Baltimore Activist Alert November 11 through December 31, 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] Get involved with NCNR
4] Buy an Anti-War Veteran hat
5] Transcribe Dorothy Day’s diaries
6] Redlining – through Dec. 31
7] Annual Fall Festival -- Nov. 11
8] Forum on the state of immigration and refugees – Nov. 11
9] See the documentary “Bergman Island” – Nov. 11
10] ERA discussion – Nov. 11
11] Black Lives Matter demo – Nov. 11
12] See “Falkland” at the Charm City Fringe Festival – Nov. 11
13] JUFJ 20th Anniversary Gala & Heschel Vision Awards – Nov. 11
14] Protest at the Pentagon – Nov. 12
15] Turtle Beach Wetland Restoration – Nov. 12
16] Food Rescue Baltimore -- Nov. 12
17] Challenging Countering Violent Extremism Programs – Nov. 12
18] Get the Money Out – Nov. 12
19] World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 – through Nov. 25
20] Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial – Nov. 13 - 20
21] Deforestation in Africa – Nov. 13
22] Peace Vigil – Nov. 13
23] No Drone Research DEMO – Nov. 13
24] See the film “The Chinese Exclusion Act” – Nov. 13
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 U.S. wars.
To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net. Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.
4] – 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.
5] – Want an opportunity to work with scans of Dorothy Day's diaries? The Guild for the Canonization is looking for volunteers to help them transcribe all her diaries and letters! Several Catholic Workers are already helping and you can, too! Contact Jeff Korgen at email@example.com or call him 862-485-5807.
6] – At 10 AM through December 31, check out Undesign the Redline exhibit, hosted by Choose Civility, HCLS Central Branch. Look for tickets at choosecivility.org. This interactive exhibit explores the history of structural racism and classism, how these designs compounded each other from redlining maps until today, and how we can come together to undesign these systems with intentionality. Tours, reading lists, events, and more details are at http://choosecivility.org/events/undesign-the-redline-exhibit. See https://www.facebook.com/events/444200232763081/.
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., Nov. 11, however, there will be the “Annual Fall Family Festival.” The air is cooler, the trees more colorful, and the BES-ers are gathering together to feel thankful for hopefully a whole lot of things – but, for sure, we’ll be thankful to be gathered together to celebrate the autumn and our families – not the least of which is the wonderful BES extended family – and to enjoy the traditional Stone Salad.
Bring something to add to the salad, bring your voices ready to sing, bring your friends of all ages, and definitely bring your sense of gratitude for those good things we are fortunate enough to have – including our ability to act to help create a better world in various ways (don’t forget to vote on or before the 6th and encourage others to). If you want to bring more than just a salad ingredient, please bring a side dish or dessert that goes well with salad. (Bread, apple cider, and dressings will be provided.) Call 410-581-2322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
8] – On Sun., Nov. 11 from 1 to 3 PM, attend a forum on the state of immigration and refugee rights in Delaware and beyond at the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington. Bring a brown bag lunch and stay after church. Professor Mary Brigid McManamon, who teaches Constitutional Law at Widener University Delaware Law School, will present the current issues and continued controversies over the nation’s southern border. Also hear from Network Delaware’s Safe Communities Campaign, Jewish Family Services Refugee Resettlement Program, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Speakers will highlight ways to address this crisis and provide sanctuary to those in need. The Human Rights Task Force will provide desserts to sweeten the day! If you have questions, Becky Laster at . Visit https://firstuuwilm.org/2018/10/04/welcoming-the-stranger-a-discussion-on-refugees-and-immigration-in-america/. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/831923353816278/.
9] – See the documentary “Bergman Island” on Sun, Nov. 11 from 3 to 5 PM at the House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW, WDC 20007. In the film Ingmar Bergman is eighty-five years old, having spent more than sixty of those years directing. Now, for the first time, he shows us his world on the desolate and mysterious Baltic island of Fårö. Viewers get to step through the blue gate that bears the notice "Private Area. Beware of Dog". No dog lives there. But that text says that here lives a man who wants to be left alone. A man whose only company is the sea and his own demons. The director is Marie Nyreröd. Watch a trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jLoxuHjY2I.
10] – On Sun., Nov. 11 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/.
11] – On Sun., Nov. 11 from 4 to 5 PM, attend a Black Lives Matter monthly vigil at Governor Warfield Parkway and Windstream Drive in Howard County. The vigil will continue until Dec. 9. Join in on the second Sunday of each month for a public witness to remind the community that all lives will matter when black lives matter. Show up to tell the world that injustice will not be ignored in Howard County or anywhere else. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/408704056256085/.
12] – On Sun., Nov. 11 at 4:45 PM, see “Falkland” at the Charm City Fringe Festival at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N. Howard St., Baltimore 21201. Get tickets at charmcityfringe.ticketleap.com. Tasty Monster Productions brings their latest show, FALKLAND - The War The World Forgot. Under the starry blanket of night two unlikely friends, a young soldier and a curmudgeonly farmer, find new camaraderie as the big show plays out in the theatre of war surrounding them. Bitter conflict, questionable politics, and moral debate engage us in a traumatic, but necessary, journey through the lives of the two men, their families, and the many twists and turns they encounter on the road to redemption. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1745133628924507/.
