Thursday, May 29, 2008

Baltimore Activist Alert Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert May 29, 2008 – June 6, 2008

"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 . 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 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]

The Baltimore IndyMedia Center publicizes peace-related events. Go to

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists

4] Eyes Wide Open exhibit available

5] Town Hall meeting on the war – May 29

6] UHCAN meeting – May 29

7] Protest WYPR/Urge Dan Rodricks to resign – May 29- ?

8] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – May 30

9] WIB Roland Park vigil – May 30

10] White House vigil – May 30

11] Guantanamo Cell Tour – May 30-June 1

12] Support student hunger strikers – May 30

13] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – May 30

14] Takoma Park peace vigil – May 30

15] Vigil at Walter Reed – May 30

16] CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS to be shown – May 30


1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available. “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers in stock. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073.

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 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 . You will get a confirmation message once subscribed. If you have problems, please write to the list manager at

4] – The Baltimore American Friends Service Committee office has assembled an exhibit Maryland Eyes Wide Open which details the Human Cost of the Iraq War and reflects the costs of war to the state of Maryland. The exhibit consists of at least 40 pairs of combat boots, representing the US military deaths from Maryland; civilian shoes, tagged with names and ages of a very small fraction of the tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis who have died; a representative pair of combat boots and 7 red poppies, representing the estimated number of wounded US military personnel (approximately 7 times the number of dead); and signs and literature detailing the human and financial costs of the war on the cities and counties of Maryland.

AFSC will help with logistics and contribute to your planning for auxiliary events or activities presented in conjunction with the exhibit. For information on obtaining and displaying the exhibit, call 410-323-4200, extensions 20 or 21 or e-mail at or Go to

5] – Annapolis Alderperson Sam Shropshire has called a town hall meeting on Thurs., May 29 at 7 PM in the City Council chambers, 160 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401, to discuss the cost of the Iraq War and occupation on the local economy. This is the first time that an elected official in this Navy-oriented town has taken such an initiative. Greg Speeter of the National Priorities Project will be leading the discussion. Anne Arundel Peace Action has worked closely with Alderperson Shropshire. All are invited to attend regardless of where you live. Call 443-603-1516 or email Go to

6] – UHCAN of Md.--working for single-payer health care--meets Thurs., May 29 from 7:15-9:15 PM at the Diocesan Center (of Episcopal Diocese of MD), 4 E. University Pkwy. Friends, newcomers, members are all welcome. Call 410.235.3504 or email

7] – Protest the illegal termination of The Marc Steiner Show from noon to 1 PM Monday through Saturday in front of WYPR, 2216 N. Charles St. You may consider calling the station to complain at 410-235-1395. Urge Dan Rodricks at to reconsider taking over Marc’s show.

Contact Max at 410-366-1637 to join the Save Our Public Radio Movement. If interested in listening to Steiner podcasts, email his producer Jessica Philips at The Center for Emerging Media, for example, recently interviewed Andrei Codrescu.

8] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., May 23 from noon-1 PM at the Inner Harbor , corner Pratt and Light. Everyone welcome, wear black if you can. See or write or call 410-467-9114.

9] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., May 23 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St . Call 410-467-9114.

10] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM on Pennsylvania Ave., by the press gate to the White House. It is organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.

11] – Amnesty International's Guantanamo Cell Tour is coming to Philadelphia from Fri., May 30 through Sun., June 1 at Dilworth Plaza (adjacent to Philadelphia City Hall), 1400 JFK Blvd. The hours are 1 to 7 PM on May 30, 9 AM to 7 PM on May 31 and from 10 AM to 4 PM on June 1. AI has made a replica of a Guantánamo Bay prison cell which visitors can enter. Email

12] – Support Student Hunger Strike For Youth Jobs in the Knowledge-Based Economy! Call Mayor Dixon at 410-396-3835 or or 410-396-3100 (city hall switchboard). Contact Chris Goodman at 443-957-5346 or The students are not eating in order for Mayor Sheila Dixon to provide Peer-to-Peer Enterprises with $3 million for YOUTH JOBS in the knowledge-based economy!! Funds are already unanimously recommended by City Council. The kick off is Fri., May 30 from 4:30 – 9 PM. March from the Inner Harbor Amphitheater to Legg Mason Building .

13] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., May 30 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St. , in opposition to war with Iraq . Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends Meeting and Stony Run.

14] – Join the Takoma Park peace vigil, which takes place the last Friday of the month from 5 to 6 PM at Takoma Junction (Rte. 410 and Carroll Ave. ). The next vigil to end occupation in Iraq , Palestine and the White House will be May 30. Call 301-589-5410 or go to

15] – SHED LIGHT ON US WAR CASUALTIES: FROM THE FRONT LINE TO THE BACK DOOR of Walter Reed Army Medical Center (North Gate), every Friday night, from 7 to 9 PM, 7200 Georgia Ave., at Elder St. , NW. Call 202-441-3265. Go to

16] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The next film, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS [ U.S. , 1989], will be shown Fri., May 30 at AFSC, 4806 York Road [three blocks north of Cold Spring Lane ]. Doors open at 7 PM, and the video starts at 7:30 PM. A discussion follows. There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. Call 410-366-1637.

Writer/director Woody Allen plays Cliff, a failed filmmaker, and Martin Landau is Judah, a successful ophthalmologist. Both characters must deal with a moral crisis. Other performers are Mia Farrow, Anjelica Huston, Jerry Orbach, Alan Alda and Joanna Gleason. In this homage to Dostoevsky, Allen exposes his characters to moral quandaries and asks if they must pay a price for "crimes and misdemeanors." The film takes place during the Reagan-Bush years when administration officials were deeply involved in high crimes and some misdemeanors.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center , 325 E. 25th St. , Baltimore , MD 21218 . Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at]

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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