Sunday, November 5, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert – November 5 to 6, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert – November 5 to 6, 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.

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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] Alan Barysh has an audio book

9] “Following the Past to Understand the Present” – Nov. 5

10] Activating Change with Swing Left Baltimore – Nov. 5

11] DSA Defund Police Department Working Group meeting – Nov. 5

12] DC Action for Assange – Nov. 5

13] Labor rising – Nov. 5

14] Electoral Working Group meeting – Nov. 5

15] Turn Virginia blue – Nov. 5

16] Phone bank for a Blue Virginia Legislature – Nov. 5 - 6

17] How We Win the Civil War – Nov. 5

18] Death Penalty Action – Nov. 5

19] Protest at the Pentagon – Nov. 6

20] Green Grassroots Emergency Environment and Election Protection – Nov. 6


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] – 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

6] – 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.

7] – Alan Barysh  [] hopes that you will purchase his audio book -- Shipyard Days and Nights and Other Baltimore Stories (Mostly true).  It's on Should this book hit the big time, Mr. Barysh says he will donate money to the Shipyard Retirees Association.

8] – Alan Barysh has another book, and is asking you to google The Tria According To Alan Barysh and vote for this book. The royalties will be divided between the Tyrone West campaign, Revolution Books and the get Alan a Good Printer cause. Once he gets a new printer, he will take a ten percent cut and give the rest of the royalties to the other causes. His opinion is being an author or an artist is just as valued if not more valued than being a community organizer!

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 Nov. 5, the theme is “Following the Past to Understand the Present.” As a conservator and museum professional, Sanchita Balancharan spends a lot of her time studying the items that ancient people left behind, trying to reconstruct a sense of the real lives of real people who walked this earth thousands of years before us. This brief talk follows the story of how she discovered a more recent history—the story of how both of her grandfathers were involved in conservation work in colonial India, one in museum conservation and the other in nature conservation. For the past many years, she has been reconstructing their lives through archival and more “experiential” research in India, England, and Scotland, learning details that their own family never knew about these men. She will describe some of the ways in which this experience has really challenged her thinking about how we care for the stories of the people of the past, what it means to find your ancestors in the archives, and how we have to search more creatively for the people connected to us. Balancharan is a conservator of archaeological materials, and a writer, researcher and teacher dedicated to following the stories of the people of the past. She is currently Director of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum and Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Visit

10] – On Sun., Nov. 5  from noon to 2 PM ET, get with Activating Change with Swing Left Baltimore at the Baltimore County Democratic Party Office, 301 Allegheny Ave., Towson 21204 for a kickoff event.  Help enact meaningful change through community organizing. On Sunday, grab a slice of pizza and a beverage and prepare for conversations and presentations geared towards winning the House in 2024. Harness collective energy and passion to pave the way for positive, DEMOCRATIC change.  RSVP at

11] –The Metro DC DSA Defund the Montgomery County Police Department Working Group [] on Sun., Nov. 5 from 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM ET will hold a mini hybrid summit to discuss name change, budget and other issues.  Be at Keeli's indoor rooftop, 2400 16th St. At the call box, call 304 and then walk straight to the back of the lobby to the elevator and go to 8th floor and turn right to get to the lounge. This event is open to both DSA members and supporters.  RSVP at

12] – DC Action for Assange will be at the White House on Sun., Nov. 5 from 4 to 5 PM ET.  Call for the US to drop all charges. Contact Ann Wilcox [].

13] – Alan Minsky for Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you to attend a Town Hall on Sun., Nov. 5 at 4 PM ET with Sen. Nina Turner.  Discuss the great victories won by organized labor across the country, the upswing in labor organizing nationwide, and learn about Nina's newest project: We Are Somebody. This is a historical phase when we welcome any good news. Fortunately, we've received exactly that from our friends at UAW! Under new progressive leadership, it looks like the United Auto Workers had one of the most successful strikes in recent U.S. history, winning new contracts (yet to be approved by the membership, but it looks good) from the Big Three U.S. automakers. We Are Somebody: Fighting for Worker Solidarity focuses on the upsurge in labor activism across the country, and harmonizes perfectly with PDA's strategy for supporting organized labor. Plus celebrate the inspirational life of world-renowned healthcare activist Ady Barken. RSVP at

14] – The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists [] will hold an Electoral Working Group meeting on Sun., Nov. 5 from 6 to 7 PM ET.  A link to attend this virtual event will be emailed upon RSVP. The group will finalize research on the Virginia Election for the upcoming November General Election. RSVP at

15] –  On Sun., Nov. 5 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 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.

16] –Join a virtual phone bank for a Blue Virginia Legislature on Sun., Nov. 5 at 4 PM ET and on Mon., Nov. 6 at 7 PM ET for Travis Nembhard for a Blue VA legislature, hosted by Silver Spring Progressive Action. You will be trained. RSVP at

17] –Steve Phillips [] has written a book How We Win the Civil War. On Sun., Nov. 5 at 8 PM ET, Phillips will host a weekly “Sundays with Steve” on Facebook Live to discuss contemporary issues through the prism of the ongoing Civil War. Sign up at

18] – On Sun., Nov. 5 at 9 PM ET, tune in to The Forecast! Join Death Penalty Action and allies for a review of the issues and action opportunities surrounding the next executions scheduled in the United States. Go to  This project of Death Penalty Action recurs on a monthly basis at 9 PM ET, normally on the first Sunday of each month. Register at

19] – 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 Nov. 6, 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.

20] – Progressive Democrats of America [] want you to participate with the Green Grassroots Emergency Environment and Election Protection (GREEP) Zoom on Mon., Nov. 5 at 5 PM ET. Hear from leading activists, elected officials, and others committed to union organizing as well as cleaning up our elections and the environment, and other critically important issues. RSVP 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

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