Friday, March 11, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert March 12, 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] Cove Point Spring Break – through Mar. 14
7] Interfaith Encounter – Mar. 12
8] Cross of Jesus Christ – Mar. 12
9] Communities United meeting – Mar. 12
10] West Chester peace vigil – Mar. 12

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] – Continuing through Mon., Mar. 14, there is an action camp held in Southern Maryland.  This camp will be an alternative spring break for activists, college students and anyone else wanting to learn more about the epic battle that’s being waged against the numerous tentacles of the fracked gas industry in the mid-Atlantic region. Plan on workshops and panels on kayaktivism (taught by the people who made it famous in the northwest, the Backbone Campaign!), direct action 101, blockades, action climbing, creating protest art, indigenous history of the area, campaign planning and strategy, tactics to stay safe and secure, and — of course — learning all about working to put a stop to the gas industry’s plans for our area!

Hear impacted residents and activists from all over tell personal tales and share lessons learned. Plug in and network with representatives from numerous campaigns. Enjoy this water-based part of the world from the inside of a kayak. Cove Point Spring Break is being co-hosted by We Are Cove Point, Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community, SEED, Beyond Extreme Energy and the Backbone Campaign. Go to Email

7] – On Sat., Mar. 12 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM at St. Matthews Church Hall, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd, the Murphy Initiative will present a compelling presentation on “The Saint and the Sultan.” This is an interfaith exploration of the encounter between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik al-Kamil of Egypt during the Crusades and the foundation it provides for fostering mutual understanding and cooperation today. Featured speakers will be: Imam Mohammad Bashar Arafat, Sr. Patricia Hutchison, OSF, and Rev. William Au. Registration and refreshments will happen at 8:30 AM. The cost is $15. Go to to register.

8] – Go to Project Home, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia on Sat., Mar. 12 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM to attend “THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST: Justification for Redemptive Violence or a Call to Gospel Nonviolence?” This is sponsored by the Alternative Seminary, and co-sponsored by, among others, the Brandywine Peace Community. Contact Will O’Brien at 215-842-1790. 

9] – Communities United will hold its monthly membership meeting at 10 AM on Sat., Mar. 12 at Douglas Memorial Community Church, 1325 Madison Ave., Baltimore. Call 410.375.8621. Help register newly enfranchised voters before the deadline on April 5. To volunteer, contact Go to

10] – 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

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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