Sunday, June 4, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert June 4 - 16, 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] Peace Camp – June 5 through 9 and June 12 through 16
6] Learn about death – June 4  
7] Film “Before the Flood” – June 4
8] The People’s Garden – June 4
9] Bars and Borders Refugee Benefit Show – June 4
10] Strategic Nonviolent Action Study Group –June 4
11] Pentagon Vigil – June 5 
12] Marc Steiner on WEAA – June 5 – June 7
13] Without News – June 5
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] – Little Friends for Peace [] announced that Peace Camp Is Here! From June 5 through June 9 at the Shenandoah Discovery Museum.  Go to next camp is at the Episcopal St, Christopher's Episcopal Church from June 12 through the 16th.  Register today at!

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., June 4, the Sunday Platform is “How I Learned about Death: A Humanist Story.”  This platform address will use the style of personal storytelling, in the tradition of former Ethical Society Leader Fritz Williams, to get to the heart of a universal experience: Every person has lost or will lose someone close to them. How do our experiences of death influence our worldview, choices, and lives? How do we feel and share about death and loss as Ethical Humanists?

   Kate Lovelady received a BA as an English Major in Writing from Northwestern University. She discovered Ethical Humanism in North Carolina and was certified as an Ethical Humanist Leader by the American Ethical Union in 2005. She currently serves at the Ethical Society of St. Louis as one of its two Leaders, with James Croft. Her hobbies include native plant gardening and making music. Call 410-581-2322 or email

7] – On Sun., June 4 at 12:15 PM, see “Before the Flood,” a climate change documentary, at the Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Alexandria, VA Go to

8] – The Peoples Garden: Planting and Plots is happening at the Peace House DC, 1005 Rhode Island Ave. NE, WDC, on Sun., June 4 from 1 to 7 PM.  Connect at

The Peace House believes that everyone should have access to fresh healthy food. In the principle of gardens not lawns, they will be working to turn a portion of their yard into a community garden to help raise fresh food for people in the neighborhood. Please come join up for a work day to help them get the ground ready and build the garden beds for the garden. Come for a part or the whole day; build community through mutual aid.

9] – There is a Bars and Borders Refugee Benefit Show at the Howard Theater Restoration, 620 T St. NW, WDC, on Sun., June 4 from 5 to 11 PM.  Go to  Bars and Borders is a concert which seeks to intersect the natural advocacy of hip hop, with the urgency of a specific problem, and the civic potential of a crowd. In this specific instance, artists, fans, and community leaders will be collaborating to ensure awareness, resources, and opportunities remain for refugees stuck in transit.  The featured artist is Talib Kweli.   Presenting the keynote address is Jarrett Adams, an attorney with The Innocence Project, a re-entry specialist, Co-Founder of Life after Justice, and a strong advocate for criminal justice reform. Jayne Fleming, human rights attorney and humanitarian aid worker from the Patricia Fleming Foundation, will also be presenting a special presentation showcasing the highly sensitive humanitarian work Bars and Borders is working hard to support. The event also intends to draw out other civic actors and civic groups engaged in social justice work, immigration, and refugee assistance work. These community initiatives will have an opportunity to promote their branding, organization initiatives and work through the ‘Community Exhibition’. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Patricia Fleming Foundation and the Do Your Part nonprofit organization. In response to the one of the worst refugee crises in modern history, the Patricia Fleming Foundation works to protect refugees and displaced persons who have been victims of war, gender-based violence, torture, rape, and other forms of harm.

10] – There is a Strategic Nonviolent Action Study Group meeting in Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, on Sun., June 4 from 5:30 to 7 PM, hosted by Takoma Park Mobilization.  Several members of the Takoma Park Mobilization are convening a study group to focus on deepening our understanding of strategic nonviolent action. All members of the community are welcome!  This group will look at the art and science of how ordinary people around the world organize themselves, unify, strategize, and nonviolently struggle to win human rights, freedom, justice, accountable government and corporations, environmental sustainability, and many other gains. The group expects to meet monthly to discuss readings and possible films. There are a number of people in Takoma Park and adjoining communities with deep knowledge of this field who can contribute to leading discussions. Hardy Merriman will lead the first discussion.  If interested, email

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 June 5, 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

15] – WithoutNews will take place at the  Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Mon., June 5 from 10 to 11 AM, hosted by WTOP news.  Connect at  No newspapers will be displayed in the Today’s Front Pages exhibit outside the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, inside the Newseum or online at The newspaper blackout marks the Newseum’s third annual #WithoutNews campaign, meant to raise awareness of the threats to journalists around the world.  On the same day, the museum rededicates its Journalists Memorial, which recognizes journalists who died or were killed in the pursuit of news. At a 10 AM ceremony, the names of 14 journalists selected to represent all journalists who died covering the news in 2016 will be added to the 2,291 names on the memorial.

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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