Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 12, 2021

31] Justice for Migrant Women – May 12

32] Israel's Apartheid state – May 12

33] Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty – May 12  

34] Avoiding Nuclear Fatalism May 12

35] Budget Posture for Nuclear Forces – May 12

36] Economics of Parity - Achieving Equity and Balance May 12

37] Film Screening: The War Game — May 12

38] Film The Nuns, The Priests & the Bomb – May 12

39] Town Hall for Renter Protections – May 12

40] Support Nina Turner – May 12

41] United Against Hate meeting – May 12

42] Hear from the Sunrise Community May 12

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31] – The Nation [emails@emails.thenation.com] is reminding you about This Week's Nation Conversation:  Justice for Migrant Women with Mónica Ramírez on Wed., May 12 at noon ET.  Get involved in conversation with Katrina vanden Heuvel, about the plight of migrant women and what we can do to help. Sign up at https://www.thenation.com/events/monica-ramirez-migrant-women-justice-organizing/?utm_medium%3Demail&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_campaign=nation-events-ramirez&sourceid=1065889&ms=EMM051020212A&utm_content=EMM051020212A&utm_medium=email&utm_term=master_promotions_received_did_not_open.  Ramirez has received numerous awards, including Harvard Kennedy School’s first Gender Equity Changemaker Award. She was named to Forbes Mexico’s 100 Most Powerful Women’s 2018 list and TIME Magazine included her in its recent 2021 TIME 100 Next list. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds go directly to supporting The Nation’s journalism. If you have any questions, email events@thenation.com. Visit www.thenation.com.

32] – Jim Zogby [jzogby@aaiusa.org] is inviting you to join him in conversation on Wed., May 12 from 1:30 to 2:15 PM.  The discussion will focus on Israel's Apartheid state & the Human Rights Watch's report.  Zogby will be chatting with Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, about their most recent report, "A Threshold Crossed." See https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/04/27/threshold-crossed/israeli-authorities-and-crimes-apartheid-and-persecution?emci=14e5bd97-97b1-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&emdi=1b705f8d-69b2-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&ceid=389907. The piece is especially important because it lays out evidence that Israel is an Apartheid state, and refutes the common arguments used to justify the US' unconditional support for Israel. Also to be seen is his column, "The Big Question Posed by HRW's Report:" https://jameszogby.com/washingtonwatch/the-big-question-posed-by-hrws-reportnbsp?emci=14e5bd97-97b1-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&emdi=1b705f8d-69b2-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&ceid=389907. Register here for the conversation: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sce2hqTMvGdElPf1ntbnKXaZGL5LG8ERp?emci=14e5bd97-97b1-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&emdi=1b705f8d-69b2-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&ceid=389907.  You will receive the dial-in information for the Zoom call after you register.

33] – Death Penalty Action [info@deathpenaltyaction.org] is inviting you to Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty at 2 PM ET on Wed., May 12. The Special Guest is Marc Bookman.  Register at bit.ly/DPAspiral. Bookman is the author of the new book, A Descending Spiral - Exposing the Death Penalty in 12 Essays.  Hear from him on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pdXsp540TeuG3_ylfltDFQ?link_id=1&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-results-7&email_referrer=email_1171030&email_subject=this-week-a-descending-spiral.  Bookman shows the problems with capital punishment run far deeper than just bad representation.  Send questions in advance to info@DeathPenaltyAction.org

34] – On Wed., May 12 at 2 to 3:30 PM, take in Avoiding Nuclear Fatalism: A Research Agenda [Online].  This is part of the Project on Managing the Atom Seminar Series, and it is with William d'Ambruoso, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow with MTA and the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs. RSVP at https://www.belfercenter.org/event/avoiding-nuclear-fatalism-research-agenda.  The event is sponsored by the Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

35] –On Wed., May 12 at 4:30 PM, there is a Senate Armed Services hearing on the Defense [sic] Department's Budget Posture for Nuclear Forces.  To participate online, visit HTTPS://WWW.ARMED-SERVICES.SENATE.GOV/HEARINGS/DEPARTMENT-OF-DEFENSE-BUDGET-POSTURE-FOR-NUCLEAR-FORCES-IN-REVIEW-OF-THE-DEFENSE-AUTHORIZATION-REQUEST-FOR-FISCAL-YEAR-2022-AND-THE-FUTURE-YEARS-DEFENSE-PROGRAM.  This is a review of the Defense [sic] Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2022 and the Future Years Defense [sic] Program.

The Sierra Club May Film is Driving While Black: Race, Space, and Mobility in America.  A discussion will take place on Wed., May 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM ET.  Contact Sonia Demiray at sonia@demirayink.com or (202) 744-2948.

Watch the film prior to the panel discussion here: https://www.pbs.org/video/driving-while-black-race-space-and-mobility-in-america-achvfr/. Send your questions for the panelists to filmclub@mdsierra.org or plan ask questions based on the conversation when you tune in for our live discussion. 

36] – The Henry George School of Social Science is inviting you to The Economics of Parity - Achieving Equity and Balance on Wed., May 12 from 6:30 to 8 PM ET. In this webinar, Randy Cook will present some hidden history, regarding US national wealth distribution in the 20th Century. He will highlight some implications for untangling present problems with our money system, a requirement for restoring prosperity and forwarding our struggle for social justice. 

37] See a Film Screening: The War Game by Peter Watkins on Wed., May 12 from 7 to 8:30 PM EDT. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this 45 minute film envisions an escalating war between NATO and the USSR resulting a nuclear attack on Great Britain. Originally written for the BBC, the film was deemed too provocative by the British Broadcasting Company.  World renowned film critic Roger Ebert gave the highest praise, and a perfect score, to The War Game: “They should string up bedsheets between the trees and show “The War Game” in every public park. It should be shown on television, perhaps right after one of those half-witted war series in which none of the stars ever gets killed…. it should be shown to the leaders of the world’s nuclear powers, the men who have their fingers on the doomsday button.”

  You will also see a video montage and message from the filmmaker himself, Peter Watkins. Joining in will be internationally recognized expert on nuclear weapons, Dr. Ira Helfand, to take your questions and lead a discussion.  Ira Helfand, MD is a member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapon, ICAN, the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and Immediate Past President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the founding partner of ICAN and itself the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. Register at http://masspeaceaction.org/event/film-screening-the-war-game-by-peter-watkins/.

38] – John Steinbach [johnsteinbach1@verizon.net] is inviting you watch the film The Nuns, The Priests & the Bomb on Wed., May 12 at 7:15 PM.  This is the 4th in an antinuclear film series sponsored by Prevent Nuclear War Maryland & the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area. The film was written and directed by Helen Young. It's a documentary depicting the brave women and men of the Plowshares movement.   Join the Zoom Meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87356292007. The Meeting ID is 873 5629 2007. You can dial in 1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC).

39] – Molly Amster [info@jufj.org] wants you to know about a Community Town Hall for Renter Protections on Wed., May 12 at 7:30 PM ET.  Baltimore renters in calling on Mayor Scott and City Council to stop CB 21-0022 from becoming law!  Everyone has a right to safe, stable, affordable housing — but there is a bill on Mayor Scott’s desk that would let a predatory company take advantage of Baltimore renters and undermine their housing security. We have one week to get Mayor Brandon Scott to veto CB 21-0022, the Security Deposit Alternatives bill, which countless tenants, advocates, attorneys, and organizations have rightly called out for the harm it would do to renters if it becomes law.

Baltimore Renters United, a coalition of housing advocates that Jews United for Justice is a member, is hosting a community town hall at 400 E. 32nd St. (at the corner of 32nd and Brentwood, next to where the 32nd St. Farmers Market is held). There will be a series of speakers from the coalition discussing the bill and taking questions, which will be followed by a screening of a short leaked marketing video to landlords that surety bond company Rhino doesn’t want anyone to see. Social distancing guidelines are as follows: all participants are expected to wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing. Hand sanitizer and additional masks will be available. Bring your own chair or blanket for comfort.

40] – Mike Fox for Progressive Democrats of America [info@pdamerica.org] wants you to support Nina Turner and her run for Congress in OH-11.  Get with the PDA Event on Wed., May 12 at 8 PM ET.  PDA believes Nina Turner is one of the great progressive champions of our time.  Reserve your spot at the PDA Nina Turner Town Hall at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtcemrqTwtGtPmFJ2aul3-OMB40fyq6BB7.

41] – Virginia Rodino [virginia.rodino@gmail.com] is alerting you to an event hosted by United Against Hate--Jewish Heritage Month Meeting Reminder on Wed., May 12 at 8 PM ET. Welcome Max Socol from Bend the Arc who will be opening up the meeting. Join in at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83614389137. Max will help lead a discussion on the important role that Jewish communities play in resisting the rise of the far right and fascism in this country. Talia Levin will speak about hosting a larger public meeting featuring her fight against the Far Right. 

42] – Chanté, Sunrise [team@sunrisemovement.org] wants you to attend on Wed., May 12 at 9 PM ET an organizing call.  Hear why some Sunrisers are marching 400 miles across the Gulf South. This is your chance to come together with Sunrisers from all across the country, get plugged into the movement for climate justice, and hear from those marching on the front lines of this crisis. RSVP at https://action.sunrisemovement.org/a/generation-fire-gulf-south-and-california-treks?ms=email_20210511_GOF-launch-call_chante&emci=f77d5185-ceb1-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&emdi=fc45c29a-68b2-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&ceid=177631.

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

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 10 - 11, 2021

17] Clean Air Baltimore Coalition meeting – May 10

18] A Faith Forum on Voting Rights – May 10

19] National Organize to Win Call – May 10

20] Care Corner Food Pantry May 11

21] APHA Climate for Health Ambassadors Training – May 11

22] Meeting with Assistant Director/Department of Social Services May 11

23] Stop Jerusalem Expulsions Rally May 11

24] Protest JHU’s weapons research – May 11

25] Progressive Maryland meeting – May 11

26] Perspectives from Havana – May 11

27] Animal Bereavement Support Group – May 11

28] Jump-Starting Your Advocacy for Birds – May 11

29] Can federal legislation transform policing? – May 11

30] CODEPINK Calling Party May 11

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17] –On Mon., May 10 at 5 PM ET, attend the biweekly Clean Air Baltimore Coalition meeting. Join in by Zoom at www.cleanairbmore.org/meeting. The zero waste research has taught us that anywhere from 30-50% of what we throw away at the curbside trash is compostable. 21% is food scraps alone. Want to help squeeze out the incinerator? Learn how to compost! Thanks to the folks at the Institute for Local Self Reliance, you can learn how to divert food waste from the incinerator and turn it into black gold. They’re hosting free online workshops on May 2 & 8. Here’s the link to the website to sign up for this free event: https://ilsr.org/ilsr-to-host-home-composting-workshops-for-baltimore-city-residents/. 

18] – Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II [info@breachrepairers.org] will be joining with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Marc Elias on Mon., May 10 at 8 PM ET for The Battle for the Ballot: A Faith Forum on Voting Rights. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/295960335344131?emci=82fa0a7e-7fae-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&emdi=91b0d991-b6ae-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&ceid=2588083.

19] – Join Our Revolution on Mon., May 10 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM ET for the National Organizing Call devoted to a discussion on voting rights and filibuster reform with Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Jeff Merkley and a panel of movement leaders who will provide information as to what is needed to defend our democracy. Join the call here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/993867009.  There is a Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/493143908744775/.

20] – On Tues., May 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM ET, get over to the Care Corner Food Pantry at the Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena. This will continue each Tuesday through June 29.  Food bags are available for individuals and families in need. Food bags are first-come, first-served each week.  Volunteers are needed each week to help distribute the food. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c49acae2b0-care. All COVID safety measures are followed, including outdoor distribution, mask-wearing and social distancing. 

21] – There is an APHA Climate for Health Ambassadors Training on Tues., May 11 from 12:30 to 4:30 PM EDT for health professionals.  APHA and ecoAmerica are partnering to offer this free, interactive 4-hour training that will cover the links between climate and health, the spectrum of solutions, speaking effectively on the topic, and opportunities to act and advocate. Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMufuuhqj4pG9YB5gh_ta0Cm44LMH7hlJ04?emci=1303dcf6-9a8d-eb11-85aa-00155d43c992&emdi=ce91c2d1-8391-eb11-85aa-00155d43c992&ceid=130901.

22] – On Tues., May 11 from 10 to 10:30 AM, the Maryland Poor Peoples Campaign Prince Georges County Region Meeting with the Assistant Director of the Department of Social Services will occur. The focus will be on Homelessness and Housing Issues. RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/maryland-poor-peoples-campaign-md-ppc-pgco-region-meeting-with-the-assistant-director-of-dss?source=direct_link&&link_id=4&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&email_referrer=email_1156317&email_subject=maryland-poor-peoples-campaign-md-ppc-weekly-update.

