Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert Feb. 8 – Feb. 14, 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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com.  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] verizon.net.


The Baltimore IndyMedia Center publicizes peace-related events. Go to http://www.radicalendar.org/group/_baltimore.


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] Baltimore Free Store needs a home

8] Green Jobs Conference – Feb. 8-10

9] Call-In for the 99ers – Feb. 8

10] War Is Not the Answer demo – Feb. 8

11] Update on Iran, Rumors of War – Feb. 8

12] Free Cuban Five – Feb. 8

13] Victims’ Town Hall – Feb. 8

14] Philadelphia peace vigil – Feb. 9


16] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Feb. 9

17] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Feb. 10



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 http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

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 donmuller@msn.com.  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 ncnrnotices-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at ncnrnotices-admin@lists.riseup.net.


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 http://friendsoflatinamerica.typepad.com/hocofola/2010/02/hocofola-cafe-quetzal-order-form-2010.html.


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 pamcl@aol.com.  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 www.mattapoisettquakers.org, 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 AmericasIf you are coming from off campus, give Joby Taylor a call at (410) 455-6398, and he will give you a tour.


7] – Help the Baltimore Free Store find a permanent home. The Free Store takes donated and salvaged goods and provides them to the public for free. Forward any leads, contacts, ideas, numbers on the sides of buildings to Matt Warfield at matt.a.warfield@gmail.com or 410-842-5285.  


8] – You are invited to attend the 2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference starting on Tues., Feb. 8 through Thurs., Feb. 10th in Washington, D.C. Leaders from the labor, environmental, governmental and business communities come together to focus on putting into practice the ideas and strategies for a new clean energy economy - and creating good clean energy jobs - around the country. For example, Phyllis Cuttino, director, Clean Energy Program, Pew Environment Group, will briefly discuss the global landscape for the clean energy economy, noting that those nations in the lead all have strong policy structures. She will then moderate a panel discussing three key policies the United States should consider in order to stay in the global race. Contact her at advocacyemail@pewtrusts.org.


9] – There is a Call-In to push for legislation for the 99ers on Tues., Feb. 8.  Call your HOUSE members office to push for passage of legislation that will assist the 99ers and soon to be 99ers! Support a bill like HR 6556 in the previous Congress, or ANY bill that will help the 99ers! Call either 1-888-340-6522 or 1-888-245-0215.


10] – 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 Feb. 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


11] – On Tues., Feb. 8, the IISS-US is discussing An Update on Iran, Israel, America and the Rumors of War with Dr Dana Allin, editor, Survival, and Steven Simon, adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, CFR. The event will begin with a reception, 5:45 to 6 PM, with the discussion from 6 to 7 PM at IISS-US, 1850 K St. NW, Suite 300, WDC 20006.


Drawing from their book, "The Sixth Crisis," Dr Allin and Mr. Simon will discuss the linkages between the Iranian nuclear challenge, the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate and the consequences of both for US foreign policy in the Middle East.  RSVP events-washington@iiss.org or 202-659-1490.


12] – End twelve years of injustices by freeing THE CUBAN FIVE FROM U.S. PRISONS is a discussion which will be held on Tues., Feb. 8 from 6 to 8 PM at Founders Library/Howard University, 500 Howard Place.  It is sponsored by several groups including D.C. Metro Coalition to Free the Cuban 5. Panel participants will include Leonard Weinglass, one of the attorneys on the Cuban Five’s legal defense team, and Kathryn Striffolino, International Advocacy Director (Latin America), Amnesty International. Contact Kamau Benjamin at kamaubenjamin@comcast.net or 202-986-5839.


13] – On Tues., Feb. 8, there will be a Victims' Town Hall at Prince George's Community College in the Administration of Justice Collegian Center at the Largo Student Center, hosted by Maryland Citizens Against State Executions and Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation and Prince George's County NAACP. The Town Hall would be from 6:30 to 9 PM as part of the Rennie Forum for victims of any crime.  Contact Bonnita Spikes (MDCASE) at 240-676-2542.


14] Philadelphia peace vigil – Feb. 9


14] – 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 Feb. 9. Call 215-426-0364.


15] – Gertrude's owner, Chef John Shields, and The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, invite you to the screenings of two films, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Graduate Environmental Network on Wed., Feb. 9, from 6 to 8 PM at the Arellano Theater, Levering Hall, JHU Homewood Campus.  BFED is a film about a group of artists on a journey through the food system of Baltimore. (27 minutes) OUT TO PASTURE: The Future of Farming? Focuses on farmers who are passionate about raising their animals outdoors on diversified farms. (34 minutes) he Center for a Livable Future collaborated with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to produce these two films about how our food is produced and how it reaches our plates.


Following the screening, refreshments will be served during a Q&A session with the Center's Anne Palmer, who coordinated the BFED project with MICA professor Hugh Pocock; the Center's Leo Horrigan, producer of Out to Pasture; chef John Shields, who appears in BFED; and the MICA students who produced and edited BFED.


16] – The Human Rights Film Festival is showing PUSHING THE ELEPHANT on Wed., Feb. 9 at 7 PM.  The film tells the story of Rose Mapendo, who escaped the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo but was forced to leave her five-year-old daughter behind. Through the story of their reunion, we come to understand the excruciating decisions Rose made in order to survive and the complex difficulties her daughter Nangabire faces as a refugee in the US. The filmmakers will answer questions.  To purchase tickets visit www.westendcinema.com or call 202-419-FILM.  The festival is sponsored by Human Rights Watch -- www.hrw.org/en/iff.


17] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Feb. 9


17] – 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 Feb. 9. Call 215-843-4256 or email nwgreens@yahoo.com.  


18] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Feb. 10


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] – See the film “The Dark Side of Chocolate” on Thurs., Feb. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Institute for {Policy Studies, Conference Room, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, WDC.  Join Tiffany Williams, advocacy director for IPS’ Break the Chain Campaign, and Emira Woods, co-director of the Institute's Foreign Policy In Focus project, in a screening of the documentary by Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano about the continued allegations of trafficking of children and child labor in the international cocoa industry.  Go to http://www.ips-dc.org/events/film_the_dark_side_of_chocolate.


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] verizon.net


"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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