Saturday, October 19, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert – October 20 - 22, 2019


Baltimore Activist Alert – October 20 - 22, 2019

"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] Lawyers Against War
5] The Encampment for Citizenship -- Oct. 20
6] Deep Canvass with Showing Up for Racial Justice – Oct. 20
7] Toast for Tusks – Oct. 20
8] Not a Film Fest: Anticolonial Conversations – Oct. 20
10] DSA meeting – Oct. 20
11] Medicare For All Town Hall – Oct. 20
12] “The War on Science” – Oct. 20
13] SURJ Community Meeting – Oct. 20
14] Molly Ivins documentary – through Oct. 24
15] Pentagon Peace Vigil – Oct. 21
16] Promote the ERA – Oct. 21
17] The trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares begins – Oct. 21
18] Food Rescue – Oct. 21
19] “Paper Dragons: China and the Next Crash “– Oct. 21
20] “Palestine in Crisis” – Oct. 21
21] Food Rescue Pop Up – Oct. 21
22] Beat Their Swords into Plowshares – Oct. 21
23] Re-negotiate Baltimore City’s PILOT Agreement with Johns Hopkins – Oct. 21
24] “Reel & Meal at the New Deal” -- Oct. 21
25] “We Always Told Steel Stories” – Oct. 21
26] Get Money Out of Maryland – Oct. 21
27] DC Statehood Phone Bank – Oct. 22
28] Food Rescue at YO! Baltimore West – Oct. 22
29] Peace Vigil -- Oct. 22
30] Protest killer drone research at JHU – Oct. 22
31] “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future” – Oct. 22
32] Hear about the situation in Nicaragua from Camilo Mejía – Oct. 22
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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] – Jeff Ross, an attorney in Maryland, is interested in gathering with other lawyers to discuss ways in which the legal profession and the law generally can be conceptualized as a peace-building and war-resisting institution and redirected to these ends. Areas to explore might include: 1) ways in which this group could support with legal analysis/writing those lawyers who are representing peace-builders/war-resisters in criminal prosecutions; 2) ways in which, from a more theoretical perspective, the law might be grounded in an ethic of non-violence; and 3) ways in which law students and young lawyers might be exposed to a non-violent vision of the law. All religious, philosophical, and critical perspectives on the law are welcome. The group might want to call itself Lawyers against War. Jeff can be reached at 443-690-6872 and jross50@hotmail.com.

5] -- 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. 20, hear from Anne Klaeysen about “The Encampment for Citizenship: An Experience in Participatory Democracy.”  The Encampment for Citizenship, founded in 1946 by Ethical Culture Leader Algernon D. Black and Alice (“Nanny”) Pollitzer, a prominent civic leader, offered an opportunity for “young adults of many religious, racial, social and national backgrounds” to learn “the principles and techniques of citizenship… through lived experience.” Black believed that young people could be a positive force in their communities if they developed critical thinking skills, youth activism, leadership qualities, and the courage to break free from stereotypes. Eleanor Roosevelt, long-time chair of The Encampment board of sponsors, often hosted students for discussions, workshops and barbeques at her Hyde Park estate. When the program was attacked by McCarthyite forces in the early 1950s, she defended it vigorously. “The reason I think these Encampments are so important,” she wrote, “is that they are attended by citizens of different races and groups. They prepare people for thinking in terms of all people and not in terms of a selected few. Not only we in the U.S., but people all over the world, need young people trained to be good citizens with an ability to think with an open mind.” Klaeysen recently retired as Leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture where she served since 2008. Call 410-581-2322 or email ask@bmorethical.org. 

6] – On Sun., Oct. 20 from 11 AM to 5 PM, do a Deep Canvass with Showing Up for Racial Justice at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville.  Sign up at https://forms.gle/8gPCAU9CUnbEXaLq8.Deep canvassing is a long-term, research-based strategy that SURJ is using to invite neighbors to re-think their support for systemic white supremacy. No canvassing experience is necessary, as the script and training will guide you as you engage white people in conversations about white supremacy - at their front doors! Give this exciting strategy a try, and practice initiating challenging conversations in a supportive environment. Email surjdeepcanvass@gmail.com. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/2074787809286786/?event_time_id=2074787832620117.

