Friday, May 18, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert May 18 – May 24, 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] Protest G-8 – May 18 & 19

6] Support Shorty Davis – May 18

7] White House vigil – May 18

8] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – May 18

9] WIB Roland Park vigil – May 18

10] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – May 18

11] Rules for nuclear power – May 18

12] Silent peace vigil – May 18

13] Sounds of Hope – May 18

14] Film 9500 LIBERTY – May 18

15] emma's revolution sings – May 18

16] Dylan concert for College Peace Network -- May 18

17] Ballroom dancing – May 18

18] Common Good Platform – May 22/RSVP May 18

19] Climate Ride – May 19

20] Ride for the Feast – May 19

21] Malcolm X Day -- May 19

22] Olney peace vigil – May 19

23] Support Marriage Equality – May 19

24] Occupy GGP – May 19

25] West Chester, PA demo – May 19

26] Peace Action Annual Luncheon – May 19

27] Silent vigil at Capitol – May 19

28] African Liberation Day – May 19

29] David Swanson signs his books – May 19

30] Want a ride to Chicago? – May 19



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] –  To join the G-8 protests, be in Thurmont, MD any time between 8 AM and sundown on Fri., May 18 and Sun., May 19.  Bring a folding chair.  Attached are some sample sign slogans, but you can write anything you want.  "No Iran War" is timely. See some specific demands at the website:

There will be media from Germany, France, UK and WYPR.  Here is a chance to be heard!

Where to go in Thurmont?  It is a tiny town, but it does have 3 exits off Rt.15.  Dick Ochs will be at the 2nd one, which exits onto Rt.77, also called Main St.  The demo could take place at the end of the ramps, one east of Rt.15 and one west of it.  That's probably as close to Camp David as one can get with high traffic visibility. Another high visibility site would be on Frederick Rd., where the Family Heritage Restaurant and Cozy Inn are located.  Dick can be reached at 443-831-0502 or


6] – Justice for Duane "Shorty" Davis takes place on Fri., May 18 at 9 AM at District Court of Maryland for Baltimore, 120 E. Chesapeake Ave., Towson, MD.   Davis is a Baltimore-based community activist. Always on the move, he has been involved in issues ranging from corruption in the judicial system to police brutality to opposing the prison-military-industrial complex. His trademark is the toilet. In 2011, he was gratuitously charged with terrorism for leaving one of his now famous toilets outside the Towson County Court House. Although the authorities later claimed it was a bomb, it was observed by security and permitted to remain there for hours before action was taken. In 2012 Shorty was acquitted of all charges. Despite this, the government retained all of his property: his truck, computers, DVDs, CDs, books, papers, and numerous other personal effects. He was finally granted a hearing to petition for the return of his property (known as a "replevin hearing"). Supporters will gather outside the courthouse, as well as sit in on the hearing, to demand justice for Shorty. Go to


7] – 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: 


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 18 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] – On Fri., May 18 from 2 to 3:30 PM, Victor Gilinsky, former member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Henry Sokolski, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, will address "Serious Rules for Nuclear Power without Proliferation" at the Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20036.   Registration is required.  RSVP at Contact Madeleine Foley at 202-939-2306.


12] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., May 18 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. 


13] – On Fridays, from 7 to 10:30 PM at the Potter's House,  1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20009, enjoy the Sounds of Hope is Good Music, Good Food, for a Good Cause!  Go to Contact Mary Shapiro, Sounds of Hope producer at or 202-294-2906. 

14] – See the film 9500 LIBERTY on Fri., May 18 from 7 to 10 PM at the  Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD.  This is a film that documents the first time in U.S. history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented--and the surprising grassroots opposition that led to its repeal. Visit or call 301-493-8300.

15] – "Social Justice From Arlington To Phoenix" is a benefit concert featuring emma's revolution on Fri., May 18 at 7:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204.  Tickets are $18 in advance/ $22 at the door / $15 for students or fixed or low income folks. The concert is suitable for all ages. Advance tickets are available at UUCA and online at Contact Sana Saeed at 703-892-2565 or

16] – THE ROOTS CAFÉ PRESENTS The Night of 1000 Dylans at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., on Fri., May 18 at 7:30 PM.  The Stone Hill All-Stars (featuring alumni of the Polkats and Two Legs), Bruce Springstone's Tom Chalkley & Craig Hankin, the Junkyard Saints' Brian Simms, Howard Markman and Sandy Asirvatham perform the songs of Bob Dylan in a benefit concert hosted by Geoffrey Himes.  Tickets are $16, and $11 for members. Call 410-276-1651.   All proceeds benefit the Baltimore College Peace Network, the Roots Café and the Creative Alliance.  Go to or


17] – 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 18.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

