Posted on February 23, 2019
Green Party politicians from Luxembourg, England
and France were arrested with four Agir pour la Paix activists on February
20 in Belgium after climbing a fence to enter a military base where U.S.
nuclear weapons are stored. After entering the Kleine Brogel base, they blocked
the runway of F-16 fighter jets. The Members of European Parliament – Molly
Scott Cato, Tilly Metz and Mich ele Rivasi – held a banner which read, “Europe
Free of Nuclear Weapons”. The group was soon detained and taken into custody.
Nine supporters standing
outside the base were also arrested, and authorities erased photos and videos
from their cameras and phones.
MEP Scott Cato said before
the protest, “Our action is intended to challenge EU countries to remove U.S.
nuclear weapons from European soil. Each B61 bomb is 23 times more powerful
than the bomb that devastated Hiroshima. These apocalyptic weapons should find
no home in Europe. We demand that Europe’s nuclear nations immediately sign up
to the landmark global Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and begin
the process of decommissioning their nuclear arsenals.”
For more information, visit
the Agir pour la Paix website here.
Cornwall and Devon European MP Molly Scott
Cato arrested after breaking into US air base in Belgium
She is currently being held and questioned in a Belgian police
Cornwall and Devon’s member of the European Parliament has been
arrested after breaking into a military airbase during a protest against
Molly Scott Cato, who is the Green Party’s current MEP for the
South West, is one of three MEPs currently being held and questioned in a
Belgian police station.
The MEPs – Cato, Michèle Rivasi and Tilly Metz – unfurled a
banner on a runway for F-16 fighter jets at the Kleine Brogel base in the east
of Belgium, calling for a nuclear-free Europe, before being taken into custody.
The group included a number of Belgian peace activists who
scaled the wall of the base and blocked the runway.
Ms Cato, of Bristol, said they were protesting against the
stockpiling of American B61 nuclear bombs.
The banner the group unfurled on the runway read: “Europe Free
of Nuclear weapons.”
The three MEPs are currently
being held in a local police station and being questioned. They are likely to
be released later today (February 20).
The direct action protest follows the US withdrawal from the
intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) treaty earlier this month.
About 150 US nuclear weapons are thought to be scattered across
Europe in Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, compared with more than
7,000 at the peak of the cold war.
But campaigners fear this number could rapidly rise in any new
arms race, and say each B61 has an explosive yield of up to 340 kilotons, 23
times more powerful than the bomb that devastated Hiroshima.
Ahead of the protest, Ms Cato said: “Our action is intended to
challenge EU countries to remove US nuclear weapons from European soil. Each
B61 bomb is 23 times more powerful than the bomb that devastated Hiroshima.
“These apocalyptic weapons should find no home in Europe.
“We demand that Europe’s nuclear nations immediately sign up to
the landmark global Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and begin
the process of decommissioning their nuclear arsenals.
“Nuclear weapons are obsolete in an era of asymmetric warfare
and cyber warfare and have no placed in a European defence policy for the 21st
century. Britain and France have ignored their obligations under the
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons for far too long.”
Green co-leader Sian Berry backed the protest saying: “We stand
in full solidarity with our brilliant MEP Molly and her Green colleagues who
have been arrested for taking a stand against nuclear weapons.
“These bombs have the potential to kill millions of people. They
make us less safe, are obsolete in modern warfare and are a colossal waste of
“It is only right all US nuclear weapons are removed from
Europe. Greens are never afraid to put their bodies on the line for what is
“These Green MEPs will be found on the right side of history for
the principled actions they have taken.”
I was arrested for protesting
against US nukes in Brussels – this is why I chose to take a stand
If you believe that multilateral disarmament is the best
approach – as many of our politicians claim to – then you do at least need to
act on that belief
not every day you find yourself lying on a freezing military runway at 7
o’clock in the morning. I don’t take breaking the law lightly, so why did we
decide to climb a three-metre barbed-wire fence to break into the Kleine Brogel
Air Base in Belgium where the country stores US bombs?
are 15,000 nuclear bombs still in circulation in the world and about 20 nuclear
bombs are still present at the Kleine Brogel military base. The UK’s own
arsenal is an estimated 215 nuclear warheads, each of which is far more deadly
than the first nuclear bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.
figures will not muster much emotional response from many of us, perhaps the
human cost of nuclear warfare will. This is a quote from Fujio Torikoshi, 86, who
was told that I had until about age 20 to live. Yet here I am seven decades
later, aged 86. All I want to do is forget, but the prominent keloid scar on my
neck is a daily reminder of the atomic bomb. We cannot continue to sacrifice
precious lives to warfare. All I can do is pray – earnestly, relentlessly – for
have been a peace activist since I joined the Campaign for Nuclear
Disarmament at the age of 16 and was inspired by the Greenham
Common Women’s Peace Camp which was close to my home and
which I visited as a teenager. My reasons for supporting unilateral nuclear
disarmament have always been consistent: I find it fundamentally unethical for
any state to hold hideously destructive weapons and threaten to use them merely
to reinforce their power in the world.
even if you believe that multilateral disarmament is the best approach – as
many of our politicians claim to – then you do at least need to act on that
belief. The European Parliament passed a motion in October 2016 in support of
the UN-sponsored Treaty on the
Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which has already been signed by EU
member Austria and 20 other countries, while 50 more are on their way to
signing. This is multilateral disarmament in action, supported by a campaign
that was rewarded with
the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. So why aren’t our politicians ensuring that the UK
is signed up? Why is there so little debate about the Treaty that most British
people have never even heard of it?
from the deeply unethical nature of a nuclear security policy, the big world
powers are behind the times. The modern-day threats come from asymmetric and
cyber warfare for which nuclear weapons have no relevance. With Russian attempts to destabilise our democracy and four people I
represent in the South West poisoned with
nerve agent by Russian agents – one of whom sadly died – it is clear that our
so-called defence policy is wholly misguided. So it has never been more urgent
to review our approach to defence policy. The decision by president Trump to
withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, risking a new arms
race, just adds to the urgency.
real debate we hope to provoke through this action at the air base is about
what a genuine 21st century security policy would look like. A positive
contribution to this debate is already being made by Rethinking Security, a network of
organisations, academics and activists working together for security based on
justice, cooperation and sustainability. They are asking what really makes us
safe in the world, and how we can counter the power of the arms trade to ensure
that we spend as much money on peace-building as on buying weapons.
ludicrous posturing of
our defence secretary Gavin Williamson, with his suggestions about establishing
new military bases for Global Britain in the Caribbean and the Far East is
designed to shore up his position in his own party rather than providing peace
and security for the country. In a democracy it is our right to debate how our
taxes are spent to ensure our safety and to underpin peace in the world.
our action at the base this week has helped to focus attention on the real
possibility of nuclear disarmament and a defence policy focusing on genuine
security, then the cold and uncomfortable morning I spent there was well worth
Molly Scott Cato is Green MEP for the South West of England.
EU Politicians Break Into Air Base Holding
American Nuclear Bombs to Protest Weapons Stockpiling
Three European lawmakers were arrested after they broke into an
air base in Belgium to protest the stockpiling of American nuclear weapons
three politicians—Molly Scott Cato of the U.K., Michele Rivasi of France
and Tilly Metz of Luxembourg, all members of the European Parliament (MEPs)
representing green parties—broke into the Kleine Brogel base in eastern Belgium
on Wednesday and unfurled a banner on a runway used by F-16 fighter jets, The Guardian reported.
The three had been protesting the base’s stockpiling of American
B61 nuclear bombs, of which there were believed to be between 10 and 20 at the
facility, according to the Nuclear Threat Initiative. All were detained on the
Another 12 activists—including a fourth Green MEP Thomas Waitz
from Austria—were arrested at a concurrent demonstration outside the base, the
newspaper said. The other 12 were members of the Belgian peace group Agir Pour
la Paix—Act for Peace. Several of those detained had tried to climb over the
fence surrounding the dual-runway base.
Cato, who represents Southeast England, told The Guardian that the action was “a
balance of risks and purposes.” She added that the “potential end of the world”
puts personal safety into perspective.
She tweeted a picture of the protest alongside her two fellow
MEPs and another woman. Their banner read: “Europe Free of Nuclear Weapons.”
weapons offer no solution in this era and no rationale for defending the people
in the southwest who I represent. One of whom died this year because of a
Russian secret forces attack,” she continued, referring to a nerve agent attack on
a former Soviet agent in the city of Salisbury in March 2018.
A local woman, Dawn Sturgess, later died after coming into
contact with a discarded container authorities believe Russian agents used to
transport the deadly toxin. “How are nuclear weapons supposed to help Dawn
Sturgess?” Scott Cato asked.
