Sunday, July 15, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - July 16 - 17, 2018


18] Support Tom Drake
19] Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants – July 16 - 17
20] Plastic Pollution Coalition Monthly Meeting – July 16
21] "Energy Trends: Nuclear and Non-nuclear" – July 16
22] Baltimore County Green Party meeting -- July 16  
23] PeaceSeekers Meeting July 16
24] CEOs vs Workers: Live Town Hall on Corporate Power – July 16
25] Get Money Out of Maryland conference call – July 16
26] EPA Hearing on the Science Censorship Rule -- July 17
27] Addressing Sexual Violence Through Peace Processes – July 17
28] "The Nuclear Security Summits" – July 17
29] Peace Vigil – July 17
30] No Drone Research DEMO – July 17
31] Poetry for Peace – July 17
32] Baltimore-Palestine Solidarity Film – July 17
33] Future of Conservation in America – July 17
34] "The Case for a Maximum Wage" – July 17
35] BLM Open House – July 17
36] Film THE INSULT – July 17
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18] – The U.S. government did its best to imprison Tom Drake with a sentence lasting decades -- because, after going through official channels, he shared unclassified information with a journalist to reveal multibillion-dollar corporate-profiteering Big Brother policies of the National Security Agency.  Obama’s Justice Department persecuted Tom Drake. Now the Trump administration is also waging war on whistleblowers. And Tom keeps speaking out against it.

Tom continues to travel and warn against the government’s illegal surveillance and ongoing assault on the Fourth Amendment. Meanwhile, he’s still struggling to get his financial head above water, several years after the prosecution -- although ultimately losing in court -- succeeded in wrecking his personal finances, putting him in massive debt and depriving him of any pension.  We hope you’ll take a minute now and make a tax-deductible contribution to help Tom Drake get back on his financial feet. A donation of whatever you can afford would be deeply appreciated. Half of every dollar you donate will go directly to Tom, while the other half will support the Whistleblowers Public Education Campaign that he chairs.  To make a tax-deductible donation in support of Thomas Drake and the Whistleblowers Public Education Campaign, go to https://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6503/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=11671.

19] – Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants: What Congress, Federal Agencies and Communities Need to Know is a Congressional Briefing on Mon., July 16 from 2 to 3:30 PM at room HC-8, Capitol Visitor Center.  This will be followed by a Nuclear Waste Decommissioning Lobby Day on Tues., July 17 from 2 to 3:30 PM.  The National Grassroots Nuclear Waste Summit is working with Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) to host a briefing on the urgent need to safely decommission nuclear power plants, which are increasingly shutting down. The United States is facing a significant wave of nuclear plant closures for which it is unprepared. Most of the existing U.S. reactor fleet will inevitably close over the next two decades, as plants near the end of their operational lifespans. Decommissioning is the process of dismantling the closed plant and securing or removing radioactive waste while lowering the site’s residual radioactivity to safer levels. Getting decommissioning right is critical to communities’ health, safety, while getting it wrong could pose an existential threat.

Leading scientists, policy experts, NGO advocates, and local elected officials with experience of decommissioning will speak at the briefing. It will cover the impacts of decommissioning, current decommissioning options, waste storage vs. transport, thorny unsolved problems and best practices, how communities and states can and can’t weigh in on decisions, financing and liability, just transition for communities and workers, and how these should inform the fast-changing legislative and regulatory landscape. Briefers include Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies; former Department of Energy Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment, Geoffrey H. Fettus, Senior Attorney for Energy & Transportation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Mayor Al Hill, Zion, IL., Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Specialist, Beyond Nuclear, and Bob Musil, President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council, former Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility. RSVP at mannajo@clearwater.org or 845-265-8080 x 7113.

20] – On Mon., July16 from noon to 1 PM, get over to a Plastic Pollution Coalition Monthly Lunch Meeting at Oceana, 1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 200, WDC. Plastic Pollution Coalition Members and Prospective Members are invited to gather for a D.C.-area meeting and hear from Julia Grifferty, an international student using technology to integrate local activists into the global movement against plastic pollution. After experiencing isolation as an activist in the Middle East, she sought to bridge the digital divide between local and experienced activists around the world. She and an activist from Thailand co-founded Synchronize, a network building web-platform that connects all activists with the best practices, resources and opportunities to maximize their impact.  RSVP at coalition@plasticpollutioncoalition.org. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2089059724699773/.

