Thursday, December 29, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Dec. 29 – Jan. 5, 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] Faith & Resistance Retreat – Dec. 29 - 30

8] White House vigil – Dec. 30

9] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Dec. 30

10] WIB Roland Park vigil – Dec. 30

11] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Dec. 30

12] Remember Costs of War – Dec. 30

13] Ballroom dancing – Dec. 30

14] Farmer's Market – Dec. 31

15] Olney peace vigil – Dec. 31

16] West Chester, PA demo – Dec. 31

17] Silent vigil at Capitol – Dec. 31

18] Occupy Philly Festive March – Dec. 31

19] Progressive New Year's Eve – Dec. 31


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] – Join the Holy Innocents Faith and Resistance Retreat which takes place at Stephen's and the Incarnation Church, 16th and Newton Sts. NW, WDC.  It began on Tues., Dec. 27 and closes on Fri., Dec. 30.  Besides other activities, there will be a demo on Thurs., Dec. 29 at noon at the White House. And on Fri., Dec. 30 at 11 AM, there will be another demo at the White House.  Contact Art Laffin at artlaffin at


8] – 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:   


9] – 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.


10] – There is also a noon vigil on Dec. 23 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.


11] – 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


12] – On Fri., Dec. 30 from 5 to 7 PM, there is a Time of Remembrance and Prayer for Peace, and to Remember the Cost of War.  This solemn and bell-tooling vigil takes place at the Arch Street United Methodist Church, Broad & Arch Sts., Phila., PA.  The visuals include coffins with Iraqi and U.S. flags, a wheelchair and boots remembering all the war dead and casualties.  At 6 PM, there will be a Time of Prayer and Remembrance in the Church Chapel.  December 30th marks the final Friday vigil at Broad & Arch Sts. which began six years ago by Gold Star Mother for Peace, Celeste Zappala, whose son, PA Guard Sgt. Sherwood R. Baker, was killed in Iraq, April 2004, guarding the unit looking for Iraq's non-existent weapons of mass destruction.  Call 610-544-1818 or visit


13] – 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. 30.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

14] – 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


15] – 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. 31. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


16] –  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


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


18] –On Sat., Dec. 31 from noon to 3 PM, Occupy Philly will hold a Festive Community Parade to rejoice in the power of the people to create a better future. It will start at the Phila. Art Museum, 26th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and march to Rittenhouse Square, 18th & Walnut Sts.  Gather for face painting and music.  The parade begins at 1 PM sharp! If there is inclement weather, the rain date is Sat., Jan. 7.  Call 610- 544-1818 or visit  


19] – Bring in the New Year 2012 with Friends in the Baltimore Progressive Community on Sat., Dec. 31 from 9 PM until at the home of Sharon and Cindy, 115 Springside Drive, Timonium, MD 21093.  Enjoy music, dancing, conversation, good food and drink with Ice cream sundaes at midnight.  Bring a dish or drink to share.  RSVP or to carpool from Baltimore: 410- 433-3269; 443-604-2298.  From Baltimore, take I- 83N to Exit 16, Timonium Road East; cross York Rd.  Go 5 blocks to Hollow Brook Rd.  Turn right.  Take first right onto Springside Drive. Go about 1 block.  House on left.


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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