Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert January 20 – 22, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert January 20 – 22, 2015

"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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com. 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] verizon.net.

1] Books, buttons & stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists
4] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLa
5] Stop the Drone War Command Center – Jan. 20
6] Negotiate with Iran – Jan. 20
7] Race & Ethnicity – Jan. 20
8] No JHU Drone Research -- Jan. 20
9] Experimental short films – Jan. 20
10] Bingo Party – Jan. 20
11] Protest Chamber of Commerce-- Jan.21
12] Call for Police Accountability – Jan. 21
13] Lobby Rep. Sarbanes – Jan.21
14] Zionism Unsettled – Jan. 21
15] March for Life – Jan. 21
16] Consistent Life meeting – Jan. 21
17] ART FROM WAR – Jan. 22
18] Summit on Children Seeking Refuge – Jan. 22
19] Peace Center training – Jan. 22
20] Pray for Peace - Jan. 22
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 http://thomas.loc.gov/. Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

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 mobuszewski at Verizon dot net. 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 mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

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 http://friendsoflatinamerica.typepad.com/hocofola/2010/02/hocofola-cafe-quetzal-order-form-2010.html. 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 Francine Sheppard at 5639B, Harpers Farm Rd., Columbia 21044. The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up. Contact Francine at 410-992-7679 or FrancineMSW@aol.com.

5] -- On Tues., Jan. 20 from 10 AM to 1PM, come to Harrisburg, PA. Join the Stop the Drone War Command Center demonstration, which will include a drone replica display, at the inauguration of Tom Wolfe as the next governor (and head of PA Guard/Air National Guard) at the State Capitol on the east side. There have yet to be hearings by state, county, or township authorities for citizens on the drone war command center being established by the U.S. Air Force at the Horsham, PA Air Guard Station. The governor and state assembly need to take responsibility and initiate state hearings on the PA drone war command center which is slated to become fully operational in the coming months enabling computer piloted killing missions from Pennsylvania against people thousands of miles away. Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or www.brandywinepeace.com/events.

6] – CODEPINK will have a presence at the Senate Bank Committee Hearing on Iran Sanctions from 10 AM to noon on Tues., Jan. 20 in 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building, WDC. The Senate Banking Committee is holding a hearing on the "Perspectives on the Strategic Necessity of Iran Sanctions." Be there with the message that sanctions are counterproductive and will only harm the nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Then do lobbying on the Hill for Diplomacy, not Sanctions, with Iran from noon to 4 PM on Tues., Jan. 20 in the Dirksen, Hart and Russell Senate Office Buildings. Call Alli at (860) 575-5692 to find out where to meet!

7] -- SIS Community Dialogue: How to Create Greater Understanding Across Race and Ethnicity is happening on Tues., Jan. 20 from 1 to 3 PM in the Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service, American University, New Mexico and Nebraska Aves., WDC 20016. RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eabmkp5lca14cab3&oseq=&c=&ch=.

8] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Jan. 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

9] – At Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Jan. 20 from 7 to 9:30 PM, BloomBars and DC Moving Pictures will present a collection of experimental documentary short films created in response to recent incidents of police brutality and protest in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY.
The suggested donation is $10, and the proceeds support BloomBars. Have some free organic popcorn. BloomScreen Indie Film Night is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts and other guests. Email info@bloombars.com.

10] – CODEPINK will have a State of the Union BINGO Party at 8:30 PM on Tues., Jan. 20 at Busboys and Poets Restaurant, NEW Brookland location, 625 Monroe St. NE, WDC. Presidential bingo will be played during the State of the Union address. President Obama says it, you mark it! Win PINK prizes, hang out with local activists, and check out the brand new Brookland location of Busboys and Poets! RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/711913708907534/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited!

11] – On Wed., Jan. 21 from noon to 1 PM, join more than 30 allied organizations with hundreds of activists and remind the Chamber of Commerce, Lafayette Square NW, WDC (intersection of H and 15th Sts. NW), who owns the People’s Democracy. Election after election, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is one of the biggest spenders. In 2014, the Chamber spent $31 million on the midterm elections to ensure its favorite candidates got into office, assisting in making 2014 the most expensive midterm in history. While activists continue making progress toward a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, it is important to remain vigilant about other forces that are corrupting the elections for the sake of corporate profits. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1602688796620978.

12] – Call for Police Accountability outside of the National Mayors' Winter Meeting at 5:30 PM on Wed., Jan. 21 at the Capitol Hilton, 1001 16th St. NW. Be outside with messaging to push for police accountability, and engage with some of the mayors to see if they'll get on board with community resolutions to demilitarize the police. RSVP at http://www.codepink.org/.

