Thursday, March 25, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- March 25, 2021

45] Make Art, Not War! – March 25

46] Congress grills Big Tech – March 25

47] Witness Silwan – March 25

48] Webinar on Yemen – March 25

49] U.S. confronts a rapidly rising China.  March 25

50] Time Running Out for the JCPOA? – March 25

51] The Button – March 25

52] Food Rescue at the Dovecote Café – March 25

53] Hear nuclear non-proliferation expert Emma Becher March 25

54] Text for Police Reform March 25

55] African American Suffragists of Maryland – March 25

56] Separating fact from fiction at the U.S. - Mexico border – March 25

57] Food Rescue Giveaway – March 25

58] Student panel on the environment – March 25

59] The lasting legacy of the Vietnam War March 25

60] Medicare for All webinar March 25

61] Learn how to talk to Congress March 25

62] WATER Act webinar – March 25

63] Postal Banking – March 25

64] Harm Reduction Week of Action – March 25


45] – MAKE ART, NOT WAR! Join CODEPINK for an online exhibit starting Thurs., March 25 through Tues., March 31st to express solidarity with the people in Haiti who are in struggle for democracy, justice, and reparations. Email, and go to

46] – MediaJustice [] wants you to join the You’re invited to our #BigTechOnBlast Watch Party on Thurs., March 25 at 11:30 AM ET. Join Team #MediaJustice for commentary, games, and special guests as Congress grills Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about the disinformation plaguing their platforms. 

Big Tech CEOs play a role in the devastation our communities' experience online all too often. These 3 continue to profit off hate, sow confusion, suppress our voices, and help police track our every move. Now they have to answer for the choices they’ve made. RSVP at 

47] – Rochelle Watson, FOSNA National Organizer [] is alerting you to attend Witness Silwan on Thurs., March 25 at noon ET. The speakers will talk about Christian Zionism and Dispossession in East Jerusalem.  Register at

The City of David National Park has become a favorite spot for many Christian tours. They likely don't realize that archeology, selective history, the Bible, and the tourism industry are being used by Israeli settlers and the Israeli Ministry of Tourism to enact ethnic cleansing of Palestinians living in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem. Palestinian residents of Silwan will tell their stories of resisting eviction by Jewish settler organizations supported by the Israeli state. Explore the role of Christian Zionism and Christian tourism in this expulsion, and take action together.

48] – Amisha Parikh-Friese [] wants you involved on Thurs., March 25 at noon ET for a webinar on Yemen. Win Without War believes we have an unprecedented opportunity right now to change U.S. policy towards Yemen, and you should get involved. Let us finally end U.S. support for this horrible war that has caused so much suffering.  RSVP at

49] – On Thurs., Mar. 25 from 2 to 3:15 PM ET, as part of an Applied History Project, the U.S. confronts a rapidly rising China.  How do you approach this daunting test? Join the Belfer Center and study the past to illuminate the future with Niall Ferguson, Hoover Institution; and Graham T. Allison, Harvard. Sign up at

50] – On Thurs., Mar. 25 at 2 to 3 PM ET, check out Is Time Running Out for the JCPOA? Candidate Joe Biden was fiercely critical of Donald Trump’s breach of the Iran Nuclear Deal and pledged to return to it once elected president. But since taking office, Biden appears not to be in a rush, insisting that Iran must take the first step towards returning to compliance. This demand has created a deadlock as Iran inches towards its presidential election season, rendering diplomacy even more difficult. Can the JCPOA still be resurrected before Iran’s elections? What is motivating Biden’s approach? And will it pay off, or does it risk losing the nuclear deal altogether? What impact will U.S.-Iran diplomacy — or the absence thereof — have on the Iranian elections?  Hear from Emma Ashford, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council; Vali Nasr, professor of international affairs at Johns Hopkins University; and Aaron David Miller, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and moderated by Quincy Institute Executive Vice President Trita Parsi. Tune in at

51] – On Thurs., Mar. 25 at 4 PM ET, check out A Disarming Mission: an online RAND Conversation. Almost every governmental process in the United States is subject to institutional checks and balances. One notable exception: the decision to unleash America's nuclear arsenal. That decision—and ability to start a nuclear war with the “push of a button”—rests solely in the hands of the President. In this RAND Remote conversation, former Secretary of Defense [sic] William Perry and Tom Collina, director of policy at Ploughshares Fund, will discuss nuclear executive authority and topics covered in their book, The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump. With an introduction from RAND trustee and Tomorrow Demands Today campaign chair Joel Hyatt, the conversation will be driven by questions from students at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and moderated by Susan Marquis, Frank and Marcia Carlucci Dean of Pardee RAND.  Register at

52] – Thursdays 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

53] – Diane Randall, FCNL [] welcomes you to hear from Emma Belcher on March 25 from 4 to 4:30 PM ET. This is a regular Thursdays with Friends gathering with nuclear non-proliferation expert Emma Becher, president of the Ploughshares Fund, as guest. The title of her talk is Humanizing Nuclear Security and Rethinking True Security.  The extension of the New START treaty bodes well for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. However, more needs to be done to humanize nuclear security and rethink true security.  Register at

54] – Progressive Maryland Justice Task Force [] is asking you on Thurs., March 25 at 5:30 PM ET to Text for Police Reform. We are just halfway through the Maryland General Assembly, but our fight to pass Police Reform is far from over.  Right now, HB670, or the Police Reform and Accountability Act of 2021, is our best chance at implementing some impactful reforms; we are still waiting for it to receive a hearing date in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.  As many of you know, a handful of our legislators recently voted for amendments to weaken the original legislation that would have completely repealed the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.

