Friday, December 3, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 3 to 5, 2021

43] White House peace vigil – Dec. 3

44] Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons – Dec. 3

45] Can the Iran Nuclear Deal Be Revived? Dec. 3

46] Vigil for the Freedom to Vote Act – Dec. 3

47] Phone bank for the Freedom to Vote Act – Dec. 3 and 4

48] Peace and Justice Vigil – Dec. 3

49] Coming Together: Building Progressive Political Power Dec. 4 - 5

50] Deadline for Democracy Dec. 4 - 5

51] The Pax Christi State Assembly Dec. 4

53] Knock on Doors for Brooke in Silver Spring – Dec. 4

53] MD Poor Peoples Campaign door knocking – Dec. 4

54] Our Revolution Baltimore for Coffee & Conversation – Dec. 4

55] Food Pantry and Food Donation Center – Dec. 4

56] Shut the Capitol Down Training – Dec. 4 & 5

57] Brandon Walls seeking a home/apartment to rent

58] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

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

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

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

62] Do you need a doctor?

63] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

64] Do you need any book shelves?

65] Join the Global Zero campaign.

66] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


43] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Dec. 3 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

44] – On Fri., Dec. 3 at noon ET, enjoy Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons: A Book Talk with Herb Lin, Ph.D. The Arms Control Association will host a discussion with Lin about the major themes and recommendations in his new book. The technology controlling United States nuclear weapons predates the Internet. Lin writes that updating the technology for the digital era is necessary, but it comes with the risk that anything digital can be hacked or be subjected to offensive cyber-attack. He cautions that using new systems for both nuclear and non-nuclear operations will lead to levels of nuclear risk hardly imagined before. Lin will summarize the scope of cyber risks to U.S. nuclear weapons and outline his recommendations on how government can manage the tensions between new nuclear capabilities and increasing cyber risk. RSVP at

45] – On Fri., Dec. 3 at 2 PM ET, attend Can the Iran Nuclear Deal Be Revived? After several days of renewed nuclear talks in Vienna, optimism remains in short supply. Iran is accelerating its nuclear advances under the new Raisi government and is, according to the U.S. government, closer to nuclear weapons capability than ever before. In Washington, the Biden administration has yet to deviate from Trump’s failed maximum pressure sanctions, even though Biden officials publicly bemoan Trump’s decision to quit the deal and recognize the disastrous outcome of Trump’s strategy. The Israeli government, for its part, continues to make threats of war, even as former Israeli officials admit that their pressure on the U.S. to abandon the 2015 agreement was a grave mistake. While both Washington and Tehran publicly express their desire to revive the JCPOA, neither side appears willing to show the necessary flexibility. Join the webinar with Mahsa Rouhi, Research Fellow at the National Defense [sic] University; Eric Brewer, Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies CSIS; and Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute. Tom O’Connor of Newsweek will moderate. Go to

46] –  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

47] – 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. 3 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. 4 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

48] -- 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. 3. 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

49] – Come to Massachusetts Peace Action’s online Fall 2021 conference, Coming Together: Building Progressive Political Power, on Sat., Dec 4 at 9 AM and Sun., Dec. 5 at 10 AM ET.  Explore how to move programs forward with maximum impact, strategizing how to engage, unite and build the power needed to reverse the destructive policies of our current governmental structures. Visit  There is a long list of speakers such as Joseph Geevarghese, Our Revolution Executive Director, Maurice Mitchell, Working Families Party National Director, and Alan Minsky, Progressive Democrats of America. The risk of nuclear war is as close as we have ever been.  In Massachusetts, the growing incidence of the diseases of despair; addiction, ODs, and suicide reflect the worsening misery of much of our population while Trumpism threatens our political will to make change happen.  The 2016 and 2020 national elections, the Black Lives Matter movement, and Indigenous resistance to the Line 3 pipeline have changed power relationships and shifted cultural narratives in the United States. The Sanders presidential campaigns and the elections of AOC, Ayanna Pressley, and other members of The Squad point out the possibilities and the potential for progressive politics in the United States, but we are far from where we need to be. Examine how we strengthen Progressive influence in our national, state and local governments.  Register at

50] – Drew and the crew at 198 Methods [] wants you to know that there is a Deadline for Democracy. We are running out of time to deliver climate justice.  Attend a training on Sat., Dec. 4 at 9 AM and Sun., Dec. 5 at 9:30 AM for Shutting Down the Capitol on Tues., Dec. 7 at 7 AM ET. We're running out of time for Congress and the President to take the action we need on climate change this year (2021). President Biden’s Build Back better act is stalled in the Senate, and the legislative log jam is preventing action on a host of important priorities – voting rights, women’s rights, immigration reform, and more. Congress is back in session, and the best way to get them to take action is to disrupt the day-to-day business. The Climate Rallies kicked Congress into action and compelled the US House of Representatives to finally do their jobs and vote on some bills.

  Shut Down DC and other local partners are going to take bold direct action to demand that Congress and President Biden finally deliver on the programs they promised us. Take to the streets to shut down the back-room meetings and political theater that have failed to deliver the progress that our communities need. Consider joining the Climate Justice and Racial Justice affinity group. You can get plugged in at the training this weekend Dec 4-5-- were-running-out-of-time-to-deliver-climate-justice.

51] –   Remembering, Repenting, Restoring: the Pax Christi State Assembly will take place on Sat., Dec. 4 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 pm EST. Mining the wisdom of Pope Francis and confronting the challenges of Racism, Climate Change and Nuclear Weapons/War through his writings in Fratelli Tutti and Laudato Si. Engaging Pax Christi MA in active reflection on Pope Francis’ writings on racism, climate change and nuclear weapons/war through a process of sharing various prompts of the documents which point to these challenges followed by discussion and practical next steps. The sharing will be directed by introductory presentation from Eli McCarthy as well as on each particular issue by local activists with allied organizations.  McCarthy is a professor at Georgetown University in justice and peace studies, a steering committee member of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International, and the director of the DC Peace Team.  His recent book is a Just Peace Ethic Primer: Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence (Georgetown University Press, 2020). Registration is free. Email to get the link and password inviting you into the meeting.

52] – Knock on Doors for Brooke in Silver Spring, hosted by the Brooke Lierman for Comptroller.  The dates and times are as follows: Sat., Dec. 4 from 10 AM to noon EST, Sun., Dec. 12 from 2 to 4 PM EST and Sun., Dec. 19 from 2 to 4 PM ET. Gather at Ellsworth Urban Park, 621 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring 20910. Sign up at

53] – The Maryland Poor People's Campaign (MD PPC) [] will do some door knocking on Sat., Dec. 4 at 11AM in the Central Region, 58 Summerhill Trailer Park, Crownsville 21032. Register at

54] – On Sat., Dec. 4 join Our Revolution Baltimore for Coffee & Conversation at the R House, 301 W. 29 St., Baltimore 21211. This is the monthly social event with no structure, just drop in any time between 11 AM and 1 PM to chat and get to know fellow members. RSVP at

55] – 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

56] –Melissa Nussbaum Freeman [] invites you to Hanukkah Against Apartheid. Hanukkah means rededication. Visit for more details. On Sat., Dec. 4 from 7 to 8:15 PM ET, the event will feature Sara Abou Rashed, Erik Andrade, Anu Yadav, Sariyah Idan, Zahra Belyea, and rosza daniel lang/levitsky. Register at

57] – 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.

58] -- 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

59] – 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.

60] – 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.

61] – 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

62] 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.  

63] -- 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

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

65] -- 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.

66] – 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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