Saturday, August 29, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert August 29 to September 1, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, 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] Call the offices of Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski

7] Do you have a Free Eddie Conway button?

8] From Talk to Action – Aug. 30

9] Conference Drug War, the Ethics of Prohibition and the Prison Industrial Complex – Aug. 30

10] Peace Picnic at the White House – Aug. 30

11] Do Guns Make Us Free – Aug. 30

12] Pentagon Vigil – Aug. 31

13] "Shedding Light on the Iran Nuclear Agreement" – Aug. 31

14] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Aug. 31 – Sept. 4

15] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Aug. 31

16] Petition Mikulski to support Iran Deal – Aug. 31

17] Greet Ben Cardin at JHU – Sept. 1

18] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Sept. 1                                

19] No JHU Drone Research – Sept. 1

20] "Chasing the Party” – Sept. 1


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 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 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 mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

6] – The vote Congress will take around September 17 on the Iran deal will likely be the most important vote on war and peace of the decade—equal in importance to the 2002 vote to go to war with Iraq. Without this deal, we could soon be in yet another devastating war in the Middle East.

The vote will be close, and Maryland is one of just ten states that could determine the outcome of the deal.  Senator Cardin is still deciding whether to support it, and as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, his voice is influential. 

That is why we must ensure that Senator Cardin hears from us that this deal is the best path to peace. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, hanged by the Nazis in 1945, said, “Not to speak is to speak . . .  Not to act is to act.”  We agree—we believe that peace demands action.  And so we beg you to:

Call Senator Cardin’s office at (202) 224-4524.  Tell the receptionist that you want peace with Iran and that Senator Cardin should support the Iran deal.  If you’ve already phoned his office, make another call!  If you can, also call Senator Mikulski's office, and tell her the same thing:  (202) 224-4654.

7] – Do you have a Free Eddie Conway button?  It is needed for a button exhibition and would be returned. Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.  

8] – 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 Aug. 30 the platform address is “Progress Report: From Talk to Action.”  Thomas Higdon and the Ethical Action Committee will present a progress report on implementing action plans from the May 3rd event “From Talk To Action” with Diamonte Brown.  Call 410-581-2322 or email

9] – The conference Drug War, The Ethics of Prohibition and the Prison Industrial Complex will occur at the Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC, on Sun., Aug. 30 from 11 AM to 4 PM.  The Society for Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs presents this daylong conference featuring three panels of authors and activists to discuss the intersection of the ongoing war on drugs, US foreign policy, the criminalization of drug use, and mass incarceration in the USA. Among the panelists is a former drug smuggler and criminal justice reform activist David Victorson, whose recently released memoir “37 Tons” discusses in intimate detail his experiences as one of the major importers of cocaine and marijuana from Colombia to the United States in the 1970s and his five years inside America's prison system. Also at the event will be Douglas Husak, Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, whose academic work, including six published books and over a hundred journal articles and book chapters, applies tools from applied ethics and moral philosophy to questions of criminalization, prohibition and legalization. Other panelists include journalists Dawn Paley and Nick Schou who have investigated foreign policy and intelligence agency aspects of the drug war in Latin America, and policy professionals who work in the Washington area for NGOs, non-profits and research institutes that advocate reform to the United States' outdated interventionist and prohibitionist stances. Go to

10] – On Sun., Aug. 30 from 4 to 6 PM, CODEPINK is hosting a Picnic for Peace with Iran outside the White House, Lafayette Park, 16th St & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20006, and you're invited to join the CODEPINK table! CODEPINK has teamed up with the National American Iranian Council (NIAC), Busboys and Poets, and Jewish Voice for Peace DC Metro Chapter to host a dinner in traditional Iranian style, sitting on cushions on the ground, eating around a tablecloth. RSVP to Please wear all white and bring your own cushion to sit on. Each table will coordinate its own food!

11] --   On Sun., Aug. 30 from 6:30 to 8 PM, Firman DeBrabander, associate professor of
philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art, will be giving a book talk and doing a signing at the Cullen Room of Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts., NW, WDC. His book is “Do Guns Make Us Free? He examines the ways the proliferation of guns impacts freedom. He finds that a heavily armed citizenry concretely diminishes core freedoms for all of us. Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and other
pillars of American democracy are threatened by widespread and poorly regulated
weapons. Children, for example, are less free when they must attend schools with
armed security guards, metal detectors, and backpack checks. We are all less
free when the places we gather—movie theatres, college campuses,
supermarkets—can easily become sites for gun violence, and when video
surveillance seems necessary to preserve safety in our places of business and on
our street corners. We are less free to speak our minds when we know the person
we disagree with might be carrying a concealed weapon, as is legal in 50 states.
We are less free from fear and intimidation when citizens can carry visible
deadly weapons in our public spaces. And when Stand Your Ground laws in thirty
states give an armed citizen the legal right to kill anyone he perceives as an
immediate danger, we must be vigilant about the ways we present ourselves in

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., Aug. 31, 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] – On Mon., Aug. 31 from 8 to 9:30 AM, Steven Goldberg, former assistant to the director of Argonne National Laboratory, and James Acton, Carnegie Endowment, will look at "Shedding Light on the Iran Nuclear Agreement." This is the second and final discussion at Tikvat Israel, Sanctuary, 2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville, MD. RSVP to the Tikvat Israel Office at or at (301) 762-7338. Suggested donation is $5.

14] – 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  

15] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence.  The next meeting is on August 31. The proposed agenda will include anti-drone activities, Freddie Gray, getting our legislators to support the Iran deal and the September 22 action in D.C. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

16] – The names of 5,772 persons who signed a petition calling for support of the nuclear deal will be delivered to Sen. Barbara Mikulski's Annapolis office, 60 West St., Suite 202, Annapolis 21401 on Tues., Sept. 1 at 9 AM.  Her aides will accept the names.      

17] – President Ron Daniels is inviting 30 Johns Hopkins University students to a discussion with Senator Ben Cardin on the proposed Iran nuclear agreement. Sen. Cardin has requested an open conversation with Hopkins students. Cardin is the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Said Cardin, “Our young people have the most at stake when we consider questions of long-term global stability, so the opportunity to test my thinking on the proposed agreement with students will be an integral part of my decision-making process. Maryland’s universities draw some of the sharpest minds in the world, and I look forward to learning more about their views on the world.”

Join the Pledge of Resistance at 9:15 AM outside Homewood Friends meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles Street. On Tues., Sept. 1 at 9:30 AM, we will march over to Hodson Hall on JHU’s Homewood campus.  It is hoped that we can engage in dialogue with Sen. Cardin before he enters the building for the meeting with 30 students. Should we be moved off campus, we will vigil at 33rd & N. Charles Street calling for Congressional support of the Iran deal.  RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

18] – 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 St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is Sept. 1.  Call 215-426-0364.

19] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Sept. 1  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

20] – On Tues., Sept. 1 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, Kris Hermes presents – “Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000.”  Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States—and dissidents in particular—have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to spy on citizens and undermine meaningful social change are greatly enhanced by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations. Normally associated with the realities of a post-9/11 world, the book shows how these developments were already being set in motion during the Republican National Convention (RNC) protests in 2000. It also documents how, in response, dissidents confronted new forms of political repression by pushing legal boundaries and establishing new models of collective resistance. 

“Crashing the Party” explains how the events of 2000 acted as a testing ground in which Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney was able to develop repressive methods of policing that have been used extensively across the U.S. ever since. At the same time, these events also provided a laboratory for the radical, innovative, and confrontational forms of legal support carried out by R2K Legal, a defendant-led collective that raised unprecedented amounts of money for legal defense, used a unique form of court solidarity to overcome hundreds of serious charges, and implemented a PR campaign that turned the tide of public opinion in favor of dissidents. While much has been written about the global-justice era of struggle, little attention has been paid to the legal struggles of the period or the renewed use of solidarity tactics in jail and the courtroom that made them possible. By analyzing the successes and failures of these tactics, Hermes offers rare insight into the mechanics and concrete effects of such resistance. In this way, it is an invaluable resource for those seeking to confront today’s renewed counterintelligence tactics. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

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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