Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- August 2 - 4, 2023

28] Legitimizing Apartheid – Aug. 2

29] Common Cause Election Protection phone bank Aug. 2 & 4

30] Celebratory Picnic – Aug. 2

31] North Baltimore County Democratic Sip & Paint Fundraiser – Aug. 2

32] Join DSA – Aug. 2

33] Climate chaos, and not nuclear war – Aug. 2


28] – American Muslims for Palestine & Americans for Justice in Palestine [info@ampalestine.org] are hosting on Wed., Aug. 2 at 3 PM ET a WEBINAR on the VISA WAIVER PROGRAM.  This is Legitimizing Apartheid: Why Israel is Not Eligible for the Visa Waiver Program.  The U.S. and Israel signed a MOU to facilitate Israel’s entry into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Upon signing the MOU, a 30-45 day trial period began to test Israel's eligibility to enter the program. If Israel fulfills the statutory requirement to extend “reciprocal privileges to [US] citizens and nationals,” it will be admitted into the VWP program. Israelis would then be eligible to enter the U.S. visa-free for 90 days.  Israel is NOT eligible for the VWP and should NOT be admitted due to its decades-long systematic discriminatory entry policies targeting Palestinian- and Arab-Americans, Muslims, and Americans who support and advocate for Palestinian rights.  RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1355278561688605/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2252%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A%7B%5C%22invite_link_id%5C%22%3A1929962924037658%7D%7D]%22%7D.

29] – 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. 2 and Fri. Aug. 4. 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.

30] – The Metro DC DSA [info@mdcdsa.org] will celebrate on Wed., Aug. 2 at  6 PM ET the Montgomery County rent stabilization which was signed into law. This historic legislation limits rent increases across Montgomery County to 3% + the Consumer Price Index and caps rent increases to 6% annually. The celebratory picnic will take place at the Takoma Piney Branch Local Park, 2 Darwin Ave., Takoma Park. The park is about a 15 minute walk away from the Takoma Metro Station. RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/rent-stabilization-celebration-picnic?link_id=4&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-metro-dc-dsa-weekly-newsletter-for-july-21-2023&email_referrer=email_2002368&email_subject=metro-dc-dsa-weekly-newsletter-for-july-28-2023.

31] – The North Baltimore County Democratic Sip & Paint Fundraiser, organized for the Maryland Democratic Party will take place on Wed., Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 PM ET at the Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, 118 Shawan Road, Suite HH, Cockeysville 21030. Donations support the Club's overhead costs (website, P.O. Box, etc.) and the club's efforts to engage voters and help to elect Democrats to office. You will be provided with a canvass, paints, and paint brushes. The event will be led by an instructor who will guide the group through a pre-planned painting, so no need to stress if you have no prior art experience! Refreshments and food are available for purchase through the Greene Turtle restaurant. Get tickets at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/nbcdcsipandpaint. Visit https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/569949/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_closest.

32] – You Should Join DSA & attend a New Member Orientation on Wed., Aug. 2 from 8 to 9 PM ET.  Email info [at] mdcdsa.org. Learn about a brighter future. Get an outline of the chapter's structure and campaigns, branches and caucuses. This chapter covers the DMV area, including the District, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery County and Prince George's County in Maryland. RSVP for Zoom link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/why-you-should-join-dsa-new-member-orientation-105?link_id=45&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-metro-dc-dsa-weekly-newsletter-for-july-21-2023&email_referrer=email_2002368&email_subject=metro-dc-dsa-weekly-newsletter-for-july-28-2023.

33] –.MAPA [info@masspeaceaction.org] wants you to attend  a webinar Nuclear War, Environmental Disaster, and Raytheon in Ukraine Webinar on Wed., Aug. 2 at 8 PM ET. Join a discussion led by MAPA activists Richard Krushnic and Patrick Moran. Are there twin threats of our time, global warming and nuclear war? The frightening effects of climate change are happening faster than anticipated. This seems to be hyperbole: “the greatest environmental threat we face at this time is from limited or total nuclear war. A limited nuclear war with tactical nuclear weapons would be the gravest of all environmental catastrophes, primarily caused by the nuclear winter it would spawn. And an all-out nuclear war would mean extinction for humans, most animals and much of the environment.”

A nuclear exchange cannot happen between Russia and Ukraine.  If Russia were to use nukes, the result would be omnicide.  Any nuke used against Ukraine would affect Belarus, Poland, Russia, Moldova and of course Ukraine.  A better approach would be to pressure Putin to end his illegal and brutal invasion. After that rebuilding Ukraine will be the order of the day. RSVP at https://secure.everyaction.com/JGZ5an5eBkeH8BN6ltEcbQ2?emci=ad8be196-be2f-ee11-b8f0-00224832eb73&emdi=528d84e0-ce2f-ee11-b8f0-00224832eb73&ceid=320042.

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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