The Baltimore Anti-War Coalition is organizing a round-the-clock encampment, march and rally to protest anti-terrorism legislation and what the group considers to be a wartime assault on civil liberties.
On Tuesday, November 6, 2001, the encampment will begin at 5 PM with a candlelight vigil, near the Garmatz Federal Courthouse, 101 W. Lombard Street in Baltimore. The focus will be the loss of civil liberty, caused by the war/terrorism hysteria. According to organizers, the burning candles will be an attempt to bring light into a very dark situation. As the encampment begins, David Walsh-Little, a civil rights attorney, will speak about the antiterrorism legislation.
During the encampment, participants will gather signatures on a banner declaring opposition to the attack on civil liberties and concern for the loss of life, especially innocent civilians, both in the U.S. and Afghanistan. The banner will be delivered to Sen. Paul Sarbanes' Baltimore office, Tower I, Suite 1710, 100 S. Charles Street, following a march starting at 4 PM on Nov. 7. While a small group takes the banner to the senator's office, others will rally outside at Charles and Lombard Streets until 6:30 PM.
There will be a sunrise liturgy at 6:30 AM on Nov. 7. Other possible activities might include a drumming circle, street theater and leafleting.
Contact Michele Naar-Obed at 410-233-6238 for more information.
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This story was published on November 7, 2001.