Monday, May 16, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert May 16 – May 22, 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] Protest Genocide General – May 16

8] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 16 – May 19

9] Protest the death penalty – May 16     

10] Book launch of "Arab & Arab-American Feminisms" -- May 16

11] Film "Just to Live in Peace: Christians of the Holy Land" – May 16

12] Film FREEDOM RIDERS – May 16

13] "Iran: U.S. Policy Options" – May 17

14] Fundamental Challenges to Nuclear Weapons Orthodoxy -- May 17    

15] MD DREAM LAW RALLY -- May 17    

16] Obstacles to Sustainable Development -- May 17    

17] War Is Not the Answer demo – May 17

18] Film class – May 17

19] Conference of Mayors planning meeting -- May 17    

20] Bullying: Enough is Enough – May 17

21] Fund Our Communities talk -- May 17    

22] "U.S. Strategic Options in the Persian Gulf" – May 18

23] Philadelphia peace vigil – May 18

24] Tell Sarbanes Vote No for war funding – May 18

25] Rally for Youth Jobs – May 18  

26] DC Vote in Upper Senate Park – May 18

27] Westminster WIB vigil – May 18                                

28] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – May 18

29] Dr. Sandra Steingraber at Pratt – May 18

30] Celebrate AIM's 10th Birthday -- May 18    



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] – On Mon., May 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM, protest the Guatemalan Genocide General who is seeking support for his presidential campaign.  The Guatemalan Human Rights Commission says  JOIN A DEMONSTRATION AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO PROTEST HIS PRESENCE IN THE U.S., 2201 C. St. NW, WDC.   General Otto Perez Molina is bidding to become president in the September elections in Guatemala. He has been granted a visa and will be welcomed in a number of government offices.  General Perez Molina was a commanding officer in the Ixil Triangle in 1982, when the Guatemalan army carried out- village by village- massacres in the region, often killing hundreds of men, women and children in a single afternoon. State forces committed acts of torture, mutilations, forced disappearances and burning of entire villages as part of the "scorched earth" policy. The U.N. sponsored Truth Commission held the army responsible for genocide against its Mayan citizenry. Perez Molina is also responsible for a number of crimes against humanity in other regions, including the long term torture and disappearance of indigenous resistance leader Efrain Bamaca Velasquez.  Under international law, all nations are obligated to indict or extradite such persons, not welcome and support their bid for yet more power. His visa should be cancelled.


8] – 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 


9] – 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.

10] – Attend the Book launch and reading of a new anthology "Arab & Arab-American Feminisms" on Mon., May 16 from 7 to 9 PM at Bus Boys & Poets, 5th & K Sts., WDC.  Contributing authors Rabab Adbul-Hadi, Amal Amireh, Noura Erakat, Mervat Hatem and Nadine Naber will read.  Go to or

11] – On Mon., May 16 at 7:30 PM at St. Patrick's Parish Hall, 4101 Norbeck Rd., Rockville, MD  20853, enjoy a showing of  "Just to Live in Peace: Christians of the Holy Land" - an inspiring and informative video especially appealing to those overwhelmed by or new to the issue of peace in the Middle East (Palestine/Israel).  Sr. Anne Guinan, MHSH, and Sr. Caritas Kennedy, RSM, who created the documentary on location, will answer questions.  Olive oil from the Holy Land and raffle tickets for an olive wood carving of The Last Supper will be sold.  Contact Richard DeBona at 301-924-2284, ext. 26 or


12] – FREEDOM RIDERS will be shown on American Experience, Mon., May 16 at 9 PM (check local listings), and is also available on DVD/Blu-ray, May 17. This broadcast marks the 50th anniversary of the original Freedom Rides. The Freedom Riders endured ridicule, savage beatings, racism, and mob violence as they made their way across America from May through November 1961. Viewers will meet veterans of the Freedom Rides, who share their experiences and memories. Filmmaker Stanley Nelson focuses on the times that were a'changing, bringing historical events from not-so-long-ago into our modern consciousness.


13] – On Tues., May 17 from 8 to 9 AM, Gary Samore, National Security Council, will address "Iran: U.S. Policy Options," as part of the NDUF-NDIA Seminar Series. This off-the-record talk will be at the Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St., SE, WDC. RSVP by noon, May 16, to Elma Rhue at


14] – On Tues., May 17 from 2 to 3:30 PM, Ward Wilson, Monterey Institute, will be addressing "Inescapable, Unanswerable Contradictions: Five Fundamental Challenges to Nuclear Weapons Orthodoxy" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K St., NW, Fourth Floor Conference Room, WDC. RSVP by May 16 to Tamara Spitzer-Hobeika at


15] – On Tues., May 17 from 3 to 3:45 PM, the Lt. Governor, CASA de MD & MD IAF are co-hosting a MD DREAM LAW RALLY to Celebrate Passage of MD Dream Bill at Wheaton High School, 12601 Dalewood Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20906.  The Lt. Governor will be inviting MD legislators, county executives, community college presidents and union leaders to the event.  

16] – Obstacles to Sustainable Development, an Evening with Fr. Sean McDonagh, is part of a series of events to celebrate the Center of Concern's 40th anniversary. It will occur on Tues., May 17 from 3:30 to 7:30 PM at the Center of Concern, 1225 Otis St. NE, WDC 20017.  The event will start with a presentation, and conclude with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  RSVP to or 301-565-4547.

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 17 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 17, Ben McCusker will continue with his film screening and discussion class.  Go to 


19] – 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 Tues., May 17 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. Of immediate concern is to get Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to sign on to a resolution to cut military spending in order to fund our communities.  Also on the agenda will be an anti-nuclear weapons resolution.


20] – Bullying: Enough is Enough/Voices from the African American LGBT Community Come Together on Tues., May 17 from 7 to 9 PM at Human Rights Campaign Headquarters, 1640 Rhode Island Ave., WDC 20036. There will be a moderated panel discussion.  Email


21] – On Tues., May 17 at 7:30 PM, Pax Christi Burtonsville hosts Jean Athey of Peace Action Montgomery and "Fund Our Communities," who will  give a presentation on the Fund Our Communities campaign, which seeks to show the ways in which the military budget can be cut, thereby freeing up money for community needs and decreasing preparation for war. The event is at Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Road. Burtonsville, Maryland 20866.


22] – On Wed., May 18 from 8 to 9 AM, Ilan Berman, American Foreign Policy Council, will talk about "U.S. Strategic Options in the Persian Gulf," as part of the NDUF-NDIA Seminar Series, at the Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St., SE, WDC. RSVP by noon, May 17, to Elma Rhue at


23] – 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 18. Call 215-426-0364.


24] – On Wed., May 18 at 4:30 PM,  the Pledge of Resistance will go to Rep. John Sarbanes' office, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Baltimore, MD 21204.  While inside, we will deliver a letter to urge the representative to pledge to vote against further funding of wars.  We will also let him know that he should sign on to the following legislation: HR 780, the Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act, HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, and HR 870, the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act.  From 5 to 5:30 PM, we will demonstrate on Bosley Ave against U.S. wars in the Middle East. 


Progressive Democrats of America, CODEPINK and others are holding brownbag vigils outside (or inside) offices of members of the House of Representatives.  Brownbaggers are demanding commitments to vote against more money for war and for progressive legislation. Slogans on their posters include: "Healthcare not Warfare," "Corporations out of Politics," "Bailout Main Street not Wall Street," and "Brownbaggers not Teabaggers".  Go to


25] – On Wed., May 18 at 5 PM. join a Rally for Youth Jobs on TAXPAYERS" NIGHT outside WAR MEMORIAL BUILDING, 101 North Gay St., across Gay from Baltimore City Hall.  At 6 PM, people will go inside for CITY COUNCIL TAXPAYERS NIGHT.  Under the proposed Baltimore City budget, youth employment will fall far short of 2009 levels--meaning thousands more young people will not work this summer.  In Baltimore today, about 200,000 people---one in every three residents---live in poverty, while wealthy corporations and institutions evade taxes and send jobs overseas. Make FULL EMPLOYMENT the issue. End tax breaks and loopholes that shortchange the city--don't balance the budget on the backs of the poor. Contact Ralph Moore at 410-539-5794 ext. 30.


26] – Congress continues to 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 18 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.  


27] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., Apr. 20 from 6:30 PM to 7 PM at the intersection of Martin & Patrick Sts in downtown Frederick.  Wear black, but bring no additional signs. Call 301-834-7581 or


28] – Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is May 18. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


29] – Dr. Sandra Steingraber, acclaimed ecologist and author of LIVING DOWNSTREAM and RAISING ELIJAH: Protecting Our Kids in an Age of Environmental Crisis, will be in Baltimore in conjunction with Baltimore Green Week and the Sustainable Speaker Series. On Wed., May 18 at 7 PM, hear Dr. Steingraber speak at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, central library, 400 Cathedral St.  Call 410-396-5430.  Visit


30] – On Wed., May 18 at 7:15 PM, celebrate AIM's 10th BIRTHDAY with County Executive Leggett, former County Executive Duncan, AIM founding clergy Monsignor Enzler and other AIM clergy and lay leaders at the Colesville United Methodist Church, 52 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904 (near New Hampshire Ave. & Randolph Road).  RSVP to Helen Strang at


To be continued.

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