Friday, April 6, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 6 - May 6, 2018

41] Environmental Law conference – Apr. 6
42] WIB peace vigils – Apr. 6
43] White House vigil – Apr. 6
44] Gaza from the Inside – Apr. 6
45] Take in Mindfulness & Stress Reduction – Apr. 6 etc.
46] Black Lives matter – Apr. 6
47] The First Friday Movie Nights – Apr. 6
48] Restore Democracy Rally – Apr. 6
49] The Voice of Venezuela – Apr. 6
50] WIB peace vigils – Apr. 6
49] Protest military contractor and drone base – Apr. 6
50] Help the Kids of Kenya – Apr. 6
51] I, DANIEL BLAKE – Apr. 6
52] Returning Citizens -- Apr. 6
53] Ballroom Dancing – Apr. 6
54] Solar Open House – Apr. 7
55] Summit on Restorative Justice – Apr. 7 & 8
56] Voter Registration Sign Up -- Apr. 7
57] Chester County Peace Vigil – Apr. 7
59] Our Revolution meeting – Apr. 7
60] Candidate forum – Apr. 7
61] Poor Peoples Campaign meeting – Apr. 7
62] Thieving Three Fingered Jack – Apr. 7
63] Do you need a grant? – Deadline Apr. 30
64] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 6
67] Send Theresa Reuter to Cuba
68] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Iraq or North Korea
70] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
71] Do you need any book shelves?
72] Do you need a stand up freezer?
73] Join the Global Zero campaign
41] – On Fri., Apr. 6 from 10 AM to 2:30 PM, attend the 2017-2018 Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute, 1730 M St. NW, Suite 700, WDC 20036.  Tickets are available at  Each year, Vanderbilt University Law School and the Environmental Law Institute identify innovative environmental law and policy proposals in the academic literature. Please join leading professors, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss the proposals selected this year. For details, visit  See

42] – On Fri., Apr. 6 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:

43] – On Fri., Apr. 6 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. 

44] –  On Fri., Apr. 6 from noon to 2 PM, check out Gaza from the Inside, hosted by The Jerusalem Fund & Palestine Center and The Institute for Palestine Studies at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037.  Tickets are available at  Come to a presentation by IPS Senior Fellow Brian Barber. Just back from a visit to Gaza, Professor Barber will concentrate in this talk on the current vexing conditions in Gaza and the attendant range of emotions to cope with them.

The Gaza Strip is an intense place – not just for its pockets of extreme crowding, but also for its emotions: of love, pride, sorrow, frustration, and challenged resolve. Gaza is also a vital place, indeed it is indispensable to any lasting peace in the region. While excessive commentary and analysis abound about Gaza, there is precious little coverage that communicates the feel of the place and its inhabitants as they endure ever-more-strangulating constraints. Professor Barber attempts to do so in this presentation with an assemblage of photos, video, and, most crucially, narratives of the people he has come to know well through long stays in the Gaza Strip over the past 23 years.  See

45] – Take in Mindfulness & Stress Reduction taught by Dr. Rezvan Ameli on Fridays from April 6 through June 1 from 4 to 6:30 PM and Sat., May 19 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM at the SHANTI YOGA ASHRAM, 4217 East West Hwy., Bethesda 20814. This course provides guided instructions for the cultivation of mindfulness, a life-changing paradigm for daily living. Gentle stretching and movement, group dialogue and home practice provide a comprehensive experience. Email or call 301 496 7976. The online registration link is

46] – 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. 7. Black Lives Matter.  

47] – The First Friday Movie Nights will continue on the lower level of Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St. on Apr. 6. Enter on the right side of the building after going down the steps. The films will begin at 7 PM, following the vigil and a potluck meal from 6 to 7 PM. There will be snacks and some discussion after the film.

First see three videos by Dominique Zeltzman, evoking her past, her world, and her family presented with unique perspectives. Then watch “Women Between Worlds” by Exsul VanHelden, which is about immigrant women and the experience of making a go in a new culture. Contact Megan Shook <>.

48] – Join a Restore Democracy Rally on Fri., Apr. 6 from 6 to 8 PM, hosted by Represent Maryland in Lawyers Mall, Bladen St., Annapolis 21401.  Bring power back to the people of Maryland, not #BigMoney. Democracy is under attack across the country and right here in Maryland. During the 2018 legislative session a number of bills that would have ensured democracy for future generations were "drawered" by the powers that be in Annapolis. Why? Money and Power.  

