Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert October 24, 2017 to May 5, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert October 24, 2017 to May 5, 2018

"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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com.  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] comcast.net.

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
7] Peace vigil – Oct. 24
8] Protest drone research – Oct. 24
9] Peace Circle Celebrating United Nations Day -- Oct. 24
10] MD Moral Movement!  -- Oct. 24
11] Accokeek Compressor Station hearing -- Oct. 24
13] Armistice Day – Nov. 7
14] Close Foreign bases Conference – Jan. 12 – 14, 2018
15] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 5, 2018
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 http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

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 Verizon.net.  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 ncnrnotices-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at ncnrnotices-admin@lists.riseup.net.

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] – On Tues., Oct. 24 at 11:15 AM, come to a Temporary Protective Status Press Conference & Inter-faith Service & Hunger Strike in Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C. Over 300 TPS holders from the National TPS Alliance committees all over the country and allied organizations will gather in front of the White House to demand an extension to the TPS programs of all countries. After a press conference led by TPS holders, faith leaders will hold an interfaith service and a symbolic last meal before TPS leaders begin an indefinite hunger strike demanding 18-month extensions for Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, El Salvador and all TPS designated countries from the White House and the Department of Homeland Security.

6] – On Tues., Oct. 24 from noon to 1 PM and from 4 to 6 PM and Wed., Oct. 25 from 4 to 6 PM, join No Time To Lose: Net Neutrality NOW! Gather at the Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th St. SW, WDC 20554. The #FCC could announce a proposed end to #NetNeutrality as soon as October 26th. Engage with employees so as to empower them to fight for Net Neutrality! The time is NOW to save the Net and we need all hands on deck!!!

7] –  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 Oct. 24.  Call 215-426-0364.

8] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Oct. 24 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.   

9] – Little Friends For Peace will do a Peace Circle Celebrating United Nations Day on Tues., Oct. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the LFFP Peace Room, 128 M St. NW, WDC 20001.  Go to www.lffp.org or email mjpeace@gmail.com.

10] – Come break bread and learn about the MD Moral Movement!  Created in the spirit of the North Carolina Moral Mondays Movement, faith, labor and community leaders have been doing the slow intentional work of building up a Moral Movement in Maryland.  On Tues., Oct. 24 at 7 PM, you are invited to a community potluck at SEIU 1199, 611 N. Eutaw St, Baltimore 21201. In the spirit of celebrating diversity and building deeper relationships, share a “taste” of your background by bringing a dish from your culture, tradition or faith. At the dinner, review the Higher Ground Moral Document that many faith and community leaders signed onto in 2016, share updates on the justice/community work and identify shared issues and existing campaigns to support for the upcoming legislative session. 
Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1421906597924302 or contact John Wells at jnw.wells@gmail.com or 410 507-1862. 

11] – On Tues., Oct. 24 from 7 to 10:30 PM, attend an Accokeek Compressor Station Special Exception Hearing Part 3.  It will happen before the Charles County Government, Post Office Box 2150, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata, MD 20646.  Thanks to folks who came out for Parts 1 & 2. Your presence in the audience was definitely noticed by the Board of Appeals. PLEASE come back for Part 3. This time you will actually get to speak, which is critical!

Dominion needs a zoning Special Exception to proceed with their plan to clear cut nearly 14 acres along Barry's Hill/New Marshall Hall Rd. and build a dangerous fracked gas compressor station there. (Right on the border of Prince George's County where Accokeek and Bryans Road meet by the beautiful flooding swamp.)  A hearing before the Charles County Board of Appeals is scheduled so that members of the public can weigh in on the issue. Please come out and oppose the compressor station.

This is a critical step in stopping Dominion's Eastern Market Access Project, which would in turn stop the Mattawoman Energy Plant in Brandywine, and possibly disrupt the supply of gas to the under-construction Cove Point export terminal.  Go to http://www.charlescountymd.gov/commissioners/boards/board-appeals.  Join the AMP Creeks Council's mailing list (email kelly@ampcreeks.org) or checking out www.ampcreeks.org.

12] – On Tues., Oct. 24 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for COLORED NO MORE: REINVENTING BLACK WOMANHOOD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. Treva B. Lindsey, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University), author of the newly released “Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington. D.C.” will discuss the unique and important role of black women in making Washington an intellectual, cultural, social, and political capital for African Americans in the early twentieth century. Black women in post-slavery Washington during this period fought against racism and sexism. They created specific spaces for black women to thrive and imagine new possibilities. The lasting impact of these women is felt throughout the city and has been woefully under-explored. This talk will introduce the world black women in Washington inhabited and shaped through their creativity, resiliency, and unwavering, but multidimensional commitment to freedom and equality. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org.

13] – There is a call by the peace and justice community for demonstrations on Armistice Day, November 7, to call for the elimination of nuclear weapons and the use of diplomacy with North Korea.  Plans are underway for a demonstration, maybe two, in Baltimore.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski 2001 at Comcast dot net.

14] – 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 http://noforeignbases.org/conference-on-u-s-foreign-military-bases/?epl_action=process_cart_action&cart_action=add&event_id=723&_rand=59d50af323702.

15] –   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 http://www.catonsville9.org/50th-anniversary-commemoration/.

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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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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