Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- May 24, 2023

40] Supreme Court to say more guns – May 24

41] A Farm Bill – May 24

42] 2023 ParkScore index -- May 24

43] A Faithful Budget – May 24

44] Stomp out Landlords – May 24

45] How to Have Authentic Relational Conversations. – May 24

46] Seeking Women’s Health Justice – May 24

47] Election Debrief – May 24

48] The Challenge of Peace – May 24

49] Department of Peacebuilding mentoring call – May 24


40] – Demand Justice [impact@demandjustice.org] wants you to know that the Supreme Court could allow gun possession for people who are under domestic violence restraining orders. Join this week's digital roundtable to learn more on Wed., May 24 at 2:30 PM ET. The Supreme Court will consider a new case that challenges our ability to keep guns out of the hands of people who are subject to domestic violence restraining orders. This case threatens to gut a fundamental public safety law and endanger the lives of domestic violence survivors nationwide. Hear from experts from Demand Justice, Giffords Law Center, National Coalition against Domestic Violence, and Brady: United against Gun Violence to hear why gun violence prevention is so important, what the Supreme Court might do in this case, and how you can help. Sign up at  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1416841833143/WN_3pkI2F4nQsWldzY6qbVofQ?link_id=3&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-wednesday-230pm-et-gun-violence-prevention-and-the-supreme-court&email_referrer=email_1926020&email_subject=the-supreme-court-could-allow-gun-possession-for-people-who-are-under-domestic-violence-restraining-orders-join-this-weeks-digital-roundtable-to-learn-more#/registration.

41] – Food & Water Watch [act@messages.fwaction.org] is excited to announce that on Wed., May 24 from 3 to 4 PM ET there will be a Conversation with Rep. Ro Khanna - A Fair Farm Bill for All. Learn about reforming food and farm policy.  Did you know that just a handful of companies control the market for almost every agricultural product? This consolidation means lower income for farmers and higher food prices for everyday families. But we can change this. Through the Farm Bill, we have a critical opportunity to fundamentally transform federal farm and food policy.

The Farm Bill directs how billions of dollars are spent on producing food in our country. We’re working to include policies that let the people who grow our food earn a decent living, practice environmental stewardship, and rebuild the infrastructure consumers need to access sustainably grown, regionally produced food. Register at https://www.mobilize.us/fww/event/554519/?utm_source=moam_em_05102023_may-lfl-event-farm-bill&j=1750457&sfmc_sub=5823356&l=423&mid=100001791&utm_source=MarketingCloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2023-05-22_FWW_c3_NAT_Food_May-LFL-Event-Email-Invite-2_Event_em_nL_D_MC&ms=onor-em-05232023-2023-05-22_FWW_c3_NAT_Food_May-LFL-Event-Email-Invite-2_Event_em_nL_D_MC&oms=onor-em-05232023-2023-05-22_FWW_c3_NAT_Food_May-LFL-Event-Email-Invite-2_Event_em_nL_D_MC&eml_name=2023-05-22_FWW_c3_NAT_Food_May-LFL-Event-Email-Invite-2_Event_em_nL_D_MC&eml_id=1750457&gs=&af=RA1%2BJp3N228aRV69knhQi6HdXOURCg1a8LjFy%2FqVNQ3Po1gpJ2TWtaez2njMlOuEAnWCHkgEsbpWshTz9SyXZHZ4ZBqwHCVVpKJ%2BZXlAWLZyR%2BzfO2QzqSyd2JPeL%2BzCwsk6jgcMJb7Pj3wbBih8ImqkfiHWDev%2BgezUDN3cgbh1mDCeaXiPKbkB9fKqQpGU.

42] – The Trust for Public Land [parkbenchchat@tpl.org] on Wed., May 24 at 3 PM ET will release the 2023 ParkScore index which ranks park systems in the 100 most populous U.S. cities.  Leading health and park experts will unveil this year’s top rankings and take an in-depth look at ways parks are being powerfully leveraged to support physical, mental, and community health nationwide.  Register at https://tpl.zoom.us/webinar/register/7816825342872/WN_m7I69fazQJqZJ3L4lum6HQ#/registration?utm_source=digital&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=parkbenchchat&utm_content=pbc21_email1_button.  For over a decade, Trust for Public Land has published its annual ParkScore index. This work also highlights the power of parks to address some of the most complex problems facing cities today, including health challenges such as rising obesity rates, mental health problems, and loneliness. We’ll dig into why cities with better park systems are healthier places to live and share practical ways to improve community health and parks in your own community. 

