Thursday, June 29, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 30 -- July 5, 2023

53] Peace vigil at the White House June 30

54] Women in Black vigil – June 30

55] Common Cause Election Protection phone bank June 30 & July 4 & 5

56] Empathy Summit – July 1

57] Food Pantry and Food Donation Center – July 1

58] Villains of Silicon Valley July 1

59] Paint and Sip fundraiser – July 1

60] Medical supplies are needed in Ukraine

61] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

62] Read Dave Eberhardt’s book "For All the Saints- a Protest Primer"

63] Do you need a doctor?

64] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

65] Do you need any book shelves?

66] Join the Global Zero campaign.

67] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


53] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., June 30 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

54] – Every Friday from noon to 1 PM, Baltimore Women in Black vigil for peace with men and women who live in Roland Park. WIB invites all to join, and any peace sign is welcome, such as "Defuse Nuclear War."  The vigil takes place outside Roland Park Place at the corner of West 40th Street and Elm Street. Parking is free at RPP or at the Rotunda across the street. Contact Ann Vinup at

55] – On Fri., June 30, Tues., July 4 & Wed., July 5 from 5 to 7 PM ET, there is a Common Cause organized Election Protection phone bank.   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 for a shift to make calls and help strengthen the phone bank team to protect our democracy. These shifts will also always include training for first-timers before you make calls, so if this is your first time, no worries! Register at  

56] – The Peace Alliance is hosting the first hour of a four hour event with the Empathy Center entitled Empathy Summit on Sat., July 1 at 11 AM ET. The Empathy Center is newly established and undergoing renovations in Santa Barbara, CA. It will become an empathy-based educational retreat center and is preparing for its first in-person Empathy Facilitation training in September.  The Peace Alliance Board Chair Liz Gannon Graydon will help open the Summit along with Kathy Kidd, who serves as The Peace Alliance Program Coordinator. Kathy is also an Empathy Circle Facilitation Trainer with the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy. Along with her work for The Peace Alliance, Liz is Co-Founder and President of What BETTER Looks Like, a nonprofit organization that taps into the creative potential of people to help solve problems in their local communities. Liz founded and hosts a weekly tea party in Bryant Park, NYC which she calls the Beloved Communi-tea. She will speak to the roles of listening, empathy, and dialogue in fostering connection within the Beloved Community.

  This summit will feature two hours of experts speaking on empathy and listening practices, followed by a 90 minute empathy circle to learn the Empathy Circle Process – a simple practice, easy to learn, and provides the foundation for developing or deepening your empathy skills. Join this four hour summit for all or part of what is being offered. Cohosted with Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom, Listen First Project, CoPSEC, and National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation. Register at

57] – On Sat., July 1 from noon to 2 PM EST, get over to the Food Pantry and Food Donation Center at First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Madison St., Baltimore. This Food Pantry is open every Saturday. Get a grocery bag – breakfast, jelly and peanut butter (a good source of protein) for lunch, the makings for a balanced dinner such as beans and rice, pasta and sauce, soup, vegetables, fruit, and a paper goods. Also added is a little fun food, such as popcorn or cookies, for everyone enjoys a treat.  Contributions of shelf stable foods can be brought to Reid Chapel every Saturday between noon and 2 PM. If shopping is difficult for you, monetary donations earmarked food pantry may be sent to the church.  How else can you help? Volunteers are needed to help collect and distribute food. Contact the church office to volunteer. You can also help by spreading the word to those you know who are facing food insecurity. See

58] –  Metro DC DSA [] indicates there is a walking tour on Sat., July 1 at 1 PM -- Villains of Silicon Valley – with Author Malcolm Harris. The tour will explore three sites in downtown D.C. connected to how Silicon Valley leaders used institutions in the District to promote a capitalist world order over the past century, drawn from material and research for Malcolm’s Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World. The tour will cover the evil of President Herbert Hoover and American imperialism, what the real “Iran-Contra” scandal was, how tech elites fund the contemporary reactionary movement and much more. The tour will meet in Freedom Plaza, and food and drink will be provided along the route. Sign up at

