– The Congressional Black Caucus
Foundation “Policy for the People” Virtual Summit Series presents a two-part
Health Equity Summit on Thurs., Feb. 18. Part One: Understanding the Impact of the COVID-19 Vaccine on the Black
Community takes place from 10 to 11 AM ET. Register at https://cbcf.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W8DXQgjFSwCKAIhg5aPHUw?emci=2e4c9b58-9f70-eb11-9889-00155d43c992&emdi=4f604ea3-a170-eb11-9889-00155d43c992&ceid=136680Have a question you'd like to ask during the
event? Submit your questions in advance by visiting https://forms.gle/c2seWsmDHd9fVT739.
Part Two: Mental Health Realities for Black America
will happen from 2 to 3 PM EST. register at https://cbcf.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oQ1jX6eBRtSJg0dXM5qnBw?emci=2e4c9b58-9f70-eb11-9889-00155d43c992&emdi=4f604ea3-a170-eb11-9889-00155d43c992&ceid=136680.
–On Thurs., Feb. 18
at from noon to 1 PM, hear about The Right Tool for the Job: Foreign Policy
Effectiveness and Nuclear Proliferation [Online]. The speaker is Ariel Petrovics from the
Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Petrovics uses original data from
1945-2012 and within-case analysis of Iran and North Korea to test the effectiveness
of common engagement strategies for combating nuclear proliferation. She shows
that often cooperative inducements are more effective than coercive strategies,
leading to nuclear reversal more often and with a lower risk of inadvertently
increasing proliferation instead. Register for this event sponsored by the University
of Maryland's Center for International and Security Studies at https://cissm.umd.edu/events/cissm-global-forum-right-tool-job-foreign-policy-effectiveness-and-nuclear-proliferation.
–Rabbi Alissa Wise
[email@example.com] wants you to talk to Facebook about holding the
Israeli government accountable on Thurs.,
Feb. 18 at 1:30 PM ET, hosted by the Palestine Solidarity
Campaign UK. How would Facebook's proposed change keep us from holding the
state of Israel accountable? What are the potential global impacts in terms of
our ability to hold other governments accountable for human rights violations
and anti-democratic policy? Join in conversation with Omar Shakir, Palestine
Director at Human Rights Watch, and Ryvka Barnard, Senior Campaigner on
Militarism and Security at War on Want. Look at https://facebookweneedtotalk.org/.
– Next week the House of Representatives is expected to
vote on the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package. The importance of this
legislation cannot be understated. Close to 500,000 people have already died
from COVID-19 and tens of millions have seen their lives upended. The Coalition
on Human Needs [firstname.lastname@example.org] and its coalition partners have already sent
roughly 220,000 letters to members of Congress and made thousands of phone
calls demanding swift passage of this critical legislation. Join CHN on Thurs., Feb. 18 at 2 PM ET for a
special webinar featuring Jared Bernstein, an economist for President Biden who
is serving on the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Bernstein will explain how the COVID relief
legislation now moving through Congress is the right size, with the right
policies, to get us on the road to economic and pandemic recovery. RSVP at
– Remaking the Economy:
Closing the Racial Wealth Gap and the Case for Reparations will happen on
Thurs., Feb. 18 from 2 to 3 PM. NPQ’s latest webinar in
the Remaking the Economy series looks at the racial wealth
gap, focusing on Black Americans. In 2017, a report titled The Road to
Zero Wealth noted that at current trends, by mid-century the median wealth
of a Black family in the US would fall below zero (i.e., more than half of all
Black Americans would be in a net debtor position). As the movement against anti-Black racism has
gained support, so too has the movement for reparations. Reparations would
provide formal acknowledgement of the tremendous costs, economic and
otherwise, of slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, and other racist policies. But how
would the mechanics of reparations work and what does repair require? Register
for the webinar at https://info.nonprofitquarterly.org/reparations-wealth-gap.
–Join Jim Zogby
[email@example.com] for the Inaugural Eileen Patricia McMahon Zogby Irish
Lecture on Thurs., Feb. 18 at 3 PM ET.
The lecture title is "A Genius for Politics? Irish Immigrants and
the Battle to Expand American Democracy, 1830-60." Eileen had a passion
for justice and political empowerment that extended beyond her own Irish
ancestry to the struggles of others, including those who embrace Arab ancestry.
This series is part of the tribute made in her memory, and Eileen saw so
many similarities in the Irish and Arab struggles. She hoped that people would
take the time to learn more about both communities and their
achievements here in the U.S. She believed that when people know
their story and understand the journey of their ancestors, our
nation moves closer to realizing the American ideal. Led by Professor Sean
Farrell (Northern Illinois University), this lecture will focus on the stories
of Irish and Irish-American canal workers, who fought and voted in communities
from Maryland to Illinois. Register here:
in Reservoir Hill at the Dovecote Café, 2501 Madison Ave., will continue
through May 27 from 4 to 5 PM. This
event is supervised by Food Rescue Baltimore.
