Thursday, November 5, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Nov. 5 – Nov. 22, 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] Support Single Payer

8] First Thursday demo – Nov. 5

9] Peace Action meeting – Nov. 5

10] Crabshell Alliance meeting — Nov. 5

11] Nonviolent Peacemaking – Nov. 5

12] Climate justice Fast – Nov. 6 - ?

13] Greening Hospitals conference – Nov. 6

14] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Nov. 6

15] WIB Roland Park vigil – Nov. 6            

16] White House vigil – Nov. 6              

17] WIB Frederick vigil – Nov. 6

18] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Nov. 6

19] Support The Congo demo – Nov. 6

20] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Nov. 6

21] Monday Night Masters art exhibit – Nov. 6 & 7

22] Justice Café – Nov. 6                                   

23] Chicken Little at Red Emma’s – Nov. 6

24] Vigil at Walter Reed – Nov. 6                  

25] Film GODS OF METAL – Nov. 6

26] Benefit for shelter – Nov. 6

27] Ballroom dancing – Nov. 6                                     

28] Station North Flea Market – Nov. 7

29] Racial justice conference -- Nov. 7

30] Olney vigil to end the war – Nov. 7                                   


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] – Support National, Single-Payer Healthcare (HR 676) Bulletin indicates for the first time ever, single-payer legislation will be debated and voted on by Congress. This week, the House of Representatives will vote on Rep. Anthony Weiner's amendment which would replace the House health reform bill with the Single-Payer/Medicare for All bill (HR 676). Get your representative to support Weiner's HR 676 amendment. To make the call, go to


8] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Nov. 5 from 5 to 6:30 PM in Mount Vernon at Centre & Charles Sts.  The Pledge gathers in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month to protest the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

9] – PeaceAction Montgomery, meets every first Thursday, next on Nov. 5, at 7 PM at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, Room 16 in the basement, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4099.

10] – The Crabshell Alliance will meet on Thurs., Nov. 5 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.


11] – On Thurs., Nov. 5 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, the sixth session in a six-week series Engaging Our Conflicts: An Exploration of Nonviolent Peacemaking” takes place at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Muncaster Mill Rd., Derwood, MD.  This is a Just Faith module based on Pace E Bene’s ENGAGE program.  To register, call or email Charles McCarthy, director of Social Concerns at St. Francis at 301-840-1407 or


12] – Join the Climate Justice Fast at the United Nations on Friday, November 6—Diane Wilson. On this day, in 14 countries around the world, scores of people will initiate the Climate Justice Fast. Some will fast for a few days, and some will fast on water only until at least the end of the Copenhagen international climate conference, on Dec. 19.  Some of the fasters will gather across from the United Nations in New York City for an all-day vigil on 1st Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Sts. Contact Ted Glick at or 973-338-5398. Go to

13] – Environmental Excellence in Health Care Greening Maryland Hospitals will take place on Fri., Nov. 6, from 7:30 AM to 3 PM at the Univ. of Maryland School of Nursing, 655 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201. The keynote address - Critical Pathways to Sustainability in Health Care:  Kaiser Permanente's Blueprint for Success is by Kathy Gerwig, vice president, Workplace Safety and Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente.  The fee is $55 (includes educational sessions and delicious local sustainable breakfast, lunch and snack). To register, go to

14] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Nov. 6 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., Nov. 6 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] – WIB holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month.  The next vigil is Nov. 6 from 12 noon to 12:30 PM, War Memorial Park, intersection of W. 2nd & N. Bentz Sts. in Frederick.  Please dress in black; no additional signs.  Contact:  301-834-7581 or


18] – 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

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., Nov. 6 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] – The 6th Annual Art Exhibit of the Monday Night Masters will be held at the Viva House, 26 S. Mount St., Baltimore 21223 on Fri., Nov. 6 from 6 to 9 PM and Sat., Nov. 7 from 7 to 9 PM.  Call 410-233-0488.

22] –  Attend the UDC Justice Cafe from 6 to 10 PM on Fri., Nov. 6 in the Firebird Inn, Building 39, B-Level, 4200 Conn. Ave. NW, WDC 20008, which is hosted by the University of the District of Columbia David Clarke School of Law.  The suggested donation is $15, $10 for students and $5 for children. The event will feature food, music, poetry, an open mic session, tabling and more.  Volunteers are needed: contact Mike at  FOR A FREE TABLE email Use the Van Ness UDC Metro Station (Red Line).

23] – On Fri., Nov. 6 at 7 PM, catch Chicken Little at Red Emma's! This will be an evening of Tennessee half-pint folk-punk, with a guitar and accordion. Go to  The performance is free.


24] – On Fri., Nov. 6 watch CHICAGO 10, which is being shown as part of the "JUST-REEL” First Friday Free Film Series at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 7 PM,  1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, Delaware County. The evening will include light refreshments and an after-film discussion. It is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.  Call 610-544-1818. Go to


Often funny and biting, CHICAGO 10 is a partly-animated, partly live-action documentary film written and directed by Brett Morgen that tells the story of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial. The film features the voices of Hank Azaria, Nick Nolte, Mark Ruffalo, Roy Scheider, Liev Schreiber, and Jeffrey Wright in an animated reenactment of the trial based on transcripts and rediscovered audio recordings. It also contains archive footage of David Dellinger, Abbie Hoffman, William Kunstler, Jerry Rubin, Bobby Seale, and Leonard Weinglass, and of the protests and riot themselves. The rock music soundtrack, from the later 60's to today, evokes the feeling that what was then could well be again.


25] – 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 


26] – On Fri., Nov. 6 at 7:30 PM, Tom Siemer and the “Gods of Metal” is at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC  20010. In 2010, all the nations of the world will gather at the U.N. to recommit to the nuclear nonproliferation treaty = nuclear abolition. To prepare for that meeting, see “Gods of Metal,” a 1982 documentary on the nuclear arms race and people of faith who were trying to stop it.  Tom Siemer, a 23-year employee of Rockwell’s nuclear weapons division, is one individual in the film who converted from war to peace.  Call Colleen at 202-360-2131.


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

28] – On Sat., Nov. 7, the Station North Flea Market will be located on North Ave. between Maryland Ave. and Howard St., and will run from 9 AM to 2 PM. Email Davis at to reserve your space at a cost for $10.  Visit


29] – A conference, Racial Justice: Yesterday …. Today …. Tomorrow, is to take place on Sat., Nov. 7, from 9 AM to 4 PM, at Loyola Blakefield High School, Knott Hall, 500 Chestnut Ave., Towson, MD 21204, sponsored by the Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace. Go to The facilitators are Paso Training and Consulting [] & Theatre Action Group []. The keynote speaker is Fraser Smith, author of "Here Lies Jim Crow: Civil Rights in Maryland,” who will address “The Yesterday of Racial Justice.”


 “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” is a brilliant documentary featuring the experiences of white women and men working in today’s world who have worked to gain insight into what it means to challenge notions of racism and white supremacy in the United States.  The Theatre Action Group (TAG) activities are aimed at meeting the needs of all participants looking for racial justice. Register online at 410-823-8585 x244.


30] – 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. 7. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


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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