Thursday, July 15, 2010

Calendar Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert July 15 – Aug. 9, 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] No give-aways for nuclear reactors

7] See THE OATH – July 15

8] D.C. Statehood Teach-In – July 15


10] Film series on food – July 15

11] Call the Senate – July 16

12] White House vigil – July 16       

13] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – July 16

14] WIB Roland Park vigil – July 16    

15] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – July 16

16] Palestinian nonviolent activism – July 16

17] Trinity Bomb – July 16

18] Homewood vigil – July 16

19] Vigil at Walter Reed – July 16

20] Eddie Conway on Frederick Douglass – July 16

21] Ballroom dancing – July 16

22] ALTERNATIVE METHODS -- July 16, 22 & 24

23] Baltimore Strut – July 16

24] W. Baltimore Farmers Market – July 17

25] Boycott AHAVA – July 17                           

26] Olney vigil to end the war – July 17                           

27] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – July 17

28] "A Walk In the Woods -- July 17, 18 & 24

29] Peace vigil at Capitol – July 17

30] Iran attack?/Cuba Today – July 17

31] MUPJ meeting – July 17

32] Red Emma's hosts discussion on social movements – July 17

33] Gimme Shelter – July 17

34] An Ethical Discussion – July 18

35] Bridge vigil – July 18

36] Quaker Peace Vigil – July 18

37] Red Emma's needs volunteers – July 18

38] Zinn & Chomsky – July 18

39] Pentagon vigil – July 19


 We have lost recently some important members of the peace and justice community: Bill Callahan of the Quixote Center; Patrick Rice of TASSC, who had a heart attack in the Miami airport on his way home to Argentina after doing a three-day human rights workshop to torture survivors and other human rights activists the last week in June in D.C.; and Elise Boulding, the Quaker pioneer in peace studies.  In addition, the only sister of Marie Dennis died tragically in an accident.  May they rest in peace. Presente!


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 HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE is to meet Thurs., July 15 to discuss a spending bill and to include $25 billion of taxpayer money for reactor construction loans.  Contact your representative to say no to loans for dangerous nuclear reactors.  Go to Contact the Nuclear Information and Resource Service at or


7] – The documentary The Oath will be shown 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


8] – Be at the 2010 DC Statehood Teach-In on Thurs., July 15 from 6 to 8 PM at the U.S. Capitol West Lawn (Closest Metro Stations are Union Station and Capitol South).  The best parking is at 50 Mass. Ave., NE.  Join the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation's Capital, which will facilitate the Teach-In. The Washington Peace Center will be tabling at this event; if you are interested in volunteering, email or call 202-234-2000.


9] – Join the World Affairs Council for a discussion with Deborah Rosenblum, Nuclear Threat Initiative, and Daryl Kimball, Arms Control Association, and film screening of "Nuclear Tipping Point" on Thurs., July 15 from 6:30 to 8 PM at the UCDC Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC 20036.  The nearest Metro Stations are Farragut North/Dupont Circle (Red) & Farragut West (Orange/Blue).  Admission for members is $10, for non-members it is 15 & students & interns get in free.  A reception will follow the discussion.  Register online at or call 202-293-1051.


10] – There is a Baltimore Food and Faith Project Summer Film Series at the Episcopal Cathedral, 4 E. University Ave. On Thur., July 15 at 7 PM see two documentaries THE FUTURE OF FOOD and THE DYING FIELDS.  Call 410-502-5069 or go to


11] – The National Call-the-Senate Day is Fri., July 16, part of a National Lobby Day on nuclear power issues. D.C. groups will be visiting as many Senate offices as possible with a simple message: vote no on pro-nuclear provisions and amendments on energy and/or climate legislation! The Senate to considering such legislation later in July. If you can come to D.C. and visit a Senate office or two, email or call 301-270-6477.  If not, call your senators.


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 16 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] – Politics and Poetics: Palestinian Art and Culture as a Form of Resistance is the topic of discussion on Fri., July 16 from 12:30 to 2 PM at The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC‎. The 2010 Palestine Center Summer Intern Lecture Series seeks to highlight the role of nonviolent activism within the Palestinian solidarity movement. The speaker is Mr. Zein El-Amine, assistant director of the Creative Writing Department, Univ. of Maryland.  Visit

17] – The Trinity Bomb-The Beginning of the End will include presentations and discussions on the 65th Anniversary of first nuclear bomb, "Trinity Test," on July 16, 1945. It will be held on Fri., July 16 from 1 to 3 PM at Wheeler Auditorium, Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Scientists and authors Rosalie Bertell, Ph.D., GNSH and Janette Sherman, M.D. will be joined by Cathy Garger, founder of People Against A Radioactive Chesapeake. There will be a reception with light refreshments afterwards. Registration is required.  Reserve a seat at Visit


18] – 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.


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] – On Fri., July 16 at 7 PM, listen to a phone-in at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St. with Eddie Conway on Frederick Douglass' "What is the Fourth of July to the Negro?"  Call 410-230-0450.  Go to


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] – 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 continues at the Capital Fringe Festival on 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?


23] – The Baltimore Strut is starting on Fri., July 16 from 9 PM until midnight at the Sankofa Dance Theater, 2901 Druid Park Dr.  This is Baltimore's newest Lindy Hop venue with DJed or live swing and soul music every Friday.  There is a free beginner lesson at 8:30 PM.  Admission is $5.


24] – Citizens Planning and Housing Association is urging you to shop at the W. Baltimore Farmer's Market on Sat., July 17 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


25] – On Sat., July 17 from 10 AM until noon, Friends of Sabeel will demonstrate to urge the BOYCOTT OF AHAVA COSMETICS, made by West Bank settlers from natural resources stolen from the Palestinian people. Gather in downtown Silver Spring (3 blocks up Wayne Ave. from METRO). The Ulta Cosmetics Salon is at 914 Ellsworth Dr., on the pedestrian mall between Georgia Ave. & Fenton St., near the fountain and across from the Austin Grill.  Ellsworth Drive is one block north of Wayne Ave.  The Wayne Ave. public parking garage, located directly behind the Ulta Cosmetics Salon, is free on weekends! 

26] – 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. 

27] –  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


28] – Catch the American Ensemble Theater play A Walk in the Woods at Goethe Institut - Gallery, 812 Seventh St., NW, WDC 20001. It will be performed on Sat., July 17 at 11:30 AM and 9 PM, Sun., July 18 at 4 PM and Sat., July 24 at 3 PM. Lee Blessing's comic drama follows two Cold War nuclear arms negotiators, one U.S., one Russian, as they struggle to reach an arms reduction agreement. It was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award, and an Olivier Award. Tickets are $15. Order phone: 866-811-4111. This production is presented as a part of the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival. Go to


29] – 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


30] – A discussion, Will the U.S. and Israel attack Iran,? takes place Sat., July 17 from 1 to 3 PM at Peace & A Cup of Joe, 713 W. Pratt St., 2nd floor. Come listen to a presentation and analysis on the recent hostilities toward Iran and the continuing struggle for self-determination. There will also be a presentation on The Cuban Revolution Today.  July 26th marks the 57th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks led by Fidel Castro and others. The event is sponsored by the Party for Socialism and Liberation.  Call 443-378-9253 or email  Go to


31] – Maryland United for Peace and Justice has a general meeting on Sat., July 17 from 3 to 5 PM at the Christ the King Episcopal Church, 1930 Brookdale Road, Woodlawn, MD 21244. If you get lost, call Paulette's cell phone number 443-418-5479.  The agenda includes ccommunity building, 2011 conference plans, and building relationships with state legislators.


32] – On Sat., July 17 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., explore the current composition of U.S. social movements with Team Colors collective member Craig Hughes.  Call 410-230-0450.


33] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues to do consciousness/fundraising events about the plight of the homeless and for the shelters that serve them. On Sat., July 17 at 7:30 PM, there will be a night of poetry and music featuring Alan Barysh, Ron Williams, Suzanne X, In The Clear, Dr. Kathleen Hellen and Michael Monroe.  Attendees are asked to make a five-dollar donation. The event will take place at the Hamilton Arts Gallery, 5502 Harford Rd., Baltimore 21214Call 443-869-4515. Go to  Donations of non-perishable foods, packets of seeds and pedialite will be gladly accepted.


34] – On Sun., July 18 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


35] – 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

36] – 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.

37] – 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


38] – On Sun., July 18 at 8 PM, watch two of the most venerable figures on the American Left -- Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky -- converse with Sasha Lilley about their lives and political philosophies, looking back at eight decades of struggle and theoretical debate.  THEORY AND PRACTICE is the July Film of the Month for Busboys and Poets' film series, Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Community and will be shown at Busboys @ Shirlington Village, 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206.


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


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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