Friday, April 19, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - April 19, 20, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert Apr. 19 – Apr. 25, 2013

"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 & stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists

4] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLa

5] Fasting for the climate – through Apr. 30

6] LIGHT by Art Spirit – through May 12

7] Homage to Harriet – through June 23

8] Tour de Peace – through July 3

9] White House vigil to support Gitmo prisoners – Apr. 19

10] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Apr. 19

11] What are the IMF and the World Bank? – Apr. 19

12] Revolution, Civil Society, Change in the Arab Region Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Apr. 19

13] Protest the IMF, World Bank, G20 Finance Ministers – Apr. 19

14] Silent peace vigil – Apr. 19

15] "Visual Musings on a Search for Peace" – Apr. 19

16] Book talk on Fast Track – Apr.19

17] Ballroom dancing – Apr. 19

18] Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum welcomes guests to their Earth Day – Apr. 20

19] Olney peace vigil – Apr. 20

20] West Chester, PA demo – Apr. 20

21] We Demand Fair Development – Apr. 20

22] Silent vigil at Capitol – Apr. 20

23] March for the Robin Hood Tax – Apr. 20

24] Boycott Kellogg’s – Apr. 20

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] – Through Tues., Apr. 30, join fasting for the climate, go to

6] – The Arts Council of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church presents LIGHT by Art Spirit, an Arts Collective, through Sun., May 12 at the Great Hall, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW, WDC 20016. The exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, and Sundays, 9 AM to 12:30 PM. Call 202-363-4900 or go to

7] – Homage to Harriet, works about and inspired by the life and legacy of Maryland-born abolitionist Harriet Tubman, continues through June 23 at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. Call 443-263-1800. Go to

8] – From Thurs., Apr. 4 through Wed., July 3 follow the Tour de Peace across the country. Visit

9] – 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. However, on April 19 the vigil will Support Guantanamo Hunger Strikers--Close Guantanamo & End Indefinite Detention. The men detained at the U.S. prison in Guantánamo are engaged in a large-scale hunger strike, which began in early February. Recent reports indicate that over 50 men are on the hunger strike, 13 are being force-fed and 3 are now hospitalized. Last weekend guards used excessive force and rubber bullets on prisoners who resisted being forcibly moved from communal to individual cells. This was done in attempt to stop the hunger strike. The vast majority of the 166 men have been held for more than 11 years without any charge or fair trial, with no end to their detention in sight. The Obama administration must take swift measures to humanely address the immediate causes of the hunger strike and fulfill its promise to close Guantánamo without further delay. See Contact Art Laffin:

10] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel 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] – What are the IMF and the World Bank? Why Should I Care? On Fri., Apr. 19 from noon to 2 PM at the Institute for Policy Studies-Conference Room, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, hear a talk with experts Emira Woods and John Cavanagh, who will provide an introduction to the World Bank and IMF. This talk for beginners will go over the basics of these institutions, and give examples of their impact from Africa, Latin America, Asia, and other regions. Visit

12] – Revolution, Civil Society, and Change in the Arab Region is the topic of discussion on Fri., Apr. 19 from 2 to 4 PM at the Institute for Policy Studies-IPS Conference Room, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600. Join the session for a reflection on this context, and discussion with colleagues from the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights and the Arab NGO Network for Development regarding the demands advanced by civil society groups and movements in the Arab region. The speakers are Mahinour El-Badrawi, researcher at the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, and Kinda Mohamadieh, policy advisor at Arab NGO Network for Development. See

13] – Protest the IMF, World Bank, G20 Finance Ministers - Slay the Beast starting on Fri., Apr. 19 through Sun., Apr. 21 at 6 PM at various locations. Sleep space will be available, starting at 4 PM on Apr. 19, at St. Stephens Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and G20 Finance Ministers are all gathering in Washington for a series of secretive meetings on April 18-21. A diverse group of local activists are mobilizing in opposition to this neoliberal three-headed beast. There will be workshops to educate about these powerful institutions that bring capitalism, misery, and climate chaos to the rest of the world, as well as rallies, marches, and a bike ride to say down with the beast! For the schedule, check out

14] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., Apr. 19 from 5 to 6 PM outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St. Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings.

