Friday, October 21, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Oct. 21 – Oct. 27, 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] SPCA Auction is ongoing – through Oct. 25

6] Middle Passage Mural – through Oct. 29

7] Occupy Freedom Plaza – Oct. ??

8] Occupy Baltimore -- Oct. ??

9] White House vigil – Oct. 21

10] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Oct. 21

11] WIB Roland Park vigil – Oct. 21

12] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Oct. 21

13] Students march in D.C. -- Oct. 21

14] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Oct. 21

15] Brian Tokar discusses his books -- Oct. 21

16] Peace in Asia & South Pacific – Oct. 21-22

17] Human rights Shabbat – Oct. 21

18] Ballroom dancing – Oct. 21

19] Book party at Red Emma's - Oct. 21

20] Jackson Browne at Lyric – Oct. 21

21] Farmers Market – Oct. 22

22] Pro bono day – Oct. 22

23] Salam to Kalam – Oct. 22

24] Talk about Youth Jail - Oct. 22

25] Olney peace vigil – Oct. 22

26] West Chester, PA demo – Oct. 22

27] Canvas with Bill Barry – Oct 22

28] BARCS Fundraiser – Oct 22

29] Silent vigil at Capitol – Oct. 22

30] Pathways to Peace – Oct 22

31] Film DEAF JAM -- Oct. 22

32] Fusion Film Festival – Oct. 22

33] Sweet Honey in the Rock – Oct. 22

34] Social movements of the 60s & 70s – Oct. 22


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] – The Maryland SPCA Auction Is Officially Open! What are you waiting for?...Bid Now!  Wash the Wag. This year's auction is presented by Jennifer A. Carle, an animal rescuer. She is the author of "Finally Winsome," "A Face of Prozac," "Becoming Waldo," & "My College Boyfriend Dumped Me For You." View All 160 Items. Donate an item. Refer Friends. The auction will close at 9 PM on Tues., Oct. 25. Visit Call 410.235.8826.


6] – See Joe Norman's Middle Passage Mural in the Main Gallery at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224, an epic tale of 10 million souls from Africa to the Americas between the 15th and 19th centuries. The exhibit will be there through Sat., Oct 29.  Call 410-276-1651; go to; or email


7] – The occupation of Freedom Plaza, 14th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, continues as U.S. troops, contractors and mercenaries remain in Afghanistan now for an 11th year.  The idea is to make the space a Tahrir Square, Cairo or Madison, Wisconsin.  NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza to demand that U.S. resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation.  Stop the Machine! Create a New World! Go to


8] – Occupy Baltimore continues at McKeldin Square, Pratt and Light Sts.  General assemblies take place at 8 PM each evening.  Sign up at  Ask for the digest or you get hundreds of emails. 


9] – 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:   


10] – 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.


11] – There is also a noon vigil on Oct. 21 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

12] – 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

13] – Students March to the Occupations is happening on Fri., Oct. 21 from 3 to 6 PM. They will converge at the Department of Education, Maryland Ave. & 6th St. SW at 3 PM.  The march begins at 3:30 PM to McPherson Square via Freedom Plaza.  The basic demands are as follows: Bail out students not banks. No cuts to public education. Forgive student loan debt now.


14] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Oct. 21 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.


15] – Brian Tokar will discuss the two books he completed in 2010: "Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis and Social Change" (New Compass Press), and "Agriculture & Food in Crisis" (co-edited with Fred Magdoff, Monthly Review Press) and will address the unprecedented convergence of environmental and economic crises in our time, the underlying causes of these crises, and the potential for a renewed political movement able to point the way toward a directly democratic, ecological society. The discussion will be on Fri., Oct. 21 at 7 PM at the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St.  Go to


16] – On Fri., Oct. 21 starting at 7 PM and continuing on Sat., Oct. 22 at 6 PM, the American Friends Service Committee and other organizations are hosting  "Peace in Asia and the Pacific: Alternatives to Asia-Pacific Militarization" at American Univ., Kay Spiritual Life Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, WDC.   Keynote addresses by Madame Yan Junqi, vice president of the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament and the vice chairperson of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress and by Bruce Cumings, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History Chairperson of the Department, Univ. of Chicago. There will be panels on Northeast and Southeast Security Issues and Peace Movement Campaigns and workshops. Register at


17] – Shabbat: Shining a Light on Human Rights in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank will take place on Fri., Oct. 21 from 7 to 9 PM at 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, WDC 20003. Amnesty International & the DC Metro Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace cordially invites you to a Shabbat,  where the theme of the dinner will be Shining a Light on Human Rights in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. The event will feature Middle Eastern Food and the history and ritual of Shabbat. RSVP is required:  Go to


