Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 23 - 24, 2021

35] Stand against voter suppression – June 23

36] No Dignity without ID – June 23

37] Coffee and a Column – June 23

38] Join a friendbank -- June 23

39] Support community oversight in policing! -- June 23

40] Talking through Political Disagreement – June 23

41] Poor Peoples Campaign faith leaders – June 23

42] Baltimore Action Team meeting -- June 23

43] Preparations for Nuclear War with China over Taiwan June 23

44] Intersections of Black history and Local Peace Activism June 23

45] End the Travel Ban to North Korea June 23

46] The EU must stop being Big Pharma’s puppet – June 24

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35] –On Wed., June 23 at 1 PM ET, join a stand against voter suppression, the filibuster, and political retrogression.  What is happening in state legislatures across the country in terms of passing voting restrictions is threatening our democracy. What extremists are doing in state legislatures is hurting us all. There has been a clarion call coming out of West Virginia, Kentucky and all across the nation. This democracy is not only worth fighting for it's also worth rising up to defend it.- RSVP at https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/manchin/?link_id=4&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-md-ppc-weekly-update-7&email_referrer=email_1206077&email_subject=md-ppc-weekly-update.  Note that there is a bus leaving from Baltimore and many cities on the East Coast.

Poor and low wealth people of all races must stand up. This fight is not just about race. Suppressing the vote hurts Black, white, brown, Indigenous, Asian, disabled, young, poor and low wealth people. Voter suppression allows people to get elected who block living wages, health care, immigrant and LGBTQIA rights. Suppressing the vote is constitutionally inconsistent, morally indefensible, politically unacceptable, and economically insane.

  This is fight is far from over and this is why we’re asking you to join the West Virginia and Kentucky Poor People’s Campaigns in Washington, DC for a Moral March on Manchin and McConnell. West Virginians and Kentuckians have issued the call, and will be joined by other states, representing people of all colors, creeds, religions, and backgrounds for a March on Manchin and McConnell to demonstrate our power to stop voter suppression and the filibuster, and continue to demand the protection and expansion of voting rights, the raising of wages to at least $15/hour, the extension of unemployment benefits, the expansion of health care, indigenous rights, and infrastructure development that lifts from the bottom.

36] – Dewayne Johnson, ACLU People Power [info@peoplepower.org] wants you to know No Dignity without ID: Join us for a virtual convening on transgender rights on Wed., June 23 at 2 PM ET. Trans and non-binary people belong, and need IDs that accurately reflect who we are so we can travel, apply for jobs, and enter public establishments without risk of harassment or harm.  The ACLU launched the They the People campaign in early 2021 to urge the Biden administration to give Trans and non-binary people access to accurate IDs issued by federal agencies.  Discuss transgender rights and the importance of accurate IDs. RSVP at https://aclu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvcu2upjMrHtLoDWDrxgxcuba7WdP446kj?source=ppem_98744.

37] – Jim Zogby [mailto:jzogby@aaiusa.org] on Wed., June 23 at 2 PM ET wants you to join him for Coffee and a Column.  He will discuss Netanyahu's legacy after 15 years as prime minister. Read the column here: https://www.aaiusa.org/library/what-is-netanyahus-legacy?emci=cce20690-6fd3-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=fd409ccb-78d3-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=389907Register to receive the dial-in information for the Zoom call at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMuduCopzIqHt3mDCq1dAVKY2NbFylCZHTt?emci=cce20690-6fd3-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=fd409ccb-78d3-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=389907.  After you register, you will automatically get the dial-in information for the call.

38] – The For the People Act is the most expansive democracy reform legislation we have seen since the Voting Rights Act. This bill will protect voting rights, eliminate dark money in our elections, restore transparency and accountability in our government, and curb partisan and racial gerrymandering once and for all. It is crucial that we all know what it is and how to advocate for its passage! Join a friendbank and be with friends, families, and networks to join in this important work to ensure we pass the For the People Act! It will happen on Wed., June 23 at 4:30 PM ET.  Sign up at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErcuytrjgqH9WTpQElA-NOkv1eodv2O7uX.

39] – The Statewide Justice Task Force of Progressive Maryland is making calls to support community oversight in policing! Join the next Virtual Phonebank on Wed., June 23 from 5:30 to 7 PM. Make calls to folks in Southern Maryland, talking with them about the importance of community oversight in policing, and asking them to hold their legislators accountable. Start with a brief training on the script, and then start dialing. RSVP at https://secure.everyaction.com/JaKZU0so702p0Hm2eP77Vw2?emci=94912d22-83d3-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=6a45ceb3-8dd3-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=136680.

40] – Alicia McBride, FCNL [aliciamcbride@fcnl.org] is asking you to join in for “Talking through Political Disagreement: Is It Even Worth It?” Karen Tibbals and Val Liveoak will showcase new skills for communicating across political divides. During FCNL’s June Quaker Changemaker event, discuss the value of engaging with differing views and present some techniques to have those conversations faithfully and effectively.  Register to join the conversation on Wed., June 23 at 6:30 PM EDT: https://act.fcnl.org/event/quaker-welcome-center-events-watch-home/2241/?akid=17681.152065.wHpqbe&rd=1&source=fcnlbody&t=17&utm_campaign=event&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ak&utm_term=17681.152065.wHpqbe.

41] – On Wed., June 23 at 7 PM, there is a Virtual Workshop hosted by three Maryland Poor Peoples Campaign faith leaders on the often quoted scripture: Matt 26 where Jesus says that you will always have the Poor. Hear several readings of this story together and deepen an understanding of its meaning and the distorted moral narrative that has continued to place the blame for poverty on the poor rather than on the structures that are producing and perpetuating poverty. - RSVP https://actionnetwork.org/events/learning-together-workshop-you-will-always-have-the-poor?source=direct_link&&link_id=5&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&email_referrer=email_1206077&email_subject=md-ppc-weekly-update.  Email western@mdpoorpeoplescampaign.org.

42] –  Molly Amster, Jews United for Justice [info@jufj.org] wants you to join a Baltimore Action Team meeting on Wed., June 23 from 7 to  8 PM ET.  Join JUFJers from across Baltimore to discuss the ongoing issue campaign work. Share updates for all the local campaigns, and brainstorm on how to move the work forward. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a regular attendee or new to the work! You will receive call-in instructions via email after you RSVP at https://jufj.org/event/bat-june-23/?emci=edde018d-c3c7-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=38435c72-3bc9-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=3403859.

43] –   Preparations for Nuclear War with China over Taiwan – Then and Now will happen on Wed., June 23 from 7 to 8:30 PM EDT.  Daniel Ellsberg has done it again! 50 years after his courageous whistleblowing release of the Pentagon’s secret Vietnam War history, The Pentagon Papers, he has again shaken the nation and the world with a new revelation. It has critically important implications for the new Cold War confrontation with China and the debate over the possibility over Congress or the Biden Administration adopting a No First Use nuclear policy.  For more than 60 years the government has kept secret its 1958 willingness to completely sacrifice Taiwan in order to save it. During that Taiwan crisis, the Eisenhower administration prepared and threatened to attack China with nuclear weapons. Ellsberg’s revelation demonstrates that Eisenhower and Dulles were willing to accept a retaliatory Soviet nuclear attack on Taiwan following U.S. nuclear bombing of China. As the U.S. and China ratchet up tensions over Taiwan, Ellsberg asserts that the Pentagon must again be debating the possibility of sacrificing Taiwan and its people to save them. Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrcuGvrDotGNV4Jr-RL6UPQI-yM-2YlDX9.  Visit http://masspeaceaction.org/venue/online/?emci=58de6b30-26d2-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=d773a9dc-8ed2-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=269591.

44] – Beyond the Bomb [Rachel@beyondthebomb.org] wants you to join in on Wed., June 23 at 8 PM ET for a webinar on the intersections of Black history and Local Peace Activism! Celebrate Juneteenth by uplifting the Black historians of the Bomb Squad and asking them to share their knowledge of local activism and Black history with all!  Welcome Brittanie Van Zant, a student of African American studies and history at Chicago State University, and Matthew McKenzie, a student of Prelaw, history and Africana Studies at Niagara University, to teach about the unique and crucial roles activists from their areas played in the peace movement. RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ExywaqF-TRKWNGMaxK_KCg?link_id=0&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-juneteenth-is-saturday-keep-learning-all-month-2&email_referrer=email_1213879___subject_1603037&email_subject=tomorrow-juneteenth-was-saturday-keep-learning-all-month.

45] – End the Travel Ban to North Korea will be discussed on Wed., June 23 from 8 to 9 PM EDT.  Since 2017, US citizens have been restricted from traveling to North Korea. The ban prevents Korean Americans from visiting their family members in North Korea, hinders humanitarian organizations from delivering critical assistance, and obstructs US citizens from engaging in people-to-people exchanges and peace-building efforts. This is yet another tragic cost of the unresolved 70-year-old Korean War. Participate in an online discussion about the harms caused by the US travel ban on North Korea and how you can support the campaign to lift the ban to allow people to travel freely. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YmrWBPOCRYmO9IYFebfyfg.

