Thursday, February 25, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert February 25 – 28, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert February 25 – 28, 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 410-323-1607 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] Film SCHOOL DAZE – Feb. 25
7] March for the Animals Kick-Off Party – Feb. 26
8] West Chester peace vigil – Feb. 27
9] Donna Edwards gathering – Feb. 27
10] Bernie Phone Banking – Feb. 27
11] Sustainability exhibit – Feb. 28 to Mar. 5
12] Fourth Circuit judge speaks – Feb. 28
13] Feed the City – Feb. 28
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

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] – Creative Alliance is screening Spike Lee's SCHOOL DAZE at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224 on Thurs., Feb. 25 at 7:30 PM.  This 1988 film screening will be followed by a panel discussion.  Fraternity and sorority members clash with the other students at a historically Black university in this politically charged musical from the director Spike Lee. The film is followed by a discussion exploring how the film relates to present-day issues of Colorism and hair politics in Black communities. Dap (Laurence Fishburne) is a politically conscious African American student who leads anti-apartheid demonstrations and rejects social climbing and fraternities. But Half-Pint (Spike Lee), his craven young cousin, is willing to endure any humiliation to join the manly Gamma fraternity. As Half-Pint tries unsuccessfully to impress the Gammas with his inept womanizing, Dap engages in philosophical debates with Rachel, his girlfriend. Meanwhile, the light-skinned, straight-haired sisters of the Gamma Ray sorority battle it out in a beauty parlor with their darker-skinned Afro-headed fellow coeds. Eventually, Half-Pint gets the chance to join the frat, but only after a degrading episode with Jane, the soon-to-be ex-girlfriend of his house president, which causes Dap to lose all respect for him. Based in part on the director's experiences at Atlanta's Morehouse College, School Daze was also written and produced by Spike Lee.  Tickets are $10 in advance, and $7 for members. At the door, the price is $12, and $9 for members. Email or call 410/276-1651.

7] – Join the Maryland SPCA on Fri., Feb. 26 for the annual March for the Animals Kick-Off Party. Enjoy drinks and snacks, along with fun doggie activities at the Downtown Dog Resort & Spa, 200 W. McComas St., Baltimore, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Michael Campanaro, the wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, will be on-hand to greet guests (human and canine!), take photos and sign autographs! Admission is $15 in advance, and $20 at the door per person; a ticket will provide complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a free photo booth. Photos, courtesy of Still Treasured Photography, will be posted on Facebook.  2016 March for the Animals mascot, Norm, will be on hand to greet guests! Kids are welcome but must also pay the full price. Visit  

If you bring your dog on a retractable leash, please keep the leash completely retracted at all times. All dogs must be fully vaccinated and females in heat will not be permitted. All proceeds help save the lives of the thousands of animals that come to the MD SPCA each year, like Norm. Norm was brought to the MD SPCA for help after being found by a Good Samaritan. His remarkable recovery was made possible by donors and critical funds raised by our special events, like the March for the Animals. Contact Tami Gosheff at or 410-235-8826, ext. 138.

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 Email

9] – Join Congresswoman Donna Edwards and special guest Dr. Julianne Malveaux at a Women United for Donna Edwards gathering on Sat., Feb. 27 from 2:30 to 5 PM in the Chesapeake Building, 1707 N. Charles St., Suite 200, Baltimore 21201.  Contact Donna Smith at  RSVP at  Call 410-779-9172.

10] –   South Carolina votes on Sat., Feb. 27, and Super Tuesday is now less than a week away. Bernie's campaign needs Democracy for America members to do some phone banking on Sat., Feb. 27 from 4 to 7 PM at 3811 Mary Ave., Baltimore.  RSVP at  

11] – Catch “Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps toward Change” Exhibit at the Kay Spiritual Life Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, from Sun., Feb. 28 (all day) to Sat., Mar, 5 (all day). The exhibit is brought to the Kay Spiritual Life Center by SGI Buddhist Chaplains, stressing that sustainability is not only about protecting the environment but also about ensuring social justice and peace in the world.  Go to The exhibit is in the lobby entrance and back areas of the Kay Chapel. 

12] – 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 Feb. 28, the topic is “Harm Reduction, Cost Containment, and a Renewed Commitment to Fundamental Fairness” by Andre Maurice Davis, a Senior Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He previously was a federal district judge, and was nominated first for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit by President Bill Clinton in 2000. He was re-nominated to the Fourth Circuit by President Barack Obama on April 2, 2009, and he was confirmed by the Senate on November 9, 2009. On Feb. 28, 2014 Davis assumed senior status. Born in Baltimore, Davis grew up in East Baltimore. The judge will be talking about the work of the Court of Appeals and the changes in the Court’s jurisprudence, including the changes reflected in the Court as a result of President Obama’s seven successful nominations. Call 410-581-2322 or email 

13] – Let’s Feed the City from 1 to 3 PM on Sun., Feb. 28 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 120 N. Front St., Baltimore.  Bring clothes, shoes, grill ready or cooked food and care packages to aid the less fortunate.  Call 410-962-5078.

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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