Friday, July 5, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alerts - July 5-8, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert July 5 – July 11, 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] BUILD's 35 Years of Organizing -- through Aug. 31

6] Created Equal exhibit – through Aug. 31

7] Wildlife Rescue exhibit – through Sept. 2


9] Breakfast with the Animals – July 5-6

10] Human Rights on the Hill – July 5

11] D.C. Demonstration for the Gitmo Hunger Strikers – July 5

12] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – July 5

13] Silent peace vigil against torture – July 5

14] Film FREEDOM RIDERS – July 5

15] Help Win D.C. Statehood – July 5

16] Ballroom dancing – July 5

17] Olney Peace vigil – July 6

18] West Chester, PA demo – July 6

19] Silent vigil at Capitol – July 6

20] Silent Death Walk – July 6

21] Hear Beautiful Music – July 6

22] “State of the Ethical Culture Movement” – July 7

23] Peace and Pancakes – July 7

24] "Opening the Gates: Celebrating the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park 50 Years Later" – July 7

25] Pentagon Vigil – July 8

26] Support Bradley Manning – July 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] – The Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., hosts an exhibit Learning, Listening, Leading: BUILD's 35 Years of Organizing in Baltimore City, which documents the achievements of BUILD, featuring the leaders who made these changes possible, through Sat., Aug. 31. Call 410-396-5430. Go to

6] – Created Equal, an exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, is on display through Aug. 31 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Call 410- 396-5430 or go to

7] – Wildlife Rescue is a new Maryland Science Center's travelling exhibit. It allows for experiment and exploration of the science of how we can save Earth's ecosystems. Visitors to the exhibit will be introduced to the rescue efforts used by experts, have a chance to experiment with puppets and costumes, and learn survival. The exhibit at the Science Center, 601 Light St., will continue through September 2. Call 410-685-5225 or go to

8] – The ANNUAL PEACEMAKERS' RETREAT is happening from Mon., July 5 through July 7 with Elizabeth McAlister and Frida Berrigan (The Dynamic Duo of Peacemaking). Liz & Frida will dwell on the theme “Violence and Contemplation.” Using scripture, the texts of their lives and reflections on current events, the two will lead periods of study, discussion and contemplation, with the aim of inspiring deeper witness and closer community. The cost is $120, which includes lodging, meals & 750 acres of incredible Adirondack wilderness. Go to or call Linda LeTendre at 518-330-7683.

9] – Breakfast with the Penguins at Rock Island Fri., July 5 and Sat., July 6 from 8:30 to 10 AM at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1876 Mansion House Drive. A same day entry to the park is included with the ticket price. Children under two are free, but they still require a ticket. Call 410-366-7102. Visit

10] – At the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law, the 12th annual Human Rights on the Hill course organized by Peace Action board member and University of Hawai’i professor Joshua Cooper will end on Fri., July 5. All sessions are free and open to the public at the UDC Law School, 4200 Connecticut Ave., Building 52, WDC 20008. See The Van Ness/UDC Red Line Metro stop is the one to use.

11] – 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. On July 5, as the hunger strike continues, the vigil will Support Guantanamo Hunger Strikers--Close Guantanamo & End Indefinite Detention. The men detained at the U.S. prison in Guantánamo are engaged in a large-scale hunger strike, which began in early February. The vast majority of the 166 prisoners have been held for more than 11 years without any charge or fair trial, with no end to their detention in sight. Demand that President Obama use his authority to close Guantánamo! See Email

12] – 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

13] – There is a silent peace vigil on Fri., July 5 from 5 to 6 PM outside the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and St. Paul St. The vigil is sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, and was recently moved because of the construction on Charles St. War Is Not the Answer.