18] – 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 Oct. 22.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

19] – On Fri., Oct. 21 at 8 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., there is an ASA Book Party! Celebrate the release of books written and edited by Chandan Reddy, Jafari S. Allen, Patricia Clough & Craig Willse, Fatima El-Tayeb, Eric Stanley, Jack Halberstam and Dean Spade. Go to Call 410-230-0450 or email


20] – An Evening with Jackson Browne takes place on Fri., Oct. 21 at 7 PM at The Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. The ticket prices are from $55 to $70.  Call 410-685-5086 or go to


21] – 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


22] – The Bar Association of Baltimore County is sponsoring a Pro Bono Day on Sat., Oct. 22 from 9 AM to noon at the Towson Armory, 307 Washington Ave.. Participants will be able to discuss civil legal problems with volunteer attorneys at a legal clinic free of charge. No registration is necessary, but more information can be found by calling 443-451-2810 or emailing 


23] – On Sat., Oct. 22, 9 AM to 4 PM attend Salam to Kalam--an open space forum on the current state of affairs in the Arab world.  This conflict resolution themed event will provide you with an opportunity to engage in boundless conversations related to the Arab world. The participants will determine the outcome of this event. Anyone interested in current Arab affairs & conflict resolution should come to George Mason Univ., School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR), Founders Hall Building #126, 3355 Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA, 22201.


24] – The American Studies Association Annual General Meeting is taking place in Baltimore at the Hilton Hotel on Pratt St. There will be a session sponsored by the Baltimore Algebra Project, the Real News Network, and Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle on the question of building a proposed $100 million jail to incarcerate youth charged as adults. It will take place from 10:30 AM to noon on Sat., Oct. 22.


25] 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 Oct. 22. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


26] –  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


27] – Contact Bill Barry at if you help canvas on Sat., Oct 22 at 11 AM for his campaign as a Green Party candidate for city council.  Go to or go to


28] – The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter's biggest fundraiser of the year, raising the funds used to take care of the 12,000+ homeless animals BARCS receives each year. Enjoy pet contests, pet costume contests, k-9 demonstrations, animal rescue groups, pet and people crafts, and food vendors on Sat., Oct. 22 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Patterson Park, 275 S. Patterson Park Ave.  Go to


29] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Oct. 22. 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


30] – Pathways to Peace is an interactive conference that promotes peace through travel and the exploration and understanding of other cultures. The event will feature live music, a world food buffet, slam poetry, yoga, a panel of world travelers and more. Register at Ticket prices are $10, $5 in advance. Pathways will take place on Sat., Oct. 22 at 1 PM at the HI Baltimore Hostel, 17 W. Mulberry St. Call 443-938-0320 or go to

31] – Community Cinema Presents A Screening of "Deaf Jam" on Sat., Oct. 22 from 5 to 7 PM at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC 20009.  The film is by Judy Lieff, and Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen living in New York City, discovers the power of American Sign Language poetry. As she prepares to be one of the first deaf poets to compete in a spoken-word slam, her journey leads to an unexpected collaboration.  RSVP is required at 202-939-0794.

32] – The Fusion Film Festival is happening on Sat., Oct. 22 at 2640 Space, 27th & St. Paul Sts. with the doors opened at 6:30 PM.  The films will start at 7 PM.  Find out more about the fiscal sponsorship and incubation support Fusion provides and the great grassroots social change it supports!   Email or go to

33] – Sweet Honey In The Rock will perform on Sat., Oct. 22 from 6 to 9 PM at the Warner Theatre in a Special tribute to Odetta, Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba.  The Grammy Award-winning ensemble introduces a new program--fresh from its debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center--celebrating the music of the legendary songstresses.  Backed by a jazz trio, the ladies of Sweet Honey In The Rock will perform such standards as "Feelin' Good," "Come Ye," "Pata Pata," "Glory, Glory," a salute to the late Abbey Lincoln, and much more in a stirring, soul-filled evening of song.  Save 10% with code: SHIR. Tickets are available by phone at 202-785-9727 and online at www.WPAS.ORG. 


34] – On Sat., Oct. 22 at 8 PM @ Liam Flynn's Ale House, 22 W. North Ave., catch recapturing the Social Movements of the 60s and 70s Book Party!  This book party is organized by Red Emma's. The participants are Betty Garman Robinson, "Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC;" James Tracy, "Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times;" Dominque Stevenson, "Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther;" and Dan Berger, "The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism." Call 410-230-0450 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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