Monday, September 16, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- September 12 - 15, 2019

56] Money Laundering and Corruption – Sept. 12
57] Rally for grocery workers – Sept. 12
58] Celebrate the Pratt – Sept. 12
59] An Evening with Stacey Abrams – Sept. 12
60] Solidarity with Aging Prisoners – Sept. 12
61] Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide – Sept. 12
62] Debate Watch Party in Rockville – Sept. 12
63] Debate Watch Party – Sept. 12
64] MoCo Stands with Immigrants – Sept. 13
65] Food Rescue – Sept. 13
66] White House vigil– Sept. 13
67] WIB peace vigils – Sept. 13
68] Institute for Corean-American Studies – Sept. 13 
69] Peace and justice vigil – Sept. 13
70] Ballroom Dancing – Sept. 13
71] The Moment Was Now – Sept. 13 – 15 and 22 -24
72] Solar Congress – Sept. 14
73] Meet Me in the Middle meeting – Sept. 14
74] Eco Plastic Products of Delaware facility – Sept. 14
75] Peace Vigil -- Sept. 14
76] Town hall on climate action – Sept. 14
77] Reversing Global Warming -- Sept. 14
78] Cultivating Gratitude -- Sept. 15
79] Two Berrigan Books still in print
80] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
81] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
82] Do you need any book shelves?
83] Join the Global Zero campaign.
84] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
56] – On Thurs., Sept. 12 from 8:30 AM to 1 PM, hear about Policy Dialogue: Money Laundering and its Relationship with Corruption, hosted by Summits of the Americas Secretariat at the Organization of American States (OAS).  Within the framework of the execution of the Mechanism for Follow-up and Implementation of the Lima Commitment, the Summits Secretariat, in coordination with the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States (OAS), seek to promote through this dialogue the exchange of expert information on the subject of assets laundering and corruption.  The objective of the dialogue is to offer a space to provide an updated on the panorama of the evolution of the phenomenon of money laundering and its relationship with corruption investigations, through reflections of national cases in which the OAS and other organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the World Bank have supported. See

57] – On Thurs., Sept. 12 from 11 AM to 1 PM, Rally for a Fair Contract at Giant & Safeway, hosted by UFCW Local 400 at 1400 7th St. NW, WDC 20001.  Are you ready to fight for a fair contract at Giant & Safeway? Are you sick of your store being understaffed? Not getting enough hours? Being asked to do two jobs for the price of one? Negotiations with Giant & Safeway on the next union contract began in September. Now is the time to show both companies we are united and ready to fight for a fair contract! 

Free buses are available leaving from Landover, Md., Gaithersburg, Md., Springfield, Va., and Herndon, Va. Bus seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Reserve your seat on the bus by filling out this form:  Rally at Giant Food #376 (1400 7th Street NW, WDC).  Then march through the streets of D.C. to Safeway #2737 (490 L St. NW, WDC 20001) for a closing rally. Go to

58] – On Thurs., Sept. 12 from noon to 1 PM, check out Midday at Enoch Pratt: Celebrating the Renovation of the Central Library, hosted by WYPR and Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore 21201. Join as part of the LIVE AUDIENCE for a sneak peek at the Central Library renovations as 'Midday' host Tom Hall moderates a panel discussion, broadcast live on WYPR 88.1FM radio.  You must register in advance. Enoch Pratt Free Library officially reopens the Central Library location to the public Saturday, September 14, 2019 at noon after a historic $115 million restoration.  Visit

59] – On Thurs., Sept. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, get over to An Evening with Stacey Abrams, hosted by Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M St, NW, WDC 20005.  Tickets are $40.  Stacey Abrams--New York Times bestselling author of Lead From The Outside, former Georgia House Democratic Leader, and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee--will participate in a conversation about the importance of fighting voter suppression and ensuring that every American is counted in the 2020 Census. Each purchased ticket is a donation to Metropolitan A.M.E. Church and will help with the preservation of this important, historic institution. It will also support the continued growth of The Family Room conversation series. Purchase tickets at  See

