Thursday, February 7, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 7 - 10, 2019

61] Free Food Rescue – Feb. 7
62] Donate Diapers through Feb. 10
63] Terrorism, Betrayal & Resilience – Feb. 8
64] Board of Trustees Protest: Divest Now from Fossil Fuels – Feb. 8
65] Release the documents – Feb. 8
66] Shut Down Children Prison Camps!  – Feb. 8
67] WIB peace vigils – Feb. 8
68] White House vigil – Feb. 8
69] Free Food Rescue – Feb. 8
70] Make the Green New Deal a possibility. – Feb. 8
71] The Future of American Labor -- Feb. 8 - 9
72] Black Lives Matter -- Feb. 8
73] Proposed legislation in the General Assembly that impacts women – Feb. 8
74] See Spike Lee’s “BlacKKKlansmen” -- Feb. 8
75] Consider the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz – Feb. 8
76] Ballroom Dancing – Feb. 8
77] Latino Racial Justice Circle -- Feb. 8
78] Film BLACK FRIDAY -- Feb. 9
79] SURJ 2019 Legislative Day -- Feb. 9
80] Wrongful Conviction: Walter Lomax – Feb. 9
81] Coffee & Doughnuts for Cats & Dogs -- Feb. 9
82] Peace Vigil – Feb. 9
83] Participatory Defense Community meeting – Feb. 9
84] Medicare for All Barnstorm – Feb. 9
85] Do you want to join a peace caravan?
86] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
87] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
88] Do you need any book shelves?
89] Join the Global Zero campaign
90] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
53] – On Thurs., Feb. 7 from 4 to 5 PM, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore, every Thursday until Feb. 7, 2019, come to the Dovecote Café, 2501 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Visit

52] – On Fri., Feb. 8  through Sun., Feb. 10 at 10 AM, get involved with the ShareBaby Diaper Drive, hosted by FIT4MOM Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Canton, & Riverside, Baltimore 21230. DONATE TO CHILDREN IN NEED IN BALTIMORE! ShareBaby believes that every child deserves the proper supplies and equipment for the best start in life. ShareBaby collect diapers, clothing, and other basic goods and distributes them to community-based organizations that serve families in need. Please help with NEW & OPENED PACKS of diapers and pull-ups (all sizes) & NEW baby wipes, diaper cream, and baby toiletries.  Donated items may be dropped off at Charm City Run (McHenry Row), during store hours. Contact Rachel Wagner at Visit and

63] –On Fri., Feb. 8 from 10 AM – 11:30 AM, Terrorism, Betrayal & Resilience: Book Talk w/ Prudence Bushnell, hosted by Center for Strategic & International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC 20036. In 1998, Prudence Bushnell, then the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, bore witness to the al-Qaeda bombings of the American embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. She saw how these events unfolded and faded into history’s background firsthand. In her compelling new memoir, "Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings," Bushnell shares what transpired on that fateful day. She also probes why the bombings—which killed 224 people—were possible, considering contemporary U.S. surveillance of al-Qaeda. Looking ahead, Bushnell also explores how today’s leaders can sidestep their predecessors’ miscalculations and prevent similar tragedies.

The CSIS Africa Program and CSIS Transnational Threats (TNT) Program invite you to an in-depth discussion with Ambassador Bushnell. Judd Devermont (CSIS Africa Program) and Seth Jones (CSIS TNT Program) will join Ambassador Bushnell to discuss lessons learned from her experience and current extremism trends in the region, including the recent attack on the Riverside Drive complex in Nairobi, Kenya. Register or live stream the event here at  Visit

64] -- On Fri., Feb. 8 from11 AM to 1 PM, attend the Board of Trustees Protest: Divest Now, hosted by Fossil Free George Washington in Kogan Plaza, 2121 I St. NW, WDC 20037.  GW refuses to meaningfully address the issue of climate change while time runs out for DC and the world. Protest the Board of Trustees for their continued refusal to divest the university’s endowment from the dirty fossil fuel industry. Then march to the Marvin Center to disrupt the Trustee meeting taking place.  Make your voice heard and tell GW that divestment is a moral obligation. See

