Friday, September 14, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 14 – Sept. 20, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 14 – Sept. 20, 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] Call for Artists – through Oct. 12

8] White House vigil – Sept. 14

9] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Sept. 14

10] WIB Roland Park vigil – Sept. 14

11] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Sept. 14

12] Book “Throwing Stones at the Moon” – Sept. 14

13] Columbia Canvass for Marriage Equality – Sept. 14

14] Silent peace vigil – Sept. 14

15] Baltimore phone bank for Marriage Equality – Sept. 14

16] Silver Spring phone bank for Marriage Equality – Sept. 14

17] Sounds of Hope – Sept. 14

18] The Cuban 5 – Sept. 14

19] Ballroom dancing – Sept. 14

20] What is Free Speech for the Sake of? – Sept. 14

21] Activate Your Inner Citizen – Sept. 15

22] Salisbury phone bank for Marriage Equality – Sept. 15

23] Olney peace vigil – Sept. 15

24] West Chester, PA demo – Sept. 15

25] Silent vigil at Capitol – Sept. 15

26] Easton phone bank for Marriage Equality – Sept. 15

27] Silver Spring Canvass for Marriage Equality – Sept. 15

28] Frederick Canvass for Marriage Equality – Sept. 15

29] Uprooting capitalism – Sept. 15

30] Party for Casa Baltimore/Limay – Sept. 15

31] U.S. Labor Against the War Fundraiser – Sept. 15

32] Voices from the Heart – Sept. 15

33] Homes for Haiti – Sept. 15

34] Vigil in memory of Nurui Islam – Sept. 15

35] Medea’s birthday – Sept. 15

36] BES Ethical Labor Day – Sept. 16

37] Forest Heights canvass for marriage equality – Sept. 16

38] Bridges for Peace – Sept. 16

39] Phone bank for marriage equality in Chestertown, MD – Sept. 16

40] Phone bank for marriage equality in Baltimore – Sept. 16

41] Annapolis canvass for marriage equality – Sept. 16

42] SodaStream Boycott Action – Sept. 16

43] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Sept. 16

44] Film “The Suffering Grasses” – Sept. 16

45] Red Emma’s meeting – Sept. 16

46] Ghana Soul Benefit Concert – Sept. 16

47] Pentagon Vigil – Sept. 17

48] Herblock Exhibit – through Nov. 9

49] Occupy Monsanto – Sept. 17


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] – There is a Call for Artists through Fri., Oct. 12.

Baltimore Station, 140 W. West St., seeks submissions for its Re-START with ART auction, which assists homeless veterans. Visit Call 443-838-9194.

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 Sept. 14 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] – On Fri., Sept. 14 from 12:30 to 2 PM, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), 1666 Connecticut Ave, NW, Ste. 400, will be hosting the editors of “Throwing Stones at the Moon” for a brownbag lunch discussion. Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli, a WOLA expert on internal displacement, and Pedro Cortes Ruiz, researcher and advisor to the Association of Internally Displaced Afro-Colombians (Asociación de Afrocolombianos Desplazados, AFRODES), will provide additional commentary. For nearly five decades, Colombia has been embroiled in an internal armed conflict among guerrilla groups, paramilitary militias, and the country’s own armed forces. Civilians in Colombia face a range of abuses from all sides, including killings, disappearances, and rape. More than four million have been forced to flee their homes, making Colombia the country with the largest internally displaced population in the world. The oral histories in the book describe the most widespread consequence of Colombia’s human rights crisis: forced displacement. The book will be available for purchase ($16, cash only). Event will be streamed live at RSVP at here Email Adam Schaffer at

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 peace vigil on Fri., Sept. 14 from 5 to 6 PM outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St. Once Charles Street is closed due to construction, there will be a march to the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Pkwy. & St. Paul St. The vigil will continue at the Cathedral while Charles Street is closed. Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings.

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] – 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.

18] – Commemorate the 14th Anniversary of the Unjust Imprisonment of The Cuban 5 on Fri., Sept. 14 from 7:30 to 10 PM at the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW. The Institute for Policy Studies and the International Committee for the Freedom of the 5 will host the event. September 12th marks the 14th anniversary, and Saturday’s program will reflect on the state of the movement to get freedom for The Five. There are several panelists including Tom Hayden and Lawrence Wilkerson, retired U.S. Colonel and chief of staff for Colin Powell. This is a free event but there is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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

20] – On Fri., Sept. 14, William Braithwaite, as part of the Formal Lecture Series 2012-2013, will answer What is Free Speech for the Sake of? The lectures are held most Fridays at 8:15 PM at St. John's College, Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401. Call 410-263-2371 or go to

21] – CPHA is holding an Activate Your Inner Citizen University on Sat. Sept. 15 from 9 AM to 12:45 PM at Morgan State's old Engineering Building, 5200 Perring Parkway, Baltimore 21251. Register at Email

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

23] – 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. 15. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

24] – 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

25] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Sept. 15. 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

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

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

28] – 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

29] – Attend an Uprooting Classism Workshop on Sat., Sept. 15 from 1 to 4 PM at the Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600. How do class, wealth, and capitalism affect our relationships and communities? This workshop will examine the political and interpersonal dynamics created by wealth disparity, and how they intersect with other systems of oppression such as racism and sexism.

