Sunday, May 15, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert May 15 – May 17, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert May 15 – May 17, 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] Family Rising March – May 15
7] Keep it in the ground – May 15
8] CISPES Speaking Tour – May 15
10] Pentagon Vigil – May 16
11] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 16 – May 20
12] “The Lure and Pitfalls of MIRVs: From the First to the Second Nuclear Age” -- May 16
13] Support Okinawa resisters – May 16
14] Drop in and meet Marc – May 16
15] WPFW fundraiser – May 16
16] Drone proliferation – May 17
17] Sustaining the Political Revolution – May 17
18] Charm City Labor Chorus concert – May 21
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] – On Sun., May 15 from 11 AM at 5 PM, join the Family Rising March starting at Lafayette Park (outside the White House). There are 185 countries in this world which offer Paid Maternal and/or Paternal leave after the birth of a child; often up to one year or more. The United States is one out of 3 major countries in the entire world that does not. Babies are born on sick days and scrambled vacation days. A healthy empowered pregnancy and natural birth are not supported by our health care system in the US. VBAC, natural twin or breech deliveries are discouraged; women often have no choice but C-section. In 2016 every third baby in the USA is born surgically, while we don’t give mothers time to rejuvenate from the invasive procedure.  And fathers/partners often are not integrated in the birth and parenting experience at all. Our newborns have no time to arrive, bond with the mother and establish the so important breastfeeding. We shame our mothers for nursing their babies in public. No wonder maternity and newborn death rates in the USA are shockingly high, especially in the African American community. In 2014 The US ranks 55th in having the highest infant mortality rate among 224 Nations evaluated by the CIA – a national disgrace. For that reason our next generation will face dramatic health issues, such as Diabetes, Autoimmune diseases and Mental Health disorders. Crime rates and violence will rise if we, as a society, choose to separate mother and baby too early and traumatize our next generation from day one. Financial support and Job Security for new families is critically important for the peaceful future of our next generation. The birthkeepers, a project of the educational non-profit organization ‘Institute of Feminine Arts and Sciences,’ are demanding NINE MONTHS PAID PARENTAL LEAVE & JOB SECURITY FOR ALL NEW FAMILIES. March to the Capitol via Pennsylvania Ave.  See

7] – On Sun., May 15 at 1 PM, join the movement for #KeepItInTheGround at the White House. Thousands will be at a rally in front of the White House leading to a march to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Call on the administration to protect our climate by ending destructive offshore drilling.  RSVP at There will be speakers at the White House.  Then march past the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting pool for a performance and end-of-march activities.

8] – There is a CISPES Speaking Tour, and the Maryland event is at 5901 36th Ave.,  36th Ave. & Nicholson,  Hyattsville, MD 20782, on Sun., May 15 at 1:30 PM.  For decades, the United States government has imposed economic and military policies in Mexico & Central America that have resulted in massive displacement and family separation. Rather than change its policies or assist victims, the US has a dangerous new plan: stop migrants and asylum-seekers from leaving their countries of origin, no matter the cost. Come to hear Professor Moisés Gómez of the University of Central America and the Jesuit Migration Network El Salvador. The event will be in Spanish with interpretation to English. Contact Alexis Stoumbelis at the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) at or 202-521-2510.

9] – The BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM, a monthly environmental education and discussion forum, will occur on Sun., May 15 from 4 to 6:30 PM at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson 21286.  This month come hear some of Maryland’s Green Party candidates in the recent primary, including some of the winners who will be on the November ballot. ​These include candidates for the U.S. Senate, the Mayor of Baltimore & President of the City Council and​​ ​for some seats in the Baltimore City Council and the U.S. House of Representatives.  See b​elow​for the names of the 17 candidates who were invited and the six who have accepted the invitation.

 The Baltimore Green Forum seeks to educate and stimulate dialogue about what humans can do to make modern civilization more sustainable, including adjusting to finite resource limits and preserving biodiversity and a healthy environment.  This is done through eight monthly meetings a year.  The topics are far ranging.  They vary from local to planetary and from philosophical to scientific to very practical.

  There is a speaker and Q&A from 4 to 5:30 PM.  Then there are brief announcements by representatives of other organizations that also seek sustainability and environmental protection.  The idea is to promote collaboration among these organizations.  Next, there is an optional roundtable discussion until 6:30 PM.  Finally, there is often a small gathering at a nearby restaurant.

