Thursday, February 6, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 7 -- 15, 2020

58] Baltimore Women United Legislative Briefing – Feb. 7
59] STOP the Killing of Elephants – Feb. 7
60] African-Americans and the Vote – Feb. 7
61] Learn about Civil Rights Leader Ella Baker – Feb. 7
62] Peace and justice vigil – Feb. 7
63] Vegan Takeover VII – Feb. 7
64] Stations of Hope -- Feb. 7
65] Film RUNNING ON EMPTY – Feb. 7
66] Book talk on YELLOW EARTH – Feb. 7
67] Tom Drake at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker -- Feb. 7
68] Democratic Debate Watch Party – Feb. 7
69] Support Embassy Protectors – Feb. 7
70] Ballroom Dancing – Feb. 7
71] Democratic Party Breakfast -- Feb. 8
73] Peace Challenge Run – Feb. 8
74] Rosa Parks Exhibition – Feb. 8
75] Latino Racial Justice Circle – Feb. 8
76] Tree Maintenance – Feb. 8
77] Protest at ABC News – Feb. 8
78] Teach-in on "Why Hiroshima & Nagasaki Still Matter" – Feb. 8
79] Write letters supporting the Plowshares
80] Two Berrigan Books still in print
81] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
82] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
83] Do you need any book shelves?
84] Join the Global Zero campaign.
85] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

58] – On Sat., Feb. 8 from 10 AM to noon, come to a Baltimore Women United Legislative Briefing at AFSCME Maryland, 190 W. Ostend St., Baltimore 21230.  This is a Day of Action on what’s happening in The General Assembly and how you can get involved! Confirmed speakers so far: Caryn York- Job Opportunities Task Force, Kim Dennis- MOMS Demand Action and Joe Francaviglia - Strong Schools Maryland.  This is also a Baltimore Ceasefire event! See

59] – On Fri., Feb. 7 at noon, join STOP the Killing of 272+ Elephants outside the Embassy of Botswana, WDC. President Masisi of Botswana will be in the USA during this time to accept an award for "Legislator of the Year" from the Safari Club International (A trophy hunting enterprise).  Elephants DC and the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos invite you to take immediate and urgent action on behalf of slated to be killed in Botswana by the new regime of President Masisi. Five or more have already been "hunted" by trophy hunters, and one of the killed had a GPS collar, a collar which the trophy hunter proceeded to destroy (as well).  The new regime claims Botswana has "too many elephants" leading to HEC (Human Elephant Conflict). The solution? Kill the elephants for a PROFIT to mitigate HEC by selling earth's grandest and largest terrestrial mammal -whose continent wide numbers have plummeted- to the highest western bidder for a "fun kill".

It is worth noting that President Masisi has close ties with the SCI (Safari Club International) and DSC (Dallas Safari Club) - the latter trophy hunting organizations are, in turn, closely aligned with the NRA. The NRA needs no introduction.  The population of Botswana’s elephants ( from credible sources ) has remained steady at ~130k individuals over the past several years; specifically there has been no rapid escalation leading to an increase in HEC. Also, no independent study has been conducted in Botswana on the efficacy of trophy hunting as a means to create agency for communities NOR to mitigate HEC.

HEC is a real thing and must be addressed with deep empathy for the indigenous of Botswana who are victims of it, however, excluding the continent's last surviving elephants from that same empathy is an aberration of the human spirit, unequivocally colonial and absent of reason, intellect and wisdom. It's a failing and unsustainable solution. Go to

60] On Fri., Feb. 7 from 1 to 3 PM, hear about African-Americans and the Vote at the John A. Wilson Building, WDC 20004.  The Council of the District of Columbia will host its Black History Month Celebration. Sharita Jacobs Thompson will share her research on African-Americans and the vote.  Go to

61] – On Fri., Feb. 7 from 2 to 2:30 PM, gather at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, WDC 20024.  9, key to organizing Martin Luther King Jr.'s voter drive, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Check out

62] – 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. 7. Black Lives Matter.

63] – On Fri., Feb. 7 from 5 to 10 PM, check out the Vegan Takeover VII, hosted by Paulie Gee's Hampden, 3535 Chestnut Ave., Baltimore 21211. No meat or dairy will be stocked in the kitchen or available for sale during the takeover. All vegan until 10 PM.  To meat and dairy eating friends, consider joining in for a really fun evening. Look at

64] – On Fri., Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 PM, check out the Stations of Hope: Open House, hosted by Gallery Church Patterson Park, 3115 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224. To start the Ceasefire weekend, come for a reflective time of lament. There will be four beautiful stations which include writing, visual art, and live music. Come and honor the lives lost in 2019 due to violence. A paper guide will be available for visitors to view stations at their own pace. This is an open house so, all are welcome at any time during the evening including children. (One station will be for children to create their own work). Members of Gallery Church will be present to talk and pray with anyone who is interested. See or

65] – On Fri., Feb. 7 at 7 PM, see the film "RUNNING ON EMPTY," directed by Sidney Lumet (SERPICO, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, THE VERDICT, NETWORK) and starring River Phoenix, Judd Hirsch, Christine Lahti, and Martha Plimpton. The drama is the heart-wrenching story of a 1960s counterculture couple on the run from the FBI and their teenage son's conflict between the loss of his loving family and the freedom to realize his own dreams. This is a 1988 Oscar-nominated film classic directed by a socially-conscious film maker.  The First-Friday Free Large-Screen Film Series is held at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA. Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments.

Annie and Arthur Pope are on the run years after their participation in an anti-Vietnam war protest bombing of a napalm laboratory, blinding and paralyzing a janitor who wasn't supposed to be there. They rely in small part on an underground network of supporters. Every move, including regular school changes for their two children - Danny, 17, Harry, 10 - under the table jobs, and identity changes they make is carefully planned and considered to keep them from FBI capture.  Danny's extraordinary talent catches the eye of his high school music teacher whose daughter and Danny have eyes for each other.  The character of Danny Pope became the break-out role for River Phoenix, who died five years after the release of RUNNING ON EMPTY.  The First-Friday free film series at the Peace Center of Delaware County is organized monthly by the Brandywine Peace Community.  For directions to the Peace Center or more information, visit or call 484-574-1148.

66] – On Fri., Feb. 7 from 7 to 10 PM, John Sayles will discuss his book "Yellow Earth" with Eric Allen Hatch at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. See About the book, rich layers of shale oil are discovered under Yellow Earth, North Dakota and the neighboring Three Nations Indian reservation. All hell breaks loose.  Sayles introduces us to Harleigh Killdeer, chairman of the Tribal Business Council. Killdeer, who is contracted by oil firm Case and Crosby, spearheads the new Three Nations Petroleum Company.  Set shortly before Standing Rock would become a symbol of historic proportions of the brutal confrontation between native resistance and the forces of big business and law enforcement, the fate of Yellow Earth serves as a parable for our times.

John Sayles’ novel “Union Dues” (1978) was nominated for the National Book Award and the National Critics’ Circle Award. He has written over a hundred screenplays and was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He has directed 18 feature films, with another, I Passed This Way, currently in progress. His films “Matewan” and “Lone Star” are often used for instruction in History and American Studies courses. Visit

67] – Thomas Drake will speak At Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Road NW, WDC, 20010, on Fri., Feb. 7 at 7:30 PM.  His talk is entitled Speaking Truth to Power: Withering Away of our Constitutional Republic? – The National Security State, Surveillance, Privacy and You.

  Tom will provide a provocative peek from both a personal and professional perspective at our post 9/11 world increasingly characterized by the national security state, the de-evolution of democracy, the erosion of our inalienable rights and liberties as well as the rise of technocracy as threats to our individual sovereignty and agency as people. With the post 9/11 rise of the leviathan national security state, the rule of law in the United States under the Constitution is increasingly ruled by secrecy, surveillance and executive fiat under the guise and veil of safety and “protecting” America.

Thomas Drake is a former senior executive at the National Security Agency, where he blew the whistle on massive multi-billion dollar fraud, the widespread violations of the rights of citizens through secret mass surveillance programs after 9/11, and critical 9/11 intelligence failures. In 2010, he was charged under the draconian Espionage Act for his oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. In 2011, the government’s case against him collapsed and he went free in a plea deal.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

68] -- On Fri., Feb. 7 from 7:30 to 11 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201, attend a Democratic Debate Watch Party, hosted by Sunrise Movement Baltimore. Share snacks and play debate bingo. Read Sunrise Movement's full statement on its endorsement of Bernie Sanders: Go to

69] -- On Fri., Feb. 7 from 7:30 PM to midnight, attend a Fundraiser for the Embassy Protectors Facing Trial in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 11. The goal is $2,000 for their legal defense.  This event will be at a private home. To RSVP, message the group on Facebook:

70] – 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. 7. Call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283; or email

71] – On Fri., Feb. 7 from 7:30 to 8:45 AM, hear from Senator Chris van Hollen, hosted by the Morning Democratic Breakfast Club, 525 State St., Annapolis 21403-3238.  It is hoped he’ll be able to share what’s been going on in the Senate in the Impeachment hearings. Look at

72] –  How To Reclaim Our Schools Organizing Training will happen on Sat., Feb. 8 from 9 AM to 2 PM at CASA De Maryland, 8151 15th Ave., Hyattsville 20783. Sign up at

73] – On Sat., Feb. 8 from 9 AM to noon, get with the Peace Challenge Run, hosted by Runners4Justice and CUPs Coffeehouse, CUPs Coffeehouse,  3216 Belair Road, Baltimore 21213.  Join Runners4Justice during the February Ceasefire weekend for our Peace Challenge Run! Honor those who have lost their lives to violence in our city, and enjoy the healing power of nature together.  CUPs Coffeehouse is graciously opening its doors on a day it would usually be closed to support the neighborhood & the Baltimore Ceasefire 365 movement!! For those who are able, please show your support and stay to enjoy coffee & breakfast after your run, walk, or bike ride. Head out to the Herring Run Trail together at about 9:30 AM. CUPs will be open until noon for everyone to come back, continue the conversation, and enjoy breakfast together.  Routes with distances of about 2-6 miles will be provided. Check out

74] – On Sat., Feb. 8 from  9:15 to 11:15 AM, go on the Rosa Parks Exhibition & Library of Congress Guided Tour, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Room 201, WDC 20540, hosted by Washington DC History & Culture.  This is a two-part educational and entertaining program. Start with a guided tour of the new exhibit “Rosa Parks: In her Own Words” to learn about the “mother of the civil rights movement” and her monumental impact on our nation’s history. Then take an architectural and historical tour of the Library of Congress, “one of the most beautiful buildings in Washington, DC.”  Go to and

As this is a limited space event (and to reduce “no shows”) there is a $10 per person registration-in-advance fee / donation to attend, with proceeds supporting  Washington, DC History & Culture non-profit community programs. Full refund if the event is cancelled or if you change your RSVP to “no” at least 48 hours beforehand. Meet at 9:15 AM sharp inside of the Library of Congress - Jefferson Building (10 First St SE - between East Capitol and Independence Ave.) at the Gutenberg Bible, which is on the first floor (Great Hall). See

75] On Sat., Feb. 8 from 10 AM to noon, there is a meeting of the Latino Racial Justice Circle at Lion Brothers Building 875 Hollins St., Baltimore 21201-1046. New members are always welcome! If you have any questions or would like to be added to the email list, email Visit

76] – On Sat., Feb. 8 from 10 AM to 1 PM, get with Tree Maintenance, hosted by Gunpowder Valley Conservancy at the Loch Raven Reservoir, Towson.  Check out 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

77] – On Sat., Feb. 8 from noon to 3 PM, protest outside ABC News, 1717 Desales St. NW, three blocks south of Dupont Circle, just off Connecticut Ave.  There is an ABC Debate on Friday Night. Tell Them What You Think on Saturday.  The big media companies hosting the Democratic debates are putting their favoritism on display when moderators question the candidates.  Media outlets are ignoring, minimizing, and distorting issues that voters care about: climate change, poverty, a safe debt-free future for young people, economic security for working people, the need for universal health care, mass incarceration, the bloated military budget, the threat of more war.  This was seen at ABC’s Sept. 12 debate and CNN’s Jan. 14 debate. Speak out! Let ABC and other corporate media know that voters deserve better.  This is organized by the Institute for Public Accuracy. See

78] – On Sat., Feb. 15, from 10 AM to 2 PM, attend a teach-in on "Why Hiroshima & Nagasaki Still Matter" which will be held at Art Enables, 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE, WDC. A keynote address will be made by Professor Peter Kuznick, Director of the American University Nuclear Studies Institute, author of  “Rethinking Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Japanese and American Perspectives” and “The Untold History of the United States” (with Oliver Stone).  Joining Professor Kuznick will be Michele & Rick Tingling-Clemmons, Gray Panthers, Jean Athey, Peace Action, Paul Pumphrey, Black Alliance for Peace, Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear, Marie Dennis, Pax Christi International, Allen Hester, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Mel Hardy, All Souls Church, and Paul Magno, Plowshares.

This teach-in is intended for both activists and the general public. There will be space for questions and comments from the audience. A light lunch will be served. Following the panel discussions there will be breakout sessions covering the (Nuclear Nonproliferation Conference and Disarmament Rally in NYC (April 24-26), the August 75th anniversary events; The Ribbon Campaign (August 1 in NYC & August 8 in DC); and a workshop on Social Media Organizing. Go to to facilitate interest & help us with a participant count. Contact Max at 410-323-1697 or mobuszewski2001 at

79] 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.

80] – 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

81] –   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.   

82] -- 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

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

84] -- 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.

85] – 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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