59] – Metro DC DSA [] wants you to attend a Paint and Sip fundraiser on Sat., July 1 at 4 PM ET. The Defund Northern Virginia working group will engage for one last celebration of Pride Month.  Gather outside in Arlington (address details to be provided to those who get tickets) to recreate art by Keith Haring and reflect on the intersection of the LGBTQIA+ struggle for rights and the problem with expanded policing. Your ticket will give you access to the supplies and guidance needed to paint your own Haring artwork, and proceeds support the working group’s future actions and goals. Light food and drink will be provided, and those who purchase a ticket with a drink add-on will be offered red or white wine (BYOB is allowed). RSVP at

60]  --  If you are able to donate any kind of surplus medical supplies for field hospitals in eastern Ukraine, please email or call 410-721-5770 x231.  There is a colleague whose father is a medic on the front line. One container is shipped every month to the Donbass region. Donations can be picked up in Baltimore and Columbia every Thursday, and on other days in Annapolis and Crofton.

61] -- This is A PLEA TO CONVINCE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY TO OBEY INTERNATIONAL LAW. The world reached a historic milestone on January 22, 2021: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons [TPNW] entered into force and become binding international law --

Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland has called attention to the growing danger of nuclear war and the outrageous $1.7 trillion dollars we are spending to upgrade the nuclear arsenal. On July 18, 2017, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, a U.S. Navy - affiliated research center received a seven-year, $92 million contract to continue its systems engineering and research-and-development services for the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. Help convince JHU to renounce nuclear weapons contracts. Contact the president, Ron Daniels, to urge him to reject all nuclear weapons contracts: Office of the President, 242 Garland Hall, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218.  Call his office at (410) 516-8068 or email

62] – David Eberhardt was a member of the Baltimore Four with Father Philip Berrigan, Tom Lewis and Rev. James Mengel.  The group poured blood on draft files on October 27, 1967.  They would be convicted and sentenced to prison. Dave has written a book "For All the Saints- a Protest Primer"- documenting the Baltimore Four action and many others up to and including the most recent Plowshares action – Kings Bay Plowshares 7.  

  Dave just printed 50 new copies of For All the Saints, a Protest Primer- 250+ pp w photos-therefore #'s 351-400 making it o so collectable with two Berrigan book reviews added. The books are signed, and the price remains $25. Will send free if need b- he is not in it for the money! If you want one, send him a check: or contact Dave Eberhardt, 4 Hadley Square North, Baltimore, MD 21218 by email at . 

63] – Yousef Zarbalian [] started his own medical practice in December before the pandemic hit. It is called East-West Medicine and Rheumatology, and its website is  Yousef is licensed in Maryland and Virginia. He is doing primary care as well as rheumatologic care (focusing on joint problems and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and sjogren's).  He is offering telemedicine visits, and he has very reasonable rates for uninsured individuals.  He makes use of herbs (which can be sent directly to patients from the herbal dispensary) as well as prescribing medications to their local pharmacy if needed.  

64] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs, records, tarps and table cloths, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at

65] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at

66] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

67] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

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

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 29 - July 2

42] Climate Chaos suit to proceed – June 29

43] Fast and Vigil against the Death Penalty – June 29 – July 2

44] Brady Organizing Team virtual training – June 29

45] Social Housing organizing meeting – June 29

46] Healing Circle for Victims of Gun Violence -- June 29

47] Bring Your Own meeting – June 29

48] Moral Call to End Solitary Confinement – June 29

49] Reimagining Independence Day – June 29

50] Progressive Harford County – June 29

51] Financial Literacy Workshops – June 29

52] Campaign Victory Team meeting – June 29


42] – UNFOLD ZERO [] will be talking about the Rights of Future Generations from the ICJ Climate Case to the Summit of the Future on Thurs., June 29 at 9:45 AM ET. PM ET. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has started the process for Obligations of States in respect of Climate Change, which will likely be one of the most important cases in the court's illustrious history.

