Saturday, February 22, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert – February 22 – 26, 2020



"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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com.  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] comcast.net.

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Get involved with NCNR   
4] Nature’s Witness: Wildlife Photography Exhibit through Feb. 28
5] The real Joe Biden – Feb. 22
6] Becoming Jane Exhibition – through Summer 2020
7] “Deed before Creed” and Ethical Non-Theism – Feb. 23
8] World Peace Meditation Class -- Feb. 23
9] Canvass with DSA for District 12 City Council & Bernie – Feb. 23
10] Bernie 2020 Phonebank in Bowie – Feb. 23
11] Baltimore community coal transition forum -- Feb. 23
12] Greenfare Organic Cafe Brunch – Feb. 23
13] Knock on Doors for Bernie in Fairfax, VA – Feb. 23
14] Knock on Doors for Bernie in Woodbridge, VA Feb. 23
15] Training for Pipeline Protest at the Supreme Court – Feb. 23 - 24
16] Knock on Doors for Bernie in Alexandria – Feb. 23
17] Jamming for Justice – Feb. 23
18] Town Hall to End the ICE contract in Howard County -- Feb. 23
19] Maryland Food Justice Lobby Day – Feb. 23 & 26
20] Pentagon Peace Vigil – Feb. 24
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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 http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

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] - Through Feb. 28 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/2707182892665780/?event_time_id=2707182935999109.

5] – On Sat., Feb. 22 from 7 to 9 PM, hear from Branko Marcetic who will talk about his book "Yesterday's Man: The Case Against Joe Biden" at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201, and Jacobin Magazine.  Join a discussion on how the Democratic establishment triangulated themselves into defeat. His new book exposes the forgotten history of Joe Biden, one of the United States’ longest-serving politicians, and one of its least scrutinized. Over nearly fifty years in politics, the man called “Middle-Class Joe” served as a key architect of the Democratic Party’s rightward turn, ushering in the end of the liberal New Deal order and assisting the political takeover of the radical right. Marcetic is a staff writer for Jacobin  and a 2019–2020 Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Fellow at In These Times. See https://www.facebook.com/events/4052046104812939/.

6] – On Sat., Feb. 23 from 10 AM to 6 PM and continuing, 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 www.nationalgeographic.org. 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 from 10 AM to 6 PM (last ticket sold at 5 PM daily.) Groups of 20 or more receive discounted museum admission. Contact groupsales@ngs.org to book your group visit today. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/977953615906486/.

7] - 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., Feb. 23, the theme is “Deed before Creed” and Ethical Non-Theism.  What do all these words mean? If you are a member of an Ethical Society they should mean a lot. Hugh Taft-Morales explores the prioritizing of action over metaphysics that makes Ethical Humanism a lived philosophy. Non-theism, which is basically “not taking a position about the existence or non-existence of god,” is a part of this pragmatic commitment to focus more on behavior than beliefs. 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 ask@bmorethical.org. 

8] – On Sun., Feb. 23 from 10:30 to 11:45 AM, join a World Peace Meditation Class, hosted by the World Peace Cafe Baltimore at the Kadampa Meditation Center-Maryland, 900 E. Northern Parkway, Baltimore 21212. Prayers are neither small nor passive actions. Rather, they are a force for change in our shared world. Bring peace to the world through the action of meditating together and dedicating prayers for world peace. The morning includes a guided meditation, talk on Buddhism applied to daily life & a traditional chanted prayer in English. Everyone is welcome – you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend– just drop in!

Following the prayers, everyone is welcome to come to the World Peace Cafe for brunch which always includes pancakes with toppings, and various other delicious foods such as soup, sandwiches, salad, desserts, coffee and teas.  The suggested donation is $5- to $10/adult & $2/child.  Brunch is $6to $8 (less for kids portion). See https://www.facebook.com/events/3084164601626024/?event_time_id=3084164651626019.

9] - On Sun., Feb. 23 from 11 AM to 3 PM, get with the Democratic Socialists of America City Council Canvass for District 12!  Meet at 1812 Ashland Ave., Baltimore 21205-1506. The canvass is for endorsed District 12 City Council candidate and *chapter-member* Dave Heilker, and for endorsed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders!

