Monday, April 15, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert -- April 15 - May 14, 2024

21] Join the Uncommitted campaign – through May 14

21] Phone bank for Uncommitted – April 15 - 16

22] Social Struggles and Leftwing Opposition in China -- April 15

23] Film Angel of Gaza – April 15

24] Ceasefire Now – April 15

25] Press conference on solitary confinement – April 16

26] South Korea’s National Assembly Elections – April 16

27] LAW not War – April 16

28] Mobile Bike Shop – April 16

29] A Palestinian voice – April 16

30] Russia out of Ukraine – April 16

31] Northern Virginia DSA Medicare for All Working Group meeting – April 16

32] DSA Abolition Working Group meeting – April 16

33] No War with Iran – April 16


20] – The Baltimore Nonviolence Center has officially endorsed Listen to Maryland,, a campaign calling on Marylanders to vote “uncommitted” in the May 14th primary to make clear that Biden must call for a permanent ceasefire and halt military aid to Israel. This is an all-volunteer statewide effort, and we need a lot of help to make it a success. I am asking you and everyone else who supports this effort to please sign-up for at least one 2-hour phone banking shift to help contact voters. Sign up at

The campaign builds on nationwide momentum from Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and many other states, where more than a million Democrats have voted uncommitted. There is little argument that the pressure from these efforts is having a significant impact on the White House. Our hope is to contact at least 500,000 Maryland voters through daily phone banks up until May 14th. Phone banks will happen virtually, and all volunteers will be connected live via Zoom. Our phone bank leads will provide a brief training, share guidance for having successful conversations, and support you with any needs that come up during your calls. During your shift(s), we'll all share our successes as we phone bank together to stay motivated and energized.

21] – Maryland voters are saying loud and clear that President Biden can count us out in the May 14th Democratic Primary. We are selecting UNCOMMITTED on the ballot as a protest, to let him know we won’t stand with him as he funds more war and genocide in Gaza. In order to reach as many voters as possible, we need to contact hundreds of thousands of Maryland voters. Before you get started, we'll reach out and schedule a quick training/intro call. Sign up for a shift on Mon., April 15 & Tues., April 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM ET. RSVP at

22] – Check out Social Struggles and Leftwing Opposition in China during socialism and capitalism on Mon., April 15 from 7 to 9 PM ET at the| Bol Worker Owned Bookstore, 1822 N. Capitol St. NW, WDC 20002. Discuss the political currents in China focusing on the forms of solidarity with movements of workers, migrants, and women with Ralf Ruckus, the author of The Communist Road to Capitalism and The Left in China. There are complexities with the social movements and political opposition in China. RSVP at

23] – Susan Barnett [] wants you to see a film "Angel of Gaza" and three short films dealing with refugees on Mon., April 15 at 7 PM ET, as part of the Reel and Meal series. RSVP at

You can attend in person or by Zoom. Arrive/Log on by 6:45 PM. Please come to the New Deal Café at 113 Centerway (Roosevelt Center) in Greenbelt. You are encouraged to enjoy a Plant-Based Meal to support our mission focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues. The New Deal Café serves a variety of plant-based meals.  Online attendees can order a meal for takeout.

All start with the British Empire in 1947. That year Britain left their colonial territories of India, Burma and Palestine. After years of strife in all three places, the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma (now Myanmar), the majority Muslim population in Kashmir between India and Pakistan, and in the Gaza strip, the Palestinians, all face intensified and intolerable situations. Millions have died and millions more have been displaced by land grabs and seemingly endless wars and oppression.  "Angel of Gaza" presents a bright spot in the worst of these places. Award winning filmmaker Ahmad Mansour will be with there as a discussion leader.

