Thursday, September 11, 2008

Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 11, 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] Resettled refugees need jobs

6] Looking for a venue to host Hiroshima exhibit in October

7] Campaign to Reduce Poverty – thru Sept. 16

8] Religious Campaign Against Torture – Sept. 11-12

9] Peace Path – Sept. 11

10] Join Pledge on Peace Path at North Ave. & Charles – Sept. 11

11] Join Physicians for Social Responsibility on Peace Path – Sept. 11

12] Peace Now concert – Sept. 11

13] Film BEYOND ELECTIONS – Sept. 11

14] 911 Remembrance – Sept. 11

15] Interfaith Circle of Chants -- Sept. 11

16] Social outreach meeting – Sept. 11

17] Beyond Tolerance -- Sept. 11

18] Play TRUMBO – through Sept. 28

19] Protest WYPR management – Sept. 12 - ?

20] Mubarak Awad will speak – Sept. 12

21] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Sept. 12

22] WIB Roland Park vigil – Sept. 12

23] White House vigil – Sept. 12

24] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Sept. 12

25] Haiti after the storm – Sept. 12

26] Vigil at Walter Reed – Sept. 12

27] Ballroom dancing – Sept. 12

28] Neighborhood cook-out – Sept. 13

29] Peace vigil in Chester , PA – Sept. 13

30] Peace vigil at Capitol – Sept. 13

31] Westminster WIB vigil – Sept. 13

32] Olney vigil to end the war – Sept. 13

33] Give Peace a Dance – Sept. 13

34] Drum for peace – Sept. 13


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] – Holly Leon-Lierman is working for the International Rescue Committee. Go to The IRC resettles refugees, and these people eventually need employment. She is working as an Employment Coordinator. If you know someone with hiring power, please contact Holly, who is currently resettling people from Iraq , Burma , and Bhutan . She can be reached at or 410 558 3167.

6] – The Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation is looking for a group to sponsor a visit by its chairperson, Steve Leeper, and a Hibakusha (a-bomb survivor) in late October and early November. There still exist over 20,000 nuclear weapons worldwide, so this visit with its A-bomb exhibit would be an opportunity to educate the broader community. Contact Max at 410-366-1637.

The Peace Memorial Museum is working with Leeper on the A-bomb exhibition project in the USA . It is hoping that an exhibition, which would consist of a poster exhibition, could be set up in the Baltimore area between Oct. 27 and Oct. 30. Please let Max know if you can get involved in this project.

7] – Catholic Charities USA is joining 19 other national faith-based organizations in an interfaith week of action, Sept. 10-Sept. 16. Visit the Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America web site at for sample press releases, resources, and other materials to facilitate your agency’s participation and engage in interfaith volunteer projects, community relations building, and public education on the issue of poverty in America.

8] – On Sept. 11 and 12, the National Religious Campaign against Torture is helping to organize a two-day conference to examine the use of torture by the U.S. government and to discuss advocacy for the rejection of torture without exceptions.

9] – The 7th annual Peace Path will form along Charles Street from Fort Avenue south of the Inner Harbor to the Beltway from 4 PM – 6 PM on Thurs., Sept. 11. For Peace Path lawn signs (with the date and time on one side and “Peace is Patriotic” on the other) or “Peace Hon” bumper stickers, please contact Women In Black at or 410.467.9114. Let WIB know where you plan to stand. Go to

10] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore plans to stand at North Avenue and Charles Street for the Peace Path on Thurs., Sept. 11 from 4 to 6 PM. Join them, as they have lots of signs.

11] – Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility will stand at Charles and 25th Sts. for the Peace Path on 9/11 from 4 to 6 PM. Join them as they have many signs.

12] – The Brandywine Peace Community is endorsing the Honor the Past, Declare Peace NOW Concert scheduled for Thurs., Sept. 11 from 5 to 7 PM in Love Park , 15th & JFK Boulevard , Philadelphia , PA. It will feature Tom Mullian ("Six Strings Against the War) & friends. Go to Email

13] – Red Emma's will host a screening of BEYOND ELECTIONS on Thurs., Sept. 11 at 6:30 PM at 800 St. Paul St . There is no charge to see this South American documentary by Estreito Meios. His film looks at forms of popular power which go beyond the spectacle of corporatized representative "democracy.” From Venezuela 's communal councils, to Brazil 's participatory budgeting, from constitutional assemblies to grassroots movements, recuperated factories to cooperatives across the hemisphere. Filmmakers Michael Fox and Silvia Leindecker will be on hand for a Q&A. Go to

14] – There will be a 911 Remembrance on Thurs., Sept. 11 at 7 PM at Northeast Interfaith Peace Garden, St. Anthony of Padua Church, 4414 Frankford Ave. The Friends of the Northeast Interfaith Peace Garden invite you to join them as they walk the labyrinth and offer prayers for many faith traditions, remembering the events of September 11, 2001, honoring those who died, and walking for peace in the world.

