Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 4, 2017 - May 5, 2018

21] Rescue a cat – through Oct. 8
22] Protecting Children in Armed Conflict – Oct. 4
23] The Monument Quilt At JHU – Oct. 4
24] Maryland Nonprofits Annual Conference -- Oct. 4
25] See the film GETT:  THE TRIAL OF VIVANE AMSALEM – Oct. 4
26] Help build an Anti-Nuke movement – Oct. 4
27] See the film TOMORROW – Oct. 4
28] Socialism Study Group – Oct. 4
29] Clean Dream Act Now Rally – Oct. 5
30] "A Revolutionary State: North Korea's Support of Non-State Actors" – Oct. 5
31] Support St. Ambrose – Oct. 5
33] Forum on Fair Elections in Maryland – Oct. 5
34] Community Meeting to discuss the School Facility Utilization Study – Oct. 5
37] From Head Shops to Whole Foods – Oct. 5
38] Free Reality Winner – Oct. 14
39] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 5, 2018
21] – The Maryland SPCA, 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore 21211, announced that "OUR SHELTER IS FULL—PLEASE HELP! Right now the Maryland SPCA cannot take in any more cats. With 87 cats in house, including 17 who are currently available for adoption, homes are needed for these cats so we can continue to take in cats who urgently need a home. To help make room, ADOPTION FEES FOR ALL ADULT CATS 6 MONTHS AND OLDER will be waived through Sun., Oct. 8. PLEASE VISIT, AND IF YOU CAN, ADOPT AN ADULT CAT. Adoption counselors are standing by ready to help you find your purr-fect match. The regular adoption process still applies, including an in-person interview and the required $25 Pet ID.  Can’t adopt? Please consider sponsoring an adult cat’s $55 adoption fee. Call 410-324-7297.

22] – You are invited to Protecting Children in Armed Conflict, an on the record discussion on issues surrounding the impact of armed conflict on children with the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. It is happening on Wed., Oct. 4 from 10 to 11:30 AM at The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.  It will feature Brian Finlay, president, Stimson Center (opening remarks), Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (keynote), Kathleen Keuhnast, director, Gender Policy and Strategy Program, United States Institute of Peace, Eric V Gaudiosi, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, United States Department of State, and Rachel Stohl, director, Conventional Defense Program, Stimson Center. In 1996, the United Nations established the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict to strengthen the protection of children affected by armed violence. For more than 20 years, the Special Representative has highlighted the unique challenges faced by children in conflict and fostered international cooperation to protect children from the horrors of war.  RSVP at

23] – On Wed., Oct. 4 at 10 AM see the Monument Quilt At JHU on The Beach (Johns Hopkins University), Baltimore. The Monument Quilt is an on-going collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. Written, stitched, and painted onto red fabric, stories are displayed in city and town centers to create and demand public space to heal. The quilt resists the popular and narrow narrative of how sexual violence occurs by telling many stories, not one. The quilt builds a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed. Come witness this display and add your own square. Visit

24] – On Wed., Oct. 4 from 2 to 3 PM at the Maryland Nonprofits Annual Conference, there will be an event hosted by BFG Motivational Services at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W Pratt St., Baltimore 21201.  Go to

25] – On Wed., Oct. 4 at 4:15 PM, as part of the Israel/Palestine Film Series, see GETT:  THE TRIAL OF VIVANE AMSALEM at Swarthmore College, Lang Performing Arts Center.  Go to

26] – Join us on Wed., Oct. 4 from 5 to 6 PM at Gwen DuBois' house, 1817 Sulgrave Ave, Baltimore to begin to build a movement in opposition to nuclear weapons.  RSVP to Tim Whitehouse at  With all the craziness going on in the world, let's work together to make Maryland the heart of the anti-nuclear resistance, and start putting our country's resources to better use.

Also, have you signed up for our nuclear speakers training on October 7th? We would love to have you join us! Sign up at

27]  On Wed., Oct. 4 from 7 to 9:30 PM, as part of the Young French Cinema, see a free screening of the documentary "Tomorrow," hosted by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  This is the first film to open the film series "Young French Cinema in Baltimore: citizen in dialogue across the Atlantic.". The screening is free and open to everyone.  It will be followed by a conversation with speakers from the Warnock Foundation, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability and the Baltimore Farm Alliance.  Shortly after having her first child, French actor and director Mélanie Laurent read a report by several leading scientists stating that man’s environmental impact on the planet had reached a critical stage that could threaten human life as we know it. Wondering what kind of world her young son would grow up in, Laurent gathered a group of friends to make TOMORROW, a documentary about our environmental challenges.  The film’s triumph lies in the choice not to frighten—though the facts are sobering—but to inspire; to go beyond the disaster scenarios to share real-life solutions. 

Traveling to ten countries, from the urban farms of Detroit to an English town that strikes its own David Bowie currency to encourage local spending, from a completely sustainable model village in southern India to the progressive schools of Finland, Laurent and her colleagues introduce viewers to people making a difference in the fields of food, energy, finance, democracy, and education. Their ideas make this one of the most essential and unexpectedly inspirational viewing experiences of our time. This Young French Cinema program was made possible with the support of UniFrance films and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

28] – On Wed., Oct. 4 at 7 PM, join a Socialism Study Group in a discussion of "Society for the Many" manifesto, part 2 at 617 Florida Ave. NW, W DC 20001-1852.  This week's meeting is part 2 of the discussion, but please join us even if you missed part 1! On Sept. 16-17, the People’s Congress of Resistance movement was inaugurated with a mass convening of grassroots organizers and frontline resistors at Howard University. All told, 727 delegates from 38 states and 160 towns and cities came to Washington, D.C., to discuss the People’s Congress of Resistance manifesto “Society for the Many: A Vision for Revolution,” to share organizing knowledge, to express solidarity with each other and to resolve on common projects and actions for the future. The "Society for the Many" manifesto is a special document in that it serves as a unifying call to action across the different, and sometimes isolated, social movements that were represented at the first convening of the People's Congress of Resistance. How does the Party for Socialism and Liberation view the manifesto? How can socialists spread the radical vision it puts forward?