Bring a bag, bring a friend, and take delicious, nutritious, free
rescued food. See https://www.facebook.com/foodrescueday/.
– The first 100 days of the Biden
Administration is a critical time to make our voices and priorities heard!
So, every Thursday at 5 PM ET, from February 18 to April 29, gather
virtually as a faith community to make calls to Congress—advocating for
citizenship for all and an end to the inhumane practices of detention and
deportation. The Interfaith Immigration Coalition [firstname.lastname@example.org]
will provide you with training and answer any questions you may have. Your
voice is critical for advancing justice in this moment, so join in on the
phones! Sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiPmAzR0NfAttWLz7f1TG0tHsg9JUecaQW3dtjE_p_GimUoQ/viewform. Email email@example.com.
–On Thurs., Feb. 18
at 5:45 PM, Rep. John Sarbanes will be holding a telephone town hall to answer
your questions about the important issues facing our nation. If you'd like to ask a question, or if you'd
just like to listen in, please sign up here: https://sarbanes.house.gov/TTH. You can also
livestream the event at https://sarbanes.house.gov/live.
– On Thurs., Feb. 18 from 6 to 8 PM ET, check out the
Food Rescue Giveaway! This is the Thursday Evenings at Old Major, 900 S. Carey
St., Baltimore, which will continue through April 29. Go to https://www.facebook.com/OldMajorBaltimore/.
This is a
long-awaited evening Rescue, and Rescue in Southwest Baltimore, all in one! Get
prepacked boxes from the carryout window on the Herkimer Street side of the
building. Use the window bell or call 443-873-7363. And please, masks must be
worn at the window.
–On Thurs., Feb. 18
from 7 to 8:30 PM ET, join the Lower Eastern Shore Sierra Club for its first
general member meeting of 2021. Talk about the events and projects to work on
this year, goals, and key legislation. Meet the elected Lower Eastern Shore
Executive Committee members. Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, from the Maryland Campaign
for Human Rights, will speak about the Environmental Human Rights Amendment
bill being debated in the 2021 Maryland Legislative Session. Contact Cindy Dillon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (443) 945-4030.
–Watch a free
screening of a new Puerto Rican documentary, LANDFALL on Thurs., Feb. 18 at 7
PM. Sign up at bit.ly/landfalliba. An
award-winning documentary set against the backdrop of protests that toppled
Puerto Rico’s governor in 2019, this film offers a prismatic portrait of
collective trauma and resistance. LANDFALL examines the kinship of two storms –
one environmental, the other economic – and juxtaposes competing utopian
visions of recovery. Featuring intimate portraits of Puerto Ricans as well as
the newcomers flooding the island, LANDFALL reflects on a question of
contemporary global relevance: when the world falls apart, who do we become?
documentary is produced and directed by the talented Cecilia
Aldarondo and advanced screening of the film will be streaming for FREE. Additionally, co-producer and film
collaborator, Lale Namerrow Pastor, and IBA’s Chief Executive
Officer, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, invite you to join the Q&A LIVE
Zoom session on February 25th at 7 PM where they’ll discuss the film and
answer questions previously submitted by viewers.
63] --The Time for Peace with Iran is Now
with Trita Parsi takes place on Thurs., Feb. 18 from 7 to 8 PM. Time is running out for the United States to
rejoin the Iran Nuclear Deal… The Iranian government has said that we have
until February 21st. After that the Iranian government will withdraw
permission for United Nations inspectors to monitor some nuclear facilities.
We’ve been down this road before and know that the consequences of abandoning
diplomacy can be dire. The president of Iran has been clear. If the United
States returns to the landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as it was
negotiated, they will accept immediately. We must do everything we can to
encourage the Biden Administration and the Congress to choose peace. Trita
Parsi is an award-winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award
for Ideas Improving World Order. He has authored three books on US foreign
policy in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran and Israel. Sign on at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcod-6vqz4qHtXk2W1cWyCspcuB8QuQdwFQ.
–On Thurs., Feb. 18 from 8 to 9:15 PM, check out For Peace in
Korea, No More War Drills! This is a
webinar on the 60-plus year history of the costly and provocative annual US-ROK
combined military exercises, and why it’s critical to end them to achieve peace
on the Korean Peninsula. Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j9nn-Z2RTUOHPIXPzmH7Rw,
and hear from Wooksik Cheong, Director of Peace Network (South Korea),
Catherine Killough, Advocacy and Leadership Coordinator of Women Cross DMZ
(US), Jovanni Reyes, Member Coordinator of About Face: Veterans Against War
(US), and moderator Ann Wright, Retired U.S. Army Colonel, Former US Diplomat,
and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Campaign of Veterans For Peace.
To be continued
Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore
Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt.206, and 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