Monday, September 3, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert Aug. 31 – Sept. 5, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert Aug. 31 – Sept. 5, 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] Protect the Vote – through Sept. 15
7] Visit Evergreen Museum/see exhibit – through Sept. 30
8] White House vigil – Aug. 31
9] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Aug. 31
10] WIB Roland Park vigil – Aug. 31
11] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Aug. 31
12] Columbia Canvass for Marriage Equality – Aug. 31
13] Silent peace vigil – Aug. 31
14] Baltimore phone bank for Marriage Equality – Aug. 31
15] Silver Spring phone bank for Marriage Equality – Aug. 31
16] Play THE LAST SHOULD BE FIRST – through Sept. 1
17] “Lysistrata 1969” – through Sept. 2
18] Ballroom dancing – Aug. 31
19] Salisbury phone bank for Marriage Equality – Sept. 1
20] Olney peace vigil – Sept. 1
21] West Chester, PA demo – Sept. 1
22] Table for Marriage Equality at Annapolis Race Week – Sept. 2
23] Silent vigil at Capitol – Sept. 1
24] Silent Death Walk – Sept, 1
25] Easton phone bank for Marriage Equality – Sept. 1
26] Silver Spring Canvass for Marriage Equality – Sept. 1
27] Frederick Canvass for Marriage Equality – Sept. 1
28] March for Syria – Sept. 2
29] Labor Day Picnic – Sept. 2
30] Bridges for Peace – Sept. 2
31] Phone bank for marriage equality in Chestertown, MD – Sept. 2
32] Annapolis canvass for marriage equality – Sept. 2
33] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Sept. 2
34] Red Emma’s meeting – Sept. 2
35] Report on Human Rights Delegation to the Occupied Palestinian Territories & Israel – Sept. 2
36] Pentagon Vigil – Sept. 3
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 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.

6] – Northeast Philly for Peace and Justice tells us that if you fail to show an acceptable form of Photo ID, you Will NOT be permitted to VOTE! On Tues., Sept. 4 from 6 to 9 PM at the Northeast Regional Library, Cottman Ave. & Oakland St., discuss this matter with the City of Philadelphia Deputy Commissioners--Jorge Santana & Tracey Gordon. Please volunteer from Fri., Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 to post flyers. Call 215-338-8420 or email

7] – Consider taking a tour of the Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St. It is an amazing building filled with books and works of art, including many, many objects from Tiffany’s. The tour is $7.

Separate from the tour is an exhibit: Alix Aymé: European Perception and Asian Poeticism, n

ever-before-exhibited work of the French artist Alix Aymé, an influential participant in the promotion of modernism. It is $3 to see the exhibit through Sun., Sept. 30. But if you take the tour, see the exhibit for free. Call 410-516-0341 or go to

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 Aug. 31 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] – Human Rights Campaign has a Columbia Canvass on Fridays from 1 to 4 PM at the Food Lion, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. RSVP to

13] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Aug. 31 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.

14] – There is a Baltimore phone bank for Marriage Equality on week nights from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at 400 Boston St., Suite 101D. RSVP at

15] – There is a Silver Spring phone bank for Marriage Equality on week nights from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at 8720 Georgia Ave., Suite 900. RSVP at

16] – “The Last Shall Be First” is being performed by Heralds of Hope Theater in Residence at Sojourner-Douglass College, 200 N. Central Ave., on weekends through Sun., Sept. 2. See the performance for $10 at 8 PM on Friday and Saturday and at 3 PM on Sunday. Percy Thomas, the playwright, will direct the play, which is the final entry in the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. It shares the cruelties of slavery as experienced by Monroe, a self-proclaimed preacher. Call 410-997-5779 or go to

17] – The Rude Mechanicals present this trip back to 1969, where the Sock Puppet Guerilla Theater is working on their interpretation of Aristophanes' Lysistrata. See “Lysistrata 1969” on Friday and Saturday through Sept. 1 at 8 PM at the Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway. The admission price is $17, but students and seniors get in for $14. Call 301-441-8770 or go to

18] – 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 Aug. 10. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

