Friday, May 8, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 8 - 9, 2020

65] Flip the Senate  
66] Phone bank for progressive candidates
67] Mother’s Day event – May 8
68] Food rescue – May 8
69] White House vigil – May 8
70] FreeThemAll webinar – May 8
71] 2020 electoral mobilization effort – May 8
72] COVID-19 deaths are rising across Mexico May 8
73] Friday Free Food Distribution – May 8
74] Peace and justice vigil – May 8
75] Plowshares webinar – May 9
76] "Cultivating Young Leadership" May 9
77] Phone bank for Our Revolution Endorsed Candidates – May 9
79] Sunrise Movement DC Hub Book Club – May 9
81] Fight climate change -- May 9
82] Sierra Club 2020 Plan to Win – May 9
83] Do you need a doctor?
84] Two Berrigan Books still in print
85] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
86] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
87] Do you need any book shelves?
88] Join the Global Zero campaign.
89] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
65] – Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is working to flip the Senate by supporting strong progressive challengers, and by keeping great incumbents in office. Corporate Democrats oppose policies we need, like the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, Climate Emergency Action, Clean Elections, Dignity for Immigrants, Ending Corporate Rule, and Peace. Volunteer to Help PDA Build a Massive Progressive Wave by emailing

66] –   The Jews United for Justice Campaign Fund launched in Baltimore two years ago to help elect progressive leaders who will tackle social injustice in Baltimore and across Maryland and whose priorities align with its Jewish values. JUFJ has endorsed Brandon Scott for Mayor, Shannon Sneed for City Council President and Bill Henry for Comptroller. Sign up to phonebank and text (from home!) with the JUFJ Campaign Fund. Email to say you want to help.

67] – Register for a Mother's Day event With 'Tears of a Mother's Cry' featuring Rep. Lucy McBath on Fri., May 8 at 11 AM ET.  For the last 13 years, the Baltimore-based Tears of a Mother’s Cry has hosted a Mother’s Day brunch for mothers and families impacted by gun violence. The event creates a space for mothers to share stories about their lost loved ones and call attention to the violence that plagues their communities.  Brady is partnering with Tears of a Mother’s Cry to host a virtual Mother’s Day. Go to

68] On Fri., May 8 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, come to the Grace Baptist Church, 3201 The Alameda., Baltimore 21218, for a Food Rescue. Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. This will continue every Friday through Sept. 4.  See

69] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., May 8 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

70] – On Fri., May 8 from noon to 1 PM, attend a FreeThemAll webinar: Covid19 and Immigrant Detention Facilities (DMV), hosted by Justice for the Muslims Collective. Go to  Immigrants in detention are particularly vulnerable and are being held in "tinderboxes" where their health and safety is at risk. This webinar will provide updates on the organizing and litigation landscape in the DMV region, including the latest updates on litigation filed in Maryland and Virginia and organizing efforts relating to the detention centers in both states. Involved will be the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and others.

71] -  J Street is kicking off its 2020 electoral mobilization effort with a special briefing from Wisconsin Democrats Chair Ben Wikler on Fri., May 8 at 2:30 PM.  Last month, the Wisconsin Democrats pulled off a stunning upset in the state's Supreme Court race by utilizing virtual tools to make millions of voter contacts. Ben will discuss how those tools will make all the difference in the fight to defeat Trump and transform the Senate this November. You can begin using them right away to support candidates in the races that matter most to you. Register for the briefing at

72] – COVID-19 deaths are rising across Mexico with scores of workers in foreign-owned border factories becoming ill. Despite government orders to close all non-essential firms, many such factories have continued operating–with little consequence.  Workers have begun to rise up to defend their health and their lives. Yet the U.S. ambassador to Mexico and hundreds of U.S. corporations and their lobbyists are demanding Mexico prioritize their interests over the health and safety of Mexican workers -- by opening other closed factories. Hear from Rep. Chuy Garcia (IL-04) and Mexico Program Director at the Solidarity Center Gladys Cisneros on Fri., May 8 at 3 PM EST to learn more. RSVP at

73] –On Fri., May 8 from 4 to 6 PM, get with Friday Free Food Distribution by A.I.R.S., 3701 Cottage Ave., Baltimore 21215-7727.  This will continue each Friday through May 29.  This is a partnership with the Italian Cultural Center of Maryland and their Be a Chef for a Day program to distribute free boxes of food every Friday. Come to Restoration Gardens 1. One box will be given to a household. Go to

74] – There is usually a silent peace and justice vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends Meeting, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on May 8. Black Lives Matter.

75] – You are invited to a Zoom webinar on Sat., May 9 from noon to 1 PM ET with the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 -- DISARM & DIVEST DURING COVID-19. Join the webinar via Zoom: with a Webinar ID: 889 0794 9724. Or tune in by 1 301 715 8592.  You can also watch the Webinar Livestream on YouTube cosponsored by Code Pink on  Moderated by Norman Solomon, RootsAction co-founder, author, & political columnist, you will hear from  Medea Benjamin, Code Pink co-founder, author, and global activist, and  Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept co-founder, investigative journalist, and author and Dr. Cornel West, Harvard Divinity School, author, activist, and social critic,  The panel will be discussing the need for civil resistance disarmament actions such as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, the continued build-up of militarism, and the destitute condition of our world before and during the pandemic. They will also speak on divesting military funding to serve human needs during COVID-19 and beyond.

