Thursday, January 29, 2009

Baltimore Activist Jan. 29 - Apr. 4

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 29 – Apr. 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] Max is seeking housing

5] Chuck Michaels needs help with transportation

6] Buy Mankekolo’s book

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

8] Living Labyrinth of Peace – through Jan. 31

9] Casa Baltimore/Limay online auction – through Feb. 7

10] Peace Support Network video contest – through Feb. 28

11] Witness Against Torture 100 Days Campaign – through Apr. 30

12] Peace Brigades International speaking tour – Jan. 29

13] Homesteading Campaign – Jan. 29

14] Celebrate Peace Brigades – Jan. 29

15] March 21st conference call – Jan. 29

16] Declaration of Peace conference call – Jan. 29

17] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Jan. 30

18] WIB Roland Park vigil – Jan. 30                     

19] White House vigil – Jan. 30                      

20] Support The Congo demo – Jan. 30

21] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Jan. 30

22] Support migrants – Jan. 30

23] Vigil at Walter Reed – Jan. 30

24] DVD on SOA Watch – Jan. 30

25] “3 Naked Women” – Jan. 30

26] Ballroom dancing – Jan. 30

27] Global realignment workshop – Jan. 31                            

28] Olney vigil to end the war – Jan. 31                            

29] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Jan. 31

30] Peace vigil at Capitol – Jan. 31

31] Westminster peace vigil – Jan. 31

32] Training & Lobby Day – Feb. 1 & 2

33] African Service – Feb. 1                                                                                        

34] Bridge peace vigil – Feb. 1                                                        

35] Bethesda peace vigil – Feb. 1

36] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Feb. 1

37] Pentagon vigil – Feb. 2

38] Equality Lobby Day – Feb. 2

39] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Feb. 2-Feb. 5

40] Death penalty demonstration – Feb. 2

41] Howard Zinn at Busboys & Poets – Jan. 26

42] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Feb. 2

43] Report back from El Salvador – Feb. 2

44] Peace Center meeting in Frederick – Feb. 2

45] Single payer workshop – Feb. 2

46] Tuesday peace vigil – Feb. 3

47] Nakba Exhibit – Feb. 3-24

48] First Class Citizenship -- Feb. 3

49] BCAN meeting -- Feb. 3

50] Take Back YPR meeting – Feb. 3 

51] Ecolocity D.C. meeting – Feb. 3

52] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Feb. 4

53] Peace vigil in W. Mount Airy, PA – Feb. 4

54] Who Are the Gentiles? – Feb. 4

55] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Feb. 4

56] Mobilization for Global Justice meeting – Feb. 4

57] PG County peace meeting – Feb. 4

58] WIB Peace Stand – Feb. 5

59] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Feb. 5   

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

61] D.C. Statehood – Feb. 5

62] PeaceAction Montgomery meeting – Feb. 5                      

63] Call on the governor to release the files – Feb. 7

65] Fiesta Tropical – Feb. 7

65] Discussion on public radio – Feb. 8

66] Lobby for anti-spying legislation -- Feb. 9

67] BUPJ meeting – Feb. 11

68] Death penalty meeting – Feb. 17

69] MUPJ conference – Apr. 4

70] Join Global Zero campaign

71] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

72] Publish your peace article

73] Become a member of the Washington Peace Center

74] Click on The Hunger Site  

75] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


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

5] – 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.     


6] – 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.

7] – 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. 

8] – 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. 31, from 2 to 5 PM, there will be a Wisdom of Mandalas & Labyrinths Workshop.  Call Sandra at 703-217-6706 to register.  The cost is $45.


9] – Casa Baltimore/Limay, a friendship-city project linked with Nicaragua for 23 years, is hosting an online silent auction.  Some of the items open for bid are a Baldwin piano, a print by a famous Cuban designer, beautiful Nicaraguan art, computer services, cabinetmaking, massage therapy, babysitting and coaching in Spanish and music and communications. The proceeds from this auction, and from the associated Fiesta Tropical, on Sat., Feb. 7, will benefit Casa Baltimore/Limay's friendship-city work with Limay, Nicaragua.


