Friday, January 16, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 15 - April 4, 2009 Part 2

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 15 – 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]


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25] Bailout the People conference – Jan. 17

26] Philly Peace Parade – Jan. 17

27] Olney vigil to end the war – Jan. 17                            

28] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Jan. 17

29] Peace vigil at Capitol – Jan. 17

30] Politics of Saving Earth – Jan. 17


32] Palestine Today – Jan. 17                                       

33] Obama in Baltimore – Jan. 17

34] Obama in D.C. – Jan. 17

35] Native American benefit – Jan. 17

36] Youth in Israel/Palestine – Jan. 18

37] Arrest Bush is sponsoring a speakout – Jan. 18-19                                    

38] African Service – Jan. 18                                                                                        

39] Bridge peace vigil – Jan. 18                                                        

40] Bethesda peace vigil – Jan. 18

41] Anti-torture vigil – Jan. 18

42] D.C. peace vigil – Jan. 18

43] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Jan. 18

44] Pentagon vigil – Jan. 19

45] Job Fair – Jan. 19

46] Shoes for Bush – Jan. 19

47] March in MLK Parade – Jan. 19

48] Resistance to Lockheed Martin – Jan. 19

49] War Profiteer’s Ball – Jan. 19

50] Stop foreclosures workshop – Jan. 19

51] Sojourners open house – Jan. 19

52] MLK celebration – Jan. 19

53] March with hotel workers – Jan. 19

54] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 19-Jan. 22

55] Health care discussion – Jan. 19

56] Remembering slavery play – Jan. 19

57] BUPJ/Pledge of Resistance meeting – Jan. 19

58] Arrest Bush contingent at inauguration – Jan. 20

59] Peace presence – Jan. 20

60] Watch inauguration at Senator Theatre – Jan. 20


25] – BAILOUT THE PEOPLE MOVEMENT – FIGHT BACK CONFERENCE is happening on Sat., Jan. 17.  Join with other community, student, & union activists to discuss and plan national, regional and local actions. Vans will leave 2011 N. Charles St. at 7:30 A.M. and return by approximately 10 PM.  You must sign up to reserve a seat. Email or call 410-218-4835.  Tickets are $15 round trip, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

26] – On Sat., Jan. 17, peace groups, part of the United for Peace & Justice - Delaware Valley Network, are helping to organize a parade through center city Philadelphia to honor Martin Luther King and to hold up, in anticipation of the inauguration of Barack Obama, the hopes and demands of a new day when war will not occupy the central place in our society and people will not be left "out in the cold,” victims of an economy devoted to war.  Obama’s "whistle stop" Inaugural Train will be at the 30th St. Train Station.  Gather at 9 AM for a reception with food, followed by an indoor peace rally at 10 AM with both events at the William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St. Then there will be a Peace Parade around 11 AM beginning at Phila. City Hall (west side), 15th & Market Sts., to the site of the train station.  Go to or call 610-544-1818.

27] – 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 Georgia Ave. in Olney, MD.  The next vigil is Jan. 17. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


28] –  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

29] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Jan. 17.  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

30] – The Politics of Saving Earth with Kenneth W. Allen, Ph.D.  president of the United Nations Association of Maryland, and Jen Brock-Cancellieri, outreach manager, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, is on Sat., Jan. 17 from 2 to 4 PM at the Towson Public Library, 320 York Road, Towson 21286.  The event, presented by the United Nations Association of Maryland, will take place in conference meeting room on the first floor.  Paid Parking is available in an adjacent garage, which provides direct access, via third level, to the library.

31] – Join the folks at the Washington Peace Center for a free screening of MLK JR.: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE at 2:30 PM on Sat., Jan. 17 at Friends Meeting, 2111 Florida Ave. NW, WDC.  An hour-long documentary that concentrates on the Civil Rights leader's many groundbreaking accomplishments. Footage covers Dr. King's war on poverty and his staunch opposition to the Vietnam War. Also included are his stirring "I Have a Dream" speech and details of his involvement in the Memphis sanitation workers' strike in March and April of 1968.

This film series sponsored by the Peace and Social Concerns Committee and the Washington Peace Center will continue once a month (on Saturday) through March. Contact the Peace Center at 202-234-2000.

32] – The Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is hosting PALESTINE TODAY: THE PEOPLE AND THE CHANCES FOR PEACE on Sat., Jan. 17 at 3:30 PM at the Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD  21044.  Pam Rasmussen will show slides and discuss her recent trip to Palestine as a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement and address the current humanitarian disaster taking place in Gaza. Pam is an active member of Peace Action Montgomery, and this was her second trip to Palestine.


