Thursday, March 26, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert March 27 - 28, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert March 27 - 28, 2015

"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]

1] Books, buttons & stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists
4] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLa
5] Two friends are looking to buy a house in Baltimore
6] Support the students – Mar. 27
7] Peace vigil at White House – Mar. 27
8] Silent Peace Vigil – Mar. 27
9] Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle – Mar. 27
10] Ballroom Dancing – Mar. 27
11] Book talk "The Bicycle Diaries” – Mar. 27
12] Grow Your Health Festival -- Mar. 28
13] West Chester, PA demo – Mar. 28
14] Protest Drone War Command Center – Mar. 28
15] Fly Kites – Mar. 28
16] Join ONE DC – Mar. 28
17] Resist navy base – Mar. 28

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 CafĂ© 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] – Two friends are looking to buy a house in Baltimore. Let Max know if you have any leads—410-366-1637 or

6] – Go to the U.S. Capitol Building, East Capitol St. NW, WDC on Fri., Mar. 27 from noon to 1:30 PM, join the GWU Progressive Student Union to prevent cuts affecting students from happening! Republicans this week unveiled budgets in the House of Representatives and Senate that are devastating to families. The cuts to student aid programs are especially vicious, with $150 billion in cuts to the Pell Grant, subsidized loan program and income-based repayment. The U.S. Student Association believes that public higher education should be free! This budget is clearly headed in the opposite direction. Students, staff and supporters were lobbying the House and Senate Budget Committee members, and seven disrupted the Senate Budget Committee Hearing,

7] – On Fri., Mar. 27 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.

8] – There is usually a silent peace vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St. The next vigil is on until Mar. 27. On that Friday it will remind us that War Is Not the Answer and that there is the need to stop torture, and prosecute the torturers.

9] – On Fri., Mar. 27 from 6 to 8 PM, the Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC is holding an opening reception to meet the artist of its newest gallery, Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle. Micaela Amateau Amato has made an ongoing series of works that includes many materials: discarded wood constructions that evoke floating dwellings of the Ma’dan people of the marshlands of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers; cast glass and glazed ceramic figures and life size portrait heads that have hybrid racial and ethnic physiognomies, paint as illusion and as visceral substance, an interconnected web of the ancient past with the present. See Call 202-338-1958 or email

10] – 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 Mar. 27. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

11] – On Fri., Mar. 27 at 8:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, hear about "The Bicycle Diaries." Former Stanford climate change researcher David Kroodsma has bicycled from California to the southern tip of South America, from Turkey to the east coast of China, and across the U.S. twice. Along the way he has talked to hundreds of people - both laypeople and experts - about climate change, gathering personal stories about its impacts across three continents. Join David for a slideshow of his best photos and videos. In addition to stories of adventure -- ranging from fending off a jaguar in Belize to hiding from police in Tibet -- David will share how people across the globe are currently experiencing climate change, drawing on interviews with people in 28 different countries. Copies of his recent book, The Bicycle Diaries, a Shelf Unbound Notable Book of 2014, will be available for purchase. Visit Call 443-602-7585. Go to

12] – Join The Organic Consumers Association [ OCA] for a screening of GMO OMG and other activities on Sat., Mar. 28 from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Grow Your Health Festival, featuring the GMO OMG film, classes, and exhibit hall on gardening, organic and local food, nutrition and health at Door 18, Woodson High School, 9525 Main St., Fairfax, VA 22031. GMO OMG will be shown at 3 p.m., followed by a discussion with OCA political director Alexis Baden-Mayer. Tickets are $10 for adults. Children under 16 are FREE!! Go to

13] – 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

14] – The Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA is to be operational in 2015. The area is closer each day to being a place where remote-controlled killing will take place. Stand against drone warfare on Sat., Mar. 28 from noon to 2 PM. Protest the establishment of the Drone War Command Center at the Horsham Air Guard Station, Route 611/Easton Road and County Line Road, Horsham, PA. Contact Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or go to Check out

15] – On Sat., Mar. 28 from 1 to 4 PM, fly kites at the Washington Monument. #BlackLivesBlossom will be there during the Kite Festival. There will be lots of #Blacklivesmatter kites you can borrow, or bring /make your own black Kite. #BlackLivesBlossom is an event using performative protest to celebrate the resiliency of black communities, bring attention to the continued work of #BlackLivesMatter, and unite communities in the DMV. Visit https//

16] – Join ONE DC by becoming a member in order to support building power with long time DC residents to organize for an equitable city. Be at the African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW, WDC on Sat., Mar. 28 at 2 PM. Go to

17] -- The Resistance to the U.S. Naval Base, Korea’s Jeju Island, US National Speaking Tour is continuing on Sat., Mar. 28 at 5 PM at the Justice Center, 617 Florida Ave. NW, WDC. Hee Eun “Silver” Park and Paco Michelson, peace activists, will speak about the nonviolent resistance campaign. The South Korean government and the US Navy is building a new naval base on an island, designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. Visit Watch “Jeju: In the Crosshairs of War” at See

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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