Friday, January 6, 2012

Baltimore Actvist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 6 – Jan. 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]


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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] Occupy Freedom Plaza – Jan. ??

6] Occupy Baltimore evicted—vows to stay relevant -- Jan. ??

7] Witness Against Torture continues it presence in D.C. through Jan. 12

8] White House vigil – Jan. 6

9] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Jan. 6

10] WIB Roland Park vigil – Jan. 6

11] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Jan. 6

12] WIB Frederick vigil – Jan. 6

13] Protect immigrants – Jan. 6

14] Silent peace vigil & potluck dinner -- Jan. 6

15] Film IMPUNITY – Jan. 6

16] Film OF GODS AND MEN – Jan. 6

17] Economic Democracy – Jan. 6 & 7

18] Witness Against Torture at Dorothy Day – Jan. 6

19] Ballroom dancing – Jan. 6

20] Farmer's Market – Jan. 7

21] Art Grant Info Workshop – Jan. 7

22] Immigration Training Session – Jan. 7

23] Olney peace vigil – Jan. 7

24] West Chester, PA demo – Jan. 7

25] Silent vigil at Capitol – Jan. 7

26] Progressive Neighbors Forum – Jan. 7


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 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


6] – Occupy Baltimore was evicted from McKeldin Square, Pratt and Light Sts.  Participants indicate the operation will continue in some fashion.  Sign up at  Ask for the digest or you get hundreds of emails. 


7] – WITNESS AGAINST TORTURE is still occupying Washington, D.C. through Jan. 12, MARKING 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF GUANTANAMO, with a 10-DAY FAST, COURTROOM SUPPORT FOR ACTIVISTS WHO SPOKE OUT IN CONGRESS, and a HUMAN CHAIN FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO CONGRESS.  Wed., Jan. 11 will mark the tenth anniversary of the first detainees' arrival at the U.S.-controlled detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. To remember this travesty, Witness Against Torture is planning 10 days of activities in Washington, D.C. demanding an end to torture and indefinite detention at Guantanamo, Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, and elsewhere, and that the president reject the just-passed National Defense Authorization Act.


During this occupation, WAT sponsors Hungering for Justice, a 10-day fast highlighting the ongoing crimes at Guantanamo and Bagram. Dozens of activists are expected to participate in the fast in Washington as well as other cities. Locations of daily activities in support of the fast to be announced.


On Wed., Jan. 11, a dramatic Human Chain from the White House to the Capitol Building marks the 10th anniversary of detention at Guantanamo. WAT joins a broad coalition of human rights groups in sponsoring this vigil, which will begin after a noontime rally in Lafayette Park.


Contact Helen Schietinger about the fast at or 202-344-5762 and Jeremy Varon about Jan. 11 at or 732-979-3119.  Go to 


8] – 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:   


9] – 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.


10] – There is also a noon vigil on Jan. 6 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.


11] – 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


12] – WIB holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month.  The next vigil is Dec. 2 from noon to 12:30 PM, War Memorial Park, intersection of W. 2nd & N. Bentz Sts. in Frederick.  Please dress in black; no additional signs.  Call 301-834-7581 or email


13] – Washington, D.C. is about to take a big step forward in protecting immigrant families and pushing back against the polimigra on Fri., Jan. 6.  The City Council will pass a bill to break ICE's hold on the DC jail. It will ensure that hundreds of DC families are not torn apart by deportation and that inmates are treated fairly regardless of their immigration status.  Pack the chambers on Fri., Jan. 6 at 1PM in hearing room 412, Wilson Bldg., 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.


14] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Jan. 6 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.  Since it is First Friday, there will be a potluck dinner after the vigil, followed by a film.



15] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility and Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings are hosting the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES.  The first film in the series IMPUNITY [USA, 2010] will be shown on Fri., Jan. 6 at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  The Meeting hosts a potluck dinner from 6 to 7 PM on First Fridays after the vigil.  At 7 PM, the DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


IMPUNITY is a documentary by Edward Salem, filmed shortly after the end of the destructive Operation Cast Lead in December 2008 - January 2009.  It can be best appreciated as a profound ethnography on the coping mechanisms of a people under siege and in the aftermath of the massive destruction. 


