Friday, October 13, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 13, 2017 - May 5, 2018

43] Peace vigil at White House – Oct. 13
44] WIB peace vigils – Oct. 13
45] "Nuclear Reactions: Iran, Russia, the Weapons Ban, and Other Hot Topics" – Oct. 13
47] The Philly Anti-War ‘Reach Out’ – Oct. 13
48] Challenge Jair Bolsonaro – Oct. 13
49] Black Lives Matter vigil – Oct. 13
50] Where Do We Go From Here – Oct. 13
51] See the film CHASING CORAL – Oct. 13
52] Ballroom Dancing – Oct. 13
54] Clean Dream Act D.C. Text-a-Thon Oct. 14
55] West Chester peace vigil – Oct. 14
56] Get a photo of your animal friends – Oct. 14
57] Hands Across the Potomac Oct. 14
58] Free Reality Winner – Oct. 14
59] Family Tree FamFest – Oct. 14
60] Howard County Green Party FALL PARTY – Oct. 14
62] Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases -- Jan. 12 - Jan. 14, 2018
63] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 5, 2018
64] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
65] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
66] Do you need any book shelves?
67] Join the Global Zero campaign
43] – On Fri., Oct. 13 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. 

44] – On Fri., Oct. 13 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. Another one is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St, Baltimore. 21211. After this vigil, gather for lunch at the café on the site.  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. 

45] – On Fri., Oct. 13 from noon to 1:30 PM, Laura Holgate, Harvard University, will be taking on "Nuclear Reactions: Iran, Russia, the Weapons Ban, and Other Hot Topics" at George Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs, Lindner Commons, 1957 E St. NW, WDC. RSVP at  Call (202)-994-7292 or email

46] – There is a KEEP SPACE 4 PEACE MEET-UP & WAKE-UP CALL AT LOCKHEED MARTIN, 230 Mall Boulevard,  (corner of Mall &Goddard Boulevards, large grassy area,  behind the King of Prussia Mall}, KING OF PRUSSIA, PA, on Sat., Oct. 14 from noon to 2 PM.  Keep Space4Peace Week, October 7 – 14, 2017 is across the country and around the world.  Go to   The Brandywine Peace Community urges people to join us at Lockheed Martin in an unfashionable protest of war and the real and mounting threat of nuclear weapons use.  From confrontation with Russia to nuclear showdowns on the Korean Peninsula, ongoing wars from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Yemen and the threat of nuclear weapons use are all terrifying.  Lockheed Martin is the world’s #1 war (including killer drones) and nuclear weapons profiteer. Mindless profits are flowing to Lockheed Martin while Donald Trump threatens “fire and fury” carrying the codes that would unleash radioactive hell on earth.  Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at 484-574-1148 or

47] - The Philly Anti-War ‘Reach Out’ will take place at the SEPTA entrance,15th & Market Sts., Philadelphia, on Fri., Oct. 13 from 4 to 5 PM. End Drone Terror/Stop the Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA.; Stop Military & Trump’s Madness. The Philly Anti-War Reach-Outs occurs on the  2nd Friday of the month with mass leafleting, banners, signs, and a literature table with goodies, alternating between the 30th Street Train Station and the SEPTA entrance at 15th & Market Sts. Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at or 484-574-1148.

Reach-out to people and neighbors, as they head home, some to homes in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and Horsham – home to a drone war command center.  Not in our backyard nor anyone else’s. Reach-out to Philadelphia. WHY A DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER IN HORSHAM? Computer drone operators with hands on the killing sticks are directing remote-controlled killer drones against people thousands of miles away from the U.S.

48] –– On Fri., Oct. 13 at 4:30 PM, challenge Jair Bolsonaro at George Washington University, Kogan Plaza, WDC.  Bolsonaro is suspected of being the most "misogynistic, hateful elected official in the democratic world." The Brazilian congressperson and far-right populist will be speaking as a part of a U.S. tour in an effort to legitimize his campaign. A candidate who supports a return to a violent military dictatorship, praises the torture of political prisoners, supports gay conversion therapy, and espouses vile statements such as: 1. “If your son begins to act a bit gay, beat him with a leather strap and he’ll change his behavior.” 2. Refugees and immigrants are the "scum of the world." 3. Women should earn less than men because they can become pregnant. 4. AfroBrazilian communities “aren’t even good enough to procreate.” 5. “I wouldn’t rape you. You’re not worth it.” should not be given a platform. Since this event will primarily serve as a way to gain supporters for his selfish and bigoted causes, stand in opposition to him and in solidarity with the Brazilian people. He will speak at 5:30 PM. Join #STOPBOLSONARO.
49] – 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 Oct. 13. Black Lives Matter.  