13] – As part of the national "Educate Congress" Campaign Letter Drops, on Wed., Jan. 21 at 4:30 PM, the Pledge of Resistance will go to Rep. John Sarbanes’ office, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Towson, MD 21204, to deliver a letter. The letter urges him to oppose Citizens United’s unlimited spending on elections, “Fast Track,” and new sanctions on Iraq. The letter urges Rep. Sarbanes to help extend full constitutional rights to women and to the residents of D.C. by cosponsoring and supporting a resolution to remove the time limit from the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA); and by cosponsoring and supporting the New Columbia Admissions Act (HR 317), legislation to facilitate the creation of the state of New Columbia, including representation in the House of Representatives and two senators. Let Max know if you can sign on to the letter and go to Sarbanes’ office--410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net. Are you a constituent?

14] – Sign up for a six-week course on "Zionism Unsettled" in the Servant Leadership School at the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW, WDC 20009, beginning on Wed., Jan. 21, and continuing every Wednesday for six weeks from 7 to 9 PM. Register at www.festivalcenter.org. Call 202.328.0072. The cost is $50 for first time students, $100 for continuing and returning students.

15] – On Thurs., Jan. 22 from 11 to 11:50 AM, be at The THIRD ANNUAL #LifeMattersMeetup and March group (formerly known as the "For Peace & ALL Life" event) is bringing a consistent voice of support for life, human rights and dignity to the March for Life 2015. It is meeting on the Mall side of the Smithsonian "Castle" at 1000 Jefferson Dr. SW. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1602688796620978. Last year's co-sponsor organizations included Democrats for Life of America (DFLA), Secular Pro-Life, Consistent Life, Life Matters Journal, Pro-Life Humanists, New Wave Feminists, PLAGAL - The Prolife Alliance of Gays and Lesbians, Feminists for Nonviolent Choices, and I Stand for Life, and attendees included friends and allies from many student organizations.

16] – On Thurs., Jan. 22 from 2:30 to 6 PM, Consistent Life will sponsor a post-March for Life gathering for informal discussion of the consistent life ethic. The gathering will be in the Conference Room of William Penn House, 515 E. Capitol St. SE, WDC. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1517060541880578/.

17] -- On Thurs., Jan. 22 at 4 PM, Tara Tappert will give a lecture at the Library of Congress, LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, as the culmination of her year as the Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality. Go to http://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/news/.
The lecture is entitled ART FROM WAR: Documenting Devastation / Realizing Restoration.

Veterans from the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have found the arts as an outlet for making sense of their war experiences. Military hospitals also use the arts as a therapeutic treatment for those wounded in combat. Tappert will discuss how the two distinctly different artistic approaches to the experiences of war trauma–documentation and restoration–can be traced to the devastations of the First World War. During and after WWI, veterans throughout the world made artwork that conveyed their war experiences, while hospitals, social agencies, and individuals used the arts to help the crippled and disabled find ways to face the future–through mask making, plastic surgery, and occupational therapy.

18] -- On Thurs., Jan. 22 from 4 to 7 PM, there will be a Summit on Children Seeking Refuge - A Washington, D.C. Regional Response to Support and Protect Children Fleeing Violence in Central America. It is happening at University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, Moot Court Room 518, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008 (corner of Yuma St. and Connecticut Ave. NW). Use the Van Ness-UDC Metro on the Red Line.

This event will bring together advocates and service providers from nonprofit, government, academia, and elected officials to discuss different dimensions of this important issue, as the "border children," who made the news last summer, are now in our communities and need our support. Catch the panel discussion about the root causes of the Central American children's migration and relevant current policy context. The second part of the event will consist of a small group facilitated discussion to address different service areas to this population and to inform next steps and future advocacy.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://goo.gl/K6bYHT. CHILD CARE and LIGHT DINNER WILL BE PROVIDED. Call Ana Negoescu at CARECEN at 202-328-9799 or anegoescu@carecendc.org.

19] – On Thurs., Jan. 22 at 7 PM, volunteer with the Washington Peace Center, 1525 Newton St., WDC, and help with grassroots organizing in the nation’s capital. Interested in attending events and protests? Like to use social media? Interested in learning the nuts and bolts of what goes into organizing and activism? Then join a fun volunteer orientation on the peace center, and how you can improve the grassroots organizing work in D.C. RSVP to Darakshan@washingtonpeacecenter.org for the volunteer orientation.

20] – Pray for Peace on Thurs., Jan. 22 at 7:30 PM at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St., (at Northern Parkway, enter by glass doors on side parking lot). Contact Charles Cloughen, Jr., Interfaith Peace Partners coordinator, at ccloughen@episcopalmaryland.org or 410-321-4545.

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] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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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