Thursday, September 29, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 29 – Oct. 4, 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] Bikes Not Bombs Tour – through Oct. 6

6] Middle Passage Mural – through Oct. 24

7] Film DIARIES – Sept. 29

8] Film TAKING ROOT – Sept. 29

9] A Ride to the End at Red Emma's – Sept. 29

10] Sherman Alexie gives book talk – Sept. 29

11] Hug a Vegetarian Day! – Sept. 30

12] Film LA TOMA – Sept. 30

13] White House vigil – Sept. 30

14] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Sept. 30

15] WIB Roland Park vigil – Sept. 30

16] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Sept. 30

17] Vigil to End Wars – Sept. 30

18] Silent vigil – Sept. 30

19] ANERA Fundraiser -- Sept. 30

20] Art of Social Media/Freedom Theatre - Sept. 30

21] Walter Reed Vigil Finale - Sept. 30

22] Film SANKOFA – Sept. 30

23] Ballroom dancing – Sept. 30

24] Farmers Market – Oct. 1

25] Gutierrez Memorial Walk – Oct. 1

26] Olney peace vigil – Oct. 1

27] West Chester, PA demo – Oct. 1

28] Remember Troy Davis – Oct. 1

29] Silent vigil at Capitol – Oct. 1

30] Leaflet for Bill Barry -- Oct. 1

31] Play CHURCH FOLKS – Oct. 1

32] Michael Moore in Frederick -- Oct. 1

33] Visit the Ethical Society – Oct. 2

34] Get on Bridge for Peace – Oct. 2

35] Progressive Working Group meeting -- Oct. 2

36] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Oct. 2

37] Palestinian Gandhis – Oct. 2


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] – 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


6] – See Joe Norman's Middle Passage Mural in the Main Gallery at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224,

an epic tale of 10 million souls from Africa to the Americas between the 15th and 19th centuries. The exhibit will be there through Sat., Oct 29.  Call 410-276-1651; go to; or email

7] – DIARIES by May Odeh will be shown twice. The first will be on Thurs., Sept. 29 at 2:30 PM at the Johnson Center Cinema, George Mason Univ., 4400 University Dr, Fairfax VA 22030. See the film for free.  Then it will be shown again on Thurs., Sept. 29 at 7 PM at the Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, WDC. Tickets are $10, but only $7 for students/seniors.

The film is a 53-minute 2010 documentary about three women living in Gaza who face a double siege. One is the Israeli occupation and another one is the quasi- religious authority that controls the torn city. Through their daily life, the three girls will share their fears, memories, thoughts and hope for a better life wide enough to fit their dreams. The film will take us on a journey into their own Gaza, the Gaza that no one really knows.

8] –  Beyond the Classroom Living & Learning Program is showing the documentary TAKING ROOT:The Vision of Wangari Maathai on Thurs., Sept. 29 at 4 PM at 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, Seminar Room, Univ. of MD--College Park.  The film tells the dramatic story of the Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy. She died of cancer on Sun., Sept. 25, but her visionary work continues with the Green Belt Movement that has planted over 30 million trees and has helped over 900,000 women!


9] –  A Ride Till The End, the traveling collective of veterans and artists who cycle around the United States in an effort to raise awareness about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, makes a pit stop in Baltimore as it enters the last leg of the Bikes Not Bombs tour. The journey began on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 at the site of the World Trade Center and will wrap up at the White House in time for the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan. ARTTE invites the public to join the tour and the quest to collect 250 bicycles (one for every mile of the ride). Some of the amassed bikes will be sent to Afghanistan to promote reconciliation, while others will remain on American soil in a bid to get more veterans on the road. ARTTE's visit to Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., on Thurs., Sept. 29 at 7 PM will involve a talk and video conferences with peace groups in Afghanistan, as well as experience and art sharing, and is sponsored by the Civilian Soldiers Alliance. Call 410-230-0450 or go to


10] – Sherman Alexie will discuss his book, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," on Thurs., Sept. 29 at 4 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Reisterstown Road Branch, 6310 Reisterstown Road.  Call 410-887-1165 or go to


11] – Hug a Vegetarian Day is Fri., Sept. 30.  That's right—a whole day dedicated to hugging animal lovers!


