Friday, January 15, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 15 - 22, 2021

55] Climate Strikes vs. Chase Bank – Jan. 15

56] Food Rescue – Jan. 15

57] White House vigil – Jan. 15

58] Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE on hold? – Jan. 15

59] Commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Jan. 15

60] Students’ views on their future in medicine – Jan. 15

61] Fire Drill Friday – Jan. 15

62] Peace and justice vigil – Jan. 15

63] Celebrate Julian Bond – Jan. 15

64] Americans for Democratic Action -- Jan. 15 – 17

65] Peace seeker -- Jan. 16

66] Join the Slavery Archive Book Club – Jan. 16

67] Film HUNGER WARD – Jan. 16

68] FEED THE PEOPLE – Jan. 16

69] Indivisible Montgomery Meeting – Jan. 16

70] Online tax workshops – Jan.16

71] Mass organizing meeting – Jan. 16

72] Shabbat dinner – Jan. 16

73] Winter Homelessness Support event – Jan. 16

74] War Tax Resistance – Jan. 16

75] Nuclear Weapons are illegal – Jan. 22

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

77] Ted Glick has written a book

78] New Book: “Confessions of a Radical Academic”

79] Two Berrigan Books still in print

80] Contribute to the Lin Romano Peace and Justice Scholarship

81] Do you need a doctor?

82] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  

83] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

84] Do you need any book shelves?

85] Join the Global Zero campaign.

86] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

------

55] – On Fri., Jan. 15 from 9 AM to 9 PM, get with the Climate Strikes vs. Chase Bank Every Friday! Flatten the climate pollution curve together! Help run an online climate strike at Chase Bank--the #1 investor in fossil fuels of any bank in the world--every Friday until further notice. You can post your own virtual climate strike on social media in 4 easy steps: https://www.climatefirst.us/calendar. Contact Ted at tconwell@climatefirst.us/ (301) 589-7598 (mobile). Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/3398894953477457/.

56] – On Fri., Jan. 15 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST, come to Grace Baptist Church, 3201 The Alameda to get some food, hosted by Food Rescue Baltimore. This will continue each Friday until March 26, 2021. Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Look at https://www.facebook.com/foodrescueday/.

57] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Jan. 15 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or artlaffin@hotmail.com.

58] – It is unclear if there will be any Women in Black VIGILS FOR PEACE on Fri., Jan. 15 from noon to 1 PM.  The one at the Inner Harbor seems to be suspended. One is at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore.  Free Parking is available. There will be NO LUNCH.   If it doesn't rain, vigil. If it rains, the vigil will be cancelled.  If you arrive for the vigil and don't see someone else, please don't leave. Other folks are on the way.  Email awyattbr@gmail.com.

The other is in Chestertown, Kent County on the Eastern Shore in Memorial Park at Cross Street & Park Row.  This will be a safe-distanced stand for Peace with Justice & No to War. Email wibbaltimore@peacepath911.org.

59] – Join the Southern Poverty Law Center [info@southernpovertylawcenter.org] virtually at the Civil Rights Memorial Center on Fri., Jan. 15 at noon ET for a panel discussion commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Click here to register, https://splcenter-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ix41mftsR6qKghquODG7YA. The event – The March Continues: Building Collective Power to Impact Policy and Dismantle Systems of Oppression in 2021 and Beyond – will feature activists and public servants from across the Deep South and beyond, and will include a special message by civil rights activist Sheyann Webb-Christburg, named by Dr. King as the “Smallest Freedom Fighter” and co-author of the book Selma, Lord, Selma.

60] – How has the pandemic impacted those who are the future of our health care system, the medical students? On Fri., Jan. 15 at 1 PM EST, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) will host a discussion on how the pandemic has affected the medical school experience and students’ views on their future in medicine. Medical students from PHR’s Student Advisory Board will discuss changes in both pre-clinical education and clinical training, how the pandemic has altered medical practice, and how the shift from intense, hands-on and in-person education to virtual learning has created new opportunities for students and – perhaps – changed their own view of future practice opportunities. Visit https://phr-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_elyqMdp6S9Sw1Sp1fYJKrA?utm_campaign=613975_FY21%20January%20COVID-19%20Webinar%20Invitation%2017_01082021&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Physicians%20for%20Human%20Rights&dm_i=4GV7,D5QV,1TO2EP,1DGMA,1.

