Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- March 8 - 12, 2023

32] International Women’s Day – March 8

33] Hands off D.C. – March 8

34] South Korea’s debate on nuclear arms – March 8

35] Reclaim Renewable Energy Act -- March 8

36] Essentials of Soil Health Management – March 8

37] End Women’s Poverty – March 8

38] Dangers of dicamba – March 8

39] Women and nukes – March 8

40] Town Hall with Human Rights Campaign – March 8

41] Support Wisconsin – March 8

42] Seeking Women’s Health Justice – March 8

43] Defund the Northern Virginia Police meeting – March 8

44] Seeking Women’s Health Justice – March 8

45] Get with Social Media Best Practices – March 8 & 12

46] Our Revolution Howard County meeting March 8


32] – The Peace Alliance [info@peacealliance.org] is promoting International Women’s Day which is taking place on Wed., March 8.    Celebrate International Women's Day by fully embracing equity. Equity isn't just a nice-to-have, it's a must-have. A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society's DNA. And it's critical to understand the difference between equity and equality. Visit https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Missions/18707/Equality-versus-Equity-What-s-the-difference-as-we-EmbraceEquity-for-IWD-2023-and-beyond?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=da923673-064e-4212-bebe-5562fbf79e88. Let's start with a basic definition of each word. Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances, and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.

33] – Free Speech for People [contact@freespeechforpeople.org] wants you to join the Hands off Coalition on Wed., March 8 at 11 AM to 1 PM ET. Sign up athttps://www.hands-off-dc.com/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=ea72db48-a570-4350-8823-c244c3a66027. Congress is planning to overturn D.C. law for the first time in over 30 years. ‌ ‌ If this vote succeeds, it will set a dangerous precedent of federal interference in local autonomy. The rally will be at Columbus Circle at 35 Columbus Monument Drive NE, WDC 20002.

34] – The GW Institute for Korean Studies [gwiks@gwu.edu] is hosting this Korea Policy Forum: South Korea's Nuclear Armament Debate on Wed., March 8 from 10 to 11:30 AM ET. This is a Hybrid Event.  It will take place at the Elliott School for International Affairs, George Washington University, Room 505, 1957 E St. NW, WDC or via Zoom.  RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/korea-policy-forum-south-koreas-nuclear-armament-debate-tickets-565336194777.  North Korea’s recent advanced missile tests and hostile statements that include threats of preemptive nuclear attacks against South Korea have fueled a debate among South Koreans about new military options to address the growing threat from the North. One noticeable development is that South Korea’s nuclear armament, a topic that used to be a taboo for decades, is increasingly drawing attention as an option that should be on the table. One could dismiss this as a tide of “nuclear populism” that could be subdued by reassuring and strengthening U.S. extended deterrence against the North Korean threat. However, it is also true that this traditionally unthinkable option is being seriously examined by more experts in South Korea than in the past. Two leading experts from the U.S. and South Korea, respectively, will be joining us to discuss their views of South Korea’s nuclear armament debate.  

35] – Progressive Maryland is supporting the Reclaim Renewable Energy Act of 2023 (HB718) sent to the Economic Matters Committee, cross-filed with SB590.  It has an upcoming hearing date on Thurs., March 9.  The Witness Testimony on the Maryland General Assembly website will open up on Tues., March 7 and the deadline to register to submit testimony is Wed., March 8 by 3 PMET. Testimony can be sent to sirjames@progressivemaryland.org.

36] – Green America [webster@greenamerica.org] is hosting Transformational Gardening: Essentials of Soil Health Management on Wed., March 8 at 3 PM ET. Transform your lawn to garden. Join this gardening webinar, and learn how to create a flourishing garden.

Rafaela Crevoshay returns to teach the Essentials of Soil Health Management. She'll introduce the soil microbiome, and share how the home gardener has more control over it than one would think! RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1016751878475/WN_VPXNegSeSdORCpnKOZvmuQ?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=c7f1ed70-6368-4193-be95-bcd0c41feaf4.

37] – United for Peace & Justice [contact@unitedforpeace.org] wants you to know about End Women’s Poverty; Invest in Caring Not Killing, an International Women’s Day event on Wed., March 8 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM ET. The California Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) is taking the lead in organizing this nationwide online event.  Its theme reflects the struggles and contributions of women in our communities and our movement. Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qf-ugrT8uGdKW-wcoek3PDbQCbUsr4Ok8?link_id=34&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-action-for-peace-and-justice&email_referrer=email_1829043&email_subject=act-for-peace-and-justice-now.

38] – On Wed., March 8 at 4 PM ET, tune in to the second in Audubon magazine’s series of “Behind the Story” conversations. This time delve into the recent feature story on dicamba, a controversial herbicide blamed for widespread destruction of crops and the native plants birds need.  Senior editor Andy McGlashen will talk with three people whose experience and expertise shaped his reporting: weed scientist and consultant Ford Baldwin, National Wildlife Federation senior agriculture program specialist Lekha Knuffman, and Audubon Delta plants for birds program manager Dan Scheiman.  Learn more about why conservationists and scientists are worried about dicamba, how it got that way, and what advocates say should happen next. 

Register at  https://act.audubon.org/a/dicamba-webinar?contactdata=sG6IhPTxvOlxI26N1jzWtegJkXh1EaM9F0CsysXFIYrddqMcmxcpoZLCllvepUUgkI3MC3SCGN3tVZH0GCJYcbBOBohW2sQRBZzjtUWN6Wfzl0VdzEhNccfkCJEol4XjYymlA5Uqkfo2Y%2fyqlhscMjKWtez7%2bfvof0%2b3mVfw6MbPoEKjfN4gyX7jD7ddAILHC7SgOynTOza1IyffxDK7fiu%2bRsUHcAHzDXaJVsbO3Ayt8je6ieIdrv1lhbn9cA6QucgkOC7m3R%2bU5%2bcdVESbZg%3d%3d&ms=digital-eng-email-ea-x-engagement_20230301_eng-email_dicamba-webinar-invite&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=engagement_20230301_eng-email&utm_content=dicamba-webinar-invite&emci=3e5b7858-3ab8-ed11-a8e0-00224832e811&emdi=0895dc0f-60b8-ed11-a8e0-00224832e811&ceid=2504878.

39] – The Ploughshares Fund [events@ploughshares.org] on Wed., March 8 at 5 PM ET will do Unmute Yourself: International Women's Day. Meet the women who are challenging prevailing views on the necessity of threats and force for resolving conflict and broadening the horizon of the possible by locating people rather than weapons at the center of national security and foreign policy. The speakers are Mari Faines, Partner for Mobilization at Global Zero, Erika Gregory, Managing Director of N Square and Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, MBE, founder and CEO of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN). Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bATPzsSMTEypOn2UtY3zoA. For questions, please reach out to events@ploughshares.org.

40] – Caitlin Toynbee [hrc@hrc.org] is inviting you to a Special Town Hall with Human Rights Campaign President Kelley Robinson on Wed., March 8 at 6 PM ET.  RSVP at HRC.IN/100DAYS. This conversation with Robinson and her staff will be followed by a Q&A. RSVP at https://act.hrc.org/page/123471/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=em_cul_100Daysemail&ea.url.id=6296018.

41] – On April 4, Wisconsinites have their first chance at electing a progressive majority on the state supreme court in 15 years. This powerful judicial body stands to rule on abortion, voting rights, redistricting, and workers’ rights—impacting our lives and our democracy for years to come.  As you know, Wisconsin is one of the most critical battleground states in the country, and over the next few months, the Wisconsin Supreme Court will decide hugely consequential cases on redistricting and voting rights that could end up swinging the 2024 presidential election. Indeed, the conservative nominee Daniel Kelly is a Trump ally who was appointed to the court by former Gov. Scott Walker. Kelly advised Republicans on their “fake elector” plans to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

On Wed., March 8 at 6 PM ET, MoveOn members are gathering to learn about our plan to get out the vote and win this election. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/moveon/event/553581/?utm_source=email.

42] – Sunrise [team@sunrisemovement.org] hopes you will join in on Wed., March 8 at 7 PM ET for a virtual El Paso Climate Charter campaign launch.  RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/sunrisemovement/event/552663/?utm_source=email_20230306_elpaso_allactives_sunrise_s1&ms=email_20230306_elpaso_allactives_sunrise_s1&emci=a6975dae-49bc-ed11-a8e0-00224832e811&emdi=d820b983-64bc-ed11-a8e0-00224832e811&ceid=177631.  Sunrisers in El Paso are fighting back against the rich, corrupt politicians, and some of the largest corporations in the world — and they need every single one of us with them.

43] – The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists of America [novabranch@mdcdsa.org] is holding a Defund the Northern Virginia Police working group meeting on Wed., March 8 at 7 PM ET. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfEcShQX51IL2Z1sNff7bqiYz68vAtPjUxpTuIrfvAK8iBDqA/viewform?link_id=1&can_id=3fcd7916f2ff367c3b859d45270fd1d5&source=email-nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events-80&email_referrer=email_1819087&email_subject=nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events.

44] – Seeking Women’s Health Justice is a webinar on Wed., March 8 at 7 PM ET. The COVID pandemic highlighted just how dysfunctional and inequitable the United States health care system is. Health care spending, both per person and as a share of the national budget, continues to be far higher in the United States than in other high-income countries, and yet we have higher maternity and infant death rates than any other developed country. And the Supreme Court ruling that over-turned Roe v. Wade eroded women's right to control their own bodies. This change indicated that additional rulings may further diminish other health-related rights such as access to contraception. This webinar will examine three areas of women's health from the perspective of justice - reproductive rights, health care challenges of incarcerated women, and maternal health.   Explore how the US health care system does not adequately address the health needs of women and how excessive Pentagon spending prevents access to the resources to adequately alter the system. RSVP at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0td-GgrzojGd1LbEy8B4Z9H-rWIVnakx5A.

45] –Get with Social Media Best Practices virtually, hosted by The Democratic National Committee on Sundays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 PM ET.  Participate on Wed., March 8 and Sun., March 12.  Maximize your impact within your social network and join the social media best practices training. Whether you're just getting started on social media or already have an online presence, this training will provide you with the tools necessary to ensure you are reaching your full potential as an online organizer. Learn the essentials for utilizing platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram for political story telling. Email williamsak@dnc.org to schedule a presentation for your staff/volunteers or with any queries about co-presenting at one or more of these events. Go to https://events.democrats.org/event/486853/.

46] –Get over to the Our Revolution Howard County chapter meeting on Wed., March 8 from 7:30 to 9 PM ET.  Register at https://www.mobilize.us/ourrevolution/event/457270/?followup_modal_context=email_post_shift_future_timeslots_other_events.

Recap accomplishments over the past month and discuss the many upcoming actions you can take.  Talk about local government, including the County Council and the Columbia Association.  The next meeting is April 12.

To be continued.

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/.

"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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