Friday, October 30, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert Nov. 1 - 3, 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] Fighting for Our Youth" – Nov. 1
7] “Economy, Spirituality & Climate Change on the Road to Paris" Nov. 1
8] Gender transformative communication – Nov. 1
9] The Day of the Dead – Nov. 1
10] Israeli military refusenik – Nov. 1
11] Pentagon Vigil – Nov. 2
12] Baltimore Green Forum – Nov. 2
11] Pentagon Vigil – Nov. 2
12] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Nov. 2 – Nov. 6
13] Walk the Earth in Safety – Nov. 2
14] The Iran Deal – Nov. 2
15] Film "Tall as the Baobab Tree" – Nov. 3
16] Global Frackdown letter – Nov. 3
17] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Nov. 3
18] Film “Battle of Algiers” – Nov. 3
19] Vigil against JHU’s drone research – Nov. 3
20] Chronic Effects of Pediatric Pesticides – Nov. 3
21] Animal advocacy – Nov. 3
22] Human Rights Award – Nov. 3
23] Peace Academy course – Nov. 3
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 mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

6] – 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 Nov. 1 the platform address is “Fighting for Our Youth" with Melissa Rock, Child Welfare Director, AYC. Ms. Rock’s talk will be about how Advocates for Children and Youth improves outcomes for Maryland's foster youth through policy advocacy. She will explain how they leverage their relationships with state agencies and use the state legislative process to improve the lives of foster children. Ms. Rock is the Child Welfare Director for Advocates for Children and Youth. She works with the statewide child welfare administrators and stakeholders to improve the experience of children and families involved with the abuse and neglect system. Call 410-581-2322 or email

7] – On Sun., Nov. 1 from 5 to 7 PM hear a talk “Economy, Spirituality & Climate Change on the Road to Paris" with Alfredo Sfeir Younis at the School of Life / Shanti Yoga Ashram, 4217 East West Hwy,, Bethesda 20814.  REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED. RSVP at Sfeir Younis (born 1947) is a Chilean economist, spiritual leader and healer, presently President of the Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation, founded in 2005 in Washington, DC. Before opening the Institute, he had a twenty-nine-year career at the World Bank where he was hired as the World Bank’s first environmental economist in 1976 and later was appointed Director of the World Bank Office in Geneva, Switzerland. He served as Special Representative to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization from 1996 to 1999. Call 240-483-9458.

8] – In the framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, and on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) seeks to open a hemispheric debate to foster gender transformative communication, based on the exchange of good practices, with a view to driving changes in communications media attitude and practices. It is happening at the Organization of American States, 200 17th St. NW, WDC, on Mon., Nov. 2 from 9 AM to noon.  Register at

9] – Get over to Lamont Park, Mount Pleasant St. NW, WDC, on Sun., Nov. 1 from 3:30 to 6 PM as D.C. artists get together for the annual celebration of the Day of the Dead/El dia de los muertos. This is an afternoon of remembrance, music, poetry and culture. The altar is being designed by artists Gabriela Lujan, Alfredo Herrera, Juan Lopez and Mauricio Lopez. Gather at the park and then at 4 PM walk down Mt. Pleasant in a colorful parade led by local musicians, then immediately come back to the park for an artistic program. Bring photos of your relatives that have passed away and add them to the altar. Visit

10] – Sahar Vardi served three prison terms in Israel for refusing to serve in an army of occupation. Now she is working to assist a new generation of Israelis who have chosen to resist through military refusal. At this event in Arlington, VA, on Sun., Nov.  1 from 5 to 7 PM, Sahar will discuss the current state of the refuser movement and the continued importance of military refusal as civil disobedience.  For twelve years, Refuser Solidarity Network has provided crucial financial and moral support to Israel's military refusers in the toughest of political circumstances. Meet Sahar and learn about the work of the RSN at a private apartment in Crystal City, VA, a block from the Crystal City Metro Station. The full address will be sent to those who RSVP.  The suggested donation is $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  RSVP at

11] -- 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., Nov. 2, 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. 

12] – 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

13] -- Although significant progress has been made in the last fifteen years, thousands of people continue to be affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war. From preventing the safe use of land to inhibiting economic development and presenting risks of personal injury, these weapons impact all aspects of everyday life and pose humanitarian, security, and development risks around the world. You are invited to join the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs for the official launch of the 2015 To Walk the Earth in Safety report, hosted by the Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036, on Mon., Nov. 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. The United States is the world leader in financing efforts to reduce these threats, and has contributed over $2.5 billion in mine action support and conventional weapons destruction programs since 1993. The report highlights the breadth of programs undertaken by the United States around the world. The event will feature a keynote address from Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller and introductory remarks from Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr – former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs and current Chairman of the Stimson Board of Directors. A panel discussion will follow. The event will also be joined by Puneet Talwar, Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs. Light refreshments will be provided.  RSVP

14] -- The Iran Deal and the Future of U.S.-Iranian Relations with Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Distinguished Fellow, Brookings Institution, is happening on Mon., Nov. 2 from 4 to 5:30 PM at SIS [School of International Service], Room 300, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016.  It is sponsored by the U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security program.  Ambassador Pickering will be speaking on the recent diplomatic achievement, the Iran Nuclear Deal. Go to

15] – At the University of Maryland, College Park, 1104 South Campus Commons, Building 1, on Mon., Nov. 2 from 7 to 9 PM, see a documentary "Tall as the Baobab Tree."  In a rural Senegalese village poised at the outer edge of the modern world, a teenage girl hatches a secret plan to rescue her 11-year-old sister from an arranged marriage.  A powerful voice from Africa’s young generation, the film poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing where questions of right and wrong are not always black and white.

Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their family’s remote African village, where meals are prepared over open fires and water is drawn from wells, to attend school in the bustling city. But when an accident suddenly threatens their family’s survival, their father decides to sell 11-year-old Debo into an arranged marriage. 

16] – President Obama and State Department officials will head to Paris next month to join other world leaders for the United Nations' Paris Climate Conference. Before they leave, send a message that climate leaders don’t frack! Join Americans Against Fracking at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Tues., Nov. 3 at noon to deliver the Global Frackdown letter.  It is signed by hundreds of international, national, state, and local organizations, and urges President Obama and other global leaders to reject fracking and natural gas as a solution to our global climate crisis.

17] – 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 Nov. 3.  Call 215-426-0364.

18] –  In the Intercultural Center (ICC), Room 241, CCAS Boardroom, Georgetown University, 3700 O St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Nov. 3 from 5 to 8:30PM, see a screening of “Battle of Algiers.” From 7 to 8:30 PM, enjoy a discussion with Sohail Daulatzai, Film and Media Studies, African American Studies Program UCI. One of the most influential political films in history and directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, it vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. Go to

19] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on Nov. 3  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

20] –  Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility are hosting An Overview of the Chronic Effects of Pediatric Pesticides, Poisoning and Policy Implications, an Educational Event and Dinner – CME (2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits) – on Tues., Nov. 3 at the MedChi Building, 1211 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. The guest speaker is Professor James Roberts MD, MPH, FAAP, of the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Roberts is co-lead author of the Pesticide Exposure in Children policy statement and technical report for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Following Dr. Robert’s presentation, Dr. Lorne Garrettson, Dr. Jerry Paulson and Julianna Simmons, MSPH, will participate in a panel discussion. Dr. Lorne Garrettson is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Emory University. Dr. Jerry Paulson is medical director for the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Program Eastern Office, consultant to the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health & the Environment, and Professor Emeritus of the George Washington University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Ms. Simmons is the Environmental and Occupational Health Program Manager for the Migrant Clinicians Network. From, 6 to 6:30 PM, network and enjoy inner.  Dr. Roberts will speak from 6:30 to 7 PM. Then from 7 to-8:30 PM, catch the panel discussion. The event is free, and you can register by email with Priority given to health care professionals.

21] – Mark your calendars, animal advocates! You're invited to special animal advocacy meetings across Maryland this fall to discuss hot topics—including puppy mills and dog fighting—and give you insider tips on how you can make Maryland a more humane state.

On Tues., Nov. 3 from 6 to 7:30 PM go to the Hyattsville Municipal Building, Mary Prangley Room, 4310 Gallatin St., Hyattsville.  This meeting will have a special focus on the local effort to repeal the Prince George's County pit bull ban. Delegate Barbara Frush and Adrianne Lefkowitz of the Maryland Dog Federation will join as guests. RSVP at Contact Chloe Waterman at

22] – The Guatemala Human Rights Commission is proud to announce that this year’s Alice Zachmann Human Rights Award will be presented to the community media group Prensa Comunitaria (Community Press).  GHRC selected Prensa Comunitaria for its commitment to grassroots journalism and its focus on documenting important community struggles that often receive little to no coverage in the mainstream media. According to its mission statement, the group aspires to create a space for debate on a range of social issues, with the goal of strengthening democracy in Guatemala. Prensa Comunitaria is a network of communicators – including analysts, photojournalists, reporters and investigators – who work at the community level to document stories that affect residents’ lives, often through the use of personal testimonies. The network has been hugely important in raising awareness about under-reported community movements, efforts to defend land and human rights, and prominent human rights legal cases.

One of Prensa Comunitaria’s regions of focus has been northern Huehuetenango, in the highlands of western Guatemala. The area has experienced growing social conflict over the past several years, particularly around mines and hydroelectric projects. Members of Prensa Comunitaria have provided in-depth investigations, analysis and coverage of local resistance movements, government repression and militarization, attacks against community radio, and the criminalization of community leaders from the region.

At St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Tues., Nov. 3 at 6:30 PM, Lorenzo Mateo, a member of Prensa Comunitaria and an indigenous leader from Huehuetenango, will receive this year’s award on behalf of the organization. Lorenzo currently works with the Snuq’ Jolom Konob’ community radio station in Santa Eulalia, which has faced continued persecution and censorship. Journalism is a dangerous profession in Guatemala. The first six months of 2015 alone saw 59 documented attacks against journalists including the murder of three journalists within one week in March. In this context, correspondents from Prensa Comunitaria have continued to challenge the systems that seek to silence them. Their valuable work represents an ongoing effort to defend the right to freedom of expression and to freedom of the press.  Visit

23] – The Peace Academy has four course offerings ranging from family peace-keeping strategies to nonviolent communication tactics. Each is to be conducted at The Perry School, 128 M St. NW, WDC, or interested parties can arrange a course at their particular sites. Registration can be completed online at or by contacting MJ Park at or 240-838-4549. Details for the first course is listed below.

On Tues., Nov. 3 from 7 to 8:30 PM, you could attend Course III: Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Children: Session II: Family Peacemaking Night: Potluck dinner, workshop with 'Win-Win' games and 'Peace Train.' The cost is $95 per family.

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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