Sunday, November 15, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- November 16 - 18, 2020

18] Protest ROTC at Loyola – Nov.  16

19] Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom meeting -- Nov. 16

20] Sarbanes Town Hall – Nov. 16

21] Discuss Disability Rights – Nov. 16

22] Call Georgia voters now -- Nov. 16 & 18

23] Maryland Poor People's Campaign – Nov. 16

24] Get Money Out of Maryland Nov. 16

25] Outside Bread for the Journey Soup Kitchen – Nov. 17

26] Protest JHU’s weapons research – Nov. 17

27] Are Baltimore City schools on a path towards equity? -- Nov. 17

28] Building an Antiracist Economy in Maryland – Nov. 17

29] Ten years after Fukushima -- Nov. 17

30] Film on environment justice -- Nov. 17

31] Palestinian human rights advocacy -- Nov. 17

32] “Find Your Flock” webinar – Nov. 17

33] Need universal health care system – Nov. 17


18] –  On Monday, November 16th, the Baltimore Nonviolence Center will gather at Loyola University Maryland, a private Jesuit liberal arts school in Baltimore, to commemorate the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador killed on this day in 1989 by soldiers trained by the United States military. The witness will take place from 4 to 5 PM on the corner of North Charles Street and Coldspring Avenue. All are welcome.

  In 1989, our government was supporting the death squad government in El Salvador.  The Salvadoran military entered the grounds of José Simeón Cañas Central American University and murdered six Jesuit priests, Joaquín López y López, Ignacio Martín-Baró, Ignacio Ellacuría, Amando López, Juan Ramón Moreno and Segundo Montes. Also killed were the Jesuits' cook Julia Elba Ramos and her 16-year-old daughter Celina Maricet Ramos. We cannot forget this ugly atrocity, and thus we will commemorate that event. As part of the commemoration, we will plead with The Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of the university, to close down the Reserve Officers Training Corps [ROTC] program.  See the letter to Rev. Linnane below.

   The Jesuits were founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola, a former soldier. To become a companion of Jesus Christ, he surrendered his weapons of war and the glory of being a soldier of the court to become One with the poor and vulnerable. An ROTC program dishonors a Jesuit university.  And more recently, the president of the university should reflect on the words of another Jesuit, Pope Francis.

  In his new encyclical Fratelli Tutti, he wrote that it is "very difficult" to invoke the Just War theory today because of the immense brutality of today’s combat. And the Vatican was the first State to ratify the United Nations Treaty to eliminate Nuclear Weapons.  On January 22, 2021, nuclear weapons will be illegal under international law.  The U.S. military obviously possesses a nuclear arsenal.  So come January will the ROTC program at Loyola inform the cadets that nuclear weapons are now illegal?  

Join us in challenging Loyola University Maryland to honor the founder of the Jesuits and the Jesuit martyrs, their cook and her daughter by renouncing its ROTC program.  Contact Janice at 859-684-4247 or Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.

19] – The work continues and the battle for the two Georgia Senate run-off elections is coming up. Join Progressive Democrats of America on Mon., Nov. 16 from 5 to 6:30 PM ET for the next Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom meeting. These Monday meetings will continue through Dec. 28. Register here: Zoom.

20] – Representative John Sarbanes is holding a My Live Telephone Town Hall on Mon., Nov. 16 at 5:45 PM.  This town hall is to answer your questions about the important issues facing our nation. Sign up

21] – Discuss Disability Rights at the Our Revolution Baltimore City/County Chapter Meeting on Mon., Nov. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  Join this virtual meeting at

22] – Two runoff races in Georgia will decide which party controls the Senate. The Southern Poverty Law Center [] is asking you to sign up to call voters now.  ‌Georgia’s voters must vote again on January 5 to decide two Senate races that will determine which party controls the Senate. You can make a difference in this historic election by joining thousands of SPLC volunteers in calling Georgia voters next week.  Using your own phone at home, you can help Georgia voters complete absentee ballot applications that often provide a faster and safer voting experience. The Virtual Phone Bank will provide you with a complete script, the names and phone numbers of voters, and easy-to-follow instructions to record the results of your conversation.  There is a time slot on Mon., Nov. 16 from 6 to 7 PM ET. SIGN UP at There is another time slot on Wed., Nov. 18 from 6 to 7 PM ET.  SIGN UP at

