Thursday, October 18, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert -- October 18 -- December 31, 2018

39] Redlining – through Dec. 31
40] "China's Strategy on the Korean Peninsula under Xi Jinping" Oct. 18
41] "Restraining Great Powers" – Oct. 18
42] Food Rescue – Oct. 18
43] Join the Marriott Waterfront Picket Line -- Oct. 18
44] Open House with Johnny O – Oct. 18
45] Pacem in Terris dinner Oct. 18
46] Communities United Quality of Life Committee meeting – Oct. 18
47] People Power Happy Hour – Oct. 18
48] Film “Greetings from Fukushima – Oct. 18
49] Imagining Justice in Baltimore Community Conversations – Oct. 18
50] The China-India Rivalry – Oct. 19
51] WIB peace vigils – Oct. 19
52] White House vigil – Oct. 19
53] Food Rescue Friday – Oct. 19
54] Rule of Law in Mexico – Oct. 19
55] Rally at the Department of Homeland Security – Oct. 19
56] Black Lives Matter – Oct. 19
57] Burden of Palestine exhibit – through Nov. 27
58] Ballroom Dancing – Oct. 19
59] Basic Computer Skills Class for immigrant women – Oct. 20
60] Canvass Baltimore City – Oct. 20
61] Canvass for progressive candidates in Crofton – Oct. 20
62] Chester County Peace Vigil – Oct. 20
63] Women at the Pentagon – Oct. 20
64] Our Revolution Baltimore Healthcare for All Forum -- Oct. 20
66] Fugitive Life – Oct. 20
67] Two Minutes to Midnight conference – Nov. 17
68] Joshua Harris needs volunteers
69] Do you want to join a peace caravan?
70] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Iran or North Korea  
72] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
73] Do you need any book shelves?
74] Join the Global Zero campaign
75] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
39] – At 10 AM through December 31, check out Undesign the Redline exhibit, hosted by Choose Civility, HCLS Central Branch. Look for tickets at  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 See

40] -- On Thurs., Oct. 18 from noon to 1 PM, hear from Lee Seong-hyon, Sejong Institute, about "China's Strategy on the Korean Peninsula under Xi Jinping" at the Korea Economic Institute, Suite 300, 1800 K St. NW, WDC. RSVP at

41] – On Thurs., Oct. 18 from 2 to 4 PM, check out a discussion with T.V. Paul, McGill University; Richard Fontaine, Center for a New American Security; Ellen Laipson, George Mason University; and Ashley Tellis, Carnegie Endowment.  The topic is "Restraining Great Powers: Soft Balancing From Empires to the Global Era" at the Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20036. RSVP at

42] – On Thurs., Oct. 18 from 4 to 5 PM, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore, every Thursday until Feb. 7, 2019 at the Dovecote Café, 2501 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Visit

43] – On Thurs., Oct. 18 from 4 to 6 PM, join the Marriott Waterfront Picket Line, hosted by Unite Here Local 7 at 700 Aliceanna St., Baltimore 21202-4339. Workers at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront are organizing for a fair process to decide on union representation. Visit On October 3, Marriott management suspended Alex Dame, a key union committee leader. UNITE HERE Local 7 has filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board alleging retaliation.   Unite Here Local 7 said the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Harbor East retaliated against a ballroom worker who was helping the organizing effort there.  Marriott is the largest and richest hotel company on the planet, earning $22.9 Billion in revenue in 2017. 

44] – On Thurs., Oct. 18 at 5 PM, come to an Open House at Catonsville Office, hosted by Johnny Olszewski for Baltimore County Executive and return through Wed., Oct. 24  at 5740 Executive Dr., Catonsville 21228-1757.  Stop by briefly if you would like to canvass or call for JO.  Get a walk list and literature and learn how to use the “mini-van” app on your smart phone to make canvassing super-easy. Phone calling for JO is easy. Bring your smart phone.  This will only take 15-20 minutes of your time altogether, even if you have never canvassed or called before. You then can canvass or call at your convenience on subsequent days.  Visit

45] –On Thurs., Oct. 18 from 5:30 to 9 PM, attend the Pacem in Terris Annual Dinner Celebration at Westminster Church, Community Hall, 1503 W. 13th St. Wilmington, DE.  See Pacem in Terris invites you to a great time with delicious food and wonderful people and a wonderful evening of friendship, joy and celebration. There will be a Peacemakers Among Us awards ceremony, Visionary Youth Peace Art, and a Keynote Speaker, Joyce Ajlouny, general secretary, American Friends Service Committee. She is the former director of the Ramallah Friends School in Palestine, where she has led a diverse staff of over 170 educators and administrators for 13 years. She spent the prior 14 years working in international development focusing on minority and refugee rights, gender equality, economic development, and humanitarian support. She served as the country director for Palestine and Israel with Oxfam-Great Britain, chaired the Association of International Development Agencies there, and worked as a program officer and project manager at various United Nations agencies.