46] – Andi Petrovic [apetrovic@citizen.org] is asking you to protest at the EUROPEAN UNION DELEGATION HQ, 2175 K ST. NW, WDC on Thurs., June 24 at 10 AM ET in WDC.  Rethink Trade wants the EU to stop being Big Pharma’s puppet. The European Union, pushed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is still blocking a plan to suspend drug companies’ intellectual property rights to rapidly scale up vaccine supplies and save lives.

  While COVID-19 vaccination rates soar in the US and Europe, only 0.3% of people in low-income countries have had their first shot. Communities across the Global South are facing terrifying new waves of preventable death and sickness with virtually no protection or treatment. Hear from Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Ro Khanna (D-Cal.), union and civil society leaders, and activists, and call on the EU to end its dangerous opposition to a waiver of IP barriers at the WTO so more vaccines and treatments can be made worldwide. RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/european-union-quit-being-pharmas-puppet-support-the-covid-waiver-save-lives?link_id=3&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-thursday-webinar-wrep-schakowsky-doctors-without-borders-and-more-3&email_referrer=email_1212647___subject_1601801&email_subject=coming-up-protest-this-thurs-in-dc-eu-stop-being-pharmas-puppet.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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

Monday, June 21, 2021

A report on a phone meeting with Rep. Sarbanes' aide

Friends,

  On Wednesday, June 16 I had a conversation with Sheyla Marimon, an aide to my representative John Sarbanes from Maryland’s 3rd District. The meeting came about after I emailed her a copy of a letter initiated by Progressive Democrats of America.

  I raised two issues in the letter.  First, I asked Rep. Sarbanes to co-sponsor Rep. Betty McCollum’s Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act (HR 2590). This legislation will “prohibit Israel from using U.S. taxpayer dollars on the military detention, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention; to support the seizure and destruction of Palestinian property and homes in violation of international humanitarian law; or on any support or assistance for Israel’s unilateral annexation of Palestinian territory in violation of international humanitarian law.” 

  I pointed out that I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana which borders on South Africa.  At that time apartheid was the order of the day in South Africa.  While I was boycotting apartheid South Africa, I had to travel there a few times for my job, and saw the illegitimacy of white-minority rule.  Co-incidentally, I took part in a human rights delegation to the occupied territories organized by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in 1987.  And I saw the Israeli version of apartheid.  I was able to go to both the West Bank and to the Gaza Strip.  Today the situation there is much worse as reported in the recent Human Rights Watch report A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution.

Ms. Marimon indicated that her boss was quite aware of the plight of the Palestinians.  And she was frank that the Congressperson would not co-sponsor HR 2590.  She did tell that the previous day she did meet with  group also asking for support for McCollum’s legislation.

 I informed Sheyla that Ron Dellums in 1972 introduced the first bill to divest from South Africa.  He knew not much would come of his bill until many years later when the anti-apartheid was strong enough to be a force for reckoning.  McCollum's legislation is going nowhere, but it is part of a growing movement to help liberate the Palestinians.

 The other ask was for my legislator to join the Defense [sic] Spending Reduction Caucus, founded in 2020 by Reps. Mark Pocan and Barbara Lee. Sheyla reminded me that Sarbanes voted for a ten-percent reduction in last year's military budget.  He is prepared to do that this year.  She will ask him about joining the caucus, and will let me know the answer.  I thanked Rep. Sarbanes for co-sponsoring the resolution to terminate the Authorization to Use Military Force.  The aide said the office is getting a lot calls opposed to the revocation of the AUMF, but John Sarbanes is solid on ending that authorization..

  Maryland Peace Action representatives will meet with Marimon on Tuesday about several additional issues.  Support for the Palestinians will be raised at that meeting as well.

Kagiso, Max

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 21 - 22, 2021

19] War and the Environment – Part 2 – June 21

20] Conversation with Sherrod Brown – June 21

21] Rally at the North Carolina General Assembly – June 21

22] Public Financing -- June 21

23] Reel & Meal Film Screening of THIRD HARMONY-- June 21

24] Organize to Win Call – June 21

25] Care Corner Food Pantry June 22

26] Film FREE THE VOTE – June 22

27] Public Hearing on Local Policing Bills – June 22  

28] Protest JHU’s weapons research – June 22

29] CALL WEST VIRGINIANS. June 22

30] Talk with Col. Larry Wilkerson about the Summit -- June 22

31] Animal Bereavement Support Group – June 22

32] Building Equity, Justice and Climate Resilience June 22

33] Online picket against the US blockade of Cuba June 22

34] Life under Sanctions in Iran and Venezuela – June 22

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19] – Sign up for War and the Environment, an Online Course continuing on Mon., June 14 from noon to 1 PM EDT through Sun., July 18 from noon to 1 PM ET.  This is a six week online course will provide participants an opportunity to learn from, dialogue with, and strategize for change with World BEYOND War experts, peer activists, and changemakers from around the world. The cost is $100, but you can pay less or more.  Contact Phill at education@worldbeyondwar.org.  Week #3 will be led by Henrique Gorbino. Visit https://www.peace-ed-campaign.org/event/war-and-the-environment-online-course-by-world-beyond-war/.

20] – The Nation [emails@emails.thenation.com] wants you to join the conversation on Mon., June 21 at noon ET with Sen.  Sherrod Brown.  The focus will be on Making America Work for Workers.  Sign up at https://www.thenation.com/events/senator-sherrod-brown-american-jobs-plan/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_campaign=nation-events-brown&sourceid=1066515&ms=EMM062020212A&utm_content=EMM062020212A&utm_term=master_promotions.  Also joining the will be John Nichols and Katrina vanden Heuvel. A lifelong Ohioan, Senator Sherrod Brown has spent his career fighting for the Dignity of Work. As one of the Senate’s most effective advocates of working people and labor rights, he has argued that to stop the business model of moving production overseas, we must raise labor standards in every country we trade with–and ensure they’re enforced. He’s also a student of the Senate, who has called for the immediate abolition of the filibuster, among other urgent reforms.  Tickets are $10 and proceeds go directly to supporting The Nation’s journalism. Email events@thenation.com.

21] –  On Mon., June 21 at 5 PM, join low-wage workers, moral and faith leaders and advocates online simultaneously with a socially-distant rally at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, NC for a National Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers Assembly. The hybrid online/in-person mass assembly will include over 40 state coordinating committees, 200+ organizing partners, and thousands of moral and faith leaders in our Prophetic Council.  From June 21, the Poor People’s Campaign will launch a one year campaign fighting forward every day towards a massive, generationally-transformative Moral March on Washington and Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly. RSVP at https://www.3rdreconstruction.org/toolkit/?link_id=10&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-md-ppc-weekly-update-6&email_referrer=email_1197922&email_subject=md-ppc-weekly-update.

   Carley, CODEPINK [info@codepink.org] wants you to join the Poor People's Campaign.‌ ‌ ‌RSVP to join the hybrid online/in-person National Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers' Assembly at https://www.codepink.org/06212021?utm_campaign=3rd_reconstruction_followup&utm_medium=email&utm_source=codepink. CONTACT Ally Hermes · ally@codepink.org.

22] – Jacob Kravetz & Sheila Ruth [info@email.actionnetwork.org] want to talk about Public Financing on Mon., June 21 from 5:30 to 7 PM ET.  Have a conversation about why small dollar financing is important for our Democracy to work and how it allows candidates to run campaigns without having to rely on corporate and lobbyists money. Also participating will be Julian Jones, Baltimore County Council Chair and Chair of the Baltimore County Fair Election Fund Workgroup; and Joanne Antoine, Executive Director, Common Cause Maryland.  RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/269476/?link_id=0&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-time-to-public-finance&email_referrer=email_1209989&email_subject=time-to-public-finance.

23] – On Mon., June 21 from 6:30 to 9 PM ET, tune in to the Reel & Meal Film Screening.  This month’s Reel & Meal film program features Third Harmony, a 2020 documentary that draws on interviews with veteran political and civil rights activists, scientists, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and others to help portray what nonviolent protest is and how it works. This is sponsored by the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMscOytqTIoHtGQQNFjkY587n7RPv72KJO2?emci=dfb9e9ac-cdc7-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=5b78a238-d7c7-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=136680.

24] – Our Revolution [info@ourrevolution.com] wants you to be on the National Organize to Win Call on Mon., June 21 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM ET, featuring Sen. Jeff Merkley, lead sponsor of the For the People Act in the Senate; State Rep. Jasmine Crockett, who led the fight to defend voting rights in Texas; and Barbara Arnwine of the Transformative Justice Coalition; and Cynthia Nixon, activist & actress, and Manhattan DA candidate Tahanie Aboushi! SIGN-UP at https://www.mobilize.us/ourrevolution/event/148017/?akid=1661.8252965.nFdDQB&rd=1&t=8. Join call here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/993867009 or here https://www.facebook.com/events/493143908744775/.

