Thursday, June 25, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 26 -- August 9, 2020

67] Climate Strikes vs. Chase Bank June 26
68] New Frontier of Cooperation June 26
69] Food rescue – June 26
70] White House vigil – June 26
71] 40th anniversary of Gwangju Uprising – June 26
72] Multi-faceted impacts of COVID-19 on children – June 26
73] Fireside Chat with Desmond Meade – June 26
74] DC Vigils against Racism – June 26  
75] Peace and justice vigil – June 26
76] Peaceful BLM/LGBTQIA+ March through Urbana – June 26
77] Frederick Douglass in Lincoln Park -- June 26
78] June Produce Giveaway – June 27
79] Gather at Black Lives Matter Plaza – June 27
80] Great success in South Sudan – June 27
81] Rural Organizing – June 27
82] Destination Baltimore June 27
83] Demonstrate at Killer Drone Base – June 27
84] Join a “Historic Germantown” Shout-Out for Justice -- June 27
84] Queers for Black Lives Matter Protest March – June 27
85] World Beyond War gathering June 27
86] Food Gathering for the Manna Food Center – June 27
87] March for Justice and Equity – June 27
88] “Quakers, The Quiet Revolutionaries" -- June 27
89] Independence from War caravan July 4
90] Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemorations – August 6 & 9
91] Do you need a doctor?
92] Two Berrigan Books still in print
93] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
94] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
95] Do you need any book shelves?
96] Join the Global Zero campaign.
97] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
67] – On Fri., June 26 from 9 AM to 9 PM, get with the Climate Strikes vs. Chase Bank Every Friday! Flatten the climate pollution curve together! Help run an online climate strike at Chase Bank--the #1 investor in fossil fuels of any bank in the world--every Friday until further notice. You can post your own virtual climate strike on social media in 4 easy steps: Contact Ted at (301) 589-7598 (mobile). Visit

68] –  The GW Institute for Korean Studies and the Jeju Peace Institute present a virtual event A New Frontier of Cooperation: The Fight Against COVID-19 on Fri., June 26 from 9 to 10:20 AM EDT. Registered guests will receive following Eventbrite confirmation an email with details for joining the Zoom virtual event.  See  The United States and South Korea, allies since the Korean War, are in the fight against the newly emerged foe of COVID-19 together.
They are sharing information on containing the coronavirus and cooperating on procuring COVID test kits. In a historic reversal of role, South Korea, the recipient of the U.S. aid during the Korean War, also donated protective masks to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in honor of its 70th anniversary. Moving forward to the next stages of reopening, Seoul and Washington could continue exploring the new frontier of cooperation in the public health sector.

69] –  On Fri., June 26 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

70] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., June 26 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

71]  Last month was the 40th anniversary of Gwangju Uprising, a pro-democracy mobilization in South Korea that was violently repressed. On Fri., June 26 at noon participate in a special Lunchtime Live with investigative journalist & author Tim Shorrock.  He will be discussing his decades-long efforts to expose US involvement in the repression of the democracy movement. Since 1996, Tim has received via FOIA over 4,000 declassified documents about the US role in the Gwangju Uprising, all of which he has made available online. Last month, he co-authored a piece with Injeong Kim “Two Days That Shattered Korean Democracy” outlining how recent revelations show that “the US response to a dictatorship’s repression in Gwangju in 1980 was even worse than we thought.” Tim will also be discussing his most recent piece for The Nation “How Bill Barr Became Trump’s Generalissimo.”  Tim will be joined in conversation by Policy Director & host of the Still Spying Podcast, Chip Gibbons. RSVP at Https://

72] – Check out Power of the People: A Fireside Chat with Desmond Meade on Fri., June 26 at 12:30 PM ET.  Join Johnny Perez, the Director of National Religious Campaign against Torture’s U.S. Prisons Program, for a discussion with Meade, Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. Mr. Meade led the FRRC to a historic victory in 2018 with the successful passage of Amendment 4, a grassroots citizen’s initiative which restored voting rights to over 1.4 million Floridians with past felony convictions. Mr. Meade and Mr. Perez will discuss the importance of grassroots organizing, building political power in Florida and across the United States, and what lessons organizers can learn from Florida's historical move to grant 1.4 million people their right to vote.  Register for the webinar at

73] – Children are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic in unique and disproportionate ways. While less susceptible to the disease itself, their lives have been profoundly disrupted. Children are isolated from friends, sports, and other activities that promote mental and physical health, and are experiencing education remotely (if at all), changed routines, and, in many cases, parents with financial difficulties in the wake of job loss.  On Fri., June 26 at 3 PM EDT, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) will host a conversation on the multi-faceted impacts of COVID-19 on children, including direct impacts of the virus, such as contraction and recovery, effects on children with preexisting conditions, and the mental health impacts of isolation brought on by social distancing mandates. Sign up at

74] – On Fri., June 26 from 5 to 6 PM, get with DC Vigils against Racism, sponsored by All Souls Church Unitarian, 16th Street NW, WDC 20009.   BLACK LIVES MATTER TO [GOD AND TO] US!  The goal is to bring people together (safely!) from various congregations, organizations, and neighborhoods to take a public action against racism and police violence. This is a public, prayerful, meditative response to the murder of George Floyd (and far too many more), as well as a way of being in solidarity with the people protesting in downtown DC and across the country.

