Thursday, May 18, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 19 -20, 2017

41] Celebrate Chelsea Manning – May 19
42] Wine & Wag Happy Hour – May 19
43] Healthcare Revolution – May 19
44] Hear the Music – May 19
45] Concert for Youth in Central America – May 19
46] Ballroom Dancing – May 19
47] Training for Transition -- May 20 - 21
48] Bystander Intervention Training – May 20
49] West Chester peace vigil – May 20
50] March against Monsanto May 20
51] Celebrate the White House Peace Vigilers – May 20
52] March for an Independent Investigation on Russia – May 20
53] Honor the Catonsville 9 – May 20
54] Climate change – May 20
55] Korea and the USA – May 20
56] Positive Force DC Organizing Meeting -- May 20
57] Indigenous Art Party and Jam – May 20
58] A Night for Syria – May 20
59] Support the Wheeler family who lost their home in a fire
60] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
61] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
62] Do you need any book shelves?
63] Join the Global Zero campaign
64] Join the Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
41] -- Celebrate Chelsea Manning’s Freedom in Mount Vernon at North Charles and Centre Sts. on Fri., May 19 from 5 to 7 PM.  Consider making a sign:
Chelsea Manning – Welcome Home! Chelsea Manning – We Love You! Chelsea Manning – heroine whistleblower, Chelsea Manning Exposed War Crimes in Iraq, Chelsea Manning – Our Heroine! or Thank You Chelsea! Contact Dick Ochs at 

42] -- Join Maryland SPCA for its first Wine & Wag Happy Hour of the season to eat, drink and save animals! It will happen on Fri., May 19 from 5:30 to 8 PM at the Maryland SPCA. 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore 21211.  Bring your pup! Enjoy live music by Jordan August. Food will be served up by the award-winning Gypsy Queen food truck. Hair off the Dog will be providing nail trims for $5 during the event. 100% of the proceeds will be donated back to the Maryland SPCA.  Admission is $10 online and $15 at the door. RSVP at  Contact Lisa Kenney at or 410-235-8826, ext. 135.

43] – Join the Health Care Revolution: Structural Violence and What You Can Do at The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Fri., May 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, hosted by Healthcare Revolution.  Activists from the DMV area will come together to discuss structural violence (preventable violence or harm resulting from human generated institutions) and health care. The panel will include -Margaret Flowers, MD: former practicing physician, co-founder of Popular Resistance, and co-founder of the Health Over Profit for Everyone (HOPE) campaign; -Kevin Zeese, JD: former attorney, former campaign advisor for Ralph Nader and Jill Stein, co-founder of Popular Resistance, and co-founder of the Health Over Profit (HOPE) campaign; and Russell Mokhiber, editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter, founder of and editor of the website Morgan County USA. 

  Health Care Revolution (HCR) is a new group of progressive minded students in Washington, DC working to address this shortsightedness seen in our current system. RSVP at

44] – Join Defending Rights & Dissent and Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition in an evening of music and friends that will cure what ails you! Enjoy singer-songer Mike Rufo's songs of life, love, and resistance, along with Shahid Buttar's rhymes for the times, and hang out with friends old and new rejuvenating yourself for the hard work ahead. The fundraiser will be at the Tastee Diner, 8601 Cameron St., Silver Spring, on Fri., May 19 from 7 to 10 PM. RSVP at

45] – Todos Unidos: A Benefit Concert for Youth in Central America will be happening at The Next Step Public Charter School,  3047 15th St. NW, WDC, on Fri. May 19 from 7 to 10 PM.  Join OYE and EcoViva to hear musician Austin-based Michael Romero ( Romero will play songs by the late Honduran folk singer Guillermo Anderson. Support the two organizations working with youth groups in Honduras and El Salvador: the Organization for Youth Empowerment, OYE (, and EcoViva (

Tickets are $15 in advance through Eventbrite, $20 at the door, and $10 for students. Funds raised will enable young delegates from each organization to participate in a bilateral exchange to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas. Connect at

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

47] – On Sat., May 20 and Sun., May 21, get over to Training for Transition, a Transition Town course, hosted by Transition Town Media at Media Providence Friends School, 125 N. 3rd St., Media, PA. Register

48] – Bystanders Who Won’t Stand By: Bystander Intervention Training will take place at the Mediterranean Café, 3237 Rhode Island Ave., Mt. Rainier, on Sat., May 20 from 10 AM to 1 PM, hosted by Defend Yourself.  You’ll develop skills to assess a situation and choose an appropriate response. When you leave the training, you’ll be more able to overcome the barriers to stepping up and have some practical skills for doing so. You must register in advance at  The cost is $25–75 on a sliding scale, with some tickets set aside for those who cannot afford to pay. Visit

49] – 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

50] – Get over to the DC March Against Monsanto starting at Lafayette Square, H and 17th Sts. NW, WDC, on Sat., May 20 from noon to 3 PM, hosted by DC March Against Monsanto. At 1 PM, March to the Monsanto Building, 1300 I St. NW.  At 2 PM, March to Sylvan Theater to join "Operation Stand Together."  Connect at

51] – On Sat., May 20 from noon to 5 PM, celebrate the White House Peace Vigilers - Bring Drums, hosted by Ellen Thomas in Lafayette Park, Washington, DC.  This is part of the William Thomas Memorial. See

52] – March for an Independent Investigation on Russian collusion with the Trump Campaign, starting at the Capitol building, WDC, on Sat., May 20 from noon to 4 PM.  The connections between Trump and his administration and Russia are real and undeniable, and the firing of FBI Director Comey is a blatant attempt at obstructing the FBI investigation into these ties.  It is on the people to push for answers and let the administration know that this will not go away until answers are public. Go to

53] – Honor the Catonsville 9 on Sat., May 20 at 1 PM at the Catonsville Knights of Columbus parking lot, 1010 Frederick Rd. in downtown Catonsville, right across Beaumont Ave. from the public library. Members of the Baltimore Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter of Veterans For Peace will commemorate the Catonsville 9 Viet Nam draft file burning action that Phil and Dan Berrigan and 7 others did on 17 May, 1968, and to particularly remember Tom Melville, one of the 9 who has just died.

We will gather at the Catonsville Knights of Columbus parking lot at 1010 Frederick Rd in downtown Catonsville, right across Beaumont Ave from the public library. Bring peace banners and placards, SHORT poems or readings. We will read the Catonsville 9 statement, and honor our peace colleagues. Email Ellen Barfield <>.

54] – Climate change primarily results from industrial activity. Big businesses might buy carbon offsets or put recycle bins in the breakroom, but these measures make only the smallest dents in their overall environmental impact. Unfortunately, the religious pursuit of maximized profit has been the root cause of decades of ecological damage. The participants in one major political party deny that this exploitation is even harming the environment. The other party solutions are insufficient to save us. Too many political leaders propose policies that experts agree will only serve to slow the careening of the climate toward global catastrophe. 

No salvation is possible for the planet without a dramatic change to our economics and our politics. Minor changes within the existing frameworks will always be met by corporate adaption and increasingly complex evasions of the regulations intended to rein them in. On Sat., May 20 from 1 to 3:30 PM at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, 10 W Franklin St,, Baltimore 21201, discuss the current system’s role in climate change, alternatives to the system we have today, and how we can move closer to that reality. See

55] – On Sat., May 19 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM hear from Adam Mount, Center for American Progress, and Larry Niksch, Center for Strategic and International Studies, who will address "Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS) Spring Symposium" at the Heritage Foundation, 224 Massachusetts Ave. NE, WDC 20002 . RSVP at

56] – There is a Positive Force DC Organizing Meeting at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Sat., May 20 from 3 to 5 PM.  Support and protect our communities and the marginalized people within them against the rising tide of hatred--plan and strategize! Snacks will be provided.  RSPV at

57] –  Attend an Indigenous Art Party and Jam at the Uptown Art House, 3412 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC, on Sat., May 20 from 4 to 9 PM, hosted by Rising Hearts, the Piscataway Indian Nation, & DC ReInvest. Connect at Calling all DMV Native people and friends! Join up for Native food, live music, and art builds to support the struggle to divest DC funds from Wells Fargo, a major funder of the Dakota Access Pipeline and a danger to local low-income and black and brown neighborhoods. Music will be by MAYKAS (Andean).   

58] – On Sat., May 20 from 6 to 10 PM at The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd NW, WDC 20009, enjoy A Night for Syria. Tickets available at Go to A Little Sparkle Foundation's flagship event will provide not only insight to some of the difficulties that refugees have had during their transition from Syria, but also how we can work together in order to provide sustainable solutions to refugee families living in camps and resettling. We are bringing together artists and humanitarians to help tell these stories. The suggested donation is $20.
                                                                                                                                                                     59] – 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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61] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at

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

63] -- 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.

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

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

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