Baltimore Activist Alert – September 29 to October 1,
"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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2] Web site for info on
3] Get involved with NCNR
AMAZON WORKERS OF CONSCIENCE
6] “Racism, Peace, and
Climate Justice” – Sept. 29
7] The 100th Anniversary
Suffrage Exhibits – Sept. 29
8] Adoption Sunday at Howl
– Sept. 29
9] Feast for Food Justice
-- Sept. 29
10] What to do about
plastic bags? – Sept. 29
11] The Path to Single
Payer – Sept. 30
12] Sixth Annual March for a Culture of Peace – Sept. 29
13] Meet the Plowshares – Sept. 29
14] Promote the ERA – Sept. 29
Peace Vigil – Sept. 30
16] Food Rescue
17] Food Rescue
Pop Up –
18] Reducing Threats and
Building Stability – Sept. 30
Session on Sewage Building Backups – Sept. 30
for Bernie: Organizing Meeting – Sept. 30
21] Hopkins Students for
Bernie Sanders – Sept. 30
22] Get Money
Out of Maryland – Sept. 30
23] DC Statehood Phone Bank
– Oct. 1
24] Illicit Financial Flows
& Colombia – Oct. 1
25] Food Rescue
at YO! Baltimore West – Oct. 1
26] Peace Vigil -- Oct. 1
27] Protest killer drone
research at JHU – Oct. 1
28] What should be done
with the Bay Bridge? – Oct. 1
29] “Crisis of Conscience:
Whistleblowing in the Age of Fraud” – Oct. 1
30] The Green New Deal and
Climate Colonialism – Oct. 1
31] October Hub Meeting -
Sunrise Movement Baltimore – Oct. 1
Health Justice in Action – Oct. 1
1] – Buttons,
bumperstickers and books are available.
“God Bless the Whole World, No
Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.
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.
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] – 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 email@example.com.
5] -- 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.
6] – 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., Sept. 29 hear about “Racism,
Peace, and Climate Justice.” Communities of color are disproportionately
affected by both human violence and climate change. In our species and on
our planet whites generally have control of the forces that are poisoning our
planet and the means to create more sustainable and just economic policy. Hugh
Taft-Morales explores the intersection between racism, peace, and climate
justice. He will share some of the insights garnered by the NAACP in
their Environmental and Climate Justice Program begun 10 years
ago. He joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader
in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an
Ethical Culture Leader. Call 410-581-2322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
7] – On Sun.,
Sept. 29 from 11 AM to 4:30 PM, visit the ERA & the 100th Anniversary
Suffrage Exhibits, hosted by League of Women Voters of Arlington
(VA). The exhibits are at the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, 144
Constitution Ave. NE, WDC 20002. Enjoy lunch and a National Park Service guided
tour of the lovely and historic headquarters of the National Women's Party,
next to the Hart Senate Office Building. Then take the Metro to Circa
Restaurant for lunch, and visit two nearby Centennial exhibits, "Votes for
Women: A Portrait of Persistence" at the National Portrait Gallery and "Rightfully
Hers: American Women and the Vote" at the National Archives. The Archives
Exhibit includes the 19th Amendment document, as well as documents from the
League of Women Voters, and it honors the efforts of African American women who
fought for suffrage. Join for all or whichever portion appeals to you. The cost
is a $10 donation for LWV ERA programs. Each person responsible for their own
cost of lunch and transportation. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/661730627663296/.
– On Sun., Sept. 29 from noon
to 3 PM, enjoy Adoption Sunday at Howl: Baltimore Humane Society, 3531 Chestnut
Ave., Baltimore 21211. The Humane Society will be bringing animals for
adoption. Since its founding in 1927 by Elsie Seeger Barton, the
Baltimore Humane Society has provided for the care of suffering and homeless
animals. It is a No Kill shelter that also provides low cost wellness, spray
and neuter center, and have a pet cemetery with bereavement services. See https://www.facebook.com/events/623828908110418/.
9] – On
Sun., Sept. 29 from 12:30 to 2 PM, check out the Feast for Food Justice, hosted
by Green Souls at All Souls Church Unitarian, 1500 Harvard St. NW, WDC
20009. Tickets can be had at secure.accessacs.com. This is a seasonal
lunch featuring food grown on local farms in Wards 7 and 8 and owned by farmers
of color. During the lunch, speakers from the nonprofit Building Bridges Across
the River will discuss farming and food justice issues in the District. The
lunch costs $10, and proceeds will go directly to support partners who are
working to enhance food equity in the DC region. This event is made possible by
generous support from the Beckner Fund. Reserve your seat today @ http://bit.ly/FeastforFoodJustice.
– The Sierra Club Prince George's
County fall meeting will consider What to do about plastic bags? It is
happening on Sun., Sept. 29 from 1 to 3 PM at the Bladensburg Waterfront
Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg 20710. Contact Martha Ainsworth at email@example.com
or 301-262-8389. The guest speaker is Leslie Wilcox, Program Manager for the
Montgomery County Bag Tax Outreach, who will provide an update on evidence of
the impact of Montgomery County's 5-cent tax on disposable plastic and paper
bags. Refreshments will be served. The meeting will be followed
at 3:30 PM by a free pontoon boat cruise on the Anacostia River - first come,
first serve among those who register!