46] – There is a Communities United Quality of Life Committee meeting on Thurs., Oct, 18 at 6 PM at Ames Memorial Church, 615 Baker St., Baltimore 21212.  This quality of life meeting will be welcoming new members and planning for our voter registration Drive and shuttles to Early Voting locations.  See

47] -- On Thurs., Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 PM, get over to People Power Happy Hour at Blue Caribbean, hosted by Baltimore Fair Elections at the New Blue Caribbean Bar & Lounge, 5402 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore 21215.  Come out to learn more about question H and how it will transform Baltimore City politics to be more focused on the needs of the people! See

48] – On Thurs, Oct. 18 from 6:30 to 9 PM at the Goethe-Institut Washington, 1990 K St. NW, Suite 03, WDC 20006, see a film as part of the Films Across Borders series “Greetings from Fukushima (Grüße aus Fukushima),” Germany, 2016, 104 min. and directed by Doris Dörrie.  Young German woman Marie (Rosalie Thomass) escapes to Fukushima to change her life. Working with the organization Clowns4Help, she hopes to bring joy to 2011 nuclear disaster survivors, some still living in emergency shelters. Marie soon realizes she‘s absolutely unsuited to the task of making tragedy less wearisome. But instead of running away, Marie decides to stay with cantankerous old Satomi (Kaori Momoi), the last geisha of Fukushima, who of her own accord has decided to retreat back to her ruined house in the formerly radioactive Exclusion Zone. Two women who couldn‘t be more different, but who – each in her own way – are trapped in the past and must learn to liberate themselves from guilt and the burden of memory. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.  Entrance is located on 20th Street, midway between I and K Street. More information at

49] – On Thurs., Oct. 18 at 7 PM, and continuing on Thurs., Nov. 1 and Thurs., Nov. 15, get involved with Imagining Justice in Baltimore Community Conversations, hosted by Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies at the 29th Street Community Center, 300 E. 29th St., Baltimore 21218. In 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a momentous report, Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department. This report raises not only political questions, but also theological ones:  How should Baltimore Muslims, Christians, and Jews respond to the injustices and inequities in our community? How can reading our sacred texts together equip us for understanding a secular text like the DOJ report? How might rabbinic discussions from the ancient world inform how our community thinks about police foot chases? How could Thomas Aquinas’ 13th century theological reflections on just war shape policing practices in cities today? How could Muslim jurists from the medieval world illuminate different approaches to law enforcement and community in Baltimore? Go to

50] – Join the Simson Center’s South Asia Program for a private roundtable discussion with T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations at the McGill University’s Department of Political Science. Dr. Paul will discuss his new edited volume, The China-India Rivalry in the Globalization Era (Georgetown University Press, September 2018), which assesses whether the rivalry between India and China will intensify or dissipate in the 21st century. Arzan Tarapore, Non-Resident Fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research, and Hannah Haegeland, Research Analyst in Stimson’s South Asia Program, will serve as discussants. Akriti Vasudeva, Research Associate in the South Asia Program, will moderate. The roundtable will take place on Fri., Oct. 19 from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC. Light refreshments will be served. If you are interested in attending the event, please RSVP to, to whom you may also direct any inquiries.

51] – On Fri., Oct. 19 from noon to 1 PM, join a Women in Black peace vigil. A vigil will take place in McKeldin Square at the corner of Light and Pratt Sts.  STAY FOR LUNCH at Baba's Kitchen.  Warm-up, dry off, and enjoy a vegetarian chili lunch and lots of good conversation. Bring a side or topping for the chili.  There are still places at the table; invite a friend to come along with you.

Another vigil is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St, Baltimore. 21211. However, if weather is iffy, contact Anne at  Lunch will take place at 1 PM at the RPP Café, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore 21211.

A third vigil will be in Chestertown, Kent County at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row.  This vigil is looking for more peace bodies on the Eastern Shore.  Welcome to the network, Chestertown Women in Black.

Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather.  Peace signs will be available. When there are others to stand with, you don't need to carry the burden alone. Do this to be in solidarity with others....when everything around us says “Be afraid of the stranger.” Carpool and parking available. Just send an email that you need a ride to:

52] – On Fri.,  Oct. 19 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! This vigil will take place at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contract Art @ or at 202-360-6416.

53] – On Fri., Oct. 19 at noon, get over to Grace Baptist Church, 3201 The Alameda., Baltimore 21218, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore. This occurs every Friday until Feb. 8, 2019.  For Friday Food Rescue, bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. See

54] – On Fri., Oct. 19 from 1:30 to 3 PM, hear about The Outlook for the Rule of Law in Mexico, hosted by the Mexico Institute, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004.  Get tickets to  Since Mexico's July 2018 election, there has been speculation about the new administration's approach to questions of rule of law in Mexico. The Wilson Center is delighted to welcome two ministers of Mexico's Supreme Court, Alfredo Gutiérrez Ortiz Mena and Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza, to discuss the rule of law challenges being faced in the country, as well as opportunities for further reform of the judicial system. Expert panelists will also discuss prospects for reform, as well as Mexico's shift to an adversarial system and the status of its implementation.  RSVP at

55] – Rally again on Fri., Oct, 19 outside the Department of Homeland Security from 4 to 6 PM to keep the pressure on the government to reunify families separated at the border. Hundreds of children are still separated from their parents after the July 26th deadline set by the courts for reunification.  This is a permitted, peaceful event and families are welcome.  You can bring your own sign or use one of the available signs.  Gather at 4401 Massachusetts Ave. NW. This location is about 50 yards south [in towards downtown] of Ward Circle.  There is parking on Massachusetts Avenue across the street, or you can park at the Katzen Center for the Arts for $2/hour and free after 5 PM on the other side of Ward Circle. View Email triduncan05 AT gmail. Com.  

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 Oct. 20. Black Lives Matter.   

57] – On Fri., Oct. 19 through Tues., Nov. 27, take in the exhibition "Burden of Palestine" by Stephen Kingsberry at the Christina Cultural Arts Center, 705 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801.  Visit  

58] – 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. 19. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

59] -- The Immigration Outreach Service Center is offering a Basic Computer Skills Class for immigrant women from Sat., Oct. 20 until Sat., Nov. 10 at St. Matthew Church Rectory, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21239.  This is an opportunity for immigrant women to increase computer skills, complete basic job searches and apply online for jobs. Computer and ESOL teachers will be available, childcare and MTA bus passes will be provided along with English language support.   Call IOSC at 410-323-8564 or email

60] -- On Sat., Oct. 20 from 10 AM to 2 PM, Canvass Baltimore City for the general election with Progressive Maryland Baltimore. Mobilizing the vote in Baltimore City is one of the most crucial steps to getting Ben Jealous elected in November. Support other local progressive candidates in the districts. The location will be announced.  Contact Michael Feldman at

61] -- Join Take Action AAC to canvass for progressive candidates in Crofton. Canvass for James Kitchin for County Council District 7, Eve Hurwitz for State Senate District 33 and Ben Jealous for Governor. Meet at the Crofton Elementary School, 1405 Duke of Kent Dr., Crofton 21114, parking lot and then walk to the James Kitchin campaign office which is a private residence next to the school for a canvass briefing. Bring a charged smartphone, a clipboard, comfortable walking shoes, and water! Canvass rain or shine on Sat., Oct. 20 from 10:30 to 2 PM. Email Claire Miller at
62] – 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

63] – On Sat., Oct. 20 from noon to 9 PM, meet at St. Stephens Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC 20010 for Workshops and a Meet and Greet. On Sun., Oct. 21 join the Women's March on the Pentagon.  At 11 AM, gather at Pentagon City Metro Station; at noon march to the Pentagon; at 2 PM rally with speakers/music/entertainment; and at 4 PM there will be an opportunity for non-violent civil resistance. 

This is in response to the continuing march of military aggression by the USA and to put an antiwar agenda back on the table of activists, we are calling for a Women's (and allies) March on the Pentagon on the 51st anniversary of the 1967 big antiwar event in D.C. and subsequent march on the Pentagon that had 50,000 people!  The demands are simple: The complete end to the wars abroad; closure of foreign bases; dramatically slash the Pentagon budget to fund healthy social programs here at home: the only good empire is a gone empire. The "nuclear clock" is at two minutes to midnight, and with the threat of nuclear annihilation becoming an incomprehensible reality, WE MUST MARCH FOR PEACE AND AGAINST THE WAR MACHINE. Learn more and get involved at

64] – Healthcare in the United States is broken. Prices and premiums keep rising, more and more families are bankrupted trying to get the care they need. What is worse, these skyrocketing expenses haven't led to better health outcomes. With the current Republican administration, Medicare-for-all at the national level may be some ways off, but here in Maryland we don't have to wait! Maryland is uniquely positioned to be the first state in the country to bring universal coverage to its residents, and provide a proof-positive template for the rest of the country! 

