Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 10 - 11, 2021

30] Community Resource Day -- Feb. 10 - 11

31] Protest loading of weapons on Saudi ship Feb. 10

32] Without Status: Asylum Seekers in Israel Feb. 10

33] Our Democracy Was at Risk Feb. 10

34] Agency, Africa, and the Atom – Feb. 10

35] Efforts to protect the working conditions of U.S. farmworkers – Feb. 10

36] How to Claim a Migrant – Feb. 10

37] Military Competition with China – Feb. 10

38] End the catastrophe in Yemen immediately – Feb. 10

39] Speak out for birds in Annapolis – Feb. 10

40] Film “From the Ashes” – Feb. 10

41] Western Maryland Poor Peoples Campaign Organizing Meeting -- Feb. 10

42] Join Jews United for Justice ongoing issue campaign work – Feb. 10

43] National for the People Act Strategy Call – Feb. 10

44] Strengthen the impact of your advocacy -- Feb. 10

45] Can you join the Action Network at the EPA? -- Feb. 11


30] – On Wed., Feb. 10 and Thurs., Feb. 11 from 10 AM to 1 PM EST, be at the Community Resource Day at the Franciscan Center of Baltimore.  See The idea is to give everything away. If you would like to volunteer for this event or would like to partner on this event, email Angela Hall at 

31] – Baltimore Peace Action has been concerned for years about U.S. involvement with Saudi Arabia and other countries in their attack on the people of Yemen.  In fact, US weapons contractors sell weapons to Saudi Arabia which have been used in war crimes on the civilian population of Yemen.  Today, the United Nations has declared Yemen a humanitarian disaster. BPA has engaged in numerous protests against the Port of Baltimore for loading weapons on Saudi ships. On February 2, President Biden declared his commitment to “end the war in Yemen,” during his first major foreign policy address. He called the war a “humanitarian and strategic catastrophe,” and announced a halt to all “relevant arms sales” to Saudi Arabia. Baltimore Peace Action has been informed that Light Armored Vehicles manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems in London, Ontario, are being transported to the Port of Baltimore by Paddock Transport International.  The group also discovered that a Saudi ship is headed to the Port to pick up these LAVs and possibly other weapons. Encouraged by the president’s words, the group has called for a protest to tell the Port of Baltimore not to load these weapons on the Bahri Zazan on Wed., Feb. 10 from noon to 1 PM outside the Dundalk Marine Terminal, Port of Baltimore, 3000 Broening Highway by Dunhill Road.

32] – Without Status: Asylum Seekers in Israel During the COVID-19 Crisis will take place on Wed., Feb. 10 at 2 PM ET. In Israel, people seeking asylum have been denied status for years, which has been a source of instability for people and families. Now, during a pandemic, when access to healthcare and economic relief depends on government programs, there are unprecedented challenges for the asylum seeker community. Despite the precarious situations they have been forced into, community activists are rising to the occasion and working to lift each other up. Hear from organizers and experts from the asylum seeker community about their experience trying to find safety and refuge in Israel, and advocating for their families and communities before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Advance registration is required. RSVP at

33] – As part of Coffee & a Column, Jim Zogby[] will begin at 2 PM ET on Wed., Feb. 10 with a discussion of the two violent acts in the past 20 years that have shaken American democracy: the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01 and the Capitol insurrection on 1/6/21. In his column "Our Democracy Was at Risk,” he addressed the weaknesses each event exposed in our democracy and the differing actions our leaders took after each, and why. See

At 2:30 PM, Issa Amro will join in to discuss the ongoing nonviolent protests he is helping lead in opposition to the occupation and Israel’s politically motivated prosecution against him. An Israeli military judge was set to rule against Issa and as Issa recently said, “we have no choice but to resort to civil disobedience until we win our right to freedom, justice, equality and a life of dignity.” Register at to receive the dial-in information for the Zoom call. After you register, you will automatically get the dial-in information for the call.  

34] – Tune in to Agency, Africa, and the Atom, an online SEMINAR on Wed., Feb. 10 from 2 to 3:30 PM. This is part of the Project on Managing the Atom Seminar Series, and the speaker is Olamide Samuel, Coordinator of SCRAP Weapons and Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS University of London. You must RSVP to receive the Zoom link:!speaker. The sponsor is Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.

