"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.
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1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Get involved with NCNR
4] Buy an Anti-War Veteran hat
5] Lawyers Against War
6] SUPPORT AMAZON WORKERS OF CONSCIENCE
7] Little Friends for Peace
8] Maryland 2,000 – July 29
9] International Bog Day – July 29
10] Evaluation of the Trump Administration's Nuclear Weapons Policies – July 29
11] Cuban National Ballet School Teaching Seminar – July 29
12] Development of Environmental Law & Enforcement in China – July 29
13] Fund Trans Legal Access Now – July 29
14] “Fight Like a Mother” – July 29
15] Training how YOU can support our immigrant neighbors – July 29
16] Overturn Citizens United – July 29
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available. “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.
2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/. Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.
3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR]. It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed. It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to U.S. wars.
To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net. Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.
4] – Get a good-looking black hat which says Anti-War Veteran in the front and Viva House 50th in the back. The cost is $10. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.
5] – Jeff Ross, an attorney in Maryland, is interested in gathering with other lawyers to discuss ways in which the legal profession and the law generally can be conceptualized as a peace-building and war-resisting institution and redirected to these ends. Areas to explore might include: 1) ways in which this group could support with legal analysis/writing those lawyers who are representing peace-builders/war-resisters in criminal prosecutions; 2) ways in which, from a more theoretical perspective, the law might be grounded in an ethic of non-violence; and 3) ways in which law students and young lawyers might be exposed to a non-violent vision of the law. All religious, philosophical, and critical perspectives on the law are welcome. The group might want to call itself Lawyers Against War. Jeff can be reached at 443-690-6872 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
6] -- SUPPORT AMAZON WORKERS OF CONSCIENCE. We are in a deep struggle to support conscience within the high tech community, which may be the only way to prevent a major leap into artificial intelligence warfare that we see the beginnings of in the expanding global U.S. drone war system. This may be of particular interest to Johns Hopkins' Navy-funded researchers, some of whom have been working on swarming drone technology.
These are not major asks and can be a powerful reinforcement of conscience at an extremely critical moment. Please consider circulating this link to your lists encouraging people to sign the linked RootsAction petition - https://www.knowdrones.com/blog/2019/3/6/support-amazon-workers-who-dont-want-to-work-for-war and leafletting Whole Foods in your areas. This is a link to the leaflet -- https://gallery.mailchimp.com/dd110b000ca250d868d4f419b/files/107fc695-8af9-4f7e-a523-ecd1d1dfd28f/Wholefoods_Leaflet.pdf. Should you have interest in circulating the links and possibly leafletting, contact Nick Mottern at nickmottern at gmail.com.
7] -- Little Friends for Peace (LFFP - http://www.lffp.org/) has been conducting summer peace camps around the Metro DC area for well over 30 years. For approximately the last ten years, LFFP has been offering free tuition to children of TASSC (Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition - https://www.tassc.org/) members. Recently they have also been welcoming children of refugees to their camps without regard for tuition payment. If you would like to assist with this undertaking, there are many ways you can including:
Driving - many of the TASSC and other refugee families want their children to attend camp but they do not have the ability to drive them there and back. For the last 8 to 10 years, Helen Schietinger has been working with LFFP and TASSC to provide drivers for these children. If you can drive some children even one way, on one day on any day during the following three weeks of peace camp this summer, it would be much appreciated. Many drivers from past years have moved or "aged out" of feeling comfortable driving and we really need as many volunteer drivers as possible. If you can possibly drive, please contact either Helen (202-344-5762 - email@example.com ) or Bob Cooke (301-661-0449 or firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding exactly when you can drive and from where you might be comfortable driving. Most of the children live in PG County, D.C. or Montgomery County.
The weeks drivers are needed include: August 5 - camp is in Colesville/Silver Spring, MD and August 19 - camp is in Mt. Rainier, MD. Share this information.
Donate for Scholarships. In order to help as many scholarship asylee, refugee (and other) children attend camp, LFFP (http://www.lffp.org/donate.html) can use as much scholarship money donations as possible. No amount of scholarship money is too little.
8] – Maryland 2,000 organized by the Animal Welfare League Queen Anne's County continues from midnight through noon on Mon., July 29, Tues., July 30, Wed., July 31 into the future. Tickets are at www.maryland2000.com. Also involved is the Baltimore Humane Society. There’s no better time to find your feline bestie than right meow!
The third annual Maryland 2,000 is back and homes are needed for cats and kittens living in shelters across Maryland this July. Stop by any one of our 21 participating shelters listed at Maryland2000.com to find a cat or kitten that is just right for you and your family. Normal adoption procedures apply, but cat and kitten adoption fees are waived! Sponsored by the Cat Hospital at Towson, Maryland 2,000 adopters will receive a certificate for a free wellness exam for their new cat or kitten at one of our participating veterinary clinics. Find your nearest veterinary practice at https://www.maryland2000.com/participating-veterinarians. See https://www.facebook.com/events/476717003131923/?event_time_id=476717096465247.
9] – On Mon., July 29 from 8 to 10 AM, hosted by International Bog Day USA at Howard's Branch Restoration Site, Anne Arundel County, Maryland 21012. Celebrate International Bog Day (which is actually on Sunday, July 28) by visiting a world-renowned wetland restoration site (listed at number 11 of the most significant Earth Day Projects recognized by the Environmental News Network). Completed in 2001, Howard’s Branch wetland and stream enhancement project was designed to support the reintroduction of Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) by creating a seepage wetland in a degraded stream valley previously impounded for use as a drinking water reservoir. A series of cobble weirs and a network of sand berms was placed over a dry lakebed to mimic the hydrology found in natural Atlantic white cedar sites and provide habitat for a robust native plant community. This is the site of a successfully reproducing stand of Anne Arundel County MD Atlantic white cedar trees that were grown from seed collected at the last 10 remaining AWC sites on the Western Shore of MD back in the 1990's. Some of the other natives we may see at the site are Sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana), Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua), sedges, iris, rushes and ferns. After we visit Howards Branch, we will return to the meeting place and if you have time, you can stick around to see another wetland and stream restoration site, Cabin Branch, which is about a 2 minute walk from the parking lot. All registration goes through https://www.mdflora.org/event-3489158. See https://www.facebook.com/events/506855360118881/.
10] – On Mon., July 29 from 9:30 to 11 AM, hear about A Critical Evaluation of the Trump Administration's Nuclear Weapons Policies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Choate Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. Since taking office in January 2017, the Trump administration’s strategy to reduce nuclear weapons risks has been marked by significant controversy. The administration has withdrawn from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, began high-stakes nuclear diplomacy with North Korea, proposed to develop new low-yield nuclear capabilities and is pressing forward on a $1.7 trillion plan to maintain and upgrade the U.S. nuclear arsenal, announced its intent to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on August 2, and has yet to make a decision on whether to extend the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). Hear from Lt. Gen. (ret.) Frank Klotz, Corey Hinderstein, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Kingston Reif, Arms Control Association; and Thomas Countryman, Arms Control Association. Visit https://www.armscontrol.org/events/2019-07/critical-evaluation-trump-administrations-nuclear-weapons-policies.
11] – On Mon., July 29 at 10 AM through Thurs., Aug 1 at 4 PM, get with the Cuban National Ballet School Teaching Seminar, hosted by the Towson University Department Of Dance and the Ruth Page Center for the Arts at Towson University Department Of Dance, Center for the Arts, 8000 York Rd, Towson 21252. For the first time ever in the United States, this four-day seminar will focus on the intermediate years of the Cuban National Ballet School's 8 year curriculum (ages 15-17). Seminar participants will learn about the History, Methodology, Cultural Traits, and Distinctive Characteristics of the Cuban National Ballet School curriculum. Call (410) 704-3495 or go to https://www.towson.edu/campus/artsculture/centers/communitydance/adult/. See https://www.facebook.com/events/313313932862519/.
