Thursday, March 25, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

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] – Come take part at 3500 Parkdale Ave., Bldg. 10, Baltimore, in this week's Artful Activism Summit, an intense four-day kick-off to the puppet and prop-making for Our Harbor Day on May 1. The Backbone Campaign, a coalition of artists and activists providing creative tools to communities fighting for economic and social justice, are joining the United Workers and allies in developing the props and music for the community-wide participation play. Starting Thurs., Mar. 25, join in evening programming and open build days on Saturday and Sunday to recreate the people's history of struggles for earth, education, work and fair development.  Go to the Unity Blog at Call Ashley Hufnagel at 410-230-1998.  On Mar. 25, there is a Studio Grand Opening and dinner; on Mar. 26, the hours are 9 AM through at least 6:30 PM, on Mar. 27, the hours are 10 AM through 6 PM, and Mar. 28, the hours are 9 AM through 3 PM.

9] – Campaign for America's Future invites you to hear the author, Paul M. Gaston - historian, author, activist and retired professor of history at the Univ. of Virginia - talk about his new book COMING OF AGE IN UTOPIA: The Odyssey of an Idea on Thurs., Mar. 25, 6-7:30 PM at the AFL-CIO, Samuel Gompers Conference Room, ground floor, 815 16th St. NW, WDC. RSVP at  The book will be available for sale. Email


10] – On Thurs., Mar. 25, 7 to 8:30 PM, Christian Peace Witness presents another 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  The next and last session will be Thurs., Apr. 8.


11] – See the film THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD (2009 - approx. 90 min.) at The Senator, "The People's Theatre," 5904 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212 on Thurs., Mar. 25 at 7 PM. Call 410-435-8338.


12] – On Thurs., Mar. 25 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., Leah B presents "----- and Her Brain": The Experiences of a Young, Trans Woman.  This is a reading from a personal, emotion-charged zine chronicle of growing up trans, with poetry, prose, sketches, and photographs.  Leah will also be presenting Gender Edge, a new regional transgender youth activism initiative. Email


13] – Catch Common Folk: Voices on Health on Thurs., Mar. 25 from 8:30 to 10:30 PM at Busboys & Poets (in the Langston Room), 2021 14th St., NW, WDC. Movements of political change have always been driven by art and music. When an issue needs to be communicated to the masses, in a language that everyone understands, art is ultimately the quickest messenger...and for this reason.  Live performances are by Head Roc, Princess of Controversy and Mikuak Rai with special guest Kuku PLUS, Voices of Community Members creatively addressing the issue of health care equity/access for all. The guest speaker is Dr. Margaret Flowers - Congressional Fellow with Physicians for a National Health Program.  There is a $10 Admission. Artists will have merchandise available to purchase as the event. Your support is appreciated!!  Go to

14] – 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. 


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] – 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.


17] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Mar. 26 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


18] – Towson U's WAMM Fest is Fri., Mar. 26 and Sat., Mar. 27.  The Friday event will be at the university's Media Center.  Then on Saturday, it will be at The Senator, "The People's Theatre," 5904 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212. Go to  Call 410-435-8338.


Featured guests for WAMM Fest are the award winning radio producers The Kitchen Sisters. The Friday schedule starts at 3 PM with a master class on Documentary Techniques.  At 4:30 PM, there will be a master class on Documentary Critiques.


On Saturday, from 2:30 to 7 PM, there will be screenings of student and professional audio & video winning submissions.  From 7 to 8 PM, there will be a reception.  At 8 PM, catch a screening, talk and Q&A with the Kitchen Sisters.  Admission for Saturday is $5, but students are free. Email  


19] Vigil to End the Wars – Mar. 26

19] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, Mar. 26, from 5 to 6 PM at Broad & Arch Sts., Philadelphia. It is a Vigil to End the Wars, with a Gold Star Mother for Peace, Celeste Zappala.  Email


20] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Mar. 26 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] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is Seeking the Truth Through Documentaries.   The second film in the series is OF CIVIL WRONGS & RIGHTS: The Fred Korematsu Story [USA, 2001], and it will be shown on Fri., Mar. 26 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.


 The documentary tells the story of a Japanese American who was probably never more American than when he resisted, and then challenged in court, the forced internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Korematsu lost his landmark Supreme Court case in 1944, but never his indignation and resolve. This documentary is the untold history of the 40-year legal fight to vindicate Korematsu — one that finally turned a civil injustice into a civil rights victory. The filmmaker, Eric Paul Fournier, did a film with ramifications for the treatment of “the enemy” after 9/11.


Doors open at 7 PM, and the DVD starts at 7:30 PM.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  A discussion will follow.


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 Mar. 26. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725

24] – On Sat., Mar. 27 from 9 AM - 6:30 PM @ 2640, the Baltimore IWW General Membership Branch is bringing together Wobfest!, a regional convergence of labor organizers and troublemakers.  The full schedule is up at

25] – The 2010 11th Annual Visions in Feminism Conference is happening on Sat., Mar. 27 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM at Ward Bldg., American Univ. “Dictated by Authority: Feminists Confront State Violence”.  Visit The day includes a complimentary vegan breakfast and lunch.  The requested admission is from $10 to $15 on a sliding scale. The keynote speaker is Andrea Smith, a longtime anti-violence and Native American activist and scholar.

26] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo’s 12-week Bible Study for Women to study women then in the Bible and women now continues through Sat., 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.


27] –  There is an all points bulletin looking for a “ducky” crew who can help with a giant 25' inflatable duck on Tues., Mar. 30 during the Global Chemicals conference in Baltimore.  There will be a training session on Sat., Mar. 27 either in Takoma Park or B'more ( morning or afternoon.  There will be a practice inflating session on Mon., Mar. 29 in B'more (morning or afternoon.  Then on Tues., Mar. 30, there will be a 7 AM deployment, a noon media conference, Pier 6 Pavilion, B'more Harbor across from the Waterfront Marriott! There is a need for a banner crew on Tuesday, as well as a postcard distribution crew.  Call Nadine at 301-891-3680 or email her at nbloch(at)

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. 27. 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] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Mar. 27. 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] –  Join forces with the residents of McElderry Park as they knock on their neighbors' doors to encourage them to complete their Census forms on Sat., Mar. 27 from noon to 3 PM.  Meet at the McElderry Park Resource Center, 611 N. Montford Ave. All volunteers will receive a Census backpack with goodies. Email or call 410-539-1369.


32] – There’s an opportunity to speak with Afghan Youth on Sat., Mar. 27 at 9 PM at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts., WDC.  Join an interactive live conversation with a youth group in Afghanistan, as well as with peace groups from around the U.S., and view a video compilation of inspirational videos produced by the Afghan young people. The youth will be on the phone to narrate their film, discuss what Afghans are experiencing in their everyday lives, and answer your questions. Go to This is sponsored by Peace Action Montgomery,


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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