Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 15 - 16, 2024

38] EPA summit in Baltimore – May 15

39] NoVA Abolition working group meeting – May 15

40] Team ENOUGH is a youth-led program May 15

41] Post-election discussion – May 15

42] Grow the Progressive movement – May 15

43] Take on MAGA extremism – May 15

44] Support RECA reinstatement – May 15 - 16

45] Year in Review – May 15

46] Dept. of Peacebuilding campaign call – May 15

47] Intergenerational nonviolent peacemaking – May 15


38] –Maryland LCV Education Fund invites Baltimore organizations and interested community members to join an in-person gathering for the EPA Mid-Atlantic Region's virtual summit, “Empowering Communities for Environmental Equity” on Thurs., May 16 from 10 AM to 4 PM ET. You must register by May 15. The location is the National Aquarium’s Animal Care and Rescue Center, 901 E Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21202. Register at

39] –The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists of America [] want you to know about the NoVA Abolition working group which works to challenge oppressive institutions and imagine the capacities for community care.  It meets every other Wednesday. If you’re interested in getting involved with this work, the next working group meeting is on Wed., May 15 from 6 at 7 PM ET. Please fill out the interest form in advance and you will be plugged in:

40] -- 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 15, 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

41] – On Wed., May 15 at 7 PM ET, join a virtual Post-Primary Election discussion. Join in for an engaging and informative session about the outcomes of the Primary Day election and discuss the implications for the progressive movement in Maryland.  During this event, review key races, including the highly anticipated US Senate seat race, and analyze the results to understand their significance for the community and our values. Additionally, outline Progressive Maryland's timeline and priorities leading up to the November general election. Also discuss how you can actively participate and make a difference in shaping the future of our state.  RSVP at

42] – On Wed., May 15 at 7 PM ET, there is a virtual Community Outreach Committee meeting.  Plan with Progressive Maryland on how to grow the Progressive movement in the community. These monthly meetings will continue on Wednesdays through December 18.  RSVP at

43] – On Wed., May 15 from 8 to 8:30 PM ET, join Swing Left for a volunteer orientation. This orientation will continue on May 29 at 8 PM ET. Take on MAGA extremism—and win—in 2024, and beyond! During the 30-minute orientation, share the most effective volunteer options. Extremism has taken root and is now thriving in the Republican Party. This emboldened GOP is attacking democracy itself—designing extreme legislative gerrymanders, rigging the courts, attempting to subvert election results, and stripping away the democratic voice of the people—in order to lock in permanent minority rule.   Swing Left has the tools, programs, and community infrastructure to help you get involved strategically in whatever way you can, no matter where you are on your civic engagement journey. RSVP at

44] – Union of Concerned Scientists [] hopes you will join on Wed., May 15 and Thurs., May 16 in D.C. nuclear radiation survivors as they fight for justice.  Nearly two dozen community members exposed to radiation from nuclear weapons activities are gathering. They've been advocating for decades to be included in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), and unfortunately RECA will expire on June 7.

 Join a candlelit prayer vigil on May 15 at 7:30 PM ET for Nuclear Weapons Victims at the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave. NE, WDC 20002.  These individuals will travel from New Mexico, the Navajo Nation, the Laguna Pueblo, Utah, Missouri, even Guam. Some are fighting to keep this program alive, because it provides lifesaving health screenings and compensation to those who qualify. But most of the people going to DC are representing communities that have been exposed but were left out of RECA. They've been fighting for decades to get the same support, and they can't wait any longer. These individuals are facing staggering health care costs, and many are worried that their days are numbered.

 On Thurs., May 16 from 1 to 2 PM ET, there is a Save RECA Press Conference at the "House Triangle" – Located in the grassy triangle on the House side of the Capitol's East Front, near the corner of Independence Ave. SE and First St. SE. Show Congress that they must save and strengthen RECA. RSVP at, and stand in solidarity with these radiation-exposed communities as they fight for justice.

45] – Join Common Cause on Wed., May 15 at 8 PM ET for an exclusive webinar, "A Year in Review." Take a journey through the year's triumphs and challenges, where seemingly impossible battles were turned into victories for democracy. From the successful challenge of lawless lawmakers in Moore v. Harper to a steadfast defense of democracy in statehouses across the country, the ACLU has been at the forefront of defending the principles that underpin our democracy. An unwavering commitment to justice led to Donald Trump's indictment, and a major hedge fund's attempt to take over local news was thwarted, ensuring diverse voices continue to be heard.

 2023 was a banner year for Common Cause. Visit to join the webinar and continue the journey toward a more just and accountable democracy!

46] – Karen Johnson [] wants you to know about a Peace Alliance Dept. of Peacebuilding campaign call on Wed., May 15 at 8 PM ET to celebrate the Season for Nonviolence. This event takes place on the third Wednesday of the month. Get caught up on all things Department of Peacebuilding (DoP) and have a discussion about Peace Wants a Piece of the Pie Campaign. The next call is June 19. RSVP at  The Meeting ID is 464 735 321.

47] – On Wed., May 15 at 8 PM ET, consider participating in Challenging Conversations: Intergenerational nonviolent peacemaking through difficult times.  Janice Vanderhaar is a longtime Pax Christi USA leader; she and her late husband Gerry have given decades to the pursuit of peace and nonviolence. Pax Christi USA Young Adult Caucus member Tiffany Hunsinger was matched with Janice for the Peace Pairs program this past year.  Janice and Tiffany are offering these two sessions on nonviolent peacemaking for the wider Pax Christi community -- both weeks, participants will receive an excerpt from Beyond Violence: In the Spirit of the Nonviolent Christ written by Gerry Vanderhaar, with reflection questions from Tiffany and Janice. Both sessions will include prayer, reflections and input from Tiffany and Janice, and discussion with participants. The program will run for an hour, with an additional half an hour for social time.  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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