Thursday, April 27, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 28 - 30, 2017

48] Direct Action and Privilege Teach-In – Apr. 28
49] Max is at the JHU Spring Fair -- Apr. 28 - 30
50] Peace vigil at White House – Apr. 28
51] WIB peace vigil – Apr. 28
52] Drone Death Walk -- Apr. 28
53] Poster Making -- Apr. 28
54] Support Aging Prisoners – Apr. 28
55] Black Lives matter vigil -- Apr. 28
56] Speak out against corruption -- Apr. 28
57] Water ceremony – Apr. 28
58] War is not Green! – Apr. 28
59] War on climate – Apr. 28
60] Building the Green Economy – Apr. 28
61] Ballroom Dancing -- Apr. 28
62] March for Climate buses – Apr. 29
63] Ignite Peace – Apr. 29
64] March with PSR – Apr. 29
65] West Chester peace vigil – Apr. 29
66] Women and Climate – Apr. 29
67] Amy Goodman in D.C. – Apr. 29
68] Labor Chorus Concert – Apr. 29
89] Support the Wheeler family who lost their home in a fire
70] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
71] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
72] Do you need any book shelves?
73] Join the Global Zero campaign
74] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
48] – People's Climate March: Direct Action & Privilege Teach-in is happening at 238 9th St. NE, WDC, on Fri., Apr. 28 from 11 AM to 1 PM. Go to

Are you participating in the People's Climate March and also have a privilege identity that helps buffer you from the impacts of climate and economic injustice? Resource Generation is excited to bring knowledge about organizing around class and race, and know there are many privileged identities that impact one's participation in direct action. Organizers encourage others to bring resources, but will be focusing on race and class for our short time together.

49] – Max will be selling books and other material at the Johns Hopkins Spring Fair, located near the Homewood House, space 64.  He will be there on Fri., from noon to 8 PM; Sat., Apr. 29 from 10 AM to 8 PM and Sun., Apr. 30 from 10 AM to 6 PM. Call 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

50] – On Fri., Apr. 28 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. 

51] – On Fri., Apr. 28 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 as long as you can. Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather. Bring your own poster or help with the "NO WAR IN MY NAME" banner.  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 [].  Peace signs will be available. 

52] –  During the historic Penn Relays CUT PENN'S TIES TO ENDLESS WAR and to TRUMP on Fri., Apr. 28 at noon at the University of Pennsylvania, 34th & Walnut Sts., Phila., PA.  This will opens with a Drone Death Walk/Vigil (if at all possible, please WEAR BLACK for all the victims of endless war.) Go to or call 484-574-1148.

53] -- Go to the People's Climate March Organizing and Poster-Making Session at Beyond the Classroom, 4250 Leigh Rd.,  1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1 College Park, on Fri., Apr. 28 from noon to 5 PM. In preparation for the People's Climate March, come for a festive organizing and poster-making session! BTC will provide the art materials (such as poster board, sheets, paint, paintbrushes, pencils, rulers, scissors etc.). You provide the inspiration and ideas for why citizens need to take climate action!

54] – On Fri., Apr, 29 from 3 to 4:15 PM, D.C. Release Aging People in Prison [RAPP] will hold a meeting at the BF Senior Wellness Center, 3531 Georgia Ave., WDC 20010.  The group is working together with other campaigns, groups, and organizations to take on the crucial issue of people aging and dying in prison without justification. There are elderly DC prisoners who are trapped in the federal prison system due to denials of parole, compassionate release, and clemency. Come out to the next coalition meeting to learn more about this issue; DCRAPP plans to usher in change; and learn how you can become involved in the campaign. Email or go to

55] – 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 Apr. 28. Black Lives Matter.  

56] – As part of Representation Day get involved in a national day of action. RSVP at On Fri., Apr. 28 at 6 PM in Patterson Park, 27 S. Patterson Park Ave., Baltimore 21231.  Rally and speak out against our corrupt political system.

57] – Honoring Our Sacred Water is a Water Ceremony at 1900 Anacostia Dr. SE, WDC, on Fri., Apr. 28 from 6 to 9 PM, hosted by Potomac Waterkeepers. Join several Waterkeepers at Poplar Point near where the Anacostia River meets the Potomac River. See

58] –Resist, Build and Rise: War is Not Green!  This will be talked about at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts., WDC, on Fri., Apr. 28 from 6 to 8 PM, hosted by CODEPINK. Join up for a pre-march inspiring evening of talks, music and spoken word.  There will be particular focus on the critical links between climate chaos and the chaos of war/militarism. Leaders in the climate and anti-war movements will motivate us as we “Resist, Build and Rise."

59] – Challenging the US War on the Atmosphere: how we fight back will be discussed at 1525 Newton St. NE, WDC, on Fri., Apr. 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, hosted by Split this Rock and the Institute for Policy Studies. The Federal government is not going to do anything constructive about the climate crisis. Explore concrete ways that we can fight back in our states, cities, and communities to advance a just climate agenda and to roll back the extractive economy. Through creative interaction, this teach-in will engage, teach, entertain, and inspire climate justice activists to go back from the march and take action in our communities.  RSVP at

60] – Building the Green Economy takes place at 2111 Florida Ave. NW, WDC 20008, on Fri., Apr. 28 from 6:30 to 9 PM.  Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is proud to host a panel discussion on the intersections of economic and environmental justice. Is a meaningful reduction in carbon emissions possible under capitalism? What are the political obstacles to a fair, ecologically-sustainable society? Come for an evening of invigorating discussion with environmentalists, activists, and academics.  A $5 donation is requested to cover event costs. RSVP at

61] – 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 Apr. 28. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.
62] –There is a Sierra Club bus to the Peoples Climate March which will depart on Sat., Apr. 29 at 8 AM at 7401 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore. For tickets, go to  There is a Communities United bus, also departing at 8 AM, which will depart from the Renaissance Academy HS, 1315 Madison Ave. Get tickets at Another Sierra Club bus will depart on Sat., Apr. 29 at 8 AM at Open Works, 1400 Greenmount Ave. Get tickets at
63] – IGNITE PEACE in Horsham, PA, on Sat., Apr. 29 from noon to 2 PM. Protest the drone war command center at Horsham Air Guard Station, Route 611/Easton Road & County Line Road, Horsham, PA.  Go to or call 484-574-1148.

64] – On Sat., Apr. 29, the 100th day of the Trump presidency, the People's Climate March will bring tens of thousands of people into the streets of Washington, D.C. Physicians For Social Responsibility
will be there, leading a health contingent to protest the Administration’s roll-back of climate protections and to call for clean, healthy renewable energy sources. In just three months, the Trump Administration has appointed climate deniers to key cabinet posts, moved to destroy the Clean Power Plan, opposed common-sense regulations to reduce leaks of methane gas, and sought to defund climate science research and the EPA. Join PSR at 11 AM, as the march steps off at 12:30 PM, at 3rd St. and Madison Drive NW (at the foot of the U.S. Capitol).  Look for the PSR banner.  If you're a health professional, wear your white coat, scrubs, or other identifiable health gear. 
Sign up here to register and for important last-minute updates:

65] – 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

66] – On Sat., Apr. 29 at 6 PM at the Impact Hub D.C.,  419 7th St. NW (between The Mall and Gallery Place), hear "Women Leading Solutions on the Frontline of Climate Change" panel discussion, organized by Women's Earth and Climate Action Network.  

67] -- On Sat., Apr. 29 at 7 PM at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 North Capitol St.NE, WDC 20011.  Join award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, for her North American tour. Goodman will speak about increased threats to freedom of the press and the importance of truly independent media to hold those in power accountable. In more than 20 years of reporting, Democracy Now! has covered the social movements that are now forming the groundswell of opposition to the Trump administration; movements long ignored by the corporate media, but central to Democracy Now’s daily journalism. Amy will be introduced by her co-author, Democracy Now’s Denis Moynihan. Tickets are $10.  Visit

