Saturday, November 4, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert November 5, 2017 to May 5, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert November 5, 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] Fall Family Festival – Nov. 5
6] Progressive actions – Nov. 5
7] Savor the World 2.0 –Nov. 5
8] Science Slam – Nov. 5
9] El Salvador activist is in Baltimore -- Nov. 5
11] Candle light vigil for Baltimore CeaseFire -- Nov. 5
12] Film MERCHANTS OF DOUBT – Nov. 5
13] Film "Violence Interrupters" – Nov. 5
14] Protest at the Pentagon – Nov. 6
15] "How Do You Solve a Problem Like North Korea” – Nov. 6
16] Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference -- Nov. 6
17] Global Security Forum 2017 – Nov. 7
18] Meet with Sen. Cardin's healthcare legislative staff – Nov. 7
19] Fight for $15 Vote - Nov. 7
20] Peace vigil – Nov. 7
21] Protest drone research – Nov. 7
22] The Defender of Liberty Award -- Nov. 7
23] Blueprint for a Great Democracy Conference – Nov. 7
24] Kickoff Event for Maryland Peace Action – Nov. 7
26] Postponed/Help deliver a Healthcare not Warfare petition – not on Nov. 6
23] Stop War on North Korea and End Nuclear Weapons – Nov. 11
24] Join SOA Watch -- Nov. 10 - 12
25] Protest ROTC -- Nov. 16
26] Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases -- Jan. 12 - Jan. 14, 2018
27] 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] – 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., Nov. 5, the Sunday Platform is “Fall Family Festival.”  BES comes together in community to share gratitude for all of the good fortunate to have in this celebration for all ages. Together enjoy a modified version of the Stone Soup story, putting together a Stone Salad as the story is told.  Bring something to add to the traditional and always delicious Stone Salad, or something to accompany it. Hot cider and the usual coffee and tea will be provided. A food sign-up sheet is coming soon on Call 410-581-2322 or email

6] – On Sun., Nov. 5 from 1 to 6 PM at the Montgomery County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville 20850, hear from progressive leaders,  U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin, MD State Delegates Joseline Peña-Melnyk and Erek Barron and Political Economist Gar Alperovitz.  Join workshop discussions about empowering progressive action to address the local economy, immigrant concerns, affordable housing and criminal justice reform.  Build the tools you will need to advocate for working families, create economic justice and advance racial equity in Montgomery County. Learn what local organizations are doing to support 2018 progressive candidates — and get a progress report on public campaign finance in Montgomery County. Visit

7] – The Immigration Outreach Service Center (IOSC) extends an invitation for you to be a part of its annual fund-raising event – Savor the World 2.0. This year the event will be focused on immigrant families and youth and will be held on Sun., Nov. 5 from 2 to 5 PM at St Matthew Church Hall, 5403 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21239. The defining features of the event this year will be to savor a buffet of international dishes, to enjoy the talents of our immigrant families, and to enjoy ethnic music and dances performed by youth and young adults as they come together to support the IOSC’s mission.

The IOSC was founded in response to the growing needs of the ever-increasing immigrant population in the greater Baltimore area. Over the past seventeen years, the IOSC has assisted immigrant individuals, refugees, and asylum seekers from over 114 countries in the areas of employment, education, language skills, health education, and social support. Our tutoring program for immigrant children is growing, and the demand for legal referrals has tripled We are also working with immigrants and other immigrant organizations to empower immigrants to better themselves, our city, and state.

Tickets are $25 per person or $50 per family. RSVP at (410) 323-8564.

8] – On Sun., Nov. 5 at 3 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for BALTIMORE SCIENCE SLAM.  This is the 4th installment of an evening of intriguing and diverse science topics! Project Bridge and BUGSS will host 6 local scientists (grad students, postdocs, citizen scientists, etc.) to present their work/passion in 5 minutes. Prizes are given to the talks that are most creative and best communicated! This is a great way to connect with others, learn diverse topics of science going on right here in Baltimore, gain communication skills and experience, enhance chances of collaboration and emerging projects and ideas! Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

9] – On Sun., Nov. 5 from 3 to 5 PM at St Anthony of Padua Church, 4414 Frankford Ave, Baltimore, meet activist, organizer and educator Norma Patricia Ramos Castro, as part of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) 2017 Fall Tour.  Norma will be discussing her work on the recent historic prohibition of all metallic mining in El Salvador, fighting for the human right to water, and being part of a movement of agricultural cooperatives that are struggling to reclaim food sovereignty in El Salvador.

