Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert July 15, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert July 15, 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  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]

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  
4] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLa
5] Two friends are looking to buy a house in Baltimore
6] Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition – through Aug. 16
7] "Generation Prague Conference" – July 15 - 17
8] Challenge AFT leadership – July 15
9] The Knesset – July 15
10] Deforestation in Peru – July 15
11] Happy hour at Red Emma’s – July 15
12] Solidarity with the Greeks – July 15
13] Black Lives Matter & South Asians – July 15
14] Play about the Occupation – July 15
15] "Taking Action in Your State for Clean Power Plan Success” – July 15
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max 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 CafĂ© 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 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

5] – Two friends are looking to buy a house in Baltimore.  Let Max know if you have any leads—410-366-1637 or

6] – Come to American University, Katzen Arts Center, Third Floor, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016-8031to see the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition. Go to

See the Maruki Panel exhibit. Six of the world-famous panels will be exhibited outside Japan for the first time in many years. There will also be a display of artifacts from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as 24 of the All Souls Church Honkawa School Children's drawings.  See the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition through Aug. 16. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the attacks, this powerful show will include 20 artifacts collected from the debris of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as 6 large folding screens that depict the horrors of the event. The 1995 Nobel Peace Prize nominees, Iri and Toshi Maruki, created a total of 15 screens over 32 years from 1950. This exhibition, made possible by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, is meant to deepen understanding of the damage wrought by nuclear weapons and inspire peace in the 21st century. Call 202-885-1000.  Email Admission is free, and the exhibit hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 AM to 4 PM.

7] – Starting Wed., July 15 through Thurs., July 16, the State Department is hosting "Generation Prague Conference" at its East Auditorium, 21st St. NW, between C St. & Virginia Ave., WDC. The conference will close on Fri., July 17 at George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW, WDC. RSVP at < href="" title="State Department RVP">online.
8] –  Come to the D.C. Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW, WDC on Wed., July 15 from 10 AM to 2 PM to challenge the American Federation of Teachers leadership for endorsing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for the presidency. This endorsement came unusually early in the primary process but what it most alarming is the fact that the AFT president Randi Weingarten also sits on the board of Priorities USA Action, a Super PAC supporting Secretary Clinton. The members of the union say they were not surveyed by telephone as AFT claims and secondary polling the union released after this criticism surfaced only measures name recognition this early on in the primary process. The other Democratic candidates, strong union supporters, are not well known nationally at this point six months before the first primary and months before the Democratic debates. To add insult to injury, the AFT publicized this endorsement just two days before their national conference in D.C. Send a clear message to national trade associations that union members must have input in decisions to support candidates.    RSVP

9] – Come to the Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC on Wed., July 15 from 12:30 to 2 PM for a discussion about the 2015 Israeli general elections for the Knesset.  To understand the political situation in the last decade in Israel, Dr. As’ad Ghanem will discuss the dominant political/party bloc system as one centering on the Likud party with orbiting parties. Visit

 10] – Amazon Watch and Amazon Conservation Association invite you to a "Green-Bag Lunch" presentation: Near real-time deforestation monitoring in the Peruvian Amazon with Matt Finer, Amazon Conservation Association, on Wed., July 15 from 12:30 to 2 PM at Amazon Watch / CIEL conference room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100, (South Dupont, above Panera / Cosi), WDC.  Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) recently launched a new website, known as MAAP, dedicated to publishing near real-time deforestation information about the Andean Amazon. Thus far, MAAP has published a series of stories detailing recent deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon from drivers such as gold mining, oil palm, cacao, illegal logging, and coca. ACA Research Specialist Matt Finer will discuss the site, including its vision, methodology, and key findings to date

