Sunday, February 27, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Feb. 27 – Mar. 5, 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] Bring the World Home continues        

7] Power Shift 2011 – Register by Feb. 27

8] Protest at the Pentagon – Feb. 28

9] Mass Movements tour – Feb. 28

10] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Feb. 28 – Mar. 4

11] Protest the death penalty – Feb. 28        

12] UnblockAID Gaza! – Feb. 28

13] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Feb. 28

14] Healthy Kids testimony – Mar. 1

15] New START Treaty – Mar. 1

16] Hydrofracking testimony – Mar. 1

17] War Is Not the Answer demo – Mar. 1

18] Peace Corps stories – Mar. 1

19] Design Conversation 28 – Mar. 1

20] Film screening class – Mar. 1

21] Whistleblowing book lecture – Mar. 1

22] Yoga lecture – Mar. 1

23] Student Action Day -- Mar. 2

24] Book discussion THE OBAMA EFFECT – Mar. 2

25] Philadelphia peace vigil – Mar. 2

26] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Mar. 2

27] White Anti-Racist Organizing – Mar. 2

28] Film on the occupation – Mar. 2

29] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Mar. 3


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


7] – Power Shift 2011 is coming in April, and if you register by Sun., Feb. 27 you can get the $50 early bird special? There will be trainings and exciting speakers.  Go to 


8] – 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., Feb. 28, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


9] -- Join a tour which highlights Leaders of Mass Movements for Freedom on Mon., Feb. 28 from 2 to 3 PM at the Lincoln Memorial. Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, Jr. were three leaders who made great strides in struggles for civil rights at times of great social crisis in the U.S.  Contact Joe Mohr at 202-359-1532.


10] – 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 


11] – 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., Feb. 28. Call 410-366-1637.


12] – On Mon., Feb. 28 at 6 PM, join a discussion UnblockAID Gaza! with activists who sailed aboard the Jewish boat to Gaza and were violently attacked by Israeli forces on 28 Sept. 2010. They will talk about their experience in the context of a growing international movement to end the siege on Gaza: Reuven Mokowitz, Holocaust survivor and peace activist, Elik Elhanan, co-founder of the Bereaved Parents for Peace and Glyn Secker, ship captain and member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians.  Join them at American Univ., Ward Circle Bldg., Room 2.  The suggested donation is $10, but no one will be turned away.  Email  Go to 

13] – 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 Feb. 28.  The agenda will include a discussion of the protests in Annapolis & Wisconsin, the Progressive Working Group gathering in Annapolis on Mar. 7, the March 19 action in D.C., Bradley Manning and the climate chaos protest at the Pentagon.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.  


14] – Consider supporting the landmark children's health bill: the Healthy Kids, Healthy Maryland Act, a comprehensive chemical safety bill that will put in place a streamlined process to identify, evaluate, and phase-out harmful toxins in children's products.  In a nutshell, the bill will


·         Require the Maryland Department of the Environment to create and maintain a comprehensive list of chemicals of concern—

         those known to cause cancer, reproductive or developmental harm, neurotoxicity, hormone disruption, or those which are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic. MDE can work with the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) to build on lists from other states.

·         Identify and prioritize chemicals of high concern based on their use in children's products; their presence in children, household dust, human breast milk or umbilical cord blood; or other specific relevance to the health of Maryland's children.

·         Educate consumers about chemicals of concern by publishing them online and making the list available for parents, schools and businesses.

·         Empower MDE to replace the worst chemicals with safe, affordable alternatives.


The Healthy Kids, Healthy Maryland Act is sponsored by Del. Jeff Waldsteicher and Sen. Joanne Benson. It has been assigned to Finance and Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (heard in Finance) and Health and Government Operations and Environmental Matters (Heard in HGO).  While the Senate testimony has taken place for SB 637, the House testimony on HB 759 is on Tues., Mar. 1 at 1 PM.  Let Jenny Levin know if you are able to submit testimony at  Go to


15] – On Tues., Mar. 1 at 1 PM, there will be a lecture "Next Step After New START: A Treaty on Tactical Nuclear Weapons?" at Georgetown Univ. Law Center, Gewirz Hall, 120 F St., NW, 12th Floor, WDC.  RSVP at

