Thursday, April 4, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- April 5 - 8, 2019

49] Sanctuary DMV Accompaniment Training – April 4
50] Baltimore City Budget: A Moral Point of View (Town Hall) – April 4
51] Open Borders -- April 4
52] No Compromise to End Militarism April 4
53] RAF Info Session – April 4
54] WIB peace vigils – April 5
55] White House vigil April 5
56] Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice – April 5 - 8
57] Black Lives Matter – April 5
58] CRS Meal Packaging – April 5
59] Film A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS – April 5
60] New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition – April 5
61] Palestine Advocacy Day and Training – April 5 to 8
62] Ousting U.S. H-Bombs from Europe– April 5
63] Ballroom Dancing – April 5
64] NLG Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference – April 6-8
65] Summit for Human Rights & Democracy in the Philippines – April 6 - 8
66] Festival for the Animals – April 6
49] - On Thurs., April 4 from 6 to 8:30 PM, get over to Sanctuary DMV Accompaniment Training, hosted by Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW, WDC 20036. REGISTER FOR THIS TRAINING HERE: Over the past two years, volunteers with Sanctuary DMV's accompaniment program have supported dozens of immigrants at their ICE check-ins, immigration court appointments, and more. Check out

50] – On Thurs., April 4 at 6 PM, get with the Baltimore City Budget: A Moral Point of View (Town Hall), hosted by Communities United at Douglas Memorial Community Church, 1325 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217.  This Town Hall is the third in a series organized by Communities United as part of the Freedom to Thrive initiative -- a community education and organizing campaign to engage residents most impacted to redefine public safety and re-imagine a city where schools, youth, harm reduction, housing and other community investments become widely supported priorities. “Freedom to Thrive” is a report examining 12 urban city and county budgets around the country that found that Baltimore leads the pack in police spending – spending 25% more per-capita than the next highest city. In recent years, the police have consumed about one quarter of the city’s budget. For a full report, visit 

Baltimore’s murder rate continues to climb, leading the FBI and USA Today to call it the nation’s most dangerous city. Meanwhile, more than twice as many people die by overdose than murder. City schools are closing and crumbling. Thousands of people return from jail with little opportunity for employment, decent housing or support for families and whole communities living in trauma. The City has a moral obligation to enact a budget that addresses these and other pressing issues residents face.  On April 4 (appropriately on the 41st anniversary of MLK’s assassination), scrutinize the Mayor's (soon to be released) 2019-20 budget as a moral document. Seek to build a community vision of what could be accomplished with 25% of the city’s police budget -- currently about $125 to $130 million. Build a Freedom to Thrive budget that takes on the most pressing needs of Baltimore’s communities. See

51] – On Thurs., April 4 from 7 to 9 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201, Reece Jones presents "Open Borders: In Defense of Free Movement." This collection of essays challenges reactionary nationalism by making the positive case for the benefits of free movement for countries on both ends of the exchange. Open Borders counters the knee-jerk reaction to build walls and close borders by arguing that there is not a moral, legal, philosophical, or economic case for limiting the movement of human beings at borders. Go to Call (443) 602 7611 or go to

52] – The Black Alliance for Peace is focusing on No Compromise to End Militarism on Thurs., April 4 at 7 PM at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 N. Capitol St. NE, WDC 20011. Black Agenda Report Executive Editor Glen Ford will deliver the keynote address. Singer, people’s lawyer and activist Jaribu Hill will MC for the night. Speakers include prominent activists from around the country.  See

53] – On Thurs., April 4 at a 7 PM, there is an RAF Info Session, hosted by Research Associates Foundation at Terra Cafe Bmore, 101 E 25th St., Baltimore 21218. Get an application and get answers about the process. Grants go from $500 to $2,500. Visit

54] – On Fri., April 5 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:

55] – On Fri.,  April 5 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.

56] – On Fri., April 5 at noon through Mon., April 8 at 5 PM, get with Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice, hosted by Ecumenical Advocacy Days, 110 Maryland Ave. NE, Suite 110, WDC 20002.  Tickets are at The advocacy efforts will be focused on voting rights, protecting democracy, the Global Fragility Act and protecting human rights defenders. Register at  See

57] – 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 April 5. Black Lives Matter.  

58] - On Fri., April 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, this is Lenten Friday and a chance for a CRS Meal Packaging, hosted by Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 111 Amberly Way, Baltimore 21210.  Tickets are at  At this event pack 15,000 meals for Burkina Faso where 1 in 5 people suffer from food insecurity. Team up to make full balanced meals to be shipped in sealed bags and distributed once overseas. This is a fun event, one of which helps many.  Sign up at  Visit

59] – On Fri., April 5 from 7 to 10 PM, the Delco Peace Center April 2019 Movie is "A Man for All Seasons," hosted by the Peace Center of Delaware County, Springfield Friends Meeting, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania 19064.  Doors open 6:30 PM for light refreshments. There will be an after-film discussion for those wishing to attend.  The screening is organized by the Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148.

The 1966 classic film is about conscience, faith, and political power, told through the story of Sir Thomas More, chancellor to King Henry VIII. In this centuries-old tale, the king demands More’s approval to divorce Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn. He believes More can sway the Catholic Church to permit the divorce.  However, Thomas More (Paul Scofield) refuses to submit, which he believes would imperil his soul. His unwillingness infuriates the King (Robert Shaw) who resorts to threats and trickery. More resists all pressure and resigns, hoping to live out his life in peace. The dramatic ending leaves the viewer with an indelible image of integrity and a charge to live up to one’s own principles in a corrupt and fallen world.  The film was a critical and box office success, winning Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director for Fred Zinnemann, Best Actor for Scofield, and international awards.   For directions to the Peace Center go to or call 484-574-1148.  Check out

60] – On Fri., April 5 from 7 to 9 PM, catch New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition, hosted by Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  This is a special event with contributors: Christopher Bonner, University of Maryland, David Weinfeld, University of Virginia, and Reena Goldthree, Princeton University, co-sponsored by the African American Intellectual History Society!  From well-known intellectuals such as Frederick Douglass and Nella Larsen to often-obscured thinkers such as Amina Baraka and Bernardo Ruiz Suárez, black theorists across the globe have engaged in sustained efforts to create insurgent and resilient forms of thought. New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition is a collection of twelve essays that explores these and other theorists and their contributions to diverse strains of political, social, and cultural thought.  Look over

61] – On Fri., April 5 from 7 to 9 PM, get over to Palestine Advocacy Day and Training 2019, hosted by American Muslims for Palestine.  It will continue through Mon., April 8 at 5 PM.  Tickets are at Sat., April 6 from 9 AM to 6 PM, there is an all-day training; Sun., April 7 from 9 AM to 6 PM, again all day training; and Mon., April 8 at 9 AM, head to Capitol Hill for lobby meetings. 

  Come for intensive training in political engagement and community mobilization, and a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill! Young leaders and activists will learn the skills they need to lead campaigns in their communities, engage elected officials, and advocate for the rights of Palestinians!  The event is open to all who seek justice in Palestine and agree to the following principles:  1) Israel's occupation must end; 2) The right of return for Palestinian refugees; 3) Equal Rights for all Palestinians and 4) Supporting the Call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions.  The registration fee includes 3 nights at the hotel, as well as breakfast and lunch on most days. Focus

62] – On Fri., April 5 from 7:30 to 9 PM, hear about Ousting U.S. H-Bombs from Europe presented by John LaForge and Marion Kuepker at the Catholic Worker-Dorothy Day House, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010.  As NATO Foreign Ministers will have just gathered for a Summit in Washington, DC to Commemorate NATO's 70th Anniversary on April 3-4, you are invited to a special program to hear about an inspiring European/U.S. nonviolent campaign.

Kuepker, coordinator of the German Nonviolent Action to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and John LaForge, co-director of Nukewatch, will report on the U.S. nuclear weapons deployed in Europe under a NATO agreement and the international campaign to get rid of them. Hear about the Peace Camp being organized by Nonviolent Action to Abolish Nuclear Weapons next to the Buchel Air Force Base in Germany, host of the U.S. nuclear weapons, and the U.S. solidarity delegation planned by Nukewatch. See

63] – 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 April 5. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email

64] – On Sat., April 6 from 9 AM to 4 PM, the NLG Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference is hosted by the National Lawyers Guild DC Chapter at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008.  The Keynote Speaker is John C. Brittain, Acting Dean of UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, previous dean of Thurgood Marshall School of Law, previous Chief Counsel and Senior Deputy Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided. See

65] – On April 6 at 9 AM, attend the National Summit for Human Rights & Democracy in the Philippines, hosted by Malaya Movement.  The Summit continues through Mon., Apr. 8 at 6 PM.  The national summit is expected to gather hundreds of people from across the United States. The summit aims to deepen and broaden our unity and solidarity with the Filipino people as we raise the ante of our struggle against Duterte's dictatorial regime.  Email  Visit

66] – On April 6 from 10 AM to 2 PM, come to a Festival for the Animals, hosted by Maryland SPCA and Media Star Promotions in Druid Hill Park. Tickets are at  Celebrate with MD SPCA staff, volunteers, adoptable animals and friends like you who are dedicated to improving the lives of animals. Bring your kids—human and those with fur. Registration is now open at  Go to

To be considered

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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