Sunday, May 27, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert May 27 to 29, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert May 27 to 29, 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] Benefit Day for Frisky’s Wildlife & Primate Sanctuary – May 27
6] Remembrance Sunday – May 27
7] Canvass for Mary Washington May 27
8] Dog adoption – May 27
9] Jewish Voice for Peace meeting – May 27
10] Black Nationalist Women – May 27
11] Jail Support -- May 27
12] Justice reform May 27
13] Benefit for Project PLASE, Inc. May 27
14] Protest at the Pentagon – May 28
15] Memorial Day Parade – May 28
16] Rally in Harrisburg -- May 28
17] Rally in D.C. – May 29
18] Support Informal Workers – May 29
19] Action at Lawyers Mall – May 29
20] "The Future of U.S. Forces on the Korean Peninsula" – May 29
21] Baltimore Data Day Community Brainstorming Session – May 29
22] Peace Vigil – May 29
23] No Drone Research DEMO – May 29
24] Chelsea Manning fundraiser – May 29
25] DSA meeting – May 29
26] Baltimore Ceasefire Meeting – May 29
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] – On Sun., May 27 from 10 AM to 9 PM, get over to the Benefit Day for Frisky’s Wildlife & Primate Sanctuary, hosted by Great Sage, 5809 Clarksville Square Dr., Clarksville 21029. Frisky's is a non-profit Wildlife Rehabilitation Center located in Howard County. It takes in injured, orphaned, abandoned, or displaced wildlife. It is a rescue center and home to primates and other small exotics who have been kept as pets and are no longer able to live with their owners.  Volunteers will be available during the brunch hours with information and to answer your questions.  Great Sage is honored to donate 10% of its daily sales to Frisky’s to help them educate the public, take in primates when needed and consult about how to care for these mistreated animals.  Reservations are welcome -- 443.535.9400. Learn more @ Check out

6] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion at 10:30 AM.  On Sun., May 27, this is Remembrance Sunday. This is a day to remember those who have died in the last year or before, and whose lives and work have made a positive impact. We may have known them personally and miss their living presence but take solace in the work, ideals, friendship, and love they offered to the world. We may never have met them, but been inspired by their words and actions. In our quest to live more meaningful and ethical lives, we can turn to those who have gone before for inspiration, guidance and strength. This interactive program will be led by Karen Elliott and Hugh Taft-Morales.  Call 410-581-2322 or email

7] – On Sun., May 27 from noon to 4 PM, gather at 2701 Miles Ave., Baltimore 21211 to join Our Revolution’s canvass for Mary Washington.  Email

8] – On Sun., May 27 from noon to 3 PM, there is a Lucky Dog Animal Rescue's Dog Adoption Event at Petco, 1507 Rockville Pike, Rockville 20852. Meet adoptable Lucky Dogs. To adopt a Lucky Dog, fill out the application found at  To volunteer, email!   Go to

9] – On Sun., May 27 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM, there is a meeting of Jewish Voice for Peace - DC Metro at Dupont Circle, WDC 20009.  New members are always welcome! Email for meeting location.  Check out Occupation Free DC at With new campaigns that connect the fight for racial justice in the US to the oppression Palestinians face by the state of Israel, you are needed to build up the work for justice for all oppressed people! Work to make sure resistance is the new normal, from the U.S. to Palestine.  Get info at

10] – On Sun., May 27 from 3 to 5 PM, catch Keisha Blain: "Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women," hosted by Not Without Black Women at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. In 1932, Mittie Maude Lena Gordon spoke to a crowd of black Chicagoans at the old Jack Johnson boxing ring, rallying their support for emigration to West Africa. In 1937, Celia Jane Allen traveled to Jim Crow Mississippi to organize rural black workers around Black Nationalist causes. In the late 1940s, from her home in Kingston, Jamaica, Amy Jacques Garvey launched an extensive letter-writing campaign to defend the Greater Liberia Bill, which would relocate 13 million black Americans to West Africa.

