Monday, May 15, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 16 - 17, 2023

27] Internal Security Threats and WMD Proliferation – May 16

28] Russia out of Ukraine – May 26

29] Text Party for progressives – May 16

30] Baltimore Marxist Study Group – May 16

31] US Militarism which funds foreign militaries – May 16

32] Howard County Democratic Club – May 16

33] Defund MPD Biweekly Meeting – May 16

34] Palestine and the Nakba – May 16

35] US-ROK-Japan Trilateral Relations – May 17

36] Medicare for All launch – May 17


27] – On Tues., May 16 at 4 PM ET, Stanford University is hosting Miriam Barnum, University of Southern California, who will address Internal Security Threats and WMD Proliferation. Why do states pursue chemical and biological weapons (CBW), despite their limited strategic utility and their prohibition (during some time periods) under international law? Utilizing original quantitative data, she finds that internal threats to a state’s governing regime, while often neglected in theories of arming and weapons proliferation, play a significant role in driving states’ choices to pursue chemical and biological weapons. Regimes may pursue CBW in response to two types of domestic threats: coup risk, and the risk of domestic rebellion or civil conflict. In particular, she finds that governing regimes facing increases in the risk of a coup may be more likely to initiate chemical and biological weapons programs, and that regimes experiencing domestic unrest may be more likely to begin pursuing chemical weapons. She also examines evidence for external security pathways motivating weapons pursuit, and finds that proliferators treat biological weapons more like other ‘strategic weapons’ than they do chemical weapons. These findings have important implications for counter-proliferation policy, deterrence, and a theoretical understanding of arming and arms racing. Register at

28] – Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center on Tues., May 16 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.

29] – On Tues., May 16 from 6 to 8 PM ET, the Working Families Party is hosting a virtual Text Party for progressives. The Text Parties are to build for municipal and state races across the country, keeping the pressure on Congress to deliver for working people, and building toward future fights! For example, in May/June, text for Virginia Municipal Primaries for a slate of candidates for the VA Assembly, Attorney, and Sheriff, ahead of the June 20 Democratic Primary. Sign up at This will also take place on Tues., June 6 from 6 to 8 PM ET.

30] – On Tues., May 16 at 7 PM ET, the Baltimore Marxist Study Group session will be the third and final session on Imperialism at Home.  The focus will be on Native American oppression and fight-back. Zoom sign-in below. The readings are as follows: 

Chapter 7, "The Fourth World," from Blood of the Land: The Government and Corporate War against the American Indian Movement by Rex Weyler. Also read "Landback is Leading to Real Victories" by Albert Blender: Baltimore CPUSA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on Tues., May 16 at 7 PM ET. There will be eight occurrences on each month on the Third Tuesday until December 19, 2023. Download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system monthly:

Join the Zoom Meeting: The Meeting ID is 835 7940 5063 with a passcode: 403829. Or dial by your location: 1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC), again the Meeting ID is 835 7940 5063 with a passcode: 403829.

31] –On Tues., May 16 at 7 PM ET, the Ithaca Catholic Worker is doing a Clarification of Thought Dianne Roe who has lived in the West Bank, Palestine for more than 15 years with the Christian Peace Maker Teams.  She will get into US Militarism which funds foreign militaries such as Israel’s, which is a grand theft from poor people and people of color. In fact, US tax dollars help fund the occupation of Palestine, and the result is disastrous for Palestinians. Get the Zoom link at  The personal ID is 278-783-7555 with a password: 958620.

32] – On Tues., May 16 from 7 to 9 PM ET, there is an Ellicott City & Western Howard County Democratic Club general body meeting. Register at The meeting will take place at Linden Hall Community Center, 4765 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City 21042. Come join your fellow democrats here in Howard County to listen to what issues voters here are concerned about.

33] – The Metro DC DSA [] is hosting a Defund MPD Biweekly Meeting on Tues., May 16 from 7 to 8 PM ET.  A link to attend this virtual event will be emailed upon RSVP: Discuss strategy and planning. This event is open to both DSA Members and supporters. Please consider becoming a Member. Fees are on a sliding scale according to what you feel you can afford:

34] – CODEPINK [] is doing  a Congress Calling Party on Tues., May 16 at 8 PM ET -- Palestine & the Nakba - 75 Years of Resistance. Talk with special guests about the Palestinian resistance movement, 75 years after the 1948 Nakba. Sign up at

35] – On Wed., May 17 at 10 AM ET, check out a hybrid event US-ROK-Japan Trilateral Relations & Integrated Deterrence.  You can attend by going to the KEI Conference Facility, 1800 K St. NW, WDC.  Or you can watch the discussion on YouTube by RSVP at  The speakers are Becca Wasser, The Gaming Lab Center for a New American Security; James Schoff, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA; and Bee Yun Jo, Korea Institute for Defense Analyses.  The US Department of Defense [sic] advanced the concept of integrated deterrence in its 2022 National Defense [sic] Strategy (NDS), which seeks to integrate all tools of national power across domains, geography, and spectrum of conflict, while working with allies and partners. Nevertheless, there remains uncertainty surrounding integrated deterrence as a concept, how it can be implemented, and, critically, how key U.S. allies and partners view it. Given the importance of US-ROK-Japan trilateral relations — and recent improvements in bilateral relations between Tokyo and Seoul — KEI is bringing together three experts to help shed light on the concept of integrated deterrence in a trilateral context and help us better understand allied perspectives on the still-evolving concept.

36] -- Mike Hersh for Progressive Democrats of America [] hopes you will be there on Wed., May 17 at 2 PM ET as Bernie and allies engage in the Medicare for All launch at a press conference in DC! Join Progressive Democrats of America, Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Debbie Dingell and Senator Bernie Sanders, and allies at the exciting press conference at the House Triangle, located in the grassy triangle on the House side of the Capitol's East Front. RSVP at  Afterward, visit House and Senate offices to urge the legislators to cosponsor Medicare for All.

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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