Saturday, December 22, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert December 23 -- 25, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert December 23 -- 25, 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] “Harm Reduction & the War on Drugs” -- Dec. 23
8] ERA conference call – Dec. 23
9] Donate to Animal Rescue -- Dec. 23
10] Jamming for Justice – Dec. 23
12] Protest at the Pentagon Dec. 24
13] Food Rescue – Dec. 24
14] Homeless Feeding – Dec. 24
15] Food Rescue – Dec. 24
16] See the film VICE -- Dec. 24
17] Get the Money Out – Dec. 24
18] Feed the Homeless – Dec. 25
19] Food Rescue – Dec. 25
20] Peace Vigil – Dec. 25
21] No Drone Research DEMO – until Jan. 8
22] Feed the Homeless – Dec. 25
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. 23, the platform address is “Harm Reduction & the War on Drugs.”  Until we end the war on drugs, we cannot end police violence, overdose, HIV, or myriad other assaults on our communities. How has this “war” been designed to target Black communities, while pulling all communities into its wrath? How can we support people who use drugs while they are under attack? How can we reduce the harm done by these policies for ourselves, for each other? This interactive discussion will cover the racist history and harms of the war on drugs, ethical arguments in both upholding and fighting this “war,” and strategies to reduce some of the harms.

The Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition mobilizes community members for the health, dignity, and safety of people targeted by the war on drugs and anti sex-worker policies. It advocates for harm reduction as a part of a broader movement for social justice. Rajani Gudlavalleti is Community Organizer for Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition (BHRC). For over a decade, she has worked to advance social justice at the intersections of public health and the legal system. Rajani is also a consultant with Baltimore Racial Justice Action (BRJA), a co-organizer of Baltimore Asian Resistance in Solidarity (BARS), and a board member of Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB). She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.

  Harriet Smith is Executive Director of Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition (BHRC). She brings over fifteen years of experience with various Baltimore area harm reduction, racial justice, and equity focused organizations and projects. She is also a long-time facilitator and board member with Baltimore Racial Justice Action (BRJA). Harriet received her master’s degree in gender studies with a focus on health and sexuality from Towson University. Call 410-581-2322 or email

8] – On Sun., Dec. 23 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

9] – On Sun., Dec. 23 from 5 to 6 PM, make donations for Animal Rescue, a non-profit, no kill shelter, hosted by Phoenix Reiki and Wellness, 14 Mt. Carmel Road, Parkton 21120.  The Animal Rescue item wish list is located at Please send any monetary donations directly to them (details at Check out or

10] – Get over to Jamming for Justice on Sun., Dec. 23 from 6 to 8 PM at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 5301 North Capitol St. NE, WDC. This is a monthly open mike.  Instrumentalists and singers are welcome for the open mike and collaboration. Sign up begins at 5:30 PM. Bring song sheets and charts to lend and share. Email

11] – On Sun., Dec. 23 from 7 to 11 PM Come to the 47th Annual EAST Baltimore Polish Christmas, hosted by the Polish Home Club, 512 S. Broadway, Baltimore 21231. Do some OLD FASHIONED POLISH CHRISTMAS CAROLING through the streets of Fells Point and East Baltimore.  Sing both Polish and American Christmas Songs and Carols. The event is sponsored by the Polish Community Association of Maryland, Inc. Those who walk the route will be given a wrist band. Upon return to Polish Home they will be invited up to the Ballroom for a light reception including snacks and music. A cash bar will also be available.  Go to

12] – 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. 24, 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.

13] – On Mon., Dec. 24, 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

14] – On Mon., Dec. 24 from noon to 4 PM, help out with the Homeless Feeding at City Hall For Xmas 2018 #TheGoodInTheHood.  This is hosted by Shorty's Bootleg BBQ. See

15] – On Mon., Dec. 24 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

16] – On Mon., Dec. 24 at 7:15 and 9:30 PM, see an Advance Screening of VICE at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring 20910.  Tickets are at  Academy Award-winner Adam McKay (THE BIG SHORT) tells the untold true story of Dick Cheney (an unrecognizable Christian Bale), the most powerful vice president in history, and how his policies changed the world as we know it. VICE explores the epic story of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as vice president to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today. It also stars Amy Adams, Steve Carrell, Sam Rockwell, Jesse Plemons, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Tyler Perry, Justin Kirk, LisaGay Hamilton, Shea Whigham and Eddie Marsan. It is nominated for six Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy; Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Christian Bale); Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture (Amy Adams); Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture (San Rockwell); Best Director; and Best Screenplay.  Tickets on sale now:  Visit

17] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Dec. 24 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.

18] On Tues., Dec. 25 at 6 AM, come to United Communities Against Poverty, Inc., 1400 Doewood Lane, Capitol Heights 20743.  Help with preparing and serving breakfast and praying for the homeless residents of Shepherd's Cove for women and children and Prince George's House for men. Check out

19] – On Tues., Dec. 25 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

20] –  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. 25.  Call 215-426-0364.

21] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. However, the next vigil will be on Jan. 8 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

22] – On Tues., Dec. 25 from 7 to 8 PM, get over to Feeding the Homeless with BeMoreCaring, hosted by Connections Church at 120 N. Front St., Baltimore 21202-4804. This is a Christmas Prayer Breakfast for Homeless, hosted by Global Mandate, Inc. Visit

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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