Sunday, August 25, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- August 26 - 27, 2019

18] Clip boarding for Bernie – Aug. 26
19] Science in the Courts – Aug. 26
20] Vigil for slain journalist Christopher Allen – Aug. 26
21] Food Rescue Pop-Up – Aug. 26
23] Rebel for the Amazon!  – Aug. 26
24] Wilmington People's Congress Team Meeting – Aug. 26
25] Get Money Out of Maryland – Aug. 26
26] DC Statehood Phone Bank – Aug. 26
27] Maryland Vegan Restaurant Weeks – Aug. 27 - 29
28] Food Rescue at YO! Baltimore West – Aug. 27
29] Peace vigil – Aug. 27
30] Say No to Drone Research at JHU – Aug. 27
31] Department of Housing and Community Development – Aug. 27
32] Council President's Legislative Town Hall – Aug. 27
18] – Clip boarding for Bernie is hosted by Terps for Bernie 2020 on Mon., Aug. 26 at noon, on Tues., Aug. 27 at 1 PM and Wed., Aug. 28 at noon at the University of Maryland, College Park 20742.  Get tickets at  Join Terps for Bernie to clipboard-field canvass and engage student voters about Bernie Sanders and the 2020 election! If you're new to Terps for Bernie, sign up to join and RSVP for the event here:  If you're a current member of Terps for Bernie, you may RSVP for the event here: Visit

19] – On Mon., Aug. 26 from noon to 2 PM, catch the Spotlight on Judicial Training: Science in the Courts, hosted by Environmental Law Institute, 1730 M St. NW, Suite 700, WDC 20036.  Tickets are at  Legal and policy issues related to recent scientific advances can be complex and controversial. When these topics end up in court, judges must assess the reliability and validity of the evidence and rule on their admissibility. Judicial training programs must therefore be impartial, fact-based, and pertinent for judges’ role and judicial norms. ELI and leading experts will explore the multifaceted aspects of incorporating scientific topics and concepts into judicial training. Panelists will dive into the evolution of judicial training, innovative programs that advance the level of science expertise including ELI’s Climate Judiciary Project and global Judicial Education Program, and best practices to communicate environmental science to judges. Visit Look at

20] – On Mon., Aug. 26 from 1 to 2 PM, vigil for slain journalist Christopher Allen, hosted by Reporters Without Borders (RSF USA) at the Embassy of South Sudan, 1015 31st St. NW, #300, WDC 20007.  On August 26, 2017, British-American freelance journalist Christopher Allen was killed in the line of duty reporting on the conflict in South Sudan. Just 26 years old, Christopher had been embedded with opposition forces for two weeks when fighting broke out between the government and opposition. Christopher was killed during the fighting, though the circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear. The South Sudanese government forces have refused to claim any responsibility for Allen’s death despite mounting evidence that suggests he was targeted for taking photographs of the battle.

Since his killing, Christopher's parents have been tireless in their pursuit of answers and justice for their son's death. Two years on, they continue to wait, with governments and international institutions failing to provide serious assistance or support.  The parents of Christopher Allen, Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists, PEN America, and Amnesty International invite you to be outside the Embassy of South Sudan to mark this painful anniversary, and to renew the call for answers and #JusticeForChris. Look at

21] –On Mon., Aug. 26 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
This will continue into the future.

22] – Bill Barry will be talking about a new book ALL WE DO IS TALK STEEL [Oral Histories of Sparrows Points] on Mon., Aug. 26 at  6 PM at the Hamilton Library, 5910 Harford Road.  He will give some background on the book and of the workers interviewed, and will play video clips of them. Contact William Barry at [].

