Sunday, January 16, 2022

Baltimore Activist Alert –January 16 – 18, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert –January 16 – 18, 2021

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com

If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to Max Obuszewski, BNC, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net.

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Get involved with NCNR   

4] Volunteer with a Catholic Worker house  

5] Max is looking for tips on a garage or a storage suggestion.

6] House cleaner needed

7] Welcome an Afghan Family to Baltimore!

8] A friend needs a house or an apartment to rent

9] MLK’s Dream – Jan. 16  

10] Martin Luther King, Jr action -- Jan. 16

11] “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” – Jan. 16

12] Black Lives Matter Interfaith rally – Jan. 16

13] Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Action – Jan. 16

14] Knock on Doors for Brooke – Jan. 16

15] PDA Town Hall – Jan. 16

16] Make calls for the Freedom to Vote Act. – Jan. 16, 17 & 18

17] End the death penalty -- Jan. 16

18] Protest at the Pentagon – Jan. 17

19] Abolish Legal Slavery – Jan. 17

20] Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Action – Jan. 17  

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1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

2] –To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to U.S. wars.

  To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

4] - Suzanne Fontanesi and Jeff Ross are in the beginning stages of renovating the basement of their house for purposes of bringing in a volunteer (targeting young adults in discernment mode), starting next fall. They are trying to grow a Catholic Worker House in Irvington (West Baltimore). In a nutshell, there is a lot that a volunteer could do in that neighborhood/Baltimore, in addition to prayer and daily community living and in addition to plugging into all the good work that people are already doing in and around Baltimore (and beyond).  If you think you might know of anyone who might be interested in starting a conversation with them about becoming such a volunteer/community member, please contact Jeff/Suzanne at 443-690-6872.

5] – Max is in need of a garage or a storage space.  Any suggestions would be welcome.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

6] – Is there a woman in the Baltimore area who does house cleaning?  This assignment would be on an irregular basis with several hours per week.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

7] – St. Matthew, Blessed Sacrament, and the IOSC are partnering to welcome an Afghan Family to Baltimore! Are you interested in serving our new immigrant family? If you are interested, you will be trained in how you may serve, you will be guided and scheduled at your convenience by the Lead volunteer coordinator, you may also make donations through the IOSC to assist the family in the transition process in order to: Purchase food & Purchase clothes for winter and other necessities. Contact the IOSC at info@IOSCbaltimore.org, call the office at 410-323-8564 and leave a message for Nathalie.

8] – 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.

9] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion at 10:30 AM.  On Sun., Jan. 16, the subject is “The Dream and the Reality.”  Martin Luther King was a dreamer. What are the experiences that led to the development of his philosophy? It is interesting to note the events in his early life that may have changed the destiny ordained for him. We wonder if this dream is still alive after 60 years. Martin saw the worth in every human being and spent fourteen years using peaceful persuasion to try to break down the wall of hatred that had existed for far too long. Roberta Sharper is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Coppin University, a Master’s degree from Morgan University and pursued post graduate studies from University of Maryland College Park. She was an educator for 30 years. The Zoom link and more info can be obtained at PRESIDENT@BMORETHICAL.ORG.

10] – On Mon., Jan. 17 at noon, there will be a Martin Luther King, Jr., Time of Nonviolent Action at Lockheed Martin, 230 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA (behind the King of Prussia Mall). There will be readings from Dr. King and a Martin Luther King Day litany.  Go to www.brandywinepeace.com.

11] – Molly Amster, JUFJ [info@jufj.org] wants you to get involved on Sun., Jan. 16  at 1 PM in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday at a dynamic, interactive exploration of the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Students from the Baltimore School for the Arts will deliver portions of the Letter as dramatic readings. Then Pulitzer-prize winning author and King scholar Taylor Branch, pastor Tara Huffman, and community organizer Tre’ Murphy will discuss the relevance of the Letter today - including its religious and organizing implications.  Get involved at https://jufj.org/event/mlk-22/?sourceid=1020680&utm_campaign=bmore_b&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=newsletter&emci=00a4e7f7-5a58-ec11-94f6-0050f2e65e9b&emdi=fe8f0842-5d58-ec11-94f6-0050f2e65e9b&ceid=3403859.

