Sunday, November 29, 2020

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Without Erasing the Exploitation and Genocide of Native American People

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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Without Erasing the Exploitation and Genocide of Native American People

Rachel Grumman Bender

November 24, 2020

Yahoo Life

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For many people across the U.S., Thanksgiving is about getting together as a family — likely remotely this year, in light of the pandemic — and digging in to a festive feast. What’s often glossed over or erased entirely is the real history behind the holiday, particularly the treatment of Native Americans. But some experts say there are ways to participate in the holiday while also acknowledging its troubling past.

“From the beginning, the story of Thanksgiving has been about telling a romantic story about the relationship between white Americans and the indigenous people of this country,” Stephanie Fryberg, a member of Washington’s Tulalip tribes and professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, tells Yahoo Life. “The irony is that Native people have been sold the same story,” which is one that told the early colonists and natives “sat down amicably and ate together,” Fryberg says, “and the Native Americans helped them survive the winter...and the American colonies just expanded and the Natives just decide to give up the land. And the story ends there and the Natives just die off in history.”

It’s the “myth of Thanksgiving,” Crystal Echo Hawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation and founder and chief executive officer of IllumiNative, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the visibility of and challenging negative narratives about Native peoples in American society, tells Yahoo Life. It’s a story that “worked to create a history of this country that erased the genocide and brutality of Native peoples,” Echo Hawk says. “As an example, the earliest attempt at declaring Thanksgiving as a holiday was in the 1860s when President Lincoln was trying to unite the country, and he never mentioned Native peoples.”

The "myth of Thanksgiving" tells the tale of settlers and Native Americans amicably sharing a meal, erasing realities of exploitation and genocide. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images)

The "myth of Thanksgiving" tells the tale of settlers and Native Americans amicably sharing a meal, erasing realities of exploitation and genocide. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images)

Fryberg says the story that’s often told about the holiday is “so stereotyped” and is “all about erasure.” She adds: “Thanksgiving day is really a celebration of the exploitation and genocide of Native American people.”

She acknowledges that many people grew up thinking the holiday was about “family time” and “gratefulness.” But, she says, “You’re still erasing the true history. Absolutely you can see how you would want to hold onto that positivity — the problem is you’re contributing to a narrative that is problematic.”

Why Thanksgiving is a day of mourning for Native Americans

For many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is not a day of celebration — it’s considered a national day of mourning. According to the United American Indians of New England, “Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture.”

The Day of Mourning is “really about truth telling — it pushes back on the myth of Thanksgiving,” says Echo Hawk, who notes that 27 states “make no mention of Native peoples in their K-12 curriculum,” adding: “Of those that do, 87 percent don’t mention Native peoples post-1900. The true history of Indigenous peoples has been erased from history books, from our schools, from media. It’s important that we have narratives and days where we push back and against these harmful myths that only seek to uphold the stories that protect white supremacy.”

Having school children adopt Native American traditions, as seen here in a Denver school in 2002, is exactly what not to do when trying to correct the long-taught myth of Thanksgiving, say experts. (Photo: Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Having school children adopt Native American traditions, as seen here in a Denver school in 2002, is exactly what not to do when trying to correct the long-taught myth of Thanksgiving, say experts. (Photo: Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Given its painful history, Native Americans like Fryberg prefer that people don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. But for those who do, there are ways to acknowledge the history of the holiday (and its aftermath), as well as the contributions of Native Americans, and incorporate them into the day.

Share the real story of Thanksgiving with your family

Whether you’re sitting around your dining table with your immediate family or having a Zoom call with extended family on Thanksgiving, make an effort to acknowledge Native Americans. “Take the time to talk to your family and acknowledge that while coming together — virtually this year! — is important, it’s also time to learn about the true history of this country,” says Echo Hawk.

For example, according to the National Museum of the American Indian: “The Wampanoag shared their land, food, and knowledge of the environment with the English [colonists]. Without help from the Wampanoag, the English would not have had the successful harvest that led to the First Thanksgiving. However, cooperation was short lived, as the English continued to attack and encroach upon Wampanoag lands in spite of their agreements.”

Although it can be hard to bring up such a somber topic with your family on the holiday, Fryberg says, “You can’t just default to, ‘We’re just not going to talk about it,’ because you’re literally contributing to the same erasure.”

When talking to children about Thanksgiving, Fryberg says to keep things age-appropriate. But, says Echo Hawk, “Tell them the truth, as hard as it is, as uncomfortable as it can be. We’re all having to do the work of recognizing how our actions uphold these false stories that are biased and harmful. The best thing we can do, what we owe to our children, is a truthful history.”

It's important to acknowledge that traditional Thanksgiving foods — including turkey, pumpkins, cranberries, corn, beans and more — have indigenous roots, say experts. (Photo: Getty Images)

It's important to acknowledge that traditional Thanksgiving foods — including turkey, pumpkins, cranberries, corn, beans and more — have indigenous roots, say experts. (Photo: Getty Images)

Echo Hawk says that we can’t begin to move forward or end systemic racism in the U.S. until we “acknowledge the role genocide and racism played in the creation of this country.” She says, “It’s the only way we learn. It’s the only way we can do better. It’s the only way we create a better future.”

Serve — or at least talk about — Indigenous foods

While people dig into the turkey and cranberry sauce, most don’t realize or think about the fact that some of the dishes served on Thanksgiving stem from indigenous foods. These include turkey, pumpkins, cranberries, corn, beans, maple syrup, and more.

For example, Native Americans made the first cranberry sauce, according to the Smithsonian, and were “managing and raising turkeys” as early as 1200 to 1400 A.D., according to ScienceDaily. Turkey feathers were used “on arrows, in headdresses and clothing,” according to ScienceDaily. “The meat was used for food. Their bones were used for tools including scratchers used in ritual ceremonies.”

At the Thanksgiving meal, suggests Fryberg, “Talk about why you're eating the foods that you’re eating.”

Look at how your child’s school teaches kids about Thanksgiving

Along with finding age-appropriate ways to teach the real story of Thanksgiving, it’s important for schools to avoid harmful stereotyping and cultural appropriation in lesson plans, such as making and wearing Native American headdresses. “Projects and crafts that attempt to adapt or copy Native traditions tend to perpetuate stereotypes of Native Americans,” according to the National Museum of the American Indian. “For example, we discourage adopting ‘Native’ costumes into your classroom.” Instead, the museum offers some ways here to include more culturally-sensitive lesson plans on Native Americans.

Echo Hawk suggests reading books that center Indigenous history or books that showcase Native Americans today. For kids, the First Nations Development Institute has a recommended reading list of Native American children’s books, and Brightly has its own list of books for children and young adults that celebrate the heritage of Native Americans.

“Learn about and support the continued efforts Native peoples are taking to protect our land, our water, our peoples,” says Echo Hawk. “Follow Indigenous accounts on social media to break out of your echo chamber. Learn about whose land you’re on — not just their history, but how they exist today.” (You can look up which Native American tribes lived in your area with the Native Land map.)

She adds: “You shouldn’t only care about or acknowledge Native peoples during Thanksgiving — we exist and should be celebrated and acknowledged 365 days a year.”

Rachel Grumman Bender is an award-winning health, beauty, and parenting writer and editor. She has written for Self.com, Women’s Health, Prevention, Everyday Health, the New York Post, The New York Times, and many more publications. 


