Saturday, March 26, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert March 26 - 29, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert March 26 - 29, 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] Canvass for Donna Edwards – Mar. 26
7] West Chester peace vigil – Mar. 26
8] Mothering As Revolutionary Praxis – Mar. 26
9] Surveillance of Blackness – Mar. 26
10] “The Press, Lies and Politics” – Mar. 27
11] Film TEN COMMANDMENTS – Mar. 27
12] Pentagon Vigil – Mar. 28
13] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 28 – Apr. 1
14] Nuclear Security – Mar. 28
15] Nuclear deals – Mar. 28
16] Nuclear Terrorism Scenarios – Mar. 28
17] Margaret Flowers at Goucher – Mar. 28
18] Film MIC CHECK – Mar. 28
20] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Mar. 29
21] Protest JHU drone research – Mar. 29
22] Palestinian Youth – Mar. 29
23] Human trafficking – Mar. 29

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—410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

6] – Join grassroots organizers in your area to knock on doors and make calls for Donna Edwards on Sat., Mar. 26! The Baltimore City Canvass is at noon at 11 East Mount Royal Ave., Suite 103, Baltimore 21202.  The Baltimore County Canvasses are as follows: 11 AM at 7619 Clays Lane, Windsor Mill 21244; and 11 AM at 115 Springside Dr., Timonium 21093. The Howard County Canvass is at 1 PM at the Howard County Library, East Columbia Branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045.  The Harford County Canvass is at 1 PM at the Aberdeen Market Place Panera Bread, 1022 Beards Hill Road, Aberdeen 21001. RSVP at 240-696-2104 or email Sian Lewis at

7] – 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

8] – Come to a Brunch and Discussion: Mothering As Revolutionary Praxis at 2237 Mount View Pl. SE, WDC, on Sat., Mar. 26 from 11 AM to 2 PM. "Many historical and contemporary social movements which have improved the lives of the poor, working-class and people of color have also reinforced our attachments to capitalism and nationalism; for instance, through welfare, pay equity, and citizenship. Working to sever our dependence on capitalist and nationalist institutions should be a priority in revolutionary struggle...   Mothering as revolutionary praxis involves exploring how we might reorganize ourselves to meet common needs in this historical moment, including the capacity to raise and nurture whole, resilient individuals as well as autonomous communities of resistance...

The Well Examined Life will be hosting this event which is open to all ages/races/genders/classes who are interested in building movements centering around nurturing, healing and communal resilience. Bring some food to share or some money to contribute if you are able. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to contribute physical resources. Go to

9] – On Sat., Mar. 26 at 7;30 PM come to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, to hear SIMONE BROWNE PRESENT "DARK MATTERS: ON THE SURVEILLANCE OF BLACKNESS. "  How have the technologies of surveillance reinforced and codified antiblackness?  How do black bodies get observed, policed, and controlled in the surveillance state? Browne locates the conditions of blackness as a key site through which surveillance is practiced, narrated, and resisted. She shows how contemporary surveillance technologies and practices are informed by the long history of racial formation and by the methods of policing black life under slavery, such as branding, runaway slave notices, and lantern laws. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

10] – 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 Mar. 27, the topic is “The Press, Lies and Politics.”  With another presidential campaign in high gear, the public is again being tested by the best-paid spin-doctors in the world. Candidates are coached to speak out of both sides of their mouths telling prospective supporters what they want to hear. The media is generally more interested in sensationalism than truth. As a fog of promises, lies, and hyperbole descend on us all, how can voters sort through the many stump speeches in order to become responsible citizens? Can we demand transparency and honesty in politics? Leading the discussion will be Hugh Taft-Morales who joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. His presence in Ethical Culture has been termed “invigorating.” Call 410-581-2322 or email

11] – You are invited to join the Ashram Easter Sunday screening of “The Ten Commandments” on Sun., Mar. 27 from 1 to 3 PM.  Then there is a 15 minute intermission for tea & biscuits.  Then see the conclusion starting at 3:15 PM.  The film is an epic classic film that depicts the personal transformation, and Divine commissioning of, Moses, to lead the Chosen People out of Egypt. After the film, join in interfaith prayers and songs, and sacred study with Q and A. RSVP at

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., Mar. 28, 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] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday fr6m 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

14] – On Mon., Mar. 28 from noon to 2 PM, Mariano Grossi will discuss "The Future of Safety, Security, and Safeguards, and the IAEA in the Next Decade" at the Wilson Center, Sixth Floor Board Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. Go to

15] – On Mon., Mar. 28 from 2 to 5:30 PM, catch the discussion "From Pyongyang to Tehran: U.S. and Japanese Perspectives on Nuclear Deals" with seven speakers at the Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

16] – On Mon., Mar. 28 from 4 to 5:30 PM hear Timothy Jorgensen, author of “Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation,” tackle "Predicting the Health Consequences of Nuclear Terrorism Scenarios" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC 20036. RSVP

17] – On Mon., Mar. 28 from 7 to 9 PM at Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson 21286, Margaret Flowers will participate in another senate candidate forum sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council and Goucher College. Come hear Margaret talk about her priorities for the people of Maryland. RSVP at  Don't forget to get your Flowers for Senate gear - t-shirts and stickers - at! Go to

18] – On Mon., Mar. 28 from 7 to 9 PM, Beyond the Classroom at the University of Maryland, College Park, South Campus Commons, Room 1102, Building 1, for another installment of their Spring 2016 Series on "People Power: Activism for Social Change." This installment will feature a screening of “Mic Check: Documentary Shorts from the Occupy Movement.”  When thousands of people concerned about growing economic inequality gathered in Zuccotti Park in New York City on September 17, 2011, there was little indication that they would fundamentally transform American political debate and ignite a full-scale national and global protest movement. Go to

19] – NUCLEAR SECURITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST is to be analyzed at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 1400 K St. NW, Suite 1225, WDC, on Tues., Mar. 29 from 2 to 4 PM. Join in an event co-sponsored by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). Taking place on the eve of the Nuclear Security Summit, the speakers will bring an enlightening, regional perspective to the nuclear security community and seek to identify measures that regional states can adopt to increase nuclear security in their own countries and with respect to their ranking in the NTI Nuclear Materials Security Index. Visit

20] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is Mar. 29.  Call 215-426-0364.

21] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on Mar. 29  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

22] – At the Palestine Center at The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC, on Tues., Mar. 29 from 5:30 to 7 PM, catch the lecture and presentation by Reverend Dr. Mitri Raheb of two short films by students from the Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem. Each film provides a unique glimpse into the realities of life under occupation through the lens of youth. Dar al-Kalima University College is home to more than 250 students focused on pursuing careers in subjects such as culinary arts, music, dance, photography, film-making, and authentic tourism. The event will start with the screening of “Praise of the Wounds” and “The Life of Pigeons,” followed by Dr. Raheb’s presentation and discussion with the audience about the situation of youth in the Palestinian occupied territories. A light snack is to be served at 5:30 PM. Visit

23] – At Cultural Vistas, 1250 H St. NW, Suite 300, WDC, on Tues., Mar. 29 from 6 to 8 PM, the McCain Institute for International Leadership and Cultural Vistas invite you to attend: A Crisis on a Global Scale: How Cooperation Fosters Local Solutions to Human Trafficking. With an estimated 20.9 million victims of trafficking around the world, human trafficking has become a scourge that requires concerted local and international cooperation. Leading human rights activists, who are alumni of Cultural Vistas programs, Mr. Rehmatullah, Dr. Johnson, and Mr. Bogrand will share their insight on global trends and emerging solutions to human trafficking, while discussing how international exchange facilitates information sharing and collaboration. Go to

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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