Saturday, November 19, 2022

Baltimore Activist Alert – November 20 to 22, 2022

Baltimore Activist Alert – November 20 to 22, 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 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] Support the Pratt Workers United

6] Get the book Surely Goodness and Mercy by Murphy Davis

7] Get the book Male Supremacy in the Catholic Church: An Insider’s View by Roy Bourgeois

8] Are you joining Witness against Torture in D.C. in January?

9] The importance of biodiversity conservation in Maryland. – Nov. 20

10] Black Lives Matter vigil/George Lakey speaks– Nov.  20

11] Russian and Ukrainian Voices in Dissent – Nov. 20

12] Call to elect Raphael Warnock – Nov. 20

13] Meet Nina Turner – Nov. 20

14] Write letters virtually to Voters in Georgia -- Nov. 20

15] Election Protection phone bank – Nov. 20, 22 & 27

16] Crimes of War in Vietnam-- Nov. 20

17] Voting Rights, a film – Nov. 20

18] MDC DSA General Body Meeting – Nov. 20

19] 2022 Heschel Vision Awards – Nov. 20

20] Protest at the Pentagon – Nov. 21


1] – Buttons, bumper stickers 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] – 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.”

6] – Consider getting HOSPITALITY, the newsletter of OPEN DOOR: A prophetic discipleship community honoring the Black Jesus, Dorothy Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. The September/October 2022 issue contains a wonderful review by Claire Schaeffer-Duffy of Surely Goodness and Mercy by Murphy Davis, reprinted from The Catholic Worker, March-April 2022.  Davis, a co-founder of the Open Door Community, died in 2020.   You can subscribe to the newsletter or buy a copy of the book by calling 404-290-2047 or by emailing

7] – Another book to consider purchasing is Male Supremacy in the Catholic Church: An Insider’s View by Roy Bourgeois. His new book is both memoir and position-paper, and it makes the case that the Roman Catholic Church is a corrupt system that spits out truth-tellers. The crime he was excommunicated for was attending the ordination ceremony of Janice Sevre-Duszynska in Lexington, Kentucky, in August 2008. The ordination was under the auspices of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.  The Vatican’s response has been to excommunicate any woman who has the audacity to see herself as a priest equal to a male priest. You can purchase a copy from Amazon or by Kindle.

  Here are two quotes to contemplate: “I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men. She is to keep silent.” – Timothy 1, 2:12-13.  “If the patriarchy that dominates the church is not dismantled and women are not treated as equals, the church will continue to diminish and, eventually, die.” – Roy Bourgeois.

8] – Witness against Torture [] is announcing that the annual Fast for Justice will be in person in D.C. from January 8 through Jan. 11.  Organizers need to know who is coming. SO IF YOU'RE COMING, SEND AN EMAIL to  Send your name, dates you will be there (Sun. night Jan. 8, Mon Jan. 9, Tues., Jan. 10 and/or Wed. Jan. 11), and if you need housing.

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., Nov. 20 ear about “The importance of biodiversity conservation in Maryland.”  Edwin Guevara will be discussing the importance of Maryland’s biodiversity. The talk will cover Maryland’s flora, fauna, and natural areas from the mountains of the Western part of our state, to the Chesapeake Bay. Discuss why these regions and their species are important ecologically as well as economically. During the talk there will be examples of species that are endangered as well as species that are abundant and fascinating to nature lovers.  Guevara has been with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources since May of 2022. Before that he spent 18 years working in education with the last 14 years spent as a High School teacher in Maryland. Edwin is also a Certified Master Naturalist and in his free time he can be found taking Wildlife pictures with a focus on macro photography. Email for more information.

10] –The Black Lives Matter Interfaith Coalition <> on Sun., Nov. 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM ET supports Baltimore CeaseFire 365 outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles Street. 