-- On Sun., Sept. 29 from 1:30 to
4:30 PM, get over to the Legislative Education Series - The Path to Single
Payer, hosted by Maryland Legislative Coalition at the Howard County
Public Library, 6540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge 21075. Join Senator Paul
Pinsky, Chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee in
the Senate, and Delegate Terri Hill, of the Health and Government Operations
Committee in the House, for a discussion of the path to Single Payer in
Maryland. The discussion will focus on the challenges to achieving single payer
at a state level, and how we can move forward to overcome those challenges.
Senator Pinsky has sponsored legislation that would lead to the establishment
of a Healthy Maryland Program in the 2019 session and is a champion in the
fight to achieve better and more affordable health care in Maryland. Delegate
Hill is a member of the ACA Workgroup as well as a member of the medical
community and sits on the Insurance Subcommittee in the House. She has been
heavily involved in understanding the issues involved and helping to craft
legislation. In this session, they will lead a discussion of the politics, financial
implications and perceptions that surround this issue and will help us
understand how we can focus our efforts to pass this much-needed legislation.
Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/361641874764169/.
12] – On Sun., Sept. 29 from 3 to 4 PM,
get with the Sixth Annual March for a Culture of Peace. Start
at Hicks-Anderson Community Center at 2:30 PM, and end at the Wilmington
Friends Meetinghouse. At the meeting, there will be an unveiling of the Non-Violent Wilmington
13] – On Sun., Sept. 29 from 3 to 5 PM at Holyrood
Episcopal Church, 715 W. 179th St., NYC 10033. Join Amy Goodman, Jeremy
Scahill & friends in celebration with the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 defendants
facing an Oct. 21 trial in Brunswick, GA. The Kings Bay Plowshares, 7
defendants who nonviolently and symbolically disarmed the Trident nuclear
weapon system at Kings Bay Trident submarine base. Go to https://kingsbayplowshares7.org/. Carmen,
Clare, Martha, Liz and Patrick will speak. Padre Luis Barrios, activist &
pastor of Holyrood Episcopal Church will be a part of an interfaith blessing
ceremony. Enjoy Latin Music & Singer Tom Chapin! Contact Mary Anne
Grady Flores at 607-280-8797. Go to https://kingsbayplowshares7.org/event/festival-of-hope-nyc/.
14] – On Sun., Sept. 29 from 4 to 5 PM, get
on The CALL - ERA Education Program at Katrina's Dream, PO Box 32003, WDC
20007. Tickets are at www.katrinasdream.org.
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.
is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside
the Pentagon Metro stop. The next vigil is Sept. 30, and it is sponsored
by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
– On Mon., Sept. 30 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/415842178868197/.
On Mon., Sept. 30 from 5 to 7:30 PM, be at Reducing Threats and Building
Stability, hosted by the Middle East Institute, 1763 N St. NW, WDC 20036.
Go to https://www.mei.edu/events/reducing-threats-and-building-stability.
Email email@example.com or call 202-785-1141 ext.
202. The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to host an event in
partnership with CARE addressing possibilities for reducing threats and
building stability. To address these topics, Ambassador William Burns,
president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will be
interviewed by reporter Michelle Kosinski. The two will discuss Burns'
book The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its
Renewal. Following Ambassador Burns' presentation, former Secretary of
Energy Ernest Moniz and former Under Secretary of Defense Michele Flournoy will
continue the conversation on threat reduction and stabilization, moderated by
MEI President Paul Salem.
19] – On Mon., Sept. 30 from 6 to 8 PM, attend the MDE
Listening Session on Sewage Building Backups, hosted by Clean Water Action
Maryland at 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore 21230-1700. Sewage doesn’t
belong in our streets – or our homes. Have you had experience with the
City’s reimbursement program? Do you want to make sure Baltimore City helps
your neighbors and communities when sewage backups happen? Speak out at the
Maryland Department of the Environment's (MDE's) listening session on sewage
backups on September 30! Over the past few decades, the number of sewage
backups reported to Baltimore City has dramatically increased: from over 600 in
2002 to over 5,000 in 2015. Baltimore's Modified Consent Decree, outlining how
the city will complete repairs to the sewage system between 2017 and 2033,
required Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) to launch a new
Expedited Reimbursement Program (ERP) to help residents with the costs of a
basement backup - but only under certain conditions.
20] – Get over to the Terps for Bernie: Organizing
Meeting on Mondays from 6 to 7 PM – Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 – at the
University of Maryland, College Park 20742. Tickets are at
airtable.com. Meet fellow Bernie supporters and learn about the strategy
to win the nomination for Bernie and get plugged into the work we need to do
the most at the University of Maryland to win in 2020. If you're new to
Terps for Bernie, please signup to join and RSVP for the location here:
ter.ps/berniesignup. If you're a current member of Terps for Bernie, you
may RSVP for the location here: ter.ps/berniersvp. Consider going to https://www.facebook.com/events/2682878905105264/
Mon., Sept. 30 from 7 to 9 PM, check out Plan to Win - Campus Kick-Off Party!
It is hosted by Hopkins Students for Bernie Sanders in Mattin 162. Learn
about upcoming events to help out with the campaign, meet with current
organizers, and take part in the fight for universal healthcare, money out of
politics, climate action, and more. Visit https://events.berniesanders.com/event/127451/.
22] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland
Teleconference on Mon., Sept. 30 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM. Call 605-475-6711,
code 1136243#. Work only on brainstorming ideas for participation in the
upcoming General Election.
23] – Can you participate in a DC Statehood
Phone Bank on Tues., Oct. 1 from 10 AM to 6 PM at the John A. Wilson Building,
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004 in room G-9. Join the Washington, DC
Statehood Office for a DC Statehood Phone Bank. Call state legislatures across
the US to raise awareness of DC residents' lack of full and equal voting
representation in Congress. Phones, scripts, materials, and light
refreshments will be provided. The Phone Bank continues each Tuesday. See Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/673834763077915/?event_time_id=673834803077911.
24] – On Tues., Oct. 1 from 10:30 AM to noon, hear
about Illicit Financial Flows & Colombia, hosted by Global Financial
Integrity at the OpenGov Hub, 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 500, WDC 20005. The
newly published report 'Illicit Financial Flows & Colombia' from Global
Financial Integrity, the Economist Intelligence Unit and Cede Trabajo examines
illicit financial flows (IFFs) in Colombia, analyzing government revenue losses
and its attendant impact on Colombia's national development agenda. Colombia is
a country that combines economic growth and institutional resilience with a
large informal economy and high levels of violence and criminal activity,
making it vulnerable to IFFs. Illegal gold and coal mining, trade misinvoicing,
drug trafficking and official corruption have adversely affected the Colombian
economy, costing billions in lost government revenues. Curtailing losses
associated with IFFs would provide Colombia with additional funds to help
achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Coffee and light
refreshments will be served. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2100028366765598/.
Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for
peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. &
JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine. The
next vigil is Oct. 1. Call 215-426-0364.
– Vigil to say "No Drone
Research at JHU" at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. on Tuesday, Oct. 1
from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or
29] – On Tues., Oct. 1 from 6 to 8 PM, get with “Crisis
of Conscience: Whistleblowing in the Age of Fraud,” hosted by Government
Accountability Project at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC 20009.
This will be a lively discussion and celebration of the release of Tom
Mueller's illuminating new book “Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in the
Age of Fraud” (Penguin/Riverhead Books 2019). In our present political climate
rife with corruption and daily assaults on truth, we need whistleblowers more
than ever to shine a light on abuse and misconduct to restore the integrity of
our public and private institutions. Yet despite the power of whistleblowers to
use truth to promote accountability, prevent or mitigate harm, and protect
democracy itself, they still face intimidating social, professional and legal
challenges. Mueller captures the animating forces behind the whistleblowing
instinct and the redeeming value whistleblowers can bring to a flawed and
York Times-bestselling journalist Tom Mueller will be joined by Louis Clark and
Tom Devine, the founder/CEO and Legal Director of Government Accountability
Project, the leading whistleblower advocacy group which has worked on behalf of
more than 8,000 whistleblowers for more than 40 years, many of whom are
described in detail in Mueller's new book. They will also be joined by a
special guest, Halifax whistle-blower Elin Baklid-Kunz. Together they will
discuss the drivers of institutional misconduct, the power of employees of
conscience to expose and address wrongdoing, and what we can do as individuals
and as a society to protect and value whistleblowers as essential to advancing
the public interest. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/365202634369776/.
30] -- On Tues.,
Oct. 1 from 6 to 8:30 PM, check out Profs & Pints: The Green New Deal and
Climate Colonialism, at the Bier Baron Tavern and Comedy Loft, 1523 22nd St.
NW, WDC 20037. Get tickets at
profspintsgreennewdeal2.brownpapertickets.com. Hear from Olufemi Taiwo,
assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown University and scholar of
environmental-justice issues. The Green New Deal has changed the
conversation among progressive Democrats about how to deal with climate change,
shifting the focus from simply managing a disaster to using an existential
threat to build a more just society. Should this legislative concept be
transformed into actual policies, however, some of the solutions it engenders
could make global inequality worse. It could even exacerbate “climate
colonialism,” or the domination of less powerful countries and peoples through
initiatives meant to slow the pace of global warming.
32] – On Tues., Oct. 1 from 7 to 9 PM, look at
Baltimore Health Justice in Action: A Panel Discussion, hosted by Loyola
University Maryland. Hear personal and community stories about health
care justice and join in discussions on how we all may contribute to positive
change in Baltimore. The panel discussion will include Flor Paniagua-Peart,
'21; Eddie Martin, Jr., director of engagement for Health Care for the
Homeless; and Dedra Layne, director of Safe Streets, Baltimore. Maiju
Lehmijoki-Gardner, Ph.D., Loyola's director of pre-health programs and Health
Outreach Baltimore, will moderate the discussion. See https://www.facebook.com/events/2743258462567176/.
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