Saturday, September 29, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert September 30 to October 4, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert September 30 to October 4, 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] Pat Elder for Congress
5] Buy an Anti-War Veteran hat  
6] Canvass for Ben Jealous – Sept. 29 & 30
7] Progressive Frederick canvass – Sept. 30
8] “Should Humanists Proselytize?” – Sept. 30
9] Contact Pennsylvania Voters – Sept. 30
10] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education – Sept. 30
11] National Call for Moral Revival in Montgomery County – Sept. 30
12] Film “Jews Step Forward” – Sept. 30
13] Campaign and Kick Back – Sept. 30
14] Pass the ERA – Sept. 30
15] Black Lives Matter demo – Sept. 30
16] Talbot Rising – Sept. 30
17] Protest at the Pentagon Oct. 1
18] Food Rescue Baltimore – Oct. 1
19] Shut Down Trump – Oct. 1
20] Legal Observer Training – Oct. 1
21] Phone bank for Johnny O -- Oct. 1
22] Get the Money Out – Oct. 1
23] Constitution in Crisis -- Oct. 2
24] Pakistan’s economic outlook – Oct. 2
25] Peace Vigil – Oct. 2
26] No Drone Research DEMO – Oct. 2
27] Phone bank for Ben Jealous – Oct. 2 & 4
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] – Green Candidate Pat Elder is Running against Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer -- 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.

5] – 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.

6] – The Baltimore City Canvasses for Ben Jealous, hosted by Baltimore City Democratic Party, will continue until Oct. 28.  Canvass on Sat., Sept. 29 and Sun., Sept. 30 at 10 AM and 1 PM at 1023 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201-5403. Tell voters why Ben Jealous is the best gubernatorial candidate for our City! Canvass every Saturday and Sunday with launches at 10 AM and 1 PM! 

If you've never canvassed before, it's easy! You'll have talking points on hand, and plenty of seasoned volunteers to support you as you engage with our neighbors across Baltimore. Volunteering is the most important thing we can do to make sure our state has the leadership it needs in Annapolis, and with your help, we'll get that new leadership in November!  Go to

7] – JOIN A FREDERICK PROGRESSIVES CANVASS on Sun., Sept. 30 from 10:30 AM to 3 PM at Dem HQ, 1170 W. Patrick St., Frederick 21702.  Support progressive candidates.  RSVP at

We cannot undo the GOP’s vile behavior before, during, and after Ms. Ford testified. We can keep pushing to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which is still in question. And, with a pivotal election in 39 days, we can and must channel our outrage into accountability by wresting control of the House—and Senate—away from Republicans on Nov. 6.

8] – 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., Sept. 30, the topic is “Should Humanists Proselytize?” Many people like Ethical Culture because it tries to make the world a better place while defending freedom of thought and the uniqueness of every individual. How do we recruit people to help us in our ethical mission without crossing the thin line between advocacy and manipulation? For example, should humanists proselytize? Hugh Taft-Morales explores how we can promote our values, grow our movement, and protect individual dignity and autonomy. Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. Call 410-581-2322 or email

9] –  Contact voters in a pivotal race near you on Sun,, Sept. 30 at noon at Janet Winter's House, 87 Cemetery Ave., Stewartstown, PA 17363. Every vote matters if we’re going to win PA-11 in November. We've seen red districts across the country flip this past year because campaigns start talking to voters early & mobilize thousands of people to the polls. That's why there is door knocking in the new 11th district. Sign-up at

10] – The Immigration Outreach Service Center, St. Matthew and BUILD are hosting a learning session for people who believe all children have a right to an excellent education. On Sun., Sept. 30 at 12:30 PM be at St. Matthew Church Hall to learn how you can help transform education in Baltimore City. You’ll learn about the work of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (sometimes called the “Kirwan Commission”) and what you can do to ensure the Commission’s work results in lasting change. If you believe healthy schools are critical to building healthy communities, then this learning session is for you. Contact Cynthia Keenan at to RSVP or learn more. 

