Thursday, January 15, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

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]


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] Max is seeking housing

6] Chuck Michaels needs help with transportation

7] Buy Mankekolo’s book

8] Start Loving is fasting for a $200 billion cutback in military spending

9] Fast for justice – through Jan. 20

10] Vigil at Obama’s hotel to draw attention to war crimes – everyday until Jan. 20

11] Living Labyrinth of Peace – through Jan. 31

12] Carbonfree DC workshop – Jan. 15

13] Stop war on Gaza meeting – Jan. 15

14] Iraq Moratorium – Jan. 16

15] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Jan. 16

16] WIB Roland Park vigil – Jan. 16                     

17] White House vigil – Jan. 16                      

18] Support The Congo demo – Jan. 16

19] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Jan. 16

20] Leaflet for single payer – Jan.  16

21] Vigil at Walter Reed – Jan. 16

22] Goodnight Bush! – Jan. 16

23] Ballroom dancing – Jan. 16

24] Hearts Place benefit – Jan. 16


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  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] – Max is in need of housing.  If you have any leads, please call him at 410-366-1637.

6] – Chuck Michaels is now home, and he will continue his recovery through out-patient therapy.  He is doing very well, speaking well and regularly, getting around well, and also now has permission from his doctor to be left alone, that is unattended, as needed.

The big need going forward over the next few weeks is transportation for a portion of each day to the Sky Neurological Rehabilitation CenterPomona Square, 1700 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville 21208 - just inside the beltway. On a weekly basis, the web site at Caring Bridge will post the specific times that Chuck needs transportation assistance in getting to therapy. Go to  Call Jaymie at 240-475-0041 if you wish to help with Chuck's transportation to rehab.     


7] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo has returned to live in Baltimore, and is writing her autobiography.  Consider purchasing her book" One A Day: Spiritual Vitamins. Be ready with daily Spiritual Vitamins from January 1 to December 31 in 2009.”  Send a donation of $10 with $3 shipping and handling to 3315 Mondawmin Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216.

8] – 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 He wrote that he will continue until either Dennis Kucinich informs him the transfer will take place or his body gives out. 

9] – Witness Against Torture continues its fast and daily vigil in DuPont Circle.  Click here for updates:  The Fast for Justice will end at sun-up on Jan. 20 at McPherson Square.

After the fast, groups have taken on each week until April 30, and there will be daily vigils at the White House.  As well, there will be organized activities from film screenings to lectures and community meetings.  These activities are designed to mobilize people concerned about torture and keep sustained pressure on our elected officials to close Guantanamo with deliberate speed.  Witness Against Torture will have a team in D.C. for the duration of the campaign and will provide logistical support to all participants.

10] – There is a vigil at 5:30 PM every evening at 16th and H Sts. NW - across from the Hay-Adams Hotel, until further notice, to urge Barack Obama to condemn Israeli war crimes.  This is called by CodePink. Call 202-423-3654.

11] – Living Labyrinth of Peace by visionary artist Sandra Wasko-Flood runs through Sat., Jan. 31 at the Sub-Basement Artist Studios, 118 N. Howard St. Unlike mazes, labyrinths have one path that leads to the center and back.  Wasko-Flood’s Rainbow Labyrinth of Peace is an interactive installation of computer-programmed lights, designed to be walked.  Go to Contact Tobe’ Ifeanyi at 410-659-6950.  The gallery hours are by appointment Monday –Sunday.  The gallery is open on Sat. from 11 AM to 5 PM.  Email Go to WWW.SBASTUDIOS.COM.


On Sat., Jan. 24 from 2 to 5 PM, Wasko-Flood invites you to read a selection of your latest Peace Poems as well as some selections by your favorite authors. Call Sandra Wasko-Flood at 703-217-6706.

12] – Jan. 15 at 6:30 PM at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St NW, WDC 20001. Carbonfree D.C. is honored to have Gary Skulnik, president of Clean Currents, as the presenter for this workshop, who will share the importance of switching to wind power and the step-by-step process to actually go ahead and do it! Both residential (including apartments) and business options will be explored. RSVP at

13] – Discuss Stopping Israel's War on Gaza and Being in Solidarity with the Palestinian Struggle on Thurs., Jan. 15 at 7 PM at La Casa Church, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW.

14] – Every 3rd Friday, observe the Iraq Moratorium On Jan. 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.

15] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Jan. 16 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.

16] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Jan. 16 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


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] – 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 Rwanda's aggression towards the Congo.

19] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Jan. 16 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 and Stony Run Meetings.

20] – Help leaflet on Fri., Jan. 16 with Progressive Democrats of America and the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Healthcare/National Single Payer Coalition at  Metro stations all around Washington, D.C. to tell people about healthcare reform and PDA's Healthcare NOT Warfare campaign. Start at 5 PM until the leaflets or crowds are gone.  You can go to any of the following: Red line: Shady Grove, Medical Center, Silver Spring and Takoma Park. Green line: College Park, Greenbelt and Branch Avenue. Orange line: New Carrollton and Largo Town CenterContact Dr. Margaret Flowers at or 410-591-0892.

21] – 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

22] – GOODNIGHT BUSH! Gan Golan speaks at RED EMMA'S, 800 St. Paul St., on Fri., Jan. 16 at 7 PM. He is the co-creator of the smash-hit political parody *Goodnight Bush* and comes to Red Emma's for an inauguration weekend multi-media reading and signing of his hilarious and irreverent book - a bedtime story that lets us finally say goodnight to the disaster that was the George W. Bush presidency. Go to


23] –  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 Jan. 16. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.


24] – Gimmie Shelter Productions continues its tradition of raising funds and consciousness about the financial needs of homeless shelters by doing a fund raising benefit for Hearts Place Shelter on Fri., Jan. 16 at the Hamilton Arts Collective, 2927 Hamilton Ave. The event starts at 8 PM and features poets and musicians, including Julie Fisher, Jasaga, Alan Barysh, Susanne X, Ron Williams and Marcus Colasurdo. Call 410-532-0193. Admission is $5. Donations of clothes, toys, non-­perishable foods, socks and anything needed to survive in a homeless shelter will be accepted.


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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