Thursday, January 4, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - January 5 - May 6, 2018

34] 4th Annual Food Drive – Jan. 5
35] Racial Politics of Genetic Genealogy -- Jan. 5
36] Peace vigil at White House – Jan. 5
37] WIB peace vigil – Jan. 5
38] Film “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” – Jan. 5
39] Hope for the Homeless D.C. Blanket Drive – Jan. 5
40] German Shepherd Yappy Hour – Jan. 5
41] Black Lives Matter vigil – Jan. 5
42] Film CHASING CORAL – Jan. 5
43] Ballroom Dancing – Jan. 5
44] Urge Congress to Advance Whole-Person Integrative Healthcare – Jan. 6
45] Annual Legislative Breakfast – Jan. 6
46] Precinct and Community Training – Jan. 6
47] “Meet Me in the Middle” meeting -- Jan. 6
48] West Chester peace vigil – Jan. 6
49] Feeding the Homeless/See a film – Jan. 6/Jan. 7
50] Jewish Voice for Peace D.C. Meeting -- Jan. 6
52] Humane League's D.C. Celebration for the Animals – Jan. 6
53] Help deliver a Healthcare not Warfare petition – Jan. 11 & 12
54] Can you help out with baked goods, housing and coffee and tea? -- Jan. 12 - 14
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] – On Fri., Jan. 5 from 9 AM to 7 PM, participate in the 4th Annual Food Drive, hosted by Aaduri Healing Arts, 4705-A Harford Rd., Baltimore 21214. Go to

35] – On Fri., Jan. 5 from 10:30 AM to noon, hear about The Racial Politics of Genetic Genealogy and the GU 272, hosted by Alondra Nelson at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Marriott Ballroom, Salon 3 (Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level), 2660 Woodley Road NW, WDC 20008.  Tickets are available at  This is part of the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association.

36] – On Fri., Jan. 5 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. 5 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] – On Fri., Jan. 5, come to a Documentary Series: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, hosted by Film Lovers in Carroll County and Carroll Arts Center, 91 W Main St, Westminster, MD 21157.  The film will be shown twice—first at 1 PM, second at 7:30 PM.  Ticket Information is at  See

39] – On Fri., Jan. 5 at 3 PM at McPherson Square Park, WDC,  come to a Hope for the Homeless D.C. Blanket Drive, hosted by Us Hope Foundation.  Go to  Help raise money for the annual blanket drive. 

40] – On Fri., Jan. 5 from 5 to 8 PM, attend the German Shepherd Yappy Hour, hosted by Mutt Mart and Southeast German Shepherd Rescue at Mutt Mart, 2904 Hamilton Ave., Baltimore 21214.  Eat, drink & be waggy.  Buy food and drinks as a donation to the rescue, and everyone who attends Yappy Hour will receive a FREE goodie bag filled with treats, coupons, & a special gift!  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. 5. Black Lives Matter.  

42] – The First Friday Movie Nights will continue at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St. on Jan. 5 with CHASING CORAL.  The film will begin at 7:15 PM, following the vigil from 5 to 6 PM and a potluck meal from 6 from 7 PM. There will be snacks and some discussion after the film. "Chasing Coral" (postponed from Nov. 3) is an award-winning documentary showing the beauty of undersea gardens and their decline. Enjoy a visual tropical get-away in the middle of winter! Contact Megan Shook <>.

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. 5. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

44] – On Sat., Jan. 6 from 12 AM to 11:59 PM, Urge Congress to Advance Whole-Person Integrative Healthcare, hosted by Integrative Health Policy Consortium – IHPC at 712 H St. NE, Suite 1108, WDC 20002.  Visit or

45] – At Sat., Jan. 6 from 9 AM to noon, attend the League of Women Voters Annual Legislative Breakfast 2018 at the Church of St. Michael & All Angels, 2013 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218.  Meet your State Senators and Delegates and hear their response to League priorities and their plans for The 2018 General Assembly. Ask about your concerns!  There is FREE PARKING IN THE LOT LOCATED AT ST. PAUL AND 20TH STREET.  In case of severe weather, call 410-243-1710.  The LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF BALTIMORE CITY are at 6600 York Road, Suite 211, Baltimore 21212. Contact the League at 410-377-7738 or or

46] – At Sat., Jan. 6 from 9 to 11 AM to noon, attend a Precinct and Community Training, hosted by Baltimore County Democratic Party at the Owings Mills Branch Library, 10302 Grand Central Ave., Owings Mills 21117.  There is a need for volunteers who may want to be a part of the Precinct-to-Precinct (P2P) program or who would like to learn about Deep Canvassing and were unable to make the previous training sessions. Share the message of equity and equal opportunity to all the voters in Baltimore County.

