Thursday, November 17, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Nov. 17 – Nov. 23, 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] Occupy Freedom Plaza – Oct. ??

6] Occupy Baltimore -- Oct. ??

7] Get on the bridge for jobs – Nov. 17

8] Middle East Institute Conference – Nov. 17

9] Teach-In on education and march to save the infrastructure – Nov. 17

10] No deal is better than a bad deal – Nov. 17

11] DC Vote at the White House – Nov. 17

12] WOMEN, WAR, & PEACE -- Part 2 of 5 – Nov. 17

13] Film URANIO 238 – Nov. 17

14] White House vigil – Nov. 18

15] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Nov. 18

16] WIB Roland Park vigil – Nov. 18

17] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Nov. 18

18] Bush & Obama: War Crimes or Lawful Wars? -- Nov. 18  

19] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Nov. 18

20] Report Back from Cuba -- Nov. 18

21] Witness For Peace at SOA – Nov. 18 - 20

22] DC Caravan to SOA – Nov. 18 - 20

23] Reunion Talent Show * Fundraiser – Nov. 18

24] Book talk AFRICAN SEXUALITIES: A Reader – Nov. 18

25] Biennial Convention reception – Nov. 18

26] Ballroom dancing – Nov. 18

27] Farmer's Market – Nov. 19

28] Legal Guide to the Gallery -- Nov. 19

29] Weigh to Shop – Nov. 19

30] FOC meeting – Nov. 19

29] Olney peace vigil – Nov. 19

30] West Chester, PA demo – Nov. 19

31] Silent vigil at Capitol – Nov. 19

32] Occupy Kabaret Street – Nov. 19

33] Winter in America – Nov. 19


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] – The occupation of Freedom Plaza, 14th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, continues as U.S. troops, contractors and mercenaries remain in Afghanistan now for an 11th year.  The idea is to make the space a Tahrir Square, Cairo or Madison, Wisconsin.  NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza to demand that U.S. resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation.  Stop the Machine! Create a New World! Go to


6] – Occupy Baltimore continues at McKeldin Square, Pratt and Light Sts.  General assemblies take place at 8 PM each evening.  Sign up at  Ask for the digest or you get hundreds of emails. 


7] – is doing a Civic Action event entitled Invest in Our America on Thurs., Nov. 17 at 4:30 PM at Howard St. and North Ave, Go to  To highlight the need for investing in the infrastructure and to create jobs, eventually march to the Howard St. Bridge.


8] – The 2011 Annual Middle East Institute Conference takes place on Thurs., Nov. 17 from 9 AM to 5:30 PM at Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW, WDC 20001.  Register at The theme is "Game Changer: Politics and Policy for a New Middle East"


9] – Occupy DC Day of Mass Action is happening on Thurs., Nov. 17 at noon until 2 PM with a Teach-in Rally on Education, Jobs and Infrastructure.  The Washington Teachers' Union is hosting the Teach-In in McPherson Square focusing on public education reform, the firings of D.C.'s teachers and outdated infrastructure in our schools. The Teach-In will also cover the history of the labor movement including the right to protest.


At 2:30 PM, march from McPherson Square to the Key Bridge! Call on Congress to create jobs, stop cuts, and make Wall Street banks pay. The gap between the 1% and the 99% continues to grow. But instead of creating jobs, Congress continues to ignore the concerns of the 99%, and focuses on job-killing budget cuts and tax giveaways for the rich. In Washington, the structurally deficient Key Bridge is a vivid example of the many roads, schools and other infrastructure sites in need of repair.  Go to and on Twitter @OccupyKSt & @Occupy_DC.


10] – Rally on Thurs., Nov. 17 at 2 PM at Sen. Pat Toomey's Phila. office, 8 Penn Center, 1628 JFK Blvd. The idea is to make this point: "Senator Toomey:  Tell the Super Committee, 'NO DEAL IS BETTER THAN A BAD DEAL for the 99%!'"  Toomey is a member of the 12-member Congressional Super Committee charged with making massive cuts to the federal budget.  All indications are that any agreement they come to by their Thanksgiving deadline is likely to contain cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, rather than deep cuts in military spending and raising taxes on the rich. If the Super Committee is unable to come to agreement, equal cuts to military and domestic spending will be triggered. Contact Walter Ebmeyer at 484-380-2222. 


