Saturday, December 9, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert December 10 - 12, 2017

"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] Support the Healthy Working Families Act -- Dec. 10
6] “Tell Me a Story” – Dec. 10
7] Food & Gift Fair – Dec. 10
8] Sierra Club Chapter Holiday Party – Dec. 10
9] Celebrate the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – Dec. 10
10] Baltimore Green Party meeting – Dec. 10
11] Casa Baltimore/Limay ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY – Dec. 10
12] Protest at the Pentagon – Dec. 11
13] Protest Saudi Arabia – Dec. 11
14] Oppose Trump's Tax Scam -- Dec. 11
15] Hands off Jerusalem – Dec. 11
16] Baltimore County Green Party meeting – Dec. 11
17] Moral Movement gathering -- Dec. 11
18] Peace seekers meeting -- Dec. 11
19] Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference -- Dec. 11
20] Join an Advocacy Team – Dec. 12
21] Peace vigil – Dec. 12
22] Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" – Dec. 12
23] Dominion zoning hearing – Dec. 12
24] Baltimore Ceasefire Public Meeting – Dec. 12
25] SCIENCE CAFE -- Dec. 12
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., Dec. 10 from 10:30 AM to 1 PM, Canvass for Earned Sick Leave in Legislative District 11 with Jews United For Justice & MD Working Families at Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Rd., Pikesville 21208.  Knock on doors to continue building community support of the Healthy Working Families Act (HB1/SB30) and urging our lawmakers to override the Governor's veto immediately when they return to the legislative session in January 2018. Join the fight to secure Earned Sick/Safe Leave in Maryland.  Begin the morning at 9:30 AM for breakfast and training. 

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., Dec. 10, the Sunday Platform is “Tell Me a Story: Nurturing our Lives through Narratives.”  Storytelling has been a hallmark of human civilization since our species learned to communicate. For children in particular, stories help make sense of an often-chaotic present, the fading past, and the indeterminate future. Ethical messages are often best translated through story. What children’s stories helped shape your life, your sense of self, and your conception of right and wrong? Hugh 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] – On Sun., Dec. 10 from 2 to 6 PM, come to the 2017 Wilmington in Transition Food & Gift Fair at Silverside Church, 2800 Silverside Road, Wilmington. Go to

8] -- Come to the Sierra Club Chapter Holiday Party on Sun., Dec. 10 from 3 to 5 PM, organized by the Maryland Chapter at 7338 Baltimore Ave., College Park 20740. Contact Josh Tulkin at or (301) 277-7111.  RSVP at

9] – On Sun., Dec. 10 from 3 to 7 PM, celebrate the UN’s Human Rights Day by attending the celebration of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. This educational and lively event will include teach-ins and workshops by inspirational scholars and activists such as Diane Perlman and Johan Galtung as well as theatrical performances, networking, and dancing!  There is a workshop in Conflict Transformation with Johan Galtung from 12 to 3 PM.  Both events are at the 15th St. Presbyterian Church, 1701 15th St. NW, WDC 20009.  RSVP to

10] – On Sun., Dec. 10 from 4 to 6 PM, attend the December General Meeting & Potluck, hosted by the Baltimore City Green Party at 100 E 23rd St., Baltimore 21218-5807.  Besides the meeting, there will be an End-of-Year/Holiday Potluck Party starting at 5 PM.  All interested in building alternative electoral power in Baltimore are welcome; decision-making is a responsibility of members of the local.  To become a member, follow this link and/or chat with Membership Coordinator Ty Ra.

11] – Casa Baltimore/Limay cordially invites you to its ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY on Sat., Dec. 9 beginning at 5:30 PM.  Dinner will be at 6 PM at the home of John Reuter, 2902 Louise Ave., Baltimore 21214. This is a *fun* raiser as well as a fundraiser for projects in the friendship community, Limay, Nicaragua. Help can be college scholarships, food security for the most vulnerable, medical fund, water projects, and revolving loan development fund.  Bring a potluck dish to share, and lots of holiday love.

Do YOU have talent to share?  Please prepare a song, a poem, a comedy riff, your spoon-rhythm band or your caricature drawings.  Call Barbara at 410-444-1023.  A donation is requested for its projects. From Charles Street, head east on Northern Parkway to Old Harford Road, then turn right (south). Go four blocks, turn left on Louise Avenue. House is on the left.

12] – 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 Dec. 11, 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.

13] – In honor of the UN's Human Rights' Day, Dec. 11,  join CODEPINK to call for an end to the detrimental Saudi-led war on Yemen and demand that the U.S. government votes to stop supporting Saudi Arabia through these weapons sales! Meet in the lobby of the Hart Senate Building at noon, and get ready for some theatrical, nonviolent protests to the Saudi-led War on Yemen & US Complicity.

