Sunday, February 18, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert February 18 through 20, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert February 18 through 20, 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 in need of movers
5] Organizing for Ethical Behavior – Feb. 18
6] Fundraiser for Ben Jealous – Feb. 18
7] Kicking Hate Out of This World -- Feb. 18
9] Vigil to Remember Ukraine's Heavenly Hundred -- Feb. 18
10] Homeless Potluck -- Feb. 18
11] Protest at the Pentagon – Feb. 19
12] Protest for Gun Reform – Feb. 19
13] Community Summit -- Feb. 19
14] Clean Energy Jobs Act -- Feb. 19
15] Our Revolution Maryland in Annapolis – Feb. 19
16] See the film KANGAROO – Feb. 19
17] Women’s Rally in Annapolis – Feb. 19
19] Film “Walking While Black” -- Feb. 19
20] Film “Chisholm '72 - Unbought and Unbossed” – Feb. 19
21] Women’s Rights in the Americas – Feb. 20
22] PG County Council budget hearing – Feb. 20
23] Peace Vigil – Feb. 20
24] No more Drone Research at JHU – Feb. 20
25] Stormwater – Feb. 20
26] Post-Incarceration Opportunity – Feb. 20
27] Film A PLASTIC OCEAN – Feb. 20
28] Film GOD’S COUNTRY – Feb. 20
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 for experienced movers to bring furniture from PODS into a house.  Let Max know if you have any suggestions—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., Feb. 18, the Sunday Platform is “Organizing for Ethical Behavior.” The recent surge by the #MeToo movement focuses on abuse in the workplace and on a power structure that allows unethical behavior to go both unpunished and even unchallenged. For many centuries, workers have organized unions to protect themselves, providing a collective response to injustices that appear individual. This presentation will describe these efforts and the importance of unionism for enforcing ethical relationships in the workplace and for spreading the same values into the community.  Bill Barry is the retired Director of Labor Studies at The Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk, and the author of a books including “The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore”, “Closing Up the Open Shop: A Guide to Internal Organizing”, and the forthcoming “Don’t Trump on Us; Making Our Unions Great Again.”   Call 410-581-2322 or email

6] – On Sun., Feb. 18 from noon to 1 PM, be at a fundraiser for Ben Jealous at the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt 20770. Tickets available at This is a Musical FUNdraiser with KIVA performing from noon to 1 PM. Enjoy some rabble rousing songs!

7] –  On Sun., Feb. 18 from 1 to 3 PM, there is a Kicking Hate Out of This World Workshop, hosted by Gulmakai P. Saleh at MakeSpace, 6082 Franconia Rd., Suite C&D, Alexandria 22310.  The cost for an adult is $5.  The workshop will be led by Gulmakai Popal Saleh, an author and survivor of childhood bullying. There will be two exclusive workshops aimed at empowering children and adults to break the cycle of bullying and hate by becoming creative in creating an environment where there is understanding and empathy among all students. The workshops are suitable for children aged 4+.  This event is highly recommended for parents, caregivers and professionals working with children. Two AWESOME books will be on sale, and don’t forget to get your copy signed by the author.  RSVP at

8] – There is a BLACK HISTORY IN CONCERT Performance on Sun., Feb. 18 at 2 PM featuring The Charm City Labor Chorus, directed by Darryl L. C. Moch at Mt. Washington Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 5800 Cottonworth Ave., Baltimore with Rev. Vera Mitchell. Enjoy Civil Rights songs, including a number of sing-alongs.  The concert is free, donations are welcome.  Call 410-323-4314.

9] – On Sun., Feb. 18 from 4 to 6 PM, get over to a Vigil to Remember Ukraine's Heavenly Hundred, hosted by United Help Ukraine at the Lincoln Memorial, 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW, WDC 20037.  Please join United Help Ukraine, the Embassy of Ukraine, US Ukraine Foundation, Razom for Ukraine, US Ukrainian Activists, other Ukrainian organizations, and the diaspora in the Washington D.C. area, come and remember the sacrifices of the Heavenly Hundred during the Revolution of Dignity of 2013-2014, as well as the sacrifices of brave men and women who died defending Ukraine against Russia's invasion. Bring a candle! Visit

10] – On Sun., Feb. 18 from 4 to 6 PM, help out at a Homeless Potluck, hosted by Sunday Dinner at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 120 N. Front St., Baltimore 21202. Prepare your favorite dish for the needy! Let them know what you will cook:

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 Feb. 19, 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.

