Thursday, August 23, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert --August 23 - 25, 2018

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45] Sierra Club meeting – Aug. 23
46] Woman Suffrage Walking Tour –Aug. 24 through Sept. 28
47] WIB peace vigils – Aug. 24
48] White House vigil – Aug. 24
49] Black Lives Matter – Aug. 24
50] Stop Police Terror Project DC – Aug. 24
51] Mushroom Trails – Aug. 24
52] See a film on Wendell Berry Aug. 24
53] Ballroom Dancing – Aug. 24
54] MLK walking tour – Aug. 25
55] Community Canvass with Team O – Aug. 25
56] Take a Hike – Aug. 25 - 26
57] Chester County Peace Vigil – Aug. 25
58] Attend a Speak Out and Canvassing – Aug. 25`
59] Vegan SoulFest – Aug. 25
60] Ignite Peace – Aug. 25
61] See the film “Where Chimneys Are Seen (aka Four Chimneys)” – Aug. 25
62] No fee to protest  
64] Do you want to join a peace caravan?
65] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Iran or North Korea  
67] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
68] Do you need any book shelves?
69] Join the Global Zero campaign
70] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
45] – The Sierra Club Greater Baltimore Group Executive Committee Meeting is happening on Thurs., Aug. 23 from 7 to 9 PM at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville 21093.  Join this creative, grassroots process that requires input and participation from members. Info & RSVP at Email Debbie Kleinmann at

46] – On Fri., Aug. 24 at 10 AM followed by Fri., Sept. 14, Sat., Sept. 15 until Sept. 28, get over to In Their Footsteps: Woman Suffrage Walking Tour, hosted by National Women's History Museum starting at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, 1st St. NW, WD C 20004.  Follow the route of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession through DC and gain an understanding of the suffragist struggle for equality and the right to vote. The American woman suffrage movement is recognized as officially starting in 1848, at the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention in New York. Over the next 72 years, generations of activist women (and men) worked tirelessly until the 19th Amendment was adopted. It took the efforts of a wide range of women, from the most radical advocates of male and female equality, to women who saw the right to vote as necessary to more effectively advocate for moral and social reform. Their efforts to succeed set the stage for grassroots efforts to come, proving that determined citizens can achieve change.

The tour begins at the Capitol Reflecting Pool by the Ulysses S Grant Memorial. The nearest metro is Federal Center SW (Blue/Orange/Silver line). The tour will cover about 1.5 miles, last about 2 hours, and end in Lafayette Square across from the White House. Meet your tour guide on the steps of the Ulysses S Grant Memorial by the Capitol Reflecting Pool. See

47] – On Fri., Aug. 24 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  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:

48] – On Fri.,  Aug. 24 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 @ or at 202-360-6416. 

49] – 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 August 24. Black Lives Matter.   

50] -- On Fri., Aug. 24 from 6 to 8:30 PM, attend the Stop Police Terror Project DC at the UNION TEMPLE Baptist Church, 1225 W. St. SE, WDC 20020. Join Stop Police Terror Project DC for our Black August Prison Letter Writing and Potluck! The evening will be a time to be in community with one another while we write letters to political prisoners along with our incarcerated neighbors. 

Black August is a time for recommitment to study, discipline and political education. It’s also a time to uplift the importance of political prisoners in our liberation struggle, and highlight the radical history from which we draw so much inspiration. Materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own (no stickers, crayons, or glitter --white envelopes only). Food will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring food and drinks to share! 

51] – Discover the Best Trails for Mushrooms and How to Find Them on Fri., Aug. 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, organized by Virginia: SCPRO at 925 Rose Ave., North Bethesda 20852.  Contact William Needham at or (410) 884-9127.

52] – There is a Look & See Film Screening / Discussion on Fri., Aug. 24 from 7 to 9 PM, organized by Climate Stewards & Fair Farms at Annapolis Friends Meeting, 351 Dubois Rd., Annapolis 21401.Contact Rick Kissel at  The film is a portrait of Wendell Berry.  This a free screening of “Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry.” The film revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community. Stick around after the movie for a special Q&A with Good Dog Farm, Calvert's Gift Farm, Bread and Butter Kitchen, and Rooster + Hen Store.

53] – 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 August 24. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

54] – On Sat., Aug. 25 from 9 to 11:30 AM, participate in Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" 55th Anniversary Walking Tour, hosted by Washington, D.C. History & Culture at the Washington Monument, WDC 20024. August 28 marks the 55th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream" speech, delivered right here at the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” Join a guided walking tour to learn about, and honor, the life and legacy of Dr. King. The program will include listening to the ”I Have a Dream” speech and a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Meet on the National Mall, at the Washington Monument Lodge, a one-story building (due east from the Washington Monument) at “2” 15th St. NW, between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive. The Washington Monument Lodge is just one block from the Smithson’s National Museum of African American History & Culture (which is between 14th St., 15th St., Constitution Ave. and Madison Drive).  After a brief introduction, travel past the Washington Monument and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial, to see the exact spot where the “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered. As part of our program listen to a complete, taped recording of the “I Have a Dream” speech at the actual location where it was delivered - the Lincoln Memorial. Printouts of the full speech will also be provided. Then proceed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial for a review of Dr. King’s lasting legacy and a conclusion of our program. This event is free to the public, including children and groups.  Go to Contact Robert Kelleman at or 202-821-6325 (text). Visit

55] –  On Sat., Aug. 25 at 10 AM, join in Community Canvass with Team O, hosted by Johnny Olszewski for Baltimore County Executive at 4050 North Point Blvd., Dundalk 21222. This will be replicated every Saturday, until Nov. 10.  Build a better Baltimore County!  Knock on doors, call voters, talk to neighbors, and help share Johnny's vision to expand opportunity in every community.  Contact Team O's Brad at 410-371-9731 or at See

56] -- Become a Hike Leader at the Sierra Club Outings Leader Training 101 on Sat., Aug. 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM, organized by the Maryland Chapter at 15603 Trimble Rd. NW, Frostburg 21532. Contact Deirdre Lally at or 240-284-9771. Whether you're an experienced outdoors person or just getting started, you're welcome to join Sierra Club for a day of team-building and honing our outdoor leadership skills. Then there will be a Saturday night camp out with a cookout, bonfire and stargazing at Sam White's farm in Mt. Savage.