    On Sat., Oct. 20 from 12:30 to 4:30 PM come to the Our Revolution Baltimore Healthcare for All Forum, hosted by Sheila Ruth at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Waverly Branch, 400 E. 33rd St., Baltimore 21218.  From 12:30 to 2:30, there will be a Pre-forum GOTV activities at the library.  From 2:30 to 4:30 PM, hear the speakers & participate in the Q&A.  Hear from Baltimore workers telling their stories about living and working with the current Healthcare System, Dr. Richard Bruno, a family physician in Baltimore, Kenneth Zinn, Political Director of National Nurses United (NNU), and Maryland State Senator Paul Pinsky who represents the 22nd District. Pinsky has introduced a Single Payer Bill in the Maryland Senate. Go to

65] – LEARN ABOUT VOTE SMART ON Sat., Oct. 20 from 2 to 4 PM at the Talbot Public Library in Easton. Richard Kimball, cofounder of the Vote Smart Project, will show how to easily access the information you need to decide which candidates to vote for in this year's elections. Billed as a Voter "Self-Defense" Event, it's a free-, not-to-miss nonpartisan opportunity to help citizens become better informed before they head for the polls. Check out

66] – On Sat.., Oct. 20 from 7 to 9 PM, hear about Fugitive Life: The Queer Politics of the Prison State at the Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  During the 1970s in the United States, hundreds of feminist, queer, and antiracist activists were imprisoned or became fugitives as they fought the changing contours of U.S. imperialism, global capitalism, and a repressive racial state. In “Fugitive Life” Stephen Dillon examines these activists' communiqués, films, memoirs, prison writing, and poetry to highlight the centrality of gender and sexuality to a mode of racialized power called the neoliberal-carceral state. Drawing on writings by Angela Davis, the George Jackson Brigade, Assata Shakur, the Weather Underground, and others, Dillon shows how these activists were among the first to theorize and make visible the links between conservative "law and order" rhetoric, free market ideology, incarceration, sexism, and the continued legacies of slavery. Dillon theorizes these prisoners and fugitives as queer figures who occupied a unique position from which to highlight how neoliberalism depended upon racialized mass incarceration. In so doing, he articulates a vision of fugitive freedom in which the work of these activists becomes foundational to undoing the reign of the neoliberal-carceral state. Go to Phone: (443) 602 7611

67] – TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: WHAT WE CAN DO TO PREVENT NUCLEAR WAR is a one-day conference organized by Prevent Nuclear War Maryland and co-sponsored by Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, featuring expert speakers including Daryl Kimball and Dr. Ira Helfand.  It is free to attend with lunch provided.  It takes place on Sat., Nov. 17 from 10 AN to 4 PM at Goucher College, Kelley Lecture Hall, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson 21286. Go to

68] – Joshua Harris [] is seeking volunteers as part of his people powered campaign for a seat as a delegate in Annapolis from the 40th district.  Volunteers are needed for door-to-door canvassing on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. If door knocking is not your thing, there is also a need for a number of volunteers for the phone bank. Sign up here, and Team Harris will be in touch with you:

69] – Do you have any interest in challenging the Trump administration for reneging on the Iran Deal? If yes, would you be interested in joining a Peace Caravan to the Iranian embassy in Washington, D.C.? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  

70] – It is a violation of U.S. law for us 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 North Korea. The Mueller investigation is tightening the vise, and could cause Trump to attack those countries in order to divert attention from Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 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 preemptive military strike against Iran or North Korea takes place, then meet outside the War Memorial, 101 N. Gay St., Baltimore, MD 21202. If the attack is before 2 PM local time, then events will begin at 5 PM, local time. If the attack occurs after 2 PM local time, then events will begin at noon, local time, the following day. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.


