Thursday, November 30, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - November 30, 2017 - May 5, 2018

37] Resist that horrible Tax Bill – Nov. 30 to Dec. 1
38] Peace vigil at White House – Dec. 1
39] WIB peace vigils – Dec. 1
40] Black Lives Matter vigil – Dec. 1
41] See the film I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO – Dec. 1
42] There's No Place Like YES! – Dec. 1
43] See acclaimed documentary, 13th – Dec. 1
44] See the film SOME MOTHER’S SON – Dec. 1
45] Ballroom Dancing – Dec. 1
46] Wreaths for Peace Pick-up -- Dec. 2
47] West Chester peace vigil – Dec. 2
48] Drone Death March – Dec. 2
49] Migrant Justice Movements in the DMV – Dec. 2
50] An End to Ignorance – Dec. 2
53] Celebrate the Nobel Peace Prize – Dec. 8
54] Help deliver a Healthcare not Warfare petition – Jan. 11 & 12, 2018
55] Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases -- Jan. 12 - Jan. 14
56] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 5
58] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
59] Do you need any book shelves?
60] Join the Global Zero campaign
37] – With the Senate set to vote on the Republican tax bill, come together on Capitol Hill to hold a people’s filibuster to make clear that we won’t stand for massive tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the rest of us. We’re ready to speak out all night against the Republican plan to cut taxes for millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations. Join us in this fight to protect the middle class and working families.  Start at 3 PM on Thurs., Nov. 30 through Fri., Dec. 1 at 3 PM on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol, between the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court, and go until the Senate votes on the Republican tax bill. Take action before it is too late →  This event is being coordinated in partnership with Tax March, Indivisible Guide, Center For American Progress Action Fund, Americans for Tax Fairness, CREDO Mobile,, Organizing for Action, and AFSCME.  Go to

38] – On Fri., Dec. 1 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. 

39] – On Fri., Dec. 1 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. 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.

40] – 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 Dec. 1. Black Lives Matter.  

41] – 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 <>.

42] – On Fri., Dec. 1 at 6 PM, There's No Place Like YES! It will occur at the Impact Hub Baltimore, 10 E. North Ave., Baltimore 21202.  The Youth Empowered Society is hosting a silent auction to raise funds to support youth who experience homelessness. The event will include a program, raffles, items for bid, food and beverages. A major auction item includes a one week stay at Villa Zouberi in Nea-Makri, East Attica Greece. This newly renovated house is 100 meters from the beach, tavernas/ restaurants and nightlife. The accommodation fits up to 8 people. It is also a 10 minute drive to the port of Rafina for quick escapes to the island. East Attica is on the coast of the Petalioi Gulf of the Aegean Sea in the easternmost part of the Attica Peninsula. Additional auction items include tickets to the American Visionary Art Museum, a signed baseball by Cal Ripken, and gift cards to local restaurants and grocery stores like Birroteca and Mom's Organic Market.

43] – There is a special screening and panel discussion surrounding Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated and critically acclaimed documentary, 13th. ADMISSION IS FREE, but you can reserve your seat at The title of DuVernay’s documentary refers to the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States…” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the current rate of mass criminalization and the state of the American prison industry is easily and articulately laid out by DuVernay, with a host of featured guests throughout the film.

The panel includes HANS CHARLES, the Emmy-nominated Director of Photography for “13th,” SUZANNE KAY, an award-winning filmmaker, ADRIAN MULDROW, who has worked with thousands of individuals returning home from prison. The moderator is JANICE HAYES-WILLIAMS, an Annapolis native and a historian and writer. This screening is presented in partnership with Maryland Hall's Faith Goldstein/Jesse Cunitz Center for Film and New Media, and takes place on Fri., Dec. 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM in the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. 801 Chase St., Annapolis 21401.

44] – On Fri., Dec. 1 at 7 PM, come to the Free First-Friday Film @ the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA to see SOME MOTHER’S SON,“ 1996, directed and written by Terry George with some help from Jim Sheridan. A 1981 hunger strike in a Belfast prison is the historical inspiration for the drama, which attempts to focus on the personal dimensions of the event through its portrayal of the families of the striking prisoners.

  George was the co-author of “In the Name of the Father.” This film is anchored by Helen Mirren’s performance as Kathleen Quigley, an educated, thoughtful schoolteacher who feels the Irish-English conflict is remote from her life until her son is arrested for his involvement with the Irish Republican Army.  Yet while she supports her son and works to save his life, Kathleen nevertheless maintains her disdain for violence.

This is in great contrast to Annie Higgins, the mother of Gerard’s collaborator, who wholeheartedly embraces the IRA’s mission. Despite their differing attitudes toward the IRA violence, the women form an uneasy bond over the suffering of their imprisoned sons. Kathleen finds herself increasingly politicized but finds herself facing a moral dilemma when the prisoners begin a hunger strike. As Gerard’s next of kin, it is her right to agree to intravenous feeding should her son enter a coma; however, many people, including Annie, would see such as an act as betrayal of the strike, leaving Kathleen with a choice between saving her son’s life and respecting his cause.

Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments.  A group discussion about the film follows its screening. Go to The screening is sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For directions to the Peace Center of Delaware County, visit or call 484-574-1148.

45] – 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 Dec. 1. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

46] – On Sat., Dec. 2 from 9 AM to noon, get over to Wreaths for Peace Pick-up (and Music for Peace CD, and Cards for Peace greeting card set) at St. Paul's UMC, 1314 Foulk Rd, Wilmington, and at Newark UMC, 69 E. Main St., Newark. Go to

47] – 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

48] – On Sat., Dec. 2 from 11:45 AM to 1 PM, join the Philadelphia monthly Center City Anti-War Drone Death Walk. Meet at 12th & Arch Streets.  This is a silent vigil.  Please wear black in recognition of all the victims of Drone attacks.  It takes place the first Saturday of the month. Call Marge Van Cleef at 203-804-3013 or email  

49] – On Sat., Dec. 2 at 3 to 5 PM, get involved with the Migrant Justice Movements in the DMV, hosted by Sanctuary DMV and Smash Racism DC at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC 20010.  From Resistance to Revolution Anti-Fascist Anti-Conference Session 2 will cover Migrant Justice Movements in the DMV. Join two Sanctuary DMV members for a participatory discussion about how anti-immigrant sentiment is being used to propel the fascist movement in the DMV area. We will talk about how ICE is detaining and deporting our neighbors and community members, what local migrant justice groups are working on and talking about, and how to get involved in an accountable way. We will discuss why following the lead of directly affected folks is crucial for a sustainable and inclusive revolution and will introduce participants to our ICE raid response hotline network. How does the left in D.C. build on each other's work? What do we do well? What would help us to learn? How do we go beyond the immediate struggle into building sustainable work and study for systemic revolution? The Anti-fascist Anti-Conference will be a series of 2-3 hour teach-ins for learning and community building planned over multiple Saturdays in November and December. This is about anti-fascism as a broad and intersectional movement, informed by the knowledge that those who are already marginalized are the first and most affected by fascism.

50] – On Sat., Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 PM, join the Circles of Voices - On Homelessness In Baltimore, hosted by An End to Ignorance - Circles of Voices at the Impact Hub Baltimore, 10 E. North Ave., Baltimore 21202.   Tickets are available at Baltimore has thousands of vacant/abandoned properties, yet we also have human beings sleeping on the streets. It does not make sense. The December Circles of Voices will engage this human catastrophe. Start with a panel discussion: Peggy Webster - Baltimore Housing, Anthony Williams - "The King of Howard Street", Jim French - French Development, Wayno AmonRa - Activist, and Beth Benner - Women's Housing Coalition and J.C. Faulk - Circles of Voices.  Bring a bite and/or a drink to share.

51] – On Sat., Dec. 2 from 4 to 7 PM at the Real News Network, 231 Holliday St., Baltimore find out WHAT LESSONS DOES CUBA & CHE GUEVARA HOLD FOR BALTIMORE? Hear a report back from participants of the 50th Anniversary “In the footsteps of Che” brigade and First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy, Miguel Fraga.  Enjoy Art – Music – Poetry – Films – Refreshments.  Catch first-hand accounts by the youth delegates who traveled to Cuba.  What about Ending the U.S. Blockade? Yes, talk and learn, but come out of this forum with future actions and ways to deepen the relationship with the Cuban people and fight for justice in Baltimore, Maryland & D.C.  December 2 is the anniversary of the landing of the Granma in 1956 that began the armed struggle culminating in the liberation of Cuba from U.S. domination and the 1959 Cuban Revolution that established socialism just 90 miles from the U.S.  Donations are gladly accepted to help defray expenses. Go to  The event is hosted by the Baltimore Che Brigade.  Call 410-218-4835 or go to

52] – Enjoy a TOM NEILSON CONCERT - SATIRE & SOCIAL COMMENTARY – on Sat., Dec. 2 starting with a 6 PM potluck dinner, and the music will begin at 7 PM.  The venue is Eden Valley, 5085 Green Bridge Rd., Dayton, MD 20136, just 15 min. from Columbia-near Clarksville.  The concert is co-sponsored by Just Peace Circles, Inc & Friends of Latin America.  Contact Bette Hoover at 202-329-4667 or Leslie Salgado at 410-718-0630.  The suggested donation is $15.  Tom Neilson was the winner of the 2015 UN Nelson Mandela Award.  Go to

53] – 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.

54] – 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.

55] – 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

56] –   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

58] -- 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

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

60] -- 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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