Sunday, February 4, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 2 - May 6, 2018

34] Peace vigil at White House – Feb. 2
35] WIB peace vigils – Feb. 2
36] Black Lives Matter vigil – Feb. 2
37] See the film 13TH – Feb. 2
38] See the film THE FRONT – Feb. 2
39] Values in Action conference – Feb. 2 - 3
40] Evening at the Embassy of Haiti -- Feb. 2
41] The D.C. Police should not go to Israel for training – Feb. 2
42] Ballroom Dancing – Feb. 2
43] Peace and Healing Walk – Feb. 3
45] Celebrating Black Storytelling – Feb. 3
46] West Chester peace vigil – Feb. 3
47] Anti-War Drone Death Walk – Feb. 3
48] Our Revolution Prince George’s meeting – Feb. 3
49] Help Palestinian Students – Feb. 3
50] Anne Arundel Sierra Club Annual Potluck Dinner -- Feb. 3
51] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 6
53] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
54] Do you need any book shelves?
55] Join the Global Zero campaign
34] – On Fri., Feb. 2 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. 

35] – On Fri., Feb. 2 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:

36] – 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 Feb. 2. Black Lives Matter.  

37] – As part of Baltimore Ceasefire 365 Peace Challenge, the First Friday Movie Nights will continue at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St. on Feb. 2 with 13th.  The film will begin at 7 PM, following the vigil and a potluck meal from 6 from 7 PM. There will be snacks and some discussion led by J.C. Faulk after the film. 13th is a 2016 documentary film, by director Ava DuVernay, that explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the U.S. It is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which freed slaves and prohibited slavery (except as punishment for a crime). Contact Megan Shook <>.

38] – On Fri., Feb. 2 at 7 PM, come to the Free First-Friday Film @ the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA to see THE FRONT,“ 1976, classic, directed by Martin Ritt, and starring Woody Allen and Zero Mostel.  It was written by the blacklisted Walter Bernstein.  Woody Allen stars as Howard Prince, a small-time restaurant cashier, part-time bookie is induced by a writer-friend to “front” for the submission of his TV scripts when he is blacklisted as an alleged subversive. When popular TV comic Hecky Brown (played by actual blacklisted comic Zero Mostel) is blacklisted and his career is threatened, he agrees to keep Howard under surveillance. Howard is then summoned to appear before an anti-communist investigative committee and his stand before them brings about an unexpected dramatic conclusion.

Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments.  A group discussion about the film follows its screening. Go to The screening is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For directions to the Peace Center of Delaware County, visit or call 484-574-1148.

39] – On Fri., Feb. 2  from 7 to 9:30 PM, and Sat., Feb. 3 from 9 AM to 3:30PM, attend the Values in Action conference with  Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow, “ Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, Pádraig Ó Tuama, poet and theologian from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Elizabeth M. Edman, Episcopal priest, advocate for LGBTQ justice, and Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker. While the conference will take place in New York City, it will be livestreamed at Pendle Hill.  Register at

40] – On Fri., Feb. 2 from 7:30 to 10 PM, enjoy an Evening at the Embassy of Haiti, 2311 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20008.  Join your fellow young professionals at a special cultural celebration with Haitian food, refreshments, diplomats, music, dancing and much more! Celebrate a Friday evening in Haiti and sample a country rich in culture and history.  Enjoy various paintings and sculptures on display from Haiti throughout the embassy.  Go to

41] – "D.C. Police Should Not Train With Israeli Occupation Forces" by Benjamin Douglas on Fri., Feb. 2 at 7:30 PM at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010. Police forces across the United States travel to Israel to receive training from Israeli occupying authorities. How do people who believe in freedom and dignity for Palestine and for people of color in the United States respond to this exchange of worst policing practices? What can we do to say occupation is no model for safety in our communities? The campaign against these police trainings is part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement: a 2005 call by Palestinian civil society to people of conscience everywhere to disinvest from the state of Israel until it (1) ends its occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, (2) respects the right of return of Palestinian refugees, and (3) allows equal rights for its Palestinian citizens.