23] – Rochelle Watson, FOSNA National Organizer [rochelle@fosna.org] is alerting you to a petition delivery on Tues., May 11 at 4 PM ET. This will be part of the Stop Jerusalem Expulsions Rally at the intersection of 22nd St. and C St. NW, WDC. Friends of Sabeel North America has been an integral part of organizing a petition to Stop Jerusalem Expulsions of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan. Deliver the petition with over 40,000 signatures to Antony Blinken at the U.S. State Department. Sign up at https://www.facebook.com/events/1733963580122820/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2252%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A%7B%5C%22invite_link_id%5C%22%3A192169626076710%7D%7D]%22%7D.

24] – There is a Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.  You may consider contacting President Ron Daniels and telling him that the university should reject all military contracts, including those for killer drone and nuclear weapons research.  The president’s mailing address is Office of the President, 242 Garland Hall, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218.  You can also reach his office by Phone: (410) 516-8068, Fax: (410) 516-6097 or email: president@jhu.edu.

25] – The Progressive Maryland Team [info@progressivemaryland.org]  announced that the is a chapter meeting for Anne Arundel County and Southern Maryland on Tues., May 11 from 6 to 7PM. RSVP at https://secure.everyaction.com/80KamIOotk-TECScTK__DQ2?emci=4df8a3c9-4eac-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&emdi=7ef119af-50ac-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&ceid=136680.

26] – Massachusetts Peace Action [info@masspeaceaction.org] is concluding a series of talks Perspectives from Havana in a year of COVID and Embargo on Tues., May 11 at 6 PM ET.  Hear from leading voices from Cuba from the Perspective of the Next Generation -- David Faya and Isabel Rodriguez.  This will start with a short presentation, followed by plenty of time for questions and dialogue.  The discussion will be moderated by Cole Harrison (Massachusetts Peace Action), Sandra Levinson (Center for Cuban Studies), and Gloria Caballero (Latin American Solidarity Coalition of W. Mass).  Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUod-mopzkuEt1r-fMb_UhixOcMdw20ZD9g?emci=10bdaa86-1e93-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&emdi=d19c7940-2093-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&ceid=269591egister to attend.  (Only one registration is needed for the series). At the close of each session you will be given information and options for action to lift the Sanctions and end the Embargo, as well as ways in which you can get involved with the organizations sponsoring and co-sponsoring the series, or hold events and forums in your own community, institution or organization.

27] – On Tues., May 11 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET, get with the Animal Bereavement Support Group at the Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown 21136. This will continue each Tuesday, through August 3. See https://www.facebook.com/BMOREHUMANE/.  The loss of an animal can be a devastating blow. Our friends are often loved as a member of our family, and we believe their passing should be treated with the same respect. RSVP to vvanhof@bmorehumane.org. 

28] – Claire Douglass, Audubon [audubonconnect@audubon.org] wants to let you know about Jump-Starting Your Advocacy for Birds. Build power across the nation to save birds.  Your voice is one of the most powerful assets when it comes to protecting birds and the places they live, and with a sense of normalcy slowly returning to our lives, now is an excellent time to commit to taking your advocacy to the next level. Join the latest installment of the interactive Advocacy 101 training on Tues., May 11 at 8 PM ET. Register at  https://act.audubon.org/a/campaigns-training-16-may-2021-find-your-flock-webinar?ms=digital-eng-email-ea-x-advocacy_20210504_campaigns-fyf-webinar_&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=advocacy_20210504_campaigns-fyf-webinar&utm_content=&emci=38ff3c14-17ad-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&emdi=09725abd-32ad-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&ceid=2504878&contactdata=vSt595O%2bG0UdGlsx6mMbJt6jYn3nLDO0MgGxUazWmDTUs4ePtNFpoMPFi3h7wxk8ZjN6rKcnslhhdYsJqprcgDhiwnSaKRm%2f1%2fV%2boy26T4Y1Objp8E%2fCDDKbot8qHchE6hEE24%2fjxrx1xTLQrUIC5CCNHZ2SSZumkfeRJaxNLoSIYjY4Am5ayRLvRxdJKsie06ldF4ltiTdW4CQ97ldlUX8jBvMzHOxXabsJvqXh%2boXPdDtcOeInG186%2fLeEcppzeAhk%2f3OwFsw%2bmDVt3N2qFg%3d%3d&sourceid=1225712.

29] – Tonya Histand, AFSC [actioncenter@afsc.org] wants to let you know about a webinar on Tues., May 11 at 8 PM ET Can federal legislation transform policing?  In response to a growing nationwide call for an end to racist police violence, members of Congress have unveiled measures to change how police interact with our communities—but does this legislation go far enough? We’ll discuss the federal proposals under consideration and how you can get involved in working toward a future where we rely less on police and ensure community safety for all. Register now and learn more about the Community Safety Beyond Policing initiative. https://www.afsc.org/CSBP?emci=2b221bd2-d5ad-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&emdi=46051c84-77ae-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&ceid=764241.

30] – Marcy, CODEPINK CONGRESS [info@codepink.org] wants you to attend on Tues., May 11 at 8 PM ET to join CODEPINK CONGRESS, a new campaign to mobilize co-sponsors and votes for peace legislation!  The next Tuesday Capitol Calling Party will address Will the US Withdraw from Afghanistan? The guests are Matthew Hoh, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and Sonali Kolhatkar, co-director of the Afghan Woman’s Mission. RSVP at https://www.codepink.org/05112021?utm_campaign=cp_congress_5_11_21&utm_medium=email&utm_source=codepink.

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

Baltimore Activist Alert – May 9 - 10, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert – May 9 - 10, 2021

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com

If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to Max Obuszewski, BNC, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net.

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Get involved with NCNR   

4] Volunteer with a Catholic Worker house  

5] Max is looking for tips on a garage or a storage suggestion.

6] House cleaner needed

7] Mother’s Day Brunch – May 9

8] “Being Wrong: The Virtues of Humility and Doubt” – May 9

9] Healthcare Town Hall – May 9

10] Celebrate Dan Berrigan’s birthday – May 9

11] Pentagon Peace Vigil – May 10

12] Support Steven Donziger – May 10

13] US Sanctions and Venezuela’s Economy --- May 10

14] Poor Peoples Campaign Prince George’s County meeting – May 10

15] Conversation on Motherhood in the Nuclear Age – May 10

16] What is Next for Peace in Korea? -- May 10

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1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

2] –To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to U.S. wars.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

4] - Suzanne Fontanesi and Jeff Ross are in the beginning stages of renovating the basement of their house for purposes of bringing in a volunteer (targeting young adults in discernment mode), starting next fall. They are trying to grow a Catholic Worker House in Irvington (West Baltimore). In a nutshell, there is a lot that a volunteer could do in that neighborhood/Baltimore, in addition to prayer and daily community living and in addition to plugging into all the good work that people are already doing in and around Baltimore (and beyond).  If you think you might know of anyone who might be interested in starting a conversation with them about becoming such a volunteer/community member, please contact Jeff/Suzanne at 443-690-6872.

5] – Max is in need of a garage or a storage space.  Any suggestions would be welcome.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

6] – Is there a woman in the Baltimore area who does house cleaning?  This assignment would be on an irregular basis with several hours per week.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

7] – On Sun., May 9 at 9 AM ET, enjoy a Mother’s Day Brunch at the Franciscan Center of Baltimore, 101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore 212128. The Franciscan Center has been blessed in many ways and by many people and organizations.  If you like to volunteer for this event or would like to partner on this event, email Angela Hall at AHall@fcbmore.org. Visit https://www.facebook.com/fcbmore/.

8] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion at 10:30 AM.  On Sun., May 9, get with “Being Wrong: The Virtues of Humility and Doubt.”  We all like to be right, but should we get more comfortable being wrong? So often we make truth claims and proceed to stake so much on them: our ego, our reputation, our power. Given that every person’s knowledge is limited, shouldn’t we let go of certainty and embrace our painstaking collective construction of wisdom? After all, doubt is what launched the freethought movement. Hugh Taft-Morales explores the liberation that comes when one embraces intellectual humility and doubt.  He serves as Leader of the Philadelphia Ethical Society and the Baltimore Ethical Society and is a member of the Ethical Action Committee of the American Ethical Union (AEU).  Email PRESIDENT@BMORETHICAL.ORG for INFORMATION.

9] – Mike Fox for Progressive Democrats of America [info@pdamerica.org] needs your attention as there is Healthcare Emergency Town Hall on Sun., May 9 at 4 PM ET.  This event is a way of Honoring Mothers around the World. The town halls are a weekly event to address COVID-19 and to help make America a healthier place for all in general.  What better way to honor mothers than to help make sure their children are as healthy as possible? The special guest this week is Dr. Chuck Pennacchio, Ph.D., reporting on the soon to be re-introduced legislation known as the State Based Universal Health Care (SBUHC) Act, and there will be a COVID update. Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tceuhrzsvHdymeeZRwb-i7X50FJa-HMR4.

10] – Sunday, May 9 marks the 100th anniversary of Daniel Berrigan’s birth and also the publication launch of Celebrant’s Flame: Daniel Berrigan in Memory and Reflection by Bill Wylie-Kellermann. You are invited to a celebration of both, a zoom gathering of music, art, and word at 7:30 PM ET. Participants include the author, Kateri Boucher, Frida Berrigan, Kathy Kelly, John Bach, troubadour Charlie King, Eric Martin, John Dear, Jim Reale and Fa Terrence Moran. RSVP here to request the Zoom invitation and link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrants-flame-book-launch-tickets-153236607819.

11] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is May 10 and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.  

12] – Our Revolution is joining hands with environmental groups - including the Sunrise Movement, Amazon Watch, and others - in support of environmental hero Steven Donziger.  Donziger led a legal team that won a multi-billion dollar verdict in Ecuador against Chevron for despoiling the Amazon in 2011. Since then, he has been under constant assault by Chevron and its minions.  Steven is being prosecuted by a private law firm with financial ties to Chevron in a trial overseen by a Federalist Society Judge who also has ties to Chevron.  The trial begins on Mon., May 10 in US District Courthouse, 500 Pearl St., NYC, NY 10007. Rally and livestream from 8:30 to 10 AM ET: https://www.mobilize.us/ourrevolution/event/388572/?akid=1524.8252965.Qcposf&rd=1&t=20.

13] –   US Sanctions and Venezuela’s Economy will be examined on Mon., May 10 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM ET.  Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEld-uvrj4sHdGWcTHTGUj_t_CjXgxxYXQt. As of January 22, 2021, the Treasury Department had imposed sanctions on roughly 166 Venezuelan or Venezuelan-connected individuals and the State Department had revoked the visas of more than 1,000 individuals and their families. A 2019 study by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot found that economic sanctions led to more than 40,000 deaths in Venezuela from 2017 to 2018. The current argument in the United States, even among those on the left, has to deal with whether or not it is advisable to pull these sanctions away from Venezuela, with many advocating that the U.S.-led sanctions are not helping Venezuela’s current economic crisis. While one side seeks to bring about the humanitarian crisis as an argument, the other side sees it more as an act of political caution. UMass Boston economics student Tyrin Douangvichit, who is also a MAPA intern this spring, will present his research.

14] – On Mon., May 10 at 6 PM, the Maryland Poor Peoples Campaign Price George’s County Region is holding its monthly meeting.  Plan for a meeting with PG County Department of Social Services, which will focus on Homelessness and Housing Issues. RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpcOGuqD8oGtAyLeyjsGqBRYhL799ya5-t?link_id=3&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-maryland-poor-peoples-campaign-md-ppc-weekly-update-3&email_referrer=email_1156317&email_subject=maryland-poor-peoples-campaign-md-ppc-weekly-update.

15] – The Ploughshares Fund, Emma Belcher [president@ploughshares.org] is hosting a Conversation on Motherhood in the Nuclear Age. Women and mothers have been protesting, advocating and leading local and global nuclear disarmament movements and initiatives for decades, in so many ways, all across the globe.  The Ploughshares Fund is celebrating this Mother’s Day with a panel of women who are, each in her own way, trying to leave a legacy of a non-nuclearized world for our kids and grandkids on Mon., May 10 at 7 PM ET.  Register for Moms Drop Truth Bombs: A Conversation on Motherhood in the Nuclear Age, the 2nd annual Women's Initiative event: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_z8d4S1LcRaawzk5MS365Lg.

16] – What is Next for Peace in Korea? It will be discussed on Mon., May 10 from 7 to 8 PM ET.  The Biden administration has not fully engaged with Korea peace issues, but the initial signs are worrisome, wrote Timothy Shorrock in The Nation on February 15.  What is the status of inter-Korean peace talks, of US-South Korean war games, and of the regional situation with the US, Japan, and China? At the same time, the humanitarian and economic situation in North Korea has worsened significantly in the past year, due to lockdowns and economic disruptions since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.   What do we know about the situation of the North Korean people?  What is the impact of UN and US sanctions on the delivery of humanitarian aid and the difficulty of obtaining licenses, and is Congress doing anything to address those problems? Hear from a panel of activist observers: Dr. Kee Park is Director of the Korea Health Policy Project at Harvard Medical School.  Tim Shorrock has been a correspondent for The Nation since 1983. Katerina Parsons is Legislative Associate for International Affairs at the Mennonite Central Committee. Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYuf-Gqqj4rG91tZMtgvN0yR8yuKkipBrGP.

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/.

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