Friday, April 9, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- April 9 - 11, 2021

59] Global Just Recovery Gathering – April 9 - 11

60] Mark Colville to be sentenced – April 9

61] White House vigil – April 9

62] Why Ethical Governance is the Backbone of Democracy – April 9

63] Federal Renewable Energy Commission (FREC) – April 9

64] Jane Fonda with Jay Inslee – April 9

65] Climate Solutions Now Act ASAP April 9

66] Urge the Senate to enact the For the People Act April 9

67] Peace and justice vigil – April 9

68] Food Pantry and Food Donation Center – April 10

69] Vote for OR candidates – April 10

70] Care Can’t Wait Summit – April 10

71] Student Debt Help Workshop – April 10

72] Climate and Militarism – April 10

73] Authoritarianism and Right-wing Nationalism – April 10

74] Economics of War and Peace in Baltimore April 10

75] Harlem Park Community Canvass April 10

76] Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series – April 10

77] Tell JHU no more weapons contracts

78] Beauty Fades /Stupid Lasts Forever and The Trial According to Alan Barysh 

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

80] Ted Glick has written a book

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

82] Two Berrigan Books still in print

83] Contribute to the Lin Romano Peace and Justice Scholarship

84] Do you need a doctor?

85] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

86] Do you need any book shelves?

87] Join the Global Zero campaign.

88] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


59] – Bill McKibben - [] wants you to  ‌attend the Global Just Recovery Gathering — three days of free, online, brass tacks education.  Build energy for real action as we come out of the pandemic. Given the speed with which scientists say we must work, this may be the last high-leverage moment for huge change. You’ve seen some promising initial signs with things like the Biden plan for green infrastructure — but we need more, we need it everywhere, and we need it fast. The Gathering goes from Friday, April 9 though Sunday, April 11. Register at

60] – On Fri., April 9 at 10 AM ET, tune into the sentencing of Mark Colville, the last Kings Bay Plowshares 7 defendant to be sentenced.  “The taproot of violence in our society today is our intention to use nuclear weapons. Once we have agreed to that, all other evil is minor in comparison. Until we squarely face the question of our consent to use nuclear weapons, any hope of large scale improvement of public morality is doomed to failure.”  Rev. Richard McSorley, S.J.

  It’s almost a year and a half now since the Kings Bay Plowshares trial ended in Georgia. Due to ongoing COVID concerns, Mark decided to opt for a hearing by video conference with the advantage that the public can listen in on the proceedings. Dial 1-888-684-8852, enter the call access code 2296092 and enter the security code 1234 or dial 1-888-684-8852, enter the call access code 8878734 and enter the security code 1234. If one isn't working or overloaded, try the other access code. You should be muted, but if not, mute.

61] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., April 9 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

62] – Attend Why Ethical Governance is the Backbone of Democracy, a Virtual Training hosted by Declaration for American Democracy Coalition on Fri., April 9 from 1 to 2 PM EDT. This session takes attendees through the corruption-fighting provisions of the For the People Act, offers perspectives from grassroots activism on ethics, explains how these policies would help strengthen and protect Black and brown political power, and highlights why we are facing a historical moment for building a truly representative and accountable government. SIGN UP WITH DECLARATION FOR AMERICAN DEMOCRACY COALITION at HTTPS://WWW.MOBILIZE.US/PFAW/EVENT/381925/. Email

63] – There are big changes at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) now that Richard Glick has been named chair. Forty three years after Congress ordered FERC to create the Office of Public Participation, efforts are being made to fund and create the OPP at FERC. FERC is giving new attention to environmental justice and climate movement criticism, holding listening sessions and conferences seeking insight into how FERC can chart a new course. Since 2014 Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) has been a staunch opponent of FERC as a rubber stamping agency for the fossil fuel industry. These changes are welcome, but can it be reformed from within? BXE has long campaigned for the creation of the Federal Renewable Energy Commission (FREC). 

