–As the world marks
the 70th Anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention on July 28, join in and
reflect on our compliance with the Convention and affirm our need to restore
and strengthen refugee resettlement in the U.S. Visit
In the wake of World War II, the United States played a lead role in drafting
this convention, which specifies key protections for people forced to flee
persecution. By later acceding to the Refugee Protocol, the United States
promised to abide by the Convention’s legal requirements, including its
prohibition against returning refugees to places where their lives or freedom
are at risk.
U.S. Congress subsequently enacted the Refugee Act of 1980, incorporating
the Convention’s definition of a refugee and creating asylum and resettlement
in U.S. law to protect refugees. But beginning in 2017, the Trump
administration launched a barrage of policies that blatantly violated
U.S. legal obligations under both the Refugee Convention and U.S. refugee law.
As a candidate, President Biden promised to uphold the right to seek
asylum and end the Trump administration’s detrimental asylum policies within
his first 100 days in office. In a February 2, 2021 executive order,
President Biden affirmed that his administration would “restore and strengthen”
the U.S. asylum system. Yet four months after taking office, the Biden
administration has still not taken steps to end many Trump policies that flout
the Refugee Convention and is still using a Trump administration
policy to expel asylum seekers in violation of both the Refugee Convention
and U.S. refugee law.
38] –The Zero Waste Coalition and South Baltimore
Community Land Trust are proud of the steps Baltimore City has taken to break
its reliance on burning and burying. Advocate for and create infrastructure
here in the city to address our waste that is currently being burned or buried.
A big part of the waste stream is
plastics, much of which have no real way to be recycled and end up burned and
buried. When we burn plastics, they are harmful to our health in the form of
toxic pollution. A growing global movement is forming to address plastic
pollution, starting by exposing that it is not being recycled like corporate
interests invest billions in greenwashing assaults on reality.
The Zero Waste Coalition and South Baltimore
Community Land Trust are bringing you the Baltimore State of Waste Report. This
report was developed in partnership with the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
(GAIA) and six cities across the US including Baltimore City. The report has
new data that is specific to Baltimore on plastic waste and plastic pollution. Turn out on Wed., July 28 from 11 AM to noon
ET for an online Report Release and Press Conference. Dr. Dan Morhaim, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility
steering committee and long-time State delegate, will be speaking at
the press conference and representing CPSR. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-waste-report-press-conference-tickets-163395186401?emci=944fb33f-f7ee-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=a62ba1d9-0cef-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=130901.
9] –Jamie DeMarco, CCAN Action Fund [email@example.com] wants
you to join a rally on Wed., July 28 at noon ET on Capitol Hill, Jefferson
Drive and 3rd St. SW, WDC 20016. Support Frontline Communities Speaking out for
Climate Action. Register at https://actionnetwork.org/events/july-28-at-noon-on-capitol-hill-frontline-communities-for-100-clean-energy.
As Congress debates a once in a generation spending package, there is a risk
that communities on the frontline of the climate crisis will be overlooked.
Those living in the areas hit hardest by the climate crisis should be the ones
deciding the future of our energy policy -- not Exxon lobbyists. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nation [email@example.com] wants you to participate on Wed., July 28
at noon ET in a conversation with Ed Miliband. GO BIG: How to Fix Our World.
How do we provide affordable housing for everyone? How do we rein in the power
of Big Tech? How do we tackle the climate crisis? How do we really give people
back actual control over their lives? For the past four years, former British
Labour Party leader and current MP for Doncaster North, Ed Miliband has been
discovering and interviewing brilliant innovators around the world who are
successfully tackling these problems, transforming communities and pioneering
global movements. From a citizens’ assembly in Mongolia to the UK’s largest
walking and cycling network in Greater Manchester, from flexible working in
Finland to the campaign for the first halal Nando’s in Cardiff, Go Big draws on
the most imaginative and ambitious ideas to provide a vision for how to
reimagine and remake the globe.
are $10 and proceeds go directly to supporting The Nation’s journalism. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up at
Wed., July 28 at 1:30 PM ET, check out online Nuclear Security Policy in an Era
of Strategic Competition, sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace. The
speakers are Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Representative Bill
Foster (D-IL). Sign up at https://www.usip.org/events/nuclear-security-policy-era-strategic-competition. This was the promotional lead for this event:
“Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has relied on diplomacy and
the maintenance of its nuclear enterprise as a means of strategic deterrence.
However, 30 years later, Russia and China are pursuing the maintenance and
modernization of their nuclear weapons and systems — and the current U.S.
construct is ill-suited to this new, complex geopolitical environment.” This is a ridiculous statement by the US
Institute for Peace. China, for example
has 300 nukes, and has agreed to No First Use.
The U.S. is at fault, as the weapons contractors buy legislators and both
the military and the nuclear arsenal budgets are increasing. And it must be
noted that the Trump administration trashed almost every nuclear weapons
agreement with Russia and other countries.
43] –On Wed., July 28 at 3 PM ET, check
out online U.S. National Security Policy in the Indo-Pacific: A Conversation
with Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).
Please join the Center for Strategic and International Studies for a
Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with the senator, who recently visited
the region. Senator Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient
and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A
Blackhawk helicopter pilot, she was among the first handful of Army women to
fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sponsored by the Center for Strategic &
International Studies, you can register at https://www.csis.org/events/us-national-security-policy-indo-pacific-conversation-senator-tammy-duckworth. I am concerned that Duckworth will promote a
hawkish agenda rather than diplomacy.
44] –Sue at Defending Rights &
Dissent [email@example.com] wants you to participate on Wed., July 28
at 3 PM ET Fighting Against the Stalker State.
For a decade, activists from the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition have fought
on the front lines to oppose further expansion of what they term the “stalker
state.” This is the third event in the #LunchtimeLive series focused on the
“new” Biden counterterror strategy and what it means for dissent in America.
Moderator Cody Bloomfield will be joined by members of the Stop LAPD Spying
Coalition to discuss how we came to have counterinsurgency tactics in schools,
and why no amount of surveillance can eradicate terrorism and violence. RSVP at
–Get with Cuba
Update with Merri Ansara on Wed., July 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM EDT. Sign up for a Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83035933563?pwd=S3NHNlJQQVdEWHZGYThGalVPRlV0dz09.The recent events in Cuba
have generated many questions about the situation in the country, Biden
administration policy and socialism. Join in for a presentation and
update by longtime Cuba solidarity activist Merri Ansara followed by discussion
and to-do suggestions. Merri was the organizer of the five-part “Perspectives
from Havana” series in April-May, 2021, sponsored by Massachusetts
Peace Action, and was organizer of the Common Ground project, which arranged
travel for 5,000 Americans to see Cuba for themselves.
ACLU People Power [firstname.lastname@example.org] wants you to be involved on Wed., July
28 at 6 PM ET to support the Better Care Better Jobs Act and hold your Senator
accountable. Register for a conversation about how this bill will transform
Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The featured speakers will
include Ai-jen Poo, Director, Caring Across Generations and the National
Domestic Workers Alliance; Andraéa LaVant, President and Chief Inclusion
Specialist, LaVant Consulting; and Alene Shaheed, Older Adult HCBS recipient
and Self-Advocate. RSVP at https://go.peoplepower.org/event/action/23231?akid=101132.1415127.Wckfig&rd=1&source=ppem_101132&t=1.
The instructor, Alanna Hartzok
is co-founder and co-director of Earth Rights
Institute. She is the author of The Earth Belongs to Everyone, winner of the 2008 Radical
Middle Book Award. She has given many lectures and seminars on how to structure
public finance and tax policy to address issues of wealth distribution, the
environment, infrastructure, education and peace.
–Tune in to No New
Cold War with China by Jodie Evans on Wed., July 28 from 7 to 8:30
PM EDT. Register at https://masspeaceaction.org/event/no-new-cold-war-with-jodie-evans/.
Evans, co-founder of CODEPINK, and decades-long
political organizer and activist will talk about US-China relations, opposition
to a new Cold War, and her global vision for international cooperation and
has served as Director of Administration for California Governor Jerry Brown
and has travelled across the world advocating for peace and reconciliation in
places like Iran, Jordan, and Afghanistan, as well as North and South
Korea. Opposition to a new Cold War with China is founded in the push for
international cooperation over international competition or confrontation.
Toxic anti-China rhetoric not only propels the US closer to conflict with
China, but also gives rise to anti-Asian hate crimes and demonizes the Asian,
Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the US.
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