Friday, May 4, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert May 4 – May 10, 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] KnowDrones Tour in Baltimore – May 4 – 8

6] White House vigil – May 4

7] Lower Nuclear Numbers – May 4

8] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – May 4

9] WIB Roland Park vigil – May 4

10] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – May 4

11] WIB Frederick vigil – May 4

12] Silent peace vigil – May 4



15] Film VIVA MEXICO – May 4

16] Medea Speaks – May 4

17] Faith & Climate Chaos -- May 4

18] Ballroom dancing – May 4

19] Last day to RSVP for ALC Retreat – May 4

20] Dream Act fundraiser – May 4 - 5

21] JUST FAITH – May 5

22] Plant Trees  – May 5

23] Olney peace vigil – May 5

24] West Chester, PA demo – May 5

25] Silent vigil at Capitol – May 5

26] Bike vet at White House – May 5

27] Another BDC Is Possible  – May 5


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 National KnowDrones Tour ( with a large model bomber drone replica remains in Baltimore.  On Fri., May 4 at 9:30 AM, the drone will go to AAI Corp., 124 Industry Lane, Hunt Valley, MD. From noon to 3 PM, the tour will visit Towson Univ. and Maryland Institute College of Art.  Help distribute literature outlining Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger's campaign donations from major drone manufacturers.  


     Then from 5 – 6 PM, the drone tour will join the weekly silent peace vigil outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Afterward there will be a potluck dinner in the meetinghouse, followed by a DVD showing of "1984," Richard Burton's last film.


     On Sat., May 5 – noon to 2 PM – a drone replica will be part of a demonstration in Towson, MD at the intersection of Dulaney Valley Road and Fairmount Avenue.  From 3 to 5 PM, the drone replica will be in Wyman Park.  It will be an opportunity for dialogue about the use of drones.


  At 7 PM at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, there will be a Organizing Against Drones Forum with Nick Mottern of and Max Obuszewski of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance. A surprise guest will be a person from Pakistan. Nick will focus his talk on "Where Are Drones Taking Us?"


  On Tues., May 8 – 8 AM, direct actionistas will gather at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse to prepare for a visit to John Hopkins University Homewood Campus.   At noon, participants will go the campus to deliver a letter to the school's president, condemning its drone research.  


 Let Max know what events you will join.  He can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at


6] – 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:   


7] – On Fri, May 4 from noon to 1:30 PM, Jon Wolfsthal, Monterey Institute, will discuss "The Path to Lower Nuclear Numbers" at the Wilson Center, Sixth Floor, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

8] – 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.

9] – There is also a noon vigil on May 4 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

10] – 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

11] – WIB holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month.  The next vigil is May 4 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


12] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., May 4 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.


13] – 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 fifth film in the series NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR [United Kingdom, 1984] will be shown on Fri., May 4 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 the George Orwell novel directed onscreen by Michael Radford and starring John Hurt as Winston Smith and Richard Burton, as Obrien, in his last film.  It follows the life of Winston Smith, whose work is to rewrite history to be favorable to the totalitarian government.  One day he commits the crime of falling in love with Julia, Suzanna Hamilton, and they try to escape Big Brother's listening and viewing devices, but, of course, nobody can really escape. Obrien, a member of the Inner Party, must "rehabilitate" Smith and cleanse his mind of improper thoughts.


14] – On Fri., May 4 at 7 PM, see the film CAPITALISM: A Love Story (U.S., 2009), written and directed by Michael Moore, as part of the Peace Center of Delaware County First-Friday Large Screen Free Film Series, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA.  The doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments. Call 610-544-1818 or go to


Moore sets his lens on a much larger culprit and crime scene than General Motors (ROGER & ME) or the medical insurance industry (SICKO). In Moore's most recent film his target is capitalism itself. From Middle America to Washington, D.C.'s halls of power and the global financial epicenter of Wall Street, with Moore's mix of satire, humor and outrage, the film looks at the question: What is the price America (and the entire world) pays for the love of capitalism?


Moore goes into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down, and he looks for explanations in Washington, D.C., and other centers of power. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone awry: lies, abuse, and betrayal.


15] – On Fri., May 4 at 7 PM at the Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21044, there is a screening of ¡Viva México! At 7 PM enjoy refreshments, and after the film participate in the discussion. The director is Nicolas Défossé, and he traces the steps of Subcomandante Marcos as he travels across Mexico for the six months to learn from the resistance of Mexican men and women who fight for a better Mexico. 


The discussion will be led by Clayton Conn, based in the U.S. & Mexico.  His work primarily focuses on immigration, social movements and Latin American issues. Go to Call Leslie Salgado at 410-381-4899.


