Can you join us on Thursday, May 24, Johns Hopkins University’s Day of Commencement, at 33rd and North Charles Streets at 5:30 PM to hand out peace diplomas? Please RSVP.
BALTIMORE NONVIOLENCE CENTER, 325 East 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone - 410-323-1607 Email - mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net/ http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/
CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES & FAMILIES May 24, 2018
Members of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center bestow this Peace Diploma with the hope your lives will be one of seeking peace and working for justice. As you depart from Johns Hopkins University, you may realize recent events have highlighted the many problems we face in Baltimore--extreme pockets of poverty, income inequality, a lack of living wage jobs, police brutality and other ills. These problems can only be solved with a significant infusion of tax dollars.
Sadly, however, more than 50% of the federal discretionary budget goes to military expenditures, despite the great needs of the cities and states. Unfortunately, the university, especially through its Applied Physics Laboratory, is on the Top-100 list of military contractors, receiving an estimated one billion dollars for FY 2017. For example,
Another example of the APL’s work is the Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) Cruise Missile and Its Role in Future Nuclear Forces. Programs have just started for a new ICBM and for the Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) cruise missile that is planned to replace earlier weapons.
JHU is also involved with unmanned aerial vehicles/Reaper and Predator killer drones. Killer drone strikes which help create more enemies are immoral and unconstitutional. Even U.S. citizens have been killed by drone strikes without any semblance of due process. President Obama authorized a drone strike on an Al-Qaeda target, and Warren Weinstein, a hostage, was killed.
WE SUPPORT THE STUDENT GROUPS CALLING FOR POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE.
Support the Johns Hopkins students determined to protect public health by having the university divest from fossil fuel companies. Go to https://www.facebook.com/RefuelOurFuture/?fref=ts.
Another group is the Hopkins Students for a Democratic Society. They have been involved in anti-war activities and providing support for the Palestinians. See https://www.facebook.com/Hopkins-Students-for-a-Democratic-Society-894378167300739/.
Youth Against War and Racism (YAWR) is an organization for youth and students to struggle against the US war machine. Visit https://www.facebook.com/yawrbaltimore/.
We in the peace movement will continue to speak out. We urge you to add your voices to urge Johns Hopkins University to focus only on humanitarian research and to divest from fossil fuels corporations.
"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