Sunday, January 7, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert January 7 through 9, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert January 7 through 9, 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] Education: A Vehicle for Change – Jan. 7
6] Witness Against Torture -- Jan. 7
7] Celebrate MLK – Jan. 7
8] Protest at the Pentagon – Jan. 8
9] Working to Prevent the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers – Jan. 8
10] Palestine-Israel Human Rights Initiative meeting – Jan. 8
11] Day of Action – Jan. 8
12] Save Baltimore’s Water System – Jan. 8
13] Southern Maryland Sierra Club meeting – Jan. 8
14] Advocacy 101 Webinar – Jan. 9
15] Midday Herding -- Jan. 9
16] Our Revolution meeting – Jan. 9
17] Peace vigil – Jan. 9
18] Caucus of African-American Leaders Meeting – Jan. 9
19] Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" – Jan. 9
20] Coffee with the Chief – Jan. 9
21] Book talk UNJUSTIFIABLE MEANS – Jan. 9
22] Baltimore Ceasefire Public Meeting – Jan. 9
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 6address 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., Jan. 7, the Sunday Platform is Education: A Vehicle for Change by Cecilia Liss. There is a growing realization about the importance of instilling a sense of wonder, awe, and appreciation for the natural world, and the ethical values of human beings in childhood, for children’s long-term intellectual curiosity, emotional resiliency, and academic success.

Join Academic Director Cecilia Liss from the Waldorf School of Baltimore as she delves into what is at the heart of these experientially based, developmentally appropriate methods that makes them ideal for fostering a lifetime of enthusiastic and engaged learning, and moral awareness and responsibility. Call 410-581-2322 or email

6] – Support the Witness Against Torture (WAT) “Fast for Justice” from Sun., Jan. 7 through Sun., Jan.-14. January 11th marks the 16th year that the first detainees were taken to Guantanamo. For 16 years most of the 41 detainees have been held there, experiencing brutal confinement with no resolution of their case in sight. The purpose of the Fast for Justice is to call for the closing of Guantanamo, to end torture and indefinite detention and to hold accountable those responsible for torture. 

On Wed., Jan. 10 from 6 to 8 PM at the Impact Hub, 419 7th St. NW, WDC, join Witness Against Torture, the Peace Poets and friends for a book launch and performance on the eve of the January 11 demonstrations calling for the immediate closing of Guantanamo. The book — “There is a Man Under that Hood: Closing Guantanamo and Ending Torture in the Age of Trump” — sets the words of Luke Nephew’s (Peace Poets) remarkable poem of that title to images of anti-torture demonstrations from photographs taken or curated by Justin Norman (WAT). The afterword is written by Omar Farah, Senior Staff Attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights. The Peace Poets will perform pieces from current human rights struggles. UK author Andy Worthington will address the state of Guantanamo in the era of Trump. And legal advocates will report on the fate of their clients still imprisoned. Together, celebrate our resistance to torture and work to close Guantanamo.  

On Thurs., Jan. 11, there will be a public witness outside the White House beginning at 11:30 AM. See or email

7] – Celebrate the Life of Dr. Martin L. King Jr., a great figures in the History of Nonviolence on Sun., Jan. 7 at 3 PM at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW, WDC 20005, sponsored by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington and the Council of Churches of Greater Washington.  Enjoy an afternoon of Calvin Woodland impersonating the voice of Dr. King and sharing his famous quotations; hear keynote speaker, Dr. Ben Chavis who worked with MLK during the civil rights movement, share his reflections of the challenges they faced and their triumphs; listen to interfaith expressions relating the tenets of different religions to the important teachings of MLK, savor the inspiring music by well-known gospel singer Wyomme Pariss and the beautiful musical selections by the World Children's Choir, as well as a special treat with the famous Hip Hop Artist, Husha Assad, offering powerful pieces about our society and Dr. King's vision.

Finally, get with a unique, "Speak Your Mind" during a brief mini-Community Dialogue about issues you are concerned about in our society today! Have fun with the entire congregation joining in a joyous sing-along as the group leaves the sanctuary for a Special Reception of delicious food and the "MLK PEACE EXPO RESOURCE FAIR.  Any organization interested in "tabling" at the MLK EXPO can register at  Contact Andra at or (310) 894-6644. There will be FREE Garage Parking for this special service right next to the church at 1399 New York Ave., WDC 20005 until 6:15 PM.

8] – 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. 8, 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.

9] – Caught in Conflict: Working to Prevent the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers is an on-the-record discussion on new approaches on Mon., Jan. 8 from 1 to 2:30 PM at  The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036. It will feature Lieutenant-General (ret.) Roméo Dallaire, Founder, Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, Jo Becker, Advocacy Director, Children's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch, and Rachel Stohl (moderator), Senior Associate and Director, Conventional Defense Program, Stimson Center.  RSVP at

10] – On Mon., Jan. 8 at 3 PM, there is a Palestine-Israel Human Rights Initiative meeting.  If human rights in the occupied territories of Palestine concerns you, this meeting is for you. It is at the Pacem in Terris' office, 401 N. West St., Wilmington, DE. Email On Mon., Jan. 8 at 6 PM catch Baltimore: Legislative Preview on Preservation & Conservation at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Hampden Branch, Baltimore.  Maryland deserves well-preserved historic neighborhoods, historic sites, cultural landscapes, and open space! The only way we’ll accomplish this is by working together in advocacy. Join Preservation Maryland and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters with our local partners at these important town hall-style meetings to learn about local, state, and federal advocacy efforts to help save places that matter and how you can be a force for preservation and conservation. ATTENDEES CAN EXPECT THE FOLLOWING: – Meet and network with other Maryland preservation and conservation advocates – Learn about the state preservation and environmental programs that make a difference, why they are needed, and what might happen to them during the coming session of the Maryland General Assembly.  Find out how to make the case for preservation and learn more about opportunities to get involved.  Receive training and an advocacy toolkit to help make you an effective preservation and conservation advocate.  Contact Preservation Maryland Director of Engagement, Elly Colmers Cowan, at 410-685-2886, x303.

