Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- March 10, 2021

37] North Korea’s foreign affairs and policy priorities – March 10

38] Resisting Occupation: Connecting Palestine and Western Sahara – March 10

39] Who lives? Who dies? – March 10

40] Coffee at the Capitol March 10

41] The Nation hosts Ben Jealous March 10

42] Refresh your digital skills -- March 10 and 17


44] See "Power of the Paddle" March 10

45] Join Ben Jealous and Shirley Sherrod – March 10

46] Healthcare Justice Campaign March 10

47] Equity & Vaccines – March 10

48] Join a Truth Brigade Call March 10

49] Documentary film "The Pollinators" March 10

50] Wildlife Gardening Workshops – March 10

51] Greenbelt Climate Action Network – March 10

52] Hybrid Wars March 10

53] Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act – March 10

54] John Nichols talks about his new book – March 10


37] – On Wed., March 10 from 9 to 10:15 AM, check out North Korea Beyond the Six Parties: Examining ties with Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. What do North Korea’s foreign affairs and policy priorities look like beyond the six-party countries? Please join the Stimson Center and the KF-VUB Korea Chair for a roundtable discussion on North Korea’s under-examined relationships with countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Visit

38] –Please join Nonviolence International for a historic webinar on Wed,, March 10 from 10 to 11:30 AM EST, Resisting Occupation: Connecting Palestine and Western Sahara. Hear Palestinian, Sahrawi and other voices share their stories of nonviolent resistance to Moroccan and Israeli occupations. The panelists are as follows: Salka Barca, Founder of Karama Sahara, a Sahrawi advocacy group, Kamal Lfahsi, A Moroccan human rights activist, Stephen Zunes, Professor in international studies, and Jonathan Kuttab, NVI co-founder and Palestinian human rights lawyer. This is also one of the first public fora where Moroccans voice a consistent commitment to human rights and opposition to all occupations, whether in Palestine, Syria, Ukraine, or Western Sahara.  Please register for the webinar at  See

39] –It Ain’t Over. Who lives? Who dies? On Wed., March 10 from 10:30 to 11 Am, hear a global panel on the coronavirus pandemic with scholars from around the world discussing the diverse national responses and consequences for their citizens.  The Zoom link is for the webinar, co-sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action.

40] – Rev. Jennifer Butler, Faith in Public Life Action [] wants you to tune in on Wed., March 10 at noon ET for Coffee at the Capitol.  For the first conversation, the discussion will be about the Faithful Agenda for Biden’s first 100 days and the importance of centering those impacted when advocating for policy change.  Faith in Public Life board member Jeanné Lewis will guide Sara Benitez, VP of Organizing and Campaigns, Kia Smith, Digital Director, and I through a conversation about how the values of the Faithful Agenda will advance gender equity and serve as a moral compass through the Biden Administration’s first 100 days. I am grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the women in leadership within Faith in Public Life. This will continue each Wednesday except for April 7 through April 21. RSVP at

41] – The Nation [] is hosting a conversation on Wed., March 10 at noon ET with Ben Jealous about Democracy Reform and Racial equity.   House and Senate Democrats have made passage of the “For the People Act” a top priority. It includes provisions to protect voting rights and make voting easier, reduce the power of big money in politics, and prevent gerrymandering that gives unfair political power to people who did not earn it at the ballot box. Longtime civil rights leader and President of People for the American Way, Ben Jealous, was instrumental in advancing this critical legislation. Join Jealous in conversation with Nation Editorial Director Katrina vanden Heuvel. Sign up at

42] – Now is the time to refresh your digital skills, no matter what you're juggling in your current role. Learn how to write powerful emails your list will want to open and create social media content using up-to-date best practices. Training is the key, so join Netroots Nation’s educational partners, New Media Mentors for Digital Best Practices training this March. In this interactive series of webinars—coupled with private mentoring sessions—you will go through the process of writing email content, creating an email blast strategy, developing social media content and building a social plan nimble enough to respond to the news cycle without losing sight of organizational goals. Webinars will be held Wed., March 10 and 17 at 1 PM ET. Go to  Email

