Baltimore Activist Alert November 3 to 5, 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] Short-term paid organizer position is available
7] Transcribe Dorothy Day’s diaries
8] Global voice of the voiceless – Nov. 3
9] Support Question H -- Nov. 4
10] Wild About Bears Day – Nov. 4
11] Baltimore City Canvass – Nov. 4
12] Baltimore County Canvass – Nov. 4
13] Baltimore During the Civil War – Nov. 4
14] Islamophobia – Nov. 4
15] Beyond 911 – Nov. 4
16] Compassion Fatigue – Nov. 4
17] Pre-Election Day Training – Nov. 4
18] Pass the ERA – Nov. 4
19] Black Lives Matter demo – Nov. 4
20] Protest at the Pentagon – Nov. 5
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 email@example.com. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed. If you have problems, please write to the list manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4] – Green Candidate Pat Elder is Running against Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer -- email@example.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.
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 Kings Bay Plowshares 7 – is seeking a short-term paid organizer position. The APPLICATION DEADLINE is Fri., Nov. 2, 2018. Email your resume and a short paragraph about why you are applying for this job and what unique skills you bring to this job to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also email this address with any questions you may have.
Trident submarines and ballistic missile systems maintained by this country are a threat to all creation. The ongoing building and maintenance of Trident constitute war crimes that can and should be investigated and prosecuted by judicial authorities at all levels. As citizens, we are required by International Law to denounce and resist known crimes.
Nuclear weapons eviscerate the rule of law, enforce white supremacy, perpetuate endless war and environmental destruction and ensure impunity for all manner of crimes against humanity. Dr. King said, “The ultimate logic of racism is genocide.” We say, “The ultimate logic of Trident is omnicide.” A just and peaceful world is possible when we join prayers with action. Swords into Plowshares!”
Seven Catholic Plowshares activists entered Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia on April 4th, 2018. They went to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares”. (See more at https://www.kingsbayplowshares7.org/).
The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 defendants and support team seek to hire a passionate and dedicated Georgia paid organizer. We expect the KBP7 Field Organizer to be working in South Georgia and interact with a diverse range of people, build a strong volunteer base and plan and organize various solidarity events representing the KBP7 and their action goals. We are looking for someone interested in and skilled at building with and learning from frontline communities, as well as, honoring longtime activists already engaged in grassroots organizing for the KBP7 on the ground in the Brunswick, Georgia area.
The position extends to the KBP7 trial. The trial date is currently unknown but we are anticipating that it will happen within 6 months or less from now.
The paid organizer will begin at 10 hours per week. This will likely increase closer to a trial date. The hourly rate is $20.
Supervision will be provided by a 3 person committee with one primary point person. The paid organizer will also join a weekly KBP7 support team conference call meeting and present a weekly action report.
We will not provide housing, however, we will work closely with the paid organizer to find suitable and inexpensive housing for their length of employment.
The job skills which are sought are as follows: Effective communication skills, Computer literacy hopefully including database management, listserv management, and social media literacy. Grassroots networking experience, Comfortable with public speaking and Media savvy. Job Specifics are to Work closely with the KBP7 support team and media coordinator to further the KBP7 action goals including continued witness to the threat of Trident; Coordinate current GA volunteers, delegating outreach and logistical tasks to volunteers as much as possible, Recruit new GA volunteers, Plan and execute outreach events, such as… Vigils at KB and at hearings and trial, Potlucks for Peace with discussion regarding Trident and a pre-trial Festival of Hope.
7] – 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.
8] – On Sat., Nov. 3 from 8 PM to 4 AM, come to the Extravaganza Unique Launching GALA, hosted by Global voice of the voiceless at 4201 Primrose Ave., Baltimore 21215-3305. Proceeds goes to women, young girls with low income, those living in poverty, schools, prisons, and homeless shelters. Break the taboo and give women and girls a difference. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1722916784466159/.
9] – Baltimore City voters will have a chance to amend the City Charter to allow for the creation of a permanent public campaign finance fund. Get Money Out of Maryland strongly supports the passage of Question H. On Sun., Nov. 4 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, Canvass for Question H with Represent.Maryland and BaltimoreFairElex. Meet at Pleasant St. and Guilford Ave. This is the last Sunday before Election Day, so come out to make sure people know to vote FOR question H on Nov 6, for the Fair Election Fund! Clipboards and materials will be provided. Please do not wear any candidate or party apparel. Email Cristi@RepresentMaryland.org. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/241068836559620/.
