Friday, April 1, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert April 2, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert April 2, 2016

"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 410-323-1607 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] Democracy Spring – Apr. 2 – 18
7] Mayoral Forum – Apr. 2
8] West Chester peace vigil – Apr. 2
9] Climate Solutions – Apr. 2
10] Tribunal & Speak Out – Apr. 2
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

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—410-323-1607 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

6] – Join Get Money Out of Maryland in Washington, D.C., this Spring -- April 2-18, Democracy Spring (April 2-16) and Democracy Awakening (April 16-18). Starting with a march from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to Washington, DC, these will combine to be the biggest gathering ever of citizens in our nation's capital for voting rights and an end to the corruption of big money in our elections.  Go to

7] – Join Citizens Planning and Housing Association [CPHA], the Community Development Network of Maryland, and many others for a Mayoral Forum on Community Development and Affordable Housing  on Sat., Apr. 2 from 9:30 AM to noon at Sts. Philip and James Church, 2801 N. Charles St. Email or call 410-539-1369 x101. Go to

8] – 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

9] –Working Faithfully With Our Leaders on Climate Solutions is happening on Sat., Apr. 2 from 1 to 4 PM at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA.  In anticipation of Earth Day, join Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions for an afternoon of engaging directly with our local leaders about real climate solutions: solar panels for our schools; better energy management in our county buildings; and a strong Clean Power Plan that reduces climate pollution across the Commonwealth.  RSVP at

10] – The People's Power Assembly Community is hosting a Tribunal & Speak Out! Come share your story and demand repairs for Public Housing Residents on Sat., Apr. 2 from 2 to 5 PM at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 120 N. Front St., Baltimore 21210.  Lunch will be served @ 2 PM sharp!  For transportation & rides, call 443-221-3775.  Public housing residents, members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Ujima People’s Progress Party, and Peoples Power Assembly, people of faith, labor leaders, and students will gather on Saturday, April 2nd at St. Vincent de Paul Church for the human right to decent housing for public housing residents and try Graziano at a community tribunal.

The tribunal will include the testimonies of public housing residents, photos and other documentation of living conditions presented as evidence against Graziano, a presentation on the history of public housing projects in Baltimore, and a verdict made by a community jury on Graziano. Community members will also decide the next steps of this campaign for decent housing for all residents of Baltimore. Survey findings and resident testimonies will be gathered to be presented to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing.

“With the Port Covington deal we see that Baltimore city officials continue to prioritize the interests of big wealthy institutions and developers while poor & low-income black residents continue to be marginalized and virtually forgotten. On Saturday, people will come out of the shadows and make their voices heard,” explains Lenora Knowles, a member of Peoples Power Assembly. Contact Sharon Black at 410-218-4835 or  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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