Sunday, January 15, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert January 15 - 17, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert January 15 - 17, 2017

"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 mobuszewski [at]

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  
4] Two friends are looking to buy a house in Baltimore
5] “Seeking Guidance in the Words and Deeds of King for the Era of Trump” – Jan. 15
6] Save healthcare – Jan. 15
7] Medicare for All – Jan. 15
8] Screening of "Years of Living Dangerously" -- Jan. 15
9] Meeting to Resist Trump– Jan. 15
10] Sing for Social Justice -- Jan. 15
11] Expose the Trump agenda -- Jan. 15
12] Pentagon Vigil – Jan. 16
13] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 16 – Jan. 20
14] MLK Day of Service – Jan. 16
15] MLK Parade -- Jan. 16
16] Protest Lockheed Martin -- Jan. 16
17] Tribute to Dr. King - Jan. 16
18] MLK Day Peace March -- Jan. 16
19] End New Jim Crow -- Jan. 16
20] End Death Penalty – Jan. 16
21] Get Money Out Maryland conference call – Jan. 16
22] National Sanctuary Day -- Jan. 17
23] End executions – Jan. 17
24] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Jan. 17
25] Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" – Jan. 17
26] “The Revolution Has Come” – Jan. 17
27] Prayer Service – Jan. 17
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 the war in Iraq.

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

THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe.  It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing.  To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at

4] – Janice and Max are looking to buy a house in Baltimore.  Let Max know if you have any leads—410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

5] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon.  On Sun., Jan. 15, the Sunday Platform Address is “Seeking Guidance in the Words and Deeds of King for the Era of Trump” with E. R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and Founding Faculty Member of the School of Global Journalism &
Communication, Morgan State University.  Too often in political discussions and always around January 15, we hear speculation — even predictions — about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would react to a situation. Most of that is just self-affirming drivel. Explore what he said and what he did in a life cut short, rather than a focus on what he would be doing. What we should be doing.

Professor E. R. Shipp is a journalist-scholar with advanced degrees from Columbia University and, as she says, from life. She is a founding faculty member of the School of G0lobal Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University, where she currently directs the school’s new Baltimore Reporting Project. She is the first black woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in the category of commentary. Her career in journalism has taken her to The New York Times, The New York Daily News and The Washington Post. She currently pens a biweekly column for The Baltimore Sun and is a frequent commentator on public radio.
Call 410-581-2322 or email

6] – Sun., Jan. 15 is a National Day of Action to save health care. Join Sen. Chris Van Hollen this Sunday to make your voice heard!  RSVP at fight to save health care for millions of Americans and preserve the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has begun. In Maryland, rally at 2 PM at the Bowie Student Center Ballroom, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, MD 20715 - PARKING: Lot J-1. Meet community activists and state and local elected leaders including County Executives Rushern Baker and Ike Leggett, Representatives Steny Hoyer, Anthony Brown, John Sarbanes, Jamie Raskin, John Delaney and many others. Call (301) 942-3768.

7] – On Sun., Jan. 15 from 2 to 4 PM, show up for Single Payer at the Democrats’ Rally, hosted by Healthcare is a Human Right – Maryland, at 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie 20715-3319. Democratic members of Congress are holding a rally to defend the ACA. Send a strong message that what we need is a national improved Medicare for All.  The ACA leaves out 29 million people, has made more people under insured and has not controlled health care costs. Don't defend the ACA, replace it with Medicare for All! Medicare for all supporters are gathering to bring that message to the rally. RSVP at

8] - See a screening of "Years of Living Dangerously" at 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Sun., Jan. 15 from 2 to 4 PM. Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA) invites you to see the award-winning docu-series which discusses climate change’s impact with experts around the world. The screening will take place at the Potter’s House and will feature an episode from this season that focuses on carbon pricing, a way to make polluters pay that is currently being proposed in D.C.  This event will include a discussion with representatives from Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Interfaith Power and Light. Coffee and other treats will be available for purchase. 

Actress and activist Nikki Reed explores what some believe to be the ultimate solution for climate change: putting a price on carbon. She joins a group of passionate students at Pomona College in Southern California on a mission to put it into action and travels to Vancouver, a carbon-pricing success story, for a sit-down with the mayor. Animal species around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate, and climate change is only worsening the trend. Meanwhile, former “Daily Show” correspondent Aasif Mandvi sets off on a quest to understand just how much of a threat climate change poses to endangered species. He travels to Kenya’s wildlife preserves to meet the people on the front lines of conservation efforts, discovering that increased drought and irregular rainfall are compounding poaching and loss of habitat. RSVP at

9] -- Join the resistance and attend a Community Meeting to Resist Trump on Sun., Jan. 15 at 2 PM at the Towson Library, Towson, MD 21204.  RSVP at  MoveOn is partnering with the Working Families Party, People's Action, and United We Dream to coordinate these gatherings to do more than just talk. Form local working groups and plan concrete actions we can take over the next few weeks and months to build our power, defend our values, and resist.

10] -- On Sun., Jan. 15 from 3 to 6 PM, Sing for Social Justice at 2640 Saint Paul St, Baltimore 21218.  This is an impromptu community choral event where you can learn and sing together to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. The event is inspired by the “no-commitment” choir model of Choir!Choir!Choir! All ages and singing abilities welcome. 100% of the proceeds will be directed to the Baltimore Racial Justice Action and the Southern Poverty Law Center. A donation of $10 is suggested.  Visit

11] -- Let's get ready for the inauguration of Donald Trump by exposing his agenda and how we can effectively resist.  Come to Trump Exposed: Panel Discussion on Sun., Jan. 15 from 6 to 8 PM at Busboys and Poets @ 5th and K Sts., 1025 5th St. NW, WDC. The panel of experts/activists will speak about immigration, race, environment, economic policy, Islamophobia and foreign policy. Some of the speakers are Phyllis Bennis, Rev. Graylan Hagler, and Medea Benjamin. RSVP at

12] – 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., 16, 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. 

13] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday fr6m 10 AM to noon on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at

14] – On Mon., Jan. 16 from 10 AM to 1 PM, be a part of the MLK Day of Service, Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Place, WDC. Volunteer with Faith In Action, Repairing The World. RSVP to

15] – On Mon., Jan. 16 at noon, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade will begin at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Celebrate the life of civil rights leader and icon with more than 70 local groups including Women in Black, the Baltimore Ethical Society, Veterans for Peace and Healthcare is a Human Rights.  The parade steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on the Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. WIB can be reached at

16] – On Mon., Jan. 16 at noon, the Brandywine Peace Community is organizing a Martin Luther King Day of Nonviolent Resistance at Lockheed Martin, King of Prussia, PA, - world’s #1 war profiteer, drone war technology to nuclear weapons - corner of Mall & Goddard Boulevards, (directly behind the King of Prussia Mall).  Visit or call 484-574-1148.

17] – On Mon.,, Jan. 16 from 2 to 4 PM at the National [Episcopal] Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, WDC 20016, there is a Tribute to Dr. King: Sanctuary, Witness, Covenant. Dr. King called on faith communities, specifically the church, to be sanctuary for those in need and to demonstrate public witness to injustice. The ADAMS BEAT Choir may sing. RSVP to

18] -- JOIN PACEM IN TERRIS on Mon., Jan. 16 from 2 to 4 PM for a  MLK Day Peace March and Community Celebration, Meet-up for the march at the Hicks-Anderson Center, 501 N. Madison St, Wilmington, DE. Then march to the Be Ready Church Gymnasium, 1141 W. 4th St. RSVP at AT

19] --JOIN PACEM IN TERRIS on Mon., Jan. 16 from 6 to 7 PM for the Delaware Coalition to End the New Jim Crow Monthly Meeting at St. Thomas Church, 276 S. College Ave., Newark. Go to

20] -- 40 Years of Executions: Stop the Death Penalty! On Mon., Jan. 16 from 6 to 8 PM, hear Voices of Experience on the Death PenaltyOn the eve of a national call for direct action against the death penalty, come to hear death row exonerees, murder victim family members, death row families, and national experts tell their stories and learn how you can take action. This is happening at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St., NE.  Go to

21] – Get Money Out of Maryland has a weekly teleconference, every Monday evening at 8:30 PM.  Call 605-475-6711, and use the Code 1136243#.  Go to

22] -- One of the best chances we have to stop Donald Trump is by supporting and protecting marginalized communities through Sanctuary. The Sanctuary Movement is experiencing a resurgence of energy, not seen since its founding in the 1980s: Cities, schools, and even restaurants are stepping up to declare their spaces a Sanctuary from the hateful policies of Donald Trump. Will you join thousands across the country in a National Sanctuary Day of Action on January 17th?   Go to Register your event -- host actions, vigils, trainings, press conferences, share stories online, and issue public statements in support of Sanctuary all on the same day to send the message to Donald Trump and his administration that if they want to come after our communities, they'll have to go through all of us. This call is made by Church World Service.

23] --On Tues., Jan. 17 dozens of groups — including families of the murdered and families of the executed, along with wrongfully-convicted death row survivors — will converge at the Supreme Court to call for an end to executions. Gather at 9 AM at the United Methodist Building (next to Supreme Court), 100 Maryland Ave. NE, WDC 20002. Join alongside Lisa Sharon Harper at the Supreme Court to call for an end to the death penalty. January 17 marks 40 years since the first modern-era execution, after a decade-long moratorium. In the years since, there have been 1442 executions. 

Unveil 40 posters with the names of the 1442 people executed over the past 40 years. Faith leaders and other activists will carry roses for the victims of both murder and execution and declare together: “Violence is the disease, not the cure.”
This action will be nonviolent and family friendly, ending with a peaceful, prayerful action on the steps where it is anticipated over 30 faith leaders and activists being arrested – the largest direct action against the death penalty in the past 40 years since executions resumed. Register at and indicate how you plan to participate.

24] – 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 Jan. 1.  Call 215-426-0364.

25] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Jan. 17  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

26] – “The Revolution Has Come” - Author Talk with Robyn C. Spencer – at The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Tues., Jan. 17 from 7 to 9 PM. Spencer traces the Black Panther Party's organizational evolution in Oakland, California, where hundreds of young people came to political awareness and journeyed to adulthood as members. Challenging the belief that the Panthers were a projection of the leadership, Spencer draws on interviews with rank-and-file members, FBI files, and archival materials to examine the impact the organization's internal politics and COINTELPRO's political repression had on its evolution and dissolution.

27] -- JOIN PACEM IN TERRIS on Tues., Jan. 17 at 7 PM for a Prayer Service for peace, nonviolence and respect for all persons at the  St Catherine Of Siena, 2503 Centerville Rd., Wilmington DE.  Email at

To be continued.

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

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