Friday, April 27, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 27 - May 6, 2018

36] WIB peace vigils – Apr. 27
37] White House vigil – Apr. 27
39] Daily Adoption Event – until May 2
40] Hunger Strike and Rally – Apr. 27 & 28
41] Black Lives Matter – Apr. 27
42] Human Trafficking Initiative – Apr. 27
43] Support Rural Schools in Uruguay – Apr. 27
44] Ballroom Dancing – Apr. 27
45] Housing Symposium – Apr. 28
46] Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense -- Apr. 28
47] Youth Media Festival – Apr. 28
48] Ballroom Dancing – Apr. 28
49] Earth Day Celebration – Apr. 28
50] Clinton From Protest to Power Canvass – Apr. 28
52] Prince George's – Seat Pleasant From Protest to Power Canvass -- Apr. 28
53] Chester County Peace Vigil – Apr. 28
54] Fair Housing Act-50th Anniversary – Apr. 28
55] Montgomery County Canvass Clinton – Apr. 28
56] Protest drone command center – Apr. 28
57] "Baltimore's Strange Fruit” -- Apr. 28
58] Joint Song Trainings and Art Builds – Apr. 28
59] Elect Mary Washington – Apr. 28
60] Do you need a grant? – Deadline Apr. 30
61] CODEPINK takes a stand against military spending – through May 3
62] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 6
63] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Iraq or North Korea
65] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
66] Do you need any book shelves?
67] Do you need a stand up freezer?
68] Join the Global Zero campaign
36] – On Fri., Apr. 27 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 at Baba's Kitchen.  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:

37] – On Fri., Apr. 27 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. 

38] – On Fri., April 27 at noon at 34th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, CUT PENN’S TIES TO ENDLESS WAR.  Protest UPenn’s connection to the Vanguard Group (a $3 trillion investment firm) whose top investments are in the U.S. military-industrial complex of Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, and Boeing, fueling the unrelenting policy of endless war, drone attacks, and nuclear weapons production. The Vanguard Group also invests in The Corrections Corporation of America, the largest for-profit private prison building company, as well as the Smith & Wesson and Sturm-Ruger firearm manufacturers.

Thousands of people from around the world will be at the University of Pennsylvania for the Penn Relays, April 26-28. Send a message on April 27 to UPenn's president, Amy Guttman, who makes millions of dollars as the University's president and as a board member of the Vanguard Group. Appeal to Ms. Guttman to take a public stand against the Vanguard Group’s investments in war, mass incarceration, and the small arms trade. Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at 484-574-1148 or visit

39] –  There is a Daily Adoption Event at noon to 7 PM until May 2 at Petco, hosted by Last Chance Animal Rescue at 6612 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, Virginia 22306. Adoptable pups and kitties available for same day adoption.  The animals are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on age appropriate vaccines.   See the animals at  To get the process started, submit an application at Volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of this event; pre-event set-up, adoption counselors to animal handlers and so much more! To sign up, email your full name and phone number to  Go to

40] – On Fri., April 27 starting at 12:30 PM and ending on Sat., April 28 at 12:30 PM, participate in the Global Week of Action 2018: Hunger Strike and Rally, hosted by the Darfur Women Action Group at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., WDC 20500.  Join in solidarity with Darfuri survivors and demand an action to end the genocide in Sudan. The Darfur Women Action Group will have a 24- hour hunger strike. Go to or

41] – 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 Apr. 27. Black Lives Matter.  

42] –  On Fri., April 27 starting at 6 PM and on Sat., April 28 starting at 9:30 AM, get over to the NoVA-HTI Justice Summit, hosted by Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative in Reston, Virginia.  Tickets are available at  The Summit is designed to bring awareness on the issue of human trafficking taking place in Northern Virginia. Mobilize to eradicate trafficking. Visit

43] – On Fri., April 27 at 7 PM, come to a Fundraiser Happy Hour to support Rural Schools in Uruguay at the Living Room DC, 1008 Vermont Ave. NW, WDC 20005.  The Uruguayan American Foundation (UAF) invites you to socialize and support better education for Uruguayan kids in Rural Schools. Early birds get free drinks & late birds get discounted drinks. There will be empanadas for sale. Visit See

44] – 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 Apr. 27. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

45] – On Sat., April 28, Howard County is having a Housing Symposium from 9 AM to 5 PM at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia  21044.  Topics include Affordable Housing, Fair Housing Act, Special Needs Housing, and more.  There will be moderated questions and questions from the audience.  Visit

