Thursday, February 4, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Feb. 4 – 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



8] Photo exhibit of Central America – through Mar. 6         

9] First Thursday demo – Feb. 4

10] J Street meeting – Feb. 4

11] PeaceAction Montgomery – Feb. 4

12] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Feb. 5

13] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Feb. 5

14] WIB Roland Park vigil – Feb. 5         

15] White House vigil – Feb. 5           

16] WIB Frederick vigil -- Feb. 5

17] Homewood vigil -- Feb. 5

18] Justice Café – Feb. 5

19] Film CONSTANTINE’S SWORD – Feb. 5               

20] MLK’s role – Feb. 5

21] UB Law School Benefit – Feb. 5

22] Vigil at Walter Reed – Feb. 5

23] Ballroom dancing – Feb. 5


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] – You can help Casa Baltimore/Limay by bidding now on the silent auction. Go to and click on “Fiesta Auction 2010” on the right side.  New auction items will continue to be added to the website, so check back!  Do YOU have an item or service you’d like to donate?  If yes, call Barbara at 410-662-6292 or email a description of your offering to


8] – 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 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.


9] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Feb. 4 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 IraqCall Max at 410-366-1637.

10] – J Street, the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement, invites you to the official launch of J Street Baltimore on Thurs., Feb. 4, 7-9 PM at Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208. The event is part of J Street's new national grassroots field program, which will broaden and deepen the presence of this movement in communities across the country. J Street Baltimore integrates the local Brit Tzedek v'Shalom chapter, and draws new supporters from J Street's substantial netroots base. In addition, J Street's Executive Director, Jeremy Ben-Ami, will be appearing via live video feed to simultaneous kick-off events all around the country. Refreshments will be available, too.  RSVP at Visit

11] – Peace Action Montgomery is meeting on Thurs., Feb. 4 at 7 PM at 9510 Hale St., Forest Glen.  This is a half-mile from the Foreign Glen Metro.  Go to,

12] – 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


13] – 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.


14] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Feb. 5 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


15] – 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.


16] – WIB holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month.  The next vigil is Feb. 5 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.  Call 301-834-7581 or email

17] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Feb. 5 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.

18] –  Attend the UDC Justice Café, co-sponsored by the Progressive Democrats of America, from 6 to 10 PM on Fri., Feb. 5 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. One of the performers is Mike Bowers, guitar and vocals.  Go to Contact Mike at FOR A FREE TABLE.  Use the Van Ness UDC Metro Station (Red Line


19] – On Fri., Feb. 5 watch CONSTANTINE’S SWORDS, 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

Constantine's Sword [2007] is the story of a journey to confront the past and uncover the roots of religiously inspired violence and war. Directed by Oren Jacoby with voice-overs by Philip Bosco, Natasha Richardson, Eli Wallach, Liev Schreiber and James Carroll, the film is taken from the best-selling book of the same name by acclaimed author and former Roman Catholic priest, James Carroll.  The documentary brings a history of religious intolerance to life, tracing it as a source of war and the fanaticism that threatens the world today.

20] – The Revolutionary Role of Martin Luther King Jr., A Tribute to Black History Month, is being hosted by the Party for Socialism and Liberation (DC) on Fri., Feb. 5 from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Justice Center, 617 Florida Ave. NW, WDC.  Take the Green Line to the Shaw-Howard Metro stop. Call 202-543-4900 or email  Go to

21] – On Feb. 5, from 7 to 10 PM, at The Belvedere, One Chase St., join the Univ. of Baltimore School of Law and the Univ. of Baltimore Students for the Public Interest for the 16th annual UBSPI auction! Enjoy live and silent auctions, heavy hors d'oeuvres, networking with fellow UB Law alumni and students.  All proceeds fund summer grants for UB Law students working for public interest organizations. While students pay $15 at the door, all others are charged $25. Email


22] – 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 -


23] –  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 Feb. 5. 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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