"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
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] Max is seeking housing
7] NLG is offering to hold seminars
8] Witness Against Torture needs people to make phone calls
9] Start Loving is fasting for a $200 billion cutback in military spending
10] Fly a giant peace dove – Dec. 26
12] WIB Roland Park vigil – Dec. 26
13] White House vigil – Dec. 26
14] Protest WYPR management – Dec. 26 - ?
15] Support The
16] Silent vigil at
18] Honk Against the War – Dec. 26
19] Vigil at Walter Reed – Dec. 26
20] Ballroom dancing – Dec. 26
21] Olney vigil to end the war – Dec. 27
22] Peace vigil in
23] Peace vigil at Capitol – Dec. 27
25] Living Labyrinth of Peace – through Jan. 10
26] Get a tour of
27] African Service – Dec. 28
28] Bridge peace vigil – Dec. 28
29] Peace Walk in D.C. – Dec. 28
30] Faith & Resistance Retreat – Dec. 28-30
31] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Dec. 28
32] Pentagon vigil – Dec. 29
33] Moratorium on utility shut-offs – Dec. 29
34] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Dec. 29-Jan. 1
35] Bailout for the People meeting – Dec. 29
36] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Dec. 29
37] Tuesday peace vigil – Dec. 30
38] Ecolocity D.C. meeting – Dec. 30
39] Peace vigil in
40] Peace vigil in W.
42] Delegation to
43] WIB Peace Stand – Jan. 1
44] First Thursday protest of the war – Jan. 1
45] Take Back YPR meeting – Jan. 4
46] Death penalty demonstration – Jan. 5
48] Single payer workshop – Jan. 5
49] March of the Dead – Jan. 6
50] Climate Action meeting – Jan. 6
51] Death penalty meeting – Jan. 6
52] Crabshell Alliance meeting – Jan. 6
53] Save Your Home workshop – Jan. 7
54] Mobilization for Global Justice meeting – Jan. 7
55] PG County peace meeting – Jan. 7
56] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Jan. 8
57] Warmongers’ Wake – Jan. 9 or 12??
58] Witness Against Torture fast – Jan. 11- 20
59] MUPJ conference – Apr. 4
60] Join Global Zero campaign
61] New book available
62] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
63] Publish your peace article
64] Become a member of the
65] Click on The Hunger Site
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available. “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-366-1637.
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.
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
To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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, extension 20 or e-mail email@example.com. Go to www.afsc.org/midatlantic/baltimore-programs.htm.
5] – Max is in need of housing. If you have any leads, please call him at 410-366-1637.
6] – Chuck Michaels is now home, and he will continue his recovery through out-patient therapy. He is doing very well, speaking well and regularly, getting around well, and also now has permission from his doctor to be left alone, that is unattended, as needed.
The big need going forward over the next few weeks is transportation for a portion of each day to the
7] – The National Lawyers Guild-Maryland Chapter is presenting "Know Your Rights" seminars on the topic of criminal law for any community group that is interested. The seminars would include an overview of constitutional law and
8] – Frida Berrigan is seeking people who are willing to make phone calls on behalf of Witness Against Torture to activists who may be interested in being outside the White House on January 11. This is the beginning of the 100 Days Campaign, which is calling for an end to torture and the closing of the
9] – Start Loving began a fast at 12:01 AM on Thurs., Dec. 18, on Capitol Hill to call for a $200 billion of funding from warmaking to peacebuilding. Go to http://jesusgodgoodetcnjay.blogspot.com/. He wrote that he will continue until either Dennis Kucinich informs him the transfer will take place or his body gives out.
10] – On Fri., Dec. 26 at noon, join PeaceAction Montgomery in flying a giant peace dove on the ellipse. The cloth dove has an eight-foot wing span, and it will be flown near the national Christmas tree. It is composed of fabric, bamboo and chicken wire, and is held together by plumbing joints. It will take three people to make it fly.
The dove, a symbol both of Christmas and peace, is a message to President-elect Obama connecting the spirit of Christmas--season of peace--with his promise to end the occupation of Iraq. Peace activists will gather messages of peace from passersby to be given to the Obama family. Contact Pat Salomon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-254-5297.
11] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Dec. 26 from noon-1 PM at the
12] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Dec. 26 at
13] – 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.
14] – Protest the illegal termination of The Marc Steiner Show from noon to 1 PM Monday through Friday 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 Take Back YPR.
15] – There is a peace vigil to support the Congo every Friday, 4:00 to 6:30 PM at the Rwandan Embassy, 1714 New Hampshire Ave, NW. Call the Rwandan Embassy at 202-232-2882 and register your concern about
16] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Dec. 19 from 5 to 6 PM outside of
17] – 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
18] – Join the Brandywine Peace Community on Fri., Dec. 26, always the final Friday of the month, in a peace vigil that will include a call for No War on Iran! Honk against the war from 5 to 6 PM at Broad and Arch Sts. in
19] – 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 in the middle of the 7100 block of Georgia Ave., NW. Call 202-441-3265. Go to http://www.codepinkalert.org/Local_CODEPINKs_Washington_DC.shtml.
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
21] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and
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. This vigil has been the target of counter-demonstrators and harassment from the "
23] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Dec. 27. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It. --Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to http://www.quaker.org/langleyhill/seekpeace.htm or email email@example.com.
25] – Living Labyrinth of Peace by visionary artist Sandra Wasko-Flood runs through Sat., Jan. 10 at the Sub-Basement Artist Studios,
26] – Alan Barysh will be giving tours at the
27] – On Sun., Dec. 28, the KALAFONG AME CHURCH invites you to a Prayer for Africa at 11 AM at the HISPANIC SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST DAY CHUCH, 5100 Edmondson Ave.,
28] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the
29] – Join the weekly Peace Walk on the Mall at 4 PM on Sun., Dec. 28 starting at the WWII Memorial (
30] – The HOLY INNOCENTS FAITH & RESISTANCE RETREAT will start on Sun., Dec. 28 and conclude on Wed., Dec. 30. Participants will gather at ST. STEPHEN AND THE INCARNATION CHURCH, 16TH & NEWTON STS., NW, WDC. Go to www.jonahhouse.org or call Dorothy Day C.W. at 202-882-9649 or Jonah House at 410-233-6238.
The theme is “Let the children come to me!” In this retreat there will be a reflection on these questions: Why did Herod deem the Christ child such a threat that he ordered the slaughter of the innocent? How do we respond to the fact that children are deemed so expendable under today's Herods? How do empire and war affect children?
The retreat begins with supper on Sunday, and closes early afternoon on Wednesday. There will be a special program for children who will design a witness led by children.
31] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers. Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at
32] – 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 Mon., Dec. 29, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.
33] – The Maryland Coalition to Stop the BGE Rate Hikes calls on Gov. Martin O’Malley, state legislators and BGE/Constellation to institute a moratorium on utility shut-offs from January 1, 2009 through May 31, 2009. As reported in the Dec. 23, 2008 edition of the
baltimore sun, ten people have died across since October due to the cold. One of the victims was reportedly found in his unheated Maryland apartment. There will be a press conference on Mon., Dec. 29 at noon at the Baltimore County , New Shiloh Baptist Church 2100 N. Monroe St., to issue a public appeal for the moratorium. The press conference will feature members of the Coalition as well as community leaders and members of the clergy. Call Leo Burroughs, Jr. at 410-523-6118.
34] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community. The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
35] – The next meeting of the Baltimore Chapter of Stop Foreclosures & Evictions is on Mon., Dec. 29 at the
36] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets every Monday. The next meeting is on Mon., Dec. 29 at 7:30 PM at the AFSC,
37] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at
38] – There is a meeting of Ecolocity DC every Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM at the EMERGENCE COMMUNITY ARTS COLLECTIVE, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC 20001. It is for people who live in, or are interested in making D.C. a transition town starting with an intentional community that will encompass clean energy, freecycle, natural building, organic farming, community salvage, new urbanism, etc. The next meeting will be on Dec. 30. Go to http://ecolocity.ning.com www.ecacollective.org.
39] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in
40] – Each Wednesday in clear weather, there is a peace vigil from 5 to 6 PM outside the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive (between Wayne & Hortter) in West Mount Airy, PA. The next vigil is Dec. 31. Call 215-843-4256 or email email@example.com.
41] – Each Wednesday, there is a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in
42] – A delegation is to visit the friendship city,
43] – There is a WIB peace stand on Thurs., Jan. 1, noon-1PM in Towson at northwest corner of Washington & Chesapeake Aves., across the street from the post office, near the courthouse. Contact
44] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Jan. 1 from 5 to 6:30 PM in
45] – Take Back YPR is meeting on Sun., Jan. 4 at 2 PM at Gecko’s Restaurant in
46] – There is usually a vigil to abolish the death penalty every Monday from 5 to 6 PM, outside the prison complex and across the street from Maryland’s death row, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in
47] – There will be a meeting of the Frederick Peace Resource Center on Mon., Jan. 5 at 7:30 PM at 4 East Church St. Call Gus Fahey at 301-663-6117.