There are believed to be around 150 American nuclear weapons
spread across six NATO nations—Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and
Turkey—as part of the alliance’s strategy of European defense.
Though this is far diminished from a Cold War arsenal of
approximately 7,000 warheads, campaigners say the continued presence of nuclear
arms could make the outbreak of a devastating war more likely.
Rivasi said Tuesday, “We are demanding the withdrawal of nuclear
bombs at Kleine Brogel and also from Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. We
urge all EU member states to sign and ratify the treaty prohibiting nuclear
weapons. Our first objective is a Europe without nuclear arms.”
statement sent to Newsweek, the
U.K.-based Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament voiced its support for Wednesday’s
action. CND General Secretary Kate Hudson said, “U.S. nuclear weapons
have no place in Europe—this isn’t a battle-ground for a nuclear war between
to President Donald Trump’s recent decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Cold
War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that banned short- and medium-range missiles,
Hudson warned, “There is a real danger we could see the return of U.S. nuclear
missiles to British soil as well as more nuclear missiles across Europe.”
“We are in desperate need for a new era of diplomacy,” Hudson
added. “Our country is in a strong position to demonstrate how the nuclear
states can work together to reduce and abolish nuclear weapons.”
“The alternative is to sit
back while the U.S. president tears up all restraints on nuclear weapons and
rapidly moves the world closer to nuclear war.”
held after anti-nuclear protest at Belgian military base
UK’s Molly Scott Cato among those held after action over
stockpiling of US nuclear bombs
by Arthur Neslen in Brussels
Three Green MEPs – including one from the UK – have been
arrested after breaking into a Belgian military airbase to protest against its
stockpiling of American B61 nuclear bombs.
MEPs – Molly Scott Cato, Michèle Rivasi and Tilly Metz – unfurled a banner on a
runway for F-16 fighter jets at the Kleine Brogel base in the east of the
country calling for a nuclear-free Europe, before being taken into custody.
Green MEP, Thomas Waitz, was arrested in a demonstration outside the base,
along with 11 other activists from the Belgian peace group Agir pour la Paix (Act for Peace), three
of whom also scaled a 3.5-metre fence to get into the base.
direct action protest follows the US withdrawal from
the intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) treaty earlier this month.
campaigners fear this number could rapidly rise in any new arms race, and say
each B61 has an explosive yield of up to 340 kilotons, 23
times more powerful than the bomb that devastated Hiroshima.
On Tuesday, Scott Cato, the MEP for South West England, told the
Guardian that the protest would be “a balance of risks and purposes”.
She said: “When you’re talking about the potential end of the
world, your own personal safety is put into perspective – and we are
talking about weapons that could kill millions of people.”
“Nuclear weapons offer no solution in this era and no rationale
for defending the people in the south-west who I represent, one of whom died
this year because of a Russian secret forces attack. How are nuclear weapons
supposed to help Dawn Sturgess?” she said, referring to the woman police
believe was killed by novichok in Amesbury, Wiltshire last year.
MEPs in Brussels enjoy some immunity from prosecution but it is
unclear if this would cover state security laws, which carry potential
five-year prison sentences.
Rivasi, the vice-chair of the Green party in the European
parliamentsaid on Tuesday that: ““We are demanding the withdrawal of nuclear
bombs at Kleine Brogel and also from Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. We
urge all EU member states to sign and ratify the treaty prohibiting nuclear
weapons. Our first objective is a Europe without nuclear arms.”.”
party sources say Wednesday’s action was, in part, an effort to set the
political agenda before elections in Belgium – where the Greens top opinion polls –
and across northern Europe, where they are riding high.
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"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
49] ANSWER Coalition happy hour – Feb. 28
50] Wayward Community Night
– Feb. 28
Douglass in Baltimore" -- Feb. 28
51] Gloria Richardson and
Black Liberation -- Feb. 28
53] An Evening with Jeff Clements and Hedrick Smith --
54] Film “No Date No Signature”
– Feb. 28
55] Celebrate Norman
Birnbaum -- Mar. 1
56] Cutest Cat Contest – Mar. 1,
2 & 3
57] WIB peace
58] White House vigil -- Mar. 1
59] Black Lives Matter –
Dream Deferred: Black Federal Workers in Washington, D.C – Mar. 1
62] Ballroom Dancing – Mar.
Catholic Social Ministry Convocation -- Mar. 2
65] Communities United “Meet Me in the
Middle” – Mar. 2
Event, hosted by Saving Grace Animal Rescue of Maryland – Mar. 2
67] Enjoy Coffee and
Conversation with OR Baltimore – Mar. 2
68] Computer Literacy classes for immigrant women – Mar. 2
69] Women's Unity March in
Annapolis – Mar. 2
70] Kings Bay Plowshares
71] Emergency Demonstration
against an attack on Venezuela or Iran
72] Donate books, videos,
DVDs and records
73] Do you need any book
74] Join the Global Zero
75] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
49] – On Thurs., Feb. 28 at 6 PM, join the ANSWER
Coalition for a happy hour fundraiser at City Tap House Penn Quarter, 901 9th
St. NW, WDC 20001. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1872810846161755/.
The suggested donation of $5 at the door.
50] – On
Thurs., Feb. 28 from 6 to 9 PM, get over to the Wayward Community Night BARCS
Fundraiser, hosted by Wayward Smokehouse and BARCS Animal
Shelter, 1117 S. Charles St., Baltimore 21230. Calling all Animal Lovers
to help raise money for the Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, BARCS
Baltimore. BARCS is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization operating
Maryland’s largest animal shelter and pet adoption center. It is an
open-admission shelter, granting refuge to every abandoned, neglected, abused,
lost or surrendered animal. A staggering 30 or more animals are surrendered to
BARCS every day. No matter what the circumstance, they do not turn away any
animal in need of shelter, food, medical care and a loving touch. Yearly, this
equates to more than 11,000 dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, and even wildlife and
exotic animals that need care and placement. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1920861694707557/.
51] – On
Thurs., Feb. 28 from 6:30 to 8 PM, hear about "Frederick Douglass in
Baltimore" with John Muller & Dr. Ida E. Jones, hosted
by Baltimore History & Culture at Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400
Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Muller will present using newly
discovered information found in the Baltimore City Archives, Maryland
Historical Society, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and private archives. Muller has
presented widely throughout the DC-Baltimore metropolitan area at venues
including the Library of Congress, Newseum, Politics and Prose, American
Library in Paris and local universities. Muller will be in conversation with
Dr. Ida E. Jones, Morgan State University archivist. Writers LIVE programs are
supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming
Fund. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1915964408513571/.
52] – On Thurs., Feb. 28 from 7 to 9 PM, hear about “The
Struggle Is Eternal: Gloria Richardson and Black Liberation” by author Joseph
R. Fitzgerald at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse,
1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Call (443) 602 7611 or go to https://www.redemmas.org/. Many
prominent and well-known figures greatly impacted the civil rights movement, but
one of the most influential and unsung leaders of that period was Gloria
Richardson. As the leader of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee (CNAC),
a multifaceted liberation campaign formed to target segregation and racial
inequality in Cambridge, Maryland, Richardson advocated for economic justice
and tactics beyond nonviolent demonstrations. Her philosophies and
strategies—including her belief that black people had a right to
self–defense—were adopted, often without credit, by a number of civil rights
and black power leaders and activists.
book explores the largely forgotten but deeply significant life of this central
figure and her determination to improve the lives of black people. Using a wide
range of source materials, including interviews with Richardson and her
personal papers, as well as interviews with dozens of her friends, relatives,
and civil rights colleagues, Fitzgerald presents an all-encompassing narrative.
From Richardson’s childhood in Baltimore, when her parents taught her the importance
of racial pride, through the next eight decades, Fitzgerald relates a detailed
and compelling story of her life. He reveals how Richardson’s human rights
activism extended far beyond Cambridge and how her leadership style and vision
for liberation were embraced by the younger activists of the black power
movement, who would carry the struggle on throughout the late 1960s and into
will be Dion Banks & Kisha Petticolas of the Eastern Shore Network for
Change, to situate Gloria Richardson's life and work within the continuing
struggle for racial equity and justice on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Visit
53] – On Thurs., Feb. 28 from 7 to 9 PM, enjoy An
Evening with Jeff Clements and Hedrick Smith, hosted by The American
Promise at T.C. Williams High School, Minnie Howard Campus, 3801 W.
Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22302. Tickets are at www.americanpromise.net. In this time of
turbulence and political divide, Americans rarely agree on anything. Yet they
are united in their commitment for action which secures fair, free elections by
limiting the undue influence of money in politics. More than 80% of
Americans—Democratic, Republican and independent—support initiatives to limit
corporate campaign contributions. Increasingly candidates for elected office,
even in Virginia, are running and winning on campaign platforms of not taking
money from Super PACs and big money donors. To-date, 19 States have ratified
legislation supporting a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizen’s United,
prompted by a belief that such a constitutional amendment is needed to ensure
that our citizens to have as much influence with our elected officials
big-money interests. Hear co-founder and president of American Promise, Jeff
Clements, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hedrick Smith lead and shape the
discussion. This event will explore options to address the issue of money in
politics. View https://www.facebook.com/events/1928260327303570/.
54] – On Thurs., Feb. 28 from 7:30 to 9:30
PM, see the 2017 film “No Date No Signature,” Official Oscar Entry from Iran,
hosted by Daricheh Cinema at the Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235
Woodmont Ave., Bethesda 20814. The director is Vahid Jalilvand, and it stars
Navid Mohammadzadeh, Amir Aghaie and Hedieh Tehrani. The forensic pathologist
Dr. Nariman has a car accident with a motorcyclist and injures his 8-year-old
son. He offers to take the child to a clinic nearby, but the father refuses his
help and money. The next morning, in the hospital where he works, Dr. Nariman
finds out that the little boy has been brought for an autopsy after a
suspicious death. Nariman is facing a dilemma: is he responsible for the
child’s death due to the car accident or did the child die of food poisoning
according to other doctors’ diagnosis? It is in Farsi with English
Subtitles. Tickets are at darichehcinema.com.
55] – Norman Birnbaum, a leading intellectual of the 20th
Century left who taught at Georgetown Law for 22 years and remained actively
involved with the Law Center in retirement, passed away on Jan. 4, 2019. He was
92. On Fri., March 1 attend the Norman Birnbaum Memorial and celebrate the
extraordinary life and first Defender of Liberty Award winner at the Georgetown
Law School campus, Gewirz Building on the 12th Floor, 120 F St. NW,
WDC, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. A reception
will follow. RSVP https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSa4lVCCbrFrpIjbti08134WLGb3R_s7I-XpSAOjdRGTvfBA/viewform.
over to Washingtonian's Cutest Cat Contest starting Fri., Mar. 1, continuing on
Sat., Mar. 2 and closing on Sun., Mar. 3. Each day it goes from 11:30 AM
through 11:30 PM at Humane Rescue Alliance, 1201 New York Ave. NE, WDC 20002.
Tickets are at contests.washingtonian.com. Do you have an adorable feline
friend you’re eager to show off? Submit a high-resolution photo of your cat or
kitten by March 14, 2019, at 11:59 PM for a chance at stardom in
Washingtonian. A panel of judges from Washingtonian and the contest’s
beneficiary, Humane Rescue Alliance, will select the “Judges’ Pick” titleholder.
In addition, a “People’s Choice” favorite will be determined by most votes
received through a Washingtonian.com online gallery. Both winners will be
awarded a full-page feature in Washingtonian’s May 2019 issue. All
entrants will receive a faux digital Washingtonian “Cutest Cat” cover
personalized with their cat’s name and image. Each submission is $30, and a
portion of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Rescue Alliance. Please see
Washingtonian's rules page for full details before entering: https://www.facebook.com/events/258954795029119/?event_time_id=258954855029113.
57] – On
Fri., Mar. 1 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 email@example.com. 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
58] – On Fri., Mar. 1 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 @ email@example.com or at
59] – 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 Mar. 1.
Black Lives Matter.
60] – On
Fri., Mar. 1 at 7 PM, come to the Free First-Friday Film @ the Peace Center of
Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA (just off the
corner of Old Marple and S. Sproul Roads, behind the Mr. Car Wash) to see
LOVING. The film celebrates the true story of Richard and Mildred
Loving’s unwavering resolve and deep love as an interracial couple struggling
for the legal right to be married. In 1967, they won a landmark Supreme Court
case, Loving v. Virginia. Their story begins in 1958, when they fall in
love and drive to Washington, D.C., to get married, because interracial
marriage was legal there. When they return home to Central Point, Virginia,
they are dragged out of bed by police, arrested, charged with the crime of
being an interracial couple, and sentenced to a year in prison.
This 2016 romantic drama was directed by Jeff Nichols, who also
wrote the screenplay. It was nominated for numerous awards, including
Golden Globe (Best Actor) and an Oscar (Best Actress). Actors Joel Edgerton and
Ruth Negga bring quiet intensity to their magnificent performances as the
married partners. When asked if he would like to relay a message to the
court, Richard says simply, “Tell the judge I love my wife.”
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 www.brandywinepeace.com. The
screening is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For directions to
the Peace Center of Delaware County, visit www.delcopeacecenter.org
or call 484-574-1148.
61] – On Fri., Mar. 1 from 7 to 9
PM, catch up Dr. Frederick W. Gooding, Jr., assistant professor of African
American studies in the John V. Roach Honors College at Texas Christian
University, author of "American Dream Deferred: Black Federal Workers in Washington,
D.C" at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore
21201. As the largest employer of one of the world’s leading economic and
geo-political superpowers, the history of the federal government’s workforce is
a rich and essential tool for understanding how the “Great Experiment” truly
works. The literal face of federal policy, federal employees enjoy a history as
rich as the country itself, while reflecting the country’s evolution towards
true democracy within a public space. Nowhere is this progression towards
democracy more apparent than with its internal race relations. While World War
II was a boon to black workers, little is known about the nuanced, ongoing
struggles for dignity and respect that black workers endured while working these
“good, government jobs.” American Dream Deferred challenges postwar narratives
of government largess for African Americans by illuminating the neglected
stories of these unknown black workers. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/590578971402900/.
Call (443) 602 7611 or go to https://www.redemmas.org/.
62] – 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 Mar. 1. Call
Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
63] – On Sat., Mar. 2 from 9 AM to 3 PM, come to
the 40th Catholic Social Ministry Convocation, hosted by Catholic
Charities of Baltimore at Mercy High School, 1300 E. Northern Pkwy., Baltimore
21239. Seek Justice, Win Peace. Join a convocation discussing the
roles of parishes and parishioners in bringing greater social justice to the
community. The keynote speaker is Ana Grande, Organizing Director of the
Monsignor Oscar Romero Center in L.A. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/570670266709260/.
There are more than a dozen workshops to choose from, and the Pax
Christi Baltimore sponsored workshop is “Spreading Peace In Violent Times” with
Audrey Rodgers (of St. Vincent de Paul parish) as the workshop presenter.
The keynote presentation will be in the morning session. There are two sessions
for the workshops, one in the morning and one after lunch. After the afternoon
workshops the participants will gather again in the auditorium for the parish
awards presentation, the special awards presentation, and a closing prayer
service. Since this is the 40th year, an additional component will be door
prizes (but you have to be present to win!).
Registration is only $15, and it includes lunch. For online
registration go to https://baltimoresmc2019.eventbrite.com/. At that page will be the workshop description
for every workshop. When you get to the “get tickets” page, the page will ask
you your preference for the morning and the afternoon workshops and your lunch
preference. You can pay for your registration with a credit card.
64] – 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 www.ccpeace.org.
65] – On
Sat., Mar. 2 from 11 AM to 1 PM, come to the Communities United “Meet Me in the
Middle,” the monthly public meeting at St
Vincent de Paul Church, 120 N Front St. (President & E Fayette Sts., across
from the Shot Tower subway stop). Email email@example.com.
66] – On Sat., Mar. 2 from 11 AM to 2 PM, attend
an Adoption Event, hosted by Saving Grace Animal Rescue of Maryland
and Mutt Mart, 2904 Hamilton Ave., Baltimore 21214. Come meet your new
best friend, and support small business by shopping at Mutt Mart. See https://www.facebook.com/events/2325608827697587/.
Coffee and Conversation with OR Baltimore. Our Revolution Baltimore's
office hours are scheduled for Sat., Mar. 2 from 11 AM to 1 PM at Red Emma's.
Discuss how Our Revolution Baltimore should engage 1] Nationally with the
presidential election, 2] Locally in the mayoral and city council elections,
and 3] Any other topics you'd like to discuss. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/361353674450981/.
68] – Beginning
on Sat., Mar. 2 from 1 to 4 PM, the Immigration Outreach Service Center will
hold its second cohort of Computer Literacy classes for immigrant women. This
is a great opportunity for women with some English skills to learn how to use a
computer and how to search for jobs online. Classes will be held at the
St. Matthew Rectory, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21239 for three hours
every Saturday through May 11th, with the exception of Easter weekend, April
20th. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 410-323-8564.
69] -- On Sat., Mar. 2 at
1 PM, there is a Women's Unity March in Annapolis. This year, the Women's Unity
March centers around Coretta Scott King's powerful words: "Women if the
soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul."
The March is a call for women and allies to come together, to discuss how we
can uplift and amplify the most marginalized, underrepresented, and oppressed
members of our community. Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. Each
speaker will give the attendees information on the challenges that their
community faces and also offer tangible next steps for us to support their
efforts. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/312756416112804/.
Gather at the Civil Rights Foot Soldier Memorial, 44 Calvert St., Annapolis
21401. Call or text (443) 782-5518 or email email@example.com.
The march will proceed for 7/10ths of a mile to the Kunta Kinte - Alex Haley
Memorial, where there will be speakers! After the official program is complete,
proceed to Susan Campbell Park (past City Dock and Ego Alley), where community
members are invited to share their stories with the crowd.
71] – 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 Venezuela. 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
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.
72] -- 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 comcast.net.
73] -- Can you use any
book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1637 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.
74] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the
elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration.
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.
75] – 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 http://prop1.org; call
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
38] Maryland Food Bank
Benefit – through Mar. 28
39] DC Statehood Capitol
Hill Day – Feb. 27
40] Help launch the Medicare For All Act – Feb. 27
41] Support Background
Checks – Feb. 27
42] School of Food
and Food Rescue Baltimore – Feb. 27
43] Meeting for the
Baltimore Poor People’s Campaign – Feb. 27
44] “From Swastika to Jim
Crow” – Feb. 27
45] Is the Largest Forest in
Southern MD Threatened? – Feb. 27
to organize with ANSWER -- Feb. 27
47] Hear Daniel Aldana Cohen
on a Green New Deal -- Feb. 27
48] Come to a Progressive
Issues Town Hall – Feb. 27
38] – On Wed., Feb. 20 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 https://www.admiralfell.com/en-us/packages/maryland-food-bank-holiday-giveback-special?page_id=4266673.
Call (410) 534-5555. See https://www.facebook.com/events/349755175583179/.
39] – On Wed., Feb. 27 from 8 AM to 5:30 PM, enjoy a DC
Statehood Capitol Hill Day, hosted by DC Vote in the Rayburn House Office
Building, 45 Independence Ave. SW, WDC 20515. The newly elected members
of Congress need to hear from the people who call DC home. Join us to educate
new Senators and House members and their staff on why we deserve the same
rights of democracy as all other residents in all the states. Whether
introducing them to the unfair strictures of Home Rule, the need for Voting
Rights for DC, or a strategic path to Statehood, our voices must be heard.
There are two shifts: 8 AM to 1PM or noon to 5PM. Training will be provided,
and breakfast and/or lunch available. Leaders of the Statehood movement will
guide the way.
– Progressive Democrats of America will help launch the Medicare For
All Act on Wed., Feb. 27 at 11 AM at the House Triangle. This consists of
a press conference and rally for Medicare for All! Go to http://www.pdamerica.org. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
41] – On Wed., Feb. 27 from 11:30 AM to 5 PM, come to
the Senate Hearing on Background Checks for Long Guns & Ghost Guns, hosted
by Moms Demand Action – MD in the Miller Senate Building, 11 Bladen St.,
Annapolis 21401. Tickets are at northeast-moms.ngpvanhost.com.
Building on the momentum of its biggest Lobby Day ever, pack the hearing
room to show support for SB737 which would require background checks on private
sales of long guns and SB 882 prohibiting Ghost Guns. Gather in the lobby area
outside of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Meeting Room at 11:30 AM,
as the hearing begins at noon. Maintain a presence until the bill is
heard. Wear your Moms Demand Action shirts or anything red! RSVP at https://northeast-moms.ngpvanhost.com/ngpvanforms/44274?.
Wed., Feb. 27 at 2 PM, and every Wednesday until July 24, 2019, School of Food
and Food Rescue Baltimore will give out food at 1412 N. Wolfe St.,
Baltimore 21213. Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious,
free rescued food. See https://www.facebook.com/events/2105994779640314/.
43] – Attend
the monthly General Meeting for
the Baltimore committee of the MD Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for
Moral Revival and be a part of building this national movement locally. It will
take place on Wed., Feb. 27 from 6 to 8 PM at 2239 Kirk Ave., Baltimore 21218.
The General Meetings are an opportunity for new and already involved
participants of the Baltimore PPC to stay connected with each other and the
campaign. Email Adriana Foster at email@example.com. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2391229004438387/.
– On Wed., Feb. 27 from 7 to
8:30 PM, get over to a “From Swastika to Jim Crow” Film Screening and Panel
Discussion, hosted by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at Morgan
State University Student Center, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore 21251.
Tickets are at www.ushmm.org. The screening will
explore the encounter between two groups targeted by oppression, brutality, and
forced segregation who were brought together by World War II and racism in
their societies. Having escaped Nazi Germany in the 1930s, Jewish scholars
arrived in the United States only to face antisemitism at major universities.
Many secured jobs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in
the South where they formed a special bond with students and communities.
The speakers are Charles L. Chavis Jr., PhD, Assistant Professor for Conflict
Resolution and History, George Mason University, Rebecca Dupas, Coordinator,
Community Partnerships, Youth and Community Initiatives, United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum and Steven Fischler, producer of the film.
Parking is available at the Student Center Parking Garage. The program is
free and open to the public but reservations are required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/432499540622356/.
45] – Is
Forest in Southern MD Threatened? Get an answer on Wed., Feb. 27 from 7 to 9
PM. The largest contiguous forest in Southern MD is threatened by an over
200 acre clear-cut by an unlikely source, Georgetown University's
Sustainability program. This forest is part of the ancestral homeland of
the Piscataway people and is of high ecological value with streams and wetlands
and is designated by Audubon as an important bird area. The Southern
Maryland Sierra Club Group is urging concerned citizens to appear in
the Charles County Commissioners Meeting Room, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata
20646/. Contact Bonnie Bick at email@example.com.
46] – Volunteer
to organize with ANSWER for the National March on Washington: Hands off
Venezuela! No coup, no sanctions, no new U.S. war! The Volunteer Meeting
is on Wed,, Feb. 27 at 7 PM at the Justice Center, 617 Florida Ave. NW, WDC
20001-1852. Use the Shaw/Howard Metro (Green/Yellow Lines). Get
involved with the preparation for the March 16 demonstration and national march
on Washington! Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/325730504718504/.
Wed., Feb. 27 from 7 to 9 PM, get over to hear Daniel Aldana Cohen on a
Green New Deal, from the Left, at Red Emma's
Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Call (443) 602
7611 or go to https://www.redemmas.org/.
Join a presentation and discussion with radical climate sociologist and
carbon geographer Daniel Aldana Cohen on the meaning of a Green New Deal—why it
matters for Left strategy, and how urban social movements can organize towards
it. He is a political sociologist who works on the intersection of climate
change, inequality, the built environment, and carbon accounting. He studies
urban regions of the global North and South, especially New York and São
Paulo, and is working on a book project on climate change and inequality in the
twenty-first-century city. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/788258284857883/.
48] – On Wed., Feb.
27 from 7 to 9 PM, come to a Progressive Issues Town Hall, hosted
by Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC 20009. Busboys and Poets
invites the community for a town hall gathering on progressive policy moving
forward with Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Congresswoman Pramila
Jayapal and Congressman Mark Pocan, joined by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Busboys and Poets has been at the forefront of
progressive values and we are looking forward to a robust discussion around the
current political climate, the uplifting of the progressive agenda and engaging
ordinary people in the democratic process. Pramila Jayapal is the first
Indian-American woman to serve in the House of Representatives, the first woman
to represent Washington’s 7th district and the first Asian-American to
represent Washington State in Congress. Representative Jayapal serves on the Judiciary
and Budget Committees and co-chairs The United for Climate and Environmental
Justice Task Force which she co-founded.
Mark Pocan is the
representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd District and co-chairs The LGBT Equality
Caucus. He has received awards and honors from the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and
Fair Wisconsin for his work advancing progressive values and human rights. He
succeeded Tammy Baldwin, another leader in the fight for equality, in both the
State House and the House of Representatives. Rashida Tlaib is one
of the rising leaders of the Progressive Caucus, the first Palestinian-American
woman elected to Congress and one of the first two Muslim women elected to
Congress. She is a champion for human rights and a fierce voice promoting
Medicare for All, abolishing ICE and supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and
Sanctions movement against the Israeli occupation. Ilhan Omar represents
Minnesota's 5th congressional district and is the first Somali American elected
to legislative office in the United States. Along with Rashida Tlaib, she is
one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress and the first woman of
color to serve as a U.S. representative from Minnesota. She has advocated for a
living wage, affordable housing and healthcare, student loan debt forgiveness,
the protection of DREAMERS and the abolition of ICE. She has strongly opposed
the immigration policies of the Trump administration, including the Trump
travel ban. See https://www.facebook.com/events/820354498335551/.
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