BGF is open to the public and is free of charge, but donations to Maryland Presbyterian Church are collected during the meeting to thank the church for their generous gift of the space to us. Call Sam Hopkins at 410 554 0006 or email  Visit http://www.baltimoregreen

The Green Party candidates who have ​been ​​invited are as follows: ​Margaret Flowers,           U.S. Senate, Nnabu Eze, U.S. House of Representatives  (3rd district), Kamesha Clark,        U.S. House of Representatives  (4th district), George Gluck, U.S. House of Representatives  (6th district), ​Myles Moeing, U.S. House of Representatives  (7th district), ​Nancy Wallace,    U.S. House of Representatives (8th district), Elizabeth Croydon, U.S. House of Representatives (8th district),  Charles “Teddy” Galloway, III, U.S. House of Representatives (8th district), Joshua Harris, Mayor, David Marriot, Mayor, ​Emmanuel McCray, Mayor, ​Connor Meek, President of City Council, Andreas "Spilly" Spiliadis,          City Council (3rd district), Richard T. White, City Council (6th district), ​Jamie Frierson,   City Council (9th district), Amanda Maminski, City Council (10th district), and Ian Schlackman, City Council (12th district),

10] -- 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 16, 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. 

11] – 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

12] – Catch the Book Launch of “The Lure and Pitfalls of MIRVs: From the First to the Second Nuclear Age” on Mon., May 16 from 11 AM to 2:30 PM at the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.  This collection of essays – edited by Michael Krepon, Travis Wheeler, and Shane Mason – takes retrospective and prospective looks at the damage done by MIRVs in the first nuclear age and what we might expect from China, India, and Pakistan in the second nuclear age. The program will consist of two panel discussions. Lunch will be served. RSVP at

13] – Governor Onaga of Okinawa, Japan, will meet with U.S. State Department officials. Join CODEPINK to show both the Japanese and U.S. government that further militarization of Okinawa is harmful not only to the environment but to people as well. Join CODEPINK outside the Japanese Embassy to push for the removal of all U.S. Military Bases and U.S. troops in Okinawa, to ask Japan to demilitarize the Self Defense Force (SDF) and leave Okinawa peaceful and to show respect regarding Okinawan human rights! A formal letter will be delivered to the embassy, 2520 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20008 on Mon., May 16 from noon to 1 PM.  The U.S. military bases have been protested countless times by Okinawan people who seek freedom from both the U.S. military and the Japanese Self Defense Force (SDF). It is time to bring our military dollars home and reinforce peaceful diplomacy with our Asian allies!  Contact Alice at or 206-280-3448.

14] – On Mon., May 16 from 6 to 8 PM, there will be a drop-by reception at the Center for Emerging Media offices and recording studio.  Share a glass and some birthday cake with Marc as well as with the board and staff members. The office is at the corner of 32nd and St. Paul Sts, in Baltimore's Charles Village, with the entrance to the building on 32nd across from Chipotle. Take the elevator to the second floor to Suite #27. Go to

15] – On Mon., May 16 at 7:30 PM, WPFW presents Voices of Resistance From Nikki Giovanni to Tupac Shakur Spring Fundraising Gala at Mulebone, 2121 14th St. NW, WDC.  This event promises to be a magical evening featuring poet Nikki Giovanni, jazz/funk ensemble Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band, and DJ sets by Lance Reynolds, co-host of the House of Soul. To round out the evening, delicious food and inspired ambiance provided by Mulebone. General admission tickets are $100, including dinner and a Signature 39 WPFW cocktail, in honor of our 39 years! A limited number of VIP tickets are also available, which include pre-reception with Nikki Giovanni at 6:30 PM.  Go to

16] – Get over to a discussion Drone Proliferation: Impacts on Security, Strategy, and Policy on Tues., May 17 from 9:30 to 11 AM at The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036.  RSVP at Drones are increasingly used in military operations around the world. While the United States maintains a temporary dominance in its use of armed drones, it does not hold a monopoly on the technology and several countries continue to seek similar programs and capabilities. These patterns raise a number of questions about the impact of drone proliferation on international security and stability. As more countries join the ranks of those using drones as a regular part of their military arsenals, the potential future uses of drones could change the ways in which conflicts are fought, peace is maintained, and the balance of power is sustained or upended.

17] – Join CNHED at the Budget Vote at John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 500, WDC, on Tues., May 17 at 10 AM.  CNHED will continue to show their support for affordable housing and economic development at the votes on the FY17 budget.  Please wear a yellow t-shirt and support CNHED! RSVP to Elizabeth at

18] – The Charm City Labor Chorus's 7th Annual Concert, "Rise Up Singing" will be held on Sat., May 21 at 7:30 PM at the Baltimore Museum of Art Auditorium. The 33-member Chorus, which is directed by Darryl! L.C. Moch, sings music of the labor, social justice, environmental and civil rights movements. This concert includes songs from the union organizing struggles of the 1930s to the Black Lives Matter movement of today, and from the Venezuelan barrios to Mandela’s South African townships.  Tickets are $15 ($12 BMA members; $5 for students) at> and at the door. Half-price parking vouchers ($4) for the underground JHU South lot just off Wyman Park Drive are also available online. 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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