11] – DC Vote is holding a White House Candlelight Vigil on Thurs., Nov. 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. It is working closely with a group of faith-based leaders from across the region to demand that the president stand up for D.C. during this round of budget negotiations over the FY 2012 budget.  Some members of Congress are planning to use the federal budget process to meddle in the District's local affairs…again. RSVP to Eugene D. Kinlow at  Use the Red Line - Farragut North or the Orange/Blue Line - Farragut West.


12] – WOMEN, WAR, & PEACE -- Part 2 of 5: "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" will take place on Thurs., Nov. 17 from 7:30 to 9 PM at the Radical Expression Infospace, 5525 Illinois Ave. NW, WDC.  This is moving story chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.  Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country's civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about an agreement during the stalled peace talks. This is part of a 5-part screening of WOMEN, WAR, AND PEACE. Refreshments will be provided, and admission is on a sliding scale from $1 to $10.

Women, War & Peace was a bold new five-part PBS television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men's domain. The vast majority of today's conflicts are not fought by nation states and their armies, but rather by informal entities: gangs and warlords using small arms and improvised weapons. The series reveals how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties. Yet they are simultaneously emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict. With depth and complexity, Women, War & Peace spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan and Colombia to Liberia, placing women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security, and reframing our understanding of modern warfare. Featuring narrators Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis and Alfre Woodard, Women, War & Peace is the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the roles of women in war and peace.


13] –  A documentary of how radioactive waste is used in wars, "Uranio 238" was produced by the San José, Costa Rica Quaker Peace Center. The American University Community Action and Social Justice Coalition invites you to see the film and get involved in joining the movement to condemn the use by the U.S. military of depleted uranium and its long lasting devastation of the environment.   It will be shown on Thurs., Nov. 17 from 8 to 9 PM at American University's McKinley Hall. This is part of the efforts at exposing this problem by the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons.  Go to


14] – 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:   


15] – 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.


16] – There is also a noon vigil on Nov. 18 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.


17] – 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


18] – You are invited on Fri., Nov. 18 at 12:30 PM at 1530 P St. NW, Carnegie Institution Bldg., WDC where Ralph Nader will host a debate: Bush and Obama: War Crimes or Lawful Wars?  A complimentary light lunch will follow the event.  The debaters are David Rivkin, Lee Casey, Bruce Fein and Lt. Colonel Tony Shaffer.  The debate will be moderated by: Jonathan Turley and Stuart Taylor, and will be televised on C-Span at a future date.  Go to


19] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Nov. 18 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.


20] – U.S. Labor for Friendship with Cuba cordially invites you on a Report Back of its "May Day" Visit to Cuba! From April 24 to May 2 a group of U.S. trade unionists visited Cuba to both examine the exciting economic changes on the island as well as to show solidarity with the Cuban people in ending the blockade as well as support for the Cuban Five.  Hear the report on Fri., Nov. 18 at 6 PM at the Cuban Interest Section, 2630 16th St. NW, WDC. For security purposes, the Cuban Interest Section asks that guests RSVP to Carl at


21] – Ken Crowley, Witness for Peace, has a question: "Will you join us at the SOA Vigil this year?"  It is taking place from Fri., Nov. 18 through Sun., Nov. 20 at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA as thousands of people stand up for justice, call for a change in U.S. foreign policy and demand that the U.S. government and the Department of War shut down the School of the Americas!  The memorial service, solemn funeral procession and puppetistas are taking place on Sun., Nov. 20, 8:45 AM to 2 PM.  If you can march with Witness for Peace, contact Ken at


22] – There is a DC Caravan to Close the SOA! It will depart on Fri., Nov. 18 at 6 PM and leave Georgia at 2 PM on Sun., Nov. 20. Contact Amanda at to see if space is still available. The cost is $115.  This covers transportation, so each person is still responsible for other costs, including lodging.


23] – Little Friends for Peace urges you to attend the Reunion Talent Show and Fundraiser Party on Fri., Nov. 18 at 6:30 PM at Potters House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC. Call MJ at 240 838-4549 or by email to tell her your act.  

24] – Across the African continent, false claims that homosexuality is "un-African" fuel violence and discrimination against LGBTI individuals for their sexual orientation and gender identity. Join IPS' Foreign Policy In Focus and co-sponsors for a frank discussion and book signing, with Dr. Sylvia Tamale on Nov. 18 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC.  Her groundbreaking volume "African Sexualities: A Reader," the first of its kind written by African activists themselves, aims to inspire a new generation of students and teachers to study, reflect and gain fresh and critical insights into the complex issues of gender and sexuality. It opens a space – particularly for young people – to think about African sexualities in different ways. Tamale is a Ugandan feminist lawyer and former Dean of Law at Makerere University in Uganda. RSVP to


25] – The 28th Biennial Convention, which is being held at the National Labor College, 10000 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, Maryland takes place from Fri., Nov. 18 through Sun., Nov. 20.  There is an opening reception on Friday from 8 to 9:30 PM for constituency groups, allied organizations and for community and faith leaders.  Additionally, there will be tables to display information about your organization, as in attendance will be some 250 labor leaders and activists from Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as some international union leaders and staff. Contact the political director, Denise Riley, to respond to this invitation. She can be reached at 443-995-6860 or rileydl


26] – 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 Nov. 11.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

27] – 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


28] – MD Lawyers for the Arts & Creative Alliance present Lawyers, Art and Money: Legal Guide to the Gallery on Sat., Nov. 19 from 10 AM to noon at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224.  Call 410-276-1651.  Go to 


29] – 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 Nov. 19. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


30] –  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


31] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Nov. 19. 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


32] – Occupy Kabaret Street! This occupation starts on Sat., Nov. 19 at noon.  In solidarity with the Occupy movement, Puppet Underground has teamed up with folks at Occupy K Street to bring you this year's roving cabaret spectacular... Historical characters and roving musicians will lead you from Occupy K Street to other locations downtown with significant grassroots organizing history where you will see puppet shows and musical acts that will start your heart a-pumpin'! Join them to celebrate social justice movements in an exciting cabaret that will send you running to your nearest General Assembly! Wear comfortable shoes, be prepared to walk, and they invite you to stay after the show for OccuPie eating at the Occupy After-Party!  Call 646-734-6705. 

The Bead and Puppet Theater is coming with their newest show... about the Occupy movement!  The Occupy Wall Street Puppetry Guild lends us the fabulous puppeteer and musician Jo Robin, who will bring a paper circus of economic proportions!  Puppet Underground will present a new show about a local organizing struggle to make housing a human right. There is a need for volunteers to bake pies and to usher! If you're interested in doing either, contact Janelle at:   Meet at the Statue in McPherson Square, 15th and K St. NW, WDC.  There is a suggested sliding scale donation from $5 to $15.


33] – Gimmie Shelter Productions continues to have consciousness/fundraising events about the plight of the homeless and for the shelters that serve them. On Sat., Nov. 19 at 7:30 PM at the Hamilton Arts Gallery, 5502 Harford Rd., be at the kickoff of a series of benefits called "Winter in America" in honor of Gill Scott Herron. This seasonal fund drive is intended to raise money to buy warm socks, gloves, hats, blankets sweaters and the like for those in need facing the winter.


The event will begin with a very special Gimme Shelter benefit performance called "November on Turtle Island" featuring the music of Georgie Jessup, accompanied by David Saylers. Georgie is a singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalist who has long championed the rights of indigenous people in this country. Stay for the echo of the shaman's chant! A $5 donation is requested.  Donations of warm clothing, pedialite and non-perishable foods will be gladly accepted. Call 410 532-0193.


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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