Thursday, March 8, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - March 9, 2018

43] Sanctions in the Trump Era - One Year In – Mar. 9
44] Oromo Advocacy Alliance and Ethiopian Advocacy Network - Mar. 9
45] Peace vigil at White House – Mar. 9
46] WIB peace vigils – Mar. 9
47] Film “The Age of Consequences” – Mar. 9
48] Black Lives Matter vigil – Mar. 9
50] Film “The Bridges at Toko-Ri” -- Mar. 9
51] Film “An Inconvenient Sequel” – Mar. 9
52] Ballroom Dancing – Mar. 9
53] Vigil for Nuclear Disarmament -- Mar. 10
54] Public Safety Meet & Greet – Mar. 10
55] West Chester peace vigil – Mar. 10
56] Latino Racial Justice Circle -- Mar. 10
57] Baltimore International Working Women's Day 2018 March -- Mar. 10
58] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Iraq or North Korea
59] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 6
61] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
62] Do you need any book shelves?
63] Join the Global Zero campaign
43] – Attend the conference Sanctions in the Trump Era - One Year In on Fri., Mar. 9 at 9 AM at Atlantic Council, 1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor, WDC, hosted by the Atlantic Council.   How best can the United States use sanctions as a policy tool.  Economic sanctions continue to be a centerpiece of the United States’ foreign policy toolkit under the Trump Administration, as CAATSA, Russia-specific sanctions, new US and UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea, and the JCPOA with Iran demonstrate. Effective when well used and coordinated, sanctions also can be overused and oversold. The conference is intended to review the development, implementation, and enforcement of sanctions during the last year, and to build consensus around sanctions policy going forward.  Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Ms. Sigal Mandelker will deliver keynote remarks at the event.  A live-stream of the event will be available at

44] –  On Fri., Mar. 9 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM, attend a Forum for Congressional Foreign Affairs Staff, hosted by Oromo Advocacy Alliance and Ethiopian Advocacy Network in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, 2nd St. NE, WDC 20002. Tickets available at  RSVP is REQUIRED. Events in Ethiopia are unfolding dramatically. A newly-formed Ethiopia Coalition invites Congressional foreign affairs staff, program and policy specialists to attend this timely Forum on "Why US Policy towards Ethiopia Matters Now." 

Constituents and advocates across the US, wherever you live, are welcome to invite the staff of Senators and Representatives from your states and districts to this event, especially if you have contacted them about H Res 128 or S Res 168. To find Congressional contacts in DC, go to and share this invitation. Suggestions for ways to invite foreign affairs staff are available at  Visit

45] – On Fri., Mar. 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. 

46] – On Fri., Mar. 9 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:

47] – On Fri., Mar. 9 from 2 to 4:30 PM, watch “The Age of Consequences,” followed by a panel discussion, hosted by SustainableUMD at the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, Room 1224, College Park.  Hear from Dr. Steve Fetter, University of Maryland School of Public Policy, Dr. Sandra Knight, University of Maryland Center for Disaster Resilience, and Brig. Gen. Dr. Gerald Galloway, The Center for Climate and Security.  The moderator is Poorti Sapatnekar, Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland. RSVP at

48] – 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 Mar. 9. Black Lives Matter.  

49] – On Fri., Mar. 9 at 6 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, turn out for BOUND IN WEDLOCK: SLAVE AND FREE BLACK MARRIAGE IN THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY with the author Tera Hunter. In an unprecedented gathering, five black scholars will engage Hunter's new book for insights on what it teaches us about love, marriage, kinship, policy, the law, and the black community from slavery to freedom. Comments will come from Vanessa Holden, Martha S. Jones, Katrina Bell McDonald, Shani Mott, and Christina Thomas. The conversation will be moderated by Jessica Marie Johnson. This event is hosted by Red Emma's Bookstore and part of the Center for Africana Studies 2018 Symposium "Bound/Unbound: Contemporary Black Marriage in Research, Policy, and Practice." Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at

50] – On Fri., Mar. 9 at 7 PM, as part of the Pacem Film Series, the third film of the series, “The Bridges at Toko-Ri,” will be shown at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1301 N. Broom St., Wilmington, DE.   Can a war in Korea happen again?  Go to

51] – On Fri., Mar. 9 at 7 PM, the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis will view and discuss the film “An Inconvenient Sequel.” At the Annapolis Friends Meeting, 351 DuBois Road, Annapolis. An announcement is at

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

53] – On Sat., Mar. 10 from 10 AM to 11:30 AM, be part of Vigil for Nuclear Disarmament, hosted by the American Solidarity Party of Maryland and the Baltimore Nonviolence Center at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., WDC 20500.

  The new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons provides a perfect opportunity to renew the effort to abolish nuclear weapons and finally end the mortal threat to humanity these weapons pose.  For over 70 years the world has been endangered by the most destructive and indiscriminate tools of mass killing ever invented. This danger remains today, as the current confrontation between North Korea and the United States, and other international tensions, shows. Yet the United States and the other nuclear-weapons-holding powers have not signed the UN Treaty and show no signs of abolishing their nuclear arsenals.

  This quarterly vigil outside the White House is a call upon the United States and all other nations to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to embrace nuclear abolition. Hear from speakers, including Janice Sevre-Duszynska, distribute literature, and raise awareness about this vital issue. Act to protect human life from this ultimate threat. See

54] – On Sat., Mar. 10 from 11 AM to noon, there is a Public Safety Meet & Greet, hosted by Ben Jealous at 611 N, Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201-4514. Jealous will discuss his plans for reducing crime, ending mass incarceration and real police reform. As the former President & CEO of the NAACP, Ben has successfully led efforts to reduce mass incarceration and increase public safety, while improving relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve.  Visit at

55] – 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

56] – The Latino Racial Justice Circle is hosting its first annual Community Fun Day on Sat., Mar. 10 from 1 to 4 PM at Archbishop Borders School, 3500 Foster Ave., Baltimore 21224. Join them for free food, games, children's books, raffle prizes, music and a silent auction. Go to

57] – On Sat., Mar. 10 from noon to 4 PM, join the Baltimore International Working Women's Day 2018 March, hosted by Women's Fightback Network Maryland/D.C. Gather at People's Park, across from 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.   Hear key note speaker Takiyah Thompson, the freedom fighter charged with taking down a confederate statue in Durham, NC three days after Charlottesville.  See

58] – It is a violation of U.S. law for us to attack a country that has not attacked us, as only Congress can declare war. The Trump administration is nevertheless beating the war drums for war against Iran and North Korea. The Mueller investigation is tightening the vise, and could cause Trump to attack those countries in order to divert attention from Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Such a military strike would demand an immediate and unequivocal response from us to show that we will not tolerate his abuse of power.

Let's mobilize to show that we the people will not tolerate another military adventure, which would be bound to have profound negative consequences. If a preemptive military strike against Iran or North Korea takes place, then meet outside the War Memorial, 101 N. Gay St., Baltimore, MD 21202. If the attack is before 2 PM local time, then events will begin at 5 PM, local time. If the attack occurs after 2 PM local time, then events will begin at noon, local time, the following day. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

59] – 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

61] -- 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

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

63] -- 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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