68] – The Charm City Labor Chorus will present its annual concert on Sat., Apr. 29 at 7:30 PM at the Baltimore Museum of Art.  For this year’s theme -- “DEFY! RESIST!” – you will hear “El Pueblo Unido,” the anthem of Allende’s popular unity government and later of the resistance against the Pinochet Regime; Bev Grant’s “The Women Are Coming,” about Nigerian Women who forced Chevron to build schools, roads and hospitals and to provide their town with electricity; “I Can’t Keep Quiet,” the anthem of the recent Women’s March on Washington, and Bob Marley's "Get Up Stand Up."  You can get tickets online ($15, $5 student, $12 BMA members) at  The Charm City Labor Chorus is committed to performing music of the labor, social justice, and civil rights movements.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           69] – Activists Joyce and Tim Wheeler now live in Sequim, Washington, but their son, Morgan and his family have lived in the Wheeler’s Baltimore home, 816 Beaumont Avenue for some time.  Tragically, at 3 AM on February 4, the home was burned beyond recognition.  Morgan was able to get his family out, but the house and its contents are totally destroyed.  Morgan's daughter, Erin, has created a Go Fund Me page which you can access below.  Anything you are able to contribute to support Morgan and his family would be greatly appreciated. Go to 


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72] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

73] -- 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.

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

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Baltimore Activist Alert - April 26 - 28, 2017

29] Be with Bernie – Apr. 26
30] Stop the Death Penalty – Apr. 26
31] Student Leadership for Climate Action   – Apr. 26
32] Support Muslim-Americans -- Apr. 26
33] Talk single payer – Apr. 26
34] Black United Front Community Meeting – Apr. 26
35] Book talk on torture – Apr. 26
36] May Day planning – Apr. 26
37] Hear from the black community – Apr. 26
38] Nuclear Weapons Policy conference – Apr. 27
39] Speak-Out at the Supreme Court – Apr. 27
40] Why We March – Apr. 27
41] Josh Fox film – Apr. 27
42] People's Congress Training Day – Apr. 27
43] Art as a Voice – Apr. 27
44] Peaceseekers meeting – Apr. 27
45] Community discussions -- Apr. 27
44] Native dance at Trump Hotel – Apr. 27
47] Sweet potatoes to FERC -- Apr. 28

29] – On Wed., Apr. 26 at 9:15 AM at the U.S. Capitol, First St NE & Constitution Ave NE, WDC, join Bernie and workers to demand $15 minimum wage.  A key part of the GOP agenda is a war on workers. During the first 100 days, President Trump and the GOP Congress joined forces to Repeal wage theft and labor law protections for 20 million federal contract workers, Push so-called national “Right to Work” legislation to decimate unions and Slash over 200,000 government jobs and contract them out to private corporations. RSVP

30] -- On Wed., Apr. 26 at noon, join the Rally to Stop the Death Penalty with DE Citizens Against the Death Penalty in Legislative Hall, Dover, DE. Go to

31] – Student Leadership for Climate Action  is part of the University of Maryland’s Beyond the Classroom, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, 4250 Lehigh Road, College Park, on Wed., Apr. 26 from noon to 1 PM, as part of the Series on "Global Citizen Action to Save the Planet." Hear from University of Maryland students who are taking action on solving the climate crisis at the local, national and global levels. What inspires students to act? What leadership roles can students play in addressing the global climate crisis? Come learn how you can get involved in the People's Climate March on Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 29th! RSVP, as lunch will be provided, at

32] –  On Wed., Apr. 26 at 12:30 PM, get over to the Unity Rally in support of Delaware's Muslim-American Community on Legislative Mall on West side of Legislative Hall. See

33] – TALKING ABOUT SINGLE PAYER: HEALTH CARE EQUALITY FOR AMERICA is happening on Wed., Apr. 26 at 5 PM in the Free School Classroom at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. Challenging the shower of criticism coming from all but one of the presidential candidates, a book just released by a Johns Hopkins transplant surgeon asserts that a Single Payer health care system will actually save most taxpayers money. In Talking About “SINGLE PAYER: Health Equality for America,” Dr. James F. Burdick, a frequent contributor of op-ed pieces on health care reform to the Baltimore Sun and former Director of the Division of Transplantation in the Department of Health and Human Services, details the opportunities for further savings in the present U.S. system, despite the improvements of Obamacare. Dr. Burdick maintains that "through controlling expenses that do not help patients, a single payer system will simplify our health care, improve the quality of care and provide savings far exceeding the cost of extending coverage to every American.” Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

34] – There is a National Black United Front Community Meeting at the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust Inc., 1816 12th St. NW, WDC, on Wed., Apr. 26 from 7 to 9 PM. Connect here at Are you interested in uplifting underserved neighborhoods?  Visit from or email  The National Black United Front (NBUF) is an organization made up of concerned and committed individuals and organizations who have united to assume responsibility for working and leading the struggle for a better life for themselves and their children. In the words of Marcus Garvey, “Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will.”

