Sunday, August 25, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- August 25 - 26, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert – August 25 to 26, 2019

"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.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at]

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
7] The Warmth of Other Suns – through Sept. 22
8] Knock on doors for the Green Party -- Aug. 25
9] Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary Benefit Day – Aug. 25
10] Knock on doors for the Green Party -- Aug. 25
11] Vintage Cat Adoption Event Aug. 25
12] Heading for Extinction – Aug. 25
13] Cop Watch DC – Aug. 25
14] DSA Meeting – Aug. 25
15] The ERA Call – Aug. 25
15] Film Screening: “Lom Nava Love” – Aug. 26
16] Protest the Pentagon – Aug. 26
17] Food Rescue – Aug. 26
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  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

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

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 - and leafletting Whole Foods in your areas. This is a link to the leaflet -- Should you have interest in circulating the links and possibly leafletting, contact Nick Mottern at  nickmottern at

7] – The Phillips Collection (TPC) in Washington, D.C. has a dedicated mission of addressing contemporary social justice issues of global significance. The museum has recently undertaken an extraordinary exhibition on the urgent topic of immigration and the global migration crisis entitled: The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement. This important exhibition presents 75 historical and contemporary artists—from the United States as well as Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, UK, Vietnam, and more—whose work poses urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of migration, internal and cross-border displacement, and the current global refugee crisis. Check out

   In conjunction with the exhibition which is on view through Sept. 22, the museum has also created a slate of dynamic programming including artist talks.  Exemplarily, on Aug. 29, Millennium Arts Salon Executive Director Juanita Hardy will feature a Salon Panel Talk on the issue of migration. Contact Phillips Director of Communications Miriam Magdieli at for complimentary passes, or to RSVP for Phillips After 5. If you have a group she can also help to arrange a tour with museum staff.  The Phillips Collection is eager to engage in partnerships with organizations working with migrant communities, whether by advocacy, direct action, or support for migrants here in DC.

8] – On Sun., Aug. 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM, do some Door Knocking in Northeast Baltimore, hosted by the Baltimore City Green Party starting at Hamilton Elementary/Middle, 6101 Old Harford Rd,, Baltimore 21214.  Get the Green Party on the ballot! Spend a few hours knocking on doors and letting people know how they can help push for more choices on the ballot.  Look at

9] – On Sun., Aug. 25 from 10 AM  to 9 PM, check out the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary Benefit Day, hosted by Great Sage, 5809 Clarksville Square Dr., Clarksville 21029. Poplar Spring is a 400 acre non-profit refuge in Poolesville, Maryland for farm animals and wildlife. Founded in 1996, their mission is to offer care, rehabilitation, and permanent sanctuary for neglected, abused or abandoned farm animals, as well as providing a protected habitat for wildlife.  10% of the daily sales will be donated to Poplar Spring to help them promote compassion and the humane treatment of all animals by educating the public on farm animal and wildlife issues.  Reservations can be made at 443.535.9400.  See

10] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion at 10:30 AM.  On Sun., Aug. 25 hear about the Ethical Dilemma.  Learn “The Secrets of Improv” and, if you want, join the members of the Ethical Dilemma improv troupe as they “Make Sense Out of Nonsense.”  The BES improv group believes that the foundation of group spontaneous creativity is, believe it or not, “Bringing out the best in others brings out the best in yourself.”  That and willing to be a little silly. And if you like what you see you can join the group on Tuesday nights.  Call 410-581-2322 or email

11] -- On Sun., Aug. 25 from 11 AM to 2 PM, check out the Vintage Cat Adoption Event! It is hosted by Vintage Cats of Baltimore at Mutt Mart, 2904 Hamilton Ave., Baltimore 21214.  Come meet your new FUR-ever friend at Mutt Mart.   All kitties will be 8+ years of age and are ready to enjoy their retirement in your home. Go to

12] – On Sun., Aug. 25 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM, get over to Heading for Extinction and What To Do About It, hosted by Extinction Rebellion Washington DC and Shut Down DC-Climate Strike Washington, DC.  Go to the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St. NW, WDC 20010.  Join XRDC for a conversation about the seriousness of the climate crisis.  Radical action is our only hope in the face of climate catastrophe, covering the peer-reviewed climate science of runaway warming, which, if left unchecked, could cause societal collapse and human extinction. Then, discuss how we can respond to the situation, both emotionally and practically. Look at and

13] – On Sun., Aug. 25 from 1:30 to 4 PM, get with Cop Watch DC , hosted by The Future is Feminist and Black Lives Matter DC at the Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1801 7th St. NW, WDC 20001. Get trained to watch the cops with Cop Watch DC! You'll have the option to participate in a mini version of the Cop Watch DC general meeting, followed by a neighborhood stroll to try out your new skills!   Email  Pay what you can. This will go to support materials and supplies. No one will be turned away.  Go to

14] –   On Sun., Aug. 25 from 2 to 4:30 PM, come to a General Body Meeting of the Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America at Oak Hill Center for Education and Culture, 2239 Kirk Ave., Baltimore 21218.  Find out more about organizing and where your place is in the movement! There will be new member orientation from 2 to 2:30 PM. The general meeting will start at 2:30 PM. See

15] – On Sun., Aug. 18 from 4 to 5 PM, get on The CALL - ERA Education Program at Katrina's Dream, PO Box 32003, WDC 20007.  Tickets are at  Please come each Sunday and help build the groundswell. The collaboration of grassroots organizers, lobbyists, and professionals is dedicated to promoting and educating folks across the United States of America to empowering women around the world.

The CALL IN NUMBER is 563.999.2090, the CONFERENCE NO: 898879#.  Visit

16] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is Aug. 26, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.

17] – On Mon., Aug. 26 at noon, there will be a Food Rescue at Land of Kush, 840 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201. Food Rescue Baltimore is honored to partner with The Land of Kush each and every Monday to bring access to free vegan/plant-based food in the community. Bring a bag. Take what you want from noon to 1PM or while supplies last. No purchase is necessary to take advantage of the Food Rescue Baltimore give away. Items from The Land of Kush's menu are not included in the give-away but will be available for sale. See

To be continued

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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