  In 1977 FERC was created by Congress due to “growing doubts about the effectiveness” of FERC’s 1920s predecessor the FPC. The time has come to likewise dismantle FERC, and to replace it with an institution with a clear climate mandate rooted in the issues of the 21st century. Come to the FREC Summit via Zoom on Fri., April 10 from 1 to 5 PM EDT. Register at

64] – Jane Fonda with Greenpeace [] will be joined by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on this Fire Drill Friday, April 9 at 2 PM ET. Learn about the power that individual states have to act on climate, and how it differs from the federal government.  RSVP on Zoom at Or RSVP on Facebook at

Inslee was in Congress previous to being elected governor. He co-wrote a book, "Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean-Energy Economy," about a national program to fight climate change through clean energy innovation and job-creation. As governor, Jay's top priority is growing Washington's innovative industries such as clean energy. Greenpeace supporters may also recall that Inslee was the first 2020 presidential candidate to release a detailed plan to phase out oil, gas, and coal production and hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for its role in creating the climate crisis.

65] – Join a Baltimore SUNRISE rally on Fri., April 9 at 3 PM in Lawyers Mall, Annapolis to demand that our legislators pass the strongest version of the Climate Solutions Now Act ASAP!  There are only a couple days left in the session (ends Monday) so join the rally. RSVP at

66] – The House passed HR 1, the For the People Act, originally introduced by Rep. John Sarbanes. S.1, its companion bill, is now being considered in the Senate.  It it becomes law, it would help shift our democracy into one that is truly of, by and for the people, with the following results: Reduce the influence of big money in politics, Make voting simpler, safer and fairer, and Hold public officials accountable.  The need to transform our political system is more urgent now than ever as states have introduced over 350 bills to restrict voting access since the 2020 elections, and as corporations and wealthy interests pay top dollar to influence elections and drown out the voices of everyday voters. The For the People Act is a landmark bill that will expand and protect the freedom to vote, end partisan and racial gerrymandering, rid politics of dark money, and restore transparency and accountability to our government.

Get Money Out/Maryland is the lead organizer with many other groups including Maryland Peace Action and the Baltimore Nonviolence Center urging the Senate to immediately enact the For the People Act.  Otherwise, big money will continue to defeat grassroots movements like ours and voter suppression laws will multiply. Call Sen. Chris Van Hollen’s office at 202-224-4654 and then call Sen. Ben Cardin’s office at 202-224-4524.  Ask them to work actively in the caucus to amend the rules to pass the For the People Act.  Finally, come to a rally on Fri., April 9 at 4 PM in Towson at the corner of York Road and Fairmount Ave. or at 4:30 PM at South Charles and Lombard Streets outside the office of Senator Ben Cardin. Demonstrate to show that the people of Maryland are demanding true democracy. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

67] -- 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 April 9. 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

68] – On Sat., April 10 from noon to 2 PM EST, get over to the Food Pantry and Food Donation Center at First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Madison St., Baltimore. This Food Pantry is open every Saturday. Get a grocery bag – breakfast, jelly and peanut butter (a good source of protein) for lunch, the makings for a balanced dinner such as beans and rice, pasta and sauce, soup, vegetables, fruit, and a paper goods. Also added is a little fun food, such as popcorn or cookies, for everyone enjoys a treat.  Contributions of shelf stable foods can be brought to Reid Chapel every Saturday between noon and 2 PM. If shopping is difficult for you, monetary donations earmarked food pantry may be sent to the church.  How else can you help? Volunteers are needed to help collect and distribute food. Contact the church office to volunteer. You can also help by spreading the word to those you know who are facing food insecurity. See

69] – The Elections Committee [] is informing us that Our Revolution Maryland is holding its 2021 State Operating Committee Election Meeting.  All current members - including all ORMD recurring donors - are eligible to vote. If you are not a current member, you can join by clicking here There is no contribution requirement.

