Saturday, March 16, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert March 17 - 19, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert March 17 - 19, 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] “Explore & Live Palestine” from July 11 through July 25, 2019
6] Lawyers Against War
8] Heath care Inequity   – Mar. 17
9] Feed the Homeless – Mar. 17
10] Film THIS MOUNTAIN LIFE – Mar. 17
11] No Bolsonaro in DC! – Mar. 17
12] Film BLOWOUT – Mar. 17
14] Remember Bill Blum – Mar. 17
15] Homeless Period Campaign -- Mar. 17 – Apr. 11
16] Direct Action Everywhere – Mar. 17
17] Pentagon Protest – Mar. 18
18] Say NO to Mercury Pollution – Mar. 18
19] Food Rescue – Mar. 18
20] Israeli Politics will be Decoded – Mar. 18
21] Ceasefire meeting – Mar. 18
22] Monsanto’s Roundup Mar. 18
23] Green Towson Alliance – Mar. 18
24] Film "The Invisible Vegan" – Mar. 18
25] Get the Money Out conference call – Mar. 18
26] Out for Justice Lobby Day – Mar. 19
27] Climate Change Needs Behavior Change – Mar. 19
28] Gullible Superpower: US Support for Democratic Movements -- Mar. 19
29] Peace Vigil – Mar. 19
30] No Drone Research DEMO – Mar. 19
31] Nazi Ideology and Racism in the Jim Crow South – Mar. 19
32] Protest Kitchen – Mar. 19
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] – Jeff Ross, an attorney in Maryland, is interested in gathering with other lawyers to discuss ways in which the legal profession and the law generally can be conceptualized as a peace-building and war-resisting institution and redirected to these ends. Areas to explore might include: 1) ways in which this group could support with legal analysis/writing those lawyers who are representing peace-builders/war-resisters in criminal prosecutions; 2) ways in which, from a more theoretical perspective, the law might be grounded in an ethic of non-violence; and 3) ways in which law students and young lawyers might be exposed to a non-violent vision of the law. All religious, philosophical, and critical perspectives on the law are welcome. The group might want to call itself Lawyers Against War. Jeff can be reached at 443-690-6872 and

6] – If you are 18 to 35, don't miss this unique opportunity to visit Palestine! Registration is Now Open at For more information, please visit:  Know Thy Heritage, Inc. is offering a Leadership Initiative “Explore & Live Palestine” from July 11 through July 25, 2019.  This is a program of The Arab American Institute.  Visit

7] -- SUPPORT AMAZON WORKERS OF CONSCIENCE.  We are in a deep struggle to support conscience within the high tech community, which may be the only way to prevent a major leap into artificial intelligence warfare that we see the beginnings of in the expanding global U.S. drone war system.  This may be of particular interest to Johns Hopkins' Navy-funded researchers, some of whom have been working on swarming drone technology.

These are not major asks and can be a powerful reinforcement of conscience at an extremely critical moment.  Please consider circulating this link to your lists encouraging people to sign the linked RootsAction petition - and leafletting Whole Foods in your areas. This is a link to the leaflet -- Should you have interest in circulating the links and possibly leafletting, contact Nick Mottern at  nickmottern at

8] –  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., Mar. 17, the platform address is “Racial Justice Unpacked: Healthcare as a Racial Issue.” Technology has given us the opportunity to see with our own eyes the brutality that some people experience in our society because of race. Yet many people who want to help don’t understand the social impact of race on health. In this talk, Nikki Akparewa, a nurse entrepreneur and the Creative Director of Transform Nursing, will present key insights into how health equity has to be the center of any change process for communities. She will explain how the work is different when it is based on a racial justice framework that addresses structural racism and ties in inclusive practices.

  Her organizational mission is to coach people with innovative methods for inclusive leadership. She is one of few nurse experts offering an online accredited course focusing on social justice, diversity and inclusive leadership. With over a decade of experiences in international nursing, critical care, hospital and community based care, Nikki is an expert on navigating tough conversations around race, class and other social structures that leaders need to learn to deliver safe and compassionate care. You can find learn more about her at or by emailing her at transformnursing@gmail.comCall 410-581-2322 or email

9] – On Sun., March 17 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Feed the Homeless with the Skylyne Foundation under the 83 Bridge (the JFX), 407 E. Saratoga St., Baltimore. Volunteers & donations are needed.  Help serve several different Trays of Hot Food and Soups.  Everyone is welcome to volunteer, and all ages are welcome. Go to

10] – Come to the Environmental Film Festival to see “This Mountain Life” at noon at the Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20001.  Reservations are required. Full names are required for all attendees and valid government-issued photo ID must be shown. Embassy Theatre space is strictly limited. Seating will begin 15 minutes prior to screening. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to show time. A Q&A with the Director of the film, Grant Baldwin, will take place following the film.  Note that access to the evening reception is only available with the 7 PM screening.

The awe that mountainous landscapes evoke is universal, yet few people ever venture into true wilderness. Living amongst us is a special breed of people. They are undefined by age, gender, profession or background, but for them, the draw of the mountains is so strong that their lives must revolve around it. After months of preparation, Martina and her 60 year-old mother Tania embark on a 6-month, 2300km journey from Squamish, BC to Alaska through a relentless mountain wilderness.  There are others who share a passion for the mountain life: a group of nuns inhabiting a mountain retreat to be closer to God; a photographer is buried in an avalanche; an impassioned alpinist; a focused snow artist; a couple who has been living off grid for nearly 50 years. What is it that leads these adventurous people to sacrifice everything – comfort, family, personal safety – for a life in the mountains?  Shot in cinematic detail, This Mountain Life is a riveting portrait of human passion set high in the peaks of British Columbia, Canada. See

11] -- Come to Lafayette Square, across from the White House on Sun., March 17 from 12:30 to 3:30 PM to say No Bolsonaro in DC! This demonstration is against the upcoming visit of Brazil's president to D.C. sponsored by DC United Against Racism. Oppose the Global Far Right.  The election of Donald Trump in 2016 has emboldened organized white nationalists and fascist gangs to take to the streets across the United States. These groups have organized attacks on immigrants, Muslims, Jews, people of color, LGBTQ folks, organized workers, and leftists in Charlottesville and across the US, and have encouraged individuals to engage in violent hate crimes. There is an urgent need to work together to stop the alarming rise of the ultra-right and fascists.

On March 17-19 neo-fascist and newly elected president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro will arrive in Washington DC for a two day meeting with Donald Trump. The meeting of two heads of State from the largest economies and populations in the western hemisphere serves to bring undue legitimacy to both the Trump and Bolsonaro administrations. Currently we are experiencing a global rise of the far right based on nationalist rhetoric including scapegoating immigrants, Islamophobia, anti-environment, anti-worker policies and continued attacks on the oppressed and vulnerable. These attacks are happening both in the streets and inside governments. People of good standing must take it upon themselves to resist this global rise, DC United Against Hate recognizes the need to oppose fascism and far right hate both locally and internationally.  Check out

12] – On Sun., March 17 from 2 to 3:50 PM, catch the BLOWOUT Documentary with a Post-Event Discussion, hosted by The Center for Public Integrity as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, 1224 M St. NW, Suite 301, WDC 20005.  Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at  BLOWOUT is about the fallout of America's fossil fuel boom, and after the screening hear a discussion with Newsy's Zach Toombs, Kate Grumke and Public Integrity's Jenny Zou, moderated by award-winning AP Environment correspondent Christina Larson. Check out

13] – On Sun., Mar. 17 from 7 to 9 PM, hear about WE THE RESISTANCE at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  Michael Long will in conversation with Naureen Shah. This is a first-person history of nonviolent resistance in the U.S., from pre-Revolutionary America to the Trump years. While historical accounts of the United States typically focus on the nation's military past, a rich and vibrant counter narrative remains basically unknown to most Americans. This alternate history of the formation of our nation—and its character—is one in which courageous individuals and movements have wielded the tools of nonviolence to resist unjust, unfair, and immoral policies and practices.

We the Resistance gives curious citizens and current resisters unfiltered access to the hearts and minds of their activist predecessors. Beginning with the pre-Revolutionary War era and continuing through to the present day, readers will encounter the voices of protestors sharing instructive stories about their methods (from sit-ins to tree sitting) and opponents (from Puritans to Wall Street bankers), as well as inspirational stories about their failures (from slave petitions to the fight for the ERA), and successes (from enfranchisement for women to today's reform of police practices). Instruction and inspiration run throughout this captivating reader, generously illustrated with historic graphics and photographs of nonviolent protests throughout U.S. history.

Michael G. Long is an associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College and is the author or editor of numerous books on civil rights, religion, and politics, including Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography; Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers; Gay Is Good: The Life and Letters of Gay Rights Pioneer Franklin Kameny; Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball; Martin Luther King, Jr., Homosexuality, and the Early Gay Rights Movement; and I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters.

Naureen Shah is a lawyer, writer, campaigner, researcher, and advocate for human rights, and the former Senior Director of Campaigns at the U.S. section of Amnesty International. See Call (443) 602 7611 or go to

14] – While much of official Washington has focused on allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo openly call for the ouster of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro, a leading chronicler of the U.S. government’s numerous invasions, interventions and assassination plots is being memorialized in Washington, D.C. on Sun., March 17 from 4 to 7 PM at the Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th Street NW, corner of Kalmia Street, WDC 20012.  William Blum died in December, and will be honored as a U.S. Policy Critic.  Covert Action Magazine states that reminiscences from the stage or via video are anticipated from filmmaker Oliver Stone; former CIA analysts Ray McGovern and John Kiriakou; author Michael Parenti; political commentator Bill Moyers; consumer advocate Ralph Nader; political activist Noam Chomsky, and Covert Action Magazine co-founders Louis Wolf and Chris Agee.

15] – On Sun., Mar. 17 through Thurs., Apr. 11 from 4 to 7 PM, be a part of a Homeless Period Campaign, hosted by Project PLASE, Inc., 1814 Maryland Ave., Baltimore 21201.  Tickets are at Join @Project PLASE in raising awareness and funds to help homeless individuals and their #homelessperiod.  Make a donation at  Challenge a friend, organization or group to show their support for the #homelessperiod and to keep the challenge going.  Post into your social media posts to keep the challenge going.

In addition to dealing with the everyday hardships that come with homelessness, people who menstruate have an additional level of hardship each month. With the lack of resources to buy menstrual products, they must choose between spending money on these products, or eating. The #HomelessPeriod Campaign is a fundraiser organized by Project PLASE in accordance with the Why Women Cry Conference. It intends to raise funds to create menstrual hygiene kits that can be given to PLASE clients and homeless people. The kits will be distributed by Project PLASE staff and volunteers. Homelessness brings trauma and health issues into one’s life. We believe menstruation care should not be a secondary choice for people, and that all people deserve equal access to period product. Please join Project PLASE in the #homelessperiod Campaign to provide everyone with equitable menstrual care. Visit

16] -- On Sun., March 17 from 5 to 7 PM, check in with Direct Action Everywhere in Baltimore. For full details and participation, join the group:  Since 2015, DxE has been investigating and exposing Whole Foods. Their advertisements would have you believe that their farms are wonderful sanctuaries for nonhuman animals but that could not be further from the truth. There is no humane way to kill an animal. Join in with huge banners speaking the truth about this animal abusing corporation. Whole Foods has a lot of power which means they have the power to create historic, meaningful change for nonhuman animals by recognizing that it is always wrong to exploit them. See

17] – 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 Mar. 18, 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.

18] – On Mon., March 18 from 8 AM to 6 PM, Say NO to Mercury Pollution at an EPA Hearing on Mercury Standards, hosted by National Wildlife Federation Action Fund and National Wildlife Federation at the EPA, WJC East Building, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC.  REGISTER TO TESTIFY HERE:  The Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump Administration is working to roll back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, allowing more mercury to be released from power plants into the environment to the detriment of people and wildlife. The agency wants to cut consideration of most public health and other ecological benefits of limiting mercury and other related air pollution, which would gut fundamental justification for strict mercury limits. The hearing is called the “Proposed Revised Supplemental Finding and Results of the Residual Risk and Technology Review.” Speak out about the need to keep tight controls on toxic mercury pollution that threatens wildlife and human health.  Connect at

19] – On Mon., Mar. 18 at noon, there will be a Food Rescue at Land of Kush, 840 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201. Food Rescue Baltimore is honored to partner with The Land of Kush each and every Monday to bring access to free vegan/plant-based food in the community. Bring a bag. Take what you want from noon to 1PM or while supplies last. No purchase is necessary to take advantage of the Food Rescue Baltimore give away. Items from The Land of Kush's menu are not included in the give-away but will be available for sale. See

20] – On Mon., March 18 from 12:30 to 2 PM, Israeli Politics will be Decoded with David Sheen, hosted by The Jerusalem Fund & Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Tickets are at Gaza is eviscerated. Apartheid is entrenched in the West Bank. Inside official Israel, the ruling party openly promotes racial hatred towards Arabs and Africans. How popular are these belligerent policies among Israeli Jews? And how can we make sense of Israeli politics — where dozens of parties run for parliament, and double-digits get in — with wild swings, seemingly, in who holds power? Data visualizations of Israeli public opinion polls reveal patterns, while English translations of Israel’s internal discourse reveal how those trends are expressed and experienced in our everyday lives. There are no easy answers here, but journalist and human rights defender David Sheen will give an unflinching interrogation and a compelling analysis of the state of Israel*Palestine under Trump and Netanyahu. A light lunch will be served at 12:30 PM. Talk begins promptly at 1PM.  Visit

21] – On Mon., March 18 from 6 to 7:30 PM, come to a meeting hosted by Baltimore Ceasefire 365 at 3411 Bank St., Baltimore 21224-2302.  Share information and work that helps to heal Baltimore City.  This is a city-wide call asking Baltimore residents to avoid having any murders through quarterly Ceasefires and Peace Challenges (Feb., May, August, and Nov.) Look up

22] – On Mon., March 18 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets, 450 K St. NW (near Union Station), Mitchel Cohen will discuss his book The Fight Against Monsanto's Roundup: The Politics of Pesticides. Quite a few critical thinkers, scientists, and activists wrote chapters for the book, taking on the subject from different angles. Cohen’s chapters offer a radical political and anti-imperialist overview of the interrelations among Roundup, Genetic Engineering, the U.S. government, and attempts to control the world's food supply -- food as a weapon. I ask "in what ways must our movements reconceptualize the fight, to win"?  One of the chapters’ authors, Robin Esser, will be contributing to the discussion. Robin, coming from both a scientific and activist background, covered the consequences of Glyphosate's effects on animal cells, animals, and ecosystems, citing extensive evidence exposing Monsanto's false claims, and explaining the basis of the toxicity of each of the chemicals comprising Roundup. See

23] – On Mon., March 18 from 7 to 8:30 PM, attend a Green Towson Alliance Meeting at the Pickersgill Retirement Community, 615 Chestnut Ave., Towson 21204.  This is the regular bi-monthly meeting of the Green Towson Alliance. All are welcome to attend. On the agenda will be the spring stream clean-ups, habitat restoration, among other projects. The Green Towson Alliance unites Towson area environmentalists to achieve a greener, healthier, more beautiful community through collaboration and activism. See

24] – On Mon., March 18 at 7 PM check out the Reel and Meal at the New Deal which presents  "The Invisible Vegan," a 90-minute independent documentary that explores the problem of unhealthy dietary patterns in the African-American community, foregrounding the health and wellness possibilities enabled by plant-based vegan diets and lifestyle choices. Enjoy a vegan meal at 6:30 PM for $14, while the film is free. The New Deal Café is at 113 Centerway on Roosevelt Center in Greenbelt. RSVP at  Hear from guest panelists including restaurateurs, cooks and advocates Naijha Wright-Brown, Antonio Simpson, and Brenda Sanders.

25] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Monday, Mar. 11 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.  Call 605-475-6711, code 1136243#.  Work only on brainstorming ideas for participation in the upcoming General Election.

26] – On Tues., March 19, get involved with Out for Justice Lobby Day in Annapolis. Contact Allie at 507-301-9016 or  Out for Justice and the Jobs Opportunities Task Force will support legislative priorities that reform our criminal justice system and create more equitable opportunities for people returning from incarceration. Leave Baltimore no later than 8 AM and leave Annapolis no later than 2 to 3 PM. No prior legislative experience required! The organizers will walk you through the day's structure and make it easy to navigate. If you've never been to Annapolis before--this is a great opportunity to directly engage with your legislators and get to know more about the legislative process. See

27] – On Tues., March 19 from 9 AM to 5 PM, come to a summit BE.Hive: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change, hosted by Rare at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW, WDC 20036. Tickets are at BE.Hive: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change is a one-day summit to explore global climate change through the lens of human behavior.  Over the last 30 years, climate change has emerged as the most pressing threat to our species and to life on our planet. Human behavior lies at the center of this issue, both as the problem and the solution. At the summit, you will learn about the latest academic insights from behavior science, get inspired by the world’s leading environmentalists, be ignited by artists, storytellers and explorers, and identify some of the greatest opportunities for shifting human behavior to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Go to

28] – On Tues., March 19 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, catch the talk about “Gullible Superpower: US Support for Bogus ‘Democratic’ Movements,” hosted by The Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20001.  Tickets are at  The first few generations of leaders made a sharp distinction between advancing the legitimate interests of the republic and taking on foreign causes that purported to overthrow tyrannical rule and establish democratic systems based on respect for fundamental rights.  Within the last half-century, however, a number of foreign insurgent groups have been able to manipulate U.S. policymakers and opinion leaders into supporting their causes. Sometimes those efforts have even entangled the U.S. military in bloody, unnecessary, and morally dubious wars, as in Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, and Syria.

The Cato Institute Senior Fellow Ted Galen Carpenter examines the most prominent cases in which well-meaning Americans have ended up supporting misguided policies. He underscores the need for future U.S. leaders to adopt a policy of skepticism and restraint toward foreign movements that purport to embrace democracy. REGISTER:  If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at and join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoFP. See

29] –  Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is Mar. 19.  Call 215-426-0364.

30] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. The next vigil will be on Mar. 19 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

30] – On Tues., March 19 from 5 to 9 PM, attend the City Council Monthly Oversight Hearings of the Baltimore Police Dept., hosted by Councilperson Eric T. Costello at Baltimore City Hall, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202. If you can't make it to City Hall, you may watch on Comcast Channel 25 and the hearings will also be streamed live on:  These monthly oversight hearings are split into two parts: 1) Budget Oversight (dealing with staffing, recruitment, payroll, and overtime); and 2) Council State (dealing with crime statistics and strategies in each of the 9 Police districts). Go to

31] -- On Tues., March 19 from 6 to 8 PM, see LET THE FIRE BURN, as part of the Social Justice Film Series at Haverford College in the VCAM Screening Room. Contact Stephanie Keene at Visit Let the Fire Burn is a 2013 documentary film about the events leading up to and surrounding a 1985 stand-off between the black liberation group MOVE and the Philadelphia Police Department. The film is directed and produced by Jason Osder and was released by Zeitgeist Films in October 2013.

32] -- On Tues., March 19 at 6:30 PM, check out the March Edition: Protest Kitchen, hosted by Baltimore Vegan Book Club at the One World Café, 100 West University Parkway, Baltimore 21210.  Join and fight injustice, save the planet, and fuel the resistance with this unique hybrid non-fiction/cookbook! See

To be continued.

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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

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