Monday, August 7, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- August 8 - 11, 2023

41] Swing Left looks for letter writers Aug. 8

42] Letter writing on Zoom – Aug. 8

43] The bomb will drop – Aug. 8

44] Nagasaki Day at the White House Aug. 9

45] Common Cause Election Protection phone bank Aug. 9 & 11

46] Commemorate Nagasaki – Aug. 9

47] In person letter writing to voters – Aug. 9

48] Defund police meeting -- Aug. 9

49] Remembering Dan Ellsberg – Aug. 9


41] – On Tues., Aug. 8 from 7 to 8:30 PM, Swing Left Howard County is doing an IN-PERSON letter writing to Voters.  This event will start the in-person evening with a 10-15 minute status update that will also be on the other zoom event. Then the letter writing will take place. The letters will be printed. You will bring a blue pen, 20 envelopes, and 20 first class stamps. You will write letters using an award-winning, proven tactic to reach potential voters in important upcoming elections. RSVP at The next Swing Left takes place on Tues., Oct. 10 from 7 to 8:30 PM DT.

42] – On Tues., Aug. 8 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET, Swing Left is organizing Virtual Letter Writing. This monthly status update event is on ZOOM. When available from Vote Forward it will be followed by letter writing on your own. There are separate events to attend in-person letter writing.

  The evening will start with a 10-15 minute status update. When letters are available from Vote Forward, you will dive into writing letters. You can stay on Zoom to be connected to the in-person meeting or drop off and write at your own pace. Sign up as a volunteer on Vote Forward at It takes a day or so to get approved as a volunteer, so plan to sign up 3-4 days ahead of the event. Download 20 letters to write at the event and gather your materials. You will need 20 stamps, a blue pen, and 20 #10 business envelopes. Swing Left’s “Write Letters from Home” page has step-by-step information to help you get set up on Vote Forward and download letters. Swing Left is a national network that helps people find high impact ways to support Democratic candidates. This will contain on various Tuesdays through October 10. RSVP at

43] – The Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee will gather on Tues., Aug. 8 at 9:45 PM ET on Pennsylvania Ave. outside the White House for the annual candlelight commemoration of Nagasaki. Email

44] – Art Laffin <> announced that the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker on Wed., Aug. 9 at noon will hold a Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration witness at the White House. The Biden Administration is committed to the modernization of U.S. nuclear forces, spending over $43 billion this year and proposing to spend over $56 billion in 2024.  The U.S. nuclear arsenal upgrade now underway is estimated to cost $1.7 trillion over the next several decades, while poverty increases, the climate crisis worsens and basic human needs go unmet

45] – Join a virtual Common Cause 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. Make calls from 4 to 6 PM ET on Wed., Aug. 9 and Fri. Aug. 11. These shifts will include training for first-timers before you make calls, so if this is your first time, no worries! This will continue through August 28, 2024. Sign up at

46] –   The Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemoration Committee will continue its 39th annual remembrance of the 1945 atomic bombing on August 6 of Hiroshima and on August 9 of Nagasaki.  The groups involved in the Commemoration Committee are the Baltimore club of CPUSA, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, First & St Stephen's United Church of Christ, Homewood Friends Meeting, Maryland Peace Action and Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland. 

To help build up people power, on August 6, Hiroshima Day, the Committee held a 7th Congressional District Nuclear War Awareness Town Hall at Homewood Friends Meeting in Baltimore. This town hall was in Kweisi Mfume’s legislative district.  The vigil on Charles Street allowed many passing vehicles to honk in support. Once inside, around 7 PM, participants were informed of Baltimore’s long history of antinuclear weapons endeavors.  And a number of organizations made powerful statement about the threats created by these weapons of mass destruction. Baltimore City Councilmember Odette Ramos pointed out that she grew up in New Mexico and was very much in support of anti-nuclear weapons organizing.  She added that her door was open should there be interest in bringing any initiatives before the City Council.

 The commemoration will continue on August 9 with a 2nd Congressional District Nuclear War Awareness Town Hall at First & St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, 6915 York Road, Baltimore 21212.  This town hall which will be in Dutch Ruppersberger’s legislative district will start at 6 PM with a commemoration vigil outside the church. Once inside, around 7 PM, a short film will be shown about the Marshall Islands. From 1946-1958 the United States detonated 67 nuclear weapons on Bikini and Eniwetok Atolls in the Marshall Islands, which resulted in forced relocation, culture loss tied with loss of lands, as well as biological and ecological consequences, which are ongoing.

  After the film, participants will gather for a brainstorming strategy session.  The idea is to get as many groups together to plan future activities to challenge our government’s nuclear weapons policies.  For example, Rep. David Trone, who is running for senator, is refusing to co-sponsor H. Res. 77 which promotes the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  This is what his communications director wrote: “Congressman Trone supports a nuclear-free world and firmly believes in the ideals behind House Resolution 77. Today, as millions of Ukrainians fear for their lives and mourn those killed by Putin’s brutal invasion, Congressman Trone recognizes the need to support and defend the sovereignty of Ukraine and the safety of its people, and so will refrain from signing onto Congressional resolutions that could preempt the Administration’s diplomatic efforts to end the war.” Note 37 members of Congress have co-sponsored H. Res. 77, which has had no effect on preempting any of the Biden administration’s diplomatic efforts.  As part of the strategy session, participants will discuss a possible response to Rep. Trone and other matters relating to the dangers of living in a world with nuclear weapons. 

 Also participants will engage in a discussion about possibly arranging a meeting with City Councilmember Ramos.  Over the years, Baltimore peace and justice activists have worked with members of Baltimore’s City Council, and now may be the time to strategize on new initiatives. Could we, for example, get City Council to consider divestment from banks which fund nuclear weapons contractors?  Share your thoughts and ideas about steps to take towards a nuclear-free world. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net. 

47] –. On Wed., Aug. 9 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET, Swing Left wants you to know about a Catonsville IN-PERSON letter writing to Voters in Howard County, MD. Register at There is a separate zoom event for a monthly status update and letter writing on your own. At this event, the evening will start with a 10-15 minute status update that will also be on the other zoom event.  Then dive into letter writing. The letters are printed. You bring a blue pen, 20 envelopes, and 20 first class stamps. Write letters using an award-winning, proven tactic to reach potential voters in important upcoming elections.

48] –.The Metro DC DSA [] wants you to know about a Defund the Police Northern Virginia DSA working group meeting on Wed., Aug. 9 at 7 PM ET. The Defund Police working group works to challenge oppressive institutions and imagine the capacities for community care that might grow instead. If you’re interested in getting involved, fill out the interest form in advance:

49] – The Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee [] wants you to know about a webinar  Remembering Dan Ellsberg, Nonviolent Activist on Wed., Aug. 9 at 7 PM ET.  Hear from Ken Butigan, Patricia Marx Ellsberg, David Hartsough, Tarak Kauff and others. 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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