Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- November 17 - 18, 2021

38] Get on the bus in Lutherville -- Nov. 17

39] Get on the bus in Columbia – Nov. 17

40] Get on the bus in Catonsville -- Nov. 17

41] Voting Rights Now Protest – Nov. 17

42] Zoom Workshop in Support of the "Freedom to Vote Act" – Nov. 17

43] Nuclear Peace in South Asia -- Nov. 17

44] International Preparedness and COVID-19 Response Act – Nov. 17

45] China’s Nuclear Expansion – Nov. 17

46] Protect your 401(k) from climate change.  – Nov. 17

47] Make calls for the Freedom to Vote Act. – Nov. 17 - 18

48] Execution Vigil for David Cox – Nov. 17

49] Working Families Party New Era Slate Launch – Nov. 17

50] Transform Art in Action – Nov. 17

51] Media, Politics and Palestine – Nov. 17

52] Feminist Futures Nov. 17

53] Costs of War at Home – Nov. 17


38] – Reserve bus tickets from Lutherville to the Freedom to Vote rally in Black Lives Matter Plaza. Nix the filibuster, and restore voting rights, ban dark money, end gerrymandering, and protect the process of vote counting itself. This event is organized by the Declaration for American Democracy, People for the American WayLeague of Women Voters US, Black Voters Matter, the Democracy Initiative, For the People – Maryland, and many other organizations. Meet at the LUTHERVILLE LIGHT RAIL STATION, Ridgely Road just west of York Road. Park in the light rail parking lot. Arrive NO LATER THAN 7:45 AM, as the bus will leave at 8 AM. You must be Covid-vaccinated, and masks are required. This is limited to the first 40 riders who pre-purchase a $15 ticket. Bring proof of ticket purchase. If you can provide or need a ride via carpool, contact Joe Adams at joeadamsmd@gmail.com. The bus will leave D.C. at 12:30 PM. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bus-from-lutherville-md-to-the-white-house-wed-nov-17th-2021-tickets-205706282027?link_id=3&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-voting-rights-now-our-revolution-baltimore&email_referrer=email_1352993&email_subject=meeting-date-change-our-revolution-baltimore.

39] – The final “Freedom to Vote Rally” at the White House will be on Wed., Nov. 17. Your participation is all part of the combined efforts to be heard in the struggle for the freedom to vote and against the spread of voter suppression.  There will be car-pooling into D.C.  Gather at the Broken Land Parkway park-and-ride (West lot), 9601 Broken Land Parkway, Columbia 21045 at 8 AM and leaving no later than 8:15 AM. You will arrive outside the Capital Hilton in DC at 16th and I NW. Gather with multiple organizations at 9:30 AM and march to the White House at 10 AM to hear great speakers and make our voices heard. At that point, some participants will engage in civil resistance which is subject to arrest.  The event should end at noon, and riders will reconvene to carpool home.  Bring a mask and practice safe social distancing!  There is a link to event information at https://www.facebook.com/events/898734430768448.  RSVP at https://act.indivisible.org/event/attend-local-actions/164736/signup/?source=email_link1&utm_source=email&utm_medium=link1&akid=73643%2E839288%2ERPbecW.

40] – Reserve bus tickets from Catonsville to the Freedom to Vote rally in Black Lives Matter Plaza. Nix the filibuster, and restore voting rights, ban dark money, end gerrymandering, and protect the process of vote counting itself. This event is organized by the Declaration for American Democracy, People for the American WayLeague of Women Voters US, Black Voters Matter, the Democracy Initiative, For the People – Maryland, and many other organizations. Meet at the CATONSVILLE WALMART PARKING LOT. Park between the WALMART and Route 40, 6205 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville 21228--just west of the Beltway, Arrive by 8:30 AM, as the BUS LEAVES CATONSVILLE AT 8:50 AM!

You must be Covid-vaccinated, and masks are required. This is limited to the first 40 riders who pre-purchase a $15 ticket. Bring proof of ticket purchase. If you can provide or need a ride via carpool, notify Joe Adams: joeadamsmd@gmail.comFor the return trip, board the bus by 12:15 SHARP. The bus will depart for the return trip at 12:30 SHARP. Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bus-from-catonsville-md-to-the-white-house-wed-nov-17th-2021-tickets-205736432207?link_id=4&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-voting-rights-now-our-revolution-baltimore&email_referrer=email_1352993&email_subject=meeting-date-change-our-revolution-baltimore.