There will be a Train the Trainer workshop from 10 AM to noon. Consider donating what you can afford for the workshops. NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY! Email at or go to

30] – Party on Sat., Sept. 15, rain or shine, from 5 to 10:30 PM. This is a fundraiser to benefit for Casa Baltimore/Limay sibling-city projects. The party is happening at the home of Joanne Capizzi and Howdy Burns, 5 Candlestick Drive, Lutherville 21093. Enjoy the tranquility of Dipping Pond Run, a beautiful trout stream in a gorgeous valley. Join in music- and merry-making! Donations will be matched 1-to-1! Bring a checkbook. Donations can be made online at BRING a dish, lawn chair or blanket and a musical instrument. RSVP or get carpool info or directions at 410-662-6292 or info

31] – U.S. Labor Against the War Fundraiser takes place on Sat., Sept. 15 at 5:30 PM at 12506 Sir Walter Dr., Glenn Dale, MD 20769. U.S. Labor Against the War is hosting a fundraiser with great food, fabulous professional entertainment, and songs and music, all among wonderful company! The fundraiser will be hosted at the home of Brooks Sunkett, the vice president of Communication Workers of America International Union and co-convener of USLAW, located just outside DC and off the Beltway and Route 50 towards Annapolis. Suggested donation at the door is about $50 and will be well worth it for the food and music.

Featured entertainment is professional jazz singer Pam Parker. Also in attendance will be members of the DC Labor Chorus. RSVP to

32] – Voices from the Heart is a benefit for the Franciscan Center on Sat., Sept. 15 at 7 PM at the Legg Mason Tower, 100 International Drive. Listen to a performance from Emily Righter while enjoying beverages and a light dinner. A VIP reception starts at 6 PM. Those tickets are $100. Tickets to the benefit are $75. Go to

33] – Homes for Haiti is a benefit concert presented by the Village Church, and proceeds will go toward Habitat for Humanity. The concert takes place on Sat., Sept. 15 at 7 PM at The Village Church, 3645 Roland Ave. A single ticket is $10, and families get in for $15.

34] – Vigil in memory of Nurui Islam (president Trade Union Center/14-Pary Alliance/Bangladesh) on Sat., Sept. 15 from 7 to 9 PM at Dupont Circle NW, WDC 20036. This candle light vigil will commemorate the labor rights leader who was murdered in Dhaka in 2008. Go to this link to see a documentary about the incident: Email Nurui’s daughter, Amrita Wassan, at

35] – Attend the Medea Benjamin's 60th Birthday Party on Sat., Sept. 15 from 7 PM to midnight, 666 G St. NE, WDC. Come celebrate her 60th birthday (!!!) and help send off a Peace Delegation to Pakistan. Don’t bring a present, but a dish to share. Call 415-235-6517.

36] – 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., Sept.16 “Happy Ethical Labor Day” will be presented by Hugh Taft-Morales, a BES leader. Call 410-581-2322.or email

37] – Join a Forest Heights weekly canvass for marriage equality on Sun., Sept. 16 from 11:30 AM to 4 PM at the IHOP, 4400 Saint Barnabas Rd., Temple Hills, MD. Contact

38] – 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

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

40] – Phone bank for marriage equality in Baltimore on Sunday from noon to 8 PM at 400 Boston St., Suite 101D. RSVP to

41] – 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

42] – A SodaStream Boycott Action is taking place on Sun., Sept. 16 from 2 to 4 PM in front of the Columbia Heights Mall -- at the Columbia Heights Metro Station on 14th St.-- just north of intersection with Irving St. Join the recently launched DC SodaStream Boycott Campaign to educate shoppers, ask them to refuse to buy SodaStream products, and call on local store managers to tell their corporate headquarters to stop stocking the products. SodaSteam manufactures its beverage carbonating devices in a West Bank settlement. The protest action will feature live music, with lyrics, signs and slogans that highlight the need to end the occupation. The action is organized by Jewish Voice for Peace DC Metro Chapter. Email or call Shelley at 301-580-9224.

43] – 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.

44] – See the film “The Suffering Grasses” on Sun., Sept. 16 from 6 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW. CODEPINK is hosting the latest documentary by Iara Lee. Filmed at the Syria-Turkey border, Lee explores the Syrian Revolution through first person accounts by refugees. The movie explains the violence between the Ba'athist Party of Bashar al-Assad and the Free Syrian Army, to the interests (or lack thereof) of the United States, Russia, and others watching from the outside. Lee focuses mainly on the lives of civilians caught between these forces, how they cope, and what helps. Go to

45] – 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 Sept. 16. 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

46] – Water for Ghana Soul Benefit Concert is on Sun., Sept. 16 at 7:30 PM at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Sts. NW. Four million people die each year from water-borne disease. Your ticket purchase will help donate a water treatment system to a village in the northern region of Ghana. It will also fund monitoring efforts of previously installed water treatment systems. Proceeds will go to a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization, Community Water Solutions. Award winning poet Jonathan Tucker is to perform! Regular admission is $25, but major donors will chip in $45. But tickets in advance at

47] – 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., Sept. 10, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.

48] – Herblock on Democracy is an exhibit

about the approach and subject matter of Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herb Block's work. It continues through Fri., Nov. 9, Mondays-Fridays, 8 AM to 5 PM in the Albert S. Cook Library, Towson U., 8000 York Rd. Call 410-704-2461.

49] – Occupy Monsanto is happening on Mon., Sept. 17 at 8 AM at Monsanto Company, 1300 I St. NW, Suite 450 East. This is a Call to Action for an occupation of Monsanto everywhere. Monsanto continues to contaminate food with chemicals and GMOs. Monsanto controls much of the world's food supply at the expense of food democracy worldwide. Go to

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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