Thursday, February 1, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 2 - 3, 2024

53] Fridays with Steve -- Feb. 2

54] Peace vigil at the White House -- Feb. 2

55] Women in Black vigil – Feb. 2

56] AFSC Action Hour for ceasefire – Feb. 2

57] Banner drop Ceasefire Now – Feb. 2

58] Chris Hedges interviews Miko Peled – Feb. 2

59] The Prison Show – Feb. 2

60] Maryland Bird Conservation Summit Feb. 3

61] Food pantry – Feb. 3

62] Special Conversation with David Trone & Senator Jill Carter – Feb. 3

63] Food Pantry and Food Donation Center Feb. 3

64] Abolition 2000 Annual Meeting – Feb. 3

65] Political Education working group – Feb. 3

66] Trans Rights and Bodily Autonomy campaign – Feb. 3

68] Medical supplies are needed in Ukraine

69] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

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

71] Do you need a doctor?

72] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

73] Do you need any book shelves?

75] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


53] – Steve Phillips [] hopes you will tune in on Fri., Feb. 2 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

54] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Feb. 2 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

55] – 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

56] – 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

57] – Ronda Cooperstein <> wants you to know that BALTIMORE PEACE ACTION will gather on Fri., Feb. 2 at 3:30 PM ET on the pedestrian bridge over West Northern Parkway for a banner drop calling for a CEASEFIRE NOW in Gaza and an end to state-supported settler violence in the West Bank. Please join us if you are able.  Parking on the street by Springwell Retirement Community, 2211 West Rogers Avenue leads to the pedestrian bridge, approximately a five-minute walk. 

58] – Kathy Boylan [] wants you to attend on Fri., Feb. 2 at 7:30 PM a Clarification of Thought gathering at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Road NW, WDC 20010.  Watch a video on the indoctrination and militarization of Israeli Society. Chris Hedges interviews Miko Peled, the son of an Israeli general who served in the Special Forces.  Then participate in a lively discussion.

59] – Death Penalty Action [] wants you to check out The Prison Show on Fri., Feb. 2 at 10 PM ET. Death Penalty Action executive director Abraham Bonowitz is a regular guest every other Friday night. It streams on Following 50 minutes or so of short segments with various guests, in the second hour prisoner families are invited to call in to give messages of love and encouragement to their loved ones in Texas prisons. They usually have Abe as the last guest, starting around 10:30 PM ET.

60] – Audubon Mid-Atlantic [] wants you to join the Maryland Bird Conservation Summit on Sat., Feb. 3 from 8 AM to 3 PM ET at Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis 21403. Featured speakers are U.S Senator Ben Cardin and Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Josh Kurtz, who will share DNR's and the Moore-Miller Administration's environmental and conservation priorities. In addition, environmental advocates including Audubon staff and Maryland environmental leaders will address state and federal policy priorities, while expert panel discussions will discuss statewide efforts focused on renewable energy and coastal resilience. Register at

This event will provide an opportunity to learn how to advocate for Maryland’s birds and the places they need to survive. Registration is $30 per person, and includes coffee, snacks, lunch, and admission to all sessions.

61] – St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 101 Avon Beach Rd., Turner Station, MD 21222, holds a Food Pantry every Saturday from 10 AM to noon ET.  Please bring nonperishable items such as canned fruits & vegetables, pasta, cooking oil, mixes, etc. to the church or make out a check payable to St. Matthew UMC with "food pantry" in the memo line. Visit

62] – Malcolm Bates [] is inviting you to a Special Conversation with David Trone & Senator Jill Carter on Sat., Feb. 3 at noon ET at the Langston Hughes Business and Community Center, 5011 Arbutus Ave., Baltimore 21215.  Congressman Trone and Senator Carter will lead a discussion on the issues facing returning citizens and highlight some effective ways to support and assist this population as they re-integrate into their communities. You can RSVP at

63] – On Sat., Feb. 3 from noon to 2 PM EST, get over to the Food Pantry and Food Donation Center at First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Madison St., Baltimore. This Food Pantry is open every Saturday. Get a grocery bag – breakfast, jelly and peanut butter (a good source of protein) for lunch, the makings for a balanced dinner such as beans and rice, pasta and sauce, soup, vegetables, fruit, and a paper goods. Also added is a little fun food, such as popcorn or cookies, for everyone enjoys a treat.  Contributions of shelf stable foods can be brought to Reid Chapel every Saturday between noon and 2 PM. If shopping is difficult for you, monetary donations earmarked food pantry may be sent to the church.  How else can you help? Volunteers are needed to help collect and distribute food. Contact the church office to volunteer. You can also help by spreading the word to those you know who are facing food insecurity. See

64] – NoFirstUse Global [] is inviting you to the Abolition 2000 Annual Meeting on Sat., Feb. 3 at noon ET. On January 23, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists set the Doomsday Clock to 90 Seconds to Midnight, reflecting the prevalence of armed conflicts, international tensions and high risks of nuclear war. At the same time, nuclear armed states are continuing to develop and deploy nuclear weapons at high costs (over $100 billion per year) and in violation of their nuclear disarmament obligations. Register at

65] -- The Metro DC DSA [] Political Education working group is planning a Street Team info session on Sat., Feb. 3 at 2:30 PM ET on the fourth floor of the MLK Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, WDC 20001.   Build power in the DMV. This event is for anyone interested in getting active in the chapter’s newly formed Street Team, which is to host and attend community events and to connect Metro DC DSA and its campaigns with the community in the DMV in order to expand the chapter’s base and build a more democratic society. This hybrid session will share basic information about the chapter, the set- up of the Metro DC DSA Street Team and ways to contribute to Metro DC DSA. While this is a hybrid event, all are encouraged to attend in person. RSVP at

66] – The Metro DC DSA [] wants you to know that National DSA is kicking off a Trans Rights and Bodily Autonomy campaign on Sat., Feb. 3 from 5 to 6:30 PM ET.  Many chapters have begun the work of organizing their own Trans Rights/Abortion campaigns. The campaign will officially kick-off with a national online rally to organize a National Day of Action on March 31, National Trans Day of Visibility. Sign up at

67] -- 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.

68] -- 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

69] – 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

70] – 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.  

71] -- 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

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

73] – 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, 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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