Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 22 - 23, 2024

36] Team ENOUGH is a youth-led program – May 22

37] Join DSA – May 22

38] Local Peace Economy – May 22

39] Disability Accommodation in an Ableist World – May 22

40] Confronting Christian Zionism – May 23

41] State of Democracy phone banks – May 23

42] Mobile Bike Shop – May 23

43] Honor John Lewis – May 23


36] -- Are you a young person between 13 and 25 years old who is interested in taking action around preventing gun violence? On Wednesdays, including May 22, from 6 to 7 PM ET, join a Team ENOUGH welcome session to learn more about the different ways you can engage.  Team ENOUGH is a youth-led program whose mission is to educate young voices about gun violence and mobilize them to take meaningful action against it. Supported by Brady United, it harnesses the expertise and experience of today’s youth to advance intersectional work across the country. It will continue through Dec. 18. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/425528/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_closest

37] – The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists [novabranch@mdcdsa.org] are holding a Why You Should Join DSA / New Member Orientation on Wed., May 22 from 7 to 8 PM ET. This is a virtual event, and a link to attend this virtual event will be emailed upon RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/why-you-should-join-dsa-new-member-orientation-126?clear_id=true&link_id=33&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events-155&email_referrer=email_2303290&email_subject=nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events

  Curious about DSA? You'll learn about DSA, what we do, and how you can get involved in the fight for a brighter future. Get an outline of the chapter's structure and our campaigns, branches, and caucuses. This chapter covers the DMV area, including the District, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery County and Prince George's County in Maryland.

38] – The Local Peace Economy [peaceeconomy@codepink.org] is hoping you will reclaim your own community on Wed., May 22 at 8 PM ET. Learn more about Cultivating Peace Now. The war economy weaponizes confusion. Root yourself in the peace economy, and pivot Towards Community-Engaged.  RSVP for the next Local Peace Economy Community Call: https://www.codepink.org/lpe522?utm_campaign=lpe_5_22_invite&utm_medium=email&utm_source=codepink

39] – Progressive Democrats of America [info@pdamerica.org] hopes you will join in on Wed., May 22 at 9 PM ET for a discussion of Disability Accommodation In An Ableist World and ways we can Make a Difference. RSVP at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpdumvqDwoGNx6xKMg-liSlwcpK1dJ0jzb#/registration

 In solidarity with those who live with disabilities, and in recognition that the majority of us all will become disabled as we age, join to discuss how the ADA is a start but falls short of adequately addressing the needs of the community. The featured guest is award winning attorney Leslie Lienemann, a partner in the St. Paul, MN law firm of Culberth & Lienemann, LLP. She has devoted her thirty-year legal career to representing plaintiffs in employment and civil rights cases, including discrimination or harassment based on disabilities and disability accommodation in the work place public accommodation and public services.

40] – Confronting Christian Zionism: Episode 2 takes place on Thurs., May 23 at noon ET. In an attempt to defeat centuries of systemic antisemitism, mainline Christianity has absorbed many doctrines from Christian Zionism that have come to be understood as theologically mistaken. Where are these theological mistakes, and why must we call them out? How have these Christian Zionist ideologies led to giving Zionism — a political ideology — a pass by mainline churches? How are Americans complicit in the impunity Zionism enjoys today, which has led to the demonization of an entire people — Palestinians — who are now paying for European sins against their own Jewish populations? And what role have American Christians played in creating a settler colonial mindset that operates in an oft-invisible and unacknowledged framework?  This discussion will be moderated by the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Holder Rich with Rev. Jermaine Ross-Allam, Rev. Addie Domske, and Mr. Jonathan Kuttab. RSVP at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D_V4CtOSQkiifyRZD70DVg#/registration

41] On Thurs., May 23 from noon to 2 PM & 4 to 6 PM ET, get involved with State of Democracy, a Common Cause organized Election Protection phone bank.   Work together to demand bold changes to our democracy to create a government that represents all of us, not big corporations or special interests. Register for a shift to make calls and help strengthen the phone bank team to protect our democracy. These shifts will also always include training for first-timers before you make calls, so if this is your first time, no worries! Register at https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/event/376178/?followup_modal_context=organization_newsletter_custom_recommendations

42] – Get over to a Mobile Bike Shop on Thurs., May 23 from 4 to 7 PM at Druid Hill Park, Baltimore 21217. RSVP at https://secure.everyaction.com/Qmb_DBLKckKuXecjJfTctQ244] –

43] – On Thurs., May 23 at 4 PM, join in to learn about how you can participate in the John Lewis National Day of Action to be held on July 17th, the 4th Anniversary of the passing of John Lewis. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/john-lewis-actions/event/627532/?followup_modal_context=organization_newsletter_custom_recommendations

  Sadly, with the growing assault on the voting rights and human dignity of marginalized communities there is a need for concerted action to protect our Democracy. Lewis championed two pieces of federal legislation to secure our democracy, the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.  At this meeting, you will hear from leaders of the convening organizations, Transformative Justice Coalition, Declaration for American Democracy, Public Citizen, Black Voters Matter and more about making July 17th a powerful Day of Action!

