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Baltimore Activist Alert Nov. 17 – Dec. 2, 2010

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  • Mike Hersh
    *Baltimore**Activist Alert Nov. 17 – Dec. 2, 2010* I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 17, 2010
      *Baltimore**Activist Alert Nov. 17 � Dec. 2, 2010*

      "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
      <http://www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/>. 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] verizon.net.*


      The Baltimore IndyMedia Center publicizes peace-related events. Go to


      *1] **Books, buttons and stickers***

      *2] **Web site for info on federal legislation*

      *3]**Join Nonviolent Resistance lists ***

      *4]****Buy coffee through HoCoFoLA***

      *5]**Used stamps for humanitarian causes *

      *6]**Bring the World Home continues*******

      *7]****Cease violence contest through Dec. 6/event Dec. 10***

      *8**]****You can buy Shiori�s book of poetry � which is available Dec. 15***

      *9]**�Freedom�s Sisters exhibit **� through Jan. 17*

      *10] **Join the 25% campaign***

      *11] **Tell Sarbanes Vote Yes HR 4812 **� Nov. 17*

      *12]**Philadelphia peace vigil � Nov. 17*

      *13]****Westminster**WIB vigil � Nov. 17***

      *14]**Chestnut Hill, PA vigil � Nov. 17*

      *15]**Affordable housing discussion � Nov. 17*

      *16]**Gitmo prisoners� poetry � Nov. 17*

      17]Help plan a Pentagon protest � Nov. 17

      *18]**Palestine/Israel Roundtable � Nov. 18*

      *19]**Book MOTHER FROM GAZA � Nov. 18*

      *20]**Restorative justice Conference � Nov. 18-20*

      21]FBI Vs. Democracy � Nov. 18

      *22]**Save Maryland�s education budget � Nov. 18*

      *23]**Protest at the Pentagon � Nov. 18*


      *1] � B**uttons, bumperstickers and books are available.* �God Bless
      the Whole World, No Exceptions� stickers are in stock. Donate your books
      to Max. Call him

      at 410-366-1637.**


      *2] �**To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on
      particular bills, go to *http://thomas.loc.gov/
      <http://thomas.loc.gov=>. *Congressional toll-free numbers are
      888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The* **White House Comment
      Email** *is accessible at *http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

      *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 _donmuller@...
      <mailto:donmuller@...>._* 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
      _ncnrnotices-subscribe@..._.* You will get a confirmation
      message once subscribed. If you have problems, please write to the list
      manager at//_ncnrnotices-admin@...
      <mailto:ncnrnotices-admin@...>. _

      *4**] �* *You can help safeguard human rights and fragile ecosystems
      through your purchase of HOCOFOLA Caf� 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

      Be sure you indicate ground (G) or bean (B) for each type of coffee
      ordered. Make the check out to HoCoFoLA and send it with your order form
      to Nancy Meier, 10 Pepperdine Circle, Catonsville, MD 21228. * Contact
      Pat McLaine at 410-964-0960 or ***pamcl@...
      <mailto:pamcl@...>***. The coffee will arrive some time the
      following week and you will be notified where to pick it up. *

      *5] �* *Brad Hathaway spearheads an effort to sell donated used stamps
      to raise money for different humanitarian causes around the world. Go to
      www.mattapoisettquakers.org <http://www.mattapoisettquakers.org/>, and
      click the link for the stamp ministry. Carefully clip canceled postage
      stamps and send to Quaker Missions, PO Box 795, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.
      Send no small flag stamps or Liberty Bell Forever stamps.*

      *6] � **Catch the "Bringing the World Home" exhibit in celebration of
      the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps! The exhibit is in the UMBC
      Library Rotunda through the end of the semester and consists of 5
      display cases featuring photos and artifacts from UMBC's faculty, staff
      and students who have served in the Peace Corps, including many current
      and alumni Shriver Peaceworker Fellows*. The center case features
      pieces from the Peace Corps founding era (a tribute to Sarge Shriver!)
      and the surrounding case highlight experiences from Africa,
      Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, and the Americas. *There is no formal
      "opening,� but mark Tues., Nov.16 from 7 to 9 PM in your calendars for
      the "Practical Idealist Evening" event in the Library during which the
      exhibit will be featured. If you are coming from off campus, give Joby
      Taylor a call at (410) 455-6398, and he will give you a tour.***

      *7] �**Shiori was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1951 on August 15, six years
      after the day the initial announcement of Japan's surrender to the
      Allies was made, the official end of World War II. She describes herself
      as hapa, half-American, and half-Japanese� the child of the enemy amor.
      In her first chapbook collection of poetry from Finishing Line Press,
      the debut author weaves memoir and historical record into a lyrical and
      moving portrait of post-war immigration to the United States.*Shiori�s
      work has appeared in many publications, and she has won several awards
      including Thomas Merton poetry prizes.