12] – A screening of "La Toma" can be seen on Fri., Sept. 30 at noon at the  Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), 1666 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 400, WDC.  Enjoy a brown-bag lunch and viewing of the documentary, followed up with a discussion with acclaimed director, Paola Mendoza. The film documents the struggle of an Afro-Colombian gold-mining community in southwestern Colombia to remain on its territory. The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) poses a threat to the people of La Toma and other communities undergoing similar experiences. According to Colombian and international law, Afro-Colombian and indigenous peoples have the right to free, prior, and informed consultation and consent (FPIC) for any development project or public policy that will affect them; the FTA was not consulted with Afro-Colombian or indigenous peoples. Increased investment in controversial industries as a result of the FTA will undermine Afro-Colombian and indigenous peoples' rights to self-determination and to the land. RSVP to Anthony Dest at


13] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at Lafayette Park facing the White House.  Join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and friends. Contact Art Laffin:   

14] – Every Friday from noon to 1 PM, Women in Black, Baltimore, host a vigil at Pratt and Light Sts. in the Inner Harbor. Peace signs will be available. See or write or call 410-467-9114.

15] – There is also a noon vigil on Sept. 30 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

16] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel (now in its 8th year) takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia (across from Israeli Consulate.  It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email Go to

17] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, Sept. 30, from 5 to 6 PM at Broad & Arch Sts., Philadelphia. It is a Vigil to End the Wars, with a Gold Star Mother for Peace, Celeste Zappala.  Email


18] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Sept. 30 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., in opposition to war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings. 



19] – American Near East Refugee Aid's Annual Dinner & Fundraiser is on Fri., Sept. 30, starting with a reception at 6 PM, and dinner at 7 PM, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW.  It will feature comedian Aron Kader. For every dollar you give, over $125 worth of medicines, health care supplies, school books, educational materials and playground equipment are shipped to refugee camps and communities in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan. Tickets will not be issued, but a reservation is required. This is a business attire affair.  Write to or call 202-266-9713 or go to


20] – The Art of Social Media: FouseyTube will feature Yousef Erakat, and Freedom Theatre, Mustafa Staiti on Fri., Sept. 30 at 6:30 PM at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Tickets are $10, but $7 for students/seniors.  FouseyTube is a YouTube channel that was created by Yousef Erakat, a young Palestinian American living in the Bay area. His channel became an overnight sensation with his first viral video Middle Eastern Parents and Yousef has since kept audiences around the world entertained with his often comedic but always captivating work.


The Freedom Theatre – a theatre and cultural centre in Jenin Refugee Camp – is developing the only professional venue for theatre and multimedia in the north of the West Bank in Occupied Palestine. Since it opened its doors in 2006, the organization continues to grow, develop and expand, enabling the young generation in the area to develop new and important skills which will allow them to build a better future for themselves and for their society.


21] – The Walter Reed Vigil Finale takes place on Fri., Sept. 30 from 7 to 9 PM.  The vigil has been happening weekly since March of 2003. It began in response to opposition to the late-night drop offs of wounded soldiers on the lawn of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Seven years later, as Walter Reed prepares to shut its doors, the vigilers are planning their last event there, 7150 Georgia Ave., NW at Horseshoe, between Dahlia and Elder.

Afterwards, there will be a gathering at Ras Hall. 


22] – See the film SANKOFA (1993, 124 min), part of an ongoing series Middle Passage: Reflecting on the Legacies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224, on Fri., Sept. 30 at 7:30 PM.  Haile Gerima's seminal and singularly powerful film portrays a self-absorbed Black American fashion model on a photo shoot in Africa, who is spiritually transported back to a plantation in the West Indies. A Q&A will follow with Dr. Leslie King-Hammond with MICA's Center for Race and Culture. Tickets are $10, and $5 for members.  Call 410-276-1651 or go to


23] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be Sept. 30.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

24] – Go to the West Baltimore Farmer's Market for fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and other treats every Saturday from 8 to noon.  CPHA has worked with the West Baltimore Marc TOD and Transit Inc. (WBMTTI) to establish a Farmer's Market at the West Baltimore Marc Train stop at Smallwood Road at Franklin and Mulberry Sts.  Since opening in June, over 300 people buy fresh groceries there every Saturday morning. WBMTTI will continue to include the community in the transit-oriented developments on the west side and continue to improve the area around "the highway to nowhere" until it becomes the highway to somewhere. Go to


