Saturday, December 9, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert – December 9 to 10, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert – December 9 to 10, 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.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to

  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to Max Obuszewski, BNC, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Max can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at]

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] Get the book Surely Goodness and Mercy by Murphy Davis

6] Get the book Male Supremacy in the Catholic Church: An Insider’s View by Roy Bourgeois

7] Scientists for Palestine – Dec. 9

8] Stopping the Genocide in Palestine – Dec. 9

9] Film GLORY TO THE HEROES – Dec. 9

10] "Class, Race, and Gender" – Dec. 9

11] International Human Rights Day -- Dec. 10

12] Pax Christi International Peace Prize – Dec. 10

13] Statues like Us – Dec. 10

14] Cohousing Curious – Dec. 10

15] Action for Assange at British embassy – Dec. 10


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] –Scientists for Palestine [] are holding an event "Scientists against Israeli Apartheid, Occupation and Genocide in Gaza" on Sat., Dec. 9 at 10 AM ET. Richard Falk, Emeritus Professor at Princeton University and Former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine, will open with a presentation on the situation in Gaza. A general discussion will follow and the event will conclude with a vote on a Declaration against Israeli Apartheid, Occupation and Genocide in Gaza. RSVP at

8] –Friends of Sabeel North America [] on Sat., Dec. 9 at 12:30 PM ET will host Stopping the Genocide in Palestine: A Conversation with Craig Mokhiber. Join a conversation with Craig Mokhiber, who recently publicly resigned as Director of the New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in protest of the UN's inaction to stop the unfolding genocide in Gaza, facilitated by Jonathan Kuttab. The session will focus on educating participants about international law, including how genocide and war crimes are defined and will offer solid ideas for immediate actions each person can take now to stop the carnage in Gaza. Register at

9] –Landmark Theatres [] invites you on Sat., Dec. 9 at 1 PM ET to meet the filmmaker for GLORY TO THE HEROES, Bernard-Henri Levy at the E Street Cinema in Washington, D.C.  In June 2023, Russia destroys the Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine and commits an unprecedented ecocide. In response, French philosopher and filmmaker Bernard-Henri Lévy returns to Ukraine to capture Ukraine's deep humanity despite the dire conditions, and a civilian resilience and resistance unlike any other. In GLORY TO THE HEROES, Lévy, along with his co-director Marc Roussel, spends the summer in eastern Ukraine recording for the world a passionate ode to Ukraine's courage on the battlefield while also depicting the overwhelming sorrow sowed by Russia's continuous attacks on civilians. On the ground during the Ukrainian counteroffensive, Lévy and Roussel embed with elite forces on the frontline. With unprecedented access, they capture the horrors of war, the hopefulness of the Ukrainian citizens and their optimism in the face of senseless destruction.  Go to

10] –Bill Harvey [] wants you to know that on Sat., Dec. 9 at 7 PM ET at Red Emma’s, 3128 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore 21218 you can hear Michael Zweig address "Class, Race, and Gender." See

11] –December 10 is International Human Rights Day.

12] –One sign of hope is the work of reconciliation done through the Parents Circle-Family Forum (PCFF), a collaborative Israeli-Palestinian organization comprising more than 700 families, all of whom have lost a close family member due to the continuing conflict, which is the recipient of this year's Pax Christi International Peace Prize. The award ceremony takes place on Sun., Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day, at 8 AM ET via livestream. Register at

13] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore 21202, meets on Sundays, and usually there is a platform address at 10:30 AM ET.  On Dec. 10, the theme is “Statues like Us.”  Why do humans make statues that look like us? Why have artists over the ages carved marble and sculpted clay to depict people as beautiful, heroic, or infamous? What purposes do they serve as cultural symbols and historical markers? How does it help make life meaningful? Hugh Taft-Morales explores some sculptures in Baltimore and uses insights from sculptor Zenos Frudakis to shed some light on this very human activity. Taft-Morales serves as Leader of the Philadelphia Ethical Society and the Baltimore Ethical Society and is a member of the Ethical Action Committee of the American Ethical Union (AEU).  Visit

14] –  The Cohousing Association of the US <> holds The Commons, a monthly gathering on the 10th for the Cohousing Curious at noon ET.RSVP at

15] –  DC Action for Assange is doing an International Human Rights Day action at the British Embassy on Sun., Dec 10 from 2 to 4 PM ET.  Email Martha Allen with banners at 3100 Mass. Ave. NW. Visit at 

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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