Monday, April 17, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- April 18 -23, 2023

30] Tax Advocacy Day – April 18

31] Pay Pentagon Contractor Day – April 18

32] Environmental film series – April 18 - 23

33] Watch documentary Still I Rise – April 18

34] Get Russia out of Ukraine – April 18

35] El Salvador's anti-mining movement – April 18

36] Parallels of Guns on the Streets to Nuclear Weapons – April 18

37] Marxist Study Group – April 18

38] Pentagon’s role in climate chaos – April 18

39] Eviction Court watch – April 19


30] – The Metro DC DSA [] is encouraging you to get involved with Tax Day Advocacy | Fair Budget Coalition on Tues., April 18 in telling the DC Council what you do and don’t want your tax dollars spent on! This is a great opportunity for mass social media and outreach to your Councilmembers to let them know where you want your dollars to go. Learn more at

31] – See a News Release that Tax Day [April 18] is Pay Pentagon Contractor Day. Visit  LINDSAY KOSHGARIAN,, @lindsaykosh Koshgarian is program director of the National Priorities Project. They just released their Tax Day 2023 receipt, which found that the average taxpayer paid $1,087 for Pentagon contractors in 2022. The average taxpayer paid $70 for deportations and border control, versus just $19 for refugee assistance.

 In her recent piece “A Quarter of Biden’s Budget Will Go to Pentagon Contractors,” Koshgarian notes: “The $1.6 trillion discretionary spending request includes an eye-popping $886 billion for the Pentagon and military. This means that more than half — 52 percent — of the proposed discretionary spending is for the military and war. Almost half of that — or about a quarter of the total discretionary budget — will go to Pentagon contractors. “This military budget represents a shameful status quo that the country can no longer afford. Families are struggling to afford basics like housing, food, and medicine, and our last pandemic-era protections are ending, all while Pentagon contractors pay their CEOs millions straight from the public treasury. “While more than half of the federal discretionary budget under the president’s proposal would go to the military, fully two-thirds would go to a combination of the military, veterans’ programs, and heavily militarized homeland security programs. “That includes funding for two agencies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which were flashpoints under the Trump administration. Those agencies are responsible for the millions of deportations that have separated families and devastated immigrant communities, and for militarized border enforcement that has led to unnecessary deaths and abuse of migrants at the southern border.”

32] – From Tues., April 18 through Sun., April 23, the Earth Day Encores will bring FREE virtual screenings of over 50 DCEFFTM 2023 selections directly to you! Viewers will also be able to vote for their favorites to help determine the Earth Day Virtual Audience Award winners. The free encores lineup includes almost all of this year's shorts selections, representing a wide array of topics, styles, and perspectives. Many of these shorts programs (which sold out during the in-person Festival) will include filmmaker conversations recorded exclusively for the encore presentations.  Go to shorts for Shorts: Climate Connections.  Go to encores for Virtual Encores.

33] -- On Tues., April 18 from 3 to 5 PM ET, watch Still I Rise – a documentary screening & talk back. Many mainstream documentaries about human trafficking fail to acknowledge that Black women, girls and femmes are disproportionately affected by sex trafficking. Furthermore, many of these documentaries do not discuss the experiences of Black survivors. Still I Rise explores the relationship between racism and sex trafficking with dynamic women closest to the problem and the solutions. Over the course of five years in the Bay Area, we follow the lives of brilliant pioneering advocates, Holly Joshi and Leah Albright-Byrd. Learn more about the film: Register at

34] – Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center on Tues., April 18 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.

35] – CISPES [] thinks you might want to join the conversation on Tues.,  April 18 at 5 PM ET with one of the leaders of El Salvador's anti-mining movement!  Learn how you can help detained environmental defenders and support the struggle to prevent mining. The International Allies against Mining in El Salvador have put together a really great lineup of speakers to share more about the arrests of prominent anti-mining activists in El Salvador, what's at stake, and what we can do to help.  The Santa Marta 5 were unjustly arrested on January 11, 2023 and remain in pre-trial detention despite urgent risks to their health and safety. Register at

36] – On Tues., April 18 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET, tune in to a discussion GUN VIOLENCE: Parallels of Guns on the Streets to Nuclear Weapons. Join by Zoom at The Personal ID is 278 -783-7555 with a password of 958620. What are the parallels between the guns on our streets, the big guns and nuclear weapons of the US military? What is the impact of the dumping of military hardware into poor community police departments, and the emulation of power through gun violence in the streets, schools, and elsewhere? The presenters are Shane Claiborne who melted guns he collected from Philadelphia streets and converted them to household hammers; and Mark Colville of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7.  

37] – Join the Baltimore CPUSA on Tues., April 18 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET for the second discussion in the series, "Imperialism at Home," by reading Chapter 14 of Black Reconstruction by W.E.B. Dubois at and "Leninism and the African American National Question:  A reply to Halabi" by Jarvis Tyner and Joe Sims at Get Zoom information at

38] – CODEPINK [] is inviting you to join on Tues., April 18 at 8 PM ET for the CODEPINK Congress Meeting! This Calling Party will kick off Earth Day with a discussion about the role of The Pentagon and US militarism in the escalation of the global climate crisis.  Chat with peacemakers and experts about CODEPINK’s War is Not Green (WING) campaign that points to the Pentagon as the single largest emitter of greenhouse gasses and oil as the leading cause of interstate war. Hear from WING campaigners Teddy Ogborn and Jodie Evans, Co-Founder Medea Benjamin, Julian Aguon from Guam and more voices on environmental challenges rooted in escalating US militarism. RSVP at

39] – The Metro DC DSA [] needs your in person help on Wed., April 19 from 9 to 11:30 AM ET for Montgomery County Eviction Courtwatch. Sign up at Come to the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County, 191 E Jefferson Ct., Rockville 20850. Email  Join MoCo DSA and the HOME Act Coalition to support the neighbors in rent court. Meet at the courthouse and discuss evictions, watching and taking note of the rent court session and connecting with tenants about joining the movement for tenant rights.

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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