Baltimore Activist Alert – April 29 – May 2, 2022
"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] Max is looking for tips on a garage or a storage suggestion.
5] House cleaner needed
6] A friend needs a house or an apartment to rent
7] NUCLEAR DANGERS IN UKRAINE – April 29
8] “Mental Illness, Stigma and Positive Change” – May 1
9] Arts Build – May 1
10] Door Knocking for Brooke – May 1
11] Make Calls with the DNC National Call Crew – May 1 - 7
12] May Day Baltimore – May 1
13] Knock on doors in District 11 A – May 1
14] Militarism and Ecological Devastation – May 1
15] Progressive Town Hall – May 1
16] Voter Protection phone banks – May 1 - 2
17] Training opportunity – May 1
18] Protest at the Pentagon – May 2
19] Unmute Yourself: Peace Now on the Korean Peninsula -- May 2
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] – 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.
5] – 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.
6] – 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. Reach Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski 2001 at Comcast dot net.
7] – On Fri., April 29 at 3 PM ET, NOAM CHOMSKY AND DANIEL ELLSBERG will be IN DISCUSSION ON THE NUCLEAR DANGERS IN UKRAINE. Register https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctce-uqzotG9YgpMQ5i0XjxO3Ggf653yUp.
8] – 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., May 1, the platform is “Mental Illness, Stigma and Positive Change.” Mental illness affects 1 in 5 individuals and families directly – and many more through their jobs, in their neighborhood, their workplace, their taxes, and their faith and other communities. How does stigma fit in? What programs are available to help? What can individuals do and how can society and policymakers affect positive change? Kathryn (Kate) Farinholt is the Executive Director of NAMI Maryland (National Alliance on Mental Illness). More than 30 years ago, NAMI members helped Kate’s parents advocate for her sister with schizophrenia. In 1997 Kate was recruited to be a local and state NAMI board member and soon became the local affiliate’s first Executive Director. Under Kate’s direction, her affiliate was chosen in 2004 as the “Outstanding Local NAMI Affiliate” from over 1500 local affiliates for its integration of consumers of mental health services at all levels, its advocacy and education on criminal justice and other issues, its focus on diversity and its regional impact. Kate became the Executive Director of the NAMI state organization, NAMI Maryland, in 2011. Kate works on policy issues relating to: children and youth, homelessness, diversity, acute care, health disparities, integration of primary and mental health care, substance use and mental illness, and criminal justice. Email President@BEMOREthical.org for ZOOM login information.
9] – The Maryland Poor People's Campaign (MD PPC) [email@example.com] hopes on Sun., May 1 at 11:30 AM you will join in for Arts in Action. Celebrate the power of the arts to inspire a movement! Share food, music, art & fellowship. There will be a potluck lunch followed by a music jam & art build. Create art for PPC events. Masking is strongly encouraged. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Register at https://actionnetwork.org/events/art-in-action?link_id=7&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-md-ppc-weekly-update-69&email_referrer=email_1488617&email_subject=md-ppc-weekly-update. The Arts Build will take place at ST. PAUL'S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 17 Bond Street, Westminster 21048.
10] –Do Door Knocking for Brooke in Your Neighborhood from 2 to 4 PM ET on Sun., May 1, Mon., May 2 and Tues., May 3. This event’s address is private. Sign up for more details. Canvass in your community and share Brooke's vision to transform the Comptroller's office to work for every Marylander. YOU CAN DO THIS ON YOUR OWN TIME, SELECTING A DATE IS REQUIRED TO USE THIS FORM. YOU CAN KNOCK WHENEVER WORKS FOR YOU. Once you sign up the team will follow up with everything you need to knock on doors including materials, a t-shirt, stickers, and a quick training. This will continue through June 19. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/brookeliermanforcomptroller/event/449990/?followup_modal_context=newsletter.
11] – Make Calls virtually with the DNC National Call Crew – on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Call voters in battleground states to build strength for the 2022 Midterms. Please email email@example.com. Sign up for calls on Sun., May 1, Mon., May 2, Tues., May 3, Wed., May 4, Thurs., May 5, Fri., May 6 and Sat., May 7. The times are 2 to 3 PM, 3 to 4 PM, 4 to 5 PM, 5 to 6 PM, 6 to 7 PM, and 7 to 8 PM EDT. On Sun., May 1 and Sat., May 7, the times are 2 to 3 PM, 3 to 4 PM, 4 to 5 PM, 5 to 6 PM. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/388091/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_most_popular_virtual.
