Friday, January 27, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert – January 28 to February 3, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert – January 28 to February 3, 2023

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] Need help in archiving activist material    

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] Count birds – through Feb. 15

9] “The Nuns, the Priests and the Bombs” – Jan. 28

10] ICE Out of Arlington – Jan. 28

11] Children Putting Ethics into Action – Jan. 29

12] Hear from Jonathan Kuttab -- Jan. 29

13] DSA Political Education Working Group meeting – Jan. 29

14] Global Town Hall -- Jan. 29

15] Willow Run Tenant's Union community rally -- Jan. 29

16] PDA Town Hall with Cori Bush – Jan. 29

17] DSA Internationalism Working Group meeting – Jan. 29

18] Election Protection phone bank – Jan. 29 & 31, Feb. 2 & 3

19] Social Media Best Practices -- Jan. 29 & Feb. 1

20] Virtual Letter to the Editor Party – Jan. 30

21] Protest at the Pentagon – Jan. 30

22] Fight for affordable rent – Jan. 30


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] –  Janice Sevre-Duszynska needs some assistance in archiving her activist material.  If you are interested in this project, contact Max at 410-32301607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

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.” The workers voted to unionize.

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] – The National Audubon Society [] has indicated that the Winter Climate Watch continues through Sun., Feb. 15 to count birds for science! Audubon needs your help to create a brighter future for the birds we all love this winter. Climate Watch is Audubon’s biannual community science program that enlists volunteer bird lovers across North America to tally vulnerable bird species. Learn more at

9] – Check out the film “The Nuns, the Priests and the Bombs” & the ‘Plowshares’ Panel Discussion in the East Parlor of St. Joseph Hall, Chestnut Hill College, 9601 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118 on Sat., Jan. 28 from 1:30 to 4 PM ET. The Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation at Chestnut Hill College and the Catholic Peace Fellowship of Philadelphia are cohosting a free viewing of the 2018 documentary. The 87-minute film was written, produced and directed by Helen Young, an Emmy Award-winning, broadcast journalist. It describes the existential, nuclear threat facing humanity and our natural world. This threat has been heightened by the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. The film also explores the Plowshares movement.  The movement comprises religious sisters, priests and laypeople who enter military installations to conduct nonviolent, symbolic civil disobedience in protest of nuclear weaponry. Virtually all Plowshares activists experience imprisonment for their peaceful actions. The documentary viewing will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session.  Panel members will include some of the Plowshares activists who are featured in the film. Learn more about the documentary here: For further information about the January 28th event, contact: Sister Catherine Nerney, SSJ, Ph.D. at Go to

10] – The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists of America [] need you on Sat., Jan. 28 at 2 PM ET to join the ICE Out of Arlington coalition for a community celebration at Tyrol Hill Park, 5101 7th Road S, Arlington, VA 22204, to celebrate the wins in ending the voluntary collaboration between the sheriff's department and ICE! To join the Migrant Justice workgroup, sign up at

11] – 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. 29, hear about “The Future is Now: Our Children Putting Ethics into Action.”  This All-Societies Platform is brought to you by the team of Ethical Education Directors. Hear from the directors themselves about their program as well as from the parents on what goes into raising ethical leaders of tomorrow. The parents will also tell us about why it’s important that they teach their kids about the value of Ethical Action and service. For the stars of the show, the kids will share performances and their thoughts on what they need from the adults that they embark on their own ethical journeys. Email for more information.

12] – Jonathan Kuttab will be in Toronto on Sun., Jan. 29 at noon ET (in person and virtual) as the Middle East Working Group presents its annual Palestine service for Bathurst St., Bloor St. and Trinity-St Paul’s United Churches.  The discussion will be about What is required of the church to be in solidarity with Palestine? To join virtually go to  Kuttab is co-founder of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq, and currently is the executive director of Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA). A well-known international human rights attorney, Jonathan practices law in the US, Palestine and Israel. 

13] – The Metro DC DSA [] is letting members know about the online Political Education Working Group meeting on Sun., Jan. 29 at 1 PM ET!  Sign up at

14] – Metta Spencer [] is inviting you on Sun., Jan. 29 from 2 to 4 PM ET to the Global Town Hall - Project Save the World.  Sign up at The meeting is for activists worldwide who are addressing issues of militarism (especially nuclear weapons), global warming, famine, pandemics, radioactive contamination, and/or cyber risks. Check out and then we publicize it widely.

15] – The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists of America [] need you on Sun., Jan. 29 at 2 PM ET to join the Willow Run Tenant's Union community rally. Make some noise about community issues at the apartment complex in Alexandria. Problems like rats, roaches, rent increases, evictions and maintenance issues. If you want to get involved with tenant organizing, sign up at

16] –  Progressive Democrats of America [] want you to attend on Sun., Jan. 29 at 4 PM ET the Progressive Town Hall with Squad Member Cori Bush! Rep. Cori Bush is one of the most passionate and outspoken members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. She not only votes right, but truly walks the walk. From camping out on the Capitol Hill steps for the eviction moratorium, to getting arrested for peaceful civil disobedience for women's rights, Cori is willing to put her body into the gears of the machine for justice. Discuss the ongoing struggle for justice, and how we can all play our role in bending that arc of history toward a better world for all.  Register at

17] – The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists of America [] hopes that on Sun., Jan. 29 at 5 PM ET you will attend the Internationalism Working Group meeting. Discuss a different political education topic each meeting, hear report-backs from various teams and efforts, and pitch ideas for new actions and campaigns. This meeting will start with a political education discussion on the current situation in Ukraine. RSVP at

18] – On Sun., Jan. 29 from 6 to 8 PM ET, Tues., Jan. 31 from 4 to 6 PM, Thurs. Feb. 2 from 5 to 7 PM, and Fri., Feb. 3 from 4 to 6 PM ET, there is a Common Cause organized Election Protection phone bank.  These phone banks will continue until April 2, 2023.  Work together to demand bold changes to our democracy to create a government that represents all of us, not big corporations or special interests. Register at Register for a shift to make calls to recruit poll monitors to support nonpartisan Election Protection efforts in the GA Run-Offs.  Join in to make calls Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and/or Sundays.

19] –Get with Social Media Best Practices virtually, hosted by The Democratic National Committee on Sundays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 PM ET.  Participate on Jan. 29 and Wed., Feb. 1.  Maximize your impact within your social network and join the social media best practices training. Whether you're just getting started on social media or already have an online presence, this training will provide you with the tools necessary to ensure you are reaching your full potential as an online organizer. Learn the essentials for utilizing platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram for political story telling. Email to schedule a presentation for your staff/volunteers or with any queries about co-presenting at one or more of these events.

20] – Join the virtual Letter to the Editor Party, and Stop Lawless Lawmakers and beware of the Moore v. Harper Supreme Court decision hosted by Common Cause on Sun., Jan. 29 from 8 to 9 PM ET. Write letters to local media outlets about issues facing our country, from voting rights to ending mass incarceration. Get tips, as well as tools to quickly send a letter to all local news outlets.  Discuss Moore v. Harper and work to civically engage our communities on the importance of this case. RSVP at

21] – 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. 30, 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.  

22] – The Maryland Poor People's Campaign (MD PPC) [] wants you to join the fight for affordable rent on Mon., Jan. 30 at 12:30 PM ET at the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville.  Call 240-668-4599.  RSVP at

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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