Monday, July 18, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert July 19 – July 25, 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] Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here through July 31

8] Art Along the Trials – through Sept. 3

9] JustAdvice – July 19

10] War Is Not the Answer demo – July 19

11] Film DIRT – July 19

12] Funding Workshop – July 19

13] Book discussion RED SUMMER – July 19

14] Lobby for Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid – July 20

15] Tell Sarbanes Vote No for war funding & for the Progressive Agenda – July 20

16] Philadelphia peace vigil – July 20

17] Community Interest Meeting – July 20

18] WIB Frederick vigil – July 20

19] Meeting of Jews United – July 20

20] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – July 20

21] Film DOG DAY AFTERNOON – July 20


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] – Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is an exhibit which is continuing until Sun., July 31 in Gallery 31 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW, WDC. The exhibit features 130 broadsides created by poets and book artists in solidarity with those killed and injured in a 2007 bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad's famed street of booksellers and the center of Iraqi intellectual life. The Iraqi Arts Community wants to show that the collective cultural voice cannot and will not be silenced, and representing the 30 people killed and 100 injured, 130 broadsides have been created. "This is our starting point: where language, thought, and reality reside: where memory, ideas, and even dreams wait patiently in their black ink."  The broadsides are traveling the world to various venues highlighting the project and raising funds for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.  The project is continuing to grow as artists respond to the call for 130 book artists to create 3 books to compliment the broadsides.  Go to or call 202-639-1700.


8] – 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.


9] – Sit down with a lawyer to discuss any of your legal questions and get brief advice on topics ranging from family and criminal to elder and tax. Beverage and light snack included. The price is $10 for JustAdvice, which will take place on Tues., July 19, from 2 to 5 PM at the University of Maryland School of Law, 500 W. Baltimore St.  Call 410-929-4809 or go to or 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 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


11] – See DIRT! The Movie and enjoy locally grown popcorn and a discussion with Master Gardener and soil scientist Cherl Carmona on Tues., July 19 at 6 PM at Stony Run Friends Meeting House, 5116 N. Charles St. Call 410-502-5069.


12] – Funding for Community-based Endeavors is a workshop that presents practical strategies for start-up farms, small businesses, and non-profits to secure money. Strategies include how to write proposals, develop project concepts, and find funders. There is no charge for this workshop on Tues., July 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Accokeek Foundation, 3400 Bryan Point Road.  Call 301-283-2113 or go to


13] – Author Cameron McWhirter talks about his new book RED SUMMER: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America on Tues., July 19 at 6:30 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. In the Wall Street Journal reporter's book, it is argued that the civil rights movement of the 1950s originated in bloody anti-black uprisings following World War I. African-American veterans expected to earn the equal rights they'd been promised since the Civil War. Instead, they got the Red Summer-lynchings, riots, and other violent injustices across the nation-and they fought back with acts of determination and courage that resonate powerfully today. Call 410-396-5430 or go to


14] – Lobbying Congress for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will take place on Wed., July 20 from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Gather at the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave. NE, WDC 20002.  Use the Union Station Metro. Lobbying packets and talking points will be provided. RSVP at



15] – On Wed., July 20 at 4:30 PM,  the Pledge of Resistance will go to Rep. John Sarbanes' office, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Baltimore, MD 21204.  While inside, we will deliver a letter to urge the representative to pledge to vote against further funding of wars.  We will also let him know that he should sign on to the following legislation: HR 780, the Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act, HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, and HR 870, the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act.  From 5 to 5:30 PM, we will demonstrate on Bosley Ave against U.S. wars in the Middle East. 


Progressive Democrats of America, CODEPINK and others are holding brownbag vigils outside (or inside) offices of members of the House of Representatives.  Brownbaggers are demanding commitments to vote against more money for war and for progressive legislation. Hands off Medicare! Hands off Medicaid! Hands off Social Security! END CORPORATE WELFARE! Go to


16] – 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 20. Call 215-426-0364.


17] – Participate in a "Community Interest Meeting" on Wed., July 20 at 6 PM at 901 Hollins St., Baltimore, in planning the Fair Development Conference.  The United Workers and community allies are planning a national gathering of grassroots organizers, scholars, artists, activists, faith leaders, students, and teachers taking place Oct. 28-30 in Baltimore. While the Inner Harbor is a clear example of Poverty Zone Development, this model of development is common across the country. This Community Interest Meeting will hear ideas for how this conference can be used to highlight and connect diverse struggles for economic and social justice in our communities and how to build power. RSVP at or 410-230-1998.  Go to


18] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., July 20 from 6:30 PM to 7 PM at the intersection of Martin & Patrick Sts in downtown Frederick.  Wear black, but bring no additional signs. Call 301-834-7581 or


19] – There is a Community Meeting of Jews United for Justice on Wed., July 20 from 6:30 to 9 PM at the SEIU 32BJ office, 1025 Vermont St. NW, 7th floor, WDC, near McPherson Square and Farragut North Metro stations. Come for the free light dinner (kosher/vegetarian); stay to meet your JUFJ neighbors, get up to date on our many campaigns and programs, and go in-depth on a JUFJ program. RSVP to community organizer Dan Gordon at


20] – 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 20. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


21] – Join the Dream City Collective on Wed., July 20 at 8 PM for a film screening of the Academy Award winning "Dog Day Afternoon," the next monthly queer film at the Dream City Thrift, 5525 Illinois Ave. NW, WDC.  To finance his lover's sex reassignment surgery, Sonny Wortzik picks up a pistol, enlists a friend and decides to rob a bank. Things go horribly awry when it turns out there is no money in the bank. A 12 hour standoff and hostage situation turns a crime into a circus, as people outside the bank cheer on the robbers and the police become nervous. Based on the true story of John Wojtowicz's failed bank robbery in 1972, the proceeds from this enormously successful film went to the same partner's reassignment surgery he risked his life to fund.


There is a request for a dollar donation at the door, and sweet tea, popcorn, and cookies will be served at a modest price to support the continued existence of the Dream City Warehouse. Books and tee shirts will be on sale. RSVP at


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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