Thursday, May 13, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert May 13 – June 3, 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] A cat needs a home – ASAP

7] Argentina’s Dictatorship – May 13

8] Medicare For All meeting – May 13

9] White House vigil – May 14        

10] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – May 14

11] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – May 14

12] WIB Roland Park vigil – May 14      

13] Homewood vigil – May 14

14] Witness for Peace retreat – May 14

15] Justice Café – May 14

16] Vigil at Walter Reed – May 14

17] Bike Odyssey Benefit – May 14

18] Discuss Romero book – May 14

19] Ballroom dancing – May 14

20] Ride for the Feast – May 15-16

21] Peoples Assembly – May 15

22] Free Store opening – May 15

23] Olney vigil to end the war – May 15                             

24] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – May 15

25] Commemorate Catonsville Nine – May 15

26] Army Experience Center protest – May 15

27] Peace vigil at Capitol – May 15

28] Day of Nakba – May 15

29] “Beam in our Eye” – May 16

30] Bridge vigil – May 16                                                               

31] Protest BP – May 16

32] Celebrate Sister Alice – May 16

33] ROOTS OF STEEL – May 16

34] Quaker Peace Vigil – May 16

35] Green Party meeting – May 16

36] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – May 16

37] Pentagon vigil – May 17

38] Ratify Start – May 17-21

39] Showdown on K Street – May 17                

40] Protest the death penalty – May 17                

41] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 17 — May 20

42] Human Rights Defender – May 17


44] Pledge of Resistance meeting – May 17

45] War Is Not the Answer demo – May 18


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] –A sweet young gray and white female cat, fixed of course, needs a new home, because her daddy is moving to Beirut, Lebanon to live with his new wife! All the supplies come with her-litter box and litter, food, flea meds. Contact Ellen Barfield at to give this lovely companion a warm and inviting home.


7] – On Thurs., May 13 at 6 PM, catch "A Fresh Look-U.S. Perspectives during Argentina's Dictatorship" at the Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History, 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, WDC. A moderated, public conversation between F. Allen “Tex” Harris, former political officer in the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires and Maria Hinojosa, NPR journalist, Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, and American U. law professor and human rights advocate Juan Méndez about the complex and controversial relationship between the U.S and Argentine governments during Argentina’s military dictatorship from 1976-1983. Go to


8] – The Anne Arundel County Chapter of Improved Medicare for All presents its first monthly meeting featuring nationally renowned Medicare for All activist Dr. Margaret Flowers on Thurs., May 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at 49 West Coffee Café, 49 West St., Annapolis, MD 21401.  Find out what has been accomplished so far by the single-payer movement (Medicare for all) within Maryland, in Washington, DC, and nationwide. This is an informational gathering slated to occur every second Thursday of each month. Contact Patty Courtney 410-858-7747.  Go to


9] – 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: 


10] – 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


11] – 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.

12] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., May 14 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114


13] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., May 14 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.

14] – Witness for Peace Mid-Atlantic Annual Retreat & Conference is called Continuing the Struggle: Solidarity with Honduras and takes place Fri., May 14 through Sun., May 16 at Camp Letts, Edgewater, MD (near Annapolis).  Register by Wed., Apr. 14 at  Your $110 retreat and conference fee includes all your food (vegetarian options provided), lodging, training, and fun for the weekend.  If you are unable to afford the full fee, WFP will work with you on a sliding scale. Call 202-536-4708 or go to

The keynote speaker will be Rodolfo Pastor de Maria y Campos, former assistant head of the Honduran Embassy in the United States, who remained loyal to ousted President Manuel Zelaya and continues struggling in exile in solidarity with the resistance front in Honduras.  Pastor is actively involved with Hondurans for Democracy, a Washington DC-based group that advocates for the restoration of justice, freedom and democracy in their homeland.

15] –  Attend the UDC Justice Café, co-sponsored by the Progressive Democrats of America, from 6 to 10 PM on Fri., May 14  in the Firebird Inn, Building 39, B-Level, 4200 Conn. Ave. NW, WDC 20008, which is hosted by the University of the District Columbia David Clarke School of Law. The suggested donation is $15, $10 for students and $5 for children. No one would be turned away. The event will feature food, music, poetry, an open mic session, tabling and more. Contact: FOR A FREE TABLE.  Use the Van Ness UDC Metro Station (Red Line).


16] – 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 -


17] – On Fri., May 14 at 8 PM @ 2640, 2640 Saint Paul St., attend the Bike Odyssey Benefit 2010, $6-$10 sliding scale, and help keep Heart's Place, Baltimore's only shelter that refuses to break up homeless families, open another year.  Enjoy these performers--GOOD GUISE, BOBBY E. LEE & THE SYMPATHIZERS and WILD BONERZ. Go to


18] – On Fri., May 14 at 7:30 PM, the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker presents Scott Wright for an evening of reflection on the life and work of Archbishop Romero in El Salvador.  Scott was a pastoral worker in El Salvador during the 1980s, accompanying the poor in refugee camps and conflictive areas.  Deeply inspired by the prophetic witness of martyred Archbishop Romero, whom he had the privilege of meeting, Scott has written a moving book about his life: Oscar Romero and the Communion of Saints (Orbis Books, 2009). A longtime peacemaker, Scott has served as coordinator of the Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean (EPICA), and now works on the staff of TASSC International. He will speak at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NWWDC 20010.                  