21] – On Mon., July 16 from 4 to 5 PM., Henry Sokolski, Institute of World Politics, will do a presentation "Energy Trends: Nuclear and Non-nuclear" at the Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St. NW, WDC. RSVP https://www.iwp.edu/events/detail/energy-trends-nuclear-and-non-nuclear.

22] – On Mon., July16 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, come to the Baltimore County Green Party meeting at 320 York Road, Towson 21204-5121.  Get involved in the work for racial, ecological, and economic justice in Baltimore County, state-wide, nation-wide, and worldwide. See https://www.facebook.com/events/265738390866029/.

23] –  On Mon., July 16 at 7 PM, the next PeaceSeekers Meeting will take place at the  Pacem in Terris office, 401 N. West St., Wilmington, DE.  See http://depaceminterris.org/events/.

24] – On Mon., July16 from 7 to 8:30 PM, CEOs vs Workers: Live Town Hall on Corporate Power, hosted by Rebel HQ at the Congressional Auditorium - Capitol Visitor Center, WDC 20515.  The average cashier at McDonald's would have to work for 895 years to make what the company's CEO makes in one year. Disney's CEO gets over $400 million in compensation while Disneyland workers can't afford three meals a day. Amazon's CEO is the wealthiest man in the world while thousands of Amazon workers rely on public assistance to make ends meet.  The United States is the richest country in the history of the world, and yet due to outrageous levels of inequality there are millions of workers who live in poverty or can barely get by. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders has invited CEOs and workers from five major corporations—Amazon, Disney, McDonald's, Walmart and American Airlines—to hold a conversation on corporate power in America and how to move forward to create an economy that works for all people, not just a few at the top.  The town hall will be presented in partnership with digital media outlets act.tv, Good Jobs Nation, NowThis, TYT Network, Guardian US, ATTN:, Free Speech TV, The Nation Magazine, CREDO Mobile and MoveOn.  TO WATCH ONLINE, go to www.facebook.com/senatorsanders. TO ATTEND IN PERSON RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1158579600952016/.  Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/887214984737179/.

25] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, July 16 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.  Call 605-475-6711, code 1136243#.  Work only on brainstorming ideas for participation in the upcoming General Election. Early voting goes from Thurs., Oct. 25 through Thurs., Nov. 1 (8 days), and Election Day is Tues., Nov. 6. 

26] – On Tues., July 17 from 8 AM to 8 PM, there will be an EPA Hearing on the Science Censorship Rule, which is a dangerous proposed rule that would hamstring the EPA's ability to use scientific data to establish health-protective policy at William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Main Floor, Room 1153, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW. Register at aherzog@psr.org for guidance and background information to draft your statement.

27] – On Tues., July17 from 2 to 3:30 PM, the theme is Addressing Sexual Violence Through Peace Processes, hosted by Oxfam in Colombia at the United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Tickets are at www.usip.org.

Sexual violence is a crime against humanity and is commonly used as a systematic weapon of war against women and men. Research that illustrates the forms, frequency and context of sexual violence is critical to help build peace and prevent the recurrence of such violence. Join the U.S. Institute of Peace, Oxfam and the Latin American Working Group for a discussion on addressing sexual violence in peace processes using evidence from recent survey results from Colombia.  RSVP at https://www.usip.org/events/addressing-sexual-violence-through-peace-processes-view-colombia. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/207439742257177.

28] – On Tues., July 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM,  Sara Kutchesfahani, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation; Kees Nederlof, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Laura Holgate, Nuclear Threat Initiative, will offer opinions about "The Nuclear Security Summits" at the National Press Club, First Amendment Room, 529 14th St. NW, WDC. RSVP at econnolly@armscontrolcenter.org.

29] –  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 July 17.  Call 215-426-0364.

30] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on July 17 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

31] – On Tues., July17 from 6 to 8 PM, check out the Poetry for Peace: Free Minds Congressperson John Lewis Fellowship, hosted by Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop at Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St. NW, WDC 20001. Tickets are at freemindsbookclub.networkforgood.com. Join in for a special celebration of poetry and storytelling to announce the first recipient of the Free Minds Congressperson John Lewis Fellowship. This is a new opportunity for formerly incarcerated Free Minds members to use their poetry and personal journeys of change to connect with middle and high school students and community members to stop the violence.