After 44 years of resisting weapons and war, Jonah House is Baltimore is in danger of shutting down. Two of the three core members have announced their intention to leave the community as of May 2018. That leaves one core member, Joe Byrne, who will remain to recruit and re-form intentional community. But if no one steps forward, Jonah House will have to close.   Jonah House was founded by Phil Berrigan, Liz McAlister, and others, in 1973, during the Vietnam War. It was a center of resistance to that war. When the war ended, the focus of resistance became the nuclear arms race. This resistance blossomed into the Plowshares movement. Jonah House members have spent years in jail for Plowshares disarmament actions. Other members have spent years supporting them, and doing the work of the community in their absence. Resistance to weapons and war continues at Jonah House. More recently, Jonah House has also become involved in racial justice efforts in Baltimore, and the environmental justice movement.

  Jonah House is planted in the middle of a 22-acre, mostly-wooded cemetery in West Baltimore called St. Peter’s. Maintaining and slowly restoring St. Peter’s Cemetery is the work that pays the bills for the community. Jonah House also uses the property to serve the living as well as honor the dead. Our gardens and orchards feed the Jonah House community, and the surrounding neighborhood community, via a food pantry and weekly food distribution to low-income neighbors. We envision the cemetery—particularly the 11-acre forest patch—as a haven for the people of the neighborhood, international peace activists, and numberless living beings.

Jonah House is also an interfaith spiritual community. We pray or meditate together daily, and our spiritual practice informs and empowers everything we do, whether in the fields or in the streets. To continue the vision, Jonah House is looking for a few new core members willing to commit to a two-year stint. We are also open to short- and long-term interns (3 months to a year). The work of radical peacemaking, direct service to the poor, and stewarding the land requires workers. We pray that God will send laborers to the vineyard (yes, we have that too) and that Jonah House will continue to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable for another 44 years!  For more information, call 443-804-3410, or email us at

72] -- 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

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

74] -- 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.

75] – 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.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] Go to

“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

Monday, October 15, 2018

Keep Space for Peace Week at the NSA/Make Saudi Arabia Pay for Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance

  Members of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center and Baltimore Peace Action will participate in Keep Space for Peace Week by going to the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland from 11 AM to noon on Sunday, October 14. Our main message will be to condemn the idea of creating a Space Force.  These are very dangerous times.  We will carpool, and if interested in joining us contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

        Join with the Global Network Against Nuclear Power & Weapons in Space and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (U.S. Section) during Keep Space for Peace Week to promote social justice and a sustainable environment on Earth rather than a new arms race in the heavens.  Donald Trump has announced plans for a Space Force—a separate branch of the military. Congress must make the final decision.  The Los Angeles Times recently reported that aerospace industry pressure and lobbying got Trump to announce the Space Force. Big $$$ to be made. The industry has long said that ‘Star Wars’ would be the largest industrial project in human history. Who will pay for it?   The industry has for years been pressuring Congress to cut the ‘entitlement programs’ (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and what is left of the social safety net) to pay for Star Wars. The United Nation’s Outer Space Treaty declared in 1967 that space must be preserved for all of humanity. The treaty needs updating to include new high-tech space weapons programs. 

Image from October 10, 2018 demonstration outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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Make Saudi Arabia Pay for Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance

Shaun King
October 11, 2018
The Intercept

MANY OF MY greatest heroes were assassinated.

    I am thinking about Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of post-colonial Congo. Orchestrated by American and Belgian governments, his murder is sometimes called “the most important assassination of the 20th century.” He was just 35 years old.

   I am thinking about South African intellectual Steve Biko, who was the 46th political prisoner killed while in police custody during Apartheid — which allowed imprisonment without trial or any type of due process. He was just 30 years old and died of a traumatic brain injury.

   I am thinking of the fierce South African resistance leader, Chris Hani, who was shot and killed in 1993. Hani was the second most popular leader in the country and was murdered by a white supremacist with the support of a longtime bigoted member of parliament.

   I am thinking of Tom Mboya of Kenya. I am thinking of Amílcar Cabral of Guinea-Bissau. I am thinking of the brilliant scholar and activist Walter Rodney of Guyana.

   Of course, I am thinking of Martin, Malcolm, and Medgar.

   I am thinking of Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner — the three young Freedom Riders who traveled to Mississippi to register Black folk to vote. This summer, I spoke for the Andrew Goodman Foundation and was so touched to meet his family. Fifty years later, they are still grieving the loss.
And I am thinking of the brave Brazilian activist Marielle Franco, gunned down in a drive-by assassination this by March.

   In many of those cases, nobody was ever held responsible. Not legally or even in the court of public opinion. In fact, governments around the world have participated in targeted assassinations with little to no blowback for decades.

   I think social media, and the way it democratizes information — and confrontation — has a chance to change all that.

   ON THE AFTERNOON of Tuesday, October 2, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to finalize some paperwork for his upcoming marriage. Exterior security camera footage clearly shows him entering the building. But not a single shred of evidence, from eyewitnesses or cameras, shows him leaving. The Saudi consulate now says they don’t have any footage from inside the building and give no explanation for why Khashoggi was never seen leaving.

   What we do know is that Khashoggi, while careful to not call himself a dissident, was an informed critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, and the manner in which he manages the country. Now, according to media reports, Turkish investigators believe that the Saudi government assassinated Khashoggi and literally cut his body into bits inside of the consulate. As heinous as this is, it doesn’t quite come as a surprise — for people who follow the exploits of Saudi Arabia — considering how the government arrested and imprisoned activists across the country.
Not a surprise, but a new low nonetheless.

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     Maybe inside the kingdom’s bubble, the Saudi royal family didn’t really understand that we’d find out and that we’d care. Maybe they listened to President Donald Trump repeatedly ramble on about how the press is the enemy of the people, and they assumed we all thought that. We don’t. And unlike previous generations, outraged strangers around the world are connecting with one another via social media.

    In the past 24 hours, I’ve connected with various associates of Khashoggi. They are distraught — “I met with his family to tell them that we were pretty sure Jamal had been murdered by Saudi government — it was devastating,” Khashoggi’s friend told me.

    But, even more than that, they are ****ed — and they are determined to get to the bottom of this. These aren’t men and women who will soon let go. Several have emphatically said that they will make it their life’s mission to get justice for Jamal Khashoggi.

  Every journalist, activist, organizer, and peace-loving person in the world should make that their mission. If we don’t hold them accountable, who will? Trump? It damn sure won’t be the American business community, who seems so pumped to cozy up with MBS that they are willing to look past every repressive action he’s ever taken.

    Social media can be an ugly place. I see that ugliness up close every single day. But it’s also what allowed me to identify and track down the bigots who attacked and maimed a young man in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white supremacist rally. Social media brought people together to take down Bill O’Reilly at Fox News. It forced companies to stop disseminating the callous conspiracies of Alex Jones. When used well, it’s a powerful tool that allows an everyday person to confront powerful brands and leaders face to face.

   In Saudi Arabia, you just can’t call out MBS without fear of being arrested or killed, but Twitter is an irreverent medium when addressing that type of power. And that’s a good thing.

    Shaun King is a Brooklyn-based columnist who focuses on civil and human rights, racial justice, mass incarceration, and law enforcement misconduct. Before joining The Intercept, he was the senior justice writer at the New York Daily News and the writer-in-residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project. shaun.king@​ @ShaunKing

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 -- October 15 to 18, 2018

16] BARCS Fundraiser – Oct. 15
17] Food Rescue Baltimore – Oct. 15
18] Fund the Trust rally -- Oct. 15
19] Phone bank for Johnny O -- Oct. 15
20] We The People Statewide Tour – Oct. 15
21] Baltimore Ceasefire Meeting – Oct. 15
22] District 5 Board of Education Candidate Forum -- Oct. 15
23] Get the Money Out – Oct. 15
24] Support Ben Jealous and Susie Turnbull -- Oct. 16
25] Peace Vigil – Oct. 16
26] Peace of Pizza Fundraiser -- Oct. 16
27] No Drone Research DEMO – Oct. 16
28] Phone bank for Ben Jealous – Oct. 16 & 18
29] District 7 Board of Education Candidate Forum – Oct. 16
30] Fake News and the Free Press – Oct. 16
31] Medicare For All-Shocking Update Oct. 16
32] Canvass Baltimore City – Oct. 16
33] Food Rescue – Oct. 17
35] Defenders of Animal Rights – Oct. 17
36] Fundraiser for Ben Jealous – Oct. 17
37] Restoring & Protecting Earth's Wild Beauty – Oct. 17
38] Research Associates Foundation (RAF) grant worker Oct. 17
16] – There is a BARCS Fundraiser, hosted by Woody's Cantina, 821 S. Broadway, Baltimore 21231, daily, until Oct. 29.  On Mon., Oct. 15, Tues., Oct. 16 and Wed., Oct. 17, it starts at 11 AM.  10% of sales from 11 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday, will go to BARCS!  Go to

