Saturday, August 5, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- August 6 to 9, 2023

26] Vote NO phone bank – Aug. 6 - 8

27] Restorative Justice Circles – Aug. 6

28] Hiroshima vigil in Annapolis – Aug. 6

29] Free Assange Aug. 6

30] More OPPENHEIMER – Aug. 6

31] Organizing the Unorganized training – Aug. 6

32] REBUILD the 1982 ANTI-NUKE MOVEMENT– Aug. 6 & 9

33] Phone bank for Virginia – Aug. 6

34] Northern Virginia Electoral Working Group meeting Aug. 6

35] Protest at the Pentagon – Aug. 7

36] Support Starbucks workers – Aug. 7

37] Election and Climate Protection Zoom – Aug. 7

38] NextGen 0rganizing – Aug. 8

39] Internet Voting – Aug. 8

40] Russia Out of Ukraine Aug. 8


26] – There is a Vote NO Campaign virtual phone bank and training, hosted by Ohio Democratic Party. Join other pro-democracy callers on phone banks run by the Ohio Democratic Party to help ensure that the 60% threshold to pass a citizen-led constitutional amendment never, ever becomes Ohio law. Call as many voters throughout Ohio as humanly possible to turn them out to vote. At the outset of a phone bank, you will be trained on how to make phone calls using a dialer! After you attend a training and the phone bank afterwards, you'll be equipped to make calls anytime that works for your schedule in the future.  The phone bank times are as follows on Sun., Aug. 6 from 10 AM to noon, 1 to 3 PM & 5 to 7 PM, Mon., Aug. 7 from 10 AM to noon, 1 to 3 PM & 5 to 7 PM and on Tues., Aug. 8 from 9 to 11 AM, noon to 2 PM, 4 to 5 PM & 5 to 7 PM ET. Sign up at

27] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and usually there is a virtual platform address at 10:30 AM ET.  On Aug. 6, hear about Restorative Justice Circles.  These Circles can be used for community building as well as conflict resolution. After a brief overview, participants will practice in one or more virtual groups, with a focus on one or two principles of Ethical Culture. Come and experience this new addition to a “toolbox for ethical living.” Email PRESIDENT@BMORETHICAL.ORG for Zoom login information.

28] –  The Annapolis Friends (Quaker) Meeting and Anne Arundel Peace Action will co-sponsor a vigil & meeting on Sun., Aug. 6 at 2 PM ET at the Annapolis City dock. The 150,000+ mostly-civilians killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were too many. But, with recent nuclear treaties being abandoned and with now-threatened use of much more powerful nuclear weapons by Russia, North Korea and unsettled U.S. policy as to "first strikes," citizens need to express concerns before millions more share a similar fate. AFM will bring pop up tents, ice water, folding chairs, some signs and fliers to hand out.  RSVP to Phil Caroom <>.

29] – Gather near the home of US Attorney General Merrick Garland on Sun., Aug. 6 and Aug. 20 from 4 to 5 PM ET for a peaceful vigil calling for the US to drop the extradition request and drop all charges on Julian Assange. Go to the 5,000 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda by a fence at Sidwell Friends Lower School, two blocks from the Bethesda Metro station. Contact Ann Wilcox

30] – Alan Minsky for Progressive Democrats of America [] will take off during its Town Hall on Sun., Aug. 6 at 4 PM ET with the film OPPENHEIMER and the horror of nuclear weapons. The Special Guest is Helen Caldicott, who will address 78 Years Later, the Ongoing Threat of Nuclear Annihilation. RSVP at

31] – The Metro DC DSA [] indicates that there is an “Organizing the Unorganized” training on Sun., Aug. 6 from 5 to 7 PM ET at the Northern Virginia Labor Federation, 4536 B John Marr Drive, Annandale, VA 22003. There has been an increase in new union organizing in Northern Virginia recently, but more needs to be done. All union members and friends of labor are welcome to attend this training with Chris Townsend, retired organizing director of the Amalgamated Transit Union. Pizza will be offered! Contact Chris Townsend at 703-341-9446 and RSVP at

32] –    The Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemoration Committee will engage in its 39th annual remembrance of the 1945 atomic bombing on August 6 of Hiroshima and on August 9 of Nagasaki.  The groups involved in the Commemoration Committee are the Baltimore club of CPUSA, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, First & St Stephen's United Church of Christ, Homewood Friends Meeting, Maryland Peace Action, Our Revolution and Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2002 at Comcast dot net.

 To help build up people power, the Committee is hosting two Town Halls. On August 6, there will be a 7th Congressional District Nuclear War Awareness Town Hall at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles Street, Baltimore 21218. This town hall is in Kweisi Mfume’s legislative district.  It will start at 6 PM with a commemoration vigil outside the meetinghouse. Once inside around 7 PM participants will be informed of Baltimore’s long history of antinuclear weapons endeavors.  Organizations will be encouraged to make a statement about the threat created by these weapons of mass destruction.

  On August 9, there will be a 2nd Congressional District Nuclear War Awareness Town Hall at First & St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, 6915 York Road, Baltimore 21212.  This town hall which will be in Dutch Ruppersberger’s legislative district will start at 6 PM with a commemoration vigil outside the church. Once inside, around 7 PM participants will be informed about all of the activities taking place to confront the threat of a nuclear war.

33] –  On Sun., Aug. 6 from 6 to 8 PM ET, the Democratic National Committee is organizing VIRTUAL PHONE BANKS FOR THE VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES- TO TURN VA BLUE! RSVP at This event will continue on Sundays from 6 to 8 PM ET THROUGH November 5.  Call voters in Virginia to get them out to vote in the November election. NO EXPERIENCE is NECESSARY. Get TRAINING and hear from COACHES TO HELP ALL ALONG THE WAY.

34] – On Sun., Aug. 6 from 7 to 8 PM ET, there will be a Northern Virginia Electoral Working Group meeting. RSVP at A link to attend this virtual event will be emailed upon RSVP Join the NoVA Electoral Working Group and begin research on Virginia Election for the upcoming November General Election.

35] – 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 Aug. 7, 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.

36] – Support Starbucks Workers on the National Day of Action, Mon., Aug. 7 at 9 AM ET. Starbucks workers have organized unions in over 335 Starbucks stores in less than two years--an historic wave fueled by the call for Starbucks to uphold their own stated values by respecting workers’ right to organize. The Virginia Interfaith Center on Public Policy will support Starbucks workers calling for their right to organize free from intimidation. VICPP will host two adopt-a-shop events in Richmond where the group will spend an hour or so canvassing customers. Register at or  You can also host an event of your own at to sponsor a shop near you. 

37] – Mike Hersh for Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you to join the Election and Climate Protection Zoom on Mon., Aug. 7 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

38] – Get with NextGen Organizing for a Freedom to Vote Act virtual Text Bank on Tues., Aug. 8 from 1 to 3 PM ET. The Freedom to Vote Act was reintroduced this summer as a bicameral bill to expand access to the ballot box, modernize voter registration, ensure fair maps, and much more. Now is the time to take action and ensure your representatives support this bill. Choose a time that works for you, and you will get the script, texting platform, guides, and a community to connect with other NextGen volunteers!  RSVP at

39] – Susan Greenhalgh [] is inviting you to a briefing on internet voting on Tues., Aug. 8 at 4 PM ET hosted by Free Speech for People.  Join leading computer security and internet voting policy experts to discuss questions and misinformation surrounding online voting. ‌ ‌RSVP at

40] -- Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center on Tues., Aug. 8 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



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