Friday, January 26, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - January 26 - May 6, 2018

34] Support Enoch Pratt Library through Jan. 31
35] Afterimage Requiem – through Feb. 1
36] Peace vigil at White House – Jan. 26
37] WIB peace vigil – Jan. 26
38] Economy, Politics, and Social Life in North Korea – Jan. 26
39] Serve the Hungry – Jan. 26
40] Rally for Democracy & Against Repression in Honduras – Jan. 26
41] Black Lives Matter vigil – Jan. 26
42] See the film ZER – Jan. 26
43] Ballroom Dancing – Jan. 26
44] Progressive Maryland Canvass – Jan. 27
45] Peace Academy Training – Jan. 27 & Feb. 3
46] Moss Workshop – Jan. 27
47] Tour a Solar House -- Jan. 27
48] Table Talk Tour – Jan. 27
49] West Chester peace vigil – Jan. 27
50] People Demand Action -- Jan. 27
51] Resist the Ban – Jan. 27
52] Anti-Slavery Protest – Jan. 27
53] "Talking About Single Payer" – Jan. 27
54] See the film ZER – Jan. 27
55] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 6
57] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
58] Do you need any book shelves?
59] Join the Global Zero campaign
34] –   The Enoch Pratt Free Library FINALLY won State funding from the Maryland General Assembly in 2016 to expand branch hours beginning July 1, 2017.  The State considered withdrawing the already-approved, much-much-needed funds in early 2017.  Nonetheless, the funding went through for the 1st year, with the funding for the 2nd through 5th years contingent upon Pratt Library showing a higher utilization than before the increased hours.

The statistics used to judge usage of Enoch Pratt Free Library are from the month of January 2018.  THIS is the month to reserve books, to go and check out books, and use any branch of Pratt Library.  Circulation is significant, and the main collection of Central Pratt is in an alternate property for several years of renovating Central Pratt Library.  IF books are not on the shelf of any branch that you visit, they have to be requested from a warehouse on Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in S.W. Baltimore -- but do NOT let that discourage you from HELPING  TO  IMPROVE  LIBRARY  USAGE  STATISTICS  THE  VERY  MONTH  THEY  COUNT.

35] – Afterimage Requiem is a large-scale visual and sound installation by Kei Ito and Andrew Paul Keiper that probes the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and their intertwined family histories. The public opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Fri., Jan. 19 at 6 PM at the Baltimore War Memorial, 101 N. Gay St. # D, Baltimore 21202.  The exhibition includes 108 human-scale photograms made using sunlight, light sensitive paper and Ito’s body, evoking those lost in the bombing, and a 4-channel sound work that portrays the places and processes of the bomb’s production, and includes field recordings made at atomic heritage sites in New Mexico and Chicago.  Ito’s grandfather witnessed the explosion of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima that killed his family, while Keiper’s grandfather was an engineer who contributed to the effort to develop the bomb. Their collaboration grapples with this history while asserting its pertinence to a contemporary audience living in an increasingly unstable political landscape. Ito and Keiper seek mutual understanding while contemplating the roots, sorrow and scope of the bombing. In an era of overt nuclear crisis unlike any seen in decades, Afterimage Requiem asks the audience to reflect on the ramifications of our current course, and to learn from the past.

In 2016, Ito and Keiper received the Rubys Artist Project Grant through the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance to create Afterimage Requiem. Creation of this work was made possible by the Rubys Artist Project grant. The Rubys were conceived and initiated with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. Further support for this project comes from Full Circle Fine Art Services.

The exhibit will be on view through Feb. 1.  The War Memorial hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 8 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 PM.  Enjoy a concert and panel discussion on Fri., Jan. 26 presumably at 7:30 PM. Visit

36] – On Fri., Jan. 26 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. 

37] – On Fri., Jan. 26 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 vigil is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St, Baltimore. 21211. However, if weather is iffy, contact Anne at  Lunch will take place at 1 PM at the RPP Café, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore 21211.

Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather.  Peace signs will be available. 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 to:

38] – The Kim-Renaud East Asian Humanities Lecture Series: North Korea in Modernization is happening on Fri., Jan. 26 from 2 to 4 PM in the National Churchill Library and Center (Gelman Library 101a), 2130 H St. NW, First Level, WDC. Hear about Economy, Politics, and Social Life in North Korea with Sergei O. Kurbanov. Professor, St. Petersburg University; Visiting Scholar, GWU.  He is a professor and the chair of the newly established Department of Korean Studies at St. Petersburg University. In 1997, he developed and opened the "Korean History Major" BA Program. His spheres of interest are wide, including the general history of Korea (with books published in 2002 and 2009), Korean Confucianism (book in 2007), and the everyday lives of North and South Koreans in 1987 - 2000s (books in 2013 and 2017). He also wrote and compiled a biography (published in 2016) of Kim Gu, the head of the Provisional government of the Republic of Korea in China, as well as a book on the theory of historical science (book in 2016). See

39] – On Fri., Jan. 26 from 4:15 to 7:15 PM, get over to Serving the Hungry, hosted by Theology on Tap - Fells Point and Baltimore Frassati Fellowship at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 120 N. Front St., Baltimore 21202.  Help prepare dinner, serve it to the hungry in the area, and clean up afterward. If you can’t be there the whole time, be there for the setup or the cleanup or the serving. RSVP at

40] – On Fri., Jan. 26 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, come to a Rally For Democracy & Against Repression in Honduras at the U.S. Department of State, 2201 C St. NW, WDC 20520. The Honduran community in the Washington, DC area, along with U.S.-based human rights, grassroots organizing, solidarity, and other civil society organizations will converge on Friday, January 26th in solidarity with the people of Honduras, outraged that presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernández has been declared the winner in the Honduran Nov. 26, 2017 presidential elections, amid serious and pervasive reports of election fraud and human rights violations. We are calling on the international community to not recognize the Hernández government, and express extraordinary concern over the U.S. State Department’s continued backing of Juan Orlando Hernández in this atmosphere of terror that the U.S.-funded state security forces are inflicting against the people in Honduras across the country. Converge at the U.S. State Department, and march to the Organization of American States, 1889 F St. NW.

We rally to demand the U.S. government rescind its affirmation of the results announced by the Hernández regime-controlled Supreme Electoral Tribunal. International delegations from La Voz de los de Abajo, Code Pink, and Witness for Peace have witnessed and documented testimony of violent beatings of civilians, the ongoing intimidation by security forces, including US-funded security forces, as well as well documented incidents of fraud and violence at polling places. In Northern Honduras children as young as four and seven years old have been injured by state security forces’ weapons. On December 1, 2017 a presidential decree suspended Constitutional rights, imposed a curfew, and there have been multiple substantiated reports of security forces using live ammunition and other effectively lethal force toward civilians during anti-fraud protests around the country, resulting in over 30 killings of protesters to date. Visit

41] – 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 Jan. 26. Black Lives Matter.  

42] – On Fri., Jan. 26 from 7 to 10 PM, you are cordially invited to watch the acclaimed feature film ZER by award-winning Kurdish director Kazım Öz at George Washington University, Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052.  Through the magic of an ancient love song, ZER celebrates the enduring friendship of a carefree American student with his dying Kurdish grandmother, while tackling the epic themes of love, freedom, identity, war and how our history continues to shape us, whether we live in America, Turkey or Kurdistan. The screening is free for Kazim Oz’s eighth film. The independent filmmaker has been supported by his family and friends (through loans) in his groundbreaking projects. You are welcome to assist with a one-time donation while making your reservation or after viewing the film.  There will be a reception before the screening of Zer and a Q&A session with director Kazim Oz after the film. The screenings of this film is made possible by the RIMS project at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, Eta Chapter DPE and American Kurdish Information Network. Go to

43] – 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 Jan. 26. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

44] – Progressive Maryland has been talking to Maryland residents about the issues that matter most to them. Break through partisan divides by engaging people in conversation about their values and vision for their communities to identify common ground. The canvass goes from western Maryland, to the DC suburbs, to the Eastern Shore. On Sat., Jan.27 from 10 AM to 6 PM, join a canvas.  When you RSVP to Beth Landry at, an organizer in your area will follow-up with additional details for your area canvass. No experience is required.

Progressive Prince George’s will do its First Monthly Canvass of 2018 on Sat., Jan. 27 in Capitol Heights from 10 AM to 6 PM. Sign up for a three hour shift and get the launch point location at

For example, on Sat., Jan. 27 from 1 to 4 PM, come to Everlasting Life, 9185 Central Ave., Capitol Heights 20743.  CONTACT Lola at 301 312 1511.

45] – Join for a day of training on Sat., Jan., 27 or Sat., Feb. 3 from 10 AM to 2:30 PM at the Peace Academy, Perry School Community Services Center, 128 M St. NW, WDC. Little Friends for Peace wants you to join its team of peace educators. Email

46] – On Sat., Jan. 27 from 10 AM to 1 PM, attend a Moss Workshop by Linda Davis from The Natural History Society of Maryland. It is $10 per person, and will take place in the conference room of the Banneker Historical Park & Museum, 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville. If mosses intrigue you when you hike but you wonder exactly what you are seeing, this is your chance to figure it out in a fun environment. On the last Saturday of each month, take a closer look at a moss or two and work together to identify them. You'll be introduced to the vocabulary and can work through moss keys together. A walk down your street will never be the same! Register and pay online at

47] – On Sat., Jan. 27 from 10 AM to noon tour a solar house, 7301 Oskaloosa Dr., Rockville 44120. RSVP at

48] –  On Sat., Jan. 27 from 10 AM to noon, Del. Alonzo Washington (D-22nd) has his first "Table Talk Tour" of 2018 at the Starbucks, 8498 Annapolis Road, New Carrollton, MD. This month, he will be joined by Congressman Steny Hoyer's Office, the Prince George's County Assessment Office, and the Maryland Comptroller's Office for a discussion of the impacts of the 2017 federal tax overhaul. In addition to these topics, discuss any issues, thoughts, or concerns you have regarding the 2018 Legislative Session.  Go to

