Sunday, April 23, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- April 24 - 30, 2023

24] Daniel Ellsberg week -- April 24 - 30

25] Election and Climate Protection Zoom – April 24

26] Judy Blume Forever – April 24

27] Phone and text for the climate – April 24

28] China’s Historical Destiny – April 24

29] Waste management in Baltimore -- April 24

30] Watch Go-Go City:  Displacement and Protest in Washington, DC. – April 24

31] Watch Free Chol Soo Lee – April 24

32] Meet the Golden Rule crew – April 24 - 26


24] – Let's Get Ready for Daniel Ellsberg Week. During the last few weeks, widespread heartfelt tributes followed Dan’s public letter disclosing that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, with a prognosis that he has only three to six months to live. ‌Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg helped to end the Vietnam War when he bravely provided the Pentagon Papers to media outlets in 1971. Ever since then, he has been a tireless and inspiring advocate for peace and prevention of nuclear war.

  You are invited to participate in Daniel Ellsberg Week, April 24 to 30. No matter where you live, there are many options for how you can be part of this grassroots initiative, which RootsAction is launching with the Defuse Nuclear War coalition. Go to  As you get ready for Daniel Ellsberg Week, please email -- what you’re planning.

25] – Mike Hersh for Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you to join the Election and Climate Protection Zoom on Mon., April 24 at 5 PM ET.  There are attacks on our democracy, and climate chaos threatens us. Since its founding in 2004, PDA has mobilized for open, clean, and fair elections and for stopping global warming. Register at

26] – There is a VIRTUAL FILM SCREENING AND CONVERSATION INSPIRED BY A NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT JUDY BLUME on Mon., April 24 from 4 to 6:00 PM ET.  Join PEN America and its partners from Unite against Books Bans for a national conversation on Right to Read Day that will include a screening of the new Prime Video documentary, Judy Blume Forever. Sign up at

27] – Early voting on the El Paso Climate Charter starts on Mon., April 24.  For years, Sunrise El Paso, Ground Game Texas, and organizers on the ground have been fighting hard to get the El Paso Climate Charter — a first-of-its-kind climate justice project that would establish a Green New Deal program in the border community of El Paso, Texas — across the finish line. And all of their work is about to come to fruition on May 6.  Sign up for a phone bank volunteer session! Every voter we can talk to right now is critical. It’s crunch time to get out the vote! Sign up at Phone bank for the El Paso Climate Charter! Do Wed., April 26, Sun., April 30 and Wed., May 3 from 7 to 9 PM ET and Sat., May 6 from 1 to 3 PM ET.

 El Paso has a huge opportunity to pass monumental climate legislation on May 6, when El Pasoans will vote yes or no on the El Paso Climate Charter. The Climate Charter would expand the city’s ability to implement climate policy at a local level and implement innovative policies right now & it’s one of the most ambitious and sweeping pieces of local climate policy anywhere in the country. Sign up to send texts at  Sign up at Mon., April 24 and Mon., May 1 from 8 to 10 PM, Tues., May 2 & Thurs., May 4 from 7 to 9 PM and Fri., May 5 from 7 to 9 PM ET.

28] – Massachusetts Peace Action is hosting China’s Historical Destiny is to Stand with the Third World on Mon. April 24 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET. [I am not sure who selected the title, but it is difficult for me to accept that a country without democratic traditions, or press freedom or dissident rights will be what the developing world needs.] In 2008, several leading intellectuals in China founded a new journal, Wenhua Zongheng. Vijay Prashad will join MAPA to explain this new venture, its significance, and discuss the importance of intellectual interaction between peace thinkers in the West and Chinese scholars. The bi-monthly journal features the country’s leading voices, who offer various perspectives on important issues of the day such as the state of the post-COVID-19 world and the importance of rural revitalization.

Prashad, director of the Tricontinental Institute, recently announced a collaboration between Wenhua Zongheng and Tricontinental, which includes publication of selected articles from Wenhua Zongheng in translation.  The first issue is titled “On the Threshold of a New International Order. “ Register at

29] – Progressive Maryland [] wants you to know that on Mon., April 24 at 6 PM ET there is a public meeting to discuss the new draft of a Baltimore City 10 year Waste Management plan. The meeting will be held at Arlington Elementary School, 3705 W. Rogers Ave., Baltimore 21215. Attend and share your thoughts on how the city could do more to address solid waste management in our community as well as the health risks that arise from the current waste-to-energy facilities our city utilizes. Register at

30] – Maryland Public Television (MPT) <> wants you to know about Standing against Racism: Fostering Unity through Dialogue programming this month on MPT.  For example, on Mon., April 24 at 9 PM ET, watch Go-Go City:  Displacement and Protest in Washington, DC. For decades, Washington, DC has been a beacon for Black culture and community. Now, a wave of economic and cultural gentrification is occurring at breakneck speed threatening to erase this history. Go-Go City follows protesters for racial justice as they took to the streets in summer 2020, rallying around the city’s unique Go-Go music scene as they strive to make their voices heard. Email Go to

31] – Maryland Public Television (MPT) <> wants you to know about Standing against Racism: Fostering Unity through Dialogue programming this month on MPT.  For example, on Mon., April 24 at 10 PM ET, watch Independent Lens:  Free Chol Soo Lee.  Sentenced to death for a 1973 San Francisco murder, Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee was set free after a pan-Asian solidarity movement of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Americans helped to overturn his conviction. After 10 years of fighting for his life inside San Quentin, Lee found himself in a new fight to rise to the expectations of the people who believed in him. On his journey from an inspiring icon to a swing-shift janitor struggling with drug addiction, Chol Soo Lee personifies the ravages of America's prison industrial complexEmail Go to

32] -- The storied Golden Rule anti-nuclear sailboat will arrive in Annapolis late on Mon., April 24, kicking off a series of local events to raise awareness about the growing danger of nuclear war and to build support for the abolition of nuclear weapons.  The 34-foot wooden ketch is sailing on a 15-month voyage around the “Great Loop” of the central, southern and eastern United States, making 100 ports-of-call.  The Golden Rule is a national project of Veterans for Peace, which owns the boat.  Local organizers are Annapolis Friends Meeting, Anne Arundel Peace Action and Backbone Campaign.  An official welcome ceremony will take place at the Annapolis Yacht Basin, 2 Compromise St., Annapolis on Tues., April 25 from 11 to 11:30 AM. The Golden Rule will be welcomed by Mayor Gavin Buckley, County Executive Steuart Pittman, and State Senator Sarah Elfreth.

 Join a presentation at the First Presbyterian Church, 171 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis 21401 on Wed., April 26 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET. Come and learn about the historic 1958 mission of the Golden Rule disrupting nuclear weapons tests, alerting the public to radiation dangers, and leading to the first test-ban treaties. The urgent need for renewed treaties also will be discussed in light of current Russian, Chinese, North Korean & Iranian nuclear tensions.  Groups can schedule an educational presentation by contacting the Golden Rule Project Manager, Helen Jaccard, at or 206-992-6364. Boat tours will be available at the Golden Rule’s Annapolis boat slip.

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

No comments: