Sunday, April 15, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert April 15 to May 9, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert April 15 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] Write Reality Winner

5] Collect donations of Hygiene Kits – through Apr. 30
6] “Defending Democracy: Empowering Voters” – Apr. 15
7] Wilmington Gun Violence: A Sunday Seminar Series – Apr. 15
8] Flint, MI Water Fundraiser through May 9
9] General Meeting of Showing Up for Racial Justice – Apr. 15
10] See the film “The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bombs” -- Apr. 15
12] Know-Your-Rights training -- Apr. 15
13] Pride Season 2018 Kickoff -- Apr. 15
14] Protest at the Pentagon Apr. 16
15] Support Statehood for the District of Columbia – Apr. 16
16] Pakistan Beyond Seventy: The Long View – Apr. 16 - 17
17] Tax March – Apr. 16
18] No Concrete Batching Plant in the Port Towns. – Apr. 16
19] Fund the Trust Act Legislation Announcement -- Apr. 16
20] Peace Vigil – Apr. 117
21] No more Drone Research at JHU – Apr. 17
22] Film "Baltimore's Strange Fruit” -- Apr. 17
23] Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony – Apr. 17
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] –  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.

5] – 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.

6] – 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. 15, the Sunday Platform is “Defending Democracy: Empowering Voters.  The League of Women Voters of Baltimore City is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government; works to increase understanding of major public policy issues; and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For almost 100 years, the League of Women Voters has championed voting rights, and today this work is more important than ever.

Lois Hybl, Co-President, will present a brief history of the LWV (1920-2018) and its current local/city focus on voting and voting rights; Argentine Craig, Project Coordinator of the 2018 Voter Education/Voter Registration for the Baltimore City Public High Schools and the Baltimore City Community College will describe reaching out to the young voters. Elaine Breslaw, in her role as Team Leader in one of the five designated BCPS, will share her experiences with high school students in registering to vote in 2018. Call 410-581-2322 or email

7] – On Sun., April 15 at 10 AM, come to Wilmington Gun Violence: A Sunday Seminar Series with Rob Prestowitz, UrbanPromise, how pursuing mutually transformative relationships, in a structured program, empowers youth to achieve sustained positive outcomes, despite surrounding violence.  He will speak at the Westminster Church, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington, DE. Visit

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] – On Sun., Apr. 15 from 2 to 4 PM, attend the General Meeting of Showing Up for Racial Justice, Montgomery County, MD at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Ln., Bethesda 20814. Tickets are available at Get updates on campaigns from accountability partners, and hear of the myriad ways to get plugged in to local racial justice issues. NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION is at 1:30 PM. RSVP at  Visit

10] – See “The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bombs” on Sun., April 15 from 2 to 4 PM in the Miller Center Friends House, 17340 Quaker Lane, Sandy Spring 20860. Contact Denise Jakobsberg at 301-270-6477.

11] – On Sun., Apr. 15 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM, the ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION'S POLITICAL DIRECTOR, ALEXIS BADEN-MAYER, will speak AT THE GREENBELT COMMUNITY CHURCH, 1 Hillside Road, Greenbelt 20770.  Contact Tony Langbehn at or 301-390-9684. The presentation is hosted by Maryland United for Peace and Justice, and sponsored by Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition and the Greenbelt Climate Action Network.

  Alexis Baden-Mayer is a lawyer and activist who has worked since 2005 as the Political Director of the Organic Consumers Association, a network of more than 1 million activists committed to creating a healthy, just, democratic and regenerative food system. Alexis is a key organizer of some of OCA's most popular campaigns, including "Planting Peace." Alexis isn't afraid to put her body on the line to call attention to the crisis in our food system. In 2014, the US Health Freedom Congress awarded Alexis a Health Freedom Award for direct actions she's taken that resulted in her arrest, including shutting down the National Organic Standards Board meeting to protest the weakening of organic standards and entering the White House grounds to deliver a petition to First Lady Michelle Obama in support of GMO labels, one of Barack Obama's unfulfilled campaign pledges. Alexis's proudest moment as an activist came in 2016 when Bernie Sanders tweeted a CSPAN video clip of her dumping "Monsanto Money" on the Senate floor to protest the corrupting influence of money in politics.

12] – On Sun., Apr. 15 from 3 to 5 PM, attend a Know-Your-Rights training, hosted by the Coalition For Community Empowerment and Police Accountability at the Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church (DMUUC), 7400 Temple Hill Rd,, Camp Springs 20748.  What are your rights and responsibilities when you are questioned by the police?  What if you are detained, arrested or charged with a crime? ACLU-Maryland and the Coalition For Community Empowerment and Police Accountability are proud to sponsor this Know-Your-Rights training session at which all of these questions will be answered. Email Visit

13] –   On Sun., Apr. 15 from 4 to 6 PM, the Pride Season 2018 Kickoff, hosted by No Justice No Pride will take place at the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20009.  Work together to make Pride something to actually be proud of. There can be no pride for some, without liberation for all. This will be a chance to get updated on everything that has happened behind the scenes with pride, and where we're at as we look towards 2018 pride weekend.  Go to

14] – 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. 16, 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.

