Thursday, February 18, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Feb. 18 – May. 17, 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

6] Save Heart’s Place

7] Keep the Guard at Home

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

9] Footprints for Peace – to May 1

10] PeaceAction Montgomery – Feb. 18

11] Calvert Cliffs hearing – Feb. 19

12] Nuclear Stockpile – Feb. 19

13] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Feb. 19

14] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Feb. 19

15] WIB Roland Park vigil – Feb. 19        

16] White House vigil – Feb. 19          

17] Homewood vigil -- Feb. 19

18] Vigil at Walter Reed – Feb. 19

19] Ballroom dancing – Feb. 19

20] RootsCamp – Feb. 20    

21] Watershed Workshop – Feb. 20

22] Single Payer training – Feb. 20

23] Women’s Bible Study – Feb. 20—Mar. 27

24] Creativity Event Workshop – Feb. 20                          

25] Help Haiti – Feb. 20-21

26] Guide to Schools – Feb. 20

27] Olney vigil to end the war – Feb. 20                               

28] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Feb. 20                                       

29] Army Experience Center protest – Feb. 20

30] Peace vigil at Capitol – Feb. 20

31] Sister Souljah book signing – Feb. 20

32] Ethical Society -- Feb. 21

33] Bridge vigil – Feb. 21                                                                 

34] Quaker Peace Vigil – Feb. 21

35] Human Rights Dinner – Feb. 21

36] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Feb. 21

37] Pentagon vigil – Feb. 22

38] Nuclear Security Challenges – Feb. 22


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] – To keep Heart's Place open, you can send a check to Heart's Place, 2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21218. It is the only homeless shelter in Baltimore that serves families, and it is facing a severe financial crunch and needs your help right away to stay open!

7] – Delegate Sheila Hixson's HB 1037 to Keep the Maryland Guard at Home is in the House Health and Government Operations committee.  The following delegates are sympathetic, but send them an email indicating you support the legislation:,,,, and Email Steve Lane at atticlane at after contacting the legislators.

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] – 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

10] – Peace Action Montgomery is meeting on Thurs., Feb. 18 at 7 PM at 9510 Hale St., Forest Glen.  This is a half-mile from the Foreign Glen Metro.  Go to,

11] – The ACRS U.S. Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR) Subcommittee’s meeting will continue from 8:30 AM to 5 PM on Fri., Feb. 19 at 11545 Rockville Pike, T2-B3, Rockville, Maryland. The Subcommittee will review selected chapters of the Safety Evaluation Report with Open Items concerning the U.S. EPR Design Certification (DCD) Application and the Calvert Cliffs Unit 3 Combined License (COL) Application. The Subcommittee will hear presentations by and hold discussions with representatives of AREVA, NP, UniStar Nuclear Operating Services, LLC, the NRC staff and other interested persons regarding this matter. The Subcommittee will gather information, analyze relevant issues and facts, and formulate proposed positions and actions, as appropriate, for deliberation by the Full Committee.  Call Allison Fisher of Public Citizen at 202-454-5176.


12] – On Fri., Feb. 19, from 8:30 to 9:30 AM, John Harvey, Defense [sic] Department, will explain the "Managing the Nuclear Stockpile and Modernizing the Supporting Infrastructure" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K St., NW, B1 Conference Room, WDC. RSVP to Andrew St. Denis at 202-887-0200, ext. 3416 or


13] – 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


14] – 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.


15] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Feb. 19 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] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Feb. 19 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] – 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 -


19] –  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. 19. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.                  


20] – Attend RootsCamp! On Sat., Feb. 20 from 8 AM through Sun., Feb. 21 at 8 PM at the National Education Association building. This is a unique opportunity to take a step back and meet organizers in all fields to talk about successes and lessons learned in an open space where you set the agenda. Spaces are limited, and registration is $10, which includes breakfast and lunch on both days. Some scholarships for travel or lodging are available. Email


21] – Harris Creek Watershed 246 Workshop will be held on Sat., Feb. 20 from 8:30 AM to 1 PM at the St. Anthony Hall, 2716 O'Donnell St.  Email or call 410.534.7655.


