Friday, November 17, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - November 17, 2017 -- May 5, 2018

41] Peace vigil at White House – Nov. 17
42] WIB peace vigils – Nov. 17
43] Healthy Soils – Nov. 17
44] “Baltimore: A Political History” – Nov. 17
45] Black Lives Matter vigil – Nov. 17
46] Stride presents Dinner, Movie, and Discussion -- Nov. 17
47] Black Feminist Friday – Nov. 17
48] Black Liberation Community Meal – Nov. 17
49] Ballroom Dancing – Nov. 17
51] “Day of Reflection” – Nov. 18
52] Peace Symposium -- Nov. 18
53] West Chester peace vigil – Nov. 18
55] Protest ben Cardin – Nov. 18
56] NAACP Baltimore Town Hall – Nov. 18
57] Help deliver a Healthcare not Warfare petition – Jan. 11 & 12
58] Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases -- Jan. 12 - Jan. 14, 2018
59] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 5, 2018
61] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
62] Do you need any book shelves?
63] Join the Global Zero campaign
41] – On Fri., Nov. 17 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! This vigil will take place at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contract Art @ or at 202-360-6416. 

42] – On Fri., Nov. 17 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. Another one is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St, Baltimore. 21211. After this vigil, gather for lunch at the café on the site.  Stay for as long as you can. Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather. Bring your own poster or help with the "NO WAR IN MY NAME" banner.  When there are others to stand with, you don't need to carry the burden alone. Do this to be in solidarity with others....when everything around us says “Be afraid of the stranger.” Carpool and parking available. Just send an email that you need a ride [].  Peace signs will be available. 

43] – On Fri., Nov. 18 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis will be hosting a discussion on Healthy Soils: Implementing the Maryland Healthy Soils Program at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis 21401.  Email or call 410-573-0364. This is a discussion about implementing the Maryland Healthy Soils Program with Michael Locklear – Independent researcher and consultant with 30 years’ experience in organic farming and soil; Native American; environmentalist; peace, health, and human rights activist and Lori Arguelles – President and CEO of the Alice Ferguson Foundation, and Susan Payne – Ecosystem Markets and Agricultural Certainty Programs Coordinator: Maryland Department of Agriculture

The Healthy Soil Act, enacted by the Maryland Legislature last Spring, is a landmark bill which, if properly implemented in Maryland, will not only result in the production of healthier and more abundant food, but also fix more carbon in the soil and counter the impact of global warming. Our program will feature speakers who were involved in the development of the Healthy Soil Act and now involved in its implementation. We will also examine how we can expand its implementation and the potential for reversing global warming if practiced worldwide.

44] – On Fri., Nov. 17 at 2 PM, Matt Crenson presents “Baltimore: A Political History” at the Cockeysville Branch Library, 9833 Greenside Dr., Cockeysville 21030.  Distinguished political scientist, and Baltimore native, Crenson examines the role of politics and race throughout Baltimore’s history. Book sales and signings after the program, provided by the Ivy Bookshop.
45] – 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 Nov. 17. Black Lives Matter.  

46] – On Fri., Nov. 17 at 6 PM, Stride presents Dinner, Movie, and Discussion at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore.  STRIDE (Supporting Transformative Relationships in Diverse Environments) presents the movie STEP from 6 to 7 PM; and Wilde Thyme food truck from 7 to 9:30 PM. The suggested movie donation is $5 through $20. All donations support Baltimore STRIDE’s work to increase genuine diversity at Baltimore Yearly Meeting summer camps and access to nature for all!

47] – On Fri., Nov. 17 at 6 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for Black Feminist Friday at Red Emma's!  Celebrate milestone anniversaries of key Black feminist texts like the Combahee River Collective Statement, and join the authors of several recently published Black feminist books for an evening of lively conversation about Black feminism past, present and future! Speakers will include ROBYN SPENCER, author of “The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender and the Black Panther Party in Oakland,” ANDREA J. RITCHIE author of “Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color,” TIYI MORRIS author of “Woman Power Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi,” and ALEXIS PAULINE GUMBS author of “Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity.” Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

48] – On Fri., Nov. 17 at 6 PM, come to a Black Liberation Community Meal at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, 430 E. Belvedere Ave, Baltimore 21212.  This month's Sankara-Hamer Academy Gathering will include a community meal. View a documentary and have a community discussion about land and liberation! Please bring a dish or beverage to share. Donations are welcomed, and $3.65 is the suggested amount. The evening is hosted by The Black Church Food Security Network and Black Yield Institute.

