Baltimore Activist Alert – January 3 – 5, 2021
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.
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] Free Prakash Churaman
6] Count birds -- Jan. 3 to 5
7] Winter Festival – Jan. 3
8] Free Assange – Jan. 3 - 4
9] BLM Witness – Jan. 3
10] MoCo DSA January Branch Meeting – Jan. 3
11] Make Calls for Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. – Jan. 3 – 5
12] Sign up for a phone bank shift – Jan. 3 - 5
13] Get out the Vote – Jan. 3 – 5
14] Healthcare Emergency Town Hall – Jan. 3
15] New Georgia Project – Jan. 3 - 5
16] Elect Warnoff and Ossoff to the Senate! – Jan. 3 – 5
17] Take the Senate back – Jan. 3 - 5
18] Pentagon Peace Vigil – Jan. 4
19] Food Rescue – Jan. 4
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] – Prakash Churaman was 15 when he was arrested and accused of murdering his best friend. NYPD detective Barry Brown coerced him into making a false confession over the course of hours in an interrogation room. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison by Judge Kenneth Holder, a former prosecutor. That conviction was overturned this summer and now for the first time he has a chance to come home if money can be raised for his bail. Here is the link to a video which tells his story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FStlvKjTt4&t=7s. Here is the link to Gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/f/freeprakashchuraman and another one to a petition: https://www.change.org/p/freeprakashchuraman.
6] – This will continue through Tues., Jan. 5, bird lovers across North America will take part in Audubon’s 121st Christmas Bird Count. Visit this website to learn more about the history of the count and how every survey helps us better understand birds and the places they need https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count?ms=digital-eng-email-ea-x-engagement_20201213_eng-email_climate-watch-winter-2021&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=engagement_20201213_eng-email&utm_content=climate-watch-winter-2021&emci=5fb2c5bb-3b3b-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&emdi=f4b95d8e-543d-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&ceid=2504878.
7] - 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. On Sun., Jan. 3, go online to participate in the Winter Festival. Come together virtually to celebrate the season, enjoy a new take on a few old BES traditions, and look forward to the New Year. Spend some time together focusing on the season and the beginning of a New Year, and enjoying the warm Ethical community online. There will be a virtual mitten tree this year. Donate mittens or another warm garment and take a photo of it before giving it away to a local group or homeless person. Then send the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email PRESIDENT@BMORETHICAL.ORG for the ZOOM LOGIN INFORMATION.
8] - On Sun., Jan. 3 at noon ET and Mon., Jan. 4 at noon ET, FREE ASSANGE! No US Extradition! These events are hosted by Action 4 Assange. On Sunday, protest at the British Embassy, 3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20008. On Monday, protest outside of the Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20530. Go to https://www.facebook.com/action4assange/.
9] – On Sun., Jan. 3 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM ET, join the Weekly Seekers' BLM Witness at the Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW, WDC 20012. Visit https://www.facebook.com/seekerschurchDC/. Since last spring, Seekers have been witnessing weekly for Black Lives Matter in front of Seekers Church, accompanied by a musical background of stirring peace and justice songs. It is a wonderful opportunity to show up for racial justice and experience unity as passing drivers and pedestrians of all races and ethnicities wave and raise fists. Cars honk, bicyclists ring their little bike bells, and sometimes passers-by ask for a sign and join in. This will continue through Jan. 24.
10] – On Sun., Jan. 3 from 2 to 4:30 PM, attend the virtual MoCo Democratic Socialists of America January Branch Meeting. Visit https://actionnetwork.org/events/moco-dsa-january-branch-meeting.
11] – 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: https://www.mobilize.us/dailykos_2/event/363620/?link_id=2&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-firstname-default-friend-the-only-birthday-gift-i-want-is-for-us-to-win-in-georgia-action-needed-2&email_referrer=email_1002406&email_subject=rsvp-to-connect-with-infrequent-democratic-voters-in-georgia. MAKE CALLS TO GEORGIA VOTERS this week—Sun., Jan. 3 from 2 to 4 PM and 4 to 6 PM ET, Mon., Jan. 4 from 5 to 7 PM and 7 to 9 PM ET and Tues., Jan. 5 from 5 to 7 PM and 7 to 9 PM ET.
12] – ACLU People Power [email@example.com] is asking for you to call voters to get out the vote in Georgia. Can you sign up for a phone bank shift https://go.peoplepower.org/signup/phonebank-georgia/?source=ppem_87090&t=2&akid=87090%2E1415127%2E1hVjO4? On Sun., Jan. 3 from 2 to 5 PM ET and Mon., Jan. 4 from 3 to 6 PM and 6 to 9 PM ET and Tues., Jan. 5 from noon to 3 PM and 3 to 6 PM ET.
13] – 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 the 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 Sun., Jan 3 from 3 to 6 and 6 to 9 PM ET, Mon., Jan 4 3 to 6 PM and 6 to 9 PM ET, Tues., Jan. 5 from noon to 3 PM and 3 to 6 PM and 6 to 9 PM ET.
14] – But among the worst of 2020 was what wasn’t done last year that should have been done, #SinglePayer expanded and improved #MedicareForAll. Now, with the pandemic taking its greatest toll yet on human life, liberty, and happiness in America, 2021 must be the time for us to show up, speak up, and demand Healthcare as a Human Right. Whether at the state or federal level, Healthcare resources must be prioritized and allocated by we the people not they the corporate boardrooms. And the #GreenNewDeal is how to carry that movement forward through this New Year, and beyond. Join the Progressive Democrats of America Healthcare Emergency Town Hall on Sun., Jan. 3 at 4 PM ET. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org to join the Town Hall.
15] - Get with the Southern Poverty Law Center on Sun., Jan. 3 from 6 to 7 PM ET, and be with the Georgia Absentee Voting Power Hours. SIGN UP at https://action.splcenter.org/a/january-3rd-splc-power-hour-virtual-phone-bank. Then it is happening on Mon., Jan. 4 from 6 to 7 PM ET. SIGN UP at https://action.splcenter.org/a/january-4th-splc-power-hour-virtual-phone-bank. The final option is on Tues., Jan. 5 from 9 AM to 7 PM ET. SIGN UP at https://action.splcenter.org/a/january-5th-splc-power-hour-virtual-phone-bank.
16] – People For the American Way [email@example.com] are reminding you there are three days to go to get involved to help elect Warnoff and Ossoff to the Senate! Volunteer by registering for these virtual GOTV events at https://www.mobilize.us/pfaw/ -- Sun., Jan. 3 from 6 to 8 PM EST and Mon., Jan. 4 from 6 to 8 PM EST.
17] – Our Revolution Maryland [firstname.lastname@example.org] feels that it's crucial to take the Senate back from Mitch McConnell and the Republicans. Join in the phone banking on Sun., Jan. 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM ET, Mon., Jan. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM and Tues., Jan. 5 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM ET. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/ourrevolution/event/362948/?link_id=3&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-georgia-is-looming-large-as-the-final-senate-elections-approach&email_referrer=email_1031599&email_subject=phonebanking-into-georgia.
18] – 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 Jan. 4, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email email@example.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.
19] – On Mon., Jan. 4 from noon to 1:30 PM EST, participate in Food Rescue at Land of Kush, 840 North Eutaw St., Baltimore. This Food Rescue will continue until Mon., Apr. 26. Food Rescue Baltimore is proud to partner with The Land of Kush each and every Monday to bring free vegan and plant-based food to the community. Bring a bag, take what you want, while supplies last. #KeepItFreshDay #MeatlessMonday. See https://www.facebook.com/The-Land-of-Kush-102096254517153.
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] 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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