Friday, September 10, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 10 – Oct. 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.


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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] White House vigil – Sept. 10     

8] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Sept. 10

9] WIB Roland Park vigil – Sept. 10  

10] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Sept. 10

11] Homewood vigil – Sept. 10

12] Launch Audacity of Hope – Sept. 10

13] Vigil at Walter Reed – Sept. 10

14] Guatemala Human Rights – Sept. 10

15] Eyewitness Iran – Sept. 10

16] Vespers for Peace – Sept. 10

17] Plowshares Eight – Sept. 10

18] Ballroom dancing – Sept. 10

19] W. Baltimore Farmers Market – Sept. 11

20] Community organizing workshops – Sept. 11                         

21] Help the needy – Sept. 11                         

22] Olney vigil to end the war – Sept. 11                         

23] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Sept. 11

24] Peace vigil at Capitol – Sept. 11

25] Film ON A WING AND PRAYER – Sept. 11

26] Join Pledge on Peace Path – Sept. 11     

27] Fahima Vorgetts back from Afghanistan – Sept. 11

28] Gimme Shelter – Sept. 11

29] Common Folk discussion – Sept. 11

30] DC Vote needs volunteers – Sept. 12

31] An Ethical Discussion – Sept. 12

32] Bridge vigil – Sept. 12

33] Unity Walk – Sept. 12

34] Quaker Peace Vigil – Sept. 12

35] Film IN THE KING OF PRUSSIA – Sept. 12

36] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Sept. 12

37] Film RETURN TO EL SALVADOR – Sept. 12

38] Protest at the Pentagon – Sept. 13

39] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Sept. 13 – 16

40] Protest the death penalty – Sept. 13             

41] Protest Arms Bazaar – Sept. 13

42] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Sept. 13

43] War Is Not the Answer demo – Sept. 14

44] App Rising meeting – Sept. 14 & 21

45] Help people of Honduras – Sept. 14 - 25



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] – 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:   

8] – 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.

9] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Sept. 10 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

10] – 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

11] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Sept. 10 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. 


12] – On Fri., Sept. 10 at 6:30 PM at the Tabernacle Church, 3700 Chestnut St., Phila., PA, HELP LAUNCH "THE AUDACITY OF HOPE,” a U.S. SHIP FOR THE NEXT GAZA FREEDOM FLOTILLA with Col. Ann Wright and Chris Hedges, author & former New York Times Mid-East Bureau Chief. Go to


13] – 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 -


14] – On Fri., Sept. 10 from 7 to 10:30 PM, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA invites you to An Evening of Music, Food, and Fun! It will feature SongRise and Melinda and Pablo.  SongRise is a new DC-based women’s a cappella group who believe that, through music, they can ignite hope, bring joy, inspire courage and motivate themselves and others to create change. Donations of $10 are encouraged!  The event is at the Potter's House, 1658 Columbia RD. NW, WDC 20009. 


15] – Go to the forum Eyewitness Iran: Behind the Sanctions and War Threats on Fri., Sept. 10 at 7 PM at 617 Florida Ave. NW, near the Shaw-Howard Metro Station. The Party for Socialism and Liberation presents this forum with featured speaker and author Phil Wilayto. Call 202-234-2828.


16] – On Fri., Sept. 10, 7 to 8 PM, attend the Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore Emmanuel Monastery Vespers for Peace & Reconciliation on the Eve of 9/11.  The monastery is at 2229 W. Joppa Rd.., Lutherville, MD 21093-4601. Call 410-821-5792. 


17] –On Sept. 9, 1980, eight peacemakers entered the General Electric plant in King of Prussia, PA and hammered and poured blood on nose cones of the Mark 12A nuclear warhead, thereby enfleshing the biblical prophesy of "beating swords into plowshares." This first "Plowshares" action has inspired some 90 other similar disarmament actions in the U.S. and abroad over the last 30 years. On Fri., Sept. 10 at 7:30 PM, hear Molly Rush, mother of six, who was one of the Plowshares 8 and Dean Hammer, who participated in the Plowshares 8 and Griffiss Plowshares actions, speak at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC, 20010.  Dean currently practices and teaches as a licensed psychologist in Vermont and is part of the worship community at the Weston Priory Benedictine Monastery. Molly co-founded the Thomas Merton Center for Peace & Justice in Pittsburgh in 1973 and was staff organizer from 1974-2005. She is co-founder of PA United for Singlepayer Healthcare 2003 and Health Care for All PA [single payer bill in PA legislature]. Contact Art at or 202-360-6416.


