Thursday, April 19, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 20 - May 6, 2018

37] More Than a Gun: A Group Poem for Our Lives – Apr. 20
38] Symposium on the Northern Ireland Peace Process -- Apr. 20
39] Max at the JHU Spring Fair – Apr. 20 - 22
40] WIB peace vigils – Apr. 20
41] White House vigil – Apr. 20
42] Lawyers Committed to Addressing the Climate Emergency – Apr. 20
43] Adoption Meet and Greet – Apr. 20 & 22
44] Black Lives Matter – Apr. 20
45] Raining Cats and Dogs! – Apr. 20
46] Refugee Crisis – Apr. 20
47] Sanctuary Streets Baltimore Happy Hour – Apr. 20
48] Ballroom Dancing – Apr. 20
49] Food Lab – Apr. 21
50] Human Rights Festival – Apr. 21
51] Primary Candidate Fair – Apr. 21
52] Chester County Peace Vigil – Apr. 21
53] Do you need a grant? – Deadline Apr. 30
54] CODEPINK takes a stand against military spending – through May 3
55] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 6
56] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Iraq or North Korea
57] JONAH HOUSE NEEDS WORKERS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
58] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
59] Do you need any book shelves?
60] Do you need a stand up freezer?
61] Join the Global Zero campaign41] Black Lives matter – Apr. 6
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37] – On Fri., April 20 from 9 to 10:30 AM, join in the Public Action at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2018 in Lafayette Square, WDC 20006.  Participate in More Than a Gun: A Group Poem for Our Lives.  Create a Massive Group Poem Calling for an End to Gun Violence.  As young people plan a major school walk-out on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, poets will gather in D.C. for Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness will join the DC-area action of the National Student Walkout in front of the White House.  Those who wish can stay for the 19 minutes of silence, which will begin precisely at 10 AM, to honor the memory of all those killed by guns in the 19 years since the Columbine school shootings. See more about National School Walkout DC here: https://goo.gl/nAnqhK.

Poetry can be a stirring denunciation of injustice, a call to action, a vision of a life without fear, a life freed from the tyranny of the NRA, the gun manufacturers, and the elected officials who do their bidding. Poets have long lent their voices to this struggle for peace in our homes and in our communities. On this historic day, during Split This Rock’s 10th anniversary festival, we gather again, weaving our voices together with the voices of America’s youth to say: Enough! Bring a line of poetry – yours or another’s – that demands an end to the violence and celebrates lives free from the threat posed by guns.  The line should not exceed 12 words. Write it on a piece of paper, to be handed to an organizer after you read it. Include the name of the poet, your name (if not using your own work), and your hometown.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1762913043732085/.

38] –  On Fri., April 20 from 10 AM to 7 PM, participate in an AU Symposium on the Northern Ireland Peace Process, 20 Years On, hosted by the American University School of Public Affairs in Kerwin Hall, Room 301, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016.  Tickets are available at american.swoogo.com.  This day-long symposium marks the 20th anniversary of sustained peace in Northern Ireland following decades of violent conflict. Attendees will hear from panelists about the peace process itself, the accomplishments since, and challenges moving forward, including the implications of Brexit. Guest speakers include academics, practitioners, and diplomats who participated in the peace process. Presented by American University's School of Public Affairs and School of International Service, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Ulster, and Northern Ireland Bureau, and in partnership with the Irish Network-DC and American University's School of Communication. See https://www.facebook.com/events/171065433720219/.

39] – Max will be at the Johns Hopkins Spring Fair 2018 on the Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218 on Fri., Apr. 20 from 12 to 8 PM, Sat., Apr. 21 from 10 AM to 8 PM and Sun., April 22 from 10 AM to 6 PM.  He will be in the Upper Quad behind the Eisenhower Library, Space 47, selling used books, bumperstickers, buttons, vinyl, CDs, DVDs and videos.  Call 410-323-1607 or email mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  During the Fair hours, he can be reached at 727-543-3227. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/938921359619887/?event_time_id=938921366286553 or http://www.jhuspringfair.com/.

40] – On Fri., Apr. 13 from noon to 1 PM, join a Women in Black peace vigil. A vigil will take place in McKeldin Square at the corner of Light and Pratt Sts.  STAY FOR LUNCH at Baba's Kitchen.  Warm-up, dry off, and enjoy a vegetarian chili lunch and lots of good conversation. Bring a side or topping for the chili.  There are still places at the table; invite a friend to come along with you.

