Monday, March 20, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- March 21 -- 26, 2023

27] U.S.-Japan Security Seminar – March 21

28] Stop Dirty Banks – March 21

29] Bakhmut and Beyond: Can Ukraine Force Russia Back This Spring – March 21

30] National Security and Investment Screening -- March 21

31] Election protection phone bank – March 21, 23, 24 and 26

32] Russia out of Ukraine – March 21  

33] MLK: The Life of a Servant -- March 21

34] Virtual Letter Writing webinar – March 21

35] Boo Biden’s military budget -- March 21


27] -- On Tues., March 21 at 9 AM ET, attend the hybrid 2023 U.S.-Japan Security Seminar hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies with speakers Yoshimasa Hayashi, Government of Japan Minister of Foreign Affairs; Kenichiro Sasae, president of JIIA; Mireya Solis, Director of Center for East Asia Policy Studies; and Ayumi Teraoka, University of Texas at Austin. How aligned are Japan and the United States with respect to regional and global security challenges? What are the implications of Japan’s new defense strategy for U.S.-Japan alliance cooperation?  Is there an alliance economic security strategy?  Please join the CSIS Japan Chair for a dialogue on prevailing themes in U.S.-Japan relations organized in collaboration with The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA).RSVP at,

28] -- Stop the Money Pipeline [] on Tues., March 21 from 10 AM to 2 PM ET wants you to show up at Franklin Park, 1332 I St. NW, WDC 20005 to stop dirty banks. Climate risks are financial risks. In light of the recent upheavals in the banking sector and the greater concentration of deposits in the large Wall Street banks, now more than ever we need to demand that these banks use their power and funds responsibly. The banks must manage both financial risks and climate risks. We need banks to invest safely, securely, and sustainably to have a safe planet. An interfaith group will hold a brief prayer service and then lead a slow-moving Walk of Hope around the 2-block area, singing and cheering on the rocking chair vigil keepers. At midday, there will be a rally with music, food, testimonials from frontline communities, appeals from youth, and cutting up credit cards, and Bill McKibben, Ben Jealous, Ebony Twilley Martin and Rose Abramoff will be there.  RSVP at

There are over 100 events in over half the U.S. states in which thousands of activists will be on the streets protesting the billions of dollars of financing banks provide to the fossil fuel industry.  Register to join an event:

Stop Dirty Banks at a rally in Hunt Valley, Maryland on Tues., March 21 from 4 to 5:30 PM ET at York Road & Shawan Road in Cockeysville. Bring a sign calling attention to the fact that Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo are three of the top four banks funding climate chaos, and they should stop! Register at

29] –On Tues., March 21 at 11 AM ET, check out online Bakhmut and Beyond: Can Ukraine Force Russia Back This Spring sponsored by the Atlantic Council. The speakers are Debra Cagan, Eurasia Center; Lt. Gen. (ret.) Douglas Lute, Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO; and Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. Kyiv is expecting the arrival of advanced Western arms to aid in a spring counteroffensive. How will spring deliveries of advanced Western weapons shape the battlefield? What will the Armed Forces of Ukraine be able to accomplish this spring? RSVP at

30] – On Tues., March 21 at 1:30 PM ET, there is a webinar National Security and Investment Screening in the 21st Century: A Conversation with Paul Rosen.  Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security Rosen will speak to the evolution of economic tools to protect national security, in particular the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Rosen will discuss how CFIUS conceptualizes risk, the most frequently identified national security risks in CFIUS cases, the importance of maintaining technological leadership in areas such as semiconductors and AI, and how CFIUS works with allies to promote investment security across borders. The talk will be followed by a Q&A. The event is presented by the Homeland Security Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. RSVP at 

31] – On Tues., March 21 from 4 to 6 PM, Thurs. March 23 from 5 to 7 PM, Sat., March 25 from 4 to 6 PM and Sun., March 26 from 6 to 8 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.

32] – Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center on Tues., March 21 from 4:30 to 5 PM ET at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. The invasion of Ukraine has the potential to become a war extending throughout Europe.  Putin has destroyed Aleppo and Grozny and has threatened the use of nuclear weapons.  Russian soldiers were sent into the area around the contaminated and still radioactive Chernobyl nuclear plant. Now they are stationed in the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.   People who believe in peace and justice should come forward and take the risks of peace. The burial sites continue to expose ruthless war crimes by the invaders, Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.

33] –Tune in to MLK: The Life of a Servant (A Film Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) which is a Virtual Rally on Tuesdays, March 21 & 28 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 a 30 -minute film tribute to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 94th year of his birth on (January 15, 2023), 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

34] Join a Virtual Letter Writing webinar organized by Swing Left on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 PM ET. This will continue through Oct. 10. This monthly status update event is on ZOOM, followed by letter writing on your own. There are separate events to attend in-person letter writing. The evening will start with a 10-15 minute status update. Then dive into writing letters. You can stay on zoom to be connected to the in-person meeting or drop off and write at your own pace. Sign up as a volunteer on Vote Forward at It takes a day or so to get approved as a volunteer, so plan to sign up 3-4 days ahead of the event. Download 20 letters to write at the event and gather your materials. You will need, 20 stamps, a blue pen, and 20 #10 business envelopes. Swing Left’s “Write Letters from Home” page has step-by-step information to help you get set up on Vote Forward and download letters, including this short video. Help defeat the anti-democratic movement within the Republican Party, dismantle the GOP's advantage in key swing states, and maintain and expand Democratic power at the federal level. RSVP at

35] – MAPA [] wants you to attend on Tues., March 21 at 8 PM WT CODEPINK Congress for the next Capitol Calling Party featuring special guests David Swanson, Danaka Katovich, and Lindsay Koshgarian.  They will break down the military budget and explore opportunities to oppose these weapons systems. In addition to examining the budget as a moral document, you will also learn about CODEPINK’s Ground the F-35 campaign and how the F-35 Coalition is building the anti-war movement as it plans for protests.  Boo Biden’s Military Budget!


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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