Baltimore Activist Alert July 24 – August 14, 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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com. 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] verizon.net.
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] “AEU Assembly Report” – July 24
7] March for Bernie – July 24 – 28
8] March for a Clean Energy Revolution – July 24
9] Flowers for Senate Campaign will be at Pride Festival – July 24 – 28
10] ANTI-WAR TRUTH DISPLAYS – July 24 - 28
11] 2016 Environmental Scorecard Release Party – July 24
12] The Leonard Peltier Justice Ride 2016 – July 24
13] Islamophobia and the progressive community – July 24
14] “Humanize Not Militarize” Film Festival – July 24
15] Democracy Spring CD Training – July 24
16] Pentagon Vigil – July 25
17] Marc Steiner on WEAA – July 25– July 29
18] Can Democracy Be Fixed? – July 25
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 http://thomas.loc.gov/. Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.
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 Verizon.net. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed. If you have problems, please write to the list manager at email@example.com.
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 http://friendsoflatinamerica.typepad.com/hocofola/2010/02/hocofola-cafe-quetzal-order-form-2010.html. 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 FrancineMSW@aol.com.
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 24 the topic is “AEU Assembly Report” with BES members Karen Elliott, Stephen Meskin, Emil Volcheck, and Kathleen Wilsbach who will report on the 101st Assembly of the American Ethical Union that took place July 14-17 in St. Louis. The theme of the conference was “Bending the Arc of History Toward Justice.” Hear the latest news and inspiring stories of action from across the Ethical Culture Movement! Call 410-581-2322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
7] – From Sun., July 24 through Thurs., July 28 from 11 AM to 11 PM each day, March for Bernie people will be rallying at FDR Park across from the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly. Exact plans are in flux. Go to https://www.facebook.com/MarchOnDNC/posts/614010678751098.
8] – On Sun., July 24 at noon meet at Philadelphia City Hall, March for a Clean Energy Revolution before the Democratic National Convention. For all who are attending, especially for those who are not entirely familiar with the city, it is necessary to know where to be, where to go, and when to move. *Be aware, not all times are scheduled strictly to-the-minute! The Faith contingent will be holding an inter-faith service, while other contingents line up along South Penn Square. The March will head east straight down Market St. and end with a creative action at Independence Hall. The total length of the march is just over one mile. Go to http://www.cleanenergymarch.org/about/march-details/.
9] – Millions if Marylanders are searching for a way out of the corporate two-party mess...let's show them a better option! Call or text 443-545-9149 to volunteer for either of these events! On Sun., July 24 join the Flowers for Senate Campaign at the Pride Festival, noon to 8 PM at Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Ave. This is Maryland's biggest celebration of the LGBTQ community. Go to http://www.flowersforsenate.org/.
10] – See the ANTI-WAR TRUTH DISPLAYS DURING the DNC in PHILADELPHIA. Dismantle the Empire: first up Killer Drones and Endless War. From Mon., July 25 through Thurs., July 28, there will be an Anti-War presence each day during the DNC featuring large killer drone replicas, masks and pictures with child victims of drone attacks, posters, and banners. Call the Brandywine Peace Community for location of the displays. The Anti-War Truth Displays are being planned by Brandywine Peace Community, KnowDrones.org, World Can't Wait, and the Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network. Endorsers include Green Party of Philadelphia. Call the Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or visit www.brandywinepeace.com/events.
A peace and justice contingent will participate with drone replicas in marches and protests, including during the March for A Clean Energy Revolution on Sun., July 24 at noon from City Hall to Independence Mall (http://www.cleanenergymarch.org/ ), as well as the March for Our Lives beginning at 3 PM from the south side of City Hall and walking down Broad St. (http://economichumanrights.org/march-for-our-lives-at-the-democratic-national-convention-2 016/ ).
11] – There is an 2016 Environmental Scorecard Release Party hosted by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters Scorecard on Sun., July 24 from 1 to 3 PM at the Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd, Colmar Manor, Maryland 20710. Learn how your legislators voted on YOUR issues this year. There are a limited number of spots available for a boat tour of the Anacostia River from 3 to 4 PM. Register at https://act.myngp.com/forms/-3983169318729742336?midqs=2982508853226110976.
12] – The Leonard Peltier Justice Ride 2016 will be at the DNC for the Demand Freedom for Political Prisoners taking place on Sun., July 24 at 5 PM at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. The Justice Ride will also be at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Mon., July 25. See www.peltierjustice.com and https://www.facebook.com/peltierjustice/.
13] – On Sun., July 24 from 6 to 9 PM, catch Islamophobia and the progressive community, a Town hall meeting to address the repeated harassment, entrapment, and bigoted attacks this presidential election season on Islam, immigrants, and the American Muslim community. This town hall will occur at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia.
14] – “Humanize Not Militarize” is a National Youth Film Festival WORLD PREMIERE at Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Sts., WDC, on Sun., July 24 from 7 to 9 PM. In communities around the world, we see how militarism and policing affects everyday life. What do we need to Humanize not Militarize society? This project of the American Friends Service Committee involves a traveling poster exhibit and a youth film festival inviting people to respond to these important questions. How are you impacted by militarism, and where do you see people responding to & resisting militarism? Visit http://www.busboysandpoets.com/events/event/humanize-not-militarize-national-youth-film-festival-world-premiere.
15] – Take a stand against the corruption of big money in politics and voter suppression that have maimed this election cycle and threaten our democracy. Give the Democratic Party a choice: either publicly commit to pass fundamental reforms to fix our democracy and prove your commitment by abolishing super-delegates, or face mass civil disobedience at the convention. It's time get trained! Be as prepared and organized as possible. Check out these training opportunities to get ready for Philadelphia. RSVP at http://www.democracyspring.org/?utm_campaign=training_blast&utm_medium=email&utm_source=democracyspring.
There will be Daily Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Trainings from Sun., July 24 through Wed., July 27 at 7 PM. These are mandatory trainings for anyone who is seriously considering risking arrest in Philadelphia at the DNC. You'll learn the basic theory and history of nonviolent direct action, as well concrete skills and practices for how to de-escalate difficult situations and maintain nonviolent discipline. Trainings will be held once a day at Arch St. Methodist Church, 55 North Broad St., Philadelphia. Then there will be a Next Steps Training on Thurs., July 28 at 3 PM at the Arch St. Methodist Church in Philadelphia. Democracy Spring is going national and taking the fight across this country to build and win fundamental democracy reform in 2017. On July 28, get a hold on the full strategy of Democracy Spring, the theory of change that describes how civil resistance works, and the organizing tools you'll need to bring this revolution home with you.
16] – 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 25, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email email@example.com 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.
17] – 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 www.weaa.org. The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All shows are also available as podcasts at www.steinershow.org.
18] – On Mon., July 25 from 10 AM to 1:30 PM, the discussion is about American Experiments— Can Democracy Be Fixed? Explore how tech and innovation can invigorate democracy at the Microsoft Innovation Center, University City Science Center, 3711 Market St. Phila. PA.
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] verizon.net.
Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/. "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