47] – The “Meet Me in the Middle” – Communities United's monthly, citywide meeting – is on Sat., Jan. 6 at 10 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 120 N. Front St. (President & E Fayette Sts.) across from the Shot Tower subway stop. Visit

48] – 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

49] – Join the School of Life for the “Consciousness & Fund Raiser for the Homeless” Meal at 12:30 PM on Sat., Jan 6 at 4209 East West Hwy. Give our homeless sisters and brothers sustenance for their bodies, including some spiritual sustenance as well. Before the meal there will be a moment of concentration, sharing views and shaping up the petition. RSVP at

  On Sun., Jan. 7 at 5 PM watch the film “Life After Life” with Raymond Moody, an inspiring, fascinating and comforting film about the near death experience. Afterwards, enjoy refreshments and discussion. This is 2018’s first viewing in the “First Sunday of the Month Spiritual Film Series.”

50] – On Sat., Jan. 6 at 2:30 PM, Jewish Voice for Peace D.C., the January Meeting will take place in Dupont Circle.  Email for the meeting location. With new campaigns that connect the fight for racial justice in the US to the oppression Palestinians face by the state of Israel, help build up our work for justice for all oppressed people! Get plugged in to both strengthen the current campaigns and help jumpstart new ones on the horizon. Make sure resistance is the new normal, from the U.S. to Palestine. Resist the interlinked policies that violate Palestinian rights abroad and Muslim and Arab American rights at home through a framework to resist all forms of oppression.

51] – On Sat., Jan. 6 from 3 to 5 PM, come to a General Meeting, hosted by SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE Annapolis & AACo at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Rd., Annapolis 21401-2123. Learn about Restorative Justice from Dr. Jennifer Langdon, a professor at Towson University who is a “scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution, specializing in restorative justice and applications of mediation in the criminal justice system.” Then there will be a discussion of how Restorative Justice is being implemented in Anne Arundel County schools and the criminal justice system. Monthly meetings are the first Saturday of each month. 

52] – On Sat., Jan. 6 from 7 to 10 PM, get over to the Humane League's D.C. Celebration for the Animals at 620 G. St. SE, WDC 20003.  It will be a fun-filled Celebration #ForTheAnimals.  Learn about The Humane League's groundbreaking success in reducing animal suffering and how your support makes this happen! Enjoy delicious vegan appetizers, drink and desserts, bid on amazing prizes in the silent auction, and get inspired by animal protection hero Gene Baur! Gene is an Animal Rights hall of famer, the co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, and the author of Living The Farm Sanctuary & Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food. The Celebration is at the beautiful and newly-renovated Christ Church event space and lounge, located right by Capitol Hill.

The VIP Dinner will be from 5:30 to 7 PM on Sat., Jan. 6 at the chic Equinox Restaurant, 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20006, which is famous for some of the best plant-based dishes in D.C. Limited tickets will be available at the door. Visit A large portion of your ticket is tax-deductible and directly supports The Humane League's work!

53] – Please note that the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance will organize on Thurs., Jan. 11 a visit to the office of Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, 1705 Longworth House Office Building, WDC 20515 to Say No US Support for Saudi Arabia’s Assault on Yemen.  We will first gather at 11:30 AM at the White House to join Witness Against Torture in calling for the closing of the prison at Guantanamo.  At 1:30 PM, we will gather in the Longworth Cafeteria. After that meeting, we will deliver a letter to Hoyer’s office.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net if you want to sign the letter.

  On Fri.,  Jan. 12 at 11 AM, we will deliver a Healthcare not Warfare petition to Captain Mark A. Kobelja, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 4494 North Palmer Road, Bethesda 20889.  We are still gathering signatures on our petition.  If you want to sign it, please provide name, hometown and your organization to Max. RSVP to Max if you can join NCNR on Jan. 11, Jan. 12 or both days.  

54] – Can you donate cookies or baked goods?  Can you host an attendee? Finally, we are in need of a shop or organization to provide coffee and tea in the mornings of the conference.  Do you have any suggestions?

  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.  Prior to the conference opening on Fri., Jan. 12, there will be a demonstration from 3 to 5 PM at Centre & Charles Sts. in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore.

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

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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