Friday, May 15, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert May 15 – May 18, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert May 15 – May 18, 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] Get your animal friend in the Maryland SPCA 2016 calendar – through May 15
7] Out of Rubble exhibit – through May 16
8] Peace Vigil at the White House – May 15
9] Silent Peace Vigil – May 15
10] Celebrate 20 years for the Asian/Pacific American Domestic Violence Resource Project – May 15
11] Come to the Nakba Commemoration – May 15
12] Film “Voices Across the Divide” – May 15
13] 67th Nakba Commemoration and Protest May 15
14] "The Night of 1000 Dylans”– May 15
15] Ballroom Dancing – May 15
16] Capital Trans Pride 2015 – May 16 - 17
17] United Workers "occupy" General Growth Properties May 16
18] West Chester, PA demo – May 16
19] Come for an evening with Dr. Abdel Fattah Abu Srour – May 16
20] Replace the prisoners – May 16
21] Punk rock-inspired prose and poetry – May 16
22] “Separation Anxiety: The First Amendment at Risk” – May 17
23] Capital Trans Pride march – May 17
24] Commemorate the Catonsville Nine – May 17
25] DC Days 2015 – May 17 - 20
26] 2015 Bridge Builders Awards Ceremony – May 17
27] Central Maryland Ecumenical Council Spring Awards Gala -- May 17
28] Pentagon Vigil – May 18
29] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 18 – May 22
30] "Bursting the Plutonium Bubble: How Utopian Communities Made Dystopian Nuclear Landscapes" May 18
31] Film “German Companies: Working Towards the Future Forging the Future” – May 18
32] Pledge of Resistance/FOC meeting – May 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  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] – Two friends are looking to buy a house in Baltimore.  Let Max know if you have any leads—410-366-1637 or
6] – Enter a photo of your animal friend in the Maryland SPCA 2016 Calendar for $50. Each entry also includes one (1) free calendar! Participants can send photos after registration, so don't worry if you need a little extra time to find the purr-fect photo of Fluffy! To enter, go to and use discount code "SPCAcalendar" during checkout, or contact Jennifer Mion at or 410-235-8826, ext. 133. 

The 2016 Pet Calendar will be a full-color wall calendar, released in the fall of 2015. Thirteen of the best photos will be selected for the cover and pet-of-the-month pages. Photographs must be of animals, no people, and must be in color. High-resolution horizontal photos are preferred. Small photos, especially those taken by phones, are difficult to enlarge. All entered photos will appear in the calendar. A maximum of 400 photos will be accepted through Fri., May 15. The calendar is an important fundraiser for the Maryland SPCA. Proceeds benefit the needy and homeless animals in our care!
7] – Out of Rubble is an exhibit currently on display at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture until May 16 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  The exhibition reacts to the wake of war — its realities and its representations. The rubble that each war leaves behind shapes today and tomorrow — physically, psychologically and spiritually. Responding to a wide range of violent encounters taking place over four continents, Out of Rubble presents works by seventeen artists and architects from over ten countries who consider its causes and consequences, its finality and future, moving from decimation and disintegration to the possibilities of regeneration and recovery. Featured artists and architects include Susanne Slavick, who curated the exhibit is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.
8] – On Fri., May 15 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.

9] – 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 May 15.  On that Friday it will remind us that War Is Not the Answer, that Black Lives Matter and that there is the need to stop torture, and prosecute the torturers. 
10] – Come to The Sphinx Club, 1315 K St. NW, WDC on Fri., May 15 at 5:30 PM to celebrate 20 years for the Asian/Pacific American Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP).  Together with supporters, they will mark two decades of serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. There is a dress code, so check out
11] – Come to the Nakba Commemoration: The Evolving Musical Narrative a performance and commentary by Foty Fusion on Fri., May 15 from 6:30 to 8 PM at The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037.  Foty Fusion, a Palestinian-American group will commemorate this year's anniversary of the Nakba through a musical performance and visual presentation highlighting the historical significance of a series of songs. Over the past 67 years, Palestinian resistance music has continued to evolve by navigating and redefining itself in different cultural spaces in the diaspora. The chosen themes of the evening will reflect on Palestinian history and the struggle for self-determination as well as symbolism and the resurfacing of old ideologies in present day music.
