Thursday, March 16, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- March 16 - 21, 2023

49] The My Lai massacre -- March 16

50] Democrats Summit 2023 -- March 16

51] Can I believe Fairtrade labels? – March 16

52] Sunshine Week ‘23 -- March 16

53] Big ideas for Biden March 16

54] What does the Immigration Justice Campaign do? -- March 16

55] Indo-Pacific Economic Framework – March 16

56] Indict Trump – March 16

57] Brady Organizing Team -- March 16

58] Election Protection phone bank – March 16, 17, 19 & 21

59] Community access for PG County schools -- March 16

60] Wildlife Gardening Workshop March 16

61] Debriefing Palestine -- March 16

62] PDA Labor Solidarity Organizing Team -- March 16

63] Victory Team Call -- March 16


49] – The Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee [] wants you to watch a showing of the film The Whistle Blower of My Lai on Thurs., March 16.  The 55th anniversary of the My Lai massacre on March 16, 1968 offers a special reason to also watch the VPCC webinar about it.  The speakers are film maker Connie Fields, historian Dr. Howard Jones, helicopter pilot Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, composer Jonathan Berger, Kronos Quartet's David Harrington, and music performer Van-Anh Vo.  The viewing provides context to discuss Russia's war crimes in Ukraine and US military refusal to be held responsible for its own as reported by the New York Times on March 8.

 Watch the film at  $4.99 for 24 hours of streaming.  Or buy the DVD for personal use for $29 from CLARITY FILMS at Or watch the webinar on YouTube at  See the webinar chat and Q & A at

50] – On Thurs., March 16 from 11 AM to 9 PM ET, Field Team 6 is inviting you to attend the Register Democrats Summit 2023 virtually.  It’s time to bring together a movement-wide coalition focused on registering Democrats across the country. The summit brings together the best and brightest minds, from elected officials to tech leaders to grassroots organizers and so much more. Some of the speakers are Joe Vogel, MD State Delegate and Marc Elias, Democracy Docket. Register at

51] – Freedom United [] is holding an event on Thurs., March 16 at 11 AM ET to hear experts answer the question: Are labels like Fairtrade the answer to ending exploitation in supply chains?  From Fairtrade and Organic to Better Cotton Initiative and Marine Stewardship Council, store aisles are filling up with products stamped with vaguely familiar certification logos. But many of us have found ourselves asking: what does it all mean?  

 Can I trust these certification bodies to tell me this product hasn’t been made with forced labor or deforestation or other social and environmental harms? And are companies sustainable if they source certified products?  Register at JIEB-Belgium-ATs&utm_content=FU-EN-Dec20-JIEB-Belgium-ATs.

 52] – Common Cause Maryland [] hopes you will join Sunshine Week ’23 on Thurs., March 16 at 1 PM ET.  Sunshine week is a week every year dedicated to transparency and open government – and this year, Common Cause Maryland is celebrating it by hosting a training on Marylanders right to public information.  Access to public data is a fundamental pillar of an effective democracy. The Maryland Public Information Act (PIA) ensures public oversight of our state, county, and local governments. It allows Marylanders greater transparency into the workings of our officials, gives us access to data collected with public dollars, and helps ensure a level of transparency vital to a healthy democracy. Learn more about how the Maryland Public Information Act (PIA) can empower you to hold our government accountable and promote transparency in our democracy.  RSVP at Hear from Maryland’s Public Access Ombudsman, Lisa Kershner, and S. Spencer Dove, Administrator, who will cover the basics of requesting government records and changes that have been made to the process now that the Equitable Access to Records Act (HB 183) is in effect.

53] – Over the last two years, President Biden has signed over 100 Executive Actions ranging from addressing the COVID-19 pandemic to fighting climate change. But there’s still so much the President can do to advance racial, economic, and gender justice with the stroke of a pen. So what executive actions are the movement fighting for, and what are the limits of executive action?  On Thurs., March 16 at 1 PM ET, join the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center (CPCC) for the latest Big Ideas Briefing - The Power of the Pen: Building Justice through Executive Action, an educational discussion on executive actions. Register at

54] – The Immigration Justice Campaign [] wants you to attend  a webinar on Thurs., March 16 at 2 PM ET -- An Overview of Our Work and How You Can Help. The Immigration Justice Campaign fights for due process and justice for immigrants—for a system without detention, and with guaranteed access to counsel. One of the ways of doing this is by training and mentoring volunteer attorneys to represent asylum seekers and individuals in immigration detention who would not have an attorney without help. Register at

55] – Ariana Zwern [] wants you to know about the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), a massive new trade deal poised to set rules governing 40% of the global economy. Big corporations want IPEF to put their profits first. Work to ensure it benefits working people and the planet. On Thurs., March 16 at 3 PM ET, join a National Activist Call at Learn what's at stake in IPEF and to hear about a series of upcoming protests being organized during its negotiations.

56] – Public Citizen [] wants you to be ready on Thurs., March 16 from 4 to 5 PM ET.   Trump could be indicted at any time for attempting to subvert the 2020 Election in Georgia and is also facing potential indictments by the Department of Justice and in New York.  Be ready to act if Trump is indicted and use this chance to push for justice for Trump and all of his allies in Congress and around the country. Get an update from CNN legal analyst Norm Eisen and DemCast USA Director of Partnerships and Outreach Jamie Carter.   RSVP at These calls will continue on Thursdays through April 27.

57] – On Thurs., March 16 from 5 to 6 PM ET, get with the Brady Organizing Team for a virtual training. Do you need support from Brady’s organizing team? Have new ideas to combat gun violence, but don’t know how to get them off the ground? Every week, a member of the organizing team is here to support your work. Sign up for the shift that works best for your schedule. If you can't find a time that works for you, email to schedule time to talk. RSVP at  This will continue on Thursdays through Dec. 21.

58] – On Thurs. March 16 from 5 to 7 PM, Sat., March 18 from 4 to 6 PM, Sun., March 19 from 6 to 8 PM and on Tues., March 21 from 4 to 6 PM ET, there is a Common Cause organized Election Protection phone bank.  These phone banks will continue until April 2, 2023.  Work together to demand bold changes to our democracy to create a government that represents all of us, not big corporations or special interests. Register at Register for a shift to make calls to recruit poll monitors to support nonpartisan Election Protection efforts in the GA Run-Offs.  Join in to make calls Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and/or Sundays.

59] – The Prince George’s County Executive, Angela D. Alsobrooks, is refusing to let the community into the process of recruitment and hiring of the new PGCPS CEO. All stakeholders deserve a seat at this decision making table. Join in and reach out to the community to raise awareness for this and other very important issues and encourage neighbors to take action to lift up the voice of the community and strengthen Prince George's County schools. This event will take place virtually on Thursdays from 6 to 8 PM ET through April 20. Register at

60] – Get over to the online Wildlife Gardening Workshop: Intro on Thurs., March 16 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET. Spring is on its way! Patterson Park Audubon Center is looking forward to longer days, flowers blooming, and migratory birds arriving in Maryland. They will be looking for something to eat in our gardens. So let’s feed the birds and butterflies! Explore why and how to cultivate your space for birds and butterflies. Learn how to transform your home, school, work, or community space into a bird and butterfly paradise! Audubon experts will share practical tips and scientific support for gardening with native plants. Explore the resources you need to beautify your outdoor space and attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial wildlife! Register at

61] – Friends of Sabeel North America [] hopes you will participate in a webinar on Thurs., March 16 at 7 PM ET -- Debriefing Palestine with Jonathan Kuttab. Register at Kuttab, the executive director, spent a month in Palestine and will contextualize current events and provide updates on FOSNA campaigns. On Zoom, ask questions, make comments, and together discuss how things are changing and how we can use this unique opportunity to advance the cause of justice, equality, and peace that is central to the mission and belief as supporters of Palestinian liberation.  Let us pursue a better future for all the residents of the Holy Land.

62] – Alan Minsky for Progressive Democrats of America [] needs you on Thurs., March 16 at 8 PM ET for the PDA Labor Solidarity Organizing Team.  Economic Turbulence is Back Big Time: Let's Take a Stand for Working People and the Common Good—Let's Organize!  It feels like Deja Vu all over again. Banks are failing and just like in 2008, the Federal Government springs into action. Back then all the advantages went to the investor class (who had created the mess in the first place). This time we must be vigilant and make sure, working and middle class people are not left paying the bill.  Learn how PDA can intervene in all of this as ally of working people across the country and the world!  RSVP and the login will be emailed to you:

63] – Mike Fox for Progressive Democrats of America [] thinks you might be interested in attending on Thurs., March 16 at 9 PM ET a Victory Team Call for Wisconsin Supreme Court, Chicago Mayor, and more! RSVP at  Help Bring Home Progressive Wins. All Hands on Deck!  PDA indicated that the group has just come off of the victory in VA-04 and its sister 501(c)(4) organization—Progressives for Democracy in America—is organizing to bring home wins across the country on or before April 4. The key to victory is solidarity!

To be continued.

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"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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