12] – On Mon., Feb. 19 from noon to 1 PM, Protest for Gun Reform, hosted by Teens for Gun Reform at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., WDC 20500.  For three minutes, lie down in front of the White House in representation of the victims of school shootings. Bring posters and tell your friends! See

13] – On Mon., Feb. 19 from 2:30 to 5:30 PM, attend the First Annual Community Summit at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, 430 E Belvedere Ave., Baltimore 21212. There will be a live broadcast from 3 to 5:30 PM.  So activists, educators, politicians, and clergy must come together and develop a plan to move our city forward. You asked for a Summit and WEAA heard your plea. RSVP by calling (443) 885-3564 or by emailing See

14] -- On Mon., Feb. 19 at 4:30 PM, get over to the Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West St, Annapolis 21401 for four legislative priorities.  In conjunction with the statewide Maryland Climate Coalition and legislative champions in both the Senate and House of Delegates, work on the Clean Energy Jobs Act, a bill ensuring that Maryland gets 50% of its electricity from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2030. Help ban Styrofoam statewide. This would be mean no establishment or institution can serve on Styrofoam materials, including restaurants.  Work on the Forest Conservation Act, which updates and improves current laws surrounding forests in Maryland. Finally, join in reforming the transparency and stakeholder process of the Public Service Commission. See Contact Liz Lee at

15] – Join with Our Revolution Maryland. This day of action combines the issues, organizations, and power of the progressive movement in Maryland. Activists from across our state will come together and meet with their legislators to show their support for our top-priority issues.  All attendees will be given an informal briefing on talking points, up-to-date information on legislation, and specific actions from our elected representatives. Following their briefing, participants will be organized into teams to visit their local State Senator and State Representatives to advocate for Medicare for All/Single Payer Health Care, $15/Hour Minimum Wage, an increase in Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard and Debt Free College Degrees and Job Certification.  Progressive Lobby Day in Annapolis is on Mon., Feb. 19 at 5 PM in the Maryland State Delegate Office Building, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401.  Contact Scott Gledhill at or 410-507-0002. Visit

16] – On Mon., Feb. 19 at 7 PM, catch a screening of KANGAROO, hosted by Abramorama at the Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, WDC 20004. Tickets are at,  The panel discussion will be moderated by Maureen Harrington, Vice President of the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association, and will feature filmmakers Mick McIntyre and Kate McIntyre Clere, and guest panelist Becky Robinson, President and founder of Alley Cat Allies. From the heart of Australia comes this comprehensive and controversial documentary that focuses on one of the world's most recognizable icons, the kangaroo. This groundbreaking film reveals the truth surrounding Australia’s love-hate relationship with its beloved icon. The kangaroo ‘image’ is proudly used by top companies, sports teams and tourist souvenirs, yet as they hop across the vast continent, many consider them pests to be shot and sold for profit. Go to or

17] – On Mon., Feb. 19 at 7 PM, attend the Women's Rally in Annapolis, hosted by Maricé Morales in Lawyers Mall, Bladen St., Annapolis 21401. Join the fourth year rallying on behalf of women on Lawyers Mall, 100 State Circle, Annapolis 21401. Speakers will address issues regarding Women’s Economic Security, Healthy Families and Reproductive Justice, and efforts curtailing Violence Against Women. Email or call 301.858.3528.

18] – THERE IS A POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN MASS MEETING ON MON., FEB. 19 AT 7 PM at the Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th St. NW, WDC 20001. At this time of intensifying political, economic, and moral crisis, with the lives of the most vulnerable and the spirits of all under vicious attack, people in growing numbers around the country are fighting back for their lives, communities, and deepest values.  Fifty years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King called for a Poor People’s Campaign to begin a “revolution of values” in America. We are reigniting these efforts to unite the poor, disenfranchised, and marginalized to transform our nation’s political, economic and moral structures of our society.  Learn more about the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival by joining campaign co-chairs the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis to hear faithful reflection and public action on moral issues through storytelling, music, and interviews with local community organizers and impacted people.  Email

19] – On Mon., Feb. 19 at 7 PM, Reel and Meal at the New Deal presents a screening of WALKING WHILE BLACK; L.O.V.E is the Answer  at the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt.  An optional vegan buffet is served at 6:30 PM for $14. The New Deal Café is accessible from the Greenbelt Metro station by buses G 12 and 14.    The film is a documentary about improving police-community relations as a way of addressing the tragic consequences of racial profiling. Following the film, representatives of the Greenbelt Police Department will explain their approach to ensuring racial justice in their policies and procedures and day-to-day actions. For more information on this month’s program contact Nancy Joy Allchin at The evening is hosted by the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition. Go to

20] – On Mon., Feb. 19 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM watch the documentary “Chisholm '72 - Unbought and Unbossed,” a President's Day Screening, hosted by The SNF Parkway / Maryland Film Festival, 5 West North Ave., Baltimore 21201. The Parkway is proud to partner with Black Girls Vote, Baltimore Ceasefire 365, and Film Fatales' Baltimore chapter for a special screening of Shola Lynch's inspirational documentary about the pioneering 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress! 

