Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- November 3 - 9, 2023

50] Peace vigil at the White House -- Nov. 3

51] Women in Black vigil – Nov. 3

52] Weekly Town Hall Podcast about Media & Democracy – Nov. 3

53] Plastics are everywhere – Nov. 3

54] A Theological Dialogue about Gaza – Nov. 3

55] Common Cause Election Protection phone bank – Nov. 3, 5, 7 & 9

56] Public utility, yes – Nov. 3

57] Health Hero Awards – Nov. 3

58] Get out the Vote virtual phone banks – Nov. 3 - 4

59] Food pantry – Nov. 4

60] Canvass for a progressive – Nov. 4

61] Canvass for a Blue Virginia Legislature – Nov. 4 - 5

62] Food Pantry and Food Donation Center – Nov. 4

63] MD Peace Action annual general meeting – Nov. 4

64] National march for Palestine – Nov. 4

65] Peacemaker of the year – Nov. 4

66] Medical supplies are needed in Ukraine

67] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

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

69] Do you need a doctor?

70] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

71] Do you need any book shelves?

72] Join the Global Zero campaign.

73] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


50] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Nov. 2 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

51] – 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

52] – The Democratic National Committee is holding a Weekly Town Hall Podcast about Media & Democracy on Fri., Nov. 3 from noon to 1:30 PM ET.  Tune in at The podcast will continue through Fri., Jan. 26 from noon to 1 PM ET.

53] – Jane Fonda for Fire Drill Fridays [] is concerned about plastics in our bodies.  On Fri., Nov. 3 at 2 PM ET, Jane will have a conversation with community mobilizer, Sharon Lavigne; leading health expert, Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP; and actor, writer, and climate justice advocate, Bonnie Wright. They will dive into how plastics could be affecting us and what we must do about this global health crisis. This conversation comes at a crucial time when we are one week away from the next round of negotiations for a Global Plastics Treaty. Greenpeace USA, along with countries around the world, is calling for the treaty to include a 75% reduction in plastic production. Because here’s the thing — in order to stop the plastic pollution crisis, as well as plastics’ harms on our health, we must stop producing so much plastic. RSVP at or

54] – Friends of Sabeel North America [] is hosting on Fri., Nov. 3 at 2:30 PM ET by Zoom Faith, Justice, and the Struggle for Change: A Theological Dialogue. This theological discussion and reflection will focus on the current situation in Palestine. Speakers include Rev. Naim Ateek, Cedar Duaybis, Rev. Munther Isaac, Fr. Michael Lapsley, and Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton. Register at

55] – On Fri., Nov. 3 from 4 to 6 PM, Sun., Nov. 5 from 6 to 8 PM, Tues., Nov. 7 from 4 to 6 PM ET, and on Thurs., Nov. 9 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] – Get with the Pine Tree Power Deep Phone canvassing shifts to persuade voters in Maine to support the Pine Tree Power Ballot Initiative that is to be voted on November 7th!  You must have a laptop or desktop computer to join. On Fri., Nov. 3 from 5 & 7 PM ET and Sat., Nov. 4 from 10 AM to noon ET, meet on Zoom for a training and then collectively making calls together. Contact Yaniliz Rosario at  Sign up at

  A strong majority of likely voters nationwide — 68% — said they support having a publicly owned utility as their local utility provider. Pine Tree Power will upend the status quo, put Maine on a path toward affordable and reliable clean energy, and set the stage for the public power campaigns we need across the US.  But the investor-owned utilities in Maine are spending big money to confuse the voters, and Maine polling shows that this race is tied up with a huge number of voters still undecided on whether to vote YES.

