Saturday, April 30, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert May 1 – May 3, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert May 1 – May 3, 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] “The Long Reach of Reason” – May 1
7] May Day speaker in Baltimore – May 1
8] May Day in D.C. – May 1
9] Powering Our Stories Art & Movement – May 1
10] Film “Israel vs Israel” – May 1
11] Pentagon Vigil – May 2
12] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 2 – My 6
13] Dynamic Social Movements – May 3
14] "Exploring a New Paradigm on the Korean Peninsula" – May 3
15] Chernobyl+30 / Fukushima+5 – May
16] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – May 3
17] Protest JHU drone research – May 3
18] Family Leave Supporters get-together – May 3
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.

61 – 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 May 1, catch “The Long Reach of Reason,” which is a TED Talk video by Steven Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein.  TED Talks presents an animated Socratic dialogue! In a time when irrationality seems to rule both politics and culture, has reasoned thinking finally lost its power? Watch as psychologist Steven Pinker is gradually, brilliantly persuaded by philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein that reason is actually the key driver of human moral progress, even if its effect sometimes takes generations to unfold. The dialogue was recorded live at TED, and animated, in incredible, often hilarious, detail by Cognitive.  TED Talks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Call 410-581-2322 or email

7] – Hear a May Day speaker, Ryan Onwukwe, who will be speaking about the Minneapolis uprising, and its role in helping multiracial militant organizations grow in the Twin Cities area. The event will be on Sun., May 1 at 2 PM at the Alternative Press Center, 2239 Kirk Ave. in Baltimore. Contact Matthias Rémy []. 

8] – Gather in Malcolm X Park, 16th St. and Euclid St. NW, WDC, on Sun., May 1 from 2 to 3:30 PM for a May Day rally and march. After the rally at 3:30 PM, there will be a march to the White House. Visit

9] – Powering Our Stories Art & Movement: My Feelings Edition is happening at the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, WDC, on Sun., May 1 from 2 to 3 PM. In collaboration with Mount Pleasant Library, DC Rape Crisis Center- DCRCC is kicking off an expanded Art & Movement curriculum. This four session workshop series is a child led exploration of emotion, empathy and mindfulness. Utilizing role play, art projects, call and response and games, adults and children will explore self-expression of their feelings, ways to communicate their needs, and different ways we can practice letting go of stress individually and within our relationships. There are four workshops, of which this is the third. This workshop focusses on control. Email

10] – Sabeel DC Metro is proud to team up with Grace Presbyterian Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington in presenting this important, revealing and inspiring five-part Sunday afternoon film series focusing on the beautiful but beleaguered Palestinian and Israeli people of today's Holy Land. This Sunday afternoon series--absolutely free--takes place at 2:30 PM through May 1 at the attractive, spacious Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. (US 50)--midway between the Beltway and the Memorial Bridge--at the intersection for George Mason Drive SOUTH. Parking is ample in the church's parking lot.  

On Sun., May 1 see the final screening of the 2nd Annual Voices From the Holy Land Film Series.  The film “Israel vs Israel” profiles four Israeli peace activists resisting the military occupation. See link to the trailer:  After this screening there will be a panel discussion on the theme:  “WHAT CAN I DO?”  Expert panelists will include Saleem Zaru (Executive Director, United Palestinian Appeal), Seth Morrison (Jewish Voice for Peace), and Dr. Mai Abdul Rahman (President, American Palestinian Women’s Association).  Allen Keiswetter, (Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland) will facilitate this session.  Visit Call Paul at 301-518-5551.

11] -- 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., May 2, 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. 

12] – 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

13] – On Tues., May 3 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will explore "Exploring a New Paradigm on the Korean Peninsula" with 18 speakers at CSIS, Second Floor Conference Center, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

14] – On Tues., May 3 from noon to 1:30 PM, the Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 600, WDC 20036, is co-hosting with staff from the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) a case study.  IPS believes that dynamic social movements, equipped with cutting edge research and analysis is the key to meaningful change. The case study is for collaboration between a movement-building group and a research and policy advocacy organization. The discussion looks at how the need to work together emerged, lessons learned along the way, and their ideas and plans for moving forward. Learn about some exciting upcoming campaigns around worker justice, including immigrant women workers. Come share your own stories, experiences, and ideas on cross-issue collaboration at this informal lunch conversation. Go to

15] – Come to Chernobyl+30 / Fukushima+5 on Tues., May 3 from 2 to 5 PM & from 7:30 to 9 PM at the Goethe-Institut Washington, 1990 K St. NW (entrance on 20th), WDC. Beyond Nuclear will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe and the 5th anniversary of Fukushima meltdowns with leading international experts and compelling short films in afternoon and evening programs. View the program at  Email or call 301-455-5655.

16] – 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 May 3.  Call 215-426-0364.

17] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on May 3  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

18] – Get over to the Purchasing Power Happy Hour with the DC Paid Family Leave Campaign at the Flying Fish, Coffee and Tea, 3064 Mount Pleasant St. NW, WDC, on Tues., May 3 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Help harness collective purchasing power in support of Paid Family Leave for DC - and enjoy some great local treats! Take action and schmooze with other Paid Family Leave supporters, AND buy local pizza, baked goods, and non-alcoholic beverages from just a few of the coalition partners that support DC Paid Family Leave. RSVP at This is a non-alcoholic happy hour, with kid friendly activities. Cash purchases preferred.

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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