Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 9 - 11, 2023

53] Birddog training - Feb. 9

54] Transforming Public Safety for All -- Feb. 9

55] JFK's Famous Peace Speech – Feb. 10

56] I Bird I Vote Conservation Summit – Feb. 11

57] Polar Bear Plunge – Feb. 11

58] Hope Story Circles -- Feb. 11

59] Get over to the food pantry – Feb. 11

60] How a bill becomes law -- Feb. 11

61] WORKING FAMILIES PARTY Gathering – Feb. 11

62] Medical supplies are needed in Ukraine

63] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

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

65] Do you need a doctor?

66] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

67] Do you need any book shelves?

68] Join the Global Zero campaign.

69] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


53] – Public Citizen [] wants you to get involved on Thurs., Feb. 9 at 4 PM ET for a training call with Generation Vote.  Find out one of the best ways to get elected officials’ attention. Get them on the record about the freedom to vote by showing up in person and put them on the spot.  This tactic is commonly called “birddogging.” Anyone can join a birddogging team by showing up at an elected official’s town hall or other public event, and get them to address threats to our democracy.  This will continue through Thursdays on April 27. RSVP at

54] – People for an American Way [] on Thurs., Feb. 9 at 7 PM ET are doing a member briefing on the tragedy in Memphis and the need for public safety reforms. These practical public safety reforms are featured in a recent report, "All Safe: Transforming Public Safety for All." RSVP at  What is clear is that the culture of violence and abuse within police departments is a failure of the U.S. policing system – not just of individual officers. Police killings and other egregious abuses will never end until we adopt long-term systemic solutions that weed out violent officers in the application process and change systems so we prioritize unarmed responses to non-violent emergencies.

55] – Marty Schotz [] wants you to attend an online showing on Fri., Feb. 10 at 7:30 PM ET of JFK's Famous Peace Speech.  Commemorate President John F. Kennedy's famous peace speech, on Fri., Feb. 10 from 7:30 to 9 PM (EST). In 1963, President John F. Kennedy made a dramatic turn toward peace and began an attempt to lead the American people out of the Cold War. One of the highlights of his efforts was his speech at American University on June 10, 1963 - a speech addressed to the American people about peace and what we as a people needed to do to begin moving in that direction. The speech will be screened via Zoom, followed with a discussion. Register at

56] – Go to I Bird I Vote Conservation Summit on Sat., Feb. 11 from 9 AM to 4 PM ET. Meet at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis 21403.  Audubon Mid-Atlantic invites you to join in. Registration is $30 and includes lunch, coffee, snacks, and all sessions. Scientists, conservationists, environmental advocates and legislators will address the latest priorities for protecting birds at the community, state, and national scale. Elected leaders, Audubon staff, and representatives from partner organizations will discuss how each can help become be strong advocates for people and birds – and Maryland's special landscapes.  At the event, follow all covid-19 safety protocols, including masking. Register at There are a limited number of scholarships available to attend the summit. For more information, please contact Tess Wilson at

57] – CCAN [] wants you to Take the Polar Bear Plunge on Sat., Feb 11 at 10 AM ET. Get over to the Potomac River at the‌ ‌ National Harbor, Maryland. ‌ ‌ ‌Join the movement to electrify everything and create a sustainable future by joining the Plunge. SIGN UP at

58] – The Peace Alliance [] wants you to know about Hope Story Circles taking place on Sat., Feb. 11 at noon ET. This hour of storytelling and deep listening will feed those who join even after the world has reconnected. Visit

59] – On Sat., Feb. 11 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

60] – Join Progressive Maryland to learn how a bill becomes law in the Maryland General Assembly.  This event will take place on Sat., Feb. 11 at 1 PM ET. Del. David Moon, Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee, will be the featured speaker providing a case study on a bill. RSVP at

61] – There is a WORKING FAMILIES PARTY virtual Welcome Gathering on Sat., Feb. 11 from 2 to 3:30 PM ET.  Whether you’re a new supporter or a longtime WFP member, welcome gatherings are an energetic space where you can meet other working people with the same vision of building a world where one can thrive, and not just survive. Share your desires and vision for a political party that truly is for you and by us. Build the power we need to have an impact locally and nationally in this political moment. And we can help you sort out a meaningful next step with the party. The Working Families Party (WFP) is a grassroots political party building a multiracial movement of working people to transform America for the liberation of our people and the planet.  Sign up

62] – 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.

63] -- 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

64] – 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 . 

65] – 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.  

66] -- 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

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

68] -- 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.

69] – 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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