43] – Sojourners [sojoaction@sojo.net] is doing a webinar on Wed., May 24 at 5 PM ET -- Webinar: A Faithful Budget.  Budgets are moral documents. Our country needs to prioritize those who need it most. Join for a webinar to understand the debt ceiling and find ways to advocate for our communities as Congress debates how our nation’s will pay its bills With the nation rapidly approaching its debt limit and a gruesome debate over our national budget, key elements of our social safety net infrastructure are at severe risk of being cut. This webinar is an educational event intended to describe the budget and debt ceiling structure and the impact of what cutting out important services can have on those most in need in society. Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CGyjVt-mSF2IS_YiN4XU8w#/registration.

44] –The Metro DC DSA [info@mdcdsa.org] indicates that on Wed., May 24 at 6 PM ET Stomp out Slumlords will host an in-person meeting with tenant leaders and organizers from across DC, Maryland and Virginia. Hear about organizing updates, particularly from the tenants at Marbury who just had their past year’s rent balances cut in half, and will be discussing future events and more opportunities for people to get involved. The event will take place at the MLK Library Room, 401-G, 901 G St. NW, WDC 20001. RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/dmv-wide-tenant-meeting?source=direct_link&&link_id=8&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&email_referrer=email_1923199&email_subject=metro-dc-dsa-weekly-newsletter-for-may-19-2023.

45] – On Wed., May 24 through Thurs., May 25 at 6 to 9 PM ET, check out the United Vision Project & National Training Hub which informs you How to Have Authentic Relational Conversations.  Register at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/561969/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_most_popular_virtual.   Please note that this event is a 2-day training program. Completion of Day 1 is required in order to attend the 2nd session. If you are able to join for Day 2, please check the box for both dates.

  America may never have been this divided, and we can either take action or watch our country fracture even more. Building on years of collective and deep organizing practice, these three organizations - United Vision for Idaho, People's Action, and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) - have joined forces in a historic way to meet the challenges we face in practice and scale never achieved before.  The United Vision National Training Hub is a training program designed to develop our skills in authentic relational organizing, supported by an outreach project that makes it possible to text hundreds of thousands of Americans, meeting them where they are and holding conversations to learn more about what they believe, how they feel, and why they think the country is so divided. Ultimately, we are using this work to develop strategies that will help all of us work together and advance policies that result in real improvements in people's lives.

46] – Massachusetts Peace Action [info@masspeaceaction.org] is hosting on Wed., May 24 from 7 to 8  PM ET -- Seeking Women’s Health Justice: Incarcerated Women. The pandemic illustrated how dysfunctional and inequitable the United States health care system is.   Health care spending, both per person and as a share of the national budget, continues to be far higher in the United States than in other high-income countries, and yet its health statistics are worse than any other developed country. This webinar examines women’s health from a specific perspective of justice – the health care challenges of incarcerated women.  The webinar shows that the US health care system does not adequately address the health needs of women, and woefully neglects the health care of incarcerated women. Hear from Sarah Nawab, who founded the Women’s Incarceration Conditions and Reentry Project, Michael Horrell, the director of the medical & mental health care advocacy teams of Prisoners’ Legal Services, and Angelia Jefferson, a motivational speaker/ story teller and an activist against the injustice of the carceral system.  Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErceGprDovGdLN53cPSqsKptIvT8Bekm2t#/registration.

47] – Common Cause [causenet@commoncause.org] is doing an Election Debrief on Wed., May 24 and Wed., June 28 at 8 PM ET.  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 its 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.

48] –  Pax Christi USA [johnny@paxchristiusa.ccsend.com] has organized a webinar 40 years of "The Challenge of Peace" on Wed., May 24 at 8 PM ET.  On May 3, 1983, the U.S. Catholic bishops published "The Challenge of Peace: God's promise and our response," a pastoral letter which focused primarily on the futility of nuclear weapons and the responsibility of the Church to promote peace and nonviolence. Discuss "The Challenge of Peace" and its relevance to our work today. Speakers will include Pax Christi USA Bishop President John Stowe, OFM Conv.; Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill from Boston College; Pax Christi USA National Council member Josie Garnem; and Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace and USCCB staff member Donna Tolliver Grimes.  Register at https://paxchristiusa.org/2023/05/16/may-24-webinar-on-40-years-of-the-challenge-of-peace/.

49] – Join the Department of Peacebuilding Mentoring Call on Wed., May 24 at 8 PM ET. 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?  Everyone is welcome to join us on the DoP Campaign Mentoring call – whether new to the campaign or those re-entering or having new questions to explore. Go to www.peacealliance.org/calendar/.

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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