Saturday, January 25, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert – January 26 – 27, 2020


Baltimore Activist Alert – January 26 – 27, 2020

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com.  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net.

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Get involved with NCNR   
4] A Tale of Two Baltimores – Jan. 26
5] Nature’s Witness: Wildlife Photography Exhibit through Feb. 28
6] Becoming Jane Exhibition – through Summer 2020
7] Australia Day Fundraiser – Jan. 26
8] “Mr. Republican Rolls in his Grave.” -- Jan. 26
9] Day of Action to support civil and human rights in India – Jan. 26 & 27
10] World Peace Meditation Class -- Jan. 26
11] Low Dollar Luncheon Fundraiser with Jill Carter -- Jan. 26
12] Adoption Event at Mutt Mart – Jan. 26
13] Mary Washington canvass – Jan. 26
14] No New War Protest – Jan. 26
15] Congressional District 7 Forum – Jan. 26
16] Medicare 4 All Town Hall – Jan. 26
17] Pentagon Peace Vigil – Jan. 27
18] Assignment: North Korea – Jan. 27
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1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to U.S. wars.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

4] - On Sun., Jan. 26 from 9 to 11 AM, catch A Tale of Two Baltimores, hosted by Runners4Justice at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. It's the first run of the New Year - a joint run with friends No Meat Athlete - Baltimore! Explore a route that runs an invisible dividing line in Baltimore, where you can gain or lose opportunities and years of life based on which side of the line you live on.  Routes with distances of 2-4 miles will be provided, runners and walkers welcome! Stay after the run for brunch and to continue the conversation. See you there! #ActivistRunner #R4J.  Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/1428678420638760/.

5] - On Sun., Dec. 15, 2019 through Feb. 28, 2020 from 9 AM to 5 PM, see Nature’s Witness: Wildlife Photography Exhibit hosted by the National Wildlife Federation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Ave. NW, WDC 20005. Come marvel at “Nature’s Witness,” an exhibition of 50 powerful wildlife photographs chosen to inspire conservation. Free and open to the public, this National Wildlife Federation exhibit will run until Feb. 28, 2020.  

 All 50 images were entries in annual National Wildlife® Photo Contests, which draw more than 22,000 images from around the world every year. Within the exhibit, one group of images titled “Nature’s Challenge” will raise awareness about some of the threats putting wildlife at risk today, including habitat loss, invasive species, disease and climate change. Another set of photographs titled “Life’s Essentials” will explore how people can help species thrive by gardening for wildlife. Kids attending the exhibit — a family-friendly event — will also be able to pick up a copy of Ranger Rick®, Ranger Rick Jr.™, Ranger Rick Cub™ or one of the National Wildlife Federation’s many other children’s publications. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2707182892665780/?event_time_id=2707182935999109.

6] – On Sun., Jan. 26 from 10 AM to 6 PM, check out the Becoming Jane Exhibition, hosted by the Jane Goodall Institute at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW, WDC 20036.  Tickets are at www.nationalgeographic.org. The exhibition will continue through Summer 2020. Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, braved the unknown to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives: chimpanzees. In this hands-on, transportive multimedia exhibition celebrating her extraordinary life and work, you’ll explore Dr. Goodall’s early years through iconic images and a multiscreen experience and venture on a 3D exploration of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park where she did her famous behavioral research on chimps. You’ll also see a life-size hologram of Dr. Goodall, enter a replica of her research tent, and learn about her current role as a leader in community-centered conservation and youth empowerment. Before you leave, you will find out what you can do today to make a positive impact in the world. 

The museum is open 7 days a week from 10 AM to 6 PM (last ticket sold at 5 PM daily.) Groups of 20 or more receive discounted museum admission. Contact groupsales@ngs.org to book your group visit today. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/977953615906486/.

7] – On Sun., Jan. 26 from 10 AM to 7 PM, there is an Australia Day Fundraiser, hosted by The Clay Bakers at 151 Main St., Annapolis 21401.  20% of the proceeds will go to Bushfire Relief! Enjoy some fun Australian snacks and goodies, paint some pottery, and help our friends in Australia! Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1473971612760228/.

8] - Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion at 10:30 AM.  On Sun., Jan. 26, the theme is “Mr. Republican Rolls in his Grave.” The Baltimore Ethical Society does not endorse any political candidate or political party. Analyzing the transformation of the Republican Party over the last seventy years, however, seems fair game! Leader Hugh Taft-Morales explores the values and policies of the Republican Party regarding how the state can best serve its citizens. Rather than seeing the government as part of the solution to social problems, Ronald Reagan pronounced: “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” How might Mr. Republican – Hugh’s grandfather Robert A. Taft – respond to the anti-government drift of the “Grand Old Party?” Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. Call 410-581-2322 or email ask@bmorethical.org

9] -  On Sun., Jan. 26 from 10:30 AM to 2 PM, there is a Day of Action to support civil and human rights in India, hosted by Ramya Reddy starting at the Ellipse, WDC. At noon march to the Indian Embassy, Massachusetts Ave. and Q St. NW.  Protest and condemn rising Fascism and police brutality in India, and demand the repeal of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

  On January 26, 1950, the Republic of India adopted its Constitution. The document guarantees equality under the law, prohibits discrimination, protects basic civil liberties including freedom of speech and assembly, and safeguards against unlawful arrest and detention. Yet today, seventy years later, the Indian government is systematically violating these rights. The recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act openly discriminates against Muslim migrants on the basis of faith. The National Register of Citizens (NRC), which is already underway in the state of Assam, is forcibly displacing minority communities and could render millions stateless. In Kashmir, a communication blackout has been in place since August 5, and in the intervening months, there have been reports of mass arrests, torture, and other human rights atrocities.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2792647820773686/.

Come to an ADVOCACY DAY at the U.S. CONGRESS on Mon., Jan. 27.  For details, go to https://cmriusa.org or email info@cmriusa.org or call (703) 421-8045.

10] – On Sun., Jan. 26 from 10:30 to 11:45 AM, join a World Peace Meditation Class, hosted by the World Peace Cafe Baltimore at the Kadampa Meditation Center-Maryland, 900 E. Northern Parkway, Baltimore 21212. Prayers are neither small nor passive actions. Rather, they are a force for change in our shared world. Bring peace to the world through the action of meditating together and dedicating prayers for world peace. The morning includes a guided meditation, talk on Buddhism applied to daily life & a traditional chanted prayer in English. Everyone is welcome – you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend– just drop in!

Following the prayers, everyone is welcome to come to the World Peace Cafe for brunch which always includes pancakes with toppings, and various other delicious foods such as soup, sandwiches, salad, desserts, coffee and teas.  The suggested donation is $5- to $10/adult & $2/child.  Brunch is $6to $8 (less for kids portion). See https://www.facebook.com/events/3084164601626024/?event_time_id=3084164651626019.

11] – There is a Low Dollar Luncheon Fundraiser with Jill Carter on Sun., Jan. 26 from 11 AM to 1 PM at Grotto Pizza, 7075 Minstrel Way, Columbia.  Call 443-583-8200. Movements like this and the candidates we support are funded by small dollar donations. It’s how we know they are going to Washington DC to represent our interests. Presidential elections often get most of the focus for small dollar support, but at the Congressional, state and local level the grassroots support is even more critical, and goes a lot farther to boot! Together we can provide the resources to send a progressive champion to Congress! Space is limited so reserve your seats at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/committee-for-jill-p-carter-for-congress-1.  The suggested donation is $30/person and $100/table of 4.

12] –   On Sun., Jan. 26 from 11 AM to 2 PM, get over to an Adoption Event at Mutt Mart, 2904 Hamilton Ave., Baltimore 21214, hosted by The Feline Rescue Association. Come meet adoptable cats. Look at  https://www.facebook.com/events/2001792566633595/.8] – On Sun., Jan. 26 from noon to 3 PM, get over to an AARF Adoption Event at Pet Valu, 18115 Town Center Drive, Olney 20832.  It is hosted by Animal Allies Rescue Foundation (AARF), ADOPTABLE dogs and cats will be available! See https://www.facebook.com/events/471707120213709/.