Benjamin Douglas is on the steering committee of Jewish Voice for Peace-DC Metro. He became interested in Palestine-Israel from arguing with relatives who claimed that Palestine was uninhabited prior to Zionist settlement in the late nineteenth century. Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at 202-360-6416 or at

42] – 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 Feb. 2. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

43] – On Sat., Feb. 3 from 10 AM to noon, participate in a Peace and Healing Walk for Baltimore Ceasefire, hosted by Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence at  St. James' Episcopal Church-Lafayette Sq., 1020 W Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21217. Join MPGV and Reverend Scott Slater from the Episcopal Diocese to honor the 3rd Baltimore Ceasefire Weekend with a peace and healing walk.  Walk through the neighborhood surrounding the church to honor the lives lost to gun violence and to pray for healing in the community. Along the walk, stop at each location where someone has been shot and killed to #SayTheirNames and have a moment of peace and memorial for the victim. As we work toward a more peaceful city, we must not forget those who have fallen to the epidemic of violence in our midst. See

44] – Join for a day of training on 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

45] – On Sat., Feb. 3 from 10:30 AM to noon, as part of Black History Month, check out Celebrating Black Storytelling, African American history and culture told through spoken word, African dance and drums, modern dance performances, art and more. All ages are welcome at Walnut Street YMCA, 1000 N. Walnut St., Wilmington. Register at COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH SERVED IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE PROGRAM IN THE TEEN CENTER.

46] – 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

47] – On Sat., Feb. 3 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM, join the Philadelphia monthly Center City Anti-War Drone Death Walk. Meet at 12th & Arch Streets.  This is a silent vigil.  Please wear black in recognition of all the victims of Drone attacks.  It takes place the first Saturday of the month. Call Marge Van Cleef at 203-804-3013 or email  

Stop drone warfare and the U.S.’s policy of endless war.  Trump’s Endless War is just that, endless, and it is growing. WAR in YEMEN, a human tragedy on a huge scale, continues with U.S. military support.  Ten million are threatened with famine. And now Trump threatens war against North Korea and the use of nuclear weapons.  In the name of nuclear “modernization”, and “just in case we need them” (Trump’s State of the Union Message) Trump would build more nuclear bombs and missiles.

48] –  On Sat., Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 PM, Our Revolution Prince George’s meets at Spauldings Library Conference Room, 5811 Old Silver Hill Road, District Heights, with a focus on progressive state and county legislative priorities, including passing single-payer healthcare in Maryland -- and get ready to participate in the ORMD "Lobby Day" in Annapolis on Feb, 19.   Small donor public financing legislation in the county will be introduced by on January 30th. It is up to us to help take these issues to passage. Featured speakers include State Senator Paul G. Pinsky, who will highlight the state level progressive agenda. Go to

49] –   On Sat., Feb. 2 from 6 to 9 PM, Help Palestinian Students Reach Their Dreams, hosted by Reach Education Fund at the Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003. Meet students from Palestine who are touring the US in this awareness and fundraising event to support Palestinian students’ scholarship program in Palestine. For tickets and more information contact Marwan at 703-375-9611. To learn more about Reach Education Fund visit

50] – Warm up with us at the Anne Arundel Sierra Club Annual Potluck Dinner Celebration on Sat., Feb. 3 at 6:30 PM at St Luke's Church, 1101 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis 21403. Contact Liz Vanden Heuvel at or 410-267-9009.  This year the guest speaker will be Elaine Lutz, Staff Attorney with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, who will speak about Forest Preservation. It's the usual potluck, so RSVP what you are bringing.  Dishes should be large enough to feed yourself (or your party) plus some to share. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and can be bought at the door. If you can’t bring a dish, please pay an additional $5 per person in your party. 
51] – 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

53] -- 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

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

55] -- 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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