Friday, September 7, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 7 – Sept. 12, 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] Protect the Vote – through Sept. 15
6] Visit Evergreen Museum/see exhibit – through Sept. 30
7] White House vigil – Sept. 7
8] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Sept. 7
9] WIB Roland Park vigil – Sept. 7
10] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Sept. 7

11] WIB Frederick vigil – Sept. 7

12] Stabilizing the Sinai Peninsula -- Sept. 7

13] Columbia Canvass for Marriage Equality – Sept. 7

14] Silent peace vigil – Sept. 7

15] Baltimore phone bank for Marriage Equality – Sept. 7

16] Silver Spring phone bank for Marriage Equality – Sept. 7

17] Witness For Peace Auction – Sept. 7

18] Film IN A BETTER WORLD – Sept. 7

19] Sounds of Hope – Sept. 7

20] Ballroom dancing – Sept. 7

21] Occupy the TTP – Sept. 8 & 9

22] DC Green Living Expo – Sept. 8

23] Salisbury phone bank for Marriage Equality – Sept. 8

24] Olney peace vigil – Sept. 8

25] “Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity” – Sept. 8 & 9

26] West Chester, PA demo – Sept. 8

27] Silent vigil at Capitol – Sept. 8

28] Easton phone bank for Marriage Equality – Sept. 8

29] Silver Spring Canvass for Marriage Equality – Sept. 8

30] Frederick Canvass for Marriage Equality – Sept. 8

31] WIB Westminster peace vigil – Sept. 8


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] – 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 through Sat., Sept. 15 to post flyers. Call 215-338-8420 or email

6] – 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

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 Sept. 7 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 a Silent Vigil Mourning Violence hosted by Women in Black Frederick, MD on Fri., Sept. 7 from noon to 1 PM at the corner of Bentz and 2nd Sts., Frederick MD 21701. Men are welcome. Wear black. Signs will be provided. Go to Contact Beth Willis at or 301-694-9410.

12] – Stabilizing the Sinai Peninsula – An Agenda For Action – is on Fri., Sept. 7 from noon to 1:30 PM at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Foundation for Middle East Peace, Middle East Institute, Churches for Middle East Peace, and Americans for Peace Now invite you to a program with Ambassador (ret.) Arthur Hughes, former Director General of the Sinai Multinational Forces and Observers (MFO), and Geoffrey Aronson, director for Research and Publications Foundation for Middle East Peace. Rising lawlessness and violence and an increasing death toll in the Sinai Peninsula by terrorist and criminal elements since the fall of the Mubarak regime threaten the security of Egypt, Israel, and their 1979 peace treaty. The unresolved competition over governance in Egypt between the Muslim Brotherhood government led by President Mohammed Morsi on one hand and the Egyptian army on the other are complicating factors, as is the continued Israeli closure of Gaza, whose Hamas government has strong ties to the Egyptian Brotherhood. Hughes and Aronson will discuss the stakes for all the parties, including the U.S., and suggest what is needed to restore peace in the Sinai. RSVP to

13] – The Human Rights Campaign has a Columbia Canvass for Marriage Equality on Fridays from 1 to 4 PM at the Food Lion, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. RSVP to

14] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Sept. 7 from 5 to 6 PM outside the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Pkwy. & St. Paul 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 and the Cathedral.

15] – 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

16] – 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

17] – The Witness for Peace Silent Auction takes place on Fri., Sept. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Public Citizen Media Room, 1600 20th St. NW. This is a perfect opportunity to reconnect with old WFP comrades or make new connections while supporting WFP's important work. Enjoy drinks and appetizers and auction items, including gift certificates to local restaurants, handmade crafts, and other surprises! The suggested donation is $25 at the door. RSVP to

18] – On Fri., Sept. 7 at 7 PM, see IN A BETTER WORLD (2011, Denmark/Sweden, 118 minutes. Danish, Swedish, and Arabic with English subtitles) as part of the Peace Center of Delaware County First-Friday Large Screen Free Film Series, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA. The doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments. Call 610-544-1818 or go to

The Oscar-winning film tells two parallel, character-connected, stories of how adults and children living in different worlds react to injustice and violence. It is co-sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community.

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

20] – 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 Sept. 8. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

21] – Participate in Direct Action Training: Occupy the TTP & Stop the Global Corporate coup On Sat., Sept. 8 at 9 AM through Sun., Sept. 9 at noon in the Real News Network Building, 235 Holliday St. Get trained by Bill Moyer of Backbone Campaign and Kim Marks of Earth First! for a week of action at the Leesburg, VA Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiators' Summit! Trade negotiators and corporate lobbyists from the United States and throughout the Pacific Rim will be meeting at a fancy resort in Leesburg, Virginia outside of Washington, DC from Sept. 6 to 15 to advance the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement — a transnational corporate power grab that would affect the economy, the environment, public health and democracy itself for decades to come. will be holding a direct action training, which will focus on spectacle actions as well as ways to engage the negotiators. Visit http:// RSVP to On Sun., Sept. 9, training participants will travel together to Leesburg, VA. Email for details

The Rally for Good Jobs, Affordable Medicine & a Healthy Environment is happening on Sun., Sept. 9 at 3 PM at Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Leesburg, Virginia (near Washington, D.C.) There are many rally cosponsors.

Get on the Bus! People will be traveling to DC together on commercial bus lines (Greyhound, Megabus, etc. -tickets to DC now only $17 online!) From there, there will be chartered buses to Leesburg. RSVP now to reserve your seat on free union-operated buses leaving Washington, D.C. Go to

22] – The DC Green Living Expo on Sat., Sept. 8 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the UDC Courtyard, just outside Van Ness Metro station. This event is free, and it connects conscious consumers to dozens of eco-friendly exhibitors and sponsors, such as Elysian Energy, A Well Fed World, All Eco Center, and City Living. The Expo will feature delicious food, green technology, local artisans, community organizations, speakers, and live music. Click here to get your free tickets.

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

24] – 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. 8. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

25] – This weekend the “Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity” comes to Baltimore – led by Javier Sicilia, the Mexican poet who lost his son to a drug gang’s bullet. On Sat., Sept. 8 from 11 AM to 5 PM, the Caravan will be is at Irvington Park, Frederick Road and Colleen, 21229. A “Keep Us Home” Celebration – help keep Baltimore youth out of prison – will have mothers of victims of drug violence in Baltimore and Mexico share their stories. Organized by the Leadership of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) is helping to keep youth out of jail and providing them opportunities! The Keep Me Home cookout is a celebration of LBS training youth organizers to recruit recently incarcerated youth for a self improvement program. This is part of a larger agenda that aims to provide our youth services and support for their long term goals. There will be performances, free food and so much more!

Poet and Time Person of the Year Javier Sicilia will be giving a talk on the struggle against narco-violence and the costs of the drug war in Mexico on Sat., Sept. 8 at Hodson Hall 110 at 7 PM on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins U. To see the Time article and attached flyer, go to,28804,2101745_2102138_2102238,00.html.

On Sun., from 2 to 6:30 PM, there will be a Summit to End the War on Drugs in Baltimore and Beyond Borders at Sojourner Douglass College, 200 N. Central Ave.

Discuss alternatives to the drug war and come up with next steps here in Baltimore for moving beyond the War on Drugs.

26] – 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

27] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Sept. 8. 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

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

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

30] – 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

31] – There will be a Women in Black Peace Stand on Sat., Sept. 8 from 2 to 3 PM on East Main Street, in front of the Carroll County Public Library, Westminster, MD 21157. Bring your own sign or use one which is available. Contact Margaret Jones at

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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