7] – On Sun., Oct. 20 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM, join the Toast for Tusks, hosted by Wildlife S.O.S. at Conrad Washington DC, 950 New York Ave. NW, WDC 20001. Tickets are $75. This is a festive brunch to help save elephants and other at-risk wildlife in India. Meet Wildlife SOS founders, Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani, who will be coming in from India and sharing stories about the organization's new elephant hospital and other updates from their elephant, bear and leopard sanctuaries.  Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/374968716546164/.

8] – Not a Film Fest: Anticolonial Conversations in Baltimore, hosted by Baltimore-Palestine Solidarity on Sun., Oct. 20 from 1 to 5:30 PM.  It explores the theme of social justice movements of the past and present that have largely been unrecognized or misrepresented. By crafting a program anchored in film, lively conversation, and debate, make clear the intimate (and sometimes problematic) connections between struggles nationally and internationally. The program includes a series of diverse events across Baltimore city that make clear the connections between liberation struggles, regardless of manufactured borders, and to inspire a conversation locally that is global and intersectional in its commitment to justice and emancipation. This Sunday's screening is at the Baltimore American Indian Center, 113 S. Broadway. The films are "Warrior Women" (Turtle Island) and "Between Two Crossings." See https://www.facebook.com/events/699747870447705/?event_time_id=699747873781038. Email notafilmfest@gmail.com. 

9] – Just World ED is hosting Yousef Aljamal's talk on Sun., Oct. 20 at 1:30 PM entitled “Palestine in Crisis.” Miko Peled will also speak at the event, hosted by Rev. Graylan Hagler at Plymouth UCC Church, 5301 N. Capitol St. NE (in the undercroft.) Yousef is a Gaza-Palestinian justice activist who's a graduate of UNRWA schools in Gaza. He is currently completing his PhD studies in Turkey. His speaking tour focuses on the issue of Palestinian child detainees held in Israel's military prisons in the West Bank; on the ongoing crisis in Gaza; and on the Palestine Question more generally. Visit https://justworldeducational.org/2019/10/u-s-tour-of-gaza-palestinian-yousef-aljamal-starts-soon/.

10] – On Sun., Oct. 20 from 2 to 4:30 PM, attend the Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America meeting at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  Find out more about the organizing and where your place is in the movement! All are welcome - feel free to bring a friend. The New Membership Orientation is from 2 to 2:30 PM followed by the general meeting.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/471233236810840/.

11] –  On Sun., Oct. 20 from 2 to 4 PM, attend a Medicare For All Town Hall, hosted by Maryland Progressive Healthcare Coalition at the Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg 20879-3545. Tickets are at actionnetwork.org. The U.S. healthcare system is not working. We pay more for healthcare than any other country yet millions of Americans still don’t have health insurance or are underinsured. While healthcare industry profits are higher than ever, medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in the United States.  The Affordable Care Act, while a step in the right direction - has not controlled skyrocketing costs of healthcare. The solution is Medicare-for-all, a single-payer program that guarantees quality healthcare to all people as a right, not a privilege.

   Speakers include Gabe Acevero, Maryland Delegate District 39; Laura Kaplan-Weisman, MD; labor activist Larry Cohen, chair of Our Revolution; Sanjeev Sriram, MD ("Dr. America"); Richard "RJ" Eskow, host of the Zero Hour; -- and AN OPEN INVITATION FOR Congressman David Trone to discuss the healthcare of his constituents within District 6 ! See https://www.facebook.com/events/496947914199779/.

12] – On Sun., Oct. 20 from 2:30 to 4 PM, hear a discussion of “The War on Science” with Tim Whitehead at the Greenbelt Community Church,  1 Hillside Road, Greenbelt 20770. Tim is executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The talk is sponsored by Maryland United for Peace and Justice.  You're invited to a presentation about "The War on Science" by Tim Whitehead, Executive Director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Tim will be speaking at Greenbelt Community Church, which is located at 1 Hillside Road in Greenbelt, Maryland 20770.
PEER supports public employees' work addressing climate change, toxic pollution, and protecting air, water, land and wildlife. It also helps protect public employee whistleblowers who work on environmental issues.

Tim's presentation is sponsored by Maryland United for Peace and Justice. Email Tonylang4peace@gmail.com or call 301-390-9684.

13] – On Sun., Oct. 20 from 3 to 5 PM, get over to the SURJ Community Meeting: Past/Present/Future at St. John's Episcopal Church, Baltimore 21218. Celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Showing Up for Racial Justice! Email surjbaltimore@gmail.com.  Bring a snack to share- it can be small, just something to get us through a couple hours together before dinner: Vegetables, dips, chips, salads, cheeses, crackers, drinks, baked goods are all welcome!  St. Johns has a parking lot in the front, and free street parking along 31st Street. You can also use the CityLink Red Line. Go to www.showingupforracialjustice.org and https://www.facebook.com/events/521772745047733/.

14] – Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins, a 2019 documentary can be seen at the Parkway Theater, North Avenue, Baltimore at 4:30 PM at least through Thurs., Oct. 24.  Learn more about the life and work of Molly Ivins, a political journalist from Texas, best-selling author, and Bill of Rights warrior.

15] – 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 Oct. 21, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.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.

16] – Urge Congress to Hold Hearings on the ERA, which would be supported by Katrina's Dream.  Each Monday, including Oct. 14, at 8 AM, make calls to Senator Graham at (202) 224-5972 and your senators for the ERA. Hold hearings on S.J. Res 6, and S.J. Res. 5 which calls for the removal of a deadline for passage of the ERA. Click on this link https://bit.ly/2T1B8wp, and check out https://www.facebook.com/events/246467582967063/?event_time_id=246467699633718.

17] – The trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares begins at the federal courthouse, 801 Gloucester St. Brunswick, GA. The trial is expected to last at least one week. Call Max at 727-256-5789.

18] – On Mon., Oct. 21 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/.

19] – On Mon., Oct. 21 from 12:30 to 2 PM,  The Institute for Policy Studies and the Economic Policy Institute invite you for the Washington launch of Walden Bello‘s book: “Paper Dragons: China and the Next Crash.” It will be held at the Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, 6th Floor, WDC 20036.  In this book, Bello asks the question: will China be at the epicenter of the world’s next financial collapse? Conventional wisdom holds that China is on the ascent and the United States is in decline, that China’s economy is roaring with raw energy and that Beijing’s ‘Belt and Road’ mega-project is laying the basis for its global economic hegemony. But, could the greatest immediate threat to China’s rise to economic supremacy be the same phenomenon that felled the US economy in 2008? Might China be a prime candidate to be the site of the next financial crisis with its overheating real-estate sector, a rollercoaster stock market, and a rapidly growing shadow banking sector?

Bello is a noted critic of globalization, and is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize). He is a professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, Binghamton and an associate of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. His previous books include “Dilemmas of Domination: The Unmaking of the American Empire” (Zed, 2005) and “Capitalism’s Last Stand? Deglobalisation in the Age of Austerity” (Zed, 2013).  Check out https://ips-dc.org/events/book-launch-paper-dragons-china-and-the-next-crash/?utm_source=Economic+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=e821b7fdb7-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_26_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7c5826c50-e821b7fdb7-59830565&mc_cid=e821b7fdb7&mc_eid=72ea77dbdd.

20] -- Just World ED is hosting Yousef Aljamal's talk on Mon., Oct. 21 at 12:30 PM entitled “Detention of Palestinian Children Palestine in Crisis.” Miko Peled will also speak at the event at The Palestine center, 2425 Virginia Ave NW, WDC.  Peled, author of The General’s Son and Injustice, was born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well-known Zionist family. He is considered by many to be one of the clearest voices calling for justice in Palestine, support of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, (BDS) and the creation of a single democracy with equal rights on all of historic Palestine.  Visit https://justworldeducational.org/2019/10/u-s-tour-of-gaza-palestinian-yousef-aljamal-starts-soon/.

21] – On Mon., Oct. 14 from 3 to 4 PM, there is a Food Rescue Pop-Up at Flourish, 3418 Belair Road, Baltimore 21213-1233.  Bring a bag, and take home healthy, free food! View https://www.facebook.com/events/301851223848295/?event_time_id=301851330514951. This will continue into the future. 

22] – And They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares...Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Join the International Support for the Kings Bay Plowshares 7.  Visit www.kingsbayplowshares7.org.  On Mon., Oct. 21 at 4 PM at the Philadelphia Federal Courthouse, 601 Market St.  October 21 is the opening day of the federal trial in New Brunswick, Georgia for the Plowshares act of nonviolent resistance at the Kings Bay Trident nuclear submarine base on April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The King Bay Plowshares 7 face lengthy imprisonment for their act of religious resistance in honor of Dr. King, on behalf of humanity facing the continued threat of nuclear war. Throughout the religious vigil in front of the Phila. Federal Courthouse building there will be a tableau with two banners hanging from frames.  The banners read: "And They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares..." and "ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS" Between the two banners there will be an actual nuclear warhead casing, removed in 1982 from behind a GE plant (now Lockheed Martin) in King of Prussia, PA., with a large sign reading NUCLEAR WARHEAD CASING, It carries an H-Bomb = 30 Hiroshimas.  The vigil will conclude with a short service with reading and bell-tolling. Look at www.brandywinepeace.com  or call 484-574-1148.

23] -- The Coalition for a Humane Hopkins is presenting to the Mayor and City Council the need to re-open and re-negotiate Baltimore City’s PILOT Agreement with Johns Hopkins and other major non-profit institutions in the city. These institutions should be paying their fair share to help provide the much-needed resources for the services our city so desperately needs. Join the Coalition on Mon., Oct. 21 at 4:30 PM in front of City Hall for the presentation to the Mayor and City Council.   In June 2016, fifteen of Baltimore’s not-for-profit hospitals, colleges and universities including Johns Hopkins Hospital, entered into a ten-year agreement with the City of Baltimore Board of Estimates. Under the agreement, the 15 not-for-profit institutions annually make a combined $6 million Payment in Lieu of Taxation (PILOT) to the City of Baltimore.

Baltimore’s $15.9 billion in tax exempt properties account for nearly a third (30.9%) of its total property base. Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview jointly contribute $1,399,972 annually to the $6 million total. If they were for-profit corporations, they would be required to pay the City of Baltimore a combined $35.5 million annually on an estimated $1.7 billion worth of property.  JHH and JHBMC’s annual contribution of $1.4 million to the City of Baltimore is just 3.9% of what they would have to pay every single year as for-profit corporations. Contact Harrison Weber at <HWeber@calnurses.org> and 714-343-8779.

24] – On Mon., Oct. 21 at 6:30 PM, get over to “Reel & Meal at the New Deal” at the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway in historic Greenbelt. Enjoy a delicious vegan meal for $14 at 6:30 PM. The free film starts at 7 PM.  See “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons,” a documentary on 2017’s 120-nation UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons.  The discussion – possible action to bring the US “Back From the Brink” – will be led by Gwen DuBois, president of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility and co-founder of Prevent Nuclear War Maryland. On the 7th of July 2017, 122 countries voted in favor of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Countries that don’t have nuclear weapons but live under their threat voted for a ban. Without the knowledge of most of their citizens, the governments of the world’s nuclear powers didn’t vote, and yet the ban went ahead. Something new is happening. Go to https://www.newdealcafe.com/events/reel-and-meal/.

25] –  Bill Barry will be a speaker at the annual meeting of the Dundalk-Patapsco Historical Society, 4 Center Place, Dundalk 21222, on Mon., Oct. 21 at 7 PM. He will describe the book “We Always Told Steel Stories,” and will play short video clips of the people interviewed in this book. Call (410) 284-2331.  Contact Bill Barry at [mailto:billbarry21214@gmail.com].

26] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Mon., Oct. 21 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.

