Thursday, October 5, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 6, 2017 - May 5, 2018

40] The Future of NAFTA – Oct. 6
41] Peace vigil at White House – Oct. 6
42] WIB peace vigils – Oct. 6
43] Black Lives Matter vigil – Oct. 6
44] See the film CORALS – Oct. 6
45] See the film THE PROMISE – Oct. 6
46] Kathy Kelly will address Hear What Does War Generate? – Oct. 6
47] Ballroom Dancing – Oct. 6
48] Training on Eliminating Nuclear Weapons – Oct. 7
49] West Chester peace vigil – Oct. 7
50] Ban the Box rally Oct. 7
51] National Popular Vote March for 2020 – Oct. 7
53] The Emerging Catholic Church – Oct. 7
54] Report Back from El Salvador – Oct. 7
55] Vigil for Las Vegas/Rally for Healthcare Oct. 7
56] Free Reality Winner – Oct. 14
57] Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases -- Jan. 12 - Jan. 14, 2018
58] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 5, 2018
59] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
60] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
61] Do you need any book shelves?
62] Join the Global Zero campaign
40] – On Fri., Oct. 6 from 9 AM to 5 PM, catch The Future of NAFTA at Georgetown University Law Center, Gewirz Student Center, 12th floor, 120 F St. NW, WDC 20001.  The UK’s decision to leave the European Union after a “Leave” vote in the BREXIT referendum, and the opposition to trade agreements by the leading candidates in the U.S. presidential election, made clear that a backlash against globalization has gained momentum in advanced economies. Once elected, President Trump moved swiftly to leave the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the signature regional trade negotiation of the Obama administration, and has called for a renegotiation or the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This moment offers a valuable opportunity to rethink the course that globalization has taken in the last three decades and to explore alternative paths. Currently, the two dominant positions in the global trade debate consist largely of a wholesale rejection of globalization and, conversely, a defense of globalization as the enlightened economic path that needs to be better explained. However, this binary choice is too narrow. An alternative position would recognize the gains that societies can accrue from specialization and trade while at the same time dealing seriously with dislocation and negative distributional consequences. This position would also recognize the need for the state to be able to exercise policy autonomy to promote growth and protect societal values. It would also require a reimagining of international agreements and institutional mechanisms currently in place. The renegotiation of NAFTA offers a concrete case to explore the future of international trade and of globalization. Can the legal and institutional regime of the North American market be changed to accommodate national economic interests without devolving into a mercantilist zero-sum game? Can new policy space be introduced so that States may promote their domestic industries, under certain circumstances and with some time limits, without turning into protectionist and beggar thy neighbor policies? RSVP at

41] – On Fri., Oct. 6 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. 

42] – On Fri., Oct. 6 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. 

43] – 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. 6. Black Lives Matter.  

44] – After the vigil, come inside on Fri., Oct. 6 and see "Drone," a 30 minute film, directed by Tonje Hesse Schei. This begins the season's series of movies on First Fridays. The screening begins at 7:15 PM.  "Drone" shows thought-provoking and artful coverage of the nature (thoroughly unnatural!) of U.S. drone warfare. The film will be followed by a discussion including a segment about street theater. Preceding the film, all are invited to share a potluck supper downstairs at 6:15 PM.  On Nov. 3, the First Friday Film Series, sponsored by the Working Group for Art, continues with "Chasing Coral," a gorgeous film about changes in the earth's coral gardens that won the audience award at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Contact Megan Shook [].

45] – On Fri., Oct. 6 at 7 PM, come to the Free First-Friday Film @ the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA to see THE PROMISE [2017]. Empires Fall, Love Survives. It stars Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and Charlotte LeBon, and is directed by Terry George. From the Academy Award winning director of HOTEL RWANDA comes a story of love, survival, and resistance during the little-known Armenian genocide of the early 1900s.   A love triangle develops amid racism, unrest, war, and displacement in the last days of the Ottoman Empire.  The release of The Promise earlier this year was opposed by those who still deny the very fact of the Armenian genocide. Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments.  A group discussion about the film follows its screening. Go to

The screening is sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For directions to the Peace Center of Delaware County, visit or call 484-574-1148.

