Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 28 -- July 3, 2022

34] Starvin’ for Justice – June 28 – July 3

35] Unpack the Court – June 29

36] Impact of the War in Ukraine for the Future of European Security – June 29

37] Real Cost of ICBMs – June 29

38] Make Calls with the DNC National Call Crew – June 29 - 30

39] Door Knocking for Brooke – June 29 – 30

40] Our Revolution phone bank – June 29 and 30

41] SICKO Reunion June 29

42] Medicare for All – June 29

43] Winning Workers Rights – June 29

44] January 6 hearings June 29

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34] – Abe // Death Penalty Action [info@deathpenaltyaction.org]  wants you to know that the 29th annual Starvin’ for Justice will take place from Tues., June 28 at 11 PM through Sun., July 3 at 11 PM. Register for all programming of Starvin' for Justice: The 29th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the US Supreme Court. The same zoom link should work for all events: see https://bit.ly/Starvin4JusticeSchedule2022.  Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yWaSUCneRTSF_zdMK0DOfQ.

35] – On Wednesday, June 29, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET, just days after the Supreme Court’s egregious decision overturning the national right to abortion, join leading experts at The Century Foundation to dissect the ruling, its implications, and the paths open to safeguard fundamental reproductive freedoms. TCF experts with decades of political and policy experience in the fields of health care and maternal health, economic and disability justice, and education will share their reactions to the decision—and discuss how the ruling will make life tougher for tens of millions of Americans across the country, particularly Black, Brown, and low-income communities.  Register at https://tcf.org/.

36] -- What Will Be the Impact of the War in Ukraine for the Future of European Security?  This will be discussed on Wed., June 29, at 1 PM ET at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. Email events@​cato.​org. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has produced big changes in NATO and EU states. But shock at Russia’s aggression and fear of its future intentions seem to point in one direction, whereas its dismal military performance and its vulnerability to economic punishment seem to point in another. NATO and EU expansion are once again on the table. Will the aftermath of the war strengthen NATO and, with it, the central U.S. position in European security? Or can Russian aggression impel greater non‐​NATO security cooperation, giving European states and the EU a larger role to play and a greater say over security affairs in Europe? On the first day of NATO’s summit in Madrid, please join Nicole Koenig and Barry Posen for a discussion of what the war in Ukraine suggests about the future of European security. RSVP at https://www.cato.org/events/what-will-be-impact-war-ukraine-future-european-security.

37] -- On Wed., June 29 at 1 PM, check out the Real Cost of ICBMs: U.S. Economic Development beyond Defense [sic] Spending.  The theme is Building a Movement for Nuclear and Economic Justice. Join Global Zero for a virtual panel for the forthcoming report, “The Real Cost of ICBMs: U.S. Economic Development beyond Defense [sic] Spending.” The report assesses the available information on the economic impact of U.S. land-based nuclear missiles, and explores alternatives for sustaining jobs and communities beyond reliance on military spending.  The event will bring together experts from nuclear strategy, the economics of the defense [sic] industry, and climate change mitigation as well as other fields to discuss the prospects for and challenges to planning a stable, democratic future for U.S. communities beyond reliance on military spending as an economic development program. The speakers are Matt Korda, Federation of American Scientists, and Heidi Peltier, Brown University Costs of War Project. RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LOPpy7QMTrG6_lY-gXsy0w.

38] – Make Calls virtually with the DNC National Call Crew through Thursday, June 30. Call voters in battleground states to build strength for the 2022 Midterms. Please email digitalorganizing@dnc.org. Sign up for calls  on Wed., June 29 and Thurs., June 30 from 2 to 3 PM, 3 to 4 PM, 4 to 5 PM, 5 to 6 PM, 6 to 7 PM and 7 to 8 PM ET. Register at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/388091/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_most_popular_virtual.

39] – Do some Door Knocking for Brooke in Your Neighborhood on Wed., June 29 and Thurs., June 30 from 2 to 4 PM ET!  This event’s address is private. Sign up for the details: https://www.mobilize.us/brookeliermanforcomptroller/event/449990/?followup_modal_context=newsletter. Canvass in your community and share Brooke's vision to transform the Comptroller's office to work for every Marylander. YOU CAN DO THIS ON YOUR OWN TIME, SELECTING A DATE IS REQUIRED TO USE THIS FORM. YOU CAN KNOCK WHENEVER WORKS FOR YOU. Once you sign up the team will follow up with everything you need to knock on doors including materials, a t-shirt, stickers, and a quick training.

