"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.
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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] Max is seeking housing
7] NLG is offering to hold seminars
8] Witness Against Torture needs people to make phone calls
9] Start Loving is fasting for a $200 billion cutback in military spending
10] Town Hall Meeting at The Senator – Dec. 18
11] Activist Awards Gala – Dec. 18
12] IWW meeting – Dec. 18
13] Somali Refugees Speak – Dec. 18
16] WIB Roland Park vigil – Dec. 19
17] White House vigil – Dec. 19
18] Protest WYPR management – Dec. 19 - ?
19] Support The
20] Silent vigil at
21] Film POISON DUST – Dec. 19
22] Winter Solstice Celebration – Dec. 19
23] Anti-Consumerism Caroling – Dec. 19
24] Vigil at Walter Reed – Dec. 19
25] Ballroom dancing – Dec. 19
26] Poems Against War – Dec. 19
27] Simulcast service from occupied
28] Olney vigil to end the war – Dec. 20
29] Peace vigil in
30] Peace vigil at Capitol – Dec. 20
31] Human rights concert and fair – Dec. 20
32] Get a tour of
33] African Service – Dec. 21
34] Bridge peace vigil – Dec. 21
35] Peace Walk in D.C. – Dec. 21
36] Advent speaker – Dec. 21
37] Peace vigil – Dec. 21
38] Commemorate the homeless who have died – Dec. 21
39] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Dec. 21
40] Pentagon vigil – Dec. 22
41] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Dec. 22-25
42] Open House at
43] Pray for Peace – Dec. 22
44] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Dec. 22
45] Deliver anti-nuke petitions – Dec. 23
46] No evictions in
47] Tuesday peace vigil – Dec. 23
48] Ecolocity D.C. meeting – Dec. 23
49] Peace vigil in
50] Peace vigil in W.
53] Honk Against the War – Dec. 26
55] Faith & Resistance Retreat – Dec. 28-30
56] Delegation to
57] First Thursday protest of the war – Jan. 1
58] Death penalty demonstration – Jan. 5
59] Death penalty meeting – Jan. 6
60] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Jan. 8
61] MUPJ conference – April 4, 2009
62] Join Global Zero campaign
63] New book available
64] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
65] Publish your peace article
66] Become a member of the
67] Click on The Hunger Site
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available. “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-366-1637.
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.
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
To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to www.afsc.org/midatlantic/baltimore-programs.htm.
6] – Chuck
The big need going forward over the next few weeks is transportation for a portion of each day to the
7] – The National Lawyers Guild-Maryland Chapter is presenting "Know Your Rights" seminars on the topic of criminal law for any community group that is interested. The seminars would include an overview of constitutional law and
8] – Frida Berrigan is seeking people who are willing to make phone calls on behalf of Witness Against Torture to activists who may be interested in being outside the White House on January 11. This is the beginning of the 100 Days Campaign, which is calling for an end to torture and the closing of the
9] – Start Loving began a fast at 12:01 AM on Thurs., Dec. 18, on Capitol Hill to call for a $200 billion of funding from warmaking to peacebuilding. Go to http://jesusgodgoodetcnjay.blogspot.com/. He wrote that he will continue until either Dennis Kucinich informs him the transfer will take place or his body gives out.
10] – On Thurs., Dec. 18 from 6 to 7 PM, attend a Town Hall Community Meeting at The Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, Baltimore 21212. The topic of the presentation is the Senator's transition to not-for-profit status. As The Senator evolves and expands its educational and entertainment programming, it is imperative that it generates strong community support. Call 410-435-8338. Go to www.senator.com.
11] – The Washington Peace Center invites you to its 4th Annual Activist Awards Gala on Thurs., Dec. 18 from 6 to 9 PM at All Souls’ Church,
12] – The
13] – The Middle Atlantic Region American Friends Service Committee (Project Voice) presents
The event is scheduled for Thurs., Dec. 18 at 7:30 PM at the Creative
14] – Every 3rd Friday, observe the
15] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Dec. 19 from noon-1 PM at the
16] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Dec. 19 at
17] – 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.