46] – Hear What Does War Generate? With Kathy Kelly on Fri., Oct. 6 at 7:30 PM at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010.  Kelly co-ordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She will base her reflection on the feeding of the multitude stories in Mark 6-8. Of course, she will address the effects of U.S. Militarism in relation to “The Four Famines” developing in Yemen and the Horn of Africa, the naval blockade of Yemen, and U.S. support for the Saudi Coalition that has been decimating Yemen’s infrastructure. She will also address how Saudi and UAE airstrikes have killed thousands of civilians, exacerbated a cholera crisis, and displaced millions of people. And finally, Kathy will discuss projects of the Afghan Peace Volunteer “Borderfree Center” that suggest ways to practice the works of mercy, rejecting the works of war. Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at 202-360-6416 or

47] – 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. 6. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

48] – Participate in a Speaker Training: The Humanitarian Case for Eliminating Nuclear Weapons on Sat., Oct. 7 from 10 AM to 2 PM at Homewood Friends Meeting House, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  Join Physicians for Social Responsibility and Chesapeake PSR for this training. You will receive information on current nuclear weapons issues, including North Korea, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and active legislation in Congress, as well as advice on generating speaking opportunities with medical schools, civic clubs, faith groups and students. Register at

49] – 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

50] – There is a  Ban the Box on College Apps Rally on Sat., Oct.7 at 3400 N. Charles St. on the grass at the Hopkins campus from 11 AM to 2 PM, sponsored by Job Opportunities Task Force, Out For Justice and From Prison to PHD

51] – Gather on the National Mall behind the National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. SW & Independence Ave. SW, WDC, on Sat., Oct. 7 from 11 AM to 5 PM for the National Popular Vote March for 2020.  Celebrate the commitment of grassroots movements and people from all walks of life to work toward the common good and support the successful passing of the constitutionally legal National Popular Vote bill in enough states for citizens to directly elect the U.S. President by way of an Interstate Compact in time for the next presidential election in 2020. The National Popular Vote is fundamental; it’s about the structure—the bones—of democracy.  It impacts a vast array of common-good goals and priorities because they likely will find a much more conducive federal environment under a President elected by the majority of citizens.  See

52] – On Sat., Oct. 7 from noon to 5 PM, attend a Multicultural Festival, Glasgow High School, 1901 S. College St., Newark, DE 19702. Visit

53] – On Sat., Oct. 7 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, hear Tom Roberts discuss The Emerging Catholic Church: Our Search for Spirituality, Authenticity, and Community at St. John's Grace United Church of Christ, 1000 South Rolling Road, Baltimore 21228. Roberts is an author, lecturer, and editor-at-large for the National Catholic Reporter. He will share his thoughts on challenges faced by the Church as it continues to evolve in these early years of the 21st century. To hear Roberts, the author of two books –“The Emerging Catholic Church: A Community's Search for Itself” and “Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainly to Faith,” there is no charge.  However, free will donations are encouraged.  The talk is sponsored by the Living Water Community. Go to  

54] – On Sat., Oct. 7 get over to a Report Back from a Delegation to El Salvador and the Next Phase to Defend DACA and TPS Immigrants at the Savage Branch Library, Albert Einstein Room, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel 20723.  At 2 PM, enjoy refreshments, followed by the presentation until 4:30 PM. Peggy Goetz will do the report back about the recent delegation to El Salvador sponsored by CISPES (Committee in Solidary with the People of El Salvador). This delegation met with unions, feminists, agricultural cooperatives and government leaders, and joined in the massive International Workers' Day march in San Salvador. She will share first-hand information and analysis on the current political, social, and economic situation in El Salvador. Ms. Goetz is an organizer in the national office of CISPES in Washington, DC.  This event is sponsored by Friends of Latin America. Go to

55] – On Sat., Oct. 7, get over to the Candlelight Vigil for Las Vegas from 6 to 6:30 PM, followed by a Rally for Healthcare from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.  This will happen in Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis. RSVP at  Some of the speakers are Andrew Duck, Candidate for MD CD 6, Allison Galbraith, Candidate for MD CD 1, Mike Hersh, Progressive Democrats of America, Healthcare is a Human Right - Maryland, and Dr. Nadia Hashimi, ER Pediatrician/Author/Candidate for MD CD 6. Over the last nine months, hundreds of thousands of organizers, activists, and constituents worked together to stop conservative members of Congress from repealing the Affordable Care Act. 

56] –   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.

57] – 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

58] –   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

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60] -- 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

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

62] -- 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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