Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 9 to 11, 2021

51] Write Biden to support democracy -- Dec. 9

52] Atomic Steppe: How Kazakhstan Gave up the Bomb – Dec. 9

53] Pass the Build Back Better Act Dec. 9

54] Nonhuman Rights Project – Dec. 9

55] Peace and Human Rights in North Korea – Dec. 9

56] Honk and Wave for Climate Action – Dec. 9

57] Prospects for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine -- Dec. 9

58] Contact Arizona voters for Freedom to Vote – Dec. 9

59] Phone bank for the Freedom to Vote Act – Dec. 9 -- 11

60] Public Citizen phone bank aimed at Sen. Manchin -- Dec. 9

61] Phone bank for the Freedom to Vote Act – Dec. 9

62] Throwdown Thursdays Dec. 9

63] Power of Text Banking -- Dec. 9


51] – On Thurs., Dec. 9, Pres. Biden is hosting a White House “Summit for Democracy” with 109 nations. “The summit will focus on challenges and opportunities facing democracies and will provide a platform for leaders to announce both individual and collective commitments, reforms, and initiatives….”  Go to to send him a written message.  Your message: Pres. Biden, You have asked other nations to announce democracy reforms today. You must act today to unify the Senate and fix or nix the filibuster.

52] – On Thurs., Dec. 9 at 11 AM, check out Atomic Steppe: How Kazakhstan Gave up the Bomb.  The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) cordially invites you to attend a book launch webinar by Dr. Togzhan Kassenova, Senior Fellow, Project on International Security, Commerce and Economic Statecraft (PISCES) at the Center for Policy Research, SUNY-Albany and author of the book “Atomic Steppe: How Kazakhstan Gave Up the Bomb,” which will be held via Zoom. The webinar will also be livestreamed to YouTube.  Sign up at

53] – ACLU People Power [] is inviting you on Thurs., Dec. 9 from noon to 2 PM ET to tell Congress: We deserve to be able to live in our own homes, not nursing homes.  Following the House, the Senate has the chance to take historic action NOW and your help is needed. Grandparents, elders Americans and Americans with disabilities across the country are gathering in Washington, D.C. to turn up the pressure on the Senate to swiftly pass the Build Back Better Act, legislation that will transform the way people access care now and in future generations. Join Caring Across Generations, grandmas, elected leaders, care workers, disability rights activists and other caregiving advocates outside the Capitol to make your voice heard.  Register at

54] – Nonhuman Rights Project [] is hosting a discussion on Thurs., Dec. 9 at 12:30 PM ET about a groundbreaking primate rights initiative. Enjoy a conversation with legal scholar Charlotte E. Blattner and Sentience Politics’ Managing Director Silvano Lieger about the historic fundamental rights for a primates citizens’ initiative that will be voted on by the residents of the Swiss canton of Basel-Stadt in February 2022. In 2016, Sentience Politics launched a citizens’ initiative in the Swiss Canton of Basel-Stadt to amend the Cantonal Constitution to grant nonhuman primates the fundamental right to life and to bodily and mental integrity. The initiative became the subject of a three-year-long legal dispute that ended in September 2020 when the Swiss Federal Supreme Court ruled that the initiative was valid and that the citizens of Basel-Stadt must be allowed to vote on it.  Register at Email

55] – On Thurs., Dec. 9 at 4 PM, participate in Peace and Human Rights in North Korea: An Argument for Ending the War.  How can ending the Korean War with a peace agreement advance human rights in North Korea? Ahead of Human Rights Day, hear from speakers Elizabeth Beavers and Su-mi Jeon as they discuss why human rights concerns must not be an obstacle to peace with North Korea. Go to

56] – On Thurs., Dec. 9 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM ET, Environment America is hosting a Honk and Wave for Climate Action at the Russell Senate Office Building, Constitution Ave. NE & First Street NE., WDC 20002. Register at

57] – James Zogby [] is participating on Thurs., Dec. 9 from 5 to 7 PM ET with Noam Chomsky and other luminaries, including Rep. McGovern in a panel discussion on the Prospects for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine, hosted by Boston Review and Standing Together. Register at

58] – On Thurs., Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 8 PM ET, phone bank to PASS The Freedom to Vote Act, hosted by the Declaration for American Democracy and Common Cause! Call Arizona voters and ask them to call their senators in support. Sign up at

59] – 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, 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. On Thurs., Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 8 PM ET: connect DE voters to Sen. Coons to ask that they do everything possible to pass the Freedom to Vote Act including fixing the filibuster. Call on Fri., Dec. 10 from 4 to 6 PM and connect NH voters to Sen. Hassan to ask that they do everything possible to pass the Freedom to Vote Act including fixing the filibuster On Sat., Dec. 11 from noon to 2 PM, 1 to 3 PM and 6 to 8 PM EST connect AZ voters to Sen. Sinema to ask that they do everything possible to pass the Freedom to Vote Act including fixing the filibuster. Register at

60] – Public Citizen []wants you to help West Virginians contact Senator Manchin to take decisive action to pass the Freedom to Vote, John Lewis Voting Rights, and DC Statehood bills.  Stop the attacks on voting rights and make democracy work for everyone. Join the Freedom to Vote Action Party on Thurs., Dec. 9 at 6 PM ET and call West Virginians and help put them in touch with their senator. This will continue each Thursday through March 31, 2022.  RSVP at

61] – There is a Freedom To Vote Act Phone Bank & Training, hosted by West Virginia Working Families Party on Thurs., Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 PM ET. The Phone Banking will be to West Virginia voters with a Patch through to Senator Manchin. Sign up at

62] – On Throwdown Thursdays, phone bank and text bank with the Progressive Maryland Team on Dec. 9 at 6 PM ET and make calls for the Edward Burroughs campaign for Prince George's County Council. To learn more about Edward, visit his website: Start using these Thursdays to throw down for progressive candidates that need help to win. New to texting? New to election work? No problem, you will be trained! Eventually once there is a roll out of election endorsements in the coming months, the time will be used to elect as many progressives into office as possible!! Sign up at

63] – Emily Kaplan [] wants you to know about the Power of Text Banking on Thurs., Dec. 9 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!

To be continued.

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