Friday, May 14, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 14 -15, 2021

51] Biden’s North Korea Policy and U.S.-ROK Relations – May 14

52] White House vigil – May 14

53] Fire Drill Friday – May 14

54] Protest the violence against Palestinians - May 14

55] Peace and justice vigil – May 14

56] Chevron Stop Funding Myanmar Military – May 14

57] Music for Peace – May 14

58] Audubon Birdathon – May 15

59] Food Pantry and Food Donation Center – May 15

60] Prohibiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons – May 15

61] The Tragic War in Israel/Palestine – May 15

62] Remember the Catonsville Nine – May 15

63] Support of the Palestinian people – May 15

64] Nicaragua Against Empire – May 15

65] Tell JHU no more weapons contracts

66] Beauty Fades /Stupid Lasts Forever and The Trial According to Alan Barysh 

67] Read Dave Eberhardt’s book "For All the Saints- a Protest Primer"

68] New Book: “Confessions of a Radical Academic”

69] Two Berrigan Books still in print

70] Contribute to the Lin Romano Peace and Justice Scholarship

71] Do you need a doctor?

72] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

73] Do you need any book shelves?

74] Join the Global Zero campaign.

75] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

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51] – On Fri., May 14 from 9 to 11 AM EDT, attend a Virtual Event via Zoom as part of the Korea Policy Forum: Biden’s North Korea Policy and U.S.-ROK Relations. President Joe Biden affirmed his intention to work closely with U.S. allies to address threats from North Korea through diplomacy and deterrence in his first address to a joint session of Congress. On the third anniversary of the signing of the Panmunjom Declaration with North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un, President Moon Jae-In urged for a resumption of the otherwise stalled Korean peninsula peace process, including restoring the inter-Korean dialogue. The upcoming U.S.-ROK summit on May 21 may represent a key milestone in the development of a new coordinated approach between the United States and South Korea to address issues related to North Korea. Please join the GW Institute for Korean Studies for an online discussion with experts who will be discussing views from the United States and South Korea on the Biden administration’s approach to the Korean peninsula and the state of U.S.-ROK relations. The GW Institute for Korean Studies [gwiks@gwu.edu] wants you to sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/korea-policy-forum-bidens-north-korea-policy-and-us-rok-relations-tickets-152844340537.

52] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will host a peace vigil at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., May 14 at noon.  Contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649 or artlaffin@hotmail.com.

53] – Tune in to Fire Drill Friday for a virtual rally on Fri., May 14 at 2 PM ET. Environmental injustice looks like many different things - it can be seen in the negative health impacts that many communities of color are facing who live near fossil fuel infrastructure and it can be felt by fishing communities who can no longer sustain their livelihoods due to pollution. Today meet guests who are tackling them in their own ways - through science and policy and through public-facing activism.  Tune in at https://www.facebook.com/events/917107415733275/.  

54] – Concerned citizens will gather in Pikesville at the corner of Park Heights and Slade Avenue on Friday, May 14 from 4 to 6 PM to protest the assault on the people of Palestine.  Why is the US government distributing tax dollars to an occupier and human rights abuser? In a recent report, Human Rights Watch has designated Israel as an Apartheid State. Bibi and Biden lack any sense of morality in the treatment of the Palestinian people.

55] -- 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 May 14. 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. 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.” See https://www.facebook.com/events/311508100243529/?event_time_id=311508113576861.3&akid=18263%2E3302379%2Ez6bJVQ.

56] –Simon Billenness, International Campaign for the Rohingya [info@rohingyacampaign.org] wants you to attend a webinar Chevron Stop Funding Myanmar Military on Fri., May 14 at 7 PM ET. Please register at bit.ly/chevronmyanmar.  It's now 100 days since the Myanmar military coup. The people of Myanmar have mobilized against the military coup through a campaign of civil disobedience, boycotts of military-owned companies, and pressure on foreign companies - such as Chevron, Total, and Posco - which support the Junta. Last month, in a bombshell story, the New York Times revealed that Chevron is effectively the Myanmar military's top lobbyist in Washington, DC. Now, more than ever, let's pressure Chevron until it stops bankrolling the Myanmar military.