25] – On Tues., June 22 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM ET, get over to the Care Corner Food Pantry at the Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena. This will continue each Tuesday through June 29.  Food bags are available for individuals and families in need. Food bags are first-come, first-served each week.  Volunteers are needed each week to help distribute the food. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c49acae2b0-care. All COVID safety measures are followed, including outdoor distribution, mask-wearing and social distancing. 

26] -- Free the Vote, ACLU of Maryland's new documentary, was selected for the Columbia Film Festival! See a SCREENING AT THE COLUMBIA FILM FESTIVAL starting on Tues., June 22 at noon ET.  You'll have three days and 11 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching.  Voting is one of the most fundamental rights of our nation and it should never be taken away from anyone. The right to vote gives citizens a voice in our democracy. No one's voice should be stifled. A democracy that does this is not a true democracy. In Free the Vote, you'll hear why restoring the right to vote to people who are incarcerated is so important and vital to a democracy. You'll also hear directly from people who are formerly incarcerated and actively advocating for the rights of people who are currently and formerly incarcerated. Get your ticket today: https://watch.eventive.org/columbiafilmfestival/play/6058f39ff7034500b4739692.

27] -- Come to a Montgomery County Watch Party to discuss a Public Hearing on Local Policing Bills on Tues., June 22 from 1to 3:30 PM ET. Join Jews United for Justice and partners to watch the virtual public hearing about three upcoming policing bills, which will impact the future of training, body-worn cameras, and county responses to litigation against the police.  The watch party will begin at 1 PM with an overview about the legislation, and screen sharing will begin once the hearing begins at 1:30 PM.  You will receive call-in instructions via a separate email after you RSVP at https://jufj.org/event/mc-policing-bills-2021/?emci=edde018d-c3c7-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=38435c72-3bc9-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=3403859.

28] – 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: president@jhu.edu.

29] – We Have a Do-or-Die, Time-Limited Chance to Defeat White Supremacy and Big Money. If you want equal protection so that every voter counts the same regardless of color, income, age, or neighborhood, now is the time to act. If you want freedom from the influence of big money, now is the time to act. In the next months, action by people like you can create a groundswell to pass three major bills (see details in box below). One of them (S. 1) would provide sweeping reforms to end special-interest corruption in our government. Congress must act early this summer or partisan redistricting – based on a flawed census – will have happened. The House of Representatives has the votes to pass these bills, and they can pass the Senate, too - but only if We the People let our senators know how we feel.

  If these bills do not pass, action by some state legislatures will reduce the freedom to vote for targeted populations. Get Money Out – Maryland (GMOM) founded For the People – Maryland with 20 other groups to fight for these principles in the U.S. Congress.  Therefore, the filibuster rule will need to change to allow these bills to pass with a simple majority.

 While there are several Senators who haven’t formally committed, people in-the-know say if we can convince WV Senator Joe Manchin, the others will come along. Opponents are putting lots of money into WV, and we need to fight back. WV residents tell us that Manchin is often willing to do a 180 degree turn if he gets enough pressure. Volunteers asking his constituents to contact him could trigger the biggest reform since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Make calls to WV residents on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Please sign up to call on Tues., June 22 from 5:30 to 8 PM ET and try to convince one friend to do so also!  There is good training and support throughout!  Go to https://www.mobilize.us/vopropros/event/389987/.  CALL WEST VIRGINIANS.

30] – On Tues., June 22 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET, get with the Animal Bereavement Support Group at the Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown 21136. This will continue each Tuesday, through August 3. See https://www.facebook.com/BMOREHUMANE/.  The loss of an animal can be a devastating blow. Our friends are often loved as a member of our family, and we believe their passing should be treated with the same respect. RSVP to vvanhof@bmorehumane.org

31] – On Tues., June 22 at 7 PM ET, talk with Col. Larry Wilkerson on President Joe Biden's recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kcuqqrD0sHdJVfIDY8V3Pc2oMdtcjBJag?emci=66a234ea-71d0-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=1e9b953e-83d0-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=269591.

US-Russia “disarmament discussions have been pushed to the back burner. Instead, treaty compliance disputes have dominated bilateral engagements. Meanwhile, each side is rushing to replace and upgrade its bloated nuclear arsenal,” writes Daryl Kimball in Arms Control Today.  Meanwhile, the U.S. is intensifying technological and economic competition with China and using US-China military tension to justify an increased Pentagon budget. Congress is preparing to pass Sen. Robert Menendez’ Strategic Competition Act of 2021 (S.1169), which constitutes a de facto declaration of a New Cold War with the People’s Republic of China. It would codify a comprehensive, and systematic strategic competition with China as the organizing principle for U.S. domestic, foreign, and defense policies, and possibly for other nations as well.

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is a distinguished professor of government and public policy at the College of William and Mary and was Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005.   He was the Keynote Speaker at Massachusetts Peace Action’s annual meeting in March 2019.  Wilkerson is a critic of the US invasion of Iraq, the ongoing War on Terror now in its 18th year, and the turn to a new nuclear arms race. He asserts the U.S. is not a democracy but a war state that forces its will on the global community, and in 2020 worked on bipartisan projects to prepare for the possibility that a defeated Donald Trump would refuse to leave office.

32] – On Tues., June 22 from 7 to 8:30 PM EDT, get with Building Equity, Justice and Climate Resilience Together online. Under-resourced communities experience the greatest impacts when a crisis occurs. The COVID pandemic brought much of this to light. Food insecurity, risk of eviction, reduced access to health care, transportation challenges, and financial insecurity have all been exacerbated since the pandemic began and will become more so as the climate crisis deepens.  What solutions can be implemented to address these problems simultaneously? What can we all learn from underserved communities about how they organize during a crisis? How can we scale these solutions more quickly so that communities are better prepared and resilient?  Learn from community leaders and from one another, through large and small group conversations, about the opportunities strengthening community resilience.

 Register online without a donation - https://us02web.zoom.us/.../tZUrcOiuqzwoGtELLLY9tIIGna5dP....  Or register online with a donation - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/158317133809. Or call 443-

33] – The Alliance for Global Justice [afgj@afgj.org] wants you to join the online picket against the US blockade of Cuba. Visit http://canadiannetworkoncuba.ca/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=adea408c-6375-4b2c-b21f-5b8432316bb9.  This Online Picket begins on Tues., June 22 at 8 PM ET through Wed., June 23 at 10 PM ET. The last two hours will be a Special Celebration & Wrap-up.  Join the event on Facebook at https://tinyurl.com/24hr4Cuba or at https://fb.me/e/yYDFvmDF.  Many groups are co-sponsoring this event, including Peace Action Montgomery.

34] – Marcy Winograd [marcy@codepink.org] wants you to attend on Tues., June 22 at 8 PM ET Life under Sanctions in Iran and Venezuela. Guests Assal Rad and Alex Main will discuss the devastating impact of US sanctions on Iran and Latin America. Dr. Rad, senior research fellow with the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), works on research and writing related to Iran policy issues and U.S.-Iran relations. Main, director of international policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in D.C., monitors economic and political developments in Latin America. The Biden administration's new guidelines to ease delivery of face masks and COVID vaccines to Iran, Venezuela, and Syria, all countries under debilitating U.S. sanctions, comes as welcome news, but we must push for the State Department to re-evaluate broad sanctions that constitute another form of warfare.  Take action: Demand Biden and the State Department re-evaluate broad sanctions on dozens of countries suffering from lack of food, medical care, and infrastructure parts. Promote diplomacy, not another form of war. Email the White House at https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ and the State Department at https://register.state.gov/contactus/ContactUsForm. RSVPat https://www.codepink.org/06222021?utm_campaign=cp_congress_6_22_21&utm_medium=email&utm_source=codepink.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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

 

Baltimore Activist Alert – June 20 – 21, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert – June 20 – 21, 2021

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com

If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to Max Obuszewski, BNC, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net.

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Get involved with NCNR   

4] Volunteer with a Catholic Worker house  

5] Max is looking for tips on a garage or a storage suggestion.

6] House cleaner needed

7] Walk for Our Grandchildren – June 20 - 28

8] Gun Ownership – No thanks! – June 20

9] Get over to the Gaza Kitchen – June 20

10] End to the blockade of Cuba – June 20

11] Want to text with Fair Fight? – June 20

12] Nicaragua’s Inspiring Social & Economic Advances – June 20

13] Van Hollen Town Hall – June 20

14] Healthcare Town Hall – June 20

15] SACHA, A CHILD FROM CHERNOBY– June 20

16] Pentagon Peace Vigil – June 21

17] WAT Fast – June 21 - 26

18] National Pollinator Week – June 21 - 27

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1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

2] –To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to U.S. wars.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

4] - Suzanne Fontanesi and Jeff Ross are in the beginning stages of renovating the basement of their house for purposes of bringing in a volunteer (targeting young adults in discernment mode), starting next fall. They are trying to grow a Catholic Worker House in Irvington (West Baltimore). In a nutshell, there is a lot that a volunteer could do in that neighborhood/Baltimore, in addition to prayer and daily community living and in addition to plugging into all the good work that people are already doing in and around Baltimore (and beyond).  If you think you might know of anyone who might be interested in starting a conversation with them about becoming such a volunteer/community member, please contact Jeff/Suzanne at 443-690-6872.

5] – Max is in need of a garage or a storage space.  Any suggestions would be welcome.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

6] – Is there a woman in the Baltimore area who does house cleaning?  This assignment would be on an irregular basis with several hours per week.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

7] –   Beyond Extreme Energy wants you to know about The Walk for Our Grandchildren which begins on Sun., June 20 and continues through Mon., June 28. In 2013, a multi-generational group of climate activists walked from Camp David, Maryland to Washington, DC. Their goal: to tell President Obama and other policy makers that we must keep the majority of fossil fuels in the ground. Now, in 2021, elders and youth are walking once again to demand climate action from President Biden. Biden has promised bold actions to address climate change, yet his current proposals are still inadequate to address the climate emergency.  The 2021 Walk will take place from Scranton, Pennsylvania to Wilmington, Delaware. Along the route, hear from frontline organizers fighting against fossil fuels, attend rallies, and take part in civil disobedience!  Register at https://forms.gle/TVcW2JCqePSH1z5Z7. To make direct contact with a Walk for Our Grandchildren organizer, contact Steven Norris: (828)-777-7816 or earthsun2@gmail.com. See https://www.facebook.com/2021walk4ourgrandchildren.

8] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion at 10:30 AM.  Usually there are discussions of worthy issues, but on Sun., June 20 for some unexplained reason, the subject is “The Right to Gun Ownership.”  This past weekend in Baltimore twenty people were shot.  I presume all of the shooters believed that he had a right to have a gun in order to shoot someone.  I am baffled that someone from the Ethical Society will claim it is ethical to own a gun. BES member Stuart Hirsch will give his perspective as a new gun owner and how and why he has changed his opinion of gun ownership and how he now understands and now supports the right to own guns, what he thinks the rights and responsibilities of gun ownership, and what he thinks reasonable and responsible gun legislation and regulation should be to both protect our right to own firearms and better protect potential victims of gun violence.  I sure hope he doesn’t make the argument more guns make us safe in Baltimore. The Zoom link and more info can be obtained at PRESIDENT@BMORETHICAL.ORG for INFORMATION.

9] – The Museum of the Palestinian People is holding an online event featuring a cook-a-long with Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt on Sun., June 20 at noon ET. Reserve yourself a spot at that event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaza-kitchen-cooking-class-and-talk-with-laila-el-haddad-and-maggie-schmitt-tickets-156960437895.  Venture into The Gaza Kitchen for a live cooking demonstration and conversation on Gaza, food, and culture. This event will take place on Zoom, and the featured recipe will be released to registrants in advance of the event.

10] – On Sun., June 20 at 1 PM ET, gather in Lafayette Park, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC for a Car caravan to call for an end to the blockade of Cuba. Call 202-503-9465.  Email dcmetrocoalitionforcuba@gmail.com. Go to https://www.facebook.com/CubaNetwork/photos/a.1382470128644472/2917415788483224/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=adea408c-6375-4b2c-b21f-5b8432316bb9.

11] – Want to text with Fair Fight? Join a texting training on Sun., June 20 from 3 to 3:45 PM ET you will discover what texting with Fair Fight looks like, its texting platform, how to set up your account on it and get you all the information you need to text with Fair Fight in the future! Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/fairfight/event/380601/?akid=3040.508952.Whlrle&rd=1&t=5&utm_campaign=womensmarch&utm_source=womensmarch.

12] – Attend a Webinar: Nicaragua’s Inspiring Social & Economic Advances on Sun., June 20 at 3 PM ET. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iRJRX5HnRhmkLJvGDJRJRQThis 90-minute webinar will start with Jorge Capelán who will discuss Nicaragua’s current defensive actions against US destabilization and intervention in the November elections.  Then Winnie Narvaez and Coleen Littlejohn will discuss the remarkable advances taking place in the country since 2006 when the Sandinistas won the elections.  There will be ample time for Q&A.

   Capelán is a Latin American journalist and political analyst who has worked for many years in Nicaragua. Narváez is a Nicaraguan who holds a degree in sociology and a master in sustainable development from the University of Leuven in Belgium. Littlejohn has worked for a wide range of organizations such as Catholic Relief Services, the International Reconstruction Fund (FIR), Nicaragua Network, CAPRI (a local development NGO she founded in 1988), Save the Children Canada (Managua and Toronto) and the World Bank in Nicaragua, Liberia, West Africa and in Washington, DC. Email madeline@afgj.org.  Visit   https://afgj.org/webinar-nicaraguas-advances?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=adea408c-6375-4b2c-b21f-5b8432316bb9[mo1] .

