Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Aug. 24 – Aug. 30, 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]


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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] Can you phone bank? -- through Sept. 3

7] Can you risk arrest with – through Sept. 3

8] Art Along the Trials – through Sept. 3

9] Philadelphia peace vigil – Aug. 24

10] Protest Secure Communities Imitative – Aug. 24

11] Book discussion of SARAH'S KEY – Aug. 24

12] City Council 9TH District candidate debate – Aug. 24

13] City Council 4TH District candidate debate – Aug. 24

14] City Council 8TH District candidate debate – Aug. 24

15] Volunteers needed – Aug. 24 to promote McKinney visit – Aug. 25

16] Chestnut Hill Peace Vigil – Aug. 24

17] Fund Our Communities meeting -- Aug. 24

18] Free concert in D.C. – Aug. 24

19] Poster making for MLK commemoration – Aug. 25

20] City Council 1st District candidate debate – Aug. 25

21] City Council 7th District candidate debate – Aug. 25

22] City Council 2nd District candidate debate – Aug. 25

23] City Council 5th District candidate debate – Aug. 25

24] City Council 3rd District candidate debate – Aug. 25

25] Movement against Drug War – Aug. 25

26] White House vigil – Aug. 26

27] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Aug. 26

28] WIB Roland Park vigil – Aug. 26

29] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Aug. 26

30] Silent vigil – Aug. 26

31] Vigil to End Wars – Aug. 26

32] Youth Empowerment – Aug. 26

33] Cuban singer in concert – Aug. 26

34] Ballroom dancing – Aug. 26

35] Farmers Market – Aug. 27

36] March for Jobs & Justice – Aug. 27

37] Credit Improvement Workshop – Aug. 27

38] Olney vigil to end the war – Aug. 27

39] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Aug. 27

40] Peace vigil at Capitol – Aug. 27


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] – The Tar Sands Action at the White House continues through Sat., Sept. 3.  Volunteers are needed to do phone-banking to convince people to come to D.C. and risk arrest at the White House.  A phone bank operation has been set up for the offices of the Energy Action Coalition in D.C., happening from 4-7 PM each day. You can sign up by contacting Whit Jones at EAC at


7] – The Tar Sands Action began on Sat., Aug. 20 at noon, and continues through Sat., Sept. 3 at noon.  The aim is to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline to the Canadian Tar Sands.  This pipeline destroys or puts at risk many vulnerable wilderness areas plus an aquifer supplying water to much of the U.S. Midwest.  The U.S. State Dept. is fighting for business interests and attempting to override environmental and administrative law, defying the slightly less corrupt EPA and in essence refusing to submit any serious environmental impact statements.  The organizers hope to defuse the largest carbon bomb in North America. With people power and time-tested tactics of civil resistance – join thousands of people from across the continent in a wave of sustained sit-ins at the White House.  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] – 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 Aug. 17. Call 215-426-0364.


10] – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is holding a hearing on Wed., Aug. 24 on the misleadingly-named "Secure Communities" Initiative (S-COMM). That's the same federal department that has forced the controversial deportation program—which was developed by the FBI as a first step toward creating a national biometric identification scheme—on local jurisdictions across the country, including those that have rejected it, such as Arlington,VA, Washington, DC and Baltimore and Montgomery County, MD. The hearing is from 6 to 8 PM at George Mason Law School, Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA. 


After misrepresenting S-COMM, breaking up thousands of families over offenses as trivial as broken tail lights, and prompting a humanitarian crisis around the country, DHS now claims it wants community input. People across the region are mobilizing to make sure DHS hears their input in no uncertain terms.  Stand Against S-COMM on Wed., Aug. 24 starting with a march at 5 PM at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 3304 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA.  It is near the Clarendon Metro (Orange Line).  Contact Marisa Vertrees at


11] – There will be a book discussion about SARAH'S KEY by Tatiana de Rosnay on Wed., Aug. 24 at 6 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Northwood branch, 4420 Loch Raven Blvd.  Call 410-396-6076 or go to

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12] – There will be a debate between candidates for City Council 9th District on Aug. 24 at 6 PM at St. James Episcopal Church Hall, 1020 West Lafayette Ave. at Arlington Ave.