57] – PSR [] on Fri., Nov. 3 at 6 PM ET will hold the inaugural Health Hero Awards at 1615 Dupont, 1615 New Hampshire Ave. NW, WDC 20009.  Celebrate successes in advocating for Nuclear Weapons Abolition and promoting Environment and Health. Honor those that empower PSR's work which allow us to protect people from the gravest threats to us and our planet. The awardees are Tina Cordova, Co-Founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, Alan H. Lockwood, MD, and Barbara Gottlieb, director, PSR’s Environment & Health Program. Business or cocktail attire is recommended. RSVP at

58] – The DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council [] needs your help starting on Fri., Nov. 3 from 6:15 to 8:15 PM, and Sat., Nov. 4 from 4 to 6 PM & 6 to 8 PM and other dates through November 7.  Join Get out the Vote virtual phone banks for 2023 Priority States. The key Priority States include Kentucky, Virginia, and Louisiana. The focus will be on rallying support for Democrats in their important November elections and engaging voters in volunteer opportunities. We will continue to make calls into Priority States through the November election dates.  RSVP at

59] – St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 101 Avon Beach Rd., Turner Station, MD 21222, holds a Food Pantry every Saturday from 10 AM to noon ET.  Please bring nonperishable items such as canned fruits & vegetables, pasta, cooking oil, mixes, etc. to the church or make out a check payable to St. Matthew UMC with "food pantry" in the memo line. Visit

60] – Jared Schablein [] wants you to join a canvass on Sat., Nov. 4 from 10:30 AM to noon ET and from 12:30 to 1:30 PM ET. Meet at the Megan Outten Campaign Office (Salisbury City Center Builder), 213 W. Main St., Salisbury, MD 21801. Sign up for a shift at  The Lower Shore Progressive Caucus proudly stands by its endorsed candidates. This event ends November 4.

61] – There are Silver Spring Progressive Actions on Sat., Nov. 4 and Sun., Nov. 5 from noon to 3 PM ET.  Canvass for a Blue Virginia Legislature by knocking on doors for Michael Feggans in Virginia Beach, VA.  An overnight trip is optional.

Carpooling for all canvasses is an option. Training and canvassing partners are available as needed – so come out, get energized, and talk one-on-one with voters about the Democratic  priorities and why turning out for the November election is so important. The launch location for each canvass will be sent shortly before the canvass. RSVP

62] – On Sat., Nov. 4 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] – Maryland Peace Action is holding its annual general meeting on Sat., Nov. 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM ET at Sandy Spring Friends Meeting, 17715 Meeting House Road, Sandy Spring, MD.  Besides voting on priorities and the election of officers, Col. Larry Wilkerson will speak about Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Two climate chaos groups - Climate Defiance and Third Act-Maryland –will be honored.  Also national Peace Action president Kevin Martin will speak.  It will be followed by a business meeting for dues-paying Maryland Peace Action members. The cost of membership is $35. If you’d like to join MDPA and/or make a contribution, send a check to Max Obuszewski, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.

64] – Join the national march in solidarity with Palestine! No more US aid to Israel.  Lift the Siege on Gaza now. Gaza is being bombed by the hour. Its people are denied food, water and electricity by Israel. Tens of thousands more people are likely to die. We must ACT! People are in the streets every day in their local cities and towns. Now UNITE for a National March on Washington D.C. on Sat., Nov. 4 at 2 PM ET in Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th streets.  Israel, with the full backing of the U.S. government, is carrying out an unprecedented massacre in Gaza. Thousands of Palestinians are being killed with bombs, bullets and missiles paid for by U.S. tax dollars. This is the latest bloody chapter in the colonial project of Israel, founded with the objective of dispossessing Palestinians from their land.

65] –Chuck Michaels [] wants you to know about an event on Sat., Nov. 4 starting at 5:30 PM ET – the Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore will be honoring its 16th annual Peacemaker of the Year! The event will be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 206 New York Avenue NW, WDC 20001, and it will begin with a Mass.  At 6:30 PM ET, enjoy dinner and an award ceremony.  This year’s awardee will be Susan Dunn, director of the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns. Pax Christi said this about her: “She is a dedicated human rights advocate, championing causes like Guantanamo inmates and migrant rights, often participating in civil disobedience actions. … Her visionary leadership empowers her team to prioritize listening to affected voices, challenging prevailing policy narratives, and advocating for nonviolence, racial equity, economic justice, human rights, and environmental sustainability.” Tickets are $25 (suggested donation) and can be purchased at You can also RSVP with a link on the website.

66] --  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.

67] -- 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

68] – 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 . 

69] – 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.  

70] -- 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

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

72] -- 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.

73] – 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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