Thursday, July 31, 2008

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert July 31, 2008 – April 4, 2009

"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 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]

The Baltimore IndyMedia Center publicizes peace-related events. Go to

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists

4] Eyes Wide Open exhibit available

5] Bernie Brown needs housing

6] PROFIT MOTIVE film & Turtle salon – July 31

7] HAROLD & MAUDE at Visionary Art Museum – July 31

8] Protest WYPR management – Aug. 1 - ?

9] WIB Frederick peace vigil – Aug, 1

10] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Aug. 1

11] WIB Roland Park vigil – Aug. 1

12] White House vigil – Aug. 1

13] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Aug. 1

14] Eco-Trends – Aug. 1

15] Vigil at Walter Reed – Aug. 1

16] BSO plays the Dead & Zeppelin – Aug. 1-2

17] Ballroom dancing – Aug. 1

18] Donate to Free Store – Aug. 2

19] Peace vigil in Chester , PA – Aug. 2

20] Peace vigil at Capitol – Aug. 2

21] Death penalty meeting – Aug. 2

22] Olney vigil to end the war – Aug. 2


1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available. “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers in stock. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

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.

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 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] – The Baltimore American Friends Service Committee office has assembled an exhibit Maryland Eyes Wide Open which details the Human Cost of the Iraq War and reflects the costs of war to the state of Maryland. The exhibit consists of at least 40 pairs of combat boots, representing the US military deaths from Maryland; civilian shoes, tagged with names and ages of a very small fraction of the tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis who have died; a representative pair of combat boots and 7 red poppies, representing the estimated number of wounded US military personnel (approximately 7 times the number of dead); and signs and literature detailing the human and financial costs of the war on the cities and counties of Maryland.

AFSC will help with logistics and contribute to your planning for auxiliary events or activities presented in conjunction with the exhibit. For information on obtaining and displaying the exhibit, call 410-323-4200, extensions 20 or 21 or e-mail at or Go to

5] – Bernie Brown has been residing at the Progressive Action Center since he lost his housing. However, the PAC is being sold, and it is expected Bernie will have to leave before the end of July. Let me know if you can suggest some temporary or permanent housing for one of Baltimore ’s faihtful peace and justice activists. Bernie is named in the documents from the State Police, which the ACLU released on July 17. Call me if you know of a place where Bernie could live—410-366-1637.

6] – On Thurs., July 31 at 7 PM at 2640 St. Paul St., you are invited to an evening of homage and testament to fallen and breathing radicals, rebels and provocateurs, featuring a special screening of the film PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND by John Gianvito. Filmed across the U.S. over a three-year period, the film is a remarkable and moving visual meditation on the progressive history of the US as seen through its cemeteries, historic markers, and landscape memory. Also to be shown are two shorts: "p.s. beirut , chapter one" by Michael H Shamberg, and "NYC Weights and Measures" by Jem Cohen. The evening will also include readings from "Prayer for the Morning Headlines: On the Sanctity of Life and Death" (poetry by Daniel Berrigan, selections and photographs by Adrianna Amari, introduction by Howard Zinn), words from Liz McAlister of Jonah House, an exhibit of the statuary photography of Ryan Coffman, and more. The evening, hosted by Red Emma's, is presented by Turtle an anarchic salon, "an open and chaotic network of diverse but interconnecting ideas, people, projects, events and venues" started by filmmaker Michael H Shamberg in London in 2006. Go to and

7] – The American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, will show HAROLD AND MAUDE on Thurs., July 31 outside on the hill at 9 PM. Call 410-244-1900 or visit

8] – Protest the illegal termination of The Marc Steiner Show from noon to 1 PM Monday through Saturday in front of WYPR, 2216 N. Charles St. You may consider calling the station to complain at 410-235-1395. Contact Max at 410-366-1637 to join Take Back YPR.

9] – WIB Frederick holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month, from 12 to 12:30 PM, War Memorial Park, W 2nd St. & N. Bentz in Frederick. The next vigil is Aug. 1. Please dress in black; no additional signs. Men are welcome. Contact: 301 834-7581 or;

10] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Aug. 1 from noon-1 PM at the Inner Harbor , corner Pratt and Light. Everyone welcome, wear black if you can. See or write or call 410-467-9114.

11] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Aug. 1 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St . Call 410-467-9114.

12] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM on Pennsylvania Ave., by the press gate to the White House. It is organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.

13] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Aug. 1 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St. , in opposition to war with Iraq . Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends Meeting and Stony Run.

14] – Eco-Trends in Retail: Jewelry and World Gifts that Give Back to the Earth is an informational talk on green trends, as part of First Fridays in Hampden. It takes place on Aug. 1 at 6:30 PM at Earth Alley, 3602 Elm Ave. Call 410-366-2110. Go to

15] – SHED LIGHT ON US WAR CASUALTIES: FROM THE FRONT LINE TO THE BACK DOOR of Walter Reed Army Medical Center (North Gate), every Friday night, from 7 to 9 PM in the middle of the 7100 block of Georgia Ave., NW. Call 202-441-3265. Go to

16] – The BSO will perform the world première of Dead Symphony No. 6, written by Lee Johnson and based on 12 Grateful Dead songs, on Fri., Aug. 1 at 8 PM at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. On Sat., Aug. 2 at 8 PM at the Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. , the BSO rocks with the music of led Zeppelin. Tickets for either event are $25 to $45. Call 410-783-8000 or go to

17] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM. Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St . Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be Aug. 2. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

18] – On Sat., Aug. 2, the Baltimore Free Store, 31 N. Haven St. is accepting nice, used items from 10 AM to 3 PM. Call 410-340-9004. Go to

19] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. This vigil has been the target of counter-demonstrators and harassment from the " Chester County Victory Movement" but has grown and persisted. Go to

20] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., July 26. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It. --Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to or email

21] – The next meeting of the Baltimore Coalition Against the Death Penalty will be Sat., Aug. 2 at noon at AFSC, 4806 York Road. Because of the breaking news that Maryland State Police were spying on peace activists and opponents of the death penalty, the group will review ways of taking advantage of the situation. Also to be discussed will be the hearings held by the commission to study the state’s death penalty. Call 410-488-6767 or 443-838-3221.

22] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 3:15 to 4:15 PM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. in Olney, MD. The next vigil is Aug. 2. Call 301-774-9792.

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]

"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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