Sunday, June 21, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 22 - 23, 2020

17] Free food available/donations of food wanted – June 22
18] Can Capitalism Survive the Coronavirus Crisis? June 22
19] Protest ICE detention of immigrants – June 22
20] Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: From Peace Process to Annexation? June 22
22] Catonsville Youth for Black Lives Matter – June 22
23] Black Lives Matter Boycott June 22
24] Food Truck Mondays – June 22
25] Drawdown & Green Teams June 22
26] Abolition of Police -- June 22
27] Prayer Service for Peace in the Middle East – June 22
28] Building Inclusive Groups – June 22 - 23
29] Get Money Out – Maryland call June 22
30] World BEYOND War talk – June 23
31] Postal Workers Union car caravan – June 23
32] Mindfulness moment and community check-in -- June 23
33] Voice for Peace -- June 23
34] Protecting Tribal Lands and Sacred Places Forum – June 23
35] Outside Bread for the Journey Soup Kitchen – June 23
36] SUN Articles Club/Reading for Solar – June 23
37] Vigil against JHU drone research – June 23
38] Managing risks – COVID-19 and police brutality – June 23
39] Refugee Stories from Around the World – June 23
17] – On Mon., June 22 from noon to 2 PM, there is a Food Collection for the Assistance Center of Towson Churches and Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Road, Towson 21204. ACTC provides assistance to those with food-insecurity in our community.  If you NEED food, it is distributed Monday through Friday 10 AM to 2 PM at ACTC, 116 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson 21204. IF YOU CAN SHARE FOOD... place it in the truck parked on MONDAYS from noon to 2 PM in the Ascension Lutheran Church parking lot; on THURSDAYS from noon to 2 PM at the Trinity Episcopal parking lot, 120 Allegheny Ave., Towson 21204; on THURSDAYS from 5 to 7 PM in the Valley Baptist Church parking lot, 1401 York Rd., Towson 21093. This will continue through Mon., July 27. Go to

18] – On Mon., June 22 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM, get an answer to Can Capitalism Survive the Coronavirus Crisis?  This is a Live Video by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented. Many that have been hit by the economic crisis are questioning whether our capitalist societies can address the challenges ahead. In this virtual session, experts from both sides of the Atlantic will examine the merits of capitalism as a system and discuss what the global economy will look like post-coronavirus. Register at

19] – Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice is hosting a Protest against ICE detention on Mon., June 22 from  noon to 2 PM at the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City 21043.  There will be a car caravan, as well as a demo which will require masks and social distancing for participants. Visit Email

20] – On Mon., June 22 from 2 to 3:30 PM, hear about Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: From Peace Process to Annexation? This is hosted by The SETA Foundation of Washington D.C. As an online event, you can sign up at Since the announcement of the Trump “peace plan” in January as the “solution” to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the expectation for Israel to annex parts of the West Bank has become an increasing likelihood. The recently established unity government in Israel is preparing to present a plan to extend Israeli sovereignty to West Bank at the beginning of July. It remains unclear how far Israel is willing to go and what reaction it will trigger from Palestinians. Would it lead to an escalation or even a renewed conflict? Will such a move lead to a strong or a more muted response from the regional powers? How will Arab states and countries like Turkey react?  Go to

21] – J Stream is thrilled to welcome Rep. Bass to discuss the nationwide protests against police violence, the fight against systemic racism and the steps Congress must take to meet this moment and help bring about urgent, transformative change. Hear the discussion on Mon., June 22 at 2:30 PM ET about STRIVING FOR JUSTICE IN THE US AND ISRAEL/PALESTINE. Bass (CA-37) is the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Register at

22] – On Mon., June 22 from 5 PM, note that the Catonsville Youth for Black Lives Matter were holding a Protest, hosted by Nusrat Tusi at Catonsville High School, Catonsville 21228. All are welcome! See

