Thursday, October 8, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Oct. 8 – Nov. 5, 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] Donate to send students to Berlin for Peace Prize Laureates

7] Bid on ASPCA October auction

8] Dalai Lama in D.C. – Oct. 8-10

9] BCAN planning meeting – Oct. 8

10] Book Release Party by John Duda -- Oct. 8

11] Death penalty meeting – Oct. 8

12] Crabshell Alliance meeting — Oct. 8

13] Nonviolent Peacemaking – Oct. 8

14] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Oct. 9

15] WIB Roland Park vigil – Oct. 9             

16] White House vigil – Oct. 9               

17] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Oct. 9

18] National Equality March – Oct. 9-11

19] Support The Congo demo – Oct. 9

20] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Oct. 9

21] Little Friends For Peace benefit -- Oct. 9

22] Celebrate 30th year of Food Not Bombs – Oct. 9                   

23] Vigil at Walter Reed – Oct. 9                   

24] Ballroom dancing – Oct. 9                   

25] Thomas Merton workshop – Oct. 10            

26] Keep Space for Peace Week at NSA – Oct. 10

27] Volunteer at Green Festival – Oct. 10-11

28] Olney vigil to end the war – Oct. 10                        

29] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Oct. 10                   

30] Peace vigil at Capitol – Oct. 10

31] Keep Space for Peace Week at Lockheed Martin – Oct. 10

32] Zoya on Women in Afghanistan – Oct. 10

33] Westminster WIB vigil – Oct. 10                                   

34] Drum for peace – Oct. 10

35] African service – Oct. 11

36] Bridge peace vigil – Oct. 11

37] Quaker Peace Vigil – Oct. 11

38] Bethesda peace vigil – Oct. 11


40] Evening with Jim Forest – Oct. 11 [CANCELLED]

41] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Oct. 11

42] Pentagon vigil – Oct. 12

43] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Oct. 12 — Oct. 15

44] Protest the death penalty – Oct. 12

45] Ecosocialism or Ecocatastrophe – Oct. 14

46] Zoya on Women in Afghanistan – Oct. 12

47] BUPJ meeting – Oct. 12

48] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Oct. 12

49] CASE fundraiser – Oct. 13

50] Witness Against Torture vigil – Oct. 13

51] Tuesday peace vigil – Oct. 13

52] Ecolocity DC meeting – Oct. 13


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. Also note organic cocoa and sugar are for sale.  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] – Suheir Khajuria is a member of Chesapeake Physicians for social Responsibility.  She has been invited by IPPNW with two other students from the USA to participate in the Annual Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Berlin in November.  The students, though, are struggling to raise funds for travel.  Consider making a donation at donations are tax-deductible contributions to IPPNW, and any amount is welcome.

7] – The Maryland SPCA has announced that Shop-a-Paw-Looza 2009 is open! Bid Now at If you bid between Fri., Oct. 9 and Mon., Oct. 12, you will also be eligible to win a FLEX Cordless Mini Canister Vac by Black & Decker. Go to or call 410-235-8826.

8] – His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be giving two programs in Washington - the first, "Mind and Life XIX: Educating World Citizens for the 21st Century," Thurs. and Fri., Oct. 8 and 9 at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW, WDC 20006.  And the second, "The Heart of Change," will be on Sat., Oct. 10, at American Univ. on the 10th of October at the main campus, 4400 Mass. Ave. NW, WDC 20016." Go to


VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for each of these programs, and Geotrees has been asked to help recruit them.  Are you interested?  Available?  Do you know anyone who may be?  Email events [AT] geotrees. Com, and include name, e-mail address and phone number, plus any other information you may think useful. 


Basically, the program organizers need people who can distribute information materials to attendees on one or more of the three days.  Geshe Tenzin Dhargye said volunteers are needed for the first event at either 7 AM or 4:30 PM in three hour shifts.   On Oct. 10, the volunteers would be needed at 11:30 AM. Go to

9] – On Thurs., Oct. 8 at 7 PM, there will be a Baltimore Climate Action Network planning meeting (conference call).  To participate, RSVP to or 410-812-1447, and provide your phone number.  Any interested persons, including newcomers, are invited, but there is a limit of 12 people.  Minutes of recent meetings are posted at .