Get a brief training prior to the canvass, use the buddy system, and take super great DSA-designed literature.  Bundle up! If you have a DSA t-shirt, it'd be a good idea to wear. Get some stickers and maybe some buttons, but if you have something red, please wear. And don't forget to bring water and wear comfy shoes!  Meet at the Starbucks on the Johns Hopkins Hospital campus! Email electoral@baltimoredsa.org if you have any questions!  See https://www.facebook.com/events/544984082772887/.

10] – Join a Bernie 2020 Phonebank on Sun, Feb 23 from 11 AM 3 PM at the Bowen Apartments, 14909 Health Center Drive, Bowie 20716.  Come together with friends, family, and neighbors to call voters in support of Bernie! REFRESHMENTS will be provided. In addition to a cell phone, please bring a laptop or tablet to make calls on the Bernie Dialer. Safari and Apple iOS tablets are NOT compatible with the Dialer at this time. Please download Chrome or Firefox beforehand if you can! Bring headphones or a headset. RSVP at https://events.berniesanders.com/event/231112/?utm_source=Maryland+for+Bernie+Sanders&utm_campaign=28730c8bfb-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_02_12_04_00_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d200a2e045-28730c8bfb-58119809.

11] – Sierra Club supporters are attending a Baltimore community coal transition forum at the Pratt Central Library in the Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201 on Sun., Feb. 23 from noon to 2 PM.   Baltimore is an especially important area for this work, because Baltimore legislators are key decision-makers whose support is needed to pass these bills, and Baltimore City has some of the most polluted air in the state. In the American Lung Association's most recent State of the Air report card, Baltimore received a grade of "F" for air quality -- and had more bad-air days than any other county! RSVP Lossa Zenebe at lossa.zenebe@sierraclub.org.

12] - On Sun., Feb. 23 from noon to 2 PM, come to Greenfare Organic Cafe Brunch/Chuck Carroll Presentation, hosted by Eat Well Stay Well, LLC, 10296 Shaker Drive, Columbia 21046.  Join the Columbia, MD Forks Over Knives Group for a special talk by PCRM's Chuck Carroll of The Exam Room podcast as he details his 200 pound weight loss! GreenFare Organic Cafe delivers an organic buffet brunch that is local, seasonal, and delicious, with fresh vegetables in dishes designed for optimal health without added salt, oil, or sugar. "Eat Your Way to Good Health" and enjoy the companionship of others on this amazing journey.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under.  The GreenFare Buffet will include: Organic Mixed Local Greens, Organic Quinoa Vegetable Soup, Organic Lentil Loaf, Organic Gardener’s Pie (Nuts), Organic Jackfruit Casserole (Wheat), Organic Green Bean Casserole (Nuts), Organic Sweet Potato Squares (Nuts), T purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/columbia-forks-over-knives-greenfare-buffet-with-chuck-carroll-of-the-exam-room-tickets-87060631693. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/2523415361273209/.

13] – Knock on Doors for Bernie with a Victory Captain on Sun., Feb. 23 at 12:30 PM at 3240 Arrowhead Circle, Fairfax, VA 22030. Go to https://events.berniesanders.com/event/229013/. 

14] - Knock on Doors with a Bernie Victory Captain on Sun., Feb 23 from 1 to 4:30 PM at Linda's House, 3007 Tiger Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192. See https://events.berniesanders.com/event/237961/.

15] – There is an opportunity on Mon., Feb. 24 between 8 and 9 AM  to be on the right side of history when the Supreme Court considers the future of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The Court will hear oral arguments in a case to determine if the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) can cross the Appalachian Trail. This is the first time the Supreme Court has heard a case about a pipeline in years — and a major opportunity to put a meaningful check on the power of pipelines and the fossil fuel industry. Demonstrate outside the Court.  This is an open call to all pipeline fighters, mountain defenders, water protectors and climate resisters. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScgjIksxWim8j_k27SsfUdJPcvXBTwd-8s0-_DEWqx_JuZCCA/viewform. There is a training on Sun., Feb. 23 from 2 to 6 PM.  RSVP to get the location of the training and the location on Monday’s breakfast meeting.