23] –On Mon., Aug. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Rebel for the Amazon!  This is hosted by Extinction Rebellion at 3006 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20008-3634.  Gather in outrage, in grief and in despair outside the Brazilian embassy.  The Amazon is literally on fire and every inch that continues to burn takes us further away from any hope of sustaining life on this earth. The Amazon is fundamental to the life support systems of this planet and for us as humans.  To willfully destroy this natural treasure for the sake of profits is an unconscionable crime. We cannot sit in silence while life on Earth is destroyed. Call for world leaders to put pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro to stop the fires and protect the lungs of the earth. This is not just the future of Brazil he is holding in the balance - it’s all of our future. See

24] –   On Mon., Aug. 26 from 7 to 8:30 PM, get over to the Wilmington People's Congress Team Meeting, hosted by Network Delaware, 719 N. Shipley St., Wilmington, DE 19801.  Tickets are at Want to connect with other Change Agents in Wilmington? Want to learn new skills? Want a place to share ideas, updates, and strategies on fighting for justice?  Then come to the meeting at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew.  Pizza will be available!  Look at

25] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Mon., Aug. 19 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.

26] –  Can you participate in a DC Statehood Phone Bank on Tues., Aug. 27 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

27] –From 11 AM to 11 PM on Tues., Aug. 27, Wed., Aug. 28 and Thurs., Aug. 29, continue to enjoy Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week by Wicked Sisters and Maryland Vegan Eats at 3845 Falls Road, Baltimore 21211. The Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week will continue until Sept. 1.  You can make reservations in advance by going to Look at

28] – On Tues., Aug. 27 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

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 Aug. 20.  Call 215-426-0364.

30] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" near the entrance to Johns Hopkins at 34th & N. Charles Sts. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

31] – On Tues., Aug. 27 from 6 to 8 PM, hear about the Department of Housing and Community Development, hosted by Fair Development Roundtable at 417 E. Fayette St., Room 346. 3rd floor. Go to  At the July Affordable Housing Trust Fund meeting, the Fair Development Roundtable released our report, "Fair Development, Race Equity, and Baltimore's Affordable Housing Trust Fund" uplifting 3 core thresholds for the fund- that the housing must be PERMANENTLY AFFORDABLE, COMMUNITY CONTROLLED, and ADVANCE RACE EQUITY IN OUR CITY.

The Fair Development Roundtable's Trust Fund work group compiled months of research on best practices for AHTFs across the country, meetings with industry leaders and experts, and put forth scoring criteria for any project applying for funding. The people of Baltimore created this fund, fought to finance it, and now the city MUST adopt the people's priorities for allocating these resources. Demand that DHCD adopt the Fair Development Roundtable's priorities and scoring criteria for the fund.  The full report is available here:  You will need a photo ID to enter the building.  Check out

32] – On Tues., Aug. 27 from 6:30 to 8 PM, come to the Council President Brandon M. Scott's Legislative Town Hall at the Enoch Pratt Free Library-SE Anchor Branch, 3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224.  RSVP at*.  On July 31, Council President Scott released a legislative and policy proposal for the Baltimore City Council to clean up city government, build safer and stronger neighborhoods, invest in youth, and bring an equity framework to governance. The Council President is taking that proposal out of City Hall and into neighborhoods across Baltimore.

The Council President wants your feedback on the City Council's priorities through 2020 and to hear your ideas. Your input will shape the policy proposal moving forward. You may also email with your feedback and ideas. You can view the Legislative & Policy Proposal at  To view the other scheduled Legislative Town Hall events, visit  Go to

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] Go to

"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

Baltimore Activist Alert -- August 25 - 26, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert – August 25 to 26, 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  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]

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] Lawyers Against War
7] The Warmth of Other Suns – through Sept. 22
8] Knock on doors for the Green Party -- Aug. 25
9] Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary Benefit Day – Aug. 25
10] Knock on doors for the Green Party -- Aug. 25
11] Vintage Cat Adoption Event Aug. 25
12] Heading for Extinction – Aug. 25
13] Cop Watch DC – Aug. 25
14] DSA Meeting – Aug. 25
15] The ERA Call – Aug. 25
15] Film Screening: “Lom Nava Love” – Aug. 26
16] Protest the Pentagon – Aug. 26
17] Food Rescue – Aug. 26
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  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

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] – 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

6] -- SUPPORT AMAZON WORKERS OF CONSCIENCE.  We are in a deep struggle to support conscience within the high tech community, which may be the only way to prevent a major leap into artificial intelligence warfare that we see the beginnings of in the expanding global U.S. drone war system.  This may be of particular interest to Johns Hopkins' Navy-funded researchers, some of whom have been working on swarming drone technology.

