Baltimore Activist Alert August 5 to 6, 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] Pat Elder for Congress
6] Support the Duncan & Porter Hospitality House
7] Participate in Megan Shook's fundraiser for USA for UNHCR
8] Buy an Anti-War Veteran hat
9] United to Love – Aug. 5
10] Ethical Roots of Yoga – Aug. 5
11] Red Emma’s is hiring – Aug. 5 - 6
12] JVP meeting – Aug. 5
13] DSA book club – Aug. 5
14] ERA Education Program – Aug. 5
15] Justice in Our Backyard – Aug. 5
16] Stand Against Hate – Aug. 5
17] Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee events – Aug. 5 & 8
18] Protest at the Pentagon & White House – Aug. 6 & 9
19] Peace Camp -- Aug. 6 - 10
20] Hiroshima/Nagasaki vigil – Aug. 6
21] Food Rescue – Aug. 6
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed. If you have problems, please write to the list manager at email@example.com.
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 hono8rable 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 the undue pressure, Reality decided to cop a plea, and now faces five years of imprisonment. Please write to Reality at Reality L. Winner, Inmate # 3342, Lincoln County Jail, PO Box 970, Lincolnton, GA 30817.
5] – Green Candidate Pat Elder is Running against Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer -- firstname.lastname@example.org/301-997-3963. Elder is a life-long peace and justice activist, who will be on the ballot in November. He is a great progressive. Elder calls for shutting down the Chalk Point and Morgantown coal-fired stations in the 5th district. Pat is opposed to Dominion Energy’s terminal at Cove Point and other projects in the 5th. He also demands a cessation of weapons testing in the Potomac and an immediate cleanup of Superfund sites at the Indian Head Naval Warfare Center and Patuxent River Naval Air Station. He calls for subjecting the military’s ongoing environmental degradation to state oversight.
Pat supports Medicare for all, public financing of elections, free community college. Elder supports a living wage; strong measures to correct racial injustice; eliminating the Social Security taxable maximum of $128,400; He advocates for meaningful cuts in military spending and increasing the top tax for folks making more than $2 million to 50%. That’ll pay for everything. Pat supports non-violent, multilateral solutions to the problems facing our country.
Pat plans to capture 5% of the vote and expects to open the political debate. Pat expects to run the most successful Green Party congressional campaign ever. It shouldn’t be too tough. Hoyer is awful. Spread the message on social media. Send in a dollar or two if you can.
6] – Support the Duncan & Porter Hospitality House. What's a house of hospitality without a working kitchen? Donate at https://www.gofundme.com/v2s3h8.
More than 25 years ago Vincent Eirene, of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, opened up his doors to those in need. Vince, now 65, will always put others first and has given back to the community continuously. Avoiding the regulations of official shelters, he maintains an open door policy, working with a few men at a time that usually come from the local food pantry. He helps them with everything from medical care to social services. Vince has been running his open door home on his own disability check and the miracle of generosity. I personally have been helping him secure funding for purchasing the home and keeping it livable, from small touches to large ones. It is currently in need of a new stove. Please help us raise this modest amount before harvest, so the cooking can continue at the Duncan and Porter House of Hospitality.
7] – Participate in Megan Shook's fundraiser for USA for UNHCR. She asks, “Want to join me in supporting a good cause? I'm raising money for USA for UNHCR and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support. I've included information about USA for UNHCR, which helps and protects refugees and people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution. Supporting UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – and its partners, we provide lifesaving essentials including shelter, water, food, safety and protection. Around the world, we help refugees survive, recover and build a better future. Together we give refugees the hope they deserve, restore their dignity and help them rebuild their lives.” Established by concerned citizens, USA for UNHCR is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C. Donate at https://www.facebook.com/donate/430046250797823/.
8] – Get a good-looking black hat which says Anti-War Veteran in the front and Viva House 50th in the back. The cost is $10. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.