40] – Our Revolution [info@ourrevolution.com] would like you to phone bank on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 PM ET. There are more than 8 million voters across the country who identify as progressive. These numbers suggest progressives can win at every level of government, but the voters must go to the polls! Sign up to join the Our Revolution phone bank force at https://www.mobilize.us/ourrevolution/event/440081/?akid=2556.8252965.t1Ai8m&rd=1&t=11. Sign up for Wed., June 29 and Thurs., June 33.  

41] – Progressive Democrats of America [info@pdamerica.org] think you may want a see the Sicko Reunion on Wed., June 29 at 8 PM ET. Join PDA and Healthcare-NOW for a very special online event. In spring of 2007, Michael Moore released a blockbuster documentary showing the extraordinary damage the U.S. healthcare system inflicts upon ordinary Americans. Story by story, SiCKO pulled back the veil of how ordinary illness and injury, when paired with deadly healthcare profiteering, leads to suffering, financial ruin, and even death.  Donna and Larry Smith were two of the patients featured in the film. Donna remains deeply invested in the movement to secure healthcare justice as Chair of PDA's Advisory Board and Co-Chair of the Healthcare Issue Organizing Team.

Fifteen years later, the patients featured in SiCKO are back.  Their extraordinary stories impacted Congress, shaped the Affordable Care Act, and helped to launch the modern Medicare for All movement. Reflect on the impact SiCKO made and celebrate the victories over the past 15 years and the road still remaining to win a just healthcare system! You can watch the reunion on https://www.facebook.com/HealthcareNow/videos or https://www.youtube.com/user/HealthcareNOWNatnl. If you have a question for the guests, go to https://www.healthcare-now.org/ask-the-sicko-patients/.

42] – Sofia Sepulveda [info@medicare4all.org] invites you to a webinar on Wed., June 29 at 8 PM ET -- the intersection of Medicare for All, communities of color, and the fight for LBGTQIA+ equality. RSVP at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApdu2tqTkrEtG4GDvqopXz-nQ-1ujZuHUC?akid=148311.162593.O3bL7V&rd=1&t=3.

43] –In These Times [itt@inthesetimes.com] wants your attention on Wed., June 29 at 8 PM ET for Winning Worker Rights Campaigns. Join the Democratic Socialists of America to discuss what worker justice campaign strategies have worked, what’s been won, and the path forward. RSVP at https://act.dsausa.org/signup/how-we-win-local-worker-rights-campaigns?link_id=3&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-america-has-embraced-forced-pregnancy-the-spectacular-failure-of-the-wto-to-fight-covid-2&email_referrer=email_1588442&email_subject=watch-live-online-this-wednesday-winning-worker-rights-campaigns.

44] – Common Cause Activists [causenet@commoncause.org] are holding a webinar on Wed., June 29 at 8 PM ET about a what has been learned from the January 6 hearings.  The January 6th hearings have exposed just how seriously former President Trump's lies about the 2020 election have threatened our country. One idea is to mobilize to protect every voter and make sure that candidates have a plan to strengthen our democracy so nothing like this can ever happen again. RSVP at HTTPS://WWW.MOBILIZE.US/COMMONCAUSE/EVENT/428300/?LINK_ID=0&CAN_ID=4B9D4061AEC5469758759317AC0F5285&SOURCE=EMAIL-JOIN-US-WEDNESDAY-NIGHT-6&EMAIL_REFERRER=EMAIL_1588379&EMAIL_SUBJECT=JOIN-US-WEDNESDAY-NIGHT. The next webinar will be on July 27.

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

Supreme Court’s Abortion Ruling Shows What Happens When Democracy Is Thwarted

Published on Portside (https://portside.org/)

Supreme Court’s Abortion Ruling Shows What Happens When Democracy Is Thwarted

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, et al.