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 May 14. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

20] – Ride for the Feast is a 2-day, Sat., May 15 & Sun., May 16, 140-mile bike ride event from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware to Baltimore City. The goals of the event are to raise funds for Moveable Feast services and to increase awareness of nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and breast cancer. You can chose to ride, volunteer for the crew or contribute financially.  Email


21] –  THE GREATER DC PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY is happening Sat., May 15 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM at the Plymouth Congregational UCC, 5301 N. Capitol St., NE. Get off at the Fort Totten Metro Station (Green/Red lines).  Connect with people from across the region who are working for change, share your struggle and vision and help develop a people's agenda for a more just Greater DC in 2010.  Check out


22] – The Baltimore Free Store is having their Grand Opening on Sat., May 15 from 10 AM to 4 PM at 1413 West Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21223! You can participate by giving, taking, volunteering, and donating money. Go to


23] – 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 May 15. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


24] –  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


25] – Remember the Catonsville Nine with Veterans For Peace—Philip Berrigan Chapter—on Sat., May 15 at 11 AM at the Catonsville Post office on Frederick Road.  Then there will be a march one block west for a closing circle at the original site of the draft board raid at the Knights of Columbus parking lot. Contact John Oliver at 443-909-0151.  

26] Army Experience Center protest – May 15

26] –  The 3rd Saturday of the month protest vigil to close the Army Experience Center at Franklin Mills Mall takes place on May 15 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

27] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on May 15. 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


28] – Join the Palestinians in Commemorating the Day of Nakba on Sat., May 15 from noon to 12:45 PM.  It is to remember sixty-two years of ethnic cleansing.  In 1948 over five hundred villages were ethnically cleansed by the Zionist movement to create the State of Israel. The ethnic cleansing continues.  Go to


29] – On Sun., May 16 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host a talk “The Beam in our Eye” with Michael Franch, Ethical Culture leader.  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


30] – 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


31] – There will be a protest at the BP Station at 33rd and Greenmount Ave, Baltimore on Sun., May 16 from 1 to 2 PM.  The demand is END PERMITS FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING.  BP has the worst safety record of any oil company in the U.S. which led to the deaths of at least 33 workers since 1995.  BP has been forced to pay $485 million in fines and settlements to the U.S. government for environmental crimes, willful neglect of worker safety rules and penalties for manipulating energy markets.  In 2006 BP was found to have "willfully" underfunded maintenance in Prudhoe Bay (the nation's largest oil field) leading to 200,000 gallons spilling into the Alaskan Tundra.  This year BP is responsible for a four plus million gallon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The signs will focus on drilling, however No Blood for Oil is also appropriate.  Call 443 604 2298.


32] --  On Sun., May 16 at 1 PM, join a Celebration of Sister Alice at St. Jerome Parish Hall, 5205 43rd Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781.  RSVP to If you are unable to attend, send a card to Alice, 3321 12th St., NE, WDC 20017.


33] – Deborah Rudacille celebrates her new book about growing up near the furnaces of Sparrows Point ROOTS OF STEEL on Sun., May 16 at 3 PM at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. She will be joined by other historians and steelworkers.  The cost is $8, but members, students, seniors get in for $5.  Go to Call 410-276-1651.

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] – There is a Baltimore City Green party Meeting on Sun., May 16 from 4 to 6 PM at the Baltimore Free School, 1323 Calvert St.  The first part of the meeting is discussion, action and education.  The second hour will be the business portion.  Call 443-876-8522.  Go to


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 May 16. 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., May 17, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


38] – The Obama administration officially submitted the New START treaty to reduce Russian and US nuclear weapons to the US Senate for ratification. President Obama has stated he hopes the treaty will be ratified by the November elections. Key committees, such as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, are beginning to hold hearings on the New START treaty.


Concerned citizens and organizations are invited to take part in the Week of Action on the New START treaty Mon., May 17 through Fri., May 21.

May 17-21. A number of organizations have helped organize this national initiative to generate an outpouring of calls, emails, and constituent contact to senators just as formal hearings on the treaty begin.  If your organization is taking part in the Week of Action, please consider reporting back any details you are willing to share: Cara Bautista at, coordinator, Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World.


39] – On Mon., May 17 at 11:45 AM, there will be a Showdown on K Street in D.C. to protest the financiers & their lobbyists.  Buses will leave from the AFL-CIO on Patapsco Ave.  If interested in getting on the bus, email Betty Robinson at bettygrobinson at  In D.C., gather at McPhearson Square, 14th & K Sts.


40] – 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., May 17. Call 410-233-0488.

41] – 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


42] – On Mon., May 17 from 6 to 7:30 PM, Jesus Tecú speaks on his work as a Human Rights Defender in the Rio Negro Community.  The talk is at the Stewart Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave., NE, WDC 20002.                                                                                       


43] – The Off Center Media documentary DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE about William Kunstler will be shown as part of the Jewish Film Festival at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave,. Owings Mills, MD on Mon., May 17 at 7 PM.  The film was done by the two daughters Emily and Sarah Kunstler.  Check out the website


44] – 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 May 17 will take place at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts so that members can see the film DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or email at mobuszewski at for a ride.  


45] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road. Join this ongoing vigil.  The next vigil is May 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


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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