Monday, April 25, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Apr. 25 – May 1, 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] Contaminated Identities at UMBC -- Apr. 25

8] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Apr. 25 – Apr. 29

9] Protest the death penalty – Apr. 25      

10] Palestine Film Festival – Apr. 25 – Apr. 30

11] Issues in Education – Apr. 25

12] Planning meeting for Mayors Conference – Apr. 25      

13] Capitalism & Mental Health – Apr. 25

14] Commemorate Chernobyl – Apr. 26

15] Film CHERNOBYL 20 – Apr. 26

16] Nuclear safety – Apr. 26

17] War Is Not the Answer demo – Apr. 26

18] Film class – Apr. 26

19] LOVE at Red Emma's – Apr. 26

20] Plan for May Day – Apr. 26

21] PR's ethical implications -- Apr. 26

22] Protest Karl Rove -- Apr. 26

23] Film NOT JUST A GAME – Apr. 27

24] Philadelphia peace vigil – Apr. 27

25] Language Access film screening – Apr. 27                                

26] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Apr. 27

27] Phone bank for May Day activities – Apr. 27

28] Biodiversity lecture – Apr. 27

29] Public health in Eastern Africa – Apr. 28

30] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Apr. 28

31] Mapping Palestine – Apr. 28


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] – A lecture will be presented on Mon., Apr. 25 at 4 PM at the AOK Library, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville, by Professor Farhana Sultana, Syracuse U. called "Negotiating Contaminated Identities: Gender, Water, and Development in Altered Waterscapes."  Call 410-455-2787 or go to


8] – 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 


9] – 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.


10] – Join the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) at the First Annual DC Palestine Film Festival starting Mon., Apr. 25 at 6:30 PM through Fri., Apr. 29 at 6:30 PM at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, 1732 Wisconsin Ave., NW, WDC 20007.  This FREE event will showcase films that highlight the situation in Palestine, the experiences of the Palestinian people and U.S. responses to the situation in Palestine.  On Mon., Apr. 25 at 6:30 PM, see SALT OF THIS SEA, a romantic drama about a working-class woman and her experiences traveling back home. On Tues., Apr. 26 at 6:30 PM, see PRIVATE, about a Palestinian family trapped inside a house commandeered by Israeli soldiers. On Wed., Apr, 27 at 6:30 PM, see "One Family in Gaza," which exposes the larger tragedy of Gaza, and the courage and resilience of its people.  At 7 PM, see "Something to Prove," a documentary following fifteen 15-year old boys from Gaza as they visit the U.S. for the first time.  Go to


11] – The Johns Hopkins School of Education attempts to shed light on "Shaping the Future: Examining the Critical Issues in Education" on Mon., Apr. 25 at 6:30 PM in Shriver Hall on the Homewood Campus.  The panelists, both union and corporate people, will look at the most pressing issues facing public schools and then answer questions from the audience. Call 410-516-5588.  One must RSVP to


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. 25 at 7 PM, the Pledge will join with other groups in another planning meeting to prepare for the Mayors Conference in Baltimore from June 17 through June 21.  This meeting will take place at Govans-Boundary Church, 5210 York Rd. St.—park behind the church.  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 Mon., Apr. 25 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., David Thurston will give a talk Capitalism & Mental Health? How does the economic system that drives the society in which we live affect us? Many of us are adept at perceiving how it shapes our views of the outside world through media and advertising but how aware are we of how it influences the way we see ourselves? We're cognizant of how racism and sexism have become institutionalized and, despite the advances of a few, continue to undermine the potential of the many.  Call 410-230-0450.  Go to


14] – Join an ANTI-NUCLEAR ACTION TO COMMEMORATE CHERNOBYL AND FUKUSHIMA DISASTERS on Tues., Apr. 26 at 8 AM in front of  Constellation Energy, 111 Market Place [Lombard St.], Baltimore, Maryland 21202.  The Crabshell Alliance will gather there with two themes: TMI 1979, CHERNOBYL 1986, FUKUSHIMA 2011, CALVERT CLIFFS ????? and NUCLEAR POWER: STILL NOT SAFE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. Calvert Cliffs NPP is less than 50 miles from our nation's capital and less than 4 miles from the largest liquid natural gas terminal in the Nation. Call Max at 410-366-1637.


15] – To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the nuclear disaster, there will be a screening of the documentary "Chernobyl 20" on Tues., Apr. 25 from 12:15 to 1:45 PM in Room 3E08 at the School of Social Work, 525 W. Redwood St. A discussion will follow, and of course the nuclear power plant disaster in Japan will be included.