15] –Participate in Lobby Day for H.R. 1291, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, on Mon., Apr.16 to support Statehood for the District of Columbia. On Emancipation Day, April 16th, DC Vote, other Statehood organizations, and activists like you are taking to Capitol Hill to make sure Congress hears thee message loudly and clearly: it's time for them to take their Hands. Off D.C. See  Tell Congress: End DC’s Voter Suppression & Support Statehood! The prohibition of voting for Senators and a voting member of the House locks 700,000 DC residents out of the national voting booth. DC’s local representation is compromised when any Member of Congress nullifies the local laws.  More details are at

16] – The Stimson Center South Asia program is pleased to invite you to Pakistan Beyond Seventy: The Long View, a two-day conference jointly organized by The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). It begins on Mon, Apr. 16 at noon and ends on Tues, Apr. 17 at 6 PM.  The conference will be at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20036.  

On day two of the conference), the Stimson Center and War on the Rocks are co-sponsoring a panel, “Regional Realignments: Pakistan, Its Neighbors, and the Great Powers,” which will explore the themes of the joint Stimson- War on the Rocks series, “Southern (Dis)Comfort”, with a focus on implications for Pakistan.  If you would like to attend, please register for the conference at For questions and comments, contact Johns Hopkins SAIS Asia Programs at 202-663-5837 or

17] – The Tax March Team invites you to continue to fight the Trump Tax and demand that Trump own up to how much he’s gaining from his tax bill by releasing his tax returns. Gather on Tues., Apr. 17 from noon to 2 PM at the East Front of the U.S. Capitol, hosted by Americans for Tax Fairness.  Tickets are available at

18] – The Community DESERVES Safe Roads.  The People DESERVE Green Jobs. No Concrete Batching Plant in the Port Towns.  CALL Councilmember Andrea Harrison at 301-952-3864.  EMAIL  Attend the Hearing. Wear RED at the DISTRICT COUNCIL HEARING on Mon., Apr. 16 at 1:30 PM in the County Administrative Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, First Fl., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.  Go to

19] – On Mon., Apr. 16 from 4 to 7 PM, hear the Fund the Trust Act Legislation Announcement, hosted by the Baltimore Housing Roundtable at the Baltimore City Hall, 200 Holliday Street, Baltimore 21202.  Nearly two years ago, residents created and over 80% of voters approved the creation of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Across Baltimore residents have continued to organize and are putting forward with city council leadership the Fund the Trust Act. If approved it would generate annual revenues of approximately $20 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The #Fundthetrust Press Conference will include community leaders who spearheaded the ballot initiative, representatives from community land trusts and other community development leaders, residents most impacted by the housing instability, and city council leaders including Councilman and Housing Committee Chair Lead Sponsor John Bullock and cosponsor Council President Jack Young. 

Money from the Trust can be used to rehabilitate vacant homes, develop affordable housing for renters and homebuyers, operate community land trusts, provide rental vouchers, and provide housing-related services to families with low incomes and persons with disabilities. There are over 700 housing trust funds throughout the U.S. that provide over $1.2 billion annually in assistance.

Contact Odette Ramos, Community Development Network, at 443-801-8137 or Go to

20] –  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. 17.  Call 215-426-0364.

21] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Apr. 17 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

22] – Come see a showing "Baltimore's Strange Fruit: A Story of Food Apartheid and the Struggle for Sovereignty" at the Avenue Engagement Center, Pennsylvania Ave., Baltimore 21217, hosted by No Boundaries Coalition on Tues., April 17 from 5:30 to 8 PM. This is a documentary film produced by Black Yield Institute, directed by Eric Jackson and Maddie Hardy. The film explores the intersections of food, land, and race and class politics through personal narrative and social commentary. The film journeys through the historical woes and triumphs of people of African Descent within the food system, while highlighting contemporary efforts to address the complex nature of food apartheid in Baltimore. Go to

23] –On Tues., Apr. 17 from 7 to 8:30 PM, come to the Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony (DC), hosted by Mosaic Theater Company of D.C.  at Sixth & I Sts., 600 I St NW, WDC 20001.  Tickets are available at  The ceremony is sponsored by the New Israel Fund, American Friends of the Parents Circle-Families Forum, and Americans Friends of Combatants for Peace.  RSVP at  Go to

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] Go to

"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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