Thursday, May 18, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 18 - 23, 2023

46] Stop Manchin’s FERC – May 18

47] Free Rodney Reed from Death Row – May 18 - 19

48] Ukraine gives up its nuclear weapons – May 18

49] Colombia Delegation Report-Back – May 18

50] Common Cause Election Protection phone bank May 18, 19, 21 & May 23

51] Brady Organizing Team training – May 18

52] DSA Social Housing Organizing Meeting – May 18

53] DSA Social Meetup -- May 18

54] Financial Literacy Workshops – May 18

55] Think Twice before Calling the Police – May 18

56] Solar webinar – May 18

57] Thursday Victory Team Call – May 18

58] Bike to Work day – May 19


46] – Beyond Extreme Energy [] needs you on the morning of Thurs., May 18 to Stop Manchin's FERC in Washington, D.C. Get off Fossil Fuels, onto Clean Renewables, Environmental Justice and Democratic Participation Now! Since March of last year, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has been working with Republicans on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee which he chairs to prevent any substantive change at FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They must stop their rubber stamping of methane gas pipelines and LNG projects!  Manchin’s agenda is clear. He intends to make another effort after his failures last year to force through Congressional legislation to fast track coal, oil and gas expansion and suppress clean renewables like wind and solar. He wants the Mountain Valley Pipeline to be completed and in operation ASAP. He wants more and more LNG export terminals to be built in the Gulf and elsewhere to ship dirty and dangerous methane gas around the world. He and his Republican allies are an immediate threat to our overheating planet and all of its life forms. Attend and help build a big turnout of people to demonstrate outside the FERC building. Some will engage in nonviolent direct action to demand that FERC stop kowtowing to Manchin and the climate denying/greenwashing fossil fuel agenda.  Register at

47] – Free Rodney Reed from Death Row. Participate on Thurs., May 18 to create a social media "storm" for Rodney, using platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Graphics, videos and articles will be shared on those platforms in the coming days. RSVP at

Then join a rally in Austin, Texas on Fri., May 19 at 2:30 PM ET outside the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for a rally for Rodney. Register here to join the zoom audience for the livestream of this event with some advance info and commentary for online viewers:  Email

48] – On Thurs., May 18 at 11 AM, get with the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine with Mariana Budjeryn, hosted by the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Budjeryn, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, will be joined by Lynn Rusten, Nuclear Threat Initiative. Budjeryn is author of the new book Inheriting the Bomb: The Collapse of the USSR and the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine, which tells the story of how and why Ukraine ultimately abandoned its claim to the nuclear weapons on its territory when the Soviet Union collapsed. Dr. Budjeryn’s book offers a nuanced understanding of Ukraine’s decision-making as a Soviet successor state striving to establish its independence and security in the context of the unprecedented dissolution of a large nuclear-armed state. Her comprehensive account explains how domestic politics, economic needs, diplomatic pressure, and the salience of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty influenced Ukraine’s decision to remain non-nuclear and averted a looming proliferation crisis. Register at

49] – The Solidarity Collective [] wants you to hear a Colombia Delegation Report-Back on Thurs., May 18 at 4 PM ET. From January 13-22, 2023, a group of educators, faith-leaders and activists from the U.S. traveled to Colombia to explore how Black, Indigenous and Campesino communities are building peace and defending their ancestral lands through food sovereignty, cultural restoration and solidarity efforts in the face of decades of U.S.-backed armed conflict. Join us to hear the findings of this effort from some of the participants, and to learn from the stories of Colombian resilience despite harmful U.S. military and economic policies. RSVP at

50] – On Thurs. May 18 from 5 to 7 PM, Fri., May 19 from 4 to 6 PM, Sun., May 21 from 6 to 8 PM ET and Tues., May 23 from 4 to 6 PM ET, there is a Common Cause organized Election Protection phone bank.   Work together to demand bold changes to our democracy to create a government that represents all of us, not big corporations or special interests. Register for a shift to make calls and help strengthen the phone bank team to protect our democracy. Make calls Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and/or Sundays. These shifts will also always include training for first-timers before you make calls, so if this is your first time, no worries! Register at  

51] – On Thurs., May 18 from 5 to 6 PM ET, get with the Brady Organizing Team for a virtual training. Do you need support from Brady’s organizing team? Have new ideas to combat gun violence, but don’t know how to get them off the ground? Every week, a member of the organizing team is here to support your work. Sign up for the shift that works best for your schedule. If you can't find a time that works for you, email to schedule time to talk. RSVP at  This will continue on Thursdays through Dec. 21.

52] – On Thurs., May 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM ET, there is a Metro DC DSA Social Housing Organizing Meeting. RSVP at A link to attend this virtual event will be emailed upon RSVP. Email Learn about its latest activities, what is planned for the future, and how to get involved.

The Social Housing Working Group seeks to educate Metro DC DSA chapter members and the general public about social housing and to facilitate collective action in support of the passage and implementation of the Green New Deal for Housing Amendment Act. The legislation proposes to create mixed-income, district-owned housing with market rate units that subsidize a larger number of affordable units. It's a pioneering approach that deepens affordability, invests surplus funds into the creation of more social housing, and locks-in financial sustainability. The bill also includes climate and labor standards and elected tenant boards with oversight over building management. This event is open to both DSA Members and supporters.

53] – The Northern Virginia DSA branch is doing a Social Meetup on Thurs., May 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM ET at Quincy Hall, 4001 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203.  Email novabranch [at] mdcdsa [dot] org. A table is reserved INSIDE.  The hall is one BLOCK FROM BALLSTON-MU METRO STOP or four BLOCKS FROM VIRGINIA SQUARE-GMU METRO STOP. You must have gotten Covid-19 Vaccine plus the latest booster is required for attendance. You do not need to be a DSA member to attend. Register at

54] – The Immigration Outreach Service Center [] wants you to know that free Financial Literacy Workshops will be offered beginning on Thurs., May 18 at 7 PM. The Workshops will be on Zoom, Thursdays at 7 PM through July 6. Learn how your money can work for you. Please contact Mary at or 410-323-8564 ext. 110 for more info and to register.

55] – Tonya Histand, AFSC [] wants you to know about Think Twice before Calling the Police: which is a four-part webinar series, that will take place on Thursdays, May 18 & 25 at 8 PM ET. Many people recognize that police violence targets certain communities and want to avoid calling the police—but don’t know what to do in case of an emergency. This four-part series can help. Develop concrete skills to avoid calling law enforcement unless it’s absolutely necessary. That includes exploring community-based alternatives to ensure safety for all of our neighbors.

56] – Solar United Neighbors [] is holding a webinar on Thurs., May 18 at 8 PM ET.  Join in to get your solar questions answered. RSVP at Do you have questions about what happens after you go solar? Do questions about maintaining, monitoring, and selling your solar home linger in your mind? Solar United Neighbors (SUN) is prepared to shine the light on the answers to all your questions. This will be your chance to get expert, unbiased answers to your questions. Attend the webinar and you will receive access to a Solar Owners Guide.

57] – Mike Fox for Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you on the Thursday Victory Team Call for big wins on May 18 at 9 PM ET.  For example, Sara Innamorato won the primary for Allegheny County Executive (Pittsburgh) and in the largest city in Florida and the largest city in the country with a Republican Mayor—Jacksonville, a +3 Republican city—Democrat Donna Deegan beat an incumbent Republican for Mayor, and Democrats took 4 of the 6 City Council Seats plus Property Appraiser! Register and the machine will email you your secure codes:  Join in for the debrief call, and look forward to the next wave of victories in Virginia!

58] – Jed Weeks, Bikemore [] wants you to Bike to Work Day on Fri., May 19. Bikemore will be in front of its office at 2209 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore from 7 to 9 AM. There are other stops and rides, so be sure to check out the calendar of events and stops and register on the official website:

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] 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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