These are not major asks and can be a powerful reinforcement of conscience at an extremely critical moment.  Please consider circulating this link to your lists encouraging people to sign the linked RootsAction petition - and leafletting Whole Foods in your areas. This is a link to the leaflet -- Should you have interest in circulating the links and possibly leafletting, contact Nick Mottern at  nickmottern at

7] – The Phillips Collection (TPC) in Washington, D.C. has a dedicated mission of addressing contemporary social justice issues of global significance. The museum has recently undertaken an extraordinary exhibition on the urgent topic of immigration and the global migration crisis entitled: The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement. This important exhibition presents 75 historical and contemporary artists—from the United States as well as Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, UK, Vietnam, and more—whose work poses urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of migration, internal and cross-border displacement, and the current global refugee crisis. Check out

   In conjunction with the exhibition which is on view through Sept. 22, the museum has also created a slate of dynamic programming including artist talks.  Exemplarily, on Aug. 29, Millennium Arts Salon Executive Director Juanita Hardy will feature a Salon Panel Talk on the issue of migration. Contact Phillips Director of Communications Miriam Magdieli at for complimentary passes, or to RSVP for Phillips After 5. If you have a group she can also help to arrange a tour with museum staff.  The Phillips Collection is eager to engage in partnerships with organizations working with migrant communities, whether by advocacy, direct action, or support for migrants here in DC.

8] – On Sun., Aug. 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM, do some Door Knocking in Northeast Baltimore, hosted by the Baltimore City Green Party starting at Hamilton Elementary/Middle, 6101 Old Harford Rd,, Baltimore 21214.  Get the Green Party on the ballot! Spend a few hours knocking on doors and letting people know how they can help push for more choices on the ballot.  Look at

9] – On Sun., Aug. 25 from 10 AM  to 9 PM, check out the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary Benefit Day, hosted by Great Sage, 5809 Clarksville Square Dr., Clarksville 21029. Poplar Spring is a 400 acre non-profit refuge in Poolesville, Maryland for farm animals and wildlife. Founded in 1996, their mission is to offer care, rehabilitation, and permanent sanctuary for neglected, abused or abandoned farm animals, as well as providing a protected habitat for wildlife.  10% of the daily sales will be donated to Poplar Spring to help them promote compassion and the humane treatment of all animals by educating the public on farm animal and wildlife issues.  Reservations can be made at 443.535.9400.  See

10] – 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., Aug. 25 hear about the Ethical Dilemma.  Learn “The Secrets of Improv” and, if you want, join the members of the Ethical Dilemma improv troupe as they “Make Sense Out of Nonsense.”  The BES improv group believes that the foundation of group spontaneous creativity is, believe it or not, “Bringing out the best in others brings out the best in yourself.”  That and willing to be a little silly. And if you like what you see you can join the group on Tuesday nights.  Call 410-581-2322 or email

11] -- On Sun., Aug. 25 from 11 AM to 2 PM, check out the Vintage Cat Adoption Event! It is hosted by Vintage Cats of Baltimore at Mutt Mart, 2904 Hamilton Ave., Baltimore 21214.  Come meet your new FUR-ever friend at Mutt Mart.   All kitties will be 8+ years of age and are ready to enjoy their retirement in your home. Go to

12] – On Sun., Aug. 25 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM, get over to Heading for Extinction and What To Do About It, hosted by Extinction Rebellion Washington DC and Shut Down DC-Climate Strike Washington, DC.  Go to the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St. NW, WDC 20010.  Join XRDC for a conversation about the seriousness of the climate crisis.  Radical action is our only hope in the face of climate catastrophe, covering the peer-reviewed climate science of runaway warming, which, if left unchecked, could cause societal collapse and human extinction. Then, discuss how we can respond to the situation, both emotionally and practically. Look at and

13] – On Sun., Aug. 25 from 1:30 to 4 PM, get with Cop Watch DC , hosted by The Future is Feminist and Black Lives Matter DC at the Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1801 7th St. NW, WDC 20001. Get trained to watch the cops with Cop Watch DC! You'll have the option to participate in a mini version of the Cop Watch DC general meeting, followed by a neighborhood stroll to try out your new skills!   Email  Pay what you can. This will go to support materials and supplies. No one will be turned away.  Go to

14] –   On Sun., Aug. 25 from 2 to 4:30 PM, come to a General Body Meeting of the Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America at Oak Hill Center for Education and Culture, 2239 Kirk Ave., Baltimore 21218.  Find out more about organizing and where your place is in the movement! There will be new member orientation from 2 to 2:30 PM. The general meeting will start at 2:30 PM. See

15] – On Sun., Aug. 18 from 4 to 5 PM, get on The CALL - ERA Education Program at Katrina's Dream, PO Box 32003, WDC 20007.  Tickets are at  Please come each Sunday and 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.

The CALL IN NUMBER is 563.999.2090, the CONFERENCE NO: 898879#.  Visit

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 Aug. 26, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email 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] – On Mon., Aug. 26 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

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] Go to

"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, August 22, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- August 23 - 24, 2019

50] Protest at Saudi embassy – Aug. 23
51] Take a tour of the Brown Station Road Landfill – Aug. 23
52] Food Rescue – Aug. 23
53] White House vigil– Aug. 23
54] WIB peace vigils – Aug. 23
55] No weapons to Saudi Arabia – Aug. 23
56] Black Lives Matter/Peace & Justice Vigil – Aug. 23
57] Terps for Bernie Phonebank – Aug. 23 and Sept. 1
58] "How to Be an Antiracist" – Aug. 23
59] Migrant Detentions and ICE -- Aug. 23
60] Ballroom Dancing – Aug. 23
61] Beyond Coal – Aug. 24
62] Women's Equality Day Community Open House – Aug. 24
63] Volunteer in the garden – Aug. 24
64] Feed the Homeless – Aug. 24
65] Canvas with Bill – Aug. 24
66] Tree Maintenance – Aug. 24
67] Peace Vigil – Aug. 24
69] Prince George’s County’s Environmental Justice Plan – Aug. 24
70] Sweet Honey on the Rock – Aug. 24
71] Two Berrigan Books still in print
72] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
73] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
74] Do you need any book shelves?
75] Join the Global Zero campaign.
76] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
50] – On Thurs., Aug. 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, gather to Protest at Saudi Embassy: Stop White Washing Saudi Crimes, hosted by CODEPINK: Women For Peace at 1001 30th St. NW, WDC 20007.  Protest Things to Do DC's cultural event at the Saudi Embassy, that whitewashes the regime's human rights violations and ignore Saudi's politicization of one of Islam's most sacred sights, the Hajj. Things to Do DC promises to "transport" visitors to Saudi Arabia with a dinner, fashion show, and slideshow, while failing to transport any mention of the human rights violations that those living under the Saudi regime experience on a regular basis.

Saudi Arabia is one of the most gender segregated country in the world, known for jailing and torturing the women activists that organized to lift the driving ban after the Crown Prince lifted the driving ban. The Saudi government leads a bombing campaign against Yemen which has put the country on the brink of famine, and is currently sending aid to the Sudanese military cracking down on pro-democracy social movements. Using the Hajj pilgrimage to whitewash the Saudi regime is particularly abhorrent, as the Saudi government weaponized the Hajj for profit and enacts strict quotas on pilgrims from other countries to limit non-Saudi Muslims' access to sacred religious land. See

51] – Take the tour of the Brown Station Road Landfill in Upper Marlboro on Fri., Aug. 23 at 9 AM, organized by the Sierra Club Prince George's County. The Administrative Offices of the Brown Station Road Landfill are at 3500 Brown Station Rd., Upper Marlboro 20774.  Contact Martha Ainsworth at or (301) 262-8389.  When you throw stuff away, where does it go? Learn how landfills are designed and environmental impacts are mitigated at Prince George's County's landfill in Upper Marlboro. The tour will include the leachate treatment plant and methane collection system.

