Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- March 21 - 23, 2019

49] Dump Elliott Abrams – Mar. 21
50] April Ryan will speak – Mar. 21
51] Third Annual Connect for Immigrants -- Mar. 21
52] Communities United meeting -- Mar. 21
53] State's Attorney Forum – Mar. 21
54] Bio-technology and Disabilities – Mar. 21
55] A Night of Healthy Soils – March 21
56] The Israel Lobby – March 22
57] Hear from Amazonian indigenous leaders – Mar. 22
58] WIB peace vigils – Mar. 22
59] White House vigil -- Mar. 22
60] Who Will Feed India? – March 22
61] Democratization in Taiwan – March 22
62] Black Lives Matter – March 22
63] Film POWER TO HEAL – March 22
64] Film TIDEWATER -- Mar. 22
65] Ballroom Dancing – Mar. 22
66] March for Sudan – Mar. 23
67] York Road Community Days – Mar. 23
68] Peace Vigil – March 23
69] Computer Literacy classes for immigrant women – Mar. 23
71] Kings Bay Plowshares are hiring
72] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
73] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
74] Do you need any book shelves?
75] Join the Global Zero campaign
76] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
49] - On Thurs., March 21 from 10 AM to noon, attend the press event: #DropElliotAbrams from the Holocaust Museum Committee on Conscience, hosted by at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, WDC 20024-2126. A coalition of Central American survivors and descendants of victims of genocide and other atrocities have joined with Holocaust survivors and their descendants were shocked to recently learn that Elliott Abrams is a member of the Committee which seeks to “confront and work to halt acts of genocide or related crimes against humanity.”  Why has the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum not taken Abrams’ reprehensible role in Central America into account? How can the Committee on Conscience prevent future genocides if it has not come to terms with the involvement of one of its own members in supporting such atrocities?  Join them in demanding that the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum immediately remove Elliott Abrams as a member of its Committee on Conscience. You can read their full letter here: . His presence on that committee and his affiliation with the Museum runs contrary to everything that its mission stands for. See

50] – On Thurs., March 21 from 11 AM to 1 PM, April Ryan is Keynote Speaker for Women's History Month Luncheon, hosted by Angela D. Alsobrooks, Martin's Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt 20770.  April Ryan, veteran White House Correspondent, network TV news analyst, visionary and author will be the Keynote Speaker at the 34th Annual Prince George's County Women's History Month Luncheon. Grammy nominated artist Raheem DeVaughn will make a special appearance.  For tickets or additional sponsorship opportunities, visit

The 34th Annual Prince George’s County’s Women’s History Month Luncheon is a long standing tradition to celebrate the dynamic accomplishments of visionary women who serve in and partner with government to influence and impact our communities.  This year's theme, “Visionary Women,” highlights individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate dedication, commitment and pride in Prince George’s County. The national theme, Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence, honors women who have pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society.  This is another tradition that will be given to a PGCPS college bound senior planning to major in the areas of political science, public administration/government, public safety or health. It is great when we can come together to celebrate and fellowship and give back at the same time. Individual ticket cost is $50. For tickets or additional sponsorship opportunities, visit:  Go to

51] - The Maryland Immigrant Rights Coalition presents the Third Annual Connect for Immigrants on Thurs., March 21 from 4 to 7 PM at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, 500 West Baltimore St., Baltimore 21201. This event provides an opportunity to learn about resources available to immigrants in Maryland, becoming a volunteer and connecting with various organizations that need your help. Contact Mary Ritter at 410-323-8564. See Register at See

52] – Communities United is hosting  a Committee Night & Potluck on Thurs., March 21 for the monthly “Committee Night” at the office, 2221 Maryland Ave., 2nd Floor, Baltimore. The potluck is at 6 PM. The meeting starts at 6:30 PM sharp with committee breakouts at 7 PM. Come get the latest update about the Fight for $15 and so much more! Break bread and make change together! All are welcome, including kids. Email

53] – On Thurs., March 21 from 7 to 10 PM attend a State's Attorney Forum at the Mt. Enon Baptist Church, 9832 Piscataway Rd., Clinton 20735. Contact Seanniece Bamiro at  Go to

54] – On Thurs., Mar. 21 from 7 to 9 PM, GEORGE ESTREICH PRESENTS "FABLES AND FUTURES: BIOTECHNOLOGY, DISABILITY, AND THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES" at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  He will be in conversation with Nathaniel Comfort. From next-generation prenatal tests, to virtual children, to the genome-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9, new biotechnologies grant us unprecedented power to predict and shape future people. That power implies a question about belonging: which people, which variations, will we welcome? How will we square new biotech advances with the real but fragile gains for people with disabilities—especially when their voices are all but absent from the conversation?

This book explores that conversation, the troubled territory where biotechnology and disability meet. In it, George Estreich—an award-winning poet and memoirist, and the father of a young woman with Down syndrome—delves into popular representations of cutting-edge biotech: websites advertising next-generation prenatal tests, feature articles on “three-parent IVF,” a scientist's memoir of constructing a semisynthetic cell, and more.  He also considers broader themes: the place of people with disabilities in a world built for the able; the echoes of eugenic history in the genomic present; and the equation of intellect and human value. Call (443) 602 7611 or go to

55] – On Thurs., March 21 from 7 to 9 PM, enjoy A Night of Healthy Soils – with a Movie & Panel Discussion, hosted by Fair Farms at the Annapolis Friends Meeting, 351 Dubois Rd., Annapolis 21401.  Join Fair Farms, Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis, and Neighborhood Sun for a night focused on food, healthy soils, and regenerative agriculture.  See a showing of a series of short films that are sure to inspire. Following the films, hear a great speaker panel to highlight themes from the movies. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Go to

56] – On Fri., Mar 22 from 9 AM to 7 PM, get acquainted with the Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference, hosted by The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, WDC 20004. Tickets range from $89 to $99. The 6th annual conference at the National Press Club will be the most important ever!  How has the Israel lobby further captured key nodes of U.S. government policymaking? Why is U.S. policy so expensive, destructive and unrepresentative of the will of the American people? How are a handful of politicians now successfully running against previously unquestioned, longstanding Israel lobby platforms? What rules do reporters follow when they tell the truth about U.S. policy and the lobby? Why do U.S. presidents sign secret letters promising not to publicly discuss Israel’s clandestine nuclear weapons program? Why does the U.S. give more foreign aid to Israel than to any other country, and how is the makeup of that aid changing? What, if anything, does the U.S. get out of its so-called “special relationship” with Israel? How are human rights groups working to “de-Israelize” state and local governments? What is the Israel lobby doing to provoke an armed U.S. confrontation with Iran? What else is the lobby doing to improve Israel’s strategic position in the region? Why are assertions that Israel and the U.S. have “shared values” made, and are these assertions accurate?

On March 22, just two days before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee holds its annual policy conference at the Washington Convention Center, a polar opposite gathering of top thinkers, activists, authors, politicians and experts will meet at an even more prestigious location: The National Press Club. Qualified experts—most denied mass media platforms in the United States—will once more convene to critically examine U.S. Middle East policy and the negative impact of the Israel-centric policies the lobby demands. Most important, once again Americans interested in improving Middle East policy can convene and discuss alternatives for the future! Visit

57] – On Fri., Mar. 22 hear from Amazonian indigenous leaders and others on two timely panel discussions. The morning discussion from 10 AM to noon will feature leaders from the Western Amazon (Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru) while the afternoon congressional panel from 1 to 2 PM will focus on the situation in Brazil.

   In the morning, hear from Amazon Leaders Share Hopes for Church Gathering at the Friends of the Earth office, 1101 15th St. NW, 11th Floor, WDC.  This is hosted by the Inter-Religious Working Group on Extractive Industries and Amazon Watch.  RSVP to  Come hear from indigenous and religious leaders from the Amazon about their concerns for the region: their resistance and organizational process, displacement by large-scale energy and agriculture projects, struggles for land rights and formal recognition, and threats to their livelihoods and culture.  They also will share their hopes for the Synod on the Amazon, a high-level meeting of the Catholic Church to be held in October.

Brazil and Increasing Threats to the Amazon and Indigenous Rights will take place at 2456 Rayburn House Office Building, co-sponsored by REPAM and COICA.  The newly elected president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has signaled his intention to open up the Brazilian Amazon to development. Throughout the Amazon, indigenous and local communities have long faced threats to their land, culture and livelihoods, predominantly from large scale energy and agriculture development projects.  In a context of increasing division and marginalization and persistent impunity, the possible adoption of new policies that would undermine land protections for indigenous communities and lead to increasing extractive development and deforestation poses serious threats to human rights, including the rights of indigenous people in Brazil. RSVP to

58] – On Fri., Mar. 22 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:

59] – On Fri.,  Mar. 22 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.

60] – On Fri., Mar 22 from 12:15 to 1:45 PM, Who Will Feed India? This is hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), 1201 I St., WDC 20005. Lunch will be provided starting at 11:45 AM. Go to

61] – On Fri., March 22 from 12:30 to 2 PM, hear about Democratization in Taiwan: Past and Future, hosted by the Georgetown University Asian Studies, 3700 O St. NW, WDC 20057. The Asian Studies Program invites you to a conversation on Taiwan's struggle for democracy and outlook for a democratic future with Michael Fonte, Director of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Mission in the U.S., Michael Chen (MASIA '18), Research Associate, DPP Mission in the U.S., and Janice Chen (LAW '09), Senior Associate, DPP Mission in the U.S. The event will be moderated by Dr. Kristen Looney, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies. This event will not be political in nature, rather a conversation about Taiwan's democratic past and future. See

62] – 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. 22. Black Lives Matter.  

63] – On Fri., Mar 22 from 6:30 to 9 PM, catch the film screening and panel discussion, hosted by the Anne Arundel County Chapter Healthcare is a Human Right at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, 1101 Smithville St., Annapolis 21401.  Get tickets at  Join the Anne Arundel Chapter of Healthcare is Human Right Maryland and Showing Up for Racial Justice Annapolis and Anne Arundel County (SURJ 3A) for a film screening and panel discussion of POWER TO HEAL, an hour-long documentary that tells a chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months. More info on the film can be found at: Afterwards there is a panel discussion about inequality in healthcare today and the movement for universal healthcare. See

64] – On Fri., Mar 22 from 7 to 8:30 PM, see a screening of TIDEWATER, hosted by St. Luke's Church On The Avenue, Hampden, 800 W. 36th St., Baltimore 21211. Blue Water Baltimore will be at St. Luke's for the next piece of an environmental stewardship plan - a short documentary, and a Q&A on a range of water related topics including storm water management and water infrastructure in the city of Baltimore.  See the trailer here: Sea level rise is happening and Hampton Roads, Virginia, is on the frontline. Home to the world's largest naval base, 17 local jurisdictions, and 2 million citizens, the rising waters and sinking land could have a devastating effect. TIDEWATER tells the personal story of a community accustomed to hardship and sacrifice through its military service. Now they’re coming together to create a new approach to building a resilient America, ready for the environmental realities of the 21st century. If Hampton Roads succeeds, it will mean success on several levels. They'll save their homes, schools, businesses, and that's no mean feat. But they'll also create a powerful template for success, a model other regions can use to prepare for and deal with disaster. See

65] – 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. 22. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email

66] –On Sat., Mar 23 from 10 AM to 6 PM, March For Sudan, hosted by Sudanese Americans for Non-Violent Demonstrations—SAND at 100 15th St. NW, WDC 20560. After the march ends at 12:45 P.  The program will go from 2:30 to 5:45 PM.  Contact Jalelah Ahmed, Communications Director, at (814) 880-7111 or The RALLY is at the Lincoln Memorial, WDC 20037. MARCH ON WASHINGTON TO ANSWER SUDAN’S CALLS FOR DEMOCRACY AND TO URGE CONGRESS TO PUSH FOR THE REMOVAL OF MOHAMED ATTA, SUDAN’S TOP DIPLOMAT IN WASHINGTON. THEY SUPPORT THE RIGHT FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST AND SEEK JUSTICE FOR ALL THE VICTIMS OF BASHIR’S RUTHLESS REGIME. For the past three months, uprisings across Sudan have ignited a world-wide call for the immediate resignation of thirty-year dictator, Omar Al Bashir. These calls have been answered with deadly opposition as the government has resorted to using armed militias to crack down on civilians. Militias have used tear gas, live ammunition and batons, killing at least 70 people and injuring thousands more. Additionally, the list of those being detained without charge grows everyday as the government’s militia forces actively rake the streets kidnapping peaceful protesters.

Hundreds have sustained beatings, some reporting that they were electrocuted. Militia forces have been caught on camera running over protesters with their trucks, kicking in doors to homes, dragging suspected protesters into the streets in cities all over Sudan. Video evidence shows the militias beating them forcefully with batons and sticks in the head and chest. This has been Bashir’s response to the protesters demands for affordable bread and fuel. The demands have ignited a call for Peace and Democracy and for the National Congress Party and Bashir, to step down.  See

67] – Loyola University is organizing York Road Community Days, which are two hour volunteer days on Saturday mornings.  This spring, Community Days are scheduled for March 23, March 30, April 13 and April 27. Loyola students have the opportunity to paint, garden, clean, and more in local neighborhoods and along the York Road Corridor through the leadership of local residents.  At the direction of York Road Partnership's Public Spaces & Greening Committee, the focus this spring is maintenance over 75 tree pits on York Road.  If you're interested in signing up as a group leader to work on tree pits, email  If you have a project in your own neighborhood to lead, please fill out the form at

68] – 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

69] –  Beginning on Sat., Mar. 23 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 or call 410-323-8564.

70] -- On Sat., March 23 from 5:30 to 7 PM, check out the Environmental Film Festival for "Anthropocene: the Human Epoch," hosted by AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring 20910.  Tickets are at  The third in a trilogy (following 2006's MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES and 2013's WATERMARK), ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH takes viewers on a worldwide tour narrated by Alicia Vikander, from concrete seawalls in China, which now cover 60 percent of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany; potash mines in Russia's Ural Mountains; a heavy metal festival in the closed city of Norilsk, Siberia; the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia; and lithium evaporation ponds in South America's Atacama Desert. High-end production values and state-of-the-art camera techniques capture evidence of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, this film bears witness to a critical moment in geological history. It is in English, Russian, Italian, German, Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles. The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital runs until March 24. For the full schedule of films screening at AFI, visit: Visit

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

72] – 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.

73] -- 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

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

75] -- 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.

76] – 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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