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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 9 - 10, 2020
36]Hear the arguments in a
whistleblower case -- Dec. 9
37]"Palestinians: Victims of Cancel Culture" – Dec. 9
the film RADIUM GIRLS -- Dec. 9
39]Help Georgia Elect Two US Senators to Save Our Climate – Dec. 9 – 10
40]Join Alyssa Milano to phonebank in Georgia
election– Dec. 9
41]MAKE CALLS TO GEORGIA VOTERS – Dec. 9 and 10
42]Safety through Solidarity Powerhour– Dec. 9
43]Join National Priorities Project for a virtual
celebration– Dec. 9
44]Prepare to Drive Change in the New Congress– Dec.
45]Opportunities for the Palestinian rights
Care Not Warfare Forum – Dec. 9
47]Stop toxic tar
sands pipeline -- Dec. 9
48]The war budget -- Dec.
49]U.S.-China Strategic Rivalry – Dec. 9
50]Virtual Workshops on misinformation– Dec.
with Uranium– Dec. 10
52]Join Oil Change International – Dec. 10
Human Rights in Today’s World – Dec. 10
Jonathan Scott's Power Trip – Dec. 10
55]Puerto Rico Update --
56]Global plastic pollution crisis – Dec. 10
57]Takoma Park celebrates its Nuclear Free Zone – Dec. 10
58]Hanukkah in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle – Dec. 10
36] –On Wed., Dec. 9 at 9:30 AM ET, Whistleblower &
Source Protection Program (WHISPeR) attorney Kathleen McClellan will be
presenting arguments before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Marcato v.
USAID. You can follow the arguments on a livestream link posted to the court’s
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/USCourtsCADC.The importance of this case is as a test for
the All Circuit Review Act, a 2018 law allowing whistleblowers to have their
cases considered in the Federal Appellate Court in their jurisdiction instead
of exclusively at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, a forum notoriously
hostile toward whistleblowers. Marcato’s case is poised to break new
ground at the D.C. Circuit as one of the few cases decided on the merits to be
appealed outside the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. The D.C. Circuit is
often referred to as the second most influential Court in the country behind
the U.S. Supreme Court.
– There is panel discussion on Wed.,
Dec. 9 at 4 PM ET to discuss the film RADIUM GIRLS via Zoom. RSVP at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NVLIhYl1RMG5QTseXf8zmQ?emci=220f93f8-d438-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&emdi=230f93f8-d438-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&ceid=3107032.
Hear State Senator Karen Keiser, New Mexico State Representative Angelico
Rubio, Writer/Director Ginny Mohler and Producer/Director Lydia Dean Pilcher.
As the U.S. celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we are
reminded of the arduous path that follows for all women to gain equal rights,
respect, and protection. The film illuminates the struggle of women in the
early twentieth century to enter the workforce and the perseverance it took to
stand up to a corporation that traded the lives of its employees for financial
gain. In states across the country, workers are still fighting for protection
from and compensation for radiation exposure, all amidst a systematic rollback
of federal worker and consumer safety regulations and public health and
environmental protection rules.
the film for $12 at https://watch.eventive.org/radiumgirls/play/5f970d461b48f30059ccb37a.
Women's Action for New Directions receives a portion of the proceeds of
– 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 starts 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 https://www.mobilize.us/sierraclubbattleground/event/272291/?utm_source=insider&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter.
The available times are Wed., Dec. 9 from 3 to 6 PM and 6 to 9 PM EST and on Thurs.,
Dec. 10 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.
–With the Georgia
runoff election in less than a month, YOUR help is needed to make sure voters
have a plan to vote. Join Alyssa Milano on Wed., Dec. 9 at 5 PM ET to phonebank
for the upcoming Georgia election! Director Robert Greenwald will also be
joining this event and will be showing clips from his new film Suppressed 2020:
The Fight to Vote which documents deeply personal accounts from people of color
in Georgia who experienced deliberate, widespread voter suppression. This
phonebank event is important for the Georgia runoff election where outreach
will be focused on communities that have historically been disenfranchised. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6816070333642/WN_bEmTpmr1QSeO-0axZWLPqQ.
MAKE CALLS TO GEORGIA VOTERS this week-- starting on Wed., Dec. 9
from 5 to 7 PM and 7 to 9 PM EST, on Mon., Dec. 7 from 5 to 7 PM and 7 to 9 PM
EST and Thurs., Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 PM and 7 to 9 PM EST. The calls will continue through Jan. 5 from 5 to
7 PM and 7 to 9 PM EST.
National Priorities Project on Wed., Dec. 9 from 6 to 7 PM for a virtual
celebration of the community that keeps our work going! A registration is
required: RSVP at this Zoom link at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Z8w2yPldQSOPUkUQfvhfmA?emci=c785ec2a-8f39-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&emdi=d661232a-9139-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&ceid=4192461.
