Friday, October 26, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Oct. 26 – Nov. 1, 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] White House vigil – Oct. 26

8] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Oct. 26

9] WIB Roland Park vigil – Oct. 26

10] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Oct. 26

11] Columbia Canvass for Marriage Equality – Oct. 26

12] Silent peace vigil – Oct. 26

13] Net Impact Conference – Oct. 26 - 27

14] Baltimore phone bank for Marriage Equality – Oct. 26

15] Silver Spring phone bank for Marriage Equality – Oct. 26

16] Cuban author/poet at Busboys & Poets – Oct. 26

17] Sounds of Hope – Oct. 26

18] Ballroom dancing – Oct. 26

19] Cold War Conversations – Oct. 27

20] Marriage Equality events – Oct. 27

21] Baltimore canvass for Marriage Equality – Oct. 27

22] Salisbury phone bank for Marriage Equality – Oct. 27

23] Olney peace vigil – Oct. 27

24] West Chester, PA demo – Oct. 27

25] Celebrate Food Day – Oct. 27

26] Wangari Gardens Festival – Oct. 27

27] Silent vigil at Capitol – Oct. 27

28] Easton phone bank for Marriage Equality – Oct. 27

29] Silver Spring Canvass for Marriage Equality – Oct. 27

30] Frederick Canvass for Marriage Equality – Oct. 27

31] Baltimore Activist Awards Dinner – Oct. 27
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] – 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 Oct. 26 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] – 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

12] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., Oct. 26 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.

13] – Check out the 2012 Net Impact Conference with over 350 speakers and 100 sessions covering a broad range of topics from sustainability to social innovation. The event takes place Fri., Oct. 26 and Sat., Oct. 27 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., and the prices vary. Call 415-495-4230 or go to

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] – Cuban author and poet Nancy Morejón will be at Busboys & Poets, 5th & K Sts. NW on Fri., Oct. 26 at 6 PM. Born in 1944 in Havana to a militant dock-worker and a trade-unionist seamstress, she graduated from Havana University, where she majored in French, and has been an editor for the Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba. Morejón is a recipient, among many other prestigious national and international literary prizes, of the Critic's Prize (1986) and Cuba's National Prize for Literature (2001). Currently, she is the president of the Association of Writers of UNEAC (Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas Cubanos). Go to

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] – 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. 26. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

19] – On Sat., Oct. 27 from 9:30 AM to 2 PM, be part of the Cold War Museum”s discussion "Cold War Conversations: The Cuban Missile Crisis: 50 Years Later, with seven speakers at George Mason Univ., Harris Theater, 4400 University Dr., MS 2F5, Fairfax, VA. RSVP at

20] – 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

21] – 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

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 Oct. 27. 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] – Food Day takes place on Sat., Oct. 27 from noon until 3:30 PM at ECO City Farms, 4913 Crittenden Street, Edmonston, MD 20781. In celebration of National Food Day (October 24) - a nationwide celebration and movement of healthy, affortable and sustainable food - ECO will host an event called "Real Food HEALS" at the urban farm in Edmonston together with the Port Towns Community Health Partnership. See what healthy eating/active living (HEAL) looks like, featuring the work of the SEED to FEED Summer Youth Program. Learn how to make vegetarian sushi and other healthy farm-based dishes, and provide a host of healthy locally produced foods. The youth will present the work they developed with the DC area group Critical Exposure—that promotes youth led advocacy through photographic images and words that help people see the world from their perspectives. Go to

26] – Get over to the Wangari Gardens Fall Festival on Sat., Oct. 27 from noon to 6 PM at Wangari Gardens, between Kenyon St., Irving St. and Park Pl. NW (surrounded by the Washington Hospital). Celebrate good food, great community and a beautiful fall! Wangari Gardens is a garden park designed, created and sustained by the community for the non-profit benefit of the community. Bring your kids, bring your neighbors, bring a dish to share and bring your pups (on leashes, please), Call 202-670-5459 or email

27] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Oct. 27. 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] – The Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Solidarity Center present the BALTIMORE ACTIVIST AWARDS DINNER, a night to celebrate the people who make a difference. Recognizing the many sisters and brothers who make the movement possible on Sat., Oct. 27 at 6 PM at Sharp Hall, Govan's Presbyterian Church (parking on church lot), 5828 York Rd., Baltimore 21212 on the #8 bus line near the Senator Theater. The dinner is at 6:30 PM. The soloists are Andre Powell and Emmanuel Lewis Withers. The awards bnegin promptly at & PM. There is a long list of awardees

Award presenters include Dr. Marvin 'Doc' Cheatham, Renee Washington, Rev. Cortly CD Witherspoon, Brian Keith Easley and Sharon Black. Tickets are $25 per person with a 6-person table for $120. Tickets will be delivered to you--call 410-500-2168 or 410-218-4835 or arrange to stop by the office at 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. Write checks out to Solidarity Center/earmark Oct 27. To use a credit card, go to The proceeds will benefit Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Solidarity Center.

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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