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  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at]

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Get involved with NCNR   
4] 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
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] - 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

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

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 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 to book your group visit today. Go to

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 

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

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 if you have any questions!  See

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

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

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: Look at

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 

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

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 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

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  Visit

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  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:  See

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  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

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 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] Go to

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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