Saturday, December 23, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert – December 24, 2023 to January 25, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert – December 24, 2023 to January 25, 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.

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  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]

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation\

3] Need help in archiving activist material    

4] Max is looking for tips on a garage or a storage suggestion.

5] Get the book Surely Goodness and Mercy by Murphy Davis

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

7] Brian Barrett needs your help

8] Winter Festival – Dec. 24

9] Holiday Celebration for Progress and Peace – Dec. 24

10] How We Win the Civil War – Dec. 24

11] Protest at the Pentagon – Dec. 25

12] What would Jesus do for Palestine? – Dec. 25

13] Russia out of Ukraine – Dec. 26

14] Phone Bank with IfNotNow – Dec. 26

15] Documentary Cultural Expressions: Kwanzaa – Dec. 26

16] “Decolonizing Palestine” deadline Dec. 30

17] March with Healthcare for All – Maryland Jan. 15


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  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

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 in need of a garage or a storage space.  Any suggestions would be welcome.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

5] – Consider getting HOSPITALITY, the newsletter of OPEN DOOR: A prophetic discipleship community honoring the Black Jesus, Dorothy Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. The September/October 2022 issue contains a wonderful review by Claire Schaeffer-Duffy of Surely Goodness and Mercy by Murphy Davis, reprinted from The Catholic Worker, March-April 2022.  Davis, a co-founder of the Open Door Community, died in 2020.   You can subscribe to the newsletter or buy a copy of the book by calling 404-290-2047 or by emailing

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] – Brian Barrett is in the hospital with Covid, and will be released on Sun., Dec. 24.  Brian had a rough day, as he lost the keys to his new apartment.  Fortunately, he will be able to sleep at 327 East 25th Street in Baltimore upon release.  Jana Meyer is helping Brian but will be out of town next week.  So we are looking for friends who might help him during this ordeal.  The ways to help him would be to bring him food, get him medications and to do his laundry.  Let Max know if you are able to provide assistance – 410-323-1607 or at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

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 Dec. 24, enjoy a hybrid Winter Festival facilitated by Karen Elliott. Short days, holidays, family get-togethers, and (usually) cold nights. Together talk about winter and how to respond to it, share stories of family traditions from the various holidays at this time of year, and those who are able to attend in person will finish by joining together in a creative experience “Balamer”-style. If you have a poem or other short reading about winter that you really love, please let Karen know ahead of time so she can find the perfect moment for you to share it. Visit

9] – Progressive Democrats of America [] are holding their weekly Town Hall on Sun., Dec. 24 at 4 PM ET for a Holiday Celebration For Progress and Peace?  PDA wants to hear from you about How We can Promote Peace and Hope in our Own Lives and for Those around Us. Christmas Eve is a wonderful day to hear from the PDA family. Together we can change the world. Why do you have faith that Peace on Earth, Goodwill for All is possible? Even just share a good, uplifting story about your holiday experiences, past and present. It's a day for us to share as a community and revel in our friendship and hopeful thoughts for the future, together. Register and the machine will email you your secure codes: RSVP at

10] – Steve Phillips [] has written a book How We Win the Civil War. On Sun., Dec. 24 at 8 PM ET, Phillips will host a weekly “Sundays with Steve” on Facebook Live to discuss contemporary issues through the prism of the ongoing Civil War. Sign up at

11] – 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 Dec. 25, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email 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.  This vigil will honor the visit to the area of the anti-nuclear ship the Golden Rule.

 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.

12] –Sandra Tamari [] is asking on Christmas Day What Would Jesus Do for Palestine? You are invited to a special virtual event on Christmas Day at noon ET to reflect on what Jesus do for Palestine. Register at

It is the Christmas season when bells are ringing and Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. But not in Palestine, the birthplace of Jesus. The Israeli onslaught against Gaza has killed upwards of 20,000 including 8,000 children. At least 300, including 72 children, have been killed by Israeli troops in the West Bank since October 7.   Palestinian Christians are united in their condemnation of Israeli atrocities. In Bethlehem, the town of Jesus’ birth, a scene representing “Christ in the Rubble” lies inside the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Pastor Munther Isaac explains, “It is impossible to celebrate when there is a massacre, a genocide, taking place in Gaza to our people. The idea was to send a message to the world that this is what Christmas looks in Palestine… Children being pulled from under the rubble, their homes destroyed while the world is celebrating." RSVP at

13] -- Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center on Tues., Dec. 26 from 4:30 to 5 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.   People who believe in peace and justice should come forward and take the risks of peace. The burial sites continue to expose ruthless war crimes by the invaders, Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.

14] –Get involved with a virtual Phone Bank with IfNotNow on Tues., Dec. 26 from 7 to 9 PM ET. RSVP at  Help to make calls to donors and potential donors to meet end-of-year fundraising goal! Every week will feature a phone bank which will include live training and tech support. It is a two-hour commitment. This is great to join especially if you've never called us before. But all who can join should regardless of experience. Please come on time to receive training.

15] – Maryland Public Television (MPT) <> hosts Standing against Racism programming on Tues., Dec.26 at 8 PM ET for a documentary Cultural Expressions: Kwanzaa. Honoring the heritage, unity, culture, and rich contributions of African Americans, Kwanzaa is more than just a celebration; it's a way of life. Cultural Expressions: Kwanzaa is an hour-long documentary that explores the seven principles that are the foundation of Kwanzaa by sharing seven real-life stories of impact. These stories reveal how each principle plays a role in the Black community, enhanced by cultural elements of dance, storytelling, music, and spoken word. Go to

16] -- Eduard Loring [] is promoting a course by The Alternative Seminary “Decolonizing Palestine.” He has started reading the book, and brings to our attention that children and the elderly are starving to death in Gaza.  Since he states we are complicit, he hopes that people will act and learn what can be done to bring Peace to this war torn land.  If you have any questions or problems registering for the course, contact Will O’Brien at (267) 339-8989 or

 Settler Colonial Theory in Conversation with Palestinian Liberation Theology is a FOUR-WEEK VIRTUAL COURSE on Monday evenings, January 8 – 29 from 7 to 9 PM ET, led by Rev. Amy Yoder McGloughlin.  Two weeks before the war began, Palestinian liberation theologian, Mitri Raheb, released his latest book, Decolonizing Palestine:  The Land, The People, and The Bible.  This book contains a much-needed framework to understand what's happening in Israel and Palestine, and to address the questions that often come up as folks struggle to understand the history and context of modern-day Palestine.  Discuss a chapter each week, and engage with Palestinian guest speakers to unravel the colonial mindset and envision a world where all are liberated from oppression. Amy is a Mennonite pastor who travels to Palestine every year and volunteers with Community Peacemaker Teams, an organization that monitors human rights violations in the West Bank and stands in solidarity with Palestinians using nonviolent practices.

A donation of $50 is recommended, to cover the costs associated with having Palestinian guest speakers, but please pay what you can.  The deadline for registration is December 30.  Register at

17] – As it has done for many years, Healthcare is a Human Right- Maryland will be participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Baltimore on Mon., Jan. 15.  Join in and march behind a banner that contains Dr. King's famous quote, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."  The t-shirts will say "Medicare for All" and "Healthcare is a Human Right." Signs will be available for all.  You are encouraged to join the parade and show your support for healthcare justice.

The parade starts at noon at MLK Jr. Blvd. and Eutaw Street.  HCHR-MD will gather there by 11:30 AM.  For additional information, please contact Rich Bruning [] at [410] 235-3504 or [443]-509-7095.

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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