14] – On Mon., Dec. 11 at 6 PM at the White House, Oppose Trump's Tax Scam on the Working Class.  Join others who oppose the GOP tax bill in a mass rally and march. The most recent attack in the string of policies coming out of the Trump administration is the fatal Tax Bill. Recently passed by both Senate and the House the bill is now in committee being re-written to then be sent back to Congress for approval, after which it will go to Trump's desk for his signature. The Republican Party is trying desperately to pass the tax bill before they go on vacation for the holidays. It's time to use the power of mass protest to show people are against this attack on working people. At 7:15 PM march to Capitol building. According to an analysis by the Tax Policy Institute, those making less than $55,000 a year would see almost no change in their taxes, while those in the top 1 percent would receive nearly 50 percent of the total benefits. Among other things, there are cuts to the estate tax starting in 2018--and its total repeal by 2024. That alone amounts to a $265 billion tax break for the top 0.2 percent--a handful of the wealthiest families in this country, like the Walton family, the Koch brothers...and, oh yes, Trump. The plan also includes the largest one-time cut in taxes for large corporations ever--with the top tax rate dropping from 35 percent to 20 percent. Not to mention the opportunity for corporations to bring back billions of dollars in overseas banks without paying taxes on the money.  Go to or  or or

15] – Join a discussion Hands Off Jerusalem: Discussing Trump’s Announcement that the US will move its embassy and officially recognize the sacred and controversial city as the capital of Israel.  Discuss the effects of this decision for the Palestinian people and the broader Middle East on Mon., Dec. 11 from 6 to 8 PM at Brookland Busboys and Poets, 625 Monroe St. NE, WDC 20017.  RSVP at

16] -- On Mon., Dec. 11 at 6:30 PM, come to the Baltimore County Green Party General Meeting at the Towson Branch Library.  Help grow the Baltimore County Green Party, mobilize and affect change. Focus on events and actions to promote racial, economic and ecological justice in Baltimore County, Maryland, nationally and internationally. Childcare will be provided.

17] – On Mon., Dec. 11 at 7 PM, the Moral Movement MD gathering for Faith Leaders will happen at New Unity Church & Ministries, 100 W. Franklin St., Baltimore 21201.  Recently, the Moral Movement Maryland held an “intercultural potluck” for community members, advocates and organizers across issue areas, the Faith community, and student groups. The upcoming meeting on December 11 is an intentional meeting for the faith community Faith leaders, and activists have successfully mobilized together in past movements such as living wage, criminal justice reform, and sick leave to correct the injustice in policy and legislation. With two momentous and vigorous, people-powered campaigns to override the Gubernatorial Vetoes on Earned Sick Leave and the HOME Act, the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session promises to be of great significance and importance to the quality of life of the poor, working class, people of color, women, students, and the disenfranchised. Moral Movement Maryland will inject a moral voice into the political conversation and remind policymakers that the role of government is not to enrich a few, but to uplift the masses.

18] – On Mon., Dec. 11 at 7 PM, attend the PeaceSeekers meeting at Pacem in Terris, 401 N. West St., Wilmington. Visit

19] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference every Monday evening. On Mon., Dec. 12 at 8:30 PM, call 605-475-6711, 1136243#.  Focus on the petitioning drive and continue to plan public outreach events.

20] – You are invited to build the skills and relationships you need to influence Congress by starting or joining a Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Team in your community. Advocacy Teams are groups of people who work together to make change by building relationships with their members of Congress and with the media.  Join a conference call on Mon., Dec. 11 at 8:30 PM EST to learn about Advocacy Teams, the growing movement of committed activists who are building relationships for peace and justice.   Dial 719-457-6209, and then use passcode: 411895.

21] –  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 Dec. 12.  Call 215-426-0364.

22] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Dec. 12 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.   

23] – On Tues., Dec. 12 at 7 PM,  there will be a final hearing on the zoning decision for the compressor station Dominion wants to build near Accokeek, Maryland. It will be at the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata, Maryland, 20646. AMP Creeks Council will finish its presentation against the zoning exemption, Dominion will have a chance for rebuttal, and the appeals board members are expected to deliberate in front of the audience and come to a decision that night. Please come to the hearing to show your support for rejecting this compressor station! The appeals board seems to be responding to what it sees from the audience. See

24] – On Tues., Dec. 12 from 7 to 9 PM, get over to the Baltimore Ceasefire Public Meeting, hosted by Baltimore Ceasefire 365 at 2701 Woodview Rd., Brooklyn, MD 21225-1323.  Prepare for the February 2018 Ceasefire weekend, discuss plans, strategies, ideas, and hope for a better Baltimore.

25] – On Tues., Dec. 12 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for SCIENCE CAFE: ON LIGHT & MOOD WITH SAMER HATTAR. Light from the sun produced life on earth. Light plays major important functions that are important for our wellbeing including image-vision, adjusting our internal biological rhythms to match the solar day which influence our sleep and enhancing mood. We have made incredible advances in understanding how light achieves these functions. In this discussion, Hattar, of the National Institute of Mental Health, will provide exciting tidbits on how to use light to enhance your sleep and mood.  Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

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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