48] – On Mon., Jan. 5 at 7:30 PM at St. John's
49] – There will be a March of the Dead for the opening of the 111th Congress. The organizers are trying to take advantage of the enormous amount of media coverage the opening is sure to get. If you would like to participate, call Laurie Arbeiter at 917-915-6115.
Marchers will carry the names of those killed during the illegal U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan to demand that this Congress end the terror of war by getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan and staying out of Iran, Pakistan, Syria … Contact A.R.T. [activist response tem] at firstname.lastname@example.org.
50] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Tues., Jan. 6 at 7 PM at the AFSC,
51] – The next meeting of the Baltimore Climate Action Network (www.baltimoreclimate.org) is on Tues., Jan. 6 from 7 - 8:30 PM at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville, MD 21093. Go to www.towsonuuc.org. A speaker, to be announced, will give a 30-minute presentation. This will be followed by an open meeting. Email email@example.com or call 410-812-1447. To carpool, go to http://www.baltimoreclimate.org/content/1/2/56.html#carpool.
52] – The Crabshell Alliance will meet on Tues., Jan. 6 at 7:30 PM at
53] – "Save your Home" is hosted by Congressperson Donna Edwards (D-MD) on Wed., Jan. 7 from 9 AM to 1 PM at Montgomery College, Building HT, 20200 Observation Dr., Germantown, MD 20876. Homeowners and tenants will learn about legal rights, foreclosure prevention strategies, and what to do if they are behind in their mortgage payments, in default, have received a foreclosure notice, or are in post foreclosure status.
Bring ALL paperwork related to your current and former mortgages including loan application, settlement paperwork, and lender statements; ALL foreclosure notices or threats of foreclosure, if any, received AND your monthly household budget. RSVP with your name, address and phone number to 4mdDistrict@mail.house.gov or by calling 301-773-4094. Pre-registration guarantees free individual consultation with an attorney or housing counselor.
54] – There will be a Mobilization for Global Justice meeting at 7 PM on Wed., Jan. 7 at St. Stephens Church, 16th &
55] – The Peace & Justice Coalition of Prince George’s County meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 PM at the Greenbelt Community Center. The next meeting is Jan. 7. Call 301-577-2350.
56] – On Thurs., Jan. 8, the WEEKLY ROUNDTABLE SEEKING A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL takes place from 12:30 - 1:30 PM at Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC. Join a civil discourse which explores the history, issues, myths, realities, and truth of the conflict between
57] – On Fri., Jan. 9 at 7:30 PM, plan on kicking the new year off at Peace Action
58] – On Sun., Jan. 11, Witness Against Torture remembers the 7th anniversary of the opening of
Witness Against Torture will be in Washington continuously from Jan. 11 through April 30, the 100th day of the Obama administration, urging the new administration and Congress to take steps against torture, Military Commissions, unjust warehousing of detainees, etc. From the eleventh through the twentieth, there will be a Fast for Justice. Sign up for the fast by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
59] – The 24th annual Maryland Peace and Justice conference has been set for April 4, 2009 at the Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville, MD, easily accessible off of Rt. 29. Please put the date on your calendar and try not to schedule any other major events on that day. Thanks so much for your cooperation, and the organizers hope to see you there! Call Paulette at 410-747-3811.
60] – 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.
61] – Ann von Lossberg has announced that her book 1089 Nights, An Odyssey Through the Middle East, Africa & Asia is now available. It is a memoir of stories that celebrates a healthy obsession with travel in the developing world. She is available for book club signings and discussions and can be reached at annvl at verizon.net. If you'd like to order, you can go to her web site www.1089nights.com. It can also be purchased at Amazon.com.
62] – WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER signs from Friends Committee on National Legislation are again for sale at $5. To purchase a sign, call Max at 410-366-1637.
63] – Publish Your Peace Article. Daniel Frasier is soliciting peace articles for the biweekly series of commentaries Paths to Peace in the Frederick News Post Religion and Ethics section. For details, email email@example.com.
64] – Become an active member of the
65] – The Hunger Site was initiated by Mercy Corps and Second Harvest, and is funded entirely by advertisers. You can go there every day and click the big yellow "Give Food for Free" button near the top of the page; you do not have to look at the ads. Each click generates funding for about 1.1 cups of food. So consider clicking.
66] – 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.
"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