Sunday, January 15, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 16 - 17, 2023

21] Annual chili bowl -- Jan. 16

22] WDC MLK Day -- Jan.  16

23] Political Economy of Martin Luther King Jr -- Jan.  16

24] Jews United for Justice meeting -- Jan. 16

25] To Strike First –Jan. 16

26] Film RiverBlue -- Jan. 16

27] The Pentagon, climate change, and war -- Jan. 17

28] Better Immigration System – Jan. 17

29] Russia out of Ukraine -- Jan. 17

30] Pen America meeting – Jan. 17

31] Marxist Study Group -- Jan. 17

32] JVP briefing – Jan. 17

33] Lobby training for Advocating for Solar -- Jan. 17

34] CODEPINK calling Congress -- Jan. 17


21] – Chaplain Asma Inge-Hanif <> indicates the Annual Chili Bowl will happen on Mon., Jan. 16 at 9 AM ET, MLK Day of Service to Feed & Clothe Our Homeless Neighbors. The mission and purpose of Inge Benevolent Ministries was/is to provide health, education, social, shelter and other basic human needs to underserved and marginalized populations through actualizing the belief that every man, woman and child has the right to receive quality care in a dignified manner, to be assisted in the achievement of optimal health and well-being, regardless of race, creed, status or socio-economic level.  Sign up at

22] – The District’s annual MLK Day Peace Walk and Parade will take place on Mon., Jan. 16. Go to Official offerings include the parade (9:30 AM assembly at R.I.S.E Center at St. Elizabeth’s, step off at 11 AM), peace walk (10 AM peace rally and assembly at Shepherd Park, step off at 10:45 AM), and wellness fair (11 AM to 1 PM, 2006 MLK Ave SE).

23] –  The Henry George School of Social Science [] on Mon., Jan. 16 at 6:30 PM ET will host The Political Economy of Martin Luther King Jr. Register at 

24] – Molly Amster [] wants you to know about the Jews United for Justice Baltimore Action Team Meeting on Mon., Jan. 16 from 7 to 8 PM ET. Join JUFJers from across Baltimore to reflect on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and discuss the ongoing issue campaign work. Share updates for all the local campaigns, and brainstorm on how to move the work forward. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a regular attendee or new to the work! You will receive call-in instructions via email after you RSVP at

25] – Massachusetts Peace Action is hosting To Strike First: Preemptive Doctrines and Dangers of War in Northeast Asia on Mon., Jan. 16 from 7 to 8 PM ET.  Is an accident in the Taiwan Strait or the Korean Peninsula going to set off a complex chain reaction that no one can control and that may lead to an outcome no one desires?  Examine recent developments in the region, including North Korea’s legalization of nuclear weapons use and the Kishida government’s adoption of “counterattack capability,” to critically assess the region-wide arms race toward the first strike capability and the dangers of an accidental war in the region. Hear from Jae-Jung (J.J.) SUH, professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan). He has served as Associate Professor and Director of Korea Studies at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University and Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University, and is Visiting Scholar at Harvard-Yenching Institute for 2022-23.  RSVP at

26] – Susan Barnett [] indicates that on Mon., Jan. 1 at 7 PM ET Reel and Meal will present RiverBlue, a film about the Impact of the Fashion Industry.  

  Come to the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway (Roosevelt Center), Greenbelt. Masks are encouraged. To attend virtually (on Zoom), register at Plant-Based meal is encouraged to support a mission focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues.

   The New Deal Café serves a variety of plant-based meals.  Online attendees can order a meal for takeout at the Café. Greenbelt’s Co-op Grocery also offers takeout Dodah’s Vegan Lasagna at the Deli Hot Bar. Order after 11 AM. 

  Following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, the film “RiverBlue” spans the globe to infiltrate one of the worlds most pollutive industries, fashion. This groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future.  “RiverBlue” explores the dark side of jeans production. It is cheaper for companies to manufacture clothing in countries such as China, Bangladesh or India, where there are no environmental laws against polluting waterways with toxic chemicals. The Pearl River in China is indigo blue because of the 200 million jeans manufactured there each year. Creating beautiful clothes in this way poisons the waterways that people need for their livelihood. Roger Williams, producer of the film, will lead the discussion following the film. Come learn about the companies that avoid using hazardous chemicals to manufacture the clothes we wear. 

  The Reel and Meal at the New Deal is a monthly film series focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues, presented by Utopia Film Festival, the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition and Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group.  See the Reel and Meal Facebook page – or contact Douglas Igelsrud at

27] – The Peace Action Team [] is inviting you to The Pentagon, climate change, and war on Tues., Jan. 17 at noon. This Social Justice Forum is online with Prof. Neta C. Crawford.  The U.S. Department of Defense [sic] - military forces and DOD agencies- is the largest single energy consumer in the United States and the world’s largest institutional greenhouse gas emitter. Crawford traces the U.S. military’s growing consumption of energy and calls for reconceptualization of foreign policy and military doctrine. Only such a rethinking, she argues, will break the link between national security and fossil fuels.  Register at

28] – The Immigration Justice Campaign [] is doing a webinar on Tues., Jan. 17 at 1 PM ET -- “Welcoming with Dignity: How Case Management Makes for a Better Immigration System.” Register at  Hear from experts about how case management works and learn about the benefits it offers over surveillance-based approaches like immigration detention. You'll get on-the-ground perspectives from people who have first-hand experience with case management, as well as a discussion of the current political situation including barriers and opportunities when it comes to funding case management and de-funding detention. 

29] – Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center on Tues., Jan. 17 from 4 to 5 PM ET at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. The invasion of Ukraine has the potential to become a war extending throughout Europe.  Putin has destroyed Aleppo and Grozny and has threatened the use of nuclear weapons.  Russian soldiers were sent into the area around the contaminated and still radioactive Chernobyl nuclear plant. Now they are stationed in the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.   People who believe in peace and justice should come forward and take the risks of peace. The burial sites continue to expose ruthless war crimes by the invaders, Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.

30] – PEN America [] is hosting Jamila Minnicks and Jamise Harper on Tues., Jan. 17 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET at the Thank You Bookshop in Birmingham, AL. Visit  Register at  They wrote the winner of the 2021 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, Moonrise over New Jessup.  It is a thought-provoking and enchanting debut about a Black woman doing whatever it takes to protect all she loves at the beginning of the civil rights movement in Alabama. A conversation will be followed by a meet and greet and book signing.

31] – The Maryland CPUSA [] on Tues., Jan. 17 at 7 PM ET wants you to join the Marxist Study Group for a discussion of the film PRIDE.  Join the Zoom Meeting at The Group will meet again on Tues., Feb. 21 at 7 PM. Download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system:

32] – JVP Wire [] wants you to know that the new Israeli government killed five Palestinians in two days. Israeli forces invaded multiple cities and villages across the occupied West Bank, killing five Palestinians and arresting dozens, including children. The new Israeli government — the most extremist, supremacist government in Israel’s history — is rapidly accelerating the rate of its brutal attacks against Palestinians. For example, the Israeli military shot and killed Samir Aslan while arresting his teenage son.  

  Join a JVP briefing on Tues., Jan. 17 at 7:30 PM ET for updates from the ground and what it means for our work as an organization.  JVP has an opportunity to reach tens of thousands of people waking up to the reality of Israel as an apartheid state for the first time. As the largest anti-Zionist Jewish organization in the U.S., JVP has a mandate to reach out, educate, and organize the people. RSVP at

33] – Solar United Neighbors [] on Tues., Jan. 17 from 8 to 9 PM ET will do a lobby training for Advocating for Solar In Your Community. RSVP at

34] – Massachusetts Peace Action [] is hosting on Tues., Jan. 17 at 8 PM a CODEPINK Capitol Calling Party: Weird House Party! Learn what is next for the Republican-led House! Look at the ramifications of a Republican-led House following a contentious battle over the speakership. GOP Speaker Kevin McCarthy, elected on the 15th round of voting, conceded to his opponents that he will allow rank and file Congress members to debate omnibus spending bills, like the one Congress just passed for $1.7 trillion dollars ($858-billion for the military). Register at

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  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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