Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 16 - 17, 2020

36] A World Free from Nuclear Weapons -- Dec. 16

37] Beyond the Two State Solution Dec. 16

38] Free Them All -- Dec. 16

39] Coffee and a column – Dec. 16

40] Divest from War through Farming, Permaculture, & Simple Living – Dec. 16


42] Get Out the Vote – Dec. 16 -17

43] Georgia Fun Bank – Dec. 16

44] 43rd District Virtual Town Hall -- Dec. 16

45] Western Maryland Poor Peoples Campaign Meeting – Dec.16  

46] Look at the Birds – Dec. 16


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

37] – Join in an important online book launch event. Nonviolence International [] 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 at

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.

 Join an online national event to learn and act. On Wed., Dec. 16 at 2 PM, join people across the country making phone calls to public officials urging them to release people, adopt protective measures, and more. You will get stories and updates on campaigns from around the U.S. and all the training you need to take action; just come ready with a phone and internet access. Register here.

 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" at 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 call.

 40] – Get with a Webinar: Divest from War through Farming, Permaculture, & Simple Living on Wed., Dec. 16 from 3 PM to 4:30 PM ET.  Email  Register at 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. 

41] – 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 at 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.

42] – 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 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.

43] – 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 –

44] – 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

45] –   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

46] –    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

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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