Saturday, February 8, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert – February 9– 10 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert – February 9– 10 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] Sunday of Support for Puerto Rico -- Feb. 9
5] Nature’s Witness: Wildlife Photography Exhibit through Feb. 28
6] Becoming Jane Exhibition – through Summer 2020
7] JUST MERCY – Feb. 9
8] World Peace Meditation Class -- Feb. 9
9] DSA canvass – Feb. 9
10] Adoption Meet & Greet – Feb. 9
11] Animal Rescue's Dog Adoption Event -- Feb. 9
12] Kindness for Paws Art Show – Feb. 9
13] Climate Justice Meditation Mob – Feb. 9
14] Anti-Racist Legislative Agenda Day – Feb. 9
15] Beloved Community – Feb. 9
16] Prince George's County Environmental Forum – Feb. 9
17] Free Screening: “The Murder of Fred Hampton“– Feb. 9
18] Pentagon Peace Vigil – Feb. 10
19] Urge Congress to Hold Hearings on the ERA – Feb. 10
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] - On Sun., Feb. 9 from 8 AM to 5 PM, get with Sunday of Support for Puerto Rico, hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, 4 E. University Pkwy., Baltimore 21218.  Since the earthquakes, the church has designated February 9 as the Sunday of Support for Puerto Rico. These funds will go directly to the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico, to support their hospital, social services ministry, their orphanage, and those areas of critical need from the earthquakes. Many of the institutions in Puerto Rico are run by their Episcopal Diocese.  See or

5] - 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

6] – On Sun., Feb. 9 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. 2, the theme is “Just Mercy.” With the release of a feature film 9, Bryan Stevenson’s work helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned caught up in the criminal justice system will soon be known by millions. Already praised for his book, Just Mercy, and the creation of his Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is worth a closer look. In honor of Black History Month, Hugh Taft-Morales explores both a cruel and unjust criminal justice system that hits particularly hard on people of color and the efforts of one person to right the scales of justice. 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.  Call 410-581-2322 or email 

8] – On Sun., Feb. 9 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. 9 from 11 AM to 3 PM, Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America will conduct a canvass for the District 12 City Council candidate and *chapter-member* Dave Heilker and for Bernie, starting at Greenmount Coffee Lab, 1400 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore 21202. There will be a brief training prior to the canvass using the buddy system. Just come for the time you have free.  If you have a DSA t-shirt, it'd be a good idea to wear it. And don't forget to bring water and wear comfy shoes!  Email or go to

10] – On Sun., Feb. 9 from 11 AM to 2 PM, come to 9 hosted by Wings of Love, Kuwait at Petco, 3969 Boston St., Baltimore 21224.  Meet available dogs!  See

11] –   On Sun., Feb. 9 from noon to 3 PM, come to Lucky Dog at Petco, 1503 New York Ave NE, WDC 20002.  Stop by the adoption event and meet adoptable Lucky Dogs. Who knows, you just might meet the dog or cat of your dreams!  To adopt a Lucky Dog, fill out our application found at, and we will get you started on our application process. Note, that we post the dogs attending our event at 6pm the day before, but that these lists are subject to change and it is always best to confirm a dog's attendance with their adoption coordinator as listed in their bio. The dogs occasionally need a ride and/or someone to handle them at the event. If you would like to volunteer, email! Visit

12] - On Sun., Feb. 9 from noon to 3 PM, attend the Maryland SPCA's 7th Annual Kindness for Paws Art Show at The Gallery at Harborplace, 200 E. Pratt St., Baltimore 21202.  The annual Kindness for Paws will feature children’s art depicting animals adopted from the MD SPCA. Eleven Baltimore City schools are participating this year. The work will be available for purchase at the name-your-donation art sale as well as available for gallery viewing. All proceeds will benefit the MD SPCA.  Visit

13] -  On Sun., Feb. 9 from noon to 1 PM, join a Climate Justice Meditation Mob, hosted by Extinction Rebellion Baltimore at the Towson Mall, Baltimore 21224.  Be a part of a global meditation for climate justice, peace, love and connection with nature.  Extinction Rebellion chapters from all over the world will be joining together in a contemplative hour of public mediation. Bring your own cushion, a costume or clothes to be comfortable for an hour of sitting and a sign that says why you're meditating for climate justice. Meet in the food court at 11:45 AM. Be prepared for a fun day of disrupting the public narrative of consumerism guerrilla Zen style. Look at

14] – On Sun., Feb. 9 from 2 to 4 PM, get over to Standing United for Racial Justice Anti-Racist Legislative Agenda Day at 1900 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218. Legislation and policy have created the systemic conditions that uphold white supremacy and perpetuate violence against communities of color-- but can also be powerful tools in dismantling them. That's why every year, SURJ hosts its annual legislative day to help you understand and advocate for partner priorities in Annapolis in the areas of criminal justice, policing, and prison reform, re-entry, immigration justice, education, transit equity, and more. All donations will go to SURJ partners for speaker honorariums and to support their legislative organizing throughout the state session. Look at

15] – Maryland United for Peace and Justice (MUPJ) is hosting an introduction and talk by Vijay Parameshwaren about a religious and social justice organization, called the Beloved Community. The meeting is part of MUPJ's regular monthly meeting to be held on Sun., Feb. 9 at 2:30 PM at Adelphi Friends Meeting, 2303 Metzerott Road, Adelphi. The Beloved Community is an interfaith organization in which people dialogue about their religions and social justice activities and events. Participants are invited to list their events on their blog. The Beloved Community covers the Prince George's and Montgomery Counties areas. Email Tony Langbehn if you can attend: 

16] – On Sun., Feb. 9 from 4 to 6 PM, come to a Prince George's County Environmental Forum at the West Lanham Hills VFD, 8501 Good Luck Rd, Lanham 20706.  This is co-hosted by Greenbelt Climate Action Network, the Patuxent Riverkeeper and County Council member Tom Dernoga and focused on county legislation.  Other groups are Sierra Club, Anacostia Watershed Society, Laurel for the Patuxent, Climate Parents, College Park Committee for a Better Environment, Our Revolution/PG, opponents of the Brandywine power plants, and MORE! RSVP at
17] -  On Sun., Feb. 9 from 5 to 7 PM, see a Free Screening: “The Murder of Fred Hampton, “ hosted by the Socialist Unity Party,2011 N. Charles St., 1st Floor, Baltimore 21218,  This screening is to commemorate Black History month.  Enjoy refreshments and discussion.  Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation, but also documents his activities in organizing the Chapter, his public speeches, and the programs he founded for children during the last eighteen months of his life. Check out

18] – 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. 10, 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.

19] – Urge Congress to Hold Hearings on the ERA, which would be supported by Katrina's Dream.  On Mon., Feb. 10 at 8 AM, make calls to Senator Graham at (202) 224-5972 and your senators for the ERA. Hold hearings on S.J. Res 6, and S.J. Res. 5 which calls for the removal of a deadline for passage of the ERA. Click on this link, and check out

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

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