Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- April 13 - 14, 2023

50] Celebrate the life of Cliff DuRand – April 13

51] Challenging the Australia-UK-US Alliance – April 13

52] Northern Virginia DSA meeting – April 13

53] Webinar about Monopoly – April 13

54] “The Politics of Resurrection” – April 13

55] Ban Fracking -- April 13

56] Department of Peacebuilding Campaign Call April 13

57] Our Land, Our Nature conference April 14

58] Peace vigil at the White House April 14

59] Women in Black vigil – April 14

60] Get over to the World Bank – April 14


50] – Research Associates Foundation of Baltimore <> is inviting you on Thurs., April 13 at 6 PM ET to a Memorial for the life of Cliff DuRand at Red Emma's Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 3128 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore. Celebrate the life of comrade Cliff DuRand, who passed away on March 17, 2023 in his home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Cliff leaves a huge legacy and an international reputation for his fearless, tireless and relentless efforts to create a more just and equitable world. An inspirational activist-leader, Cliff taught philosophy at Morgan State University from 1963 to 2004. He co-founded Baltimore's Research Associates Foundation, which in the early 1980's converted a vacant public library into the Progressive Action Center, a hub of Baltimore's progressive community for over two decades; the center's subsequent sale funded a succession of grants for research and organizing in Baltimore for an additional dozen years. Cliff was also the cofounder of the Radical Philosophy Association and the organizer over decades of their Conference of US and Cuban Philosophers and Social Sciences. After moving to Mexico in his retirement, he co-founded the Center for Global Justice, which has served as a major forum for anti-imperialist mobilization in the Global South. He was a voracious reader and writer, whose books include Moving Beyond Capitalism, and Recreating Democracy in a Globalized State.

The memorial will be a hybrid event with in person and online participation. Join by Zoom at  The meeting ID is 856 4899 0251 with a passcode of 775777.

51] – Check out Challenging the Australia-UK-US Alliance & the Imperative of Diplomacy with China on Thurs., April 13 from 7 to 8 PM ET. Australian peace activists, political leaders and others, including peace movements across the Indo-Pacific, are rallying to oppose the AUKUS alliance and the nuclear submarine program.  Hear from Dr. Hannah Middleton, a longtime peace and justice activist and national spokesperson of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AABCC), Richard Tanter, is Senior Research Associate at the Nautilus Institute, and Honorary Professor in the School of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Lisa Linda Natividad, a Professor of social work and Chamoru studies at the University of Guam and others.  Register at

52] – The Northern Virginia Branch Monthly Organizing meeting is on Thurs., April 13 at 6:15 PM ET. Please join virtually or come to the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA 22201. All NoVA branch members are strongly encouraged to attend. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your comrades, catch up on NoVA Branch actions, and see how you can volunteer your time in the future!  RSVP at Email novabranch [at] mdcdsa [dot] org.

53] – Henry George School of Social Science [] is suggesting that you Reserve Your Spot Now for a webinar about Monopoly! The Real Story Behind America's Most Popular Game on Thurs., April 13 at 6:30 PM ET. Join Mary Pilon as she dives into the gripping social history of corporate greed that illuminates the cutthroat nature of American business over the last century and will draw some interesting parallels with new developments in today’s market place. RSVP at  Pilon, author of The Monopolists, reveals the unknown story of how the famed game, Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man's lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the game's questionable origins. This interactive talk will dive into the gripping social history of corporate greed that illuminates the cutthroat nature of American business over the last century, and draw some interesting parallels with new developments in today’s market place.

54] –  If you think what we take up for Easter is more important than what we give up for Lent, join the Daniel Berrigan Collective for a Webinar “The Politics of Resurrection,” with civil rights activist and public theologian Ruby Sales. It will happen on Thurs., April 13 at 7 PM ET.  Join the Zoom meeting at The meeting ID is 829 7410 9656 with a passcode of j9MiY2.

55] –  Food & Water Action PAC [] thinks you will be interested in meeting the climate champion changing the fight to ban fracking on Thurs., April 13 from 7 to 8 PM ET. An Allegheny County, Pennsylvania is holding an election. Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh and the surrounding area, is a critical battleground in the fight to stop fracking and the buildout of petrochemicals. The election results of the Allegheny County Executive race will have huge implications for the fight to ban fracking nationally.  Hear from Food & Water Action Pennsylvania Director, Megan McDonough and State Rep. and candidate for County Executive, Sara Innamorato. Discuss the implications of this race on the national fight to ban fracking!  RSVP at

56] – The Peace Alliance [] needs you to participate in a Department of Peacebuilding Campaign Grassroots Strategy Call on Thurs., April 13 at 8 PM ET. Seven sub-committees have formed and are meeting monthly to get the job done. You can help to realize the passing of this bill! Email for more info or for the zoom call link.

57] – Survival International USA [] is hosting its third “Our Land, Our Nature” Conference to Decolonize Conservation is taking place on Fri., April 14 at 8:30 AM ET in New York City. It’s also being streamed online. This conference seeks to change the conversation around mainstream conservation by bringing together Indigenous peoples from around the world, along with other human rights experts, to elevate the voices of those who have seen their lands stolen and their livelihoods devastated by the increasing militarization of conservation. Register at Indigenous and local people’s voices are all-too-often unheard or ignored, and this conference is a rare opportunity to change thinking around conservation, and to advocate for an alternative approach based on Indigenous rights.

58] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., April 14 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

59] – 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 the corner of West 40th Street and Elm Street. Parking is free at RPP or at the Rotunda across the street. Contact Ann Vinup at

60] – The Takoma Park Mobilization [] on Fri., April 14 at noon will do Big Shift Global World Bank Action Day 2023 — For People for Planet. Gather at Edward R Murrow Park, In front of the World Bank at Pennsylvania Ave. & 18th St NW, WDC.  Visit Hear speakers from around the world outlining how the World Bank needs to change for the better. Call on the World Bank Group for action on climate, ending fossil fuel finance, a just green transition, debt cancellation, ending austerity, factory farming and biodiversity! Register at

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] 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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