Thursday, May 24, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert


Baltimore Activist Alert May 25 – May 31, 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] Buddhist monks in Baltimore – May 25 – June 4

6] White House vigil – May 25

7] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – May 25

8] WIB Roland Park vigil – May 25

9] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – May 25

10] Silent peace vigil – May 18

11] Liberate Africa -- May 25

12] Sounds of Hope – May 25

13] Indyreader Party – May 25

14] Play RUINED -- May 25

15] Ballroom dancing – May 25

16] Afrikan Heritage Walkathon -- May 26

17] Olney peace vigil – May 26

18] Support Marriage Equality – May 26

19] West Chester, PA demo – May 26

20] Silent vigil at Capitol – May 26

21] Anti-Imperialism -- May 26

22] Come to Radical Space – May 26

23] Can capitalism be fixed? – May 26



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] –  Baltimore Yoga Village, 6080 Falls Road, hosts eight Buddhist monks from the Dalai Lama's monastery for over a week's worth of activities open to the public from Fri., May 25 through Mon., June 4.  Call 410-377-4800.  Donations are welcome to benefit the Drepung Gomang Monastery.

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] – 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.


8] – There is also a noon vigil on May 25 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.


9] – 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


10] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., May 25 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. 


9] – There is a Conference to Liberate Africa, Liberate Ivory Coast now! Also on the agenda is the need to expose and oppose the re-colonization of Africa.  It takes place on Fri., May 25 from 6 to 9 PM at the Embassy Suite Hotel, 900 10th St. NW, WDC (Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station).  African peoples were once subjected to 400 years of slavery in the Americas and 200 years of colonization on the continent. Today, the same profit-driven imperialist entities  representing the 1% seeking to dominate the 99% of humanity, are once again targeting Africa as Western economies are facing domestic challenges and competition from China.  Get enlightened by a panel of experts on Africa, anti-war leaders and investigative journalists.  Contact Leo Gnawa at


12] – 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. 


13] – On Fri., May 25 at 7 PM at 2640, 27th & St. Paul Sts., there is an Indyreader Spring Party: Fundraiser and Celebration for the Launch of the New Website and Release of the New Print Issue, "Occupy the Economy."  Baltimore's Indypendent Reader invites you to our spring party! Celebrate... the launch of our new website,, and the release of our latest print edition, "Occupy the Economy."  Contribute to the fundraising drive with the hope to raise $10,000 by the end of the summer. There are big dreams for the project . . . purchasing media-making equipment, providing financial support to journalists, printing papers, and more.  Support social justice-oriented and community-created news. The door fee will be $5. Beverages and assorted tasty treats (there will be vegan and gluten-free options) will be sold. There will also be musical performances, drag performances, burlesque, dance, comedy, and so much more.  Email  Go to


14] – RUINED by Lynn Nottage tells the story of Mama Nadi, a businesswoman in a land torn apart by civil war, caught between struggles of opposing armies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is directed by Barry Feinstein, and will run through Sun., June 3 at the Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St.  Performances on Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 PM, and 2 PM on Sundays.  Call 410-276-7837 or go to  Tickets are $12.


15] – 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 25.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

16] – The Afrikan Heritage Walkathon registration will begin at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601 E. North Ave., from 7 to 9 AM on Sat., May 26. The walk will begin promptly at 10 AM. Walkers will proceed along North Avenue to reach the end at Coppin State University. The Walkathon is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting community empowerment efforts in the Black/Afrikan-American Community. Call 410-563-3404.

17] – 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 26. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


18] – 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


19] –  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


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


21] – Catch a ppresentation on the History of American Anti-Imperialism by author Richard Seymour on Sat., May 26 from  5:30 to 7 PM at Busboys And Poets, 14th And V Sts., WDC.  Seymour is author of "American Insurgents and Liberal Defense of Murder.  All empires spin self-serving myths, and in the United States the most potent of these is that America is a force for democracy around the world. Yet there is a tradition of American anti-imperialism that gives the lie to this mythology. Seymour examines this complex relationship from the American Revolution to the present-day.

22] – The Radical Space DC Open Meeting is Sat., May 26 at 6 PM at 5525 Illinois Ave. NW, WDC.  The open meeting is for volunteers at the space as well as anyone who is interested in getting involved in any capacity with the space.  This is your space; bring your ideas/opinions.  Enjoy snacks and drinks.  Go to

23] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore, MD 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.  On Sun., May 27, the topic is "Can Capitalism be Fixed" by Hugh Taft-Morales, BES leader. The Occupy Movement feels like a cry of anguish and a plea for justice. It results from seeing greed rule and people suffer. What should we do? Is capitalism so broken that we need to replace it? Can it be fixed through oversight and regulation? Can it be saved from within through responsible stewardship?  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


At noon, there will be a POTLUCK PICNIC within the lobby space.  Consider bringing something to the "lunch without ants."


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

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