This is a decentralized action. There is no program other than 45 minutes of public vigil and then silent witness starting at 5:45 when participating institutions toll their bells for 8 minutes and 46 seconds—the amount of time the officer’s knee was on George Floyd’s neck. If you are not near a bell tolling, you can go to the All Souls Church website,, for an audio file of the bell tolling (recorded at a vigil June 2), or simply use a timer and be silent. At the end of 8:46, you are invited to pray or meditate, either silently or out loud, on your commitment to ending racism. RSVP via Facebook or Google Form to get updates on plans and resources. If you’re adding your organization as a participant, email Rev. Rob Keithan at

 The plan is to cover as much of 16th NW as possible, although everyone is welcome to hold vigil on major streets in their own neighborhood. There are confirmed additional vigils: Connecticut Avenue @ Quebec Street NW (Adas Israel Congregation) and around St. Joseph’s Seminary in Brookland (12th and Varnum NE). Please wear masks and stay 6 feet apart. Go to

75] -- There is usually a Quaker Vigil for Racial Justice on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, hosted by the Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee (BQPJC) outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on June 26. From 6 to 6:30 PM strategize. Black Lives Matter. Stop the Killing. Physical distancing applies. Wear your face mask. Email or call 410-235-4438.

76] – On Fri., June 26 at 5:30 PM, there is a peaceful BLM/LGBTQIA+ March through Urbana starting at the Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick 21704. Bring signs and wear masks.  Look at

77] - On Fri., June 26 from 6 to 8 PM, get over to Frederick Douglass in Lincoln Park: Community History Rally. In a demonstration of solidarity and recognition of the history of Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C. members of local, regional and national Douglassonian communities are called to assemble for an emergency and necessary community dialogue on the evening. Nathan Richardson will present his internationally known living history reenactment of Honorable Frederick Douglass with excerpts from select speeches, including the remarks of Frederick Douglass on President Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Douglass will hold a post-performance discussion.  All CDC and DC DOH guidelines will be followed. Go to

78] – On Sat., June 27 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM, there will be a June Produce Giveaway, hosted by Fishes & Loaves Pantry, 2422 W. Patapsco Ave., Baltimore 21230.  This is the third produce giveaway of the season. Enjoy fresh vegetables, and there will be additional surprises in store. Plastic bags will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring shopping bags and carts if you are not in a vehicle. Social distancing measures will be practiced for everyone's safety. Food is often gone within the first two hours, so come early!  Go to

79] – On Sat., June 27 from 9:30  to 11:30 AM, the Bold Beautiful Brilliant YEG will gather at Black Lives Matter Plaza, 16th St. NW, WDC 20006.  Join with Dr. Jacqueline Marshall and family. Email to  Visit

80] – On Sat., June 27 at 10 AM, be a part of a great success in South Sudan, hosted by John Dau Foundation. Celebrate together with JDF CEO Daniel Puls.  The UNICEF monitoring team shared wonderful news: Duk County, a primary focus area of JDF, was ranked #1 for the best medical and nutrition delivery in the area. John and Dan will discuss how JDF is developing its unique approach to “waging peace” by providing primary health care and nutrition services to many thousands of people.  Look at

81] – Connect with rural Indivisible groups and rural organizers from across the country for a day of digital celebration, self-care, and rural power building in anticipation of the November election. Hear from rural powerhouses such as People’s Action and and Indivisible’s own raucous rural caucus about the power of the rural electorate, how to build your rural coalitions, and rural relational organizing in the time of COVID-19. This will happen on Sat., June 27 from 11 AM through 5:30 PM EST. RSVP at

82] – On Sat., June 27 from 11 AM to 12:15 PM, hear about Destination Baltimore: The Story of Immigration and Opportunity, hosted by the Irish Railroad Workers Museum.  For almost two million people, Baltimore was the destination that promised a new life, hope and opportunity. Beginning in earnest in the 18th century and accelerating through the 19th, immigrants provided the labor force necessary for Baltimore to become an industrial powerhouse. Historian Jack Burkert at this ZOOM event will discuss the realities of being an immigrant to America: living in neighborhoods where the language, people and customs were unfamiliar. Learn where immigrants went to work: as laborers, mill workers or assembling clothing in Baltimore’s burgeoning garment industry.  New arrivals continued to fuel Baltimore’s growth while building better lives for themselves. Who were these people? Where were they from? Why did they abandon their home country? These and other questions are explored in Destination Baltimore.  To sign up for the Zoom meeting, go to  The Meeting ID is 990 1062 8295, and the Password is 691050.  

