Friday, December 4, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 4 - 6, 2020

61] Take a Virtual Tour of a Recycling Facility – Dec. 4

62] Climate Strikes vs. Chase Bank – Dec. 4

63] Food Rescue – Dec. 4

64] White House vigil – Dec. 4

65] Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE – Dec. 4

66] Parents of 666 children separated at the border can’t be found – Dec. 4

67] A virtual memorial for Betty Robinson -- Dec. 4

68] AFRICOM and Human Rights in Africa – Dec. 4

69] Virtual Fire Drill Friday Rally – Dec. 4

70] Make Calls for Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.  – Dec. 4 -- 5

71] Film The Radium Girls -- Dec. 4

72] Peace and justice vigil – Dec. 4


74] Songs for Justice Benefit Concert – Dec. 4

75] Fruitvale Station: Dismantling White Supremacy – Dec. 4

76] U.S. and Palestine under attack – Dec. 4


78] International Human Rights Day – Dec. 4

79] Progressive Strategy Conference – Dec. 5 - 6

80] Coffee and Conversation – Dec. 5

81] Read Dave Eberhardt’s book "For All the Saints- a Protest Primer"

82] Ted Glick has written a book

83] New Book: “Confessions of a Radical Academic”

84] Two Berrigan Books still in print

85] Contribute to the Lin Romano Peace and Justice Scholarship

86] Do you need a doctor?

87] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  

88] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

89] Do you need any book shelves?

90] Join the Global Zero campaign.

91] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


61] – Take a Virtual Tour of the Prince George's Single-Stream Materials Recycling Facility on Fri., Dec 4 at 9 AM, organized by the Sierra Club Prince George's County Group, Zero Waste Team at 1000 Ritchie Rd., Capitol Heights, MD 20743.  To sign up, contact Martha Ainsworth at or 301-262-8389.

62] – On Fri., Dec. 4 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

63] – On Fri., Dec. 4 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST, come to Grace Baptist Church, 3201 The Alameda to get some food, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore. This will continue each Friday until March 26, 2021. Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Look at

64] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Dec. 4 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

65] – There will be two Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE on Fri., Dec. 4 from noon to 1 PM.  One is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore.  Free Parking is available. There will be NO LUNCH.   If it doesn't rain, vigil. If it rains, the vigil will be cancelled.  If you arrive for the vigil and don't see someone else, please don't leave. Other folks are on the way.  Email

The other is in Chestertown, Kent County on the Eastern Shore in Memorial Park at Cross Street & Park Row.  This will be a safe-distanced stand for Peace with Justice & No to War. Email

66] – Physicians for Human Rights is offering Unpacking the Continued Harms of Family Separation at the U.S. Border on Fri., Dec. 4 at noon EST.  The parents of 666 children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border still haven’t been found. The discussion on the catastrophic human toll of the U.S. administration’s family separation policy and on the efforts to reunite families will document the severe harms of family separation.  You are invited to join panelists, including New York Times-bestselling author Jacob Soboroff, who address the policy’s many implications, including the health of migrant parents and children, how the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed reunification and legal efforts on the ground, and what steps can be taken to reunite families. Register for the webinar here:,CO7H,1TO2EP,1BLA2,1.

67] – A virtual memorial for Betty Robinson will be held on Fri., Dec. 4 at 1 PM ET.  You can register for the virtual memorial ceremony here: The second half of the program will include an opportunity for people to share memories of Betty. 

68] – Did you know that the U.S. military has 29 military bases in 15 countries across Africa? The U.S. military established AFRICOM in 2008, despite the majority of African nations rejecting it. Under a false guise of providing security, the U.S. uses its military force to impose control of African land, resources, and labor to serve the needs of U.S. multi-national corporations.  On Fri., Dec. 4 from 2 to 4 PM ET, World BEYOND War will co-host a webinar on AFRICOM and Human Rights in Africa, featuring first-hand reports about AFRICOM's impact.

Contact Greta at Joy Onyesoh, the president of WILPF International, will speak about Nigeria; Sylvie Ndongmo, the Africa Region representative of WILPF, will speak about Cameroon; Marie-Claire Faray, currently living in the UK, will speak about the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Christine Odera, Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassador Network - Kenya Country Coordinator (CYPAN), will speak about Kenya; writer and author Margaret Kimberley, representing the Black Alliance for Peace, will explain their initiative: Out of Africa: Shut Down AFRICOM; and investigative journalist Amanda Sperber will report on Somalia. Check out

