Saturday, October 14, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert October 15, 2017 to May 5, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert October 15, 2017 to May 5, 2018

"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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com.  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] comcast.net.

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  
4] Two friends are looking to buy a house in Baltimore
5] Strengthening Our Nation of Immigrants” – Oct. 15
6] Panel Discussion on Fair Elections – Oct. 15
7] Green Party FALL PARTY – Oct. 15
8] Protest at the Pentagon – Oct. 16
9] “Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?” – Oct. 16
10] Peace vigil – Oct. 17
11] Protest drone research – Oct. 17
12] No Muslim Ban -- Oct. 18
13] Land grabs and disputes -- Oct. 19
14] "Where Do We Go from Here?"    Oct. 19
15] Peace vigil at White House – Oct. 20
16] WIB peace vigils – Oct. 20
17] Black Lives Matter vigil – Oct. 20
18] Help create Episode 11 of Burns Novick series – Oct. 20 - 21
19] Call to Action conference -- Oct. 20 - 21
20] Ballroom Dancing – Oct. 20
21] Divest from the War Machine – Oct. 21 - 22
22] West Chester peace vigil – Oct. 21
23] Honor a Peacemaker – Oct. 21
24] Enemies and Empathy Oct. 22
25] Pray for Peace – Oct. 22
26] Close Foreign bases Conference – Jan. 12 – 14, 2018
27] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 5, 2018
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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 http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

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 the war in Iraq.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski at Verizon.net.  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe.  It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing.  To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to ncnrnotices-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at ncnrnotices-admin@lists.riseup.net.

4] – Janice and Max are looking to buy a house in Baltimore.  Let Max know if you have any leads—410-323-1607 or mobuszewski 2001 at comcast dot net. 

5] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon.  On Sun., Oct. 15, the Sunday Platform is “Strengthening Our Nation of Immigrants.”  Ever since Europe occupied Native American land, the United States has been a nation of immigrants. An immigrant himself, Felix Adler, the founder of Ethical Culture, knew that embracing diversity was important to our country. How do we transform recent anti-immigrant hysteria into more productive and welcoming attitudes and policies? Dr. Javad Mohsenian, an immigrant, author and psychiatrist will explore the process of immigrant adoption, adjustment, and contribution to American society, cultural and religious conflicts, as well as the role of the 1979 Iran’s revolution in immigration from that country. Dr. Mohsenian will have copies for sale and signing of his sixth book, Gold for Sugar, a collection of short stories covering East and West. Dr. Mohsenian is an Iranian-American psychiatrist who lives in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Call 410-581-2322 or email ask@bmorethical.org.

6] – On Sun., Oct. 15 from 6 to 8 PM, there will be a Panel Discussion on Fair Elections at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045, Progressive HoCo is cosponsoring with Together We Will of Howard County.  Currently confirmed panelists are Rep. John Sarbanes, Jennifer Bevan-Dangel of Common Cause and Larry Stafford of Progressive Maryland.  Raise awareness of the process of getting Fair Elections legislation passed at the local level, and to encourage other jurisdictions to think about implementing Fair Elections legislation. Contact Dave Bazell at daveb13704@gmail.com or 410-707-7930. Progressive HoCo and the Howard County Chapter of the NAACP will be holding a Voter Registration Drive throughout the fall. 

7] – You are Invited to The Howard County Green Party FALL PARTY with Friends of Latin America featuring FIRN: foreign-born information and referral network on Sat., Oct. 14 from 2 to 4 PM (Rain Date: Sunday, October 15, 2 to 4 PM) at 4879 Manor Lane, Ellicott City 21042.  RSVP to Joan: 410-992-9088 or joanpontius@gmail.com. Join in for fall apples, a pony ride, bonfire, baked goodies and more.  The Howard County Green Party and Friends of Latin America are honored to be hosting FIRN - a Howard County immigrant rights organization that provided support for 20,000 of our foreign-born community members last year through immigration services, career development, ESL and outreach programming.  Any and all donations will be given to FIRN to continue its amazing work helping our foreign-born neighbors and friends. In addition to financial contributions, non-perishable food items will be accepted for FIRN’s emergency food bank, detergent, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, gift cards for gas, clothing and grocery stores, and children’s school supplies.  

8] – 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 Oct. 16, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com 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.

