Thursday, April 8, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Apr. 8 – 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] Walk for nuclear Disarmament -- Apr. 8-29

9] JHU film series – Apr. 8-10

10] Peace & justice study – Apr. 8

11] Program on Haiti at Goucher – Apr. 8

12] Rosenberg Fund benefit -- Apr. 10/RSVP by Apr. 8

13] White House vigil – Apr. 9         

14] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Apr. 9

15] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Apr. 9

16] WIB Roland Park vigil – Apr. 9       

17] Homewood vigil -- Apr. 9


19] Film THE GOLDEN DOOR – Apr. 9

20] Vigil at Walter Reed – Apr. 9

21] Ballroom dancing – Apr. 9

22] Student Peace Conference -- Apr. 10

23] Project Clean Stream – Apr. 10

24] Child Abuse Center Block Party – Apr. 10                              

25] Olney vigil to end the war – Apr. 10                              

26] Capitalism Is Organized Crime – Apr. 10

27] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Apr. 10                                      

28] Peace vigil at Capitol – Apr. 10

29] Community Organizing 101 – Apr. 10

30] Westminster WIB vigil – Apr. 10

31] Book OUTSIDE THE ARK – Apr. 10

32] Greek Revolts of 2008 – Apr. 10

33] Gaza Freedom March accounts – Apr. 10                    

34] One Maryland One Book – Apr. 11

35] Bridge vigil – Apr. 11                                                                

36] Quaker Peace Vigil – Apr. 11

37] Green Party meeting – Apr. 11

38] Legacy of Vietnam Today – Apr. 11

39] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Apr. 11

40] Pentagon vigil – Apr. 12

41] War in Afghanistan discussion – Apr. 12

42] Protest the death penalty – Apr. 12                 

43] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Apr. 12 — Apr. 15

44] Jubilee Arts fundraiser – Apr. 12

45] Surrealism films – Apr. 12

46] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Apr. 12

47] Health Care Reform conversation – Apr. 12


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] – The Walk for Nuclear Disarmament from Washington, D.C. to New York City began on Thurs., Apr. 8 at noon and will end Thurs., Apr. 29 at noon. Participants will walk about 15 miles per day, while meeting, eating and staying with supportive groups and individuals in cities and towns along the way, covering about 250 miles in 21 days. The objective is to support the United Nations, US President Barack Obama, and over 70% of U.S. citizens who want a world without nuclear weapons by working towards a solution at the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review at the UN during May of 2010. Call 202-368-4690.  Go to


The walkers are expected to be in the Baltimore area from Sun., Apr. 11 through Tues., Apr. 13.  They need a place to stay, food and an opportunity to speak.  Contact Jay Marx <> or 202-368-4690. 


9] – The Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS) at Johns Hopkins University is pleased to invite you to the documentary film series Weaving Lives: Documenting Inequalities in the Global World. The keynote address “A Savage Sorting of Winners and Losers” by Prof. Saskia Sassen will open the event on Thurs., Apr. 8 at 5 PM in Mergenthaler Hall 111. The following films will then be shown.  On Fri., Apr. 9 at 1 PM see THE GLOBALISATION TAPES by Independent Plantation Workers' Union of Sumatra (Mergenthaler Hall 111); at 4 PM MORRISTOWN: In the Air and Sun by Anne Lewis (Auditorium, Muller Building, 3700 San Martin Dr.); and at 7 PM SAND AND SORROW by Paul Freedman (Auditorium, Muller Building, 3700 San Martin Dr.).  Then on Sat., Apr. 10 at 9:30 AM watch BLACK WATER by Allen Moore (Auditorium, Muller Building, 3700 San Martin Dr.) and at 10:30 AM VIOLENCE NEXT DOOR: Growing Up in the Favela and the Hood by Mari Gardner (Auditorium, Muller Building, 3700 San Martin Dr.). The film directors will participate for Q&A after the screenings and in the closing round table when they will discuss the role of documentary films in fostering social change. Call 410 516-5488.  Go to


10] – On Thurs., Apr. 8, 7 to 8:30 PM, Christian Peace Witness presents its last 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 


11] – On Thurs., Apr. 8 at 8 PM in the Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum, Goucher College, Edwidge Danticat and Manno Charlemagne will present a program of readings and song on the crisis in Haiti.  Danticat is an author and Charlemagne is considered the Bob Marley of Haiti.  Call 410-337-6333 as reservations are necessary.  Go to


12] – The Rosenberg Fund for Children is holding a 20th anniversary benefit reception at 4 PM on Sat., Apr. 10 in a private home in WDC near the Columbia Heights MetroRSVP by Thurs., Apr. 8 to Bill at 202-360-5414 or


13] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at Lafayette Park facing the White House.  Join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and friends. Contact Art Laffin: 


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., Apr. 9 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114


17] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Apr. 9 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] – On Fri., Apr. 9 at 7PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St Paul Street, Kari Lydersen presents REVOLT ON GOOSE ISLAND: The Chicago Factory Takeover and What it Means in the Economic Crisis. Call 410-230-0450.  The award-winning Washington Post reporter tells the story of the factory takeover, elegantly transforming the workers’ story into a parable of labor activism for the 21st century, and one that concludes with a surprising and little-reported victory.  


19] – On Fri., Apr. 9 at 7 PM in Ignatian Hall, right below St. Ignatius Church,  740 N. Calvert St. Baltimore, MD 21202, as part of Justice & Peace Movie Night, see THE GOLDEN DOOR (2007). The film follows a Sicilian family that emigrates to America at the dawn of the 20th century. Salvatore (Vincenzo Amato) and his impoverished Sicilian family in 1904 have heard that America is a place where onions grow to the size of baby carriages, where money grows on trees and rivers run with milk. Director Emanuele Crialese is a neorealist with a touch of magical realism to him. Call 410-727-3848 or go to


20] – 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 -

21] –  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 Apr. 9. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725

22] – The 23rd annual Student Conference Peace and Justice for Our Planet will be hosted by Georgetown Univ. on Sat., Apr. 10.  Call 202-687-4531 or email


23] – The Project Clean Stream 2010 runs from 9 AM to noon on Sat., Apr. 10.  To volunteer for a team, call 410-377-6270 or go to


24] – The Baltimore Child Abuse Center, 2300 N. Charles St., presents artists, live music and food on Sat., Apr. 10 from 10 AM to 3 PM at a block party.  Call 410-396-6147 or go to  


25] – 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 Apr. 10. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


26] – Capitalism is Organized Crime! This issue will be explored on Sat., Apr. 10 from 11 AM to 4 PM at The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW (between 16th and 17th Sts.), WDC 20009.  This is a conference hosted by the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Use the Metro to Columbia Heights (Green Line). Click here to Pre-Register:;ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS or call 202-234-2828 or email or register at the conference. A $20 donation is

requested, but no one would be turned away for lack of funds.


27] –  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


28] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Apr. 10. 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


29] – The People’s Voice: Community Organizing 101 workshop is being conducted by Dominic Moulden from One DC.  He is a Baltimore-raised African-American organizer who has been working for social justice for 40 years!  The interactive workshop would illuminate to participants the importance of the often-ignored aspects of relationship-building and consciousness-raising as vital components of community organizing and human rights movement-building. It will be conducted on Sat., Apr. 10 from 1 to 4 PM at 1323 N Calvert St. and is hosted by the Baltimore Free School.  Sign up at


30] – Westminster WIB hosts a vigil the 2nd Saturday of the month from 2 – 3 PM in front of the War Memorial on Main St. The next vigil will be Apr. 10. Email


31] – As the U.S.-Israeli spat over a settlement freeze continues, the reality of Israel's continuing expansion of illegal settlements throughout the occupied territories becomes ever more important. The illegal Israeli occupation is supported and enabled by the U.S., including military aid amounting to $30 billion of U.S. taxpayer money over the next 10 years. Using a creative mixture of art and activism, Ellen O'Grady will present the everyday stories of Palestinians with a discussion of her new book, OUTSIDE THE ARK: An Artist's Journey in Occupied Palestine. An artist, she is a social justice activist with seven years' experience working in Palestine and Israel, who will be speaking at Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Sts. NW, WDC on Sat., Apr. 10, 6 to 8 PM.  This event is co-sponsored by U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation and Foreign Policy In Focus, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies. RSVP to or by calling 202-787-5229.


32] – On Sat., Apr. 10 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St Paul Street, join the editors of the book WE ARE AN IMAGE FROM THE FUTURE: The Greek Revolts of 2009.  Greece has probably the most organized, militant and effective anarchist movement on the planet! This book is a new collection of stories and documents from the Greek revolt of 2009. Call 410-230-0450. 


33] – Catch Eyewitness Accounts from Egypt and Palestine on Sat., Apr. 10 from 7 to 9 PM at The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Rd., NW, WDC.  Three activists will share different perspectives. Call 202-232-5483.


34] – On Sun., Apr. 11 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host “One Maryland One Book: A Statewide Community Collaboration” by Andrew Lewis from the MD Humanities Council. Call 410-581-2322 or visit


35] – 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

36] – 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.

37] – There’s a Baltimore City Green Party meeting on Sun., Apr. 11 from 4 to 6 PM at the Baltimore Free School, 1323 Calvert St. Call 443-876-8522.

38] – The Brandywine Monthly Potluck Supper & Program is the 2nd Sunday of the month starting at 4:30 PM with a potluck dinner at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., PA. Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. The program begins at 5:30 PM. On Sun., Apr. 11, hear a panel discussion on The Legacy of Vietnam TodayCall 610-544-1818. Go to


Panel members are David McReynolds, renowned socialist-pacifist and presidential candidate, who co-authored (with AJ Muste) the first analysis from the U.S. peace movement calling for unconditional U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, Dr. Sophie Quinn-Judge, who during the war was a medical aid worker in Vietnam, is now Associate Director of the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society at Temple University, and Peter Lems, American Friends Service Committee Advocacy Program for Afghanistan and Iraq.


39] – 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 Apr. 11. 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


40] – 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., Apr. 12, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


41] – The Student Coalition for Peace and Equality is hosting a panel discussion about the war in Afghanistan and its cost, alternative policies and ways to get involved on Apr. 12 from 12:15 to 2 PM at 525 W. Redwood St. in Room 2W11. There will be speakers from the following groups: Women for Afghan Women, Foreign Policy in Focus, Peace Action and Real Democracy Project. Enjoy a free lunch.


42] – There is usually a vigil to abolish the death penalty every Monday from 5 to 6 PM, outside the prison complex and across the street from Maryland’s death row, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in Baltimore.  The next vigil is scheduled for Mon., Apr. 12. Call 410-233-0488.

43] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at

44] – Be at a Fundraising Party for Jubilee Arts at the home of Wendy Rambo Shuford, 1 Hamill Court, Unit 51, Baltimore 21210 on  Mon., Apr. 12 at 7 PM.  Enjoy refreshments and learn about Jubilee Arts, a program of Newborn Holistic Ministries. It is a comprehensive arts program that offers classes to all adults and children of the neighborhoods of Sandtown-Winchester and Upton. RSVP at 410-532-5604 or

45] – On Mon., Apr. 12 at 7 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 800 St. Paul St., watch an evening of avant garde films highlighting surrealism.  Call 410-230-0450 or email


46] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings now take place at Max’s residence.  The next meeting is scheduled for Apr. 12, and the agenda will include the annual Tax Day protest, Earth Day and Elliott Abrams visit to Baltimore on April 25.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or email at mobuszewski at for directions.  


47] – The Backbone Campaign Conversation is hosting Real Talk About Real Health Care Reform with Dr. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese on Mon., Apr. 12 at 8:30 PM EST. RSVP to to secure a spot by placing in the subject line "Health Care Reform.”  You will be sent instructions for cueing up for "on air" questions in the chatroom. At the time of call, dial 1-218-339-4300, follow prompts and enter access code 1037729 followed by #. Go to


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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