Thursday, February 8, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 9 - May 6, 2018

40] Preventing Threats to Children's Well-Being in D.C. – Feb. 9
41] Peace vigil at White House – Feb. 9
42] WIB peace vigils – Feb. 9
43] Philly Anti-War ‘Reach Out’/Olympic Truce – Feb. 9
44] Benefit Malamutes in need – Feb. 9
45] Black Lives Matter vigil – Feb. 9
46] Celebrate Olympic Truce – Feb. 9
47] See THE RAID – Feb. 9
48] Meet and Greet with Delegate Mary Washington – Feb. 9
50] Ballroom Dancing – Feb. 9
51] Tour a solar house – Feb. 10
52] West Chester peace vigil – Feb. 10
53] Celebrate Valentine’s Day with extra love for the animals– Feb. 10
54] Violence Against Women – Feb. 10
55] World Vegan Mac 'n Cheese Championship – Feb. 10
56] March Against Slumlord – Feb. 10
57] Containing Addiction -- Feb. 10
57] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 6
60] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
61] Do you need any book shelves?
62] Join the Global Zero campaign

40] – On Fri., Feb. 9 from 9 AM to 1 PM, attend a discussion Preventing Threats to Children's Well-Being in D.C., hosted by the National Academy of Medicine, 500 5th St. NW, WDC 20001.  Go to  Many children in the DC area are exposed to lead through unsafe living conditions, such as lead paint or contaminated water. Another threat to children’s well-being is posed by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)—events that traumatize children and shape their health later in life. Both ACEs and exposure to lead affect the developing brain and may cause considerable neurological and behavioral challenges.

The discussion will feature teams from Howard University and American University, who will share their answers to the challenge, as well as commentary by local health leaders. Debbie I. Chang, M.P.H., Senior Vice President of Policy and Prevention and a Corporate Officer for Nemours Children’s Health System, will provide the Keynote Address.  The event will conclude with a networking lunch. Visit

41] – On Fri., Feb. 9 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. 

42] – 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:

43] – The Philly Anti-War ‘Reach Out’ will happen at the SEPTA entrance, 15th & Market Sts., on Fri. Feb. 9 from 4 to 5 PM. End Drone Terror & Endless War. Stop the Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA. Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at or 484-574-1148.

The Philly Anti-War ‘Reach Out’ will be followed by a Candlelight Vigil to support the Olympic Truce, Not Fire and Fury in Korea from 5 to 6 PM. Diplomacy Not War. Abolish Nuclear Weapons. This vigil will be in the Philadelphia City Hall west side plaza.  Initiated by the Coalition for Peace Action, groups will mark the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. In a historic move, and in the historic spirit of the “Olympic Truce”, the two Koreas will join with each other for the games. Candles will be available as well as signs and banners. Call Ed at 215-480-7744.

44] – On Fri., Feb. 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, enjoy the National Adoption Weekend at Pet Valu, hosted by Chesapeake Area Alaskan Malamute Protection at Clarksburg Village Center, Clarksburg 20871. Get some Valentine's Day themed items for you & your animal for a donation to benefit Malamutes in need. Go to

45] – 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. 9. Black Lives Matter.  

46] – Come to a Korean Olympic Truce Celebration on Fri., Feb. 9 at 5 PM at Centre and Charles Sts. Participate in a “peace torch” passing and “solidarity flame lighting” in Baltimore just prior to the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

Then watch the Olympic Opening Ceremony on TV at the First Unitarian Church hall, a half block away. There the doors open at 7 PM for eating carry-out meals. At 8 PM, watch the North and South Korean athletes marching together under a common flag. Several Korean student organizations at Johns Hopkins University have been invited.

THIS IS A DEMONSTRATION FOR PEACE IN KOREA AND AGAINST NUCLEAR WAR. Hold signs to oppose U.S. military threats, nuclear and otherwise. North Korea is very defensive because U.S. bombing killed a third of their population in the Korean War, a greater percentage loss than any other country in modern history. Urge the withdrawal of U.S. military war games, threats and troops from the Korean peninsula. U.S. diplomats should talk with DPRK immediately with no preconditions. Contact Peace Action Baltimore’s Richard Ochs at

47] – On Fri., Feb. 9 at 7 PM, enjoy the “The Raid,” and a Black Lives Matter DC Post Show at the Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE, WDC 20020.  The play, which will continue through March 18, is by Idris Goodwin and directed by Colin Hovde.  Would you die for your beliefs? Is it better to work within the system to change it or take up arms against the system to destroy it? “The Raid” is a fabulation of a debate between two American icons: White abolitionist John Brown and Black abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass. On the eve of Brown’s raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, these men argue the merits of violence and pacifism, order and chaos, and the possibility of a nation free of the scourge of slavery.

Stay after the show for a post-show conversation with BLMDC members. Ticket Prices are Adult – $20 and Senior, Student, and Military – $15. This preview show is at half price. The Metro location is on the Green Line. Name Your Own Price tickets are available for each performance to make sure that the price of a ticket does not stop anyone from seeing live theater. To claim a ticket under the program just show up at the Box Office one hour before the show, and there will be a minimum of 10 Name Your Own Price tickets available. Visit

48] –   On Fri., Feb. 9 from 7 to 8:30 PM, Meet and Greet with Delegate Mary Washington at GLCCB, 2530 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, hosted by Mary Washington for State Senate, 43rd District. Join Mary, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness, member of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, as well as the first openly lesbian African-American elected official in the state, for a discussion about issues that concern our LGBTQ community in Maryland. Read more about Mary Washington at

49] – On Fri., Feb. 9 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for BLACK CHAKRA'S BOOK RELEASE!  National slam champion and Baltimore native Black Chakra is debuting his book at Red Emma’s! Black Chakra is a Baltimore-based Spoken Word Artist and Emcee whose talent has been showcased on stages across the country. He is a poetry instructor for Dewmore Baltimore where he has led the Woodlawn High School Poetry Team to all city slam competition victory for four years, consecutively. Chakra is a former member of the 2016 National Slam Championship team at the National Poetry Slam (NPS). In 2017, he won Baltimore's Grand Slam Finals and helped lead Baltimore's Poetry Team to victory at Southern Fried. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at

50] – 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. 9. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

51] – Have you ever considered going solar?  Come to a solar open house on Sat., Feb. 10 from 10 AM to noon at 712 Harrington Road, Rockville 20852. Tour the solar home of Samir Qadir, ask questions about solar, learn about the Montgomery County Solar Co-op, and connect with other homeowners who are interested in solar! RSVP at

52] – 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

53] – On Sat., Feb. 10 at 11 AM, celebrate Valentine’s Day with extra love for the animals -- Fur the Love of Pets Bmore Humane Kids Club Meeting -- at the Baltimore Humane Society, Reisterstown. Your kids will take time to show extra love this Valentine’s Day. Show our animals love by caring for them unconditionally, create A Pledge to the Pets, create valentines, and make homemade dog treats. Sign your child up now at

54] –  On Sat., Feb. 10 from 11 AM to 1 PM, be there for Violence Against Women is a Global Issue: Continuing the Dialogue, hosted by Patapsco River Chapter of the Links, Incorporated at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Dr., Baltimore 21218. RSVP at Join the Patapsco River (MD) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, in partnership with the One Love Foundation, the Samaritan Women, and NAMI to continue the dialogue around violence against women. Battling violence against women is a community issue. Be a part of the ongoing dialogue moderated by WJZ TV's Ava-Joye Burnett and featuring Patricia Johnson, author of "Broken & Battered Yet I Rise."

55] – On Sat., Feb. 10 from noon to 5 PM, come to the 2018 World Vegan Mac 'n Cheese Championship at the Radisson Hotel, Inner Harbor, Baltimore.  Come and sample vegan mac 'n cheese from dozens of chefs from around the country and cast your vote for the best! This 3rd Annual World Mac 'n Cheese Championship was formerly known as the Baltimore Vegan Mac 'n Cheese Smackdown. Pre-registration is open to both attendees and contestant chefs. Coming in from out of town? Deep discounts on hotel rooms are available through this year's venue. Interested in attending? Go to Interested in participating as a contestant? The grand prize is $2500! Go to

56] – On Sat., Feb. 10 from noon to 2 PM, March Against Slumlord Geoff Griffis, hosted by Justice First and ONE DC at the Cleveland Park Station, 3599 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008.  Two days after Christmas, on December 27, 2017, real estate developer and slumlord Geoff Griffis cut a back door deal with long-time partner and fellow slumlord Sanford Capital in an attempt to acquire their properties at Congress Heights, via an irregular and possibly illegal land transfer. This attempted transfer is a desperate and last minute move by Griffis to circumvent two Court orders that would have otherwise resulted in either a negotiated agreement with Congress Heights tenants to prevent displacement and jump start the building of 200 units of affordable housing, or, a $2 million payment to...See

57] – On Sat., Feb. 10 at 6 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for Matthew R. Pembleton who will discuss his book CONTAINING ADDICTION.  The story of the "War on Drugs" usually begins with Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan. In his new book, Pembleton argues that its origins instead lie in the years following World War II, when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics—the country’s first drug control agency, established in 1930—began to depict drug control as a paramilitary conflict and sent agents abroad to disrupt the flow of drugs to U.S.  shores. In a series of complicated twists and turns on a global stage, the author explains how America applied a foreign policy solution to a domestic social crisis, demonstrating how consistently policymakers have assumed that security at home can only be achieved through hegemony abroad. The result is a drug war that persists into the present day. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at

58] – 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

60] -- 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

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

62] -- 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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