Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 27 - 28, 2020

39] Winning without War May 27
40] Brandon Scott for Mayor phone bank – May 27
41] Examining Covid-19 through a racial and economic justice lens -- May 27
42] Using art to build opposition to armed drones -- May 27
43] Volunteer Orientation for Maryland Activists – May 27
44] Native Bees of Maryland – May 27
45] Art & Creative Activism May 27
46] "Organizing Socially Responsible Protests" – May 27
47] Tenuous Transitions in Ethiopia and Sudan – May 28
48] Attacks against Health-Care Personnel Must Stop – May 28
49] "Nonviolence Strategies - Solutions to Violence, Terror, and War" May 28
50] Defending DMV Data – May 28
51] Protect Our Coronavirus Hot Spot Heroes – May 28
52] COVID-19 is brutal to most vulnerable workers: older workers. – May 28
53] Food Rescue – May 28
54] Marylanders United Virtual Organizing Meeting – May 28
55] Wildlife Gardening Workshops – May 28
56] Poor People’s Assembly meeting May 28
57] Virtual Town Hall with progressive candidate Zina Spezakis -- May 28
39] –  On Wed., May 27 from 5 to 6 PM, join a Webinar: Winning without War: Educating Diplomats, Warriors and Public, hosted by The Institute of World Politics.  China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, radical Islamism, and a global pandemic. Never has the United States faced so many external threats, each of which requires a full-range strategy. At the same time, it is critical to build internal consensus. This webinar panel will have three of the nation’s leading experts on national security strategy. All are professors with extensive real-world experience developing and implementing policy.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/569423467047210/.

40] –On Wed., May 27 from 6 to 8 PM, get with the Brandon Scott Daily Phone Bank, hosted by the Baltimore Bern Unit.  It will continue to happen each day at the same time through June 2. On Fridays, though, instead of phone banking, you will be invited to join a General meeting.  This will be a separate effort from the campaign's voter outreach.  If you have any questions or technical issues that crop up, feel free to touch base with Jake at 443-808-3221. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1182283135454420/?event_time_id=1182283145454419.

41] -- On Wed., May 27 from 6 to 7:30 PM, Examining Covid-19 through a racial and economic justice lens, hosted by Alliance for Justice.  Sign up at https://afj.salsalabs.org/holdingcourtaconversationwithafjrashadrobinson/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=49b60337-a1e2-400c-9307-c72adc4b26ef.  See Register at https://www.facebook.com/events/1406388496230207/.

42] On Wed., May 27 at 7 PM EDT sign up for an online workshop on using art to build opposition to armed drones. The webinar will be led by artist Essam Attia, a former geospatial analyst in the US Army, and an artist whose works have been featured in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fox News. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aQU_IL7ISPOdfQCoQHAsTg?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=457862fe-a307-4a76-b0e9-b0d55af41570.

43] – On Wed., May 27 from 7 to 8 PM, there is a Volunteer Orientation for Maryland Activists, hosted by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.  See https://act.chesapeakeclimate.org/page/18820/data/1. Have you wanted to get involved with the climate fight but really aren’t sure how? Are you fired up but don’t know how to direct your energy? CCAN’s Maryland organizers will be your guides into the next phase of the climate fight. A Zoom link will be emailed to you after you RSVP at https://act.chesapeakeclimate.org/page/18820/data/1.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/580516602667430/.

44] --On Wed., May 27 from 7 to 8:30 PM, look over Native Bees of Maryland, hosted by the Baltimore County Master Gardeners of University of Maryland. Tune in to umd.zoom.us.  Join Master Gardener Volunteer, Sara Yosua, to learn about the diversity of native bees in Maryland and how you can do your part to protect and support these important pollinators! Registration is required: https://umd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApd-uhpj8oE9wkmwogfok_QIrrJtsAvhJT. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/3183143125075813/.

