Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Nov. 24 – Nov. 30, 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] Rescue-a-Turkey Day – Nov. 24

8] "Yanksgiving" Special – Nov. 24

9] Thanksgiving Day Open House – Nov. 24

10] Really Really Free Market – Nov. 25

11] White House vigil – Nov. 25

12] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Nov. 25

13] WIB Roland Park vigil – Nov. 25

14] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Nov. 25

15] Black Friday demo in Towson -- Nov. 25  

16] Participatory Budgeting -- Nov. 25

17] Ballroom dancing – Nov. 25

18] Farmer's Market – Nov. 26

19] Olney peace vigil – Nov. 26

20] West Chester, PA demo – Nov. 26

21] Silent vigil at Capitol – Nov. 26

22] Lockheed-ville 2010 – Nov. 26


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] – On Thurs., Nov. 24, this is Rescue a Turkey Day.  Turkeys are not for eating.  Like dogs and cats, turkeys have personalities and feelings.


8] – Broadcasting on Thurs., Nov. 24 from 9 AM to noon, catch Moon-of-Fallen-Leaves "What Do the Indians Have to be Thankful For?"  There are Three Arrows: As It Was, As It Is, and As It Should Be.  This is Jay Nightwolf's ANNUAL "YANKSGIVING" SPECIAL on WPFW FM 89.3.  Each year, this American Indian activist and radio and television host presents a special program on the occasion of Thanksgiving.  What is the true history of the holiday itself, and how does it compare with our conventional stories and images of that day?  What are the stories, the facts, the knowledge that American Indians have to tell the world about their history since 1492, and about their predicament today?  What do the rest of us need to hear?  And what are the implications of our civilization, the colonial- industrial complex, for indigenous peoples around the world?


Write Jay at nightwolfjw at  Go to


9] – There is a Thanksgiving Day Open House at the EMERGENCE COMMUNITY ARTS COLLECTIVE, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC 20001 on Thurs., Nov. 24 from 3 to 5 PM. Bring a dish, non-alcoholic drink or donation and spend time in the company of the ECAC family.  RSVP to or 202-462-2285. Go to


10] – Occupy DC is doing a Really Really Free Market on Fri., Nov. 25 from 11 AM to 5 PM at McPherson Square, 15th & K Sts., the epicenter. A Really Really Free Market (RRFM) is like a community gathering where participants bring, and give away absolutely free, any usable items, skills, ideas, smiles, talents, friendship, excitement, discussions, games and many others things at which a community can come together and share. An RRFM is a 100% free and non-commercial event. Come and make it happen! Go to


11] – 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:   


12] – 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.


13] – There is also a noon vigil on Nov. 25 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.


14] – 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


15] – The Occupy protesters plan Black Friday surprises.  In response, the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will host a demo on Fri., Nov. 25 at 1 PM at Fairmount Ave. and Dulaney Valley Road.  This area will be jammed with Shop-Till-You-Drop consumers.


There is a call for people not to shop on Black Friday.  That is unrealistic.  Others just want to divert shoppers from big chains and giant shopping malls to local mom-and-pops. The general theme is to call for support of small businesses while criticizing the day's dedication to conspicuous consumption and the shopping frenzy that fuels big corporations.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at


16] – Chat with Josh Lerner, a specialist in Participatory Budgeting, to see what relevance and possibility it might hold for you at The Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert, corner of Calvert and Mt. Royal Ave., on Fri., Nov. 25 at 4 PM.  Lerner directs The Participatory Budgeting Project (, an organization that works with elected officials, public agencies, and community groups to develop participatory budgeting (PB) processes in the US and Canada. PB refers to the international practice first developed in Porto Alegre, Brazil (and now used in over 1,000 cities around the world), in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. 


17] – 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. 25.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

18] – 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


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


20] –  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


21] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Nov. 26. 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


22] – Be at the LOCKHEED-VILLE Shanty Town demonstration on Sat., Nov. 26 from noon to 5 PM at 230 Mall Boulevard at Goddard Boulevard, behind the King of Prussia Mall in front of the Lockheed Martin complex.  During the Great Depression of the 1930s, homeless people built Hoovervilles, named for President Herbert Hoover, who presided over the worst economic collapse in U.S. history.


It is through corporations like Lockheed Martin that greed and war propel each other. Their CEOs make tens of millions of dollars a year, putting them in the top 0.01 percent of income earners in the U.S.  Their corporations' massive lobbying dollars keep the lethal gravy train rolling: spreading weapons, drone wars, violence, and empire around the world, while at home killing jobs, impoverishing communities, and destroying the environment and our democracy.  With an estimated annual income of $42 billion, Lockheed Martin is making a killing!  Robert Stevens, Lockheed Martin's CEO, received in 2010 an income of $21 million. Call Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818. 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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