13] – On Sun, Nov. 11 from 6 to 8:30 PM, attend the JUFJ 20th Anniversary Gala & Heschel Vision Awards, hosted by Jews United for Justice - Baltimore and Jews United for Justice at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 7th St. NW and 610 F St, NW, WDC 20004. Join the JUFJ community in a celebration 20 years of supporting workers in their fights for better pay and benefits, 20 years of demanding affordable housing for everyone, 20 years of working to make our region socially, racially, and economically just. FIVE amazing women activists will be honored Ana Maria Archila, Ilyse Hogue, Keshini Ladduwahetty, Claire Landers, and Mary Ann Stein. Sponsorship and ticket information are at jufj.org/heschel-2018/. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/312139279579862/.
14] – 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 Nov. 12, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email email@example.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.
15] – On Mon, Nov. 12 at 9:30 AM, Wed., Nov. 14 at 10 AM and Sat., Nov. 17 at 9:30 AM, get involved with the Turtle Beach Wetland Restoration, hosted by The Earth Conservation Corps at the Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center, 1520 1st St. SE, W DC 20003. Get your feet wet and your hands dirty by spending a few hours helping with the restoration of the Turtle Beach Wetland at Diamond Teague Park. The Earth Conservation Corps is in the process of creating a wetland classroom and needs help with removal of invasive plants, trash picking, tilling, and planting! Meet at the Earth Conservation Corps Pumphouse at Diamond Teague Park. The closest Metro is Navy Yard (Green Line) with about a 5 minute walk. Bring a reusable water bottle! A water fountain is available to refill. Restrooms are located on site. Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, boots / shoes you don't mind getting dirty, a hat is also recommended. Gloves, waders and boots are available as well. Bring bug spray / sunscreen if needed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
16] – On Mon., Nov.12, 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/.
17] –On Mon, Nov. 12 from 6 to 8 PM, catch the discussion Challenging Countering Violent Extremism Programs in the DMV: What Everyone Needs to Know, hosted by Justice for Muslims Collective at The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC 20009. The program Countering Violent Extremism was initiated under former President Obama under the guise of preventative and soft counter-terrorism measures. The premise of these programs are based on empirically unsound theories of radicalization which basically equate beliefs, perspectives, and opinions - especially those that are unpopular - with propensity to commit acts of violence. Though supporters/proponents of the CVE program state that the programs are theoretically designed to target anyone at risk of becoming "radicalized," they have in practice focused almost exclusively on Muslims. These programs, which involve surveillance and other measures designed to entrap individuals, have been piloted in cities across the United States and have increasingly been used in the DMV area, with active programs in Montgomery County and Washington DC. There is a panel discussion followed by a Know Your Rights training. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/354400935104404/.
18] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Nov. 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.
19] – On Tues., Nov. 13 at 10 AM through Nov. 25, see the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018, hosted by Lightscape Foundation at the Dupont Underground, 19 Dupont Circle NW, WDC 20036. The Exhibition is on a world-wide tour showcasing the stories that matter. A specially tailored exhibition has been created for Washington, D.C. including with a retrospective of the Photos of the Year since 1955, photographs of four African Photojournalism Database photographers, and Images honoring the work of Agence France-Presse photographer Shah Marai. Call 202 337 3686. The visiting hours are until 6 PM, while the doors will close at 7 PM. It is closed on Mondays and Thanksgiving (Nov. 22). There is a discounted admission of $12, while general admission is $18. Children under 14 enter free (however should be accompanied by an adult, given the nature of the some images). Audio guides with information from the photographers will be available at no charge (first-come first served). Visitors are free to come back multiple times by leaving their names with the volunteers at the entrance. See http://www.lightscapedc.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/1668929476569252/.
20] – On Tues, Nov. 13 through Tues., Nov. 20 at noon, be at the Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial, hosted by Goucher College Center for Race, Equity and Identity at the Haebler Memorial Chapel, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson 21204. Transgender Day of Remembrance (and Resilience), which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have lost their lives as a result of transphobia, to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community, and to give allies a chance to step forward and stand in solidarity with the transgender and gender non-binary community. Please visit the Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial to pay your respect and learn more about the 29 people who have lost their lives to transgender violence in 2018. See https://www.facebook.com/events/317177892441804/?event_time_id=317177905775136.
21] – On Tues, Nov. 13 from 1 to 2 PM, go to a lecture Does Deforestation Increase Malaria Prevalence? It is hosted by the American University School of International Service, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room SIS 260, WDC 20016. Dr. Jonah Busch, Center for Global Development and Columbia University, is an environmental economist who researches climate change and tropical deforestation. He is the Chief Economist at Earth Innovation Institute. Dr. Busch has published more than twenty articles on climate, forests, and biodiversity in academic journals. See https://www.facebook.com/events/210880773138244/.
22] – 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 Nov. 13. Call 215-426-0364.
23] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Nov. 13 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.
24] – On Tues., Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, see the film “The Chinese Exclusion Act,” hosted by Baltimore Racial Justice Action, Community Arts at MICA PLACE, 814 N. Collington Ave., Baltimore 21205. Admission is free. This PBS documentary examines the origin, history and impacts of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers, and later those from all Asian nations, to come to the U.S. and for Chinese nationals already here to become U.S. citizens. The first in a long line of acts targeting Asian people for exclusion, it remained in place for more than 60 years. Please join BRJA to discuss the long-lasting impacts of these racist immigration policies. See https://www.facebook.com/events/309144566351155/.
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