23] – On Mon., June 22 from 5 to 6 PM, there is a Black Lives Matter Boycott, hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice, Montgomery County MD and Save Bethesda African Cemetery at the McDonald's, 11146 New Hampshire Ave., Unit #1202282, Silver Spring. On May 9, 2019 a Montgomery County police officer called 4 African American young men the n-word while they were waiting for their ride to work outside this McDonalds. The White Oak McDonalds has an agreement with MCPD to remove people from their property at their will. In fact this McDonalds called the police 192 times the previous year.  Do refuse to support businesses that use the police as their own private security force against their neighbors. Demand an end to the police harassment, brutality, and murders at the hands of Montgomery County Police. Demand charges be brought against the MCPD officers who killed Black men in Silver Spring: Ofc. Christopher Jordan, who killed Emmanuel Okutuga, Ofc. Anand Badgujar, who killed Robert White, and Sgt. David Cohen, who killed Finan Berhe right in White Oak.

See a list of local Black-owned businesses:  Wear a mask and stay 6 feet from others. See

24] – On Mondays from 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
25] – Join Pacem in Terris, St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Delaware Interfaith Power & Light, and Energize Delaware for part two to address CLIMATE CHANGE. Share perspectives, deepen understandings, and explore climate actions you can take, individually and collectively, within and across faith communities, to create a healthier planet! Part 2 is "Drawdown & Green Teams," and it takes place on Mon., June 22 from 5:30 to 7 PM. REGISTER at

26] – On Mon., June 22 from 7 to 9 PM, get with Profs & Pints Online: On the Abolition of Police.  Tickets are $12. A recorded version of this talk will remain available online. Go to Hear from Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown University and scholar of activism, who will discuss anti-colonial thought, and the Black Radical Tradition.  What, exactly, would it mean to abolish the police? It’s a provocative question worth considering in depth as a result of recent events, and Profs and Pints is staging an interactive online talk to enable you to do just that.

Social media has been inundated with hundreds of videos chronicling police aggression and brutality. Cities nationwide, particularly in the nation’s capital of Washington D.C., have faced unprecedented militarization of their streets. Police have wielded weapons typically used only by Special Forces in overseas military campaigns. They even went as far as to use a Lakota helicopter with Red Cross markings in a show of force against protestors—a violation of the Geneva Convention. Look at

27] – Join a Zoom Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace in the Middle East at 7 PM on Mon., June 22, hosted by St. Ignatius. Why is it so hard to know how to pray about this? How do you intervene when everyone is persecuted? This year the prayer service will take place in conjunction with the national Churches for Middle East Peace (online) annual Summit--  St. Ignatius Church has generously offered 10 tickets. If you would like to virtually attend the conference, contact Dusty Lidinsky at

Following the Summit, the Interfaith Ministry of St. Ignatius Catholic Community will hold its Annual Prayer Service for Peace in the Middle East – this year via Zoom. Email

28] – The webinar Building Inclusive Groups will cover what it means to organize from an anti-racist standpoint, the impact of white privilege and white supremacy in team dynamics, and how to change the practices of your group for the better. This training is framed for white Indivisible Group Leaders who are ready to do the necessary work of undoing racism in day-to-day organizing, though all Indivisibles who are interested in this content are welcome to attend. This webinar is happening on Mon., June 22 at 8 PM EST.  RSVP at

29] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Mon., June 22 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.  There are two ways to join the conference: Dial 1 929 205 6099, and then use meeting ID: 512 862 260. Or Click on your device if you have downloaded the app from Zoom. The focus will be on organizational sign-ups, public relations, and logistics for lobbying in Annapolis.

30] – On Tues., June 23 from 7:30 to 8:30 AM, get with a Virtual Rotary Club of Washington, D.C Meeting at 4 F St. NW, WDC 20001.  The speaker will be Phill Gittins, PhD, the Education Director of World BEYOND War. Phill is a Rotary Peace Fellow and Peace Ambassador for the Institute for Economics and Peace. Phill’s talk will center on a new initiative to train young leaders in war abolition and peace work. The talk has three main parts. First, it will reflect on Phill’s post-Rotary Peace Fellowship experience. Second, it will share several examples from the work Phill has been doing in various parts of the world, in order to illustrate youth peacebuilding work in action, and to show how Rotarians and other Rotary Peace Fellows have contributed and benefited from such work. Third, it will focus on the possibilities of making this kind of work available to other Rotary districts, and how Rotarians and others dedicated to peace and youth work might get involved. This will include a look at work that has already been completed in this area and other projects either underway or in development. Sign up at, and check out

