Thursday, July 10, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert July 10 – July 13, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert July 10 – July 13, 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 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] Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity – through Aug. 31
6] 35th anniversary of The National Black United Front – July 10 - 13
7] Support public defenders at an Orioles game – July 10
8] Week of Action to Stop Oil by Rail – July 11
9] Vigil for peace at White House – July 11
10] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – July 11
11] "Southern Flows: Pragmatic Approaches to Multidimensional Security in the Americas" – July 11
12] Demonstrate at the Embassy of Israel – July 11
13] Stop the Drone War Command Center – July 11
14] Silent peace vigil – July 11
15] Ballroom Dancing – July 11
16] Olney Peace vigil – July 12
17] West Chester, PA demo – July 12
18] Silent peace vigil – July 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 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 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 Francine Sheppard at 5639B, Harpers Farm Rd., Columbia 21044. The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up. Contact Francine at 410-992-7679 or

5] – 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 A ticket costs $20.

6] – On Thurs., July 10 at 3 PM through Sun., July 13 at 10 PM at Howard University, 2400 Sixth St. NW, WDC 20059, celebrate the 35th anniversary of The National Black United Front (NBUF). Join local, national, and international scholars, activists, politicians, clergy, entrepreneurs, entertainers, students and elders, as they convene to institute plans to improve the quality of life for people of African descent in America and abroad. Email or call 347-422-7823. Go to

On July 10 at 6:30 PM at the celebration, catch the forum on Gentrification & Discrimination in Housing and Education: Why We Need Reparations with Omowale Clay - December 12th Movement, Ray Winbush - Institute of Urban research, Morgan State Univ., Eugene Puryear - City Council at large candidate, WDC & Rev. Leah Daughtry - Democratic National Committee.

On Sat., July 12 at 10 AM, hear about the Buy Black Empowerment Initiative with Ajamu Webster - NBUF KC Chapter and Lasana Mack, APPEAL, Inc., at the Blackburn Center, Howard University.

7] – Enjoy a Baltimore Orioles game on Public Defender NIGHTS AT CAMDEN YARDS! Contact Lou Curran for tickets at or 410-499-8899. On Thur., July 10, the O’s play the Washington Nationals at 7 PM. Tickets are $14 in sections 336 or 340 on a night when Orioles alumni will be signing autographs. The games benefit the Legal Aid Bureau, the Public Justice Center, the MCDAA, NACDL’s Foundation for Criminal Justice, & the Association for the Public Defender – MD. All seats Upper Reserved behind home, & under cover in case of showers.

8] – Get over to the Spirit of Justice Park, S. Capitol St., between C & D Sts. SW/SE on Fri., July 11 at 10:30 AM. Join 350 DC and local climate activists in the North American Week of Action to Stop Oil by Rail! All week, communities from across the continent will be holding actions to fight the expansion of oil-by-rail in the US and Canada. This action will amplify the voices of communities resisting oil-by-rail and bring their message right to the Department of Transportation’s front door. Meet in the park (near the Capitol South Metro) and march to the Dept. of Transportation. Go to

9] – On Fri., July 11 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! The vigil takes place at the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact Art @ or at 202-360-6416.

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] –On Fri., July 11 from 2:30 to 4 PM, Angela Kane, U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, and three other speakers, will examine "Southern Flows: Pragmatic Approaches to Multidimensional Security in the Americas." The discussion at the OAS, 200 17th St. NW, WDC, is sponsored by the Stanley Foundation, Stimson Center and the Organization of American States (OAS). RSVP at

12] – Join the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, CODEPINK and others as they rally in front of the Israeli Embassy, 3514 International Dr. NW, WDC 20008, on Fri., July 11 at 3 PM to call for an end to the recent bombing campaign of Gaza along with an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza. Demand an end to Israel’s raids, killings, beatings, and arrests in West Bank. Bring pots, pans, drums, musical instruments, and whistles to make as much noise as possible!

Since June 12th, Israel has engaged in a brutal campaign of collective punishment against the Palestinian people, bombing Gaza and raiding West Bank towns and villages, arresting hundreds of civilians, including children across the West Bank and 1948 Palestine. This includes the horrific death of 15 year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was kidnapped, tortured, burned alive, and tossed in a field in an unbelievable act of savagery by Israeli settlers. Israel has deemed their latest attacks “Operation Protective Edge”, and in ways that are horrifyingly reminiscent of the 2009 and 2012 attacks. Email

13] – Demonstrate to stop the drone war command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station in Center City Philadelphia on the second Friday of the month, from 4 to 5 PM. These rush hour sign bearing and leafleting sessions alternate between the SEPTA entrance, NW corner at 15th & Market Sts., and the Bellevue Hotel, SE PA office of PA Gov. Corbett, head of PA Air Guard), 200 S. Broad St., Broad & Walnut Sts., Philadelphia PA. On July 11, the demo is outside the Bellevue Hotel. Pull the Plug on Drone Warfare and the Drone War Command Center... Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or

14] – There is usually a silent peace vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, outside the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and St. Paul St. The July 11 vigil, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, reminds us that War Is Not the Answer and that there is the need to stop torture.

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 July 11. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

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. [Route 97] in Olney, MD. The next vigil is July 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., June 28. 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

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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