Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 8 - 10, 2022

50] How climate change affects our health in Maryland – Dec. 8

51] Who was Joseph Rotblat? Dec. 9

52] Peace vigil at the White House Dec. 9

53] Rally for Starbuck workers – Dec. 9

54] Birdwatching Tour of Patterson Park -- Dec. 19

55] Burma human rights violations – Dec. 10

56] Advent Retreat on nuclear weapons Dec. 9

57] Get over to the food pantry – Dec. 10

58] Vigil for Assange – Dec. 10

59] Amnesty International meeting – Dec. 10

60] Converging Crises & Collaborations to Fix Them – Dec. 10

61] Margaret Baldridge’s Birthday Bash/People’s World fundraiser Dec. 10

62] Commemorating Phil Berrigan – Dec. 10

63] Medical supplies are needed in Ukraine

64] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

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

66] Do you need a doctor?

67] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

68] Do you need any book shelves?

69] Join the Global Zero campaign.

70] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


50] – Maryland LCV [] is hosting with the Maryland Public Health Association a webinar on Thurs., Dec. 8 at noon ET -- how climate change affects our health in Maryland.  Register at Dr. Chelsea Gridley-Smith, director of Environmental Health at the National Association of County and City Health Officials, will highlight key findings from a recent climate and health report, and discuss ways to support Maryland-specific policy solutions that correspond with the report's recommendations.

51] – On Fri., Dec. 9 at noon, tune in to the Pugwash Nobel Peace Prize 27 Years On: Reflections and Outlook. On December 10, 1995, the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and Sir Joseph Rotblat, the youngest original signee of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto, received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo "for their efforts to diminish the part played by nuclear arms in international politics and, in the longer run, to eliminate such arms."  The first Nobel Peace Prize jointly awarded to an individual and an organization, their success reflected the optimism in post-Cold War Europe about the future of nuclear arms control and the imperative of the need to end nuclear weapons testing.

To commemorate this recognition 27 years ago, three speakers who knew Rotblat personally will share their intimate stories of his life; from young scientist, to influential Pugwashite, to champion of student and young Pugwash voices. They will share rare videos and first-hand accounts from the ceremony and offer messages of hope about the future, particularly on the role of Pugwash, the need for dialogue across divides in times of international tension, and the importance of engaging a new generation of scientists and arms control advocates. Hear from John Finney, University College London; Sandra Ionno Butcher, National Organization for FASD (UK); and Sverre Lodgaard, Former Director of UNIDIR. Sign up at

52] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Dec. 9 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

53] –Join the Virginia Starbucks Workers United Solidarity Rally on Fri., Dec.  9 at 5 PM ET at the Bozman Government Center plaza, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA. This is the one year anniversary of the first union victory at a corporate-owned Starbucks store in Buffalo. After the rally, gather at Fireworks Pizza to celebrate and talk strategy to get Starbucks to stop union busting. RSVP at  Email novabranch [at]  After the rally, gather at Fireworks Pizza to celebrate and talk strategy to get Starbucks to stop union-busting.

54] – Get on a Birdwatching Tour of Patterson Park on Sat., Dec. 10 from 8 to 9:30 AM. Meet at the fountain, closest to East Lombard Street and South Patterson Park Avenue.  Over 200 bird species have visited Patterson Park, an important migratory stopover in Baltimore City! Audubon experts will lead us in search of avian friends! Email Register at

55] – The U.S. Campaign for Burma [] wants you at this event - "Right to Seek Safety: Rakhine State" on Sat., Dec. 10 at 10 AM ET. A panel will discuss the challenges and hurdles experienced by IDPs and refugees from Rakhine state, as well as the current on the ground situation. Hear from Kyaw Hsan Hlaing, Independent journalist and researcher, Yasmin Ullah, Independent Rohingya activist and Rohingya Women Web Series, Shayna Bauchner, Human Rights Watch. RSVP at

56] –  Consider coming to an Advent Retreat on Sat., Dec. 10 from 10 AM to 1 PM at The Outpost, 512 Collins Ave., Baltimore 21229. RSVP at or at 443-690-4060. Bring something you consider beautiful. Begin with introductions and an opening prayer. Then speak up about your example of beauty. Enjoy scripture reflections, and walk by a stream or engage in quietude.  Bring something for a potluck lunch. There will be a distribution of a copy of Bishop John Wester’s pastoral letter about abolishing nuclear weapons and get an invitation about future discussions. The gathering will end with a prayer.

57] – On Sat., Dec. 10 from noon to 2 PM EST, get over to the Food Pantry and Food Donation Center at First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Madison St., Baltimore. This Food Pantry is open every Saturday. Get a grocery bag – breakfast, jelly and peanut butter (a good source of protein) for lunch, the makings for a balanced dinner such as beans and rice, pasta and sauce, soup, vegetables, fruit, and a paper goods. Also added is a little fun food, such as popcorn or cookies, for everyone enjoys a treat.  Contributions of shelf stable foods can be brought to Reid Chapel every Saturday between noon and 2 PM. If shopping is difficult for you, monetary donations earmarked food pantry may be sent to the church.  How else can you help? Volunteers are needed to help collect and distribute food. Contact the church office to volunteer. You can also help by spreading the word to those you know who are facing food insecurity. See

58] – On Sat., Dec. 10 from 1 to 3 PM ET, join a Vigil for Assange at the British Embassy, 3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC with DC Action for Assange on International Human Rights Day. Call for the immediate release of Assange, and for charges against him to be dropped.  Assange has now been imprisoned in the Belmarsh high-security prison in London for over 3-1/2 years. This follows years of asylum inside the Embassy of Ecuador.  He faces an indictment from the United States, which could bring up to 175 years in prison if convicted, for violation of the Espionage Act and other charges. Contact Ann Wilcox (

59] – Amnesty International [] is inviting you to its annual Write for Rights 2022 event on Sat., Dec. 10 from 3 to 5:30 PM ET. Join Amnesty International at 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, WDC or via Zoom. RSVP at Light refreshments will be served. This year write letters on behalf of cases from Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Cuba, France, Morocco and Western Sahara, Paraguay, Russia and Zimbabwe. More information on the campaign and this year’s cases can be found at Also see a screening of The Facility, a documentary about immigration detention. One of the former detainees highlighted in the documentary, Nilson Barahona, will give an introduction to the film.

60] – Massachusetts Peace Action [] is holding a hybrid event on Sat., Dec. 10 at 3 to 5:30 PM ET -- Converging Crises & Collaborations to Fix Them!  Come together across movements to build collaboration to hold power accountable and explore collective action on the converging crises we face – from crushing inequality, to climate collapse, endless war & nuclear Armageddon. Lay groundwork for peaceful direct action, mass mobilization and more to help us fight for our future! RSVP at  This will be a chance to come together across movements to build collaboration to hold power accountable and explore collective action on the converging crises we face – from crushing inequality, to climate collapse, endless war & nuclear Armageddon. Come lay groundwork for peaceful direct action, mass mobilization and more to help us fight for our future!

61] – The Maryland CPUSA [] on Sat., Dec. 10 from 7 to 9 PM ET is inviting you to Margaret Baldridge’s Birthday Bash/People’s World fundraiser.  The group would love for you to attend the event at Baltimore Center Stage, 700 North Calvert Street, Roche Chapel, 4th Floor. Baltimore 21202. If you can’t come, there is an opportunity in Eventbrite to donate to the People’s World which is an important part of the project. Go to Check out the upsurge in working class struggles at

62] – Friends of Jonah House will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Philip Berrigan at Red Emma's, 3128 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore on Sat., Dec. 10 at 7PM.  Berrigan died December 6, 2002 at Jonah House in Baltimore after a terminal cancer diagnosis at age 79.  Berrigan came to prominence during the war on Vietnam after leading two draft board raids in the Baltimore area, acts of nonviolent resistance that earned him time in federal prison.  After the war's end, he and the Jonah House community focused their attention on the threat posed by first strike nuclear weapons, responding with the nonviolent direct action Plowshares movement, which has carried out over 100 disarmament actions at weapons plants and military bases since 1980.   

  Overall, his career as a prophetic priest and peacemaker earned him over 11 years in prison. A Maine judge termed Philip Berrigan ''a moral giant, the conscience of a generation," in 1997. Frida Berrigan, the daughter of Phil and Elizabeth McAlister, and other speakers will share remembrances of him as a friend and activist. The Baltimore Nonviolence Center is honored to be one of many co-sponsors of the commemoration.

63] – If you are able to donate any kind of surplus medical supplies for field hospitals in eastern Ukraine, please email or call 410-721-5770 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.

64] -- 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 --

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

65] – 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. Dave 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.  Phil Berrigan’s wife, Elizabeth McAlister, is a member of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. 

Dave just printed the 5th edition of the book which is available for $25 by sending him a check: Dave Eberhardt, 4 Hadley Square North, Baltimore, MD 21218. You can contact him at He prefers that you DO NOT order the book from Amazon. Image 1 of 2 for FOR ALL THE SAINTS: A PROTEST PRIMER. David Eberhardt; Image 2 of 2 for FOR ALL THE SAINTS: A PROTEST PRIMER; and FOR ALL THE SAINTS: A PROTEST PRIMER.  This is a self-published book printed in 2017 with updates.

The price is $25 for a Spiral Bound, and Signed. This edition being what the publisher calls “The 4th edition (or first edition 4th state?)  of this book (with “final” additions) has been printed by the firm of FEDEX numbered 150-200, signed by the author, February 2017. ”This is copy 187 and is numbered and signed by David Eberhardt on the title page. While the bibliographical information is a bit head-spinning, this is an engaging memoir by David Eberhardt recounting his involvement with the Brothers Berrigan in the protests against the Viet Nam war, and his subsequent time as an inmate at the Lewisburg Federal Prison. There is Near Fine binding: Item #291479. 

66] Yousef Zarbalian [] started his own medical practice in December before the pandemic hit. It is called East-West Medicine and Rheumatology, and its website is  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.  

67] -- 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

68] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at

69] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

70] – 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; call 202-682-4282.

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] Go to

“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

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