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Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Baltimore Activist Alert -- November 11 - 12, 2020
Fair Trade -- Nov. 10 – Nov. 22
30]Finding Hope in Extreme Weather -- Nov. 11
31]Armistice Day instead of Veterans Day -- Nov. 11
33]International Peace Bureau webinar– Nov. 11
34]Trumpism isn’t going away– Nov. 11
35]Safety through Solidarity Power Hour– Nov. 11
36]Reclaim Armistice Day – Nov. 11
37]Life & Witness of Ben Salmon– Nov. 11
38]Nuclear Weapons and International Law – Nov. 12
39]Plowshares sentencing – Nov. 12 - 13
–- The Immigration Outreach Service Center
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] alerted us to a Collective Virtual
Alternative Gifts Fair with sales taking place from Tues., Nov. 10 through
Thurs., Nov. 22.In the midst of a
pandemic, Do Alternative Gifts really matter? Maybe now. more than ever.
Over the years, Alternative Gifts at St. Matthew has been a connection to
missions and ministries doing essential work locally and around the world. The
Alternative Gifts sale promotes fair trade around the globe, enabling
producers, companies, advocates, and organizations to put people and the planet
first. Fair Trade promotes safe conditions, protects the environment, builds
sustainable livelihoods, and helps producers to earn additional money to
empower and uplift their communities. These workers who promote Fair Trade are
Comboni Sisters in Sudan, hospice workers in Tanzania, and IOSC tutors in
Baltimore. They are family farmers tending fields and orchards, and church
ministers nurturing our faith.
Go to St. Matthew Cross Cultural/Fair
Trade Catalog at https://files.constantcontact.com/dab7619c001/0391bf9d-dbae-4899-9ca7-f52f492aa412.pdf. Submit your list to Barbara at email@example.com. Deliver it to the rectory or mail it to
5401 Lock Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21239. Pickups
take place outside on Sat., Nov. 14 from 10 AM to noon at church entrance,
Tues., Nov. 21 from 10 AM to noon at church entrance and Sun., Nov. 22 from
12:30 to 2 PM at rectory. Make checks out to St. Matthew Fair Trade. Call
410-323-8564 or email IOSCbaltimore.org.
– Finding Hope in Extreme Weather
[Climate Chaos] is on Wed., Nov. 11 from 10 to 11 AM with Rev. Vernon K.
Walker by Zoom. Sign up at
tinyurl.com/revwalker. You will receive a message “You need access” and should
request access, and will then be able to join the event.
–Gather for an hour with masks and do social distancing on Wed.,
Nov. 11 at 11 AM at the War Memorial in downtown Baltimore at Gay and Fayette
Sts. The Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter of Veterans for Peace and allies will
reclaim Armistice Day as a day of remembrance and mourning, as it was created
after World War 1. National VFP has had a campaign to Reclaim Armistice Day for
years, and Baltimore VFP is proud to join the effort. Sadly Veterans Day is yet
another glorification of war, and VFP challenges that mindset as it seeks to abolish
ALL war. A "swords into plowshares"
statue will commemorate Armistice Day instead of Veterans Day, a day of peace,
not a day for warriors. Get in a photo
op and make some livestream comments for social media. Speakers will include Baltimore VFP poet laureate
and Viet Nam era nurse Madeleine Mysko, Baltimore VFP co-founder and coordinator
Ellen Barfield, and others. Contact Ellen
Barfield at ellene4pj AT yahoo DOT com or 410-243-5876.
– On Wed.,
Nov. 11 at 8 ET, Prof. Mike Baxter will expound on the Life & Witness of
Ben Salmon. DePaul University (the host for the lecture) states there are
already 138 ZOOM connections spoken for but that there are 162 left and more
can be created if the need arises. Prof. Baxter will lecture to the ZOOM
audience for the first portion of the event, followed by a discussion of Ben's
ministry with Prof William Cavanaugh of DePaul and ending with answers to
audience questions. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-life-witness-of-ben-salmon-on-the-front-lines-of-the-army-of-peace-tickets-125403490215.
–Nuclear Weapons and International Law in the Contemporary Era is a Virtual Conference on Thurs., Nov. 12 from 9 AM to 6 PM ET. The New
York State Bar Association International Section is holding this all-day virtual conference to bring together leading public
officials, thought-leaders, policymakers and experts for a comprehensive look
at this often ignored subject. Click here to register.https://nysba.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mKOv6TPJRreE6LXsO1ZhqA. “International law may well hold the world’s
best prospect for addressing and getting ahead of the existential risks posted
by nuclear weapons.” -- Professor Charles J. Moxley, Jr., one of
the conference organizers.
–With the nation's
attention being drawn to Georgia and the pending runoffs to determine the
majority in the US Senate, three of the Kings Bay Plowshares defendants have
arranged with the federal court in Brunswick, GA to appear virtually for
sentencing this week. The disarmament activists have received little national
attention since their action against the Trident submarine base more than two
years ago while the stakes are much higher, our future existence and the very
survival of our world as we know it.
Since Judge Wood would not grant them any further extensions they had to
waive their right to appear in person to be sentenced. This was their
preference but they had to subordinate it in order to avoid the health risks of
traveling to Georgia during a spiking pandemic.
Carmen Trotta will be sentenced at 10 AM EST
on Thurs., Nov. 12. Clare Grady will be sentenced at 1 PM that same day. Martha Hennessy will be sentenced on Fri.,
Nov. 13 at 1 PM. Mark Colville opposed a
virtual sentencing and after appeal has now been given a December 18 date.
number and access code to call in to listen to the proceedings will be the same
as in the previous sentencing. If one number isn't working well, try calling
with the other access code. And please remember to MUTE as sometimes the court
has trouble with that. Dial 888-684-8852, Access Code: 8878734, Security Code:
1234. An alternate number is available:
888-684-8852, Access Code: 2296092, Security Code: 1234.
"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