29] – Join the Clean Dream Act Now Rally on Thurs., Oct. 5 at 9:30 AM at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, 2 First St. NE, WDC 20543 Email United We Dream members will visit the offices of our Congressional leaders to tell them to take action and co-sponsor a clean dream act now. Other UWD members will join in by making calls to D.C. Congressional offices to back up the lobbyists. Their calls and your presence will help create the momentum that Congress won’t be able to ignore.  Once you arrive, look for a person in an UWD orange shirt. If you arrive early, just wait and one of our organizers in an orange shirt will meet you.  RSVP at

30] – On Thurs., Oct. 5 from noon to 1:30 PM, Benjamin Young, George Washington University, and Kyle Ferrier, Korea Economic Institute of America, will tackle "A Revolutionary State: North Korea's Support of Non-State Actors," at 1800 K St. NW Suite 300, WDC 20036. RSVP at

31] –  On Thurs., Oct. 5 at 5 PM, attend the Brown Advisory and GIVE Happy Hour at the Fells Point Tavern, Baltimore.  Join St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, Brown Advisory and our Business Volunteers GIVE Group for a special happy hour event to support St. Ambrose! Fells Point Tavern will donate 20% of proceeds from the event to St. Ambrose. St. Ambrose has been creating affordable housing opportunities and strengthening neighborhoods in Baltimore for nearly 50 years. For more information, visit

32] – Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility is hosting Your Home, Your Yard: Steps You Can Take to Lower Your Carbon Footprint on Thurs., Oct. 5 from 6 to  8 PM at the United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley, 13421 Clopper Road, Germantown, MD, 20874.  Learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint at home and in your yard. Help heal the planet one step at a time. Climate change affects all of us – and there are steps each of us can take to lower our carbon footprints at home. Go to  Co-sponsoring as well is the Sierra Club – Montgomery County Group and Safe Grow Montgomery.  The speakers are Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo (Maryland District 15), Sara Via, PhD: Professor, University of Maryland, and climate co-lead, Chesapeake PSR, Randy Gentry: Chair, Sierra Club Maryland Chapter subcommittee on energy efficiency and energy conservation, and Rev. Holly Jackson, pastor, United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley. 

33] – On Thurs., Oct. 5 at 7 PM, there will be a Forum on Fair Elections in Maryland at the  Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria), 2300 Belleview Ave. (parking available), Cheverly. How does money adversely affect the democratic process and what can be done to limit the power of money in elections? Learn about current efforts to control spending and promote citizen funding in local elections in Prince George's County, gerrymandering of elections in Maryland and more. The speakers are Damon Effingham, Legal and Policy Director, Common Cause Maryland, and Suchitra Balachandran, chair, Our Revolution Prince George's, a member of the Fair Election Prince George's Coalition. 

34] – On Thurs., Oct. 5 at 7 PM,  get over to a PGCPS Community Meeting to discuss the School Facility Utilization Study at Northwestern High School, 7000 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville, MD. 20782.

35] – On Thurs., Oct. 5 at 7 PM, come to a No Potomac Pipeline Public Meeting at 655 E Potomac St., Brunswick, M.d. 21716.  An Upper Potomac Riverkeeper will be speaking on the proposed fracked gas pipeline called the Eastern Panhandle Expansion pipeline. Transcanada and Mountaineer Gas are planning to route a pipeline through the western portion of Washington County into the West Virginia Panhandle, which will then track east to Martinsburg. The pipeline poses significant risks to people's drinking water and the environment. A grassroots coalition of regional organizations and land owners has been growing in opposition to the pipeline. Learn how you can help to protect clean water.

36] – On Thurs., Oct. 5 at 7:30 PM, see the film “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” at the Motor House, Baltimore. Grace Lee Boggs was an American author, social activist, philosopher and feminist. She is known for her years of political collaboration with C. L. R. James and Raya Dunayevskaya in the 1940s and 1950s. The documentary tracks Grace’s incredible journey and evolution as an activist. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion in partnership with Baltimore Aisan Resistance in Solidarity (BARS).  Here from Andrew Mayton- Baltimore Asian Resistance in Solidarity, Maria Aldana - Neighborhood Voices co-founder/Creative Alliance Education Director, Jeneé Matthews - Balti Gurls, Ashley Minner - Maryland Traditions/Artists, and the moderator Janelle Wong - Professor American Studies, University of Maryland.

37] – On Thurs., Oct. 5 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, catch a book talk with JOSH DAVIS who will present FROM HEAD SHOPS TO WHOLE FOODS.  In the 1960s and '70s, a diverse range of storefronts--including head shops, African American bookstores, feminist businesses, and organic grocers--brought the work of the New Left, Black Power, feminism, environmentalism, and other movements into the marketplace. Through shared ownership, limited growth, and democratic workplaces, these activist entrepreneurs offered alternatives to conventional profit-driven corporate business models. By the middle of the 1970s, thousands of these enterprises operated across the United States. Most didn't survive more than a few years, but a new generation of worker-owned businesses and radical storefronts carry on this tradition today.

Local author Joshua Davis uncovers the historical roots of today's interest in social enterprise and fair trade, while also showing how major corporations such as Whole Foods Market have adopted the language--but not the mission--of liberation and social change. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

38] –   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.

39] –   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

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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