Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - August 2 - 9, 2017

19] Preserve the park – Aug. 2
20] Policing in America – Aug. 2
21] Food Policy Initiative – Aug. 2
22] Consent Decree Feedback Happy Hour– Aug. 2
23] Rally against violence – Aug. 2
24] James Baldwin’s birthday – Aug. 2
25] Meditation – Aug. 2
26] Antibiotics – Aug. 2
27] 20/20 Campaign – Aug. 3
28] CIA Whistleblower – Aug, 3
29] Commemorate Hiroshima – Aug. 6
30] Commemorate Nagasaki – Aug. 9
19] – On Wed., Aug. 2 at 9:30 AM, Progressive Prince George’s will be at the Zoning Examiner hearing on the 2nd floor at the County Administrative Building in Upper Marlboro on concrete batching plant proposal affecting the Port Towns and Cheverly. The proposal is at the site of the Ernest Maier Concrete Block Plant in Bladensburg across from the Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

20] – On Wed., Aug. 2 from 11:30 AM to 2 PM, attend Policing in America: Kerner Commission to 21st Century Policing, hosted by ACLU Nationwide and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, at The Newseum, 7th Floor, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20001. Get tickets at  Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued Executive Order 11365, creating the Kerner Commission to examine the causes of the 1967 civil unrest throughout the country. The Commission identified one of the causes as poor police-community relations in Black and Brown communities, so where are we today? The program will confront policing in America 50 years later and screen "The Blood is at the Doorstep," a documentary chronicling the fatal police shooting of Dontre Hamilton. Hear from Paul Butler: Georgetown law professor and author of "Chokehold: Policing Black Men, " Angela J. Davis: Washington College of Law Professor and author of "Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment," and the family of Dontre Hamilton: Maria Hamilton, Nathaniel Hamilton Jr. & Dameion Perkins with Filmmaker Erik Ljung.

21] – On Wed., Aug. 2 from 4 to 6 PM, there is a Food Policy Action Coalition (Food PAC) Meeting, hosted by City of Baltimore, Department of Planning and Baltimore Office of Sustainability, at the City of Baltimore, Department of Planning, 417 East Fayette St.; 8th Floor, Charles Benton Municipal Office Building, Baltimore 21202.  Food PAC is coordinated by the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative and is open to all organizations and residents working on food access, local food, urban agriculture, food retail, and/or other relevant food system issues. Meetings provide time for updates, presentations and breakout sessions. All are welcome to attend!

22] – On Wed., Aug. 2 from 5 to 7 PM, there is a Consent Decree Feedback Happy Hour, hosted by the Baltimore Action Legal Team, in The Room - Mt. Vernon, 800 Saint Paul St., Baltimore 21202.  On July 21st, the finalists for the Consent Decree Monitor will be selected. These finalists will appear before the community on August 16th and answer interview questions that are submitted by the public.  BALT is hosting a happy hour to offer a time and place for residents to submit interview questions for finalists to answer. You will be provided summaries of the finalists' applications as well as computers and tablets for submitting questions.  BALT members will also be available to answer any questions you may have about the consent decree process.  Food and drinks will be provided.

23] – Join the Immigration Outreach Service Center, St. Matthew, and BUILD to stand up against violence in Baltimore City. Show up for the BUILD Press Conference on Wed., Aug. 2 at 6 PM in Darley Park at the corner of Harford Ave. and 25th St. Carpools will leave St. Matthew, Woodbourne Avenue parking lot at 5:30 PM. BUILD will hold a press conference and launch a Citywide Action Campaign to ask residents what they are willing to do to act.  Demand of the elected officials and the Police Department One Plan to curtail violence in Baltimore. RSVP to or 410-323-8564 if you will attend and if you will join the carpool.

24] – On Wed., Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 PM, attend the JAMES BALDWIN BIRTHDAY PARTY, hosted by Kevin Brown at SNAC, 131 West North Ave., Baltimore 21201. This is the James Baldwin Literary Society's 30th Anniversary and the 30th anniversary of the death of writer James Baldwin.

25] – Welcome Swami Sivabalananda for an initiation into Dhyana (Meditation) on Wed., Aug. 2 at 7 PM in the Yoga Room at ‘Rishikesh,’ 4217 East West Hwy., Bethesda 20814. RSVP at].  Swami Sivabalananda is a direct disciple of Sivabalayogi Maharaj, and continues his Guru’s mission of fostering world peace by initiating people into Dhyan, a simple form of meditation. The evening will include instructions, initiation, a 45 minute meditation, Aarti, distribution of Prasadam and Vibhuti (blessed food and blessed ash, an important adjunct for the technique) and will close with an opportunity for individual questions and answers, blessings and darshan.  Parking is available at 4217 & 4209 East-West Hwy. Using the Metro, take the Red Line.  Use these buses: J-2, J-4, or J-6.