57] – Music for Peace: Music of Sorrow, Contemplation, and Rebirth will take place on Fri., May 14 from 7:30 to 9 PM ET at the Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA.  Get tickets at https://secure.everyaction.com/F6COsArzfUWCGtR9oTqbsw2. Music for Peace presents music of Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven. The concert will be performed live at Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church for a limited number of socially distanced attendees, who should already have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations.  It will also be livestreamed for those who prefer to watch online from home, or if the number of in-person attendees has been reached. This is a benefit for Massachusetts Peace Action, and there are various ticket prices including $5 for students and low income people. Call 617-354-2169 with credit card number. The music will be performed without an intermission and there will be no reception after the performance.

58] – Sparrows and warblers are migrating through the area – which means Audubon Birdathon is here all day on Sat., May 15. It’s a great opportunity to spend time outdoors in the spring air, do some birding, and share your love of birds with friends and family. Register here at https://p2p.onecause.com/audubonbirdathon/event/midatlantic?emci=3ae0bc4e-baa9-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&emdi=c52ebd81-85aa-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&ceid=2504878.

The Audubon Birdathon takes place over a 24-hour period, during which you’ll go outside or bird from your window and count as many different bird species as you can. Go birding for the entire 24 hours, do a single morning or afternoon session, or head outside for an hour here or there. You can either build a birding team online—gather teammates from anywhere around the country—or bird on your own. Bird as a group along the Chesapeake Bay, at Patterson Park, John James Audubon, The Discovery Center, anywhere in Maryland or Pennsylvania!  Any way you do it, every dollar you raise supports Audubon Maryland-DC and Audubon Pennsylvania's work to protect birds and the places they need. Keep an eye out for some of our favorite local species: Chimney Swift, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Great Horned Owl, and, of course, a Baltimore oriole!

59] – On Sat., May 15 from noon to 2 PM EST, get over to the Food Pantry and Food Donation Center at First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Madison St., Baltimore. This Food Pantry is open every Saturday. Get a grocery bag – breakfast, jelly and peanut butter (a good source of protein) for lunch, the makings for a balanced dinner such as beans and rice, pasta and sauce, soup, vegetables, fruit, and a paper goods. Also added is a little fun food, such as popcorn or cookies, for everyone enjoys a treat.  Contributions of shelf stable foods can be brought to Reid Chapel every Saturday between noon and 2 PM. If shopping is difficult for you, monetary donations earmarked food pantry may be sent to the church.  How else can you help? Volunteers are needed to help collect and distribute food. Contact the church office to volunteer. You can also help by spreading the word to those you know who are facing food insecurity. See https://www.facebook.com/firstfranklinbaltimore.

60] – On Sat., May 15 at 12:30 PM ET, get involved with a webinar Prohibiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons. A coalition of groups has called upon Congress to legislate – and the president to declare – that the United States will neither initiate nor threaten to initiate the first use of Nuclear Weapons. Join this virtual conference co-sponsored by Greater Boston PSR to learn more about this important issue and how you can help push policy makers to support this policy. Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrdOmrpjsvH9dItDdD2hFrr69m2tm2g2j2?emci=52e76815-41a1-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&emdi=776869c2-9fa7-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&ceid=130901.

61] – American Friends of Combatants for Peace will be hosting a special briefing call The Tragic War in Israel/Palestine with Board Member, Aziz Abu Sarah, and activist, Shai Goren on Sat., May 15 at 1 PM ET. Register at https://afcfp.org/briefing/?ceid=8142762&emci=9da1ed54-0cb4-eb11-a7ad-0050f271b5d8&emdi=392540f2-3eb4-eb11-a7ad-0050f271b5d8.

62] – Veterans for Peace will remember the Catonsville Nine on Sat., May 15 at 1 PM in the parking lot of the Knights of Columbus hall (formerly the offices of the Catonsville Draft Board) at the corner of Frederick Road and Beaumont Avenue, across the street from the Catonsville Public Library. Let us remember the Nine and their action which shook the world in 1968.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

63] – The ANSWER Coalition is calling for solidarity actions in support of the Palestinian people.  There will be a demonstration on Sat., May 15 at 3 PM ET at the Washington Monument organized by the Palestinian Youth Movement.  See https://www.answercoalition.org/palestinians_resist_brutal_u_s_backed_israeli_repression?utm_campaign=answer_may_11_2021_palestine&utm_campaign=palestine_2_may_12_2021&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=answercoalition&utm_source=answercoalition.

64] – See the documentary Nicaragua Against Empire and participate in the discussion about "Yes to Sovereignty! No to Sanctions" Delegation to Nicaragua. Nicaragua Against Empire highlights resistance by the people and revolutionary government of Nicaragua against Western imperialism, including sanctions and regime change efforts. It is dedicated to uplifting the voices of Nicaraguan people rarely heard in mainstream media, including workers, peasants, women and Afro-Indigenous communities. Following the screening, there will be panel discussion about the documentary and delegation. Join in on Sat., May 15 at 8 PM ET at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4odYGZb_RvKeG704vDoriw.

65] –This is A PLEA TO CONVINCE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY TO OBEY INTERNATIONAL LAW. The world reached a historic milestone on January 22, 2021: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons [TPNW] entered into force and become binding international law -- https://www.icanw.org/the_treaty.

   Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland has called attention to the growing danger of nuclear war and the outrageous $1.7 trillion dollars we are spending to upgrade the nuclear arsenal. On July 18, 2017, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, a U.S. Navy - affiliated research center received a seven-year, $92 million contract to continue its systems engineering and research-and-development services for the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. Help convince JHU to renounce nuclear weapons contracts. Contact the president, Ron Daniels, to urge him to reject all nuclear weapons contracts: Office of the President, 242 Garland Hall, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218.  Call his office at (410) 516-8068 or email president@jhu.edu.

66] – Bad Attitude Publishers Announces the release of Beauty Fades /Stupid Lasts Forever and The Trial According to Alan Barysh. In light of the fascist/Q Annon/Truther/Alex Jones and Trump-inspired attack on the capital, Bad attitude Publications has released a photo essay by Alan Barysh. In the follow-up book to Sorry Truther, it was an OUTSIDE JOB Beauty Fades.... gives the reader an upfront look at the reactionary forces and the deadly beliefs these folks uphold. In pictures and texts, one gets a good look at the faces and ideas that pose a real threat to this country. The Trial According to Alan Barysh is a rewrite of the Kafka Classic The Trial. With pictures from the original movie, Alan Barysh rewrites this scathing satire with just a tad more cutting edge satire, and a different ending. The appendix to the book talks about the lonely uphill struggle of Tawanda Jones to get justice for her brother. This afterthought is included, because of the real Kafkesque struggle of the West Family to get justice for her brother. Both books can be purchased on Amazon.com. For every purchase of The Trial, Alan Barysh will give all of his royalties to the West Family. Just text a picture of the book to 443-239-5325.

67] – David Eberhardt was a member of the Baltimore Four with Father Philip Berrigan, Tom Lewis and Rev. James Mengel.  The group poured blood on draft files on October 27, 1967.  They would be convicted and sentenced to prison. Dave has written a book "For All the Saints- a Protest Primer"- documenting the Baltimore Four action and many others up to and including the most recent Plowshares action – Kings Bay Plowshares 7.  Phil Berrigan’s wife, Elizabeth McAlister, is a member of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. 

