Friday, May 11, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 10 - 24, 2018

40] See a Catonsville Nine Exhibition – through May 24
41] See HIT AND STAY – May 10
42] Hate crimes and bias– May 11
43] WIB peace vigils –May 11
44] White House vigil – May 11
45] Chesapeake Bay Cleanup – May 11
46] Baltimore Ceasefire Conversations May 11
47] Youth Empowered Society – May 11
48] Philadelphia Anti-War Reach-Out – May 11
49] Black Lives Matter – May 11
50] Baltimore Ceasefire Conversations Southwest – May 11
51] Ballroom Dancing – May 11
52] Symposium on Environmental Justice – May 12
53] From Protest to Power Canvasses – May 12
54] Chester County Peace Vigil –May 12
55] Get Out the Vote Block Party – May 12
56] Mary Washington Open House –May 12
58] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Iran or North Korea  
60] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
61] Do you need any book shelves?
62] Do you need a stand up freezer?
63] Join the Global Zero campaign
64] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
40] – See a CATONSVILLE NINE EXHIBITION, which runs through May 24 at the UMBC Library Rotunda, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville 21250. Go to

41] – On Thurs., May 10 at 7:30 PM at the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park 20912, Docs in Progress is hosting the film screening of “Hit & Stay” which examines the actions taken by the Baltimore Four, the Catonsville Nine and other draft board raids. These raids inspired further actions in protest of the Vietnam War. Directors Skizz Cyzyk and Joe Tropea will participate in a Q&A after screenings.  Register at  Go to and

42] – On Fri., May 11 from 9 AM to 6:30 PM, catch a Public Briefing: hate crimes & bias-related incidents, hosted by the United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1150, WDC 20004. The briefing is entitled “In the Name of Hate: Examining the Federal Government’s Role in Responding to Hate Crimes.” Our nation witnesses persistently high rates of hate crimes and bias-related incidents. Examine the best practices for prevention, investigation, and prosecution, including reporting practices by local law enforcement and efforts by the Departments of Justice and Education. Hear from local law enforcement, federal officials, academics, advocates, and survivors of hate. Members of the public will have an opportunity to sign up to speak at the briefing:  Also see Go to

43] – On Fri., May 11 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:

44] – On Fri.,  May 11 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. 

45] – On Fri., May 11 from noon to 1 PM at the Becton Dickinson Hall, W1030, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore 21205, as part of Grand Rounds, Tom Pelton will expound on the Chesapeake Bay, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Environmental Health & Engineering. His talk is What Works and Does Not Work in Chesapeake Bay Cleanup: An Examination of Old School Environmentalism vs. Desperate Environmentalism Over the Last Half Century. He is the author of "The Chesapeake in Focus: Transforming the Natural World" and is director of Communications, Environmental Integrity Project, as well as the host of "The Environment in Focus" public radio program on WYPR. There will be a book signing following the talk. See

46] – On Fri., May 11 from noon  to 2 PM, there will be a Baltimore Ceasefire Conversations South about Civility and Peace, hosted by Baltimore Ceasefire 365 and Enoch Pratt Free Library at 1251 Light St., Baltimore 21230. Join Baltimore Ceasefire organizers as they engage the community in conversations about peace and civility. Lite refreshments will be served. Go to

47] – On Fri., May 11 from 4 to 7 PM, attend the Annual Open House of the Youth Empowered Society (YES) at 2315 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  This year the program which starts at 5:30 PM will focus on youth leadership. Come out and meet the youth leaders and learn about the work that they have been doing in the community to advocate for housing for youth. #EndYouthHomelessness. Go to

48] – Come to the Philadelphia Anti-War Reach-Out at the 30th Street Train Station, 30th & Market Sts., Philadelphia 19104, on Fri., May 11 from 4 to 5 PM.  End Drone Terror & Endless War.  Stop the Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA. There will be mass leafleting, banners, and signs.  IT MATTERS!  Only we can stop endless war and Trump. Reach-out to people, neighbors, as they head home, some to homes in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and Horsham – home to the drone war command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station.   

Computer drone operators with hands on the killing sticks are directing remote-controlled killer drones against people thousands of miles away from the U.S. Air Force drone war command center at the Horsham PA Air National Guard Station.  IGNITE PEACE!  These 2nd Friday of the month  ‘Reach-Outs’ in Philadelphia alternate between the 30th Street Train Station corner at 30th & Market Sts and the SEPTA entrance at 15th & Market Sts., across from Phila. City Hall west side.  Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at 484-574-1148 or

49] – 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 May 11. Black Lives Matter.  