9] – On Sun., Aug. 5 from 10 to 11 AM, get involved with Sign Making for the United to Love Rally, hosted by Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW, WDC 20036. August 12th marks the 1st anniversary of the Unite the Right: Charlottesville, VA Rally Action which organizers hope to recreate in Washington, DC’s Lafayette Square. As a prayerful response and call to action, the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church will host the United to Love: Rally for Love, Peace and Justice on Sun,, Aug. 12 from 11 AM to 3 PM. Sign making materials, music, and conversation will be shared. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1088924594598588/.
10] – 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., Aug. 5, the topic is “The Ethical Roots of Yoga.” The most common misconception about yoga is that it puts the body in strange positions for the purpose of developing flexibility. This superficial understanding is based on a lack of knowledge of yoga’s 6000 year history pre-being introduced to the West. The highest goal of yoga is to develop in the individual such a profound degree of integration that every action serves the greater good. Call 410-581-2322 or email email@example.com.
11] – On Sun., Aug. 5 and Mon., Aug. 6 from noon to 6 PM, visit Red Emma's Hiring Open House, hosted by Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201-5516. Do you want to work at Red Emma's? Come meet at the new space. Hear about what jobs we're looking to fill, and chat with us in person about which ones might be right for you! Red Emma's is a 100% worker-owned cooperative running a bookstore, cafe, and now restaurant and bar! Are you interested in the idea of cooperatively owning a growing business founded on radical politics with 18 or more hardworking people from lots of different backgrounds? Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1877152439010795/.
12] – On Sun., Aug. 5 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM, come to a meeting of the Jewish Voice for Peace - DC Metro at Dupont Circle in WDC 20009. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting location. Check out Occupation Free DC at occupationfreedc.org.
13] – On Sun., Aug. 5 from 4 to 5:30 PM, get involved with the Socialist Feminism Reading Group, hosted by Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America at The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW, WDC 20009. Read the reading group Participation Guide and https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L6bDa9rxgCCr5O0QT5dZdKvcSSk8Nwi0B6II5vAvVCQ/edit and discuss topics within Socialist Feminism. This month, the readings focus on police abolition. See https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/08/prison-abolition-reform-mass-incarceration and https://www.facebook.com/events/2031514450500887/.
14] – On Sun., Aug. 5, 12 and 19 at 4 PM, join The CALL - ERA Education Program, hosted by One Rural Woman at Katrina's Dream, PO Box 32003, WDC 20007. Get tickets at www.katrinasdream.org. Help build the groundswell. The collaboration of grassroots organizers, lobbyists, and professionals is dedicated to promoting and educating folks across the United States of America to empowering women around the world. PASS THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT.
There is a NATIONAL WEEKLY SUNDAY CALL at 4 PM with E.R.A. ADVOCATES -- CALL IN NO: 563.999.2090 CONFERENCE NO: 898879#. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1710130249022424/.
15] – On Sun., Aug. 5 from 6 to 9 PM, do a Demonstration for Justice in Our Backyard, hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice, Montgomery County at the Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring 20910. Gather at the plaza in front of Silver Spring Civic Center for a short rally. From Civic Center, walk along Wayne Avenue to Sligo Creek Parkway down to Three Oaks Drive. At Three Oaks, there will be a candlelight vigil and more speakers. The walk is 1.4 miles. Cars will be available for those who cannot do the walk. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/629279404123250/.
16] – On Sun., Aug. 5 from 6 to 9 PM, Stand Against Hate with DC Communities, hosted by The Future is Feminist at The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW, WDC 20009. Come learn about and/or get plugged into DC's response to Nazis coming to town to rally for "White Civil Rights" on August 12th - the anniversary of their deadly rally in Charlottesville last year, and the anniversary of the death of Heather Heyer. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1964088843884351/.
17] – For the past thirty-seven years, the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area has been organizing for the abolition of nuclear weapons and power, and in support of nuclear victims. The Hiroshima Peace Commemoration takes place on Sun., Aug. 5 from 6:45 to 8:30 PM. At the Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall, there will be a moment’s silence at 7:15 PM to commemorate the Hiroshima catastrophe.
