Saturday, May 16, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert – May 17 – 31, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert – May 17 – 31, 2020

"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.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  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 Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at]

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Get involved with NCNR   
4]The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks”
5] Bill Marker is running for the seat in District 10 for Baltimore City Council.  
6] Baltimore Ethical Society closed -- May 17
7] Call Our Revolution supporters in the Baltimore area. – May 17
8] LGBTQ History at Hopkins – May 17
9] #MeToo Movement & Supporting Survivors – May 17
10] COVID Conversations with CAIR – May 17 - 31
11] Laudato Si' Online Faith Sharing Group – May 17
12] Emergency Healthcare Town Hall – May 17
13] Nakba Commemoration – May 17
14] Promise for Syria – May 17
15] Food Collection Needs May 18
16] Pentagon Peace Vigil – May 18
17] Food Rescue at Land of Kush – May 18
18] Peace Café May 18
19] Food Truck Mondays May 18
20] Phone bank for Brandon Scott for Mayor – May 18
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers 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] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to U.S. wars.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

4] – Courtesy of the National Park Service and Google Arts & Culture, you can do a Virtual Tour of Five National Parks Online. ”The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks” is a satisfying escape. Whether you spend five minutes on the site or an hour, it’s an important reminder that the world is still beautiful and wonderful and weird, even in uncertain times.  Learn more about how you can take a digital adventure into your national parks:

5] – Bill Marker is running for the seat in District 10 for Baltimore City Council. He is deeply committed to the community and promises great constituent service, better city government, community building and bold ideas.   You can speak to him at 443-827-6669 or email him at

6] -  Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion at 10:30 AM.  However, the meeting on Sun., May 17 seems to be cancelled.  Email Visit

7] – Baltimore ballots have been mailed, and most people should have them. If you have time, volunteer to help elect progressive candidates on Sun., May 17 from noon to 2 PM EDT. You can join the phone banks to call Our Revolution supporters in the Baltimore area, or volunteer directly for your favorite candidates. Sign up here to help make calls to Our Revolution supporters!

8] – On Sun., May 17 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM, get with a Virtual Alumni Weekend - Reflections: LGBTQ History at Hopkins, hosted by Hopkins Retrospective. See Professor Bill Leslie will introduce a conversation on LGBTQ history at Hopkins with members of the community. Speakers include Isabella Altherr '17, Sabrina Scarborough (School of Nursing), and Dr. Carl Streed '13. Explore related archival records.  The online registration is at  Look at

9] – On Sun., May 17 from 2 to 3 PM, join a Virtual Workshop: #MeToo Movement & Supporting Survivors, hosted by Brittany Oliver and Enoch Pratt Free Library.  The ‘Me Too.’ movement was founded in 2006 to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly Black women and girls, and other young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing. How can we do better as a community to support survivors of abuse and sexual violence?  Go to 

10] – Enjoy COVID Conversations with CAIR from Sun., May 17 through Sun., May 31 from 3 to 3:30 PM. This program is themed "Mental Health: Part of Muslim Heritage or Taboo."  Discuss how to keep harmonious and balanced relationships. See Facebook Live at or YouTube Live at  Visit

11] – On Sun., May 17 from 3 to 4 PM, this is the start of a New Sunday Series - Laudato Si' Online Faith Sharing Group, hosted by Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC 20036.  Pope Francis has invited Catholic communities around the world to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week, May 16 to May 24. He invites us to take an honest look at our progress in the five years since Laudato Si’ was released and to consider the next steps in our “ecological conversion.” In response to Pope Francis’ invitation, the co-chairs of the Creation Care Team, Phil Downey and Simone Seym, will host the Laudato Si’ Online Study Series, a seven-week web-based series on Sundays from 3 to 4 PM with no session on Easter Sunday.  RSVP at Join through Zoom: Check out

12] – RSVP to Mike Fox at for the Progressive Democrats of America Emergency Healthcare Town Hall on Sun., May 17 at 4 PM ET. Dr. Bill Honigman and special guests will answer your questions and discuss your concerns. Dr. Bill Honigman and special guests will answer your questions and discuss your concerns. During this crisis, we’re relying on the U.S. Postal Service more than ever for delivery of basic necessities including medications. Even as we make plans for voting-by-mail that will dramatically increase already onerous pressures on the USPS, the Service struggles to cope with absurd, arbitrary pension requirements.

