Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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  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 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

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 Register for coffee and a column on Wed., Jan. 13 from 2 to 2:30 PM at 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

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

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

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

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

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

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: or Twitter: or @TaskAmericas @FriendsLatinAm or or Finally you participate by going to Facebook:

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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