26] -- On Wed., Aug. 2 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, come to Science Café for a discussion Antibiotics: the next frontier with Caren Meyers and Erin Goley of the JHU School of Medicine.  From the early decades of the 20th century, antibiotics transformed medicine, making mortality from bacterial infections a rarity in developed nations. However, we currently face a crisis of antibiotic resistance, with infection-causing bacterial pathogens increasingly acquiring or evolving the means to mediate infection in the presence of antibiotic therapy. Discuss the past, present, and future of antibiotics, with particular emphasis on new strategies to treat bacterial infection. Talk about what antibiotics are, how they act to cure bacterial infection, and how bacteria evade them. We will address important questions including: What caused the current crisis in antibiotic resistance? What are scientists doing to combat this problem? What kinds of therapies are on the horizon to avoid a return to a pre-antibiotic era of life-threatening bacterial diseases? What can you do to help? Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

27] – The 20/20 campaign, organized by the Baltimore Housing Roundtable, is to fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. On Thurs., Aug. 3 at 6 PM, the BHR will host a 20/20 campaign conversation to share strategy for getting the campaign in the City budget this Fall. Meet at 2640 Saint Paul St., and know that light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Amanda DeStefano at 410-230-1998.  Go to

28] -- On Thurs., Aug. 3 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, welcome Russia expert and former CIA analyst Mel Goodman to present his new book, “Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence!” Goodman's long career as a respected intelligence analyst at the CIA, specializing in US/Soviet relations, ended abruptly. In 1990, after twenty-four years of service, Goodman resigned when he could no longer tolerate the corruption he witnessed at the highest levels of the Agency. In 1991 he went public, blowing the whistle on top-level officials and leading the opposition against the appointment of Robert Gates as CIA director. In the widely covered Senate hearings, Goodman charged that Gates and others had subverted "the process and the ethics of intelligence" by deliberately misinforming the White House about major world events and covert operations.

   In this breathtaking expose, Goodman tells the whole story. Retracing his career with the Central Intelligence Agency, he presents a rare insider's account of the inner workings of America's intelligence community, and the corruption, intimidation, and misinformation that lead to disastrous foreign interventions. An invaluable and historic look into one of the most secretive and influential agencies of US government--and a wake-up call for the need to reform its practices. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

29] – There is a HIROSHIMA COMMEMORATION on Sunday, August 6. At 5:30 PM, outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N, Charles Street, demonstrate in favor of the treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons: Fifty nations must ratify the Convention to Ban Nuclear Weapons, and ratification begins on September 20.  One hundred and twenty two countries signed on to the convention, but they must take it back to their nations for ratification by whatever means each nation has for ratification. 

At 6:30 PM inside Homewood Meetinghouse, savor a potluck dinner with members of the peace and justice community. David Eberhardt will again share some poetry, and Joseph Byrne will perform some dulcimer music.    

At 7:15 PM, the program will begin with Dr. Gwen DuBois, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, who will discuss her work in New York City during the gathering at the United Nations to ban nuclear weapons.  Then a statement will be read from Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo, who will share her thoughts about living in apartheid South Africa.  Rev. Mahlangu-Ngcobo will be in South Africa on August 6 for a Prayer Intercession in Parliament. Note that South Africa is the first nuclear nation to end its program.  RSVP to Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

30] – The NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION is on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.  At 5:30 PM, demonstrate at 33rd & N. Charles Streets against Johns Hopkins University’s weapons contracts, including research on killer drones, commemorate the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and remember Fukushima, Japan.  At 6:30 PM, march to the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles Street. 

At 7 PM, John Steinbach and Kio Kanda of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area will share some remarks.  Then, with the help of a translator, a Korean Hibakusha, Ms. Jon Sung Lee, will address the group. Ms. Lee was 12 years old when she experienced the Hiroshima bombing. Her family were part of the large Korean community in Hiroshima forced to work in Japan during WW2. She entered Hiroshima three days after the bombing and was exposed to the radiation. 

Also speaking will be Sister Megan Rice of the Transform Now Plowshares.  She engaged with Greg Boertje-Obed and Mike Walli in a remarkable Plowshares disarmament at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN. Finally, the accomplished musician David Sawyer will perform.  At 8:30 PM, enjoy dinner at Niwana Restaurant, 3 E. 33rd Street, with our Korean guest. RSVP to Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

HIROSHIMA-NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE, 325 East 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218 Ph: 410-323-1607 Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] Comcast dot net
To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [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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