Sunday, March 26, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- March 28 - April 2, 2023

26] In Defense of Education – March 28

27] The Iraq War at 20 – March 28

28] American Democracy: A Way Forward – March 28

29] Election Protection phone bank – March 28 & 30 & April 1 & 2

30] Say no Putin’s warmongering – March 28

31] Prevent Digital Discrimination Listening Session – March 28

32] Deep Canvass Institute March Skills Series Training – March 28 & 29

33] Municipal Election planning meeting – March 28

34] Montgomery County Rent Stabilization hearing – March 28

35] MLK: The Life of a Servant – March 28

36] Letter to the Editor Party – March 28

37] The Movement and the Madman – March 28


26] – Randi Weingarten [] will be delivering a major address In Defense of Public Education on Tues., March 28 at 9 AM ET. It will be livestreamed on Facebook and on AFT's website. The education institution comes under renewed attack from extremist, culture war-peddling politicians. The address will be livestreamed on Facebook at and on AFT's website at This is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on how public education provides broad-based opportunity for our children to thrive—even as now, for the first time in decades, its very existence is threatened. She will lay down a challenge to lawmakers to promote investment, collaboration, and family and community engagement in public schools instead of tarring them with the politics of division and hate.

27] --There is a webinar “Remembrance and Accountability: The Iraq War at 20” on Tues., March 28 at 1 PM ET. It’s been 20 years since the start of the U.S.-led war on Iraq, and its impacts reverberate today. Join an online conversation with Iraqi-American lawyer and human rights advocate Sally Al-Ghazali, antiwar activist and former AFSC staff member Peter Lems, and AFSC's Sonia Tuma. Discuss what was learned from the Iraq War and how we can work toward a more just, peaceful future for all. RSVP at

28] --On Tues., March 28 from 1 to 2:30 PM ET, check out American Democracy: A Way Forward, a virtual event.  RSVP at Our democracy works best when everyone can participate. However, American democracy remains under constant threat. Disinformation, voter suppression and money in politics remain roadblocks to moving forward and agenda that can tackle some of our most pressing issues of the day.  Join the Declaration for American Democracy for a virtual panel discussion.

29] – On Tues., March 28 from 4 to 6 PM, Thurs. March 30 from 5 to 7 PM, Sat., April 1 from 4 to 6 PM and Sun., April 2 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.

30] – Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center on Tues., March 28 from 4 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.

31] – Common Cause [] believes that the FCC needs to hear from you on Tues., March 28 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM ET.  Baltimore has a chance to help stop digital discrimination.  Get with the FCC’s Task Force to Prevent Digital Discrimination Listening Session at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Southeast Anchor Branch, 3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224. The event will be recorded and posted on the FCC's website.  The Federal Communications Commission has developed a new Task Force to put an end to “digital discrimination” – when service providers give better internet services to richer neighborhoods and leave less affluent neighborhoods behind. Digital discrimination is a serious problem for our country and for our democracy – because it shuts people out of their right to connect with each other, follow what's happening in their communities, and make a difference.

32] --The People's Action Institute [] is offering a Deep Canvass Institute March Skills Series Training on Tues., March 28 from 6 to 9 PM ET and on Wed., March 29 from 6 to 9 PM ET. Learn how you can help heal the deep divisions in our democracy, connect better with people, or just move your family and friends on polarizing issues. The Skill Series is focused on growing the individual's deep canvass experience, skills, and confidence. Sign up at

33] – Luc Angelot [] on Tues., March 28 at 6:30 PM ET wants you to join in for a Municipal Election Planning Meeting. Municipal elections are coming soon, and the plan is to build a Progressive base on the Lower Shore. Help craft this year's municipal questionnaire and prepare for the upcoming elections. If you are interested in helping us elect Progressives across the Lower Shore this year please join us.  Sign up at

34] – The Metro DC DSA [] wants you to attend a Montgomery County Rent Stabilization hearing on Tues., March 28 at 6:30 PM ET.  Members of the Montgomery County Council introduced the HOME Act, which would limit rent increases to 3% annually (or the Voluntary Rent Guideline, whichever is lower). The Montgomery County DSA and the HOME Act Coalition are encouraging all supporters of rent stabilization to submit testimony in support of the bill before the hearing on March 28. Meanwhile, conservative members of the County Council are backing a competing measure, modeled after a developer proposal, which codifies rent increases of over 15%. Landlords and developers are expected to testify against meaningful rent stabilization, so come out and show that the HOME Act has the support of the people at the Montgomery County Council Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville 20850. Email RSVP at

35] –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 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

36] – Join the Letter to the Editor Party: People over Politics and the Importance of Moore v. Harper, hosted by Common Cause on Tues., March 28 from 8 to 9 PM ET. Join Common Cause and write letters to local media outlets about issues facing our country, from voting rights to ending mass incarceration. Go over tips, and get tools to quickly send a letter to all local news outlets. Sign up

37] – Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee [] wants you on Tues., March 28 to watch the film The Movement and the Madman. It will air on PBS American Experience, and most stations will broadcast at 9 PM ET. It will be available for one month streaming on and indefinitely on the American Experience web site. See

There is a cast of millions—including Daniel Ellsberg, John and Yoko, Country Joe and the Fish, students, trade unionists, housewives—which star in this stand-up-and-cheer documentary about peace crusaders versus a president pleading insanity. While President Richard Nixon publicly decried and downplayed protests to end the war in Vietnam in 1969, Stephen Talbot’s new documentary The Movement and the “Madman” exposes how, behind closed doors, the then-largest anti-war demonstrations in American history thwarted Tricky Dick’s secret scheme to drastically escalate hostilities, including nuking North Vietnam. In reality, despite Nixon’s bravado, the Quaker president was quaking in his boots as hundreds of thousands marched and sang within earshot of the White House, as legendary folk singer Pete Seeger shouted: “Are you listening, Nixon?”

Indeed, he was—loud and clear—as The Movement and the “Madman” breathtakingly chronicles. So was Henry Kissinger, Nixon’s national security advisor, who “knew there was no hope in Vietnam,” according to his aide, Morton Halperin, a Defense [sic] Department official who had attended Harvard University with Kissinger and may be the most quoted person in Talbot’s nonfiction film. Halperin was also friends with military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, who advised Kissinger before leaking The Pentagon Papers. The whistleblower is another of the most frequent interviewees in Talbot’s documentary, primarily heard via audio in an almost ninety-minute film consisting largely of creatively edited archival footage and news clips.

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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