Saturday, November 30, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert – December 1 – 3, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert – December 1 – 3, 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.

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1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Get involved with NCNR   
4] Lawyers Against War
5] Call to protect Human Rights for Palestinian Children  
6] Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit – Dec. 1 - 3
7] Nature’s Witness: Wildlife Photography Exhibit through Feb. 28
8] Empowering Plant-Based Accessibility in All Communities – Dec. 1
9] Protest Canada Goose – Dec. 1
10] Legislative meeting prep session -- Dec. 1
11] Pentagon Peace Vigil – Dec. 2
12] Picket with Striking Metrobus Workers – Dec. 2 - 3
13] Urge Congress to Hold Hearings on the ERA – Dec. 2
14] Gun Laws Save Lives Rally – Dec. 2
15] Conversation with Dr. Chris Ford – Dec. 2
16] Food Rescue Pop-Up at Flourish – Dec. 2
17] Protest at Baltimore Amazon Warehouse – Dec. 2
18] Baltimore Council Candidate Endorsement Interviews -- Dec. 2, 3 & 4
19] Baltimore Fair Election fund bill – Dec. 2
20] Never Silent, Living with HIV – Dec. 2
21] Honor Matthew Shepard with a Plaque Dedication – Dec. 2
22] Get Money Out of Maryland – Dec. 2
23] Save the Date to Save the Bay – Dec. 2
24] DC Statehood Phone Bank – Dec. 3
25] Food Rescue at YO! Baltimore West – Dec. 3
26] Protest killer drone research at JHU – Dec. 3
27] Hearing on Baltimore’s Fiscal Readiness for Kirwan – Dec. 3
28] Espionage, Press Freedom, and Assange – Dec. 3
29] Anne Arundel Green Party Meeting – Dec. 3
30] “All We Do Is  ‌ Talk Steel” – Dec. 3
31] "Shelter in a Time of Storm" – Dec. 3
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] -- CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE:  SUPPORT  HR 2407 -- “The Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act,” which would prohibit U.S. foreign aid from contributing to “the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of children in violation of international humanitarian law.” Additionally, it would authorize $19 million dollars annually to fund NGOs monitoring human rights abuses associated with the military detention of children and provide physical and mental health services to children who have been victims of military detention, abuse, and torture.  The Bill was introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum from Minnesota, and has found co-sponsors...BUT NOT IN MARYLAND. What if Maryland had some women in its delegation?   And, right now with the vacant seat following Rep. Cummings' death, don't hesitate to call another office and ask that your voice be heard. Call the main switchboard 202- 225-2131 and ask to be transferred to any of the following Maryland Representatives: Brown, Harris, Hoyer, Raskin, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes or Trone.

6] - On Sun., Dec. 1, Mon., Dec. 2 and Tues., Dec. 3 from 8 AM to 5 PM, visit the Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit, hosted by the New Village Press, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052-0041.  November 15, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War Mobilization March on Washington, a gathering of over half a million demonstrators against the war. The George Washington University offers a series of events to educate students and the general public about often overlooked facets of the history of US involvement in Vietnam, including the impact that antiwar GIs and veterans had on ending the war. Look at

7] - On Sun., Dec. 1, 2019 through Feb. 28, 2020 from 9 AM to 5 PM, see Nature’s Witness: Wildlife Photography Exhibit hosted by the National Wildlife Federation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science,
1200 New York Ave. NW, WDC 20005. Come marvel at “Nature’s Witness,” an exhibition of 50 powerful wildlife photographs chosen to inspire conservation. Free and open to the public, this National Wildlife Federation exhibit will run until Feb. 28, 2020.