The first international organization to be granted authority to participate in the case was the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The ICJ has followed up by also granting authority to the Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change and International Law (COSIS) and the European Union to participate in the case.  Normandy Chair for Peace and the Permanent Missions of Vanuatu and Costa Rica to the United Nations, will hold a diplomatic and civil society round-table in New York City on Recognizing and strengthening Rights of Future Generations: From the ICJ Climate Case to the UN Summit of the Future. Join online at

43] – Amnesty International USA [] wants you to join the Fast and Vigil against the Death Penalty.  It will begin on Thurs., June 29 and run through Sun., July 2 outside the US Supreme Court. Find out more and register at!

For four days, death penalty abolitionists from around the country will gather at the steps of the Supreme Court to call for an end to capital punishment in the United States. It is an energizing grassroots week of training, advocacy, action, community and education.

Tens of thousands of tourists and locals, from all over the U.S. and throughout the world, pass by our vigil and table, so the opportunity for dialogue and discussion at a real grass-roots level is invaluable to the movement. Additionally, each evening hear stories from murder victim family members, death row exonerees, death row families and leaders in the national abolition movement. Note that fasting is optional, and participation can be as much or as little as you want it to be – come for all four days, or just for a few hours. You can also join the online component to watch and listen to daily teach-ins virtually.

44] – On Thurs., June 29 from 5 to 6 PM ET, get with the Brady Organizing Team for a virtual training. Do you need support from Brady’s organizing team? Have new ideas to combat gun violence, but don’t know how to get them off the ground? Every week, a member of the organizing team is here to support your work. Sign up for the shift that works best for your schedule. If you can't find a time that works for you, email to schedule time to talk. RSVP at  This will continue on Thursdays through Dec. 21.

45] – The Metro DC DSA [] is calling a Social Housing Organizing Meeting on Thurs., June 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM ET.  Join the Social Housing Working Group for its biweekly organizing meeting. Learn about its latest activities, what they're planning for the future, and how to get involved. The Social Housing Working Group seeks to educate Metro DC DSA chapter members and the general public about social housing and to facilitate collective action in support of the passage and implementation of the Green New Deal for Housing Amendment Act. The legislation proposes to create mixed-income, district-owned housing with market rate units that subsidize a larger number of affordable units. It's a pioneering approach that deepens affordability, invests surplus funds into the creation of more social housing, and locks-in financial sustainability. The bill also includes climate and labor standards and elected tenant boards with oversight over building management. RSVP at  A link to attend this virtual event will be emailed upon RSVP. This event is open to both DSA Members and supporters.

46] – Brady & Team are doing another ENOUGH Healing Circle: Virtual Vigil For All Victims of Gun Violence on Thurs., June 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM ET.  Join a quarterly Healing Circle and virtual vigil for Brady & Team Enough Chapters, SECs, RLCs, staff, family, and friends. Honor and remember all victims and survivors of gun violence.  Gun violence affects us all - victims, survivors, non-victim/survivor activists, staff - all of us. No one is immune. This Healing Circle for Brady and Team Enough is a safe space where you can reflect, talk openly, listen and even cry together in solidarity to create real change. We look forward to you joining us for our Healing Circle. RSVP at

47] – The Energy Justice Network [[ is holding a meeting  on Thurs., June 29 at 6:30 PM ET for volunteers for the Bring Your Own -Baltimore Reduces campaign.  There are now 33 local businesses that allow you to bring in your own container for food and beverage takeout. Look at this map: Interested in joining the movement? Come with your questions and ideas!  Join at 

48] – The National Religious Campaign against Torture [] is holding a JustFaith webinar on Thurs., June 29 at 7 PM ET --- “Torture in Our Name: The Moral Call to End Solitary Confinement.”  Johnny Perez, the director of NRCAT’s U.S. Prisons Program, and Laura Markle Downton, NRCAT’s director of Faith and Community Engagement, will address the role of survivors of torture in U.S. prisons and jails, and their faith allies, in successful campaigns for abolition. Register at

49] – Reimagining Independence Day will take place on Thurs., June 29 at 7 PM ET. Join AFSC and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition for a conversation on the meaning of Independence Day in the context of global migration today. Who is Independence Day for? How has the United States lived—and not lived—into the values of liberty and equality in its approach to migration? What is the vision for a U.S. immigration system that truly embodies these values? Discuss ways that we can work toward that vision today. RSVP at