13] - On Sun., Jan. 26 from noon to 2 PM, Mary Washington and Christopher Ervin will do a Joint Canvass in 5th District starting at 1734 Maryland Ave., Baltimore 21201-5804. Volunteers for Mary Washington's Mayoral campaign and Christopher Ervin's 5th District City Council Campaign will meet up at Washington's Campaign HQ then head to the 5th District to let residents know about these two amazing candidates! No experience necessary. Shirts, literature, and scripts will be provided! Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/777528609322527/.

14] – On Sun., Jan. 26 from noon to 6 PM, get over to No New War Protest, hosted by People Demand Action in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. Donald Trump has started another unauthorized war. We have to say NO NEW WAR. See https://www.facebook.com/events/818081341938196/.

15] – On Sun., Jan. 26 from 2 to 4 PM, attend the Congressional District 7 Forum, hosted by Dar Al Taqwa at 10740 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City 21042.  Join the Council on American Islamic Relations and United Maryland Muslim Council for an important candidates forum for the Congressional District 7. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/166312254635968/.

16] – On Sun., Jan. 26 from 2 to  4 PM, get over to the Medicare 4 All Town Hall, hosted by Maryland Progressive Healthcare Coalition at the Stanton Center, Annapolis 21401.  The healthcare system is not working.  We pay more for healthcare than any other country yet millions of Americans still don’t have health insurance or are underinsured. While healthcare industry profits are higher than ever, medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in the United States. The Affordable Care Act, while a step in the right direction - has not controlled skyrocketing costs of healthcare. The solution is Medicare-for-all, a single-payer program that guarantees quality healthcare to all people as a right, not a privilege. Come learn about Medicare For All, and how the United States can join every other developed country in the world for a healthier citizenry! Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/284609882429690/.

17] – 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 Jan. 27, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.

18] – On Mon., Jan. 27 at 10 AM, participate in Assignment: North Korea at One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004-3027.  See https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/assignment-north-korea.  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have transformed his image from Hermit King to diplomatic statesman by stepping out onto the world stage in 2018 and 2019. But in 2020, with few Americans traveling to Pyongyang due to years of tightened sanctions and travel bans, the people of North Korea remain as hidden and muted as ever before.

To be continued

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

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 24 - 25, 2020



70] Animal Safe Haven and Adoptions, Inc. Expo – Jan. 24
71] Peace and justice vigil – Jan. 24
72] Yappy Hour Adoption Event Jan. 24
73] Phone banking for Bernie Sanders -- Jan. 24
74] Ballroom Dancing Jan. 24
75] Beginner's Bird Walk – Jan. 25
76] Stop Human Trafficking – Jan. 25
77] Heart for the Homeless 2020 – Jan. 25
78] CCAN Polar Bear Plunge -- Jan. 25
79] Tree Maintenance – Jan. 25
80] Mayoral Candidate Forum – Jan. 25
81] Baltimore No War with Iran demo – Jan. 25
82] D.C. No War with Iran demo – Jan. 25
83] Celebrate the 138th anniversary of Mother Lange's Death – Jan. 25
84] Ceremonial Mortgage Burning for the Paul Robeson House – Jan. 25
85] "On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal" by Naomi Klein – Jan. 25
86] Write letters supporting the Plowshares
87] Two Berrigan Books still in print
88] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
89] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
90] Do you need any book shelves?
91] Join the Global Zero campaign.
92] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
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70] – On Fri., Jan. 24 from 2 to 8 PM, Sat., Jan. 25 from 10 AM to 7 PM and Sun., Jan. 26 from 10 AM to 5 PM, attend the ASHA/Pet Expo, hosted by Animal Safe Haven and Adoptions, Inc. at the Timonium Fairgrounds.  Adoptable kitties will be available at the 2020 Expo! Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/848080362278926/.

71] – There is usually a silent peace and justice vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends Meeting, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on Jan. 24. Black Lives Matter.

72] – On Fri., Jan. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, there will be a Yappy Hour Adoption Event, hosted by TRU Rescue at Pet Valu Hunt Valley, 114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville 21030.  Come out and meet some of the amazing adoptable dogs and talk to volunteers about foster and volunteer opportunities with TRU.  Some adoptable dogs attending are Biggie and Smalls (bonded pair), Sadie and Stormy (bonded pair), Aspen and many more.  Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/1457118234465771/.

