Baltimore Activist Alert Mar. 17 – Mar. 23, 2014
"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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com. 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] verizon.net.
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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] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 17 – Mar. 23
6] "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race" – through Apr. 30
7] Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity – through Aug. 31
8] Beyond the Arab Spring – Mar. 17
9] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – Mar. 17
10] 22nd Annual Environmental Film Festival – Mar. 18 - 30
11] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Mar. 18
12] Condemn drone research at JHU – Mar. 18
13] Interfaith Power & Light meeting – Mar. 18
14] Radical nun at Red Emma’s – Mar. 18
15] Discussion on the book “Ghost Belly” – Mar. 18
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 http://thomas.loc.gov/. Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.
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 mobuszewski at Verizon dot net. 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 mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.
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 http://friendsoflatinamerica.typepad.com/hocofola/2010/02/hocofola-cafe-quetzal-order-form-2010.html. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
5] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 AM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at www.weaa.org. The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to email@example.com. All shows are also available as podcasts at www.steinershow.org.
6] – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's production, "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race" will be exhibited at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at University of Maryland, Baltimore, Frieda O. Weise Gallery, 601 W. Lombard St. The exhibition will feature photos, films, testimonials and other documentation of Nazi racial experimentation and theories. The exhibit will continue through April 30. Call 410-706-7545. See http://hshsl.umaryland.edu/gallery/.
7] – See the exhibit Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity, which
delves into the various ways technology affects lives through the perspective of inventors, futurists and 40 plus visionary artists. The intent is to bring new thoughts on artificial intelligence, robotics, genetics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, and big data, and you can see it through August 31 at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy. Call 410-244-1900. Go to http://avam.org. A ticket costs $20.
8] – Beyond the Arab Spring: U.S. Engagement in a Changing Middle East will be discussed on Mon., Mar. 17 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM on the 5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is hosting panelists that will consider how a range of domestic and regional changes in the Middle East have generated new challenges for U.S. diplomacy. This event is co-sponsored with the United States Institute of Peace and is the 6th and final in a series of presentations on “Reshaping the Strategic Culture of the Middle East.” Go to http://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/beyond-the-arab-spring-us-engagement-changing-middle-east.
9] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. The next meeting will be on Mon., Mar. 17. The proposed agenda will include the work of SOA Watch, a report on the appeal of conviction of the CIA Five, the legislative issues in Annapolis--GMO labeling, anti-BDS, drone surveillance, Futures Commission, anti-fracking--anti-drone activities, including the Spring Actions, and Ellen Barfield’s conviction. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at verizon.net for directions.
10] – The 22nd Annual Environmental Film Festival will showcase over 160 films on the ecological and economic necessities of modern cities. It starts on Tues., Mar. 18 and runs through Sun., Mar. 30 in theaters in Washington, D.C. Call 202-342-2564. For scheduling and venue information, go to http://dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org. And most of them are FREE!
Get an award-winning look at the tough and adaptable animal inhabitants of Africa's extreme southeastern desert from rhinos to giraffes to spiders at the DC Premiere of “Africa: Kalahari.” Celebrate 150 years of wild beauty with “Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit” by renowned film makers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. Educate and entertain your little ones with “Nature Unfolds,” a series of 7 animated shorts for kids ages 4 and up, and “With My Friends,” a series of three animated shorts for kids aged 2-5 years. Explore the wild world right outside your door in eye-opening macro detail at the world premiere of “Backyard Bugs” – suitable for all ages.
You can also join David Attenborough, the beloved narrator of many of the world's finest nature documentaries, on a personal journey in “Attenborough: 60 Years In the Wild, Our Fragile Planet,” follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on their historic first ascent to the summit of Mt. Everest (in 3D!) in “Beyond the Edge,” or get a bird's eye view of the island of Taiwan in “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above.”
11] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th Street & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine. The next vigil is Mar. 11. Call 215-426-0364.
12] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 34th & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil. At the next vigil on Mar. 11, however there will be a commemoration of Fukushima from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. The tragic nuclear accident occurred March 11, 2011. Call Max at 410-366-1637.
13] – Join Interfaith Power & Light at Baltimore Green Drinks for Food and Fellowship on Tues., Mar. 18 from 6 to 8 PM at Golden West Café, 1105 W. 36th St. Learn about the extraordinary work that the local religious communities are doing to save energy, grow food, and go green. You'll hear from Joelle Novey at Maryland Interfaith Power & Light, which is engaging hundreds of congregations in responding to climate change. And you'll hear from Rev. Darriel Harris of Baltimore Food and Faith Project at the Johns Hopkins Center For a Livable Future, through which dozens of Baltimore area congregations are growing gardens and reconnecting to the sources of their food. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/262003240628048/?ref=22.
14] – Teresa Forcades, radical feminist nun, anti-austerity organizer, and advocate for an autonomous Catalonia, will be in Baltimore on Tues., Mar. 18 at 6 PM in Red Emma’s Free School Classroom, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. This radical feminist nun and leader of the Catalan Proces Constituient (constitutional process) movement that agitates for an autonomous Catalonia, to be governed by people's participatory (as distinct from representative) democratic assemblies, is on the way to a West Coast conference to which she has been invited and would very much like to meet with local radical activists. An outspoken critic of her church, which she has described as misogynist and patriarchal, Theresa started out as an MD specialized in public health and, after joining the convent at Monestir de Montserrat, near Barcelona, has also written critical theological works on topics such as Queer Theology and the left-activist nun Simone Weil, as well as tracts on the current economic and political crisis in Spain and throughout Europe. Go to http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/17/teresa-forcades-nun-on-mission or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresa_Forcades. Call 443-602-7585.
15] – Elizabeth Heineman presents “Ghostbelly” on Tues., Mar. 18 at 7:30PM @ Red Emma's, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, Heineman makes unconventional choices. She had a baby at an advanced maternal age, chooses home birth with a midwife—and then, when her baby is born dead, she spends time with him before the burial. Be at a reading from her brave and disarming memoir. She beautifully captures the sharpness of the mind in the midst of catastrophe, and recounts her indescribable grief after delivering a stillborn son. One in 115 pregnancies in the United States ends in stillbirth. As with Elizabeth McCracken's memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, this silenced story of motherhood is urgent and necessary. Call 443-602-7585.
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] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.
"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