Sunday, July 30, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert July 30 – August 9, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert July 30 – 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] Nonviolence training – July 30
6] Charm City Farms work day – July 30
7] “Connecting to the Community through Music” July 30
8] DC Fair Food July Meeting – July 30
9] Book talk on MIRRORS – July 30
10] Book talk CAMPUS CONFIDENTIAL – July 30
11] Pentagon Vigil – July 31 
12] Marc Steiner on WEAA – July 31– August 4
13] Peace vigil – August 1
14] End drone research at JHU – August 1
15] See the film DO THE RIGHT THING August
16] Brother Jerry Zawada’s funeral – August 2
17] Commemorate Hiroshima – Aug. 6
18] 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] -- A Greenpeace Nonviolent Direct Action Training will occur on Sun., July 30 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM at the Greenpeace USA Office, 702 H St. NW, #300, WDC 20001. Join Greenpeace for a full-day workshop on creative, nonviolent resistance! This training will introduce the basic concepts of nonviolent direct action and how to use creative resistance as a tool for change. With experienced trainers from Greenpeace and right here in D.C., you'll learn about the history and philosophy of nonviolent direct action and explore techniques to apply these lessons to your organizing. This introductory workshop is focused on strategic, nonviolent tactics and how to spot action opportunities in your community, not necessarily advanced action skills. We invite anyone interested in taking part in the Summer of Resistance against Trump’s harmful agenda to join us ― no experience required. Space for this training is limited. RSVP

6] -- On Sun., July 30 from 10 AM to 3 PM, there will be a CCF Workday at the Barn, 1310 Hillman St., Baltimore 21202, hosted by Charm City Farms.  Learn how to harvest honey from a bee hive! The soil is being prepared for a pumpkin patch, and there will be some snazzy compost piles.  Work the beds to harvest beautiful veggies!

7] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon.  On Sun., July 30, the Sunday Platform is “Connecting to the Community through Music; a look at Community Bands in Southern Maryland” with Michael Luginbill, a music student at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  He recently completed his senior project on community music. He studied five community bands in Southern Maryland that play many different kinds of music, including Latin, jazz, marches and musical comedy. Through surveys of and interviews with members, Luginbill found a rich musical culture where members supported each other and where adults from all walks of life developed their musical potential. He also found that musicians consciously directed the efforts of their ensembles towards the broader community good, as they played in benefit performances for non-profit organizations, festivals and fairs. Michael Luginbill is BES member Elizabeth Milstead’s father and lives in Leonardtown, MD. Call 410-581-2322 or email

8] – On Sun., July 30 from 1 to 2 PM, attend the DC Fair Food July Meeting (in the park!), Meridian Hill Park, WDC 20009. Meet on the top level, across from the restrooms, and discuss upcoming Student/ Farmworker Alliance Encuentro and updates on the #BoycottWendy's campaign.

9] -- On Sun., July 30 at 3 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, join the author of the recently published book “Mirrors,” Autumn Burton, a 17 year-old Baltimore native and incoming freshman at Duke University, for an evening discussion of the power of empathy for the human rights crises occurring both in Baltimore and abroad. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

10] – On Sun.,  July 30 from 5 to 6 PM, hear Jacques Berlinerblau talk about his book “Campus Confidential” at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008.  Chances are distressingly high that an American undergraduate—even one attending an elite institution—will be taught mostly by overworked and underpaid adjunct professors and graduate students who have received no teacher training and whose careers are haunted by the “publish or perish” ethos of modern Academe. This may suit the university’s bottom line, but does it really constitute a quality education for their students? The book is an irreverent and incisive professor’s-eye view on college today, in which Berlinerblau tells us what so many professors are thinking but so few are saying.

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 July 31, 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. 

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   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

13] –  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 August 1.  Call 215-426-0364.

14] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on August 1 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607. 

15] –  On Tues., Aug. 1 at 7 PM, the Pacem Film Series— The Best Peace and Justice Films of the Last 50 years—will continue with Spike Lee’s DO THE RIGHT THING at the Westminster Church,1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington. The Discussant is D. Chanele Moore, assistant professor of Sociology, University of Delaware.

This classic film considers race relations in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, a cauldron of racial tensions that explodes on the hottest summer day of the year. The film was praised for its relevant depiction of race relations between whites and blacks and lauded actor Danny Aiello for his portrayal of Sal, a pizzeria owner, and director Spike Lee as Mookie, the pizzeria’s deliveryman. Go to

16] –  Brother Jerry Zawada, OFM,  will be remembered on Wednesday, August 2 at St. Clare Church, 7616 Fritz St., Wind Lake, WI 53185.  Visitation will happen at 11 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 PM.  A luncheon will follow at St. Clare Parish Hall.  The Interment will be in the Provincial Cemetery, Pulaski, WI, with a date to be announced as Jerry requested that his remains be cremated.  Contact Bob Graf at 414 379 4162 at Bob Graf <>.

17] – 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. 

18] – 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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