17] – On Mon., Oct. 15, and every Monday until Feb. 4, 2019, at noon, there will be a Food Rescue at Land of Kush, 840 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201. Food Rescue Baltimore is honored to partner with The Land of Kush each and every Monday to bring access to free vegan/plant-based food in the community. Bring a bag. Take what you want from noon to 1PM or while supplies last. No purchase is necessary to take advantage of the Food Rescue Baltimore give away. Items from The Land of Kush's menu are not included in the give-away but will be available for sale. See

18] – On Mon., Oct. 15 from 4 to 6 PM, call for Fund The Trust- NO Exemptions!  This is hosted by the Baltimore Housing Roundtable at Baltimore City Hall, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202.  Go to
On September 27th the Taxation and Finance Committee voted to pass the Fund The Trust Act! Now the Fund The Trust Act moves to second reader and will be considered by the full City Council.
19] – On Mon., Oct. 15 at 5:30 PM and continuing until November 5, do phone banking with Team O!, hosted by Johnny Olszewski for Baltimore County Executive, 4050 North Point Blvd., Dundalk 21222.  Join a people-powered campaign to build a better Baltimore County!  Contact Team O's Brad at 410-371-9731 or at  Look at

20] – Our civil liberties are a vital part of our democracy. We need to do everything we can to make sure our civil liberties are protected for all Americans, especially for people of color, queer folks and people with disabilities. Join Dana Vickers Shelley, the new executive director of the ACLU of Maryland, on Mon., Oct. 15 from 6 to 8 PM for a We The People Statewide Tour. Other partners are Progressive Maryland & CASA de Maryland. Talk about the upcoming legislative session priorities and criminal justice reform efforts in Baltimore County. Get over to the Owings Mills Branch Library, 10302 Grand Central Ave., Owings Mills 21117.  Email

21] – On Mon., Oct. 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, there will be a Baltimore Ceasefire 365 Public Meeting – Southwest at the Vaughn Greene Funeral Home, 4101 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore 21229.  Get flyers and posters. Network with your community. Learn more about Baltimore Ceasefire. Go to

22] – On Mon., Oct. 15 from 7 to 8:30 PM, attend the District 5 Board of Education Candidate Forum, hosted by Take Action AAC at the Cape St. Claire Clubhouse, 1223 River Bay Rd., 1223 River Bay Rd., Annapolis 21409. Do you have questions about the future of Anne Arundel County Schools? Here's your chance to ask the candidates for the Board of Education about the issues that concern you.  Go to the Candidate Forum page at  See

23] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Oct. 15 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. Early voting goes from Thurs., Oct. 25 through Thurs., Nov. 1 (8 days), and Election Day is Tues., Nov. 6. 

24] –  Support Ben Jealous and Susie Turnbull, Democratic Nominees for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, as part of Our Prince George’s Movement at a Happy Hour Fundraiser on Tues., Oct. 16 from 5 to 8 PM at SoBe Restaurant and Lounge, 10621 Greenbelt Rd., Glenn Dale 20769. Email Anthony Davis at 

25] –  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. 16.  Call 215-426-0364.

26] – On Tues., Oct. 16 from 5 to 8 PM, get over to Friends of the Catonsville Library Peace of Pizza Fundraiser at the Catonsville Peace A Pizza, 15 Mellor Ave., Catonsville 21228.  Enjoy dinner at Peace of Pizza and support The Friends of the Catonsville Library. Help to provide more programming and fund the Catonsville Library History room! Please make sure to mention "Friends of the Catonsville Library" when you pay! See

27] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Oct. 16 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

28] – On Tues., Oct. 16 and Thurs., Oct. 18 at 6 PM, get involved with Baltimore City Phone Banks for Ben Jealous, hosted by the Baltimore City Democratic Party at the 1199 SEIU Maryland/DC, 611 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201.  Call voters across Baltimore, and tell them why Ben Jealous is the best candidate for our City! Phone bank every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 PM.  You'll have talking points on hand, and plenty of seasoned volunteers to support you as you engage with neighbors across Baltimore. Just bring a cell phone and a charger! Go to

29] – On Tues., Oct. 16 from 7 to 8:30 PM,  there is an Anne Arundel County District 7 Board of Education Candidate Forum, hosted by Take Action AAC at American Legion Hall, 830 Central Ave., Edgewater 21037 (3 miles east of Rt. 2). Do you have questions about the future of Anne Arundel County Schools? Here's your chance to ask the candidates for the Board of Education about the issues that concern you. Go to the Candidate Forum page at  See

