Friday, November 23, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Nov. 23 – Nov. 29, 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 & stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists
4] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLa
5] White House vigil – Nov. 23
6] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Nov. 23
7] WIB Roland Park vigil – Nov. 23
8] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Nov. 23
9] Boycott SodaStream – Nov. 23
10] Silent peace vigil – Nov. 23
11] Sounds of Hope – Nov. 23
12] Film "1912: Breaking the Silence" – Nov. 23
13] Ballroom dancing – Nov. 23
14] Olney peace vigil – Nov. 24
 15] West Chester, PA demo – Nov. 24
 16] Silent vigil at Capitol – Nov. 24
17] Lockheed-ville – Nov. 24
18] Faith for Faithless Times – Nov. 25
19] Bridges for Peace – Nov. 25
20] Peace vigil in Philly -- Nov. 25
21] Red Emma’s meeting – Nov. 25
22] Pentagon Vigil – Nov. 26
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] – 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:   

6] – 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.

7] – There is also a noon vigil on Nov. 23 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

8] – 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


9] – Take the Fizz Out of SodaStream on Fri., Nov. 23 from  2 to 4 PM at the Columbia Heights Metro Station on 14th St.-- just north of intersection with Irving St, in front of Columbia Heights Mall. Join the DC SodaStream Boycott Campaign to educate shoppers, to ask them to refuse to buy SodaStream products, and to 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 boycott campaign is spearheaded by Jewish Voice for Peace DC Metro Chapter, Go to

10] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., Nov. 23 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 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. 


12] – See a screening of "1912: Breaking the Silence" on Fri., Nov. 23 from 7 to 11 PM at Nowchild Soundstage, 409 East Preston St., Baltimore.  This documentary highlights the centennial of the 1912 uprising and massacre of the independent party of color in Cuba. It is produced by the renowned Afro-Cuban filmmaker, Gloria Rolando.  The African Awareness Association Inc., in conjunction with the Office of International Studies and Service-Learning of Norfolk State University, there is a tour of an Afro-Cuban Delegation of three distinguished voices in Cuba. "This Afro-Cuban delegation will be lead by the world renowned filmmaker GLORIA ROLANDO.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Call: 804- 549-7492 or email

13] – 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. 23. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.
14] – 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. 24. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 

15] –  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

16] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Nov. 24. 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

 17] – On Sat., Nov. 24 from noon until 5 PM, welcome to LOCKHEED-VILLE where the profits of war matter, and people don't.  The shanty-town encampment...Vigil for Justice will be at Lockheed Martin, 230 Mall Boulevard (corner of Mall & Goddard Blvds.), King of Prussia, PA.   Bring your tent. Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or at

18] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.  On Sun., Nov. 25 the topic will be “Faith for Faithless Times” by Richard Kiniry, leader emeritus, Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia.  Ethical Humanism claims each person plays a part in creating our human world. While Ethical Society members may have trouble living up to that belief, most human beings have never heard of the idea. Trying to live that principle could change our world and could assist humans as they learn to find their meaning in life through positive involvement in their relations with others and the natural world.  Call 410-581-2322.or email

19] – 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

20] Every Sunday, 4 to 5 PM, there is a Quaker Peace Vigil at Independence Mall, North side of Market between 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-421-5811.

21] – 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 Nov. 25. 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

22] – 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., Nov. 26, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Keep Space for Peace signs will be held at this vigil. Email or call 202-882-9649.

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

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