33] – President-elect Barack Obama will speak on Sat., Jan. 17 at the War Memorial Plaza, which is between the War memorial Building on Gay St. and City Hall on Holliday St.  He is expected to arrive at 4 PM and stay until 5:15 PM.  The police will allow people to enter the area at 11 AM after going through metal detectors.


34] – On Sat., Jan. 17, the Little Friends For Peace Train hopes to meet the Obama Inaugural Train.  Little Friends will leave Perry School, M St. and N. Capital St. at 4:30 PM for Union Station.  They intend to encourage President Elect Obama o help make the neighborhoods, country and world a safer places.  

35] – You are invited to a fundraising reception to benefit the National Indian Child Welfare Association ( on Sat., Jan. 17 from 5 to 8 PM at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20852.  This will be an evening of music, food and fun while learning about NICWA's important work and dedication to the well-being of American Indian children and families. RSVP to Development Manager Eddie Sherman at 503.222.4044 or

36] – "MLK lives on: Youth in Palestine/Israel" is the title of a forum address on Sun., Jan. 18, at 10:30 AM at St. Albans Episcopal Church at 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW by Tarek Abuata. Abuata heads the Bethesda-based "For Love of Neighbor" and has conducted nonviolence training in the U.S. and Bethlehem. Go to

37] – Http:// is the sponsor of a Dupont Circle Speakout with speakers and music on Sun., Jan. 18 & Mon., Jan. 19 from 11 AM to 5 PM.

38] –  On Sun., Jan. 18, 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.

39] – 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

40] – Every Sunday until Nov. 3, from 4:30 to 6 PM at the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda Aves., near Barnes & Noble and the Landmark Theaters, there will be a peace vigil organized by Bethesda Friends. Everyone welcome to participate!  

41] – Anti-torture activists will hold a candlelight vigil in Rosslyn, VA as part of the 100 Days to Close Guantanamo Campaign.  The vigil takes place on Sun., Jan. 18, 2009 on the Virginia side of the Key Bridge from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Go to Call 703-941-3707.


42] – On Sun., Jan. 18, 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.


43] – 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 Jan. 18. Call 410-230-0450.

44] – 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., Jan. 19, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

45] – The 7th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Job Fair is on Mon., Jan. 19 at the St. Frances Academy Community Center, 501 E. Chase St., Baltimore, MD  21202, from 1 to 4 PM. The day will begin with a continental breakfast at 7:30 AM, followed by classes. A free lunch will be provided at noon.  Then attendees can meet with employers ready to hire, learn about Green Collar jobs-earn a living while helping protect the environment—and turn in applications for work! To register, call Ralph Moore at 410-539-5794, ex 30.

46] – Bring your shoes for Bush on Mon., Jan. 19 at 11 AM to Dupont Circle on Conn. Ave., NW.  There will be a rally with speakers:  Adam Kokesh, an Iraq Veteran, (who will be hurling his combat boots over the White House gate), author David Swanson,, Debra Sweet, executive director of World Can't Wait,, and Jamilla El-Shafei of Kennebunk, Maine, the event's emcee. There will be a march to the WHITE HOUSE, or as close as possible, to hurl shoes in the spirit of Mutadhar Al-Zaidi and in solidarity with the Iraqi people. Go to  Many of the shoes will be donated to the needy.

47] – On Mon., Jan. 19, march with the Pledge of Resistance in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade!  Quote Dr. King in condemning U.S. militarism.  Gather at Eutaw and Dolphin Sts. at noon.  The Pledge is in Division 3.  Call Max at 410-366-1637. Many other peace and justice groups will be marching in the parade.  Most importantly, come out and march and hand out leaflets.


48] – On Mon., Jan. 19 at noon, the Brandywine Peace Community will remember Martin Luther king with a Day of Resistance to War and Lockheed Martin, Mall & Goddard Blvds., Valley Forge/King of Prussia, PA.  Go to

49] – On Mon., Jan. 19 go to the War Profiteers' Ball, a demonstration to protest the power of the military-industrial complex. Meet at noon at Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. After a brief rally, march two blocks to the intersection of Democracy Blvd. and Fernwood Rd., within sight of the corporate headquarters of arms merchant Lockheed Martin. Wear a ball gown or tuxedo! The organizers will provide small, decorated buckets for collecting donations from passing motorists for Handicap International, which helps the wounded. The ball is sponsored by Peace Action Montgomery, as part of its annual demonstration on MLK Day. Go to

50] – Help Stop Foreclosures, Help Save Our Communities! The foreclosure crisis is ravaging our communities and hurting our economy. Two million families have lost their homes to foreclosure this year, and millions more will be threatened in the coming year. Aside from the human tragedy of lost homes, communities are being torn apart by vacancies and lowered property values, and city and state budgets are being decimated.