 11] – On Wed., July 15 at 5 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, there will be a Red Emma's monthly social justice happy hour. Enjoy tasty drink specials, snacks, and featured foods! This month the store is partnering with Black Transmen Inc., Hearts and Ears, and Free State Legal. Baltimore is celebrating Pride in July this year, and while much of mainstream LGBT narrative will be focused on issues of consumption, honor those working directly in communities with the folks most historically disenfranchised. Come on out to help celebrate the amazing work these organizations have been doing over dinner or a drink! Call 443-602-7585.  Go to 
12] –There is an Emergency Protest in Solidarity in Baltimore with the Greek People – Say No to the Bankers.  On the national day of Solidarity, Wed., July 15, gather from 5 to 6 P.M. @ McKeldin Square, Light & Pratt Streets.  The event is initiated by the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly.  Go to  On July 5th, the Greek people voted in a national referendum on whether to accept harsh austerity terms from the Troika, the three institutions ruling Greece's debt: The European Commission, The European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. The Greeks voted NO, in a landslide 61%, and rejected the Troika's harsh anti-people measures. 

But the Euro group is not a democratic institution. Since the referendum, the Bankers' terms have only become harsher. Now the ruling party, SYRIZA, has capitulated under the intense pressure of the entire international financial oligarchy and is offering the Troika even harsher austerity conditions than what was rejected in the referendum. The Greek working class is mobilizing for protests to show their government and the bankers of Europe that, when it comes to austerity "NO MEANS NO!” regardless of who puts it forward. 

Baltimore MUST stand with the Greek people! The harsh pension and wage cuts, increases in retirement age, increases in healthcare costs, and privatization of vital public enterprises being implemented in Greece are already familiar things to the working class here in the United States. Baltimore has faced similar issues for years, and we know the pain first hand. We also know that if the Oligarchs are successful in beating back this challenge to their power in Greece, then they will only be more emboldened to continue the same inhuman methods around the world. This is a battle for the rights of all working people against the billionaires who want to rob us of a decent living! Stand with Greece! Baltimore is Athens! OXI TO THE END!  

13] – Come to Suite 610, 1776 I St. NW, WDC on Wed., July 15 from 7 to 9 PM and reflect on Charleston, South Carolina. McKinney, Texas. Baltimore, Maryland. Tragic events that highlight our nation’s complicated racial dynamics have dominated headlines and public consciousness. The Black Lives Matter movement has reached a critical moment --one that has forced many of us to ask deeply personal questions about our own complicity and inaction.
For members of the South Asian community, it can be challenging to understand one's place in a narrative that is so often seen as a black-white (hi)story. A group will sit down to discuss these dynamics and unpack how South Asian Americans fit into and are complicit in this picture.  Snacks start at 6:45 PM.  See

14] – See “It’s What We Do: A Play About the Occupation.” The performances continue on Wed., July 15 at 6:15 PM. Join Jewish Voice for Peace - DC Metro Chapter. 

The play is based on the testimonies of Israeli soldiers’ collected by the Israeli group, Breaking the Silence. These soldiers have dared to speak out against the Occupation policies they enforce and what they have to say is POWERFUL!

You can order tickets at  Award-winning independent filmmaker and theater director (recipient of 3 Fulbright grants), and JVP-DC Metro Steering Committee member, Pam Nice, is the playwright, producer and director of “It’s What We Do.” The performances will be at the Atlas Theatre Lab II, 1333 H St. NE, WDC 20002. Go to

Help us distribute "It's What We Do" postcards at the many Fringe Festival performances throughout July to encourage festival audiences to attend this play -- contact Linda at Visit

15] – Register for the upcoming Physicians for Social Responsibility Climate Health Action Team (CHAT) webinar: "Taking Action in Your State for Clean Power Plan Success,” scheduled for Wed., July 15 from 8 to 9 PM EDT. The final rule for the Clean Power Plan is expected to be announced by the EPA in August. The crucial work of ensuring that energy efficiency and renewable energy are at the core of your state’s implementation plans will go into high gear. The webinar will explore how the health voice can have maximum impact as states craft their clean power plans. Register at

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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