All participants must register. If you have to cancel, please contact the leader so that someone else can take your place. If you try to register and get the message that the tour is at capacity, contact the leader and request to be put on the wait list.  Wear trousers and closed-toe shoes. A hat and sunscreen are recommended.  Directions will be provided to those who register. The tour does NOT start at the public entrance to the landfill on White House Road. Please do not go to that entrance.

52] – On Fri., Aug. 23 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

53] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Aug. 23 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649,  

54] – Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE take place on Fri., Aug. 23 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:  The final vigil is in Chestertown, Kent County on the Eastern Shore at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row. Email

55] – On Fri., Aug. 23 at 4:30 PM,   gather to speak out against the role of the Port of Baltimore in the war against the people of Yemen.  For those who arrive early, meet at 4 PM at the Starbucks, 100 East Pratt Street.  At 4:15 PM, walk together to the Office of the Port of Baltimore, The World Trade Center, the Inner Harbor, 401 East Pratt St., Baltimore. 

  NO WAR ON YEMEN!  The Port of Baltimore Must Stop Aiding Saudi-US War Criminals!  The Port of Baltimore is being used by a shipping company, Bahri, to supply weapons and other military material to Saudi Arabia that will be used against the people of Yemen. The illegal and immoral support for the Saudis by the United States must end! US complicity with the despot monarchies of the Gulf is causing a great humanitarian crisis of famine and starvation, disease, and the mass slaughter of the Yemeni people. We must call on Maryland’s Port of Baltimore to cease the bloody complicity in this proxy war where numerous war crimes have been reported.  Speak out against the war criminals and war profiteers and stand up for the people of Yemen!  Contact Malachy Kilbride: / 301-283-7627.

56] – There is usually a silent 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 Aug. 23. Black Lives Matter.

57] – Join the Terps for Bernie Phonebank on 5:30 PM on Fri., Aug. 23, 5:30 PM and on Sun,, Sept. 1 at 7 PM at the University of Maryland, McKeldin Library, Room 2100, College Park 20742.  This is happening in the Tickets are at Join the students of Terps for Bernie to call or text voters and ask them to join our historic campaign to defeat Trump and transform America. In addition to a cell phone, you will need a laptop or tablet to use the Bernie Dialer. If you don’t have a laptop, you can check out one at the McKeldin Library Equipment Loan desk on the 2nd floor. Sign up for this event here: Find the location for this event here: Text (301) 458-0220 for location or if you get lost. There is visitor parking which includes street locations, surface lots, and campus garages, which are controlled by pay stations and credit card meters. All visitor parking is enforced seven days a week from 7 AM to midnight, unless otherwise noted on the meter. During these hours, guests must pay $3 per hour, with no daily rate. Many visitor parking zones allow for payment through the Parkmobile app.  Visit

58] – On Fri., Aug. 23 from 7 to 9 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201, Ibram X. Kendi presents "How to Be an Antiracist." The author’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America—but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.  Kendi weaves a combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. See and

59] – On Fri., Aug. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, catch Baltimore Community Education: Migrant Detentions and ICE, hosted by Guerrilla Theatre Front and Dogs of Art at 3522 Bank St., Baltimore.  Guerrilla Theatre Front’s Dogs of Art will be hosting an evening of information and community on the topic of immigration and migrant detention. It is hoped that in becoming more educated on these topics, Baltimore makers will be activated into creating solutions and support for the migrant communities in our city. The cost is free!  Email

Jossie Flor Sapunar, fierce civil rights advocate, will share her knowledge regarding the Central American migrant crisis. She and her team will help participants better understand immigrant rights, ICE detentions here in Baltimore, the factors compelling families to flee, the current administration’s role in aggravating the situation and endangering lives, and how you can HELP. Additionally, there will be a community wall of response where participants can share their revelations with DOGS OF ART collaborators, who will engage with this data to initiate their next devised theatre performance.  Visit and

60] – 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 Aug. 23. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email

