Monday, August 5, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert Aug. 5 – Aug. 8, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert Aug. 5 – Aug. 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] Tune into the Maryland Progressive Blog at 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 8] Bradley Manning court martial continues – Aug. 5 9] Volunteer with Heather Mizeur – Aug. 5 10] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Aug. 5 – Aug. 9 11] Hiroshima commemoration – Aug. 5 12] Are We Eating Fishy Food? – Aug. 5 13] Faith and Resistance Retreat – Aug. 5, 6 & 9 14] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – Aug. 5 15] Protest Lockheed Martin – Aug. 6 16] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Aug, 6 17] Annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemorations – Aug. 6 & 8 18] Civil Rights meeting – Aug. 6 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] – Be at Fort Meade on Mon., Aug. 5 as the sentencing phase will continue. Vigil from 7:30 to 8:30 AM, and court will begin at 10 AM. Prosecution witnesses are expected through August 9. Defense arguments are expected to go from August 12 through 16, followed by a rebuttal from the government. A final ruling on sentencing is expected by Judge Lind near the end of August. 9] – Can you volunteer on Mon., Aug. 5 from 10 AM to 1 PM? Heather Mizeur and a team of volunteers will be helping repaint Waverly Elementary School., 3400 Ellerslie Ave., Baltimore 21218. Contact Jeremy P. Crandall, political director, Heather Mizeur for Governor, at 202- 316-1202 or 10] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 AM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at 11] – The August 5 Hiroshima commemoration ceremony will begin at 6:30 PM and take place at the Japanese American Memorial located at Louisiana Ave. and D St. NW, WDC. In addition to hearing from Setsuko Thurlow, there will be an update and analysis from Beyond Nuclear about the escalating environmental crisis at Fukushima. For the past 32 years, the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area has been organizing for the abolition of nuclear weapons and power, and in support of nuclear victims. To avoid repeating the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, keep alive the memory of the bombings. Setsuko was 13 years old when she was close to the hypocenter of the atomic blast that devastated Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. She remembers vividly the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and the hardships she and many survivors endured physically and mentally. She has been appointed by the Government of Japan as Special Communicator for a World Without Nuclear Weapons. Contact John Steinbach at 703-822-3485 or . 12] – Are We Eating Fishy Food? Tour Kickoff on Mon., Aug, 5 at 6:30 PM at the U.S. Capitol, Capitol Hill. Join this group as it departs for a cross-country tour to label GMO foods. Meet on 3rd Street between Madison and Jefferson. Sixty-four countries around the world require labeling of GMOs, but in the USA and Canada these items are commonly found in the grocery store without a label. Are we eating fishy food? Go to 13] – Participate on a Faith and Resistance Retreat-- Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial starting on Mon., Aug. 5 at 7 PM at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House, 503 Rock Creek Road NW, WDC 20010. Meet for a theme reflection, action preparation, video of the aftermath of the atomic bombings and prayer. Pick-up food will be offered. Call 202-882-9648 or email Witness at the Pentagon, 1400 Pentagon Pedestrian Tunnel, in Memory of Atomic Bombings on Tues., Aug. 6. After the nonviolent witness on the anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and the feast of the Transfiguration), go to Udvar Hazy Museum where the Enola Gay is displayed. A Hiroshima survivor will be there to share her memories. Times will be decided at the August 5 gathering. On Fri., Aug. 9 (anniversary of the U.S nuclear bombing of Nagasaki) at 10 AM meet at Dorothy Day House to plan to witness at noon at the White House. “Confident and unafraid, we must labor on ~ not toward a strategy of annihilation but towards a strategy of peace.” John F. Kennedy ~ June 10, 1963. Sixty eight years ago the American government did the “unspeakable” and dropped atom bombs on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Join in to remember the pain, repent the sin and reclaim the future in a Faith and Resistance Retreat. Contact Jonah House at 410-233-6238 or 14] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. There will be a meeting on Mon., Aug. 5. The proposed agenda will include supporting Bradley Manning, Ed Snowden and Julian Assange, GMO legislation and Hiroshima-Nagasaki activities. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions. 15] – Remember Hiroshima! From Nuclear Weapons to Drone Warfare, protest Lockheed Martin, the world's #1 war profiteer on Tues., Aug. 6 at noon at 230 Mall Boulevard (off the corner of Mall & Goddard Blvds), King of Prussia, PA (behind the King of Prussia Mall). There will be nonviolent resistance/civil disobedience for those willing to face arrest. All those interested in participating in the civil resistance, call the Brandywine Peace Community and plan to be on-site at 11 AM for a meeting. Rain or shine so bring an umbrella, sun block and water bottle. Contact Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or events/ 16] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th Street & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine. The next vigil is July 30. Call 215-426-0364. 17] – For the 29th year, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee will remember the atomic bombings of Japan on August 6 & 9, 1945, which killed more than 200,000 people. Other organizations involved in the commemorations are Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Crabshell Alliance and Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore. The HIROSHIMA COMMEMORATION is on Tues., Aug. 6, and starts at 33rd & N. Charles Sts. at 5 PM. Demonstrate against Johns Hopkins University’s weapons contracts, including research on killer drones, commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and remember the nuclear energy disaster at Fukushima, Japan. At 6 PM, there will be a potluck dinner at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles Street. At 7 PM, a Hibakusha guest, Setsuko Thurlow, will speak about the atomic bombing. At 7:30 PM, there will be a performance of an anti-killer drone strike play – THE PREDATOR by Jack Gilory. The NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION is on Thurs., Aug. 8 at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St. At 7 PM, remember Nagasaki with the DVD showing of THE MAN WHO SA VED THE WORLD, followed by a discussion led by Dr. Art Milholland. At 8:30 PM, join a discussion of the nuclear energy disaster at Fukushima. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at 18] – The Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition [] usually meets the first Tuesday of the month. The next meeting takes place on Tues., Aug. 6 from 7 to 9 PM to Electric Maid Community Exchange, 268 Carroll St. NW, DC/MD border one block from Takoma Metro. 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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