Thursday, July 8, 2010

Calendar - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert July 8 – Aug. 5, 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] Order Peace license plates



9] The Peace Process – July 8

10] Film about coup in Honduras – July 8

11] Protest drones at Smithsonian – July 9        

12] White House vigil – July 9        

13] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – July 9

14] WIB Roland Park vigil – July 9     

15] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – July 9

16] See THE OATH – July 9—July 15

17] Homewood vigil – July 9

18] ALTERNATIVE METHODS -- July 9, 11, 16, 22 & 24

19] Vigil at Walter Reed – July 9

20] Anarcho-Folk music – July 9

21] Ballroom dancing – July 9

22] W. Baltimore Farmers Market – July 10

23] Brainstorm with Code Pink – July 10                           

24] Pastors For Peace in Baltimore – July 10                           

25] Olney vigil to end the war – July 10                           

26] Film AMERICAN DREAM -- July 10

27] BP demo – July 10

28] Remember Bill Callahan – July 10

29] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – July 10

30] Peace vigil at Capitol – July 10

31] An Ethical Discussion – July 11

32] Bridge vigil – July 11

33] Pastors For Peace in D.C. – July 11

34] Quaker Peace Vigil – July 11

35] Green Party Meeting -- July 11

36] Ban All Nukes – July 11

37] Spiritual Progressives meet – July 11

38] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – July 11

39] Pentagon vigil – July 12

40] Peace of the Action projects – July 12 - 16


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] – Just in time for the Fourth of July, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has rolled out a new “official” license plate that commemorates the War of 1812 and depicts (among other things) “bombs bursting in air”.  If you need to obtain new plates between now and 2015, MVA will assign you one of these unless you request an alternative.  One of your choices is the Maryland peace license plate for which Peace Action won approval several years ago.  Like other organizational plates, you will have to pay slightly more than for the standard one but the renewal cost is the same.  If you are interested in obtaining a Maryland peace license plate, email Mike Keller with your mailing address, and he will send you an application: mjkeller at  The forms are not available online.


7] – Catch a screening of "Operation Small Axe" on Thurs., July 8 from 6 to 8 PM at Sankofa Video & Books, 2714 Georgia Ave. NW. This is a documentary about the murder of Oscar Grant by Oakland transit police. RSVP by emailing


8] – See a screening of JOURNEY INTO AMERICA on Thurs., July 8 from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Merrill Lynch Bldg., 1152 15th St. NW, 5th Floor, WDC 20006. Join the World Affairs Council for an evening with Ambassador Akbar Ahmed and watch pieces of his new film and discuss his latest book, "Journey Into America: The Challenge of Islam." The book is the first anthropological study on the Muslim-American community for which Ambassador Ahmed spent over one year of traveling to 75 different cities and visiting 100 mosques, homes and schools to get a feel of Muslim and non-Muslim viewpoints on a variety of issues. Call 202.293.1051.  The cost is $10 for non-members.


9] –  Former PLO Ambassador to the United States Afif Safieh will offer brief remarks about his new book “The Peace Process: From Breakthrough to Breakdown” and hold a book signing as well. This event takes place on Thurs., July 8 from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Avenue NW, WDC. This briefing is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Call 202-338-1958 ext.11.  Go to


10] – Hondurans for Democracy, a DC-based grass-roots group, invites you to watch "Quien Dijo Miedo: Honduras de un Golpe (Who is Afraid: Fathoming the Honduras Coup)," a documentary chronicling the struggle of the Honduran people resisting the demise of their country's frail democracy. Filmed over the span of 6 months starting on June 28, 2009, it captures both the brutal repression that ensued against critics of the coup and the birth of an astoundingly broad, pro-democracy, grass-roots social movement - the likes of which Honduras had never seen. See it on Thurs., July 8 at 6:30 PM at the E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, WDC 20004. There will be a Q&A with the film's producer and director, Katia Lara. Tickets are $10.  Email


11] –  Peace of the Action continues to gather in Lafayette Park each weekday at 9 AM, and then goes off for a protest until 3 PM. On Fri., July 9, there will be a protest at the drone display at the Smithsonian Air & Space MuseumGo to http:///  Email


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] – 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

14] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., July 9 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

15] – 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

16] – The documentary The Oath will be shown from Fri., July 9 through Thurs., July 15 at the Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St, NW, WDC 20004.  The Oath is a spectacularly gripping documentary that unspools like a great political thriller. It's the cross-cut tale of two men whose fateful meeting propelled them on divergent courses with Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo Bay Prison and the U.S. Supreme Court. Abu Jandal is a taxi driver in Sana'a, Yemen; his brother-in-law Salim Hamdan is a Guantanamo prisoner and the first man to face the controversial military tribunals. Jandal and Hamdan's intertwined personal trajectories—how they became bin Laden's bodyguard and driver respectively—act as prisms that serve to explore and contextualize a world which has confounded Western media. As Hamdan's trial progresses, his military lawyers challenge fundamental flaws in the court system. The director, Laura Poitras, also did “My Country, My Country.”  Go to


17] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., July 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] – Attend the new play, ALTERNATIVE METHODS, written and produced by Patricia Davis, which "explores indefinite detention, learned helplessness, and the deep involvement of psychologists in torture." It will premiers at the Capital Fringe Festival on Fri., July 9 at 5:30 PM, followed by four subsequent performances: Sun., July 11 @ 4:15 PM, Fri., July 16 @ 8:15 PM,   Thurs., July 22 @ 6:30 PM & Sat., July 24 @ 11 AM. The performances will be at Fort Fringe--The Shop, 607 New York Ave. NW, WDC 20009.  Purchase tickets online at or by cash at the door for $15.  Go to

The play focuses on an Iraqi doctor, suspected of treating an Al-Qaeda leader, who is detained and interrogated.  US forces want to know where the injured leader's safe house is: capturing him will save lives, they claim.  Susan, a young interrogation psychologist, is asked to pose as a lawyer to gain the doctor's trust.  As her colleagues resort to brutal methods, Susan must choose: Will she be complicit in the doctor's torture or risk her life to make it stop?


19] – 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 -


20] – Tune in to Anarcho-Folk Music Night and Decolonize Now! info session at Red Emma’s, 800 St. Paul St., at 7 PM.  This is acoustic music by Luke, Nikki and Mark Gunnery.  Call 410-230-0450 or got .

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 July 9. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

22] –  Citizens Planning and Housing Association is urging you to shop at the W. Baltimore Farmer's Market on Sat., July 10 from 8 AM to noon and every Saturday through Nov. 20. The market is located at the West Baltimore MARC train station parking lot (400 block of Smallwood St. between Franklin and Mulberry). CPHA provides technical assistance to WBMTTI. Call 410-539-1369 or email


23] – Medea Benjamin invites you to the event "breakfast and brainstorming and networking" on Saturday, July 10 at 9 AM until 11 AM at Busboys and Poets, 5th & K Sts. NW, WDC. Go to


24] –  Meet the Caravan to Cuba on Sat., July 10 from 7:30 to 10 PM at the Hostelling International Baltimore, 17 W. Mulberry St. Contact Frank Pratka at 410-262-8818 or  The event will include a discussion and Q&A about the caravan and its history with a pot-luck dinner and silent auction to benefit Pastors for Peace.

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 July 10. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 

26] – The Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, is showing Barbara Kopple’s AMERICAN DREAM at 10:30 AM on Sat., July 10 in the Wheeler Auditorium.  A discussion will follow.  Call 410-396-5430.


27] – There will be a protest at the BP Station at 33rd and Greenmount Ave, Baltimore on Sat., July 10 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.


28] –  Bill Callahan's funeral Mass and memorial service will be held on Sat., July 10 at 11 AM at Thomas Stone Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room, 4500 34th St., Mt. Rainier, MD  20712.  A reception at the Quixote Center will follow the service. All friends of Bill and Dolly are invited to participate in this celebration of Bill's life and legacy. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Quixote Center/Bill Callahan Memorial Fund, PO Box 5206 Hyattsville, MD  20782.


29] –  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


30] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on July 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


31] – On Sun., July 11 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


32] – 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

33] –  The Pastors for Peace Caravan will stop in D.C. on Sun., July 11 from 3 to 5 PM at the InnerLight Ministries, 1912 Q St. SE, WDC 20020. Call 202-234-8840. The caravan is making its way across the U.S. and will eventually deliver needed goods and items to the people of Cuba. Discuss Cuba, Cuba-US relations and the current situation in the island nation. Go to

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., July 11 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] – 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., July 11 Kim Thao-Nguyen, assistant director for programs, and Emily Gleason, research assistant, Project for Nuclear Awareness, will look at the legacy of the Trinity test, July 16, 1945. The title of the discussion is “Ban All Nukes Generation: A New Look at Abolishing Nuclear Weapons.” Go to 610-544-1818. Go to


37] – On Sun., July 11 at 5 PM, the Network of Spiritual Progressives in DC will meet at The Potters House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC 20009-3602.  Go to or call 202-232-5483.


38] – 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 July 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


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


40] – On Mon., July 12, 9 AM to Fri., July 16 at 3 PM, here is the Peace of the Action schedule.  The plan is to target recruiting centers and military contractors and lobbyists.  The week begins with a trial for Cindy Sheehan and others on Mon., July 12 in D.C. Superior Court.  The trial is expected to continue on Tues., July 13.  If the trial is concluded on Monday, be at Lafayette Park on July 13 at 9 AM. Eventually, POTA will go to a military recruiting center to protest until 3 PM. On Wed., July 14 be at Lafayette Park at 9 AM.  Again the group will go to a recruiting station to protest until 3 PM.


On Thurs., July 15 and Fri., July 16, meet in Lafayette Park at 9 AM.  On Thursday until 3 PM, there will be a demo outside the office of a war profiteer.  On Friday until 3 PM, demonstrate in front of the White House. Go to


To be continued.

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