Named in honor of Congressman John Lewis, one of the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, this fellowship will be a year-long position for a Free Minds member returning from jail or prison. The fellowship will promote nonviolence through a poetry-based community outreach program, On the Same Page: Free Minds Poetry in the Classroom and Community.  Also appearing will be renowned poet, educator, Harvard doctoral candidate, and author of Counting Descent, Clint Smith. James Allen, Free Minds Poet Ambassador and inaugural John Lewis Fellow, will also share his passion for the life-saving power of poetry and his work with DC area youth to stop violence. Previously incarcerated for five years, he is now dedicated to giving back to the community as a full-time Poet Ambassador. As the current Congressman John Lewis Fellow for 2018, James promotes healing and nonviolence at local schools and other community spaces through storytelling, creative expression, and lived experiences. The event will include hors d'oeuvres and drinks, free of charge. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/569669860095433/.

32] – On Tues., July17 from 6 to 8:30 PM, the Baltimore-Palestine Solidarity presents "Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory" at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. This film is a meditation on the Palestinian people's struggle to produce an image and self-representation on their own terms in the 1960s and 1970s, with the establishment of the Palestine Film Unit as part of the PLO. Unearthing films stored in archives across the world after an unprecedented research and access, the film begins with popular representations of modern Palestine and traces the works of militant filmmakers in reclaiming image and narrative through revolutionary and militant cinema. In resurrecting a forgotten memory of struggle, Off Frame reanimates what is within the frame, but also weaves a critical reflection by looking for what is outside it, or what is off frame.  There will be a brief group discussion, and homemade Arabic food will be available before and after the film.  The suggested donation is $5. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1666898636693272/.

33] –   On Tues., July17 from 6:30 to 8 PM, tune in to Dr. Gary Machlis  getting into The Future of Conservation in America, hosted by Busboys and Poet, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC 20009.  “A Chart for Rough Water” (University of Chicago Press, 2018), written with Jon Jarvis, the eighteenth director of the National Park Service, this candid and caring book about conservation has been described by Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist E.O. Wilson as “a call to action written with authority and passion” and by President Jimmy Carter as “a course for a new generation of conservation action and leadership.” Terry Tempest Williams, who wrote the forward for the book, calls it “a clarion call for citizen engagement…a visionary pragmatism that is clear, concise, and prescriptive.” Dr. Machlis will discuss contemporary conservation politics and the new book, and sign copies during the event.  The author is University Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson University, and served as Science Advisor to the Director of the National Park Service during both terms of the Obama administration. In addition to working throughout the US National Park System, Dr. Machlis has worked in China on giant panda protection, on conservation and sustainability issues in the Galápagos Islands, Kenya, Cuba, Haiti, and in Eastern Europe. He lives in Central, South Carolina. See https://www.facebook.com/events/230049821143961/.

34] – On Tues., July 17 at 6:30 PM, Sam Pizzigati will discuss his new book, "The Case for a Maximum Wage" at the Busboys & Poets- Hyattsville, 5331 Baltimore Ave..  Could capping top incomes tackle our rising inequality more effectively than conventional approaches to narrowing our vast economic divides? Progressive Cheverly members have had the opportunity to hear Sam discuss some of his previous books, including "Greed and Good Understanding the Inequality that Limits our Lives." Go to https://ips-dc.org/events/author-events-the-case-for-a-maximum-wage/.

35] – On Tues., July17 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, get over to the BLM DC Open House, hosted by Black Lives Matter DC at the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ, 3845 S Capitol St. SW, WDC 20032. Learn about BLM’s work and how you can get involved!  FREE food, childcare, and ASL Interpretation will be provided. No electioneering, petitions, or distribution of any other election material allowed.  Focus on https://www.facebook.com/events/2109270222663037/.

36] – On Tues., July 17 at 7 PM, come to the Pacem Summer Film Series to see the Lebanese film “The Insult” with discussant, Dr. Rob Abel, at the Westminster Church, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington, DE. Visit http://depaceminterris.org/events/.

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

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert July 15 to 16, 2018


Baltimore Activist Alert July 15 to 16, 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] Pat Elder for Congress
6] Support the Duncan & Porter Hospitality House  
7] Participate in Megan Shook's fundraiser for USA for UNHCR
8] Adopt a cat through July 31
9] We the People July 15
10] Help create art that lifts up the message of climate justice July 15
11] Community Meeting on Urban Renewal Plan for Reservoir Hill July 15
12] Stomp Out Slumlords -- July 15
13] SURJ MoCo Mass Meeting -- July 15
14] Screening of the production, “It’s What We Do” -- July 15
15] Green Team 45 Volunteer Training – July 15
16] Protest at McDonald’s -- July 15
17] Protest at the Pentagon July 16
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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 hono8rable 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 the undue pressure, Reality decided to cop a plea, and now faces five years of imprisonment. Please write to Reality at Reality L. Winner, Inmate # 3342, Lincoln County Jail, PO Box 970, Lincolnton, GA 30817.

