Saturday, January 27, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert – January 28 to 29, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert – January 28 to 29, 2024

"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] Brian Barrett is in recovery.  

8] Bernie Brown has an apartment

9] Humanity and the Cave – Jan. 28

10] Visionary Peace Youth Art Exhibition – Jan. 28

11] Metro DC DSA general body meeting – Jan. 28

12] National Progressive Strategy and Platform for 2024 – Jan. 28

13] MoveOn Election Program Kickoff Call – Jan. 28

14] Protest at the Pentagon – Jan. 29

15] Don't Throw DC under the Crimnibus Jan. 29

16] Election Protection Jan. 29


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 410-323-1607 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] – Brian Barrett has left the Orchard Hill rehab center in Towson. He is staying with Cindy Farquhar until he gets stronger.  At this time, he is using a walker and has a hearing problem. A team of friends was mobilized with Jana Meyer as our leader.  Contact Max for further updates– 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

8] – Bernie Brown called me on January 27 to tell me he finally has his own bathroom and kitchen in his apartment with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Catonsville. This came about because there was a community helping him out. Contact Max for further updates– 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

9] – 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 Jan. 28, the meeting will be hybrid, and the theme is “Humility and the Cave.” Many consider Plato’s parable of the cave a foundation of western philosophy. It offers insight into human ignorance, the potential for transcendence, and the cruel fate that can befall anyone challenging conventional thinking. What did Hugh Taft-Morales find two decades ago after crawling into an actual cave to produce a film about this metaphysical metaphor? He found the humility of unfulfilled dreams and the inspiring generosity of strangers.  Today appreciating both limitations and gratitude animate his philosophy of life. Hugh 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).  To receive a Zoom invitation, please email Visit

10] – Delaware Pacem in Terris [] on Sun., Jan. 28 from 1 to 2 PM ET wants you to attend the Visionary Peace Youth Art Exhibition at the Wilmington Public Library, 10 E. 10 St., Wilmington, DE 19801.  Visit

11] –There is a Metro DC DSA []general body meeting on Sun., Jan. 28 from 2 to 4 PM ET at the Festival Center in Adams Morgan.  There will be a final discussion on 2024 electoral endorsements. The event will be hybrid — although members who show up in person can receive free socialist posters and buttons (while reserves last). This event is open to both DSA Members and supporters. Consider becoming a member with fees on a sliding scale according to what you feel you can afford:  RSVP at

12] – Alan Minsky for Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you to attend the weekly Town Hall on Sun., Jan. 26 at 4 PM and join the discussion about a National Progressive Strategy and Platform for 2024. The State Democratic Parties Progressive Network unveiled the Progressive Platform they will bring to the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago.  It will be shared on Sunday. In a week when the likelihood of a Trump v Biden rematch increased dramatically, and, thus, the prospect that progressive voices would be marginalized in this election cycle seemed greater than ever, a group of progressives were meeting to devise a strategy to make sure our voices will be heard.  The State Democratic Parties Progressive Network (SDPPN) is a nationwide organization made up of representatives from the Progressive Caucuses of the State Democratic Parties. This past week it approved a progressive platform that will anchor the efforts of progressives as they negotiate over the official Democratic Party platform in the summer of 2024.  RSVP at

13] –The MoveOn Election Team [] is doing an Election Program Kickoff Call on Sun., Jan. 28 at 5 PM ET.  MoveOn will spend more than $32 million this year to back President Biden and Democratic candidates for the House and Senate. Learn about and help launch this plan to reach, persuade, and motivate the very voters who will decide November's election.  Join the Call—RSVP at

14] – 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 Jan. 29, 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.

15] – Don't Throw DC Under the Crimnibus is a virtual week of action starting Mon., Jan. 29, 2024 at 10 AM ET and ending Fri., Feb. 2 at 6 PM ET. Last year, Mayor Bowser and Councilmember Pinto, the chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, introduced numerous pieces of legislation that harken back to the racist 1994 federal crime bill and are deeply rooted in punishment and mass incarceration. Now, Pinto and the Mayor have combined these terrible bills into the Secure DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2024, or the “crimnibus.” This is an underhanded tactic to push all the harmful provisions through the Council at once while avoiding any additional hearings that are open to input from the general public.  There is still time to stop the Council from passing the deeply harmful provisions contained in the bill! On Feb 6th, the bill will be voted on at the Council legislative meeting, the first of two votes.

Each day of the week of action will involve a phone and email zap focusing on one harmful umbrella issue within the crimnibus, and the specific provisions that fall under it. Information about each issue and sample scripts will be sent out every morning. Sign up at

16] – Progressive Democrats of America [] want you to participate with the Green Grassroots Emergency Environment and Election Protection (GREEP) Zoom on Mon., Jan. 29 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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