Friday, July 20, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert July 20 – July 26, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert July 20 – July 26, 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] Help out the Green Party

6] White House vigil – July 20

7] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – July 20

8] WIB Roland Park vigil – July 20

9] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – July 20

10] Silent peace vigil – July 20

11] Concert for Haiti – July 20

12] Vitamin D – July 20

13] Play LETHAL INJECTION – July 20 through Aug. 5

14] Ballroom dancing – July 20

15] Olney peace vigil – July 21

16] West Chester, PA demo – July 21

17] Silent vigil at Capitol – July 21

18] Cleaning the Heart – through July 22

19] World African Diaspora Unity Forum -- July 21


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] – Bill Barry [] is asking for your help in keeping the Maryland Green Party on the ballot line. The Maryland Green Party still needs another 1,500 signatures on petitions. Can you help out? He has the petitions, and would like to know if you can get ten signatures from registered voters. He will get you the petitions.


] – 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:

7] – 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.

8] – There is also a noon vigil on July 20 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St. Call 410-467-9114.

9] – 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

10] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., July 20 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.

11] -- There is a Sounds of Hope Concert for Haiti on Fri., July 20 from 6:30 to 10 PM at Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC. It will benefit the Prosthetics Outreach Foundation and their relief efforts working with amputees in Haiti. All ages are welcome and donations will be accepted. RSVP to or visit

12] – The United Black Community presents "Vitamin D - The gift from the sun" and it's epidemic deficiencies in the Black Community on Fri., July 20 from 7 to 9:30 PM at The Umoja House, 2015 Bunker Hill Rd. NE, WDC. What we don’t know is killing us! Call 202-526-4039 or email

13] – In Michael Reimann's new play, LETHAL INJECTION, the audience plays the role of the jury in a case of two brothers accused of murdering an intruder in their Texas home. A conviction means death by lethal injection.

The play, part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, can be seen on weekends from Fri., July 20 through Sun., Aug. 5. On Fridays and Saturdays, the performance begins at 8 PM. On Sunday, it starts at 2 PM at the Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway. Call 410-563-9135. Or go to Tickets are priced from $10-$12.

14] – 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 July 20. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

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 July 21. 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 Sat., July 21. 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] – Camille Brown presents Cleaning the Heart: an Exhibition to Benefit Thai Freedom House, a non-profit community language and arts center in Northern Thailand,

at Gallery 1448, Artists' Housing, 1448 E. Baltimore St. The exhibition can be seen on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 PM through July 22 or by appointment at 433-392-5461. Call 410-327-1554. Proceeds from all work sold during the exhibition's run time will go to Thai Freedom House. Go to

19] – World African Diaspora Unity Forum 112th Anniversary is happening on Sat., July 21 from 1 to 7 PM at Paul Lawrence Dunbar Building Multi-Purpose Room, 2001 Fifteenth St. NW, WDC. Come join us for a day long Forum on the Global African Diaspora Summit recently held in Pretoria, South Africa sponsored by WADU (World African Diaspora Unity), the Diaspora branch of the African Union. Guests speakers and participants include Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Ambassador Perezi Kamunanwire of Uganda, Dr. Jibril Diallo of Senegal, Nana Yaa Farika, Minister Akbar Muhammad, Baba Lumumba, Dr. Andy Thompson and many more leaders, intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and activists from across the African World. Email

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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