Sunday, December 17, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 18, 2023

18] District 43 Town Hall – Dec. 18

19] Labor Working Group meeting – Dec. 18

20] Gaza & International Humanitarian Law – Dec. 18

21] Film Sew to Say – Dec. 18

22] Film Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y -- Dec. 18

23] Courageous Journalists of Gaza – Dec. 18

24] Letter to the Editor Party – Dec. 18

25] Advent prayer service Dec. 18


18] – Senator Mary Washington [] will hold a 43rd District pre-session Town Hall on Mon., Dec. 18 at 6 PM ET.  RSVP at Join Senator Washington, Delegate Boyce, Delegate Embry, and Delegate Forbes for a briefing on our legislative priorities before the start of the 2024 Legislative Session, followed by a Q&A Session.

19] – The Metro DC DSA [] wants you to know that the Labor Working Group will meet on Mon., Dec. 18 at 6:30 PM ET. Vote for Steering Committee and priority campaigns, get a 2023 local Convention wrap-up; and find out about the Montgomery County Council passing rent stabilization funding. This is a hybrid meeting, and to attend in person go to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, WDC 20001. RSVP at

20] – On Mon., Dec. 18 at 7 PM ET, Massachusetts Peace Action will host a webinar with Kenneth Roth -"Gaza & International Humanitarian Law." Roth, the former executive director of Human Rights Watch, offers a unique perspective on the Gaza conflict, delving into the complexities through the lens of international humanitarian law. The discussion will be moderated by Abby Yanow.  REGISTER at

21] – Susan Barnett [] indicates that on Mon., Dec. 18 at 7 PM ET, Reel and Meal will present in person and online via ZOOM “Sew to Say,” a documentary about the 1980's women's vigil and protest in Greenham Commons, England determined to stop deployment of American nuclear cruise missiles there. The vigil, mostly peaceful, all female, the longest such social action in British history, stayed encamped for as long as it took to achieve their goals. 

Reel and Meal is asking that you arrive or log-in by 6:45 PM. Come to the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway (Roosevelt Center), Greenbelt. Masks are encouraged. To join on Zoom, go to A Plant-Based meal is encouraged to support a mission focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues.  The New Deal Café serves a variety of plant-based meals.  Online attendees can order a meal for takeout at the Café. Greenbelt’s Co-op Grocery also offers vegan options to take home. 

Greenbelt's own Leeann Irwin, who participated in the Greenham Commons action, will host the after-film Q+A. Leeann spent many years active there and in similar actions elsewhere in Europe and here in the USA. She will share her experiences for what will be an uplifting evening of peace in action. The Reel and Meal at the New Deal is a monthly film series focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues, presented by Utopia Film Festival, the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition and Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group.  For more information, please call Frank Gervasi at 301 467-2418. Hope you can join us for this uplifting, enjoyable and poignant film program. Visit

22] – The Maryland CPUSA [] encourages you to join the Marxist Study Group on Tues., Dec. 19 at 7 PM ET. Watch together Johan Grimonprez's experimental documentary film that explores the politics of plane hijackings. Released in 1997, Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y precedes 9-11, yet remains relevant even today.  At times, the film makes use of footage of hijackings carried out by Leila Khaled and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in the 60s and 70s. The discussion will follow the film.

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system, monthly:

Join the Zoom Meeting at  The Meeting ID is 835 7940 5063, and the passcode: 403829.

23] – CODEPINK [] on Mon., Dec. 18 at 8 PM ET will hold The Missing Peace: Champions of Truth, honoring Courageous Journalists of Gaza. Talk about the importance of uplifting and sharing the brave reporting from journalists and reporters on the ground in Gaza. Hear from special guest Abby Martin, who will discuss her experience reporting on Palestine and her award-winning documentary, “Gaza Fight for Freedom.”  In the heart of this devastating genocide, journalists in Gaza are unsung heroes, risking their lives to expose the harsh realities obscured by the smoke of war. Each day, they acknowledge the imminent danger they face, and we watch them go from documenting to surviving in real time. Their stories underscore the extraordinary courage of Palestinian journalists determined to unveil the truth. We must make sure their reporting is heard and seen by all. It is the least we can do.  RSVP at

24] -- On Mon., Dec. 18 at 8 PM ET, Common Cause is hosting a virtual Letter to the Editor Party: Freedom to Vote. In America, we value our freedom. The freedom to have a say in decisions that impact our lives - from curbing the pandemic to creating jobs to making health care affordable. For months, the American people have been calling for national standards to protect our freedom to vote and have an equal voice in our government. In July of 2023, the Freedom to Vote Act was reintroduced in the Senate. The Freedom to Vote Act is an extremely necessary reform. This important legislation will protect our right to vote, end partisan gerrymandering, counter undemocratic and dangerous election sabotage efforts, and help eliminate the undue influence of dark money in our elections.

The last time the Freedom to Vote Act was introduced, all 50 Senate Democrats twice voted to advance major voting rights legislation, and all Senate Republicans twice voted against even allowing public debate on the bill, causing a filibuster.  If we don’t get the Freedom to Vote Act passed, then millions of Americans will likely find it harder to have their voices heard as states continue to pass voter.  To join in writing letters, go to

25] – Join Pax Christi on Mon., Dec. 18 over Zoom from 8:30 to 9 PM ET for an Advent evening prayer service with members from around the nation. Register 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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