Friday, December 21, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Dec. 21 – Dec. 27, 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] White House vigil – Dec. 21

7] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Dec. 21

8] WIB Roland Park vigil – Dec. 21

9] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Dec. 21

10] Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day – Dec. 21

11] Silent peace vigil – Dec. 21

12] Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day – Dec. 21

13] Film "Joyeux Noel" – Dec. 22

14] Sounds of Hope finale – Dec. 21

15] Celestial Sounds of Peace – Dec. 21

16] Ballroom dancing – Dec. 21

17] Olney peace vigil – Dec. 22

18] West Chester, PA demo – Dec. 22

19] Christmas Peace Vigil – Dec. 22

20] Silent vigil at Capitol – Dec. 22

21] Pray for peace -- Dec. 22

22] BES National Security – Dec. 23

23] Peace and Pancakes – Dec. 23

24] Bridges for Peace – Dec. 23

25] Report back from Hiroshima/Nagasaki – Dec. 22

26] Peace vigil in Philly -- Dec. 23

27] Soul Kitchen – Dec. 23

28] Red Emma’s meeting – Dec. 23

29] Pentagon Vigil – Dec. 24


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] – 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:

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. Call 410-467-9114 or see or write

8] – There is also a noon vigil on Dec. 21 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St. Call 410-467-9114.

9] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel 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

10] – Homeless Persons' Memorial Day is happening on Fri., Dec. 21 from noon to 3 PM at 1313 New York Ave. NW, WDC 20005. Those who died homeless are remembered on the first day of winter each year in over 100 cities nationwide. The event has been attended by HUD (U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) Secretary Shaun Donovan as well as other federal and city officials (all of whom are invited this year as well). The vigil will be followed by a meal. Go to

11] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., Dec. 21 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.

12] – Homeless Persons' Memorial Day takes place on Fri., Dec. 21, he first day of winter and the longest night of the year. Remember the men and women who are known to have died in 2012 and who, in life, lacked a regular place to stay. The public is invited to a 5 PM memorial service at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Amphitheater, between the two pavilions near the corner of Pratt and Calvert Sts.

Join Health Care for the Homeless and recommit to the important task of ending homelessness. Email Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is recognized in communities across the country on the first day of winter. Go to – or the National Coalition for the Homeless –

13] – On Fri., Dec. 21 at 7 PM at Germantown Friends Meetinghouse, 47 West Coulter St. (between Greene St. and Germantown Ave.) in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, PA 19144, see the holiday classic about Christmas peace in a time of war... "Joyeux Noel" (Merry Christmas). This Oscar-nominated "Best Foreign Language Film" is based on the true story of the unauthorized Christmas truce in World War I that inspired the song "Christmas in the Trenches," by John McCutcheon. The story of an unlikely moment in which men at war, lonely for their homes and families, let the walls of enmity break down and the true spirit of Christmas tug at their hearts. Their lives would be changed forever. Come share their experience and take away inspiration that will touch your holiday celebrations.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. There will be refreshments before the film and an after-film discussion, which is sponsored by the Peace & Social Concerns Committee of Germantown Friends Meeting. Call Melissa Elliott at 215-843-4827. Go to

14] – On Fri., Dec. 21 at 7 PM, be at THE GRAND FINALE of Sounds of Hope at the Potter's House: This final show will be an open mic night of music, poetry and your stories remembering and celebrating this 10 year run....and the birth of things to come. How magical that it's on the winter solstice! The Grand Finale is free, though donations will be accepted with gratitude. As is the tradition, Timmy and Sabir will be serving dinner and desserts, and Stuart will have the bookstore open for those special gifts. Email or call 202-294-2906.

15] – On Fri., Dec. 21 at 7:30 PM, hear the Celestial Sounds of Peace during a celebration of the

2012 Winter Solstice with a symphony of Tibetan and quartz crystal singing bowls, accented by intuitive vocal toning, songs, and readings. The celebration at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St., will be facilitated by Sound Healers and Reiki Masters, Andrea Wenger and Patricia Norton. Call 410-685-1130 or go to Tickets go from $10 to $25.

16] – 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. 214. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

17] – 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. 22. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

18] – 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

19] – Get over to the Christmas Peace Vigil at Lockheed Martin on Sat., Dec. 22 at noon at 230 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA 19406. Stand for Christmas Peace in front of Lockheed Martin, at rear of the King of Prussia Mall. There will be bell-tolling, caroling, bantering and holding posters. Amidst the holiday consumer rush of buying and selling, stand between the area's largest mall and the world's largest war profiteer, in reminder of the real meaning of the season: Christmas Means Peace, Not War and Corporate Profits...Stop the Killing and Drone Strikes...Christmas Means Peace, not Poverty and Unmet Human Needs... Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or

20] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Dec. 15. 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

21] – Pray for Peace on Sat., Dec 22 at 7:30 PM at the Mission Helper Center, 1001 West Joppa Road, Towson. Contact The Rev. Charles Cloughen, Jr., Baltimore Interfaith Peace Partners, at 410-321-0199 or

22] – 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., Dec. 23, Emil Volcheck, president, Baltimore Ethical Society, will discuss “Ethics and National Security Strategy.” In 2010, the Obama Administration published its National Security Strategy. This document describes how the U.S. Government will employ means of national power to increase security and prosperity. Today’s platform address will explain a few things that humanists should know about the National Security Strategy. The strategy reflects philosophical approaches that include pragmatism, liberalism, and multilateralism. The strategy includes social and economic goals, most notably “freedom from want.” National security has been used in the past to justify improving social conditions. The Ethical Culture Movement can apply current national security strategy to support its vision for a more humane society and a better world. Call 410-581-2322 or email

23] – Join the Kadampa Meditation Center for Peace and Pancakes on Sundays at 10:30 AM at KMC Maryland, 2937 North Charles St. All are invited to participate in guided meditation and chant praying for world peace. There will be a talk based on Buddhist thought followed by brunch. Call 410- 243-3837. Brunch is $5.

24] – 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

25] – Catch the Report Back from Hiroshima & Nagasaki on Sun., Dec. 23 at 12:30 PM at All Souls Church, 16th & Harvard Sts. (Use Harvard St, Entrance). The 2012 Youth Delegate to the World Conference Against A & H Bombs, Anna Russell, will report to the community about her experiences visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki last August. In addition to hearing from Anna, the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee is inviting past Youth Delegates to share their own experiences. As part of the event, All Souls will be presented with 1,000 paper cranes in honor of its outstanding work for justice & peace.

26] – 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.

27] – SOUL KITCHEN ANNOUNCES NEW DINNER SCHEDULE. Gimmie Shelter Productions in conjunction with the Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212 is hosting a meal for the needy and homeless on Sun., Dec. 23. To help with the serving or cooking of the food, arrive at the church at 5 PM. If you are able to provide musical entertainment, call Alan Barysh at 443-239 5325. To arrange to make a tax-deductible or an in-kind donation, call Rev. Tom Harris, pastor, at 410-435-9188.

28] – 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 Dec. 23. 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

29] – 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., Dec. 24, 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

"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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