Friday, July 13, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert July 13 – July 19, 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/Convention through July 15
6] Break up Bank of America – through July 18
7] White House vigil – July 13
8] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – July 13
9] WIB Roland Park vigil – July 3
10] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – July 13
11] Book THE SERVANT ECONOMY – July 13
12] Silent peace vigil – July 13
13] Sounds of Hope – July 13
14] See the Os – July 13 & 14
15] Help Syria Now – July 13
16] Ballroom dancing – July 13
17] Nonviolence training – July 14
18] Foreclosure workshop – July 14
19] Olney peace vigil – July 14
20] West Chester, PA demo – July 14
21] Silent vigil at Capitol – July 14
22] Farm visit – July 14
23] Cleaning the Heart – through July 22
24] Prison Narratives -- July 14
25] Sabeel Barbecue – July 14
26] MUPJ meeting – July 14
27] Book GHETTO MEDIC – July 14
28] Limits of Knowledge – July 15
29] Bridges for Peace – July 15
30] Ryan et al. in concert -- July 15
31] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – July 15
32] Film FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS – July 15
33] Film FRESH – July 16
34] Red Emma’s meeting – July 15
35] David Cobb will be at Busboys and Poets – July 15
36] Trinity – July 16
37] Pentagon Vigil – July 16


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.

The National Green Party Convention continues through Sun., July 15 at the U of Baltimore and at the Hilton--Inner Harbor downtown. You're invited to sit in or to watch on CSPAN:

6] – Bank of America Week continues through Wed., July 18 at noon. Congregate each day at McPherson Square at noon. Bank of America has done too much to bankrupt the economy and the American people. There is a week of demonstrations against the Bank of America hosted by OccupyDC to protest BofA's corrupt policies. Each day occupiers will go to protest at a different Bank of America location in the city. Occupiers will then stand or sleep in solidarity each night with the Sleepful Protest, which has been trying to wake America up to how malevolent the forces of BofA actually are. On the last day, there will be a protest at the Congressional Offices to lay out some of the goals to people's representatives, including no more bail-outs, reinstate Glass-Steagall Act, a moratorium on foreclosures, break up Bank of America and establish a living will for "too-big-to-fail" banks. Visit

7] – 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:

8] – 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.

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

10] – 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

11] – Join the AFL-CIO for a Friday summer lunch series featuring well-known authors discussing their new books on jobs, inequality and the U.S. financial crisis. Bring your lunch and come join in a lively discussion. Drinks will be provided. Books are available for purchase, and the author will sign them.

Jeff Faux, author of "The Servant Economy: Where America's Elite is Sending the Middle Class,” will discuss his book on Fri., July 13 from noon to 2 PM at the AFL-CIO, 815 16th St. NW. Listen to the Economic Policy Institute Distinguished Fellow provide his assessment of our nation’s future — one nearly devoid of production and exports, with the most profitable industries existing solely to serve the wealthiest 1% — and how we can change the direction so working families benefit. Go to

12] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., July 6 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.

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] – Participate in a benefit by going to an O's game vs. the Tigers on Fri., July 13 at 7:05 PM or on Sat. July 14 (Bastille Day) at 4:05 PM. The tickets are Upper Reserved behind home plate and cost $13. Call Lou Curran at 410-499-8899 ASAP.

15] – There is a Help Syria Now Fundraiser with Hip-Hop Artist Omar Offendum on Fri., July 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at St. Stephen's & the Incarnation, 1525 Newton St., NW. You can buy tickets for $15 at Join Syria Relief & Development, Inc. for dinner and a night of performances from young, local area artists in an effort to raise money to help Syrians. Since March 2011 more than 15,000 Syrians have been killed, including hundreds of children. The humanitarian situation continues to worsen as the fighting intensifies and the need for aid increases. Email

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 July 13. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

17] – Solidarity Across our Differences is happening on Sat., July 14 from 10 AM to 1 PM in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Register for details/space limited at This Training/Retreat, the Sustainable Activist, Communication for Liberation and Solidarity Across our Differences, is based on the work of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Louisa Davis, MDiv, PhD, former campus/parish minister, antiracist/peace organizer and professor of comparative ethics and religion, is a CNVC certified trainer candidate. So she is offering this workshop as a trial run of her certification offering in August, to raise funds for the Capital NVC Diversity Initiative and to introduce her evolving book/community/blog, Call 240-338-5156.

18] – Attorney General Gansler and Saint Ambrose Housing Aid Center will be co-hosting a foreclosure prevention workshop on Sat., July 14 to get the word out about resources that may be available to struggling homeowners as a result of the Attorney General’s Mortgage Servicing Settlement with five of the largest banks in the country. There will also be housing counselors and legal aid available on-site to help you figure out your options.

