Thursday, December 15, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Dec. 15 – Dec. 21, 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 – Dec. ??

6] Occupy Baltimore evicted—vows to stay relevant -- Dec. ??

7] Bill of Rights Day – Dec. 15

8] Risks of emerging technologies -- Dec. 15

9] Politics of Nuclear Weapons – Dec. 15

10] Demo at World Bank – Dec. 15

11] Support United Workers – Dec. 15

12] Conversion Therapy? – Dec. 15

13] China & USA – Dec. 15

14] Suite/Sweet 16 – Dec. 15

15] War Redefined -- Dec. 15

16] Support Bradley Manning – Dec. 16 – 17

17] White House vigil – Dec. 16

18] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Dec. 16

19] WIB Roland Park vigil – Dec. 16

20] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Dec. 16

21] Silent peace vigil -- Dec. 16

22] Ralph Nader has a new book -- Dec. 16

23] Gender Edge Punk Arts Show – Dec. 16

24] David Rovics Performs – Dec. 16

25] Celebrate Catholic Worker's 30th Anniversary – Dec. 16

26] Ballroom dancing – Dec. 16

27] Farmer's Market – Dec. 17

28] Save the Animals – Dec. 17

29] Olney peace vigil – Dec. 17

30] West Chester, PA demo – Dec. 17

31] Bus goes to Fort Meade – Dec. 17

32] Silent vigil at Capitol – Dec. 17

33] Party with Baltimore Free Farm – Dec. 17

34] 10th Anniversary of Haymarket Books – Dec. 17

35] CISPES End of the Year Party – Dec. 17


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 was evicted from McKeldin Square, Pratt and Light Sts.  Participants indicate the operation will continue in some fashion.  Sign up at  Ask for the digest or you get hundreds of emails. 


7] – Defend the Bill of Rights for All of Us.  On Bill of Rights Day - Thurs., Dec. 15, actions will take place in many areas around the country against the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 and other attacks on civil liberties.  The Bill of rights was ratified 220 years ago, on December 15, 1791. It is shameful that today, in the United States, we are forced to come together in defense of the Bill of Rights and our civil liberties, as the representatives of the 1% who rule this country continue to take our rights away.


The NDAA of 2012 includes language proposed by Democratic Sen. Carl Levin and Republican Sen. John McCain that allows for the arrest and indefinite detention of U.S. citizens by the military, on U.S. soil and without the right of trial. This is an egregious violation of our First Amendment rights and comes at a time when we are witnessing unprecedented attacks on our civil liberties.


8] – On Thurs., Dec. 15 from 9 to 10:30 AM, attend a discussion on Generic Lessons Learned about Societal Responses to Emerging Technologies Perceived as Involving Risks. Dr. Paul Stern, National Research Council, and David Rejeski, director, Science and Technology Innovation Program, will lead the discussion at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 6th Floor Moynihan Boardroom.  A light breakfast will be served at 9 AM.  RSVP at


9] – On Thurs., Dec. 15 from 9 to 11:30 AM, Alex Montgomery, Reed College, Jeff Kaplow, Univ. of California, Robert Brown, Temple Univ., Bryan Early, SUNY Albany, and Christopher Way will take on "The Politics of Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century" at the UC Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP to Laura Martin at


10] – There is a demonstration against trade agreements at the World Bank, 1818 H St. NW, WDC on Thurs., Dec. 15 from noon to 2 PM   A Canadian company called Pacific Rim is seeking to exploit gold reserves in El Salvador by opening a mine that could poison the water supply for more than half the nation's population. Four Salvadoran anti-mining activists have been assassinated during the course of the struggle over these resources. Now, Pacific Rim is suing El Salvador for up to hundreds of millions of dollars under the U.S.-Central America "Free Trade" Agreement for not approving a mining license. Since Canada isn't part of this Agreement, Pacific Rim opened a subsidiary in Reno, Nevada.

The case will be decided soon by ICSID, a tribunal housed in the World Bank. A victory for Pacific Rim would send signals to any global corporation that it can override national environmental or labor rights regulations by opening a subsidiary in the US. Show your opposition.