18] –  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. 10. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

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


20] – From 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Sat., Sept. 11, attend CPHA's Activate Your Inner Citizen University Free Community Building Workshops for You and Your Community!  Get tools for community building success through free workshops. The workshops will be offered at Morgan State University, Engineering Building, 5200 Perring Pkwy., Baltimore, MD 21251.  Call CPHA at 410-539-1369 or visit


21] – On Sat., Sept. 11 from 9 AM to 1 PM, “Give it a Second Life Collection” of St John’s Catholic and St. John’s United Methodist churches.  Bring any of the following to the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center parking lot on Twin Rivers Rd. in Columbia.  Items collected will go to the needy in Baltimore and the Developing World.   Look through your garages and attics (and ask your neighbors to do so also) for the following items: adult and children’s bikes (no “rust buckets” please); working portable sewing machines, cell phones; eyeglasses; hearing aids; musical instruments; women’s purses/pocketbooks and baseball equipment.  Tax receipts provided.  Call Tom McCarthy at 301-774-7069.

22] – 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. 10. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 

23] –  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


24] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sept. 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


25] – On Sat. Sept. 11 from 3 to 5:30 PM, “Hope Not Hate” 20,000 Dialogues Film Series presents “On A Wing and Prayer”, a movie which tells the story of an American Muslim who learns to fly.  The film will be preceded by a keynote talk by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, currently the Ibn Kahldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University.  He previously taught at Princeton, Harvard and Cambridge Universities and has been called by the BBC the “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam.”  It will be held at Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St., NW, WDC.  RSVP to:


26] – Each September 11th the Women in Black mobilize for peace. They stand from 4 to 6 PM from Federal Hill to the Beltway, creating a visible Peace Path through Baltimore to support the goal of a world without violence and bloodshed! Join the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore at Charles St. and North Ave.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


There will be a group gathering outside Stony Run Friends Meetinghouse as well.  Go to or email


27] – Fahima Vorgetts, volunteer director of the WAW Afghan Women's Fund, will share stories and photos from her recent trips to Afghanistan in April and August, 2010 as part of Afghanistan Update: Beyond the Headlines at the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St Paul St., Baltimore 21218 [enter at the corner of St. Paul and Stratford] on Sat., Sept. 11 from 7 to 9 PM. Contact Alicia Lucksted at or 410-235-0186.


28] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues to do consciousness/fundraising events about the plight of the homeless and for the shelters that serve them and is initiating its series of "Community Harvest" benefit performances. The idea of "Community Harvest" is designed to raise money through musical/poetic benefit shows to grow and purchase fresh, organic, local produce to distribute to Baltimore¹s homeless shelters, transitional housing and feeding programs.  On Sat., Sept. 11 at 7:30 PM, catch Art for Emergencies at the Hamilton Arts Gallery. 5502 Harford Rd. The featured performers will be Marcus Colasurdo, Suzanne X, Sam Schmidt, Jasaga, Alan Barysh, Ron Williams et al.  Admission is $5. Call 410-435-7162.


29] – On Sat., Sept. 11 from 8:30 to 11 PM, catch the Common Folk: The Voices of a Movement (Part 3: Terrorizing Immigrants) at Busboys and Poets, 5th & K Sts., NW.  This is a three-part concert series exploring and creating a new conversation on the topics of health, environment and immigration. Homage will be paid to the tragedy of this auspicious day. Participate in the open mic by sharing your work which is related to the topic of immigration, terrorism, and/or non-violent responses to conflict. Headlining will be The Cornel West Theory and guest speaker Shahid Buttar of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.


30] – 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 Adams Morgan Day, Sun., Sept. 12, 2010 by contacting Jennifer Matson, Public Affairs Associate, at or 202.462.6000 x18.


31] – On Sun., Sept. 12 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] – On Sun., Sept. 12, 1:30 to 4:30 PM, join the 6th Annual Unity Walk--“Building Peace by Serving Each Other.”  Building on last year’s focus on service, the Unity Walk continues to empower diverse individuals to come together for dialogue and volunteer opportunities.  Once again, participants are invited to visit a variety of religious congregations for open houses and celebration located along Washington, DC’s picturesque Embassy Row.  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] – 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., Sept. 12, there will be a large-screen showing of IN THE KING OF PRUSSIA (1982, 92 mins., directed by Emile de Antonio, starring Martin Sheen, and members of the Plowshares 8, including Daniel and Philip Berrigan). Also to be shown is a film short 30 YEARS OF NUCLEAR RESISTANCE, produced by the Nuclear Resister. Call 610-544-1818. Go to


36] – 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 Sept. 12.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


37] – See a screening of RETURN TO EL SALVADOR on Sun., Sept. 12 from 8 to 10 PM at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC.  The film directed by Jamie Moffett documents the aftermath of a 12 year civil war and the interplay between the Salvadoran people and the US politics and policies that directly influenced the country. Narrated by Martin Sheen, the film features interviews with former US ambassador to El Salvador Robert White.  It also focuses on the disappearance of prominent mining activist Marcelo Rivera. While in El Salvador shooting principal photography, Moffett and his crew stumbled upon the disappearance of Rivera and targets the Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining Company.  Email


38] – 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., Sept. 13, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


39] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at


40] – There is usually a vigil to abolish the death penalty every Monday from 5 to 6 PM, outside the prison complex and across the street from Maryland’s Super Max Prison, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in Baltimore.  Recently death row was moved out of Baltimore, but it was decided to continue the vigil. The next one is scheduled for Mon., Sept. 13.  Call 410-366-1637.


41] --  Protest Air Force Association "Arms Bazaar" on Mon., Sept. 13 from 6 to 7:30 PM at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD 20745  Meet for the vigil at the corner of Waterfront St. and St. George Blvd., directly across from the Gaylord National Resort.  Call Art Laffin at 202-360-6416.


The Technology Exposition will feature aerospace exhibitors from around the world that will display and demonstrate the latest breakthroughs in air and space war technology.  The immoral and illegal U.S. wars continue in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq, over 2 million Iraqis have died since 1991 from bombings, sanctions and a brutal occupation. In Afghanistan, tens of thousands of civilians have died since 2001 as a direct result from U.S. bombings and an unrelenting war and occupation. In both wars, nearly seven thousand U.S. soldiers have died and countless more have been injured and will experience a lifetime of trauma. Since President Obama has taken office, there have been over 100 U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan, killing untold numbers of civilians.  On Dec. 17, 2009, 41 people from two Pakistani families were killed by a U.S. cruise missile loaded with cluster bombs. U.S. military attacks are also increasing in Yemen (See New York Times, August 15, 2010).


The Air Force and some 150 arms contractors taking part in the AFA Air & Space Expo have played a crucial role in the above mentioned U.S. war making. These arms dealers are profiting from war and literally are making a killing! But that's not all. The Air Force and numerous arms contractors, like Lockheed Martin, are committed to U.S. nuclear superiority and militarizing and controlling space.  The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will sponsor the nonviolent vigil at the Gaylord National Resort, which is about a 30 minute ride south of D.C.  Take the Green Line to Branch Ave. Get off at Branch Ave. and take the NH1 National Harbor bus line. This bus takes you right near the Gaylord National Resort. Call 202-637-7000 and select “ride guide” for best directions. .


42] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings now take place at Max’s residence.  The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 13.  The agenda will review the visit to John Sarbanes’ office and discuss antiwar activities; including the October 2 Jobs for Justice rally.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.  


43] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road. Join this ongoing vigil.  The next vigil is Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Note participants will make a call for clean energy.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


44] – Appalachia Rising is a historic gathering in Washington, D.C. to call for an end to the destructive practice of mountaintop removal coal mining.  On Sept. 25 & 26, thousands of activists from across the U.S. will be descending on the capital for the Voices of the Mountains conference to learn, exchange ideas and strategize.  Following the conference on Mon., Sept. 27, there will be a march and rally to support dignified civil resistance. On Tues., Sept. 14 & 21. AppRising will host volunteer nights from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Takoma Park office to help mobilize folks from Virginia, Maryland and D.C. to Appalachia Rising. Come to CCAN's Takoma Park Office, 6839 Eastern Ave. (Takoma Park Red line stop on Metro, limited parking at the office) and make phone calls and eat pizza. If you can attend, email If you can’t come to Takoma Park but have a phone, computer and working internet connection, you can be set up.


45] – There is an urgent call for accompaniment from the Honduras Resistance Front. Join the Honduras Delegation, Sept. 14-22.  "Our privileged status as US citizens can help insure the safety of Honduras democracy advocates" - Dale Sorenson, director, Marin Task Force on the Americas.  Attacks and repression against the nonviolent resistance movement have escalated since defacto President Porfiro Lobo took office in January 2010 after he won a coup-organized faux election. Berta Oliva, head of Honduras' most important human rights group, COFADEH, told a recent delegation that unless they have on-going international accompaniment, the resistance will be "cooked and served up in the next few months."


Meanwhile the US government insists that democracy has returned to Honduras and Honduras should be reinstated in the Organization of American States and other international bodies from which it was expelled after the June 28, 2009 military coup. The US has even increased support for the very military that initiated the coup. September 15 (Central American Independence Day) is the day the Honduran Resistance will present the results of their Consulta calling for a Constitutional Assembly. Help insure their safety.


The delegation will be led on the ground by Andrés Thomas Conteris. Andrés works with Democracy Now! en Español and reported from the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa from September 2009 to January 2010 for numerous media outlets, including KPFA's Flashpoints. The cost is $750, which covers hotel, transportation, and most meals. International airfare is not included.  Contact Dale Sorensen at 415-924-3227 or


To be continued.


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"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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