Thursday, March 7, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert -- March 8 - 23, 2024

46] Conversations on Indian Democracy – March 8

47] Fridays with Steve – March 8

48] Peace vigil at the White House March 8

49] Women in Black vigil – March 8

50] AFSC Action Hour for ceasefire – March 8

51] Meet Rise Up Brazilian leader Marília Moreira March 8

52] Environmental Concern of Data Centers March 8

53] Striving for Peace, Preparing for War – March 8

54] Vigil for a ceasefire – March 8

55] Power Half-hour for Gaza March 8

56] DSA Happy Hour – March 8

57] Fourth Branch Action discussion March 8

58] Film Festival March 9, 16 & 23

59] Swing Left Baltimore – March 9

60] Support renter rights – March 9

61] Bird dog David Trone – March 9

62] Activist is selling her home

63] Medical supplies are needed in Ukraine

64] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

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

66] Do you need a doctor?

67] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

68] Do you need any book shelves?

69] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


46] Hindus for Human Rights [] want you to know about an event on Fri., March 8 at 10:30 AM ET. Join Friends of Democracy for the first installation of their new series, "Conversations on Indian Democracy". These fireside chats bring together academics with Indian politicians who are facing unique challenges amidst the upcoming 2024 elections. These elections will be the largest in the world, and already opposition leaders are facing financial, legal, and physical harassment, including investigations, blackmail, and even arrests. This series delves into these challenges, among others, and uncover the futures that India’s diverse political opposition envision. Register at 

 47] – On Fri., March 8 at noon ET, join Steve Phillips and the self-described “badass women of Network NOVA” for their Friday Power Lunch, where Steve will be talking about How We Win and this year's elections. RSVP at

48] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., March 8 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or

49] – 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

50] – 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

51] –Celebrate International Women's Day on Fri., March 8 at noon ET with Rise Up – a global organization that advances women’s rights around the world – for a special live conversation featuring Rise Up Brazil Leader Marília Moreira. You can join Rise Up at @riseupforgirls as Marília shares her inspiring journey and her vision for International Women's Day as a call to action. Follow @riseupforgirls to participate in the conversation. Marília is part of Rise Up’s global network of 800+ local leaders advancing gender equity in their countries with training and funding from Rise Up. She is a Black woman, journalist, and the Director of Operations at the AzMina Institute in Brazil working to strengthen support for gender-based violence survivors.

52] – Maryland LCV [] is taking a deep dive in the Environmental Concern of Data Centers in Maryland on Fri., March 8 at noon ET.  Data centers are a vital and important part of our data-driven lives yet a significant source of environmental challenges. The Maryland General Assembly is currently considering legislation aimed at enhancing our tech infrastructure; however, it currently skirts around essential community engagement and environmental oversight. Maryland LCV is working to strike a balance that will welcome data centers to Maryland while minimizing their environmental impacts. Register at

53] The Ploughshares Fund [] wants you to know about Striving for Peace, Preparing for War scheduled for Fri., March 8 at 1 PM ET. Around the globe, women have spent decades protesting, advocating, and leading local and global nuclear disarmament movements and peace initiatives in countless ways. The current geopolitical context and the growing number of nuclear-related and nuclear-adjacent conflicts feel both unprecedented and all too familiar. The calamitous situation in the Gaza Strip, the risk of a wider war in the Middle East, the threat of a nuclearized Iran, and the global rise of authoritarianism are forcing the need for a widespread reckoning and reorientation of domestic and foreign policies. Yet our leaders consistently fail to provide genuine security or productive diplomacy, using the same old compass that has only one direction – with the needle invariably pointing towards war.

 This International Women’s Day, Equity Rises again turns its full attention towards women who are challenging the prevailing views on the necessity of threats, force, and war to resolve conflicts:  Sara Haghdoosti, Executive Director of Win Without War and Win Without War Education Fund, Dr. Nancy Okail, President and CEO of the Center for International Policy and Dr. Emma Belcher, President of Ploughshares Fund. RSVP at

54] – Join Baltimore Peace Action on Fri., March 8 (unless there is rain) at the corners of Pimlico Road and Northern Parkway (by the racetrack) as the group calls for a ceasefire and hand out leaflets.  The set-up is at 3 PM, and the demo will end at 4:45 PM ET. Banners and signs are available. The BPA gatherings are quiet and peaceful.  Contact Ronda Cooperstein []. 

55] –Jewish Voice for Peace [] is doing Power Half Hours for Gaza every day, Monday through Friday, at 3 PM ET. Sign up to take collective action toward a ceasefire alongside hundreds of other people like you. RSVP at  If the Zoom room is full, go to

  There are no words to describe the devastating pain of the last four months, in which the Israeli military has killed over 29,000 Palestinians in Gaza, including more than 11,500 children. The highest court in the world has named Israel’s actions as plausibly a genocide. And the U.S. government is actively supporting the Israeli military as it wreaks devastation on the over 2 million Palestinians in Gaza.

56] – The Metro DC DSA [] is holding a chapter happy hour on Fri., March 8 from 5:30 to 8 PM ET at Aslin Brewing, 1740 14th St NW, WDC 20009. Celebrate International Women’s Day with comrades at DC’s newest union brewery. Catch up with comrades you know, meet new comrades, get plugged into our chapter’s work on the Trans Rights and Bodily Autonomy National Campaign, and support union beers. Register at

57] – On Fri., March 8 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:

58] – World BEYOND War [] is doing a film festival with three films starting Sat., March 9, continuing March 16 and concluding on  March 23.  Get tickets at

  Marking International Women’s Day (March 8), this year’s theme is “Women & War” and the films explore the intersection of women, war, and militarized masculinity. Each Saturday, there will be a live Zoom discussion with key representatives from the films and special guests to answer your questions and explore the topics addressed in the films. The purchase of one ticket gets you access to all three films and three discussions. You will get the screening link to watch the films on your own time leading up to the Zoom discussions.

The films are as follows: Released in 2023, Israelism uniquely explores how Jewish attitudes towards Israel are changing dramatically, with massive consequences for the region. Two young American Jews – Simone Zimmerman and Eitan – are raised to defend the state of Israel at all costs. Eitan joins the Israeli military. Simone supports Israel on ‘the other battlefield:’ America’s college campuses. When they witness Israel’s mistreatment of the Palestinian people with their own eyes, they are horrified and heartbroken.

 Naila and The Uprising (2017) takes place during the First Intifada in 1987. A woman in Gaza must choose between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in an inspiring story that weaves through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history.

The hour-long documentary Power on Patrol (2022) from the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) sheds light on the concept of militarized masculinities as a key driver of this conflict and aggression, the ways it manifests itself in conflict societies, how it is sustained and spotlights the stories of the male allies doing vital work alongside female activists to achieve equitable peace.  As news reports remind us on a daily basis, violence and war are having a devastating effect on countries, communities, and individuals across the world. 

59] – On Sat., March 9 from noon to 3 PM, join Swing Left Baltimore in Letter Writing. The group will begin planning to ensure the House flips BLUE in the 2024 election. Enjoy PIZZA AND BEVERAGES in the Wilson Room, Towson Branch, Baltimore County Public Library, 320 York Road, Towson 21204. Upon entering the Library, simply ask the front-desk for directions on finding the room.

 Write letters using an award-winning, proven tactic to reach potential voters in important upcoming elections.  Hop on to and make an account; download twenty letters; and you will learn how to write them at the party! If you are unable to bring your own materials, do not worry. There will be letter-writing materials available at the event for you to use. RSVP at

60] – The Progressive Maryland Team [] has a tip for you.  Join in on Sat., March 9 from 2 to 4 PM with the Enclave Tenant Association in Silver Spring for a rally to continue holding corporate landlords accountable and fighting for policy that protects renters. RSVP at

 Come to the Enclave Silver Spring Apartments, 11225 Oak Leaf Drive, Silver Spring 20901. Hear from REP. JAMIE RASKIN, COUNCILMEMBER KRISTIN MINK and COUNCILMEMBER WILL JAWANDO who will demand to livable conditions for tenants and renters rights. Tell the contracted buyers of the Enclave, Beach Hill Capital, that tenants won't take the continuation of unlivable and unsafe conditions lying down and that tenants will not be displaced or abused without a fight.

61] –Get over to a Howard County Meet and Greet with Congressperson David Trone on Sat., March 9 from 5 to 7 PM at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045.  Delegates Mike Rogers, Gary Simmons, Chao Wu, and Natalie Ziegler will host the candidate for U.S. senator. RSVP at

62] – 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. 

63] -- 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.

64] -- 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

65] – 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.

 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

66] – 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.  

67] -- 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

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

69] – 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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