Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- August 16 to 18, 2023

29] Free Assange – Aug. 16

30] Common Cause Election Protection phone bank Aug. 16 & 18

31] Decolonization of Minds and Nature in Palestine and Globally – Aug. 16

32] Freedom to Vote Act virtual Text Bank – Aug. 17

33] Support Aaron Regunberg Aug. 17

34] Radical Rage: Visionary Verses Aug. 17

35] Sanctions & Climate Change – Aug. 17

36] Not on Our Dime campaign – Aug.17

37] State Department as a Tool of Empire – Aug. 17

38] Digital Democracy Activists meeting Aug. 17


29] – On Wed., Aug. 16 at 1 PM, call for freedom for Julian Assange and for the US to drop its extradition request under the Espionage Act.  DIRECT ACTION (risk of arrest) at the US Department of Justice, Constitution Ave. NW, between 9th and 10th Sts. NW will take place.  Join Randy Credico, WBAI radio host, to "speak truth to power."  Join Randy to risk arrest or support this action. Email Ann at ann1.wilcox@gmail.com.

30] – Join a virtual Common Cause 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 from 4 to 6 PM ET on Wed., Aug. 16 and Fri. Aug. 18. These shifts will include training for first-timers before you make calls, so if this is your first time, no worries! This will continue through August 28, 2024. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/event/376178/?followup_modal_context=organization_newsletter_custom_recommendations.

31] – Catch Decolonization of Minds and Nature in Palestine and Globally, a presentation by Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh on Wed., Aug. 16 at 7 PM ET at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204.  Our planet is suffering from human-induced climate change, overexploitation, habitat destruction, pollution, wars, colonialism, and other effects. These cause massive destabilization and suffering that impact all living forms including us humans. Sustainable human and natural communities are achievable and dependent on offering nature-based solutions. Further, we note that environmental and climate injustice can be challenged by mobilizing people. Increasingly popular resistance helps address challenges ranging from climate change to economic inequality to racism/colonialism.

Dr. Qumsiyeh will discuss examples of challenges and solutions along the road to sustainability with a focus on Palestine. He is a professor at Bethlehem University and the founder and volunteer director of the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University (http://palestinenature.org). Among his many books is Popular Resistance in Palestine.  For more information, call 303-817-7347 or email contact@uscpr.org.

32] – Get with NextGen Organizing for a Freedom to Vote Act virtual Text Bank on Thurs., Aug. 17 from 1 to 3 PM ET. The Freedom to Vote Act was reintroduced this summer as a bicameral bill to expand access to the ballot box, modernize voter registration, ensure fair maps, and much more. Now is the time to take action and ensure your representatives support this bill. Choose a time that works for you, and you will get the script, texting platform, guides, and a community to connect with other NextGen volunteers!  RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/573369/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_most_popular_virtual.

33] – Climate Hawks Vote [info@climatehawksvote.com] needs your help to support Aaron Regunberg in the Rhode Island special election for RI-01. Can you join a phone bank on Thurs., Aug. 17 from 5 to 7:15 PM ET?  Special elections are all about turnout and with 12 Democrats in the race a few dozen votes can separate one winner from 11 losers. The phone banking will continue on Aug. 24 and 31 from 5 to 7:15 PM ET.  Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/572330/?referring_vol=426637&rname=Drew&share_context=event_details&share_medium=copy_link&timeslot=3967759&emci=db91d0a5-b53a-ee11-a3f1-00224832eb73&emdi=f091d0a5-b53a-ee11-a3f1-00224832eb73&ceid=13143726

34] – The Northern Virginia DSA presents Radical Rage: Visionary Verses, a poetry night on Thurs., Aug. 17 at 6:30 PM ET, near the Ballston Metro, 4230 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201. Share some radical poetry. Bring your poems and pen and paper, and be prepared to read, write, and hang out with your fellow comrades! RSVP to get the full address at https://actionnetwork.org/events/radical-rage-visionary-verses-poetry-night?link_id=15&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events-111&email_referrer=email_2004685&email_subject=nova-branch-dsa-upcoming-actions-and-events.

35] – Massachusetts Peace Action is hosting a webinar Sanctions & Climate Change on Thurs., Aug. 17 at 7 PM ET. This webinar will explore the intersection between the United States’ use of sanctions within foreign policy and the impact that they have on climate change. The Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics Global Peace Policy Team has researched information and case studies about sanctions, while also exploring how those sanctions led to a worsening climate crisis that could have been preventable. There is a long list of speakers.  Register at https://secure.everyaction.com/gnkFaRdZyUePbTVgfpgYYg2

Beginning with background research of the intersection, this team explored sanctions that have been implemented in the past against specific countries, why those sanctions were applied, and the impact of those sanctions on not only the country itself, but the global fight against climate change. Afterwards, this team will include recommendations for ways to change how sanctions are applied to lessen the impact on innocent civilians and climate change, but also alternatives to sanctions. These conclusions include encouraging diplomacy, implementing accountability on sanctions enacted, and making it easier to provide humanitarian aid, amongst other recommendations that hope to decrease the use of sanctions in the current form that they are used and promote climate friendly alternatives.

36] –   Friends of Sabeel North America [friends@fosna.org] proudly endorses the Not on Our Dime campaign. Do phone banking for Not on Our Dime legislation on Thurs., Aug. 17 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET with Jewish Voice for Peace. Do phone banking by gathering on Zoom to call through a list of people in New York City to invite them to a town hall featuring Senator Kristen Gonzalez and Assembly Member Zohran Mamdan, two champions of the Not on Our Dime legislation. It's strategically important to pack this town hall to show that there is broad support for this campaign. If you’re not based in New York this is the perfect opportunity to support and build the campaign! RSVP at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItf-CtqT8tG9Fg6yfAGGDkN8K0cMzzSK96#/registration.

37] – Ken Jones [info@email.actionnetwork.org] wants you to attend a War Industry Resistance Network webinar on Thurs., Aug. 17 at 8 PM ET -- The US State Department as a Tool of Empire. Hear from Ann Wright and Matthew Hoh.  Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqdeqqrjovGdOxCnO6T5KDefRq1f8shYRf#/registration

The official mission of the US State Department is: “To protect and promote U.S. security, prosperity, and democratic values and shape an international environment in which all Americans can thrive.” No word about diplomacy, but rather a tone of chauvinistic militancy. How does the State Department accompany the war industry in the US drive for global dominance? This webinar will address how an agency tasked with fostering diplomatic relations has become an aggressive force for maintaining a unipolar world, promoting fear and hatred towards Russia, China, and other countries that do not comply with the so-called “rules-based order” imposed by the US.

38] – On Thurs., Aug. 17 from 8 to 9 PM ET, Common Cause is hosting a Digital Democracy Activists meeting.  Do you believe that accessible internet, local journalism, online privacy, and responsible social media platforms are essential to a functioning democracy? If so, you should become a Digital Democracy Activist (DDA)! Learn about the fight for Digital Democracy and take action with a community of digital democracy activists. All volunteer experience/ technology comfort levels are welcome! RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/565663/?  This meeting will continue on Thursdays, Aug. 24 and Aug. 31 from 8 to 9 PM ET.

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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