9] – On Mon., Oct. 16 at 7 PM, Reel and Meal at the New Deal presents “Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?” at the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt.  An optional vegan buffet is served at 6:30 PM for $14. Utopia Film Festival brings Burned -and also Lynne Cherry's 7-min. Save Tomorrow.  Alan Dater & Lisa Merton's film Burned tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel, and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant green washing of the burgeoning biomass power industry. The New Deal Café is accessible from the Greenbelt Metro station by buses G 12 and 14.   

10] –  Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is Oct. 17.  Call 215-426-0364.

11] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Oct. 17 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.   

12] –  The Supreme Court just dismissed a case against President Trump’s second version of the Muslim Ban -- since part of President’s Trump’s ban expired two weeks ago -- but the fight isn’t over.  Three weeks ago, Trump announced yet another version of his unconstitutional Muslim Ban. And make no mistake, this version is just as heartless as the prior ones. This ban is permanent -- there’s no expiration date -- and it threatens to keep countless families apart.  The new Muslim ban is scheduled to go fully into effect on Wed., Oct. 18. RSVP to join the #NoMuslimBanEver rally on Oct 18 at 11:30 AM outside the White House. Go to http://act.mpowerchange.org/signup/nomuslimbanever-scotus/?source=nilc-em171011-invite. March, rally and deliver a petition to Congress.

13] – Stimson Center's South Asia Program is hosting The Fait Accompli in the 21st Century Security Landscape: From Crimea to Doklam to the Spratly Islands.  This is an on-the-record discussion with Dan Altman on recent controversial land grabs and disputes, with insight for possible future scenarios and policy options. Lunch will be served. This will happen on Thurs., Oct. 19 from 12:15 to 2 PM at The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036. From Ukraine to the South China Sea, the fait accompli reappears time and again as the strategy of choice to challenge the status quo, imposing losses in a calculated gamble that victims will relent rather than escalate.  RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyMGZ2daJ_VNkFkhHQA7F_W0RlxfsBpaXSzr9w0-kPhzJ7Ng/viewform.

14] –RESEARCH ASSOCIATES FOUNDATION (RAF) INVITES YOU TO "Where Do We Go from Here?"  This is a lecture by Lester Spence, followed by a concert by Son of Nun, which will include refreshments/cash bar on Thurs., Oct. 19 from 7 to 10 PM in the 2640 SPACE, 2640 ST. PAUL STREET, BALTIMORE 21218.  This is a FUNDRAISER in which there is a request for a FREEWILL OFFERING.

SPENCE is an Associate Professor of Political Science, and is one of two co-directors of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Spence has published two books:  Stare in the Darkness: Hip-hop and the Limits of Black Politics, winner of the 2012 W. E. B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award, and Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics, winner of both the Baltimore City Paper and Baltimore Magazine 2016 Best Nonfiction Book Awards, named to The Atlantic’s 2016 “Best Books We Missed” list. 

SON OF NUN doesn’t just entertain, he empowers. His lyrics are rooted in the movements he’s fought; he’s at the meeting, the protest, the action, and the mic.  S.O.N. has released two albums, Blood and Fire, produced w/ DJ Krimson and The Art of Struggle w/ DJ Mentos. Go to rafbaltimore.org.

15] – On Fri., Oct. 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. 

16] – On Fri., Oct. 20 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. Another one is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St, Baltimore. 21211. After this vigil, gather for lunch at the café on the site.  Stay for as long as you can. Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather. Bring your own poster or help with the "NO WAR IN MY NAME" banner.  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 [mailto:wibbaltimore@peacepath911.org].  Peace signs will be available. 

17] – 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 Oct. 20. Black Lives Matter.  

18] – Help create Episode 11 of Burns Novick series on Fri., Oct 20 and St., Oct. 21.   LIVE AND UNFINISHED, BE PART OF ITS CREATION. Feel like the history you lived didn't quite make it into the eighteen hours of "The Vietnam War" on PBS?

While the Burns/Novick series presented a devastating account of the war and of the responsible US politicians, it slipped over essential facts and failed to present fairly the full story and impact of the peace movement.  Nor did it offer conclusions or lessons learned from the war and the successful opposition.  

