Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 23, 2021 to January 1, 2022

28] Food collection – Dec. 23

29] Call voters to pass the Freedom to Vote Act. -- Dec. 23

30] Phone bank to put pressure on Joe Manchin -- Dec. 23

31] Phone bank to put pressure on Joe Manchin -- Dec. 23

32] Christmas Truce -- Dec. 24 - 25

33] White House peace vigil – Dec. 24

34] Vigil for the Freedom to Vote Act – Dec. 24

35] Peace and Justice Vigil – Dec. 24

36] Food Pantry and Food Donation Center – Dec. 25

37] Occupy Biden -- Dec. 25 to Jan. 1

38] Brendan Walls is seeking a home/apartment to rent

39] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

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

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

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

43] Do you need a doctor?

44] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

45] Do you need any book shelves?

46] Join the Global Zero campaign.

47] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


28] – There is a food collection on Thurs. Dec. 23 from 4 to 7 PM ET at Sierra Leone Muslim Jamaat, 3307 Hubbard Road, Hyattsville 20785.  Donate pasta, rice, healthy cereal, fruits, vegetables and canned goods. RSVP at Visit

29] – Join Common Cause activists around the country at a virtual phonebank to urge voters in key states to demand their senators’ support the Freedom to Vote Act, and to eliminate the filibuster. These phone banks are subject to change based on variables. 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.  Call on Thurs., Dec. 23 from 6 to 8 PM and connect DE voters to Sen. Coons to ask that he will do everything possible to pass the Freedom to Vote Act including fixing the filibuster. Register at

30] –Public Citizen []wants you to help West Virginians contact Senator Manchin to take decisive action to pass the Freedom to Vote, John Lewis Voting Rights, and DC Statehood bills.  Stop the attacks on voting rights and make democracy work for everyone. Join the Freedom to Vote Action Party on Thurs., Dec. 23 from 6 to 8 PM ET and call West Virginians and help put them in touch with their senator. This will continue each Thursday through March 31, 2022.  RSVP at

31] –For the Freedom To Vote Act, there is phone bank training & calling into West Virginia with a patch through to Senator Manchin on Thursdays from 6 to 8 PM.  This will continue on Dec. 23 and start up again on Jan. 6. You will need a computer and a telephone (cell or house). Unfortunately, tablets and iPads are incompatible with ThruTalk and will not work effectively. You will also need to download a web browser like Chrome or Firefox. Safari is incompatible with ThruTalk. With over 400 state bills introduced by extremist lawmakers--including in West Virginia--aiming to put up barriers to vote just this year, we cannot afford to fail to pass this bill.  Sign up at

32] – This is courtesy of Eric Dryden.  All Quiet on the Western Front is the title of Remarque's World War I novel. However, on Christmas Eve 1914, the unexpected happened on the Western Front: soldiers of the warring parties lit Christmas trees and got out of the trenches to wish each other a Merry Christmas. “As soon as the morning dawned, we saw the British, who waved to us from the trenches. We all waved back too. Gradually, they began to get out of the trenches. Our soldiers put out the little Christmas trees that they brought us to the front and lit candles on them. Everyone crawled out of the trenches, and it never even occurred to anyone to start shooting. "

  This is an excerpt from a letter from a German soldier on the Western Front, read by the Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN, Harold Brown. For his part, British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant presented a British soldier's testimony of how the famous "Christmas truce" began on Christmas Day 1914: “All of our people got out of the trenches and sat down on the embankment. The Germans did the same and began to speak in broken English. I climbed to the top of the embankment and asked them to sing a folk song in German. They sang, then we sang, and both sides applauded each other."

  The soldiers on both sides grew bolder, they got out of the trench mud and went towards each other along the neutral zone, which was only a few tens of meters. The British and Germans exchanged cigarettes, gifts, took pictures together, even played football. And a German juggler by profession, made an impromptu performance right in no man's land.

  Captain Dunn, a military doctor from Wales, writes in his memoirs: “At 8.30, I fired three shots into the air and hung out a flag with the words 'Merry Christmas'. I got out onto the embankment and saw from the German side a banner on which was written "Thank you." There a German captain appeared, we both bowed, saluted each other and returned to the trenches. He fired two shots into the air and the war began again." Do not forget that in the four years of the First World War, more than 37 million people died.

33] – OccupyBiden Will Push President to Take Immediate Climate Action: Issue an Executive Order declaring a climate emergency; and, accordingly, Mandate that all federal government agencies oppose any new fossil fuel projects.  For example, he could require an Environmental Impact Statement for the Line 3 tar sands pipeline through Minnesota across indigenous treaty lands and crossing under the Mississippi River; and he could cancel the lease sales his administration just carried out in the Gulf of Mexico.

 Occupy Biden is a week-long outdoor action near President Biden’s Wilmington home.  It will take place from noon on Sat., Dec. 25 to noon on Sat., Jan. 1 around the clock.  This is organized by local/regional individuals and organizations joined by others who share a commitment to climate justice.  Gather at 909 Centre Road, Wilmington, DE. Register at Email at  Call Karen Igou -- 302.898.0971.

34] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Dec. 24 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

35] –  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

36] -- 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. 24. 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

37] – On Sat., Dec. 25 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

38] – 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.

39] -- 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

40] – 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.

41] – 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.  

42] – 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

43] 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.  

44] -- 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

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

46] -- 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.

47] – 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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