Sunday, November 14, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- November 15 - 16, 2021

21] Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission – Nov. 15

22] Make calls for the Freedom to Vote Act. – Nov. 15 - 16

23] Emergency Election Protection Coalition -- Nov. 15

24] Official launch of strategy for the 2022 Midterm Elections – Nov. 15

25] Harvesting Justice – Nov. 15

26] Blue Victory Power Hour – Nov. 15

27] The film “Lesson Plan” -- Nov. 15

28] For the People-MD Teleconference – Nov. 15

29] Our Revolution Town Hall broadcast Nov. 15

30] See the film The Groveland Four – Nov. 15

31] Say No to weapons research at JHU – Nov. 16

32] Make calls for the Freedom to Vote Act. – Nov. 16

33] Film THE WAR GAME – Nov. 16

34] Wisconsin needs a new senator Nov. 16

35] Mobilize for peace legislation! -- Nov. 16

36] Power of Fundraising – Nov. 16

37] Want to text with Fair Fight? – Nov. 16


21] –  Jared Schablein [] is alerting you to an important virtual meeting on Mon., Nov. 15 at 3 PM ET about Congressional Redistricting organized by the Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission.  The LRAC released four proposed concept congressional maps to the public this week. None of these maps go far enough towards securing a competitive, representative MD-01.  The LRAC is again seeking public comment related to these maps. Chesapeake for Redistricting A Better Maryland (CRAB MD) has spent the past few evenings reviewing the maps, adjusting the congressional map proposal, and developing another portal through which supporters can easily and effectively sign onto and share public testimony. Join the statewide public meeting at 

22] – Join activists around the country at a virtual phonebank to urge voters in key states to demand their senators’ support the Freedom to Vote Act.  Work together to demand bold changes to our democracy to create a government that represents all of us, not big corporations or special interests. Call on voters in targeted states and connect them to their Senators to support the Freedom to Vote Act, and to eliminate the filibuster. These phone banks are subject to change based on variables. Our democracy is in crisis: with redistricting around the corner and hundreds of voter suppression laws being introduced in states across the country, we do not have time to wait. RSVP at to call on Mon., Nov. 15 from 4 to 6 PM and 6 to 8 PM ET and Tues., Nov. 16 from 3 to 5 PM ET.

23] – The Emergency Election Protection Coalition is hosting a meeting on Mon., Nov. 15 at 5 PM ET. Please submit any questions to: Progressive Democrats of America are part of the coalition. Go to

24] – Ana María Archila [] wants you to attend on Mon., Nov. 15 at 5 PM ET a 2022 Strategy Launch. The recent elections were a clear reminder that Democratic rule is under attack, and the danger of defeat in 2022 remains as alarming as ever. This is an official launch of strategy for the 2022 Midterm Elections! Hear the plan that calls for Hold the Power across all levels of government to continue the fight for a just and more equitable future. Hear from a special panel of grassroots leaders and organizers, including Make the Road Action’s Nevada Director Leo Murrieta, Florida Rising's Co-Executive Director Andrea Mercado, Detroit Action's Co-Executive Director Jennifer Disla, and Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes, who are dedicated to doing everything possible to Hold the Power in 2022. Sign up at

25] – On Mon., Nov. 15 at 7 PM, join a MD Poor Peoples Campaign meeting “Harvesting Justice.” Register to engage in political education and learn about how to take action and how to get involved.  Take on the topic of the upcoming holiday and what it means to those most impacted by poverty and other injustice. Hear back from the successful outreach weekends.  RSVP at  

26] – Join a Blue Victory Power Hour: Open Chat + Q&A on Mobilize Mondays, Nov. 15 from 7 to 8 PM ET.  This is a Virtual Community Event, organized for The Democratic National Committee.  RSVP at  Join members of Network for Progress, DMV Grassroots Coordinating Committee, DC/MD/VA for Joe, Yang Gang for Joe and volunteers from across the country for our weekly Open Chat + Q&A where the community can discuss democratic campaigns and causes. We can also try to answer your general political, policy, campaign and organizing questions. If you would like to check out the weekly Blue Victory War Room briefings, sign up starting at 6 PM ET at

27] – Susan Barnett [] wants you to know that Reel and Meal presents “Lesson Plan” on Mon., Nov. 15 at 7 PM ET.  Question: what do Benito, Adolph, and Donald have in common? Answer: their Game Plan!  This is a Hybrid Event for both live and virtual audiences! Come to the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt  to order dinner arrive by 6:30 PM ET.    Masks are required, proof of Covid vaccination is necessary required, seating limited to 42; and social distance seating is in place. The Cafe has a UV filter installed in the ductwork that is designed to kill viruses and other pathogens to make the inside air safer. Register at  A vegan meal costs $7.99 at the COOP.  Call 301 474 0522 by 1 PM ET on Monday.  Pick up is from 4 to 7 PM at the deli. The menu is Asian inspired Macro Vegetarian's Shanghai dumplings and sesame noodles with steamed broccoli.

  The “Lesson Plan” is a riveting documentary that tells the story of a 1967 California world history classroom experiment which demonstrated how the Nazis manipulated German citizens during WW2. This film shows how easily group dynamics can be transformed into group control. To teach about the appeal of fascism, teacher Ron Jones created a classroom setting in which the students became immersed in extremist group behavior. The slogan "Strength through Discipline" was introduced. Membership cards were distributed. Salutes became part of the group behavior. The experiment soon got out of Jones’s control as the students became aggressive zealots of unquestioned group-think behavior. In this film the original students and teacher share their experience and the lessons they learned in a class dubbed "The Third Wave." Associate Producer Mark Hancock and Phillip Neel will be on hand for discussion following the screening. Reel and Meal, a monthly film series focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues, is organized by the Utopia Film Festival, the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition and Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group. Email Reel and Meal email at

28] –Get involved with the For the People-MD Teleconference on Mon., Nov. 15 at 7:30 PM ET.  There are two ways to join the conference call.  Dial 1 301 715 8592 with a meeting ID: 931 3066 2622. The password is 173976. Or join by going online --  The idea is to plan how best to mobilize for the November 17 action.

