Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 16 to 18, 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] Pat Elder for Congress
5] Buy an Anti-War Veteran hat
6] Canvass for Ben Jealous – Sept. 16
7] “Poetry heals” – Sept. 16
8] Gun Sense meeting – Sept. 16
9] Abell Community Street Fair – Sept. 16
10] Immigration Advocacy – Sept. 16
11] Youth Peace Art Exhibition – Sept. 16 -- 23
12] Canvass in District 42 – Sept. 16
13] Meet candidate for Baltimore County Executive, Johnny O! – Sept. 16
14] Pass the ERA – Sept. 16
15] Baltimore County Progressives Fall Picnic – Sept. 16
16] Mountain Gorillas -- Sept. 16
17]Protest at the Pentagon – Sept. 17
18] Children at the Border -- Sept. 17
19] Food Rescue Baltimore – Sept. 17
20] Turning the Tide on Police Surveillance – Sept. 17
21] Phone Bank for Johnny O – Sept. 17
22] "19-The Musical" – Sept. 17
23] How to lobby your members of Congress – Sept. 17
24] Jews United for Justice meeting – Sept. 17
25] Get Money Out of Maryland conference call – Sept. 17
26] Milwaukee 14 Today-50 Year Celebration – RSVP by Sept. 17
27] Peace Vigil – Sept. 18
28] No Drone Research DEMO – Sept. 18
29] Solar Co-op Information Session – Sept. 18
30] Phone bank for Ben Jealous – Sept. 18 & 20
31] Why should Peacemakers be Concerned About Palestine/Israel? – Sept. 18
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed. If you have problems, please write to the list manager at email@example.com.
4] – Green Candidate Pat Elder is Running against Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer -- firstname.lastname@example.org/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.
5] – Get a good-looking black hat which says Anti-War Veteran in the front and Viva House 50th in the back. The cost is $10. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.
6] – The Baltimore City Canvasses for Ben Jealous, hosted by Baltimore City Democratic Party, will continue until Oct. 28. Canvass on Sun., Sept. 16 at 10 AM and 1 PM at 1023 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201-5403. Tell voters why Ben Jealous is the best gubernatorial candidate for our City! Canvass every Saturday and Sunday with launches at 10 AM and 1 PM!
If you've never canvassed before, it's easy! You'll have talking points on hand, and plenty of seasoned volunteers to support you as you engage with our neighbors across Baltimore. Volunteering is the most important thing we can do to make sure our state has the leadership it needs in Annapolis, and with your help, we'll get that new leadership in November! Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2179351552348279/.
7] – 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., Sept. 16, the topic is “Performance Poetry Heals the Grieving Heart” with Join Gayle Danley who will do an electrifying 40-minute performance featuring her original poetry expressing and sharing her experience with grief and loss. This cathartic performance will feature raw emotion and foster a sense of community and hope among all attendees. Following the presentation, Gayle will host an informative question and answer session.
Danley is a championship poet and grief writer who has won both the national and international poetry slam titles. Her passion is teaching kids, through slam poetry, how to soothe their wounds. Danley traces her love for words, especially spoken word, to her childhood in Georgia, where she soaked up encyclopedias and carried around a book of rhymes (“Jack Sprat could eat no fat…” “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear…”) because she adored how silly they were. Danley has been named the Maryland Library Association’s Poet of the Year for 2018, the Young Audiences of Maryland Artist of the Year, and Young Audiences National Artist of the Year. Call 410-581-2322 or email email@example.com.
8] – On Sun., Sept. 16 from 11 AM to 1 PM. there is a GOTV for Gun Sense Meeting with Rep. Jamie Raskin, hosted by Moms Demand Action from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Executive Office Building Auditorium, 101 Monroe St., Rockville 20850. Tickets are at act.everytown.org. Hear why it's so important to elect gun sense candidates to Congress in November, and to roll out a strategy for the election season. There will be opportunities to sign up for GOTV events. View https://www.facebook.com/events/408697746201479/.
9] – On Sept. 16 from noon to 5 PM, attend the 2018 Abell Community Street Fair, hosted by Abell Improvement Association at 3000-3200 Abell Ave., Baltimore. In addition to great live music, the fair features tons of local art, a bake sale, a silent auction, the return of The Clothing Swap, free books from The Book Thing of Baltimore, local craft beer from Peabody Heights Brewery, LLC, a feast and the children's parade. This year's theme for the children's parade is 'Abell A-buzz,' and will be about all the busy bugs of Abell and surrounding areas. Sign up to volunteer: https://www.volunteersignup.org/XDCFP or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/222501048577063/.
10] – On Sun., Sept. 16 at 12:30 PM, check out Immigration Advocacy & Action Events at ERICA (Aug.-Oct. 2018) in the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway, Baltimore 21218. Learn more about the continued need for response to the family separation, detention, and reunification issues. Speak one on one with those engaged in public witness and direct support of children and families. Go to erica-baltimore.org/conversationaction.html and https://www.facebook.com/events/215212092491751/.