61] –   As part of Fire Drill Friday, on Jan. 15 at 2 PM ET, discuss an executive action to end new fossil fuel leasing on public lands and waters. Hear from frontline activists Quannah Chasinghorse and Jayeesha Dutta, who know first-hand the impacts the threat of drilling has on their communities in the Arctic and in the Gulf of Mexico. They'll share why it’s so important that Biden takes action within his first 100 days in office to prevent climate chaos, end fossil fuel racism, and improve well-being for millions of people. Sign up at https://greenpeace.zoom.us/webinar/register/2416103814071/WN_wvH_3WnRTq6GawB7F9mFPQ?emci=ae258b1b-bf55-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&emdi=0565065b-cd55-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&ceid=1705696.

62] -- There is usually a Quaker Vigil for Racial Justice on Fridays, from 5 to 6:30 PM, hosted by the Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee (BQPJC) outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on Jan. 15. From 6 to 6:30 PM strategize. Black Lives Matter. Stop the Killing. Physical distancing applies. Wear your face mask. Email homewoodfriends@gmail.com or call 410-235-4438. Quaker values call us to speak truth and to seek equality for all people. We aim to follow Bayard Rustin’s wisdom that “we need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers” and John Lewis’s call to “make good trouble.” See https://www.facebook.com/events/311508100243529/?event_time_id=311508113576861.3&akid=18263%2E3302379%2Ez6bJVQ.

63] –   On Fri., Jan. 15 from 6 to 7 PM EST, celebrate Julian Bond with Jeanne Theoharis, Pam Horowitz, & Vann Newkirk, hosted by Politics and Prose Bookstore.  Go online at eventbrite.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-julian-bond-with-jeanne-theoharis-pam-horowitz-vann-newkirk-tickets-131112439837?fbclid=IwAR3W_QF-vGBGQEoiXXDfvvBUA8GE2iKh44ynEAmQxzpsxm_LN2MLywhgKds. Celebrate Julian Bond's TIME TO TEACH, a masterclass in the civil rights movement from one of the legendary activists who led it. Horace Julian Bond (1940-2015) was a leader in the civil rights movement, a politician, professor, writer, and activist. A founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he went on to serve as president of the Southern Poverty Law Center from 1971 to 1979. He served ten years in the Georgia House and six terms in the Georgia Senate. From 1998 to 2010, Bond was the board chairman of the NAACP. He taught at several universities, including the University of Virginia, where he spent twenty years as a professor in the history department. He is the author of A Time To Speak, A Time To Act.

64] –  Starting on Fri., Jan. 15 at 8:30 PM EST through Sun., Jan. 17 at 5 PM EST, get over to the National Convention & Legislative Action Conference of Americans for Democratic Action.  Sign up at act.myngp.com.  Help develop an action plan for a progressive political agenda.

65] – Sat., Jan. 16 from 10 AM to 2 PM ET and Thurs., Jan. 21, Fri., Jan. 22 and Sat., Jan. 23 from 10 AM to 3 PM EST, check out peace seeker, an installation by Katie Addada Shlon at the Arcadia-Beverly Hills Historic District.  Get tickets at calendly.com/theshedbaltimore/peace-seeker.  This is hosted by The Shed.  Through their latest installation, Katie Addada Shlon asks visitors to consider how use changes what is possible. Presenting object/instruments that have been made from second hand materials, Shlon encourages visitors to touch the sculptures gently while listening for harmony in the sounds made by the interactions. They explain, “Things may fall or break with the gentlest touch, but even that will make a sound worth listening to! People should be advised that there are sharp edges on broken ceramics and metal strings… hopefully no one gets hurt!” Despite the fragility and potential risk present in the works, the experience of this installation is conducive to a meditative state.

66] – On Sat., Jan. 16 from 1 to 3 PM ET, join the Slavery Archive Book Club — The Brutish Museums by Zoom, hosted by the Howard University Graduate School.  See www.danhicks.uk/talks/slaveryarchive-book-club. This is convened by Professor Jessica Johnson (Johns Hopkins University) and Professor Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University).  Register at https://zoom.us/.../tJEud-GsqjsjH9Ff1s-_eJD4srK-TS_CkGyY.  

