Sunday, January 21, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert January 21 through 23, 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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com.  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] comcast.net.

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] “Does Character Count in Politics?” – Jan. 21
6] “President McKinley: Architect of the American Century” -- Jan. 21
7] RACE, MONEY, AND DEMOCRACY – Jan. 21
8] Rebellious Mourning – Jan. 21
9] Lane Berk’s Memorial Service – Jan. 21
10] STAND UP. – Jan. 21
11] Protest at the Pentagon – Jan. 22
12] Ending Civil Wars -- Jan. 22
13] GMOM Legislative Action Night – Jan. 22
14] What’s This Plant? – Jan. 22
15] UNEASY PEACE -- Jan. 23
16] Peace Vigil – Jan. 23
17] No more Drone Research at JHU – Jan. 23
18] “Cuba–U.S. Relations Obama and Beyond” -- Jan. 23
19] David Cay Johnston at the Pratt -- Jan. 23
20] Our Revolution – Jan. 23
21] Human Trafficking – Jan. 23
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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 http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

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 6address to mobuszewski at Verizon.net.  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 ncnrnotices-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at ncnrnotices-admin@lists.riseup.net.

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., Jan. 21, the Sunday Platform is “Does Character Count in Politics?” Although we praise someone for having “character,” constituents often elect those who display little of it. Why are ethical qualities such as honesty, responsibility, humility, and respect for others not valued more by voters? Why are so many willing to turn a blind eye to contemptible personal behavior on the part of politicians? Is the “noble statesmen” a quaint relic of the past? Hugh Taft-Morales explores these questions in an attempt to unearth some reason for optimism about the future of ethical politics in the United States.

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 ask@bmorethical.org.

6] – Please come to a party to celebrate Robert Merry’s new book “President McKinley: Architect of the American Century” at Stone Hill, the Rappahannock County home of John Henry & Ann Crittenden, 40 Spring Wish Lane, Flint Hill, VA 22627 on Rt. 647 (Cresthill Road) on Sun., Jan. 21 at 2 PM. RSVP to James Henry at james@committeefortherepublic.org

Merry chronicles the transition of the United States to a global power under presidential direction that would have startled the Founding Fathers. He skillfully narrates the annexation of Hawaii, the Spanish-American War, the conquests of the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico, the Open Door policy in China, and the transformation of the Caribbean into American satellites. President McKinley set precedents that facilitated President Woodrow Wilson's projection of military power throughout Central and South America and entry into World War I. Bob’s meticulous scholarship is a must-read to understand the constitutional and philosophical origins of our current foreign policy. Bob is the Editor of American Conservative Magazine, the leading anti-neocon publication advocating a foreign policy of restraint and realism. His career was spent as Washington correspondent of Wall Street Journal, CEO of Congressional Quarterly, and editor of The National Interest.

7] – Get Money Out - Maryland [GMOM] PRESENTS: RACE, MONEY, AND DEMOCRACY on Sun., Jan. 21 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM at Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd., Annapolis 21401.  We live in a time of great danger for the democratic way of life. Freedom of the press is under attack. Corporate money rules our elections, and the fiction of corporate constitutional rights has infected the judiciary. Powerful forces are stirring up hatred and division.

Rev. Stephen A. Tillett will headline a panel of thought leaders on race and its implications for our democracy. Tillett, who also leads the Anne Arundel Branch of the NAACP, will present his recently published book, "Stop Falling for the Okeydoke: How the Lie of 'Race'" Continues to Undermine Our Country. Prof. William Ellis of Washington Adventist University will join the panel. Dr. Ellis was a Senior Specialist in the Congressional Research Service and has held a variety of high-level positions.  Creative Educator, equality advocate, and GMOM Board member Diamonte Brown will complete the panel.  RSVP at http://www.getmoneyoutmd.org/take_action.  After the panel discussion, Rev. Tillett will sign copies of his book.

