Thursday, February 14, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 15 -- 23, 2019

52] "Last Boat Out of Shanghai" -- Feb. 15
53] WIB peace vigils – Feb. 15
54] White House vigil -- Feb. 15
55] Dealing with North and South Korea – Feb. 15
56] The Ones Who Escaped to Freedom – Feb. 15
57] BARCS Adoption Event -- Feb. 15
58] Economics of Targeted Sanctions -- Feb. 15
59] Black Lives Matter -- Feb. 15
60] The Iran Deal and North Korea – Feb. 15
61] Fundraiser to Support Raquel!  – Feb. 15
62] Ballroom Dancing – Feb. 15
63] Commemoration of Founding Father John Dickinson -- Feb. 16
64] Black History Month Youth and Family Adventure – Feb. 16
65] Peace Vigil – Feb. 16
66] Feeding Hearts First – Feb. 16
67] Take Back the Vote – Feb. 16
68] Our Revolution MD/Baltimore meeting – Feb. 16
69] Cuba 2019 - 60 Years of Revolution – Feb. 16
73] Stop US war on Venezuela – Feb. 23
74] Kings Bay Plowshares are hiring
75] Do you want to join a peace caravan?
76] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
77] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
78] Do you need any book shelves?
79] Join the Global Zero campaign
80] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
52] – On Fri., Feb. 15 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM,  get over to the Book Launch with Author Helen Zia, hosted by Elliott School of International Affairs and Organization of Asian Studies, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052. Tickets are at Zia, the author of "Last Boat Out of Shanghai" will be questioned by Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, President, U.S.-China Education Trust and former U.S ambassador to Nepal.  Introductory remarks will be delivered by Ambassador Reuben Brigety II, Dean of the Elliott School.  The book is the Epic Story of the Chinese who Fled Mao's Revolution.  The book is a narrative of real people, their personal lives in Shanghai 1937-1949, and later as migrants and refugees to the US and elsewhere as they got caught up in Korean War and the Cold War's global politics. "Last Boat out of Shanghai" is as much about Asian Americans as global migration and is very relevant to current concerns about immigration and refugee crises. Visit

53] – On Fri., Feb. 15 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:

54] – On Fri.,  Feb. 15 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.

55] – On Fri., Feb. 15 at noon, get the scoop on Dealing with North and South Korea: Can Washington Square the Circle? It takes place at 2075 Rayburn House Office Building, WDC. This is a Capitol Hill briefing with Doug Bandow, Cato Institute; Daniel Davis, Defense Priorities; and Harry Kazianis, Center for the National Interest. President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un are preparing to reprise last year’s Singapore summit. Denuclearization has not proceeded as far as the administration hoped, but reconciliation between North and South is moving forward, leading to fears of a breach between Seoul and Washington. Indeed, with negotiations over host nation support for US forces stalemated, some South Koreans fear the president might follow through on his threats to withdraw American troops.  The panelists will assess the likely outcome of the summit, the role of the US-South Korean alliance, and discuss strategies to improve stability and promote disarmament. See

56] – On Fri., Feb. 15 from noon to 1 PM, get a Lunch Date with History: The Ones Who Escaped to Freedom, hosted by Howard County Historical Society at the Museum of Howard County History, 8328 Court Ave., Ellicott City 21043. Tickets are at  Paulette Lutz, Deputy Director of the Howard County Historical Society, will lead the discussion. The Museum of Howard County History is proud to host a series of lectures for 2019. Bring your own lunch. Drinks and treats will be provided. Tickets are Free for HCHS Members and only $5 for non-members.  Doors open at 11:30 AM. Each lecture runs noon to 1 PM, followed by an optional tour of the museum until 1:30 PM.  Call 410-480-3250 or email  Members and non-members should use the upgraded ticketing system to acquire tickets. See