41] – Join a Voting Rights Now Protest on Wed., Nov. 17 from 10 AM to 2 PM ET, hosted by the People For the American Way at Black Lives Matter Plaza, I Street NW & 16th Street NW, WDC.  Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/. Demand that President Biden use his bully pulpit to urge the Senate to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to pass Voting Rights Protections.

42] – On Wed., Nov. 17  from 10 AM to 2 PM ET, participate in a "Letter To the Editor" Zoom Workshop in Support of the "Freedom to Vote Act."  Common Cause has created a tool that you can use to look up your local papers and send multiple papers a 300-word "Letter to the Editor" (LTE) through one click. In this Zoom Study Hall, Abbey, a grassroots organizer, will be on to help formulate your personal story about why this bill is important to you and help you to fit it into the 300-word limit. By the end of the Zoom, you will send your LTE to your local papers. Register at https://www.mobilize.us/pfaw/event/395758/?followup_modal_context=newsletter.

43] – On Wed., Nov. 17 at 10:30 AM, check out the webinar Nuclear Peace in South Asia?  Most discussions on future nuclear arms control focus narrowly on U.S. negotiations with Russia and potential negotiations with China. This leaves out two pairs of nuclear-armed competitors that engage in border clashes—India and China and Pakistan and India. Are there more inclusive approaches to reduce the nuclear dangers involving these countries? If so, what might be the most productive way to proceed, given evolving technologies and the worsening security conditions in southern Asia? Michael Krepon will focus on the future of arms control as argued in his recently published book, Winning and Losing the Nuclear Peace. He will be joined in conversation by Beenish Pervaiz and Debak Das. The event is sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Sign up at https://ceip.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Rnk9ykd9Rtqcfw0-XK5aXg.

44] – Akshita Siddula [info@email.actionnetwork.org] wants you to get involved on Wed., Nov. 17 at noon to DEMAND a handful of senators end a hold on the International Preparedness and COVID-19 Response Act (S.2297). Help to get them to ACT NOW. We have already lost more than 700,000 lives in the U.S. and 5 million globally to COVID-19, yet the Senate continues to sit on this bill. Gather at Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Ave. NW, WDC 20001 to urge the Senate to vaccinate the world, stop the variants, and pandemic-proof the planet by passing S.2297 into law by the end of this year. Can you be there? RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/rally-to-prevent-pandemics/?link_id=1&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-urgent-call-to-action-join-us-in-dc-on-1117-to-demand-senators-end-covid-2&email_referrer=email_1347774&email_subject=urgent-call-to-action-join-us-in-dc-on-1117-to-demand-senators-end-covid.

 Paul Davis [info@email.actionnetwork.org] needs your help on Wed., Nov. 17 at noon in an important protest to end COVID and prevent the sequel. Can you bring ashes of your loved ones killed by COVID to the rally? Can you help? https://www.r2haction.org/covid-rally?link_id=1&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-breakthrough-for-global-covid-vaccines-international-pandemic-fund&email_referrer=email_1351979&email_subject=request-for-ashes-of-those-killed-by-covid.

45] – On Wed., Nov. 17 at 2 PM ET, catch China’s Nuclear Expansion: The Challenges, Implications, and Risk Reduction Options. As the Biden administration continues to conduct a review of U.S. nuclear weapons policy scheduled to be completed in early 2022, China appears to be in pursuit of a significant and concerning expansion of the diversity and the size of its nuclear forces. Speakers will address the factors that appear to be driving China to augment its nuclear capabilities and what those advancements mean for strategic and regional stability, the importance of dialogue and engagement with Beijing on nuclear risk reduction and options for doing so, and the implications of China’s nuclear advances for U.S. nuclear force posture and modernization.  Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, will moderate.  Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mya6wmlXSCayRmeOmfVNbA.

46] --Wes Rogerson, Environmental Defense Fund [takeaction@email.edf.org] informed us that the Department of Labor is taking a step to protect your 401(k) from climate change.  On Wed., Nov. 17 at 3 PM ET, join a team of experts to learn how! More than 140 million workers participate in 401(k) or other ERISA plans, yet less than 3% of employee retirement savings plans include climate-friendly investing options. That’s why the U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that will open the way for new, sustainable retirement plans that account for climate and other environmental, social and governmental (ESG) factors! Join the Environmental Defense Fund — in partnership with U.S. Department of Labor, Ceres, and others — to discuss this new rule and how it will shape the future of environmentally minded investments! Sign up at https://ceres-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uUDKSJYlT3-XpOImBu1L7A.

47] – Join Common Cause 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 https://www.mobilize.us/pfaw/event/376178/?utm_source=PFAW to call on Wed., Nov. 17 from 4 to 6 PM and 6 to 8 PM ET and Thurs., Nov. 18 from 6 to 8 PM ET.

48] – Abe // Death Penalty Action [info@deathpenaltyaction.org] needs your participation on Wed., Nov. 17 at 6 PM ET as the execution of David Cox is scheduled.  Join a live, informative and prayerful on-line vigil by registering at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W--S7JMnQqaBEjf0dy56pg?link_id=1&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-mississippi-burning&email_referrer=email_1357934&email_subject=mississippi-burning. There will be a press conference at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, featuring leading Mississippi death penalty opponents, including faith leaders and leaders of various organizations concerned with civil and human rights in the state. Then a prayerful protest vigil will take place in front of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

49] – The Progressive Maryland Team [info@progressivemaryland.org] wants you to join the Progressive Maryland Working Families Party New Era Slate Launch on Wed., Nov. 17 from 6 to 8 PM EST. Register at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/neweranov17th.  RSVP at pgmd.us/SlateLaunch.

50] –It's time to Reframe the issues that have been used to divide us and start the conversations that can restore our faith in each other, renew hope, and repair the social fabric of this country that has been torn apart! People’s Action and Amplifier Art are co-hosting Reframe: Transform Art in Action on Wed., Nov. 17 at 7 PM ET, during which community leaders and artists will share messages that expose the heart of the most important movements of our times, and reveal the power of deep conversations in creating political transformation. The first 100 people to register will get a limited edition AR-activated poster, so sign up at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/v1l6g0yb/register?link_id=5&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-its-time-to-reframe-to-repair-our-communities&email_referrer=email_1348290&email_subject=its-time-to-reframe-to-repair-our-communities.  Join Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Allie Young, founder of Protect the Sacred, and Valarie Kaur, who leads the Revolutionary Love Project and special guests to talk about the values that inspire their work, and can inspire us all.

51] – Tune into Media, Politics and Palestine with anti-war Journalist Ryan Wentz on Wed., Nov. 17 from 7 to 8 PM EST. As the ongoing oppression and occupation of the Palestinian people continues, executed by the Israeli government and supported by the U.S. government, extremist Zionist settlers provoked another round of war this year in Palestine/Israel. As Israel subjugates the Palestinian people and wages war, the corporate U.S. media reflexively blames “both sides” creating a false equivalence between the nuclear-armed state of Israel and the stateless Palestinian people. With regards to Palestine, and broader issues of U.S. foreign policy, young and creative journalists are creating infrastructures to distribute information outside of the traditional, corporate media. Ryan (@queeralamode on Twitter) currently works for MintPress News and has a background in Palestine solidarity organizing and anti-war activism. Ryan previously organized with CODEPINK.  Register at bit.ly/ryanwentz.

52] – WomensMarch.com [info@womensmarch.com] wants you to participate in the last Feminist Futures Institute on Wed., Nov. 17 at 7 PM ET. Through an interactive, story-based digital event, seek to answer the question: What does a feminist future look like? This concluding episode will conclude with a guided, action-oriented healing justice and self-work session. The theme for this Wednesday is Our feminist future. Register at https://www.mobilize.us/womensmarch/event/405870/?akid=9036.508952.qHTmaJ&rd=1&t=1&utm_campaign=em20211019’. A new date has been added on Mon., Nov. 22 at 7 PM.  The theme is Everyday women are the protagonists.

53] – United for Peace & Justice presents the Costs of War at Home on Thurs., Nov. 18 at 8 PM EST. The webinar will highlight UFPJ member groups’ and allies’ work to raise awareness of the impacts of war industries in communities around the U.S., including approaches ranging from focusing on particular armament companies to the use of local resolutions to educate publics about endless funding for the military while the frontline services provided by local government are short-changed. Register here and learn from other activists about campaigns and strategies you can take back to your community: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqdeusrDssHdeQVKDz7pp2qb0TooNEo5g8?link_id=3&can_id=f9fa76b21c944506c4bbd0775033b903&source=email-the-costs-of-war-at-home-a-united-for-peace-and-justice-webinar&email_referrer=email_1354122&email_subject=the-costs-of-war-at-home-a-united-for-peace-and-justice-webinar. Some of the presenters include Carley Towne, with Code Pink’s Divest from the War Machine campaign and Ken Jones with the campaign against Raytheon in Asheville, NC.

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

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