Sunday, July 18, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- July 12 - 13, 2021

18] Nuclear Disarmament and Our Sustainable Future – July 12

19] Election Protection Zoom conference – July 12

20] United Vision Project – July 12

21] America's Flirtation with Fascism in the 1930's – July 12

22] How Oil and Pipeline Politics shaped US foreign policy – July 12

23] For the People - Maryland – July 12

24] National organizing call – July 12

25] Demand a national jobs and recovery plan – July 13

26] Disarming the Patriarchy – July 13

27] Protest JHU’s weapons research – July 13

28] Town Hall with Rep. Steny Hoyer on the American Jobs Plan – July 13


30] Phone Bank for the Equality Act – July 13

31] Animal Bereavement Support Group – July 13

32] Learn how to engage your lawmaker – July 13

33] Lift the US embargo on Cuba – July 13


18] – UNFOLD ZERO [] welcomes you to Nuclear Disarmament and Our Sustainable Future on Sun., July 12 from 2 to 3:30 PM ET.  This is a UN High-Level Forum organized by Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace (HOPE) and the Hiroshima Prefecture. Based on the commonalities found in “the COVID-19 pandemic” and “issues of nuclear weapons”, the panelists will discuss the interconnectedness of these two issues from an environmental, societal and economic perspective. The panelists will discuss how nuclear disarmament can assist in achieving the SDGs and a sustainable future. RSVP at

19] –   Progressive Democrats of America [] are hosting an Election Protection Zoom conference on Mon., July 12 at 5 PM ET.  Sign up at How can we defend democracy from race-based and voter suppression, election manipulation, the corrosive influence of big money, and other clear and present dangers to our self-government? PDA and allies are organizing to defeat 100s of racist Jim Crow voter suppression laws in 43 states, and to pass the The John Lewis Voting Rights Act (HR 4), for D.C. Statehood, as well as for other pro-democracy reforms—including ending the filibuster and restoring the Voting Rights Act. Email to get involved!

20] – The Women’s March Organizing Team [] is inviting you on Mon., July 12 at 5 PM ET ‌to an Open House to officially launch its United Vision Project Texting Program. Women's Marchers will come together virtually to hear all about this transformative new collaboration — and opportunities for YOU to get involved with upcoming texting and phone banking efforts.   RSVP at The United Vision Project (a.k.a. UVP) is an exciting new initiative, anchored by United Vision for Idaho and Women's March, with partners that include data scientists, communications specialists, and progressive racial justice organizations. UVP speaks directly to that racial divide in a bold, revolutionary way by reaching out to people with conservative beliefs who may be sympathetic to extreme nationalist movements and ideas.

21] – On Mon., July 12 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET, check out America's Flirtation with Fascism in the 1930's.  To participate in this online event, go to The Business Plot was a conspiracy in 1933 to overthrow the government of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and install a dictator. According to retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler, wealthy businessmen were plotting to create a fascist veterans' organization with Butler as its leader and use it in a coup d'état to overthrow Roosevelt.  Learn more about this attempted coup, and explore what might have happened if it had been successful, through author T. C. Weber's latest novel, Born in Salt.

 Born in Salt is a character-oriented alternate history novel. Fifty years after a coup replaced President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a fascist dictatorship, America is a land of hopelessness. Ben Adamson, a 19-year-old farm boy in southern Illinois, wants only to spend his time fishing and hunting. But when his dead brother demands justice for his suspicious fate, Ben and Rachel, his brother’s fiancée, are drawn into an underground revolutionary movement.  Visit

22] – Cole Harrison, Massachusetts Peace Action [] invites you on Mon., July 12 from 7 to 8:30 PM to Follow the Pipelines: How Oil and Pipeline Politics have shaped US foreign policy in the Middle East.  Author Charlotte Dennett explains how pipeline routes have been a major source of war in the Middle East.

  While Americans are just learning about pipeline sabotage in the United States, attacks on pipelines In the Middle East have been occurring since World War I. Indeed, as one scholar put it, “The history of the modern Middle East is also a history of pipelines, infrastructure that can transform who controls the flows of petroleum and who profits from them.” Register at

In this webinar, author Charlotte Dennett, author of The Crash of Flight 3804: A Lost Spy, A Daughter’s Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil, narrates how she discovered the role of pipelines in causing and perpetuating the endless wars in the Middle East and Central Asia. From her investigation of the intrigues surrounding the construction and routing of the Trans-Arabian pipeline (the subject of her father’s last mission to Saudi Arabia before his mysterious death by plane crash), she applies the lessons she learned –about the link between protecting pipelines militarily and politically–to the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Yemen.

23] – Charlie Cooper [] reports that For the People - Maryland, led by Towson Indivisible, waved signs at the Towson July Fourth Parade and got the attention of Sen. Van Hollen. Good conversations took place with people attending the Catonsville parade. The next meeting of the group is on Mon., July 12 at 7:30 PM.  New polling shows that the For the People Act has super-majority support among voters, including quite a few Republicans. Call Charlie at 410-624-6095.

  Get Money Out – Maryland (GMOM) founded For the People – Maryland with 20 other groups to fight for political equality in the U.S. Congress. In the next two months, We the People have the capacity to enact legislation more sweeping than the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Join the For the People - Maryland Teleconference by dialing 1 301 715 8592, and using the meeting ID: 931 3066 2622. The password is 173976. Or you could go to  The Meeting Agenda is to review the national situation and brainstorm about the best way forward in Maryland.