10] – On Thurs., Oct. 8 at 7 PM at Red Emma’s, 800 St. Paul St., there will be a Book Release Party – “Wanted: Men to Fill the Jails of Spokane! by John Duda, a member of the collective.  The book is a remembrance of the 1909 Wobbly Free Speech fight.  

11] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Thurs., Oct. 8 at 7:30 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road.  Agenda items will include getting the men off of Maryland’s death row, the Troy Davis case and the new lethal injection protocols.  Call 410-488-6767 or 443-838-3221. Email bcadp @ Go to

12] – The Crabshell Alliance will meet on Thurs., Oct. 8 at 7:30 PM in a private home.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 for directions.  Meetings will take place the first Thursday of the month.  The mission of the Crabshell Alliance is to stop the construction of new nuclear power plants in Maryland, promote clean, safe, sustainable, and affordable energy, and educate the public about the hazards of nuclear power.


13] – On Thurs., Oct. 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, the fourth 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

14] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Oct. 9 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.

15] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Oct. 9 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


16] – 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.


17] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel (now in its 8th year) takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia (across from Israeli Consulate.  It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email Go to

18] – Join the National Equality March on Sun., Oct. 11 at noon in Washington.  There will be many other events leading up to the march starting Fri., Oct. 9.  On Sat., Oct. 10, from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Human Rights Center headquarters, learn about lobbying and get information about ongoing struggles. There are other activities including a workshop The Struggle for LGBT Liberation with Cleve Jones & Sherry Wolf from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at Busboys and Poets, 5th & K [1025 5th St. NW] WDC.  Go to or call 202-789-2227.

On Oct. 11, there will be an Interfaith Service at 8 AM.  Then consider marching with the Human Rights Campaign.  Meet at its office, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW at 11 AM. The march will culminate in a rally at the U.S. Capitol Bldg. around 2 PM. Call 202-628-4160 or go to

There is a need for volunteers to do all kinds of things—flyering, phone banking, fundraising, housing coordination, transportation coordination, etc. Email

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., Oct. 9 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] – Join Little Friends for Peace, 4405 29th St., Mount Rainier, MD 20712, on Fri., Oct. 9 from 6 to 10 PM at Color Me Mine in Silver Spring to paint pottery.  A portion of the night's proceeds will benefit LFFP.  Go to

22] – On Fri., Oct. 9 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., there is The FOOD NOT BOMBS 30th Anniversary Presentation! Join FNB co-founder Keith McHenry for an overview of a tenacious and vital radical movement dedicated to direct action against militarism and poverty, one plate of food at a time.

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] –  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 Oct. 9. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.                  


25] – "Walking The Road to Emmaus" guided by Jim Forest occurs on Sat., Oct. 10 from 9 AM to 5 PM at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road. Marriottsville, MD 21104. Go to The cost is $45, which includes payment for lunch. If you world like to register, call 410-442-1320 or email, or go to


A book signing will follow the workshop.  Jim Forest, a founder of the Catholic Peace Fellowship and former general secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, was a close personal friend of Thomas Merton.  Jim has written a number of books, including “Living with Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton.”

26] – Each fall the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space organizes Keep Space for Peace Week: International Days of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space.  This year it was Oct. 3 - 10.  No Weapons in Space! Stop U.S. First-Strike Star Wars Deployments in Poland and Czech Republic! Convert the Military Industrial Complex! Fund Human Needs!

Members of the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will participate in Keep Space for Peace Week at Fort Meade to protest the illegal operations of the National Security Agency on Sat., Oct. 10 from 10 to 11 AM.  To participate, email Max at mobuszewski at

27] – The Washington Peace Center will be tabling at the Green Festival, where organizations and businesses showcase programs and products that restore the planet and all that inhabit it, on Sat., Oct. 10 from 10 AM to 7 PM and Sun., Oct. 11 from 11 AM to 6 PM.  Volunteer for a two hour shift with WPC, and you will get a free one-day pass ($15 value)!  You're welcome to bring a friend.  Contact Allison at  

28] – 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 Oct. 9. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


29] –  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

30] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Oct. 3. 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

31] – On Sat., Oct. 10 at noon, there will be a Peace in Space/Peace on Earth! Vigil at Lockheed Martin, Mall & Goddard Blvds., (behind the King of Prussia Mall) in Valley Forge/King of Prussia, PA.  Go to

32] – On Sat., Oct. 10 from noon to 2:30 PM, Zoya, visiting from Afghanistan to represent RAWA will speak about its work, women’s rights and welfare,  the impact of U.S. military intervention in her country, and how you can help. Women in Afghanistan:  Oppression & U.S. Occupation will be held at the Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044.  For security reasons, no cameras are allowed at this event.