13] – There will be a debate between candidates for City Council 4th District on Aug. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Church of the Holy Covenant, 5657 The Alameda.


14] – There will be a debate between candidates for City Council 8th District on Aug. 24 from 7 to 9 PM at the Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church, 4640 Edmondson Ave.


15] – Volunteers are needed to promote events scheduled for Thurs., Aug. 25.  For example, there will be leafleting and phone banking on Wed., Aug. 24 starting at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St.  The phone banking begins at 7 PM. Email or call 410-218-4835 to volunteer to WELCOME CYNTHIA MCKINNEY AND THE TRUTH TOUR TO BALTIMORE.  Former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney is reporting back from a delegation that she led to Libya where she witnessed first hand the impact of the U.S./NATO war. 


On Thurs., Aug 25 from 1 to 2 PM, there will be a special luncheon with Cynthia McKinney at Morgan State University Student Center.  RSVP to attend Rev. CD Witherspoon, president of SCLC at 


From 4 to 5 PM, join a Community Buffet with McKinney at 703 E. 37th St., Baltimore 21218.  Bring Food/make a salad, entree, dessert, or beverage for the community dinner.  RSVP to so that there is adequate food. There is a suggested donation of $10.


Hear McKinney speak at 7 PM at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave., Baltimore 21217.  To set up tables for vendors & nonprofits, contact Eartha Harris, Millions More Movement, at 443-655-7198 or email  All tables must be set up between 6 and 6:30 PM. Absolutely NO table set up after 7 PM. Proceed from the tables will go to the Truth Tour - $50 for vendors $30 for nonprofits.


Beside McKinney, there are other speakers: Akbar Muhammad, Int'l rep. Nation of Islam, Sara Flounders, International Action Center, and community, union, peace and student activists.  Former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney recently returned from leading a fact-finding delegation to Libya


16] – 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 Aug. 24. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


17] – There is a very important meeting on Wed., Aug. 24 at 7:30 PM at Jean Athey's home, 2305 Gold Mine Road, Brookeville-- phone 301-570-0923. If you can't come to the home but want to participate, call into 218-936-4700, 980221#. The focus of the meeting will be to get organized for the Town Hall Meeting on military spending in Silver Spring on Mon., Sept. 20. 


18] – Join Sojourners for a free concert on Wed., Aug. 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at the Gala Hispanic Theatre in Columbia Heights. The concert will feature music from Tracy Howe Wispelwey and Joy Ike.  Tracy Howe Wispelwey is a Colorado-based artist who has toured North and South America, bringing along her insightful, poetic lyrics set to music that incorporates elements of folk, gospel, and traditional world music. Joy Ike is a Pittsburgh-based soul and folk artist who has been voted "Best Solo Artist" by the Pittsburgh City Paper three years in a row and has been praised by NPR's All Things Considered as "a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small."


Seating at the Gala Hispanic Theatre will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis with the doors opening at 7 PM and the show beginning at 7:30 PM.  The Tivoli Theater is located near the Columbia Heights Metro stop on the Green and Yellow line.


19] – Together with the ACLU of the National Capital Area, DC Vote is organizing a poster-making party on Thurs., Aug. 25 for the Full Democracy and Freedom Rally and March on Aug. 27.  The Poster-making Party is from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in Freedom Plaza, 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at  Also RSVP to attend the rally and march on Saturday.


The schedule on Saturday is as follows: 9:30 – 10 AM Assembly, pre-rally entertainment; 10 - 11 AM Rally for Full Democracy and Freedom, with District, youth and Civil Rights leaders; 11 AM - noon March to join the National Action Network Rally at 17th St. & Constitution Ave. NW; 1 PM March to the site of the King Memorial at Ohio Dr. SW and West Basin Dr. SW; 1:30 PM consecration of the Memorial grounds with interfaith leaders from across the country.  Email


20] – There will be a debate between candidates for City Council 1st District on Aug. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Southeast Anchor Library 5601 Eastern Avenue.


21] – There will be a debate between candidates for City Council 7th District on Aug. 25 from 6 to 8 PM at the Heritage United Church of Christ, 3106 Liberty Heights Ave. 


22] – There will be a debate between candidates for City Council 2nd District on Aug. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Frankford Estates Clubhouse, 4511 Moravia Run Way.


23] – There will be a debate between candidates for City Council 5th District on Aug. 25 from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Edward Myerberg Senior Center, 3101 Fallstaff Road.  


24] – There will be a debate between candidates for City Council 3rd District on Aug. 25 from 7 to 9 PM at Good Samaritan Hospital, 5601 Loch Raven Blvd.  


25] – On Thurs., Aug. 25, at 7 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 800 St. Paul St., catch a discussion Movement Against the Drug War Model in Mexico.  Call 410-230-0450 or go to


Since 2006, more than 40,000 people have died in the "War on Drugs" in Mexico. In 2006 when Felipe Calderon was elected to be Mexico's president, he set into motion policies to directly confront the cartels with the military. Thus, some argue that this violence is a direct result of the greater militarization of the country, the majority of the victims not being cartel members or the military but ordinary citizens.


In response, a citizens movement is growing, not just demanding justice for the innocent victims of this war, but rather going to the roots of the problem and calling for fundamental social and political changes. Hear a report about it.


26] – 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:   


27] – 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 will be available. See or write or call 410-467-9114.


28] – There is also a noon vigil on Aug. 26 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

29] – 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

30] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Aug. 26 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., in opposition to war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings. 


31] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, Aug. 26, 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


32] – On Fri., Aug. 26 from 6 to 9 PM attend Voices Organizing for International Change, Empowerment and Support featuring DJ's spinning, Live hip-hop, multimedia presentation, food, and networking with like-minded people interested in activism, international development and social change. VOICES is a monthly event series designed to raise funds and awareness for grassroots organizations across the globe that support empowerment, development and leadership.


This month V.O.I.C.E.S. brings it home to D.C. by supporting local youth empowerment at Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW, WDC 20008.  Use the Red Line and exit at Dupont Circle, Q St.  The cost is a $5-$10 sliding admission.  Email Sana Saeed at  RSVP by using this link:!/event.php?eid=227945160573865. The Interfaith Youth Action Group (IYAG), an initiative of ML Resources Social Vision and the 9/11 Unity Walk for the Washington, D.C. area, aims to empower high school students from diverse backgrounds to become leaders in interfaith dialogue and service, guiding them to create their own year-long community service initiatives with both a local and global expression, using the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals as their platform. Go to 


33] – On Fri., Aug. 26 at 8 PM hear aacclaimed Cuban singer-songwriter, Pablo Milanés, a prominent figure in Cuba's nueva trova movement of the late '60s, who will perform in concert in Washington, D.C. at the Warner Theater. Tickets can be purchased at or   For those who want to see free and unrestricted travel both ways between the United States and Cuba, this concert tour is important in showing us the benefits we could all enjoy from ending the travel ban and allowing additional avenues for our two countries to engage.


34] – 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 Aug, 26.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.


35] – Go to the West Baltimore Farmer's Market for fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and other treats every Saturday from 8 to noon.  CPHA has worked with the West Baltimore Marc TOD and Transit Inc. (WBMTTI) to establish a Farmer's Market at the West Baltimore Marc Train stop at Smallwood Road at Franklin and Mulberry Sts.  Since opening in June, over 300 people buy fresh groceries there every Saturday morning. WBMTTI will continue to include the community in the transit-oriented developments on the west side and continue to improve the area around "the highway to nowhere" until it becomes the highway to somewhere. Go to


36] – MARCH and CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR JOBS AND JUSTICE on Sat., Aug. 27 in Washington, D.C. starting with a pre-rally at noon.  The march begins at 1:30 PM.  BUSES WILL LEAVE FROM the Baltimore Teachers Union, 5800 Metro Drive, Baltimore at 9 AM sharp (no exceptions).  There is no charge for transportation.  Contact Les Bayless at 410-661-3088 or to see if space is still available.  The FREE transportation is provided by Maryland and District of Columbia AFL-CIO and other organizations.


37] On Sat., Aug. 27 at 10 AM, there will be a Credit Improvement Workshop, 1400 E. Federal St. To register, call 410-545-0136.


38] 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 Aug. 27. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


39] –  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


40] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Aug, 27. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It.--Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to 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] Go to


"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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