Thursday, October 14, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Oct. 14 – Oct. 29, 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] Shop-a-Paw-Looza 2010 continues

7] Bring the World Home continues    

8] Cease violence contest  

9] One Nation meeting – Oct. 14

10] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Oct. 14

11] Protest Israeli ambassador – Oct. 14

12] Human Rights defenders from Honduras – Oct. 14

13] Antero Pietila at Red Emma’s -- Oct. 14

14] Ecovillages at Free School – Oct. 14

15] Biblical perspective on land care -- Oct. 14

16] Crabshell Alliance meeting – Oct. 14

17] You can buy Shiori’s book of poetry – starting Oct. 15    

18] White House vigil – Oct. 15    

19] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Oct. 15

20] WIB Roland Park vigil – Oct. 15 

21] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Oct. 15

22] Homewood vigil – Oct. 15



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] – The Maryland SPCA's Shop-a-Paw-Looza 2010 Auction continues. Every bid that you make helps. Keep bidding on over 350 items that friends and supporters of the Maryland SPCA have donated for such an important cause. Take a chance to win one of the most popular items in the auction, a featured photo of your pet in the MD SPCA 2012 calendar!  Go to Call 410.235.8826.


7] – Catch the "Bringing the World Home" exhibit in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps!  The exhibit is in the UMBC Library Rotunda through the end of the semester and consists of 5 display cases featuring photos and artifacts from UMBC's faculty, staff and students who have served in the Peace Corps, including many current and alumni Shriver Peaceworker Fellows.  The center case features pieces from the Peace Corps founding era (a tribute to Sarge Shriver!) and the surrounding case highlight experiences from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, and the AmericasThere is no formal "opening,” but mark Tues., Nov.16 from 7 to 9 PM in your calendars for the "Practical Idealist Evening" event in the Library during which the exhibit will be featured.  If you are coming from off campus, give Joby Taylor a call at (410) 455-6398, and he will give you a tour.


8] – Now through Dec. 6, Baltimore City and County School Students who submit an essay, poetry, or artwork for the David B. Wright Memorial Foundation, Inc. “Cease Violence / Increase Education Campaign” will be entered to win a Holiday Gift Card! To participate email SHAWNTE WRIGHT at  The Selected Student's Essay Winners will win a $100 card by Mon., Dec. 20.  Submitted materials will not be returned and will be kept by the David B. Wright Memorial Foundation, Inc. for future displays.  At the DBWMF, INC. Holiday Event on Fri., Dec. 10 from 6 to 10 PM, families and students can enjoy an evening of essay/poetry reading, art and culture and fitness dancing! Essay Winners will be Announced! The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Register at Local business sponsors and vendors are needed! Call 443-438-5302.


9] – There is a meeting of the Maryland Organizing Committee for One Nation Working Together on Thurs., Oct. 14 from noon to 2 PM at the Baltimore Teachers Union, 5800 Metro Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215.  RSVP at 410-318-8537.  Lunch will be served.


10] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Oct. 7


10] – The WEEKLY ROUNDTABLE SEEKING A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL takes place from 12:30 - 1:30 PM at Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC.  Join a civil discourse which explores the history, issues, myths, realities, and truth of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Contact Alice Azzouzi at 202-232-5483.


11] – The UMD Students for Justice in Palestine will hold a Silent Protest in response to Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's Visit to the school on Thurs., Oct. 14 from 3:30 to 7 PM in front of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the campus. All participants will be asked to wear tape over their mouths and to respect the silence of the event. Please wear black, feel free to bring signs, banners, flags, etc. The messaging theme is "The Silenced Perspective." Call 240-355-0203.


12] – Prize-winning Human Rights defenders from Honduras will speak on Thurs., Oct. 14 from 6 to 8:30 PM at St Margaret's Church Hall, 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20009.  Hondurans for Democracy and Rights Action invite you to the event: "The Honduran Coup d'Etat and its Consequences" with the Honduran Human Rights Platform, Winner of the 2010 Letelier-Moffitt prize.  During and following the Honduran coup d'etat, one of the most critical problems has been the systematic abuse of the Honduran people's human rights. The Honduran Human Rights Platform has carried out an intense and desperately needed labor of defense against, documentation of and permanent denunciation of all the murders, repressive police and military actions, threats, persecution and disappearances suffered by the Honduran people since the June 28, 2009 military coup d'etat. Email


13] – On Thurs., Oct. 14 at 7PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., ANTERO PIETILA presents "Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City."  Go to  Call 443-255-3565.


14] – On Thurs., Oct. 14 at 7 PM @ The Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St., a new course is starting: "Ecovillages: Forming intentional communities with smaller ecological footprints."  Go to Email


15] – St. Mary’s Seminary & University’s The Ecumenical Institute of Theology presents the 2010 Dunning Lecture with Dr. Ellen Davis from the Duke Divinity School.  She will address “A Living Creature: A Biblical Perspective on Land Care and Use” on Thurs., Oct. 14 at 7:30 PM at 5400 Roland Ave., Baltimore 21210.  She is currently involved with the Episcopal Church of Sudan, working on theological education, community health and sustainable agriculture.  At 7 PM there will be a book signing.  She is very much involved in the environmental crisis and interfaith relations.  Call 410-864-4200.


16] Crabshell Alliance meeting – Oct. 14


16] – The Crabshell Alliance will meet on Thurs., Oct. 14 at 7:30 PM in a private home.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 for directions.  The meeting will focus on celebrating Constellation Energy’s decision to abandon Calvert Cliffs #3.   The mission of the Crabshell Alliance is to protest the construction of new nuclear reactors in Maryland, promote clean, safe, sustainable, and affordable energy, and educate the public about the hazards of nuclear power.


17] – Shiori was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1951 on August 15, six years after the day the initial announcement of Japan's surrender to the Allies was made, the official end of World War II. She describes herself as hapa, half-American, half-Japanese— the child of the enemy amor.  In her first chapbook collection of poetry from Finishing Line Press, the debut author weaves memoir and historical record into a lyrical and moving portrait of post-war immigration to the United States. Shiori’s work has appeared in many publications, and she has won several awards including Thomas Merton poetry prizes.


Finishing Line Press is a poetry publisher based in Georgetown, Kentucky, and the Chapbook Series will be published on Dec. 3.  However, early orders can be made starting Fri., Oct. 15.  You can order online at or directly from the publisher [$12, check or money order] at Finishing Line Books, PO Box 1626, Georgetown, KY  40324. Email or call 859-514-8360.  You may also contact Kathleen Hellen at or


18] – 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:    

19] – 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.

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

21] – 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

22] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Oct. 15 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. 


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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