Monday, June 6, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert


Baltimore Activist Alert June 6 – June 12, 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] March on Blair Mountain – concludes June 11

8] Art Along the Trials – through Sept. 3

9] Protest the death penalty – June 6     

10] Marc Steiner on WEAA – June 6 – June 9

11] Palestinian Unification – June 6

12] Last Caribbean film at festival – June 6

13] Conference of Mayors planning meeting – June 6

14] Paths to Peace – June 6

15] March & lobby with the nurses -- June 7

16] War Is Not the Answer demo – June 7

17] Film class – June 7

18] Missile "defense" concerns – June 8    

19] Philadelphia peace vigil – June 8


21] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – June 8

22] Book WHAT'S GOTTEN INTO US – June 8  

23] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – June 9



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] – The March on Blair Mountain: Appalachia's Rising started on Sun., June 5 and will conclude on Sat., June 11 at 5 PM—from Marmet (near Charleston), West Virginia to the site in Logan County.  It commemorates the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921, when 10,000 coal miners rose against the rule of the coal operators and fought for the basic right to live and work in decent conditions. Today, Blair Mountain is threatened with obliteration by mountaintop removal (MTR) mining. It is here that a new generation of Appalachians takes a stand to preserve Blair Mountain, abolish mountaintop removal, defend worker's rights, and begin a just transition to a sustainable economy in Appalachia.


   Each day participants plan to march 10 miles, and then hold a rally in the town of Blair and Day of Action on Blair Mountain. Go to


8] – Art Along the Trails continues at Carrie Murray Nature Center Leakin/Gwynne Falls Park, 1901 Ridgetop Road, Baltimore, MD 21207.  The exhibit is up through Sept. 3.


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., June 6. Call 410-366-1637.


10] – 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 


11] – On Mon., June 6 at 7 PM, Professor Mark Croatti will discuss "Palestinian Unification: What the Declaration by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas Means to Israel and the Drive for Palestinian Statehood" at the Howard County Central Library Meeting Room, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia 21044.  Learn about the current effort to achieve United Nations recognition of statehood by the Palestinian people.  The event is sponsored by the Committee for Palestinian Rights.  Email


12] – The 2011 DC Caribbean FilmFest ends on Mon., June 6 at 7 PM at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  General admission is $11. See ALMACITA, SOUL OF DESOLATO [Almacita di Desolato], a 1986 film set at the turn of the 20th century on the tropical island of Curacao, this drama of magic, fantasy, and legend is an interesting blend of styles that also provides scenic views and musical numbers that maintain interest. Contact or call 301.495.6720.  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, Pledge members are part of the Fund Our Communities Task Force for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which will meet on Mon., June 6 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 Mon., June 6 at 7 PM, hear a discussion "Finding a Path to Peace:  Why Christian, -Muslim relations matter," the first of a series of three weekly Monday evening presentations in June lead by Rev. Dr. Clark Lobenstine at St. Rose of Lima parish Woodlands Building – Duggan Room, 11701 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD.  Email Kathryn Heetderks at  Register at


15] – On Tues., June 7, from 11 AM to 5 PM, March with the Nurses during the National NNU March, Rally and Lobby Day. Meet at LAFAYETTE SQUARE, 16th & H Sts., NW, WDC (closest Metro stops: McPherson Square and Farragut West).  At 11:30 AM, buses depart -- box Lunches distributed – for a noon rally at UPPER SENATE PARK, 200 New Jersey Ave., NW.  Speakers will include Senators Bernie Sanders and Al Franken, your National Nurses United leadership, and others.  From 1 to 5 PM, there will lobby visits with members of Congress.  Also there will be a demonstration at the Chamber of Commerce to challenge its perspectives on nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, safe patient handling, guaranteed healthcare for all, save Social Security and collective bargaining Rights. RSVP to Sarah Frierson of NNU at


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 June 7 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., June 7, Ben McCusker will continue with his film screening and discussion class.  Go to 


18] – On Wed., June 8 from 1:30 to 3 PM, Yousaf Butt, Federation of American Scientists, and Theodore Postol, MIT, will address "Russian Concerns of Proposed U.S.-NATO Missile Defense Shield." The event, sponsored by the Federation of American Scientists, is at the SVC 209 in the Capitol Visitor Center, WDC. RSVP at


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 June 8. Call 215-426-0364.


20] – See the film THE EXILE NATION PROJECT on Wed., June 8 at 5:30 PM at Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th St. NW, WDC.  The film lets the viewer know that the U.S. imprisons more of its citizens than any other country. This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members, and experts on America's criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government's 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe, The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of "out of sight, out of mind." There will be a reception preceding the screening and Q & A to follow with Charles Shaw, the film's director and Eric Sterling (Criminal Justice Policy Foundation), Sanho Tree (Institute for Policy Studies) and others.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis.  This is a free event but there is a recommended donation of $30 - $10 (sliding scale) to help pay for the space and travel expenses. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Go to


21] – 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 June 8. Call 215-843-4256 or email  



22] – On Wed., June 8 at 7 PM at Breathe Book, 810 W. 36th St., McKay Jenkins, journalist and journalism professor at the Univ. of Delaware, presents his new book WHAT'S GOTTEN INTO US? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World.  Call 410-235-7323 or go to


23] – 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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