Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- July 7 - 8, 2021

32] Coffee and a Column – July 7

33] Youth taking the climate issue to the International Court of Justice – July 8

34] Community building meeting – July 8



37] KILLING GAZA – July 8

38] Praying for Baltimore – July 8

39] Policing and White Supremacy – July 8

40] #DefundLine3 Arts Training – July 8


32] – James J Zogby [] wants you to join him on Wed., July 8 from 2 to 2:30 PM ET for Coffee and a Column.  His column is about lessons to be learned from the Arab Spring ten years on. Rami Khouri, just back from Beirut, will be joining him. Read the column at Register at to receive the dial-in information for the Zoom call. After you register, you will get the dial-in information for the call.

33] – The Basel Peace Office [] wants you to attend on Thurs., July 8 at 11 AM ET a webinar  Youth taking the climate issue to the International Court of Justice. This side event at the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development includes dialogue between youth campaigners, policy makers, human rights experts and legal experts.  Why is climate litigation important? Why go to the International Court of Justice?  National policies/plans and international Climate agreements (such as the Paris Agreement) are inadequate to address the climate threat because they are subject to the political power of vested interests in the fossil fuel economy. Litigation puts human rights and law at the front, and establishes legal responsibility to ensure protection of current and future generations. The ICJ, the world's most authoritative court, will be asked to affirm how this legal responsibility applies globally. Sign up at

34] – Molly Amster [] invites you to attend a Montgomery County Community Building & Education Meeting on Thurs., July 8 from 12:30 to 2 PM ET. Join Jews United for Justice in Montgomery County for a meeting to discuss current work on building community and planning educational events! You will receive call-in instructions via email after you RSVP at

35] – Training for Change [] is offering a workshop DESIGNING DYNAMIC SPACES ONLINE on Thurs., July 8 from 2 to 4 PM ET.  The cost is on a sliding scale.  Sign up at

36] – We Have a Do-or-Die, Time-Limited Chance to Defeat White Supremacy and Big Money. If you want equal protection so that every voter counts the same regardless of color, income, age, or neighborhood, now is the time to act. If you want freedom from the influence of big money, now is the time to act. In the next months, action by people like you can create a groundswell to pass three major bills (see details in box below). One of them (S. 1) would provide sweeping reforms to end special-interest corruption in our government. Congress must act early this summer or partisan redistricting – based on a flawed census – will have happened. The House of Representatives has the votes to pass these bills, and they can pass the Senate, too - but only if We the People let our senators know how we feel.

 If these bills do not pass, action by some state legislatures will reduce the freedom to vote for targeted populations. Get Money Out – Maryland (GMOM) founded For the People – Maryland with 20 other groups to fight for these principles in the U.S. Congress.  Therefore, the filibuster rule will need to change to allow these bills to pass with a simple majority.

 While there are several Senators who haven’t formally committed, people in-the-know say if we can convince WV Senator Joe Manchin, the others will come along. Opponents are putting lots of money into WV, and we need to fight back. WV residents tell us that Manchin is often willing to do a 180 degree turn if he gets enough pressure. Volunteers asking his constituents to contact him could trigger the biggest reform since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Make calls to WV residents on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Please sign up to call on Thurs., July 8 from 6 to 8 PM ET and try to convince one friend to do so also!  There is good training and support throughout!  Go to  CALL WEST VIRGINIANS.

37] –Amar Ahmad, Massachusetts Peace Action [] wants to tell you about a film t0 be screened on Thurs., July 8 at 6 PM ET.  KILLING GAZA was done by Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen. After watching the film, hear from the filmmakers and journalists for a conversation about the film, Gaza, Palestine, Israel, and US policy. In Killing Gaza, journalists Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal documented Israel’s 2014 war on Gaza. Yet this film is much more than a documentary about Palestinian resilience and suffering. It is a chilling visual document of war crimes committed by the Israeli military, featuring direct testimony and evidence from the survivors. Register at

38] – The Black Lives Matter Interfaith Coalition invites you to an hour of holding space and offering prayers for all affected by violence in Baltimore. Mourn the recent murders of Safe Streets workers and pray for all who grieve, as well as for healing for our city.  This Zoom meeting is open to anyone who would like to be present in an online space of prayer and love. You are invited to enter the Zoom in silence and to offer prayers as you feel led. Sit together in silent prayer as well as spoken prayers for Baltimore, especially for the families, friends and communities of the recent shootings, and for healing and peaceful conflict resolution.

Praying for Baltimore will happen on Thurs., July 8 from 7 to 8 PM ET.  To join the Zoom Meeting, go to  The Meeting ID is 912 6581 1566, and the Passcode is 139362.  Contact Julie Lauver at or 443-415-6233 (cell).

39] –  AFSC [] wants you to  Register for “Policing and white supremacy” on Thurs., July 8 at 8 PM ET. White supremacy and policing have been intertwined since the days of slave patrols. Examine this relationship and how we can end it. This webinar is part of a “Community Safety Beyond Policing” series.   Register at

40] –Stop the Money Pipeline [] wants your help on Thurs., July 8 at 8 PM ET for a #DefundLine3 Arts Training.  As unprecedented heatwaves and drought assail much of the country, we need to shout it from the rooftops, paint the streets & cover the walls: #DefundLine3. From July 12-18, activists will be putting up hundreds of beautiful #DefundLine3 posters in cities all across the country. The training will be with long-time movement artists, David Solnit and Cy Wagoner from the NDN Collective.  Sign up at Understand the basics of how to do banner drops, street murals and everything you need to know to cover your entire town in #DefundLine3 art. The Peace Poets will be sharing songs and advice on how to use song and music in your actions. 

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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