Thursday, June 24, 2010

Calendar - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert June 24 – 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] Heart of Baltimore Rally – June 24

7] Get healthcare answers – June 24-25

8] Celebrate Lucille Clifton – June 24

9] MoveOn event – June 24

10] TASSC event – June 24

11] Film BUDRUS – June 24 & 26

12] Clarence Darrow on stage – through June 26

13] Film THE DISAPPEARANCE OF McKINLEY NOLAN – June 24 & 26                            

14] White House vigil – June 25        

15] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – June 25

16] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – June 25

17] WIB Roland Park vigil – June 25     

18] Listening session on environment -- June 25

19] Homewood vigil – June 25

20] Vigil to End the Wars – June 25

21] End Torture – June 25

22] Film GAZA STRIP – June 25                                 

23] Vigil at Walter Reed – June 25

24] Ballroom dancing – June 25

25] TASSC vigil – June 26

26] Olney vigil to end the war – June 25                            

27] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – June 26

28] BP demo – June 26

29] Hands Across Sands – June 26



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] – The Heart of Baltimore RALLY with Danny Glover is scheduled for Thurs., June 24 from 4 to 5:30 PM at Mt. Vernon Square, intersection of N. Charles & E. Madison.  Healthcare workers from across Baltimore will join together with 1199SEIU members to rally for better care, better jobs and a better Baltimore. Go to

7] – Several national health policy experts will answer questions about the Patient Protection and Affordability Act on Thurs., June 24th @ 6:30 PM in Tilghman Auditorium, 720 Rutland Ave. and on Fri., June 25th @ 11 AM in Turner Auditorium, 720 Rutland Ave. If you are unable to attend these forums and would like to host a similar forum, call toll free at 1-866-433-8451.

8] – A Tribute to Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) is taking place on Thurs., June 24 at 6:30 PM, with readings from Maryland poets. Audience members are invited to bring their favorite Clifton poem to share at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Call 410-396-5430.

9] – MoveOn is hosting a Political Action event. Go to  "The Other 98%" Summer Launch will occur at the Church of the Incarnation, Charles St. and University Pkwy., Basltimore 21218 on Thurs., June 24 at 7 PM.  


10] – On Thurs., June 24, from 7 - 9 PM, TASSC invites you to Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Sts., NW, to welcome the torture survivors.

11] – BUDRUS: Saving a Palestinian Village from the Separation Barrier through Nonviolent Resistance will be shown at the Silverdocs Film Festival on Thurs., June 24 at 7:15 PM and on Sat., June 26 at 4 PM at the AFI Silver Theater 2, Silver Spring, MD. The screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and protagonist/nonviolence leader Ayed Morrar.  It  is a stunning documentary film about Palestinian villagers, under the leadership of Morrar and his fifteen-year-old daughter, Iltezam, who adopted the strategy of nonviolent resistance, united all political factions along with Israelis and stopped construction of Israel's Separation Barrier that would have destroyed the villagers' lands, cemetery and livelihood.   

12] –  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 runs through Sat., June 26.  A ticket is $30.  Call 410-752-2208.

13] – See the World Premiere of THE DISAPPEARANCE OF McKINLEY NOLAN, a documentary directed by Henry Corra, which will be screened at the Silverdocs Festival, in Silver Spring, MD.  It's the story of an American family trying to seek justice for a former veteran who disappeared in Vietnam, and it ties into the ongoing Khmer Rouge Tribunals.  It will be shown on Thurs., June 24 at 9:30 PM and Sat., June 26 at 5 PM at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD.  Call 212-965-8600.


14] – 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: 


15] – 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


16] – 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.

17] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., June 25 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.


18] – Federal agencies that oversee the environment are holding an official listening session on Fri., June 25 at 1 PM until 4 PM in the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, MD 21401.  The opening session will be with senior officials from DOI, USDA, EPA, and CEQ, expert panel discussions, and opportunities to share your ideas in breakout groups.  Register by emailing Be sure to include your name, telephone number and primary area of interest. Go to


19] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., June 25 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.

20] Vigil to End the Wars – June 25

20] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, June 25, from 5 to 6 PM at Broad & Arch Sts., Philadelphia. It is a Vigil to End the Wars, with a Gold Star Mother for Peace, Celeste Zappala.  Email

21] – On Fri., June 25, from 6 – 8:30 PM, TASSC will cosponsor a panel discussion on “Accountability Now – Ending Torture Forever” at the National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, NW, that will feature David Cole (Georgetown University Law Center), Sister Dianna Ortiz (Pax Christi USA), Sondra Crosby, MD (Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights) and Matthew Alexander (former interrogator). A reception with survivors will follow.  Contact John Humphries at

22] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is Seeking the Truth Through Documentaries.   The last film in the series is GAZA STRIP [USA, 2002], and it will be shown on Fri., June 25 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.


 Director James Longley and his crew used hand-held cameras to film 75 hours of material over 100 days in the Gaza Strip.  It simply shows the burden of life under Israeli abuse and occupation. Who can argue that the Palestinians are suffering with little hope for an end any time soon? The film centers on a boy, Mohammed Hejazi, a 13-year-old Palestinian who lives in Sejjaia, a neighborhood in Gaza City, and works as a paper boy. Longley first met Hejazi at the Karni Crossing, an Israeli-controlled border between the northern part of Gaza and Israel proper, the site of regular stone-throwing clashes between Palestinian children and the Israeli military. "They're not really doing anything effective against the occupation and they know this," says Longley, "but they are resisting it, in their own way."


Doors open at 7 PM, and the DVD starts at 7:30 PM.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  A discussion will follow.


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


24] –  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 25. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

25] – On Sat., June 26 from 8 AM to 8 PM, join the 13th annual TASSC White House Vigil in Lafayette Park to support of survivors and to call for an end to torture everywhere.

26] – 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 26. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 

27] –  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


28] – There will be a protest at the BP Station at 33rd and Greenmount Ave, Baltimore on Sat., June 26 from 11 AM to noon.  The demand is END PERMITS FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING.  BP has the worst safety record of any oil company in the U.S. which led to the deaths of at least 33 workers since 1995.  BP has been forced to pay $485 million in fines and settlements to the U.S. government for environmental crimes, willful neglect of worker safety rules and penalties for manipulating energy markets.  In 2006 BP was found to have "willfully" underfunded maintenance in Prudhoe Bay (the nation's largest oil field) leading to 200,000 gallons spilling into the Alaskan Tundra.  This year BP is responsible for a four plus million gallon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The signs will focus on drilling, however No Blood for Oil is also appropriate.  Call 410-308-1326.


29] – A Louisiana judge overturned Obama's six month ban on offshore oil drilling. In response, people from 600+ communities across the country will be joining hands to draw a line in the sand against offshore drilling and for clean energy. In Washington, D.C. on Sat., June 26 at 11 AM hundreds will join hands outside the White House to create an iconic image of people standing against offshore drilling. RSVP

that you plan to attend the event organized by the Energy Action Coalition.


There are several opportunities to participate in Hands Across the Sand in Maryland.  For example, on Sat., June 26 at 11 AM in Inlet Beach, Ocean City, MD; also at 11 AM, gather at Deal Island, Deal Island Harbor Beach; as well at 11 AM, be at the Merril Center Beach, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis. At 3:30 PM, activists will gather at the City Dock in Annapolis at the intersection of Randall and Compromise Sts. RSVP at


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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