Sunday, December 12, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert Dec. 13 - Dec. 18, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert Dec. 13 – Dec. 18, 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] Donate a computer     

7] Bring the World Home continues    

8] Support Power Inside

9] You can buy Shiori’s book of poetry

10] RE-ENTRY – through Dec. 19

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

12] Protest at the Pentagon – Dec. 13

13] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Dec. 13 – Dec. 16

14] Protest the death penalty – Dec. 13          

15] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Dec. 13

16] Film SOUTH OF THE BORDER – Dec. 13

17] War Is Not the Answer demo – Dec. 14

18] Space Security – Dec. 15

19] Philadelphia peace vigil – Dec. 15

20] Stakes in Jerusalem – Dec. 15

21] Westminster WIB vigil – Dec. 15                                

22] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Dec. 15

23] Action for Leonard Peltier – Dec. 16

24] Stand For Peace – Dec. 16

25] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Dec. 16

26] United Workers Update – Dec. 16   

27] White House vigil – Dec. 17   

28] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Dec. 17

29] WIB Roland Park vigil – Dec. 17

30] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Dec. 17

31] Homewood Holiday Vigil – Dec. 17

32] Holiday Solidarity Party – Dec. 17

33] Walter Reed vigil – Dec. 17

34] Film LAST ATOMIC BOMB – Dec. 17

35] Ballroom dancing – Dec. 17

36] Farmers Market – Dec. 18                       

37] Olney vigil to end the war – Dec. 18

38] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Dec. 18

39] Peace vigil at Capitol – Dec. 18

40] Bethlehem Prayer Service – Dec. 18

41] Support Palestine – Dec. 18

42] Write an imprisoned Catholic Worker

43] Seeking interviewees with knowledge about draft board raids

44] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

45] Support Haiti

46] Apartment available

47] Mankekolo has a new book

48] Buy a red maple tree

49] Join Global Zero campaign

50] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

51] Publish your peace article

52] Click on The Hunger Site 

53] Fire & Faith   

54] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Donate your books to Max. Call him 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] – Can you donate a computer (PC)?  APC Baltimore is expanding its work in Washington D.C. and is in need of 1 - 2 computers. There's a need for a second computer in Baltimore and one in D.C.  APC will pick it up, and your donation is tax-deductible.  Call 410-218-4835 or email


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 AmericasIf you are coming from off campus, give Joby Taylor a call at (410) 455-6398, and he will give you a tour.


8] – Power Inside is seeking help with its mission to support women dealing with addictions, exploitation and jail time.  You can help by donating pajamas, journals and toiletries.  Or you could make a financial donation. Pledge to make a monetary donation or purchase one or more gifts from a wish list. Then drop off the gifts, call to arrange a pick-up, or mail to Power Inside, PO Box 4796, Baltimore, MD 21211 (All monetary donations are tax deductible.)  The office is 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore 21218. Power Inside is a non-profit program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc., which supports women who are transitioning from jail to the community, who are homeless, and who are impacted by lack of everything. Contact: Stefani Levin at 410-889-8333 or


9] – 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 was published on Dec. 3.  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


10] – Powerful landing for “ReEntry” at Center Stage, which continues until Sun., Dec. 19.  Call 410-332-0033 or go to  Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun, did a Nov. 20, 2010 review—“For 90 minutes in the intimate space of the Head Theater at Center Stage, audiences are being thrust uncomfortably into an issue that many Americans ignore or choose to forget, or deal with simply by displaying a "Support Our Troops" sticker.” The complete article can be viewed at,0,1571845.story.


11] – 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


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


13] – 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 


 The Marc Steiner Show is down to a bare bones staff, with two producers doing the work of four people. The Show relies on supporters to raise some 75 percent of the show's budget, and that income has dropped this year. Marc is requesting your support to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Center for Emerging Media, the non-profit production company. All of your donations will go directly toward the production of The Marc Steiner Show.


To donate by check, please make out the check to "Center for Emerging Media" and send it to Center for Emerging Media, 3000 Chestnut Avenue, Suite C, Baltimore, MD 21211. To make a one-time credit card payment or set up monthly installments on PayPal, please go to


14] – 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., Dec. 13.  Call 410-366-1637.


15] – 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 Dec. 13.  The agenda will include a discussion of bringing David Swanson to Baltimore, the FBI raids, doing an antiwar lawsuit and protesting Veolia.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.  


16] – Attend the benefit showing of SOUTH OF THE BORDER, hosted by Casa Baltimore/Limay on Mon., Dec. 13 at 7:30 PM at St. John's United Methodist Church/2640. The suggested donation is from $6 to $8, but no one turned away. Proceeds to help send a delegation of Baltimoreans to visit the sibling community, San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua. The film is by Oliver Stone and is a fascinating account of Latin America’s new generation of political leaders.  Go to


17] – 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 Dec. 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

18] – “Moving Ahead on Space Security" is on for Wed., Dec. 15 from 9:30 to 11 AM with Laura Grego, Union of Concerned Scientists, Paul Meyer, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, and Gregory Kulacki, Union of Concerned Scientist at the Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Mass. Ave., Root Room, NW, WDC.  RSVP to Teri Grimwood at 202-311-5422 at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

19] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Dec. 15. Call 215-426-0364.


20] – On Wed., Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 PM, J Street Metro DC is doing a presentation and discussion on "The Stakes in Jerusalem" with Sarah Kreimer, associate director of Ir Amim (City of Nations) -- an Israeli NGO actively engaged in issues impacting Israeli-Palestinian relations in Jerusalem and the political future of the city. The dialogue will take place at Busboys and Poets @ 5th and K Sts., 1025 5th St. (food and beverages will be available.)  RSVP requested and please come early to guarantee a seat. We'll look at settlement freezes (and construction), what this might mean in Jerusalem specifically and how Israeli policies in East Jerusalem impact the peace process and Palestinian civil society.


21] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., Dec. 15 from 6:30 PM to 7 PM at the intersection of Martin & Patrick Sts in downtown Frederick.  Wear black, but bring no additional signs. Call 301-834-7581 or


22] – Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is Dec. 15. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


23] – Call to Action for Leonard Peltier on Thurs., Dec. 16 starting at 5 AM at Bolivar Park at 1849 C Street, NW, across the street from the U.S. Department of the Interior, the site of the 2nd White House Tribal Summit. Map: .  There will be a sunrise ceremony and drum, outreach to tribal representatives, and visible support for Leonard Peltier's release. So bring your signs and banners and join in.


24] – On Thurs., Dec. 16 at 10 AM be at the White House to Take A Stand For Peace with military veterans and other antiwar activists. This could be the largest veterans-led civil resistance action to U.S. wars in recent history.  Visit


25] – The WEEKLY ROUNDTABLE SEEKING A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL takes place from 12:30 - 1:30 PM on Thursdays 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.


26] – You are Invited by the United Workers to an update on its work on Thurs., Dec. 16 at 901 Hollins St., Baltimore 21223 (at Hollins and Poppleton) from 6 to 8 PM. Hear about the Campaign for Fair Development and the action at the Harbor earlier in that same day.  Go to RSVP for food purposes: or 410-366-2631.


27] – 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:   

28] – 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.

29] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Dec. 17 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

30] – 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

31] – Homewood Friends Meetinghouse invites you to a Candlelight Peace Vigil, Children’s Pageant, Potluck Feast and a Letter Writing Table on Fri., Dec. 17 from 5 to 8 PM at 3107 N. Charles.  The evening begins with the vigil from 5 to 6 PM.  The Peace and Social Witness Committee will provide signs and candles for everyone to hold. At 6 PM, the First Day School Children will present their Christmas pageant in the Meeting room. At 6:30 PM, enjoy a potluck dinner downstairs in the dining room and write Amnesty International greeting cards to prisoners of conscience around the world. This is sponsored by the Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee (a committee of Homewood and Stony Run Friends Meetings and Old Town Friends Fellowship).  Contact Gary at 410-323-9200 or


32] – On Fri.., Dec. 17 from 6 to 8 PM, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is holding its "Holiday Solidarity Party" at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts., WDC.  Have an early toast to a new year of reinvigorated campaigning for boycott, divestment and sanctions.  There is a charge to attend and to sample the food and drinks.  No one will be turned away, and there will be a generously sliding scale.  Two of the most prolific authors, National Organizer Anna Baltzer and Steering Committee Member Phyllis Bennis, will be selling autographed copies of their books.


33] – 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 -


34] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is MAN & WOMAN AGAINST THE MACHINE.   The last film in the series is THE LAST ATOMIC BOMB [USA, 2006], and it will be shown on Fri., Dec. 17 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.

