22] Baltimore’s City Council to vote on Nuclear Disarmament. – Aug. 6
23] Baltimore is to Ban Water Privatization! – Aug. 6
24] Sanctuary, Not Silence Rally – Aug. 6
25] Baltimore’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemorations – Aug. 6 & 9
26] Days for Peace in Colombia – Aug. 6
27] Meeting with Indivisible Founder – Aug. 6
28] Get Money Out of Maryland conference call – Aug. 6
29] Transparency in Lobbying Act Hearing – Aug. 7
30] Peace Vigil – Aug, 7
31] Palestine & Us – Aug. 7
32] National Night Out – Aug. 7
33] Human trafficking – Aug. 7
34] Living in Gaza – Aug. 7
35] Film ACTIVE SHOOTER – Aug. 7
36] Solidarity with Immigrant Communities from a Faith Perspective – Aug. 7
37] See the film “Cointelpro 101” – Aug. 7
22] – The Baltimore City Council will vote on a resolution on Hiroshima Day calling for Nuclear Disarmament at 2 PM on Mon., Aug. 6 in City Council chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore 21202. Members of Prevent Nuclear War Maryland convinced Baltimore City Council members Bill Henry [District # 4] and Mary Pat Clarke [District # 13] who agreed to introduce a Back From the Brink resolution on behalf of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility. This “Call to Prevent Nuclear War” is a grassroots campaign seeking to fundamentally change U.S. nuclear weapons policy and lead us away from the nuclear precipice. The Call lays out five common-sense steps that the United States should take to reform its nuclear policy: 1-Renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first; 2-Ending the sole, unchecked authority of any U.S. president to launch a nuclear attack; 3-Taking U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert; 4-Cancelling the plan to replace its entire nuclear arsenal with enhanced weapons: and 5-Actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals. Baltimore would be the first major city in the United States to sign on to Back From the Brink, joining eleven small cities and towns in Massachusetts and Ojai, California. Council Resolution Request for Federal Action – Move Back From the Brink and Toward Nuclear Disarmament is expected to pass.
Over the next 30 years, the U.S. intends to spend $1.2 trillion to refurbish its nuclear arsenal and create lower-yield weapons which could increase the likelihood they may be used. The Council’s resolution breaks down the cost to taxpayers: “Whereas just in the past year, Baltimoreans averaged $175 per capita for a ‘nuclear weapons war tax’ paying a collective “$107.5 million in federal taxes toward the cost of producing, deploying and maintaining nuclear weapons. Marylanders as a whole averaged $244 per capita, with the state collectively paying an estimated $1.45 billion in 2017 federal taxes toward our country’s cost of nuclear weapons.” Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.
23] – On Mon., Aug. 6 from 4 to 5 PM, Baltimore is to Ban Water Privatization! Hosted by Jews United for Justice – Baltimore at Baltimore City Hall, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202, there will be an introduction and passage of Council President Jack Young’s charter amendment to ban water privatization in Baltimore! Baltimore is poised to be the first major city in the country to ban the most extreme forms of water privatization! This charter amendment, once signed by the Mayor and ratified by the voters in November, would preserve our water and sewer systems as “inalienable” assets of the city. That means Baltimore City could not sell, lease, or grant a franchise for the water and sewer systems. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2084220635129175/.
24] – On Mon., Aug. 6 at 4 PM, there is a Sanctuary, Not Silence Rally, sponsored by the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network, held outside the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. ICE recently raided at least five neighborhoods in DC, tearing at least 12 of our neighbors from their families and filling our communities with fear. Reports indicate that ICE agents racially profiled and indiscriminately detained people on 16th St. Credible reports also suggest DC police colluded with ICE in at least one of these raids. As people of faith, we are obligated not only to stand up the moral injustices face by members of our communities, but to also hold accountable those who stand by while our neighbors are terrorized and attacked. On Monday, we are rallying outside Mayor Bowser's office to call on her to intervene with ICE to seek the release of DC residents who now face urgent threats of deportation. We are also asking her for a public meeting to discuss actions that must be taken to make DC a true sanctuary city. We will deliver a public letter -- signed by organizations, congregations, and businesses across DC -- that reiterates these asks. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjBqFxyP7HIH6D7TacG73xtWf9sKTSnKjCi3_9odH1413X2Q/viewform. Contact Alex Taliadoros from Sacred Heart at Alex.Taliadoros@georgetown.edu or 603-721-6795.
