Thursday, September 18, 2008

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 18, 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] Support Troy Davis rally – Sept. 18

8] IWW meeting – Sept. 18

9] Play TRUMBO – through Sept. 28

10] Iraq Moratorium – Sept. 19

11] Protest WYPR management – Sept. 19 - ?

12] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Sept. 19

13] WIB Roland Park vigil – Sept. 19

14] White House vigil – Sept. 19

15] Film BATTLE FOR SEATTLE -- Sept. 19

16] Retreat on Exodus – Sept. 19-21

17] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Sept. 19

18] Day of Peace – Sept. 19

19] Vigil at Walter Reed – Sept. 19

20] Film Occupation 101 – Sept. 19

21] Ballroom dancing – Sept. 19

22] Knock on doors for peace – Sept. 20

23] Peace vigil in Chester , PA – Sept. 20

24] Peace vigil at Capitol – Sept. 20

25] Free Market – Sept. 20

26] Olney vigil to end the war – Sept. 20

27] Fundraising concert – Sept. 20

28] Honor MJ & Jerry Park – Sept. 20

29] International prayer for Peace Day – Sept. 21

30] Stakes in Elections 2008 – Sept. 21

31] African Service – Sept. 21

32] Bridge peace vigil – Sept. 21

33] Barysh on tour at Museum of Industry – Sept. 21

34] Separation Wall – Sept. 21

35] Nakba Exhibit – Sept. 21

36] Peace Walk in D.C. – Sept. 21

37] Peace vigil – Sept. 21

38] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Sept. 21

39] Pentagon vigil – Sept. 15


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. Call 410-366-1637.

7] – Stop the execution of Troy Davis rally on Thurs., Sept. 18 from 6 to 7 PM at the corner of Harvard St, 16th St, and Columbia Rd NW, WDC, just two blocks from the Columbia Heights Metro station. The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Troy Anthony Davis on September 12. It was done despite overwhelming doubts of Davis ' guilt. Go to, Contact Jen Horwitz at or 202-544-0200 x344.

8] – The Baltimore branch of the Industrial Workers of the World [IWW] meets the third Thursday of the month. Attend the next meeting on Sept. 18 at 7 PM at Red Emma’s, 800 St. Paul St . Call 410-967-2202.

9] – Max will be going to see TRUMBO: RED, WHITE & BLACKLISTED? on Sun., Sept. 21 show at 2:30 PM. If you are interested in going to see that performance, call me at 410-366-1637.

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

10] – Every 3rd Friday, observe the Iraq Moratorium - On Aug. 16, wear a black ribbon or armband! Hand out ribbons or armbands to others. Wear an anti-war pin. Call your representative and your senators and tell their staff that you expect them to do everything possible to end the war and bring the troops home! The Capitol Hill switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Write your representative and your senators, as a handwritten letter has even more impact than a phone call. Hit your elected officials where it hurts, with a voided campaign contribution check. Write a letter to your local newspaper. Don't buy gas. Drive 10 MPH under the posted speed limit. Don't shop at all. Put a sign on your lawn or in your window or on your car. Write "Stop the War" or other slogans on the sidewalk in chalk. Buy toy soldiers, put tags on them that say "Bring Me Home" and leave them in stores, parks, libraries, laundromats, anywhere people will find them. Email friends and family and urge them to sign the Iraq Moratorium statement and to take one of these steps, too.

11] – 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.

12] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Sept. 19 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.

13] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Sept. 19 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St . Call 410-467-9114.

14] – 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.

15] – The E Street Cinema, Suite 2, 555 11th St NW Washington, DC 20004, will be showing THE BATTLE IN SEATTLE, starting Fri., Sept. 19 [2 PM, 4:30 PM, 7 PM & 9:30 PM]. Go to

16] – The Kirkridge Retreat Center, 2495 Fox Gap Road, Bangor, PA 18013, invites you to attend Exodus for Today: Let My People Go with Dan Berrigan and Liz McAlister from Fri., Sept. 19 through Sun., Sept. 21. The cost is $310 with a commuter discount. To register call 610-588-1793 Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM or get details at WWW.KIRKRIDGE.ORG.

17] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Sept. 19 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.

18] – Talk the Talk on Fri., Sept. 19 from 6:30 to 9 PM at St. Alban's Nourse Hall on the grounds of Washington National Cathedral. Amb. John McDonald of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy ( is the speaker. This event commemorates the week surrounding the International Day of Peace which was originated by Amb. McDonald. Email The suggested contribution is $10.

19] – 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

20] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The first film, OCCUPATION 101: Voice of the Silenced majority [ U.S. , 2007], will be shown Fri., Sept. 19 at AFSC, 4806 York Road [three blocks north of Cold Spring Lane ]. Doors open at 7 PM, and the video starts at 7:30 PM. There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. Call 410-366-1637.

This documentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is directed by Sufyan and Abdallah Omeish, and narrated by If Americans Knew founder Alison Weir. The film looks at the rise of Zionism, the Second Intifada and Israel 's disengagement plan, and presents its case through dozens of interviews. It questions the nature of Israeli-American relations. Specifically, it questions the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza , and whether Americans should help pay for it. It includes interviews with scholars, religious leaders, humanitarian workers and NGO's critical of the injustices and human rights abuses that stem from the occupation.

21] – 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. 19. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

22] – This year marks 60 years since the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a landmark document that enshrined in the international conscience the values of human dignity and freedom. On Sat., Sept. 20, join with UFPJ, USAction/True Majority, Pax Christi USA, Win Without War, Catholics United and others in gathering more grass roots support for peace. On this day, volunteer door-knockers will be asking people to sign an anti-war petition directed to Congress. In addition they will be giving out literature inviting people to join local anti-war groups and offering other ideas for how people can get involved. In order to be successful, at least 25,000 door knockers will be needed around the country to talk to their neighbors. Go to

I have list of people to contact for the Million Doors for Peace Day of Action. The list is for the zip code 21211. If you are interested in knocking on doors in zip code 21211, contact Max at 410-366-1637.

23] – 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

24] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Sept. 20 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

25] – On Sat., Sept. 20 at noon @ 2640 Saint Paul St. , there will be a FREE MARKET. The Baltimore Free Store will make available clothing, appliances, books, tools and other supplies. Go to

26] – 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. 20. Call 301-774-9792.

27] – On Sat., Sept. 20 at 7:30 PM at the Kirkridge Retreat Center , there will be A Concert for the Berrigan-McAlister Peace Fund. A New York duo, featuring soprano Marigene Kettler and pianist Jan Deats, will delight you with songs of Americana (Copeland, Barber, and Broadway), Spain , France and Italy . Contributions will support Kirkridge's new Berrigan-McAlister fund to support the center’s peace program: retreats, peace training, public witness, scholarships and new initiatives. Contact Jean Richardson, director, at or go to WWW.KIRKRIDGE.ORG.

28] – In the evening of Sat., Sept. 20, MJ and Jerry Park will be recognized by Pax Christi USA at the National 4H Center, Conn. Ave., Chevy Chase, MD. The Parks have trained thousands of children and adults since 1981 when they founded Little Friends for Peace to teach non-violence skills to children. Go to

29] – On Sun., Sept. 21 – UN International Prayer Day for Peace – hundreds of thousands of people from churches, synagogues, and mosques around the world will join together in the International Day of Prayer. Visit

30] – Maryland Friends of the People’s Weekly World invites you to an informal presentation and discussion with Jarvis Tyner, executive vice-chairperson of the CPUSA. His talk “The Stakes in the 2008 Elections …a Communist Perspective“will take place on Sun., Sept. 21 from 11 AM to 1 PM at 810 Winston Ave. , Baltimore , 21212. Light refreshments will be provided. A hat will be passed for donations to the 2008 People’s Weekly World fund drive. Call 410-433-3269.

31] – On Sun., Sept. 21, the KALAFONG AME CHURCH invites you to a Prayer for Africa at 11 AM at the HISPANIC SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST DAY CHUCH, 5100 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore 21229. Contact Rev. Dr. Duane Rawlings at Go to\md\kalafong-ame-mission-church/index.html.

32] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis . Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole. If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or]. Go to

33] – Alan Barysh gives tours starting at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, and the exhibits include such subjects as child labor and sweat shops. He will be there every Sunday at 12:30 PM in September except on the 28th. Instead he will be there on Sept. 27. Those interested in going on tour should ask for Alan, who would not refuse a tip. Contact Alan at

34] – On Sun., Sept. 21, from 2 to 4 PM, attend the monthly prayer service for peace and workshop at Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St., NW, WDC (Georgetown). “Impediments to Peace Focusing on the Separation Barrier/Wall” will feature Nadia Hijab, a senior fellow of the Institute for Palestine Studies, Michael Brown, from Interfaith Peace-Builders who previously lived and worked in the Gaza Strip, and Zeina Ashrarwi (invited), who was recently denied return privileges to Jerusalem. Free parking across Wisconsin Ave. on O St. at the Hyde School . Contact: Rev. Monroe Wright, facilitator, Sharing Jerusalem, at

35] – On Sun., Sept. 21 from 3 to 5:30 PM, see “The Nakba Exhibit” -- 60 photographs produced by Friends of Sabeel Canada describing the destruction of 400 Palestinian villages in 1948 and the continuing dispossession. Afaf Ayesh who experienced it will speak at the Mary Cosby Gallery, Potter's House,, 1658 Columbia Rd, NW, WDC. Call the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace at 202-232-5483. For questions about the exhibit, contact the exhibit coordinator, Aida Atallah, at

36] – Join the weekly Peace Walk on the Mall at 4 PM on Sun., Sept. 21 starting at the WWII Memorial ( 17th St .). Northern Virginians for Peace and Justice do this weekly Peace Walk on the Mall from the World War II Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial and back via Constitution and Independence Aves. Contact Ken at

37] – On Sun., Sept. 21, from 5 to 6 PM, there will be an ecumenical peace vigil in Lafayette Park ! You are invited to join the latest in a series of peace vigils designed to give members of Washington area churches--Episcopalians, Methodists, UCC'ers, Presbyterians, Baptists, Mennonites, Quakers, Lutherans, Unitarians, Catholics and all others--a chance to pray together for an end to the tragic war in Iraq . The vigil is a locally organized witness affiliated with Christian Peace Witness for Iraq (CPWI). The vigil will take place on the third Sunday of the month, at 5 PM, until the war comes to an end.

38] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers. Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email The next meeting is Sept. 21. Call 410-230-0450.

39] – 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., Sept. 22, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.

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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