Thursday, April 22, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Apr. 22 – 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] Footprints for Peace – to May 1

7] Walk for Nuclear Disarmament -- Apr. 22 – 29

8] Earth Day at the Senator – Apr. 22

9] Pray for Peace – Apr. 22

10] AI Festival – Apr. 23-25

11] JHU Spring Fair -- Apr. 23-25

12] White House vigil – Apr. 23        

13] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Apr. 23

14] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Apr. 23

15] WIB Roland Park vigil – Apr. 23      

16] Afghan Women -- Apr. 23

17] Homewood vigil -- Apr. 23

18] Vigil to End the Wars – Apr. 23

19] Celebrate radical publishing -- Apr. 23

20] Vigil at Walter Reed – Apr. 23

21] Ballroom dancing – Apr. 23

19] NLG Conference -- Apr. 17


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] –  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


7] – The Walk for Nuclear Disarmament from Philadelphia to New York City began on Thurs., Apr. 22 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 May 3 - 28. Call 202-368-4690.  Go to


World leaders will gather in May at the United Nations to re-negotiate the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Prior to the start of the NPT Treaty conference, thousands of international peace activists will converge in New York City for a weekend of action to make the abolition of nuclear weapons a reality “in our lifetimes!”


8] – THE SENATOR "The People's Theatre,” 5904 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212, is hosting A CHEMICAL REACTION and Earth Day Celebration featuring Caleb Stine on Thurs., Apr. 22 from 6 to 10 PM. Go to or call 410-435-8338.


The award-winning, yet controversial environmental documentary A CHEMICAL REACTION is an example of how motivated individuals can create change to improve public health and the environment. The film questions the use of chemicals on lawns. Admission to the Senator on this evening is free.


9] -- Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Thurs.., Apr. 22 at St. John's Methodist Church, 2640 St. Paul Street. The prayer for peace occurs on the 22nd of the month.  Contact Charles Cloughen at 410-321-0199 or

10] – The Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival is happening Fri., Apr. 23 starting at 10 AM and continuing through Sun., Apr. 25 at 2 PM in downtown Silver Spring, MD.  The festival includes entertainment, film, theater, dance, visual art, music, spoken word, workshops, installations, conferences, panels and more! Go to

For example, on Sat., Apr. 24 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM at Montgomery College PAC 203, catch theater for social transformation. This is a workshop with a panel discussion. Or on Sun., Apr. 25 at 3 PM see RED HOOD: ONCE UPON A WARTIME" at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave. The performance is free.


11] – Physicians for Social Responsibility will have a booth at the JHU Spring Fair on the Homewood campus in the Upper Quad north of the library.  I will be selling books, buttons, bumperstickers and records on Fri., Apr. 23 from noon to 7 PM, Sat., Apr. 24, 10 AM to 7 PM and Sun., Apr. 25 from 10 to 6 PM.  Book donations are welcome.  Email Max at mobuszewski at


12] – 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: 


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., Apr. 23 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114

16] – The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and Kabultec invite you to attend a seminar on: Afghan Women: as seen from first hand experiences on Fri., Apr. 23 from 2 to 5 PM. For directions to the center and information on parking at Georgetown, go to There are three speakers, and a documentary LOVE LETTERS FROM KABUL will be shown. Seating is limited. To RSVP, email Call 703-536-6471.

17] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Apr. 23 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 the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, Apr. 23, 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


19] – Celebrate two of Baltimore's finest independent, radical publishing projects - AK Press and the Indypendent Reader - at the new office on Fri., Apr. 23 from 6 to 8 PM at 3500 Parkdale, Building One, Third Floor (In Woodberry, just up the street from Woodberry Kitchen and the Light Rail stop. Google map at Email


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. 23. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

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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