Thursday, October 7, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- October 8 - 9, 2021

65] White House peace vigil – Oct. 8

66] Address trauma among peacebuilders in South Sudan -- Oct. 8

67] Fire Drill Friday -- Oct. 8

68] Press conference in Nicaragua -- Oct. 8

69] Want to text with Fair Fight? – Oct. 8

70] Vigil for the Freedom to Vote Act – Oct. 8

71] Phone bank for the Freedom to Vote Act – Oct. 8 - 9

72] Peace and Justice Vigil – Oct. 8

73] Stop the Corporate Attack on Build Back Better. – Oct. 8

74] War on Terror Film Festival Oct. 8 - 12

75] Linking Militarized Space & Climate Crisis – Oct. 8

76] Bike more -- Oct. 9

77] Fossil Free Future Action – Oct. 9

78] Food Pantry and Food Donation Center – Oct. 9

79] The Zoo – Oct. 9

80] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

81] Beauty Fades /Stupid Lasts Forever and The Trial According to Alan Barysh

82] Read Dave Eberhardt’s book "For All the Saints- a Protest Primer"

83] New Book: “Confessions of a Radical Academic”

84] Two Berrigan Books still in print

85] Do you need a doctor?

86] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

87] Do you need any book shelves?

88] Join the Global Zero campaign.

89] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


65] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Oct. 8 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

66] – Christy Tavernelli, AFSC [] wants you to join a call on Fri., Oct. 8 at noon ET with her and General Secretary Joyce Ajlouny for a special update for AFSC supporters. Also joining will be AFSC’s Country Representative Zaina Kisongoa. Zaina will talk about her program’s work, and a successful pilot program to address trauma among peacebuilders in South Sudan. Register at to receive a reminder day-of, and to access the Zoom link. Call-in information will also be provided if you prefer to join by phone.

67] – 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 Fri., Oct. 8 from 1:30 to 2:15 PM ET.  Sign up at

68] – Jane Fonda for Greenpeace [] indicated that CA Rep. Ro Khanna joins Fire Drill Friday on Fri., Oct. 8 at 2 PM ET.  Discuss the urgent need to pass a full Build Back Better Act. It is a very busy and profoundly important moment in Washington D.C. as Congress works to move forward the Build Back Better Act and invest in our country’s future. And after experiencing the devastating effects of the massive oil spill here in Southern California last weekend, people are working to phase out dangerous drilling in order to build toward a fossil fuel free future could not be more urgent. Discuss the importance of passing the full Build Back Better Act, and how we can keep the pressure on our leaders to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and address the climate crisis. Join Fire Drill Friday at

69] – Nicaragua is one month from the November 7th elections. The U.S. is ramping up its campaign to delegitimize these elections and the accomplishments of the Sandinista government.  A U.S. delegation, on the ground in Nicaragua, has met with health care, education and cultural workers, economists, public defenders and disaster response teams. They will share a sharply different view of the reality and the importance of defending Nicaragua from U.S. destabilization. Join the LIVE press conference in Managua at 3 PM ET on Fri., Oct. 8. REGISTER at  I sure hope a question is raised. 

As a protester of US involvement in Nicaragua, I need an answer. Why has Ortega arrested, as far as I know, most of his rivals for the election?  I have read that some rivals have fled Nicaragua.  Max would like an answer.

70] –  Our Revolution Howard County and Indivisible HoCoMD continue their joint weekly action at the Gorman Road I-95 Overpass in support of HR1/SR 1, aka the Freedom to Vote Act on every Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 PM ET. Committed activists stand by large banners and wave at approximately 12,000 vehicles per hour as they whiz by. Go to

71] –Join activists around the country at a virtual phonebank to urge voters in key states to demand their senators’ support of the Freedom to Vote Act! 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. If the Senate does not overcome the filibuster and pass this legislation, states may not have enough time to implement the legislation’s regulations before the 2022 midterm elections! Join activists around the country at a Common Cause virtual phonebank to urge voters in key states to demand their senators’ support the vote! RSVP at to call on Fri., Oct. 8 from 4 to 6 PM ET, and Sat., Oct. 9 from noon to 2 PM ET and 1 to 3 PM ET.

72] -- There is usually a Quaker Vigil for Racial Justice on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, hosted by the Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee (BQPJC) outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on Oct. 8. Black Lives Matter. Stop the Killing. Physical distancing applies. Wear your face mask. Email or call 410-235-4438. Quaker values call us to speak truth and to seek equality for all people. Aim to follow Bayard Rustin’s wisdom that “we need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers” and John Lewis’s call to “make good trouble.” See

73] – The Progressive Maryland Team [] wants your help on Fri., Oct. 8 at 6 PM ET to Stop the Corporate Attack on Build Back Better.  Join an upcoming text bank!  The Build Back Better Act will benefit tens of millions of American workers, families, seniors, and students. It addresses the ever growing climate crisis and the urgent need to give immigrants a path to citizenship. It has a strong expansion of Medicare including the power to negotiate lower drug prices. And under the bill, corporations and ultra-wealthy people will start to pay their fair share of taxes.  But Big PhRMA, the oil industry, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other corporate and right wing interests are pouring millions of dollars into lobbying to defeat the measure.