18] – Protest the illegal termination of The Marc Steiner Show from noon to 1 PM Monday through Friday 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.
19] – There is a peace vigil to support the Congo every Friday, 4:00 to 6:30 PM at the Rwandan Embassy, 1714 New Hampshire Ave, NW. Call the Rwandan Embassy at 202-232-2882 and register your concern about
20] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Dec. 19 from 5 to 6 PM outside of
21] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The next film, POISON DUST [
Filmmaker Sue Harris tells the story of young soldiers who came home from
22] – Building a Season of Peace…Baltimore United for Peace and Justice is hosting a Winter Solstice Celebration on Fri., Dec. 19, 7 to 10 PM, at
23] – Anti-Consumerism Caroling is happening on Fri., Dec. 19 from 7 to 10 PM in
24] – 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 http://www.codepinkalert.org/Local_CODEPINKs_Washington_DC.shtml.
25] – 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
26] – Poems Against War: A
27] – On Sat., Dec. 20, there will be a joint simulcast worship service with the people of occupied Bethlehem at the National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW. Gather at 9:30 AM for the 10 AM worship service.
28] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and
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 "
30] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Dec. 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 http://www.quaker.org/langleyhill/seekpeace.htm or email email@example.com.
31] – Tifereth Israel Congregation, 16th and Juniper NW, WDC, is hosting a Hanukah human rights concert and fair featuring MAGPIE, members of FABRANGEN FIDDLERS and special guests on Sat., Dec. 20 starting at 7:30 PM. The fair features several human rights organizations including the ACLU, Genocide Intervention, Rabbis for Human Rights, CASA de Maryland, Maryland CASE, Jews United for Justice. Hanukah celebrates an ancient human rights struggle between the Judeans and imperialist powers of
32] – Alan Barysh will be giving tours at the
33] – On Sun., Dec. 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.,
34] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the
35] – Join the weekly Peace Walk on the Mall at 4 PM on Sun., Dec. 21 starting at the WWII Memorial (
36] – PAX CHRISTI BALTIMORE concludes its 2008 ADVENT PRAYER SERIES on Sun., Dec. 21. Therese Wilson Favors, M.A., director of the Office of African American Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, will discuss her book RISE UP AND REBUILD. She is the 2008 Mother Lange Award recipient. This annual prayer series, at the
37] – On Sun., Dec. 21, from 5 to 6 PM, there will be an ecumenical peace vigil in
38] – On Sun., Dec. 21, from 5 to 6 PM at the Inner Harbor, there will be a memorial service for the 40 homeless people who died in Baltimore in 2008. Besides reading the names of the dead, there will be music. Call Healthcare for the Homeless at 410-837-5533.
39] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers. Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at
40] – 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., Dec. 22, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.
41] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community. The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
42] – You are invited to a special OPEN HOUSE at the New SOLIDARITY CENTER on Mon., Dec. 22 from 6 to 9 PM at
43] – Fr. Charles Cloughen Jr. [mailto:email@example.com] invites you to pray for peace on Mon., Dec. 22 at 7:30 PM at the Church of the Nativity, 419 Cedarcroft Road, corner of York Road and Cedarcroft, a few blocks north of Northern Parkway.
44] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets every Monday. The next meeting is on Mon., Dec. 22 at 7:30 PM at the AFSC,
45] – Join the Chesapeake Safe Energy Coalition at Constellation Energy headquarters, 750 E. Pratt St., on Tues., Dec. 23 at 8 AM. The group intends to turn in 8,000 signatures urging the company to close its UniStar Nuclear subsidiary and abandon its partnership with French-state controlled nuclear company, EDF. Go to www.safeenergymd.org. Contact Allison Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-454-5176. RSVP at http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pntUg7n5tjowWJdp8vDnZKA.