35] – Book Hill Talks - How the Gloves Came off with Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault is at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, WDC, on Wed., Apr. 26 from 7 to 8 PM, hosted by Georgetown Neighborhood Library.  Go to  Arsenault, Director of Teaching, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University, will be on hand to discuss her book,  “How the Gloves Came Off: Lawyers, Policy Makers and Norms in the Debate on Torture.”

36] – May Day Global Strike is a Make May Day Resist Trump Day Organizing Meeting is on Wed. Apr. 26 at 7 PM at 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  Also to be discussed is the Climate Change March - Anti-Capitalist/Resist Imperialism Contingent.  Go to To join the Anti-capitalist – Resist Imperialism Contingent on Apr. 29, meet at 10 AM at 4th St. NW & Madison Drive in Washington D.C. Visit

37] -- On Wed., Apr. 26 at 7 PM, hear the discussion The Black community leading up to the Wilmington Riots and the pace of progress since in the University of Delaware’s Trabant Student Center, 17 W. Main St., Newark, DE. Go to

38] – Get over to a conference: Toward a Fundamental Change in Nuclear Weapons Policy on Thurs., Apr. 27 from 9 AM to 5:30 PM at the United States Capitol Visitor Center, WDC. This all-day conference brings together scientists, policy experts, elected officials, and religious leaders to discuss what must be done to pave the way for a nuclear weapons-free world. Confirmed speakers include Setsuko Thurlow, Bruce Blair, Zia Man, Daryl Kimball, Ira Helfand, Ray Acheson, Shen Dingli, and Alan Robock.  This event is co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility. Email Go to

39] – There is a Youth Climate Lawsuit Speak-Out at the Supreme Court of the United States, 1 1st St. NE, WDC, on Thurs., Apr. 27 from 9 to 10:30 AM, hosted by Our Children's Trust.  Connect at STAND WITH the 21 youth plaintiffs heading towards the "trial of the century," Juliana vs. United States, suing the federal government for perpetrating climate chaos. They will speak out from the steps of the United States Supreme Court, where their case may eventually be heard. Joined by their lawyers and supporting US Senators, they will share the latest updates on their case, as well as song, fiery speeches and invitations to show your support. Two days later they will march in the People's Climate March.

40] РOn Thurs., Apr. 27 at 12:30 PM, there will be a Green Bag presentation Р"Why We March: From California to the Amazon," featuring Leila Salazar-López (Amazon Watch Executive Director) and Pennie Opal Plant (founding member of Idle No More San Francisco Bay), at Amazon Watch advocacy office, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100 (Dupont Circle south).

41] – University of Maryland’s Beyond the Classroom, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, 4250 Lehigh Road, College Park, on Thurs., Apr. 27 from 3:30 to 6 PM, as part of the Series on Global Citizen Action to Save the Planet, presents the award-winning documentary: "HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN'T CHANGE!" Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?  Go to See

42] -- There is a People's Congress Training Day at the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust Inc., 1816 12th St. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Apr. 27 from 6 to 8 PM, hosted by It Takes Roots to Grow the Resistance. Building visionary opposition from frontline communities, local to global. Contact Yuki Kidikoro at or 202-439-7724. See

43] – Art as a Voice is happening at 3160 16th St. NW, WDC 20010, on Thurs., Apr. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  This event provides a safe space where survivors, supporters, and service providers can share their stories of how sexual assault and domestic violence have impacted their lives or communities.  Go to

44] -- On Thurs., Apr. 27 at 7 PM, there is a PeaceSeekers Meeting to plan the next peace-building event in the Pacem office, 401 N. West St., Wilmington, DE. See

45] – On Thurs., Apr. 27 from 7 to 10 PM at the St Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St.  NW, WDC, there will be community discussions.  Use the Columbia Heights Station, Green Line Metro.  The first one is Food Justice and the Fight Against Hunger with Michele and Rick Tingling Clemmons. The second one will be Updates on Drug Laws, Challenging Forensic Evidence and a Brief Discussion of the History of Drug Experimentation The speakers include  Adam Eidinger, John Kelly, and Mai Abdul Rahman. Email

