Thursday, January 14, 2010

Part 1: Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 14 – Mar. 6, 2010


"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


7] Canvasing the Movement – thru Jan. 31

8] MLK commemoration – Jan. 14         

9] BCAN planning meeting – Jan. 14

10] Witness Against Torture – through Jan. 22

11] Medical Marijuana town hall – Jan. 14

12] David Rovics concert — Jan. 14

13] March for Change – Jan. 15

14] Review Obama administration – Jan. 15           

15] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Jan. 15

16] Protest John Yoo – Jan. 15

17] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Jan. 15

18] WIB Roland Park vigil – Jan. 15         

19] White House vigil – Jan. 15           

20] Homewood vigil -- Jan. 15

21] Naomi Klein at Busboys - Jan. 15

22] Sokari Ekine book signing – Jan. 15

23] Vigil at Walter Reed – Jan. 15               

24] Ballroom dancing – Jan. 15

25] Women’s Bible Study – Jan. 16—Mar. 27

26] Justice Theater Conference - Jan. 16

27] Olney vigil to end the war – Jan. 16                                

28] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Jan. 16                                        

29] Army Experience Center protest – Jan. 16

30] Peace vigil at Capitol – Jan. 16

31] Protest drones at CIA – Jan. 16

32] Winter in America – Jan. 16

33] Rovics concert – Jan. 16

34] Toxic troubles – Jan. 17    

35] Central America photo exhibit – Jan. 17

36] Bridge vigil – Jan. 17                                                                  

37] Peace of the Action meeting - Jan. 17

38] Quaker Peace Vigil – Jan. 17

39] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Jan. 17

40] Pentagon vigil – Jan. 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. 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] – Unfortunately, the Off Center Media documentary DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE about William Kunstler is not scheduled for screening in Baltimore. However, the National Lawyers Guild is working on bringing the film by his two daughters Emily and Sarah Kunstler to Baltimore.  The Guild needs help in convincing the distributor that Baltimore cinephiles want to see the movie. Check out the website and you will be able to click on “demand” that the film comes to Baltimore.  Watch the trailer: to Facebook:


7] – The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. has an exhibit Canvasing the Movement, which shows images of civil rights, past and present.  The exhibit will continue until Sun., Jan. 31.  Call 410-767-0473.  Go to

8] – The 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemoration is happening on Thurs.,, Jan. 14 from 4 to 6 PM at the American Univ. Washington College of Law.  The 2010 speaker will be Professor Elizabeth Hayes Patterson, deputy director, Association of American Law Schools. The program also includes a collaborative reading of a King text, or other appropriate literature, by faculty, staff, and students.  Call 202.274.4075 or email

9] – On Thurs., Jan. 14 at 7 PM, there will be a Baltimore Climate Action Network discussion and pot-luck at Kathy Stumpfel’s house in White Marsh.  Mike Sherling will give an update on how Environment MD, the Sierra Club MD Chapter and CCAN will win the fight to stop the coal super-highways (i.e. "Coal Conduits:" Massive Maryland Powerline Projects proposed to import coal-generated electricity) and legally require the Public Service Commission to actually consider Maryland law when deciding whether or not to approve power lines & power plants in Maryland. There will also be a brief report from Doug Harbit about a planned renewable energy demonstration center in Baltimore County, and get an update on the ongoing local wind turbine debate.  It is an optional pot-luck (i.e. bring something if you want). To participate, RSVP to or 410-812-1447, and provide your phone number.  Any interested persons, including newcomers, are invited. Minutes of recent meetings are posted at 


10] – Through Fri., Jan. 22, Witness Against Torture will have a presence in Washington, D.C. to call for the closing of Guantanamo and to help make sure the public is aware that torture is evil.  The group is staying at St. Stephens and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St., NW, WDC.  Besides conducting a 10-day fast, there will be daily events.  On Thurs., Jan. 14, there will be a vigil from 5 to 6 PM at the White House. At 7:30 PM, WAT will meet at St. Stephens to begin discussing what form an action(s) may take place on Thurs., Jan. 21.  This will be the first of three meetings focused on J21.  There will be another discussion on Sun., Jan. 17 and then a final planning meeting at 5 PM on Wed., Jan. 20.  Sign up by emailing Frida Berrigan at  Visit


11] – There is a Town Hall Meeting: Medical Marijuana in DC on Thurs., Jan. 14 from 7 to 9 PM at the All Souls Unitarian Church, 2835 16th St., NW. The District of Columbia will soon be implementing Initiative 59, the medical marijuana initiative that voters approved by 69% in 1998. Soon, residents of the Nation's Capital will be able to legally use marijuana in consultation with their doctor.  The District of Columbia Patient Advocacy Coalition will host Wayne Turner, author of Initiative 59, Steve DeAngelo, founder of Harborside Health Center, a Q&A, and advice on how to talk with your doctor about medical marijuana. Go to


12] – Songs of Social Significance - David Rovics Benefit Concert is being held on Thurs., Jan. 14 at 7:30 PM.  SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC IN MOUNT PLEASANT & FIGHT INJUSTICE!  This is a house concert at 7812 Garland Ave., Takoma Park, MD.  Take Red Line to Takoma Park Metro Stop; take No. 12 Montgomery County Ride-on Bus; and get off one block from Carroll Ave. stop, just opposite Garland Ave. There is a suggested donation of $15.  Call 202-390-2449 or go to


13] – Join "JANUARY 15 2010 - MARCH FOR CHANGE" on Fri., Jan. 15 at 9 AM for a rally.  It will continue until midnight on Sat., Jan. 16.  It starts at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., before marching to the National Mall.  To see more details and RSVP, go to


14] – There is a Salon event: The Obama Administration, One Year Later being held on Fri., Jan. 15 from noon to 2 PM at Busboys and Poets Langston Room, 14th & V Sts., NW. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation magazine, will start the discussion.  RSVP to or call 202-787-5277.


15] – 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


16] – WAT will vigil on Fri., Jan. 15 outside the Federalist Society Luncheon & Book Signing with John Yoo  in Chinatown from noon to 1:30 PM.  Tickets for inside are $20. Go to At 7 PM, WAT will join the weekly evening vigil @ Walter Reed Hospital


17] – Every Friday from noon to 1 PM, Women in Black, Baltimore, host a vigil at Pratt and Light Sts. in the Inner Harbor. Peace signs and flyers about the siege will be available. See or write or call 410-467-9114.


18] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Jan. 15 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


19] – 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.

20] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Jan. 15 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] – A discussion with Naomi Klein, Michele Roberts, and Bolivia's Ambassador Pablo Salon - Confronting Climate Debt takes place on Fri., Jan. 15, from 6 to 8 PM. The subtext will be What the Rich Owe the World's Poor in the Race to Save the Planet at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St NW, WDC 20009.  ActionAid, Friends of the Earth, Institute for Policy Studies, and Jubilee USA invite you to the discussion with Klein, bestselling author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Salon, Bolivia's ambassador to the United Nations, and Roberts, Campaign and Policy Coordinator with Advocates for Environmental Human Rights.


22] – Come and meet London-based African writer, blogger, gender and LGBTI activist Sokari Ekine as she discusses and signs her new, edited book, "SMS UPRISING: MOBILE ACTIVISM IN AFRICA,” and updates us on gender violence in Nigeria's oil-rich and exploited NIGER DELTA region. The book signing will take place at Sisterspace and Books, 3717 Georgia Ave, NW (near Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro on Green Line), on Jan. 15, 6 to 8 PM. Call 202-829-0306.


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. The vigil calls for peace, care for the wounded, and full benefits for all veterans.  Contact Bruce Wolf -


24] –  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 Jan. 15. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.                  

25] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo’s 12-week Bible Study for Women to study women then in the Bible and women now continues through Mar. 27.  The bible study will continue each Saturday at 9:30 AM Shiloh AME Church, 2601 Lyndhurst Ave. Baltimore 21216. The motto is "Biblically literate and spiritually strong women change and build themselves, families, communities and the world." If interested, call Mankekolo at 410-233-4649 or the Church at 410-367-8961. Rev. Charlotte Clemons is the senior pastor. Mankekolo’s book "One a Day Spiritual Vitamins" is available at $10:00 each plus $3:50 handling.

26] –  The United Workers is hosting a Justice Theater Conference at 10 AM on Sat., Jan. 16 at 2640 St. Paul St., to explore the intersection of theater and struggles for dignity and justice. Participate in a day of workshops on Theater of the Oppressed, puppet-making, street theater and the Battle of Stories Framework. Presenters include Classlines, Theater Action Group (TAG), Puppet Underground, Bashi Rose and Mitchell Ferguson with NOMMO Theater and the United Workers.  The conference will be an opportunity to develop the skills needed to act out the people’s history of struggle through a community-wide participation play on Our Harbor Day, May 1, 2010. Through theater, song and art, learn the power we have as actors in the making of our own human rights history. The cost is $15.  To register, call 410-230-1998 or email  Go to

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


28] –  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

29] –  The 3rd Saturday of the month protest vigil to close the Army Experience Center at Franklin Mills Mall takes place on Jan. 16 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM at Knights and Woodhaven Roads, NE Philadelphia.  A number of groups, including United for Peace & Justice - Delaware Valley Network, co-sponsor the vigil. Go to

30] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Jan. 16. 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


31] – Peace of the Action is organizing a protest on Sat., Jan. 16, from 1 to 4 PM, at CIA Headquarters, Route 123 between Potomac School Roads and Savile Lane, to stop drone attacks! Speakers include Cindy Sheehan, Cynthia McKinney, Ann Wright, Kathy Kelly and Bruce Gagnon.  Go to


32] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues to do consciousness /fundraising events about the plight of the homeless and for the shelters that serve them. On Sat., Jan. 16 at 7:30 PM another "WINTER IN AMERICA" benefit performance for Sarah's Hope Shelter will be happening with music & poetry by Alan Barysh, Jasaga, Suzanne X, Ron Williams and others.  It will take place at Cyclops Books, 30 W. North Ave.  Admission is $5, and donations of children's gloves, socks, hats, sweaters are gladly accepted! Call 410-627 8774.


33] – Songs of Social Significance - David Rovics Benefit Concert is being held on Sat., Jan. 16 at 8:30 PM.  SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC IN MOUNT PLEASANT & FIGHT INJUSTICE!  The concert is at Don Jaime’s – upstairs – 3209 Mt. Pleasant St., NW.  This is three blocks from the Columbia Hts. Metro station - Green line, and one block west of 16th St, NW - S2, S4 Metro bus lines.  There is a suggested donation of $15.  Call 202-390-2449 or go to


34] – On Sun., Jan. 17 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host Jenny Levin, program associate, Maryland Public Interest Research Group [PIRG], who will explore the topic “Health Harming Chemicals in our Everyday Environments: Organizing for a Toxin Free Future.” “Health Harming Chemicals in our Everyday Environments: Organizing for a Toxin Free Future” Call 410-581-2322 or visit


35] – See a photo exhibit at Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Rd., Towson, in the Luther Room: "Delegation and Travel Photos from Central America" by Dave Schott and Mike Susko. The opening reception is Sun., Jan. 17 from noon to 2 PM. The photos taken in the summer of 2009 in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala try to capture some activities in the lives of the people and the beauty of those countries. It will continue until March 6. Go to or call 410-825-1725.


36] – 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


37] – There will be a Peace of the Action organizing meeting on Sun., Jan. 17 at 3 PM at St Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC.  Go to


38] – 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.


39] – 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 Jan. 17. 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

40] – 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., Jan. 18, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


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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