11] – On Mon., Jan. 8 at 6 PM, attend the BWU January 8th Day of Action at the Enoch Pratt Free Library - Waverly Branch, 400 E 33rd St., Baltimore 21218/    Waverly Branch, Baltimore. Join Baltimore Women United for the next 8th Day of Action, and learn more about the opening of the Maryland Legislative Session and proposed bills Baltimore's women should pay attention to, support and advocate for. Highlighted issues include: - "Ban the Box" related to criminal history on applications - Rape Survivors Family Protection Act - Gender Discrimination in Car Insurance w. the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition.  REGISTER at  #BWUstandupforMD #WomenLead #MyBmore.

12] – Baltimore’s current water billing system isn’t working for Baltimoreans, and it doesn’t make financial sense for the Department of Public Works either.  A recent report conducted by Roger Colton, an independent economist, has characterized that the current water billing system is dangerous.  Luckily, there are alternatives that can not only ensure that everyone can afford their water bill, but also benefit the system's finances. Join in a panel sharing why we’re in this lose-lose situation and how alternative water billing programs would work for Baltimoreans and DPW!  It is happening on Mon., Jan. 8 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Studio 4 Baltimore, 235 Holiday St., Baltimore 21202.  The panelists include Delegate Mary Washington, District 43; Rev. Dr. Alvin J. Gwynn Sr., President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore; and Roger Colton, of Fisher, Sheehan and Colton and author of “Baltimore’s Conundrum: Charging for Water/Wastewater Services That Community Residents Cannot Afford to Pay.” RSVP at

13] –  The Southern Maryland Sierra Club, joined with collaborating community activists, are providing an education presentation to familiarize you with the  billion-dollar fracked gas industry's development in Southern Maryland and the rest of the state. RSVP at Addressing the Threat of Gas Infrastructure: A Southern MD Community Meeting will happen on Mon, Jan. 8 at 6:30 PM at 8120 MD-4, Owings, MD 20736. Contact Pat Simpson at or 240-731-1519.  The threat of fracked gas is not over in Maryland!  Southern Maryland is a target for the fracked gas industry, putting water and air quality, and property values at risk.

14] – On Tues., Jan. 9 from 9 AM to 10:30 AM, be part of the Advocacy 101 Webinar, hosted by Political Institute for Women, 655 15th St. NW, WDC 20005. Advocacy 101 starts with an overview of the policy-making process at the local and state legislative levels of government. The course then covers the basic forms of advocacy, messaging, base building, effective communications and creating issue campaigns. (Fundraising for Advocates is the companion course for Advocacy 101.) All registration fees are non-refundable unless the organizer cancels the webinar. See

15] – On Tues., Jan. 9 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, participate in Midday Herding, hosted by Herd on the Hill in the Hart Senate Office Building, 150 Constitution Ave. NE, WDC 20002. Join in for visits to Congressional offices to amplify constituent voices from across the country. Meet by the benches by The Mountain sculpture. (It’s huge, you can't miss it!). Go to

16] – 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, and supporting candidates who support the agenda. Become a part of the political revolution by joining your local chapters. You may find your chapter by visiting 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. 9 at 6 PM at C. Burr Artz Public Library, Frederick.

17] –  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. 9.  Call 215-426-0364.

18] – On Tues., Jan. 9 from 5 to 8 PM, the Caucus of African-American Leaders Meeting is happening at Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc., 1101 Smithville St, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.  It starts with a social hour celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  At 6 PM the business meeting will begin promptly. Go to

19] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Jan. 2 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.   

20] – On Tues., Jan. 9 from 5:30 to 7 PM, have Coffee with the Chief, hosted by the City of Greenbelt Government at the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt 20770. Come out and meet Greenbelt Interim Chief of Police Tom Kemp and members of the Police Department in a casual, cordial and informative environment. Have a cup of coffee or tea and engage in positive, productive discussions where concerns can be shared and question can be answered. Visit

21] – On Tues., Jan. 9 at 6:30 PM there is a book talk UNJUSTIFIABLE MEANS by MARK FALLON at Kramer Books, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20036.  The author reveals the dark side of the United States government, which threw our own laws and international covenants aside to become a nation that tortured—sanctioned by the highest-ranking members of the Bush Administration, the Army, and the CIA, many of whom still hold government positions, although none have been held accountable. Go to

22] – On Tues., Jan. 9 from 7 to 9 PM, attend a Baltimore Ceasefire Public Meeting, hosted by Baltimore Ceasefire 365 at The Kingdom Life Church, 125 N. Hilton St., Baltimore 21229.  Join the Meeting to find out you can support the February Ceasefire, make important community connections, and learn more about Baltimore Ceasefire. Visit

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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