Sunday, November 18, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert -- November 18 & 20, 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] Get involved with NCNR   
4] Buy an Anti-War Veteran hat  
5] Transcribe Dorothy Day’s diaries
6] Redlining – through Dec. 31
7] Volunteer at the Real Food Farms– Nov. 18
8] “Hope, Faith, and Persistence” -- Nov. 18
9] Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America meeting Nov. 18
10] ERA discussion – Nov. 18
11] Black Lives Matter demo – Nov. 18
12] Refugees' First Thanksgiving Dinner – Nov. 18
13] See film "Naila and the Uprising" – Nov. 18
14] Protest at the Pentagon Nov. 19
15] Kings Bay Plowshares hearing – Nov. 19
16] Challenging ICE -- Nov. 19
17] Achieving Peace in Afghanistan – Nov. 19
18] Food Rescue Baltimore -- Nov. 19
19] Force vs. First Amendment – Nov. 19
20] We the People Tour – Nov. 19
21] Get the Money Out – Nov. 19
22] Universal Children’s Day – Nov. 20
23] World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 – through Nov. 25
24] Transgender Memorial Day – Nov. 20
25] Peace Vigil – Nov. 20
26] No Drone Research DEMO – Nov. 20
27] Experiences of Racism in the Church – Nov. 20
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 U.S. wars.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

4] – 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.

5] – Want an opportunity to work with scans of Dorothy Day's diaries? The Guild for the Canonization is looking for volunteers to help them transcribe all her diaries and letters! Several Catholic Workers are already helping and you can, too!  Contact Jeff Korgen at or call him 862-485-5807.

6] – 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

7] – On Sun., Nov. 18 at 10 AM to noon, Volunteer at the Real Food Farms, hosted by Chevrei Tzedek at 1950 Perlman Place. Real Food Farm works toward a just and sustainable food system by improving neighborhood access to healthy food, providing experience-based education, and developing an economically viable, environmentally responsible local agriculture sector. Each month, spend a couple hours volunteering on their farm to contribute to greater food justice in the city of Baltimore.  Get to

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., Nov. 18, the platform address is “Hope, Faith, and Persistence.”  To change the world some think you need faith and hope but also persistence. You can lose faith and hope. But one has to persist.  Michael S. Franch is an Ethical Culture Leader and an active member of the National Leaders Council of the American Ethical Union. He served as Leader of the Baltimore Ethical Society from 1975-1984 and is currently an affiliate minister at the First Unitarian Church, Baltimore. A historian by training he spent most of his career, and until his 2007 retirement, working in health policy at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Call 410-581-2322 or email

9] – On Sun., Nov. 18 from 1:45 to 4 PM, come to the meeting of the Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America at 2239 Kirk Ave., Baltimore 21218-6204. Find out more about organizing and where your place is in the movement! All are welcome.  There will be new member orientation from 1:45 PM to 2 PM. The meeting will start at 2 PM. See

10] – On Sun., Nov. 11 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

11] – On Sun., Nov. 11 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

12] – On Sun., Nov. 18 from 4 to 8 PM, enjoy the ECDC Refugees' First Thanksgiving Dinner, hosted by the Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc., 903 South Highland St., Arlington, VA 22204.  Please bring a dish to share.  At a time when the number of refugee admissions is the lowest since the beginning of resettlement program, the ECDC/African Community Center D.C. Metro needs your support to continue serving refugees and immigrants. To volunteer or donate food and supplies, call (703) 685-0510 Ext. 222 or email  Visit RSVP at Check out

13] – See "Naila and the Uprising"  on Sun., Nov. 18 at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, in the basement next to the side entrance. Doors open at 6 PM.  Film starts promptly at 6:30 PM.  The film is followed by a discussion with one of the filmmakers from Just Vision and a musical performance by Danielle. Also homemade Arabic food will be available before and after the film.  See the trailer:  This is a true story about the role of women, and one woman in particular, who leads her people under very difficult circumstances with strength and moral courage. Palestine is most often represented in the media by the men who have led the resistance to Israel's occupation, leaving many of us to believe that the women remain passively at home tending to their families. However, when Israeli authorities imprison many of the Palestinian men hoping to starve the resistance of leaders, the Palestinian women have been instrumental in shouldering the responsibilities of both home life and political resistance. Following the recent U.S. midterm elections where a record number of women were elected to Congress, we have further evidence that the time has come for women to lead the world into a brighter future. Naila is such a leader in Palestine. See

14] – 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 Nov. 19, 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.

15] – The continuation of an evidentiary hearing in the Kings Bay Plowshares Nuclear Disarmament Case has been scheduled for Mon., Nov. 19 at 9 AM in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia in Brunswick, GA, before the Honorable Benjamin W. Cheesbro, Magistrate. Contact Bill Quigley, attorney, at (504) 710-3074 or

16] – On Mon., Nov. 19 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM, get involved with Clergy Action for Sanctuary Families' Freedom, hosted by the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia. Be at the Philadelphia ICE Office, 114 N. 8th St. Clergy call on ICE to remember all families deserve to be together. ICE separates immigrant families every day in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia ICE office has the highest arrests in the country, but on Monday, clergy will gather to pray and call on ICE to remember the Thompson and Reyes families in Sanctuary and grant them a two year stay of removal. Living in Sanctuary since September, they struggle each day to stay with their family. Clergy will pray and bring a token of the families to ICE District Director Simona Flores.  See