31] – On Tues., June 23 from 9:30 to noon, the American Postal Workers Union National is organizing a car caravan in Washington, D.C. to deliver petition signatures and send the Senate a message: save the public Postal Service! Gather at the Washington Nationals LOT W, near 601 L St. SE (lot entrance on 6th SE between L & M St.), WDC 20003. The caravan will depart at 10:45 AM and will pass Congressional offices on Constitution Avenue around 11 AM. To participate: contact Arrion Brown at or 240-406-7668.  Or email  Check out

32] – On Tuesday, June 23 from noon to 1 PM ET, join MoveOn’s Reggie Hubbard and Netroots Nation for a mindfulness moment and community check-in. Reggie will go through some exercises and movements, then you’ll have a chance to connect one-on-one with others in a fun Icebreaker exercise. Click here to RSVP for Radical Self-Care for the Movement:

33] – Voice for Peace is concerned about Israel’s threat of annexation looming, and does not want to lose focus on Palestinian freedom. Join JVP and the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) on Tues., June 23 at 1 PM for a live briefing on Israel’s annexation plan. Hear from Diana Buttu, a Palestinian attorney and political analyst, and Hagai El-Ad, the executive director of B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The conversation will be moderated by Margaret DeReus, the Executive Director of IMEU, and the JVP Executive Director, Stefanie Fox. Sign up at

34] – On Tues., June 23 from 1 to 2:30 PM,  be at the Protecting Tribal Lands and Sacred Places Forum, hosted by National Congress of American Indians.  This is an online event at  Also check out This forum will share the stories of five tribal nations working to protect their tribal homelands in the face of baseless and arbitrary attacks by the federal government, and discuss how the federal government must recommit to its trust and treaty obligations to all tribal nations in this critical area. Visit

35] – On Tues., June 23 from  1:30 to 2 PM, check out Outside Bread for the Journey Soup Kitchen individual lunches given out by Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Baltimore.  This Tuesday soup kitchen will until Dec. 1. The church is at 2424 McElderry St., Baltimore 21205.  Visit

36] – On Tues., June 23 from 2 to 3 PM, check out the SUN Articles Club/Reading for Solar.  This is a Live Video by Solar United Neighbors. Discuss articles focused on solar energy, current renewable energy policies, issues, and more! Connect with fellow solar enthusiasts and learn more about the future of and issues around solar. You don’t have to be a current SUN volunteer or member to join! Article will be shared with RSVP’s to review beforehand. RSVP here:  Visit

37] – There is a Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.  You may consider contacting President Ron Daniels and telling him that the university should reject all military contracts, including those for killer drone and nuclear weapons research.  The president’s mailing address is Office of the President, 242 Garland Hall, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218.  You can also reach his office by Phone: (410) 516-8068, Fax: (410) 516-6097 or email:

38] – On Tues., June 23 from 7 to 8:30 PM, get over to an Online Town Hall - Managing Risks: COVID-19 and Police Violence, hosted by the NAACP - Baltimore City Branch. See or Find out about important health updates and briefings on police accountability legislation. Presenters include Health Commissioner Dzirasa and Police Commissioner Harrison. Look at

39] – Hear Arriving: Refugee Stories from Around the World on Tues., June 23 from 7:30 to 8:30 PM.  Join the Zoom Webinar at  In honor of World Refugee Day, this will be an evening of story-sharing with four people who came to the United States as refugees. Learn about the diversity in their experiences along with shared struggles and triumphs as they settled into new lives in a foreign place. Hear stories from the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, Central America, and the African continent and have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with each speaker. Finally, representatives from HIAS and the EDCJCC will share an update on the current status of the United States Refugee Admissions Program, how you can help newly arrived refugees, and how you can help those still hoping to come. This program will take place in partnership with EDCJCC and KAMA DC.

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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