Thursday, December 9, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 10 - 18, 2021

64] Free Them All week -- Dec. 10 - 18

65] White House peace vigil – Dec. 10

66] Reverberating Health Hazards of Oil and Gas Industry Dec. 10

67] Human Rights Crisis of Missing, Murdered & Exploited Indigenous People – Dec. 10

68] Vigil for the Freedom to Vote Act – Dec. 10

69] Phone bank for the Freedom to Vote Act – Dec. 10 and 11

70] Peace and Justice Vigil – Dec. 10

71] Annual Celebration of Peace with Justice -- Dec. 10

72] Phone bank for the Build Back Better Act – Dec. 10

73] Knock on doors for Brooke Lierman in Randallstown -- Dec. 11

74] Nuclear industry’s plans for space Dec. 11

75] 4th annual Grassroots Legislative Leadership Day – Dec. 11

76] Food Pantry and Food Donation Center – Dec. 11

77] Zoom Conference on Colombian Issues – Dec. 11

78] The Dismantling White Supremacy film – Dec. 11

79] Brandon Walls is seeking a home/apartment to rent

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] Do you need a doctor?

85] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

86] Do you need any book shelves?

87] Join the Global Zero campaign.

88] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


64] – American Friends Service Committee is holding a #FreeThemAll week of action December 10 through 18. Everyone deserves dignity and justice. But in the United States, 2.3 million people are locked away in prisons, jails, and detention centers because of racist law enforcement, and a legal system whose only solution is violence and confinement. In New Jersey AFSC helped pass legislation that made 2000 people immediately eligible for release from state prison, and several months later helped pass another bill to phase out immigration detention in the state. In New York, the organization helped pass parole reform that led to the immediate release of 200 people and will keep many more out of prison. In Washington, legislation was passed banning private prisons and detention centers. The work continues. From Dec. 10, which marks International Human Rights Day, through Dec. 18, which marks the International Day of the Migrant, AFSC and partners will be hosting a national week of action. Visit

65] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Dec. 10 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

66] – Team PSR [] is hosting Cradle to Grave: The Reverberating Health Hazards of Oil and Gas Industry on Fri., Dec. 10 from noon to 4:30 PM EST.  Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania is excited to share a virtual, half-day conference on the impacts of unconventional gas development. Register at

67] – On Fri., Dec. 10 from 2 to 3 PM ET, catch the Human Rights Crisis of Missing, Murdered & Exploited Indigenous People, which is part of the Education for Reconciliation collection by Portage College Public Legal Education. Stephanie Harpe shares her powerful story and speaks to human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses in Canada. Learn how Ms. Harpe is bringing awareness to the Murdered Missing and Exploited Indigenous People (MMEIP) crisis in Canada. She will speak to the persistent and systemic human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses which are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous Peoples. When people are targeted for violence because of gender or because of Indigenous identity, their fundamental rights have been abused; and when they are not offered an adequate level of protection by state authorities because of gender or because of Indigenous identity, those rights have been violated and become a human rights issue. This is the first in a two part series facilitated by Stephanie Harpe. Part two will be held via Zoom sometime in January or February and will focus on priority actions that are needed to make Turtle Island safe for Indigenous Peoples whose lives have been impacted by violence; ways we can all confront and end violence and inequality waged against Indigenous Peoples; and the different resources and legal remedies that are available to family and support persons of MMEIP.  Email  Go to

68] –  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

69] – Join the Freedom to Vote Act Phonebank with Common Cause on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Work together to demand bold changes to our alleged democracy to create a government that represents all of us, not big corporations or special interests. Call voters in targeted states and connect them to their Senators to support the Freedom to Vote Act and eliminate the filibuster. These phone banks are subject to change based on variables outside of our control (i.e. a Senator's mailbox is full). On Fri., Dec. 10 from 4 to 6 PM EST, connect NH voters to Sen. Hassan to ask that they do everything possible to pass the Freedom to Vote Act including fixing the filibuster. On Sat., Dec. 11 from noon to 2 PM, 1 to 3 PM and 6 to 8 PM EST connect AZ voters to Sen. Sinema to ask that they do everything possible to pass the Freedom to Vote Act including fixing the filibuster. Register at

70] -- 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 Dec. 10. 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

71] – Delaware Pacem in Terris [] would love for you to attend  on Fri., Dec. 10 from 5 to 6 PM ET the Annual Celebration of Peace with Justice. Justin DeLeon, of the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will engage in a discussion on the fundamental principles that must guide the work in overcoming historic injustices. This short, kid-friendly, and fun-filled hour will replace the traditional Annual Dinner due to COVID concerns. For those who can join in person, celebrate with free giveaways and fun raffle items.  The in-person event, at Hanover Presbyterian Church, will be open to 50 individuals; space is limited on a first come first served basis. If you feel more comfortable, register to join over Zoom for the speaker portion of the event. Go to To register in-person or online click the green ticket button. For in-person, doors open at 4:45 PM. The program will start promptly at 5 PM.

72] – The Sunrise Movement Baltimore [] is organizing a Phone Bank on Fri., Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 from 6 to 7:30 PM ET. Take Action for the Build Back Better Act.  The Build Back Better legislation now before the U.S. Senate includes a crucial down payment on the Green New Deal, the largest ever U.S. investment in climate action. Learn more and sign up to push the Senate to pass Build Back Better. You’ll receive all the info and training you need when you join the calls at

73] --On Sat., Dec. 11 from 10 AM to noon ET, knock on doors for Brooke Lierman for Comptroller starting at 3820 Fernside Road, Randallstown 21133.  Sign up at Canvass the community and share Brooke's vision to transform the Comptroller's office to work for every Marylander. Once you sign up the team will follow up with everything you need to knock on doors!

74] –   Attend the Zoom event Nuclear industry plans for space with Bruce Gagnon on Sat., Dec. 11 from 10:30 AM to noon.  There might be some information about the situation in Crimea. Gagnon is the Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. The Manhattan Project for a Nuclear Free World is hosting this event. Register at, and afterwards you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  Star Wars is back and it’s worse than ever. National Missile Defense [sic] is a misnomer. The U.S. proposal is a provocative, aggressive program aimed at weaponizing space. U.S. military and government documents acknowledge their plans to control space and from there dominate the earth below. If they are not stopped, we will have an arms race in space. Of course, "nuclear" plays a significant role in this scenario. . . .

75] – ACLU of Maryland [] wants you to attend ACLU-MD's activist training on Sat., Dec. 11 at 11 AM ET. Get involved in key advocacy work for the 2022 legislative session in this 4th annual Grassroots Legislative Leadership Day. Have you heard the latest on police reform, racially just Marijuana reform, education equity, and immigrants' rights in Maryland? For 90 years, the ACLU of Maryland has focused on empowering Marylanders to exercise their rights so that the law values and uplifts their humanity. A key part of how we do that now is working to better our state so that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color can live freely and have their rights respected.  After you RSVP, you'll receive an email with the Zoom link for joining the event:

76] – On Sat., Dec. 4 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

77] –Colombia Support Network is Inviting you to a Half-Day Zoom Conference on Colombian Issues, featuring Steve Cagan, Dan Kovalik, and Gloria Cuartas on Sat., Dec. 11 at 1 PM ET. After each presentation there will be a time for discussion, as well as an opportunity for comments and questions at the end of the afternoon. Register for this free virtual event to receive the Zoom participant link at Cagan is a documentary photographer and activist for progressive social change, justice and peace, who has spent many years doing photographic studies of the Chocó region in northwestern Colombia. Kovalik, an American human rights, labor rights lawyer and peace activist who teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, will discuss recent developments in Colombia, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, and the controversial role of U.S. policy in the region, among other things. Cuartas is a former Mayor (1994-97) of the City of Apartadó in Antioquia Province in Colombia, her home province. As mayor she showed extraordinary courage in opposing paramilitary forces and guerrilla activities in the vicinity of Apartadó. She called attention to possible links between the Colombian Army's 17th Brigade, led by General Rito Alejo del Rio, and paramilitary forces. And she questioned President Alvaro Uribe concerning the ties between Convivir organizations he promoted and killings in Apartadó, where several of Gloria's municipal officials were murdered and her life was threatened. She will address the violence in Colombia generally and the political situation just months before Colombia's elections for President and the Colombian Congress, as well as focusing attention on the Peace Community. 

78] – The Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series presents Hype Man, the film based upon Idris Goodwin’s acclaimed play which was originally produced by Company One and filmed in collaboration with the American Repertory Theater. Watch the film during the week of December 6-12, and join in on Sat., Dec. 11 from 7 to 8:30 PM for a panel discussion with the artists and a local activist in the racial justice space including the playwright and possibly some of the actors from the film. Hype Man follows a hip-hop group on the precipice of making it big in the industry—until an instance of police violence divides the group. The white rapper, Pinnacle, can’t understand the perspectives of the group’s hype man, Verb, and beat maker, Peep One, both people of color. Pinnacle resists addressing the police violence in music because he has not personally experienced it, and yet he operates in an industry and an art form created by Black musicians. What ensues is an investigation of responsibility in the face of social injustice, through the lens of the hip-hop world. REGISTER at

You will receive a ‘ticket’ at time of registration, but the links to see the film online and to attend the zoom panel discussion will be sent separately. The DWS film series operates on a gift economy basis – no person will be excluded based upon ability to pay. All net proceeds from this event will go to the Boston Ujima Project. The Social Justice Action Committee of First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist served as primary organizers for this event.

79] – A friend, Brendan Walls, has to move out of a rented home on March 1.  So he is looking for housing and wants to live south of the Baltimore beltway, east of US 95 and north of Route 214.  Do you know of a house or apartment in the Annapolis area with as much peace and quiet as I can get for no more than $1800 a month? He does not mind pet sitting, house sitting, keeping someone company or community living.  Let me know if you have a lead on a home or apartment for Brendan to rent.  Thanks for giving this your consideration.

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] 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.  

85] -- 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

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

87] -- 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.

88] – 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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