Koshgarian, Ashik Siddique, and Lorah Steichen will lay out
highlights from what's been keeping us busy this year, both inside Washington
DC, and with movements organizing political power on the outside. Reps. Pramila
Jayapal and Mark Pocan will organize more support in Congress than
we've seen in decades for cutting Pentagon funding—a strong baseline for
building for critical budget fights next year, especially with the progressive
"Squad" now expanded in the House.
–In a few weeks, there will be the beginning of the 117th Congress
and the opportunities for the Palestinian rights movement are huge. So are the
threats. Join Jewish Voice for Peace on
Wed., Dec. 9 at 8 PM ET for the National Legislative Organizing Committee 2021
Kickoff Call! Long time anti-Palestinian representatives like Eliot Engel and
Nita Lowey are out, and new progressive leaders like Cori Bush, Jamaal Bowman,
and Marie Newman will be heading to D.C. Every year allies in Congress grow in
number. Sandra Tamari, Executive Director of the Adalah Justice Project (AJP),
will share her insights on grassroots organizing for Palestinian freedom
in the U.S. and how we center Palestinians and Palestinian voices in
Congressional advocacy. Sign up at https://act.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/a/2021-nloc-kickoff?emci=565f60c8-9b38-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&emdi=23221e66-a038-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&ceid=237778.
46] – The Fund Health Care Not Warfare Forum
will happen on Wed., Dec. 9 at 8 PM ET.
Hear from Dr. Joia Mukherjee and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed. Across the nation millions of health care
workers and people are under great stress and direct danger, desperately in
need of increased resources, investment and income. Hundreds of articles,
interviews, webinars and broadcasts call attention to the nation’s failure to
properly invest in the health care and public health systems. But silence on
the diversion of trillions of taxpayers’ dollars to the war machine continues.
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a former Health Director for the City of Detroit. Dr. Joia Mukherjee has been involved in health
care access and human rights issues since 1989, and she consults for the World
Health Organization on the treatment of HIV and MDR-TB in developing countries.
47] – Energy
transportation giant Enbridge is planning to build a toxic tar sands pipeline
across Indigenous lands and the fresh water lakes of northern Minnesota.
Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline is being challenged fiercely every step of the way
by Indigenous nations and leaders, grassroots organizations, youth, and
environmental groups. The Line 3 so-called “replacement project” is the
proposal for a new pipeline that would cover more than 1,000 miles from Hardisty,
Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, transporting an average of 760,000 barrels of
tar sands crude oil from Alberta each day, with a maximum capacity of 844,000
barrels per day. If built, Line 3 would release as much greenhouse gas
pollution as fifty new coal fired power plants. It would violate Ojibwe treaty
rights and put the state’s water, ecosystems, and communities at risk.
GW Institute for Korean Studies [firstname.lastname@example.org] is hosting on Thurs., Dec. 9
from 9 to 11 AM a Roundtable Discussion: Prospects for U.S.-China Strategic
Rivalry and U.S.-ROK Relations under the Biden Administration. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/korea-policy-forum-virtual-roundtable-discussion-tickets-131221490009.
The intensifying strategic rivalry between the U.S. and China under the Trump
administration has exposed the U.S.-ROK relationship to a greater deal of
uncertainty. South Korea saw both challenges and opportunities in President
Trump’s top-down approach toward addressing the North Korean nuclear issue. The
prolonged stalemate over U.S.-ROK defense cost-sharing negotiations raised
questions about the characteristics of the decades-old alliance.
President-Elect Joseph Biden has signaled supporting shifts in how the U.S.
conducts its relations with China and South Korea.
51] – On Thurs., Dec. 10
from 2 to 4 PM, get with Living with Uranium: The Impact of Uranium Mining on
Indigenous Communities [Online]. The Project on Managing the Atom will host a
panel discussion on the impact of uranium mining on indigenous communities as
part of its ongoing series on Diversity and Inclusion in the Nuclear Field. The speakers are Second Lieutenant Governor
Jeff Gaco, Pueblo of Laguna, NM; Teracita Keyanna, Red Water Pond Road
Community Association; Johnnye Lewis, University of New Mexico; and Chris
Shuey, Uranium Impact Assessment Program. Sign up athttps://www.belfercenter.org/event/living-uranium-impact-uranium-mining-indigenous-communities.
–Join Oil Change International
[email@example.com] on Thurs., Dec. 10 at 3 PM ET for a webinar about the
biggest climate wins of 2020 and how to build on them in 2021. COVID-19 has
revealed just how ill-prepared governments and social support systems around
the world are to handle a global crisis. While governments struggle to respond
to the pandemic, another crisis continues to loom large: the climate crisis.
With time running out, we can’t afford to wait for governments to come to their
senses — we need to keep fighting and we need to keep winning. Reserve your
spot at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D92CSF_oS76wuqi-nfVyAQ.
