Sunday, March 25, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert March 25 to March 27, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert March 25 to March 27, 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 in need of movers & a handyperson
5] Write Reality Winner
6] Wilmington Gun Violence – Mar. 25
7] DSA Reading Group – Mar. 25
8] Collective Work Day-- Mar. 25
9] Euthanasia – Mar. 25
10] DSA March General Meeting -- Mar. 25
11] Launch Party for the Green Party 2018 race for Governor – Mar. 25
12] Protest at the Pentagon – Mar. 26
13] Balancing Between Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament -- Mar. 26
14] Dead Man Walking -- Mar. 26
15] Fight for Fair Housing – Mar. 26
17] March on Annapolis for Jobs & Justice --- Mar. 27
18] Peace Vigil – Mar. 27
19] No more Drone Research at JHU – Mar. 27
20] “Baltimore's Strange Fruit” – Mar. 27
21] "The Forbidden Conversation" – Mar. 27
22] The Great Uprising – Mar. 27

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 6address 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 for experienced movers to bring furniture from PODS into a house.  Also let them know if you are working with a reliable handyperson. Let Max know if you have any suggestions—410-323-1607 or mobuszewski 2001 at comcast dot net. 

5] –  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.

6] – On Sun., Mar. 25 at 10 AM, come to the Wilmington Gun Violence: A Sunday Seminar Series with Yasser Payne and Darryl Chambers from the University of Delaware.  They will share updates from their study that examines the relationship between opportunity, health and violence in Northside & Westside neighborhoods.  Hear them at Community Hall, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington, DE. Visit

7] –  On Sun., Mar. 25 from 10 AM to noon, checkout the Bmore DSA Reading Group: Reform or Rev. Session 3, hosted by Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  This reading group is open to everyone. Read Rosa Luxemburg's essential "Reform or Revolution." The debate between reformers and revolutionaries is probably the greatest source of division on the left and has been for well over a century. In the USA, there is a revitalization of leftist organizations over the last 2 years, which makes this debate especially salient today. Over the course of 4 sessions interpret and analyze the text, debate Luxemburg's arguments, and attempt to apply the lessons of the text to our current historical moment.  Read CHAPTERS: "Economic Development and Socialism," and "Co-operatives, Unions, Democracy."

8] – On Sun., Mar. 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM, be at the Charm City Farms Collective Work Day at 1310 Hillman St., Baltimore 21202. All are welcome! Come by to say hi or volunteer.   Please drop off scrap fabric or old clothes you no longer need for upcycling.  Inside the barn, a crew will do screen printing bandanas and creating healing balms.  These items will be sold at outreach events to help us raise funds for a tractor.  A Veggie Team Row Cover will be laid down over seeds that are direct sown, potato and garlic will be added the rows, and cold crop transplants will be planted out.  The Herb Garden will continue to be installed. Help out and learn as you work!  Begin planting out the Echinacea patch, and continue planting perennial flowers afterward to encourage beneficial predators and pollinators! See

9] – 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., Mar. 25, the Sunday Platform is “An Emerging Ethical Crisis” -- Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia of Non-Terminal Psychiatric Patients.  In several European countries physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia by lethal injection are being made available to psychiatric patients with non-terminal mental illnesses, commonly administered by their own treating psychiatrists giving the injection. Canada now offers euthanasia by injection for patients who are not strictly terminally ill and is on the verge of making it available to those with psychiatric disorders only. This raises profound ethical questions, for psychiatrists in particular, who have a core ethos and skill set to prevent suicide, help patients cope with suffering, find alternative paths to a better future, even make meaning of suffering. Allowing psychiatrists to help their patients’ suicide inverts the fundamental ethical framework and very definition of what it means to be a psychiatrist.

Mark Komrad MD is the Ethicist-in-Residence for the Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, where he chaired the Ethics Committee for over 20 years. He is on the teaching faculty of Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland. He is a member of the APA Assembly and previously served 6 years on the APA Ethics Committee.
Call 410-581-2322 or email

10] – On Sun., Mar. 25 from 2 to 4 PM,  participate in the Baltimore DSA March General Meeting, hosted by Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America at 2239 Kirk Ave., Baltimore 21218-6204. Get involved in the fight for socialism! Learn about our Medicare for All campaign, and the campaign for free and reliable public transportation!  The meeting is open to both members and non-members. Visit

11] -- On Sun., Mar. 25 from 3:30 to 6 PM, come to a Launch Party for the Green Party 2018 race for Governor, hosted by Ian Schlakman & Annie Chambers at the Arch Social Club, 2426 Pennsylvania Ave., Baltimore 21217. Enjoy the music, food and drinks.  Meet activists, organizers and clergy from across Baltimore and Maryland in addition to musical acts and a DJ.  Confirmed Featured speakers are Margaret Flowers, Kevin Zeese, Lorraine Ledbetter, Diamond Darling Dena, Randy Tillman, Thomas Ruffin, Catherine Benton-Jones, Sharon Black, Brandon Walker and a surprise VIP guest you won't want to miss!

The historic Arch Social Club is in Baltimore's West Side, and it is the oldest still running African American Social Club in the US today.  Park in the library lot across the street, and there's on street parking as well.  Go to or call / text at 410-996-4848.  RSVP at

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 Mar. 26, 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.

13] – On Mon., Mar. 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW, WDC  20012, see a screening of “Little Voices from Fukushima,” hosted by Nuclear Information and Resource Service.  Meet the filmmaker Hitomi Kamanaka and activist Ruiko Muto.  Highlighting children and their mothers in nuclear disaster areas, documentarian Hitomi Kamanaka poses the question, is the aftermath of Chernobyl the future of Fukushima? In Belarus she meets sickness-prone children born long after Chernobyl (April 1986) and learns about their care, including recuperation trips organized by a weary, warm, determined pediatrician. 

