Friday, June 18, 2010

Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert June 18 – July 1, 2010
"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] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLA  
5] Used stamps for humanitarian causes
6] Protest Corporate Fest – June 18
7] White House vigil – June 18        
8] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – June 18
9] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – June 18
10] WIB Roland Park vigil – June 18     
11] Episcopal Peace Fellowship – June 18-19
12] Homewood vigil – June 18
13] DeMarco at book signing – June 18 & 21
14] Vigil at Walter Reed – June 18
15] A Little Truth on Your Shirt – June 18
16] Ballroom dancing – June 18
17] Clarence Darrow on stage – June 18-26
18] Catch Ronda's play – June 18-19
19] Peace Action yard sale – June 19                            
20] Memorial Service for Larry Krause – June 19
21] Olney vigil to end the war – June 19                            
22] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – June 19
23] Protest BP – June 19
24] Peace vigil at Capitol – June 19
25] Army Experience Center protest – June 19
26] Burma Rally – June 19                  
27] Community Harvest – June 19
28] World Refugee Day – June 19
29] An Ethical Discussion – June 20
30] Bridge vigil – June 20                        
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. The White House Comment Email is
accessible at

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] – 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. Also note organic cocoa and sugar
are for sale.  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 Nancy
Meier, 10 Pepperdine Circle, Catonsville, MD 21228.  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.

5] – 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.

6] – There will be a demonstration at the Annapolis Westin Hotel, 100
Westgate Circle, Annapolis, MD on Fri., June 18 at 10 AM to condemn the
National Speakers Conference, put on for speakers of the House and funded by
a half-million dollars of corporate money. One of the sessions is called
"Election 2010 and the Angry Voters: Who is Going to Pay?" More than 30
House speakers from across the country will be treated over the next four
days to some of the best of what Maryland has to offer. The tab is expected
to top $500,000. Call 240-280-2582. Go to

7] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at Lafayette
Park facing the White House.  Join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and
friends. Contact Art Laffin:   

8] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel (now in its 8th year) takes
place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia
(across from Israeli Consulate.  It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes
(Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email Go to

9] – Every Friday from noon to 1 PM, Women in Black, Baltimore, host a vigil
at Pratt and Light Sts. in the Inner Harbor. Peace signs and flyers about
the siege will be available. See or write or call 410-467-9114.

10] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., June 18 at
Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

11] – On Fri., June 18 and Sat., June 19, join the Episcopal Peace
Fellowship in a consecration of Bishop Elect James Magness for Bishop
Suffragan of Federal Ministries (formerly Office of the Armed Forces) on
Sat., June 19 at 10 AM by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jeffert Schori.  By
tradition, the Peace Fellowship holds a Eucharist and peace vigil the day
before and will do so Friday, June 18, from noon to 10 PM in the War
Memorial Chapel.  The vigil will continue from 8 AM to 9:30 AM on June 19. 
The Federal Ministries will now include a chaplaincy for prisons as well as
VA hospitals.  Bishop Magness said "I have known that the mission of the
Church is peace making."  The Episcopal Peace Fellowship is committed to
nonviolent conflict resolution as opposed to war which perpetuates the
culture of violence but has always supported the troops fighting wars.  We
welcome the transformation of the office to include care for those
recovering in VA hospitals as well as those incarcerated in our prisons.
Contact Helma Lanyi at

12] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., June 18 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.

13] – On Fri. June 18 at 7 PM, Vinny DeMarco and author Michael Pertshuck
will do a book signing of "The DeMarco Factor: Transforming Public Will Into
Political Power" at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C. and on Mon., June
21 at 7 PM at the Barnes & Noble, 33rd and N. Charles Sts. Call

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. The vigil calls
for peace, care for the wounded, and full benefits for all veterans. 
Contact Bruce Wolf -

15] – Sonya Renee Taylor presents "A Little Truth on Your Shirt" on Fri.,
June 18 at 7 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 800 St. Paul St. Call
410-230-0450 or email Go to

16] –  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 June 18. Call
Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

17] –  A Passion for Justice: An Encounter with Clarence Darrow is a
one-person play starring Paul Morella at the Everyman [sic] Theatre, 1727
Charles St, It opens Fri., June 18 and runs through Sat., June 26. A ticket
is $30. Call 410-752-2208.

