Saturday, July 9, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert July 10 - 12, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert July 10 - 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] Exercise the Right Side of Your Brain! – July 10
7] Climate Emergency Day of Action – July 10
8] Prayer vigil for latest victims of a police shooting – July 10
9] Pentagon Vigil – July 11
10] Marc Steiner on WEAA – July 11– July 15
11] Plutonium Production Race – July 11
12] "Conceptions of Mobility" -- July 11
13] Love Wins – July 11
14] Nuclear Non-Proliferation – July 11
15] Green Party meeting – July 11
16] Employment protections -- July 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 CafĂ© 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] – 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 July 10 the topic is “Exercise the Right Side of Your Brain!”  Artist Therese Spadaro and poet Karen Elliott will demonstrate for you what can happen when you activate the right side of your brain, and then provide you with some tools you can use to make some artistic creations yourself using visual art and/or words. No experience necessary – all levels of right brain use are welcome. Call 410-581-2322 or email

7] – There is a D.C. Climate Emergency Day of Action at the United States Capitol, WDC 20515, on Sun., July 10 at noon.  Join The Climate Mobilization on the west lawn of U.S. Capitol for a glimpse of the future we want, and how we get there. Following an address to the nation by "the President of the United States’" regarding how the US Climate Mobilization cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by this year – 2020 – while also restoring ecosystems, speakers and live music will inspire us in this short summertime event.  Go to

Last summer, hundreds of Mobilizers in 15 cities across the United States, as well as allies in Mexico and France, held rallies and events calling on governments to commence a massive climate mobilization to save us. In particular, they championed the Pledge to Mobilize, which demands a full-employment Climate Mobilization that drives the U.S. economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, and the global economy to net zero emissions by 2030. At the height of the 2016 campaign season, Climate First will make clear that the people DEMAND climate action on the scale and with the speed necessary to protect everything we love. RSVP at

8] – Join A CALL TO ACTION AND PRAYER VIGIL FOR ALTON STERLING AND PHILANDO CASTILE on Sun., July 10 at 5 PM at the AFRICAN AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MUSEUM, located across from 1000 U St. NW, WDC.  The NAACP DC Branch joins the #BeyondtheHashTag movement for A Call to Action and Prayer Vigil. 

#BeyondtheHashTag is a movement lead by Black Millennials for Flint, National Black United Front and several other community organizations to seek justice and break down the barriers of hatred, racism, and prejudice that influence crimes against humanity.  Africans in America have experienced a gruesome holocaust spanning over 256+ years. The egregious amount of murders of African Americans by law enforcement unquestionably deserves reparations to finally provide the foundation of the "African American Dream"... "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."  In solidarity with 15 African American national and local organizations and businesses, we express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Go to 

9] – 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., July 11, 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. 

10] – 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

11] –  On Mon., July 11 from 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM, Gordon Oehler, former director of CIA Nonproliferation Center, Henry Sokolski, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, and Mark Holt, Congressional Research Service, will take on "Worth Deferring: A Sino-Japanese Plutonium Production Race." The event, sponsored by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, will take place at the Capitol Visitor's Center, SVC 203-02, WDC. RSVP at 

12] – As part of the Palestine Center Summer Intern Lecture Series catch Part 1: "Conceptions of Mobility" at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037, on Mon., July 11 from 1 to 2 PM.  The Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center present this year's Summer Intern Lecture Series, "Mobility: Israel's Structural Restrictions and Palestine's Restrictions." The series begins with a keynote lecture, "Conceptions of Mobility." Anthropologist, Dr. Julie Peteet will discuss the significance of mobility in terms of power, identity, and meaning in the relations between Israel and Palestine. Dr. Peteet’s analysis draws from her fieldwork in the West Bank and expertise in space and mobility, Palestinian culture, and resistance. She explores constraints on Palestinians’ mobility as an intended consequence of military occupation.  See or call (202) 338-1958 to RSVP. A light lunch will be served at 12:30 PM, followed by the lecture at 1 PM.

13] – Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC, on Mon., July 11 from 4 to 5 PM.  Obergefell, who married his terminally ill partner in Maryland in 2013—only to have his home state of Ohio refuse to recognize the marriage—has teamed up with Cenziper, a Pulitzer-winning Washington Post investigative reporter, to recount how the loss of his husband, both literally and technically, led to his fight for same-sex marriage rights in all fifty states.  At once a comprehensive legal history and an intimate portrait of lives for whom the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges had immediate and deep impact, the book traces Obergefell’s long relationship with John Arthur and also follows the work of the dedicated lawyer, Al Gerhardstein, who helped Obergefell realize his and his late husband’s dream of national gay marriage rights.

Join Cenziper and Obergefell for a discussion of this landmark civil rights step and of what needs to come next in the wake of the Orlando shooting. Visit

14] – On Mon., July 11 at 4:30 PM, Paul Coyer, Forbes, Richard Weitz, Hudson Institute, and Doug Bandow, Cato Institute, will tackle "Should the U.S. Be For or Against Nuclear Non-Proliferation? The Case of U.S. Allies in Asia" at the Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St. NW, WDC. RSVP at

15] –  On Mon., July 11 from 7 to 8:30 PM, there is a Baltimore Green Party meeting at 100 East 23rd St., Baltimore. Go to

16] –  Employment Protections for Pregnant and/or Unemployed Workers will be discussed at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, WDC, on Tues., July 12 from 10 AM to noon.  At this workshop, staff from the DC Office of Human Rights, DC's civil rights enforcement agency, will explain protections for pregnant workers, including new rights to workplace accommodations and discrimination issues.  OHR will also explain protections for jobseekers who are currently unemployed, including protection from discrimination based on the jobseekers' status as unemployed. RSVP (optional) at Contact Teresa Rainey at teresa.rainey (at) or call 202.727.5343.

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 

1 comment:

davideberhardt said...

to marylanders to prevent gun violence from dave eberhardt

thanx for responding- recent thots:

Fatal shootings by police are up just as murders are up in some inner cities- good for the gun industry- but medias we know do not ask about that- nor do they realize that one reaps what one sows.
The Dallas sniper trained in Afghanistan. Police are killed by high powered rifles.
Who made them? who sold them?
American violence is pervasive- at home and abroad- medias do not seem to connect the dots but I’m not sure it's conscious- it's what's called self censorship. The pressure from supervisors and lobbyists is internalized.

Jen the tracing would seem to be one key piece- I am going to pursue that,