50] – On Fri., May 11 from 6 to 8 PM, there will be a Baltimore Ceasefire Conversations Southwest about Civility and Peace, hosted by Baltimore Ceasefire 365 and Enoch Pratt Free Library at 4330 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore 21229-1615. Join Baltimore Ceasefire organizers as they engage the community in conversations about peace and civility. Lite refreshments will be served. Go to

51] – 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 May 11. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

52] – On Sat., May 12 at 9 AM, there is a 2018 Symposium on Environmental Justice & Health Disparities at The Stamp (Adele H. Stamp Student Union), College Park. Register for the symposium at the University of Maryland, College Park at,  This free event brings together community activists, local legislators, nonprofit organizations, and environmental health researchers for an in-depth examination of environmental justice and health disparities issues affecting our region. With 35+ panels and discussions, you can learn about recent successes, such as the fight to stop an incinerator from being built in Baltimore's Curtis Bay neighborhood, to ongoing struggles, such as the effort to safeguard air quality, affordable housing and jobs in DC's Buzzard Point, as well as opportunities to take action using science in service to the health of communities. The keynote speaker is Destiny Watford, the 2016 North America Goldman Prize Winner. For more on Watford, see Visit: or

53] – From Protest to Power Canvass is an opportunity to talk to people about the real issues they are facing ahead of Maryland's June 26th Primary Election, and Progressive Maryland's endorsed candidates who are invested in going beyond rhetoric and putting in the time to make the lives of working people better in this state. Those candidates are mothers, union leaders, scientists, recipients of our healthcare system, leaders in environmental justice, and advocates for bail reform. Remember to bring a charged smart phone, something to drink, and comfortable walking shoes! If you do not have a smart phone, let Progressive Maryland know ahead of time. There is a canvass on Sat., May 12 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Meet at Kelley Park, 400 Victory Farm Dr., Gaithersburg 20877. CONTACT Andrew Krug at See

There is a canvass on Sat., May 12 from 10 AM to 4 PM. Meet at the Thurmont Public Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont 21788. CONTACT Drew Langlois at 408-315-3527.  Go to

There is a canvass on Sat., May 12 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Meet at 7900 Good Luck Rd., Lanham 20706. CONTACT Rob Anthony at or 202 355 4814.  Visit

There is a canvass on Sat., May 12 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Meet at the Running Brook Elementary School, 5215 W. Running Brook Rd., Columbia 21044, and help canvass for local and state candidates in the Running Brook neighborhood of Columbia.  Talk to neighbors about local issues and distributing literature for gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous.  CONTACT Dave Bazell at or 410-707-7930.  See

Our Revolution Baltimore will canvass on Sat., May 12 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Meet-Up at 1800 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201.  Email your name and best contact number to

54] – 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

55] – Plug into the Re-Entry Roundtable's Get Out the Vote Block Party on Sat., May 12 from noon to 6 PM at Beltway Plaza, 6000 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt 20770. Contact Seanniece Bamiro at

56] – Mary Washington has announced the opening of the new campaign office.  We are now located at 2656 Miles Ave., at the corner of Miles & 27th Sts. in Remington. There is an official open house on Sat., May 12 at noon.  Stop by, check out the office and have lunch. Then grab a clipboard or your phone and help talk to voters about the election.  RSVP at

If you can't make it Saturday for the open house, stop by the office some other time. Phone banking and canvassing take place nearly every day.  Volunteer here.

57] – Get over to the OPENING RECEPTION / FILM SCREENING of “INVESTIGATION OF A FLAME” with DIRECTOR LYNNE SACHS, followed by a Q&A/DISCUSSION on Sat., May 12 from 5 to 7 PM at the Maryland Historical Society – France Hall, 201 West Monument St., Baltimore 21201.  See a 43-minute film about nine Catholic activists who became known for their May 17, 1968 nonviolent raid on a Selective Service office in Catonsville, Maryland. Sachs and Joe Tropea will participate in a discussion moderated by National Gallery of Art film programmer Joanna Raczynska after the screening.  Attendees will be invited to view the exhibition Activism & Art. Go to and

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.


   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

60] -- 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

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

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

64] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

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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