Telling a better story of the anti-war movement and its relevance for today is the purpose of our October 20-21 event.  We mark not only the 50th anniversary of the March on the Pentagon, but also of the national emergence of the draft resistance movement.  The first nationwide collection of draft cards culminated October 20th with the presentation of about one thousand to the Attorney General.  One consequence was the infamous indictment of Dr. Benjamin Spock, et al., for promoting non-cooperation with the draft.

If you're able to volunteer for the event, and need or can offer housing, contact VPCC's Washington representative Terry Provance at terryprovance@gmail.com or 202-258-9562. RSVP athttps://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?etid=10075&utm_source=VPCC+October&utm_campaign=August+24&utm_medium=email.

19] – Starting Fri., October 20 at 6 PM and continuing on Sat., Oct. 21 engage with Call to Action (Maryland) East Coast Conference -- “Justice and Mercy under the Trump Administration.”  The keynote speakers are Sr. Simone Campbell on "Social Justice under a Trump Administration;" Greer Gordon on "Racism and Privilege in our Church and Society;” and Sr. Patty Chappell/Executive Director of Pax Christi USA on "Called to be a People of Peace."

  The conference is at the DoubleTree by Hilton—BWI Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum 21090.  Registration cost is $125, which includes a Friday reception and Saturday breakfast and lunch.  The event is sponsored by Call to Action Maryland (and the Call to Action East Coast chapters). Register at www.calltoactionmd.org                             

20] – 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 Oct. 20. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.
           
21] – Divest from the War Machine Summit/Let's Stop Those Who are Making a Killing on Killing starts on Sat., Oct. 21 from 9 AM to 5 PM, and ending on Sun., Oct. 22 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the UDC Law School, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008As Trump is creating dangerous confrontations with North Korea and Iran, while increasing militarization in our streets, join us to target his military contractor cronies profiting from the chaos!

   Hear from arms trade and foreign policy experts, voices from the military, activists working on nuclear disarmament, and divestment experts to learn how to best confront the war machine. Let’s use divestment to shine a light on the weapons producers that profit from deadly hyper-militarism at home and abroad. Purchase your tickets at http://www.codepink.org/divest_launch.  The list of speakers will include Andrew Feinstein, former Member of South African Parliament and author of The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade; Susi Snyder, producer of the Don’t Bank on the Bomb report targeting nuclear weapons producers; William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy; Vijay Prashad, historian, journalist, and professor of international studies; and many more amazing individuals.

22] – 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.

22] – Honor a peacemaker, Melinda Thompson, and gather to support and encourage one another in the work of nonviolence, even in the face of seemingly intractable violence. The keynote speaker is General Assembly Co-Moderator Denise Anderson with a message of encouragement that we all need.  The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship invites you to join in celebrating Melinda Thompson, 2017 Recipient of the Anne Barstow & Tom Driver Award for Excellence in Nonviolent Direct Action in Retirement.  Rev. Denise Anderson, Co-Moderator, Presbyterian Church (USA), will address "From Bethlehem to Baltimore: Resolute Nonviolence in Discouraging Times." Come together on Sat., Oct. 21 at 6 PM with a Reception and at 7 PM enjoy Dinner & the Program. It will take place at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave., WDC. RSVP at https://ppf.z2systems.com/np/clients/ppf/eventRegistration.jsp?event=74&. See www.presbypeacefellowship.org.

23] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon.  On Sun., Oct. 22, the Sunday Platform is “Enemies and Empathy.”  In our minds, human beings both create images of the enemy and feel deep empathy towards others. We dehumanize those we label as threats and share the feelings of those we embrace. How do we balance these two often-conflicting tendencies? Can we find a way to protect ourselves while deescalating our own “fight or flight” reactions? Hugh Taft-Morales explores these opposing poles of psychological frameworks for relating to other people and their relation to Ethical Humanism. Hugh 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. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia.  Call 410-581-2322 or email ask@bmorethical.org.

24] – On Sun., Oct. 22 at 7:30 PM, Pray for Peace at St. John’s Methodist Church, 2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218. Contact the Rev. Charles Cloughen, Jr., Interfaith Peace Service Coordinator, at ccloughen@episcopalmaryland.org  or by calling 410-321-4545.

