Thursday, May 9, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 9 -10, 2019

48] Benefit for World Wildlife Week – May 9
49] Fascism in action at the Venezuelan embassy – May 9 & 10
50] Sanctuary DMV Accompaniment Training – May 9
51] Rebel Art Creation Meetup – May 9
52] Forum on Criminal Justice Reform – May 9
53] Moms Demand Action meeting – May 9
54] "Assassins against the Old Order" -- May 9
55] Diplomacy and Development in a Complex Global Landscape – May 9
56] WIB peace vigils – May 10
57] White House vigil May 10
58] Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote – May 10
60] Cease Fire Rally and Prayer Service May 10
61] Black Lives Matter – May 10
48] – On Thurs., May 9 from 5 to 9 PM, get over to Baltimore Wildlife Week: Community Night at Gertrude's, hosted by the National Wildlife Federation Mid-Atlantic Center, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore 21218-3898.  Gertrude's Restaurant is giving back! A portion of proceeds from the evening will be donated back to National Wildlife Federation's Baltimore Wildlife Week to support work to create a greener, healthier Baltimore City. Make your reservation at  Find out about Wildlife Week:  Go to

49] – Fascism in action is still occurring at the Venezuelan embassy. The violent Guaido supporters are unchecked by the police. The State Department have ordered the police to stand down and let the mayhem continue.  On Wednesday evening, May 8, the government shut of the lights at the embassy. CODEPINK is asking people to turn out from 6 to 8 PM on Thurs., May 9 and Fri., May 10.

50] - On Thurs., May 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, attend a Sanctuary DMV Accompaniment Training at the Arlington Temple United Methodist Church, 1835 N. Nash St., Arlington 22209.  REGISTER FOR THIS TRAINING HERE:  Last week, the Washington Post published a story about the stressful and dehumanizing experience that is an ICE check-in - where immigrants can be arrested, detained and placed into deportation proceedings without warning, even if they've followed all the rules. See  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. Accompaniers provide moral and emotional support to immigrants going through extremely trying processes. They show solidarity, reduce the likelihood of detention with their presence, and keep relatives or lawyers informed in case of an arrest.

There are an increasing number of requests for accompaniment, and more volunteers are needed. Before you can accompany someone, you'll need to do a training on what to expect, roles & responsibilities, etc.  Language skills other than English, and access to a car, are useful but by no means necessary.  Go to

51] –  On Thurs., May 9 from 7 to 9 PM, there is a Rebel Art Creation Meetup, hosted by Extinction Rebellion Baltimore at Baltimore Free Farm, 3508 Ash St., Baltimore 21211. Join a meeting of revolutionary hearts, minds and hands and create art together for a paint the town postering event! The aim is to spread information about the urgency of the impeding climate emergency as well as create awareness around the presence of the XR Baltimore chapter so that more like minded folks get involved in upcoming actions. Feel free to come and create through whatever medium you most resonate with, whether that's through a pen, puppet, computer or synchronized interpretive dance! Radical creativity is always encouraged!  Bring up-cycled art materials so if you have any spares of the following items around feel free to bring them. Check out

52] – On Thurs., May 9 from 7 to 8 PM, check out A Forum on Criminal Justice Reform, hosted by Humanim, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore 21213.  U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Humanim invite you to attend.  Discuss the Senator’s advocacy for criminal justice reform and how community groups can support his efforts. Hear from individuals with firsthand experience with these timely issues.  RSVP at  See

53] -- On Thurs., May 9 from 7 to 9 PM, there is a Membership Meeting, hosted by  at the Howard County Public Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge 21075.  Tickets are at  Learn about how you can be a part of the growing movement to end gun violence.  Share highlights from state and federal legislative work and talk about plans for National Gun Violence Awareness Day (June 7) and a Wear Orange event. RSVP at  Look at

54] – On Thurs., May 9 from 7 to 9 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201, Fraser Ottanelli presents "Assassins against the Old Order."  The image of the anarchist assassin haunted the corridors of power and the popular imagination in the late nineteenth century. Fear spawned a gross but persistent stereotype: a swarthy "Italian" armed with a bloody knife or revolver and bred to violence by a combination of radical politics, madness, innate criminality, and poor genes. That Italian anarchists targeted--and even killed--high-profile figures added to their exaggerated, demonic image.  Nunzio Pernicone and Fraser M. Ottanelli dig into the transnational experiences and the historical, social, cultural, and political conditions behind the phenomenon of anarchist violence in Italy. Looking at political assassinations in the 1890s, they illuminate the public effort to equate anarchy's goals with violent overthrow. Throughout, Pernicone and Ottanelli combine a cutting-edge synthesis of the intellectual origins, milieu, and nature of Italian anarchist violence with vivid portraits of its major players and their still-misunderstood movement.  Call (443) 602 7611 or go to Visit

55] – On Fri., May 10 from 9 to 10 AM, catch Diplomacy and Development in a Complex Global Landscape, hosted by the United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037.  Get tickets at America’s capacity to manage global challenges and advance its interests—amid pandemics, record levels of displacement, terrorism emanating from fragile states and a connected global economy—requires effective use of U.S. national security tools. To meet the challenges posed by the growing influence of China and Russia, U.S. diplomatic and development efforts must evolve and adapt to a complex 21st Century world while ensuring the effectiveness of resources and methods. RSVP at Check out

56] – On Fri., May 10 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 noon vigil is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St, Baltimore. 21211. However, if weather is iffy, contact Bob at Even if there is no vigil, lunch will take place at 1 PM at the Greenway Room, 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:

57] – On Fri.,  May 10 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.

58] – On Fri., May 10 from noon to 1 PM, hear the Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote, hosted by the U.S. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004. Tickets are at The history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic leaders. In "Why They Marched", Susan Ware looks beyond the national leadership and gives voice to the thousands of women from different backgrounds, races, and religions who tirelessly protested, petitioned, and insisted on their right to full citizenship.  A book signing follows the program.

Rightfully Hers, a new exhibit to mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment, will open this year.  See

59] – HONK TO  STOP TRUMP'S WARS & WALLS OF HATE on Fri., May 10 at 4 PM at a Philly Anti-War 'Reach Out' @ the 30th Street Train Station, the corner of 30th & Market Sts. Hold a sign or a banner or a poster or leaflet. Bring an umbrella in case of rain. Call 484-574-1148 or see  Reach-Out to people because only we together can stop endless war, Lockheed Martin (#1 war profiteer from drone warfare to nuclear weapons) and the drone war command operation in Horsham.  Only we can stop Trump, the hate, the violence, the lies and militarism of these deadly times. Only people can do it.  So reach-out!  These 2nd Friday of the month Philly Anti-War ‘Reach-Outs’ alternate between the 30th Street Train Station and the SEPTA entrance at 15th & Market Streets, across from Phila. City Hall west side.

60] – On Fri., May 10 from 5 to 6 PM, get over to Baltimore Cease Fire Rally and Prayer Service, hosted by St. Matthew Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21239.  Come and bring signs that celebrate life and call for an end of murder in the city… or just simply come to raise your voice and support a city safer for all.  After the rally, join in the hall of St. Matthew Catholic Church for a listening session about healing for our city. Look at

61] – 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 May 10. Black Lives Matter.  

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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