Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Nov. 9 – Nov. 15, 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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com. 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] verizon.net.

Tune into the Maryland Progressive Blog at http://mdprogblog.org.

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists

4] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLA

5] Support D.C. autonomy -- Nov. 9

6] White House vigil – Nov. 9

7] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Nov. 9

8] WIB Roland Park vigil – Nov. 9

9] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Nov. 9

10] Silent peace vigil – Nov. 9

11] Theological gathering – Nov. 9

12] Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Conference – Nov. 9

13] Sounds of Hope – Nov. 9

14] John Calvi at Stony Run – Nov. 9 & 10

15] Ballroom dancing – Nov. 9

16] Olney peace vigil – Nov. 10

17] West Chester, PA demo – Nov. 10

18] Silent vigil at Capitol – Nov. 10


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 http://thomas.loc.gov/. Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

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 donmuller@msn.com. 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 ncnrnotices-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed. If you have problems, please write to the list manager at ncnrnotices-admin@lists.riseup.net.

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 http://friendsoflatinamerica.typepad.com/hocofola/2010/02/hocofola-cafe-quetzal-order-form-2010.html. 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 adela4peace@verizon.net.

5] – Speak Out for Local Autonomy on Fri., Nov. 9 at noon before the D.C. City Council. Show Congress and the nation that D.C. residents are fighting for the right to self-determination. Attend a hearing on the Local Budget Autonomy Act in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building. The bill (B19-993), introduced by Chairman Phil Mendelson along with the entire DC Council, provides for a referendum that would amend the DC Home Rule Act and allow the District government to spend local tax revenues without having to wait for congressional approval. Sign up to testify in support of the bill by calling 202-225-7002. Contact DC Vote at 202.462.6000 or info@dcvote.org.

6] – 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: artlaffin@hotmail.com.

7] – 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 http://www.peacepath911.com/ or write wibbaltimore@hotmail.com or call 410-467-9114.

8] – There is also a noon vigil on Nov. 9 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St. Call 410-467-9114.

9] – 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 cswartz@pil.net. Go to http://phillyjewishpeace.org/.

10] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., Nov.9 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.

11] – On Fri., Nov. 9 at 6 PM through Sat., Nov. 10 at 5 PM, participate in the Franciscan Action Network's Fifth Anniversary Celebration at Trinity University in Washington, D.C. The event will honor FAN Board President Sr. Margaret Mary Kimmins, OSF, for her dedicated service. RVSP at reception@franciscanaction.org. Tickets are $50.

The event will also showcase Trinity Institute's 42nd National Theological Conference on Radical Christian Life with featured speaker Sister Joan Chittister and Father Richard Rohr, preacher, who will offer tools for making the connection between contemplation and social action. This event will take place at Trinity Institute's partner sites, Virginia Theological Seminary, Quaker Lane and Seminary Road in Alexandria, VA. Go to


12] – On Fri., Nov. 9 through Sat., Nov. 10, join the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Conference (HCEF) for the 14th International Conference: Continuing our Commitment to Peace, Prosperity & Dialogue, at the 4H National Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD. This includes the Business, Investment & ICT Conference of the 14th International Conference as part of an initiative to encourage business & investment in Palestine to bring jobs, prosperity and peace. The Palestinian delegation will include Dr. Asad Abdul Rahman, Executive Committee of the PLO & Chairman, Palestinian International Institute, Amal Masri Moghrabi, Co-founder & Chairwoman, Women’s Business Forum of Palestine, Dr. Jad Isaac, General Director, Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem, Hashim Shawa, Chairman of the Board, Bank of Palestine, Sami Abu-Dayyeh, President, Holy Land Incoming Tour Operators Association, Hassan Qasem, Chairman, Palestinian IT Association, Ghassan Anabtawi, CEO/General Manager, REACH/Paltel Group), representatives of Palestine Investment Fund (PIF), and others.

13] – 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 www.reverbnation.com/venue/soundsofhope. Contact Mary Shapiro, Sounds of Hope producer at soundsofhopebooking@gmail.com or 202-294-2906.

14] – The National Religious Campaign Against Torture [nrcatlist@nrcat.org] announced an event on Fri., Nov. 9 at 7:30 PM at Stony Run Friends Meeting, 5116 N. charles St., Harnessing America's Compassion to End Torture. TORTURE IS A MORAL ISSUE. The lecture and discussion will be with John Calvi, and he is sponsored by the Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Friends Meetings. The event is free, but donations are welcome.

John Calvi is a noted Quaker healer and Certified Massage Therapist with a gift for releasing physical and emotional pain following trauma work of gentle healing of victims of torture and trauma and compassionate witness and awareness of Quaker Initiative to End Torture (QUIT). For more information about QUIT, see http://www.quit-torture-now.org/.

On Sat., Nov. 10 from 8:30 AM to 4 PM, Calvi will present The Goodness Workshop with a fee of $40. The workshop will focus on finding the inner goodness in one’s core. A light breakfast at 8 AM and a vegetarian lunch will be provided. Call 443-703-2590, ext. 3. Go to www.tortureisamoralissue.org.

15] – 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 Nov. 9. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

16] – 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 Nov. 9. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

17] – 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 www.ccpeace.org. Email ccpeacemovement@aol.com.

18] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Nov. 9. 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 http://www.quaker.org/langleyhill/seekpeace.htm or email seekpeacevigil@yahoo.com.

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] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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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