Friday, May 17, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 17 - 18, 2024

58] Peace vigil at the White House May 17

59] Friday Power Lunch May 17

60] Women in Black vigil May 17

61] AFSC Action Hour for ceasefire – May 17

62] Organizing for Action May 17

63] Trans Pride D.C. – May 18

64] Birding tour in Druid Hill Park May 18

65] ICE out of Arlington – May 18

66] Peace vigil at White House May 18

67] The attack on the West Bank – May 18

68] Beating guns into Plowshares – May 18

69] We Power DC Movement meeting – May 18

70] Baltimore activist selling her home

71] Medical supplies are needed in Ukraine

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

73] Tell JHU president to renounce nuclear weapons contracts

74] Do you need a doctor?

75] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

76] Do you need any book shelves?

77] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


58] – There is a weekly vigil at the White House on Fridays from noon to 1 PM sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email or call 202-882-9649. 

59] – On Fri., May 17 at noon ET, join the Friday Power Lunch, a weekly show amplifying the voices of the Virginia Grassroots on politics, culture, and making change with the BADASS women of Network NOVA. RSVP at

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 830 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] – On Fri., May 17 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:

63] –The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists [] will table at Trans Pride Washington, DC which is back at the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library on Sat., May 18! This event is free for trans, non-binary, gender expansive folks and allies!  Visit at

64] Please join Audubon Mid-Atlantic on Sat., May 18 from 8 until 9:30 AM for a birding tour in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park, Baltimore's oldest large park. 189 species of birds have been documented here, including nesting Baltimore orioles and yellow-crowned night herons. More info and registration available on our website.  RSVP at

65] La ColectiVA  [] needs your support on Sat., May 18 at 8 AM ET at the County Board Meeting Room, Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Ste. #307, Arlington, VA 22201.

 Support community members who will be making public comments on removing section 7 from the Trust policy, an important community event that is crucial in ongoing efforts to make Arlington a safer and more inclusive place for migrant families in the community and protect them from abuse by ICE. Help eliminate the collaboration between Arlington Police and ICE and the county's Section 7 Trust policy. RSVP at

66] John Whitehead [] wants you to know that there will be a peace vigil on Sat., May 18 from 10 AM to noon outside the White House. We are desperate for peace,

67] –Since Oct. 7, the oppression and violence against Palestinians living in the West Bank has escalated.  In the past 6 months, 7000 Palestinians have been detained in the West Bank, including 440 children, and over 1500 Palestinians have been displaced from Area C. (source: WAFA News agency and Reliefweb).  At least 317 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces and settlers in the West Bank since the Gaza attack began, according to the Palestine Authority Health Ministry. 

  Issa Amro, well-known Palestinian activist, was highlighted in the May 1 NY Times rhetorically asking if Issa is the new “Palestinian Gandhi.”  Working with B'tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, Issa coordinated the "Shooting Back" camera project in Hebron, which distributed cameras to Palestinians so they could document human rights violations by Israeli soldiers and settlers. In 2009 he won the One World Media award for that project. He also founded the organization “Youth against Settlements”, whose mission is to promote the use of nonviolent resistance against the Israeli Occupation. He endures ongoing harassment by Israeli soldiers and settlers and has been arrested over 100 times.  On Sat., May 18 at 1 PM ET, Issa will be on Zoom to talk about the repression and harassment of Palestinians in the West Bank and how that has been exacerbated since Oct. 7. RSVP at

68] Pax Christi USA [] hopes you will join in on Sat., May 18 from 1 to 3 PM ET for Beating guns into plowshares: A challenging conversation with Shane Claiborne. How do we address the crisis of gun violence in our communities? Register at

Shane is the founder of The Simple Way in Philadelphia and currently heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” He is deeply active in efforts to end the death penalty and help stop gun violence. The webinar will include prayer, music, information about how to get involved in the work to end gun violence, and a chance to ask questions of Shane and the gun violence working group.

69] – On Sat., May 18 from 2 to 4 PM ET, come to a We Power DC Movement meeting at the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St. NW, WDC 20010. Energy bills too high? Concerned about climate change and pollution in DC? Tired of unlimited spending for police and luxury high-rises but only pennies for public transit, low-cost housing, education, and other priorities? Come join the organizers of We Power DC for an overview of the public power campaign. This is an event for people in DC who want to work on these important issues but might not know where to start. We Power DC organizers will give an overview of the campaign, some recent updates, and will lead some (optional) skills-building sessions. RSVP at

70] – 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. 

71] -- If you are able to donate any kind of surplus medical supplies for field hospitals in eastern Ukraine, please email or call 410-721-70 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.

72] – 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

73] -- 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

74] – 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.  

75] -- 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

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

77] – 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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