11] – Peace Week Delaware includes a Youth Peace Art Exhibition from Sun., Sept. 16 through Sun., Sept. 23 at The Delaware Contemporary, 200 S. Madison St, Wilmington, DE 19801. The opening, where you can meet the artists, is Sun., Sept. 16 at 1 PM. Go to http://www.peaceweekdelaware.org/.
12] – On Sun., Sept. 16 from 1 to 4 PM, canvass in District 42 for Ben Jealous, Robbie Leonard, Johnny O' and Sachin Hebbar in District 42B! See https://www.facebook.com/events/682200832158125/.
13] – You're invited to join the Sierra Club on Sun, Sept. 16 from 2 to 4 PM for an afternoon with endorsed candidate for Baltimore County Executive, Johnny Olszewski, Jr! Johnny O will be meeting & greeting Sierra Club Members at the home of some favorite Catonsville Friends. RSVP at https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000002B4UjQAK. The event will be held in Catonsville and the exact street address will be sent upon your sign up. Activity is held rain or shine, but may be altered due to inclement weather! Contact Charlotte Galley at email@example.com or 443.691.0089.
14] – On Sun., Sept. 16 at 4 PM, join The CALL - ERA Education Program, hosted by One Rural Woman at Katrina's Dream, PO Box 32003, WDC 20007. Get tickets at www.katrinasdream.org. Help build the groundswell. The collaboration of grassroots organizers, lobbyists, and professionals is dedicated to promoting and educating folks across the United States of America to empowering women around the world. PASS THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT.
There is a NATIONAL WEEKLY SUNDAY CALL at 4 PM with E.R.A. ADVOCATES -- CALL IN NO: 563.999.2090 CONFERENCE NO: 898879#. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1710130249022424/.
15] – On Sun., Sept. 16 from 4 to 8 PM, go to the Baltimore County Progressives Fall Picnic at Meadowood Regional Park, 10650 Falls Rd. For all Baltimore-area progressives and state and local Democratic candidates, the Baltimore County Progressive Democratic Club invites you to its fall picnic. Candidates, please put this on your calendars and bring your supporters and signs. All, please bring a dish/drinks/etc. See https://www.eventbrite.com/e/baltimore-county-progressives-fall-picnic-tickets-48527400762?aff=ebdssbdestsearch or https://www.facebook.com/events/414449112395034/.
16] – On Sun., Sept. 16 from 6:30 to 9 PM, hear Field Talks: Mountain Gorillas, hosted by The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1 Safari Place, Baltimore 21217. Tickets are at www.marylandzoo.org. This special Field Talk will take you into the wild for a discussion of Mountain Gorilla conservation efforts. Dr. Mike Cranfield, Africa Director of Gorilla Doctors, will speak about the status of wild mountain gorillas and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. Learn what field experts are doing to conserve these majestic animals and how the Maryland Zoo is helping to support conservation efforts. See https://www.facebook.com/events/722581001467768/.
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 Sept. 17, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
18] – On Mon., Sept. 17 from noon to 1:20 PM, hear a lecture Separated: Children at the Border A Health and Human Rights Perspective, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe St., E2014, Baltimore 21205. The speakers are Eric Schwartz, President, Refugee International, George Escobar, Chief of Programs and Services, CASA de Maryland, Colleen Kraft, President, American Academy of Pediatrics and Paul Spiegel, Director, Center for Humanitarian Health, JHSPH. The moderator will be Josh Sharfstein, Vice Dean, JHSPH. For those who can't attend in person, live-streaming is available the day of the event. Click the link to watch online: https://goo.gl/4Wku9U. Check out https://www.facebook.com/HopkinsHumanitarianHealth/.
19] – On Mon., Sept. 17, and every Monday until Feb. 4, 2019, at noon, there will be a Food Rescue at Land of Kush, 840 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201. Food Rescue Baltimore is honored to partner with The Land of Kush each and every Monday to bring access to free vegan/plant-based food in the community. Bring a bag. Take what you want from noon to 1PM or while supplies last. No purchase is necessary to take advantage of the Food Rescue Baltimore give away. Items from The Land of Kush's menu are not included in the give-away but will be available for sale. See https://www.facebook.com/events/415842178868197/.
20] – On Mon., Sept. 17 from 12:15 to 2 PM, catch up with Turning the Tide on Police Surveillance, hosted by the ACLU of the District of Columbia at New America, 740 15th St. NW, WDC 20005. Tickets are at newamerica.cvent.com. Cities are Finally Starting to Rein in Cops and the Proliferation of Spy Tech. In Baltimore, the police department secretly deployed Stingrays to track the phone calls of residents in primarily black neighborhoods. In New Orleans, the police entered into a six-year contract with data mining firm Palantir to conduct predictive policing. When residents found out, their opposition was so fierce that within two weeks, the city canceled the agreement. And in cities and towns all over the country, police departments are tracking people’s movements with surreptitiously installed automatic license plate readers.
