Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 11 - 16, 2023

41] Saudi dissidents launch campaign– May 11

42] Future Trump indictments – May 11

43] Common Cause Election Protection phone bank May 11, 12, 14 & May 16

44] Brady Organizing Team training – May 11

45] Local control of the Baltimore City Police – May 11

46] DSA meeting – May 11

47] Golden Rule in Philly – May 11

48] One State Reality: What is Israel-Palestine? – May 11

49] Think Twice before Calling the Police – May 11

50] Hear from TA-NEHISI COATES – May 11

51] Thursday Victory Team Call – May 11


41] – Sunjeev Bery [] let me know that courageous Saudi Arabian dissidents are about to launch a campaign for democracy in their homeland. On Thurs., May 11 at 10:30 AM ET, they will hold a live global event on YouTube to call for democracy and human rights in Saudi Arabia: “Towards a Democratic State in Saudi Arabia.” Watch on YouTube: For decades, our U.S. government has backed the brutal oil dictators of the Middle East.  Saudi Arabia’s monarchy has tortured women’s rights activists, jailed and executed critics, and killed thousands of civilians in Yemen.

Now, a group of brave Saudi dissidents are about to call for democracy in their homeland.  Many of these dissidents have family members who have been tortured and imprisoned by the Saudi dictatorship. The first step to ending U.S. support for the Saudi dictatorship is to hear what these Saudi citizens and dissidents have to say. The speakers are as follows: Abdullah Alaoudh, Saudi Director at the Freedom Initiative and Secretary General of Saudi democracy party NAAS; Lina al-Hathloul, Head of Monitoring and Advocacy at ALQST and sister of prominent human rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul; Yahya Assiri, former Saudi Royal Air Force Officer and Cofounder of NAAS; and Areej al-Sadhan, activist and sister of imprisoned Saudi humanitarian worker Abdulrahman al-Sadhan.

42] – Public Citizen [] wants you to join in on Thurs., May 11 from 4 to 5 PM ET to discuss Future Trump indictments with Norm Eisen. While we’ll have to wait awhile for more news about Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation into Donald Trump, we could see more indictments from different investigations soon: in Georgia: Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis — who is investigating potential interference in Georgia’s 2020 election — said earlier this week that she would make an announcement over the summer (between July 11 and September 1) about whether or not Trump or his allies would be charged. And the Department of Justice is running their own investigations too: Special counsel Jack Smith is investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, as well as Trump’s handling of classified documents.

CNN legal analyst Norm Eisen, the Brennan Center’s Ruby Edlin, and Anat Shenker-Osorio of ASO Communications will speak on the Team Democracy call to discuss these potential upcoming indictments as well as ongoing threats facing our elections and election officials around the country. This event will continue on Thursdays, May 25 & June 8 from 4 to 5 PM ET. RSVP at

43] – On Thurs. May 11 from 5 to 7 PM, Fri., May 12 from 4 to 6 PM, Sun., May 14 from 6 to 8 PM ET and Tues., May 16 from 4 to 6 PM ET, there is a Common Cause organized Election Protection phone bank.   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 for a shift to make calls and help strengthen the phone bank team to protect our democracy. Make calls Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and/or Sundays. These shifts will also always include training for first-timers before you make calls, so if this is your first time, no worries! Register at  

44] – On Thurs., May 11 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.

45] – The ACLU of Maryland [] wants you to know that on Thurs., May 11 at 6 PM ET there will be a town hall on local control of the Baltimore City Police Department that the Campaign for Justice, Safety, and Jobs (CJSJ) is hosting. You can join us in-person for dinner and community conversations at Douglas Memorial Community Church, 1325 Madison Ave., Baltimore 21217 or watch the livestream. The Zoom link and call-in number will be in the email you receive after you register:  The ACLU worked diligently this year to pass SB 285, a bill that would give Baltimore City residents investigatory power for Police Accountability Boards. We couldn’t have done this work without support and strong advocacy. Unfortunately, this bill did not pass this session. If you want to continue championing this campaign, and ensure elected officials follow the will of voters, get together on May 11.

