Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 21 - 22, 2021

44] Peace seeker – Jan. 21, 22 & 23

45] Food Rescue Giveaway -- Jan. 21

46] Reverse the Trend -- Jan. 21

47] CASA Ally Network's 2021 Kickoff Meeting – Jan. 21

48] Struggle for Food Sovereignty under the US Blockade – Jan. 21

49] Progressive Maryland’s Healthcare Task Force – Jan. 21

50] Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) – Jan. 21

51] Universal health care – Jan. 21

52] Working people during the Biden Administration – Jan. 21

53] End the Muslim Ban – Jan. 21

54] Climate Strikes vs. Chase Bank – Jan. 22

55] Food Rescue – Jan. 22

56] Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons takes effect -- Jan. 22

57] Electric Boat in Groton, CT – Jan. 22

58] Tell JHU no more nuclear weapons contracts – Jan. 22

59] PHILADELPHIA celebrates the U.N. Nuclear Ban Treaty -- Jan. 22


44] – Sat., Jan. 16 from 10 AM to 2 PM ET and Thurs., Jan. 21, Fri., Jan. 22 and Sat., Jan. 23 from 10 AM to 3 PM EST, check out peace seeker, an installation by Katie Addada Shlon at the Arcadia-Beverly Hills Historic District.  Get tickets at  This is hosted by The Shed.  Through their latest installation, Katie Addada Shlon asks visitors to consider how use changes what is possible. Presenting object/instruments that have been made from second hand materials, Shlon encourages visitors to touch the sculptures gently while listening for harmony in the sounds made by the interactions. They explain, “Things may fall or break with the gentlest touch, but even that will make a sound worth listening to! People should be advised that there are sharp edges on broken ceramics and metal strings… hopefully no one gets hurt!” Despite the fragility and potential risk present in the works, the experience of this installation is conducive to a meditative state.

45] – On Thurs., Jan. 21 from 6 to 8 PM ET, check out the Food Rescue Giveaway! This is the Thursday Evenings at Old Major, 900 S. Carey St., Baltimore, which will continue through April 29. Go to This is a long-awaited evening Rescue, and Rescue in Southwest Baltimore, all in one! Get prepacked boxes from the carryout window on the Herkimer Street side of the building. Use the window bell or call 443-873-7363. And please, masks must be worn at the window. 

46] – This is happening REVERSE THE TREND, Save our People, and Save our Planet on Thurs., Jan. 21 from 6 to 9 PM (EST). REVERSE THE TREND is a global youth advocacy network that seeks to elevate the voices of young people, primarily coming from frontline communities who have been directly affected by nuclear weapons and climate change.  Join an in-depth conversation with young artists and activists sharing their thoughts on how they're using their art to overcome nuclear and environmental injustices. RSVP at

47] – On Thurs., Jan. 21 from 6 to 8 PM, the CASA Ally Network's 2021 Kickoff Meeting will take place. Discuss local, state and national legislative priorities for the MD General Assembly and the new Biden administration.  2021 has the potential to be historic for immigrant families. Join the entire CASA Ally Network meeting and learn how to prepare to take advantage of the promise that 2021 holds, and how to fight together at the local, state, and federal level. Register at

48] – Join a webinar on Thurs., Jan. 21 at 7 PM ET about the Bolivarian Venezuela’s Struggle for Food Sovereignty under the US Blockade. William Camacaro will interview Hugo Alberto Nieves on the progress and challenges the movements in Venezuela have made to re-establish national food sovereignty. (Simultaneous English translation will be provided.) Go to

49] – Be Part of Progressive Maryland’s Healthcare Task Force.  Join in to keep fighting for the healthcare justice we need. In 2021, we have a real opportunity to set a new course on the COVID response, to increase the push for improved Medicare for All, and to win state level reforms on issues like medical debt protection and health equity. On Thurs., Jan. 21 at 7 PM, discuss these issues:

50] – Let us pursue a foreign policy based on peace and diplomacy -- and build political power for the community which starts with YOU at the grassroots level.  Join the Colorado chapters of the National Iranian American Council, J-Street, Jewish Voice for Peace, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), and the University of Denver's Center for Middle East Studies on Thurs., Jan. 21 at 7:30 PM ET for a virtual panel event on the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA).The event will feature insights from Nader Hashemi (Center for Middle East Studies), Trita Parsi (Quincy Institute), Barbara Slavin (Atlantic Council), Hassan El-Tayyab (FCNL), and Dylan Williams (J Street), on what the incoming Biden administration should know about how it connects to safeguarding U.S. interests, while promoting peace and stability in the Middle East. RSVP at

51] – With Democrats in control of the government, there is a window of opportunity to pass universal health care, and there’s not a moment to waste. Ady Barkan will share his thoughts directly on the National Nurses United’s national call on Thurs., Jan. 21 at 8 PM ET. RSVP at  Discuss a strategy to pass Improved Medicare for All and guarantee health care as a human right.

52] – President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took office in the aftermath of an election marred by jingoistic partisanship, evidence-free accusations of fraud, and threats of a white supremacist, fascist takeover. As the election season subsides, workers, in the U.S. and internationally, await the subsequent administration and its effects on the working class as a whole.  Despite many planned laws and executive orders, the Biden administration has preemptively admitted its disinterest in addressing many of the pressing issues faced by the working class.

 On Thurs., Jan. 21 at 8 PM, join Workers World Party and discuss the challenges facing working people during the Biden Administration and how to organize to fight attacks on all working class and oppressed people.  Register at

53] – There is so much more fighting to do to achieve justice in a post-Trump United States. Ensuring the first hundred days of the new Biden administration live up to their potential is a duty incumbent on all of us. Join a conversation to strategize and discuss next steps towards the permanent repeal of the Muslim Ban, and what's next. Join the No Muslim Ban Ever coalition for a virtual gathering following President-elect Biden's inauguration, with Linda Sarsour and Manar Waheed of the ACLU and others. RSVP at for the conversation on Thurs., Jan. 21 at 8 PM ET.

54] – On Fri., Jan. 22 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

55] – On Fri., Jan. 22 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

56] – The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons reached the required 50 states parties for its entry into force, and it will become law on January 22, 2021. This will have an impact even on nations not yet party to the treaty. The U.S. government keeping nuclear weapons in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, and Turkey, is not supported by the people of those nations, and is arguably already illegal under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.  If your country has signed, but not ratified the TPNW, it is on the right side of history as a signatory.  When will it ratify? If your country has not signed or ratified, what will it take for your government to renounce nuclear weapons. In essence, the TPNW prohibits nations that have ratified the Treaty from “developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, acquiring, possessing, or stockpiling nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.”  They are barred from transferring or receiving nuclear weapons and nuclear explosive devices, meaning that they cannot permit nuclear weapons to be stationed or deployed in their countries. They are forbidden to exercise any control over nuclear weapons or to provide assistance for any actions prohibited by the Treaty.  They are obligated to assist victims of nuclear weapons and to join environmental remediation efforts. And, of potentially great importance, Article XII of the Treaty requires governments that have ratified the treaty to press nations outside of the Treaty – including Japan and the United States - to sign and to ratify it. 

57] – In support of the call to celebrate January 22, the day that the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) enters into force (EIF Day), which the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) describes as “the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons," the No New Tridents Coalition is calling for a telephone action directed at Electric Boat in Groton, CT, builder of the original Ohio class Trident, and now preparing for the construction of the next generation ballistic missile submarine threat, the Columbia class. Call between the hours of 10 AM and noon on the 22nd -- Main Number: 860-433-3000 or Human Resources: 888-231-9662.  Phone as many times as you are able. 

 For as long as the lines remain open, demand that EB abide by the treaty's call to abolish all nuclear weapons and to cancel production of the Columbia submarine. Although the Treaty has not been ratified by the United States, the fact remains that the nuclear weapons in this country's possession will eventually be declared illegal.

58] – This is A PLEA TO CONVINCE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY TO OBEY INTERNATIONAL LAW. The world will reach a historic milestone on January 22, 2021: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons [TPNW] will enter into force and become binding international law --

  Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland has called attention to the growing danger of nuclear war and the outrageous $1.7 trillion dollars we are spending to upgrade the nuclear arsenal. To celebrate on Fri., Jan. 22 at noon, there will be a car caravan and a vigil outside Johns Hopkins University at 34th and N. Charles Street, Baltimore with the main banner announcing nuclear weapons are illegal.  To get on the car caravan, meet at 11:30 AM at the 29th Street side of Wyman Park. After the car caravan completes its route, those participants will join the vigil to urge Johns Hopkins University to renounce nuclear weapons contracts. Eventually, there will be a march over to the building where President Ron Daniels has an office, and the UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons will be taped on the building door.  For more specific information, email Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or call 410-323-1607. 

  On July 18, 2017, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, a U.S. Navy - affiliated research center received a seven-year, $92 million contract to continue its systems engineering and research-and-development services for the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. Help convince JHU to renounce nuclear weapons contracts. Contact the president, Ron Daniels, to urge him to reject all nuclear weapons contracts: Office of the President, 242 Garland Hall, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218.  Call his office at (410) 516-8068 or email

59] – The PHILADELPHIA Area Announcement of the U.N. Nuclear Ban Treaty Entry into Force will be in front of the Phila. Federal Courthouse, 601 Market Street, on Fri., Jan. 22 from noon to 1:30 PM. JANUARY 22, 2021 – NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE ILLEGAL in countries which ratified the TPNW.  CELEBRATE…DEMONSTRATE…UPLIFT & UPHOLD. States that haven’t joined the treaty will feel its power too. We can expect, under pressure, companies – like Lockheed Martin, the U.S.’s #1 nuclear weapons contractor – to stop producing nuclear weapons and financial institutions to stop investing in nuclear weapon producing companies.  Practice SOCIAL DISTANCING and WEAR A MASK OR FACIAL COVERING (no ifs, ands, or buts about it). If you don’t have a mask, you will get one! There will be no movement amongst participants, after the demonstration’s set-up on site.  Greetings to other participants will be verbal and the twinkle in your eyes.  Call 484-574-1148 or go to

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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