Thursday, June 5, 2008

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert June 5, 2008 – June 27, 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] June is Adopt-A-Cat month

6] June is Torture Awareness Month

7] First Thursday protest against war – June 5

8] The film THE LANDLORD at the BMA – June 5

9] Protest WYPR/Urge Dan Rodricks to resign – June 6- ?

10] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – June 6

11] WIB Roland Park vigil – June 6

12] White House vigil – June 6

13] WIB Frederick peace vigil – June 6

14] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – June 6

15] Peace center fundraiser – June 6

16] Vigil at Walter Reed – June 6

17] Ballroom dancing – June 6


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] – June is American Humane's Adopt-A-Cat Month. Adopt a cat from your local shelter today, and you will enrich your world in a million different ways.

6] – JUNE IS TORTURE AWARENESS MONTH. NRCAT is making June the month for Banners Across America ! They are asking congregations of all sizes, from every state, and all faiths, to join in a public witness against torture by displaying a banner outside their place of worship during June 2008. The goal is to have banners displayed by NRCAT member congregations in all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico . Each banner will have the NRCAT logo and you may choose from one of two messages – “torture is wrong” or “Torture is a Moral Issue”. The banners will have white lettering on a black background. Go to

7] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., June 5 starting at 5 PM in Mount Vernon at Centre & Charles Sts. The Pledge gathers in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month to protest the war. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

8] – The Baltimore Museum of Art will host a free screening of THE LANDLORD (1970) on Thurs., June 5 at 8 PM. The film tells the story of a young, wealthy, naive white man (Beau Bridges) who, against his parents' wishes, buys a home in a predominantly black neighborhood. Trying to befriend (and bed) his tenants, the young landlord quickly gets in over his head in a world in which he is decidedly an outsider. Set in Park Slope, Brooklyn at a time when it was predominantly African-American (and at a time when hippies and Black Panthers were on the nation’s mind), THE LANDLORD is a wild, funny, pre-PC look at race relations, interracial dating, and gentrification -- and, directed by Hal Ashby just prior to HAROLD AND MAUDE, it's a prime slice of delirious Hollywood psychedelia. As a bonus enticement to '70s cult cinema fans, THE LANDLORD was written by actor/director/playwright Bill Gunn, who also gave the world the 1973 blaxploitation/cult classic GANJA & HESS.

9] – 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. Contact Max at 410-366-1637 to join the Take Back YPR. If interested in listening to Steiner podcasts, email his producer Jessica Philips at at the Center for Emerging Media.

10] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., June 6 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.

11] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., June 6 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St . Call 410-467-9114.

12] – 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.

13] – WIB Frederick holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month, from 12 to 12:30 PM, War Memorial Park, W 2nd St. & N. Bentz in Frederick. The next vigil is June 6. Please dress in black; no additional signs. Men are welcome. Contact: 301 834-7581 or;

14] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., June 6 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.

15] – On Fri., June 6, hear SONGS OF LOVE AND PEACE from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at Chief Ike's Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Rd., NW, WDC. Perform music, recite poetry and speak out for justice. Each beverage you enjoy raises $1 for the Washington Peace Center while listening to Nina Simone, Jeff Buckley and Tim Buckley. There is a $3 donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds. Contact Jay at 202-234-2000 or

16] – 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

17] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually on the first and third 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 June 6. Call Anne and Dave Greene at 410-435-0967.

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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