Thursday, October 15, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Oct. 15 – 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] No Deal for Constellation/EDF

9] Call to stop nuclear power giveaways

10] Letelier awards -- Oct. 15

11] Cornel West has a new book – Oct. 15

12] Film SILKWOOD – Oct. 15

13] Lecture on torture – Oct. 15

14] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Oct. 16

15] WIB Roland Park vigil – Oct. 16            

16] White House vigil – Oct. 16              

17] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Oct. 16

18] Support The Congo demo – Oct. 16

19] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Oct. 16

20] Nicaragua Network meeting/concert – Oct. 16-18/Oct. 17

21] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Oct. 16

21] Vigil at Walter Reed – Oct. 16                  

22] MUPJ meeting – Oct. 16                  

23] Ballroom dancing – Oct. 16                                    

24] Olney vigil to end the war – Oct. 17                                   

25] Mobilize against wars – Oct. 17

26] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Oct. 17                                           

27] Peace vigil at Capitol – Oct. 17

28] Bertrand Russell talk – Oct. 18                        

29] African service – Oct. 18    

31] Unity Walk – Oct. 18


33] HOT PLANET LOVE – Oct. 18                                   

34] Quaker Peace Vigil – Oct. 18

35] Bethesda peace vigil – Oct. 18

36] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Oct. 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. 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 Go to or call 410-235-8826.


8] – The Nuclear Information and Resource Service, nirsnet at, is urging you to call Doug Nazarian, chair of the Maryland Public Service Commission at 410-767-8073 and tell him NO DEAL FOR CONSTELLATION/Electricite de France. It is a bad deal for BGE customers and all citizens of Maryland.  The merger would mean a costly $15-Billion nuclear reactor, $33 million CEO bailout, decades of higher utility rates and sleazy business practices.


9] – NIRS announced that Thurs., Oct. 15 is National Call-In Day to prevent the climate change legislation from including funding nuclear power plants.  During National Don't Nuke the Climate Call-In Day, call your senators and tell them to keep nuclear power out of the Senate climate bill. Use the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 and tell them no nuclear power in the Senate climate bill, no more taxpayer dollars to support the failed nuclear industry.  Go to


10] – The 33rd Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards are Thurs., Oct. 15 from  5:30 to 9 PM at the National Press Club Ballroom, 13th Fl., 529 14th St. NW, WDC.  Institute for Policy Studies invites you to the awards, which begin with a reception and light fare before beginning the Human Rights Program.  The domestic award goes to the Domestic Workers United and the International Award will be presented to La Mesa Nacional Frente a la Minería en El Salvador. Call 202-234-9382 or email

11] – On Thurs., Oct. 15 at 6 PM at Busboys and Poets, 1021 14th St NW, WDC, in the Langston Room, Dr. Cornel West will discuss his works including his newest book BROTHER WEST: LIVING AND LOVING OUT LOUD, A Memoir. One of America's most provocative public intellectuals, West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. Go To

12] – On Thurs., Oct. 15 at 6:30 PM, SILKWOOD [directed by Mike Nichols, 1983] will be shown at the DC Labor Film Fest’s 1st Annual WHISTLEBLOWER FILM SERIES at the Capitol Visitor’s Center, located on the East front at First St. and E. Capitol St., NE. FREE admission.  This dramatic film is based on the true story of Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep), a rank-and-file worker at a plutonium factory, who was accidentally exposed to a lethal dose of radiation.  Historically, the company downplayed employee complaints about radiation sickness, much to Silkwood’s frustration.  Her own ordeal made Silkwood an activist.  When she was about to go public with evidence of the company’s poor safety record, the corporate powers went to extreme lengths to ensure that Silkwood’s story was never told.  Howard Kohn, author "Who Killed Karen Silkwood" & David Burnham, former New York Times reporter, will answer questions.  Call 202-974-8153.




13] – The Ecumenical Institute of Theology will host Dr. George Hunsinger to the St. Mary's Seminary campus, 5400 Roland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21210-1994, on Thurs., Oct. 15 at 7:30 PM to present the 2009 Dunning Lecture. The topic will be “Torture and Christians.” Dr. Hunsinger, an ordained Presbyterian minister, is the Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the founder of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and he recently edited and contributed to Torture is a Moral Issue: Christians, Jews, Muslims, and People of Conscience Speak Out. Email

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

15] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Oct. 16 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] – 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.

19] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Oct. 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] – You are invited to the regional meeting of the Nicaragua Network from Fri., Oct. 16 through Sun., Oct. 18, hosted by the Casa Baltimore/Limay sister city committee. Go to  For over 30 years Nicaragua Network has helped to bring together groups and individuals working in solidarity with the people of Nicaragua. Click here for the tentative meeting agenda:

Ambassador Magda Enriquez, chief assistant to outgoing UN General Assembly President Fr. Miguel D'Escoto, will attend.  In addition, a delegation of Nicaraguans from Baltimore's sister city in San Juan de Limay will participate. Jubilee USA Deputy Director Melinda St. Louis will talk about new Jubilee campaigns on debt relief and vulture funds. Also participating will be Philip Montalban, Nicaragua's most popular reggae singer/songwriter who will perform a Saturday night concert. The registration fee of $45 for the regional meeting includes the concert, a $15 value.  Click here for the registration form: here for a concert flyer:

PHILIP MONTALBAN will perform on Sat., Oct. 17 at 7:45 PM at JHU’s Mattin Center, 33rd & Charles Sts,, west side of Charles, Ross Jones Bldg.  Room 101.  He will perform his own music as well as popular reggae hits celebrating Afro-Caribbean culture and revolutionary consciousness in English, Spanish and Miskito.  General admission tickets are $15, $12 for JHU staff and   $7 for students with ID. Call 410-662-6292.


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] – Maryland United for Peace and Justice, Inc. will be meeting on Fri., Oct. 16 from 7:30 to 9 PM at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045-5048.  Go to Call 410-381-2000.

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 Oct. 16. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.                  


24] – 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. 16. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


25] – On Sat., Oct. 17 at 11 AM, there is a march in Philadelphia as part of the National Mobilization to End the Wars.  Gather at Philadelphia City Hall, 15th & Market Sts., for a march to Independence Mall on Market Street between 5th & 6th Sts.  The rally begins at 12:30 PM.  Go to


26] –  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


27] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Oct. 17. 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


28] – On Sun., Oct. 18 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host Kate Lovelady who will explore “Bertrand Russell Conquers happiness.” Call 410-581-2322 or visit


29] – On Sun., Oct. 18, 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.


30] – 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


31] – The 9/11 Unity Walk, Celebrating Our Faiths, Uniting to Serve, is scheduled for Sun., Oct. 18 from 12:30 to 5:30 PM starting at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St., WDC. In its 5th year of existence, the 9/11 Unity Walk brings together thousands of people representing hundreds of organizations, religious groups, and diplomatic communities to walk in unity, building bridges of understanding and respect. Walkers are encouraged to seek out and strike up conversations with people of different faiths, reflect, and also celebrate. The Walk this year commences at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, where there will be speeches from major faith leaders, after which, the Walk will continue up Massachusetts Ave. and down Embassy Row, visiting several houses of worship along the way, and will end up at the Gandhi Memorial. Contact Kyle Poole at 202-262-2181 or


32] – On Sun., Oct. 18 at 2 PM, the film THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY, an award-winning film on the life and mission of Sr. Dorothy Stang, will be shown at O'Connor Auditorium, Trinity Washington University, 125 Michigan Ave., NE, WDC 20017.  She was killed in 2005 for her work with the poor in Brazil. Light refreshments will be served.  Email

33] – HOT PLANET LOVE, a 90-minute multi-media event, combines story-telling, music, film and humor as Mike Tidwell (journalist, author, film-maker and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network) leads the audience on a fresh journey of discovery, honesty, hope and action on Sun., Oct. 18 at 3 PM at First Presbyterian of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, MD 21045.  Then discuss the program with its co-creators Tidwell and Jay Tomlinson of CCAN. Reserve your place at no charge by emailing Call the church office at 410-730-3545.  

34] – 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.


35] – 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!  


36] – 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. 18. 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


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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