Sunday, May 8, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert May 9 – May 15, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert May 9 – May 15, 2011


"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] Bring the World Home continues        

7] Bird watching at zoo – May 9

8] Examining Tuskegee – May 9

9] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 9 – May 12

10] Protest the death penalty – May 9      

11] Women's Housing Coalition fundraiser – May 9

12] Author of ISLAMAPHOBIA at Red Emma's – May 9

13] Conference of Mayors planning meeting -- May 9     

14] Civil rights in Maryland – May 10

15] Pond & Stream Critter Search -- May 10    


17] War Is Not the Answer demo – May 10

18] Film class – May 10

19] Philadelphia peace vigil – May 11

20] DC Vote in Upper Senate Park – May 11

21] Anti-nuke Teach-Ins – May 11 & 25

22] Adam Hochschild at Politics & Prose – May 11



1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  "God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions" stickers are in stock. Donate your books to Max. Call him 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 The coffee comes in one-pound bags.


Fill out the form and mail it with a check made out to HOCOFOLA on or before the second week of the month.  Be sure you indicate ground or beans for each type of coffee ordered.  Send it to Adela Hirsch, 5358 Eliots Oak Rd., Columbia, MD 21044.  Be sure you indicate ground (G) or bean (B) for each type of coffee ordered. The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up.  Contact Adela at 410-997-5662 or via e-mail at


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] – Catch the "Bringing the World Home" exhibit in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps!  The exhibit is in the UMBC Library Rotunda through the end of the semester and consists of 5 display cases featuring photos and artifacts from UMBC's faculty, staff and students who have served in the Peace Corps, including many current and alumni Shriver Peaceworker Fellows.  The center case features pieces from the Peace Corps founding era (a tribute to Sarge Shriver!) and the surrounding case highlight experiences from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, and the Americas.  If you are coming from off campus, give Joby Taylor a call at (410) 455-6398, and he will give you a tour.


7] – Be part of the Spring Bird Watching at the Maryland Zoo, 1876 Mansion House Drive, and monitor the migration of birds by exploring the forests, fields and wetlands of Druid Hill Park and the zoo itself on Mon., May 9 from 8 to 10 AM.  Call 410-366-7102.  Go to  This is a free event with admission to the zoo.


8] – On Mon., May 9 at 4 PM, as part of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics' Bioethics Week, Dr. Susan M. Reverby, author of EXAMINING TUSKEGEE: The Infamous Syphilis Study and its Legacy, will discuss Escaping Melodramas: Reflecting on Medical Research in Tuskegee and Guatemala, at the American Brewery Bldg., 1100 N. Gay St. This is part of the UHI Race and Research Series.  Call 410-502-6155.


9] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at 


10] – 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 Super Max Prison, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in Baltimore.  Recently death row was moved out of Baltimore, but it was decided to continue the vigil. The next one is scheduled for Mon., May 9. Call 410-366-1637.


11] – On Mon., May 9 from 6 to 9 PM, there will be a fundraiser for the Women's Housing Coalition on its 31st anniversary of its mission helping homeless women and children.  There will be a buffet, drinks and a silent auction at Pazo, 1425 Aliceanna St. with an admission of $90.  Call 410-534-7296. Go to,

12] – Stephen Sheehi, author of ISLAMOPHOBIA: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims, will be at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St. at 7 PM on Mon., May 9.  Call 410-230-0450 or go to

13] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings now take place at Max's residence. However, the Fund Our Communities Task Force for the U.S. Conference of Mayors will meet on Mon., May 9 at 7 PM at Max's house to continue to plan for the gathering in Baltimore June 17-21. Call Max at 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.


14] – The Maryland Historical Society Museum will host s discussion Struggle for Democracy: The Civil Rights Movement in Maryland.  Join students from the National Academy Foundation High School as they present their research on such topics as Morgan State student activism, the 1942 March on Annapolis, the integration of Ford's Theatre, the desegregation of Hooper's Restaurant, the struggle to integrate Riverside Park's public swimming pool, and other familiar and little-known Civil Rights events. It will take place on Tues., May 10 at 10 AM at 201 W. Monument St.


15] – Be part of the Pond and Stream Critter Search at the Maryland Zoo. As part of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's regular schedule of educational walks, this trek teaches participants about the adaptations that allow pond and stream creatures to survive. The walk begins at Base Camp Discovery. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. On Tues., May 10 from 2 to 3 PM, start at 1876 Mansion House Drive.  Call 410-366-7102.  Go to  This is a free event to members, and for others the cost is $5.


16] – The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Center for Public Health and Human Rights and the Berman Institute of Bioethics are showing  a "fine-cut" of DOCTORS OF THE DARK SIDE, followed by a discussion with the producer, Marha Davis, and the Center's Leonard Rubenstein, on Tues., May 10 from 4 to 6 PM.  A description of the film is at The documentary of health professionals who participated in torture will be shown in Sheldon Hall, School of Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe St.  Call 443-287-8749.


17] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road. Join this ongoing vigil.  The next vigil is May 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


18] – At the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St. from 6 to 9 PM on Tues., May 10, Ben McCusker will continue with his film screening and discussion class.  Go to 


19] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is May 4. Call 215-426-0364.


20] – Congress will be back in the beginning of May to vote on a bill that would, once again, override local DC laws, and DC Vote will be back on the Hill as well - to demand democracy for D.C. Join an aggressive protest on Wed., May 11 at 5:30 PM at the Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Ave. NW. Register to attend the protest at 202-462-6000 or email This is the time to lift up voices, put bodies on the line and demand dignity.  


21] – The Demilitarization / Nuclear Weapons Abolition Teach-Ins are scheduled for two more sessions at different venues on the dates of May 11 and May 25, 6:30 to 9 PM. The objective of the Teach-Ins is to remove the abstraction inherent in the nuclear weapons threat, just-war theory, moral and theological perspectives, spending, deterrence and security issues where they intersect our understanding of the impact on our lives today, our children's lives tomorrow, and our relationship to our legislative representatives, local and national.  


For the second Teach-In, register at It will take place at Sandy Spring Friends Meeting Community House, Sandy Spring, MD on May 11.


The third Teach-In will be on Wed, May 25 at All Souls Church Unitarian, 1500 Harvard St., NW, WDC 20009.  To register, call 202-332-5266


The Teach-Ins are initiated by the North American team of Mayors for Peace which is based in Hiroshima, Japan. Harvey Zendt from Delaware and Mel Hardy will play host to the discussions and introduce the experts. Co-sponsors are PeaceAction Montgomery County and the Fund Our Communities Coalition (State of Maryland).  The May 11th event in Sandy Spring will also have co-sponsorship by the Peace Committee of Sandy Spring Friends Meeting.  The May 25th event in DC will be under the co-sponsorship of Global Souls, an adult spiritual development committee at All Souls Church, Unitarian. At each session, there will be representation from a member of the Japanese community which has been directly touched by the atrocities of 1945.  Contact Melvin Hardy, [].

22] – Adam Hochschild, AUTHOR OF TO END ALL WARS: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, will speak on Wed., May 11 at 7 PM at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008. Hochschild's history of World War I focuses on those who had the courage to speak out against the conflict. Along with setting the social and political context and charting the course of the war, he profiles the pacifists and conscientious objectors who suffered derision, imprisonment, and torture for their convictions. Call 202-364-1919 or email


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

No comments: