Saturday, January 16, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert January 16 - 18, 2016

"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] End Slum Housing – Jan. 16
7] Divest from the police – Jan. 16
8] Benefit concert for Communities United – Jan. 16
9] MLK worship service – Jan. 17
10] MLK celebration – Jan. 17
11] Systemic racism – Jan. 17
12] Bernie rally – Jan. 17
13] End Islamophobia – Jan. 17
14] Who poisoned Flint’s water? – Jan. 17
15] Debate Watch Party – Jan. 17
16] Debate Watch Party – Jan. 17
17] Pentagon Vigil – Jan. 18
18] MLK Peace Walk – Jan. 18
19] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 18 – Jan. 22

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] – Commemorate Dr. King Birthday Weekend on the 50th Anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement to end slum housing. This is the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement launched by Dr. King to end slum housing in Chicago. This campaign also known as the Open Housing Movement in part led to the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

    Gather on Sat., Jan. 16 at 1 PM at the Housing Commissioner’s office, 417 E. Fayette St. across from City Hall. WE DEMAND: DECENT HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT!  REPAIR PUBLIC HOUSING NOW! Fire Housing Commissioner Graziano – Rehire Lucky Crosby. Stop retaliation against workers and whistle blowers.  End sex for repairs scandal now, compensate the victims!

The Peoples Power Assembly and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference along with other community groups will kick off a campaign to win justice for public housing residents. Join them for a brief press conference then begin door-to-door canvasing.  Call 443-221-3775. Join in for 30 minutes or stay the entire day. See

7] –  At 14th and U Sts., WDC, on Sat., Jan. 16 at 6:30 PM, the Movement for Black Lives in DC is continually calling on the city to DIVEST from the police and INVEST in Black communities. The city spends over $500 million on the police and less than $200 million on affordable housing. This same city gives away valuable public land to developers while Black residents are getting displaced from their homes. We say NO MORE!

TURN UP in front of the Reeves Center (which was given away to developers FOR FREE) to DC's indigenous music, GO-GO, to protest the ban and displacement of the genre that resulted from a criminalization of Black culture. TURN UP to tell Muriel Bowser that she gotta Go-Go! This event is a collaboration between Stop Police Terror Project, ONE DC, BYP100, and BLM DMV. Visit

8] – On Sat., Jan. 16 at 8 PM at The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, enjoy a five-band benefit concert for Communities United, a grassroots, membership organization of low to moderate income individuals and families in Maryland. Its mission is to organize communities to build power to win transformative change for social, economic, and environmental justice. Come support by seeing a bunch of awesome local music!  Get in for $8.  Go to RSVP at

9] – Join All Souls Church Unitarian in a worship on Sun., Jan. 17 in an observance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Enjoy the Bokomosa Youth Choir from South Africa along with the Jubilee Singers and Children's Choir. You will be inspired by the youth of Bokomosa's stories, dance, and songs at the 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM services

   The King Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to the USA. Commemorate the timeless values he taught us through his example-the values of courage, truth, justice, love, dignity, humility, and service. This holiday is not only for celebration and remembrance, but a day of service. Email Afrika Abney

10] – There will be a service of celebration honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3845 S. Capitol St., WDC, on Sun., Jan. 17 at 10 AM.  Go to  Call 202-562-5576.

11] – 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 Jan. 17, the topic is “From Talk to Action: Part 3.”  This is the third installment in the series “From Talk Action: A Community Conversation on Systemic Racism.” Ms. Diamonte Brown will begin with a brief progress report on actions taken since the last event in August and then lead a facilitated conversation on the issue of solitary confinement in Maryland. The average length of stay in segregation in Maryland is 130 days, 228 days for the mentally ill. This is twice the national average. The goal of this conversation is to develop action items to reduce the use of solitary confinement in Maryland and mitigate its negative consequences.

Diamonte Brown is the Director of Out For Justice. Out For Justice is an ex-offender, member-led organization that promotes the reform of policies that adversely affect the ex-offender re-entering into society successfully. Out For Justice strives to change the perception of the ex-offender by promoting the 3 Es of Education, Empowerment, and Engagement. Learn more at Call 410-581-2322 or email

12] – There is a Bernie to the White House in 2016 rally on Sun., Jan. 17 at 11 AM at the Real News Network 231 N. Holliday St., Baltimore 21202.  RSVP at  You'll get an update directly from national staff about campaign strategy and what is needed.
13] – Join the DC Metro Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace on Sun., Jan. 17 from 2 to 3:30 PM at the Columbia Heights Mall in Northwest D.C. Ask area merchants to display a poster calling for an end to Muslim profiling and one welcoming refugees. Passersby will be given posters to take home and a flyer on JVP’s commitment to challenge Islamophobia. Go to  Canvass To End Islamophobia.  Speak out against Islamophobia and hate. Welcome and support ALL refugees.

14] – On Sun. Jan. 17 from 5 to 7 PM, come to the Harriet Tubman Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore for a forum with the Baltimore Workers World Party & FIST--CAPITALISM POISON'S FLINT'S CHILDREN & MUMIA ON DR. KING & COINTELPRO. Hear Cheryl Labash, retired Detroit worker, contributing writer for Workers World newspaper and National Committee member of WWP & then listen to a special message from Mumia Abu Jamal given at the recent Black Radical Tradition gathering. Go to

15] – Come to Busboys and Poets, 14th & V, Langston Room, WDC, on Sun., Jan. 17 at 7:30 PM for a Democratic Debate Watch Party and Panel Discussion hosted by the Advancement Project.  The fourth debate—the first debate of 2016—is scheduled for the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, and will air on NBC News and YouTube. Go to

16] – On Sun., Jan. 17 from 9 to 11 PM, there will be a Debate Watch Party at Greenbelt Maker Space, 125 Centerway, Greenbelt 20770.  You can view this event at any time by going to  You can manage this event (and any others you're planning) at Team Bernie can be reached at <>.

17] – You are invited to a nonviolent witness at the Pentagon on Mon., Jan. 11 at 7 AM.  Meet on corner of Army-Navy Drive and S. Eads St.

Join members of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and other peacemaking friends in a nonviolent witness for a world of nonviolence, peace and justice. Call 202-882-9649 or

18] – Come to Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2498 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE, WDC, on Mon., Jan. 18 from 9:30 AM to 1 PM to participate with community leaders and residents of the Nation’s Capital in the 9th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Peace Walk and Parade. The 11 AM parade is a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a continuation of the vision of Dr. Calvin and Wilhelmina Rolark and “Petey” Greene, who established the annual parade in Ward 8 over 30 years ago. 
This year’s theme: “Change is Coming” builds upon on the hard work and progress of civil rights leaders from the past, as well as this generation of leaders who are advancing human rights through the Black Lives Matters movement. The parade’s Grand Marshals are beloved Washingtonians who are local and national individuals, in their own right. 

19] – 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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