25] – The 2nd Annual Gutierrez Memorial Walk will take on Sat., Oct. 1 through Druid Hill Park in memory of John K. Gutierrez. Enjoy live music, food by Woodberry Kitchen, and beverages by Grand Cru. The proceeds benefit the Gutierrez Memorial Fund, dedicated to supporting the arts in our community. At 10 AM, the fire pit at the Clipper Mill, 2010 Clipper Park Road, will act as the start line for the walk to raise funds to construct the fireplace that John Gutierrez dreamed up before his untimely death in February 2010. Participants will embark on their choice of a two- or five-mile route through Druid Hill Park and will finish back at the pit with a complimentary celebratory lunch, refreshments, and live music around the fire that burns in memory of this beloved local. The requested donation is $35.  Call 410-889-5341 or go to


26] Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. in Olney, MD.  The next vigil is Oct. 1. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


27] –  Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email


28] – There is a Day of Remembrance for Troy Davis on Sat., Oct. 1 from 11 AM to 3 PM starting at Tivoli Square, 14th St. and Park ST. NW, WDC.  At noon march to St. Stephens Church, 1525 Newton St. NW.  At 2 PM, march to the White House, carrying a symbolic coffin. Participants will include activists and citizens opposed to the execution of Troy Davis, opposed to the death penalty and opposed to the racist criminal INjustice system, who are grieving, angry and prepared to fight back. Speakers will include, among others, Olympian and activist John Carlos and Dr. Jared Ball.  Email


29] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sept. 24. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It.--Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to or email


30] –  Marilyn Corbeille volunteered to head up the Bill Barry for city Council leafleting at The Lauraville Fair on Sat., Oct. 1 from noon to 6 PM.  To help out with the leafleting, be at the corner of Harford Road and Argonne Drive.


31] – St. Luke's United Methodist Church presents a production of Church Folks, a send-up of church life, on Sun., Oct. 1 at 8 PM to raise money to install restrooms in its 150-year-old church building. The production features more than 20 cast members from the Baltimore area, dancers and singers put through their paces by director Sherrie Webb. If you've seen Church Folks, you get the gist-all the characters are there. But this script has been altered by producer Raleigh Gillyard for more comedy. The production is at Reisterstown United Methodist Church, 246 Main St. A silent auction takes place at 6 PM, buffet-style dinner at 6:30 PM.  The ticket prices are as follows: $35, ages 13-17 $20, and children ages 5-12 $10.


32] – "Here Comes Trouble: An Evening with Michael Moore" in support of the release of his latest book, "Here Comes Trouble: Stories of My Life," Michael Moore will visit and discuss his life and career at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick on Sun., Oct. 1 at 7 PM.  Ticket prices are $10, but students get in for $8.  Call 301-600-2828.  Go to


33] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore, MD 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.  Call 410-581-2322 or visit the website to be sure at


34] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis.  Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole.   If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or]. Go to


35] – The Progressive Working Group Invites Your Organization to attend a Strategy Session to help develop legislation for 2012.  The strategy session takes place on Sun., Oct. 2, 1:30 to 3:30 PM, at the Wheaton Regional Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton 20902.  RSVP to Norm Oslik at


36] – Every Sunday, 4 to 5 PM, there is a Quaker Peace Vigil at Independence Mall, N. side of Market between 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-421-5811.


37] –SEARCHING FOR PALESTINIAN GANDHIS: PAST & PRESENT will feature MUBARAK AWAD and GANDHIS FROM GAZA on Sun., Oct. 2 from 5 to 7 PM at Busboys & Poets, 5th & K Sts. The event is sponsored by the: Palestinian Gandhi Project.  Dr. Awad is the founder of the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence in Jerusalem. He was deported by the Israeli Supreme Court in 1988 after being jailed for organizing activities involving nonviolent civil disobedience. Dr. Awad has since formed Nonviolence International, which works with various movements and organizations across the globe.


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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