Sunday, January 20, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert January 20 - 21, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert January 20 - 21, 2019

"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] Join Runners4Justice for the first run of 2019! – Jan. 20
6] Redlining – through Feb. 28
7] Buy from Women’s March DC Pop-Up Shop! – Jan. 20 - 21
8] “The Moral Arc of Justice: 400 Years of Shifting Narratives and Sparking Genius.”  – Jan. 20
9] Feed the hungry -- Jan. 20
10] Baltimore City Green Party meeting – Jan. 20
11] Conversation Party: Colorism -- Jan. 20
12] Pentagon Protest – Jan. 21
13] Peace Walk Program – Jan. 21
14] March with the DC Poor People’s Campaign in the MLK Jr Day parade – Jan. 21
15] March with the Episcopalian peaceniks – Jan. 21
16] Hear an interview with Elizabeth McAlister – Jan. 21
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] – On Sun., Jan. 20 from 9 to 11 AM, get involved with R4J Rise, Reclaim, Rebuild, Run, hosted by Runners4Justice at Canèla, 1801 East Lombard St., Baltimore 21231. Join Runners4Justice for the first run of 2019!  This month's run is highlighting Charm City Land Trusts. Formed in 2000, Charm City Land Trusts, Inc. (CCLT) is a Maryland-based nonprofit organization. Currently, CCLT maintains support of community-controlled land for preservation, greening, open space, and permanently affordable housing. This is a critical moment for creating permanently affordable housing in Baltimore! We now have the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and CCLT is preparing to renovate and sell its first home - and they need the community to step up and believe in this movement to make it happen. This is a 3-mile running tour that will include stops at The Amazing Port St. Commons, the only green space in McElderry Park, and the CCLT's first home.  Runners and walkers of all levels welcome! Return to Canèla for brunch. Go to

6] – At 10 AM through February 28, 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] –   Note there is a Women’s March DC Pop-Up Shop! Tickets are at Visit The Outrage, 1722 14th St. NW, WDC 20009 on Sun., Jan. 20 from 10 AM to 8 PM and Mon., Jan. 21 from 10 AM to 8 PM to purchase ALL your official commemorative 2019 Women's March action gear.  See

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., Jan. 20, the platform address is “The Moral Arc of Justice: 400 Years of Shifting Narratives and Sparking Genius.”  Four hundred years ago, the first 20 Africans arrived on the shore in Jamestown. VA. Since then, America has been standing at the crossroads of freedom and equality. Dr. Whitehead will discuss how the arc that Dr. King and Theodore Parker talked about is still bending and moving slowly toward justice. Recently voted as the 2018-19 “Best New Voice” in News and Media by Baltimore magazine, Karsonya (Dr. Kaye) Wise Whitehead is an Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University and the host of Today With Dr. Kaye on WEAA 88.9 FM. She is the author of “RaceBrave: new and selected works,” selected by the Baltimore Sun as one of the 2015 Top Ten Summer Reads. Call 410-581-2322 or email

9] –  On Sun., Jan. 20 from 10:30 AM to 1 PM, YPN presents The Lunch Shift, hosted by Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network at the Carpenter's Shelter at Landmark Mall, 5701 Duke St., D, Alexandria, VA 22304.  According to the Capital Area Food Bank, between 12.2 and 14.4% of Northern Virginia residents, or over 350,000 have limited access to nutritionally adequate and safe food.  In an effort to combat hunger, YPN is partnering with the Carpenter’s Shelter for #TheLunchShift to assist them with cooking and serving the families it serves through our #FeedHungryFamilies Campaign, which recognizes and provides solutions to families who are food insecure within our community. Email Danielle Armstrong at Visit

10] – On Sun., Jan. 20 from 4 to 6 PM, come to the January Membership Meeting, hosted by the Baltimore City Green Party and the Maryland Green Party, 1401 N. Charles St., 1401 North Charles St., Baltimore 21201. This is the first Baltimore City Green Party membership meeting of 2019. Plan for the Martin Luther King Day Parade, organize the petitioning effort for 2019 and discuss important legislation. Email The meeting is open to the public, but only members of the Baltimore City Green Party can make decisions. See

11] – On Sun., Jan. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, get in the Conversation Party: Colorism, hosted by Honestly Speaking, Inc. at Terra Café, 101 East 25th St., Baltimore 21218.  Colorism: discrimination based on skin color, also known ascolorism or shadeism, is a form of prejudice or discrimination in which people are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to skin color.  Honestly Speaking, Inc. is on a mission to change the narrative on the divisive and destructive issue of colorism in the African American community. We are clear, however, that this issue is cross-cultural and expands into Asian, African and other populations, and are inviting everyone to join the conversation. Our babies are still killing themselves and bullying others because their skin is too dark or too light. Too many adults are walking around broken hearted and broken spirited because the weight of the colorism bag is too heavy to carry. The retail market for skin bleaching products are at an all-time high, as is depression in kids and adults around the world. But, how do we change things? How do we change the narrative on how we see ourselves and others? How do we begin for some and continue for others, the healing process as individuals and as a collective? How do we raise a new generation of souls that see and appreciate those with different hues? THAT is the conversation we will begin to have!!  As a backdrop for Part I of the conversation, we will view snippets from the Bill Duke and D. Berry's film, "Dark Girls."  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 Jan. 21, 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., Jan. 21 at 9 AM join the Peace Walk Program at the Black Workers Wellness Center, 2500 MLK Ave. SE (Anacostia Metro Station).  The walk begins at 11 AM followed at noon by the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, which starts at Good Hope Rd. SE and MLK AVE SE (Anacostia Metro Station).

14] – March with the DC Poor People’s Campaign in the MLK Jr Day parade in Anacostia on Mon., Jan. 21. March together to honor the memory of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr and to let people know about the continuation of Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign. Meet at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE between 10:30 and 11 AM. The parade starts at 11:45 AM. Email

15] – If you'd like to march with Memorial Episcopal Church in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade on Mon., Jan. 20, be there at 11:30 AM to begin the march in Division One! Anybody can come march with the Episcopalian peaceniks.  Gather at State Center Metro, and look for a large seal of the Episcopal Church surrounded by hundreds of orange balloons! (Why orange? It is the official color of CEASEFIRE). Check out

16] – Hear a telephone taped interview with Elizabeth McAlister, Kings Bay Plowshares, from a jail in Georgia on Mon., Jan. 21 from noon to 1 PM on Tom Hall’s “Midday” on 88.1 WYPR.

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

No comments: