Sunday, April 22, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert April 22 to May 9, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert April 22 to May 9, 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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com.  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] comcast.net.

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  
4] Write Reality Winner
5] Collect donations of Hygiene Kits – through Apr. 30
6] Progressive Summit – Apr. 22
7] “Poetry of Resiliency” – Apr. 22
8] Flint, MI Water Fundraiser – through May 9
9] Candidate Forum – Apr. 22
10] See the film “Naila and the Uprising” -- Apr. 22
11] Baltimore Green Forum – Apr. 22
12] Protest at the Pentagon – Apr. 23
13] "Advocacy for South Korea's International Development” -- Apr. 23
14] Film “The Land Speaks Arabic” – Apr. 24
16] Research Associates Foundation info session – Apr. 24
17] Peace Vigil – Apr. 24
18] No more Drone Research at JHU – Apr. 24
19] Film "Baltimore's Strange Fruit” -- Apr. 24
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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 http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

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 6address to mobuszewski at Verizon.net.  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 ncnrnotices-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at ncnrnotices-admin@lists.riseup.net.

4] –  On June 3, 2017 Reality Leigh Winner was arrested and jailed and later charged under the Espionage Act for allegedly releasing a top-secret document to a media outlet, The Intercept.  The document analyzed information about Russian online intrusions prior to the 2016 presidential election. Reality had been employed by a contract agency and worked at the NSA in Augusta, Georgia following her honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in December of 2016.  Reality has pleaded not guilty to this one charge, and her defense team is working furiously to defend against the Espionage charge, but the Court in Georgia continues to rule against Reality at every turn.  Reality has been denied pretrial bail and awaits trial in a small county jail in Lincolnton, Georgia.

The impact this has had on Reality and our entire family is devastating.  Because of her special diet, Reality’s nutritional and medical needs are not met in jail.  She has been spontaneously denied mail, books, and visits.  In order to assist in her defense, she must be transported to the Federal Courthouse in Augusta, Georgia and spends up to 12 hours in full shackles and is strip-searched multiple times during the day. Please write to Reality at Reality L. Winner, Inmate # 3342, Lincoln County Jail, PO Box 970, Lincolnton, GA 30817.

5] – During the month of April, Havenwood Presbyterian Church, 100 E Ridgely Rd., Lutherville 21093, will collect donations of Hygiene Kits to help CWS help those touched by disaster. Church World Service (CWS) Kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to families and communities in need around the world. In the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty, hygiene kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families. 132,096 Hygiene Kits were shipped to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Cuba in the immediate aftermath of the hurricanes.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/193934531383504/ to discover what should be in a kit. Monetary contributions in lieu of kits is accepted. Make checks payable to Havenwood and mark Hygiene in the memo line. Mail to 100 E. Ridgely Rd - Timonium, MD 21093.

6] – Come to the Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring on Sun., April 22 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM and discuss the future of the movement, while developing a plan for each chapter to mobilize for the 2018 Democratic Primaries.  Hear from Ben Jealous and national Our Revolution Leaders.  Contact Bob Muehlenkamp, chair of Our Revolution Maryland, at monk1944b@gmail.com.  Get tickets at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ormdsummit.

7] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon.  On Sun., Apr. 22, the Sunday Platform is a “Poetry of Resiliency.”  Participants will be guided in creating an interactive song with hand held percussion instruments. Linda Joy will share a poem or two while we make music and then more after we stop to talk about the relationship of intense and sometimes violent change to the cathartic nature of poetry bearing witness to that change.
Participants will read and discuss a few poems from handouts – using the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Naomi Shihab Nye, Martin Espada, and other poets who speak to the topics of resiliency. Writing session: Using a line from poems handed out, individuals will create a new poem to share with the group.
Linda Joy Burke’s poetry, fiction, op-ed columns, reviews, profiles and feature stories have appeared in numerous publications including: The Little Patuxent ReviewObsidian II Black Literature in Review, and Beltway: An On-Line Quarterly. Go to www.lindajoyburke.com. You can follow her on twitter @ljoybird. Call 410-581-2322 or email ask@bmorethical.org.