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Baltimore Activist Alert -- November 30 - December 1, 2020

18] Make Calls for Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.  – Nov. 30

19] US MILITARISM ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT Nov. 30

20] Join the New Georgia Project for a phone bank -- Nov. 30

21] The Biden administration and China, Russia and Korea -- Nov. 30

22] Get Money Out of Maryland Nov. 30

23] Maryland State Legislator Meetings – Dec. 1

24] Missile and Nuclear Insecurity in East Asia -- Dec. 1

25] Outside Bread for the Journey Soup Kitchen – Dec. 1

26] Protest JHU’s weapons research – Dec. 1

27] Alas, Cantos y Colores expedition – Dec. 1

28] Sunrise Movement Baltimore meeting – Dec. 1

29] Discuss Consent Decree – Dec. 1

30] Montgomery County Racial Equity & Policing Team Meeting -- Dec. 1

31] War, Peace, and the Supreme Court -- Dec. 1

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18] – Make Calls for Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.  The presidential election may be over (Donald Trump’s refusal to concede notwithstanding), but control of the US Senate hangs in the balance, pending the results of two runoff elections in Georgia, the nation’s newest battleground state. Early voting starts December 14, and Special Election Day is January 5, 2021. The Sierra Club will be making phone calls in support of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, whose races could determine the fate of President-Elect Biden’s ambitious green agenda. Sign up to call Georgia voters at https://www.mobilize.us/sierraclubbattleground/event/272291/?utm_source=insider&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter. The available times are Mon., Nov. 30 from 3 to 6 PM EST.  Then on Tues., Dec. 1 from 3 to 6 PM and 6 to 9 PM EST.  The calls will continue Wed., Dec. 2 from 3 to 6 PM and 6 to 9 PM EST through Tues., Jan. 5 from 6 to 9 PM EST.

19] – Hear about AFRICOM: US MILITARISM ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT on Mon., Nov. 30 at 4 PM ET.  Register for this ZOOMINAR at https bit.ly/africomwebinar.  Explore the scope and reach of AFRICOM, and the struggle to get US military forces out of Africa. The United States Africa Command, or AFRICOM, was established in 2007. The United States government claimed that part of AFRICOM's mission was to promote peace and security in Africa. Yet in the years since its inception AFRICOM has launched military strikes in African countries, and has faced accusations that some of its activities have amounted to war crimes.  Professor Horace G. Campbell, an internationally-known peace and justice activist, holds a joint Professorship in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Political Science at Syracuse University. Kerry McLean is an international human rights lawyer who has lived and worked in East, West, Central and southern Africa. This event is sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.

20] – Can you help CPDAction win Georgia? Join the New Georgia Project for a phone bank on Mon., Nov. 30 and Tues., Dec. 1 from 6 to 8:30 PM ET to help register voters for this critical double run-off election! Sign up now: https://www.mobilize.us/cpda/event/363574/?ms=POL_EMAIL_SIGNUPc4_11192020&emci=3321f2a8-e129-eb11-9fb4-00155d03affc&emdi=b18c414b-802a-eb11-9fb4-0003ff196a4c&ceid=447376.  Email CPD Action <info@cpdaction.org>. The phone bank will continue on Thurs., Dec. 3 and Mon., Dec. 7.

21] - Will the Biden administration change policy when it comes to China, Russia and Korea? Jodie Evans, Hyun Lee and John Feffer explain Cooperation or Cold War on Mon., Nov. 30 from 7 to 8:30 PM. The former Vice President is just as committed to U.S. hegemony and to the “pivot to Asia”, the new military, economic, diplomatic and soft-power Cold War with China. Biden is also aiming to revitalize U.S.-European alliances aimed at Russia. President-elect Biden may extend the New START Treaty with Russia and has signaled an openness to cutting some nuclear weapons, but Biden is hardly a nuclear abolitionist. The “modernization” of the US nuclear arsenal is threatening a new arms race with Russia and China. Will Biden recognize the dangers and change course?  Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvd-6uqzwoH9E1PjxpjpS2C1iUmftXAHL9?emci=8a4a593b-e629-eb11-9fb4-00155d03affc&emdi=bada527f-262f-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&ceid=269591.

22] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Mon., Nov. 30 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.  There are two ways to join the conference: Dial 1 929 205 6099, and then use meeting ID: 512 862 260. Or Click on your device if you have downloaded the app from Zoom. The focus will be on organizational sign-ups, public relations, and logistics for lobbying in Annapolis.

23] - Throughout the fall, the group Jews United for Justice has been learning about issue priorities and its state legislators. On Tues., Dec. 1 through Mon., Dec. 21 attend Maryland State Legislator Meetings.  For example, people from District 43 will meet with its state representatives on Thurs., Dec. 3 to discuss an agenda for the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Begin with a prep session at 6:30 PM, before meeting virtually with legislators from 7 to 8:15 PM. From 8:15 to 8:45 PM, there will be a debrief session. You will receive call-in instructions via email after you RSVP at https://jufj.org/jufj-district-meetings-2021/?emci=70fe8123-7f2e-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&emdi=e3ba679e-852e-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&ceid=3403859#1604680421685-0ece2280-92de.

24] – Check out Missile and Nuclear Insecurity in East Asia on Tues., Dec. 1 from noon to 1:30 PM.  The speaker is Masako Ikegami, Ph. D., Professor, School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology.  Register at https://mit.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6Um61UbXTKOoGsI9NWOwNQ. The world is facing an unprecedented crises on several fronts. Lack of leadership by the United States has intensified many flash points around the world including nuclear threats and the abandonment of arms control negotiations, bio-safety, climate change, food insecurity, instability and tensions in the East, and increased pressure from nationalists and extremists at home and abroad. This Tuesday seminar series will capture a subset of these critical issues facing humanity and the planet.

25] – On Tues., Dec. 1 from 1:30 to 2 PM, check out Outside Bread for the Journey Soup Kitchen individual lunches given out by Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Baltimore.  This Tuesday soup kitchen will until Dec. 1. The church is at 2424 McElderry St., Baltimore 21205.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/602052220539690/?event_time_id=602052307206348.

26] – There is a Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.  You may consider contacting President Ron Daniels and telling him that the university should reject all military contracts, including those for killer drone and nuclear weapons research.  The president’s mailing address is Office of the President, 242 Garland Hall, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218.  You can also reach his office by Phone: (410) 516-8068, Fax: (410) 516-6097 or email: president@jhu.edu.

27] – Get over to a Webinar on Tues., Dec. 1 from 6 to 7:30 PM ET and hear a discussion on the launch of the Alas, Cantos y Colores expedition, which will retrace the footsteps of renowned ornithologist Frank Chapman (pictured below packing specimens) during his 1910-1915 explorations across Colombia. Alas, Cantos y Colores is a Colombian-led initiative to incorporate historical and modern data to understand the impact of human activities on bird communities over the last 110 years, in order to better predict and prevent future impacts on biodiversity. The discussion will be moderated by Ambassador Francisco Santos (Colombian Ambassador to the USA) and will feature three panelists: Dr. Joel Cracraft from the American Museum of Natural History will shed light on the historical context of Chapman’s expeditions, Natalia Ocampo-PeƱuela from the Humboldt Institute will focus on the modern-day, Colombian-led expeditions retracing Chapman’s steps, and Geoff LeBaron from Audubon will look at Chapman’s long-lasting legacy related to the Christmas Bird Count and recent efforts to build out bird-based tourism in Colombia. Register at https://act.audubon.org/a/caminando-con-chapman?ms=digital-eng-email-ea-x-engagement_20201125_iap-webinar-invite_world-migratory-bird-day-latinx-heritage-month&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=engagement_20201125_iap-webinar-invite&utm_content=world-migratory-bird-day-latinx-heritage-month&emci=05f7218f-7c2e-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&emdi=5d7d7c76-612f-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&ceid=2504878&contactdata=wsZEqx2q6%2bhcmRHTTTG%2fp0AC%2fMTGpli5n1hKyafqohvIVZ9e6u0tAMH%2fLEOINi%2b4gl8G5DSGv6h1ponEs1n3QsyqPFzXOLzRD3rroagUFNno984Xks3LDSs1SZVSVH%2b%2bl%2bMK8iJgF6BOiUhKUM1UCyQwg3sZC%2bEgwzdak4C1xMxk2m8iSC5MMFbma9TgVALyd0le%2f8AyiZQwmnWbe%2fnGR%2bliA4p52D2bDwcPzAixpPPLXa3mdA3ULndt8Y6Kxnrtter.

