Friday, February 16, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 16 - 21, 2024

56] Join the bird count – Feb. 16 - 19

57] Pilgrimage for Peace – through Feb. 21

58] Fridays with Steve -- Feb. 16

59] Peace vigil at the White House -- Feb. 16

60] Women in Black vigil – Feb. 16

61] AFSC Action Hour for ceasefire – Feb. 16

62] Democracy and Election Protection Feb. 16

63] Gun industry accountability – Feb. 16

64] Black Experience with the "Justice” System – Feb. 16 

65] Ceasefire demo – Feb. 16

66] Election Protection phone bank – Feb. 16

67] Bikemore Happy Hour Feb. 16

68] Democratic National Committee discussion – Feb. 16

69] Collaborative Solutions for a Sustainable Future – Feb. 17 - 18

70] All out for Rafah Feb. 17

71] Rockville Rent Stabilization Canvass – Feb. 17

72] Activist is selling her home

73] Medical supplies are needed in Ukraine

74] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

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

76] Do you need a doctor?

77] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

78] Do you need any book shelves?

79] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


56] – National Audubon Society [] is doing the 27th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) from Fri., Feb. 16 through Mon., Feb. 19.  Join in for a free, family-friendly event supporting bird conservation at

Bird and nature lovers everywhere, of all skill levels and all abilities, unite in the effort to tally as many of the world's bird species as possible over these four days. Find a group count near you with a community map, or get out and count on your own or with friends! Combined with other bird counts, GBBC results help create a clearer picture of how birds are faring—whether individual species are declining, increasing, or holding steady in the face of habitat loss, climate change, and other threats.

57] Jennifer Salan [] wants you to know that the Pilgrimage for Peace left Philadelphia on its way on Thurs., Feb. 15 to Chester, PA.  On Fri., Feb. 16 the pilgrimage will march from Wilmington, DE to Newark, DE, Sat., Feb. 17 Newark, DE to Perryville, MD, Sun., Feb. 18 Havre Grace to Joppa, Mon., Feb. 19 Joppa to Baltimore, Tues., Feb. 20 Baltimore to Laurel and Wed., Feb. 21 Laurel to Washington, D.C. Help Stop Genocide with a diverse group of activists, artists, and faith leaders calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, a halt of weapons funding for Israel, and unfettered humanitarian access to Gaza. Some of the participating organizations are the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, IfNotNow, Faith for Black Lives, Jews for Ceasefire, Red Letter Christians, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, Dream Defenders and many more for one or all of the days of the pilgrimage.  REGISTER TO JOIN THE PILGRIMAGE FOR PEACE FOR AN HOUR, A DAY, OR ALL WEEK! Meals, water and a shuttle service will be provided. RSVP at

58] – Steve Phillips [] hopes you will tune in on Fri., Feb. 16 at noon ET to Fridays with Steve. He will share three reasons to stay optimistic about Democrats’ chances to hold the White House and win back Congress. RSVP at

59] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Feb. 16 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

60] – 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

61] – The American Friends Service Committee holds an Action Hour for a Cease-fire Now every Friday at noon ET. Join AFSC staff to hear updates from Gaza. Then, take action by contacting elected officials and call for an immediate cease-fire and humanitarian access to Gaza. Our elected officials need to keep hearing from us. RSVP at

62] – The Maryland LCV [] needs you on Fri., Feb. 16 at noon ET to join a discussion on Democracy and Election Protection. What is the state of voter protection in Maryland and how does that connect to environmental and conservation priorities? Register at

 As the election draws closer, there is an increasing conversation about election security and the importance of every vote. Maryland is one of the smallest states in the country, however, this year’s election will have national significance. How do Maryland elections work, how do they affect environmental and conservation policies, and how do it fit into the national story?

