Thursday, May 27, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert May 27 – June 7, 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] D.C. CCAN meeting – May 27

8] White House vigil – May 28         

9] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – May 28

10] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – May 28

11] WIB Roland Park vigil – May 28      

12] Protest Pakistan – May 28

13] Homewood vigil – May 28

14] Vigil to End the Wars – May 28

15] Film DELIVER US FROM EVIL – May 28

16] Vigil at Walter Reed – May 21

17] Ballroom dancing – May 21

18] Olney vigil to end the war – May 29                             

19] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – May 29

20] Protest BP – May 29

21] Protest Arizona racism -- May 29

22] Peace vigil at Capitol – May 29

23] Workshops for Parade for peace – May 29-31

24] Catch Michael Franti & friends – May 29

25] An Ethical Discussion -- May 30

26] Sowebohemian Festival – May 30                                                               

27] Bridge vigil – May 30                                                               

28] Quaker Peace Vigil – May 30

29] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – May 30

30] Pentagon vigil – May 31

31] June is Torture Awareness Month

32] Screening film PLUNDER — May 31

33] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 31 — June 3

34] Pledge of Resistance picnic – May 31

35] War Is Not the Answer demo – June 1

36] Dialogue Under Occupation – June 1-3

37] What’s going on in Oaxaca – June 1

38] Nuclear Weapons talk – June 1              

39] Philadelphia vigil – June 2

40] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – June 2

41] Mubarak Awad speaks in Baltimore – June 2

49] Israel/Palestine roundtable – June 3

56] WIB Towson vigil – June 3

57] First Thursday Against the Wars – June 3

58] BARCS fundraiser – June 4

59] WIB Frederick vigil – June 5

60] Health Care Forum – June 5

40] Protest the death penalty – June 7                

61] Mankekolo has a new book

62] Support cafeteria workers at Coppin State

63] Buy a red maple tree

64] Join Global Zero campaign

65] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

66] Publish your peace article

67] Click on The Hunger Site  

68] Fire & Faith   

69] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


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] – The DC CCAN group will be meeting on Thurs., May 27 at 6:30 PM at the Spanish Catholic Center, 1618 Monroe St. NW, WDC, to discuss the big clean energy project ideas for the 10/10 Global Work Party Day of action. RSVP to Keith at or 443-759-0454. Go to


8] – 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: 


9] – 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


10] – 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.

11] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., May 28 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114

12] – Pakistan Links to Terrorism & Nuclear Tests in Occupied Balochistan will be protested on Fri., May 28 from noon to 1:30 PM at the White House, near Farragut West and North Metro Stations. The protesters will call for an end to aid to Pakistan and independence for Balochistan. A brownbag lunch and a press conference will follow the protest at the National Press Club, Murrow Room, 529 14th Street, NW Washington DC 20045 [Near Metro Center Station] at 2 PM.  Texas-sized Balochistan was not a part of Pakistan when the British created it in August 1947 but was illegally annexed by Pakistan on March 27, 1948. Fifty years later on May 27, 1998 Pakistan tested its deadly nuclear weapons in Balochistan. Over the years Pakistan has killed thousands of Baloch patriots yearning for independence, including former governor and chief minister of Balochistan Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. More than a thousand remain missing. Today billions of dollars of U.S. taxpayers monies are being wasted on Pakistan military though the country is the biggest threat to the well-being and security of the U.S.

13] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., May 28 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] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, May 28, 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


15] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is Seeking the Truth Through Documentaries.   The fifth film in the series is DELIVER US FROM EVIL [USA, 2007], and it will be shown on Fri., May 28 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.


In the documentary, Father Oliver O'Grady comes across as the most reasonable of men. In reality, he is confessing to acts of pedophilia performed on hundreds of children, one only nine months old. Amy Berg, who wrote and directed the documentary, admits to being amazed when O'Grady agreed to appear in her film. What unsettled her even more was his mildness of manner. Now living in Ireland, he freely admits to the crimes for which he served seven years in a California prison. Cardinal Roger Mahony of the archdiocese of Los Angeles was, in the 1980s, bishop when many of O'Grady's crimes were committed, and there is ample proof that he was told about them at the time by O'Grady. Yet he took no action to prevent the priest injuring more children. O'Grady was simply moved on to a parish where no one knew about him - a pattern repeated whenever he offended again.


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.


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] –  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 28. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

18] – 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 29. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


19] –  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


20] – There will be a protest at the BP Station at 33rd and Greenmount Ave, Baltimore on Sat., May 29 from 11 AM to noon.  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 410-308-1326.

21] – Immigrant Rights are Civil Rights: A Solidarity Action with the Immigrants of Arizona will take place on Sat., May 29 from noon to 2 PM at Dupont Circle in the District of Columbia.  There are a number of sponsors, including the Washington Peace Center.  Contact David Thurston at 646-382-4181 or

22] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on May 29. 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


23] – Get ready for Parade For Peace by coming to workshops from Sat., May 29 until Mon., May 31 in creating puppets, costumes, props & flags at the Doghouse in Takoma Park and in D.C. RSVP for details: 301-891-3680 or 202-590-4320.


24] – On Sat., May 29 at Pier Six catch Michael Franti & Spearhead and the Wailers.  Call 410-244-1131.  .


25] – On Sun., May 30 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will have an open discussion.   Call 410-581-2322 or visit


26] – Join the Crabshell Alliance at the Sowebohemian Festival on Sun., May 30 from noon to 9 PM in the Hollins Market, 26 S. Arlington Ave. Call 410-366-1637.  Go to Hand out anti-nuclear power literature.  


27] – 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

28] – 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.

29] – 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 30. 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


30] – 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 31, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


31] – June is Torture Awareness Month – organizations such as TASSC and NRCAT will be having a number of activities this monthNRCAT is highlighting two major efforts – first, passing federal legislation granting the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) access to all detainees in U.S. custody and second, the need for a comprehensive investigation, a Commission of Inquiry, into the use of torture by the United States since September 11, 2001. Have a table before or after each worship service in June to gather signatures on postcards and petitions on these two issues to present to Members of Congress.  Hold an educational session, using NRCAT's 20-minute video or a new study resource on a Commission of Inquiry based on a recent book review.  Complete information about these activities and resources is available on the Torture Awareness Month webpage. You'll find postcards to download and print, an interfaith prayer & bulletin insert, new banners and bumper stickers, and a sample Letter to the Editor. Go to

32] – SCREENING OF PLUNDER: The Crime of our Time is a hard-hitting investigative film by Danny Schecter, which will be screened on Mon.,  May 31 at noon, 3 PM and 6 PM at Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC 20001.  The "News Dissector" explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed.  The film opens with the conviction of Ponzi King Bernie Madoff, whose acknowledged criminality drove a $65 billion dollar pyramid scheme. It argues that the wrong doing committed by a few individuals distracts from the real story, implicating the best-known institutions that financed and profited from fraudulent sub prime lending. Call 202-462-2285.

33] – 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


34] – 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 31, and the plan is to do a potluck picnic starting at 6:30 PM.  You are invited.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or email at mobuszewski at for directions.  


35] – 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 June 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


36] – Dialogue Under Occupation will occur on Tues., June 1 starting at 3:30 PM through Thurs., June 3 at 9 PM.  The dialogue will take place at American Univ., Ward Circle Bldg., Room 1, 4400 Mass. Ave. NW, WDC.  Use the Red Line Tenleytown/AU stop.  The focus of "Dialogue Under Occupation" is the ongoing exploration of dialogue and discourse in areas of the world experiencing occupation. Go to


37] – Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., is hosting a talk on Tues., June 1 at 7 PM about Justice for the Autonomous Community - San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, México.  Go to or call 410-230-0450. On April 27, paramilitaries backed by the ruling political party, Institutional Revolucionary Party (PRI in Spanish) opened fire and ambushed a caravan of local and international human rights observers and activists, en route to bring medical and food supplies to the besieged Indigenous Autonomous Community, San Juan Copala in the Triqui region of Oaxaca Mexico. A well respected and know Oaxacan Activist, Bety Cariño and a Finnish human rights observer Jeri Jaakkol were murdered in the attack. Others received wounds and injuries, some were kidnapped by the paramilitaries and others went missing for days in the Oaxacan sierra.


38] – On Tues., June 1 at 7:30 PM, Pax Christi Burtonsville will host Dr. Art Milholland, Physicians for Social Responsibility and Pax Christi, who will give his talk on "The Last Great Epidemic-Nuclear Weapons" at the Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Road, Burtonsville, MD.                


39] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is June 2. Call 215-426-0364.


40] – Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is June 2. Call 215-843-4256 or email

41] Baltimore Friends of Sabeel proudly announces a public presentation by Dr. Mubarak Awad, a 21st century Palestinian-American Apostle of Nonviolence, and founder of Nonviolence International, Inc. Speaking on Wed., June 2 at 7:30 PM, he will address the subject  "Nonviolence and the Responsibility of Christian People In and For the Middle East" at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1609 Kurtz Ave., Lutherville, MD 21093. A reception will follow.  Contact Paul Verduin, Maryland coordinator, Friends of Sabeel–North America at 301-495-7891 or Friends of Sabeel is a nonprofit ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to educating Americans on nonviolent approaches to finding freedom for all the people in the Holy Land. Go to

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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