Thursday, September 27, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 27 -- December 31, 2018

27] Undesign the Redline exhibit – through Dec. 31
28] Fund the Trust Rally – Sept. 27
29] The Fall of Wisconsin – Sept. 27
30] Food Rescue – Sept. 27
31] Mediation Center's Annual Celebration Sept. 27
32] Social Fabric: A Roundtable Discussion – Sept. 27
33] Film “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story” Sept. 27
34] CU Housing Meeting – Sept. 27
35] End the Blockade – Sept. 27
36] On the Road for Climate Action Sept. 27
37] Ballot Question H Sept. 27
38] Putin on Ice – through Oct. 7
39] The Role of Cooperatives in Reshaping Communities – Sept. 28
40] In Their Footsteps: Woman Suffrage Walking Tour – Sept. 28
41] WIB peace vigils – Sept. 28
42] White House vigil – Sept. 28
43] Food Rescue Friday – Sept. 28
44] Rally outside the Department of Homeland Security – Sept. 28
45] Black Lives Matter – Sept. 28
46] Support Project PLASE – Sept. 28
47] Ballroom Dancing – Sept. 28
48] National Iranian American Council summit – Sept. 29
49] Basic Computer Skills Class for immigrant women – Sept. 29
50] Chester County Peace Vigil – Sept. 29
51] Book talk PROTEST KITCHEN – Sept. 29
52] Strategies for Reducing Violence Constitution Day – Sept. 29
53] District 7 Day of Action! – Sept. 29
55] Two Minutes to Midnight conference – Nov. 17
56] Transcribe Dorothy Day’s diaries
57] Do you want to join a peace caravan?
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] Join the Global Zero campaign
63] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
27] – At 10 AM through December 31, check out Undesign the Redline exhibit, hosted by Choose Civility, HCLS Central Branch. Look for tickets at  This interactive exhibit explores the history of structural racism and classism, how these designs compounded each other from redlining maps until today, and how we can come together to undesign these systems with intentionality.  Tours, reading lists, events, and more details are at See

28] – On Thurs., Sept. 27 at 10 AM, come to a Fund The Trust Rally & then attend an 11 AM hearing, hosted by the Baltimore Housing Roundtable at the Baltimore City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St., Baltimore 21202. From the launch of the 20/20 Campaign in January 2016, through the collection of 18,000 signatures that summer to put Question J on the ballot in November and passing with an overwhelming 83% of the vote... every phone call, petition signature, door knocked, community meeting has led to this moment. Earlier this month, an historic agreement with Baltimore's leadership was reached to put 20 million dollars a year towards creating affordable housing and development without displacement in our city: $20 Million every year to #FundTheTrust! 

   The Fund the Trust Act will be heard by Councilwoman Middleton's Taxation and Finance Committee, and passing the Fund the Trust Act will be a decisive step towards a more equitable, accountable, participatory, universal, and transparent city- one that recognizes the power of the people. Go to

29] –  On Thurs., Sept. 27 at noon, the Economic Policy Institute, 1225 I St. NW, Sixth floor, WDC 20005, will host author Dan Kaufman for a discussion on his new book, “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.” For more than a century, Wisconsin has been known nationwide for its progressive ideas and government. But following a Republican sweep of the state’s government in 2010, Wisconsin’s political heritage was overturned, and the state went Republican for the first time in three decades in the 2016 presidential election, elevating Donald J. Trump to the presidency. The Fall of Wisconsin is a deeply reported, searing account of how the state’s progressive tradition was undone and turned into a model for national conservatives bent on remaking the country.

Kaufman, a Wisconsin native, traces the history of progressivism that made Wisconsin so widely admired, from the work of celebrated politicians like Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette and Gaylord Nelson, to local traditions like Milwaukee’s “sewer socialism,” to the conservationist ideas of Aldo Leopold and the state’s Native American tribes. Kaufman reveals how the “divide-and-conquer” strategy of Governor Scott Walker and his allies pitted Wisconsin’s citizens against one another so powerful corporations and wealthy donors could effectively take control of state government. As a result, laws protecting voting rights, labor unions, the environment, and public education were rapidly dismantled.

This event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. Your RSVP will help us prepare.  RSVP at

30] – On Thurs., Sept. 27 from 4 to 5 PM, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore, every Thursday until Feb. 7, 2019 at the Dovecote Café, 2501 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Visit

31] – On Thurs., Sept. 27 from 5 to 9 PM, come to the Baltimore Community Mediation Center's Annual Celebration, hosted by Baltimore Community Mediation Center at DLA Piper, 6225 Smith Ave., Baltimore 21209.  Tickets run from free to $10,024.95 via Eventbrite.  This year's theme is #BMorePeaceful - come out and share your vision of peace for Baltimore with your neighbors, your community, and your community mediation center.

Celebrate those in the community who have partnered in unique ways to bring peace to our City. Your General Admission ticket price covers the average cost for us to reach out to someone in conflict with an intake phone call!  Or, come as a Peace Partner! Bringing a conflict to mediation or facilitation and supporting people as they have difficult conversations is the core of our work. If you buy a Peace Partner ticket, your generous support will cover the average cost to bring one person through a mediation or facilitation. As thanks, you will receive one entry to the Annual Celebration, plus recognition as a supporter in our program and other event materials, and a BCMC supporter T-shirt.

Celebrate community-selected Peacemakers of the Year: Nawal Rajeh, Ralph Moore, Cody Elizabeth Handy, Monique Smith-Person, and Letrice Gant! Enjoy appetizers between 5 - 6 PM, after which the program begin at 6 PM. Visit

32] – On Thurs., Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 PM, get over to Social Fabric: A Roundtable Discussion, hosted by Force and Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore 21217.  This is an Intersection of Textiles and Social Movement Work.  Go to

33] – On Thurs., Sept. 27 from 6 to 9 PM, see “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story,” hosted by Baltimore Environmental Film Series at Loyola University Maryland, 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210,  Get tickets at  The Maryland State Bar Association Animal Law Section and Loyola University Maryland invite members of the public and the media to a free screening. The film follows TIME Magazine’s Hero of Asia Lek Chailert, director Ashley Bell, and a team of rescuers as they embark on a daring mission to rescue Noi Na, a 70-year-old partially blind trekking elephant, and bring her to freedom.

Following the film, a panel discussion featuring Lek Chailert and Ashley Bell will explore the topics of global conservation, animal advocacy and sustainability. The film will be shown in McGuire Hall West in the Andrew White Student Center. Doors open at 6 PM, and the film will start promptly at 6:30 PM. Check out or

34] – On Thurs., Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 PM, there is a CU Housing Meeting (September bi-monthly), hosted by Communities United at 1121 W. Lanvale St., Baltimore 21217-2520. Tickets are at  The Housing Committee is a part of Communities United focused on improving the quality of housing in Baltimore City and the State of Maryland. Residents in public and private housing are organized for safe, healthy, affordable housing. Go to

35] – On Thurs., Sept. 27 at 6 PM at The Bottom Line, 1716 I St. NW, join ANSWER and help fund ending the 59-year-long blockade of Cuba by the United States. In the coming weeks, ANSWER organizers and volunteers will join with progressive organizations around D.C. to stage several events focused on this illegal and unilateral blockade. The suggested donation is $5 at the door. RSVP at Use either Farragut North or Farragut West Metro stops (Red & Orange/Blue Lines).

36] – On Thurs., Sept. 27 at 7 PM, take in On the Road for Climate Action.  Dr. Shahir Masri is an air pollution scientist and author & Athina Simolaris is an educator. This summer they’re pausing their careers for one year of grass-roots climate advocacy. They are on an 11-week public outreach tour across 35 states, speaking with city councils, community groups, and schools on the important issue of climate change and solutions. They are surveying communities to better understand how climate change sentiment differs across the country and interviewing those most affected by climate change.  This program will be held at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis 21401. Go to

37] – Baltimore voters have a chance to score a major win in the fight against corruption.  Join RepresentUs members on Thurs., Sept. 27 from 7 to 9 PM to kick off the campaign to pass Ballot Question H, the Baltimore City Fair Election Fund at the Next Phase Café, 112 E Lexington St., Baltimore 21202.  RSVP at H is a charter amendment to establish a new program to empower small donors in Baltimore.