63] – Alison Rodner [] wants you to join Moms Demand Action on Fri., Feb. 16  at 1 PM ET at a SENATE JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS COMMITTEE HEARING ON GUN INDUSTRY ACCOUNTABILITY.  It will be held at the Miller Senate Building, Room 2, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis. RSVP at

64] – Death Penalty Action [] wants you to register for an event on Fri., Feb. 16 at 3 PM ET -- The Black Experience with the "Justice” System.  This event features Lamont Hunter, an innocent death-row survivor from Ohio, and Death Penalty Action's Charles Keith, who has been fighting for his brother's freedom for 30 years. These two men have decades of experience with the Criminal Legal System and have had a front row seat to the inequalities and injustices of the modern death penalty. This hybrid event is presented in partnership with the National Lawyers Guild and Black Law Student Association at the University of Oregon for Black History Month. But it's not just history. It's now. REGISTER at

65] – Ronda Cooperstein <> wants you to know that BALTIMORE PEACE ACTION will gather on Fri., Feb. 16 from 3 to 4:45 PM ET at the four corners of Pimlico Road and Northern Parkway.  There are many banners and signs available -- CEASEFIRE NOW, NO MORE DOLLARS FOR WAR, NEGOTIATION NOT ANNIHILATION, ISRAEL OBEY THE ICJ, JEWS FOR PEACE, & STOP GENOCIDE.  This event will be quiet and peaceful.   

66] – On Fri., Feb. 16 from 4 to 6 PM, 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

67] – Bikemore [] is holding on Fri., Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 PM ET a Happy Hour at Old Major, 900 S. Carey St., Baltimore 21223. Join in to chat about all things biking and transit. 

68] – On Fri., Feb. 16 from 7:30 to 9 PM ET, the Democratic National Committee will have a Fourth Branch Action discussion.  These Friday events will continue through December 27. Fourth Branch Action is a national grassroots group organizing for action, supporting the Biden/Harris administration, and working through civic, electoral, and legislative action to achieve progressive goals. The group accomplishes this through advocacy, oversight, holding elected officials accountable to perform their jobs on behalf of their constituents; community engagement, civic education, and other events.   Everyone is welcome to join in. Come and enjoy a friendly conversation among like-minded folks, get acquainted with others from across the country, and build a community to restore the soul of our nation.  After you register for this event, you will receive an automated email with the Zoom meeting details:

69] – UNFOLD ZERO [] wants you to know about a webinar on Sat., Feb. 17 & Sun., Feb. 18 from 10 AM to 4 PM ET-- Collaborative Solutions for a Sustainable Future: Inspiring voices and campaigns.  Day 1 of this World Federalist Conference 2024 features a number of panels with expert speakers on such subjects as The Significance of International Tribunals - including the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court and a proposed International Anti-Corruption Court.  Day 2 features a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) simulation on "How a UNPA could address the climate crisis. Register for the conference and/or to observe the UNPA simulation at

70] –The Maryland CPUSA [] wants you to about an emergency protest on Sat., Feb. 17 at 1 PM ET at the federal building, Lombard and S. Hanover St., organized by the Peoples Power Assembly.  Join in for All Out for Rafah. Stop the Genocide.

71] –On Sat., Feb. 17 from noon to 3 PM ET, join a Rockville Rent Stabilization Canvass at 801 Elmcroft Blvd., Rockville 20850. RSVP at

  Join City Councilmember Izola Shaw to knock on doors in King Farm & build support for rent stabilization in Rockville!  Listen to renters about their concerns and sharing ways we can achieve more affordable and predictable rents.

72] – A home in Baltimore is for sale on a dead-end street in the Lauraville neighborhood, with three bedrooms, and one bath. The yard backs into a field and then a forest. There is a serene and quiet setting with an abundance of wildlife. The owner will be asking a reasonable amount for the property but it will not be overpriced. Contact her by text only at 443 500 6733. On the text, leave your name and phone number, and she will get back to anyone that reaches out. 

73] -- 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.

74] -- 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

75] – 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 been in Mercy Hospital since December 15, but is expected to be released on February 2.

 He 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 printed 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 be- 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

76] – 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.  

77] -- 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

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

79] – 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, and 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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