Thursday, December 27, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 27, 2018 -- March 31, 2018

23] Maryland Food Bank benefit – through Mar. 31
24] Need gently worn clothes and nonperishables --- Dec. 27
25] Book Buddies -- Dec. 27
26] Food Rescue – Dec. 27
27] Mayor Pugh's Prayer Vigil – Dec. 27
28] DC Vegan Drinks -- Dec. 27
29] WIB peace vigils – Dec. 28
30] White House vigil – Dec. 28
31] Food Rescue – Dec. 28
32] Rally at the Department of Homeland Security – Dec. 28
33] Black Lives Matter -- Dec. 28
34] Ballroom Dancing – Dec. 28
35] Cats, Coffee, & Cookies – Dec. 29
36] Peace Vigil – Dec. 29
37] Progressive Maryland meeting -- Dec. 29
38] Fast for Yemen – Dec. 29 – Jan. 5
39] Participatory Defense Community Meeting – Dec. 29
40] Protest at the Drone Base -- Dec. 29
41] Out For Justice, Inc. celebration – Dec. 29
42] Holiday Performance by Ed Stivender -- Dec. 29
43] Do you want to join a peace caravan?
44] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Iran or North Korea  
45] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
46] Do you need any book shelves?
47] Join the Global Zero campaign
48] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
23] – On Thurs., Dec. 27 through Sun., Mar. 31, 2019, there is a Maryland Food Bank Benefit, hosted by The Admirals Cup - Fells Point, Baltimore, 1647 Thames St., Baltimore 21231. Do we give so we shall receive, or give because it feels good?  Giving has never felt better or made a more significant impact than this unique opportunity. The Maryland Food Bank and Harbor Magic Hotels presents “HOLIDAY GIVEBACK.”   Experience the adventures of the Fells Point at one of the two beautiful Harbor Magic Hotels: The Admiral Fell Inn or the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf.  Gracefully awaken to the aromas and tastes of a fabulous breakfast and set sail on your day in one of the most amazing places in America. Harbor Magic is donating 10% of dollars generated from this promotion to benefit the Maryland Food Bank. BOOK NOW at Call (410) 534-5555. See

24] – Hosted by TowsonTown Place Apartments, 6906 Donachie Road, Towson 21239, please bring gently worn clothes and nonperishables to the office in support of the local food banks and homeless shelters on Thurs., Dec. 27 from 9 AM to 5 PM, also each day after until Tues., Dec. 31.  Visit

25] – On Thurs., Dec. 27 from noon to 4:30 PM, become Book Buddies at the Animal Welfare League of Frederick County, 1202 East Patrick St., 13A, Frederick 21701.  Tickets are at  Would your child enjoy reading to shelter cats? (Grades K-8).  This is a no-kill animal rescue), and children are invited to read to rescue cats. The program encourages children to improve their reading skills while also benefiting the shelter animals.  Cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing. Children bring their own book(s) and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Reservations required and space is limited. One child per 30 min. session. Email any questions to Go to

26] – On Thurs., Dec. 27 from 4 to 5 PM, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore, every Thursday until Feb. 7, 2019 at the Dovecote Café, 2501 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Visit

27] – On Thurs., Dec. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, get over to Mayor Pugh's Prayer Vigil at 101 N. Gay St., Baltimore 21202.  The Mayor invites you to a citywide Vigil of Hope and Healing to honor and embrace the families impacted by violence in Baltimore City. The Mayor will be joined by Interfaith Leaders and members in the bereavement and healing community.  Visit

28] – On Thurs., Dec. 27 from 7 to 9 PM, get some DC Vegan Drinks - December (Ugly Sweater) Edition, hosted by The Humane League - DC, 406 H St NE, WDC 20002-4336. Come on out to enjoy mouthwatering vegan food, Happy Hour cocktail specials, and meeting new and old friends in the DMV community at Fare Well restaurant on December 27th! 

Proceeds from the Happy Hour are donated back to empowering The Humane League's work for animals. For this event, if possible, consider wearing your best ugly sweater to keep the holiday vibes going! We look forward to seeing you there!! Visit

29] – On Fri., Dec. 28 from noon to 1 PM, join a Women in Black peace vigil. A vigil will take place in McKeldin Square at the corner of Light and Pratt Sts.  STAY FOR LUNCH at Baba's Kitchen.  Warm-up, dry off, and enjoy a vegetarian chili lunch and lots of good conversation. Bring a side or topping for the chili.  There are still places at the table; invite a friend to come along with you.

Another vigil is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St, Baltimore. 21211. However, if weather is iffy, contact Anne at  Lunch will take place at 1 PM at the RPP Café, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore 21211.

A third vigil will be in Chestertown, Kent County at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row.  This vigil is looking for more peace bodies on the Eastern Shore.  Welcome to the network, Chestertown Women in Black.

Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather.  Peace signs will be available. When there are others to stand with, you don't need to carry the burden alone. Do this to be in solidarity with others....when everything around us says “Be afraid of the stranger.” Carpool and parking available. Just send an email that you need a ride to:

30] – On Fri.,  Dec. 28 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! This vigil will take place at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contract Art @ or at 202-360-6416.

31] – On Fri., Dec. 28 at noon, get over to Grace Baptist Church, 3201 The Alameda., Baltimore 21218, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore. This occurs every Friday until Feb. 8, 2019.  For Friday Food Rescue, bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. See

32] – Rally again on Fri., Dec. 28 outside the Department of Homeland Security from 4 to 6 PM to keep the pressure on the government to reunify families separated at the border. Hundreds of children are still separated from their parents after the July 26th deadline set by the courts for reunification.  This is a permitted, peaceful event and families are welcome.  You can bring your own sign or use one of the available signs.  Gather at 4401 Massachusetts Ave. NW. This location is about 50 yards south [in towards downtown] of Ward Circle.  There is parking on Massachusetts Avenue across the street, or you can park at the Katzen Center for the Arts for $2/hour and free after 5 PM on the other side of Ward Circle. View Email triduncan05 AT gmail. Com.  

33] – There is usually a silent vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends Meeting, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on Dec. 28. Black Lives Matter.  

34] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be on Dec. 28. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

35] – On Sat., Dec. 29 at 11 AM enjoy Cats, Coffee, & Cookies, hosted by Passport Animal Rescue, Inc.  This takes place at Petco (Lutherville), 1719 York Rd., Lutherville 21093.  Meet adoptable cats & kittens, sample yummy treats, coffee and juice, and a room full of kitties needing homes!  Go to

36] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email 

37] – On Sat., Dec. 29 at 11 AM, attend Progressive Maryland’s statewide meeting at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 333 Dubois Rd., Annapolis 21401. This mass meeting will shape Progressive Maryland’s activism for 2019 and beyond – first, preparing for the 2019 General Assembly session that begins Jan. 9, but more broadly to build power for working families as legislators are pushed to shake loose from business as usual. Celebrate the victories, discuss the challenges, and prepare the next steps. Building power is on the table and on the horizon. You can RSVP here.  Need a lift? Want to offer a ride? Fill out the form for carpooling here: (this link is also at the RSVP registration page).  What do you want to see on the agenda? Email the moderator at

38] – You are invited to join a "Voices Rising  * Fast for Yemen" which is liquids only, for approximately two weeks, during which participants will also vigil for one week in New York City, from Sat., Dec. 29 until Sat., Jan. 5. Then from Sun., Jan. 6 through Sun., Jan. 13, the fast will move to Washington D.C. to join Witness Against Torture which has already decided to focus on torture in Yemen as well as Guantanamo. The first week will begin and end at the regular New York Saturday morning vigil from 11 AM to noon, which will most likely happen in Union Square.  On weekdays the fast will hold a public presence, gathering at 11AM, each day at the Isaiah Wall at 1st Ave. & 43rd St.  From the Isaiah Wall, process to various Missions to the UN, the Saudi Consulate, and corporate offices of weapon manufacturers.  Housing in New York City can be arranged.  Call Kathy Kelly at 773 619 2418 or write or email Jules Orkin at 

39] – Come to the Participatory Defense Community Meeting on Sat., Dec. 29 from 1 to 3 PM at the Oakcrest Community Center,  1300 Capitol Heights Blvd., Capitol Heights 20743. This will take place every Saturday through December. CONTACT qiana johnson at at 240-845-4007. Visit

40] – On Sat., Dec. 29 from noon to 2 PM, get over to the Year’s End Final Drone War Protest in Horsham Air Guard Station. IGNITE PEACE. Stop the Violence. End the U.S. policy of drone warfare and endless war in 2019.  Close the drone war command at Horsham Air Guard Station, Route 611/Easton Road & County Line Road. Horsham, PA 19044.  This protest takes place on the last Saturday of the month, noon to 2 PM from March to December. Call 484-574-1148 or visit

The U.S. Air Force has established a drone war command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station.  From there, MQ-9 Reaper drones can be piloted by remote control to launch their deadly Hellfire missiles against people on the other side of the world.  Since April 2013, and the announcement that a drone war command center was planned for the Horsham PA Air Guard Station, there have been focused protests at the base as well as other events throughout the region.

Stand with an appeal to computer drone operators or prospective operators whose hands are on the “killing sticks” at the Horsham command center: Dear Drone Operators, End the Violence, Just Walk Away…Love, Your Neighbors. Trump is ordering airstrikes at 5 times the pace Obama did:  Drone Strikes are Up 432 Percent Under Donald Trump:  The protest was initiated by the Brandywine Peace Community and the American Friends Service Committee.

41] –  On Sat., Dec. 29 from 6 to 9 PM, get involved with an End of Year Celebration, hosted by Out For Justice, Inc. at the Oliver Center, 1400 East Federal St., Baltimore 21213.  Get some food and fun for your family. Celebrate all that OFJ has accomplished in 2018 and hear about the goals for the New Year! See

42] -- Catch a Holiday Performance by Ed Stivender at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064, on Thurs., Dec. 27 from 7:30 to  8:30 PM.  He is a Shakespearean Actor, Banjo Player, Theologian, Author (Raised Catholic, Can You Tell? and Still Catholic After All These Fears), Mummer, Dreamer, Juggler, and Raconteur.  He has been called “the Robin Williams of storytelling” by the Miami Herald. A featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival and the Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival in Ireland, and our own Philadelphia Folk Festival, he’s traveled the world appearing in schools, churches, coffeehouses and theaters. A resident of Springfield, Delaware County, Ed has strutted in the Comic division of the annual Philadelphia Mummers Parade since 1982.  In 1994, he received the Mummers’ Most Original Character Award for his one-man Vatican-American String Band, and in 2006 and 2011 he won first prize for Most Original Character (and that he is!). The night co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.  Go to  Doors open at 6:30 PM.  So why not come early for some holiday sharing, song, and refreshments before the show. Visit or call 484-574-1148.

43] – Do you have any interest in challenging the Trump administration for reneging on the Iran Deal? If yes, would you be interested in joining a Peace Caravan to the Iranian embassy in Washington, D.C.? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  

44] – It is a violation of U.S. law for us to attack a country that has not attacked us, as only Congress can declare war. The Trump administration is nevertheless beating the war drums for war against Iran and North Korea. The Mueller investigation is tightening the vise, and could cause Trump to attack those countries in order to divert attention from Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Such a military strike would demand an immediate and unequivocal response from us to show that we will not tolerate his abuse of power.

Let's mobilize to show that we the people will not tolerate another military adventure, which would be bound to have profound negative consequences. If a preemptive military strike against Iran or North Korea takes place, then meet outside the War Memorial, 101 N. Gay St., Baltimore, MD 21202. If the attack is before 2 PM local time, then events will begin at 5 PM, local time. If the attack occurs after 2 PM local time, then events will begin at noon, local time, the following day. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

45] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs, records, tarps and table cloths, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at

46] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1637 or mobuszewski2001 at

47] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

48] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] Go to

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

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