Baltimore Activist Alert – July 11 – 12, 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
7] Volunteer to assist with outreach on voter registration -- through July 25
8] Get Out the Vote in Virginia – through Sept. 18
9] “Ethical, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investing” – July 11
10] War and the Environment – Part 5 – July 11
11] Poor Peoples Campaign Monthly Meeting – July 11
12] Town Hall on COVID-19 – July 11
13] Pentagon Peace Vigil – July 12
14] PSR to release an exposé on fracking – July 12
15] Joint Nakba Ceremony – July 12
16] Baltimore Labor History – July 12
17] Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action – July 12
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 Maryland Poor Peoples Campaign MoCo Region is looking for volunteers to assist with local outreach on COVID relief and voter registration times through July 25. Sign up to help distribute COVID relief benefits and/or voting flyers to food distribution sites and/or churches, primarily in the Gaithersburg area, but suggestions for additional sites are welcome. You will receive a template email for outreach. Protections for some tenants from eviction under a CDC order are set to expire July 31, so help do the bulk of this outreach in early July so more tenants can receive relief by July 31. Sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0L3LMuABH5nSWiiIVLdY0tpVK0YcH6OLdk6mvQWMV_UCu1A/viewform?link_id=2&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-md-ppc-weekly-update-9&email_referrer=email_1213998&email_subject=md-ppc-weekly-update.
8] – Ben Betz, People For the American Way [email@example.com] 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., July 11, the subject is “Ethical, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investing.” Ethical, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing has grown considerably in the past decade. ESG investing looks to include a company’s performance along non-financial lines such as commitments to Environmental Responsibility, Diversity and Inclusion, and Corporate Structure, among others. This talk will discuss the history of ESG investing, current trends and policies within ESG funds, and how to invest in ESG funds. Phil Scherer is a member of the Baltimore Ethical Society and regularly presents platforms during “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] – Sign up for War and the Environment, an Online Course continuing on Sun., July 11 from noon to 1 PM EDT through Sun., July 18 from noon to 1 PM ET. This is a six week online course will provide participants an opportunity to learn from, dialogue with, and strategize for change with World BEYOND War experts, peer activists, and changemakers from around the world. The cost is $100, but you can pay less or more. Contact Phill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Week #5 will be led by Dr. Michael Chew. Visit https://www.peace-ed-campaign.org/event/war-and-the-environment-online-course-by-world-beyond-war/.
11] – On Sun., July 11 at 3 PM, the Maryland Poor Peoples Campaign PG Region is holding its Monthly Meeting. Develop and finalize the “We the People’s Prayer for the Nation” and also have a presentation on "Working in Coalition for Educational Justice.” Sign up https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/event/md-ppc-pg-general-mtg-2021-07-11/.
12] – Dr. Bill Honigman for Progressive Democrats of America [email@example.com] wants you to attend on Sun., July 11 at 4 PM ET the Healthcare Emergency Town Hall. Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) would like to call attention to the fact that global deaths from the #COVID-19 pandemic have now passed the 4 million mark. Hot spots around the world continue to be ravaged especially by variant strains, and especially where vaccinations have been restricted either by access, such as in the global south, or by culture such as in deeply Republican regions of the U.S. Again, this is both needless and shameful.
If the U.S. were to lead, as it should, on this national and international public health crisis, we would first be expanding Healthcare here at home with a #SinglePayer #MedicareForAll system, and second, practice #VaccineInternationalism abroad in earnest. How many precious lives and valuable resources would we then save? The guests are candidate for CA Assembly and SP/MFA CA coalition organizer Pilar Schiavo and candidate for Congress former OH State Senator Nina Turner! Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tceuhrzsvHdymeeZRwb-i7X50FJa-HMR4.
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 July 12 and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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] – Barbara Gottlieb [email@example.com] wants you to get involved on Mon., July 12 at noon ET, as Physicians For Social Responsibility will release an exposé on use in fracking of previously unknown, highly dangerous chemicals. Details will be provided in the webinar.
Join the webinar to hear from the
researcher/writer who unearthed these findings, plus science and health expert
respondents, as they voice their concerns. Sign up at HTTPS://ZOOM.US/WEBINAR/REGISTER/WN_7WUV9BMERP6CKULMO8MI_A?EMCI=D16027A4-A2DA-EB11-A7AD-501AC57B8FA7&EMDI=F8239CCD-F4DF-EB11-A7AD-501AC57B8FA7&CEID=130901.
15] – Beth Schuman [firstname.lastname@example.org] wants you to join American Friends of Combatants for Peace on Mon, July 12 at 1 PM ET for the broadcast of a Joint Nakba Ceremony. This event serves as the Sister-Ceremony to the Joint Memorial Ceremony from last spring, an event that brought out nearly 300,000 people! Join this poignant and personal memorial. Register at https://afcfp.org/nakba/?ceid=8142762&emci=d1bf1549-0fe0-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=12b0ea08-36e0-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7.
16] – Bill Barry will host a Baltimore Labor History class by Zoom, and the course will cover the development of industry and unions, the importance of slave and free black labor, the response of the various governments to organizing, and the lives and neighborhoods of workers in Baltimore. Hear from some guest speakers, and possibly take a walking tour (pandemic permitting). The course is offered by CCBC and takes place every Monday from 1 to 2:30 PM, starting July 12. The cost is $ 69 for the 10 weeks. Sign up at ccbcmd.edu, and look for CRN 70597.
17] – Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis [email@example.com] are announcing the launch of a Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action to end the filibuster. The Poor People’s Campaign, joined by dozens of partners, the 40+ state coordinating committees, and thousands of faith leaders, will organize actions from Mon., July 12 through Sun., Aug. 8. The demands are as follows: 1. End the Filibuster, 2. Pass all provisions of the For the People Act, 3. Fully restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act and 4. Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour. On Mon., July 12 at 1 PM ET, there will be a press conference live from Washington, D.C. to announce this season of action directly followed with a massive online call in action. Visit https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/livestream/?link_id=0&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-democracy-vs-autocracy&email_referrer=email_1229134&email_subject=launching-a-season-of-nonviolent-moral-direct-action. It begins with a massive national call-in to every US Senator combined with a live press conference from Washington DC to launch the season of action.
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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.
"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