28] – The Sunrise Movement Baltimore is holding its last hub meeting of the year on Tues., Dec. 1 at 6:30 PM. Reflect on 2020 and gear up for the year ahead. Register  at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsf-ytrTIpGNatcW0qWSLUWBhoLvi1Y6JL?link_id=6&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-take-action-tuesday-protect-renters-transit-equity-and-more&email_referrer=email_1003759&email_subject=take-action-tuesday-protect-renters-transit-equity-and-more.

29] – On April 7, 2017, the City of Baltimore and the Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a Consent Decree, which is a court enforceable agreement to resolve DOJ's findings that it believed the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) had engaged in a pattern and practice of conduct that violates the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and certain provisions of federal statutory law. The Baltimore City Consent Decree website is: https://consentdecree.baltimorecity.gov/. Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB) is providing a virtual opportunity to learn about the Baltimore City Consent Decree on Tues., Dec. 1 from 7 to 8:30 PM. Visit https://files.constantcontact.com/dab7619c001/b5c67b3a-42a7-40d0-8107-08ad568055ef.pdf.

30] – Jews United for Justice are urging you to attend the Montgomery County Racial Equity & Policing Team Meeting on Tues., Dec. 1 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET.  You will receive call-in instructions via email after you RSVP at https://jufj.org/event/mc-policing-mtng-dec-2020/?emci=70fe8123-7f2e-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&emdi=e3ba679e-852e-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&ceid=3403859.

Our Revolution is investing in organizing in black communities being targeted heavily by racist GOP voter suppression tactics.  RSVP for a virtual organizing meeting on Tues., Dec. 1 at 8:30 PM ET to hear from Nina Turner, Killer Mike, and Councilman khalid about what it’s going to take to win Georgia and save our democracy.  RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/ourrevolution/event/364525/?akid=839.8252965.epZyGG&rd=1&t=8.

31] –War, Peace, and the Supreme Court with Professor Samuel Moyn will take place on Tues., Dec. 1 from 7 to 8 PM.  Join in for a conversation with Yale historian and legal expert Samuel Moyn and discuss the history of US wars, "forever" wars, the legal doctrines that supposedly justify wars, US war criminals, liberal Democratic interventionism, conservative war hawks, and more. With recent developments in the Supreme Court, hear from Samuel about why it’s a just cause to disempower the Supreme Court. Register here https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIufuGhpzstHNxRUUWup3MRNwoxuPmovopa?emci=cc240b68-6c2e-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&emdi=5f4f1f63-712e-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&ceid=269591. Moyn is Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University. He is also a fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.

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  

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert – November 29 – December 1, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert – November 29 – December 1, 2020

"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.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com

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 Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net.

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Get involved with NCNR   

4] Volunteer with a Catholic Worker house  

5] Convention for Palestine – Nov. 29

6] “Ethical Culture, Psychotherapy, and My Grandmother the Spy” – Nov. 29

7] Food Collection for the Maryland Food Bank – Nov. 29

8] Public Health amidst a Pandemic – Nov. 29

9] Solidarity with the Palestinian – Nov. 29

10] Get out the Vote – Nov. 29

11] Join Friends of Sabeel North America – Nov. 29

12] US aggression towards China!  – Nov.  29

13] Healthcare Emergency Town Hall Nov. 29

14] Dorothy Day Commemoration – Nov. 29

15] Get out the Vote – Nov. 29

16] PDA Flip the Senate meeting -- Nov. 29

17] Pentagon Peace Vigil – Nov. 30

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1] – Buttons, bumperstickers 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 http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to U.S. wars.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

4] - Suzanne Fontanesi and Jeff Ross are in the beginning stages of renovating the basement of their house for purposes of bringing in a volunteer (targeting young adults in discernment mode), starting next fall. They are trying to grow a Catholic Worker House in Irvington (West Baltimore). In a nutshell, there is a lot that a volunteer could do in that neighborhood/Baltimore, in addition to prayer and daily community living and in addition to plugging into all the good work that people are already doing in and around Baltimore (and beyond).  If you think you might know of anyone who might be interested in starting a conversation with them about becoming such a volunteer/community member, please contact Jeff/Suzanne at 443-690-6872.

5] – On Sun., Nov. 29 at 9 PM EST, the 13th Annual Convention for Palestine in the US will close.  Hosted by the American Muslims for Palestine and American Muslims for Palestine Convention, this event is still on.  Register at bit.ly/PalConv2020 for the last day, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.  The event will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. This year’s theme is Against All Odds: Palestine Beyond 2020. The Palestinian people and cause will survive 2020. Despite the major setbacks we've faced this year due to more potential formal annexation, Arab normalization, the Trump administration’s policies, the coronavirus pandemic, Israel’s murders of Palestinians in cold blood at checkpoints, massive home demolitions in Jerusalem, and ongoing suffocating siege of Gaza, Palestine will rise against all odds.  There’s also a free raffle to win prizes ranging from kunafa to Palestine paraphernalia and more.

6] - Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion at 10:30 AM.  On Sun., Nov. 29, the platform address is “Ethical Culture, Psychotherapy, and My Grandmother the Spy.”  The Victorian Felix Adler was not a big fan of therapeutic exploration of the psyche; he resisted what he considered a narcissistic invasion of the private world. Today, however, counseling is an important part of Ethical Culture. It nourishes our ethical relationships and our congregational life.  Two counseling orientations that resonate with Ethical Culture are those of Alfred Adler and of existential therapists such as Victor Frankel. Hugh Taft-Morales will explore the inspirational power of these orientations while weaving an amazing tale of his own family’s psychotherapeutic adventures.  Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. Email PRESIDENT@BMORETHICAL.ORG for the ZOOM LOGIN INFORMATION.

7] - On Sun., Nov. 29 from 11 AM to noon EST, get involved with Food Collection for the Maryland Food Bank at the Locust Point Community Church, 1308 Beason St., Baltimore 21230.  The church will be collecting items for the Maryland Food Bank every Sunday through Dec. 27. Go to https://www.facebook.com/locustpointcommunityucc/.

8] – Get with Public Health amidst a Pandemic with Dr. Howard Ehrman on Sun., Nov. 29 from 11 AM to 1 PM.  Ehrman, MD, MPH is a retired Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois (UIC) in Chicago who has researched and taught courses on the relationship of climate change to the global economic and health crisis at UIC, DePaul University and Knox College for two decades. He was a co-founder of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) in Chicago, a student of Professor Barry Commoner at Washington University, and a Labor Union Organizer. He was a co-founder of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) in Chicago, a student of Professor Barry Commoner at Washington University, and a Labor Union Organizer. Hear music by Emma’s Revolution.  Join the Zoom Meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89552575898?pwd=K1ZRMkRNejlpRnZZakFRWnE0aUh3Zz09The Meeting ID is 895 5257 5898, and the Passcode is 246499.

9] – In honor of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Sun., Nov. 29 at noon ET, Jewish Voice for Peace is partnering with the Palestine Solidarity Committee and the BDS National Committee for a rally. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqdumtrTkpH9cmYXkkgJtaxxJ_dgO8lxck?emci=55a2dd17-5a2b-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&emdi=eec6680d-5d2e-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&ceid=237778. The evening will include poetry, music, and inspirational speakers – including co-founder of the BDS movement Omar Barghouti, actress Maxine Peake, human rights attorney Noura Erakat, and poet Aja Monet. 