8] –  The Flint, MI Water Fundraiser continues at the Zion Hill Baptist Church Incorporated Zion Hill Baptist Church Incorporated, 931 E Preston St., Baltimore 21202, each day at noon until May 9.  Zion Hill is on a mission to raise enough money to take 60,000 bottles to Flint, MI again this summer. The residents of Flint still need fresh drinking water. You can help by donating any amount to reach the goal. Email zionhill931@gmail.com. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/489804621416573/?event_time_id=489804741416561.

9] – The Frederick County Progressives Candidate Forum is Sun., April 22 from 1:15 to 3:30 PM at C Burr Artz Public Library, 110 East Patrick St, Frederick 21701, with Special Guests: Jennifer Brannon, Candidate for State Senator (District 3), Jessica Douglass, Candidate for State Senator (District 4) and Kavonte Duckett, Candidate for Frederick County Council (At Large).  The upcoming 2018 elections are critical to making a difference in the political landscape in Frederick County and in Maryland.  Come make your voice heard and see how you can make an impact.  Attendees will have the chance to both meet candidates and ask questions. Following the forum, there is a planning meeting to brainstorm and discuss strategies for the primary elections. CONTACT the Frederick County Progressives at frederickprogressives@riseup.net.

10] – “Naila and the Uprising” will have its Washington, DC premiere at Filmfest DC on Sun., April 22 at 3 PM and Tues., April 24 at 6 PM at the Landmark E Street Cinema,555 11th St. NW, WDC 20004. On April 22, the Just Vision Creative Director, Julia Bacha, will participate in a lively and meaningful Q&A with the audience. The film is about the legacy of the fearless women who galvanized their community in the most strategic nonviolent civil resistance movement in Palestinian history.  Email info@justvision.org.

11] – The BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM, a monthly environmental education and discussion forum, takes place on Sun., Apr. 22.  The presentation and Q&A goes from 4 to 5:15 PM, followed by announcements & networking from 5:15 to 5:45 PM.  There will be a Roundtable Discussion from 5:45 to 6:30 PM.  Finally, there is often a small gathering at a nearby restaurant.  The forum is at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson 21286. Go to http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/.    Celebrate Earth Day with Elliott Campbell, PhD, whose work for the State of Maryland includes estimating the value of all the ecosystem services provided to us in Maryland.

Dr. Campbell will also talk about two other related topics on which he is also an expert.  One is the MD GPI.   He has created and maintained the GPI (Genuine Progress Indicator) for Maryland.  MD was the pioneer.   Finally, he will explain why we must moderate our expectations and demands for "free" energy that comes directly from the sun.

The Baltimore Green Forum seeks to educate about and stimulate dialogue about what humans can do to make modern civilization more sustainable, including adjusting to finite resource limits and preserving biodiversity and a healthy environment. The topics are far ranging. They vary from local to planetary and from philosophical to scientific to very practical. This happens eight times a year.

BGF is open to the public and is free of charge, but donations to Maryland Presbyterian Church are collected during the meeting to thank the church for their generous gift of the space. RSVP at BaltimoreGreenForum@gmail.com or call Sam Hopkins at 410 554-0006.  Go to http://www.baltimoregreenforum.org.

12] – 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 Apr. 23, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com 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.

13] – On Mon., April 23, from 3 to 5 PM, come to the GW Institute for Korean Studies, 1957 E Street NW, Room 505, WDC 20052 for a lecture series with Taekyoon Kim, Associate Professor of International Development, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University.  He will speak about "Advocacy for South Korea's International Development: Escape from Developmentalism and the Asianization of Nordic Development Aid." Email gwiks@gwu.edu. Visit gwiks.elliott.gwu.edu. 

