Saturday, December 20, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - December 21 - 22, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert December 21 – December 22, 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.

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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] “Homelessness, and Its Effects on Children” -- Dec. 21
7] Casa Baltimore/Limay OPEN HOUSE -- Dec. 21
8] National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day – Dec. 21
9] Remember Leslie Feinberg – Dec. 21
10] “Sunday Kind of Love” – Dec. 21
11] Pentagon Vigil – Dec. 22
12] Nurses on strike – Dec. 22 - 23
13] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Dec. 22 – 26
14] Get Money Out - Maryland meeting – Dec. 22
15] Pledge/FOC meeting – Dec. 22
16] Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem – Dec. 22

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] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon. On Dec. 21, the platform address is entitled “Homelessness, and Its Effects on Children” delivered by Dr. Tara Doaty-Mundell. She will explain how to build the children’s self-esteem and confidence in the face of challenges by drawing on her recent book, “Let’s Talk About It.” It is a collection of stories that highlights the journey to self-discovery that every child travels.

She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Howard University, and has obtained several certifications in evidence-based practices aimed at improving parent and child attachment and has over 13 years of experience working with parents and families. Dr. Doaty-Mundell has developed curricula aimed at healing family dynamics and a parenting curriculum, and also one for individuals in recovery from substance abuse. In 2012, she founded Sage Wellness Group, LLC, a consulting firm that provides specialized trainings and workshops for agencies on an array of topics for agency administration, staff, clients and families. The doctor resides in Baltimore with her husband and three children. Call 410-581-2322 or email

6] – On Sun., Dec. 21 at 3:30 PM, enjoy a HOLIDAY CONCERT AT THE PEACE CENTER OF DELAWARE COUNTY, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA. 19064, with Keith Calmes, Classical Guitar Virtuoso. The free concert will be preceded by a reception with holiday cheer, treats, and craft sales at 2:30 PM. Also performing will be Bill Foley of Wallingford and Dean Maola, a Strath Haven High School junior with his jazz trio, and Alain Xiong-Calmes on cello. Special guest and area favorite, singer-songwriter Tom Mullian will perform a couple of his recently recorded peace songs. Visit or call 610-544-1818.

7] – On Sun., Dec. 21 come to a Casa Baltimore/Limay OPEN HOUSE from 3 to 7 PM at the new office location, 2743 Maryland Ave., Baltimore 21218. Drop by to socialize, have some refreshments, and browse last-minute holiday gifts. Available are beautiful paintings, pottery, carved soapstone, and clothing. Or call 410-662-6292 to make an appointment to browse at another time.

8] -- For over two decades on the first night of winter and the longest night of the year, communities across the country have gathered to commemorate National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day. Members of Baltimore's Stop Homelessness And Reduce Poverty (SHARP) Coalition, the Coalition for Homeless Children and Families, and the Baltimore Homeless Youth Initiative (BHYI) invite you to a Memorial Service to honor the lives of community members who experienced homelessness and passed away this year. It occurs on Sun., Dec. 21 at 5 PM in the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, Baltimore 21202. See

9] – On Sun., Dec. 21 at 5 PM at Baltimore Workers World Party, 2011 N. Charles St., 1st Floor, Baltimore 21218, honor and pay tribute to Leslie Feinberg, an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, who died on Nov. 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease. Leslie revolutionized the understanding of trans oppression by using revolutionary Marxist analysis that traced the roots of LGBTQ oppression to women's oppression. There will be eulogies given by comrades of Leslie that knew her for over 40 years in the struggle. Leslie's books will be for sale at the memorial. See the obituary written by her wife Minnie Bruce Pratt for the Workers World newspaper: Call 443-221-3775. Visit

10] -- “Sunday Kind of Love” is a monthly open mic that features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation, which will take place at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC 20009, on Sun., Dec. 21 from 5 to 7 PM. It will be hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, and this open mic will feature Sam Taylor & Joshua Weiner. An open mic segment will follow their readings. Visit

11] -- There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop. The next vigil is Mon., Dec. 22, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email or call 202-882-9649. The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro. By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr., and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM. No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.

12] – Gather at 110 Irving St., WDC, on Mon., Dec. 22 at 7 AM until Tues., Dec. 23 at 7 AM to support registered nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) during the one-day strike. The strike was announced due to unfair labor practices committed by hospital executives and their refusal to fairly address matters of health, safety and equity for patients and nurses. Medstar Washington Hospital Center management received 10 days advance notice from the National Nurses United to postpone elective surgeries, transfer out any patients as needed, and make other preparations needed. Go to

13] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday from 10 AM to noon on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at

14] – Get Money Out - Maryland [GMOM] is trying to pass the resolution for The Democracy Amendment. And it will support other laws and policies that minimize the influence of money and strengthen the power of individual citizens in the political process. The Anne Arundel County GMOM chapter is meeting on Mon., Dec. 22 at 7 PM at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library, 269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis 21403. Contact Wylie Burge at wylieburge {at} Go to

15] – 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., Dec. 22. The proposed agenda will include anti-drone activities, including getting a resolution passed in Baltimore’s City Council, the CIA’s admission that the killer drone program is a failure, no fracking in New York, preparing for legislation in Annapolis, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine, a march from the EPA to the Pentagon, lobbying Rep. Sarbanes and a talk about ISIS. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

16] – Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem this Christmas and Hanukah at 7:30 PM on Mon., Dec. 22 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 East University Parkway, Baltimore--corner of University Parkway and North Charles St. Parking and entrance to the cathedral is on North Charles St. Contact Charles Cloughen, Jr., Interfaith Peace Partners, coordinator, at or 410-321-4545.

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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