18] – Join with NETWORK in creating a Common Good Platform.  This year, Catholic voters face critical choices as we help decide who will lead our nation, states and communities. THE MURPHY INITIATIVE INVITES YOU TO A GATHERING on Tues.., MAY 22, FROM 6:30 PM TO 8:00PM AT THE MISSION HELPERS OF THE SACRED HEART, 1001 W. Joppa Rd., Baltimore 21204 at intersection of W. Joppa and Chestnut Ave. NETWORK, a national Catholic Justice lobbying network, along with a coalition of national Catholic organizations, is coordinating the creation of a common–good platform for each state and DC which will be signed and delivered to national and local candidates and public officials.  Each of these individual platforms will be written with the input of people in that state or the District of Columbia, and they will include a national preamble designed to outline a common-good perspective. If you intend to come, RSVP to Bro. Jerry O'Leary by Fri., May 18 - 443 722-7522 or

19] –  There is a Climate Ride from New York City to Washington, D.C. going from Sat., May 19 at  6 AM to Wed., May 23 at 6 PM. Climate Ride NYC-DC is a grand cycling adventure that connects two of the nation's most important cities – New York and Washington, DC – by bicycle. From the exciting departure by ferry in Manhattan to the hero's welcome and rally at the steps of the US Capitol, the east-coast version of Climate Ride is more than a bike trip – it's an inspiring journey with 150 like-minded people who are united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles - the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation. Go to

20] – RIDE FOR THE FEAST takes place Sat., May 19 and Sun., May 20, and it is a 2-day, 140-mile bike ride from Ocean City to Baltimore City. The ride is 140 miles because that is the exact distance a Moveable Feast driver must go to deliver to the farthest client. The ride began in 2003 and has become one of Moveable Feast's largest fundraising events. Volunteers are needed both before and during the ride. Call 410-581-2322 or visit


21] – There is a Malcolm X Day Celebration on Sat., May 19 from 10 AM to 4 PM in  Meridian Hill Park, aka unofficially as Malcolm X Park. It is located in Columbia Heights bordered by 15th, 16th, W, and Euclid Sts. NW, WDC.  The day will feature speeches and live performances.   Pack a lunch and make it even more enjoyable. Go to or


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 May 19. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


23] – The Human Rights Campaign and Marylanders for Marriage Equality are ramping up efforts to talk to supporters across the state. The new marriage law doesn't go into effect until next year, and only if the voters decide to uphold it in November. HRC is sponsoring a Frederick Canvass on Saturdays from 11 AM to 1 PM at the corner of E. Patrick St & N Market St., Frederick, Maryland 21701.  RSVP at HRC [] is sponsoring an Annapolis Canvass on Sundays from 2 to 4 PM in the UUCA Parking Lot, 333 Dubois Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.  RSVP at


24] –  The March to Occupy General Growth Properties GGP is Sat., May 19 starting at 11 AM at Gwynns Falls Elementary, 2700 Gwynns Falls Pkwy., Baltimore 21216. March four miles connecting the Baltimore where workers live, take their kids to school, and worship to the Poverty-Zone where they work. At the Inner Harbor, low-wage workers will lead the march through the downtown mall.  This is organized by United Workers, and the group is looking for volunteers. Email or call 410-230-1998. Go to


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] – On Sat., May 19 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, attend Peace Action Montgomery's annual luncheon at Rockville Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. The keynote speaker is David Swanson, and the suggested donation is $25, but any amount is welcome. The luncheon is catered by Lebanese Taverna with vegetarian options. RSVP to  This will be inspirational, fun, and intellectually stimulating, and you'll eat delicious food. Proceeds will be donated to the national office of Peace Action and to the Afghan Women's Fund.  Go to


David Swanson is a dynamic and amazingly prolific peace activist and author. In addition, the famous MoCo Peace Players will make a brief appearance, and the annual Maryland Peace Awards will be noted.  Members of the MoCo Peace Players are War Profiteer, Capitol and Grim Reaper.


27] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., May 19. 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


28] – The All-African People's Revolutionary Party (GC) invites you to African Liberation Day (ALD) 2012 on Sat., May 19.  It convenes at The Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC.  Please RSVP for the diplomatic reception, which starts at 5 PM and the Symposium at 7 PM.  This ALD is being organized in honor of El Hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X) and Ho Chi Minh of the Republic of Viet Nam. May 19 is their birthday. Go to Email or call 202-719-0529.

29] – David Swanson will talk about "Lifting the Shadow of War" on Sat., May 19 from 7 to 10 PM at the Wellington Ave. UCC. He will also sign his books which include "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union" (2009),  "War Is A Lie" (2010), "When the World Outlawed War" (2011) and "The Military Industrial Complex at 50" (2012).  Email or call 773-559-9784.

30] – Dick Ochs is offering three seats in his vehicle to go to Chicago.  Gas will cost $75 one way.  He plans to leave at 10 PM on Sat., May 19 to be there at 10 AM on Sun., May 20 in time for the big march. Dick can be reached at 443-831-0502 or


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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