto:wibbaltimore@peacepath911.org].  Peace signs will be available. 

42] -- Swords to Plowshares Belltower Memorial at Lincoln Memorial needs VOLUNTEERs and VISITORS.  It is at 3 Daniel French Dr. SW, WDC, on Fri., May 26 (all day) to Tues., May 30 (all day), hosted by Veterans for Peace. Veterans for Peace will once again fill a void in the National Memorial space by offering thousands of people an opportunity to bear witness on this touring memorial to ALL the costs of war on ALL sides.  Not only do we lack a memorial to all the US combat dead in Iraq and Afghanistan and other post-Vietnam wars, but we lack a monument to the many suicide deaths, and families torn by the many traumas of exposure to war. Most grievously, most monuments fail to acknowledge the death and suffering of civilians and combatants on the 'other side' of American wars. 

Anyone who visits the Belltower is invited to add an inscription to one of the wind-blown aluminum-can plaques, share their story, and ring the bell.  Thousands of people from around the country and the world appreciate the more redemptive and inclusive opportunity for mourning that the Belltower presents.  Organizers have interested many people in Veterans for Peace's efforts to heal and prevent future trauma who probably would not react as positively if they were not invited to bear witness to their own losses and grief.  YOU ARE NEEDED!   Keeping night vigil in the large tent saves a night's hotel expense. Set-up and take-down is fun physical work. Daytime shifts are guaranteed to involve deeply meaningful interactions. Contact Roger Ehrlich if you might be available and/or have questions about lodging, parking, etc... (progerehrlich@gmail.com, (919) 696-5995).

43] – Introduction to Permaculture, a free workshop, at 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Hyattsville, on Fri., May 26 from noon to 1 PM, hosted by Community Forklift, which can be reached at http://communityforklift.org/.  Join Community Forklift's own Jane Matt as she teaches the basics of Permaculture and food forest design. She'll discuss techniques and design principles which can be used for all types of landscapes: large and small; urban and rural. Through this workshop, Jane hopes to inspire participants to do further research and create their own "yardens" and food forests. She'll also help guide attendees toward viewing the world with Permaculture in mind, and recognizing how everything is interconnected, and how humans play a large role in sustainability, while at the same time growing a lot of our own food and harvesting rainwater to recharge our aquifers and help our watershed. Attendees will learn some of the basic skills and techniques needed to create a sustainable habitat for both humans and wildlife in their own unique backyards or larger properties.

44] – 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 May 26. Black Lives Matter.  

45] – This Is An Uprising! Nonfiction Reading with SURJ NoVa at Wegmans (Fairfax, VA), 11620 Monument Dr., Fairfax, VA, on Fri., May 26 from 7 to 9 PM. Connect at https://www.facebook.com/events/1220543198068116/. The SURJ NoVa nonfiction reading group is continuing their reading and discussion of "This is An Uprising" by Mark & Paul Engler.  The reading this month is Chapter 2.  Last fall, after watching the PBS documentary adaptation of Douglas Blackmon's "Slavery By Another Name," this group read Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow" in light of the more recent Movement for Black Lives' platform. Their reading of "This is An Uprising" follows on Alexander's insistence that a mass movement rather than minor legal tweaking will be necessary to dismantle the current system of racial control known as mass incarceration. You're invited to join in.

46] – 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 May 26. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

47] -- The Solidarity Cyclers Ride will cover the District, Maryland, Virginia and a little bit of West Virginia on Sat., May 27 from 8 AM to Mon., May 29 at 6 PM, hosted by the Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES).  Challenge yourself to ride 180 miles to help CISPES raise funds to challenge imperialism.  Whether you mainly ride your bike around town but have dreams of riding further or you are an experienced long distance rider you will enjoy the rolling hills and beautiful views of the area around D.C. This ride starts and ends in D.C. Connect at http://www.washingtonpeacecenter.org/node/19263.

48] – 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 www.ccpeace.org. Email ccpeacemovement@aol.com.

49] – On Sat., May 27 from noon to  2 PM, protest the drone war command center at Horsham Air Guard Station, Route 611/Easton Road & County Line Road. Now fully operational,  along with other U.S. drone command centers across the domestic U.S., which means that drones and the Hellfire missiles they a carry are being directed from the drone war command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station killing people thousands of miles away.  There is recommended parking in the Regal Cinemas Warrington Crossing on Route 611 just beyond County Line Road.  Go to http://truth-out.org/news/item/29466-are-pilots-deserting-washington-s-remote-control-war.

50] – Get over to a Vegan Potluck Picnic with FARM in Rock Creek Park, 1800 Beach Dr. NW, WDC, on Sat., May 27 from 4 to 6:30 PM.  Join staffers from FARM for a vegan picnic in the park. This is a fun opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and try new vegan recipes and old vegan favorites. If you can, please bring a non-vegan friend to introduce them to animal-free fare! Please bring a dish to share that contains NO animal products (no meat, no dairy, no eggs, no honey, and no gelatin). Please bring an ingredient card so those with allergies or food sensitivities will be aware. It's always a good idea to put your name on your dishes/serving utensils/containers to ensure that you get them back! (Masking tape makes a handy label for this purpose.)  To make this event even MORE Earth-friendly, please bring reusable plates/cutlery/cups or bottles to reduce waste! The picnic will be at picnic spot #1 along the river. Plenty of parking & wheelchair accessible. Dogs welcome on a leash. See a map here: http://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/upload/ROCRmap1.pdf.

51] – Build the Left, Fight the Right! S17 Fundraising will take place at 4625 9th St. NW, WDC 20011, on Sat., May 27 from 8 to 11:45 PM, hosted by DC Socialist ISO, for a house party & fundraiser for the 2017 Socialism conference!  The closest Metro is Petworth/Georgia Ave.- Red Line.  There is a $5 donation at the door. All proceeds will be used to cover the costs of D.C. activists to travel to the four day Socialism conference in Chicago, IL, July 6 through 9. Go to https://socialismconference.org/.

52] –  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., May 28, the Sunday Platform Address is “Remembrance Sunday.” Memorial Day Sunday offers BES members and guests a chance to celebrate people who have died but left us with gifts that enrich our lives. Whether the person was a family member or a historical figure, we owe so much to those no longer with us. We miss their living presence but take solace in the work, ideals, friendship, and love they offered to the world. In our quest to live more meaningful and ethical lives, we can turn to those who have gone before for inspiration, guidance and strength. During this platform program, members and guests are free to remember someone important in their lives. Karen Elliott and Hugh Taft-Morales will preside.  Call 410-581-2322 or email ask@bmorethical.org.

53] – Resourcing our Resistance, Nurturing our Connections is happening at Crispus Attucks Park, Crispus Attucks Ct. NW, WDC, on Sun., May 28 from noon to 3:30 PM, hosted by DC TimeBank.  Join the DC TimeBank and local change makers for a day in the park at the second Movement Makers Fair.  This will be a place to share and develop skills for resistance, self-determination, inspiration, and healing. Stay tuned for the full schedule of skillshares such as digital security, urban farming, timebanking, and massage! Attendees will have the opportunity to propose and lead their own skillshare topics the day of the event during the Learning Marketplace. Help nurture individual and collective resistance for 2017 and beyond! Connect at https://www.facebook.com/events/203649210135649/.

54] -- The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility are continuing the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES.  The DVDs will be shown at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, usually on the First Friday.  After the 5 PM Black Lives Matter vigil, there will be a potluck dinner. At 7:15 PM, on June 2, a DVD of NO GOD, NO MASTER will be shown with a discussion to follow.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  

NO GOD, NO MASTER is a 2012 USA independent crime suspense thriller directed, written, and produced by Terry Green. The film stars David Strathairn, Ray Wise, Sam Witwer, Alessandro Mario and Edoardo Ballerini. It was filmed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The story includes references to the 1914 Ludlow Massacre as well as depictions of the Sacco and Vanzetti trial and the 1920 Wall Street bombing.  When a series of package bombs show up on the doorsteps of prominent politicians and businessmen in the summer of 1919, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Agent William Flynn (Strathairn) is assigned the task of finding those responsible. He becomes immersed in an investigation that uncovers an anarchist plot. Based on true events of the 1920s, the film sets the stage for a timely drama with resoundingly similar parallels to the contemporary war on terrorism and the role government plays to defeat it. Call 410-323-1607 or email mobuszewski [at] verizon.net for further information.   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              55] – 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 https://www.gofundme.com/a7y7m-fire-leaves-family-with-nothing?ssid=904794688&pos=2.

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56] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email: info@washingtonpeacecenter.org.

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

58] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

59] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.


“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