Thursday, September 17, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 17 – October 10, 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] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLA  

5] Used stamps for humanitarian causes

6] ASPCA needs items

7] Nakba exhibit & reception – through Sept. 30

8] Testify to stop Calvert Cliffs 3 – Sept. 17 or 29

9] Health care strategy meeting – Sept. 17

10] Planning the Protest – Sept. 17

11] Coup in Honduras – Sept. 17

12] Nonviolent Peacemaking – Sept. 17

13] Poetry/War film at Red Emma’s — Sept. 17

14] Trial of the Catonsville Nine – Sept. 17-18

15] Iraq/Afghanistan Moratorium – Sept. 18

16] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Sept. 18

17] WIB Roland Park vigil – Sept. 18             

18] White House vigil – Sept. 18               

19] Support The Congo demo – Sept. 18

20] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Sept. 18

21] NAME OF THE ROSE film – Sept. 18

22] Vigil at Walter Reed – Sept. 18              

23] Ballroom dancing – Sept. 18


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] – You can help safeguard human rights and fragile ecosystems through your purchase of HOCOFOLA Café Quetzal. Bags of ground coffee or whole beans can be ordered by mailing in an order form. For more details and to download the order form, go to

Be sure you indicate ground (G) or bean (B) for each type of coffee ordered. Make the check out to HoCoFoLA and send it with your order form to HoCoFoLA, PO Box 94, Columbia, MD  21045. Contact Pat McLaine at 410-964-0960 or  The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up.

5] – Brad Hathaway spearheads an effort to sell donated used stamps to raise money for different humanitarian causes around the world. Go to, and click the link for the stamp ministry.  Carefully clip canceled postage stamps and send to Quaker Missions, PO Box 795, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Send no small flag stamps or Liberty Bell Forever stamps.

6] – The ASPCA is in need of cat carriers in its cat room in the adoption center. The organization is also seeking items for the upcoming Shop-a-Paw-Looza, the October online auction. Some ideas would be gift certificates, tickets to sporting and other events, sports memorabilia, travel packages and vacation home rentals. Contact Tami Gosheff at 410-235-8826, ext. 138 or


7] – The Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (HCCEIO) and Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace (WIAMEP) invite you to see a month-long display at the Howard County Central Library, Little Patuxent Pkwy & South Entrance Rd., Columbia, MD  21044, of the Nakba Photo Exhibit: The Story of the Palestinians, 1948 to 2009.  Email

8] – Stop the merger between Constellation Energy and EDF.  Stop Calvert Cliffs 3 by attending a hearing.  NOTICE OF HEARINGS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT--The Parties of Record and Interested Persons in Case No. 9173 can testify. The available dates and sites are as follows: 1] Thurs., Sept. 17, from 7 to 9:30 PM at the War Memorial Building, Paul C. Wohlman Assembly Hall – First Floor, 101 N. Gay St., Baltimore , Maryland  21202; and 2] Tues., Sept. 29, from 7 to 9:30 PM in the Rotunda, Town Hall of  Bel Air, 39 N. Hickory Ave., Bel Air, MD 21014.   Written comments may also be submitted at the public hearing in addition to, or in lieu of, oral comments.

A photo ID will be required for entry.  The Commission asks that the oral comments be limited to 5 minutes.  Written comments also may be filed by Tues., Sept. 29.  The comments shall be addressed to Terry J. Romine, Executive Secretary, Maryland Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, and reference “Case No. 9173, Phase II – Public Comment.”[1]

9] – Caroli Mullen invites you to a meeting to strategize about a collective response to the hysteria generated by Obama’s weak proposal to “reform” health care. It will take place on Thurs., Sept. 17 at 7 PM at the Govans-Boundary United Methodist Church, 5210 York Road. Park behind the church. RSVP by email, carolimullen at, or phone, 410-366-6953.

10] – On Thurs., Sept. 17 at 7 PM, Planning the Protest: Pre-performance Discussion will be held in Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Univ. of Maryland, College Park Campus.  Who were involved in the planning and execution of the action taken on May 17, 1968 by the Catonsville Nine. Joseph Tropea moderates this discussion with Dean Pappas, Brendan Walsh and Willa Bickham.

11] – There will be a discussion The Coup in Honduras and Beyond at 7:15 PM on Thurs., Sept. 17 on the UMBC campus in UC 310.  Katie Long, a UMBC graduate student and former Peace Corps volunteer was in Honduras in the days immediately following the coup and will share her experiences and analysis in this forum. Other commentators are Dr. John Stolle-McAllister, prof. of Spanish and Intercultural Communication, and Dr. John Sinnigen, prof. of Spanish and Intercultural Communication.

12] – On Thurs., Sept. 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, the first session in a six-week series Engaging Our Conflicts: An Exploration of Nonviolent Peacemaking” takes place.  This is a Just Faith module based on Pace E Bene’s ENGAGE program.  This group will meet each Thursday evening through Nov. 5 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Muncaster Mill Rd., Derwood, MD.  To register, call or email Charles McCarthy, director of Social Concerns at St. Francis at 301-840-1407 or


13] – Red Emma’s, 800 St. Paul St., is hosting a film screening on Thurs., Sept. 17 at 8 PM COMMITTING POETRY IN TIMES OF WAR. Appearing at the viewing will be the executive producer and National Lawyer's Guild member Eric Sirotkin. Committing Poetry follows the story of the Rio Rancho High School Poetry Slam Team in New Mexico and their coach, humanities teacher and Youth Poetry Coach Bill Nevins as they fight for free speech and the right of youth to express themselves. Nevins was one of seven educators removed by administrators attempting to silence youth artistic expression in the New Mexico education system. After a peaceful protest against this action was met by police brutality and silencing, the group Poetic Justice was born. Go to See

14] – The Trial of The Catonsville Nine will be performed by The Actors' Gang on Thurs., Sept. 17 and Fri., Sept. 18 at 8 PM in the Ina and Jack Kay Theatre at the Univ. of Maryland, College Park.  Poet-priest Daniel Berrigan's historical drama brings to life the 1968 trial of two Catholic priests and seven fellow Catholic activists who committed an act of civil disobedience to protest the war in Vietnam. The price is $37 to see the performance directed by Jon Kellam.  The student price is $9.  Tim Robbins is the artistic director. Go to will be a Talk Back with the artists following the Sept. 18 performance. Also on Sept. 18, as part of the Catonsville Nine Engagement Project, hear a discussion on the Univ. of Maryland during the Vietnam War.  Go to

15] – Every 3rd Friday, observe the Iraq/Afghanistan Moratorium On Sept. 18, 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.

16] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Sept. 18 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.

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


18] – 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.

19] – There is a peace vigil to support the Congo every Friday, 4 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.

20] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Sept. 18 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.


21] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The theme is Poverty and its Manifestations.  The first film in the series is THE NAME OF THE ROSE West Germany-France-Italy, 1986], and it will be shown on Fri., Sept. 18 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.

 The novel by Umberto Eco is brought to the screen by director Jean-Jacques Annaud and stars Sean Connery, Christian Slater and F. Murray Abraham.  Connery, a Franciscan friar, and Slater his apprentice try to solve several murders in a medieval abbey. Abraham, representing the Inquisition, soon joins the investigation.

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.


22] – 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 


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 Sept. 18. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.                  


To be continued.


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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