All 50 images were entries in annual National Wildlife® Photo Contests, which draw more than 22,000 images from around the world every year. Within the exhibit, one group of images titled “Nature’s Challenge” will raise awareness about some of the threats putting wildlife at risk today, including habitat loss, invasive species, disease and climate change. Another set of photographs titled “Life’s Essentials” will explore how people can help species thrive by gardening for wildlife. Kids attending the exhibit — a family-friendly event — will also be able to pick up a copy of Ranger Rick®, Ranger Rick Jr.™, Ranger Rick Cub™ or one of the National Wildlife Federation’s many other children’s publications. Go to

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., Dec. 1 hear about “Empowering Plant-Based Accessibility in All Communities.”  Plant-based food options are healthier, more environmentally friendly, and better for animal welfare than the mainstream options in our current food system. It is an ethical dilemma that these plant-based food options are not equitably accessible across communities. Plant Dining Partnerships is a non-profit organization working across the foodservice industry to ensure that no matter who you are or what community you live in, you are able to access plant-based foods which are better for your health, for the environment, and for ethical animal issues.

Lana Weidgenan will speak about the Plant Dining Partnerships, a newly launched organization that has hit the ground running with plant-based menu item victories at Dunkin’ and Hardee’s and two current campaigns on Starbucks and Wendy’s. Lana is a plant-based climate activist and advocate for community food justice as a means to combat the climate crisis. This year, she spoke at the United Nations about the food to climate connection and has been featured on media outlets including Fox News, The New York Post, MTV News, MSN, CGTN Global Television Network, and more. Lana led the campaign at Plant Dining Partnerships in which Dunkin’ agreed to launch a breakfast sandwich with plant-based protein at all 9,000 locations nationwide. She was one of the co-organizers of the national DC climate strike that first brought the school strikes for climate movement to the United States. Lana is also a full-time student in Public Health Studies at the Johns Hopkins University and an Ambassador for the Foodprints for the Future program leading up to Earth Day 2020.  Call 410-581-2322 or email

9] -- Protest Canada Goose, hosted by DMV Actions for Animals on Sun., Dec. 1 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at Tuckernuck, 1053 Wisconsin Ave. NW, WDC 20007-3635.  Join local activists in protesting Canada Goose! Canada Goose jackets are products of cruelty. The company uses fur from wild coyotes who are caught in painful steel traps where they can suffer for days with broken bones and wounds before trappers return to bludgeon or shoot them to death. Mothers desperate to get back to their pups have even been known to try to chew off their legs.  Contact: Erika at 703-399-1889.  All protesting materials will be provided. MEGAPHONES are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED! Go to

10] -- Jews United for Justice has a legislative meeting prep session on Sun., Dec. 1 from 7 to 8:30 PM. Sign up for the session here:  A District 43 meeting with Senator Mary Washington and Delegate Regina Boyce will be on Thurs., Dec. 5 from 6:30 to 9 PM. To attend this meeting, you must attend a prep session. You can join by video at or by call at +16465588656, 479604801#.

11] – 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 Dec. 2, 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.

12] --  On Mon., Dec. 2 and Tues., Dec. 3 from 7:45 to 9:45 AM and then from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, join the  WMATA HQ Picket with Striking Metrobus Workers at 600 5th St. NW, WDC 20001-2610.  Go to

13] – Urge Congress to Hold Hearings on the ERA, which would be supported by Katrina's Dream.  Each Monday, including Dec. 2, 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

14] - On Mon., Dec. 2 from 9 to 11 AM, get over to a Gun Laws Save Lives Rally, hosted by Moms Demand Action - DC at the Supreme Court of the United States, 1 1st St. NE, WDC 20002. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the first gun-related case in a decade. The case — called New York v. New York State Rifle — is an NRA lawsuit, and its ruling has the potential to weaken gun laws across the country.  A coalition of gun violence prevention groups are rallying at the Supreme Court. Demand the case be dismissed. Stand up against the NRA's extreme approach that threatens our constitutional rights, our lives, and public safety! Spread the word on social media using hashtag #GunLawsSaveLives. RSVP at Go to

15] – On Mon., Dec. 2 from  2 to 3 PM, catch a Conversation with Dr. Chris Ford, Assistant Secretary of State, at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.  Ford is an expert on International Security and Nonproliferation, and he will discuss the State Department’s efforts to encourage a “new normal” that establishes healthy patterns that can and will be sustained indefinitely. Bringing this about should be the core of a collective nuclear security agenda.  Visit

16] – On Mon., Dec. 2 from 3 to 4 PM, get with a Food Rescue Pop-Up at Flourish, 3418 Belair Road, Baltimore 21213-1233.  Bring a bag, take home healthy, free food! Check out

17] – On Mon., Dec. 2 from 5 to 6 PM, join a protest at Baltimore Amazon Warehouse, 2010 Broening Hwy., Baltimore 21224-6027, on Cyber Monday, hosted by Peoples Power Assembly and ICE Out of Baltimore. Tell Bezos: Stop enabling ICE raids, and Support Amazon workers.  Call 410-218-4835.