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph.: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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

Monday, May 20, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 21 - 22, 2024

24] Mobile Bike Shop – May 21

25] Russia out of Ukraine – May 21

26] Grandparents for Truth – May 21

27] Medicare for All meeting – May 21

28] Learn how to fight climate chaos – May 21

29] Genocide in Gaza and Repression at Home – May 21

30] Critical issues in Women Veterans’ Health – May 21

31] Corporate accountability for climate chaos – May 21

32] South Africa, Palestine & the World Court – May 21

33] Hear from Rep. Ilhan Omar – May 21

34] Tectonic changes – May 22

35] Protest Blue Angels – May 22


24] –Get over to a Mobile Bike Shop on Tues., May 21 from 4 to 7 PM at Lake Montebello, Whitman Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218. RSVP at https://secure.everyaction.com/tUkL3CN_xkuSJyl_JBJ8Gw2

25] – Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center on Tues., May 21 from 5 to 5:30 PM ET at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. The invasion of Ukraine has the potential to become a war extending throughout Europe.  Putin has destroyed Aleppo and Grozny and has threatened the use of nuclear weapons.  Russian soldiers were sent into the area around the contaminated and still radioactive Chernobyl nuclear plant. Now they are stationed in the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.   Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.

26] – People for the American Way [alerts@pfaw.org] wants you to know about Grandparents For Truth on Tues., May 21 at 6 PM ET.  This is a chance to attend a training – and for your chance to win a Grandparents for Truth t-shirt!  Learn about efforts to fight back against censorship efforts nationwide! During the call you will have an opportunity to hear what Grandparents for Truth is planning in 2024, how you can form or join a local club near you, and to hear from a Grandparent for Truth who has been a member since the beginning of the campaign! RSVP at https://peoplefor.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d1umYY4eSW2orQBOlhzIQg#/registration

27] – On Tues., May 21 from 6 to 7 PM ET, the Northern Virginia DSA chapter is hosting a Medicare for All Working Group Meeting.  RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/nova-medicare-for-all-working-group-meeting-tuesday-may-21-at-6pm?clear_id=true&link_id=14&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events-157&email_referrer=email_2315327&email_subject=nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events

 A link to attend this virtual event will be emailed upon RSVP. Discuss the Medicare for All Resolution campaign in Arlington and plan other actions to ensure healthcare as a human right. The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

28] – CCAN [info@chesapeakeclimate.org] on Tues., May 21 at 6:30 PM ET wants you to learn how to fight climate change by developing a story that communicates values that called you to get involved in the climate movement at this time. Join an Organizing 101 training miniseries via Zoom.  Did you know that YOU have the power to make real change in the world? Through grassroots organizing, people can motivate others to join in taking action to fight climate change.  RSVP at https://act.chesapeakeclimate.org/page/65849/data/1?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=membership&utm_content=Membership-Organizing+miniseries-0424-c3+A&ea.url.id=2476991

29] –Check out Genocide in Gaza and Repression at Home on Wed., May 22 at 7 PM ET an online discussion.  Earlier this year it was revealed that the Israeli state set up a top-level task force to carry out covert operations on U.S. campuses aimed at suppressing opposition to its genocide against Gazans. As Palestinian solidarity has taken off on U.S. university campuses, administrators have responded by suspending free speech and the right to assembly and by calling in riot police to violently repress peaceful student and faculty protesters. It is clear that the war on Palestinians is also a war on all those of us who stand against genocide and who oppose U.S. government and corporate support for it. William I. Robinson, distinguished professor of sociology and global studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, will address the Academic Repression of Israel's Critics. Register at masspeace.us/Gaza.Home.Connection

30] –Check out Critical issues in Women Veterans’ Health online on Tues., May 21 at 7 PM ET. What are the current and future needs, and how to meet those needs in a range of disciplines?  Focus on the critical issues facing disabled women veterans at the VA and the challenges women veterans face on returning to civilian life. Examine the new Disabled American Veteran (DAV) report on women veterans' mental health and suicide. Register at masspeace.us/women-veterans-health

31] – Taylor Smith-Hams, 350.org [350@350.org] thinks you will be interested in an event on Tues., May 21 at 7 PM ET – Corporate Accountability / Finance Campaigns.   RSVP at https://350org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvf-yoqDMpG9PbGKzmWbXzeNvV680rx_8x?source=em2024M0419-1-120-MD-us#/registration

 Join every Tuesday at 7 PM ET to dive deep into utility campaigning! Each session will feature different guest speakers who will share their expertise and then lead attendees in interactive breakout sessions through July 16. The 350 Network Council is also hosting a special session on Thursday, May 23 at 7 PM.

32] – CODEPINK [info@codepink.org] will hold a discussion on Tues., May 21 at 8 PM ET about South Africa, Palestine & the World Court. Join in for the CODEPINK Congress Capitol Calling Party!  Also discuss UN efforts to secure full voting membership for Palestine. RSVP at https://www.codepink.org/cpc521?utm_campaign=cp052124&utm_medium=email&utm_source=codepink

 A featured guest is Francis Boyle, a professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law.  Boyle served on the board of Amnesty International, as counsel to Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the Provisional Government of the State of Palestine. He has represented two associations of citizens within Bosnia and was involved in developing the indictment against Slobodan Milosević for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Also hear from Sam Husseini, a Jordanian-Palestinian independent journalist based in Washington, D.C, and the founder of VotePact.org, which fosters left-right cooperation. He is also communications director for the Institute for Public Accuracy, a consortium of policy analysts.

33] –Peace Action [info@peaceaction.org] wants you to join in on Tues., May 21 from 8:30 to 9 PM ET to hear from Rep. Ilhan Omar LIVE!  She will answer your questions about Gaza and peace politics. RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hSLGRbSqTYi12Y-aZyz6HA?emci=1501fb3f-e711-ef11-96f3-6045bdd9e096&emdi=2986d1e8-e911-ef11-96f3-6045bdd9e096&ceid=218683#/registration

34] –  Joseph Gerson, Campaign for Peace, Disarmament & Common Security [josephcgerson-gmail.com@shared1.ccsend.com] wants you to attend on Wed., May 22 from noon to 1:30 PM ET THE WORLD’S TECTONIC GEOPOLITICAL CHANGES AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS. RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vshfgspFQrGsZyfoAjrcOg#/registration

35] – Peace and Climate Activists to Protest Blue Angels Airshow on Wed., May 22 at 1:30 PM ET in downtown Annapolis at City Dock by the Alex Haley statue to highlight the US military as the world’s single largest institutional emitter of greenhouse gasses. The Cost of Wars Project found that the US military pollution had accounted for 1.2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which amounts to 257 million passenger cars annually. They compared this astonishing output and found it to be higher than the emissions from whole countries like Sweden, Morocco, and Switzerland. To join the protest meet at Gott's Garage at 12:30 PM for final message check in and travel together down the hill to City Dock to be set up shortly after 1 PM. To participate, email ellene4pj@yahoo.com

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph.: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert --- May 20 - 21, 2024

18] See film MATEWAN – May 20

19] See film MOTHER’S MILK May 20

20] Nature of God – May 20

21] Know your Rights May 20

22] Back from the Brink meeting – May 21

23] Letter-Writing with Swing Left Baltimore – May 21


18]  – Metro DC DSA [info@mdcdsa.org] on Mon., May 20 at 6:45 PM is joining United Mine Workers of America and Labor Heritage Foundation in hosting a viewing of Matewan at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring 20910. This American labor classic is based on the 1920 showdown between West Virginia coal miners and coal company agents hired to prevent them from unionizing. As organizer Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper, in his film debut) explains, "They got you fightin' white against colored, native against foreign, hollow against hollow, when you know there ain't but two sides in this world — them that work and them that don't. You work, they don't. That's all you got to know about the enemy." The cast includes James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, David Strathairn and Will Oldham; with Oscar®-nominated cinematography by Haskell Wexler. DIR/SCR John Sayles, 1987. Tickets are $13 (with a discount for those with a union membership card). RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/labor-filmfest-matewan?clear_id=true&link_id=35&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events-153&email_referrer=email_2290170&email_subject=nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events

19] – Susan Barnett [reelandmealatnewdealcafe@gmail.com] wants you to see a film "Ma Ka Doodh" (Mother's Milk) about the beef and milk industry in India on Mon., 20 at 7 PM ET, as part of the Reel and Meal series. RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/ReelnMealMay20 <https://tinyurl.com/ReelnMealMay20You can attend in person or by Zoom. Arrive/Log on by 6:45 PM. Please come to the New Deal Café at 113 Centerway (Roosevelt Center) in Greenbelt. You are encouraged to enjoy a Plant-Based Meal to support our mission focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues. The New Deal Café serves a variety of plant-based meals.  Online attendees can order a meal for takeout.

