Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 21 – Sept. 27, 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]


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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] Apiary – through Sept. 24

7] Bikes Not Bombs Tour – through Oct. 6

8] International Peace Day – Sept. 21

9] Health Care Reform – Sept. 21

10] Free of Nuclear Threats – Sept. 21

11] Community Gardens workshop – Sept. 21

12] Philadelphia peace vigil – Sept. 21

13] Tell Sarbanes Vote No for war funding & for the Progressive Agenda – Sept. 21

14] Troy Davis Support Demo – Sept. 21

15] Protest Arms Bazaar – Sept. 21

16] Howard Zinn Dedication – Sept. 21

17] WIB Frederick vigil – Sept. 21

18] Green Currency Meeting -- Sept. 21

19] Doctors w/o Borders – Sept. 21

20] McKay Jenkins at Pratt -- Sept. 21

21] Chestnut Hill Peace Vigil – Sept. 21

22] Sherman Alexie at Goucher – Sept. 21

23] Film NOT IN OUR TOWN – Sept. 21

24] Dining Out For Life – Sept. 22

25] CTBT benefits – Sept. 22     

26] Poverty & Education – Sept. 22

27] Film TIME FOR JUSTICE – Sept. 22

28] Discussion on Medicare for All – Sept. 22

29] Pray for Peace – Sept. 22

30] Can Peace Process Be Saved? – Sept. 22

31] Life of Mattie Stepanek – Sept. 22


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] – There is a Bikes Not Bombs Tour starting on Sun., Sept. 11 from New York City with an arrival in Washington, D.C. on Thurs., Oct. 6. Go to


7] – Baltimore Clayworks, a non-profit ceramic art center, is housed in two historic buildings in Mount Washington, 5707 Smith Ave., presents Apiary by Leigh Taylor Mickelson.  It is her solo exhibition of botanically inspired sculptures and installations. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 PM on Tues., Sept. 13, and the exhibit continues through Sat., Sept. 24, 10 AM to 5 PM.  She explores the parallels between the bee's will to pollinate and human socialization. Call 410-578-1919.


8] – Wednesday, Sept. 21 is an International Day of Prayer for Peace.  The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.  In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.


9] –  Congressperson John Conyers' Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain-Trust will host a forum: "Defending and Building on Health Care Reform: Next Steps in the fight For Health Care For ALL" on Wed., Sept. 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the Washington Convention Center, Room 209-A, between 7th & 9th Sts., N St. & Mt. Vernon Place.  Use the Convention Center Metro Station.


10] – On Wed., Sept. 21, 3 to 4:30 PM, William Hartung, New America Foundation, and Jacqueline Reich, Chestnut Hill College, will discuss "A World Free of Nuclear Threats and Small-Arms Menace." The event, sponsored by the U.N. Association of Greater Philadelphia, is at Drexel Univ., Creese Student Center, 3210 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.


11] – Citizens Planning and Housing Association [CPHA} is promoting a Community Gardens for the Community Professional workshop on Wed., Sept. 21 from 3 to 5 PM.  Email


12] – 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 Sept. 21. Call 215-426-0364.


13] – On Wed., Sept. 21 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


14] – Troy Davis Clemency Appeal DENIED! Gather to STAND with Troy Davis to let him know that he is not alone! Gather to express our LOVE for his family and supporters! And gather to continue the FIGHT FOR JUSTICE! STAND WITH TROY DAVIS! Protest on Wed., Sept. 21 at 5 PM at Sharp & Pratt Sts. Call 443-909-8964.


15] – On Wed., Sept. 21 from 6 to 7:30 PM, protest the Annual Air Force Arms Bazaar at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD 20745.  Gather at the corner of Waterfront St. and St. George Blvd. directly across from the Gaylord National Resort. 


The protest is timed to coincide with the Air Force Association's $330 per plate banquet.  It is called by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Take the Green Line to Branch Ave. Get off at Branch Ave. and take the NH1 National Harbor bus line. Call 202-360-6416 or email


16] –  A Howard Zinn Dedication will take place on Wed., Sept. 21 from 6 to 10 PM at Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781. The dedication of a room to Zinn is actually a benefit for the Zinn Education Project. For the first two hours, there will be presentations during the Donor Event. For the last two hours, there will be music and a mural viewing.  The Education Project promotes and supports the use of Howard Zinn's best-selling book "A People's History of the United States" and other materials for teaching a people's history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. There are many special guests including Amy Goodman, Cornel West, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Marian Wright Edelman and many more. Go to


17] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., Sept. 21 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


18] – The Baltimore Green Currency Association meets every Wednesday at 7 PM at Breathe Books, 810 W 36th St. # A, Baltimore, MD 21211-2554.  Call 410-235-7323.


19] – There is a DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS RECRUITMENT INFORMATION SESSION on Wed., Sept 21 at 7 PM, West End Library, 1101 24th St NW, WDC.  All interested medical and non-medical professionals can learn more about Doctors Without Borders and how you can put YOUR ideals into practice. Doctors without borders recruits: physicians – nurses – surgeons – anesthesiologists – midwives – epidemiologists – pharmacists – mental health specialists – lab scientists/technicians – water and sanitation, construction, and electrical experts – logistics professionals – human resources & administrative professionals – finance professionals – experienced field coordinators. Register at


20] – The Sustainable Speaker Series presents McKay Jenkins, author of "What's Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World," takes a deep look at everyday items such as cosmetics, upholstery fabrics, cookware, and fertilizers as he sifts through the possible causes of his own cancerous tumor.  He will speak on Wed., Sept. 21 at 7 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St.  Call 410-396-5430 or go to


21] – 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 Sept. 21. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


22] -- On Wed., Sept. 21 at 8 PM in Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, the Kratz Center for Creative Writing presents Sherman Alexie who will read from his works, answer questions and sign copies of his books. He will also participate in an informal meet and greet at 3:30 pm in the Siebert Curriculum Resource Center in the Athenaeum. Call 410-337-6333. Tickets are free, but must be reserved by logging onto


23] – See some compelling television journalism coming your way on PBS on Wed., Sept. 21.  The story is a difficult but uplifting tale, where the violence and hate that we know too well across our land is challenged by people of good will. The film, "Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness," by the veteran documentary team at The Working Group, out of Oakland, California, tells the story of residents of Patchogue, Long Island, taking action after a series of anti-immigrant attacks by local teenagers ended with the hate crime killing of Marcelo Lucero. An Ecuadorian immigrant, Lucero had been a Patchogue resident for 13 years.  Go to or to or email or call 510-268-9675.

24] – The Dining Out for Life fundraiser is on for Thurs., Sept. 22, and more than 40 restaurants will donate at least 20 percent of the night's check total to Moveable Feast, Baltimore's only food-service provider for men, women and children in our community living with life-challenging conditions. Helping feed those suffering from HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and other devastating ailments is as easy as making a reservation. So eat as much as you can-the calories don't count with a cause this good. To find participating restaurants, go to  Call 410-327-3420, ext. 11.

25] – On Thurs., Sept. 22 from 3 to 4 PM, Michael Krepon, Stimson Center, David Koplow, Georgetown Univ., and Daryl Kimball, Arms Control Association, will examine "Securing the Benefits of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty." Stimson Center, 12th Floor, 1111 19th St., NW, Washington. RSVP to Nate Cohn at .


26] – The Impact of Poverty on Education will bring together local and national education experts at Loyola University Maryland for the fifth event in the Baltimore Curriculum Project's Leading Minds series. Panelists include Peter C. Murrell, Jr., Ph.D., professor of urban education at Loyola's School of Education; Jane Quinn, vice president and director of the National Center for Community Schools at the Children's Aid Society; and Heather B. Weiss, Ph.D., founder and director of the Harvard Family Research Project and senior research associate and lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Marc Steiner, host of "The Marc Steiner Show" on Baltimore's WEAA 88.9 FM, will moderate the discussion on Thurs., Sept. 22 at 4 PM at Loyola College, Andrew White Student Center, 4501 N. Charles St. Call 410-675-7000.


27] – The Academy Award-winning documentary, A TIME FOR JUSTICE will be shown on Thurs., Sept. 22 at 7 PM at the William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., WDC 20408.  Use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Ave. and 7th St., NW. Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen and Julian Bond—civil rights pioneer and SPLC's first president—will discuss the film and the events it so vividly documents after the screening.


This digitally-restored film captures the struggle and heroism of the civil rights movement through both historic footage and the voices of those who fought for the cause of freedom and equality. To promote the study of the civil rights movement, SPLC will distribute the film to every school in the nation that requests it, starting this fall. Call 334-956-8200.


28] – It has been proposed that an alliance of Healthcare-Now Maryland, PNHP Maryland and the United Workers launch a grass roots organizing effort based on the principle that healthcare is a human right. The successes in Vermont are the model. A proposal will be made that an organizer be hired to work on the campaign. Join a discussion about the details of the current plan as well as defining a structure to oversee the organizer on Thurs., Sept. 22 at 7:15 PM at the Diocesan Center, Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, NE corner University Parkway and Charles St. Call 410-235-3504.  Go to or email


29] -- Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Mon., Sept. 22 at St. John's United Methodist Church, 27th & St. Paul Sts. Contact Charles Cloughen at 410-321-0199 or


30] – On Thurs., Sept. 22 at 7:30 PM, hear "Can the Peace Process be Saved?" by Israeli Major General (ret.) Danny Rothschild, director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya and chair of the Annual Herzliya Conference Series on the Balance of Israel's National Security.  During his service as Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Rothschild played a significant role in the negotiations that led to Israel's peace agreements with Jordan and with the Palestinians.  The lecture is in the Mary Graydon Center Rooms 4-5, American University of America.

31] – On Thurs., Sept. 22 at 7:30 PM, St. Patrick's Pro-Life Committee and Special Needs Ministry invites you to an evening of celebrating hope, peace, and life!  Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D. will share a presentation about her son, Mattie, a local prodigy who shared a message of hope and peace through his writings and life. The presentation will be held at the St. Patrick's Parish Hall, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville, MD 20853.  Go to

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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