Thursday, March 18, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Mar. 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] Keep the Guard at Home

7] Footprints for Peace – to May 1

8] Camp Out Now -- ??

9] Arlington Midwest Memorial – Mar. 18

10] Drone making workshop -- Mar. 18

11] Peace & Justice study – Mar. 18

12] Ecumenical Advocacy Days – Mar. 19-22

13] White House vigil – Mar. 19         

14] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Mar. 19

15] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Mar. 19

16] WIB Roland Park vigil – Mar. 19       

17] Protest John Yoo – Mar. 19

18] Street Party – Mar. 19

19] Homewood vigil -- Mar. 19

20] Iraq Anniversary Forum – Mar. 19

21] CENSORSHIP 2010 – Mar. 19

22] Film THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD – Mar. 19

23] Vigil at Walter Reed – Mar. 19

24] Ballroom dancing – Mar. 19

25] Women’s Bible Study – Mar. 20 & Mar. 27

26] Union dialogue on jobs & peace – Mar. 20                              

27] Bus & carpool to ANSWER rally – Mar. 20                            

28] Olney vigil to end the war – Mar. 20                              

29] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Mar. 20                                      

30] Army Experience Center protest – Mar. 20

31] Peace vigil at Capitol – Mar. 20

32] Eve Ensler in D.C. – Mar. 20


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 Nancy Meier, 10 Pepperdine Circle, Catonsville, MD 21228.  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] –  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.


7] – 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


8] – Peace of the Action’s Camp OUT NOW, a tent city on the Ellipse, is open with a vast array of ongoing workshops. For a full schedule of events, go to or email


9] – The ARLINGTON MIDWEST MEMORIAL will be in D.C. through Sun., Mar. 21. The Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition will bring its display of over 5,000 grave markers arranged near the Peace of the Action campsite. They will need lots of volunteers. Go to


10] – On Thurs., Mar. 18, join the CODEPINK Drone Fleet in a cardboard sculpting workshop at the convergence space on 5th St. and K St. NW (next door to Busboys & Poets). Help make a fleet of cardboard drones for a creative protest in the massive peace march on March 20th. Help raise awareness about civilian casualty deaths, war profiteering and the local cost of war. Email to volunteer.


11] – On Thurs., Mar. 18, 7 to 8:30 PM, Christian Peace Witness presents the fifth session of a weekly Thursday evening peace and justice study at Clarendon Presbyterian Church, 1305 N. Jackson St. Arlington, VA 22201.  The study will be based on a DVD bringing Tony Campolo, Sr. Dianna Ortiz, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Kathy Kelly, Joshua Casteel, Liz McAlister, Noah Baker Merrill and Ken Butigan to you.  If you can’t make the study but would like a copy of the DVD for use by you or a community, go to Contact David Ensign at 


12] – Starting Fri., Mar. 19 through Mon., Mar. 22, the Ecumenical Advocacy Days A Place to Call Home: Immigrants, Refugees, and Displaced Peoples are taking place at Doubletree Crystal City-National Airport Hotel, Arlington, VA and Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St., NE, WDC.  There are many workshops scheduled, including on Sat.,, Mar. 20, from 2:50 - 4:20 PM, NRCAT presents a workshop covering ways of ending U.S. torture at home and abroad.  Another workshop on Mar., 20 will feature David Culp, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Dave Robinson, Pax Christi USA, and Kevin Martin, Peace Action, discussing "Nuclear Weapons Free World" from 4:50 to 6:20 PM. Call 202-481-6942 x225 or email Go to 

13] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon at Lafayette Park facing the White House.  Join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker at the vigil, which is co-ssponsored by Pax Christi Metro DC- Baltimore, TASSC, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Jonah House and Christian Peace Witness. Contact Art Laffin:  This is part of Dorothy Day’s Lenten Witness for Peace and Justice. 

14] – 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


15] – 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.


16] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Mar. 19 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


17] –- On Fri., Mar. 19 during the day, protest alleged war criminal Prof. John Yoo who will be at Univ. of Virginia. Go to


18] – Funk the War: Bad Romance Street Party Against Empire is happening on Fri., Mar. 19 at 3 PM, starting at

Farragut Square, 17th & K Sts. NW, WDC and parading through the streets for justice.  Go to or


19] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Mar. 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.


20] – On Fri., Mar. 19 from 6 to 8 PM, check out Different Shades of Militarization: an Iraq Anniversary Forum at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW, WDC.  In remembrance of the 7th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, learn how militarization affects oppressed populations.  Call 202-234-2000 or email . 


21] – On Fri., Mar. 19, from, 6 to 8 PM, Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Sts. NW, WDC, the discussion will look at Censorship, Propaganda and Empire. Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff of CENSORED 2010: The 25 Most Censored Stories of 2009 will do a presentation and book signing. The suggested donation is $10.  Call 301-452-0090.


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] – On Fri., Mar. 19 at 7 PM at the Senator Theater, 5904 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212, there will be a fundraiser for Maryland Physicians for National Health Plan and the premier Baltimore showing of the Yes Men's new movie THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD.  The price of admission is $8.  After the movie, Dr. Margaret Flowers will speak about fixing the world beginning with putting in place improved Medicare for All. One of the Yes Men Mike Bonnano will be there to answer questions.  The film will also be shown on Sun., Mar. 21 at 3, 5, and 7 PM and Mon., Mar. 22 through Thurs., Mar. 25 at 7 PM.  Call 410-435-1118.  Go to


The Yes Men have done fabulous work bringing attention to corporate abuse by impersonating big-time corporate criminals in order to publicly humiliate them. Go to


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 Mar. 19. 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] – On Sat., Mar. 20, from 10 AM to 12:30 PM, join a Union Dialogue on Jobs, Peace and the Economy, sponsored by US Labor Against the War, AFL-CIO Headquarters, 815 16th St., WDC.  See a screening of the new film, “Why We are in Afghanistan?” 


27] – ANSWER is bringing to Washington, D.C. a demand for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan and Iraq on Sat., Mar. 20 at noon in Lafayette Park. “No Colonial-type Wars and Occupations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Haiti!" "No War Against Iran!” “No War for Empire Anywhere!”  Marchers will demand funds should go to job creation, universal health care, decent schools and affordable housing. March 20 is the seventh anniversary of the criminal war of aggression launched by Bush and Cheney against Iraq. Veterans for Peace will rally at the Peace of the Action campsite on 15th and Constitution at 9:30 AM to march to Lafayette Park.  Go to


Buses will depart at 10 AM from N. Charles St. between 24th and 25th Sts. and return to Baltimore at 5 PM.  Tickets are $20 regular price, $15 for students/low-income. Contact: ANSWER Baltimore at baltimore(at) or 443.759.9968. See


There will be a carpool at Park and Ride at MD 32 and Broken Land Parkway (west lot).  Leave at 10:30 AM for Silver Spring Metro. Email Michael Phillips at or call 443-691-1488.

28] – 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 Mar. 20. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 

29] –  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

30] –  The 3rd Saturday of the month protest vigil to close the Army Experience Center at Franklin Mills Mall takes place on Mar. 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 This particular Saturday will call attention to the 7th Anniversary Memorial of the invasion of Iraq.  One of the speakers will be Jesse Hamilton, former U.S. Army staff sergeant in Iraq, adviser to Iraqi Army in Fallujah, ‘05-‘06. There will be music, bell-tolling and reading the names of Philadelphians killed in Iraq and recruited through one of the recruiting stations merged into the Army Experience Center.    

31] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Mar. 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


32] –  On Sat., Mar. 20 at 7 PM, join the CODEPINK Women Say No to War Evening Celebration with Eve Ensler, singer Pamela Parker, Congressperson Donna Edwards, Pramila Jayapal with OneAmerica & others! The celebration takes place at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St., @ V St. NW, WDC 20009Tickets are $10. Have your Facebook friends RSVP at  To volunteer with CodePink, email Joan at


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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