Thursday, January 3, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 4 - 5, 2019

40] Fast for Yemen – through Jan. 5
41] Rally at the Department of Homeland Security – Jan. 4
42] Black Lives Matter -- Jan. 4
43] Traveling Peace Youth Peace Art exhibit – Jan. 4
44] Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform general meeting – Jan. 4
45] Film NETWORK – Jan. 4
46] Ballroom Dancing – Jan. 4
47] Celebrate Marc Elrich’s victory – Jan. 4
48] Protest for Mumia -- Jan. 5
49] ForThePeople Town Hall with Cummings and Sarbanes -- Jan. 5
50] Peace Vigil – Jan. 5
51] Participatory Defense Community Meeting – Jan. 5
52] No More Stop & Frisk -- Jan. 5
53] Celebration for the Animals -- Jan. 5
54] Do you want to join a peace caravan?
55] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Iran or North Korea  
56] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
57] Do you need any book shelves?
58] Join the Global Zero campaign
59] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
40] – You are invited to join a "Voices Rising * Fast for Yemen" which is liquids only, during which participants will also vigil in New York City 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 

41] – Rally again on Fri., Jan. 4 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.  

42] – 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 Jan. 4. Black Lives Matter.  

43] – On Fri., Jan. 4, 5 to 7:30 PM, catch the Traveling Peace Youth Peace Art exhibit, Wilmington Library, featuring an open mic for young artists to share their vision and description of peace. Visit

44] – On Fri., Jan. 4 from 6 to 9 PM, come to the Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform General meeting at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 600 South Conkling St., Baltimore 21224. MAJR has an exciting agenda ahead for the 2019 legislative session. It's going to be a busy year, and your help in organizing will be needed.  The Maryland legislature will begin its deliberations on January 9th. It's time to make plans firm.  See

45] – On Fri., Jan. 4 at 7 PM, come to the Free First-Friday Film @ the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA to see NETWORK.  Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments.  I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore! This 1976 film, written by Paddy Chayefsky, is directed by Sidney Lumet and stars Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, and Robert Duvall. It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, and won four: Best Actor (Peter Finch), Best Actress (Faye Dunaway), Best Supporting Actress (Beatrice Straight), and Best Original Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky). In this much-lauded 1976 social commentary, veteran news anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch) discovers he’s about to be fired as a result of poor ratings and announces that for his last newscast he plans to kill himself on air.

However, rather than “blowing his brains out” on air as promised, he launches into a rant about the corruption of truth, the news media, and how people cringe helplessly before the demise of western civilization and beg to be left alone for just another day. As news directors and camera crew sit dumbfounded, Beale appeals to his listeners across the country to go to their windows, open them, and say “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” People across the country, by the thousands, do so.

Overnight, ratings for the newscast go through the roof, allowing ambitious news producer Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) to plan programming around Beale’s “mad prophet of the airways.”  That is just the beginning of the madness and what it unleashes. NETWORK tells a tale in which news and entertainment are one and the same, all for the sake of profit. The story it told then is actually today’s documentary about reality TV, Fox News, “alternative facts”, and Donald Trump, host of “The “Apprentice,” making “America Great Again” as president of the United States.

Following the film, people are invited to participate in a discussion. Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments.  A group discussion about the film follows its screening. Go to The screening is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For directions to the Peace Center of Delaware County, visit or call 484-574-1148.

46] – 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 Jan. 4. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

47] -- On Fri., Jan. 4 from 8 to 11 PM, join a Celebration of Marc Elrich’s victory, hosted by Bettermoco at 101 Monroe St., Rockville 20850-2503. This is a party for the people who worked hard to get Elrich elected to County Executive. If you are one of those people, reserve a ticket at the Just Getting Started website:  See

48] – On Sat., Jan. 5 from 9 AM to 5 PM, Protest for Mumia in Philadelphia.  There will be a Baltimore car caravan, hosted by the Peoples Power Assembly and the Prisoners Solidarity Committee, leaving from 2011 N. Charles Street, Baltimore 21218.  Leave at 9 AM sharp from the Harriet Tubman Solidarity Center. You must reserve a seat if you are interested in going. Please call or text 410-218-4835. Mumia won a significant case before Judge Leon Tucker in a decision announced on Dec. 27, granting Abu-Jamal new rights of appeal. Rally to demand Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner not to challenge this decision. Community activists will gather in front of the DA’s office, 3 S. Penn Sq. across from City Hall.  Krasner should cease defending former Philadelphia D.A. and later PA Supreme Court Judge Ron Castille’s now-discredited claim of impartiality. Judge Tucker's ground breaking ruling could impact many other prisoners whose appeals were similarly denied. 

Tucker ruled former Pa Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille denied Abu-Jamal fair and impartial appeals by not recusing himself from the defendant’s appeals from 1998-2012. The ruling referenced Castille’s public statements of being a “law and order” prosecutor, responsible for 45 men on death row, the support of the Fraternal Order of Police and the new evidence of Castille’s having singled out men convicted as “police killers.”  His trial was racially biased: trial judge Albert Sabo declared, “I’m gonna help them fry the n----r.” and the prosecution excluded African Americans from the jury.  See

49] – On Sat., Jan. 5 from 10 AM to noon, check out the ForThePeople Town Hall with Congresspersons Cummings and Sarbanes, hosted by Indivisible Baltimore and IndivisibleHoCoMD.  It is happening at 101 N. Gay St., Baltimore 21202-4017.  The first priority in 2019 will be fixing our democracy so it works #ForThePeople. Join the dialogue with Cummings and Sarbanes about H.R. 1, a bold democracy reform package that they will be sponsoring. Visit

50] – 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 

51] – Come to the Participatory Defense Community Meeting on Sat., Jan. 5 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

52] – On Sat., Jan. 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, consider this No More Stop-and-Frisk: Panel & Workshop Campaign Launch, hosted by Stop Police Terror Project D.C. at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE, WDC 20020. Find ways to plug in or tell your own story in a safe and healing space.  Stop-and-Frisk is an ineffective and racially-biased police tactic that almost exclusively targets Black and Brown communities. It has been proven that this tactic does not keep people safe and is rapidly becoming the most discredited policing practice in the United States.  Stop Police Terror Project DC, along with the ACLU-DC and Black Lives Matter DC, is currently in the process of suing to get the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to comply with the law that requires them to collect and report Stop-and-Frisk data.  You can learn more about the campaign by visiting or

53] – On Sat., Jan. 5 from 7 to 10 PM, join the D.C. Celebration for the Animals, hosted by The Humane League – D.C. at 620 G St. SE, WDC 20003-2722. Tickets are at Join us the Celebration with honorary guest speaker, Danni McGhee!  Come celebrate with us and learn about The Humane League's groundbreaking success in reducing animal suffering and how your support makes this happen! Enjoy delicious vegan appetizers, drink and desserts, bid on amazing prizes in our silent auction, and get inspired by the chef, author, educator, and speaker, Danni McGhee! Danni will be giving us cooking demo of her famous vegan chili for everyone to enjoy at the event! Danni is the founder of DAM Good Vegan, a lifestyle brand that educates, encourages, and inspires individuals to choose a plant-based diet as the fastest way to optimal health. She's passionate about making a vegan diet simple, affordable, and enjoyable to each and every person! 

The Celebration is at the beautiful and newly-renovated Christ Church event space and lounge, located right by Capitol Hill, and the VIP Dinner will be held at the chic Equinox Restaurant, 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20006. Get your tickets early because prices go up the week before the event! Limited tickets will also be available at the door.  See or

54] – 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.  

55] – 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.

56] -- 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

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

58] -- 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.

59] – 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: 410-323-1607; 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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