50] –There is a Progressive Harford County virtual Monthly Meeting on Thurs., June 29 from 7 to 8 PM ET. Meet the chapter's Steering Committee and hear about current campaigns and events coming up. Sign up at

51] – The Immigration Outreach Service Center [] wants you to know that free Financial Literacy Workshops will be offered beginning on Thurs., June 29 at 7 PM. The Workshops will be on Zoom, Thursdays at 7 PM through July 6. Learn how your money can work for you. Please contact Mary at or 410-323-8564 ext. 110 for more info and to register.       

The Union of Concerned Scientists [] will hold a virtual discussion on implementing the transformative change needed to stop the erosion of democracy on Thurs., June 29 from 8 to 9 PM ET.  Learn about History, Hope & the Power of Election Science. To solve the problems that threaten our health, safety, and environment we need a political system where every voice counts. Unfortunately, some communities across the United States have effectively been disenfranchised through laws and policies that make it harder to vote.

Attacks on democracy are not a new problem, but this erosion of voting rights has grown worse in recent years. And now, the legalization of gerrymandering with no checks and balances may be upheld by the US Supreme Court as early as this July.  Register for the virtual discussion at

52] – Mike Fox for Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you on the Campaign Victory Team meeting on June 29 at 9 PM ET.  Discuss how we bring home victories in VA in June. You'll leave energized and organized. Invite your progressive friends! Register and the machine will email you your secure codes:

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

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 28, 2023

37] How you can benefit from the Inflation Reduction Act – June 28

38] Best and Worst of Working in America – June 28

39] Protect Black History – June 28

40] Story of a Palestinian Human Rights Lawyer June 28

41] Election Debrief – June 28


37] – PSR [] is doing a webinar on Wed., June 28 at 4 PM ET How you can benefit from the Inflation Reduction Act. Learn how the IRA supports a healthy, livable climate – and could help you buy an all-electric heat pump! Did you know that the IRA also has the potential to benefit the health and energy efficiency of your home and community?  Learn how IRA funding helps pay for everything from electric school buses to the purchase of heat pumps for your home. Register at

38] – The Patriotic Millionaires [] are doing a Great Economy Project online, a series of five webinars. On Wed., June 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM ET, check out Best and Worst of Working in America with Kaitlyn Henderson of Oxfam America.  Unfortunately the economy is rigged against working people in favor of the rich. RSVP at

39] – On Wed., June 28 from 7 to 8 PM ET, Color of Change is doing a training about Protecting Black History on OrganizeFor. RSVP at Black people have fundamentally changed the political landscape, and no matter who is in office, Black legislators are the answer for their families, communities, and the nation.  At this training, learn how to build power on the ground together in communities to fight against the erasure of Black history. Come together to fight against attacks on Black history!

40] – Friends of Sabeel North America [] wants you to know about a book talk on Wed., June 28 at 8 PM ET of Jonathan Kuttab's book launch of "The Truth Shall Set You Free: The Story of a Palestinian Human Rights Lawyer Working for Peace & Justice in Palestine/Israel." Hear on Zoom Jonathan read excerpts of his new memoir and stick around to ask questions! Register at Can two people exist under two different flags – when just the sight of those flags incites rage? What will it take? Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian Human Rights lawyer—and Christian pacifist—believes there is a way. In this moving, harrowing memoir, he takes us on a personal journey from anger and thoughts of violence to his deep commitment to unrelenting peaceful activism.

41] – Common Cause [] is doing an Election Debrief on Wed., June 28 at 8 PM ET.  Join the Debrief with Common Cause's voting and elections experts. RSVP at The Common Cause team will share the latest updates from its largest-ever midterm mobilization, discuss the results and what they mean, and chart out a path for its campaign work in 2023, 2024, and beyond.

