Baltimore Activist Alert – July 24 – 29, 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] Donate for medical care for US drone victim
6] Support the Pratt Workers United
7] Get a copy of HOSPITALITY, the Open Door newsletter
8] Biden, end policies that terrorize immigrants – July 24 - 25
9] Prince George’s DSA County meeting -- July 24
10] Make calls with the DNC -- July 24, 25 & 26
11] Virtual Letter Writing – July 24
12] Teach-In against State Repression in El Salvador – July 24
13] Progressive Town Hall – July 24
14] Voter Protection Phone Bank – July 24, 26 & 29
15] Protest at the Pentagon – July 25
16] Election Protection webinar – July 25
17] Merriweather Lakehouse protest with Unite Here -- July 25
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] – 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.
6] – 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.”
7] – 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 email@example.com.
8] – On Monday, July 25, activists will gather in D.C. to demand that Biden keeps his promises to end policies that terrorize immigrants, like the 287(g) program that enables police-ICE collaboration nationwide. RSVP for a specific time and location. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrtlNwKj5yS0Wb-rczOBJkRpKJTQ0kGQoaChk8XevGYpUnUw/viewform. There will also be an art-build from 10 AM to noon and training from 2 to 5 PM on Sunday, July 24. There are no more excuses. The Biden administration has to act NOW to deliver relief from police-ICE terror and dismantle the 287(g) program entirely. All it will take is quick, easy executive action. Get more information at bit.ly/EndPoliceICETerrorFAQ.
9] – Prince George’s DSA County Branch will meet on Sun., July 24 from 1 to 3 PM for a discussion on the primary election results and how they may offer opportunities for building socialism at the county governance level. The Council’s newly passed Climate Action Plan is among those opportunities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to https://actionnetwork.org/events/pg-dsa-july-meeting?link_id=0&can_id=65a2487e5dd4cbb61591a2fe882293d3&source=email-august-general-body-meeting-2&email_referrer=email_1611034&email_subject=july-general-body-meeting.
10] – Make Calls virtually with the DNC National Call Crew through July 31. Call voters in battleground states to build strength for the 2022 Midterms. Please email email@example.com. Sign up for up to four shifts on Sun., July 24 from 2 to 6 PM ET, eight shifts on Mon., July 25 from 2 to 10 PM ET, and six shifts on Tues., July 26 from 2 to 8 PM ET. For a training, sign up at https://events.democrats.org/event/440875/. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/388091/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_most_popular_virtual.
11] – Join in for Virtual Letter Writing on Sun., July 24 from 2 to 3 PM ET. This is volunteer organized for Vote Forward. You can write a letter or a postcard, a proven tactic to reach potential voters in important upcoming elections. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/pfaw/event/477936/?followup_modal_context=newsletter. Go to votefwd.org and make an account, and download twenty letters. Letters to underrepresented voters are a fun, easy, and highly effective way to strengthening our democracy by encouraging citizens from underrepresented communities to vote.
12] – CISPES National Office [firstname.lastname@example.org] hopes you will get involved on Sun., July 24 at 4 PM ET in a Solidarity Teach-In against State Repression in El Salvador. Come learn about political prisoners and mass arrests in El Salvador and U.S. support for militarization. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wDjYg8nHR-K7M7eeKU8j1w?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=ad2566f8-b190-4014-86c0-914d852c7d38.
13] – Progressive Democrats of America [email@example.com] hope you will join the Town Hall on Sun., July 24 at 4 PM. Progressives are America's Pro-Democracy Movement. The Town Hall will feature Jason Call for Congress. RSVP at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tceuhrzsvHdymeeZRwb-i7X50FJa-HMR4. PDA endorsed Call, running in Washington’s 2nd District.
The January 6th Committee's dramatic hearing on Thursday night was a master class in defending democracy. But we need to do more than ward off autocrats like Trump. We need a pro-democracy movement in America. Consider the proposition that American democracy will remain in peril until candidates that truly represent the people, not the plutocrats, start winning the majority of elections.
14] – 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., July 24 from 6 to 8 PM ET, Tues., July 26 from 4 to 6 PM ET and Fri., July 29 from 4 to 6 PM ET. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/event/376178/?followup_modal_context=newsletter.
15] – 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 July 25 and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
16] – The Emergency Election Protection Coalition is happening at 4:30 PM ET on Mon., July 25. 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.
17] – Join a Merriweather Lakehouse protest with Unite Here, hosted by Our Revolution on Mon., July 25 from 5 to 7 PM ET, Sat., July 30 from 5 to 7 PM ET and Thurs., Aug. 18 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM ET. After many months of protest and campaigning, hospitality workers belonging to Unite Here Local 7 still have not been allowed to return to their former jobs at the Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel. Howard County is processing complaints from twenty workers not recalled as required by the Hospitality Recall Ordinance. While awaiting enforcement of the law, union allies continue to call for people not to patronize the hotel. This summer they are focusing on concert-goers to Merriweather Post Pavilion, which has financial connections to the hotel. Please join in the leafleting. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/480662/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_more_events_from_org.
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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