16] – John Harvey: Advancing America's Nuclear Security is a talk scheduled for Tues., Apr. 26 from 12:30 to 2 PM at the National Defense University, 300 Fifth Ave., SW, Lincoln Hall, Room 1105, WDC. This is part of the National Defense University Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction's WMD Spotlight Seminar series. This series is designed to provide an ongoing forum for professionals working on countering the proliferation of WMD to continue their education in the field and to stay abreast of new developments. Dr. Harvey will be presenting "Advancing America's Nuclear Security" with a focus on (1) elements of the administration's Nuclear Posture Review in connection with efforts to reverse the decline in our nuclear weapons enterprise, (2) the implementation of these efforts in the FY 11-15 and FY 12-16 budgets, and (3) the linkage between U.S. nuclear forces and broader aspects of our security strategy to protect the American people and its allies from weapons of mass destruction. The WMD Spotlight Seminar has a limited number of spaces available for each presentation and registration is required. To register, contact Mrs. Amanda Ducasse at or 202-433-6356. Go to

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 Apr. 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


18] – At the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St. from 6 to 9 PM on Tues., Apr. 26, Ben McCusker will continue with his film screening and discussion class.  Go to 


19] – On Tues., Apr. 26 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., LOVE the poet presents Black Marks on White Paper.  Local poet and author, Michelle Antoinette Nelson will be reading/performing poems from her new book. LOVE centers her spoken word career on social enlightenment, community outreach and entertainment.  Drawing on the likes of Audre Lorde for inspiration, LOVE sees poetry as both a revolutionary and revelatory art form.  Go to  Call 410-230-0450.  Go to


20] – Help plan for May Day in Baltimore on Tues., Apr. 26, 7-8:30 PM at Govans-Boundary Church, 5210 York Rd. Parking is in the back of church.  Come or send a rep from your organization.  Call 410 433-3269 or email may1baltimore2011 at


21] – Public relations experts Roland King and Judy Phair will discuss the field's ethical implications on Tues., Apr. 26, at 7 PM at Loyola College, Andrew White Student Center, McGuire Hall, 4501 N. Charles St.  Call 410-617-2000 or go to


22] – Protest Karl Rove, who is speaking at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., on Tues., Apr. 26, at 8 PM.  It is astonishing that this unconvicted war criminal is paid to tell lies.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

23] – See the film "Not Just A Game; Power Politics and American Sports" on Wed., Apr. 27 from noon to 2 PM at IPS Conference Room, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, WDC. This new documentary based on Dave Zirin's bestselling book "A People's History of Sports," argues that far from providing merely escapist entertainment, U.S. sports have long been at the center of some of major political debates and struggles of our time. The result is as deeply moving as it is exhilarating: nothing less than an alternative history of political struggle in the United States as seen through the games its people have played. RSVP to

24] – 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 Apr. 27. Call 215-426-0364.

25] – Language Access Film Screening is happening on Wed., Apr. 27 at 6:30 PM at All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW (Columbia Heights Metro). Email

This will be a unique night of films and performances celebrating and raising awareness of immigrants' rights in the District of Columbia. See shorts by local filmmakers and the feature "Grassroots Rising" by renowned documentarian Robert Winn. Lastly, a teaser of "Communities in Translation" will be shown for the first time in public, a work in progress about language barriers in emergency response situations, in light of the Mount Pleasant fire in 2008. The proceeds from this night will be used to finish "CIT." Ticket are $15, or $10 for students or low-income.  This event is part of a series of events during April declared by the Mayor as "Language Access Awareness Month."

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 Apr. 27. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


27] Enjoy a potluck dinner at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St. Lower Level, Baltimore, Md. 21218 on Wed. Apr. 27 at 7 PM, and then phone bank for May Day activities and a May 2 protest against racism. Also see a video on Immigrant Rights and Discussion of May Day. Call 410-218-4835 or email Also at the Solidarity Center, there are bi-monthly Friday Movie nights with the Ujima Peoples Progress Party; call 443-627-3103. And every other Monday night, there are discussions and classes on socialism and revolution by Workers World Party; call 443-909-8964.


28] Director of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Steven Momfort will speak on the well-being of captive and wild animals on Wed. Apr. 27 at 7 PM at the Hyman Athenaeum, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. His talk is entitled The Pulse of the Planet: Understanding and Sustaining Biodiversity. Call 410-337-6333.

29] – Coordinating Global Priorities Amidst the Financial Crisis: Security, Development, and Public Health in Eastern Africa is a discussion scheduled for Thurs., Apr. 28 from noon to 1:30 PM at the Stimson Center, 1111 19th St., NW, 12th Floor, WDC 20036.  This off-the-record discussion will feature remarks by Simon Limage, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Nonproliferation Programs, (ISN/NP) followed by a panel discussion with experts in the field, which will be moderated. Lunch will be served at noon with the program to begin at 12:30 PM.  RSVP to Elise Valbuena-Pfau at  Go to

30] – 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.

31] – Mapping Palestine: For its Survival and Destruction is a talk on Thurs., Apr. 28 from 12:30 to 2 PM with Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, founder and president, Palestine Land Society, at The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave, NW, WDC. He will discuss his new atlas which spans from 1917-1966 and includes 700 pages of detailed information from British Mandate era Palestine through the Nakba and beyond.  Dr. Abu Sitta is a former member of the Palestine National Council.

To be continued.

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