Baltimore Activist Alert June 3 to 5, 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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com. 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] comcast.net.
1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists
4] Write Reality Winner
5] Spread the Word about Ben Jealous – June 3
6] BES finances – June 3
7] Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. William Barber – June 3
8] Feed the Homeless Cookout – June 3
9] The Right to Health and a Healthy Planet – June 3
10] Protest at the Pentagon – June 4
11] Nonviolence training – June 4
12] Rally in Lawyer's Mall – June 4
13] Fair elections campaign – June 4
14] World Environment Day – June 5
15] Peace Vigil – June 5
16] No Drone Research DEMO – June 5
17] Meet Ben Jealous – June 5
18] Film on Palestine – June 5
19] Commemorate RFK – June 5
20] Poor Peoples Campaign Teach-In – June 5
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 http://thomas.loc.gov/. Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.
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 Verizon.net. 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 email@example.com. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed. If you have problems, please write to the list manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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] – The primary is June 26th, and a multimillionaire is trying to steal the Montgomery County election. Come canvass to show they #CantBuyMoCo! Spread the word about Ben Jealous and all the endorsed candidates in Montgomery County. Find them here http://www.progressivemaryland.org/endorsements. Please bring a fully-charged phone, a large bag or backpack, comfortable shoes, and water. It will happen on Sun., June 3 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Kelley Park, 400 Victory Farm Dr., Gaithersburg 20877. CONTACT Sam Dueweke at email@example.com or 269-615-3306.
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., June 3 this is “What You Always Wanted to Know about BES Finances but Were Too Polite to Ask” is a discussion of the BES budget. Our sources of revenue and what we spend it on. The annual “Tax Letter” to members from the Treasurer and other information that members may request from the Treasurer. Questions and suggestions are welcome. Feel free to ask Richard to address specific items by sending an email to . Call 410-581-2322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
7] – On Sun., June 3 from 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM, hear from the Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. William Barber, hosted by Repairers of the Breach at the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, WDC 20016. Rev. Barber will lead a Q&A forum immediately following. Learn more at cathedral.org/poorpeoplescampaign.
8] – On Sun., June 3 from 3 to 6 PM, get over to the June Feed the Homeless Cookout, hosted by Sunday Dinner at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 120 N. Front St., Baltimore 21202. Please bring something to throw on the grill for the homeless and needy!!! Edit this spreadsheet to state what you're bringing. Go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lXSnsHzGUKR6Fc3rszW2_LSjj6VJra59IMQpMj9EL68/edit?usp=sharing. https://www.facebook.com/events/195866024379110/.
9] -- The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has been organized to address vast social inequalities, intractable racism, never-ending wars and ecological devastation. During the week of June 3, the Campaign will focus on The Right to Health and a Healthy Planet. Did you know 13.8 million U.S. households cannot afford water? While there is failing infrastructure in poor cities and rural counties across the country, there has been a boom in infrastructure to support fossil fuel production and transportation.
Scientists have known for decades that human activities, particularly the use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas, are warming the planet. In spite of knowing the risks, political leaders have dragged their feet on implementing solutions. The truth is that our policies have not fundamentally valued human life or the ecological systems in which we live. Instead, it has prioritized private, corporate and financial interests over our precious natural resources. Demand the right to clean water, air and a healthy environment and public resources to monitor, penalize and reverse the polluting impacts of fossil fuel industries.
It is a travesty that 32 million people in this country lack health insurance. Further, an estimated 40 percent of Americans have taken on debt because of medical issues, making medical debt the number one cause of personal bankruptcy filings. Demand the expansion of Medicaid in every state and the protection of Improved Medicare and single-payer universal health care for all.
On Sun., June 3 at 6 PM, there is a Mass Meeting in Washington, DC to kick off Week 4 at the Union Temple Baptist Church, 1225 W St. SE.
10] – 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 June 4, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email email@example.com 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.