Human Rights in Today’s World will be discussed on Thurs., Dec. 10 from 5 to 6
PM ET. December 10th is International Human Rights Day. The United Nations
General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
This document was revolutionary in mandating human rights protection throughout
the world and empowered individual humans throughout the world. Alas, human
rights continue to be a hot topic in our world today as they are still in
jeopardy for many. Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqce2tpzwjGNfZhLQX1CS2VKeqwWZqzhL1.
Explore the history of how human rights came to be a topic of conversation in
world politics after millenniums of oppression and hate bestowed upon other humans.
This complex history amounts to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Here
in the United States, we are often under the illusion that our nation upholds
human rights to the highest degree, but the US has not fully ratified this
out on Thurs., Dec. 10 at 7 PM Puerto Rico Update: Colonial status is challenged;
Political Significance. While the
presidential elections took place here in the US, local elections were also
held in the US colony of Puerto Rico. There is little coverage of the elections
and of the island in the mainstream media. Yet, it looks like these elections
in the island were historical as feminist, pro- independence and leftist
politicians won seats in the island’s senate and house. In the US, the
political power of the Puerto Rican community is growing in significance as the
recent US elections demonstrated. The
current COVID-19 pandemic is magnifying the island’s multilayered economic and
social crisis, one that has been aggravated by the catastrophic hurricanes of
September 2017 and earthquakes earlier in 2020. As a result, on an island that
already had the highest poverty rate in the United States, at least 30% of the
civilian labor force have filed unemployment claims linked to the pandemic.
Puerto Rico has the “honor” of having the largest bankruptcy in the US as its
economy continues to contract, a process that started in 2006. RSVP at
global plastic pollution crisis is impacting wildlife, the oceans, the
environment, and human health. It disproportionately affects
low-income communities and communities of color in the US and around the
world. For decades the public has been told that all of this plastic can
be recycled, but now we know that this is not the case. As the
plastics industry gears up to increase production four-fold by 2050, it's now
promoting "chemical recycling" (also referred to as "advanced
recycling") as the solution to the plastic pollution
problem, overcoming plastic recycling failures and creating a
"circular economy" in plastic. However, the evidence to support these
claims is scant.
a webinar with Dr. Neil Tangri, Director of Science and Policy at the
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), to talk about Chemical
Recycling. Dr. Tangri will explain why chemical recycling is not really
recycling and doesn't close a loop for a circular economy in plastic.
Specifically, he will cover the definition of chemical recycling, its impact on
human health, its carbon and energy footprint, its economic viability, and
where it is currently being practiced. Following the presentation, time will be
left for at least 20 minutes of questions.
Recycling - False Solution to the Plastic Pollution Crisis will be discussed on
Thurs., Dec 10 at 7 PM ET. This event is organized by the Sierra Club
MD Zero Waste Team. Sign up with Martha
Ainsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-262-8389.
57] – Takoma Park is
commemorating the 37th anniversary of its Nuclear Free Zone with a presentation
on Takoma Cable TV at 8 PM on Thurs., Dec.10 of the documentary "The Nuns,
the Priests and the Bomb." The city's nuclear free zone ordinance,
the strongest in the United States was passed on Dec.10, 1983 and forbids city
purchases from any entity that makes nuclear weapons, delivery systems, components
or tests those weapons. Contact Jay Levy at email@example.com.
58] – Jewish Voice for Peace indicated that this
is a lie --Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had labeled anti-Zionism, BDS, and
the organizations that support BDS as anti-Semitic. The best way to resist this dangerous and
ridiculous lie is to be even more ourselves – even more vibrantly Jewish, even
more staunchly anti-Zionist – and to show up even harder for Palestinian
liberation. That’s why this Hanukkah,
you are invited to eight nights of events as a way for everyone a way to get
engaged, be in community, and be in solidarity with the Palestinian
struggle. See the full schedule and sign up at https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/hanukkah-5781/?emci=14e8f14c-7d36-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&emdi=daed12a9-d038-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&ceid=237778. Sign a light on abolition: the movement of
activists and scholars trying to think beyond prisons as a tool to solve
society’s problems. Whether you want to learn about the connections between the
abolition movement and the movement for Palestinian freedom, experience
performances, have a stronger understanding of the Torah, be in community with
other anti-Zionist Jewish people of color, or deepen your Jewish practice, this
is your chance. For example, Night 1 the Health Advisory Council presents:
Israeli State Violence and the Public Health Implications for Palestinian
Citizens of Israel on Thurs., Dec. 10 at 8 PM ET. It will feature Al-Shabaka
Policy Network member Osama Tanous, who will explore the structural violence
and discrimination that has severe implications for Palestinian public health.
This will continue through Thurs., Dec. 17.
"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