16] –  Knock Doors with a Bernie Victory Captain on Sun., Feb. 23 at 2 PM at 5876 Kingstowne Center, 100, Alexandria, VA 22315.  Visit https://www.mobilize.us/sandersva/event/221291/.

17] – Get over to Jamming for Justice on Sun., Feb. 23 from 4 to 7 PM at 5233 North Capitol Street NE, WDC 20011.  The DC Poor People's Campaign hosts A Justice Arts Event with pianist Maceo Kemp and vocalist Bonnie Burnett. Instrumentalists and singers welcome for the open mike and collaboration. Sign up begins at 3:30 PM. Bring song sheets and charts to lend and share. Everybody's Got a Right to Live!  If you are you looking for musicians to form a local chapter of the People's Music Network, see http://www.peoplesmusic.org.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/487386885250168.

18] – On Sun., Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, attend a Town Hall to End the ICE contract in Howard County, hosted by the Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice at the Oakland Mills Interfaith, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia 21045.  Look at jufj.org.  Stand up and take action against the inhumane policies of ICE, and listen to stories of the human impact of these policies directly from immigrant detainees in Howard County. Sign up to attend here: https://jufj.org/event/hocotownhall/.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/2715406151869287/.

19] - On Wed., Feb. 26 from 9:45 AM to 1:30 PM, participate in Maryland Food Justice Lobby Day, hosted by Friends of the Earth U.S. and Food & Water Watch at 6 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401-1912. REGISTER by February 23 at https://actionnetwork.org/events/food-justice-lobby-day.  Join activists from across Maryland to come to Annapolis and tell your legislators that you want them to prioritize food justice in the 2020 legislative session. Advocate for legislation that will improve public health, reduce healthcare costs, and fight climate change by reducing food-related emissions and mitigating the environmental impact of factory farming that is negatively impacting the health of Maryland residents, particularly communities of color, while advancing racial justice by providing access to healthier foods for some of our most vulnerable residents.

  The plant-based food options bill has just been scheduled to have hearings in both chambers on the same day as lobby day! Attendees are encouraged to stick around for those hearings at 1 PM so legislators can see the bills are widely supported. Enjoy a delicious, plant-based FREE lunch together (thanks to support from VegFund). Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/755662184959375/.

20] – 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 Feb. 17, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com 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.  

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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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, February 21, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 22, 2020


65] Poor Peoples' Campaign Mobilization Meeting – Feb. 22
66] Tree Maintenance – Feb. 22
67] February Food Distribution – Feb. 22
68] Animal Safe Haven and Adoptions – Feb. 22
69] “The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins” – Feb. 22
70] Fair Development Plan for Zero Waste -- Feb. 22
71] Facts or Fakes? -- Feb. 22
72] Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools Canvass – Feb. 22
73] Organize Your Friends with a Bernie Victory Captain -- Feb. 22
74] “The First Rainbow Coalition” – Feb. 22
75] Write letters supporting the Plowshares
76] Two Berrigan Books still in print
77] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
78] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
79] Do you need any book shelves?
80] Join the Global Zero campaign.
81] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
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65] -- There is DC Poor Peoples' Campaign Mobilization Meeting on Sat., Feb. 22 at 10 AM at the John Wesley AME Zion Church, 1615 14th St. NW, WDC 20009.

66] – On Sat., Feb. 22 from 10 AM to 1 PM, get with Tree Maintenance, hosted by Gunpowder Valley Conservancy at the Loch Raven Reservoir, TowsonCheck out gunpowdervalleyconservancy.org. Newly planted trees need TLC to survive. Spend several hours to help young trees grow into healthy forests! Tree maintenance involves removing invasive plants, checking planted trees to see if the shelter needs to be removed and removing if necessary, digging out the planting tube, and making sure the plant is upright. Community service learning hours available. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/609988343153273/.

67] – On Sat., Feb. 22 from 10 AM to 1 PM, help out with the February Food Distribution at the Franciscan Center of Baltimore, 101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore 21218. There is a need of 50 to 60 volunteers to help us unpack and setup a food market to give away 10,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/2484359231836287/.

68] –  On Sat., Feb. 22 from 11 AM to 3 PM, get with a Meet And Greet, hosted by Animal Safe Haven and Adoptions, Inc. at Pet Valu, 895 E. Fort Ave., Baltimore 21230.  Murray is ready to meet the public and hopefully find his forever family! He is a fuzzy orange adult who loves to look outside and play with other cats. Special guest kitties will also make an appearance! See https://www.facebook.com/events/128788908462546/.

69] – On Sat., Feb. 22 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, meet the author Antero Pietila who wrote “The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins,” hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library, 5108 Roland Ave., Baltimore 21210-2132.  Pietila's thirty-five years with The Baltimore Sun included coverage of the city's neighborhoods, politics and government. He also served seven years as a correspondent in South Africa and the Soviet Union. The book reflects the whole spectrum of those experiences. A native of Finland, where he graduated from Tampere's School of Social Sciences, Pietila became a student of urban racial rotations during his first visit to the United States in 1964. He later obtained a Master of Arts degree at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  He is also the author of “Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City” (2010).

The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of the book for sale at a book signing following the program, which is in conjunction with Undesign the Redline, exhibited at the Central Library November 1, 2019-January 31, 2020 and Southeast Anchor Library, February 1-February 29, 2020. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/431054730904597/.

70] On Sat., Feb. 22 from noon to 3 PM, United Workers <justsociety@unitedworkers.org> invited you to the upcoming release of Baltimore's Fair Development Plan for Zero Waste at 525 W Redwood Street, Baltimore 21201 in the University of Maryland School of Social Work Auditorium. Come together and launch the Fair Development Plan for Zero Waste which aims to address the city’s worst air polluter - the BRESCO trash burning incinerator. Build on the momentum of recent environmental breakthroughs -- the passage of the Clean Air Act and the plastic bag ban -- to end our reliance on incineration and landfills. This plan calls for truly green businesses and infrastructure such as composting and recycling facilities, expanded residential collections, resources to maintain vacant land and to prevent illegal dumping, which all culminate in hundreds of local living wage jobs. RSVP here: http://www.unitedworkers.org/events. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/204315524073875/.

71] – On Sat., Feb. 22 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM, come to a SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University Training: Facts or Fakes?  It is will take place on the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus- Croft Hall, Room B32. Did Obama really shake hands with the president of Iran? Did Trump's lawyer plot with Russian spies to hack the Democrats? Are Fox and MSNBC reporting from different planets? As the 2020 presidential race heats up, we'll test our skills at separating truth from fabrication, using real images and video clips, and work together on ways to make things better. With pizza!

Scott Shane was a reporter in the Washington bureau of The New York Times from 2004 to 2019, covering national security and other subjects. He won Pulitzer Prizes in 2017 and 2018 with Times colleagues for coverage of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and other issues. His latest book, “Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President and the Rise of the Drone,” tells the story of the American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011 at the orders of President Obama. He has written on interrogation and torture, the CIA and targeted killing, WikiLeaks and secrecy, the National Security Agency, and many other topics. He is a former Moscow correspondent for The Baltimore Sun and his first book, “Dismantling Utopia, is a firsthand account of the Soviet collapse. Register online at bit.ly/FactsorFakesSNFAgora.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/207421580400561/.

72] – Progressive Prince George’s is promoting the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools Canvass  on Sat., Feb. 22 from 1 to 3:30 PM to Reclaim Our Schools at the PGCEA HQ, 8008 Marlboro Pike, Forestville 20747.  Join PPG and talk to voters about supporting community schools and the Kirwan commission funding recommendations.  RSVP at https://secure.everyaction.com/8Q7UmWifNEKg59JFP4LnXQ2?emci=3fa33d44-d14d-ea11-a94c-00155d039e74&emdi=ac6592b1-de4d-ea11-a94c-00155d039e74&ceid=131431.

73] – Organize Your Friends with a Bernie Victory Captain on Sat., Feb. 22 from 3 to 4:30 PM at George Mason, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.  Visit https://events.berniesanders.com/event/227876/. Your friends, family members, coworkers, and classmates are looking to you to help make their decisions about who to support for President! Studies show that friend-to-friend organizing, organizing the people you know, is the most effective strategy for increasing turnout in an election. Bring a friend to this fun event where we make plans to organize our personal networks for Bernie using the campaign’s official BERN App. We can’t leave a single vote on the table! Please bring a smartphone, laptop, or tablet.

74] – On Sat., Feb. 22 from 7 to 10 PM, Current Movements presents “The First Rainbow Coalition” at Eaton DC, 1201 K Street NW, WDC 20005.  This is a film screening & panel discussion looking at solidarity movements then & now.  In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party, notably led by the charismatic Fred Hampton, began to form alliances across lines of race and ethnicity with other community-based movements in the city, including the Latino group the Young Lords Organization and the working-class young southern whites of the Young Patriots. Finding common ground, these disparate groups banded together in one of the most segregated cities in postwar America to collectively confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing, calling themselves the Rainbow Coalition. The film is directed by Ray Santisteban.  A panel discussion on solidarity movements then and now with Lynn C French of the Panther Party and Nnennaya Amuchie of Black Youth Project 100 will follow the screening.

Current Movements is a nonprofit organization to connect grassroots activists, movements, and organizations through art, film, and technology. As part of its mission, it hosts a monthly film series in partnership with Eaton Workshop highlighting the grassroots activism taking place around the world and here in the DMV. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/1325098070995403/.

75] 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:
Date
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.
Valediction,
Signature
For more ideas and details for your letters, you are welcome to see the defendants' biographies here: https://kingsbayplowshares7.org/about/bios/.
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.
76] – 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: https://wipfandstock.com/fighting-the-lamb-s-war.html.  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 https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/book-reviews/view/7094/uncommon-martyrs.

77] –   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.   

78] -- 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 comcast.net.

79] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

80] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.

81] – 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 http://prop1.org; 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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

“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


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 21, 2020


52] SB 742 Day of Action - Support Maryland Migrant Workers – Feb. 21
53] Canvass for Bernie 2020 in South Carolina – Feb. 21 - 23
54] White House vigil – Feb. 21
55] WIB peace vigils – Feb. 21
56] Naming Racism, Violence, and Power – Feb. 21
57] Environmental Educational and Community Action Forum – Feb. 21
58] Peace and justice vigil – Feb. 21
59] Service Providers Can Change Policy – Feb. 21
60] Local Police Control & Dignity Not Detention – Feb. 21
61] Teach in with DMV Bolivia Solidarity Network Feb. 21
62] "China: Beyond the Propaganda" – Feb. 21
63] Film screening of “Occupation 101” – Feb. 21
64] Ballroom Dancing – Feb. 21
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52] – On Fri., Feb. 21 from 9 AM to 1 PM, join the SB 742 Day of Action - Support Maryland Migrant Workers, hosted by Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. Go to 11 Bladen St., Annapolis 21401-1901. Enjoy coffee and bagels before we head to the Neal Conference Room on the second floor of the James Senate Office Building.

Maryland State Senator Susan Lee, a champion for labor trafficking survivors, recently introduced SB 742 - The Fair Recruitment and Transparency Act in the Maryland Senate. CDM is working with the Maryland Catholic Conference and many other partners in this effort to ensure migrant workers are treated fairly!

The first hearing is on February 27, but there is a day of action on February 21st to ask the Senate Finance Committee to vote YES on SB 742!  See https://www.facebook.com/events/194547071752142/.

53] -- Canvass for Bernie 2020 in South Carolina from Fri., Feb. 21 at noon until Sun., Feb. 23 at 8:15 PM.  Join Rowan4Bernie, as South Carolina is a critical race before Super Tuesday. An unexpected win could help seal the nomination for Bernie! Around noon, their bus will stop at 3601 Washington Blvd, Arbutus 21227. All transport and housing is provided, so all people have to do is sign up. You will return to that address around 8:15 PM.  If you are interested, you can contact the event coordinator at 732-789-9732. Use this link to sign up: TinyURL.com/BerdiebusSC2020.

54] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Feb. 21 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649, artlaffin@hotmail.com.  

55] – Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE take place on Fri., Feb. 14 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: awyattbr@gmail.com.  The final vigil is in Chestertown, Kent County on the Eastern Shore at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row. Email wibbaltimore@peacepath911.org.

56] -- On Fri., Feb. 21 from 2 to 4 PM, get over to Naming Racism, Violence, and Power, hosted by Program in Racism, Immigration and Citizenship Johns Hopkins University at the Hopkins Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles Street, Mergenthaler 111, Baltimore 21218. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/white-naming-racism-violence-and-power-tickets-94034715365.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/179344599831698/.

57] – On Fri., Feb. 21 Friday at 3:30 to 7 PM, there is an Environmental Educational and Community Action Forum, hosted by the Anacostia Riverkeeper and Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington at Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park 20912.  Join environmental experts, youth advocates, and non-profit advocates for a roundtable conversation discussing environmental education and civic engagement in dealing with current environmental challenges.  Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/521682485136347/.

58] – 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 Feb. 21. Black Lives Matter.

59] -- On Fri., Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, check out Service Providers Can Change Policy, hosted by Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, 116 E 25th Street, Baltimore 21218. Join BHRC's policy team to build your policy analysis and advocacy skills, especially in gearing up for Harm Reduction Advocacy Day in Annapolis. See https://www.facebook.com/events/212270939901053/.

60] – On Fri., Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, come to an Advocacy Gathering: Local Police Control & Dignity Not Detention, hosted by Baltimore For Border Justice at the Impact Hub Baltimore, 10 E North Ave., Baltimore 21202. Work on 1) Local Police Control for Baltimore City and 2) Dignity Not Detention Act. This bill would prohibit the creation of new private immigrant detention facilities in the State of Maryland and require that existing contracts with such facilities be terminated by 10/1/21. It is filed as House Bill 0677 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0677) and Senate Bill 0850 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/SB0850?ys=2020RS). It is essential that we end the profit motive for imprisoning immigrants in our state, and keep ICE and its contractors out of Maryland. Email bmore4borderjustice@gmail.com or call 443-631-0432. See ww.facebook.com/BaltimoreforBorderJustice and https://www.facebook.com/events/2581638691934113/.

61] -- On Fri., Feb. 21 at 6:30 PM, be at a Teach in with DMV Bolivia Solidarity Network and Wayta, hosted by The Center for Social Justice - Georgetown University, 1421 37th Street NW, WDC 20057. Join Wayta, a local Andean music group, and the DMV Bolivian Solidarity Network to learn more about the connections between US Interventions and the Nuevas Derechas political scene in Latin America, including the ongoing struggle of indigenous nations in Bolivia. Space is limited to 25. Email RSVP to csjevents@georgetown.edu. Questions to CSJ’s Assistant Director, Newcomer and Immigrant Community Engagement, Jessica.Lee@georgetown.edu. Dinner will be provided. See https://www.facebook.com/events/612316819593014/.

62] – On Fri., Feb. 21 at 7 PM at the Justice Center, 617 Florida Avenue NW, WDC 20001, participate in a three-part series which looks past the propaganda to examine the truth about China. No prior reading is required, and questions and discussions are encouraged. "China: Beyond the Propaganda" is a 3-part series to understand U.S.-China relations, China's role in the world and the Chinese economy. Recently, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called China the "central threat of our times." Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has called for Trump to promote "maximum pressure" against the Chinese economy. Look at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/liberation-fridays-china-beyond-the-propaganda-a-3-part-series-tickets-94179317875.

63] -- On Fri., Feb. 21 from 8 to 9:30 PM, come to Friday Film Night, hosted by American Muslims for Palestine and Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) / Al-Rahmah School, 6631 Johnnycake Road, Baltimore 21244. See a film screening of “Occupation 101” and hear a discussion on the daily life of our brothers and sisters in Palestine.  Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/331392791085499/.

64] – 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 Feb. 21. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email eneergdivad@gmail.com.


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