12] – On Mon., July 29 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM, get over to Development of Environmental Law & Enforcement in China, hosted by Environmental Law Institute, 1730 M St. NW, Suite 700, WDC 20036. Tickets are at www.eli.org. This past spring, senior EPA and DOJ officials visited their Chinese counterparts to discuss recent legislative and regulatory developments. The U.S. officials also met representatives from U.S. multinational corporations and NGOs, as well as members of the Chinese judiciary and the academia. On July 29, ELI and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum will host three of these top U.S. officials to hear about their recent trips and to discuss Chinese environmental law developments, new approaches to enforcement, and the effects of Chinese environmental laws on U.S. companies. Register at: https://bit.ly/2XBl3KV. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/856165214784014/.
13] – On Mon., July 29 from 6 to 9 PM, participate in Fund Trans Legal Access Now! This is hosted by TransLAW: Trans Legal Advocates of Washington at TRADE, 1410 14th St. NW, Ground Floor, WDC 20005. Trans Legal Advocates of Washington (TransLAW) is hosting our 7th Annual Fundraiser & Celebration! Join LGBTQ+ friends and allies for a fun, casual evening of celebrating accomplishments and fundraising to support the legal needs of transgender and gender nonconforming people in the DMV area. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/348162032517989/. All funds raised go directly to clients receiving name and gender change services at Whitman-Walker Health's Name and Gender Change Clinic! There is a $10 suggested donation. Visit https://TransLAW2019.eventbrite.com/.
14] – On Mon., July 29 at 7 PM, join us at the ERUCC Downtown Community Room, 15 West Church Street in Frederick, 21701, for an author talk and book signing with Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and author of “Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World.” On the morning of December 14, 2012, stay-at-home-mom Shannon Watts was folding laundry when the news broke that there had been a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut involving young children. Outraged and heartbroken, Shannon felt an overwhelming need to act. Discovering there was no organization for gun violence similar to MADD—Mothers Against Drunk Driving—she vowed to build it. Tickets can be had at curiousiguana.com. “Fight Like a Mother” is the powerful story of how one mother’s cry for action started a national women’s movement. Moms Demand Action has established chapters in all 50 states and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Students Demand Action, and the Everytown Survivor Network, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with nearly 6 million supporters. This event is presented in partnership with Curious Iguana and Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ (ERUCC). Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Contact Curious Iguana at 301-695-2500 or email@example.com. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/1883367228430591/.
15] – On Mon., July 29 from 6:30 to 8 PM, the Episcopal Refugee and Immigrant Center Alliance (ERICA) will host a training about how YOU can support our immigrant neighbors and be a positive force in ensuring their constitutional rights are not violated. Learn about the rights of immigrants and bystanders alike and how to respond safely and effectively if you witness harassment or exclusion or, in particular, ICE activity. The training will take place at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Pkwy., Baltimore 21218. This workshop is free. Please RSVP by clicking 'Going' on this event page https://www.facebook.com/events/330422281241000/?active_tab=about. Refreshments will be served.
16] – On Tues., July 30 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM, check out U.S. Senate Introduction - Amendment to Overturn Citizens United, hosted by End Citizens United at the Supreme Court of the United States, 1 1st St NE, WDC 20002. Senator Tom Udall and other Democratic senators will introduce a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and to prevent Big Business and wealthy individuals from spending unlimited amounts of money to try to influence our elections. Join us to show your support and hear from Senator Udall and others about how we can reduce the power of special interest money, bring dark money into the light, and create a democracy that works for all of us. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democracy-for-all-amendment-to-overturn-citizens-united-tickets-66487631295. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/339673673622418/.
To be continued
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"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