Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- November 29 to December 1

21] International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People -- Nov. 29

22] Ceasefire Now phone bank – Nov. 29

23] Common Cause Election Protection phone bank Nov. 29 & Dec. 1

24] Support local control of police Nov. 29

25] Food & Water Action meeting Nov. 29

26] Asians for Palestine Teach-In – Nov. 29

27] CCAN meeting Nov. 29

28] Get out the Vote training – Nov. 29

29] Abolition working group meeting – Nov. 29

30] Urgency forum – Nov. 29

31] Virtual vigil for Palestine – Nov. 29

32] Training for legislators meetings – Nov. 29

33] Keep the conversation going -- Nov. 29

34] Christian Zionism – Nov. 29

35] GI Antiwar Resistance films Nov. 29

36] Teach-In on Gaza Nov. 29


21] -- Join in on Wed., Nov. 29 at 1 PM ET on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People for a webinar with movement leaders on how you can show up and take action for Palestine. There is no more important moment than now to stand in solidarity. With about 15,000 Palestinian people killed by Israel across Gaza, we must continue pressuring U.S. and international leaders and societies to demand a total ceasefire now.  RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__stGE0sxQeO9oGxVb_qG9w#/registration

22] – The Working Families Party [reply@workingfamilies.org] is holding a Ceasefire Now phone bank on Wed., Nov. 29 at 3 PM ET.  Understand that the Palestinian people are distinct from Hamas, and the Israeli people do not represent the Israeli government's actions. The U.S. plays a role by providing military aid to Israel, and we must push for a permanent ceasefire.  Congress is set to vote on a bill that would send $14 billion in US taxpayer money and in US-made weapons to the Israeli military to support its brutal war. This is on top of the $3.5 billion we already send to the Israeli military every year. Israel’s bombing campaign and ground invasion have already killed at least 15,000 Palestinians, most of them women and children, obliterated civilian infrastructure including schools and hospitals, and made entire cities uninhabitable.

  As more and more members of Congress come out for a ceasefire, there’s also growing momentum also to block any further military funding for Israel so long as its human rights abuses continue. There may be a vote in the Senate on such a provision as early as next week. Call your Senator and tell them you oppose US taxpayer dollars and US weapons being sent to the Israeli military to commit war crimes against Palestinian civilians. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/workingfamilies/event/589315/?utm_source=NatEmail-20231128&link_id=1&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&email_referrer=email_2128011&email_subject=join-the-phone-bank-to-stop-funding-the-war-in-gaza

23] – On Wed., Nov. 29 from 4 to 6 PM and on Fri., Dec. 1 from 5 to 7 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. 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 https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/event/376178/?followup_modal_context=organization_newsletter_custom_recommendations.

24] – Molly Amster [info@jufjcampaignfund.org] wants you to join Jews United for Justice on Wed., Nov. 29 at 5 PM ET at a Baltimore City Council hearing, City Hall, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202. The hearing is on legislation to help restore control over the Baltimore police to local legislators, rather than state legislators. RSVP at https://jufj.org/event/bpd-hearing/?emci=96ee9f24-2d8e-ee11-8924-6045bdd47111&emdi=921adaed-3e8e-ee11-8924-6045bdd47111&ceid=3403859

25] – On Wed., Nov. 29 from 6 to 6:30 PM ET, Food & Water Action will hold a volunteer meeting. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/593188/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_closest

Get campaign updates and prepare for another year of organizing.  There two major campaigns in Maryland: first, discuss the Baltimore Regional Water Governance Task Force; and second, get updates on the CSX Coal Pier Terminal, which for years has polluted air in the Curtis Bay area of Baltimore. Continue to fight for the phase out of fossil fuels here in Maryland. 

26] – 18 Million Rising [info@18millionrising.org] wants you to attend on Wed., Nov. 29 at 6 PM ET an Asians for Palestine Teach-In.  Over 15,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israel – and there will be more deaths as long as a ceasefire is not called. Learn more from Palestinian community leaders at the upcoming teach-in: Maisa Morrar, co-founder of Palestinian Feminist Collective, and Rand, a queer Palestinian Muslim content creator known as @officialjakegyllenhalal. Join for a night of film and discussion on Palestinian history, the occupation, and the fight for liberation.  The teach-in will include Mona Gazala’s short film “Closeness to the Land.”  RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Z1Tior_JT0GEiRqQJ2svAA#/registration?link_id=2&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-our-next-asians-for-palestine-event-2&email_referrer=email_2120220&email_subject=our-next-asians-for-palestine-event

27] – CCAN [info@chesapeakeclimate.org] is inviting you to a Maryland Action Member Meetup on Wed., Nov. 29 at 7 PM ET.  Do a deep dive in clean buildings. RSVP at https://act.chesapeakeclimate.org/page/60160/data/1?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=utm_membership&utm_content=MD-Sept+Action+Member+Meetup-0923-c3+A+15:33:07&ea.url.id=2138801

28] – On Wed., Nov. 29 at 7 PM ET, the Maryland Democratic Party will hold a Training Series - Demystifying Get out the Vote: Overview and Best Practices.  RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/558994/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_most_popular_virtual

29] – The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists [novabranch@mdcdsa.org] Abolition working group will meet on Wed., Nov. 29 at 7 PM.   The group works to challenge oppressive institutions and imagines the capacities for community care.  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?clear_id=true&link_id=6&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&email_referrer=email_2117478&email_subject=nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events

30] -- The Treaty for Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is a critically important vehicle in the struggle to prevent nuclear war and to create a nuclear weapons-free world. But it’s not enough!  With the tectonic geopolitical changes and intensifying confrontations between great and lesser nuclear powers and proliferation pressures from Seoul to Tehran, and arms racing with nuclear “modernization”, cyber, AI, and other high-tech weaponry, we must respond to the urgency of the moment. On Wed., Nov. 29 at 7 PM ET, join this Urgency of Disarmament forum which will feature Israeli disarmament and peace activist Sharon Dolev will be replacing her Middle East Treaty Organization colleague Emad Kiyaei.  As a result of State Department paranoia, Emad has not received his visa to join forums taking place inside and outside the United Nations during the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Meeting of the State Parties.  RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdb8u4nLxgz4dnQTxU1v6rnTroeMJvh1mIc07r2VhWtLvpZHA/viewform

31] -- UNRWA USA [info@unrwausa.org] wants you to attend a Virtual Vigil on Wed., Nov. 29 at 7 PM ET on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.  RSVP at https://getinvolved.unrwausa.org/event/united-for-gaza-a-nationwide-virtual-vigil/e542835.

32] – Everyone is invited to join Jews United for Justice on Wed., Nov. 29 at 7:30 PM ET on Zoom for Legislator Meetings 101 training.  This is to prepare to meet with Maryland legislators. Register at https://jufj.org/events/category/legislator-meetings/?emci=96ee9f24-2d8e-ee11-8924-6045bdd47111&emdi=921adaed-3e8e-ee11-8924-6045bdd47111&ceid=3403859

33] –Little Friends for Peace is hosting Wednesday Night Peace Circles via Zoom from 7:30 - 8:30 PM to discuss various topics. All ages are encouraged to attend, and absolutely everyone is welcome.  Please feel free to join and invite others within your networks that could be enriched by the sharing. Register at https://forms.gle/NC9WhiTU83paiwK47. On Wed., Nov. 29, the topic is Keep the conversation going. Join on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8637175637? 37] -- pwd=N3pvcmNuZmVxaW1DT0dHTHFqVDVFdz09. The meeting ID is 863 717 5637, and the passcode is peace.  The final circle is on Dec. 13, Open Heart.

34] -- Check out Understanding Christian Zionism: a teach-in with Jewish Voice for Peace and Showing Up for Racial Justice on Wed., Nov. 29 at 8 PM ET.  How is Christian Zionism showing up in this moment, and why is understanding it important in our efforts to demand a ceasefire and an end to the violence in Gaza? RSVP at https://act.surj.org/a/jvp-surj-2023?sourceid=1001761&emci=327613a0-6f89-ee11-8925-00224832e811&emdi=08ca7bea-e58a-ee11-8925-00224832e811&ceid=237778

35] -- The Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee [director@ffrd.org] is showing three films about the GI Antiwar Resistance starting at 8 PM ET on Wed., Nov.29.  Hear from Jane Fonda, Holly Near and others. For speaker bios and links to watch all three films before the zoom click here: https://vnpeacecomm.blogspot.com/2023/10/civilian-support-for-gi-resistance.html Register for the zoom by clicking here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tnW0ygLaTtC6ut5klUcBjg

36] -- The RootsAction Education Fund [info@rootsaction.org] on Wed., Nov. 29 at 8:30 PM ET will do a "Teach-In for Action" on Gaza. Stop the Cycle of Violence in the Middle East.  Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oUdwCDOdRrCOSYnj7qyMZQ#/registration?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=0ed0408e-2453-48e1-9378-e39d12758898

   In the face of Israel's U.S.-supported assault in Gaza, resulting in well over 14,000 deaths so far, including several thousand children, the threat of a wider regional conflict is undeniable. These attacks coincide with U.S.-Saudi “security” negotiations, potentially involving military support, with the hope of normalizing Saudi-Israel relations. What's most alarming is Saudi Arabia's request for uranium enrichment—a grave concern given its openness to seeking nuclear weapons if Iran pursues them.  The panel aims to shed light on the ongoing crisis in the Middle East and discuss practical ways to address it and prevent further violence. This teach-in will include a call-to-action requiring our collective attention and engagement.

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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