 India, the world's most populous country, is the world's largest consumer and exporter of cow's milk. It is also one of the world's largest exporters of beef. Home to 1.1 billion Hindus, cows are considered sacred and killing them is prohibited in most areas of India.  Filmmaker and medical Doctor Harsha Akmakuri will lead the discussion. He travelled around India to make this poignant film about cows, buffalos and profits. He became a devoted vegan/vegetarian in the process.

 The Reel and Meal at the New Deal is a monthly film series focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues, presented by Utopia Film Festival, the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition and Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group.  For more information on this month’s film please call Frank Gervasi at 301 467-2418 for further information or see the Reel and Meal Facebook page: www.facebook.com/reelandmealNDC

20] – The Maurin Academy <maurinacademy@gmail.com> on Mon., May 20 at 8 PM ET is doing a Summer Seminar with Dr. Laurie M. Johnson in her four-week long summer seminar series, "More Real than the World: Ancient Insights into the Nature of God."   Using selections of texts from Plato's Republic, Gorgias, Symposium, and Laws, Laurie will discuss key ideas that attracted early Christians: Plato's idealism (doctrine of the forms), his views on justice, the role of human love, the existence of God, and the afterlife. The last half hour, at least, will be for open discussion. Each session will run roughly 1.5 hours. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/more-real-than-the-world-ancient-insights-into-the-nature-of-god-tickets-882717049457?aff=odcleoeventsincollection

21] –CODEPINK [info@codepink.org] wants you to join a training on Mon., May 20 at 8 PM ET -- "Know Your Rights" with the National Lawyers Guild! In times like these, staying connected and sharing strategy is crucial as we unite to demand a ceasefire in Gaza and an end to the Israeli occupation in Palestine! For more information on safety and security while protesting for peace, visit the CODEPINK Know Your Rights Resource Page.  RSVP at https://www.codepink.org/missingp520?utm_campaign=mpm520&utm_medium=email&utm_source=codepink

22] – Back from the Brink [info@preventnuclearwar.org] is holding a Local Organizing Meetup on Tues., May 21 at 1 PM ET.  How to make best local use of the BftB-hosted “Conversation with Annie Jacobsen” on May 29th, and planning ahead for Hiroshima/Nagasaki events, perhaps involving local elected leaders. RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86434879139?pwd=OERHYTFyeEpyalBVNEZQNlNBUmFmQT09&emci=6479d6b7-4311-ef11-96f3-6045bdd9e096&emdi=d93abaa3-0212-ef11-96f3-6045bdd9e096&ceid=13712990#success

23] – Letter-Writing with Swing Left Baltimore will happen on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 PM ET.  This will take place from May 21 through June 25.  Meet the organizer on his/her porch in Roland Park to make a difference in the upcoming election. Flip the House and re-elect President Biden. Write letters using an award-winning, proven tactic to reach potential voters in important upcoming elections. Never written letters before? Hop on to votefwd.org/swingleft and make an account; and download twenty letters.  RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/625941/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_closest.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph.: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert – May 19 - 20, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert – May 19 - 20, 2024

"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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com

   If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to Max Obuszewski, BNC, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Max can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net.

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Need help in archiving activist material    

4] Do you need a fax machine?  

5] Get the book A Bag of Stones

6] Get the book Male Supremacy in the Catholic Church: An Insider’s View by Roy Bourgeois

7] Baltimore activist selling her home

8] “Baltimore Slave Markets” – May 19

9] Spring Book Exchange – May 19

10] Nicaragua's Solidarity with Palestine – May 19

11] Metro DC DSA meeting – May 19

12] What happened on Oct. 7? – May 19

13] Action for Assange vigil – May 19

14] Hear from Dennis Kucinich – May 19

15] Protest at the Pentagon – May 20

16] Support Assange at DoJ – May 20

17] Election Protection Zoom – May 20


1] – Buttons, bumper stickers 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 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] –  Janice Sevre-Duszynska needs some assistance in archiving her activist material.  If you are interested in this project, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

4] – Max is moving his archives out of a garage, which he must leave.  Does anyone want a fax machine?  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

5] – Barry Lee Burnside, a gaggle of great writers and copy editors are making available “A Bag of Snakes: Selected Writings on Prisons and the Death Penalty by Murphy Davis and Eduard Loring. Edited by Barry Lee Burnside.” Ed indicates the book will be available for sale on April 13, and is asking you to pre-order your copy. Your donation will provide a needed financial boost for the printing costs. The suggested donation is $20 for one copy; and $30 for your copy and an additional copy for a prisoner or someone in need. Any donation is appreciated. More or less you will receive the book.  Barry and the team have spent over two years putting this book together. It begins with outlines and notes found in the boxes of materials Murphy left when she ascended. The work is a work of love, and all involved are proud of the fruit borne by seeds nourished in good soil.

 To order by postal mail, make your check to Open Door Community.  Send it to Open Door Community, PO Box 10980, Baltimore 21234For any questions, contact David Payne at 404-290-2047 or davidpayne@opendoorcommunity.org.

6] – Another book to consider purchasing is Male Supremacy in the Catholic Church: An Insider’s View by Roy Bourgeois. His new book is both memoir and position-paper, and it makes the case that the Roman Catholic Church is a corrupt system that spits out truth-tellers. The crime he was excommunicated for was attending the ordination ceremony of Janice Sevre-Duszynska in Lexington, Kentucky, in August 2008. The ordination was under the auspices of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.  The Vatican’s response has been to excommunicate any woman who has the audacity to see herself as a priest equal to a male priest. You can purchase a copy from Amazon or by Kindle.

  Here are two quotes to contemplate: “I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men. She is to keep silent.” – Timothy 1, 2:12-13.  “If the patriarchy that dominates the church is not dismantled and women are not treated as equals, the church will continue to diminish and, eventually, die.” – Roy Bourgeois.

7] – A home in Baltimore is for sale on a dead-end street in the Lauraville neighborhood, with three bedrooms, and one bath. The yard backs into a field and then a forest. There is a serene and quiet setting with an abundance of wildlife. The owner will be asking a reasonable amount for the property but it will not be overpriced. Contact her by text only at 443 500 6733. On the text, leave your name and phone number, and she will get back to anyone that reaches out. 

8] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore 21202, meets on Sundays, and usually there is a platform address at 10:30 AM ET.  On May 19, the platform address will be by Zoom -- “Baltimore Slave Markets.”  Richard Messick has been a volunteer with Baltimore Heritage since 2014. In that capacity, he has delved into much of Baltimore’s history, including the once thriving market of buying and selling people in the early 19th century. During Mr. Messick’s presentation, he will explain how informal transactions grew into a major business during the 19th century and reveal the many forgotten locations where these transactions took place.

 Messick, a self-described Baltimore enthusiast, is a native Baltimorean who has enjoyed researching and sharing our city’s history. His primary outlet is with Baltimore Heritage, a nonprofit historic and architectural preservation organization, for which he gives tours of Green Mount Cemetery and the Lexington Market area. He is also a docent at Evergreen Museum and Library, the Garrett family estate on North Charles Street.  To receive a Zoom invitation, please email president@bmorethical.org.

9] –Get over to the Metro DC DSA Political Education Spring Book Exchange on Sun., May 19 from 11 AM to 3 PM ET at Alethia Tanner Park, 227 Harry Thomas Way NE, WDC 20002.  Bring a book, take a book (or two or three) and learn how to get involved in chapter initiatives. This event is open to the community and welcomes chapter members and supporters to share books, pick up free swag, meet comrades and learn about chapter campaigns from the Metro DC DSA Street Team. RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/metro-dc-dsa-spring-book-exchange?clear_id=true&link_id=11&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events-157&email_referrer=email_2315327&email_subject=nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events

10] – The Maryland CPUSA [md@cpusa.org] is promoting a webinar on Sun., May 19 at 3 PM ET -- Nicaragua's Historic & Ongoing Solidarity with Palestine. Register at bit.ly/NicaMay19      Hear from the following: Zeiad Abbas Shamrouch, the Executive Director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA), Yoav Elinevsky, a peace activist, a native of Jerusalem and a community college professor emeritus of mathematics from Massachusetts, and Coleen Littlejohn, a Managua resident since 1980 and an international development economist.  This event is hosted by Nicaragua Solidarity Coalition, which has a new website:  NicaSolidarity.com.

11] –On Sun., May 19 from 3 to 5 PM Et at the Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Decatur Place NW, WDC 20008, the Metro DC DSA will hold a hybrid general body meeting. Hear updates from your fellow members.  RSVP to receive Zoom and address details: 157&email_referrer=email_2315327&email_subject=nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events  Gather at The Admiral, 1 Dupont Circle NW, WDC for a happy hour after!

12] – Voices from the Holy Land are calling your attention to October 7: Behind US and Israeli Headlines on Sun., May 19 at 3 PM ET.  This is an invitation to an online Film Salon. In the hours, days, and weeks after the attack by Hamas, Israeli sources fed bogus claims to Western mainstream media, claims which were then echoed by high officials, including the U.S. president. This salon asks critical questions: Have news bureaus been reporting propaganda as facts? Have Israeli and Western politicians been using fictional war atrocities to justify a six-month “War on Gaza?” And what does video footage taken on October 7 reveal about what actually happened on that day? The panelists including Adam Horowitz of Mondoweiss.net will review and discuss three recent video reports that present the evidence and offer critical analysis. Watch the videos for free at your convenience. Then join the Q&A discussion.

