Sunday, May 22, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert May 23 – May 29, 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] Immigration & human trafficking – May 23

8] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 23 – May 26

9] Protest the death penalty – May 23     

10] Ruckus in D.C. -- May 23

11] Afro-Venezuela Students – May 23

12] Civil Rights History – May 23

13] Conference of Mayors planning – May 23


15] School of Life -- May 24    

16] War Is Not the Answer demo – May 24

17] Film class – May 24

18] We Are Them – May 24

19] Odette Ramos Campaign Kick Off -- May 24    

20] Financial Peace Group – May 24

21] Nuclear agreements -- May 24    

22] Philadelphia peace vigil – May 25

23] BNI celebrates 53rd – May 25  

24] Nuclear weapons teach-in – May 25

25] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – May 25

26] Strategic U.S. policy – May 26

27] Turning the Tide Summit – May 26

28] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – May 26



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 23 from 10 AM to 4:30 PM with reception to follow (5 to 7 PM), Franciscan Action Network (FAN) will host Morse Flores from Franciscans International for a workshop to strengthen our efforts related to immigration and human trafficking.  Reforming U.S. Immigration: International Insights on National Policy will highlight the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a UN human rights mechanism under the Human Rights Council. The UPR is a process to review the human rights record of all 192 UN member States. When the United States was reviewed in 2010, immigration and human trafficking were a key human rights concern. Hosted at Bread for the World, 425 3rd St. SW, Suite 1200, WDC 20024, the workshop is free, but please confirm your participation with Patrick Carolan at for an accurate lunch count.  


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 23. Call 410-366-1637.


10] – Join Ruckus in Washington, DC on Mon., May 23 to celebrate its 15th anniversary: Building Movement Through Action: A Community Dialogue & Celebration from 6 to 9 PM at RAS Restaurant & Lounge, 4809 Georgia Ave., NW. Attend a community dialogue to explore creative action tactics and strategy, and how folks are innovating and adapting to the changing political climate.  RSVP at


11] – The TransAfrica Forum hosts The Next Generation: Afro-Venezuela Students on Mon., May 23 from 6 to 7:30 PM at 1629 K St., NW, Suite 1100, WDC 20006.  Join TransAfrica Forum and Cimarrones in welcoming Afro-Venezuelan student leaders to talk about the social movement in Venezuela and political consciousness of youth and young adults.  Call 202.223.1960 ext. 135 or email


12] – Author Emilye Crosby discusses and signs "Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a National Movement" on Mon., May 23 at 6:30 PM at Busboys @ 14th & V Sts., 2021 14th St. NW, WDC 20009.  She will be joined by Judy Richardson of SNCC and EYES ON THE PRIZE.  Visit or


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 23 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. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake & the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution to cut military spending in order to fund our communities.  Now we must get the resolution passed at the Conference, as well as an anti-nuclear weapons resolution.


14] – On Tues., May 24, join a Day of Action to Exit Afghanistan. In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Leslie Gelb said, "the United States simply cannot afford to squander more time and resources for a nonvital Afghanistan before the core of U.S. power and freedom—the American economy—begins an irreversible decline."  In the House, Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced H.R. 1735, the Afghanistan Exit and Accountability Act, which, among other things, calls for a concrete plan from the President on the accelerated transition to the Afghan government of U.S. military and security operations in Afghanistan.


Peace Action and a dozen other peace and justice organizations are planning to ring the Congressional phones off the hook!  Sign up to follow Peace Action on Facebook and Twitter.  On May 24, Peace Action will send a sample call script to make the calls even easier. Go to


15] – You are cordially invited to attend the annual celebration of the School of Life on Tues., May 24 at 11 AM with a Mass held in honor of its Patron Saint, Mary, Help of Christians at 4217 East-West Highway. It will be celebrated by Fr. James Weisman, Benedictine monk from St. Anselm's Abbey. At 12:15 PM, watch two short films: 1) "The Works of Sri Sathya Sai Baba," 2) "Embracing the World for peace and harmony – The Humanitarian Activities of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Ammachi)."  At 1 PM, enjoy a vegetarian lunch at 4209 East-West Highway.  RSVP for lunch at 301-654-4899 or (e-mail preferred). Go to