 After the rally, George Lakey will speak at 3:15 PM (after a break for refreshments).  This event is co-sponsored by Homewood Friends Meeting, Stony Run Friends Meeting, and BLMIC. Baltimore Peacebuilders (a project of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council) has organized a talk by George Lakey, well-known peace and social activist. Masks are required while attending the event in-person. They can be removed while eating or drinking for the reception afterwards. Register at

 11] – Joseph Gerson, Massachusetts Peace Action [] thinks you will be interested in attending on Sun., Nov. 20 at 2 PM ET Russian and Ukrainian Voices in Dissent.  At considerable risk and sacrifice, since the beginning of the Ukraine War, Oleg Bodrov and Yurii Sheliazhenko have been opposing the war and urging a ceasefire and negotiations. In this webinar, speaking from St. Petersburg and Kyiv, they will share their personal circumstances, their perceptions of the war, opposition to the war, and what will be necessary to stop the killing. Bodrov is a physicist, ecologist and Chair of the Public Council of the Southern Shore of the Gulf of Finland, Russia.  Sheliazhenko is a Ukrainian peace researcher, educator, and activist and executive secretary of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement.  He has a PhD in Law, Master of Mediation and Conflict Management, and is a laureate of the Sean MacBride Peace Prize of the International Peace Bureau.  Register at

12] – Public Citizen [] wants you to get involved in electing Raphael Warnock.  Sign up to call Georgia voters through Election Day at  Reach as many Georgia voters of color and empower them to vote in the runoff election.  Start with a shift on Sun., Nov. 20, Mon., Nov. 21 and Tues., Nov. 22 from 2 to 7 PM ET.

13] – Alan Minsky for Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you to attend on Sun., Nov. 20 at 4 PM ET the Progressive Town Hall. At this Town Hall, discuss the way forward for the progressive movement with the great Nina Turner and learn about her new TV Show, Unbossed. RSVP at Turner will share her analysis of the midterm results and how the progressive movement can continue to grow over the next two years.

14] – Write Letters virtually to Voters in Georgia with Vote Forward on Sun., Nov. 20 from 6 to 7 PM ET. Reach potential voters in an important election. RSVP at Go to and make an account; download twenty letters; and learn how to write them! Letters to underrepresented voters are a fun, easy, and highly effective way to strengthening our democracy by encouraging citizens from underrepresented communities to vote.

15] – Join the Our Democracy phone banks, hosted by Common Cause, on Sun., Nov. 20 from 6 to 8 PM, Tues., Nov. 22 from 4 to 6 PM and Sun., Nov. 27 from 6 to 8 PM ET. Register for a shift to make calls to recruit poll monitors to support nonpartisan Election Protection efforts in critical states.  The idea is to protect democracy.  Sign up at We’re so excited 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. These shifts also always will include training for first-timers before you make calls—so if this is your first time, no worries! 

16] – On Nov. 20 at 7 PM,: attend "Citizens’ Responsibility for Confronting and Remembering the Crimes of War": with Richard Falk, Robert Jay Lifton and Cora Weiss. Register at The Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee will examine Crimes of War in Vietnam.  

17] – Voting Rights: The Struggle To Be Counted (a film showing) can be seen on Sundays, Nov. 20, Nov. 27 & Dec. 4 from 7 to 8 PM ET organized for the January 6 Hearings. DC photographer, film producer and social justice activist Phil Portlock is presenting his timely 25-minute documentary. With creative use of music, powerful images and narration by his wife Pat Sloan, the film traces the long and often brutal struggle by African Americans to gain and maintain the unrestricted right to be counted at the ballot box. The film is Phil’s response to the U.S Supreme Court’s June 5, 2013 5-4 decision in the Shelby County v Holder Voting Rights Case that declared Sections 4b and 5 of the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. This decision has led to the enactment of hundreds of voter suppression/restrictive laws that have impacted voting rights all over the nation. REGISTER at

18] – On Sun., Nov. 20 from 7 to 9 PM ET, attend the MDC DSA General Body Meeting. Workgroups, caucuses, committees, and leadership provide key updates on campaigns and other activities. Members may also propose and vote on business. Members, potential members, and supporters alike are welcome to attend.  RSVP at

19] – Jews United for Justice [] will be hosting the 2022 Heschel Vision Awards on Sun., Nov. 20  at 7 PM honoring MD Sen., Jill Carter and Jo Shifrin. Register at

20] – 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 Nov. 21, 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.  

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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