36] –On Wed., Dec. 16 from 10 to 11:30 AM, get with a Book
Event: A World Free from Nuclear Weapons, as part of the Vatican Conference on
Disarmament. In November 2017, Pope Francis denounced nuclear deterrence as
morally unacceptable for the first time, which represented a major shift in the
Vatican’s nuclear doctrine. He made this historic pronouncement during the
Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development's international symposium on
“Prospects for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons and for Integral
Disarmament," which was the first global gathering on atomic disarmament
after the approval of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in
2017. This event continues the discussion begun at the symposium and draws
on the book A World Free from Nuclear Weapons, published by
Georgetown University Press in August 2020 coinciding with the seventy-fifth
anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
This event hopes to inspire diplomatic action,
promote intercultural dialogue, and foster greater understanding of integral
human development as envisioned by Pope Francis in Laudato
Si and Fratelli Tutti. A panel of experts will discuss the place of
the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (which enters into force in
January 2021) on the path to nuclear abolition and integral disarmament. This
event will be livestreamed to the Vatican News channel on YouTube. RSVP at
in an important online book launch event. Nonviolence International [firstname.lastname@example.org] is rolling out the short
book, Beyond the Two State Solution, which Jonathan Kuttab has written. These
days many of us are looking for hope in hard times. Jonathan gives us just
that. Share the inspiration for a new and better world by participating in this
event on Wed., Dec. 16 at 11 AM ET. RSVP
38] – In the United States, 2.3 million people are locked away in
prisons, jails, and immigration and juvenile detention centers, where they are
subject to civil and human rights violations. With COVID-19, the dangers of
imprisonment have multiplied exponentially, making every sentence a potential
death sentence. That’s why, between International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10)
and International Migrants Day (Dec. 18), people across the country are taking
part in a week of action to #FreeThemAll—urging public officials to take
immediate steps to protect incarcerated people from the virus, release as many
as possible, and work toward a future without incarceration.
39] –Jim Zogby will discuss the last decade of his polling
of Arab and Iranian public opinion. It’s especially important that President-Elect
Biden take these opinions into account when planning to reenter the JCPOA - the
P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. You can read Zogby’s most recent column,
"Biden and the JCPOA: Lessons from Iranian and Arab Public Opinion"
for Coffee and a Column on Wed., Dec. 16 from 2 to 2:30 PM at
After you register, you will automatically get the dial-in information for the
–Get with a
Webinar: Divest from War through Farming, Permaculture, & Simple Living on
Wed., Dec. 16 from 3 PM to 4:30 PM ET.
Register at bit.ly/peacepermaculture. How do we tackle something as
large as the twin threats of war and climate change? World BEYOND War’s
Organizing Director, Greta Zarro, describes her 2-prong approach as: 1)
grassroots organizing, advocacy, and lobbying for policy-level system change,
such as passing municipal divestment resolutions or securing legislation to
shut down a military base, and 2) simultaneously, building the alternative
world that we want to see, through lifestyle changes that bring our communities
closer to self-sufficiency and sustainability, such as gardening/farming and
producing our own energy. Organizing Director Greta Zarro, who is co-founder
of Unadilla Community Farm, a non-profit organic farm and permaculture
education center, will moderate this discussion. It will feature Brian Terrell,
an Iowan farmer and long-time peace activist, Rowe Morrow of the Blue
Mountains Permaculture Institute (Australia), Qasim Lessani, who will talk
about his work with the Afghan Peace Volunteers, Barry Sweeney, who will share
his story on becoming a Permaculture Design Instructor, and Stefano Battain,
who will speak about War Child’s ‘Peace Garden’ initiative in the Democratic
Republic of Congo and Central African Republic.
– Make Calls for Rev.
Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The
presidential election may be over (Donald Trump’s refusal to concede
notwithstanding), but control of the US Senate hangs in the balance,
pending the results of two runoff elections in Georgia, the nation’s newest
battleground state. Early voting started December 14, and Special Election Day
is January 5, 2021. The Sierra Club will be making phone calls in support of
Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, whose races could determine the fate of
President-Elect Biden’s ambitious green agenda. Sign up to call Georgia voters
The available times are Wed., Dec. 16 from 3 to 6 PM and 6 to 9 PM ET and
Thurs., Dec. 17 from 3 to 6 PM and 6 to 9 PM EST. The calls will continue through Tues., Jan. 5 from
6 to 9 PM EST.
MAKE CALLS TO GEORGIA VOTERS on Wed., Dec. 16 from 5 to 7 PM and 7
to 9 PM EST and Thurs., Dec. 17 from 5 to 7 PM and 7 to 9 PM. The calls will continue through Jan. 5 from 5 to
7 PM and 7 to 9 PM EST.
– Join a Georgia Fun Bank featuring Alyssa Milano and Anjelika
Washington on Wed., Dec. 16 from 5 to 8 PM. On
Wed., Dec. 23 from 5 to 8 PM ET, join Misha Collins. On Wed., Dec. 30 from 5 to 8 PM ET, the Fun banking will continue.
Make calls to Georgia voters! Sponsors include People for the American Way. RSVP now and attend as much or as little as you can – https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6816070333642/WN_SCDEy3pKRV6QcJP5CguZyg.
–On Dec. 16 from 6:30 to 8 PM EST, attend the 43rd District Virtual
Town Hall, hosted by State Senator Mary Washington, PhD. Join her and
Delegates Maggie McIntosh and Regina Boyce for our Annual Pre-Session 43rd
District Virtual Town Hall. It will
start with mindfulness exercises and strategies to promote community mental
wellness and resiliency. Presenters will provide 43rd District updates on
housing, commercial and school construction projects. Hear a brief overview of legislative
priorities and what will be different about the 2021 session given the Covid-19
pandemic. Recognize outgoing city council members for their service and
introduce the new and returning members. As always, we will provide an
opportunity for 43rd District residents to share your ideas and concerns.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/.../43rd-district-townhall...
– On Wed., Dec. 16
from 7 to 8:30 PM ET, attend the Western Maryland Poor Peoples Campaign Organizing
Meeting. During this meeting, complete
the Asset Map for Western Maryland and discuss next steps. Email Western@mdpoorpeoplescampaign.org.
– What began as an
idea to keep the community connected has taken flight and become one of the
favorite hours each month. Join in on Wed., Dec. 16 at 7 PM ET and look back at
some highlights, including a new clip from an interview with the legendary Dr.
Jane Goodall, snippets from favorite panel discussions, a brand new video
wrapping up the year’s wins for birds, and so much more. RSVP at
"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