June 24, 2022

Brennan Center for Justice

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There is a straight line from Amer­ica’s broken systems of demo­cracy to the Supreme Court’s cata­strophic major­ity ruling in Dobbs v. Jack­son Women’s Health. That’s because both abor­tion access and systems of civic parti­cip­a­tion and repres­ent­a­tion are essen­tial for autonomy and equal­ity.

Abor­tion enables people to exer­cise self-determ­in­a­tion over their bodies and their family lives so that they are not rendered second-class citizens by the unique burdens of preg­nancy and child­bear­ing. A func­tion­ing demo­cracy protects these very same values: polit­ical self-determ­in­a­tion requires voters to be able to effect­ively choose who governs, and the ballot lets voters defend them­selves against policies that threaten their rights. 

Below, Bren­nan Center experts exam­ine these fail­ings and what lies ahead.

Fair Elections and Reproductive Freedom Go Hand in Hand

By Ian Vandewalker

The move­ments to elim­in­ate abor­tion and restrict the vote are both under­girded by many of the same power­ful forces. Before it over­turned Roe v. Wade, the conser­vat­ive major­ity on the Supreme Court spent the past decade slash­ing campaign finance laws, hobbling the Voting Rights Act, and allow­ing partisan gerry­man­der­ing.

Today, many states that have enacted restrict­ive voting laws, like Arizona, Geor­gia, and Texas, have also pushed constraints on abor­tion access. And major corpor­a­tions like AT&T and Coca-Cola have made dona­tions to state lawmakers who advance both voter suppres­sion and abor­tion restric­tions.

Anti-abor­tion rhet­oric is even show­ing up in campaigns for secret­ary of state, a posi­tion that has no role in the regu­la­tion of health care. In Arizona and Michigan, elec­tion denial candid­ates running on lies about the 2020 race being “stolen” from Trump have also weighed in on the abor­tion debate.

In our post-Roe, post-Dobbs future, protect­ing and expand­ing access to abor­tion neces­sar­ily entails parti­cip­at­ing in the fight for fair elec­tions. Every­one who values autonomy and equal­ity must redouble their commit­ment to both.

In Many States, Gerrymandering Blocks the Abortion Policy the Public Wants

By Sonali Seth and Michael Li

The major­ity opin­ion in Dobbs asserts that women need not worry about the impact of the decision on repro­duct­ive autonomy because they can turn to the polit­ical process and vote out lawmakers who pass abor­tion restric­tions and bans. But the real­ity is that by fail­ing to rein in partisan gerry­man­der­ing and consist­ently gutting voting rights protec­tions, the Supreme Court has rendered that impossible.  

Consider Texas, home to one of the nation’s most restrict­ive and contro­ver­sial abor­tion laws. Partis­ans there aggress­ively redrew legis­lat­ive maps during last year’s redis­trict­ing to trans­form a once compet­it­ive state legis­lature into a safely Repub­lican one. Before, Demo­crats only needed to win a little more than half the vote to be favored to win control of the Texas House. After brazen redraw­ing of the maps, they now need to win more than 56.2 percent of the vote to be favored to win even a bare major­ity. Mean­while, Repub­lic­ans only need 43.9 percent for a major­ity.  

Such game rigging to create unac­count­able endur­ing partisan major­it­ies — green­lit by the Supreme Court in 2019 in Rucho v. Common Cause — stands in stark contrast with maps drawn by more neut­ral bodies.

For instance, in Michigan, the inde­pend­ent commis­sion created by voters conver­ted maps that had been biased in favor of Repub­lic­ans into ones where both major parties have a reas­on­able chance to win control. Like­wise, in North Caro­lina, state courts rely­ing on the state consti­tu­tion threw out maps designed to guar­an­tee Repub­lic­ans a super­ma­jor­ity and put in place a balanced altern­at­ive, making it much less likely that Repub­lic­ans will be able to over­ride a gubernat­orial veto.  

Unfor­tu­nately, the Supreme Court has abdic­ated respons­ib­il­ity for making sure that the checks and balances in our demo­cratic system work. It is now up to voters to fight for reforms — at both the state and federal level — to ensure voters can, in fact, make their voices heard when politi­cians get it wrong.