13] – In 1967, on the second day of the 1967 war, Dima Abu Ghoush was forced to flee her village, along with all its inhabitants, when she was two years old. None of the villagers was ever able to return. After demolishing both Emwas and a neighboring village, the Israeli government turned the area into a public park.

See the film NAKBA COMMEMORATION on Sun., May 17 from 5 to 7 PM, which follows the journey of the director, Dima Abu Ghoush, as she brings the demolished village to life and rebuilds her demolished hometown through a model, to restore the memories of its inhabitants and their dreams.

   Following the screening discuss the film with Abu Ghoush. John Nicholson from Stop the Jewish National Fund campaign will join in. The development of Canada Park was supported by the Jewish National Fund (JNF). JNF still hold charitable status in the UK. But how can such ethnic cleansing be classed as a charitable act? Go to

14] – On Sun., May 17 from 5 to 8 PM, check out Promise for Syria, hosted by Islamic Relief USA.  See  Regardless of what is going on right now, something must be done. Join along with special guest Imam Siraj Wahaj and discuss how you can help those who need it most both in and out of Syria. Check out

15] – On Mon., May 18 through Sun., May 31 from 6 AM to 6 PM, get involved with the ACTC Food Drive at Havenwood Presbyterian Church, 100 E Ridgely Road, Lutherville 21093. Havenwood Presbyterian Church is a collection center for ACTC. There are two coolers outside the main office door for drop offs. These are collected daily, brought inside for safe keeping, and delivered on a weekly basis to ACTC for distribution. May is traditionally the Month when Havenwood hosts a Stock the Pantry drive - helping ACTC with specific needs. While all donations are welcomed, and needed. ACTC has asked Havenwood to provide mac and cheese and diced tomatoes - as they have an extreme shortage of these items right now.

The Assistance Center of Towson Churches (ACTC), formed in 1985, is an ecumenical consortium of 50 congregations (Havenwood is a founding member) joined to efficiently and effectively reach out with help for the needy in communities.  ACTC is open Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM to provide fresh and non-perishable food to neighbors in need.
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16] – 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 May 18, 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 begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.  

17] – On Mon., May 18 from noon to 1 PM, there will be a Food Rescue at Land of Kush, 840 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201. Food Rescue Baltimore is proud to partner with The Land of Kush each and every Monday to bring free vegan and plant-based food to the community. Bring a bag, and take what you want while supplies last. No purchase is necessary to take advantage of the Food Rescue Baltimore give away. Items from The Land of Kush's menu are not included in the give away, but will be available for sale. Go to

18] – On Mon., May 18 from 4 to 6 PM, come to the Peace Cafe: Encountering Emmett Till, hosted by Mosaic Theater Company of DC. RSVP to the Open Zoom Discussion at Facilitated by Laley Lippard, Director and Manager of Public Programming and Partnerships, the conclusion of our stirring Encountering Emmett Series focuses on the life, legacy and continuing relevance of the Emmett Till saga. Continue the discussion of Mamie Till-Mobley’s memoir “The Death of Innocence”; reflect on issues of Reparations and Reconstruction through HR-40; lift up action for Ahmaud Arbery's murder; and explore the essential civic and cultural impact of continuing to encounter Emmett Till in the 21st Century.  Catch a Panel Discussion:  Look at

19] – On Mondays from May 18 through June 22 from 5 to 8 PM, get with Food Truck Mondays at Mt. Zion, 1643 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air 21015. Each week will feature a few different local food trucks. Proceeds will benefit Children of Zion Village in Namibia. Weekly food truck lineups coming soon! Each event will be held rain or shine... indoor seating will be available in inclement weather. Skip cooking and come have dinner to support a great cause. Look at

20] – On Mon., May 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, phone bank for Brandon Scott for Mayor, hosted by the Sunrise Movement Baltimore and the Baltimore chapter of Progressive Maryland. Send email to and you will be sent the Zoom link.  There will be a brief training, then folks will call Baltimore voters to make sure they mark their mail-in ballots for Brandon Scott.  He supports policies to stop climate change, achieve environmental sustainability, create millions of good jobs, and realize economic prosperity for all.  Also every Thursday at 5 PM you can phone bank. Go to or

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, 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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