Thursday, May 16, 2019

Baltimore Activism Alert -- May 17 - 31, 2019

61] A Poetry Prom May 17
62] Protest the Trump Administration’s cruel anti-immigrant policies.  May 17
63] Film “Resistance and Remembrance: Forced Migration” – May 17
64] Baltimore Symphony musicians feed the hungry – May 17
65] Ballroom Dancing – May 17
66] Movement Politics Training – May 18
67] Peace Vigil May 18
68] Adoption Event – May 18
69] Commemorate the British-induced famine in Ireland – May 18
70] IAC calls for a response to the illegal arrest at Venezuelan Embassy – May 18
71] Our Revolution meeting – May 18
72] Frederick Douglass & Anacostia Guided Walking Tour – May 18
73] Play REPUBLIC UNDONE – May 18
74] “Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapon” – through May 31
75] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
76] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
77] Do you need any book shelves?
78] Join the Global Zero campaign
79] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
61] – On Fri., May 17 from 6 to 9 PM, SPK! Presents... A Poetry Prom, hosted by Baltimore Citywide Youth Poetry Team at the Impact Hub, 10 E North Ave.  Welcome to SaltPepperKetchup! (A Youth Open Mic).  This is an intentionally created artistic safe space where young Baltimore creatives can come together and bond through their art in new and exciting ways.   Check out

62] – On Fri., May 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Protest at Bridge over I-95, hosted by Where are the children? Gather on the Gorman Road Overpass in Laurel.   The protest takes place on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month/ 4:30-6:30 PM. Protest the Trump Administration’s cruel anti-immigrant policies.  The Gorman Road Bridge is located between two roads that both intersect Gorman Road: Skylark Blvd. and North Eternal Rings Drive.  Putting the following address in your GPS will get you in the vicinity: 8400 Upper Sky Way, Laurel, MD 20723.  Visit

63] – On Fri., May 17 from 7 to 10 PM, get with Resistance and Remembrance: Forced Migration and Displacement, hosted by International Mayan League/USA at the Eaton Cinema, 1201 K St. NW, WDC 20005.  On the one-year anniversary of Claudia Patricia’s (Maya Mam) murder at the US/MX border, we honor her memory through resistance & action.  Join the International Mayan League for a special screening of “When the Mountains Tremble” to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the murder of 20-year-old Maya Mam woman, Claudia Patricia Gómez González. She was shot in the head by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent in May 2018 at the beginning of the zero tolerance policy.  The film provides historical context of the root drivers of forced migration for Claudia and so many others like her. The most recent history of genocide, dictatorships, and civil war in Guatemala caused the killing and disappearance of more than 200,000 people and the forced migration of 1.5 million, most of them Maya. Much of these atrocities were supported by the U.S. government through military aid and technical assistance.

Today, the children and grandchildren of the victims of genocide are part of the latest wave of displacement. Many lives have been lost, families separated, and human rights violations, including sexual assault, are happening now. There must be justice for the deaths of Maya children and Claudia’s murder at the hands of the U.S. government. Do not forget the victims of these horrendous systems that aim to destroy us as a people - Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8 years old (Maya Chuj Nation); Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7 years old (Maya Q’eqchi’ Nation); and Claudia Patricia Gómez González, 20 years old (Maya Mam Nation) and now 16 year old Juan De León Gutiérrez (Maya Ch'orti'). Their deaths call upon us to unite as a community, better understand the history that forced them to flee, and start to formulate concrete actions. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with members of the Maya Ixil Diaspora- the children and grandchildren of genocide survivors and some of the worst massacres in Ixim Ulew, also known as Guatemala. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Mayan League's immigration advocacy and language justice work. Donations of $50+ will be for VIP seating! Contact or look at

64] – On Fri., May 17 from 7:30 to 9 PM, come to the season finale of the Baltimore Symphony musicians’ efforts to increase awareness and support for the hungry in Baltimore.  This is hosted by If Music Be the Food - Baltimore, MD at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.  The BSO musicians continue their work to give back to the community with this family-friendly evening of chamber music. Featured performers are a French horn quartet consisting of Phil Munds (principal), Gabrielle Finck (associate principal), Austin Larson, and Shona Goldberg-Leopold and a piano quintet consisting of Holly Jenkins (violin), Jacob Shack (viola), Tzu-Jou Yeh (cello), Drew Banzhaf (double bass), and Lior Willinger (piano/IMBTF artistic director). The program will feature works by Tcherepnin, Schubert, and more.  The concert is free with suggested donation. All proceeds from the series benefit the Maryland Food Bank. Advance donations can made here:   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 May 17. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email

66] –  On Sat., May 18 from 10 AM to 6 PM, consider going to Movement Politics Training, hosted by Progressive Maryland at 611 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201-4514.  Get tickets at  Are you interested in running for office, working on a campaign, or volunteering on one in 2020? Progressive Maryland is excited to announce the first one-day Movement Politics Training of 2019!  The training is $15 for members, $25 for non-members, and FREE for a small number of training volunteers. To reserve your spot, you MUST RSVP at link:  You will cover a range of topics from the process and rules of filing to run for office and how to run a campaign, including fundraising, campaign strategy, endorsements, field operations, communications, and budgeting.  Go to

67] – 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

68] –On Sat., May 18 from 11 AM to 3 PM, come to Adoption Event, hosted by Saving Grace Animal Rescue of Maryland at the Petco Parkville, 7615 Harford Rd., Parkville Shopping CENTER 21234.  Saving Grace Animal Rescue of Maryland is a Nonprofit Organization in Millersville, Saving the Lives of Pets, Enhancing the Lives of People, a 501(c) (3) public charity.  See  Look at

69] – On Sat., May 18 from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM, participate in the 4th Annual Great Hunger Remembrance, hosted by the Irish Railroad Workers Museum, 918-920 Lemmon St., Baltimore 21223.  The Board of Directors welcomes you to reflect and remember a human tragedy that brought so many of our ancestors to America in the 1840's and 1850's. Gather in the Memorial Garden, where several will share their thoughts and hearts through narratives that reflect the bad times known as An Gorta Mor, or Great Hunger. Visit

70] – The International Action Center [] is calling for a response to the Embassy Protectors Illegally Arrested on Thurs., May 16.  All Out to D.C. on Sat., May 18 at noon to show Solidarity with the Embassy Protection Collective! U.S. Hands off Venezuela! Gather in front of the Venezuela Embassy, 1099 30th St. NW, WDC.  On May 16 around 9:30am, in a flagrant violation of international law, U.S. federal and other police agencies broke into the Venezuelan Embassy in DC and arrested the 4 who remained from the Embassy Protection Collective. This action has provoked international outrage.   On Wed., May 15, Rev. Jesse Jackson and other activists successfully delivered food and other supplies to those who remained inside the Venezuelan Embassy.

We salute and send solidarity to these courageous activists who have heroically defended the Embassy from right-wing coup supporters and the US for nearly 40 days. This outrageous provocation underscores the necessity and urgency of the mobilization planned. Developments are continuing to break, so please be on the lookout for further updates and ways to take action in solidarity with the Protectors and the people of Venezuela.

71] –   On Sat., May 18 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM, come to an Our Revolution Meeting, hosted by Our Revolution Baltimore City/County at the Loch Raven Branch Library, 1046 Taylor Ave., Parkville 21286.  The featured special guest is Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, who will speak near the beginning of the meeting, so please arrive on time.  As always, the meeting will be a potluck, so bring food or beverages to share. Look at

72] -- On Sat., May 18 from 2 to 3:30 PM, join the Frederick Douglass & Anacostia Guided Walking Tour with author John Muller, hosted by Underground Railroad Tours and Washington DC History & Culture.  Start at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W. St.  SE, WDC 20020.  Join local reporter and historian John Muller on a walk through Old Anacostia, examining the neighborhood through the eyes of residents past and present.  Blending historic research and contemporary Ward 8 politics, the guide will lead the group on a walk through time, exploring the city’s most Historic District. Stories of presidents, famed resident Frederick Douglass, 19th-century architecture and neighborhood folklore will be woven throughout.

Check out the book at  Registration is $10.  There is free parking in the lot next door to the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site as well as along the streets throughout the neighborhood. The nearest Metro Station is Anacostia, 0.7 miles away. Please note that due to time constraints, there will not be a tour inside of the Frederick Douglass House. Info on the Frederick Douglass House can be obtained at  See

73] – On Sat., May 18 from 8 to 9:30 PM, see the play Republic Undone, which features the galaxy of personalities that sashayed across the stage as Woodrow Wilson ascended to power and orchestrated America’s entry into the Great War. Republic Undone is directed by Rick Davis, Dean of George Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Tickets can be had at the door or at Tickets are $20.

Against the backdrop of World War I, John Henry’s Republic Undone dramatizes the conflict over the meaning of the American Revolution -- what it means to be an American. Besides Wilson, meet first wife Ellen, Andrew Carnegie, William Jennings Bryan, Alice Paul and Henry Cabot Lodge who argue for a Madisonian America that exalts separation of powers and prohibits presidential wars. Colonel House, Mary Peck and his second wife Edith defend a Wilsonian America that salutes limitless executive power to go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.  The play explores Wilson’s narcissistic personality as he crushes any opposition to his will. The ghost of James Madison attacks Wilson for destroying the Republic that secured peace to enable women and men to march to their own drummer. Wilson dismisses Madison as a museum piece that would hobble Americans from spreading goodness in every corner of the world.

Stone Hill Amphitheatre, 40 Spring Wish Lane, Flint Hill VA 22627, is an outdoor venue with parking provided. Camping chairs and/or picnic blankets are recommended. Etlan Little Country Store BBQ will be on hand with food and refreshments for sale. At 7 PM, George Mason's Green Machine Band will perform a pre-show musical assortment. The play begins at 8 PM, and runs a little more than an hour. See

74] –  “Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapon”  will be on view at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, through May 31, 2019. The show -- which features photos, children’s artwork from Hiroshima, ceramic masks, poetry, and informational graphics -- will be accompanied by various events, including films, lectures, and discussion. Visit mcblogs/ for exhibit hours and parking.

75] – 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 Venezuela takes place, then meet at 33rd and N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. If the attack is before 2 PM local time, then events will begin at 5 PM, local time. If the attack occurs after 5 PM local time, then events will begin at 5 PM, local time, the following day. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

76] -- 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

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

78] -- 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.

79] – 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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