Saturday, November 14, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert Nov. 15 - 20, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert Nov. 15 - 20, 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] “Stone Salad & Soup Fall Festival” – Nov. 15
7] "Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson” Nov. 15

8] Before play about Rwanda, hear from Peace Corps volunteers -- Nov 15
     Mosaic Board meet-and-greet Nov. 17
9] Film “This Changes Everything” – Nov. 15
10] Energy, Health, & Climate Expo – Nov. 15
11] Intellect of Insurrection – Nov. 15
12] Pentagon Vigil – Nov. 16
13] Arab-American lobbying – Nov. 16
14] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Nov. 16 – Nov. 20
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 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] – 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] – 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 Nov. 15 participate in the “Stone Salad & Soup Fall Festival.”  Celebrate the brisk days of autumn, at this Fall Festival. Gather together to feast, and delight in the bounty and beauty of autumn. Sign up for various fall fare the next three Sundays. Think of all the wonderful foods in season, beets, and cauliflower, dates and grapes even persimmons, pomegranates and tangerines are at their ripest. Plan to wear your most comfortable clothing, even cozy flannel. Dress in the colors of fall including, burnt oranges, butternut, walnut, and scarlet or burgundy, and many more. The program will be led by Mary B., Thomas Higdon, and Karen Elliott. Contact Mary Beth Sodus to volunteer or for more information at Call 410-581-2322 or email

7] – HIPS, 906 H St. NE, WDC, on Sun., Nov. 15 from 2 to 5 PM, as part of the Trans Week of Action,  will be hosting a screening of "Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson.” After the screening there will be a discussion entitled "Know Your Rights" with HIPS' legal fellow. This will include an overview of Trans rights in DC, with a heavy focus on the current state of Trans sex work in DC.  Go to

8] –  See the play UNEXPLORED INTERIOR: THIS IS RWANDA: THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF THE EARTH by Jay O. Sanders and directed by Derek Goldman in the Atlas Theater, 1333 H St. NE, WDC 20002, through Sun., Nov. 29.  Mosaic Theater launches its inaugural season with a world-premiere epic about the madness and majesty of Rwanda. Raymond, an African film student at NYU enthralled with the mysteries of Alfred Hitchcock, is compelled by a mentor's death to return to Rwanda to uncover a deeper horror story: the roots of violence that have destroyed his family, including his beloved grandfather, a Tutsi master storyteller whose legacy Raymond seeks to redeem. The ghosts of King Leopold and Mark Twain intertwine with other plotlines. Go to  Email Mosaic Theater Company of DC at <>.  

On Sun. Nov 15 at 3 PM, one hour before the 4 PM performance, hear from a Returning Peace Corps Volunteers Panel in the Atlas Lobby. On Tues., Nov 17 at 7 PM, a half-hour prior to the performance, come to a Mosaic Board meet-and-greet in the Atlas Lobby. 

9] – The Baltimore Green Forum [] is co-sponsoring this special event and providing the venue on Sun., No​v. ​15 for a film screening and discussion from 4 to 6 :00 PM and a roundtable discussion from 6 to 6:30 PM at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson 21286.  The film “This Changes Everything” is based on Naomi Klein's book of same name.

The Baltimore Green Forum seeks to educate and stimulate dialogue about what humans can do to make modern civilization more sustainable, including adjusting to finite resource limits and preserving biodiversity and a healthy environment. We do this through 8 monthly meetings a year. The topics are far ranging. They vary from local to planetary and from philosophical to scientific to very practical.

10] – Come to the First Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 E. St. NW, WDC, on Sun., Nov. 15 at 7 PM for the talk about the National Mobilization against TPP, TTIP, and TiSA happening from November 14-18 in Washington recognizes "free trade" agreements as tools of Western/US Empire that are upheld and enforced by extreme violence and force. Go to 

On this panel hear from leading human rights activists and intellectuals including Herman Wainggai who escaped an Indonesian jail. He will discuss the genocide occurring in west Papua as a result of Indonesia occupation. He will talk about how "free trade" and investment agreements contributed to the militarization of the region. See Herman's profile here:

11] – On Sun., Nov. 15 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, hear Richard Gilman-Opalsky on the Intellect of Insurrection. He argues that revolt is a form of philosophy from below, which carries and conveys more critical content than what is conventionally called philosophy. But, how is philosophy done by other means than philosophy? What is the intellect of insurrection?    Gilman-Opalsky’s work aims to take seriously the communicative content of recent revolts, from Greece, to North Africa, to Turkey, to Brazil, to the US, and elsewhere. He is an Associate Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Illinois, Springfield and is author of three books. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

12] -- 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., Nov. 9, 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. 

13] –  At East Capitol St. NE & First St. SE (US Capitol building), WDC, on Mon., Nov., 16 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM, join the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations (CPAO) for day of advocacy on Capitol Hill! The ADC-CPAO Advocacy day is a great opportunity for Arab-Americans to participate directly in our democracy by learning about issues that affect the Arab-American community and then going out and meeting with members of the U.S. Congress who have the power to shape these issues. The advocacy day will kick off with a Congressional Briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives. Briefing panelists will discuss topics including Ending U.S. Weapons to Israel, Addressing Israeli border discrimination targeting Arab-Americans, and Seeking Justice for Alex Odeh. 

Following the panel briefing, advocacy day participants will meet with Congress to advocate on issues of importance to the Arab-American community, including issues discussed in the briefing. Come prepared to meet with your U.S. Representative and Senators. Congress needs to hear from the diverse voices of the Arab-American community. The day will conclude with a debriefing at 3:30 PM to allow advocacy day participants to report back on their congressional meetings. Go to

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

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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