25] – Attend a Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases from Fri., Jan. 12 through Sun., Jan. 14, 2018 at the University of Baltimore, Learning Commons Town Hall, 1415 Maryland Ave., Baltimore 21201, hosted by the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases.  Thirteen prominent peace and justice organizations in the United States are collectively organizing this conference.  Some of the groups are Black Alliance for Peace, CODEPINK, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Popular Resistance, Veterans For Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and World Beyond War.  The conference will feature national and international experts. Several expert panels will discuss the economic, political, environmental and health costs and impact of U.S. foreign military bases in various regions of the world, including South America, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. The conference will be live streamed for the international audience.  For more information and to register for the conference, go to http://noforeignbases.org/conference-on-u-s-foreign-military-bases/?epl_action=process_cart_action&cart_action=add&event_id=723&_rand=59d50af323702.

26] –   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.  Go to http://www.catonsville9.org/50th-anniversary-commemoration/.

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


Friday, October 13, 2017

Congress, End America's Role in Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen

Congress, End America's Role in Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen


Thursday, October 12, 2017


It’s time to break with such destabilizing policies that threaten fundamental U.S. security interests.

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Boys hold a large piece of twisted metal near homes that were destroyed in an air strike, in Okash Village, near Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. (Photo: UNICEF/Mohammed Hamoud)

  The Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen is a tragedy of epic proportions in which the United States is deeply and directly involved.  The war has caused mass starvation and a cholera epidemic that is worse than any the world has witnessed in the past 50 years, with the latest estimate of Yemeni victims at well over half a million.

   This horrific situation is the result of Saudi/UAE bombing of roads, hospitals, bridges, water and sewage facilities, and the main port of Hodeida combined with a Saudi/UAE naval and air blockade that prevents large-scale humanitarian assistance from reaching the Yemeni war victims.

   The Saudi/UAE coalition could not execute the war without U.S. direct involvement — specifically the refueling of their planes carrying out the bombing — and the further assistance of providing bombs and targeting intelligence.

   Even apart from the need to halt this growing humanitarian disaster, Congress has a Constitutional obligation to deal with U.S. participation in this war. Flatly stated, U.S. participation is illegal.
When President Barack Obama ordered U.S. involvement, the Saudi-led war was not covered by the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) issued by Congress in the wake of 9/11.  The Houthis and the forces of former Yemeni president Saleh against whom the Saudi coalition is engaged are not affiliated with al Qaeda or any other entity associated with the 9/11 terror attacks.  

   That is why a bipartisan group of House members — Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.)—have introduced H. Con. Res. 81, giving Congress an opportunity to end U.S. support. The resolution instructs the president to withdraw U.S. military personnel from the war — except the U.S. military elements that are strictly aimed at al-Qaeda elements in Yemen.
Even if House members are indifferent to the fact that Congress did not authorize U.S. support for the war, they should take account of the fact that such support has increased the security threat to all Americans.  The Saudi-led war in Yemen, enabled by U.S. support, has strengthened America’s most dangerous enemies in the Middle East — al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

   U.S. intelligence and counter-terrorism officials have regarded AQAP as even more of a foreign terrorist threat to the United States than ISIS.  It mounted efforts to bring down U.S. airlines three times between 2009 and 2012, and nearly succeeded twice.  But the Saudi/UAE war in Yemen has made them the most powerful indigenous armed group in southern Yemen, with more money, arms and territorial control than ever before. The Saudi-led coalition and the forces of the Saudi backed former regime have allied openly with AQAP and even fought alongside them.  As a result of the war AQAP is now poised for the first time to compete for national power In Yemen.

  The war is also increasing anti-American sentiment in Yemen.  As Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) has pointed out, Yemenis believe the war is being waged by the U.S., not by the Saudi/UAE coalition, which they view as a U.S. proxy. “(W)e are helping to radicalize the Yemeni population against the United States,” Murphy warns.

  Some Members of Congress refuse to support H. Con. Res. 81 because they accept the official rationale for U.S. involvement in the war created by the Obama administration. They argue that the United States has no choice but to support the Saudi-led war because it is necessary to oppose an expansionist Iran. But it is widely recognized that the Houthis are not Iranian proxies; they pursue their own interests and strategy.  

  Before the war began, in fact, U.S. intelligence learned that Iran had advised the Houthis against seizing power by force in Sanaa in 2014 but the Houthis ignored the advice and had instead responded to encouragement from their erstwhile foe, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.  

