Saturday, October 13, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert October 14 & 15, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert October 14 & 15, 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] Baltimore County Day of Action – Oct. 14
7] Is civility always good? – Oct. 14
8] Keep Space for Peace Week – Oct. 14
9] Adoption Meet and Greet – Oct. 14
10] Meet Pat Elder for Congress – Oct. 14
11] Puerto Rico: A Tale of Two Hurricanes Oct. 14
12] Film GAZA IN CONTEXT – Oct. 14
13] Pass the ERA – Oct. 14
14] Black Lives Matter demo – Oct. 14
15] Protest at the Pentagon Oct. 15
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] – On Sun., Oct. 14 from 10 AM to 6 PM, there is a Baltimore County Day of Action, hosted by Jews United for Justice Campaign Fund at 301 Allegheny Ave., Towson 21204.  Get tickets at  Ben Jealous, Susie Turnbull, and Johnny Olszewski are the leaders that Maryland and Baltimore County needs. YOU are needed on the team of leaders who will get them elected! Join Ben, Susie, Johnny and the JUFJ Campaign Fund in canvassing Pikesville, phone banking, and writing postcards to Maryland voters about electing progressive leadership in November.  The early shift will run from 10 AM to 2 PM, and the later one is from 2:30 to 6:30 PM. If you wish to phone bank or write postcards, you may spend as much or as little time as your schedule allows! Visit

7] –  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., Oct. 14, the topic is “Is Civility Always Good?” In today’s tempestuous times commentators bemoan the apparent loss of civility in social discourse. On TV, radio and on-line, sometimes it seems that people are competing to be rude. Discussion of “hot button issues,” like politics, religion, and the #MeToo movement, often provoke mean-spirited shouting matches. Can we revive our respect for basic civility? Should we? Does speaking out aggressively, regardless of how it affect others, have an important role in revealing truth? Hugh Taft-Morales explores “civility” and the ways Ethical Humanists can best embrace it as a virtue.  He 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. Call 410-581-2322 or email

8] –   Members of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center and Baltimore Peace Action will participate in Keep Space for Peace Week by going to the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland from 11 AM to noon on Sunday, October 14. Our main message will be to condemn the idea of creating a Space Force.  These are very dangerous times.  We will carpool, and if interested in joining us contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

Join with the Global Network Against Nuclear Power & Weapons in Space and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (U.S. Section) during Keep Space for Peace Week to promote social justice and a sustainable environment on Earth rather than a new arms race in the heavens.  Donald Trump has announced plans for a Space Force—a separate branch of the military. Congress must make the final decision.  The Los Angeles Times recently reported that aerospace industry pressure and lobbying got Trump to announce the Space Force. Big $$$ to be made. The industry has long said that ‘Star Wars’ would be the largest industrial project in human history. Who will pay for it?   The industry has for years been pressuring Congress to cut the ‘entitlement programs’ (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and what is left of the social safety net) to pay for Star Wars. The United Nation’s Outer Space Treaty declared in 1967 that space must be preserved for all of humanity. The treaty needs updating to include new high-tech space weapons programs.  

9] –On Sun., Oct. 14 from noon to 4 PM, there is an Adoption Meet and Greet, hosted by Wings of Love, Kuwait at Petvalu, 871 E Fort Ave., Baltimore 21230.  Come and meet some of the dogs available for adoption at PetValu! The WLK team will be there to answer questions and chat. Adoptions will not take place on the spot. Go to

10] – On Sun., Oct. 14 at noon, meet the candidate: PAT ELDER, US Congress- District 5, hosted by Anne Arundel Green Party at South County CafĂ©, 5960 Deale Churchton Rd, Deale 20751. Mr. Elder is a long time antiwar and climate change activist campaigning to bring those values to the US House of Representatives. See

11] – On Sun., Oct. 14 from 2 to 4:30 PM participate in Puerto Rico: A Tale of Two Hurricanes  with Nelson A. Denis at the Central Library, 10375 Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD. Email Leslie Salgado at Go to

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 “
Gaza in Context,” and it will be screened at                            Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St. which can be seen on Sun., Oct. 14 at 2:30 PM.  Check out

13] – On Sun., Oct. 14 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

14] – On Sun., Oct. 14 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

15] – 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. 15, 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.

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] Go to

"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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