Friday, November 12, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- November 12 - 13, 2021

55] Do outreach with Maryland Poor People's Campaign Nov. 12

56] This Adventure Called California Nov. 12

57] Rocking Chair Rebels Go on Trial – Nov. 12

58] White House peace vigil – Nov. 12

59] What's Going on with the Iran Deal? Nov. 12

60] Space militarization and the climate crisis – Nov. 12

61] Vigil for the Freedom to Vote Act – Nov. 12

62] Phone bank for the Freedom to Vote Act – Nov. 12 – 13

63] Peace and Justice Vigil – Nov. 12

64] The Hormel Strike – Nov. 12

65] Knock on Doors for Brooke Lierman for Comptroller – Nov. 13

66] Tune in to Freedom to Vote: Time to Act – Nov. 13

67] Volunteer Baltimore Greenway Trail Counts – Nov. 13

68] Food Pantry and Food Donation Center – Nov. 13

69] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

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

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

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

73] Do you need a doctor?

74] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

75] Do you need any book shelves?

76] Join the Global Zero campaign.

77] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


55] – Maryland Poor People's Campaign [] is in need of help from Fri., Nov. 12 through Sun., Nov. 14 for a second Outreach Weekend. Build the ranks and help connect with as many impacted people as possible. This vital work has prevented evictions, built relationships with people in communities around survival needs including food, COVID protections, and sharing the struggle for human rights.  Consider doing door to door canvassing as well as tabling at community events. Would you be willing to volunteer for a few hours? RSVP at

56] – Krysta Bisnauth, Freedom United [] is inviting you to a film screening on Fri., Nov. 12 starting at 12:01 AM. Also you can see the short documentary film This Adventure Called California on Sat., Nov. 13.   The film shares the story of Arnoldo who migrated to the United States from Mexico to take up work but is instead brutally exploited, until a chance encounter at the racquetball court changes the course of his life. Directed by Jennifer Huang and produced by Treeclimber Media, the film was the winner of the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2021 San Francisco Independent Short Film Festival. Sign up at  On November 12, you will get an email after registering with the link and password to access the film.  

57] – The Rocking Chair Rebels Go on Trial facing a charge of disorderly conduct for Challenging Chase Bank Funding Of Climate Chaos on Fri., Nov. 12 at 10 AM ET at Justice of the Peace Court, 500 North King St., Wilmington, Delaware.  The “Choice of Evils” statute will guide defense of thirteen elders arrested in rocking chairs for blocking the street outside JP Morgan Chase credit card headquarters.  Contact Steve Norris at 828.777.7816.

The defendants will raise the Choice of Evils defense under Delaware law: that they took action (peacefully sitting in the street in our rocking chairs) to try to head off climate catastrophe. Expert testimony will be presented by physician Dr. Walter Tsou about the health effects of the climate crisis and by Carolyn McCoy about the successful campaign to convince PNC Bank to change its policies to better protect the climate. The pro se defendants will also be guided by expert opinion provided by climate scientist Dr. Tony Ingraffea, a professor at Cornell University, and Jason Disterhoft, who co-wrote a damning report on banks’ investments in fossil fuels, with JP Morgan Chase by far the worst offender.

58] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Nov. 12 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

59] – Check out What's Going on with the Iran Deal? with Assal Rad on Fri., Nov. 12 from 1 to 2 PM EST.  Register at  Now 9 months into the presidency of Joe Biden, the United States continues to stay out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a deal to which Iran, Russia, China, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom still adhere. Violating both international norms and his own campaign promises, President Biden has wasted time and threatened to scotch one of Barack Obama’s greatest foreign policy achievements. Advocates for peace and justice have been left scratching their heads, wondering what the solution is to an intransigent administration. Dr. Rad is Senior Research Fellow at the National Iranian American Council.

60] – The deadly connections between space militarization and the climate crisis will be discussed in a webinar, hosted by the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space on Fri., Nov. 12 at 4 PM EST.  Register at The speakers are Dave Webb (UK), board chair of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and current chair of UK's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND); Koohan Paik-Mander. a Hawaii-based journalist and media educator and a board member of the Global Network and the CODEPINK working group "China is Not Our Enemy;" and Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.

61] –  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

62] –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., Nov. 12 from 4 to 6 PM and Sat., Nov. 13 from noon to 2 PM ET, 1 to 3 PM ET, and 6 to 8 PM ET.

63] -- 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 Nov. 12. 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

64] – William Barry [] wants you to attend a Labor History discussion on Fri., Nov. 12 from 8 to 9:30 PM EST.  Hear about the Hormel Strike at 35: Triumph or Tragedy? This event is organized by the East Side Freedom Library with Peter Rachleff, Co-Executive Director at ESFL. Register to join on Zoom:

  The Hormel strike of 1985-1986 captured the nation's attention. The most important strike since the PATCO (Air Traffic Controllers) strike of 1981, it represented, on the one hand, the further deterioration of unions' power during the Reagan era, but, on the other hand, the power and appeal of working people's passion for justice and fairness. In a recent article in the NEW LABOR FORUM, ESFL's Peter Rachleff asked whether the strike is best remembered as a triumph or a tragedy. Peter was chairperson of the Local P-9 Solidarity Committee during the strike, and, in 1993, he published a book about it, HARD-PRESSED IN THE HEARTLAND: THE HORMEL STRIKE AND THE FUTURE OF THE LABOR MOVEMENT.

65] – Knock on Doors for Brooke Lierman for Comptroller in Mt. Washington on Sat., Nov. 13 from 10 AM to noon EST at Linkwood Playground - Stony Run Park, 101 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore 21210Canvass the community and share Brooke's vision to transform the Comptroller's office to work for every Marylander. Once you sign up our team will follow up with everything you will need to knock on doors:

66] – Tune in to Freedom to Vote: Time to Act hosted by the Declaration for American Democracy Coalition at the University of Scranton as a virtual event. Extremist politicians have spent the year putting up barriers to voting in one state after another and are now drawing districts to benefit themselves. Sign up at  On Sat., Nov. 13 from 10 to 10:30 AM, join the Freedom to Vote: The Time is Now event to urge the Senate to act swiftly to pass robust national standards for federal elections, and to use every lever of power and influence to get this done.

67] – Get with Volunteer Baltimore Greenway Trail Counts on Sat., Nov. 13 from 10 AM to noon at the Maryland Zoo1 Safari Place, Baltimore 21217. Do a short training in the Maryland Zoo parking lot in Druid Hill Park. Get with the Baltimore City Department of Planning, and Rails to Trails to help Bikemore collect data on trail usage! This information will be used to inform the planning process for continued development of the Baltimore Greenway Trail Network.  You can help us by signing up to volunteer and going out to a trail to collect data on numbers of users, modes of transportation used, how big groups are, and more. Visit

68] – On Sat., Nov. 13 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

69] -- 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

70] – 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.

71] – 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.

72] – 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

73] 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.  

74] -- 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

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

76] -- 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.

77] – 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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