Monday, February 14, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Feb. 15 – Feb. 21, 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 .  Go to  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, , , .  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]


The 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] Two cats and a piano need homes

8] A Healthy Revolution – Feb. 15

9] War Is Not the Answer demo – Feb. 15

10] Film CROOKED BEAUTY – Feb. 15

10] War Is Not the Answer demo – Feb. 15

11] healthcare forum – Feb. 15

12] Trial of IDF member accused of mistreating student – Feb. 16

13] Get on healthcare bus/support dime-a-drink legislation – Feb. 16

14] Inclusive housing discussion – Feb. 16

15] peace vigil – Feb. 16

16] healthcare discussion – Feb. 16

15] peace vigil – Feb. 16

17] Tenants in Foreclosure workshops – Feb. 16

18] Seeking Peace in Complicated Times – Feb. 16

19] Westminster WIB vigil – Feb. 16                                

20] Youth on Cost of Wars – Feb. 16

21] , vigil – Feb. 16

22] Fund Our Communities conference call – Feb. 16

22] , vigil – Feb. 16

23] Join a Live Workshop with Tom Hayden – Feb. 16

24] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Feb. 17


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 .


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, , , .  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, , , . Send no small flag stamps or 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 .  If you are coming from off campus, give Joby a call at (410) 455-6398, and he will give you a tour.

7] – There are two lovable cats who need separate homes, and a Spinet piano is immediately available.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at for specific details on the cats or the piano.

8] –  Louise Mitchell, a sustainable foods coordinator, will speak about A Healthy Revolution at noon at the Univ. of MD Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard St. RSVP to  Call 410-706-4450.

9] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at . Join this ongoing vigil.  The next vigil is Feb. 15 from 530 to 630 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

10] – Ken Paul Rosenthal will screen his documentary CROOKED BEAUTY and answer questions at 7 PM on Tues., Feb. 15 at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St. Call 410-230-0450 or go to  The film follows the sordid life of Ashley McNamara, a mental health patient and activist.  Look at madness and the system developed to deal with the mentally ill. 

11] – Attend a Public Forum/Annual Meeting on "Single Payer Healthcare," hosted by Healthcare-Now of MD and MD PNHP.  This "Medicare for All" forum is entitled "Progress Toward Single-Payer" and takes place on Tues., Feb. 15 at 715 PM at the Episcopal , The featured speakers are Bekah Mandell and Sandra Schlosser,  single-payer activists, who will address "What's Happening in ."  And there will be single-payer music performed by the Silverbacks!  Go to or call 410-591-0892

12] –. PROTEST TO STOP RACIST ATTACKS AT THE TRIAL OF SHOMRIM MEMBER WERDESHEIM, A VETERAN OF THE ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES on Wed., Feb. 16 at HOUSE, at . The protest will begin at 830 AM.  This is called by a coalition of community groups including All Peoples Congress and Southern Christian Leadership Council. Call 410-218-4835 or email

13] – Members, friends, everybody sign up for the FREE HEALTH CARE BUS, leaving for an exciting HEALTH CARE RALLY &  PRESS CONFERENCE at St. Anne's Parish, Annapolis.  On Wed., Feb. 16 at UU CONGREGATION PARKING LOT, the bus leaves at 830 AM and returns around 230 PM.


14] – CPHA is informing us that there will be a discussion on Inclusive Housing in Baltimore on Wed., Feb 16 hearing scheduled for the City Council Land Use Committee at 330 PM in the Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall.    Baltimore's Inclusive Housing Ordinance, which promotes affordable housing in newly developed areas of the City, is set to expire in 2012.   Council President Jack Young and the Inclusive Housing Collaboration (of which CPHA is a member) are working together to eliminate the sunset. Will you testify to support this bill? Will you meet with or call your City Council member to support the removal of the sunset? To participate, please contact Tammy Mayer, director of Community Engagement, at or 410-539-1369 x107.

15] – Each Wednesday from 430 - 530 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in outside the Phila. , 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Feb. 16. Call 215-426-0364.

16] – On Wed., Feb. 16, 6 to 9 PM, there is a reception for the Health and Human Rights Campaign.  Welcome Bekah Mandell and Sandra Schlosser and learn about their efforts to build a campaign so that may be the first state to guarantee universal health care. Meet them at the home of Margaret Flowers, , .  Call 410-591-0892 or go to

17] – There are monthly workshops for Tenants in Foreclosure at the .  Renters have rights during the foreclosure of the building they live in.  In particular tenants have "the right to continue renting the property after the foreclosure for the remaining lease term or 90 days after a new legal title holder sends them notice to vacate, whichever is longer." There will be refreshments and childcare.  All workshops start at 6 PM.  RSVP at 410-625-9409 x235.  The dates are as follows Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 13, May 18, June 15, July 13, Aug. 17, Sept. 14, Oct. 12 & Nov.  16, and the is at , , .

18] – Seeking Peace in Complicated Times will take place on Wed., Feb. 16 from 630 to 830 PM at Kay Spiritual Life Center, American Univ., with Segyu Rinpoche.  Born in , , Segyu Rinpoche is a gifted healer and a highly recognized master of Tibetan Buddhism. For over 25 years, he trained under many of Tibetan Buddhism's most renowned masters. Since 2003, Rinpoche's work has been dedicated to bringing Buddhist training to modern life through Juniper.  Go to or write to


19] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., Feb. 16 from 630 PM to 7 PM at the intersection of Martin & Patrick Sts in downtown .  Wear black, but bring no additional signs. Call 301-834-7581 or

20] – On Wed., Feb. 16 from 7 to 830 PM, American Friends Service Committee invites you to hear and see "If I Had A Trillion Dollars…Youth Voices on the Economic Cost of War" at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St., NW DC 20009.  There will be screenings of the winning entries in the If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth video contest, and the winning youth will speak. The contest is a project of the AFSC and the National Priorities Project.  Hear youth from Brooklyn, , and speak out on the cost of war. In addition, you will hear DC area youth from and give their "State of " speeches about the economic cost of war.  Email or go to

21] – 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 , The next vigil is Feb. 16. Call 215-843-4256 or email  

22] – On Wed., Feb. 16 at the 8 PM, there is a conference call of the Fund Our Communities Bring the War Dollars Home coalition 1-218-936-4700, 980221#.   RSVP to the call by replying to jeanathey at so that enough phone lines can be reserved.  To date, 28 delegates and 11 senators have signed the letter written by Sen. Jamie Raskin and Sheila Hixson, asking the members of 's Congressional delegation to cut the military budget.  There will be a press conference to publicly present the letter, just prior to the "Progressive " on March 7.  And there will be a March 26 Mini-Conference from 9 AM to 1230 PM at the Cedar , .

23] – Join a Live Workshop with Tom Hayden The Long War Needs a Long Peace Movement on Wed., Feb. 16 at 9 PM EST for the next online session.  The focus is on the vision, strategy, and tactics required to end the War and build a progressive majority. Each session is one-hour long, including a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute live interactive conversation. There is NO FEE.   The goal of the series is to build leadership in key states and Congressional districts to forge effective progressive coalitions, ones that the government will have to take seriously.  Sign up to participate at with " of " in the subject line.  Call 818-225-9150.

24] – The WEEKLY ROUNDTABLE SEEKING A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL takes place from 1230 - 130 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 and . Contact Alice Azzouzi at 202-232-5483.

To be continued.

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"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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