 Help alert other Marylanders to contact Congress. Join the text bank on behalf of the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus (LSPC) and allies from the Maryland Progressive Healthcare Coalition and Our Revolution are hosting. Register at

74] – Check out the War on Terror Film Festival running through Sun., Oct. 31 at 6:30 PM EDT. The Festival is a month-long, public virtual event featuring 20 award-winning films made over the last 20 years that document abuses, highlight crimes, and satirize absurdities of the “war on terror. Since 9/11, filmmakers have shined a spotlight on the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay prison, torture, surveillance, and the targeting of Muslim communities in the US and Europe. The slate of films include documentary and narrative features and cut across genres from drama to comedy. The dates for the virtual festival are October 8–10; 15–17; 22–24; and 29–31, with four films screened per weekend. The festival is entirely free and accessible to the public following registration.

Each film screening will be accompanied by a live discussion with filmmakers, survivors, actors, scholars, journalists, and resistors, who will reflect on the challenges of living through the policies of the “war on terror” and telling these stories. Confirmed panelists include Edward Snowden, Michael Moore, Rory Kennedy, Kate Davis, Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, Laura Poitras, Dan Reed, Chris Morris, Amy Goodman, Jehane Noujaim, Glenn Greenwald, Alex Gibney, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Mat Whitecross, Jeremy Scahill, and many others. To register, go to

The next four films to be shown are as follows. On Fri., Oct. 8 at 6:30PM ET see The Feeling of Being Watched. When journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab-American neighborhood in Chicago, she uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11 and reveals its enduring impact on the community.

On Sat., Oct. 9 at 11:30 AM EDT, see The Newburgh Sting. The FBI targets a Muslim community in Newburgh, New York and arrests four men in 2009 during a sting operation, claiming they tried to help a Pakistani business man, who was working with the FBI, with terrorist attacks.

On Sat., Oct. 9 at 2:30 PM EDT, watch (T)ERROR. An Emmy award-winning film, (T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Through the perspective of "Shariff", a 63-year-old Black revolutionary turned informant, viewers get an unfettered glimpse of the government's counterterrorism tactics and the murky justifications behind them. Taut, stark and controversial, (T)ERROR illuminates the fragile relationships between individual and surveillance state in modern America, and asks who is watching the watchers.

On Sun., Oct. 10 at 1 PM EDT, take in The Battle of Algiers. In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. This is the classic fight for independence in Algeria.

On Tues., Oct. 12 at noon EDT, see another showing of The Feeling of Being Watched.  All films are free.

75] –Global Network against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space [] is holding a webinar on Sat., Oct. 9 at 7 AM ET. The title of the webinar is 'Linking Militarized Space & Climate Crisis - Latest news from Indo-Pacific.' The speakers are Aruna Kammila (India), Dave Webb (UK), Kevin Clements (New Zealand), Koohan Paik-Mander (Hawaii), and Bruce Gagnon (Maine). Join the Zoom meeting --  The Meeting ID is 861 9202 9046, and the Passcode is 967989.

76] – Bikemore tells me that every Saturday from 9 AM to noon through Oct. 30, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks brings out their fleet of bikes for adults and youth so you can rent them for free to ride around Lake Montebello.  Pedal around Lake Montebello on the 1.3-mile paved track. To check out a bike, a current government issue Id is required. This is an easy self-paced ride.  First come, first served.  Due to COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, all participants will be required to provide/wear PPE aligning with Maryland regulations and are expected to maintain physical distancing throughout the program. Email  Visit

77] -- The Youth Climate Finance Alliance [] wants to know if you are planning to host a Fossil Free Future Action on October 29th? Join an Action Design Training, on October 9th or October 16th, to work on the first steps for planning an action in your community! Do you want additional support before taking action? The trainings will take place from noon to 3:30 PM ET to work on the first steps for planning an action in your community! Visit

78] – On Sat., Oct. 9 from noon to 2 PM EST, get over to the Food Pantry and Food Donation Center at First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Madison St., Baltimore. This Food Pantry is open every Saturday. Get a grocery bag – breakfast, jelly and peanut butter (a good source of protein) for lunch, the makings for a balanced dinner such as beans and rice, pasta and sauce, soup, vegetables, fruit, and a paper goods. Also added is a little fun food, such as popcorn or cookies, for everyone enjoys a treat.  Contributions of shelf stable foods can be brought to Reid Chapel every Saturday between noon and 2 PM. If shopping is difficult for you, monetary donations earmarked food pantry may be sent to the church.  How else can you help? Volunteers are needed to help collect and distribute food. Contact the church office to volunteer. You can also help by spreading the word to those you know who are facing food insecurity. See

79] – The Wildlife Conservation Society [] is urging you to tune in to new episodes of The Zoo on Sat., Oct. 9 at 8 PM ET! This is a special two-hour premiere of season 5 of THE ZOO on Animal Planet. Watch new episodes of THE ZOO on following Saturdays at 9 PM ET. Follow all of the new adventures behind-the-scenes at zoos and aquarium this season. Visit

