Monday, April 18, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Apr. 18 – Apr. 24, 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] March to Chamber of Commerce/BP -- Apr. 18

8] Go after Bank of America -- Apr. 18

9] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Apr. 18 – Apr. 22

10] Protest the death penalty – Apr. 18      

11] Protest military spending – Apr. 18

12] Planning meeting for Mayors Conference – Apr. 18      

13] Talk on being inter-religious – Apr. 19

14] War Is Not the Answer demo – Apr. 19

15] Ernesto Cardenal at Loyola – Apr. 19

16] Full Employment meeting – Apr. 19

17] Meet/plan for May Day – Apr. 19

18] Ron Williams at Eden's Lounge -- Apr. 19


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] – Uncut US and Power Shift will rally at 10:15 AM in Lafayette Square on Mon., Apr. 18.  At 11:15 AM, march to the Chamber of Commerce and then to BP DC office around noon where a tax bill will be delivered.  


8]It's time to stand up and be counted. On April 18, millions of citizens will pay their taxes while Bank of America and many other corporations pay ZERO. We need to tell the corporations and Congress to "fix it" by ending corporate welfare.


There are several Tax Day [Mon., Apr. 18] Make Them Pay Events targeting Bank of America. Protest and Speak-out at the tax dodging Bank of America with the delivery of their American Dream Tax Bill, if they paid taxes like the rest of us. Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion.


In Columbia, gather at 11 AM at 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway: Bank of America near LL Bean and PF Changs in the Columbia Mall.  In Baltimore, the demo is at noon at 10 Light St. In Annapolis, at noon be at 2120 West St., 21401 in the Annapolis Mall.  It is happening at 11:30 AM in Prince Frederick at 55 Commerce Lane.  The Bank of America is located near Bob Evans.


9] – 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 


10] – 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., Apr. 18. Call 410-366-1637.


11] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will hold its annual Tax Day protest on Mon., Apr. 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM outside the main post office on Fayette Street.  Both at the national and the state levels there are calls to continue cutting taxes for the forces of greed, while cutting back on needed social services.  And military spending consumes 50% of the federal budget.  Join the Pledge in saying money for the people, not for war.  Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at 


12] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings now take place at Max's residence.  However, on Mon., Apr. 18 at 7 PM, the Pledge will join with other groups in a planning meeting to prepare for the Mayors Conference in Baltimore from June 17 through June 21.  This meeting will take place at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 120 N. Front St., Baltimore 21202.  Representatives of organizations concerned about the cutbacks in social services, the wars in the Middle East and the need to raise taxes on the Forces of Greed are welcome to attend.  If you are unable to attend, but would like to get involved in strategizing for the Mayors Conference, call Max at 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at


13] – On Tues., Apr. 19 from noon to 1:30 PM, the RUMI FORUM Presents "Being Religious as Being Interreligious: Implications for Living One's Faith Today" with Dr. Peter C. Phan, Ignacio Ellacuría, Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Department of Theology, Georgetown U., Rumi Forum, 1150 17th St. NW, Suite 408,  WDC 20036. Go to While it is free, and refreshments will be available, registration is required. 


14] – 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 Apr. 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


15] Hear a Poetry Recitation in Spanish by Ernesto Cardenal, Origin of Species and Other Poems, with an English Translation Reading by Lia Purpura on Tues., Apr. 19 at 6 PM at Loyola/Notre Dame Library Auditorium.  This event is sponsored by Loyola University Maryland - Center for the Humanities and other university organizations.  Ernesto Cardenal served as Nicaragua's first culture minister from 1979 to 1987. He was the founder of a primitivist art community and Christian base community in the Solentiname Islands, where he lived for more than ten years.


The Library is located between Loyola and Notre Dame campuses, building #44 on the campus map, which you can access here:  Contact Dr. Thomas Ward at 


16] – How about FULL EMPLOYMENT and ECONOMIC JUSTICE? Interest is growing in meeting, sharing info and acting together for economic justice.  All welcome.  Come learn what we is going on already on Tues., Apr. 19 at 7 PM, St. Frances Academy Community Center, 501 E. Chase St., Baltimore 21202.  Refreshments will be served.  Call 410-539-5794, ext. 30 (Ralph Moore) or ext. 28 (Stephanie Rivas).


17] - In Washington it's politics as usual, with leaders talking about gutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  We've fought and paid for these programs that provide for seniors, the poor and the middle class. We should not and will not let them be taken away. May Day is a workers' holiday celebrated around the world - in a spirit of solidarity, struggle and love for our brothers and sisters. It is proposed to use the holiday this year to demonstrate opposition to any cuts in social programs, and you are invited to a meeting to discuss this idea.  Meet on Tues., Apr. 19 at 7 PM at GOVANS-BOUNDRY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 5210 York Road, Baltimore  21212. RSVP at 410 433-3269 or 410-661-3088.


18] – Ron Williams will do a featured performance at Organic Soul in Eden's Lounge, 15 W. Eager St., Baltimore 21201 on Tues., Apr. 19 at 8 PM.  Email or visit


To be continued.

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