Thursday, February 11, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Feb. 11 – Mar. 27, 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] Photo exhibit of Central America – through Mar. 6         

8] Footprints for Peace – to May 1

9] Intelligence Teach-In – Feb. 11

10] Dialogues Against Militarism – Feb. 11

11] Web Of Debt conference call – Feb. 11

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

13] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Feb. 12

14] WIB Roland Park vigil – Feb. 12        

15] White House vigil – Feb. 12          

16] Homewood vigil -- Feb. 12

17] Film AMERICAN FAUST – Feb. 12

18] Some Way Out of Here – Feb. 12

19] Vigil at Walter Reed – Feb. 12

20] Ballroom dancing – Feb. 12

21] Human Rights Program – Feb. 13/cancelled

22] Preach-In on Global Warming – Feb. 13 & 14    

23] Women’s Bible Study – Feb. 13—Mar. 27


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] – 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.


8] – Footprints for Peace, an International Peace Walk, has started its march from the Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN and is heading for the United Nations, aiming to arrive on Sat., May 1.  Go to

9] – On Thurs., Feb. 11 from 7 to 9 PM at Howard University's Blackburn Gallery Lounge, catch Exploring the use of surveillance in the Black Diaspora: Intelligence Teach-In.  It is sponsored by the Political Education Action Committee (P.E.A.C.), which can be reached at

10] –  On Thur., Feb. 11 at 7 PM at Red Emmas, there is an event organized by the Civilian-Soldier Alliance to welcome Dialogues Against Militarism, a group of both Iraq veterans and soldiers who refused to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan, and their allies, who work to build partnerships between U.S. and Israeli war resisters. DAM member, SARAH LAZARE, will discuss her role as part of a U.S. war resister delegation to Israel/Palestine, which met with Palestinian activists and Israeli resisters.  


11] – On Thurs., Feb. 11 at 8:30 PM [EST], author Ellen Brown will open the Backbone Campaign's Conversations with the Cabinet series.  She will lead the discussion of what she learned writing her book WEB OF DEBT. How did we get into this current mess, and what are possible paths forward? Once we "Move Our Money" how can we reclaim authority over what that money does? Should we "End the Fed"? What is the role of alternative currencies? What can we do about the syndrome of "Too Big to Fail" and how can we use the common wealth for the common good? And finally, how can progressives use this opportunity to make sure that we are building a movement that makes a real difference in people’s lives?


You can participate in the CONFERENCE CALL by emailing with "Web of Debt" in the subject line.  A spot will be reserved on the call, and you will receive instructions for cueing up for "on air" questions in the chat room. At the time of call, dial 1-(218) 339-4300, follow prompts and enter access code 1037729 followed by the # sign.


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

17] – Robby invites you to "Peace of the Action Film Screening of AMERICAN FAUST" on Fri., Feb. 12 at 6 PM AT Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V Sts. NW, WDC.  The subtitle to the film is "The Story of Condi to Neo Condi.”  Go to


This is a documentary about Condoleezza Rice, who rose from segregated Alabama to become the most powerful woman in the world. It overturns the popular misconception of Rice as a yes-woman to President Bush to reveal her as his most enduring confidante. To RSVP, go to


18] – There Must Be Some Way Out of Here: Alternative Solutions to the Ecological and Energy Crisis is on for Fri., Feb. 12 at 7 PM at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St., NW, WDC. Use the Columbia Heights Metro or Metrobus on 16th St. The admission is $5. Two slide shows will be presented.  The first, EcoSocialism or Ecocatastrophe?, will be shown by David Schwartzman, a professor, Department of Biology, Howard University.  Email


The second show, Culture Change Constructive Panic, is offered by Alexis Zeigler, a self-educated activist, green builder, and orchardist living in central Virginia. Go to or email him at  There are many sponsors, including Real Democracy Project - Call 202-234-2000.


19] – 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 -


20] –  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. 12. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.                  


21] – The 12th Annual HUMAN RIGHTS POTLUCK DINNER PROGRAM scheduled for Sat., Feb. 13 and sponsored by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CHAPTER 228, HOWARD COUNTY FRIENDS OF LATIN AMERICA and the HOWARD COUNTY OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS has been cancelled.  If you would like to make a donation to the Haiti Reborn project of the Quixote Center go to their website:  The donation is tax-deductible and the charge will appear on your credit card statement as DEMOCRACYINACTION.ORG.  Call Leslie at 410-381-4899 or e-mail her at


22] – On Sat., Feb. 13 & Sun., Feb. 14, Interfaith Power and Light is hosting a national Preach-in on Global Warming.  Register at


23] – 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.


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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