23] –On Mon., Nov. 16 from 7 to 8:30 PM EST, get with a Maryland Monthly Monday Meeting #5 an Online Event, hosted by the Maryland Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.  Tune in at Discuss Maryland's participation in the National Caravan to be held on Mon., Nov. 23rd at 2:30 PM. The purpose of the Caravan is to draw attention back to the need for a national stimulus package. Elected officials must address the local needs relating to the tremendous loss of life, jobs, housing, healthcare, and food insecurity due to COVID-19.  Hear a presentation on housing issues as affected by COVID-19Join Our Revolution on Mon., Nov. 16 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM EST to discuss a plan to win Georgia with Councilman khalid of South Fulton, GA and Georgia Public Service Commission candidate Daniel Blackman, as well as newly elected San Francisco Supervisor Connie Chan who will talk about her upset victory, and American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein who will promote the #SaveThePostOffice Day of Action on Tues., Nov. 17. RSVP at

24] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Mon., Nov. 16 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.

25] – On Tues., Nov. 17 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

26] – 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:

27] – The ACLU of Maryland [] is asking the question, Are Baltimore City schools on a path towards equity?  Join in on Tues., Nov. 17 at 6 PM for a virtual town hall. 2020 will go down as one of the toughest years in modern history for the whole school community, and particularly for Baltimore City. But 2021 is coming up quickly. Education is a constitutional right in Maryland. In Baltimore City, it's glaringly obvious the state has not fulfilled its duty to every student. You are encouraged to pre-register and participate with Zoom if you can:

28] –‌ ‌On Tues., Nov. 17 at 6 PM and Thurs., Nov. 19 at 2 PM, get with Building an Antiracist Economy in Maryland.  Sign up at[UNIQID].  On Tuesday get virtual reports and an analysis. On Thursday, check out the panel on building an antiracist state budget in the 2021 General Assembly session.  This event is presented by the Maryland Center on Economic Policy.

29] – Check out: The Future of Nuclear Power in Japan which is happening on Tues., Nov. 17 from 6 to 7:30 PM.  Jun Tateno, Ph.D., Executive Director, Nuclear and Energy-Related Information Center (NERIC), Tokyo, Japan, will speak.  The world is facing an unprecedented crises on several fronts. Lack of leadership by the United States has intensified many flash points around the world including nuclear threats and the abandonment of arms control negotiations, bio-safety, climate change, food insecurity, instability and tensions in the East, and increased pressure from nationalists and extremists at home and abroad. This Tuesday seminar series will capture a subset of these critical issues facing humanity and the planet. All programs will require pre-registration.  Visit   ‌ ‌

30] – Join the Union of Concerned Scientists for a virtual screening of an award-winning documentary which takes viewers on a journey through the environmental justice movement. Stick around after the film for a panel discussion on the meaning of climate justice. Sign up at for the event on Tues., Nov. 17 from 7 to 9:30 PM ET with the panel discussion starting around 8:40 PM ET.

31] -- Join the #nowaytotreatachild campaign for its upcoming webinar on Tues., Nov. 17 at 8 PM ET. Reflect on the results of the U.S. elections and its implications for Palestinian human rights advocacy, as well as things to watch for as we enter the 117th Congress in January.  Register for the webinar at Discuss how Israeli military detention of Palestinian children amounts to collective punishment.

32] – Pounce on the “Find Your Flock” Webinar on Tues., Nov. 17 from 8 to 9 PM ET. This will be an exciting discussion on how to plan enduring and impactful campaigns. Using past experience and historical examples, outline how to develop local movements that reverberate nationally. Register here:

33] – It is possible that the Supreme Court could strike down the ACA’s individual mandate while keeping intact the rest of the law. In any outcome, it is clear that unless Congress takes drastic action, costs will continue to skyrocket at record pace. It’s clear that we need a more robust, universal health care system that is stronger than the ACA and can withstand the whims of the courts or private insurance corporations. Attend a National Nurses United strategy call on Tues., Nov. 17 at 8 PM ET to help fight for Medicare for All. RSVP at

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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