Sunday, June 28, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 29 - 30, 2020

19] Take back the Senate – June 29 - 30
20] DC Excluded Workers Rally – June 29
21] Ending systemic racism at the polls and in our laws June 29
22] Structural Racism and Voter Suppression – June 29
23] Fresh Fruit Monday June 29
24] Roots of Food Apartheid – June 29
25] March in Solidarity for All Black Lives June 29
26] Vote Screening & Discussion -- June 29
27] Authoritarianism or Democracy – June 29
28] Supporting Communities through Crisis – June 29
29] Get Money Out – Maryland call June 29
30] Erosion of democratic institutions in Israel – June 30
31] Fair Wages for Airport and Transit Workers – June 30
32] Outside Bread for the Journey Soup Kitchen – June 30
33] Media skills webinar -- June 30
34] Vigil against JHU drone research – June 30
35] George Floyd: A Conversation with Professor Ron -- June 30
36] Hamilton’s History Remix – June 30
37] Zero Waste is Overwhelming – June 30
38] Breaking the Grip of Big Money – June 30
39] Palestinian children in Israeli prisons – June 30
40] Fight back against Trump’s judicial appointments – June 30
19] – Andrew Romanoff is the candidate to help us take back the Senate, and he has a crucial election on Tuesday. We must defeat Donald Trump, and take control of the Senate back from Mitch McConnell.  In order to take back the Senate, we need Democrats to win three Senate seats. Colorado’s Senator, Cory Gardner, is one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans and if things go our way on Tuesday we’ll have a Green New Deal champion running against him in November.  Sunrise has endorsed Andrew Romanoff because we’re confident that he is the best candidate to defeat Cory Gardner. His opponent, John Hickenlooper, was found guilty earlier this month of an ethics violation while serving as Governor and he accepts money from fossil fuel lobbyists and CEOs in a state ravaged by the fracking industry.  Sign up for two volunteer shifts to make calls to Colorado voters before polls close Tuesday evening:

20] – On Mon., June 29 from 9 to 10:30 AM, get with the DC Excluded Workers Rally!  It is hosted by Sanctuary DMV at Freedom Plaza, WDC 20004. Turn out for a socially distant rally to demand that the DC Council invest $30 million in excluded workers! Wear a mask! Bring a sign! Show an unpaid bill! In your car, circle Freedom Plaza. Excluded workers are undocumented residents, day laborers, sex workers, street vendors, returning citizens, and other workers in the informal economy who have all been locked out of unemployment benefits and other cash assistance. Visit

21] – You are invited to a special event with Sen. Chris Coons and Sen. Cory Booker. ‌End Citizens United is dedicated to electing Democrats, transforming our broken campaign finance system, and ultimately ending Citizens United. This a virtual discussion on ending systemic racism at the polls and in our laws. On Mon., June 29 at 11 AM ET, RSVP at

22] – Structural Racism and Voter Suppression: A Conversation with Ari Berman and Leigh Chapman is happening on Mon., Jun 29 at noon ET. Tune in Join J Street for a conversation on the intersection of structural racism and voter suppression in the US. Panelists Ari Berman of Mother Jones and Leigh Chapman of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will touch on the major recent election problems in Wisconsin, Georgia and Kentucky and explore how structural racism lies at the root of these events. What are the tools and tactics necessary to ensure all Americans truly have the right and ability to vote?

23] – On Mon., June 29 from 4 to 6 PM, get over to Fresh Fruit Monday! It is hosted by TrinityLife, 2122 W. Joppa Road, Lutherville 21093. This is in partnership with the USDA's Farm to Families program, and get LARGE boxes of assorted fruits and vegetables. Drive-thru the TrinityLife Church Parking Lot and you will receive 1-2 boxes per family right into your trunk. See

24] – On Mon., June 29 from 5 to 6:30 PM, check out the Roots of Food Apartheid, hosted by Knowledge Commons DC.  When a community lacks access to healthy and affordable food, it’s often labeled a “food desert.” This label can be problematic, however, because it implies that food deserts, much like real deserts, are naturally-occurring. Food apartheid goes beyond spatial food access and dives into historical and current systems and policies that intentionally segregate people spatially and economically from healthy food, among many other important things. This class will explore some of these dynamics, such as systemic racism, housing discrimination, segregation, industrial agriculture, gentrification, and more.  Teacher Josh Singer has spent the last decade working on urban agriculture and food justice in the greater DC area. Josh is organizing social advocacy cooperatives, teaching about social justice issues, and researching the histories of inequalities in the US. Many of his initiatives can be found at Look at

25] – On Mon., June 29 at 5 PM, join a Honoring March in Solidarity for All Black Lives, hosted by Annapolis Pride at Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, 100 Main St., Annapolis 21401. March in solidarity to end racism, white supremacy, transphobia, homophobia, and all forms of hate in our community. End the march at Whitmore Park. See

26] – On Mon., June 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, get with the Vote Screening & Discussion, hosted by the National Women's History Museum and American Experience| PBS. One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

Join American Experience | PBS and National Women's History Museum for an exclusive free preview screening, followed by a panel discussion with producers and experts from the film. Guests are encouraged to ask questions and join the conversation. In this excerpt, Alice Paul organizes a daily picket at the gates of the White House. As American patriotism surges around World War I, suffragists and the public grapple with the role of protest during times of war. The two-part American Experience documentary The Vote premieres July 6 and 7 on your local PBS station, and the PBS Video App. Visit or

27] – On Mon., June 29 from 7 to 8:30 PM, tune in to Authoritarianism or Democracy: Chomsky, Van Gosse, Ty dePass.  These are but a few examples of RECENT AUTHORITARIAN ACTIONS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: Sending the military to attack peaceful anti-racist protesters, Launching armed thugs against state governments & encouraging police violence, Firing Inspectors General without cause, Lying about the Corona Virus, Assaulting Truth & Science, Packing the Courts with Right-Wing “Judges,” Refusing to accept the oversight of Congress and Undermining the independence of a free press. Register at

28] – You are invited to join the next Park Bench Chat exploring how grassroots groups and national organizations have shifted focus to address their communities’ most urgent needs through this extraordinary time. Trust for Public Land Ohio State Director Shanelle Smith Whigham will share what she’s learned as she leads a coalition that’s providing 60,000 masks to Cleveland residents in need. She’ll be in conversation with Cecilia Muñoz, vice president for public interest technology and local initiatives at New America. Muñoz spearheaded the Obama administration’s domestic response to humanitarian crises like the Flint water crisis and unaccompanied minors at the border. On Mon., June 29 at 7 PM ET, check out Supporting Communities through Crisis at

29] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Mon., June 29 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.  There are two ways to join the conference: Dial 1 929 205 6099, and then use meeting ID: 512 862 260. Or Click on your device if you have downloaded the app from Zoom. The focus will be on organizational sign-ups, public relations, and logistics for lobbying in Annapolis.

30] – The erosion of democratic institutions in Israel over the past decade has coincided with the rise of a public campaign for annexation - euphemistically called "extending sovereignty" - over the same time. The two are highly connected; democratic erosion helps enable annexation in the West Bank, and annexation will in turn continue the cycle of chipping away at Israeli democracy. At the same time, these trends will damage Israel’s foreign relations with key global partners. Join Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin for an in-depth look at what annexation will mean for Israel at home and abroad on Tues., June 30 at noon ET. Go to

31] – Get involved with a Telephone Town Hall: Stand Up for Fair Wages for Airport and Transit Workers on Tues., June 30 at 12:30 PM.  Airport workers and workers at our transportation hubs have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. At BWI, workers are paid as low as minimum wage to perform essential duties like wheelchair assistance and airplane cabin cleaning. These workers deserve more! The Secure Maryland Wage Act would raise wages at all transportation hubs in Maryland including BWI, the Port of Baltimore, and Penn Station while also including compensation for healthcare costs for these workers. The Maryland Poor Peoples Campaign is proud to co-sponsor this Town Hall where we will hear from workers about why they need raises now and from politicians around our state that support them. Join the Zoom Meeting: The Meeting ID is 982 2404 5051. For phone, use one tap mobile +19292056099,,98224045051# US (New York) 13017158592,,98224045051# (Germantown).