5] – Green Candidate Pat Elder is Running against Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer -- www.elderforcongress.org/elderforcongress@gmail.com/301-997-3963. Elder is a life-long peace and justice activist, who will be on the ballot in November. He is a great progressive.  Elder calls for shutting down the Chalk Point and Morgantown coal-fired stations in the 5th district. Pat is opposed to Dominion Energy’s terminal at Cove Point and other projects in the 5th. He also demands a cessation of weapons testing in the Potomac and an immediate cleanup of Superfund sites at the Indian Head Naval Warfare Center and Patuxent River Naval Air Station. He calls for subjecting the military’s ongoing environmental degradation to state oversight. 

Pat supports Medicare for all, public financing of elections, free community college. Elder supports a living wage; strong measures to correct racial injustice; eliminating the Social Security taxable maximum of $128,400; He advocates for meaningful cuts in military spending and increasing the top tax for folks making more than $2 million to 50%. That’ll pay for everything. Pat supports non-violent, multilateral solutions to the problems facing our country.

Pat plans to capture 5% of the vote and expects to open the political debate. Pat expects to run the most successful Green Party congressional campaign ever. It shouldn’t be too tough. Hoyer is awful. Spread the message on social media. Send in a dollar or two if you can.

6] – Support the Duncan & Porter Hospitality House. What's a house of hospitality without a working kitchen? Donate at https://www.gofundme.com/v2s3h8.

More than 25 years ago Vincent Eirene, of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, opened up his doors to those in need. Vince, now 65, will always put others first and has given back to the community continuously. Avoiding the regulations of official shelters, he maintains an open door policy, working with a few men at a time that usually come from the local food pantry. He helps them with everything from medical care to social services. Vince has been running his open door home on his own disability check and the miracle of generosity. I personally have been helping him secure funding for purchasing the home and keeping it livable, from small touches to large ones. It is currently in need of a new stove. Please help us raise this modest amount before harvest, so the cooking can continue at the Duncan and Porter House of Hospitality.

7] – Participate in Megan Shook's fundraiser for USA for UNHCR.  She asks, “Want to join me in supporting a good cause? I'm raising money for USA for UNHCR and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support. I've included information about USA for UNHCR, which helps and protects refugees and people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution. Supporting UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – and its partners, we provide lifesaving essentials including shelter, water, food, safety and protection. Around the world, we help refugees survive, recover and build a better future.  Together we give refugees the hope they deserve, restore their dignity and help them rebuild their lives.”  Established by concerned citizens, USA for UNHCR is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C. Donate at https://www.facebook.com/donate/430046250797823/.

8] – Now is the purr-fect time to adopt and give an unwanted cat or kitten a loving, new family! During the entire month of July, the Maryland SPCA, along with 19 other shelters across Maryland, are waiving adoption fees for felines with the collective goal of finding homes for at least 2,000 unwanted cats and kittens across the state. Regular adoption procedures still apply. The Maryland 2,000 sponsor Cat Hospital At Towson (CHAT) will be offering free wellness exams for all cats adopted during the month of July from the Maryland SPCA and BAWA Partners (BARCS, Baltimore Humane Society and Baltimore County Animal Services). Click here http://www.mdspca.org/updates/detail/maryland-20001. 

Help save more lives with Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance partners–BARCS, Baltimore Humane Society, Baltimore County Animal Services and special guest Humane Society of Harford County. The standard adoption fee for cats and kittens will be waived as part of our Maryland 2,000 adoption promotion. To help you and your new feline get off on the right paw, adopters will receive a free certificate for a cat wellness exam at CHAT. Standard adoption procedures will apply for each participating shelter.

9] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion at 10:30 AM.  On Sun., July 15, the topic is “We The People.” BES member Stuart Hirsch will explain what he perceives the role and limits of government power as envisioned by the constitution and federalist papers. He believes that the constitution needs to be a dynamic document that promotes real social justice, personal and political freedom and equality, such as the 13th, 14th 15th, and 19th amendments do. He believes the intent of the constitution was to severely restrict the federal government’s power to tax and redistribute wealth. He will argue that programs such as social security, Medicare, Medicaid, student loans, and most welfare programs were not envisioned by the framers of the constitution, but the antithesis of the society they wished to create, and that we must transition to a more capitalistic economy if we are to have true freedom, social justice, and prosperity, and fulfill their vision.  Call 410-581-2322 or email ask@bmorethical.org.

