Monday, March 28, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Mar. 28 – Apr. 2, 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] Snow Falling On Cedars – until Apr. 3

8] Help Bradley Manning – Mar. 28

9] Disarm Now Plowshares to be sentenced – Mar. 28

10] Media Active Festival – Mar. 28 - 31

11] Honor Wal-Mart Women – Mar 28

12] Soa Watch speakers – Mar. 28

13] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 28 – Mar. 31

14] Protest the death penalty – Mar. 28       

15] Remember TMI disaster – Mar. 28       

16] Peace Is Possible – Mar. 28

17] Film SMOKE SIGNALS – Mar. 28

18] Pledge meeting – Mar. 28

19] Don't Tread on D.C. – Mar. 29

20] Female Wal-Mart workers at Supreme Court – Mar. 29

21] War Is Not the Answer demo – Mar. 29

22] Haiti Noir – Mar. 29

23] Film COINTELPRO 101 – Mar. 29

24] Dave Zirin film – Mar. 29


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] – Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., is showing SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, adapted by Kevin McKeon from David Guterson's acclaimed story during World War II in which a Japanese American is accused of murder.  The play will run through Apr. 3, and ticket prices range from $14 to $55. Call 410-332-0033 or go to


8] Bradley Manning needs our help.  The alleged whistleblower of the WikiLeaks documents, has been charged with "wrongfully obtaining classified material for the purpose of posting it on the Internet, knowing that the information would be accessed by the enemy; the illegal transmission of defense information; fraud; and aiding the enemy."  Manning has been subjected to what the CIA defines as "no-touch" torture, and even the New York Times is "troubled" by Manning's treatment.


Please take action for Pfc. Bradley Manning and the American people by calling the White House and asking President Obama to drop the charge of "aiding the enemy," ensure Manning's humane treatment, and investigate war crimes.  Deluge the White House with calls on Mon., Mar. 28 at 202-456-1111. Remember, the White House only answers the phone between 9 AM and 5 PM EST. Free Bradley Manning!

9]  The Disarm Now Plowshares will be sentenced on Mon., Mar. 28 in federal court in the Sate of Washington for taking on the U.S.Trident nuclear warfighting system at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor, Washington - the largest nuclear weapon storage area in the US. Go to  Fr Steve Kelly, Susan Crane, Sr Anne Montgomery, Lynne Greenwald and Fr Bill "Bix" Bichsel were arrested on Nov. 2, 2009 and convicted on Dec. 13, 2010 by a jury of  of trespass, felony damage to federal property, felony injury to property and felony conspiracy to damage property.

10] From Mon., Mar. 28 through Thurs., Mar. 31, there will be a Media Active Festival at Towson U., Van Bokkelen Room 204, Univ. Union Room 307, Univ. Union Chesapeake 1 and Univ. Union PAWS Lounge.  See films, art and music for change.  Call 410-704-3921 or go to  There is no charge.

11] Alliance for Justice and AAUW are holding a reception honoring the lead plaintiffs of Wal-Mart v. Dukes on Mon., Mar. 28 at 5 PM at Alliance for Justice, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, 2nd Floor, WDC 20036. The women workers are demanding equality.  Registration is required. RSVP at

12] SOA Watch speakers will discuss issues of US militarization in Latin America on Mon., Mar. 28 at 5 PM at Hughes Formal Lounge in Hughes Hall at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016-8105.  Gabriela Uassouf and Nico Udu-gama will be sharing a little bit of each of their own stories and direct experiences with militarism, providing harrowing accounts and will be discussing the April Days of Action and how YOU can get involved.  Contact Anne Lynch at or go to

13] – 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 


14] – 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. 28. Call 410-366-1637.


15] – The Crabshell Alliance is hosting a commemorative vigil of the Three Mile Island disaster on Mon., Mar. 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM outside Penn Station on the Charles St. side.   Call 410-366-1637.

16] On Mon., Mar. 28, from 7 to 10 PM, "Why Peace is Possible and How We Can Achieve it: An Evening With Paul K. Chappell" will be happening at the Univ. of Maryland, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building One, College Park, MD.   Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002. He served in the army for seven years, was deployed to Baghdad, and left active duty in November 2009 as a captain. He is the author of Will War Ever End? A Soldier's Vision of Peace for the 21st Century and The End of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future." He is the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Go to or

17] Catch a screening of SMOKE SIGNALS by Chris Eyre and released in 1998.  The film is based on Sherman Alexie's short stories THE LONE RANGER AND TONTO FISTFIGHT IN HEAVEN.  At 7 PM on Mon., Mar. 28 at Loyola Notre Dame Library's Ridley Auditoriun, 200 Winston Ave., associate preofessor Joe Schaub, College of Notre Dame, will lead the discussion.  Call 410-617-6325 or go to

18] – 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. 28.  The agenda will include a report on the March 20 protest in Quantico to support Bradley Manning, the Fund Our Communities Conference and the Mayors Conference in Baltimore in June.  Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

19] Advocacy Day in the Senate is on Tues., Mar. 29 from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM.  As the federal budget battle drags on, DC laws -and lives- hang in the balance. Join DC Vote to tell the Senate: Don't Tread On DC!  RSVP:

20] On Tues., Mar. 29 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, join the Rally to Stand with the Courageous Women of Wal-Mart whose case for equal pay will be heard by the Supreme Court.  Be outside the Supreme Court, First Street NE between East Capitol Street and Maryland Avenue. RSVP to or call 202-588-5180.

21] – 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. 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

22] Best-selling author Madison Smartt Bell and Katia D. Ulysse read from their work in the anthology HAITI NOIR at 6:30 PM on Tues., Mar. 29 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathderal St.  Call 410-396-5430.  Go to

23] – Come to a free screening about the history that history forgot: COINTELPRO 101 on Tues., Mar. 29 at 7 PM at Howard U., Blackburn Center Auditorium, Washington, DC.  COINTELPRO was a series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations. The tactics used included discrediting targets through psychological warfare, planting false reports in the media, smearing through forged letters, harassment, wrongful imprisonment, extralegal violence and assassination. Visit

24] Best-selling author and sportswriter, Dave Zirin will be at a screening of a new documentary, NOT JUST A GAME, based on his book "The People's History of Sports in the United States." The film is a powerful and inspiring look at an alternative history of political struggle in the United States as seen through the games its people have played. It is happening on Tues., Mar. 29 at 2640, 27th & St. Paul Sts. at 7:30 PM.  The proceeds will go to United Workers and Baltimore Algebra Project. Go to

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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