Friday, January 1, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert January 2 - 8, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert January 2 - 8, 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] West Chester peace vigil – Jan. 2
7] Guided History Tour – Jan. 2
8] Pancake breakfast – Jan. 3
9] Witness Against Torture Fast for Justice – Jan. 3 - 5
10] Pentagon Vigil – Jan. 4
11] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 4 – Jan. 8
12] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Jan. 5
13] Vigil against JHU’s drone research – Jan. 5
14] Black Lives Matter – Jan. 8
15] Film THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT – Jan. 8

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] – 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

7] – You are invited to a guided tour on Sat., Jan. 2 at 2 PM by Eric Holcomb, executive director of the Citizens Planning & Housing Association and the author of "The City As Suburb, A History of Northeast Baltimore." This tour is sponsored by the Northeast Baltimore History Round Table & Healthy Neighborhoods and will explore Grindon Ave. as a historic crossroads and Montebello Park as a place to walk. Dress comfortably, and meet at Zeke's, 4607 Harford Rd., Baltimore 21214.  Email <>.

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. However, on Jan. 3, there will be a pancake breakfast. Celebrate with a hearty breakfast and time to connect. Pancakes are on flap, with a variety of expert chefs turning out to turn things over. Everyone is invited to bring a warm article of clothing such as gloves, scarves, hats, socks to adorn the mitten tree. This year warm items provided as mitten tree decorations will be donated to TurnAround, which provides support services to victims of domestic violence. You are also invited to bring a “Sun Gift” to share (costing between $3 and $10) if you would like to participate in the gift exchange. Coffee, tea, and juice beverages will be provided. The Pancake Breakfast is free and open to all. Call 410-581-2322 or email

9] – You’re invited to Washington, D.C., to join the Witness Against Torture community from January 3 through 13 to fast, reflect and lift the voices of the men unjustly detained at Guantanamo Bay Prison.  Jan. 11, 2016 marks 14 years of torture and indefinite detention at the prison, as well as President Obama’s 8th year of broken promises. This is the final chance to hold his administration accountable to its promise to release those unjustly detained and close the prison. Right now 107 men remain detained, 48 of whom have been cleared for release and are held without charge or trial.  Go to

On Sun., Jan. 3, participants will start arriving from 3 to 9 PM at the First Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 4th St. NW (entrance on 4th St.), WDC 20001 (4th and E Sts. NW).  Use Judiciary Square Metro.  The opening circle is at 6 PM. 

On Mon., Jan. 4 at 6:15 AM leave for the Pentagon.  From 7 to 8 AM, join the Pentagon Vigil with Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  At 10 AM, there will be a Morning Circle.  Then at noon, enjoy lunch--Community Lunch (final meal together until Tues., Jan. 12.  From 4 to 7 PM, there will be a Large Group Meeting.

On Tues., Jan. 5, there will be morning readings from 7:30 to 8:30 AM.  From 9 to 10:30 AM there is a morning reflection, overview of the day and action planning.
Since this is the First Friday, there will be a potluck dinner after the vigil, followed by a DVD screening of a film.

10] – You are invited to a nonviolent witness at the Pentagon on Mon., Jan. 4 at 7 AM.  Meet on corner of Army-Navy Drive and S. Eads St.

Join members of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and other peacemaking friends in a nonviolent witness for a world of nonviolence, peace and justice. Call 202-882-9649 or

11] – 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

12] – 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 Jan. 5.  Call 215-426-0364.

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

14] –There is usually a silent peace vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on Jan. 8. Black Lives Matter.  Since this is a First Friday, there will be a potluck dinner afterwards, followed by a DVD showing.

15] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility are continuing the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES.  The DVDs will be shown at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, usually on the First Friday. At 7:15 PM, from January through June, a DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. The series theme is CHANGE IS INEVITABLE.

On Fri., Jan. 8 see THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT [2010] Director Lisa Cholodenko’s film is about two children who were conceived via artificial insemination.  They want to meet their father.  The actors are Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson.  This beautifully acted tale of a lesbian couple and their children offers an acute study of modern relationships. It is a smart comedy about the relationship between the sperm donor and the postmodern family--a lesbian couple and their children. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski [at] for further information.     

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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