Thursday, January 5, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 6 - 9, 2023

38] Peace vigil at the White House Jan. 6

39] Women in Black vigil -- Jan. 6

40] Remember January 6 – Jan. 6

41] Phone bank for Virginian Democrat -- Jan. 6 - 7

42] Free Speech & Schools – Jan. 7

43] Get over to the food pantry – Jan. 7

44] Truth Storytelling -- Jan. 7

45] The Red Scare class – starting Jan. 9

46] Medical supplies are needed in Ukraine

47] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

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

49] Do you need a doctor?

50] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

51] Do you need any book shelves?

52] Join the Global Zero campaign.

53] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


38] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Jan. 6 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

39] –Every Friday from noon to 1 PM, Baltimore Women in Black vigil for peace with men and women who live in Roland Park. WIB invites all to join, and any peace sign is welcome, such as "Defuse Nuclear War."  The vigil takes place outside Roland Park Place at the corner of West 40th Street and Elm Street. Parking is free at RPP or at the Rotunda across the street. Contact Ann Vinup at

40] –Join the Our Freedoms, Our Vote January 6 Rally, hosted by the January 6 Hearings on Fri., Jan. 6 from noon to 1 PM ET at Union Square, off of 3rd St. SW, between Madison Drive NW and Jefferson Drive SW, WDC 89801.  Join the Not above the Law Coalition, Declaration for American Democracy and special guests Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King, Congressperson John Sarbanes, and tentatively Congressman Jamie Raskin. This January 6th, gather together in front of the US Capitol to remember what happened on this day 2 years ago, and to call for action to protect our democracy. Weeks after voters widely repudiated the most prominent election deniers at the polls driven by deep concern over the state of democracy, people across the U.S. will rally in observance of the two-year mark since the attack on the U.S. Capitol to prevent a peaceful transfer of power. Events will take place at the Capitol and nationwide to push for accountability to prevent future power grabs by former U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies, and to tell elected leaders to act on a mandate for democracy reforms to protect our freedom to vote, including those mentioned in the new report from the January 6th Select Committee, as well as D.C. Statehood, which would secure representation for D.C. residents, who were most directly affected by the Capitol attack to protect our freedom to vote. RSVP at

41] –Phone bank for Aaron Rouse for Virginia State Senate on Fri., Jan. 6 from 6 to 8 PM ET.  On Sat., Jan. 7 there will two phone banks from noon to 3 PM and 3 to 6 PM ET. The phone bank will continue through Tues., Jan. 10.   Sign up at

42] – PEN America [] is hosting on Sat., Jan. 7 from 10:30 AM to noon ET Free Speech & Schools at the Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom, Salon B, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia. Visit How can students express dissent in class? Is the fear of getting “canceled” limiting students' conversations? How freely can kids criticize their schools outside school walls and on social media? Explore the history of students’ rights and the First Amendment. Register at 

43] – On Sat., Jan. 7 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

44] – The Peace Alliance [] on Sat., Jan. 7 at 4 PM ET is doing Truth Storytelling.  Truth Storytelling engages with grassroots efforts to enact a cabinet level United States Department of Peacebuilding and is part of the worldwide movement to bring peace and positive purpose to being alive on this planet in community with all living beings and the earth. Each month on the first Saturday participants are invited to discuss topics related to peace and truth.  This gathering is open to anyone who is interested in peace, truth, justice, empathy and making connections with others in a compassionate space. The guest speaker is Budd McKenzie, JD, MBA.  He left a successful law practice in Lafayette, California over 18 years ago after raising money to build a school in Afghanistan and discovering how U.S. involvement in the country had affected its people. Soon after, he founded Trust in Education (TIE), a nonprofit, grassroots, people-to-people organization, to help Afghans rebuild their lives and country.

 Over the past 18 years, TIE has made tremendous progress particularly in educating girls in Afghanistan which given the current state of affairs in Afghanistan makes TIE’s work that much more important. Budd Mackenzie has been recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as an “Unsung Hero of Compassion” in 2014 among 51 honorees of this award. Budd has traveled to Afghanistan 20 times and has written a book chronicling his journey of humanitarian effort in Afghanistan titled Off the Couch into the War for Hearts and Minds. Go to

45] – William Barry [] is offering a Zoom course on the History of the Red Scare in Baltimore starting on Mon. Jan. 9  from 1 to 2:30 PM ET and concluding on Mon., March 6. The class will be offered through The Community College of Baltimore County - HIT 765. Trace the U.S. reactions to the communist threat from 1919 to the present: the rise and fall of McCarthyism; hearings from the House Un-American Activities Committee; accusations and investigations at Sparrows Point; the challenges to unionism; the influence of television on political movements; the long-term implications today. The cost is $88 (Tuition: $20 Fees: $68) CRN# Day/Ses.     

  To join the class, call 443-840-7000 to register with the CRN number and charge the fees for the class.  If you are new to CCBC, create an account at For students outside Baltimore County, retirees/employees from CCBC or those over 60 years old, please call 443-840-2222 to ensure your discounts are applied. If you need additional information, call: 443-840-2222.

46] – If you are able to donate any kind of surplus medical supplies for field hospitals in eastern Ukraine, please email or call 410-721-5770 x231.  There is a colleague whose father is a medic on the front line. One container is shipped every month to the Donbass region. Donations can be picked up in Baltimore and Columbia every Thursday, and on other days in Annapolis and Crofton.

47] -- 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 --

 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

48] – 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.  

  Dave just printed 50 new copies of For All the Saints, a Protest Primer- 250+ pp w photos-therefore #'s 351-400 making it o so collectable with two Berrigan book reviews added. The books are signed, and the price remains $25. Will send free if need b- he is not in it for the money! If you want one, send him a check: or contact Dave Eberhardt, 4 Hadley Square North, Baltimore, MD 21218 by email at . 

49] – Yousef Zarbalian [] started his own medical practice in December before the pandemic hit. It is called East-West Medicine and Rheumatology, and its website is  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.  

50] -- 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

51] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at

52] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: 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.

53] – 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; 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] Go to

“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

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