10] – On Sun., Nov. 4 from 10 AM to 4 PM, Weis Markets presents Wild About Bears Day, hosted by The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1 Safari Place, Baltimore 21217. Tickets are at www.marylandzoo.org. Polar bears are treading on thin ice. Hear about the drastic impact that climate change has on polar bears and learn easy ways to reduce your own carbon footprint to help save the world’s largest land predator. Also, participate in keeper chats and other bear themed activities! This event is FREE with Zoo admission or membership! Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/302498103902640/.
11] – On Sun., Nov. 4 from 10 AM to 2 PM, canvass for the general election with Progressive Maryland Baltimore. Mobilizing the vote in Baltimore City is one of the most crucial steps to getting Ben Jealous elected in November. Support other local progressive candidates in the districts we canvass! Come help make the blue wave happen and meet your fellow voters! CONTACT Michael Feldman at firstname.lastname@example.org for the location.
12] – On Sun., Nov. 4 at 11 AM, join the Maryland Sierra Club in a final Baltimore County push and come out to canvass in support of Ben Jealous and Johnny O for county executive! Meet up location is 5730 Executive Drive, Catonsville 21228. Contact Matt Dernoga at email@example.com or 240-593-1268.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-465-1660 to join the Baltimore County Canvass on Sun., Nov. 4 from 3:45 to 6 PM, organized by the Greater Baltimore Group, 301 Allegheny Ave., Towson 21204. Join the Greater Baltimore Group and the Maryland Sierra Club Chapter for the second canvass of the day for Ben Jealous for Governor and Johnny O for County Executive. Lt. Governor Candidate Susie Turnbull will be joining us! This is the final weekend to GOTV, let's do all we can.
13] – 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., Oct. 21, the topic is “Baltimore During the Civil War.” Neal McFarland will share some of the fascinating history about Baltimore in the Civil War. Using photos and graphs he will explain the political, social, and military situation and how Baltimore would have a very important effect on entire Civil War. He has a BA in Sociology from the University of Baltimore, and has given many historical presentations at Towson Toastmasters, the Broadmead Community, and other venues. Call 410-581-2322 or email email@example.com.
14] – On Sun., Nov. 4 from 10:45 AM to noon, connect with Exploring Islamophobia: Roots & Remedies, hosted by American Muslim Institution and Islamic Center of Maryland at the Judith A. Resnik Elementary, 7301 Hadley Farms Dr., Gaithersburg 20879. Join Bobby Mckinsey, PhD of New America's Muslim Diaspora Initiative and AMI's ED Shahid Rahman as they discuss the latest findings of an in-depth national survey looking at Islamophobia in the US and how it compares to the DMV area. The survey will provide a portrait of public perceptions of Muslims at both the national level and in the DMV area at a granular level. See https://www.facebook.com/events/659123354483976/.
15] – On Sun., Nov. 4 from 2 to 4 PM, be a part of Beyond 911: Exploring Anti-Racist Routes to Community Safety, hosted by SURJ Baltimore at the 29th Street Community Center, 300 E. 29th St., Baltimore 21218. At a time when police violence continues to disproportionately impact people of color, how can white people align behind the Baltimore Ceasefire movement to build community safety with a holistic approach that doesn’t rely solely on policing to solve the city’s problems?
Join in during the last Ceasefire of 2018 to explore and question our notions of safety, map community assets, identify gaps, and imagine alternatives. We’ll learn about potential steps towards police accountability (informed by the Community Oversight Task Force) and create Ceasefire posters to hang in your window to spread a message of peace. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/831923353816278/.
16] – On Sun., Nov. 4 from 2:30 to 6 PM, check out Compassion Fatigue & the Animal Welfare Warrior, hosted by Rescue Well at the Church of the Redemption, 1401 Towson St., Baltimore 21230-5301. Tickets are at rescue-well-incorporated.ticketleap.com. Catch the presentation by Kathryn Jennings, CPFE, CPLP President/Founder, Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support. Compassion Fatigue is defined as "emotional and physical exhaustion from over-exposure to traumatic stress." This presentation will define compassion fatigue, provide examples, provide examples for what triggers it, and discuss how it can manifest itself physically, emotionally, and cognitively.
This event is FREE, but reserve a ticket to ensure enough materials for all. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1083946895114621/.
17] – On Sun., Nov. 4 from 3 to 4:30 PM, there is a Pre-Election Day Training for Glenn Ross/Andy Ellis Volunteers, hosted by Andy Ellis For State Delegate-MD 45 and Glenn L. Ross For State Delegate-MD 45 at 509 N. Milton Ave., Baltimore 21205-2504. This important training will instruct volunteers in how to effectively engage voters as they approach the polls, what messaging to use, how to deal with problems and get assistance from the campaign, and more. Get t-shirts and literature. See https://www.facebook.com/events/939431649584250/.
18] – On Sun., Nov. 4 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/.
19] – On Sun., Nov. 4 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/.
20] – 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. 5, 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.
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