35] – On Wed., Feb. 10 from 3 to 4:30 PM ET, the Economic Policy Institute is hosting a Zoom conference to detail how efforts to protect the wages and working conditions of U.S. farmworkers and temporary migrant farmworkers with H-2A visas have failed. The authors of a new EPI report found that 70% of investigations of farms by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor detected violations of federal employment laws. This timely discussion will take place just before agricultural employment increases in the spring and summer months. Register at

36] – The GW Institute for Korean Studies [] wants you to attend an event as part of the Soh Jaipil Lecture Series, How to Claim a Migrant: Koreans and Transnational History at the Border of Korea, Russia, and China. Hear from Alyssa Park, Associate Professor of History, University of Iowa on Wed., Feb. 10 from 3 to 4:30 PM via Zoom. She wrote the book, Sovereignty Experiments: Korean Migrants and the Building of Borders in Northeast Asia, 1860-1945. RSVP at  In the late nineteenth century, Koreans suddenly began to cross the border to Russia and China by the thousands. Their continuous mobility and settlement in the tripartite borderland made them an enduring topic of dispute between multiple countries (Korea, Russia, China, and Japan), and prompted a host of questions that concerned fundamental questions about states’ governance over people.

37] – Catch up with this seminar Military Competition with China: Harder to Win than during the Cold War? Hear from Oriana Skylar Mastro, Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies on Wed., Feb., 10 from 4:30 to 5:45 PM via a Zoom Webinar. Register at Contact Callista Wells at

38] -- On February 2, President Biden declared his commitment to “end the war in Yemen,” during his first major foreign policy address. But what does that mean exactly? He called the war a “humanitarian and strategic catastrophe,” and announced a halt to all “relevant arms sales” to Saudi Arabia. While this is a huge victory for all peace advocates who have fought for nearly 6 years to end this brutal and unjust war, there are still concerns and questions. He fell far short of calling out Saudi Arabia for the war crimes they have committed in Yemen and did not address the US’s involvement in facilitating these atrocities. On the contrary, the president quickly pivoted to defending Saudi Arabia from “Iranian supplied forces” and committed to “support and help Saudi Arabia defend its sovereignty.” Why would we invest resources to defend one of the worst human rights abusers in the world? Biden’s rhetoric and careful phrasing also leaves open the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia so long as they’re not directly used in the conflict in Yemen. 

On Wed., Feb. 10 from 6 to 7 PM ET, hear from Professor Shireen Al-Adeimi and Hassan El-Tayyeb who will answer these questions and discuss strategies to push the Biden Administration and Congress further and end the catastrophe in Yemen immediately.  Al-Adeimi is an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University.  El-Tayyab is Legislative Representative for Middle East Policy of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL).  Sign up for the Zoom gathering at

39] – A virtual Joint Bird Lobby Evening 2021 is happening on Wed., Feb. 10 from 6 to 7:30 PM ET, organized by the Howard County Group. Contact Patricia Soffen at or (443) 416-1000. Join the flock to speak out for birds in Annapolis. A Zoom link will be emailed prior to event!

40] – As the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign pushes for the transition off the last coal-burning power plants in our State, members want to discuss the film From the Ashes. The film captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and its current politicization.  From  Appalachia  to  the  West Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond  the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present  compelling  and  often  heartbreaking  stories  about  what’s  at  stake for the  frontline and fence-line communities' economy and  health, in addition to the general impact of coal on the planet's health and climate.  Please watch the documentary here (for free but may have commercials):

Then, join a panel discussion on Wed., Feb. 10 from 6 to 7 PM.  Go to the Zoom Link to watch the panel discussion: (map). Send questions to Contact Sonia Demiray at or (202) 744-2948.

41] – On Wed., Feb. 10 from 7 to 8:30 PM, the Western Maryland Poor Peoples Campaign Organizing Meeting will take place.  Join in to discuss Next Steps to Introduce the Maryland Poor People’s Campaign to the Region.  RSVP at

42] – Join Jews United for Justice from across Maryland to discuss the ongoing issue campaign work and participate in one of our two statewide teams: 1) Labor and Housing Justice or 2) Justice System Reform & Immigrant Rights. At 7:30 PM on Wed., Feb. 10, get an intro to JUFJ for those who are new. From 8 to 8:30 PM, share updates for all the campaigns. From 8:30 to 9:30 PM, split into breakout rooms to do team specific work. You will receive call-in instructions via email after you RSVP at

43] –RepresentUs [] is inviting you on Wed., Feb. 10 at 8 PM ET to join Ed Helms for a National for the People Act Strategy Call! Ed said the $1.6 trillion sized debt crisis is caused by political corruption. Now he’s ready to tell all what can be done to fight back. Also participating will be RepresentUs Research Analyst Anh-Linh Kearney for a 45-minute video call to get the latest updates on the For the People Act and learn how you can help pass this transformative anti-corruption.  Go to

44] – Join FCNL’s Shoshana Abrams and Jim Cason for a conversation on Wed., Feb. 10 at 8 PM EST to learn about how you can strengthen the impact of your advocacy on the issues that are most important to FCNL and to you. Sign up at

45] – Can you join the Action Network at the EPA, 301 12th St. NW, WDC on Thurs., Feb. 11 at noon?  The action will be fun, socially distant, COVID safe, and will encourage President Biden and his team to invest in further #BuildBackFossilFree action by stopping Line 3, DAPL and all fossil fuel projects and more. Register at

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] 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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