Following the film, have a conversation about this documentary and the lasting legacy of Shirley Chisholm featuring Nykidra Robinson of Black Girls Vote (BGV) and Letrice Gant and Erricka Bridgeford of Baltimore Ceasefire 365! Go to

21] – On Tues., Feb. 20 from 9 AM to 1 PM, focus on Women’s Rights in the Americas: Closing the Implementation Gap, hosted by Comisión Interamericana de Mujeres at the Organization of American States (OAS).  In recent decades, the Americas has adopted countless binding legal agreements, political statements and declarations of commitment that provide strong and unequivocal policy and regulatory support to the protection and guarantee of women's rights. On paper, women enjoy a broad range of rights under conditions of equality with men. But the persistent gap between women’s rights on paper and women’s rights in practice is one the biggest obstacles to sustainable development, effective democratic governance and human security. Join a high-level panel of key women leaders of the Americas for a look at some of the main achievements and challenges to the full enjoyment of women's rights and to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Inter-American Commission of Women. See

22] – The Prince George’s County Council will hold a Town Hall Meeting on the County Budget Process from 7 to 9 PM on Tues., Feb. 20 in the County Administration Building, Council Hearing Room, First Floor, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Go to

23] –  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 Feb. 20.  Call 215-426-0364.

24] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Feb. 20,  on this day from 5  to 6 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

25] – On Tues., Feb. 20 from 7 to 9 PM, hear about Stormwater: What's Working - What's Not, hosted by Severn River Association at the Union Jack's of Annapolis, 2072 Somerville Rd., Annapolis 21401. What do we need to do to finally put a stop to these mud-flood events and keep this polluted stormwater out of our rivers and creeks? Richard Klein, with Community & Environmental Defense Services, will discuss why runoff controls fail and which BMPs succeed. See

26] – On Tues., Feb. 20 from 7 to 8 PM, have a dialogue with Robert Green on Post-Incarceration Opportunity, hosted by Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville 20850.  Tickets are available at Incarceration, sentencing, and racial bias are topics that are much debated in American society. Director of Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Green has 33 years of experience in one of the most diverse counties in the country which has given him unique perspectives on correctional management and the implementation of special programs that serve incarcerated and returning citizens.  Green serves as the chairman of the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards and on the Maryland Justice Reinvestment Council, roles that allow him to speak on the tradition of American criminal justice, incarceration, and reforms. He is also well versed in racial and economic inequities as well as disparities in education and workforce development. This event is at the Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville 20850.  Go to

27] – On Tues., Feb. 20 from 7 to 9:30 PM, Docs From the Docks: A Plastic Ocean is happening, hosted by Mr. Trash Wheel at Brown Advisory, 901 South Bond St., #400, Baltimore 21231. The Waterfront Partnership and Chesapeake Bay Foundation present the second year of a winter environmental film series, Docs from the Docks.  A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine oceans. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect." Following the film, there will be a panel discussion featuring professionals in Baltimore City whose work focuses on trash, recycling and litter.  Visit

28] – On Tues., Feb. 20 from 7:15  to 9:15 PM, see Louis Malle's “God's Country,” presented by Colette Shade, hosted by The SNF Parkway / Maryland Film Festival, 5 West North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  Tickets are available at The Parkway is proud to present Louis Malle's fascinating and newly relevant documentary about the American dream with a pre-film talk by Colette Shade exploring late 20th century economic history, the farm credit crisis, conspiracy theories, and how American society fell apart. In 1979, Malle traveled into the heart of Minnesota to capture the everyday lives of the men and women in a prosperous farming community. Six years later, during Ronald Reagan’s second term, he returned to find drastic economic decline. Free of stereotypes about America’s “heartland,” GOD'S COUNTRY is a stunning work of emotional and political clarity.  Shade is an essayist, fiction writer, and teacher. She mostly writes about economic history, inequality, and the history of wealth in Baltimore. Go to

To be continued.

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"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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