Friday, December 20, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 20 - 21, 2019

55] Becoming Jane Exhibition – through Summer 2020
56] Fire Drill Friday – Dec. 20
57] White House vigil – Dec. 20
58] WIB peace vigils – Dec. 20
59] Peace and justice vigil – Dec. 20
60] Stop Hindu Fascism – Dec. 20
61] Communities United Holiday Party – Dec. 20
62] Ballroom Dancing – Dec. 20
63] Walking Tour of the Churches of Frederick Douglass – Dec. 21
64] Sing carols for Bernie – Dec. 21
65] Adoption Event at Petco – Dec. 21
66] No Christmas on a Dead Planet – Dec. 21
67] Cats, Coffee, & Cookies – Dec. 21
68] Divest Party – Dec. 21
69] Zoo Bites – Dec. 21
70] Protest Lockheed Martin Dec. 21
71] Memorial Day for the homelessness Dec. 21
72] Homeless Persons' Memorial Day – Dec. 21
73] Write letters supporting the Plowshares
74] Two Berrigan Books still in print
75] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
76] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
77] Do you need any book shelves?
78] Join the Global Zero campaign.
79] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
55] – On Fri., Dec. 20 from 10 AM to 6 PM, check out the Becoming Jane Exhibition, 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 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

56] – Inspired by the Swedish student, Greta Thunberg, the student strikers and Naomi Klein's new book "On Fire: The Burning Case for the Green New Deal," Jane Fonda decided to upend her life, left her comfort zone and move to Washington, D.C. for four months to focus on climate change. As Greta said, "This is a crisis. We have to act like our house is on fire, because it is.”  So, every Friday Jane will host an action called — Fire Drill Friday.  On Dec. 20 at 11 AM, meet near the Capitol steps across from the Supreme Court and speak out for Health Care Can't Wait!

Here’s the deal: We are living at the last possible moment in human history when we can do something about climate change or fail to do so, thereby denying hundreds of millions of people a livable future. Last year, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its regular report which stated in no uncertain terms that given the worsening disasters we’re already seeing and the additional warming that is already baked in because we didn’t act 30 years ago, we do not stand a chance at changing course in time without profound, systemic economic and social change in the next 11 years. Visit

57] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Dec. 20 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649,  

58] – Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE take place on Fri., Dec. 20 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

59] – 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 Dec. 20. Black Lives Matter.

60] – On Fri., Dec. 20 from 6 to 8 PM, Stop Hindu Fascism, hosted by National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance at the True Reformer Building, WDC 20009. The protesters need solidarity letters and videos. They need to know others are rooting for them.  Join for a night of solidarity, processing and healing. The Citizenship Amendment Bill was introduced by the Hindu nationalist government, the BJP, and is built upon excluding Muslim communities in India. The CAB is part of an effort by the Hindu Fascist state to build a country where Muslims are rendered stateless. In the past few days, thousands of students have taken to the streets to protest the CAB. See

61] – The Communities United Holiday Party is Fri., Dec. 20 from 7 to 9:30 PM at Douglas Memorial Community Church, 1325 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Bring your family and holiday spirit and help make merry. Potluck offerings welcome but not required. There will be food, gifts and fun for the kids and the kids at heart. Check out

62] – 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 Dec. 20. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email 

63] –On Sat., Dec. 21 from 9:30 to 11 AM, join a Walking Tour of the Churches of Frederick Douglass, starting at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE, WDC 20020. Tickets are $12.50.  Join local reporter and historian John Muller on a special evening walking tour through Old Anacostia and Barry Farm, examining the history of the neighborhood churches Frederick Douglass regularly attended.  The walk will conclude at Campbell AME Church at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Sumner Road SE in Barry Farm.  Go to

64] – On Sat., Dec. 21 starting at 10 AM to noon, go caroling for Bernie at the Westfield Annapolis Mall, Annapolis 21401. Sing some very, very Bernie Christmas adaptations of holiday songs and spread the good word about Bernie. Then, in the afternoon (1:30 to 3:30 PM), there will be carolers at the Mall at Prince George's (front entrance on the side of Chipotle), Hyattsville. Finally, as evening falls (5 to 7 PM), the caroling will be near the Inner Harbor in Baltimore at the Christmas Village on Light St. See Don't worry if you can't really carry a tune. You'll know the melodies, and you can fake it. The point is to have fun. See

Join Maryland for Bernie Sanders and sing carol songs based on Bernie's policy platforms, register voters, and hand out literature!  Please come festive in Christmas holiday colors. Wear red noses, Santa hats, and reindeer antlers. Everyone, wear Bernie gear if you can, and dress comfortably for the weather (coat, gloves, scarf, etc.)!

65] – On Sat., Dec. 21 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM, get with the Adoption Event at Petco, 10383 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills 21117, hosted by The Feline Rescue Association. Meet cats who need homes. This will continue until Sat., Dec. 28. Look at

66] – On Sat., Dec. 21 at noon,  No Christmas On A Dead Planet, hosted by Extinction Rebellion Baltimore at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore. This will be an apocalyptic holiday street celebration! Societal Collapse Santa and his skeleton elf posse will be marching around the Inner Harbor's Christmas Village. Sing climate crisis holiday carols and decorating the streets with justice inspired ornaments. There will also be the once in a lifetime opportunity to sit on apocalypse Santa's lap, take a picture, and whisper sweet nihilistic nothings in his ear. Visit

67] – On Sat., Dec. 21 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.  This will continue until Sat., Dec. 28. Check out

68] – 2019 has been a banner year for the Divest from the war movement across the country, making clear that if we're serious about addressing the climate crisis, we must address U.S. militarism. Divest from the Pentagon and invest it in a Green New Deal! Divest Philly from the War Machine Coalition will host an end of year holiday party on Sat., Dec. 21 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM at Wooden Shoe, 704 South St., Philadelphia 19147.  RSVP at Come learn about the campaign, network with fellow activists and organizations, and gear up for the work ahead. Celebrate another year of hard work and successes. 

69] -- On Sat., Dec. 21 from 1 to 1:30 PM, check out Zoo Bites: Animal Nutrition Tour by The Maryland Zoo, 1 Safari Place, Baltimore 21217. Tickets are at  Ever wonder what it takes to feed the more than 1,500 birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles at the Zoo? Take part in an exclusive one-of-kind experience inside the Maryland Zoo’s commissary complex.   This 25-30 minute guided tour will take you through the behind-the-scenes areas where we prepare our daily animal diets, order and store the items, and discuss the important role that diets play in animal welfare. During the tour, take part in preparing a special treat for one of the animals and learn more about how the Zoo in participating in conservation and how you can help at home!  This tour has no interaction with zoo animals. See

70] – On Sat., Dec. 21 from 1 to 3 PM, get over to the Annual Christmas Vigil at Lockheed Martin, 230 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA. Gather at the Corner of Mall & Goddard Boulevards in front of Lockheed Martin, world’s largest war profiteer and behind the King of Prussia Mall, the largest shopping mall on USA East Coast. Pierce the Time's Darkness, Send a Joyous Noise Unto the PEOPLE…, as the bell continues to toll for 42 years of Christmas Peace and nonviolent action. See Call 484-574-1148.

71] – On Sat., Dec. 21 from 4 to 5 PM, this is the Longest Night Homeless Memorial, hosted by Arundel House of Hope, 514 Crain Hwy. N, Suite K, Glen Burnie 21061. Remember those that lost their lives while experiencing homelessness in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. The Longest Night Homeless Memorial and Candlelight Service will be held on December 21, 2019 at Whitmore Park.  See

72] – On Sat., Dec. 21 from 5 to 7 PM, come to the Homeless Persons' Memorial Day, hosted by Health Care for the Homeless at Preston Gardens Park, Baltimore 21201. On the winter solstice, come together to honor our neighbors without homes who have died in the past year. Look at ttps://

73] 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.

74] – 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

75] –   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.   

76] -- 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

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

78] -- 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.

79] – 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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