Thursday, July 29, 2010

Calendar - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert July 29 � 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 War with Venezuela

7] Support AFSC-Baltimore peace program

8] Film FLOW � July 29

9] Candidates' Forum � July 29

10] Human Rights Campaign celebration -- July 29                                 

11] APOCALYPSE NEVER, the book � July 29

12] Book � Youth Speak Out � July 29

13] White House vigil � July 30       

14] WIB Inner Harbor vigil � July 30

15] WIB Roland Park vigil � July 30    

16] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil � July 30

17] Homewood vigil � July 30

18] Vigil to End the Wars � July 30

19] Vigil at Walter Reed � July 30

20] Cuban Five discussion � July 30

21] Ballroom dancing � July 30

22] W. Baltimore Farmers Market � July 31

23] Get Pledges for Global Work Party � July 31, Aug. 1

24] Olney vigil to end the war � July 31                           

25] Peace vigil in Chester, PA � July 31

26] Peace vigil at Capitol � July 31

27] Benefit for Louisiana Bucket Brigade � July 31

28] Book KICKED OUT � July 31


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] � No war with Venezuela.  Make your calls: Congressional switchboard--202-224-3121 or toll-free 800-473-6711; White House switchboard-202-456-1414 or comment line 202-456-1111; State Department switchboard-202-647-4000; or Defense Department, Public Affairs comment line--703-571-3343, then press option 5.


7] � Like most nonprofit groups in these perilous times, American Friends Service Committee-Baltimore is suffering from a lack of funding.  Our friend, Gary Gillespie, could lose his program unless some $7,000 in donations are secured.  Consider sending a (tax deductible) donation to Urban Peace Program, American Friends Service Committee, 4800 York Road, Baltimore MD 21212

8] � Food & Water Watch is screening FLOW on Thurs., July 29 from 6 to 8 PM at The Reef in downtown Adams Morgan, 2446 18th St. NW, WDC.  Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis. She builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

9] � On Thurs., July 29 from 6 to 9 PM at Northside Baptist Church, 1100 East Northern Parkway, there will be a Candidates' Forum, co-sponsored by the Northeast Community Organization (NECO).  Mayor Rawlings-Blake will be special guest speaker during the first part of the meeting.  The second portion of the evening will be given over to those running for state office in the 43rd Legislative District.

10] � On March 4th, D.C. became the sixth jurisdiction in the nation to permit same-sex couples to marry.  The Human Rights Campaign invites you to a celebration on Thurs., July 29 from 6 to 8 PM for a meet and greet at 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC with same-sex couples who have been or plan to be married.  At the event, you will find out specific ways how you can play a vital role in educating fellow DC residents about the benefits of marriage equality.  RSVP for this event at  If you cannot attend this event but would like to join the effort, email Jasper Hendricks at

11] � On Thurs., July 29, from 7 to 9 PM, Tad Daley will discus his book APOCALYPSE NEVER: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World at the River Park Mutual Homes Community Room, 1301 Delaware Ave., SW, WDC. RSVP to Elaine Graves at


12] � On Thurs., Jul. 29 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21202, catch "You're Not Listening: Baltimore Youth Speak Out." Meet Ashley who watches, dissects, analyzes, synthesizes and then creates amazing poetry. Meet Aaron who arrives to his English class on time, but leaves out if it gets too quiet. "You're Not Listening" is a compilation of narratives recorded by Baltimore high school students about their experiences, perceptions, and opinions on a range of topics: family, school, sex, identity, racism, politics, and crime. This book release features readings by five of the contributing authors, introduced by the editors: Nzinga Oneferua-El, DM, MHS, founder and executive director of Safe Healing Foundation, and Jay Gillen, Ph.D., Baltimore City Schools and the Baltimore Algebra Project. Call 410-230-0450 or email


13] � 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:   

14] � 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

15] � There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., July 30 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

16] � 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

17] � There is a silent vigil on Fri., July 30 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] � On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, July 30, 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


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] � The activist and author Gloria La Riva, coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, is speaking on Fri., July 30 at 7 PM at 617 Florida Ave., NW, near the Shaw/Howard Metro Station on the Green Line.  The Party for Socialism and Liberation can be reached at 202-234-2828 or


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 30. 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 31 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] � Can you help gather pledges for 10/10/10?  This is part of the campaign's Global Work Party day of action on October 10. If yes, there is a need for volunteers on Sat., July 31 from  9 to 11 AM at the Waverly Farmers' Market, 32nd and Barclay St. and Sun., Aug. 1 from 8 AM to noon at the Baltimore Farmers' Market, under the JFX, south of the Orleans Exit. Bring a clipboard and pen, and there will be a "captain" who will contact you re forms, meeting, etc. Contact Terry at 410-486-5766 or email

24] � 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 31. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 

25] �  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


26] � There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on July 31. 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

27] � There will be a benefit for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade on Sat., July 31, from 4 to 6 PM, at the Eatonville Restaurant, 2121 14th St. NW, WDC.  There will be music and poetry to raise funds for the Bucket Brigade, an environmental health and justice organization that has been helping residents living near Louisiana refineries fight air pollution for years, and is now helping them track and respond to the BP Oil Disaster that is ravaging the Gulf. Join Mississippi poet Angela Ball and DC-area poets Chris August and Sonya Renee in raising voices against the greed and corruption that caused this catastrophe. Tickets are $10.

28] � On Sat., July 31 at 7 PM, Sassafras Lowrey will be speaking at Red Emma's, 800 Saint Paul St. As an editor, Lowrey will detail the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth collected in her new KICKED OUT! Anthology.  Go to


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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