Friday, November 27, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Nov. 27 – Dec. 18, 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] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Nov. 27

7] WIB Roland Park vigil – Nov. 27           

8] White House vigil – Nov. 27             

9] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Nov. 27

10] Black Friday – Nov. 27

11] Day of Action – Nov. 27

12] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Nov. 27

13] Vigil to End the Wars – Nov. 27

14] Vigil at Walter Reed – Nov. 27                 

15] Ballroom dancing – Nov. 27                                    

16] Olney vigil to end the war – Nov. 28                                  

17] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Nov. 28                                          

18] Lockheedville – Nov. 28

19] Peace vigil at Capitol – Nov. 28

20] Principles of Health Care Reform – Nov. 29

21] African service – Nov. 29  

22] Bridge vigil – Nov. 29                                                                    

23] Quaker Peace Vigil – Nov. 29

24] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Nov. 29

25] Film HOTEL RAWANDA at Goucher – Nov. 29

26] Pentagon vigil – Nov. 30


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. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

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] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Nov. 27 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.


7] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Nov. 27 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


8] – 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.


9] – 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


10] – On "Black Friday,” Nov. 27, join the noon vigil to Close the Army Experience Center & Launch the Don't-Shop-the-Mall* Campaign at Franklin Mills Mall, home to Army Experience Center, Knights & Woodhaven Roads, in Northeast Philadelphia. 


11] – Participate in this International Day of Action on Fri., Nov. 27, from 1 to 3 PM starting at Andriana Furs, 4400 Jenifer St, NW, WDC. The nearest Metro Station is Friendship Heights on the Red Line - Jennifer St. exit.  Bring walking shoes and a loud voice for the animals, as the group will walk to different locations. .

12] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Nov. 27 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.

13] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, Nov. 27, from 5 to 6 PM at Broad & Arch Sts., Philadelphia. It is a Vigil to End the Wars, with a Gold Star Mother for Peace, Celeste Zappala.  Email


14] – 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 


15] –  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 Nov. 27. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.                  


16] – 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 Nov. 28. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


17] –  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


18] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Nov. 28. 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


19] – Say No! to LOCKHEEDVILLE on Thanksgiving Saturday, Nov. 28 from noon to 2 PM by helping erect a shantytown outside

Lockheed Martin, Mall & Goddard Blvds., Valley Forge, PA, behind the King of Prussia Mall, accessible by SEPTA. Go to During the Great Depression of the 1930's, homeless men built “shanty towns” around the country and called them "HOOVERVILLES,” after President Herbert Hoover who presided over the worst economic collapse in U.S. history.  Today, we face an economy torn apart by more than a half century of U.S. militarism, empire, and corporate war profiteering.   U.S. military spending this year is estimated at $925 billion, a figure that doesn't include funding for the U.S. occupation of Iraq and the even more costly and escalating war in Afghanistan.  Call the Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or email Go to


20] – On Sun., Nov. 29 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host John Nugent, CEO and president of MD Planned Parenthood, who will discuss the “The Principles of Health Care Reform.” Call 410-581-2322 or visit


21] – On Sun., Nov. 29, 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.


22] – 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


23] – 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.


24] – 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 Nov. 29. 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

25] – Prior to the visit by human rights activist Paul Rusesabagina, Goucher College will present two viewings of the film Hotel Rwanda, which explores his heroic efforts in saving the lives of more than a thousand people during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The free film screenings will be held on Sun., Nov. 29 at 9 PM and Mon., Nov. 30 at 7 PM in Kelley Lecture Hall.  Contact Kristen Keener at

26] – 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., Nov. 30, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

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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