Saturday, June 1, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert – June 2 - 3, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert – June 2 - 3, 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] Get the book A Bag of Stones

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

6] Baltimore activist selling her home

7] Canvass for a progressive candidate – June 2

8] Remembrance Day – June 2

9] The UnConvention – June 2

10] Labor Organizing School – June 2

11] DSA meeting – June 2

12] Tomorrow’s Palestine – June 2

13] DC Action for Assange – June 2

14] PDA Town Hall – June 2

15] DNC needs help – June 2

16] Death Penalty Action – June 2

17] Protest at the Pentagon – June 3

18] Election Protection Zoom – June 3


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] – Barry Lee Burnside, a gaggle of great writers and copy editors are making available “A Bag of Snakes: Selected Writings on Prisons and the Death Penalty by Murphy Davis and Eduard Loring. Edited by Barry Lee Burnside.” Ed indicates the book will be available for sale on April 13, and is asking you to pre-order your copy. Your donation will provide a needed financial boost for the printing costs. The suggested donation is $20 for one copy; and $30 for your copy and an additional copy for a prisoner or someone in need. Any donation is appreciated. More or less you will receive the book.  Barry and the team have spent over two years putting this book together. It begins with outlines and notes found in the boxes of materials Murphy left when she ascended. The work is a work of love, and all involved are proud of the fruit borne by seeds nourished in good soil.

To order by postal mail, make your check to Open Door Community.  Send it to Open Door Community, PO Box 10980, Baltimore 21234.  For any questions, contact David Payne at 404-290-2047 or

5] – 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.

6] – A home in Baltimore is for sale on a dead-end street in the Lauraville neighborhood, with three bedrooms, and one bath. The yard backs into a field and then a forest. There is a serene and quiet setting with an abundance of wildlife. The owner will be asking a reasonable amount for the property but it will not be overpriced. Contact her by text only at 443 500 6733. On the text, leave your name and phone number, and she will get back to anyone that reaches out. 

7] – The Metro DC DSA [] on Sun., June 2 from 10 AM to 1 PM or 2 to 5 PM ET is seeking volunteer to canvass and knock doors to re-elect Janeese Lewis George to DC Council, and DSA members and allies are all invited to attend. Lunch will be provided in between shifts and canvassers are invited to a happy hour afterward. Sign up to defend Janeese Lewis George’s seat in Ward 4:

 On June 4, DC will be holding its primary elections. Earlier this year, Metro DC DSA endorsed Janeese Lewis George in the Ward 4 Council election. Janeese Lewis George has been an unwavering champion for tenant and worker rights while on the Council and has pushed back against reactionary policing. Janeese is also using her office to pursue policies that will materially improve the lives of people in DC — a wealth tax to fund higher pay for childcare workers, expanded food assistance for families in DC and legislation to hold negligent landlords accountable. Her program has drawn ire from the Mayor, the police unions and business networks eager to oust their biggest rival on the Council.  For shift 1 & 2, meet at the Raymond Recreation Center, 3725 10th St. NW (near the Petworth Metro station).  

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 June 2, the platform address will be by Zoom -- Remembrance Day. In this virtual version of the traditional gathering together to remember the loss of those who have had an impact on our lives, we’ll share memories, thoughts about loss, and maybe even a few tears as we embody what beloved community looks like. Karen Elliott will facilitate the discussion.  To receive a Zoom invitation, please email

9] – The UnConvention: Uniting Progressive Activists for Change will happen on Sun., June 2 from 2 to 4 PM ET.  The Massachusetts Progressive Action Organizing Committee have decided to issue invitations to a Democratic “Unconvention.'' Register at  

Robert Kuttner, professor, journalist, and author of “The Massachusetts Blues,” published in “American Prospect” a magazine he co-founded, will be the keynote speaker who will explain his analysis of why the popular progressive policies being passed in many other “Blue” states are not being implemented here in Massachusetts. Danielle Allen, a previous gubernatorial candidate, will briefly address the assembly regarding Democracy Reform and opening up the process for candidates to run for elected office.

10] – The Metro DC DSA [] is asking you to attend the meeting of the Labor Working Group on Sun., June 2 from 2 to 5 PM ET.  Join the Labor Organizing School at the Northern Virginia Labor Federation, 4536 John Marr Drive, Annandale, VA 22003. Contact John Sherman -

The school will be led by former UE and ATU organizer Chris Townsend! RSVP at

11] – The Montgomery County DSA Branch will hold its general body meeting on Sun., June 2 from 2 to 4 PM ET. It will take place both on Zoom and at CASA’s Wheaton Welcome Center 11425 Grandview Ave., Silver Spring 20902. Discuss campaign updates from the past month and debrief the results of the Democratic primary. Also talk about plans for upcoming events, including a branch art fundraiser, summer picnic, and political education events. RSVP at The Zoom link will be emailed upon a RSVP.

12] – Join a private Zoom meeting to discuss the content of the Declaration for "Tomorrow's Palestine" and how we can use it to advocate for an ODS. It takes place on Sun., June 2 at 2 PM ET. Register at 

13] – DC Action For Assange <> wants you to know that there will be a vigil outside the home of US Attorney General Merrick Garland on Sun., June 2 from 4 to 5 PM outside his residence, 5000 block of Edgemore Lane in Bethesda, two blocks from the Bethesda Metro. An additional vigil for US political prisoner Leonard Peltier will take place from 3 to 4 PM.

 14] – Progressive Democrats of America [] on Sun., June 2 at 4 PM will host a Town Hall: The Trump Verdict, Sanders Institute, Pride, and Endorsed Candidates: RSVP at

Celebrate Trump's conviction and consider its implications, meet two PDA-endorsed Congressional candidates and get a report on this weekend's Gathering at The Sanders Institute from PDA Executive Director Alan Minsky. Also hear from John Podora and John Hsu: two Berniecrats running for Congress with primaries in June.

Pedora is running in Colorado's 4th District, where hyper-reactionary Rep. Lauren Bobert is running instead of the District she currently serves. As Donna Smith noted, the contrast couldn't be sharper: "John Padora brings his humanity front and center in support of policies and people who will make our state and nation more equitable for all. From voting rights, affordable housing, and Medicare for All to a commitment to addressing and fighting the climate emergency, John Padora is an amazing contrast to the Trump-dictated positions held by Bobert." \

 Hsu is running in New Jersey's 6th District. A true PDA progressive John proudly declares that he will "fight for the good of regular people over corporate greed... speak up for what is right even when the circumstances are difficult... and rely on people power to push his agenda forward."

15] –On Sun., June 2 from 7 to 7:45 PM ET, the Democratic National Committee is calling all designers, videographers, meme-ers, artists, and internet users to join in. The DNC is building a team of volunteer content creators to help support the Biden Harris Campaign and Democrats with digital content. Join this kickoff to learn why this team will be a pivotal part of the online strategy and how you can get involved. RSVP at

16] – Death Penalty Action [] wants you to join in on Sun., June 2 at 9 PM ET for THE FORECAST, a monthly look at the upcoming executions. Special guests will include people campaigning to stop the next Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma executions, including a family member of Ramiro Gonzales. Register here to join the Zoom audience:

17] – 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 June 3 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. 

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.

18] – Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you to participate with the Green Grassroots Emergency Environment and Election Protection (GREEP) Zoom on Mon., June 3 at 5 PM ET. Hear from leading activists, elected officials, and others committed to union organizing as well as cleaning up our elections and the environment, and other critically important issues. RSVP at

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, and 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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