69] – For one of the last Fire Drill Fridays of 2020, the focus will be on the critical run-off elections for two Senate seats in Georgia — the outcome of which will dictate whether Democrats or Republicans win control of the Senate. Tune in for this critical call! Hear from Atlanta-based lawyer, Jamil Favors; President of People for the American Way, Ben Jealous; and Crooked Media Political Director, Shaniqua McClendon. Discuss the amazing movement building happening on the ground, the profound implications the results will have on the government and our future, and how you can best support the work. The Virtual Fire Drill Friday Rally is happening on Fri., Dec. 4 at 2 PM ET. Sign up at

70] – Make Calls for Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.  The presidential election may be over (Donald Trump’s refusal to concede notwithstanding), but control of the US Senate hangs in the balance, pending the results of two runoff elections in Georgia, the nation’s newest battleground state. Early voting starts December 14, and Special Election Day is January 5, 2021. The Sierra Club will be making phone calls in support of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, whose races could determine the fate of President-Elect Biden’s ambitious green agenda. Sign up to call Georgia voters at The available times are Fri., Dec. 4 from 3 to 6 PM and 6 to 9 PM EST.  Then on Sat., Dec. 5 from 3 to 6 PM and 6 to 9 PM EST.  The calls will continue through Tues., Jan. 5 from 6 to 9 PM EST.

71] – The Radium Girls were a group of young women in the early twentieth century who painted watch dials with glow-in-the-dark paint for a meager wage. Little did they know that the paint that they handled every day was extremely hazardous. Watch this new film, "Radium Girls," to learn more about this fierce group of women from your living room. And, part of the proceeds go to Women's Action for New Directions.  WATCH NOW:

The film Radium Girls illuminates the struggle of women to enter the workforce and the perseverance it took to stand up to a corporation that traded the lives of its employees for financial gain. In states across the country, workers are still fighting for protection from and compensation for radiation exposure, all amidst a systematic rollback of federal worker and consumer safety regulations and public health and environmental protection rules. After you watch the film, join for a conversation on Fri., Dec. 4 at 4 PM EST with the co-directors of the film, State Senator Karen Keiser (WA), and State Representative Angelica Rubio (NM) to discuss how the Radium Girls built the foundation for worker's rights and how radioactive materials continue to plague American factories, communities, and the environment.  REGISTER at

72] -- There is usually a Quaker Vigil for Racial Justice on Fridays, from 5 to 6:30 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 Dec. 4. 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. Quaker values call us to speak truth and to seek equality for all people. We aim to follow Bayard Rustin’s wisdom that “we need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers” and John Lewis’s call to “make good trouble.” See

73] – As Lindsey Graham and Senate Republicans seek to sabotage the elections in Georgia, we must rise above them and mobilize Georgia’s Democratic base to cast their ballots. Making calls to infrequent voters is one of the most effective means of base-building and increasing voter turnout. Sign up to make calls with Turnout2020:

MAKE CALLS TO GEORGIA VOTERS this week-- starting on Fri., Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 PM and 7 to 9 PM EST and continuing on Sat., Dec. 5 from 2 to 4 PM and 4 to 6 PM EST.  The calls will continue through Jan. 5 from 5 to 7 PM and 7 to 9 PM EST.

74] –   The Farm Labor Organizing Committee is hosting a Songs for Justice Benefit Concert on Fri., Dec. 4 at 7 PM EST.  Once you RSVP, you will be sent information on how to join the live stream. FLOC President, Baldemar Velasquez, will perform with the Aguila Negra Band. Join for a night of FLOC history through story and song! The Aguila Negra band features a mix of songs with traditional Mexican folk music. The event will be live-streamed for free, but with a suggested $10 donation. All contributions made to FLOC’s education and training partner, CMWJ, are tax exempt. Please contact with any questions. RSVP at

75] – Participate in the Fruitvale Station: Dismantling White Supremacy (DWS) Film Series on Fri., Dec. 4 from 7 to 8:30 PM.  This is a Zoom Panel Discussion of “Fruitvale Station” and Local Policing Reform The film depicts the story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old from Hayward, California, and his experiences on the last day of his life, before he was fatally shot by BART Police in the early morning of New Year's Day 2009. The movie begins with the actual footage of Oscar Grant and his friends being detained by the BART Police at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland on January 1, 2009, at 2:15 a.m. right before the shooting. See a trailer here:

Changes in policing are under consideration in Boston following the submission of a report from the Mayor’s Police Reform Task Force, and a conference committee of the State Legislature is working on a bill for statewide reforms. The lead organizer for this installment of the DWS film series, Theodore Parker Church’s Racial Justice Task Force, is bringing together a panel of local and state leaders to discuss where we are 11 years after the death of Oscar Grant, and what’s in store for Boston and statewide police reform. Registrants (registration link here: will receive a link to the film to be viewed anytime through Dec.  4. People registering will receive the link the day following their registration. The DWS film series operates on a gift economy basis – no person will be excluded based upon ability to pay. All net proceeds from this event will go to the Boston branch of the NAACP.

