Thursday, April 19, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Apr. 20 - Apr. 26, 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] Protect Bill of Rights – Apr. 20

6] IMF Protests – Apr. 20 - 22

7] Max at JHU Spring Fair – Apr. 20 - 22

8] White House vigil – Apr. 20

9] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Apr. 20

10] WIB Roland Park vigil – Apr. 20

11] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Apr. 20

12] WMD Proliferation – Apr. 20

13] Silent peace vigil – Apr. 20

14] Cuban Five activities – Apr. 20 & 21

15] Van Jones at Busboys – Apr. 20

16] MUPJ conference -- Apr. 20-21

17] MARX IN SOHO – Apr. 20/THE FEVER – Apr. 21

18] Ballroom dancing – Apr. 20

19] Peace House benefit – Apr. 20

20] Occupy Earth Week – Apr. 21

21] Ecofest – Apr. 21

22] Animal rescue training -- Apr. 21

23] Holy Land training -- Apr. 21

24] Olney peace vigil – Apr. 21

25] West Chester, PA demo – Apr. 21

26] Silent vigil at Capitol – Apr. 21

27] Rally for Cuban 5 – Apr. 21

28] Eddie Conway Fundraiser – Apr. 21

29] Education crisis – Apr. 21

30] Nicaragua Benefit Show – Apr. 21

31] Singing Solidarity -- Apr. 21



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] –  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

6] Anarchy Spring training and IMF protest is happening from Fri., Apr. 20 at 11 AM through Sun., Apr. 22 at 10:30 PM.  Contact the Anarchist Alliance DC Network at

7] –  The Johns Hopkins University Spring Fair 2012, 3400 N. Charles St., is on Fri., Apr. 20, from noon to 8 PM, Sat., Apr. 21 and Sun., Apr. 22, from 10 AM to 8 PM, on the Homewood campus.  The event includes a children's section, craft vendors, food court, local musicians and a non-profit section. Go to

 Max will be selling used books, buttons, bumperstickers, CDs, DVDs, videos and vinyl at the JHU Spring Fair.  His booth should be located in the upper quad.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


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 Apr. 20 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] – On Fri., Apr. 20 from noon to 1:30 PM, Kathleen Vogel, Cornell Univ., and Michael Dennis, Georgetown Univ., will address "The Role of Tacit Knowledge in WMD Proliferation: Past and Present" at the Wilson Center, Fifth Floor, Reagan Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP to


13] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Apr. 20 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. 


14] – On Fri., Apr. 20 at 6 PM, there is an Evening of Solidarity with Cuba and the Cuban 5--"Obama Give Me Five" at the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW. The special guest is Danny Glover, and the keynote speaker is Dolores Huerta, president, Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of United Farm Workers.  A van will leave the Solidarity Center at 4 PM sharp.  Email to reserve a seat.  There are events all week for the Cuban 5.  Go to


15] – At Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Sts., 2021 14th St NW, WDC, on Fri., Apr. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Van Jones discusses his new book REBUILD THE DREAM.  Green economy pioneer Van Jones reflects on his journey from grassroots outsider to White House insider. For the first time, he shares intimate details of his time in government - and reveals why he chose to resign his post as a special advisor to the Obama White House. Call 202-387-7638.


16] – Be at the 27th Annual Maryland United for Peace and Justice  Peace, Justice, & Environment Conference - "Peacemaking in the 21st Century at the Episcopal Cathedral, 4 E. University Parkway, Balt., MD 21218.  Find the agenda of issues, speakers, workshops and registration at

It features Medea Benjamin, Occupy Peace, David Harrington, Leadership and Peace, and Sen. Jamie Raskin who will do his Annapolis Update. Some of the sponsoring groups are Adelphi Friends Meeting, Anne Arundel Peace Action, Baltimore News Network, publisher of, Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee, a committee of Homewood Friends Meeting and Stony Run Friends Bethesda Friends Meeting, and Baltimore Pledge of Resistance.


On Fri., Apr. 20, there is a potluck dinner at 6:30 PM.  At 8:15 PM, Medea Benjamin will discuss "How the 99% can rise up against war." On Sat., Apr. 21, the conference goes from 8 AM to 5 PM.


17] – MARX IN SOHO and THE FEVER will be performed, courtesy of the newly-formed Baltimore Chapter of the Socialist Party-USA, at the Load of Fun Theatre on 120 W North Ave.  The late historian Howard Zinn wrote MARX IN SOHO, and it will be performed on Fri., Apr. 20 at 7:30 PM.  Wallace Shawn's THE FEVER will star Jerry Levy ( on Sat., Apr. 21 at 7:30 PM.  Tickets: $20 per show, $30 for both shows, $50 solidarity rate. Both shows are a benefit for the SPUSA, Baltimore Chapter. Go to or  Call 410-419-5033 or

Howard Zinn's Marx in Soho portrays the return of Marx. Embedded in some secular afterlife where intellectuals, artists, and radicals are sent, Marx is given permission by the administrative committee to return to Soho London to have his say. But through a bureaucratic mix–up, he winds up in SOHO in New York.

