Saturday, December 1, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert December 2 -- 3, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert December 2 -- 3, 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] Bernie Brown received an eviction notice  
7] Welcoming the Refugee Caravan  
8] Redlining – through Dec. 31
9] 2nd Annual Maryland Pre-Legislative Session Summit -- Dec. 2
10] “Legislative Agenda and Ethical Values in Annapolis” – Dec. 2
11] See WORKING – Dec. 2
12] Black Lives Matter demo – Dec. 2
13] ERA conference call – Dec. 2
14] Stop the tears -- Dec. 2
15] Protest at the Pentagon Dec. 3
16] Inauguration of Steuart Pittman – Dec. 3
17] Food Rescue – Dec. 3
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] -- Our colleague Bernie Brown was given an eviction notice, effective November 22. He is still in his tiny apartment, but he may be evicted any day now. Several of us are trying to prevent him from becoming homeless.  If this concerns you, let Max know at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

   Do you have any ideas?  One possibility is to clean his abode, and thus prevent eviction.  Another would be to meet with the ownership of the building.  Another option is to find him another abode.  Please let me know if you want to get involved in helping Bernie, a great member of Baltimore’s peace and justice movement.

7] – To get information about Welcoming the Refugee Caravan, contact the Peoples Power Assembly at  Call 410-218-4835.  See

8] – 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

9] – On Sun., Dec. 2 from 10 AM to 5 PM, attend the 2nd Annual Maryland Pre-Legislative Session Summit, hosted by Maryland Legislative Coalition at the UMBC Engineering Building, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore 21250. You are cordially invited to register at  The overall goal is to connect, educate, and help prepare citizens and activists to have the greatest possible impact on the upcoming Maryland legislative session, which runs January to April, 2019.

The morning session starts at 10 AM with two trainings covering how to provide effective testimony in support of (or against) bills under consideration by the General Assembly. These trainings will be facilitated by Delegate Eric Luedtke (District 14) and Charly Carter of Step Up Maryland, a political training organization.  For the remainder of the morning and the afternoon, partner organizations will each speak briefly about their 2019 legislative agenda.  Each partner organization will also have a table where participants can learn more and sign-up to volunteer in various ways. Tables will be accessible during lunch and during a break in the afternoon. 

There is a $5 online registration fee. When you register, you can choose only morning, only afternoon, or all day. There is a cafeteria nearby for lunch or you can bring your own.   Contact Maryland Legislative Coalition at  Visit

10] –  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. 2, the platform address is “Legislative Agenda and Ethical Values in Annapolis.” In the rough and tumble world of state politics, it can be difficult to keep your moral compass straight and true. The pressures of getting re-elected and needing to “cut deals” so as to move forward on issues of key concern, make it challenging to focus on ethics. Senator-Elect Mary Washington, Ph.D., has been a leader in fighting for affordable access to water, protecting families from unfair tax sales and foreclosures, helping unaccompanied homeless youth get services and support, marriage equality, protection of transgender Marylanders, elimination of the death penalty, implementation of the Maryland DREAM Act, and securing more funding for Baltimore’s public schools. She will share her legislative agenda for Maryland and how she applies her ethical values in Annapolis. Washington is an advocate for Maryland’s 43rd District as a legislator, professor, ally, public policy leader and trail-blazer. Born in Philadelphia, Mary Washington came to Baltimore due to her scholarly interests and dedication to serving at-risk populations. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from The Johns Hopkins University and became an assistant professor at Lehigh University. She is currently a member of the part-time faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). 

  In 2010, Mary made history becoming the first openly LGBT African-American elected official in Maryland – and only the second such state legislator in the country. Senator-Elect Washington has passed landmark legislation that bars the inhumane practice of shackling female prisoners during labor and delivery; sponsored and passed the nation’s first law protecting social media (Facebook) password privacy; secured stronger safeguards from electronic harassment via text or direct messaging; won new restrictions on price-gouging and abusive treatment of consumers by rent-to-own stores targeting low-income and minority communities; and passed the state’s first legislation establishing the community schools model as the statewide strategy for addressing concentrated poverty. Her work as Delegate has earned the trust of her colleagues and constituents on budget and tax issues, as well as, the impact of funding choices on Maryland’s families.
Call 410-581-2322 or email

11] – See WORKING, A Musical (2012 Revised Version) on Sun., Dec. 2 at 3 PM or Mon., Dec. 3at 10 AM. These performances will be at CCBC Essex, CCBC Performing Arts, F. Scott Black Theatre, Robert & Eleanor Romadka College Center, 7201 Rossville Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21237.  This play was newly revised in 2012 to feature songs by writers such as Lin-Manuel Miranda and James Taylor.  This is Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso's high-energy adaptation of the groundbreaking work by writer, oral historian and radio personality Studs Terkel.  Read more about the production and view the program at  General Admission is $10, and Students, Seniors, CCBC Faculty, Staff and Alumni get in for $5.  It is FREE for CCBC students with current ID. Cal the Box Office at 443.840.ARTS (2787).

12] – On Sun., Dec. 2 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

13] – On Sun., Dec. 2 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., Dec. 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, come to a Baltimore Vigil and Speak out, hosted by Jews United for Justice - Baltimore at U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 101 W. Lombard St., Baltimore 21201.  Hear from Michelle Mendez, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Tiffany Nelms, Director, Asylee Women Enterprise (A.W.E.), Valerie Twanmoh, Director, Esperanza Center and others. On November 25, 2018, U.S. Border Agents fired tear gas and rubber bullets at a group of immigrants crossing into San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico, including young children. These policies are cruel and unjustified, and must be loudly rejected. The people who were fired upon are fleeing dangerous conditions and have the human right to seek asylum. We join Families Belong Together/Familias Unidas, No Divididas for a weekend of action on Dec. 1 - 2 to say, “STOP THE TEARS.”

We will hold a vigil for the asylum seekers under attack at the U.S.-Mexico border, voice our outrage, hear from refugee advocates, political leaders, and representatives from local immigrant and religious communities, and sign a wall that will be delivered to the White House in the coming weeks, telling the Trump Administration to stop the brutal attacks and adhere to U.S. law relating to those who seek asylum at our borders.  Meet on the Pratt Street side of the courthouse, at the corner of Pratt and Sharp streets. RSVP at  Visit

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 Dec. 3, 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.

16] – On Mon., Dec. 3 at 11 AM, come out for the Inauguration of Steuart Pittman, County Executive-elect in the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis 21401.  RSVP for free tickets at

17] – On Mon., Dec. 3, 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

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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