Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Dec. 22 – Jan. 15, 2011


"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] Gifts for City Kids – through Dec. 31

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

12] Philadelphia peace vigil – Dec. 22

13] Protest Metro searches – Dec. 22

14] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Dec. 22

15] Book sale/party – Dec. 22                                

16] Christmas Peace Vigil – Dec. 22                                

17] Pray for Peace – Dec. 22

18] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Dec. 23

19] HumanLight – Dec. 23

20] White House vigil – Dec. 24   

21] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Dec. 24

22] WIB Roland Park vigil – Dec. 24

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

24] Walter Reed vigil – Dec. 24

25] Ballroom dancing – Dec. 24


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] – Through December, the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., is collecting holiday art supplies and books for its Open Minds education program.  Donations will be accepted during performances and Box Office hours.  Call 410-276-1651 or visit 


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] – 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. 22. Call 215-426-0364.


13] – The DC Bill of Rights Coalition, on Wed., Dec. 22 from 5 to 6:30 PM, will gather signatures in opposition to Metro bag searches at Union Station.  Call Sue Udry at 301-325-1201 or email her at


14] – 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. 22. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


15] – You are invited on Wed., Dec. 22 to a joint Red Emma's, Baltimore Indyreader, and AK Press holiday party (and book sale) at the new AK Press Baltimore warehouse in Woodberry, buy some cheap books, and enjoy a refreshing beverage with three of the most radical collectives in town! Come from 7 to 9 PM and browse the $5 books, or get 25% off anything else in the warehouse, and enjoy light refreshments. Then stick around, or come by later in the evening, for a festive party at 9 PM at 3500 Parkdale Ave., Building One, Third Floor, Suite 3. Go to


16] – Join Brandywine Peace Community on Wed., Dec. 22 at 7 PM for a Christmas Peace Vigil in King of Prussia, PA at Lockheed Martin’s main entrance, Mall & Goddard Blvds. (behind King of Prussia Mall, directly across from UA movieplex on Goddard Blvd.).  Go to, which includes directions.  (SEPTA buses #124 and #125 from Phila. to King of Prussia #125 stops immediately in front of Lockheed Martin).  Toll the bell of peace and light the lamp of resistance to empire, war, and Lockheed Martin.  Call the Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818, for the vigil status message.  


17] -- Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Wed., Dec. 22 at Calvary Baptist Church, 140 Pennsylvania Ave., Towson, MD 21204.  Contact Charles Cloughen at 410-321-0199 or


18] – 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.


19] – On Thurs., Dec. 23 at 7 PM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, is hosting HumanLight, a Humanist Celebration of the Winter Season.  This is sponsored by the Coalition of Reason.  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


20] – 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:   

21] – 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.

22] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Dec. 24 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

23] – 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

24] – 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 -


25] –  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.

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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