Monday, December 6, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Dec. 6 – Dec. 17, 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 – which is available Dec. 3

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

11] All My Sons – through Dec. 12

12] RE-ENTRY – through Dec. 19

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

14] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Dec. 6 – Dec. 9

15] Protest the death penalty – Dec. 6           

16] Film MADE IN DAGENHAM -- Dec. 6

17] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Dec. 6


19] War Is Not the Answer demo – Dec. 7

20] Media that Matters 2011 – Dec. 8

21] Philadelphia peace vigil – Dec. 8

22] Activist Awards Gala – Dec. 8

23] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Dec. 8

24] Evening with esteemed director – Dec. 8


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] – 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.


11] – See a searing ALL MY SONS by Arthur Miller at the Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Calvert St. until Sun., Dec. 12.  There are Performances every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings and two shows on Saturday and Sunday.  Call the box office at 410.752.2208 to ascertain ticket availability.  Go to

12] – 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.


13] – 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


14] – 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 . 


15] – 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., Nov. 29.  Call 410-366-1637.


16] – The National Women's Law Center invites you to an Exclusive Movie Screening with the cooperation of Sony Pictures Classics.  It will begin with a reception before the film MADE IN DAGENHAM with Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson and Rosamund Pike and directed by Nigel Cole with a screenplay by William Ivory.  On Mon., Dec. 6, the reception begins at 6 PM with the film at 7 PM at the Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW, WDC 20004.  Enter on E St. between 10th and 11th Sts. Tickets are $50 and tax-deductible. Email

or call 202) 588-7617.  See the trailer:


17] – 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. 6.  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.  


18] – Catch a screening hosted by Church World Services of "Welcome to Shelbyville" on Tues., Dec. 7 from 3 to 4:30 PM at the United Methodist Building, Rooms 1 & 2, 100 Maryland Ave NE, WDC.  It's a film about how folks in a small town grapple with diversity and changing demographics, and how people of faith can help foster dialogue and relationships to build stronger, more welcoming communities. Go to


19] – Media That Matters 2011 is on for Wed., Dec. 8 from 4 to 7:15 PM at the New America Foundation, 1899 L St. NW, Suite 400WDC 20036.  In an increasingly digital media landscape, people across the globe are relating to their news outlets in new ways. The event will begin with a conversation between Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University and Susan Glasser, editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy Magazine. Click here to register:


20] – 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 Nov. 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


21] – 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. 8. Call 215-426-0364.


22] – The 2010 Activist Awards Grassroots Gala is on Wed., Dec. 8 from 6 to 9 PM.  Dust off your party shoes, grab your favorite activist buddy and come dance the night away at All Soul's Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW, WDC.  The award ceremony begins at 7 PM. Ticket prices are on a $15-50 sliding scale. $50 gets you a free commemorative poster.  $100 is the VIP price, with a free gift. 


RSVP on Facebook.  Ryan Harvey, of the anarchist folk music collective Riot Folk, will perform selections from his new album Blowback. There will be other performers and a silent auction. Call the Washington peace Center at 202-234-2000 or go to


23] – 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. 8. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


24] – An Evening with Julia Bacha is happening on Wed., Dec. 8 at 10 PM at the West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW, WDC 20037.  The International Documentary Association (IDA) brings its popular DOC U seminar series to D.C. Bacha is a key member of the creative teams behind award-winning documentaries ENCOUNTER POINT (as writer and co-director) and CONTROL ROOM (as co-writer and editor). She will screen clips from her films, including her latest (which she produced, directed, wrote and edited), BUDRUS, a compelling and inspirational look at a Palestinian community's use of nonviolent protest to thwart Israeli attempts to build a security fence through their town. Go to


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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