Lunch will be served. See https://www.facebook.com/events/371783073358408/.
21] – On Mon., Sept. 17 at 5:30 PM and continuing until November 5, do phone banking with Team O!, hosted by Johnny Olszewski for Baltimore County Executive, 4050 North Point Blvd., Dundalk 21222. Join a people-powered campaign to build a better Baltimore County! Contact Team O's Brad at 410-371-9731 or at email@example.com. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/929372493937041/.
22] – On Mon., Sept. 17 at 7 PM, get over to the Reel and Meal at the New Deal, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt for the 11th Anniversary Celebration with a live reading of "19-The Musical" -- the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, the suffragists and their fight to get women the right to vote — the 19th Amendment. This special live production is performed by local award-winning theater, film and media company Through the 4th Wall. There is an optional vegan meal for $14 at 6:30 PM. The performance is free. Go to https://www.newdealcafe.com/events/reel-and-meal/september-17-2018/.
23] – Want to learn how to build a team in your community to lobby your members of Congress all year long? Join a conference call on Mon., Sept. 17 from 8 to 9 PM ET. Friends Committee on National Legislation will share with you how you can mobilize your community to effectively act for peace through its Advocacy Teams program. Join the Cal at https://act.fcnl.org/event/info-session-fcnl-advocacy-teams-2018/389?t=18&utm_campaign=lam&utm_source=ak&utm_medium=email&akid=8543%2E152065%2E3QpRjJ..
24] – Johns Hopkins University has s contract with ICE. In response, there will be a rally on Fri., Sept. 21 at 9 AM on the Homewood campus. A group of parent organizers have been doing this at ICE offices and contractors around the country all year to some success. Young kids and their parents will gather for a half hour then march to deliver this petition to the president. Check out https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScS2MjAQWXx6cA9LvtHGoMWt3cKgukmmqzZgdbRZ3I83HWrAg/viewform. The goal is to embarrass JHU by showing the faces of families with young kids who are proxies for those affected by ICE policies. Jews United for Justice, which will participate in the rally will hold a meeting on Mon., Sept. 17 at 7:45 PM. Contact Bennet Wilcox, Baltimore Community Organizer, at 513-659-1446. Go to www.jufj.org.
25] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Sept. 12 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] – Welcome to the Milwaukee 14 Today-50 Year Celebration, Sept. 21-24th. You will be joined by over 100 persons of all ages from Milwaukee and beyond. The schedule of events is available on the website. If you have not made reservations for the Reunion Dinner ($16 per person) please do so by Mon., Sept. 17. Special name tags indicating your dinner reservation will be available at the Friday or Saturday gatherings or at the dinner on Saturday night. Thank you to those who have sent additional contributions with dinner reservations. Thanks also to those who have offered to help out during the weekend. More volunteers are needed to help with Saturday lunch, to provide transportation to and from the airport, and to help out with registration, book and memorabilia tables on Saturday and Sunday. If you can help, email Milwaukee14Today@nonviolentcow.org. This is a grassroots event. Visit https://www.milwaukee14today.com/.
27] – 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 Sept. 18. Call 215-426-0364.
28] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Sept. 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.
29] – There is a Howard County Solar Co-op Information Session on Tues., Sept. 18 @ 6 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia 21045. Neighbors across Howard County can join the Howard County Solar Co-op. Co-op participants work with the help of Solar United Neighbors to make it easier to save money on the purchase of solar panels, while building a community of local solar supporters. Learn about solar energy, as well as how the co-op simplifies the process of going solar while providing a discount through its bulk purchasing power. Go to
30] – On Tues., Sept. 18 and Thurs., Sept. 20 at 6 PM, and continuing until Sept. 27, get involved with Baltimore City Phone Banks for Ben Jealous, hosted by the Baltimore City Democratic Party at the 1199 SEIU Maryland/DC, 611 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201. Call voters across Baltimore, and tell them why Ben Jealous is the best candidate for our City! Phone bank every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 PM. You'll have talking points on hand, and plenty of seasoned volunteers to support you as you engage with neighbors across Baltimore. Just bring a cell phone and a charger! Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2105898316403812/.
31] – On Tues., Sept. 18 from 7 to 8:30 PM, be at a talk Why should Peacemakers be Concerned About Palestine/Israel? The presentation is by Mike and Rob Abel of Delaware Physicians for Human Rights at the Westminster Church, 502 W. 13th St., Wilmington. The 70-year occupation of Palestine has trampled human rights, and we should all be concerned. Go to http://www.peaceweekdelaware.org/events/why-should-peacemakers-be-concerned-about-palestine-israel/.
To be continued.
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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs