Thursday, April 30, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Apr. 30 – May 22, 2009


"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  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] Max is seeking housing/peace house is available

5] Buy Mankekolo’s book

6] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLA

7] Used stamps for humanitarian causes

8] Call-In to Stop Nuke/Coal – Apr. 30

9] Witness Against Torture 100 Days Campaign – Apr. 30

10] Innocent on Death Row – Apr. 30

11] May Day at UMB – May 1

12] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – May 1

13] WIB Roland Park vigil – May 1                  

14] White House vigil – May 1                   


16] Support Sheraton Workers – May 1

17] Support The Congo demo – May 1

18] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – May 1


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  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] – Max is in need of housing.  If you have any leads, please call him at 410-366-1637.  Note that there may be an opportunity for two or three people to move into a “peace house.”  If interested, call Max.

5] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo has returned to live in Baltimore, and is writing her autobiography.  Consider purchasing her book" One A Day: Spiritual Vitamins. Be ready with daily Spiritual Vitamins from January 1 to December 31 in 2009.”  Send a donation of $10 with $3 shipping and handling to 3315 Mondawmin Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216.

6] – You can help safeguard human rights and fragile ecosystems through your purchase of HOCOFOLA Café Quetzal. Bags of ground coffee or whole beans can be ordered by mailing in an order form. For more details and to download the order form, go to

Be sure you indicate ground (G) or bean (B) for each type of coffee ordered. Make the check out to HoCoFoLA and send it with your order form to HoCoFoLA, PO Box 94, Columbia, MD  21045. Contact Pat McLaine at 410-964-0960 or  The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up.

7] – Brad Hathaway spearheads an effort to sell donated used stamps to raise money for different humanitarian causes around the world. Go to, and click the link for the stamp ministry.  Carefully clip canceled postage stamps and send to Quaker Missions, PO Box 795, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Send no small flag stamps or Liberty Bell Forever stamps.

8] – The NATIONAL GRASSROOTS CALL-IN DAY TO STOP NUKE/COAL SUBSIDIES is Thurs., Apr. 30.  KEEP CONGRESSIONAL PHONES RINGING ALL DAY LONG!  Use the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.  The basic phone message is pretty simple: No Nukes, No Coal, No Kidding! Congress must support renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, not waste more taxpayer money on obsolete, dirty nuclear power and coal technologies.  Go to

9] – Witness Against Torture will conclude its 100 Days Campaign on Thurs., Apr. 30.  There will be a 10 AM gathering at the Capitol Reflecting Pool. A procession to the White House will start at 11:15 AM, and a group, representing the detainees who remain in the Gitmo detention facility despite being cleared of any crimes, will risk arrest.  There are still 241 men in Gitmo. RSVP to daloisio at Go to   

10] – On Thurs., APR. 30 at 7 PM, hear INNOCENT ON DEATH ROW, Randy Steidl’s story of wrongful conviction, life on death row, exoneration – and inspiration, at the Peace Center of Delaware County, Springfield Friends Meeting House, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, Delaware County (just behind the Car Wash at the corner of Sproul Road & Old Marple Road) in  Springfield, PA.  Directions and more, visit Steidl recently played a high-profile role in abolishing New Mexico’s death penalty.  Call Terry Rumsey at 610-891-8969.


11] – May Day at UMB begins on Fri., May 1 at the UMB-School of Social Work Auditorium from 9 AM to 12:30 PM.  This is an opportunity to speak out about how the economic crisis has impacted your life and the lives of the people you serve.  Anyone planning to attend, REGISTER at Email or call 410-706-7927.


The Management and Community Organization (MACO) concentration of the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work (UMB-SSW) invites you and/or a representative from your agency or community to participate in our “Speak Out on the Economic Crisis” event.  The Speak Out is designed to provide opportunities for community leaders and everyday people to show how the economic downturn has affected their lives and work. 


12] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., May 1 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.


13] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., May 1 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


14] – 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.

15] – Join CASA de Maryland and other National Capital Immigration Coalition members on Fri., May 1 in a march to the White House! There are several demands: Stop the Raids; Stop 287(g) agreements and police collaboration with ICE; and Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009!  There are buses leaving at 1:30 PM from several sites in Baltimore. Call CASA at 410-732-7777 or email Sarah Martin at smartin at

16] – Join a May Day Rally to "Support the Sheraton Workers!"  UNITE HERE Local 7 is asking you to appear on Fri., May 1 at 4 PM at the Sheraton City Center, 101 West Fayette St. Call 917-647-8930 or email

17] – There is a peace vigil to support the Congo every Friday, 4 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 Rwanda's aggression towards the Congo.

18] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., May 1 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 and Stony Run Meetings.

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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