The Supreme Court Has Undermined the Tools It Says Can Be Used to Protect Abortion Rights

By Madiba Dennie

The Supreme Court has dealt a crit­ical blow to both bodily and polit­ical autonomy. Recog­niz­ing the over­whelm­ing popular­ity of abor­tion rights and public support for the preced­ent of Roe v. Wade, the Court’s major­ity offers the fran­chise as a rotten olive branch of sorts: the opin­ion para­dox­ic­ally suggests citizens in each state can vote about the legal­ity of abor­tion while simul­tan­eously ignor­ing the Court’s own role in dismant­ling crucial voting protec­tions and making people’s full citizen­ship condi­tional on their repro­duct­ive status. 

Among a host of damaging decisions, two stand out. In Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court hollowed out Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, dramat­ic­ally weak­en­ing the federal govern­ment’s abil­ity to prevent discrim­in­at­ory laws from going into effect. Then in Brnovich v. DNC, the Court gutted Section 2, hinder­ing voters from chal­len­ging these laws in court after enact­ment. 

The Supreme Court’s open hostil­ity toward voting rights and abor­tion rights has enabled a surge of laws under­min­ing both. Last year, for instance, 18 states passed 34 laws making it harder to vote, account­ing for over one-third of all restrict­ive voting laws passed in more than a decade. These state laws are curtail­ing the polit­ical parti­cip­a­tion of people of color. And at least 16 states have passed laws banning abor­tion before viab­il­ity, inten­tion­ally defy­ing the consti­tu­tional stand­ard espoused in Roe.

Perversely, communit­ies of color are dispro­por­tion­ately harmed by both forms of restric­tions. And the consequences are troub­lingly connec­ted. As the Supreme Court once recog­nized — and as data has since borne out — abor­tion is essen­tial to “the abil­ity of women to parti­cip­ate equally in the economic and social life of the nation.” Voting, too, is crit­ical for people’s abil­ity to parti­cip­ate in their soci­opol­it­ical community and exer­cise some say over the governance of their lives. Voter suppres­sion and state repro­duct­ive control are, there­fore, mutu­ally rein­for­cing, work­ing in tandem to curb civic and polit­ical parti­cip­a­tion, espe­cially for women of color.

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Source URL: https://portside.org/2022-06-24/supreme-courts-abortion-ruling-shows-what-happens-when-democracy-thwarted

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

 

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 27 -- July 3

21] Volunteer with Progressive Maryland

22] Make Calls with the DNC National Call Crew – June 27 - 28

23] Door Knocking for Brooke – June 27 – 28

24] Voter Protection Phone banks with Common Cause – June 28, July 1 and 3

25] Election Protection webinar – June 27

26] Phone bank for a pro-peace candidate – June 27 – 28

27] Justice Task Force 2022 Elections Phone Bank – June 27

28] Phone bank for Beto -- June 27 & July 2

29] Our Revolution National Organizing Broadcast – June 27

30] Last day to register in Maryland – June 28

31] Tell Putin stop the killing – June 28

32] Invest in a solar company – June 28

33] Our Revolution phone bank – June 28, 29 and 30

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21] – Progressive Maryland has volunteer teams helping with different pieces of its voter outreach: Door knocking team- several locations; Phone bankers- can be done from home; Text bankers- can be done from home and Poll watchers/canvassers for Early Voting- several locations. Sign up to contact voters for top progressive candidates: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc45l_3e5aPDYmsGePrd86okVq7ki9ABE5rq1b0a4DFa5TWIw/viewform?emci=deab0c57-78ed-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&emdi=54f07768-8ded-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&ceid=136680.

22] – Make Calls virtually with the DNC National Call Crew through Thursday, June 30. Call voters in battleground states to build strength for the 2022 Midterms. Please email digitalorganizing@dnc.org. Sign up for calls on Mon., June 27 make calls from 2 to 3 PM, 3 to 4 PM, 4 to 5 PM, 5 to 6 PM, 6 to 7 PM, 7 to 8 PM, 8 to 9 PM and 9 and 10 PM ET and on Tues., June 28 from 2 to 3 PM, 3 to 4 PM, 4 to 5 PM, 5 to 6 PM, 6 to 7 PM and 7 to 8 PM ET. Register at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/388091/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_most_popular_virtual.