The Reel and Meal at the New Deal is a monthly film series focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues, presented by Utopia Film Festival, the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition and Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group.  For more information on this month’s film please call Frank Gervasi at 301 467-2418 for further information or see the Reel and Meal Facebook page:

24] – Michael Fox for PDA [] wants you to join in on Mondays, April 15 & May 15 at 8 PM for PDA's Ceasefire Now! Congressional Liaison Campaign meeting. PDA is participating with a Coalition of Organizations, convened by our allies at Peace Action, in a set of Grassroots Advocacy Days calling for Ceasefire Now! in Gaza. Mobilize fully on Tuesdays April 16 & My 16, calling all Members of Congress and the President to support a complete Ceasefire Now!  Join the organizing call at

25] – The National Religious Campaign against Torture [] on Tues., April 16 at 9 AM ET is holding a press conference on solitary confinement on the steps of the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave. NE, WDC 20002. This comes before the first Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on solitary in a decade. Email Rev. T.C. Morrow (

  On April 16 at 10 AM, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on Legacy of Harm: Eliminating the Abuse of Solitary Confinement in the Dirksen Senate Office Building Room G50 with Sen. Dick Durbin presiding. You can attend in person or watch online:

 The hearing comes following a Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report documenting that nearly half of all deaths by suicide in federal Bureau of Prisons custody (46%) take place in solitary confinement, a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office documenting the widespread and racist infliction of solitary in BOP prisons, new investigative reporting about staff sexually assaulting women in BOP prisons and then locking them in solitary confinement as retaliation for reporting those assaults, and a new report documenting the increased use of solitary confinement in federal immigration detention.

26] – The GW Institute for Korean Studies [] will hold a Korea Policy Forum on Tues., April 16 from 9 to 10:15 AM ET -- South Korea’s National Assembly Elections and US-ROK Relations: Journalists' Views. Register at

27] – Alyn Ware [] is inviting you to attend on Tues., April 16 at noon ET a meeting of LAW not War participating organizations and experts.  Get a general update, hear about ICJ success stories and the inspiring LAW not War crowdfunding campaign.  LAW not War aims to enhance the use of international law – and in particular the International Court of Justice – to help countries resolve conflicts peacefully and fairly rather than resorting to the threat or use of force. Register at

28] – There is a Mobile Bike Shop at Lake Montebello, Whitman Drive, Baltimore 21218 on Tues., April 16 from 4 to 7 PM ET. Visit

29] – The Fellowship of Reconciliation [] on Tues., April 16 at 4 PM ET is hosting Gathering Voices with Rev. Fahed Abuakel.  He is one of the most prominent Palestinian Christian leaders in the world, and was born in Kafr Yasif, in the Galilee. He was ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church - USA in 1978 and in 2002 became the first Arab-American to lead a major U.S. denomination.  Register at

30] – Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center on Tues., April 16 from 5 to 5:30 PM ET at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. The invasion of Ukraine has the potential to become a war extending throughout Europe.  Putin has destroyed Aleppo and Grozny and has threatened the use of nuclear weapons.  Russian soldiers were sent into the area around the contaminated and still radioactive Chernobyl nuclear plant. Now they are stationed in the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.   Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.

31] –On Tues., April 16 from 6 to 7 PM ET, attend the Northern Virginia DSA Medicare for All Working Group virtual meeting. A link to attend this virtual event will be emailed upon RSVP at

 Discuss plans for furthering the M4All Resolution campaign in Arlington and other ideas in the work towards universal healthcare. The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

32] –On Tues., April 16 from 7 to 8 PM ET, there will be a DSA Abolition Working Group biweekly meeting.  RSVP at

Join the Abolition (formerly Defund MPD) Working Group to discuss strategy and planning biweekly on Tuesdays. This event is open to both DSA Members and supporters. Email

33] -- CODEPINK [] on Tues., April 16 at 8 PM ET is calling out No War with Iran - CODEPINK Congress. ‌ In the wake of Israel killing seven Iranian diplomats at Iran’s embassy in Syria, the danger of a regional war intensifies in the Middle East, where Israel has turned Gaza into a graveyard and famine looms. The National Security Council says the US–the largest arms supplier to Israel– was not involved in Israel’s attack on the Iranian embassy April 1, 2024, but The Intercept reports Iran has issued a private warning to the Biden administration. If the US defends Israel against a retaliatory Iranian strike, the US–with 30,000 troops stationed in Iraq, Syria and Jordan– could become a target. Where are we headed? How can we avert a wider regional war?  RSVP at

 Hear from Trita Parsi, the Executive Vice-President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. An expert on US-Iranian relations and geopolitics, Trita has authored three books on US foreign policy in the Middle East: Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States; A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran; Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy. Born in Iran, Trita and his family moved to Sweden when Trita was four to avoid political repression in Iran, where his father had been jailed twice, first by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and then following the Iranian revolution by the Ayatollah Khomeini.

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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