Though HB670 is far from perfect, it would establish an element of community oversight with the implementation of Police Accountability Boards. What we need to do right now, is urge our legislators to pass the strongest version of this bill possible and not water it down further. Join in to text Marylanders to write their legislators at

55] – Hear about African American Suffragists of Maryland on Thurs., March 25 from 6 to 7 PM ET. Learn more about four extraordinary Maryland women who fought for suffrage before and after the passing of the 19th amendment. Local historical experts will discuss the lives and work of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Mary Church Terrell, Augusta Chissell, and Margaret Gregory Hawkins. This event is co-sponsored by the Maryland Women's Heritage Center and the Anne Arundel County Library. Sign up at

56] – HIAS []is holding a webinar on Thurs., March 25 from 6 to 7 PM ET -- Separating fact from fiction at the U.S.- Mexico border.  HIAS experts decode the headlines. ‌‌ ‌Hear from Sue Kenney-Pfalzer, Director, Border and Asylum Network, HIAS, and Andrew Geibel, Policy Counsel, HIAS.  The conversation is moderated Rebecca Kirzner, Senior Director, Grassroots Campaigns, HIAS.  Sue Kenney-Pfalzer just returned from Juarez to explain what is really happening at the U.S.-Mexico border. What is the status of human rights? Of family separation? Who is able to seek safety in our country, and who is being turned away from seeking asylum? What do the numbers at the border look like in context?  RSVP at 

57] – On Thurs., March 25 from 6 to 8 PM ET, check out the Food Rescue Giveaway! Thursday Evenings at Old Major, 900 S. Carey St., Baltimore, will continue through April 29. Go to 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. 

58] – On Thurs., March 25 from 7 to 8 PM, see a Student Action Panel on Environmental Rights organized by the MD Campaign for Environmental Human Rights. RSVP at

59] – Greta, World BEYOND War [] wants you to know about The lasting legacy of the Vietnam War. In conjunction with the recent release of the investigative documentary The People vs. Agent Orange, World Beyond War is partnering with Veterans For Peace to host a webinar on the lasting impact of Agent Orange. On Thurs., March 25 at 7 PM ET, hear the personal stories of those exposed to this toxic chemical, and from lawyers and activists who are pursuing legal and legislative pathways to justice and reparations. Visit

60] – The Congressional Progressive Caucus Center [] is hosting a Medicare for All webinar A Remedy for Recovery: Medicare for All During COVID-19 with special guest Representative Pramila Jayapal and leading advocates for Medicare for All. Leading medical and policy experts Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Dr. Micah Johnson, Dr. Donald Berwick, Dr. Sanjeev Sriram, Melinda St. Louis, and Sofia Sepulveda will participate. The event will happen on Thurs., March 25 at 7:30 PM ET.  RSVP for Thursday’s special broadcast here More than a half-million people have died in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic. In the richest nation on earth, it doesn’t have to be this way. An analysis by Public Citizen found that one-third of COVID-19 deaths and 40 percent of infections were tied to a lack of health insurance. 

61] – Jewish Voice for Peace [] is inviting you to Learn how to talk to Congress on Thurs., March 25 at 8 PM ET. Learn how to effectively move your member of Congress toward supporting Palestinian rights. Sometimes it can feel impossible to change someone's mind, but experience says that it's not. —and that it's critical to our movement. Join in at

62] – Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Action [] wants you to join a WATER Act webinar.  It’s time to make the human right to water a reality. This webinar will happen on Thurs., March 25 at 8 PM ET offering you a chance to learn more about the WATER Act – the solution for our country’s growing water crisis. Wenonah will be joined by Mary Grant, the Public Water for All Campaign Director, who will discuss the state of our water crisis, how the WATER Act would solve it, and how to push forward for water justice!   

63] – ACLU People Power [] wants you to join with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein for a talk about Postal Banking on Thurs., March 25 at 8 PM ET. Learn how the USPS can be a vehicle for racial justice. RSVP at Why postal banking?

By expanding USPS capabilities beyond money orders to other affordable services –– including payroll check cashing, domestic money transfers, and bill payment –– the post office can act as a great equalizer in financial services and help close the racial wealth gap.

Banks have created “banking deserts” out of most majority-Black areas –– a fact that is as true for wealthy Black neighborhoods as for poor. The traditional financial services industry hits Black communities harder in two additional ways: 1. It charges them higher fees than their white counterparts. 2. It takes a greater percentage of incomes that are already lower due to the racial wealth gap.

64] -- People’s Action invites you to join in the Harm Reduction Week of Action from March 21-26. Join the Overdose Crisis Cohort at People's Action on Thurs., March 25 from 8 to 9:30 PM ET - Fighting for Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Change at the Federal Level.  Sign up at

To be continued

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"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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