22] – Maryland Chapters of Physicians for a National Health Program and Healthcare-Now Md. are sponsoring Maryland Single Payer Leadership Training on Sat., Feb. 20 from 9 AM to 3 PM at 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045.  This will be a day of workshops with nationally recognized single payer advocates and an opportunity to get the tools you need to be an effective advocate in your area.  Some of the speakers are Dr. Carol Paris (PNHP*, Baucus 8), Mark Dudzic (Labor for Single Payer, Baucus 8), Diane Wittner (Chesapeake Citizens) and Dr. Margaret Flowers (PNHP, Baucus 8). RSVP to Margaret at 410-591-0892.


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.


24] – There’s a Creativity Event Workshop on Sat., Feb. 20, from 10 AM to noon at the Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224.  The PNC Bank event features planners and presenters that will teach community-based nonprofit organizations how to blend the history and charm of Baltimore’s notable neighborhoods into a bigger and stronger event.  RSVP at 410-752-8632. 


25] – The DC area is helping Haiti, so Fill that Container!   “Men anpil chay pa lou" = "Many hands lighten the load." A 40 ft. shipping container is waiting at Rockville’s Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852, to be filled with essential goods destined for rural Haiti.  Many who survived the quake in Port-au-Prince are returning to their home villages where they will need medical attention, food, jobs, tools and basic living items. Medical items are in high demand.  Box similar items together and label the box.  Deliver boxes to the shipping container at the church on weekends between the hours of 10 AM to 3 PM.  Or deliver any time to 315 Dean Dr. in Rockville.   Email ‘’ to coordinate a pick up if delivery is not possible.  FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS for shipping costs are needed:  Make check payable to “GSIFDB Shipping” and mail to Chuck Woolery, GSIFDB Executive Board, 315 Dean Dr., Rockville, MD 20851.   Call 240-997-2209 or email    Go to The target village of Fond des Blancs is located 68 miles southwest of the capital. 


26] –  At 10:30 AM on Sat., Feb. 20, Georgia Irvin will speak at Politics and Prose Books in NW DC about her most recent book, Georgia Irvin's Guide to Schools, Third Edition.  Ms. Irvin served for 15 years as director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Sidwell Friends School.  Her guide to D.C.-area public and private schools-now in its third edition-has long helped parents find the right schools for their children.  This updated edition includes reviews for 82 preschools, a feature that has been missing from school guides in the past and will be of particular interest and value to parents today."  Book talks at P&P usually include a half-hour of the author's talk, another half-hour devoted to questions from the audience, and an interlude of personal book signings.  Go to and

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 Feb. 20. 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 Email

29] –  The 3rd Saturday of the month protest vigil to close the Army Experience Center at Franklin Mills Mall takes place on Feb. 20 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 Feb. 20. 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] – There is a discussion and book signing with Hip-hop activist and writer Sista Souljah on Sat., Feb. 20 from 3 to 6 PM at the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 N. Capitol St. NE.  Souljah is a 21st Century multidimensional woman. From 1995-2007 she was the executive director of Daddy's House Social Programs, the charitable wing of Bad Boy Entertainment. She is the author of three best sellers, "The Coldest Winter Ever" (fiction), "No Disrespect" (nonfiction), and "Midnight, A Gangster Love Story" (fiction).


32] – On Sun., Feb. 21 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, hosts Michael Franch, Ethical Culture Leader, who will address “The Used-to-Be and the Yet-to-Be.” Call 410-581-2322 or visit


33] – 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


34] – 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.


35] – You are invited this Sunday, Feb. 21, at 5 PM to the annual Human Rights Dinner at the Presbytery of Baltimore, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd. Leaders will be graduating from three United Workers programs— Poverty Scholars, New Organizers, and the Cooperative Development Program. Human Rights Champion awards will be awarded to one member of the United Workers and one ally from the community who have demonstrated tremendous leadership in human rights movement building. Also the New Organizers Endowment will be announced, giving allies an opportunity to sustain one of the United Workers leadership development programs. RSVP at or call our office at 410-230-1998.


36] – 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 Feb. 21. 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


37] – 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., Feb. 22, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


38] – On Mon., Feb. 22, from 9 to 11 AM, Maria Rost Rublee, Univ. of Auckland, New Zealand, and Jacques Hymans, Univ. of Southern California, will examine "Assessing Current Nuclear Security Challenges." The event is sponsored by the Monterey Institute and will occur at the Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW, WDC. RSVP at


To be continued

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