Friday, October 2, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert Oct. 2 - 5, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert Oct. 2 - 5, 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 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] See film SOPHIE SCHOLL: The Final Days – Oct. 2

7] Anti-drone vigil – Oct. 3

8] American Genocide – Oct. 3

9] Exploring humanist giving – Oct. 4

10] Peace in Palestine? – Oct. 4

11] Nonument Ceremony – Oct. 4

12] Peace in Palestine? – Oct. 4

13] Pentagon Vigil – Oct. 5

14] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Oct. 5 – Oct. 9

15] One DC meeting – Oct. 5

16] Documentary on Honduran coup – Oct. 5

17] Film 5 BROKEN CAMERAS – Oct. 5

18] The Ebola Epidemic – Oct. 5


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  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  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 You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at

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] – Janice and Max are looking to buy a house in Baltimore.  Let Max know if you have any leads—410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

6] –  Go to the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064 for the First-Friday Free Large Screen Film Series on Fri., Oct. 2 at 7 PM to see  SOPHIE SCHOLL: The Final Days (2005, 117 minutes, starring Julie Jentsch & directed by Marc Rothermund. It is in German with English subtitles. It received a 2005 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign language film.   Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments.

Based on long-buried historical records, the film brings to life with astounding authenticity the true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine and the last six days of her life from arrest and interrogation, to brutal show trial and execution. Call (610) 544-1818 or visit  The screening is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. Go to or call 610-544-1818.

 7] – On Sat., Oct. 3, from noon to 1 PM, join the Phila. Center City Anti-War/Drone  Death Walk/Silent Vigil. Gather at 12th & Market Sts. Wear back; signs and white masks are provided.  RSVP Marge Van Cleef at 267-763-1644.

8] – On Sat., Oct. 3 at 1 PM at the Baltimore American Indian Center Heritage Museum, 113 South Broadway, Baltimore, hear a talk  “American Genocide; The Only Good Indian is a Dead Indian.”  Go to or call 410-675-3535.

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 Oct. 4 the platform address is “Exploring Humanist Giving” (video presentation) by AJ Chalom, of the Humanist Giving Program Coordinator for Foundation Beyond Belief, a humanist charitable foundation. AJ introduced the reality that religious people give more to charity than non-believers. She discussed why it is important for secular people to increase their visibility within the philanthropic world, and she showed examples of the best practices used to identify worthy beneficiaries we can support. This is a video of her platform address delivered to the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago on May 3, 2015.

Chalom lives in suburban Chicago, and is passionate about the work of Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB). A lifelong humanist, she has worked extensively within the Humanistic Jewish movement. As the humanist giving program coordinator at FBB, AJ focuses on researching and selecting potential beneficiaries. Learn more about her work at Call 410-581-2322 or email

10] – On Sun., Oct. 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045, hear Daoud Nassar, director of the Tent of Nations, who will speak on the topic “Planting Seeds of Peace in Palestine.”  The Tent of Nations, located outside of Bethlehem, is on the Nassar family’s farm, which is surrounded on three sides by Israeli settlers.  It is an internationally known peace center which attracts visitors, including Israelis, who join together to plant trees, harvest olives, teach at the Women’s Education Center, and work in the summer Children’s Camps.  Daoud is a Christian who works with people of all faiths.  Their motto is “We refuse to be enemies.”  The talk is sponsored by the Committee for Palestinian Rights. Email CPR_Maryland

11] – On Sun., Oct. 4 people are coming together to challenge the destruction of the McKeldin Fountain.  From 4 to 7:30 PM there is a Nonument making workshop at the Current Gallery, 421 N. Howard St., Baltimore 21201. From 7:30 to 8 PM, join a twilight Parade and walk to McKeldin Fountain, Light and Pratt Sts.  At 8 PM participate in the Nonument ceremony in McKeldin Square.

12] – On Sun., Oct. 4 at 5 PM at 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda  20816, hear Daoud Nassar, director of the Tent of Nations, who will speak on the topic “Planting Seeds of Peace in Palestine.”  The Tent of Nations, located outside of Bethlehem, is on the Nassar family’s farm, which is surrounded on three sides by Israeli settlers.  It is an internationally known peace center which attracts visitors, including Israelis, who join together to plant trees, harvest olives, teach at the Women’s Education Center, and work in the summer Children’s Camps.  Daoud is a Christian who works with people of all faiths.  Their motto is “We refuse to be enemies.”  The talk is sponsored by the Westmoreland UCC Middle East Committee.  Cal 301-229-7766.

13] -- 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., Oct. 5, 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. 

14] – 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  

15] – All supporters of ONE DC, whether long-time members or new joiners, are welcome to come to Fall Member Orientation at 614 S St. NW, WDC, on Mon., Oct. 5 at 6 PM. Engaging with ONE DC’s work, whether it be through the People's Platform, the Black Workers Center, or one of four committees, is encouraged. Your talents and time are essential to make ONE DC a viable and powerful organization because of your direct involvement in the work. Member Orientation is designed to allow you to identify exactly what activities you want to devote your time and energy to, engage with staff and member-leaders, and join other members to keep the work strong and growing.  As ONE DC gears up for major outreach this fall, it needs your active engagement and support. See

16] – Come to the Real News Network, 231 Holliday St., Baltimore, on Mon., Oct. 5 at 6:30 PM to see RESISTENCIA: a Special Screening of a Thrilling Documentary on the Resistance to a Honduran Coup.  “When a 2009 coup d'état ousts the only president they ever believed in, these farmers take over the plantations. With no plans to ever give them back.” Filmmaker Jesse Freeston will be present to lead a post-film discussion.

On June 28 2009, the first coup d'état in a generation in Central America overthrows the elected president of Honduras. A nationwide resistance movement is born, which takes inspiration from the daring act of the farmers of the Aguan Valley to take over 10,000 acres of palm oil plantations claimed by the country's largest landowner, and a key player in the coup. Filmed over four years beginning with the coup itself, 'Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley' follows three key members of the farmers' resistance as they convert the plantations into a workers co-op and agitate for a more democratic state, all while trying to survive the violent reaction of the landlord and the coup regime. The Q & A will be from 8:30 to 9:30 PM. 

17] – At the University of Maryland, College Park on Mon., Oct. 5 from 7 to 9 PM, see an extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, “5 Broken Cameras,” a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the film was assembled by Burnat and Israeli co-director Guy Davidi. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. “I feel like the camera protects me,” he says, “but it’s an illusion.” Visit

18] – The Ebola Epidemic: One Year Out will be discussed at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC, on Mon., Oct. 5 from 7 to 9 PM.  This will be an interactive discussion on the international response to Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone with people who served on the ground. The panelists will discuss the delivery of care, the protection of care-givers and the detection of cases in the community by surveillance and case finding. The event will also highlight that global health is directly correlated with global security and the importance of strong health systems. Visit

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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