The demonstration will include a live Statue of Liberty tied down by the anti-democratic practices of dark money, legal bribery, gerrymandering, lesser of two evil voting, corporate, foundation, special interest influence, money=free speech, etc. Parking is available on the street, in Gotts Court garage and in the Calvert Street garage. Visit
49] –  The Voice of Venezuela: Betsayda Machado y La Parrando El Clavo will perform on Fri., Apr. 6 at  8 PM at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224.  Their music stems from the rarely heard Afro-Venezuelan tradition of the parrando, or strolling celebratory musical event. They build on their rhythmic, danceable style, with shimmering vocals and spirit-rousing percussion. Email or call 410/276-1651.  Go to  Tickets are $18, or $15 for members. 

50] – On Fri., Apr. 6 from 6 to 9 PM enjoy a Meet up & Happy Hour at The Gryphon, hosted by The Pamoja Library Foundation at the ‘Rosebar,’ 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20036-1801.  Thousands of kids in Kenya still grow up with almost zero access to books, with not a single library exists in their community and the nearest one is 45 minutes away.  Now imagine yourself without books, and no money to get on a bus to that library. Hard to imagine? This is the reality in Tigania West and many other parts of Kenya; 

At Pamoja we are passionate about changing this reality to one where libraries are accessible to kids and youth. This is a non-profit organization based in the United States and in Kenya. The mission is to promote literacy and education in low income communities in Kenya.  Go to Go to

511 – On Fri., Apr. 6 at 7 PM, come to the Free First-Friday Film @ the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA to see I, DANIEL BLAKE. Directed by Ken Loach. Written by Paul Laverty.

  The latest film from legendary British director Ken Loach, Daniel Blake is a gripping, human tale, laced with humor. It tells the story of a 59-year-old woodworker (played by Dave Johns), who loses his job after having a heart attack. His name is Daniel Blake. Despite being found unfit to work by his doctor, the government denies him benefits and tells him to find a job.  Only Loach could tell it such a way to make you laugh — and cry. This film is deadly serious in its point of view: the struggle of working people to survive. With Ken Loach’s insistence for showing the impact of public institutions upon people’s lives, we squirm with discomfort and uneasy chuckles.

Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments.  A group discussion about the film follows its screening. Go to The screening is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For directions to the Peace Center of Delaware County, visit or call 484-574-1148.

52] –  On Fri., Apr. 6 from 7 to 10 PM, there is a Mass Liberation Mini Series (Returning Citizens), hosted by Wine Shop At Home with Mz Q at the Progressive Maryland PG Office, 9221 Hampton Overlook, Capitol Heights 20743.  “Returning Citizens” focuses on a passionate group of individuals who are looking for a second chance – or perhaps a chance they never had to begin with. Taking place in Southeast Washington, DC, the film offers a humanizing perspective on a community that has been negatively impacted by mass incarceration. From freshly returning individuals struggling to rebuild their lives, to community leaders working to end the on-going cycle of crime and violence, the stories unveiled in “Returning Citizens” offer proof that change is possible when the right opportunities are presented. Go to

53] – 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. 6. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

54] – Come to a Solar Open House on Sat., April 7 from 10 AM to noon.  It will be at the Home of Mike Livermore, 10118 Leslie St., Silver Spring 20902.  Learn more about our Montgomery County Solar Co-op at

55] – There is a Summit on Restorative Justice and Alternatives to Prisons, hosted by UMD Socialists on Sat., Apr. 7 at 10 AM and Sun., Apr. 8 at noon at The Stamp (Adele H. Stamp Student Union), 3972 Campus Dr., College Park 20742.  RSVP at Visit

56] – There is a Voter Registration Sign Up.  Go door-to-door, and target low turnout neighborhoods to register voters. This will be very important in increasing the Democratic turnout for Howard County. Meet at the Starbucks, Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia Workforce Center, 7161 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite D on Saturdays April 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 10:45 to 1 PM. Do not wear any clothing that represents a political or partisan organization.  Email  Go to

57] – 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

58] – Join the CENTER CITY DEATH WALK/VIGIL on Sat., Apr. 7 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM at 12th and Market Sts., Philadelphia 18107.   The wars continue in Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen…..and DRONES are being used for attacks you DON’T even hear about.  Please wear BLACK, as you will be given plain white masks. Call Marge Van Cleef at 203-804-3013. Hold signs opposing U.S. DRONE WARFARE and TERRORISM, which is the killing of civilians. This is a SILENT VIGIL representing the DEATHS of those killed by DRONES.  Contact Marge Van Cleef at 203-804-3013 (cell).