12] – The Black Lives Matter Interfaith Coalition [BLMInterfaithCoalition AT gmail.com] is hosting a rally on Sun., Jan. 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM ET at 200 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (near Mother Mary Lange Catholic School), Baltimore 21201. Rev. Grey Maggiano, Memorial Episcopal Church, will offer closing prayers.  Please bring warm scarves, hats, socks, etc. for the homeless on MLK Blvd. and for the Helping up Mission. Visit https://blmic.org/

13] – Join a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Action, hosted the Declaration for American Democracy Coalition on Sun., Jan. 16 from 2 to 3 PM ET. Visit https://www.mobilize.us/pfaw/event/436478/?followup_modal_context=newsletter.

14] – There is a Literature Drop for Brooke in Montgomery County on Sundays from 2 to 4 PM EST starting at Panera Bread, 8541 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring 20910. Join a canvass 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 will need to knock on doors! This will continue through Fe. 27.  Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/brookeliermanforcomptroller/event/397526/?followup_modal_context=email_post_shift_future_timeslots_other_events.

15] – Alan Minsky for Progressive Democrats of America [info@pdamerica.org] is urging you to participate on Sun., Jan. 16 at 4 PM ET for a Town Hall with candidate Jessica Cisneros and historian Harvey J Kaye. No More Manchins and Sinemas! Now is the Time to Transform the Democratic Party by Returning to the Best of its FDR Roots and Winning Primary Elections Across the Country. PDA was founded to transform the Democratic Party into a truly progressive institution, supporting the interests of the people and the planet, not the powerful elite. This past week was a tough one for Democrats. Two stalwarts of the "centrist" wing of the Party refused to support the right of every American to vote, handing the President another defeat at the hands of his own Party. There's no getting around how terrible a moment this is, and how dire the consequences. But the situation is only made worse, if we don't speak up and propose solutions, even if they upset people in high places. After all, there is a simple solution to this crisis - stop electing right-wing Democrats beholden to big money donors and start electing true Progressives.

Jessica Cisneros is running in a South Texas Congressional district against Henry Cuellar, perhaps the most corrupt and right-wing Democrat in the US House of Representatives. As terrible as Cuellar is, Jessica is great - an across-the-board progressive fully committed to the people of her district. Jessica barely lost to Cuellar in 2020, and a victory by Jessica in the first primary of the year (March 1) will reverberate across the country. The message will be unmistakable: no more Manchins, Sinemas, and Cuellars; now is the time to elect progressives like Jessica Cisneros and transform the Democratic Party into what we want, and need, it to be.

Historian Harvey J Kaye, an FDR scholar, stars in and wrote a new video by the Gravel Institute called "The Most Radical Speech in Presidential History." It's about FDR's 1944 State of the Union Speech, in which he calls for a Second Bill of Rights.  Of course, Prof. Kaye is not bringing attention to the speech as a historic curiosity, rather to suggest FDR's proposal as a cornerstone for contemporary progressive politics.  Register at
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tceuhrzsvHdymeeZRwb-i7X50FJa-HMR4.

16] – Join the Freedom to Vote Act Phonebank with Common Cause. 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 Sun., Jan. 16 from 6 to 8 PM ET, connect WV voters to Sen. Manchin to ask that he does everything possible to pass the Freedom to Vote Act including fixing the filibuster.  On Mon., Jan. 17 from 4 to 6 PM and 6 to 8 PM EST, connect AZ voters to Sen. Sinema to ask that she does everything possible to pass the Freedom to Vote Act including fixing the filibuster. On Tues., Jan. 18 from 4 to 6 PM ET, connect WV voters to Sen. Manchin to ask that he does everything possible to pass the Freedom to Vote Act including fixing the filibuster.

 Register at https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/event/376178/?followup_modal_context=newsletter.