16] – Medea Benjamin is speaking at Ramdon Row Books, 315 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 on Fri., May 4 at 7 PM.  She is cofounder of Global Exchange and of CodePink: Women for Peace, and is the author of the new book "Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control." Benjamin was forcibly removed on Monday from a speech by White House Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan, who defended the use of drones to kill in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen.

Medea asked him: "How many people are you willing to sacrifice? Why are you lying to the American people and not saying how many innocents have been killed? I speak out on behalf of Tariq Aziz, a 16-year-old in Pakistan, who was killed because he wanted to document the drone strikes. I speak out on behalf of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, a 16-year-old born in Denver, killed in Yemen, just because his father was someone who we don't like. I speak out on behalf of the Constitution, on behalf of the rule of law. I love the rule of law, I love my country, you are making us less safe by killing so many innocent people
." Call 434-295-2493.


17] –  On Fri., May 4 at 7:30 PM, Rose Marie Berger will look at Standing for Creation: A Faith Response to Climate Change at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC, 20010.   Berger, associate editor and poetry editor for Sojourners Magazine (, is the author of Who Killed Donte Manning? The Story of an American Neighborhood. Additionally, she writes a regular column on spirituality and justice for Sojourners Magazine. Rose was a member and pastor of the Sojourners intentional Christian community in Washington, D.C., for 12 years. She's a published poet with an MFA in poetry. She lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C., with her flat-coat retriever Solea.  Call 202-882-9649.


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 May 4.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

19] – The deadline to RSVP for the Mothers' Day ALC Retreat 2012 is Fri., May 4.  The theme for the Mother's Day weekend is "You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down" with guest speaker Shelley Douglas. Send your detailed RSVPs with arrival and departure times to or call 202.882.9649. See

20] –  There is a CASA de Maryland/Dream Act fundraiser from Fri., May 4 at 9 PM to Sat., May 5 at 2:30 AM at COCOCABANA BAR & GRILL #A, 2031 Univ. Blvd. East. Hyattsville, MD 20783. This fundraising event will be the biggest Latin Social Dance in the area of MD, DC, & VA. The main purpose is to make an impact with our future generation and to support those that are already part of the DREAM.  DJ Lee "El Gringuito" Smith and Yulio's TBR Entertainment will be keeping you on the dance floor all night long with the hottest Bachata, Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha-Cha, and more... There is a $10 minimum donation, and a 15% discount on their delicious international cuisine and exotic drinks for CASA de Maryland & CASA in Action Members ONLY!  Go to Or contact Yulio J. Gamonal at or 202.215.8618.

21] – On Sat., May 5 from 9 AM TO 12:30 PM, ATTEND JUST FAITH an introductory workshop with Jack Jezreel, founder of JustFaith, held at ST. MARK CATHOLIC CHURCH, HYATTSVILLE, MD 20783.  Come to learn more about JustFaith, an innovative justice education program that explores how to live the Gospel of Jesus in today's complex and changing world.  THE WORKSHOP IS FREE OF CHARGE.  PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE.  It is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore and others. Register at

22] –  Plant Your Legacy at Earth Day Celebration with Baltimore County volunteers and the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy on Sat., May 5 from 9:30 AM to 1 PM. It is a wonderful opportunity to restore riparian buffers within Gunpowder Falls State Park along the Chesapeake Bay. Volunteers will plant 100 trees and shrubs on one-half acres of park land. Water and a light snack will be provided. To register, contact Baltimore County Volunteers at 410-887-2715 or e-mail

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 May 5. 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 Sat., May 5. 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] –  Rally for Peace at the White House with WWII Vet on Sat., May 5 at 2 PM at  Lafayette Park, Pennsylvania Ave and Jackson PL NW. Veteran For Peace member Samuel Winstead will be riding his bicycle on a 360-mile "Ride for Peace" that left Raleigh, NC, on Sunday, April 29 and will finish with a rally in front of the White House.  "The purpose of the trip is to ask the president and the Congress to stop our current wars," Winstead said.  "Our war machine is running us into the ground.  The military budget is breaking records.  Our government, at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, is making noises about getting into a war with Iran.  Speakers at the rally will include Jean Athey, Michael McPhearson, Matt Southworth and David Swanson. Email

27] – Another BDC is Possible, a Spring Development Forum, is happening on Sat., May 5 at 3 PM at 36 S. Charles St. Go to  This is an Open Forum on Community Alternatives to Baltimore's Broken Model for Economic Development.  During an open meeting with the Baltimore Development Corporation, the BDC rep claimed the organization really cared about what Baltimore's communities had to say about development in Baltimore.  There was a promise for a follow-up meeting with President Jay Brodie.  This never happened, and the City continues to promote a failed Grand Prix and extending tax breaks to developers.   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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