Sunday, April 1, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert April 1 to May 9, 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 & a handyperson
5] Write Reality Winner
6] Collect donations of Hygiene Kits – through Apr. 30
7] PYGMALION – Apr. 1
8] Flint, MI Water Fundraiser – through May 9
9] Pups 'n' Petals – Apr. 1
10] Protest at the Pentagon – Apr. 2
11] Cross-Strait Relations Under the Trump Administration -- Apr. 2
12] Union Night in Annapolis – Apr. 2
13] Author Ira Shapiro discusses his book “Broken” -- Apr. 2
14] Iraq and Syria -- Apr. 3
15] "Environmental Health Playbook" Webinar – Apr. 3
16] Peace Vigil – Apr. 3
17] ACLU's Campaign for Smart Justice – Apr. 3
18] No more Drone Research at JHU – Apr. 3
19] Social Justice and Community-Based Learning 101 – Apr. 3
20] Book talk “The Woman's Hour” – Apr. 3
21] Know Your Rights presentation – Apr. 3
22] National Rally to End Racism --- Apr. 3 - 5
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.  Also let them know if you are working with a reliable handyperson. Let Max know if you have any suggestions—410-323-1607 or mobuszewski 2001 at comcast dot net. 

5] –  On June 3, 2017 Reality Leigh Winner was arrested and jailed and later charged under the Espionage Act for allegedly releasing a top-secret document to a media outlet, The Intercept.  The document analyzed information about Russian online intrusions prior to the 2016 presidential election. Reality had been employed by a contract agency and worked at the NSA in Augusta, Georgia following her honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in December of 2016.  Reality has pleaded not guilty to this one charge, and her defense team is working furiously to defend against the Espionage charge, but the Court in Georgia continues to rule against Reality at every turn.  Reality has been denied pretrial bail and awaits trial in a small county jail in Lincolnton, Georgia.

The impact this has had on Reality and our entire family is devastating.  Because of her special diet, Reality’s nutritional and medical needs are not met in jail.  She has been spontaneously denied mail, books, and visits.  In order to assist in her defense, she must be transported to the Federal Courthouse in Augusta, Georgia and spends up to 12 hours in full shackles and is strip-searched multiple times during the day. Please write to Reality at Reality L. Winner, Inmate # 3342, Lincoln County Jail, PO Box 970, Lincolnton, GA 30817.

6] – During the month of April, Havenwood Presbyterian Church, 100 E Ridgely Rd., Lutherville 21093, will collect donations of Hygiene Kits to help CWS help those touched by disaster. Church World Service (CWS) Kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to families and communities in need around the world. In the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty, hygiene kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families. 132,096 Hygiene Kits were shipped to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Cuba in the immediate aftermath of the hurricanes.  Go to to discover what should be in a kit. Monetary contributions in lieu of kits is accepted. Make checks payable to Havenwood and mark Hygiene in the memo line. Mail to 100 E. Ridgely Rd - Timonium, MD 21093.

7] – 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., Apr. 1, the Sunday Platform is “A Crucible for Humanism: Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion.’”  George Bernard Shaw, Nobel Laureate, reluctant Oscar winner, was one of the greatest writers of the English language and one of the most fabled playwrights of all time. Of his many plays, none has captured more popular attention than Pygmalion, which went on to spawn My Fair Lady. Of course, this is even timelier, as Bartlett Sher’s production of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center is just beginning previews in March! Embedded in this play is a provocative, still utterly salient, radical and quite ecumenical view of human potential: what constrains it, what liberates it, how social roles congeal, that razor’s edge between empty rebellion and meaningful freedom. All this in what Shaw wryly calls “a romance.” And in exploring this play, our sense of “romance” gets enlarged and emancipated as well.