67] – Watch a Virtual Film Screening of HUNGER WARD on Sat., Jan. 16 from 2 to 3 PM ET. Filmed from inside two of the most active therapeutic feeding centers in Yemen, HUNGER WARD documents two women health care workers fighting to thwart the spread of starvation against the backdrop of a forgotten war. The film provides an unflinching portrait of Dr. Aida Alsadeeq and Nurse Mekkia Mahdi as they try to save the lives of hunger-stricken children within a population on the brink of famine. The film will be immediately followed by a discussion including special guests Rep. Ro Khanna (U.S. Member of Congress) and Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell (U.K. Member of Parliament) as well as other experts on the crisis. Go to https://gathr.us/screening/31710 to register for your free virtual ticket to the event. The Zoom meeting link for the panel discussion will be sent before the event. 

68] – On Sat., Jan. 16 from 2 to 3 PM EST, join the Coalition Against Prejudice with their FEED THE PEOPLE event outside the Westminster Branch Library, 50 E. Main St., Westminster 21157. This will continue each Saturday through Jan. 30. See https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionAgainstPrejudice/. Donate canned goods, non-perishable food items, and hygiene products to help keep Westminster's Little Free Food Pantry stocked. A free lunch will be available for anyone in need of a meal.

69] – Get over to an Indivisible Montgomery Meeting with MoCo Councilmember Evan Glass on Sat., Jan. 16 at 3 PM. Glass will present the group with a commendation from Montgomery County for its work in preserving American democracy.  Welcome new Executive Director Steve Pressman, who will take the helm of Indivisible Montgomery on Jan. 20. Discuss the focus and actions of Indivisible Montgomery during the forthcoming Biden presidency.  Registration is required to receive the login information. RSVP at https://forms.gle/ombgpL9Bj73Bx5Nb8.

70] – The Immigration Outreach Service Center is holding online tax workshops on Sat., Jan. 16 and Sat., Jan. 23 at 3 PM. Anyone who attends both sessions is eligible to have their 2020 tax return prepared for free by a certified tax preparer. To enroll, contact Cynthia Keenan: cynthia@ioscbaltimore.org or (443) 494-9371.

71] –‌ In this moment of reckoning, the Women's March [info@womensmarch.com] recognizes that there is still a lot of work ahead of us to address our country’s legacy of white supremacy and repair the damage done by Trump’s administration. Can we work together, across movements and place? On Sat., Jan. 16 from 3 to 6 PM ET, Women’s March is joining groups like the Movement for Black Lives and leaders including Rep. Ayanna Pressley for a mass organizing meeting to discuss the path forward. RSVP at https://act.womensmarch.com/signup/forward-together-rsvp/?source=em20210114-911&t=2&akid=911%2E508952%2EMMLJ7n.

72] – On Fri., Jan. 15 from 5 to 6:30 PM EST, gather with Repair Baltimore and One Table Gather for Shabbat dinner for learning, celebrating, and remembering MLK. You get to pick which “table” (breakout room on zoom) you want to sit at where you will engage in discussions around: “Honoring the Legacy of Coretta Scott King”, “The Real, the Radical MLK”, “Jews, Allyship & Civil Rights”, “The Future of Racial Reckoning”., and “Essential Renters’ Rights.” Join the Bolton St. Synagogue’s virtual services where Sean Johnson will be sharing his story about his experience growing up in the US as a Black man. All participants who register by the day before the event will receive a $10 gift card to subsidize and elevate their Shabbat dinner. Look at https://jufj.org/event/turn-the-tables-mlk-shabbat/?emci=f2be3d93-1e51-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&emdi=821e4a72-dd51-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&ceid=3403859.

73] – On Sat., Jan. 16, 23 and 30 from 5 to 6 PM EST, get with a Winter Homelessness Support event with MakeSpace at McPherson Square.  Go to makespacehelps.funraise.org. Help distribute sleeping bags and hygiene kits to the homeless in D.C. Please donate 50 hygiene kits. Donation link is under the "tickets" link.  Meet at the statue in McPherson Square located between I street and 15th street in D.C. Email info@imakespace.com.

74] – Milwaukee Catholic Worker Lincoln Rice (also Coordinator for the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee) will speak about war tax resistance for the Chicago group College of Complexes (https://www.collegeofcomplexes.org). All are welcome to check it out on Sat., Jan. 16 at 6 PM by Zoom. To Join the Zoom Meeting, see https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81216467150.  The passcode is 094136, and the Meeting ID is 812 1646 7150.

75] – This is A PLEA TO CONVINCE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY TO OBEY INTERNATIONAL LAW. The world will reach a historic milestone on January 22, 2021: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons [TPNW] will enter into force and become binding international law -- https://www.icanw.org/the_treaty.

   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 modernize our nuclear arsenal. We helped the Baltimore City Council and the Montgomery County Council pass Back from the Brink [BFTB] resolutions and join 53 other municipalities, state legislative bodies and two states to demonstrate broad support for the five fundamental changes in US nuclear weapons policy.  The ultimate goal is abolition; BFTB will reduce the risk but TPNW is the blueprint for abolishing nuclear weapons.

  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 president@jhu.edu.

76] – 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 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.  Phil Berrigan’s wife, Elizabeth McAlister, is a member of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. 

 Dave just printed the 5th edition of the book which is available for $25 by sending him a check: Dave Eberhardt, 4 Hadley Square North, Baltimore, MD 21218. You can contact him at mozela9@comcast.net. He prefers that you DO NOT order the book from Amazon.

77] –  Ted Glick has written a book about his years of active draft resistance during the Vietnam War, and published by PM Press! It’s entitled “Burglar for Peace: Lessons Learned in the Catholic Left’s Resistance to the Vietnam War. The book is part history, part autobiography and may be a valuable source of ideas and inspiration for today’s organizers against injustice, oppression, war, ecological devastation and the bad guys! Frida Berrigan has written a wonderful intro. The paperback book, all 220 or so pages, will cost $20, but if you order it now, you can get a 20% discount if you use the code “Burglar” when you do so.  Go to: https://www.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1093 and click 'Add to Cart'. In the coupon code area be sure to put: Burglar to get the discount.

78] – Check out a New Book: “Confessions of a Radical Academic: A Memoir by Fred L. Pincus,” now available from Adelaide Books (https://adelaidebooks.org/collections/latest-releases/products/confessions-of-a-radical-academic) or from Amazon.  Fred taught sociology at UMBC for more than 40 years and is on the board of Research Associates Foundation.  His memoir details his struggles to have a successful career while keeping true to his radical principles and activism.  One major theme is his struggle with race and racism both on and off campus. Go to www.fredlpincus.com.

79] –Two books by Fred Wilcox are still in print.  The first one is “Fighting the Lamb's War Skirmishes with the American Empire” by Philip Berrigan and Fred A. Wilcox with a FOREWORD by Tripp York.  It can be purchased by Wipf and Stock: https://wipfandstock.com/fighting-the-lamb-s-war.html.  It is a Memoir in paperback/ISBN: 9781532660078/240 pages/republished 8/21/2018/ Retail Price: $26.00/and Web Price: $20.80.

  The second one is “Uncommon Martyrs The Berrigans, the Catholic Left, and the Plowshares Movement” by Fred Wilcox, who profiles members of this anti-war movement, whose Christianity compels them to acts of civil disobedience against the military industrial complex.  The ISBN is 0201522314/$6.50 for a hardcover, and it can be purchased at Powell's Books.  See https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/book-reviews/view/7094/uncommon-martyrs.

80] – Consider making a donation to a scholarship in her honor that would be most welcome.  Contributions to the Lin Romano Peace and Justice Scholarship can be made online via https://www.ndm.edu/lin-romano-peace-and-justice-scholarship or by check made out to Notre Dame of Maryland University (Memo line: Lin Romano Peace and Justice Scholarship) and mailed to Notre Dame of Maryland University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210.

81] Yousef Zarbalian [mailto:yzarbali@gmail.com] started his own medical practice in December before the pandemic hit. It is called East-West Medicine and Rheumatology, and its website is EastWestMD.com.  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.  