In Fukushima (March 2011), she follows mothers who have been anguishing over how to keep their children safe. Living outside the narrowly drawn evacuation zone, they feel abandoned until they come together at a Buddhist temple kindergarten. We are also introduced to Japanese activists who hosted recuperation visits by Chernobyl children now mobilizing their expertise to help children and mothers from Fukushima. Nuclear disaster pushes all of them to reexamine their lives. This is a FREE event. Go to

14] – On Mon., Mar. 26 from 7 to 9 PM, Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues with Sister Helen Prejean, Hosted by Loyola University Maryland, 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210. Sister Helen is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty. She has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment and in shaping the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to all executions. She is the author of “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States,” which ignited a national debate on capital punishment and inspired an Academy Award winning movie, a play, and an opera.  The event is free and open to the public. Baltimore community members, and other guests may reserve up to two tickets through Eventbrite --

Call 410-617-2269 or email This event is part of Loyola's Mission Week, Messina Common Text Program, and Bunting Peace & Justice Speaker Series. It is co-sponsored by Messina, Peace & Justice Studies, Catholic Studies, office of mission integration, the center for community service & justice, campus ministry, office of the president, and the Loyola-Notre Dame Library. Go to

15] – On Mon., Mar. 26 from 7 to 9 PM join The Fight for Fair Housing, hosted by National Fair Housing Alliance at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC 20009.  Tickets are available at  Welcome authors Lisa Rice, Gregory D. Squires and Sam Fulwood III.   Books will be available for purchase before and after the event. Please contact with questions. Visit

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law on April 11, 1968—seven days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Though it has been the law since 1968, a significant number of people still do not know their rights under the Fair Housing Act. The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) wants to change that. On Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, NFHA announced the launch of #FHAct50, a year-long campaign to educate the American public about the importance of the Fair Housing Act, advocate for strengthened fair housing policies, and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the law. The Fight for Fair Housing book event is part of the #FHAct50 Campaign and will bring together book chapter authors to discuss fair housing and the next 50 years of making every neighborhood a place of opportunity.

16] – On Mon., Mar. 26 from 7 to 8 PM at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008, hear Bonnie J. Morris talk about “The Feminist Revolution.” Morris’s dynamic global history of the women’s movement starts with the 1966 founding of the National Organization for Women and covers pivotal events through the end of the twentieth century. These were decades that saw women and women’s issues figure prominently in political campaigns and demonstrations, such as protests for reproductive rights and marches to “take back the night.” They also marked the founding of women’s publishing houses, saw groundbreaking publications like Ms. and Our Bodies Ourselves, and ushered in changes in attitudes toward women’s work and social roles. As the 200 illustrations show, 20th-century feminism was a diverse movement, embracing women of all races, ages, and backgrounds. Morris, a women’s history professor at Georgetown and George Washington Universities, has interviewed a wide range of women who participated in the movement and many tell their stories here for the first time.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Visit

17] – On Tues., Mar. 27 from 9 AM to 3 PM, March on Annapolis for Jobs & Justice, hosted by Job Opportunities Task Force.  Descend on Annapolis for the annual lobby day! March to and rally in front of the Maryland State House to urge support for policies that seek to eliminate educational and employment barriers and increase access to JOBS and JUSTICE for all Marylanders. Attendees can expect to learn more about and meet with legislators around the following topics: Access to Higher Education, Housing, Juvenile Justice, Rights for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women, Expungement, Pretrial Services, Child Support Reform, and the Hogan-Zirkin Crime Bill.

PLEASE BRING YOUR ID WITH YOU TO THIS EVENT. It will be needed to get into the House, Senate, and State House buildings. Breakfast and lunch WILL be provided. Transportation will also be available to and from Annapolis.
If you are in need of transportation, go to Contact Nicole Hanson at  See

18] –  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 Mar. 27.  Call 215-426-0364.

19] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Mar. 27 from 5  to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

20] – “Baltimore's Strange Fruit: A Story of Food Apartheid and the Struggle for Sovereign" 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.  See it on Tues., Mar. 27 from 6 to 9 PM at MedStar Harbor Hospital, 3001 South Hanover St., Baltimore 21225.  Visit

21] –  Join J Street Baltimore for "The Forbidden Conversation" with Gili Getz, also hosted by J Street U JHU, on Tues., Mar. 27 at 7 PM at the Arellano Theater, Johns Hopkins University, Levering Hall, Baltimore 21218.  There will be a conversation after the performance.  Email Tali deGroot at  Actor and photographer Gili Getz will present The Forbidden Conversation, a deeply personal one-man performance that explores the challenges of having a conversation about Israel in the American Jewish community. RSVP at

22] –  On Tues., Mar. 27 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for THE GREAT UPRISING: RACE RIOTS IN URBAN AMERICA DURING THE 1960s.  Between 1963 and 1972 America experienced over 750 urban revolts. Considered collectively, they comprise what Peter Levy terms a 'Great Uprising'. Levy examines these uprisings over the arc of the entire decade, in various cities across America. He challenges both conservative and liberal interpretations, emphasizing that these riots must be placed within historical context to be properly understood. By focusing on three specific cities as case studies - Cambridge and Baltimore, Maryland, and York, Pennsylvania - Levy demonstrates the impact which these uprisings had on millions of ordinary Americans. He shows how conservatives profited politically by constructing a misleading narrative of their causes, and also suggests that the riots did not represent a sharp break or rupture from the civil rights movement. Finally, Levy presents a cautionary tale by challenging us to consider if the conditions that produced this 'Great Uprising' are still predominant in American culture today. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at

To be continued.

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"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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