23] – Do some Door Knocking for Brooke in Your Neighborhood on Mon., June 27 and Tues., June 28 from 2 to 4 PM ET!  This event’s address is private. Sign up for the details: https://www.mobilize.us/brookeliermanforcomptroller/event/449990/?followup_modal_context=newsletter. Canvass in your community and share Brooke's vision to transform the Comptroller's office to work for every Marylander. YOU CAN DO THIS ON YOUR OWN TIME, SELECTING A DATE IS REQUIRED TO USE THIS FORM. YOU CAN KNOCK WHENEVER WORKS FOR YOU. Once you sign up the team will follow up with everything you need to knock on doors including materials, a t-shirt, stickers, and a quick training.

24] – Join the Voter Protection Phone banks with Common Cause to 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 voters in New Hampshire to connect them with Gov. Sununu and encourage him to veto SB 418 and voters in Michigan to recruit them for events happening around their state. These phone banks are subject to change based on variables outside of our control (i.e. a Senator's mailbox is full).

  On Sundays, call voters in Michigan to recruit them for events happening around their state. On Tuesdays (in partnership with Newburyport Indivisible-RISE), call New Hampshire voters to connect them with Gov. Sununu and encourage him to veto SB 418.  On Fridays, there will be the Our Democracy phone bank. These shifts also always will include training for first-timers before you make calls! On Tues., June 28 from 4 to 6 PM ET, Fri., July 1 from 4 to 6 PM ET and Sun., July 3 from 6 to 8 PM ET. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/event/376178/?followup_modal_context=newsletter.

25] – The Emergency Election Protection Coalition is happening at 4:30 PM ET on Mon., June 27. Please submit any questions to: Solartopia@gmail.com. Sign up at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYldumtrjIiH9L7_KfcFV1n8ynuO3anTGwp. Progressive Democrats of America are part of the coalition.

26] – Lilly Dragnev, Peace Action [info@peaceaction.org] is asking you to get involved in a virtual Get-Out-The-Vote phone banks for Kina Collins on Election Eve and Election Day. This is the final chance to talk to people in IL-07 about Kina’s journey to fight gun violence and bring power to Chicago’s marginalized communities.  You will get a full training and be set you up if you’re new to phone banking or if you’re a seasoned phone banker you can get started right away! There will be a host and co-host on the Zoom call to support you the entire time you are available to phone bank. You do not need to be available for all the scheduled time to attend, whatever time you have to help is appreciated.  Kina Collins will take on the military industrial complex! Sign up at https://www.kinacollins.com/events/?emci=88e08714-eaf3-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&emdi=b85d665c-3bf5-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&ceid=218683.

 Support a pro-peace candidate by phone banking. The times available are Mon., June 27 at 4 PM and 7 PM ET and Tues., June 28 at 8 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM ET and 5 PM ET.

27] –  On Mon., June 27 at 5:30 PM ET, get with the Progressive Maryland Justice Task Force 2022 Elections Phone Bank on Mondays. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/progressivemaryland/event/466618/?followup_modal_context=organization_newsletter_custom_recommendations. Phone bank for Gabriel Acevero, MD State Delegate, District 39. This will continue on Mon, July 4 and Mon., July 11 from 6 to 8 PM EDT.

28] – Beto for Texas [info@betoorourke.com] needs volunteers to help elect Beto. All hands are needed on deck. ‌ ‌Make calls on Mondays 7 to 10:30 PM ET and Saturdays 2:30 to 4:30 PM ET. Register at‌https://www.mobilize.us/betofortexas/event/438569/?utm_source=ema20220616-194191.‌ 

29] – On Mon., June 27 at 8:30 PM ET, Our Revolution is hosting its Monday Night National Organizing Broadcast. Visit https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/148017/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_do_it_again. Hear from Rep. Ro Khanna, a representative of SSSSEIU and several low wage workers. Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/993867009 or https://www.facebook.com/events/3008524382797608.

30] – Tues., June 28 is the deadline to register to vote or verify voter registration information in Maryland.  Visit https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration/InstructionsStep1?emci=2c08bdcd-6cd1-ec11-b656-281878b8c32f&emdi=ea000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001&ceid=569946.

31] – Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center on Tues., June 28 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM ET for joining the CODEPINK call for support demonstrations for the people of Ukraine.  Gather at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. The invasion of Ukraine has the potential to become a war extending throughout Europe.  Putin has destroyed Aleppo and Grozny and has threatened the use of nuclear weapons.  Russian soldiers were sent into the area around the contaminated and still radioactive Chernobyl nuclear plant.    People who believe in peace and justice should come forward and take the risks of peace. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.

32] – Mike Tidwell [info@chesapeakeclimate.org] thinks you might be interested in investing in a great solar company. On Tues., June 28 at 6 PM ET, join a webinar Learn how to invest in a great local solar company by registering at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/investment-opportunity-in-neighborhood-sun-webinar-plus-q-and-a-tickets-367063194897. Neighborhood Sun, in 2021 alone, pushed 192 million pounds of CO2-equivalent out of our economy. That’s equal to taking about 19,000 passenger vehicles off the road for a year. They have connected enough customers to “community solar” projects in just the past couple of years to achieve amazing results. The company has opened up a Community Round of investment, which means that anybody can now “own a piece of the Sun” with an investment in Neighborhood Sun. Learn how you can invest in an up-and-coming solar company based in Maryland but expanding nationally. Email Gary Skulnik, the CEO, at gary.skulnik@neighborhoodsun.solar.

33] – Our Revolution [info@ourrevolution.com] would like you to phone bank on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 PM ET. There are more than 8 million voters across the country who identify as progressive. These numbers suggest progressives can win at every level of government, but the voters must go to the polls! Sign up to join the Our Revolution phone bank force at https://www.mobilize.us/ourrevolution/event/440081/?akid=2556.8252965.t1Ai8m&rd=1&t=11. Phone on June 28, 29 or 30.

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

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Baltimore Activist Alert – June 26 – 28, 2022

Baltimore Activist Alert – June 26 – 28, 2022

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com

  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to Max Obuszewski, BNC, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net.

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Get involved with NCNR   

4] Max is looking for tips on a garage or a storage suggestion.

5] House cleaner needed

6] A friend needs a house or an apartment to rent

7] Donate for medical care for US drone victim

8] Support the Pratt Workers United

9] Get a copy of HOSPITALITY, the Open Door newsletter

10] Ethical Society as Family – June 26

11] No First Use – June 26

12] Baltimore Pride in the Park at Druid Hill Park – June 26

13] Global Town Hall – June 26

14] Canvass for District 43B candidates Sen. Mary Washington & Delegate Cathi Forbes – June 26

15] Make Calls with the DNC National Call Crew – June 26 - 28

16] Door Knocking for Brooke – June 26 – July 2

17] Progressive Town Hall – June 26

18] Voter Protection Phone Bank – June 26 & 28 & July 2

19] China & climate change – June 26

20] Protest at the Pentagon – June 27

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1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

2] –To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to U.S. wars.

  To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

4] – Max is in need of a garage or a storage space.  Any suggestions would be welcome.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

5] – Is there a woman in the Baltimore area who does house cleaning?  This assignment would be on an irregular basis with several hours per week.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.

6] – A friend, Brendan Walls, was to move out of a rented home on March 1.  So he is looking for housing and wants to live south of the Baltimore beltway, east of US 95 and north of Route 214.  Do you know of a house or apartment in the Annapolis area with as much peace and quiet as I can get for no more than $1800 a month? He does not mind pet sitting, house sitting, keeping someone company or community living.  Let me know if you have a lead on a home or apartment for Brendan to rent.  Thanks for giving this your consideration. Reach Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski 2001 at Comcast dot net.

7] – Here is the Go Fund Me link through which you can help Adel Al Manthari get the medical attention that he desperately needs: https://gofund.me/1a5fac07. Please contribute as soon as possible because he will not be able to get treatment until $10,000 is raised. BanKillerDrones.org is raising funds to help him. WESPAC Foundation is the fiscal agent for BanKillerDrones.org. In March 2018 Adel Al Manthari was grievously injured in a U.S. drone attack in Yemen that killed four of his cousins. The five men were driving to the village of al-Aqla to witness a land transfer. They never made it. Tens of thousands have been killed and maimed by U.S. drone attacks.  Adel survived, but now his health is in jeopardy because he can’t afford the medical care he needs.