46] – The Monthly Membership Meeting/WEAR ORANGE PLANNING is happening on Sat., Apr. 28 at 10 AM at the Journey of Faith Church, 7902 Liberty Rd., Baltimore 21244.  Visit  There will be a brief update on pertinent information with the primarily focus on the planning of the Baltimore Area WEAR ORANGE event on June 2. Email Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America at

47] – Youth voices matter!  The Gandhi Brigade Youth Media is proud to present the 3rd annual Montgomery County Youth Media Festival featuring the best documentaries and narrative films produced by Montgomery County students. Photography and visual art will also be on display in the theater lobby. On Sat., April 28 from 10 AM to 3:15 PM, the festival will take place at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring 20910.  Go to

48] –NEWBIE CANVASSING DAY is Sat., April 28 at Johnny Olszewski campaign office, 3527 N. Rolling Rd. (map:, from 10 AM to 6 PM; the main newbie training will be conducted at noon but you can be trained when you arrive.
You will be given a carefully screened list of registered voters which are likely to be very well-disposed to hear about your candidate (e.g., democratic primary voters in demographically favorable areas). Your role is merely to "make sure they've heard about [xx candidate]" and give them a brief run-down of the issues they believe in (universal pre-K is *very* popular). When you actually talk to someone, they will be happy to have the info because primary voters like to hear from campaigns! Your role is merely to take a pleasant walk for an hour or two, leave campaign literature on doors when people aren't home, and chat with the few people that do answer their door (most won't, but that's normal and ok). You never argue with anyone and 99.9999% of interactions are basically pleasant, very brief chats with your neighbors in Baltimore City or County. .

Depending on the weather, dress comfortably! You do not need to be dressed formally at all. Wear shoes comfortable for walking. A white t-shirt and jeans or shorts is great, and we will have stickers and/or campaign shirts for you to wear. It is a good idea to have a tote bag or purse with a bottle of water in it, especially if it's a hot day. You can also stash your extra campaign literature in the bag. Sunscreen is usually recommended as well - if you go out mid-day and it's sunny you may want a hat. Our Revolution claims Johnny O is the only progressive running for Baltimore County executive in the democratic primary, in a very tight race. He's a former teacher with a strong focus on education, including Universal pre-K, free community college, better teacher pay, paid sick leave, and much more (see  Unfortunately, he has taken money from the NRA.  Nevertheless, contact Eileen Meyer (, coordinator for the April 28th event AND for any 'newbies' wanting to get into canvassing.

49] – On Sat., April 28 from 10 AM to noon, enjoy an Earth Day Celebration, hosted by City of Greenbelt Government in the Buddy Attick Park, 599 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt 20770.  Volunteers needed!  Join in for trail maintenance and food forest plantings.  Bring a reusable water bottle.  Wear weather-appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes.  Students should bring community-service forms.  Contact Public Works Environmental Coordinator Jason Martin at or 240-542-2168.  See

50] – On Sat., April 28 from 10 AM to 3 PM head over to Stephen Decatur Middle School, 8200 Pinewood Dr., Clinton 20735, and join the Prince George's - Clinton From Protest to Power Canvass.  Bring a fully-charged cell phone. If you don't have a smartphone, inform the group ahead of time! Also bring a messenger bag/purse or backpack, a snack, water, and comfortable shoes. Contact Wala Blegay at

51] – Join Take Action Anne Arundel County on Sat., April 28 at 10 AM From Protest to Power Canvass at Ceremony Coffee Roastery, 90 Russell Ave., Annapolis 21401.  Do you care about strong public education, affordable healthcare, a living wage, clean water and clean air?  Do you want to see candidates who share these values win in the primary? Then you are invited to canvass. There will be a brief training over coffee, and then head out to knock doors in the neighborhood. Focus on talking about issues that voters care about and supporting candidates endorsed by Progressive Maryland, including Ben Jealous for Governor.  Canvass voters in District 30 of Annapolis. Focus on the governor's race and Ben Jealous as the gubernatorial candidate endorsed by Progressive Maryland. CONTACT Michelle Williams at 240-688-8346. 

52] – On Sat., April 28 from 11 AM to 2 PM head over to Seat Pleasant Launch Point, and join the Prince George's – Seat Pleasant From Protest to Power Canvass.  Bring a fully-charged cell phone. If you don't have a smartphone, inform the group ahead of time! Also bring a messenger bag/purse or backpack, a snack, water, and comfortable shoes. Contact Krystal Oriadah at or 240-245-0268.

53] – 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

54] – On Sat., April 28 from 11 AM to 4 PM, get involved with the Fair Housing Act-50th Anniversary, hosted by Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. at the Collington Square Elementary, 1409 N. Collington Ave., Baltimore 21213.  Join Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. ( to mark the 50th Anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act (Civil Rights Act) of 1968, featuring Keynote Speaker D. Watkins!  Watkins is an Editor at Large for Salon. He is also a professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project.  There will be two educational panels: "Fair Housing: 50 Years Later" at 11:30 AM and "Health & Housing" at 1 PM. 

  Partnering with Wilde Thyme, a local food truck started in 2017 rooted in the idea that food accessibility is one key component to social change. Wilde Thyme will also be hosting an art market at neighboring local urban farm Tha Flower Factory.  The event is sponsored by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Associated Black Charities, Civic Works, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg American Health Initiative, and Pierson & Pierson Attorneys-at-law.  See

55] – On Sat., April 28 from 11 AM to 6:30 PM head over to 19227 Watkins Mill Rd, Montgomery Village 20886-3901, and join the Montgomery County Canvass and help bring change and power to Montgomery County by canvassing! Ask folks what they care about in Montgomery County and Maryland and talk about endorsed candidates. Bring a fully-charged cell phone. If you don't have a smartphone, inform the group ahead of time! Also bring a messenger bag/purse or backpack, a snack, water, and comfortable shoes. This is a joint canvass with Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America. Contact Louis Koutras at

56] – On Sat., April 28 from noon to 2 PM, protest the drone war command center at Horsham Air Guard Station, Route 611/Easton Road & County Line Road.  Be there. Show up; stand up. Ignite peace. Stop Endless War; Close the Drone War Command Center in Horsham. Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at 484-574-1148 or visit

57] – Come see a showing "Baltimore's Strange Fruit: A Story of Food Apartheid and the Struggle for Sovereignty" at Morgan State University, co-hosted by the MSU Student Government Association and School of Social Work, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, on Sat., April 28 from 2 to 6 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

58] – The  Maryland Coordinating Committee of the Poor Peoples Campaign is inviting you to Joint Song Trainings and Art Builds on Sat. April 28 at 3 PM at the Oak Hill Center, 2239 Kirk Ave., Baltimore 21218.  Go to  Email  Needed are singers, musicians, media makers, artists et al. Through arts and culture, join forces to revive Dr. Martin Luther King's final campaign for a revolution of values.  A second workshop will be held at the same location on Wed., May 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

59] – There is a CAMPAIGN RELAUNCH PARTY to Elect Mary Washington to the State Senate on Sat., April 28 at 5:30 PM at Terra Café, 101 E. 25th St., Baltimore 21218.  Pump up the volume on the campaign to elect Mary Washington to the Maryland State Senate for our RELAUNCH PARTY! Gather for delicious food, a worthwhile cause, and a great candidate who is fighting to represent US! This Relaunch event is free, however a contribution is welcomed online or at the door. Want to Join Team Washington and help change Baltimore and our State Senate for the Better? Call 410-878-1020 or email

60] – Proposals for Research Associates Foundation grants are due April 30, 2018 at 5 PM.  These grants, up to $2500, are open to individuals and groups that are participating in social justice activism in the Baltimore area.  Guidelines and proposal forms may be found on the website The dates and locations of information sessions for those wishing to apply will be announced shortly and will be posted on the website.

61] – Join CODEPINK and organizations around the world to take a stand against military spending. While Washington continues to increase funding for the Pentagon, it is slashing essential services like clean water, schools, and infrastructure. The Global Days of Action against Military Spending (GDAMS) is an international movement to raise awareness about the massive amount of funds allocated to militaries. The stand runs through May 3, so join CODEPINK online and in the streets to take action!  Go to  Do you need materials?  Are you going to plan an action in your area?  Send an email and let CODEPINK know! Also, don’t forget to share your pictures! Email

62] – 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 at noon, there will be an opportunity to engage in direct action at the National Security Agency; and in the evening participate in a prayer service.  Go to

63] – 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.


   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

65] -- 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

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

67] – Do you need a stand up freezer?  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski2001 at

68] -- 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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