16] – In Garrett County, corporations are laying plans to drill wells deep underground to exploit the region's Marcellus Shale natural gas deposits. These polluters use a technique called hydraulic fracturing (or "hydrofracking"), which involves pumping millions of gallons of water, sand, and dangerous chemicals deep underground at high pressure to crack apart the shale and release the gas. This controversial technique has been blamed in other states for polluting streams and tainting wells, even resulting in flammable tap water! Del. Heather Mizeur and Sen. Brian Frosh are introducing legislation that will prohibit the issuance of gas drilling permits until certain criteria are met and the proper regulations are in place. The Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Act of 2011/SB 634 will have a hearing on Tues., Mar. 1 at 1 PM in the SENATE EDUCATION, HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS committee.  


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 Mar. 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

18] – Bringing the World Home Stories from 50 Years of the Peace Corps is taking place on Tues., Mar. 1 with the doors opening at 6 PM, and the performance happening at 7 PM at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224. Call 410-276-1651 or email  Tickets for the public are $13, and $8 for members and students.  Since 1961, when President Kennedy launched the Peace Corps, 200,000 volunteers have lived and served in 140 countries — and returned home transformed. Want to know how to catch a cow in Kyrgyzstan? What it's like to live in Gabon's primeval forest? There will be refreshments, music, photo and artifact displays, an open-mic storytelling booth and a 50th Birthday cake!


19] – There is a Design Conversation 28: Re-Envisioning Public Infrastructure at 6 PM on Tues., Mar. 1 at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave. Three University of Virginia architecture professors envision all of this in a smaller, smarter self-reliant Baltimore in control of its future.  Call 410-244-8855.  Go to


20] – At the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St. from 6 to 9 PM on Tues., Mar. 1, Ben McCusker will continue with his film screening and discussion class.  Go to 


21] – On Tues., Mar, 1 from 6:30 to 8 PM,  renowned whistleblower attorney and author Stephen M. Kohn explains all major federal and state laws protecting whistleblowing.  He relies on his 27 years of experience representing many of America's most important whistleblowers and introduces THE WHISTLEBLOWER'S HANDBOOK: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What's Right and Protecting Yourself at Busboys and Poets, Langston Room, 2021 14th St., NW, WDC 20009. Email


22] – Shanti Yoga Center for Harmony is hosting Foundation of Yoga (FOY), which will teach you how to increase your health and happiness, improve flexibility, strength, and reduce stress.  The cost is $100 for four weeks, and participants will receive a CD for home practice and a text book. Pre-register by calling 301-654-4899 or emailing  It begins with a FREE LECTURE on Tues., Mar. 1 from 7 to 8:30 PM. Thereafter, class meets each Tuesday for four weeks.


23] – There is a National Day for Students and Workers Take Action on Wed., Mar. 2 from 10 AM to 2 PM. The United States Student Association and Student Labor Action Project  are calling a national day of action to defend the public sector and public education. State budget cuts to higher education are being made in states across the country and workers face cuts to pay, healthcare and pensions. Many of the workers on college campuses are caught in the crisis of both attacks to the public sector and public education. Email to join in.


24] – There will be a panel discussion of the new book THE OBAMA EFFECT at 4 PM on Wed., Mar. 2 in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville.  The panelists are co-editors Kimberly Moffitt, UMBC professor, Heather Harris of Stevenson U. and Catherine Squires of the Univ. of Minnesota.  Call 410-455-6380.  Go to


25] – 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 Mar. 2. Call 215-426-0364.


26] – 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 Mar. 2. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


27] – On Wed., Mar. 2 at 7 PM at 2640 [27th & Paul Sts.], the Baltimore Racial Justice Action presents Lila Cabbil, one of the editors of Accountability and White Anti-Racist Organizing: Stories from Our Work.  Go to

28] – There is a screening of "Occupation Has No Future: Militarism + Resistance in Israel/Palestine" on Wed., Mar. 2 at 7:15 PM at Georgetown Univ. Room White Gravenor 211. In the fall of 2009 a group of US veterans and war resisters traveled to Israel/Palestine to meet with their Israeli counterparts in an effort to strengthen connections and share experiences. The film uses this trip as a lens to study Israeli militarism, examine the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, and explore the work of Israelis and Palestinians organizing against militarism and occupation. Director David Zlutnick and members of Dialogues against Militarism will be there.

29] – 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.


To be continued.

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