Friday, June 7, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert – June 9 - 10, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert – June 9 - 10, 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] Cycling Smart: Bicycling 101 – June 9

8] Election judges – June 9

9] Israeli refuseniks – June 9

10] Knock on doors for healthcare – June 9

11] Israel and Palestine: the Dual Narratives – June 9

12] PDA Town Hall – June 9

13] D Electoral Working Group meeting – June 9

14] Protest at the Pentagon – June 10

15] Running an Effective Canvass Operation – June 10

16] Election Protection Zoom – June 10

17] Dangers of nuclear Power film – June 10


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] – Jed Weeks, Bikemore [] is inviting you on Sun., June 9 from 10 AM to 1 PM for Cycling Smart: Bicycling 101 at the Bikemore Office, 2209 Maryland Ave., Baltimore. Bicycling 101 is an introduction to city riding for people who already know how to ride a bike. Visit Register at

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 9, the platform address will be by Zoom -- Maryland Election Judges and You: the Basis of Democracy. Paul Furth and Alan Shapiro will describe what Election Judges are, what they do, why they are necessary for a smooth election process, and why to consider being an Election Judge to help the process and learn about the security of Maryland’s election. Furth has been a member of BES since 2011, and an Election Judge since about 2012.  He has been a Provisional Judge since the 2022 elections. Shapiro has been a member of BES since 2012, and a Chief Judge since 2008. To receive a Zoom invitation, please email

9] – MAPA [] on Sun., June 9 at 1 PM ET is hosting Israel Refusers from the Mesarvot Conscription Refusers Network. RSVP at

 In Israel, Jewish men must serve for 3 years and women for 2 years.  All those who serve can be called up for reserve duty up to the age of 40.  It is quite costly to refuse military service given the centrality of the military in Israeli life.  In this webinar we will meet 3 young Israeli refusers, who have, or will, refuse to do their mandatory military service.  Two of them have already done prison time while the 3rd is going to refuse when he is called up.  Their courage is incredible in a country where almost everyone, except for most religious men, is required to serve.  Also, military service has implications for one’s civilian life: what jobs you can get, how you will be accepted, or ostracized, among friends and family – so this is an extraordinary decision that they’re making at the young age of 18!  The organization at the center of the refuser movement is Mesarvot, Hebrew for “refuse”, a network of Israeli youth dedicated to supporting people who refuse to serve in the military.  Our three speakers are members of Mesarvot.

10] – Patty Snee [] is reminding us about the importance of good and affordable healthcare.   The big push right now is to stop insurance companies from denying and delaying care and claims. It’s not right that we can’t rely on the health insurance plans we buy to get the care we need. Get involved with the Care over Cost Campaign, a grassroots, people powered fight back movement. The public is with this issue.  On Sun., June 9 from 1 to 3 PM ET do some door knocking in Baltimore.

Do a door knocking shift in District 40 in Baltimore City. Gather at 1 PM at Pauli Gee's Pizza. Go over the script, assignments and goals for the canvass. Door knock from 1:30 to 2:50 PM.  Then do a debrief and turn in materials at 3 PM ET. RSVP at

11] –  There is a Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society discussion, entitled, "Israel and Palestine: The Dual Narratives and Beyond,"  will take place on Sun., June 9 at 2 PM and will be held at Congregation Beth El, 8215 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814.  RSVP to  

 This program is based on a course taught by one of the speakers, Dr. Ira Weiss, a veteran activist in Middle East Peace and interfaith movements, who entitled his course, "Parallel Narratives Never Meet: History of the Arab-Jewish Conflict in Palestine/Israel."  In his course, Ira has brilliantly collected a variety of true statements that support one narrative or the other, showed how someone who adopts either narrative to the exclusion of the other can draw from a solid collection of evidence to create a coherent position, but also demonstrated that these two narratives don't converge. 

 Then hear from Mai Rahman, a thinker and activist who has spent her career analyzing and documenting the intersection between public education and poverty and who serves as founder and president of an organization called Americans for Palestinian Orphans, who will react to Ira's presentation of the dual narratives from a Palestinian perspective.  

12] – Progressive Democrats of America [] on Sun., June 9 at 4 PM will host a Town Hall with Congressional Candidate Elizabeth Guzman and PDA Executive Director Alan Minsky who will explain why last weekend's Sanders Institute conference in Burlington, Vermont, reconfirmed his understanding that the progressive movement has the correct policy prescriptions for America in the 21st century. RSVP at

Hear from an inspiring progressive, and discuss why the progressive agenda can inspire the American people and revive our democracy.  Guzman is a working-class hero who immigrated to the United States from Peru just 25 years ago. In order to survive and raise her daughter, Elizabeth held down multiple jobs and worked her way through college and attained multiple Masters Degrees. She became an accomplished social worker and immigrant rights advocate.  When Donald Trump was elected President, Elizabeth ran for the Virginia House of Delegates and upset a 16-year incumbent. In the State House, Elizabeth maintained her phenomenal work ethic. She introduced over 100 pieces of legislation in just over two years. When Elizabeth's Congressperson, Democrat Abigail Spanberger, announced that she was not running for re-election in the 7th, she threw her hat in the ring.

13] – The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists [] will hold a virtual Electoral Working Group meeting on Sun., June 9 from 7 to 8 PM ET.  Get ready for the work in June. A link to attend this virtual event will be emailed upon RSVP at

14] – 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 10 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.

15] – Get with Running an Effective Canvass Operation virtual training, hosted by the National Democratic Training Committee on Mon., June 10 from 1 to 2 PM ET. This training is designed to help you get across the finish line on Election Day. As you prepare, NDTC will equip you with the skills to help lead your campaign to victory. RSVP at

16] – Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you to participate with the Green Grassroots Emergency Environment and Election Protection (GREEP) Zoom on Mon., June 10 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

17] – Nuclear Information & Resource Service [] wants to let you know about a free screening of the documentary SOS – The San Onofre Syndrome: Nuclear Power’s Legacy is now open through Mon., June 10. Register for a free viewing of the film at

SOS is an empowering story of successful community action to shut down leaking reactors. But then they discover horrific amounts of high-level radioactive waste lethal for millions of years are being placed in thin canisters only 108 ft. from the rising sea. Criminal mismanagement of radioactive waste is a syndrome at all 93 reactors in the U.S. and beyond. Will safer alternatives be taken in time?  The film will be available at no charge for video-on-demand viewing thanks to an educational grant from the Grassroots Network of the Sierra Club to the Nuclear Free Team.  Join in for a follow-up SOS Webinar – The San Onofre Syndrome: Nuclear Power's Legacy Discussion Panel with two of the filmmakers and a panel of experts--including Diane D'Arrigo on Mon., June 10 at 8 PM ET. Sign up 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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