45] – Our society is at a reckoning point. From COVID-19 to climate change to rampant inequality, we're failing to address the interlocking crises that are putting our very future at risk. Join the third training in the COVID-19 Recovery and Renewal series, on Art & Creative Activism on Wed., May 27 at 8 PM EST. Join in at https://sierraclub.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAoc-iupj4qHtXrKR7f2HU6lDyZDteoiDLv?promoid=7013q000001aiLPAAY&utm_medium=email&utm_source=sierraclub&utm_campaign=resist&db_token=b6e24884ef874d561f720648fa7f24c728d130c0ee61950ee534052d92e2b46bad2d2286ded8e97bd08adac88591a989&utm_content=covid_art_training.

46] –  With the world now gripped in a battle with a global, deadly pandemic and governments instituting policies that have restricted mass public gatherings, campaigners and activists have been forced to change tactics and shift how they organize and protest to keep each other safe.  Join Defending Rights & Dissent on Wed., May 27 at 8 PM ET as it explores how the world of protest and organizing has changed and how activists can adjust to the new normal in the age of social distancing and policies restricting mass gatherings. Sign up for "Organizing Socially Responsible Protests" at https://rightsanddissent.org/live/organizing-socially-responsible-protests-a-virtual-town-hall/?page=register&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=13d0f0bd-0bad-45fc-98c5-1d8ff0730e5c. See https://www.facebook.com/PCJFund/.

47] – On Thurs., May 28 from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM, hear about Tenuous Transitions in Ethiopia and Sudan, hosted by United States Institute of Peace. See www.usip.org.  The two most populous countries in the Horn of Africa—Ethiopia and Sudan—are both struggling with once-in-a-generation political transitions. Complicating these already tenuous transitions is a convergence of worrying trends, such as widespread food insecurity, severe pressure on public finances, ongoing or unresolved internal conflicts, large numbers of displaced persons, and now, the coronavirus pandemic. The fate of the transitions in Ethiopia and Sudan may determine the broader prospects for peace in the region for years to come. Visit: https://www.usip.org/events/tenuous-transitions-ethiopia-and-sudan and https://www.facebook.com/events/290372761980236/.

48] - In collaboration with the leadership of the World Medical Association and the International Council of Nurses, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) published a Comment piece in The Lancet on May 20, 2020 entitled, “Attacks Against Health-Care Personnel Must Stop, Especially as the World Fights COVID-19.”  On Thurs., May 28 at noon EDT, PHR will host a conversation led by Richard Horton, FRCP, FMedSci, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of The Lancet and a PHR Board Member, featuring the authors of this piece. The discussion will highlight recent attacks on health care workers and necessary actions to protect them (and in turn, the patients and communities they serve) during the COVID-19 pandemic and going forward. You can submit questions for consideration at webinar@phr.org. Please note, pre-registration for this call is required. Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d2KCpxLMQ3iYHZ2PgXK72A?utm_campaign=500500_FY20%20May%20COVID-19%20Webinar%20Invitation%2011%2C%20Email%201&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Physicians%20for%20Human%20Rights&dm_i=4GV7,AQ6S,1TO2EP,14B0S,1.

49] – World BEYOND War is planning three days of online activities from Thurs., May 28 through Sat., May 30 to talk about nonviolence strategies, hear from organizers who have successfully shut down weapons expos in their communities, and learn about viable pathways to convert from a war to peace economy. On Thurs., May 28 from noon to 2 PM ET, Mary-Wynne Ashford will kick off #NoWar2020 with a virtual workshop on "Nonviolence Strategies - 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror, and War." Mary-Wynne is a retired Family Physician, former Co-President of the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, and former President of Physicians for Global Survival (Canada). Her workshop will address ways that we can use nonviolence principles at the personal, community, and international level. Register here! https://actionnetwork.org/events/nowar2020-virtual-conference-nonviolence-strategies-online-workshop/?link_id=2&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-virtual-nowar2020-next-week&email_referrer=email_809053&email_subject=virtual-nowar2020-is-next-week.

50] – The National Immigration Law Center [mailto:info@nilc.org] is holding a webinar, “Driving towards Privacy Protection: Defending DMV Data,” on Thurs., May 28 at 1 PM ET. Each month, NILC’s Winning in the States initiative delves into priority state and local-level policy challenges and strategies, with help from leaders in the field. “Driving towards Privacy Protection” will highlight key examples of what advocates around the U.S. have successfully done and are currently doing in response to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) information-sharing practices, including these federal agencies’ infringements of drivers’ privacy. Focusing on best practices, expert panelists will focus on legislative, administrative, organizing, and legal advocacy strategies to challenge information-sharing and threats to drivers’ data.  Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5028742180847231248?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=d785663d-85c6-47ff-8b62-3b600dbb3ae6&sl_tc=WITSwebinar22.

51] – On Thurs., May 28 from 1:30 to 3 PM, join the Prince George's Caravan: Protect Our Coronavirus Hot Spot Heroes, hosted by AFSCME Maryland, 190 W. Ostend St., Baltimore 21230.  Support frontline employees for the State of Maryland!  Meet at the Food Lion Parking Lot: 9500 Robert S. Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro at 1:30 PM. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/3252274261470629/.

52] – Join SCEPA's Retirement Equity Lab (ReLab) and The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) for a live webinar on the harsh economic effects COVID-19 is having on some of our most vulnerable workers: older workers. The current public health and economic crisis has affected older people—especially older people of color and the elderly who are poor—in a disproportionate and unprecedented way. Their health, work, and savings are all at a higher risk of decline than other groups in the labor market.  Join the nation’s top experts on older workers, racism, and retirement for a discussion on the current state and possible fate of this often-overlooked subset of the American workforce.

53] – On Thurs., May 28 from 4 to 5 PM, as part of Thursdays at Dovecote Café, 2501 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217, get a Food Rescue. Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free rescued food. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1015702678828419/?event_time_id=1015702685495085.

54] -- Attend a Marylanders United Virtual Organizing Meeting on Thurs., May 28 from 5:30 to 7 PM ET.  Get with this Zoom Conference at https://secure.everyaction.com/j60umjWKEE-a5Upw8t2AkQ2.

55] – The Patterson Park Audubon Center is doing more online Wildlife Gardening Workshops, and the next one is Intro to Wildlife Gardening (Level 1) on Thurs., May 28 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET. Visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjNj29dqFF9Q7URszVMDWlV32afT0flrHJno7fjs5_9q67Dw/viewform?emci=d49cde16-709b-ea11-86e9-00155d03b5dd&emdi=f0d34880-569f-ea11-86e9-00155d03b5dd&ceid=2504878. Learn how to transform your home, school, or workplace into a bird and butterfly paradise. Audubon experts will be sharing practical tips and scientific support for gardening with native plants. Explore the resources you need to beautify your outdoor space and attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial wildlife.

56] –  On Thurs., May 28 at 8:30 PM, the Poor People’s Assembly We Must Do M.O.R.E Tour through FL, MS, NV, & TN is making a virtual stop for a Digital Mass Meeting.  Join via Facebook.com/ANewPPC: https://www.facebook.com/anewppc/?link_id=5&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-maryland-ppc-call-and-meeting-update&email_referrer=email_800481&email_subject=maryland-ppc-call-and-meeting-update.

57] -- Progressive Democrats of America [mailto:info@pdamerica.org] are supporting progressive candidates.   The group is hosting a Virtual Town Hall with Zina Spezakis on Thurs., May 28 at 9 PM ET. If you would like to attend, email mikefox@pdamerica.org.  Zina is a single mother of two, and a daughter of hard working Greek immigrants who built a successful deli from the ground up.  After attaining her Master’s Degree, Zina spent nearly two decades on Wall Street, at one point working as a Managing Director at Allianz Global Investors. She's seen the beast from the inside, and is now committing her life to making the world a better place by not only reining in Wall Street, but also by investing her considerable skills into combating the Climate Emergency.  She also scores 100% on all of our other issues, and her incumbent opponent in NJ-09 likewise has to go. 

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

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