32] – On Tues., June 30 from  1:30 to 2 PM, check out Outside Bread for the Journey Soup Kitchen individual lunches given out by Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Baltimore.  This Tuesday soup kitchen will until Dec. 1. The church is at 2424 McElderry St., Baltimore 21205.  Visit

33] – Register for an upcoming media skills webinar on Tues., June 30 at 4 PM ET.  The 75th anniversaries are a great opportunity to get an op-ed or an LTE published on our issues in your local paper or in a national publication. Whether you're a novice or have been published multiple times, join for a chance to learn about: writing to meet the editors’ needs, how to pitch your piece and what to do after it's published. Sign up at

34] – 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:

35] – Professor Ron Williams is inviting you to participate in his first virtual event, George Floyd: A Conversation with Professor Ron – Defunding the Police and the State of America, on Tues., June 30 from 6 to 8 PM. It will be a healthy, robust conversation on the climate in our country in the context of George Floyd and the surrounding issues. He believes I am the right facilitator for this kind of session, as he is an award-winning educator, community activist and performance artist. He has been performing and working on social justice movements for over 30 years. Currently, he is a professor of ethics and a faculty fellow with the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at the University of Baltimore. RSVP at, and Ron will send you the virtual link to this event 16] – The system is broken: the moneyed few control our economy and our politics.  And there is the chasm of systemic racism and economic inequality. Our catastrophic failure to live up to the promise of equality for all makes it hard to believe in the promise of the American dream.

36] – On Tues., June 30 from 7 to 9 PM, get with Profs & Pints Online: Hamilton’s History Remix, a critical look at the musical and the people and events it depicts, with Richard Bell, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical has sold out theatres throughout the nation and is scheduled to shown nationally on Disney Plus on July 3rd. Many of us have the triple-platinum cast album playing on repeat. Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have even rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: the Musical puts center stage.

This online talk offers a fascinating, critical look at the history underlying the musical. He’ll explore the Hamilton phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show business. Learn what this amazing musical got right and got wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States, and why that matters. Examine some of the choices Hamilton’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based.

A ticket is $12. This talk will NOT remain available online in its recorded form. Go to and

37] – On Tues., June 30 from 7:30 to 8:45 PM, get with Zero Waste is Overwhelming, Less Waste is Not, hosted by Homewood Recycling. Engage in a dialogue about practical waste reduction, and discuss simple, sustainable swaps and how to implement them through habit-formation techniques.  After registering, you will receive an email with further details. Go to

38] – The power of money has corrupted the system and the system won’t fix itself without massive structural change. That’s the goal: an amendment that fundamentally changes how we fund our elections so all Americans have a voice.  Join American Promise, Our Revolution, and RootsAction on Tues., June 30 at 8 PM ET for a call on Breaking the Grip of Big Money with Sen. Nina Turner & U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna.  Tune in at

39] – Join a webinar on Tues., June 30 at 8 PM ET and share updates on the situation of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons and get an overview of the Israeli military law framework, including how it relates to the annexation of the West Bank. Highlight how the Israeli military law and military court system fail to ensure or guarantee fundamental human rights. Register for the webinar at The main success in the current congressional session has been to get Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) to introduce H.R. 2407, the "Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living under Israeli Military Occupation Act." The bill prohibits U.S. taxpayer funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel.

40] – Fight back against Trump’s judicial appointments. After a blockbuster Supreme Court term (we’re talking decisions on protecting consumers from greedy corporations, and keeping Trump’s tax returns secret, …) we can’t help but think about the role the courts play in every aspect of our lives. And right now, the courts are a bit of a mess. The Senate just confirmed Donald Trump’s 200th judge to the federal bench -- that’s 200 conservative judges who get to serve for life. Want to learn more about the impact of these lifetime appointments? Watch the newest episode of COURTBUSTERS, the latest YouTube series where I unpack why Trump’s judicial appointments are a direct threat to our democracy. Indivisible is partnering with Take Back the Court and Demand Justice for an hour-long virtual rally on Tues., June 30 at 8 PM EDT. Join Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representative Ilhan Omar, Representative Ro Khanna, Alicia Garza, W. Kamau Bell, and Dan Pfeiffer to delve deeper into the problems facing our courts and how and why we should reform them. RSVP HERE

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] Go to

"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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