73] – Do phone banking for Bernie Sanders on Fri., Jan. 24 from 6:30 to 9 PM at 110 W. 39th St., Hopkins House Apartments, Baltimore 21210.  Visit https://events.berniesanders.com/event/190599/.  Email mdforbernie@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/MD4Bernie/.

74] – 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 Jan. 24. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email eneergdivad@gmail.com. 

75] – On Sat., Jan. 25 from 8 to 9:30 AM, join a Beginner's Bird Walk in Patterson Park, hosted by Patterson Park Audubon Center, Baltimore 21224.  Did you resolve to take up a new hobby in 2020? Get outside more? Learn more about your neighborhood? Or maybe you got a new pair of binoculars that you're dying to test out. This walk is open to all experience levels, but start with some quick tips on using your binoculars and identifying some winter birds. It's a great time to learn before the madness of spring migration! Binoculars will be available, but request them in advance at baltimore@audubon.org.  Meet at the fountain in the northwest corner of Patterson Park, closest to the intersection of E. Lombard St. & S. Patterson Park Ave. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/921206088275615/.

76] – On Sat., Jan. 25 from 9 AM to 1 PM, Stop Human Trafficking - A Faith-Based Response, hosted by Reid Temple A.M.E. Church, 1400 Glenn Dale Blvd, Glenn Dale 20769. Did you know? The estimated annual revenue of human trafficking is $150 billion making it the second largest and fastest growing industry in the United States and the world. Join Reid Temple along with the Prince George's County Human Relations Commission and Araminta Freedom Initiative for a faith-based response to human trafficking in Prince George's County. RSVP today at qjwmshelp@reidtemple.com. See https://www.facebook.com/events/162451828373174/.

77] – On Sat., Jan. 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM, engage in Heart for the Homeless 2020, hosted by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. ~ Tau Eta Zeta Chapter at Our Daily Bread, 725 Fallsway, Baltimore 21202. We pass them on the street daily. We look, judge and move on without a second thought. Just like us, they are human; deserving of our respect, kindness and empathy. Join us on #Jan25 to let some deserving residents know they are not forgotten! #ZPhiB2020 #THZ #H4H2020 #ServiceOverSelf.  Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/561682681312601/.

78] – On Sat., Jan. 25 from 10 AM to 2 PM, get with the CCAN Polar Bear Plunge. Go to https://us-p2p.netdonor.net/2883/polar-bear-plunge . Set your navigation to McLoone’s Pier House Restaurant, 141 National Plaza, Oxon Hill 20745. After parking come to the Pier Tent next to the Ferris wheel.   Dress warm for the pre-plunge activities (costumes encouraged)! Be sure to bring with you a bathing suit or something similar and closed-toe water shoes or sneakers (rocky bottom.) Sandals and flip-flops are not recommended, unless they can be fastened securely to your foot. Also bring a beach towel and blanket, umbrella, warm clothes to change into after plunging, and percussion or other musical instruments for the parade to the beach!

79] -- On Sat., Jan. 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM, get with Tree Maintenance, hosted by Gunpowder Valley Conservancy at the Loch Raven Reservoir, TowsonCheck out gunpowdervalleyconservancy.org. 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. Visit the website to register for the event and get driving directions: https://gunpowdervalleyconservancy.org/event/tree-maintenance-jan-25/. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1007143556336873/.

80] – On Sat., Jan. 25 from 11 AM to 1 PM, attend a Mayoral Candidate Forum, hosted by Greater Baltimore Leadership Association - GBUL Young Professionals at Greater Baltimore Urban League, 512 Orchard St., Baltimore 21201. Hear directly from candidates about their vision for Baltimore. Ask questions and get answers. Lite refreshments will be served.  You must RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/717204758805585/.

81] – Baltimore Peace Action and the Baltimore Nonviolence Center invite you to join a No War with Iran demonstration at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. on Sat, Jan. 25 at noon. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. Other groups supporting this call are the Green Party and Popular Resistance.  Visit https://popularresistance.org/global-day-of-protest-january-25-no-war-with-iran/. It’ may rain, so be prepared.  But remember: One demonstrator in the rain is worth 10 in the sun.