57] -- On Fri., Feb. 15 from noon to 3 PM,  participate in the BARCS Adoption Event, hosted by Adoptable Cats at Pet Valu Mount Vernon, 1209 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201.  Adoptable BARCS cats will be at the store, in addition to the resident store cats. Stop by to make some new furry friends.... Adoptions can be conducted on-site, so you can go home right away with a new family member! See

58] –On Fri., Feb. 15 from 4 to 5 PM,  catch up with The Economics of Targeted Sanctions, hosted by The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St. NW, WDC 20036.  About the Lecture: While broad economic sanctions have long been used as instruments of foreign policy, targeted sanctions focusing on specific individuals, entities, and transactions are relatively new and less understood. Dr. Ahn will present some of his recent assessing the economic impact of targeted sanctions, using big data/machine-learning techniques on a unique database of firm and individual-level data. He shall focus on sanctions deployed by the United States and the European Union against primarily Russian targets after the crisis in Ukraine in 2014 as a natural experiment. Dr. Ahn has been able to identify specific impacts on targeted companies by category and by industry and to ascertain the extent to which ‘strategic’ companies received special support (“shielding”) from the Russian state. His work is particularly relevant for anyone who wishes to understand the policy effects of sanctions at both the micro and macro levels, and the extent to which a target state is able or unable to avoid the intended impacts of sanctions.

Dr. Daniel P. Ahn is currently a Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he teaches graduate courses on energy economics and conflict, a Senior Advisor at the Rapidan Energy Group, and an advisor for the U.S. government. He was previously the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of State, where he advised the Secretary and senior principals on a wide range of international economic and security topics relevant to U.S. foreign policy, including global macroeconomic growth, financial stability, economic sanctions, counter-terrorist financing, international trade, and energy security. See

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 Feb. 16. Black Lives Matter.  

60] -- On Fri., Feb. 15 at 6:30 PM hear about the Iran Deal and North Korea in the Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, Elliott School, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052.  The speaker is Matthew Henry Kroenig, Associate Professor, the Department of Government, the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University & Deputy Director for Strategy, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, the Atlantic Council.  The moderator is Andrew Park, President of the Sejong Society and a Non-resident James A. Kelly Fellow at the Pacific Forum, Georgetown University. Look at

61] – On Fri., Feb. 15 from 7 PM to midnight, help out at the Fundraiser to Support Raquel!  It is hosted by United Workers at the Sweet27 bar, 123 W 27th St., Baltimore 21218. Raquel, a longtime UW member and core leader in the Inner Harbor Campaign was recently hit by a car. She has worked in restaurants for more than 2 decades and is now severely limited in how much she is able to work. She has health insurance, but will still have a lot of medical expenses that are not covered. A portion of all food and drink sales go to help support Raquel in her recovery.  If you aren’t able to attend but would like to contribute cash or send a check to Raquel, please send an email to! Check out

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 Feb. 15. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email

63] – On Sat., Feb. 16 from 10 AM to noon, get over to the Commemoration of Founding Father, John Dickinson, sponsored by the Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation at the Friends Meetinghouse, 401 N. West St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Join QHHPF and the Friends of Dickinson Mansion in celebrating the legacy of Founding Father John Dickinson and his influence on the American Revolution, our founding documents, and the political leadership of both Delaware and Pennsylvania. Enjoy a performance by Dickinson descendant Evelyn Swensson of Dickinson's rousing "Liberty Song." We will hear fascinating facts about this passionate patriot from historian John Sweeney and lay a beautiful wreath on Dickinson's grave. Refreshments to follow. See

64] – On Sat., Feb. 16 from 10:30 AM to 4 PM,   enjoy Black History Month Youth and Family Adventure, hosted by Union Lutheran Church York, PA at the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, 1600 Block of East North Avenue, Baltimore 21213. The Black Love Movement in York will visit a unique, award winning space, the Great Blacks in Wax Museum with a special guided education tour. The website with information on the museum is posted below. Meet at the Voni B. Grimes Gym to catch the charter bus. Meal provided on the bus. Return to York at 4 PM. Tickets are $10 per person (that is a special group reduced rate just for this trip). If you wish to drive separately, the tour is at noon at the museum entrance.  Email reservations are a must as space on the bus is limited. Email with how many are coming. See  Go to

65] – 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

66] –On Sat., Feb. 16 from 11 AM to 2 PM, help out Feeding Hearts First at the Phoenix Shot Tower.  Food, clothing and laughter will be had by all. Look at

67] – On Sat., Feb. 16 from noon to 3 PM, Take Back the Vote at the Lincoln Memorial, 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW, WDC 20037.  March on the National Mall to support the new voting rights bill being introduced. Check out

68] – Our Revolution MD/Baltimore will begin to kick organizing into the next gear! Come out on Sat., Feb. 16 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM for the Climate Crisis Panel and what it means for Baltimore.  Monthly membership meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of every month 12:30 to 2:30 PM. This meeting will be at the Waverly Library, 400 E 33rd St, Baltimore, MD 21218Panelists will cover climate issues, solutions, activism, and just transitions, at the local, state, and federal level. Panelists include David Smedick, Campaign and Policy Director for Sierra Club Maryland, Greg Wilson, Sunrise Movement Baltimore Hub, Zeke Cohen, Baltimore City Council and Senowa Mize-Fox, Climate Justice Alliance.  As always, the meeting will be potluck, so please bring something to share! Go to

69] – Cuba 2019 - 60 Years of Revolution is the theme on Sat., Feb. 16 at 1 PM at the Marvin Center, Room 309, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW, WDC. Use the Foggy Bottom Metro (Orange/Silver/Blue Lines). Register at  As the Trump administration threatens Cuba with renewed intensity, the socialist nation forges ahead in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution this year. Join in a dialogue with featured guest MIGUEL FRAGA, First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC, as well as student activists and longtime friends of Cuba. Email

70] -- On Sat., Feb. 16 from 8 to 11 PM, catch UnPresidented! A Political Variety Show, hosted by Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Suite 1200, Baltimore 21218. Tickets are at  It's time to get political! President's Day is upon us, and we're cranking things up a notch. Why just have a cabaret when you can have a variety show spectacular? Join in for musical parodies, a politically fueled strip tease, and a cappella renditions of former president's erotic poetry at UnPresidented! Presented as always by your lovely hostess, Miss Sadie, this evening of legislative laughs is not to be missed!  General Admission is $10, and VIP Admission is $30. VIP includes open bar & a front row seat! Visit

71] –CATHOLIC WORKERS AND THE PEACE MOVEMENT: AN EVENING With DAVE EBERHARDT, BRENDAN WALSH, AND WILLA BICKHAM is happening on Fri., Feb. 22 at 7PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Café, 1225 Cathedral St., across from the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.  Join Dave Eberhardt, author of “For All the Saints: A Protest Primer” and Brendan Walsh and Willa Bickham of Viva House, authors of “The Long Loneliness in Baltimore” for an evening celebrating the intersections of faith and resistance.  Call 410-235-7507 or email

72] –  Baltimore will join dozens of cities nationwide to protest U.S. threats to Venezuela on Sat. Feb. 23 at 4 PM at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. at 4 PM with signs and banners, bull horns and chants.  It is sponsored by the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Baltimore Peace Action and Peoples Power Assembly.  Please promote this event.  There will be a meeting of Baltimore Peace Action on Thurs., Feb. 21 at 7 PM at a place to be determined to make signs and banners. Contact Dick Ochs at 443-846-6638 [textable]. 

73] – The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 are looking for a SHORT-TERM PAID ORGANIZER.  Go to or contact Sarah Cool at 404.449.7893.

74] – 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.  

75] – 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 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.

76] -- 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

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

78] -- 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.

79] – 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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