46] – Go to the Pre-People's Climate March Native Round Dance at Trump Hotel, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Apr. 27 from 8:30 to 10 PM, hosted by the Indigenous Environmental Network. Indigenous communities are under attack for protecting Mother Earth and defending their inherent rights, as such the Indigenous Environmental Network wishes to send a message to the Trump administration and its corporate interests that Native resistance will not be silenced! Visit

47] – Sweet Potatoes, not Pipelines will take place at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 1st St NE, WDC, on Fri., Apr. 28 from 8 to 10 AM.   Beyond Extreme Energy is taking close to half a ton of sweet potatoes to the headquarters of FERC, They will be speaking out about their passionate opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and all new proposed fossil fuel infrastructure. FERC is a rubber-stamp agency for the gas industry!  Sweet potatoes are grown in eastern North Carolina, site of Duke Energy and Dominion Resources’ proposed ACP, which would run 550 miles through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. All BXE actions, gatherings, and activities adhere to our Principles of Nonviolence, which can be found here:  RSPV at

To be continued.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Great Mistake in the Great War.

The Opinion Pages | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Should America Have Entered World War I?/The Great Mistake in the Great War. 
Army recruits filled a street in New York in April 1917 soon after President Woodrow Wilson declared war on Germany. CreditAssociated Press

One hundred years ago today, Congress voted to enter what was then the largest and bloodiest war in history. Four days earlier, President Woodrow Wilson had sought to unite a sharply divided populace with a stirring claim that the nation “is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness and the peace which she has treasured.” The war lasted only another year and a half, but in that time, an astounding 117,000 American soldiers were killed and 202,000 wounded.
Still, most Americans know little about why the United States fought in World War I, or why it mattered. The “Great War” that tore apart Europe and the Middle East and took the lives of over 17 million people worldwide lacks the high drama and moral gravity of the Civil War and World War II, in which the very survival of the nation seemed at stake.
World War I is less easy to explain. America intervened nearly three years after it began, and the “doughboys,” as our troops were called, engaged in serious combat for only a few months. More Americans in uniform died away from the battlefield — thousands from the Spanish flu — than with weapons in hand. After victory was achieved, Wilson’s audacious hope of making a peace that would advance democracy and national self-determination blew up in his face when the Senate refused to ratify the treaty he had signed at the Palace of Versailles.
But attention should be paid. America’s decision to join the Allies was a turning point in world history. It altered the fortunes of the war and the course of the 20th century — and not necessarily for the better. Its entry most likely foreclosed the possibility of a negotiated peace among belligerent powers that were exhausted from years mired in trench warfare.
Although the American Expeditionary Force did not engage in combat for long, the looming threat of several million fresh troops led German generals to launch a last, desperate series of offensives. When that campaign collapsed, Germany’s defeat was inevitable.
How would the war have ended if America had not intervened? The carnage might have continued for another year or two until citizens in the warring nations, who were already protesting the endless sacrifices required, forced their leaders to reach a settlement. If the Allies, led by France and Britain, had not won a total victory, there would have been no punitive peace treaty like that completed at Versailles, no stab-in-the-back allegations by resentful Germans, and thus no rise, much less triumph, of Hitler and the Nazis. The next world war, with its 50 million deaths, would probably not have occurred.
The foes of militarism in the United States had tried to prevent such horrors. Since the war began, feminists and socialists had worked closely with progressive members of Congress from the agrarian South and the urban Midwest to keep America out. They mounted street demonstrations, attracted prominent leaders from the labor and suffrage movements, and ran antiwar candidates for local and federal office. They also gained the support of Henry Ford, who chartered a ship full of activists who crossed the Atlantic to plead with the heads of neutral nations to broker a peace settlement.
They may even have had a majority of Americans on their side. In the final weeks before Congress declared war, anti-militarists demanded a national referendum on the question, confident voters would recoil from fighting and paying the bills so that one group of European powers could vanquish another.
Once the United States did enter the fray, Wilson, with the aid of the courts, prosecuted opponents of the war who refused to fall in line. Under the Espionage and Sedition Acts, thousands were arrested for such “crimes” as giving speeches against the draft and calling the Army “a God damned legalized murder machine.”
The intervention led to big changes in America, as well as the world. It began the creation of a political order most citizens now take for granted, even as some protest against it: a state equipped to fight war after war abroad while keeping a close watch on allegedly subversive activities at home.
The identity of the nation’s enemies has changed often over the past century. But at least until Donald Trump took office, the larger aim of American foreign policy under both liberal and conservative presidents had remained much the same: to make the world “safe for democracy,” as our leaders define it. To achieve that purpose required another innovation of World War I: a military-industrial establishment funded, then partly and now completely, by income taxes.
For all that, the war is largely forgotten in the United States. Combatants in World War II and Vietnam are memorialized in popular sites on the National Mall, but the men who fought and died in the Great War have no such honor (though there is a small memorial specific to soldiers from Washington, and a small national monument is in the planning stages).
Alone among the former belligerent nations, the United States observes a holiday on the anniversary of the Armistice — Veterans Day — that makes no explicit reference to the conflict itself. The centennial of the declaration of war is a good time to remember how much the decision to enter it mattered.
Michael Kazin is the author of “War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918,” a professor of history at Georgetown and the editor of Dissent.
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A version of this op-ed appears in print on April 6, 2017, on Page A27 of the New York edition with the headline: The Great Mistake in the Great War. 

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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

Baltimore Activist Alert April 23 - 25, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert April 23 - 25, 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.

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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] Becoming White – Apr. 23
6] Gender Revolution – Apr. 23
7] Climate Teach-In - Apr. 23
8] Sacred Resistance Advocacy Training – Apr. 23
9] From Protest to Power – Apr. 23 - 25
10] The Je’Nan Hayes Story – Apr. 23
11] Art Party for the People's Climate March -- Apr. 23
12] Pride planning meeting -- Apr. 23
13] Our Revolution meeting – Apr. 23
14] Mass Volunteer Meeting – Apr. 23
15] Pentagon Vigil – Apr. 24
16] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Apr. 24 – Apr. 28
17] Workers Voices film – Apr. 24
18] Sign Making -- Apr. 24
19] Support sanctuary -- Apr. 24
20] Get Money Out of Maryland conference call – Apr. 24
21] Demining War Zones – Apr. 25
22] Philly peace vigil - Apr. 25
23] Stop JHU’s drone research -- Apr. 25
24] Hear David Hartsough -- Apr. 25
25] Book talk with David Vines -- Apr. 25
26] Active Bystander Intervention Training – Apr. 25
28] Bike Lanes Are White Lanes – Apr. 25

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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., Apr. 23, the Sunday Platform Address is “Becoming White.” Race is a social construction. But it is also a profoundly powerful, frightening, and omnipresent part of our current public conversation about the future as a nation. Hugh Taft-Morales shares the development of his racial identity as a white person and his evolution towards more consistent dedication to anti-racism activism intended to help deconstruct white supremacy. 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

6] -- "Gender Revolution" will be screened at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, on Sun., Apr. 23 from 12:15 to 2:45 PM.  All are welcome to join Together and LGBT Identified Cedar Laners for the viewing of "Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric," followed by a moderated discussion. Common Sense Media recommends this film for ages 12 and up.  RSVP (so they can be sure to have enough food and adequate child care coverage) at   A light lunch will be served at 12:15 PM (suggested donation of $5-$7), and the 90 minute film will begin at 12:30 PM.

7] – There is a Teach-In on Climate Change at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC, on Sun., Apr. 23 at 12:15 PM, hosted by and Politics and Prose. Connect at It will address a topic that affects us all: climate change. What is the scientific consensus behind climate change, and how did this issue become so politicized? How can we balance legislation that reduces CO2 emissions and protects the environment with the need to protect American jobs and remain competitive? And as citizens, what can we do to convince our lawmakers that climate change must be taken seriously? Jamie Henn is the Strategic Communications Director and Co-Founder of, a grassroots climate awareness movement that coordinates online campaigns and mass public actions around the world. Dave Levitan is a journalist who has written about a range of scientific topics, focusing specifically on the intersection with policy and politics. His upcoming book is called “Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent and Utterly Mangle Science.” Todd Stern was President Obama’s Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2009-2016, leading the U.S. negotiating effort that culminated in the Paris Agreement. He is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale. The conversation will be moderated by Kristen Gunther, director of Mission Strategy at the March for Science.  P&P also supports the #PoetsforScience project, run by the Wick Poetry Center in collaboration with poet Jane Hirshfield.

8] -- Catch the Sacred Resistance Advocacy Training at the Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW, WDC, on Sun., Apr. 23 from 12:45 to 2:45 PM.  Curious how to productively meet with elected officials? At the training, you will learn what “lobbying” actually is, including how the average citizen can effectively interact with elected officials to enact change through letter writing, phone calls, and in-person visits. This interactive training will illustrate why your voice is so important to a healthy democracy. Foundry member Emily Wirzba will be leading the training. She is a lobbyist for the nonpartisan Friends Committee on National Legislation. RSVP at, and go to

9] – Progressive Maryland is thrilled to be part of Rise Up 2017: From Protest to Power, the founding convention of a new national organization, People's Action! Build a new national organization with thousands of progressives from across the country! Mark the first 100 days of resistance to President Donald Trump and his agenda with 1,000 community leaders from all over the country convening to deliver a resounding NO to the Trump and right wing agenda and YES to a bold vision of an economy and democracy that work for everyone, not just the rich and powerful, big corporations, and purveyors of hate.  Gather with friends and allies to celebrate what we have won and the movement we are building together from Sun., Apr. 23 through Tues., Apr. 25.  Registration opens at 1PM, and the program begins at 6 PM on Sunday.  The last activity ends at 5 PM on Tuesday on Capitol Hill. The convention takes place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW, WDC 20008. Call (202) 234-0700.  Visit

10] – Je’Nan Hayes was not allowed to play during regional basketball finals because she was wearing a hijab. The rule that was cited is so rarely enforced that neither Je’Nan nor her coach had ever heard of it until the championship game. Je’Nan and her family lobbied the State of Maryland and last week successfully won the case to rescind this obscure rule! Now all student athletes that wear head coverings for religious purposes are allowed to participate!

The fight continues, however, because Je’Nan and her family are working towards having the rule rescinded on the national level. Hear her story on Sun., Apr. 23 from 2 to 4:30 PM at the Rollins Congressional Club, 1621 Martha Terrace, Rockville.  The event will feature Je’Nan, who will share her story; her mother Salamah (Carlitta), who will share her experiences as a parent; and Jade Magnus Ogunnaike, Media and Economic Justice campaign manager at Color of Change, who led the digital campaign to support Je’Nan. Register at  Go to

11] – Check out the Art Party for the People's Climate March at 1351 Spring Rd. NW, WDC, on Sun., Apr. 23 from 2 to 6 PM.  SURJ DC invites you to an art party to create signs and banners to support indigenous-led environmental movements. If you have nontoxic art supplies, feel free to bring them to contribute to the event. SURJ DC is a local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice - a national network of white people organizing themselves and other white people to stand up for racial justice and combat white supremacy. See

12] – There is a planning meeting for Queer and Trans Resistance at Pride, 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC, on Sun., Apr. 23 from 3 to 5 PM, hosted by Resist This.  Pride is a protest. Stonewall was a riot. Homophobia, Trans misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and anti-poor sentiment run through the veins of the current administration, and those of law and border enforcement agencies across the United States. Connect at

13] – Join activists and supporters from every corner of the state at Our Revolution Maryland's first statewide meeting on Sun., Apr. 23 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center, 10000 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring 20903.  Hear reports from leaders in all Maryland counties. Get Our Revolution Maryland's assessment of the 2017 Maryland legislative session. Discuss next steps for Maryland. RSVP at

14] – Get over to the Mass Volunteer Meeting for the Peoples Climate March at the Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave. NW, WDC, on Sun., Apr. 23 from 6 to 7:30 PM, hosted by the People's Climate Movement. On April 29th, tens of thousands of people will come to Washington D.C. to surround the White House and stand up to Trump's climate-denying agenda. At Sunday’s Mass Meeting, volunteer opportunities will be shared, and organizers will make sure everyone is prepared to join the team in the final stretch.  See

15] – 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 Apr. 24, 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. 

16] – 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

17] – See “Sramik Awaaz: Worker Voices” at the Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC, on Mon., Apr. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, hosted by South Asia Labor Watch and Law@theMargins.  On the fourth anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building, join in discussion on the film. With over 1,100 casualties, the easily preventable disaster was the worst single incident in terms of death toll in the history of the garment industry. However, it is far from the only such instance in the global apparel industry, in which multinational manufacturers and retailers “race to the bottom,” seeking contractors with the lowest costs and quickest turnaround, leading to the lowest wages, worst access to worker rights, and most dangerous factory conditions. Crowdfunded and subtitled in English, the documentary is the first film to fully explore the lives, work, and organizing efforts of Bangladesh’s garment workers. If you are interested in hosting a screening of “Sramik Awaaz: Workers Voices,” contact Go to

18] –  There is Sign Making for the Climate March at Denizens Brewery Co., 1115 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, on Mon., Apr. 24 from 7 to 9 PM, hosted by the Takoma Park Mobilization.  Connect at  Come socialize, eat, drink, support a local business, make your Metro meet-up plans, and MAKE THOSE SIGNS! Some sign-making materials will be provided, but please bring your own if you can: poster board, markers, and paint.

19] – Keep standing up for Rockville sanctuary ordinance on Mon., Apr. 24 at 7 PM.  The mayor and city council of Rockville are considering an ordinance that would prohibit most collaboration between local police and federal immigration authorities. It's important we keep showing up to remind them this has broad community support. Your voice is needed. Three things you can do: Show up in person at the next mayor and council meeting on Monday and offer oral testimony during the "community forum." The anti-immigrant crowd is expected to turn up; we need to be there in larger numbers. If you want to speak, call the city clerk at 240-314-8280 to get yourself on the schedule. Email the Rockville mayor and council at -- even if you've already done so. They need to know that you still strongly support this ordinance.

20] – 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

21] – Demining War Zones: Opening Space for Building Peace will be discussed at the United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC, on Tues., Apr. 25 from 1 to 5 PM.  The HALO Trust, one of the world’s largest demining organizations, will gather experts for a discussion on the implications and results of demining. Landmines left by warfare pose a daily, deadly threat for millions of people across Asia and Africa. Once any peace accord is signed, the removal of mines and other explosives is a critical first step to building safety and stability in a former conflict zone. How that work is organized—and how communities are involved— can help shape the peace that follows. See an exhibition of demining technology. The department’s Humanitarian Demining Research and Development Program will feature an array of unique lifesaving tools from the high-tech push-cart known as EMPACT to the “Minehound”—a handheld device that uses ground-penetrating radar—to a few of the department’s own mine-sniffing dogs. Visit the website at

22] –  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 Apr. 25.  Call 215-426-0364.

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

24] –On Tues., Apr. 25 at 7 PM, as part of the Pacem in Terris 50th Anniversary Speaker Series, hear David Hartsough, peace activist, author, Waging Peace, co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce, and World Beyond War, at Westminster Church, West 13th St., Wilmington, DE. Visit

25] – Hear a book talk with David Vine at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Apr. 25 from 7 to 8:30 PM. Vine, Associate Professor, Anthropology, American University, and author of  “Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World,” will discuss his research.  Go to

26] – Participate in Active Bystander Intervention Training at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, on Tues., Apr. 25 from 7 to 9 PM.  RSVP at  This training is for both new and previous attendees. Being trained and knowing how to appropriately respond is part of being accountable to people and communities of color.

27] – University of Maryland’s Beyond the Classroom, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, 4250 Lehigh Road, College Park, on Tues., Apr. 25 from 7 to 9 PM, as part of the Spring 2017 Series on "People Power: Activism for Social Change," presents a documentary “The Age of Consequences!” (Global, 2016).  ‘The Hurt Locker’ meets ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict. Go to

28] – On Tues., Apr. 25 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, MELODY HOFFMANN PRESENTS "BIKE LANES ARE WHITE LANES."   No such exciting accommodations for cyclists exists (yet) on North Avenue as it stretches east and west into the wings of the “Black butterfly.” But is the answer simply that the city should hurry up and get bike lanes running on North Ave. too? Or are there a complicated set of issues to be unpacked, accompanied by real community deliberation, regarding the connections between bike infrastructure and gentrification, and between the image of who a “bicyclist” is and the real experiences of bikers of color as they navigate both traffic and racial disparities in policing and neighborhood investment? To help sort through these questions and set the stage for a conversation with the audience on bike equity in Baltimore, we are thrilled to welcome Melody Hoffmann, author of “Bike Lanes Are White Lanes: Bicycle Advocacy and Urban Planning,” a study of how the burgeoning popularity of urban bicycling in Milwaukee, Portland, and Minneapolis has been trailed by systemic issues of racism, classism, and displacement.  On hand to MC the event and lead the discussion afterwards will be desegregation activist and Morgan professor Lawrence Brown. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

To be continued.

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