11] – On Mon., June 4 at 10 AM, attend the Poor Peoples Campaign Nonviolent Direct Action Training at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE. Then at 2 PM, rally at the US Capitol Lawn. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
12] – On Mon., June 4 at 2 PM be at the Rally in Lawyer's Mall, 100 State Circle, .Annapolis 21401. Email email@example.com. This is the fourth of six weeks of nonviolent moral fusion direct action across the country to show our elected leaders we will no longer allow violence to keep poor and disenfranchised people down.
13] – On Mon., June 4 at 7 PM, check out the fair elections campaign in Prince George’s County at the Greenbelt Community Center. Get an update on the status of CB-004-2018, the public financing bill before the Prince George's County Council and hear the discussion of the way forward. Our Revolution Prince George’s can be reached through Suchitra Balachandran at firstname.lastname@example.org and Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition can be reached through Lucy Duff at email@example.com. This is presented as a Greenbelt Peace Month event, for justice is the ground of peace.
14] – On Tues., June 5 from 10 AM to 1 PM, participate in World Environment Day - Anacostia River Cleanup, hosted by UN Environment North America at Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Dr. SE, WDC 20019. Tickets are at www.eventbrite.com. Did you know that 1.2 million pounds of trash get into the Anacostia River every year? Help with a river front cleanup in Anacostia Park. The event is organized by the UN Information Center, UN Environment, the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment, the Alice Ferguson Foundation and Anacostia Riverkeeper in partnership with the Embassies of Finland, Norway, and Switzerland; and Mobike. Support for the event is also being provided by Connect4Climate; the Embassies of Barbados, Canada, Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom; and UN Foundation. Visit the registration page. Registration is mandatory. See https://www.facebook.com/events/264696700770592/.
15] – 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 June 3. Call 215-426-0364.
16] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on June 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.
17] -- On Tues., June 5 at 6 PM at the Wilson Community Center, 4629-31 York Road, Baltimore, join the Baltimore City-County Chapter for a meeting on making our state a good place to live and work for all Maryland residents. This meeting will feature two very special guests: Ben Jealous, former President and CEO of the NAACP and Democratic candidate for Governor - and Senator Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator and national President of Our Revolution! RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/groups/our-revolution-maryland.
18] – Voices on Palestine: Summer Film Series 2018 is co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, All films will be shown at the Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave., NW, WDC 20037. Doors open at 5:30 PM. RSVP is requested. On Tues., June 5 at 6 PM, see “The Truth: Lost at Sea by Rifat Audeh”. This film examines the Israeli attack on the 2010 Freedom Flotilla, a convoy of humanitarian ships that tried to highlight the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza and break its blockade. Rifat Audeh, one of the survivors aboard the Mavi Marmara, combines footage shot aboard the Freedom Flotilla with subsequent media coverage, to show how the dead activists and their comrades who defended their vessels were portrayed. The film reveals what really happened and how it was spun in traditional and online media outlets. Amman. RSVP at http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/events/upcoming/summer-film-series-2018-the-truth-lost-at-sea-2.
19] – On Tues., June 5 from 6:30 to 9 PM, come to a Commemoration of the Life and Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy at Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW WDC. This forum will explore the turning point of 1968, in which the hope of civil rights and economic justice met the tragedy of assassination and the plunge into endless war in Vietnam. All of this converged around the courageous leadership of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy. That ended on June 5, 1968, when Sen. Kennedy was gunned down in California, two months after King met a similar fate in Memphis. Revisit the historical cauldron of 1968, and also pose the new progressive agenda of 2018 which can realize the dreams and policies embodied by the Kennedy Campaign. The event is hosted by Progressive Democrats of America. Contact George Ripley at 202- 491-8451. Sign up at http://pda.nationbuilder.com/rfk_commemoration.
20] – The Poor Peoples Campaign is doing a Teach-In on Tues., June 5 at 7:30 PM at The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW.
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