15] – See the "Visual Musings on a Search for Peace" on Fri., Apr. 19 from 6 to 8 PM at the Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Use the Foggy Bottom Metro. Glass artist Corinne Whitlatch presents glass wall sculptures that reflect her travels in Palestine and the Middle East and her thoughts on the peace these lands seek. Many of the works contain glass, iron and pottery shards the artist acquired on her travels. Her series of wall and window pieces reflects images and narratives drawn from her 30 years of employment related to the Middle East. She is inspired by the shards and artifacts gathered on travels across the region - from Morocco to Iran and Turkey. Attendance is free and open to the public. Go to or call The Jerusalem Fund at 202-338-1958 or email

16] – Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach is having a book re-release party for THE RISE AND FALL OF FAST TRACK TRADE AUTHORITY at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Sts. NW on Fri., Apr. 19 from 6:30 to 8 PM. RSVP at

Fast Track was an extraordinary procedure hatched 40 years ago to consolidate authority in the executive branch to dictate "trade" policy

- upending 200 years of Congress exercising its exclusive constitutional authority to write our laws and set the terms of trade. It was used to

negotiate and ram through Congress controversial pacts such as NAFTA and WTO.

That Richard Nixon cooked up this power grab is no surprise. That some in Congress today want to revive it is. And, it's the same congressional GOP who decry Obama as the "imperial president" who want to grant him expansive new authority. Meanwhile, most Democrats in Congress and Democratic base groups oppose this move.

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 Apr. 19. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

18] – The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum welcomes guests to their Earth Day Celebration featuring the Love Dove Natural Farms Produce Presentation, the chance to design your own reusable bag, a Catonsville Elementary art showcase and more. Celebrate Earth Day on Sat., Apr. 20 from 10 AM to 4 PM at 300 Oella Ave. Call 410-887-1081. Go to

19] – 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. [Route 97] in Olney, MD. The next vigil is Apr. 20. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

20] – 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

21] – Maryland voters were told that legalizing gaming would bring good jobs to their communities, but Caesar’s Casino has yet to make good on this promise. Time and again developers have benefited from public funds, subsidies, and tax incentives. But developers keep breaking the promise of building a better Baltimore for everyone in Baltimore. The Hyatt Regency was constructed with public subsidies on city-owned land. Developer David Cordish pays virtually no rent on his Inner Harbor Power Plant development. Yet both of these developers offer only low-paying temporary and unstable jobs that keep workers in poverty.

UNITE HERE Local 7 is urging you to rally and cry out No More Failed Development, We Demand Fair Development! On Sat., Apr. 20, from 11 AM to 1:30 PM, first gather in the parking lot behind 1405 Russell St., Baltimore 21230 for a program of speakers, music and street theater. Then march along Pratt Street to end the rally at McKeldin Square (corner of Light St. and Pratt St). There will be vans available to transport people who cannot march.

Parking on the casino side (i.e. the east side) of Russell Street – where the rally is – is limited. It is possible to park on the north side of 2000 block of Worcester St. The suggestion is to park in Pigtown on the other (west) side of Russell. Many streets are posted, but try these: 1500 – 1700 block of Ridgely, 1900-1700 blocks of Bayard, 1900-1700 blocks of Bush, 1900-1800 block of Worcester and 1400 block of Severn. Depending on where, either a 4 – 7 block walk. If you park in Pigtown: Walk to Russell Street via Bush or Bayard Streets, and cross over Russell at Bayard St light – there is a crosswalk at the intersection on the north side near the Royal Farms. Contact Betty Robinson at 410-245-2868. Email

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

23] – Converge on the White House and the US Treasury on Sat,, Apr. 20 in Robin Hood hats and with giant puppets of bankers to demand support for the Robin Hood Tax, a financial transactions tax on Wall Street that many feel would solve the country's growing revenue crisis. Organizing groups include: National Nurses United, National People's Action, Amalgamated Transit Union, CREDO Mobile, Food and Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, Health GAP, VOCAL-NY, Student Global AIDS Campaign, and many more.

Gather at noon for a rally at Farragut Square, 17th St. NW between K and I Sts. Go to At 12:30 PM, march to the White House and Treasury Department. Call Doug Gordon at 202-494-5141.

Saturday's events come on the heels of the introduction of HR 1579, the Inclusive Prosperity Act, by Rep. Keith Ellison Wednesday. The act solidifies the vision supported by the Robin Hood Tax Campaign, a real transaction tax on Wall Street that could fund recovery for the millions of Americans left out of America's slow economic recovery.

24] – On Sat., Apr. 20 at noon, be at the P Street Whole Foods Market for a Boycott Kellogg's Honk-n-Wave. Visit 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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