Friday, January 25, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 25 – Jan. 31, 2013

"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] Play, THE MOUNTAINTOP – through Feb. 24

6] For All the World to see exhibit – through Mar. 10

7] Thousand Little Brothers exhibit – through Mar. 23

8] Consistent Life Rally – Jan. 25

9] White House vigil – Jan. 25

10] WIB Roland Park vigil – Jan. 25

11] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Jan. 25

12] Play ZORA – Jan. 25

13] Silent peace vigil – Jan. 25

14] Ballroom dancing – Jan. 25

15] Polar Bear Plunge – Jan. 26

16] Gun Control March – Jan. 26

17] Olney peace vigil – Jan. 26

18] West Chester, PA demo – Jan. 26

19] Housing For All Rally – Jan. 26

20] Silent vigil at Capitol – Jan. 26

21] Art of Meditation – Jan. 26

22] Full Moon Celebration – Jan. 26

23] Fortissima Concert – Jan. 26

24] The Evens Concert – Jan. 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] – See the play, THE MOUNTAINTOP, directed by CENTER STAGE Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah. It features Dr. Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Hotel, on the day before his assassination, when he gains a new perspective from a conversation with a maid. Center Stage is located at 700 N. Calvert St. Ticket prices range from $10 to $56. Call 410-332-0033. The play will be performed through February 24. These are the dates it will be performed in January: January 25, 8 PM, January 26, 2 PM & 8 PM, January 27, 2 and 7:30 PM, January 29-30, 8 PM and January 31, 7 PM.

6] – 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.

7] – Thousand Little Brothers is a multimedia exhibition by Hasan Elahi, a former subject of a post 9/11 FBI investigation. Comprised of over 50,000 images, including some of his financial data, communication records, and transportation logs, Elahi's exhibit comments on current investigatory techniques. The opening reception is on Thurs., Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 PM. The exhibit will continue through March 23, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 AM to 5 PM at the Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, suite 100. Call 410- 962-8565 or visit

8] – On Fri., Jan. 25 from 11:30 AM to noon, Consistent Life will gather with several other groups in the For Peace & ALL Life meetup/march group on the National Mall, Mall side of the Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Drive SW, near the Mall exit of the Smithsonian Metro stop. Look for signs and banners with messages connecting different life issues. From noon until 1:30 PM, there will be a March for Life Rally on the National Mall. From 2:30 to 5 PM, attend an open house at the D.C. Southeast Public Library conference room, 403 7th St. SE, WDC, about a block south of Pennsylvania Avenue. From here, it is about a 15 minute walk from the Supreme Court, where the March for Life ends.

9] – 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:

10] – There is also a noon Women in Black vigil on Jan. 25 at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St. Call 410-467-9114.

11] – 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

12] – On Fri., Jan. 25 at 4 PM, the Theatre ATL/International presents "ZORA" by Lawrence Holder with Dr. Yvonne Sing as Zora Neale Hurston. It will be held on in the ICC Auditorium, Georgetown Univ., and is sponsored by IDEAA. RSVP at 202-687-4798 or

13] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., Jan. 25 from 5 to 6 PM outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St. Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings.

14] – 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 Jan. 25. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

15] – On Sat., Jan.26 at 10 AM, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network invites you take part in their annual Polar Bear plunge at the Beach at National Harbor, MD to raise money for climate justice and renewable energy. If you would like to participate, go to, Consider pledging to one of the plungers. Father Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, who does great work for peace and justice in the local area and around the world, will be taking the plunge again this year. If you would like to support Jacek, please go to

16] – On Sat., Jan. 26 at 10 AM at the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool east of Third Street, NW, across from the National Museum of the American Indian, March on Washington for Gun Control At 11 AM., walk in silence along Constitution Ave. to the Washington Monument carrying hundreds of white signs, each bearing the name of a gun-violence victim. Newtown families, the District of Columbia’s Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray, and Councilmembers David Grosso, Kenyan McDuffie and Tommy Wells will lead the March carrying a banner that reads “When we stand together, we stand a chance.”

Speakers will include Congresswoman Norton, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Senior Pastor Dean Snyder of Foundry United Methodist Church, Washington, D.C., Virginia Tech massacre survivor Colin Goddard, Shannon Watts, founder of One Million Moms for Gun Control, and Hollywood actress Kathleen Turner, who has starred in movies such as Romancing the Stone (1984) and Body Heat (1981). The program features musical performances by Broadway and Washington actors. Go to

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 Jan. 26. 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] – Housing For All, A Vision for DC Rally, is happening on Sat., Jan. 26 from noon to 2 PM at 901 G St. NW. The Housing For All Campaign believes that D.C. can be a place where all residents live in housing that they can afford. As the District completes its comprehensive housing strategy, there is a call for District leaders to adopt a strategy that brings D.C. closer to that vision. Lunch will be served, and Spanish interpretation will be provided. Children are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Falcon at or call 202-745-0902 x205.

20] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Jan. 26. 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] – Cultivating The Art of Meditation is on Sat., Jan. 26 from 5 to 6:30 PM at 6224 Third St. NW. Meditation is a means to reprogram your thoughts, manage your emotions, and change your behavior. Learn the principles and techniques of meditation and its application for success in life. Call 202-723-5566.

22] – The Universal Love Movement (ULM) is hosting a FULL MOON CELEBRATION on Sat., Jan. 26 at 6:30 PM at Westminster Church, 400 I St. SW, WDC (Lower Level). The Metro is one block away. There is free parking at the church. This is an evening HONORING THE DIVINE FEMININE and Honoring Humanitarian Contributions of Elder Women. Enjoy Group Meditation, Chi Gong, Vegan Potluck, and Universal Love. Bring a dish or snack! There is a suggested $10 Donation. Contact Manifest Ra @ 202-746.4537 or

23] – Fortissima, D.C.'s Feminist Singers are doing its Winter Concert on Sat., Jan. 26 at 7 PM at 7750 16th St. NW. In its 34th year, the group is delighted to bring a collection of a cappella and accompanied music. Their songs center on women's lives and experiences, while crossing many musical genres. Through their music, the singers advocate for the equality and liberation of all people, while keeping a sense of humor. Tickets are $20 at the door, but no one is turned away. Go to

24] – On Sat., Jan. 26 at 7 PM @ 2640, 27th & St. Paul Sts., hear The Evens in concert. The duo Ian Mackaye & Amy Farina just released a new album. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at Red Emma’s, 800 St. Paul St. Call 410- 230-0450 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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