Baltimore Activist Alert – Aug. 1 – 2, 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 www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com.
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] comcast.net.
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] Max is looking for tips on a garage or a storage suggestion.
6] House cleaner needed
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 http://thomas.loc.gov/. Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.
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] – Max is in need of a garage or a storage space. Any suggestions would be welcome. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.
6] – Is there a woman in the Baltimore area who does house cleaning? This assignment would be on an irregular basis with several hours per week. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.
7] – The Poor Peoples Campaign is doing Nonviolent Moral Direct Action Training Part 1 on Sat., July 31 at 3 PM ET. This is a one hour training and will be on Zoom. Do this training if you plan to risk arrest on Mon., Aug. 2: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0uTj-TKpynpl9fj24NrwppvduWned-oJuPEX4tSWi22_WdA/viewform?link_id=0&can_id=e96967e6939a941dbdebb8356ad281a2&source=email-important-information-about-participating-in-nonviolent-moral-direct-action-on-82&email_referrer=email_1246026&email_subject=important-information-about-nonviolent-moral-direct-action-on-82. Direct Action Training Part 2 will be held in person in Washington D.C. on Sunday evening and Monday morning and attending either the Sunday evening or Monday morning training is required in order to participate in the Nonviolent Moral Direct Action portion of the rally and march on Monday. The times and locations of the Sunday and Monday trainings will be shared later this week. Please note that you must be fully vaccinated for Covid 19 if you are planning to engage in Nonviolent Moral Direct Action on Monday. Please review our full Covid 19 Protocols before Monday. These trainings will ground us in our nonviolent principles and our commitment to building a fusion movement, cover legal and logistical details, and prepare us to engage in Nonviolent Moral Direct Action. Please be sure to register for Saturday’s Zoom training if you would like to receive the detailed information for the Sunday and Monday trainings. Besides the risk arrest scenario, there is the option to join the march and rally. Gather at 10:45 AM ET on Mon., Aug. 2 at the plaza in front of Union Station, 35 Columbus Monument Drive NE, WDC 20002. The rally for state legislators is Tues., Aug. 3.
8] – Ben Betz, People For the American Way [firstname.lastname@example.org] is asking you to Help Get Out The Vote in Virginia by signing up to write letters to voters in Virginia through September 18! Since the Virginia Vote Forward campaign launched last month, 120,000 people have committed to sending letters! The goal is to reach more than 500,000 voters Sign up to write letters to Get out the Vote at https://votefwd.org/pfaw.
Virginia is a crucial bellwether state vital to America’s political landscape, and its state elections this year will have a serious impact on the 2022 national midterms. People For is gearing up to be very active in this year’s state-level campaign, and it seeks national support to make sure that the progressive gains from 2020 continue in the former seat of the Confederacy this year. People For is thrilled to announce that we are once again partnering with Vote Forward, an exciting campaign to increase voter participation through letter-writing to key voters in battleground states and districts. Vote Forward’s letter-writing project is incredibly simple, as all you need are stamps, stationery, and a pen!
9] – 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., Aug. 1, the subject is “Climate Crisis ‘StoryCorps.’” Earth Stories, a Colloquy project launched by the BES Green Team, presents this platform. Members who have participated in the Earth Story Colloquy events, in the months leading up to the platform, will have a chance to share their very own story around the Climate Crisis. The hope is to have at least 7 to 10 people, each sharing roughly 3 minutes, and then available for questions/comments at the platform’s completion. The questions and comments can be directed at a participant to have them expand on what they shared or to talk about the experience of finding their own personal Climate story and developing it for sharing. The ethical action packed theme here is personal stories as a more accessible way to bring people into the conversation (around the Climate Crisis), versus pushing an audience away with cold, hard facts.
Cathy Eskey is a member of the Baltimore Ethical Society who presents this platform as a part of the “Summer Sundays” when members present on topics of interest to them. The Zoom link and more info can be obtained at PRESIDENT@BMORETHICAL.ORG.
10] – Alan Minsky for Progressive Democrats of America [email@example.com] wants you to attend on Sun., Aug. 1 at noon ET a panel on Strengthening Democracy at the National NOW Conference. Register at https://2021conference.now.org/. Participants include voting rights scholar Penny Venetis (Rutgers Law School), CEO of the League of Women Voters Virginia Case Solomon, student activist and intersectional feminist Joi Dean, and Minsky. Christian Nunes, President of NOW, will provide closing remarks.
To be continued.