10] – As Lindsey Graham and Senate Republicans seek to sabotage the elections in Georgia, we must rise above them and mobilize Georgia’s Democratic base to cast their ballots. Making calls to infrequent voters is one of the most effective means of base-building and increasing voter turnout. Sign up to make calls with Turnout2020: https://www.mobilize.us/dailykos_2/event/363620/?link_id=2&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-firstname-default-friend-the-only-birthday-gift-i-want-is-for-us-to-win-in-georgia-action-needed-2&email_referrer=email_1002406&email_subject=rsvp-to-connect-with-infrequent-democratic-voters-in-georgia. MAKE CALLS TO GEORGIA VOTERS this week-- starting on Sun., Nov. 29 from 2 to 4 PM and 4 to 6 PM EST.  Continue on Mon., Nov. 30 from 5 to 7 PM and 7 to 9 PM EST and Tues., Dec 1 from 5 to 7 PM and 7 to 9 PM EST.

11] – Join Friends of Sabeel North America on Sun., Nov. 29 at 4 PM ET, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, for an online rally and Twitterstorm!  Support and amplify the incredible work of Palestinians who are on the front line of justice struggles. Hear from front line activists in Palestine and here on Turtle Island (North America). REGISTER at https://form.123formbuilder.com/5688445//.  

12] - On Sun., Nov. 29 at 4 PM ET, join Jodie Evans, Vijay Prashad, Tings Chak, Danny Haiphong, Kenneth Hammond, Alice Slater, and Mikaela Erskog for a teach in on US aggression towards China!  RSVP at https://peoplesforum.org/event/teach-in-us-aggression-on-china-laying-out-the-problem/.   

13] – Join the Progressive Democrats of America Healthcare Emergency Town Hall on Sun., Nov. 29 at 4 PM ET.  PDA is looking forward to a science-based resolution to the misery and mayhem that is #COVID19 in the U.S. The conviction remains that well-studied social science supports the structure of a #SinglePayer expanded and improved system to save money and save lives.  COVID-19 only magnifies and adds urgency to this task. Now that we are on the brink of discovery of a vaccine against this scourge, and with the fall/winter coronavirus surge of #COVID19 upon us, more and more of us are taking to heart the warnings of our brightest minds: public health measures must be followed to ensure the safety and lives of our friends and loved ones. Join in to push the needed legislation, and support for progressive legislators. Email mikefox@pdamerica.org to register.

14] – Please join America Jesuit Magazine and the Dorothy Day Guild as they commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the death of Servant of God Dorothy Day. Celebrate the Living Legacy of Dorothy Day: A Hunger for God. A Striving for Goodness. A Passion for Justice will be on Sun., Nov. 29 at 6 PM ET. Register at https://americamedia-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NcB0inhMR5KABTiMW4tf_QPANELISTS INCLUDE David Brooks, Op-ed Columnist, The New York Times, Anne Snyder, Editor in Chief, Comment magazine and Paul Elie, Senior Fellow, Georgetown University.

15] – Our Revolution is asking you to volunteer to help make Get-Out-the-Vote phone calls to Georgia. These virtual phone banks will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 PM EST on Thursdays and Sundays!  In the months leading up to Election Day, Our Revolution’s army of grassroots volunteers powered a massive “Get out the Vote” campaign all across America. Over 650,000 people joined the rolling national and state virtual rallies, and together made more than 4 million one-on-one voter contacts. Volunteer with Our Revolution to help make Get-Out-the-Vote phone calls to Georgia! The next virtual phone bank is on Sun., Nov. 29 from 6.30 to 8:30 PM EST!  Other dates for the phone bank will be Thurs., Dec 3, Sun., Dec 6, and more dates, all from 6:30 to 8:30 PM EST.  Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/ourrevolution/event/362948/?akid=824.8252965.hctbnt&rd=1&t=9.

16] – Help Progressive Democrats of America Win the Georgia Runoffs.  Join the National "Flip the Senate/Demote McConnell" Team Call on Sun., Nov. 29 at 9 PM ET. No question the world is a better place with Joe Biden replacing Donald Trump. But everything we'll be trying to do to counteract four years of the slash-and-burn Trump tactics will be stymied so long as Mitch McConnell controls the agenda in the Senate. Join the organizing meeting to see how to win these senate races with your help. Email mikefox@pdamerica.org to get your secure log in.

17] – 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 Nov. 30, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com 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 begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.  

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