  Another vigil is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St, Baltimore. 21211. However, if weather is iffy, contact Anne at awyattbr@gmail.com.  Lunch will take place at 1 PM at the RPP CafĂ©, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore 21211.

A third vigil will be in Chestertown, Kent County at Memorial Park at Cross Street and Park Row.  This vigil is looking for more peace bodies on the Eastern Shore.  Welcome to the network, Chestertown Women in Black.

Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather.  Peace signs will be available. When there are others to stand with, you don't need to carry the burden alone. Do this to be in solidarity with others....when everything around us says “Be afraid of the stranger.” Carpool and parking available. Just send an email that you need a ride to: wibbaltimore@peacepath911.org.

41] – On Fri., Apr. 20 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! This vigil will take place at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contract Art @ artlaffin@hotmail.com or at 202-360-6416. 

42] – Lawyers Committed to Addressing the Climate Emergency will convene, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute, at the George Washington University Law School, 2000 H St. NW, WDC 20052.  Tickets are available at www.eli.org. On Fri., April 20 from noon to 5:30 PM, a group of leading lawyers and academics will convene to discuss the problem of climate change and the role of lawyers in advancing solutions. This second annual national conference will feature leading experts addressing the most vital aspects of the climate crisis from a legal perspective, including: litigation, economics, risk management, and environmental justice. Additionally, the conference will feature a program on specific ideas to guide lawyers in becoming engaged advocates and make a difference on climate change. Visit bit.ly/2H3N0EP or https://www.facebook.com/events/127754704651462/.

43] – On Fri., April 20 from 4 to 7 PM, be at an Adoption Meet and Greet, hosted by Wings of Love, Kuwait at Petvalu, 871 E Fort Ave., Baltimore 21230.  It is PAW month at PetValu at the Southside Marketplace! All month PetValu will be taking donations for WLK and last year over $700 was raised. On Sun., April 22 adoptable dogs will be available for everyone to come and meet. The WLK team will be there to answer questions. Adoptions will not take place on the spot. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/408820246246880/.

44] – There is usually a silent 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 Apr. 20. Black Lives Matter.  

45] – On Fri., April 20 from 5:30 to 8 PM, It will be Raining Cats and Dogs! This is an Adoption Event, hosted by the Baltimore County Animal Services, 1758 Merritt Blvd., Dundalk 21222-3212. Give a home to an animal! Stop by the offsite Cuddle Shuttle to take home your own furry friend.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/1905343193129635/.

46] – Consider attending a panel discussion on the current refugee crises. Thousands of Rohingya are fleeing from persecution to Bangladesh. Thousands of Syrian refugees are fleeing from persecution and are trying to resettle in the USA. With thousands in need, you can be one person to make a difference. The change can start on Sat., April 21 at "A Night of Reflection" at the Muslim Community Center, 15200 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring 20905 to learn more about these issues and how to make a change in the DC Metro Area through volunteering, donations, community service events and more. The fundraising dinner starts at 6:30PM and ticket prices are $10. Proceeds will go to Rohingya and Syrian refugees in need.  Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-of-reflection-tickets-45043672838.

47] –  Come to a Sanctuary Streets Baltimore Happy Hour on Fri, April 20 from 7 to 9 PM at Sweet27 bar, 123 W. 27th St,, Baltimore 21218.  Talk to members of Sanctuary Streets Baltimore about the work and how to get involved in a new Day Laborer Outreach project.  This is a community of volunteers that started organizing in the early Spring of 2017 to defend migrants from an inhumane deportation apparatus. This fundraiser is a kickoff for a new project to organize a monthly outreach day to provide resources and basic material support to day laborers in Baltimore. Also to be provided is accompaniment to civil and criminal court dates for individuals who fear that ICE will try to detain them on their way to court.  A portion of the bar tab will go towards supplies such as socks, coffee, and food for folks who are waiting for work. https://www.facebook.com/events/388532081620056/.

48] – 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 Apr. 20. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

49] – On Sat., April 21 from 8 AM to 5:30 PM, come to FoodLab@LightCity, hosted by Light City and Labs at Light City at the Columbus Center, 701 E. Pratt St., Baltimore 21202.  Get tickets at www.mt.cm.  Are the attitudes toward what we eat changing the world around us? Food advocates and chefs explore how food is grown, accessed, eaten and innovated during the FoodLab@LightCity. Come out, and #BeTheChange you wish to see. This year, tickets are #paywhatyoucan, and seating is limited.  FoodLab@LightCity is presented by the Visit Baltimore, with support from Wegmans. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/195864057681990/.

50] – On Sat., April 21 from 10 AM to 9 PM, attend the Human Rights Festival on the National Mall (monuments) Washington, D.C., 1964 Independence Ave. SW, WDC 20024.  Find tickets at www.eventbrite.com.  Come to a dynamic, fun-filled and family-oriented full-day celebration of the beautiful diversity that enriches our nation! Speakers from your favorite human rights organizations promise face-to-face interactions while world-class musicians play, commemorating the beautiful diversity that enriches our nation! 

The Human Rights Festival is bringing together human rights organizations to strengthen and advance the cause of human rights and progressive causes. This event will get you face-to-face with your favorite organizations. The event is FREE - but please think of making a donation. Reserve your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/human-rights-festival-tickets-35857853806?ref=ebtn.  Check out https://www.humanrightsfest.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/1828806297435282/.

51] – Talbot Rising is holding on Sat., April 21 from 10 AM to noon a General Meeting and Primary Candidate Fair at the Evergreen Easton Point, 770 Port Street, Easton.  SPRING INTO ACTION! From 10 to 10:30 AM, there is a business meeting, after which the Primary Candidates Fair starts.  This is an opportunity to meet and hear from candidates for Talbot County council and the endorsed candidates (or their representatives), Mike Pullen for Congress and Ben Jealous for Governor.  Each candidate will have five minutes to talk about why they’re running, and then there will be break outs.  Folks will be able to interact with candidates.  Go to https://www.talbotrising.org/events-1/2018/4/15/april-21st-spring-into-action-general-meeting-and-primary-candidate-fair-10am.

52] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to www.ccpeace.org. Email ccpeacemovement@aol.com.

53] – Proposals for Research Associates Foundation grants are due April 30, 2018 at 5 PM.  These grants, up to $2500, are open to individuals and groups that are participating in social justice activism in the Baltimore area.  Guidelines and proposal forms may be found on the website rafbaltimore.org. The dates and locations of information sessions for those wishing to apply will be announced shortly and will be posted on the website.

54] – Join CODEPINK and organizations around the world to take a stand against military spending. While Washington continues to increase funding for the Pentagon, it is slashing essential services like clean water, schools, and infrastructure. The Global Days of Action against Military Spending (GDAMS) is an international movement to raise awareness about the massive amount of funds allocated to militaries. The stand runs through May 3, so join CODEPINK online and in the streets to take action!  Go to http://demilitarize.org/gdams-2018/.  Do you need materials?  Are you going to plan an action in your area?  Send an email and let CODEPINK know! Also, don’t forget to share your pictures! Email divest@codepink.org.

55] – Save the Dates.  The fiftieth anniversary of the Catonsville Nine draft board raid will be commemorated  There will be a CATONSVILLE NINE SYMPOSIUM on FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018 from 4 to 10 PM at the Shriver Center, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Cir, Catonsville, MD 21250. Enjoy Films, Lectures, Discussion Panels and Dramatic Readings.  There will be more CATONSVILLE NINE COMMEMORATION ACTIVITIES on SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Baltimore County Public Library Catonsville Branch, 1100 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228.  Enjoy more Films, Lectures, Discussion Panels and Dramatic Readings.  On Sun., May 6 at noon, there will be an opportunity to engage in direct action at the National Security Agency; and in the evening participate in a prayer service.  Go to http://www.catonsville9.org/50th-anniversary-commemoration/.

56] – It is a violation of U.S. law for us 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 North Korea. The Mueller investigation is tightening the vise, and could cause Trump to attack those countries in order to divert attention from Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 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 preemptive military strike against Iran or North Korea takes place, then meet outside the War Memorial, 101 N. Gay St., Baltimore, MD 21202. If the attack is before 2 PM local time, then events will begin at 5 PM, local time. If the attack occurs after 2 PM local time, then events will begin at noon, local time, the following day. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

57] – JONAH HOUSE NEEDS WORKERS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE

   After 44 years of resisting weapons and war, Jonah House is Baltimore is in danger of shutting down. Two of the three core members have announced their intention to leave the community as of May 2018. That leaves one core member, Joe Byrne, who will remain to recruit and re-form intentional community. But if no one steps forward, Jonah House will have to close.

  Jonah House was founded by Phil Berrigan, Liz McAlister, and others, in 1973, during the Vietnam War. It was a center of resistance to that war. When the war ended, the focus of resistance became the nuclear arms race. This resistance blossomed into the Plowshares movement. Jonah House members have spent years in jail for Plowshares disarmament actions. Other members have spent years supporting them, and doing the work of the community in their absence. Resistance to weapons and war continues at Jonah House. More recently, Jonah House has also become involved in racial justice efforts in Baltimore, and the environmental justice movement.

   Jonah House is planted in the middle of a 22-acre, mostly-wooded cemetery in West Baltimore called St. Peter’s. Maintaining and slowly restoring St. Peter’s Cemetery is the work that pays the bills for the community. Jonah House also uses the property to serve the living as well as honor the dead. Our gardens and orchards feed the Jonah House community, and the surrounding neighborhood community, via a food pantry and weekly food distribution to low-income neighbors. We envision the cemetery—particularly the 11-acre forest patch—as a haven for the people of the neighborhood, international peace activists, and numberless living beings.

Jonah House is also an interfaith spiritual community. We pray or meditate together daily, and our spiritual practice informs and empowers everything we do, whether in the fields or in the streets.

To continue the vision, Jonah House is looking for a few new core members willing to commit to a two-year stint. We are also open to short- and long-term interns (3 months to a year). The work of radical peacemaking, direct service to the poor, and stewarding the land requires workers. We pray that God will send laborers to the vineyard (yes, we have that too) and that Jonah House will continue to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable for another 44 years!  For more information, call 443-804-3410, or email us at engage@jonahhouse.org.

58] -- 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 comcast.net.

59] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at comcast.net.

60] – Do you need a stand up freezer?  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

61] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.


“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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Protest Trump's warmongering/CATONSVILLE NINE: PROGRAM BOOKLET AND ADS

Apr. 13 -- Friends,
 Janice and I will be going to join CODEPINK and others to protest U.S. warmongering at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia 20500 on Saturday, April 14 at noon.  RSVP on Facebook.

   I was told there will be a Baltimore demo at McKeldin Square at 2 PM on Saturday, April 14.  Speak out against the immorality of U.S. warmongering.

Kagiso,

Max

Chuck Michaels [mailto:cwmichaels@igc.org]
 
As part of the 50th Anniversary of the Catonsville Nine events and activities (May 4-May 6 and May 17), the planning team will produce a program book. This will be a program book that gives an overview of all activities, lists details of all activities, presents bios of the speakers, provides a list of sponsors, and contains the original press statement of the Catonsville Nine from 1968.

We are asking if you can support these 50th anniversary events by placing an ad in the program book. Your support is crucial to presenting these events. (Only black and white ads are offered.)

The details and prices are below, and the deadline for ad copy is coming up: Friday, April 20.

For any questions just e-mail Chuck Michaels at cwmichaels@igc.org.

--Inside back cover for half-page: $250; for a full page: $400
--Back cover (full page only): $500
(the program cover ads will be first come, first served)

For all inside ads (no special placement offered):
--Full page: $300
--Half page (horizontal only): $175
--Quarter-page: $100

Dimensions:
Full page :  6” wide x 7” long
Half page : 6” wide x 3.5” long
Quarter page: 3” wide x 3.5” long

Image:
Black and white only (except for the back cover, red offered no other color)
Image must be in .pdf format or Word format

Payment:
Must accompany the ad copy. Make payment on the Catonsville 9 website (www.catonsville9.org) by the Donate button page.

Contact:
Please include a contact person for your ad.

Ad copy should be sent to:
Chuck Michaels at cwmichaels@igc.org

Deadline:
For all ads: Friday, April 20
 
1579 Dellsway Road
Baltimore, MD 21286

443-846-5207 (cell)

New AUMF? Critics Warn Against Giving Trump—or Any President—Power to Wage War 'Virtually Anywhere on the Planet'

New AUMF? Critics Warn Against Giving Trump—or Any President—Power to Wage War 'Virtually Anywhere on the Planet'

Monday, April 16, 2018

The proposal follows Trump's illegal weekend attack on Syria


Protesters marched in New York City to oppose military action against Syria in 2013. (Photo: The All-Nite Images/Flickr/cc)
As the 17-year-old War on Terror rages on—and with the international community still reeling from the illegal missile strikes that the U.S., U.K., and France launched on Syria over the weekend—Congress is considering a measure that critics warn will expand the executive branch's authority to wage war.

Some lawmakers have tried for years to replace the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that has been used (pdf) by three administration to justify military actions across the globe. Now that President Donald Trump has repeatedly ignored reminders that only Congress can approve attacks not covered by the authorization, Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) plan to introduce a new AUMF that could give even more war powers to the president.

Christopher Anders, deputy director of the ACLU's Washington legislative office, explained that under the proposed AUMF described in reports on Monday, Trump would essentially "get a blank check from Congress to go to war virtually anywhere on the planet."

  Outlining his concerns with various aspects of the proposal, Anders concludes it "would cause colossal harm to the Constitution's checks and balances, would jeopardize civil liberties and human rights at home and abroad, and would lead to a breathtakingly broad expansion of war without meaningful oversight."

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Sign this petition to tell Congress not to support the proposed AUMF. Our Constitution creates a system of checks and balances to avoid this exact situation. https://action.aclu.org/petition/No-Blank-Check-for-War?ms_aff=NAT&initms_aff=NAT&ms=180414_nationalsecurity_AUMF_&initms=180414_nationalsecurity_AUMF_&ms_chan=eml&initms_chan=eml&af= …

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told NBC News that he worries "about an AUMF that is more permissive than what the president currently interprets his authority to be," adding: "It's gonna be hard for me to support something that has no sunset and no geographic limitation."

Columbia Law School professor Matthew Waxman, a former national security official in the George W. Bush administration, said that an AUMF without an expiration date will bolster concerns among those who fear that greenlighting a new measure "entrenches an indefinite war."

"The political reality, though, is that a much more restrictive AUMF won't be possible anytime soon," Waxman said, "and we'll be engaged in an indefinite war either way."
Reports about the new AUMF—which could be introduced as early as Monday—follow Kaine's controversial comments to "CBS This Morning" earlier in the day.
While Kaine sharply criticized the attack on Syria as an "illegal military act," the senator also said he would have "likely" supported it if Trump had asked for permission from Congress first.

Some lawmakers, such as Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)—a long-time critic of the 2001 AUMF and the only member of Congress to vote against it—swiftly condemned Trump's weekend attack, but many more were criticized for their apparent indifference or tempered responses to Trump's unconstitutional act.

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As Trump Declares 'Americans Are Winning' on Tax Day, Common Good Faces 'Grim Future' Thanks to GOP

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

As Trump Declares 'Americans Are Winning' on Tax Day, Common Good Faces 'Grim Future' Thanks to GOP

"Tax reform should have helped working families get ahead, not tilted the playing field further in favor of the wealthy and well-connected."



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   While President Donald Trump used Tax Day as an opportunity to declare that ordinary Americans are now "winning" thanks to his deeply unpopular corporate-friendly law, a new report published Tuesday refuted Trump's rosy depiction of the U.S. economy under his leadership and found that—thanks to the Trump-GOP tax cuts for wealthy—healthcare, education, and other necessary public services face a "grim future."

"America's working families are, as usual, getting the short end of the stick from the new Trump-GOP tax law." —Frank Clemente, Americans for Tax Fairness Conducted by Americans for Tax Fairness (AFT) in partnership with Health Care for America Now (HCAN), the new analysis shows that Trump and the Republican Party are moving to make up for the nearly $2 trillion crater their tax law is expected to blow in the federal deficit by pursuing crippling cuts to programs that millions of Americans rely on for survival.

"The Congressional Budget Office now reports that the tax cuts will add $1.9 trillion to the deficit—nearly one-third more than the $1.5 trillion estimated when the tax law was approved in December," the report notes. "This is close to the $1.7 trillion cut to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security disability programs, SNAP, and more proposed in Trump's budget."
Clearly depicting the Trump administration's priorities, one chart included in the report places the Trump's proposed cuts to safety net programs alongside just a fraction of the GOP tax law's rewards for the wealthiest Americans: 

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  As safety net programs come under attack by Republican legislation, the White House budget, and Trump executive orders, AFT and HCAN note that the overwhelming majority of the tax law's benefits will go straight to the very top of the income distribution.

"When the new tax law is fully phased in, 83 percent of the tax cuts will go to the wealthiest one percent," the analysis notes, laying waste once more to Trump's insistence that the tax law was primarily aimed at helping working- and middle-class Americans. "The richest one percent will get a tax cut of $55,190, on average [in 2019]. The bottom 60 percent will get a tax cut of $440—about a dollar a day."

  "America's working families are, as usual, getting the short end of the stick from the new Trump-GOP tax law," ATF executive director Frank Clemente said in a statement on Tuesday. "Tax reform should have helped working families get ahead, not tilted the playing field further in favor of the wealthy and well-connected."

  "It's time to end tax breaks for the Koch brothers, wealthy CEOs and big corporations that shift profits offshore and outsource jobs."
—Rep. Keith Ellison

  The new report by ATF and HCAN comes as polling data continues to show that most Americans are not buying the Trump administration's claim that the tax law was crafted with their interests in mind.

   According to Gallup, just 39 percent of Americans approve of the tax cuts, despite the best efforts of right-wing big money groups to boost the law's popularity with expensive ad buys.
As Republicans struggle mightily to convince the public that corporate tax cuts are good for them ahead of the 2018 midterms, progressives are looking to use the tax law's unpopularity against the GOP.

   In a Tax Day email to supporters on Tuesday, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) demanded the repeal of Trump's tax cuts for the rich and suggested that the extra revenue be used to fund infrastructure, education, healthcare, and other public priorities.

"It's time to end tax breaks for the Koch brothers, wealthy CEOs and big corporations that shift profits offshore and outsource jobs. It's time to end tax breaks for Big Pharma and greedy health insurance corporations. It's time to close loopholes that benefit the richest 1 percent and Wall Street," Ellison wrote. "Together, let's demand that our elected leaders put working families, children, and older Americans before wealthy campaign contributors and Wall Street."

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Baltimore Activist Alert - April 18 - 19, 2018

24] Redevelopment and Justice in Baltimore Forum -- Apr. 18
25] Keep Maryland Frack Free -- Apr. 18
26] PMD Montgomery is hosting a Happy Hour – Apr. 18
27] Run for Tyrone West --- Apr. 18
28] Baltimore's Strange Fruit – Apr. 18
29] Civilian Review Board Community Meeting – Apr. 18
30] Writers LIVE is hosting Tom Pelton -- Apr. 18
31] Restorative Justice – Apr. 18
32] Baltimore's Strange Fruit – Apr. 19
33] Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Environment & Public Health – Apr. 19
34] Climate Change Refugees – Apr. 19
35] Legislation & Elections – Apr. 19
36] Eloquent Rage -- Apr. 19
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24] –  On Wed., April 18 from 4 to 5:30 PM, come to the Redevelopment and Justice in Baltimore Forum, hosted by Dresher Center for the Humanities at Albin O. Kuhn Gallery, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore 21250.  Focus on Gentrification in Baltimore. Gentrification has long been a watchword for neighborhoods facing redevelopment and the many social and economic changes it brings. How can Baltimore neighborhoods renew themselves without forcing out local residents or homogenizing diverse populations? This expert panel will focus on key questions linking gentrification and social justice, from the reasons why black neighborhoods and immigrants matter to the role of arts and entertainment districts in the process of redevelopment. Attention will be paid to the Vital Signs report, issued by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, which provides data on quality of life in Baltimore communities. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1809072729124230/.

25] – On Wed., April 18 from 5 to 6:30 PM, Rally to Keep Maryland Frack Free, hosted by We Are Cove Point and Stop the Machine! Create a New World.  It is happening at the Maryland Dept. Of The Environment, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore 21230. One year ago, Maryland banned fracking! But in that year, new fracking infrastructure has been built in our state, and corporations like Dominion Energy and TransCanada are asking for permits to build more.

Fracking infrastructure in Maryland, like pipelines, export terminals and compressor stations, drive more fracking in our neighboring states that harm communities there. Pollution in the air and water from those states doesn't stop at our borders. And the infrastructure in Maryland directly threatens the health and safety of Marylanders. Currently, AMP Creeks Council is fighting a large compressor station that Dominion Energy wants to build to drive fracked gas from out of state to the gas refinery and export terminal in Cove Point to sell overseas. The Charles County Board of Appeals denied the zoning permit, but the Maryland Department of the Environment is moving ahead with their permit anyway. We must stop this facility! See https://www.facebook.com/events/134042544101144/.

26] – PMD Montgomery is hosting a Happy Hour on Wed., Apr. 18 from 6 to 8 PM at Nando's Peri-Peri, 924 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring 20910.  Connect with your local progressive network and find out how you can help PMD Montgomery! RSVP to Garrett Mannchen at gmannchen@gmail.com.

27] – On Wed., April 18 from 6 to 8 PM, join the R4J West Wednesday Run, hosted by Runners4Justice.  Start at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Waverly Branch, 400 East 33rd St., Baltimore 21218. As we approach the 3-year anniversary of the Uprising, this month's run is dedicated to the issue of police brutality and its impact on Black families and communities. Join us for a run followed by the weekly West Wednesday rally with Tawanda Jones and the West Coalition. Tawanda's brother, Tyrone West, was killed by Baltimore City police on July 18, 2013. Since that day, Tawanda has held a rally every Wednesday calling for justice for her brother and all victims of police brutality. 

There will be a 3-mile run to start the conversation around the Uprising and the on-going fight for justice and accountability. Finish at 33rd & Greenmount Sts. around 6:30 PM to join the 247th West Wednesday. See https://www.facebook.com/events/2057760941214115/.

28] – Come see a showing "Baltimore's Strange Fruit: A Story of Food Apartheid and the Struggle for Sovereignty" at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, SMC Campus Center, 621 West Lombard St., Baltimore 21201, co-hosted by Student Government Association, OASIS Student Group, and Social Work Community Outreach Services, on Wed., April 18 from 6 to 9 PM. This is a documentary film produced by Black Yield Institute, directed by Eric Jackson and Maddie Hardy. The film explores the intersections of food, land, and race and class politics through personal narrative and social commentary. The film journeys through the historical woes and triumphs of people of African Descent within the food system, while highlighting contemporary efforts to address the complex nature of food apartheid in Baltimore. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/baltimores-strange-fruit-screening-avenue-engagement-center-tickets-43335511682.

29] – On Wed., April 18 from 6 to 8 PM, come to a Civilian Review Board Community Meeting in Cherry Hill, hosted by Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement at 2700 Spelman Rd., Brooklyn 21225-1523. This event is a meet and greet, for Baltimore City residents to meet the members of the Civilian Review Board, find out about how to file a complaint and ask any questions they may have. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/486584551808649/.

30] – On Wed., Apr. 18 from 7 to 9 PM, Writers LIVE is hosting Tom Pelton with Johns Hopkins University Press at George Peabody Library, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore 21202. A crossroads of life and culture, the Chesapeake Bay straddles the North and the South, mixes salt water with fresh, and is home to about 18 million people and 3,500 species of animals and plants. Although recent cleanup efforts have improved its overall health, they have not been enough to save this national treasure. In The Chesapeake in Focus, award-winning writer Tom Pelton examines which environmental policies have worked and which have failed.

Based on Pelton's extensive experience as a journalist and as the host of "The Environment in Focus" on WYPR, this sweeping book takes readers on a tour of the histories of the Chesapeake, as well as the ecological challenges faced by its major tributaries. It details the management of blue crabs. Striped bass, and other delicious wildlife, profiles leaders and little-known characters involved in the restoration campaign, and warns of the dangers of anti-regulatory politics that threaten to reverse what has been accomplished. Looking to the future, Pelton offers a provocative vision of the hard steps that must be taken if we truly want to save the Bay. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/432738953853982/.

31] – On Wed., Apr. 18 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, catch RESTORATIVE JUSTICE IN A POST-UPRISING CITY WITH ERRICKA BRIDGEFORD AND DR. LAWRENCE BROWN.  What does justice look like in a post-Uprising city? Does the community hold the power to affect meaningful, positive change? In an effort to co-power members of the community, Restorative Response Baltimore (RRB) presents a night of collaborative storytelling.

The evening will offer information on Restorative Response Baltimore's Community Conferencing and restorative practices efforts throughout the city.  Hear some of the storytelling by those who’ve used Community Conferencing to resolve their conflicts. Baltimore Ceasefire’s Erricka Bridgeford will also join us to share the story of the community-driven anti-violence effort and its connection to RRB's mission, and Dr. Lawrence Brown will discuss what a Baltimore Peacebuilding Authority could be and how it could bring restorative justice in a post-uprising city.  Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org

32] – Come see a showing "Baltimore's Strange Fruit: A Story of Food Apartheid and the Struggle for Sovereignty" at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore 21250 on Thurs., April 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. This is a documentary film produced by Black Yield Institute, directed by Eric Jackson and Maddie Hardy. The film explores the intersections of food, land, and race and class politics through personal narrative and social commentary. The film journeys through the historical woes and triumphs of people of African Descent within the food system, while highlighting contemporary efforts to address the complex nature of food apartheid in Baltimore. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/baltimores-strange-fruit-screening-avenue-engagement-center-tickets-43335511682.

This event is hosted in collaboration with the Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program and Charm City Connection.  It is free, and the public is welcome! If you plan to attend from off-campus, please note that metered parking can be found in the Commons Ave, Drive Garage which is a 5 minute walk from the Public Policy Building!

33] – On Thurs., April 19 from 6:30 to 8 PM, there will be a Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Environment & Public Health, hosted by Maryland Matters at Peabody Heights Brewery, LLC, 401 E. 30th St., Baltimore 21218.  Other hosts are Maryland League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club Maryland Chapter. The event will aim to highlight environmental positions held by each of the gubernatorial candidates from across the party-spectrum. The forum is a nonpartisan event and all candidates running in the primary election for Governor will be invited. Topics will be drawn from responses to candidate questionnaires collected from Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club Maryland Chapter and Clean Water Action Maryland.  Submit your questions to: https://goo.gl/forms/8pEdKPY0NCsulOdm2.

34] – Here from Climate Change Refugees on Thurs., April 19 at 6:30PM at the East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045. The speakers are from Nicaragua and Haiti. Enjoy refreshments at 6:30 PM, and the presentation and the Q&A will take place from 7 to 8:30 PM.   The event is organized by the Friends of Latin America (Formerly Howard County Friends of Latin America); visit www.friendsoflatinamerica.org.
 
 The environmental destruction and migration in Nicaragua and Haiti will be discussed with Marcel Garcon (Peasant Movement of Gros Morne, Haiti) and Miguel Marin (Federation of Campesionos, Nicaragua). Donations are appreciated. Contact Leslie Salgado at 410-718-0630 or cuba_is_hope@comcast.net

35] – On Thurs., April 19 from 7 to 8:30 PM, hear about Legislation & Elections: The Political Tango, hosted by Take Action AAC at Anne Arundel County Public Library (Edgewater Community Library), 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater 21037. Join in a discussion of the dance between seeking legislative change and having the right legislators in power to make change happen.  Discussion topics will include: Recap of state legislative session and the campaign by SEIU Local 500 to end the choke hold that Senate President Mike Miller has on bringing legislation to vote in committee, Electoral Politics – The endorsement process and canvassing for candidates who share our values, and School Board Elections – what issues do you care about as a parent or resident? Take Action Anne Arundel County is putting together a candidate survey for Anne Arundel School Board. See https://www.facebook.com/events/410353766043908/.
36] – On Thurs., Apr. 19 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, catch ELOQUENT RAGE: A BLACK FEMINIST DISCOVERS HER SUPERPOWER. In the tradition of bell hooks, Roxane Gay and Audre Lorde, America’s leading young black feminist celebrates dissent—both personal and public. So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In her book, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting.
   Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of democracy. But “Eloquent Rage” shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women’s eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It’s what makes BeyoncĂ©’s girl power anthems resonate so hard. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon. Call 443-602-7585. RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org

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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.


"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