82] – The Trump Administration is again beating the war drums.  Most recently, the target is Iran.  Should the Trump administration initiate an act of war against Iran, consider joining us. It is a violation of U.S. law for the Trump Administration to attack a country that has not attacked us, as only Congress can declare war. The Trump administration is nevertheless beating the war drums for war against Iran and Venezuela. Should a war criminal, John Bolton, convince Trump to attack either of these countries, such a military strike would demand an immediate and unequivocal response from us to show that we will not tolerate his abuse of power.

   Let's mobilize to show that we the people will not tolerate another military adventure, which would be bound to have profound negative consequences. If a military strike against Iran or Venezuela takes place, then meet at 33rd and N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. If the attack is before 2 PM local time, then the event will begin at 5 PM, local time. If the attack occurs after 5 PM local time, then the event will begin at 5 PM, local time, the following day. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.   

83] -- 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 comcast.net.

84] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

85] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

86] – 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 http://prop1.org; 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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

“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

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 13 - 15, 2021

44] JUFJ Maryland Statewide Team Meeting – Jan. 13

45] Peace seeker -- Jan. 14 – 15

46] The Muslim Ban hearing – Jan. 14

47] Building Strength from Within: Combating Systems of Oppression – Jan. 14

48] Syria and US Politics with Rania Khalek -- Jan. 14

49] Join a democracy disinformation training – Jan. 14 - 15

50] Food Rescue Giveaway – Jan. 14

51] CAN THE DEMOCRATIC & REPUBLIC PARTY DUOPOLY BE BROKEN?  – Jan. 14

52] "Care is Essential" call – Jan. 14

53] Stop the War on Yemen – Jan. 14

54] Workers Can Defeat Fascism & Racism! – Jan. 14

-----

44] – Get with the Jews United for Justice Maryland Statewide Team Meeting on Wed., Jan. 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM ET.  Discuss ongoing issue campaign work and participate in one of two statewide teams: 1) Labor and Housing Justice or 2) Justice System Reform & Immigrant Rights. At 7:30 PM, get an intro to JUFJ for those who are new to its work and an opportunity for returning JUFJers to catch up with each other while still physically distant. From 8 to 8:30 PM, share updates for all the campaigns. From 8:30 to 9:30 PM, split into breakout rooms to do team specific work. You will receive call-in instructions via email after you RSVP at https://jufj.org/event/md-meeting-jan-13/.

45] –  On the final two days, Thurs., Jan. 14 and Fri., Jan. 15 from 10 AM to 3 PM EST, check out peace seeker, an installation by Katie Addada Shlon at the Arcadia-Beverly Hills Historic District.  Get tickets at calendly.com/theshedbaltimore/peace-seeker.  This is hosted by The Shed.  Through their latest installation, Katie Addada Shlon asks visitors to consider how use changes what is possible. Presenting object/instruments that have been made from second hand materials, Shlon encourages visitors to touch the sculptures gently while listening for harmony in the sounds made by the interactions. They explain, “Things may fall or break with the gentlest touch, but even that will make a sound worth listening to! People should be advised that there are sharp edges on broken ceramics and metal strings… hopefully no one gets hurt!” Despite the fragility and potential risk present in the works, the experience of this installation is conducive to a meditative state.

46] –The Muslim Ban hearing will take place on Thurs., Jan. 14 at 1 PM ET.  Separated families will have their day in court. This cruel policy has ripped apart millions of American families.  The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California will hold a hearing on Emami v Nielsen, a class action lawsuit against the U.S. government. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Muslim Ban victims whose visa and waiver applications were wrongfully denied or stalled by the government over the past three years. In fact, these victims could not access waivers even though they had chronic medical conditions, prolonged family separations, significant business interests or extraordinary talents that would contribute greatly to the United States in fields like medicine, science, and music.

Thursday’s hearing will not only help determine the fates of these Muslim Ban victims, but also whether federal immigration officials who violated the law by failing to offer a real waiver process as required by the Supreme Court will be held accountable. On Thursday at 1 PM, watch a live-stream of the hearing by clicking here https://cand-uscourts.zoomgov.com/j/1617171523?pwd=VWJqM2ZYT1UvNFZ0ZHNZUUhGWTBCZz09&emci=be2b2f2b-0155-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&emdi=76c7a0e2-3e55-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&ceid=8493416#success.

47] – The American Friends of Combatants for Peace are hosting Building Strength from Within: Combating Systems of Oppression, Injustice and Mass-Incarceration on Thurs., Jan. 14 from 1 to 2 PM ET, sponsored by “Inside Circle.” Combatants for Peace Director Sulaiman Khatib will be speaking alongside Eldra Jackson III. Jackson is the Co-Executive Director Inside Circle. He is a writer and sought after public speaker on the topics of at-risk youth advocacy, effective criminal justice rehabilitation and turning around ‘toxic’ masculinity. Eldra brings clarity of purpose, mission focus, and inspiration to his role at Inside Circle. He was an inmate at New Folsom Prison when he found Inside Circle and began the inner personal journey that eventually led to his release in 2014 and his current leadership role. A living example of successful rehabilitation and re-entry, Eldra has dedicated his free time on the outside to serving at-risk youth, and acting as a facilitator, trainer, and mentor. Register https://secure.everyaction.com/Pk72AehTE0-Ab8Ryb1s4Jw2?emci=93aff065-2b55-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&emdi=37412ca8-bc55-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&ceid=8142762.

48] – Syria and US Politics with Rania Khalek is happening on Thurs., Jan. 14 from 2 to 3 PM ET.  Sign up for this Online Event at http://masspeaceaction.org/event/syria-and-us-politics-with-rania-khalek/.  Discuss the conflict in Syria, US involvement, and US politics more broadly! Rania Khalek is a journalist, podcast host, and a valuable, rising voice in independent media. The conflict in Syria has divided the peace movement and the US left. With lots of competing and often contradictory sources of information, it is crucial we inform ourselves of the situation in Syria, as well as the US involvement in Syria. She lives in the Middle East, and has often visited Syria to provide first hand, on the ground reporting. 

49] – Join a democracy disinformation training on Thurs., Jan. 14 at 2 PM ET and one on Fri., Jan. 15 at 2 PM ET.  These trainings are an hour long, and go over how to identify and report democracy-related disinformation.   Sign up for the Thursday training at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcucu-hpjwjGtOZRhxrLmqLbpXWHGNXRzbQ?emci=273d3b76-4f54-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&emdi=6cc9863e-5954-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&ceid=381744.  Or sign up for Friday’s training at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAuduurrTstHd0pbXZjjcHZRFqnnNe1veaL?emci=273d3b76-4f54-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&emdi=6cc9863e-5954-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&ceid=381744. With the events of last week, the Arab American Institute Foundation is training as many community members to be social media disinformation monitors as possible. It is an easy way to help defend the democracy, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home!

50] – On Thurs., Jan. 14 from 6 to 8 PM ET, check out the Food Rescue Giveaway! This is the Thursday Evenings at Old Major, 900 S. Carey St., Baltimore, which will continue through April 29. Go to https://www.facebook.com/OldMajorBaltimore/. This is a long-awaited evening Rescue, and Rescue in Southwest Baltimore, all in one! Get prepacked boxes from the carryout window on the Herkimer Street side of the building. Use the window bell or call 443-873-7363. And please, masks must be worn at the window. 

51] – On Thurs., Jan. 14 at 7 PM (EST), The COMMITTEE FOR THE REPUBLIC will host Hedrick Smith who will tackle CAN THE DEMOCRATIC & REPUBLIC PARTY DUOPOLY BE BROKEN? RSVP at James@CommitteefortheRepublic.org.  The Zoom Link is at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81304952893. The Democratic and Republican parties have overthrown the greatest separation of powers system of constitutional government the world has ever known. American citizens are threatened by the tyranny of the majority, the tyranny of the few and the tyranny of one. The Committee for the Republic is conducting an ongoing series of salons to explore how the sclerotic and rigged American political system can be reformed.