8] – The workers at the Enoch Pratt Free Library have started a drive to organize a union calling themselves Pratt Workers United.  Go to https://www.prattworkersunited.org/. There is a letter of support for community members to sign at https://www.prattworkersunited.org/community-letter-support.

"Pratt Library workers are forming a union, Pratt Workers United. We are seeking pay equity for all, safer working conditions, benefits for part-time workers, and a voice in decisions that affect our work.”

9] – Consider getting HOSPITALITY, the newsletter of OPEN DOOR: A prophetic discipleship community honoring the Black Jesus, Dorothy Day and Martin Luther King, Jr.  You can call 404-290-2047 or emailopendoorcomm@bellsouth.net.

10] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion at 10:30 AM.  On Sun., June 26, the platform is “Ethical Society as Family.” Do you think of an Ethical Society as a kind of a family? If so, have you ever wondered how far that analogy goes and if there might be any unintended consequences of it? John Daken will offer some perspectives on this concept, describe some problems that can arise if we think of our clergy Leaders as “parents,“ and – drawing upon lessons his daughter has taught him about parenting – suggest a better way to engage one another as we work together to build a more ethical society.  (If things work out, John may be joined by a special guest.)

  John Daken is a Washington Ethical Society member. He is currently chair of the AEU’s Membership Committee and serving on the Leadership Committee. At one time he was a Leader in Training, serving in Baltimore. Email President@BEMOREthical.org for ZOOM login information.

11] – Basel Peace Office [info@baselpeaceoffice.org] wants you to know about an event on Mon., June 27 at 10:30 AM to urge the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly to support no-first-use.  The event is called Common security, nuclear risks and the OSCE in the wake of the Ukraine conflict.  Go to http://pnnd.org/sites/default/files/i/doc/2022Events/common_security_and_the_osce_event_v3.pdf.  The Parliamentary Assembly of the (OSCEPA) will hold its Annual Session in Birmingham UK on July 2-6, 2022.

A group of parliamentary delegates to the OSCEPA from Cyprus, Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have proposed that the Assembly, in its Birmingham Declaration: Re-affirm the Reagan-Gorbachev dictum that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought, and urge all nuclear armed and allied states to implement this through no-first-use declarations and agreements, and by further reducing the role of nuclear weapons in security doctrines.  The delegates also encouraged OSCE States to implement the disarmament obligation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by ending investments in the nuclear weapons industry, ending the production of nuclear weapons, and committing to the global, verified elimination of nuclear weapons no later than 2045, the 75th anniversary of the NPT.

12] – The ACLU of Maryland [info@aclu-md.org] is promoting on Sun., June 26 from 11 AM to 5 PM ET Baltimore Pride in the Park at Druid Hill Park. Get more details at https://www.aclu-md.org/en/events/baltimore-pride-park?initms_aff=md&initms_chan=eml&utm_medium=eml&initms=220602_affcampaign_events_sail&utm_source=sail&utm_campaign=affcampaign&utm_content=220602_events&ms_aff=md&ms_chan=eml&ms=220602_affcampaign_events_sail. This Pride season begins on the heels of a tumultuous time for our country, our home state, and our communities. Now, it's more important than ever to celebrate Pride Month because of the courageous activists who fought the good fight.

13] – Metta Spencer [project@tosavetheworld.ca] is inviting you on Sun., June 26 from 2 to 4 PM ET for a Global Town Hall - Project Save the World. Join at https://zoom.us/j/9108970203. The group, on the last Sunday of every month, holds an open meeting on Zoom for activists worldwide who are addressing issues of militarism (especially nuclear weapons), global warming, famine, pandemics, radioactive contamination, and/or cyber risks.  Visit https://tosavetheworld.ca, https://www.facebook.com/events/444126660448613, and https://tosavetheworld.ca.

14] – On Sun., June 26 from 2 to 5 PM ET, join Brooke Lierman and the District 43B Team (Senator Mary Washington & Delegate Cathi Forbes) to canvass the voters in the district! Help build support for these outstanding candidates! You will receive all the training and materials you need to be successful upon arrival.  RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/brookeliermanforcomptroller/event/467745/?emci=39479f0f-acea-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&emdi=085164a7-b2ea-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&ceid=14404480.  Meet at Stoneleigh Elementary School, 900 Pemberton Road, Baltimore 21212.

