Saturday, June 15, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert – June 16 - 17, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert – June 16 - 17, 2024

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

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  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to Max Obuszewski, BNC, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Max can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at]

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Need help in archiving activist material

4] Need a cleaning lady

5] Get the book A Bag of Stones

6] Get the book Male Supremacy in the Catholic Church: An Insider’s View by Roy Bourgeois

7] Baltimore activist selling her home

8] Juneteenth – June 16

9] NATO in the Arctic – June 16

10] Vigil for Assange – June 16

11] Activists Writing Together – June 16

12] PDA Town Hall – June 9


14] Phone bank for Jamaal Bowman – June 16

15] Protest at the Pentagon – June 17

16] Stones Cry Out – June 17

17] Election Protection Zoom – June 17


1] – Buttons, bumper stickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

2] –To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

3] –  Janice Sevre-Duszynska needs some assistance in archiving her activist material.  If you are interested in this project, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

4]Is there a woman in the Baltimore area who does house cleaning?  This assignment would be on an irregular basis with several hours per week.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

5] – Barry Lee Burnside, a gaggle of great writers and copy editors are making available “A Bag of Snakes: Selected Writings on Prisons and the Death Penalty by Murphy Davis and Eduard Loring. Edited by Barry Lee Burnside.” Ed indicates the book will be available for sale on April 13, and is asking you to pre-order your copy. Your donation will provide a needed financial boost for the printing costs. The suggested donation is $20 for one copy; and $30 for your copy and an additional copy for a prisoner or someone in need. Any donation is appreciated. More or less you will receive the book.  Barry and the team have spent over two years putting this book together. It begins with outlines and notes found in the boxes of materials Murphy left when she ascended. The work is a work of love, and all involved are proud of the fruit borne by seeds nourished in good soil.

 To order by postal mail, make your check to Open Door Community.  Send it to Open Door Community, PO Box 10980, Baltimore 21234.  For any questions, contact David Payne at 404-290-2047 or

6] – Another book to consider purchasing is Male Supremacy in the Catholic Church: An Insider’s View by Roy Bourgeois. His new book is both memoir and position-paper, and it makes the case that the Roman Catholic Church is a corrupt system that spits out truth-tellers. The crime he was excommunicated for was attending the ordination ceremony of Janice Sevre-Duszynska in Lexington, Kentucky, in August 2008. The ordination was under the auspices of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.  The Vatican’s response has been to excommunicate any woman who has the audacity to see herself as a priest equal to a male priest. You can purchase a copy from Amazon or by Kindle.

 Here are two quotes to contemplate: “I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men. She is to keep silent.” – Timothy 1, 2:12-13.  “If the patriarchy that dominates the church is not dismantled and women are not treated as equals, the church will continue to diminish and, eventually, die.” – Roy Bourgeois.

7] – 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. 

8] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore 21202, meets on Sundays, and usually there is a platform address at 10:30 AM ET.  On June 16, the platform address will be by Zoom -- Juneteenth: A Colloquy (Zoom), facilitated by Joanna Brandt. Colloquy was created more than 25 years ago by Arthur Dobrin (Leader Emeritus of the Ethical Society of Long Island). This interactive program inspires participants to raise awareness of their own views, emotions and values about this newest American Holiday. To receive a Zoom invitation, please email

9] – Get with a virtual NATO in the Arctic webinar on Sun., June 16 at noon ET. There will be an International speaker panel on a range of topics: military tensions, resources, environment, climate, equity, cooperation, and peace keeping. This webinar is organized by the Global Women for Peace - United against NATO (GWUAN). Hear Bruce Gagnon, coordinator Global Network against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Tamara Lorincz of WILPF and many others.  Register at

10]DC Action for Assange will hold a vigil at the White House on Sun., June 16 from 4 to 5 PM. Join in to hold banners & network with other supporters. Email

11] – Activists Writing Together is hosted by Be the Change Bmore on Sundays and Tuesdays from 4 to 6 PM ET at Stony Run Friends Meeting, 5116 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210. Write letters that make a difference to voters in swing states. Text unregistered folks with information on how to register to vote. Get involved on June 16 from 4 to 6 PM ET.  This event will continue through Oct. 20. RSVP at

12] – Progressive Democrats of America [] on Sun., June 16 at 4 PM will host a Town Hall at which you will learn about Rainbow/PUSH's upcoming annual convention in Chicago.  Also there will a celebration of Juneteenth (aka Emancipation Day), and a discussion of its powerful historical resonance, and continued relevance, as the newest national holiday. RSVP at

Before his two decades as a trailblazing progressive in the Georgia State Senate, Vincent Fort taught Black history at one of the most prestigious HBCs in the country, Morehouse College in Atlanta. Senator Fort will share his reflections on the centrality of Juneteenth to all of America's still-unfolding history—and why the recognition of Juneteenth as an official national holiday is so important at this troubled moment in our history. Rev. Dr. Janette Wilson, senior advisor to Rev. Jesse Jackson, and the National Director of PUSH for Excellence will talk about the upcoming Rainbow/PUSH annual convention happening in Chicago in mid-August.

13] –RABBI ARIK ASCHERMAN will speak on Sun., June 16 from 6 to 8 PM ET at Westmoreland UCC church (parlor), 1 Westmoreland Circle NW to discuss the grave circumstances Palestinians face and the mission of Torat-Tzedek volunteers to protect them from violence and displacement. The closest Metro stop in Friendship Heights. Torat Tzedek (Torah of Justice) is an Israeli human rights non-profit organization internationally recognized as a role model for faith-based activism. You can also participate by Zoom:  The password in circle.

14] –Rashida Tlaib [] is asking you to phone banks for Jamaal Bowman on Sundays, June 16 and 23 from 6 to 8 PM ET. Help a human rights champion stay in Congress. Jamaal Bowman is one of the strongest progressives in Congress, and one of the few members of Congress consistently standing up for Palestinians’ human rights. RSVP at

15] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is June 17 and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro. 

By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begins at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. The restrooms are located inside Marriot Providence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.

16] – Stones Cry Out is hosting Sabeel’s Omar Haramy on Mon., June 17 at 1PM ET. RSVP at

17] – Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you to participate with the Green Grassroots Emergency Environment and Election Protection (GREEP) Zoom on Mon., June 17 at 5 PM ET. Hear from leading activists, elected officials, and others committed to union organizing as well as cleaning up our elections and the environment, and other critically important issues. RSVP at

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

"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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