76] – How police and vigilantes operate to attack and undermine minority groups and progressive movements in the U.S. and Palestine will be explored on Fri., Dec. 4 from 7 to 8:15 PM in a ZOOMINAR PANEL. Register at Hear from ANNE AMES,  longtime activist residing in Kingston, NY; ASANTEWAA NKRUMAH-TURE who works with the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign/Poor People’s Army; and PHILIP WEISS, founder and co-editor of Mondoweiss an independent website devoted to US Foreign policy in Israel/Palestine.

77] – RICH IN MUSIC  &  HOPE CHOIR OF NATIONS of the ASLYLEE WOMEN ENTERPRISE  invite you to MORE THAN A CONCERT--music, singing, dance, photos & stories on Sat., Dec. 5 at  7 PM. An advance registration is required. Although these groups are based in Baltimore, you'll be around the world from the first note to the last. For an enriching evening, get on line at RICH is shorthand for Refugee Immigrant Connection  & Healing. Go to

78] – Join Friends of Latin America on Fri., Dec. 4 at 7 PM for its 23rd  Annual Human Rights Event to commemorate the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. It will feature keynote speaker Daniel Kovalik and Andean music interpreted by WAYTA plus a couple of songs by our long-time friend from RUMISONKO, Carlos Arrien. Use this Zoom link at Visit

79] – Right now we must do all we can to yank the gavel from McConnell's hands by winning the two runoff races for Senate in Georgia.  Vote by mail ballots are already dropping.  Join Progressive Democrats of America’s organizing meeting to see how to win these races with your help.  Be at a ZOOM gathering Progressive Strategy Conference on Sat., Dec. 5 at 9 AM ET and Sun., Dec. 6 at noon ET. As part of a multi-organizational coalition, join nationally-renowned policy experts and activists to form a plan for the next 4 years.  Speakers/panelists include Sen. Ed Markey; national affairs correspondent for The Nation, John Nichols; racial justice, labor, and international activist, scholar, and author, Bill Fletcher, Jr.; Policy Director at the Kairos Center, Shailly Gupta Barnes;  author, environmentalist, activist, and co-Founder of 350org Bill McKibben; Director of the Racial Justice Program for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, Rahsaan Hall; Executive Director of the Chelsea Collaborative, Gladys Vega; Executive Director of PDA Alan Minsky, and more! RSVP to For more on the Macro Strategy Conference, click here,, and if you choose to go, please email so the group can judge the effectiveness of this request. The cost of the conference is $75 with low income options.

80] – On Sat., Dec. 5 from 11 AM to 1 PM ET, join Baltimore City/County Our Revolution for the next Zoom Coffee & Conversation. Bring your own coffee. There will surely be a lot to talk about! Chat about current events & whatever is on your mind. Sign up at

81] – David Eberhardt was a member of the Baltimore Four with Father Philip Berrigan, Tom Lewis and Rev. James Mengel.  The group poured blood on draft files on October 27, 1967.  They would be convicted and sentenced to prison. Dave has written a book "For All the Saints- a Protest Primer"- documenting the Baltimore Four action and many others up to and including the most recent Plowshares action – Kings Bay Plowshares 7.  Phil Berrigan’s wife, Elizabeth McAlister, is a member of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7.  Dave’s book is available for $20 by contacting him at He prefers that you DO NOT order the book from Amazon.

82] –  Ted Glick has written a book about his years of active draft resistance during the Vietnam War, and published by PM Press! It’s entitled “Burglar for Peace: Lessons Learned in the Catholic Left’s Resistance to the Vietnam War. The book is part history, part autobiography and may be a valuable source of ideas and inspiration for today’s organizers against injustice, oppression, war, ecological devastation and the bad guys! Frida Berrigan has written a wonderful intro. The paperback book, all 220 or so pages, will cost $20, but if you order it now, you can get a 20% discount if you use the code “Burglar” when you do so.  Go to: and click 'Add to Cart'. In the coupon code area be sure to put: Burglar to get the discount.

83] – Check out a New Book: “Confessions of a Radical Academic: A Memoir by Fred L. Pincus,” now available from Adelaide Books ( or from Amazon.  Fred taught sociology at UMBC for more than 40 years and is on the board of Research Associates Foundation.  His memoir details his struggles to have a successful career while keeping true to his radical principles and activism.  One major theme is his struggle with race and racism both on and off campus. Go to

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] – Consider making a donation to a scholarship in her honor that would be most welcome.  Contributions to the Lin Romano Peace and Justice Scholarship can be made online via or by check made out to Notre Dame of Maryland University (Memo line: Lin Romano Peace and Justice Scholarship) and mailed to Notre Dame of Maryland University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210.

86] 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.  

87] – 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.   

88] -- 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

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

90] -- 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.

91] – 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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