The five statewide SOC officers are: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Organizing Director, and Member at-Large. There is a candidates' meeting on Sat., April 10 at noon ET. This is your opportunity to meet them and ask questions regardless of whether you are a member. RSVP to the meeting here.  Ballots will be mailed to all Members on Monday, April 12, and must be returned by Wednesday, April 21. The Elections Committee will then count the ballots and announce the results on Friday, April 23.

70] –  The National Domestic Workers Alliance [] is inviting you to the #CareCantWait Summit with Nancy Pelosi on Sat., April 10 at noon ET. Care workers and caregivers will share their incredibly human experience of caring for another person and explore how we can seize this historic opportunity to invest in a care infrastructure that works for everyone. RSVP at American families are in crisis. In 2020 more than 2.3 million women left the labor force, more than 600,000 of whom were Black and 618,000 of whom were Latina. In 12 short months we lost generations of economic gains for women when the need to care for children and loved ones forced them out of the workforce.

71] – Natalia Abrams via MoveOn [] wants you to attend a Student Debt Help Workshop on Sat., April 10 at 1 PM ET.  The Biden Administration has promised significant reform, but the details of their plan have not yet been released. RSVP at In a hopeful sign, President Biden directed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to prepare a memo exploring the president’s power to forgive up to $50,000 in student debt. The White House hopes to have an answer within weeks. At Student Debt Crisis, the group’s position is that the executive branch does have this power.

72] – Climate & Militarism: Underlying Structure will happen on Sat., April 10 from 1 to 3 PM ET.  The 2nd of a 4-part teach-in series on Climate and Militarism: Nick Rabb of Sunrise Boston and the Mass Peace Action Peace & Climate Working Group will lead a discussion about the societal structures that lead to the issues, including the military-industrial complex, the history of policing, and post-war global politics.  The U.S. is perhaps the most violent empire in history. Its tentacles stretch to almost all corners of the world, and it concerns itself with maintaining supremacy at very high costs. Yet, we in the core of empire rarely see it for what it is. Therefore, we also fail to see how U.S. militarism is deeply intertwined with the U.S. role in the climate crisis. Fully addressing the crisis cannot be done until militarism is understood and dismantled. Register at!

73] – The Study/Action Group: Authoritarianism and Right-wing Nationalism will meet on Sat., April 10 from 2 to 3:30 PM ET. This group meets on Zoom on the second Saturday of each month to study and discuss authoritarianism and the US far right and how progressives should deal with these issues.  Discuss sociologist Arlie Hochschild’s Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.   Hochschild made 10 trips to southwestern Louisiana from 2011 to 2016 to delve into her “keen interest in how life feels to people on the right — that is, in the emotion that underlies politics. To understand their emotions,” she writes, “I had to imagine myself in their shoes.” She interviewed some 60 people, including 40 professed tea party supporters, visiting their homes, communities and workplaces. Register at

74] – Economics of War and Peace and the City of Baltimore takes place on Sat., April 10 from 2 to 4 PM EST. Register here: Ellen Brown and Walt McRee from the Public Banking Institute and Alanna Hartzok, Earth Rights Institute, will focus on how the war system grows out of inequities and injustice in our land tenure, tax and money systems. They will then consider how the City of Baltimore can bounce back to prosperity by building a peace and justice economy. This unprecedented conversation will consider how fundamental reforms of the land, tax and banking system can revive Baltimore's economy to better enable the production of affordable housing, high quality locally grown food, and sufficient public finance to pay for parks, schools, libraries, transportation and other needed public goods and services. Respondents are as follows: David Swanson, Executive Director, World BEYOND War, Jean L. Athey, Executive Director, Maryland Peace Action and Michael Brennan, Board Member, Public Banking Institute. The sponsors are the Henry George School of Social Science and the International Union for Land Value Taxation.  Call (212) 889-8020 or go to   

75] – Maryland Poor People's Campaign Baltimore Region [] is holding an outreach day with a Harlem Park Community Canvass. Bring a mask, a hand sanitizer and maybe a garden tool or two. Engage with the folks of Harlem Park in inner West Baltimore to discuss their needs in the face of calls for massive demolition, COVID inequities and eviction, and the exciting possibilities of Hope Garden and its youth and environmental programs.

  On Sat., April 10, gather at 4 PM in Hope Garden at 1314 Harlem Avenue, Baltimore. After introductions, you will get a brief training on the questions and the asks to take, in teams, to neighbors.  Return together by 6 PM to debrief and celebrate in the park—where there will also be music, gardening tasks and craft projects.   Rumor has it that there will also be pizza (more sanitizer) and a great vegan red lentil soup to enjoy.  Sign up at

76] – The Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series continues on Sat., April 10 from 7:30 to 9 PM with Anna Deavere Smith’s play, “Notes from the Field” on the school-to-prison pipeline. Watch the film and join in for a panel discussion with activists in transformative justice.  The Anna Deavere Smith Pipeline Project is a call to action. It draws attention to youth who, as a consequence of racism and lack of resources, are vulnerable to becoming embroiled in cycles of incarceration. When Smith was made aware of what is described as “the school to prison pipeline,” she set out to conduct more than 250 interviews about race, inequality, and disciplinary practices across the U.S. and wrote a one-woman play, Notes From The Field.  Register at

 The link for the film is at Unfortunately there is a charge of $2.99(SD) or $3.99(HD) to see the film, even on YouTube.  It is free on HBO for those who have a subscription. The link for HBO is

77] – This is A PLEA TO CONVINCE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY TO OBEY INTERNATIONAL LAW. The world reached a historic milestone on January 22, 2021: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons [TPNW] entered 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. 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

78] – Bad Attitude Publishers Announces the release of Beauty Fades /Stupid Lasts Forever and The Trial According to Alan Barysh. In light of the fascist/Q Annon/Truther/Alex Jones and Trump-inspired attack on the capital, Bad attitude Publications has released a photo essay by Alan Barysh. In the follow-up book to Sorry Truther, it was an OUTSIDE JOB Beauty Fades.... gives the reader an upfront look at the reactionary forces and the deadly beliefs these folks uphold. In pictures and texts, one gets a good look at the faces and ideas that pose a real threat to this country. The Trial According to Alan Barysh is a rewrite of the Kafka Classic The Trial. With pictures from the original movie, Alan Barysh rewrites this scathing satire with just a tad more cutting edge satire, and a different ending. The appendix to the book talks about the lonely uphill struggle of Tawanda Jones to get justice for her brother. This afterthought is included, because of the real Kafkesque struggle of the West Family to get justice for her brother. Both books can be purchased on For every purchase of The Trial, Alan Barysh will give all of his royalties to the West Family. Just text a picture of the book to 443-239-5325.

79] – 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 just printed the 5th edition of the book which is available for $25 by sending him a check: Dave Eberhardt, 4 Hadley Square North, Baltimore, MD 21218. You can contact him at He prefers that you DO NOT order the book from Amazon. Image 1 of 2 for FOR ALL THE SAINTS: A PROTEST PRIMER. David Eberhardt; Image 2 of 2 for FOR ALL THE SAINTS: A PROTEST PRIMER; and FOR ALL THE SAINTS: A PROTEST PRIMER.  This is a self-published book printed in 2017 with updates.

The price is $25 for a Spiral Bound, and Signed. This edition being what the publisher calls “The 4th edition (or first edition 4th state?) of this books (with “final” additions) has been printed by the firm of FEDEX numbered 150-200, signed by the author, February 2017.”This is copy 187 and is numbered and signed by David Eberhardt on the title page.~~While the bibliographical information is a bit head-spinning, this is an engaging memoir by David Eberhardt recounting his involvement with the Brothers Berrigan in the protests against the Viet Nam war, and his subsequent time as an inmate at the Lewisburg Federal Prison. There is Near Fine binding: Item #291479.

80] –  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.

81] – 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

82] –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, who’s 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

83] – 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.

84] 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.  

85] -- 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

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

87] -- 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.

88] – 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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