Saturday, August 20, 2022

Baltimore Activist Alert -- August 21 - 27, 2022

Baltimore Activist Alert – August 21 – 27, 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

  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]

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] Donate for medical care for US drone victim

6] Support the Pratt Workers United

7] Get a copy of HOSPITALITY, the Open Door newsletter

8] A cat needs a home

9] Students need help

10] Support union workers at Starbucks – Aug. 21

11] Knock on doors for Brooke – Aug. 21- 27

12] “Colloquy on Addiction” – Aug. 21 

13] Interfaith Black Lives Matter rally – Aug. 21

14] Make calls with the DNC -- Aug. 21 - 23

15] Get out the Vote Phone Banking for Beto – Aug. 21, 23, 26 & 27

16] PDA Town Hall -- Aug. 21

17] Voter Protection Phone Bank – Aug. 21, 23, 26 

18] Metro DC DSA Meeting – Aug. 21

19] Protest at the Pentagon – Aug. 22

20] All in PA Statewide Virtual Phone Bank – Aug. 22, 24, 25 & 27

21] Election Protection webinar – Aug. 22

22] Voting Rights & Democracy -- Aug. 22 

23] Brooke will be in Garrett County – Aug. 22

24] Phone bank for Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock Aug. 22

25] Train to Get out the Vote Phone Banking for the DNC – Aug. 22. 24 & 27

26] Register voters -- Aug. 23

27] We Are All Organizers – Aug. 23

28] Russia out of Ukraine protest – Aug. 23

29] Swing Left Baltimore – Aug. 23

30] Letter to the Editor party – Aug. 23


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  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

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] – Here is the Go Fund Me link through which you can help Adel Al Manthari get the medical attention that he desperately needs: Please contribute as soon as possible because he will not be able to get treatment until $10,000 is raised. is raising funds to help him. WESPAC Foundation is the fiscal agent for In March 2018 Adel Al Manthari was grievously injured in a U.S. drone attack in Yemen that killed four of his cousins. The five men were driving to the village of al-Aqla to witness a land transfer. They never made it. Tens of thousands have been killed and maimed by U.S. drone attacks.  Adel survived, but now his health is in jeopardy because he can’t afford the medical care he needs.

6] – The workers at the Enoch Pratt Free Library have started a drive to organize a union calling themselves Pratt Workers United.  Go to There is a letter of support for community members to sign at

"Pratt Library workers are forming a union, Pratt Workers United. We are seeking pay equity for all, safer working conditions, benefits for part-time workers, and a voice in decisions that affect our work.”

7] – Consider getting HOSPITALITY, the newsletter of OPEN DOOR: A prophetic discipleship community honoring the Black Jesus, Dorothy Day and Martin Luther King, Jr.  You can call 404-290-2047 or

8] – On Sat., Aug. 20, 2022 at 10 AM, Carole Sargent <> wrote this:  A lady in our D.C. neighborhood died, and I accompanied her while she was dying over many months. She passed away last week. She has a beautiful cat, 14 years old. The cat is a Siamese mix called a lynx point. I love the cat, but I have two, and my female would not accept her I'm sure. My female had trouble with another female earlier. She is up to date on all of her veterinary care, and I would love to find a great home for her.

9] – The students at Calvin Rodwell Elementary/Middle School need our help!  Food and gas prices are higher than normal right now and many families are going to have a tough time buying uniforms and school supplies this Fall.  You can bring school supplies or uniforms (see list below) to our August rally.  You can also send checks to Child First Authority, Inc., 3904 Hickory Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211.  PLEASE WRITE CALVIN RODWELL ELEM/MS IN THE MEMO LINE ON YOUR CHECK. For more information about the Child First Authority click HERE.

10] – Metro DC DSA [] is urging you to join workers on the front line in a struggle against Starbucks management in Montgomery County, Maryland. The unionized Starbucks workers in Montgomery County are ON STRIKE. They will be picketing from 7 AM to noon on Sun., Aug. 21 and DSA members will be there to support them. The store is located at 16806 Georgia Ave., Olney 20832. RSVP at

11] – Do some Door Knocking for Brooke in Your Neighborhood, hosted by Brooke Lierman for Comptroller.  Sign up for Sun., Aug. 21, Mon., Aug. 22, Tues, Aug. 23, Wed., Aug 24, Thurs., Aug. 25, Fri., Aug. 26, and Sat., Aug 27.  The door knocking takes place from 10 AM to 8 PM ET. 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. Once you sign up, the team will follow up with everything you will need to knock doors including materials, a t-shirt, stickers, and a quick training. Register at

