Saturday, January 17, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

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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61] Tuesday peace vigil – Jan. 20

62] Comfort Station – Jan. 20

63] Ecolocity D.C. meeting – Jan. 20

64] Inauguration Party – Jan. 20

65] Immigration Rights Procession – Jan. 21

66] Racism workshop – Jan. 21

67] Bring Guard Home – Jan. 21

68] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Jan. 14

69] Peace vigil in W. Mount Airy, PA – Jan. 14

70] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Jan. 14

71] Hear James Yee – Jan. 21

72] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Jan. 22   

73] Death penalty demonstration – Jan. 26

74] Death penalty meeting – Jan. 27

75] DVD on SOA Watch – Jan. 30

76] First Thursday protest of the war – Feb. 5

77] Discussion on public radio – Feb. 8

78] MUPJ conference – Apr. 4

79] Join Global Zero campaign

80] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

81] Publish your peace article

82] Become a member of the Washington Peace Center

83] Click on The Hunger Site  

84] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


61] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road. Join this ongoing vigil.  The next vigil is Jan. 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


62] – Come enjoy some Friendly hospitality at the INAUGURATION COMFORT STATION offered by the Friends Meeting of Washington (Quakers), 2111 Florida Ave., NW, WDC  20008, on Tues., Jan. 20  until 6 PM.  Enjoy hot soup!  Contact Robin at 607-592-7443 or metrogrrl <at>

63] – There is a meeting of Ecolocity DC every Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM at the EMERGENCE COMMUNITY ARTS COLLECTIVE, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC 20001.  It is for people who live in, or are interested in making D.C. a transition town starting with an intentional community that will encompass clean energy, freecycle, natural building, organic farming, community salvage, new urbanism, etc. The next meeting will be on Jan. 6. Go to

64] – St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton Street NW, Washington, DC 20010, is having an Inaugural Party on Tues., Jan. 20 from 8-11 PM with music and dancing and refreshments.  Tickets are $25, but additional contributions will be gratefully appreciated and used for a scholarship fund. People under 18 are free and kids are welcome.

65] – An Immigration Rights Procession is scheduled for Wed., Jan. 21.  Meet at 11 AM in Benjamin Banneker Park, 7th & G Sts. SW, WDC.  Get off at L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station.  The procession will go to the offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a ceremony to cleanse ICE of 8 years of repressive policies. It is sponsored by the National Capital Immigrant Coalition and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement. Go to

66] – On Wed., Jan. 21 from noon to 1:30 PM, Dr. Amanda Kemp will lead a workshop "Creating New Possibilities for Race in America" at William Penn House, 515 E. Capitol St. SE, WDC 20003.  Kemp, a research associate at Franklin & Marshall College, earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at Northwestern University and has taught at several universities. 

67] – On Wed., Jan. 21, the national launch of "Bring the Guard Home! It's 2009” will take place starting with a press conference at 1:30 PM at the National Press Club, Zenger Room, and concluding with a party at Busboys and Poets. After years of presidential misappropriation of power, state legislators across the country are preparing to end the abuse of the National Guard and restore the rule of law.  The campaign has been building momentum over the course of 2008, as state after state has joined the effort. Vermonters initiated the campaign in January with the introduction of legislation ending future deployments of the Vermont Guard to Iraq. Legislators in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island followed with similar legislation in those states.

The NATIONAL LAUNCH PARTY will happen on 6 PM on Wed., Jan, 21 at Busboys and Poets Restaurant, 14th & V Sts., NW, WDC.  Donations are welcome, no one turned away for lack of funds.  Earlier that day, there will be a press conference at the National Press Club featuring state legislative sponsors, veterans, military families, legal counsel, and key campaign coalition partners. Go to

68] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Jan. 21. Call 215-426-0364.

69] – 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 Jan. 21. Call 215-843-4256 or email

70] – Each Wednesday, there is a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is Jan. 21.

Call 215-843-4256 or email

71] – Hear James Yee, former chaplain at Guantanamo, speak on Wed., Jan. 21 at 7 PM at the George Washington Law School, Faculty Conference Center, Room B505.  2000 H. St. NW, WDC 20052.   It is four blocks from the Foggy Bottom and Farragut West Metro stations. Yee will discuss how he ministered to the men and boys detained at the U.S. prison camp and will describe his experience at the hands of the government he was serving. Call 202-722-4333.

72] – On Thurs., Jan. 22, 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 Israel and Palestine. Contact Alice Azzouzi at 202-232-5483.


73] – 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 Baltimore.  However, the next vigil is scheduled for Mon., Jan. 26.  Call 410-233-0488.

74] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Tues., Jan. 27 at 7 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road.  Agenda items will include the spy scandal, the Death Penalty Commission and Georgia’s plan to execute Troy Davis. Call 410-488-6767 or 443-838-3221.

75] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The theme is First Amendment rights.  The first film will be an anthology DVD from SOA Watch—“a compilation of films to close the SOA/WHINSEC and to change oppressive U.S. foreign.”  It will be shown on Fri., Jan. 30 at a private home on a large-screen television.  If interested in seeing the SOA anthology DVD, call Max at 410-366-1637.

Doors open at 7 PM, and the DVD starts at 7:30 PM.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  A discussion will follow.

76] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Feb. 5 from 5 to 6:30 PM in Mount Vernon at Centre & Charles Sts.  The Pledge gathers in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month to protest the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

77] –  Take Back WYPR is holding a forum with Marc Steiner speaking on Sun., Feb. 8 from 6 to 8 PM at St. John’s Church, 2640 St. Paul St. There will be a discussion on the precarious state of public radio.  Contact Maria Allwine at 443-762-0892 or Max at 410-366-1637. Thanks to Red Emma's Collective.

78] – 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.

79] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: 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.  

80] – 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.

81] – 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


82] – Become an active member of the Washington Peace Center, which is now located at 1233 12th St. NW.  All members are granted voting rights and are invited to join one or more of our many working groups. Members are asked to pay suggested annual dues of 25 dollars, or volunteer. Email - subject "membership.” The mailing address is The Washington Peace Center, P.O. Box 50032, WDC 20019-0032. Call 202-234-2000. Subscribe at  Send donations to The Washington Peace Center.


83] – 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.  

84] – 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; call 202-682-4282.

Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 East 25th St. Baltimore, MD 21218 Ph: 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]


"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 US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan


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