To participate in the auction, go to  The online auction will continue until 4 PM on Feb. 7. It will then be carried over to the fiesta, and the winning bids will be announced at 9:45 PM.


Note the minimum bid on each item, and then check the website for the current high bid.  You can place your bid by sending an email to with a subject of "Auction Bid."  Include the name of the item and the amount you want to bid. 


10] – The Peace Support Network is sponsoring a YouTube video contest. Create a short film based on the theme, "Create Peace". Show us your creativity and you could be given the grand prize of $1000 or three runner-up prizes.   All ages, school classrooms, not-for-profit groups, as well as individuals are urged to participate!  For complete details go to Post your vision of peace right away, but no later than Sat., Feb. 28.  Contact Kelly Guinan at or 402-426-5240.

11] – Witness Against Torture continues its 100 Days Campaign.  Go to   Groups have taken on each week through Apr. 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.

12] – Georgetown University’s Program on Justice and Peace will host Peace Brigades International on their speaking tour entitled "Defending Human Rights and Nonviolent Activism: Saving Lives and Promoting Peace," featuring PBI –Nepal Field Officer Krystal Mason, and PBI-USA Executive Director Katherine Hughes-Fraitekh.  The presentation will focus on the work of Peace Brigades International in Nepal in using nonviolence to defend human rights' issues and organizations. The event will take place Thurs., Jan. 29 from 4:15-5:30 on Georgetown's campus with location TBA.  


13] – On Thurs., Jan. 29 at 6:30 PM, ACORN will be at St. John's Church, 2640 St. Paul St. to build on the campaign to stop the auction of foreclosed homes.  Elected officials have been invited to support the homesteading campaign to keep people in their homes.  Meet the homesteaders, hear from leaders about the history and strategy of the campaign, learn about how to be contacted, and how to help "defend" families.  This campaign will need support from members of the community in the form of a Homesteader Rapid Defense Team--trained community residents willing and able to mobilize on short notice when a Homesteader family is threatened with eviction by the authorities. ACORN will line up a legal defense team that will also be on site. Call Michelle Moore at 443-804-0365.

14] – There will be a Gathering of Peace with Peace Brigades International (PBI) on Thurs., Jan. 29 from 7 to 9:30 PM at 3336 M St., NW, WDC 20007 (Georgetown). Go to

15] – There is a conference call to discuss the March 21st Mobilization on Thurs., Jan. 29 at 7 PM. The dial-in number is 218-339-4600, and the access code is 915932.  This is being organized by the newly formed Activist Coalition of DC (ACDC). Go to

16] – The Declaration of Peace has scheduled a national conference call on Thurs., Jan. 29 at 8 PM (Eastern Standard Time) to hear your ideas and plans for organizing nationwide nonviolent resistance to the war and occupation in Iraq during March 2009, the 6th anniversary of the U.S. invasion. Local actions will take place nationwide on or around March 19 and a mass mobilization to Washington, D.C. will happen on March 21!

The call will conclude at 9:15 PM.  To participate use this phone number 1-309-946-5000 and access code 12 13 14 15#

17] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Jan. 30 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.

18] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Jan. 30 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


19] – 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.

20] – 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.

21] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Jan. 30 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.

22] – Pax Christi CUA is asking you to join them on Fri., Jan. 30 at 5:30 PM for "The Love of Christ Towards Migrants,” featuring Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.  The event will take place in Keane Aud., McGivney Hall, The Catholic University of America.  

23] – 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

24] – 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.

25] – On Fri., Jan. 30 at 8 PM at 2640 St. Paul St, the REDSHIFT Ensemble plays "3 Naked Women," a collection of music written by Charm City composers for the high-energy chamber music ensemble from New York & San Francisco. Go to


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