Sunday, December 16, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert December 16 -- 18, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert December 16 -- 18, 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] Pancake Breakfast -- Dec. 16
8] Annual Children’s Christmas Party – Dec. 16
9] DSA meeting -- Dec. 16
10] Christmas sing along with CODEPINK – Dec. 16
11] Open Rescue Is Not Terrorism – Dec. 16
12] ERA conference call – Dec. 16
13] Arts Feast -- Dec. 16
14] Jail Support – Dec. 16
15] See the film "COFFEE FOR ALL NATIONS" – Dec. 16
16] Protest at the Pentagon Dec. 17
17] Food Rescue – Dec. 17
18] Transportation and Climate Dec. 17
19] Sprint/T-Mobile merger – Dec. 17
20] Food Rescue – Dec. 17
21] Music Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula – Dec. 17
22] Juvenile Justice Forum Dec. 17
23] Get the Money Out – Dec. 17
24] Food Rescue – Dec. 18
25] Peace Vigil – Dec. 18
26] No Drone Research DEMO – Dec. 18
27] Baltimore Beyond Plastic – Dec. 18
28] Support Peace – Dec. 18
29] Water bills – Dec. 18
30] Book signing – Dec. 18
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] –  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., Dec. 16, however, in a break from the usual routine, celebrate the coming season with a hearty breakfast and time to connect with each other. Pancakes are on tap, with a variety of expert chefs turning out to turn things over. Everyone is invited to bring a warm article of clothing such as gloves, scarves, hats, socks to adorn the mitten tree. Coffee, tea, and juice beverages will be provided. The Pancake Breakfast is free and open to all.  The items will be donated to TurnAround, an organization that provides support services to victims of domestic violence. . Call 410-581-2322 or email

8] – On Sun., Dec. 16 at 11 AM, there is an Annual Children’s Christmas Party, hosted by Polish Home Club, 512 S. Broadway, Baltimore 21231. Food and drinks will be for sale for nominal prices. Each child will get a gift from Santa.  Admission for adults is $2. Children 12 and under are free. Visit

9] – On Sun., Dec. 16 from 1:45 to 4 PM, attend the General Body Meeting, hosted by 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 - feel free to bring a friend.  There will be new member orientation from 1:45 PM to 2 PM. The body meeting itself will start at 2 PM. Seek out

10] – Paki Wieland [] informed us that on Sun., Dec. 16 from 3 to 6 PM there will be a Christmas sing along!  Hassan recently "confessed" that he likes Christmas songs. I responded, "Hassan, you are not alone!" If you like singing Christmas songs, the traditional and ones with alternative lyrics, join in at the Pink House, 1241 Evarts NE, WDC.  Food and drink will round out the festivities. Bring your friends, the more the merrier!

11] – On Sun., Dec. 16 from 3 to 5 PM, check out DxE Bmore - Open Rescue Is Not Terrorism, hosted by Direct Action Everywhere – Baltimore at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  As DxE grows a grassroots movement that’s dedicated to total animal liberation and is gaining political power, the animal exploiting industries are becoming increasingly concerned. We’re seeing an unprecedented amount of animal rights activists being charged with felonies and some activists, including DxE co-founder Wayne Hsiung, are facing decades in prison for taking sick and injured animals to the vet and for exposing criminal animal cruelty in factory farms supplying corporations such as Amazon, Whole Foods and Costco.  Meet at Red Emma's for brunch, to enjoy each other's company, and to discuss an action plan in detail. See

12] – On Sun., Dec. 16 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

13] – On Sun., Dec. 16 from 4 to 7 PM, be at the Mera Kitchen Collective's Refugee and Immigrant Arts Feast, hosted by Mera Kitchen Collective at Space 2640, 2640 Saint Paul St., Baltimore 21218. Please bring cash to purchase food tickets! Free entry with a $10 suggested donation!  There is a children's activity room. Join Mera Kitchen Collective for our second "Refugee and Immigrants Arts Feast" as we celebrate the incredible talents of our newest neighbors. We're excited to welcome various food, craft and arts vendors from around the world -- and special performances!

Come hungry so you can purchase food from some of our first-time refugee women vendors. Stay to shop, listen to music, and enjoy the event with us!  Arts Feast was born out of a collective desire to host an event with a low-barrier to entry for passionate and skilled refugee and immigrant vendors, who are often limited by structural barriers. It's an opportunity for these individuals to share their talents with the supportive Baltimore community while gaining income and building self-confidence. Check out

14] On Sun., Dec. 16 from 4 to 8 PM, participate in Week #117 Jail Support, hosted by Baltimore Jail Support at Eager St. and Fallsway  JAIL SUPPORT (or “jail sitting”) means providing support in the form of food & water, rides or bus fare, basic first aid and resource guides to people being released from jail. Join in on Sundays from 4pm-8pm at Central Booking to provide the direct services that are lacking in our jails and prisons.  Water bottles, juice, granola bars, fruit, chips are always a tremendous help! Cash donations also go a long way. Go to

15] – See the film "COFFEE FOR ALL NATIONS" on Sun., Dec. 16 at 6:30 PM at 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore.  Use the side entrance at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse.  Check out the trailer:  In 1948, the Israeli army forced Abed’s family and other residents of Al-Walaja village near Bethlehem to abandon their homes. Despite the expulsion, Abed was determined to return and preserve his land ownership. From a small one-room home made out of wood and metal sheets to a cave that he discovered on his land and converted into a small house, Abed persisted to stay on. While in his cave, he decided to open up a coffee shop for all nations on his land, which although surrounded by settlements, was in a spot that could be reached by Palestinians, Israelis and foreigners. Through his coffee shop, Abed turned his own tragedy into a transformative project that allowed him to share his one true possession: a stunning view. But, for how long? Doors open at 6 PM.    Arabic food will be available before and after the film.  The film is 52 minutes long and will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the director, Wafa Jamil.  A donation is requested.  The screening is sponsored by Baltimore Palestine Solidarity. See

16] – 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 Dec. 17, 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.