 You must register to join the discussion & receive access to the film at Tinyurl.com/VFHL-May2024. Once you register, you will get a confirmation email from Zoom with a link to the meeting and a link with to watch the film. 

13] – DC Action for Assange will hold a vigil at the White House on Sun., May 19 from 4 to 5 PM. Join in to hold banners & network with other supporters. Email ann1.wilcox@gmail.com

14] – Alan Minsky for Progressive Democrats of America [info@pdamerica.org] urges you to attend on May 19 at 4 PM ET the Sunday Town Hall. The Man who inspired the Founding of PDA, Dennis Kucinich, will talk about his latest campaign and the State of the World. Kucinich is running for office again in the 7th Congressional district of Ohio. This means one of the most acute minds in American politics is fully locked in, and Dennis is ready to share his analysis with us. Now, since Dennis is running as an independent—and since there will be a Democrat on the ballot in the fall—PDA is in the strange position of not being able to officially endorse the man who led the presidential campaign that PDA emerged from. That doesn't mean we have to deprive ourselves of his wisdom and understanding.  Also take a look back and celebrate PDA's 20th birthday. Remember one of the most inspirationally pro-peace campaigns in U.S. history, Dennis' run for President in 2004. RSVP at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tceuhrzsvHdymeeZRwb-i7X50FJa-HMR4#/registration

15] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is May 20 and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro. 

 By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begins at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. The restrooms are located inside Marriot Providence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.

16] –Ann Wilcox [ann1.wilcox@gmail.com] wants you to know that DC Assange supporters will hold banners outside the US Department of Justice on Mon., May 20 from 4 to 5 PM EST.  Gather on the 900 block of Constitution Ave/ NW (opposite the Natural History Museum).  Please join in to publicize a message of "Free Assange" to commuters. Ann Wilcox [ann1.wilcox@gmail.com] wants you to know that DC Assange supporters will hold banners outside the US Department of Justice on Mon., May 20 from 4 to 5 PM EST.  Gather on the 900 block of Constitution Ave/ NW (opposite the Natural History Museum).  Please join in to publicize a message of "Free Assange" to commuters.  On May 20, the Royal Court of Justice in London will issue its final ruling on the appeal of Julian Assange, contesting his extradition to the US. 

17] – Progressive Democrats of America [info@pdamerica.org] wants you to participate with the Green Grassroots Emergency Environment and Election Protection (GREEP) Zoom on Mon., May 20 at 5 PM ET. Hear from leading activists, elected officials, and others committed to union organizing as well as cleaning up our elections and the environment, and other critically important issues. RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqfuygpjIiHtc20uIOxdeqYRiAicjSLWUc#/registration

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, and 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph.: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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

Friday, May 17, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 17 - 18, 2024

58] Peace vigil at the White House May 17

59] Friday Power Lunch May 17

60] Women in Black vigil May 17

61] AFSC Action Hour for ceasefire – May 17

62] Organizing for Action May 17

63] Trans Pride D.C. – May 18

64] Birding tour in Druid Hill Park May 18

65] ICE out of Arlington – May 18

66] Peace vigil at White House May 18

67] The attack on the West Bank – May 18

68] Beating guns into Plowshares – May 18

69] We Power DC Movement meeting – May 18

70] Baltimore activist selling her home

71] Medical supplies are needed in Ukraine

72] Read Dave Eberhardt’s book "For All the Saints- a Protest Primer"

73] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

74] Do you need a doctor?

75] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

76] Do you need any book shelves?

77] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


58] – There is a weekly vigil at the White House on Fridays from noon to 1 PM sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com or call 202-882-9649. 

59] – On Fri., May 17 at noon ET, join the Friday Power Lunch, a weekly show amplifying the voices of the Virginia Grassroots on politics, culture, and making change with the BADASS women of Network NOVA. RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYscumspzMoHtOe4-JRDrtezzQNNh9EhWEh#/registration

60] – Every Friday from noon to 1 PM, Baltimore Women in Black vigil for peace with men and women who live in Roland Park. WIB invites all to join, and any peace sign is welcome, such as "Defuse Nuclear War."  The vigil takes place outside Roland Park Place at 830 West 40th Street and Elm Street. Parking is free at RPP or at the Rotunda across the street. Contact Ann Vinup at annvinup@gmail.com.