   The Obama administration promoted the idea that Iran had been supplying arms to the Houthis by sea for years before the war started.  But that argument was based on old recycled claims by the Yemeni government that were contradicted by the publicly available evidence.  After seizing power in 2014, the Houthis did obtain a bonanza of arms, but it wasn’t from Iran; it was from U.S.-supplied arms held by the Yemeni Army units still loyal to Saleh.

   Although some Iranian arms have certainly reached Yemen, a careful assessment by a UN panel of experts on Yemen in January 2017 was unable to confirm “any direct large-scale supply of arms” from Iran to the Houthis.  And whatever Iranian arms that were supplied were not the cause of the Saudi/UAE attack on Yemen; they were a response to the beginning of the Saudi air assault.  

   U.S. fealty to Saudi Arabia has worsened the chaos and suffering sweeping across the Middle East. It’s time to break with such destabilizing policies that threaten fundamental U.S. security interests.  By passing H. Con. Res. 81 the House of Representatives can reduce threats to U.S. security, assert the power of Congress to authorize U.S. participation in wars of choice and end the infliction of massive starvation and cholera on the Yemeni population.
© 2016 The Hill

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson is distinguished adjunct professor of government and public policy at the College of William and Mary. Previously, during a 31-year career in the US army, served as chief of staff to US Secretary of State Colin Powel

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. Dr. Porter is the author of five books, the latest book, “Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare,” was published in February 2014. He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.

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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



With Restrictions Loosened and Increased US Bombings, Afghan Civilian Deaths Surge

With Restrictions Loosened and Increased US Bombings, Afghan Civilian Deaths Surge


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Uptick comes as U.S. beefs up Afghan air force's fleet and "Mad Dog" Mattis loosens restrictions on strikes


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"Unless something changes," wrote journalist Sonali Kolhatkar, "another 10 years will pass with Americans remaining blind to the reasons for the war and Afghans continuing to pay the price of our ignorance." (Photo: Carpetblogger/flickr/cc)

     Days after the U.S. military said the number of airstrikes its coalition carried out in Afghanistan had soared, United Nations data released Thursday spotlights the human cost of the escalated bombing.
From the beginning of January until the end of September, UNAMA said, over 200 civilians died and 261 were injured from aerial attacks—a 52 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
The strikes have taken a particular toll on women and children, as they make up 68 percent of the victims.

   The U.N. put the blame for 38 percent of the casualties from the airstrikes at the hands of the U.S.-led coalition, with Afghan forces, who are now carrying out their own airstrikes, being responsible for the bulk.

   Their own fleet is being beefed up thanks to the U.S. military, which in turn is looking to carry out more strikes.

   Portending more airstrikes carried out by Afghan air power, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, said last week, "A tidal wave of Afghan airpower is on the horizon."
Nicholson, speaking from a ceremony at the Kandahar airfield after two Black Hawks from the U.S. military—the first of 159—joined the Afghan fleet, said, "The momentum has shifted, and it is irreversible."

   In another signal of potentially increasing causalities, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told congressional committees last week he was loosening "proximity requirements" to strike the Taliban. "It used to be we have to basically be in contact with that enemy," he told the House Armed Services Committee.

     "That is no longer the case," he said at the Senate Armed Services Committe. "So these kind of restrictions that did not allow us to employ the air power fully have been removed, yes."

     The number of U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan were at a seven-year high in September, recently released military data shows, thanks in part to President Donald Trump's war strategy for country. The U.S.-led coalition dropped 751 bombs last month, a nearly 50-percent increase from August. 
Meanwhile, with the invasion of Afghanistan having reached its 16-year anniversary last week, peace groups continue their calls for a full withdrawal of U.S. forces.

  "Unless something changes," wrote journalist Sonali Kolhatkar, "another 10 years will pass with Americans remaining blind to the reasons for the war and Afghans continuing to pay the price of our ignorance."

  According to Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis, Trump's plan is "a recipe for permanent war."
"There is no military solution. We need diplomacy, not war," she stressed.  "It's the only thing that will work."

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Baltimore Activist Alert - October 13, 2017 - May 5, 2018

43] Peace vigil at White House – Oct. 13
44] WIB peace vigils – Oct. 13
45] "Nuclear Reactions: Iran, Russia, the Weapons Ban, and Other Hot Topics" – Oct. 13
46] WAKE-UP CALL AT LOCKHEED MARTIN – Oct. 13
47] The Philly Anti-War ‘Reach Out’ – Oct. 13
48] Challenge Jair Bolsonaro – Oct. 13
49] Black Lives Matter vigil – Oct. 13
50] Where Do We Go From Here – Oct. 13
51] See the film CHASING CORAL – Oct. 13
52] Ballroom Dancing – Oct. 13
54] Clean Dream Act D.C. Text-a-Thon Oct. 14
55] West Chester peace vigil – Oct. 14
56] Get a photo of your animal friends – Oct. 14
57] Hands Across the Potomac Oct. 14
58] Free Reality Winner – Oct. 14
59] Family Tree FamFest – Oct. 14
60] Howard County Green Party FALL PARTY – Oct. 14
61] BLACK LADIES BRUNCH COLLECTIVE – Oct. 14
62] Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases -- Jan. 12 - Jan. 14, 2018
63] Catonsville Nine Commemoration – May 4 – 5, 2018
64] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
65] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
66] Do you need any book shelves?
67] Join the Global Zero campaign
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43] – On Fri., Oct. 13 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. 

44] – On Fri., Oct. 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. Another one is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St, Baltimore. 21211. After this vigil, gather for lunch at the café on the site.  Stay for as long as you can. Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather. Bring your own poster or help with the "NO WAR IN MY NAME" banner.  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 [mailto:wibbaltimore@peacepath911.org].  Peace signs will be available. 

45] – On Fri., Oct. 13 from noon to 1:30 PM, Laura Holgate, Harvard University, will be taking on "Nuclear Reactions: Iran, Russia, the Weapons Ban, and Other Hot Topics" at George Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs, Lindner Commons, 1957 E St. NW, WDC. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YQDC7zKuqkKaKzybvFqxZUMpg-B9PTQ9l2IHx3qfywc/viewform?edit_requested=true.  Call (202)-994-7292 or email sdintrono@gwu.edu.

46] – There is a KEEP SPACE 4 PEACE MEET-UP & WAKE-UP CALL AT LOCKHEED MARTIN, 230 Mall Boulevard,  (corner of Mall &Goddard Boulevards, large grassy area,  behind the King of Prussia Mall}, KING OF PRUSSIA, PA, on Sat., Oct. 14 from noon to 2 PM.  Keep Space4Peace Week, October 7 – 14, 2017 is across the country and around the world.  Go to http://www.space4peace.org/.   The Brandywine Peace Community urges people to join us at Lockheed Martin in an unfashionable protest of war and the real and mounting threat of nuclear weapons use.  From confrontation with Russia to nuclear showdowns on the Korean Peninsula, ongoing wars from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Yemen and the threat of nuclear weapons use are all terrifying.  Lockheed Martin is the world’s #1 war (including killer drones) and nuclear weapons profiteer. Mindless profits are flowing to Lockheed Martin while Donald Trump threatens “fire and fury” carrying the codes that would unleash radioactive hell on earth.  Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at 484-574-1148 or www.brandywinepeace.com.

47] - The Philly Anti-War ‘Reach Out’ will take place at the SEPTA entrance,15th & Market Sts., Philadelphia, on Fri., Oct. 13 from 4 to 5 PM. End Drone Terror/Stop the Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA.; Stop Military & Trump’s Madness. The Philly Anti-War Reach-Outs occurs on the  2nd Friday of the month with mass leafleting, banners, signs, and a literature table with goodies, alternating between the 30th Street Train Station and the SEPTA entrance at 15th & Market Sts. Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at www.brandywinepeace.com or 484-574-1148.

Reach-out to people and neighbors, as they head home, some to homes in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and Horsham – home to a drone war command center.  Not in our backyard nor anyone else’s. Reach-out to Philadelphia. WHY A DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER IN HORSHAM? Computer drone operators with hands on the killing sticks are directing remote-controlled killer drones against people thousands of miles away from the U.S.

48] –– On Fri., Oct. 13 at 4:30 PM, challenge Jair Bolsonaro at George Washington University, Kogan Plaza, WDC.  Bolsonaro is suspected of being the most "misogynistic, hateful elected official in the democratic world." The Brazilian congressperson and far-right populist will be speaking as a part of a U.S. tour in an effort to legitimize his campaign. A candidate who supports a return to a violent military dictatorship, praises the torture of political prisoners, supports gay conversion therapy, and espouses vile statements such as: 1. “If your son begins to act a bit gay, beat him with a leather strap and he’ll change his behavior.” 2. Refugees and immigrants are the "scum of the world." 3. Women should earn less than men because they can become pregnant. 4. AfroBrazilian communities “aren’t even good enough to procreate.” 5. “I wouldn’t rape you. You’re not worth it.” should not be given a platform. Since this event will primarily serve as a way to gain supporters for his selfish and bigoted causes, stand in opposition to him and in solidarity with the Brazilian people. He will speak at 5:30 PM. Join #STOPBOLSONARO.
49] – 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 Oct. 13. Black Lives Matter.  

50] –Where Do We Go From Here: Engaging Together For a Greener Tomorrow will be the theme at Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry & Retreat Center, 16869 Taylors Landing Road, Sharpsburg 21782.  Every two years, in a beautiful corner of the state, Marylanders come together at a Jamboree, an outdoor retreat for a family-friendly weekend event of hiking, workshops, yoga, keynote speakers, live music and s'mores!  On the weekend of October 13, starting at 5 PM, through Sun., Oct. 15 at 5:30 PM, over 100 Sierrans will come together to forge a shared vision to create the type of community that is necessary to win our environmental fights.  Email jamboree@mdsierra.org or call 301-277-7111.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sierra-club-maryland-chapters-biennial-jamboree-tickets-32884994905.

51] – On Fri., Oct. 13 at 7 PM see the film CHASING CORAL, hosted by Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis and Chesapeake Climate Action Network, at the Annapolis Friends Meeting, 351 Dubois Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401.  Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called "coral bleaching"-a sign of mass coral death-has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater. “Chasing Coral” taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography and startling emotional sense of emergency, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that is sure to move audiences to alarm and action. The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Mark Eakin, a Chief Scientific Advisor to the film.

52] – 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 Oct. 13. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

53] – On Sat., Oct. 14 at 9 AM, come to a 2017 Media Training Day for Maryland LGBT Orgs at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Hear from prominent professionals from the print news, radio, television and public relations fields about best practices for getting stories covered and how to best leverage social media. Confirmed panelists include: Jayne Miller, Chief Investigative Reporter at WBAL Tom Hall, Host of Midday on WYPR Michael Lavers, International News Editor of the Washington Blade, Morgan Meneses-Sheets, president of Steadfast Strategies, Ava Pipitone, executive director of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance. Tickets for the event are $10 per person, but you can request a waiver.

54] – Attend a Clean Dream Act D.C. Text-a-Thon is happening on Sat., Oct. 14 from 10 AM to 2 PM at United We Dream, 1900 L St. NW, Suite 900, WDC 20036.  Email ahlam@unitedwedream.org. Starting Mon., Oct. 16 through Sat., Oct. 22, UWD and Moveon.org members and allies are joining together for a week of action to call on Republican members of Congress to co-sponsor the Clean Dream Act. To help mobilize, UWD is organizing the Text-a-Thon to mobilize UWD members in key red states to show up in big numbers -- in real time! By participating, you'll join the front lines of the fight for a Clean Dream Act. You’ll engage supporters to let them know what’s at stake for immigrant youth and why we're fighting for a clean Dream Act. Enjoy food, fun and the technology needed to text thousands of UWD members with a click of a button. All you need to bring is your laptop and a passion to pass a clean Dream Act!

55] – 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.

56] – Get your animal Portraits at Blue Pit BBQ,  1601 Union Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211 on Sat., Oct. 14 from 11 AM to 3 PM as part of a fundraiser to benefit the Maryland SPCA. Handmade fall wreaths will be used for the animal photos costing $35 each. One hundred percent of the fee will be donated to the MD SPCA. Fee must be paid at time of signing up to secure your spot. Each owner will receive two edited digital images, multiple edited digital images, and prints can be purchased separately.  Registrants will also receive a $10 discount to the restaurant. Call 813-760-8567 or email natlandrum.photography@gmail.com.

