Thursday, October 29, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Oct. 29 – Nov. 19, 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] “Most Dangerous Man In America” film – Oct. 29

8] Eyewitness Honduras – Oct. 29


10] Death penalty meeting – Oct. 29

11] Marriage Equality celebration – Oct. 29

12] Nonviolent Peacemaking – Oct. 29

13] End Mountaintop Removal Day – Oct. 30

14] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Oct. 30

15] WIB Roland Park vigil – Oct. 30            

16] White House vigil – Oct. 30              

17] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Oct. 30

18] Support The Congo demo – Oct. 30

19] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Oct. 30

20] Vigil at Walter Reed – Oct. 30                  

21] Documentary WETBACK – Oct. 30                                   

22] Ballroom dancing – Oct. 30                                    

23] Olney vigil to end the war – Oct. 31                                   

24] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Oct. 31                                           

25] Peace vigil at Capitol – Oct. 31

26] Autumn Fest ’09 – Oct. 31                     


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] – On Thurs., Oct. 29 at 6:30 PM, “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” [US, 2009] will be shown as part of the DC Labor FilmFest’s 1st Annual WHISTLEBLOWER FILM SERIES; at the Capitol Visitor’s Center, located on the East front at First Street and East Capitol Street, NE. FREE admission; open to all. In 1971, America is embroiled in a dirty war based on lies. A president is abusing the power of his office, ignoring the will of the people, congress and the courts. One man, at the center of power, armed with a safe full of secret documents, leaks the truth about the Vietnam War to the New York Times. He risks life in prison to end the war he helped plan. His act of conscience and desperation triggers a Constitutional crisis, Watergate, the only Presidential resignation in history and finally helps end the war. Henry Kissinger called Daniel Ellsberg, "the most dangerous man in America.” The speakers are Daniel Ellsberg and directors Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. Call 202-974-8153.

8] – EYEWITNESS HONDURAS! is happening on Thurs, Oct. 29 at 7 PM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St. Lower Level.  A twelve-person U.S. Delegation in Solidarity with the Honduran Resistance has just returned from HondurasHear Teresa Gutierrez, national co-coordinator for the International Action Center, and Leilani Dowell, managing editor of Workers World Newspaper. Call: 443-909-8964

9] – On Thurs., Oct. 29 at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21202, see the free film: THE NUCLEAR COMEBACK.


10] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Thurs., Oct. 29 at 7 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


11] – The Human Rights Campaign,, on Thurs., Oct. 29 at 7 PM, presents Soulful Voices for Marriage Equality, a faith celebration, working towards marriage equality in the District of Columbia. It will be a night of moving music, dance, inspiring testimony and spiritual sustenance at Asbury United Methodist Church, 11th St. & K St. NW, WDC 20001.


12] – On Thurs., Oct. 29 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, the fifth 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] – The National Day of Action to End Mountaintop Removal is Fri., Oct. 30 from noon to 2 PM on the lawn of EPA headquarters, 12th St. NW and Constitution Ave. NW, WDC (Federal Triangle Metro). Contact Kate at Go to

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

15] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Oct. 30 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. 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.


20] – 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 


21] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The theme is Poverty and its Manifestations.  The second film in the series is WETBACK: THE UNDOCUMENTED DOCUMENTARY [Canada, 2005], and it will be shown on Fri., Oct. 30 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.


Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary is an 2005 Canadian documentary film, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and written and directed by Arturo Perez Torres. The filmmakers follow Nayo and Milton (whose surnames are not given), migrants from Chinandega, Nicaragua as they cross through Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States in their attempt to reach Canada. Along the way, other migrants are interviewed as they are detained by Mexican authorities. Catholic human rights workers in Chiapas also offer their perspectives, particularly on the abuse of migrants by gangs such as the


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] –  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.                  


23] – 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. 31. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


24] –  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. Go to


25] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Oct. 31. 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


26] – The Baltimore and D.C. Chapters of Veterans For Peace are hosting AUTUMN FEST ’09 on Sat., Oct. 31 in Millersville, MD from 3:30 to 8:30 PM.  For your contribution [a favorite dessert from your group + a suggested $20] to Veterans For Peace you’ll receive homemade vegetarian chili, the opportunity to hear toe-tapping tunes from Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Bluegrass band, a roaring bonfire and the chance to listen to the vocals of Ryan Harvey.  There will be yummy desserts to share.  If you need directions to 1712 Baldwin Drive, Millersville, MD 21108 or if you are using public transport, call 410.721.3482 or email


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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