8] – On Sun., Jan. 21 at 3 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, Cindy Milstein presents Rebellious Mourning. We can bear almost anything when it is worked through collectively. Grief is generally thought of as something personal and insular, but when we publicly share loss and pain, we lessen the power of the forces that debilitate us, while at the same time building the humane social practices that alleviate suffering and improve quality of life for everyone. Addressing tragedies from Fukushima to Palestine, incarceration to eviction, AIDS crises to border crossings, and racism to rape, the intimate yet tenacious writing in this volume shows that mourning can pry open spaces of contestation and reconstruction, empathy and solidarity. Enjoy contributions from Claudia Rankine, Sarah Schulman, David Wojnarowicz, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and David Gilbert. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org

9] – On Jan. 21 from 4 to 7 PM, attend Lane Berk's Memorial Gathering at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224.  Join a community-wide gathering to celebrate the life of Lane Berk who transitioned from this world in November. This is for all who were touched by her spirit, creativity and passions for many social causes to gather in the wonderfully inclusive Creative Alliance space to sing, share stories and meet others whose share the common bond of having been graced with Lane's presence in their lives. There will be readings and live music performances and refreshments.  Parking is limited around the Creative Alliance so you are encouraged to take public transit, carpooling or Lyft.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/896948233806368/.

10] – On Sun., Jan. 21 at 6:30 PM, there is an author talk at Busboys and Poets, 5th & K Sts., WDC, with Gordon Whitman and his new book “Stand Up.” He will be joined in conversation by Austin Belali, Director of the Youth Engagement Fund, and Tram Nguyen, Co-Director of New Virginia Majority. Each of us faces a moment of truth when we have a chance to take a risk for something larger than ourselves. At a time of crisis, do we stand up and speak out, or retreat into our private lives? This is a book for anyone frustrated by what they see happening in the world, but not sure what they can do about it. Veteran community organizer Whitman shows that we have all the power we need to create a racially and economically just society. “Stand Up!” describes five types of conversations that enable people to build organizations that can solve local problems and confront the greatest challenges facing our country -- from gun violence to climate change. Email books@busboyandpoets.com.

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 Jan. 22, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com 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] – On Mon., Jan. 22 from 2:30 to 4 PM, hear about Ending Civil Wars: How Can We Succeed with Limited Opportunities, hosted by United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Go to www.usip.org. Far more combatants and civilians have died in internal conflicts than in interstate warfare since the end of the Second World War. The cause of civil wars and effective policy responses have been debated extensively for decades, and the United States has often stressed counterinsurgency doctrine and state-building to restore political and societal stability. During the 1990s, the United States and international community often relied on a “standard treatment regime” comprising third party mediation, deployment of peacekeepers and development assistance to resolve internal conflicts around the globe.

As a part of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ ongoing project on Civil Wars, Violence and International Responses, the second volume of a special issue of the journal D├Ždalus was released in January 2018 to explore trends in civil wars and solutions moving forward. Experts will discuss their findings and recommendations on how the United States can better respond to intrastate conflict and promote both development and stability to create lasting peace. See https://www.facebook.com/events/193324174556260/.

13] – The Wolf PAC-GMOM Legislative Action Night is Mon., Jan. 22 from 6 to 8 PM, State Capital, Annapolis.  Meet in the House Office Building Lounge at 6 PM.  Meet legislators and citizen activists from around the State. Sen. Pinsky has the Democracy Amendment Resolution and GMOM and Wolf PAC are actively gathering co-sponsors in the Senate. The House version should be available soon. Help hand out literature and get delegates and senators to co-sponsor the Resolution.  Go to http://www.getmoneyoutmd.org/https://gmom.good.do/marylandresidentsgetmoneyoutofpolitics2018/email_petition2018/.  

14] – What's this plant? The talk will be hosted by the Natural History Society of Maryland on Mon., Jan. 22 at 7 PM at the Maryland Naturalist Center, 6908 Belair Rd, Baltimore 21206.   RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/marylandnature/events/246064356/?rv=me1&_xtd=gatlbWFpbF9jbGlja9oAJDgxZjM1MmFmLTliNjMtNDkyZC1iNjEyLTRlMWJjZmU3ZWVlMw, Learn to identify plants in an informal setting with other inquisitive people and a botanist who can answer your questions. Bring a plant or twig from your own backyard. Or look at one from an ongoing inventory of the Baltimore County Ag Center.

