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Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Baltimore Activist Alert -- April 8, 2021
46]“Nuclear Weapons Ban
Monitor 2020” – April 8
technology and data in tracking and monitoring global health – April
Ensuring Every Vote Counts– April 8
Rescue at the Dovecote Café – April 8
the Uyghurs– April 8
51]Defender of Liberty Awards – April 8
52]American Rescue Plan's new benefits – April 8
Sharpen your Activism Toolkit --April 8
Entrapment of Muslims– April 8
55]Meet with Rep. Sean Casten. – April 8
Public Health and the Promise of Palestine – April 8
Equality Action Session 4: Student Debt– April 8
58]Communities of color suffering civic
46] –On Thurs., April 8 from 9 to 10:15
AM EST, the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP)
cordially invites you to attend the Vienna launch of the “Nuclear Weapons Ban
Monitor 2020.” For those unable to use Zoom, the event will also be
livestreamed to YouTube. Please note that Zoom capacity is limited to 200
participants. Sign up at https://vcdnp.org/2020-ban-monitor/.
The Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor is produced each year by the NGO
Norwegian People’s Aid, and data collection and analysis are assisted by a wide
range of experts on international law and nuclear disarmament. It records
progress related to universalization and implementation of the Treaty on the
Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which was adopted in 2017 and came into
force on 22 January 2021. See https://banmonitor.org/.
The Treaty has been signed by 86 countries and
ratified by 54. The Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor describes the TPNW position of each
of the UN Member States. The Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor is available for
download free of charge here: file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/TNWBM-2020.pdf.
are as follows: John Brownstein, PhD is the chief innovation officer and
director of the computational epidemiology group at Boston Children’s Hospital,
and professor in the department of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School;
Sanjana Ravi, MPH is a senior analyst at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health
Security and a senior research associate in the department of environmental
health and engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health;
and Ronald Waldman, MD, MPH, a former PHR board member, is professor of global
health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health of George Washington
University. Submit questions for consideration to email@example.com.
48] –Get over to
Ensuring Every Vote Counts, a virtual training, hosted by Declaration for
American Democracy Coalition on Thurs., April 8 from 4 to 5 PM EDT. Speakers will include MSNBC Commentator
Renato Marriotti, Common Cause Georgia Director Aunna Dennis and Brennan Center
Democracy Counsel Gowri Ramachandran. The right and the freedom to vote
includes being able to be confident that every vote will be counted as cast. The
For the People Act invests in our voting systems to ensure that we can not only
have secure voting systems but also have paper ballots and audits to check the
paper against electronic vote counts. Visit
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/.
On Thurs., April 8 at 5:30 PM, Yom HaShoah, remember the 6
million Jews who lost their lives during the Holocaust. Please join
members of Adas Israel’s Social Action Committee in speaking out against the
persecution and in support of the Uyghur community. This ethnic Turkic
community has become the focus of actions taken by the Chinese government that
the US government, among others, has called cultural genocide. This will be the first of several planned
protests. Meet at Adas Israel at the Garden of the Righteous, near the front at
2850 Quebec St. NW, WDC. Then walk up Connecticut Avenue, on the sidewalk, to
the Chinese Embassy on Van Ness Avenue. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jIwQKDAySQzZTG-V-8Z2Rrx24WJ7gW7E0OUhHvqZuLk/viewform?edit_requested=true.
Wear your mask. Stay socially distant. Bring a sign. But come support the Uyghurs.
You are encouraged to enjoy a delicious meal at Cleveland Park’s local Uyghur
restaurant: Dolan afterwards.
51] –The Committee for the Republic is
hosting "Shock and Awe," a Movie Salon & the Defender of Liberty
Awards on Thurs., April 8 at 7 PM (EST). RSVP at
Zoom Link is at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86973997047.
The Committee is giving its Defender of Liberty Awards to the undaunted
Knight-Ridder journalists who reported 80-plus stories challenging the
Bush administration’s false claims that Saddam Hussein had
ties to al Qaeda and secret WMD. While The New York Times and
the Washington Post championed the Iraq war, the Washington Bureau of
the 32-newspaper chain (including the Miami Herald, the Philadelphia
Inquirer and the San Jose Mercury News) published one news story
after another seeking the facts. Bureau chief John Walcott and three
reporters -- Jonathan Landay, Warren Strobel, and Joe Galloway – stayed
the course in the face of disparaging criticism, even from some
of their families and colleagues.
Watching Bill Moyers’ interviews
of Landay, Strobel and Walcott, Hollywood star Rob Reiner decided to
produce a movie dramatizing Knight Ridder’s lonely work. Released in 2017,
Reiner ends “Shock and Awe” with a news clip of New York Times
reporter Judith Miller admitting the media got WMD wrong – “except
for Knight-Ridder.” Reiner will tell the salon why it was the perfect vehicle
for exposing the Bush administration’s calamitous invasion, which
instead of planting the seeds of democracy further destabilized the
Middle East. Thomas Jefferson expressed the sentiment so well: “[W]ere it
left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or
newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the
latter.” The Film Link is on
Amazon--Free to Stream on Tubi.
2] – MomsRising.org
[Info@MomsRising.org] sent out an alert about the American Rescue Plan's new
benefits (including direct cash to your family) which will be explained on
Thus., April 8 at 7 PM ET. Sign up at
https://www.mobilize.us/momsrising/event/381787/. Hear from a very special guest, the U.S.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Some of our nation’s foremost advocates and
experts for women and families will also be joining us to help cover how to
access the new benefits (including direct cash to your family!) that just
recently passed in the American Rescue Plan.
53] – Maxine Garcia [firstname.lastname@example.org] is suggesting that you can
Sharpen your Activism Toolkit on Thurs., April 8 at 7 PM ET. This is an
opportunity for a private meeting with Rae Abileah and Chelsea Byers of
Beautiful Trouble, who will discuss a toolkit designed to put the wisdom
of generations of activists at your fingertips! It has been described by
Archbishop Desmond Tutu as a "crucial resource for
changemakers." Feel free to bring any questions you might have, this
is an interactive meeting suited to cater to YOUR activism experience. RSVP for
Zoom at https://www.codepink.org/04082021.
Failing to find “terrorists” through their
mass surveillance, the FBI moved on to manufacturing terrorism. The FBI located
Muslim boys and young men and targeted them with what are essentially
entrapment schemes. The prime targets of FBI entrapment were Muslim boys and
young men who suffered from mental illness, poverty, loneliness, unemployment,
lack of social skills, autism, or individuals who were otherwise somehow
marginalized from larger society. The FBI sent undercover agents or informants
(many of whom were promised reduced sentences for unrelated crimes, and/or
large sums of cash) to befriend disenfranchised young Muslims with promises of
money, friendship, purpose, or some other desirable outcome. Join our 4/8/21
program to learn more.
–Jewish Voice for Peace [email@example.com]
wants you to attend a webinar: Public Health and the Promise of Palestine on
Thurs., April 8 at 8 PM ET. The first Health Advisory Council (HAC) webinar of
2021 will be co-sponsored by the Institute for Palestine Studies. REGISTER at https://act.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/a/public-health-palestine-webinar-04082021?emci=d7d4a0bd-838b-eb11-85aa-00155d43c992&emdi=1f524dc8-f78f-eb11-85aa-00155d43c992&ceid=237778.
In this talk, public health scholar, epidemiologist, and pharmacist Dr.
Danya Qato will speak to the limits and possibilities of public
health practice, research, and advocacy in Palestine that have come under
increased attention during the Covid-19 pandemic. The talk will emphasize
foundational questions that have often been sidelined in the public health
discourse – including the enduring role of settler-colonialism, racism,
and capitalism in shaping the health of Palestinians and in the practice of
public health in Palestine. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD, is an assistant
professor of epidemiology and health policy based in Baltimore. Look at
ACLU People Power
[firstname.lastname@example.org] is calling attention to Systemic Equality Action Session
4: Student Debt. On Thurs., April 8 at 8
PM ET, learn how to cancel student debt and promote racial justice. Did you know that the student debt crisis is
impacting Black and Brown Americans disproportionately, and accounts for over
20% of the racial wealth gap? 40 million
Americans are currently on the hook for about 1.7 trillion dollars in student
loans. Because of long-standing systemic racial discrimination, Black families
have far less wealth to draw on and are more likely to borrow and to have
trouble in repayment. Two decades after taking out their student loans, the
median Black borrower still owes 95 percent of their debt, whereas the median
white borrower has paid off 94 percent of their debt. RSVP at https://go.peoplepower.org/signup/rsvp-systemic-equality-action-series/?source=ppem_92664&t=3&akid=92664%2E1415127%2EuNb7AT.
– The Accelerating Justice
Series will look at Policing on Thurs., April 8 at 8 PM ET. Contact
Andrea Miller at email@example.com.
Policing is gatekeeper to the criminal justice system! Last year's nationwide
protests erupted from a long, intertwined history of race and a criminal
justice system rooted in slavery, segregation and racist violence. In
partnership with AMP America.org and the North Carolina Poor Peoples Campaign,
the Center for Common Ground presents the Accelerating Justice series because
of wide concern for communities of color suffering civic disenfranchisement,
trauma and lost economic opportunities. Hear from Kerwin Pittman of the North
Carolina Task Force on Racial Equity in Criminal Justice and Director of
Recidivism Reduction Educational Program Services who will describe key Task
Force Report recommendations on law enforcement reform and tell us how to take
action, no matter which state we live in. Tony Burnette, career law
enforcement officer (North Carolina and Virginia), community activist and
leader in Northampton County -- one of the most highly economically distressed
in North Carolina -- will describe the urgent need to put community
healthfulness at the heart of things, the challenges and barriers and how
communities can take direct action to make change happen. Sign up at https://actionnetwork.org/events/accelerating-justice-series-police-april-8-2021?link_id=1&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-thursday-accelerating-justice-police-reform-for-safer-communities-2&email_referrer=email_1135561&email_subject=thursday-accelerating-justice-police-reform-for-safer-communities.
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] 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