Thursday, May 10, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert May 11 – May 17, 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] White House vigil – May 11

6] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – May 11

7] WIB Roland Park vigil – May 11

8] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – May 11

9] Film "Indigenous Women and Other Forms of Wisdom" – May 11

10] Silent peace vigil – May 11

11] Book talk – THE PEOPLE'S PENSION – May 11

12] Interfaith Concert – May 11

13] emma's revolution sings – May 11

14] Ballroom dancing – May 11

15] Paws on Parade – May 12

16] Olney peace vigil – May 12

17] West Chester, PA demo – May 12

18] Silent vigil at Capitol – May 12

19] Peace of Art benefit -- May 12

20] El Taller AC will perform – May 12

21] D.C. Labor Chorus concert – May 12



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] – 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:   


6] – 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.


7] – There is also a noon vigil on May 11 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.


8] – 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


9] – On Fri., May 11 at noon, see a screening of "Indigenous Women and Other Forms of Wisdom" followed by a discussion with activists including Atossa Soltani, executive director of Amazon Watch, at the Washington Office on Latin America, 1666 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 400, WDC. 


Also on Friday at 9 PM, Project Bandaloop will give a free public performance of Bound[less] on the roof of the Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Ave. and 12th St. NW, WDC. Visit


10] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., May 11 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. 


11] – On Fri., May 11 a 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., catch The People's Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan.  Eric Laursen will speak about his groundbreaking historical account and analysis of the three decade struggle over Social Security. Arguably the most successful anti-poverty social program that the US has ever institutionalized, Laursen details how Social Security is the "glue" that binds citizens together as a community. He unveils in-depth research on revelations from the Clinton Administration's plan to radically restructure Social Security, the retirement crisis, the personalities that have driven the three-decade long struggle to restructure/eliminate/defend Social Security, and the newest challenges we face in this recent financial crisis. Why is the most popular and successful social program in U.S. history, responsible for lifting generations out of poverty, now under continual assault by elements of the U.S. political elite? Laursen suggests that the only solution is taking Social Security out of the government's hands altogether. Email or call 410-230-0450.


12] – On Fri., May 11, 7:30 to 9 PM, enjoy an INTERFAITH CONCERT of Joyous Songs from the Christian and Hindu Traditions co-led by Rev. Ellen Jennings (Cleveland Park Congregational UCC), Mandira Sarkar (Washington Kali Temple), and Krishna Ramdas (Durga Temple of VA)  with an Opening Islamic Call to Prayer  by Rooknudeen Ali (Islamic Society of the Washington Area). The concert will be held at the Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 Lowell St. NW, WDC.  The suggested donation is $15 suggested.  This is an event of the Interfaith Meditation Initiative, in partnership with Cleveland Park Congregational UCC and 9/11 Unity Walk.  Go to 


13] – 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 11.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

14] – The Annual Hometown Concert is happening on Fri., May 11 at 8 PM at 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainer Md. This concert will feature songs from Emma's Revolution's latest recording, "Revolutions Per Minute." With RPM, emma's revolution creates an electrifying soundscape of their characteristically "rousing and soulful" songs of social conscience, in settings from intimate acoustic to full-on funk. emma's revolution's song, "Occupy the USA!," was featured in the Washington Post and their anthem, "Peace, Salaam, Shalom", written in September 2001 is sung around the world. Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $18 at the door; it is $7 for ages 17 & under. No one will be turned away.  Tickets available at Call 301-699-1819.

15] –  Paws On Parade is an opportunity to take a stroll through a 365-acre wildlife sanctuary to benefit the animals on Sat., May 12 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Get over to the Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road.  Donations are encouraged. Call 410-833-8848 or go to


16] – 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 12. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


17] –  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


18] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., May 12. 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

19] – Be at the PEACE OF ART "ART SHOW & BENEFIT" on Sat., May 12 from noon to 6 PM at LARRY'S LOUNGE, 1336 18th St. NW, WDC.  Go to

20] – On Sat., May 12 from 4:45 to 7:30 PM, a performance group from Puebla, Mexico, El Taller AC, will perform two short, audience-interactive plays in Spanish about women's sexual and human rights, domestic violence, and migration. Entitled Mujeres Abriendo Fronteras (Women Crossing Borders: A Journey for Culture, Justice, and Art), the performance is free with a $15 optional buffet that will benefit the group's tour. At the Latin Palace, 609 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231. Stay for salsa lessons afterward!   Go to


"Esperanza's Passage" is a Forum Theatre piece which, through sound and images, tells the story of a migrant woman's journey from Mexico to the US. The intention with this piece is to recognize ourselves within the reality faced by women as mothers, comadres (Godsisters/close friends), and sisters. Sexual harassment, discrimination, labor exploitation, solitude, and family separation are some of the themes explored in this piece. The passage of Esperanza (hope) is also our path.


"You Don't Spell Woman with the Same M in Macho" tells the story of three women who have been marginalized and silenced through normalized expressions of violence against women. The play, divided in three monologues, investigates in a bold and entertaining way themes that are often challenging to consider like domestic violence, sexual identity and sexual harassment.

 The organizers of the event are looking for ways to promote community organizations in Baltimore serving Latino audiences.  If you are interested in sponsoring, helping spread the word or holding an information table at our event please contact Laura at

21] – The DC Labor Chorus Spring Concert is on for Sat., May 12 at 8 PM at the  First Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 E St. NW.  Entitled One Planet, One Future, the benefit concert will feature Kinobe & the African Sensation and Echoes of Africa Community Chorus.  Tickets are $20 and proceeds will be shared with the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation.  Go to

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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