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

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