61] – The American Friends Service Committee holds an Action Hour for a Cease-fire Now every Friday at noon ET. Join AFSC staff to hear updates from Gaza. Then, take action by contacting elected officials and call for an immediate cease-fire and humanitarian access to Gaza. Our elected officials need to keep hearing from us. RSVP at https://afsc.org/events/action-hour-cease-fire-now?ms=EMA24EI1103&emci=17faec34-887a-ee11-b004-00224832eb73&emdi=9695a439-f87c-ee11-b004-00224832eb73&ceid=764241

62] – On Fri., May 17 from 7:30 to 9 PM ET, the Democratic National Committee will have a Fourth Branch Action discussion.  These Friday events will continue through December 27. Fourth Branch Action is a national grassroots group organizing for action, supporting the Biden/Harris administration, and working through civic, electoral, and legislative action to achieve progressive goals. The group accomplishes this through advocacy, oversight, holding elected officials accountable to perform their jobs on behalf of their constituents; community engagement, civic education, and other events.   Everyone is welcome to join in. Come and enjoy a friendly conversation among like-minded folks, get acquainted with others from across the country, and build a community to restore the soul of our nation.  After you register for this event, you will receive an automated email with the Zoom meeting details: https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/373917/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_most_popular_virtual

63] –The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists [novabranch@mdcdsa.org] will table at Trans Pride Washington, DC which is back at the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library on Sat., May 18! This event is free for trans, non-binary, gender expansive folks and allies!  Visit at https://www.transpridewashingtondc.org/

64] Please join Audubon Mid-Atlantic on Sat., May 18 from 8 until 9:30 AM for a birding tour in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park, Baltimore's oldest large park. 189 species of birds have been documented here, including nesting Baltimore orioles and yellow-crowned night herons. More info and registration available on our website.  RSVP at https://md.audubon.org/events/birdwatching-tour-druid-hill-park-0?ms=aud-email-_(midatl)_ama_md_programming_may_2024&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=_(midatl)_ama_md_programming_may_2024&emci=519c3761-090e-ef11-96f3-6045bdd9e096&emdi=56ea652c-d412-ef11-96f3-6045bdd9e096&ceid=2504878

65] La ColectiVA  [info+la-colectiva-info@email.actionnetwork.org] needs your support on Sat., May 18 at 8 AM ET at the County Board Meeting Room, Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Ste. #307, Arlington, VA 22201.

 Support community members who will be making public comments on removing section 7 from the Trust policy, an important community event that is crucial in ongoing efforts to make Arlington a safer and more inclusive place for migrant families in the community and protect them from abuse by ICE. Help eliminate the collaboration between Arlington Police and ICE and the county's Section 7 Trust policy. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc49rdFyDHc4vlsdChusOXf7GGwr2qXod2ApZ95pwhf0JpmpQ/viewform

66] John Whitehead [jwwhiteh@yahoo.com] wants you to know that there will be a peace vigil on Sat., May 18 from 10 AM to noon outside the White House. We are desperate for peace,

67] –Since Oct. 7, the oppression and violence against Palestinians living in the West Bank has escalated.  In the past 6 months, 7000 Palestinians have been detained in the West Bank, including 440 children, and over 1500 Palestinians have been displaced from Area C. (source: WAFA News agency and Reliefweb).  At least 317 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces and settlers in the West Bank since the Gaza attack began, according to the Palestine Authority Health Ministry. 

  Issa Amro, well-known Palestinian activist, was highlighted in the May 1 NY Times rhetorically asking if Issa is the new “Palestinian Gandhi.”  Working with B'tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, Issa coordinated the "Shooting Back" camera project in Hebron, which distributed cameras to Palestinians so they could document human rights violations by Israeli soldiers and settlers. In 2009 he won the One World Media award for that project. He also founded the organization “Youth against Settlements”, whose mission is to promote the use of nonviolent resistance against the Israeli Occupation. He endures ongoing harassment by Israeli soldiers and settlers and has been arrested over 100 times.  On Sat., May 18 at 1 PM ET, Issa will be on Zoom to talk about the repression and harassment of Palestinians in the West Bank and how that has been exacerbated since Oct. 7. RSVP at https://secure.everyaction.com/L8MDek-2jkuSMRo5bmVUZQ2?contactdata=8izg0AkiaPiymho7zKN5GzveMepqdMTeCICJWuvBFOvstNECsRTu41qe0t7Kmxk3%2fiDYVSP+V0%2fXiu5khOfklR0Nob8RSagrtPdOaMuEXeUioV+6HWbft+0tOLWyvl1dafyv1xYi0NeGZFP8d03qPq0d0AmmQCJ2qWSxjkYu4D7zMynKjwEmGurpfYmmSQY1oo8jJ6kBb9l5WlxdEkIpjwMx0+GWiRfml1wad51Siis%3d&ms=email-newsletter-240515&sourceid=&utm_medium=&emci=e8b93a6a-0e12-ef11-96f3-6045bdd9e096&emdi=d3f8a081-f112-ef11-96f3-6045bdd9e096&ceid=320042

