Baltimore Activist Alert February 10 - 11, 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] Buy an Anti-War Veteran hat
5] Redlining – through Feb. 28
6] Stop the Hurt -- Feb. 10
7] Feeding the Homeless & Hungry – Feb. 10
8] Ethical Eating – Feb. 10
9] PetValu Adoption Meet and Greet – Feb. 10
10] See the play "Shame 2.0" through Feb. 17
11] DC Detention Visitation Network volunteer training – Feb. 10
12] MUPJ meeting – Feb. 10
13] See film “Home Front: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah” – Feb. 10
14] Sexual Exploitation – Feb. 10
15] Indivisible meeting – Feb. 10 – Feb. 11
16] Pentagon Protest – Feb. 11
17] Convince the District Council to protect the environment – Feb. 11
18] Protest Israeli soldier – Feb. 11
19] Refugees and Global Migration – Feb. 11
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] – At 10 AM through February 28, 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/.
6] – On Sun., Feb. 10 from 9:15 to 10:30 AM, see Stop the Hurt – 5 Steps to Stop Implicit Racial Bias, hosted by Stony Run Friends Meeting, 5116 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210. The Working Group on Racism will show and discuss this video. This is the first half of a forum that will conclude on February 24. Visit www.dramandakemp.com. Go to https://www.facebook.com/StonyRunFriendsMeeting/.
7] – On Sun., Feb. 10 from 10 AM to noon, be a part of Neighbors Without Walls: Feeding the Homeless & Hungry at Terra Cafe Bmore, 101 E 25th St., Baltimore 21218. Homelessness is by far one of the largest issues that plague our city and there is something, no matter how small, we all can do to about it. This event will also happen on Sun., Mar. 10 at 10 AM and Sun., Apr. 14 at 10 AM. Terra Cafe is the proud sponsor of Neighbors Without Walls. On the 2nd Sunday of each month at 10 AM Terra Cafe and a group of volunteers, prep, package and distribute meals, water, clothing and care packages to homeless residents of Baltimore City. See https://www.facebook.com/events/413038186102928/?event_time_id=413038192769594.
8] – 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., Jan. 27, the platform address is “Ethical Eating.” Discussions about the food we eat can be intense and divisive. The cruel treatment of animals used to provide humans with food, along with environmental and social justice issues, can divide progressive groups that agree on many things. How do we work through differences about personal decisions about what we consume? How do changing social norms affect what we put in our bodies? Hugh Taft-Morales shares his unfinished personal journey into this ethical thicket. joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. Call 410-581-2322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
9] – On Sun., Feb. 10 from 11 AM to 3 PM, come to the PetValu Adoption Meet and Greet, hosted by Wings of Love at Petvalu, 871 E. Fort Ave., Baltimore 21230. Meet some of the newest furry friends available for adoption! Volunteers will be on-site to introduce you to dogs and discuss the foster and adoption process with you. There will be a kissing booth for you and your pooch to snap a picture! See https://www.facebook.com/events/1904022703029398/.
10] – DC's Mosaic Theater is offering Just World Ed supporters a 25% discount for Morad Hassan & Einat Weizman's play about Israeli violence & intolerance, now through Sun., Feb. 17. For tickets see https://www.atlasarts.org/events/mosaic-theater-company-shame/. "Shame 2.0" is presented at the Atlas Performing Arts Center near Washington DC's Union Station. The discount applies to any show except the one on February 7. You can learn more about the play and buy tickets here. Just use the coupon code "JWE" at checkout to claim your discount! "Shame 2.0" is described as a production that includes "Comments from the Populace". These apparently consist of readings of many of the hateful and derogatory messages that have been sent to Hassan and his acting partner, Einat Weizman, in recent months.
It's really great that Mosaic has brought this play to Washington DC at this exact time... when members of the U.S. Senate are considering a bill that would help clamp down on the free-speech rights of Americans on matters connected to Israel. Weizman and Hassan's play sharply portrays some of the many ways in which Israel's rightwing governments have already been clamping down on free speech and free expression inside Israel itself. These attacks on free speech have been accompanied by the Israeli Knesset's recent passage of the "Nation State Law", which yet further curtails the cultural rights of the indigenous Palestinians who make up more than 20% of the country's citizenry.
11] – The DC Detention Visitation Network will hold a volunteer training session on Sun., Feb. 10 from 1 to 3 PM at Sandy Spring Friends Meeting, 17715 Meeting House Road, Sandy Spring 20860. On any given night, more than 1,000 people are held in immigration detention in at least six detention facilities in Maryland and Virginia, incarcerated in actual or virtual jails solely because they have been accused of or determined to be in the US without authorization. The DC Detention Visitation Network seeks to lessen their isolation and vulnerability by providing friendship and support through in-person visits and letters. RSVP to Bette Hoover at email@example.com or 202-329-4667 to attend.