      *Finishing Line Press is a poetry publisher based in Georgetown,
      Kentucky, and the Chapbook Series will be published on Dec. 3. However,
      early orders can be made by ordering online at
      http://www.finishinglinepress.com/ or directly from the publisher [$12,
      check or money order] at Finishing Line Books, PO Box 1626, Georgetown,
      KY 40324. Email finishingbooks@... <mailto:finishingbooks@...>
      or call 859-514-8360.* You may also contact Kathleen Hellen at
      khe1721111@... or khellen@... <mailto:khellen@...>.


      *8] �* *Now through Dec. 6, Baltimore City and County School Students
      who submit an essay, poetry, or artwork for the David B. Wright Memorial
      Foundation, Inc. �Cease Violence / Increase Education Campaign� will be
      entered to win a Holiday Gift Card! To participate email SHAWNTE WRIGHT
      at snjwright@... <mailto:snjwright@...>. The Selected
      Student's Essay Winners will win a $100 card by Mon., Dec. 20.
      Submitted materials will not be returned and will be kept by the David
      B. Wright Memorial Foundation, Inc. for future displays. At the DBWMF,
      INC. Holiday Event on Fri., Dec. 10 from 6 to 10 PM, families and
      students can enjoy an evening of essay/poetry reading, art and culture
      and fitness dancing! Essay Winners will be Announced! The cost is $10
      for adults, $5 for students. Register*at
      <http://www.davidbwrightmemorialfoundation.org/>. Local business
      sponsors and vendors are needed! Call 443-438-5302.

      9] � *Catch the exhibit at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African
      American History & Culture, 830 Pratt St.��Freedom�s Sisters,� which
      runs through Jan. 17. Twenty remarkable African-American women are
      profiled, including Coretta Scott King.* Call 443-263-1800 or go to
      www.africanamericanculture.org <http://www.africanamericanculture.org/>.****


      10] �*Fund Our Communities campaign is a grass roots movement to get
      support from local organizations and communities to work together with
      their local and state elected officials to pressure our Congresspersons
      and senators to join with Congressperson Barney Frank and Ron Paul, who
      have endorsed a 25% cut to the federal military budget. Then bring
      these savings home to state and county governments to meet the local
      needs which are under tremendous budget pressures. Go to
      **www.OurFunds.org <http://www.OurFunds.org> and **www.PeaceActionMC.org


      11] �*On Wed., Nov. 17, Progressive Democrats of America will be joined
      by CODEPINK and others in holding brownbag vigils outside (or inside)
      offices of members of the House of Representatives. Brownbaggers are
      demanding commitments to vote against more money for war and for
      progressive legislation.***Slogans on their posters include: "Healthcare
      not Warfare," "Corporations out of Politics," "Bailout Main Street not
      Wall Street," and "Brownbaggers not Teabaggers". Go to

      * The Pledge of Resistance will go to Rep. John Sarbanes� office, 600
      Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Baltimore, MD 21204, on Nov. 17 at 4:30 PM.
      While inside, we will deliver a letter to urge the representative to
      pledge to vote against further funding of wars. He did sign on to HR
      4812: the Local Jobs for America Act. From 5 to 5:30 PM, we will
      demonstrate on Bosley Ave. against U.S. wars in the Middle East. ***


      12] � *Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic
      Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal
      Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Nov. 10.***Call
      215-426-0364. **


      13] � *WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday
      of the month. The next vigil is Wed., Nov. 17 from 6:30 PM to 7 PM at
      the intersection of Martin & Patrick Sts in downtown Frederick. Wear
      black, but bring no additional signs. Call 301-834-7581 or


      *14**] �* *Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold a peace vigil from
      7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem
      Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is Nov. 10.*Call 215-843-4256
      or email nwgreens@....