 Dave just printed the 5th edition of the book which is available for $25 by sending him a check: Dave Eberhardt, 4 Hadley Square North, Baltimore, MD 21218. You can contact him at mozela9@comcast.net. He prefers that you DO NOT order the book from Amazon. Image 1 of 2 for FOR ALL THE SAINTS: A PROTEST PRIMER. David Eberhardt; Image 2 of 2 for FOR ALL THE SAINTS: A PROTEST PRIMER; and FOR ALL THE SAINTS: A PROTEST PRIMER.  This is a self-published book printed in 2017 with updates.

The price is $25 for a Spiral Bound, and Signed. This edition being what the publisher calls “The 4th edition (or first edition 4th state?) of this books (with “final” additions) has been printed by the firm of FEDEX numbered 150-200, signed by the author, February 2017.”This is copy 187 and is numbered and signed by David Eberhardt on the title page.~~While the bibliographical information is a bit head-spinning, this is an engaging memoir by David Eberhardt recounting his involvement with the Brothers Berrigan in the protests against the Viet Nam war, and his subsequent time as an inmate at the Lewisburg Federal Prison. There is Near Fine binding: Item #291479.

68] – Check out a New Book: “Confessions of a Radical Academic: A Memoir by Fred L. Pincus,” now available from Adelaide Books (https://adelaidebooks.org/collections/latest-releases/products/confessions-of-a-radical-academic) or from Amazon.  Fred taught sociology at UMBC for more than 40 years and is on the board of Research Associates Foundation.  His memoir details his struggles to have a successful career while keeping true to his radical principles and activism.  One major theme is his struggle with race and racism both on and off campus. Go to www.fredlpincus.com.

69] –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, who’s 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.

70] – Consider making a donation to a scholarship in her honor that would be most welcome.  Contributions to the Lin Romano Peace and Justice Scholarship can be made online via https://www.ndm.edu/lin-romano-peace-and-justice-scholarship or by check made out to Notre Dame of Maryland University (Memo line: Lin Romano Peace and Justice Scholarship) and mailed to Notre Dame of Maryland University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210.

71] 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.  

72] -- 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.

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

74] -- 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.

75] – 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

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 13 - 14, 2021

43] Biden and North Korea – May 13

44] Wildlife Gardening Workshop – May 13

45] 100 Seconds to Midnight – May 13

46] Help Pass H.R. 1/S. 1 May 13

47] Food Rescue at the Dovecote Café – May 13

48] Keep pushing for police accountability – May 13

49] Solar leases & Power Purchase Agreements May 13

50] Partnering with young people to oppose war – May 14

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43] – On Thurs., May 13 at 9:30 AM, the Center for Strategic and International Studies is hosting "The Capital Cable" #26 with Robert Gallucci & Christopher Hill [Online]. Amb. Christopher Hill was the former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, and Amb. Robert Gallucci is the former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Special Envoy for the State Department. This is a special discussion on the Biden administration's North Korea policy review. RSVP at https://www.csis.org/events/korea-chair-capital-cable-26-robert-gallucci-christopher-hill.

44] – Join Patterson Park Audubon Center for Wildlife Gardening Workshops! These virtual sessions explore how our gardens can benefit birds and butterflies, including recommended plant species and garden management for Mid-Atlantic gardens. No matter how small your space, you can grow habitat for birds (even in containers)!

There are multiple dates to choose the Intro to Wildlife Gardening as well as the “next-level” Bird-Friendly Garden Design workshop. Sign up for a Virtual Wildlife Gardening Workshop -- Intro to Wildlife Gardening on Thurs., May 13 from 10 to 11:30 AM.  Sign up at https://patterson.audubon.org/events/full-bird-friendly-garden-design-zoom?ms=aud-email-engagement_%28md%29_march_wgws-patterson_park&emci=98483624-e87d-eb11-85aa-00155d43c992&emdi=34e26263-4d7f-eb11-85aa-00155d43c992&ceid=2504878&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=engagement_(md)_march_wgws-patterson_park.

45] – On Thurs., May 13 at 11 AM, check out 100 Seconds to Midnight: The Moral Imperative for Climate Protection and Nuclear Disarmament sponsored by Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons. Join in for a panel discussion and workshops to discuss how those working for climate protection and nuclear disarmament can come together, through spiritual response and creative action at the grassroots level.  We live in an age of two existential threats facing humanity and our planet: climate change and nuclear weapons. How might we work together as concerned citizens to tackle these challenges and maintain hope? This event is organized by the United Religions Initiative’s Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons cooperation circle, for those engaged in the URI networks and beyond. Sign up at https://uri-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsc-ChqTojEtzLb8Df5w9doEzEH1x10vf9.

46] – End Citizens United // Let America Vote Action Fund [info@ecuactionfund.org] wants you to help Pass H.R. 1/S. 1 → Ensure LGBTQ Equality. Despite the progress made in recent years to advance the rights of LGBTQ Americans, many forms of discrimination still exist. Further progress on those issues has been blocked by right-wing U.S. groups that have put more than $280 million into campaigns against LGBTQ+ and women’s rights worldwide since 2007. Join Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United//Let America Vote Action Fund, and former Rep. Katie Hill, founder of HER Time, for a virtual event talk with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) about how the For the People Act (S. 1, H.R. 1) can help to pass the Equality Act to end these forms of discrimination. Join the conversation on Thurs., May 13 at 12:15 PM ET  at https://www.mobilize.us/endcitizensunited/event/389601/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ecuaction&utm_content=2+-+RSVP+to+join+us+this+Thursday+May+13+at+&utm_campaign=20210512_eculav_lgbtqevent&source=20210512_eculav_lgbtqevent.

47] – Thursdays in Reservoir Hill at the Dovecote Café, 2501 Madison Ave., will continue through May 27 from 4 to 5 PM.  This event is supervised by Food Rescue Baltimore.  Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. See https://www.facebook.com/foodrescueday/.

48] – ACLU of Maryland [info@aclu-md.org] wants to talk about policing on Thurs., May 13 at 6 PM for the CJSJ Quarterly Town Hall. Progress has been made during the 2021 Maryland General Assembly to hold police accountable for killing Black Marylanders. Now, it's more important than ever to organize at the local level, and keep pushing for police accountability and real justice for our communities. Join the ACLU of Maryland, CASA, Jews United for Justice – Baltimore and other members of Campaign for Justice, Safety & Jobs (CJSJ), and community members from all around Baltimore City to have a community-centered conversation on policing. RSVP at https://www.aclu-md.org/en/events/cjsj-quarterly-townhall?ms_aff=MD&initms_aff=MD&ms=210503_CJSJ-May132021_&initms=210503_CJSJ-May132021_&ms_chan=eml&initms_chan=eml.

49] – Hear about Solar leases & Power Purchase Agreements in Maryland: hosted by the City of Rockville on Thurs., May 13 at 6:30 PM. Learn about solar energy and its benefits for your home, or small business. We'll take you through the technology, economics, financing, and more.  You'll also learn about the solar co-op, which is free to join and members are *not* obligated to buy solar panels.  Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yusasFVwQKCP8t-4hRcN9A.

50] World BEYOND War [info@worldbeyondwar.org] is partnering with young people and not-so-young folks to help to end war on Fri., May 14 from 10 AM to noon EST. We now have more young people on the planet than ever before. Partnering with young people to oppose war and advance peace is one of the largest, most global, and important challenges facing humanity. Click here to register: https://actionnetwork.org/events/webinar-war-and-militarism-an-intergenerational-dialogue-across-cultures?clear_id=true&link_id=2&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-young-and-old-and-you-together-on-zoom-ending-war&email_referrer=email_1164410&email_subject=young-and-not-so-young-and-you-together-on-zoom-ending-war.

WBW is partnering with the Commonwealth Secretariat for what promises to be an interesting and informative webinar.  Explore the causes and effects of war and militarism in different settings, and showcase innovative approaches being used to support youth-led, intergenerational peacebuilding efforts at global, regional, national, and local levels. 

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 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