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


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

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  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

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

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  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  Or sign up for Friday’s training at 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 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  The Zoom Link is at 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 [] 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  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: 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 [] 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

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] 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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