Saturday, March 12, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Mar. 13 – Mar. 19, 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] Support Restoration Life Ministry

8] Spring Festival – Mar. 13

9] Get on the bridge for peace – Mar. 13

10] Support Bradley Manning – Mar. 13

11] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Mar. 13

12] Haiti After Earthquake -- Mar. 13

13] Jazz Mass – Mar. 13

14] Red Emma's Meeting – Mar. 13

15] Pentagon Vigil -– Mar. 14

16] Union rally in Annapolis -- Mar. 14

17] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 14 – Mar. 17

18] Afghan girls at Busboys – Mar. 14

19] Protest the death penalty – Mar. 14       

20] Film on women's history – Mar. 14

21] Pledge meeting – Mar. 14

22] Uncut meeting -– Mar. 14

23] Repeal death penalty – Mar. 15-16


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


7] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo brought to our attention that there is celebration over the first Anniversary of Life Restoration Ministry. And the Ministry just celebrated 100 years of International Women's Day and the second anniversary of International Women's Day.  This year's focus will be on "Destruction or Restoration: Choose your side: Are you going to be part of anything that is destroying you or others or restoring you and others?

The Ministry thanks you for your prayers and support.  Donations can be sent to Life Restoration Ministry, 3315 Mondawmin Ave., Baltimore MD 21216.

8] – On Sun., Mar. 13 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201, is hosting its Spring Festival..  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


9] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis.  Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole.   If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or]. Go to


10] – Song and Art of Democracy: A Fundraiser for Bradley Manning's Legal Defense Fund is on for Sun., Mar. 13 at 4 PM at the 5th and K Busboys and Poets, NW, WDC.  It will feature recording artists Emma's Revolution, DoJ whistleblower and author Jesselyn Raddack, Bradley Manning Support Network Steering Committee member and director of Voters for Peace Kevin Zeese, and local folksinger Perry King.  The cost is a $20 donation.  There will be a silent auction with works of original art and handcrafts. Email


11] – Every Sunday, 4 to 5 PM, there is a Quaker Peace Vigil at Independence Mall, N. side of Market between 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-421-5811.


12] – The Brandywine Monthly Potluck Supper & Program is the 2nd Sunday of the month starting at 4:30 PM with a potluck dinner at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., PA. Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. The program begins at 5:30 PM. On Sun., Mar. 13, there will be a report "Haiti After the Earthquake: Hope and Despair" with Johanna Berrigan, House of Grace Catholic Worker and its Catholic Worker Free health Care Clinic. Call 610-544-1818. Go to


13] – The premier of the Holy Comforter Jazz mass written by Roy James Stewart and played by some of Baltimore's finest musicians is on for Sun., Mar. 13 at 5 PM at the church, 5513 York Road, Baltimore 21212. Call 410-433-1801.


14] – Red Emma's needs volunteers.  Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email  The next meeting is Mar. 13. There is no meeting on the first Sunday of the month.  Call 410-230-0450. If you would be interested in volunteering or becoming a collective member of 2640, send an email to


15] – 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., Mar. 14, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


16] – Join the fight in Annapolis to protect Maryland's future at 6 PM on Mon., Mar. 14.  Rally to ask the General Assembly to prevent devastating cuts to public education and the retirement security of educators, police, health care workers, librarians, and many more hard-working Marylanders. From California to Wisconsin to Maryland, public employees are under attack!


AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, union teachers and other state and municipal employees will gather in Lawyer's Mall which is the open space in front of the Legislative Services Bldg., 90 State Circle, Annapolis 21401. It is sponsored by the Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO and many local unions.  Buses will leave Baltimore no later than 5 PM at the following locations: AFSCME headquarters, 190 W. Ostend St., 21230; Baltimore Teachers Union, 5800 Metro Dr., 21215; and Baltimore Poly H. S., 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane, 21209. Contact Les at 443-621-9747 or to make a reservation 

17] – On Mon., Mar. 14 at 6:30 PM, Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO)  will introduce three Afghan girls, Pashtana, Sahar and Menizha, who are touring the country to make a presentation with their educational coordinator, Ian Pounds, at Busboys and Poets, 5th & K, 1025 5th St, NW, WDC.   Contact Ian Pounds ( Go to
18] – 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 


19] – 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., Mar. 14. Call 410-366-1637.


20] – In celebration of Women's History Month, the Enoch Pratt Free Library will hold a screening of OUR STRENGTH IS OUR HISTORY, a film which celebrates women's contributions to our historical past.  It will be shown at the Waverly Branch, 400 E. 33rd St. on Mon. Mar. 14 at 5:30 PM.  Call 410-396-6053.  Go to


21] – 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 Mar. 14.  The agenda will include visiting Rep. Sarbanes' office on March 16, the antiwar demo in D.C. on March 19 and the protest in Quantico to support Bradley Manning.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.


22] – Margaret Flowers is calling a meeting at 49 West St. on Mon., Mar. 14 after the AFL-CIO rally at 7:30 PM.  She thinks organizing ourselves – as all workers, not just unionized – around US Uncut is what's needed.  In her opinion, we need to do workers actions in concert with other groups and join up with groups around the country to plan and execute.  It seems to me the Uncut movement provides this very valuable platform.  Email

23] – The fight to repeal the death penalty in Maryland is heating up! Repeal bills, HB1075 and SB837, have been introduced with historic numbers of sponsors (61 Delegates and 21 Senators).  The hearing on repeal bill is in the House Judiciary Committee on Mar. 15 at 1 PM.  If you can attend, email  To join a statewide call-in day on Wed., Mar. 16, go to

To be continued.

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