Thursday, June 15, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 16 - 25, 2023

50] Safer Communities Act – June 16

51] Baltimore Pride – June 16 - 25

52] Boycott Union Kitchen.  starting June 16

53] Peace vigil at the White House June 16

54] Women in Black vigil – June 16

55] Common Cause Election Protection phone bank June 16, 18, 20 & 22

56] 30th Annual DC Dyke March – June 16

57] World Unity Week – June 17 - 24

58] Medicare for All – June 17

59] DSA picnic – June 17

60] AFRAM festival – June 17 - 18

61] Join the Political Ed Outreach Team – June 17

62] Food Pantry and Food Donation Center – June 17

63] Anti-eviction canvass – June 17

64] Lancaster Pride – June 17

65] Medical supplies are needed in Ukraine

66] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

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

68] Do you need a doctor?

69] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

70] Do you need any book shelves?

71] Join the Global Zero campaign.

72] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


50] – Shannon Grady [] wants you to know about a historic gathering on Fri., June 16 at 9 AM ET. It has been one year since the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act – the first significant federal gun safety legislation in thirty years. President Biden signing that bill marked a turning point for the gun violence prevention movement, a movement that’s only grown more momentum with each passing year. To recognize the one-year anniversary of this landmark bill, Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal are hosting The National Safer Communities Summit in Hartford, Connecticut. The event brings together lawmakers and dozens of gun violence prevention organizations from all across the country to mourn those we have lost, celebrate all we have accomplished, and plan for our next victories. Register to livestream the event:

51] – The Progressive Maryland Team [] is supporting Baltimore Pride from Fri., June 16 through Sun., June 25. Baltimore Pride will celebrate with the theme “One Heart, One Love, One Pride” to honor the contributions made to society by sexual and gender minorities. It starts at the Baltimore Museum of Art with Twilight on the Terrace on June 16.  A Pride tradition, this spectacular night features amazing craft cocktails and food from Gertrude’s, performances from local artists, and dancing under the stars.  Then on Fri., June 23 get over to Ridin’ the Rail at the B&O. Hop aboard the Pride Train Ride with one-of-a-kind drag performances, followed by an epic Baltimore Pride Party filled with music, food, and drinks under the stars surrounded by trains – it’s the ultimate Pride celebration at the B&O Railroad Museum!

The annual parade will be on Sat., June 24 and will kick off the day’s activities at 1 PM. The route begins at North Charles and 33rd Street, passes Wyman Park and at N. Charles & 23rd Street, and culminates at the Block Party. So continue in the fun with in Station North. Finally, get involved with Pride in the Park on Sun., June 25 in Druid Hill Park with performances on the main stage, exhibitors, and more fun throughout the park. Check out

52] – The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists of America [] want you to join on Fri., June 16 at 11 AM a Boycott of Union Kitchen.  RSVP at The boycott of Union Kitchen stores is in direct response of management’s ongoing and unlawful efforts to undermine the workers’ union, including firing multiple employees for union activity, in violation of federal law. Until Union Kitchen agrees to fairly negotiate a union contract, all customers are asked to shop elsewhere.

53] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., June 16 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 16 from 4 to 6 PM, Sun., June 18 from 6 to 8 PM ET,  Tues., June 20 from 4 to 6 PM ET & Thurs., June 22 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. Make calls Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and/or Sundays. 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 Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists of America [] want you to know about the 30th Annual DC Dyke March on Fri., June 16 at 6:30 PM ET! This year’s theme is Dykes for Trans Rights, and the march will begin at Lafayette Square. The first Dyke March took place on the eve of the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. The march was organized by the Lesbian Avengers, and about 20,000 women participated. DC’s Dyke March is a sponsor-free, fiercely non-corporate event (more protest, less parade). The march is approximately 1.6 miles long and all participants are requested to wear a mask. Visit

57] – From Sat., June 17 through Sat., June 24 get involved with World Unity Week which launches 99 Days of Peace through Unity which is a clarion call out to all individuals, groups, networks, platforms, initiatives and institutions dedicated to unity, peace and whole-system health to join forces to explore what we can achieve together when we focus our collective energy on a shared vision and purpose. Go to

58] – The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists of America [] want you to come on Sat., June 17 at 9:15 AM as M4All presents a petition to the Alexandria City Council.  Sign up at The Alexandria City Hall is at 301 King St., Alexandria 22314. Show up at the City Council holding signs in support of Medicare for All. Healthcare should be a human right, not a commodity. More on the petition and M4All at

59] – The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists of America [] want you to come out on Sat., June 17 at 12:30 PM for a Defund NoVA Police Potluck, Picnic, and Movie. It will take place at Quincy Park, 1021 N. Quincy St., Arlington 22201. Celebrate on the Juneteenth weekend, and after some festivities go to the Barbara M. Donnellan Auditorium in the Arlington Central Library for a screening of the movie LA 92. Visit

60] – The Black Lives Matter Interfaith Coalition [] is urging its members to attend the AFRAM Juneteenth 2023 Festival on Sat., June 17 and Sun., June 18 at  900 Druid Park Lake Drive, Baltimore.  This is one of the largest African-American festivals on the East Coast.  Go to 

61] – The Metro DC DSA [] wants you to join the Political Ed Outreach Team for June wheat pasting events. Sign up to join the DSA’s guerilla propaganda crew. The first target: Building awareness for the forthcoming “Villains of Silicon Valley: DC Walking Tour” with bestselling author Malcolm Harris on July 1, along with several upcoming Socialist Night Schools. The team would need to produce wheat paste posters and spread awareness about the chapter and its political education events.  Three dates for the Team building are Sat., June 17 and possibly the 20th if a rain makeup is needed. Sign up at

62] – On Sat., June 17 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

63] – The Metro DC DSA [] is doing a Stomp Out Slumlords anti-eviction canvas on Sat., June 17 at 1:30 PM at L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station, 650 D St. SW, WDC 20011. Join comrades in this anti-eviction canvas! Come out and inform tenants facing eviction of their rights in court, how to get a lawyer, and to see if they're interested in organizing their building. Meet on the D St. exit between 6th and 7th above the escalators.  If the weather is bad, go downstairs just before the turnstiles. There will be a short training to explain why these canvasses are necessary, how to talk to tenants about their upcoming eviction suits, and how to fill in walk-sheets. If you have a car, please drive it down to the meeting spot! Cars are helpful for getting canvassers to metro-inaccessible areas. After groups finish canvassing, folks can head to Sonny's in Park View to socialize and debrief the canvass! Sign up at

64] – On Sat., June 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM ET at the Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603, the Lancaster County Dems will celebrate Lancaster Pride. Go to  Join the LGBTQ+ Caucus in tabling at the Lancaster Pride event! Talk to voters and support the LGBTQ+ Community as a volunteer for Lancaster Dems!

65]  --  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.

66] -- 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

67] – 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 . 

68] – 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.  

69] -- 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

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

71] -- 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.

72] – 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

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