59] –  Our Revolution is holding a monthly general meeting potluck, open to everyone in the Baltimore community, at which there will be planning for  upcoming member organizing and activation for canvassing, phone banking, house parties etc. The meeting is on Sat., April 7 from noon to 2 PM at Johns Hopkins University, Remsen Hall Room 233. Bring your specialty dish for all to enjoy!

60] – Frederick County Progressives will be hosting a candidate forum with State and County candidates who will be running in the 2018 primary elections.  Participation in this forum does not imply endorsement by Frederick County Progressives or Progressive Maryland. Frederick County Public Libraries do not endorse the views of event hosts or participants.  The forum is on Sat., April 7 from 1 to 5 PM at the Thurmont Regional Library. Email  Go to

61] –   On Sat., Apr. 7 from 5 to 7 PM, attend a Poor People's Campaign Baltimore Mass Meeting, hosted by A National Call for Moral Revival at the First Unitarian Church, 12 W. Franklin St., Baltimore 21201.  All across the state and country, communities have been gathering together to learn more about the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. National co-chair Rev. Liz Theoharis will be at the Baltimore City Mass Meeting, which is being held in connection with the National Welfare Rights Union Conference in Baltimore, a historic reuniting of the welfare rights movement and the Poor People’s Campaign fifty years later! 

Fifty years ago, Dr. King sought participation and guidance from the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO) in launching the Poor People’s Campaign, a national nonviolent multiracial campaign to demand economic human rights for all. After King’s assassination, Coretta Scott King and thousands of women leaders with the NWRO kicked off the D.C. protests with the Mother’s Day March on May 12th, 1968. 

Hear from Rev. Liz Theoharis and long-time movement leaders about organizing taking place around the country and testimony from local leaders who are impacted by and challenging the interconnected evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation right here in our city. Most importantly, you will learn how you can participate in building the campaign on the ground in Baltimore and Maryland and then gear up for the 40 Days of Moral Action (May 13th-June 21st).  Visit

62] – On Sat., Apr. 7 at 6 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, catch FRANCES BOTKIN PRESENTS: THIEVING THREE-FINGERED JACK.  Slave-rebel Three-Fingered Jack terrorized colonial Jamaica between 1780 and 1781 until he was executed by Maroons, self-emancipated Afro-Jamaicans, treaty-bound to the colonial government. A thief and a killer, Jack was also a freedom fighter who sabotaged the colonial machine until his grisly death at its behest. As Professor Frances Botkin explains in her new book Thieving Three-Fingered Jack: Transatlantic Tales of a Jamaican Outlaw, producers of culture in England, Jamaica, and the United States, have, for centuries, “thieved" his riveting story, defining themselves through and against their representations of him. Narratives about Jack create the occasion to consider counter-narratives about colonial methods of divide and conquer, beginning as early as the English invasion of Jamaica in 1655. These narratives shed light on the problematic legacy of black masculinity in the Atlantic world as the English defined themselves against those they enslaved, disciplined, manipulated and feared. We're excited to invite Professor Botkin to share her work exploring the persistence of stories about Jack and his legacy in contemporary Jamaican and US popular culture. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at

63] – 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.

64] – 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

65] – The Baltimore Club of the Communist Party USA is asking you to help send Theresa Reuter, travelling with an educational group, to Cuba for May Day this year.  The cost is $1,200.  If you are able to contribute, would you please go to:  or send a check made out to Cindy Farquhar, 115 Springside Drive, Timonium, MD  21093?  Call 443-604-2298.

Hello, I am Theresa Reuter, a 77 year old artist, mother and mostly-retired art teacher, and I have a years-long desire to visit Cuba.  Having studied human rights and social and arts issues for many years, I believe that socialism is the only path for society to succeed for the betterment of humankind and indeed for all beings.
Since before the blockade and after, first as a means for survival, then as means to flourish as a people, Cuba has succeeded in being a peaceful island, where no one goes hungry, where school is free, all are housed, streets are safe and youths may sing and dance freely in the streets. Cuba, of all the countries on earth, has produced enough doctors to send wherever they are needed.  Cuba helps heal the world after earthquakes, floods, and sickness.

This is the kind of country I would love to see my country become.  From years of working with the Communist Party USA, engaging in peace and justice and worker’s rights issues, in voter registration and public education promotion, all the while energized by civil rights issues such as Black Lives Matter, I am looking to visit Cuba where " People before Profits " works for everyone.

In solidarity,
Theresa Reuter

66] – 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

68] -- 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

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

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

71] -- 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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