82] – On Sat., Jan. 25 from noon to 2 PM, be involved with the Global Day of Protest - No War On Iran, hosted by the Answer Coalition at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, WDC 20500.  The People of the World Say: No War on Iran! On Saturday, January 25 in cities across the globe, there will be protests against a new war in the Middle East.  Visit this link to have a protest organized in your city listed: https://bit.ly/2QXDTLk.  To add your name as an endorser visit this link: https://bit.ly/2MY5LNR.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/654678831937481/.

83] – On Sat., Jan. 25 from 2 to 4 PM, celebrate the 138th anniversary of Mother Lange's Death, hosted by the Oblate Sisters of Providence, 701 Gun Road, Halethorpe 21227.  This Mass commemorates Mother Lange's entrance into eternal life. Rev. Dominic Ciriaco, PSS, is the celebrant and Deacon Timothy Tilghman is the homilist. A repast follows. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2537816239830259/.

84] – On Sat., Jan. 25 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM, come to a Ceremonial Mortgage Burning for the Paul Robeson House & Museum, 4951 Walnut St., Philadelphia 19139.  It is FREE to the public, but donations will be accepted at the door!  Celebrate the legacy of the founder and executive director, Frances Aulston, and the future of the Robeson House & Museum in West Philly. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/462948511042731/.

85] – On Sat., Jan. 25 from 3 to 5 PM, get over to the Climate Book Club: "On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal" by Naomi Klein.  This event hosted by Citizens Climate Lobby DC will take place at Cleveland Park Public Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008. Join this discussion even if you have not read or finished the book!  Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of The American Prospect’s Special Report: The Practical Path to Saving the Planet; Green New Deal, the Urgent Realism of Radical Change. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/590415435085751/.

86] The PLOWSHARES SENTENCING is PENDING, so please WRITE THE JUDGE. Now is the time to write letters to Judge Lisa Godbey Wood regarding her sentencing of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. The group is collecting letters, especially from those who know the defendants, testifying to their character and the good work that they are doing in their communities which will not be done if they are serving long terms in prison. These letters are not the forum to criticize the law, the legal process or government policies. Rather it is the place to point out positive things about the defendants that should mitigate a harsh sentence.  Letters should be sent to defense attorney Bill Quigley at the address below. He will compile them and distribute to various defendants' attorneys for delivery to Judge Wood. The attorneys suggest it would be helpful to get these done by Thanksgiving or the week after in order to get processed and delivered. Sentencing may be in January or possibly February.   The best letters are simple, polite, and tell good things about the person you are writing to support.

The suggested format is as follows:
Date
Sender’s Name
Sender’s Address
Judge Lisa Godbey Wood
C/o Bill Quigley
Loyola University New Orleans Law Clinic
Campus Box 902
7214 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Regarding Sentencing of: Mark Colville [or] Clare Grady [or] Martha Hennessy [or] Fr. Steve Kelly SJ [or] Elizabeth McAlister [or] Patrick O’Neill [or] Carmen Trotta (or all seven of the Kings Bay Plowshares)
Dear Judge Wood,
Suggested outline for the letter:
- Explain who you are.
- Explain who you are writing about, how you know them, and what good they do for their community.
- Explain why the Judge should not send them to jail.
- Thank the Judge for reading your letter.
Valediction,
Signature
For more ideas and details for your letters, you are welcome to see the defendants' biographies here: https://kingsbayplowshares7.org/about/bios/.
Thank you for your attentiveness to the trial, your support for the defendants and their families, and your focus on the issue of the abolition of nuclear weapons.
As Fr. Steve Kelly says, "The nuclear weapons won't go away by themselves." We do this work together.

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

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

88] –   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.   

89] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs, records, tarps and table cloths, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

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

91] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

92] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to http://prop1.org; call 202-682-4282.

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

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 23 - 24, 2020


57] Terrorism: A Review of the Current Threat Landscape – Jan. 23 -24
58] The Doomsday Clock – Jan. 23
59] FLOOD D.C. & Demand Trump/Pence Out – Jan. 23 - 24
60] Support Glen Greenwald and other journalists – Jan. 23
61] Food Rescue at Dovecote Café– Jan. 23
62] Can We Turn Back the Hands of the Doomsday Clock? – Jan. 23
63] Sasha White on Slavery, Medicine and Race – Jan. 23
64] US Government Still Spying on Dissent – Jan. 23
65] Baltimore County Progressive Democrats Club monthly meeting -- Jan. 23
66] Recognizing Human Trafficking Workshop – Jan. 23
67] Japan in 2020 – Jan. 24
68] White House vigil – Jan. 24
69] WIB peace vigils – Jan. 24
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57] On Thurs., Jan. 23 at 9 AM through Fri., Jan. 24 at 5 PM, get with Terrorism: A Review of the Current Threat Landscape, hosted by Georgetown Security Studies Program, 3700 O Street NW, WDC 20007.  Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies (CSS) and the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews are proud to present this forum. This two-day conference will address ongoing threats from ISIS and al Qaeda as well as their respective branches, from Iran and other state-sponsors, and from violent far-right extremism and the Incel movement. Other panels will focus on counterterrorism legal and privacy issues, countering state-sponsored terrorism, and technology and terrorism.

Visit css.georgetown.edu/2020/01/07/terrorism-a-review-of-the-current-threat-landscape for the full conference agenda and parking/transportation information.  Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees. See https://www.facebook.com/events/2500067660090986/.

58] On Thurs., Jan. 23 at 10 AM, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will host a live international news conference at 10 AM EST to announce the 2020 time of the Doomsday Clock. The news conference will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Watch the announcement live on the website or on Facebook.  We are honored that members of The Elders—an organization founded in 2007 by Nelson Mandela whose members are former public officials working independently for peace, justice, and human rights—will be joining us this year. Speakers for the Doomsday Clock announcement include Jerry Brown, executive chair, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; former Governor, State of California, Mary Robinson, chair, The Elders; former president of Ireland; former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ban Ki-moon, deputy chair, The Elders; former UN Secretary-General former South Korean Foreign Minister, and others.  Read the 2019 Doomsday Clock Statement. Help us spread the word–forward this to a friend and ask them to sign up for updates. And look for the hashtag #DoomsdayClock on January 23rd. Visit https://thebulletin.org/2020/01/watch-the-2020-doomsday-clock-announcement/.

59] – On Thurs., Jan. 23 through Fri., Jan. 24 from noon to 3 PM, FLOOD D.C. & Demand Trump/Pence #OutNow hosted by Refuse Fascism at the United States Capitol, Washington D.C. 20515.  This is a permitted rally on east side of Capitol, First Street SE.

Now is the time for determined struggle by the people to go all the way to demand: Trump/Pence #OUTNOW! Trump carries out a brazen war crime by assassinating a high ranking official of Iran, threatening more. He reminds the world that a dangerous bully heading a fascist regime has an itchy Twitter-finger on the nuclear button. The danger of all-out war remains even as Trump’s sanctions intensify the suffering of the Iranian people. See https://www.facebook.com/events/463418084546186/?event_time_id=463418091212852.

60] –  Please join CODEPINK on Thurs., Jan. 23 from 3 to 4 PM in a Protest at the Brazilian Embassy, 3006 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC.  Journalism is Not a Crime! Support Glen Greenwald and other journalists.

61] – On Thurs., Jan 23 and Thurs., Feb. 6 from 4 to 5 PM, Food Rescue Baltimore is working with Dovecote Café, 2501 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food.  This will end on Feb. 6. See https://www.facebook.com/events/2095151417235683/?event_time_id=2095151543902337.

62] – On Thurs., Jan. 23 from 4 to 5 PM, attend the Georgetown University Town Hall: Can We Turn Back the Hands of the Doomsday Clock? It is hosted by the Georgetown Conflict Resolution Program at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Road NW, Salon AG, WDC 20007.  The Program is proud to host The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and The Elders for a discussion of the 2020 Doomsday Clock with former United Nations Secretary-General and Deputy Chair of The Elders Ban Ki-moon, former Irish President and Chair of The Elders Mary Robinson, former Governor of California Jerry Brown, and Bulletin of Atomic Scientists President and CEO Rachel Bronson.

This event is for the GU community and Georgetown students.  A GUID and/or a ticket from the Eventbrite event are required for entry.  Your bag will be checked at the door. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/470193277261804/.

