Sunday, October 13, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert – October 13 - 14, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert – October 13 - 14, 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] Lawyers Against War
5] Racial Equity and the Anacostia River -- Oct. 13
6] Feeding the Homeless & Hungry – Oct. 13
7] History of Civil Rights Walking Tour – Oct. 13
8] The Effects of Humor – Oct. 13
9] Molly Ivins documentary – through Oct. 17
10] NO to the Potomac Pipeline – Oct. 13
11] Cop Watch training – Oct. 13
12] Impeach Now – Oct. 13
13] McDonald's Protest – Oct. 13
14] Film OFFICIAL SECRETS – through Oct. 17
15] Poetry Reading – Oct. 13
16] Pentagon Peace Vigil – Oct. 14
17] Promote the ERA – Oct. 14
18] Food Rescue – Oct. 14
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] – 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

5] – Racial Equity and the Anacostia River is the theme on Sun., Oct. 13 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM at Kingman and Heritage Islands Park, 575 OKLAHOMA Ave. NE, WDC 20002.  The Anacostia River has long been a dividing line of racial inequity in DC. In the past few years, the city has invested heavily in cleaning up the river and bringing development to its shores, but those who have lived along the banks of the river and suffered its environmental effects are being pushed out, just as the river is finally getting clean. Jews United For Justice has joined a coalition of local organizations working to require the DC government to assess whether or not its action help repair racial inequities. Environmental racism should not be a policy — or the side effect of a policy — of our government. Come learn about the fight to pass real policy change to stop environmental racism in DC. After a learning session, put our words into action with a community clean-up of the Anacostia River.  Wear close-toed shoes, be prepared for all weather, and bring water.  Clean up supplies will be provided. Go to

6] – On Sun., Oct. 13 from 10 AM to 1 PM, Neighbors Without Walls:  Feeding the Homeless & Hungry at the Terra Cafe Bmore, 101 East 25th St., Baltimore 21218. Homelessness is by far one of the largest issues that plague our city and there is something, no matter how small, we all can do to about it. Terra Cafe is the proud sponsor of Neighbors Without Walls. On the 2nd Sunday of each month at 10 AM Terra Cafe and a group of volunteers, prep, package and distribute meals, water, clothing and care packages to homeless residents of Baltimore City. Our "Neighbors" come to expect our giving and support. Terra Cafe is grateful to be in our 10th year of giving back to our Community! Thanks everyone, for your generous support. Together, we really can make a difference. Love offerings and donations are welcome. See

7] – On Sun., Oct. 13 from 10:15 AM to noon, get with a History of Civil Rights Walking Tour, hosted by the Baltimore Terps starting at 1320 Eutaw Pl., Baltimore 21217-3621.  Get tickets at, and register at  Baltimore boasts some of the nation's most influential leaders in the struggle for Civil Rights: Frederick Douglass and Thurgood Marshall perhaps chief among them. But the city's Civil Rights heritage runs much deeper. Join Baltimore Heritage director Johns W. Hopkins on a 90-minute walking tour of the Marble Hill neighborhood where these and other giants in the Movement lived, met, and planned how to advance Civil Rights for all. After the tour, make your way to Mount Vernon Marketplace, 520 Park Ave. to enjoy lunch with your fellow Terps! Lunch not included with tour.  See

8] -- 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., Oct. 13, hear about “The Uses of Humor.”  What are the ethical uses of humor?  Humor is fun. It can provide important cathartic release of tension and bond groups together. Humor can help us keep our perspective. But humor can also mock and degrade others. It can divide people and create an “in-group” and an “out-group.” Hugh Taft-Morales explores the nature and uses of humor. 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

9] – Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins, a 2019 documentary can be seen at the Parkway Theater, North Avenue, Baltimore at 11 AM, 4:30 PM and 7:15 PM.  Learn more about the life and work of Molly Ivins, a political journalist from Texas, best-selling author, and Bill of Rights warrior.