Wallace Shawn's text is a beautiful and challenging monologue by a character striving to come to terms with living as a privileged member of an oppressive society. It asks how to cope with being complicit in a system based on violence and exploitation -- and how to struggle against it. The character talks in personal stories, dreams and parables, with narratives as immersive and engaging as they are problematic and thought-provoking.

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. 20.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

19] – Spirits and Peace, a Benefit for the Peace House takes place on Fri., Apr. 20 at  9:30 PM until 3 AM, the following morning, at the "Zeba Bar," 3423 14th St. NW, WDC 20001.  Occupy Peace House is having a fundraiser and a party to celebrate the beauty of social movement! The Peace House has been acting as a peoples embassy for many years and is determined to continue to do so, carrying on the legacy of William Thomas and Concepcion Picciotto.  Go to


20] – Occupy Earth Week - World Bank/IMF Conference – begins on Sat., Apr. 21 from 6 AM to 10 PM.  Gather at McPherson Square, on the corner of 15th and K Sts. NW. Occupy DC has a week of events/actions planned out surrounding Earth Week. Visit or email


21] – Ecofest on Sat., Apr. 21 at Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Ave., kicks off Baltimore Green Week.  There will be environmentally-focused local performers, vendors and foods. Call 410-396-6106.


22] – On Sat., Apr. 21, 9 AM to 4 PM, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, a nationally recognized leader in the rescue, recovery, care and treatment of horses, offers Large Animal Rescue Training (LART) at its Woodbine, Maryland, farm, 15856 Frederick Road.  In addition to a certificate of completion, participants will leave the training with a better understanding of how to manage a large animal emergency and to help ensure that all participants are safe.  Call 410-442-1564.


23] – On Sat., Apr. 21, 9 AM to 4:30 PM, Sabeel DC Metro will host a workshop on "How to Make Justice and Peace in the Holy Land Part of Your Church's Faith Journey."  Learn about the important role local churches can play in promoting peace at Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Mass. Ave. NW,  WDC, near American Univ. Register at


24] – 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. 14. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


25] –  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


26] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Apr. 21. 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


27] – On Sat., Apr. 21 at 1 PM, there will be a rally at the White House on behalf of the Cuban 5.  A van will leave from the Solidarity Center at 11 AM. Email to reserve a seat


28] –  

Share food and help the Liberate Baltimore Coalition raise funds for Marshall "Eddie" Conway, a veteran Black Panther and political prisoner on Sat., Apr. 21 from 4 to 6 PM at the Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, 430 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore 21218.  Funds raised will help Eddie and his legal team as he prepares to fight for parole this year.  A $10 donation is requested, but no one turned away for lack of fundsCall 410-435-0851.


29] – On Sat., Apr. 21 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., participate in The EDU-Crisis and Beyond: An evening with Gigi Roggero and Anna Curcio.  New student struggles in the U.S. and across the world have revealed a simple truth about the university system: It is a key site of production, but also of conflict and transformation, within "cognitive capitalism"—a regime in which knowledge has become increasingly central to processes of global capitalist expansion.


They are two activist-scholars and militant researchers from Italy.  They find the entire education system in crisis, a crisis they situate against the backdrop of the global economic crisis. Combining a discussion of radical experiments in education, new student movements, and autonomist Marxian (or post-operaista) social theory, this promised to be a distinctly transnational and methodologically innovative critique of the global university from the perspective of what Roggero has called  "living knowledge."


30] – There's a Nicaragua Benefit Show on Sat., Apr. 21 from 7 to 9 PM at the Ascension Lutheran, 7601 York Road. Enjoy

music, photos and surprises in a Variety Show which will celebrate 20 years of the Ascension Lutheran Nicaragua relationship and support youth and adult relief and health work in some of the poorest areas of Nicaragua by Fe y Esperanza, Faith and Hope Lutheran Church, in Managua. Featured acts include The Apollo Singers of the Friends School; Flutopia, a flute ensemble, Irish reels and polkas, the Towson Campus Ministry Music Team and celebrity guests!  Light snacks will be served after the show. Call 410-825-1725 or go to  Make a free will offering!


31] – On Sat., Apr. 21 at 7:30 PM, the Charm City Labor Chorus will present "Singing Solidarity: We are the 99%". The concert will be held at the Carl Murphy Fine Arts Building, 2nd floor, on the Morgan State University campus, 2201 Argonne Drive. Donation for tickets (available at the door) is $10 adults, $5 students. The program will include rousing and thoughtful songs about labor struggles and fights for our civil rights, both historical and current. The CCLC is a program of the Labor Heritage Foundation.


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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