Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- July 28, 2021

37] 70th Anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention – July 28

38] Baltimore State of Waste Report– July 28

39] Support Frontline Communities speaking out for Climate Action – July 28

40] ‌GO BIG: How to Fix Our World – July 28

41] Nuclear Security Policy in an Era of Strategic Competition – July 28

42] Coffee and a Column – July 28

43] U.S. National Security Policy in the Indo-Pacific July 28

44] Fighting Against the Stalker State.  – July 28

45] Statewide Justice Task Force – July 28

46] Get with Cuba Update with Merri Ansara July 28

47] Better Care Better Jobs Act – July 28

48] Economics for a Post-Covid World July 28

49] No New Cold War with Chin – July 28


37] – 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.

 The 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

 39] – Jamie DeMarco, CCAN Action Fund [] 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 ‌‌. ‌ 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

40] – The Nation [] 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.

Tickets are $10 and proceeds go directly to supporting The Nation’s journalism. Email  Sign up at

41] – On 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  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.

42] – James J Zogby [] wants you to join him on Wed., July 28 at 2 PM ET for Coffee and a Column. Zogby will be discussing Anti-Semitism and Anti-Arab bigotry & the danger of weaponizing anti-Semitism to silence legitimate criticism of Israel. Read the column here:  To participate, register at You will receive the dial-in information for the Zoom call after you register.

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  I am concerned that Duckworth will promote a hawkish agenda rather than diplomacy.

44] –Sue at Defending Rights & Dissent [] 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

45] – Sharity Bannerman and Wayne Bethea, Justice Task Force Co-Chairs [] wants you to join a text bank on Wed., July 28 at 5:30 PM ET to call for police reform. Text Marylanders asking them to hold their representative accountable.  Discuss the importance of community oversight in policing.  Register at  You will be provided context around the script and how the system works. Use a laptop/computer for sending the texts.

46] – 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 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.

47] – Vania Leveille, ACLU People Power [] 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

48] -- The Henry George School of Social Science [] is inviting you to take a five-week course on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 PM ET. It starts on July 28 -- Economics for a Post-Covid World – and runs through Aug 18.  The global health pandemic has laid bare the flaws of neoliberal economics. Is it time for a new paradigm? Sign up at

 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.

49] – 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 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 peace. Evans 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.

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