 The event is sponsored by Howard County Coalition for Peace & Justice, Just Peace Circles and Howard County Friends of Latin America. Light refreshments will be providedContact Bette at or 410-531-5610.  Handmade jewelry and embroidered items from Afghanistan will be on sale to benefit humanitarian projects such as orphanages and schools. 


33] – Westminster WIB hosts a vigil the 2nd Saturday of the month from 2 – 3 PM in front of the War Memorial on Main St. The next vigil will be Sept. 12. Email


34] – Come drum for peace every second Saturday at the Unitarian Universalists of Fallston, MD, 1127 Old Fallston Road (across Rte 152 from Fallston High).  On Oct. 10, the drum circle begins at 7 PM.  Call Franz at 410-925-9351


35] – On Sun., Oct. 11, 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.

36] – 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

37] – Every Sunday, 4 to 5 PM, there is a Quaker Peace Vigil at Independence Mall, N. side of Market between 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-421-5811.


38] – 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!  

39] – The Brandywine Monthly Potluck Supper & Program is the 2nd Sunday of the month starting at 4:30 PM with a potluck dinner at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., PA. Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. The program begins at 5:30 PM.

On Sun., Oct. 11, the program is entitled "Afghanistan: the 'Good War', 8 Years & Counting.” It will feature a showing of RETHINK AFGHANISTAN by acclaimed director/producer Robert Greenwald ("Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers", 2006, and "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price", 2005). See  Call 610-544-1818, email or go to

40] – Unfortunately, "An evening with Jim Forest" on Sun., Oct 11 at 6:30 PM at the Viva CW House, 26 S. Mount St., Baltimore, MD 21223 has been cancelled.  The Catholic Workers had to go to Vermont because of a serious illness in the family.  


41] – 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 Oct. 11. There is no meeting on the first Sunday of the month.  Call 410-230-0450. If you would be interested in volunteering or becoming a collective member of 2640, send an email to


42] – 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., Oct. 12, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

43] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 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

44] – 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., Oct. 12.  Call 410-233-0488.


45] – Ecosocialism or Ecocatastrophe is a SALSA CLASS scheduled for Mon., Oct. 12 from 6:45-8:45 PM at 1112 16th St NW, Suite 600, WDC.  The threat of catastrophic climate change ("C3") now confronts all humanity. Please pre-register via this link


46] – On Mon., Oct. 12 from 7 to 9 PM, Zoya, visiting from Afghanistan to represent RAWA will speak about the current situation in Afghanistan for women after the showing of a short film.  The event will take place in Room 320 of the brown Center on the MICA campus, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave.  For security reasons, no cameras are allowed at this event. Contact Alicia at or 410-235-0186.  Handmade jewelry and embroidered items from Afghanistan will be on sale to benefit humanitarian projects such as orphanages and schools. 


47] – Baltimore United for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 PM on Mon., Oct. 12 at the AFSC, 4806 York Road. The BUPJ agenda will focus on planning two events, a town hall meeting on Thurs., Nov. 19 at Goucher College where Phyllis Bennis will speak and Rep. Donna Edwards will be invited and a forum to get ready for the legislative session in Annapolis.  As this meeting ends, the Pledge meeting will begin. 


48] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road [three blocks north of Coldspring Lane].  The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 12, and the agenda will include outreach for the town hall meeting at Goucher, direct action at the White House on Oct. 5 and the Oct. 10 protest at the NSA.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


49] – Join Maryland Citizens Against State Executions [MD CASE] to pledge your support for repeal of Maryland's death penalty! A fundraiser will be held at McGinty's Public House, 11 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20910 on Tues., Oct. 13 from 5 to 8 PM.  You can also send a donation to CASE, 3800A 34th St., Mt. Rainier, MD  20712. Email


50] – On Tues., Oct. 13 at 5:30 PM, Witness Against Torture will continue its weekly vigil, each Tuesday, in Lafayette Park, H and 16th Sts., NW. Contact Helen Schietinger at h.schietinger at


51] – 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 Oct. 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

52] –  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 Sept. 29. Go to

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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