11] – The Do the Most Good Montgomery County (DTMG) and the Poor People’s Campaign will register voters and talk with people about the Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival in Montgomery County.  Canvass at the Aspen Hill Shopping Center and surrounding shopping centers on Sat., Sept. 29 and Sun. Sept. 30 from 2 to 4 PM. Gather both days in the parking lot of the 13415 Connecticut Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20906 office building (closest to the Chipotle at the south entrance of the Aspen Hill Shopping Center). RSVP at

12] – The Holy Land, i.e. Israel and Palestine, is now in the news on a weekly basis: “U.S. Moves Embassy to Jerusalem.” “Israel Passes Controversial ‘Jewish Nation-State Law.’” “Casualties in Gaza Surpass 155 Dead and Over 17,000 Wounded” ….. How do we understand these headlines? How do we understand issues of justice, human-rights, and peace in the Holy Land? How do we understand the role of U.S. policies and mainstream media on the lives of the people living in the Holy Land?

To explore these complex, difficult, and emotional questions, a coalition of nineteen interfaith and interdenominational faith organizations have joined together to offer a five-week film series and discussions exploring issues of justice, human rights, and peace in Israel and Palestine. This first ever Baltimore Voices from the Holy Land 2018 Film Series began on September 23rd and continues every Sunday afternoon through October 21st at three different locations. This series is hosted by St. Ignatius Catholic Community, Hinenu: Baltimore Justice Shteibl, Homewood Friends Meeting, and First and St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ. Moderated Q&A Discussions led by knowledgeable experts follow the film screenings. All events are free and open to the public. No reservations required.

The next film to be screened is “Jews Step Forward,” which can be seen on Sun., Sept. 30 at 2:30 PM at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St. See the trailer: Note that "Jews Step Forward" contain graphic scenes and descriptions of violence and death. Check out

13] – On Sun., Sept. 30 at 4 PM and continuing through Oct. 14, there is a Campaign and Kick Back, hosted by Andy Ellis For State Delegate-MD 45 and Glenn L. Ross For State Delegate-MD 45 at 509 N. Milton Ave., Baltimore 21205-2504. See  People in east and northeast Baltimore are ready to elect State Delegates who put people before special interests.

Andy Ellis is a progressive leader with a record of youth empowerment. Glenn Ross is a community health advocate and proven coalition-builder who has served east Baltimore for nearly 40 years. Work hard to send these leaders to the Maryland State Assembly. Newcomers are encouraged to attend!  Register on the campaign website at Check out or

14] – On Sun., Sept. 30 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  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

15] – On Sun., Sept. 30 from 4 to 5 PM, attend a Black Lives Matter monthly vigil at Governor Warfield Parkway and Windstream Drive in Howard County. The vigil will continue until Dec. 9. Join in on the second Sunday of each month for a public witness to remind the community that all lives will matter when black lives matter. Show up to tell the world that injustice will not be ignored in Howard County or anywhere else. Check out

16] – Talbot Rising s holding a meet and greet with Talbot Council candidate Rose Potter on Sun., Sept. 30 at 7 PM at 23253 Maple Hall Rd., Claiborne, Find out what she will do to help Talbot County. The event is sponsored by the Bay Hundred Citizens for a Just Society. Visit

17] – 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 Oct. 1, 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.

18] – On Mon., Oct. 1, 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

19] –  On Mon., Oct. 1 from noon to 2 PM, get involved with Shut Down Trump #WeDoNotConsent, hosted by the By the People - Impeach Trump in Lafayette Square, WDC.  Sign up at  The people are withdrawing consent from the Trump administration. It’s time for Congress to do the same. Trump is in the midst of an unprecedented power grab. Threatening to fire Rod Rosenstein, the person who oversees the Mueller investigation, and continuing to push the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination, despite numerous sexual assault allegations, are efforts to show that powerful men can get away with anything. Trump thinks he can grab whatever he wants, and Congress is letting him get away with it.

If you can't be there, sign up to learn how you can withdraw your consent from wherever you live:  Visit

20] –  On Mon., Oct. 1 from 5 to 6 PM, catch up with a Legal Observer Training with the National Lawyers Guild, hosted by OutLaw at UMB, University of Maryland School of Law, Room 108, 500 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore 21201.  The NLG Legal Observer Program is "designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the police and with the fewest possible consequences from the criminal justice system."  If you are not affiliated with the university, arrive early to check in with a photo ID.  As a matter of efficiency, please complete and bring this form before arriving.  Go to

21] – On Mon., Oct. 1 at 5:30 PM and continuing until November 5, do phone banking with Team O!, hosted by Johnny Olszewski for Baltimore County Executive, 4050 North Point Blvd., Dundalk 21222.  Join a people-powered campaign to build a better Baltimore County!  Contact Team O's Brad at 410-371-9731 or at  Look at

22] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Sept. 12 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.  Call 605-475-6711, code 1136243#.  Work only on brainstorming ideas for participation in the upcoming General Election. Early voting goes from Thurs., Oct. 25 through Thurs., Nov. 1 (8 days), and Election Day is Tues., Nov. 6. 

23] – On Tues., Oct. 2 from 8 to 10 AM, catch The Constitution in Crisis, hosted by The Atlantic Festival at 901 F St. NW, WDC 20004-1405.  See  Over its 231 years, the U.S. Constitution has been a resilient framework for our government and a blueprint for discourse and dissent – surviving a Civil War and gaining strength through conflicting interpretations over time.  Today, the Constitution faces new challenges. Polarization is high. Truth is under assault, faith in leadership has declined, and tribalism is on the rise. During this morning summit, The Atlantic and the National Constitution Center will explore the health of the building blocks of our democracy. In a time of fake news and echo chambers, impassioned tweets rather than reasoned arguments, and declining trust in institutions, how can we protect democratic debate, the rule of law, and the constitutional ideals that have defined America since its founding? This event is held in conjunction with The Atlantic Festival. See and go to

Prevent an 18th Year of U.S.-Led War on Afghanistan on Tues., Oct. 2 at noon with a rally at the White House.  A letter will be delivered to the president.  Then from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, there will be a panel at the Brookland Busboys and Poets, 625 Monroe St. NE, WDC 20017.  Speakers include Medea Benjamin, Matthew Hoh, David Swanson, Brian Terrell and Ann Wright. RSVP at

24] – The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036, invites you to an on-the-record panel discussion on Tues., Oct. 2 from 2 to 3:30 PM. Pakistan’s incoming administration faces a slew of economic challenges including a looming balance of payments crisis, the possibility of a new IMF bailout, and concerns over the financial viability of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). How are these issues likely to develop over the coming months, and what are their strategic implications within the wider region? Please join the Stimson Center for a panel discussion addressing Pakistan’s economic outlook and its potential to both shape and strain regional political and security dynamics. The panelists, Shamila Chaudhary, Senior Advisor to the Dean, School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Arif Rafiq, President, Vizier Consulting, Yun Sun, Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson Center, and Uzair Younus, Director, South Asia Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group, will offer comments.  RSVP at 

25] –  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 Oct. 2.  Call 215-426-0364.

26] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Oct. 2 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

27] – On Tues., Oct. 2 and Thurs., Oct. 4 at 6 PM, get involved with Baltimore City Phone Banks for Ben Jealous, hosted by the Baltimore City Democratic Party at the 1199 SEIU Maryland/DC, 611 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201.  Call voters across Baltimore, and tell them why Ben Jealous is the best candidate for our City! Phone bank every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 PM.  You'll have talking points on hand, and plenty of seasoned volunteers to support you as you engage with neighbors across Baltimore. Just bring a cell phone and a charger! Go to

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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