Monday, July 11, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

altimore Activist Alert July 12 – July 18, 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] Art Opening: UNConditional through July 26

7] Art Along the Trials – through Sept. 3

8] Baltimore Job Fair – July 12

9] Vote for Palestinian Statehood – July 12

10] War Is Not the Answer demo – July 12

11] Meet the Peace Corps – July 12

12] Film class – July 12

13] Activist Reunion Party – July 12

14] Philadelphia peace vigil – July 13

15] Tenants in Foreclosure workshop – July 13

16] Independence from Oil – July 13

17] Volunteer Bash – July 13

18] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – July 13

19] Art of Social Media – July 13


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 The coffee comes in one-pound bags.


Fill out the form and mail it with a check made out to HOCOFOLA on or before the second week of the month.  Be sure you indicate ground or beans for each type of coffee ordered.  Send it to Adela Hirsch, 5358 Eliots Oak Rd., Columbia, MD 21044.  Be sure you indicate ground (G) or bean (B) for each type of coffee ordered. The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up.  Contact Adela at 410-997-5662 or via e-mail at


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] – An Art Opening: UNConditional continues through Tues., July 26 at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Use the Foggy Bottom Metro.  The gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, or by appointment.  This is an installation and jewelry exhibition by Nadira Araj, who is from Bethlehem.  Call 202-338-1958.

7] – Art Along the Trails continues at Carrie Murray Nature Center Leakin/Gwynne Falls Park, 1901 Ridgetop Road, Baltimore, MD 21207.  The exhibit is up through Sept. 3.


8] – Some of the area's top local employers who will be hiring for hundreds of positions at the Baltimore Job Fair on Tues., July 12 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Sheraton Center City, 101 W. Fayette St.  This event will offer job seekers an opportunity to meet face to face with dozens of employers who are hiring today. Coast-to-Coast Career Fairs will also have a local career expert on hand to provide a free professional resume review.  Call 866-838-5111 or go to http://www.coasttocoastcareerf.


9] – Sovereignty and a New Reality: Vote for Palestinian Statehood at the United Nations is a lecture to be held on Tues., July 12 from 12:30 to 2 PM at The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC.  This lecture examines the September Palestinian statehood vote at the United Nations and the implications its result will have for Palestine, Israel and the Arab World. The speakers are Ambassador Maen Areikat and Ambassador John Quigley.  Email


10] – 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 July 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

11] – On Tues., July 12 at 5:30 PM, learn about the opportunities with the Peace Corps  from Allison McReynolds at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St..  Call 410-396-5430.  Go to

12] – At the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St. from 6 to 9 PM on Tues., July 12, Ben McCusker will continue with his film screening and discussion class.  Go to 


13] -- The Washington Peace Center wants to remind you of the "Activist Awardees Reunion Party" on Tues., July 12 from 6 to 8 PM at BusBoys and Poets, 5 and K Sts., NW, WDC. The purpose of the event is to provide a space with previous awardees to network, provide support, encouragement and continue to dream.  "We envision a world based on respect for people and the planet that is achieved through nonviolence, peace and social justice." There will be a request for nominations for the December 2011 Activist Awards Grassroots Gala.  RSVP by e-mail

14] – 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 July 13. Call 215-426-0364.


15] – There are monthly workshops for Tenants in Foreclosure at the Public Justice Center.  Renters have rights during the foreclosure of the building they live in.  In particular tenants have "the right to continue renting the property after the foreclosure for the remaining lease term or 90 days after a new legal title holder sends them notice to vacate, whichever is longer." There will be refreshments and childcare.  All workshops start at 6 PM.  RSVP at 410-625-9409 x235.  The next date is Wed., July 13 at the Public Justice Center, 1 N. Charles St., Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21201.


16] – Join the D.C. Chapter of the Sierra Club and hear Terron Sims from Operation Free and Ann Mesnikoff, Sierra Club's Green Transportation director, speak on the true cost of oil and how to move the U.S. beyond its addiction to oil.  Independence from Oil Discussion will take place on Tues., July 12 from 6:30 to 8:15 PM at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library, 901 G St., NW, Room A-10.  Call 202-363-4366 or go to


17] – The Washington Peace Center Volunteer Bash is on Wed., July 13 from 7 to 8:30 PM at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St., NW [corner of 16th and Newton Sts.], WDC.  As the Peace Center heads into the summer months, it is seeking volunteers who would be interested in supporting the work for peace and justice.  Find out more about the work, what is planned for the summer, and learn about ways you too can get involved. Email


18] – 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 July 13. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


19] – On Wed., July 13 from 7:30 to 9 PM, the Emergence Community Arts Collective features a workshop on the Art of Social Media at 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC 20001. Are you managing your social media or is your social media managing you? The Internet provides a plethora of resources some of which are very visible, some which are more valuable but less visible. The facilitator is computer scientist, educator and artist, Shelly Bell. Early bird registration is $10 with free gift. REGISTER NOW at  Visit or call 202-462-2285. 


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] Go to


"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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