Large campaign contributions from special interests mean Baltimore families are often left out. Candidates are stuck fundraising from big donors, giving them less and less time to hear from constituents. That’s why RepresentUs has officially endorsed the Yes on H campaign to fight corruption – so every voice is heard.  The Baltimore City Fair Election Fund will elevate the voice of everyday citizens and reduce the influence of large donors by providing matching funds for small donors if candidates don’t take large contributions. Baltimore can join communities across the country moving towards this new way to fund elections.

38] – On Thurs., Sept. 27, Fri., Sept. 28 and Sat., Sept. 29, see Putin On Ice (that isn't the real title of this show), by Lola B. Pierson,  directed by Yury Urnov and co-produced by The Acme Corporation and Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Suite 1200, Baltimore 21218.  There are 16 dates through Oct. 7. Performances from Thursdays through Saturdays are at 8 PM, and on Sundays at 3 PM, Tickets are at  

Everything that happens on stage is a lie. This spectacle is a fantastical new portrait of Vladimir Putin. This ostentatious piece blends counterfeit ancient texts, falsified scientific data, and manipulated video evidence to create something entirely new and thrillingly strange. Putin is elevated from man to myth, stretching through time to become more deity than dictator. You are free to leave at any time. Pay-What-You-Can Previews are September 12 and 13.  A limited number of $10 tickets will be available for purchase at the door on the day of the performance. The box office opens one hour before the show, at which point these tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis.  See

39] –  On Fri., Sept. 28 from 10 AM to 1 PM, get involved in The Role of Cooperatives In Reshaping Communities, hosted by the Network for Developing Conscious Communities, 235 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202-3612. A moderator will flank a group of expert panelists and engage in a discussion of the important role that cooperatives play in growing local economy and sustaining jobs, as well as provide examples of some of this ongoing work. The panel may also address several barriers that currently inhibit cooperative development in some sectors of the economy, and discuss how best to address these problems going forward.

A specific focus of the panel discussion will include the governance and accountability models used to manage a business in which the employees own and control their workplace, how worker-owners balance the needs of the business with the needs of the individual member and ways in which governance and management practices can create a successful business based on human dignity.  See

40] – On Fri., Sept. 28  at 10 AM, get over to In Their Footsteps: Woman Suffrage Walking Tour, hosted by National Women's History Museum starting at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, 1st St. NW, WD C 20004.  Follow the route of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession through DC and gain an understanding of the suffragist struggle for equality and the right to vote. The American woman suffrage movement is recognized as officially starting in 1848, at the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention in New York. Over the next 72 years, generations of activist women (and men) worked tirelessly until the 19th Amendment was adopted. It took the efforts of a wide range of women, from the most radical advocates of male and female equality, to women who saw the right to vote as necessary to more effectively advocate for moral and social reform. Their efforts to succeed set the stage for grassroots efforts to come, proving that determined citizens can achieve change.

The tour begins at the Capitol Reflecting Pool by the Ulysses S Grant Memorial. The nearest metro is Federal Center SW (Blue/Orange/Silver line). The tour will cover about 1.5 miles, last about 2 hours, and end in Lafayette Square across from the White House. Meet your tour guide on the steps of the Ulysses S Grant Memorial by the Capitol Reflecting Pool. See

41] – On Fri., Sept. 28 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:

42] – On Fri.,  Sept. 28 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.

43] – On Fri., Sept. 28 at noon, get over to Grace Baptist Church, 3201 The Alameda., Baltimore 21218, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore. This occurs every Friday until Feb. 8, 2019.  For Friday Food Rescue, bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. See

44] – Rally again on Fri., Sept, 21 outside the Department of Homeland Security from 4 to 6 PM to keep the pressure on the government to reunify families separated at the border. Hundreds of children are still separated from their parents after the July 26th deadline set by the courts for reunification.  This is a permitted, peaceful event and families are welcome.  You can bring your own sign or use one of the available signs.  Gather at 4401 Massachusetts Ave. NW. This location is about 50 yards south [in towards downtown] of Ward Circle.  There is parking on Massachusetts Avenue across the street, or you can park at the Katzen Center for the Arts for $2/hour and free after 5 PM on the other side of Ward Circle. View Email triduncan05 AT gmail. Com.  

45] – 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 Sept. 28. Black Lives Matter.   