25] – 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. The group will remember the work of Dr. Dick Humphrey, a founding member of the Commemoration Committee.
At 7 PM, Jay Levy will discuss how Takoma Park, Maryland became a Nuclear Free Zone, and why there is a need for a divestment campaign against corporations profiting from involvement in maintaining the nuclear weapons arsenal. Jay has been chair of the Nuclear Free Takoma Park Committee since 1993, worked for 17 years as the North American information officer for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and has been a journalist for several media outlets.
Also some members of Prevent Nuclear War Maryland will discuss the Back From the Brink campaign, aimed at lessening the chances of a nuclear war. Contact at Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.
On Thurs., Aug. 9 at 6 PM, the bombing of Nagasaki will be commemorated outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles Street. Participants will demonstrate in favor of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) which was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in 2017. This Treaty makes it illegal under international law to develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.
At 7:15 PM, Paul Magno, a long-time activist who now lives at Baltimore’s Jonah House will provide insight into the legal situation facing the Kings Bay Plowshares, seven Catholic activists, including Elizabeth McAlister, who were arrested at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia on April 4, 2018. They enacted Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares.” In 1984, Paul was a member of the Pershing Plowshares which did a disarmament action at a Martin Marietta plant in Orlando, Florida. Also to be discussed will be the Back From the Brink Campaign. Finally, Dr. Dick Humphrey will be remembered. Enjoy a late dinner at Niwana Restaurant, 3 E. 33rd Street. Contact at Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.
26] – Join an event Days for Peace in Colombia. Colombia is bleeding and the peace accords are hanging on by a thread. But popular movements won’t give up, are growing, and will not be defeated. Ultra-right winger Ivan Duque takes possession of the presidency on August 7th. We as international solidarity activists must stand with our Colombian comrades on this day and demand that peace accords ending 52 years of civil war be honored, that paramilitary and state sponsored terrorism be ended, and that those who threaten and attack popular movements be brought to justice!
Duque’s election was “won” amid a campaign season marked by systematic violence against Left and Center Left candidates. The vote was rife with irregularities. Duque is an enemy of the peace process. He is backed by the most reactionary segments of Colombia’s oligarchy and the death squads that serve them. Most targeted are Afro-Colombian, indigenous, and rural communities. Since the beginning of 2016, close to 400 people have been killed in political violence. Over 40% of the victims have been from the Marcha Patriótica popular movement for a just peace. Among unionist, at last count, 34 members of the Fensuagro agricultural workers had been killed. Forced displacement is at its highest level ever, with 7.7 million persons displaced. Colombia has the largest number of internally displaced in the world.
Since Duque’s election on June 17th, this already deplorable situation is now worse. Assassinations of social leaders, unionists, eco-defenders, human rights defenders, ex-insurgents, former political prisoners, and their families are happening at a rate of more than one person killed per day.
But Colombia is also home to some of the largest, most historic, and powerful popular movements on the planet today. What happens in Colombia has repercussions everywhere. Solidarity with Colombia is part of our own struggle for liberation. This is why we say: The Peace of Colombia is the Peace of the World!!!
Colombia Humana has called for August 7th events throughout the nation and internationally in support of peace in Colombia. On Tues., Aug. 7 at 5:30 PM, gather outside the Colombian Ambassador’s residence at 20th and Q Sts. NW, WDC. Contact Alliance for Global Justice email@example.com.
27] – On Mon., Aug. 6 from 6:30 to 9 PM, come to a meeting with Indivisible Founder Leah Greenberg, hosted by We of Action Virginia at Lyon Park Community Center, 414 N. Fillmore St., Arlington, VA. Get your free tickets now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leah-greenberg-arlington-appearance-tickets-47640600318?aff=ebdsorderfblightbox. Leah will discuss the state of the resistance and current areas of focus. Check out the Indivisible Guide at https://www.indivisible.org/guide/ - invaluable advice for anyone seeking to influence government action. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/261144214647029/.
28] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, July 30 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.
29] – On Tues., Aug. 7 from 9:45 to 11 AM, learn about the Transparency in Lobbying Act Hearing, hosted by Baltimore Rising at Baltimore City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St., Baltimore 21202. Come join in to support the Transparency in Lobbying Act, and wear a black shirt to show support! Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/272721446845256/.
30] – 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 Aug. 7. Call 215-426-0364.
31] – On Tues., Aug. 7 at 6 PM, get over to Palestine and Us: Decolonizing America and Palestine, featuring Hope Butler and Rico Newman, members of the Piscataway Nation, discussing Indigenous Rights in the face of settlement in America and Palestine. It will be held at The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037. See https://www.thejerusalemfund.org/events/upcoming/palestine-and-us-decolonizing-america-and-palestine.
32] –On Tues., Aug. 7 from 6 to 8:30 PM, join National Night Out, organized with Police Community Partnerships, at Helen Chambers Park, 6th & Madison Sts., Wilmington. Call (302) 576-3810.
33] – On Tues., Aug. 7 from 6 to 8 PM, get involved with an education session for parents with Sandy Bowman, Board Member, hosted by Meet Me at the Well Foundation at Appoquinimink Community Library, 651 N Broad St., Suite 101, Middletown, DE 19709. Learn what human trafficking is, find out if your family is considered vulnerable, and learn how to protect your child. Education is the key to prevention and protection. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/204089453615762/.
34] – On Tues., Aug. 7 at 6:30 PM, hear the talk Living in Gaza by Mohammed Eid at St. Stephen's Church, 1301 N. Broom St., Wilmington, DE. It is sponsored by Delawareans for Palestinian Human Rights and Pacem in Terris Palestine/Israel Human Rights Initiative. See https://www.unrwausa.org/events/2018/8/7/living-in-gaza-how-unrwa-has-helped
35] – On Tues., Aug. 7 at 7 PM, go to the Pacem Summer Film Series and see ACTIVE SHOOTER at Westminster Church, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington. Check out http://depaceminterris.org/fw-event-slug/pacem-summer-film-series-july-17-august-7/. This is a Peace in our schools/FBI training film. The complete name of the film is “Active Shooter: Managing the Mass Casualty Threat,” and it is a short FBI training film for “Active shooter attacks.” It is moving and thought provoking and draws from real-life active shooter incidents. Leading the discussion will be George Higgins.
36] – On Tues., Aug. 7 from 7:30 to 9 PM, find out about Solidarity with Immigrant Communities from a Faith Perspective, hosted by Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia 21045. This training provides an opportunity to those who want to stand in solidarity with the immigrant community by providing accompaniment, setting a rapid response network, or organizing public campaigns to stop deportations. The DC/MD/VA Sanctuary Congregation Network will share first-hand experience working with directly impacted individuals and congregations. Contact Rabbi Starr at 410-730-6044. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/486468141815159/.
37] – On Tues., Aug. 7 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, see the film “Cointelpro 101,” hosted by the National Black United Front (NBUF) at Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid Street Northwest, WDC 20001. Be sides the film and a follow-up discussion, there will also be a letter writing campaign to political prisoners. COINTELPRO represents the state’s strategy to prevent movements and communities from overturning white supremacy and creating racial justice. COINTELPRO is both a formal program of the FBI and a term frequently used to describe a conspiracy among government agencies—local, state, and federal—to destroy movements for self-determination and liberation for Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous struggles, as well as mount an institutionalized attack against allies of these movements and other progressive organizations. COINTELPRO 101 is a 56-minute educational film that will open the door to understanding this history. This documentary will introduce viewers new to this history to the basics and direct them to other resources where they can learn more. The intended audiences are the generations that did not experience the social justice movements of the sixties and seventies. See https://www.facebook.com/events/629444797410872/.
To be continued.
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