Saturday, July 22, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert July 23 – August 9, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert July 23 – August 9, 2017

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.
The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at]

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  
4] Two friends are looking to buy a house in Baltimore
5] Feed the People – July 23
6] “Racial Bias in Media Representation” – July 23
7] Deep Canvassing – July 23
8] Anti-Bias Education – July 23
9] Feed the Homeless – July 23
11] Book Study on THE COLOR OF LAW – July 23
12] Ulster Project Delaware Talent Show -- July 23
13] Pentagon Vigil – July 24 
14] Support the Supreme Court Five – July 24
15] Marc Steiner on WEAA – July 24– July 28
16] Millions Marching For Medicare For All – July 24
17] Progressive MoCo Happy Hour – July 24
18] Peace vigil – July 25
19] End drone research at JHU – July 25
20] See the film TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD July 25
21] Book talk "The Pox Lover" – July 25
22] Commemorate Hiroshima – Aug. 6
23] Commemorate Nagasaki – Aug. 9
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski at  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe.  It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing.  To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at

4] – Janice and Max are looking to buy a house in Baltimore.  Let Max know if you have any leads—410-323-1607 or mobuszewski 2001 at comcast dot net.

5] -- On Sun., July 23 from 10 AM to 5 PM, Feed the People is hosted by Blackout: Generation Liberation and Food, Clothing & Resistance Collective at the Peace House DC, 1005 Rhode Island Ave. NE, WDC 20018. Meet at the Peace House DC, 1005 Rhode Island Ave. NE, WDC, near The Rhode Island Metro Station.  Contact Sima Lee, FCRC Community Organizer, 202-584-9231, or  Volunteer to deliver prepared meals, clothing items and toiletry care packages to communities in need.  Donate cash or drop off food items, clothing and toiletries at The Peace House DC from 9 AM to 9 PM M-F and noon to 9 PM Sat/Sun. Email

6] – 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., July 23, the Sunday Platform is “Racial Bias in Media Representation.” Film and television are centerpieces of American culture, so why don’t the racial demographics of either match the country at large? What are the causes of this mismatch, and what can we as consumers do to fix it? Call 410-581-2322 or email

7] – In towns and neighborhoods across the country, Progressive Maryland  holds conversations with voters about the issues of the day and the world we’re fighting to build. We train volunteers to knock on the doors of neighbors and transform their communities into a force at the polls. We ask candidates tough questions and secure policy commitments. If you are interested in being a part of this movement of transformational canvassing, please reach out to Amanya Paige at
This is also a great opportunity to meet people that share common interests as you! Progressive Maryland’s main goal is to mobilize people around issues and not elections! On Sun., July 23 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM, come to the Fairmont Height Branch Library, 5904 Kolb St., Fairmount Heights 20743. Email Amity Pope at  Go to

8] -- On Sun., July 23 at 3 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, welcome Katie Kissinger, author of the children’s book “All The Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color” who will present her new work, “Anti-Bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom.” The book provides a useful, clearly outlined guide for implementing anti-bias and anti-oppressive practices in early childhood education settings. Supporting young children in their positive identity development and in learning about differences is more critical in our society than it has ever been. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

9] – On Sun., July 23 from 3 to 6 PM, come to the Feed the Homeless Cookout at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 120 N. Front St., Baltimore 21202. 

10] – On Sun., July 23 at 5 PM, Joshua Green will present his book “Devil's Bargain” at Politics and Prose Bookstore, WDC.  The key to understanding Trump’s election, Green argues, is Steve Bannon. Green, a long-time political commentator who is currently a senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek, profiled Bannon in 2015, citing him as the mastermind behind a “vast right-wing conspiracy” poised to take down Hillary Clinton and many others. Green traces the rise of the populist movement and Bannon’s role in it over the past six years, and points to Trump’s selection of Bannon—who had no experience running a national political campaign—to lead what looked, in August 2016, like a failing effort to win the presidency, as the decision that turned the election in Trump’s favor.

11] -- Progressive Prince George’s will host a Book Study on THE COLOR OF LAW on Sun., July 23 at 5:30 PM at Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville, Email or go to .

12] –  On Sun., July 23 at 7 PM, attend the Banbridge Night Talent Show at St. Elizabeth H.S. Auditorium, 1500 Cedar St., Wilmington, DE.  The Ulster Project Delaware promotes peace in Northern Ireland by hosting eighteen Catholic and Protestant teens from the N.I. towns of Banbridge, Coleraine, and Portadown in Delaware homes for a month of reconciliation, tolerance, service, friendship and fun during July of each year. Go to

13] -- There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is July 24, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr. 

14] -- On April 1, 2015, five brave activists with 99Rise—the organization that gave birth to Democracy Spring—stood up within the chamber of the US Supreme Court and disrupted its proceedings. Rising one by one, they called for the court to overturn its disastrous Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, which have permitted unlimited amounts of money to pour into our elections from the billionaire class.  On Mon., July 24, two years later—the Supreme Court 5 will go to court for their sentencing hearing, where they each face up to fourteen months in jail and a maximum $105,000 fine. Meet at 9:30 AM at 333 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20001-2804. Go to

15] – 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   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at

16] – On Mon., July 24 from 3 to 7 PM, Millions Marching For Medicare For All will be at the U.S. Capitol Building West Lawn, WDC.  Visit

Our healthcare system is under threat by a Trump administration which is trying to cut Medicaid by 35% in the next 20 years, causing 23 million people to lose their health coverage by 2026. Across the country, citizens have begun to counter this threat with disruptive direct action. There have been sit-ins, protests, and vigils organized throughout the country, with many more to come in the next few weeks. With the repeal of the flawed and partially defunded ACA on the horizon, and the abhorrent plans to replace it with something that is not care, but a tax cut for the wealthy, it's time to let Congress know we wish to have health care for all people like all other modern industrialized nations.  Go to Email

17] – Progressive MoCo, on Mon., July 24, is hosting a District 5 Happy Hour for networking with fellow progressives to discuss the issues concerning Montgomery County, and build power in Maryland. It will take place from 7 to 9 PM at Kaldi's Coffee Rooftop, 918 Silver Spring Ave., Silver Spring 20910. See

18] –  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 July 25.  Call 215-426-0364.

19] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on July 25 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607. 

20] – See “To Kill A Mockingbird” on Tues., July 25 at 7 PM, as part of the Best Peace and Justice Films of the Last 50 years,  at the Westminster Church, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington. There is no charge.  The discussant is David Teague, Ph.D., professor, Associate in Arts Program, University of Delaware, Wilmington.  The film is a coming-of-age story of Louise "Scout" Finch, and her brother in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama in the Depression-era1930s. Their widowed father Atticus is the town’s highly principled lawyer. Atticus is asked to defend a black man, Tom Robinson against an accusation of rape of a white girl, Mayella Ewell. The film shows the struggle against a prejudiced legal system as Atticus fights for an innocent man wrongly accused of a crime. Go to

21] – Anne-Christine d'Adesky presents "The Pox Lover" on Tues., July 25 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  The book is a personal history of the turbulent 1990s in New York City and Paris by a pioneering American AIDS journalist, lesbian activist, and daughter of French-Haitian elites. In an account that is by turns searing, hectic, and funny, the author remembers "the poxed generation" of AIDS—their lives, their battles, and their determination to find love and make art in the heartbreaking years before lifesaving protease drugs arrived. Also speaking will be Mark King, an award-winning blogger and HIV activist who has been writing about HIV since testing positive in 1985. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

22] – There is a HIROSHIMA COMMEMORATION on Sunday, August 6. At 5:30 PM, outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N, Charles Street, demonstrate in favor of the treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons: Fifty nations must ratify the Convention to Ban Nuclear Weapons, and ratification begins on September 20.  One hundred and twenty two countries signed on to the convention, but they must take it back to their nations for ratification by whatever means each nation has for ratification. Commemorate Hiroshima.

At 6:30 PM inside Homewood Meetinghouse, savor a potluck dinner with members of the peace and justice community. David Eberhardt will again share some poetry, and Joseph Byrne will perform some dulcimer music.    

At 7:15 PM, the program will begin with Dr. Gwen DuBois, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, who will discuss her work in New York City during the gathering at the United Nations to ban nuclear weapons.  Then a statement will be read from Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo, who will share her thoughts about living in apartheid South Africa.  Rev. Mahlangu-Ngcobo will be in South Africa on August 6 for a Prayer Intercession in Parliament. Note that South Africa is the first nuclear nation to end its program. 

23] – The NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION is on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.  At 5:30 PM, demonstrate at 33rd & N. Charles Streets against Johns Hopkins University’s weapons contracts, including research on killer drones, commemorate the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and remember Fukushima, Japan.  At 6:30 PM, march to the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles Street. 

 At 7 PM, John Steinbach and Kio Kanda of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area will share some remarks.  Then, with the help of a translator, a Korean Hibakusha, Ms. Jon Sung Lee, will address the group. Ms. Lee was 12 years old when she experienced the Hiroshima bombing. Her family were part of the large Korean community in Hiroshima forced to work in Japan during WW2. She entered Hiroshima three days after the bombing and was exposed to the radiation. 

Also speaking with be Sister Megan Rice of the Transform Now Plowshares.  She engaged with Greg Boertje-Obed and Mike Walli in a remarkable Plowshares disarmament at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN. Finally, the accomplished musician David Sawyer will perform.  At 8:30 PM, enjoy dinner at Niwana Restaurant, 3 E. 33rd Street, with our Korean guest.
HIROSHIMA-NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE, 325 East 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218 Ph: 410-323-1607 Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] Comcast dot net
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

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