60] – On Thurs., Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 PM, go to a Letter Writing Night- In Solidarity with Aging Prisoners, hosted by The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20009. The vast majority of seniors in prison, many who have been in prison for decades, are routinely denied parole and compassionate release by the state. They are often denied release even though they pose no threat to the public. Join Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign in showing support and solidarity with these folks. Materials and a quick “how to” for writing to people in prison. Write to governors and parole boards who hold the power to intervene in individual cases, and learn how mass incarceration affects prisoners in their '60s, '70s, and '80s. Look at

61] – On Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 PM, attend Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How the New FBI Damages Democracy, hosted by Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, 1307 L St. NW, WDC 20005. The events of 9/11 transformed life in the United States as we knew it—and with it, U.S. law enforcement, especially the FBI. After the attacks, the FBI, once made famous by prosecuting organized crime and corruption, shifted its focus to the disruption of terrorist activity. The problem: their strategy relies upon the discredited theory of “radicalization.” By targeting Muslims, foreigners, communities of color, and dissidents, the FBI pitted American communities against one another. And it ignored the threat of white nationalist violence.  In his new book, “Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide,” Brennan Center Fellow and former FBI special agent Michael German details the transformation of the FBI from a law enforcement body into a secretive domestic intelligence agency. For 16 years, German served in the FBI and twice infiltrated extremist groups using constitutionally sound law enforcement techniques.

German will examine the direction the agency has taken since 9/11 and its effect on public life and civil liberties. How did the Patriot Act alter the role and structure of the FBI? What are the dangers of ignoring white nationalist terrorism? What changes are needed to protect national security while respecting constitutional rights?  Check out

62] – On Thurs., Sept. 12 from 7 to 11 PM, get over to the Do The Most Good DNC Debate Watch Party in Rockville.  Start off with light refreshments and to send some letters to help register prospective voters in Pennsylvania, a key swing state in the 2020 Presidential Election.  This debate with all 10 qualifying candidates is scheduled to air from 8-11 PM EDT.  Further details including the address of the venue will be sent once you submit your registration:

63] – On Sept. 12 from 7:30 to 11 PM, get over to the Our Revolution Baltimore and Sunrise Baltimore Democratic Debate Watch Party at Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  After a summer of devastating heatwaves, fires and storms the Climate Crisis should be front and center in this debate. The candidates know it as well, many of them releasing proposals to address, to greater and lesser degrees, the crisis. You will finally get the chance to see all of the major candidates on one stage. Hopefully this will allow the candidates to explain in depth the differences in policy between them.  This event is a pot-luck, so bring your favorite dish and beverage. Look at

64] –  On Fri., Sept. 13 from 10:30 AM to 2 PM, MoCo Stands With Immigrants, hosted by Takoma Park Mobilization at 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville 20850-2322. The forces of racism and hatred have decided to organize in Montgomery County and show their support for ICE. They’ve even invited pro-hate VIPs. Let's drown out the hate with NOISE. Please show up THIS FRIDAY AT 10:30AM IN ROCKVILLE FOR A COUNTER-PROTEST. Let's counteract their hatred with our determination to continue to build a community that rejects racism, xenophobia, and other forms of hate! Look at

65] – On Fri., Sept. 13 from noon to 1 PM, Fridays at Grace Baptist Church, 3201 The Alameda., Baltimore 21218, are by Food Rescue Baltimore.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Look at

66] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Sept. 13 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649,  

67] – Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE take place on Fri., Sept. 13 from noon to 1 PM.  One is at McKeldin Square, corner of Light and Pratt Sts., in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore.  Use the purple circulator line.  Enjoy an AFTER VIGIL LUNCH from the food trucks in the Inner Harbor.  Bring Your Own Sandwich or stop by one of the food trucks in the McKeldin Square.

  Another is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore.  Free Parking available. Vigil from noon to 1 PM. Lunch in the Bistro at 1 PM. If there's a storm, there is no vigil, but there will be lunch. Contact Anne:  The final vigil is in Chestertown, Kent County on the Eastern Shore at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row. Email

68] – On Fri., Sept. 13 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM, attend the Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS) Fall Symposium Prologue at the Capitol Visitors Center, First St. NE, Congressional Auditorium and Atrium, CVC-200, WDC 20515.  One of the participants will be a former senior official in North Korea. Look at

69] – There is usually a silent peace and justice 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 Sept. 3. Black Lives Matter.

70] – 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 Sept. 13. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email

71] –The Cultural Worker Ensemble presents the world premiere of the musical, The Moment Was Now. It takes you back to 1869 in post-civil war Baltimore during the period of Reconstruction, a moment when America almost did the right thing. Echoing the current moment, the musical centers on the impassioned search for unity among the dynamic leaders of powerful movements, at a meeting convened by Frederick Douglass. Hope hangs in the balance at this turning point in US history. It was Written and Conceived by Gene Bruskin in Collaboration with Director and Choreographer Darryl! Moch.  The Musical Director is Glenn Pearson with Chester Burke.  The musical features Julia Nixon, Ariel Jacobson, Lecount Holmes, Jenna Rose Stein, and Darryl! Moch.  It will be performed on Fri, Sept. 13 through Sun., Sept. 15 and Fri., Sept. 20 through Sun., Sept. 22 at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St., Baltimore.  Buy tickets at  Email

72] – Come to the Maryland Solar Congress on Sat., Sept. 14 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM at the Homer S. Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education (GITE), 1264-1398 Hungerford Drive, Rockville 20850.  RSVP at

73] – Communities United will meet on Sat., Sept. 14 from 11 AM to 1 PM at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 120 N. Front Street - at the corner of Fayette and President Streets. Gather for coffee, light fare and introductions. Call 4210-513-9001 or go to

74] – On Sat., Sept. 14 from 11 AM to noon, get on a Wilmington in Transition sponsored tour of new Eco Plastic Products of Delaware facility-- which is taking plastic trash like shopping bags and water bottles and making art, and useful items out it (like park benches and picnic tables). They are using 70% on-site solar energy to do it at 18 Germany Dr., Wilmington. Email or look at

75] – 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  

76] – On Sat., Sept. 14 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM, get over to a 350MoCo town hall on climate action at Silver Spring Civic Center.  See

77] – On Sat., Sept. 14 from 4 to 6 PM, check out Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown at the University Park Church of the Brethren, 4413 Tuckerman Street, University Park 20782. Contact Dave Brosch at

78] – 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. 15 hear about “Cultivating Gratitude.”  Intolerance is growing. Our political world is a mess. We are poisoning our biosphere. At times like this, it is easy to forget gratitude. But gratitude is a way of relating to ourselves and to others that nurtures our strength, courage, and resiliency. How do we cultivate gratitude in a world peddling hatred and righteous indignation? How can gratitude for how things are help us transform the world into what we want it to be? Hugh Taft-Morales 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. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. Call 410-581-2322 or email 

79] – Two books by Fred Wilcox are still in print.  The first one is “Fighting the Lamb's War Skirmishes with the American Empire” by Philip Berrigan and Fred A. Wilcox with a FOREWORD by Tripp York.  It can be purchased by Wipf and Stock:  It is a Memoir in paperback/ISBN: 9781532660078/240 pages/republished 8/21/2018/ Retail Price: $26.00/and Web Price: $20.80.

The second one is “Uncommon Martyrs The Berrigans, the Catholic Left, and the Plowshares Movement” by Fred Wilcox, who profiles members of this anti-war movement, whose Christianity compels them to acts of civil disobedience against the military industrial complex.  The ISBN is 0201522314/$6.50 for a hardcover, and it can be purchased at Powell's Books.  See

80] –   The Trump Administration is again beating the war drums.  Most recently, the target is Iran.  Should the Trump administration initiate an act of war against Iran, consider joining us. It is a violation of U.S. law for the Trump Administration 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. Should a war criminal, John Bolton, convince Trump to attack either of these countries, 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 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 the event will begin at 5 PM, local time. If the attack occurs after 5 PM local time, then the event will begin at 5 PM, local time, the following day. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.   

81] -- 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

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

83] -- 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.

84] – 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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