27] –  Can you participate in a DC Statehood Phone Bank on Tues., Oct. 22 from 10 AM to 6 PM at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004 in room G-9. Join the Washington, DC Statehood Office for a DC Statehood Phone Bank. Call state legislatures across the US to raise awareness of DC residents' lack of full and equal voting representation in Congress.   Phones, scripts, materials, and light refreshments will be provided. The Phone Bank continues each Tuesday. See Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/673834763077915/?event_time_id=673834803077911.

28] – On Tues., Oct. 22 from noon to 1 PM, and continuing each Tuesday, come to a Food Rescue at YO! Baltimore West, 1510 W. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Enjoy fresh, delicious, and free food. Bring a bag. Bring a friend! Take what you want.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/403785397093000/?event_time_id=403785490426324.

29] –  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 Oct. 22.  Call 215-426-0364.

30] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

31] Progressive Maryland is hosting forums to find out more about the Kirwan proposals: the “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.” How about more funding for education? The next forum is on Tues., Oct. 22 at 6 PM at IBEW Local 1805, 898 Airport Park Road, #207, Glen Burnie. Look at https://www.marylandblueprint.org/.

32] Hear about the situation in Nicaragua from Camilo Mejía who is Nicaraguan but resides in the US. Enjoy refreshments at 6:30 PM, and then the presentation begins at 7 PM at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045.  THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

In the early 2000s Mejia became known because – as a soldier in the U.S. Army - he became a prisoner of conscience for refusing to return to combat in Iraq. Camilo maintains strong ties to Nicaragua and is very knowledgeable about world politics.

He is a critic of mainstream media coverage of the violence in Nicaragua in 2018. Camilo is a contributor to the e-book: “Live from Nicaragua: Uprising or Coup” and will speak about the research and investigative reporting that went into the book. He will also give an update about peace and reconciliation efforts in Nicaragua.  His talk is sponsored by Friends of Latin America (FoLA) and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (UUCC) Immigrant Campaign.  Contact Leslie Salgado at Cuba_is_hope@comcast.net or 410-381-4899.

To be continued

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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



Thursday, October 17, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- October 18 - 19, 2019


59] Remedies for Wrongful Conviction Oct. 18
60] Health Justice for All – Oct. 18
61] Fire Drill Friday – Oct. 18
62] Food Rescue – Oct. 18
63] White House vigil– Oct. 18
64] WIB peace vigils – Oct. 18
65] The College Dropout Scandal Oct. 18
66] Peace and justice vigil – Oct. 18
67] See a screening of "The Edge of Democracy" – Oct. 18
68] Ballroom Dancing – Oct. 18
69] Garden Volunteer Day – Oct. 19
70] March for the Migrants – Oct. 19
71] Environmental justice and women's issues in Delaware – Oct. 19
72] Support a progressive candidate – Oct. 19
73] Progressive Maryland canvass – Oct. 19
74] Peace Vigil -- Oct. 19
75] PROGRESSIVE PRINCE GEORGE’S MEETING – Oct. 19
76] Rally to Impeach Trump Then Vote – Oct. 19 
77] Democracy and Campaign Finance Reforms – Oct. 19
78] Divest Philly from the War Machine Meeting – Oct. 19
79] Black Civil War soldiers – Oct. 19 
80] Hands Off Cuba and Venezuela – Oct. 19
81] Two Berrigan Books still in print
82] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
83] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
84] Do you need any book shelves?
85] Join the Global Zero campaign.
86] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
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59] – On Fri., Oct. 18 at 8:30 AM attend Visions of Justice 2019: Righting What’s Wrong: Causes and Remedies for Wrongful Conviction at Widener University DE Law School, 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington.