Baltimore itself is also fighting for similar progress. Access to safe, affordable drinking water is a crisis in our city, as many residents are unable to afford the city’s skyrocketing water rates. Learn from El Salvador’s movement and share strategies to ensure that we can build a powerful movement to protect water for all. RSVP at

10] -- On Sun., Nov. 5 at 5 PM, include yourself in the Not Without Black Women's Walk for Peace.  When our city loses someone to community violence, Black women work the hardest to keep society and families together. Black women are the root of the Black communities. Black women are the center of social movements to validate Black life. Black women are the mothers of the earth. In support of peace for Baltimore Ceasefire 365, walk holding candles for peace for our city. ATTIRE: WEAR WHITE. WHAT TO BRING: CANDLES !!  Meet at the corner of Eastern Ave. and S. Linwood Ave, Baltimore 21224. Walk in the name of Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer and Audre Lorde.

11] -- On Sun., Nov. 5 from 6 to 7 PM at 32nd and Brentwood Ave., join a candle light vigil for people we lost to violence in 2017.  One tea light candle will be provided for each life lost to homicide in Baltimore.  This is part of Baltimore CeaseFire.

12] -- See a screening of MERCHANTS OF DOUBT on Sun., Nov. 5 at 3 PM at the  Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, Baltimore.  This 2014 documentary exposes highly orchestrated PR efforts to debunk climate change in order to protect corporate profits. As one reviewer noted, “You leave, as you do any good muckraking documentary, both fascinated and enraged.” After the screening, join a panel of climate scientists and environmental journalists to further explore climate change issues and discuss ways to promote church- and community-based efforts to protect the environment. This event is sponsored by Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, in partnership with Bolton Hill churches Memorial Episcopal and Corpus Christ.  The PANELISTS: are Tom Pelton, environmental journalist and host of “The Environment in Focus” on WYPR, Laura Foster, atmospheric chemist from Johns Hopkins University, Joelle Novey, Executive Director of Interfaith Power and Light, and McKay Jenkins, environmental journalist and Director of Environmental Humanities at University of Delaware.  Contact McKay Jenkins at

13] – On Sun., Nov. 5 at 4 PM, tune in to the Raising Voices Film Series, as part of Baltimore CeaseFire, as hosted the Real News Network, Baltimore.  Have an in-depth, post-screening, conversation with Baltimore CeaseFire organizers; Erricka Bridgeford, Ellen Gee, Ogun, Michelle Shellers, Darnyle Wharton and Jakia Jason, led by The Real News Network Host & Reporter Eze Jackson. The featured film is “The Interrupters,” which captures a period when Chicago became a national symbol for the violence in US cities. The film tells the story of 3 "Violence Interrupters" who were the driving force behind the Chicago CeaseFire, an organization fueled by the philosophy that the spread of violence mimics an infectious disease: "to treat it, you need to stop the infection at the source." Enjoy a special performance by Beats Not Bullets. All donations will benefit Baltimore Ceasefire 365. This movement started as a city-wide call, asking Baltimore residents to avoid having any murders from Friday, August 4th through Sunday, August 6th, 2017. It was also a city-wide call, asking Baltimore residents to celebrate life during the ceasefire, by joining with others to plan life-affirming events.

14] – 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 Nov. 6, 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.

15] – On Mon., Nov. 6 from 9 AM to noon check out "How Do You Solve a Problem Like North Korea?"  Nine speakers will gather at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC .20001-5403. RSVP at

16] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference every Monday evening. On Mon., Nov. 6 at 8:30 PM, call 605-475-6711, 1136243#.  Focus on the petitioning drive and continue to plan public outreach events.

17] – On Tues., Nov. 7 from 8 AM to 4 PM, attend the Global Security Forum 2017 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC. 20036. RSVP at

18] –   On Tues., Nov. 7 at 10 AM at the Office of Senator Ben Cardin, Hart Senate Office Building, Office 509, WDC 20510, the Maryland for Guaranteed Healthcare group will be meeting with Sen. Cardin's healthcare legislative staff to discuss current healthcare fights, and the need for a single payer plan. Email Beth Landry at RSVP at

19] – On Tues., Nov. 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM,  get involved with the Fight for $15 Vote in the Montgomery County Council Office, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville 20850. Now is the time to show the Montgomery County Council how you feel about how working families should be treated in Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Council votes on a bill that would raise the county minimum wage to $15/hour by 2020 with no delay. RSVP at

20] –  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 Nov. 7.  Call 215-426-0364.

21] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Nov. 7 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.   

22] – The Defender of Liberty Award will be given out on Tues., Nov. 7 at 6:30 PM in the Congressional Auditorium in the United States Capitol Visitor Center, First St NE, WDC 20515.  The Committee for the Republic will present the award to Congressperson Walter Jones for his unwavering devotion to the Constitution and the Declare War Clause. He will give remarks about his legislative efforts to end our nine ongoing presidential wars. Following his remarks there will be a presentation of the play, Republic for Which We Stand. The play will be followed by a 30 minute question and answer session. Register at

23] – You are invited to Common Cause's fifth annual Blueprint for a Great Democracy Conference. Democracy advocates and leaders are gathering for an important day-long convening. Come hear from provocative speakers and panels for a discussion that rarely happens anywhere else. Learn about how we can solve the challenges facing our democracy in the wake of unprecedented threats, and how together we can make it live up to its promise and ensure its resilience. Turning Cynicism into Confidence: Advancing Integrity in Our Democracy will happen on Tues., Nov. 7 from 9:30 AM to 5 PM with a reception to follow.  The gathering is at the National Education Association, 1201 16th St. NW, WDC 20036.  RSVP at

24] –  On Tues., Nov. 7 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, get involved in the Kickoff Event for Maryland Peace Action at Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD, 20781 RSVP here  Maryland’s local Peace Action groups are joining together to enhance our power state-wide, under the name Maryland Peace Action.  The speaker is David Swanson, author, activist, journalist and radio host. He is director of and campaign coordinator for Suggested donation of $10.

25] – On Tues., Nov. 7 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for THE MAKING OF BLACK LIVES MATTER WITH CHRISTOPHER J. LEBRON. Started in the wake of George Zimmerman’s 2013 acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has become a powerful and uncompromising campaign demanding redress for the brutal and unjustified treatment of black bodies by law enforcement in the United States. The movement is only a few years old, but as Lebron argues in this book, the sentiment behind it is not; the plea and demand that "Black Lives Matter" comes out of a much older and richer tradition arguing for the equal dignity - and not just equal rights - of black people. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

26] – Please note that the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance planned visit on Mon., Nov. 6 at noon to help deliver a Healthcare not Warfare petition to Captain Mark A. Kobelja, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 4494 North Palmer Road, Bethesda 20889, is postponed. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net. We are still gathering signatures on our petition?  If wanting to sign, please provide name, hometown and your organization to Max.

27] – There is a National Mobilization to Stop War on North Korea and End Nuclear Weapons.  The main Maryland Action in Baltimore is at 11 AM on Sat., Nov. 11. Trump has threatened “to totally destroy North Korea.”  Secretary of War Mattis has told the U.S. Army “to be ready” for war. We are on a dangerous path towards a military confrontation that could kill millions and engulf the world in a nuclear holocaust. Come say no war with North Korea—and no nuclear weapons!

There will be a demonstration with street theatre, banners, and the People’s Peace Treaty at McKeldin Square, Pratt and Light Sts., Baltimore.  This event is organized by Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility and MD Peace Action. Contact Jean Athey at

If you do not want to go down to the Inner Harbor, Max will hold a demonstration at Centre and Charles Sts. starting at 11 AM on Sat., Nov. 11 – Armistice Day.  To join him, call 410-323-1607 or email him at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

28] – From Fri., Nov. 10 through Sun., Nov. 12, Witness for Peace staff, along with human rights activists, torture survivors, anti-war veterans, students, families, union workers, artists, and educators will converge in Eloy-Tucson-Ambos Nogales for the SOA Watch Border Encuentro. Register at

Join with SOA Watch for three days of vigils, workshops, rallies (including at the Mexico-US border), music, and other collaboration to deepen the resistance against US-led militarism and other harmful policies throughout the Western Hemisphere.  Join WFP at a happy hour to connect with teams from around Latin America, meet grassroots organizers from across the U.S., and learn more about work on both sides of the border.  It is on Sat., Nov. 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at the Quality Hotel Americana, 639 N Grand Ave., Nogales, AZ, 85621.

29] – On Thurs., Nov. 16 there will be Nationwide Nonviolent Actions Demanding Jesuit Universities Not Teach War and Killing by sponsoring ROTC on Christian campuses.  One of the protests will be at Loyola University in Baltimore.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

30] – 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

31] –   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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