Saturday, July 2, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert July 3 - 8, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert July 3 - 8, 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] “Ethical Culture in Old England” – July 3
7] Harriett Tubman – July 3
8] Pentagon Vigil – July 4
9] Marc Steiner on WEAA – July 4 – July 8
10] Protest the NSA/Enjoy a potluck picnic – July 4
11] Feeding the Community – July 4
12] Walk for Statehood -- July 4
13] Protest gun violence – July 4
14] Little Friends for Peace Summer Peace Camp -- July 5 - 8 
15] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – July 5
16] Protest JHU drone research – June 28
17] Help pass the HOME Act in Baltimore County – July 5
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 3 Gordon Stills will reflect on “Ethical Culture in Old England.”  Gordon will relate a story (full of excitement) about the joy and dismay of teaching middle school students about the ethical culture of Charles Dickens and Ebenezer Scrooge. Call 410-581-2322 or email

7] – The A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race) open discussion series is hosted by Busboys and Poets as a community service. It provides the opportunity for people to come together and speak openly and honestly about issues of race. The intent is that each person walks away from the discussion feeling something: challenged, educated, uncomfortable, enlightened, refreshed, reassured and hopefully inspired and moved to action! Each month there is a new topic for discussion.  On this Independence Day weekend come to Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC, on Sun., July 3 from 5 to 7 PM, as Enid Lee will lead the discussion on the representation of Freedom Fighter, Harriet Tubman in children's books. While examining the story of Harriet Tubman's fight for freedom for all, Enid will remind us of the fact that "there were a lot of Harriets" as Rosemarie and Rachel Harding note in their book, “Remnants: A Memoir of Spirit, Activism and Mothering.”  You will be invited to look for and name the many Harriets in our communities today. Visit

8] – 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 4, 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. 

9] – 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

10] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will do its annual Interdependence Day visit to the National Security Agency.  We will depart at 10:15 AM on July 4 for Fort Meade, and then vigil at the NSA from 11 AM to noon.  We will then have a 6 PM potluck picnic. RSVP to me at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at  I will inform you as to where we are meeting to carpool to the NSA and the site of the picnic.  Get to know better the government agency which is keeping close attention to you.

11] –  The Zakat Foundation Iftar & Feeding the Community Program is happening at 2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, WDC, on Mon., July 4 from 3 to 10 PM.  Feeding the Community Cookout is from 3 to 6 PM; the Iftar is at 8 PM.  The March to the Capitol is at 10 PM.

12] – Walk for Statehood in the Palisades Parade on Whitehaven Parkway NW, WDC, on Mon., July 4 from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. The great crew at Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC) will be anchoring a contingent of statehood groups at the Palisades Parade!  The line-up time is 10 AM but they won't step off until 11AM! The parade begins at Whitehaven Parkway, near the reservoir off MacArthur Boulevard, NW. RSVP at email

13] –  Come to Lincoln Park, E Capitol St. SE, WDC, on Tues., July 5 from 7:15 to 9 AM to join with DC Moms & Dads for Rational Gun Safety Legislation, a group of parents who lack voting representation in Congress but want to show support for meaningful national legislation that will prevent gun violence.  Wear your patriotic or D.C. gear, make signs, and please bring your kids.  Bring water, sunscreen, and hats. Email or visit

14] – Send Your Kids to the Little Friends for Peace Summer Peace Camp from Tues., July 5 through Fri., July 8 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Arlington, VA.  Register at  All parents are encouraged to enroll their children for one week of learning conflict resolution, self-confidence and collaborative play. 

15] – 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 July 5.  Call 215-426-0364.

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

17] – Help pass the HOME Act in Baltimore County.  This Act, which will outlaw landlords from refusing to rent to tenants solely based on their source of income, will be introduced on Tues., July 5 at 6 PM at the County Council Chambers, 400 Washington Ave. in Towson.  This is a potentially historic piece of legislation, but there will be significant opposition. Join Citizens Planning and Housing Association [CPHA] and other supporters of the HOME Act on Tuesday. CPHA has been heavily involved in this effort, and it feels the HOME Act has a real chance of passage this year. Email or call 410-539-1369 x101 or 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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