43] –Get with APARTHEID THEN AND NOW: A Conversation with South African and Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Activists on Wed., March 10 at 1 PM ET. What is apartheid? How are the South African and Palestinian experiences the same? Different? How can and should apartheid be opposed? Register at

Rev. Kelvin Sauls was born and raised in townships south of Johannesburg, South Africa and became a leader in the anti-apartheid movement through his local Methodist Youth Fellowship. After a career in pastoral ministry he now serves as the Network Strategist at Community Health Councils in Los Angeles and is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Institute for Racial Equity where he is engaged in faith-rooted multi-racial and multi-faith community organizing through sacred resistance and moral re-imagination. Sandra Tamari is a Palestinian, a lifelong advocate for Palestinian rights. In 2012, Israel barred her from entering Palestine because of her activism.

44] – The Sierra Club Maryland Chapter [] wants you to join in to see "Power of the Paddle" on Wed., March 10 from 6 to 7 PM ET. Talk about Oyster Recovery Partnership in the Chesapeake Bay.  The brand new short film is a documentary about one man’s quest to raise funds for the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) in the Chesapeake Bay. After the screening, hear from the Director/Producer, Katie Sheridan, ORP, and their partners from Clear Shark H2O.  Contact Sonia Demiray at or (202) 744-2948. Go LIVE on the zoom call at  The passcode is 440525. One man took the initiative and paddled the entire length of the Chesapeake Bay in seven days, raising $180,000 for the Oyster Recovery Partnership. 

Why Oysters?  Oysters purify the Chesapeake Bay waters as they filter the sediment and nitrogen out for food. These excess nutrients and sediment from human activities negatively affect water quality by disrupting the balance of a healthy ecosystem. An adult oyster can filter as much as 50 gallons of water a day, so they’re essential to restore our Bay! 

45] – People for the American Way [] is inviting you to a conversation on the Far Right’s attacks on President Biden’s nominees!  Join Ben Jealous and special guest Shirley Sherrod on Wed., March 9 at 6 PM ET for a conversation on the attacks by the Far Right on President Biden’s women nominees of color. Expose the bad actors, and generate the support these nominees deserve in the Senate.

   RSVP at Ten years ago, the Alt-Right’s flagship ‘news site’ Breitbart attacked Shirley Sherrod by using selectively edited video footage and distorting her words in an effort to end her career. Shirley’s unique vantage point provides a profound understanding of the depth to which the Far Right will sink to derail President Biden’s nominees, and the important role that advocates like you can have in standing up to these sexist and racist attacks.

46] – As part of the Healthcare Justice Campaign, Progressive Maryland is hosting a Statewide Community Forum on COVID-19 on Wed., March 10 from 6:30 to 8 PM ET.  Discuss the need for more equity and health justice in Maryland’s vaccine rollout, the fight to protect workers; and learn about emerging issues with Long COVID. RSVP at

47] – The Progressive Maryland Team [] is hosting a talk on Equity & Vaccines on Wed., March 10 at 6:30 PM.  Much needed economic aid should soon be on the way to state and local governments, to millions of families and workers, to schools, and healthcare systems because of the U.S. Senate and House actions to pass the $1.9 trillion American Recovery Act.  It’s also been great to see positive developments regarding the vaccine supply as a third vaccine, this one from Johnson and Johnson (requiring just one shot), is now in the mix boosting the overall supply of doses. Getting the vaccine into people’s arms is the most important thing we can do to save and protect lives.  That’s why it’s so important to reach every community with the vaccine, especially those Americans and Marylanders who have been most harmed. But in Maryland we’re seeing disturbing numbers and trends when it comes to the equitable distribution of the vaccine. Join a Zoom talk at

48] – Join a Truth Brigade Call which will be a deep dive into The Disinformation Landscape in 2021. The call will feature consulting partners GQR and Dewey Digital to discuss what to expect from disinformation campaigns and what you can do about it. Register for the call on Wed., March 10 at 6:30 PM EST at

