Thursday, September 16, 2010

Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 16 – Oct. 2, 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] Anne Feeney needs our help

7] Solidarity with Afghanistan – Sept. 16

8] Bradley Manning fundraiser – Sept. 16

9] White House vigil – Sept. 17     

10] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Sept. 17

11] WIB Roland Park vigil – Sept. 17  

12] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Sept. 17

13] Homewood vigil – Sept. 17

14] Vigil at Walter Reed – Sept. 17

15] Film DEATH IN GAZA – Sept. 17

16] Ballroom dancing – Sept. 17

17] Help DC Vote – Sept. 18

18] W. Baltimore Farmers Market – Sept. 18

19] Help Human Rights Campaign – Sept. 18                         

20] Peace Vigil – Sept. 18                         

22] Olney vigil to end the war – Sept. 18                         



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] – Anne Feeney has recently been diagnosed with a lung tumor and will not be able to work for some time. She is looking for a thousand friends to each donate $50 (no more than that). If you can make a donation, it can be sent to Anne Feeney, 2240 Milligan Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218 or you can go online at  You can send Anne good wishes at

7] – On Thurs., Sept. 16, there will be a reception at 6 PM with Afghan appetizers, refreshments and drinks, and the program will begin at 7 PM.  Pax Christi USA will hold its annual Momentum program entitled “An Evening in Solidarity with Afghanistan,” which will feature testimonies, reflections and videos from Afghan civilians and youth, US veterans and the Department of Defense [sic], as well as a special address on the war by Bishop Gabino Zavala, president of Pax Christi USA. The event will take place at the St. Francis Hall at 1340 Quincy St., NE, WDC. There is a suggested donation of $30, and all donations are tax-deductible and gratefully accepted for Pax Christi USA’s efforts to end the war in Afghanistan.  RSVP with Beth Kenyon at 202-635-2741 or


8] – There is an informational and social fundraiser at the Mott House, 1st and Maryland Ave., which is by the Supreme Court, at 6:30 PM on Thurs., Sept. 16 to raise a some money for Bradley Manning's defense team.


9] – 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:   

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., Sept. 17 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

12] – 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

13] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Sept. 17 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., in opposition to war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings. 


14] – 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 -


15] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is MAN & WOMAN AGAINST THE MACHINE.   The first film in the series is DEATH IN GAZA [United Kingdom, 2004], and it will be shown on Fri., Sept. 17 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.

 This award winning documentary starts in the West Bank before moving to Rafah, the border town in Gaza. The film then concentrates on Ahmed (age 12), Mohammed (age 12) and Najla (age 16). During the filming, producer/director James Miller was killed by an Israeli soldier.  Miller and crew had intended on illustrating this struggle from the Israeli children's point of view also. His death was incorporated in the film, with an explanation by the narrator, Saira Shah. 


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] –  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 Sept. 17. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

17] – DC Vote wants to have a presence to demand democracy for the city with brand new petitions, rally signs, t-shirts and bumper stickers. Volunteer at H Street Festival on Sat., Sept. 18 contacting Jennifer Matson, Public Affairs Associate, at or 202.462.6000 x18.


18] – Citizens Planning and Housing Association is urging you to shop at the W. Baltimore Farmer's Market on Sat., Sept. 18 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


19] – On Sat., Sept. 18, Human Rights Campaign will host a Volunteer Training from 9:30 - 10:00 AM (required).  From 10 AM to 1 PM, there will be a workshop.  Both events will take place at the Langston Brown Community Center, 4854 Lee Hwy., Arlington, VA 22207. Spanish fluency is helpful, but not necessary.  RSVP to Phil McCarthy, HRC Washington, DC Diversity Co-Chair, at with the following information: your name, email address, and cellphone number; your commitment to participating in the training at 9:30 AM; and your fluency in Spanish.

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

21] –  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


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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