Sunday, November 26, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert November 26, 2017 through December 8, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert November 26, 2017 through December 8, 2018

"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] “Mindful Activism and Peace” – Nov. 26
6] Keep the Homeless Warm – Nov. 26
7] Confederate monuments – Nov. 26
8] Protest at the Pentagon – Nov. 27
9] Pack The Court – Nov. 27
10] We Are Cove Point at the Governor's Mansion – Nov. 27
11] TrumpTaxScam Town Hall -- Nov. 27
12] Close Down All Foreign Bases conference planning meeting -- Nov. 27
13] Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty – Nov. 27
14] Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference -- Nov. 27
15] The Ban Treaty and the Future of Nuclear Weapons – Nov. 28
16] Peace vigil – Nov. 28
17] Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" – Nov. 28
18] Future of the Affordable Housing Crisis -- Nov. 28
19] Giving Hunger a Voice – Nov. 28
20] See the film I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO – Dec. 1
21] Celebrate the Nobel Peace Prize – Dec. 8
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] – 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., Nov. 26, the Sunday Platform is “Mindful Activism and Peace.” Building peace is not only an act of compassion. To be sustainable, peace building must also be guided by equanimity and thoughtfulness. When advocating for peace, however, we are often confronted by hostile proponents of violent methods and brutal militarism. As our current administration speaks of war and threatens North Korea, how can Ethical Humanists resist war by embracing “ahimsa,” or non-violence toward all living things?  Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia.  Call 410-581-2322 or email

6] – On Sun., Nov. 26 from 3 to 4 PM, Help Keep the Homeless Warm at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 120 N. Front St., Baltimore 21202. Calling all volunteers: donate hats, scarves, gloves, socks, shoes, blankets, and coats! It's getting cold! Help is needed!

7] – On Sun., Nov. 26 at 5 PM, hear What’s Next? — The Rev. Rob Lee in Baltimore, hosted by Memorial Episcopal Church, 1407 Bolton St., Baltimore 21217.  Join a conversation about “What’s Next’ for the Confederate monuments. Rev. Lee is a descendent of Robert E. Lee and vocal advocate for the removal of confederate monuments and an end to White Supremacy. 

8] – 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 Nov. 27, 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.

9] – On Mon., Nov. 27 at 8 AM, Solidarity Means Pack The Court for the first J20 trial!  The trial started on Nov. 20 in DC Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave. NW, Courtroom 203 (2nd floor), WDC.  Use the Judiciary Square, Red Line Metro OR Archives - Navy Memorial - Penn Quarter, Green Line Metro).  The defendants are facing six felonies and two misdemeanors, and the maximum sentence could be for 60 years. This is a jury trial, and the judge should be on the bench at 9:30 AM.  If you want to contribute to the defense fund, go to

10] -- On Mon., Nov. 27 from noon to 1:30 PM, come to the 23rd rally for a safety study, hosted by We Are Cove Point at the Governor's Mansion, 110 State Circle, Annapolis 21401.  This will be the 23rd week in a row that there will be a rally outside Governor Hogan's mansion calling for a safety study (called a Quantitative Risk Assessment, or QRA) on Dominion Energy's fracking refinery, power plant and export terminal being built in Cove Point.  However, if you can't make it, you can still help! Call Governor Hogan's office at (410) 974-3901 to demand he order a safety study immediately for Cove Point. Even if you've called his office before, it helps to call again to let his staff know this is not an issue which will go away. Visit

11] – On Mon., Nov. 27 from 6 to 8 PM, get over to the TrumpTaxScam Town Hall, hosted by Indivisible Baltimore at the 101 N Gay St., Baltimore 21202-4017.  Join with Congresspersons Cummings, Ruppersberger, and Sarbanes! Ask your members of Congress what Trump's tax plan means for Baltimore, how they intend to defeat it, and what their platform is for winning back Congress in 2018!

12] – Do you want to get involved in doing some planning, including getting together a demonstration, for the Close Down All Foreign Bases conference which will take place from January 12 to 14 , 2018 at the University at Baltimore?  There is a planning meeting on Monday, Nov. 27 at 7 PM.  If you want to join us, contact Max to find out where the meeting will be held – 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski 2001 at Comcast dot net.

Even if you can't come, PLEASE comment on the location of the rally/demo/vigil from 3 to 5 PM on Fri., Jan. 12, just before the first plenary that evening:

**Charles St. and Monument Avenue near the UB hall;
**National Guard Armory at Howard St. and MLK Blvd.;
**McKeldin Square in the Inner Harbor;
**33rd and N. Charles St. in a challenge to the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory; or
**Mt. Vernon at Charles St. and Centre St.

13] – On Mon., Nov. 27 at 7 PM, the Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty will hold their 2017 Annual Meeting: Reimagining Justice: How Restorative Justice Satisfies the Needs of Victims, Offenders, and Communities.  This will take place at Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803. Go to

14] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference every Monday evening. On Mon., Nov. 27 at 8:30 PM, call 605-475-6711, 1136243#.  Focus on the petitioning drive and continue to plan public outreach events.

15] – On Tues., Nov. 28 from noon to 1:30 PM, Edward Ifft will discuss The Ban Treaty and the Future of Nuclear Weapons at George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, Lindner Commons, 6th Floor Elliott School, 1957 E St. NW, WDC. RSVP at

16] –  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 Nov. 28.  Call 215-426-0364.

17] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Nov. 28 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.   

18] – On Tues., Nov. 28 at 6:30 PM, catch he Future of the Affordable Housing Crisis by the American Society for Public Administration - National Capital Area Chapter · Washington.  This will be a panel discussion on the affordability crisis in the metro DC area and across the country. This discussion will focus on why an affordable housing crisis exists, policy tools and techniques to maintain and increase affordable housing, and why affordable housing matters (socially and economically).  The panelists are Gov. Parris N. Glendening, President of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute and the Governor’s Institute on Community Design; and Alazne (Ali) Solis, President and CEO of Make Room USA. Ali has led successful national campaigns during her two decade tenure in housing and thinks it’s about time that renters needs move to the top of the national agenda.

19] –On Tues., Nov. 28 from 7 to 11 PM, be at Giving Hunger a Voice, hosted by Be a Chef for a Day and Italian Cultural Center of Maryland, which takes place at The Motor House, 120 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  Find tickets at  This Be a Chef for a Day Program Kick Off & Fundraiser has a Superguest, Wendy D. Lewis.  Be a Chef for a Day empowers children, teaching them to cook healthy and eat healthy to reach their best selves. See

20] – The First Friday Movie Nights will continue at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St. on Dec. 1 with I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO and on Fri., Jan. 5 with CHASING CORAL.  The film will begin at 7:15 PM, following the vigil from 5 to 6 PM and a potluck meal from 6 from 7 PM. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is about the life of the prophet James Baldwin, and it features interviews and performances by one of this country’s greatest writer. There will be snacks and some discussion after the film. "Chasing Coral" (postponed from Nov. 3) is an award-winning documentary showing the beauty of undersea gardens and their decline. Enjoy a visual tropical get-away in the middle of winter! Contact Megan Shook <>.

21] – On Fri., Dec. 8 at probably 5 PM, get ready to celebrate the Nobel Peace prize which will be awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons [ICAN] on December 10.  Save this date, as more information will be forthcoming.  Email max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] Go to

"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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