Sunday, February 7, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert – February 7 – 9, 2021

 Baltimore Activist Alert – February 7 – 9, 2021

 "I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

 Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to

 If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to Max Obuszewski, BNC, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at]

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Get involved with NCNR   

4] Volunteer with a Catholic Worker house  

5] Free Prakash Churaman  

6] "SOUPer Bowl" food drive Feb. 7

7] Citizen or Consumer - Feb. 7

8] Weekly Seekers' BLM Witness – Feb. 7

9] Medicare for All Teach-In - Feb. 7

10] Healthcare Town Hall -- Feb. 7

11] Medicare 4 ALL Workgroup – Feb. 7

12] Peace Forum – Feb. 7

13] Pentagon Peace Vigil – Feb. 8

14] Moral Monday Feb. 8

15] Quilts and Stories – Feb. 8 and more

16] Food Rescue – Feb. 8

17] Take Action for Immigrant Justice – Feb. 8

18] Ceasefire Conversation – Feb. 8

19] Get Money Out – Maryland – Feb. 8

20] Our Revolution National Call – Feb. 8

21] Cannabis Conference -- Feb. 9 – 11

22] Care Corner Food Pantry -- Feb. 9

23] Trash Talk Tuesdays – Feb. 9

24] Distribution of food for animals – Feb 9

25] Protest JHU’s weapons research – Feb. 9

26] Animal Bereavement Support Group – Feb. 9

27] Demilitarization at home – Feb. 9

28] Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system– Feb. 9

29] Asia-Pacific Political Economy – Feb. 9


1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

2] –To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to U.S. wars.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

4] - Suzanne Fontanesi and Jeff Ross are in the beginning stages of renovating the basement of their house for purposes of bringing in a volunteer (targeting young adults in discernment mode), starting next fall. They are trying to grow a Catholic Worker House in Irvington (West Baltimore). In a nutshell, there is a lot that a volunteer could do in that neighborhood/Baltimore, in addition to prayer and daily community living and in addition to plugging into all the good work that people are already doing in and around Baltimore (and beyond).  If you think you might know of anyone who might be interested in starting a conversation with them about becoming such a volunteer/community member, please contact Jeff/Suzanne at 443-690-6872.

5] – Prakash Churaman was 15 when he was arrested and accused of murdering his best friend. NYPD detective Barry Brown coerced him into making a false confession over the course of hours in an interrogation room. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison by Judge Kenneth Holder, a former prosecutor. That conviction was overturned this summer and now for the first time he has a chance to come home if money can be raised for his bail. Here is the link to a video which tells his story: Here is the link to Gofundme: and another one to a petition:

6] – On Sun., Feb. 7 at midnight to 11:45 PM EST, get over to a SOUPer Bowl Food Drive, hosted by the Anne Arundel County Food Bank.  This will continue each day through Sun., Feb. 7. Call the Food Bank at 410-923-4255 or visit Fight hunger and celebrate the Big Game with a virtual "SOUPer Bowl" food drive in support of Anne Arundel County Food Bank. This event is hosted by Katcef Brothers Brewco. See

7] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion at 10:30 AM.  On Sun., Feb. 7, hear about “Are You a Citizen or Are You a Consumer?” Many people believe being a citizen means paying your taxes, obeying the laws, and casting a ballot every four years. But is that all we really ought to do, transact with America like a consumer? As a citizen we have a GREATER invitation! We have many more RIGHTS, and frankly obligations, that enable us to co-create our civil society. Are you prepared to do so?  Ron Kipling Williams uses art, media, performance, and education to break down walls, facilitate open and honest conversations, and build community. He has generated a reputation for challenging and authentic work, tackling issues of race, class, and identity, and has influenced a generation of Maryland regional artists and social change agents. His awards include Maryland State Arts Council Individual Arts, Baltimore City African American Unsung Hero, and Fulbright Alternate. Email PRESIDENT@BMORETHICAL.ORG for the ZOOM LOGIN INFORMATION.

8] – On Sun., Feb. 7 through Feb. 28 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM ET, join a BLM Witness at the Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW, WDC 20012. Visit It is a wonderful opportunity to show up for racial justice and experience unity as passing drivers and pedestrians of all races and ethnicities wave and raise fists. Cars honk, bicyclists ring their little bike bells, and sometimes passers-by ask for a sign and join in. 