17] –  On Mon., Nov. 19 from 11 AM to 1 PM, deal with Questions From Centcom on Achieving Peace in Afghanistan, hosted by United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037.  Tickets are  The effort to end the war in Afghanistan with a political settlement has moved to the forefront of the policy conversation, with all elements of the U.S. government, including the military, increasingly playing a role. As the top American commander in Afghanistan commented this week, “this is not going to be won militarily. This is going to a political solution.”  In support of this effort, USIP is partnering with CENTCOM—the U.S. military command responsible for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East—for a panel on the status of the Afghan peace process and the U.S. military’s potential role. Through the Department of Defense’s Strategic Multilayer Assessment program, CENTCOM has generated five key questions—touching on U.S. strategy toward the peace process, the relationship between top-down and bottom-up peace efforts, and the role of Afghanistan’s neighbors—for a panel of experts with deep experience in this peace effort. Visit or

18] – On Mon., Nov.19, 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., Nov. 19 from 6 to 9 PM, Profs & Pints will host Force vs. First Amendment at the Bier Baron Tavern and Comedy Loft, 1523 22nd St. NW, WDC 20037.  Tickets are at  Mary McCord, visiting professor at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, will lead the discussion.  In recent years far-right extremist groups have taken to the streets to advocate for white nationalism. Far more than free speech has occurred at their marches and rallies in places like Berkeley, Calif.; Portland, Ore., and Charlottesville, Va. Espousing a “provoke and invoke” strategy, the groups have used their intimidating words and armed, organized displays of force to provoke counter-protesters into striking the first blow. They’ve then responded violently, invoking self-defense.  Self-professed militia groups frequently have provided “security” at these events. Armed with AR-15s, they have taken it upon themselves to determine whether, and when, lethal force may be used. Is this violent activity protected by the First Amendment? Does the Second Amendment protect the open carrying of firearms as part of an unauthorized militia? Is private paramilitary activity allowed under federal or state law?

Professor McCord led a successful lawsuit that pushed Charlottesville, Va., to take a novel approach to dealing with more than 20 individuals and groups that had participated in the Unite the Right rally in August 2017. It barred those returning to the city in groups of two or more from acting in concert while armed with any type of weapon, including shields. The court orders resulting from the lawsuit covered any protest, rally, demonstration, or march. She’ll talk about how nearly every state has constitutional provisions and laws that bar paramilitary activity, and she’ll describe how enforcement of those laws is consistent with the First and Second Amendments.  Advance tickets are $12, while at the door, $15.  Go to

20] –  On Mon., Nov. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, get involved with the We The People Tour, hosted by the Caucus of African American Leaders and ACLU of Maryland at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc., 1101 Smithville St., Annapolis 21401. This is an important and exciting time for Marylanders and the ACLU. You have the opportunity to make a real difference on the local level – which is where we need to fight for and build on changes that will ultimately bring greater justice and equity for all. Mark your calendar for the ACLU of Maryland’s Statewide Tour, featuring Dana Vickers Shelley, the new Executive Director! Check out

21] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Nov. 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.

22] – On Tues., Nov. 20 at 9 AM, come to Universal Children’s Day and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  This is a day of prayer and action for children celebrated at interfaith prayer service in chapel of Salvation Army, 401 N. Shipley Street St., Wilmington, DE. As part of this, Kiwanis Club of Wilmington is purchasing coats from Operation Warm to distribute to Wilmington children. Email

23] – On Tues., Nov. 20 at 10 AM through Nov. 25, see the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018, hosted by Lightscape Foundation at the Dupont Underground, 19 Dupont Circle NW, WDC 20036.  The Exhibition is on a world-wide tour showcasing the stories that matter. A specially tailored exhibition has been created for Washington, D.C. including with a retrospective of the Photos of the Year since 1955, photographs of four African Photojournalism Database photographers, and Images honoring the work of Agence France-Presse photographer Shah Marai.  Call 202 337 3686. The visiting hours are until 6 PM, while the doors will close at 7 PM.  It is closed on Mondays and Thanksgiving (Nov. 22).  There is a discounted admission of $12, while general admission is $18.  Children under 14 enter free (however should be accompanied by an adult, given the nature of the some images).  Audio guides with information from the photographers will be available at no charge (first-come first served).  Visitors are free to come back multiple times by leaving their names with the volunteers at the entrance. See or

24] – On Tues, Nov. 20 at noon, be at the Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial, hosted by Goucher College Center for Race, Equity and Identity at the Haebler Memorial Chapel, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson 21204. Transgender Day of Remembrance (and Resilience), which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have lost their lives as a result of transphobia, to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community, and to give allies a chance to step forward and stand in solidarity with the transgender and gender non-binary community.  Please visit the Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial to pay your respect and learn more about the 29 people who have lost their lives to transgender violence in 2018. See

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 Nov. 20.  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 Nov. 20 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

27] –  On Tues., Nov. 20 from 6:30 to 9 PM, get over to the Lecture Series on Experiences of Racism in the Church, hosted by St. Matthew Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21239.  Come out and listen to Ray C. Kelly, an urban community organizer, advocate, and activist. The evening begins with a pot luck dinner at 6:30 PM and the talk will start promptly at 7 PM. See  Contact Denise Blackwell at

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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