13] –    The NRDC Action Fund [actionfund@nrdc.org] wants you to reserve your spot for a Town Hall with Senator Van Hollen on Tues., June 22 at 4 PM.  Want to make the American Jobs Plan a reality? Learn how the American Jobs Plan will put the U.S. on a pathway to 100% clean energy and benefit Marylanders — and how you can help make it a reality. RSVP for the online event at https://www.mdlcv.org/blog/virtual-town-hall-with-senator-chris-van-hollen. When you register, you can submit a question for Senator Van Hollen.

14] – Dr Bill Honigman for Progressive Democrats of America [info@pdamerica.org] is inviting you to Sign Up For Sunday's Healthcare Emergency Town Hall on June 20 at 4 PM ET.  Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) agree with the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) needs to remain in place, at least until more and better healthcare is made available to the American people. Unfortunately, while the ACA does make healthcare affordable for many who need it (and profitable for some who really DON'T need it), it absolutely does NOT make healthcare affordable for ALL who need it.

  Therefore, PDA will continue to advocate for what the vast majority of the people of America want and need—healthcare as a human right through a #SinglePayer expanded and improved #MedicareForAll (MFA) system. And, public health, economic, and social scientists all agree, because science and mathematics tell us that MFA will save money—lots of money, and save lives—lots of lives. #EverybodyInNobodyOut.  As this Sunday is Father’s Day, there is the need to protect and provide healthcare for all fathers and all who have had a father. The special guest speaker is Joel R. Segal, former lead Healthcare Policy Advisor and Legislative Assistant to the late great Rep. John Conyers, Jr., D-MI, author of H.R.676 (the National MFA Act that remained the gold standard federal Single Payer legislation in Congress for over a decade), co-founder of PDA, and PDA National Advisory Board Member for many years, to discuss what needs to be done now to get more Members of Congress signed on as cosponsors to H.R.1976, the National MFA Act of 2021, and now also H.R.3775, the new State Based Universal Healthcare Act. Sign up here https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tceuhrzsvHdymeeZRwb-i7X50FJa-HMR4.

15] – SACHA, A CHILD FROM CHERNOBYL is a film about the untold story of Cuba’s contribution to help victims of Chernobyl. See the film on Sun., June 20 at 8 PM EST with English subtitles and Remarks by the Cuban Ambassador to the United States, Lianys Torres Rivera. Olexandr Savchenko, “Sacha,” was one year old when the explosion of the nuclear power plant Vladimir Ilich Lenin at Chernobyl occurred on April 26, 1986. He lived in Chernigov, a village in the Ukrainian countryside near the area of the accident. He got sick shortly afterward and doctors were unable to make a clear diagnosis because the healthcare system had collapsed while the then Soviet Union was close to disintegrating. Sacha’s condition worsened to the despair of his mother, Lidia Savchenko, who took her baby from one doctor to another without his getting better. One day, other mothers in similar situations told her that there was a possibility that he could be treated on a small island far away. Sacha, it turns out, is one of the 26,000 boys and girls from Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine who were treated in Cuba over a 21 year period after the nuclear accident at Chernobyl.

  This is the context for the history told by the new 39 minute documentary; directed by Cuban film-makers Roberto Chile and Maribel Acosta Damas and produced by the Argentine news agency Resumen Latinoamericano. You do not need to register to view the movie: https://www.resumen-english.org/2021/06/sacha-a-child-from-chernobyl/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=adea408c-6375-4b2c-b21f-5b8432316bb9.

16] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is June 21 and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.  

17] – You are invited to join Witness Against Torture’s from Mon., June 21 through Sat., June 26 during the Torture Awareness Week Fast.  Fast in your home in deference to the still unvanquished pandemic. Fast for a day or two or for all five days, and meet with WAT on Zoom for mutual support on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday morning.  The purpose is to use our own bodies to deepen our understanding of the U.S. use of torture, especially against the Muslim men locked up in Guantanamo.

If you would like to join in, send an email to witnesstorture@gmail.com with “RSVP for Fast” in the subject line: you’ll receive the Zoom link and tips on fasting safely. 

18] – Takoma Park Mobilization [info@tpmobilization.org] wants you to know that Climate Action Coffee launched National Pollinator Week from June 21 -27 in Takoma Park! Everyone is invited to join an exciting week of events designed to support the health and well-being of the birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators. See the complete schedule here: http://tpmobilization.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cac_pollinatorWeek2021.pdf?link_id=0&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-tp-mob-general-meeting-national-pollinator-week&email_referrer=email_1181823&email_subject=tp-mob-general-meeting-national-pollinator-week.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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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