9] – President Biden recently introduced a set of executive actions on healthcare. While these are necessary measures towards addressing the public health crisis of disproportionate Black maternal and infant death and eliminating barriers to health care, you and I both know our communities need our government to go so much further. People’s Action [] is keeping up the energy for Medicare for All with a Teach-In on Sun., Feb. 7 at 3 PM ET.  Sign up at  The guest speakers, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and Dr. Micah Johnson, and authors of the freshly released "Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide," will talk about how we got here, and what we can win under COVID to set us on the right path to Medicare for All.

10] – Join Progressive Democrats of America [] at a Healthcare Emergency Town Hall on Sun., Feb. 7 at 4 PM ET.  PDA continues to be concerned that vaccinations for #COVID19 are not getting to our traditionally medically underserved and in particular to our Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) communities for a host of reasons, most of which would be resolved if we had a real public health system like #SinglePayer expanded and improved #MedicareForAll. When the commercial interests of the U.S. medical industrial complex block supplies, distribution, prioritization, and allocation of all of the critical resources needed, much as they have for COVID-19 test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE), information systems for contact tracing, and the general release of critical anti-viral drug therapies, the end result is what we’ve seen: hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths and avoidable untold human suffering.  Sign up for the Zoom discussion at

11] – On Sun., Feb. 7 from 5 to 6 PM EST, get with a Medicare 4 ALL Workgroup Weekly Meeting, hosted by Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America.  These meetings will continue through April 25.   RSVP HERE FOR ZOOM: Democratic Socialists are fighting to make single-payer Medicare for All healthcare a reality.  Help fight to replace our fractured and broken health system with a unified Medicare for All system. Not a DSA member? Consider becoming a Member. Fees are on a sliding scale according to what you feel you can afford: 

12] – UNFOLD ZERO [] issued an Invitation to Peace Agenda 2045: Abolish Nuclear Weapons and War. The PyeongChang Peace Forum is an annual event held to advance peace, disarmament, economic cooperation, sports diplomacy and sustainable development, building off the Peace initiative launched at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.  This event will be happening on Sun., Feb. 7 at 7 PM ET.  Armed conflict and nuclear weapons violate peoples’ Right to Life, consume trillions of dollars every year, impact significantly on the climate and impede sustainable development. The United Nations was established in 1945 with the primary goal to ‘save succeeding generations from the scourge of war’. The UN Charter prohibits the threat or use of force in international relations and provides a range of mechanisms for resolving conflicts and achieving security without recourse to war. In addition, the very first resolution of the UN General Assembly, adopted by consensus, establishes the goal of the elimination of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Tune in at

13] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is Feb. 8, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.  

14] – On Feb., 8 join Moral Monday FOR a SAFELY-DISTANCED SOLIDARITY TO SUPPORT THE RAISE THE WAGE ACT, A $15 MINIMUM WAGE WHICH INCLUDES A FULL, FAIR MINIMUM WAGE FOR ALL! The main organizer is the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.  The main event is in Washington, D.C. Go to

15] – On Mon., Feb. 8 through Mar., 12 from 10 AM to 4 PM EST, check out Quilts and the Stories They Tell at the Sandy Spring Museum. Capacity limitations will reflect the current Montgomery County guidelines. Reservations are encouraged. Go to Take a close look at a quilt and you can almost hear the words of the maker, the fabric, and the purpose of this utilitarian work of art. But while every quilt has a backstory, the story quilt starts with a message. A story quilt may include words, photos, non-traditional fabrics, and embellishments along with more standard quilting techniques and materials.

16 – On Mon., Feb. 8 from noon to 1:30 PM EST, participate in Food Rescue at Land of Kush, 840 North Eutaw St., Baltimore.  This Food Rescue will continue until Mon., Apr. 26. Food Rescue Baltimore is proud to partner with The Land of Kush each and every Monday to bring free vegan and plant-based food to the community. Bring a bag, take what you want, while supplies last. #KeepItFreshDay #MeatlessMonday. See

17] – Take Action for Immigrant Justice in the New Administration. What's happening with immigration? And how can people of faith respond? In this webinar, members of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition [] will provide an overview of the immigration landscape, highlight how recent changes are impacting vulnerable communities, and share practical ways you and your faith community can keep pushing for justice.  Tune in on Mon., Feb. 8 at 5 PM ET at The webinar will be streamed live on the IIC Facebook. 

18] – On Mon., Feb. 8 from 7 to 8 PM EST, hear a Ceasefire Conversation: Daryl Davis & Kondwani Fidel hosted by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  An intergenerational conversation about racism and activism in America between two authors and activists.  Davis is an R & B and blues musician, actor, bandleader and author of Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man's Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan which details his personal journey to improve race relations.  Fidel is a spoken word poet who uses the power of storytelling to confront education reform. His latest book is The Anti-Racist: How to Start the Conversation about Race & Take Action. Join the webinar at  The passcode is 353777.  Or you can call in at +1 301 715 8592. The Webinar ID is 994 1768 5859 with the passcode at 353777.

19] – There is a Get Money Out - Maryland BOARD MEETING on Mon., Feb. 8 at 7:30 PM.  There is two ways to join the conference: 1) dial 1 301 715 8592 with a meeting ID: 931 3066 2622. The password is 173976 and 2} click on your device if you have downloaded the app from Zoom.  This is a GMOM Board strategy session. Observers are welcome. Visit

20] – Don’t miss the Our Revolution [] National Organize to Win Call on Mon., Feb. 8 at 8:30 PM ET, featuring U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, Denton, TX city council candidate Alison Maguire, and others! Join call here:  The Facebook link is

21] – Join Our Revolution on Tues., Feb. 9 for a 2021 Cannabis Conference in partnership with MD NORML. Discuss Del. Jazz Lewis' Cannabis Legalization bill HB32 and prepare viewers for Lobby Days, which will happen on Tues., Feb. 9 through Thurs., Feb. 11. Register at ONLY REGISTER IF YOU INTEND TO JOIN A ZOOM CALL WITH YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS. Our Revolution will schedule time for you to meet with your elected officials. If you do not wish to register using Google forms, please email

22] – On Tues., Feb. 9 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM ET, get over to the Care Corner Food Pantry at the Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena. This will continue each Tuesday through June 29.  Food bags are available for individuals and families in need. Food bags are first-come, first-served each week.  Volunteers are needed each week to help distribute the food. Sign up here: All COVID safety measures are followed, including outdoor distribution, mask-wearing and social distancing. 

23] – On Tues., Feb. 9 at noon ET, get involved with Trash Talk Tuesdays – Upcycling at Home. This event is hosted by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. Learn more about how you can help reduce waste on Trash Talk Tuesdays. Trash Talk Tuesdays are livestreamed, recorded and available on the Facebook page under videos at

24] – On Tues., Feb. 9 from noon to 2 PM ET, get over to the Montgomery County Humane Society, Inc., 601 S. Stonestreet Ave., Rockville, for the distribution of food for animals.  The next distribution will be on Thurs., Feb. 11.  And it will continue other days until Feb. 25.  In an effort to help members of our community who have hit hard times, MCHS will be hosting a series of free cat and dog food distribution events at its rescue building in Rockville.  Parking and the front door are located around the back of the building. It is a short walk from the Rockville Metro station. Cat and dog food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For everyone’s safety, masks and social distancing are required. See

25] – 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:

26] – On Tues., Feb. 9 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET, get with the Animal Bereavement Support Group at the Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown 21136. This will continue each Tuesday, through August 3. See  The loss of an animal can be a devastating blow. Our friends are often loved as a member of our family, and we believe their passing should be treated with the same respect. RSVP to 

27] – On Tues., Feb. 9 at 8 PM ET, join the Tuesday Capitol Calling Party on demilitarization at homeCODEPINK CONGRESS will feature two guests: Dr. Melina Abdullah, one of the original organizers of Black Lives Matter movement and leader of the Los Angeles BLM chapter, as well as Reverend Liz Theoharis, the co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival. Guests will join CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK CONGRESS coordinator Marcy Winograd, and Muslim Delegates and Allies president Hanieh Jodat Barnes. Sign up at the presentations and a Q & A, CODEPINK co-director Carley Towne will host a Capitol Hill Calling Party to urge our congresspeople to sign the CODEPINK pledge to refuse money from the top five military contractors and the NRA. 

28] – Join the #nowaytotreatachild campaign for a webinar on Tues., Feb. 9 at 8 PM ET. Share updates about Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system, including Amal Nakhleh, the 17-year-old who Israeli authorities just ordered to serve six months in administrative detention. Amal has a condition called myasthenia gravis, a rare chronic autoimmune, neuromuscular disease that causes muscle weakness, including in muscles used for breathing and swallowing. Also share best practices for engaging with elected officials, including tips on setting up meetings and how to prepare for them. Register for the webinar at

29] – The Asia Peace Working Group’s webinar on the Asia-Pacific Political Economy - its dynamics and implications takes place on Tues., Feb. 9 at 9 PM ET. Hear from Walden Bello (Philippines), Achin Vanaik (India) and Juliet Lu (Cornell).  Register at  Visit  Email

To be continued.

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

"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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