30] – On Tues., Oct. 16 from 7 to 8:30 PM, WBAL-TV's Jayne Miller moderates Fake News and the Free Press, hosted by the Baltimore County Public Library (Towson Branch), 320 York Road, Towson 21204. Maryland reporters and journalists talk about the impact of misinformation on the public’s perception of current events and the responsibilities of media organizations when reporting the news. Panelists are Bryan Sears from The Daily Record, Kelly Swoope of WMAR-TV, John Kirch of the Baltimore Watchdog and Towson University professor, Jamyla Krempel, digital producer at WYPR, and David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun and Goucher College. Visit

31] – On Tues., Oct. 16 from 7 to 8 PM, get into the Medicare For All-Shocking Update, hosted by Alli For Virginia at Facebook Live, 8751 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt 20770.  Go to Come learn the TRUTH about Medicare For All and why you don't have it already. This is a life changing event that exposes corruption in the healthcare industry and how it effects everyone. Get all your questions answered. You won't want to miss this one as Congressional Candidate, Helen Alli tells it all. Go to

32] – On Wed., Oct.17 from 10 AM to 2 PM, Canvass Baltimore City for the general election with Progressive Maryland Baltimore. Mobilizing the vote in Baltimore City is one of the most crucial steps to getting Ben Jealous elected in November. Support other local progressive candidates in the districts we canvass! Come help make the blue wave happen and meet your fellow voters!  The location is to be announced. CONTACT Michael Feldman at  See

33] – On Wed., Oct. 17 at noon at the Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore, get some free rescued food.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious food home. The food rescue will continue every Wednesday until Feb.  6, 2019.

34] – CONGRESSPERSON JOHN SARBANES INVITES YOU TO JOIN HIM FOR THE EAST COUNTY REGIONAL JOB FAIR on Wed., Oct. 17 from 3 to 7 PM at the East County Community Recreation Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring 20904. To register for the event, see

35] – On Wed., Oct. 17 from 4 to 9 PM, be at the Fundraising Night for Defenders!  It is hosted by Defenders of Animal Rights Inc. at the Texas Roadhouse - Hunt Valley, 11352 McCormick Road, Hunt Valley 21031.  Ten percent of your total food purchase will be donated to our shelter! Be sure to stop by the table for the raffle and bake sale, too! See

36] – Join Senate-Nominee Mary Washington in Supporting Democratic-Nominee for governor, Ben Jealous!  Mary is all in for Ben Jealous contributing $1,000 to his campaign. Mary has been vocal in wanting to use her resources that won the most watched race in Baltimore City to turn out the vote in the 43rd district.  The fundraiser is on Wed., Oct. 17 from 5:30 to 8 PM, and the address will be provided upon an RSVP at Rep. Elijah Cummings will be there.

37] – On Wed., Oct. 17 from 6:30 to 7:45 PM, get caught up in Restoring & Protecting Earth's Wild Beauty, hosted by the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW, WDC 20005.  It is free admission, but a $10 donation is expected. This donation will support the Carnegie Fund. Why create national parks? Although the process of designating new parkland is lengthy and complex, national parks offer ecological, cultural, and economic benefits, while also guaranteeing long-term conservation of fragile ecosystems. Founded by Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and her late husband, Douglas, Tompkins Conservation and its partners have protected approximately 13 million acres of parkland in Chile and Argentina. Mrs. Tompkins will answer the question of why national parks are a worthwhile investment by drawing on her years as the CEO of Patagonia, Inc., in addition to her more than two decades leading initiatives to re-wild and restore biodiversity in South America. See

38] –The deadline for this cycle of Research Associates Foundation (RAF) grant applications is Mon,, Oct. 29.  Applications must be both emailed and mailed via the US Postal Service.  Emailed copy is due by 5 PM on Oct. 29.  Mailed copy must be postmarked Oct. 29 or earlier.  This is an excellent opportunity for activists, both individuals and organizations, to get up to $2,500 to fund transformative social change projects in the Baltimore area.  Go to to see guidelines and to download applications.  An information session will be held on Wed., Oct. 17 at 7 PM for anyone interested in applying for a RAF grant.  This will take place at St. John's Church, 27th & St. Paul Sts. (enter on 27th St.), Baltimore 21218, in the youth room.  As you enter, turn to your right and go to the end of the hall, past the bathrooms.  The information session will afford opportunities to listen, ask questions, and/or get help with your application.  Board members Barbara Larcom and Qiara Butler will facilitate. Email

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

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