It takes place from 10 AM to 3 PM at St. Matthew’s Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21239 (near Good Samaritan Hospital). Call 410-576-6956 or 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 July 14. 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., July 14. 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] – Go on a CSA FARM VISIT on Sat., July 14 -- RAIN OR SHINE – at KIMBERTON, PA at noon. MEET THE FARMERS that grow our vegetables, the BAKERS that bake our Bread, the DAIRY TEAM and COWS that make our milk and the CHICKENS that lay our eggs! It can be a day trip or overnight. There is camping nearby, bed and breakfasts, or camp primitive style on the farm with us! Plan a 3+ hour drive each way. RSVP ASAP at 240 855 4456 or

23] – 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

24] – Prison Narratives: Perspectives on Global Terrorism & Incarceration takes place on Sat., July 14 at 2 PM at the Sankofa Cafe and Bookstore, 2714 Georgia Ave., NW. The event is part of the Summer Lecture Series and is a look at America's Involvement in international terrorism and the incarceration of freedom fighters. It hosted by Nubia Kai, and the entrance fee is $15. The panelists are Nefta Freeman, Institute for Policy Studies, Salim Adofo, president of National Black United Front, DC Chapter, & Shahid Buttar, Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Visit

25] – Sabeel DC Metro Summer Barbecue is happening on Sat., July 14 from 4:30 to 8 PM at the home of Susan Bell, 1324 Kingston Ave., Alexandria, VA. This is your opportunity to meet and greet others committed to the work of justice and peace in Palestine-Israel, share good food, enjoy fun games and participate in a group exercise -- THE CHECKPOINT SIMULATION, led by the ever-popular Bill Plitt. This exercise enables participants to experience for a few moments a daily fact-of-life in the occupied Palestinian territories—and the recurring frustrations, humiliations, and anxieties faced by both ordinary Palestinian civilians of all ages and the young Israeli female and male soldiers on guard at the checkpoints’ dingy narrow caged corridors with their intimidating prison-like gates. RSVP Susan at or 703-751-2814.

26] – The 28th Annual Maryland Peace, Justice and the Environment Conference [] will take place Fri., Apr. 12 and Sat., Apr. 13 at the Turner Memorial AME Church, 7201 16th Place, Hyattsville. Save these dates. There will be an organizing meeting on Sat., July 14 from 5 to 7 PM at Turner AME Church. All are invited. Email

27] – Rachel Hennick talks about her new book “Ghetto Medic: A Father in the 'Hood” that recounts the story of her father and his work with the Baltimore City Fire Department. After surviving a fire as a child and experiencing the race riots of 1968, he wanted to help everyone that he could and became a paramedic in the city. She will speak on Sat., July 14 at 5 PM at the Minas Gallery, 815 W. 36th St. Call 410-732-4258 or go to

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 15, the topic is “On the Limits of Knowledge and its Implications for Life.” Although the importance of knowledge in human affairs is widely known, what is often not properly understood is its “limitations.” Rajeev Kumar, a member of BES, will combine his personal insight and relevant literature from various scientific disciplines to discuss how this issue is closely related to the well-being of humans, their relationships, and the planet they share. Dr. Rajeev Kumar is an assistant professor of business administration at the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He received a PhD in information and operations management from University of Connecticut. His undergraduate degree is in industrial engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Call 410-581-2322 or visit

29] – 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

30] – Political folk musician Ryan Harvey joins Arizona group Ramshackle Glory and local artist Matt Pless in a free concert on Sun., July 15 at 3 PM at the 2640 Space, 27th & St. Paul St. Call 410-230-0450. 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] – On Sun., July 15 at 4:45 PM, see FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS, a documentary about Israeli incursions into the West Bank. The award-winning film will be shown at the Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. It is a deeply personal, first-hand account of nonviolent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. After the film, there will be a discussion led by Noura Erakat, adjunct professor of international human rights law in the Middle East at Georgetown University, and Legal Advocacy Coordinator for the Badil Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights.

33] – Free Conversations in the Corridor presents a screening of FRESH, followed by a discussion on Sun., July 15 from 5 to 7 PM at Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville. Busboys and Poets and Big Bad Woof, Inc. are presenting this screening in conjunction with this year's Eat Local First DC week-long celebration (July 14 - July 21). The 71-minute film outlines the vicious cycle of our current food production methods and celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America, who are reinventing our food system! Then join in the conversation with a panel of local farmers, restaurateurs and activists. See

34] – 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 15. 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

35] – David Cobb will be at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW, on Sun., July 15 from 7 to 9 PM. Move to Amend’s dynamo spokesperson will address Overreaching Corporate Power: What Can Be Done? The past Green Party presidential candidate is now a primary force behind Move To Amend. It is having great success in organizing ballot initiatives and resolutions stating that corporations are not people and money is not speech. A great organizer, George Friday, will also speak. Email Joan Stallard at jdsindc at

36] – Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear device. This test was conducted by the U.S. Army on July 16, 1945 in the Jornada del Muerto desert about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Socorro, New Mexico at the new White Sands Proving Ground, which incorporated the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range. The site is now the White Sands Missile Range. The date of the test is usually considered to be the beginning of the Atomic Age.

Trinity was a test of an implosion-design plutonium device. The weapon's informal nickname was "The Gadget". Using the same conceptual design, the Fat Man device was detonated over Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945. The Trinity detonation produced the explosive power of about 20 kilotons of TNT.

37] – 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 16, 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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