Gordon, Allen, and Jacques Garvey—as well as Maymie De Mena, Ethel Collins, Amy Ashwood, and Ethel Waddell—are part of an overlooked and understudied group of black women who take center stage in Set the World on Fire, the first book to examine how black nationalist women engaged in national and global politics from the early twentieth century to the 1960s. Historians of the era generally portray the period between the Garvey movement of the 1920s and the Black Power movement of the 1960s as an era of declining black nationalist activism, but Keisha N. Blain reframes the Great Depression, World War II, and the early Cold War as significant eras of black nationalist—and particularly, black nationalist women's—ferment.  Blain has given us an unobstructed window into the minds of Black Nationalist women. Go to .  Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at

11] – On Sun., May 27 from 4 to 8 PM, it is Week #89 Jail Support at Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, 300 E. Madison St., Baltimore 21202.  Jail Support (or “jail sitting”) means providing support in the form of food / water, rides or bus fare, basic first aid and resource guides to people being released from Baltimore’s central booking. It does not matter why someone was locked up, we want to acknowledge that arrest and incarceration is a dehumanizing experience. Bear witness and provide comfort, denaturalize petty abuse at the hands of the police and corrections facilities, resist, and build relationships within the struggle for a prison-free world. Bring water bottles, juice, granola bars, fruit, chips, and JACKETS. Go to

12] – On Sun., May 27 from 4:30 to 6 PM, hear DeRay Mckesson and Thiru Vignarajah discuss Criminal Justice at Southern Provisions, 3000 O'Donnell St., Baltimore 21224. Tickets are free at  The civil rights activist and host of the popular Crooked Media podcast “Pod Save the People” will lead a conversation with Baltimore City State’s Attorney candidate Thiru Vignarajah who has pledged to forge the most progressive prosecutor’s office in the USA.  Baltimore has faced a crisis of crime that has not only ravaged communities across the city but has challenged our commitment to principles of reform—from cash bail to mandatory minimums to juvenile justice. Mckesson and Vignarajah both believe that we cannot allow the surge in violence to claim as one of its victims the dedication to remaking the criminal justice system.  See

13] – On Sun., May 27 from 5 PM to midnight, become Friends Of The Homeless, hosted by Project PLASE, Inc. at Joe Squared, 33 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. You are invited to the 'Friends of the Homeless' benefit concert, put on by Daniel Croke, in memory of Richard J. Croke. Come together as a community in the name of music, compassion, and great food. This a charity/benefit concert to help raise funds for our Baltimore neighbors dealing with homelessness.  A series of bands are set to perform. All proceeds from this event including price of admission will be donated to Project PLASE. The cost will be $10, and there will be a private bar in the basement (where the show will be), and Joe's famous pizza and delicious food will be available upstairs.  Consider making a contribution at  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 May 28, 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] -- On Mon., May 28 from 2 to 5 PM, walk for Gun Safety in the Memorial Day Parade, hosted by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Northern Virginia Chapter and Virginia Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention.  This is the CITY OF FALLS CHURCH MEMORIAL DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL. Wear orange or Hokie colors to raise awareness about gun violence prevention in Falls Church City. Children in decorated wagons and strollers are especially welcome for the 6 block parade route. The festival begins at 9AM with the Don Beyer 5K Fun Run, the Veterans Memorial Day ceremony, live music, amusement and pony rides, arts, crafts, and food booths. Get over to the Falls Church City Hall Grounds, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church, VA 22046.  Visit  Go to

16] – Come to HARRISBURG, PA, on Tues., May 29 and rally at the State Capitol Building for Week 3 of the Poor Peoples Campaign. The theme is the War Economy: Militarism and the Proliferation of Gun Violence. First, participants are welcome to come on Mon., May 28 at 5 PM.  Food and shelter will be provided.  Then on Tues., May 29 the day will begin at 9 AM with breakfast.  At 2 PM, rally at the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex, 501 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17120 before direct action takes place.  Email or call (215) 667-0066.  After the nonviolent moral resistance at 4 PM, there will be post-action support and debrief.

17] – The Poor People’s Campaign enters its third week with events in D.C. and over 35 state capitals around the country. Sign up to join the Poor Peoples Campaign at  This week’s events from May 27 to June 2 are on the theme of The War Economy: Militarism and the Proliferation of Gun Violence.  On Tues., May 29 meet at 10 AM for Nonviolent Direct Action Training at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE. At 2 PM, rally at the US Capitol Lawn.  Finally, at 7:30 PM, get involved in the Teach-In Tuesday at The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd NW.

18] – On Tues., May 29 from 10 AM to noon, catch Including the Excluded: Supporting Informal Workers, hosted by World Resources Institute, 10 G St. NE, WDC 20002.  Tickets are available at  A small but growing number of cities are adopting more inclusive approaches to informal workers and this offers important lessons for cities that seek a more equal, productive and environmentally sustainable future. This event examines different approaches that cities have taken towards the informal self-employed workers and their livelihood activities.  Visit

19] – The Poor People's Campaign Week 3 will continue on Tues., May 29, starting at noon at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis. This is a pre-action training and a light lunch.  Then at 2 PM, there will be a rally at Lawyer's Mall, 100 State Circle next to the State Capitol. This a season of moral resistance as part of the Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The third week's theme is The War Economy: Militarism and the Proliferation of Gun Violence.

20] – On Tues., May 29 from noon to 1 PM., Frank Aum, U.S. Institute of Peace, and ret. Col. David Maxwell, Institute for Corean-American Studies, will discuss "The Future of U.S. Forces on the Korean Peninsula" at the Korea Economic Institute, Suite 300, 1800 K St. NW, WDC. RSVP at

21] –  On Tues., May 29 from 4 to 5 PM, there is a Baltimore Data Day Community Brainstorming Session, hosted by The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance at 11 W. Mount Royal Ave., Room 205, Baltimore 21201.  Tickets are at  This is an opportunity for communities across Baltimore to come together and discuss what they would like to see at this year’s Data Day on July 13, 2018, including what types of topics, workshops, speakers, and panels would be particularly helpful to you and your community. Take the online survey where you can provide input:  Register at  See

22] –  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 May 29.  Call 215-426-0364.

23] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on May 29 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

24] -- You are cordially invited to attend a fundraising house party on Tues., May 29 at 6 PM at 2913 Overland Ave., Baltimore 21214, to benefit Chelsea Manning in her bid to unseat Ben Cardin as the Democratic candidate for senator. If there ever was a person who single-handedly ended a war, it was Chelsea.  After she leaked the “collateral murder” video, the president of Iraq announced that war crimes will be prosecuted, thereupon Obama pulled out combat troops.  Chelsea suffered solitary confinement and prison.  Here is an opportunity to personally thank her for her sacrifice, hear what she has to say about current issues and, if you are so moved, help her confront the disinformation and misdeeds of the incumbent.   

The party will be at the home of Bonnie Raindrop and Richard Ochs.  RSVP at 443-846-6638.  Refreshments will be served.

25] – On Tues., May 29 from 6:30 to 8 PM, the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America Labor Working Group is meeting at 1616 P St. NW, Suite 150, WDC. Follow up about the Democracy @ Work panel, an organizing workshop for non-profit workers, get updates from APWU, and explore the potential for a wage theft base building project. Go to

26] – On Tues., May 29 from 7 to 9 PM, attend a Baltimore Ceasefire Public Meeting – EAST, hosted by Baltimore Ceasefire 365 at Ark Church, 1263 E North Ave., Baltimore 21202.  Come learn about Baltimore Ceasefire and what you can do to help to support Baltimore City during the August 2018 Ceasefire weekend. See

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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