76] – AMERICAN FRIENDS OF COMBATANTS FOR PEACE say war is not an act of fate. There is another way! Check out "Cultivating Young Leadership" in collaboration with Creativity for Peace on Sat., May 9 at noon EST.  Visit

77] – Phone bank for Our Revolution Endorsed Candidates from the Baltimore-area on Sat., May 9 from 12:30 to 2 PM. Sign up to help us make calls at

78] – DONT GIVE UP ON FREEDOM REACHING GAZA.  During May 2020 the Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition is sponsoring a series of webinars to commemorate those killed on the 2010 Gaza Freedom flotilla and the thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel that have been killed by the Israeli military and the inhumane policies of the Israeli government.   Over the past 12 years, international solidarity activists have made 18 voyages with over 30 boats sailing to break the illegal Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.  The series begins on Sat., May 9 at 1 PM.  Register

79] - On Sat., May 9 from 2 to 3 PM, get with the Sunrise Movement DC Hub Book Club.  The book club will take place each Saturday through May 23. The book club is reading “This is an Uprising” by Mark and Paul Engler.  Discuss Chapter 4. Check out the Book Club page on the website to get the book and join #book-club channel in Slack! Look at

80] – KENT STATE ITS NOT JUST FOR REMEMBERING is taking place on Sat., May 9 at 3 PM, a webinar marking Peace and Civil Rights 50th anniversaries.  Register here at  Honor the victims; and Ask what's next for today?

 "Historically, enemies, both foreign and domestic, are preferably people of color.  Which is part of what made the Kent State shootings such a shock.  Later in the month of May, 1970 two black students were killed and others wounded on the campus of Jackson State College in Jackson, Mississippi.  In August of 1970, four Chicanos were killed and others wounded at a huge protest in Los Angles.     To this day, Kent State gets far more attention than either Jackson State or the deaths at the Chicano march.  Same as it ever was.  White lives matter more."......

81] – How do you fight climate change when you have to social distance? Rally online! On Sat., May 9 at 3 PM ET join Wenonah Haunter, Food and Water Watch founder and executive director; Bill McKibben, environmentalist and founder of; and Alexandria Villaseñor, co-founder of the U.S. Youth Climate Strikes and founder of Earth Rising, to call for urgent climate action and an end to fossil fuel use! RSVP at

82] –Be part of the Sierra Club 2020 Plan to Win from the start, which will make the movement stronger than ever to elect climate champions up and down the ballot and defeat Donald Trump.  Join a virtual event detailing this Plan on Sat., May 9 at 5 PM ET.  This election will be determined by grassroots volunteers like you. Will you join us next Saturday to hear about our plan and how you can take action to defeat Donald Trump?

83] Yousef Zarbalian [] started his own medical practice in December before the pandemic hit.
It is called East-West Medicine and Rheumatology, and its website is  Yousef is licensed in Maryland and Virginia. He is doing primary care as well as rheumatologic care (focusing on joint problems and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and sjogren's).  He is offering telemedicine visits, and he has very reasonable rates for uninsured individuals.  He makes use of herbs (which can be sent directly to patients from the herbal dispensary) as well as prescribing medications to their local pharmacy if needed.  

84] –Two books by Fred Wilcox are still in print.  The first one is “Fighting the Lamb's War Skirmishes with the American Empire” by Philip Berrigan and Fred A. Wilcox with a FOREWORD by Tripp York.  It can be purchased by Wipf and Stock:  It is a Memoir in paperback/ISBN: 9781532660078/240 pages/republished 8/21/2018/ Retail Price: $26.00/and Web Price: $20.80.

  The second one is “Uncommon Martyrs The Berrigans, the Catholic Left, and the Plowshares Movement” by Fred Wilcox, who profiles members of this anti-war movement, whose Christianity compels them to acts of civil disobedience against the military industrial complex.  The ISBN is 0201522314/$6.50 for a hardcover, and it can be purchased at Powell's Books.  See

85] – The Trump Administration is again beating the war drums.  Most recently, the target is Iran.  Should the Trump administration initiate an act of war against Iran, consider joining us. It is a violation of U.S. law for the Trump Administration to attack a country that has not attacked us, as only Congress can declare war. The Trump administration is nevertheless beating the war drums for war against Iran and Venezuela. Should a war criminal, John Bolton, convince Trump to attack either of these countries, such a military strike would demand an immediate and unequivocal response from us to show that we will not tolerate his abuse of power.

Let's mobilize to show that we the people will not tolerate another military adventure, which would be bound to have profound negative consequences. If a military strike against Iran or Venezuela takes place, then meet at 33rd and N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. If the attack is before 2 PM local time, then the event will begin at 5 PM, local time. If the attack occurs after 5 PM local time, then the event will begin at 5 PM, local time, the following day. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.   

86] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs, records, tarps and table cloths, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at

87] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at

88] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

89] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

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

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

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