52] – The National Domestic Workers Alliance [info@email.domesticworkers.org] is hosting a "Care is Essential" call on Thurs., Jan. 14 at 7:30 PM ET.  Workers deserve higher pay, benefits and training. Join the Tele-Town Hall! RSVP at https://secure.everyaction.com/PKx5pfWZ8kOi43yEyeL7Zw2?link_id=2&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-save-the-date-care-is-essential&email_referrer=email_1041977&email_subject=re-dont-miss-our-care-is-essential-call-thursday.  Home care workers do crucial life-saving work every day and it's time for public investment in good union jobs with family-sustaining wages, basic benefits, and training to provide the highest standards of care. NDWA and SEIU invite you to hear how we can work together to achieve that vision and continue the work to demand care workers are top of mind in the new Biden-Harris administration.

53] – On Thurs., Jan. 14 at 8 PM EST, Stop the War on Yemen, an Online Event, hosted by  Green Party Peace Action Committee - GPAX et al. This month, people in the U.S. and around the world are demanding an end to the brutal U.S.-supported war on Yemen. Since 2015, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have waged war against Yemen, killing and injuring thousands of Yemeni civilians. After five years of war, roughly 14 million people are at risk of famine and over 24 million people rely on food assistance for survival. Please join the webinar to learn more about this critical issue -- and what you can do to help put an end to this horrific war: https://zoom.us/.../tJEvceuqpzwjE9LeaIsWDczsGXfsAHJoxUnX. President-elect Joe Biden has promised to end U.S. involvement in the war. However, experience teaches us that a complete cessation to U.S. support for the war is unlikely to occur without strong and highly visible public demands for it.

54] – Workers World Party [wwp@workers.org] is holding a webinar on Thurs., Jan. 14 at 8 PM ET -- Workers Can Defeat Fascism & Racism! The coup attempt in Washington, D.C., and the mobilization of a fascist mob numbering in the tens of thousands, must be viewed with the utmost seriousness. These white-supremacist forces pose the greatest threat to the working class, especially the most oppressed. Their political aim is to crush with an iron fist every expression, even the most modest, of workers’ rights, social justice and Black Lives Matter. Sign up at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EL7s_vBZRyKJjLYt8MhpMg.

To be continued

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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  

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 13, 2021

34] Joe Biden’s Tough Challenges in Iran – Jan. 13

35] Insurrection 2021 – Jan. 13

36] Coffee and a Column -- Jan. 13

37] Insurrection by pro-Trump extremists – Jan. 13

38] Town Hall with Rep. Kathy Castor – Jan. 13

39] Biden’s BlackRock picks -- Jan. 13

40] Webinar with HIAS and the Holocaust Museum – Jan. 13

41] Volunteer Information Webinar – Jan. 13

42] Maryland Poor Peoples Campaign -- Jan. 13

43] Virtual Human Rights Delegation to Colombia -- Jan. 13

---

34] – On Wed., Jan. 13 from 10:30 AM to noon, check out Joe Biden’s Tough Challenges in Iran [Online].  This is sponsored by Wilson Center's Middle East Program, and the speakers are former Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, Wilson Center; Robin Wright, Wilson Center; and Jarrett Blanc, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Sign up at https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/joe-bidens-tough-challenges-iran.  Since mid-2019, Iran has breached its obligations in tit-for-tat responses to hundreds of punitive U.S. sanctions. So who goes first? Both countries have said that they want “compliance for compliance”—after the other one acts. Biden wants Tehran to roll back its uranium enrichment and reduce its stockpile; Iran wants Washington to lift sanctions. How does this all play out before Iran closes down for Nowruz in mid-March, then launches its presidential campaign in April, for an election in June?

 

35] – Catch The Nation Conversation: Insurrection 2021 with Melissa Harris-Perry, Elie Mystal & Eric Foner. The Capitol riot by supporters of President Trump, aimed at preventing the counting of electoral votes, revealed the dark side of the history of American democracy, as this was hardly the first effort to overturn extra-legally the results of a democratic election. Join a conversation on how the Trumpian insurrection has revealed the dangers from the enemy within and the urgency with which the Biden Administration must pursue an accounting.

Hear the Conversation on Wed., Jan. 13 at noon EST, hosted by Nation Editorial Director and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel and moderated by National Affairs Correspondent John Nichols. Go to https://secure.everyaction.com/np7OrP0inUipk0v-CWP0OQ2?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_campaign=nation-events-capitol&sourceid=1064822&ms=EMM011120211A&utm_content=EMM011120211A. There will be ample time for audience questions and conversation. All proceeds directly support The Nation’s journalism. If you have any questions, please email us at events@thenation.com.

36] – Jim Zogby wrote about the multiple layers of responsibility for last week’s storming the Capitol and how we can’t move forward until we address those who incited and enabled it and the root causes that led to this tragedy. His recent column, "Accepting Responsibility for January 6, 2021." It can be found at https://gulfnews.com/opinion/op-eds/what-led-to-the-january-6-storming-of-the-us-capitol-1.76373269?emci=20e800eb-3554-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&emdi=8516493c-ef54-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&ceid=389907. Register for coffee and a column on Wed., Jan. 13 from 2 to 2:30 PM at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrceuvpzsvE9LBXVF01wIprea8ghl9a98p?emci=20e800eb-3554-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&emdi=8516493c-ef54-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&ceid=389907. After you register, you will automatically get the dial-in information for the call.

37] – The insurrection by pro-Trump extremists at the U.S. Capitol building last week took many by surprise, but for those who study the far right and the dangerous rhetoric of President Trump – it was a long time coming.  Join People for the American Way president Ben Jealous and a panel of experts on Thurs., Jan. 14 at 6:30 PM ET.  RSVP at https://act.pfaw.org/sign/unpacking-the-insurrection/?utm_source=aa&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=insurrectionbriefing&t=4&akid=19255%2E3302379%2EDjDjtU.

38] – On Wed., Jan. 13 from 4 to 5 PM ET, there is a Virtual Town Hall with Rep. Kathy Castor and Climate Change Makers from across the country on Facebook Live! 

Environment America is participating in this virtual meeting with the Chair of the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Tune in at https://www.facebook.com/events/687042091985914/.

39] – Join CODEPINK to hear a general analysis about Biden’s BlackRock picks from Max Moran, a research assistant at the Revolving Door Project on Wed., Jan. 13 at 4 PM ET. He will also give context about the authority their respective positions hold and share a little background information about Larry Fink himself-- his shadow cabinet and history in austerity politics, climate implications of BlackRock having power over fiscal policy. Last year, Max wrote How BlackRock is on track to infiltrate a Biden Administration.  Not only is BlackRock the largest financier of climate chaos, but they are also the world’s largest investor of weapons of war.  Register at https://www.codepink.org/01132021webinar.

40] – On Wed., Jan. 13 at 5 PM ET, join a webinar with HIAS and the Holocaust Museum LA for the Welcome to Paradise: Refugees at Home in LA program series. Hear the inspiring stories of refugees who were welcomed to America and now give so much back to our country and, especially, the City of Angels. Advance registration is required. RSVP at https://www.hias.org/get-involved/events/welcome-paradise-refugees-home-la.

41] – On Wed., Jan. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM ET, attend a Volunteer Information Webinar.  Participation in the Volunteer Information Webinar is required for many volunteer positions at HIAS. To learn more about volunteer positions and whether you need to attend the information session, click here https://www.hias.org/get-involved/events/volunteer-information-session.

42] – On Wed., Jan. 13 at 7 PM, the Maryland Poor Peoples Campaign - Central Region is holding a Meeting. For details, email baltimore@mdpoorpeoplescampaign.org or maryland@poorpeoplescampaign.org.

43] – The 2nd weekly Virtual Human Rights Delegation to Colombia theme for Wed., Jan. 13 at 7:30 PM will be “Military policy in Colombia and the role of the U.S.A. and its influence in Colombia and the rest of Latin America” with guest speakers: John Lindsay-Poland, Author of the book “Plan Colombia: Ally Atrocities and Community Activism”. Writer, activist, researcher and analyst with a focus on human rights and demilitarization in the Americas; and Blanca Monroy, Mother of victim of extrajudicial executions by Army (“FalsosPositivos”), Madres de Soacha, Soacha Municipality.

You can watch and participate in this event via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88170044754 or Twitter: https://t.co/V6RsqZ3AaC or @TaskAmericas @FriendsLatinAm or https://t.co/kj6ELnJrXo or https://twitter.com/hey_ter/status/1346489943741190144?s=20. Finally you participate by going to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/100000046015883/posts/3934332816578213/?d=n.

To be continued

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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