12] – 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., Aug. 21, the platform is “Colloquy on Addiction.” Colloquy was created more than 25 years ago by Arthur Dobrin (now Leader Emeritus of the Ethical Society of Long Island). Colloquy inspires participants to raise awareness of their own views, emotions and values. Guided by a facilitator, participants sit in a circle (or zoom square), listen to a topic read by the leader, and take turns sharing responses – speaking from personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. This platform will focus on the topic of Addiction – how it has affected nearly everyone in some way. Each person can share for 3 minutes or pass. We suggest members write down 3 things and discuss from their personal experience. It can be serious, funny, about society, or family. It’s a current topic of our times, and times long ago. And it’s a humanist topic that isn’t shameful or blameworthy. A safe place to share, with recording optional. Email for ZOOM login information.

13] – On Sun., Aug. 21, join an Interfaith Black Lives Matter rally from 1:30 to 2:30 PM ET in front of the entrance to the Columbia Mall, intersection of Gov. Warfield Parkway and Windstream. "White Power"/racist fliers have been distributed in Columbia and surrounding counties.  It's more important than ever to stand with our Black brothers and sisters and say NO to hate!  Email <>.

14] – Make Calls virtually with the DNC National Call Crew to voters in battleground states to build strength for the 2022 Midterms. Please email Sign up for up to four shifts on Sun., Aug. 21 from 2 to 6 PM ET, eight shifts on Mon., Aug. 22 from 2 to 10 PM ET, and six shifts on Tues., Aug. 23 from 2 to 8 PM ET. For a training, sign up at Sign up at

15] – Beto for Texas [] needs your help phone banking to help elect a new governor in Texas.  Sign up for a shift on Sun., Aug. 21 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM, Tues., Aug. 23 from 7 to 9:30 PM, Fri., Aug. 26 from 6 to 7:30 PM and Sat., Aug. 27 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM ET. Help make direct, personal contact with as many Texans as we can. You can join in from anywhere. Sign up at

16] – Alan Minsky for Progressive Democrats of America [] hopes you will participate on Sun., Aug. 21 at 4 PM ET in the Progressive Town Hall: Ending the Primary Season on a High Note.  The featured guest is PDA-endorsed candidate Maxwell Alejandro Frost, two days before his primary election in Central Florida. With all that's going on in the country and the world, it's been easy to lose track of how progressive candidates have fared, on balance, in their primary match-ups against moderate, pro-corporate Democrats over the past six months. This Sunday we're going to review the results so far—and while we certainly lost some races we really wanted to win, the overall picture is very promising for progressives. We overcame incredible, unprecedented disadvantages—and still we won more races than any time in the past half-century.  RSVP at

17] – Join the Voter Protection phone banks with Common Cause to 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 New Hampshire to connect them with Gov. Sununu and encourage him to veto SB 418 and voters in Michigan to recruit them for events happening around their state. These phone banks are subject to change based on variables outside of our control (i.e. a Senator's mailbox is full).

  On Sundays, call voters in Michigan to recruit them for events happening around their state. On Tuesdays (in partnership with Newburyport Indivisible-RISE), call New Hampshire voters to connect them with Gov. Sununu and encourage him to veto SB 418.  On Fridays, there will be the Our Democracy phone bank. These shifts also always will include training for first-timers before you make calls! On Sun., Aug. 21 from 6 to 8 PM, Tues., Aug. 23 from 4 to 6 PM ET and Fri., Aug. 26 from 4 to 6 PM ET. Sign up at

18] – The Metro DC DSA General Body Meeting will take place on Sun., Aug. 21 from 7 to 9 PM ET.  RSVP at Besides the regularly scheduled reports, you will also get a look at YDSA and the amazing work these groups have been doing, including a report back from the YDSA conference. There is an upcoming DSA regional retreat. Finally, shine a spotlight on electoral wins and the work to come on that front. Email info [at] mdcdsa [dot] org. This event is open to both DSA Members and supporters.

19] – 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 Aug. 22 and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email 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.  

20] – Join a Pennsylvania Statewide Virtual Phone Bank, hosted by All in PA 2022.  On Mon., Aug. 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Wed., Aug. 24 and Thurs., Aug. 25 from 5 to 7 PM and Sat., Aug. 27 from 11 AM to 1 PM ET, join the phone bank. Sign up at Talk with voters about electing Pennsylvania Democrats up and down the ballot!  You'll need a computer, reliable internet service and a browser program, such as Firefox or Chrome. This will continue through September 1.

21] – The Emergency Election Protection Coalition is happening at 4:30 PM ET on Mon., Aug. 22. Please submit any questions to: Sign up at Progressive Democrats of America are part of the coalition.

22] – EDF Action [] wants you to attend a briefing: Voting Rights & Democracy in 2022 on Mon., Aug. 22 at 6:30 PM ET. RSVP at Make sure that your community knows how to navigate through every effort to restrict your voice at the polls. Because to protect climate progress, we need everyone to do their part. That’s why a group of voting rights experts will discuss a wide variety of topics, including: voter ID laws, civic engagement and state voter suppression efforts.

23] – There is a Garrett County Meet and Greet with Brooke Lierman on Mon., Aug. 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM ET at the Vagabond Taproom, 215 E. Alder St., Oakland, MD 21550. Join to meet and hear from Brooke Lierman, a current State Delegate and candidate for Maryland Comptroller!  Brooke will discuss the importance of the role of Comptroller and her vision for the office, answer your questions, and listen to your ideas. This is a great opportunity to learn about this important statewide race! RSVP at

24] – Register for a phone bank for Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock on Mon., Aug. 22 at 7 PM ET. Make sure that the Give No Ground candidates have the support they need to deliver a trifecta in November. Join the Indivisible team for a special national phone bank!  Sign up at

25] – Learn how to make calls to voters in battleground states on your schedule with the DNC National Call-Crew! The DNC National Call-Crew brings volunteer power to battleground states where it's needed most for the Midterms! In this Zoom-based training, you will learn how to make calls and get your questions answered through an amazing online community. After training, during calling hours, you'll be able to schedule shifts on the hour or stop by to call when it's most convenient for you. The first half of the session, you will be set up to call, and the second half you'll be making calls to voters in battleground states. The next trainings are on Mon., Aug. 22 from 7 to 8 PM, Wed., Aug. 24 from 7 to 8 PM and Sat., Aug. 27 from 4 to 5 PM EDT.  Sign up at

26] – Get over to the University of Pennsylvania for Welcome Week Voter Registration, hosted by All In PA 2022 on Tues., Aug. 23 from noon to 2 PM and 2 to 4 PM ET. Volunteer to register voters on Penn's campus with the PA Dems to get new students registered to vote! Meet at the corner of 36th St and Locust Walk, Philadelphia for training. Visit

27] – On Tues., Aug. 23 from 2 to 3:30 PM and 7:30 to 9 PM ET,  the Democratic National Committee has put together We Are All Organizers: Community Organizing Training. RSVP at  Learn how to organize in your community.  Community organizing focuses on the most important tools at our disposal: our relationships and our ability to talk with one another about things that matter. Go over the best ways to make a difference, and how to be a leader and organize in your community. You will receive a link to join on Zoom closer to the day-of.

28] – Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center on Tues., Aug. 23 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM ET for joining the CODEPINK call for support demonstrations for the people of Ukraine.  Gather at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. The invasion of Ukraine has the potential to become a war extending throughout Europe.  Putin has destroyed Aleppo and Grozny and has threatened the use of nuclear weapons.  Russian soldiers were sent into the area around the contaminated and still radioactive Chernobyl nuclear plant. Now they stationed in the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.   People who believe in peace and justice should come forward and take the risks of peace. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.

29] – Swing Left Baltimore Meet Up is a Community Event on Tues., Aug. 23 from 6 to 8 PM EDT at the R House, 301 W. 29th St., Baltimore 21211. Gather forces to help Democrats win in key races in Pennsylvania. Come to the R House for a drink and conversation about what we are up against in PA and how you can help win the midterms for the Dems. Learn the basics of letter writing, text banking, phone banking, canvassing, and more. Sign up at

30] – Join a Letter to the Editor Party, hosted by Common Cause. Write letters to local media outlets about issues facing our country, from voting rights to ending mass incarceration. Sign up at for Tues., Aug. 23 from 8 to 9 PM ET. You will be provided tools to quickly send a letter to all local news outlets.  

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] Go to

"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

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