Saturday, May 8, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert May 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] A cat needs a home – ASAP

7] Olney vigil to end the war – May 8                              

8] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – May 8

9] Ray McGovern at benefit – May 8

10] Peace vigil at Capitol – May 8                    

11] Jobs protest & Summit – May 8

12] Life Restoration Ministry – May 8

13] Code Pink in action – May 8

14] Westminster WIB vigil – May 8

15] Baltimore Literary Cabaret – May 8

16] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – May 9

17] Ethical Democracy – May 9

18] Bridge vigil – May 9                                                                

19] Quaker Peace Vigil – May 9

20] Pentagon vigil – May 10

21] Commemorate Catonsville Nine – May 15


23] Mankekolo has a new book


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] – 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 8. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


8] –  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


9] – On Sat., May 8 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, the Peace Action Montgomery annual luncheon will feature Ray McGovern, a political activist and retired CIA analyst who writes and lectures all over the country.  It will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, MD.  The lunch will be provided by Lebanese Taverna. The suggested donation is $20, and additional proceeds go to the “Women for Afghan Women” group.  A raffle for an electric scooter/bike will also be held for the benefit of the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers “Journey to Smile.”  RSVP at   


10] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on May 8. 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


11] – On Sat., May 8 participate in a JOBS PROTEST & National Strategy Summit.  The PROTEST 4 A JOBS PROGRAM begins at noon with a rally at the Dept. of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW (between 2nd and 3rd Sts.).  Seventy-five years ago, Pres. Roosevelt signed the executive order establishing the Works Projects Administration, the biggest public jobs program in U.S. history. Join unemployed people, trade unionists, community and youth activists and organizations from all over the country to call for a real jobs program for the 30 million unemployed and underemployed people in the U.S. today.


After the protest at the Labor Dept., there will be a meeting to plan the next steps.  At 2 PM, the meeting will be at CWA BUILDING, 501 THIRD ST. NW, WDC. Send your ideas, questions or proposals to Joblessness is the number one crisis today. This event was initiated by the Bail Out the People Movement. To endorse the May 8 Jobs Protest, go to or call 212-633-6646.


12] –  The Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo invites you to the next Life Restoration Ministry gathering, a Restoring Mothers' Luncheon, on Sat., May 8 at Payne Memorial AME Church, 1714 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Call Rev. Mankekolo to find out the time of the luncheon-- (410) 233-4649.


While most people celebrate their living mothers, there are some people who are in distress because of the loss of their mothers. Also there are mothers who have lost their children to violence in the city and in wars. You are invited to be restored and to celebrate great memories of your mother or child. Baltimore City States Attorney, Patricia Jessamy, will be the Guest Speaker. The other speaker will be a woman from Africa.  Please support by making donations payable to Life Restoration Ministry and mail to 3315 Mondawmin Ave., Baltimore, MD 21216.

13] – On Sat., May 8, during Mother’s Day weekend, CodePink is holding a women's gathering to bring the message of peace and disarmament to the annual military exhibition fair that will be installed on the National Mall. This is a gathering of mothers, daughters, grandmas and allies, all taking a stand to end the occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and to stop our militarization around the world! Join in from 1 to 5 PM at John Marshall Park, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., NW across from the National Gallery and next door to the Canadian Embassy.  The closest Metro stop is Archives.  Call 202-248-2093.  "Arise then...women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts!... We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs." ~ Julia Ward Howe, Mother's Day Proclamation, 1870

14] – 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 May 8. Email


15] – The Baltimore Literary Cabaret is happening on Sat., May 8 at 7 PM at the G-Spot in Hampden, 2980 Falls Road, Baltimore 21211.  Go to The event raises money for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.


16] – On Sun., May 9 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host a talk “Building Ethical Democracy” with Hugh Taft-Morales, Ethical Culture leader.  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


17] – 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

18] – 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.

19] – 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 9. 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


20] – 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 3, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


21] – 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.  


22] – 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


23] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo is excited by her new book: RESTORE ME: 40 Healing Sermons. The book is available for $19.95 plus $5 for shipping and handling--ISBN: 978-1 -4502-1631-9 (sc), ISBN: 978-1 -4502-1633-3 (dj) or ISBN: 978-1 -4502-1632-6 (sc). She would appreciate if you ordered the book from her: checks payable to Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo and sent to 3315 Mondawmin Ave., Baltimore, MD 21216.  The publisher is, and it can be called at 1-800-288-4677.


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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