Salem shows the mechanisms of coping and not coping.  The recovery process is long, and he captures much of the struggle and confusion, represented by the warped geography of the destroyed physical infrastructure.  In the constant shift from the tragic to the comedic to the stoic, IMPUNITY showcases truth. This film is sponsored by Baltimore Jewish Voice for Peace, and Laila El-Haddad, living in Columbia, MD, will lead the discussion afterwards.  Go to her blog


16] – On Fri., Jan. 6 at 7 PM, see the film OF GODS AND MEN as part of the Peace Center of Delaware County First-Friday Large Screen Free Film Series, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA.  This French film is taken from a true story about monks living in Algeria who buffeted between the government and Islamic terrorists.  In the face of terror, their greatest weapon was faith... The doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments. Call 610-544-1818 or go to


17] –  Economic Democracy: Another Life is Possible ~Using our resources for the welfare of all~ ~Lessons from life in Venezuela will be presented by Dada Maheshvarananda, who lives there and has a deep understanding of the transformation happening within its society. With more than 66,000 operating cooperatives, the question remains whether this economic democracy will prove to be a model for development throughout the region - and the hemisphere. In spite of the successes, Venezuelan society remains deeply divided between those who love President Hugo Chavez and those who hate him. While political democracy can be exploited by big money & powerful elites, economic democracy is a dynamic economy of, by and for the people. It is based on community based leadership, full employment and a high quality of life that can be experienced by all. Warning: Dada may include some experiential activities in his presentation, so come prepared to participate. Donations accepted for the work of Prout Institute, Venezuela.


He will speak on Fri., Jan. 6 from 7 to 9 PM, but there will be snacks at 6:30 PM in the dining room, north entrance, of St Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC 20010.  Go to


He will also speak on Sat., Jan, 7 from 4 to 6 PM at the Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044.  Go to The events are sponsored by: Washington Peace Center, Howard County Friends of Latin America, Just Peace Circles, Inc. Contact Bette Rainbow Hoover at or 202-329-4667.


Dada was born in the US, and his recent book is After Capitalism: Prout's Vision for a New World.  Since 2006 he lives in Caracas, Venezuela, and directs the Prout Research Institute that promotes and strengthens cooperatives. Go to or


18] – On Fri., Jan. 6 at 7:30 PM, hear about 10 Years of Guantanamo -- We Say No More!  The speakers are Carmen Trotta, Martha Hennessy and Beth Brockman and other members from Witness Against Torture (WAT).  Jan. 11, 2012 marks the tenth year that the first prisoners in the so-called war on terror were brought to Guantanamo. In 2005, following a trip to Guantanamo by Catholic Workers and other activists who tried to visit the prisoners, WAT was formed. Since then, WAT has initiated a nonviolent direct action campaign to call for the closing of Guantanamo and Bagram, and for an end to indefinite detention and torture. See:  The discussion will be at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC, 20010.  Contact Art @ 202-360-6416 or


19] – 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 Jan. 6.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

20] – 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


21] –  There is a Transformative Art Project Information Workshop on Sat., Jan. 7 from 10 AM to noon at PNC Bank, Charles Village Branch (12 E. 25th St.).  Attending one of the two project workshops is mandatory for communities interested in applying for up to $20,000 towards a community-transforming art project. Go to


22] – On Sat., Jan. 7 from 10 AM to noon. There is an Immigration Referendum Training Session - Keep Their Dream Alive – at St. Mark the Evangelist Church, 7501 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville 20783.  Help make higher education affordable for all qualified Maryland students regardless of immigration status.  Learn how you can activate and educate your parish or community to support their DREAM.  They were brought here as youngsters and love America – their home.  They are hardworking, file taxes and will not take any university spots away from other Maryland students – and they will pay the full Maryland in-state tuition rate.


23] – 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 Jan. 7. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


24] –  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


25] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Jan. 7. 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


26] – There is a Progressive Neighbors Legislative Forum on Sat., Jan. 7 at 1:45 PM at the Clifton Park Baptist Church, 8818 Piney Branch Road (at University Blvd).  This event is sponsored by Progressive Neighbors with Progressive Maryland and others.


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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