Then hear from three speakers. Rev. William H. Lamar IV, Senior Pastor at Metropolitan AME Church and an activist in the New Poor People’s Campaign, was recently arrested at the Supreme Court protesting against unjust voting laws. He will speak about the links between the issues of racism, poverty, militarism, and ecological devastation and the threat of nuclear annihilation. Martin Fleck, program director for the Physicians for Social responsibility Nuclear Weapons Abolition Program, and Diane D’Arrigo, Radioactive Waste Project Director at the Nuclear Information & Resource Service, will discuss current issues concerning nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
This August John Steinbach will represent the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee at the World Conference Against A & H Bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Go to <http://hiroshimapeacecommittee.net>. John’s speech will be posted on the website.
There will be a Nagasaki Candlelight Vigil on Wed., Aug. 8 at 9:45 PM outside the White House, followed by a Moment’s Silence at 10:02 PM. sharing of thoughts for peace. Contact Kio Kanda at 702-922-8514 email@example.com.
18] – This is an invitation to join with the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and co-sponsoring groups in two nonviolent acts of public witness at the Pentagon and White House to repent for the U.S. nuclear bombings of Japan on August 6 and August 9, 1945 and to call for the abolition of all nuclear weapons in the U.S. and worldwide. The witness at the Pentagon is on Mon., Aug, 6 from 7 to 8 AM. August 6th is also the Feast of the Transfiguration. There will be a Prayer Service of Repentance and Nonviolent Witness at the Pentagon. Meet at the “designated protest area.”
If you are coming by metro, please get off at Pentagon stop–Yellow Line. Take south exit coming out of metro. When you reach the top of escalator go left and then right on the sidewalk going away from building toward South Parking lot. Vigil site is down on the left side behind a bicycle fence. Please go directly to vigil site where we will briefly convene before starting our Prayer Service of Repentance.
For those driving, there is now limited parking on Army-Navy Dr., Eads Rd. There are new “Tour Bus Parking Only” signs on Army-Navy from Fern Street (in front of the Residence Inn) extending east about 3/4 of the block going toward Eads. There are, however, six parking spaces for cars on Army-Navy just before you get to Eads. These spaces are usually taken by 6:45 AM as are all the parking spaces around the corner on Eads and all the way down to 12th Street.
On Thurs,, Aug. 9 from noon to 1 PM, there will be a Prayer Service of Repentance outside the White House. Meet on north side of White House on Pennsylvania Ave.–across from Lafayette Park. Contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at 202-360-6416 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out https://dccatholicworker.wordpress.com/2018/07/11/2066/.
19] – The Little Friends for Peace wrote that the Peace Camp Season is here! There is a Session in Mount Rainer going from Mon., Aug. 6 through Fri., Aug. 10. Register at https://form.jotform.com/70165562949162. LFFP's goal of creating environments where campers and counselors alike can experience, learn, and practice peace, in ways our culture may not foster or facilitate. Peace is defined differently by each individual, but LFFP teaches peace as both an answer and alternative to violence. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities email email@example.com.
20] – On Mon., Aug. 6 from noon to 1PM, join Hiroshima/Nagasaki Abolish Nuclear Weapons Vigil in Rodney Square, Wilmington, DE.
20] – On Mon., Aug. 6 from noon to 1PM, join Hiroshima/Nagasaki Abolish Nuclear Weapons Vigil in Rodney Square, Wilmington, DE.
21] – On Mon., Aug. 6, and every Monday until Feb. 4, 2019, at noon, there will be a Food Rescue at Land of Kush, 840 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201. Food Rescue Baltimore is honored to partner with The Land of Kush each and every Monday to bring access to free vegan/plant-based food in the community. Bring a bag. Take what you want from noon to 1PM or while supplies last. No purchase is necessary to take advantage of the Food Rescue Baltimore give away. Items from The Land of Kush's menu are not included in the give-away but will be available for sale. See https://www.facebook.com/events/415842178868197/.
To be continued.
Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.
"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