Friday, April 6, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Apr. 6 - Apr. 12, 2012


"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] Personal assistant job

6] Protect Bill of Rights – Apr. 6

7] Nuclear Fuel Cycle – Apr. 6

8] Prevent Nuclear Terrorism – Apr. 6

9] Lenten Prayer Services – Apr. 6

10] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Apr. 6

11] WIB Roland Park vigil – Apr. 6

12] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Apr. 6

13] Justice Way of the Cross – Apr. 6

14] Silent peace vigil – Apr. 6

15] Film INSIDE JOB – Apr. 6

16] Ballroom dancing – Apr. 6

17] Activist Artist Corner – Apr. 6

18] Farmer's Market – Apr. 7

19] Olney peace vigil – Apr. 7

20] West Chester, PA demo – Apr. 7


23] Silent vigil at Capitol – Apr. 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] – Walter Teague, LICSW, LCSW-C, wants to hire someone to provide help on a number of projects at his office. This Personal Office Assistant would work part time, approximately 20 hours a week.  The desired availability would be Mon. – 11 AM to 6 PM, Tues., - 11 AM to 5 PM and Fri. – 11 AM to 6 PM.  Work closely with an experienced social worker on both professional and personal projects. Working mostly out of a home office, the work will include both routine and more challenging tasks. Work will be assigned and reviewed weekly as needed. The projects will start with office organizing and proceed to assist in writing and internet tasks. It would be a requirement for the person to have a driver's license in order to get to Adelphi, MD.  Call 301-439-6755 or email


6] –  Join the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition in petitioning to protect the Bill of Rights on Fridays from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at the Takoma Park Metro Station. Email


7] –  On Fri., Apr. 6 from 8:30 AM through 4 PM at George Washington Univ., the State Room - Seventh Floor of the Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW, WDC 20052, Peter Lyons, Assistant Energy Secretary for Nuclear Energy, and six other speakers will address "Teaching the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: What Policymakers, Practitioners and the Public Need to Know." Go to


8] –  On Fri., Apr. 6 at 10 AM, Robert Gallucci, former U.S. negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994, Sharon Squassoni, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund, and Alexander Glaser, Princeton Univ. will take a look at "Global Nuclear Security and Preventing Nuclear Terrorism." The event is at the National Press Club, Zenger Room, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, WDC. Go to


9] –  Lockheed Martin works for... War and the 1% Super Rich! On Good Friday, Apr. 6, Protest  Occupy  Resist...the Top-Gun of Corporate America's 1%: Lockheed Martin, world's #1 war profiteer.  At noon join the Stations of Justice & Peace/Passover Trail of Mourning & Truth, and Nonviolent Resistance at Lockheed Martin, 230 Mall Boulevard (Mall & Goddard Blvds.), Valley Forge, PA (behind King of Prussia Mall, across from the King of Prussia United Artists Movieplex).   


Park in large movieplex lot.  For public transportation, go to See nonviolence discipline at  Those planning to participate in the resistance, attend 11 AM on-site preparation meeting. Call 610-544-1818 or go to



10] – There will be Lenten Vigil for Peace & Justice at the White House on Fri., Apr. 6 from noon to 1 PM at the White House (north side on Pennsylvania Ave.).  There will be a prayer service at the White House to remember the victims of U.S. warmaking in Iraq, to repent for the war crimes the U.S. has committed, and to demand that reparations be made to the Iraqi people.


Lent is a time for personal and societal repentance, a time for radical conversion, renewal and transformation. Living under the brutal occupation of the Roman Empire, Jesus declared: "The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel." (Mk.1:15) Living in the U.S. Empire, which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described as "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world," we need to heed Jesus' proclamation now more than ever. Contact Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at or 202-360-6416.


11] – 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.


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


13] – 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


14] – Consider joining the Justice Way of the Cross on Good Friday, Apr. 6 at noon outside City Hall. 100 Hollodau St. Pax Christi/Baltimore will lead the procession through downtown Baltimore to address symbols of suffering, injustice and oppression; to remember the need to respond to Jesus' cal to justice and to prepare for the spirit of redemption and liberation of Easter Sunday.


At each station there is a brief prayer service, usually including a reading, litany, remarks and a song. Contact Chuck at 443-846-5207 or go tp


15] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Apr. 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.


16] – 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 fourth film in the series  INSIDE JOB [USA, 2010] will be shown on Fri., Apr. 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.


This is an Oscar-winning documentary about the financial crisis caused by Wall Street.  Directed by Charles Ferguson in five parts, the film is about the systemic corruption in the financial sector.  It begins with a look at how Iceland was highly deregulated in 2000 and its banks were privatized. When Lehman Brothers went bankrupt and AIG collapsed on September 15, 2008, Iceland and the rest of the world went into a global recession.


The U.S. financial industry was regulated from 1940 to 1980, followed by a long period of deregulation. Since deregulation, we have suffered with the savings and loan crisis costing taxpayers about $124 billion; next up was the 2001 Internet Stock Bubble with $5 trillion in investor losses; and then in 2008 the mortgage fraud crisis brought on the current depression, which cost $20 trillion.


Matt Damon is the narrator of the first film to provide a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008.  Maria Allwine, Green Party candidate for U.S. senator, will lead the discussion.


17] –  FIRST FRIDAY'S at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, includes an Activist Artist Corner-- spoken word, music, poetry, film, and media—on Apr. 6 from 8 PM to midnight.  The night will feature Ron Kipling Williams, Asher Strauss, Christopher Rykiel, bass player Donna Simone Plamondon and guitar player Ester Solidarity and YOU!  There will be an open mic!  Enjoy homemade food, desserts, beverages on sale; proceeds to the people's struggle.  Call 443-909-8964. 


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 Apr. 6.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

19] – 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


20] – 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 Apr. 7. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


21] –  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

22] – The MILLION HOODIES MARCH is on for Sat., Apr. 7 at noon at Malcom X Park, 16th St NW between Euclid St and W St NW.  Forty-four years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination, demand justice for Trayvon Martin's murder. On Feb. 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin was shot dead by George Zimmerman, the self-appointed head of a neighborhood watch program in a gated community in Sanford, Florida.  Come out to the Million Hoodies March to turn anger into protest and demand justice for Trayvon Martin.  The closest Metro is Columbia Heights – Green/Yellow Line.  Email

23] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Apr. 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


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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