46] – Join a press conference and picket at the Baltimore City Sheriff’s office, 100 N. Calvert St., on Tues., Dec. 23 from noon to 1 PM. It will be a "Don't be a scrooge" this holiday season by halting foreclosures and evictions. A letter will be delivered to the sheriff’s office which will request that it follow the lead of the offices in
47] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at
48] – There is a meeting of Ecolocity DC every Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM at the EMERGENCE COMMUNITY ARTS COLLECTIVE, 733 Euclid St. NW,
49] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in
50] – Each Wednesday in clear weather, there is a peace vigil from 5 to 6 PM outside the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive (between Wayne & Hortter) in West Mount Airy, PA. The next vigil is Dec. 24. Call 215-843-4256 or email email@example.com.
51] – Each Wednesday, there is a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in
52] – Join the Takoma Park peace vigil, which takes place the last Friday of the month from 5 to 6 PM at Takoma Junction (Rte. 410 and
53] – Join the Brandywine Peace Community on Fri., Dec. 26, always the final Friday of the month, in a peace vigil that will include a call for No War on Iran! Honk against the war from 5 to 6 PM at Broad and Arch Sts. in
55] – The HOLY INNOCENTS FAITH & RESISTANCE RETREAT will start on Sun., Dec. 28 and conclude on Wed., Dec. 30. Participants will gather at ST. STEPHEN AND THE INCARNATION CHURCH, 16TH & NEWTON STS., NW, WDC. Go to www.jonahhouse.org or call Dorothy Day C.W. at 202-882-9649 or Jonah House at 410-233-6238.
The theme is “Let the children come to me!” In this retreat there will be a reflection on these questions: Why did Herod deem the Christ child such a threat that he ordered the slaughter of the innocent? How do we respond to the fact that children are deemed so expendable under today's Herods? How do empire and war affect children?
The retreat begins with supper on Sunday, and closes early afternoon on Wednesday. There will be a special program for children who will design a witness led by children.
56] – A delegation is to visit the friendship city,
57] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Jan. 1 from 5 to 6:30 PM in
58] – There is usually a vigil to abolish the death penalty every Monday from 5 to 6 PM, outside the prison complex and across the street from Maryland’s death row, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in
59] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Tues., Jan. 6 at 7 PM at the AFSC,
60] – On Thurs., Jan. 8, the WEEKLY ROUNDTABLE SEEKING A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL takes place from 12:30 - 1:30 PM at Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC. Join a civil discourse which explores the history, issues, myths, realities, and truth of the conflict between
61] – The 24th annual Maryland Peace and Justice conference has been set for April 4, 2009 at the Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville, MD, easily accessible off of Rt. 29. Please put the date on your calendar and try not to schedule any other major events on that day. Thanks so much for your cooperation, and the organizers hope to see you there! Call Paulette at 410-747-3811.
62] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees. This is an historic window of opportunity. With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.
63] – Ann von Lossberg has announced that her book 1089 Nights, An Odyssey Through the Middle East, Africa & Asia is now available. It is a memoir of stories that celebrates a healthy obsession with travel in the developing world. She is available for book club signings and discussions and can be reached at annvl at verizon.net. If you'd like to order, you can go to her web site www.1089nights.com. It can also be purchased at Amazon.com.
64] – WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER signs from Friends Committee on National Legislation are again for sale at $5. To purchase a sign, call Max at 410-366-1637.
65] – Publish Your Peace Article. Daniel Frasier is soliciting peace articles for the biweekly series of commentaries Paths to Peace in the Frederick News Post Religion and Ethics section. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
66] – Become an active member of the
67] – The Hunger Site was initiated by Mercy Corps and Second Harvest, and is funded entirely by advertisers. You can go there every day and click the big yellow "Give Food for Free" button near the top of the page; you do not have to look at the ads. Each click generates funding for about 1.1 cups of food. So consider clicking.
68] – Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to http://prop1.org; call 202-682-4282.
"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the