Thursday, October 22, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Oct. 22 – 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] Calvert Cliffs III debate – Oct. 22

9] Dinner with delegation from Nicaragua on Oct. 24 – RSVP Oct. 22

10] Single payer organizing meeting – Oct. 22

11] Film THE INSIDER – Oct. 22

12] Silence Is For Suckers – Oct. 22

13] Education Coalition Annual Meeting – Oct. 22

14] Nonviolent Peacemaking – Oct. 22

15] Pray for Peace – Oct. 22

16] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Oct. 23

17] WIB Roland Park vigil – Oct. 23            

18] White House vigil – Oct. 23              

19] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Oct. 23

20] Support The Congo demo – Oct. 23

21] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Oct. 23

22] Public Option rally – Oct. 23

23] Vigil at Walter Reed – Oct. 23                  

24] Film CHE – Oct. 23                                   

25] Ballroom dancing – Oct. 23                                    


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  Any donations are tax-deductible contributions to IPPNW, and any amount is welcome.


7] – The Maryland SPCA’s Shop-a-Paw-Looza 2009 auction continues.  Go to or call 410-235-8826. Bid Now at


8] – On Thurs., Oct. 22 at 4 PM at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Library Gallery, there will be a debate: Should a 3rd Nuclear Reactor Be Built at Calvert Cliffs? Go to or call Ethan Nuss at 240-396-2035.


9] – Respond by Thurs., Oct. 22 to Barbara at 410-662-6292 if you will attend dinner with a delegation from Limay, Nicaragua on Sat., Oct. 24 from 6:30 to 9 PM, featuring Angelica Gonzalez, principal of the Limay high school and member of the Limay committee of Casa Baltimore/Limay, and Edwin Martinez Corea, attorney working for a national program to help people in Limay to obtain legal title to their land, at the FAITH COMMUNITY CHURCH, 5315 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214. Freewill donation requested.


10] – There is an organizing meeting for the Coalition of Uninsured & Underinsured for Single-Payer (CUUSP) on Thurs, Oct. 22 from 6:15 to 8 PM at the Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, WDC.


11] – On Thurs., Oct. 22 at 6:30 PM, THE INSIDER [directed by Michael Mann, 1999] will be shown as part of the DC Labor Film Fest’s 1st Annual WHISTLEBLOWER FILM SERIES.  It will be shown in Room 2247, Rayburn house Office Bldg., Independence Ave., SW & S. Capitol St. FREE admission.  This gripping drama tells the true story of Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a former tobacco executive who comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a “60 Minutes” expose on Big Tobacco.  When Westinghouse nixes the segment, fearing loss of ad revenue, the whistleblower and the journalists must battle to get the truth to the public. Al Pacino plays Lowell Bergman, and Christopher Plummer is Mike Wallace. Wigand will attend the screening. Call 202-974-8153.


12] – SILENCE IS FOR SUCKERS is an evening with Ron Kipling Williams, the Most Controversial Spoken Word Artist in America!!! Also performing will be Suzette E. Jones, DQ and Amethyst Lyrically-Gifted Brown. See and hear them on Thurs., Oct. 22 at 7 PM at Cyclops Books, 32 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201.  This event is RAW AND UNCENSORED & NOT FOR THE EASILY OFFENDED! Call 917-841-0299 or go to The fee is $5 at the door.


13] – The Maryland Education Coalition is holding its Annual Meeting on Thurs., Oct. 22 at 7 PM at the Maryland PTA Office, 5 Central Ave., Glen Burnie, MD 21061. Call 800-707-7972 or 410-760-6221.  The Panelists are Nancy Kopp, State Treasurer, Mary Filardo, director, 21st Century Schools, Donna Hathaway Beck, Prince Georges School Board Member, Bebe Verdery, director, ACLU—MD Education Reform, and David Lever, executive director, Interagency Committee on School Construction. RSVP by Tues, Oct. 20 at 410-547-9200 Ext. 3012.  Go to


14] – On Thurs., Oct. 22 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


15] – Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Thurs., Oct. 22 at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, 1609 Kurtz Avenue, Lutherville, MD. Contact Charles Cloughen, Jr.+ at 410-321-0199 or


16] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Oct. 23 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., Oct. 23 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] – 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


20] – 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.


21] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Oct. 23 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] – The Baltimore Committee for Meaningful Health Care Reform is inviting you to a Rally for the Public Option and Affordable Health Care Reform on Fri., Oct. 23 from 6 to 8:30 PM at the historic Senator Theater, 5904 York Road. Listen to Baltimore leaders speak out on the Public Option. Enjoy the music of acclaimed singer/songwriter Ellen Cherry and others. Show by your presence that Baltimore demands no less than meaningful health care reform.  Contact Caroli Mullen at or 410-366-6953.  All are welcome to stay for the Senator Theater’s Karaoke night following the rally. Call 410 433-3269.


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] – On Fri., Oct. 23 at 7 PM, attend Young Men's Movie Night (age 14 to 100) which will feature CHE, starring Benicio del Toro as the legendary Che Guevara. The film will be shown at Shanti Yoga Ashram, 4217 East West Highway, Bethesda MD 20814.  For this role, del Toro won the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival.  A discussion will follow.  Please RSVP at  Call 301-654 6759 or go to This screening is intended primarily for young MEN --there will be another screening for general audiences. Mothers of the young men may decide to stay.


25] –  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. 23. 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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