Foty Fusion is a Palestinian-American family band, comprised of a father, Fuad Foty (oud), and his five children, Cherine (violin), Ziad (piano), Fairouz (cello), Nadine (flute), and Yasmine (guitar). Go to Call 202-338-1958 or email
12] – See a screening of “Voices Across the Divide” on Fri., May 15 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  May 15 is Nakba ("Catastrophe" in Arabic) Day, the annual commemoration of the mass expulsion, displacement and dispossession of Palestinians that preceded and followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. After the screening, enjoy a discussion, hosted by Baltimore Palestine Solidarity and Baltimore Jewish Voice for Peace. The film by Alice Rothchild and Sharon Mullally is a documentary and oral history project featuring interviews with Palestinians from Ann Arbor to Boston who tell their Nakba stories. The stories reveal a Nakba that has never ended, revealing the ongoing trauma of statelessness and the complicated issues of identity and personal agency in the face of loss and rebuilding. Call 410-433-3269 or go to   

13] – Come to the 67th Nakba Commemoration and Protest on Fri., May 15 at 7:30 PM in Lafayette Square, H and 17th Sts.  This year marks 67 years since the catastrophic Nakba, which initiated the systematic ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinians from their ancestral homeland by Zionist terrorist militias. Sixty seven years of apartheid, occupation, displacement, and massacre shows us that the Nakba is ongoing, and it is our duty to take a stand against Israel's egregious human rights abuses. Visit
14] – On Fri., May 18 at 7:30 PM, the Creative Alliance at the Patterson will host "The Night of 1000 Dylans." The Creative Alliance is at 3134 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore.  Call 410-276-1651. Tickets are $16, but $11 for members. The proceeds will go to the Baltimore College Peace Network, the Roots Café and the Creative Alliance.
The event will feature The Stone Hill All-Stars (featuring alumni of the Polkats and Two Legs); Bruce Sprinstone's Tom Chalkley & Craig Hankin; the Junkyard Saints' Brian Simms, Howard Markman and Sandy Asirvatham. The benefit concert will be hosted by Geoffrey Himes. Almost every U.S. songwriter of any ambition cites Bob Dylan as an inspiration, and the best songwriters in the Baltimore-Washington area are no exception. During this special show to raise money for three of Baltimore's best community organizations, eight of those singer-songwriters will play the Dylan songs that mean the most to them. Go to and
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 May 15. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.
16] – Capital Trans Pride 2015 takes place Sat., May 16 at 10 AM through Sun., May 17 at 4 PM at the Reeves Center Municipal Building, 2000 14th St. NW [at U St.], WDC.  The event is open to the public of all ages. There will be live performing artists, visual and interactive art, chipotle lunch, and discussions and workshops. Following CTP15 there will be a Trans Visibility March from the Reeves building to DuPont Circle. CTP15 has partnered with The Gryphon ( Email or go to
17] – United Workers of Baltimore will march to "occupy" General Growth Properties (GGP), the giant mall developer and owner, on Sat., May 19 beginning at 11 AM. Low wage workers at the Inner Harbor are leading a growing call for one of the largest mall owners in the country, GPP, to ensure economic human rights in all of its Baltimore area malls--Mondawmin Mall, HarborPlace and the Towson Town Center.
The march to occupy GGP will start at the Mondawmin Mall and go to the Inner Harbor arriving at 3 PM for a rally at HarborPlace.  The rally will conclude with a prayer and closing at 3:30 PM.
18] –  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 
19] –  Come for an evening with Dr. Abdel Fattah Abu Srour, the director of the Palestinian Al Rowwad Cultural and Theater Center and the president of the Palestinian Theater league. Hear him speak about “beautiful resistance,” a fusion of the arts, human rights, justice and active nonviolence, all embedded, of course, in the current political reality of the Palestinian Israeli conflict. Go to The event will be held Mon., May 21 at 6:30 PM at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, 430 East Belvedere Ave. (just west of York Road).
Dr. Abusrour is an impressive person, an eloquent speaker, a social entrepreneur, a peacemaker, an artist, a poet and a playwright. His center, Al Rowwad, builds community, grows hope and cultivates peace through the arts with youth from Aida Refugee camp (Bethlehem) and other camps in the Palestinian territories. His community organizing efforts have spread throughout the West Bank, and recently internationally in his role as one of the organizers of the recent Flotilla campaign. Donations will be accepted for the Al Rowwad Center.