14] –  See the film “The Land Speaks Arabic” on Tues., April 23 at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  This film documents the 19th century birth of Zionism—and its repercussions for Palestinians—complete with original source documents, leaders' quotations, rare archival footage,  witnesses and interviews with historians. All help to illustrate that the expulsion of the indigenous Arab population from Palestine was far from an accidental result of the 1948 war. A good way to prepare for Nakba and a place to ask questions.  Doors open at 6 PM.  Enjoy homemade Arabic food, available before and after the film. The suggested donation is $5. The evening is organized by Baltimore Palestine Solidarity.

15] – Research Associates Foundation (RAF) has announced its next grant cycle, for up to five small grants (maximum $2,500) to Baltimore-based progressive projects and groups.  The deadline for applications in this cycle is April 30, 2018.  Applications and other information can be found at RAFbaltimore.org.

An information session has been scheduled for Mon., April 23 at 7 PM at St. John's Church, 2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218.  Please use the 27th Street entrance (not the St. Paul Street entrance to the 2640 Space).  Meet in the Youth Room, to your right as you enter, at the end of the hall with the restrooms.  Come to meet with Rob Helfenbein and Barbara Larcom, two of the RAF board members, who will discuss the grant applications and guidelines and answer any questions you may have.  Questions and requests for additional help may also be sent at any time to info@rafbaltimore.org. 

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 Apr. 24.  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 Apr. 24 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

18] – Come see a showing "Baltimore's Strange Fruit: A Story of Food Apartheid and the Struggle for Sovereignty" at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 615 N Wolfe St., Baltimore 21205, co-hosted by the Public Health Film Society and Center for a Livable Future on Tues., April 24 from 6 to 9 PM. This is a documentary film produced by Black Yield Institute, directed by Eric Jackson and Maddie Hardy. The film explores the intersections of food, land, and race and class politics through personal narrative and social commentary. The film journeys through the historical woes and triumphs of people of African Descent within the food system, while highlighting contemporary efforts to address the complex nature of food apartheid in Baltimore. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/baltimores-strange-fruit-screening-avenue-engagement-center-tickets-43335511682.

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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.


"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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 20 - May 6, 2018

37] More Than a Gun: A Group Poem for Our Lives – Apr. 20
38] Symposium on the Northern Ireland Peace Process -- Apr. 20
39] Max at the JHU Spring Fair – Apr. 20 - 22
40] WIB peace vigils – Apr. 20
41] White House vigil – Apr. 20
42] Lawyers Committed to Addressing the Climate Emergency – Apr. 20
43] Adoption Meet and Greet – Apr. 20 & 22
44] Black Lives Matter – Apr. 20
45] Raining Cats and Dogs! – Apr. 20
46] Refugee Crisis – Apr. 20
47] Sanctuary Streets Baltimore Happy Hour – Apr. 20
48] Ballroom Dancing – Apr. 20
49] Food Lab – Apr. 21
50] Human Rights Festival – Apr. 21
51] Primary Candidate Fair – Apr. 21
52] Chester County Peace Vigil – Apr. 21
53] Do you need a grant? – Deadline Apr. 30
54] CODEPINK takes a stand against military spending – through May 3
55] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 6
56] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Iraq or North Korea
57] JONAH HOUSE NEEDS WORKERS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
58] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
59] Do you need any book shelves?
60] Do you need a stand up freezer?
61] Join the Global Zero campaign41] Black Lives matter – Apr. 6
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37] – On Fri., April 20 from 9 to 10:30 AM, join in the Public Action at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2018 in Lafayette Square, WDC 20006.  Participate in More Than a Gun: A Group Poem for Our Lives.  Create a Massive Group Poem Calling for an End to Gun Violence.  As young people plan a major school walk-out on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, poets will gather in D.C. for Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness will join the DC-area action of the National Student Walkout in front of the White House.  Those who wish can stay for the 19 minutes of silence, which will begin precisely at 10 AM, to honor the memory of all those killed by guns in the 19 years since the Columbine school shootings. See more about National School Walkout DC here: https://goo.gl/nAnqhK.

