Friday, May 18, 2018

Say no to the assault of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip./Beginning of the end of Israeli occupation?

Join Baltimore Jewish Voice for Peace in a day of mourning and resistance for Gaza on Sat., May 19 from 1 to 3 PM at the World Trade Center Institute, 401 E. Pratt St., Suite 232, Baltimore 21202.  Israeli forces continue the killing spree against the people of Gaza. As we gather in front of the office of the Maryland Israel Development Center, we will demand that our city and state governments withdraw from all partnerships with the Israeli government. Stop the killing!  Join a day of mourning and resistance for Gaza

This is not a protest, it is an action to publically honor the 116 Palestinians who have been killed by the Israeli military in the past weeks fighting for the right to return to their homes.  Thousands have been wounded, and some of them remain in serious or critical condition.  Jewish Voice for Peace is a national membership organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for the justice, equality, and dignity of all the people of Israel/Palestine. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1949206155153412/.

Also note that concerned citizens will also gather to condemn the slaughter on Sun., May 20 at 11 AM at Park Heights and Slade Aves. Contact Ronda at [mailto:rondacooperstein@hotmail.com].


Beginning of the end of Israeli occupation?

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday that Israel had acted with "restraint" in its deadly confrontation with Palestinians at the Gaza border, while Kuwait's ambassador urged the U.N. Security Council to offer protection to unarmed Palestinians.
Of course, very few legislators with the exception of Sen. Bernie Sanders have condemned the brutal Israeli assault on the people living in the Gaza Strip (“U.S. opens its Jerusalem embassy amid bloodshed,” May 15). The numbers of dead and wounded indicate a bloodbath on a people suffering from occupation. The occupation itself is violent, as the Palestinians lack sufficient medical supplies to provide adequate care to the wounded. I have yet to hear of an Israeli being wounded.
During the First Intifada, I was part of a human rights delegation to Israel/Palestine. In my opinion, the situation facing the Palestinians today is much, much worse.
This current slaughter reminded me of two scenes from possibly the best bio-pic ever made, “Gandhi” by Richard Attenborough. The movie is quite accurate to historical fact as the people of India struggled against the British occupation. First, there was a scene depicting he Amritsar massacre which took place in 1919 when British troops under the command of Col. Reginald Dyer killed close to 400 nonviolent protesters and wounded more than 1,000. Some believe the figures were actually much larger. Another scene in the film, 11 years later, shows the march on the Dharasana Salt Works. The brutality against the nonviolent protesters is very difficult to watch.
Nevertheless, in the film, the journalist played by Martin Sheen calls in a report of what he has just witnessed at the salt works and proclaims that the people of India have won their independence. Some historians consider the Amritsar massacre as the beginning of the end of British rule in India. I am hoping that the sacrifice of so many brave Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will contribute eventually to an end of the Israeli occupation. Viva Palestina.
Max Obuszewski, Baltimore
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Baltimore Activist Alert - May 18 - 27, 2018

46] “Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments” May 18
47] Can Inclusive Peace Processes Work?  – May 18
48] "Reactor-Grade Plutonium and Nuclear Weapons: Exploding the Myths” – May 18
49] WIB peace vigils –May 18
50] White House vigil – May 18
51] Rally to Withdraw the Appeal – May 18
52] Black Lives Matter – May 18
53] CD Training for Poor Peoples Campaign – May 18
54] See the film PALESTINE STITCHING –May 18
55] Thrive Baltimore Presents May Potluck – May 18
56] See the film RBG –May 18
57] THE TRIAL OF THE CATONSVILLE NINE – May 18 - 27
58] Ballroom Dancing – May 18
59] From Protest to Power Canvass – May 19
60] Labor History Tour – May 19
61] Chester County Peace Vigil –May 19
62] Nonument 01 – May 19
63] Eye Witness Venezuela – May 19
64] See the play “Republic Undone” – May 19
65] Do you want to join a peace caravan?
66] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Iran or North Korea  
67] JONAH HOUSE NEEDS WORKERS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
68] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records  
69] Do you need any book shelves?
70] Do you need a stand up freezer?
71] Join the Global Zero campaign
72] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
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46] – On Fri., May 18 from 10 AM to noon at the Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, catch the book talk “Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments” with Moeed Yusuf, Polly Nayak, Anne Patterson, George Perkovich, and Toby Dalton.  Contact Erin McLaughlin at 202-939-2306.  Drawing on the history of conflict between India and Pakistan, in his new book Yusuf describes and evaluates how the process of third-party intervention affects deterrence strategies and prospects for peace, and applies lessons to other regional nuclear rivalries. Go to http://carnegieendowment.org/events/forms/?fa=registration&event=6891&lang=en.

47] – On Fri., May 18 from 10 to 11:30 AM at the United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC 20037, get an answer to the question Can Inclusive Peace Processes Work?  Tickets are available at www.usip.org.  Too often, peace processes only include dueling parties—leaving women; religious, indigenous, and ethnic groups; youth; and survivors of violence excluded from critical discussions that shape the future landscape of a country. Yet, sidelining their voices often results in a resurgence of conflict and fails to achieve comprehensive or sustainable peace. Join the U.S. Institute of Peace and Conciliation Resources for a discussion on overcoming challenges to inclusive peace process and negotiated settlements. This event will further policy conversations supported by evidence-based research on inclusion in peace efforts conducted by Conciliation Resources. Visit https://www.usip.org/events/can-inclusive-peace-processes-work or https://www.facebook.com/events/107366786775927/.

48] – On Fri., May 18 from 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM, hear about NPEC's latest publication, "Reactor-Grade Plutonium and Nuclear Weapons: Exploding the Myths" by Greg Jones. A light lunch will be provided. Jones is with Proliferation Matters.  Another speaker is Olli Heinonen, Senior Advisor on Science and Proliferation, Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Former Deputy Director-General for Safeguards, IAEA.  The topic will be discussed in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2075, 45 Independence Ave. SW, WDC 20515. Call (571)970-3187 or email events@npolicy.org. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVI4HuO0CGOSbjSH1S09sWm340Fr9aB1WfMKZak4P7x1Qqyg/viewform.

49] – On Fri., May 18 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 Café, 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.

50] – On Fri.,  May 18 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. 

51] – On Fri., May 18 from noon to 1:30 PM, join a Rally to Withdraw The Appeal, hosted by HBCU Matters Coalition at the Maryland Attorney General’s office, 200 St. Paul Pl., Baltimore 21202.  Contact Dr. Marvin L. 'Doc' Cheatham, Sr. at 410-669-8683 or civilrights@verizon.net.  The rally outside of Brian Frosh's office to demand action to protect Maryland's four historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). The Coalition will be demanding the immediate withdrawal of an appeal filed by the Attorney General that opposes the November 17, 2017 ruling of Federal Judge Catherine Blake in favor of Maryland's four HBCUs. Go to www.savemdhbcus.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/392215517911489/.

52] – 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 May 18. Black Lives Matter.  

53] – Get Civil Disobedience Training and Arts Build, Theomusicology on Fri., May 18 from 6 to 9:30 PM at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road (at Whittier Rd), Bethesda 20817.  The Maryland Coordinating Committee can be reached at Maryland@poorpeoplescampaign.org.  Go to https://actionnetwork.org/events/civil-disobedience-training-and-arts-build-theomusicology.

54] – On Fri., May 18, see the film "Stitching Palestine," hosted by Baltimore-Palestine Solidarity at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  Twelve Palestinian women sit before us and talk of their life before the Diaspora, of their memories, of their lives and of their identity. Their narratives are connected by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery. Twelve resilient, determined and articulate women from disparate walks of life: lawyers, artists, housewives, activists, architects, and politicians stitch together the story of their homeland, of their dispossession, and of their unwavering determination that justice will prevail. Through their stories, the individual weaves into the collective, yet remaining distinctly personal. Twelve women, twelve life-spans and stories from Palestine; a land whose position was fixed on the map of the world, but is now embroidered on its face. Doors open at 6 PM, while the film starts promptly at 6:30 PM. Homemade Arabic food available before and after the film. Also look forward to Baltimore's own Dick Ochs (a long time local anti-war activist) performing his song "Palestine Laments" right before the film starts! The suggested donation is $5. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/230858194331844/.

55] –On Fri., May 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Thrive Baltimore Presents May Potluck, at 6 E. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21202. Enjoy great food and great friends.  Bring a vegan dish that can feed at least 6-8 people and write down the ingredients for anyone who might have food restrictions or allergies. Not interested in cooking? No problem. Feel free to bring some store bought food or beverages. Call Thrive Baltimore at (443) 863-8652 or email info@thrivebaltimore.org. See https://www.facebook.com/events/219580198811363/.

56] – On Fri., May 18 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, see the film RBG with a Post-Screening Discussion + Q&A, hosted by Old Greenbelt Theatre, 129 Centerway, Greenbelt 20770. Hear Robert Barnes, Supreme Court reporter for The Washington Post, who has covered the Supreme Court since November 2006.  The film is an intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women.  See a trailer: https://youtu.be/biIRlcQqmOc.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/182008029030344/.

57] – As part of the Commemoration of the Catonsville Nine, Salem Players at the Salem Lutheran Church, 905 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, presents their production of the play written by Daniel Berrigan on May 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 7:30 PM and on May 27 at 2 PM. Tickets are $12 for seniors & students, and $15 for general admission. Call (410) 747-0720 for ticket information. Go to https://www.mdhumanities.org/events/trial-of-the-catonsville-nine-a-salem-players-production/.

58] – 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 May 18. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

59] – There will be a Baltimore County - Catonsville From Protest to Power Canvass on Sat., May 19 from 10 AM to 2 PM. This canvass will be co-hosted with Sheila Ruth, Progressive Maryland endorsed candidate for Baltimore County Councilmanic District 1. The canvass will be for these endorsed candidates -- Sheila Ruth, Ben Jealous for Maryland's next Governor, Aletheia McCaskill for Maryland State Senate District 44, & Johnny "O" Olszewski for Baltimore County Executive.  Meet at Sorrento's West, 6220 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville 21228.  CONTACT Jay West at 443 768 2785.  Go to http://www.progressivemaryland.org/catonsvillemay19canvass.

There will be an Anne Arundel County From Protest to Power Canvass on Sat., May 19 from 10 AM to 1 PM.  Join Take Action Anne Arundel County to talk with voters about the issues they care most about and the candidates who will govern for and with our communities. Work to elect Ben Jealous & Susan Turnbull for Governor/Lt Governor of Maryland, Chrissy Holt for State Senate in District 30 and James Kitchin for County Council District 7.  Meet at Panera Bread, 3046 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater 21037.  CONTACT Claire Miller at ctmsailor@gmail.com.  See http://www.progressivemaryland.org/claire/anne_arundel_county_from_protest_to_power_canvass.

There will be a Frederick From Protest to Power Canvass on Sat., May 19 from 10 AM to 2 PM.  How do we create the world we know we deserve? We have to organize. We are knocking on doors together for progressive candidates and moving from #ProtestToPower! No matter where you are, there's an opportunity for you to join! Meet at New Market Park & Ride, 5307 Green Valley Rd., Monrovia 21770. CONTACT Drew Langlois at 4083153527.  Go to http://www.progressivemaryland.org/msmightynurse/frederick_may19canvass.

A Protest to Power Canvass is taking place on Sat., May 19 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM.  Meet in Fairview Urban Road Park, 900 Fairview Rd., Silver Spring 20910. Join in rain or shine, and talk to our neighbors about endorsed candidates. Please bring a fully-charged smart phone and comfortable shoes. If you do not have a smart phone, please share that info ahead of time. RSVP to Liz Dueweke at lilliebette@gmail.com or 2403199874.

60] – On Sat., May 19 from 10 AM to 1 PM, attend a Labor History Tour.  Meet at the AFL-CIO, 815 16th St. NW, WDC 20005.  The cost is $11, and it benefits Jews United for Justice.  From the Labor Hall of Fame to Joe Hill’s ashes, worker’s history is around just about every corner in our nation’s capital, if you know where to look. This 3-hour walking tour of downtown DC reveals labor’s often-untold story of protest and resistance.  It will be led by Library of Congress Steward Director for AFSCME Local 2910 and librarian David Fernández-Barrial.  It is an easy 2.5-mile walk but wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.  The tour highlights are the AFL-CIO lobby murals; 1953 CIO headquarters; The Real Roosevelt Memorial; Joe Hill’s ashes; Bas relief depictions of labor & trade; 1895 Knights of Labor HQ; Bonus Expeditionary Force & more.  The organizer is MetroDClabor.  Visit http://www.dclabor.org/calendar.html.

61] – 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.

62] – On Sat., May 19 from 1 to 4 PM, get involved with Nonument 01: McKeldin Fountain Public Art Project & App Release, hosted by Nonument01: McKeldin Fountain at 101 E Pratt St,, Baltimore 21202.  Join us for the official launch of the NONUMENT 01:: McKeldin Fountain app in McKeldin Square, the former home of the McKeldin Fountain, and participate in a public art project and demonstration of the value Baltimore residents place in their public spaces. The story of McKeldin Fountain is the story of diminishing public spaces worldwide. With minimal and controversial public input, it’s demolition in 2016 was a loss of both a unique public space and a valued representation of bygone brutalist architecture. 

NONUMENT is a public art project dedicated to preservation of the memory of these spaces and their history through the power of augmented reality. Using a tablet or smart phone, the NONUMENT 01 app creates a three-dimensional projection of objects that are no longer there.  Gather at McKeldin Square on the site of the former McKeldin Fountain and activate the NONUMENT 01 app to remember the events that took place there, and protest its loss and the loss of other spaces like it. Following the conclusion of the event, come to the Maryland Art Place for the opening of the NONUMENT 01::McKeldin Fountain art exhibition. See https://www.facebook.com/events/556991751331746/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/349067275598711/.

63] –The ANSWER Coalition is hosting Eye Witness Venezuela: An Evening in Solidarity with Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution on Sat., May 19 at 6 PM at the Justice Center, 617 Florida Ave. NW, WDC.  Use the Shaw/Howard U Metro (Yellow/Green Lines).  The featured speaker is Carlos Ron, Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of Venezuela.  In recent weeks, thousands of Venezuelan workers have been in the streets demonstrating their support for the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). On the day before this crucially important vote, join the Party for Socialism and Liberation for an update from Carlos Ron of the Embassy of Venezuela on the country's popular, socialist Bolivarian Revolution.  Food and drinks will be available, and donations would be appreciated. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1948394798527790/.

64] – Almost a century has elapsed since November 11, 1918, the original Armistice Day. As Bertrand Russell advised: “In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” How could President Wilson make the world safe for democracy when at home he was fighting the suffragettes, re-segregating the federal government, using the Espionage Act to imprison thousands of war opponents, flooding the country with fake news through the Committee on Public Information and suggesting naturalized citizens had “poured the poison of disloyalty into the very arteries of our national life” and therefore needed to “be crushed”?

“Republic Undone” is John Henry's third play exploring the struggle between the Constitution's separation of powers and the exclusive entrustment of the war power to Congress, and limitless executive power and perpetual presidential wars. Henry dramatizes the galaxy of personalities and forces that occasioned America’s participation in the Great War and led to its world-shaping sequel, World War II. The play features a pageant of remarkable women. Wilson’s wife of 29 years, Ellen Axson, is the wise heroine. She is instrumental in her husband’s elevation to President of Princeton, Governor of New Jersey, and President of the United States. He has an affair with Mary Peck and loses Ellen’s calming influence when she dies at the outbreak of the war. His second wife, Edith Galt, reinforces his inclination to see the world in the Old Testament primary colors of “good guys” and "bad guys".

Henry’s play challenges orthodox narratives. When the war broke out, Wilson proclaimed American neutrality while not so secretly favoring the Allies. In so doing, Wilson made the United States a co-belligerent with Britain and France for more than two years before Congress declared war on April 6, 1917. World War I was never a defensive war for the United States. Indeed, Wilson claimed his motives were altruistic. The war to end all wars culminated in the Versailles Treaty. Wilson’s Fourteen Points – the inducement for the Armistice – proved nothing more than a scrap of paper. Reparations were punitive. Germany was dismantled and Germans were denied self- determination. The die was cast for the rise of Hitler and World War II.

“Republic Undone” will be performed by citizen actors. The play is directed by Rick Davis, Professor and Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University. An enthusiast for citizen theater, Davis has worked with the Stone Hill Theatrical Foundation for five years. The citizen playwright, citizen actors, and citizen director celebrate the tradition of ancient Greece when theater was invented to address issues of the day. Go to https://www.stonehilltheatricalfoundation.org/.  See the play on Sat., May 19 starting at 7 PM at the Theater House at Castleton Farms, 663 Castleton View Rd., Castleton, VA 22716.  Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/republic-undone-tickets-44248530546.

65] – Do you have any interest in challenging the Trump administration for reneging on the Iran Deal? If yes, would you be interested in joining a Peace Caravan to the Iranian embassy in Washington, D.C.? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  

66] – 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.

67] – 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.

68] -- 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.

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

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

71] -- 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.

72] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to http://prop1.org; call 202-682-4282.

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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

While Many US Outlets Equivocate on Israel's Massacre of Unarmed Palestinians, The Onion's Piercing Satire Destroys IDF Talking Points and War Crime Apologists

While Many US Outlets Equivocate on Israel's Massacre of Unarmed Palestinians, The Onion's Piercing Satire Destroys IDF Talking Points and War Crime Apologists

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The searing satire of headline writers at this outlet over the last two days have perhaps done more than most mainstream journalists to expose just how wantonly cruel the actions of the IDF have become and how ludicrous and vile the arguments of its defenders remain

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  Among the satirical, yet revealing, headlines from recent days featured on The Onion this week were ones that read, "Netanyahu Announces Day Of Mourning For Fence Damaged In Yesterday’s Conflict" and "IDF Soldier Recounts Harrowing, Heroic War Story Of Killing 8-Month-Old Child." (Screenshot: The Onion/enhanced)

  There is not even one tiny thing funny about the human devastation and woeful violation of international law that was the Israeli military this week firing with live ammunition on unarmed Palestinians along the Gaza border—killing at least 60 people and wounding over a thousand others—but the searing satire of headline writers at The Onion over the last two days have perhaps done more than most mainstream journalism to expose just how wantonly cruel the actions of the IDF have become and how ludicrous and vile the arguments of its defenders remain.

  While media critics have blasted U.S. media for using their reporting to whitewash and otherwise sanitize by deflection and word choice what human rights groups say are Israeli war crimes, The Onion's approach goes to the heart of the issue by obliterating the logic that unarmed protesters demanding an end to their own subjugation should be met with deadly force or somehow deserve to be killed.
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There's a grotesqueness in these satirical Onion stories. But it is a grotesqueness that accurately reflects the grotesqueness of the reality on the ground.

And it shows how quickly Netanyahu is losing support in parts of America...#GAZA
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"The Israeli occupation forces' policy and practice of willfully killing Palestinian civilians, who have been peacefully protesting, before the world's eyes, is further proof of Israel's commission of war crimes due to the full immunity granted to it by the U.S.," declared Raji Sourani, director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, in a statement from Gaza on Tuesday. "This is also a testament to the Palestinian people's courage in their struggle against the occupation."

  Amnesty International and other U.S.-based rights groups have said this week that the IDF's attack on unarmed protesters should be investigated as war crimes and on Tuesday an international coalition of rights groups called on the U.S. State Department to end all military aid and assistance to the Israeli government.

  Meanwhile, in the U.S. media so much coverage remained focused on the political implications of Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, mealy-mouthed condemnations of Israeli suppression and violence, or a tired "both-sides" account of the situation in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

  "Just because U.S. government figures are apologists for Israel, does not mean the media must be too," lamented Joe Lauria, editor of Consortium News, on Tuesday. "But that would require the U.S. having an independent mainstream media."

Editors and writers at The Onion, however, decided not to toe any lines or pull any punches. But as with all great journalism and commentary, and recognizing the satirical nature of the approach, the headlines and accompanying stories speak for themselves.
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And last reminder: It's not funny because it's true. There's nothing funny about any of it. The reality is horrifying. Sixty or more people—including children and babies—are dead and hundreds upon hundreds were injured for the alleged crime of demanding freedom and an end to occupation.  But these invented headlines, in fact, say something very crucial about how detached so many have become from the horror of it all.

As Shiladitya Pandit, senior correspondent at the Times of Indiaput it in a tweet on Wednesday morning, "[The] Onion, a literal satire page, has better news about the Gaza mess than media stalwarts."

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 16 - 24, 2018

31] Catonsville Nine Exhibition – through May 24
32] Demand the Ban – May 16
33] Compost Demonstration – May 16
34] Public accounting of counterterrorism spending -- May 16
35] Progressive Maryland happy hour – May 16
36] An Activism Workshop – May 16
37] “Race and America's Long War” – May 16
38] A Call for Solidarity in Honduras’ “Kairos Moment” - May 17
39] PG County canvass – May 17
40] City Council Taxpayer Night -- May 17
41] CATONSVILLE NINE VIGIL/TRIAL OF THE CATONSVILLE NINE – May 17
42] Palestinians Speak Justice – May 17
43] Learn about immigration – May 17
44] Take Action AAC meeting – May 17
45] END OF POLICING -- May 17
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31] – See a CATONSVILLE NINE EXHIBITION, which runs through May 24 at the UMBC Library Rotunda, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville 21250. Go to http://www.catonsville9.org/events/.

32] –   On Wed., May 16 at 11 AM,  DEMAND THE BAN . Make semi-automatic assault weapons illegal nationwide.  Gather at the Old First Reformed United Church of Christ, 4th & Race Sts., Philadelphia,  to do a "re purposing" of an assault weapon into a garden tool.  Then join the procession to Senator Pat Toomey's office, 200 Chestnut St. Rally to demand Toomey's co-sponsorship of S.2095, Assault Weapons Ban of 2017.  At noon, people will risk arrest to Demand the Ban.  To participate in risking arrest, contact Terry Rumsey at 484-326-1370. The sponsoring groups include Charles Foundation, Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy; Heeding God's Call to End Gun Violence, Raw Tools, and The Simple Way. Register at https://www.demandtheban.org/.

33] –  On Wed., May 16 from 11 AM to noon, there will be a Compost Demonstration, hosted by The Friends of Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis 21403.  Master Gardeners maintain the Composting and Native Gardens site at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. They give hour-long compost demonstrations twice a month. The talks are given by those on the team that are Master Composters. Attendees receive a free compost bin, provided by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recycling and information (goodie) bag filled with printed materials explaining various ways of composting. Visit http://extension.umd.edu/anne-arundel-county/master-gardeners/composting-demonstrations-0.  Email QWPcomposting@hotmail.com.

34] – This is the first-ever public accounting of counterterrorism spending from 2002-2017. The event will feature the public release of Stimson’s study group report, “Protecting America While Promoting Efficiencies and Accountability.” Come to The Stimson Center on Wed., May 16 from noon to 1:30 PM at 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.  Opening remarks will be presented by Laicie Heeley, fellow, Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense, Stimson Center, and others.  And then commentary will come from Amy Belasco, former specialist, defense policy and budget, Congressional Research Service, and others.

Sixteen years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States does not have a fully accurate measure of how much it is spending on the fight against terrorism. Stimson’s nonpartisan study group has for the first time, provided an initial tally of total counterterrorism (CT) spending since 9/11, to examine gaps in the understanding of CT spending, and to offer recommendations for improving U.S. government efforts to account for these expenditures. CT spending has become a substantial component of total discretionary spending for programs across a wide range of areas, including defense, education, and medical research. Still, the United States currently lacks an accurate accounting of spending on CT. Without accurate data, policymakers will have difficulty evaluating whether the nation spends too much or too little on the CT mission, and whether current spending is doing its job effectively or efficiently. Join Stimson as it launches its study group report and provides the first-ever accounting of counterterrorism spending from 2002-2017. Go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdikmZKEL_xNgagqtv8dJXb3Rz0FUQqLuLdOkwE8qAsGX8JUQ/viewform.

35] – Join Progressive Maryland at its monthly happy hour! Every month get together to socialize, network, and share a few drinks and snacks as a progressive community. It's a great chance to see old friends, make new ones, and talk about the issues. There's no agenda, just come and have some good conversations with some good people. It is happening on Wed., May 16 from 6 to 8 PM at Republic, 6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park 20912. Friends at Republic have generously offered to give out some free snacks and extend their happy hour specials! Contact Garrett Mannchen at gmannchen@gmail.com.

36] – On Wed., May 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, get over to Be the Change: An Activism Workshop, hosted by Volunteer EDCJCC at Sixth & I, 600 I St. NW, WDC 20001. Tickets are available at www.ticketfly.com.  In an ever-changing world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by both local and global issues. This training will break down the basics of activism, including strategies for effective storytelling, lobbying, and digital media, plus tips for planning or participating in a rally. Gain concrete skills, learn from experienced activists, and connect with others who want to make positive change in our community. A vegetarian dinner will be served.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/180383115920235/.

37] – On Wed., May 16 from 6:30 to 8 PM, get over to the book talk “Race and America's Long War,” hosted by Busboys and Poets Mount Vernon, 5th and K Sts. NW, WDC 20001.  Hear from the author Dr. Nikhil Pal Singh.   Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency in 2016, which placed control of the government in the hands of the most racially homogenous, far-right political party in the Western world, produced shock and disbelief for liberals, progressives, and leftists globally. Yet most of the immediate analysis neglects longer-term accounting of how the United States arrived here. Race and America’s Long War examines the relationship between war, politics, police power, and the changing contours of race and racism in the contemporary United States. Nikhil Pal Singh argues that the United States’ pursuit of war since the September 11 terrorist attacks has reanimated a longer history of imperial statecraft that segregated and eliminated enemies both within and overseas. In a series of interlinked arguments he shows how the return of racism and war as seemingly permanent features of American political life is at the heart of our present crisis and collective disorientation.  Singh is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University, and founding Faculty Director of the NYU Prison Education Program and a historian of the civil rights movement, foreign policy and national security in the 20th-century United States. Email books@busboysandpoets.com.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/990764751079174/.

38] – Hope in the Midst of Crisis – A Call for Solidarity in Honduras’
“Kairos Moment” will take place on Thurs, May 17 at noon on the US Capitol Grounds.  Remember Berta Caceres.  Then from 5 to 7 PM, there will be a reception at 1460 Columbia Road NW, Suite C-1. Go to the SHARE website.  Contact jean Stokan at jstokan@sistersofmercy.org or 202-841-6354.

39] – Help out at the Seat Pleasant/Council 7 Canvass on Thurs., May 17 from 5 to 8 PM at 406 71st Ave., Capitol Height 20743. Contact Seanniece Bamiro at seanniece@progressivemaryland.org or 240-245-0268.

40] – On Thurs., May 17 from 5 to 8 PM, City Council Taxpayer Night for Fiscal Year 2019, hosted by Councilperson Eric T. Costello and Councilperson Leon F. Pinkett at Baltimore City Hall, 100 Holliday St., Suite 101, Baltimore 21202. The Baltimore City Council's Budget and Appropriations Committee will be holding Taxpayer's Night for the FY2019 budget. This will be an opportunity for citizens to receive a brief budget overview from the Department of Finance, City Schools and the City Council, and then provide comments and feedback to the City Council. Taxpayer's Night will be streamed live on CharmTV at www.CharmTV.tv and will also be aired on Comcast Channel 25.  Budget documents may be found here: http://bbmr.baltimorecity.gov/budget-publications.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/453860745071545/.

41] – There is a CATONSVILLE NINE VIGIL on Thurs., May 17 @ 6:30 PM, near the Knights of Columbus Parking Lot, 1010 Frederick Rd., Catonsville 21228.  After the vigil, march to see a performance  of THE TRIAL OF THE CATONSVILLE NINE BY THE SALEM PLAYERS – OPENING NIGHT @ 7:30 PM.  This is a Salem Players production of the play written by Daniel Berrigan.  Tickets are $12 for seniors & students, and $15 for general admission.  Go to http://Salemcatonsville.seatyourself.biz.  The Salem Lutheran Church is at 905 Frederick Rd., Catonsville 21228. Go to http://www.catonsville9.org/events/.

42] – On Thurs., May 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Palestinians Speak Justice, hosted by Plymouth Congregational UCC Board of Social Action and Friends of Sabeel North America [FOSNA], 5301 N. Capitol St. NE, WDC 20011. Join a discussion on Palestinian Liberation Theology, Black Liberation Theology and the theological roots of peace and justice work. Featured speakers are Rev Naim Ateek, founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, Tarek Abuata, the Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America and Rev Graylan Hagler, Senior Minister at Plymouth Congregational UCC in DC. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/201984910410672/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1525708223266320.

43] – On Thurs., May 17 from 7 to 9 PM, be part of the Refugee and Immigrant Awareness Forum: Who Will Tell Your Story?  This is hosted by Jews United for Justice - Baltimore at Beth Am, 2501 Eutaw Pl., Baltimore 21217.  Tickets are available. At everymantheatre.org.  Learn about local, present-day refugee and immigration experiences-from what brought them here, to who they were before, and what they left behind. Service professionals and refugees from Greater Baltimore will share their insights and stories while inviting audience members to consider how their own family's immigration stories shape their identity.  Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSggFm_pxf2LY471tpkGyNFiAfSk_phMvEaONaAm5r7gIVjA/viewform.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/600189073654294/.

44] – On Thurs., May 17 from 7 to 8:30 PM come to the Monthly Chapter Meeting: The Big Picture, hosted by Take Action AAC at Anne Arundel County Public Library, Edgewater Community Library, 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater 21037.  Take Action Anne Arundel County started the year learning about the state legislative session, conducting a survey of issues, and personally advocating for certain bills. Participate in an endorsement process for county council and state races with Progressive Maryland. Hit the pavement to talk to voters about their issues and to support progressive candidates. Help initiate a survey for school board candidates. How does all of this work relate? Join the conversation about the vision for what the county could look like next year and put your effort in the work that is going to make change happen. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/229871407591430/.

45] – On Thurs., May 17 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, catch “The End of Policing” with author Alex Vitale! Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression—most dramatically in Ferguson, Missouri, where long held grievances erupted in violent demonstrations following the police killing of Michael Brown. Among activists, journalists, and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself. “Broken windows” practices, the militarization of law enforcement, and the dramatic expansion of the police’s role over the last forty years have created a mandate for officers that must be rolled back. This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control.  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