10] – Stand together and say NO to the Potomac Pipeline on Sun., Oct.  13 at 12:30 PM, organized by the Sierra Club at the Amphitheater at Shepherd University, 301 N. King St., Shepherdstown, WV 25443.  Contact Zack Gerdes at Stand in solidarity with residents of Maryland, West Virginia, and D.C. in a demonstration across the James Rumsey Bridge. Hand in hand, we’ll stand together once again and say NO to the Potomac Pipeline as well as any other fracked gas infrastructure in our communities. We’ll unite against fossil fuel infrastructure that threatens our land and water. Hundreds stood in solidarity to oppose the Potomac Pipeline in 2017. And, two years later, we are gathering again to show our dedication to protecting our water and environment from fracked gas infrastructure. 

11] – On Sun., Oct. 13 from 1 to 4 PM, come to Cop Watch DC - October Training, hosted by The Future is Feminist and Showing Up for Racial Justice D.C. at the Mount Pleasant Branch Public Library, WDC. Register at  Talk about how to stay safe while documenting interactions between cops and neighbors/community members in order to reduce harm and build community power together. Email  Pay what you can. See

12] – Take to the Streets #ImpeachNow on Sun., Oct. 13 at 1 PM in Farragut Square, 17th & K Sts. NW, WDC 20006.  See Email

13] –   On Sun., Oct. 13 from 1 to 2 PM, get over to 14th & U Sts., WDC for a McDonald's Protest, hosted by The Humane League Changemakers at the franchise at 1944 14th St. NW, WDC 20009. McDonald's animal welfare practices are truly terrifying. Come out to the McDonald's on 14th and U for a silent protest in the spirit of Halloween. Put pressure on this giant corporation and educate consumers on their scary secrets #ForTheAnimals. See

14] – One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, British intelligence specialist Katharine Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain's help in collecting compromising information on U.N. Security Council members to blackmail them into voting for war with Iraq. OFFICIAL SECRETS is a cinematic pleasure, which explores the deceitful past to remind us that we must resist in the present government deceitfulness, malfeasance and brutality.  Katherine Gun will always be a hero, unlike Colin Powell who lied to the world about weapons of mass destruction.  All involved in this decision to attack Iraq under false pretenses should face criminal charges.  This includes Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden who voted for Cheney’s war.  It can be argued that the invasion of Iraq might be the greatest foreign policy disaster ever made by a U.S. president with the help of Congress. Don't miss the film version of one person having the courage to blow the whistle while facing intense and severe pressure to be quiet. 

  Director Gavin Hood showcases Keira Knightley as Gun.  The film will be at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore at 1:05 PM at least through Thurs., Oct. 17.

15] – On Sun., Oct. 13 from 4 to 6 PM, get over to the Hailey Leithauser & Matthew Buckley Smith Poetry Reading, hosted by The HOT L Poets Series at Bird in Hand Charles Village, 11 E 33rd St., Baltimore 21218.  This is a celebration of 32 Poems Magazine with readings by Hailey Leithauser & Matthew Buckley Smith, introduced by George David Clark, with an open mic for poetry.  Distributed in more than 20 countries, 32 Poems is a biannual collection of shorter poems for the ear, the eye, and the ego. Over its 17 years, the journal has showcased many of the most-recognized poets currently writing in English, including Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and MacArthur Genius Grant winners and Poets Laureate. Since 2011, George David Clark has edited the journal, now based in Washington, Pennsylvania.  THE HOT L POETS SERIES, a monthly reading on Second Sundays, is co-sponsored by Smartish Pace magazine and the Baltimore Poets Theater.  Check out

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 Oct. 14, 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] – Urge Congress to Hold Hearings on the ERA, which would be supported by Katrina's Dream.  Each Monday, including Oct. 14, at 8 AM, make calls to Senator Graham at (202) 224-5972 and your senators for the ERA. Hold hearings on S.J. Res 6, and S.J. Res. 5 which calls for the removal of a deadline for passage of the ERA. Click on this link, and check out

18] – On Mon., Oct. 14 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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