Sunday, September 19, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- September 20 to 21, 2021

17] Phone bank for the Vote – Sept. 20 - 21 

18] Grassroots Election Protection Zoom – Sept. 20

19] Get over to Steny Hoyer’s office – Sept. 20

20] Focus on Afghan Refugee resettlement – Sept. 20

21] Andy Shallal in conversation with Rev. Adam Taylor -- Sept. 20

22] Reel and a Meal – Sept. 20

23] Maryland Poor Peoples Campaign Monthly Meeting – Sept. 20

24] For the People - Maryland Teleconference – Sept. 20

25] National Organize to Win Call -- Sept. 20

26] International Day of Peace – Sept. 21

27] Go get Big Pharma -- Sept. 21

28] March for Citizenship, Care, and Climate – Sept. 21

29] Protest the Arms Bazaar – Sept. 21

30] Reflect on the possible execution of Julius Jones – Sept. 21

31] International Day of Peace at JHU – Sept. 21

32] Make calls for the Freedom to Vote Act.  – Sept. 21

33] "Beloved Community Interfaith Network" -- Sept. 21

34] Build Back Better Act – Sept. 21

35] Want to text with Fair Fight? – Sept. 21

36] Say NO to the Military Budget on Zoom.  – Sept. 21

37] Preventing Mass Extinction – Sept. 21


17] –Join activists around the country at a virtual phonebank to urge voters in key states to demand their senators’ support of the For the People Act! The August deadline for 2022 is fast approaching! Our democracy is in crisis: with redistricting around the corner and hundreds of voter suppression laws being introduced in states across the country, we do not have time to wait. Every day we’re getting closer to a very real deadline to take action to pass the For the People Act (S.1): If the Senate does not overcome the filibuster and pass S. 1 by late August, states will not have enough time to implement the legislation’s regulations before the 2022 midterm elections! Join activists around the country at a virtual phonebank to urge voters in key states to demand their senators’ support of S. 1! RSVP at to call on Mon., Sept. 20 from 4 to 6 PM ET and Tues., Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 8 PM ET.

18] – Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you to attend on Mon., Sept. 20 at 5 PM ET a Grassroots Election Protection Zoom.  RSVP at

19] – The Sunrise Movement Baltimore [] is calling on Mon., Sept. 20 from 5:30 to 6:45 PM ET to be at Rep. Steny Hoyer’s  office, 6500 Cherrywood Lane, Greenbelt 20770. Target Hoyer, Majority Leader of the House! Register at Demand action from Rep. Hoyer on that day, when Congress gets back to D.C. And from there, there is only one week until they're set to vote on bills that could be the largest climate investment this country has ever seen. Take action and make sure Democrats pass a bold climate agenda while they vote for the reconciliation package: a fully funded Civilian Climate Corps and bold investment in renewable energy, public housing, transit, and schools.

20] – Sheila Ruth and Barrie Friedland [] want you to attend on Mon., Sept. 20 at 5:30 PM ET a discussion on Immigration Reform with Our Revolution Baltimore.  This discussion will focus on Afghan Refugee resettlement at the next Our Revolution Baltimore City/County chapter meeting. With the courts forcing President Biden's hand on immigration policies, immigration reform is needed more than ever. Gabriela Roque from CASA will speak on CASA's current work on immigration reform and how Our Revolution Baltimore City/County members can support them.  Thousands of Afghan refugees are being resettled in the United States, and in the chaotic U.S. withdrawal many left Afghanistan with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Krish O'Mara Vignarajah, President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, will join to give an update on the Afghan refugees and what we can do to help. Register at

21] –Sojourners [] on Mon., Sept. 20 at 6 PM ET wants you to get over to Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Sts., WDC 20009 and join Andy Shallal, CEO, in conversation with Sojourners President Rev. Adam Taylor. They will be joined by Emira Wood, Shine Campaign Senior Adviser, to discuss Rev. Taylor’s new book, A More Perfect Union: A New Vision for Building the Beloved Community. Limited free tickets are available for the in-person event (DC COVID-19 restrictions apply: masks on indoors when not eating) at  The event will be livestreamed on the Busboys and Poets Facebook page at and the YouTube page at 

