Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- April 3 - 14, 2023

29] Meet the crew on the Golden Rule – April 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13 & 14

30] Standing against racism – April 3

31] Protest the EPA – April 4

32] Trump indicted – April 4

33] How does one get a ceasefire when dealing with Putin? – April 4

34] Get Russia out of Ukraine – April 4

35] Labor Working Group meeting – April 4

36] Beyond Vietnam speech – April 4

37] MLK: The Life of a Servant – April 4

38] Attack on environmentalists – April 4


29] --You're invited to come aboard the Golden Rule and talk with the crew at the Alexandria Wharf from April 3 to 6 from 11 AM to 3 PM ET.  At the DC Wharf, get onboard on April 8, 9,11,13,14. On Tues., April 4 at 1 PM ET, be at the Mayor's Proclamation of Golden Rule Days in Alexandria at the Alexandria Wharf at Pier AB (outside Torpedo Factory). Celebrate Golden Rule Days with Alexandria Poet Laureate Zeina Azzam and the crew. There is a free shuttle from the King St. Metro stop on the Blue line. Visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hhTlyb6XH2TTro2ZhhNOxL1j31vbprZT/edit.  To see the full schedule, go to bit.ly/GRGL_DC.

30] -- Maryland Public Television (MPT) <outreach@mpt.org> wants you to know about Standing against Racism: Fostering Unity through Dialogue programming this month on MPT.  For example, on Mon., April 3 at 9 PM ET, watch POV:  Homegoings. Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the Black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones "home." Go to https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/0uis5. Visit standingagainstracism@mpt.org.

31] – CCAN [info@chesapeakeclimate.org] wants you to join a rally and march on Tues., April 4 at noon ET to tell the EPA to stop blowing smoke! Gather in Freedom Plaza, 1325 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004. Email quentin@chesapeakeclimate.org.  ‌One of the most important things we can do for our climate is put pressure on the EPA to do more, faster, on its plans for nine new pollution rules. RSVP at https://chesapeakeclimate.org/national/epa-please-stop-smoking/.  Tell the EPA to stop chronic delays on its power sector regulations and move further, faster — not fall further behind. The rally is sponsored by CCAN, the Hip Hop Caucus, Evergreen Action, the Labor Network for Sustainability and many more groups.

32] – Sign up for Not above the Law - Trump Indictment Rapid Response Events on Tues., April 4 from 2 to 4 PM ET. Join the call at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9919501370#successI’ve signed up to attend the rally with January 6 Hearings on Tuesday, April 4, 2023. Are you free to join me? Use this link to sign up: https://mobilize.us/s/MWDgjA. Contact January 6 Hearings at lwiggins@citizen.org.

33] – Joseph Gerson, Campaign For Peace, Disarmament and Common Security [jgerson80@gmail.com] thinks that on Tues., April 4 at 4 PM ET you would be interested in a webinar -- WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO GET TO A RUSSIAN-UKRAINIAN CEASEFIRE AND NEGOTIATIONS? Hear from Phyllis Bennis, Reiner Braun and Ludo De Brabander.  Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqdemsqzwoE9IVfkbCOQKrJ-RK_luDU3En#/registration. Peace and anti-war movements around the world have called for a ceasefire and negotiations to end the Ukraine War. Pope Frances, President Lula of Brazil have echoed that call, while China has called for a ceasefire and put forward a document which did not call for Russian withdrawal.  Nevertheless, President Zelenskyy has asked to speak with the Chinese.

34] – Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center on Tues., April 4 from 4:30 to 5 PM ET 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. Now they are stationed in the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.   People who believe in peace and justice should come forward and take the risks of peace. The burial sites continue to expose ruthless war crimes by the invaders, Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.

35] – The Metro DC DSA [info@mdcdsa.org] indicates that there is a Labor Working Group hybrid meeting on Tues., April 4 at 7 PM ET at which there will be updates on labor organizing in the region and what you can do to support the movement! Talk about Starbucks organizing, the ATU 689 strike, plans for the Teamsters UPS strike in August and more. To attend in person, go to Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 1000, near Farragut Square. RSVP to Richard Renner at rrenner@kcnlaw.com or 202-466-8696. The hybrid connection is meet.google.com/tyj-yjjb-ivr.

36] – On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before he was murdered, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave an historic sermon at New York’s Riverside Church on the profound connection between US militarism abroad with violence, racial repression, and widespread deprivation on the home front. On Tues., April 4 at 7 PM ET, there is an online program to reflect on how the Beyond Vietnam speech came to be and why it is as significant today as it was on the day it was delivered.   Speakers will include Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign and others. Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlceCsqz0sEtMl4wY7gfJ-Ch4-f83K_av2?emci=227ecf38-8ace-ed11-a8e0-00224832e811&emdi=a40a9a3b-2dcf-ed11-a8e0-00224832e811&ceid=320042#/registration

37] –Tune in to MLK: The Life of a Prophet (a film tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) which is a Virtual Rally on Tues., April 4 from 7 to 8 PM ET. Join DC photographer, film producer and social justice activist Phil Portlock and his wife Pat Sloan, as they present a 30 -minute film tribute to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 94th year of his birth on (January 15, 2023), and the 60th anniversary of the historic March on Washington August 28, 2023. On Sunday, March 31, 1968, a young 26-year-old Phil Portlock was in attendance at DC’s National Cathedral to hear Dr. King deliver a sermon entitled, “Remaining Awake through A Great Revolution”, less than a week before his tragic death in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King's life and tragic death has had an enormous impact on Phil's photography, writing, film production and social justice activism. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/557238/.Contact January 6 Hearings at lwiggins@citizen.org.

38] –As the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report issues a final warning that “swift and drastic action” can avert irrevocable damage to the world, Utah becomes the 19th state to pass a draconian “critical infrastructure” bill where protesting fossil fuel infrastructure can lead to several years in prison. Jessica Reznicek’s case is not isolated.  On Tues., April 4 at 8 PM ET, the Support Committee for Jessica Reznicek is hosting an international webinar to highlight how a frightening trend of human rights abuses is not just sweeping the United States. Hear from land defenders worldwide who have been targeted by their governments or industry for trying to protect life on Earth. Register at http://bitly.ws/BKIS.  

  As global temperatures rise and make record-breaking floods and fires daily headlines, national governments repeatedly protect the corporations that fuel the climate crisis and incarcerate those who challenge them. Around the world the communities that attempt to protect and preserve their environment are increasingly met with terrorism charges, assassination, and egregious human rights abuses. For example, 42 forest defenders in Atlanta have been charged with domestic terrorism, Department of Homeland Security & Ohio Police linked environmentalist Erin Brockovich to the potential for “special interest terrorism,” and the federal government approved the massive oil infrastructure Willow project in Alaska. Go to supportjessicareznicek.com.

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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