16] – 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 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


17] – At the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St. from 6 to 9 PM on Tues., May 24, Ben McCusker will continue with his film screening and discussion class.  Go to 


18] – Deconstructing the "Clash of Civilizations": From "Us and Them" to "We are Them" on Tues., May 24 from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Rafik B. Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O Sts. NW, WDC 20007.  The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown Univ. and the British Council present a high-level Public Panel Discussion. This panel discussion will seek to chart the path towards a new understanding of 'Muslim-West' relations.  RSVP at  Email


19] – On Tues., May 24 from 6 to 8 PM, be at the Campaign Kick-Off Fundraiser for Odette Ramos running as a Democrat from the 12th district for the Baltimore City Council. It is happening at Joe Squared Pizza, 133 W. North Ave.  Call 186-838-0037.  The ticket price is $100, sponsor ticket levels $500 (two tickets), $1,000 (three tickets), $2,500 (four tickets).


20] – On Tues., May 24 from  6:30 to 8 PM, the Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC 20001, the Financial Peace Group will explore financial issues common to all of us, including living without financial fear, getting the bills paid, having enough, and securing our financial future.  The Group will also practice time-tested methods for increasing wealth.   Facilitated by Espy Anderson, who believes all can have financial peace.  Contact Espy at or 202 498-1578. Donations will be accepted, but no one will be turned away.


21] – A Congressional Breakfast Seminar is on for Wed., May 25 from 8 to 9 AM at Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE, WDC, Bruce Klingner, Heritage Foundation, "North Korean Denuclearization," and Christopher Ford, Hudson Center, "Verification of Nuclear Agreements, Proliferation, and Arms Control."  Registration is required.  Contact Elma Rhue at or call 202-685-3726.  Go to


22] – 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 25. Call 215-426-0364.


23] – You are invited to attend Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.'s 53rd Annual Meeting on Wed., May 25 from 6 to 9 PM at the Mt. Washington Conference Center, 5801 Smith Ave., Baltimore 21209.  Contributions to the free event will be welcomed.  RSVP to Byron Rouse at 410-243-4468 or  The guest speaker will be Carl Snowden, Esq., director of Civil Rights, Maryland Attorney General's Office, and Gayle Danley will provide a poetic interlude. 


24] – A Demilitarization / Nuclear Weapons Abolition Teach-In is scheduled for Wed., May 25 from 6:30 to 9 PM. The objective of the Teach-In 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.  


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


The Teach-In was 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 discussion and introduce the experts. Co-sponsors are PeaceAction Montgomery County and the Fund Our Communities Coalition (State of Maryland).  The May 25th event will be under the co-sponsorship of Global Souls, an adult spiritual development committee at All Souls Church, Unitarian. There will be representation from a member of the Japanese community which has been directly touched by the atrocities of 1945. Contact Melvin Hardy, [].


25] – 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 25. Call 215-843-4256 or email  

26] – A Congressional Breakfast Seminar is on for Thurs., May 26 from 8 to 9 AM at Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE, WDC,  Gen. James Cartwright, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, "Strategic U.S. Policy." Registration is required.  Contact Elma Rhue at or call 202-685-3726.  Go to

27] – The National Turning the Tide Summit will take place on Thurs., May 26 at 9 AM through Sat., May 28 until 4 PM at George Mason Univ., Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201. Dozens of campaigns have taken shape across the country asserting the right of residents to remain in this country. Communities are pledging to protect one another and to take aim at the policies and programs that threaten the safety and security of everyone. The Turning the Tide Summit will be a space for labor and immigrant rights activists to strategize, strengthen and amplify local efforts and social movement for human rights, self-determination and legalization with dignity. Register at

28] – The WEEKLY ROUNDTABLE SEEKING A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL takes place from 12:30 - 1:30 PM on Thursdays at Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC.  Join a civil discourse which explores the history, issues, myths, realities, and truth of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Contact Alice Azzouzi at 202-232-5483.


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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