80] -- This is A PLEA TO CONVINCE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY TO OBEY INTERNATIONAL LAW. The world reached a historic milestone on January 22, 2021: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons [TPNW] entered into force and become binding international law --

  Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland has called attention to the growing danger of nuclear war and the outrageous $1.7 trillion dollars we are spending to upgrade the nuclear arsenal. On July 18, 2017, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, a U.S. Navy - affiliated research center received a seven-year, $92 million contract to continue its systems engineering and research-and-development services for the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. Help convince JHU to renounce nuclear weapons contracts. Contact the president, Ron Daniels, to urge him to reject all nuclear weapons contracts: Office of the President, 242 Garland Hall, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218.  Call his office at (410) 516-8068 or email

81] – Bad Attitude Publishers Announces the release of Beauty Fades /Stupid Lasts Forever and The Trial According to Alan Barysh. In light of the fascist/Q Annon/Truther/Alex Jones and Trump-inspired attack on the capital, Bad attitude Publications has released a photo essay by Alan Barysh. In the follow-up book to Sorry Truther, it was an OUTSIDE JOB Beauty Fades.... gives the reader an upfront look at the reactionary forces and the deadly beliefs these folks uphold. In pictures and texts, one gets a good look at the faces and ideas that pose a real threat to this country. The Trial According to Alan Barysh is a rewrite of the Kafka Classic The Trial. With pictures from the original movie, Alan Barysh rewrites this scathing satire with just a tad more cutting edge satire, and a different ending. The appendix to the book talks about the lonely uphill struggle of Tawanda Jones to get justice for her brother. This afterthought is included, because of the real Kafkesque struggle of the West Family to get justice for her brother. Both books can be purchased on For every purchase of The Trial, Alan Barysh will give all of his royalties to the West Family. Just text a picture of the book to 443-239-5325.

82] – David Eberhardt was a member of the Baltimore Four with Father Philip Berrigan, Tom Lewis and Rev. James Mengel.  The group poured blood on draft files on October 27, 1967.  They would be convicted and sentenced to prison. Dave has written a book "For All the Saints- a Protest Primer"- documenting the Baltimore Four action and many others up to and including the most recent Plowshares action – Kings Bay Plowshares 7.  Phil Berrigan’s wife, Elizabeth McAlister, is a member of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. 

 Dave just printed the 5th edition of the book which is available for $25 by sending him a check: Dave Eberhardt, 4 Hadley Square North, Baltimore, MD 21218. You can contact him at He prefers that you DO NOT order the book from Amazon. Image 1 of 2 for FOR ALL THE SAINTS: A PROTEST PRIMER. David Eberhardt; Image 2 of 2 for FOR ALL THE SAINTS: A PROTEST PRIMER; and FOR ALL THE SAINTS: A PROTEST PRIMER.  This is a self-published book printed in 2017 with updates.

 The price is $25 for a Spiral Bound, and Signed. This edition being what the publisher calls “The 4th edition (or first edition 4th state?)  of this book (with “final” additions) has been printed by the firm of FEDEX numbered 150-200, signed by the author, February 2017.”This is copy 187 and is numbered and signed by David Eberhardt on the title page.~~While the bibliographical information is a bit head-spinning, this is an engaging memoir by David Eberhardt recounting his involvement with the Brothers Berrigan in the protests against the Viet Nam war, and his subsequent time as an inmate at the Lewisburg Federal Prison. There is Near Fine binding: Item #291479.

83] – Check out “Confessions of a Radical Academic: A Memoir by Fred L. Pincus,” now available from Adelaide Books ( or from Amazon.  Fred taught sociology at UMBC for more than 40 years and is on the board of Research Associates Foundation.  His memoir details his struggles to have a successful career while keeping true to his radical principles and activism.  One major theme is his struggle with race and racism both on and off campus. Go to

84] –Two books by Fred Wilcox are still in print.  The first one is “Fighting the Lamb's War Skirmishes with the American Empire” by Philip Berrigan and Fred A. Wilcox with a FOREWORD by Tripp York.  It can be purchased by Wipf and Stock:  It is a Memoir in paperback/ISBN: 9781532660078/240 pages/republished 8/21/2018/ Retail Price: $26.00/and Web Price: $20.80.

  The second one is “Uncommon Martyrs The Berrigans, the Catholic Left, and the Plowshares Movement” by Fred Wilcox, who profiles members of this anti-war movement, who’s Christianity compels them to acts of civil disobedience against the military industrial complex.  The ISBN is 0201522314/$6.50 for a hardcover, and it can be purchased at Powell's Books.  See

85] Yousef Zarbalian [] started his own medical practice in December before the pandemic hit. It is called East-West Medicine and Rheumatology, and its website is  Yousef is licensed in Maryland and Virginia. He is doing primary care as well as rheumatologic care (focusing on joint problems and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and sjogren's).  He is offering telemedicine visits, and he has very reasonable rates for uninsured individuals.  He makes use of herbs (which can be sent directly to patients from the herbal dispensary) as well as prescribing medications to their local pharmacy if needed.  

86] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs, records, tarps and table cloths, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at

87] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at

88] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

89] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

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

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

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