Thursday, June 6, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 7 - 9, 2019

45] Wear Orange Weekend – June 7 - 9
46] WIB peace vigils – June 7
47] White House vigil June 7
48] Black Lives Matter – June 7
49] Voices on Palestine – June 7
50] Forklift First Friday – June 7
51] DC DYKE MARCH – June 7
52] Film THE FORGIVEN – June 7
53] Talk on Torture June 7
54] Ballroom Dancing – June 7
55] Climate Music and Art Event – June 8
56] Protest nuclear weapons – June 8
57] Fold-In at the White House – June 8 & 15
58] Healthcare and Housing outreach – June 8 & 9
59] Peace Vigil – June 8
60] Wear Orange gatherings June 8
61] Remember Stonewall – June 8
62] Tour, Toast & Taste June 8
63] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
64] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
65] Do you need any book shelves?
66] Join the Global Zero campaign
67] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
45] – June 7 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day.  On Fri., June 7 through Sun., June 9, this is WEAR ORANGE weekend with more than 600 community events across the country— to make a statement that people are unified in the effort to end gun violence.  Help honor those shot and killed or wounded, and all those affected by gun violence in the USA.   

46] – On Fri., June 7 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:

47] – On Fri.,  June 7 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.

48] – 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 June 7. Black Lives Matter.  

49] – Attend the 2019 Summer Film Series: Voices on Palestine, hosted by The Jerusalem Fund & Palestine Center and Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037.  Tickets are at On Fri., June 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, see “Wajib” by Annemarie Jacir.  RSVP at Film is one of the most powerful artistic and educational mediums of our times. It is both a tool of personal expression and a screen for reflection of social and historical issues, as it carries culturally specific and universal themes. Its usefulness in expressing and educating others about the Palestinian issue remains hugely significant in our present day, and for this reason, The Jerusalem Fund runs a seasonal film series throughout the year. All these films attest to the vibrancy of a Palestinian cinema despite the statelessness and sometimes simultaneous dual nationalities of its filmmakers.  This series if free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. See 

50] – On Fri., June 7 from 6 to 8:30 PM, attend Forklift First Friday - Special Edition: Jazz Night at the ‘Lift, hosted by Community Forklift - Nonprofit Reuse Center For Home Improvement,  4671 Tanglewood Dr., Hyattsville 20781. Tickets are at This event is always FREE and open to the public! Bring your family, friends and even your (well behaved, leashed) animals. This party is for EVERYONE! Sign up here: Go to  This Community Forklift fundraiser will have music, food and drinks.  See

51] – The DC DYKE MARCH of 2019 will take place on Fri., June 7 at 5 PM at McPherson Square Park.  For details, please visit or
 “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.
52] – On Fri., June 7 at 7 PM, see the film THE FORGIVEN as part of the First-Friday Free Film Screening/Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA with doors open at 6:30 PM for refreshments. The most recent film from acclaimed director Roland Joffé, whose other films include "The Killing Fields", "The Mission", and "Fat Man & Little Boy." THE FORGIVEN tells the story of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, portrayed by Academy Award winner, Forest Whitaker, coming face to face with a man whose all-consuming hatred, racism, and violence, causes this internationally revered man of peace, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and chair of the post-Apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to question his most fundamental beliefs. True to Joffé's previous films, THE FORGIVEN poses urgent questions for people today.  Directions and more are at . Or call the Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148.

53] – On Fri., June 7 at 7:30 PM, hear from Yakob Hagos, member of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC), at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010.  End the Crime of Torture! Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Kathy Boylan by phone 202-882-9649 or Art Laffin by email 

Each June, human rights and faith organizations join together to mark "Torture Awareness Month" because on June 26, 1987, the nations of the world took a major step against the immoral practice of torture. On that day, the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment entered into force and the United Nations later declared June 26th the "International Day in Support of Victims of Torture."

 Hagos, a teacher and small business owner from Eritrea will share his experience as a torture survivor. Like everyone else in Eritrea, he was forced by the government to enter a military training camp called “Sawa” where men and women are required to serve for an indefinite period of time, sometimes more than 20 years. It was extremely difficult for him to participate in the military exercises because his left leg is paralyzed from polio. Yakob was falsely accused of being part of an opposition political group. He was interrogated and beaten repeatedly because he had graduated from college, asked questions and refused to spy on customers who used his Internet Cafe. He finally managed to escape the country and arrived in the United States in April 2016. Yakob is now an Educational Assistant with the Washington DC public schools, a translator and a member of TASSC.

The mission of TASSC, the only organization founded by and for torture survivors, is to end the practice of torture wherever it occurs and to empower survivors, their families and communities wherever they are. TASSC stands in solidarity with all immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of torture around the world as it tirelessly works for the abolition of torture. For more info about TASSC and how you can support its annual June Survivors Week from June 26-29, please see

54] – 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 June 7. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email

55] – Attend a Climate Music and Art Event on Sat., June 8 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Piney Branch Elementary School, 7510 Maple Ave., Takoma Park 20912. See an amazing display of 'painted parachutes for the climate' created by groups from across our County, plus climate art projects for adults and kids' climate art activities. Enjoy a GREAT line up of music acts, highlighted by the D.C. Labor Chorus, Son la Lucha and Jeff Weisner with NSO friends! Bring your kids and join with people from across the community to share some music, some food and some thoughts.

 350MoCo is working to build a diverse, multi-cultural coalition of groups across the County, which can join forces on climate and environmental issues. RSVP at

56] – Get over to a peace vigil to protest nuclear weapons on Sat., June 8 from 10 to 11:30 AM on the roadway in front of the White HousePlease spread the word and invite other people and groups who might be interested in participating or co-sponsoring. Contact John Whitehead <>.

57] – On Sat., June 8 and June 15 from 10 AM to noon, join a Fold-In at the White House, Lafayette Square Historic District, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20006.  Hosted by Searching for Eon, this Fold-In is a participatory art-as-protest performance piece that needs YOU. In Japan there is a tradition that says if you dedicate yourself to folding 1,000 paper cranes the gods will grant you one wish. Come dressed in a monochromatic outfit (all red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet from head to toe) and you will sit down next to strangers who can teach you how to fold origami cranes.

Together hold space as a literal rainbow in front of the White House to celebrate Trans and non-binary members of our community, remember those we have lost, and engage in old fashioned conversation with passersby about the queer members of our community that we cherish and love.  Go to

58] – The Summer of Healthcare and Housing outreach is kicking off this weekend. On Sat., June 8 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM and Sun., June 9 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM, knock on doors of individuals who have been impacted by Johns Hopkins Hospital medical debt. Meet at Canela coffee house, 1801 E. Lombard St., Baltimore 21231 at 10:30 AM for a 45 minute training each day. Then pairs of people will go to addresses of people being sued by JHH.  Call Ashley at 443-977-3531.

59] – 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 

60] – Get over to the SDA-Baltimore Youth Summit & Rally on Sat., June 8 at noon at Coppin State University, 2500 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21216. Join Students Demand Action Baltimore for a Wear Orange Event. Get away for the live entertainment, a panel with local officials and Community Activists, food trucks and more! RSVP at,

Get with a Wear Orange Bridge to Bridge Community Clean Up & Celebration on Sat., June 8 at 3 PM at 301 Font Hill Ave., Baltimore 21223.  This will be a fun afternoon sprucing up the Mt. Olivet neighborhood of Baltimore, followed by a community celebration picnic. Everyone is welcome for a family-friendly afternoon of food, crafts and games! Gloves and safety vests will be provided. RSVP at

There is a Wear Orange Vigil & Celebration of Life on Sat., June 8 at 7 PM in St. Katherine's Park, 2001 Druid Hill Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Join a twilight vigil to honor Baltimore victims of gun violence and celebrate the life of Tavon Waters who died 10 years ago and whose 36th birthday is June 8. Candles provided. RSVP at

61] – The ANSWER Coalition encourages you to join the group and march in the Party for Socialism and Liberation Pride contingent on Sat., June 8 at 3:30 PM.  Enter on Q Street from Sheridan Circle.  The PSL will be at Q St. NW and 22nd St. NW. 50 YEARS AFTER STONEWALL, IT IS STILL RIGHT TO REBEL! June 28th of this year will mark the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, widely regarded as one of the most historic events of the contemporary LGBTQ movement. That night, members of New York City's LGBTQ community fought back against constant police violence, which they faced in their community spaces -- namely, the Stonewall Inn, a prolific bar in Manhattan's historic "gayborhood" and the namesake of the Stonewall Riots. RSVP at

62] – On Saturday, June 8 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, Audubon will host its annual Tour, Toast & Taste event to benefit the work of Pickering Creek Audubon Center on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Get tickets at Call (410) 822-4903 or email

63] – 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.

64] -- 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

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

66] -- 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.

67] – 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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