60] – Residents of D.C. Wards 7 & 8 lack adequate healthcare. Join with the Health Justice Coalition to address this urgent social justice and racial equity issue. The United Medical Care (UMC) must be fully funded for high-risk OB/GYN and Level 1 Trauma. Mayor Bowser should reconsider partnering with Universal Health Services (UHS).  You can help make this happen!  Come to a Press Conference and Rally, and join the Health Justice Coalition on Fri., Oct. 18 at 10 AM at the Wilson Building, Room 412, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC.  Sign up to testify before the DC Council Committee on Health at a public hearing on the “not-for-profit hospital corporation.” Demand that UMC be fully funded for high-risk OB/GYN and Level 1 Trauma. To testify, contact Malcolm Cameron at (202) 654-6179 or mcameron@dccouncil.us.  Check out facebook.com/dchjcoalition/.

61] – Inspired by the Swedish student, Greta Thunberg, the student strikers and Naomi Klein's new book "On Fire: The Burning Case for the Green New Deal," Jane Fonda decided to upend her life, left her comfort zone and move to Washington, D.C. for four months to focus on climate change. As Greta said, "This is a crisis. We have to act like our house is on fire, because it is.”  So, every Friday she will host an action called — Fire Drill Friday — at 11 AM on the East Lawn of the Capitol Building, followed by a direct action.  Each Friday focus on a different aspect of the climate crisis and what needs to be done moving forward. Join CODEPINK in Washington D.C. on Fri., October 18 and each following Friday through December.  On November 8, that Friday will make the connection between war and climate change.

Here’s the deal: We are living at the last possible moment in human history when we can do something about climate change or fail to do so, thereby denying hundreds of millions of people a livable future. What’s often left out of this conversation is the fact that the Pentagon pollutes the atmosphere with greenhouse gases more than 140 countries combined. We can’t address climate change without taking on U.S. militarism — join CODEPINK in Washington D.C. on Fridays with special emphasis on November 8th, where war and militarism will be the focus.  Last year, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its regular report which stated in no uncertain terms that given the worsening disasters we’re already seeing and the additional warming that is already baked in because we didn’t act 30 years ago, we do not stand a chance at changing course in time without profound, systemic economic and social change in the next 11 years. Visit https://www.codepink.org/firedrillfridays.

62] – On Fri., Oct. 18 from noon to 1 PM, Fridays at Grace Baptist Church, 3201 The Alameda., Baltimore 21218, are by Food Rescue Baltimore.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/644335165987205/?event_time_id=644335232653865.

63] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Oct. 18 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649, artlaffin@hotmail.com.  

64] – Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE take place on Fri., Oct. 18 from noon to 1 PM.  One is at McKeldin Square, corner of Light and Pratt Sts., in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore.  Use the purple circulator line.  Enjoy an AFTER VIGIL LUNCH from the food trucks in the Inner Harbor.  Bring Your Own Sandwich or stop by one of the food trucks in the McKeldin Square.

  Another is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore.  Free Parking available. Vigil from noon to 1 PM. Lunch in the Bistro at 1 PM. If there's a storm, there is no vigil, but there will be lunch. Contact Anne: awyattbr@gmail.com.  The final vigil is in Chestertown, Kent County on the Eastern Shore at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row. Email wibbaltimore@peacepath911.org.

65] – The Economic Policy Institute invites you for a book talk and luncheon with author and Berkeley professor of public policy David Kirp to discuss The College Dropout Scandal.  The event will take place at the Economic Policy Institute, 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 600, WDC 20005 from noon to 1:30 PM on Fri., Oct. 18.  Kirp’s findings are rather stunning: 40% of undergraduates at public universities don’t earn a bachelor’s degree within six years, and 70% of students at two-year community colleges haven’t graduated after three years.  Register at
66] – There is usually a silent peace and justice 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 Oct. 18. Black Lives Matter.

67] – On Fri., Oct. 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, catch a Conversation with Petra Costa - The Edge of Democracy, hosted by Brazilians for Democracy and Social Justice at the Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 113, 1957 E St., WDC.  See a screening of "The Edge of Democracy," followed by a conversation with the filmmaker Petra Costa and the Brazilianist James N. Green.  Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/618842478520046/.