65] – On Fri., Feb. 8 at 11 AM, support April in Court: Fighting MPD for FOIA Info, hosted by Black Lives Matter DC in D.C. Superior Court, Courtroom 219, 500 Indiana Ave. NW, WDC 20001. BLM DC Core Organizer April Renée Goggans has a hearing on her case challenging MPD’s refusal to correctly review and turn over what has “grown” to nearly 9K possibly responsive documents related to MPD’s ongoing surveillance and monitoring of her as a result of her activism.  She is represented by Georgetown Law Civil Rights Clinic who filed a complaint in DC Superior Court on June 1, 2017 to compel MPD to produce the request documents. The Court will decide whether MPD must produce the requested documents. See

66] – On Fri., Feb. 8 from noon to 1:30 PM, rally to Shut Down Children Prison Camps!  Hosted by Democracy Revolution at the U.S. Capitol Building West Lawn, Capitol Circle, WDC 20004.  Demand the Department of Health and Human Services get out of the children prison business. They currently run about 95 "temporary emergency shelters" aka prison camps for unaccompanied immigrant minors across the country, and most are in violation of U.S. Law which states that these children must be reunited with parents or an adult sponsor within 20 days. Furthermore, many are in violation of HHS' own standards by not providing an adequate number of medical staff. At Tornillo, which was the largest child prison camp, staff did not undergo required FBI fingerprint checks. Reports of abuse are now emerging from these horrific camps where staff are told not to make eye contact with the children and many cannot speak Spanish. 

Begin the protest on the south side of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, near the U.S. Botanical Gardens. Hear from a couple faith leaders and immigrant rights activists, and then march one block to the front of the Dept. of Health and Human Services. See

67] – On Fri., Feb. 8 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:

68] – On Fri.,  Feb. 8 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.

69] – On Fri., Feb. 8 at noon, get over to Grace Baptist Church, 3201 The Alameda., Baltimore 21218, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore. For this last Friday Food Rescue, bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. See

70] – Make the Green New Deal a possibility. On Fri., Feb. 8 at 12:30 PM, help bring the call for Real Climate Leadership to your Congressperson’s doorstep. Ramp up the call for a Green New Deal at Sen. Chris Van Hollen's office, 1900 N. Howard St., Suite 100. Baltimore 21218. 

71] – Come to hear about The Future of American Labor: Initiatives for a New Era.  The American labor movement is at a critical moment in its history. As workers, advocates, and union leaders chart a path forward, what initiatives, reforms, and organizing models hold the most promise to restore power to working people?  On Feb. 8 from 12:30 to 6 PM and on Sat., Feb. 9 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM, hear from the nation's top labor leaders, including AFT President Randi Weingarten President, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, and AFSCME President Lee Saunders, alongside former U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), among others, as they discuss and debate the future of organized labor.  The conference will be held at Georgetown University Law Center, Hart Auditorium, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, WDC 20001.  Register at

72] – 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. 8. Black Lives Matter.  

73] – On Fri., Feb. 8 from 6 to 8 PM, participate in the 8th Day of Action, hosted by Baltimore Women United at the Bistro and Winebar, 213 Penn St., Baltimore 21230.  Learn about proposed legislation in the General Assembly that impacts women!  Hear what is coming up and how you can help. Advocates and legislators will be invited.

74] – On Fri., Feb. 8 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, come to a Movie, Dinner, Discussion, hosted by Journey of Faith Church, 7902 Liberty Rd., Baltimore 21244.  The Social Justice team will show Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansmen.” To register please call 410-655-5250 or email Visit

75] – On Fri., Feb. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, enjoy poetry night with Milosz, hosted by Mount Calvary Catholic Church, 816 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201.  This is the next meeting of "The Dante Group." Consider the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz, Nobel Prize winner from Poland. Message Noah Jacob Tyler for a selection Mark Kirby did of Milosz's poems and a table of contents for it. His opinion is that The Selected Poems, edited by his friend and collaborator Robert Haas, tended to scant the religious poems. This slim selection does not. Begin this session on page 12. See

76] – 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. 8. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email

77] – On Sat., Feb. 9 from 10 AM to noon, come to a meeting, hosted by Latino Racial Justice Circle at Lion Brothers Company Building, 875 Hollins St., Baltimore 21201.  Arrive at 9:45 AM for some breakfast. The Lion Brothers Building is near the corner of Hollins Street and S. Poppleton St. in Southwest Baltimore. New members are always welcome! If you have any questions or would like to be added to the email list, email See

78] – There is a free screening of "Black Friday" on Sat., Feb. 9 from 10 AM to noon at Enoch Pratt Free Library Waverly Branch, 400 East 33rd St., Baltimore 21218. This is a documentary by Ric Mathis which looks deeply into the spending habits of Black America. The film addresses the misinformation, misunderstandings and myths within the Black community relating to money, finances and spending which play an important role in wealth creation and legacy. It features prominent figures from the Black community including Entrepreneur Cynthia Bailey of RHOA, Sociologist Umar Johnson, Actor Hill Harper, Attorney Colette T. Davis and Actress A. J. Johnson. Donations are welcomed.  Check out the trailer 

79] -- On Sat., Feb. 9 from 10 AM to 1 PM, attend SURJ 2019 Legislative Day, hosted by SURJ Baltimore at St. Mark's Lutheran, 1900 Saint Paul St., Baltimore 21218. Kick off the legislative session and re-engage in the work of fighting for criminal justice, police, and immigration reform at the city and state level.  There will be a panel discussion with social justice leaders, and then groups will break out with your district that will give everyone the opportunity to network with your neighbors, and learn basic skills to help you navigating the legislative session. Tactics like calls to legislators, providing testimony, hosting house meetings, and upcoming lobby nights will be shared.  Check out Enjoy donuts, bagels, coffee, and fruit. Email  See

80] – On Sat., Feb. 9 from 2 to 4 PM, check out Wrongful Conviction: Walter Lomax & The Honorable Gale E. Rasin, hosted by Maryland Humanities and Choose Civility at the Motor House, 120 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. Tickets are at  Lomax was arrested and incarcerated in 1967 at the age of 20 for a crime he did not commit. He maintained his innocence from the time of his arrest. After nearly 40 years and repeated petitions for a new trial, a review of his case by Judge Gale Rasin and additional investigations led to Mr. Lomax’s release in 2006. Hear this conversation about Mr. Lomax’s experiences navigating the justice system and his work since his release with the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative. Andrew Green of The Baltimore Sun will moderate the conversation. The event is free, but reservations are required. This program is part of Is Justice Just?, Maryland Humanities’ series of discussions on reform of the US criminal justice system. This series is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.  See

81] -- On Sat., Feb. 9 from 11 AM to 1 PM, enjoy Coffee & Doughnuts for Cats & Dogs, hosted by Mutt Mart and Senior Dog Sanctuary of Maryland at Mutt Mart, 2904 Hamilton Ave., Baltimore 21214.  Some say this is Baltimore's BEST dog-friendly brunch. Bring a suggested donation of $5 for the Senior Dog Sanctuary of Maryland, and you will receive a Fractured Prune doughnut and bottomless cup of Zeke's coffee.  Go to

82] – 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

83] – On Sat., Feb. 9 from 1 to 3 PM, get over to the Participatory Defense Community Meeting at the NAACP PG Headquarters, #115, 9201 Basil Court, Upper Marlboro 20774. CONTACT qiana johnson at or 2408454007.

84] – On Sat., Feb. 9 from 2 PM to 3:30 PM, join the Medicare for All Barnstorm – Baltimore, hosted by Healthcare is a Human Right – Maryland and Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America at First Unitarian Church, 1 W. Hamilton St., Baltimore 21201. Tickets are at  Mobilize support for HR 676, the single-payer healthcare bill.  Email

This is in conjunction with a national campaign organized by National Nurses United, Healthcare NOW, and other national organizations to generate support for the new Congressional Medicare for All bill, single-payer healthcare. The barnstorming is a special organizer training and strategy summit to kick off a week or two of focused canvassing to mobilize support for Medicare for All in the Baltimore area, targeting the districts of Congresspersons Dutch Ruppersberger (2nd), John Sarbanes (3rd), and Elijah Cummings (7th). There will be a kid’s table and refreshments on site. Venue is accessible through a side door. Go to

85] – 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.  

86] – 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.

87] -- 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

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

89] -- 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.

90] – 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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