50] –Where Do We Go From Here: Engaging Together For a Greener Tomorrow will be the theme at Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry & Retreat Center, 16869 Taylors Landing Road, Sharpsburg 21782.  Every two years, in a beautiful corner of the state, Marylanders come together at a Jamboree, an outdoor retreat for a family-friendly weekend event of hiking, workshops, yoga, keynote speakers, live music and s'mores!  On the weekend of October 13, starting at 5 PM, through Sun., Oct. 15 at 5:30 PM, over 100 Sierrans will come together to forge a shared vision to create the type of community that is necessary to win our environmental fights.  Email or call 301-277-7111.  Register at

51] – On Fri., Oct. 13 at 7 PM see the film CHASING CORAL, hosted by Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis and Chesapeake Climate Action Network, at the Annapolis Friends Meeting, 351 Dubois Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401.  Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called "coral bleaching"-a sign of mass coral death-has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater. “Chasing Coral” taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography and startling emotional sense of emergency, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that is sure to move audiences to alarm and action. The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Mark Eakin, a Chief Scientific Advisor to the film.

52] – 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 on Oct. 13. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

53] – On Sat., Oct. 14 at 9 AM, come to a 2017 Media Training Day for Maryland LGBT Orgs at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Hear from prominent professionals from the print news, radio, television and public relations fields about best practices for getting stories covered and how to best leverage social media. Confirmed panelists include: Jayne Miller, Chief Investigative Reporter at WBAL Tom Hall, Host of Midday on WYPR Michael Lavers, International News Editor of the Washington Blade, Morgan Meneses-Sheets, president of Steadfast Strategies, Ava Pipitone, executive director of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance. Tickets for the event are $10 per person, but you can request a waiver.

54] – Attend a Clean Dream Act D.C. Text-a-Thon is happening on Sat., Oct. 14 from 10 AM to 2 PM at United We Dream, 1900 L St. NW, Suite 900, WDC 20036.  Email Starting Mon., Oct. 16 through Sat., Oct. 22, UWD and members and allies are joining together for a week of action to call on Republican members of Congress to co-sponsor the Clean Dream Act. To help mobilize, UWD is organizing the Text-a-Thon to mobilize UWD members in key red states to show up in big numbers -- in real time! By participating, you'll join the front lines of the fight for a Clean Dream Act. You’ll engage supporters to let them know what’s at stake for immigrant youth and why we're fighting for a clean Dream Act. Enjoy food, fun and the technology needed to text thousands of UWD members with a click of a button. All you need to bring is your laptop and a passion to pass a clean Dream Act!

55] – 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

56] – Get your animal Portraits at Blue Pit BBQ,  1601 Union Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211 on Sat., Oct. 14 from 11 AM to 3 PM as part of a fundraiser to benefit the Maryland SPCA. Handmade fall wreaths will be used for the animal photos costing $35 each. One hundred percent of the fee will be donated to the MD SPCA. Fee must be paid at time of signing up to secure your spot. Each owner will receive two edited digital images, multiple edited digital images, and prints can be purchased separately.  Registrants will also receive a $10 discount to the restaurant. Call 813-760-8567 or email

57] – On Sat., Oct. 14 from noon to 2 PM, join Hands Across the Potomac, hosted by Upper Potomac Riverkeeper and six others on the James Rumsey Bridge / Ram Stadium, WV- 480, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.  Go to Environmental advocates, Maryland legislators and concerned citizens will be hosting Hands Across the Potomac to call on Governor Hogan to reject a fracked gas pipeline being built underneath the Potomac River. West Virginia and Maryland residents will stand hand in hand in solidarity across the James Rumsey Bridge that connects Sharpsburg, Maryland and Shepherdstown, WV to show their opposition to the proposed pipeline. Please use the Eventbrite link above to RSVP for this event.