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

Monday, June 26, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 27 & 28, 2023

30] Zogby at the UN – June 27

31] Share a meal with caregivers – June 27

32] Discuss electoral accountability – June 27

33] Youth, Peace Education, and Action June 28

34] US Campaign for Burma June 28

35] The Sudan Crisis & Chad– June 28

36] Fulfilling the IRA’s Climate Promise – June 28


30] – James Zogby [] will speak at the United Nations Security Council on Tues., June 27 at 11 AM.  He will attend the special session on the Middle East and the Palestinian Question at the invitation of Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tar Wennesland.  At that meeting Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tar Wennesland, is expected to brief the Security Council on the latest Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of resolution 2334 on Israel's illegal settlement. Zogby will be speaking on the human rights violations facing the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation. You will be able to watch the open briefing using the UNTV link at

31] – Jess Ahart [] is inviting you on Tues., June 27 from 6 to 7:30 PM ET to a Caring across Maryland Social at Cityvies.  Join this event at Come to the City View Apartments at McCullough Homes, 501 Dolphin St., Baltimore. Share a meal with care workers, advocates, and those who rely on Maryland long term care and home care services to build community and coalition power. 

32] – The Metro DC DSA [] on Tues., June 27 at 7 PM ET, the Political Engagement Committee will discuss electoral accountability. The hope is that chapter members will speak, regarding why and how the chapter should hold the elected officials it endorses accountable to DSA’s priorities. Get the Zoom link at

33] – World BEYOND War [] is inviting you on Wed., June 28 at 9 AM ET to a Youth, Peace Education, and Action webinar. Hear from young leaders about work being done to advance the Youth, Peace, and Security (YPS) agenda locally and globally, and get a chance to connect with and learn from others working in the space. You also hear from WBW's Education Director Phill Gittins and have the opportunity to engage in a visualization activity to encourage reflection and dialogue specific to broadening our notions and practices of YPS work moving forward. Register at

34] – The U.S. Campaign for Burma [] is holding an event on Wed., June 28 at 9 AM ET -- "The Power of Inclusion: Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees of Karenni and Chin States and Central Burma." Together with Karenni National Women's Organization and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the Campaign will be launching its "Power of Inclusion" live event series.  The first panel of the series will share the challenges and hurdles experienced by IDPs and refugees from Karenni and Chin states and Central Burma, but also the need to include the voices of these impacted communities in all conversations moving forward. This discussion is becoming increasingly relevant as forced repatriation remains a hot topic. RSVP at

35] – HIAS [] is doing an Emergency Update on the Sudan Conflict: How HIAS is supporting refugees arriving in Chad on Wed., June 28 at 11 AM ET. RSVP at

36] – The Environmental Defense Fund [] wants you to know How States are Key to Fulfilling the IRA’s Climate Promise on Wed., June 28 at 1 PM ET. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is the largest, most ambitious climate legislation Congress has ever passed. It will transform the U.S. energy sector and slash emissions, with opportunities for governments and the private sector to take advantage of its programs and incentives. State-level implementation and participation will be integral to maximizing the climate benefits of the IRA.  Learn how EDF is boosting capacity on the ground in key states to ensure funds are implemented meaningfully and effectively across communities. REGISTER at

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

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 26 - 27, 2023

22] Light a candle – June 26

23] Aftermath of Guantánamo – June 26

24] Shifting Power Dynamics in a Multi-power World – June 26

25] Tribute to Survivors of Torture – June 26

26] Combating Antisemitism and Racism – June 26

27] Light in Gaza Webinar June 27

28] Free bike repairs – June 27

29] Russia out of Ukraine – June 27


22] -- Light a candle on the evening of June 26, the UN International Day of Support for Victims of Torture.

23] – "It follows you every place you go": The Aftermath of Guantánamo will be discussed on Mon., June 26 at 4 PM ET.  Muslim Counterpublics Lab, part of the Guantanamo Survivors Fund (GSF) and the Center for Constitutional Rights, invites you to a 90-minute virtual event to mark June 26, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.  Hear from three former Guantanamo prisoners in a conversation about the aftermath of Guantanamo: Ahmed Errachidi, a Moroccan-born chef working in London on September 11, 2001; Mansoor Adayfi, GSF's Director of Outreach, who was just 19 years old when he was taken to Guantanamo Bay Prison; and Sufyian Barhoumi who returned to his native Algeria last year, after his repatriation arranged by the Obama Administration was delayed for five years by President Trump. Sign up at

24] – The Campaign for Peace, Disarmament & Common Security [] is hosting a webinar on Mon., June 26 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET -- SHIFTING POWER DYNAMICS: UKRAINE, RUSSIA, AND U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS IN a MULTIPOLAR WORLD. Register at While the Biden administration tends to perceive the world as being divided between two great power blocs, with the U.S. and its allies on one side and a nefarious alliance of China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea on the other, most of the world sees a more complex picture, with multiple centers of power and complex, fluid arrangements among the major players. This is evident in the world's response to the war in Ukraine.

The Ukraine War has crystalized forces that have been building for years, crystalizing a new multipolar world. While many in Washington believe that the entire world, minus those four bad actors, supports Western-backed efforts to ensure a decisive Ukrainian victory over Russia, most Global South leaders have avoided taking sides in the war and prefer an early negotiated settlement. What they see emerging is a multipolar world, in which the U.S., the EU, China, Russia, India, and other countries exercise significant global power and influence, along with regional powers like Turkey, Brazil, Indonesia, and South Africa. Hear from Helena Cobban and Michael Klare.

25] -- Witness Against Torture [] hopes you will be interested in an online event on June 26, UN Day in Support of Survivors of Torture at 7 PM ET --  Courageous Voices, Unbreakable Spirits: a Tribute to Survivors of Torture.  RSVP at This is a powerful gathering of passionate people from around the world, coming together to celebrate the strength and resilience of the human spirit, and stand up for those whose voices have been silenced. 

26] -- Molly Amster [] is inviting you to Allies in Action: Combating Antisemitism and Racism on Mon., June 26 at 7 PM ET. This is a virtual learning session convened by the Avodah Institute for Social Change in partnership with the Black Jewish Liberation Collective. Everyone deserves to live with freedom, safety, and belonging. Come discuss how antisemitism and racism are part of the same machinery of oppression, and learn how we to overcome violence and fear by shifting away from isolation and towards community building. Register at

27] – AFSC [] is hosting a webinar on Tues., June 27 at noon ET Light in Gaza Webinar: A Rose Shoulders Up: Poetry and Culture in Gaza, with Mosab Abu Toha.  The conversation with Palestinian poet Mosab Abu Toha will include Professor Ann Lesch!  They will discuss Mosab's work and contribution to the Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire anthology, "Exporting Oranges and Short Stories: Cultural Struggle in the Gaza Strip." Mosab will also share some of his award-winning poetry.    Register at 

28] – Jed Weeks, Bikemore [] wants you to know about a Mobile Bike Shop at Lake Montebello on Tues., June 27 from 4 to 7 PM ET.  RSVP at  Free bike repairs will take place under Bikemore's tent near the Pump Station,

29] -- Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center on Tues., June 20 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.

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

Baltimore Activist Alert – June 25 to July 4, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert – June 25 to July 4, 2023

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to

  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to Max Obuszewski, BNC, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Max can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at]

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation\

3] Need help in archiving activist material    

4] Max is looking for tips on a garage or a storage suggestion.

5] Support the Pratt Workers United

6] Get the book Surely Goodness and Mercy by Murphy Davis

7] Get the book Male Supremacy in the Catholic Church: An Insider’s View by Roy Bourgeois

8] Commemorate the life of Robert White – June 25

9] The Unknown Artists – June 25

10] Pride in the Plaza – June 25

11] Global Town Hall – June 25

12] Take Cuba off the list – June 25

13] UPS Teamsters United Solidarity Rally – June 25

14] Honor Dan Ellsberg – June 25

15] Common Cause phone bank – June 28 & 30, July 4

16] Protest at the Pentagon – June 26

17] Torture Advocacy Days – June 26 & 27

18] Diaspora Russian War Resisters and Evaders Speak Out – June 26

19] Support Rent Stabilization – June 26

20] Keep Our Water Out of Corporate Hands – June 26

21] Election and Climate Protection Zoom – June 26


1] – Buttons, bumper stickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

2] –To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

3] –  Janice Sevre-Duszynska needs some assistance in archiving her activist material.  If you are interested in this project, contact Max at 410-32301607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

