Saturday, November 4, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - November 4, 2017 -- May 5, 2018

54] Canvass for $15 – Nov. 4 & 5
55] “Meet Me in the Middle” – Nov. 4
56] West Chester peace vigil – Nov. 4
57] Drone Anti-War Death Walk – Nov. 4
58] 20th Annual Human Rights Potluck Dinner – Nov. 4
59] Maryland Clean Energy Jobs campaign – Nov. 4
61] Postponed/Help deliver a Healthcare not Warfare petition
62] Stop War on North Korea and End Nuclear Weapons – Nov. 11
63] Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases -- Jan. 12 - Jan. 14, 2018
64] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 5, 2018
65] Jonah House needs Peaceworkers
66] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
67] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
68] Do you need any book shelves?
69] Join the Global Zero campaign

53] -- On Sat., Nov. 4 at 9:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE DAY.  This full-day event will be in the Free School Classroom.  There will be over 40 FREE workshops covering Visual & Performing Arts, Health & Wellness, Entrepreneurship & Professional Development, and Social Justice & Advocacy too. That means workshops in everything from Mini Zine Making, Painting with Your Heart, to The Power of Debate, and more!  This event is for All Ages. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

54] – There are two Canvassing Events for the $15 Minimum Wage in Montgomery County.  Here’s an account through Progressive Montgomery’s eyes (as observed by member Helen Burns) of the committee hearing where the county minimum wage bill was watered down:  With the County Council vote on raising the minimum wage fast approaching, it is more important than ever to keep the pressure on. Join the Fight for 15 Canvass on Sat., Nov. 4 from 10 AM to 2 PM in support of the upcoming vote on the $15 minimum-wage bill. The Council will be voting on November 7, and there is the need to put as much pressure on the holdout votes as possible! These canvasses are designed to encourage targeted voters to contact specific Council members to encourage them to support the bill.  Another Fight for 15 Canvass will occur on Sun., Nov. 5 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Go to

55] – “Meet Me in the Middle,” Communities United's monthly, citywide meeting is happening on Sat., Nov. 4 at 10 AM at St Vincent de Paul Church, 120 N Front St. (President & E Fayette Streets) across from the Shot Tower subway stop. This month's meeting will include a mini-training in how to administer Naloxone -- the drug that can save the life of someone whose has overdosed. Share news about Communities United's plans for 2018 to build new people power in our city and state! Come learn how you can get involved while finding fellowship with like-minded people over coffee and a light breakfast!  Go to

56] – 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

57] – Join the Phila. Center City Drone Anti-War Death Walk on Sat., Nov. 4 from 11:45 AM to 1 PM. Meet at 12th & Arch Sts. in Center City Philadelphia, PA. It recurs the 1st Saturday of the month. Stop drone warfare and U.S.’s policy of endless war.  Please wear BLACK, and you will receive a plain white mask. Call Marge Van Cleef at 203-804-3013 or email if you have questions or concerns.  Stand silently representing the DEATHS of those killed by DRONES.  As it is street theater, remain silent wearing masks and black clothing.

58] – Come to the 20th Annual Human Rights Potluck Dinner & Live Music with Rumisonko on Sat., Nov. 4 from 6 to 9 PM at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia 21044. Please bring a main dish to share.  This is a CELEBRATION OF OUR DIVERSITY and 31 years of building bridges NOT walls in solidarity with the people of Latin America and the World! Rumisonko will have their newly released CD “Añoranzas” available for sale at the event.  The co-sponsors are Friends of Latin America (formerly Howard County Friends of Latin America) and the Howard County Office of Human Rights.  Contact Leslie at 410-381-4899 or Go to

59] –Hear about the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs campaign, enjoy the ambience of this newly restored (in part)  historic home, Clifton Mansion, and spread the word about both the campaign and the mansion.   If you have never been to the Clifton Mansion, you really must go.  This mansion and the surrounding 300 acre park were the summer home of Johns Hopkins, the founder of the university.  The university sold them to the city in 1896 and well preserved them for us to enjoy over 120 years later. See On Sat., Nov. 4 from 7 to 9 PM, the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs campaign for 50% renewable electricity will be holding a fundraiser event at the Civic Works' Clifton Mansion, 2701 St Lo Dr., Baltimore 21213. Chris Van Hollen will be there by phone, Rep. Sarbanes will be speaking, and so will many leaders in Maryland politics. There is no fee to attend, but feel free to give what you can.  RSVP at Email Nikki Richards

60] -- On Sat., Nov. 4 at 6:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for RED EMMA'S MOTHER EARTH POETRY VIBE--FEATURING RIENNE JAHNAI! The seasonal expression goes, “Spring forward; fall back.” But we know what time it is in this country, so we're going to fall forward into justice and resistance—and poetry will help shore us up to do so! Join us for an open mic of justice.  By way of Philadelphia, Rienne “Ryan” Jahnai is a Baltimore County middle school teacher, poet, mentor, and proud advocate for all LGBTQ+ people of color. She is the 2015 DC Black Pride Slam Champion, and in 2016 she created "OUTspoken," an LGBTQ+ open mic, to provide a platform for local artists, businesses, organizations, and allies that accentuate the community's diversity through art. She is also a writing instructor and conducts youth workshops in both Baltimore and Philadelphia. The MIC LIST OPENS AT 6 PM! Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

61] – 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, is postponed. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net. We are still gathering signatures on our petition?  If wanting to sign, please provide name, hometown and your organization to Max.

62] – There is a National Mobilization to Stop War on North Korea and End Nuclear Weapons.  The main Maryland Action in Baltimore is at 11 AM on Sat., Nov. 11. Trump has threatened “to totally destroy North Korea.”  Secretary of War Mattis has told the U.S. Army “to be ready” for war. We are on a dangerous path towards a military confrontation that could kill millions and engulf the world in a nuclear holocaust. Come say no war with North Korea—and no nuclear weapons!

There will be a demonstration with street theatre, banners, and the People’s Peace Treaty at McKeldin Square, Pratt and Light Sts., Baltimore.  This event is organized by Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility and MD Peace Action. Contact Jean Athey at

If you do not want to go down to the Inner Harbor, Max will hold a demonstration at Centre and Charles Sts. starting at 11 AM on Sat., Nov. 11 – Armistice Day.  To join him, call 410-323-1607 or email him at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

63] – 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

64] – 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

66] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email:

67] -- 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

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

69] -- 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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