Sunday, July 18, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- July 18 - 19, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert – July 18 – 19, 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.

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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] Max is looking for tips on a garage or a storage suggestion.

6] House cleaner needed

7] Override Hogan’s vetoes  

8] Volunteer to assist with outreach on voter registration -- through July 25

9] Get Out the Vote in Virginia – through Sept. 18

10] “Theatrical Solutions to Fast Fashion” – July 18

11] War and the Environment – Part 6 – July 18

12] US Intervention in Nicaragua's Elections since 1984– July 18

13] Civilian Climate Corps July 18

14] Canada-Israel Arms Trade – July 18

15] Town Hall on COVID-19 – July 18

16] Pentagon Peace Vigil – July 19

17] Moral Monday Women's March – July 19

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] – 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] – Molly Amster, Jews United for Justice [] wants you to help over ride Hogan's vetoes. The next Maryland state session will be a busy one, with redistricting, elections, and a potentially lingering global pandemic. Hit the ground now with veto overrides and ensure that the bills progressives worked so hard to pass become law. Governor Hogan vetoed bills that would protect immigrants and make our (in)justice system a bit more just. It's critical that enough state legislators commit to overriding his vetoes, so we can accomplish what we set out to do last session, and move us closer to making Maryland a state where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, no matter their immigration or incarceration status. Click here to ask your legislator to support these veto overrides:

8] – 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

9] – Ben Betz, People For the American Way [] 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

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. 

10] – 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 18, the subject is “Theatrical Solutions to Fast Fashion.”  Can one address the problem of fast fashion through the lens of theatrical costuming? We all get dressed every morning. How can we do it more ethically and mindfully? Costuming for theatre provides a great angle from which to assess our own sartorial habits and plan for a more sustainable (and fashionable!) future. Alizon Santamaria is a member of the Baltimore Ethical Society and regularly presents platforms during “Summer Sundays” when members are invited to present topics of interest to them. The Zoom link and more info can be obtained at PRESIDENT@BMORETHICAL.ORG.

11] – Sign up for the last segment of War and the Environment, an Online Course ending on Sun., July 18 from noon to 1 PM EDT.  This is six week online course provided 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 for the whole course, but you can pay less or more.  Contact Phill at  Week #6 will be led by Greta Zarro and Rachel Small. Visit

12] – Alliance for Global Justice [] is holding a webinar on Sun., June 18 at 3 PM ET about US Intervention in Nicaragua's Elections since 1984.  Sign up at This webinar will cover the most blatant US intervention in each election. Speakers Chuck Kaufman and Nils McCune will address the US funding of the opposition; the RAIN United States Aid for International Development destabilization project; US sanctions and other recent US interference. This will be the day before the July 19 celebration.

13] – Amy at Sunrise Movement Baltimore [] wants you to attend a training series to teach about the Civilian Climate Corps. The first training in the series is Sun., July 18 from 3 to 4:30 PM ET. Join for a primer on the CCC, why we're fighting for it, and what we can do to win. If this feels like new info to you, hop on! Sign up at

14] – Canada Boat Gaza 2021 is hosting Hidden in Plain Sight: a webinar on Canada-Israel Arms Trade on Sun., July 18 at 3 PM EDT.  Besides the arms trade, there is also trade in surveillance equipment. Register at

A few months ago it was announced that the Canadian military would buy new drone surveillance technology manufactured in Israel and 'battle-tested' during Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza, when 164 children were killed by drone strikes. While the subsequent public outcry was well-warranted, this announcement was simply a rare peek into a massive—and very secretive— ongoing collaboration between Canada and Israel on their weapons and surveillance systems. This includes extensive investments by the Canadian Pension Fund in Israel's weapons, Canadian companies manufacturing parts for Israel's weapons systems, Canada and Israel conducting joint police and military exercises, and the two countries' regular sharing of security information.

  The good news for antiwar and Palestinian human rights activists is that a new searchable database has just been developed — the Database of Israeli Military and Security Export (DIMSE,  On this webinar, independent Jewish Voices and World BEYOND War are hosting an interactive webinar to provide an introduction to the Israel-Canada arms and surveillance trade, as well as a hands-on training on how to use DIMSE as a valuable tool to dig into the trade and use of Israeli military, security, police weapons and surveillance systems and their suppliers. 

15] – Dr. Bill Honigman for Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you to attend on Sun., July 18 at 4 PM ET a Special Healthcare Town Hall with Nina Turner! PDA proudly joins with and promotes leaders like Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-WA, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT who regularly and especially at times of great adversity fight for someone they don’t know. This #COVID19 pandemic is just such a time, and these leaders are all working to #ExpandMedicareNow while at the same time helping to provide the full quality and equity that is clearly still needed with #SinglePayer #MedicareForAll. One such champion, continually fighting on behalf of those she doesn’t know, for #HealthcareJustice as well as all matters of existential importance, is former OH State Senator and now candidate for Congress Nina Turner.

  Hear her perspective from the special election campaign trail that is coming down to the wire with early voting already in progress, and how we can be of help to her campaign. A second guest this week will be another champion and candidate for Congress in CA-30, Shervin Aazami. Sign up at

16] – 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 19 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.  

17] – Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis [] would like you to get involved on Mon., July 19 at 11 AM with the Moral Monday Women's March.

  This event is taking place on the anniversary of the Women’s Convention at Seneca Falls, and it will start outside the US Supreme Court, 1 First St. NE, WDC 20543, as part of this Season of Nonviolent Direct Action. Call out the immoral obstructionism of Congress and demand the US Senate: 1) End the filibuster; 2) Pass all provisions of the For the People Act; 3) Fully restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act; 4) and Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hr. Email Sign up 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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