12] – May Day Baltimore 2022 is happening on Sun., May 1 from 3 to 5 PM. Power to the Workers. Peace to the World. Honor Immigrant Workers. Meet at the McKeldin Square, Light and Pratt Streets. It is sponsored by the Baltimore Club, CPUSA [firstname.lastname@example.org] and the Peoples Power Assembly.
13] – Join a Day of Action on Sun., May 1 from 3 to 5 PM ET- Knock on doors in District 11 A with Team Lierman, Sen. Shelly Hettleman and Candidate Cheryl Pasteur starting at 4414 Summer Grape Road, Pikesville 21208. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/brookeliermanforcomptroller/event/456020/?followup_modal_context=newsletter. Canvass the voters in District 11A, and help build support for these outstanding candidates! You will receive all the training and materials you need to be successful upon arrival.
14] – Massachusetts Peace Action [email@example.com] hopes you will participate on Sun., May 1 at 4 PM ET with the Poor People’s Campaign: Militarism and Ecological Devastation. Hear from the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis of the Poor People's Campaign. The June 18 National March & Assembly will address the major issues facing the nation's 140 million low wealth people. It is the largest movement in the nation that explicitly rejects militarism and calls for reordering the war economy. Given the current intensification of military spending, this is the time to join forces! Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtfuCvrDsoEtaR_UhGbZiWcnRDYfLNA9Ab.
15] –Mike Fox for Progressive Democrats of America [firstname.lastname@example.org] wants you to attend the Town Hall on Sun., May 1 at 4 PM ET. Meet Progressive Rock Star and Congressional Candidate Amy Vilela. RSVP at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tceuhrzsvHdymeeZRwb-i7X50FJa-HMR4. Vilela is a passionate progressive, especially when it comes to healthcare. Her daughter tragically died at the hands of our nation’s profit-driven healthcare system after she was denied care because she couldn’t provide adequate proof of insurance to the local emergency room.
This tragedy—along with her working class, single-mom upbringing, as well as her own experiences as a working single mother—have honed her progressive vision focused the importance of the social safety net, and how we must all take care of each other. She worked her way through college while raising a family, and became a Chief Financial Officer in the business and not-for-profit worlds. Her resume and passionate progressive vision make her a great candidate for Congress in NV-01.
16] – Get involved with Voter Protection phone banks with Common Cause on Sundays through Saturdays. Work together to demand bold changes to our democracy to create a government that represents all of us, not big corporations or special interests. Call voters in Connecticut to connect them to Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney’s office to urge him to pass state voting legislation. Also call voters in Pennsylvania to recruit them for election protection work in their state. These phone banks are subject to change. On Sun., May 1 from 6 to 8 PM ET and Mon., May 2 from 4 to 6 PM ET, call voters in Connecticut to connect them to Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney’s office to urge him to pass state voting legislation. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/event/376178/?followup_modal_context=newsletter.
17] – There is a Training Opportunity (via MoveOn) [email@example.com] on Sun., May 1 at 8 PM ET. Are you ready to make an impact in 2022? Register to join the Progressive Power Training Series to learn how you can influence the 2022 elections --https://campaigns.moveon.org/progressivepowertrainingseries/register/?akid=321519.37684438.OtgeAl&rd=1&source=mailing&t=14. Additional dates are May 15 and June 5.
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 May 2 and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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. The restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.
19] – The Ploughshares Fund [email@example.com] hopes you will join Unmute Yourself: Peace Now on the Korean Peninsula on Mon., April 27 at 3 PM ET. Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_g4kl3eSDTgSJ4yDhxzhDHw. Focus on the 2022 documentary film Crossings that is making the rounds in the film festival circuit. The event will be moderated by Ploughshares Fund President Dr. Emma Belcher and will feature Christine Ahn, Abigail Disney, and Deann Borshay Liem — all pioneers in a group of 30 women from 15 countries who crossed the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from North to South Korea with 10,000 Korean women in 2015, as depicted in Crossings.
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