31]Cutting the military budget/CODEPINK CONGRESS – Feb. 16
Action Tuesdays – Feb. 16
President Biden – Feb. 16
– Around 58 million workers, nearly
half of the U.S. workforce, make less than $15/hour. Raising the federal
minimum wage to $15/hour would put $328 billion back into the hands of
families, who will spend most of that back into the economy. Amidst pandemic
and recession, we need real relief, and we know that real relief includes
living wages for ALL.Join this Moral
Monday to Raise Up for $15 at 3 PM ET on Feb. 15 for the live streaming from
West Virginia to a nationwide online broadcast to hear from folks who know what
it’s like to try to get by on minimum wage in America, and who have borne the
pain of the pandemic firsthand. Rev. Barber is joining the West Virginia PPC for a socially-distanced
march and speak-out at the office of Sen. Manchin to demand the Senate pass a
real relief bill that includes a $15/hour minimum wage. See
19] –On Mon., Feb. 15 from 5 to 6 PM, attend a Clean Air Baltimore
Coalition bi weekly meeting. The next
meeting will be March 1. Anti-incinerator bills are gaining
traction in Annapolis! The House Speaker is supportive of cleaning up the
state's renewable energy mandate to stop feeding our ratepayer (electric bill)
money to dirty energy sources. Right now, millions of dollars every year go to
each of three trash incinerators (including Baltimore), as well as out-of-state
paper mills, tree-burners, landfills, and other dirty sources instead of wind
and solar. How can we can help get
legislation passed to move this money from polluters to clean energy? Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIocO-opjojHNGkAYWFp3jv7vb4JoAU7Cxu.
– On Mon., Feb. 15 from 7
to 8 PM ET, New Hampshire Peace Action for a timely dissection and analysis of
the impact of American Exceptionalism on culture & policy with Prof. Eric
Cheyfitz and facilitated by NH Peace Action board member, Jeremy Love.
Cheyfitz, the Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters
at Cornell University, is a faculty member of the American Indian and
Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP). He has served as director of the AIISP, the
faculty coordinator of the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, and
the director of the Mellon Post-doctoral Diversity Seminar. His scholarship and
teaching focus on the force of settler colonialism on Indigenous peoples and
their ongoing resistance in the form of alternative ways of thought and
action to the predatory capitalism embedded in settler existence. His most
recent book is The Disinformation Age: The Collapse of Liberal Democracy in the
United States (PaperBoat Press, 2019), which in its final chapter, “Thinking
From A Different Place: What Is a Just Society?” offers, beyond “the limits of
capitalism’s imagination,” an Indigenous alternative to the way out of the
current crisis of climate collapse and wealth inequality. Register at https://actionnetwork.org/events/the-impact-of-american-exceptionalism-on-culture-policy.
– On Mon., Feb. 15 at 7 PM, attend a Maryland Poor People's Campaign
(PPC) meeting. Hear about the history of labor,
housing, and policing. Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdu6sqzgoHdesizopMgk-wXUigZhxDGRK?link_id=11&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-maryland-poor-peoples-campaign-weekly-update-38&email_referrer=email_1063857&email_subject=maryland-poor-peoples-campaign-weekly-update. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
– There is a Get Money Out - Maryland
BOARD MEETING on Mon., Feb. 15 at 7:30 PM.
There is two ways to join the conference: 1) dial 1 301 715 8592 with a
meeting ID: 931 3066 2622. The password is 173976 and 2} click on your device
if you have downloaded the app from Zoom.
This is a GMOM Board strategy session. Observers are welcome. Visit https://www.getmoneyoutmd.org/.
–On Mon., Feb. 15
at 8 PM EST, get with Filibusted! This is a Multi-State Action to Defend
Democracy hosted by Indivisible Colorado and Indivisible California
Statewide. Look at indivisible.zoom.us. Register at http://bit.ly/2MpeTOE.
Gather with Indivisible co-founder Ezra Levin, Indivisible Policy
Director of Democracy Policy Meagan Hatcher-Mays and--especially!--other
Indivisible activists in a bunch of Western states to tell Democratic Senators
to stand firm and get bold to structurally change our government to secure our
democracy. We can't make the change we need if we allow the Jim Crow Filibuster
to block every bill!
– On Tues., Feb. 16 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
– On Tues., Feb. 16 from noon to 2 PM ET, get over to the Montgomery
County Humane Society, Inc., 601 S. Stonestreet Ave., Rockville, for the distribution
of food for animals. The next
distribution will be on Thurs., Feb. 18.
And it will continue other days until Feb. 25. In an effort to help members of our community
who have hit hard times, MCHS will be hosting a series of free cat and dog food
distribution events at its rescue building in Rockville. Parking and the front door are located around
the back of the building. It is a short walk from the Rockville Metro station.
Cat and dog food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For
everyone’s safety, masks and social distancing are required. See https://www.mchumane.org/.
to Paradise: Refugees at Home in LA with Mandana Dayani will happen on Tues.,
Feb. 16 at 4 PM ET. Hear from former
refugees who HIAS welcomed to America years ago and now give back to our
country and, especially, the city of Angels. Their experiences illuminate why
the fight to preserve welcome is so critical, and why we must take action to
advocate for robust refugee and asylum programs. You will hear from Mandana
Dayani, a former HIAS client resettled from Iran who went on to become a
corporate attorney, talent agent, and producer of hit shows like The Rachel Zoe
Project, and later co-founded I am a voter. This program is part of a
partnership with the Holocaust Museum LA.
Advance registration is required. RSVP at https://www.hias.org/get-involved/events/welcome-paradise-refugees-home-la-mandana-dayani. Email HIAS at email@example.com.
–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:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Committee for the Republic is
pleased to offer a private showing of a ground-breaking documentary film of
the CIA/MI6 coup in Iran in 1953. Unseen footage and hidden documents
dramatically portray the Anglo-American orchestrated overthrow of
popularly-elected, secular Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh to install
the cruel, dictatorial and corrupt puppet Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlevi. The Committee's private
link (https://watch.eventive.org/coup53/) is active until the salon with
London-based Iranian director Taghi Amirani and editor Walter
Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, and The English Patient) to
discuss how the 1953 coup is an example of the chosen people narrative of “the
strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.” The
filmmakers artfully transport you step by step in their
unfolding investigation to reveal the dark imperial secrets of those
historic four days in August 1953.
change ended the first and only democratic government in the history of the
Middle East and laid the seeds for the 1979 Iranian Revolution that
brought Ayatollah Khomeini to power, sparked the American hostage crisis, and
propelled another wave of Persian regional hegemony. The film
highlights Eisenhower's fateful rejection of Truman’s support for Mossadegh.
Guided by the Dulles brothers, the new Administration quietly employed for the
first time the unconstitutional delegation of the 1947 National Security Act of
unlimited presidential power for covert action without congressional
accountability: regime change in Guatemala, Vietnam and Libya, the failed
overthrow of Indonesia’s Sukarno and Cuba's Castro, a 10-year secret war in
Laos, the Phoenix assassination program in Vietnam, and on and on.
discussion on Tues., Feb. 16 at 7 PM with documentary film maker and
journalist, Kevin Gosztola, to discuss the Julian Assange case! Kevin has
covered Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks, the national security
state, and much more. He is the managing editor of https://shadowproof.com/. Assange is an
activist and publisher who founded the website WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks has
exposed U.S. war crimes, for example, when it published leaks provided by U.S.
Army analyst, Chelsea Manning. The U.S. is seeking to extradite Assange, charging
him with violating the Espionage Act of 1917. While mainstream outlets like the
NY Times and Washington Post have criticized this move by the federal
government, calling it an attack on the 1st Amendment, these same outlets have
done a poor job of covering the Julian Assange case and the threats it poses to
freedom of the press, and democracy.
Register for the webinar at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pc-yurD0sE9bd8tLItMCYHLeiLay90p5M?emci=bae8008d-906c-eb11-9889-00155d43c992&emdi=9c3ae63c-9d6c-eb11-9889-00155d43c992&ceid=269591.
Tues., Feb. 16 at 8 PM ET, hear Reps. Lee and Pocan on cutting the military
budget as part of the CODEPINK CONGRESS, a new campaign to mobilize co-sponsors
and votes for peace legislation! The
representatives, Barbara Lee (D-CA13) and Mark Pocan (D-WI02), are co-chairs of
the Defense [sic] Spending Reduction Caucus. They will discuss how we can build
congressional support for cutting the military budget to fund Medicare for All,
a Green New Deal, education, and much more.
A week after introducing an amendment to cut the military budget by 10%,
Pocan and Lee — both members of the House Appropriations Committee — announced
in July the creation of the Defense [sic] Spending Reduction Caucus. The caucus
intends to build on the support garnered by the amendment, which received 93
votes in the House in 2020. Sign up at
–The Women’s March
Organizing Team [email@example.com] has created Take Action Tuesdays from 7
to 8 PM ET— a weekly, virtual gathering of women focused on harnessing
grassroots organizing power and fighting for meaningful progress in the
post-Trump era. This will be a virtual space to share stories and experiences
and take meaningful action around key women's issues in the first 100 days of
the Biden-Harris Administration. For Tues., Feb. 16, RSVP at
33] –The Sierra Club [firstname.lastname@example.org] is
suggesting that you learn about THRIVE
on Tues., Feb. 16 at 8 PM and write a personalized letter to President
Biden calling for a just economic recovery.
President Biden is getting ready to unveil his economic recovery
package, so our crucial window of opportunity to influence his plan is now!
Join us for an activist briefing focused on the THRIVE Agenda, a plan for a
just recovery plan that tackles climate, racial, and economic injustice. RSVP for Tuesday's activist briefing at https://www.mobilize.us/sierraclubvolunteer/event/373306/?utm_campaign=221BICAN04.
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