Friday, October 14, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Oct. 14 – Oct. 20, 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. 17

6] DC Labor FilmFest – through Oct. 18

7] Middle Passage Mural – through Oct. 24

8] Occupy Freedom Plaza – Oct. ??

8] Occupy Baltimore -- Oct. ??

10] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Oct. 14

11] Slave Ship: The Middle Passage Today -- Oct. 14

12] Ballroom dancing – Oct. 14

13] Farmers Market – Oct. 15

14] Jobs & Justice March – Oct. 15

15] Help Women of Afghanistan – Oct. 15 & 16

16] Free legal advice – Oct. 15

17] The DC Walk For The Animals - Oct. 15

18] Olney peace vigil – Oct. 15

19] West Chester, PA demo – Oct. 15

20] Silent vigil at Capitol – Oct. 15

21] Philly Against War Festival – Oct 15

22] Critterpalooza -- Oct. 15

23] Chocolate Affair – Oct. 15

24] Gimme Shelter benefit – Oct. 15

25] Make a Difference – Oct. 16

26] Get on Bridge for Peace – Oct. 16

27] United Workers Build Media & Action Build Day – Oct. 16 & 17

28] World Food Day – Oct. 16

29] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Oct. 16

30] Red Emma's Meeting – Oct. 16

31] Condemn military spending – Oct. 16

32] Pentagon Vigil – Oct. 17


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!  If you bid between Fri., Oct. 14 and Mon., Oct. 17, you will also be eligible to win a $15 gift card to 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. Visit Call 410.235.8826.


6] – The DC Labor FilmFest continues with a closing film on Tues., Oct. 18 at 7 PM at the Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD.  Organized and presented by the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute and the American Film Institute, DC Labor FilmFest 2011 boasts an array of new films and beloved classics about work and workers, from the American office to the far-flung factories of the global economy.  For more information, visit and


7] – 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


8] – 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


9] – 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. 


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


11] – As part of Joe Norman's Middle Passage Mural display 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, there will be performances on Fri., Oct. 14  at 8 PM called Slave Ship: The Middle Passage Today.  These are short performances by Bashi Rose and Rosiland Cauthen which include excerpts from Amiri Baraka's SLAVE SHIP and Hardy and Rose's film "Me, Myself and Us," interspersed with remarks by scholar Dr. Raymond Winbush, psychologist Dr. Frances Cress Welsing and artist Joseph Norman.  There will be an open conversation as well.  Tickets are $12, but members get in for $7.  Call 410-276-1651; go to; or email


12] – 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. 7.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

13] – 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


14] – Continue the Fight for Jobs and Justice March and Rally on Sat., Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C.  Partners in labor, education, civil rights and clergy from across the country will hold a rally and march for jobs and justice before the historic unveiling of the national King Memorial on the National Mall. There will be buses leaving from Baltimore: 5800 METRO DRIVE, 1410 Bush St. and the corner of Preston and Eutaw Sts. at 8 AM (sharp – NO EXCEPTIONS).  The transportation is free and provided by Maryland and District of Columbia AFL-CIO and other organizations. Call to confirm your seat on the bus, 410-318-8537.


Join Mayor Gray, Delegate Norton, DC Vote and many others on Sat., Oct. 15 for the Full Democracy and Freedom Rally. After the rally, march with Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to the site of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. Gather in Freedom Plaza, 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave, NW, from 9 to 10 AM for a pre-rally program.  Then rally from 10 to 11 AM for Full Democracy and Freedom, with District and Civil Rights leaders.  At 11 AM, march to join the National Action Network Rally at the Sylvan Theatre, 15th St. and Independence Ave. SW.  At 1:30 PM, march to the site of the King Memorial at Ohio Drive and West Basin Drive, SW.  Use the Red Line - Metro Center or the Orange/Blue Line - Federal Triangle.  Email


15] – Help Build a School for the Women of Afghanistan on Sat. Oct. 15 and Sun., Oct. 16 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  The sponsor is Afghan Women's Fund, and the fundraiser features Hand Made Oriental Rugs and Jewelry/Hand-Crafts from Afghanistan.  The fundraiser takes place at 1034 Blackwell Road, Annapolis, MD.  Go east on Forest Dr., and the name changes to Bay Ridge Rd. Go past the Giant Supermarket and turn left onto Edgewood Rd. Then turn right on Blackwell Rd. with 1034 on right.  Any offer will be considered on the large rugs to help thousands of women and girls in Afghanistan.  Cash, checks and Visa/MasterCard accepted.  Email Fahima Vorgetts at or go to


16] – An art and entertainment attorney for over 18 years, Walt Lehmann, of Lehmann Strobel PLC, assists creative professionals and cultural organizations, including the Walters, with the management of their intellectual property assets. On Sat., Oct. 15 with appointments every 20 minutes from 10 AM to noon, he will provide free legal advice at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224.  Call 410-276-1651 to register. This clinic will run every third Saturday beginning this fall!


17] – The DC Walk For The Animals is on Sat., Oct. 15 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Marie Reed Learning Center, Adams Morgan, 2200 Champlain St., WDC.  The Washington Humane Society (WHS) will host this annual event to celebrate animals and end pet homelessness in DC. The event will feature a variety of family-friendly activities, including games; contests for people and their pets; entertainment; pet-focused information and activity booths; food trucks and more. WHS will bring adoptable dogs, and the DC Department of Health will offer DC dog and dog park licenses as well as free vaccination services for those attending with their own canine companions. To volunteer, contact Julie Vallante at


18] 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. 15. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


19] –  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


20] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sept. 24. 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


21] – On Sat., Oct. 15 from noon to 5 PM, join Philly Against War Festival & Rally at Independence Visitors Center, 6th & Market Sts., Phila.,

PA.  Go to  Brandywine Peace Community is among multiple sponsors.  Go to


22] – Critterpalooza is happening on Sat., Oct. 15 from noon to 4 PM at the Maryland Naturalist Center, 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore 21206. This is a Celebration of Animals! It is a free, nature-themed community event.  Families can interact with live animals, play nature games and crafts, view museum collections, learn to walk like an animal, dig for fossils, meet naturalists and wildlife rehabilitators, explore a natural play space, and dress up for a critter costume contest (12 and under).  You can buy baked goods and raffle tickets to support the activities of the NHSM. Visit or


23] – On Sat., Oct. 15 from 6 to 10 PM, attend the 8th Annual Chocolate Affair, a benefit for the Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center (MCVRC) at the Heritage Room, Holy Family Catholic Church, 12010 Woodmore Rd., Mitchellville.  Call 301-952-0063.  Share a wonderful evening with delicious food and delectable chocolate desserts. Enjoy silent and live auctions and an awards ceremony honoring those who have made a difference in the lives of crime victims and hosted by NBC reporter Jackie Bensen. All proceeds will support the needs of crime victims and their families, from counseling and support groups, to accompaniment at trial and other proceedings; with assistance in understanding and exercising their rights as crime victims, legal representation; assistance with criminal injuries compensation and other community referrals.


24] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues to have consciousness/fundraising events about the plight of the homeless and for the shelters that serve them. Be at the Hamilton Gallery, 5502 Harford Road on Sat., Oct. 15 at 7:30 PM for October Earth a very special performance by Marcus Colasurdo. A $5 donation is requested.  Mr. Colasurdo will be performing pieces from his underground classic "ANGEL CITY TAXI" (a Los Angeles cab driver journal) as well as selections from his latest collaboration with photographer Ollivier Girard, "WHERE WE WORSHIP."  Donations of warm clothing, pedialite and non-perishable food items are also accepted.  Call 410 532-0193 or go to 


25] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore, MD 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.  On Sun., Oct. 16, the program will look at "Together We Can Make a Difference" with Arnold N. Fishman, Esq., board member and former president of the American Ethical Union.  What is the role of the American Ethical Union (AEU) in Humanist affairs? Call 410-581-2322 or visit the website to be sure at


26] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis.  Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole.   If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or]. Go to


27] – The United Workers Conference Planning Committee [] is seeking participation in making the Fair Development Conference possible! Volunteers are needed to help with everything from set-up to childcare to planning Sunday's action. Pitch in for a few hours, or the whole weekend.  If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Mike Wissner at, or attend one of the volunteer trainings.  For example, there will be an Internal Media Training on Sun., Oct. 16 from 11 AM to 2 PM at United Workers office, 901 Hollins St., Baltimore.  And there is an Action Build Day on Sun., Oct. 16 from 4 to 8 PM and Mon,, Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 PM at Nana Project Studios, 4504 Wilmslow Road, Baltimore, MD 21210.


28] – World Food Day is Sun., Oct. 16, and it is time to take action for labels on Genetically Engineered Foods. But in order to get the media, our legislators and the Biotech industry need to heed the call for labeling.  In WASHINGTON D.C., from 2 to 5 PM, the Right2Know March will be in Lafayette Park. Contact Erica, or go to Visit


29] – Every Sunday, 4 to 5 PM, there is a Quaker Peace Vigil at Independence Mall, N. side of Market between 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-421-5811.


30] – Red Emma's needs volunteers.  Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email  The next meeting is Oct. 16. There is no meeting on the first Sunday of the month.  Call 410-230-0450. If you would be interested in volunteering or becoming a collective member of 2640, send an email to


31] – Voices of a Movement: Open Mic will take place on Sun., Oct. 16 from 8 to 10 PM at Busboys and Poets, 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW, WDC.  One Common Unity proudly presents this event with the featured topic being The Military Industrial Complex.  "Voices of a Movement" is your chance to take the stage and share your story through music, spoken word poetry and other artistic mediums. And if performing is not your thing, simply come and listen. Every month a different issue faces this community, but you're welcome to bring work about any topic which concerns you share. Come early, sign up for the open-mic and ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE MOVEMENT! Admission is a suggested donation of $5 to One Common Unity's Fly By Light.  Go to


32] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is Mon., Oct. 10, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


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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