17] – Death Penalty Action [info@deathpenaltyaction.org] wants you to know that on Sun., Jan. 16 at 6 PM ET and Mon., Jan. 17 at 9 AM ET the world will be watching on livestream events from Washington DC around MLK Day and the 45th Anniversary of the first modern-era execution in the United States. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AXFBl0oDRnihfuSBEPF46Q?link_id=1&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-save-the-date-next-sundaymonday-3&email_referrer=email_1410133&email_subject=mlkday2022-sunday-monday-action-tools for Sunday's event. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3jEzbqXuSPi90pNOLWvd8g?link_id=2&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-save-the-date-next-sundaymonday-3&email_referrer=email_1410133&email_subject=mlkday2022-sunday-monday-action-tools for Monday's event. 

18] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is Jan. 17 and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begins at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.  

19] – The Century Foundation [events@tcf.org] wants to inform you about an Abolishing Legal Slavery in New York event on Mon., Jan. 17 from noon to 1 PM ET. Join Next100 and the #FixThe13thNY campaign on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to launch a campaign to abolish forced labor and improve wages and working conditions for the incarcerated in New York State. Hear from Next100 Policy Entrepreneur Vidal Guzman, Grace Ortez, Darren Mack, Tyrrell Muhammad, Donna Hylton, and others. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abolishing-legal-slavery-in-new-york-fixthe13thny-campaign-launch-tickets-228999943997?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_cid=bbfe62cfcf&mc_eid=0f57b5a0fa.

20] – The Indivisible Team has partnered with the Declaration for American Democracy Coalition to hold a weekend of action to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Indivisibles across the country are attending events now through Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to show their elected officials that they demand voting rights, and they demand them now.  On Mon., Jan. 17 from 3 to 4:30 PM EST, gather at the Wicomico County Government Plaza, 125 N. Division St., Salisbury 21801. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/?utm_source=Indivisible.

To be continued.

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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 14 - 15, 2022

61] Cut the Pentagon – Jan. 14

62] Ploughshares Fund seeking proposals – Jan. 14

63] Get organized for Moral March – Jan. 14

64] White House peace vigil – Jan. 14

65] Vigil for the Freedom to Vote Act – Jan. 14

66] Call for Freedom to Vote – Jan. 14 & 15

67] Group letter to Congress – Jan. 14

68] Peace and Justice Vigil – Jan. 14

69] Phone bank for Build Back Better – Jan. 14

70] Knock on doors for Brooke – Jan. 15

71] Knock on doors for Brooke – Jan. 15

72] Get over to the food pantry Jan. 15

73] Support Amazon workers Jan. 15

74] MLK Day of Action – Jan. 15

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

76] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

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

78] Do you need a doctor?

79] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

80] Do you need any book shelves?

81] Join the Global Zero campaign.

82] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

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61] – CODEPINK believes that political education is an important part of getting D.C. locals involved in the Cut the Pentagon campaign. Go to www.cutthepentagon.org. RSVP at https://www.codepink.org/11322?utm_campaign=_local_dc_alert_jan_10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=codepink and receive flyers to post around your neighborhood! The CODEPINK leafletting will happen on Fri., Jan. 14 from 8 AM to 5 PM ET.  But of course, you can use the leaflets at any time. CONTACT Olivia DiNucci · olivia@codepink.org.

62] – Ploughshares Fund [ploughshares@ploughshares.org] wants you to participate on Fri., Jan. 14 at 9 AM ET in New Year, New Chance to Learn About the Equity Rises Request for Proposals! You know about our $1 million Request for Proposals (RFP), but have you heard we're holding webinars for anyone who wants to learn more about applying for grants and working with foundations, including a Q&A about Ploughshares Fund and its Equity Rises RFP? Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wiSzuiVKQNqvDtQmvMdpBg and remember submissions are due by February 15!

63] – Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis [info@poorpeoplescampaign.org] are asking for your help on  Fri., Jan. 14 at 10 AM ET for a National Launch of this season of nonviolent moral direct action culminating in the Mass Poor People's and Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls – June 18, 2022. Keep the calls coming to Congress.  There will be streaming online at poorpeoplescampaign.org/livestream.

64] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Jan. 14 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or artlaffin@hotmail.com.

65] –  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 https://www.facebook.com/Our-Revolution-Howard-1907025362884865/events/?ref=page_internal.

66] – Join the Freedom to Vote Act Phonebank with Common Cause. 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., Jan. 14 from 4 to 6 PM ET, connect WV voters to Sen. Manchin to ask that he does everything possible to pass the Freedom to Vote Act including fixing the filibuster.  On Sat., Jan. 15 from noon to 2 PM ET, 1 to 3 PM ET and 6 to 8 PM ET, connect AZ voters to Sen. Sinema to ask that she does everything possible to pass the Freedom to Vote Act including fixing the filibuster.  Register at https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/event/376178/.

67] – Get involved with this Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Action: 'We, the People' will send a Group Letter to Congress, hosted by the Declaration for American Democracy Coalition.  On Fri., Jan. 14 from 5 to 9 PM ET, meet at the Murphy's Grand Irish Pub, 713 King St., Alexandria, VA to write & sign a citizens' letter to Congress on behalf of the 7th Generation - those born 7 generations in the future - that will be faxed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 17. Visit at https://www.mobilize.us/pfaw/event/436691/?followup_modal_context=newsletter.

68] -- 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 Jan. 14. Black Lives Matter. Stop the Killing. Physical distancing applies. Wear your face mask. Email homewoodfriends@gmail.com 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/311508100243529/?event_time_id=311508113576861.3&akid=18263%2E3302379%2Ez6bJVQ.

69] – From 6 to 7:30 PM ET on Fri., Jan. 14 phone bank for Build Back Better! Take action by phone with Sunrise Movement (national)! Learn more here and sign up today to phonebank to push the Senate to pass Build Back Better. You’ll receive all the info and training you need when you join the call. 

70] --On Sat., Jan. 15 from 10 AM to noon ET, knock on doors for Brooke Lierman for Comptroller in Baltimore County starting at 3820 Fernside Road, Randallstown 21133.  This will continue until Feb. 26.  Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/397538/. 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!

71] – Knock on Doors for Brooke Lierman in Prince George's County on Sat., Jan. 15 and continuing through Jan. 29 from 10 AM to noon.  Meet at Dunkin' Donuts, 4705 Crain Hwy., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.  Register at https://www.mobilize.us/brookeliermanforcomptroller/event/433175/.

72] – On Sat., Jan. 15 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 https://www.facebook.com/firstfranklinbaltimore.

73] – Support Amazon Workers [info@supportamazonworkers.org] on Sat., Jan. 15 at noon for a rally and picket line at Whole Foods, 929 South St., Philadelphia.    Contact Philly Workers Solidarity Network at philly@workersolidarity.net.

74] –There is a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Action - Call-a-thon on Sat., Jan. 15 from 5 to 7 PM ET.  This is a Virtual Community Event organized by volunteers with the Declaration for American Democracy Coalition. Dr. King’s family: Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King, and Yolanda Renee King–along with faith leaders, civil rights leaders, and voting rights advocates across the country– have called for a focus on demanding voting rights legislation and access to the ballot box this year.  On Monday, January 17, the Senate will vote on passing the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. We're calling them to tell "Don't let outdated Senate loopholes get in the way."  Send a message to our leaders: no celebration without legislation. Join in for a weekend of action voting rights, in order to honor Dr. King with action. Register at https://www.mobilize.us/democracyvigils/event/436228/?followup_modal_context=email_shift_followup_other_events.

75] – 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.

76] -- 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 -- https://www.icanw.org/the_treaty.

  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 president@jhu.edu.

77] – 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 mozela9@comcast.net. 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.  

78] Yousef Zarbalian [mailto:yzarbali@gmail.com] started his own medical practice in December before the pandemic hit. It is called East-West Medicine and Rheumatology, and its website is EastWestMD.com.  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.  

79] -- 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 comcast.net.

80] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

81] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.

82] – 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 http://prop1.org; 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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

“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

 

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the World's Future

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The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the World's Future

Lawrence Wittner

January 11, 2022

Common Dreams

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Late January of this year will mark the first anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  This momentous international agreement, the result of a lengthy struggle by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and by many non-nuclear nations, bans developing, testing, producing, acquiring, possessing, stockpiling, and threatening to use nuclear weapons.  Adopted by an overwhelming vote of the official representatives of the world's nations at a UN conference in July 2017, the treaty was subsequently signed by 86 nations.  It received the required 50 national ratifications by late October 2020, and, on January 22, 2021, became international law.

Right from the start, the world's nine nuclear powers—the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea—expressed their opposition to such a treaty.  They pressed other nations to boycott the crucial 2017 UN conference and refused to attend it when it occurred.  Indeed, three of them (the United States, Britain, and France) issued a statement declaring that they would never ratify the treaty.  Not surprisingly, then, none of the nuclear powers has signed the agreement or indicated any sympathy for it.

Even so, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has acquired considerable momentum over the past year.  During that time, an additional nine nations ratified it, thus becoming parties to the treaty.  And dozens more, having signed it, are expected to ratify it in the near future.  Furthermore, the governments of two NATO nations, Norway and Germany, have broken free from the U.S. government's oppositional stance to the treaty and agreed to attend the first meeting of the countries that are parties to it. 

In nations where public opinion on the treaty has been examined, the international agreement enjoys considerable support.  YouGov opinion polls in five NATO countries in Europe show overwhelming backing and very little opposition, with the same true in Iceland, another NATO participant.  Polling has also revealed large majorities in favor of the treaty in Japan, Canada, and Australia.

In the United States, where most of the mainstream communications media have not deigned to mention the treaty, it remains a well-kept secret.  Even so, although a 2019 YouGov poll about it drew a large "Don't Know" response, treaty support still outweighed opposition by 49 to 32 percent.  Moreover, when the U.S. Conference of  Mayors, representing 1,400 U.S. cities, met in August 2021, the gathering unanimously approved a resolution praising the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Meanwhile, a variety of institutions, recognizing that nuclear weapons are now illegal under international law, have begun to change their investment policies.  In September 2021, Lansforsakringar, a Swedish insurance company with assets of over $46 billion, cited the treaty as a major reason to avoid investing in companies producing nuclear weapons.  In December, the New York City Council adopted a resolution telling the city comptroller to remove investments from the city's $250 billion pension fund from companies producing or maintaining these weapons of mass destruction.  According to ICAN, 127 financial institutions stopped investing in nuclear weapons companies during 2021.

Despite this impressive display of respect for the landmark agreement, the nine nuclear powers have not only continued to oppose it, but have accelerated their nuclear arms race.  Having cast off the constraints of most nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements of the past, they are all busy either developing or deploying new nuclear weapons systems or have announced their intention to do so.  

In this process of nuclear "modernization," as it is politely termed, they are building newly-designed nuclear weapons of increasing accuracy and efficiency.  These include hypersonic missiles, which travel at five times the speed of sound and are better able than their predecessors to evade missile defenses.  Reportedly, hypersonic missiles have already been developed by Russia and China.  The United States is currently scrambling to build them, as well, with the usual corporate weapons contractors eager to oblige.

When it comes to "modernization" of its entire nuclear weapons complex, the U.S. government probably has the lead.  During the Obama administration, it embarked on a massive project designed to refurbish U.S. nuclear production facilities, enhance existing nuclear weapons, and build new ones.  This enormous nuclear venture accelerated during the Trump administration and continues today, with a total cost estimated to ultimately top $1.5 trillion. 

Although there remain some gestures toward nuclear arms control—such as the agreement between U.S. president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin to extend the New Start Treaty—the nuclear powers are now giving a much higher priority to the nuclear arms race.

The current build-up of their nuclear arsenals is particularly dangerous at this time of rising conflict among them.  The U.S. and Russian governments almost certainly don't want a nuclear war over Ukraine, but they could easily slip into one.  The same is true in the case of the heightening confrontation between the Chinese and U.S. governments over Taiwan and the islands in the South China Sea.  And what will happen when nuclear-armed India and nuclear-armed Pakistan fight yet another war, or when nuclear-armed national leaders like Kim Jong-un and a possibly re-elected Donald Trump start trading insults again about their countries' nuclear might?

At present, this standoff between the nuclear nations, enamored with winning their global power struggles, and the non-nuclear nations, aghast at the terrible danger of nuclear war, seems likely to persist, resulting in the continuation of the world's long nuclear nightmare.  

In this context, the most promising course of action for people interested in human survival might well lie in a popular mobilization to compel the nuclear nations to accept the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and, more broadly, to accept a restrained role in a cooperatively-governed world.


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Dr. Lawrence S. Wittner  is Professor of History Emeritus at SUNY/Albany and the author of "Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement" (2009).


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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 13 - 18, 2022

48] Winter clothing drive – starting Jan. 13   

49] The Two-State Solution is Dead - Now What? – Jan. 13

50] MoCo Community Building & Education Team Meeting – Jan. 13

51] Hunger strikers at the Capitol – Jan. 13

52] End Prison Slavery – Jan. 13

53] Contact Joe Manchin – Jan. 13

54] Phone bank for the Freedom to Vote – Jan. 13 - 15

55] Support progressive candidates -- Jan. 13 & 20

56] Phone bank for Brooke – Jan. 13

57] Korean Peninsula Issues, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the U.S. National Security – Jan. 13

58] D.C. Politics Crash Course 101 – Jan. 13

59] Support the nurses – Jan. 13

60] Deliver certificates of appreciation to 59 embassies in D.C. – Jan. 18

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48] – Olivia, CODEPINK [info@codepink.org] wants you to know that on Thurs., Jan. 13, there will be a Local Peace Economy Winter Wear Drive. RSVP at https://www.codepink.org/11422?utm_campaign=_local_dc_alert_jan_10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=codepink. The peace group is gathering coats, boots, gloves, scarves, hats, winter clothing, etc. for its DC neighbors who face the cold winter months in need of warm clothing. All items gathered will go to local DC Palm Collective mutual aid winter clothing drive. This will be an ongoing clothing drive through the winter. Email olivia@codepink.org for pick up/drop off details.

49] – Friends of Sabeel North America [friends@fosna.org]needs you to join in on Thurs., Jan. 13 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM ET for The Two-State Solution is Dead - Now What? It features Noura Erekat, author of Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine, Jeff Halper, author of Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine: Zionism, Settler Colonialism, and the Case for One Democratic State, and Jonathan Kuttab, author of Beyond the Two-State Solution (hosted by Nonviolence International).  Sign https://www.nonviolenceinternational.net/webinar_registration_two_state_solution_is_dead?utm_campaign=dead&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nonviolenceinternational&fbclid=IwAR1WNdJovRv2EVgRuqla2gnTBwuwp32tDcYdJ9VbnzQXiqFUnhsf4d7upnU.

50] –   There is a Montgomery County Community Building & Education Team Meeting held by Jews United for Justice on Thurs., Jan. 13 from 12:30 to 2 PM.  Brainstorm new ways to get the Montgomery County community involved in JUFJ. Go to https://jufj.org/events/.

51] –   Gather outside the Senate side of the Capitol at 2 PM on Thurs., Jan. 13 to cheer on the dedicated young people and ministers who are resuming a Hunger Strike for Democracy. The Arizona hunger strikers will be reconvening outside the Capitol to restart the hunger strike that was suspended after 15 days in December. They will be joined by many of the 25 courageous faith leaders who began their own Hunger Strike for Democracy last week. There will be a press conference to ensure that folks are in position and visible for President Biden's visit to The Capitol!

52] – End Prison Slavery, Color of Change [info@colorofchange.org] is inviting you on Thurs., Jan. 13 from 6 to 8 PM ET to a Teach-In with 13th Forward.  RSVP at bit.ly/rsvp11322.J13th Forward is a coalition of national and New York-based organizations working to end forced labor in NY prisons. Color of Change is a part of this coalition — and it needs help from people like you to end the exploitation of Black and Brown New Yorkers. Visit https://act.colorofchange.org/survey/RSVP-13th-forward-end-forced-labor/?source=mailer52751&t=2&akid=52751%2E3370182%2EhpirLK.

53] – Public Citizen [action@citizen.org]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., Jan. 13 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 https://www.mobilize.us/wv-wfp/event/409469/?utm=PC&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=7e28d2d4-20e9-421d-89cf-64ddccd03d72.

54] – Join the Freedom to Vote Act Phonebank with Common Cause. 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 Thurs., Jan. 13 from 6 to 8 PM EST, connect DE voters to Sen. Coons to ask that he does everything possible to pass the Freedom to Vote Act including fixing the filibuster. On Fri., Jan. 14 from 4 to 6 PM ET, connect WV voters to Sen. Manchin to ask that he does everything possible to pass the Freedom to Vote Act including fixing the filibuster.  On Sat., Jan. 15 from noon to 2 PM ET, 1 to 3 PM ET and 6 to 8 PM ET, connect AZ voters to Sen. Sinema to ask that she does everything possible to pass the Freedom to Vote Act including fixing the filibuster.  Register at https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/event/376178/.

55] – Come on out on Thurs., Jan. 13 from 6 to 8 PM and call voters in Prince George’s County’s 6th District to support endorsed candidate Wala Blegay. Help us build momentum for Wala’s campaign for the Prince George’s County Council! You will receive training, support, and a fun experience. On Jan. 20 from 6 to 8 PM call for Ruben Amaya for Delegate District 10. Use this time to call and text for incredible candidates in order to elect as many progressives into office as possible!! Make sure you join the Throwdown Thursday Team now to start making a difference – phone banking and text banking! Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/progressivemarylandneweraproject/event/416692/?emci=c5f103b3-6072-ec11-94f6-c896650d923c&emdi=ea000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001&ceid=.

56] – Madison [madison@brookelierman.com] is alerting you to an opportunity on Thurs., Jan. 13 from 6 to 7 PM ET for a New Year's Phone Banking Power Hour! Gather on zoom and help make over 2,000 calls for Brooke Lierman, the candidate for comptroller. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/brookeliermanforcomptroller/event/397560/.

57] – On Thurs., Jan. 13 at 7:30 PM, the Institute for Corean-American Studies is hosting Korean Peninsula Issues, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the U.S. National Security. The Hon. Curtis "Mike" Scaparrotti, former U.S. Forces Korea Commander will tackle these issues. Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/icas-winter-symposium-libertas-tickets-229204987287.

58] – Molly Amster [info@jufj.org] wants you to know about the D.C. Politics Crash Course 101 taking place on Thurs., Jan. 13 from 8 to 9:30 PM ET. Join in for a fast and furious session on the basics of politics in D.C., from who the DC councilmembers are to how a bill becomes a law and how the DC budget works. Join with Jews United for Justice by sending an RSVP at https://jufj.org/event/dc-politics-crash-course-2022/?sourceid=1020679&utm_campaign=specialsessionwrapup_b&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=standalone&emci=50f65583-4f5c-ec11-94f6-0050f2e65e9b&emdi=acfc3154-de5c-ec11-94f6-0050f2e65e9b&ceid=3403859.

59] – National Nurses United [covid@medicare4all.org] is calling for a national day of action on Thurs., Jan. 13 at 8 PM ET. Do not stand by while the CDC puts nurses and patients at risk.  Join this virtual solidarity event at https://act.medicare4all.org/signup/protect-nurses-and-other-health-care-workers-during-covid-19/?source=em20220107-132133&t=2&akid=132133%2E162593%2EY7jJwO.

60] – Prevent Nuclear War – Maryland needs your help in hand delivering certificates of appreciation to 59 embassies in D.C. whose governments have ratified the U.S. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  Contact Richard J. Ochs at RJOCHS@COMCAST.NET or 443-846-6638.  The delivery will take place on Tues., Jan. 18 starting at 10 AM. Meet at Robert Emmet Park, Embassy Row, 2400 MASSACHUSETTS AVE. NW, WASHINGTON DC.

To be continued.

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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs