Saturday, June 30, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert June 29 – July 1, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert June 29 – July 1, 2012

"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] White House vigil – June 29
6] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – June 29
7] WIB Roland Park vigil – June 29
8] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – June 29
9] Violence in Congo – June 29
10] Protest at Rwandan Embassy -- June 29

11] Silent peace vigil – June 29

12] Workers’ Rights Forum – June 29

13] Sounds of Hope – June 29

14] No religion of empire - June 29

15] Journey of Hope -- June 29

16] Ballroom dancing – June 29

17] National Occupy Gathering – June 30 – July 5

18] Liberating Life – June 30

19] Olney peace vigil – June 30

20] West Chester, PA demo – June 30

21] Silent vigil at Capitol – June 30

22] Call out on empire – June 30

23] Deep Green Resistance – June 30

24] Peoples Assembly – June 30

25] Nuns on the Bus – June 30

26] Support Public Defenders at O’s game – June 30

27] Labor Night with D.C. United – June 30

28] Report on Humanist Conference – July 1

29] Rally for Global Justice – July 1

30] Get on Bridge for Peace – July 1

31] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – July 1

32] Red Emma’s meeting – July 1

33] Pentagon Vigil – July 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] – 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:

6] – 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.

7] – There is also a noon vigil on June 29 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St. Call 410-467-9114.

8] – 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

9] – Catch the Briefing on the Renewed Violence in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Fri., June 29 at 2 PM at IPS Conference Room, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, WDC. The briefing will try to address whether the solutions on the table are in the interest of the Congolese people, the role of Rwanda in the conflict, and the US position on these issues. Visit or call 202-787-5229.

10] – There is a ddemonstration at the Rwandan Embassy on Fri., June 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at 1714 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Join Congo Friends this Friday, June 29th, for a peaceful demonstration in front of the Rwanda Embassy in Washington from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm to protest Rwanda's training and arming of rebel groups inside the Congo. Call 1-888-584-6510 or email

11] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., June 29 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.

12] – The Maryland Coalition for Workers' Rights Community Forum is happening on Fri., June 29 at 5:30 PM at the Nyumburu Cultural Center on the campus of the U. of Maryland, College Park. The forum takes place in solidarity with U. of Maryland workers who have been on the receiving end of racial discrimination, xenophobic attacks, verbal degradation and sexual assaults. Call 770-330-5953.

13] – On Fridays, from 7 to 10:30 PM at the Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20009, enjoy the Sounds of Hope is Good Music, Good Food, for a Good Cause! Go to Contact Mary Shapiro, Sounds of Hope producer, at or 202-294-2906.

14] – On Fri., June 29 from 7 to 9 PM, a Week with Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson continues at the Church of the Savior Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009. The series concludes with a fresh look at the Gospel of Jesus as a “religion of creation” counter-story to both the “religion of empire” narratives in Scripture and of the Roman Empire. Jesus does not oppose “Judaism” or “the Old Testament,” but rather those who would claim God’s approval for violence, economic exploitation and human domination.

15] – The Journey of Hope continues on Fri., June 29 at 7:30 PM at Benedict Hall, St. Charles Borromeo Church, 3304 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA. Call 703-527-5500. The speakers are Terri Steinberg, Del. Patrick Hope and Bill Pelke. Contact Bill Pelke at

16] – 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 June 29. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

17] – On Sat., June 30, and going through Thurs., July 5, the Occupy National Gathering is in Olde City/Historic District of Philadelphia. Visit All activities will be on Independence Mall (5th and Market) and surrounding parks unless otherwise noted. It begins on Saturday at 9 AM.

On Wed., July 4, the day begins at 9 AM, and at 11 PM, there will be a final camp-out and party. On Thurs., July 5 at 9 AM, there will be courtroom solidarity for a Philly Occupier. Then at 11 AM, March to Wall Street embarks: OWS Guitarmy will be leading an epic 99 mile march from Independence Mall to Wall Street in a quest to deliver the Vision for a Democratic Future!

18] – On Sat., June 30 from 10 AM to noon at the Church of the Savior Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20009, Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson will ask how we might encourage, support and challenge those we accompany to live into an empowered, liberating life together? Seek together to envision the transformational journey of companionship.

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 June 30. 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 Sat., June 30. 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] – On Sat., June 30 from 1 to 3 PM at the Church of the Savior Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20009. Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson continue God’s Call out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond. How then shall we live? Where do we go from here? Where is the hope? The final session of the week will invite your stories, questions and experiences. How do we embody more completely the Word in the midst of empire? We will explore personal, communal, and public practices that enable the Light to shine in the darkness.