49] – 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 on Nov. 17. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

50] – Workers World Party invites you to UNITE TO FIGHT WHITE SUPREMACY AND CAPITALISM & FIGHT FOR SOCIALISM, a National Conference on Sat. Nov. 18 & Sun. Nov. 19 in Newark, NJ.  REGISTER to  There is a promise for dynamic workshops, plenaries, cultural performances and more. 

51] ––  On Sat., Nov. 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, participate in a Pax Christi Baltimore “Day of Reflection” with Judy Coode of Pax Christi International at St. Vincent DePaul Parish Hall, Fayette and Fallsway (in downtown Baltimore). Learn about the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, WHY: we need it, WHAT: does it involve and HOW: do Catholic parishioners implement it.  Refreshments will be served.  This event is free and open to the public, free will donations are encouraged. Judy Coode is the project coordinator for the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, which is a project of Pax Christi International [in Brussels, Belgium] (along with a number of other organizational partners). Before that, she worked at the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns for 20 years, most of that time in the role of communications coordinator. She co-edited a series of books of Advent reflections for Orbis Books, and has written for Sojourners. She served on the National Council of Pax Christi USA from 2004-2010, three of those years as Chair.  Contact Chuck Michaels at 443-846-5027.

52] – On Sat., Nov. 18 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Perry School Community Center, 128 M St. NW, 2nd Floor, WDC 20001, come to Building a diverse community of peace educators, organized by Little Friends for Peace.  This is a Peace Symposium with a series of workshops and reflections to help you experience, learn, and practice peace education. Share strategies, foster dialogue, build community. Check-in is from 9:30 to 10 AM. Lunch Will Be Provided!   Register at

53] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email

54] – Join the PEOPLES’ COMMITTEE TO FREE JULIAN ASSANGE and say LET HIM GO! Say Free Julian Assange on Sat., Nov. 18 at 11:30 AM at the Embassy of The United Kingdom, 3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC.

55] -- On Sat., Nov. 18 from noon to 2 PM, resist Ben Cardin's Attack on Free Speech & Palestinian Rights, hosted by Freedom2Boycott in Maryland.  Cardin will be at a town hall at IBEW Local Union 26, 4371 Parliament Pl., Lanham 20706.  The “liberal” senator from Maryland has introduced a bill (S720) which is an attempt to squelch dissent when we need #resistance most. Read all about it here:  If passed, the possible felony charges Palestine solidarity activists face could in the future be extended to other grassroots activists, who are using the powerful boycott, divestment, and sanctions tactic to hit agents of injustice where it hurts, in the pocket book. The town hall will start at 1 PM.

56] – On Sat., Nov. 18 at 3 PM, attend the NAACP Baltimore Town Hall at Douglas Memorial Community Church, Baltimore.  The National NAACP in association with the Maryland State Conference of NAACP Branches is proud to invite you to attend the upcoming NAACP Baltimore Town Hall meeting. Baltimore is experiencing a number of challenges including crime, unemployment, and housing. The City is only a few years removed from the riots surrounding the Freddie Gray incident. The NAACP is holding this Town Hall with a panel of local leaders to take a look at where the City currently stands, but more importantly, to explore what we can do as a Community to turn the corner and make sustainable changes. The panel includes Dr. Marvin "Doc" Cheatham - Moderator (Civil Rights Consultant) William Honablew (Director, Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr. Center for Entrepreneurship/Urban League) Doni Glover (Publisher, Bmore News) Monica Mitchell (Vice President and Community Development Officer Wells Fargo), Dr. S. Todd Yeary - (Pastor, Douglas Memorial Community Church), Debra Keller-Greene - (Board Chair, Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce), Dedrick Muhammad - (Director of the Racial Wealth Divide Project at Prosperity Now) and Joshua Harris (Founder and Director, Hollins Creative Placemaking). Refreshments will be served. Register at

57] – Please note that the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance planned visit on Mon., Nov. 6 at noon to help deliver a Healthcare not Warfare petition to Captain Mark A. Kobelja, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 4494 North Palmer Road, Bethesda 20889, was postponed. It is now re-scheduled for Thurs., Jan. 11 at noon.  And on Fri., Jan. 12 at 10 AM, we will continue the Healthcare not Warfare direct action with a visit to the White House to Say No War with North Korea, Iran or Yemen.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net to join NCNR on Jan. 11, Jan, 12 or both days.  We are still gathering signatures on our petition?  If wanting to sign, please provide name, hometown and your organization to Max.

58] – Attend a Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases from Fri., Jan. 12 through Sun., Jan. 14, 2018 at the University of Baltimore, Learning Commons Town Hall, 1415 Maryland Ave., Baltimore 21201, hosted by the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases.  Thirteen prominent peace and justice organizations in the United States are collectively organizing this conference.  Some of the groups are Black Alliance for Peace, CODEPINK, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Popular Resistance, Veterans For Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and World Beyond War.  The conference will feature national and international experts. Several expert panels will discuss the economic, political, environmental and health costs and impact of U.S. foreign military bases in various regions of the world, including South America, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. The conference will be live streamed for the international audience.  For more information and to register for the conference, go to

59] –   Save the Dates.  The fiftieth anniversary of the Catonsville Nine draft board raid will be commemorated  There will be a CATONSVILLE NINE SYMPOSIUM on FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018 from 4 to 10 PM at the Shriver Center, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Cir, Catonsville, MD 21250. Enjoy Films, Lectures, Discussion Panels and Dramatic Readings.  There will be more CATONSVILLE NINE COMMEMORATION ACTIVITIES on SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Baltimore County Public Library Catonsville Branch, 1100 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228.  Enjoy more Films, Lectures, Discussion Panels and Dramatic Readings.  Go to


After 44 years of resisting weapons and war, Jonah House is Baltimore is in danger of shutting down. Two of the three core members have announced their intention to leave the community as of May 2018. That leaves one core member, Joe Byrne, who will remain to recruit and re-form intentional community. But if no one steps forward, Jonah House will have to close.

Jonah House was founded by Phil Berrigan, Liz McAlister, and others, in 1973, during the Vietnam War. It was a center of resistance to that war. When the war ended, the focus of resistance became the nuclear arms race. This resistance blossomed into the Plowshares movement. Jonah House members have spent years in jail for Plowshares disarmament actions. Other members have spent years supporting them, and doing the work of the community in their absence. Resistance to weapons and war continues at Jonah House. More recently, Jonah House has also become involved in racial justice efforts in Baltimore, and the environmental justice movement.

Jonah House is planted in the middle of a 22-acre, mostly-wooded cemetery in West Baltimore called St. Peter’s. Maintaining and slowly restoring St. Peter’s Cemetery is the work that pays the bills for the community. Jonah House also uses the property to serve the living as well as honor the dead. Our gardens and orchards feed the Jonah House community, and the surrounding neighborhood community, via a food pantry and weekly food distribution to low-income neighbors. We envision the cemetery—particularly the 11-acre forest patch—as a haven for the people of the neighborhood, international peace activists, and numberless living beings.

Jonah House is also an interfaith spiritual community. We pray or meditate together daily, and our spiritual practice informs and empowers everything we do, whether in the fields or in the streets.

To continue the vision, Jonah House is looking for a few new core members willing to commit to a two-year stint. We are also open to short- and long-term interns (3 months to a year). The work of radical peacemaking, direct service to the poor, and stewarding the land requires workers. We pray that God will send laborers to the vineyard (yes, we have that too) and that Jonah House will continue to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable for another 44 years!  For more information, call 443-804-3410, or email us at

61] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs, records, tarps and table cloths, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at

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

63] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] Go to

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

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