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] – On Sat., Jan. 27 from 11 AM to 3 PM, participate in the National People's March On Washington 2018, hosted by People Demand Action at the Lincoln Memorial, 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW, WDC 20037.  Go to This is part of the national grassroots movement - bringing ordinary people together to call attention to the needs of all living in our democracy.  People Demand Action is dedicated to advancing the vision of standing up for a fairer, caring, more inclusive America. We are encouraging people to organize, get involved, and run for office! People Demand Action will advance progressive values and work to build a brighter future for generations to come. The march will be directly after the rally at approximately 1:15 PM, and the starting point for the march will be the Lincoln Memorial and the end point will be the National Mall (14th and 12th Street). 

51] – On Sat., Jan. 27 at noon, join the Muslim/Refugee Ban: A Year of Resistance at the White House.  There will be PRAYER, a RALLY, and a MARCH and finally ADVOCATES AND ALLIES will FORM a HUMAN CHAIN MARKING the ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FIRST MUSLIM AND REFUGEE BAN. Impacted refugees, leaders, and dozens of organizations will rally in front of White House in protest of continued anti-Muslim, refugee, and immigrant policies.  Allies will form a human chain during Islamic midday prayer and then march to the Trump Hotel and Customs and Border Protection headquarters. Prayer will be held at 12:20 PM.  The march to the CBP begins around 1:30 PM.

52] – On Sat., Jan. 27 from noon to 3 PM, join the Anti-Slavery Protest in Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, 3522 International Ct. NW, #400, WDC 20008, and Stand Up for Humans. This will be a peaceful protest against Enslavement of African Migrants in Libya by armed Groups funded by the United Arab Emirates, Human Trafficking of African migrants to/from Dubai.  Help Slavery victims in Dubai return to their families in Africa and Stop UAE funding of armed groups in Libya which imprison, torture and kill African migrants in addition to "selling them as slaves." Email or go to or 

53] –On Sat., Jan. 27 from 2 to 3:30 PM, catch a LECTURE "Talking About Single Payer" with James Burdick, MD at the Talbot Co. Free Library, 100 W. Dover St., Easton, MD.  Email TALBOT.RISING@GMAIL.COM.

54] – Leading Kurdish director Kazım Öz cordially invites you to watch his latest feature film, ZER, which will be screened at the Social Table, 1325 G St. NW, 3rd Floor, WDC 20005, on Sat., Jan. 27 at 3 PM.  This is a touching love story that will majestically sweep you into the exciting Kurdish cinema.  He is an award-winning director, scriptwriter, and producer, whose artistic journey began in Kurdish theatre. His filming is made difficult because his true-to-life movies go against the official line of the oppressive regime in Turkey. But that obstacle does not stop his rugged determination to make movies that show life as it is, not push pastel imitations contrived by self-serving politicians.  You can watch the trailer at

55] – 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.  On Sun., May 6 there will be an opportunity to engage in direct action and later participate in a prayer service.  Go to


After 44 years of resisting weapons and war, Jonah House is Baltimore is in danger of shutting down. Two of the three core members have announced their intention to leave the community as of May 2018. That leaves one core member, Joe Byrne, who will remain to recruit and re-form intentional community. But if no one steps forward, Jonah House will have to close.

Jonah House was founded by Phil Berrigan, Liz McAlister, and others, in 1973, during the Vietnam War. It was a center of resistance to that war. When the war ended, the focus of resistance became the nuclear arms race. This resistance blossomed into the Plowshares movement. Jonah House members have spent years in jail for Plowshares disarmament actions. Other members have spent years supporting them, and doing the work of the community in their absence. Resistance to weapons and war continues at Jonah House. More recently, Jonah House has also become involved in racial justice efforts in Baltimore, and the environmental justice movement.

Jonah House is planted in the middle of a 22-acre, mostly-wooded cemetery in West Baltimore called St. Peter’s. Maintaining and slowly restoring St. Peter’s Cemetery is the work that pays the bills for the community. Jonah House also uses the property to serve the living as well as honor the dead. Our gardens and orchards feed the Jonah House community, and the surrounding neighborhood community, via a food pantry and weekly food distribution to low-income neighbors. We envision the cemetery—particularly the 11-acre forest patch—as a haven for the people of the neighborhood, international peace activists, and numberless living beings.

Jonah House is also an interfaith spiritual community. We pray or meditate together daily, and our spiritual practice informs and empowers everything we do, whether in the fields or in the streets.

To continue the vision, Jonah House is looking for a few new core members willing to commit to a two-year stint. We are also open to short- and long-term interns (3 months to a year). The work of radical peacemaking, direct service to the poor, and stewarding the land requires workers. We pray that God will send laborers to the vineyard (yes, we have that too) and that Jonah House will continue to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable for another 44 years!  For more information, call 443-804-3410, or email us at

57] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs, records, tarps and table cloths, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at

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

59] -- 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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