10] – Baltimore PCM has developed a series of art builds and screen printing workshops to create materials and momentum for the "Zero Hour March" happening in Washington, DC on Sat., July 21.  Join to help create art that lifts up the message of climate justice, jobs and environmental racism. Come to an art build that will take place at the Black Cherry Puppet Theater, 1115 Hollins St., Baltimore 21223 on Sun., July 15 from  noon to 4 PM. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1688949711212893/.

11] –   On Sun., July 15 from 1 to 2:30 PM attend a Community Meeting on Urban Renewal Plan for Reservoir Hill, hosted by the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council at Beth Am, 2501 Eutaw Place, Baltimore 21217. The City has had an Urban Renewal Plan for Reservoir Hill since 1972, but it has to be revised to bring it in line with new zoning ordinances. A committee from RHIC and FoRH has worked on revisions to make sure Reservoir Hill is open to positive development but protected from what the community does not want. Come to give your input on the draft before it's submitted to City Hall. A brief presentation will cover the high points in the plan followed by a Q and A. Review the draft URP here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GaelN8-1ArpwJEtiwWRICufh-QFiNHqb/view.  Comments may be sent to Katie Davis of the FoRH-RHIC Housing & Development Committee at katieelizd@gmail.com.

12] – On Sun., July 15 at 1: 30 PM, join in the Stomp Out Slumlords: Anti-Eviction Canvass, hosted by Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America at the "Capital Gallery," 600 Maryland Ave. SW, WDC 20024. Come help connect tenants facing eviction with legal resources! Every volunteer can make a big impact.  Meet at the L’Enfant Metro exit. Come for walk sheets and a partner. See https://www.facebook.com/events/195670497949242/.

13] – On Sun., July 15 from 2 to 5 PM, be at the SURJ MoCo Mass Meeting at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda 20814. There's a lot going on for this meeting.  Do workshops on Alternatives to Calling the Police, and get updates on the campaign for justice for Robbie White.  Talk about actions you can take in Montgomery County to help end family detention from the MoCo Trust Act to showing up against deportations. RSVP via this link: https://goo.gl/forms/y6QJbQzqi2nHSaRZ2. See https://www.facebook.com/events/2091261827810228/.

14] – You are invited you to a screening of the award-winning production, “It’s What We Do:” a play about the Occupation on Sun., July 15 from 3 to 5 PM in the  Arlington Central Library Bluemont Room (upstairs),  1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA 22201.  Winner of Best Drama Audience Award in both 2015 and 2017 at the Washington DC Capital Fringe Festival, this docudrama goes beyond the headlines to show what occupation looks like on a daily basis – both how it affects the Israeli soldiers as enforcers and how it continues to affect Palestinians living under it. It is based on verbatim testimonies from Israeli soldiers, collected by Breaking the Silence, an Israeli NGO.  This screening is brought to you by Code Pink, Voices From the Holy Land Film Series, Jewish Voice for Peace-DC, Metro DC-Democratic Socialists of America, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, and Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace. Catch the Discussion Following the Performance with Moderator, Pamela Nice, the Director and Playwright and Emily Siegel of Eyewitness Palestine and Jamal Najjab, Palestinian-American journalist, activist and cast member of IWWD production. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1789404507792787/?active_tab=about.  See www.Jewishvoiceforpeace.org.

15] – On Sun., July 15 at 4 PM, join in the Green Team 45 Volunteer Training, hosted by Andy Ellis For State Delegate-MD 45 and Glenn L. Ross For State Delegate-MD 45 at 509 N. Milton Ave., Baltimore. Get ready for general election canvassing. Attendees will learn about the campaign and canvassing, get an opportunity to practice and role play, and have the opportunity to sign up for shifts. Knocking on doors and meeting people where they are is a great way to spread the message about our grassroots campaign. If you are unable to attend this training there will be another one on Wed., July 18. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/659718961029812/.

