Friday, April 27, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Apr. 27 – May 3, 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] Get on the Bus – Apr. 27

6] End "secure communities" – Apr. 27

7] KnowDrones Tour in Philly – Apr. 27

8] White House vigil – Apr. 27

9] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Apr. 27

10] WIB Roland Park vigil – Apr. 27

11] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Apr. 27


13] Robotic Warfare forum at JHU – Apr. 27

14] Silent peace vigil – Apr. 27

15] Film GIRL IN THE CAFÉ – Apr. 27

16] Ballroom dancing – Apr. 27

17] House Concert -- Apr. 27

18] Benefit for legal defense fund – Apr. 27

19] Defend Marriage – Apr. 28

20] International Drone Summit – Apr. 28 & 29

21] Socialism Conference -- Apr. 28

22] Olney peace vigil – Apr. 28

23] Vegfest – Apr. 28

24] West Chester, PA demo – Apr. 28

25] Silent vigil at Capitol – Apr. 28

26] Fundraiser for youth development -- Apr. 28

27] Protest War on Women -- Apr. 28

28] Film BROTHER OUTSIDER – Apr. 28



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] –  Get on the Bus for Human Rights (GOTB) is an annual day of human rights education and activism organized by Amnesty International USA groups in Somerville, MA and Washington, DC. They organize peaceful action outside of embassies, consulates, and public spaces in DC and New York City on behalf of those whose human rights have been violated. Both events will include a focus on Indonesia and West Papuan political prisoner Filep Karma.

In Washington, there is a morning briefing at 10 AM in the SEIU Conference Center, 1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 1026/28 (lobby level). Then from 1:20 to 1:50 PM, there will be a rally at Embassy of Indonesia, 2020 Massachusetts Ave. NW (near Dupont Circle).  Other actions will focus on Tibet/China, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Philippines and USA/Guantanamo. There's a full schedule and registration at http ://  At 2:45 PM, march to White House.  From 3 to 3:45 PM, rally to Close Guantanamo at White House.

6] – End, Don't Mend Secure Communities! On Fri., Apr. 27 at noon at 131 M St. NE, WDC 20002 (near New York Ave. Metro), ICE is holding a "community" roundtable to promote S-Comm.  Be at a press conference at outside the ICE building to make it clear once again "We reject S-Comm."  Email


7] - On Fri. Apr. 27, plan to join with the KnowDrones Tour on its final day in Philadelphia from noon to 5 PM. There will be a Full Drone Display Demonstration at Independence Mall Visitors Center (lawn area), 6th & Market Sts. The day will include Drone Death Walk through Phila. historic district, music, speakers and more. Go to or call the Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818.


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. 27 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] – There is a FILM SCREENING of "Walking with the Egyptians" on Fri., Apr. 27 at 12:30 PM at ICC 270, Georgetown Univ., 3700 O St. NW.  It was made as part of an independent study with ACMCU Adjunct Professor Max Gross. Filmed on location in Cairo in early December 2011, the documentary centers around the Egyptian Revolution, the Arab Spring, and the ongoing Egyptian Elections, and features interviews with Middle East experts such as John L. Esposito, John Voll, and Natalie Khazzal. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Coerte Voorhees. Lunch will be served.  RSVP at


13] – The Hopkins Connection A  P U B L I C  F O R U M  ROBOTIC WARFARE occurs on Fri., Apr. 27 from 4 to 6 PM at Johns Hopkins University, Mergenthaler 111, HOMEWOOD CAMPUS, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. In recent years, remotely-controlled drones have been used to launch missiles against human targets, even in countries where the United States is not at war, including Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. Hundreds of noncombatants, including scores of children, have been killed. In Pakistan, where drones now routinely fly over mountain villages, adults and children live in constant fear.


The Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University has been directly involved in designing these drones.  Should Hopkins be involved in drone warfare? Panelists are COL. ANN WRIGHT (RET). former U.S. Army policy analyst and U.S. diplomat, anti-drone activist & DEREK DENMAN, Political Science, Johns Hopkins University.  A discussion period will follow the presentations. The event was organized by the Human Rights Working Group at Johns Hopkins University and co-sponsored by the Graduate Representative Organization. Visit


14] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Apr. 27 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] – Occupy Peace House is showing the film "Girl in the Café" on Fri., Apr. 27 from 7 to 10 PM at 1233 12th St. NW, WDC 20005. While it is a free event, donations are welcome.  Light snacks will be available. Call Denise Valdez at 512-294-0232 or go to


16] – 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. 27.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

17] – Enjoy a House Concert on Fri., Apr. 27 at 8 PM.  There is a suggested donation of $18. For reservations, contact Wendy Rambo Shuford at 410-532-5604 or at


18] – There is a BENEFIT DANCE PARTY AND PIE AUCTION on Fri., Apr. 27 at 10 PM to benefit Charm City Anarchist Black Cross's legal defense fund! Enjoy music by DJ Cullen Stalin at the Baltimore Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211! Bake/bring pies to auction off! Highest bidder on your pie gets to take you on a date! Entrance fee is $5 to $8.


19] – There are Seven Months to Defend Marriage in Maryland.  On Sat., Apr. 28 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, there is a Rainbow Families DC 2012 Family Conference at Georgetown Day School, 4200 Davenport St. NW, WDC 20016.  RSVP to


20] – On Sat., Apr. 28, 9 AM to 9 PM, CODEPINK and the legal advocacy organizations Reprieve and the Center for Constitutional Rights are hosting the first International Drone Summit. bringing together human rights advocates, robotics technology experts, lawyers, journalists and activists for a summit to inform the public about the widespread and rapidly expanding deployment of both lethal and surveillance drones, including drone use in the United States. Participants will also have the opportunity to listen to the personal stories of Pakistani drone-strike victims.  The summit takes place at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20001.


On Sun., Apr. 29, from 10 AM to 4 PM100 Maryland Avenue, the summit will continue with a strategy session to network, discuss and plan advocacy efforts focused on various aspects of drones, including surveillance and targeted killings.  Sunday's session is for representatives of organizations and individuals who want to be actively involved in this work. If you are interested in attending, please email Ramah Kudaimi at 

21] – On Sat., Apr. 28 from 10 AM to 4 PM, attend ORGANIZE & FIGHT BACK! This is a Socialism Conference scheduled to take place at the Poe Room, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201.  REGISTER at The suggested donation is between $7 - $10. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Lunch will be served.  The conference is sponsored by Liberation News & the Party for Socialism and Liberation.  Call 443-731-6471 or email—

22] – 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. 28. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


23] – Get over to the Baltimore Vegfest, a celebration and exploration of the benefits of vegetarian living on Sat., Apr. 28 from 11 AM to 3 PM at UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle.  Event features vegetarian foods, live music, local vegetarian restaurants, speakers, nutritional experts, vegan cooking demonstrations, a kids area, free prizes, gift bags and more. Call 410-455-2787.  Go to


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 Sat., Apr. 28. 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 fundraiser for the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development (CCYD) in south Baltimore.  It's a combination alternative school, counseling center and job skills program.  CCYD's annual Bowlathon is Sat., Apr. 28.   Each bowler commits to raising or contributing at least $100 to meet the team goal.  Go to to donate online. Email Lou Curran at to sign up to bowl from 1 to 4 PM at AMC Ritchie Highway (Rte. 2) in Glen Burnie, just outside Beltway, across from the MVA.  Or send your tax-deductible gift by check ("CCYD") mailed to 201 St. Paul Place, Baltimore MD 21202.


27] – A National Protest Against the War on Women is happening on Sat., Apr. 28 from 1 to 4 PM at Upper Senate Park, Capitol Hill. Help defend women's rights and pursuit of equality. Tell members of Congress in Washington DC and legislators in all 50 states, "Enough is enough!" Go to

28] – See the film BROTHER OUTSIDER on Sat., Apr. 28 from 2 to 4 PM at La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW.  It was five years in the making and the winner of more than 25 awards, Brother Outsider illuminates the public and private lives of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called the "invisible man." This is a fundraiser for DC Jobs with Justice, and the suggested donation is $10. Enjoy popcorn and lemonade. Contact Lilly at or 202-543-1542.


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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