Despite horrific conditions at detention camps and a racist war on migrants and refugees, especially children, one of the richest people in the world, Jeff Bezos, continues to consolidate his wealth by profiting off of deportation and detention and exploiting Amazon workers. Amazon is helping ICE, the immigration police, track, detain, and deport immigrants. Amazon’s servers host Palantir, the company that provides ICE with “mission critical services,” such as its case management software. But it turns out Amazon’s role in the deportation machine goes deeper than that. Through intense lobbying, Amazon and Palantir have secured a role as the backbone for the federal government’s immigration dragnet. Support the Amazon workers who nationally have been demanding the right to organize and to reduce inhuman production rates and demand safe working conditions.  See

18] – On Mon., Dec. 2, Tues., Dec. 3 & Wed, Dec.  4 from 5 to 8 PM, come to Baltimore Council Candidate Endorsement Interviews, hosted by 1199 SEIU Maryland/DC, 611 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201. Help to decide which candidates (and incumbents) for the Baltimore City Council we should endorse. Hear the candidates' positions and ask them your questions. Refreshments will be served. See

19] – The Baltimore Fair Election fund bill is scheduled for 3rd reader on Mon., Dec. 2 at 5 PM. This will be the best small-donor matching bill passed in Maryland, with the highest capacity to draw in new voters and new candidates. PLEASE COME TO CITY COUNCIL AT 5 PM.  Later there will be the need to pass another bill to establish an acceptable and sustainable funding source. The system will be implemented in 2024.

20] –  On Mon., Dec. 2 from 6:45 to 8:30 PM, check out Never Silent, Living with HIV, hosted by Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and Whitman-Walker Health at 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20560. Tickets are at  In observance of World AIDS Day, turn the stage over to HIV survivors and those who have cared for loved ones with HIV/AIDS. Their personal stories are courageous and hopeful, yet reflective of the challenges faced by people with HIV. The National Museum of Natural History is teaming up with Whitman-Walker Health to bring you this program. This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World at the National Museum of Natural History.  See

21] – On Mon., Dec. 2 from 7 to 9 PM, honor Matthew Shepard with a Plaque Dedication, hosted by Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, WDC 20016.  Tickets are at the Join Washington National Cathedral and the Matthew Shepard Foundation for a ceremony of inspiration, celebration and song during a dedication of the Matthew Shepard Memorial Plaque. Elevated by a grassroots, crowd-funded campaign in the weeks following Matthew’s 2018 interment in the Cathedral, the plaque in the Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea is intended to honor Matthew’s memory and to serve as a source of strength in the continued journey for LGBTQ+ equality. Gathered again in the Cathedral Nave, and joined by Dennis and Judy Shepard, speakers and musicians will celebrate Matthew’s legacy and highlight ongoing efforts to, as the Matthew Shepard Foundation declares, “envision a future without hate, where understanding and compassion guide us toward an equitable world.” This service is free and open to the public, however, RSVPs are required for planning purposes. Respond at

22] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Mon., Dec. 2 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.  There are two ways to join the conference: Dial 1 929 205 6099, and then use meeting ID: 512 862 260. Or Click on your device if you have downloaded the app from Zoom. The focus will be on organizational sign-ups, public relations, and logistics for the January 20 observance.

23] --  On Tues., Dec. 3 from midnight to 11:59 PM, Save the Date to Save the Bay, hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. If you just can't wait, give early: Sign up for a Giving Tuesday email reminder: Your gift to save the Bay and its rivers and streams will be worth DOUBLE, matched dollar-for-dollar by Leidos up to $30,000. Look at

24] –  Can you participate in a DC Statehood Phone Bank on Tues., Dec. 3 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

25] – On Tues., Dec. 3 from noon to 1 PM, Food Rescue at YO! Baltimore West, 1510 W. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Get fresh, delicious, free food. Bring a bag. Bring a friend! Take what you want. Visit

26] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

27] -- On Tues., Dec. 3 at 5:30 PM, Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen is hosting a Hearing on Baltimore’s Fiscal Readiness for Kirwan at City Hall. The meeting will be on the 4th floor, and there will be an opportunity for all to speak on PILOT. The plan is to have as many folks as possible there to speak out on how a PILOT where our hospitals, colleges, and universities pay a fairer share will benefit the city and help fund desperately needed resources for our schools.  Contact National Nurses United Organizer Chris Novoa at 818-319-2853.

28] – On Tues., Dec. 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, hear about Espionage, Press Freedom, and Assange, hosted by Profs and Pints at La Pop DC, 1847 Columbia Road NW, WDC 20009.  Tickets are at  Hear from Gary Ross, assistant professor at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, former supervisory special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, and author of "Who Watches the Watchmen? The Conflict between National Security and Freedom of the Press." Julian Assange faces extradition from England to the United States to stand trial for allegedly disclosing thousands of classified documents on WikiLeaks, the Web site he founded precisely to publicize leaked information. If found guilty on each of the 18 counts contained in the federal indictment, he faces a potential sentence of more than 100 years. If extradited, he would become the first non-government insider brought to trial under the Espionage Act for the publication of national defense [sic] information. Media-rights advocates have expressed concern that the acts he is accused of committing strongly resemble many of the "newsgathering" activities journalists regularly perform.

Do Assange's actions make him a public enemy, or a public servant? Is he a hero in the battle for government transparency, or is he a threat to democracy? What would his extradition and conviction mean for members of the media who may sometimes use similar methods?  It's a talk that will give you a much better understanding of WikiLeaks, the case against Julian Assange, and one of the most vexing problems of our time, the need to find a way to uphold both national security and free speech in the Internet age. (Advance tickets: $12. Doors: $15, save $2 with a student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later. Please allow yourself time to place any orders and get seated and settled in.)  Look at

29] – On Tues., Dec. 3 from 7 to 8 PM, come to the Anne Arundel Green Party Meeting at 49 West St., Annapolis 21401.  Please join the Anne Arundel Green Party on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 7-8 PM in the back room of 49 West Coffeehouse in Annapolis. Discuss legislation, candidates, and actions in Anne Arundel County and Maryland. Visit

30] – Bill Barry [] will be speaking about “All We Do Is  ‌ Talk Steel” and showing short video clips of the people interviewed in this book at the  Edgemere Senior Citizens Center, 6600 North Point Road, Sparrows Point 21219, on Tues., Dec. 3 at 10 AM.

31] – On Tues., Dec. 3 from 7 to 10 PM, Jelani Favors presents "Shelter in a Time of Storm" at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Go to  Favors presents "Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism" in conversation with Taylor Branch. For generations, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been essential institutions for the African American community. Their nurturing environments not only provided educational advancement but also catalyzed the Black freedom struggle, forever altering the political destiny of the United States. In this book, Favors offers a history of HBCUs from the 1837 founding of Cheyney State University to the present, told through the lens of how they fostered student activism.

He chronicles the development and significance of HBCUs through stories from institutions such as Cheyney State University, Tougaloo College, Bennett College, Alabama State University, Jackson State University, Southern University, and North Carolina A&T. He demonstrates how HBCUs became a refuge during the oppression of the Jim Crow era and illustrates the central role their campus communities played during the civil rights and Black Power movements. Throughout this definitive history of how HBCUs became a vital seedbed for politicians, community leaders, reformers, and activists, Favors emphasizes what he calls an unwritten "second curriculum" at HBCUs, one that offered students a grounding in idealism, racial consciousness, and cultural nationalism.  Favors is assistant professor of history at Clayton State University. Branch is an author and public speaker best known for his landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, “America in the King Years.” Go to

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

Friday, November 29, 2019

Can you join a climate chaos action?/Climate Tipping Points Could Hit Harder — and Sooner — Than We Think


  The issue at hand is we have some ten years to save Mother Earth,  and this cannot happen unless Congress accepts that climate chaos can only be tamed by taking on the Pentagon. This would mean severely cutting military spending, abolishing the nuclear arsenal [or at least end spending tax dollars on refurbishing weapons of mass destruction], closing foreign bases and enacting the Green New Deal.  Of course, Congress must recognize that this is an emergency.