46] – The Northern Virginia Democratic Socialists of America [] on Thurs., May 11 from 6:15 to 7:45 PM ET are holding a Branch Monthly Organizing Meeting at the Arlington Central Library (or Zoom), 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA 22201. Welcome new members and discuss the current actions and campaigns. And the group will address any current issues from the communities and allied organizations.  You must be vaxxed/boosted to join all in-person events. To join by Zoom, go to

47] – The GOLDEN RULE, HISTORIC PEACE SHIP, DOCKS IN PHILADELPHIA from MAY 9 to 14.  In 1958, the Golden Rule and its crew sailed into the South Pacific to protest atomic testing by the United States in that area, attracting worldwide media coverage. Philadelphia Quaker and peace activist, the late George Willoughby, was among the five crew members who were arrested five nautical miles (9 km) from Honolulu and sentenced to 60 days in jail. Their nonviolent, courageous protest inspired similar actions by people who would eventually form Greenpeace. This May, the Golden Rule, resurrected from ruin and reconditioned by Veterans for Peace, will sail into Philadelphia and dock at Penn's Landing for all to see and visit, commemorating the original crew's brave actions. Once again, the ship's message calls attention to the dire threat posed by nuclear weapons and the always-present danger of nuclear war. Its visit to Philadelphia is part of a 15-month voyage around the eastern half of the United States, with stops at 100 ports-of-call.

 On Thurs., May 11 from 7 to 9 PM ET, there is a presentation and display of historical items from the Golden Rule at Swarthmore College Library's Department of Peace & Conflict Studies, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081. The items are from the college's Peace Archives.  Go to  On Sat., May 13 at 1:30 PM ET, you are invited to take part in a Philly Peace Speak-Out [Demonstration & Banner Display] with speakers and bell-tolling at Independence Mall on Market Street, between 5th and 6th Streets, in support of the Golden Rule and its message of peace. Following the demonstration participants will walk to historic Christ Church and the Penn's Landing Market St. entrance at 2nd and Market Streets for a short period of reflection, followed by a walk to the docking location of the Golden Rule at Penn's Landing. At 4 PM, join a Sing-Along Celebration with a participatory Witness for Peace on the dock from which the Golden Rule will be set forth on the winds of peace. Visit -sat-may-13-phila-peace-demonstration/.

 48] – The One State Reality: What is Israel-Palestine? This question will be answered on Thurs., May 11 from 7 to 8:30 PM EDT by Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, and Nathan Brown is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.  From their publishers, Cornell Press, “The book forces a reconsideration of foundational concepts such as state, sovereignty, and nation; encourages different readings of history; shifts conversation about solutions from two states to alternatives that borrow from other political contexts; and provides context for confronting uncomfortable questions such as whether Israel/Palestine is an ‘apartheid state.’ ” They also address the role of the United States in the current situation. “The United States bears considerable responsibility for entrenching the one-state reality, and it continues to play a powerful role in framing and shaping the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank would not have survived and accelerated, and occupation would not have endured, without U.S. efforts to shield Israel from repercussions at the United Nations and other international organizations. Without American technology and arms, Israel would probably not have been able to sustain its military edge in the region, which also enabled it to solidify its position in the occupied territories.”  Register at

49] – Tonya Histand, AFSC [] wants you to know about Think Twice before Calling the Police: a four-part webinar series, which will take place on Thursdays, May 11, 18 & 25 at 8 PM ET. Many people recognize that police violence targets certain communities and want to avoid calling the police—but don’t know what to do in case of an emergency. This four-part series can help. Develop concrete skills to avoid calling law enforcement unless it’s absolutely necessary. That includes exploring community-based alternatives to ensure safety for all of our neighbors.

50] – Pen America wants you to know that TA-NEHISI COATES will speak at the 2023 WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL on Thurs., May 11 at 8 PM ET.  Join the Livestream:  In the World Voices Festival's keynote Arthur Miller lecture, MacArthur fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates will discuss this moment of attempts to erase African American history and Black intellectual thought in the context of the broader attacks on free speech and free expression. He will explore the historically cyclical nature of these backlashes, the power structures fortified by the assault on the free exchange of ideas and thoughts, and identify the stakes of the curtailment of free expression.

51] – Mike Fox for Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you on the Thursday Victory Team Call for big elections in PA and VA on May 11 at 9 PM ET. This is the Final Campaign Call before Tuesday's Elections. All Hands on Deck!  Bring home vital wins for Helen Gym for Philly Mayor, Sara Innamorato for Allegheny County Executive (Pittsburgh) and several State Senate candidates in VA. The key to victory is solidarity! PDA campaign strategy will be discussed and you'll leave energized and organized for victory. Register and the machine will email you your secure codes:

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] Go to

"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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