Join ACORN on Mon., Jan. 19 from noon to 2 PM at Blessed Sacrament Church, 4103 Old York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Contact Michelle Moore at 410-735-3360 or Visit

51] – You are invited to an open house on Mon., Jan. 19 at Sojourners to welcome friends and supporters in D.C. for the inauguration. Join in a celebration at the GALA Theater and the Sojourners office, 3333 14th St. NW, WDC 20010 from 1 to 3 PM. Jim Wallis, founder and CEO of Sojourners, and Vincent Harding, a personal friend of Dr. King and leader during the civil rights movement, will provide reflections on this transformative moment for the nation and world. RSVP at or 202-328-8842 by Jan. 19 at 1 PM.

52] – The Declaration of Peace endorses "Rebirthing King, Rebirthing America,” which is scheduled for Mon., Jan. 19 at 4:30 PM at All Souls Church, Unitarian, 1500 Harvard St. NW, WDC.  In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday, join the Olive Branch Interfaith Peace Partnership for a celebration and call to remember Dr. King's vision: "Rebirthing King, Rebirthing America.” It is organized by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, in partnership with members of more than a dozen other organizations. Visit:

53] – Hotel Workers Rising Local 27 is asking you to march with the Hilton Crystal City Workers on Mon., Jan. 19 from 5 to 6:30 PM outside the Hilton Crystal City Hotel, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA. They have been without a contract since October 2007. Call UNITE-HERE Mid-Atlantic Region at 410-659-2191 ext 12.  The hotel is within walking distance of the Crystal City Metro stop.

54] – 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

You can listen to interviews by Steiner through his Center for Emerging Media podcasts. To hear the interviews, email   Go to

55] – On Jan. 19, Health Care for All will co-host a citizen's Health Policy Forum from 5 to 7 PM at 1199 SEIU Health Care Workers East, 611 N. Eutaw St. The forum will follow the model promoted by President-Elect Obama's transition team, as well as Health and Human Services Secretary designate Tom Daschle to inspire discussion about Maryland's health care programs.  The event will also highlight the recent health care expansion here in Maryland, as well as introduce ideas about upcoming health policy initiatives including the new Health Care for All plan.  Call 410 235 9000.

56] – Theatre for Transformation, a Delaware County, PA company, will perform Show Me the Franklins! Remembering the Ancestors, Slavery and Benjamin Franklin at Washington Friends Meeting (Quaker), 2111 Florida Ave., NW, WDC 20008 on Mon,, Jan. 19 at 6:30 PM.  The performance is free. The Friends Meeting is just north of the Dupont Circle Metro and a short walk across U Street from the 16th Street bus line. Dr. Amanda Kemp is the play’s author.


57] – Baltimore United for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 PM on Mon., Jan. 19 at 7 PM the AFSC, 4806 York Road. The BUPJ agenda will include a discussion about the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip, an anniversary commemoration of the Iraq War in March and the April 4 march and rally in NYC.  As that meeting ends, the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore meeting will begin.  Some of its agenda will focus on the MSP spy scandal, Witness Against Torture, meetings with legislators and the inauguration. Folks are welcome to attend either or both meetings.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

58] – On Tues., Jan. 20 has secured a permit for the front of the FBI building for a Yes We Can Arrest Bush event during the Inaugural Parade. One can get into the space by 3 AM, and it is reserved for attendees with ARREST BUSH signs. An ARREST BUSH sign that can be downloaded from the website is the free inaugural parade ticket required to enter the permitted area.

59] – On Tues., Jan. 20, the Inauguration Action Center will be at McPherson Square, 15th St. NW (between K and I Sts.) anytime on Jan. 20. There will be a Peace Presence so that Barack Obama, Congress and the new administration hears from the people about the need to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, the arrest of Bush and Cheney and the closing of the detention facility in GuantanamoJoin the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance at 10 AM in McPherson Square.  A group of us, later in the day, will deliver a letter of outrage to the Israeli embassy.  

At McPherson, there will be heated tents, lots of information and literature on ways to get involved. Signs calling for Peace and expressing our hopes for the future will be available. Come pick up a sign and proclaim the message! Email or call 202-234-2000.

60] – The Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212, presents a communal viewing of the inaugural swearing-in ceremony of the 44th president of the United States on Tues., Jan. 20 from 11 AM to 1 PM on the big screen in dazzling HD Digital! Admission is one item [or more] of non-perishable food to help stock the shelves of the Gedco "CARES" pantry. Go to

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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