68] – 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 Oct. 18. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email eneergdivad@gmail.com

69] – On Sat., Oct. 19 from 9 AM to noon, get with Garden Volunteer Day, hosted by the Baltimore Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211.  Anyone is welcome to join us for a day of garden work around the Farm with a little education thrown in! Seed some crops and do some maintenance work on the huge mounds.  You can learn more about this permaculture practice at the work day. See the medicinal plants and herbs as well as tomatoes and peppers. Potatoes, radishes, carrots, and beets just got started! Come to the greenhouse at the corner of Everhart and Yeager Streets. This is across the street and up the hill from 3510 Ash Street. Please bring a bottle for water. Gloves, tools, and some goodies (herbs & veggies) from the garden will be provided for your work! Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/478794159339452/.

70] – On Sat., Oct. 19 from 10 AM to 3 PM, join the March for Migrants, hosted by Danielle Alexis Ramanathan at the U.S. Navy Memorial Plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004.  Stand up for the basic human rights of immigrants! March to ensure an end to family separation, improper medical care and neglect, and dangerous camp conditions.  Close the camps! Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/2483295645050032/.

71] –  On Sat., Oct. 19 from 10 AM to 2 PM, hear about environmental justice and women's issues in Delaware with Dr. Fatemeh Shafiei, Dean of Political Science at Spelman College, and then catch a panel discussion with national and local leaders at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 719 North Shipley St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Lunch will be included; and note registration is free but required. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/environmental-justice-womens-issues-in-de-and-abroad-registration-72564748115?link_id=7&can_id=c63f2c6d71fe7e1c31a0578e097780db&source=email-ihb-weekly-updates-and-actions-10619&email_referrer=email_635043&email_subject=ihb-weekly-updates-and-actions-10619.

72] – Progressive Prince George’s is concerned about Local Elections and its endorsed candidates. From the Union City, Metropolitan Washington AFL-CIO newsletter, political power starts at the local level, so the Metro Washington Council and the Maryland and DC AFL-CIO are teaming up to host a member-to-member walk for MWC-endorsed candidate Derrick Mallard for Bowie City Council District 4 on Sat., Oct. 19 at 9:30 AM. Derrick – a bus driver and member of ATU Local 689 -- is running on a platform to bring the wider Bowie community together into the decision-making process. He has been endorsed for election by Progressive Prince George’s and Progressive Maryland. Go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkNaeL9QxjG1ftTTckwzfLi-cDYO6fiodSQ2Ll2o3gLi6Elw/viewform.

73] – Progressive Maryland in Montgomery County is helping with a canvass for Virginia and James in Rockville on Sat., Oct. 19 from 10 AM to 1 PM starting at King Farm Park, 401 WATKINS POND Blvd., Rockville 20850. Canvass for Virginia Onley for Mayor and James Hedrick for City Council! The ballots are out, which means now through November 5th is GOTV! Sign Up at https://secure.everyaction.com/fuIszy6_7kqESZLIPCgoxw2.

74] – 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 www.ccpeace.org. Email ccpeacemovement@aol.com

75] – On Sat., Oct. 19 from 11 AM to 1 PM, join a PROGRESSIVE PRINCE GEORGE’S CHAPTER MEETING at the Clout Workspace, 9221 Hampton Overlook, Capitol Heights 20743. Discuss the work around education equity, criminal justice reform, and elections and how you can get involved! Sign Up at https://secure.everyaction.com/H-L6LX1-506wWfW-vfccUQ2. 

76] – On Sat., Oct. 19 from noon to 1PM, there is a rally Impeach Trump Then Vote! This is hosted by Arlington Dems and Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia at 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington 22201-5401. Tickets are at act.indivisible.org. Rally with your neighbors, Congressperson Don Beyer (D-Va.) and a 13-foot "Baby Trump" balloon in support of Trump's impeachment, and then go vote absentee in person! Turning Virginia blue in November is a great way to show Trump that his time is nearly up!  This event will take place right in front of the building where absentee-in-person voting is happening for Virginia's critical 2019 election. Please come prepared to vote directly after the rally (if you're eligible). More info about absentee voting is available at https://vote.arlingtonva.us/absentee/. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/808993019498285/.