12] –Maryland United for Peace and Justice, Inc. is meeting on Sun., Feb. 10 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM at Adelphi Friends, 2303 Metzerott Road, Adelphi 20783. At 3:15 PM Del. Jimmy Tarlau, citizen activist, will discuss progressive legislation in the new session of the Maryland General Assembly. The schedule of the next meetings (the second Sunday of each month--for your calendar) at Adelphi Friends, 2:30 to 4:30 PM -- March 10, April 14 and May 12. Contact Paulette Hammond at 443-418-5479 (c).
13] – On Sun., Feb. 10 from 2:30 to4:30 PM, enjoy a Free Film Series: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah, hosted by the Islamic Center of Maryland, 19411 Woodfield Rd., Gaithersburg 20879. The film “Home Front: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah” gives the account of a Palestinian teenager forced to give up half his home in Jerusalem to Israeli settlers, an American-born Israeli mother who gets drawn into the demonstrations after her children’s arrest, a Palestinian community organizer who brings local women to the forefront of the struggle, and a veteran of the Israeli army who becomes one of the resistance campaign’s leaders. This film welcomes viewers to the lived experience of those struggling to stop Israeli settlement expansion by evictions and demolitions in East Jerusalem (traditionally the Palestinian quarter). Instead, these people, of many faiths, work to build a future of pluralism and equality, respecting the rights of all who live there.
Philip Farah, Co-Chair of the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, will moderate the Q&A discussion. For more information about the Voices from The Holy Land Film Series, visit www.voicesfromtheholyland.org. Email Outreach@icomd.org, or phone 240-912-4976 (Option 8). Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1235707656609494/.
14] – On Sun., Feb. 10 from 3 to 6 PM, check out Sexual Exploitation with Dr. Oya Maat, Professor Griff and Dr. Patricia Newton The topic is History of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Black Community: Uncovering the Home, Community and Entertainment Industry. This is hosted by Reality Speaks at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, 430 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore 21212. IF WE GONNA TELL THEN WE GOTTA TELL IT ALL!! Live Stream Available, go to RealitySpeaksmedia.com. A ticket is $30. Call 410 303 -4120. See https://www.facebook.com/events/286036348736450/.
15] – Attend the Annual Membership meeting at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045 on Sun., Feb. 10 at 3:30 PM. In 2017 we RESISTED. In 2018 we built the BLUE WAVE. Now Indivisible is on Offense! Come see what YOU can do in 2019 to build a fairer and more compassionate democracy in Howard County and America. We'll be reviewing successes from 2018, laying out the game plan for 2019, and holding an Action Team Fair where you can talk to the different teams and find out where you fit. Guest speaker: new State Senator (and former Action team founder) Katie Fry Hester! Link to event information: https://actionnetwork.org/events/indivisiblehocomd-annual-membership-meeting?source=direct_link&.
16] – 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 Feb. 11, 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.
17] – Bladensburg and its neighbors, in Prince George’s County, face another skirmish in the long battle to keep a concrete batching plant from threatening residences and businesses in the heart of the Port Towns community. Port Towns Environmental Action urges a big turnout at a Mon., Feb. 11 meeting at 10 AM in the County Admin. Building, 14701 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, 1st Floor, Upper Marlboro 20722. Convince the District Council (the County Council convening to rule on zoning issues) to deny an OK for a special exception for this noxious installation. The District Council last year OKed an appeal from PTEA after a zoning examiner gave the go-ahead to the plant. But now there are six new members on the Council who may need schooling on the idea of putting the community first. See more at https://www.joinptea.org/.
18] – On Mon., Feb. 11 from noon to 2 PM, protest a speech by an active Israeli soldier, hosted by Freedom2Boycott at Newell Hall, 8000 York Road, Newell Ave., Towson 21204. Aaron Goldenberg, an active Israeli soldier is coming to give a speech about his experience in the Israeli military at the Towson University Campus. See https://www.baltimoreisraelcoalition.org/coalition-calendar/an-afternoon-with-aaron-goldenberg. Let Mr. Goldenberg and the wider community know that soldiers involved in the occupation and oppression of Palestinians are unwelcome. Ask Mr. Goldenberg tough questions. Don't let the expected bad weather put you off. There will be ample indoor stuff to do! Bring your protest signs and dress in your Palestinian regalia. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/381391496024566/?notif_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1549673977844854.
19] -- On Mon., Feb. 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, hear GREAT DECISIONS - Refugees: Refugees and Global Migration, hosted by League of Women Voters, at the Newark Free Library, 750 Library Ave., Newark, DE 19711. Visit http://www.lwvdelaware-newcastlecounty.org/calendar.html.
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