Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert July 11 – 16, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert July 11 – 16, 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 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.

1] Books, buttons and 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] Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition – through Aug. 16
7] Safe Streets Arts Foundation meeting – July 11
8] Peace vigil – July 11
9] “AEU Assembly Report” – July 12
10] Pentagon Vigil – July 13
11] Iran Talks – July 13
12] Marc Steiner on WEAA – July 13 – July 17
13] Protest the Christians United for Israel – July 13
14] Race, health and healthcare – July 13
15] "Can We Save The Nonproliferation Regime?” – July 14
16] Creative Dissent – July 14
17] Peace vigil – July 14
18] No JHU Drone Research – July 14
19] Workers’ Rights hearing – July 14
20] Outlaw Nuclear Weapons – July 16
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max 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 donmuller@msn.com.  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 ncnrnotices-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at ncnrnotices-admin@lists.riseup.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 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 FrancineMSW@aol.com.

5] – Two friends are looking to buy a house in Baltimore.  Let Max know if you have any leads—410-366-1637 or mobuszewski@verizon.net.

6] – Come to American University, Katzen Arts Center, Third Floor, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016-8031to see the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition. Go to http://www.american.edu/calendar/?id=6383062.

See the Maruki Panel exhibit. Six of the world-famous panels will be exhibited outside Japan for the first time in many years. There will also be a display of artifacts from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as 24 of the All Souls Church Honkawa School Children's drawings.  See the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition through Aug. 16. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the attacks, this powerful show will include 20 artifacts collected from the debris of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as 6 large folding screens that depict the horrors of the event. The 1995 Nobel Peace Prize nominees, Iri and Toshi Maruki, created a total of 15 screens over 32 years from 1950. This exhibition, made possible by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, is meant to deepen understanding of the damage wrought by nuclear weapons and inspire peace in the 21st century. Call 202-885-1000.  Email museum@american.edu. Admission is free, and the exhibit hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 AM to 4 PM.

7] – Safe Streets Arts Foundation <staff@safestreetsarts.info> is holding its next meeting of volunteers to review new inmate art and manuscripts and answer letters from prisons on Sat., July 11, from 10 to 11 AM at St. Mary' Court, 725 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037. Free parking, training, materials and refreshments will be provided. Email staff@safestreetsarts.org or call 202-393-1511.

8] –  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 www.ccpeace.org. Email ccpeacemovement@aol.com

9] – 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 July 12 the platform address is “AEU Assembly Report.”  BES members Karen Elliott, Stephen Meskin, Emil Volcheck, and Kathleen Wilsbach will report on the 100th Assembly of the American Ethical Union that took place June 25-28. The theme of the conference was “Creating a Sustainable Future: Ethics and Advocacy.” Hear the latest news and inspiring stories of action from across the Ethical Culture movement! Call 410-581-2322 or email ask@bmorethical.org.

10] -- 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., July 13, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com 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. 

11] – On Mon., July 13 from 9:30 to 11 AM, Olli Heinonen, Harvard University, Robin Wright, Wilson Center, Ilan Goldenberg, Center for a New American Security, and Joe Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund, will discuss "The Endgame: Who Got What From the Iran Talks?" It takes place at the U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP online. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-endgame-who-got-what-from-the-iran-talks-tickets-17533424946

12] – 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 www.weaa.org.   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to steinershow@gmail.com. All shows are also available as podcasts at www.steinershow.org.  

13] – At the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl NW, WDC on Mon., July 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM, join JVP-DC Metro and partners in protesting the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) National Summit. Add your voice to demand that people Stand with Palestine: Equality for All in Israel/ Palestine.  Elevate the voices to challenge CUFI’s distorted interpretation of Christian theology that somehow justifies the ongoing segregation, dispossession, and oppression of millions of Palestinians living under Israel’s control.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/606909352745646/.

14] – Come to the American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore on Mon., July 13 from 6:30 to 8:30  PM as Baltimore Racial Justice Action (BRJA) will be hosting a panel of experts in health care and health policy-- Marisela Gomez, MD, Lawrence Brown, PhD, and Cheri Wilson, MHS. The event will explore the historical intersection between race, health and healthcare, and the challenges to achieving health equity. Email BRJA at bmoreantiracist@gmail.com.

15] – On Tues., July 14 from 10:30 AM to 2 PM, Des Browne, Nuclear Threat Initiative, and six other speakers, answer "Can We Save The Nonproliferation Regime?" The event is sponsored by Hoover Institution. Johnson Center, Fifth Floor, 1399 New York Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at https://fs30.formsite.com/HooverinWashington/form16/index.html.

16] – Come to the Gallery, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC on Tues., July 14 from 12:30 to 2 PM for a panel discussion with Mona El-Bayoumi, Amr Mounib, and Dagmar Painter.  A light lunch will be served at 12:30 PM with the talk beginning promptly at 1 PM.  This talk is in conjunction with the exhibition Creative Dissent, at Gallery Al-Quds until 6 August.

  This exhibition is designed to immerse visitors in the creative vitality of the continually evolving uprising movement commonly referred to as the Arab Spring. Visitors will experience how freedom of speech merges with artistic expression - capturing the anger, elation, frustration, and hope of these revolutions in the form of graffiti, video, blog postings, cartoons, music, photography and even puppetry. Drawn primarily from protests in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, Creative Dissent demonstrates the varied responses to the protest in the Arab world beginning in late 2010.  Presented by the Arab American National Museum (AANM) and the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Creative Dissent: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings is guest-curated by Associate Professor of Islamic Art Christiane Gruber of the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, and Nama Khalil, an artist and anthropology PhD student at UM. See http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/EventDetails/i/53274.

17] – 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 St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is July 14.  Call 215-426-0364.

18] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on July 14  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637. 

19] – All families deserve strong wages, stable hours and predictable schedules in order to build a good life. But too many of this city's neighbors who serve everyone's food, stock shelves and sweep floors have jobs that grant too few hours on too short notice and require them to be at the beck and call of their employers. 

Service sector jobs are well understood to be some of the fastest growing and most poorly paid jobs in our city, and an increasing number of people who work in this industry aren't able to get the hours or the stability they need to support their families.

On Tues., July 14 from 6 to 8 PM at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, 3000 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, WDC, DC Jobs with Justice will convene a Workers’ Rights board hearing in a town hall-style event to hear from residents, mothers, parents, affordable housing advocates, childcare providers, expert academics, and economists. See https://www.facebook.com/events/386842194847219/.
20] –   Takoma Park's Nuclear Free Committee is sponsoring a community forum on Thurs., July 16 on the global campaign to outlaw nuclear weapons. The date marks the 70th anniversary of the world's first nuclear weapons detonation.  The Trinity test, carried out by the U.S. at the Alamogordo proving grounds in the New Mexican desert, took place on July 16, 1945. Key note speakers at the forum are Michael Walli and Robert Alvarez. Mr. Walli was recently released from federal prison after serving more than two years for spilling blood on the highly guarded top U.S. production site for nuclear weapons at the Oak Ridge, Tennessee complex.  Mr. Alvarez is an international expert on nuclear proliferation at the Washington DC-based Institute for Policy Studies. The event also features the shocking video "A Time Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945." This free program will begin at 7pm at the City of Takoma Park Sam Abbott Citizens Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD.   Contact Paul Gunter, (301) 523-0201.
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  


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