15] – Make Calls virtually with the DNC National Call Crew through Thursday, June 30. Call voters in battleground states to build strength for the 2022 Midterms. Please email digitalorganizing@dnc.org. Sign up for calls on Sun., June 26 from 2 to 3 PM, 3 to 4 PM, 4 to 5 PM, and 5 to 6 PM ET. On Mon., June 27 make calls from 2 to 3 PM, 3 to 4 PM, 4 to 5 PM, 5 to 6 PM, 6 to 7 PM, 7 to 8 PM, 8 to 9 PM and 9 and 10 PM ET  On Tues., June 28 from 2 to 3 PM, 3 to 4 PM, 4 to 5 PM, 5 to 6 PM, 6 to 7 PM and 7 to 8 PM ET. Register at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/388091/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_most_popular_virtual.

16] – Do some Door Knocking for Brooke in Your Neighborhood on Sun., June 26, Mon., June 27, Tues., June 28, Wed., June 29, Thurs., June 30, Fri., July 1 and Sat., July 2 from 2 to 4 PM ET!  This event’s address is private. Sign up for the details: https://www.mobilize.us/brookeliermanforcomptroller/event/449990/?followup_modal_context=newsletter. Canvass in your community and share Brooke's vision to transform the Comptroller's office to work for every Marylander. YOU CAN DO THIS ON YOUR OWN TIME, SELECTING A DATE IS REQUIRED TO USE THIS FORM. YOU CAN KNOCK WHENEVER WORKS FOR YOU. Once you sign up the team will follow up with everything you need to knock on doors including materials, a t-shirt, stickers, and a quick training.

17] – Mike Fox for Progressive Democrats of America [info@pdamerica.org] wants you to attend the Progressive Town Hall on Sun., June 26 at 4 PM ET.  Discuss Supreme Court insanity, winning primaries on June 28, and combating the Jan. 6th insurrectionists. Lay out the roadmap to victory in Tuesday's primaries, how to approach the Trumpist Republicans in the House and Senate head on, and work together to overcome the insane Supreme Court ruling on women's rights, guns, and more that will be coming from there.  To paraphrase activist Flo Kennedy, Do not agonize! Organize! Sign up at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tceuhrzsvHdymeeZRwb-i7X50FJa-HMR4. Please submit any questions to info@pdamerica.org. 

18] – Join the Voter Protection Phone banks with Common Cause to 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 voters in New Hampshire to connect them with Gov. Sununu and encourage him to veto SB 418 and voters in Michigan to recruit them for events happening around their state. These phone banks are subject to change based on variables outside of our control (i.e. a Senator's mailbox is full).On Sundays, call voters in Michigan to recruit them for events happening around their state. On Tuesdays (in partnership with Newburyport Indivisible-RISE), call New Hampshire voters to connect them with Gov. Sununu and encourage him to veto SB 418.  On Fridays, there will be the Our Democracy phone bank. These shifts also always will include training for first-timers before you make calls! On Sun., June 26 from 6 to 8 PM ET, Tues., June 28 from 4 to 6 PM ET and Fri., July 1 from 4 to 6 PM ET. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/event/376178/?followup_modal_context=newsletter.

19] – China and Climate Change will take place on Sun., June 26 at 7:30 PM EDT.  Watch “A Green Life,” video presentation (30 min.)  This is a documentary on China, afforestation and green development. Hear from Jason Wang about “China’s goals and measures for low carbon development.”  Jason is a member of the national board of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association. This will be followed by a Q & A.  This is very suspicious as China burns an enormous amount of coal.  Jason has served with the Chicago Climate Exchange and was managing director of China Carbon Corporation, consulting on low carbon development strategy.  It is difficult to believe Mr. Wang would be impartial.  Nevertheless, you can register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcldeigrT0vG9UU7WFDy3noAS1IsfbA2mCo/success?user_id=cYbhXNRpRZuY7H4UgjIREw&timezone_id=America%2FNew_York.

20] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is June 27 and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email artlaffin@hotmail.com or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begins at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. The restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.  

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