Omar Khan, an avid New Yorker now, was born in Egypt, of Pakistani heritage, grew up in NYC, lived also in the UK, Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Japan. Founder of a consulting firm, Sensei International, which helps organizations engage human performance to deliver business results. Khan will discuss “Pygmalion.”  Call 410-581-2322 or email

8] -- The Flint, MI Water Fundraiser continues at the Zion Hill Baptist Church Incorporated Zion Hill Baptist Church Incorporated, 931 E Preston St., Baltimore 21202, each day at noon until May 9.  Zion Hill is on a mission to raise enough money to take 60,000 bottles to Flint, MI again this summer. The residents of Flint still need fresh drinking water. You can help by donating any amount to reach the goal. Email Visit

9] –Pups 'n' Petals is hosted by National Mall and Memorial Parks on Sun., Apr. 1 at 2 PM on the National Mall and Memorial Parks, 900 Ohio Dr. SW, WDC 20024.  This s a Ranger-led walk. Bring your furry friend for a two-hour stroll among the cherry blossoms! Don’t forget your leash (required), waste bags and water. Meet outside the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial bookstore.  Visit

10] – 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 Apr. 2, 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.

11] – Cross-Strait Relations Under the Trump Administration is a conversation on recent developments in relations between the U.S., the PRC, and Taiwan, including the Taiwan Travel Act. This event is on the record. RSVP at  The conversation is happening on Mon., Apr. 2 from noon to 1:30 PM at The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.  Participants are BONNIE S. GLASER, Senior Advisor for Asia, Director, China Power Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies, YUN SUN Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson Center, and YUKI TATSUMI Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson Center.

  Since the unprecedented phone call between President Trump and Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen in December 2016, the Trump administration’s approach to Taiwan has fluctuated. The latest twist came on March 16 when President Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act. This law, which permits American officials to visit their counterparts in Taiwan, and encourages high-level officials from Taiwan to visit the U.S., prompted a strong protest from Beijing.

12] – Come join with your sisters and brothers in Labor on Mon., Apr. 2 at 6 PM for Union Night in Annapolis at Lawyer’s Mall, hosted by Baltimore Teachers Union.   Buses will depart from the Baltimore Teachers Union, 5800 Metro Dr., Baltimore 21215 at 5:15 Pm and return from Annapolis at 9 PM. Food and soft drinks will be served on the bus.  After the mass labor rally, lobby legislators on important issues facing public employees, teachers, and PSRPs in Baltimore and across the State of Maryland. Contact Todd Reynolds at or call 443.320.4719 to reserve your seat!  See

13] – On Mon., Apr. 2 from 7 to 8 PM, hear author Ira Shapiro discuss his book “Broken,” hosted by Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW, WDC 20002.  Shapiro’s “The Last Great Senate” was a heartfelt tribute to the unparalleled accomplishments of the progressive Senate of the 1960s and 1970s. Having profiled the institution at its peak, Shapiro, a former Senate staffer, now traces the painful story of its decline. Showing that because the Senate has traditionally been a place where nonpartisan cooperation flourished, Shapiro argues that its failings, especially during the last ten years, have weighed more heavily than those of other branches of government, not just reflecting but intensifying national polarization. By the same token, however, the Senate has always been strong, and Shapiro assesses the prospects for returning it to its former glory.  This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Go to

14] –On Tues., Apr. 3 from 10 AM to 2:30 PM, hear about Iraq and Syria: Views from the U.S. Administration, Military Leaders, hosted by United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Tickets are available at  With ISIS driven from its urban strongholds in Iraq and Syria, the urgent task of stabilizing the region – and preventing the return of terrorists – is underway. While Iraq and Syria face many internal challenges and tensions, Iran, Turkey, Arab Gulf State, the U.S., and Russia are advancing competing agendas. What are the stakes for Iraq, Syria, the region and the world as the struggle for leverage, stability, and reconciliation continues after ISIS? What is the U.S. role?

Please join U.S. Administration and military leaders, senior Iraqi representatives, and regional experts as they explore one of the most complex and consequential conflicts of our time. USIP and guest experts will help navigate the key themes and provide insight on the terrain ahead in Iraq and Syria.  Visit  See

15] –On Tues., Apr. 3 from 1 to 2 PM get with the Exploring the "Environmental Health Playbook" Webinar, hosted by the American Public Health Association, 800 I ST. NW, WDC 20001.  Tickets are available at  During National Public Health Week, join APHA and the Environmental Health Coalition for this webinar exploration of three priority topics featured in the “Environmental Health Playbook: Investing in a Robust Environmental Health System.” 

Safe Drinking Water, Healthy Housing and Clean Air are key issues covered in this report released by the National Environmental Health Partnership Council in spring 2017. During the webinar, experts from the field will highlight potential challenges and offer solutions to addressing each focus area with a health equity approach. Go to

16] –  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 Apr. 3.  Call 215-426-0364.

17] – On Tues., Apr. 3 from 5 to 6:30 PM, hear about ACLU's Campaign for Smart Justice: Criminal justice reform in Delaware at the Community Services Building, Rm. 105, 100 W. 10th St., Wilmington. Reduce the prison population by half & challenge racial bias in the system. Visit

18] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Apr. 3 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

19] –  On Tues., Apr. 3 from 5:30 to 6:45 PM, get over to Social Justice and Community-Based Learning 101, hosted by the JHU Center for Social Concern, 3103 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218-3803.  In the United States, we are seeing a resurgence of calls for social justice, concerning issues ranging from gun control to climate change. When we use our voices to promote social justice, do we truly know what it means? How can we empower our position as students to make a difference in our communities? On April 3, the Center for Social Concern is hosting a workshop titled, “Social Justice and Community-Based Learning 101.” Come and join us to discuss your personal passions, social justice, and how this intersection alongside community-based learning can invite change! Dinner will be served. RSVP: Go to

20] – On Tues., Apr. 3 from 6:30 to 8 PM, catch Writers LIVE with Elaine Weiss, hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. In her new book, “The Woman's Hour,” Elaine Weiss tells the story of the last six weeks in the fight for women's suffrage, when it all came down to one state, and in the end one man's vote.  By August 1920, 35 states had ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, 12 had rejected it or refused to vote, and one last state hung in the balance -- Tennessee. The suffragettes descended on Nashville to duke it out with their opposing forces -- politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, racists who didn't want to see black women win the vote, and the "Antis," women who vehemently opposed their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage would bring about the moral collapse of the nation.

The book is a political thriller that follows three remarkable women as they lead their respective forces into the battle for -- and against -- suffrage. They all converge one hot summer for a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks and cutting betrayals, sexist rancor, bigotry, booze, and the Bible.  Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper's, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize Editor's Choice honoree, she is the author of Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army in the Great War. Book sales will be provided by The Ivy Bookshop.  Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.  Go to

21] –  On Tues., Apr. 3 at 6:30 PM, the Babcock Presbyterian Church, 8420 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21286, is hosting a Know Your Rights presentation by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland on Tues., Apr. 3 at 6:30 PM. Call 410-323-8564 or visit

22] – From Tues., April 3 through Thurs., Apr. 5, get involved in the National Rally to End Racism in Washington, D.C.  Mall. On the evening of Apr. 3, join a worship service at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral. At 7:30 AM on Apr. 4, there will be an interfaith service at the Lincoln Memorial. Beginning at noon, rally on the National Mall. And in the evening, get over to a time of commitment at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Finally, on Apr. 5 there will be a national day of advocacy on Capitol Hill.  “ACT NOW: Unite to End Racism” is sponsored by the National Council of Churches, the Conference of National Black Churches, the African American Clergy Network, and Sojourners. Check out  Call 202-544-2350.  Visit

Did you know that transportation in Maryland currently makes up almost a third of the state’s GHG emissions?  While Maryland is on track to make drastic pollution reductions in the energy sector, in order to meet our 2030 GHG emission reduction goals, (40 percent GHG reductions below 2006 levels by 2030) we need to tackle the pollution from transportation. Maryland is one of the few states in the nation to both write climate action goals into statute and actually implement the programs needed to meet them. We must demand bold innovation in technology, planning, and policy to ensure we meet our climate goals and develop clean, modern, and equitable transportation systems for our state. Contact Zack Gerdes at at 301-277-7111.

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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