46] – Support Project PLASE, a nonprofit that assists homeless persons, by attending the "Gospel of Elvis," featuring Elvis Impersonator Kevin Booth on Fri., Sept. 28 starting at 6 PM with the show beginning at 7 PM. Tickets are $15, and there will be door prizes, raffles, and light refreshments.  Your donation is matched 1:1 up to $2,500.  You can give here:  It is happening at the Salem Lutheran Church, 905 Frederick Road, Catonsville 21228.  Check out

47] – 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 Sept. 28. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

48] – On Sat., Sept. 29 and Sun., Sept. 30, join the National Iranian American Council at "2018 DC Summit: Building a Movement" at the Hyatt Regency, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, WDC. Register at

49] -- The Immigration Outreach Service Center is offering a Basic Computer Skills Class for immigrant women from Sat., Sept. 29 until Sat., Nov. 10 at St. Matthew Church Rectory, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21239.  This is an opportunity for immigrant women to increase computer skills, complete basic job searches and apply online for jobs. Computer and ESOL teachers will be available, childcare and MTA bus passes will be provided along with English language support.   Call IOSC at 410-323-8564 or email

50] – 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

51] – On Sat., Sept. 29 from noon to 1 PM, Carol J. Adams presents "Protest Kitchen," hosted by Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse at the Baltimore Book Festival, Inner Harbor, Baltimore 21202.  The acclaimed feminist-vegan advocate, activist, and independent scholar—author of the groundbreaking “The Sexual Politics of Meat”—presents her latest book, a handbook for grounding resistance in an ethical diet. With her co-author Virginia Messina, Adams draws the connections between sexual oppression, climate change, rising authoritarian, and animal suffering to help map a pathway from the personal to the political. Go to

52] –  On Sat., Sept. 27 from 2 to 4 PM, catch a presentation by David Kennedy, author of “Don’t Shoot” and co-founder of the National Network for Safe Communities, on Strategies for Reducing Violence: Community and Law Enforcement Engagement. Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy will also speak on emerging plans to implement elements of these strategies in Wilmington. This event is at the Westminster Church, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington, DE 19806.  See

53] – On Sat., Sept. 29 from 1 to 4 PM, there is a District 7 Day of Action!  Join the Allison Berkowitz for Delegate, Johnny Olszewski for Baltimore County Executive, and Baltimore County for Jealous campaigns. Meet up at 1 PM at Dunkin Donuts, 901 Middle River Rd., Middle River 21220, and then head out to canvass.  For introverts, stay behind and write postcards! See
54] – Progressive Prince George's is hosting on Sat., Sept. 29 at 1 PM a Participatory Defense Community Meeting at the Oakcrest Community Center, These Mass Liberation meetings are held every Saturday through the fall. CONTACT qiana johnson at or 240-845-4007.

55] – TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: WHAT WE CAN DO TO PREVENT NUCLEAR WAR is a one-day conference organized by Prevent Nuclear War Maryland and co-sponsored by Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, featuring expert speakers including Daryl Kimball and Dr. Ira Helfand.  It is free to attend with lunch provided.  It takes place on Sat., Nov. 17 from 10 AN to 4 PM at Goucher College, Kelley Lecture Hall, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson 21286. Go to

56] – Do you have any interest in challenging the Trump administration for reneging on the Iran Deal? If yes, would you be interested in joining a Peace Caravan to the Iranian embassy in Washington, D.C.? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  

57] – 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.

58] – According to Jeffry Korgen <>, the Dorothy Day Guild Seeks Volunteers to Transcribe Diaries.  Be a part of Church history! Help canonize Dorothy Day! You can assist the canonization of Dorothy Day, Servant of God, by transcribing her diaries and letters. The transcripts will be sent to the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints.  You will be sent a PDF file of a section of Dorothy Day’s handwritten diaries and letters to type, unedited. 

As you finish one packet, if it seems a good fit, you can request another. You will be part of an international team working to support the canonization of Dorothy Day. Thirty people from five countries have joined the team—we’ll need 100!  If you would like to participate as a transcriber or have further questions, email Jeff Korgen, Secretary of the Dorothy Day Historical Commission at Jeff may also be reached at 862-485-5807.


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 410-323-1637 or mobuszewski2001 at

62] -- 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.

63] – 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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