Friday, October 29, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Oct. 29 – Nov. 6, 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] Bring the World Home continues    

7] Cease violence contest through Dec. 6/event Dec. 10

8] You can buy Shiori’s book of poetry – which is available Dec. 15

9] “Freedom’s Sisters exhibit – through Jan. 17

10] Protest Chamber of Commerce – Oct. 29

11] White House vigil – Oct. 29    

12] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Oct. 29

13] WIB Roland Park vigil – Oct. 29 

14] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Oct. 29

15] Film BUDRUS – Oct. 29—Nov. 4

16] Human rights launch party – Oct. 29

17] Homewood vigil – Oct. 29

18] Vigil to End the Wars – Oct. 29

19] Civil rights organizing -- Oct. 29

20] Radical Info night – Oct. 29

21] Spirituality/Evolution? – Oct. 29


23] Vigil at Walter Reed – Oct. 29

24] Ballroom dancing – Oct. 29

25] Farmers Market – Oct. 30                        

26] Town Hall Jobs Not War – Oct. 30                        

27] Get on the dragon – Oct. 30                                

28] AVP conference – Oct. 30                                

29] DC Vote at rally – Oct. 30                               

30] Human Rights First at rally -- Oct. 30



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] – 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.


7] – 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, and 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 by ordering 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


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] – Catch the exhibit at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture, 830 Pratt St.—“Freedom’s Sisters,” which runs through Jan. 17.  Twenty remarkable African-American women are profiled, including Coretta Scott King.  Call 443-263-1800 or go to


10] – On Fri., Oct. 29 at noon, gather at the Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St NW, WDC (near Lafayette Park).  Protest Thomas J. Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for sucking the life out of our electoral system by pouring $75 million of undisclosed money into political ads. There will be a few Donohue look-alikes dressed as Dracula and a good theater performance. Call Medea at 415-235-6517.


11] – 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:   

12] – 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.

13] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Oct. 29 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

14] – 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

15] –  See the film BUDRUS beginning Fri., Oct. 29 from 12:15 PM through Thurs., Nov. 4 at 9:30 PM at the West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW, at 23rd and M Sts. The director Julie Bacha will be present for a daily Q&A after the screening from Friday through Sunday.  BUDRUS is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today.


16] –  The National Lawyers Committee on Human Rights (NLCHR) Launch Party is Fri., Oct. 29 from 3:30 to 7:30 PM at AU Washington College of Law, 4801 Mass. Ave., NW, WDC 20016.  There will be presentations/discussions on international human rights issues and an evening reception. RSVP to Katherine Hughes-Fraitekh, Executive Director, PBI-USA,


17] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Oct. 29 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. 


18] Vigil to End the Wars – Oct. 29

18] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, Oct. 29, 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] –  On Fri., Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave., NW on N St., see the film Have You Heard from Johannesburg From Selma to Soweto” by Connie Field ( about the way the civil rights movement in the United States took on the brutal South African regime. This screening is part of a global effort to boost long-term activism! (  Afterwards, there will be a discussion.  Contact Kristen Kane-Osorto at


20] –  On Fri., Oct. 29 at 7PM @ 2640 [27th & St. Paul Sts.] it's the return of STEW, where local food networks, social justice and engaged cultural production sit down at the dinner table together to share a meal, raise some funds, and spread some knowledge around about what people are doing to remake Baltimore city. This time it will feature some of the "Hit and Stay" documentary on the Catonsville 9.  Go to Admission is $10 to $20 on a sliding scale.


21] – Dr. Alfredo Sfeir-Younis will address “Spirituality in the 21st Century: Is Spirituality Subject To Evolution?" on Fri., Oct. 29 at 7 PM at 4209 East West Hwy., Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Use the Red Line: Bethesda Stop.  After a very long and distinguished career as an environmental economist-- having held posts such as representative of the World Bank to the United Nations and as Director of the office in Geneva-- Dr. Sfeir-Younis is now dedicated full time to spreading the Buddhist and Mayan spiritual teachings. This is an excellent opportunity to meet him personally, have a short meditation, and learn about his work with Silent meditation, a practice he is bringing to many countries around the world. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to  


22] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is MAN & WOMAN AGAINST THE MACHINE.   The second film in the series is WHO KILLED SISTER DORTHY? [USA, 2008], and it will be shown on Fri., Oct. 29 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.


 This documentary tells the story of Dorothy Stang, who was murdered on Feb. 12, 2005 in Anapu, located in the Amazon Rainforest. Directed by Daniel Junge, the film is narrated by Martin Sheen. At the mouth of the Amazon River, a murder trial is taking place. The victim - a 73-year-old Catholic nun from Dayton, Ohio - was shot six times at point blank range. The events that led to her death, and the trials that follow, reveal the larger battle being fought for the future of the rainforest.


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.


23] – 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 -


24] –  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 Oct. 15. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

25] – Go to the West Baltimore Farmer's Market for fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and other treats every Saturday from 8 to noon.  CPHA has worked with the West Baltimore Marc TOD and Transit Inc. (WBMTTI) to establish a Farmer's Market at the West Baltimore Marc Train stop at Smallwood Road at Franklin and Mulberry Sts.  Since opening in June, over 300 people buy fresh groceries there every Saturday morning. WBMTTI will continue to include the community in the transit-oriented developments on the west side and continue to improve the area around "the highway to nowhere" until it becomes the highway to somewhere. Go to


26] –  Attend a TOWN MEETING FOR JOBS NOT WARS at Community College of Philadelphia from 9 AM to 3 PM on Sat., Oct. 30.  There are many speakers, including a Congressperson, an NAACP representative, community members and activists. It will take place in Bonnell Hall (BG-10), 17th St. between Spring Garden and Callowhill Sts. in Philadelphia.  Go to There will be a Q&A opportunity and workshop reports. Be there to address the need to end the policy of war so funds can be re-directed.  Contact Thomas Paine Cronin at 215-353-1885 or


27] – Sixty Samurai Seeking Sanity Invite You to Ride Golden Dragon to Colbert/Stewart Rallies on Sat., Oct. 30 starting at 9 AM with the march at 10 AM.  This is Another March Against the Insanity of American Nukes on Hair Trigger Alert! This is a feeder march to Colbert/Stewart Rallies which will begin at Columbia Heights Metro Station (14th and Irving NW).  Join the Washington Peace Center, don your favorite costume and march through DC with The Abraxas, a 50 ft golden dragon, 10,000 watt sound system and rode by sixty samurai wielding nuclear weapons.  It'll be a roving party for insanity until the samurai disarm their nukes and get some sanity on the National Mall. There are rumors that electronic music icon MIA and/or Michael Franti will be performing on the dragon.  Contact Adam at 202-744-2671.


28] – On Sat., Oct. 30 from 10 AM to 3 PM, there will be an AVP Gathering for the Mid-Atlantic Region (3rd Annual) at the Annapolis Friends Meeting. Go to, but plan to arrive between 9:30 and 9:50 AM for sign-in, coffee, meet and greet.  Share information, get suggestions from other AVP facilitators, put faces to names, build on the relationships between groups, facilitate exchanges between AVP groups & start something new.  THE AGENDA IS FLEXIBLE.  LUNCH is potluck style:  Please bring something that can be shared but does not need to be prepared.  Coffee/ tea/water/ paper goods/condiments provided.  RSVP is helpful, but come anyway: Nancy Hutchins at 301-668-8213 or


29] – Meet DC Vote, DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and the old Hypocrisy Hippos to pick up posters and share the message with all the potential new supporters on Sat., Oct. 30 from 11 AM to noon at the corner of 6th Ave. NW & Constitution Ave. NW.  RSVP with Jen Matson at or 202.462.6000 x18.


30] – Human Rights First is asking you to join them at the Stewart/Colbert rallies on Sat., Oct. 30.  The organization will bring a giant chicken to the rally.  Organizers will gather people, chickens (beaks to be supplied), and facts—to mobilize against fearmongering around Guantanamo and terrorism trials. Wear yellow, and you will get a chicken beak to match. The Human Rights First Fight Fear Brigade will meet in front of the office, the United Methodist Building, near the Supreme Court). 100 Maryland Ave., NE, starting at 11 AM.  Email or call 646-472-6537.


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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