11] – This holiday season, low-wage workers are bringing the spirit of Occupy to GGP malls! First the Gallery Mall, next up: Towson Town Center.  On Thurs., Dec. 15 at 4:30 PM at the Towson Town Center Mall, there will be another "letter drop". Join in lifting up the message of dignity, respect and human rights, by singing Christmas Carols and hearing from harbor workers about why we're ramping up the effort to bring GGP to the table.  Gather at mall entrance at Fairmount Ave. and Towson Gate Dr. Go to


12] – The Southern Poverty Law Center will co-host a community meeting with Truth Wins Out on the issue of "conversion therapy." The goal of the meeting is to expose the lies behind the therapy and help LGBT people who have undergone or are considering undergoing the therapy. It takes on Thurs., Dec. 15 at 6 PM at 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St.  Call 855- 841-8356 or go to


13] – Thomas J. Christensen, William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics and Peace and War and Director of the China and the World Program, Princeton University, will address members and guests of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs in the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., Suite 1611, Baltimore 21203 on Thurs., Dec. 15 at 6 PM. Reservations are required and may be made by telephone (410-727-2150), facsimile (410-727-2174), email (, or online ( The cost is $25, but members get in for free. 


14] – Gimmie Shelter Productions continues to have consciousness /fundraising events about the plight of the homeless and for the shelters that serve them. In November there was a series of benefits called "Winter in America" in honor of Gill Scott Herron. This seasonal fund drive was intended to raise money to buy warm socks, gloves, hats, blankets, sweaters and the like for those in need.  On Sat., Dec. 17 at 7:30 PM, marking the 16th year of Gimmie Shelter Productions fund /consciousness raising efforts, there will be a night of poetry and song as Suzanne X and friends regale us with a show entitled Suite /Sweet 16 at the Hamilton Arts Gallery, 5502 Harford Rd.  A $5 donation is requested. Donations of warm clothing, pedialite and non-perishable foods, gladly accepted... Call 410 532-0193.



15] – WOMEN, WAR, & PEACE -- Part 5 of 5: "War Redefined" will take place on Thurs., Dec. 15 from 7:30 to 9 PM at the Radical Expression Infospace, 5525 Illinois Ave. NW, WDC. 


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.

Radical Expression Infospace is excited to host this special 5-part screening of Women, War, and Peace on Thursdays this fall. Refreshments will be provided and admission is on a sliding scale from $1 to $10. 


16] – There will be a RALLY for BRADLEY MANNING on Fri., Dec. 16 from 8 to 5 PM outside Fort Meade Main Gate, Maryland 175 & Reece Rd, Fort Meade, MD 21113.  Manning will be inside at a hearing to determine if his case will proceed to a court martial. 


On Sat., Dec. 17 from noon to 3 PM, there will be a march and rally at the Fort Meade Main Gate, which is located in Odenton, MD, 25 miles northeast of Washington, D.C.  After a rally, supporters will march via the sidewalk along MD 175/Rouse Pkwy./Annapolis Rd, one mile, to Maryland 175 & Llewellyn Ave.  The military court room is located on Llewellyn Ave., one mile from the gate. Afterwards, there will be a march back to the main gate.

Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at


17] – 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:   


18] – 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.


19] – There is also a noon vigil on Dec. 9 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.


20] – 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


21] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Dec. 16 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. 


22] – Ralph Nader will discuss and sign his new book "Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win" on Fri., Dec. 16 from 6 to 7:30 PM at Busboys and Poets, 14 & V Sts, NW, WDC.  The book will make you repeat that phrase from the movie NETWORK: "I'm as mad as Hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" His compendium of corporate crime, greed, and exploitation of honest people everywhere will raise your temperature—to the boiling point. Call 202-387-7638.


23] – On Fri., Dec. 16 AT 7 PM at 2640, 27th & St. Paul Sts,, attend Gender Edge Punk Arts Show! Variance breeds militancy and there is so much to be stated, expressed, shared, and released!  Members and allies of the Gender EDGE collective / punk arts movement will descend upon 2640.  A rad night of indie/solo/experimental/punk/metal/noise/lo-fi music, spoken word, zine readings, and information sharing! This show launches a quarterly regional Gender EDGE event that will be held at Red Emma's and The Wooden Shoe, connecting Baltimore and Philly, and beginning in Feb. of 2012.


Shawna Potter of Fighting Street Harassment: Hollaback Bmore! will lead a discussion on how the gender-queer community experiences sexual harassment in public, and what they can do to end it. The show starts at 7:30 PM. There is a request for $5 to $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Go to Call 410-230-0450 or email

24] – David Rovics ( is an American indie singer/songwriter. His music concerns topical subjects such as the 2003 Iraq war, anti-globalization and social justice issues. Rovics has been an outspoken critic of former President George W. Bush, the Republican Party, John Kerry, and the Democratic Party.  Rovics is critical of the United States government's policies and claims that the "U.S. government's foreign policy represents U.S. corporate interests" and that "the U.S. government does not like democracy either at home or abroad." Although most of Rovics' work is commercially distributed, Rovics has made all of his recorded music freely available as downloadable mp3 files. He encourages the free distribution of his work by all non-profit means to promote his work and spread political messages, and speaks out against websites or programs like iTunes that charge money for downloading his songs. Rovics has also advocated the performing of his songs at protests and demonstrations and has made his sheet music and lyrics available for download. He will perform at OCCUPY DC @ FREEDOM PLAZA, 14th & Pennsylvania Aves. on Fri., Dec. 16 at 7 PM. 

25] – Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker on Fri., Dec. 16 at 7:30 PM at the house, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010.  Go to  Bishop Tom Gumbleton will preside at a Mass of Thanksgiving for the DDCW, and light refreshments will be served following the Mass.  Call 202-882-9649.


In 1981, a Trinitarian brother came to see Fr. Dick McSorley, S.J., and told him that the Trinitarians were considering giving a house they owned to the Catholic Worker in memory of Dorothy Day. At that time, the house, where Day stayed on at least several occasions, was being used by the Trinitarian religious order for their seminary students. Fr. McSorley graciously accepted this amazing gift, and thus the DDCW was established. Tom Siemer, Monica Siemer and Pat Cassidy were among those who joined Fr. McSorley to form the first community. Since then hundreds of people, Catholic Workers and formerly homeless families, have lived in the house.


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 Dec. 16.  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] – Share The Love Subaru & Baltimore Humane Society Donation Drive and Adoptathon is happening on Sat., December 17 at 10 AM.  There will be gift baskets in a silent auction from stores like Shananigans Toy Store and Petango, custom pet tags made on the spot, Reiki demonstrations, introductory pet massage instruction, and even a raffle of a complete Wellness Visit ($90 value) at the Baltimore Humane Society Spay-Neuter-Wellness Center. And of course, our adoptable dogs and cats will be there for you to meet at Heritage Subaru, 9808 Reisterstown Road.  Call 410-833-8848 or 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 Dec. 17. 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] – A bus will be leaving on Sat., Dec. 17 for the rally to support Bradley Manning outside the main entrance to Fort Meade.  Boarding will take place between 11 and 11:15 AM at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C.


32] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Dec. 17. 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


33] –  On Sat., Dec. 17 at 5 PM,  join the Baltimore Free Farm for an evening with food, homebrew, local music and a preview of their upcoming documentary at 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St.  The musicians will be playing classical music: James Guitard and Jeremy Conte on piano and Erin Riegger on flute.  The price is $25-50 on a sliding scale.  Call 410-900-7770 or go to

34] – Celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of Haymarket Books: Books for the 99% on Sat., Dec. 17 at 7:30 PM  at Busboys and Poets, the Cullen Room, 5th and K Sts. NW, WDC.  Many of the Haymarket authors, including Dave Zirin will be there for an evening of music, drink, politics, and great books. Haymarket Books is a nonprofit, progressive book publisher that seeks to drive a wedge into the risk-averse world of corporate book publishing. Like the late great historian Howard Zinn, who proclaimed himself a "proud supporter" of Haymarket Books, they are steadfastly committed to creating "a culture in this country in which reading and resistance go hand in hand."

In 2009, Haymarket Books had its first New York Times best-seller, with Amy Goodman's "Breaking the Sound Barrier." Haymarket Books will have a great display of our titles– many on sale for $10 each.  There will be a request for $10 at the door, ($20 solidarity) with all proceeds going to support Haymarket Books.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Email or visit


35] –  Enjoy the Carnival Fiesta! CISPES End of Year Party with Maracuyeah on Sat., Dec. 17 at 8 PM through Sun., Dec. 18 at 2 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC.  Come celebrate a night of fun and games one last time this year with CISPES!  Go to  Them suggested donation is from $10 to $30.  Call 202-521-25410.


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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