Sunday, October 8, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert - October 8 – 14, 2017 to May 5, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert October 8 – 14, 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  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] Homeless Health Fair Oct. 8
6] “Electronic Personality and Human Relationships” – Oct. 8
7] Local Love – Oct. 8
8] Healthcare is a Human Right BBQ & Potluck Oct. 8
9] Priorities for the peace movement – Oct. 8
11] Protest at the Pentagon Oct. 9

12] Support a $15 minimum wage -- Oct. 9
13] Stand UP for Immigrants Oct. 9
14] Healthcare Phonebank -- Oct. 9
15] Indigenous People's Day Oct. 9
16] The Trump Talk -- Oct. 9
17] Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates Forum – Oct. 9
18] Peace vigil – Oct. 10
19] Protest drone research – Oct. 10
20] Fair School Funding in Maryland – Oct. 10
21] What to do about gerrymandering? Oct. 10
22] Free Reality Winner – Oct. 14
23] Close Foreign bases Conference – Jan. 12 – 14, 2018
24] 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  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] – On Sun., Oct. 8 from 9 AM to 3 PM, there is a Homeless Health Fair, hosted by Sunday Dinner at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 120 N. Front St., Baltimore 21202.  What is available are blood pressure screenings, health counseling, healthy food, and more!

6] – 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., Oct. 8, the Sunday Platform is “Electronic Personality and Human Relationships.”  How have computers and artificial intelligence changed our concept of others and affected our personal relationships? Will our relationships to technology become increasingly interpersonal? Can our electronic gadgets become our best friends? Referencing films such as HER, “Marjorie Prime,” and BLADE RUNNER, Hugh Taft-Morales explores how computer apps, holograms, and robots challenge our concept of social relationships.  Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. Call 410-581-2322 or email

7] – Come out to White Marsh Mall on Sun., Oct. 8 from 11 AM to 4 PM for a free family-friendly event taking place outside near the food court.  Local love's goal is to inspire compassion for animals and is packed with fun activities for people of all ages.  Enjoy games and prizes, music, food trucks, adoptable animals, and a reading hour with local children's author Miranda Mittleman inside Project Adopt from noon to 1 PM. Please leave your animals at home.  The Maryland SPCA can be reached at 410-235-8826.

8] -- On Sun., Oct. 8 from noon to 4 PM, Healthcare is a Human Right BBQ & Potluck, hosted by Healthcare is a Human Right – Maryland at Druid Hill Park Atrium Pavilion, Baltimore.  2017 has been a grueling year for healthcare so far. From the fight to stop the repeal/replace bill in Washington, to efforts to win a single payer system through National Improved Medicare for All.  There will be a kid's space with games and other activities, so bring the whole family! Dogs are welcome if they are on a leash and accompanied at all times.  RSVP to

9] – Maryland United for Peace and Justice (MUPJ) is holding Summit #3—Issues on Sun., Oct. 8 from 2:30 to 5:30 PM at Adelphi Friends Meeting, 2303 Metzerott Road, Adelphi 20783.  The first two Summits addressed how local organizations can work together through sharing resources, events and contact information, and postings on MUPJ's website.  Summit #3 will concern issue priorities for the coming year.  It will be a facilitated event with opening remarks from Kevin Martin, president of Peace Action. MUPJ has become the Maryland state associate member of Peace Action. RSVP to Tony Langbehn, convener, MUPJ, at

10] – On Sun., Oct. 8 at 3 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, catch a book talk WHY BAD GOVERNMENTS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE with DANNY KATCH. Join Socialist Worker columnist and author of "Socialism... Seriously" for the launch of his new book.  “The perpetual choice between the corrupt Republican Party or the inept Democratic Party has left millions of people without a real alternative in the contests that are supposed to determine our political representation. With wit and clarity, Katch argues for social movements, political activism, and socialism as the alternatives.  Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

11] – 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 Oct. 9, 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.

12] – Progressive Montgomery is suggesting that you attend on Mon., Oct. 9  from 9:30 to 10:30 AM the  Health and Human Services council committee meeting on the $15 wage bill. Show the leaders in the Montgomery County why the $15 minimum wage matters more now than ever. It will happen at the Montgomery County Council Office, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville 20850.  Email Emmett Parks at

13] – On Mon., Oct. 9 at noon, Stand UP for Immigrants at the University of Maryland in Hornbake Plaza, College Park.  No Muslim Ban Ever. Support Undocumented Immigrants. No RAISE Act. Immigrants for Indigenous Rights Gather at the Frederick Douglass Statue.  Join us for a group PHOTO at 12:15 PM.  

14] – On Mon., Oct. 9 at 4:30 PM, there will be a Healthcare Phonebank,  held in the Progressive Maryland Silver Spring Office, 35 University Blvd E., Scout Room #111 (handicap accessible), Silver Spring 20901. Reach out to people across the state! Bring a charged cell phone. Contact Beth Landry at  RSVP at  

15] – On Mon., Oct. 9 at 7 PM, get over to Indigenous People's Day, Baltimore American Indian Center.  Indigenous People’s Day is a movement in the United States to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. The movement seeks to replace a day celebrating conquest, genocide, rape, slavery and the idea of European superiority with an alternative that celebrates the resiliency, cultures and true histories of Indigenous Peoples in the United States. Last year, the Baltimore City Council introduced legislation for Baltimore to join over 14 cities and 3 states to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. Unfortunately, the bill did not pass. With a deeper understanding of not only the true history of Christopher Columbus but also the local Native American community and its important role in Baltimore City, hopefully the new Baltimore City Council will change the name!

16] –   On Mon., Oct. 9 at 7 PM, hear from Mehdi Hasan & Benjamin Wofford at Politics and Prose Bookstore, WDC. Taking its title from the election-night question posed by Van Jones, this anthology presents the experiences of eighteen parents who have grappled with how to have “the Trump talk” with their children. Contributed by writers, artist, and activists, these essays cover issues including racism, homophobia, misogyny, lying, and bullying. Join local contributors including Mehdi Hasan, award-winning journalist and presenter of Al Jazeera English’s Head to Head and Upfront, and Benjamin Wofford, contributing editor at POLITICO, to discuss “parenting in the age of Trump.” The conversation will be led by The New York Times Deputy Washington editor Jonathan Weisman, author of the forthcoming book (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in the Age of Trump.

17] –   On Mon., Oct. 9 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, attend a Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates Forum at the Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring 20910, sponsored by Progressive Neighbors  The Forum will include candidate introductions, questions asked by a moderator, questions asked by candidates of each other, and questions from the audience. Attending or invited are Rushern Baker, Alec Ross, Ben Jealous (invited), Jim Shea, Kevin Kamenetz (invited), Krishanti Vignarajah and Rich Madaleno.  Email, or call Keith Berner at 301-588-5080.  

18] –  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. 10.  Call 215-426-0364.

19] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Oct. 10 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.   

20] – On Tues., Oct. 10 at 6:30 PM, attend a Teach-In hosted by Communities United on Fair School Funding in Maryland. This meeting will be at the Renaissance Academy High School, 1301 Madison St. Parents, students, teachers and concerned community members are welcome. The Maryland General Assembly will soon decide how Maryland schools will be funded for the next generation! The legislature created the Commission on Innovation & Excellence in Education – also known as the Kirwan Commission – to make recommendations for a new state school funding formula by the end of 2017. Go to

21] – In 2015, Governor Hogan appointed the Maryland Redistricting Reform Commission to study how election lines are currently drawn in the state, and learn from a variety of sources, e.g. other states, academics, and YOU – the PUBLIC about best ways to draw election districts in the state. The Commission visited 5 cities in 2015 and now they are back on the road asking Marylanders what they should do. Come out and tell the Commission what you think they should do about gerrymandering in Maryland on Tues., Oct. 10 at 7:15 PM at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee St., Science West, Room #301, Rockville 20850.  Go to

22] –   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.

23] – 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

24] –   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.

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"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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