4] – Max is in need of a garage or a storage space.  Any suggestions would be welcome.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

5] – The workers at the Enoch Pratt Free Library have started a drive to organize a union calling themselves Pratt Workers United.  Go to There is a letter of support for community members to sign at

"Pratt Library workers are forming a union, Pratt Workers United. We are seeking pay equity for all, safer working conditions, benefits for part-time workers, and a voice in decisions that affect our work.” The workers voted to unionize

6] – Consider getting HOSPITALITY, the newsletter of OPEN DOOR: A prophetic discipleship community honoring the Black Jesus, Dorothy Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. The September/October 2022 issue contains a wonderful review by Claire Schaeffer-Duffy of Surely Goodness and Mercy by Murphy Davis, reprinted from The Catholic Worker, March-April 2022.  Davis, a co-founder of the Open Door Community, died in 2020.   You can subscribe to the newsletter or buy a copy of the book by calling 404-290-2047 or by emailing

7] – Another book to consider purchasing is Male Supremacy in the Catholic Church: An Insider’s View by Roy Bourgeois. His new book is both memoir and position-paper, and it makes the case that the Roman Catholic Church is a corrupt system that spits out truth-tellers. The crime he was excommunicated for was attending the ordination ceremony of Janice Sevre-Duszynska in Lexington, Kentucky, in August 2008. The ordination was under the auspices of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.  The Vatican’s response has been to excommunicate any woman who has the audacity to see herself as a priest equal to a male priest. You can purchase a copy from Amazon or by Kindle.

  Here are two quotes to contemplate: “I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men. She is to keep silent.” – Timothy 1, 2:12-13.  “If the patriarchy that dominates the church is not dismantled and women are not treated as equals, the church will continue to diminish and, eventually, die.” – Roy Bourgeois.

8] – The Takoma Park Mobilization [] wants you to join in on Sun., June 25 at 10 AM ET to commemorate the life of Robert White and mark the Silver Spring Justice Coalition's 5th Anniversary. Gather at the Christ Congregational Church, 9525 Colesville Road, Silver Spring 20901. RSVP at  Email

9] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and usually there is a platform address at 10:30 AM ET.  On June 25, the discussion will be about The Unknown Artists.  Every true artist’s dream is to give to the world a body of work that can speak to everyone who encounters it, and see their life reflected in each piece. Just because an artist comes from a certain background shouldn’t be a barrier to their ability to create works that are universal.

We live in an art world that hyper focuses on the artist themselves, to the exclusion of the community they came from. This exclusion of the wider public from the artist’s story has cast into oblivion many artists who don’t fit the line genius mold. We lose a lot because of this neglect. In this program, Kimberly Sheridan introduces four of these artists. How did they embark on their art journey, who encouraged them, and how does their art speak to all of us today? The speaker hopes that this introduction whets the mental appetite to explore these artists more thoroughly than a bare outline can give you. Perhaps the artists themselves would welcome this. CONTACT President@bmorethical.Org for ZOOM LOGIN INFORMATION.

10] – On Sun., June 25 from noon to 8 PM ET, get over to Pride in the Plaza — Montgomery County's annual celebration of diverse LGBTQIA+ communities! Go to Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring 20910. Pride in the Plaza is a space where everyone can come together to celebrate love and living as our most authentic selves!  Visit

11] –  Metta Spencer [] is inviting you on Sun., June 25 from 2 to 4 PM ET to a Global Town Hall hosted by Project Save the World.  Sign up at  On the last Sunday of every month, there is an open meeting on Zoom for activists worldwide who are addressing issues of militarism (especially nuclear weapons), global warming, famine, pandemics, radioactive contamination, and/or cyber risks. Visit Also check out the Facebook event page: Project Save the World is sponsored by Peace Magazine.

12] –  The Solidarity Collective [] needs you to be in D.C. on Sun., June 25 from 2 to 4 PM ET for a protest at the White House to demand the Biden administration take Cuba off the list of “State Sponsors of Terrorism!” 