17] – On Mon., Dec. 17, 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

18] – On Mon., Dec. 17 from 12 to 1:30 PM, there is an EJLT Briefing: Transportation and Climate, hosted by Maryland Environmental Health Network and Sierra Club Maryland Chapter at 2 E. Read St., Baltimore 21202.  Dive into the environmental health and justice issues related to the vacuum of executive leadership on clean and renewable transit planning for our region. Investigate hyperlocal public health issues that impact the most vulnerable in urban and rural Maryland. This event will feature residents, and advocates who are considering the ways natural resource policy shapes health in our state.  Register at See

19] – On  Mon., Dec. 17 from 12:30 PM to 2 PM, hear about the labor market impact of the proposed Sprint/T-Mobile merger, hosted by Economic Policy Institute, 1225 I St. NW, #600, WDC 20005. The merger would significantly increase concentration in the wireless industry—reducing the number of major wireless carriers from four to three, increasing prices for consumers, and lowering wages for workers. Lunch will be provided. This event will be livestreamed on  RSVP at

20] –On Mon., Dec. 17 from 3 to 4 PM, there is a Food Rescue Pop-Up at Flourish, 3418 Belair Rd. Bring a bag, take home healthy, free food! See

21] You are invited to the final GWIKS event of 2018. Celebrate the end of the year with a Concert & Lecture “Building Trust through Music Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula.”   The event is on Mon., Dec. 17 from 5 to 8 PM at Post Hall, Academic Building, The George Washington University on Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW, WDC 20007.  Register at There is a Dinner Reception until 6 PM followed by the Concert & Lecture.  Finally, there will be a Q&A from 7:30 to 8 PM.

22] – On Mon., Dec. 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, come to a Juvenile Justice Forum, hosted by Justice Forward Virginia at the Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield, VA, 22150.  Enjoy an engaging panel discussion with Virginia legislators on juvenile justice reform.  Learn about the NAACP’s priorities regarding juvenile justice and discuss potential legislation or other initiatives to improve the state of juvenile justice and end the school-to-prison pipeline in the Commonwealth.  RSVP at

23] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Dec. 17 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.

24] – On Tues., Dec. 18 at noon, join Food Rescue at YO! Baltimore West, 1510 W Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21217-2131.  This will occur every Tuesday, until Jan. 1, 2019.  Get fresh, delicious, and free food. Bring a bag. Bring a friend! Take what you want. 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 Dec. 18.  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 Dec. 18 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

27] – On Tues., Dec. 18 from 6 to 8 PM, get with Baltimore Beyond Plastic at 1515 E Eager St., Baltimore.  Go to  Get some food, fun, and activism! RSVP at to reserve yourself a spot! Check out

28] – On Tues., Dec. 18 from 6 to 7:30 PM, get involved with the French Series - how to reform multilateralism to support peace?  This is hosted by the French Embassy in the U.S., 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW, WDC 20007. PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  While international cooperation is under threat and we are facing increasing challenges, President Macron has proposed holding the Paris Peace Forum from November 11 to 13. The joint statement with the international organizations published on November 14 strongly reaffirms that: “Working together multilaterally is not optional; it is the only answer.”

However, the current multilateral system is unconvincing and is facing growing criticism in the context of isolationism and the rise of populism. How should multilateralism be remodeled in order to more effectively address current challenges to peace? How can we ensure inclusion through a free and fair system in the areas of trade, climate change and security – including cybersecurity? How do we define a common agenda to reinforce multilateral relationships or institutions, like NATO?

The doors for this event will open at 5:30 PM, and you will need a valid photo ID.  You can’t park in the Embassy parking lot. However, there is substantial space to park on the Embassy's street, Reservoir Road. Please be advised that for security reasons, embassy staff and security services cannot allow large bags or backpacks to be brought onto Embassy grounds. Any large bags will be confiscated at the entrance gate before the owner can be granted entry. Visit

29] – On Tues., Dec. 18 from 6 to 8 PM, tune in to the Fourth Department of Public Works Community Meeting, hosted by Jews United for Justice - Baltimore and Baltimore Right to Water Coalition at the Langston Hughes Community Center, 5011 Arbutus Ave., Baltimore 21215.  If you have had an incorrect or unaffordable water bill, struggled to get answers from the DPW, or want to speak out against the proposed 30% rate increase - please attend and make your voice heard. The Director of The Department of Public Works, Rudy Chow, will be in attendance, as well as some of the top leaders in the department.  Residents can call the Division of Communications and Community Affairs for more information, 410-545-6541. Go to

30] – On Tues., Dec. 18 from 7 to 8 PM, come to a Book Signing, hosted by Martine Kalaw at Loyalty Books, 931 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring 20910. “Illegal Among Us” is the undocumented immigrant story you haven't heard. It's about a stateless, undocumented, orphaned African girl who beats the broken immigration system after 11 years. She navigated through an immigration court that bound her in deportation proceedings for 7 years to become a U.S. citizen whose "dead" father found her through LinkedIn.  The Amazon Link for the book is at  See

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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