Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

Baltimore Activist Alert July 5 – July 10, 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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com.  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] verizon.net.


The Baltimore IndyMedia Center publicizes peace-related events. Go to http://www.radicalendar.org/group/_baltimore.


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 Along the Trials – through Sept. 3

7] Support Gaza Flotilla  

8] Save Culinary Institute

9] War Is Not the Answer demo – July 5

10] Film class – July 5

11] Call AG Holder on behalf Carlos Montes – July 6

12] Poetry as a bridge to Iran – July 6

13] Philadelphia peace vigil – July 6

14] Book signing: REVIVING THE STRIKE – July 6

15] Tillis & Harvey – July 6

16] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – July 6

17] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – July 7

18] First Thursday vigil against war – July 7

19] Iraq Exhibit – July 7

20] Death Row Blues in Baltimore – July 7   


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 http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

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 donmuller@msn.com.  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 ncnrnotices-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at ncnrnotices-admin@lists.riseup.net.


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 http://friendsoflatinamerica.typepad.com/hocofola/2010/02/hocofola-cafe-quetzal-order-form-2010.html. 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 adela4peace@verizon.net.


5] – Brad Hathaway spearheads an effort to sell donated used stamps to raise money for different humanitarian causes around the world. Go to www.mattapoisettquakers.org, 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] – 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.


7] – The Audacity of Hope and most of the Gaza Flotilla will not be making the journey.  Many members of the U.S. crew are facing legal challenges in Greece, and to support them email the U.S. Embassy in Athens at athensamemb@state.gov and send a copy to athensamericancitizenservices@state.go.


8] – The Baltimore Culinary Institute may have to close because of decertification.  Rosalind Ellis Heid is heading up a campaign to save the school.  If you can help getting signatures on petitions, call her at 410-625-9262 or write to her at 250 S. President St., #&02, Baltimore, MD 213202-4462, or email her at paulheid@msn.com or go to www.inerharbornetwork.com.



9] – 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 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


10] – At the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St. from 6 to 9 PM on Tues., July 5, Ben McCusker will continue with his film screening and discussion class.  Go to www.freeschool.redemmas.org. 


11] – Carlos Montes' court date is Wed., July 6. Call Attorney General Eric Holder at 202-514-2001.  Here is a suggested text:


"My name is __________, I am from _______(city), in ______(state).  I am calling to tell Attorney General Holder:

1. Drop the charges! Hands off Carlos Montes!

2. Stop the FBI raids and grand jury repression of anti-war and international solidarity activists.

3. Return all property to Carlos Montes and the other activists raided by the FBI.


Montes will be facing six felony charges and enter a plea. The charges all deal with firearms, ammunition and permits. Like millions of other Americans, Carlos has for years held legal permits for guns. The fact is that the charges against Carlos carry a total penalty of up to 18 years.  He is a longtime Chicano activist, and his arrest is linked to the sweeping campaign in which 23 Midwest activists were victims of FBI raids.  Visit www.StopFBI.net or write StopFBI@gmail.com or call 612-379-3585.


12] – Forbidden: Poetry as a Bridge Between Iran and America will include a poetry reading and author talk by Sholeh Wolpe on Wed., July 6 from noon to 2 PM at the Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th St., NW, Suite 600.  Wolpe is the author of ROOFTOPS OF TEHRAN AND OTHER BOOKS.  She is also the poetry editor of the Levantine Review, an online journal about the Middle East. Born in Iran, she presently lives in Los Angeles.  Email info@splitthisrock.org or call 202-787-5210.


13] – 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 6. Call 215-426-0364.


14] – Joe Burns has a book signing on Wed., July 6 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets, NW, 14th & V Sts., WDC.  Teaching for Change's Bookstore welcomes Joe Burns to discuss and sign his new book, "Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America."  Call 202-588-7204 ext. 24 or visit www.BusboysAndPoets.com.


15] – Darby Tills performs Death Row Blues on Wed.,  July 6 from 7 to 10 PM at Ras Restaurant and Bar, 4809 Georgia Ave., NW, WDC.  Also performing is Ryan Harvey - riot folk musician who has graciously made space for Darby to perform at his upcoming CD release party.  Tillis was sentenced to death in Illinois Oct. 15, 1979 and is among one of the first to be exonerated from death row. New evidence led to his release Jan. 21, 1987. Darby uses his gift as a blues musician to accompany the telling of his story and his continued work to expose the injustices of the death penalty and his work with other exonerees to cope with life post-incarceration. Go to www.darbytillis.com.  Admission is $5. Go to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197847776928643.


16] – 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 6. Call 215-843-4256 or email nwgreens@yahoo.com.  


17] – 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.


18] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will host an End the Wars vigil on Thurs., July 7 from 5 to 6:30 PM in Mount Vernon at Centre & Charles Sts.  The Pledge gathers in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month to protest U.S. wars.  Call Max at 410-366-1637

19] – Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is an exhibit which is opening on Thurs., July 7 with a reception at 6 PM in Gallery 31 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW, WDC. Then from 7 to 8 PM, there will be a reading.  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 readers are spoken word artist Jinahie, plus poets Sarah Browning, Tina Darragh, and Zein El-Amine.  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. For additional information about the project and to download the call from the website page visit http://www.bookarts.uwe. ac.uk/mutancall10.htm.

Go to http://getinvolved.corcoran.org/page.aspx?pid=493 or www.SplitThisRock.org.  Call 202-787-5210.

20] – Darby Tillis performs Death Row Blues on Thurs.,  July 7 from 7 to 9 PM at Cyclops Books, 30 W. North Ave. in Baltimore.  Also performing is Ron Williams - activist and spoken word artist.  Tillis was sentenced to death in Illinois Oct. 15, 1979 and is among one of the first to be exonerated from death row. New evidence led to his release Jan. 21, 1987. Darby uses his gift as a blues musician to accompany the telling of his story and his continued work to expose the injustices of the death penalty and his work with other exonerees to cope with life post-incarceration. Go to www.darbytillis.com.  Admission is $5. Go to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=161220693947146.

To be continued.

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