23] – Deep Green Resistance: Culture of Resistance Roadshow is on Sat., June 30 at 1:15 PM at Radical Space, 5525 Illinois Ave. NW. DGR, an environmental and social justice group, will be advocating a strategy for resistance to the current political and social structures that are destroying the natural world. DGR recognizes that the current structure of society, with it’s institutions, stiff social hierarchy, and patriarchy, is fundamentally unjust and unsustainable, and that no degree of small-scale remedial actions will stop the systematic destruction of the natural world. The Roadshow workshop will cover the shortsightedness of many mainstream efforts to truly address the fundamental contradictions of our modern struggles, and present concrete steps to an equitable, thriving future. Go to

24] – There is a Peoples Assembly -- Police Abuse, Racism & Misconduct – on Sat., June 30 from 3 to 5 PM at Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church, Dolphin & Ettings Sts., Baltimore 21217 (1206 Ettings St). Email, There is a sense of sorrow and horror at the senseless death of 17 year old, Christopher Brown, a Randallstown teenager, who was strangled to death by an off-duty police officer, who claimed youth threw rocks at his door. There are many more cases of families and victims who will speak out at the Peoples Assembly. Call 410-500-2168.

25] – The Nuns on the Bus will be hosted by the P. Francis Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace on Sat., June 30 from 7 to 9 PM at the Stony Run Friends Meetinghouse. Stony Run Friends and the Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee, the Murphy Initiative and others are hosting the Baltimore appearance of Nuns on the Bus at Stony Run Friends Meeting House, 5116 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21210, at 7 pm on Sat., June 30. Check

Every hour of each day, Catholic Sisters stand in solidarity with all who live in poverty, and we confront injustice and systems that cause suffering. They cannot stand by silently when the U.S. Congress considers further enriching the wealthiest Americans at the expense of struggling, impoverished families. As part of the campaign for budget fairness, they are taking a bus trip. The bus will travel to places in many states where Sisters actively serve people in need. Support the work to defeat government actions that would add to the suffering of already struggling families. This bus trip has been organized and is sponsored by NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and the NETWORK Education Program.

26] – Join with fellow travelers on Sat., June 30 at Camden Yard at 7 PM to see the Orioles play Cleveland. Tickets are upper reserved behind home plate, and cost $13. This is a benefit for Legal Aid, Public Justice Center, and MCDAA & NACDL's Foundation for Criminal Justice, two organizations working to reduce wrongful convictions. Call/text Lou Curran at 410-499-8899.

27] – Labor Night with DC United takes place on Sat., June 30 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. For the upcoming match against the Montreal Impact, DC United is offering all union members and staffers 25% off the regular sideline ticket price. This deal is available through the following website Moreover, the union that brings the largest number of supporters will receive special recognition by the team. Contact DC United representative James Armold at 202-587-5478 or

28] – 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. On Sun., July 1, the topic is “Report on the American Humanist Association Annual Conference,” and Emil Volcheck & Kathleen Wilsbach, the new BES president and his wife, will report on the 71st annual Conference, which they attended in early June in New Orleans. Among the subjects addressed at this conference were humanist philosophy, atheist ethics, church-state separation, sexuality, women’s rights and LGBT equality. Plus as Kathleen noted “As a geeky humanist feminist, I just couldn't pass up seeing George Takei and Gloria Steinem [being honored as Humanist of the Year] and, of course, I love New Orleans.” Call 410-581-2322 or visit

29] – There is a NAMAW Rally & March for Global Justice & Peace on Sun., July 1 from 11 AM to 7 PM at the Washington Monument, Constitution Ave. NW. Since the attack on the US on 9/11, Muslims throughout the world have been the targets for revenge. These actions have resulted in more than 5 million innocent Muslims slaughtered, and even more unjustly imprisoned, tortured, and disabled. Join the National Association of Muslim American Women for a march and rally to demand an end to the global genocide against Muslims, an end to the war on Islam, no war on Iran, Northern Sudan, or Syria, an end to the illegal drone attacks, and an end to the illegal occupations of Palestine, Kashmir, and Afghanistan. The day will consist of a march to the Senate, a rally, speeches by noted global justice figures and music and artists on display. 11:00am to 12:00pm- Assemble at the Washington Monument. The march is at noon, the rally at 1:30 PM and from 5 to 7 PM, there will be music. Go to!schedule

30] – 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

31] – 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.

32] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers. Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email The next meeting is July 1. There is no meeting on the first Sunday of the month. Call 410-230-0450. If you would be interested in volunteering or becoming a collective member of 2640, send an email to

33] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop. The next vigil is Mon., July 2, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.

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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