Members of the Maryland CPUSA [] will be in D.C. on Sun., June 25 from 2 to 4 PM ET at the White House to demand that the Biden administration lift the embargo against the Cuban people and take Cuba off the state sponsors of terror list. Some members will be leaving from Penn Station on the 11 AM Marc train, returning on the 4:30 or 5:30 PM train. Call Margaret for more information at 443-413-8758. Visit

13] – There is an UPS Teamsters United Solidarity Rally on Sun., June 25 from 4 to 8 PM ET.  Come out to Sonny’s Pizza, 3120 Georgia Ave. NW, WDC for an afternoon of fundraising, raffles and solidarity. Over a quarter of a million Teamsters are battling UPS for a fair contract and winning — management has already tentatively given in to union demands for air conditioning in trucks. Sign up for the rally at

14] – Alan Minsky for Progressive Democrats of America [] hopes you will attend on Sun., June 25 at 4 PM ET a Town Hall: Testifying Against Medicare Advantage, Celebrating Daniel Ellsberg, & Defending Julian Assange. Hear from allies from Be a Hero, who are collecting testimonials about how Medicare Advantage is harming seniors across the country, then honor Daniel Ellsberg and heed his wish to defend Julian Assange and all whistleblowers. Hear from Lisa Dekker, co-Vice President of Outreach for Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA), who will share the exemplary work they're doing at the state level to protect Medicare from corporate greed—a great example for PDAers to emulate in other states! In the second hour, celebrate the life of Daniel Ellsberg with testimonials from PDAers across the country. As part of that celebration, there will be an update from the Julian Assange Defense Committee, since one of Daniel's strongest final requests was for people to come together in defense of Assange as they commit to protecting whistleblowers going forward. Daniel Ellsberg, Presente! RSVP at

15] – Join a virtual Common Cause phone bank. 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 for a shift to make calls and help strengthen the phone bank team to protect our democracy. Make calls from 4 to 6 PM ET on Wed., June 28 or Fri. June 30 or Tues., July 4. These shifts will also always include training for first-timers before you make calls, so if this is your first time, no worries! This will continue through August 28, 2024. Sign up at

16] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is June 26, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  This vigil will honor the visit to the area of the anti-nuclear ship the Golden Rule.

 By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begins at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. The restrooms are located inside Marriot Providence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.

17] –   On Mon., June 26 and Tues., June 27 from 9 AM to 5 PM ET, join in Advocacy Days on Capitol Hill organized by the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC). Meet at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 202 E. Capitol ST. NE, WDC. Sign up at Each day from 9 to 10:30 AM ET, there will be a training before heading to Capitol Hill.

18] – Michael Beer, Nonviolence International [] indicates that the group is hosting a webinar to listen to Diaspora Russian War Resisters and Evaders Speak Out on Mon., June 26 at 11 AM ET. RSVP at to

19] – The Metro DC DSA [] needs your help on Mon., June 26 at 1:30 PM ET.  Join the HOME Act Coalition for a Montgomery County Council Rent Stabilization Work Session. Council members stated that they were prepared to discuss a rent stabilization rate and come to a compromise on both rent stabilization bills — the HOME Act and its developer-supported rival — in the next committee work session on June 26. Turn out with HOME Act signs to show that strong rent stabilization has the support of the people! RSVP at

20] – On Mon., Jun 26 from 4 to 5 PM ET,  Food & Water Watch will hold a press conference outside Baltimore’s City Hall, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202 calling on the City Council to Keep Our Water Out of Corporate Hands. RSVP at Voice your concerns over the Baltimore Water Regional Governance Task Force and the threat of water privatization. Mayor Brandon Scott will be appointing members to a task force which could potentially sell Baltimore's water system to a private corporation. So far, the city has not been transparent about the intentions of this task force and whether or not only public options will be considered. Privatizing Baltimore's water could potentially raise rates, bring back water shutoffs, and end the city's income-based water billing program. Urge Mayor Scott to keep for-profit interests away from our water

21] – Mike Hersh for Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you to join the Election and Climate Protection Zoom on Mon., June 26 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

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