On Sun., Aug. 26th, enjoy a Forest Health Walk at Leaning Pine Farm in Mt. Savage, including Sierra Club Outings Leader Training 101. The day is co-sponsored by Sierra Club Western MD & Sierra Club Pennsylvania. 

57] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email

58] – On Sat., Aug. 25 from noon to 3 PM, attend a Speak Out and Canvassing, hosted by Maryland Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival at the Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St., Baltimore 21201. Go deep with our organizing work in an effort to register the poor, disenfranchised and those not currently engaged for the movement and to vote!  There is no door knocking, but instead engaging people near the Market. If you're unable to canvass, join for the Speak Out. The Speak Out is an opportunity to meet one another, talk about the issues across Maryland - and - have fun!  Visit

59] – On Sat., Aug. 25 from noon to 7 PM, get over to the 2018 Vegan SoulFest, hosted by Vegan SoulFest and 92QJams Baltimore at Clifton Park, Baltimore. Tickets are at Vegan SoulFest is a celebration of culture and vegan living in Baltimore. This is a free event featuring delicious vegan food, nutrition experts, vegan cooking demonstrations, a children's area, live entertainment, giveaways, featured guests and much more! 

Everyone is welcome at this event - vegans, vegan-friendly and anyone who's curious about this lifestyle and would like to learn more. The goal of Vegan SoulFest is to spread awareness about how the vegan lifestyle can improve personal health and our relationships with other people, animals and our natural environment. Come out and join us for this fun, educational event and let's start a dialogue about how we can all move towards a healthier, more sustainable future for everyone in Baltimore.  See

60] – On Sat., Aug. 25 from noon to 2 PM, Ignite Peace/Protest at the drone war command center, Horsham Air Guard Station, Route 611/Easton Road & County Line Road.  Stop Endless War; Close the Drone War Command Center in Horsham.  These demonstrations, now in their 5th year, continue the last Saturday of the month.  Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at 484-574-1148 or

Dress according to the weather and bring an umbrella in the event of rain. Also bring a bottle of water or two, and a folding chair if you wish sit with your message and poster.  An array of Posters are a plenty.

61] – On Sat., Aug. 25 from 6 to 10 PM, enjoy Food, Film, Japan 2, hosted by the Baltimore-Kawasaki Japan Film Program 2018 at The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. See the film “Where Chimneys Are Seen (aka Four Chimneys),” a 1953 Japanese drama film directed by Heinosuke Gosho. It was entered into the 3rd Berlin International Film Festival. The film showing is free. Buy your dinner @ 6 PM, and the film begins at 8 PM.  The Q&A after the film will be with Reed Hessler. Check out

62] – For the first time ever, the Federal Government will charge protesters for demonstrating in the Nation’s Capital under a new proposal issued by the National Park Service. Led by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the NPS has proposed an astonishing remaking of the permitting system for demonstrations on federal land in Washington, D.C. Chief among a series of radical attacks on free speech rights and access to public space is the plan to charge fees for all permitted demonstrations. Under the Constitution, the people have the right to free speech on our public lands and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Under Trump’s proposed regulations, grassroots organizers who want to exercise these rights will first need to pay up to do so.

Only well-financed entities will be able to afford to protest under Trump’s plan, which references charging protesters “event management” costs, the costs of barricades and fencing erected at the discretion of the police, trash removal and sanitation charges, permit application charges, costs assessed on use of grass, turf, benches, poles and walkways. This is just one subsection in a massive rewriting of regulations that would radically roll back hard fought rights to protest and dramatically alter the landscape of free speech.
Secretary Zinke’s hostility to the public’s use and safeguarding of public land is well known. Last year he proposed a massive increase on public fees to our national parks, a proposal that the American people soundly rejected through public comment. Secretary Zinke wants you to pay to protest.  The changes have already been published in the Federal Register for public comment. Now would be a good time to let the Secretary know you oppose these fees.
To Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke: Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC 20240 Email:

  I demand that you drop the National Park Service’s proposed new regulations that extinguish, curtail or impose fees for the exercise of Free Speech activities and dissent in the nation’s capital. Public spaces in Washington D.C. belong to the people. Charging the public for the right to engage in First Amendment activities, to petition their government for a redress of grievances, is a threat on basic democratic rights. The efforts by you to push through new NPS regulations rolling back hard won and cherished rights to protest in Washington D.C. are vigorously opposed by the vast majority of people in this country.

63] -- The labor chorus is ACTIVELY RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS as it begins preparing its 10-Year Anniversary Spring 2019 show. All are welcome (no experience needed), but the chorus is especially interested in augmenting the TENOR, BARITONE, BASS sections. Rehearsals are each Tuesday, 7-9 PM, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cathedral at Read in Mt. Vernon. Please help spread the word to anyone you know who likes to sing and is committed to social justice! Check out the web page: The ability to read music is strongly encouraged but not necessary.

64] – 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.  

65] – 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.


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

67] -- 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

68] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1637 or mobuszewski2001 at

69] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

70] – 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; 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] Go to

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

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