Dial in at +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) with a Meeting ID: 990 1062 8295 and Password: 691050.  Visit

83] – The resumption of the demonstrations at Horsham, at the King of Prussia site of the world's #1 war profiteer, Lockheed Martin, and in the Philadelphia area will soon begin. Consistent with the eight years spent in protest at the Horsham site, the Brandywine Peace Community will protest killer drone strikes at the Horsham Air Guard Station on the last Saturday of June, June 27, from noon until 2 PM.  There is a public appeal for Governor Wolf to stop all drone war operations in the state, the heart of which is the Horsham site, as he can under the PA commonwealth constitution. Call upon the governor to raise his voice in support of the Global Ceasefire. Call 484-574-1148 or check out

84] – On Sat., June 27 at noon, come to the 3rd BLACK LIVES MATTER  Bell-Tolling & 'Shout-Out' for Racial Justice in Historic Germantown, in front of the Town Square, at Germantown Avenue & Schoolhouse Lane. "NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE" or "END WHITE SUPREMACY; RESIST FASCISM, OUST TRUMP."  Dr.  Martin Luther King described the evil violent triplets of American society: Racism, Militarism, and Greed. True then, and imperial fact today.   Those attending Saturday's protest in Germantown will need to practice social distancing, wear a mask throughout the demonstration, and observe a nonviolent group discipline. Call Melissa Elliott, Germantown Friends Meeting, 215-951-2235.  Check out

85] – On Sat., June 27 at 1 PM, join Queers for Black Lives Matter Protest March.  Be a part of the ASSEMBLY at the YNOT lot, 4 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21218. On International Pride Day, march for justice in the spirit of the Black Lives Matter movement! At 2 PM the rally starts. At 3 PM, EMBARK for CITY HALL.  A vehicle caravan for disabled participants will be included in the procession. If you can volunteer a vehicle for this, please reach out to one of the organizers. At 5 PM, there will be a SIT IN AT CITY HALL.  Observe WHO recommendations for social distancing.  See and

86] – You are invited to a "virtual chapter open house" to connect with World Beyond War chapter coordinators and members in your region! On Sat., June 27 from 4:30 to 6 PM, divide up into breakout rooms by region. Each room will be moderated by a World BEYOND War chapter coordinator from that region. This is an opportunity to connect with WBW members and chapters in your area, to share your interests, and brainstorm ways to collaborate together. Hear from Executive Director David Swanson and Organizing Director Greta Zarro about anti-war organizing in the time of coronavirus, climate change, and systemic racism - and how to seize this moment to build an intersectional movement for peace.  Register for the Zoom link! Share on Facebook! Contact Greta at

87] – On Sat., June 27 from 6 to 9 PM, there is a March for Justice and Equity, hosted by Jonathan Wesley Hutto at the Governor's Mansion, 110 State Circle, Annapolis 21401. Black Lives Matter and Black Votes are demanding the Governor repeal the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights (LEOBOR), Fund HBCU’s and invest in Community Schools. NOW IS THE TIME! Visit

88] – “Quakers, The Quiet to be Revolutionaries" is shown on PBS on Sat., June 27 at 10 PM on Channel 22 in Baltimore. It is also listed as being shown on Thurs. July 23 at 10 PM. Of course, it will be shown in other cities on PBS as well. It covers Quakerism from its beginning to present day practices and ideology.

89] – he Baltimore Nonviolence Center is joining CODEPINK’S Independence from War car caravan on July 4.  Gather around 10:30 AM on the south side of Wyman Park on 29th Street in Baltimore.  At 11 AM our car caravan decorated with Independence from War signs will depart for the National Security Agency which is located at Fort Meade, Maryland.  The cars will have their lights on, and the drivers will be honking at appropriate times.  Once there, we will drive around the property with special attention being given to the NSA before returning to Baltimore.

  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net to join the caravan.  Celebrate Interdependence Day on July 4.

90] – For the 35th year, Baltimore's anti-nuclear weapons community will gather on August 6 and 9. The commemorations will indicate our support for the Black Lives Matter protests.  Signs will state Demilitarize the Police; Denuclearize the Military and Testing on the Marshall Islands was Racist. 

On Aug. 6 from 5 to 6:30 PM with signs, banners, ribbons and artwork, we will commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Our location will be at four corners at 33rd and North Charles Street in Baltimore.  This area was selected because of its proximity to Johns Hopkins University, the #1 nuclear weapons contractor among U.S. colleges. In fiscal year 2017, JHU received $828 million in weapons contracts. 

  On Aug. 9 from 1 to 2:30 PM, we will gather outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St. to support the United Nations Ban Treaty and spread out on corners up Charles Street as far as possible towards the Stony Run Meetinghouse, 5116 N. Charles St.  Besides having participants holding signs, banners, ribbons and artwork commemorating the atomic attack on Nagasaki, there will be a car caravan going from Homewood to Stony Run and back.  Then there will be an anti-nuclear weapons strategy session outside Homewood. 

  On Sun., Aug.  9 at 7 PM, there will be a Zoom conference with Vince Intondi, the author of “African Americans against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement.”  Besides discussing the book, we will analyze the film IN OUR HANDS, a documentary about the largest peace demonstration in U.S. history on June 12, 1982, calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons.   Why did we have such a large anti-nuclear weapons movement?  Can we do it again? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

91] 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.  

92] –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

93] – 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.   

94] -- 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

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

96] -- 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.

97] – 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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