You may park in lots C or K on the Shepherd University campus, lots adjacent to Shepherd’s Ram Stadium. When approaching from N. Duke St., turn onto N. King Street to enter the parking lot.  The meeting point is a few steps away on the grassy knoll on North King St., next to Erma Ora Byrd Hall. From there, march together to the James Rumsey Bridge (a 5-10 minute walk) which sits over the Potomac River.

58] –   The Baltimore Pledge of Resistance will participate in Keep Space for Peace Week by going to the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland at noon on October 14. Our main message will be to call for the immediate release of Reality Winner, the NSA whistleblower.  Those interested in joining the action should contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

59] – On Sat., Oct. 14, the Family Tree FamFest is at the Weinberg Y in Waverly, 900 E. 33rd Street, Baltimore 21218.  Registration is at 12:30 PM, and at 1 PM the Walk, Festival & Entertainment will begin.  FamFest will conclude at 3:30 PM.  All funds raised at FamFest will support The Family Tree's efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect in Maryland.  Go to

60] – You are Invited to The Howard County Green Party FALL PARTY with Friends of Latin America featuring FIRN: foreign-born information and referral network on Sat., Oct. 14 from 2 to 4 PM (Rain Date: Sunday, October 15, 2 to 4 PM) at 4879 Manor Lane, Ellicott City 21042.  RSVP to Joan: 410-992-9088 or Join in for fall apples, a pony ride, bonfire, baked goodies and more.  The Howard County Green Party and Friends of Latin America are honored to be hosting FIRN - a Howard County immigrant rights organization that provided support for 20,000 of our foreign-born community members last year through immigration services, career development, ESL and outreach programming.  Any and all donations will be given to FIRN to continue its amazing work helping our foreign-born neighbors and friends. In addition to financial contributions, non-perishable food items will be accepted for FIRN’s emergency food bank, detergent, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, gift cards for gas, clothing and grocery stores, and children’s school supplies.  

61] – On Sat., Oct. 14 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, THE BLACK LADIES BRUNCH COLLECTIVE PRESENTS NOT WITHOUT OUR LAUGHTER.  Black women have a long history of using humor to fight oppression.  Join the Black Ladies Brunch Collective for a celebration of joy as resistance, and hear poems on sexuality, Prince and Harriet Tubman from their first collection, “Not Without Our Laughter.”

  The Black Ladies Brunch Collective is a group of Black women poets dedicated to building celebratory spaces. Collective members include Saida Agostini, Anya Creightney, Teri Cross Davis, celeste doaks, Tafisha Edwards, and Katy Richey. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

62] – Attend a Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases from Fri., Jan. 12 through Sun., Jan. 14, 2018 at the University of Baltimore, Learning Commons Town Hall, 1415 Maryland Ave., Baltimore 21201, hosted by the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases.  Thirteen prominent peace and justice organizations in the United States are collectively organizing this conference.  Some of the groups are Black Alliance for Peace, CODEPINK, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Popular Resistance, Veterans For Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and World Beyond War.  The conference will feature national and international experts. Several expert panels will discuss the economic, political, environmental and health costs and impact of U.S. foreign military bases in various regions of the world, including South America, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. The conference will be live streamed for the international audience.  For more information and to register for the conference, go to

63] –   Save the Dates.  The fiftieth anniversary of the Catonsville Nine draft board raid will be commemorated  There will be a CATONSVILLE NINE SYMPOSIUM on FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018 from 4 to 10 PM at the Shriver Center, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Cir, Catonsville, MD 21250. Enjoy Films, Lectures, Discussion Panels and Dramatic Readings.  There will be more CATONSVILLE NINE COMMEMORATION ACTIVITIES on SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Baltimore County Public Library Catonsville Branch, 1100 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228.  Enjoy more Films, Lectures, Discussion Panels and Dramatic Readings.  Go to

64] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email:

65] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs, records, tarps and table cloths, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at

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

67] -- 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: mobuszewski2001 [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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