63] – On Thurs., Jan. 23 from 6 to 7:30 PM, catch the Helena Hicks Lecture: Sasha White on Slavery, Medicine and Race, hosted by the Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts at Johns Hopkins at Union Baptist Church.  Dr. White is the Assistant Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University. How do we think about the racial history of the United States in relation to present-day healthcare issues? We know that African-Americans suffer some of the most significant health disparities in the nation but how is America’s history of racial violence linked to this story? This talk and discussion will explore how the legacies of slavery and racial violence have affected and continue to affect the health of African-Americans to this day.  Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/583603399089595/.

64] – On Thurs., Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 PM, participate in US Government Still Spying on Dissent: A People’s Briefing, hosted by Defending Rights & Dissent and Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Ave., WDC 20036.  While claiming concerns with terrorism in the US, “Since 2010, the FBI has surveilled black activists and Muslim Americans, Palestinian solidarity and peace activists, Abolish ICE protesters, Occupy Wall Street, environmentalists, Cuba and Iran normalization proponents, and protesters at the Republican National Convention. And that is just the surveillance we know of” -Alice Speri, writer for The Intercept. Social justice activists, organizers, and the general public should turn out for this “People’s Briefing” to unpack the Fall 2019 report Still Spying on Dissent by Chip Gibbons, Policy Director at Defending Rights and Dissent. Fortify yourself with specific, factual information that prevents government and mainstream media coverage from trying to subvert truth and justice. This briefing will be moderated by IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis. Hard copies of the report will be available at this event. https://www.facebook.com/events/2480421278944597/.

65] – On Thurs., Jan. 23 from 7 to 9 PM, come to the Baltimore County Progressive Democrats Club monthly meeting, and discuss the Congressional District 7 endorsement vote!  It takes place at 301 Allegheny Ave., Towson 21204-4258. The BCPDC narrowed the candidate field to three: Jill Carter, Terri Hill and Maya Rockeymoore Cummings. They or their reps will speak at this meeting, and then there will be an endorsement vote. The club will be sponsoring a canvassing event the weekend of Feb 1/2 for its endorsee. Come and support your favorite. See bcpdc.org. EMAIL bcpdclub@gmail.com. Call 410-929-0208. JOIN THE CLUB AT BCPDC.ORG/JOIN. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/2653787784701614/.

66] – On Thurs., Jan. 23 from 7 to 8:30 PM, get over to the Recognizing Human Trafficking Workshop, hosted by the Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville 21104.  See rccbonsecours.com.  In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness month, check out HopeWorks of Howard County for this educational workshop.   It is estimated that 4.5 million people are forced to participate in the commercial sex industry worldwide. However, sensationalized awareness campaigns and gross media representation often prevent us from identifying and supporting survivors of trafficking domestically and locally. This workshop defines modern-day human trafficking with an overview of trafficking in Maryland and Howard County. Participants will learn how to identify potential trafficking sites and victims as well risk factors that increase vulnerability. Additionally, participants will make connections between forced sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence.

There will be time for questions after the presentation by HopeWorks. A portion of the $10 guest fee will be donated to this important local organization too. A light reception will follow the workshop. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2375057139288107/.

67] – On Fri., Jan. 24 at 9:30 AM, catch Japan in 2020: A Look at the Year Ahead, hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,  1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, WDC 20036-2103.  Call 202 483 7600. Visit https://carnegieendowment.org/2020/01/24/japan-in-2020-look-at-year-ahead-event-7245.  Challenges, opportunities, and major events await Japan in 2020, notably its hosting of the 2020 Summer Olympics and the expected state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. In addition, Japan will need to navigate the political maneuvering for succession to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, continuing economic headwinds, new threats from North Korea, and strategic competition between the United States and China. David R. Stilwell and Hiroyuki Akita will join two panels of leading experts from academia, business, and the media to consider a broad range of political, economic, security, and social issues likely to impact Japan and the U.S.-Japan alliance in the year ahead. 

68] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Jan. 24 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649, artlaffin@hotmail.com.  

69] – Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE take place on Fri., Jan. 24 from noon to 1 PM.  One is at McKeldin Square, corner of Light and Pratt Sts., in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore.  Use the purple circulator line.  Enjoy an AFTER VIGIL LUNCH from the food trucks in the Inner Harbor.  Bring Your Own Sandwich or stop by one of the food trucks in the McKeldin Square.

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

To be continued

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

“The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs