Sunday, January 29, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert January 29 - 31, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert January 29 - 31, 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] Oppose Betsy DeVos – Jan. 29
6] First Amendment & President Trump– Jan. 29
7] The State of War – Jan. 29
8] See a screening of "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" -- Jan. 29
10] The Iran Nuclear Deal – Jan. 29
11] Pentagon Vigil – Jan. 30
12] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 30 – Feb. 3
13] Conversation with the Pakistani opposition -- Jan. 30
14] 10 Actions in 100 Days – Jan. 30
15] Get Money Out Maryland conference call – Jan. 30
16] Oppose Betsy DeVos – Jan. 31
17] Sustainable Peacemaking -- Jan. 31
18] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Jan. 31
19] Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" – Jan. 31
20] Pacem in Terris 50th Anniversary Speaker Series – Jan. 31
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] – On Sun., Jan. 29 from 10 AM to noon in Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Ave. NW, WDC 20001, Oppose Betsy DeVos!  We have grown so much in number that Columbus Circle won't hold us. Capitol Police has granted a permit for Upper Senate Park, which is VERY close to Columbus Circle. Union Station is still the best Metro stop. The permit is for HAND HELD signs only. Go to

6] – 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. 29, the Sunday Platform Address is “The First Amendment and President Trump” with Hugh Taft-Morales, Ethical Leader. With Trump in the White House, what will become of our First Amendment rights, in particular freedom of press, speech and assembly? During the campaign, Trump demonstrated unprecedented hostility towards the media. This is in the context of market forces, which have already weakened the independent press and slashed budgets for investigative journalism. Trump threatens and intimidates those who publicly criticize him, endangering our freedom of speech. Even the right to assembly is being challenged by the incoming administration. What can we do to maintain a free, open flow of information and a diversity of opinion? Call 410-581-2322 or email

7] –  David Swanson will speak on the State of War and What to Do About It at the Nova Catholic Community at 11:30 AM on Sun., Jan. 29 at 11:30 AM in the Kenmore Middle School Cafeteria, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington, VA 22204. You are also welcome to join us for liturgy at 10:15 AM. David will have books to sell and sign. He is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is also the director of and campaign coordinator for Go to

8] – On Sun., Jan. 29 from 2 to 4 PM, see a screening of "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth," hosted by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E Pratt St., Baltimore 21202. Tickets are available at  The documentary tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey, from her birth to sharecroppers in Georgia, to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th Century.  Mixing powerful archival footage with moving testimonials from figures such as Howard Zinn, Angela Y. Davis, Gloria Steinem, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Quincy Jones, Steven Spielberg and Danny Glover, this film gives a penetrating look at Walker, the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Visit
10] –   Does the Iran Nuclear Deal Help or Harm US Interests in the Middle East? Hear the discussion on Mon., Jan. 30 at noon at the Atlantic Council, 1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator), WDC. RSVP at  Join the Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative and The Iran Project to a symposium on the future of the Iran nuclear deal, a year after its full implementation. How well is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) working? How is the JCPOA affecting US interests and actions in other parts of the region? What are the JCPOA’s prospects under the Trump administration? A light lunch will be served starting at 11:45 AM. Hear from Sen. Chris Murphy (CT) and nine other speakers.

11] – 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., 30, 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. 

12] – 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

13] –   On Mon., Jan. 30 from 1:30 to 3 PM at the U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037, attend the conversation with Pakistani Opposition Leader Bilawi Bhutto Zardari who will speak about Pakistan, U.S. Relations— and a New Administration. President-elect Trump’s surprise November phone conversation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif underscored Pakistan’s continuing importance to U.S. interests in a stable South Asia. The new U.S. administration can expect to see this vital country hold national elections within 18 months. On Jan. 30, the U.S. Institute of Peace will host the conversation which will address Pakistan’s serious internal security challenges; debate among Pakistani civilian and military leaders over the country’s domestic counterterrorism initiatives; and Pakistan’s broader political and democratic dynamics. As a new U.S. administration and Congress begin work, Mr. Bhutto Zardari also will share his perspective on the two countries’ relationship.

Also speaking will be James Carafano, welcoming remarks, vice president, Heritage Foundation, and Moeed Yusuf, moderator, associate vice president, U.S. Institute of Peace.  RSVP at
14] -- After the march, take action.  Come to The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC (between Adam's Morgan & Columbia Heights) on Mon., Jan. 30 at 6:30 PM to take part in the first of 10 Actions in 100 Days. Write a postcard to key Senators about what matters most to you - and how you're going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Potter's House will provide postcards, stamps, pens, and a list of which representatives are most important to contact. RSPV at

15] – 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

16] – Block Trump's Cabinet: Stop Betsy DeVos.  Deliver the signatures to Sen. Benjamin Cardin's office, Tower 1, 100 S. Charles St., Suite 1710, Baltimore 21201, on Tues., Jan. 31. RSVP to attend and for the time at

17] – Experts Offer Case Studies -- Sudan to Nepal to El Salvador -- on Sustainable Peacemaking. Specialists in peace processes have understood in recent years that a vital element for ending or preventing warfare is inclusion—ensuring that all groups in a society have their voices heard and their critical concerns met. But what are we learning about how to do that, and do it better? On Tues., Jan. 31 from 9:30 to 11 AM, veterans of peace processes from Nepal to South Sudan to El Salvador to Turkey will discuss the lessons offered by their recent experiences at the United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037. All guests are required to enter via the 23rd Street entrance.  Go to

18] – 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. 31.  Call 215-426-0364.

19] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Jan. 31  from 5 to 6 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

20] -- On  Tues., Jan. 31 at 7 PM, the Pacem in Terris 50th Anniversary Speaker Series begins with Ashley Biden, Theater N, 1007 N. Orange St., Wilmington, DE.  Go to  The talk will occur at 1007 N. Orange St., Wilmington, DE. Biden previously served as Associate Executive Director at the Delaware Center for Justice for two years before being appointed as Executive Director. Ashley spent five years working with the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families in the Education Unit as the Education and Career Liaison for the Department.

Pacem in Terris will be using its 50th anniversary to not only look to past accomplishments, but as a platform for looking to the future. As part of this yearlong series 100 Years of Peace and Justice, there will be a series of speakers— one per month from January through May, pause for the summer months, and then resume in September through November.  The talks will be near the end of the month, starting off in January, and will be in Wilmington.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski [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

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