Thursday, February 23, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 24 - 28, 2023

43] 365 Days of War in Ukraine -- Feb.  24

44] Peace vigil at the White House Feb. 24

45] Women in Black vigil -- Feb. 24

46] Diplomacy Now -- Feb. 24

47] Peace vigil -- Feb. 24

48] Thinking with Black History -- Feb. 24

49] Election Protection phone bank – Feb. 24, 26, 27 & 30

50] Town Hall with Salisbury Council President Muir Boda -- Feb. 24

51] “MLK: THE LIFE OF A SERVANT” -- Feb. 24

52] Birdwatching Tour of Patterson Park -- Feb. 25

53] Get over to the food pantry – Feb. 25

54] Hope Story Circles Feb. 25

55] Medical supplies are needed in Ukraine

56] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

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

58] Do you need a doctor?

59] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

60] Do you need any book shelves?

61] Join the Global Zero campaign.

62] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


43] – 365 Days of War in Ukraine: Prospects towards Peace in 2023 will happen on Fri., Feb. 24 from 7 AM to 6 PM EST.  One year after the beginning of the Ukraine war – the International Peace Bureau in cooperation with the Peace in Ukraine Coalition (USA), Movement de la Paix (France), CND (UK) and Transform! Europe will hold an international webinar to bring together different voices from different countries to discuss a lasting peace in Ukraine and our way towards it. Introductory words will be given by Michael von der Schulenburg, a former UN/OSCE diplomat; who lately participated in the development of the Vatican peace plan.  Afterwards both Ukrainian and Russian activists will share their perspectives on the ongoing situation, including Oleg Bodrov (Public Council of the Gulf of Finland), Karyna Radchenko (100 Words for Peace) and Yurii Sheliazhenko (Ukrainian Pacifist Movement). A roundtable discussion by different peace activists – including Corazon Valdez Fabros (IPB Co-President), Reiner Braun, Alain Rouy (Movement de la Paix) and Kate Hudson (CND) as moderator – on a lasting ceasefire and negotiations will close the webinar.  REGISTER at

44] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Feb. 24 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

45] – 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

46] – The Brandywine Peace Community will gather on Fri., Feb. 24 at noon for “Diplomacy Now…Defuse Nuclear War.”  There will be a Peace Observance facing the Liberty Bell & Independence Hall, marking the One Year Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine. Visit at and Be at Market Street south side sidewalk, between 5th & 6th Streets in Philadelphia.

47] -- Baltimore Peace Action will vigil at McKeldin Square from noon to 1 PM ET on Fri., Feb. 24 as part of Defuse Nuclear War -- Peace Talks Now and Diplomacy Now.  Contact Jean at jlathey at Comcast dot net.

48] -- The Project On Government Oversight [] thinks you will be interested that the Ridenhour Prizes is honoring Black History Month with When Truth Is in Trouble: Thinking with Black History.  The event will take place on Fri., Feb. 24 from 2 to 3 PM ET and will reflect on the experiences, struggles, and achievements of Black individuals throughout history to help us gain insight that can be applied to our modern lives in creating “the beloved community.” Professor and author Reverend Riggins Earl, Jr., Ph.D. will join POGO Racial Equity and Accountability Strategist Jarvis Williams to discuss the historical context of key events and figures, analyzing the social, economic, and political factors that shape the experiences of Black communities. RSVP at

49] – On Fri., Feb. 24 from 4 to 6 PM, Sun. Feb. 26 from 6 to 8 PM, and Tues., Feb. 28 from 4 to 6 PM & Thurs., Feb. 30 from 5 to 7 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.

50] – Lower Shore Progressive Caucus Leadership [] is hosting a Town Hall with Salisbury Council President Muir Boda on Fri., Feb. 24 at 6:30 PM ET. Meet your city council representative and ask questions that matter to you. Watch this event on Facebook at

51] – On Fri., Feb. 24 from 7 to 8 PM ET, join DC photographer, film producer and social justice activist Phil Portlock and his wife Pat Sloan as they present, “MLK: THE LIFE OF A SERVANT,” a 30 -minute film tribute to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 94th year of his birth, and the 60th anniversary of the historic March on Washington August 28, 2023. On Sunday, March 31, 1968, a young 26-year-old Phil Portlock was in attendance at DC’s National Cathedral to hear Dr. King deliver a sermon entitled, “Remaining Awake through A Great Revolution,” less than a week before his tragic death in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King's life and tragic death has had an enormous impact on Phil's photography, writing, film production and social justice activism. As we mark the 60th anniversary of the historic march on Washington, when Dr. King spoke to 250, 000 black and white citizens at the Lincoln Memorial and the nation about the inequality faced by millions of black American citizens and his hope to see their lives improved. In early 1965, one of Dr. King’s last and greatest crusades for justice, took place when he and a coalition of religious leaders, social justice organization and voting rights activists, led a successful 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol in Montgomery for Black voting rights. The effort led to the August 6, 1965, signing of the historic Voting Rights Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson. RSVP at This event will also take place from 7 to 8 PM on Tues., Feb. 28.

52] – Go on a Birdwatching Tour of Patterson Park on Sat., Feb. 25 from 8 to 9:30 AM ET. Meet at the fountain, closest to East Lombard St. and South Patterson Park Ave. Over 200 bird species have visited Patterson Park, an important migratory stopover in Baltimore City! Audubon experts will lead in search of avian friends! No experience necessary. Email Email  Register at

53] – On Sat., Feb. 25 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

54] – Hope Story Circles will take place on Sat., Feb. 25 at noon. The idea for this gathering came from a discussion between two Peace Alliance board members and the Practicing Peace in School Leadership Council lead just as the world was going into lockdown as the pandemic was spreading in early 2020. The question on everyone’s mind was how can we stay connected when the scientists were telling us to separate for the good of our health? Now, we have found that this hour of storytelling and deep listening continues to feed those who join even after the world has reconnected. The Peace Alliance [] can be reached at

55] – 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.

56] -- 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

57] – 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 . 

58] – 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.  

59] -- 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

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

61] -- 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.

62] – 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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