Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- November 25 -- 29, 2020

29] Help immigrants with rental space

30] Virtual Turkey Dog Trot – Nov. 25

31] Volunteer to help Control the Senate -- Nov. 25

32] Thanksgiving for everyone -- Nov. 25

33] Nuclear Free Future Award 2020 -- Nov. 25

34] Shut down ICE – Nov. 25

35] Trump Administration undermining the Biden transition team – Nov. 25

36] Get out the Vote in Georgia – Nov. 25, 28 and 29

37] Take collective action, from the U.S. to Palestine – Nov. 25

38] Veg Society of D.C. supply drive -- Nov. 25


40] Rescue a turkey – Nov. 26

41] Get involved with medical debt practices – Nov. 26


29] –-As a joint effort with the Public Justice Center, St. Anthony of Padua/Most Precious Blood Catholic Church and Immigration Outreach Service Center, the groups are reaching out to immigrant communities struggling with rental repair needs in their living spaces.  These groups have produced a What-to-Do flyer to share with renters in your community providing guidelines on recording and communicating repairs needed for safe and healthy housing.  Call 410-323-8564 or visit

30] –The Virtual Turkey Dog Trot is a benefit for the Baltimore Humane Society, and tickets go from $20 to $50. Go to  No matter where you are you can participate! No running gear, no early start - absolutely nothing to stop you from signing up and sharing pictures of you, your family, friends and animals all making a difference in the lives of shelter animals! Walk, run, or hike on Thanksgiving (or before!) with or without your pup to get some fresh air and support Baltimore Humane Society. For those who'd rather sleep in, join the fun and support our mission as a couch sweet potato! Post pics with your pup on our Facebook page to win prizes!  Your ticket price and donations directly support the care of homeless animals in need while they wait for the safe, loving homes they deserve.

31] – Control of the Senate is huge - you can help.  Control hinges on 2 key Senate races in the great state of Georgia. Greenpeace volunteers, after contacting an incredible 4.4 million voters in the general election, are not slowing down because of the runoff vote on January 5. This is an all hands on deck moment for texting, calling, and organizing for these two immensely important races. Join as a Greenpeace volunteer in these next few weeks:

32] –‌  On Wed., Nov. 15 from 10 AM to 4 PM EST, enjoy Thanksgiving for Everyone at the Franciscan Center of Baltimore, 101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore 21218.   Also note who will be there, DeaconChef's Feed the Homeless, a group of chefs coming together to make sure everyone in Baltimore City has a Thanksgiving. To sit in the tent, times are 10 AM, 11 AM, noon, 1 PM, 2 PM and at 3 PM.  Also offered will be a Grab and Go meals as well from 10 AM to 3 PM.  The group will also deliver meals to low income senior apartments, and homeless encampments. For 100 families enjoy Thanksgiving in a box which means there will be ingredients a family will need to create a meal at their homes.  Look up

33] –‌ ‌ ‌ ‌‌The Online Award Ceremony of the Nuclear Free Future Award 2020 takes place on Wed., Nov. 25 at 10  AM ET. Since 1998, the Nuclear-Free Future Award has honored people worldwide who have committed themselves to a future free of nuclear power and nuclear weapons.  An international jury of activists and scientists selected the winners of the Nuclear Free Future Award 2020 in the three categories -- resistance, education and solution – with each prize being endowed with $5,000.  The winners are Category Resistance: Fedor Maryasov and Andrey Talevlin, Russia, Category Education: Felice and Jack Cohen-Joppa, USA and Category Solution: Ray Acheson, Canada/Ireland.  This year’s event was organized in cooperation with ICAN Germany. The participants, their stories and activism for a nuclear free world will be presented. Subsequently, there will be a Q&A session.  You can register by clicking here:

34] – The Shut Down Berks Coalition [] has called an Emergency Rally: ICE Don't Deport the 23 Black and Brown Families! These families have been detained in immigrant family prisons for the entirety of the pandemic, and are being fast tracked by ICE for deportation. These deportations are illegal as well as immoral.  One rally will take place on Wed., Nov. 25 at noon at the Philadelphia ICE office, 114 N. 8th St., Philadelphia 19107 and another on the same day and the same time at Berks - 1040 Berks Road, Leesport, PA 19533.

Two of these families are held here in Pennsylvania. Deporting families who are seeking refuge right before Thanksgiving, is the definition of un-American. These families, who have exercised their right to migrate and seek asylum, are now facing rushed and illegal deportations to their deaths.  One mother now incarcerated at the Berks family prison fled Haiti because of political and sexual violence, including a brutal rape while pregnant, which caused the miscarriage of her unborn child. Another person's entire family was gunned down by the Haitian government and was only able to escape because they were believed to have died in the attack.

The US immigration system has been targeting and abusing immigrants for decades, disproportionately targeting Black immigrants. The actions by ICE are not new to this country, however the escalation is particularly inhumane under the current lame duck presidency. Today, just two days before the holidays, ICE hastily deported an unknown number of Haitian families, and in October alone ICE deported 1,300 families to Haiti in what advocates are now calling Death Flights. Before you join the rally, call the ICE at 214-918-4822 and email and tell her not to deport the 23 families. We cannot let ICE continue to attack and terrorize our communities. Hold ICE accountable and demand that the incoming Biden administration go farther than undoing Trump’s policies, as it must dismantle the deportation machine, by ending family separation, family and immigrant detention and stopping all deportations. Look up

35] – This week Jim Zogby discusses how the Trump Administration is undermining the Biden transition team, and how it's creating even deeper divisions in the country.  Register here to join the conversation at You will receive the dial-in information for the Zoom call on Wed., Nov. 25 from 2 to 2:30 PM ET sharp. After you register, you will automatically get the dial-in information for the call. Here's a link to Zogby’s most recent column, "A Rough and Rocky Transition:"

36] –As Lindsey Graham and Senate Republicans seek to sabotage the elections in Georgia, we must rise above them and mobilize Georgia’s Democratic base to cast their ballots. Making calls to infrequent voters is one of the most effective means of base-building and increasing voter turnout. Sign up to make calls with Turnout2020:

MAKE CALLS TO GEORGIA VOTERS this week-- Wed., Nov. 25 from 5 to 7 PM and 7 to 9 PM EST and Sat., Nov. 28 from 2 to 4 PM and 4 to 6 PM EST.  The calling will continue the following week, starting on Sun., Nov. 29 from 2 to 4 PM and 4 to 6 PM EST.

37] – Join the Safety through Solidarity Powerhour, hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace.  Take action and skill up for the final fights of 2020 and beyond! The weekly event is a one-stop virtual gathering through Dec. 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Take collective action, from the U.S. to Palestine. Learn skills for the fights ahead. Find political grounding & community. Sign up at Look at See

38] –The Veg Society of D.C. through Wed., Nov. 25 at 8 PM EST is conducting a Thanksgiving Food/Supply Drive. The collection of non-perishable items is for the Humane Rescue Alliance, which protects animals, supports families, and advocates for positive change to create a world where all animals can thrive. See the HRA Amazon wish list for examples of needed items: Email for the exact drop-off locations and hours, or if you have any questions. You are invited to attend our virtual Thanksgiving Celebration:

39] – The NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING occurs on the fourth Thursday in November.  The organizers of this observance consider Thanksgiving Day as a continued reminder of the democide and suffering of Native American people. Since 1970, participants in the National Day of Mourning have honored Native ancestors and their struggles to survive today. Part of the mission behind the event is to educate Americans about the history of Thanksgiving.  Organized by United American Indians of New England (UAINE) during a period of Native American activism, the march has brought about revisions in the depiction of United States history and government and settler relationships with Native American peoples as well as a renewed appreciation for their culture. 

40] – On Thurs., Nov. 26, consider rescuing a turkey.  Only you can save its life.

41] -- The Coalition for a Humane Hopkins announced that it is time to gear up for legislation in Annapolis about medical debt.  The Medical Debt Lawsuit legislation, HB 1420/SB875, was passed and signed into law! While this bill addresses financial assistance policies of hospitals, its companion legislation that focused more directly on protections for patients being sued, got stalled about half-way through. So the group is trying again this year!  With a few tweaks, the bill will be very close to what it was last year (HB1081/SB873).

The National Nurses United will be holding biweekly meetings on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 AM. If you can make those times, please send emails to Cara Bates [CBates@CalNurses.Org] and Brigette Dumais [] and you will get an invite! If you can’t make that time but would still like to stay up to date, also reply by emailing about your situation.

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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