19] – There is a Salisbury phone bank for Marriage Equality on Saturdays from 10 AM to noon at 1222 Old Ocean City Road. RSVP at

20] – 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. [Route 97] in Olney, MD. The next vigil is Sept. 1. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

21] – 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

22] – Can you table for Marriage Equality at Annapolis Race Week from Sat., Sept. 1 through Mon., Sept. 3, 11 AM through 4 PM at the City Dock (Susan Campbell Park), Annapolis? RSVP to

23] – On Sat., Sept. 1 from noon to 1 PM, First Saturday of the month, gather in PHILADELPHIA CENTER CITY [ANTI-DRONE/ANTI-WAR] SILENT DEATH WALK. Meet at corner of 12th & Market Sts. Stop the Killing/End the Wars - Protest the U.S. Drone Attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen. Dress in black. RSVP to Marge Van Cleef at 267-763-1644.

24] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Aug. 18. 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

25] – There is an Easton phone bank for Marriage Equality on Saturdays from noon to 4 PM at 7 E. Dover St. RSVP at

26] – There is a Silver Spring Canvass for Marriage Equality on weekends from noon to 4 PM at 8720 Georgia Ave., Suite 900. RSVP to

27] – There is a Frederick Canvass for Marriage Equality on Saturdays from noon to 2 PM & 2 to 4 PM at W. Patrick St. & S. Market St. RSVP to

28] – The Syrian Revolution began on March 15, 2012 as a peaceful multi-ethnic, multi-religious movement calling for a free and democratic nation, and the overthrow of the oppressive Assad regime. In response to the calls of freedom by the Syrian people, the Assad regime attempted to brutally suppress the revolution and punish the civilians through systematic murder, rape, detainment, torture and destruction. It is estimated that more than 20,000 have been killed in less than 18 months. The defections of military professionals led to the formation of the Free Syrian Army, which has grown into a network of organized brigades protecting the Syrian civilian population from the onslaught of the Assad forces.

While the media reporting on Syria has increasingly focused on the violent conflict of Syria’s “civil war” — a term that hardly begins to describe a conflict characterized by massacres of civilians and vastly outmatched rebels — the peaceful mass demonstrations have not ceased. The Syrian people, Christian, Alawite, Muslim, Druze and Kurd, continue to come together to call for basic liberties in the most honest of ways: peaceful demonstration.

The Syrian people are calling upon the international community to stop the killing, stop the destruction, stop the murderers and stop Assad. The Syrian American Council, in coordination with the American Syrian Coalition, asks you to stand in solidarity with the people of Syria. Stand with them as they brave tanks, snipers, helicopters and planes, in order to demand their basic human rights. Stand with them for freedom.

This rally is a part of the ISNA convention! Go to On Sun., Sept. 2 at 9 AM, assemble at DC Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW, WDC 20001. The march will begin at 9:30 AM, and the rally will conclude at noon in Lafayette Square (in front of the White House). From 1 to 3 PM, there will be a fundraising luncheon for Syria at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St. NW, WDC 20001. Ticket price is $75. The guest speaker will be Ambassador Robert Ford.

29] – The Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, will have its Annual Labor Day Picnic on Sun., Sept. 2 at noon. Stuart and Dianne Hirsch have graciously volunteered to host the picnic. Call 410-581-2322.or email

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] – Phone bank for marriage equality in Chestertown, MD on Sundays from noon to 4 PM at 106 Spring Ave. RSVP to

32] – Join an Annapolis canvass for marriage equality on Sundays from 2 to 4 PM at the UUCA Parking Lot, 333 Dubois Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. RSVP at

33] – 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.

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 Aug. 26. 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] – On Sun., Sept. 2 at 7:30 PM, hear a Report on Human Rights Delegation to the Occupied Palestinian Territories & Israel at Friends House Retirement Community, 17340 Quaker Lane (off Norwood Road between route 108 and Dr. Bird Road), Sandy Spring, MD 20860. The speakers are Philip Farah, co-leader, Interfaith Peace Builders delegation, May 2012 and co-chair of Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace and Bill Simonds, member of IFPB delegation, May 2012, physician volunteer to Palestine Diabetes Institute, 2010.

36] – 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., Aug. 27, 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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