 Director Robert Richter goes to Nagasaki and meets hibakushas (atomic attack survivors) like Sakue Shimohira who recall the horror of the bombs and who fear that the world will forget their tragedy once they've passed on. He follows Shimohira and two young human rights activists around the globe as they attempt to appeal to the leaders of the world, asking them to come to Nagasaki on the 60th anniversary of the bomb. They meet with a considerable lack of warmth outside the White House, where security guards tell the survivor to mail her request.  There are interviews from scholars about nuclear proliferation and the steps to take in order to move into the post-nuclear age. There is the hypocrisy of the United States, owner of 10,000 nuclear weapons, hectoring other nations about their nuclear ambitions.  Finally, Richter implores the youth of today to join the resistance.


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.


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

36] – 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

37] 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 Dec. 18. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 

38] –  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


39] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Dec. 18. 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


40] – The 4th Annual Bethlehem Prayer Service is Sat., Dec. 18 at 1 PM at the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Aves., NW, WDC 20016.  This is a joint simulcast service with the people of Bethlehem. Service can also be watched live at


41] – On Sat., Dec. 18 from 7 to 10 PM at the Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW (corner of 16th St. & S St.), WDC, there’s a Fundraiser to Support Love Thy Neighbor’s Nonviolent Work in Palestine. Enjoy an evening of music, a Glade Dance Collective performance, and a traditional Palestinian dinner served with Maramia (named after Mariam the Mother of Jesus and believed by Palestinians to have special calming and healing attributes). Fair trade extra virgin olive oil imported from Palestine, Palestinian textiles, and pottery gifts hand made by Palestinian artisans will be on sale. The minimum donation is $25.  RSVP at


42] – A member of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker is serving a six-month sentence for crossing the line at Fort Benning, Georgia during the Nov. 20 SOA protest.  You can write to him at Michael David Omondi, #6492, Irwin County Detention Center, 132 Cotton Dr., Ocilla, GA 31774.


43] – Two Local documentary producers, Skizz Cyzyk and Joe Tropea, need recollections and opinions in regards to their film, Hit & Stay: The Ongoing Story of the Catonsville Nine.  Contact Joe Tropea,, 3549 Roland Ave. #301, Balt. 21211, (443) 562-1971.


44] – If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at 


45] – There is a project to assist young refugees from Haiti, now residing in the Dominican Republic.  The founder of the project needs funding to providing education to the youth as a way out of desperate poverty.  Try to imagine the poverty in Haiti, and then realize that these young refugees are considered low caste in the Dominican Republic. We are talking about the poorest of the poor.  Consider making a small donation, and realize that most pledges to Haiti to assist hurricane victims have not been sent.  To maintain a web site presence at Global Giving, there must be traffic.  So help out with this extremely worthy cause. Go to


46] – There is a one-bedroom apartment with three rooms on the second-floor of a detached house on Overland Ave. in Lauraville at Herring Run Park, which is a half a block from the Safeway.  There is also a kitchen and bath and a washer and dryer.  The rent is $750 with utilities included. 

Good references are required.  Call Dick Ochs at 443-846-6638.


47] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo is excited by her new book: RESTORE ME: 40 Healing Sermons. The book is available for $19.95 plus $5 for shipping and handling--ISBN: 978-1 -4502-1631-9 (sc), ISBN: 978-1 -4502-1633-3 (dj) or ISBN: 978-1 -4502-1632-6 (sc). She would appreciate if you ordered the book from her: checks payable to Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo and sent to 3315 Mondawmin Ave., Baltimore, MD 21216.  The publisher is, and it can be called at 1-800-288-4677.


48] – I have one red maple tree for $5 from the Trees for Baltimore program.  Buy a tree, plant it and contribute to saving the planet.  Call Max at 410-366-1637


49] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.  

50] – WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER signs from Friends Committee on National Legislation are again for sale at $5.  To purchase a sign, call Max at 410-366-1637.

51] – Publish Your Peace Article. Daniel Frasier is soliciting peace articles for the biweekly series of commentaries Paths to Peace in the Frederick News Post Religion and Ethics section. For details, email


52] – The Hunger Site was initiated by Mercy Corps and Second Harvest, and is funded entirely by advertisers.  You can go there every day and click the big yellow "Give Food for Free" button near the top of the page; you do not have to look at the ads. Each click generates funding for about 1.1 cups of food.  So consider clicking.  


53] – Go online for FIRE AND FAITH: The Catonsville Nine File. On May 17, 1968, nine people entered the Selective Service Offices in Catonsville, Maryland, and burned draft records in protest against the war in Vietnam. View


54] – Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981.  Go to; call 202-682-4282.


Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at]


"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

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