Saturday, October 20, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Oct. 19 – Oct. 25, 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] Energy Awareness Month – through Oct. 28
6] Shop-a-Paw-Looza – through Oct. 30
7] Reducing Nuclear Arms -- Oct. 19
8] White House vigil – Oct. 19
9] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Oct. 19
10] WIB Roland Park vigil – Oct. 19

11] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Oct. 19

12] Iranian Public Opinion – Oct. 19

13] Columbia Canvass for Marriage Equality – Oct. 19

14] Silent peace vigil – Oct. 19

15] Educators for Democratic Schools meeting – Oct. 19

16] Baltimore phone bank for Marriage Equality – Oct. 19

17] Silver Spring phone bank for Marriage Equality – Oct. 19

18] Sounds of Hope – Oct. 19

19] Ballroom dancing – Oct. 19

20] Sister Simone Campbell speaks – Oct. 20

21] Marriage Equality events – Oct. 20

22] Baltimore canvass for Marriage Equality – Oct. 20

23] Salisbury phone bank for Marriage Equality – Oct. 20

24] Olney peace vigil – Oct. 20

25] West Chester, PA demo – Oct. 20

26] Educational Equity Conference – Oct. 20

27] Silent vigil at Capitol – Oct. 20

28] Easton phone bank for Marriage Equality – Oct. 20

29] Silver Spring Canvass for Marriage Equality – Oct. 20

30] Frederick Canvass for Marriage Equality – Oct. 20

31] Celebrate Wind Power – Oct. 20

32] Cindy Sheehan has a book out – Oct. 20

33] Meet Anna Lappe – Oct. 20

34] Film "Between Two Worlds" – Oct. 28


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] – Energy Awareness Month runs through Sun., Oct. 28. Explore the production, consumption and creative inspiration we gain from electricity by attending the Energy Awareness Month exhibit at Gallery CA, 440 East Oliver St., presented by the Autonomous Energy Research Lab. Call 410-528-9239. Go to

6] – Shop-a-Paw-Looza continues through Oct. 30. Participate in the Maryland SPCA’s 8th annual online auction to help support Maryland's homeless cats and dogs. Go to

7] – On Fri., Oct. 19 from 10 to 11:30 AM, Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution, Steven Pifer, Arms Control Initiative, and Strobe Talbott, Brookings Institution, will tackle "Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Arms" at the Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 200036. RSVP at

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 Oct. 19 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] – The CISSM Forum is a weekly policy forum held on Thursdays, from 12:15 to 1:30 PM in room 1203, Van Munching Hall, College Park, Maryland. The CISSM Forum is open to the public (no RSVPs required) and is supported by the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Policy Research. CISSM also sponsors special events on campus and in downtown Washington, D.C. On Fri., Oct. 19 there will be a special forum with Ebrahim Mohseni, University of Tehran, who will talk about "Iranian Public Opinion on Nuclear Issues.” Go 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 peace vigil on Fri., Oct. 19 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] – Educators for Democratic Schools is hosting a Monthly Happy Hour for teachers on the third Friday of each month from 5 to 7 PM at Liam Flynn's Ale House, 22 W. North Ave. Go to Unwind and meet your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. The first installment will be on Oct. 19. By Internet videophone, teachers from Chicago who participated in the successful strike will share some of the lessons they learned. Brainstorm what can be learned, as Baltimore’s contract negotiation becomes a reality. Upcoming dates are Nov. 16, Dec. 21 and Jan. 18. Email Ms. Kirsch at

16] – 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

17] – 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

18] – 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.

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 Oct. 19. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

20] – On Sat., Oct. 20 from 9 to 11:30 AM at Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge-2188, 8421Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22031, SALT presents keynote speaker Sister Simone Campbell--executive director of NETWORK since 2004--discussing working effectively for social change. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. Visit

21] – There are ongoing Marriage Equality events from 10 AM to 4 PM in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Frederick County, Howard County, Montgomery County & Prince George's County on Saturdays and Sundays. RSVP

22] – There is a Baltimore City Canvass on Saturdays in shifts—10 AM to 1 PM, 1 to 4 PM and 4 to 6 PM—at 400 Boston St., Suite 101D. RSVP at

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 Oct. 20. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

25] – 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

26] – The Baltimore Educational Equity Summit is happening on Sat., Oct. 20 from 11:30 AM to 6 PM at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, 300 Light St., Baltimore 21202. This event is coordinated by Teach For America and is an opportunity to build collaborative teams to create improvements to local schools from your neighborhood. Register at Registration is free to students and parents of students in Baltimore City pre-K-12th grade; for all others it costs $25.

27] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Oct. 20. 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] – Celebrate wind power in Baltimore. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is reminding you to get over to Not Your Mom's Ice Cream Social from 1 to 4 PM on Sat., Oct. 20 at the Taharka Brothers Ice Cream Factory. Enjoy a party & freestyle jam with the Taharka Brothers, DJ Morphya, and featuring the Baltimore Mixtape All Stars. There will be a raffle for two Creative Alliance tickets, with proceeds benefitting the Baltimore Urban Debate League. Email

32] – On Sat., Oct. 20 from 1 to 4 PM at the Tabernacle Church, 3700 Chestnut St., Phila., PA, hear author, anti-war activist and Gold-Star Mother Cindy Sheehan. Joining Sheehan will be an advocate for 9/11 Justice, Jon Gold. Cindy will speak about her latest book "Revolution: A Love Story" about her time in Venezuela. It is a story of how citizens of any country can create a better world for their families, communities, nations and then ultimately, the world. Jon will talk about his book 9/11 Truther, the story about an everyday American who saw that something was wrong with what we were told about 9/11, and tried to do something about it. Contact Bill Perry at 215-945-1269. See

33] – Join Anna Lappé for a sustainable dinner and the Baltimore preview of “Plenty for the Planet: Sustainable Food and a Well-Fed World” on Sat., Oct. 20 at 4:30 PM. Join Corporate Accountability International, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and Real Food Hopkins for a celebratory evening and with acclaimed writer and sustainability advocate, Anna Lappé! Go to

The event takes place in Charles Commons Salons A & B, Johns Hopkins University, 10 E 33rd St., Tickets to the event are $5 at the door. Email or call 1-800-688-8797 (US).

34] – See the film "Between Two Worlds The American Jewish Culture Wars" (70 min.) and discussion on Sun., Oct. 28 at 2 PM at the Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21044. Who speaks for a divided community at the crossroads? The highly acclaimed film is a groundbreaking personal exploration of the community and family divisions that are redefining American Jewish identity and politics. The filmmakers' own families are battlegrounds over loyalty to Israel, interpretations of the Holocaust, intermarriage, and a secret communist past. Filmed in the U.S. and Israel, this first-person documentary begins with a near-riot at a Jewish film festival in San Francisco, reveals the agonizing battle over divestment from Israel on a university campus, and shows the crackdown on dissent in Israel itself. Go to The event is sponsored by the Committee for Palestinian Rights (Howard County) and D.C. Metro Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. 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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