Monday, August 21, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert August 20 – August 22, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert August 20 – August 22, 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 mobuszewski2001 [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] We are evolving – Aug. 20
7] Protest at the Pentagon – Aug. 21
8] Film “Power and Control-- Aug. 21
9] Hearing on a proposed concrete plant– Aug. 22
10] Reading Program at the Maryland SPCA – Aug. 22 & 26 
11] Peace vigil – Aug. 22
12] Protest drone research – Aug. 22
13] Film DO THE RIGHT THING – Aug. 22
15] Pray for Peace – Aug. 22
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 2001 at comcast 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., Aug. 20, the Sunday Platform is “What Does It Mean to be Evolved?”  Mike Kohut is a cultural anthropologist who has studied creationism in Tennessee. Even before the publication of Darwin’s “Origins of Species” in 1859, people have wondered about the implications of evolutionary origins for humans and ethical behavior. Kohut will discuss several attempts to determine this, and their problems. Finally, he will argue that the greatest implication of being evolved creatures is that we are free to figure out how we ought to be in the world without reference to how we got here.  Call 410-581-2322 or email

6] – On Sun., Aug. 20 at 3 PM in the Free School classroom at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, hear a story “More Than a Fraction,” which takes you on a journey with the Fraction family.  For example, two brothers, Thomas and Othello, fought in the Civil War, and had to fight after the war for rights and inclusion. Dr. Moseley-Hobbs is the 3rd great-granddaughter of Thomas Fraction. Her passion for education and history led to her uncovering hidden stories and forgotten legacies. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

7] -- 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 Aug. 20, 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. 

8] – On Mon., Aug. 21, at 7 PM the "Reel & Meal at the New Deal" film series will show “Power and Control,” Peter Cohn’s 2010 documentary about physical and emotional abuse in families. After the film two Greenbelt actors, Kathy Gordon and Katherine Jones, will perform a skit about domestic violence.   Come to the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway in Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt.  Enjoy an optional buffet for $14 served from 6:30 PM.

9] – On Tues., Aug. 10 at 9 AM, there is a hearing on a proposed Port Towns concrete plant. Port Towns residents in Prince George's County and their organizations have been fighting a proposed industrial use, a concrete batching plant in Bladensburg, at the county level. Interested persons are encouraged to attend the hearing at the County Administration building, 14741 Gov. Oden Bowie Drive,  2nd floor, Upper Marlboro, MD 20710. Go to

10] – The Summer Reading Program at the Maryland SPCA and Project Adopt helps both children by strengthening their reading skills and the animals by giving them company, which helps to reduce stress if they are anxious in a kennel environment. The Summer Reading Program runs Tuesdays from 3 to 4 PM until the end of August at the Maryland SPCA, 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore 21211, and on Saturdays from 1 to 2 PM at Project Adopt in White Marsh Mall, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd., Baltimore 21236. There is no fee for the reading program, but space is limited and registration is required. Go to the Reading Program @ the MD SPCA on Tuesdays and the Reading Program @ Project Adopt on Saturdays.

11] –  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 August 22.  Call 215-426-0364.

12] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on August 22 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607. 

13] – On Tues., Aug. 22 at 7 PM, attend the Pacem in Terris Film Series— The Best Peace and Justice Films of the Last 50 years—and seeDo the Right Thing” at Westminster Church, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington. Spike Lee’s classic film considers race relations in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, a cauldron of racial tensions that explodes on the hottest summer day of the year. The film was praised for its relevant depiction of race relations between whites and blacks and lauded actor Danny Aiello for his portrayal of Sal, a pizzeria owner, and director Spike Lee as Mookie, as the pizzeria’s deliveryman. (There will be snacks.)  

14] – On Tues., Aug. 22 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, hear a talk EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE WITH HOWARD RYAN. That education should instill and nurture democracy is a truism. Yet organizations such as the Business Roundtable, together with conservative philanthropists such as Bill Gates and the Walmart’s owners, the Waltons, have been turning public schools into corporate mills. Their top-down programs, such as Common Core State Standards, track, judge, and homogenize the minds of millions of students from kindergarten through high school. But corporate funders would not be able to implement this educational control without the de facto partnership of government at all levels, channeling public moneys into privatization initiatives, school closings, and high-stakes testing that discourages independent thinking.
The book offers hope that there’s still time to take on corporatized schools and build democratic alternatives. Forcefully written by educator and journalist Ryan, with contributing authors, the book deconstructs the corporate assault on schools, assesses the prevailing teachers union responses, and documents best teaching and organizing practices. Reports from various educational fronts include innovative union strategies against charter school expansion, as well as teaching visions drawn from the social justice and whole language traditions. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

15] – Interfaith Peace Partners, meet to Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Tues., Aug. 22  at St. Vincent’s de Paul Church, 120 North Front St., Baltimore. Contact The Rev. Charles Cloughen, Jr., Interfaith Peace Service Coordinator, at  or at 410-321-4545.

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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