61] – On Sat., Aug. 24 from  9 to 11 AM, come to an Anne Arundel Coal Community Transition Forum, hosted by the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter at the Glen Burnie Public Library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie 21060.  Tickets are at  Did you know there are still two coal-fired power plants in Anne Arundel County, polluting the air, water, and climate? Join the Maryland Sierra Club and Anne Arundel County advocates for a meeting on coal power's impacts on Anne Arundel County and Maryland, from public health to climate change. Learn about Sierra Club's exciting new Coal Community Transition Campaign to move Maryland Beyond Coal and support impacted workers in the fossil fuel industry.  The forum will be moderated by Monica O'Connor, member of Women Indivisible Strong Effective, an issue based advocacy group in Anne Arundel County.  RSVP at  Check out

62] – On Sat., Aug. 24 from 9 AM to 5 PM, get over to the Women's Equality Day Community Open House, hosted by Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument, 144 Constitution Ave. NE, WDC 20002. Celebrate the 99th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that secured the right to vote for women. Included in the festivities will be ranger programs, an EqualiTEA, and more!  Call (202) 543-2240. No tickets or reservations required.  See

63] – On Sat., Aug. 24 from  9 AM to noon, enjoy Garden Volunteer Day, hosted by Baltimore Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211.  Anyone is welcome to join us for a day of garden work with a little bit of education around the Baltimore Free Farm. The tasks are yet to be determined.  Learn about medicinal plants and herbs.  Look over the tomatoes, peppers and cucamelons (tiny cucumbers!) growing on the lot.  All will receive some herbs and veggies for the work!

Come by the greenhouse at the corner of Everhart and Yeager Streets, across the street and up the hill from 3510 Ash Street.  Bring a bottle for water. You will be provided with bug spray, gloves and tools. See

64] – On Sat., Aug. 24 from 9 to 10 AM, get over to the DMV Project Feed the Homeless in DC, hosted by Food Dude USA at Franklin Square, 1300 I St. NW, WDC 21223. Bring anything you want to give out or just come and hang with the awesome people that will be there! We will be setting up on the corner of 13th and K St! See

65] – Canvass with Bill Henry in Waverly on Sat., Aug. 24 at 10 AM, noon or 2 PM, hosted by Friends of Bill Henry starting at 929 Homestead St., Baltimore 21218-3607.  Sign up here to knock on doors with Councilmember Bill Henry --  Now more than ever, there is a need an independent voice in City government to promote accountability and transparency from top to bottom.  You will get all the training you need to be successful and have fun. Go to

66] – On Sat. Aug. 24 from 10 AM to 1 PM, do Tree Maintenance with Gunpowder Valley Conservancy. Tickets are at  Newly planted trees need TLC to survive. Spend several hours to help young trees grow into healthy forests!  Tree maintenance involves removing invasive plants, checking planted trees to see if the shelter needs to be removed and removing if necessary, digging out the planting tube, and making sure the plant is upright.  Community service learning hours available.  Register online at Also visit the website for updated location and driving directions. Summer 2019 sites will be at Loch Raven Reservoir.  Check out

67] – On Sat., Aug. 24 from 10 AM to noon, you are invited to join a guided walking tour through the streets of Baltimore to celebrate Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and the other Underground Railroad participants in their quest for freedom. During the program, information via handouts, microphone, visual aids, etc. will be shared.  However, depending on the size of the group (which may be 50-100+ people), there may be challenges for some participants seeing and hearing all of the material. Registration is FREE, and all are welcome including children, groups and well-behaved animals. Look for your host Robert Kelleman, wearing a fedora-style hat, and a large group or friendly people.

The starting point is the Reginald L. Lewis Museum, 830 E Pratt St., and the ending point is the Frederick Douglass - Isaac Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames St., which are approximately 0.8 miles apart. Go to or The area is served by the Green and Orange lines of the Charm City Circulator Bus, which is FREE:

67] – 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 Email  

68] – On Sat., Aug. 24 from 1:30 to 3 PM, be at the Meet the Moms Coffee, hosted by Moms Demand Action at Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries, 6000 Radecke Ave., Baltimore 21206.  Get to know what your local Moms Demand Action chapter is all about. Meet other local volunteers, ask questions, and find out how you can get more involved here in Maryland! Check out RSVP at

69] – On Sat. Aug. 24 from 3 to 5 PM, the Prince George’s County’s Environmental Justice Plan will be discussed by Dr. Sacoby Wilson of the UMD Public Health department at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, room 202. The discussion includes the disparate impacts of environmental policies and decisions in the county and state. See

70] – On Sat., Aug. 24 from  8 to 10:30 PM,  hear from Sweet Honey in the Rock, hosted by Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club and Sweet Honey in the Rock.  Tickets are at  The group is a performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture. The ensemble educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf and hard of hearing. Get with

71] – 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:  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

72] –   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.   