15] – On Mon., Jan. 22 from 7 to 8 PM, Patrick Sharkey will talk about his book “Uneasy Peace” at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008.  Since the mid-1990s, violent crime has dropped steadily, and in 2014 the country was safer than it had been in sixty years. Despite the comforting statistics, headlines register an alarming increase in police shootings, incarceration rates, and inequality. In this revealing look at urban policy over the last few decades, Sharkey, chair of the Department of Sociology at NYU, draws on his work as scientific director of Crime Lab New York, an independent organization dedicated to applying and evaluating new methods for addressing crime, violence, and poverty, to argue for a fresh approach that avoids the unacceptable social costs of the emphasis on aggressive policing. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/896733840486236/.

16] –  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 Jan. 23.  Call 215-426-0364.

17] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Jan. 23 on this day from 5  to 6 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.   

18] – Arnold August’s recently released book “Cuba–U.S. Relations Obama and Beyond” traces the history of U.S. policy toward Cuba from the Thirteen Colonies to Obama and Trump: changes and continuities. Come to a discussion with the author who will outline the most original and controversial feature of his book new to English-speaking readers: The resistance of revolutionary Cuban intellectuals to the U.S.–led cultural war being waged against Cuban socialist culture. Whether you agree or not, attend, debate and/or ask questions. Books will be on sale at the event that will conclude with a book signing. The talk will be on Tues., Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets – 14th & V Sts., 2021 14th St. NW, WDC.

The royalties from the sales at the book store will be donated to the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund.  August (MA political science) is from Montreal and is trilingual in English, Spanish and French. This is his third book on Cuba, all based on lengthy stays on the island since 1997. The Cuban Spanish-language version of the book is to be launched in Cuba in April 2018. Following more than 10 successful book launches in Canada this past fall, the D.C. event is the inaugural American book launch. This is event is co-sponsored by Institute for Policy Studies, Fernwood Publishing, Busboys and Poets and others.

19] – On Tues., Jan. 23 at 6:30 PM, Go to the Central Library, African American Department, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201, for Writers LIVE: David Cay Johnston, “It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America.” Johnston first met Donald Trump in 1988 and has tracked him ever since. He wrote about Trump in two books: “Temples of Chance” and “The Making of Donald Trump.” He was also an uncredited source of documents and insight for major campaign reports by the Washington Post, New York Times, and network television. Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and bestselling author. He writes a daily column for The Daily Beast and Investopedia.com. Johnston teaches at Syracuse University College of Law. Visit http://calendar.prattlibrary.org/event/writers_live_david_cay_johnston_worse_than_you_think_what_the_trump_adlministration_is_doing_to_america#.WmPI_3anGUk.

20] – Our Revolution Maryland (ORMD) is the fastest-growing grassroots political and issue-focused organization in Maryland. In a crucial election year, it is committed to advancing its 2018 legislative agenda. You may find your chapter by visiting  http://ourrevolutionmd.com/?link_id=2&can_id=9c5bbb0ed9159a7bb5318410d9b7fb18&source=email-our-revolution-fighting-for-a-progressive-vision&email_referrer=email_274999&email_subject=our-revolution-fighting-for-a-progressive-vision and clicking Local Chapters toward the top-right.  Throughout January, many of the chapters will be hosting Senator Nina Turner, national President of Our Revolution, to discuss the next steps for Our Revolution.  There is a meeting on Tues., Jan. 23 at 6:30 PM in Howard County at 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Visit http://ourrevolutionmd.com/.

21] – On Tues., Jan. 23 from 7 to 8:30 PM, go to Amazing Grace: Human Trafficking Awareness Presentation at Heritage Community Church, 8146 Quarterfield Rd., Severn 21144. January is National Human Trafficking awareness and prevention month. Amazing Grace Ministries at Heritage Community Church is hosting Araminita Freedom for a human trafficking awareness presentation.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/1146561895473871/.

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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.


"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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