Wednesday, December 23, 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] Celebrate HumanLight -- Dec. 23
7] Holiday Party – Dec. 23
8] Peace vigil at White House – Dec. 25
9] WIB peace vigil – Dec. 25
10] Total War Puppets – Dec. 25
11] Protest killer drones – Dec. 26
12] West Chester peace vigil – Dec. 26
13] Ignite peace – Dec. 26
14] Season of peace – Dec. 26
15] “The Integrity and Humility of Science” – Dec. 27
16] Peace concert – Dec. 27
17] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Dec. 28 – Jan. 1
18] Witness at the Pentagon – Dec. 28
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] – Join Baltimore Coalition of Reason to celebrate HumanLight on Wed., Dec. 23 from 7 to 10 PM at the FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH OF BALTIMORE, 12 W. FRANKLIN ST., BALTIMORE 212013. HumanLight is a celebration of the winter season conceived by the New Jersey Humanist Network as a humanist or secular alternative to traditional religious celebrations. HumanLight features music and the lighting of three candles celebrating Reason, Compassion, and Hope. HumanLight was first celebrated in 2001 in New Jersey and has since spread throughout the country. This year is the sixth celebration of HumanLight by the Baltimore Coalition of Reason. We will have a potluck dinner and desserts, music, and the candle lighting. This is a family-friendly event, and children are welcome. The Organic Family Band is back by popular demand! RSVP with what food you’d like to bring at or call 443-267-8585.

7] – On Wed., Dec. 23 at 9:27 PM party at the Real News Network, 231 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202. This is A REAL Holiday Party, featuring a REAL DJ named TrillNatured (who is amazing) with REAL Performers called The Creators. The cost is $8, but $5 if you bring a canned good or item of clothing. These items will be donated to people at Gilmor Homes.

8] – On Fri., Dec. 25 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! This vigil will take place at the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contract Art @ or at 202-360-6416. 

9] – On Fri., Dec. 25 from noon to 1 PM, join Women in Black in the 50th peace vigil of 2015! This vigil will take place at the corner of Light and Pratt Sts.  Stay for as long as you can. Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather. Bring your own poster or help with the "NO WAR IN MY NAME" banner.  When there are others to stand with, you don't need to carry the burden alone. Do this to be in solidarity with others....when everything around us says, Be afraid of the stranger.

10] – On Christmas, Dec. 25, at 2 PM come to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201.  Enjoy Total War Puppets in Fire with Fire/Les Wrong.  In cranks, banners, and spazzy sketch, Total War Puppets will excavate traces of militarism from our most intimate depths. Our kropotkinite puppets will be inquiring about your most recent sexual encounter with a weapon of mass destruction, your exploits in revenge, your knowledge of sub-alluvial diesel mechanics, your plan to help the urban children, and your involvement in The Recent Unpleasantness. Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

11] –   On Sat., Dec. 26 from 10 to 11:30 AM – fourth Saturday of the month –there is a Drone Warfare vigil at the Air and Space Museum to educate our fellow citizens about the negative aspects of drone warfare.  Meet on the Mall across from the Mall entrance to the Air and Space Museum.  This is sponsored by Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore and other area peace organizations.

12] –  Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email

13] – IGNITE PEACE, CHRISTMAS PEACE…! on Sat., Dec. 26 from noon to 2 PM.  End Drone War Terror. Say NO to Drone War Command Center at the Horsham, PA Air Guard Station, Route 611/Easton Road and County Line Road,  What better time and place to stand for peace in a time of war and terror.  There will be a winter (January - February 2016) pause in the demonstrations in Horsham at the Horsham Air Guard Station. The Horsham demonstrations will resume the last Saturday of the Month in March. There will be NO pause, however, of the campaign to stop the drone war command center.

14] – MERRY CHRISTMAS AND MILAAD MUBARAK! There is an INTERFAITH SOLIDARITY AND SEASON OF PEACE EVENT: BIRTH CELEBRATION OF JESUS AND OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD on Sat., Dec. 26 at the Lincoln Memorial from 1 to 3 PM.  "No matter how tough the times are, there is a symbolic coincidence happening on the earth; the birth of Prophet Muhammad falls on Christmas Eve.  Together, Christians and Muslims make up nearly half of the world population, and it is our duty to do our share of work in restoring harmony and peace on earth for each one of the seven billion of us.  We are all in this together."

15] – 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 Dec. 27 the theme is “The Integrity and Humility of Science.”  On the 10th anniversary of the “Intelligent Design” court case Kitzmiller v. Dover School District, humanists appropriately celebrate the liberation of science education from religion. But this single victory has not ended the culture wars. Despite efforts to establish fruitful coexistence, religion and science continue to be portrayed as mortal enemies. Creationist museums are as popular as ever and research is still hampered by religious dogma. Hugh Taft-Morales reflects on the Kitzmiller decision and the need to reinforce both the integrity and humility of science. Call 410-581-2322 or email

16] –  "May Peace Be On Your Way" to a New Day... on Sun., Dec. 27 from 3 to 5 PM at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. This is the Holiday Musical Celebration of Peace. Performers include Tom Mullian (Six Strings Against the War and the forthcoming Six Strings Against the War II), Wayne G. Harvey, Dolores Magro, and Silver Wind.    For directions go to  or call 610-544-1818. The concert is co-sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community--(610) 544-1818 or

17] – 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

18] – You are invited to a nonviolent witness at the Pentagon on Mon., Dec. 28 to commemorate the Massacre of the Holy Innocents. Contact Kathy Boylan at 202-882-9649 regarding hospitality.  Meet on corner of Army-Navy Drive and S. Eads St. @11:30 AM. Witness at noon.

Join members of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and other peacemaking friends in a nonviolent witness to commemorate the Massacre of the Holy Innocents – past and present. Proclaim, in the form of New Year's Resolutions, the hope for a world of nonviolence, peace and justice. Please bring a resolution to offer during this witness. Pray for each other to make the Word flesh in building, ever wider and stronger, the Beloved Community. Recommit ourselves to ending the slaughter of innocents everywhere. Call 202-882-9649 or

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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