Friday, December 7, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert Dec. 7 – Dec. 13, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert Dec. 7 – Dec. 13, 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] For All the World to see exhibit – through Mar. 10
6] Nuclear Forces Treaty – Dec. 7
7] Cooperation in Space – Dec. 7
8] White House vigil – Dec. 7
9] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Dec. 7
10] WIB Roland Park vigil – Dec. 7
11] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Dec. 7
12] Rebuilding East Baltimore – Dec. 7
13] Save Northwestern – Dec. 7
14] Silent peace vigil – Dec. 7
15] SOA Watch party – Dec. 7
16] Guest artist, Tom Chalkley – Dec. 7
17] Film JOYEUX NOEL – Dec. 7
18] Sounds of Hope – Dec. 7
19] Afghan war vet to speak – Dec. 7
20] Ballroom dancing – Dec. 7
21] Advent Retreat – Dec. 8
22] Peoples Assembly outreach – Dec. 8 & 9
23] Protest CIA drones – Dec. 8
24] Food Future – Dec. 8
25] Olney peace vigil – Dec. 8
26] West Chester, PA demo – Dec. 8
27] Silent vigil at Capitol – Dec. 8
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] – For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights  
 explores the historic role played by visual images in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for civil rights in the United States. The exhibit includes photographs, television and film, magazines, newspapers, posters, books, and pamphlets. The exhibition will continue through Mar. 10.  You can see it Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 AM to 5 PM in the UMBC Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, 1000 Hilltop Circle,
6] – On Fri., Dec. 7 from 10 to 11:30 AM, former Amb. Avis Bohlen, former Amb. John Woodworth and Maj. Gen. William Burns (retired) will discuss "The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty: Looking Back and Lessons for the Future" at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. RSVP at

7] – On Fri., Dec. 7 from noon to 1:30 PM, Victoria Samson, Secure World Foundation, takes on "Strengthening International Security Through Global Science and Technology Cooperation in Space" at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Ave. NW, Second Floor. RSVP
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.  Call 410-467-9114 or see or write

10] – There is also a noon vigil on Dec. 7 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]As part of Human Rights Week at JHU’s School of Public Health - - and in commemoration of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which occurred on December 10, 1948, the Health and Human Rights Student Group is hosting Rebuilding East Baltimore on Fri., Dec. 7 from 12:15 to 1:15 PM, W3030.  Dr. Marisela Gomez, community activist with the Community Housing and Relocation Working Group and JHSPH alumnus, will talk about her work on local development in East Baltimore, the dynamics of race and class, and the power of organizing. Lunch will be served. Email

13]HANDS OFF NORTHWESTERN HIGH SCHOOL is a protest taking place on Fri., Dec. 7 at 3 PM at Northwestern High School, 6900 Park Heights Ave.  The school board has announced a series of school closings that will harm Baltimore city school children and threaten public education.  The alumni, students, and groups across the city including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, All Peoples Congress and others will be launching a campaign to defend education and specifically to save the only high school on the chopping block, Northwestern High School. Go to 

14] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., Dec. 7 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] – Attend the SOA Watch Office Warming and Holiday Bash on Fri., Dec.  7 at 6 PM at the SOA Watch's new office at 5525 Illinois Ave. NW. Join SOA Watch and a look ahead at upcoming in D.C. Enjoy light refreshments and snacks, music and a raffle.  The office is located between Kennedy St. and Longfellow St., where Illinois Ave. meets Georgia Ave. NW. The closest Metro stop is "Georgia Ave-Petworth" on the Green Line.  RSVP at 202-234-3440 or

16] – The Hamilton Gallery has anointed Tom Chalkley as its Guest Artist of the month. So he has put up a highly informal show of his illustrated maps -- samples from Baltimore and various spots around the U.S. -- magazine illustrations, tee-shirt designs, community promotions, tour maps and commercial items, as the Ultimate Cartoon Map of Baltimore.
The opening reception will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on Fri., Dec. 7 at the Hamilton Arts Community Gallery, 5502 Harford Road, Baltimore 21214. Tom and Bob Friedman -- The PATAPSCO DELTA BOYS -- will be on hand with a couple sets of folk blues, rags, jug band tunes, proto-C&W songs (like Jimmie Rodgers) and other scruffy guitar/harmonica/vocal songs from the rural blues tradition. Go to To see more of his many images, visit 
17] – On Fri., Dec. 2 at 7 PM, see "JOYEUX NOEL (Merry Christmas)," as part of the Peace Center of Delaware County First-Friday Large Screen Free Film Series, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA.  The doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments. Call 610-544-1818 or go to

The Oscar-nominated "Best Foreign Language Film" written and directed by Christian Carion tells the true story of the unauthorized Christmas truce during World War I that inspired the song "Christmas In The Trenches."   The film is a cinematic carol for peace! Watch the trailer here,   

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] – On Fri., Dec. 7 at 7:30 PM, join with the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Road  NW, WDC 20010, for its monthly clarification of thought process.  This month’s speaker will be Brock McIntosh, an Army National Guard veteran who enlisted in May, 2006 while in high school. He was the Distinguished Honor Graduate of his basic training/AIT cycle and continued his development as a soldier with an Afghanistan deployment from Nov., 2008 to Aug., 2009. Following his redeployment home, Brock reflected deeply on his experiences which led him to become a strong advocate and leader for nonviolent solutions to conflict- frequently speaking on the topic across the country. He is co-founder of Afghanistan Veterans Against the War and chairs the Oversight Committee of Iraq Veterans Against the War.  Desserts and coffee will be served at 9 PM.   Call 202-882-9649.   Visit

20] – 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 Dec. 7. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

21] – On Sat., Dec. 8 from 9 AM to 3 PM, the P. Francis Murphy Initiative for Peace and Justice invites you to its annual Advent Retreat – The Challenge and Hope of Advent.  Speakers will include Martha Hennessy, activist and granddaughter of Dorothy Day; Molly Corbett, founder of Alysee Women Enterprise and Elizabeth McAlister, co-founder of Jonah House. The cost is $30, which includes lunch, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  It will be held at St. Mary’s Spiritual Center, 600 North Paca St., Baltimore.  Register at

22] – The Baltimore Peoples Assembly organizing committee needs volunteers to help with going door-to-door with fliers in 5 different communities this on Sat., Dec. 8 and helping to put up posters on Sun., Dec. 9.  You will be paired up with experienced team members.  Get out from under the computer and Facebook and speak with people face to face. There is other important work to do such as phone banking.  Meet at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218 at 10 AM on Dec. 8. and on Dec. 9.  Outreach will be at 11 AM and 3 PM.  RSVP to or 410-218-4835.

23] – On Sat., Dec.  8 at 10 AM, join in a Drone Protest at the CIA, 800 block of Dolly Madison Highway (Rte. 123).  Contact Jack McHale ( 

24] – The D.C. Food Future: Planting the Seeds of Justice is happening on Sat., Dec. 8 from 10 AM to  5 PM at Soul 57, 1326 Florida Ave. NE.  The event promotes healthy, affordable food for al and features snacks, theater, storytelling, an open mic, raffles, a community marketplace, and more. Register at or 202- 596-5618.

25] – 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 Dec. 8. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 

26] –  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

27] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Dec. 8. 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
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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