16] – On Sun., July 15 from 5 to 6 PM, there is a McDonald's ImNotLovinIt Demo!  It is hosted by The Humane League – DC at 1800 N. Lynn St., Arlington, VA 22209-2007. The Humane League is continuing this HISTORIC campaign against McDonald's! THL-DC is appreciative of your invaluable support for animals in joining together in a peaceful protest against McDonald’s in Rosslyn! After the demo, head over to Sweet Green Restaurant (vegan friendly) for an early dinner, in case you want to join in on fun times with new friends! At 4:45 PM gather inside the Starbucks in front of the McDonald’s to get everyone situated with a protest sign. The protest style is professional and silent.  Contact the DC Grassroots Coordinator, Thomas Goodman, with any questions at (703) 839-0987 or tgoodman@thehumaneleague.org.

Ask McDonald’s to publicly commit to a meaningful welfare policy for the chickens in their supply chain, who currently have no protections in any way. Starbucks, Chipotle, TGI Fridays, Red Robin, Subway, and other major restaurant chains have all made a welfare policy. The time is NOW for McDonald’s to do the same! You can learn the details about the campaign at https://imnotlovinit.com/.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2060947430896943/

17] – 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 July 16, 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.

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, July 12, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - July 13 - August 9, 2018


For sale BOY GENIUS, a book about Karl Rove, written by Lou Dubose, Jan Reid and Carl M. Cannon -- $2.

44] In Their Footsteps: Woman Suffrage Walking Tour – July 13
45] Taking on Zero Tolerance – July 13
46] WIB peace vigils – July 13
47] White House vigil – July 13
48] Pushing for a 19th Amendment – July 13
49] Anti-War Reach-Out – July 13
50] Demonstration to Support Migrant's Rights – July 13
51] Black Lives Matter – July 13
52] Unite Families Now| Happy Hour – July 13
53] See the film “Reinventing Power” – July 13
54] Ballroom Dancing – July 13
55] ANIMAL SPIRIT DANCE – July 14
56] RESULTS International Conference – July 14 - 17
57] PeaceKeepers 6th Annual Peace Rally – July 14
58] Awaken: Introduction to Human Trafficking July 14
59] Anti-Hopkins Police Canvassing July 14
60] Feed the Homeless – July 14
61] Chester County Peace Vigil – July 14
62] No New Fossil Fuels in Maryland – July 14
63] Commemorate Hiroshima – Aug. 6
64] Commemorate Nagasaki Aug. 9
65] Do you want to join a peace caravan?
66] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Iran or North Korea  
67] JONAH HOUSE NEEDS WORKERS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
68] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
69] Do you need any book shelves?
70] Do you need a shredder?
71] Join the Global Zero campaign
72] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
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44] -- On Fri., July 13 from 10 AM to noon, participate in this event -- In Their Footsteps: Woman Suffrage Walking Tour, hosted by the National Women's History Museum at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, 1st St. NW, WDC 20004.  Tickets are at www.eventbrite.com.  Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/229001737831507/?event_time_id=229001767831504.

45] -- On Fri., July 13 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, get an understanding of In the Wake of Zero Tolerance, hosted by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, 1050 Connecticut Ave. NW. Suite 400, WDC 20036.  Tickets are at attendee.gotowebinar.com.  The ABA Commission on Immigration, ProBAR, CRSJ and Children's Immigration Law Academy (CILA) present this webinar for attorneys who wish to learn more about representing families separated by the Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. Experts will discuss how separated families have been processed at the border, forcibly separated, prosecuted and detained, causing grave suffering to parents and children and obstacles to their legal claims. Each step will be discuss, and the complicated legal proceedings that apply to parents caught at the border and children who have been rendered “unaccompanied” by government action will be explained. See https://www.facebook.com/events/406782766502531/.

46] – On Fri., July 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 Café, 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.

47] – On Fri.,  July 13 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. 

48] – On Fri., July 13 from 1 to 2 PM, there is a Ranger talk about Pushing for a 19th Amendment While Stretching the First, hosted by the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument,  144 Constitution Ave NE, WDC 20002.  Suffragists who sought the women's vote from 1913-1919 helped stretch the legal limits of free speech to keep their quest in the eyes of all Americans. Call 202-426-6841. No tickets or reservations required. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/265914687302135/,

49] – Come to the Philadelphia Anti-War Reach-Out at the 30th Street Train Station, 30th & Market Sts., Philadelphia 19104, on Fri., July 13 from 4 to 5 PM.  End Drone Terror & Endless War.  Stop the Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA. There will be mass leafleting, banners, and signs.  IT MATTERS!  Only we can stop endless war and Trump. Reach-out to people, neighbors, as they head home, some to homes in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and Horsham – home to the drone war command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station.   