57] – On Sat., Oct. 14 from noon to 2 PM, join Hands Across the Potomac, hosted by Upper Potomac Riverkeeper and six others on the James Rumsey Bridge / Ram Stadium, WV- 480, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.  Go to www.eventbrite.com. Environmental advocates, Maryland legislators and concerned citizens will be hosting Hands Across the Potomac to call on Governor Hogan to reject a fracked gas pipeline being built underneath the Potomac River. West Virginia and Maryland residents will stand hand in hand in solidarity across the James Rumsey Bridge that connects Sharpsburg, Maryland and Shepherdstown, WV to show their opposition to the proposed pipeline. Please use the Eventbrite link above to RSVP for this event.

You may park in lots C or K on the Shepherd University campus, lots adjacent to Shepherd’s Ram Stadium. When approaching from N. Duke St., turn onto N. King Street to enter the parking lot.  The meeting point is a few steps away on the grassy knoll on North King St., next to Erma Ora Byrd Hall. From there, march together to the James Rumsey Bridge (a 5-10 minute walk) which sits over the Potomac River.

58] –   The Baltimore Pledge of Resistance will participate in Keep Space for Peace Week by going to the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland at noon on October 14. Our main message will be to call for the immediate release of Reality Winner, the NSA whistleblower.  Those interested in joining the action should contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

59] – On Sat., Oct. 14, the Family Tree FamFest is at the Weinberg Y in Waverly, 900 E. 33rd Street, Baltimore 21218.  Registration is at 12:30 PM, and at 1 PM the Walk, Festival & Entertainment will begin.  FamFest will conclude at 3:30 PM.  All funds raised at FamFest will support The Family Tree's efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect in Maryland.  Go to https://www.familytreemd.org/famfest/.

60] – You are Invited to The Howard County Green Party FALL PARTY with Friends of Latin America featuring FIRN: foreign-born information and referral network on Sat., Oct. 14 from 2 to 4 PM (Rain Date: Sunday, October 15, 2 to 4 PM) at 4879 Manor Lane, Ellicott City 21042.  RSVP to Joan: 410-992-9088 or joanpontius@gmail.com. Join in for fall apples, a pony ride, bonfire, baked goodies and more.  The Howard County Green Party and Friends of Latin America are honored to be hosting FIRN - a Howard County immigrant rights organization that provided support for 20,000 of our foreign-born community members last year through immigration services, career development, ESL and outreach programming.  Any and all donations will be given to FIRN to continue its amazing work helping our foreign-born neighbors and friends. In addition to financial contributions, non-perishable food items will be accepted for FIRN’s emergency food bank, detergent, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, gift cards for gas, clothing and grocery stores, and children’s school supplies.  

61] – On Sat., Oct. 14 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, THE BLACK LADIES BRUNCH COLLECTIVE PRESENTS NOT WITHOUT OUR LAUGHTER.  Black women have a long history of using humor to fight oppression.  Join the Black Ladies Brunch Collective for a celebration of joy as resistance, and hear poems on sexuality, Prince and Harriet Tubman from their first collection, “Not Without Our Laughter.”

  The Black Ladies Brunch Collective is a group of Black women poets dedicated to building celebratory spaces. Collective members include Saida Agostini, Anya Creightney, Teri Cross Davis, celeste doaks, Tafisha Edwards, and Katy Richey. Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at http://www.redemmas.org.

62] – Attend a Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases from Fri., Jan. 12 through Sun., Jan. 14, 2018 at the University of Baltimore, Learning Commons Town Hall, 1415 Maryland Ave., Baltimore 21201, hosted by the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases.  Thirteen prominent peace and justice organizations in the United States are collectively organizing this conference.  Some of the groups are Black Alliance for Peace, CODEPINK, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Popular Resistance, Veterans For Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and World Beyond War.  The conference will feature national and international experts. Several expert panels will discuss the economic, political, environmental and health costs and impact of U.S. foreign military bases in various regions of the world, including South America, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. The conference will be live streamed for the international audience.  For more information and to register for the conference, go to http://noforeignbases.org/conference-on-u-s-foreign-military-bases/?epl_action=process_cart_action&cart_action=add&event_id=723&_rand=59d50af323702.

63] –   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.  Go to http://www.catonsville9.org/50th-anniversary-commemoration/.

64] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email: info@washingtonpeacecenter.org.

65] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs, records, tarps and table cloths, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

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

67] -- 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