73] -- 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

74] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1637 or mobuszewski2001 at

75] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: 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.

76] – 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; call 202-682-4282.

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“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

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The ongoing call for nuclear abolition at Los Alamos

·         Campaign Nonviolence
The ongoing call for nuclear abolition at Los Alamos

Rev. John Dear August 5, 2019
This week, we drove back up the remote New Mexico mountains to the “atomic city” for our annual peace vigil, sit in and rally. This was our 16th year in a row. Every time I go to Los Alamos, I’m shocked all over again by its beauty, its normalcy–and its frightening, zombie-like culture of death.
For me, Los Alamos remains the world’s greatest terrorist camp, its most sinister place, the embodiment of evil. For while the people are good, and the surrounding cliffs, rocks, forests and mountains are stunning, the National Laboratories where we spend hundreds of billions to build nuclear weapons is the most evil place on earth. There we prepare for the end of the world like it was a perfectly normal thing to do. There our despair reaches its climax and we give in to our addiction to death and say, go ahead, blow the whole thing up. Alamos (John Dear)

  But the drive up the mountain presents a gorgeous view. The two lane road takes you along sheer rocky cliffs on one side of a majestic canyon. Far down below you can see pine trees, junipers and sagebrush across the canyon floor. Across the way, stands the other side of the canyon wall—a wall of light brown, almost orange and white mysterious rock.
It’s a hot August day, but as usual massive white rain clouds tower overhead threatening rain, as they do this time of year. Oppenheimer picked this remote place precisely because no one would ever make the trek up here. Few still do. Dear)

   When you reach the top, a large sign greets you: “Welcome to Los Alamos—where discoveries are made.” We gathered for our annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoration at Ashley Pond Park, the exact place where long ago the Hiroshima bomb was built by Oppenheimer and his mad scientists. Now the streets honor that proud achievement with names like Oppenheimer Drive and Trinity Drive.
This year we noticed that the National Park Service has taken over Ashley Pond Park, and set up a little visitor’s center which celebrates the atomic bomb. You would never know it was ever detonated. No, there are no photos of the 200,000 sisters and brothers killed 74 years ago. No, there is no hint of regret or a commitment to make sure these atrocities never happen again. To me, it would be like visiting the Auschwitz museum and finding the museum approved what happen. I told the friendly park ranger that I found the whole thing quite disturbing, and that we were going outside to protest this mad rush to death. He laughed out loud.

   I step outside into the park and lightning strikes the surrounding hills. Dark clouds hover over head and thunder breaks the silence every few minutes. A light drizzle starts. We decide, at over 7000 feet above sea level, that it’s too dangerous to be walking around during these lightning strikes, so we cancel the walk, and gather near the stage area by Ashley Pond for our witness.

   We pick up a peace sign, put on sackcloth, and pour ashes on the nearby ground, and sit for thirty minutes of silent prayer to repent of the mortal sin of nuclear weapons, as the people of Ninevah did long ago according to the Book of Jonah. We beg the God of peace for the gift of nuclear disarmament. We look ridiculous, of course, but unbeknownst to passers-by, we have undertaken a symbolic spiritual/political act of protest–the oldest known form of protest in history.
Then we heard from our speakers. Jay Coghlan of Nukewatch New Mexico talked about the seriousness and stupidity of the Trump Administration’s decision last week to pull out of the Arms Control Treaty, a decision that has gotten lost in all the other bad news (see: Joni Arends of Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety New Mexico spoke of the latest shenanigans by the Labs, to bypass the legal oversight of its water purification system so that plutonium contaminated water can continue to poison the land (see: Alicia from Nukewatch explained the latest progress with the U.N. treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons, organized by the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winning group, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (see:

  Since we were a small group of forty or so, we took turns sharing our reflections on this solemn occasion, from our experience of sitting at the place where the Original Bomb was built, to our personal efforts for peace. One friend spoke of the money spent by the city of Los Alamos to beautify the park. “I hate all this beauty,” she said through her tears, “because it covers up all the evil that happened here and continues to happen here.” Everyone nodded in agreement.

  Last year we started to hold regular organizing meetings to plan our events for next year, August 6-9, 2020, when we will mark the 75th anniversary of the Trinity test, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On August 6, and 9, 2020, we plan to walk around Ashley Pond Park, perhaps 500 of us or more, and then join hands in silence to mark the occasion, then hold a rally with speakers and music.
In between those days, we will hold the Campaign Nonviolence National Conference in Albuquerque with speakers including actor Martin Sheen, Civil Rights leader Dolores Huerta, religious leader Rev. Richard Rohr, social scientist Dr. Erica Chenoweth, Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the HipHop Caucus, myself and others.

  I invited Beatrice Finn, leader of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, to fly from Geneva next year to speak to us. She wrote me that the Mayor of Hiroshima had also invited her to speak, so she would be in Japan during that time. She recommended we invited Dr. Ira Helfand of ICAN to speak instead and he gladly accepted.

  But Beatrice Finn also said, in effect, that on August 6 and 9, 2020, there’s only two places to be on the planet—Hiroshima, Japan, or Los Alamos, New Mexico, calling for the total abolition of nuclear weapons.

   We encourage everyone not going to Japan next year to make places to join our national march and commemorations in Los Alamos, NM. (For details and to register, visit: I hope every peace, justice and environmental group in the national can send a delegation. Dear)

  Only later did we learn that while we were praying and speaking out for nuclear disarmament in Los Alamos through our public nonviolent witness and action, down the road on highway 25 south, just pass Las Cruces, NM, into El Paso, Texas, a gunman was opening fire on people at the local Walmart. It was a blatant racist, anti-immigrant, terrorist massacre, fueled by the hatred of the racist president and the racist Republican party. Like everyone, I grieve for all those killed and injured in El Paso, Dayton and elsewhere, and I see a direct connection between Los Alamos and El Paso and the insanity of our gun violence and nuclear violence.

   The sick people who prevent gun control and support AK47s are the same people who support the building and maintenance of nuclear weapons, which put millions of people at risk from some unimaginable massacre to come. The sickness of our widespread gun violence epidemic is connected to the sickness of the nuclear weapons industry, and the numbness and despair among us allow these lethal epidemics to threaten us all.

  We need to wake each other up, now more than ever, and speak out and resist violence in all its forms, and call for a new culture of nonviolence, where not only ban machine guns and nuclear weapons, we fund decent jobs, housing, education, healthcare, and dignity for all people everywhere—and nonviolent conflict resolution as the way forward.

  In September, will organize over 3,000 marches, rallies, and public events across the U.S. during our national week of action (Sept. 14-22) against a wide array of issues—racism, war, poverty, nuclear weapons and environmental destruction—to call for a new culture of justice, peace and nonviolence. We want to keep the movement moving; connect the dots between the various struggles; put our nonviolence into practice; and build up the global grassroots movement of creative nonviolence. It’s the way change has always happened—when ordinary people take public action through bottom up people power grassroots movements. Join us! (

   It’s strange, but later, driving back down the mountain, after a day of meetings, and now an afternoon of public witnessing for peace, I felt oddly consoled, grateful, even hopeful. One would not expect that after looking Hiroshima and Los Alamos in the eye.

   I recalled the words of my friend and teacher to me long ago–Fr. Daniel Berrigan: “If you want to be hopeful, you have to do hopeful things.”

  So we go forward, doing our small hopeful things, no matter what, hoping for the best, come what may. And we take heart once more.

This story was produced by Campaign Nonviolence

Rev. John Dear is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence and is on the staff at Campaign Nonviolence. A priest, peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader, he is the author or editor of 30 books, including his autobiography, “A Persistent Peace.”

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