      *15**] �* *On Wed., Nov. 17, join the Homeless Persons Representation
      Project which is presenting its third speaker in a four-part series,
      Trudy Parisa McFall of Homes for America, who will discuss affordable
      housing. Then a panel of experts will consider the possibilities in
      Baltimore. The Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., will host
      the event in its Wheeler Aud. from 7 to 8:30 PM.* Call 410-396-5430.
      Go to www.prattlibrary.org <http://www.prattlibrary.org/>.**


      *16] �* *Guantanamo**poetry is to be featured in a Baltimore concert.
      Pioneering U.S. composer Annea Lockwood is about to present In Our Name,
      a new composition featuring poetry written by Guantanamo Bay prisoners,
      at An Die Musik, 409 N. Charles St., 2^nd Floor, on Wed., Nov. 17 from 8
      to 9 PM. Tickets are $12 for the general public, and $5 for students.*


      *The performers are Thomas Buckner, baritone, David Behrman, guitar and
      laptop, Annea Lockwood, electronics and voice, and Ted Mook, cello.
      Lockwood�s In Our Name, a collaboration with Buckner, builds on
      excerpts of poetry written by Jumah al Dossari and Osama Abu Kabir while
      incarcerated without trial at Guantanamo Bay. To request images or to
      arrange interviews with the composer or performers, contact Raymond
      Beegle at booking@....*


      *17] � **Consider being on a National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
      **conference call on Wed., Nov. 17 at 9 PM EST to continue to plan a
      climate chaos action of nonviolent civil resistance at the Pentagon on
      Apr. 8, calling for an end to the wars and for an end to policies that
      make the Pentagon the biggest polluter of our earth. Call Max at
      410-366-1637 or email him at mobuszewski at verizon.net to get the
      c**all-in number and access code. *


      takes place from 12:30 - 1:30 PM on Thursdays at Potter's House, 1658
      Columbia Road NW, WDC. Join a civil discourse which explores the
      history, issues, myths, realities, and truth of the conflict between
      Israel and Palestine*. Contact Alice Azzouzi at 202-232-5483.

      19] � *Laila El-Haddad, author of MOTHER FROM GAZA, will speak on
      Thurs., Nov. 18 from 12:30 to 2 PM**at the Palestine Center. She
      describes her life as a Palestinian journalist who must live under
      occupation.* Call 202-338-1958 or email info@...

      *20] � **Maryland**�s 3rd Annual Restorative Justice Conference starts
      on Thurs., Nov. 18 from 6 until 8 PM and continues on Fri., Nov. 19 from
      8 AM to 6 PM. Howard County Community College is hosting these two
      days. The theme is �Expanding the Circle: Schools, Communities, Courts.� *


      *The conference will continue on Sat., Nov. 20 from 10 AM to 1 PM at
      Towson Univ. This year�s featured presenters are Melissa Hook and
      Lorraine Stutzman-Amstutz. Visit http://www.crimaryland.org/.*

      *21] � **On Thurs., Nov. 18 from 6 to 8 PM at the Belmont House, 1830
      Belmont Ave. in NW in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood, join the discussion
      on FBI vs. Democracy & How to Stop Government Surveillance. There are a
      number of sponsors including the Defending Dissent Foundation. Go to
      www.bordc.org <http://www.bordc.org/> or email info@...

      22] �*Join Prince George�s School Superintendent William Hite, budget
      experts and education advocates for Falling off the Edge: Maryland's
      Education Funding Cliff to learn what you can do to maintain funding for
      Maryland public schools! This event takes place on Thurs., Nov. 18 from
      6:30-8:30 PM at Bowie High School, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD
      20715. Maryland faces a $1.1 billion budget deficit and federal
      stimulus funding will be lost after this fiscal year. The impact of
      state education funding cuts could be devastating to classrooms
      statewide. To ensure that all Maryland students are receiving an
      adequate education as guaranteed by the state�s constitution, the ACLU
      is working with the Maryland Education Coalition to hold a forum to
      discuss the upcoming General Assembly session and what people can do to
      support education during these difficult economic times. RSVP by
      contacting Frank Patinella at 410-889-8550 x123 or patinella@...
      <mailto:patinella@...>. **If you need a ride from Baltimore
      City, call Charlie Cooper at 410-578-8291.*

      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]

      "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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