Poetry can be a stirring denunciation of injustice, a call to action, a vision of a life without fear, a life freed from the tyranny of the NRA, the gun manufacturers, and the elected officials who do their bidding. Poets have long lent their voices to this struggle for peace in our homes and in our communities. On this historic day, during Split This Rock’s 10th anniversary festival, we gather again, weaving our voices together with the voices of America’s youth to say: Enough! Bring a line of poetry – yours or another’s – that demands an end to the violence and celebrates lives free from the threat posed by guns.  The line should not exceed 12 words. Write it on a piece of paper, to be handed to an organizer after you read it. Include the name of the poet, your name (if not using your own work), and your hometown.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1762913043732085/.

38] –  On Fri., April 20 from 10 AM to 7 PM, participate in an AU Symposium on the Northern Ireland Peace Process, 20 Years On, hosted by the American University School of Public Affairs in Kerwin Hall, Room 301, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016.  Tickets are available at american.swoogo.com.  This day-long symposium marks the 20th anniversary of sustained peace in Northern Ireland following decades of violent conflict. Attendees will hear from panelists about the peace process itself, the accomplishments since, and challenges moving forward, including the implications of Brexit. Guest speakers include academics, practitioners, and diplomats who participated in the peace process. Presented by American University's School of Public Affairs and School of International Service, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Ulster, and Northern Ireland Bureau, and in partnership with the Irish Network-DC and American University's School of Communication. See https://www.facebook.com/events/171065433720219/.

39] – Max will be at the Johns Hopkins Spring Fair 2018 on the Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218 on Fri., Apr. 20 from 12 to 8 PM, Sat., Apr. 21 from 10 AM to 8 PM and Sun., April 22 from 10 AM to 6 PM.  He will be in the Upper Quad behind the Eisenhower Library, Space 47, selling used books, bumperstickers, buttons, vinyl, CDs, DVDs and videos.  Call 410-323-1607 or email mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  During the Fair hours, he can be reached at 727-543-3227. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/938921359619887/?event_time_id=938921366286553 or http://www.jhuspringfair.com/.

40] – On Fri., Apr. 13 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.  STAY FOR LUNCH at Baba's Kitchen.  Warm-up, dry off, and enjoy a vegetarian chili lunch and lots of good conversation. Bring a side or topping for the chili.  There are still places at the table; invite a friend to come along with you.

  Another vigil is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St, Baltimore. 21211. However, if weather is iffy, contact Anne at awyattbr@gmail.com.  Lunch will take place at 1 PM at the RPP CafĂ©, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore 21211.

A third vigil will be in Chestertown, Kent County at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row.  This vigil is looking for more peace bodies on the Eastern Shore.  Welcome to the network, Chestertown Women in Black.

Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather.  Peace signs will be available. 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 to: wibbaltimore@peacepath911.org.

41] – On Fri., Apr. 20 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 @ artlaffin@hotmail.com or at 202-360-6416. 

42] – Lawyers Committed to Addressing the Climate Emergency will convene, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute, at the George Washington University Law School, 2000 H St. NW, WDC 20052.  Tickets are available at www.eli.org. On Fri., April 20 from noon to 5:30 PM, a group of leading lawyers and academics will convene to discuss the problem of climate change and the role of lawyers in advancing solutions. This second annual national conference will feature leading experts addressing the most vital aspects of the climate crisis from a legal perspective, including: litigation, economics, risk management, and environmental justice. Additionally, the conference will feature a program on specific ideas to guide lawyers in becoming engaged advocates and make a difference on climate change. Visit bit.ly/2H3N0EP or https://www.facebook.com/events/127754704651462/.

43] – On Fri., April 20 from 4 to 7 PM, be at an Adoption Meet and Greet, hosted by Wings of Love, Kuwait at Petvalu, 871 E Fort Ave., Baltimore 21230.  It is PAW month at PetValu at the Southside Marketplace! All month PetValu will be taking donations for WLK and last year over $700 was raised. On Sun., April 22 adoptable dogs will be available for everyone to come and meet. The WLK team will be there to answer questions. Adoptions will not take place on the spot. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/408820246246880/.

44] – 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 Apr. 20. Black Lives Matter.  

45] – On Fri., April 20 from 5:30 to 8 PM, It will be Raining Cats and Dogs! This is an Adoption Event, hosted by the Baltimore County Animal Services, 1758 Merritt Blvd., Dundalk 21222-3212. Give a home to an animal! Stop by the offsite Cuddle Shuttle to take home your own furry friend.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/1905343193129635/.

46] – Consider attending a panel discussion on the current refugee crises. Thousands of Rohingya are fleeing from persecution to Bangladesh. Thousands of Syrian refugees are fleeing from persecution and are trying to resettle in the USA. With thousands in need, you can be one person to make a difference. The change can start on Sat., April 21 at "A Night of Reflection" at the Muslim Community Center, 15200 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring 20905 to learn more about these issues and how to make a change in the DC Metro Area through volunteering, donations, community service events and more. The fundraising dinner starts at 6:30PM and ticket prices are $10. Proceeds will go to Rohingya and Syrian refugees in need.  Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-of-reflection-tickets-45043672838.

47] –  Come to a Sanctuary Streets Baltimore Happy Hour on Fri, April 20 from 7 to 9 PM at Sweet27 bar, 123 W. 27th St,, Baltimore 21218.  Talk to members of Sanctuary Streets Baltimore about the work and how to get involved in a new Day Laborer Outreach project.  This is a community of volunteers that started organizing in the early Spring of 2017 to defend migrants from an inhumane deportation apparatus. This fundraiser is a kickoff for a new project to organize a monthly outreach day to provide resources and basic material support to day laborers in Baltimore. Also to be provided is accompaniment to civil and criminal court dates for individuals who fear that ICE will try to detain them on their way to court.  A portion of the bar tab will go towards supplies such as socks, coffee, and food for folks who are waiting for work. https://www.facebook.com/events/388532081620056/.

48] – 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 Apr. 20. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

49] – On Sat., April 21 from 8 AM to 5:30 PM, come to FoodLab@LightCity, hosted by Light City and Labs at Light City at the Columbus Center, 701 E. Pratt St., Baltimore 21202.  Get tickets at www.mt.cm.  Are the attitudes toward what we eat changing the world around us? Food advocates and chefs explore how food is grown, accessed, eaten and innovated during the FoodLab@LightCity. Come out, and #BeTheChange you wish to see. This year, tickets are #paywhatyoucan, and seating is limited.  FoodLab@LightCity is presented by the Visit Baltimore, with support from Wegmans. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/195864057681990/.

50] – On Sat., April 21 from 10 AM to 9 PM, attend the Human Rights Festival on the National Mall (monuments) Washington, D.C., 1964 Independence Ave. SW, WDC 20024.  Find tickets at www.eventbrite.com.  Come to a dynamic, fun-filled and family-oriented full-day celebration of the beautiful diversity that enriches our nation! Speakers from your favorite human rights organizations promise face-to-face interactions while world-class musicians play, commemorating the beautiful diversity that enriches our nation! 

The Human Rights Festival is bringing together human rights organizations to strengthen and advance the cause of human rights and progressive causes. This event will get you face-to-face with your favorite organizations. The event is FREE - but please think of making a donation. Reserve your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/human-rights-festival-tickets-35857853806?ref=ebtn.  Check out https://www.humanrightsfest.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/1828806297435282/.