24] – Our Revolution [] is reminding you about the call on Mon., July 12 from 8:30 to– 9:30 PM EDT. Join call here:  Or go to Facebook at The National Organize to Win Call will feature US Rep. David Cicilline and Zephyr Teachout on how we break up corporate monopolies! Visit

25] – The Care Team | National Domestic Workers Alliance [] wants you to get involved on Tues., July 13 from 9 AM to 2 PM ET for the Care Can’t Wait day of action. Come to Washington, D.C. for the Care is Essential march, featuring speakers, a tour of an interactive art installation, food trucks, live music and more. This event is one of 40 actions taking place across the country on the same day as part of a national day of action led by care workers and consumers demanding a national jobs and recovery plan that benefits us all. From 9 to 11 AM, join the Care Is Essential Rally & March from the Capitol to Freedom Plaza.  From 11 AM to 2 PM, see the Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for “Communities of Care” art installation at Freedom Plaza, with live music performances, testimonies from care workers and families, and more. Sign up at

26] – YOU’RE INVITED to Disarming the Patriarchy, 76 years after the first nuclear weapon test, on Tues., July 13 at 2 PM EDT. RSVP at A single detonation in 1945 in the New Mexican desert began an era of destruction and contamination—in the United States and abroad. Today, the U.S. government is actively supporting this legacy by funding new nuclear weapons components and simultaneously letting relief programs for radiation exposed communities expire.

  In this panel, experts will discuss how communities in the U.S. and across the globe are demanding justice and working towards a nuclear free world, how women and girls are uniquely impacted by the nuclear weapons complex, and how the patriarchy led us to where we are today. Hear from Ray Acheson, an organizer, activist, and writer working to abolish violent structures and build peace and justice; Tina Cordova, a seventh generation native New Mexican born and raised in the small town of Tularosa in south central New Mexico; and Cynthia Enloe, a Research Professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment, affiliation with Political Science and with Women’s and Gender Studies, all at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

27] – 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, and 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218.  You can also reach his office by Phone: (410) 516-8068, Fax: (410) 516-6097 or email:

28] – Lore Rosenthal (GCAN) wants you to know that Maryland League of Conservation Voters has arranged a Town Hall with Rep. Steny Hoyer on Tues., July 13 from 5 to 6 PM.  He will be speaking about the American Jobs Plan and how it can get us on a pathway to 100% Clean Energy (and good Green Jobs!)  This is a rare opportunity! Invite your friends and members on Facebook:  You can submit a question in writing when you register. Rosenthal doubts Congressperson Hoyer will accept questions "from the floor."  Like all the others, Hoyer prefers to pick and choose those questions that he feels comfortable answering. RSVP at

29] – We Have a Do-or-Die, Time-Limited Chance to Defeat White Supremacy and Big Money. If you want equal protection so that every voter counts the same regardless of color, income, age, or neighborhood, now is the time to act. If you want freedom from the influence of big money, now is the time to act. In the next months, action by people like you can create a groundswell to pass three major bills (see details in box below). One of them (S. 1) would provide sweeping reforms to end special-interest corruption in our government. Congress must act early this summer or partisan redistricting – based on a flawed census – will have happened. The House of Representatives has the votes to pass these bills, and they can pass the Senate, too - but only if We the People let our senators know how we feel.

  If these bills do not pass, action by some state legislatures will reduce the freedom to vote for targeted populations. Get Money Out – Maryland (GMOM) founded For the People – Maryland with 20 other groups to fight for these principles in the U.S. Congress.  Therefore, the filibuster rule will need to change to allow these bills to pass with a simple majority.

 While there are several Senators who haven’t formally committed, people in-the-know say if we can convince WV Senator Joe Manchin, the others will come along. Opponents are putting lots of money into WV, and we need to fight back. WV residents tell us that Manchin is often willing to do a 180 degree turn if he gets enough pressure. Volunteers asking his constituents to contact him could trigger the biggest reform since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Make calls to WV residents on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Please sign up to call on Tues., July 12 from 5:30 to 8 PM ET and try to convince one friend to do so also!  There is good training and support throughout!  Go to  CALL WEST VIRGINIANS.

30] – Geoff Wetrosky [] is inviting you on Tuesdays through September 28 from 6:30 to 9 PM ET  to join the Phonebank Team and Help Pass The Equality Act!  ‌The Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across the nation, but right now Congress is being bombarded DAILY by anti-equality forces who want to stop the Equality Act from becoming the law of the land! By joining the Human Rights Campaign’s phone banks, you’ll be on the front lines in the fight for equality. Sign up at 

31] – On Tues., July  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

32] – Shaina Low [] is offering on Tues., July 13 at 8 PM ET a training to learn how to engage your lawmaker during the August recess.‌ ‌This is an opportunity to advocate for Palestinian human rights.  Register for the webinar »

33] – Marcy, CODEPINK [] wants to alert you to the next CODEPINK CONGRESS on Tues., July 13 at 8 PM ET. Take action to lift the US embargo on Cuba and express solidarity with the pink tide sweeping Latin America. Also hear about the left in Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador. The speakers are Michelle Ellner, a CODEPINK Latin America campaign coordinator. Angelica Salazar, steering committee member, Alliance for Cuba Engagement and Respect; Leonardo Flores, CODEPINK's Latin America campaign coordinator who recently returned from Venezuela for the Bicentennial Congress of the Peoples, a global summit of movement organizers; and Dr. Steve Ellner, a retired professor who taught history at Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela.  Contact your senators and ask them to co-sponsor S.1694, the Freedom to Export to Cuba Act. Plus, sign the petition to President Biden telling him to get with the times and lift the blockade on Cuba! RSVP at

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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