29] – Our Revolution [] is concerned about corporate Democrats complaining about losing elections by insulting the majority of voters as abnormal on Mon., Nov. 15 at 8:30 PM ET.  This week, corporate Dems have a chance to help pass the Budget Bill and deliver for voters’ lives. So, of course, they’re pivoting to “normal” - aka - business as usual, which led to economic despair, Trump, climate chaos, and the crises progressives are fighting to solve.  Join the Live Monday Night Broadcast with Cleveland’s new mayor-elect Justin Bibb, Khalid Kamau, running for mayor of South Fulton, Ga., the self-described blackest city in America, and other special guests.  RSVP at

30] – Maryland Public Television (MPT) <> is doing Standing against Racism - Programming in November. On Mon., Nov. 15 at 9 PM ET, as part of Fostering Unity through Dialogue, tune into The Groveland Four. In July 1949, four young black men are accused of rape by a 17-year-old woman in rural Lake County, Florida. The case of “The Groveland Four” included a race riot, torture, multiple murders, two trials and a Supreme Court reversal. Though widely covered by the national press, the case has been largely forgotten... even though it helped lay a foundation for the Civil Rights Movement.

31] – Join us in challenging Johns Hopkins University -- Say No to Weapons Contracts at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. on Tues., Nov. 16 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.  You may consider contacting President Ron Daniels and telling him that the university should reject all military contracts, including those for killer drone and nuclear weapons research.  The president’s mailing address is Office of the President, 242 Garland Hall, The Johns Hopkins University, and 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218.  You can also reach his office by Phone: (410) 516-8068, Fax: (410) 516-6097 or email:

32] – James Jameson, RepresentUs [] wants you to join a phone bank for the Freedom to Vote Act on Tues., Nov. 16 from 5:30 to 8 PM ET. Sign up at  Also make calls to fix the filibuster.

33] –See the Film & join in a Discussion of The War Game on Tues., Nov. 16 from 7 to 9 PM EST.  The film, by Peter Watkins, is the winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. For 45 minutes, it envisions an escalating war between NATO and the USSR resulting a nuclear attack on Great Britain. Originally written for the BBC, the film was deemed too provocative by the British Broadcasting Company.  Register at Then hear from Ira Helfand, MD, a member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapon, ICAN, the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and Immediate Past President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the founding partner of ICAN and itself the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. He is also co-Founder and Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, IPPNW’s US affiliate. He is active in the Back from the Brink campaign.

34] – Brooke Adams, People's Action [] wants you to join a community forum on Tues., Nov. 16 at 7 PM ET. Which senator can unite WI voters around what really matters? Wisconsin needs a senator who helps us come together across our differences instead of exploiting them. In a healthy society, we take care of each other–but Wisconsin’s current senator, Ron Johnson, is only interested in pulling us apart.  That’s why Citizen’s Action of Wisconsin and People’s Action are hosting a community forum with the candidates who want to replace him, and you’re invited. Sign up at Sen. Johnson was accused of profiting from the COVID-19 outbreak. He spread doubt and misinformation about the vaccines. He defended the people who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and tried to stoke racial fears and division in the aftermath. Hear from these candidates: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Dr. Gillian Battino, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, Alex Lasry, and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson.

35] – Marcy, CODEPINK [] wants you to join the CODEPINK CONGRESS Calling Party to mobilize for peace legislation! Chat with peacemakers and experts on Tues., Nov. 16 at 8 PM ET. ‌‌ Join Zoom Meeting at The Meeting ID is 854 4948 1333.  Get a debrief on COP26, learn about Indigenous resistance to oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and urge our representatives to co-sponsor legislation to reduce the environmental impact of all Pentagon operations. It features Bernadette Demientieff, Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, an Indigenous organization formed in 1988 to protect sacred lands in the Arctic Refuge; Neta Crawford, Brown University Professor, Co-Founder & Co-Director, Costs of War Project; and Jodie Evans, co-founder of CODEPINK, and CODEPINK's Nancy Mancias will highlight the role of the Pentagon as the single largest institutional emitter of greenhouse gases.

36] – Emily Kaplan [] wants you to know about the Power of Fundraising on Tues., Nov. 16 at 8 PM ET.  Register at  In the last year, a record number of politicians have supported legislation that centers Palestinian human rights and holds the Israeli government accountable; members of Congress introduced legislation to block weapons sales to Israel for the first time ever; and the broader progressive movement is wholeheartedly welcoming Palestinian rights as a key piece of the progressive agenda in U.S. politics, almost unimaginable just a few years ago. To keep building on these wins in 2022 and beyond, we need to sharpen our foundational organizing skills together!

37] –   Want to text with Fair Fight? Join a texting training to see what texting with Fair Fight looks like, the texting platform, how to set up your account on it and get you all the information you need to text with Fair Fight in the future!  This is a training, NOT a text bank. No texting during this training.  To text with Fair Fight you will need either a smartphone OR a computer (you can set up the texting system on either or both). The next texting training is on Tues., Nov. 16 from 8:30 to 9:15 PM ET.  Sign up at

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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