68] Pax Christi USA [jcoode@paxchristiusa.ccsend.com] hopes you will join in on Sat., May 18 from 1 to 3 PM ET for Beating guns into plowshares: A challenging conversation with Shane Claiborne. How do we address the crisis of gun violence in our communities? Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwucu2gpzwuG9RP2TGTt-znQm1ND3_rkHjf#/regist

Shane is the founder of The Simple Way in Philadelphia and currently heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” He is deeply active in efforts to end the death penalty and help stop gun violence. The webinar will include prayer, music, information about how to get involved in the work to end gun violence, and a chance to ask questions of Shane and the gun violence working group.

69] – On Sat., May 18 from 2 to 4 PM ET, come to a We Power DC Movement meeting at the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St. NW, WDC 20010. Energy bills too high? Concerned about climate change and pollution in DC? Tired of unlimited spending for police and luxury high-rises but only pennies for public transit, low-cost housing, education, and other priorities? Come join the organizers of We Power DC for an overview of the public power campaign. This is an event for people in DC who want to work on these important issues but might not know where to start. We Power DC organizers will give an overview of the campaign, some recent updates, and will lead some (optional) skills-building sessions. RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/we-power-dc-movement-meeting-2?link_id=67&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-metro-dc-dsa-weekly-newsletter-for-april-19-2024&email_referrer=email_2295615&email_subject=metro-dc-dsa-weekly-newsletter-for-april-26-2024

70] – A home in Baltimore is for sale on a dead-end street in the Lauraville neighborhood, with three bedrooms, and one bath. The yard backs into a field and then a forest. There is a serene and quiet setting with an abundance of wildlife. The owner will be asking a reasonable amount for the property but it will not be overpriced. Contact her by text only at 443 500 6733. On the text, leave your name and phone number, and she will get back to anyone that reaches out. 

71] -- If you are able to donate any kind of surplus medical supplies for field hospitals in eastern Ukraine, please email Brendan.walls@seaseton.org or call 410-721-70 x231.  There is a colleague whose father is a medic on the front line. One container is shipped every month to the Donbass region. Donations can be picked up in Baltimore and Columbia every Thursday, and on other days in Annapolis and Crofton.

72] – David Eberhardt was a member of the Baltimore Four with Father Philip Berrigan, Tom Lewis and Rev. James Mengel.  The group poured blood on draft files on October 27, 1967.  They would be convicted and sentenced to prison.

He has written a book "For All the Saints- a Protest Primer"- documenting the Baltimore Four action and many others up to and including the most recent Plowshares action – Kings Bay Plowshares 7.  Dave printed new copies of For All the Saints, a Protest Primer- 250+ pp w photos-therefore #'s 351-400 making it o so collectable with two Berrigan book reviews added. The books are signed, and the price remains $25. Will send free if need be- he is not in it for the money! If you want one, send him a check, or contact Dave Eberhardt, 4 Hadley Square North, Baltimore, MD 21218 by email at 1941mireille@gmail.com

73] -- This is A PLEA TO CONVINCE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY TO OBEY INTERNATIONAL LAW. The world reached a historic milestone on January 22, 2021: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons [TPNW] entered into force and become binding international law -- https://www.icanw.org/the_treaty.

 Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland has called attention to the growing danger of nuclear war and the outrageous $1.7 trillion dollars we are spending to upgrade the nuclear arsenal. On July 18, 2017, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, a U.S. Navy - affiliated research center received a seven-year, $92 million contract to continue its systems engineering and research-and-development services for the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. Help convince JHU to renounce nuclear weapons contracts. Contact the president, Ron Daniels, to urge him to reject all nuclear weapons contracts: Office of the President, 242 Garland Hall, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218.  Call his office at (410) 516-8068 or email president@jhu.edu.

74] – Yousef Zarbalian [yzarbali@gmail.com] started his own medical practice in December before the pandemic hit. It is called East-West Medicine and Rheumatology, and its website is EastWestMD.com.  Yousef is licensed in Maryland and Virginia. He is doing primary care as well as rheumatologic care (focusing on joint problems and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and sjogren's).  He is offering telemedicine visits, and he has very reasonable rates for uninsured individuals.  He makes use of herbs (which can be sent directly to patients from the herbal dispensary) as well as prescribing medications to their local pharmacy if needed.  

75] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs, records, tarps and table cloths, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

76] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

77] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to http://prop1.org; call 202-682-4282.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, and 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan