Thursday, July 2, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- July 3 - August 9, 2020


66] Virtual film JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE – July 3
67] Climate Strikes vs. Chase Bank July 3
68] Food rescue – July 3
69] White House vigil – July 3
70] Denounce Uyghur Oppression July 3
71] All Out against Annexation – July 3
72] Virtual Fire Drill Friday – July 3
73] July 4th Rally hosted by Refuse Fascism – July 3
74] Peace and justice vigil – July 3
75] "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" – July 3  
76] Drive for Neighbors in Need – July 4
77] Independence from War caravan July 4
78] Coffee & Conversation with Our Revolution Baltimore July 4
79] Power to the People – July 4
80] Join a July 4th Protest – July 4
81] March & caravan against racist mass incarceration – July 4
82] Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemorations – August 6 & 9
83] Do you need a doctor?
84] Two Berrigan Books still in print
85] Emergency Demonstration against an attack on Venezuela or Iran  
86] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
87] Do you need any book shelves?
88] Join the Global Zero campaign.
89] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
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66] - The SNF Parkway Theatre [info@mdfilmfest.com] is offering a virtual film JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (TRAPPED, GIDEON’S ARMY), chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles John Robert Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life. This film came out in 2020, and the RUNTIME is 96 minutes.  To see the documentary, go to https://watch.eventive.org/parkway/play/5ef4a9a8829624004be438b5?utm_source=General+Interest&utm_campaign=80968c3219-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_06_30_02_51&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a9020ed94a-80968c3219-104899617.

67] – On Fri., July 3 from 9 AM to 9 PM, get with the Climate Strikes vs. Chase Bank Every Friday! Flatten the climate pollution curve together! Help run an online climate strike at Chase Bank--the #1 investor in fossil fuels of any bank in the world--every Friday until further notice. You can post your own virtual climate strike on social media in 4 easy steps: https://www.climatefirst.us/calendar. Contact Ted at tconwell@climatefirst.us/ (301) 589-7598 (mobile). Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/3398894953477457/.

68] –  On Fri., July 3 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, come to the Grace Baptist Church, 3201 The Alameda., Baltimore 21218, for a Food Rescue. Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. This will continue every Friday through Sept. 4.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/479389629278759/?event_time_id=479389689278753.

69] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., July 3 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or artlaffin@hotmail.com.

70] –  On Fri., July 3 from noon to 1 PM, call on Trump to Denounce Uyghur Oppression, hosted by Uyghur Rally at 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20220. In response to the millions of Uyghur people unjustly imprisoned in concentration camps, the US recently enacted the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020. This law states that “the President should call on such authorities to immediately close the internment camps” and calls on the president to initiate Magnitsky sanctions against guilty officials. As of yet, the president has done neither. Call on Trump to formally denounce the concentration camps and to initiate targeted sanctions against guilty Chinese officials. The moral benefits outweighs the potential economic consequences. See https://www.facebook.com/events/3157047177682606/.

71]  On Fri., July 3 from 12:30 to 3:30 PM, All Out Against Annexation – DC, hosted by American Muslims for Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace - DC Metro at the Embassy of Israel, 3514 International Drive NW, WDC 20008-3021.  Stand firmly against Israel's plan to annex the West Bank. This is land theft in broad daylight and is a continuation of Israel's colonial policies and dispossession of Palestinians. Follow social distancing guidelines for everyone's safety and encourage all to wear masks and bring their own signs and prayer rugs if they will participate in the prayer. NO TO ANNEXATION.  NO TO APARTHEID.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/267895674491849/.

72] – Discuss the intersections of climate and racial justice, and honor the struggle for our collective freedom by joining a special “Independence” Day virtual Fire Drill Friday rally on July 3 at 2 PM ET. Jane Fonda, Winona LaDuke and others for a conversation around what freedom really means in the USA on this “Independence” day. Get involved at https://www.facebook.com/events/1119090161806640/.

73] – On Fri., July 3 from 4 to 7 PM, join the DC July 4th Rally + Speak Out, hosted by Refuse Fascism DC in the Black Lives Matter Plaza.  This is no time to celebrate patriotism. Take it to the streets & demand the removal of the fascist USA regime. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/566665844212720/.

74] -- There is usually a Quaker Vigil for Racial Justice on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, hosted by the Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee (BQPJC) outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on July 3. From 6 to 6:30 PM strategize. Black Lives Matter. Stop the Killing. Physical distancing applies. Wear your face mask. Email homewoodfriends@gmail.com or call 410-235-4438. Quaker values call us to speak truth and to seek equality for all people. We aim to follow Bayard Rustin’s wisdom that “we need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers” and John Lewis’s call to “make good trouble.”

75] - On Fri., July 3 from 6:30 to 8 PM, get over to Frederick Douglass in Lincoln Park: Community History Rally. In a demonstration of solidarity and recognition of the history of Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C. members of local, regional and national Douglassonian communities are called to assemble for a necessary community. Nathan Richardson will present his internationally known living history reenactment of Honorable Frederick Douglass to deliver "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" (1852). All CDC and DC DOH guidelines will be followed. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/702353100589699/. John Muller, author of “Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia (2012),” is organizing the event, along with several support organizations and individuals.

76] – On Sat., July 4 from 9 AM to 1PM, Derwood Hosts a Drive for Neighbors in Need by Milk Lady Farmers Markets.  It will also happen on Sat., Aug. 1 and Sat., Sept. 5. Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless provides vital services to its neighbors, including emergency shelter. The demands for emergency shelter are increasing in light of COVID 19 and the economic ripple effects. The market will host a collection drive for shelter supplies. Bring items to the Derwood Farmers Market, 16501 Redland Road, Rockville 20855, welcome booth, and Neighborhood Church will deliver them. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/1271379583253968/?event_time_id=1271379589920634.

77] –   The Baltimore Nonviolence Center is joining CODEPINK’S Independence from War car caravan on July 4.  Gather around 10:30 AM on the south side of Wyman Park on 29th Street in Baltimore.  At 11 AM our car caravan decorated with Independence from War signs will depart for the National Security Agency which is located at Fort Meade, Maryland.  The cars will have their lights on, and the drivers will be honking at appropriate times.  Once there, we will drive around the property with special attention being given to the NSA before returning to Baltimore.

  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net to join the caravan.  Celebrate Interdependence Day on July 4.

78] – On Sat., July 4 from 11 AM to noon, get with Coffee & Conversation, hosted by Our Revolution Baltimore City/County on Zoom. Chat about current events & whatever is on your mind. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvc-CpqDgqH9LEB74axKuUkwjB3L49Zo6q. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1247270308951488/.

79] – On Sat., July 4 from noon to 11 PM, get with Power to the People | Political Revolution, hosted by Charlie Ryan at the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall, WDC 20774. This country needs a political revolution in order to save itself and the planet. After the protest, Charlie plans to make his way back to Wisconsin for the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, July 13-16.  Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1236287659902649/.

80] – On Sat., July 4 at 2 PM, join a July 4th Protest, hosted by Protest for Change DC in Black Lives Matter Plaza, 16th St. NW, WDC 20006. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/262277401699420/.

81] – On Sat., July 4 from 2 to 4 PM, there will be a march & caravan against racist mass incarceration, hosted by Peoples Power Assembly and Prisoners Solidarity Committee, starting at 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218-5927. Continuing the Saturday protests against racism & police terror, this will be a march against the racist mass incarceration system and in solidarity with all prisoners behind bars and detention centers and their families. Commemorate Frederick Douglas and his famous speech: “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Following the March, there will be a brief assembly. Hear from family members and loved ones of those locked behind bars.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2696232280700209/.

82] – For the 35th year, Baltimore's anti-nuclear weapons community will gather on August 6 and 9. The commemorations will indicate our support for the Black Lives Matter protests.  Signs will state Demilitarize the Police and Denuclearize the Military.

  On Aug. 6 from 5 to 6:30 PM with signs, banners, ribbons and artwork, we will commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Our location will be at four corners at 33rd and North Charles Street in Baltimore.  This area was selected because of its proximity to Johns Hopkins University, the #1 nuclear weapons contractor among U.S. colleges. In fiscal year 2017, JHU received $828 million in weapons contracts. 

   On Aug. 9 from 1 to 2:30 PM, we will gather outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St. to support the United Nations Ban Treaty and spread out on corners up Charles Street as far as possible towards the Stony Run Meetinghouse, 5116 N. Charles St.  Besides having participants holding signs, banners, ribbons and artwork commemorating the atomic attack on Nagasaki, there will be a car caravan going from Homewood to Stony Run and back.  Then there will be an anti-nuclear weapons strategy session outside Homewood. 

  On Sun., Aug.  9 at 7 PM, there will be a Zoom conference with Vince Intondi, the author of “African Americans against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement.”  Besides discussing the book, we will analyze the film IN OUR HANDS, a documentary about the largest peace demonstration in U.S. history on June 12, 1982, calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons.   Why did we have such a large anti-nuclear weapons movement?  Can we do it again? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

83] Yousef Zarbalian [mailto:yzarbali@gmail.com] started his own medical practice in December before the pandemic hit. It is called East-West Medicine and Rheumatology, and its website is EastWestMD.com.  Yousef is licensed in Maryland and Virginia. He is doing primary care as well as rheumatologic care (focusing on joint problems and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and sjogren's).  He is offering telemedicine visits, and he has very reasonable rates for uninsured individuals.  He makes use of herbs (which can be sent directly to patients from the herbal dispensary) as well as prescribing medications to their local pharmacy if needed.  

84] –Two books by Fred Wilcox are still in print.  The first one is “Fighting the Lamb's War Skirmishes with the American Empire” by Philip Berrigan and Fred A. Wilcox with a FOREWORD by Tripp York.  It can be purchased by Wipf and Stock: https://wipfandstock.com/fighting-the-lamb-s-war.html.  It is a Memoir in paperback/ISBN: 9781532660078/240 pages/republished 8/21/2018/ Retail Price: $26.00/and Web Price: $20.80.

  The second one is “Uncommon Martyrs The Berrigans, the Catholic Left, and the Plowshares Movement” by Fred Wilcox, who profiles members of this anti-war movement, whose Christianity compels them to acts of civil disobedience against the military industrial complex.  The ISBN is 0201522314/$6.50 for a hardcover, and it can be purchased at Powell's Books.  See https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/book-reviews/view/7094/uncommon-martyrs.

85] – The Trump Administration is again beating the war drums.  Most recently, the target is Iran.  Should the Trump administration initiate an act of war against Iran, consider joining us. It is a violation of U.S. law for the Trump Administration to attack a country that has not attacked us, as only Congress can declare war. The Trump administration is nevertheless beating the war drums for war against Iran and Venezuela. Should a war criminal, John Bolton, convince Trump to attack either of these countries, such a military strike would demand an immediate and unequivocal response from us to show that we will not tolerate his abuse of power.

   Let's mobilize to show that we the people will not tolerate another military adventure, which would be bound to have profound negative consequences. If a military strike against Iran or Venezuela takes place, then meet at 33rd and N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. If the attack is before 2 PM local time, then the event will begin at 5 PM, local time. If the attack occurs after 5 PM local time, then the event will begin at 5 PM, local time, the following day. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.   

86] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs, records, tarps and table cloths, contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

87] -- Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at comcast.net.

88] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

89] – A Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to http://prop1.org; call 202-682-4282.

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/.

“One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

Sign a petition to support regional transit authority/ Is the Nation Opening Its Soul?


Good afternoon Baltimore Nonviolence Center:

My name is Jaime D. Sigaran and I volunteer with the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition and Progressive Maryland. We are campaigning to add a transit ballot question in November's general election targeting Baltimore City voters. The question would ask whether voters support the creation of a regional transit authority that would provide critical funding and address transit needs for Baltimore communities.

Could you share this public transit petition with your network and membership by July 15th? Our deadline to collect 10,000 signatures is coming up (July 27, 2020) and the Baltimore Nonviolence Center is a key potential ally.
Baltimore Nonviolence Center is a leading voice for the grassroots movement and activist community. Today, the Baltimore region needs better transit that aims to reduce racial barriers, improve the health of our environment, and provide economic opportunity to combat homelessness and end poverty. We value your organization's efforts to inspire action so every Baltimore City resident, regardless of zip code or neighborhood or economic status, has greater mobility to lead healthy and productive lives.

Your support in sharing the petition through newsletters, social media, or other digital format will be greatly appreciated. Let me know if you have any questions.

Very Respectfully,

P.S. Check out this letter to the editor I wrote in the Baltimore Sun about ways we can support job-enabling transit for all. And another full-length Op-Ed featured in StreetsBlog USA here.

Jaime D. Sigarán
M: (240) 593-3433

   

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Is the Nation Opening Its Soul? 
Change seems to be coming from multiple directions, both outside and within the corridors of political and economic power, as our ignorance shatters and we wake up.



Not only are statues of Confederate generals finally coming down, but Christopher Columbus—colonialist conqueror extraordinaire—apparently has also had his day, with his statues coming down all over the place. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Not only are statues of Confederate generals finally coming down, but Christopher Columbus—colonialist conqueror extraordinaire—apparently has also had his day, with his statues coming down all over the place. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

   Topple a few statues, remove some iconic names from American institutions . . . and the ghosts of the past start to escape from history, filling the present moment. It’s called awareness.

  Too much awareness can feel like chaos. Not surprisingly, a lot of people would prefer to stick with the old historical narrative, the one that’s so tried and true: This is the land of the free, the home of the brave, the birthplace of democracy. God bless America! (And forget about slavery, Native American genocide, racism, packed prisons, nukes, endless war, etc.)

  The question of the moment is whether this narrative is gone for good. Are we merely in the process of making some superficial adjustments or has the national soul truly torn itself open? Will we stop short —once again—of creating a society of compassionate equality? Will we eventually (as soon as possible) retreat to another narrative of American exceptionalism and . . . uh, white power? Or are we in the process of real change?

  I confess to being an optimist. The ghosts of the past that are returning to the present moment could be the harbingers of unimaginable change. Even the changes that seem trivial—rebranding Aunt Jemima pancake mix, for instance—have roots that go deep into the national identity and its sources of power.
Consider, for instance, the downfall of Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. president who was also president of Princeton University for eight years. Announcing that Wilson’s name would be removed from Princeton’s public policy school, current president Christopher Eisgruber said, according to BBC News: “Wilson’s racism was significant and consequential even by the standards of his own time.”

  Wow, that’s no small deal, considering how low the standards for racial stupidity were in the early 20th century. Nonetheless, he explained, Wilson—whose legacy includes barring black students from attending Princeton, who was a friend of the Ku Klux Klan—was revered by Princeton for over a century “not because of, but without regard to or perhaps even in ignorance of, his racism.”

  Princeton, he went on, “is part of an America that has too often disregarded, ignored, or excused racism, allowing the persistence of systems that discriminate against black people.”

  So America’s racist ignorance is over? Examples keep pouring in. Not only are statues of Confederate generals finally coming down, but Christopher Columbus — colonialist conqueror extraordinaire — apparently has also had his day, with his statues coming down all over the place. And a particularly racist statue of Theodore Roosevelt, depicting the conquering hero grandly astride his horse as a black man and a Native American walk humbly beside (and behind) him, will be removed from in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

  And latter-day colonialist John Wayne, king of the Hollywood cowboys and icon of America’s conquest of the Wild West, is in trouble in Orange County, Calif., where Democratic political leaders are calling for the renaming of John Wayne Airport, thanks to the “resurfacing” of a 1971 Playboy interview, in which he said: “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”

  A fascinating irony about these words is the way they bounce back to the speaker, whose ignorance of and indifference to his country’s horrific history of racism indicates he was not “educated to a point of responsibility.”

  And then there are the brand names that are suddenly gone, so to speak, with the wind. These include Aunt Jemima, a product that dates back to 1893, whose initial model, a woman named Nancy Green, was a former slave. Other brands with stereotypical symbols that are on their way out include Uncle Ben’s rice, Eskimo pies, Cream of Wheat and Mrs. Butterworth’s Syrup. “Retiring these products is not ‘political correctness,’” Katha Pollitt writes at The Nation, “it is the removal of a profound racial insult from our grocery stores and kitchen tables.”

  And, oh yeah, speaking of Gone with the Wind, that 1939 movie of antebellum nostalgia has been taken off HBO for the time being. Its return will include “a discussion of its historical context,” according to a network spokesperson. And the reality TV show “Cops” is gone after 32 seasons, depriving Americans of the chance to watch the law-and-order game in progress from the comfort of their sofas.

  At a deeper level, police accountability is no longer a matter turned over to the police unions. Derek Chauvin, killer of George Floyd, has been charged with second-degree murder, as have the other officers present at the scene of his death. Police departments in California, Texas, Nevada and Washington, D.C. have banned the police use of chokeholds. And the movement to defund militarized police forces, diverting the money to other means of establishing social order, is gaining a political foothold, not only in Minneapolis (ground zero) but New York City.

  All of which will hardly matter at all if the changes stop here. The undoing of American racism—of its racist infrastructure—isn’t a simple matter of making reforms or righting a few wrongs. The above changes only matter if they indicate a national re-beginning.

   As social theorist and author Joe Feagin put it in a Truthout interview: “. . . in their individual and collective protests and revolts against racial oppression African Americans have long pressed for—indeed, arguably invented—the authentic liberty-and-justice-for-all values that have gradually become more central to this country. The white male ‘founders’ version of ‘liberty and justice’ values were inauthentic, as they actually had in mind freedom for (propertied) white men.”

  What matters about the present moment is that change seems to be coming from multiple directions, both outside and within the corridors of political and economic power, as our ignorance shatters and we wake up.

Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His new book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound is now available. Contact him at koehlercw@gmail.com or visit his website at commonwonders.com.

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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



Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- July 2 - 31, 2020


55] Kashmir and Coronavirus – July 2
56] Human Rights at Home – July 2
57] Where Does the Anti-Annexation Movement Go From Here?  July 2
58] Webinar about modern slavery – July 2
59] Baltimore's Truth Commission – July 2
60] Bearing Witness against Racism -- July 2
61] Join a Black Lives Matter Protest – July 2 - 31
62] Connect with the Maryland Poor People’s Campaign – July 2
63] Troublemakers Cafe Redux -- July 2
64] Free Mumia Abu-Jamal – July 2
65] Four-day crash course to Defund the Police – deadline to sign up July 2
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55] – On Thurs., July 2 from 11 to 11:45 AM, catch Global 360- Pakistan: Regional Peace, Kashmir and Coronavirus, hosted by The Washington Diplomat. To get on this online event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Tyc3a5gQSguPtRoMg5viVw. The disputed territory of Kashmir has seen a recent uptick in violence between India and Pakistan all the while the threat of coronavirus has put Pakistan — and all South Asia — on edge. In the latest Global 360 webcast, Pakistani Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan — a veteran diplomat with a long history of working in the U.S. — gives an update on the situation in Kashmir and talks about Pakistani efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus and his country's role in fostering peace in the region. Register to join the Webcast: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Tyc3a5gQSguPtRoMg5viVw.  Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/932433140554759/.

56] – On Thurs., July 2 from 11 AM to noon, check out Human Rights at Home, hosted by the U.S. Helsinki Commission.  See www.csce.gov. By signing the Helsinki Final Act, the United States committed to respecting human rights and the rule of law, even under the most challenging circumstances. Recent developments in the United States—including George Floyd’s tragic death at the hands of police and subsequent protests—have put U.S. human rights commitments to the test in the eyes of the world. During this online hearing, witnesses will discuss these events, the U.S. response, and the resulting implications for U.S. leadership in foreign policy. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1187951978214365/.

57] – Check out The Day After July 1: Where Does the Anti-Annexation Movement Go from Here?  While July 1 is the day when Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank could begin to move forward, it remains difficult to forecast whether and how the Netanyahu-Gantz unity government will act on that date. Whether Israel annexes nearly 30% of the West Bank or a smaller swath of settlements, takes an unexpected turn or simply delays any decision to a later date, J Street's Jeremy Ben-Ami and the US/Middle East Project's Daniel Levy will join J Stream to provide timely analysis. They'll discuss how the US international lawmakers and the American Jewish community should respond if annexation does move forward, and the role that the anti-annexation movement has played in impacting Trump and Netanyahu’s decision-making so far. This live briefing will include the opportunity for audience Q&A. To join the July 2 at noon ET, go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GUTcNuhfRZCWmqRDETJCGA.
58] – On Thurs., July 2 at noon EDT, Freedom United is organizing a webinar in partnership with the United Nations Association of New York. Welcome the new UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Tomoya Obokata, who will discuss the gap between international anti-slavery standards and survivors’ real-life experience of modern slavery protection.  Survivor and advocate Nancy Esiovwa will also be joining to share her lived experience perspective, alongside Executive Director Joanna Ewart-James.  The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions.  You're welcome to send your questions in advance to info@freedomunited.org. Sign up https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WUk_TfVrTPe97h0auvptVg?trk_msg=G1OQ912SF66K3D0IT31Q5BHRFS&trk_contact=CLM465Q1ION47L3FT15J0RGU94&trk_sid=55BCJTRPNGAPBJ6N51GR5547R0&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=REGISTER+HERE&utm_campaign=THIS+THURSDAY%3a+special+webinar+invitation+.

59] – On Thurs., July 2 from 3 to 4 PM, get with Baltimore's Truth Commission: Putting Our Housing System on Trial, hosted by Housing Our Neighbors on an Online Event. There are over 150 individuals still residing in Baltimore city run shelters in congregate and inhumane settings. In addition, there have been 398 coronavirus cases and seven deaths among inmates at Maryland state and county corrections facilities, according to a state coronavirus dashboard. These numbers disproportionately affect black and brown people. Appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of people experiencing homelessness and incarceration are continually being ignored by the city and Mayor Jack Young. The lasting impact of putting these people at such high risk of contracting this disease is incalculable, and it is imperative that we continue to push Mayor Young to do the right thing.

Baltimore City’s first Truth Commission will put our housing system on trial. The Truth Commission will be at the War Memorial Plaza, but you can also join in at https://www.facebook.com/events/818641855329486/.

60] – On Thurs., July 2 from 5 to 6 PM, get with Bearing Witness Against Racism, hosted by the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 11900 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg 20878. You do not need to be a member of the church to participate in the nonviolent vigil. Please wear a mask, stand 6 feet apart from others, and bring a sign. The goal is to cover as much of Darnestown Road as possible. Contact Pastor Christine (pastorchristine@poplutheran.org).

61] – Join a Black Lives Matter Protest, hosted by Coalition Against Prejudice - CAP each day in July, except Sundays, from 6 to 8 PM.  On Saturdays, though, it will take place from 3 to 8 PM. Meet at the Westminster Branch Library, 50 E. Main St., Westminster 21157. Be the voice for those who can't breathe. Wear a mask, and practice social distancing.  This protest is child friendly. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/922780318190574/?event_time_id=922780401523899.

62] – Get over to a Digital Open House: Connect with the Maryland Poor People’s Campaign on Thurs., July 2 from 7 to 8:30 PM.  Connect with the Maryland PPC State Coordinating Committee and other Maryland (DMV) activists; and become a part of this new unsettling force sweeping the nation! We invite you to learn about how you can be part of moving forward with us in the fight for economic justice with a goal of building permanent educated, organized communities. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/656236541626393/.

63] – On Thurs., July 2, 16 and 30 from 7 to 8:15 PM, join with Troublemakers Cafe Redux (Online), hosted by Lancaster Stands Up.  Sometimes a little trouble is what's called for. Join this bi-weekly online forum to get connected with each other and to keep informed on what is happening in our community. Troublemaker's Cafe is a place to discuss what's happening in the news, what have our elected officials have been up to during this crisis, and what we can do right now to make a difference.  Register for this event to receive a ZOOM link to join the meeting.  Register in advance for this meeting: https://pastandsup.zoom.us/meeting/register/vpErdO2qqj0iPYJx-Gb5u2wGgjbPTdZCYQ.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/1737864216355491/?event_time_id=1773487842793128.

64] – The Workers World Party Prisoners Solidarity Committee invites you to a webinar on Thurs., July 2 at 8 PM ET. The call will be to free Mumia Abu-Jamal and other political prisoners. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_glQeJ3ucThmoZRoZpy5D8w. 

65] – Join the Sunrise Movement and others in deepening the understanding of abolition and learn how to turn the mandate to “Defund the Police” into tangible action in our communities. As such, from July 6 to 9, there will be a 4-day crash course to Defund the Police. The deadline to sign up is Thurs., July 2.  Go to https://secure.everyaction.com/jXJg_qqNz06j42m0Q-0R9w2?ms=smvmt-email-text3&emci=8feccceb-0ebb-ea11-9b05-00155d039e74&emdi=cd5895a2-14bb-ea11-9b05-00155d039e74&ceid=177631.

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] 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