15] – On Thurs., Sept. 11, from 7 to 9:30 PM at Sandy Spring Friends Meeting, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD, there will be an interfaith Circle for Chants, Prayers and Teachings for Peace. There will be a potluck supper at 6:15 PM. A donation of $10 is suggested. Contact Bette Hoover at or at 410-531-5610/202-329-4667. Go to

16] – On Thurs., Sept. 11, from 7:30 to 9 PM at St. Jane de Chantal Church, Caufield Hall in basement of church, 9701 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, the Montgomery County Parish Social Outreach Ministers Quarterly meeting will take place. Contact Tony Bosnick at 301-853-5340 or email

17] – Beyond Tolerance: Touching the Heart of Religious America takes place on Thurs., Sept. 11 at 7:30 PM at the National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Aves., NW, WDC. Join Gustav Niebuhr, on the seventh anniversary of 9/11, as he unearths stories of faith communities throughout America crossing religious boundaries by reaching out with love and forgiveness. His new work, BEYOND TOLARANCE: Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America , chronicles his cross-country quest. Go to

18] – The REP Stage is offering TRUMBO: RED, WHITE & BLACKLISTED about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who stood up to the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. Christopher Trumbo, Dalton’s son, is the play’s author, Steven Carpenter directs and Helen Hayes Award winner Nigel Reed stars.

The play will run until Sun., Sept. 28 in the Studio Theatre on the Howard Community College campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia . Shows are 7:30 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 PM on Fridays, 2:30 & 8 PM on Saturdays and 2:30 PM on Sundays. Tickets are $15 to $25. Call 410-772-4900 or go to

19] – 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.

20] – On Fri., Sept. 12, Nonviolence International director and American University adjunct professor Mubarak Awad will speak from noon until 1 PM at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave., NW, WDC as part of the church's "War, Peace and Justice Forum." A Palestinian-born Christian, Dr. Awad has been called "the Gandhi of the Middle East" for his promotion of nonviolence in Palestine and throughout the Arab world. Because of his nonviolent action against the Israeli occupation, he was deported from Israel in 1989.

21] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Sept. 12 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.

22] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Sept. 12 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St . Call 410-467-9114.

23] – 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.

24] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Sept. 12 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.

25] – Haiti after the Storm! will be discussed on Fri., Sept. 12 at 6 PM at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW , WDC. Share an evening with Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, an international member of the coordination committee of Via Campesina. Call 301-257-6157.

26] – 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

27] – 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 Sept. 12. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

28] – On Sat., Sept. 13, from 10 AM to 2 PM at St. John’s, 27th & St. Paul Sts., there will be an open house and neighborhood cookout. Celebrate with FUSION PARTNERSHIPS, POWER INSIDE, INDYPENDENT READER, the BALTIMORE FREE STORE, the FORREST ST. CITY FARM, BALTIMORE RACIAL JUSTICE ACTION, as well as with RED EMMA's. Find out how you can help with any of the projects under the Fusion umbrella. Go to

29] – 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

30] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Sept. 13 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

31] – Westminster WIB hosts a vigil the 2nd Saturday of the month from 2 – 3 PM in front of the War Memorial on Main St . The next vigil will be Sept. 13. Email

32] – 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 Sept. 13. Call 301-774-9792.

33] – EARTHDANCE GIVE PEACE A DANCE takes place Sept. 13 at 5:45 PM. A Prayer for Peace is at 7 PM at the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts, 413 Pulaski Highway , Joppa , MD 21085 . Call 410-294-5191.

Take Rte 40 ( Pulaski Hwy ) east until you pass Joppa Farm Road on your right. MCPA is approximately 1/4 mile on the right hand side.

There is a suggested donation of $5. Children are free. There is a potluck dinner, and people should bring a dish to share. Email or go to or call 410-294-5191.

34] – Come drum for peace every second Saturday at the Unitarian Universalists of Fallston , MD , 1127 Old Fallston Road (across Rte 152 from Fallston High). On Sept. 13, the drum circle begins at 7 PM. Call Franz at 410-925-9351.

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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