18] –  Up Next in the Friends and Neighbors Festival: The Ladies of
Libraryland, written by Ronda Cooperstein will be performed at The Strand
Theater on Fri., June 18 and Sat., June 19 at 8 PM. Tickets are $5. Go to Midtown librarians Charlotte and Lillian find
their work world threatened when an imposing new manager takes over the

19] –  Peace Action Montgomery will be holding a Yard Sale for Peace on
Sat., June 19 from 8 AM to 1 PM at Pat & Nell Elder's house, 7913 Maryknoll
Ave. Bethesda, MD.  Maryknoll Ave. is located off Wilson Lane near River
Road. Go to
. Show up early for coffee and help unload items for sale. Buy a
raffle ticket, and the winner will be announced at 1 PM for ownership of a
brand new electric scooter valued at $2,000. The funds from this sale will
help to support ongoing work to end the occupations in Iraq, Afghanistan and
Palestine; cut the military budget and protect our kids from military
recruiters. Call Pat at 202-210-3467.
20] – Larry Krause died on Wed., June 2 at Gilchrist Hospice Center, after a
long battle against cancer. A memorial service will be held at 10 AM on
Sat., June 19 at Stony Run Friends Meetinghouse, 5116 N. Charles St.

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 Georgia Ave. in Olney, MD.  The next vigil is June 19. Call Chuck Harker
at 301-570-7167. 

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. Go to Email

23] – On Sat., June 19 at noon, demonstrate at a BP Station, 1301 13th St
NW, WDC 20005, Join Marisa Tomei, Darryl Hannah, Q'orianka Kilcher, Ed
Begley, along with concerned citizens across the country, in boycotting BP.
See for a listing of events nationwide. Call

24] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on
June 19. 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 or email

25] – On Sat., June 19 at noon, celebrate the Closing of the Army Experience
Center (AEC) in Philadelphia. The US Army has announced that the AEC,
located in the Franklin Mills Mall, will close by July 31. A regional
campaign organized by peace activist and veterans groups was coordinated by
the Brandywine Peace Community and others. Gather at the corner of Knights &
Woodhaven Roads for a rally. Then march to the Army Experience Center
inside the Mall and raise voices in celebration, song, and re-dedication to
peace. Go to or call 610-544-1818.

26] – YOU'RE INVITED! On Sat., June 19 celebrate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's
birthday. From 1 to 3 PM, rally in front of the Capitol Building. Then from
4 to 7 PM, there will be cultural performances at National City Christian
Church, 5 Thomas Circle, NW, WDC 20005. The U.S. Campaign for Burma and the
Burmese community are coming together to send a strong message to President
Obama that the U.S. must give more than lip service to end the repressive
rule and the system of impunity in Burma. Rally to support an UN-led
Commission of Inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity, and bring
justice to the country. RSVP to
27] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues to do consciousness/fundraising
events about the plight of the homeless and for the shelters that serve
them. On Sat., June 19 at 7:30 PM, there will be an open microphone
"Community Harvest." All performers are invited! Bring your poems, your
chops, your guitars, violins, your dance moves, your paintbrushes, your
saxophones and your hearts! All open mike performers as well as audience
attendees are asked to make a five-dollar donation. The event will take
place at the Hamilton Arts Gallery, 5502 Harford Rd., Baltimore 21214. Call
443-869-4515. Go to Donations of
non-perishable foods, packets of seeds and pedialite will be gladly

28] – On Sat., June 19 at 8 PM, be at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern
Ave., for the Afro Beat Dance Party for World Refugee Day. The African
roots band Elikeh will perform. The cost is $5. Call 410-276-1651.

29] – On Sun., June 20 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W.
Franklin St., Suite 102, will have an open discussion. Call 410-581-2322
or visit

30] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays
from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis. 
Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are
not allowed to be on a stick or pole.   If there is interest, people will be
standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena
[410-437-5379 or]. Go to

To be continued

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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