Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- February 22 - 26, 2023

29] Protect the animals -- Feb. 22

30] HIAS is there for the Ukrainians – Feb. 22

31] Time to Care -- Feb. 22

32] The US came after the Holy Land Five – Feb. 22

33] Progressive Harford County meeting -- Feb. 22

34] Defund NOVA Police -- Feb. 22

35] Support U.S. 2023 Farm Bill -- Feb. 22

36] Get with Social Media Best Practices -- Feb. 22 & 26

37] Action meeting on Annapolis -- Feb. 22

38] Election debrief – Feb. 22

39] Watchdog Workshop on military contractors -- Feb. 22

40] Rural Indivisibles -- Feb. 22

41] Department of Peacebuilding Call – Feb. 22

42] Labor studies course – Feb. 23


29] – There will be an informational hearing on the Baltimore City ANTI-ANIMAL ABUSE ADVISORY COMMISSION on Wed., Feb. 22 at 10 AM ET at Du Burns Chambers, 4th Floor, City Hall. There are virtual and in-person attendance options for this hearing. Use this link below to submit your testimony or share your concerns: https://www.baltimorecitycouncil.com/testify. Additionally, testimony can be submitted by email to testimony@baltimorecity.gov.  Contact Ashia R. Caraway, Legislative Aide, Office of Councilperson Phylicia Porter, District 10, 100 Holliday St., Room 502, Baltimore 21202. Call 410-396-4822 or email ashia.caraway@baltimorecity.gov.

30] – HIAS [info@hias.org] hopes you will participate on Wed., Feb. 22 at noon ET with Ukraine one year later. ‌ ‌ ‌Russia invaded Ukraine, launching a full-scale war and creating a forced displacement crisis both within and across the country’s borders. Since then, more than 8 million people have fled the country seeking safety, among them women, girls, immigrants, and other minority groups, particularly vulnerable to violence, exploitation, and trafficking. Hear from a panel of frontline professionals to commemorate the gravity of this one-year milestone, learn how HIAS expanded its work in and around Ukraine, and hear what Ukrainians at home and abroad face now, and how you can help. Sign up at https://hias.org/events/one-year-later-the-invasion-of-ukraine/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=EngagingNetworks&utm_campaign=230215_UkraineAnniversaryWebinar&utm_content=230215+UkraineAnniversaryWebinar.

31] – Join the next Time to Care coalition meeting on Wed., Feb. 22 at 4 PM. There are two bills to be discussed as their hearings are scheduled: SB 828 will be heard on Thurs., March 2 at 1 PM ET, and HB 988 will be heard on Tues., March 7 at 1 PM ET.  You will be informed as to how you can submit written support testimony. Register at timetocare.net. 

32] – Check out the Holy Land 5 Film Screening on Wed., Feb. 22 at 7 PM ET for a virtual viewing by Zoom.  Watch an Al Jazeera documentary about the Holy Land Foundation, the largest Muslim charity that was persecuted by the US in post 9/11 anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian hysteria. Following the film, there will be a discussion and Q&A with Nida Abu Baker, the daughter of Shukri Abu Baker, one of the Holy Land Five who is still in prison. The post-film discussion will begin at 8:30 PM ET.  You can watch the film on your own time: Part 1: https://youtu.be/XJJkaWVENTg and Part 2: https://youtu.be/rnNNfjD3hqc.

 Soon after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, the largest Muslim charity in the United States - the Holy Land Foundation - was shut down, its assets frozen and five of its senior staff arrested by the FBI.  The charity was founded in California in 1989 and provided aid to a number of Palestinian causes. It also offered help to refugee communities in Jordan, Lebanon and other needy people across the Middle East and the rest of the world. The films uses interviews with defense and prosecution lawyers, family members, phone calls with the men themselves in jail - and reconstruction of court proceedings, to examine the case against the five men.  Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsf-qqqDIpGd2tmw7cfyg1tNz9Ozp7xFZP.

33] – Join Progressive Harford County for the chapter's monthly meeting. The meeting will be on Feb. 22 from 7 to 8 PM ET on Zoom. Discuss the latest events and initiatives to get involved with the chapter. Register at https://www.mobilize.us/progressivemaryland/event/550472/?referring_vol=5069981&share_context=dashboard-event-details&sharer_role=SharerRole.ORGANIZER.

34] – The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists of America [novabranch@mdcdsa.org] will be meeting to discuss DEFUNDING NOVA POLICE on Wed., Feb. 22 at 7 PM ET.  To get involved, fill out the interest form to get involved at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfEcShQX51IL2Z1sNff7bqiYz68vAtPjUxpTuIrfvAK8iBDqA/viewform?link_id=1&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events-80&email_referrer=email_1819087&email_subject=nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events.

35] – On Wed., Feb. 22 at 7 PM ET, join AFSC staff and partners for the second roundtable discussion on the U.S. Farm Bill on how we can collectively call for policies that build a more just, equitable, and sustainable food system. Our food system is failing to address hunger in the United States. Nearly 38 million people—including 12 million children—are food insecure. The U.S. 2023 Farm Bill can expand efforts to alleviate hunger in the U.S. and ensure that no one is forced to go without food. RSVP at https://afsc.org/events/friends-call-farm-bill-all?ms=EMA23EI0206&emci=71d4f7ed-19a3-ed11-994d-00224832eb73&emdi=c32679ef-2ea6-ed11-994d-00224832eb73&ceid=764241.

36] –Get with Social Media Best Practices virtually, hosted by The Democratic National Committee on Sundays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 PM ET.  Participate on Wed., Feb. 22 and Sun., Feb. 26.  Maximize your impact within your social network and join the social media best practices training. Whether you're just getting started on social media or already have an online presence, this training will provide you with the tools necessary to ensure you are reaching your full potential as an online organizer. Learn the essentials for utilizing platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram for political story telling. Email williamsak@dnc.org to schedule a presentation for your staff/volunteers or with any queries about co-presenting at one or more of these events. Go to https://events.democrats.org/event/486853/.

37] – Rachel Kutler [info@jufj.org] hopes you will join in on Wed., Feb. 22 from 7:30 to 8:30 PM ET for a Maryland Mid-Session Update and Action Meeting. It is about halfway through the legislative session! Jews United for Justicers have been contacting our elected officials, writing testimony, rallying in Annapolis, and more. Join by Zoom for campaign updates and a Q&A session and to take action together. Register at https://jufj.org/event/md-mid-session/?emci=5334712a-ebae-ed11-994d-00224832eb73&emdi=3d1e8de2-ecae-ed11-994d-00224832eb73&ceid=3403859.

38] – Common Cause [causenet@commoncause.org] is doing an Election Debrief on Wed., Feb. 22 at 8 PM ET which will continue through June 28.  Join the Debrief with Common Cause's voting and elections experts. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/commoncause/event/428300/?link_id=0&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-thursday-election-debrief&email_referrer=email_1732655&email_subject=thursday-election-debrief. The Common Cause team will share the latest updates from our largest-ever midterm mobilization, discuss the results and what they mean, and chart out a path for its campaign work in 2023, 2024, and beyond.

39] – Ken [kwjj1949@gmail.com] wants you to know about a webinar on Wed., Feb. 22 at 8 PM ET – a War Industry Resistance Network Watchdog Workshop. Trace the state and local subsidies behind your hometown military contractors. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkde-upjMsHdU0FUgaodr8Ym67DlG9nu0s.  Decisions about the military contractors are not just made at the national level (i.e., what happens in Congress, the White House and the Pentagon) but also at the local level. State and local governments hand out taxpayer money in subsidies (in official jargon, usually called “economic development incentives”) to military contractors that can increase contractors’ profits to the detriment of taxpayers and the loss of other opportunities for local investment in jobs and economic development. In this workshop, you will hear real-world experiences about how to dig into subsidies your local or state governments are handing out to military contractors and learn what kind of information can be gleaned from those contracts.

 Hear from Pat Garafolo, director of state and local policy at the American Economic Liberties Project and Fight Corporate Monopolies. He is the author of “The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs,” and writes the Boondoggle newsletter on Substack. A fellow presenter will be Taylor Barnes, Inkstick Media’s field reporter for the military-industrial complex and an Equity Rises grantee with the Ploughshares Fund. She has received awards and grants from the Sidney Hillman Foundation, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting, the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace and the Associated Press.

40] – The Indivisible Team hopes you will join in on Wed., Feb. 22 at 8 PM ET.   Do you live in a rural area? Join the National Rural Program and get resources and calls specifically for the rural Indivisibles where you can learn more about strategies and issues specific to Indivisibles living in rural areas. RSVP for the Rural Raucous Caucus Call at https://indivisible.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclcOmvqzspE9BL4gaP3tN3KNp7Tz5IMsTf.

41] – Get with a Department of Peacebuilding Monthly Mentoring Call on Wed., Feb. 22 at 8 PM ET on Zoom. Want to learn more about the Department of Peacebuilding bill, volunteer advocacy, being the peace we wish to see in the world or how you can participate in the successful enactment of a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding? RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88986224199?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=2a588adc-c124-4bac-98e6-b5d5403ddbd6#success.

42] – William Barry [billbarry21214@gmail.com] will be teaching starting on Thurs., Feb. 23 from 1 to 3 PM ET The Modern Labor Movement 1975-2023.  This course will be held in person for JHU-Osher on Thursdays at the Grace Lutheran Church (corner of Charles Street & Northern Parkway). For the course description, go to https://aapnoncredit.jhu.edu/wconnect/osher/CourseStatus.awp1?&course=23SB519. To register, go to https://advanced.jhu.edu/academics/lifelong-learning/osher-lifelong-learning-institute/registration/

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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