Saturday, February 2, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert February 3 - 4, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert February 3 - 4, 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] R4J Peace Challenge Run – Feb. 3
6] Redlining – through Feb. 28
7] “Frederick Douglass and the Ethics of Equality” – Feb. 3
8] Guest speaker is U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester – Feb. 3
9] See the play "Shame 2.0" through Feb. 17
10] Lead Sacred Space Rituals – Feb. 3
11] Welcome the Stranger -- Feb. 3
12] Moms Demand Action – Feb. 3
13] Jail Support – Feb. 3
14] The CALL - ERA Education Program – Feb. 3
15] Pentagon Protest – Feb. 4
16] Maryland Poor People’s Campaign – Feb. 4
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., Feb. 3 from 9 AM to noon, get over to the R4J Peace Challenge Run, hosted by Runners4Justice at 3418 Belair Rd., Baltimore 21213-1233.  Join Runners4Justice for its Peace Challenge Run during the February Ceasefire weekend! Meet at the pop-up space in Belair-Edison for a run to honor the lives lost to violence in Baltimore, to raise up their names and commit to spreading peace.  Families, bikes, scooters, strollers all welcome! One to 5 mile routes through Herring Run Park will be provided. Stay after for snacks and to continue the conversation and set commitments to the city. Visit

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] –  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. 27, the platform address is “Frederick Douglass and the Ethics of Equality” by Lenneal Henderson, Ph.D. Frederick Douglass is known as an abolitionist, advocate of racial equality and feminist supporter. However, his life is a statement about the practice of ethics as a vocation, avocation and provocation. He was not only a lifelong advocate but a policy-maker and administrator serving as U. S. Marshal for the District of Columbia, President of the Freedmen’s Bureau and minister to both Santo Domingo and Haiti. Long before the 1967 Loving Supreme Court case, he defended the marriage to his second wife by indicating that his first marriage was a tribute to his African roots and the second to his white father. He opposed the relocation of blacks to both Africa and Santo Domingo. Thus, like King, he insisted that the United States live out the true meaning of its ethics and constitutional values!

Henderson is a Distinguished Professor of Public and International Affairs Emeritus, Senior Fellow at the William Donald Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore. He is currently a faculty member of the Fielding Graduate University and a Visiting Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary where he teaches ethics and Public Policy.  Call 410-581-2322 or email

8] – On Sun., Feb. 3 at 11 AM, at the worship service the guest speaker is U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester.  This is part of Black History Month at the Hanover Street Presbyterian Church, 1801 N. Jefferson St., Wilmington, DE 19802.  Call (302) 658-5114.

9] – DC's Mosaic Theater is offering Just World Ed supporters a 25% discount for Morad Hassan & Einat Weizman's play about Israeli violence & intolerance, now through Sun., Feb. 17.  For tickets see "Shame 2.0" is presented at the Atlas Performing Arts Center near Washington DC's Union Station.  The discount applies to any show except the one on February 7. You can learn more about the play and buy tickets here. Just use the coupon code "JWE" at checkout to claim your discount! "Shame 2.0" is described as a production that includes "Comments from the Populace". These apparently consist of readings of many of the hateful and derogatory messages that have been sent to Hassan and his acting partner, Einat Weizman, in recent months.

It's really great that Mosaic has brought this play to Washington DC at this exact time... when members of the U.S. Senate are considering a bill that would help clamp down on the free-speech rights of Americans on matters connected to Israel. Weizman and Hassan's play sharply portrays some of the many ways in which Israel's rightwing governments have already been clamping down on free speech and free expression inside Israel itself.  These attacks on free speech have been accompanied by the Israeli Knesset's recent passage of the "Nation State Law", which yet further curtails the cultural rights of the indigenous Palestinians who make up more than 20% of the country's citizenry.

10] – On Sun., Feb. 3 from 2 to  4 PM, learn to Lead Sacred Space Rituals, hosted by Baltimore Ceasefire 365 at 3333 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore 21218-2839. We shouldn't have to know a person who was killed in order to honor their light. We should care about every life lost to violence. One way we do that is by going to each murder location and covering it in light & love... making it a sacred space... instead of leaving a pit of darkness there. If you are interested in helping to cover Baltimore with this kind of love, please attend this meeting! Feel free to bring your drum, sage, crystals, prayer beads, tobacco, etc... things you use in your healing practices. This will be an opportunity to learn from each other! Go to

11] – On Sun., Feb. 3 from 2 to 5 PM, Welcome the Stranger, hosted by Kol HaLev in Baltimore, 130 W. Seminary Ave., Lutherville 21093. Salute the profound contributions of immigrants through songs of hope, unity and understanding featuring Kolot HaLev (Voices of the Heart). This Jewish community choir is from the greater Washington area and includes Cantor George Henschel. General Admission is $20, and it benefits the Maryland Food Bank. Tickets are required and are available by clicking here or calling 410-299-7967. Go to

12] –On Sun., Feb. 3 from 4 to 7 PM, come to Ellicott City and Meet the Moms, hosted by Moms Demand Action at Cafe Bene, 10039 Baltimore National Pike.  Tickets are at  Join Howard County’s Moms Demand Action leadership members for coffee and conversations about the organization. This is a great way to learn about what is done and how to get involved in the movement to end gun violence. All are welcome. RSVP at  Check out

13] On Sun., Feb. 3 from 4 to  8 PM, get involved in Week #124 Jail Support, hosted by Baltimore Jail Support at Eager St. and Fallsway.  JAIL SUPPORT (or “jail sitting”) means providing support in the form of food & water, rides or bus fare, basic first aid and resource guides to people being released from jail. This happens on Sundays at Central Booking. Bear witness and provide comfort to denaturalize racist police abuse, to resist, and to build relationships within the struggle for a prison-free world. What is needed are water bottles, juice, granola bars, fruit and chips! Cash donations also go a long way. Feel free to drop off items the day of, or post on the event page to set up a time. Go to

14] – On Sun., Feb. 3 at 4 PM, join The CALL - ERA Education Program, hosted by One Rural Woman at Katrina's Dream, PO Box 32003, WDC 20007.  Get tickets at  Help build the groundswell. The collaboration of grassroots organizers, lobbyists, and professionals is dedicated to promoting and educating folks across the United States of America to empowering women around the world.  PASS THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT.

There is a NATIONAL WEEKLY SUNDAY CALL at 4 PM with E.R.A. ADVOCATES -- CALL IN NO: 563.999.2090 CONFERENCE NO: 898879#.  Go to

15] – 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 Feb. 4, 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.

16] – Join the Maryland Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival on Mon., Feb. 4 at 11 AM for a news conference and demand delivery. Maryland will join with states around the country and Washington DC to put our legislatures on notice. We won’t be silent as regressive policies continue to directly impact poor and disenfranchised people in Maryland.  44 percent of people in Maryland are poor or low-income — a total of 2.6 million residents.  Income for the top 1% grew by 160 percent, while the income for the bottom 99% increased by 26 percent between 1979 and 2012.  372,100 people are uninsured. 10 percent of census tracts show people are at-risk for being unable to afford water and 16,264 tons of NOx are emitted annually in Maryland, which is leading to respiratory issues. Gather at Whitmore Park, 92 W. Washington St., Annapolis 21401.  Stand united with folks across the country as they too deliver the Moral Agenda to legislative leaders at their state capitals when their legislators return to session. Together we are bringing attention to the impact of policies which promote systemic racism, poverty and inequality, the war economy and militarism, environmental devastation, and the corrupt moral narrative.  Email

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

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