22] – Susan Barnett [] is reminding you on Mon., Sept. 20 at 7 PM ET, there will be a Reel and a Meal.  The film is “Us Kids, and you can register at You can obtain a Vegan Meal for $7.99 at the COOP. Call 301 474 0522 by 1 PM on Sept. 20, and pick up at the deli between 4 and 7 PM.  The menu is as follows: Macro Vegetarian Sesame Noodles or Shanghai Dumplings and steamed broccoli. The kosher & vegan dumplings are filled with cabbage, mushrooms & ginger. “Us Kids” follows survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed in February 2018. In this coming-of-age story, the teens recover from their injuries, process their grief and trauma and start one of the largest student-led movements in decades, March for Our Lives, which drew a huge crowd in D.C. on March 24, 2018. The film focuses on the cross-country speaking tour the youth undertook in the summer following the Parkland shooting in order to try to prevent further school shootings and to mobilize the youth vote for the 2018 midterm elections. In the process they learn how hard it is to become activists. At every stop, hostile right-wing detractors attack them. The media pursues them relentlessly. Director Kim A. Snyder, who won a Peabody Award for her 2016 documentary, “Newtown,” about the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, will be present for the discussion following the film. Come learn about recent gun safety legislation and discuss how the youth vote might impact the 2022 midterm elections. Visit the New Deal Café's e-calendar at, and share the event on Facebook with friends:  Reel and Meal is a monthly film series focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues. This month’s program is organized by Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition. 

23] – The Maryland Poor Peoples Campaign Monthly Monday Meeting will happen on Mon., Sept. 20 at 7 PM ET. Registration will be automatically approved until 8 PM on the night prior to the meeting. Anyone who registers after that point will be manually approved.

Register at

24] – Join the For the People - Maryland Teleconference on Mon., Sept. 20 at 7:30 PM ET. You can join the conference by dialing 1 301 715 8592, and using the meeting ID: 931 3066 2622. The password is 173976. Or you can join by clicking  The agenda will include a review of the state of play for the For the People Act, a scan for opportunities to encounter our senators, and a plan for strategy and tactics.

25] – Our Revolution [] is reminding you to join the Freedom to Vote Town Hall on Mon., Sept. 20 at 8:30 PM ET! Our Revolution is joining with the Declaration for American Democracy to host this special edition of the Monday Night Organize to Win Broadcast - featuring US Sen. Jeff Merkley and US Rep. Mondaire Jones. Go to the call at or at the Facebook link:

26] –Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. In 2021, as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier. The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.”

  The pandemic is known for hitting the underprivileged and marginalized groups the hardest. By April 2021, over 687 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but over 100 countries have not received a single dose. People caught in conflict are especially vulnerable in terms of lack of access to healthcare. And we must make peace with nature. Despite the travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, climate change is not on pause. What we need is a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

27] – People's Action [] wants you to get after Big Pharma on Tues., Sept. 21 from 10 to 11 AM ET at PhRMA Headquarters, 950 F St. NW, WDC 20004. You may have heard the news this week that Congress is considering allowing Medicare to negotiate with drug companies to lower prescription drug prices for Americans. But this week, after taking almost $2 million in campaign spending from Big Pharma, three Democratic members of Congress joined forces with them to try to block the plan, using tired corporate talking points.  Gather to tell these greedy companies that we are done tolerating their efforts to buy off Congress when people need change. Overwhelming majorities of Americans want Congress to act to get these drug prices down, and we aren’t going to stand aside while a bunch of greedy corporations and their lobbyists buy off our elected representatives.  RSVP at

Probably many of us have all experienced high prices for medication. One of the Corporate Democrats who voted against cutting medication costs was Democratic Rep. Scott Peters of California. He received $860,465 from Big Pharma, and is the top House recipient of campaign donations from the pharmaceutical and health care industries. His wife, Lynn Gorguze, is president and CEO of Cameron Holdings, “an investment firm whose portfolio company provides manufacturing and packaging for pharmaceutical companies,” according to Andrew Perez and David Sirota. A second culprit, Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon, received $614,830 in similar campaign financing largesse from the pharmaceutical and health care industries. His net worth is pegged around $8 million, at least a portion of which came by way of an inheritance from his grandfather, who was “vice president and director of biochemical research and development at Pfizer,” according to The Oregonian. The third corporate Democrat, bought by Big Pharma, is Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York who was bought for $84,259. 

28] – Welcome Back Congress: March for Citizenship, Care, and Climate. Congress returns from recess on Tues., Sept. 21. Help welcome them back at this March for Citizenship, Care, and Climate in Washington DC at noon ET.  Congress must ensure that the immigration provisions stay in the budget. Congress must deliver a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who call this country home. Congress must deliver on justice for the care economy. Congress must deliver on green infrastructure and invest in measures that will fight climate change. Be at Benjamin Banneker Park, 429 L'Enfant Plaza SW, WDC 20024 on Tues., Sept. 21 at noon ET. Go to Facebook at Go to

29] – Art Laffin <> is inviting you to the Stop the Air Force Association Arms Bazaar! There will be a Vigil and Prayer Service on Tues., Sept. 21 from noon to 1 PM ET at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor 2074. This will be a nonviolent Safe Distance Vigil and Prayer Service for Peace and Justice during the annual AFA Air-Space-Cyber Conference and Technology Exposition, what is called an "Arms Bazaar." This year the Arms Bazaar is being held in person and virtually for those not able to attend. This witness is being held on the International Day of Peace.  See Visit  Meet at the corner of Waterfront St. and St. George Blvd., directly across from the Gaylord National Resort. Call 202-360-6416.

30] – On Tues., Sept. 21 at 1 PM ET, reflect on the possible execution of Julius Jones with Cece Jones-Davis, Director of the Justice for Julius campaign, who will be the guest in a special Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty Zoom/FB gathering. Sign up at SEND QUESTIONS IN ADVANCE to

31] – Join us in challenging Johns Hopkins University on International Day of Peace. Say No to Weapons Contracts at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. on Tues., Sept. 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 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:

32] – James Jameson, RepresentUs [] wants you to join a phone bank on Tues., Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 8 PM ET. Make calls for the Freedom to Vote Act.  Sign up at  Senator Manchin just released the groundbreaking Freedom to Vote Act this week. It would make Election Day a federal holiday, ban gerrymandering, and put an end to dark money. But with the Senate vote coming in a matter of days, not enough senators have heard from their constituents pushing them to pass the bill. The Freedom to Vote Act is brand new, so there’s a lack of awareness by both constituents and senators about this legislation – and if we don't demonstrate massive support for it, the bill could fail.

33] – The "Beloved Community Interfaith Network" is having a Zoom event on Tues., Sept. 21 at 7 PM ET, featuring Dat Duthinh (Frederick Quaker and MD peace activist) and Fahima Gaheez (president of the Afghan Women's Fund).  They will be talking about how to help Afghan refugees who may be resettled in our communities and also about the militarism that creates refugees in the first place. Sign up at Or join by phone: +1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788. Enter Meeting ID: 745 249 345 #; when prompted, and enter # again.

34] – Christy Gleason [] wants you to attend on Tues., Sept. 21 at 7 PM ET a unique online event with Jennifer Garner.  Joining Save the Children Trustee Jennifer Garner will be Chobani Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, a representative from the White House, parents and child care providers.  Congress is in the midst of debating the Build Back Better Act, which would make a once-in-a-generation investment in children in the U.S. But it won't get passed unless we all come together to push our members of Congress to pass it into law. RSVP for Wanted: Let’s Build Back Better for Kids! At

35] –   Want to text with Fair Fight? Join a texting training to see what texting with Fair Fight looks like, the texting platform, how to set up your account on it and get you all the information you need to text with Fair Fight in the future!  This is a training, NOT a text bank. No texting during this training.  To text with Fair Fight you will need either a smartphone OR a computer (you can set up the texting system on either or both). The next texting training is on Tues., Sept. 21 from 8:30 to 9:15 PM ET.  Sign up at

36] –Marcy, CODEPINK [] wants you to get involved on Tues., Sept. 21 at 8 PM ET to Say NO to the Military Budget on Zoom.  Join the CODEPINK CONGRESS Calling Party to mobilize peace legislation! Chat with peacemakers and experts.  ‌RSVP at us as we mobilize opposition to the proposed $788 billion military budget. Our guests will talk about what this budget funds ($44 billion for nuclear weapons & nuclear rearmament!), amendments to cut the military budget, and opportunities to build a united front against U.S. militarism.  Hear from Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the lone House vote against the invasion of Afghanistan and the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), used to legitimize drone assassinations. Now Chair of the subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, Lee will also talk about efforts to direct US dollars to thwart a looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.  Elizabeth Beavers, of Public Citizen, will discuss next steps in pushing back against the record high military budget, the National Defense [sic] Authorization Act amendment process, and building a coalition to cut the Pentagon in and outside of Congress.

37] – The RootsAction Education Fund is inviting you to an online teach-in: Preventing Mass Extinction on Tues., Sept. 21 at 8 PM EDT.  We know that the American military is one of the largest polluters on the planet and a major driver of the climate crisis. And yet, while historic wildfires are raging through drought-struck lands, hurricanes cause destruction in multiple regions, waters rise with unprecedented floods and disappearing shorelines -- Congress is on track to approve the highest military budget ever.  On the International Day of Peace, please join RootsAction and our guests for a discussion connecting the military lobby, the threat of nuclear winter, colonialism, and the power of social movements.  Register at  The speakers are as follows: William Hartung is a longtime expert on Pentagon spending and the global arms trade whose books include Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex; Vincent Intondi is a Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Race, Justice, and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland; and Tara Villalba is a teacher by training, but has been organizing “on the side” for over 15 years with women, students, workers, and tenants.

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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