51] – Talbot Rising is holding on Sat., April 21 from 10 AM to noon a General Meeting and Primary Candidate Fair at the Evergreen Easton Point, 770 Port Street, Easton.  SPRING INTO ACTION! From 10 to 10:30 AM, there is a business meeting, after which the Primary Candidates Fair starts.  This is an opportunity to meet and hear from candidates for Talbot County council and the endorsed candidates (or their representatives), Mike Pullen for Congress and Ben Jealous for Governor.  Each candidate will have five minutes to talk about why they’re running, and then there will be break outs.  Folks will be able to interact with candidates.  Go to https://www.talbotrising.org/events-1/2018/4/15/april-21st-spring-into-action-general-meeting-and-primary-candidate-fair-10am.

52] – 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 www.ccpeace.org. Email ccpeacemovement@aol.com.

53] – Proposals for Research Associates Foundation grants are due April 30, 2018 at 5 PM.  These grants, up to $2500, are open to individuals and groups that are participating in social justice activism in the Baltimore area.  Guidelines and proposal forms may be found on the website rafbaltimore.org. The dates and locations of information sessions for those wishing to apply will be announced shortly and will be posted on the website.

54] – Join CODEPINK and organizations around the world to take a stand against military spending. While Washington continues to increase funding for the Pentagon, it is slashing essential services like clean water, schools, and infrastructure. The Global Days of Action against Military Spending (GDAMS) is an international movement to raise awareness about the massive amount of funds allocated to militaries. The stand runs through May 3, so join CODEPINK online and in the streets to take action!  Go to http://demilitarize.org/gdams-2018/.  Do you need materials?  Are you going to plan an action in your area?  Send an email and let CODEPINK know! Also, don’t forget to share your pictures! Email divest@codepink.org.

55] – 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.  On Sun., May 6 at noon, there will be an opportunity to engage in direct action at the National Security Agency; and in the evening participate in a prayer service.  Go to http://www.catonsville9.org/50th-anniversary-commemoration/.

56] – It is a violation of U.S. law for us to attack a country that has not attacked us, as only Congress can declare war. The Trump administration is nevertheless beating the war drums for war against Iran and North Korea. The Mueller investigation is tightening the vise, and could cause Trump to attack those countries in order to divert attention from Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Such a military strike would demand an immediate and unequivocal response from us to show that we will not tolerate his abuse of power.

Let's mobilize to show that we the people will not tolerate another military adventure, which would be bound to have profound negative consequences. If a preemptive military strike against Iran or North Korea takes place, then meet outside the War Memorial, 101 N. Gay St., Baltimore, MD 21202. If the attack is before 2 PM local time, then events will begin at 5 PM, local time. If the attack occurs after 2 PM local time, then events will begin at noon, local time, the following day. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

57] – JONAH HOUSE NEEDS WORKERS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE

   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 engage@jonahhouse.org.

58] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs, records, tarps and table cloths, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

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

60] – Do you need a stand up freezer?  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

61] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.


“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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Protest Trump's warmongering/CATONSVILLE NINE: PROGRAM BOOKLET AND ADS

Apr. 13 -- Friends,
 Janice and I will be going to join CODEPINK and others to protest U.S. warmongering at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia 20500 on Saturday, April 14 at noon.  RSVP on Facebook.

   I was told there will be a Baltimore demo at McKeldin Square at 2 PM on Saturday, April 14.  Speak out against the immorality of U.S. warmongering.

Kagiso,

Max

Chuck Michaels [mailto:cwmichaels@igc.org]
 
As part of the 50th Anniversary of the Catonsville Nine events and activities (May 4-May 6 and May 17), the planning team will produce a program book. This will be a program book that gives an overview of all activities, lists details of all activities, presents bios of the speakers, provides a list of sponsors, and contains the original press statement of the Catonsville Nine from 1968.

We are asking if you can support these 50th anniversary events by placing an ad in the program book. Your support is crucial to presenting these events. (Only black and white ads are offered.)

The details and prices are below, and the deadline for ad copy is coming up: Friday, April 20.

For any questions just e-mail Chuck Michaels at cwmichaels@igc.org.

--Inside back cover for half-page: $250; for a full page: $400
--Back cover (full page only): $500
(the program cover ads will be first come, first served)

For all inside ads (no special placement offered):
--Full page: $300
--Half page (horizontal only): $175
--Quarter-page: $100

Dimensions:
Full page :  6” wide x 7” long
Half page : 6” wide x 3.5” long
Quarter page: 3” wide x 3.5” long

Image:
Black and white only (except for the back cover, red offered no other color)
Image must be in .pdf format or Word format

Payment:
Must accompany the ad copy. Make payment on the Catonsville 9 website (www.catonsville9.org) by the Donate button page.

Contact:
Please include a contact person for your ad.

Ad copy should be sent to:
Chuck Michaels at cwmichaels@igc.org

Deadline:
For all ads: Friday, April 20
 
1579 Dellsway Road
Baltimore, MD 21286

443-846-5207 (cell)

New AUMF? Critics Warn Against Giving Trump—or Any President—Power to Wage War 'Virtually Anywhere on the Planet'

New AUMF? Critics Warn Against Giving Trump—or Any President—Power to Wage War 'Virtually Anywhere on the Planet'

Monday, April 16, 2018

The proposal follows Trump's illegal weekend attack on Syria


Protesters marched in New York City to oppose military action against Syria in 2013. (Photo: The All-Nite Images/Flickr/cc)
As the 17-year-old War on Terror rages on—and with the international community still reeling from the illegal missile strikes that the U.S., U.K., and France launched on Syria over the weekend—Congress is considering a measure that critics warn will expand the executive branch's authority to wage war.

Some lawmakers have tried for years to replace the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that has been used (pdf) by three administration to justify military actions across the globe. Now that President Donald Trump has repeatedly ignored reminders that only Congress can approve attacks not covered by the authorization, Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) plan to introduce a new AUMF that could give even more war powers to the president.

Christopher Anders, deputy director of the ACLU's Washington legislative office, explained that under the proposed AUMF described in reports on Monday, Trump would essentially "get a blank check from Congress to go to war virtually anywhere on the planet."

  Outlining his concerns with various aspects of the proposal, Anders concludes it "would cause colossal harm to the Constitution's checks and balances, would jeopardize civil liberties and human rights at home and abroad, and would lead to a breathtakingly broad expansion of war without meaningful oversight."

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Sign this petition to tell Congress not to support the proposed AUMF. Our Constitution creates a system of checks and balances to avoid this exact situation. https://action.aclu.org/petition/No-Blank-Check-for-War?ms_aff=NAT&initms_aff=NAT&ms=180414_nationalsecurity_AUMF_&initms=180414_nationalsecurity_AUMF_&ms_chan=eml&initms_chan=eml&af= …

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told NBC News that he worries "about an AUMF that is more permissive than what the president currently interprets his authority to be," adding: "It's gonna be hard for me to support something that has no sunset and no geographic limitation."

Columbia Law School professor Matthew Waxman, a former national security official in the George W. Bush administration, said that an AUMF without an expiration date will bolster concerns among those who fear that greenlighting a new measure "entrenches an indefinite war."

"The political reality, though, is that a much more restrictive AUMF won't be possible anytime soon," Waxman said, "and we'll be engaged in an indefinite war either way."
Reports about the new AUMF—which could be introduced as early as Monday—follow Kaine's controversial comments to "CBS This Morning" earlier in the day.
While Kaine sharply criticized the attack on Syria as an "illegal military act," the senator also said he would have "likely" supported it if Trump had asked for permission from Congress first.

Some lawmakers, such as Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)—a long-time critic of the 2001 AUMF and the only member of Congress to vote against it—swiftly condemned Trump's weekend attack, but many more were criticized for their apparent indifference or tempered responses to Trump's unconstitutional act.

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