77] – Our Revolution holds a monthly membership meeting on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. Do a deep dive into exciting issues and brainstorming creative legislation and activism to address the myriad problems arrayed before us. All the meetings are potlucks, so bring your favorite lunch dish to share! On Oct. 19 at Loch Raven Library, 1046 Taylor Ave., Towson 21286, the topic will be Democracy and Campaign Finance Reforms.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/484900465696591/.

The disastrous Citizens United decision opened the door to unlimited spending on elections and puts even more power into the hands of corporations and billionaires to influence policy. The speakers will discuss campaign finance reform and how we can reduce the influence of big money/dark money in politics.  The speakers are Charlie Cooper - co-founder of GMOM, fighting for the Democracy Amendment Resolution in the State House; Kristerfer Burnett - Baltimore City Council - District 8 – who has introduced groundbreaking legislation to establish the Baltimore City Fair Election Fund; and Tony Miller - Treasurer of RepMD.  

78] –  Come to a  Divest Philly from the War Machine Meeting on Sat., Oct. 19 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM at Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147.  Email Maya@codepink.org.  Coalition members recently held a positive meeting with an investment officer from the city pension fund, presenting petition signatures demanding the fund divest from nuclear weapons. It was learned the city pension fund administrators are willing to move the divestment resolution forward! It is known that the city of Philadelphia works with 5 asset managers that invest the city’s pension fund in nuclear weapons!   If you want to be part of the team that divests your city from nuclear weapons, come to Wooden Shoe Books to talk next steps in a divestment campaign.  RSVP at https://www.codepink.org/divest_philly_oct19_meeting?utm_campaign=philly_local_october_10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=codepink

79] – On Sat., Oct. 19 from 3 to 5 PM, Dr. Cheryl Renee Gooch will share the personal narratives of black Civil War soldiers from her book “Hinsonville's Heroes: Black Civil War Soldiers of Chester County, PA” at the Wilmington Friends Meeting House, 401 N. West St., Wilmington, DE 19801.  Call (302) 652-4491.

80] –   On Sat., Oct. 19 from 7 to 9 PM, consider going to U.S. Imperialist Hands Off Cuba and Venezuela, hosted by DC Metro Coalition in Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW, WDC 20001.  The speakers include José Ramón Cabañas — Cuban Ambassador, Dr. Jourdy James – Cuban economist, James Harris — delegate, Africa-Cuba solidarity conference, Nigeria, and Nalda Vigezzi — co-chair National Network on Cuba. Call (202) 503–9465 or email dcmetrocoalitionforcuba@gmail.com.  Seehttps://www.facebook.com/events/409767236394414/.

81] – Two books by Fred Wilcox are still in print.  The first one is “Fighting the Lamb's War Skirmishes with the American Empire” by Philip Berrigan and Fred A. Wilcox with a FOREWORD by Tripp York.  It can be purchased by Wipf and Stock: https://wipfandstock.com/fighting-the-lamb-s-war.html.  It is a Memoir in paperback/ISBN: 9781532660078/240 pages/republished 8/21/2018/ Retail Price: $26.00/and Web Price: $20.80.

The second one is “Uncommon Martyrs The Berrigans, the Catholic Left, and the Plowshares Movement” by Fred Wilcox, who profiles members of this anti-war movement, whose Christianity compels them to acts of civil disobedience against the military industrial complex.  The ISBN is 0201522314/$6.50 for a hardcover, and it can be purchased at Powell's Books.  See https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/book-reviews/view/7094/uncommon-martyrs.

82] –   The Trump Administration is again beating the war drums.  Most recently, the target is Iran.  Should the Trump administration initiate an act of war against Iran, consider joining us. It is a violation of U.S. law for the Trump Administration 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 Venezuela. Should a war criminal, John Bolton, convince Trump to attack either of these countries, 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 military strike against Iran or Venezuela takes place, then meet at 33rd and N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. If the attack is before 2 PM local time, then the event will begin at 5 PM, local time. If the attack occurs after 5 PM local time, then the event will begin at 5 PM, local time, the following day. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.   

83] -- 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 comcast.net.

84] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1637 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

85] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.

86] – 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 http://prop1.org; 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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

“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