14] – On Fri., July 5, beginning at 5 PM, you are invited to the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064, for a 4th of July weekend picnic. The Peace Center will provide food and beverages. You are asked to bring salad, fruit, or dessert to share. RSVP at 610- 544-1818. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. In case of rain, picnic will be indoors. After the picnic, you are urged to remember what Freedom really means at 7 PM. See FREEDOM RIDERS, as part of the Peace Center of Delaware County First-Friday Large Screen Free Film Series, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Call 610-544-1818 or go to The acclaimed documentary (2011, not rated. 120 minutes) is written and directed by Stanley Nelson, based on Raymond Arsenault's book “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.” See trailer for FREEDOM RIDERS,

15] – Help Win D.C. Statehood – Volunteer for the D.C. Statehood Survey Campaign taking place at 6 PM through Sun., July 7 on the National Mall (get in touch for exact location). Become a volunteer in the Statehood Survey Campaign being organized by the Stand Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition, better known as “FREE DC.” You’ll ask visitors to DC about their views on Statehood and help dispel myths standing in the way of full citizenship for DC residents. To volunteer, contact Stand Up! at 202-232-2500 or

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 July 5. 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 July 6. 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] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., July 6. 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

20] – On Sat., July 6 from noon until 1 PM, there is a monthly anti-drone/anti-war protest (1st Saturday of the month)--Philadelphia Silent Death Walk. Gather at 12th & Market Sts., Center City Philadelphia. Wear BLACK, and signs and white masks are provided. RSVP Marge Van Cleef at 267-763-1644.

21] – Hear Beautiful Music and support A Great Cause To Help Palestinian Refugees on Sat. July 6 at 2 PM at Governor House Inn Falls Church Hotel, 6650 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA. You are cordially invited to join Gabriel Peace for an Afternoon of Fantastic Music, Interfaith Sharing and Delicious Refreshments and hear about Palestinian Artists Working for Peaceful Change! Go to

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 noon. On Sun., July 7 the platform address is “State of the Ethical Culture Movement,” which will be interpreted by Hugh Taft-Morales, Emil Volcheck and others. The American Ethical Union (AEU) hosts a national assembly each year for many reasons. It generates constructive dialogue between member societies and the staff and board of the AEU so we can agree on strategy and budget priorities for the coming year. It provides members with workshops to improve internal governance and public ethical action projects. And it offers all who attend opportunities to generate meaningful and personal inspiration to bring Ethical Humanism to the world. Those who attended this year’s conference in Fairfax, VA, will share insights into the state the Ethical Culture movement nationwide. Go to or Twitter: @bmorethical or Facebook: 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] – On Sun., July 7 at 1 PM, a commemoration "Opening the Gates: Celebrating the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park 50 Years Later" will remember this great integration movement. It will take place in Gwynn Oak Park. Call 410-566-1800.

25] – 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., July 8, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email or call 202-882-9649.

26] – Bradley Manning's trial will resume on Mon., July 8 with a motion for dismissal. There will be carpools from D.C. and Baltimore to Fort Meade during the defense phase. Each Monday, supporters will hold a vigil from 7 to 8:30 AM in front of the main gate at Fort Meade, Reece Road and US 175. Contact Carrie Hathorn, Bradley Manning Support Network, D.C. Organizer, at 202-714-8530 or Afterwards, consider going to the court martial (via the Visitor Control Center).

To get inside the court martial, drive to the Fort Meade Visitor Control Center at the Fort Meade Main Gate (all the other gates are for military ID holders only), Reece Road and U.S. 175. The multiple layers of security take time to navigate, and procedures often change from day to day. Each person will need a valid state or federal photo ID such as a driver’s license, state photo ID card, or passport. Foreign passports are accepted. Anyone driving on to Fort Meade will be required to submit their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and printed (not digital) proof of insurance. Your vehicle will be subject to search, and you may be required to cover over political bumper stickers on your vehicle. Consider walking on base if there are any questions at all regarding your vehicle and paperwork.

The proceedings will be held at the Magistrate Court, 4432 Llewellyn Ave, Fort Meade, MD 20755 (this is one mile from the Visitor Center). Electronic devices, including cell phones, computers, cameras, are not allowed in the courtroom, and should be left in your vehicle. There are no pre-registration requirements for the public to attend the proceedings. However, those wishing to attend as credentialed media should contact the US Army Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office at 202-685-4645.

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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