Computer drone operators with hands on the killing sticks are directing remote-controlled killer drones against people thousands of miles away from the U.S. Air Force drone war command center at the Horsham PA Air National Guard Station.  IGNITE PEACE!  These 2nd Friday of the month  ‘Reach-Outs’ in Philadelphia alternate between the 30th Street Train Station corner at 30th & Market Sts and the SEPTA entrance at 15th & Market Sts., across from Phila. City Hall west side.  Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at 484-574-1148 or www.brandywinepeace.com.

50] – Join a Demonstration to Support Migrant's Rights on Fri., July 13 from 4 to 7 PM at Gorman Road overpass (over I-95) in Howard County.  It is sponsored by the IndivisibleHoCoMD Immigration Action Team.  Go to www.friendsoflatinamerica.org.  Parking at that location on Gorman Road is probably best within 200 yards of the east side of the bridge in the residential area. 

WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN?  The Trump Administration is failing to meet the deadline to reunite all children under age 5.  There are a total of 3,000 children in custody that must be returned by the end of July. The Indivisible Howard County Immigration Team will be holding the Gorman Bridge Overpass of Route 95 Demonstrations every Friday in July from 4 to 7 PM until all children are returned.  Please come and help us keep the pressure on the Trump administration to reunite the children that the US government took from their families.  Call 410-599-4412 or email rozzinner@gmail.com.

51] – 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 July 13. Black Lives Matter.   

52] -- On Fri., July 13 from 5 to 8 PM, participate in the Unite Families Now| Happy Hour Special Fundraiser, hosted by The Motor House, Showroom Bar, 120 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  If you are watching the news or scrolling through your social media you are probably feeling all sorts of ways seeing how families and children are being detained, separated, mistreated, and being put in cages that eerily resemble concentration camps. Roots & Raíces will be putting on a series of events that aim to raise money to donate to an organization that provides legal representation for these families and children.  Nine times of 10 families/individuals without legal representation in court end up being deported.

Donating to these causes is a way for you to be involved in helping many families and children receive the legal support they need to remain united in the US. This is a happy hour aimed at raising money for this cause so that while you enjoy some amazing music from immigrant musicians you can sip on some great drinks away from the summer heat. Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is the largest immigration nonprofit in Texas that provides free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrants. See https://www.facebook.com/events/390605278131293/.

53] – On Fri., July 13 at 7 PM, see the film “Reinventing Power,” hosted by the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis and the Anne Arundel Group of the Sierra Club.  The film highlights people whose lives have been changed by the renewable energy industry and explores the clean energy industry from innovation to installation.  Discuss clean energy in Maryland after the film at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis 21401.  RSVP at Turkforpeace@gmail.com. 

54] – 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 July 13. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.
55] – YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND the ANIMAL SPIRIT DANCE of The SHENANDOAH VALLEY on Sat., July 14 at 2254 Winchester Road, Delaplane, VA.  It is Free Admission, and Open to All in Memory of Dennis Banks and Those Who Have Walked On Before Us.  Retrieve a flyer at http://www.geotrees.com/ftp/GFX_ASD_0714_2018.png. Email ShenandoahASD@gmail.com or go to https://shenandoahasd.wixsite.com/shenandoahasd.  There is Discount Lodging at the La Quinta, 105 Millwood Pike, Winchester.  Call 540-678-8899, and ask for the "Animal Spirit Dance" discount.  Camping is also available.  

     The community and elders that have gathered together to host this ceremony have a clear vision of all nations gathering together in a safe place to reconnect to our people's traditions and ceremonies.  During the day there will be many different activities.  For the children, there's a kids' corner with active storytelling, arts and crafts, and traditional games.  At midday everyone will gather together to listen to honored guests and to share in the opening ceremony where water from all over Turtle Island will be joined together.  Around Sunset gather together for a traditional Buddhist lighting of the lanterns in honor of those loved ones who have passed over to the other side this year.  Finally, after the sun has set, enjoy a communal dinner.  Bring a dish to share! Gather together to honor the animal relations with the Animal Spirit Dance.
56] – MomsRising is one of the sponsors for the RESULTS International Conference happening Sat., July 14 at 8:30 AM through 5:30 PM on Tues., July 17. Register at https://action.momsrising.org/go/38179?t=3&akid=10951%2E2545036%2ElAFwyh.  Spend four days with a thriving community of advocates from every corner of the country and around the world who care about poverty. They also have a “day rate” so that you can attend just for one day. This conference is an opportunity to raise your voice to Congress about issues that matter. For three days you will have the chance to grow your knowledge and develop crucial advocacy skills. On the final day, you will join other advocates from your region and meet with your Congressional offices on Capitol Hill.  The conference will be held at the GRAND HYATT WASHINGTON, 1000 H St. NW, WDC 20001.
57] – On Sat., July 14 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM, attend the PeaceKeepers 6th Annual Peace Rally for children ages 4 to 13 at Haynes Park, 30th & N. Harrison Sts., Wilmington, DE  Visit http://delawareway.blogspot.com/2018/07/pacem-in-terris-update-peacekeepers-6th.html.

58] On Sat., July 14 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM, be at Awaken: Introduction to Human Trafficking, hosted by Araminta Freedom Initiative, Inc. at the Freedom Temple AME Zion Church, 2926 Hollins Ferry Road, Baltimore 21230.  Tickets can be obtained at aramintafreedom.org.  Sign up at aramintafreedom.org/training.  This is part 1 of a 3-part series designed to AWAKEN individuals to the reality of child sex trafficking in Maryland. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Human Trafficking/Domestic Child Sex Trafficking. Participants must be at least 15 years old and accompanied by a parent/legal guardian if under 18. The event is free and open to the public. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1797967086965194/.

59] –On Sat., July 14 from 10 AM to 2 PM, join up with Anti-Hopkins Police Canvassing, hosted by Students Against Private Police at 2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218. Join a canvassing training session with a local Baltimore organizer. After an hour-long session, you will canvass the neighborhoods around Hopkins --letting residents know about the legislation for the private police and Hopkins' plans. Despite the bill dying in 2018, there is good reason to believe a version of it will appear next session. #NoPrivatePolice #NoHopkinsPolice.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/216848395609110/.

60] –On Sat., July 14 from 10 AM to 5 PM, feed the homeless, hosted by Reaching Hearts International.  Youth and families join together each second Sabbath to feed the homeless a hot meal on the streets of Baltimore.  Sign up at https://doodle.com/poll/6qpzgscs4hke5qeh.  The food serving will start at 3:30 PM at Saint Vincent DePaul Catholic Church Park, 120 North Front St., Baltimore.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2075271272723350/.

61] – 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.

62] – On Sat., July 14 from noon to 3 PM, be at the campaign launch of No New Fossil Fuels in Maryland.  The Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Maryland Environmental Health Network, Waterkeepers Chesapeake and many other organizations in the Maryland climate movement are bringing together frontline community members and concerned citizens to oppose new fossil fuel projects and safeguard communities living with fossil fuel infrastructure. Start with lunch, then discuss how to support frontline communities as they fight compressor stations and pipelines, learn how we can enact policies in Annapolis to keep Maryland from approving new fossil fuel projects, and learn how to raise our voices during this critical election season. Gather at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Road, Annapolis 21401.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/no-new-fossil-fuels-campaign-launch-tickets-47483636836.

63] –  The 34th annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration begins on Mon.,  Aug. 6 from 5 to 6 PM. Gather at 33rd and North Charles Streets in Baltimore, near Johns Hopkins University to speak out against JHU’s weapons contracts, including those of a nuclear nature, and the killer drone research.  Afterwards, gather at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 North Charles St., for a potluck dinner.  After dinner, Jay Levy will   speak about Takoma Park becoming a Nuclear Free Zone and its current work on divestment.  Also some members of Preventing Nuclear War Maryland will discuss the Back From the Brink campaign, aimed at lessening the chances of a nuclear war.  Finally, there would be a performance by Baltimore Guitarists Against Violence.  Contact at Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.

64] – The 34th annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration continues on Thurs., Aug. 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, as we gather outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 North Charles Street, for an anti-nuke demonstration.  Then we will go inside for the program.  Paul Magno will speak about ways of supporting the Kings Bay Plowshares.  Also that evening, some members of Preventing Nuclear War Maryland will discuss the Back From the Brink campaign. Again there would be a performance by Baltimore Guitarists Against Violence.  We would close the evening with a late dinner at a Japanese restaurant at 33rd & N. Charles Sts. Contact at Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.

65] – Do you have any interest in challenging the Trump administration for reneging on the Iran Deal? If yes, would you be interested in joining a Peace Caravan to the Iranian embassy in Washington, D.C.? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  

66] – 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.

67] – 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.

68] -- 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.

69] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

70] – Do you need a shredder?  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

71] -- 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.

72] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to http://prop1.org; call 202-682-4282.

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