Thursday, February 22, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 23 - May 6, 2018

49] Baltimore Hunger Project – Feb. 23
50] Peace vigil at White House – Feb. 23
51] WIB peace vigils – Feb. 23
52] Attend the film “Between Earth and Sky” -- Feb. 23
53] Black Lives Matter vigil – Feb. 23
54] Public Interest Gala & Auction – Feb. 23
55] Close Down Gitmo demo – Feb. 23
56] Global Day of Action Against U.S. Occupation of Guantanamo -- Feb. 23
57] Candidates Forum – Feb. 23
58] Cutting School -- Feb. 23
59] Film HACKSHAW RIDGE – Feb. 23
60] Healthcare is a Human Right Happy Hour -- Feb. 23
61] Ballroom Dancing – Feb. 23
62] Worker Cooperative Jumpstart – Feb. 24
64] Moss Workshop – Feb. 24
65] Progressive Canvassing – Feb. 24 - 25
66] Support the Oakland Mills Young Democrats – Feb. 24
67] West Chester peace vigil – Feb. 24
68] Greater Baltimore Democratic Gubernatorial Forum – Feb. 24
69] Students Helping Honduras Benefit Gala – Feb. 24
70] Skeleton Crew Fundraiser for GLCCB Youth Programs -- Feb. 24
72] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 6
74] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
75] Do you need any book shelves?
76] Join the Global Zero campaign
49] –  On Fri., Feb. 23 from 10 AM to noon, help out at an Open Packing Session for 20, hosted by the Baltimore Hunger Project at 2305 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218-5128. What happens to the children who receive daily school meals when they go home for the weekend? Baltimore Hunger Project seeks to bridge that gap between Friday afternoon and Monday mornings. Eliminate the growing problem of weekend childhood hunger. Every Friday, volunteers take weekend provisions to local elementary schools who have families in crisis. The food packs are discreetly slipped into children’s backpacks on Friday by their guidance counselor, so they can return to school Monday nourished and ready to learn! See

50] – On Fri., Feb. 23 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. 

51] – On Fri., Feb. 23 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.  STAY FOR LUNCH.  Warm-up, dry off, and enjoy a vegetarian chili lunch and lots of good conversation. Bring a side or topping for the chili.  There are still places at the table; invite a friend to come along with you.

  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.

A third vigil will be in Chestertown, Kent County at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row.  This vigil is looking for more peace bodies on the Eastern Shore.  Welcome to the network, Chestertown Women in Black.

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:

52] – On Fri., Feb. 23 from 5 to 8 PM, attend “Between Earth and Sky,” and participate in the discussion after the screening. The event is hosted by the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences - Univ. of Maryland in the Hoff Theater, 0110 Stamp Student Union, College Park 20742. Tickets are available at RSVP at This groundbreaking film is the first of its kind to explore global climate change through the lens of soil science. This research-based film tells the story of global climate change by shining a light on arctic soils and ecosystems and the livelihood of Alaskan-Americans.

Following the film will be a discussion with the film’s executive producer, David Weindorf. Dr. Weindorf is the associate dean for research and the BL Allen Endowed Chair of Pedology in the Department of Plant and Soil Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University. Contact Barret Wessel at

53] – 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. 23. Black Lives Matter.  

54] – On Fri., Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 10:30 PM, get over to the 2018 Public Interest Gala & Auction, hosted by University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest (UBSPI), 1420 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201.  Tickets are available at This is the 24th Annual Public Interest Gala & Auction, which raises summer grants for UB law students working for public interest organizations like the Office of the Public Defender of Baltimore City, Freestate Justice, Senior Legal Services and many more.  Student tickets are $20, and General Admission tickets are $40. Tickets must be purchased at the link above.   

Cash donations of any amount go a long way to support UBSPI grants! You can donate online at Contact Michelle Junot at

55] – As part of the Global Day of Action Against U.S. Occupation of Guantanamo, the Baltimore Nonviolence Center will hold a Close Down Gitmo demonstration on Fri., Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. February 23rd marks the 115th anniversary of the U.S. seizure of the area of Guantanamo, Cuba in which the Navy built the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. The Coalition Against Foreign US Military Bases is organizing demos around the U.S. View the resolution at  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

56] – On Fri., Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 6 PM, join the Global Day of Action Against U.S. Occupation of Guantanamo, hosted by Workers World Party at the corner of North Avenue and Charles Street. February 23rd marks the 115th anniversary of the U.S. seizure of the area of Guantanamo, Cuba in which the Navy built the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. At 6 PM, walk a block over to the Harriet Tubman Solidarity Center for refreshments and the showing of a short Cuban film “All of Guantanamo is Ours.” The film interviews Cubans who live nearby the base and shows the negative impact of the base. The Coalition Against Foreign US Military Bases is organizing demos around the U.S. View the resolution at  If you are interested in attending the 2018 May Day Brigade to Cuba, come over to the Center before the demonstration for information about how to sign up to go. See

57] – On Fri., Feb. 23 from 7 to 10 PM attend a Candidates Forum for those seeking to become PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY EXECUTIVE, hosted by United People for African Congress (UPAC) at "The House of Champions" / Victory Temple, 13701 Annapolis Road, Bowie 20720.  The African community in Prince George’s County is thriving and desires to be more engaged in the decision-making process in our County. The community hereby invites you to join us during this Candidates Forum to hear directly from County Executive Candidates regarding their priorities and plans while in office. Email

58] – On Fri., Feb. 23 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, hear from Nolike Rooks about CUTTING SCHOOL: PRIVATIZATION, SEGREGATION, AND THE END OF PUBLIC EDUCATION.  Public schools are among America’s greatest achievements in modern history, yet from the earliest days of tax-supported education—today a sector with an estimated budget of over half a billion dollars—there have been intractable tensions tied to race and poverty. Now, in an era characterized by levels of school segregation the country has not seen since the mid-twentieth century, cultural critic and American studies professor Rooks provides a trenchant analysis of our separate and unequal schools and argues that profiting from our nation’s failure to provide a high-quality education to all children has become a very big business.

59] – On Fri., Feb. 23 at 7 PM as part of the Pacem Film Series, the first movie is “Hacksaw Ridge,” under the theme of nonviolence in a violent world.  It will be shown at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1301 N. Broom St., Wilmington, DE.  This is the true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. He was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor. How can you stick to your values in a world where peer pressure to be different is intense and unrelenting?  Is it possible for people of faith and conscience to live with integrity in a world of evil and oppression?  At St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1301 N. Broom St., Wilmington, DE, 7:00 pm. Visit

60] – On Fri., Feb. 23 from 7 to 10 PM, get involved in a Healthcare is a Human Right Happy Hour at the Sweet27 bar, 123 W. 27th St., Baltimore 21218.  This is the first Happy Hour of 2018 at which you will hear about the launch for Baltimore Students and Healthcare Professionals for Single Payer! Every healthcare worker in Baltimore has firsthand stories about health injustice in our city. However, many providers are isolated from one another and prevented from speaking out on these issues at a public level. 

Baltimore Students and Health Professionals for Single Payer is a new, sliding scale membership group aimed at bringing students and workers from diverse disciplines who support the cause together. BSHPS will offer networking opportunities, a chance to meet like-minded people who share your values, guest lectures, workshops and other special events.   Have a drink with non-alcoholic options. A portion of the bar proceeds for the evening will be donated to Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland.  Go to

61] – 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. 23. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

62] – On Sat., Feb. 24 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, come to the 2018 Worker Cooperative Jumpstart, hosted by the Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy (BRED) at St. John’s, 2640 St. Paul St. , Baltimore 21218.  This will be the second Worker Cooperative Jumpstart! It will be a day long series of workshops focused on establishing and running worker cooperatives. So whether you've been a worker-owner for years, are thinking about starting a co-op, or just want to learn more this event is for you! Organizations and individuals welcome! There is a suggested donation of $1 to 25 per person to cover the cost of the event and lunch. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Register at  Email The Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy (BRED) is a coalition of Maryland-based worker cooperatives, advocates, and technical assistance providers committed to building a robust cooperative ecosystem. BRED supports democratically-controlled economic institutions with loans and technical assistance. Visit the website at 

63] –  On Sat., Feb. 24 at 10 AM, while FIGHTING FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE & DEMOCRACY, come to Freedom Plaza, 1455 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; WDC 20004, and join Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, CLC. and allies for a WORKING PEOPLE'S DAY OF ACTION.   In late February, the Supreme Court will hear a court case called Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.  This case is the culmination of decades of attacks on working people by corporate CEOs, the wealthiest 1% and the politicians that do their bidding to rig the economy in their favor. It's meant to destroy the ability of people who work in the public sector, including over 100,000 CWA members, to join together in unions to negotiate better wages, benefits and protections that improve work conditions and set standards for everyone. The potential effects of a negative decision will be felt at every level of CWA and the labor movement as a whole.  Go to Email

64] – On Sat., Feb. 24 from 10 AM to noon, attend the Moss Workshop with Linda Davis and Charlie Davis from The Natural History Society of Maryland at the Banneker Historical Park & Museum, 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville, in the conference room.  The cost is $10.  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. Get introduced to the vocabulary and work through moss keys together. A walk down your street will never be the same!  Register and pay online at

65] – On Sat., Feb. 24 and Sun., Feb. 25, Progressive Maryland will hold its second MONTHLY MASS CANVASSES all over the state! The canvassing will be for progressive values and to elect endorsed candidates, including Gubernatorial Candidate Ben Jealous.  No matter where you live, there's an opportunity for you to join in! For example, on Sun., Feb. 25 from 2 to 4 PM join the Howard County Canvass at the Long Gate Shopping Center. Montgomery Road, Ellicott City 21043.  CONTACT Meagan Braganca at 443 739 5598. 

For other areas in the State, go to On Sat., Feb. 24 at 10 AM there is a canvass in Silver Spring.  On Sat., Feb. 24 at 10 AM there is a canvass in Frederick. On Sat., Feb. 24 at 10 AM there is a canvass in Annapolis at Ceremony Coffee Roasters. On Sat., Feb. 24 at 11 AM, join the canvass at Seat Pleasant in Capitol Heights, MD. On Sat., Feb. 24 at noon be at Salisbury Canvass Launch in Salisbury. On Sat., Feb. 24 at 1 PM meet at the Greenbelt Library for the canvass.  On Sun., Feb. 25 at 2 PM, meet at the C. Burr Artz Public Library in Frederick to canvass.

66] – On Sat., Feb. 24 at 10:30 AM, meet outside Oakland Mills High School to support the Oakland Mills Young Democrats.  Go to  Canvass the neighborhood around the high school, register voters, and pass out flyers for the Young Democrats' upcoming County Council Debate on March 8 at 6:30 PM. 

67] – 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

68] – On Sat., Feb. 24 from 2 to 5 PM, come out for the Greater Baltimore Democratic Gubernatorial Forum, hosted by United For Maryland PAC at 101 N. Gay St., Baltimore 21202.  All seven Democratic candidates will attend: Rushern Baker, Ben Jealous, Kevin Kamenetz, Rich Madaleno, Alec Ross, Jim Shea and Krishanti Vignarajah.  The moderator is Ms. Phylicia Porter, and the concluding speaker is Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings.  From 4 to 5 PM, there will be a Candidate Meet & Greet. Visit to get your tickets!  If you want to submit a question for the candidates, use this Google form

69] – On Sat., Feb. 24 from 5 to 9:30 PM, come to the Students Helping Honduras Benefit Gala, hosted by the University of Maryland Students Helping Honduras at the Stamp (Adele H. Stamp Student Union), 3972 Campus Dr., College Park 20742.  Join the first annual SHH Benefit Gala in the Colony Ballroom! Doors open at 5 PM and dinner starts at 6 PM.  Dress code: Black tie optional.  Parking is available in Lot Z and Lot 1, next to Cole Field House, is free on the weekends! It is 5 minute walk from these lots to Stamp Student Union building. Go to

70] – On Sat., Feb. 24 from 6 to 10 PM, be at Night OUT: Skeleton Crew Fundraiser for GLCCB Youth Programs, hosted by GLCCB and Baltimore Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21202. Join a pre-show happy hour and fundraiser. Use promo code 18OUTSC to receive 25% off of a ticket to Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau when you call the Box Office or buy online. Tickets are available at  $10 of that ticket will directly benefit the GLCCB’s Youth Programs. Baltimore Center Stage members are also welcome to exchange into this performance at no extra cost.  Visit

71] – On Sat., Feb. 24 at 6 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS WITH NANCY MACLEAN.  Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. “Democracy in Chains” names its true architect—the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan—and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority.

  In a brilliant and engrossing narrative, Nancy MacLean shows how Buchanan forged his ideas about government in a last gasp attempt to preserve the white elite’s power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. In response to the widening of American democracy, he developed a brilliant, if diabolical, plan to undermine the ability of the majority to use its numbers to level the playing field between the rich and powerful and the rest of us. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at

72] – 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

74] -- 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

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

76] -- 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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