49] –See an exclusive screening of scenes from the documentary film, "The Pollinators," followed by a panel discussion alongside the film's director, and other bee and pollinator experts. The film is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honeybees as they pollinate the flowers that make up part of our food supply.  Watch, Listen, Discuss “The Pollinators” Documentary & What's at Stake on Wed., March 10 at 6:30 PM ET.  One out of every three bites of food we eat — including fruits, nuts, and vegetables — depends on bees and other pollinators. But bees are dying at an alarming rate across the country — largely at the hands of a deluge of toxic pesticides called neonics — and it's a threat to our food supply, our agricultural industry, and our economy.

The panel discussion includes Dan Raichel, Natural Resources Defense Council, Peter Nelson, director of “The Pollinators,” Susan Kegley, principal and CEO of the Pesticide Research Institute, and Guillermo Fernandez, founder and executive director of The Bee Conservancy. After the panel, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions. Register to attend this special event:

50] – Join Patterson Park Audubon Center for Wildlife Gardening Workshops! These virtual sessions explore how our gardens can benefit birds and butterflies, including recommended plant species and garden management for Mid-Atlantic gardens. No matter how small your space, you can grow habitat for birds (even in containers)!

There are multiple dates to choose the Intro to Wildlife Gardening as well as the “next-level” Bird-Friendly Garden Design workshop. Sign up for a Virtual Wildlife Gardening Workshop -- Intro to Wildlife Gardening on Wed., March 10 from 7 to 8:30 PM.  Sign up at

51] – The Greenbelt Climate Action Network [GCAN] will meet via Zoom on Wed., March 10 from 7 to 9 PM according to Lore Rosenthal.  She can be reached at or 301-345-2234. The meeting theme is "Navigating the MD General Assembly" & Priority Updates. Learn how a bill becomes a law and how to navigate the Maryland General Assembly website ( to track a bill or submit testimony. Then get updates on priority issues, including: State legislation on the MagLev, Climate Solutions Now Act, and the Beltway Expansion; the County’s Climate Action Plan; the Prince George’s County School Board resolution on its Climate Change Action Plan, as well as State and County legislation on the Brandywine Power Plants.

Zoom link can be found at INVITE YOUR FRIENDS:

52] – Join in on Wed., March 10 from 7 to 8:30 PM for a conversation with writer, journalist, and filmmaker, Ben Norton. Biden, Latin America & the Caribbean: Hybrid Wars and Coups or Mutual Respect?  The Trump administration accelerated the hybrid war on the people of Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba to bring them heel, at the cost of great suffering in these countries, but it failed. In 2019, the US engineered the lithium coup in Bolivia which deposed the popular socialist government of Evo Morales. A year later the people of Bolivia overwhelmingly elected the Movement for Socialism back to power, bravely resisting severe repression by the coup government. Latin America is being swept by a popular wave of rejection of neoliberalism in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Haiti, and Peru. How would President Biden respond to these volatile political developments? Will he continue with the failed policies of economic terrorism and coups during the time of the gravest global health crisis of our life time? How do we secure peaceful relations and mutual respect rather than continued US domination?

  Sign up at

53] – From Nevada to Kentucky, tenants rallied and called on Congress to give them what is needed to truly recover from this pandemic–rent and mortgage cancellation. Rep. Ilhan Omar will reintroduce the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, a bill that she wrote in deep collaboration with The Homes Guarantee Team.  Join in on Wed., March 10 at 7 PM ET for a Cancel Rent Kickoff Call with Rep. Ilhan Omar to learn how you can join the fight.  RSVP at

54] – Mike Fox for Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you to meet John Nichols on Wed., March 10 at 8 PM ET.  Nichols will discuss his New Book "The Fight For The Soul Of The Democratic Party." The New Mexico PDA Chapter is sponsoring this Zoom discussion with progressive powerhouse journalist.  This will be a lively conversation about the future of the fight for equality and justice in the U.S., and what we Progressives can do to get the Dem Party to STAND UP right now and pass progressive policies! Secure your reservation now at

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] 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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