20] – Baltimore Fightback calls on everyone to support the Protest Action on Sat., May 16 at 3 PM at  McKeldin Square, Light & Pratt Sts., for the release of all arrestees of the Baltimore Uprising and for the dropping all charges. Go to
There is a call to release Allen Bullock to his parents, reduce his bail. The Peoples Power Assembly is calling on our sisters and brothers from Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and NYC to join in. Note that a number of Philadelphia people were arrested and have court dates pending. In addition, the police also arrested "green hats" from the Nat'l Lawyers Guild whose sole purpose is to observe and who were not participating in protests. Visit
21] – On Sat., May 16 at 7:30 PM in the Free School Classroom @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201,  join in an evening of punk rock-inspired prose and poetry with touring novelist Michael T. Fournier and local stalwarts Colin Seven and Eric De Jesus! Check out Swing State: punk rock authors present! Call 410-433-3269 or go to   
22] – 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 May 17, however, note the change of time and venue.  The theme “Separation Anxiety: The First Amendment at Risk” will be explored at 11 AM at the First Unitarian Church, NW corner of Charles and Franklin Sts. Rev. Barry Lynn will provide updates about the newest events in church-state separation. Some of the topics he will cover are same-gender marriage license refusals, upcoming Supreme Court cases, memorials on public grounds, and, of course, his interactions with the Religious Right.
Since 1992, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn has served as executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution’s religious liberty provisions. In addition to his work as a long-time activist and lawyer in the civil liberties field, Lynn is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, offering him a unique perspective on church-state issues. Learn more at and visit the Maryland Chapter at Call 410-581-2322 or email
23] – There is a Capital Trans Pride Rally and Visibility March on Sun., May 17 at 2 PM at the DuPont Circle Fountain.  March to protest transphobia and anti-trans violence and to celebrate the trans community! Go to
24] –  On Sun., May 17 at 3 PM, gather on the parking lot of the Knights of Columbus hall and commemorate the anniversary of the Viet Nam War draft files burning by Phil Berrigan and eight others.  At one time, this was where the Selective Service had an office.  The K of C is just adjacent to the Catonsville Public Library at 1010 Frederick Road, Catonsville 21228. Bring peace banners and flags and your peaceful selves.  The event is sponsored by Baltimore's Phil Berrigan chapter of Veterans for Peace.
25] –  DC Days 2015 will take place starting Sun., May 17 through Wed., May 20, and over 20 organizations will participate! Join activists from across the country for four days of training and advocacy. Combining advocacy, networking, and fun; DC Days is a unique opportunity to learn how to effectively voice your concerns about nuclear weapons, power, and waste. Meet with and educate members of Congress, and the Obama administration.
You are cordially invited to the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability's Awards Reception on Mon., May 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in Rayburn HOB, B-340. Honor Senator Harry Reid, Representative John Garamendi, Jon Lipsky, and Jim Doyle for their contributions towards a safer, saner world. The guest speaker is Joe Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund. On Tues., May 19, there will be a pizza party from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Mott House, 122 Maryland NE (between the Supreme Court and the Hart Senate Building). This is a great opportunity to meet and network with some 50 activists from across the country who will be in town participating in ANA's 27th annual DC Days. The cost is $10.  RSVP to Kevin Davis at  Printed materials will be distributed. Email Scott Kovac, DC Days Committee contact, at  Go to
26] –  The 2015 Bridge Builders Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the InterFaith Conference, will recognize, among others, the Honorable Ike Leggett, County Executive, Montgomery County.  Other Honorees include Mythili Lee Bachu, chair of Hindu Temples of North America, and Andy Shallal, social entrepreneur and founder, Busboys and Poets restaurants, on Sun., May 17 from 4 to 6 PM at the Washington, D.C, Temple Visitors' Center, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington, MD 20895.  Admission is $75/person. Email or go to
27] –The Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC) will have its Spring Awards Gala on Sun., May 20 from 6:30  to 9:30 PM at the Douglass Memorial Church, 1325 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217. Tickets are $40. Use the PayPal button on the CMEC send a check to the office: CMEC, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21239. There will be a buffet dinner, music and awards. Rev. Dr. Marion Bascom will receive the Ecumenical Lifetime Achievement Award; Dr. Michael Gorman will receive the Bryce W. Shoemaker Ecumenical Leadership Award, and Ms. Rosanna Miles will receive the Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Handy Ecumenical Award.
28] -- 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., May 11, 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. 
29] – 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  
30] – On Mon., May 18 from 4 to 5:30 PM, Kate Brown, University of Maryland, "Bursting the Plutonium Bubble: How Utopian Communities Made Dystopian Nuclear Landscapes." Wilson Center, Sixth Floor, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington. RSVP at
31] – See a film “German Companies: Working Towards the Future Forging the Future” at the Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 7th St. NW, WDC on Mon., May 18 at 6:30 PM.  There is no charge.  Call 202-289-1200 or email  Visit
32] – 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., May 18. The proposed agenda will include anti-drone activities, Freddie Gray, John Sarbanes/Ben Cardin, JHU graduation peace diplomas, annual July 4 visit to the NSA and the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at
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
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