Sunday, July 19, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert July 19 - 20, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert July 19 - 20, 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] Food is important to life – July 19
8] Peace in the Holy Land – July 19
9] Hiroshima-Nagasaki meeting – July 19
10] Celebrate resistance – July 19
11] Film ORANGE BRIGHT– July 19
12] Pentagon Vigil – July 20
13] WPFW needs volunteers – July 20 - 26
14] Protest Filipino human rights abuses – July 20
15] Marc Steiner on WEAA – July 20 – July 24
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 mobuszewski at  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] – Janice and Max 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] – 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 AM to noon. On July 19 the platform address is “The Surprising Power of Food to Prevent and Reverse Disease: What You’re Dietician Didn’t Tell You.”  Has the healthcare industry missed the target?  With exploding rates of chronic disease, healthcare spending is growing unsustainably.  New evidence, including the famed “China Study,” reveal that another future is possible for the planet and for individuals.  Joe Adams M.D., amateur chef and lifestyle change expert, will present the scientific evidence that could change your life in joyous and delicious ways. Call 410-581-2322 or email

8] – Come to the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda on Sun., July 19 from 3 to 5 PM to hear about new attempts at peace in the Holy Land.  If you are tired of the old story of failed peace attempts and stalled negotiations in the Middle East, come listen to fresh voices that insist on being heard. This event will feature the entire 2015 New Story Leadership Team.  See

9] –  The next meeting of the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area will be held Sun., July 19 at 4 PM at Shizumi's home located at 9612 Wire Ave., Silver Spring 20901. The agenda will focus on the August activities: an update on the Japanese delegation; the schedule of activities for August 5 – 9; the International Peace Concert on August 7; and volunteer organizing schedule.  For example, drivers will be needed.  Call John at 703-822-3485.

10] – On Sun., July 19 at 6 PM at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW, WDC, people from the D.C. area will get together to eat dinner, celebrate resistance, and talk about activism in DC. Food and drinks will be provided. It will be a good time to meet other resisters in the area and celebrate the work that we've been doing!

Also discussed will be forming a new D.C. action council/community that will work together in D.C. to challenge power on a range of issues, how everyone can get plugged into organizing in D.C., the campaigns that most interest us, and how to most effectively coordinate to build a grassroots movement for peace, planet, and people!

11] – On Sun., July 19 from 7 to 9 PM, Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Sts., 2021 14th St. NW, WDC, welcomes filmmaker Riley S. Wilson to the Langston Room as he presents his Indie short film “Orange Bright.” This is a short film based on the 2011 novella 'my ID' written by Riley S. Wilson. The book tells the story of a young man struggling to satisfy his obsession with flying. When he is young, he experiences flight. But as he grows older, through a working-class mother and a series of life experiences, he finds it hard to fulfill his dreams. So he goes on a quest to compensate for life's shortcomings.

The content of the film seeks to disempower the media narrative that Black men are like monolithic dangerous men, without feeling, desire and anomalous minds. Orange Bright beckons for a deeper look at the psyche of a young Black man and how he copes with a world he doesn't believe has his best interests. Go to

12] -- 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 13, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr. 

13] – WPFW has some Volunteer Opportunities for its fund drive. For example, phone volunteers are needed from Mon., July 20 through Sun., July 26 from 9 AM to 10 PM.   Email or call 202-588-0999 x360. 

14] – Join a historic march and rally in Washington, D.C. to conclude the International Peoples' Tribunal (IPT) -- where victims of human rights abuses asserted their right to hold states to account and testified on crimes against the Filipino people by President Benigno S. Aquino III and the US Government as represented by President Barack Obama.

Gather at the Philippine Embassy, 1600 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC on Mon., July 20 at 9:30 AM. At 10:45 AM, MARCH to the White House with vibrant chants, songs, and flag waving.  At 11:55 AM MARCH to State Department, 2201 C St. NW, with more vibrant chants, songs, and flag waving. Visit

15] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday from 10 AM to noon 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  

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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