   I suggest that We the People at some selected date in 2020 gather on the Capitol steps stating that Congress must declare a climate emergency.  We will not be there to get arrested, but we will risk arrest while delivering the emergency message.  Some of us who will get arrested will not pay out and will take our message to a D.C. courtroom.  Anyone interested in such an action should indicate his/her interest.

   If there is interest in such an action, we would have a conference call to strategize and possibly co-ordinate dual or more actions on this very important issue.  Please voice your opinion, share comments and give thought to saving Mother Earth from a disaster unseen maybe since the Ice Age.



Climate Tipping Points Could Hit Harder — and Sooner — Than We Think
A person stands by a house and watchs a wildfire blaze

A resident watches as the "Cave Fire" burns a hillside near homes in Santa Barbara, California, early on November 26, 2019.KYLE GRILLOT / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

November 28, 2019
Citing an “existential threat to civilization,” a group of top climate scientists have put out a new paper warning that the latest evidence related to climate tipping points—when natural systems reach their breaking point and cascading feedback loops accelerate collapse—could mean such dynamics are “more likely than was thought” and could come sooner as well.
In the paper, published as a commentary in the journal Nature on Wednesday, the group of researchers summarize the latest findings related to the threat of tipping points as part of effort to “identify knowledge gaps” and suggest ways to fill them. “We explore the effects of such large-scale changes,” the scientists explain, “how quickly they might unfold and whether we still have any control over them.”
While the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) introduced the idea of tipping points two decades ago, the paper notes, it was long believed that what climatologists refer to as “large-scale discontinuities” in the planet’s natural system were “considered likely only if global warming exceeded 5°C above pre-industrial levels.” According to the researchers, however, more recent information and data—including the most recent IPCC summaries—suggest these frightening “tipping points could be exceeded even between 1 and 2°C of warming”—that means this century, possibly within just decades.
“I don’t think people realize how little time we have left,” Owen Gaffney, a global sustainability analyst at the Stockholm Resilience Center at Stockholm University and a co-author of the paper, told National Geographic. “We’ll reach 1.5°C in one or two decades, and with three decades to decarbonize it’s clearly an emergency situation.”
Gaffney added, “Without emergency action our children are likely to inherit a dangerously destabilized planet.”
According to the paper:
If current national pledges to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions are implemented—and that’s a big ‘if’—they are likely to result in at least 3°C of global warming. This is despite the goal of the 2015 Paris agreement to limit warming to well below 2°C. Some economists, assuming that climate tipping points are of very low probability (even if they would be catastrophic), have suggested that 3°C warming is optimal from a cost–benefit perspective. However, if tipping points are looking more likely, then the ‘optimal policy’ recommendation of simple cost–benefit climate-economy models4 aligns with those of the recent IPCC report2. In other words, warming must be limited to 1.5 °C. This requires an emergency response.
Among the key evidence that tipping points are underway, the paper highlights a litany of global hot spots where runaway warming could unleash—or is already unleashing—dangerous feedback loops. They include: frequent droughts in the Amazon rainforest; Arctic sea ice reductions; slowdown in Atlantic Ocean currents; fires and pests in the northern Boreal forest; large scale coral reef die-offs; ice sheet loss in Greenland; permafrost thawing in Eastern Russia; and accelerating melting in both the West and East Antarctic.
In an interview with the Guardian, Professor Tim Lenton at the University of Exeter, the lead author of the article, said: “As a scientist, I just want to tell it how it is. It is not trying to be alarmist, but trying to treat the whole climate change problem as a risk management problem. It is what I consider the common sense way.”
Citing campaigners around the world, including young people this year who kicked off global climate strikes, Lenton acknowledge that these people understand what world leaders seem unwilling to accept or act upon. “We might already have crossed the threshold for a cascade of interrelated tipping points,” Lenton said. “The simple version is the schoolkids are right: we are seeing potentially irreversible changes in the climate system under way, or very close.”
In their paper, the scientists write that “the consideration of tipping points helps to define that we are in a climate emergency and strengthens this year’s chorus of calls for urgent climate action—from schoolchildren to scientists, cities and countries.”
Despite the frightening warnings and the scale of the threat, the researchers are not trying to be doom-and-gloomers who say that nothing can be done.
In his comments to the Guardian, Lenton said, “This article is not meant to be a counsel of despair. If we want to avoid the worst of these bad climate tipping points, we need to activate some positive social and economic tipping points [such as renewable energy] towards what should ultimately be a happier, flourishing, sustainable future for the generations to come.”
But the paper makes clear that the climate emergency is here in very profound ways.
“In our view, the evidence from tipping points alone suggests that we are in a state of planetary emergency: both the risk and urgency of the situation are acute,” the paper states.
The group of scientists also acknowledge that some in the scientific community believe their warnings exceed what the available evidence shows when it comes to the threat of tipping points or the timeline:
Some scientists counter that the possibility of global tipping remains highly speculative. It is our position that, given its huge impact and irreversible nature, any serious risk assessment must consider the evidence, however limited our understanding might still be. To err on the side of danger is not a responsible option.
If damaging tipping cascades can occur and a global tipping point cannot be ruled out, then this is an existential threat to civilization. No amount of economic cost–benefit analysis is going to help us. We need to change our approach to the climate problem.
The Guardian spoke to Professor Martin Siegert at Imperial College London, about the researchers’ paper and whether or not its warning comes in too heavy. “The new work is valuable,” Siegert said. “They are being a little speculative, but maybe you need to be.”
In the end, the new paper’s conclusion was twofold: more needs to be known about these crucial tipping points and that only urgent action can stave off the urgent threat an increasingly hotter world.
“We argue that the intervention time left to prevent tipping could already have shrunk towards zero, whereas the reaction time to achieve net zero emissions is 30 years at best,” the paper states. “Hence we might already have lost control of whether tipping happens. A saving grace is that the rate at which damage accumulates from tipping—and hence the risk posed—could still be under our control to some extent. “
“The stability and resilience of our planet is in peril,” it concludes. “International action—not just words—must reflect this.”
This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Jon Queally is senior editor and staff writer for Common Dreams.
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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

Baltimore Activist Alert -- November 29 - 30, 2019

43] Pillow Protest – Nov. 29
44] Becoming Jane Exhibition – through Summer 2020
45] Green Friday – Nov. 29
46] Family-Friendly Hike to Calvert Cliffs – Nov. 29
47] Peace and justice vigil – Nov. 29
48] Ballroom Dancing – Nov. 29
49] Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit – Nov. 30
50] Help out the Book Thing – Nov. 30
50] Food Drive for the animals – Nov. 30
49] Food Rescue – Nov. 21
51] Volunteer Vegan Pizza Party – Nov. 30
51] Early Thanksgiving Dinner – Nov. 21                                                              
52] Adoption Event at Petco – Nov. 30
53] Adoption Event – Nov. 30
54] Cats, Coffee, & Cookies – Nov. 30
55] Thanksgiving Weekend Protest – Nov. 30
56] Fur is Murder – Nov. 30
57] Earthsave Thanks-Living Vegan Celebration – Nov. 30
58] Write letters supporting the Plowshares
59] Two Berrigan Books still in print
60] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
61] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
62] Do you need any book shelves?
63] Join the Global Zero campaign.
64] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
43] – On Fri., Nov. 29 from 9 AM to 9 PM, get with the Pillow Protest, hosted by Vpomis - Vahalla's Pen Online Marketing Integration Services. Put down the guns and pick up your pillows. Black Friday this year will feature a large scale pillow fight to protest against the gun violence in our great city of Baltimore. Let the feathers fly as all of Pratt St. and Baltimore St. running parallel will be filled to the brim with pillow fighters of all walks of life. Pillow fight for peace. Protest in the name of a peaceful Baltimore City.  Bring your own pillows. Show the world we are not the top 3rd most violent city in the nation. Look at

44] – On Fri., Nov. 29 from 10 AM to 6 PM, check out the Becoming Jane Exhibition Opening Day, hosted by the Jane Goodall Institute at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW, WDC 20036.  Tickets are at The exhibition will continue through Summer 2020. Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, braved the unknown to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives: chimpanzees. In this hands-on, transportive multimedia exhibition celebrating her extraordinary life and work, you’ll explore Dr. Goodall’s early years through iconic images and a multiscreen experience and venture on a 3D exploration of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park where she did her famous behavioral research on chimps. You’ll also see a life-size hologram of Dr. Goodall, enter a replica of her research tent, and learn about her current role as a leader in community-centered conservation and youth empowerment. Before you leave, you will find out what you can do today to make a positive impact in the world. 

The museum is open 7 days a week (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) from 10 AM to 6 PM (last ticket sold at 5 PM daily.) Groups of 20 or more receive discounted museum admission. Contact to book your group visit today. Go to

45] – On Fri., Nov. 29 from 10 AM to 1 PM, get with Green Friday: The New Black Friday, hosted by Herring Run Nursery and Blue Water Baltimore at 6131 Hillen Rd., Baltimore 21239. Enjoy 20% off ALL PLANTS! View plant availability at Join the Nursery Manager Rob afterwards at the Friends of Herring Run Parks' 2019 Black Friday Hike!  See

46] –Get Outside for a Family-Friendly Hike to Calvert Cliffs on Fri., Nov 29 from 11 AM to 3 PM organized by the Sierra Club Southern Maryland Group.  The location is 10540 H G Trueman Rd., Lusby 20657. Contact Thomas Hutson at or (910) 619-5729. Walk an easy pace to the beach and back for lunch, a total of 4 miles. Please meet at the picnic pavilion at 10:45 AM.  Calvert Cliffs State Park is a day-use park featuring a sandy beach, unique fossils, an accessible recycled tire playground, fishing, a freshwater and tidal marshland. Park entry is $5/vehicle for MD residents, $7/vehicle for everyone else, or FREE with your MD State Park Pass.  Bring your picnic lunch or snacks, water, good walking shoes, appropriate layers for the weather, rain gear if needed.

47] – 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 Nov. 29. Black Lives Matter.

48] – 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 Nov. 29. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email

49]–  On Sat., Nov. 30 from 8 AM to 5 PM, visit the Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit, hosted by the New Village Press, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052-0041.  November 15, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War Mobilization March on Washington, a gathering of over half a million demonstrators against the war. The George Washington University offers a series of events to educate students and the general public about often overlooked facets of the history of US involvement in Vietnam, including the impact that antiwar GIs and veterans had on ending the war. Look at

50] – On Sat., Nov. 30 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, help with the Food Drive for SPCA Food Bank at the Annapolis Cat Hospital, 2244-48 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis 21403.  Consider donating to an animal in need. Details about donation drop off days, times, and items accepted can be found below. Your donations mean so much, and the entire Annapolis Cat Hospital staff thanks you! Donations accepted are unopened canned or bagged dog and cat food.  No boxed foods or treats. Call Annapolis Cat Hospital at 410-268-2287 or Bay Ridge Animal Hospital at 410-268-6994.  Visit

51] – On Sat., Nov. 30 and Sun., Dec. 1 from 10 AM to 4 PM, help out on Moving Weekend: Return of the Thing, hosted by The Book Thing, 3001 Vineyard Lane, Baltimore 21218.  Help the move from the "old" warehouse. Snacks and drinks provided. Look at

52] On Sat., Nov. 30 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM, check out an Adoption Event, hosted by the Feline Rescue Association at Petco, 10383 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills 21117. Come meet some adoptable kitties during the weekly adoption event! See

53] -- On Sat., Nov. 30 from 11 AM to 3 PM, come to an Adoption Event, hosted by TRU Rescue at Pet Valu Timonium, Yorkridge Shopping Center, 18 West Ridgely Road, Lutherville 21093.  Learn about TRU Rescue and meet some of adoptable dogs. Volunteers will be on site to answer any questions you might have! DOGS ATTENDING: Mayzie, Jo-Jo, Gertie, Theo, Horton and Sam. Check out

54] – On Sat., Nov. 30 from noon to 3 PM, get over to Cats, Coffee, & Cookies, hosted by Passport Animal Rescue, Inc. at Petco, 1719 York Rd., Lutherville 21093. Spend quality time at the Lutherville/Timonium Petco every Saturday with adoptable cats and kittens! Enjoy coffee, juice, cookies, treats, and a whole room available for you to play with cats.  Check out

55] – On Sat., Nov. 30 from noon to 2 PM, join a Thanksgiving Weekend Protest at the drone war command operation at the Horsham PA Air National Guard Station.  Stop the policy of drone warfare and endless war. Ignite Peace and Give Thanks in Horsham, the heart of drone war operations in the state...Tell PA Governor Tom Wolf, head of PA Air National Guard:  BAN PA DRONE WAR OPERATIONS!  The monthly demonstrations continue in Horsham the last Saturday of the month, except for January and February. Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at  or 484-574-1148.

56] – On Sat., Nov. 30 from 3 to 5 PM,  join the FUR IS MURDER - Mano Swartz Protest, hosted by Stand Up For Liberation at 10801 Falls Road, Timonium/Lutherville 21093.  Fur is outdated and extremely cruel. Speak up for the animals who are tortured in this disgusting industry and help SHUT IT DOWN! There will be plenty of posters but you can certainly bring/make your own.  Megaphones are encouraged. See

57] – On Sat., Nov. 30 from 6 to 8:30 PM,  join the Earthsave Thanks-Living Vegan Celebration at the Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road, Baltimore 21212. Get some great food, fellowship, live music and more. RSVP as to whether you plan to bring food to share: 410-252-3043.  Check out Dinner Guests may choose to either bring a dish made without animal products (to serve 8) plus $5 (members pay just $2) donation; pay $15 (members pay just $12) to enjoy dinner and presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. Eat first, then make announcements, and then hear the presentation. Email Connect with like-minded local people for discussion and support on Facebook by joining Earthsave Baltimore group at or at or

58] The PLOWSHARES SENTENCING is PENDING, so please WRITE THE JUDGE. Now is the time to write letters to Judge Lisa Godbey Wood regarding her sentencing of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. The group is collecting letters, especially from those who know the defendants, testifying to their character and the good work that they are doing in their communities which will not be done if they are serving long terms in prison. These letters are not the forum to criticize the law, the legal process or government policies. Rather it is the place to point out positive things about the defendants that should mitigate a harsh sentence.  Letters should be sent to defense attorney Bill Quigley at the address below. He will compile them and distribute to various defendants' attorneys for delivery to Judge Wood. The attorneys suggest it would be helpful to get these done by Thanksgiving or the week after in order to get processed and delivered. Sentencing may be in January or possibly February.   The best letters are simple, polite, and tell good things about the person you are writing to support.

The suggested format is as follows:
Sender’s Name
Sender’s Address
Judge Lisa Godbey Wood
C/o Bill Quigley
Loyola University New Orleans Law Clinic
Campus Box 902
7214 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Regarding Sentencing of: Mark Colville [or] Clare Grady [or] Martha Hennessy [or] Fr. Steve Kelly SJ [or] Elizabeth McAlister [or] Patrick O’Neill [or] Carmen Trotta (or all seven of the Kings Bay Plowshares)
Dear Judge Wood,
Suggested outline for the letter:
- Explain who you are.
- Explain who you are writing about, how you know them, and what good they do for their community.
- Explain why the Judge should not send them to jail.
- Thank the Judge for reading your letter.
For more ideas and details for your letters, you are welcome to see the defendants' biographies here:
Thank you for your attentiveness to the trial, your support for the defendants and their families, and your focus on the issue of the abolition of nuclear weapons.
As Fr. Steve Kelly says, "The nuclear weapons won't go away by themselves." We do this work together.

59] – 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

60] –   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.   

61] -- 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

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

63] -- 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.

64] – 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